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I feel so lucky this morning. The temperatures have hit a major low here – currently 22*, which due to wind chill, really feels like 10*. I’m starting to think an outdoor run might be a crazy idea.

But we have no snow or ice conditions, thank goodness. As pretty as those are they make commuting a nightmare. It kind of irks me when people get excited about snow around here, ha ha.

Also, we had a major wind situation yesterday but my husband and I were lucky to keep our power, especially with the cold. To have heat is such a blessing. After our mission trip to Nicaragua in 2008, I try to take nothing for granted.

And also, it was not nearly the disaster we experienced last September. Thank you Lord!

Anyway, breakfast this morning was leftover baked oatmeal with peanut butter on top. This was pretty darn delicious, I ain’t gonna lie.

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I usually wait until I get to work to have coffee but since it’s cold and I’m really sleepy, I figured why not make some at home where I can put some vanilla soy milk in it?

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I just heard this really disturbing report about the safety standards of school lunches.

I used to eat school lunch occasionally (which grosses me out now) but I can guarantee you my future kids will be getting healthy home-packed lunches from me!

Since Josh and I eat very different diets, it’s actually a dream of mine to raise kids that appreciate veggies as much as I do 🙂

If you have kids, do you find it easy or difficult to get them to eat veggies? What are some of your “tricks”?

Baked oatmeal

Wow, I am absolutely amazed at the response of my last post. Thank you guys so much for your honest and insightful comments.

I really enjoyed reading all of them, I think that is the most I’ve ever had on one post 🙂

For breakfast this morning, I had some Ezekiel toast with peanut butter and banana slices. What? I didn’t have oats? You’ll see why soon enough.

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I felt like a “special” coffee today and so I did my part to support local business. Just a black coffee but so much better than Folgers today.

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Oh yeah, and some almonds.

Like the past two days, my appetite for lunch came way early again today. Guess I’ve moved to the 11:00 club now? Even people at work are like “wow, you are early.” Ha ha.

Leftover curry rules!

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A little while later, I had some peppermint tea and the other half of my chocolate from yesterday.

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I ate a Clif Mojo bar before I went to go work out, but I forgot to take a picture of it. Hmm…my favorite.

The weather was insane today and like I posted on Twitter, I wasn’t sure I could handle the major winds that made it feel like it was 22 outside.

So we decided to stay in and ending up doing a really great hill workout on the treadmill, walking at various inclines for 2.20 miles. Afterwards we did some stretching which will hopefully get out legs ready for a run outside tomorrow!

So back to why I ate toast for breakfast…I made oatmeal for dinner!

Baked oatmeal that is. It was my turn to have main course for Girl’s Night Potluck this week, so I decided on a breakfast theme, since it’s my favorite.

This was the first time I had ever made it even though I’ve ordered it at restaurants before. I used this recipe but made a few modifications of my own.

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It sure did look good. But then I got to thinking, there are five of us girls and we all eat pretty good, so I felt like I needed to make more to take with me.

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Banana oatmeal saves the day! I cooked up two servings of oats with water and a banana (cooked with it to make it marshmallow-like) and sprinkled some brown sugar on top.

It’s funny, I think everyone might’ve liked this one better 😉

Here was my “breakfast for dinner” spread:

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Baked oatmeal, banana oatmeal (with PB, I just can’t do it without!), potatoes with ketchup…

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Peaches and Cascadian Farms granola (which was really good, my first time having it). And some OJ to wash it all down.

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I went back for more potatoes and baked oatmeal. The recipe was perfect. I would definitely make it again and I can’t wait to try other variations.

We watched “Glee” and made homemade ornaments (well, the girls did, I supervised) and then called it a night. I really enjoyed all the food tonight as I am such a big fan of oats and breakfast in general.

Ah, it’s late (for me) so I’d better get to bed. Hope you had a good Wednesday.

Have you ever made or tried baked oatmeal? What did you think of it?

I really liked it but it was more like a dessert to me than a breakfast dish. I had leftovers though, so you will likely see it again 🙂