Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Fit2Fat2Fit, A Blog You Should Check Out – Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on October 21, 2011 ][ In Breakfast ]

I read a lot and watch the TV news so I can stay informed on any health news whether it is a new medicine, the latest exercise craze or people who make a difference.  Today on Good Morning America, there was a feature on a personal trainer who is trying to make a difference.  After years of listening to his clients complain that he just didn’t understand how hard it is to deal with food cravings and to lose weight, Drew Manning decided to walk in their shoes.  Literally.  So he embarked on a 6 month reverse diet.  He’s been eating the typical American diet; whatever he wants, whenever he wants, consequences be damned.  Exercise has gone out the window.  After the 6 months, he plans to get fit again, all in an effort to reach people and show it can be done.  So far, his weight has blossomed from 193 to an alarming 263 and his waist line has dramatically bloomed as well.  I will be following his blog, especially when he starts the fitness phase, to see how he progresses and the lessons he learns.  If you need some inspiration in your life, you may want to check out his blog as well.

Also today I want to thank my friend Kara for sharing a wonderful new recipe with me, Baked Oatmeal.  I admire Kara because she will spend a day now and then, cooking, baking and freezing so her family can still eat homemade, healthier food on those busy days.  I whipped this recipe together last night, put it in the fridge, then baked it this morning.  I think if you didn’t tell your family it has oatmeal in it, they probably won’t know.  Just tell them it’s a breakfast cake, or coffee cake.  I think next time I will try some raisins or nuts in it or add a bit of flax seed.  I’m sneaky like that.  The peanut butter version would probably be good with chunks of banana as well.  Make a batch this weekend; I know you will like it.


Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal
3 cups quick  cooking oats
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup milk
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 eggs
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
Mix all ingredients and spread in a 9×13 pan that has been lightly greased.  Spread an additional 1/4 cup brown sugar over the top.  Bake at 350 for 20 to 30 minutes until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean.  Bake less time if you prefer it to be more moist.  Serve warm with a bit of cream or Pet milk poured over the top.  This keeps well in the refrigerator if it lasts that long.

The peanut butter version is the same but substitute 1/2 cup peanut butter for the pumpkin.  My son did fuss about having oatmeal last night when he saw what I was making.  However, he grudgingly said it was OK this morning and ate every bite.

Upadated on October 21, 2011

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