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Ode to Oatmeal (written during breakfast)

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Iíve always loved breakfast. I had one of those moms who cooked every morning, before school. Mom said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day and that you couldnít run your engine, unless your tank was full. I distinctly remember her giving me a big bowl of Cream of Wheat and telling me that it would stick to my ribs. Iíd walk to school, thinking about those thick clumps of Cream of Wheat, clinging to my ribs and gradually wearing away, as the day went on. I felt like I had protection, invisible breakfast armor. I still do. Audrey and I are the breakfast eaters in this family. We love it and we have to have it, every day.

Todayís Creativity Journal assignment goes right along with the breakfast theme. Day 9: Make something with your breakfast before you eat it.

Voila! Oatmeal Art

For a double whammy, I wrote this heartwarming ode, while I was eating:
Ode to Oatmeal (written during breakfast)

Oatmeal, my oatmeal, how I love thee
Thy 100% whole grain oats, rolled to perfection
Give cause to rejoice and beget morning genuflection
No wonder the Quaker Man worships you so

Oatmeal, my oatmeal, thou art far superior
To the Tiger, the Cap'n, the lowbred Leprechaun
The sugar-drenched Toucan and the Rabbit, woebegone
Your soluble fiber brings heart-healthy diets great delight

Oatmeal, my oatmeal, thy wonders are ceaseless
Thou reduceth cholesterol, with one mighty sweep
Thy sodium-free power makes my heart weep
To be filling, yet nutritious, is beyond human comprehension

Oatmeal, my oatmeal, I will shower thee with gifts
Of blueberries, strawberries, raisins and more
The occasional cinnamon chip from the grocery store
Your old-fashioned oats will be never be forgotten

(No, I do NOT have too much time on my hands. I was just making creative use of my breakfast time. LOL)

Eat your breakfast--my mom was smart!! :)
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CATNCAG 8/26/2013 3:44PM

    Very creative as always Shelli! I do so love your blogs!!! emoticon emoticon

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SUPERSYLPH 7/17/2013 6:56AM

    Nice ode, and awesome oatmeal art!

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MOEMAC43 2/9/2013 9:00AM

  I make crockpot steel oats on the weekend and have my oatmeal all week. Just reheat in the microwave .Add raisins, walnuts and splenda. Totally awesome !!

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HZGLORY 1/27/2013 3:10PM

    Too altogether funny and fun!

Shelli your Oatmeal Ode is great for the warm, soft armour it brings,
whenever I think of it oh, how my heart sings

I will honor it's place here in my time and space
and will gobble it up until there's absolutely no trace

Oh, Shelli you remind us of the Armour we need
to battle daily calories from the box we overfeed,

Today I will forget the brownie for breakfast
and tomorrow try Oatmeal no matter the day past!!!

Yes, I did have too much time on my hands ROFL

Comment edited on: 1/27/2013 3:13:04 PM

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MISSCUS 1/27/2013 1:56AM


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EFFRAYECHILDE 1/21/2013 10:43AM

    emoticon and Cute emoticon

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MELROSE13 1/20/2013 2:45PM

    Loved Cream of Wheat when I was a kid, still do...Oatmeal is great-I eat it every morning as well, but do mine with eggs! Great "ode" to Oatmeal!

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MCJULIEO 1/19/2013 11:20PM

    Wait.... are those milk chocolate chips in there scattered around the blueberries??????

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TERRIJ7 1/18/2013 11:41AM

    Your mom WAS smart--and so are YOU!

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FRABBIT 1/17/2013 7:47PM

  Very creative!

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SPRINGBABY80 1/17/2013 6:49PM


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LIAGIGGLES 1/16/2013 12:47PM

    Looks so yummy!! is that peanut butter chips in there?? never tried those?

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SERASARA 1/15/2013 8:51PM

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CEECEENIEDER 1/15/2013 6:34PM

  You make me smile

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YMWONG22 1/14/2013 11:51PM

  Creative ode to oatmeal. emoticon emoticon

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BUSMOM27 1/14/2013 9:23AM


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H20-LADY 1/13/2013 10:54PM

    love oatmeal! What a great ode!. I'm not a writer but a numbers person It does stick to the ribs has more calories than other AM meals, but I don't care as it's so good.
Have your ever done the eggs and oats breakfast?

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 1/13/2013 9:29PM

    emoticon ...ya gotta love it!!!

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YAIYEE 1/13/2013 7:33PM

    I love oatmeal too!

