Wednesday, January 29, 2014

#FiveFavorites: From the Deep Freeze

It's really cold here. First we were snowed in. Then we were frozen in sub-zero temps. 
So, there's not much to do but be domesticated. I've been baking, writing and reading. 
And now you get to see my Five Faves for this week:

This is how mine turned out. Beautiful, no?

1. Personal-Sized, Individually-Topped Baked Oatmeal

This stuff is the bomb. It is best with chocolate chips and craisins. 
Or chocolate chips and walnuts. 
Or chocolate chips and pecans. 
Okay...It's best with chocolate chips.
When I made them, I used honey instead of stevia 
and I used 2T Flaxseed meal + 2T Water - mixed up as a paste - to replace the eggs.
Find the details here at

 2. S'mores Dip
More Chocolate. Are you sensing a pattern?
This stuff is actually really, really rich. 
Don't double the recipe unless you have a horde of hungry creatures to feed.
Get the recipe here at Pinterest.
Or here at the image page.

skid row dolly 22 things I learned in my first ten years of parenthood

3. 22 things I learned in my first 10 years of Parenthood

Jennifer Fulwiler is pretty slick to have only taken 10 years to figure this all out. Heck, mine are all grown up and I just figured this all out. If you're a mom, this one will make you laugh.

Bloom Where You're Planted : Week 11 of 14 on "An Introduction to the Devout Life". Gotta go back and catch the rest.

4. Bloom Where You're Planted

Sarah Reinhard, my friend in real life, has been working on a series on St. Francis de Sales' spiritual classic "Introduction to the Devout Life". As usual, Sarah has managed to take reading that made me go "Huh?" and distill it down into something that I could really sink my teeth into. 
That's a real gift she's got. She's on Week 11 of 14 (leave it to me to be a late-comer) so I'm going to have to go back and read the rest.

Anyway, I love this whole blog. If you subscribe they send you an email every morning, so you can start your day with some spiritual food. It's worth the 10 minutes you will spend reading. 

5. Honor Your Inner Monk

I wrote about this yesterday, but it bears repeating: This is a great little app and is really helping me get back on track with my prayer life. It's short, sweet and gives you real ways to improve your spiritual life. You can read my mini-review here.

Truly, this is a beautiful post on the sacrifices of the love of spouses. It kind of moved me to tears. I don't appreciate the gift that I have in my husband nearly enough.

Got Five Favorites of your own? Head over to Hallie Lord's blog at Moxie Wife and see what everyone else is nuts about this week + share your own five faves!


  1. Those oatmeal cups look delicious! I'm going to check out that app as well, thanks for the rec! Stay warm - it's SO cold!

  2. If I don't get one of those oatmeal cups, someone is going to get hurt. We (my friend S and I) usually send each other your posts. She always has the one up on me though because she's an early bird. She didn't' send this one! I WIN!