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A Pretty Failure: Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal
A Pretty Failure: Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal

A Pretty Failure: Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal
I really wanted to like this recipe, guys. When I read the words “Pumpkin Pie Baked Oatmeal,” I was certain that this was something that I wanted to eat for breakfast AND dessert. But with my first bite I thought, “This isn’t sweet enough.” And with subsequent bites: “I don’t think there’s enough salt.”
Reuben agreed that it just wasn’t that good.
But I really liked the photos. I was able to capture some steam, and I think it LOOKS like something I would like to eat. Ah well.

Katelyn's Seniors
On a happier note, I took my lovely sister’s senior portraits. You can see more photos on my personal blog.
Pear Jam
I made pear jam using my Peach Jam Recipe as a base, leaving out the lemon juice (I didn’t have any on hand).
Caramel Corn
Caramel Corn! Om nom nom. I’ll have to share my recipe with y’all sometime…
Fall in Northern Minnesota
Fall is in full swing here in northern Minnesota. I really need to stop mentioning to Reuben how much I love fall – I’m sure I’m starting to sound like a broken record.
Have you had any failures or successes in the kitchen lately?

Moriah Mari

Saturday 26th of October 2013

Can I join in on the broken record? :) Fall is so beautiful!

Neja Ribnikarr

Monday 14th of October 2013

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Friday 11th of October 2013

Pumpkin is an odd bird to cook with! There are so many ideas about cooking it and then even more ideas about what it will taste of, and anticipation based upon emotional response to event tied to the word Pumpkin Pie. I will often substitue butternut or delicata squash when I first try a recipe calling for pumpkin, so that I can truly taste it and then, possibly amend it. I have found that adding ginger moves the palate away from pie-like expectations and also provides mouthfeel and layers of texture in the squashes used(including pumpkin).

Erica Lea

Thursday 10th of October 2013

Ha - funny that we had the same idea! Yeah, I really like the simple baked oatmeal recipe; I thought the pumpkin pie baked oatmeal looked pretty similar, but I guess the addition of pumpkin just messes with the flavor. I'd like to try again with more spices, sweetener and salt, but I'm afraid of ruining more good ingredients. Oh well, guess I should stick to plain baked oatmeal and pumpkin pie bars. :)

Erica Lea

Thursday 10th of October 2013

Yes, I want to share, but I also want to perfect the recipe first. :)