Light Shows and Cereal

000NEPA sunrise JAN 21

Natural gas well burning off in the early morning light?

Spot light promoting a sale at the local Walmart?

Scotty beaming somebody up?

Nope, just one more fantastic early morning light show in NEPA!

A friend said this morning’s light show reminded her of the fire department her husband belongs to and the many calls they have gone out on this past week.  Winter is notoriously busy for the fire companies ’round here,  as wood-burning stoves light chimneys on fire and cars lacking good winter treads slide off icy roadways.

Me, I prefer to think of this sunrise as my own personal pillar of light leading the way to the promised land.


I told my readers I would share my recipe for Baked Oatmeal today.

This recipe, according to my careful, but not professional calculations, has about 276 calories per serving (when the whole batch is divvied into 9 portions).  We say things like divvied in NEPA.  It means divided, for those reading who do not know our PA ways. 😉

I love baked oatmeal! It tastes more like a cookie or cake than a sloppy bowl of cooked mush (which I also happen to like).  It bakes up easy and it lasts a long time.

I love easy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    Don’t you?

I like baked oatmeal so much that I actually order it for breakfast when we go out, and when I travel, I always eat it for breakfast at the hotel.  There is a restaurant in my hometown that does it perfectly, and they serve it up with a tiny pitcher of milk, walnut halves and raisins, and brown sugar.  Yum!!!  When I eat there, I take half the portion home with me.  Those folks know how to do cooked oatmeal, baby. I wonder if they do it in the crockpot???

Baked oatmeal is so beloved by me, in part, because it keeps me “moving”.  For that reason alone I would eat it, but really, I love it!  I eat my baked oatmeal with 1% milk and nothing else, but you could easily put some fresh berries on it and still come out with a decent count on your morning calories.  You could also skip the milk, or use skimmed milk–blergh!–and you could substitute maple syrup for the turbino sugar; all options that would lower the calorie count further.  To my way of thinking–and remember, I love oatmeal–the benefits of eating this cereal far outweigh any downside, calorie wise.

So there you have it, my romance with baked oatmeal.  I eat it every day!

Lori’s Baked Oatmeal

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup natural applesauce
2/3 cup turbino (raw) sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder (non aluminum, please)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup milk, 1%
1/2 medium apple, roughly chopped
1/2 cup walnuts pieces
3 cups old fashioned oatmeal

Mix all ingredients, beginning with fats and sugars, and bake in 355° F oven for approximately 35 minutes.

I make this recipe once a week and eat off it all week long.  It is nutritious, delicious, and very filling. I’m never hungry before lunch!  Enjoy!

What is your favorite go-to breakfast food?  Are you a cereal lover, or do you prefer eggs and bacon for breakfast?