Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Back to school time is extremely chaotic in my home, especially this year with 3 kids going to different schools in different counties. Needless to say, I need to be prepared for the morning the night before. Because we have to leave so early in order to get everyone to school on time, it is essential that breakfast be quick, simple, and nutritious.

Red Mill Oats

The kids love to have oatmeal in the morning, and I love giving it to them! Oats are an incredibly versatile whole grain. They are rich in dietary fiber and can help reduce cholesterol. Since we try to limit our gluten intake to the absolute minimum because of my daughter’s tummy issues, we always use Bob’s Red Mill oats. Their Gluten Free Oats are sourced gluten free, packaged in Bob’s Red Mill’s 100% gluten free facility and tested every step of the way to ensure their gluten free status.

Delicious Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

This baked oatmeal is the perfect breakfast on a busy day. It can easily be made the night before and sliced the next morning for a great on-the-go breakfast. Or, make it fresh in the morning when you have a bit of extra time and serve it with a dollop of greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and a drizzle of honey.

Baked Oatmeal Topped With Greek Yogurt and Figs

Despite it being August, back to school means one thing to me-the beginning of fall and fall means pumpkin spice! Now you may not be ready for it, but consider this- adding pumpkin puree to your oatmeal is a great way to add an extra healthy component to breakfast and not have your kids complain about it!

Making Baked Oatmeal

Mixing the dry ingredients

Mix Dry and Wet Ingredients

Pre Baking

Finally Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal-ready to eat!

The next time you are at the store, skip the sugary cereal and pick up a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Oats to make this recipe. You won’t regret it! Print out this coupon before your go. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal


  • 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin purée
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2½ cups Bob's Red Mill rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 9x13 in baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Mix together dry ingredients.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, mix until combined.
  6. Pour batter into pan and bake for 35-40 minutes.
  7. Serve warm or room temperature.
  8. Optional- Serve with a dollop of greek yogurt, fresh fruit, and a drizzle of honey.

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Mango Lassi Breakfast Bowls

This sponsored post is brought to you by Cacique and Society Culinaria.

Mango Lassi Breakfast Bowls

Last year we started a new weekend cooking routine, in an effort to avoid the endless “I’m bored” comments of the weekend. Every Saturday my daughter finds a recipe, shops for the ingredients, and prepares the meal with little help from me. My 4 year old is tasked with dessert which somehow always is a mango smoothie aka Mango Lassi. Where and how he thought of that is unknown to me, but we have all taken quite the liking to it. So much so, that it is now quite often requested for breakfast.

Mango Lassi Ingredients

Since my kids are such big eaters, I like to make sure that they get a good hearty breakfast in them before they leave for school. Otherwise I risk having 3 ravenous demons come 3 o’clock.

Cacique Yogurt Smoothies

When I came across Cacquie Yogurt Smoothies the other day at our local market, I was instantly excited. These yogurt smoothies are rich in protein: 8 grams, an excellent source of calcium (25% of Daily Value) and probiotics, and low in calories and cholesterol. While delicious on their own, I love combining them with fresh fruit and turning it into a smoothie breakfast bowl.

Breakfast Smoothie Bowls

This Mango Lassi Breakfast Bowl is not only fulfilling but uber delicious. Blended with fresh mangos, flax seed, and local honey, then topped with fresh fruit, granola, and some dried coconut, one bowl will keep you going all day! It is a great and easy way to kick start your morning!

Mango Lassi Breakfast Smoothie Bowls

Cacquie Yogurt Smoothies also come in a wide variety of flavors including Guava and Strawberry. They also offer Yogurt Smoothies with cereal, which are equally delicious! Make sure to pick a few up the next time you are out for a quick on the go breakfast or an added burst of flavor for your smoothies! Enjoy!

Mango Lassi Breakfast Bowls


  • 1 mango - peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup Cacique Mango Yogurt Smoothie
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed (completely optional)
  • Fruit and granola for topping


  1. In a blender, combine diced mango, Cacique Mango Yogurt Smoothie, honey, flaxseed (again optional), and ice.
  2. Blend ingredients until smooth.
  3. Pour into bowl and top with granola, fresh fruit, and dried coconut if desired.
  4. Enjoy immediately.

