First Blogiversary

I’m thrilled to be here bringing you my very first blogiversary! This week marks one whole year that I’ve been blogging over here at Red Velvet and I couldn’t be happier to make this milestone. Many bloggers don’t make it a full year, life gets too busy and the upkeep of a blog on top of their daily lives gets to be too much and their posts get fewer and farther between but I’ve been able to keep blogging a few times a week for an entire year. This was one of my goals when I began this little blog and I’m so happy to be able to say I’ve accomplished it.

This week, in celebration, I’ll bring you some more personal details about myself including:

  • A full house tour
  • A Q&A about yours truly
  • A quiz to find out more about all of you reading out there

And of course a few surprises!

Thanks for reading, without all of you, this blog would be nothing, I’m so grateful to be able to speak to each of you in your own kitchens, each day.

Happy 1 year!

Baked Oatmeal By Let’s Meet for Lunch

Here is the first guest blog post by Dana from Let’s Meet for Lunch. Find out more about this new partnership on this post.  Without further ado, here’s Dana:


I hated oatmeal for a solid 16 years of my life. For those same 16 years, my mother pushed me constantly to eat it. On cold, wintry mornings before school when I came downstairs sleepy-eyed asking, “What’s for breakfast?” she would reply, “How about oatmeal?” “But Moooooooooooooommmmmm!! I don’t like oatmeal!” Every time I tried it, it tasted like mushed up gooey nastiness with little flavor.

It wasn’t until sometime in my 16th year of life that I decided to give instant oatmeal a shot, and only because a friend of mine had said that it was good. (Isn’t that so typical of teenagers? Sorry, mom!) Cinnamon bun flavored? I like that. Maple Brown Sugar? I like that, too. And Strawberries & Cream?

OoOoOo… yum. After a while, it was my go-to breakfast choice, and I can still picture my mom snickering at the idea of me finally caving in to a bowl of hot cereal. Now I’ve moved on to finer oats, meaning I prefer to make my own rather than eat the instant. But don’t get me wrong, I’ll take oatmeal in pretty much any form!

This particular recipe is taken from a church cookbook. The church is one that I attended with my family when I lived in Pennsylvania before moving away 9 years ago. This recipe is one that I still love and make for myself to keep in the fridge, easily warmed up or eaten cold. It really makes my weekday mornings easier to bake this off on Sunday and enjoy throughout the week.


Baked Oatmeal

Recipe adapted from the Mt. Zion UCC Church Cookbook

1/2 c. oil or softened butter (I used oil. Neither is great for you, so feel free to sub 1/4 c. of that with applesauce)

2 eggs

1 c. brown sugar

3 c. oats

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

2 tsp. baking powder


One note before we begin. I know the ingredient list says cinnamon, but 99.9% of the time, I use pumpkin pie spice instead. Nothing against plain ‘ol cinnamon, but there’s something about the combo of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice that is just…. better. Anyway, beat those 2 eggs up.


You could just do this with a fork, but since I’m going to blend everything in my Kitchenaid, I started right there in the bowl.


Beat everything until it’s smooth and resembles caramel. Mmmm, wouldn’t that be good? Maybe another time.


Add all of those oats and gently combine.


Pour into an 8×8 glass dish and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until browned.



Slice, and serve! FYI: If divided into 8 servings, each will be around 350 calories… for those of you watching that, especially this time of year. If you substituted 1/4 c. applesauce for 1/4 c. oil/butter, that would take it to 300.


Thanks for hosting me Marah, and thank you to all the Red Velvet Blog readers for checking out #! I look forward to seeing you all again soon!

T minus 3 Days to Party Time


  • Well its the technically the middle of the week but since I’ve taken Friday off work, it feels more like a Thursday, in fact I keep thinking it is Thursday. But, I’m very happy that it is only Wednesday because we have a party scheduled this Friday and I have lots to do.

Yesterday I schlepped around in the pour rain to the grocery store, liquor store, ham store & more after work. I succeeded in purchasing everything for my party menu and even had time to cut up fruit for the punch ice ring and freeze it. This is the end goal for the ring:

Frozen pears and apple slices to make the punch bowl look festive and stay cold. Here is a short tutorial from Bon Appetit, if you’re interested, “How to Make an Ice Mold”. My apple slices ended up looking a little strange since I don’t have an apple corer but hopefully that will not affect it too badly.

I hinted at my party menu yesterday but here is the official and comprehensive menu that I plan to serve this Friday:

  • The Long Hello Punch
  • Assorted Beer
  • Edamame Hummus
  • Shrimp Cocktail
  • Bratwurst in a Blanket
  • Riesling Glazed Ham w/ Home made potato rolls & assorted mustards
  • Smoked Salmon Bites
  • Christmas Cookies
  • Assorted Christmas Candies
  • Chocolate Croquembouche

In case you’re wondering, a croquembouche is a giant tower of cream puffs held together with caramel.

Christmas Croquembouche

This is my first attempt at this fancy French dessert, but luckily I can make the cream puffs tonight. I guess its time to get to work!