March 23, 2018

March 21, 2018

Baked carrot cake oatmeal

All the flavors of carrot cake put into a hearty and delicious baked oatmeal breakfast. This recipe is my contribution to this month's Fantastical Food Fight hosted by Sarah at Fantastical Sharing of Recipes. March's theme is: Carrot Cake! I am a huge carrot cake fan. I have sometimes requested my mom to make it for my birthday and we even had it for our wedding cake. I knew I wanted to do something a little different than making a traditional carrot cake for this event (though now I really would like a carrot cake). Over the past year I've been making baked oatmeal more frequently because my kids really enjoy it (I've made peanut butter, pumpkin, and zucchini bread versions for them). Plus, lately I've been putting vegetables into basically everything, so I thought our oatmeal breakfast would be a perfect place to showcase all the flavors of a carrot cake (even a cream cheese topping). We usually eat our baked oatmeal scooped into a bowl with a little milk, or cut into squares as best as possible (as it can be crumbly). For this version, I like it with just a big dollop of the cream cheese topping!

March 16, 2018

March 13, 2018


Spätzle are a soft egg noodle found in German, Austrian, Hungarian, and other cuisines. When we make Spätzle it is usually as a side to German dishes like German meatloaf, Schnitzel, sausages with sauerkraut, Rouladen, etc. If you follow me over on Instagram and were checking out my stories recently, you saw that I was was having fun making these over the weekend. As I've mentioned here before, one of my favorite cookbooks is the classic The German Cookbook. The base Spätzle recipe comes from that book. I have a Spätzle maker that used to belong to my husband's grandparents, but they are not necessary for making Spätzle (although they are fun and help to make more all at once). You can serve them right out of the boiling water, or you can transfer them to a skillet and toss them with some melted butter and parsley, as I did here. They are terrific to serve with dishes that have a gravy and sauce as well. This recipe will feed about 4-6 people as a side dish.

March 9, 2018