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Slightly blurry oatmeal

First I have to apologize for the poor quality of this photo. I’m not a patient photographer, especially when I’m hungry, and haven’t touched photoshop in ages. Food porn, it is not. Utilitarian, it sort of is.

Yesterday morning dawned crisp and cold, about 38 degrees (which I sadly know will seem warm in a matter of weeks), so I put on my sneakers and headed out for a good three-mile walk. When I got back I was chilly and starving, so I made myself a pot of oatmeal. Mr. Pea doesn’t like oatmeal–something about the texture–so it was all for me.

I grew up making oatmeal out of the little packets, which I still do sometimes in the winter. Right now, though, we don’t have any of those; and besides, doing it yourself is much healthier (says the girl who’s making at least a weekly run to a diner). To make this simple oatmeal (about 1 serving for a really hungry person, two servings for not-so-hungry people), put 1 1/4 c of water in a pot to boil. When it starts to bubble away, add 3/4 c of rolled oats and 1/4 c raisins. Reduce heat and simmer ten minutes. Keep an eye on it–mine simmered too hard, sucked up all the water and began to stick, necessitating more water to cook it through.

When it’s done to your liking–mine still had some bite to it–add a tiny splash of vanilla, about 1/4 tsp or so of cinnamon, and 1 T or so of maple syrup, as well as a pinch of salt, and stir well. Easy and tasty, it’ll warm you through!

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