Blackberry Crumb Bars and Ralphs’ New Click List

Blackberry Crumb Bars

Have you ever needed just a few items at the store, but completely dreaded making an appearance in society that day. Or, are in desperate need of groceries because you teen miraculously devoured an entire week’s worth of snacks in one day, but you know that if you lug all the kids with you, your bill will be triple what it should have been? I am sure you have all been there too. As much as I love to shop, there are times where I need to just get in and out of the store.

Click List


Click List Order

Thankfully, the kind folks at Ralphs get it. They know that we are busy and they have taken grocery shopping to a whole new level with Click List. This new online shopping tool allows you to shop online for over 40,000 items in store, including fresh meat and produce, schedule a pick-up time that fits into your schedule,and pick up and pay for your items at the store, all without leaving your vehicle! There is a fee of $6.95 to use this service, however it is waived the first time you use it. What’s even better is that you can link your Ralphs’ card to the account and use coupons, get points, and more!

Blackberry Lemon Crumb Bars

I had an upcoming dinner invitation to a friend’s house, so I thought I would make these simple yet delicious Blackberry Crumb Bars. The online ordering process is extremely easy. I simply typed in the items I needed in the search bar, pick out the type and quantity, picked a pick up time, then completed my order. Everything I needed to make this dessert was ordered at home, then delivered and loaded into my car! I tried to take the clerk home with me to help unload and put the groceries away, but unfortunately he said that that was not part of Click List :)

Click List Delivery


Click List Delivery Boy

Ralphs has taken on a new meaning to the term “Take-Out”. I can seriously see myself using this new way of shopping on busy nights when I am running the kids around to all of their extra-curricular activities. Just think of the possibilities….waiting in the dreaded never-ending pick up line can now be your time to do your online shopping! Add a roasted chicken and some mashed potatoes, schedule the pick up for after all the sports practices and bam! You have officially just killed two birds with one stone! Which means only one thing….you have more time for yourself during the day! Oh the books I can read!

Ralphs Employees

Click List Cupcakes

To test out the new Click List, we headed over to Ralphs in Carlsbad on launch day. It was so fun to see the store’s employees’ excitement. Even the top guns of the company came out to celebrate! Click List is really something they are proud about, and rightfully so as they are making our life so much easier!

Lemon Blackberry Crumb Bars

Lemon Blackberry Crumb Bars

Yield: makes 12 bars


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter (2 sticks), sliced
  • 1 egg
  • Zest and juice of one lemon
  • 4 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9x13 inch baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Using a food processor, pulse sugar, baking powder, salt, and flour until mixed.
  3. Add cold butter slices and pulse until small pea sized clumps form.
  4. Add egg and 1/2 of lemon zest to dough and pulse until combined. Dough will be crumbly.
  5. If you do not have a food processor, sift together sugar, baking powder, salt, and flour. Using a pastry cutter, cut in butter to flour mixture. Add egg and half of lemon zest until you have a crumbly dough.
  6. Press half of dough into the pan.
  7. Mix blackberries with lemon juice, sugar, and cornstarch.
  8. Sprinkle blackberry mixture over bottom crust.
  9. With remaining dough, sprinkle over blackberry mixture.
  10. Bake for 45 minutes, or until top has slightly browned.
  11. Cool for 10-15 minutes then chill for 1 hour (not obligatory but recommended) before cutting into bars.

This post has been sponsored by Ralphs. All opinions are 100% my own.

Steak Taco Bowls with Cilantro Lime Rice

Steak Taco Rice Bowls I can create amazing concoctions with butter and sugar and turn a few leftover refrigerator ingredients into a gourmet meal. But make a pot of rice? That I cannot do. I don’t know what it is, but I always end up with a burnt pan and crunchy rice. With brown rice being a major part of our diet now, it has become quite the joke with my family. Success Rice That is why I now turn to Success® Boil-in-Bag Rice. Success Rice is the ORIGINAL no measure, no mess boil-in-bag rice that cooks perfectly every time and is ready in 10 minutes. No more crunchy rice for us…Success is in the bag! Success Rice is convenient, and can be made on the stove or in the microwave without sacrificing its great taste or quality. It’s a great pantry staple, which can be used to make a variety of meals – breakfast, lunch or dinner. Success Rice Success® Boil-in-Bag Rice is great for quick and easy meals after a long day. About a week before school starts, we will be spending a week at the lake in central California. After spending the entire day on the water, I know the last thing I will want to do is make a big, labor-intensive meal. The kids come home famished, so I need to get food on the table quickly. That is where these Steak Taco Bowls are perfect. While my husband quickly grills the steak, I microwave the rice, mix it with cilantro and lime, and layer it with taco fixings. It is fresh, delicious, and nutritious! Cilantro Lime Rice Once school starts, Success® White Rice and Success® Whole Grain Brown Rice will become an even more important staple because it can sit in hot water after cooked for up to 30 minutes before being served, making it foolproof. Perfect for my end of the day “Mommy Brain.” Success White and Brown Rice are complex carbohydrates, gluten free, cholesterol free and sodium free. Additionally Success Brown Rice is 100% Whole Grain. With Success Brown Rice you can enjoy the same taste and similar nutritional benefits of long cooking brown rice, but in ¼ the cooking time. Steak Brown Rice Taco Bowls  Connect with Success® Rice on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. What is your favorite kind of Success Rice? Tell me in the comments for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card! Entry Instructions: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

