Category Archives: oatmeal

Taste Test Tuesday: Quaker Real Medley’s

Good day foodies! We’ve made it to another Tuesday. This week we’re talking oatmeal. The weather’s been changing a lot lately and sometimes you just need something that reminds you of your childhood. Quaker has released a product line of oatmeal called Real Medleys. As you have noticed McDonald’s and Starbucks have both started carrying oatmeal too.

I love oatmeal, I always have. It was the one thing growing up that my mother knew I would eat and not waste…lol. I like added things into my oatmeal, whether it be fruit, nuts or brown sugar. So these Quaker Real Medley’s are a real treat. There are for different medley combinations.
  • Summer Berry
  • Cherry Pistachio
  • Peach Almond
  • Apple Walnut
The Peach Almond oatmeal was delicious. Nice size chunks of peaches and slivers of almonds. The crunch of the almonds and the sweetness of the warm peaches is definitely a cozy fit. Apple Walnut oatmeal has a little surprise for you, there are also some tart cranberries in there. Crunchy walnuts and chopped pieces of sweet apples with the tanginess of the cranberries is like a party in your mouth. Sweet sun-ripened cherries, roasted almonds, and tasty pistachios create the Cherry Pistachio oatmeal. Pistachios aren’t a very popular nut when it comes to flavor combinations but Quaker did an awesome job with this one. Don’t want any nuts in your oatmeal? No problem. Check out the Summer Berry oatmeal with juicy strawberries, sweets raspberries, and plump blueberries. Fruit and oatmeal is such a great combination you don’t want to miss this one either.
All you have to do is pour hot water into the little cup, stir and enjoy. You can also add water and put it in the microwave, especially if you are on the go. I also tried milk with mine and it was just as yummy.
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Taste Test Tuesday: Coffee Mate Natural Bliss

Good Day Foodies! How is your Tuesday going so far? Grab a cup of coffee or a tea and have a seat at the counter. Today’s Taste Test Tuesday posts is all about coffee creamer. Do you use creamer in your coffee or tea? How about baking with it? Let’s take a look at what we can do with creamer.

Coffee Mate Natural Bliss


Photo Credit: Coffee Mate

Coffee Mate is always coming out with new flavors, some seasonal, some are even regional. The newest addition to the Coffee Mate family is the Natural Bliss line. It’s called Natural Bliss because it is made with milk, cream, sugar and the perspective natural flavoring. This line has four flavors:

  • Caramel
  • Vanilla
  • Low-Fat Vanilla
  • Sweet Cream

The sweetness of the creamer is wonderful, sometimes I don’t even add sugar. Depending on how sweet you like your coffee you may decide to add sugar to it. Now being that it is coffee creamer, I have experimented and tried it with some other items, such as tea, oatmeal, cookies and even french toast.

Ways to Use Natural Bliss Creamer:

  • Instead of using milk or water in your oatmeal, try the vanilla or sweet cream creamer.
  • Dunk your bread for french toast in some caramel creamer and sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar or praline pecans.
  • Add 1tsp of creamer to your favorite sugar cookie or snicker doodle recipe.
  • Making pudding? Add creamer instead of milk.
  • Use it in your hot cocoa.

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Day 19: ‘Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies

It’s Christmas time and you have to use the cranberries, they just make everything better. Here is another recipe with them. Who doesn’t love oatmeal cookies? I just added walnut and cranberries.

 Cranberry Walnut Oatmeal Cookies


INGREDIENTS:

No-Stick Cooking Spray
3/4 cup Butter Shortening (Crisco Sticks work too)
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup All Purpose Flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup chopped walnuts

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. HEAT oven to 350ºF. Coat baking sheets with no-stick cooking spray.

  2. BEAT shortening, sugar and brown sugar in large bowl at medium speed of electric mixer until blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in small bowl. Beat into shortening mixture until smooth. Stir in oats, dried cranberries and walnuts. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2-inches apart on prepared baking sheets.

  3. BAKE 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. Cool on baking sheets 2 minutes. Place on cooling rack to cool completely.