Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Crafting Interrupted and a Recipe

I had some projects all set up to finish while the kids napped, but lo and behold C decided that she had other plans. She slept for maybe 30 minutes and then woke up and was ready for playtime. I tried getting her back to sleep but didn't want to risk waking O up as well so I brought her upstairs. I may try to sew the binding on these table runners anyways, we'll see how that goes. She's such a funny girl!

     As part of our "on a budget" new lifestyle, we began eating quick oats instead of instant oatmeal. For the price of around 3 boxes of brand-name instant oatmeal, you can buy a 10lb bag of quick oats at Costco (which has a total of 100 servings). We've been playing around with different recipes for things to add-in. J prefers just cinnamon and banana (you could add banana to almost anything and that boy will eat it). My hubby likes it with dried fruit. I came up with a new recipe:

Cranberry Orange Oatmeal

1/2 cup quick oats
1-2 teaspoons of ground flax (we LOVE our flax)
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1-2 Tablespoons of dried cranberries

Place all of above ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. In a 1 cup measuring cup add 2 Tablespoons of orange juice concentrate, fill the rest of the cup with water. Pour into your bowl. Push the cranberries under the water so they plump up when cooked. Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes on high. Watch the microwave because this likes to boil over, if it starts to go, just stop the microwave, wait for the oatmeal to go back down and then start it up again. After it is finished cooking, carefully remove from microwave, stir and let it sit for a few minutes to cool. Eat and Enjoy!

I just love oatmeal on a cold morning!


  1. That is the only way I buy oatmeal. Skylar could eat 10lbs himself in about a week during the winter. He likes it the same way Dad does, cinnamon and brown sugar, no milk.

    I have a few crockpot oatmeal recipes I am going to try soon. Put everything in as you go to bed and it is supposed to be all ready when you wake up.

  2. Interesting, let me know how they turn out. I LOVE my crockpot!

  3. I should try this, although I have to use fresh cranberries since I'm not supposed to have dried fruit. And no orange juice for me.

  4. You could try grated orange peel, not sure how much, but it might give you enough of an orangey taste. You can use frozen cranberries, too. We put frozen blueberries in J's oatmeal before we microwave it and they thaw and the juices release and he LOVES it.