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LYNNJ1976 1/13/2013 2:52PM

    My mom was also a "it'll stick to your ribs eat your breakfast person". But we were oatmeal eaters. emoticon

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BARBARAJ73 1/13/2013 12:19PM

    My Mom served Cream of Wheat too! haven't had any in decades... Ahhh... memories. emoticon

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CAM2438 1/13/2013 7:09AM

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MARYHENNIG 1/12/2013 11:38PM

  Looks yummy! I had oatmeal for breakfast today too. Added sliced banana, brown sugar, and some finely chopped walnuts to mine. Love your Ode!

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J2740LOU 1/12/2013 1:41PM

    We will share our love of Old Fashioned Oatmeal with you every Mon - Wed - Fri. Meet us at the kitchen table! Love your ode....very creative! We usually have ours with a Tbsp of raisins and a tsp of cinnamon. Yummy! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 1/12/2013 8:22AM

    Wonderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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    great post

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SONYALATRECE 1/11/2013 11:00PM

    *Snaps up to whole wheat!*


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JUNEAU2010 1/11/2013 10:03PM

    Totally fun and very creative!

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1DERLAND14 1/11/2013 9:24PM


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MICTAZ 1/11/2013 9:22PM

    Reading your darling poem made me decide to have oatmeal tomorrow morning. I haven't had it is ages. I know it is good for you. So thanks for getting me started eating it again!!

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TUBJUMPER 1/11/2013 9:15PM

    LOL... the oatmeal looks yummy! I am a breakfast eater also. Before SP my breakfast was at 10 a.m. now it is at 6 a.m.

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VOLLEYGIRL77 1/11/2013 8:59PM


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GREENVALLEYS 1/11/2013 7:47PM

    In days that I don't feel like having a hot breakfast I get a yogurt, three or four teaspoons of dry ( no cooked) oatmeal and walnuts, is delicious and fills me up till lunch. Did I say it give me lots of energy? Yes.

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 1/11/2013 7:42PM

    Oatmeal is one of the best breakfasts around!!!!

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FARFROMASAINT 1/11/2013 7:33PM


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NANNABLACK 1/11/2013 7:04PM

    I love Oatmeal!! Great blog!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 1/11/2013 4:35PM

    I love my oatmeal. I like creme of wheat too.

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AMANDEES76 1/11/2013 4:35PM

    Great Blog! Your mom was very right. I eat a bowl of oatmeal every morning during the week with some raisins. On the weekends I cook breakfast most the time of eggs and healthier pancakes, no butter and very light on the syrup or jam depending on my mood.

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KIMBERLY_Y 1/11/2013 3:44PM

    Well done! emoticon

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RKLNDB 1/11/2013 2:47PM

    As someone who has never even tried oatmeal, your poem compelled me to go out and buy some Steel Cut Oats. I had them this AM. I took a 1/2 cup mashed up blueberries and another 1/2 cup of whole ones. Lemme tell you..... It tasted like cardboard!!! Definitely needs more than just blueberries!

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CONMOST 1/11/2013 2:41PM

    I, too, love oatmeal. My favorite way is using the Quick Oats and before cooking it, I take a handfull of frozen whole cranberries & toss them in. By the time the oatmeal finishes microwaving, the cranberries are tender. Add a little brown sugar & a tinsy bit of butter & milk. I also have a 45 calorie slice of multi-grain toast sprinkled w/ cinnamon & spread with a tsp of honey. GREAT ODE.

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MORGANSMOM52 1/11/2013 12:31PM

    I never liked oatmeal. Over the years I tried it several times, not quite making it through a bowl. I have finally discovered, after much trial and error, a couple of the Quaker instant oatmeals that I don't hate. I'm sure there's more sugar in them than I need but......they have become a breakfast staple for the person who spent more years NOT eating breakfast than doing so.

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TPETRIE 1/11/2013 12:25PM

  I love it. Well done. Oatmeal is my favorite, plus I was always told it would stick to my ribs.

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NLYR20 1/11/2013 12:07PM

  Great Poem with your creativity. Enjoyed it. emoticon

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FARIS71 1/11/2013 11:20AM

    I'm totally busting out the oatmeal for breakfast tomorrow! Or maybe a snack today!

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VFJF22051 1/11/2013 10:15AM

    I had my crock pot steel cut oats with peaches and cinnomon this morning. A good breakfast just gets your day started right.

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