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Kid Friendly Recipes – Spiced Oatmeal


Now that School is back in session (or about to be in session), I’m sure many mothers are looking for quick and hearty breakfast recipes for your children.  You know the kind of recipes that will stick with them for a few hours and provide extra brain power? 

This week, I have the perfect recipe for all you mothers out in mother land.  Courtesy of CDKitchen.






  • 1/2 cup powdered nondairy creamer
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    ***ADDITIONAL INGREDIENTS (for each serving)***
  •  2/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Brown sugar (optional)


In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; mix well. Store in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to 6 months. Yield: 9 batches (about 1 cup total).

To prepare oatmeal: In a bowl, combine oats and 2 tablespoons oatmeal spice mix. Add enough boiling water until oatmeal is desired consistency. Sprinkle with brown sugar if desired. Yield: 1 serving.



CTR:Welcome Home…

Home is the place where, when you have to go there,
They have to take you in.
~Robert Frost

Everyone wants an entry to their home that shouts “welcome  home” when they step in the door. Whether your foyer is large or small their are many things that you can do to get that feel.


Begin your entry project by choosing a palette that will be assorted. Which color will be dominant and which will be used as accents. Will you add color on our wall with paint or wallpaper?

Would you like to use a bold splash of color-like the red door?


Or perhaps you’d like to keep your color palette a little more “black and white”?


Using neutral colors appeal to those who like the option of changing it up .

 Those who aren’t afraid to commit to using wild and crazy colors go for pink…

 Or purple!



Lighting is a very important for setting the right mood so don’t forget how crucial it is to the ambience of your foyer-especially since most don’t have a lot of windows.  There are several ways to add lighting fixtures to this space:

Overhead fixtures

A pendant lamp or chandelier are the perfect choices for overhead fixtures in a foyer. Just make sure they clear the door, have plenty of clearance for your tall guests and compliment fixtures in adjacent areas.

Traditional chandelier


 Bohemian pendant


Using the same pendant lighting in different areas


Table Lamps

If you have space, a lamp or two on a table or console creates a welcoming glow. If you don’t have room for lamps how about sconces?

Table lamp and sconce combo


A pair of simple lamps


Lamps that make a statement!



Mirrors make a great focal point for your foyer-especially if your go BIG.  In my own home I have a large floor mirror resting against one wall. (It makes men who visit crazy because they think it needs to be hung up on the wall!) There are no design rules when it comes to mirrors in your foyer-you can match the frame to the furniture in this area or mix it up. 

Going big over a small console


Going small over a large console


A matching combo…


Or mixing it up.


My personal favorite for making men crazy-the floor mirror!


Happy Decorating!