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Fruity Oatmeal

The summer heat and humidity have forced me inside today, so it is a NO GARDENING kind of day.  It is a bit overcast with a discernable heaviness in the air.  Thunderstorms are brewing far in the distance of the hazy sky.  Today being Sunday, I like to spend my time reading, writing, or even catching up on some television shows I recorded on the DVR.  I enjoy this laziness and look forward to it every Sunday.

Breakfast is always fun on Sunday at our house.  When the grandchildren visit I make Nana’s chocolate chip pancakes for them.  My husband likes his pancakes plain with lots of butter and syrup dripping from the edges.  My two Pomeranians, Sugar and Spice each get a small pancake too.

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(Spice on the left, Sugar on the right)

Everyone is happy with pancakes… except me.  I prefer to eat my calories in other ways.  Today, I decided to try something different.  I made my usual oatmeal by cutting up a pear and adding red grapes to the mixture.  Cinnamon sprinkled on top gave a natural sweetness without sugar.

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I used a half cup of oatmeal and about a cup of water.  I popped the bowl in the microwave for 3 and half minutes, then stirred thoroughly to blend all the ingredients.  For Weight Watchers Points Plus followers, this comes to about 4 points and is so filling!

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I really enjoyed the flavors of the pear and grapes, and the fact that they are cooked gives a different texture to the oatmeal.  In fact, I have made this oatmeal with fresh pineapple and plums and it is spectacular. Experiment with the fruits of summer and see what you can create.

Enjoy your day!

Happy Sunday

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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