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November 15, 2012

My Morning Quickie ~ Pumpkin Oatmeal

I crave the strangest things in the it was pumpkin oatmeal....okay, that's not too strange but yesterday it was Brussels Sprouts with bacon.  See?

I admit, when I have a craving for oatmeal, many times I'll drive into town after school drop-off straight to the McDonald's drive-through JUST to get my morning oatmeal fix.....I ADORE their oatmeal.  But it's kind of ridiculous to drive all the way into town JUST for oatmeal when I can re-create it at home and save the gas.

Forget the instant oatmeal packages, just make your own!  It's healthier and really doesn't take too much longer than the pre-packaged instant version.

I use Ouaker Oats, canned pumpkin, salt, cinnamon, apple, cranberries, brown sugar and nuts if you prefer.

 Measure 1/2 cup of oats into a microwavable dish, add 1 cup of water {or milk}, a pinch of salt, a dash of cinnamon and a scoop of canned pumpkin.  Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.

Because I like my apples softened, add sliced apples to the mixture and microwave for another 30 seconds.

Sprinkle with dried cranberries and brown sugar to top.

A quick and healthy morning breakfast complete in 3 minutes.  What's your favorite morning quickie?

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