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Yummy Oatmeal Bars

Garrett and I made these before dinner tonight. Granted they didn’t get in the oven until almost 11 because someone is teething horribly (more on that at a later date), but they turned out to be very yummy. If I were you I would try them as cookies and bars, maybe half and half if you have a smaller metal baking pan. Next time I post a recipe I will be sure to add pictures, but with time and wearing a baby as constraints it never crossed my mind until now. 🙂

OK, here ya go…

1 cup softened butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups All purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 cups quick or old fashioned cooking oats

In a medium bowl, cream together both sugars and butter. Beat in eggs one at a time. Then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in a separate dish and then stir into creamed mixture. Mix in oats, stirring thoroughly. Cover and chill at least 1 hour prior to baking. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheet and roll dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes- Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

To make Oatmeal bars, simply press dough into bottom of non-greased metal 13 x 9 pan and bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees or until lightly golden. Cool in pan on wire rack/cut into bars.


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Today was the opening of the college football season (in case you weren’t aware). I’m a guy’s girl all the way. I love the fall and I love college football. Although, I’m not so much a lover of the NFL or other major league sports. I am strictly a lover of college sports.

I’m not really for sure where the love comes from, maybe it was the camaraderie my father and I found watching VA Tech throughout the years together. Or maybe it was because of the sheer fact that I chose to go to one of the only universities (sporting some 25,000 students in total) that doesn’t boast a football team. I had to make up for it somehow, right? (As luck would have it 6 years after my graduation they are due a team of their own. Woo-hoo!) Which brings to mind that I will have 3 official college football teams to cheer, rave and rant about relentlessly next season. What more could a pigskin loving gal ask for?

Perhaps, a spunky football fascinated little man? And that’s exactly what we got…here’s a few pics of Garrett chanting ‘GO HOKIES!’ and then laying back on the couch imitating his Daddy. He did a great impersonation by the way.

Unfortunately, Bryan had to work during all the season opening action, but Garrett and I were ready to cheer our teams on even if they were inexperienced and off their game. We still love ya and promise never to be fair weather fans.

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I frequent a few blogs, comment as much as possible on many of them and even subscribe to a few. Usually, the ones I read offer up for grabs a part of me I had once forgotten about. I find my voice inside so many other folks and other times I think of things in a completely new light, it simply reassures me of how alike (yet different) we all are. I hope you have the warm fuzzies now. I for one, like that feeling.

So anywho, as I was reading Erin’s blog Some Kind of Wonderland, (formerly known as This is Life), I was indirectly challenged to come up with a S-I-X word memoir. Six words as in 6 little words. I can barely write a sentence that has only 6 words. For that matter, I can’t even do that it seems. At least not a good sentence. (I did it, did ya see that?)

Well, I truly thought that it would be much harder than it turned out to be, not that it came to me in a matter of minutes or anything- but, it lingered and found itself at the tip of my tongue and ready to emerge by midnight last night. It may have arrived through sheer luck or perhaps even more so by the obvious.

As a disclaimer- I reserve the right to reword this every few months.

Must have chocolate now or else.

Just KIDDING. Kinda.

Here’s my small attempt at defining myself:

Drool Inspired Humanitarian Artist / Wife / Mother.

(I couldn’t decide on a photo, I wanted something new…oh well, this captures my spirit and I was pregnant when this was taken, too.)

Ok, the deal is this:

YOU (i.e., if you’re reading this, that means you) I know I have more than 3 1/2 readers and would really LOVE to hear what you have to say about yourselves. So please do me a HUGE FAVOR and post your memoir as a comment. Pretty peas. What better way for us to officially get to know one another! YOU also represents Carol Beth, Becky, and Sarah.

As with everything, there are rules.


  1. Write a six word memoir.
  2. Post it to your blog, maybe with a pic.
  3. Link to the person who tagged you.
  4. Tag a few folks.
  5. Leave a comment for them with an invite to play.

Now what are ya’ll still doing here? Go get in your think tanks!

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I am sitting in bed watching Obama speak at the Democratic Convention as I type. I believe November 4, 2008 will be a monumental day. I believe it will be a day that we see a much greater turn out than ever before. I am awed by Obama’s speech, an awesome dedication of what change means for him personally. I also donated a mere $15 to his campaign…not much I know. Yet, I tend to be of the nature that every bit counts- especially for someone riding on public donations. You can visit his website (possibly to donate and get a bumper magnet for free) at http://www.barackobama.com/.

However, I have no intentions on selling my opinions, therefore I will stop while I’m ahead.

