It is SOOOOO cold out today & we started the morning up here north of Toronto with icy rain and snow. Yuck! It has caused more than a few delays in my day – including getting today’s Give up for all of you to enjoy.

First of all, let me start off by saying how grateful I am for your participation in this year’s Gives. It has been a lot of fun so far – and we have lots more to come.

By the way, we haven’t heard from our first 3 winners – if you are one of these people please contact to collect your prize…

Tia Douglass – Versa Gripps FIT Pink Winner

Teri Strong – The Start Here Diet Winner

Cristina Montoya – David’s Tea Winter Collection Winner

Since it’s so icy cold outside, I thought it would be a perfect time to share a delicious recipe straight from The Start Here DietAnybody up for a little Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal?

Don’t forget to share the recipe with a friend.

For more yummy recipes, please check out The Start Here Diet debuting December 31, 2013 & available for preorder now.

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

From: The Start Here Diet by Tosca Reno

Servings: 3 cups; 2 1.5 cup servings or 3 1-cup servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


1 Tbsp organic, unsalted butter

1 apple, cut into 1/2″ chunks

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 cup old-fashioned oats

1 3/4 cups water

Pinch of sea salt

1 Tbsp brown sugar (or step up to maple syrup or honey)

1 Tbsp sliced almonds or chopped walnts (optional)

1 cup milk of your choice


In a small pot over moderate heat, melt the butter and add the apple. Cook until softened and golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cinnamon to coat. Add the oats, water, and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. If the oatmeal gets too thick, add a little more water. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand for 3 minutes. Uncover & stir in the brown sugar. Divide amongst bowls, top with almonds or walnuts, and pour in the milk. Eat warm.