Audrey, Fresh Bread, and How to Make Oatmeal

William's Tuesday morning breakfast. I still have failed to make his oatmeal, so it's beacon, toast and neenuh for breakfast. Pictured here is the sleepy-head watching Sesame Street. To his right is his Care-Full-Tee Cup. I always tell him "be careful" when he uses a regular cup, so this has morphed into carefulty, which might be a hybrid of careful and casualty. :)

Because I decided not to put off cooking the oatmeal another day, here's how I make a weeks worth of steel cut oats.
Ingredients: 2 cups of steel cut oats. 1/2 c wheat germ (optional), 8 cups of water
Bring the 8 cups of water to a full, rolling boil. While waiting for it to boil, measure the oats and the wheat germ into a container so they are ready to go when it's time to add them.

When the water reaches begins the full boil, use a whisk to stir in the grains, stirring as you pour and continue stirring for a few moments after. Let them return to a boil.

Once they reach a boil, stir once more, remove from heat, and cover. Let sit for a couple of hours (or overnight if it's bedtime). Uncover and stir to incorporate the condensation. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Whenever you're ready for oatmeal, put some in a bowl, add your sweetener and milk, and microwave until hot. We add raisins to William's before heating, and cinnamon applesauce if we've got any. YUM! :)

Audrey came to visit during nap time so her mom and dad could go see Harry Potter!! The boys were super excited!!!

of course, she had just been here the day before, so it wore off quickly and they all fell asleep. :)

While they were all napping, I baked some bread. When William was a baby, he REALLY loved to just eat a big slice of fresh bread as a snack, and Aldous is no different!

For dinner Tuesday night, I made the boys individual pizzas on whole wheat pitas. They really love these, as you can see by Aldous' messy face. He was SO messy he went right from dinner to the shower!!

He really loves the shower!!

Today was a busy day. I went to IKEA, bought some small bowls to go with the kids' other plastic ware and some towels for the soaker in diapers. That's my cheap source of terry yardage: the IKEA bath towel for $1.49. It was a fun trip.

This afternoon William and Aldous were having fun with the "wetters" and William spelled this. I said "what does that say?" and he said, pretending to sound it out, "kuh, kuh, kuh, quack!"
so there you have it, folks.

While at IKEA, I spotted this red highchair, and on my quest to find the perfect high chair, I had considered another IKEA model, but had not seriously considered this highchair in the past b/c it was only available in white. WELL, today, I saw the red one, and decided this was the highchair for us!!! Aldous loves it!!

He tried it out with some cheerios.

William saw me taking pictures of Aldous and decided to add his cheeseface.

I made a shirred sundress last night and this afternoon. I thought I was having trouble with the elastic, but it turns out I wasn't. :) I was just impatient, but because of my inability to delay gratification, I ripped out two rows of shirring FOUR times.

Please note William in the background. As Doug was taking my pic, I hear William behind me saying cheese, so I laughed!! I can't believe he's cheesefacing my sundress pic!! ARG!!! He's like WALDO with that face: it's everywhere!!

and again. There are a gazillion rows of shirring, and the whole dress was simple to make. Maybe I would like wider straps on the next one? I don't know. This is a Robert Kaufman fabric I found at the Golden D'or. Notice the little hams trying to get in my pic??


meshell said...

Love the dress! I may have to copy you. ;)

I make my oatmeal pretty much the same way, but I don't even bother bringing it to a boil again. I just dump in the oats and leave them to soak overnight.

Oh and I can't believe how big Audrey has gotten! And those rolls! I just want to squeeze her!

Jacki said...

I have to boil them again and give it a few extra stirs because of the wheat germ. It gets REALLY clumpy if you don't stir it in totally.

Helen said...

I want some of that bread! Yumm-o!


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