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Banana Oat Cake with Fresh Whipped Cream

Got a few ripe bananas laying around? You can make this quick easy cake! Are  the oats you have on hand gluten free? Great! Then your cake will be, too.Banana CakeThis cake is the result of a joking request from one of my oldest friends in the universe. Her sweet little baby girl will be a year old soon and she is on the hunt for a gluten free cake that is low sugar. Read the rest of this entry


Oatmeal Cinnamon Buttermilk Waffles

I’m not sure why but, this time of year I really, really need breakfast food. Need it. Hearty stuff, too. Not just the fruit and yogurt I eat the rest of the year but waffles and omelets and potatoes and oatmeal. Stuff that weighs you down and fills you up all day.Waffle Time!So this weekend we had our second annual waffle breakfast. Very fun and an easy way to entertain. Just borrow a couple of extra waffle makers from party guests and set out some waffle batter and imaginative topping. The rest takes care of itself. Let everyone loose in the kitchen and they cook their own breakfast while you sit back and enjoy your coffee! Ahhhh. . .I love to entertain like this! Read the rest of this entry

Caramel Oatmeal Brownie Bars

This is an easy one for you. It’s a take on all those layered brownies you see all over the internet.caramel oatmeal brownie barThey are super customizable, too. If you don’t like caramel, use peppermint patties. If you hate oatmeal, leave it off. Prefer sugar cookies? Okay! Read the rest of this entry

Oatmeal Stout Brownies

What are you doing for St. Patty’s day? Green beer? Green eggs & ham? Corned beef & cabbage?

Oatmeal Stout BrowniesI do love the corned beef & cabbage but this year I’m going to skip it. And skip the green beer. I was never a fan. Of course, I may partake in a nice Irish Coffee and one of these brownies.

I don’t like the flavor of beer, but I do occasionally use it when I cook. And now I use it to bake! Not to worry if you feel similar about beer. . the bulk of the flavor cooks out. It just helps to deepen the flavor of the chocolate and adds a slight malty flavor.

Sprinkled with pretty green sanding sugar!The sun was out while I was baking these. Shocking! Has anyone else notice that there is a hint of spring going on right now? It makes me want fresh spring veggies. Asparagus, spring onions, tender baby greens, etc. These brownies are great but they are rich. I would trade you a brownie for a nice plate of roasted asparagus right now. Once in a while my sweet tooth loses to vegetables. How weird. 

Just a hint of malt!I’ve been waiting for spring seasonal veggies to start showing up at reasonable prices in the stores. I splurged on a couple of bunches of asparagus the other day and I can’t wait to eat it! I know it’s still early but I am soooo ready for fresh spring flavors, warmth, sun, bike riding, gardening, open windows, etc. .  You know, things that don’t happen while snow clings to the ground.Rich and dense!

I’ve gotten ahead of myself wishing for spring. It will most likely snow again before we get any lasting spring weather. The rains of March and April will make it too wet and muddy to bike ride or garden. I have been really missing the bike riding, too. Last summer Tim and I had these great Saturdays & Sundays when we would ride our bikes downtown, have breakfast and then ride back. They were such fun days! I can’t wait for the perfect warm sunny weather to do that again.

Happy St. Patty's Day!Enjoy your St. Patty’s day. I’ll be hosting a waffle and green syrup brunch this year on the 17th. Not the most Irish thing in the world but fun and very customizable. I’ll have some green syrup available plus Irish Whiskey if anyone wants some (me) and that seems Irish enough.

Oatmeal Stout Brownies

Oatmeal Base

1 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup flour

4 Tbsps butter, melted

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp baking soda

pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper. Mix together the oatmeal, flour, melted butter, brown sugar, baking soda & salt. Press mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Brownie Layer

1 cup of Stout, reduced down to 1/2 cup, cooled

1 10.25oz brownie mix (The small mix, not the family style.)

1 egg

Pour the Stout into a small saucepan and simmer over medium heat until the beer has reduced down by half. It will thicken and get a bit syrupy. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

In a mixing bowl combine the brownie mix, egg and reduced stout. Mix well and pour batter on top of the oatmeal base layer. Put back in oven and bake 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely.


4 Tbsps butter, room temperature

2 cups powdered sugar

2 Tbsps cocoa powder

3-4 Tbsps milk (or half & half)

pinch of salt

In a mixing bowl beat the butter until light and creamy. Add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Beat slowly to incorporate into the butter. Add the salt and add the milk 1 Tbsp at a time until the frosting in creamy and spreadable.

Once the brownies have cooled completely, spread the frosting on top. Add sprinkles or sanding sugar if you like. Cut into 16 bars. Keep in an airtight container.

Chocolate Cherry Oatmeal Cookies

It’s so cold and snowy in my neck of the woods that I just want oatmeal. And coffee. And a heating blanket. And a quilted bag of warm corn kernels. . .no I’m not crazy.

Chocolate CherryBut I am cold. My aunt makes these quilted cloth bags filled with dried corn kernels and you stick them in the microwave to heat them and then put them on your freezing feet! They are probably also useful on sore muscles but I wouldn’t know because my feet are too cold to waste the warm corn on muscles. (side note-when I heat the corn my house smells of popcorn, which in turn makes me want to eat popcorn.)

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Salted Caramel Oatmeal Cookies

I have a working oven again! A week without oven usage just about killed me. We had a bit of an incident last weekend.

salted caramel oatmeal cookiesWhile preheating the oven last Saturday night, my oven heating element burned through. It was a bright fiery orb. Sort of like having the sun in your oven. So bright that after the flame subsided we had spots in front of our eyes.

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Glazed Pumpkin, Oatmeal & Black Walnut Cake

It’s October! We can be fall-ish now. ( Yes, you have my permission.)

The last few days I have had a serious pumpkin addiction. Halloween is prevalent on my mind. As are fall leaves and a couple October weekend getaways I have coming up! Read the rest of this entry

Granola Bars

Happy Labor Day! We partied yesterday. . today I lay low! Maybe make some more of these!

Remember how I told you about my granola addiction? This falls into the same category. It’s sticky, chewy granola. But in bar form.

I’m pretty sure these are a little like crack.  (Not that I’d know what that is like, of course!) You know. .they’re addicting. I feel a little like a dealer handing these out. Like a little free sample of granola bar to get ya hooked and then you’ll want more and more and I’ll start charging you more and more! BWA HA HA HA!

Diabolical, no?

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Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Bars

Whew! That’s a long name! Let me know if you come up with anything better. Something short and sweet like Happy Bars or Yummylicious Cookies.

Peanut butter and chocolate are classic. And a favorite of mine.

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Momofuku Crack Pie

Sometimes you hear a lot of hype about a particular recipe. You read about it on a million blogs and cooking sites, etc. And then, finally,  you know you have top try it and see if it lives up to its name and the word on the internet. You don’t really believe it could be that wonderful. And then it is!

This is that recipe. . . . and trust me. . . it’s AMAZING!

It’s so good I just wanna roll in it! (Which is also the canine equivalent of saying, “This is AWESOME”.)

It’s so good I want to eat 4 pieces at one sitting, even though it’s so sweet I know that would create the need for an instant root canal.

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