Sunday, September 29, 2013

Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

Say hello to my newest favorite breakfast!

Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal.
It's based on this Apple 'N' Oat Cobbler recipe by Joy Bauer
I made a few modifications, and came up with this similar recipe.
1/2 cup quick 5 minute oatmeal
1 cup skim milk
1 Apple, cut into little pieces
1/2 Teaspoon Splenda Brown Sugar Blend
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon Sugar
Dash Cinnamon
Combine oats and milk in microwavable dish.
I like to use a Pampered Chef 1 quart microwave pan.
Make sure the dish is loosely covered.
I covered mine tightly once.
Just once.
I ended up with half cooked oatmeal all over my microwave.
Live and learn, I guess.
Microwave for 1 minute, 40 seconds.
While that is cooking, it's a great time to chop your apple.
I leave the skin on because
1. I like it
2. It's supposed to be good for you
But mostly because I like it.
Remove the oatmeal from the microwave.
Carefully uncover the dish.
Steam burns are no fun.
Add the Splenda and stir.
It will be pretty runny at this point.
Add most of the apple.
Stir some more.
Reserve about 1/4 of the apple for the top.
Put the dish back into the microwave.
Again, cover the dish loosely.
Cook for a minute.
Since microwaves vary, you may need to tweak the time.
Remove from microwave.
Carefully uncover.
Stir gently.
Toss the rest of the apple on top.
Sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar,
And the cinnamon.
Wait for it to cool a bit.
Don't tell anyone,
But I eat mine straight from the pan.
Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Tractor Soaps

I love harvest time in Iowa.
These are everywhere!
Tractors hard at work.
Bringing in the much awaited harvest.
These tractor soaps work hard, too.
They lather and clean well.
And there are no detergents in them.
They are made of glycerin soap.
Soap with color added.
Soap with fragrance added.
The fragrance of Fresh Mowed Grass.
Maybe you know a farmer who drives one of these.
This was inspired by John Deere tractors.
How about one of these?
It was inspired by the Case IH tractor.
The red needs to be a bit deeper to be more true to life.
This one was sure fun to make!
It was inspired by a blue Ford tractor.
I hadn't heard of the Allis-Chalmers tractor until recently.
A customer requested this Allis-Chalmers inspired soap.
Thank you, Farmers,
For working hard to feed America.
Tractor soaps are for sale in my Etsy shop.
They are also for sale on SoapArtOnline.
Thanks for reading!