~ love in the morning ~

i <3 cinnamon rolls!

To make an extra special breakfast treat, without much effort, I tried these heart-shaped cinnamon rolls. You can do the same with canned rolls or homemade. My family was delighted.


Hearty Oat Round

I love this bread. Seriously. It stirs together quickly and is always so moist and perfect. I love it with soup, especially one with a lighter broth. Last night we enjoyed it with Cheeseburger Potato Soup. Mmmmmmmmmmm!
Hearty Oat Round


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 additional tablespoons of oats, for the top

Combine flours, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add egg, milk and oil, stirring gently by hand. When batter is just moistened, spread into greased baking dish. I prefer a 10 inch round. Sprinkle oats on top.

Bake 40-45 minutes at 350F. Allow to cool 5 minutes before slicing.

A note on substitutions:I have had success in using skim, 2% and whole milks, half and half, and soy milk. I have also used egg substitute without compromising texture or flavor.

Dog Treats!

In the last year, our senior aged dog made the transition to retirement!

After over ten years of providing us watchful protection as an outdoor dog on our rural land, guarding house, children, cats, chickens, ducks and goats, we moved to a small neighborhood and she became an indoor pet.

She has transitioned beautifully! To help with that, she does get plenty of treats for doing her “business” outdoors, so we have gone through them quickly!

I decided to give making them a try. Years ago we tried making them from miscellaneous grains, but I wanted to keep this simple. I took “day-old” bread and cut it into small pieces. I tried them in a warm oven and left them there overnight. The result was great! She loved them and it cost us almost nothing!

A few days ago, after browning a large package of ground beef, I drained off the fat – ewww! I had a batch of bread treats ready in the oven, so I had Eddi dab the drippings on to the bread. We then returned them to a warm oven and left them overnight again.

The dog LOVES them!