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No Time to Fix a Healthy Breakfast?

I have found the perfect solution for those who want a healthy breakfast but have no time (or desire!) to cook first thing in the a.m. Crockpot Oatmeal. It’s fantastic! We hear over and over again how breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it’s true – so give it a try – even the kids will love it, it’s that good!

Crock Pot Oatmeal

2 cups steel cut oats (can substitute rolled or old fashioned oats, or mix 1 cup each)
1/3 cup brown sugar (more or less to taste)
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
4 cups water

Spray inside of crock pot with cooking spray or wipe with oil. Mix all ingredients, cover and cook on low overnight. I’ve found that crockpot cooking temps vary greatly so you may need to adjust water amount and cooking time accordingly.

You can also add fruit, such as 2 sliced apples, prior to cooking. Or serve and then let everyone choose their own stir-ins – fresh fruit, dried fruit, nuts, milk, butter. Yum!

Leftovers can be stored in the fridge and easily heated in the microwave.

It’s the simple things……

The other morning I received an email from a very dear friend of mine.   Seems it was snowing that day — this doesn’t happen often in South Carolina — so she took advantage of the weather to send a message — LYLAS — which is internet speak for “love you like a sister”.  What a wonderful start to my day.  Love you, Mar!

Celebrating Friendship

“Faithful friends are beyond price: No amount can balance their worth.”
– Bible ( Old Testament ) Sirach 6:15

“My friends are my estate. Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them. They tell me those who were poor early have different views of gold. I don’t know how that is. God is not so wary as we, else He would give us no friends, lest we forget Him.”

– Emily Dickinson

Today I will take time to slow down and truly appreciate just how much my friends mean to me. I have been blessed with the most wonderful friendships for which I am very grateful.

It’s all too easy in this hustle and bustle world to forget to take time for those we love. Please remember to let your friends know just how much you care about them, even if it’s just a quick email – so simple to do, yet means so much.

Blessings ~