Deanaland

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

I'm trying

I'm really trying to be healthy by eating oatmeal a few mornings a week, but let me be honest. Eating chunky slime is not my idea of a fun way to start the day. I got some granola to put in it, which helps a little. Any other ideas?

In other news, Julia went outside the other day to ride her scooter, then came back in announcing the presence of a spider on our front porch. "It looks like a black widow," she said. I almost didn't even go look at it. I figured it was just one of those little fat black spiders we had in Baytown. I should have known better. If Julia knows anything, she knows her marine mammals, her insects and her arachnids.

So I went outside to take a look, and sure enough, there was a black spider with the red hourglass on its body. I called the office of our townhouses and described to the manager what I was looking at. I hoped to hear, "Oh, that's one of those spiders that looks just like a black widow, but it's harmless. There are no black widows in Arkansas." But no. She said, "Oh, yes. Everybody's been calling me about black widows on their porches. I've never seen so many black widows in my life."

I squashed the spider before she was even done with her sentence. I've killed two more since then and sprayed ammonia into the hole I saw them crawling out of.

It could be worse. In Baytown, we had the occasional alligator walking around the neighborhood.

21 Comments:

  • At Tue Oct 10, 09:47:00 AM, Blogger kristi w said…

    I was just putting down my bowl of oatmeal when I opened your post today. My husband insists on making it a couple of times per week as well (more than twice in a week & my gag reflex seems to kick in). A tad of brown sugar and cinnamon, with a splash of milk makes oatmeal pretty good. Adding blueberries makes it heavenly!

     
  • At Tue Oct 10, 10:20:00 AM, Blogger Jenni said…

    yes brown suger and cinnamon make all the difference in the world!!

     
  • At Tue Oct 10, 11:19:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My husband eats oatmeal EVERYDAY. He puts a little butter, salt, milk, and a spoonful of some strawberry or cinnamon applesause in after it is cooked. I personally think that oatmeal is pretty gross. I'm a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter girl myself. Good Luck.

    Susan

     
  • At Tue Oct 10, 11:43:00 AM, Blogger Tracy said…

    So its crunchy you want for your oatmeal? You know the crisp that goes on top of apple crisp - you could do that. Something like that. I'm currently looking for the way to perfect overnight oatmeal in the crockpot - talk about thick goo! Oh, and have you had steel cut oatmeal? You may like it better.

    And don't tell Chloe about the Alligators roaming baytown. She is so scared of them and I am lying to her that they are only in the zoos. With the bears. Because bears only live in zoos.

     
  • At Tue Oct 10, 12:11:00 PM, Blogger KentF said…

    Deana - as Susan noted, I eat oatmeal every day. In the past 15 years, I have not had oatmeal about 7 times. Hard to believe, but true. I prefer the instant oatmeal - a dash of salt before hand, into the microwave for 1:40, then a nice chunk of butter, applesauce of some type and milk. Anything less than that makes it taste like...well, I'm not sure, but something gross.

    Best of luck - and, yes, it is an acquired taste - like Scotch or no-filter Camels - neither of which I consume/use - but the comparison makes me sound tough and macho.

     
  • At Tue Oct 10, 01:11:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I LOVE oatmeal!! I make oatmeal w/ lots of brown sugar and throw in fresh blueberries... when the blueberries don't cost 5 bucks.
    CP

     
  • At Tue Oct 10, 02:11:00 PM, Blogger Cheryl said…

    I gave up on the goop...:-)
    My family has come to love Baked Oatmeal. It may not fit the "healthy" category very well (has oil, eggs and lots of brown sugar!) but the recipe does have Oatmeal...lots of it. It bakes up like a cake...we eat it with warm cinnamon milk on top. It is yummy. Want the recipe?

     
  • At Tue Oct 10, 07:26:00 PM, Blogger Kelly said…

    I've tried oatmeal many times and just can't do it. My breakfast of champions is wheat bread with reduced fat crunchy peanut butter...just about every day for several years now!

     
  • At Tue Oct 10, 08:36:00 PM, Blogger Heather said…

    I'm with you on the chunky slime! My only idea is to stop eating it. {vbg} guess that isn't so helpful, is it?

     
  • At Tue Oct 10, 10:25:00 PM, Blogger ML said…

    Well I suppose you all are just too young to appreciate a steaming hot bowl of oatmeal on a cold winter day. Oatmeal is not a warm weather cereal and should only be eaten when the temp is below 60 degrees. Cook the real stuff, not instant, add a pad of butter in a center hole of the hot cereal. Next sprinkle a teaspoon or more of sugar on the top, add cinnamon if you like and raisins adds a nice sweetness. Then pour just enough whole milk to make a small moat around the edges. Last of all, enjoy with a slice of cinnamon toast on the side. Delicious! I'm telling you, it isn't a diet food, but it is tasty. Yum!
    Oh, and you Arkansas folks need to know something about Deana...she exaggerates a little bit to make a good story. No there aren't that many alligators roaming the streets of Baytown. The game warden rounded them up and put them back in the swamp. that I have observed. So, nothing to worry about, but you should see our mosquitoes!

