We live in a world of small families where most houses are built to house 5 people, parking spots are designed for compact cars, and it seems most families are living on two incomes. Managing our home, finances and just getting around all looks a bit different for a family with more than 2 kids! Join me as I share how our family of 9 lives the large family way in a small family world.
Four days a week our family has baked oatmeal for breakfast. It is healthy and inexpensive, and most of us like it. In a large family those first two are oh so very important! We serve it with bananas or fresh berries when they are in season. Sometimes I'll mix frozen berries in. We always have maple syrup on it. This recipe is very easy to play with.
The night before I start it soaking (aids in digestion).
3 cups of rolled oats
2 cups milk (I use coconut milk since we are dairy free right now)
1 Tbs. vinegar, lemon juice, or yogurt the acid helps break down enzymes
In the morning add in
1/2 cup of butter or coconut oil
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
spices to taste (I usually just put a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg in but sometimes ginger too)
Put it all in a 9x13 greased pan. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. Serve with maple syrup over it.
I mix the baking powder, salt, brown sugar, and spices together in a small the night before
*though I often mix several containers at once that way I only need to get those ingredients out once every week or two! This is enough for two weeks!
Generally we have some left overs, but who wants to eat leftover baked oatmeal? We've started saving the leftovers and mixing them together on day 4. Its Twice Baked Oatmeal! Just crumble up the leftovers and add in an egg or two mix it up, put in a pan and bake (at 350 for about 30 minutes).
I'm thinking that Orange Cranberry baked oatmeal sounds yummy for Christmas time. We tried pumpkin in November. Use what you have or what is in season to mix this up a bit!