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Frosty-windows oatmeal

“Battles that involve oatmeal are just never going to end up being historic, you know?” Jake went on. “Gettysburg? No major oatmeal involvement. The Battle of Midway? Neither side used oatmeal. Desert Storm? No oatmeal.” Katherine Applegate, American young adult/childrens author

Forget “frost on the punkin'” — when you live in an old house with wavy-glass windows, you watch for frost on the windows. Drafty? Yes. But, window frost isCIMG5750_edited-1.JPG highly underrated — a delight, in fact. This is especially true for children, who love to hand print it and draw on all sorts of shapes. Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote about making frost patterns using one of Ma’s thimbles. Laura lived into her 90s. So, this bit of exposure to the elements obviously didn’t kill her.

Jack Frost hasn’t hit the inside of our house quite yet, but it’s only a matter of time. I have already switched over to oatmeal for breakfast in anticipation.

Even if you live in Florida or have windows that block out everything from cold to political advertisements, you might want to give Frosty-Windows Oatmeal a try. It’s winter comfort (and good health) in a bowl. Enjoy!

Frosty-Windows Oatmeal

Place 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats; 1 teaspoon brown sugar, maple syrup, honey OR molasses; 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 Tablespoon of raisins (or any other dried fruit) in a Pyrex or heavy ceramic bowl. (If you make this breakfast a lot, use a dedicated Pyrex bowl as repeated microwaving will eventually trash your stoneware.) Add enough water to almost cover.

Microwave on high for two minutes. Stir. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of nuts and top off with a splash of nut milk or dairy milk. There you have it — a hot and healthy breakfast that’s speedy enough to make any day of the week.

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