Closing Comrades: March {The Breakfast Drama Queen}

Closing Comrades: March {The Breakfast Drama Queen}

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Happy end of March!  This month, I have invited Claudia (A.K.A. The Breakfast Drama Queen) to be my closing comrade.  Here’s what she has to say:

Hi there! I’m Claudia from The Breakfast Drama Queen, and I’m delighted to be a guest on
Kat’s 9 Lives.

Kat gave me the exciting opportunity to write about anything – anything!
As I’m currently studying law and have a degree in economics, I could
give you a lengthy discussion on monetary policy or negligence law. But
I wouldn’t be that cruel. So instead I’m going to talk about one of my
favorite foods in the universe, baked oatmeal!

Baked oatmeal is like a breakfast cake. Best of all, it’s so easy to
recreate your favorite desserts as healthy baked oatmeal breakfasts!

Some of my favorites include…

Black Forest Baked Oatmeal
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German Chocolate Cake Baked Oatmeal

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and Banana Upside Down Cake Baked Oatmeal

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Not surprisingly, my blog is becoming overwhelmed by baked oatmeal
recipes.

Depending on the recipe and baking times, it can be chewy like a cookie
or soft like a muffin (or somewhere in between). So, here are a few of
my tips for making dessert-worthy baked oatmeals.

1. Fruit/Vegetable Purees
There’s nothing like some pumpkin puree, mashed banana or applesauce to
add moisture and volume to baked oatmeals. Alternatively, try adding
some grated apple, carrot or zucchini.

2. Toppings
Just like cakes, baked oatmeals can be jazzed up with a range of
toppings. I often top my baked oatmeal with nut butters or coconut
yogurt. Actual frosting works too!

3. Removing Baked Oatmeal from the Ramekin
Ordinarily, I’d recommend just eating baked oatmeal out of the ramekin
(unless you bake them in muffin pans). It’s easier and faster this way.
However, they do look pretty if you make the effect to remove them from
the ramekins and place them on a prettier dish.

If removing the baked oatmeal from the ramekin, the first thing to do is
make sure it’s cooked enough. This seems obvious, but don’t we all
forget things early in the morning when we’re feeling impatient and
hungry? The baked oatmeal should be dry on top and a little bit firm to
touch. Wobbly or doughy baked oatmeal will collapse if you try to remove
it form the dish.

Next, let the oatmeal cool in the ramekin for at least five minutes.
Yes, the wait is hard. But it’s 120% necessary. Loosen it a bit by
running a butter knife around the circumference of the baked oatmeal.
Then invert it onto a plate (or, if you’re game, your hand). Invert the
oatmeal again so it’s the right way up.

But as I said, this is just for aesthetic reasons. Most days I’m so
eager to eat my oatmeal that I won’t wait five seconds longer than
necessary and simply eat it out of the baking dish.

4. Chocolate Chips
Seriously, add them. Life is better with chocolate.

And that’s all I have to say about one of my favorite breakfasts. Are
you a baked oatmeal fan?

Thanks, Claudia, for sharing these great tips–they were much more interesting than an economics lecture!  I also am an oatmeal enthusiast, and I am definitely guilty of impatiently eating baked oatmeal before it has cooled.

For more oatmeal fun, check out Claudia’s site or look through the numerous oatmeal recipes that I have posted (including Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal and Blueberry Muffin Baked Oatmeal).

I hope that you had a wonderful March!

Dear Future Husband

Dear Future Husband

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Whether or not you are a fan of Megan Trainor, you have to admit that her song Dear Future Husband speaks mounds of truth.  In the song, Megan tells her future husband “some things [he needs] to know if [he wants] to be [her] one and only.”  Among the list of attributes, Megan expects her future husband to be a classic gentleman, taking her on dates, buying her flowers, and opening the door for her.  He should tell her that she is beautiful every night.  Even when she acts crazy (and let’s be honest–we are all crazy at times), he should treat her like a lady.  Megan says, “Don’t have a dirty mind; just be a classy guy.”

I want my future husband to do a lot of the same things.  I want him to show me his love and tell me that I am gorgeous.  In my opinion, every man should have a clean mind and be classy.

As I listened to Megan’s song for the first time, I began authoring a mental letter to my future husband, telling him what I expect out of our life-long, monogamous relationship.

Dear future husband,

  • Date me until we die, buy me flowers, and hold my hand.
  • If you are marrying me, you are entering a long-term relationship with a highly human individual.  Don’t expect me to be perfect.  I will likely fail daily, so please forgive me.
  • Don’t lie to me.
  • Stand up for me and defend our family. 
  • Never let me doubt that you find me beautiful. 
  • Although I am incredibly independent, I need you to lead me.  Just as God made Adam to be the leader in the Garden-home, be the initiator in our household.  Make decisions for our family based off of God’s Word. 
  • Don’t keep secrets from me, but surprise me.
  • Keep my “love tank” full. 

In return, I promise to do the same.

  • I will date you until we die, come faithfully beside you, and hold your hand.
  • I will patiently forgive you.
  • I will not lie to you.
  • I will defend you when necessary.
  • I will tell you that you are handsome.  You are my “one and only.”
  • I will respect your decisions.
  • I will not keep secrets from you, but I will surprise you.
  • I will keep your “love tank” full. 
Cookie Cups with Tropical Fruit Filling

Cookie Cups with Tropical Fruit Filling

 

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Although I made this recipe and originally wrote this post on December 17, I have been saving it for a day that I felt it was appropriate to talk about tropical fruit and toasted coconut.  Since spring has officially begun (and it’s been over three months since I made the recipe), I thought that it was about time to address the subject at hand.

