One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Easy Steel Cut Oats ~ Go Kart Repairs ~ Chicken Alfredo

Sharing another steel cut oat recipe. This smells so good when it's cooking.  Sorry for the bad photo, it was not the best time of day to take one indoors.

Easy Steel-Cut Oats
4 cups milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp. melted butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups steel-cut oats
2 cups apple, chopped
1 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts, chopped

Coat the inside of a 3-4 qt. crock pot with non-sick spray (or lightly coat with olive oil. Combine all ingredients in the crock pot.  Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until done.   Be careful to not over cook.  You can also cook this overnight on warm for 7-8 hours.  I tried it on low at night and low just cooks it a bit too quickly.  Refrigerate any leftovers.  Reheats nicely.

I use our goat's milk when we have it, and organic ingredients.  Delicious!  If you don't like steel cut oats, you can also make this with old-fashioned oats.  I simply chop 2 organic apples (I don't measure).

After a day of yard and garden work, the girls got the go kart out for a spin.  Once around the path, and they discovered a wheel problem.  It's not been used since the "send off" party for our oldest daughter, and may have gotten worked a bit too hard.  It's under repairs, so the girls were bummed.  Hubby was too tired to work all night on it, and he's still trying to find time to replace the brakes on my car.

Anyway, we discovered a cap to one wheel missing. We found it by the chicken barn. Hubby found the gas pedal cover out by the elderberry (newly planted ones) trees. 

It looks like a welding job will be needed too.  I guess the girls will have to come up with some other type of fun until it's up and running again.  

I did challenge the kids to come up with some type of activity that did not involve electronics.  Two rode bicycles.  I think they will be getting out the badmitten set this week too.  That was always an "after dinner" family activity for us. We really need to do that again. 

It's been three days and no letters from our son in military training.  However, the last letter we got from Daughter(20), said she was the only girl to pass the obstacle course.  They are both pushing themselves onward.

Last night I made Diabetic Living Magazine's recipe for Chicken Alfredo.  This was delicious.  I've made a pasta dish with zucchini, and walnuts, but this one used organic sour cream and our goat's milk (and parmesan cheese) for the sauce.  Instead of linguine, I bought organic spinach fettuccine noodles.  I can make my own linguine noodles, I just didn't have any left in the freezer last night.  I also simply mixed it all together.  I did have to buy organic zucchini (patiently waiting for the garden bounty).  This recipe would be delicious with no chicken, and more veggies too.

As for the guy building the campground, I had to listen to his bulldozer and chainsaw the entire day (then their voice all night, and a dog barking).  I'm writing a letter to the township this weekend.  It's our last straw.  Say a prayer. 


Mama Pea said...

What yummy looking recipes! I wish my hubby liked pasta as much as I do. (I could eat it every day, but then I'm a carbo type . . . and he's a protein type so I guess our preferences are understandable.)

Keeping our fingers crossed that your lovely homestead will be saved from the possible campground being planned. Saying a prayer, too.

Carolyn said...

That pasta dish looks De-lish!

Hope you get somewhere with the township.

Nancy po said...

Good luck with your wacko neighbor! Did he ever get permits, etc.?

Kristina said...

Nancy, no he did not get any permits. He's out there with 4 wheelers again, but I think someone else called the Sheriff for loud music.

RB said...

I love regular rolled oats, have all my life. Our Dad made the best (but it wasn't too healthy with the butter, brown sugar and cream [or half&half] that he loved adding to it I'm sure, yet I still make it that way myself. However I've been curious lately about the steel cut oats because several chefs/cooks on the Food Network have touted its flavors, textures and health benefits recently. I'm wondering how close in tasting it is to the old fashioned rolled oats, and if it's more difficult to make, or less so.
Praying for God to touch the heart of your neighbor with compassion and understanding, so he somehow gets to learn the hassles he's bringing upon others with his selfish foolishness.
God bless.