Over the past year we've tried to cut our budget as we can, and we've made a variety of changes, all of which we're enjoying and haven't noticed any ill affects at all from the cuts.
This brings me to oatmeal. Or horse feed, as I used to call it. There are really only a few things you need to know about me, if you didn't already. I love to laugh. I am petrified of basically anything that is not a cat or a dog. Any type of bird or lizard/frog/snake top the list. And I hate oatmeal. My mom, being the frugal mother of a large brood, and also health conscious - made us eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast growing up. Well, mostly oatmeal, Red River or Cream of Wheat (which I do like) were thrown in there for the occasional treat. Saturdays we got a plain cereal like Cheerios. So basically, we ate a lot of oatmeal. In turn...I would choke down the minimum required amount (1 spoonful, and I made it a small one), and that was it. So basically other than the small portion of horse feed, I did not eat breakfast for 24 years in a row. :-)
|Brooks' breakfast today. They love to add a scoop of whatever frozen fruit we have on hand (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries etc), and they stir them in.|
|We use 6 ziploc bags, and simply refill them once empty. All kept in the black & white "Oatmeal Bag"|
2 T brown sugar
1 T milled flax seeds
Put in ziploc bag. To eat, pour into bowl and add 3/4C hot water. Top with fruit if desired.
|Best part? The kids make the packets themselves! It's an easy recipe, and not one that requires super measuring precision to turn out, so the kids do all the re-loading of the baggies|
|All done! My kids will eat it plain, or they love to add a spoonful of frozen fruit right to the top.|