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Friends Family and A Little Love 
Sep. 2, 2010 6:04 pm 
Updated: Sep. 8, 2010 2:37 pm
My daughter, who married a Canadian and now lives in Toronto, came with her new husband for the week.  I always appreciate when they come because they are so gracious and accommodating.  Both of them slept on the couch and endured lots of love and jumps from Bruno and Josie, our Amstaff and Jack Russell terriers.  Bruno is just a pup and probably weighs 30+ pounds, but thinks he's a Jack Russell like Josie, so he gets a little jumpy and our daughter's husband, through gritted teeth, just grinned and bore the brunt of Bruno's so-called love.  He's a good man.  :)

My daughter made frequent trips to the coffee shop with my husband while her husband spent his days giving seminars.  Sadly, I rarely cook since no one is ever home, and they even were gracious about that!  My daughter even cleaned out my coat closet and ridded me of some things (a push and pull kind of debate ensued) that well, she felt I didn't need.  I can afford to be gracious--I guess--under the circumstances.

To end all of our festivities, they leave tomorrow morning, my daughter made The Joy of Cooking oatmeal cake.  Yummy!

Here's the recipe:  The Joy of Cooking Oatmeal Cake

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 1/2 cups boiling water
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 9 x 13" baking pan.
Place rolled oats in a small bowl and add water. Let stand until water is absorbed (about 10 min). Meanwhile, mix together dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

In a medium bowl, at high speed beat butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time, then add vanilla.

On slow speed, beat in oat mixture, then dry ingredients until blended.
Scrape batter into pan and spread evenly.
Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Let cool briefly on rack.
Sep. 2, 2010 7:38 pm was the cake? I was reading your earlier blogs about your crockpot meals. I have three FAVORITE utensils in my kitchen and they are my crockpot, my electric pressure cooker (wonderful!!) and my freezer. When I am cooking something like lasagna, it is just as easy to make two and put one in the freezer for another time. There is a method cookbook for making meals for the entire month and just cooking all day on one day. It just takes some careful planning. LOVE IT! Your blog is great, I am subscribing to it after this post!
Sep. 2, 2010 8:28 pm
Ya, those Jack Russells are Full of energy, that is for sure! Glad you had a nice time with your family. Cake sounds great! Nice talking to you:0 Patty
Sep. 3, 2010 6:22 am
It sounds like you have a wonderful smart daughter who chose well in her husband. Congratulations. We're waiting for our first grandchild (born on August 31st) to visit. They live right here in town and we've seen her every day already. We've also got two Jack Russells and are excited to have them all meet. My granddaughter is the most beautiful girl in the world by the way. :) Kelly_Y - I used to cook all day on Sunday for the week plus. Do you know the name of the cookbook for making meals for the entire month. I'm sure if I tried I could figure it out myself. But I constantly remind folks that someone somewhere has already done what you want to do, so why recreate the wheel?
Sep. 3, 2010 2:00 pm
Should be proud of your daughter for marrying such a gentleman! Few can handle the jack russel's!!!!!!! Hope you had a good visit with your daughter, and can't wait to maybe try out the recipe soon!
Sep. 3, 2010 3:49 pm
Thanks so much! The cake was wonderful. Very moist and with a nice oatmeal texture. I love oatmeal, and this was a yummy addition to my recipes. I had actually never tried it before and was pleasantly surprised at the results. We do feel lucky to have such a wonderful son-in-law. He's the best!
Sep. 4, 2010 4:01 am
Sounds like you have a great daughter, and a great son-in-law as well! Family is great. That cake looks and sounds delicious! Glad you had a nice visit with them.
Mrs. C 
Sep. 7, 2010 12:03 pm
This weekend has been a special time of family, and like you, pets are part of the family! The house is so quiet right now, no need to really cook for awhile... leftovers galore! I love the family gatherings. Thanks for the oatmeal cake recipe! Instead of butter, I am going to substitute applesause, and use SPlenda. See if it is still a joyful recipe!
Sep. 7, 2010 8:20 pm
Good luck and let me know how it comes out. My husband's a diabetic and that would be so much better for his diet.
Sep. 8, 2010 2:36 pm
I vaguely remember a time that I could sleep on someones couch and still walk the next day LOL Only for the young:)
Sep. 8, 2010 2:37 pm
Oops, thank for the cake recipe.
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