#FallforBreakfast with Bob’s Red Mill

by Mindy Lockard on September 27, 2016

Back-to-school is in full swing. Which means the lazy days from summer and those slow moving mornings are far behind us.

Tomorrow on #FamilyRecipe I’m partnering with Bob’s Red Mill to chat favorite #FallforBreakfast ideas. Because while it’s the most important meal of the day, it can feel like the most hectic meal of the three, or five if you’re a snacker like me.

Here are a few of my favorite ways to make the morning easy and healthy!

What you need in your pantry

  • Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal Cups
  • Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oatmeal
  • Bob’s Red Mill Muesli (GF, Paleo or
  • 2 Organic Apples
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Milk (we like unsweetened coconut)
  • Yogurt
  • Real Maple Syrup
  • Cinnamon
  • Egg


Grab-and-Go Oatmeal Cups

(Side note, I over did it on on oatmeal back in 2012… as in we ate it every day back in 2012. So let’s just say my girls aren’t begging for it in the mornings. But they do beg for these cups and I LOVE it!)


What you need:

  • 3 Cups Bob’s Red Mill GF Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Paleo Style Muesli
  • 1 & 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup real Maple Syrup
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 3 egg white, beaten well

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12 medium muffin cups with cooking spray, I prefer coconut.

Place oats, muesli and cinnamon in large bowl and mix.


In medium bowl, combine milk, syrup, cinnamon and egg white; blend well. Combine the oat and liquid mixture and let rest until the oats are soft 5 to 10 minutes. Spoon mixture evenly among muffin cups.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until set and allow to cool on a wire rack!


Serve warm with yogurt and berries or serve cold on the go!


Other Ideas! These are great to make ahead and keep in the freezer and last up to 2 months.

Makes 12


Make ahead Grab-and-Go Swiss Style Oatmeal


What you need…

  • Bob’s Red Mill Fruit and Seed Muesli
  • Yogurt
  • 2 organic apples grated
  • Berries
  • canning jars

In a bowl combine one quart vanilla organic yogurt, a package of Bob’s Red Mill Muesli and grated apple. Stir well and fill jars 3/4 full!


top with fruit, seal with lid and pop in the refrigerator!

Makes 8


Instant Oatmeal Cup


What you need…

  • Oatmeal Cup
  • Spoon
  • Hot Water

Open the lid and remove the seal…


add hot water. . .


cover for 5 minutes and enjoy.


Let me tell you they are as delicious as they are easy. Great for breakfasts or even a “hot” lunch.

Serves 1


For more fun ideas join tomorrow’s #FamilyRecipe chat on twitter!

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#SummerintheCity with Uber & FOX 12 OREGON

by Mindy Lockard on June 22, 2016

Oh my goodness, I am so excited to share a little something I’ve had up my sleeve this summer.

Tomorrow, we will launch a #SummerintheCity Series with Fox 12 Oregon and Uber.


How fun is that?

If you haven’t taken Uber, this series will help you get to know the service.  If you have taken the service, this series will give you creative ideas for expanding the way you use it.

So tune in Tomorrow on Fox 12 Oregon for our first of four segments,  tomorrow’s topic is #UBER101. I introduced my mom and brother to Uber Portland. Tune in for their reactions.

Oh, and for those new to Uber you can use this link http://t.uber.com/gooddayOR to get started & PROMO CODE: GOODDAYOR for $20.00 off your first ride!



Stay tuned for all the





Fourth of July DIY

by Mindy Lockard on June 21, 2016

Fourth of July is just around the bend.


Which means soon you will be tossing burgers on the grill and lighting sparklers with friends.  So to help you get a get a jump on your 4th of July planning my sweet girls and I stopped by KING 5 in Seattle to share a few fun and festive DIY ideas for your table this coming holiday.

Join me next week on @TheGraciousGirl’s Instagram for five days of Fourth of July and BBQ tips and tricks sponsored by Kroger.


The Container Store’s Basic Six

by Mindy Lockard on June 18, 2016

Getting college life off to a gracious start is all about being organized! This weekend, July 15th – 21stand August 19th – 21st our friends at The Container Store are hosting a college savings weekend to help college-bound students get prepared and excited for their next chapter in life! Here are a few organizational ideas to keep in mind as you do your college planning.

While Mom might need these…

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Your Student will need The Dorm Room Basic Six:

Chances are this may be the students first time to do laundry and there is a good possibility they’ll have to haul their laundry up and down several staircases throughout the course of their college career – it can be such a pain!  Choose a laundry solution that is portable, easy to carry and will hold all of their clothing, like this Double Folding Mesh Cube.



