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My morning oatmeal
Oatmeal with coconut oil, cinnamon, and flaxseed

I've been mulling over the idea of blogging. More than once a week, I mean.

For months now, I've thought about doing shorter posts more often and just... writing. With pictures.

But weeks keep passing and I keep not blogging. Which is not all bad, since it means I've been sleeping 8-9 hours a night (I'm co-sleeping with Channah), I get to play outside all day when it's sunny, and the kitchen gets cleaned every night.

In the last 3 months I've also organized the whole house, kept the laundry caught up, went thrift shopping so all the kids are again in nice, non-stained clothes, made 3 dozen homemade birthday cards and a whole bunch of thank-yous, knocked out my mending pile, organized the whole house again, played piano just for fun, checked out 60 books from the library (not all for me, of course), lost 15 pounds, and did fun and educational stuff with the kids for hours on end (stopping only to throw a freezer meal into the oven for dinner!).

It's amazing how much I get to do when I don't blog about any of it and dinner's in the freezer. ;)

Anyway, on to the point of this post, which is: telling you about my current favorite breakfast.

I love oatmeal (and it's cheap). I've been making a pot of it every morning for our breakfast. Joshua eats his oatmeal (plus a hard boiled egg) before he leaves for work, and the children and I eat ours a couple hours later. I cook 4 cups of rolled oats for the 4 children and myself, and it's the perfect amount.

Oatmeal by itself isn't enough for me, so I've been adding in some yummy stuff and I must say, a bowl of this oatmeal is very satisfying!

I cook my oats with some salt added (very important since I haven't been adding sugar or honey to mine!), and then stir in ground flaxseed, cinnamon, and coconut oil. A full bowl of oatmeal served like this is about 500 calories and keeps me full for several hours.

Having the same things on hand for breakfast (and snacks and lunches) is one of the things that has helped me keep losing about a pound a week. Remember when I said I had some weight to lose? Well, I'm about half way there! Somehow it helps me control my love of food when I have a list of good choices for snacks (plus not buying junk or baking sweets!). :)

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I've been doing the same,

I've been doing the same, planning out my meals and oatmeal is my go to breakfast! I sweeten mine with a mashed banana and add in some blueberries. No sugar or dairy. Very satisfying and low in calories.
Tereza

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We love blueberries in our

We love blueberries in our oatmeal! :) My bananas, however, always seem to disappear. Some of the kids eat a banana while I am making the oatmeal for breakfast (if they say they are too hungry to wait)! :)

Coconut oil?

I've seen coconut oil on other blogs. What's the big deal about it? I agree Oatmeal is great stuff and I like flaxseed too. A winter favorite is a little peanut butter, a tiny bi of sugar and a little cocoa.

Lisa @ http://hopewellmomschoolreborn.blogspot.com/

P.S. I've barely blogged in ages!

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Why coconut oil?

Hi Lisa! :)

Well, I love coconut! The coconut oil smells heavenly to me... I sometimes open the jar just to smell it!! :) I consider it to be a healthy fat (in moderation of course!) and a while back I evaluated what I was eating -- like how many servings of dairy, how many grams of fiber, protein, and fat, how many servings of fruit and veggies -- in a typical day's meals and realized that I was coming up a little short on the fats. Since I don't intend or want to eat a low-fat diet (or a high-fat diet, just somewhere in the middle) I decided to add the coconut oil to my breakfast. :)

oatmeal

I, too, have fallen in love with oatmeal and make a large batch in my electric pressure cooker and then keep a container in the refrigerator for use throughout the week. I use steel cut oats, and find them far superior to regular. When I see them on sale at Aldi's in the winter, I load up and keep an eye on end of the season sales in grocery stores. I've been trying to eliminate wheat from my diet to lose weight and see if I can see a difference in my over-all health, so oatmeal is a good grain substitute. I usually prepare it "plain" and then add whatever the fancy strikes when I prepare individual servings. My favorite: dried cherries! But, I've added almost every dried food you can find (again, often found on sale), nuts, even crumbled bacon. Applesauce is great. When I just can't seem to get through the afternoon without having a snack, I often eat a small bowl of oatmeal and it satisfies me. I also have started making my own oat flour (using regular oats, not steel cut) and soak them with yogurt overnight and make oatmeal pancakes. My recipes makes lots so I keep some in the refrigerator to use within a few days but freeze the rest to use later. Yummy with peanut butter and jelly!

