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December 4, 2009

Oatmeal!?!?!?

My daughter has been watching Frosty the Snowman several times a day since I got the Christmas DVD movie pack out the day after Thanksgiving. During the week we have to watch it at least once before bed.  Anyway, in the cartoon the kids are trying to name Frosty and one of the children suggests “Oatmeal!” and the other kids say “Oatmeal?!?!?” in a sarcastic like tone. Hence the title of this blog…it’s stuck in my head and my daughter is always naming her stuffed animals Oatmeal now… 🙂

CRUNCHY PEANUT BUTTERY OATMEAL (1 Serving)

1/2 oats (your favorite)
1 c. milk (vanilla soy is yum)
1/ 8 t. salt
1/2 banana, smashed (for each serving) 
1 teaspoon of peanut butter (just use the spoon you will be using to eat your oatmeal)
handful of granola (I chose a nut & fruit mix granola)

Put water, milk, salt, and oats in to pot and cook on medium. Once the oatmeal begins to slightly boil 2-3 min,  add the mashed banana and mix vigorously. Allow to cook stirring occassionally until the oatmeal is done, another 1-2 minutes (this will make it creamier).

Divide into serving bowls. (Note: I added PB and a few chocolate chips for my daughter to make PB cup oatmeal)

December 4, 2009

Introduction

I have been working on this new blog idea for sometime and decided to collect my recipes and then build up my photo arsenal before really published the blog. I’m almost there so decided to start a blog account and familarize myself with all the new information! Anyone know how to change the font on the header? Where does everyone get the fancy headers? Are they just computer geniuses, do they hire people, are they graphic artists or what?!?!? I would love suggestions you all can give… 🙂

Anyway, I am passionate about cooking and learning about food. Had I figured this out earlier in my life I likely would have gone to school to become a chef…but instead I’m self-taught and hoping to really open up my creative culinary side and challenge myself with this blog.  Maybe push myself a little further with culinary creativity and knowledge. I am really resist to the pre-prepared food movement that seems to be happening in this country. I strive to learn how to make things from scratch rather than use the shortcuts of commercial food products. That doesn’t mean I won’t and don’t use the standard can of cream of mushroom soup or that box of rice or pasta concoction, I just resist it as much as possible and try to create my own where I can. Of course as a single mom working full time I have to give in to the convenience of commerical foods at times. I do try to steer clear of preservatives, high sodium, high fructose corn syrup products or any other products which your body really has to put effort into breaking down…I try to eat whole fruits and veggies and natural products where possible. While I haven’t perfected this goal completely, I hope knowing others might be reading this blog will make me more conscious of that fact when I shopping.

I hope those of you reading take away at least one thing that is of use to you from this blog!  Thanks for reading and please leave some comments and suggestions of things you’d like to see!