I simply wanted to share a voter’s nightmare…

As you may know or remember from a previous post, I have known my husband for 14 years, in which 3 presidential elections have occurred. I would say that I know him pretty darn well. I know what his values are and his political beliefs, what his favorite meal is, his life story and many childhood memories. I know who his friends were, where he lived and what his dreams are, along with a handful of useful and then not so useful information that make me love him even more.

But, what I wasn’t aware of – was that he has never voted in any election. Is that really possible? Is this really MY husband?

So, like a good wife I printed off a voter registration form, filled it out and mailed it off today.

My husband WILL vote in the election in 67 days. He will be a part of the C-H-A-N-G-E we need in this country, regardless of who he votes for.

I hope each of you will be or are in the process of becoming registered to vote, it’s something that truly shouldn’t be taken for granted. It saddens me to think we live in such a great country where so many people have become jaded and apathetic.

May things change for the better come November.

To see if you still have time to register to vote in your own state, visit this link.

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Tuesday’s Gone with the Wind

This was actually taken about a month ago. I simply wanted to look back and see how much he is growing. I’m sad because all of a sudden it seems like it’s going by way too fast. We weighed him today and he is almost 17 lbs! What’s that about? I miss my little baby. Time sure is precious.

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I have always ‘talked’ about being green, but I never walked the walk so to speak. I did little things, but now that Garrett has come along I have really started taking the initiative to be better and greener. Therefore, I wanted to share one of our green habits.
My good friend Sarah mentioned on her blog that she finally purchased canvas bags for grocery shopping, so I thought I would share a picture of my own to demonstrate how big and sturdy they are and just how readily available they are becoming. I purchased mine before Garrett was born. I was sick of telling baggers to ‘limit’ all that plastic (between the double bagging and 2-3 items per bag…it was ridiculous, I was starting to think they were in co-hoots with bag makers.) I gave my spill, every single trip to the grocery store on the environmental devastation of plastic only to receive blank looks. After a few years of those stares, I finally found the bag you see to the right at Office Depot for $1.99. I bought 3- I wish I had bought even more they’re so roomy and sturdy.
Like Sarah said, I feel good when I walk out of the store with them. It makes me proud to be Garrett’s mother because I know I am doing a small part to make sure he has an environment to live in! To give you an idea of their size, Garrett was generous enough to use himself to show a comparison. I’m telling you, they are the brown paper bag of the future, except they can hold even more. If I haven’t convinced you yet to make the change, isn’t Garrett enough? Seriously though, habit is all the effort it takes to become more green in this department.
Plus just look how much stuff they hold. I had 2 big boxes of cereal, a huge tub of butter, yogurt, a container of pre-cut veggies, marshmallows, a bag of frozen spinach and frozen fruit bars in the bag from this particular excursion. I promise you aren’t going to be able to get that much in one plastic or brown paper bag. When I really go shopping, you know those $150 – $200 trips, I usually end up only needing 4 bags for everything. (I have a canvas tote from my doctor that I also use to make sure I don’t get any plastic from those pesky baggers!) Finally, if you haven’t noticed, take a look at that ticker over on the right of my blog to see how many plastic bags are being used. I am almost certain that less than half of those are even recycled. And what’s worse, plastic is useless UNLESS it is recycled and then it only has but so many lives. So come on whatcha’ say, make that switch today and be an advocate for your little one and their future.

Visit Crunchy Chicken for the real deal on being green!

Would anyone like to see a once a week green day?

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10. Waking up in the middle of the night between the times Garrett nurses and then being unable to fall back asleep for another hour.

9. Canceling my hair appointment for Monday until an undetermined day in the near future.

8. Cashiers or Baggers that don’t listen to you when you tell them you brought your own bags and proceed to place your items into double plastic bags after you’ve handed them your own bags. (did they go to school at all?)

7. Making small talk with people you don’t really like and the fact that they know it too and don’t like you either.

6. Drivers in the left lane that go very, very, very, slow and then make a left turn. (This may only apply to South Carolina.)

5. Crying over a movie for no apparent reason and trying to figure out why exactly you are crying. Then continuing to cry until you can think of a reason for crying.

4. Not having a working microwave. (Of course, not nuking everything might be a good thing.)

3. People that laugh really loud while reading greeting cards.

2. Women with perky breasts either with or without kids. (a.k.a. implants, fake-aroos)

1. The fact that LEFT-handed oven mittens do not exist. Anywhere. Period.

Do you have any irritations?

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