more oatmeal

I wanted to add a post script to the above post regardig oatmeal. I got this idea from another site but added a little twist. For a filling, inexpensive dessert...try freshly made oatmeal (best with steel cut) with about 3/4 cup pumpkin puree and 1 tsp. punkin pie spice (easy to make on your own) and mix in with the oatmeal after it's cooked. I often buy Cool Whip on two for one sale and usually have a container in the freezer so I add a generous dollop on top and, warm or cold, you have a nice little dessert. If you really want to go "all out" you can add a couple of ginger snap cookies!

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Dessert oatmeal

Mmmm, that does sound good! I love cinnamon (and the other "pumpkin pie" spices) and whipped cream. :)

And I've had oatmeal for a snack some times, too! Not lately, since I've been having a pretty big bowl for breakfast every single day... but it is a great snack (or sweetened, for a dessert)! :)

Wow, Tammy! Congratulations

Wow, Tammy! Congratulations on accomplishing so much in the last few months. You are inspiring. :)

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Thank you, Audrey! :)

Thank you, Audrey! :)

Will you write a blog post

Will you write a blog post on how you have been able to do all of those tasks with a new baby, and 4 other kids to care for? I would love to hear hints, tips, what works for you, etc. Seems like youve gotten alot done in the past 3 mos, I am impressed!

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Maybe! But in a nutshell,

Maybe! But in a nutshell, I've used lots of freezer meals (actually ALL of my freezer meals aside from what Joshua has nicknamed "Nightmare Spaghetti" and refuses to eat) and stayed away from screens (computer, dvds, etc.). That's why I have so many unanswered emails and comments, and haven't blogged a lot lately, too.

I also feel that my older children make life easier for me. I mean -- it is easier with 5 children than it was with 3 little ones. :) The older ones help a lot! :)

I have more to say so maybe I will make a longer post later this week. :)

Weight loss

I would love to see a post on losing weight while nursing. Just had #4 (9 weeks old) and I have about 30lbs I want to lose.

Katie

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Losing weight while nursing

Katie, I think it's very similar to losing weight while not nursing, in my experience. Yes, I get to eat some extra food due to nursing -- but, I get hungrier too, so there's still the desire to eat even more. :) I do pay attention to my milk supply and don't try to lose too much too quickly. I want to put my baby's health ahead of my weight loss, for sure! :)

I weigh myself once per week. I write it down so I don't forget what it was, and I try to keep it at 1/2-1 pound per week. I also like having it written down because when it starts to seem slow and like I've been trying "forever" to get below a certain number, I can look back through my logs and remind myself that I *have* come a long ways and the little bits add up. :)

Would Love to See Pictures of Your Handmade Cards

Hi, Tammy.

Congratulations on getting SO much done. You are an amazing woman!
Just reading your post makes me want to tackle my to do list with a lot of gusto. Hopefully, I accomplish as much as you.

When you have some time would you please post pictures of your handmade cards? I need to make some myself and just need some inspiration.

Thank you.
Barb

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Thank you, Barb! You are so

Thank you, Barb! You are so sweet. :)

Yes! I have pictures of a bunch of my cards and will take some more of the latest ones and finish up a post on that for you! :) I also took pictures of my supplies! :D

Portion Size

You are such an inspiration. I am wondering what are the portion sizes? One cup of oatmeal and one tbsp, coconut oil and 2tbsp flax seed? How many calories are you consuming in a day? I love, love, love your recipes!!! Thank you for taking the time to post them.

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Portion sizes for oatmeal, flax, and coconut oil

Yes, you are right on. One cup of rolled oats (turns into ~2 cups cooked) is 300 calories, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil is 130 calories, and 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed is 70 calories. The cinnamon is "free" so it comes up to 500 calories for a big hearty bowl! :)

I've been eating between 2300 and 2500 calories each day. And, I have my fair share of days where I end up eating 2800 calories, too. If I'm truly hungry, I eat. I just make sure it's healthy food. :)

Please keep blogging!

