Thursday is Oatmeal Day!

Granny & Joey

(Big Joe and Granny)

” Eat your oatmeal, it’s good for you”!  I can hear my Granny now, telling me and my brothers as she added the sugar, butter and milk to our bowls.  Sometimes she’d throw in raisins!   Yummy!  We always wondered why the Quaker guy on the box wore a wig.  Oatmeal has come  along way since those days back in Mississippi.   Now you can buy twenty different flavors and they even come in breakfast bars!   My favorite these days is maple and brown sugar with a tablespoon of peanut butter.  Trust me, you’ll love me for that one.   Oatmeal makes me think of family, so  I called Mom and asked if she had a recipe  for oatmeal.  She was pleased to send this reply:

Tired of the same old oatmeal? Try my recipe for a change. In a quart microwavable bowl, pour 1/2 cup of quick cooking oats( Not Instant) and 1 cup of water. To this, add  8 or 10 raisins, a handful of chopped walnuts and microwave on high for 3 minutes. Remove and add 1/2 cup of skim milk. Stir well. Add Splenda to taste, a drop or two of vanilla flavoring and a tsp. of cinnamon. Sometime, when I don’t feel like “dieting”, I add a tsp. of peanut butter before I add the milk. Yum!!!

Thanks Mom!

Now I have a great list for you!


Wait! Before you pour the kids a bowl of cereal, check out this list of the worst kids cereals. (Ranked worst to least worst.)

  1. Reese’s Puffs (worst)
  2. Corn Pops
  3. Lucky Charms
  4. Golden Grahams
  5. Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  6. Cap’n Crunch
  7. Count Chocula
  8. Trix
  9. Froot Loops
  10. Smorz
  11. Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles
  12. Cocoa Puffs

The best kids cereals (ranked best to least best)

  1. Mini-Wheats
  2. Organic Wild Puffs
  3. Honey Sunshine
  4. Mighty Bites
  5. Clifford Crunch
  6. Hannah Montana
  7. Life
  8. Kix
  9. Cherrios (except Honey Nut)
  10. Puffins
  11. EnviroKids Organic
  12. Bunnies

Here’s more about Oatmeal Day!

National Oatmeal Day

Oatmeal is an extremely healthy, versatile food that can be eaten any time of the day. It is perfect for breakfast because it is very filling and it’s great as a snack because it does not have too many calories! And don’t forget about oatmeal cookies which are a yummy treat to have for dessert.

Here’s an oatmeal related tidbit: the Quaker Oats Man is one of the oldest advertising mascots in America. He became the first registered trademark for this breakfast cereal in 1877 and was purposely made to reflect the Quaker faith and its values of honesty, integrity, and purity. The Quakers tried to have their association with the Quaker Oats cereal removed, but they lost the court battle.

Enjoy National Oatmeal Day and celebrate its history and tastiness!

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