Yep, you read that right – love in a jar! That quote came from my husband when I fixed these cute little Instant Oatmeal Jars to have ready for his breakfast. He LOVES a good bowl of hot oatmeal with fruit and a handful of nuts.
Our morning routines find my husband downstairs with coffee and Bible, and me upstairs. Because of this, he often starts our breakfast. This winter he had gotten really proficient at making up a couple of servings of oatmeal for us to have each morning! That is saying a lot for a guy who only feels confident enough to make about three things – Scrambled eggs, French toast and …okay, make that two! Though he’d learned the simple art of cooking the Quick oats, I thought I’d make it even a little easier without purchasing those nasty packets of Instant Oatmeal.
Here was the result: Instant Oatmeal Jars
The blessing of having the jars already filled is that there’s no measuring or finding a pan or the additives. Just open a jar, add a cup of boiling water and let it set for 4-5 minutes. Voila! It’s done! You can be as creative with flavors and additions as your taste buds allow. I made up several jars and have them in the pantry ready for any morning we’re hungry for oatmeal!
Here’s how I made mine:
Instant Oatmeal Jars
1/2 C Quick cooking oats
1 Tbl Craisins
1Tbl Chopped nuts
Dash of salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbl brown sugar
Keep in a tightly closed jar until ready to use!
When ready to use:
Add 1 cup boiling water (you could use milk instead) to the jar.
Replace lid and let set for 4-5 minutes.
Add other fresh fruits as desired. Eat!
Here is the process in pictures:
This would make a great breakfast for a busy morning! You could take the jar out the door with you, if needed. Everything is contained and could be sealed back up when empty!
The first morning my husband had his “jar of oatmeal,” he sent me a text while I was getting ready upstairs. It read,
“Now that’s love ina jar right there!”
That made me smile!! I’m on the lookout for freeze-dried fruits to add to my next batches. I wonder what he’ll say about that?! I can’t wait to hear!
What would you add to a jar of oatmeal? Peanut butter? Coconut? I’d love to hear!
On this (L)Oven Monday, I’m sharing a recipe that has NOTHING to do with the oven! This is all about cold, creamy homemade ice cream! I’m thinking that homemade ice cream is dying. That makes me sad. Very sad! Sure, store-bought is cheap, easy and good, but there’s something really special about making up your own flavors at home!! You don’t have an ice cream freezer? Then this recipe is especially for you!
No ice cream could be easier! I found this recipe on Pinterest and had to try it because it just seemed too good to be true. Now mind you, this doesn’t take the place of home-churned ice cream, but it is a great second! The ingredients are few and the method is simple! Check out this easy recipe!!
No-Churn Peppermint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
2 cup Heavy Cream
14 oz Sweetened Condensed Milk
Red or Pink Food Coloring (if desired)
1 cup Miniature Chocolate Chips
1 tsp Peppermint Extract
Whip heavy cream and peppermint extract until stiff peaks form.
Beat in condensed milk.
Add food color and beat until color is uniform.
Fold in chocolate chips (reserve a few to sprinkle on top).
Spread mixture in loaf pan.
Distribute remaining chocolate chips on top.
Place in freezer for at least 5 hours.
This would be great served with these brownies or between two cookies or in a dish all by itself! This is one of those great do-ahead desserts. Mix it up, pop it into the freezer the night before you’re having company, and boom! Homemade dessert is served!
Who owns a freezer and makes homemade ice cream? Who’s going to try this simple recipe?
Hi Friends! Happy Monday and Happy May 1st! I hope you all had a great week last week. I had a restful time away, but am happy to be back here with you today sharing another great recipe!
I’ve shared my recipe here for Baked Oatmeal – it’s a great do-ahead dish. It’s nice to have on hand for a couple of days. But there are times when I don’t have that made up and I need to eat something before heading out the door in the morning. I’ve recently found a recipe for a Breakfast Oatmeal Cup that is a baked oatmeal made in muffin tins, creating the perfect single-serving size. Once baked, they can be kept in the fridge for a several days, but what I’ve been doing is freezing them and popping one into the microwave for those busy mornings. I put one into a bowl and add milk, just like I do with my other Baked Oatmeal. It’s so delicious, and keeps me from getting that low-sugar drop later on. This is so good, and lots better than regular oatmeal! I love the texture of these as opposed to the traditional bowl of oats.
You could add any variety of fruits and nuts. This recipe is one of my favorite combos – Strawberry-Banana. So good! Here’s the recipe:
Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Cups
4 cups old fashioned oats
1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
2⅓ cup low-fat milk
¼ cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
⅓ cup pure maple syrup – you could use honey instead, if desired
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 banana, sliced
½ cup sliced almonds or walnuts
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix well until everything is combined.
Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray and scoop oatmeal mixture in using a large ice cream scoop or a ¼ measuring cup. The mixture will be a little watery, so it’s important to mix well before each scoop to make sure you get an even combination of milk and oats.
Bake oatmeal cups for 20 minutes, or until cooked through.
Keep in fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days or in the freezer for 3 months.
To eat from frozen state, thaw overnight in fridge or in microwave, then warm for about 30 seconds. Add milk and enjoy!
What do you keep on hand for breakfast on busy days?