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Steak Taco Bowls with Cilantro Lime Rice


  • 2 cups cooked Success® Brown Rice (1 bag)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups diced cooked steak (can substitue for chicken or pork)
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Fresh salsa
  • Fresh guacamole
  • Shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Cook Success® Brown Rice in boiling water or microwave according to the package.
  2. Mix rice with lime juice and cilantro and place in large serving bowl.
  3. Layer rice with meat and taco fixings.
  4. Mix right before serving.
  5. Makes 4 servings.


Jalapeño Popper Cheeseburgers

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Jalapeño Popper Burgers

I am pretty sure that there is nothing better on a hot summer day than a cold Heineken, juicy burger, and being surrounded by friends. We finally have a great backyard and have been taking full advantage by entertaining the most we can. Since our home is pretty small, summer time is the best time to really rekindle our relationships and invite people over to hang out outside.


While my husband very jokingly tries to tell everyone that he is the king of the grill, they all know that that is my domain. After a few years of burning things to a crisp, I have finally mastered the art of grilling. So much so that I actually usually have the smoker and the gas grill going at the same time making different things.

Jalapeño Popper Burgers

I love coming up with new exciting ways to transform the traditional grill. Last weekend discovery was deemed the “Best Yet” burger by our friends. This Jalapeño Popper burger was stuffed with typical popper mixins- diced jalapeños, chopped bacon, and cream cheese, and topped with habanero sliced cheese. It was perfectly juicy and just spicy enough to need to be followed by a cold gulp of Heineken.

Heineken is our beer of choice when entertaining friends. It is a light lager with a smooth nicely blended bitterness and clean finish. It is very popular with our friends and we usually finish the 12 pack in no time!

Popper Filling

To make the burgers I mixed together all of the jalapeño popper ingredients.

Burger Mixin

I then mixed together the meat ingredients including spices, bread crumbs, and eggs.

Making the stuffed

After that, I made large thin patties and put about 1-2 tablespoons of filling in the center.

Stuffed Burgers

Each patty was then topped with another patty and formed into a large thick burger.

Cooking the burgers

I put the uncooked burgers onto my heated grill and cooked until they were no longer pink inside. Right before taking them off, I layered them with Habanero sliced cheese.

Stuffed Jalapeño Popper Burgers

Finally, to absorb some of the spiciness, I assembled the burgers with a large scoop of freshly made guacamole, because why not!? It is summer after all!

Beer and Burgers

So, if you are planning on hosting a summer backyard BBQ, I highly suggest making these burgers and serving them with a cold Heineken. Your guests will leave with a big fat smile on their face and a full belly….which is the point of every party right?!? Before you head out to the store for your beer and ingredients, make sure to pick up your mobile rebate here! Enjoy!

Jalapeño Popper Cheese Burgers

Yield: 4 large burgers


  • 3 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely diced
  • 6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 package cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 buns
  • 4 slices of cheese (I like the habanero blended cheese)
  • Fresh guacamole
  • Sliced onion
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced Tomatoes


  1. In a small bowl, mix together cream cheese, diced jalapeños, and crumbled bacon.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together ground beef, spices, bread crumbs, and eggs.
  3. Shape into eight thin patties.
  4. Spoon jalapeño mixture onto center of four patties; top with remaining patties and press edges firmly to seal.
  5. Preheat your grill to a medium high heat and cook burgers until no longer pink inside and the juices run clear, flipping occasionally to ensure both sides cook evenly.
  6. Top with cheese. Cover and cook 1-2 minutes longer or until pepper Jack cheese is melted.
  7. Assemble burgers with buns, lettuce, tomato, onions, and a large heap of guacamole.
  8. Serve immediately.



