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Oatmeal: I have never been a fan of oatmeal!

But I changed my mind!!

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I have never been a fan of oatmeal!

Oatmeal: I have never been a fan!

This morning, my daughter asked me to fix her an oatmeal breakfast.

Oatmeal is something that makes perfect sense when it comes to starting the day, yet, I can't help but think, "Yuck!" as I add it in a bowl, along with a dash of salt, a little bit of sugar, ground cinnamon, and milk. I cover the bowl and put it in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes.

"Ding-ding-ding-ding," the microwave was dinging me. (Not beeping, but dinging- so it dang? Ding-dang-dong as present-past-past perfect tenses? Hmmm...)

"Kaitlyn," I called, as I put the bowl down at her place on the kitchen table.

Oatmeal: I have never been a fan!
I watched Kaitlyn mix the contents in the bowl, and another "yuck" formed in my head. As if she knew what I was thinking, she took a spoonful and exclaimed, "Yummmmmm.... I LOVE oatmeal!!! Mommy, this is the best oatmeal EVER!!!"

Oatmeal: I have never been a fan!
Then she laughed sheepishly, "Hee, hee, I say the same thing to dad when he makes me oatmeal. It's just that I love oatmeal SO MUCH!!!" This, too, was followed by her "I-get-away-with-anything" smile.

Oatmeal products

There are so many out there! Here's some of the ones I like!

After I saw her off to school, I came back into the kitchen, picked up the container of oatmeal, and inspected it as if I had never seen it before. I decided to see if I liked it.

I took an apple from the fridge- from the batch my son had complained about the day before that he didn't like- washed it, peeled of the skin, and cut it into small cubes. These I put it into a bowl even smaller than the one I had used for Kaitlyn's oatmeal.
Cookbooks and other fun books about oatmeal

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I almost held my breath when I poured the oatmeal on top of the cut apple. My reaction was the same as to anything else with a soft, mushy texture, the same reason why I hate ripe banana or ripe durian (pronounced too-rian) -even the first grade, expensive as "gold" kind.

Alright, let's play: I put in a dash of sea salt, then I reached for a sugar substitute, but hesitated.

"No, I shall not use fake sugar!" -but I never liked refined sugar, either!

I then contemplated between using maple syrup and brown sugar, and brown sugar won.

I put in almost a teaspoon, then the thought occurred that I should have tried it first without the sugar.

"If I can stomach this today, I will do it tomorrow without any sugar."

I seem to think I always get a stuffy nose whenever I have something with cinnamon in it, but I wanted to see if this was just something I thought; so, this time, I consciously sprinkled in ground cinnamon. I didn't want it to take over my oatmeal special, though, so I added about one teaspoon.

I finally poured fresh milk from our local farm on top. One more time, I popped it in the microwave and waited 2 1/2 minutes.

Somehow I smelled the aroma of cooked apple and cinnamon even before the microwave dang (for now, it is the past tense of “to ding” - haha). I must admit that I liked what I smelled.

"Ummm.. Mmmm..." As it turned out, my oatmeal special wasn't so bad after all. I could "stomach" it just fine. I did get a little stuffy with the cinnamon, but it didn't bother me too much. In fact, it tasted quite yummy.

Tomorrow, I will play with the oatmeal again, and this time I'll do it without the brown -or other- sugar.

Oatmeal: I have never been a fan!
Lessons I learned today:

1. Always try green eggs and ham before making a judgment.
2. It's never too late to recreate a new balance for one's health sake.
3. Never force changes to -self, be gradual, and practice-practice-practice.

I put together a list of useful books and oatmeal products that you might find interesting and useful.

I have never been a fan of oatmeal!

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