As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Another Saturday // Baked Oatmeal Autumn-Style

Time flies when you're having fun! Wait a minute. Time flies even when you're not having fun! How can another week have passed already?

But indeed it has. 

Since last week, there have been some setbacks. Ron is fighting an infection in his foot and is on a new course of antibiotics. Plans have been changed yet again. His week of vacation has been mostly spent in the recliner with his foot propped up. 

This has been a week for "little pleasures." 

The little pleasure of a "regular" Sunday afternoon.

The shoes of my dear ones lined up at the back door.

The little pleasure of a drive out of town, a lovely lunch, and a bit of house ogling. 

The little pleasure of having a family dinner party, as planned, because they would understand the need to move into the living room right after dinner for Ron to get that foot propped back up. We wanted to thank Ron's brother and brother-in-law for their generous help in building the pole shed, so we were happy that these plans did not have to be changed. 

Could somebody straighten that candle please? :)

The little pleasure of another house-y drive, carryout from Chipotle, and a Netflix movie. 

The little pleasure of sleeping in (or at least not getting up before 6 am!) and time for unhurried chats. 

The little pleasure of a weekend breakfast.

{with apples and cranberries}

3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup brown sugar*
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups milk
2 eggs
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/2 cup pecans**

Preheat oven to 375°. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.

Pour into an 11x13 baking dish that has been buttered or sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Bake for 30 minutes.

Serve warm, with a little milk if you'd like. Refrigerate leftovers to reheat on weekday mornings!

* Original recipe calls for 1 cup brown sugar, but I decreased it by half.
** Oops! I forgot to add my pecans. Bummer.

What little pleasures have graced your week?


  1. I found the yarn for my great nephews hats, and I spent a day at Longwood Gardens! Otherwise just the dailyness of life! You had a great week, even though it wasn't what you'd originally planned. Love you photos and I think Tim would love that baked oatmeal!


  2. What a lovely time! I love your table-scape! Oh and those little shoes lines up, priceless.
    thanks for the recipe, looks yummy!

  3. Have you tried steel-cut oats. They are more expensive, but they are supposed to be better for you (the carbs break down more slowly in the body-- better for diabetics). The best thing, though, is that they don't get as soggy when you cook them.

  4. Would someone straighten the candle please? LOL! Sounds like a great title for a book. How often I take a picture and just that sort of thing happens. My header, for example. I liked most of it, but the mess of my neighbor's garden was in the upper right corner so I clone stamped it out. So much better. Too bad we can't do such things in real life.

    I am sorry that Ron was battling an infection all week when he would have preferred to be up and doing.

    My favorite picture is the one of the shoes lined up...tells such a sweet story. Why haven't my grands learned to do that? Hmmm...I'll get right on that.

  5. Sorry to hear that Ron's foot got infected, and praying for a speedy recovery from that. LOVE LOVE the shoe photo! And finally, that oatmeal recipe sounds SOOO good!

  6. Very sorry to hear about the infection. Praying for healing. Beautiful photo log of your nice adventures and family home time, too!

  7. Sorry to hear about Ron's foot. Hopefully he is as good as new soon. Sometimes the unexpected brings much joy. Looks like you found yours this week!

  8. Cheryl, your photos gave me a big smile this afternoon. Your family times are so sweet in your home. Your food always looks wonderful and so beautifully presented on your lovely Blue Willow. The baked oatmeal would warm our tummies on these cold autumn mornings. Thank you for sharing your recipe.
    I'll continue to pray for Ron's full recovery. ♥

  9. Sorry to hear about Ron's foot infection. It's hard for men who like to be doing things all the time to stop and rest. Hope he's soon better. Love the little pleasures in your days - looking for these things does change my attitude, I find. Glad your family dinner went well.

  10. Your week end breakfast looks so yummy. Have a great start to the new week Cheryl. Enjoy.

  11. Sorry about your husbands foot setback. Always a joy visiting with you and enjoying the warmth, coziness and pleasantries of your lovely home and sweet family!

  12. So sorry about Ron's foot. Hope it is better now. I have never heard of baked oatmeal. It sounds good, though, and I will have to try it.

  13. It sounds like a good week but sorry about the infected foot. We just had baked oatmeal the other day at our friends' house. Perfect for a cold morning. I love a slower week where I have time to take note of the simple, little things!

  14. Simple pleasures are definitely the best! We had the simple pleasure of having all of our family together this past weekend...a rare occasion! I am sorry to hear about Ron's foot...hoping all heals well soon! I just love the photos in this warm, homey and fit for the season! The baked oatmeal looks amazing...thanks for sharing the recipe!

  15. Our wishes for Ron's continued healing. So glad you've been able to make time for simple pleasures.
    I first heard of baked oatmeal while reading through a book of Lancaster Country B&Bs. Your blog, today, is the only other place I've read about it. This recipe would be good for overnight company. Thank-you. Your table settings always look so restful and attractive.

  16. I am sorry that Ron has had a setback with his foot! I will be praying for him.

    We love baked oatmeal, will have to try your recipe soon. :-)

    I LOVE to drive around and look at houses! I have a friend that loves it too. We used to go to lunch and then drive around together. :-)

    I hope that you are having a lovely weekend!

  17. Cheryl, I know it is frustrating when recovery doesn't go as planned. :-( I loved your weekend photos. Sounds like a wonderful time, and that photo of the shoes is absolutely precious! I would frame it. Beautiful!

  18. I love all your little pleasures. I'm just catching up after being away for a week and just before reading this post I put together some steel cut oats into my crock pot for some overnight oatmeal (I like that you added dried cranberries to your baked one so I think I'll throw a few into the pot too). Your recipe for baked oatmeal sounds wonderful. Hope Ron's foot heals promptly. Your pictures are so pretty.

  19. Cheryl, I wanted to let you know I have made your baked oatmeal twice. It's a delicious recipe. Over the weekend my daughter was visiting and we made it with frozen blueberries.
    I'm continuing to keep Ron in my prayers. Take care of yourself. ♥

  20. Good morning Cheryl!, I just found out yesterday about Ron's surgery and complications!Please know you and Ron are in our thoughts and prayers! I miss so much when not blogging!
    much love ,

  21. Just received an update about your family from Mrs. Rabe. Will continue to pray for your husband. Love the picture of your house.

  22. Cheryl, Woke up this week thinking and wondering and praying for you and your family. I realized why when I read Vee's post this morning and then visited Mrs. Rabe. I am so sorry to hear about the setbacks your dear husband has had since his surgery. Praying that all will be well for him and you. Hugs!!

  23. Little pleasures add up to a great life. One I am glad you are willing to share with us. I have been away from looking at blogs and posting on mine. I was blessed to stop back in to see what you are up to. Hope to do it on a regular basis again!


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