Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Pumpkin Oatmeal

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Because using pumpkin this time of year is so fun and festive, I decided to add it to our oatmeal plus a yummy topping.  After two tries, my family agrees this is the perfect pumpkin oatmeal!

Pumpkin Oatmeal

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup raw honey
  • 2 TBSP ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  •  4 TBSP butter
Mix topping ingredients until crumbly and set aside.

Combine soaked oatmeal plus water (about 1 cup or so depending on how thick you like it) and cook over med/high heat.  While it is cooking, stir in the rest of the ingredients.  Once the mixture boils, turn heat to low and continue cooking until nice and thick.  (Just a few minutes at most.)

Remove from heat and spread in a greased 9x13 pan.  (I just used olive oil)  Sprinkle topping over oatmeal and bake in a 350 degree oven for just 5-10 minutes--until topping has melted.

So delicious!  Even my hubby, who is very picky about his oatmeal, liked it. :)

Sunday, November 06, 2011

"I Can't Believe I'm a Soccer Player!"

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My sweet, little girl all decked out in her pink soccer gear looked in the mirror after her very first soccer practice and squealed with delight, "I can't believe I'm a soccer player!"

A severe drop in temperature, a cloudy, fallish looking sky ~ a perfect day for watching sports in AZ. 

Shiloh's excitement was contagious this past Saturday as we cheered our soccer star on.  Bless her heart, she smiled and jumped for joy the entire time even though her team was getting CREAMED. :)

This girl is truly happy to be alive.  I think she's related to Sponge Bob.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Following in My Footsteps

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So, 2 out of 3 kids have inherited my HORRIBLE crooked teeth.  :(  My husband had NO clue when he married me he'd be forking out SO much money on teeth!  Sorry, Babe.

On November 2nd Lincoln entered the wonderful world of wire.  It's CRAZY how much 6 little metal brackets cost.  And this is just the first phase of treatment!
A couple of years ago, big brother endured his first phase of treatment in order to make room for permanent teeth to come in.  At least he didn't have to get 7 permanent teeth pulled like I did in the second grade!  Yikes.

Lincoln joyfully takes out all the hard, sticky Halloween candy he won't be able to eat while wearing braces.  He's being such a great sport about it, but I think he's a little excited about getting because he'd watched Mullin getting the royal treatment at the orthodontist's office.

Dr. Larrabee and staff are amazing.  I have to admit, I am even excited about Lincoln earning Larrabee Loot because Lincoln says he will turn it in for a Starbucks card and treat me to a frappuchino. :D!!!!!!  How sweet is that?!

Since November is "being thankful month" I will end with a few things I am thankful for regarding teeth.

  • I am truly thankful my parents, even though money was tight, let me get braces as a teen.  I am almost certain I would have NEVER gotten married had my teeth remained as they were. 
  • I am thankful my husband has continued to spend money on my teeth and all their imperfections, or I probably wouldn't have any molars left in my mouth.
  • I am thankful that, even though money is tight, God is providing for my kids who need orthodontic care.
  • I am thankful that, so far, none of my children have had to get cavities filled.  I think I'd already had about 10 by the time I was 12.
  • I am thankful for ThievesBest stuff I have ever used in my mouth!  So glad my teeth aren't as sensitive as they used to be since using it.  Glad it kept a cavity from spreading in Lincoln's mouth, and glad it is helping with his unexplainable tartar issue. 


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