Back to School, Donations, Roasted Apples & #NaBloPoMo

Although I love Connor dearly, and he is my cuddle-bug, today I am ever so thankful that he went back to school! It’s great having him around the house, but with him at school, Kyle will actually take a nap (God forbid he miss anything his big brother does!), and since he’s on inhaled steroids for the pneumonia, he talks NON-STOP. Seriously. Every. Minute. Of. The. Day. Peace and quiet are definitely under-rated!

We also donated a large play kitchen to The Epilepsy Foundation along with some toys that go with it today. Some child is going to love that kitchen as much as Connor did, and I hope they pass it on when they’re done playing with it like we did.

And as a bonus today, I’m going to give you a super-easy recipe for Roasted Oatmeal Apples!

  • 1 Apple per person
  • Quaker Instant Cinnamon Oatmeal (1 package makes around 2-3 apples, depending on how much oatmeal you want)
  • Butter
  • Raisins (if desired)
  • Brown Sugar (if desired)
  • Aluminum Foil
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Peel and core apples – do not slice.
  3. Tear pieces of foil large enough to wrap each apple.
  4. Pour oatmeal into apple centers, top with a small pat of butter. Cover butter with more oatmeal and brown sugar if desired. (I didn’t use brown sugar, and they were still delicious!)
  5. Top with raisins (they aren’t necessary, but boy are they good!).
  6. Bake until the apples are soft (usually around 10-15 minutes for red apples, longer for green apples).
  7. Enjoy!

The beauty of the recipes I’ve been giving you is that not only do they minimize the number of dirty dishes you use, but they can also be prepared over hot coals if you enjoy having backyard campfires!

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Banana Boat Vote #NaBloPoMo

It’s ELECTION Day! Any idea what I’m thankful for today? That’s right – my right to vote for who I think should be President. Don’t worry, I’m not telling who I’m voting for or getting political on you, just wanted to express my gratitude for my part in the process and remind you all to get out there and VOTE!

Yesterday, I was thankful for the glorious reaction Kyle had to the Banana Boats we made. He looked at me as if he was furious with me for “ruining” the bananas, and made me laugh my head off!

Our contribution to saving our planet for the past two days is that we’re donating a bunch of toys that are in almost-brand-new condition to the Epilepsy Foundation instead of throwing them away.

Here’s the recipe for Banana Boats…they’re super-easy and DELICIOUS!

  • 1 Banana per person
  • Milk Chocolate Chips or other small candy that will melt
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Aluminum Foil
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°.
  2. Leave the banana peel on, and slice along the inside of the curve of the banana twice (make sure you don’t cut through the peel on the other side!), and remove a thin wedge of banana. Open up the space left by the wedge you removed to make room for the yummy sweetness of chocolate chips and marshmallows.
  3. Layer chocolate chips or whatever candy you chose to use along the bottom of the space in the banana.
  4. Layer marshmallows in the remaining space.
  5. Wrap banana in aluminum foil – I find it helps if you are able to stand the banana on the outside of it’s curve that it’s easier to get them out of the oven and makes them easier to eat.
  6. Bake for approximately 15 minutes or until warm and chocolate and marshmallows are melted.
  7. Enjoy!

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