Friday, March 10, 2017

This and That and Strawberry Oatmeal

Missy Tippens

Because of a crazy week, I'm just sharing some random photos and a quick breakfast idea.

We've been in full blown spring here in Georgia. And since we bought this house last June, we're just now experiencing spring in our new yard.

I discovered this pretty plant! I have no idea what it is. I'd love you to share your expertise if you know. The flowers are heavy and droop a bit.

And close up. So pretty!

I've also got another beautiful camellia bush blooming! This one is hot pink.

Now, total random topic switch. I've found a new snack that I really love. I buy it in bulk at Sprouts. It's a crunchy veggie mix. Beets, squash, carrots, green beans, etc. YUM.

Now for another steel cut oats recipe! One morning I decided I didn't want coconut like I shared a couple of weeks ago. So I dug into the freezer to see what fruit I had on hand.


I made the steel cut oat recipe in my Instant Pot.

3 Tbs butter
1 cup steel cut oats
about 1/2 to 1 cup frozen sliced strawberries (however much you want)

First I used the sauté setting to melt 3 Tbs butter and then added a handful or two of frozen sliced strawberries. I  let the berries cook down until softened. Then I added 1 cup oats to toast them for a couple of minutes.

Then I added:
2-1/2 cups vanilla almond milk (you can use regular milk)
1 Tbs brown sugar
dash of vanilla
pinch of salt

I then put on the lid, and set manually for high pressure for 2 or 3 minutes.

Once it finished, I let it cool for a natural pressure release. I let it cool for at least 10-15 minutes before releasing the pressure. When I release the pressure on something starchy that tends to foam, I hold a dish cloth in my hand to protect it and very gradually let a bit of steam out at a time.

This turned out so good!

Happy spring, everyone!


  1. Another reason to get an Instant Pot!

    I made steel cut oats this morning...nearly thirty minutes of "stirring occasionally." Not a problem if I'm working in the kitchen, but I happened to be working on a project in my office. Every few minutes I got up to stir the oatmeal. And even in the middle of my office project, half my mind was on the oatmeal.

    Yes, an Instant Pot is on my wish list!

    And spring flowers! Look at those beauties! We have cold and snow here today, with lows in the teens last night. It's a good thing we don't have flowers yet!

    1. Jan, you'll love having an Instant Pot!

      I was just looking at a weather map. I hope you aren't getting all the mess Ruthy is getting right now! It was 75 degrees yesterday and is 62 right now. Gorgeously sunny.

  2. You already have spring????????? And flowers blossoming?????? I can't even....We're having snow. And windchills into the -20s. :-) But it's sunny!!!!!

    I love my oatmeal. In the winter it's usually with raisins but in the summer with all the fresh fruit available -- oh yum -- peaches and blueberries are my favourite but strawberries rank up there too.

    1. Kav, here in Georgia we usually have early springs. But this year seems earlier than ever. Lots of the trees are past the flowering peak and are getting leaves already. I just noticed some azaleas blooming today.

      I'm sorry you're still mired in snow! My goodness. It's 80 degrees warmer here! Hard to imagine we're on the same continent.

  3. Oh, this looks delicious. I'm a huge fan of strawberry everythin!