Marvelous/Not So Marvelous… And an Oatmeal Recipe

Marvelous is… the fact that I found an old bag of black licorice cough drops in our medicine cabinet.

Not so marvelous is… the fact that I even NEED cough drops due to “the plague.” πŸ˜‰

Marvelous is… watching the firstΒ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with my mom.

Not so marvelous is… now I’m craving pizza.


Marvelous is… celebrating one of my friend’s birthdays tomorrow.

Not so marvelous is… if I don’t get over this cold/virus/whatever-it-is I won’t be able to go.

Marvelous is… making breakfast on an actual stove every morning for my parents.

Not so marvelous is…Β Okay, I can’t really find anything wrong with this oatmeal. Ha.


Banana and Maple Pecan Oatmeal

Gluten/Wheat-Free, Vegan, Nut-Free Option (in Notes below)

Makes 1 serving


  • 1 cup liquid (1/2 cup water + 1/2 cup milk)
  • 1/2 cup quick oatmeal
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed (ground chia would work too)
  • 1 tbsp sweetener
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • dash of salt
  • “Maple pecans”: 3 tbsp pecans, 1 tbsp maple syrup, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, dash of salt
  • optional toppings (I used melted almond butter)



  1. Heat liquid on high until boiling. Add oatmeal and flaxseed. Reduce heat to medium and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes or until thickened.
  2. Slice the 1/2 banana on top of the oatmeal. Stir and let sit for a minute until the banana gets soft. Using a fork whip the oatmeal incorporating the banana until smooth. Mix in the cinnamon and salt then pour into a bowl.
  3. In the now empty pan put the pecans, maple syrup, cinnamon and salt. Heat on medium until the syrup begins to boil and thicken. Pour onto the oatmeal and top with optional toppings.

Notes: To make this vegan/dairy-free use a dairy-free milk like almond milk or coconut milk. You could also just use all water for the liquid to make it nut-free but it won’t be as creamy. For the nuts, feel free to omit or replace with a nut-free version like sunflower seeds, pepitas, a diced banana or apple.

Marvelous is… doubling the recipe to make it for two.

Not so marvelous is… not having the right-sized pan and the liquid spilling over causing your stove to smoke. My bad.


Marvelous is… the truckload of Christmas pictures that I have to share with you.

Not so marvelous is… having to upload and edit them all.

So while I get on that, make this oatmeal, pop in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and get to reading some of the other posts that are linking up to Katie’s Marvelous in my Monday.

Hopefully I will be feeling better and able to comment on some of your posts that I’ve missed in the past week or so. Time to return to the land of the living! πŸ˜‰


Questions for you:

Which Ninja Turtle is your favorite? I’m partial to the one in red, Raphael.Β 

According to Nickelodeon’s survey though, I’m DONATELLO!

Like Donatello, you are a brilliant inventor. You may not make all of the Turtles’ gadgets, weapons, and vehicles, like he does, but you’ve got the brains for it! But sometimes you and Donnie are too smart for your own good, like when you’re too busy admiring an enemy’s futuristic laser cannon to run for your lives. But when it comes down to it, it’s other people’s lives that really keep your head in a mission. You fight with your heart, and that makes you a very powerful warrior.

What’s your favorite cough drop flavor? Black licorice obviously.

Have you gotten all of your Christmas photos/recaps up yet? I’m pretty sure I’m the last one…

47 Thoughts on “Marvelous/Not So Marvelous… And an Oatmeal Recipe

  1. I was completely obsessed with TMNT when I was younger — I actually remember pretending to BE the Turtles with my cousins, and I was always Leonardo when we’d play. Good times πŸ˜€

    Sorry to hear that you’re not feeling too well, though πŸ˜• Both my parents took turns being sick around Christmas, and I’m keeping my fingers that it’s not my turn next. Feel better soon!

    • I’m pretty sure we had TMNT action figures when we were younger and pretended to be them too πŸ™‚

      Thanks Amanda. I hope your parents are feeling better! Most of my friends were sick too but it was only a three or four day bout for them so I’m crossing my fingers that it’s the same for me.

  2. OMG! Love this recipe! I’m OBSESSED with oatmeal right now- in healthy forms, and tasty ones like this one!:) Thank you for fueling my obsession dear!!:) Hope you feel better:) My bro was a TMNT fan, so I grew up loving them too:) So cute!

  3. Hope you feel super better super soon Madison! That oatmeal looks so good!

  4. Hope you feel better soon! No fun to be sick on winter break πŸ™
    I love oatmeal but it seems that I always find a way to make a mess while making it. This recipe sounds amazing so I will risk the mess to make it πŸ™‚

    • My thoughts exactly. I’ve had a stuffy nose and sore throat since my exam week but it didn’t really get more worse than that until a few days ago.

      Oatmeal is definitely worth the mess. It’s basically a guarantee, ESPECIALLY if I make it in the microwave. Haha.

  5. I hope you felt better to go to your friends birthday party! At least you have the Christmas tree it sit by πŸ™‚

  6. Aww hun feel better asap! I hope the cough drops and resting up editing those pictures help you get over this asap so you can head out with your friends tomorrow! My fav cough drop is cherry…not a black licorice fan at all πŸ˜›

    • Thanks Caitlin. Unfortunately I got worse and wasn’t able to go out with my friends. A fever over 102 will do that to ya. Haha.

