Something great and terrible has happened. No, we didn’t watch Oz. That would just be terrible. What happened you ask? I’ll just show you.
Ha! I’m a terrible wife. But seriously, Evan keeps going around the house making the most ridiculous faces and doing his best hillbilly impersonation, so I think my laughter is justified. Fun fact: Evan’s two front teeth are actually fake. He knocked them out roller blading with friends when he was really little, and every once in a while they get chipped or nicked. Not normally quite this badly though. It doesn’t hurt him too badly, but he is very careful with them now. He’s mostly worried that they’re more vulnerable to further chipping now, and we definitely don’t want his root to die. We’re in the process of figuring out what dentist the insurance will cover (so fun) and then we’ll get it all fixed and taken care of. But until then, we’re going to enjoy this. Oh! I forgot the best part! What is it that caused this whole situation? These little guys:
Not a joke! Ha! Evan considered telling people it happened while playing hockey, but the real story was just too good to hide. That’s right, he broke his tooth on an Oreo. You can’t make this stuff up. Evan’s hockey league started tonight, which was kind of perfect since he currently looks like a super legit hockey player. I made the mistake today of saying, “Hey, you kind of look like Alex Ovechkin,” which didn’t exactly boost his self-confidence. Apparently looking like your favorite NHL player isn’t always a good thing. It’s really just the long hair and the (semi)missing tooth. I really think Ovi would look much better if he just got his teeth fixed. It’s not like he can’t afford it. It must be a cultural difference.
Aaanyways, we’ve been trying to eat food that you don’t need to bite with your front teeth. This recipe would be a great option, except that Evan doesn’t exactly love oatmeal. I say it that way because it’s my goal to slowly brainwash Evan into liking oatmeal. And cream of wheat. Thus I will never use the words “hate” or straight up “doesn’t like” with any food that Evan prefers not to consume unless I share his sentiment. He can dislike grits though. I don’t eat those often. Although I do want to try my hand at shrimp and grits sometime, just to see how that unlikely combination became a thing. Evan just informed me that shrimp and grits “sounds like a perfect waste of good shrimp.” We shall see.
Well if this ever happens again sometime when Evan has gotten over his food aversion, maybe I’ll make him Cranberry Baked Oatmeal. Because it’s pretty delicious. You get a wonderful burst of sweet tang every time you bite into one of the little berries, and the overall sweetness and texture of the oats is juuuust right. If you like a little tang in the morning, give this recipe a shot. You’re sure to love it!
Cranberry Baked Oatmeal
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened apple sauce
- 2 large eggs
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- 6 ounces fresh cranberries
- 2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
Preheat the oven to 375. In a large bowl, whisk together the apple sauce, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder. Add milk and whisk again. Roughly chop the cranberries. Add cranberries and oats to the bowl and mix again.
Pour mixture into a 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish that has been coated with non-stick spray. Bake for 45 minutes, or until it’s nice and golden brown. Serve! I like mine with some milk poured on top. Mmmm.
Recipe from Budget Bytes
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Preheat the oven to 375. In a large bowl, whisk together the apple sauce, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder.
Add milk and whisk again.
Roughly chop the cranberries.
Add cranberries and oats to the bowl and mix again.
Pour mixture into a 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish that has been coated with non-stick spray. Bake for 45 minutes, or until it’s nice and golden brown.
And then serve it up! The beautiful thing about this recipe is that you can keep it in the refrigerator and just heat it up in the microwave in the morning for the rest of the week! Perfect for busy schedules.
I like mine with some milk over top. The creaminess balances the tart berries perfectly. Mmmm. I love hot breakfasts.