Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ten Pin Hodgepodge

Welcome to the Wednesday Hodgepodge! We're tucked in under a blanket of fallen snow and frigid temps, perfect weather for hodgepodging.  Add your link at the bottom of my post and then go a-visiting.  Here are my answers to this week's questions-

1. It was decided on Sunday the Denver Broncos will meet the Seattle Seahawks in this year's Superbowl.  So, when was the last time you bowled?  Not where you thought this question was going is it? Do you like to bowl? Are you any good?

Go Broncos! I do like to bowl, but it's not something I do very often, nor am I very good at it. Unless of course we're talking Wii bowling, because I rock the Wii bowling.  I'm not terrible at 'real' bowling, but I think its one of those things you need to do on a regular basis if you want to excel.  

2. Should sports stars be role models?

Hmmm...should Miley Cyrus or the Kardashians, or any celebrity for that matter? Regardless of whether they should be role models, people who choose to be in the public eye are role models. Children (adults too!) admire and look up to sports figures, and often aspire to be like them in some way.  

I hope sports figures recognize the power they have to set a good example in terms of fair play, hard work, kindness, generosity, compassion, etc, but they're only human, and we humans let ourselves down on a regular basis. Sadly in today's world, if you're in the spotlight and you stumble, the media will eat you alive. 

3. January is National Oatmeal month...are you a fan?  How do you like your oats?

I'm a fan, and I like mine with sliced bananas and dried cherries stirred into the pot, topped with a splash of cold skim milk. I don't like warm milk on my oatmeal. I also have a really good recipe for crockpot oatmeal made with diced apples. The apples get all gooey and delicious.  I will dig it out and share.  

4. What is one book on your reading list for 2014?

I have a long list of books to read in 2014. Are you on Goodreads?  If so let me know and we can be friends there. It's a great place to find new titles, see what your friends are reading, and keep track of books you want to read in the future. 

One title on my 2014 list is this-

In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors by Doug Stanton

5. What would you like your future self to say to your present self?

You did it! 

6. When scrolling through the TV guide, what is one movie title that makes you want to stop, grab the popcorn, and watch for a while?

The Rookie (the baseball movie with Dennis Quaid, not the police drama with Clint Eastwood) and Sweet Home Alabama.  I'm a sucker for Sweet Home Alabama.  Hubs would say The Patriot, The Hunt for Red October, and Dances with Wolves.  He was the inspiration for this question. 

7. What are two style trends you hope never come back into fashion?

High waisted jeans and track suits. 
Can you tell I lived through the 90's? 

We were looking at some old pictures recently and my girls commented on how everyone was in track suits. In case you're wondering, we were not running track. I guess they were kind of the yoga pants of the late 80's/early 90's only they swished when you walked. Yikes! 

I wore high waisted jeans, belted no less, back in that same time period too.  Never mind that I was skinny...I don't think that's a good look on anyone. I think women of all sizes look better with trousers just below the waist as opposed to right on the waist.  

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Crockpot Apple Oatmeal

2 cups milk (you can sub almond or coconut milk if you prefer)
2 T honey
1 T butter (no substitute)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup dry old-fashioned oats
1 cup apples (peeled and sliced or cubed)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
2 T brown sugar (I omitted this, and it was plenty sweet)

Mix together all ingredients and place in a greased crock pot (or use a liner). Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours.  If you have a newer crock pot with a warm setting, use that instead of low, and cook 7-9 hours. 

I've looked at similar recipes,and you can add a bit more liquid if you're going to need to leave it longer than the 5 -6 hours, but don't have a warm setting on your crockpot.  I've also done this recipe on the stove, but cooked the apples down a bit before adding to the pot. Enjoy!


  1. Oh yes, Sweet Home Alabama!
    The oatmeal sounds yummy!
    High waisted mom jeans on the thick or the thin, equal opportunity offensive!!!

  2. Your husband's movie choices 'sound' like what mine would choose also. Must be a man thing. LOL

    As for slacks/jeans just below the waist, I'm not sure exactly how far below the waist you're thinking...but for me, I'd have to disagree 'cause I have this area that would hang over and show up as 'flab' ... if at the waist, it actually hides it better. LOLOL

  3. ,,,dang, I forgot to thank you for the oatmeal recipe for the crock pot. I'm gonna try it.

  4. My girls refer to high-waisted jeans as mom jeans and, yes, I've owned a pair or two. It's very difficult to me to find a pair of jeans that fit properly because I'm 4'11" and short-waisted. Yum...your oatmeal recipe sounds so good, especially on a cold, wintry day! I love Sweet Home Alabama...definitely on my favorites list!

  5. My answer to #1 is the same. Your recipe looks good.

  6. I forgot about Sweet Home Alabama! Definitely one that HAS to be watched when it's on!
    The oatmeal sounds good...both the recipe you shared and your favorite!
    Stay warm!!!

