22 January 2009

The First Virginia Green-Energy Power Plant

Not only did our fair city of Suffolk turn blue for Obama on November 4, we now officially have the distinction of hosting the first green-energy power plant in Virginia. The plant will convert the methane gas 'exhaled' from decomposing garbage in our landfill into electricity and steam.

Read the full article here.

The creation of jobs in the city is icing on this cake. The cherry on top?... the deal may well save many area jobs by helping to lift up the sinking SPSA, which has been in financial straits lately.

It's a great time to be in Suffolk!

20 January 2009

Grandma Karen's Baked Oatmeal

Mmmm.. there is nothing better than hot oatmeal on a snowy morning. For something different, baked oatmeal is a great alternative to the same ol' bowl.

Grandma Karen's Baked Oatmeal

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease an 8x8 pan and set aside.


  • 1 1/2 cups whole oats

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • 3/4 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1 egg

For topping 1/2 cup chopped nuts and raisins

combine all ingredients except nuts and fruit; spread in prepared pan.

Bake for 30 minutes. Serve warm, it is good with warm milk poured over it, or alone; The possibilities are endless.

True to my Suffolk nature, I added chopped peanuts to the top of this one. Delicious.
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