One day last week there was a storm. It started in the morning as we were eating one of my favorite breakfasts, slow cooker oatmeal.
There was rain, and there was wind, and there was also a little bit of thunder. The power flickered a few times as we were eating, so we rebooted the internet and located all the flashlights. My husband Marquis was rearranging the modem situation so that it was plugged into the UPS (big power strip thingy with a battery in it, for those like me who had no clue what that was) so it wouldn’t keep going out when the power flickered.
And that’s when lightening struck, inside the house. Okay, not really lightening, but for half a second that is what I thought had happened. While Marquis was moving my wonderful, perfect friend, my trusty slow cooker, there was a loud pop and there was a shower of sparks that slid across the counter and down across the floor at his feet.
I first made sure the husband was okay (yep, phew!), and then I went to check on my beloved slow cooker The news there was not so good.
That is the cable that comes out the back, burnt and hanging on by one teeny wire. One of the girls walked by moments after I took this picture and bumped the cord with their shoulder and that little bump was enough to break it off the rest of the way.
Goodbye old friend. We have been through much in our time together and I appreciate every delicious meal that you have helped me make. You will be greatly missed!
And now, in memory of that perfectly wonderful slow cooker, I’m going to share the very last recipe that I made in it, slow cooker oatmeal. Back when I had a slow cooker (sniff!) I would make this about once a week. It was always so nice to wake up to a warm, yummy breakfast and not have to do anything but serve it up!
So go hug your slow cooker, tell it you love it, and throw some oats in there tonight for a fast, easy breakfast tomorrow!
- 2 cups steel cut oats (do not use rolled oats, it will be a gross pile of burned goo in the morning, nasty!)
- 4-1/2 cups water
- ⅛ tsp salt
- A touch of honey or Real maple syrup to taste
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker.
- Place on lowest setting and allow to cook overnight. For my slow cooker the lowest setting is Warm, so that's what I use. If your lowest setting is Low, you will want to cook it as short a time as possible, so starting it right before you go to sleep and checking on it as soon as you wake up.
- Serve with your favorite toppings. Some good options are: A little more honey or real maple syrup if it needs a little more sweetening. All kinds of fruit, we love mashed up bananas, blueberries (we always have some frozen ones) and peaches. For a special treat, we like to mix in some SunButter (you can use peanut butter or other nut butters) and some chocolate chips. I always add a little milk to make it creamy. I have also cooked the oats using coconut milk as part of the liquid, and then mixed in bananas the next morning, super yummy!
As a note, after an appropriate grieving period, the slow cooker was replaced with this guy, which we love even more than the original:
Although, and this is a secret so don’t tell our slow cooker, but we just might be considering getting rid of it because now we have this, and it does slow cooking and a whole bunch of other amazing stuff: