Panasonic #MicrowaveOnly Challenge and Giveaway

I am taking part of Panasonic’s #MicrowaveOnly challenge. What exactly does that entail? Well, for one day, I have to create all of my meals in the microwave! It’s actually a lot easier than I thought it would be.

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For this challenge, I’m using Panasonic’s Full-Size 1.6 cu. ft. Genius Prestige Countertop / Built-in Microwave Oven with Inverter Technology, aka Model #NN-SE782S.

Since living in an apartment, I’ve always been a little frugal with my microwave. I figured that since my living situation was only temporary, I shouldn’t buy a “good’ microwave because I’ll end up moving and selling it anyways.

I was thrilled when Panasonic sent me a microwave to use for this challenge. Heck, this microwave is even better than “good,” it’s awesome. With a cooking power of 1250 watts, you can heat up things in no time! My little microwave before this took forever just to heat up water for some tea. With this, well, you’ll see…


For breakfast, I made Creamy Oats with Apple, Cherry, and Walnuts. I adjusted the recipe from Panasonic by using almond milk rather than apple juice for that extra creaminess.


The result was a hearty and fulfilling breakfast that kept me full all morning.


Creamy Oats with Cherry and Walnuts


  • 1/2 cup Quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tbsp Dried Cherries
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • pinch of Salt
  • 1/4 cup Greek Vanilla Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Walnuts, chopped


  1. Combine the oats, dried cherries, almond milk, cinnamon, and salt in a microwave safe bowl.
  2. Cook on P10 for 2-3 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until thickened.
  3. Top with yogurt and sprinkle with brown sugar and walnuts.


Since the oatmeal kept me pretty full, I wasn’t starving when lunch came by. I decided to stay on the healthy track and eat a sweet potato.


Thanks to Panasonic’s inverter technology, my sweet potato cooked evenly and kept it’s texture and taste. The inside of the potato was just as warm as the outside, so there were no cold spots anywhere!



Microwavable Sweet Potato


  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon


  1. Rinse and scrub the sweet potato.
  2. Pierce the potato all over with a fork. Wrap the potato in a damp paper towel.
  3. Microwave for 4 minutes. Turn it over and microwave for another 4 minutes.
  4. Be careful removing from the microwave when it's done-- it'll be hot! Unwrap the potato and cut it in half. Dollop with the greek yogurt and sprinkle the cinnamon on top. Serve warm!

For dinner, I admit that I heated up some leftovers along with a bag of microwavable popcorn. #guilty You really have to keep an eye out on your popcorn when using different microwaves– with this Panasonic, I only had to do it for a minute and twenty seconds rather than almost two minutes!

For other recipes and cooking tips, check out Panasonic’s website here.

Now for the good stuff! I’m giving away…

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That’s right.. I’m giving away a full size Panasonic microwave along with a product pack (as pictured above)!! All you have to do is tweet a picture of your own #microwaveonly meal with a short description to @HomePanasonic and @kimberlywyn to win! You must also follow @HomePanasonic in order to be qualified.

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This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.

Cinnamon Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies



I just spent the past three days in beautiful Carmel and I’m still trying to find a way to get back to reality. More on that later, but for now I have cinnamon butterscotch oatmeal cookies for you.



You see, I have two huge jars of oatmeal from Costco that I’m trying to use up before I move back to Southern California. I can’t buy anything from Costco at this point because I won’t be able to use it up in two months (except for greek yogurt… I inhale that stuff).



I’ve also never been a fan of butterscotch chips, but for some reason, I had a bag in my pantry. My DF thinks otherwise and loves butterscotch anything.


I guess if you like butterscotch then you’d like these cookies, if not, then you won’t (obviously). You can replace the chips with peanut butter, white chocolate, or even mint chocolate. The dough base itself is wonderful on its own.


Recipe from A Spicy Perspective.

Cinnamon Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips


  1. Cream together the butter and both sugars.
  2. Mix in the vanilla and egg.
  3. Gradually stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt until just mixed.
  4. Fold in the oats and butterscotch chips. Refrigerate the dough for at least an hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 350. Drop the dough into tablespoon sized balls onto baking sheet. Bake for 10-11 minutes.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

oatmealcookies My DF’s cousin and his girlfriend came up to visit a couple of days ago and we made plans to go have dinner at a restaurant in San Francisco. My DF and I rarely cross the bridge just for dinner, but we figured it’d be fun to try something new and explore the city a little bit instead of being little hermits. We ended up at Bix, a brick-walled restaurant hidden in an alley way with live Jazz music. oatmealcookies-3 I’m not gonna lie, I’m usually a little intimidated by fancy-schmancy restaurants. You know what I’m talking about–the ones that ask you if you prefer a black or white lap napkin. The ones that have a “bread crumb” guy to scrape off all the extra scraps of crust lying on the table. The ones where the customers are all wearing $600 shoes and $1000 suit jackets. I’m much more comfortable in a “ma-and-pa” restaurant. I like it when the hostess knows everyone’s names. I like seeing the regular grandpa sitting in his usual booth drinking his cup of joe. I like having freshly made muffins and fried chicken rather than a filet mignon in a balsamic reduction with caramelized pears (Okay, I don’t know how that would really taste… I just made that up). Point is, I’m a simple gal. oatmealcookies-4 Although Bix had that ritzy environment, the entire experience was nothing but inviting. The meal came out extremely fast and the waiter was joyful and friendly. When we finished our meal, he promptly brought out the dessert menu. Looking over options like vanilla creme brulee, buttermilk panna cotta with plums and ginger, and french butter pear & concord grape sorbet, how was I ever going to make a choice? I was completely torn between the bananas foster with dark rum and vanilla ice cream or the chocolate brioche bread pudding. When the waiter came out to take our dessert order, I asked for his advice. Do I want the bananas foster or bread pudding? After debating it with me back and forth a bit, he recommended the bread pudding. I went with the bananas foster because I wanted ice cream. When dessert was brought out, he surprised me and gave me both! The bread pudding was on the house. I couldn’t believe it. It was like I just won the lottery! The waiter must have known how much I loved dessert from the five minute debate going back and forth on which dish I should get. oatmealcookies-2 It’s little actions like that that can make someone’s day. I try and do that whenever I bring cookies and treats to my crew! Come and share your stories about random acts of kindness with The Best Part from Folgers. The Best Part is an online community that’s dedicated to brightening your day—every day. How? By spreading optimism, one share at a time. The Best Part posts inspirational stories, encouraging quotes, good news and other upbeat items on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram—and encourages fans and followers to share that optimism with their friends. Because when optimism is shared, it grows, making an even more positive impact on our world. Check out what others are sharing on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. As for these cookies, it’s a pretty standard oatmeal raisin cookie recipe. Nothing to write home about, but they sure do satisfy any sweet tooth cravings.

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Serving Size: 2 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup raisins


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together the butter and both sugars. Mix in the egg and vanilla.
  3. Gradually stir in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground cinnamon, and salt until just combined.
  4. Fold in the oats and raisins. Make sure not to overmix.
  5. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto baking sheet.
  6. Bake for 11 minutes.