Growing up my mom would make oatmeal for us and, sorry mom, it was horrible.  It was this gelatinous mass that was plopped into the middle of a bowl and then it didn't move. No oozing down or spreading out. We would surround it with milk and sugar and raisins, then forced to eat it.  Once I moved out, I never made oatmeal again.  Then companies came out with those oatmeal instant packages and I still didn't eat them until a camping trip in collage for a biology coarse.  The professor insisted that we all have them for breakfast.  Why I don't know.  Maybe it was a survivalist thing or something.  They were better then what I had grown up on but still not good. For years after that I would buy a box of the instant oatmeal and keep it at work for a quick breakfast thinking that it would be "healthy".  More often then not the box would sit there for a year or so and then get thrown out.  About a year ago a friend suggested that I try rolled oats and they gave me a brand new bag of Gluten Free ones.  Ugg is the only thing that went through my head (Sorry B!).  I smiled and said thank you and then thought, what the hell I'm I going to do with all these oats?  Being the good friend that I am (uuggg), I went ahead and made a bowl but I cooked it with honey, milk and cinnamon.  It didn't turn into a hard gooey mass.  What?  It had flavor, and chewy but not too chewy and creamy.  Again, What?  Since then, I've gone through many bags of the rolled oats.  I use them for a variety of things including my meatloaf and just a good bowl of oatmeal in the morning.  I make it many different ways but thought I would share this one since the holidays are coming up and by doubling and tripling this one you can feed many people (and it has cranberries in it).
Serves: 2


1 cup Rolled Oats (Gluten Free)
1 cup Water 
1 cup Milk
Pinch of Salt

The cranberries can be made in one of two ways:
One, you add all the next ingredients below EXCEPT the juice right in with the Oats as they cook (you will end up with red oatmeal but .....Also, reduce the fruit down to 3/4 cup Cranberries and 1/2 cup Strawberries.
Two in a separate sauce pan:

1 cup Fresh Cranberries
1 cup Fresh or Frozen Strawberries or Raspberries or combination, cut up
1/4 cup Sugar
1/3 cup Apple Juice
1/4 tsp Cinnamon (I use a small Cinnamon stick)
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
1/4 or slightly less tsp Ground Cloves
1/4 tsp Ginger

Optional but I recommend:  1/4 tsp Cardamon

In a sauce pan add from the Cranberries down to Ginger. Turn on low and let simmer until thick (liquid is mostly reduce) a little over 15 minutes
Put the Oats, water and milk into another sauce pan and turn on low.  Let it simmer until thick, about 15 minutes.  The cranberries will pop (most of them).  I like to have some whole cranberries in mine.  The strawberries you may have to mush a bit if you don't want whole fruit or large pieces.

Place Oats in a bowl and top with the cranberry sauce and walnut or pieces of whole fruit.  Serve with bacon (or not your preference) 

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The nutritional information for the cranberry sauce is on the left and the oatmeal on the right.
Breakfast, always the hardest meal of the day for me.  Not sure if "they" are still saying it is the most important meal of the day or not but many days I tend to skip it.  Since I don't do cold cereal and the instant oatmeal is not my thing, well it just seems like so much work for that early in the morning.  Also, bacon and eggs, sausage and eggs, scrambled eggs, omelets all get kind of boring after a while.  Don't get me wrong, I love those things but there are times you just say No, give me something, anything else! 

This morning was one of those mornings.  I had pulled out some apples for my son's breakfast and I held it in my hand wondering, just wondering what it might become.  My stomach starting clicking away at the possibilities.  I could melt caramel and marshmallows over it.  Oh yeah.  I could drizzle it with chocolate and throw some blueberries and colored sprinkles over it.  Ohh, ohh my stomach roared, put all of that on it and bake it.  That's when the brain kicked in and tried to smother that which my stomach had created.  Damn logical brain doesn't want gooey goodness in the morning.  Why brain why?  Ok how about a compromise.  Bake the apples with brown sugar and butter and then smother them with cooked oats (and maybe marshmallows??).  No ok, we'll go with the blueberries.

Apples (depending on how many people you are feeding, recipe is for 1 whole apple which feeds two people)
1/2 tsp Brown Sugar for each 1/2 apple
1/2 tsp butter for each 1/2 of apple


I used Rolled Oats:

1 cup Rolled Oats (I used Gluten Free)
2 Cups Water or 1 cup Water and 1 cup Milk
1 tsp Honey
1/4 tsp Salt

Cut apples in half and using a melon baller, scoop out the center but not all of it, just where the core is. If the apple will not sit so that it doesn't tilt, turn over and cut a small piece off so that it sits flat.   Add the butter and the Brown Sugar to the center.  Place on cookie sheet covered with parchment paper.
Place in preheated oven (375 degrees F or 190 C) for 20 minutes or just a tad less as I like my applies with a bit of crunch left to them

Meanwhile make the Rolled Oats.  Place into sauce pan all ingredients.  If using milk stir more often as it can easily burn.  The oats will thicken as they cook.  Keep an eye on them but they should be done in about 15 minutes if cooking at a medium low temp stirring occasionally. 

When the apples are done take them out and plate.  Pour the oats on top.  You can top with more butter and brown sugar if you like but I don't think they need it.  Serve with bacon or eggs or both!
My stomach and brain really enjoyed this breakfast.  It had the right amount of sweetness and crispness. Throughly enjoyed breakfast this morning and yep, still had bacon with it.  No marshmallows though.

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Single serving Nutritional information based on information obtained from