Hi, Tammy. I am a long time visitor, though I have never commented before. I just want to offer you some encouragement to keep writing, even if it's only a little bit. I admire you for putting your family first, and I understand the season of life you are in with your littles (had four sons in just under 6 years, myself). But I want to tell you how very much I appreciate your writing. You have a practical understanding of the kitchen that I love. Your recipes are usually simple, frugal, unpretentious, but unfailingly delicious. Your kitchen tips are always useful, and I love learning from you. I look at your archives for inspiration at least once a week, and I'm always excited when you write a new post. So while I appreciate and admire you for living "real life" to the fullest with your family, please know that there are people out here on the Internet who appreciate your knowledge, wisdom and creativity a great deal! Keep writing as you are able, and you will always have me as a faithful reader! Thank you for all you do!

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Thank you so much for the

Thank you so much for the encouragement! Wow, I don't know what to say besides "thank you"! :)

Oatmeal Is Not Healthy At All

Hate to burst everyone's bubble but grains are not healthy at all.

Grains are for horses and cows and not for humans.

We humans should stick to vegetables, fruits and legumes.

I have to admit I do not like oatmeal and never have. Nor do I eat any cereals of any kind.

Read this link below.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/why-grains-are-unhealthy/#axzz1yuIb15vE

Barb

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Well, I love fruits,

Well, I love fruits, vegetables, and legumes, but I also consider meats and grains to be healthy. :) Of course I think there are unhealthy ways to prepare/serve *anything* (and what exactly those ways are is admittedly disputable!). :)

All Grains Are Unhealthy Regardless Of How They are Prepared

Grains cause autoimmune diseases regardless of how they are prepared. They must be eaten sparingly and not everyday. That includes oatmeal which the American Heart Association is promoting. They are trying to kill us.

Actually grains are very unhealthy for cows and horses even though these animals are fed this type of food. Cows and horses only need grass and nothing else. Grass has all of their essential nutrients.

Barb

Oatmeal is not healthy at all - completely wrong!

You are completely wrong! Oatmeal is a complex carb and is one if the best carb and grain for you! Your body needs carbs for energy and not just carbs from veggies!

grains unhealthy

Jesus ate grains;all through the bible you see them eating grains.wheat,barley,millet and rye

Love this response.....

Love this response.....

If it was...

good enough to the people in the bible, including Jesus...I figure it must be good enough for us! I have seen serious health issues in people whom forgo grains without a health issue.

Please remember this next

Please remember this next time you want to eat grains including oatmeal. These foods spike insulin levels. Eat a bowl of oatmeal and measure your sugar levels after and you will see. Pasta does this (even wheat pasta), rice, etc.

After you measure your sugar level, then tell me that grains are healthy.

Whole wheat is the worst.

The healthy grains are - (these are not grains) - buckwheat and quinoa. White potatoes also spike insulin levels If you want starch eat sweet potatoes.

Everyone is eating high carb and low fat diets and that's why diabetes is on the rise big time. If you have to eat a grain (and eat it occasionally) add some full fat to it such as butter or some other fat.

Hope this helps.

Barb

Everything spikes insulin levels

This is believe is why she consumes it with fat, which slows insulin release, and additional fiber ie flax seeds, AND cinnamon a known blood sugar/insulin balancer. I think you've got it down, Tammy!

Oatmeal

You know, if you have a problem with blood sugar, oatmeal and other grains can not be good for you, but if you have a healthy body with regular blood sugar levels, a moderate amount of grains in your diets can be healthy.

Oatmeal

I just watched a lady who is 100 years old being interviewed on TV. She was very fit and she said that she eats oatmeal every morning for breakfast.

Oatmeal is very high in fiber and the quicker we can eliminate waste from our body the better.

Adding the coconut oil and cinnamon is a good idea to control blood sugar.

The only thing I would change with this recipe is swap the linseed with maybe chia seeds. I would be worried about heating flax seeds. Flaxseed oil goes rancid if heated but the seeds maybe different.

Rolled oats are good but STEEL CUT oats are GREAT

Longer to cook but worth the wait

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