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Friday, November 30, 2007

Baked Oatmeal with Walnuts and Blueberries

I made Baked Oatmeal ( from the December 2007 Gourmet magazine) this morning for breakfast. I added blueberries instead of the raisins and thought the walnuts would add a good little crunch, although I think that any fruit or nut would be just as good. I think it was an overall success and hey, if you can get your oatmeal but still have it taste almost like dessert, then it's a win-win situation! And this is your lucky day - I am actually going to post the recipe!
Baked Oatmeal:
3 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
3 teaspoons cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup applesauce
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 whole milk or half and half
1/4 cup canola oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1 1/2 cups blueberries
2 tablespoons lightly packed brown sugar
~Preheat oven to 350 degrees . Lightly oil a 8 inch square baking dish.
~Stir together the oats, granulated sugar, baking powder, 2 teaspoons cinnamon and salt in a large bowl.
~Whisk together applesauce, yogurt , milk, oil, eggs and vanilla. Stir into oat mixture, add nuts and berries, then pour into baking dish.
~Stir together brown sugar and remaining 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and sprinkle over oatmeal, then bake until wooden toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 30-40 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes.
~ Serve with milk if desired.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Giving Thanks... pies!

LOOK at this stack of pie crust dough awaiting its fate...
3 Pumpkin and 2 Apple pies ( and don't forget the whipped cream)!

If I had a vote I would say forget the turkey and mashed potatoes -- let's just eat pie! Actually, I kinda dislike making pumpkin pies because they are really hard to make look very pretty-- the crust always slips or gets burnt or SOMETHING before the custard is actually set up. Oh well, they still tast pretty good and I shouldn't worry much since it disapears so quickly. Note to self: Make a pecan pie ( or 2 ) next Thanksgiving.

On a different note besides pie:

~ things I am thankful for this year~

1) God and His wonderful Word, The BIBLE. It always seems fresh and new with something powerful to say to me everytime I open it!

2) Family... That flag football game was sure fun today

3) 3 darling blue-eyed little nephews

4) A warm bed to crawl into every night

5) A daddy that takes me to races, even on Thanksgiving morning! ( yep, I ran in a 5 K race this morning - it was quite nippy!)

6) AND many more blessings, more than I can count... God is so good... there is no excuse for a lack of joy in my life, that is for sure!

Sunday, November 18, 2007

A Change of Subject...

Today I had an adventure of a different kind... coffee filter roses. I got the inspiration over at Mommy Makes Roses and the directions over at Martha Stewart's Website. There is even a video, which is really helpful! It took me about 2 hours [ :-0 ] to make my first one, but I am happy with the results and I am sure that I will be faster next time... hopefully! Sorry about the blurry pictures. There is something really wrong with our camera and I haven't figured out how to fix it yet.

Saturday, November 17, 2007


I was TAGGED by my dear Mother over at Miss Gracie's House. Here we go.

6 Interesting Facts about ME:

1) I LOVE to run. Yep, I would probably pick that if I had a choice of one thing to do. Yes, my friends think I am an extraterrestial being - all I wanted to do for my 17th birthday was to run the farthest I have ever run. I ran 6.2 miles which isn't that impressive, but, my bodyguard (Dad) can get a little bored riding his bike, so I haven't ever really had the chance to run as far as I could.

2)I love listening to Josh Groban and Skillet, Michael Buble and Lifehouse, Chopin and Downhere. Kinda different, huh?

3) My favorite movie at the moment would be No Reservations. Jane Eyre( the new Masterpiece Theatre one) is pretty good too.

4)I have played the piano for over 10 years... wow, that's a long time once I think about it.

5)I get really nervous for piano competitions and recitals but I NEVER get nervous for Volleyball and Basketball games.

6)I have no idea what I am going to do after I graduate from highschool this year - I'm just waiting for God's direction... it's hard being patient for Him to work things out! :-)

I don't know who to tag yet. I'll let you know when I figure it out!

Bazaar Baking...

Yesterday I made some goodies for the local Pregnancy Resource Center's holiday bazaar. It happened to be the best day for baking... wet and drizzly outside, Josh Groban playing in the background... my ultimate day! Here are some pics:

Homemade Marshmallows

Cranberry Cheesecake Bars, Mint Brownies, Chocolate Toffee Pecan Bars

Cinnamon TwistsHere is how I packaged the marshmallows - I don't think the picture does justice to how cute the little packages turned out!

Which Jane Austen Heroine Are YOU?

Surprise, Surprise!!!
I am Elinor Dashwood!
Take the Quiz here!

(I didn't need to take the quiz to know which herorine I would be - it's really obivious if you know me personally!)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Teaparty with Abigail

Abigail and I had a teaparty today... doesn't it look like fun?! I even got her to dress up and wear some clip-on earrings. But, for the record, this teaparty was all her idea - she chose the menu and made the scones all by herself!

~Rosemary Chicken Salad Sandwhiches with Grapes and Walnuts
~Mini Lemon-Blueberry Scones
~Grapes and Carrot Sticks
~ Lemon Bars
~Good Earth Tea

Monday, November 5, 2007

Mexican Flan

I made flan (notice the link for the recipe!) on Sunday for a family get-together - we had a Mexican fiesta! Most members of our family are NOT custard people, so I was very surprised at how many liked it. I even liked it and I am included with those that usually can't stand it! I never thought flan looked all that appetizing either - another reason why I have stayed away from it. One comment I did get was that it tasted more French than Spanish because it was so rich and creamy. I wouldn't know -I never have had Creme' Caramel or Flan either here in the USA or abroad... bummer, I know! But I am really glad I tried it. Apart from the burnt sugar syrup it was incredibly EASY! The sugar syrup took me 3 tries before I finally just added extra water and then it was a great from there.

Mexican FLAN