     
  • At Wed Oct 11, 05:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Only one way to eat oatmeal. After it's sticky enough to hang on the wall, slice it up, batter it and deep fry it. Now it's edible.

     
  • At Wed Oct 11, 06:06:00 AM, Blogger Deana Nall said…

    ML -- the alligator found roaming the streets by our church was hauled away and made into luggage. So they don't all have a happy ending.

     
  • At Wed Oct 11, 06:38:00 AM, Blogger pegc said…

    You wouldn't be using the instant stuff? That would explain the gross-ness.

    We do the Old Fashioned Oats and we don't cook them per se. I heat my pot of boiling water and put my oatmeal in my bowl. I pour the boiling water over the oatmeal and stir it. I can't give you measurements because I don't measure. I scoop up the oatmeal in my hand to put in my bowl and pour the water to the consistency I like.

    I then add a touch of butter, sugar and milk. The oats stay whole and don't get mushy. I can't stand mushy oats. The "gravy" it makes with the oats is real yummy. Add a piece of toast and I am enjoying my breakfast!!!

    We pick blueberries in May and then freeze them and they are heavenly with oatmeal.

    Don't give up, you could lower your cholesterol by eating it every day!

     
  • At Wed Oct 11, 01:55:00 PM, Blogger Paul Fagala said…

    I personally stay away from oatmeal unless I'm starving and it's the only thing left. Then I put lots of maple syrup and brown sugar on it to mask the taste.

    You can come to my house and help me kill the brown recluse spiders we have. So far this year I've gotten three.

     
  • At Wed Oct 11, 07:10:00 PM, Blogger ML said…

    Oh no! You mean that alligator got sliced up into neat little totes? I didn't think they killed him.
    That was pretty wild though to have an alligator in the street behind our church. I am very glad that I didn't run into him.

    Keep trying to like Quaker. It'll be really good on one of those cold mornings this winter.

     
  • At Wed Oct 11, 09:07:00 PM, Blogger americangerman said…

    raisins and walnuts
    Linda

     
  • At Thu Oct 12, 04:43:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I like a couple of spoons of cool whip on any kind of cereal.

     
  • At Thu Oct 12, 07:50:00 AM, Blogger Brian said…

    As you may remember, I have eaten dry oatmeal since I was in junior high. To my amazement I found some bulk cereal at Whole Foods that contained oatmeal in it as well as other kinds of grains.

    I had to quit eating that particular cereal because it was giving me some mid morning problems that required me to leave my desk everyday...maybe it was the soy milk.

    Now I simply eat a cup of dry oatmeal everyday on my way to work. I prefer the plain old fashioned Quaker Oats brand. The instant version has smaller flakes, and just doesn't work for me. I don't understand instant oatmeal anyway...regular oatmeal is pretty darn fast to make as it is.

    If you want you can add nuts, raisins, whatever you want, kind of like a trail mix. Be sure you down with liquid(I prefer organic apple juice) because a mouthful of dry oatmeal could possibly choke you to death.

     
  • At Thu Oct 12, 09:54:00 AM, Anonymous JAH said…

    My daughter loves oatmeal the way I make it. I use a package of instant oatmeal, plus about 3 or 4 spoonfulls of plain oats. I have differnet bags of dried fruit, such as a berry mix (blueberries, cherries, and cranberries), a tropical mix ( pineapple, papaya, apricots, dates, and coconut), or rasins & nuts. Sometimes I use apple juice as the liquid, which makes it more fruity.

    My grandfather, who is in his 90s, like peanut butter and honey with his Irish oats.

     
  • At Thu Oct 12, 02:16:00 PM, Blogger WinniePhew said…


    Mom fixes oatmeal quiet often and I just add milk and a bisquit and shovel it down ... (I'll explain)

    She always gives me a bowl of oatmeal and a bisquit ... so I squash the bisquit on top of the oatmeal, wet it all down really good with 2% milk and eat. I am not crazy about oatmeal but if I say anything, I'm afraid she'll say, "If you don't like my oatmeal then fix your own breakfast." If I did that then I would have to get up 5 minutes earlier. Anyway, without further explanation I guess I'll just eat oatmeal forever ...

     
  • At Thu Oct 12, 05:43:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Use milk instead of water to cook the oatmeal, then add fresh or frozen blueberries and walnuts. I know a very health conscious registered dietician to the astronauts who eats it every morning of the year. Oh yes, a teaspoon of brown sugar.

     

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