When the house is feeling kinda chilly, it's the perfect excuse to bake. Excuse? Who needs an excuse to bake?! Anyway, I thought you might like this recipe for baked oatmeal. I make it all year long because I LOVE it! This is a compilation of a few different recipes I tried, and I bet you'll find ways to make it your own, too.
The Farmer's Baked Oatmeal
3 cups oats (quick or old-fashioned)
1/2 cup sugar (brown, white, or a combination)
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla
optional: cinnamon, wheat germ, flax meal, craisins, raisins, nuts, ...
whatever strikes your fancy
Combine all ingredients, mixing well. Spread in a greased 9 x 13 pan. Bake at 350 degrees until the edges are getting brown, about 30 minutes. And, voila, breakfast!
Another option for a crazy-busy lifestyle is to bake the oatmeal just a little longer, cool, and cut it into bars. Put the bars into little snack baggies in the fridge and you can grab breakfast on the run.
I'm so glad my life isn't that busy! After milking the cows, we definitely enjoy coming in to sit down, read the paper, and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. This morning when I baked a pan of oatmeal, I added frozen raspberries and chopped pecans. Let me tell you ... delicious!! I'm getting hungry just writing about it :-)