Know what that is? An empty bowl of oatmeal. Know where it went? In my tummy. Why is this news? Because I am an oatmeal hater. Yes, that's right: I have tried oatmeal a couple of times, and I hated it so much I vowed to never subject myself to that mess again.
Then I got sick and started craving things to warm me up from the inside out. And what doesn't sound good about a warm, toasty bowl of cinnamon-sprinkled oatmeal laced with raisins or bits of apple? Oh, that's right, the gluey, mushy oatmeal part.
But the craving persisted. Finally, I confessed to my husband: I think I want to try something. He had to ask me three or four times, "What?" before I squeaked out, "Oatmeal." I kid you not, I was so reluctant to tell him, you'd have thought I was confessing to adultery. I was sure he'd tease me, because he remembers how badly my last two oatmeal-eating attempts went.
To his credit, he didn't tease me TOO much. He may have mumbled something about wallpaper paste, but then he went oatmeal shopping with me and helped me pick. Of course once we saw the words "Irish Style" on a package, our minds were made up. We like everything else about Ireland, why not the oatmeal?
So I gave it another shot. I'm not sure what I did differently this time, but I liked the results much more. Instead of being gloppy, it turned out kind of like an oatmeal cookie when it's fresh out of the oven and hasn't set up yet. I stirred in a few of the giant raisins from Trader Joe's, a dash of Domino Sugar 'n Cinnamon, and gave it a try.
And I didn't hate it. It may not have been oatmeal the way it usually is, but it worked for me, so I consider that a success! Next I want to get Gerry to try it, because I think this might change his mind about wallpa...I mean oatmeal too.
How do you make your oatmeal? What are your favorite additions?