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.

8 comments:

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

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

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  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?

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  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: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/1001/Brown-Rice86179.shtml

    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.

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  5. Thanks John, great site

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  6. Dinner does look great.

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

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