One fun thing we have discovered recently in the name of frugality relates to our breakfast time. One of the simplest and most inexpensive breakfast items you can make is oatmeal. We use freshly pressed oats but old fashioned oats from the grocery store are just fine too. Boil
3 cups water and add 1 cup oats and a dash of salt. Reduce heat and cover for about 8 minutes, til all the water is absorbed. We add maple syrup and canned low sugar fruit to ours but you could add just about anything including dried fruit,
brown sugar, and even chocolate syrup, YUM!
Now, what to do with those leftovers. In the past, I would have just pitched them, yucky,
sticky, leftover oatmeal.
WAIT, STOP, DON'T DO THAT!
Here are two recipes that your family will love,
and the ingredients are probably in your pantry already.
1 1/2 cups flour (we use whole wheat but white is find, too)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 t salt
2 t baking powder
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup oil or butter
1/2 cup leftover oatmeal
Combine and divide n muffin pan. Bake 350 for 35-40 minutes. Makes 1 dozen.
1 cup unbleached white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 t baking powder
1/4 t baking soda
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1/4 cup applesauce
1 1/2 cup cooked oatmeal
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
Sift dry ingredients. Add softened butter, applesauce and eggs. Beat til creamy. Stir in oatmeal. Drop on baking sheet. Bake 375 for 12-15 minutes. Makes 4 dozen.
Now the children are asking for oatmeal in the morning so that they can have leftovers for afternoon snack, How funny:)
Blessings for a wonderful and frugal day, Suzie