My preferred breakfast is coffee with brown sugar and a splash of 2% milk. Nothing else. I’m not sure why, but I just don’t crave a big meal in the morning. It’s not that I don’t like breakfast foods, it’s just that I usually serve things like waffles or biscuits and sausage sandwiches for dinner. Most of the time my liquid breakfast works fine and I just have my lunch a bit early.

Lately I have been working on a big writing project. I’ve been writing 2 – 3,000 words a day and hope to increase that average. To give you an idea of what kind of pace that is, to write 50,000 words in 30 days during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) a writer needs to average about 1700 words per day. I have a story that wants to be let out of my brain and it won’t let me take it easy until the first draft is done. By the way, if you would like to know what that project is (it involves food!), visit author Gemma Halliday’s Facebook page tomorrow, 11/24, for the Gemma Halliday Publishing Launch Party. You will find my recipe for a baked pancake with sausage and I’ll also be doing a giveaway.

My biggest problem that I’ve found so far is that I feel like I’m running on fumes by mid-morning. My writing pace slows until I finally grind to a stop to conduct a refrigerator raid. So I’m going to make some changes in the hope that my writing will no longer be affected by the dreaded low fuel brain implosion. I am going to eat breakfast. Since I like oatmeal, I’ll start with that. Either a pan of baked oatmeal that I can cook once then warm up portions for a few days afterward or refrigerator oats in individual serving sized jars. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, below is a link to my Pinterest board where I collect oatmeal recipes.

Oatmeal Recipes

Do you like oatmeal? What are some of your favorite ways to prepare it or do you have any favorite add-ins?

This post is part of Weekend Cooking at Beth Fish Reads


24 thoughts on “Breakfast Quest

    1. I hope you like the board. I save the recipes there whenever I come across them online. Lots of different techniques and flavors!

    1. My favorite, somewhere on the Pinterest board, is a pumpkin pie baked oatmeal with a pecan streusel on top. So good!

  1. Can’t wait to check out your oatmeal board! I just discovered steel-cut oats cooked overnight in the crockpot – there are so many tempting variations. Last week I highlighted one made with pumpkin, and I plan to experiment with other flavors, too.

    1. I haven’t tried crockpot steel cut oats yet. Your pumpkin version sounds like the perfect place to start!

  2. You are one brave woman to write on an empty stomach—your brave anyway to do NaNoWriMo! If I try to write on an empty stomach I get far too distracted by mid-morning. Oatmeal is a great filler. Good luck with NaNoWriMo–you’re almost there!

    1. Oh gosh, I’m not doing NaNo! I didn’t get everything plotted soon enough to do it this year, but I’m delighted t see I can write at that pace. Maybe next year.

  3. If i want it quick, i adore oatmeal cookies with flax, dried cherries or cranberries and chopped walnuts. Two nice size with my coffee and i am set to go.

  4. I eat oats just about every morning. I use steel cut oats and add fruit (usually a banana), whole flax seed that I grind myself since it’s much better for you that way, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, mixed nuts, and cinnamon. It’s yummy!!

    1. Sounds like a very healthy and delicious breakfast. I’ll look into adding some wheat germ and flax to my oatmeal to give it a nutritional boost.

  5. I love oatmeal, but I don’t often eat it, because like you I am a light breakfast person. A cup of coffee and either an orange or banana are often all I have. But in the days when I played college water polo, oatmeal was a necessary part of my morning routine – it ‘stuck’ in my stomach (some of the other girls would have omelettes… and then ‘lose’ them later), and gave me the nourishment needed to play 4 games a day at a tournament. I prefer it thick, with a couple of tablespoons of cream and some brown sugar.

    1. I’m a bit like you – I love breakfast food, but I’m not a big fan of eating it at breakfast time. I just don’t have a lot of enthusiasm for food first thing in the morning. Working a fairly physical job these days though, I find that unless I eat brekkie, I can’t survive the 6-hour gap between rising and when I get my lunch break.

      I find a peanut butter and banana smoothie keeps me going, or some homemade granola and yoghurt with fruit. Can’t do oatmeal though – was made to eat porridge as a kid and to this day I still can’t stand the smell of it.

      1. I actually like to add oatmeal to my smoothies to make them more filling. Just can’t get into a cold breakfast right now, since it’s so cold outside!

    2. How interesting that the oatmeal lasted longer than eggs to keep you fueled. Definitely thick oatmeal for me too. That’s why I loved the baked versions.

  6. You must be my twin – I am the same way about breakfast and serving breakfast type food for dinner! I do have breakfast in the morning, but can’t handle very heavy stuff, so honey or Englantine Jam on toast, cereals, banana and crackers are what get my attention. And maybe a latte if I’m having a dizzy morning and my blood pressure needs raising 🙂

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