We have simple dreams, simple wishes and desires for our life together. My family and I want to take time to appreciate the seasons and what is outside the window rather than what is contained within our walls. Anyone can accumulate stuff. We want to try to grow vegetables and raise our own animals. We want to enjoy all that is already offered in nature and around us, as well as the process of creation, and doing things with your own hands.
This morning, I cooked oatmeal for our breakfast. It turned into a family breakfast where we all sat down together and added our toppings and enjoyed each other’s company. Rather than reaching for the box of cereal that we bought from the big box store, which came from who knows where, made with some interesting ingredients (no need to go into GMO talk or speculation about over processing food here…) I grabbed organic rolled oats that are minimally processed and came in a 50lb paper bag from a community cooperative buying club. It seems cheap to buy a box of cereal for $2.50 and get a few mornings out of it for the kiddo and us. But really…we are more filled and nourished better by the organic whole grains (gold stars for everyone!!). And, I think I bought this bag of organic oats in August and we are still working on them in February! These are not just breakfast rolled oats. We use them to make our homemade granola and they are the main ingredient for our favorite peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. So this morning, I was awake enough with the kiddo that I could focus and measure the water, let it boil, measure the organic rolled oats, and watch the pot fill with bubbles, and not let it overflow and create a soupy mess on the stovetop! The last step is pretty important, I’m usually half awake enough to make coffee, but the supervision of the oatmeal takes more attention and focus for me. With successful cooking and serving, I noticed the kiddo didn’t whine at me about another bowl of food, or more or try to negotiate some other meal or alternative breakfast. She was satisfied with oatmeal topped with raisins and sweetened with a little bit of applesauce. She also got dressed and took care of herself for a long time playing with all of her little friends and toys when she was done eating. What a lovely feeling for the both of us and a simple and beautiful start to our day. Now who ever is up first with the kiddo and the dog is making organic rolled oats for breakfast along with coffee. I wish we could commit fully to this type of morning but until then we will certainly try our best!
Oatmeal Recipe for our family of 3-4
4 cups water
2 cups of Rolled Oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
optional teaspoon of cinnamon
Bring water and salt to a boil. When you have reached a rolling boil add the rolled oats and turn down to a simmer. Let oats simmer for 10- 20mins finishing when you reach the oatmeal consistency you prefer.
When the oats are done add anything you find in the fridge that sounds yummy to your tummy. We typically have walnuts (1/2 a cup chopped), apple (whole diced up) and cinnamon.
You can also top with milk or cream or a pat of butter. If you have a sweet tooth a pinch or two of brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup. We generally avoid the processed sugars here and opt for fruit and nuts and dried fruit. A spoonful of applesauce on top of the bowl is delicious. Or just cinnamon and brown sugar. Or banana and cinnamon. Or LOAD IT UP!