Patio Garden

I love the thought of a garden, I really do, but my backyard is a little on the small side.  Okay, really on the small side (and two big dogs live back there).  So, for now, it is something I dream about for when we move into a bigger yard.  We recently got a mini lettuce garden basket from Chase’s parents.  It is so great!  We can go out and snip a fresh bowl of salad greens for dinner every few days (it grows back pretty quickly).   I am loving how easy a patio garden is- I can see how they are popular for people in the city!

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Baked Oatmeal

I am a firm believer in eating a good breakfast to start the day off right. But sometimes, there aren’t many quick, healthy options.
My mother-in-law has been making this recipe for a long time, and she always has a bag of baked oatmeal squares in the freezer for quick breakfasts. At their house, they put frozen berries on top, microwave it, and drizzle some milk over it. It is just like eating cobbler for breakfast!

Here is her recipe:

Baked Oatmeal
1 cup oil
1 cup brown sugar (you could substitute honey or maple syrup)
5 eggs, beaten
6 cups old fashioned or quick oatmeal
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups milk (any type of milk- or even half & half works)
Nuts (optional)- any kind (slivered almonds and chopped walnuts are good)
Dried Fruit (optional)- any kind (cranberries are good)
1/2 cup ground flaxseed
1/2 cup coconut
1 tablespoon Cinnamon (plus extra for on top)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix all ingredients. Add nuts, dried fruit, flaxseed, coconut, and cinnamon.

Put in 9 X 13 pan and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Bake for 30-40 minutes.

Cut into 12 squares and freeze in plastic bag for quick and easy breakfasts!

Let me know if you try it! I would love to know what you think.

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