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Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets and an Update on Bariatric Surgery Preparations

Homemade Healthy Instant Oatmeal Packets - This recipe will show you how to make your own instant rolled oats oatmeal packets at a fraction of the cost of store bought packets. If you use gluten-free oats, you will have gluten free oatmeal, too. Perfect for breakfast, in the morning, or any time of day! Makes about 20 packets.

Scroll down for the recipe for my homemade (sort of) healthy oatmeal packets. First, an update on my process towards bariatric surgery: I have so many fears about my upcoming gastric sleeve surgery, but most of all, I fear that I will fail. I fear that I will not be able to maintain the weight loss and that all my hard work will be for nothing as I balloon back up to my current weight. I did not do very well in my “physician supervised weight loss” and actually gained weight the first three months. I’ve been doing better since month … Read more

Cinnamon Roll Pie

Back in October, I shared tips for cooking with kids. One of those tips was to buy foods that make it easier for the kids to cook, like Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls. They make it easy for kids to make a complete breakfast – all they have to do is pop open the roll, place the cinnamon rolls in a baking dish, bake, and then ice. They’re simple and easy enough for kids to make with just a little oven help. With that in mind, I created the following recipe for a fabulous dessert using Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls as a starting point. … Read more

S’mores Cheesecake with Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

On Wednesday, while Grace was taking a nap (she’s been quite sick), Allie and I made a s’mores cheesecake to bring some of our favorite flavors together. I had a new cheesecake recipe to try out, and we haven’t had a campfire in a while to get our s’mores fix, so it seemed like a good combination. Was it ever a good combination! That is the understatement of the year. Every bite of this rich cheesecake was loaded with the sticky goodness of marshmallows and the rich sweetness of my homemade hot fudge, and it was – dare I say … Read more

Carrot Cake Pancakes

To celebrate the official launch of Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters next Monday {squee!}, I’m running content from the book this week. You can buy Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything next Monday, July 14.  This awesome recipe comes from the section on using cheese graters. You need either a cheese grater or a food processor to get the carrots cut up in small enough pieces to make the pancakes. A quick word of warning about these pancakes. You can’t cook them quickly. You have to cook them slowly over medium-low heat in order for the … Read more

Stuffed Baked Apples (Gluten-Free)

baked stuffed apples

It is apple season! I love apple season. What’s your favorite variety of apple? We eat dozens of apples during apple season. When they’re in season, apples are fresh and juicy and tasty. There are loads of apple orchards in central Pennsylvania, and we buzz from one to another, sampling the fruits of their labor. Most of the time, we use an apple wedger to core and slice the apples. If I’m partaking alone, it ends there. If the girls are sharing my apple, I use my favorite peeler to remove the skin and part of the apple flesh. (I remove … Read more

Gluten-Free Cheesecake That Everyone Will Love

gluten-free cheesecake

Joe and I dated over cheesecake. It’s the one dessert he really enjoys, and I often ordered a slice when we went out to dinner and shared it with him. Now that we’re married, I make him order his own. Today is our wedding anniversary, so I wanted to share our new favorite cheesecake recipe. I love cheesecake, but I am not very good at making it. In fact, the cheesecake above was the first one I ever made that didn’t crack on top. I don’t know why this particular one didn’t crack when all the others I’ve ever made … Read more