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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal


This was another of my cold weather recipes.  There's nothing better than waking up to something warm in your tummy when the temperatures are single digits.  You can make this recipe in your crock pot while you sleep.  I will confess I have made steel cut oats before and they had an odd flavor to them.  I have waited a while before I tried them again.  They are different from regular oats.  I will show you in a minute.  But these oats tasted more like regular.  I have the leftovers in the fridge for the rest of the week.  I will be making these again.
You put various add ons in the bowl before you eat.  We'll talk more in a minute.
Part of this is what goes in the crock pot and part is what goes on top.
Start with 1 1/2 cups steel cut oats.  See they look very different.  I don't know why there is a different process for oats.  I will do some research on it and get back to you.
5 cups water.  I did put a liner in the crock pot.  This is a very messy recipe.  You will thank me for telling you to line it.
1 cup heavy cream.  I think this is what made the difference.  Made them more creamy.
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup apple pie spice.  If you don't have that add some cinnamon and nutmeg stuff like that.
1/2 teaspoon salt
Chop up about a 1/2 cup dried apples.  Mix it all together.  Cover and cook on low for about 4-6 hours.  That is what the recipe said but mine cooked longer and was fine.
Here is my nice warm breakfast.
Scoop up some.
I added walnut.  The recipe said almonds and I  have some for another day I just wanted walnuts this morning.
Sprinkle with dried cranberries.  Cherries would be good too.
Now drizzle with honey.
The honey is really good on top.
I took it back to bed and ate in my nice warm cocoon.  I have some leftovers for tomorrow too.

Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oatmeal Recipe

1 1/2 cups steel cut oats
5 cups water
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup chopped dried apples
1/3 cup brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon apple pie spice
1/2 teaspoon salt

Add ons
dried cranberries, dried cherries, chopped almonds, walnuts, and honey

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Quick and Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

For the last week they have been telling us we would have a snow day yesterday.  Well actually I think they call it a First Alert Weather day now. We got a little snow but the cold temperatures are the real story here.  What do you need on a snow day but a nice bowl of hot soup.  I have been wanting to try this broccoli cheese soup for a while.  I bought the ingredients on Sunday so I was ready.
I might have to add a grilled cheese sandwich with my bowl tomorrow. 
 I didn't use all that broccoli but couldn't remember how much I needed when I bought it.
 Start with 3 Tablespoons butter.  But in a large pot to melt.
 Chop a medium onion and add to the butter.  Cook until softened.
 While the onions are cooking, measure out 3 Tablespoons flour
 1 cup half and half
 2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth.
 The onions are cooked so add the flour.
 Stir it around and let get golden brown.
 Alternate adding half and half
 And broth until it is all added.
 Stir well to make sure there are no flour lumps.
 Add 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
 Slice about 2 carrots into thin rounds.  I might grate mine next time.
 Then chop about 3 cups broccoli.  You don't want it in large pieces.  I thought I had mine small enough but when I ate it there were a few that were larger than I thought.
 Cook it for about 20 minutes.
 Doesn't this look good?
 Grate 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese.
 Add to the soup.  Let cook until melted. I also added some salt and pepper.
Spoon up and enjoy.  Nothing better on a cold day.

Quick and Easy Broccoli Cheddar Soup Recipe

3 Tablespoons butter
medium onion chopped
3 Tablespoons flour
1 cup half and half
2 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
2 large carrots sliced thinly
3 cups chopped fresh broccoli
2 cups sharp cheddar cheese shredded


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Apple Pie Sugar Scrub

I told you I had made a lot of different sugar scrubs for the holidays.  Here is another one.  When you use this one you will think you have a pie baking in the oven.

It looks like apple pie filling inside the jar. 
You probably have everything you need in your pantry already. 
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix well.
Start with 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
Mix it well again.  The coconut oil will bring things together well.
Then seal it up in your jars.

Apple Cinnamon Sugar Scrub Recipe
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon apple pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup coconut oil

Monday, January 15, 2018

Orange Mint Sugar Scrub

Here is another of the sugar scrubs I made for Christmas this year.  These scrubs are so easy to make and take no time to put together. With the cold weather of late these are great because our skin gets so dry during the winter with the lack of humidity, I can't believe I said that, and using heat all the time.  These make your skin feel so good.
Here is another pretty little jar of scrub.  If you are worried because you have small children in your house.  These are all made with natural ingredients that might not taste good but won't hurt you. 
You can use any oil but I like coconut oil best.  I think it leaves my skin feeling best..
Start with 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil.  The coconut oil will be solid so you will need to melt in the microwave.
Mix well.
Add 20 drops orange essential oil.  This smells so good.
Then add 10 drops peppermint essential oil.  You can find these sometimes in the craft stores, some grocery stores or on line.
Add to your container.  This made two or three of these little jars.

Orange Mint Sugar Scrub Recipe

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil--coconut or almond or even olive
20 drops orange essential oil
10 drops peppermint essential oil
You can also add 1/4 teaspoon of vitamin e if you would like.