Baked Oatmeal & Pepper Salad

The recipes I promised. Finally. 

The Pepper Salad doesn’t give any amounts except the peppers. All the rest is “to taste” and optional. Add what you like, leave out what you don’t. 

4 red peppers

1 Orange pepper


Red onion


Green olives

Minced garlic

Salt pepper

Red wine vinegar


Served with almond slivers on top. 

Optional: I added black beans and corn.

You can also add cheese cubes, pepperoni, chicken, black olives 

It’s delicious.  And pretty. 


The oatmeal recipe…..
Fruity Baked Oatmeal 

3 cups quick oats

1 cup packed brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 

2 eggs lightly beaten

1 cup fat free milk

1/2 cup butter, melted

3/4 cup Apple, peeled and chopped

1/3 cup frozen chopped peaches 

1/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 

Additional milk, optional

In a large bowl combine the oats, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Combine the eggs, milk, and butter, add to the dry ingredients.  Stir in the fruit. 

Pour into 8 in square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean. Cut into squares, serve in a bowl with milk if desired. 
This is from Taste of Home, “Most Requested Recipes,” cookbook. 

I make tons of substitutions. I change the fruit, I’ve added chia seeds, I use whole milk or almond milk, I used applesauce instead of butter once. It wasn’t as delicious or moist but still good- I had to serve it in milk like it suggests when I used the applesauce or it was too dry. I used Splenda brown sugar instead of regular and that was fine. I’ve used banana as one of the fruits and that made it really yummy. I also add shredded coconut sometimes and white chocolate chips. 

I am having a rough eating week. I haven’t had a binge, but I’ve been as close as I’ve been in the evenings. I know this is because I am not eating all of the right macros during the day, namely too many carbs and not enough protein. To solve that I will be diligent about a meal plan this week and stick to it. And I will cook more dinners! I think I might make a batch of chili or soup for the week. And maybe some carnitas. 

I’ve already decided not to weigh in on Monday but to definitely attend the meeting. And, my dad will be here Monday and Wednesday so I can go to all of the exercise classes those days that my schedule allows. (I have some work conflicts this week 😭). The end of the school year is always super busy. And Craig is 8-5 this week so that is helpful. 

Tonight we are going to a fund raiser at my school and I am looking forward to hanging out with my friends. My friend Amy’s daughter is watching Henry until bed time then my mom is coming over around 8.  He loves that, and I love when she baby sits. She is also babysitting my friend Beth’s daughters, which is why my mom is coming over so they can go back to Beth’s house and don’t have to keep quiet for Henry.  She’s a good sitter.  Soon, my friend Schwaig’s daughter will be of baby sitting age…. 

When, Schwaig? When?!

Henry is getting his picture taken at 11:30. Our photographer is doing mini sessions in a park near here. 

Off to enjoy the rest of the morning. 

Beth W

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