Monday, December 7, 2015

Sunday’s Story

I woke up almost every hour on the hour last night. So, I made myself stay in bed until after 7:00 a.m. on Sunday.

I made a cup of coffee and toasted some of that Ciabatta bread. I ate that watching the morning news.

Sidebar: Eating “something” (anything) cuts way down on the puke factor of my morning meds.

Finally, the news was over and I got to work. My brother Jim had called me yesterday, asking for Jeremy’s new address for their Christmas cards. I had to admit I didn’t know it. When I asked Jeremy for it so I could send his birthday card, he said to just send it to the Port Huron house. So, that’s what I told Jim.

But, that reminded me that I haven’t filled out my Christmas and December birthday cards yet. So, I got the cards I had bought from Forgotten Harvest, printed off my labels, and grabbed another cup of coffee and got started.

It took a while. I wish I could say it was because I had so many friends (I don’t) but I have a large family.

After I finished, I got a package ready to mail. Then I shaved, showered and got dressed for town.

I went to that little grocery store on Joy Road and Beech Daly and got two Fuji apples. Then I went to the CVS in the same strip mall for more alcohol wipes. By that time, it was after 12:00 p.m. so I went to the Post Office and mailed my cards and the package.

Back home, I started next week’s breakfasts. I was making steel cut oatmeal with apples and cinnamon in my round slow cooker. I love steel cut oats, but they take so long to cook that I rarely eat them.

So, I coated the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray. I peeled and cored the two apples, then I cut them into 1/2-inch pieces. Into the slow cooker they went! I also put in 1 1/2 cups of milk, 1 1/2 cups of water, 1 cup of steel cut oats, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter (cut into 5-6 pieces), 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

They were not in the recipe, but I also added 1/2 cup of raisins and 1/2 cup of chopped nuts (I thought I had some walnuts, but they turned out to be pecans). I stirred everything together, then I turned the slow cooker on low and set a timer for seven hours.

I went out back and refilled the feeders. Then I came in and changed clothes. I started the last load of weekend wash. Next I cleaned up the kitchen. I did my usual Sunday morning chores (a bit late) and then decided to take a nap.

It was after 5:00 p.m. when I woke up, so I started my Sunday supper. I had a few baby red skin potatoes, so I quartered them unpeeled. I peeled and cubed two russet potatoes and added them to the pot. I added some salt and water and put than on to cook.

I warmed up a jar of turkey gravy and stuck some Pillsbury Grands biscuits onto a parchment paper-lined half sheet tray and into a preheated 400 degree oven.

When the potatoes were done, I mashed them with some butter, milk, dried parsley and one egg.

I put four slices of the turkey on a plate, along with a bowl of frozen sweet corn and stuck that in the microwave. I pulled the biscuits out and plated my dinner.

Other than the honey glaze, it was excellent!

I watched some DIY TV shows until the slow cooker was done. It smelled delicious! I shut it off and took the top of so it could cool a bit. Then I put the oatmeal into four containers and stuck them into the fridge. I filled the slow cooker liner with water and left it to soak overnight.

I was tired of watching TV, so I switched to reading until bedtime.


  1. Dinner looks good. Thanks for the "slowcooker oatmeal"
    question, can you make wild / brown rice in the slowcooker?

  2. Dinner looks excellent and the holidays are creeping up on us quickly!

  3. Seven hours seems like an awfully long time to cook oatmeal, steel-cut or otherwise. What’s the taste/texture difference between that and 40-minute steel-cut oatmeal?

  4. @ GPF: Yes, you can make both wild rice and brown rice in a slow cooker. Just Google it. I did and came up with this:

    I always buy John McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal. It comes in a metal can.

    @ Carla: It was and they sure are!!!

    @ Jyl: I didn't taste a noticeable difference. But, then again, i don't normally put apples in my oatmeal.

  5. Thanks John, great site

  6. Dinner does look great.

  7. It was, except for that damn honey-baked crust.