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!?