Autumn Breakfast :: Overnight Spiced Fruit Porridge

Leah from SkillIt is back to share a yummy Autumn breakfast with us.

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Autumn Breakfast ~ Overnight Spiced Fruit Porridge

Autumn might be my favorite season of the year. There is something so wonderful about the crisp air, the changing leaves, and soaking up as much sun as possible as the days grow shorter and shorter.

We seem to spend most of September and October outside on the weekends, having fun and working on our yard. I love fall planting because I always get the best deals on end of season perennials at our local nursery. And just this past weekend, we packed in every typical New England experience you could imagine…taking long drives into the country for apple picking, hayrides, pumpkin patches and corn mazes.

 

Autumn Breakfast ~ Overnight Spiced Fruit Porridge

 

I believe that all of these activities and weekend projects require a nice, hearty breakfast. I love starting the day with a hot meal but sometimes I have neither the time nor the energy to make that happen. Always on a quest to find out how I can put my slow cooker to work for me, I hunted around for some breakfast recipes. I thought all I would find were cheesy, greasy casseroles.

Fortunately, I was quite wrong about what you can make for breakfast in a crock pot! Oatmeal, grains and porridges can all be slowly cooked overnight so they’re hot, ready and waiting in the morning.

Steel-cut oats happen to be one of my favorite foods anyway because they’re so good for you. These oats are minimally processed and are high in fiber. After a bowl of piping hot oatmeal topped with roasted coconut, a drizzle of maple syrup and a handful of chopped pecans, I feel like I can tackle all my weekend activities with a smile on my face.

In addition to the recipe I’m sharing here for my favorite variation on steel-cut oats, I have more great breakfast ideas in my upcoming class, Deliciously Slow, starting on November 2nd.

If you have never made steel-cut oats in your slow cooker before, I highly recommend it! They hold up so well to the long, low cooking time and taste creamy and delicious when they’re done. I hope you’ll try this and leave a comment with your favorite oatmeal toppings. I’m sure you’ve tried something we’ve never thought of before!

 

Autumn Breakfast ~ Overnight Spiced Fruit Porridge

 

Overnight Spiced Fruit Steel-Cut Oats

Ingredients

2 cups steel-cut oats
8 cups water
½ cup each dried dates, apricots, cranberries, and raisins
1 ½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp ginger

¼ tsp nutmeg

¼ tsp allspice

1 tsp vanilla extract

pinch or two of brown sugar (optional)

zest of one orange

 

Directions
Combine all ingredients, except for the orange zest, into a slow cooker of at least 4 quarts. Cook on Low for 8-10 hours overnight.

Before serving, add the fresh orange zest and stir porridge well. Serve with your favorite toppings for oatmeal such as chopped nuts, jam, maple syrup, fresh fruit, milk, and butter. This recipe makes a lot of oatmeal, enough for about 8 servings.

Keep leftovers tightly covered in the refrigerator for up to one week. Reheat with a splash of water or milk to make the porridge creamy again.

 

About Leah Kent

Leah Kent lives a (mostly) handmade, home-cooked life in Rhode Island. A mama, artist, and certified holistic life coach, she started Skill It to bring Home Ec back to life with a modern twist and lots of soul. She is most often found cooking, sewing, or writing and relishes every opportunity to bring people together with food.

 

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Thanks Leah… can’t wait to try this cozy breakfast recipe.

If you are looking for more yummy food ideas, please visit my Favorite Recipes page.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

Bacon and Egg Pie Recipe.

photo of our bacon and egg pie recipe

 

Truth be told, I’m going through a bit of a ‘blah’ stage with cooking. It seems utterly unending at this stage in the summer… breakfast runs into lunch that runs into dinner.  Tomorrow the same. And it’s sometimes quite exhausting to come up with healthy, wholesome meals that the whole family is excited about.

But when I cook with Teddy, the joy of cooking comes flooding back. There’s something contagious in a child’s enthusiasm. He giggles at the sheer triumph of cracking an egg. He marvels at the squishy seeds in a tomato. He squints in delight as his eyes sting from freshly cut onions. It’s all so novel and creative and eventful.

And I know you’ve heard this before, but if you want your child to eat what you cook, get them involved in cooking it with you. The pride they feel in knowing they helped to craft this delicious meal is enough to ensure their plate is scraped clean.

My Good Man woke up on Sunday feeling like bacon and egg pie and so Teddy and I decided to create a recipe. This is what we came up with…

INGREDIENTS :

5 fresh eggs

4 rashes of bacon

a handful of beech mushrooms

an heirloom tomato

an onion

2 gloves of garlic

6 slices of bread

a dash of milk.

a handful of cheddar cheese

a dollop of sour cream

butter, salt and pepper

 

photo of the organic ingredients for our bacon and egg pie recipe

photo of organic garlic

 

METHOD :

We washed our hands. Then Teddy used his clean hands to paint butter all over the inside of a glass baking dish.

We lined the bottom of the dish with bread.

 

 

We beat the eggs in a bowl with a dash of milk.

Teddy used a soup spoon to ladle 1/3 of the beaten eggs over the bread in the dish.

