Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Can Fast Food Have A Good Idea? Oatmeal with Fruit Topping

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on January 18, 2011 ][ In Breakfast ]

I guess once in awhile everyone can have a good idea so fast food restaurants are no exception.  There have been some improvements to fast food menus such as fruit and milk options on kids meals but not enough for me to recommend eating there regularly.  However, I was watching TV the other night and saw a McDonald’s ad that prompted me to imitate their product with great success.

Mickey D’s now offers oatmeal with a fruit topping for breakfast.  Now I’m not sure if they are serving instant oatmeal or the old fashioned kind or how much added sugar the fruit topping has but the idea inspired me.  I made oatmeal so good that my son who doesn’t care much for oatmeal even said it wasn’t bad.  Try this for a healthy start to your day.

Oatmeal with Fruit Topping
2 cups regular old fashioned oats
3 1/2 cups water
1/8 tsp. salt
1/4 cup half and half or heavy cream
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
small apple chopped
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 cup mixed dried fruit such as cherries, craisins and raisins
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 cup boiling water
Bring water and salt to a boil.  Add oatmeal and cook, stirring frequently till most of the water is absorbed.  Add cream and brown sugar.  Add dried fruit to cup of boiling water and let sit while oatmeal cooks.  Drain and add chopped apple, walnuts and cinnamon.  Spoon topping over oatmeal and serve.

I must also confess that every time I try to do something fancy with my blog, I screw up and I can’t always find someone to help me.  That’s what happened again with last Thursday’s post.  I’ll get my son to help me fix it and post it this week.

In the meantime, stock up on supplies.  The geese have been flying over in waves today so that must mean that Thursday the weather will get ugly as predicted.

Upadated on January 18, 2011

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