Saturday, March 14


Original plan was to leave on Wednesday, but the crazy-assed forecast continues to plague us. The current forecast states it will start raining Sunday and not quit till Wednesday or Thursday. We are not leaving in the rain. So now it looks like Thursday or Friday for a leave date. Who knows? We will take it a day at a time and I will try to let you all know...although by now I am not sure why you would care. Our life hasn't been of much interest lately to anyone but us!
Butch washed the roof of the moho today and plans to wash the rest of it tomorrow. My last computer class was today. It was another productive one. It seems the last ones always are as we get folks prepared to be on their own through the summer.

CrockPot Recipe for Make-Ahead Apple Pie Oatmeal

I love this recipe! Kalyn makes it far more complicated than it needs be. I dumped the whole business in a pressure cooker. Set it for 2 minutes and it was perfect. Oh and I also used 2 cups of oatmeal instead of 1 1/2.

CrockPot Recipe for Make-Ahead Apple Pie Oatmeal
CrockPot Recipe for Make-Ahead Apple Pie Oatmeal found on
CrockPot Recipe for Make-Ahead Apple Pie Oatmeal
(Makes 4-5 servings; recipe created by Kalyn with inspiration from several similar oatmeal recipes seen on Pinterest.)

(I used my small 2.5 Quart Slow Cooker for this recipe, so if you only have a much larger size you'll need to double the recipe.)

2 large Granny Smith apples, seeds removed and coarsely chopped (no need to peel them)
2-3 T sugar, Splenda, or Stevia in the Raw(depending on how sweet you like it)
1 T brown sugar (or use 1 more tablespoon of sweetener if you don't want to use sugar)
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
3 - 3 1/2 cups water (depending on how thick you like your oatmeal)
1 1/2 cup rolled oats (I used Bob's Red Mill Extra Thick Rolled Oats)
milk or soy milk for serving (I used a combination of milk and vanilla soy milk, which is what I always use to eat on cereal.)

Cut apples into pieces and remove the core with the seeds; then chop apples into pieces.  I made the pieces different sizes so some apples would dissolve slightly while others stayed chunky.  (No need to peel them.)  

Spray the CrockPot crockery container with nonstick spray.  Then add the apples, sweetener of your choice, brown sugar (or more sweetener), cinnamon, and salt.  Add from 3 to 3 1/2 cups of water, depending on how thick you want the finished oatmeal to be.  Stir together and cook on high for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Add oatmeal and stir ingredients together, then continue to cook on high for an additional 45 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes, depending on how soft you'd like the finished oatmeal to be.  (I would start checking after 45 minutes.)  

Serve hot, with milk or soy milk.

This oatmeal can be stored in the fridge overnight and reheated in the morning.  You may want to add a little water when you reheat it, then microwave for about 1 minute or heat for a few minutes in a small pan on top of the stove.

I haven't tried freezing this, but if anyone does try it, I'd love to hear how it works.  (Edit:  Ruth from Cooking with Veggies reports in the comments that she makes a similar recipe with steel cut oats and it freezes beautifully.)

Tuesday, March 10

A Reversal

Been in transition....deciding what to do...we now have somewhat of a plan in place. Fortunately Butch and I are in alignment with our thoughts on making decisions. Oddly enough, we were also that way in our youth. However, there is a difference. We used to make decisions with abandon but now we have reached a time in our life when we mull things over, sleep on it and discuss it sometimes over several days. Also, we are not opposed to changing our minds. We are comfortable living in a state of flux. And if things change we do not beat ourselves up over it.
As it is right now, we will leave Magnolia next Wednesday, March 18th with Gillett Texas as a destination. We met Tom and Wanda Burnell in Michigan while workamping at Thunder Bay Golf and RV Resort in the summer of 2010. We enjoyed our outings together and became friends. We have not seen them since but we have stayed in touch now and then. They are workamping in the oil fields near Gillett and we plan to visit with them for a day or two before heading east with Florida as a destination. Tom and Wanda are gatekeepers out in the boonies. Seeing what they are doing will be interesting.
Jefferson friends Pete and Jerilynn wintered in Sebring Florida so we decided to check it out. We also have friends and family along the I-10 corridor that we
would like to check in with if it works out. We will be making calls to these folks as we make our way east and see if it will work to see them.
So there it is and with only a week before departure it most likely will not change  this time, at least not drastically.