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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

Flan (Also Known as Crème Caramel)


There is one dessert that I can almost never pass by. Actually, now that I write that out, there are a few I can’t pass by. Peanut butter pie. Flan or crème caramel. Cheesecake. If all three on on a dessert menu, I am really stuck. Anyway. I joined a group called The Secret Recipe Club after my friend Mary Tweeted something about it. The idea is that you are assigned a food blog every month and you make a recipe from it. We really like to try new recipes and new foods, so I signed up. This month, I … Read more

Cherry Cordial Creme Brownie Cheesecake

Yesterday, I mentioned the decadent cheesecake recipes I found on the back of the Hershey’s Kisses packages I bought. I shared the Candy Cane Swirl Cheesecake recipe I found, but I made you wait til today for the Cherry Cordial Creme Cheesecake. If I was cooking for myself, I’d make this one before the mint one. I’m just saying.   Photo courtesy of Hershey’s Print Recipe Cherry Cordial Creme Brownie Cheesecake Course Dessert Servings Ingredients 1/2 cup butter melted1 1/4 cups granulated sugar1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 eggs2/3 cup all-purpose flour1/2 cup cocoa powder1/4 teaspoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon salt8 ounces cream … Read more