28 June, 2012

Active Refrigerator Oatmeal


June has been active. I have NOT been writing, trying new recipes, creating new recipes or blogging. However; I have been gardening, spending time with my niece, traveling, attending family weddings, volunteering my time and enjoying myself. So today I will share someone else's recipe and the lessons I have learned from 7 days with my 6 year old niece.

Refrigerator Oatmeal
A super easy, healthy, convenient breakfast that my husband has decided he cannot start his day without. The fruit and ingredient combinations can be varied. I have not tried the chia seeds that the blogger adds but she does note that they make the consistency a little thicker. I have played around with adding a little more oats and a bit less milk to alter the consistency. I make about 2-3 batches at a time as the oatmeal needs at least 24 hours in the fridge to thicken. Do NOT use instant or quick oats.

Combine 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/3 cup milk, two large spoonfuls of greek yogurt, and 3-4 diced strawberries. Shake and set in fridge overnight.

Lessons from 7 days with a 6 year old:
-If a child enjoys reading, you can buy yourself 30+ minutes of silence.
-If a child really wants a bedtime snack; even the harshest, healthiest, fiber filled cereal you have will become "delicious" to them.
-If a child likes animals, they will not spare you your fear of pit bulls when they want to pet a dog at the Farmer's Market.
-If a child has an imagination, no toys are needed. One can ride around on an imaginary horse for hours and break a sweat doing it.
And oh so many more...