Cooking Light has great recipes for Angel Food Cakes. These cakes have no fat, making them a healthier dessert than most. The nice thing about baking your own Angel Food cake is:
They taste better
You can add flavorings
They cost pennies
You can make it ahead of time and freeze it
This recipe – Cafe’ au Lait Angel food has a coffee flavor and we love that! Cafe’ au Lait means coffee with milk. This recipe also has a custard-like sauce to serve with it,which gives the coffee flavor it’s “milk addition. It takes regular old Angel Food to the next level, and certainly makes it company worthy! Here’s the recipe:
Cafe’ au Lait Angel Food Cake
1 cup sifted cake flour – Don’t have any? Try this – Take one level cup of AP flour, remove two tablespoons, and then add two tablespoons of cornstarch back in. Be sure to sift the flour to distribute the cornstarch well before using it in your cake batter.
3 tablespoons Frangelico (hazelnut-flavored liqueur) – I didn’t use this or substitute
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted
Preheat oven to 350°.
To prepare cake, lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour, 3/4 cup sugar, and cinnamon, stirring with a whisk, and set aside. Combine espresso and hot water, stirring until espresso dissolves; set aside.
Place egg whites in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Add cream of tartar and 1/4 teaspoon salt; beat until soft peaks form. Add 3/4 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons at a time, beating until stiff peaks form.
Beat in espresso mixture and vanilla extract. Sift 1/4 cup flour mixture over egg white mixture; fold in. Repeat procedure with remaining flour mixture, 1/4 cup at a time.
Spoon batter into an ungreased 10-inch tube pan, spreading evenly. Break air pockets by cutting through batter with a knife. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Invert pan; cool completely. Loosen cake from sides of pan using a narrow metal spatula. Invert cake onto plate.
I had to work just a little to loosen my cake from the pan, but it did come out whole after a few little “tugs” with my metal spatula.
I saw that eggs are on sale at Kroger this week for .79, so it’s a good time to make one of these cakes! I’m going to attempt to upload a video this Wednesday of how to make this cake. You can see just how simple it really is! It’s really fun to venture out a little a make something a little challenging. I hope you’ll give this a try! Plus it’s just fun to say – Cafe’ au Lait!
Today is the last post for Successful Sunday dinner. I will continue to share my recipes and what I served at my house, but as far as the 1,2,3’s, we’re going to wrap it up and get you ready to dive into that great Sunday meal for your family!
Remember that if it’s your desire to make Sunday dinner special at your house, it’s going to take some intentional effort and planning. Here were the three crucial steps before getting the meal going:
Ponder the needs –
Plan the menu
Ponder the needs -Consider any allergies or health concerns, like diabetes.
Plan the menu around those needs, your time and budget. Typically if I’m making a main dish or a bread that requires lots of time, I’ll make another part of the meal easier to prepare.
Prepare ahead by doing everything you can on Saturday (or before). It will lessen your stress level!
Set the table
Chop all veggies
Prepare the salad
Prepare the dessert
Get the side dishes started
Let me give you a little rundown on how my week may look when I’m hosting a typical Sunday dinner…
Check to see if tablecloth or napkins need ironing
Prep chicken dish and go ahead and bake it. All it needs on Sunday is to be warmed up. I wouldn’t leave this dish in the oven during church – it would dry out.
Peel potatoes and place in water overnight
Cut up apples for salad and place in lemon juice/water mixture overnight
Make Vinaigrette for salad
Wash and slice strawberries
Set out serving dishes
Sunday – Before church
Mix salad ingredients, except dressing
Put potatoes in crock pot, turn on high
Set rolls out to rise
Sunday – After church
Set out a light snack for guests, if needed
Warm chicken either in a large pan on the stove or in the microwave on a med setting.
Prep asparagus for roasting
Mash potatoes and keep warm
Bake rolls – Keep warm
Put into serving dishes
Enjoy the meal!!!
Serve dessert and then pray someone volunteers to help with the dishes!
I hope this series has helped you to see that you CAN make Sunday dinner something special and memorable. Start out small and work your way into more complicated menus. Do what you feel comfortable with and keep trying to improve your game plan.
Remember that the most important ingredient of any meal is THE PEOPLE! Don’t make it about you and your inadequacies. Make them feel welcome and important and they will love their time around your Sunday dinner table!
Is there an unanswered question that you have? I’d be happy to address it! Leave me a comment here and I promise to answer you!
Happy Monday and Post #4 about Successful Sunday Dinners!
I’m posting late today because I got home from Michigan very late last night and couldn’t finish this post until today! I can’t wait to tell you about my special weekend, but let’s move on with Sunday dinner!
Today I’m going to give you some 30-minute meal ideas for Sunday’s. Sometimes having a meal in the oven or crock pot isn’t feasible, so these menus are a great option!
Things to remember when making 30-minute meals:
As with any other menu, you should still prep anything ahead of time that you can. You may even reduce the time to under 30 minutes!
Get ingredients together so you can grab them easily
Set the table ahead of time.
Find make-ahead sides
Make a dessert before-hand, if that’s part of the menu
Here are some ideas to get you thinking…
Stir Fry – Stir-fry is cooked very quickly, making it great any time you’re in a hurry. This recipe for Orange Chicken was new to me and we loved it! I used her Original recipe she mentions, because I wanted lots of orange flavor! It was super good! This picture does NOT do it justice, so please try it anyway!!!
Waffles – How about making these waffles up ahead and freezing them. Then after church, toast as many as needed and having all kinds of fruit toppings for them! Add a side of bacon and you have a great meal!
German Pancakes – These are a nice twist on regular pancakes and they are soooo good!
So, step out of the traditional Sunday dinner mold and fix a new kind of menu for your family after church. This could become a family tradition that everyone prefers! It’s certainly one they’ll all enjoy! Who doesn’t love waffles and pancakes?!
I hope these dinner ideas are helpful for you. Let me know if I’m aiding your abilities, or if I still need to address other areas for Successful Sunday dinner!