Monday, March 19, 2018

Oatmeal Snack Cake...

I am sadly aware that there are many people in this world that do not love (or even like!!!) oatmeal.  I can't understand why.  I mean there's oatmeal cookies, granola, baked oatmeal, chocolattes, strawberry oatmeal bars, oatmeal pancakes, many different flavored oatmeals and MORE!!!!  (and I just SADLY discovered I NEED TO GET SOME OF THESE RECIPES ON MY BLOG!!!!!).  Oats, in all different forms, are DELICIOUS to me!!!!

So, when I discovered I could use leftover oatmeal in a cake, I WAS EXCITED!!!!!! Have y'all ever made a potful of old fashioned oats for breakfast only to realize you made too much?  Well, I found a use for them in case you have ever done that.  Allow me to introduce Oatmeal Snack Cake!!!!!

It's moist because I use oil, but mostly because of the cooked oatmeal in it.  Slightly sweet, easy to mix together, and really, really good with a cup of coffee morning, noon, night, late at night... you get the picture.

So grab your ingredients and get baking!!

Oatmeal Snack Cake

  • ½ cup oil 
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups cooked, plain oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

In a large mixing bowl, stir together the oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and oatmeal. (Oatmeal can be kind of lumpy mixing it together, but keep at it!!  It all comes together.) Then gently stir in flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon and mix well.  Pour into greased and floured 9 x 13 cake pan and bake for 35 minutes at 350 degrees.  

Good luck keeping this around long.  This is DELICIOUS and disappears quickly!!!

Happy cooking!!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Crock Pot Provincial Chicken...

Hey y'all!!!  Today I'm sharing one of my family's all time favorite recipes.  My husband LOVES all the flavors and I LOOOOVE that it is made in the crock pot.  

I'll be honest, I shared this recipe eons ago in the very beginning stages of my blog (yea, I've been having fun here in this space for a looooong while).  The recipe is so yummy and we're STILL enjoying it, so I figured it was worth sharing all over again!!! Plus, the Lord has given us our two sweet girls since I first shared the recipe and both of them love this, too!!  WIN WIN!!!!

Just a tiny few tweaks have happened since then, but it's basically the same- delicious! 

Happy eating!!!  

Crock Pot Provincial Chicken

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 medium zucchini, diced
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 15-ounce cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 10¾-ounce can cream of chicken soup
2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
8 oz shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup sour cream
Cooked pasta

Combine all ingredients except the cheese and sour cream in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours. Remove the chicken, cut into bite-size pieces and return to the slow cooker. Stir in the cheese and sour cream and cook 15 minutes more. Spoon over the pasta before serving.  Oh, and Mr. U ALWAYS pours more balsamic vinegar over his before he eats.  He says he loves all the extra flavor. :)

Makes 6 serving.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Effortless Apple Dip...

This apple dip is tasty!!  Every single time I take it somewhere, it is always ALWAYS completely gone by the time I've headed home.  I've taken this to Bible studies, playgroups, homeschool group, made this for friends coming over, even made this for picky children who would NOT touch apples.  (And at a Valentine's Day party this was DEVOURED while the chocolate goodies just sat there!!) The recipe is always requested and people are surprised by how truly effortless it is!!!

Apple Dip

8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all the ingredients together and serve with apple slices.  That's it!!!

My 7 year old, Caroline, mixed together for this blog post.  

And the same 7 year old insisted on taste testing it "just in case it's bad or something". Hmmmm... I wonder where she learned that trick?  :)


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