Friday, October 1, 2010

FFG--Chilly Mornings and a Harvest Breakfast

This post has been updated to reflect corrections
in the recipe below!!!

Welcome to another Friday Farm Girls at Heart!  Visit Lori's blog (click on her FFG button at right) to find out what it's all about!

Sometimes I chuckle as I write my Farm Girl posts, as I have no desire to live on a farm, drive a tractor, or milk a cow.  But my passion is everything at home--gardening, crafts, creating delicious meals, even cleaning--so there is a little bit of farm girl in my heart!

Now that mornings are chillier, I'm thinking about harvest, and baking, and lovely kitchen aromas.  My friend Stacy posted a recipe for baked oatmeal, which she tweaked to her family's liking.  I have tweaked it to my own family's liking, in honor of the harvest season, and below you will find my version.  You can find her version here.

Breakfast preparation the night before

I love breakfast recipes which you can partially make the night before.  It shortens the morning prep time and breakfast can be ready in a jiffy.  If you follow a recipe for any of the following examples, make sure your cookbook is also out the night before and opened to the correct page:

  • Muffins--Mix the dry ingredients the night before.  Measure any wet ingredients into prep bowls, cover, and leave in fridge.  Set out muffin pan and line with cupcake papers.
  • French Toast--Set out griddle or frying pan, bowl for egg, fork, and flipper.  I also set out cinnamon, which I put in my egg mixture.  If bread is homemade, make sure it's sliced.
  • Pancakes--Mix the dry ingredients the night before, same as muffins.  Set out griddle, fork for mixing, and pancake flipper on the counter.  Set out measuring cups and spoons for wet ingredients.
  • Oatmeal--See below for the recipe! 

Autumn Harvest Baked Oatmeal

The night before, combine:
3 cups rolled oats
2 cups buttermilk (or 2 cups milk + 2 T buttermilk, kefir, or yogurt)

Mix together and set aside until morning:
1 1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t ginger
2 t baking powder
1 t salt
dash nutmeg (I grate mine fresh)
dash cloves

In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees, and mix together in a bowl:
1 t vanilla
1/2 cup butter or coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup sucanat (or brown sugar)
2 eggs, beaten
1/3 to 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin

To this mixture, add the oat mixture and the dry ingredients.  Pour into a buttered 11x7 baking pan and bake at 350 degrees 25-30 minutes.  Top with fruit, chopped nuts, ground flax seeds, warm milk, or drizzle with warm maple syrup.

Back to life,

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captured by Christine Anne


  1. Oh, Christine, you ARE a farmgirl at heart! Traditionally, the men-folk (you have plenty of them) would do the "heavy" outdoor work, and the women-folk would be homekeeping and tending the kitchen garden, the chickens (and gathering those fresh eggs), and helping said men-folk if and when necessary. So I think that if you lived on a farm with your brood, you'd be doing exactly what you are doing now...just that you'd be using eggs fresh from under the hens, and apples your sons had just picked from your orchard, and milk fresh from the cow (OK, maybe you'd have to milk the cow now and then, but with 4 big sons? I think not!)

    Thanks so much for joining in!
    Love and {{{HUGS}}},

  2. Thank you, Lori! I always think of corn and cows when I think of a farm! I'll keep your description in my mind every Friday morning!!

    Love to you,

  3. you girls are ladies after my own <3 :-)
    I love the farm livin but not the dirt and work.

  4. Your photography is beautiful! I've done crockpot oatmeal overnight, but I've never thought of baking it. What a lovely idea.

  5. You have made my mouth water with your yummy recipe and pics~oh yeah...and I love your backsplash or wall or whatever it is behind that first pic...looks like molded metal??? Victorian, perhaps?? Very pretty!!
    Thanks for joining us and sharing!
    blessings, Christine ;-))

    I'm running behind~just posted today..ha!

  6. Sister, It's a molded tin backsplash. I found a great company in Florida (recommended by our friend and handyman extraordinaire), and it was much cheaper than tile--my original choice. It goes well in my kitchen. :)

    Thanks for the comments; they are appreciated any time--they're never late!!


  7. Oh, this looks delicious!!! I'm going to come back later and copy it down. Thank you for sharing it!


  8. Oh, ladies, if you read this, I FORGOT to add into my recipe 1/4 cup of pureed pumpkin!! That's what makes it an "Autumn Harvest" recipe!!! Oops...