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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

A Leap Month of Little Joys and Satisfactions: Making Instant Oatmeal

I needed something to keep my mind off of the news yesterday afternoon, so I put myself to work in the kitchen. One of the things I made was a large batch of cinnamon and brown sugar instant oatmeal, some in individual packets and the rest in a jar to make at home (snacks and quick breakfasts. I used the same method and amounts as I did in October.  I used very basic ingredients to make this: regular rolled oats, granulated sugar, molasses, salt, cinnamon, and for the individual packets -- powdered milk. (I left the milk powder out of the jarred instant oatmeal, as we can always add milk from the fridge, here. But the packets are designed to be cooked at work.)

In a very cheerful sighting today -- the Easter bunny's baby brother was spotted on our front lawn this afternoon. So cute!


  1. A little bunny. So fun to watch. I used to watch little bunnies run, pounce, and play with each other in my old backyard. Since the Easter Bunny has relatives at your house, I wonder if he will leave you more goodies?

  2. I made up a jar of 'instant oatmeal' about a week ago. My oldest son seems to be eating a lot of oatmeal for breakfast, before work.

    At the house we used to live in, I used to see bunnies in the yard every spring and summer. Since moving to this house in 2012, I have not seen one, single bunny on the property. I've seen a few on the road, or in the fields along the road, but none in our yard.

    However, we have plenty of squirrels. Sigh. Cute, but they will steal the fruit from our fruit trees.


  3. Hmm. Lost the last comment--trying this again!

    Bunnies steal garden veggies and squirrels raid fruit trees. Their cuteness doesn't always make up for their thievery!

    Lili, I like your plan of finding something positive and useful to do when you find yourself getting affected by newscasts (or other life stresses).

  4. Hi Live and Learn,
    I'm not sure if this bunny will leave the kind of "treats" that we want.

  5. Hi Angie,
    I have the same mixed feelings about the squirrels at our house. They seem to think they are the owners of the cherry trees.
    Maybe you'll eventually get a bunny or two at your place. We didn't have bunnies for the first 20 years that we lived in this house, and now we do!

  6. Hi Kris,
    So far (and I say "so far"), we've not had any garden thievery from the bunnies. Our garden is in raised beds and that may keep them out of the vegetables. But the squirrels, oh don't I know! I'm not even sure that it's worth the garden space to grow cherry trees.


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