My husband (G) was on his way home. I hoped his car was nowhere near the storm’s path. I was scared. I’m just not used to the crazy weather here in Florida. (Don’t even mention the H-word).
J and I huddled in the closet and watched monster truck videos on Youtube (his fave is Grave Digger) in between FB checks to see if my nearby friends had news (I trust them more than the weather stations!).
Finally, the sirens stopped and G got home. What a relief.
This morning I peeked out the window at palm trees drooping and tangled like wet dog hair. I made coffee, got J up and made him some hot cocoa. I watched him slurping and thought it would be nice to start this cold (erm…cold-ish) rainy day with blueberry pancakes.
But I didn’t have the energy. We’d stayed up late and J had been up early (and we of course used the excuse of some good storm-watching to break our no-wine-on-weeknights rule).
Instead, I decided to make this oatmeal, which was inspired by blueberry pancakes but doesn’t involve as much standing at the stove.
Sharing this with you today seems fitting in honor of my upcoming guest post on Scary Mommy. Although, Tuesday night I was not so much scary as scared. Today I am just grateful that my family is healthy and happy. This recipe will help keep them that way since it’s a tasty way to get some healthy stuff into everyone’s bellies.
Blueberry Pancake Oatmeal
Serves 6 (I always make enough so we have leftovers for the next morning)
- 1½ cups quick-cooking steel cut Irish oatmeal*
- 4 tbsp wheat germ
- 1½ cups dried blueberries (or blueberry-juice-infused dried cranberries)**
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ cup maple syrup (plus more for garnish if you’d like)
- ¼ cup buttermilk (plus more for garnish if you’d like)
Bring 4½ cups water to the boil in a large covered pot over high heat. Add the oatmeal, wheat germ and dried blueberries. Reduce heat to low and stir occasionally for 5-7 minutes (or to desired consistency).
Drizzle each serving with about a tablespoon of buttermilk and one of maple syrup or put the buttermilk and syrup on the table so your family members can adjust sourness and sweetness for themselves. Today I chose the second option. Big mistake! Sticky fingers, sticky face, sticky shirt…and that was me. You should have seen J!
*You can make this with any kind of oatmeal. Cook according to package directions, adding the dried fruit when you add the oatmeal. Then add buttermilk and syrup. Stir. Serve.
**I prefer using dried berries because I don’t like the weird purply color the oatmeal takes on if you use fresh or frozen. But since blueberry pancakes sometimes have that weird color, you have my blessing to use whatever style blueberry you’ve got. Add frozen berries to the boiling water. Wait until it comes back to the boil before adding the oatmeal. Add fresh ones when the oatmeal has about 3 minutes left of cooking time.
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