The first recipe intrigued me: Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. The delicious decadence of spicy pumpkin for breakfast! I mean is that the way to start the day, or what? Her recipe serves four, so since I was making it just for myself, I cut it into fourths (look for my proportions in parentheses), which got to be a bit tricky and came down to the 1/8 cup, but keep in mind that if you don’t have an 1/8 cup measure (well, if you don’t, go get one because you’ll be truly amazed at how often you’ll use it) that an eighth cup = 2 tablespoons. The end result was one ample adult portion, or possibly two child portions. Top it with some cream and a sprinkling of raisins, and I’d think any kid would just gobble this up and not even realize all of the whole grain goodness he'd just consumed.
Another thing to consider before making this is the pumpkin pie spice. As I mentioned earlier, I neither make nor eat pumpkin pie, so pumpkin pie spice is one of the few spice mixtures that we do not have on our shelves, so here’s a recipe to make your own for the purpose of trying this oatmeal (and, hang on, perhaps another recipe later in the week):
Pumpkin Pie Spice
4 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
4 teaspoons ground nutmeg (I ground fresh)
4 teaspoons ground ginger
3 teaspoons ground allspice
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl; mix well. Keeps in an air-tight container for 6 months.
PUMPKIN PIE OATMEAL
2 cups old fashioned oats (1/2 cup)
3-1/4 cup fat-free milk (3/4 cup + 2 T.)
¼ teaspoon salt (Pinch)
6 Tablespoons brown sugar (or Splenda brown sugar blend) (2 T.)
1-2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (to taste) (1 t.)
Add oats, milk, and salt to pot, heating until almost boiling. Lower heat to medium and cook five minutes, stirring occasionally. When oats have thickened, stir in brown sugar, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spice to taste; cook on low an additional two minutes, or until pumpkin is heated.
NOTE: Cooking time, I found, is lessened if you’re making a smaller amount, just keep an eye on the oatmeal and add the additional ingredients when it has thickened.
Bowl: "Autumn Splendor" by David Harden, gift