Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Warm Oatmeal for Breakfast on a Cold Morning

It's been cold on the prairie
It's been snowy and icy on the prairie
But in the breakfast room
it is warm and cozy
With a "fire" in the stove
It's nice to see the snow outside
It seems like winter!

We like tablecloths
this red one belonged to my grandmother
It's old and it's been patched
You used things in her day
And if it got torn, you mended
And when it was worn out too badly
The remainder of the fabric was used for quilts!

And although this looks like a Christmas centerpiece --
the poinsettia and the red tablecloth
It's not -- it's January
And the poinsettia is a holdover from the Christmas decorations
Giving a bright red spot of color to an often dreary January!

We've had them last till Spring
But we've never successfully kept one over until the following year
But they need special care
A bit of cold
And dark . . . 

I do like the blue and white transfer ware on the red cloth
It's a cheery table
For a gray day!

And for breakfast
Rib-sticking food


But not just oatmeal
No, it's apple pie oatmeal
Baked in the oven
Filled with fruit and natural sweetness
Daughter Sarah gave me the recipe
And I've made it a lot since Christmas

With a cup of tea, it's a great breakfast
for this cold snowy 2014 January!

(Serves 1)

1/2 cup milk
1/2 t. vanilla
1/2 c. rolled oats
1/2 t. apple pie spice
1/4 t. baking powder
pinch of salt
1 small apple (or half a larger one)

Preheat the oven to 350 and spray a single serving ramekin with Pam.    In a small bowl mix milk and vanilla, add oats, pie spice, baking powder and salt.    Stir.    Dice apple into the oats and fold them in.

Pour into the prepared ramekin and bake for 18 to 22 minutes

NOTE:   I always double the recipe and bake in a small oval casserole that's just perfect for the amount of milk and oatmeal.    When Sarah and Andy were here, I just quadrupled the recipe.

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish


Custom Comforts said...

Your oatmeal sounds really yummy, especially with all this bitter cold weather. I'll have to give this a try. I feed my chickens oatmeal on really cold days, but wouldn't want to spoil them with this fancy version of what they get.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I've always used tablecloths too, just as my mother did. I change the ones on the dining and kitchen table with the seasons.
Until recently I always made my oatmeal from scratch in a pot but found microwave steel cut oats that are ready in 2 minutes. Some frozen blueberries that I picked in the fall are tossed on top and stirred in to bring the temperature to "just right" for eating.

Unknown said...

Oh this sounds wonderful! I do eat oatmeal almost everyday too. I will have to try this recipe. Loved your table too!
Blessings My Friend,

Pondside said...

The red and blue are cheery notes against the January gloom. My tablecloth this morning is red and yellow toile - more cheer!

Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

I am going to have to try your recipe....I felt my mouth start watering....