If you share a common bathroom in the dorm, you’ll need to have a portable solution for all your shower gear. Consider a carrying tote that has a handle for quickly grabbing and holes at the bottom for drainage.



Dorm room closets usually have one thing in common: they’re tiny, dark and they don’t have enough space!  Most of these closet spaces only have one rod that offers 3-5 feet of storage – and in some cases this is shared between two roomates! Before leaving home, select clothes that you really believe you’ll need at college or at least for the first semester. This prevents unnecessary items in your closet.  And to maximize the storage potential of your closet, use hangers that will hold several garments in a very small amount of space or consider a rod doubler that creates an added layer of hanging space!


Walls & Doors:       

Due to strict guidelines set by residence hall officials, drilling and nails are often not allowed.  So what can you do to make the most out of your walls and doors?

Look to your walls and doors to store more than just posters.  A big restriction in most dorms in their policy about damaging the walls.  Most all dorms won’t let you nail or damage the walls, however, you can still add storage – and personality with adhesive hooks or strips!  You can use adhesive hooks to hang anything from a bathrobe to a plant without damaging the wall surface.  They easily remove from dorm room walls and can be reused.



Standard-issued dorm room desks generally don’t provide a whole lot of storage space for all the books, notebooks and supplies you’ll need to have within reach. Use the vertical space above your desk by adding a freestanding shelf – this will give you more space for personal items like picture frames.   Also, use colored organizers such as this document box to separate projects, notebooks and personal documents that normally would clutter a desk.



And then where are you going to put  everything else that you simply can’t leave behind? Look for every inch of available space and maximize every area include under the bed, over the door, on the walls, on the floor – wherever you can find a bit of open space.  Think about storage that serves dual purposes since it will be a small space – for example, use your trunk as a coffee table or eating surface and then consider boxed chairs that double as storage!

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College-bound students can create a Dorm Registry at The Container Store to get exactly what they want and need for their first college space.  Students can create their registry online or in-store with the help of our Dorm Checklist and our Dorm Specialists.

 Oh and don’t forget… Shop Here Get it There

Grads can also take advantage of our Shop Here. Get it There service if they are traveling out of state for college.  This service allows them to pick out exactly what they need for their dorm at our local store and pick it up at a convenient location nearby their college campus. What a time and space saver, especially for move-in!! 


DON’T FORGET! College Savings Weekend Events – June (June 17th – 19th); July (July 15th – 17th) & August (August 19th – 21st)

Sign up the college-bound students in your life to The Container Store’s CollegeSavings Weekend events happening June 17th – 19th, July 15th – 21stand August 19th – 21st!  The weekends will be held inside the Portland store in Bridgeport Village and offer great savings all weekend long – and a fun, party like shopping atmosphere – to your viewers and their college-bound kids.

Plus, by signing up now, they will be entered to win one of ten $1,000 dorm room makeovers!


Perfect Cinco de Mayo | Baked Tostada Cups

by Mindy Lockard on May 2, 2016

Thank you so much for popping over today for some #GraciousEats! With Cinco de Mayo just days away, I’m thrilled you are here and so happy to share one of our all time favorite weeknight meals! I call them Baked Tostada Cups, my family calls them yummy.

So relax and put your feet up while I whip of some of these delicious and super easy Baked Tostada Cups!


Yes, you have to say that while making these cups. It’s a rule.


This is what you need…

  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • 1 container of fresh salsa
  • 1 can of organic chili beans
  • pinch of salt
  • Olive oil
  • 12 pack of corn tortillas (I prefer no GMO)



  • cilantro
  • sour cream
  • tomato
  • avocado

Step by Step

  1. In a slow cooker add meat, salsa, beans and salt. Cook on high for two hours or until all of the beef is cooked through.
  2. Rub down the sides of muffin tins with olive oil
  3. Put a small tear in a tortilla, turn it into a cone shape and fit inside one of the muffin spots. Repeat until all twelve are full.
  4. Add beef and top with cheese
  5. Bake at 350 degrees or until the sides of the tortillas are golden.
  6. Remove from the oven and top with sour cream, fresh tomatoes, avocado and cilantro!


These little cups make a perfect dinner on Cinco de Mayo and again for lunch on Seis de Mayo.

And yes mi amigos and amigas, that is a fact-o!