It was a stick to your ribs kinda morning. My mother used to tell us that about oatmeal as kids. I really didn’t understand it because, I mean your stomach doesn’t connect to your ribs… But she tried anyways.
As a kid we ate those packets of oatmeal all the time. With six kids, it was easy and fast and generally healthy. It makes sense. I remember if you got up early enough for the new box of oatmeal you could get the peach or strawberry flavors. If there were boxes sitting in the cupboard longer than a week you could be sure all that was left was blueberry. Not a favorite. There are still days as an adult that I crave a bowl of instant oatmeal with tiny little processed peaches in them.
As much as I love those packets of oatmeal some days, my tastes have grown a bit. I am more than happy to have a big bowl of slow cooked oatmeal topped with milk, raisins and honey. But that is my oatmeal go to and today I wanted something a bit more vanilla focused. Using vanilla made me really want to pair them with cherries, but they aren’t really in season. Thankfully raisins, which are traditional oatmeal fare are dried, so why not dried cherries?
I added sliced almonds for texture because I always feel that oatmeal can get so boring without a bit of a different mouth feel. My number one favorite thing in my oatmeal is milk . I don’t really know why, maybe it has something to do with adding that creamy aspect to keep the moisture in. I hate dry oatmeal. So, I wanted my milk to take on that vanilla flavor to really give that extra oomph to the flavor. Adding a bit of sugar into the liquid actually gives sweetness to the oatmeal itself. That was kind of a stroke of genius on my part – if I do say so myself.
So, Wednesday. This turned into a crazy week for me. Crazy in a very busy good way. I am looking forward to good friends, bowling and we are going to a nearby Renaissance Faire! I have never been to one before but I have my costume all ready to go. Over the last few weeks I have been collecting belts, scarves and random pieces of fabric to create a very bohemian looking pirate gypsy. I am so excited! What is on your plan for this mid week day?
I think mid week calls for one of those – breakfast for dinner – types of night. Normally oatmeal would not be a dinner for me, even on those breakfast sort of nights. Well… with my crazy schedule, oatmeal kind of makes sense. It’s quick, filling and healthy. Maybe I should start a new craze. Oatmeal for crazy weeknight dinners.
- 2 cups plain oatmeal, cooked
- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- ½ cup dried cherries
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- In a small mixing bowl, mix the milk, vanilla extract and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Divide the hot oatmeal between two bowls. Sprinkle half the cherries and half the almonds into each bowl. Pour milk over top.