Living in the country is a real delight and a surprise for me. I have always lived in the city, some as small as a couple thousand people and several as large as a million souls! When we moved to the country I did wonder how, or if, I would ever meet any of our neighbors. With acreage surrounding us it was evident to me I wouldn’t be chatting over the garden fence! As it turned out, I needn’t have worried … because our wonderful neighbors found us!
Even before we moved into our country home we were acquainted with several families. And now, just a short time later, we not only have neighbors we know well, but I am hoping, life-long friends. One such friend is my sister-in Christ, Gaye. She is one of the most genuine and loving women I have ever known. We both quickly discovered our love for homemaking and cooking.
The following recipe is just one of many I have already received from Gaye. It is a great twist on an old breakfast standby – oatmeal! If you haven’t ever tried baked oatmeal, you are in for a treat! I was skeptical – but not anymore. As is my nature I have “tweaked” this one with some suggestions at the end of the recipe. Have fun, give this a try this weekend!
- 3 eggs
- ½ cup oil
- ½ cup sugar (white or brown)
- 3 cups oats (instant or old fashioned)
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 ¾ cups milk
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional, but a very good addition)
- 1 cup fresh blueberries (optional, but shown in these pictures)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat together eggs, oil, and sugar. Add dry ingredients and milk. Beat together well. Pour into a greased 9” by 13” pan or baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes then spread ¼ cup brown sugar on top. Bake for 15 minutes more.
My notes: Add raisins, nuts, chopped apple, chopped dates, blueberries, or any other favorite ingredient. You may also top with brown sugar mixed with cinnamon – my husband’s favorite!
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.