Advent 2013 Day 14 Oatmeal

I don’t quite know what to do for today. I’ve basically been to aikido and done nothing else today. The Wife and I have baked about a hundred cookies and made about 5 pounds of fudge which we shall mail and give out in the next two days. Then we leave for the US and these updates will get even harder. I might actually run tomorrow for the first time all week. I need to stop making a habit of my Sunday long runs being the only runs I manage each week. Well, at least I swam twice. And had two nice  bike rides.

OK so, um . . .

Oatmeal. One of my favorite foods as a child was the packets of Apples and Cinnamon oatmeal from Quaker. Just add water and you have warm, hot, sweet, cinnamony goodness, except that it’s like half sugar. I rediscovered it in grad school when I would be working all night in the lab and by that time it came in plastic containers where you just added water to the fill line, microwaved it and then once again sweet cinnamon goodness without much effort, still far too much sugar, and now with a significant amount of wasteful packaging.

And that brings us to today. We’ve finally discovered that it only takes 10 minutes to make regular oatmeal in which we control everything that goes in and it’s much tastier than the instant version. It takes 7 minutes longer, though, so plan accordingly.

Really, it’s that easy? Oatmeal

Ingredients: (for two)

  • 1 cup Quick Oats (The comparison of all the different kinds of oats is a blog post for a different day and today we’re on about the fast-cooking version.)
  • 1 cup low-fat lactose free milk (or soy milk, or regular milk, or even water)
  • 1 cup + 1 Tbsp water
  • pinch salt
  • 1 apple peeled, cored, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 to 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 to 2 tsp honey or brown sugar (or whatever sweetener you prefer)


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water and milk to a low boil
  2. Stir in oatmeal and salt and simmer for 4 minutes, stirring occasionally
  3. Remove from heat, add apple, cinnamon, and sweetener
  4. Let stand, covered for about 2 minutes more.
  5. Serve 🙂 Add additional sugar and/or cinnamon to individual taste.

That’s it. It’s done. It can even be done on a weekday if you give up 5 minutes of faffing on Facebook. (The other 6 minutes while you wait for thing to cook can still be used to check if anyone is wrong on the internet or for looking at pictures of cats, etc.)

Speaking of pictures of cats, here’s a few of the boys very beautiful mother who was my first foster kitty. I successfully fattened her up, made her healthy, socialized her, and convinced the cat-sitter to adopt her where all 5 pounds of her are still in possession of all she surveys. The boys were my second foster project and you know how well that one went as it’s now 4 years later and I dragged them to another continent with me rather than give then back. In one way, less successful, in another – infinitely more so.

And today I’m out of ideas so it’s up to John Denver and the Muppets to make you smile.

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