When I fly fish in salt water, by far the most used fly in my arsenal is the Clouser minnow imitation, with lime green (chartreuse) and white being my favorite color.  I recently ordered a six pack of these from Amazon, and was thrilled with the price at around $2 each, for the popular #6 size Mustad hook.  Also offered by this vendor are other size hooks.

I received these in time for a recent salt water fly fishing trip, and happy to say they performed well!!  You can find these at Amazon.


Recipe for making one or more servings of homemade oatmeal.  In this Oatmeal Recipe, I will use a 1/2 cup measuring cup, to make oatmeal for one person.  If you prefer a smaller portion, just substitute a 1/3 or 1/4 cup.  Or for serving oatmeal for a larger group,  just use a 1 cup or larger, and multiply accordingly.



1/2 cup of Oatmeal (I use typical Quaker or Store brands old fashioned Oats – NOT instant)

Example of oatmeal serving

1.5 cup (3 X 1/2 cup) water

1/2 cup milk  (or 1/4 cup if you desire less milk)

1 packet sugar or low-cal sweetener  (I use Truvia)  OPTIONAL

2 TBLSPN maple syrup (I use no sugar syrup)  OPTIONAL



Recipe Sequence

  1. In a small saucepan, place 1.5 cup water to boil at med high temp, if using raisins, add them at this time. 
  2.  When water boils, add the 1/2 cup oats.  It is important to immediately lower temperature from medium high to median or lower temperatures to prevent over flowing if boiling too high, but still making sure it simmers at least slowly.  Usually this means you will lower the temperature to somewhere between medium and low, to keep it boiling/simmering slowly.
  3. After about 10 minutes, the mixture will thicken.  Before it thickens too much, and before 100% of water is gone, add in the milk, syrup, and sugar or sweetner, and stir the mixture.
  4. To speed the process, I generally partially increase the heat temporarily above medium, until small bubbles reappear, then gradually lower it until it again is between medium and low) {Your stove may require different setting!}
  5. After another 5-10 minutes, mixture will cook down, as mixture will get thicker.  When it thickens to appropriate consistency, the oatmeal can be scooped out to an appropriate serving dish.  (See Picture)
  6. Enjoy!! 


Creami Review

Review of “Ninja CreamI COOKBOOK” by Author: JOYCE S. CROSS




My review was based on the Kindle ebook versions, although a paperback version was also available for sale.  I found a wide variety of straight forward, “How-to” recipes for the Ninja Creami in this book. First of all, I downloaded this to two of my Kindle devices, my Kindle Paperweight (10th Edition) and also my desktop PC version running Windows 10, and downloaded the book from Amazon

Things I liked
Recipes were divided into logical chapters, the first chapter describes basic operation and an overview of the Ninja Creami hardware and operations. The other 8 chapters provides a bunch of recipes in these categories:
Awesome Shakes, Ice Creams, Gelato, Sorbet, Smoothies & Shakes, More Milkshakes and Lite Ice Cream, Smoothie Bowls, and Mix-ins.

One feature I really like is that all the recipes are presented in a consistent manner and include: Prep Time, Serving size, Freeze time (very important for a product like the Ninja Creami), a List of Ingredients, list of Toppings (if needed), and the method or instruction of how to do it.

Things I did not like
The Index (Appendix 2) would be a bit more useful to readers of the Kindle edition if it were hyperlinked, although the Chapter hyperlinks do work well, and this would not be a problem for the print edition.

But all in all, this book seems to be well worth it, at least it did for me.