It’s a Brew-tiful Day

Rainy Sundays are my favorite kind of days.  Right now I am sitting in my favorite coffee shop, listening to the jazz music playing in the background, sipping my coffee, and writing this post.  I couldn’t be more content (except maybe if my dogs were here…)

Coffee — warm, relaxing, delicious, and one of my favorite things to drink in the fall and winter. The mornings in Philly are also beautiful- especially when I catch the sunrise over the South Street Bridge.  In this post I want to share with you the fun, brighten-your-mood signs for coffee all over Philly.

Also, IT IS NATIONAL OATMEAL DAY so I was of course required to share my recipe for baked banana oatmeal cookies.  The baked oatmeal cookies are perfect for the on-the-go life because you can keep them in the fridge all week and grab one or two whenever you want!

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Baked oatmeal cookies – simple and comforting

All around Philly there is an insane amount of coffee shops.  These places range from the chains that you see everywhere to small cafes serving up delicious coffees, espressos, lattes, and pastries. Some shops have cute sign is outside to attract customers, and they definitely work on me.  I love taking pictures of these signs whenever I pass them because they always make me smile.  I have been collecting pictures just so I can share them in one post!  Most of these signs are from outside Saxbys on Drexel’s campus, and outside Saxbys on Penn’s campus, but I have found fun signs in Center City too.

Rumor has it that the girl who does the signs for Drexel’s Saxbys and for Penn’s Saxbys sometimes make the signs “talk” to each other!

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I stopped at Reading Terminal Market during my weekend adventures, and picked up my own grounds so I can make pour over coffee before class during the week! This specific bean filled my room with an amazing aroma.

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Another cinnamon oat latte! This is my absolute favorite drink to have on a cold fall morning

 

Now for the cookies-

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The college life means I collect bananas throughout the week, find oats at a small store, and take extra chia seeds, cranberries and flax seeds from the dining hall.  Then I mix the cookies in one bowl, with a fork.
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Warm from the oven – these cookies taste like a hug

Baked Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients 

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • add ins: handful of dried cranberries, 1-2 Tbs flaxseeds, 1 Tbs chia seeds, handful chocolate chips, handful chopped nuts, etc

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Line a tray with parchment paper.
  2. Mash the bananas in a bowl with a fork.
  3. Add the oats, cinnamon, and add ins – I added flaxseeds, chia seeds, and cranberries!
  4. Scoop the mixture onto the tray in large, approximately 2-3 Tbs drops.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until set.
  6. Eat warm from the oven (my personal favorite way) or let cool and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.  You can reheat them in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds.

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