Good Morning and Happy Thursday!
These are my most recent crochet motifs.
These are little pansy, or maybe violet, faces from the book by
My sewing machine is still under wraps and will be at least another week.
Mr. Scrapatch is starting a new job on Monday and will be only able to work
on all our home improvement projects on the weekends again.
Our Boys are coming over Sunday to help.
Mr. Scrapatch was laid-off in January and although we are both officially retired, he likes to get up and go to work in the morning. So he has found a position that will enable him share his extensive experience with the younger generations.
I will miss having him home during the days
but will look forward to our evenings together.
I Like Thursday @ Not Afraid of Color
This week LeeAnna asked us if we have a special baked good for Easter.
We have many and they have changed over the years.
One constant has been that Mr. Scrapatch likes to have
this French Toast Breakfast casserole.
If we have an Easter Brunch this is always on the table with ham
and fresh fruit and all the other yummy food.
This recipe was given to me by a friend many years ago:
His preference is for raisin cinnamon bread;
mine is oatmeal bread,
so I combine both of them in my version.
I also add a 1/2 cup of maple syrup to the saucepan syrup for the bottom of dish
This was never anything that my tween to teen to young adult children enjoyed
and I can take it of leave it, so I make it for my guy for early morning breakfast
when we will have big family holiday meal like Easter in the early afternoon.
He happily eats the leftovers warmed in the microwave for days.
Lately, I have been trying to tempt him to like less sugary and healthier options.
He was never a fan and refused to eat it for most of his life.
I make overnight slow cooker oatmeal for myself.
The recipe is simple.
Slow Cooker Oats
Lightly grease a 2 to 2 1/2 quart slow cooker with a pat of butter.
4 cups water
2 cups oats (I use old fashioned or steel cut)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Stir gently and cook on LOW setting for about 8 hours.
Turn it down to warm as soon as you get up.
Stir very gently.
The texture will be silky and smooth and not too runny,
just the way I like with a splash of milk,
drizzle of honey or maple syrup
and fruit and nuts choice of the day.
A good size dollop of Greek Yogurt is good, too.
Play with the amounts to achieve the texture you prefer.
I have never gotten on board with the trend
for making the cold overnight oats in the fridge.
I do store the leftovers in the fridge
to warm for a quick oatmeal and fruit breakfast the next day.
I have always liked my porridge warm.
Leftover Oats Snack Cake
I sometimes use my leftover oats for making something like this.
The add-in variations of this are endless and all delicious.
Even Mr. Scrapatch enjoys the snack cake version and so
has finally started enjoying a bowl of oatmeal with me in the morning
right out of the slow cooker.
This is the basic recipe for
Leftover Oats Snack Cake
1 to 1.5 cups leftover oatmeal
2 cups flour (white, wheat, almond, etc.)
1 teaspoon baking powder.
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon (nutmeg, allspice, ginger, etc.)
1 teaspoon vanilla (lemon, almond, etc.) extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup melted margarine or oil of choice or applesauce or nut butter
2-4 tablespoons of milk (yogurt, sour cream, buttermilk, etc)
1/4 cup maple syrup (honey, molasses, etc.)
1/4 cup brown or white sugar (or omit)
Stir together oats, flour and dry ingredients in large bowl.
Gently fold in wet ingredients.
Now the Add Ins:
Choose your taste of the day!
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/3 cup nut butter
1/3 cup yogurt or sour cream
1/2 cup dried fruit
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup of fresh berries
Lemon (or other citrus) juice and zest
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup fruit cup such as pineapples
1 cup of grated carrot, spices and 1/2 cup raisins
... as I said the possibilities are endless.
lemon juice and zest, orange extract.
I mixed 4 oz. of softened cream cheese with 1/3 cup greek yogurt,
2-3 tablespoons of sugar, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and lemon zest
and dolloped it on top and swirled before baking.
Pan is an 8" square lined with parchment paper for easy removal.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes
or until tests done with toothpick.
In the Scrapatch, all is well.
My biopsy results were negative.
I feel good. It was just a routine test.
That is fabulous news that your biopsy results were negative. When I was visiting my daughter in San Fransisco I loved ordering french toast for breakfast on those days when we visited a cafe. It was always delicious. No-one does french toast quite like you Americans. Here in Australia it's not really found on the menu. Your little crochet pansies are sweet.
Those goodies look delicious. Yay for negative results!
I'm glad to hear of the negative biopsy results! I enjoy a good bowl of oatmeal, my husband won't touch it. They ate it every morning when he was a child. I love the little crocheted flowers, so cute and so pretty, happy stitching!
Your garden is looking lovely Pat! What are you going to do with the pieces, how will you put it all together? I am not an oatmeal person, although I do put oatmeal in our pancakes and like it in baked goods. Thanks for the recipes. YAH! So glad hubby has gotten a job that makes him happy. And thank you Lord for the good biopsy results. HUGS!!!
Thank you for sharing those wonderful recipes. I add oats to all kinds of things as a little extra boost. Tony is eating a big bowl of oatmeal as I write this, LOL. Yes to good results!!
oh gosh those baked goods... you had me at cheesecake version! If I made that last one with almond flour and oatmeal, both my guys could enjoy it without problems... other that a protective layer of fat that is.
happy easter my friend
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