Wednesday, January 3, 2018

DIY Oatmeal Packets

We love eating oatmeal for breakfast, but I don't like buying the individual packets. Way too expensive for such a small amount. I also don't love making it homemade every morning. Too much work on busy school days. But I've discovered the secret to making your own individual packets that everyone can make on their own: you have to blend some of the oatmeal into powder. That's it! That's the creamy difference between the kind you buy in packets and the kind you spend 10 minutes cooking on the stove.

I've been making these DIY Oatmeal Packets at home. My family likes them, they only take adding water and cooking 2 minutes in the microwave, and they are fast and easy to assemble.  And they cost about 1/4 the price of buying them in the store. It's a win-win for us all!


  • 10 cups quick oats 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar (Katelee likes to add a bit more brown sugar to hers after she has warmed it up.)
  • 1 cup powdered milk 
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon 
  • 21-24 snack-size zip bags 
  • Other toppings if you desire (dried fruit, nuts, etc.)

Put 6 cups of the oats into a large bowl. Place the remaining 4 cups of oats into a blender. Blend until almost powdery, then pour into the large bowl.

Add the salt, brown sugar, powdered milk, and cinnamon into the large bowl. Mix well until everything is combined.

Measure 1/2 cup of the oatmeal mixture into each snack-size plastic baggie and seal.

TO USE DIY INSTANT OATMEAL PACKETS: Pour the packet into a bowl, and add 1 c. water. Heat for 1-2 minutes in the microwave. Stir and serve.

NOTES: Because the plastic bag doesn’t get wet or dirty, you can reuse it.

Apple Pie Caramel Apples

Melissa says, "Another recipe for the blog. I don’t know how this isn’t already on there! These are the only caramel apples we make! They are the best. You will feel like you’re in Disneyland. I also use this caramel recipe to make my caramel chocolate pretzel rods."

Holiday Cheese Ball

Melissa's favorite cheese ball! Jenn loves this recipe, too.


  • 2, 8oz blocks of cream cheese
  • 3 tsp. Bon Appetite* see notes 
  • 1/2 tsp. dill weed 
  • 1/4 tsp. dried mustard 
  • 3 green onions chopped 
  • Chopped pecans 
  • Chopped parsley 

Once cream cheese is softened mix *Bon Appetite, dill weed, dried mustard and green onions all together. Then roll into a ball and roll it in the pecans and parsley.

*Notes: they no longer make Bon Appetite seasoning. So I found the spices that is in it and mix those together to get Bon Appetite. I have never figured out the exact measurements to get the 3 tsp you need so it’s always more then I need and I just keep it in a baggie in my seasonings for next time.

To make Bon Appetite

  • 1 TBL celery salt 
  • 1 TBL sugar 
  • 1 tsp. onion powder. 
Mix it all together and then use 3 tsp. for the cheeseball.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Golden Graham S'more Treats

  • 1 cube of butter
  • 1 bag of marshmallows
Melt together on medium heat. (Don't let it get too hot too fast.)
  • 16 oz box of Golden Grahams
Put in a 9x13 greased pan.
  • chocolate chips sprinkled on top while grahams are still warm and chocolate will melt/soften. 
Cool, cut and enjoy. Usually double the recipe, of course. :) 

No-bake Energy Bites

Brittany likes these no-bake Lactation Energy Bites


  • 2 c. rolled oats
  • 2 T. brewers yeast
  • 1/2 c. ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 c. honey
  • 1 c. peanut butter
  • 1/2 c. dark chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 T. coconut oil
  1. In a large bowl combine the oats, brewers yeast and the flaxseed
  2. Mix in the honey, peanut butter, vanilla and coconut oil
  3. Fold in the chocolate chips
  4. Press and roll into balls
  5. Enjoy!
Notes: We will keep for up to two weeks in a sealed container in the fridge. Use cooking spray to coat your hands before rolling into balls. 

Brittany's weight loss smoothie

  • 1/4 cup or less prune juice
  • 1 1/2 T Peanut Butter Powder (this is also really yummy if you use a vanilla slim fast)
  • 1 whole banana, or 1/2 cup of fruit of your choice
  • 1 cup or 8-9 cubes ice
  • 1 cup water
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy. This recipes a 24 - 26 oz drink.

Perfect Salmon

Brittany shared this delicious recipe on how to get perfect salmon every time!

  • drizzle salmon filet with olive oil
  • spinkle with salt and pepper
  • put it in a cold oven, then turn on the heat to 400 degrees
  • 25 minutes later, the salmon is absolutely perfect
Tender, moist, flaky, a no-fail method! Excellent for impressing dinner guests.