Caramel Apple Oatmeal

Many I talk to agree the quickest way to increase cash flow is to stop eating out. I have found that to be true and I have many posts about different, inexpensive dishes.

I like to be creative at breakfast and have shared many different ways to serve Malto Meal. Today I want to share how I made my oatmeal last week.

Caramel Apple Oatmeal

3 Cups Water

1-1/3 Cups Oatmeal

1 Apple, Diced

Caramel Ice Cream Topping Syrup

Bring water to a boil. Cook the apple with the oatmeal for five minutes. To serve, sweeten with caramel syrup. Makes 4 servings.

Caramel Apple Oatmeal.

Caramel Apple Oatmeal.

Can’t Eat Just One Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

I love telling the story of my husband and my sister making chocolate chip cookies. She was spending the weekend with me…and it was rather late…but I didn’t think he could ever top this story.

When they made the cookies, they put in two 1/2 cup measuring cups of flour in the batter instead of two and a half cups of flour! Then they wondered why the cookies were running all over my oven!

Last week my husband decided to make cookies because we had friends coming over. He had just started when I came in the kitchen and told him I bought the chocolate chip cookies to make fudge for him on Valentine’s Day.

He decided to go ahead and make the cookies because one of our friends likes them without chocolate chips.

I returned to the office, and a few minutes later, I heard him exclaim, “Oh, no! I’ve ruined them.”

Instead of putting in 2 tablespoons of water…he had added 2 cups!

I refuse to waste good food and it looked like cake batter to me. We decided to bake them in a 9″ x 13″ pan. He watched the “cake” closely and removed it from the oven after 25 minutes.

He frosted it with Betty Crocker’s “Quick Fudge Frosting.”

I could not believe how good this cake was! We ate two pieces before our friends ever arrived. Each of them ate 2 pieces.

Have you ever eaten just one chocolate chip cookie? Well it is the same with this cake.

“Can’t Eat Just One Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake”

2/3 Cup Butter, Melted

2 Cups Lightly Packed Brown Sugar

2 Eggs

2 Cups Hot Water

2-2/3 Cups Flour

1 Teaspoon Baking Powder

1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/4 Teaspoon Salt

1-12 ounce package chocolate chips, (optional)

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Combine melted butter, brown sugar, eggs, and hot water; mix well. Stir in remaining dry ingredients. Mix in chocolate chips. Bake 20-25 minutes.

Betty Crocker’s Quick Fudge Frosting

1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar

2 Tablespoons Cocoa

2 Tablespoons Butter

1/4 Cup Milk

1 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup

Dash of Salt

1/2 to 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar

1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla

Mix granulated sugar and cocoa in saucepan. Stir in butter, milk, corn syrup and salt; heat to boiling, stirring frequently. Boil vigorously, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes; cool. Beat in powdered sugar and vanilla.

When he wasn’t looking, I took a picture of the cake. It was great even without the chocolate chips!

"Can't Eat Just One Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

“Can’t Eat Just One Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Pass It On

We attended a “western” themed banquet Saturday night. Since I did not have “western” clothes in my closet and I headed to Goodwill.

I found a wool fringed jacket and some “Lawman” brand jeans…but neither one would zip shut! I considered getting them anyway because they were so cheap, but remembered we would be having a nice meal, and I left them there. (Never buy clothes because they are cheap.)

Then I did what I should have done in the first place…called my sister. Of course, she had a leather fringed jacket and a cowboy hat that she was happy to loan me.

She also sent me a box of various spices. She buys her spices at “The Dutchman’s Store,” which is run by Amish. They grow and package their own spices and produce. My sister filled her spice jars and sent the excess to me.

I decided to do the same thing. I filled my containers and threw the rest back in the box to give to my sister-in-law.

Hoarding is not frugal. Keep what you need and pass the rest on.


Facing My Giants

Sunday we had a winter storm and church was canceled. I had a free morning!

I started my day as usual, by reading my Bible. I read the account of David killing Goliath and decided it was time to face my giant.

I’ve been hiding out from this giant for a month and it just wasn’t going away. It was adjusting our family spending plan to fit our “new” income of…unemployment, see “My Husband Lost His Job,

I had the percentages of my spending plan memorized: Give 10%, Save 10%, Housing 30%, Food 12%, Auto 15%, and split the rest fairly evenly. (We have to allocate more to medical expenses than the average family.)

In the time it took my husband to clear our drive, and the neighbors drive, I had adjusted the numbers. Since he has been the one paying bills, I went over the figures with him when he came inside. We had to raise some numbers and trim others, but in less than an hour, we had a plan.

I should have done it last week when I learned the amount of our new health insurance premium, but I procrastinated.

Today, I faced another giant…goals for this blog. It is also something I have been avoiding! But I started taking “Blogging 201” and that was today’s assignment. For bonus points, we were to write a post and list our goals.

2015 Goals for

1. Gain 20% more followers by March 31st.

2. Increase daily hits 30% by end of 2015.

3. Gain 6 new twitter followers by May 30th.

I recorded the goals on my editorial calendar and will report my progress.

I encourage you to face your “giants.” It won’t take as long as you think and will not be as painful as you expect.

A blank piece of paper to write my 2015 goals on.

A blank piece of paper on which to write my 2015 goals.