 

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Cookie cups!!  Using my 2-ingredient cookie recipe, I made simple cookie cups and filled them with…

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Tropical fruit!  Yum!  These cookie cups make a great, snack for a warm day when you are just feeling summer-y!

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Cookie Cups with Tropical Fruit Filling

Ingredients (for one snack-size serving–this recipe can easily be multiplied):

  • 1/4 cup oats, ground into a course flour
  • 1/4 banana
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup frozen fruit
  • toasted coconut (optional)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and lightly spray mini muffin tin with nonstick spray.
  • In a food processor, combine ground oats, banana, and vanilla until dough forms.
  • Divide dough into four equal balls and place in prepared muffin tin.
  • Press dough to the sides of the tin to form cups.
  • Bake for five minutes.
  • In a food processor, puree 1/4 cup frozen tropical fruit.
  • Once the cookie cups have finished cooking, remove them from the pan and fill with fruit mixture.  Top with toasted coconut, if desired.
  • Eat and enjoy.

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Happy Fiesta Friday!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Twenty

Top Ten Tuesday: Twenty

20thLast week, I entered the second decade of my life. Don’t worry, though.  There are plenty of other things turning twenty this year.

Ten Things that will turn Twenty in 2015

1. The DVD (Digital Versatile Disk or Digital Video Disk)

When I was little, movie previews still said, "Coming soon to VHS."
When I was little, movie previews still said, “Coming soon to VHS.”

2. The JAVA computer language

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…and a new version seems to be available every day!

3. Toy Story

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So does that make me the same age as Andy’s little sister?

4. Teacher Barbie

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5. The scroll wheel

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6. Winnie the Pooh and Foamy Tree house

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I had one of these!

7. Xtracycle

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8. Gabby Douglas

Gymnastics are my favorite part of the summer Olympics.
Gymnastics are my favorite part of the summer Olympics.

9. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland

rockandroll10. Babe

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30 before 30: Color Run

30 before 30: Color Run

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When I began compiling my 30 before 30 list back in the fall, the Color Run was one of the first activities I added.  I love to run, and I love bright colors, so why not enjoy the two together?  Last month, my brother invited me to join his Color Run team, and I jumped at the chance was initially excited…until I saw the entrance fee.  Ultimately, though, I could not pass up the opportunity to begin whittling down my goals the day after my birthday.  So, I bit the bullet, pulled out my debit card (telling myself that it would count as a self-given birthday present), and prepared for race day.

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With the wintry weather and my work hours, I was not able to “train” for the run.  Thankfully, the Color Run is completely casual–no time clocks, no winner, no prizes.

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Seven thousand people (and a few animals) participated in the Color Run today.  I ran with the second group and finished before the last group even had a chance to start.

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This was truly the happiest 3.1 miles I had ever run.  With each spray of color, I grinned bigger (which led to a few mouthfuls of colored corn starch).

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Although I will probably be wiping yellow dust out of my left ear until 2016, I have no regrets!

Shine on!

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Thirty by Thirty

Thirty by Thirty

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Happy Birthday to me!

I don’t know why, but I have been dreading this birthday.  Something about turning 20 just makes me feel, well, old.  I have two decades behind me. I am officially old, y’all.

I can hear you mocking me already.  I know that twenty is technically young.  Statistically, I still have over 50 years to live.  I just feel old.  Or maybe it’s that I feel too young to be old.

When I stumbled upon Ceara’s page titled “Thirty before Thirty,” I made a shocking realization:  I will be thirty one day!  I guess I always knew that fact, but it had never occurred to me that I would eventually grow up.  Sometimes I still think I am only fourteen years old.

There is a lot I want to do before I turn thirty.  So, taking Ceara’s lead, I have composed a list of thirty things to do before I turn thirty.  Some goals are highly attainable; others will require dedication, perseverance, money, and patience.  I look forward to whittling down this list before 2025.

I have posted a new page to keep track of my progress.  Let’s see if I can knock all of these out!  Any that you want to help me with?

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Top Ten Tuesday: St. Patrick

Top Ten Tuesday: St. Patrick

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Ten Facts About St. Patrick

1. Patrick’s birth name was Maewyn Succat.

2. At the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped from his home in Britain and sold as a slave in Ireland.  He remained in captivity for six years working as a shepherd.

3. It was during this captivity that Maewyn began praying regularly and strengthened his relationship with God.

4. After being told in a dream to flee, Maewyn ran away from his captors and found passage on a boat to France.

5. After 3 days of sailing, the boat landed, and the men began walking towards the nearest city.

6.  Twenty-nine days later, the group was still walking and completely out of supplies.  Maewyn prayed for food, and God sent a herd of swine (BACON!).

7. Maewyn eventually returned to England, and his family urged him to remain with them.

8. In yet another dream, Maewyn was told to become a missionary to the animistic people of Ireland.

9. During his ministry, he led thousands of Irish people to Christ and started hundreds of churches.

10. As a missionary, Maewyn’s name was changed to Patrick.  St. Patrick’s Day is a Catholic holiday which honors St. Patrick for his dedicated service to the Lord.

To learn more, you can read this short biography or simply watch the Veggie Tales clip below :)