Creamy Oats & The Gift of A Photo

by HEAB on December 6, 2010

Hello my almond butter loving friends. If you're new to HEAB, you may like to subscribe to my RSS feed or receive my posts via email. Thanks for reading!

Two things to share with all of you today:

1) I am obsessed with High Tea Oats and have been eating them almost everyday for breakfast.

My method…

First I cook 1 cup rolled oats on the stove-top with 2 cups water and a pinch of salt. After they’re done, I stir in one spoonful of jam. This morning, I used Jammies Chocolate Pear.

While my oats cool, I whip 2 TBSP of heavy whipping cream in a large mug with my Aerolatte Milk Frother and then pour my oats in with the whipped cream.

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Oh my goodness, I love it. The warm oats kind of melt the cream. It’s so rich, and the jam adds the perfect amount of sweet flavor. Have you tried High Tea Oats yet?

2) My friend Leah, a professional photo editor, has agreed to offer her services to one HEAB reader. Thanks Leah! I’m really excited about this giveaway as Leah is so talented. Check out what she did with this picture of me and my mom.

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Original Photo

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Pretty cool, no?

As winner of this give-away, you will send Leah a non-professional photo (take advantage of this for your Christmas photo!). She will then professionally edit the photo, providing you with 3 different looks. To win, please leave a comment below telling me about your most memorable holiday gift. Mine was a robot – yes, a robot. After begging my parents to buy it for months, they surprised me with it at Christmas. I think I maybe played with it twice…will never live that down! ;)

Keep in mind that if you don’t win, Leah is currently editing Christmas photos right now, and If you mention HEAB, you will receive a special holiday discount. Offer is good until December 15th, 2010, and you can click here to check out Leah’s website and see some of her work.

Thanks again Leah, and please stay tuned this week for more holiday gift ideas and a giveaway or two. Happy Monday!

{ 82 comments }

Jessica December 6, 2010 at 8:22 am

When my brothers and I were kids we thought Santa got us coasters….we were so confused and upset that Santa would fill our stockings with something so strange. We were so wrong, they were hockey pucks for our new air hockey table, haha! My parents still love to talk about that first disappointment on our faces…

lifelivedfully December 6, 2010 at 8:27 am

those pics are way too cool!! lurrv ‘em! And you don’t even look tired..which is crazy since you can’t be sleeping too much!! maybe it’s the sweet potaters:)
well, my favorite gift was a cash register I wanted in 1st grade to “play” store…I wanted it because I thought it would come with real money inside!! I was sorely mistaken! llj

Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 6, 2010 at 8:31 am

Wow– those oats DO sound decadent and amazing!!!

A robot…lol. That sounds like something I would have asked for (and yes, totally played with once or twice). One of the most memorable gifts I’ve ever gotten was the homemade cat scratch post that my boyfriend (now husband) spent hours making. My cat HATED it, but it was such a sweet gesture :-)

Healthy Choc December 6, 2010 at 8:34 am

Yummy!!!! Those oats look fabulous!!!!!!!!!!
My most memorable gift was when my grandmother bought a child’s sewing machine for me! I had asked for it, and she went out and found it! =D

Melissa December 6, 2010 at 8:39 am

As always, it looks delicious. Perfect for snow days ! Keep the HEABlet warm. I think that might make a great lunch after my running around today dropping off donations for Project Homeless Connect. Do you think you have some recipes I could make ahead of time and package to take to the event Wednesday which require minimal cooking ?

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 10:50 am

Melissa,
Recipes for an event? Why of course. :)
How about…
1) Hummus or spinach dip + pita chips and veggies
2) Fresh fruit
3) Sandwiches, quartered – you could do chicken or tuna salad, or PB & J 4) Take a block of cream cheese, cover in pepper jelly, and serve with crackers – simple and always a hit!
5) Candied mixed nuts
6) Are you a member of Costco or Sam’s? If so both have frozen appetizer type food, and all you have to do is thaw them – spiral wraps, etc. They also sell some that require minimum baking like crab cakes, taquitos, etc.

Hope these suggestions help!

Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel December 6, 2010 at 8:44 am

Growing up Jewish, I developed the lifelong goal of celebrating Christmas (much to my father’s chagrin). Then I met Brent. We got together in February and were engaged in October, so by the time December rolled around, we knew we’d be spending a lot of Christmases together – and he decided to give me a first Christmas to remember. He picked me up one afternoon and wouldn’t tell me where we were going. There was a small present on the seat of the car, which he told me to open. I unwrapped it to find a holiday cookie cookbook. He told me to pick a recipe and we’d stop at the grocery store for the ingredients. From there, we drove an hour west of Philly to a tree farm. We hiked into the fields, cut down our Christmas tree, drank hot apple cider, and then came home to a decked out house – lights, stockings, garlands, Christmas movies and CDs, the works. We built a fire and spent the rest of the night listening to Christmas music and putting up the tree, carefully unwrapping all of my ornaments that Brent had bought or collected over the years. Definitely my most memorable holiday gift.

Sorry for the long comment :)

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 10:53 am

Abby, no apology necessary. I loved reading about your holiday gift from Brent. Very sweet. :)

Heather December 6, 2010 at 8:45 am

Wow! The first time you posted about High Tea Oats, I just thought you topped them with cream, but mixing them in? Mmmmm! Looks amazing!

I made your sweet potato pie for breakfast this morning and although my brancake was a bit of an ugly mess (tried cooking it on the stove since my microwave is d-e-a-d…not pretty), it tasted absolutely wonderful!

My most memorable gift was actually a prize I guess you could say. There was a Christmas essay contest hosted by my mother’s work that I entered and won a classic metal train set that even blew smoke! The best part about the gift was spending the day with my dad putting it together and watching it go ’round and ’round the Christmas tree!

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 10:54 am

Heather,
Yeah, adding the oats to the cream brings High Tea Oats to a whole new level. Glad you enjoyed your pie, and so cool you won the train set. I would have loved to have something like that when I was younger as I was a total tomboy. Always had so much more fun with my brother’s toys. ;)

Lynn December 6, 2010 at 8:48 am

The most memorable gift I’ve ever received was from my husband, Damon, the first year we were dating. We’d only been dating for about three months and we had talked in passing about a book from my childhood. It belonged to my mom when she was a little girl and I’d grown up having it read to me almost nightly. When I was about 19 I irresponsibly let a friend borrow it and never saw it again. Damon evidently made a mental note about this book and he started researching. It was a limited edition book, with only about 30 copies in circulation and it cost $400 on Amazon….yes you read that correctly:$400 for a chidrens’ book! Fast forward to Christmas morning, I wake up, still living at my parents’ house, and Damon had already been by to drop off a huge present (he was in cahoots with my mom, but she had no idea what it was). I was so excited and I ripped off the paper (he wrapped it twice with different papers!), the box was filled with tissue paper and at the very bottom was another wrapped present…..my book :) My mom and I screamed and cried for about 30 minutes and I knew in my heart that I had found myself an incredibly special man. It was the most thoughtful present ever and I still get goosebumps when I tell it :)

alli December 6, 2010 at 9:24 am

yum! those look and sounds so good!

ii’d say the most memorable christmas gift was when my inlaws took their enitre family to northern az for a white christmas-living in phx we never see that! we stayed a few days in a giant cabin over christmas. it was so fun waking up christmas morning and watching the excitement on the childrens faces! we didn’t have any at the time, so it was extra fun for us :)

Ashley (Armadillo) December 6, 2010 at 9:32 am

I’m totally trying some high tea oats tomorrow. The velvety cream, the sweet jam, the creamy oats! My mouth is watering.

My most memorable gift was my best friend- my Yorkie named Simba! I woke up the house and ran down the stairs with my groggy family in tow and found a little puppy in a crate. On the crate was a note that read: “Ashley, you’ve been a very good girl this year. Love, Santa. P.S.- The cookies were yummy!”

Why I named him Simba, I don’t know. But he’s the cutest thing and every time I play with him, I remember that Christmas and the magic it brought.

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) December 6, 2010 at 9:33 am

Haven’t been daring enough to do your high tea oats for brekkie, but maybe for lunch some day. I’m guessing that the fat free half and half wouldn’t fluff up as well. sigh.

