The best oatmeal I have ever tasted

I recently stumbled on an amazing food blog, budget bytes. The author not only has terrific recipes but also break down the cost of each recipe and portion. I poked around the dessert section like I  normally do, then found a recipe for baked oatmeal. I had never heard of baking oatmeal, just the normal boil it for five minute routine. The pictures beautiful and the recipe was easy enough. Arora and I made it this morning.

Slicing peaches and tossing in fresh picked blueberries from Grandma’s back yard. It came together quickly but needed to cook for about 45 minutes. The results were fabulous! So creamy and hearty. I loved the baked fruit and the custard like filling. This recipe is definitely a winner.

You should check out her site.


making applesauce

I have mentioned Arora’s love of the TV show “Sid the Science Kid” on here before. We recently watched an episode about why food changes from one thing to another. In the episode they make some applesauce, demonstrating that once it is applesauce it cannot be turned back into an apple.

We had a stack of apples that wasn’t getting eaten very quickly.  Today we decided to make some apple sauce. We did it just like on the show. I let Arora try to mash the apples before they were cooked, and then after when they were soft. David and I really liked how it turned out. Arora ate two bites and was full.  Here is the recipe I used.


making peanut butter playdough- kind of

I thought it would be fun to make up some peanut butter play dough. I don’t know what I was thinking. I guess I forgot my daughter HATES getting her hands dirty or sticky or messy. I found this recipe and scaled it down to 2 servings. Then I realized we were almost out of honey, we had just enough to make it. We mixed together the ingredients but it did not come together well. Maybe we needed to mix it longer but it was so grainy and so sticky. Arora sampled it on a spoon and was happy enough with the taste. I thought it was sickeningly sweet. I tried to get her to touch it, no go. It was basically a waste of time and ingredients. I did put it in the fridge to try it again tomorrow.

Even though it was not a huge success, it was time we spent together. Arora was learning measuring skills and mixing skills. I was practicing being patient, and just enjoying having one baby still.

Have you ever made peanut butter play dough? Did it turn out better?

pizza rolls

We love to make homemade pizza. Growing up we made it every Christmas Eve. It is a easy meal to make. Last night I made it even easier. I had some leftover pizza sauce in the fridge and all the other toppings ready.  I used a can of refrigerator rolls as the crust.  They were the “extra big” rolls so I cut each one in half. Then baked for them for about half the recommended time, 6 minutes.

Then scooped on the tomato sauce that already had cooked sausage in it.  Put on a mix of Cheddar and Mozzarella cheese. Then topped it off with peperoni bites. Then stuck it back in the oven for another 7-8 minutes. They came out great!

What are some easy quick things you make for dinner?