The Business Battleground

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Happy Long Weekend!

I kicked off the long weekend with something I haven’t had in a long time…cheesy savoury oats. These are one of my all-time favourite quick, healthy, and easy meals. For some reason my stomach has been nauseous all day long and this is the only thing I felt like for dinner. Weird I know, but these oats comfort me!

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For the recipe, see this post.

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The best part of loaded oats = going crazy and loading on toppings!

  • Nacho chips
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced
  • Leftover homemade tomato sauce
  • Hummus
  • Tomato paste
  • Ground black pepper
  • Herbamare 

 

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So good and filling.

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So many textures too. I love getting a little bite of everything.

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For dessert I broke into my Vosges Creole Expresso bar all the way from Chicago!

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I like my chocolate intense, deep, dark, slightly bitter, smooth, and creamy. This was no exception. After two squares I was done like dinner.

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I also did some much needed speed organizing tonight. If you are anything like me, a cluttered space equals a cluttered mind.

An organized space equals free-flowing creativity and a decrease in stress!

BEFORE:

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That is a small business battleground right there. It has pretty much been like this for months.

The beautiful and zen-inspiring AFTER (in just 20 mins)!

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I sorted through all my papers, cleared off unnecessary papers on my bulletin board, and I put a new organizer to use with pens (that I can never find!) mail, and pending orders:

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I also spent a while putting Gmail’s new Priority Inbox to good use and I organized ALL of my emails. Is anyone else using the Priority Inbox yet? It is awesome.

Can you believe I had 27,000+ non-archived emails in my inbox? Horrifying, I know. I archived all but 5 of them. I also created a couple new labels- 1) Green Monster submissions (I’m almost caught up!), and 2) Recipe spottings. Then, I deleted about 15 labels that I was no longer using. This made for a very short and quick drop down menu.

I feel like a new woman. A great way to start the weekend. :)

What is your computer space like right now? Cluttered, organized, Type-A, messy, chaotic, like a page out of Martha Stewart magazine? Do you have any plans to change your work space or decorate?

I have more goals for decorating and organizing my space down the road. First, I need a better storage system. Right now I just dump everything into one tiny plastic file (that is busting at the seams) or the deep-set cabinets. It is a bit chaotic. I also want to make my space look more feminine as it is a bit masculine. I could use some frills, polka-dots, ribbon trim, and flower prints right about now.

Right now, this is the only girly touch I have at my desk- A ‘Believe’ sign from Dollarstore. Some moments, during times of chaos, I glance up at that sign and it gives me hope.

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Sana September 4, 2010

Savory oats in a burrito? Or is that just odd?

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Stephanie September 4, 2010

This is probably a stupid question but I am not an oats person so I have no idea what “regular” oats are. Is it steel cut or rolled oats? I would love to make these so I am interested to see what oats I should use. I usually don’t eat them because I’m not big on sweet meals so this sounds and looks perfect!

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Sava September 4, 2010

I would never think to make ‘nachos’ out of oats!
My instinct would be to think oats should be paired with something sweet but those avocados are so tempting I think I’ll give that a shot. Avocados couldn’t probably convince me to to do anything.

There are few things in the world that delight me more than a nice organized desk so I like to keep mine in tip-top shape. I am that way with my kitchen too :). Something about smooth, clean, empty desk/counter space makes me feel happy inside. Like a canvas waiting to be painted on.

I’m probably a huge nerd for saying that, but whatevs :)

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Marta September 4, 2010

hiya Angela! I am not naturally organized, but I’ve learned that the more organized I am, the more productive and happy I feel. It looks like we were on the same page yesterday, I spent the afternoon overhauling our office. I’m starting full time school on Tuesday, it’s been a decade so I need all the help I can get!

I have an idea for a simple DIY that will add a feminine touch to an office. I took a corkboard and covered it with a lovely printed fabric, easy peasy. You can add some pretty ribbon or splurge on some pretty push pins to take it a step further. I also love to coordinate colours with office accessories. Our office is a pumpkin orange colour, I found some lovely green & brown magazine & storage boxes that add some interest, and a cozy brown rug really warms it up!

