Body Warming Breakfast

Another long day yesterday. I'm really looking forward to curling up on the couch watching movies today.

I hit the Farmer's Market in the early AM... scored some Cucumbers, Peppers, Squash, Apples, Pears, Cabbage. I hurried on to finish helping out on the wedding. I was close to the ocean so when I was done with my work related stuff I planned to have a picnic on the beach. Sounds nice huh? Err it was FREEZING. At my house it was sunny & warm (we're in the 80's) at the beach it was like another climate... the marine layer was so thick I literally could barely see the ocean standing 2 feet in front of it. I doubt it got out of the 50's. I was dressed for the weather at my house so brr I'm feeling achy and chilled today.

I needed a body warming breakfast this morning. This fit the bill perfectly...

Shelly's Caramel Apple Oatmeal

1 cup Quick Cook Oatmeal
2 2/3 cups Water
Pinch of Salt
2 Tablespoon No Sugar Added Apple Butter
2 Tablespoon Sugar Free Torani Syrup (I used SF Caramel - on sale now)
1/3 cup Milk (I use Vanilla Soy Milk)
1/2 teaspoon Butter

No Sugar Added Apple Butter (find near jam/jelly section)
Apple Pie Spice
SF Caramel Sauce

Combine the oatmeal, water and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add the apple butter and SF Caramel Syrup and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the milk and butter. Stir well and cook for 1 minute.

Serve immediately with a teaspoon of NSA Apple Butter, a drizzle of Sugar Free Caramel Sauce (I use Smucker's), dash of Apple Pie Spice and a splash of milk. Makes 2 huge bowls.

I heart Oatmeal. It's like a big hug from Grandma and there is actually science to support that... the complex carbs in oatmeal release serotonin the chemical messenger in the brain that makes you feel good and happy like Grandma hugs. Another bonus... the fiber in it makes me feel full all morning.

Shelly's Oatmeal with Grated Apple
Shelly's PB&J Oatmeal
Shelly's Strawberry Walnut Oatmeal
Shelly's Banana Walnut Oatmeal
Shelly's Blueberry Oat Bars
Shelly's Blueberry Almond Compote
Shelly's Berry Oatmeal
Shelly's Apple Walnut Crumb with Protein Ice Cream

Hope everyone is having a warm weekend. If not in body then at least in heart and soul.