Saturday, November 5, 2011

Slow Cooker Maple, Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal

Good morning and happy Saturday! I hope you all do something fun for me this weekend, I’ll be working :/ It’s alright though because I seriously need some moo-lah; pharmacy school robs you!


Yesterday they had a staff meeting at the vet’s office where they ordered lunch for everyone and they told me I could stay if I wanted, but since I had some things to take care of before heading home I politely declined. Instead, I ran to the bank, got a blog post up, and then ate a huge spinach salad for lunch

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loaded with all the usual suspects.

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It was fantastic Smile.

Unfortunately the temptation of all of the Kilwin’s chocolates and homemade rice krispie treats lurking in the break room got the best of me and I ended up snacking on quite a few treats throughout the afternoon. Sometimes I wonder if my willpower went on a permanent vacay. It can come back any time, really.


When I got done at rotation shortly after 5:00, I quickly got all of my things laundry together and hit the road for home. I like the little town of Petosky, but I feel so isolated way up there by myself that I couldn’t leave fast enough!


My mom had homemade pizza waiting in the refrigerator for me when I walked in the door:

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This pizza is sooo good. She uses an organic corn meal crust that she gets from Oryana and it is out of this world. She topped the pizza with marinara, cheese and black olives.

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And while we’re on the subject of delicious meals that my mom makes, last night she prepped a batch of my all-time favorite oatmeal: slow cooker maple, apple and cinnamon oatmeal.

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It’s sweet and gooey and it’s so tasty that even you non-oatmeal lovers will like it, I promise. My mom found the recipe in our local newspaper last year, and I believe the woman who submitted it has a food blog but I have no idea who she is. Here’s the recipe in case you want to give it a try Open-mouthed smile.

Slow Cooker Maple, Apple and Cinnamon Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (you can use steel-cut oats instead but do not use quick oats)
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped apple, any variety
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup raisins, optional
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, pecans, or walnuts (optional; can be toasted before adding)

Directions

Spray the inside of the slow cooker with a light coating of nonstick cooking spray. Add all ingredients and stir gently. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 9 hours. Uncover, stir well and serve. If the oatmeal cooks up a bit thick (it is usually thick and sticky), just add some fresh milk before eating.


It works best to triple the recipe and cook it for the same amount of time, but only double the apples (2 cups), raisins (1 cup), and walnuts (1 cup). The oatmeal turns out much creamier this way and less sticky.

 


Well I’m off to work all day, enjoy your Saturday!

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