Luckily the canine revolution was quelled yesterday. I finally got a day off to spend with the Lab. We were waiting for another repairman to come ( this is becoming a habit, but I'm not going into a rant about Sear's products here) and of course if your hours are 8:00am to 12:00pm, you can be sure no one will arrive until 11:30. Who gets the 8:00am appointment do you think?
After a rainy walk filled with squirrel sightings, but NO chasing, we came home and made breakfast. I'm an oat eater, granola in the summer and baked oatmeal in the colder weather. And believe me , that colder weather has arrived. I've been fiddling around with this recipe for years and am happy with this latest version.
I use 1 cup of uncooked quick oats and 1 cup of mixed grain cereal, both from Trades Joe's. I add 1/3 cup of dried fruit, this time raisins, sometimes, cranberries, often a mix of dried berries, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, a 1/2 a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup of brown sugar but this is too sweet for me. Yesterday I used a few maple sugar candies a friend had brought us from Canada, Last week I used honey. I melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave and if using honey melt it along with butter. In another bowl I have a beaten egg to which I add 1 and1/2 cups of skim milk, and a 1/2 cup of low fat french vanilla yogurt, you could also use applesauce in lieu of yogurt. When butter has cooled down I add it to liquid ingredients, stir and then add this to oat mixture.
Cooking together is such a bonding experience that the Lab and I went on from there to make a delicious black bean soup, but that's a story for another day.
Suffice it to day, the house was filled with delicious smells all day, the dryer was finally fixed and now I can stop showing up at my neighbor's houses bearing flowers or bowls of turkey noodle soup, and wet laundry.