Most memorable- honestly I think the anticipation was more exciting than the real thing, so I can’t come up with anything that stood out! Christmases were just so magical as a kid!

Katy (The Singing Runner) December 6, 2010 at 9:38 am

My most memorable gift was when I got my American Girl doll when I was 8 or 9. I had wanted one for SO long, but they are so expensive! I freaked out when I got it!

Meagan December 6, 2010 at 9:41 am

One Christmas I had to have a Firby. Of course they were insanely popular at the time and my mom worked extra hard to get it only for it to gather dust and be insanely unpopular three months later!

Ellen @ fatgirlwearingthin December 6, 2010 at 9:44 am

Heather, you and your Mom look lovely in those photos (and I love your hair, btw)…..let’s see, the best Christmas gift I got was one that only a husband could give for his dorky wife: a trip to California so that she could go to the Charles M. Schulz Museum to see her beloved Snoopy that she’s collected since she was five years old. Yep. I was like a kid waiting to go to Disneyland for that trip (we didn’t go until February). It was funny because I wanted to be there RIGHT when the museum opened (in case there was a huge line, of course). Imagine my surprise when we were the only two people there! I’ve since realized that not everyone gets as excited about Charles Schulz as I do! LOL

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 10:58 am

Ellen,
Hehe – Chalres Schulz, huh? I didn’t even know he had a museum. That would be pretty cool to see. :)

Corey @ the runner's cookie December 6, 2010 at 10:14 am

My most memorable holiday gift was probably my Barbie Dream Boat when I was 8…I wanted it SO badly and screamed when I saw that Santa brought it for me ;) I never remember being more excited about a gift!

Emily December 6, 2010 at 10:23 am

The hightea oats look great! I am stuck on pumpkin oats but know that I need a change soon or its going to be getting pretty boring around here :)

melissa @ the delicate place December 6, 2010 at 10:28 am

mmm that looks warm and comforting. i’ve been all about chicken soup lately!

Tulika December 6, 2010 at 10:39 am

Yum–anything with cream mixed in has to be delicious!! My most memorable holiday gift was being woken up at 5am one year because my parents wanted to go on a family hike. It was the first hike I’d ever been on (I was 12 years old) and it was the WORST experience ever! You’d think they would have chosen an easy trail for us kids! Anyway, after that, I really grew to love hiking so I guess it really was a gift after all :)

J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 6, 2010 at 11:02 am

Your mom and you have the prettiest blue eyes! :)

My most memorable Christmas present? Hmm, that would have to be the year that I got two sets of Cabbage Patch Twins! I used to be a huge CPK fanatic, lol.

Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 6, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Me too!!

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Thanks Jenn. :)

Christin@purplebirdblog December 6, 2010 at 11:04 am

In third grade I wanted New Kids on the Block tickets BAD. My parents told me they sold out and watched me cry for weeks, and then the tickets were in my stocking on Christmas morning! I like to think they were exacting revenge early for what a beeyotch I’d turn into in my teenage years! ;)

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 5:11 pm

Christin,
You, a beeyotch? I don’t believe it.
P.S. Had a major crush on Joey myself. ;)

Christin@purplebirdblog December 7, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Oh girl, a super spoiled brat MEGA beeyotch from about 13-17. Real bad. And Joey was definitely my favorite too!

Tiffany December 6, 2010 at 11:25 am

My most memorable Christmas present was a mountain bike when I was 10. My parents said they could afford it but the surprise me and my brother with one.

kristin December 6, 2010 at 11:47 am

I think mine was PJ Sparkles. We have this amazing video of me opening presents that Christmas morning, and I ecstatically yell out ” PJ SPARKLES”!

Margarita December 6, 2010 at 11:49 am

Hi Heather,
This oat recipe sounds divine! I will definitely try it out soon!I am just curious though if you can foam fat free/sugar free Almond milk with that milk frother… have you tried it? I, unforunately, cannot do milk.

Margarita

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 5:10 pm

Margarita
Yes, I have frothed almond milk. It doesn’t whip up all nice and creamy, but it does get a little frothy. I used to add it to iced coffee.

