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Baked oatmeal with bananas and blueberries

I’ve never shared a recipe on this blog, but I’ve been eating baked oatmeal every morning for months now, and continue to truly enjoy it, so I thought I’d tell you about it. I make an 8×8″ pan during the weekend, and it lasts the whole week for me. Every serving is chock-full of oats, nuts, and fruit, which is great for heart health and nursing moms. This oatmeal is also gluten free, dairy free, and soy free, so it’s great for people staying away from those allergens.

Modified from Baked Oatmeal on epicurious

Yield: Serves 6 generously

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups/7 oz/200 g rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup/2 oz/60 g walnut pieces, shelled or chopped
  • 1/3 cup/2 oz/60 g maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
  • 2 cups/475 ml “original” almond milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large (or 3 small) ripe bananas, cut into 1/2-inch/1 cm pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups/6.5 oz/185 g frozen blueberries

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 375°F/190°C.

In a bowl, mix together the oats, half the walnuts, the baking powder, and salt.

In another bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, the almond milk, egg, and the vanilla.

Arrange the bananas in a single layer in the bottom of an 8×8″ baking dish. Sprinkle two-thirds of the berries over the top. Cover the fruit with the oat mixture. Slowly drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Gently give the baking dish a couple thwacks on the countertop to make sure the milk moves through the oats. Scatter the remaining berries and remaining walnuts across the top.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before eating. Can be refrigerated and portions reheated in the microwave.

A Purl Bee bonnet for Sonya, and one for a friend

Although Sonya has a whole collection of bonnets and sunhats, when some friends made Baby Sunbonnets from the Purl Bee, I couldn’t resist making one for Sonya, too!

PatternBaby Sunbonnet from the Purl Bee, 6-12 months.

Fabric: The outer fabric is from the Backyard Garden collection by Cloud9 Fabrics. I really liked working with this fabric, it’s nice quality. The lining is just a quilting fat quarter I picked up at my local Joann’s that matched really well.

The tucks make the bonnet nice and snug.

After finishing Sonya’s bonnet, I also made one for a little friend! For this one, I sewed the 3-6 months size.

Fabric: both the outer (Multi Petals) and the lining fabrics are just bolts of “house” fabric at Joann’s. The outer was a little flimsy for my taste, although it’s a fantastic print. I fussy-cut all the pattern pieces to center the various color bursts. The inner is striped – I really liked the idea of seeing stripes peeking out around the baby’s face. Unfortunately, Sonya is too big to model this bonnet, otherwise I could show you the effect.

Look at my big girl in her bonnet!

Silverfox cardi

You know how they say, never go to a supermarket when you’re hungry?

I started knitting the Silverfox Cardigan for Sonya in the middle of February, when there were still several feet of snow on the ground. Being in a winter state of mind, I chose the 6-month size, thinking that she’d wear it on chilly mornings in May and June.

Ha!

It seems that spring bypassed us entirely this year, and now that the cardi fits, we have already entered summer. So, when will Sonya actually wear this cardi? I’m not sure. I might save it and give it away as a gift to some lucky little girl in the future.

Pattern: Silverfox Cardigan by Lisa Chemery for Frogginette knitting patterns. I knit the smallest size (6 months). I love this cardigan – its texture is very rich, the cables are eye-catching, and the i-cord edging finishes it off nicely.

But I found the pattern difficult to follow, both in terms of formatting of the directions (as in, the way the text appears on the page), and abbreviations. It also had some unusual style choices, like starting the sleeve cables at the yoke instead of having them run down the entire sleeve. I made that mod, and a few others, like keeping the direction of raglan decreases uniform, and widening the neck opening a bit.

cables down the whole sleeve

Yarn: One of my favorites for baby knits, Berroco Vintage, in Blue Moon (51191), about 1.5 skeins. This beautiful blue colorway has a pink halo that I just love!

*Seriously, this yarn is the best for baby knits. I cannot tell you how many times I machine washed Sonya’s yellow Berroco Vintage sweater this winter, and it shows NO wear, NO pilling, NO loss of color.

Needles: US 5 and US 7. Another reason I love Berroco Vintage is that it gives me a reliable 5 spi and 7 rpi on US 7 needles, making it a great choice for so many patterns written for that gauge.

Finished dimensions: 20.5″ chest circumference, 6.75″ from cuff to armpit, and 12″ shoulder to hem.

gorgeous cables

The cables are really quite lovely, so much so that I went ahead and purchased the matching Silverfox bonnet pattern… except I won’t be knitting a size that will fit Sonya smack in the middle of summer!

Sonya is less than impressed with donning a wool sweater on a hot spring day.