Microwave Carrot Cake

Microwave Carrot Cake

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Every week, The Oatmeal Artist posts a roundup of oatmeal recipes and Instagram pics, often based on an announced theme.  This week, her theme is vegetables.  I may have gone a little crazy…

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Here’s  all the vegetable-oatmeal dishes I made:

  • Apple-Cinnamon Sweet Potato Oatmeal
  • Carrot Cake Oatmeal Mug Cake (the recipe I am posting now)
  • Mac-n-Cheese Oatmeal using vegetable pasta (recipe coming next Friday)
  • Carrot Cake Oatmeal Cookies (using Amy’s recipe)
  • Orange Dreamsicle Green Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl (recipe coming eventually…)

What can I say? I love oatmeal, and I love a challenge!

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Topping ideas: cream cheese, raisins, walnuts, shredded carrot, coconut

Directions

  • Chop the carrot into several large chunks.  Grind carrot and oatmeal in the food processor until it forms a course flour.
  • Add orange juice, baking soda, and cinnamon to the food processor.  Pulse 4-5 times to combine all ingredients.
  • Coat a single-serve ramekin or a mug with nonstick spray.  Pour batter into mug.
  • Microwave for two minutes.  Let cool.
  • Decorate with desired toppings.
  • Eat and enjoy!

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Victory Day

Victory Day

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As a cheerleader, I shouted the spellings of many words: hustle, win, aggressive, score, fight, and (of course) V-I-C-T-O-R-Y!!  Victory is the ultimate goal of every competitor.  To be victorious is to be successful, dominant, and superior.  If you are not victorious, you have been defeated.  You are presumed inferior, weak, and overpowered. What makes a victory truly great is when it seems unattainable.  When you think you have been defeated, a comeback is always glorious.

At the cross, Christ seemingly lost the battle with death.  He proclaimed, “It is finished,” and released His life (Matt. 27:50).  After centuries of enmity, Satan believed that He had gained complete control of the world; the supposed Messiah was dead.  However, this became the greatest come-back story in history.  On Sunday, Christ rose again.  He overpowered death.  Satan no longer had the upper hand.  Through death, Christ “destroyed him that had the power of death” (Heb. 2:14).

Because of Adam’s sin, we will all die; we cannot be victorious over the grave (Rom. 5:12).  However, those in Christ have the promise of being “made alive” (I Cor. 15: 22).  Those who have trusted in the Gospel – that Christ died for our sins, was buried, and rose again – will receive victory over death (I Cor. 15:57).  Because of Christ’s victorious resurrection, we can be victorious as well.

Do you have certain victory over death?

Adios Oatmeal!

Adios Oatmeal!

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I am terribly sad.  Have you read the latest news?

A group of research and food scientists recently proved that excessive oatmeal consumption leads to multiple health issues.  Raw oatmeal is high in phenol.  Phenol causes blood concentrations of avenanthramides to soar.  Oatmeal also contains a lot of beta-glucan, which causes hyperinflamation and necrosis.   Because it is full of water-soluble fiber, oatmeal porridge scrapes intestinal walls, leading to significant internal bleeding.  Oatmeal also abounds with B-vitamins, which directly affect sleep patterns.  Despite the recent health-food-oatmeal craze, oatmeal could possibly be one of the most dangerous foods in the world.

With all due respect to my beloved oatmeal, I will never be eating it again.  Let’s take a moment and reflect on some of the delicious oatmeal recipes I have enjoyed in the past.

Banana Cream Stovetop Oats
Banana Cream Stovetop Oats

 

Apple Pie Oatmeal
Apple Pie Oatmeal

 

Gingerbread Latte Oatmeal
Gingerbread Latte Oatmeal

R.I.P dear oatmeal.  I will miss you!!

 

P.S. April Fools!!!

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Hot Cocoa Oatmeal

Hot Cocoa Oatmeal

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Last year during “spring” break (which is a complete misnomer since it falls the first week of March), an ice storm knocked the power out on our street for a few days.  By heating water on my dad’s camp stove, my family survived on soup-in-a-cup and instant hot chocolate.  Although hot cocoa can be enjoyed during “spring” break, it fits Christmas break much better–especially when paired with candy canes!

Hot Cocoa Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1 tsp hot cocoa mix
  • 1 peppermint candy, crushed (optional)

Directions:

  • Bring water to a boil
  • Stir in oats and return to boil
  • Stir in cocoa mix
  • Reduce heat and cook five minutes
  • Transfer to bowl and top with peppermint candy

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Top Ten Tuesday: Spring Fever

Cherry BlossomI love spring! Maybe it’s the fact that I was born on the first day of spring, but I have always spent the dreary, cold winter months longing for the Spring Equinox.  Now that spring is here, I am reminded even more why I love this season so much.  Here are my top ten reasons (in no particular order) that spring is the greatest season there is.

  1. Peep Toe Heels
  2. Wildflowers
  3. Rain Boots
  4. Sunshine
  5. Chirping Birds
  6. Easter
  7. Longer Days
  8. White Dresses
  9. Grilling and Eating Outside
  10. Sleeping with the Windows Open