Two Opera Recordings and Blackberry Baked Oatmeal

Beth & Noelle

This has been a long time a coming and I finally got all the pictures together and video from the performance in March 23rd. This truly shows that I am actually performing! Hee hee.

This was my first performance after having our daughter on November 2nd and I have to say I was not sure I was going to be able to memorize and physically get back into vocal shape to make it happen. Somehow, with my husband’s encouragement and God’s strength, I learned my music and I was able to go to several voice lessons. My voice lesson told me that I was in great vocal shape and the fact I kept on singing up until I had the baby and even after made it possible. How exciting and what a blessing! As a member of the Holland Chorale, I was happy to be able to participate in a great show with other friends.

un bel di 1

How was my experience as I performed and what was different in this performance? I was VERY surprised that I was not nervous. We did not have a babysitter that night so Ryan and I alternated taking care of her in the church nursery. We both agreed, afterwards, that that was probably not the best because it might have made me unfocused. Whew, it was a little stressful but it all went well, thank God.

I was thrilled to say that I believe that by having natural, drug-free childbirth helped me find a renowned sense of confidence I did not have before. Let me just say that if you have a child, you can do ANYTHING! At least this is how I feel.

After show
In the first half of the concert I sang my aria, “Un bel di, vedremo” from Madama Butterfly.


After a brief intermission I sang The Flower Duet from Lakmé with a friend from the chorale. Here is the video you can watch on YouTube and I have the recording if you want that.

Hope you enjoy them!

Blackberry Baked Oatmeal

On another note, one of my recipe creations was chosen in the Breakfast category in the So Much To Love Giveaway hosted by So Delicious Dairy Free company.

Would you mind checking it out HERE and voting for my recipe? When you vote you also get entered for a chance to win some prizes. That can’t be bad right?

Here is the recipe as well if you want to try it out. Thanks for voting for this recipe!

Serves 8


  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp flax seed with 6 Tbsp warm water (egg substitute)
  • 1 cup So Delicious® Dairy Free Original Almond Plus Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 cups oats (can use gluten-free oats)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1½ cups fresh or frozen blackberries (may substitute with other sliced berries or fruit)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Spray an 8×8 baking dish with nonstick spray. Evenly scatter berries on the bottom on the dish.
  3. Next, add wet ingredients to dry and mix well. Pour mixture into baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
Note: To make a larger batch, double recipe and add to a 9×13 pan and bake for an extra 10–15 minutes.
  • Erica

    Soooo cool!! Kaylin bopped along when i played the video!! Just fabulous! And i will totally vote for you- sounds yummy