Sunday, January 23, 2011


This morning, the thermometer outside my kitchen window read 16 degrees
 . . . brrrrr . . . 
that's cold!

On cold mornings like this, the only thing that comes to mind for me for breakfast is oatmeal.  
I love oatmeal.  
Always have. Instant oatmeal.  Cooked oatmeal.  Oatmeal cookies.
Oh, I guess oatmeal cookies might not be the best for breakfast
. . . but then, why not???? ;o)

I have memories of my Mom making us oatmeal on cold mornings before school.  Of course, back then, it had be be cooked ~ no instant packets.  And she always cooked raisins in it.  After it was cooked, she'd add a pat of butter, some milk and brown sugar.
The oatmeal was always accompanied with cinnamon toast.  

When I have time, I love to cook steel cut oats.  They are much better for you, you know, and I love the "nuttiness" and texture of them.  

So, to warm my bones this morning I cooked up some oats.  I added craisins.  Then just before the oats were done cooking,  
I added some apple chunks. I didn't want the apple to get too cooked.  

A little honey* for sweetness and a splash of milk {buttermilk's much better, but I was out}.  There was half a banana someone left, so that got sliced up in the bowl with a sprinkling of turbinado {natural raw brown} sugar.

What a treat!  
I'm enjoying it this very minute while typing this post.  
A simple pleasure.

*Oh, and a little bit about the honey.  The B&B in Lititz, Pennsylvania, where me and my girlfriends spend our weekend away ~ coming up this weekend YAY! ~ makes this honey.  They have their own beehives and produce the best tasting honey.  I'll be stocking up on more when we go up this weekend.

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Kerin said...

What a wonderful way to start the day :)
I've never cooked or eaten the steel cut oats. I'm going to have to try them one of these days.
Have a wonderful Sunday !

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh Yum!!! Funny, but I just heard about Steel Cut Oats for the very first time last week on some cooking show.
Thanks for sharing this hearty, nutritious dish with us, Carla!!!

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Yummy! I love oatmeal too! I eat it every morning for breakfast with cinnamon, brown sugar, craisins and walnuts. I love banana on top too! Angie xo

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