  7. It's funny that you mentioned 'track suits'. I've been sorting through my late MIL's clothing, and discovered she never got rid of anything! There among her many things was a 'track suit', otherwise known as a 'wind suit', in our neck of the woods :)

    The oatmeal recipe sounds good. I might try it for Ed, since he likes oatmeal.

    Thanks for hosting!

  8. Crock pot oatmeal sounds delicious will give this a try. My daughters beg me not to wear momma jeans-that's what they refer to as high waisted jeans.

  9. Recently I put on Footloose (the original one from the '80s) to show my kids, and my oldest son said "Whoa! Look at how high his jeans went!" And he's right... they were incredibly high! "mom jeans" have GOT to go...!!

  10. I agree with you on "Sweet Home Alabama"! And, you made me laugh remembering swishy track suits! I had a royal blue one - very shiny material. I wore all the time! WHY? lol

  11. Dances With Wolves is another one I always stop at and I like Sweet Home Alabama too.

  12. Oh yummy! That recipe looks delicious! I'll have to try it once I let up on my strict Daniel Fast. What a wonderful thing to wake up to!

    Had to chuckle about the sweat pants swishing. I really don't like that sound at all, so items made of that material make me cringe!

  13. Oh, my goodness, yes, blah, on high waisted pants! BTW, love your new blog look! And, as always, I enjoy the Wednesday Hodgepodge!

  14. I love Sweet Home Alabama, too!! Dances With Wolves is so sad. I can't watch it anymore.

    Another excellent Hodgepodge, Joyce! Thank you!

  15. I love Wii bowling! When I do make my oatmeal I cook it on the stove. Thanks for the crock pot recipe. I am on Goodreads but I don't know why, I'm such a poor reader. I was good and only listed one movie but Sweet Home Alabama would stop me too!

  16. Oh the track suits! That swished. I may even still have one in the closet somewhere. (I'm not very good at getting rid of things. Don't worry, I don't still wear it.) Have a great day and stay warm!

  17. I'm on Goodreads! Love that app!!

  18. Sweet Home Alabama is a good one. Ha, ha- we thought the same about high-waisted jeans. I was thinking of track suits too although that isn't what we called them. There was a certain designer, Sergio Tacchini, who made the "cool" ones. Both guys and girls wore them. I had one I'd wear with my big, bunchy socks (EGs) and white, leather Keds. It went well with my big hair and bright lips ;)
    The crock pot oatmeal sounds delicious. That would be great to bring to a breakfast or brunch.

  19. I forgot about Wii bowling....I am downright good at that, lol The recipe sounds wonderful and I just might give it a whirl. I LOVE all of your movies, and most of your hubbies too, lol Enjoy your day!

  20. I love Goodreads ... I go there constantly to read reviews before I buy a book.

    Wii Bowling.. YES! I'm a champion there!

  21. Another great week. Loved your answer to #2.

  22. Is it a bad thing that I live in Indianapolis and didn't know there was even a Indianapolis USS or that it sunk?! Dear Dear...I'm going to have to read that. LOL! Thanks for hosting another week!!! You are so wonderful that you even come check on me before I get my act together and link up!! HA!

  23. Thank you for sharing the apple oatmeal recipe. It sounds very yummy!!

    My son's favorite team is the Broncos. Go Broncos!!!

  24. I am going to give your oatmeal recipe a try. It sounds scrumptious! Thanks for making me think about bowling:) It's time we go again!

  25. That oatmeal does sound good! I'll have to share it with my mom as well! She too loves having oatmeal in the AM! I go back n forth with breakfasts, most days I prefer having english muffin with almond butter and preserves. :) Im glad you're rooting for the Broncos!

  26. Thanks for the recipe!!! and GO BRONCOS! (actually, for me, it is cheering for Peyton, a former TN Vol!!)

  27. Hahahaha We had practically the same answer to number 1. It didn't hit me until just now that one movie I always stop and watch when it comes on is Mystic River. It was on last weekend. Hard to watch but a really good movie.

  28. I'm on goodreads but I don't know if I've read a book through them yet. I keep downloading books through bookbub and my kindle app is so full of them I never can get it down to go to my other book reading apps.

  29. My husband being a Navy man loved that book!! I can't wait to pick up a couple more Bill Bryson books!!

  30. That sounds like a book I would enjoy reading as well. I have been using Bookbub but am a member with Goodreads; however, I never use it. Geaux Broncos!

  31. I echo your thoughts on role models. Wondering. Do members of Parliament tend to be good role models?

  32. I thought I would be the only one mentioning Wii bowling.

  33. Your mentioning the swishing tracksuits reminded me of a women's retreat I went to and I remember sooooo many swishing tracksuits that weekend!

  34. I like your answer to #2. We are all role models, whether we want to be or not. If only more people would recognize this fact and live more responsibly, they would be making a positive contribution to society.

  35. Your questions and answers are always fun to read. I am going to check out Goodreads. That is the second time today someone has mentioned it.

    I never liked oatmeal until a few years ago. I love Irish oatmeal with butter, brown sugar, walnuts, and raisins. Ummm, good.