 

Photo of boy in Kitchen cooking bacon and egg pie - Waldorf recipes

 

We cut the bacon inot strips. We finely chopped the tomato, the onion and the garlic.

With a dollop of butter in the pan, we fried the bacon together with the onion, mushrooms and garlic.

Just before they were cooked, we added the tomato to warm it through.

 

photo of baby beech mushrooms and bacon for our bacon and egg pie recipephoto of boy cooking bacon and egg pie

 

We covered the layer of bread in the dish with our fried ragu.

Then we covered the ragu with a top layer of bread.

 

 

We grated a handful of cheddar cheese and sprinkled it over the top of the bread. Teddy remarked that if you squinted ever so slightly, it almost looked like the cheese was snowing all over the bread.
photo of organic chedar cheese

We baked our bacon and egg pie in the oven for 25 minutes at 350° F.

We served it with a dollop of sour cream, pink Himalayan salt and some pepper.

 

photo of our bread, bacon and egg piePhoto of Bacon and egg pie and sour creamEasy Bacon and egg pie recipe photo

 

Needless to say, seconds were had by all. And, in fact, we made it for breakfast again this morning. AND it was requested for breakfast again tomorrow.

Our recipe creation was a hit.

I hope you also enjoy our Bacon and Egg Pie.

I do love cooking with Teddy.

If you’ve enjoyed this recipe, you might enjoy our other favorite recipes too.

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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Hoop Art Treasures for Valentine’s Day

What do you do with all the old clothes that were once beloved to your children? The favorite dress that was worn every day for a month… so much that when you look at it, you can actually see your much older child as the toddler they once were? Or the t-shirt that was worn AND slept in because it had a dinosaur on it?

What do you do with these precious things that you don’t have the space for but also don’t have the heart to get rid of?

Today, I used two such treasures to make special gifts for my children.

 

Sew beautiful Hoop Art from favorite BABY CLOTHES : Reuse, recycle, relove from The Magic Onions
Kitty wore this pretty little dress until it became threadbare in places. It has a big chocolate milk stain on the skirt and I’m quite certain that no one else will appreciate it’s precious value the way we do. So, I decided to cut it up and embroider a heart onto it for Kitty’s special gift.

 

Sew beautiful Hoop Art from favorite BABY CLOTHES : Reuse, recycle, relove from The Magic Onions

 

Before

Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

 

After

Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Materials needed :

*  pink wool felt

*  pink embroidery thread

*  an embroidery hoop

*  scissors

 

Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com

I fitted the fabric tightly within the embroidery hoop and cut a heart from the pink felt.

Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com

Using a simple embroidery stitch (I don’t know any other) I stitched the heart in place. When the heart was done, I trimmed the fabric neatly around the hoop.

Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com
Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com

Voila… a keepsake and a Valentine’s Day gift all in one. (The little felt rabbit is a gift from MuddyFeet and is quite the most adorable thing I have ever seen.)

Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

I made one from Teddy’s old dinosaur t-shirt too.

 

Sew beautiful Hoop Art from favorite BABY CLOTHES : Reuse, recycle, relove from The Magic Onions

Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com
Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com

Of course, I’ve set them aside for gifting on Valentine’s Day. Both Kitty and Teddy will gasp in recognition when they see their little gifts. And, they’ll be able to keep them forever. When they are old and grey and turn their little hoops over and see my untidy sewing on the back, they’ll know that sewing wasn’t my forte and they’ll smile and remember that I loved them so much I even sewed for them.

 

Hoop Art from Favorite Baby Colthes : www.theMagicOnions.com

 

Blessings and magic,

Donni

 

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Chocolate Banana Bites :: A Summer Treat

Kitty and Teddy made the yummiest summer treats for us today :: chocolate banana bites. It was Teddy’s idea… ‘Let’s make chocolate marshmallows!’ he declared. It being summer and all, I agreed it was a special enough occasion to warrant a chocolaty treat (plus… I do LOVE chocolate marshmallows!). But alas, no marshmallows in the pantry… ‘how about using banana instead?’ I inquired.

Kitty cut up the bananas into bite sized pieces while Teddy and I made a bane marie on the stove to melt some chocolate chips together with a couple of tablespoons of milk.

We set a blanket on the grass and all sat together dipping our bananas into the warm melted chocolate. Oh my, how yummy it was. We smiled and laughed as we dipped our bananas and, afterwards, lay on the blanket looking up at the blue sky, finding animals in the clouds. I looked over at my two sweet, chocolaty, children and saw that they were holding hands as they searched the sky together… their eyes sparkling in just the same way, and I realized that we had just created a beautiful family memory together. It struck me that special memories happen mostly when you don’t expect them to… the simple act of being together is often all it takes.

I will be mindful to let the simple pleasures flow this summer.

Banana Chocolate Bite Recipe :: www.theMagicOnions

Banana Chocolate Bite Recipe :: www.theMagicOnions

Banana Chocolate Bite Recipe :: www.theMagicOnions

Banana Chocolate Bite Recipe :: www.theMagicOnions

Banana Chocolate Bite Recipe :: www.theMagicOnions

Banana Chocolate Bite Recipe :: www.theMagicOnions

Banana Chocolate Bite Recipe :: www.theMagicOnions

Blessings and magic,

Donni