My husband has to get up at 5am twice a week. When I was working and had to get up at 4am, my husband would get up with me, make me breakfast and coffee so that I didn’t have to spend the time to make myself breakfast and could sleep that much longer. I loved that. Despite being challenged in the culinary skills department, I wanted to return the favor. So I went to Google to search easy things to cook for breakfast and found this recipe for oatmeal cooked in a crock-pot overnight with apples and cinnamon. Sounds easy enough! Although he was very scared, he didn’t protest making him breakfast.
I wanted to make enough for the whole family, not just 4 servings, so I increased the ingredients to serve 6. My husband didn’t quite trust me with the knife, and he cut up the apples for me. We lost our peeler, so the skins stayed on as well. So by this point the recipe has been altered a little, especially with my mathematical error in figuring out the sugar measurement. I should probably use a calculator once in a while instead of always relying on my head. Anyway, it should still turn out ok, right?
I sprinkled over the miscalculated sugar and cinnamon on the apples, threw in the oats, the milk and the water, put the lid on, turned it on to 8 hours cook time. By 10pm the whole little bitty mobile home smelled like apples and cinnamon. I slept almost none because I smelled it all night. I tried to keep the bedroom door closed, but our dog kept breaking in and then scratching at the door to get back out 10 minutes after I would close the door again. So I just left the darn thing open and smelled it ALL NIGHT!
Morning came and I served my husband and myself some oatmeal. Tasting it time! Yay! But-what? The miscalculation in sugar was evident in the first bite. It needed to be corrected before any further consumption. It needed more, thankfully more was the issue and not needing less. Then I learned why we skin the apples. The skins kinda had a weird texture, just not a right texture in oatmeal. Lesson learned!
It wasn’t perfect, and not a disaster either. I’m not looking forward to cleaning out the pot though, this is what happens when you leave it on warm for too long.