Teriyaki Fish Burgers with Tempura Onion Rings

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Teriyaki Fish Burgers with Tempura Onion Rings

As soon as May hits, we find ourselves grilling almost every dinner until September. I love watching the sun set on our fruit trees with the smell of dinner sizzling on the grill. Making dinner outside requires a lot less clean up as opposed to the normal 10 pans I use to make dinner inside, and is easier quite frankly!

Teriyaki Fish Burgers

While the grilling possibilities are endless, I usually find myself in a cooking rut halfway through summer. There is really only so much meat that my stomach can digest, and feeding meat to a family of 5 every night is just not feasible for this Southern California Mama.

Swap your burger for these Wild Alaskan Pollock Burgers

Basting the Burgers

Teriyaki Fish Burgers

When I came across these packages of Trident Seafoods® Wild Alaskan Pollock Burgers at Costco a few weeks back, I knew they would be the perfect swap for our meat burgers. Convenient, delicious, and healthy alternative to traditional burgers and sandwiches.

Wild Alaskan Pollock Burgers

Wild Alaska Pollock mild in flavor like cod, provides all the benefits of seafood and are naturally packed with healthy Omega-3s. Not only are they great between the bun, but they are extremely versatile and can be served in other fun ways!

Teriyaki Pollock Burgers with Tempura Onion Rings

The sweet and salty flavor combination is one of our favorites here in The Seaside Baker household. Combined with the mild fish and Sriracha mayo, this burger was a slam dunk! Because the actual burger contains less fat and cholesterol, I decided to splurge that night and make some tempera onion rings! Let’s just say we had one happy family! So, tell me, would you dare to swap your burger?

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Teriyaki Fish Burgers with Tempura Onion Rings


  • 4 Wild Alaskan Pollock Burgers
  • 4 pineapple rings
  • 1/2 cup Teriyaki Sauce
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha
  • 4 Whole Wheat Burger Buns
  • Lettuce
  • Red Onion slices
  • Tempura Onion Rings
  • 2 large onions, cut into 1/4-inch rings (preferably Vidalia or Spanish)
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1 1?4 cups flour
  • 1?2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1?4 cups ice water, plus more for soaking


  1. Grill Burgers according to the package.
  2. While burgers are cooking baste with teriyaki sauce.
  3. Grill Pineapple rings with burgers for 1 minute on each side.
  4. Mix mayonnaise and sriracha.
  5. To assemble, spread a bit of sriracha mayonnaise on each bun, layer with Pollock burgers, pineapple rings, onion slices, and lettuce.
  6. Drizzle a bit of extra Teriyaki over the inside of the burger, if desired.
  7. To make the Tempura onion rings, soak sliced onions In a large bowl of cold water for 10 to 15 minutes. Let drain on paper towels.
  8. In a large, deep pot or skillet, heat 2 inches of oil over medium-high heat until it registers 360F on a deep-fry thermometer.
  9. In a medium sized bowl, whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. Add the 1 1/4 cups ice water and stir, just until a batter forms.
  10. Working in batches, coat the onion rings with the batter, letting the excess drip off.
  11. Drop the rings into the oil and fry until light golden, about 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.
  12. Transfer the rings to paper towels to drain, serve immediately.


Cherry Hand Pies

Cherry Hand Pies

Holy cow I think that this has been my longest blogging break ever! We have been having an incredible summer with long beach days and playdates galore. Next week we leave on a fun European adventure, so prepping for that has been a big time sucker too!

Mini Cherry Hand Pies

Before we leave, I wanted to share a fun adventure we had a few weeks back. Every year when the middle of May arrives, I eagerly await the email saying that the cherry orchards have opened. It is an extremely fast picking season with only a couple of weekends open to the public. Because it is a 3 hour drive to an area that endures extreme heat, I rarely find people that are as excited about it as I am.

Cherry Picking 2016


Ben Cherry Picking

This year however, I found a group of friends that are new to the area and always up for an adventure. After seeing the forecast for 107 degree weather, our mini road trip almost didn’t happen (no AC in the car). However, the stars always seem to align for me and I received an email from the kind folks at DriveShop asking me if I would like to experience one of their new cars.

