Gingerbread Oatmeal

I love the flavour of gingerbread cookies; so warming and comforting.  It translates nicely to a big, warm bowl of oats.  I use my typical method for cooking oats quickly here; what I typically do on a workday morning.  Stovetop method would work as well if you’ve got more time.  I add chia seeds to my oats because I love the texture it provides, plus it’s high in a bunch of good stuff.

Gingerbread Oatmeal

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tsp chia seeds
Enough water or non-dairy milk to cover oats
1 tsp molasses
1 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of nutmeg
Pinch of salt

Place oats and chia seeds in a bowl and add enough liquid to saturate and cover.  Let stand for 5 minutes.  Pop in microwave on high for 2 minutes or until oats are tender and have absorbed most of the liquid.  Add molasses, brown sugar and salt and mix.  Add spices and mix some more.  Eat and feel comforted and warm.

– Crystal

Bailey’s Sundae

Crystal made two batches of “Baileys” to help us get into the holiday spirit. One batch (pictured below) was for me and has about a cup of Jameson’s Whiskey in it. The other batch was alcohol free. They’re both delicious, so you can pretty much decide for yourself on that one. 
After being in the fridge for a day or two we noticed it thickened up and took on the consistency of a thick cream or mousse. So yeah, obviously then we made sundaes and watched Home Alone. 
If yours has thickened in the fridge like ours did, you can return it to its intended consistency by letting it sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before serving. 
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 tbs brown sugar
  • 2 tbs chocolate syrup
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whiskey (or to taste!) I suggest Jameson’s.

(if making this alcohol-free, substitute the whiskey with 1/2 cup of water)

-Trevor

Thanksgiving Dinner

It’s Canadian Thanksgiving today!  I have been fighting a nasty cold or flu, I can’t figure out which.  Even still, I pressed onward and made a Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday.  We went to an apple orchard earlier in the day; I had a groupon to get 10 lbs of apples, so there will be some apple-y things in the near future on the blog.

Clockwise, below:  Orange-maple baked tofu with cranberry sauce (hiding behind the potatoes!), bread rolls, butternut squash casserole, sautéed green beans with walnuts, mashed potatoes and gravy.

Vintage Pyrex love.
Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, folks.
– Crystal