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
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!
APPLE PIE BAKED OATMEAL
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.