It's a cold morning ...and what do you eat on a cold day? When I was a little girl, and when I would stay overnight at my Grandma's, we would have Wheatena. It was a hot cereal that tasted of wheat. It was kind of soupy, and Grandma would sprinkle sugar on top that would lay there in a watery puddle. I didn't want my cereal disturbed by stirring. She would pour the milk on it and the milk would be around the edges. I would dip my spoon in the middle and scoop up that sugary goodness. Then I ate, without stirring, the cereal and savored the little grainy nubs in my mouth. It was heaven to me. That and a piece of toasted wheat bread and a glass of juice was all I wanted. We only had white bread at my house, so a treat of wheat bread was delightful. I don't think that I ever told my Grandma how much I enjoyed this breakfast, but I think she knew, because it was what I asked for every time I was there.
We had cold cereal at my house. I remembered Shredded Wheat, Grapenuts, and Puffed Wheat. These were my Mom's favorites. I can't remember her ever asking what kind of cereal I wanted, when we went shopping. Today the kids beg their Mom's and Dad's for the newest kind. "Please, please, oh please," can be heard from the cereal aisle. I'm not complaining about my Mom, but she wasn't a morning person and I think that breakfast just wasn't something she thought of very much. I am, however, a morning person and my kids always had a good breakfast (well maybe not always...instant breakfast and pop tarts come to mind) At one time, I had 17 varieties of cereal at my house. A friend commented on the choices my kids had once, and now that I think about it, that must have come from my childhood, when I was never asked.
This morning I am going to have oatmeal. As I read on Judy's food blog http://southernlady64.wordpress.com/ January is National Oatmeal Month. By the way, if you haven't visited her blog...you might enjoy a visit. She posts the most delicious recipes and also tips about healthy eating and all kinds of interesting posts about our countries food supply. She doesn't just have healthy recipes though...her Southern roots show in many of her recipes ingredients. Every recipe of hers I have tried... is a keeper.
I have been seeing ads for McDonald's oatmeal almost everyday. It looks so delicious on TV. I haven't had it yet, so I can't tell you how it tastes, but how could they mess up oatmeal? A nice container of oatmeal topped with fruit. I think apples, dried cranberries and maybe oranges. The ads make me want to go to the nearest McDonald's and buy some. Well, back to my breakfast...I love oatmeal with brown sugar, walnuts, raisins and milk. Joe likes his raisins cooked with the cereal and I like mine added to the cooked cereal. So, I cook some with and add some later...we are both happy. He mixes his cereal all up with the added milk and I still like mine undisturbed...so the milk is around the edges and the sugar in the middle. Different strokes..you know. All this writing about oatmeal at 9 o'clock in the morning makes me want to get going. So bye for now, have a happy day.