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Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun September 4, 2010

Those savory oats sound so good, expecially since they are tex-mex! (My favorite cuisine!) :-)

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Sara September 4, 2010

I wanted to say that my desk is nice & clean but then I glanced around and realized I would be lying! haha. I haven’t even put my dSLR away and it’s bag is right underneath the desk! I’m gonna clean it up right now though, thanks for the reminder. haha

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Amber K September 4, 2010

I am pretty organized, althought it doesn’t always look nice and neat and put together. But everything is organized in the sense that it is where I want it to be!

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MoniMeals September 4, 2010

Angela! I wish I had your desk! You did an great job. I also am going to get into that Priority Box for gmail, do you love it? Are you serious…27,000 emails! Unreal. :) Is Eric clean too, it sure helps when the hubby’s are too. :)
I also have a recipe spotting for you. I don’t know if you got it (from a comment a while back)but it is on my website, would you like me to send it to you? If you type “fries” you will see my recipe for Carrots, Parsnips and Sweet Potatoes w/ pb fries. It all started from the “explosion” of those parnsip fries that you started! lol.
What a killer dinner…I have-got to try the savory oats soon. That also is one of my fav dark chocolates, I think they are starting to carry that at T Joes. Sorry you don’t have a T Joes.:( I will send you anything you need, as I live walking distance to 2 of them. Then you can send me a Wunder Bar! Happy Day!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 4, 2010

Thank you!

Will check out your fries :) I need to make them again!

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Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place September 4, 2010

My inbox is a disaster..I need to organize everything and label them so I don’t forget about important e-mails!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie September 4, 2010

Yes!!! I love uncluttered space! I just did this with my husband’s desk and he keeps saying “I just can’t believe how good this looks baby!”. It really does make a difference!

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Lori September 4, 2010

Those cheesey savory oats sound delicious, not to mention look amazing. I love all the toppings. Super easy and completely healthy nachos going on there! Yum.

Well done with the desk cleaning and organizing. I need a lot of help with my gmail inbox. It’s loaded with tons of unread emails or starred, important ones. Checking out that Priority Inbox thing right now. :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers September 4, 2010

Wanna come do my desk next?! :)

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Megan @ Sweet On.. September 4, 2010

Love the Natalie Dee poster :) When I left my grad program early (best decision of my life!) I joked about getting that Tshirt to wear to final meeting with my advisors. But it turns out sometimes being a quitter is the greatest thing in the world – so much happier now!

Reminds me of another quote from a Swedish chick lit book I read… “He who flees from something has merely gotten lost on his way home.” :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 4, 2010

haha that would have been awesome!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 4, 2010

Having a neat workspace makes all the difference! Mine is kind of a mess right now because I haven’t put up my shelves and organizers yet! Not to mention I have dirty dishes lying around. Whoops. :P

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Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker September 4, 2010

Nice job on your office clean-up. I SO wish they had priority inbox for Outlook — would make my “real” job soooooo much easier! Our home workspace is pretty fun . . . we used a Design Sponge tutorial to make a really long desk out of an old door. Gives us a lot of space to stow papers and other materials. But I’d like to jazz it up with some more decorative touches. <3

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Deb September 4, 2010

I love your blog… You have inspired me to cook healthier. I have never heard of some of the ingredients that you use, but I am going to try and find them here in Michigan! Thanks!! Deb

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suburban housewife@sinning in suburbia September 4, 2010

I am currently in the process of decluttering my living space. It feels so liberating to declutter and free up space. The energy just moves more freely when it is not inhibited by clutter. Nice job decluttering today!

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Lisa September 4, 2010

Savory oats look delicious! I’ve never tried them before or ever thought of that kind of combination! Thanks so much for the idea! =)

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Eimear Rose September 4, 2010

I don’t have a computer space at home, but my desk in work can get pretty cluttered! People leave stuff on it when I’m at meetings, argh. I organise everything into order of priority everyday. I noticed the new Priority inbox feature the other day, I’m hoping to get it set up over the weekend.
Loving those savoury oats! I also find oats the perfect food if I’m feeling icky.

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