Margarita December 6, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Sweet! And consider the frother sold! :D Thanks for your response

Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 6, 2010 at 12:12 pm

my most memorable gift was giving birth to Skylar and having her lay on my chest, nurse, and the world was.just.right. It was a perfect moment. And she is a perfect blessing.

And your friend’s services…super cool! I love graphic designers and photo editers. They make the world go round :)

Jess@atasteofconfidence December 6, 2010 at 12:22 pm

My most memorable gift was tickle me elmo when I was little:)

Baking 'n' Books December 6, 2010 at 12:36 pm

What a generous gift!

I’m doing a give-away right now as well if someone is looking for a holiday gift :)

Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 6, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Your mom is beautiful! You have the same eyes!
My most memorable holiday gift was a CD! I got it about 13 years ago from my best friend. It was memorable because as soon as I saw it I remembered that she won that very same CD a few weeks earlier. She had tried to give it away to me when she won it because she didn’t like the band. At the time I was not too impressed, but now I laugh whenever I remember it!

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 5:09 pm

Thanks Melissa! :) Your gift reminds me of the time my best friends and I did a Christmas exchange. One of the girls rummaged through her jewelry box and gave me a pair of old earrings…and they were so ugly. Haha – she confessed, and we still laugh about it today.

Maren December 6, 2010 at 1:19 pm

That oat idea is killer! I’ll have to try it. Especially since I have trouble getting through all the heavy cream, buttermilk, and egg nog, half & half I buy for baking. This is the perfect trick to get through heavy cream.

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Maren,
Yeah, and I bet it would be really good with egg nog as well. Yum!

Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 6, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Those oats sound incredible. I love adding stuff to mine to make them creamier, but adding actual whipped cream into them sounds delicious!

Susan December 6, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Wow, Leah is seriously talented!

My most memorable gift was a dollhouse when I was 5. I later learned that my dad stayed up the whole night setting up the little furniture!

dana @ my little celebration December 6, 2010 at 2:35 pm

What a fun giveaway!

My most memorable gift was a new bike my parents got for me when I was about 6. We were at my grandparents’ house for Christmas and I told my parents that I was worried Santa wouldn’t know where we were at so he wouldn’t know where to leave our gifts. But my parents assured me that Santa knew where we were, and sure enough when we arrived back at our place I had a new bike with hot pink ribbons on the handlebars waiting for me. One of the best Christmas gifts ever!

Rachel December 6, 2010 at 2:41 pm

oh man, what a brilliant idea for oats! I think the best thing about oatmeal is that it’s a blank slate you and doll up any way you want. I didn’t know you could use a milk-frother for whipping cream but it totally makes sense.

Vanessa Sokic December 6, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I love Leah!! AND I loved my kitchen set that I got from my Mom (Santa) when I was about 8. I cooked better then, than I do now for sure. :) Those plastic french fries were good!

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Vanessa,
Haha – yes! I’ve had those plastic fries – quite tasty. :)

Namaste Gurl December 6, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Looks like you found a new spiffy way to use your milk frother :)

Annette December 6, 2010 at 3:12 pm

My most memorable gift was my North Face Denali jacket in high school. It is still an awesome jacket and I wear it almost daily during the winter months! Those oats look really tasty, by the way….going to have to make me some of those!

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Annette,
I LOVE my North Face Denali jacket – been wearing it for years. Keep me so warm!

courtney December 6, 2010 at 3:23 pm

How fun! If I win I will definitely be sending a photo of my doggie… he is my baby!

Lauren December 6, 2010 at 3:54 pm

My most memorable gift was a cookbook my mother made in which she compiled all my favorite recipes that had been passed down from my grandmother to my mother and now to me.

jodye @ 'scend food December 6, 2010 at 4:03 pm

These oats sound just dreamy. I’ll have to try it with whipped up coconut cream! I’m sure I’ll be eating this for breakfast and dessert quite often in the future.

