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Hot Cereal

img_1929.gifI have been trying different hot cereals to find something my kids like as well as Maple and Brown Sugar instant Oatmeal.  I have tried a 7 grain hot cereal, and "Germade" from Lehi Roller Mills (it's kind of like cream of wheat).  Both of these have been a disaster in the microwave. No matter what size bowl I use, and following instructions exactly, it explodes into this gritty, creamy, slurppy mess.   I have even tried my largest mixing bowl, and it boils into overflowing getting all over the microwave.  Then it's too hot to start wiping, and when it cools off, it's too sticky and hardens onto the bowl and microwave.  A lid doesn't stop the lava either!  Maybe I should try it on the stove top, but if the directions have steps to cook it in the microwave, it should work, shouldn't it?

Take note, I'm starting to add recipes. You'll find them on the sidebar of my blog. There is only one so far, but there will soon be more!

Anyway, Sweet Pea Chef wanted to know a little bit about me, so here goes

  1. 10 years ago today I was pregnant and finishing my last semester at BYU.
  2. 5 things on my to do list today: Competing in a triathlon at 9:00, T-ball game at 11:00, Ketchup boy invited to birthday party at 2:00, Making salad for Father's day BBQ, Deciding whether to get husband something for fathers day or not.
  3. Snacks I enjoy: plain yogurt with jam, strawberries, cereal.
  4. Places I've lived; California, Oregon, Utah, Virginia
  5. If I were a billionaire, I would pay off my house and get weekly massages.
  6. People I want to know more about: Tessa, Grace, and Trish
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Comments

06/14/2008 10:19am
I hate when that happens! That does seem strange that they have microwave directions and yet it doesn't work. Some possible solutions (no idea if they would work), try microwaving on a lower power level or stop it occasionally to stir it. Ok, I want to know how you are competing in a triathalon at 9:00 and then making it to a T-ball game at 11:00? Are you superwoman?
06/14/2008 11:25am
Not superwoman Liz, I was 15 minutes late to Ketchup boy's T-Ball game, but I finished the tri in 1 hour 29 minutes. I'm exhausted!
Susan Bankhead
06/14/2008 12:04pm
Congratulations on a great run, bike, swim, Amy. You're a real jock! I cook oatmeal in the microwave all the time. The trick is to do it at power level 3 or 5, I can't remember now, or whatever keeps it from boiling over. You have to watch it while you experiment for the power level. You go: time cook, 2 minutes, power level 3. If it's not cooked after the two minutes, stir and do it again. It is a little bit more watch the pot method, but it can be done.
06/14/2008 6:08pm
Wow! I'm impressed!
06/15/2008 6:17am
I have never had that happen. I think the power level idea will probably do the trick. My kids love the cinnamon roll oatmeal. Then my 3rd child puts a little jam in it for extra spunk. Go Girl with the triathalon!!!
06/15/2008 5:32pm
Competing a triathlon, really?!! That is *amazing*...when you say you guys are super healthy, you aren't joking! Thanks for sharing...
06/16/2008 12:16pm
Hi. I am delurking. You have a great blog! I couldn't help but make a comment on this post because this very thing drives me crazy!!! What I do now is empty the contents into a bowl and then microwave the water in a glass measuring cup until it's boiling and then pour it into the bowl, mix, and let sit. It works like a charm.
Mary Helen
06/16/2008 9:24pm
Way to go on the triathalon!! I hate it when my oatmeal overflows like that. What works for me is to use a large container (I use a 4-cup glass measuring cup for a single serving of 1/2 rolled oats, 1/2 steel cut oats) and a very low power on the microwave. For ours, that means about 10 minutes on 30% power. Love your blog, by the way! It is inspiring me!

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