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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

Smiley Breakfast Cups – Quick and Easy Breakfast

Smiley Breakfast Cups

From my new book, Coffee Filters to Cheese Graters: Creative Ways to Use Just About Everything, these Eggs-tra Special Breakfast Cups are always a big hit at my house. You can use a couple of tater tots in the bottom, but smiley potatoes are always a huge hit with my kids. That way, when you turn the cups out, there is a big smile on top of the eggs and ham. It is a nice way to start the day. The best thing about these egg cups is that they reheat nicely. You can make a big batch on the … Read more

Be Prepared for A Big Day – Start With Milk

When you’re living fully, you have a lot of big days. Losing a tooth makes it a big day. A day full of sledding, snowman building, and snowball fighting is a big day. Disney on Ice makes it a big day. An Easter egg hunt makes it a big day. Going to Chuck E. Cheese’s makes it a big day. Every day has the potential to be a big day, so my girls start each one with milk. Or milp, as Allie says. Grace likes to drink her milk in a cup – usually 2 big cupfuls alongside a waffle or granola bar. Allie … Read more

Peaches and Cream Stuffed Waffles with Cream Cheese Syrup

Peaches and Cream Stuffed Waffles

It’s a Week of Waffles at Feels Like Home! Being that I’m a Chief Waffle Officer, I’ll be posting waffle recipes featuring Eggo Waffles all week – from April 1 to April 7. I’ll share some breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and dessert recipes, so make sure you come back each day for my most recent creation! (In the interest of disclosure – Eggo Waffles are not gluten-free. I did sample this recipe, and it was {like the rest of them} delicious.) This recipe is inspired by stuffed french toast, an indulgence I adore. I figured if it was good with bread, it would be even better … Read more

Western Waffle Quiche

Western Waffle Quiche

It’s a Week of Waffles at Feels Like Home! Being that I’m a Chief Waffle Officer, I’ll be posting waffle recipes featuring Eggo Waffles all week from April 1 to April 7. I’ll share some breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, and dessert recipes, so make sure you come back each day for my most recent creation! (In the interest of disclosure Eggo Waffles are not gluten-free. I did eat two of these quiches, and they were delicious.) When I moved out of my parents’ house, I didn’t know how to cook. It took me most of a year to figure it out, and it happened mostly because … Read more

Sausage Broccoli Mushroom Omelet Roll Recipe

sausage broccoli mushroom omelet roll recipe

Does this look good or what? My omelet rolls normally roll up a little tighter, but this one is so full of toppings that it folded in thirds instead of rolling up.  My children cook with me every time I go into the kitchen. It’s just how we do things here. When I said we were having a broccoli omelet roll, both girls came running. Grace wanted to crack the eggs (I wince but let her), and Allie wants to help with anything. Here’s Allie, helping spread toppings on the eggs. She said over and over, Helping! Helping!   You may … Read more