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Jodye,
“I’ll have to try it with whipped up coconut cream.” Me too! :)

Annie@stronghealthyfit December 6, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Oh my goodness, those oats sound amazing!

polly December 6, 2010 at 4:29 pm

hi love!!!
XOXO for your email. : )

My most memorable was my CABBAGE PATCH KID! I had no idea, it was when they were SUPER hard to find. I was soooo excited. I named her Melony. She was a blondie and so cute. However, I am a big fan of dark headed little REAL babies named Summer. They are the sweetest gift, no? :D

Lurve you!

p.s. My workshop was cancelled… sniff. :( We are getting several inches of SNOW here!!!! That calls for some oatbran! ; )

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Polly,
Yes, a big warm bowl of oat bran in a colorful bowl from Target is just what you need, and I remember the Cabbage Patch kids – had a few of them myself. Looking back, they were pretty ugly, don’t you think? Hehe. Lurve you. Stay warm!

Ann Claire December 6, 2010 at 5:24 pm

Those creamy oats sound amazing!!! Seriously, as I was reading this I got really excited and called my mom into the room to show her the next oat concoction for us to try. Oats + whipped, you really are a genius :)

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Thanks Ann Claire – it’s really good. Hope both you and your mom try the oats + whipped combo soon. :)

Bethany December 6, 2010 at 5:45 pm

My most memorable Christmas gift was a Gameboy I got as a young girl. Not memorable because of what the gift was, but memorable because of the scene it created: my grandfather gave my sister and I each our own Gameboy on Christmas Eve and we both went crazy! We were so excited because we had been asking our parents for Gameboys and they had said no. But good ol’ Grandpa, he made our wishes come true! There are a series of pictures in my mom’s photo albums showing us unwrapping the gifts, realizing what they were, jumping up and down, then jumping on our Grandfather, him jumping up and down with us, then everyone else laughing with us! My Grandfather passed away a few years ago and at his wake these pictures were displayed to show everyone just how much of a joy it was to have our Grandfather in our lives and how much fun we all had together as a family.

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Bethany,
Such a sweet story. :)

maggie December 6, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Oh my high tea oats? The thought of heavy whipping cream in oatmeal sounds heavenly! Maybe I could make it with buckwheat and coconut creamer? Will try! Love sweet potato week too!

Maggie

mybreakfastblog.com

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Maggie,
I think buckwheat + coconut creamer would be delicious…maybe with a sweet potato in there somewhere as well? ;)

Danielle December 6, 2010 at 6:16 pm

Can you believe I have never tried heavy whipping cream, but everytime I pass it in the grocery store a flash of one of your many eats you make with it comes to mind. I find myself saying… “Should I HEAB-iment (my own word for experimenting with your ingredients) with it?”

My favorite holiday gift had to be when I got my dog (now 14 years old) Nikki. I was 9 years old and my mother suprised me with a trip to Disney World for my 9th birthday in November. It was a special holiday Disney celebration with fake snow, hot chocolate and sledding (I was born and raised in FL so that experience was freaking awesome!).While we were in Orlando, the dog we had at the time was killed when we let a family friend watch over him. :( I was crushed and so was my mom. There was only a few weeks left before Christmas and my mom knew I was missing my best friend. Early Christmas morning, I was awakened by the sound of whimpering. My mom insisted I just go back to sleep, but I knew something was there. So at 2 o’clock in the morning, my mom said we can go check it out. The whimpering was coming from the garage and as the garage door opened, there was a fuzzy little white puppy jumping in a box begging to be played with. I was estatic! Needless to say, I couldn’t go back to sleep and I kept thanking Santa Clause for the best gift ever. That little white fuzzy puppy is now an old tired dog, but she is still one of my best friends and always remembers who I am when I come home after being away for so long. This is also one of many things I am looking forward to when going home this holiday season!

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Danielle, such a sweet story about Nikki, and HEAB-iment? I love it! :)

Lea @ Healthy Coconut December 6, 2010 at 7:25 pm

I like Leah…just because we have the same name, lol :)

My most unique gift was a cowgirl purse. My aunt gave it to me and it was a purse made for cowboys with all the design and some fake hair as decorations. Oh my!

caronae December 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Favorite Christmas present ever was probably my American girl doll Molly…I got a solid eight years of play from that doll. In general, now my favorite gifts tend to be thoughtful books anything really in which it is clear that the giver really thought about you and went out of his or her way to get you something that ius just…you.