      Okay… So I have to say that I am so so sorry that I didn’t get your card out in time. I had every intention and then I got sick and just lost track. πŸ™ The card from you and Joe was lovely and made me smile so much πŸ˜€ I completely forgot you were sending one until my mother handed it to me. It took a minute of me reading over your names until it *clicked* Boy was I out of it πŸ˜‰

      Ahh… Cherry was my back-up after the black licorice ran out.

  7. That oatmeal looks amazing…..I might have to cook that up since I am starting a whole30 soon!

  8. That oatmeal looks phenomenal! Hope the plague passes soon. And Leonardo was my fav πŸ™‚

  9. Ugh, being sick is never fun, especially on winter break!! I hope you will be feeling much better soon. That oatmeal looks delicious; I will have to try out the recipe sometime soon. Oatmeal is the perfect breakfast when it gets freezing cold outside in the winter. I have never watched TMNT before, mainly because I rarely watched TV when I was younger. I hope you have a good day, and that you recover swiftly!!

    • Still trucking along, but thankfully today I can honestly say that I’m better πŸ™‚

      When I think of cold weather and breakfast I think of oatmeal too.

      That is probably a very good thing that you rarely watched TV when you were younger. πŸ˜‰

  10. sounds like home is treating you well. I loved having a big kitchen to cook in at home. so needed.

  11. You have me crave for oatmeal! The maple cinnamon syrup sounds and looks totally irresistible.
    Happy New Year!

  12. Beautiful pictures girl! I hope that you feel better soon!

    P.S. black licorice may be the most disgusting flavor of anything that there is in this world.

  13. Ahh, love the TMNT!! My favorite was Donatello. (I always said it was because he was the “smart-geeky” one, lol) When my brother and I were little we would use couch cushions to make our own turtle mobile. I hope you feel better soon, that oatmeal looks like it should help!

  14. That oatmeal looks outrageously good. Why haven;t I made oatmeal in forever?! I’m doing life wrong. I also need to watch TMNT sometime. Totes forgot bout it πŸ˜›

  15. Oh man… this oatmeal! YUM! Don’t worry, mine spills over all the time and I don’t even double the recipe, lol! Hope you get over the cold soon!!

  16. That oatmeal looks so good! Get well soon πŸ™‚

  17. That oatmeal looks like pure heaven! idk why but when I see oatmeal or really any food with maple syrup I think of Buddy the Elf. Perhaps its because I watched the movie way too many times this Holiday season. Ha Ha! I must say though, your breakfast looks MUCH better than the spaghetti he had. Ha Ha

  18. I realized that I never blogged about cookie baking and early December events on my blog. Oh well. Maybe I’ll share them in a winter recap at some point πŸ™‚ Also, that oatmeal looks really great. I’m sitting here waiting for Marty to come back with oatmeal and now I wish I had pecans and maple syrup to put in it!! YUM!

    • No worries because I’ve pretty much forgotten to blog about half of the happenings over winter so far too. Oh, good idea though with an END of winter recap πŸ˜‰ That’s all inclusive with cookie baking and the like!

      The next time your pantry is stocked with nuts and maple syrup, make this oatmeal!

  19. Anytime sickness is involved, I automatically go plague. It’s so much more dramatic and I hope yours is all gone now and you are off celebrating and gallivanting with your friend.
    I forgot about the TMNT’s obsession with pizza. Way to spawn childhood obesity huh?! I always remember the Vanilla Ice song though: Turtle Power and I suspect I just aged myself considerably. No matter this older woman is about to get gussied up and ready so I can do some of my own celebrating tonight. Happy New Year Madison!

    • I thought about adopting the term “plague” outside of the blog too but my dad kind of overreacts whenever our health is involved so I decided to play it safe. Sadly my body decided to attack itself and rack up a 102.7 temperature so the birthday party was a no-go. Instead I sat on the couch rotating a cold wash cloth on my forehead every five minutes and chugging water. Fun.

      Vanilla Ice… Ya, never heard of them πŸ˜‰ Kind of sounds like a reference to your self-dubbed Vanilla Gorilla. Bahaha. I love the Turtle Power song though!

      Happy Happy New Year Meghan! πŸ˜€

  20. Ha-ha, I love this post! Your posts always make me so happy inside. πŸ™‚ I love oatmeal! I’m glad you are enjoying your time home with your family. I’m flying back up to college tomorrow morning. But hopefully I’ll see my family again in April.

    I LOVE OATMEAL!!! <3 <3 <3

    • YOUR comments always make me happy inside πŸ˜€

      I hope your flight went well and you still find some spare time to blog. I was so ecstatic to see posts from you again πŸ™‚

      You are so strong. April is such a long long time away. Obviously you don’t need me reminding you that though πŸ˜‰ Have fun at college!

  21. Aww sorry you’re not well πŸ™ I was sick for four days after Christmas. Couldn’t get out of bed! It sucked. Feel better soon.
    Happy new year!

  22. Hope you’re hanging in there with your plague…. seems like something deadly is going through the blogger community πŸ˜‰

    I’ve been spending my couch recovery time plowing through seasons of DR. Who.. I think I’m officially addicted!

  23. Hope your feeling better, buddy! Your parents are so lucky to have a little sous chef in you ha! Those photos of the oats are making me hungryy….

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