What does the well-dressed homesteader wear for morning chores?
Well, if the thermometer reads only 6 degrees above zero, and the wind chill is coming in at 30 BELOW zero, this is the fetching outfit necessary to ward off frostbite.
It was also a good morning for a big bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. I've never understood why some people shudder and run the other way whenever oatmeal is even mentioned. Must have something to do with a really bad experience in childhood. Me? I loves the stuff.
My new favorite topping for oatmeal this winter has become strawberries.
Because of our fantastic strawberry harvest this past summer, we have strawberries squirreled away in just about any and all forms possible.
I have quite a few (Read: Probably more than we'll be able to eat.) in quart containers in the freezer. I just smooshed up the berries and packed them into quart jars and put them in the freezer. No added sugar or sweetener at all. When I defrost a jar, we use the berries in smoothies, with kefir or yogurt in a bowl or as a topping over a serving of hot oatmeal. The aroma of the berries is wonderful, and they've retained a lot of their "fresh" flavor. I do add a couple pats of butter, a smidge of brown sugar (hubby goes for maple syrup) and a splash of milk to my bowl.
Apparently after his sojourn out into the Arctic-like weather this morning, the one bowl of oatmeal wasn't quite enough for my hard-workin' hubby because around 10:00, he was making himself a small plate of sliced cheeses to ward off hunger pains.
Note to Self: Make bigger portions of oatmeal from now until spring.
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