Thursday, June 28, 2012

Julie's Sugarless Oatmeal

It's the time of year when everyone is visiting, and one of my favorite visitors is my sister-in-law, Julie!  So Julie has a mother-in-law named Barbara who has been making this sugarless oatmeal recipe since her kids were little, and passed it on to Julie who passed it on to me.  Therefore, JULIE'S Sugarless Oatmeal.  It's fast, delicious, low cal, and so thick it's almost like pudding.  Let's get started...


3 eggs
3 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups oats (any kind works)
4 tablespoons butter

What to do:

In a large saucepan, with the heat off, combine eggs, milk, honey and salt.

NOW turn the heat on about medium and start stirring it with a whisk.

Be careful because you DO NOT WANT THIS TO BOIL.  Just cook it stirring very frequently until it is warm.  Watch for little bubbles to start to form around the edges, that's when you're ready to add the oats.

Now you can let it come to a boil, turn the heat to low and allow to cook for 10 minutes, stirring often.  When it starts to thicken add the butter, stir it in and serve with fruit or plain (I'll admit, even though it is delicious without any added sugar, I put a little brown sugar in for my kids). 

Sugarless Oatmeal
<3, Sharla

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Matt Arnold, Street Artist
Ok, I have been so excited for this blog post.  Ever since the day Amy M, Amy A, and I started this blog I have wanted to do a guest blog spot featuring my husband and what better day to post than on Father's Day?  Now, I don’t mean to be brag-a-trocious, but he is an incredibly talented artistic (he’s also smart, funny, handsome) and one of his favorite mediums is spray paint.  No, he’s not out tagging walls as a grown man, and husband and father of three, he has taken his talent to the canvas, and they are breath-taking.  Click here to read his entire interview, get tips on spray painting your own canvases and check out some more of his work.  Or click on the "Guest Blogger" button at the top of the page.

<3, Sharla

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Friends of Tiffany

Friends of Tiffany are looking for volunteers willing to donate an item or service for auction. Items will be listed here, and bidders will place the amount they are willing to pay in the comment section. The highest bid at the auction end is the winner! All proceeds will go towards Tiffany's medical expenses. If you would like to take part in the fun, email your idea to And thank you so much for your support!

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Ok, we're going to take things down a bit and get serious.  There is this really great girl I know named Tiffany Howell.  She's babysat for me, I've been a leader for her in our church group, we've spent some great time together.  Tiffany is turning 18 in a couple of months.  Well, Tiffany was diagnosed with cancer two years ago.  Its been a long fight with a lot of ups and downs, but Tif has stayed up beat, positive and FABULOUS in pretty much every way.  Sadly, things have taken a turn for the worse with her treatment.  She's had to start again,  but this time her parent's insurance doesn't cover it and it's experimental, since the other treatments have been ineffective.  So, my good friend Suzanne set up a blog and Facebook page for Tiffany.  It includes her whole story, info about her (so you can see just how awesome she really is), and has methods for donating to her treatment fund.

I think every person on the planet has been touched by cancer in some way.  Whether it's dealing with the disease yourself or watching a friend or loved one go through it.  The fight against cancer is grueling, painful, long and can be discouraging.  Tiffany has shown constant grace and faith through her personal battle.  She is an inspiration to me.  Now, she needs to be inspired.  Please, click here to visit her blog and here to join her Facebook page and leave her a message.  If you can donate, even the smallest amount, please do.  And know that, with every encouraging word, and every penny donated, you are literally answering prayers.  We love you, Tiffany!

<3, Sharla