Sunday, October 25, 2009

Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

I found this recipe on IT IS WONDERFUL!

(4 servings)

1 cup oats - old fashioned or quick
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon butter - softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For The Topping:
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
2 Tablespoons white sugar
2 Tablespoon softened butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Prepare 4 individual 1-cup ramekins by coating the inside generously with cooking spray.

Prepare the topping mixture by combining the three ingredients together in a small bowl. Set aside.

Mix all dry spices together in a small bowl.

Combine all other ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Mix well and slowly sprinkle in the spice mixture at the end so it's distributed evenly through the mix.

Divide the mixture among the four ramekins.

Bake for 10 minutes. Carefully sprinkle equal parts of the topping mixture over each serving. Bake for an additional 7 minutes.

Allow oatmeal to cool at least 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

To make this dish extra special, serve with a cool heaping Tablespoon of reduced-fat vanilla ice cream or whipping cream on top.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Menu Plan Monday


Another Monday, another Menu Plan! Trying to plan more healthy meals as I cannot afford to gain to much weight during this pregnancy. Most of these are Weight Watcher friendly.

Monday: Family dinner out.

Tuesday: Cheesy Chicken Macaroni and Cheese

Wednesday: Crockpot Cabbage with Kielbasa

Thursday: Lentil and Brown Rice Casserole

Friday: Hash Brown Soup

Saturday: Smothered Chicken with Pierogies

Sunday: Savory Meatloaf, Egg Noodles and Veggie

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Window Stars

I found a new craft that I love. My husband and I sat one night last week and made these two. I want to make enough to fill the windows during the cold winter months. I did more fall colors for now, but eventually will probably do all the colors for the winter, to see some color when looking out the windows into the snow filled yard.

You can find the directions HERE

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Fall Is My Favorite

I don’t know what it is about fall that makes me feel more love for my family, more thankful for my home and more excited for a winter of hibernating. Fall for me is time for baking, time for much needed family closeness in the warmth of our home, its blankets and candles and the sound of the furnace. Its life slowing down to a pace I can handle. I love how the colors of gold, red and orange paint a backdrop of blue. The shadow of fallen leaves around the trees in the park, entice me to take a picture to keep the memory forever. Time for getting out all the heavier coats and making sure we are stocked with gloves and hats. I find us gathering around the dinner table for a hot bowl of soup and a piece of bread for dipping. Ending the night under a heavy blanket with my honey and touching feet to keep warm…..I love fall……

In autumn when the trees are brown
The little leaves come tumbling down
They do not make the slightest sound
But lie so quietly on the ground
Until the wind comes puffing by
And blows them off towards the sky.

The winds will blow their own freshness into you,
and the storms their energy,
while cares will drop away from you
like the leaves of Autumn.

Fall poem by John Muir

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lots Has Been Happening

It has been pretty busy around my house lately....actually over the past few months. Jack has suffered two pretty icky sinus infections, the first one he had for about 3 months. I thought it was allergies and so the poor kid suffered for far to long. The second infection, I was able to easily identify and get him treatment right away. He has finally been starting to take a few steps. He just turned 14 months old on the 6th of this month. Last month, I had a couple gallbladder attacks, one being extremely severe. In fact, it sent me to the Emergency Room. By the time I got there, the attack subsided. They said I would need to have my gallbladder out after finding multiple stones. I scheduled my surgery for the 16th of this month, which is tomorrow....Well, that is where the story takes a turn....I found out this past Sunday, I am pregnant. VERY UNEXPECTEDLY! Although, right now, the docs are being cautious as my beta HCG levels are low, but they are doubling which is a good sign. I have had miscarriages in the past, so this is obviously a possibility. I need to use progesterone with this pregnancy to help it along. I will be going for an ultrasound on the 26th. I have been doing okay. So far, no gallbladder attacks...which I am hoping lasts the entire 9 months because I cannot take any pain medication. Also, just before finding out I was pregnant, I was diagnosed with having Vitamin D Deficiency....I have not been feeling well, even before finding out I was pregnant. Tired, achy,, I was glad to find out I was not crazy and that there are some definite issues going on. My husband has been working A LOT...I mean, I hardly see him. We are in the process of buying a home and so he is working a lot of doubles to get us where he financially wants us.

I cannot imagine what God has in store for us in the next year with a possible new house and baby....God is always good......

I hope all is well with all of you :)

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Scentsy Holiday Collection

Hey everyone, Scentsy's Holiday Collection is coming out. Ordering to begin November 1st.

Never heard of Scentsy?? Visit my website HERE to browse a catalog and shop from the comfort of your own home.

Scentsy wickless candles are safer than regular candles because Scentsy systems use a low watt lightbulb to slowly warm wax bars. Also, the wax only reaches just above body temperature making it safe for homes with children and pets. Scentsy has over 80 scents to choose from and dozens of warmers including full size, mid size and plug-in.

See the Holiday Collection HERE

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Menu Plan Monday


Monday: Mac and Cheese with Tuna
Tuesday: Meat and Potato Casserole
Wednesday: Broccoli Soup w/ Peasant Bread
Thursday: Black Bean and Tortilla Bake
Friday: Something with Chicken..not sure yet...any suggestions :)
Saturday: Meatless Italian Minestrone Soup
Sunday: Crock Pot Baked Potatoes

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