Oatmeal in a FLASH!

I really love oatmeal for breakfast. Smooth. Warm. Sweet. Mmmm.

Once upon a time, my family loved it too. In the last year so, it has lost its appeal with my children. It gets old hearing sighs of disappointment when you serve food, doesn’t it? I tried variations, which were met with similar reactions.

I decided to make an instant oatmeal for myself. As you might guess, once I did, they LOVED it! I have made it three times now and we have all enjoyed it. I love how inexpensive, nutritious and easy it is.

After reading several other people’s recipes and adapting those, here it is!

DIY Instant Oatmeal

  • 2 cups toasted oats
  • 6 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1 cup sugar (I use a combination of powdered and brown)
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Pulse briefly in food processor. Use 1/3 cup of oat mixture with 1/2 cup boiling water. Allow to sit 2-3 minutes and enjoy. Optional add ins – cinnamon, vanilla, maple syrup or flavoring, dried fruits or nuts.

DIY Instant Oatmeal

DIY Instant Oatmeal

By using toasted oats, it brings out a slightly nutty flavor. If you prefer. use all plain old fashioned oats.
By using toasted oats, it brings out a slightly nutty flavor. If you prefer. use all plain old fashioned oats.
When you pulse the oats, do it for a couple of seconds at a time. The goal is to leave some oats still intact for texture, but you can adjust this according to your preference as well.
When you pulse the oats, do it for a couple of seconds at a time. The goal is to leave some oats still intact for texture, but you can adjust this according to your preference as well.
I store this in a Tupperware container, with the directions written on the side in a water-erase marker.
I store this in a Tupperware container, with the directions written on the side in a water-erase marker.
Every time I make this, I am concerned that it seems to be too much water. Just stir it and leave it!
Every time I make this, I am concerned that it seems to be too much water. Just stir it and leave it!
So yummy!
So yummy!
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Easy Snow-Cream

 

We haven’t had much snow in the last couple of years, but we’ve had some recently. Drama Princess loves to get a bowl out once it starts to fall, anticipating some SNOW-CREAM!

Bringing in the snow!
Bringing in the snow!
First, loosen up the snow in a large bowl, leaving plenty of space for stirring.
First, loosen up the snow in a large bowl, leaving plenty of space for stirring.
You will need to gauge how milk you use by the feel of the Snow-Cream.
You will need to gauge how milk you use by the feel of the Snow-Cream.

 

Pour and start to stir.
Pour and start to stir.
Try to loosen up any large snow chunks.
Try to loosen up any large snow chunks.
Add some sugar. You really don't need a lot - Snow-Cream is fun and doesn't need much sweet! :)
Add some sugar. You really don’t need a lot – Snow-Cream is fun and doesn’t need much sweet! 🙂

 

Add a little vanilla or another flavor.
Add a little vanilla or another flavor.

 

Give it a taste and add more sugar, milk or vanilla as desired.
Give it a taste and add more sugar, milk or vanilla as desired.
Some like to sprinkle Snow-Cream with cinnamon or some orange juice.
Some like to sprinkle Snow-Cream with cinnamon or some orange juice.

 

Perfect!
Perfect!

 

Photos by Eddi.