Volvo XC90

2016 Volvo XC90

The Friday before we left, they delivered this BEAUTIFUL new Volvo XC90. I am pretty sure that when he drove up I began to drool. This car is everything that I could ever want in a car and more. The sleek black exterior paired with the classy brown leather interior is the definition of luxury. Being the North American 2016 SUV of the year and IIHS Top Safety Pick, this seven seater car was the perfect road trip vehicle and would make an amazing family car.

Volvo XC90 Interio

Seeing as how 2 hours of our trip was spent on what is know as “Death Highway” I loved having the Pilot Assist. Pilot Assist automatically maintains a set speed or distance to the car in front, as well as giving gentle steering inputs to keep you properly aligned within your lane markings. Every time I would get too close to the lane next to me the car would automatically veer away!

Volvo XC90 Interior

The sound and navigation system in the car are superior as well. The folks at Volvo actually replicated the sound from the Gothenburg Concert Hall, taking 800 individual measurements to reflect the purest possible sound. The amazing sound system, combined with Sirius XM, made for the most amazing 90’s flashback trip we 30 (somethings) could ask for!

Fresh Cherry Pies

Minutes after we got home, my husband took the car for a spin. He is quite the car fanatic and had a field day testing out the car’s performance. While I loved the 360 degree camera that provides a bird’s eye view of everything surrounding the car on the center display and the park assist (I am horrible at parking!) my husband loved that with the push of a button the car could go from a cruise setting to turbocharged! The Volvo XC90’s smooth drive, high performance, and advanced accessories make it truly the perfect family car!

Cherry Picking Leona Valley

After returning home with over 50 pounds of fresh cherries, we knew some recipes were in order. First on our list were these Cherry Hand Pies. I love mini/handheld food! Since we were already making and canning cherry pie filling for our Thanksgiving pies, we thought that testing out the filling was the right thing to do 😉

Fresh Cherry Hand Pies

These hand pies are perfect for a summer BBQ or picnic. They are also perfect to have 5 minutes of silence while your kids enjoy them with a large glass 0f milk! Don’t let summer escape you without enjoying one of its most delectable gifts (fresh cherries) in pie form!

Cherry Hand Pies

Yield: makes 6 hand pies or 12 mini hand pies (if using a smaller cookie cutter)


  • 2 and 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour plus more for rolling
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup butter, cold and cut into 16 slices
  • 2/3 cup ice water
  • Cherry Pie Filling
  • 4 cups pitted tart red cherries
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • Assembly
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1 and 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond flavoring (optional)


  1. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl or your food processor.
  2. Add butter slices and either cut into flour or pulse until it forms small pea like clumps.
  3. Add ice water and mix until dough forms a large ball (do not over mix). This is best done manually that way the dough is not overworked and will be flaky after baking.
  4. Separate dough into two balls and gently flatten. Wrap disks in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  5. While your dough is chilling, make the filling.
  6. Filling
  7. Place cherries and water into a saucepan over medium heat.
  8. Stirring often, heat cherries until they release their juice and come to a simmer about 10 to 15 minutes.
  9. In a bowl, whisk the sugar with cornstarch until smooth; pour the mixture into the pan with the cherries and thoroughly combine. Reduce to low heat, bring to a simmer, and cook until the filling has thickened, about 2 minutes; remove from heat and let cool.
  10. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
  11. On a clean, floured surface, roll out your dough to 1/4 inch thick.
  12. Using a 5-inch-diameter cookie cutter or saucer cut out circles. Re-roll the dough as necessary.
  13. Lay the pastry circles on one of the baking sheets and top with half of the cherry filling,
  14. Fold the dough in half, and use your fingers to gently press the edges together. Using the back of a fork, gently press down to create a fluted seal along the edge, or pinch together the sides to create a ripple.
  15. Lightly beat one egg and baste each hand pie with egg wash.
  16. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until the tops and edges are golden brown.
  17. Place baked pies on a cooling rack and cool thoroughly.
  18. To make the glaze combine powdered sugar, milk, and extract in a small bowl until smooth.
  19. Pour a spoonful of the glaze over each pie and spread it slightly.
  20. Store in airtight container until ready to serve or give. Can be made one day ahead of time.