Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Baked Oatmeal – One For Sorrow – The Tenth Circle

Howdy everyone! I hope you’re all doing well and having a great week so far. I’m doing pretty good and getting caught up on reading. I’ve added a few books to my challenge and seem to be on track for the most part so far.

Today I wanted to share a recipe I found online for baked oatmeal. I’ve been aiming to try baked oatmeal for some time after chatting with my friend Jennifer about it. Can you believe I’ve never made it? Well, here’s the recipe that I found, but I ran into some problems.


Baked Oatmeal II

Recipe Credit: BLANCHL from


  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Beat in milk, eggs, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Stir in dried cranberries. Spread into a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 40 minutes.


So the issue I had with this recipe is that I can’t use dairy, eggs, or butter because I’m working on sticking to the protocol in the Thyroid Healing book I discussed last week. So, I got online and found a link at for egg substitutes. Here’s what I found out!


I decided to substitute the eggs with applesauce. Then I went over to Dr. Axe’s site ❤ to find some good butter substitutions. I decided to sub the butter with coconut oil and I used almond milk in place of cow’s milk. If you don’t have issues with dairy, eggs, and butter, just make it the way it appears above! I just know this is going to be delicious either way.

Here’s what I did:

I put all my dry ingredients in a bowl and mixed it up a bit.


Then I added in the wet ingredients and mixed it well. This includes the vanilla which isn’t pictured.



I mixed in the raisins last. The recipe calls for cranberries, but I’m not a huge fan of cranberries when it comes to oatmeal, though I do use them occasionally.


I put the mix into a 13×9 glass pan and baked at 350 degrees for about 50 minutes. I set the timer for 40 minutes, but it needed extra time to crisp up at the top.


It pretty much came out looking the same way it went in.


I cut it into pieces and served with a drizzle of honey and fresh almond milk.



This was pretty good even with the substitutions, but looking back, I think an hour in the oven would’ve been better. It had a crisp top and was quite soft on the bottom. It sort of reminded me of a soft, warm granola bar.

This Week’s Books:

I added a new book this week that I’m reading for Netgalley. I’m way behind on this one. I requested it last year and now here I am reading the hardcover–oops! I’m getting caught up though and feel really good about that. This is a buddy read with my 11-year-old daughter. So far we’re enjoying it.

One for Sorrow

Blurb: Against the ominous backdrop of the influenza epidemic of 1918, Annie, a new girl at school, is claimed as best friend by Elsie, a classmate who is a tattletale, a liar, and a thief. Soon Annie makes other friends and finds herself joining them in teasing and tormenting Elsie. Elsie dies from influenza, but then she returns to reclaim Annie’s friendship and punish all the girls who bullied her. Young readers who revel in spooky stories will relish this chilling tale of a girl haunted by a vengeful ghost.

I’m finishing up with Jodi Picoult’s The Tenth Circle this morning. This one is a reread and I truly am enjoying it as much as I did the first time around. I love the writing and I’m thinking now that I’d like to do more rereads in the future. Up until now, I haven’t because my TBR is so out of control, I felt like rereading was going backwards, but I’m enjoying this one so much and might reconsider.

The Tenth Circle


Blurb: Fourteen-year-old Trixie Stone is in love for the first time. She’s also the light of her father, Daniel’s life — a straight-A student; a pretty, popular freshman in high school; a girl who’s always seen her father as a hero. That is, until her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence. Suddenly everything Trixie has believed about her family — and herself — seems to be a lie. Could the boyfriend who once made Trixie wild with happiness have been the one to end her childhood forever? She says that he is, and that is all it takes to make Daniel, a seemingly mild-mannered comic book artist with a secret tumultuous past he has hidden even from his family, venture to hell and back to protect his daughter.With The Tenth Circle, Jodi Picoult offers her most powerful chronicle yet as she explores the unbreakable bond between parent and child, and questions whether you can reinvent yourself in the course of a lifetime — or if your mistakes are carried forever.

That’s what I’m reading this week. What are you reading? Have you ever made baked oatmeal? Feel free to share below! ❤ Have a wonderful week.

30 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Baked Oatmeal – One For Sorrow – The Tenth Circle

  1. Nel

    This is actually one I’ve baked and eaten before! In fact a friend and I went on this like week long experiment of making baked oatmeal cause we were both so addicted to it. Great share in regards to all the substitutes. Thats quite helpful for people who cant have those things or don’t want to. 🙂

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    1. Wow, I have to find out how you made it! I think I need to work on trying some different recipes with this one. I saw one that used quick oats and that makes sense to me. Maybe I’ll try that next time! ❤ Have a good day, Nel. 🙂 Thanks!

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    1. Let me know if you ever try this recipe. I imagine it’s perfect just the way it’s written without the changes. 🙂

      Glad you like Jodi Picoult too! All of her older books are favorites and many of the newer ones too. Thanks for reading. 🙂 ❤

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  2. starjustin

    I love oatmeal and raisins. This reminded me of a warm breakfast cereal that would be good just like cooked meal with milk and sugar. I was happy to have it made with the supplements and thought it was great for a change this morning.
    I’m reading Jodi Picoult’s book when I get back to Texas. Can’t wait. Sounds great! 🙂

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  3. David R. Dowdy

    Sitting here waiting for the snow and ice to thaw a bit before driving to work. We had eight inches of snow where live and it was very interesting driving in it yesterday.

    One for Sorrow is how I feel about snow. I love the book cover! The story is intriguing.

    Btw, I helped bury my father-in-law’s ashes when I was married. We dug a hole in the hard clay and granite and buried the small box in a cemetery on the grounds of a Baptist Children’s Home that was founded in 1885. It was eerie reading the ancient tombstones. Quite a few children had died in 1918. It was only later that we realized they’d been struck down by the Spanish Flu.

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    1. I heard about the snow there! I was shocked and didn’t even know you guys got snow like that, lol. I hope you’re enjoying it a little bit. ❄💖

      That’s an interesting story and experience. What made you guys decide to bury his ashes there? It’s so intriguing.

      I was amazed to learn that the flu of 1918 basically killed health people mainly. Scary.

      Thanks for sharing your story, David. 💖

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      1. David R. Dowdy

        Gene wanted to be cremated and Peggy (my ex-mother-in-law whom I love) worked at the children’s home. She asked and got permission. Everyone got a chance to dig the hole. I kept thinking there must be an ordinance prohibiting it, but apparently not. It was amazing like it was a do it yourself burial (which it was!). I knew about funerals, of course, and one thing I knew for sure is that you go as an observer. That one was anything except traditional. It was emotional yet almost satisfying if I’m allowed to say that. The fact that we performed the actual ceremony was touching. Oh, there was a minister to perform the last rites which was good because we we’re all tore up over losing Gene. A few weeks later, I wrote an account of it. I wanted so much to preserve my observations and feelings.

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        1. That is so special! I think that’s awesome that everyone got to join in and that you were able to do the ceremony. Plus that you wrote about it! This is something I need to do. I think about writing stuff down all the time and never do it. You’ve inspired me. If you ever want to share your accounting of the event, I’d love to hear about it, but I understand that it’s personal. ❤ Such an amazing story though and thanks for sharing it with everyone. 😀

          I think that people should always be able to bury their own. My uncle in Texas says they do it on their own, but I don't know if it's true.

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