But every so often – like maybe once a year – I decide that for some reason oatmeal sounds really good.
I’m not sure why I think this since the last time I had a bowl of oatmeal that I actually enjoyed was …
Let me see…
Still thinking here….
Okay…that would be never.
But still – the urge hit last week.
I wanted a bowl of steaming hot oatmeal for breakfast.
I got the water boiling, added my oatmeal and decided in my foggy just barely awake mind that an apple would taste yummy in this bowl of delicious healthy food.
So I went to the porch to choose an apple – the perfect apple – from the box of “just picked from our very own trees” apples.
By the time I returned to the stove with my perfect apple washed and diced – my oatmeal was scorched on the bottom of the pan.
This should have been my first warning. But did I heed this warning? No. I started a second pot of water, added my oatmeal and apple, and began to scrounge in the cupboard for the cinnamon, because everyone knows that oatmeal with apples needs cinnamon.
I tear the cupboard apart looking – while stirring my oatmeal every few minutes – until I find the jar.
The almost empty jar.
The “there is just a dusting of cinnamon in the bottom” jar.
I pour all 1/120th of a teaspoon of cinnamon into my oatmeal.
This is sad.
Then I remember that we have cinnamon sticks. In my sleep deprived mind I thought surely I could just grate a cinnamon stick on a micro plane and have fresh cinnamon.
After grating for several minutes (while stirring my now done oatmeal) all I had was a few flecks of cinnamon in my oatmeal and two fingers missing skin.
On to plan C.
What if I break off a piece of cinnamon stick and grind it the coffee grinder?!
After several seconds all I had done was break the stick into lots of little sticks.
But I added them to my now overdone mushy oatmeal anyway – figuring they would eventually soften and dissolve. Right?
These are called cinnamon sticks for a reason. They are sticks. Sticks don’t grate. Sticks don’t grind. Sticks don’t dissolve.
Sticks stay sticks and I was picking them out of my teeth for the rest of the day.
So much for this year’s oatmeal craving.
I should be good for another 12 months.