Day one of the Happiness Project started with Baked Oatmeal. Do you know I love baked oatmeal? I really do. Thus far, Ive only loved it with blueberries. This morning, I was introduced to the pumpkin version.
I do a lot of cooking like this. With the laptop open in the kitchen so I can follow along. This recipe started last night, by the way. This morning, I just popped it in the hot oven. It came from my new favorite cooking blog, Alaska from Scratch. I especially enjoy her weather and what I'm listening to report.
Since its her recipe, I'll follow along:
Weather here: Another cool front is here! Yeah! Today it was 73. Tonight it will rain and tomorrow it will be 69.
Listening to: I heart Radio 70's channel (currently, "more than a feeling" by Boston)
Since I am the only oatmeal lover in the home, I halved the recipe and put it in two smaller individual sized baking pans for two days of breakfasts for myself only.
Here is how I did it, with modifications, of course:
Spray a small pan with cooking spray and sprinkle some raisins in the bottom of it.
Mix 1/2 cup of oatmeal, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice and put in bowl over raisins.
mix 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, one egg 1/3 cup pumpkin and 1/4 cup maple syrup. I didn't have maple syrup so I substituted molasses.
melt three tablespoons of butter and mix in.
Pour liquid over oat mixture already in bowl and layer on some walnuts. original recipe said pecans but, no pecans in the house tonight, Walnuts it is.
Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.
Of course, I wasn't together enough at 6:30 this morning to get a picture of the cooked product. It didn't look as good as Alaska from Scratch, but it was tasty and warm (and seasonally appropriate).
I also managed to get day one of the Happiness Project completed and in the mail!
Instead of writing two letters and mailing them off, I wrote three. Couldn't stop myself. One to a wonderful woman who was my youth leader when I was teenager. She probably never knew I thought she was gorgeous and had a sweet spirit and wanted to be just like her. (And I guess I am since I am now a youth leader.) Another to an older woman at church who no doubt prayed countless times for me and affected my upbringing in ways I will never know this side of heaven. And the last to a cousin in prison. Yes. I have a cousin in prison. For life. Who hardly gets any communication from his extended family. So today's happiness project reached inside Louisiana State Penitentiary, as well as right down the road from me.
The Happiness Project day one was a successful day all around.