It’s What’s for Dinner {oatmeal??}{15}

After all of the years that Mr. Social Media and I have been together, we seem to have come to an understanding regarding what can become a very touchy subject in a relationship.  We have been married for 12 and a half years and together nearly 20 years (half my LIFE!) but not even the fullness of time can prepare you for some of the challenges that face a marriage. . .

I’m sure you’ve already guessed that I’m talking about fish.

That is to say, seafood.  Of almost any kind, really.

Yuck.  I don’t like it.  I don’t want to eat it.  I’m not going to buy it or cook it.  I’m not going to touch it.  I don’t want to see it or even so much as smell it in the house. . .

I really don’t even want to discuss it anymore.

What?  This is not the kind of marital challenge you thought I meant?  Don’t worry, as I said, we have come to an understanding.  If he wants to have fish for dinner – he picks it up on his way home from work, cooks it himself (mostly outside on the grill where I can’t smell it), cleans up after himself, and is free to ignore the rest of us and what we might want to eat.  That is to say, I will still make dinner for everyone else in the house that agrees with me about the merits of eating fish.

So last night, my daughter and I had oatmeal for dinner.  Do you ever do that?  Have breakfast food for dinner?  Next time the cooker person in your house makes something that you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole, feel free to try out my delicious oatmeal recipe.

Perfect oatmeal recipe

It’s what’s for dinner.

A note about oats.  An oat note, if you will.  Please use the OLD FASHIONED oats.  You can see I use Quaker.  You have to cook it for five minutes.  There are quicker oats.  There are one-minute oats and there are instant oats.  I don’t think faster is better in this case.  And, come on, five minutes is fast!!  Do you really need it to be a lot faster than five minutes??!!

You will need:

Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
Brown Sugar

Perfect oatmeal recipe

Perfect oatmeal recipe

Perfect oatmeal recipe

. . .and the oats. . .

Follow the directions on the package for the amount of oatmeal that you’d like to make.  Make a bunch.  It’s very good as left overs!  Plus, my 8 year old daughter eats a man-sized portion of this oatmeal – so make more than you think you’ll need.

I make mine with water (not milk).  Once you determine how much water you’ll need – add about an additional quarter cup and put it in the pan.

Add to the water:
a handful of raisins (how many in a handful?  as many as you want to eat in your oatmeal!)
a generous dash of cinnamon
some finely diced apple (how much apple?  as much as you’d like to eat in your. . .)
a dash of vanilla (how much vanilla? as much . . .)

Bring all of the ingredients (except the oats) to a boil – let them boil for a few minutes (thus the extra water).  You want your raisins to be plump and your apples to be cooked.  It doesn’t take long.

Add in the oats and finish according to package directions!

We top ours with a little brown sugar and a splash of milk.

Perfect oatmeal recipe

Perfect oatmeal recipe


Do you ever eat breakfast for dinner?  What’s your favorite?

Oatmeal recipe

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