Papaya Coconut Muffins…Zucchini Bread Oatmeal…and Organization tips!

So my daughter was up much of the night with the dreaded stomach bug so this morning around 4am I decided to start baking :)   I’ve made these papaya coconut muffins before and the kids love them.  And I’ve been wanting to try Angela Liddon’s (Oh She Glows) Zucchini Bread Oatmeal…they were both delicious !!!

Low Fat Papaya Coconut Muffins :

1 cup pureed papaya (about 1/2 papaya, just peel and seed throw in the blender!)

1 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 cup sugar (I used sucanat)

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1 large egg, beaten

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 Tbsp melted Earth Balance (or other butter spread)

Preheat oven to 325.

Combine flour, sugar, coconut, soda, cinnamon and salt in a mixing bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix eggs, melted butter, vanilla and pureed papaya.  Add to the flour and mixture until combined.

Spoon batter into 12 muffin pans and bake for 20-25 minutes.


Papaya Coconut Muffins

And onto breakfast #2…I found this on … Angela makes the most delicious vegan recipes !  And this one is no exception…it was so good I wish I’d made a double batch !


  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond milk or water
  • 1/2-1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt & nutmeg, to taste
  • 1/2 cup packed finely grated zucchini
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds or ground flax
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 2 tbsp chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp packed brown sugar, divided
  • 1 tsp Earth Balance (or other buttery spread)

1. In a medium sized pot, add water or milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and oats. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently, for about 4 minutes.

Stir in the grated zucchini, chia seeds, raisins, 1 tbsp packed brown sugar, and 1 tbsp of the pecans. Reduce heat to low and cook over medium heat, adding more liquid when necessary, for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

3. Pour into bowl and top with remaining 1 tbsp pecans, 1 tsp packed brown sugar, and 1 tsp Earth Balance.

Zucchini Bread Oatmeal

Now onto something fun…last year around this time I was feeling a little overwhelmed with the un-organization of my house…my closets, my office, kids playroom, you name it … I felt like it was always cluttered and I never knew where to put things so they ended up piling up in certain areas throughout the house.  So last November I decided to hire a professional organizer.  I had seen the results at a friends’ house and was amazed.  Anywho, I hired Dala Mulholland (if you live in Texas and looking for an organizer…she’s your woman…she’s even been on Oprah!)  to organize my closet, bedroom, office, kid’s rooms and closets, playroom and kitchen.  And I am 100% serious when I say it changed my life.  It is so nice now that everything has a “place”.  I don’t have things piling up anymore! So I just wanted to share with you a couple of the tips I learned from them that have really stuck with me.

*DONATE DONATE DONATE.  If you have something you haven’t used in a long time, DONATE it !

*LABEL !!!!! The best investment I’ve made recently is a labeler…i just finished giving my pantry an update and it is so easy to find things now…and a quick glance and I know exactly what I need to pick up at the grocery store :) PS These jars are awesome for pantry storage…you can find them in bulk at hardware stores or Craft stores (They were 1/2 off at Hobby Lobby last week!)

Pantry Organization

OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW-  If you buy a new toy/trinket for your child, tell them they must pick something from their toys to donate !  This keeps toys from piling up…my kids were so overwhelmed with their collection of toys last year that they didn’t even play with 90% of them anymore.

ACRYLICS – I use acrylics in all my kitchen/bathroom drawers…they just keep everything neat.  I’ve found that Container Store has the best selection but you can also find them at Target/Wal-Mart !

Have a Healthy & Organized Day :)




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About Jennifer

I am the mother of 2 beautiful children, Presley-7 and Cash-5 and married to an amazing husband and father, Todd. I have always thought of myself as a healthy person...I've always loved sports, working out and eating healthy. However, looking back, I've actually had a lot of unhealthy habits. I've tried every diet out there : Low fat (How did I think eating a box of fat free snackwells cookies was healthy?), Low carb (can you say fried pork skins GROSS)... as well as a long stint with disordered eating which started in college as a way to avoid those "freshman 15".
Well it wasn't until my 30s that I realized those kind of diets are just a quick fix, not a lifestyle. I think all foods can fit into a healthy diet as long as you practice moderation. I have found that I feel and look my best when I am eating mostly plant-based foods. Not to say I won't indulge in a filet every now and again... but I find that I crave meat less and less ! I have recently been fascinated with trying new vegetarian recipes...I NEVER thought I could give up chicken...used it eat it everyday, but I actually don't miss it at all.
I am trying to pass these healthy eating habits onto my children so they can avoid some of the diseases related to unhealthy diets.

Thanks for reading and hope you have a healthy day !!!!


  1. Melissa says:

    Jenny these muffins look delicious! I’m going to make them asap…I think the kids will love them! Oh, and please come to Austin SOON and help me with my organization…or, should I say my lack of organization! :-)

  2. Molly Mentzel says:

    Wow, I just gave my pantry an overhaul last week (after watching FOK) and I did the SAME thing! I went out and bought a bunch of Ball canning jars, filled them with great stuff, and labeled them with my labeler! I still open the pantry just to stare at it ;o) I don’t have those tall jars you have, though, so I will have to look for them. Those look great for whole oats (which I have in 2 jars now) and some other things that I like to have more of on hand. I also have a line of them in my fridge that contain the things that they say last longer when kept refrigerated….flaxseeds, flax meal, wheat germ, etc.

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