overnight oatmeal {slow cooker}

a few weeks ago i taught "fairy tale friday" for brooklyn's kindergarten class.  my fairytale of choice was goldilocks and the three bears and not only was i supposed to read the kids the story, i also had to prepare an activity that would free the teacher for 45 minutes.  

i take this sort of thing very seriously and was really trying to think of a way i could make porridge for the kids to eat while they colored their bear picture but i wasn't sure how i was going to get boiling water to the school.  then i found a recipe for overnight oatmeal that had all sorts of dried fruit and berries  in it but the basic concept of cooking the oatmeal in the slow cooker resulted in a "ding! ding! ding!" moment.

i already had a bag of bob's red mill steel cut oats.  how convenient!

so, i gave it a try.  

one part oats to three parts water, a little salt and a dash of vanilla.

right before i went to bed i sprayed the heck out of the slow cooker with non-stick spray to prevent difficult clean up and then i set it on low to cook for 8 hours. 

in the morning i could really smell it and lets be honest, it looked horrible.  i mixed in about 1/4 cup of butter and headed off to school.

when i announced to the kids that we would be enjoying porridge during art time, the reaction i got was surprising.  most of them wanted to try so brooklyn and i put a few spoonfuls of "bear porridge" in plastic cups with one (or two *wink) generously measured tablespoons of brown sugar on top and the majority of the "yes, pleases" gobbled it up.  i tasted some too, it was really yummy and brooklyn ate hers gone.

then, another "ding! ding! ding!" moment:  why not make this for the family? 

so i did.

i topped mine with all sorts of goodness.

and dished the rest up to be saved in the fridge for later.

i sent the husband a text the first morning he tried it, "like it, love it or leave it?"  he responded, "it was good" and ate leftovers the next day.  score!?

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