Baked Oatmeal Casserole

Okay, so I saw this recipe on Facebook, and could not, for the life of me, figure out how to “Pin” it to Pinterest without copying it and putting it here on my blog. So you will now find it here and on my Pinterest “Breakfast” board. Oh, and possibly it is still on Facebook. I think the person who deserves the credit, is a gal named Cass Andra. That’s whose name was associated with the recipe I found on Facebook. So, Cass Andra, Thank you for this delicious recipe!

Baked Oatmeal Casserole

Baked Oatmeal Casserole
Total Time: 50 minutes, Serves: 6

2 cups rolled oats
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup walnut pieces
1 cup raspberries {any berries work}
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
2 cups milk
1 large egg
3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 ripe banana, peeled, 1/2-inch slices

Preheat oven to 375°F and generously spray the inside of a 10-1/2 by 7 inch baking dish with cooking spray and place on a baking sheet.

In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, half the walnuts, half the raspberries and half the chocolate. (Save the other half of raspberries, walnuts and chocolate for the top of the oatmeal).
In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, butter and vanilla extract.

Add the oat mixture to prepared baking dish. Arrange the remaining raspberries, walnuts and chocolate on top. Add the banana slices to the top then pour the milk mixture over everything. Gently shake the baking dish to help the milk mixture go throughout the oats.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set. For an extra tasty top, sprinkle a tablespoon or so of extra brown sugar.

Enjoy! And let me know what you think!


Recipe Time-Pioneer Woman’s Breakfast Bowls!

Fall is in the air in Indiana, and that’s got me cooking! And when I cook, I take pictures. And when I take pictures, they usually end up on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. I have received lots of comments and requests for the recipe for the Breakfast Bowls, so here it is!!!

The original recipe is from the cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks, by Ree Drummond.

I have to say, every single recipe I have made from her cookbooks, my family has liked. And that’s saying a lot!


Makes 8 servings

1 T butter, plus extra for the bowls          6 finely diced plum tomatoes

Sausage & Bacon...yummmm

Sausage & Bacon…yummmm

1/2 large onion, diced                                4 green onions, chopped

2 russet potatoes (peel on), baked and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Salt & black pepper to taste                      8 basil leaves, chopped

8 eggs, beaten                                             1 pound breakfast sausage, browned & crumbled

3/4 cup half-and-half                              4 strips thick-cut bacon, fried and crumbled

1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese      1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese



1. Butter 8 ovenproof bowls or ramekins. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Hashbrowns, red peppers, onions,

Hashbrowns, red peppers, onions,

2. In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the onion and potatoes.

3. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs and half-and-half. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

5. In a mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes, green onions, and basil. Stir together and set aside.

6. To assemble, divide all the ingredients evenly among ovenproof bowls or ramekins in the following order:

Potato & onion mixture,  Sausage,  Bacon,  Monterey Jack,  Egg mixture,  Tomato/green onion/basil mixture

And finally, a sprinkling of grated cheddar!



Egg, & more Cheese!

Egg, & more Cheese!










7. Place the bowls on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the eggs are just set.  Keep an eye on the bowls to make sure the eggs don’t brown. It’s better for the eggs to come out of the oven slightly runny, as they’ll continue to set after they’re removed from the oven.

8. Serve in a basket with pretty napkins and eight spoons!

*Now, it’s important to note, that I deviate from this original recipe quite a bit to make it my own, and you can too!  I do not bake and cut my own potatoes. I buy the bag of frozen potatoes with onion and green pepper. Saves time and energy. And, it makes 12 ramekins full! Also, I omit the tomatoes, and replace them with red pepper. And of course, I use whatever shredded cheese, which is usually sharp cheddar or cojack, that is currently in my fridge! It all turns out just fine. Delicious, actually! Enjoy!

In & out of the oven

In & out of the oven!

Breakfast of Champions, with Chia Seeds!


So I finally found Dole Chia seeds at my local Kroger, thanks to a friend who works there! In the nutrition/health food aisle, way down on a bottom shelf. I’ve been looking for them for awhile because I want to try them in my morning smoothies. Chia seeds are one of the latest and greatest nutritional supplements. As a matter of fact, they are part of the Dole nutrition plus line. They contain Omega 3, fiber, and calcium, and is considered a super food!


In an earlier Breakfast of Champions post, I stated how I like to use the Yoplait frozen smoothie bags which include frozen fruit and yogurt cubes as a base for my smoothies. So today was no different. Started with the Yoplait, adding milk and banana. But this time I added the Dole Chia Seeds instead of wheat germ. You can see some seeds in the close up picture! I have to say, I really like it! The seeds add a crunch and little bit of nuttiness to the smoothie. Now, they do tend to stick in my teeth a little (they are seeds after all). But overall, I really like adding them. I think the added nutrition is worth the tiny annoyance! My final thoughts? I will be adding these to my diet on a regular basis! And of course, you can add them to much more than smoothies. They can be added to oatmeal, juices, sandwich spreads, sprinkled on salads, and so much more. The possibilities are as varied as your imagination!

For more information on the health benefits of Chia, a store locator, the nutrition plus history, and a coupon, click here:

Breakfast of Champions!

This is one of my favorite ways to start my day! Hearty, satisfying, heart healthy, and delicious. Simply add water, heat, and eat!(Click photos to enlarge)

Hey, I’m a champion in my own mind! Thanks Quaker for fueling my mornings!