BroccoliHut December 6, 2010 at 7:49 pm

My most memorable gift was the Barbie RV. Why so special? Well, because I accidentally saw it in my mom’s gift closet before Christmas, so when I opened it I tried to act surprised. Apparently I am not a good actress.

Jennifer December 6, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Thanks for the opportunity! My most memorable gift was a pink, Huffy bike. And, since I was deathly sick that Christmas, I got to ride it around in my house!

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Jennifer,
I had a pink Huffy bike too. I remember when I got my first 10-speed I missed that big Huffy seat. It was so much more comfortable!

Annie December 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm

My favorite Christmas present was a doll when I was in 2nd grade.. “Myrtle” was the doll of the little girl (Dodie) on “My Three Sons” show (if any of y’all remember that one).. I loooooved Myrtle and got in trouble for taking her to school.. and then to church.. and clearly remember telling my mama that Myrtle needed to learn and that Jesus loves Myrtle! LOL What a fun memory for me…

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Annie,
I used to watch My Three Sons on Nick at Night. I loved that show.

Alyson December 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm

1) Those oats looks so luscious.

2) Creative giveaway!

3) Most memorable Christmas gift in recent years is my kitty, Sugar.

Jennifer Rahn December 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm

My most memorable gift was a redecorated bedroom for my eighth Christmas. I got a new rug and canopy bed, and felt like a princess.

Jill December 6, 2010 at 9:51 pm

You should also try to cook your oats in vanilla soymilk. I cook 1/2 c. oats in 1 c soymilk with about 1/4 c raisins, a lot of cinnamon, and a sprinkle each of nutmeg and cinnamon (and a pinch of salt of course) and it’s just a little bit sweet and the raisins are amazing!

HEAB December 6, 2010 at 10:31 pm

Jill,
Gotta remember to pick up some raisins – you’re so right. I love them cooked in oats – they get all plump. :)

Susan December 7, 2010 at 5:33 am

I would love a pic edited of one of our alpacas for sale – we have to reduce our herd due to a nasty neighbor and it is sooooo stressful right now!

HEAB December 7, 2010 at 10:46 am

Susan,
So sorry. :(

Emily Elizabeth @ Kisses for Breakfast December 7, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Those oats look delicious!

My most memorable Christmas present was when I was about 10 years old and my parents got me a big gift that couldn’t be wrapped, so they wrote up this elaborate scavenger hunt complete with poems for each clue, sending me all over the house until I finally ended up finding the gift.

When I finally found the last poem indicating I had found the gift, I looked back at the video camera asking where the gift was (yes this is on tape). I had walked right past the gift to pick up the clue which was on the laundry room floor under the cat’s water dish. The gift was a bike. Yes, somehow I didn’t see a bike in the middle of the laundry room. My whole family got a big kick out of this one and my mom a good story to tell for months – I was thoroughly embarrassed, but the new bike made up for it.

Sarah December 7, 2010 at 5:53 pm

What a great photo of you and your mom!

My most memorable gift was when I was just a kid. My parents had gotten me a stuffed Felix the cat (am I aging myself). My younger brother, for whatever reason, grabbed it and threw it in the fire. I was devastated. . . .until my parents made him give me his cat! Ha! I still have that old stuffed cat!! :)

HEAB December 7, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Sarah,
He threw it in the fire?!? I would have been devastated too – however, sounds like he learned his lesson. ;)

Nikki December 7, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I am 4 years older than my sister so when years ago my mom told me there was no Santa Claus, she told me not to tell my sister. To keep the spirit of Santa alive, I helped my mom with my sister’s gift from Santa, a Siamese kitten. We got Matea about a week before Christmas but hid her down in the basement. I would sneak down every night and give the kitty hugs and kisses and food. It felt neat to have a secret. Christmas morning when Matea finally made her grand entrance into our family. Today I am 25, my sister is 21, and Matea is 13.

HEAB December 8, 2010 at 1:33 am

Nikki,
So sweet, and I can’t believe you and your mom were able to keep Matea hidden from your sister for a week. Impressive. :)

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