Sunday, October 16

Solar-Cooked Oatmeal Fuels Cleaning Frenzy

I want you to feel sorry for me -- but, you won't. I've been trying to clean up my playroom (Craft Shop) and, well, it's outside, where the cooler weather is in charge. I like to keep the door opened to air out and spread the stuff around before bringing it back in and, while doing so, got a little chilled. Then, I had this incredibly brilliant idea -- why not make some oatmeal for lunch and have it cook whilst rearranging? (I am so going to leave my brain to science!) By setting the oven up in the front yard, right outside the craft shop door, I could keep an eye on it.

So, I shot into the house (one step at a time because of my advanced years), and put the following ingredients into a quart-sized canning jar: 1/2 cup of steel-cut oats, 1 Tablespoon each of raisins, chopped dehydrated apple, chopped pecans, 1 Tablespoon sugar with 1 teaspoon molasses, pinch of salt, and 1.5 cups water. Put it into the preheated solar oven at 9:50 a.m. and went back to work.  By lunch, 11:30 a.m., I was ready and so was this delicious oatmeal! It was really quite filling, making more than I could handle at one sitting, so I put the lid back on the jar and popped it into the refrigerator. Really looking forward to breakfast. Can't beat the process for ease and convenience.

No, the shop isn't totally the way I want it, but I'm getting there. Also very busy creating a vertical display for the Midtown Market. Will share how-to when it's done.

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