Day one of 2013 was pretty sweet. We started the day off with some hearty cinnamon apple oatmeal that cooked overnight, followed by a trip to the gym (only 10 pounds left to go to pre-baby weight!), our pavers in the backyard were sealed today (a BIG item crossed off my list), munched on another Crock Pot meal for lunch, cleared 95% of the clutter from my dinning room table and guest room (another HUGE chore I crossed off my never ending to-do list) and had lots of playtime with Lily and Mike.
I love an organized home. Some time around October I started hoarding materials from crafts and DIY projects in my dining room and it spilled over to my guest room. Now with the clutter gone I feel like a gigantic elephant has stepped off my back. Crossing my fingers it stays this way.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again Crock Pots are a life saver. Toss in ingredients and walk away until the little timer beeps….love it! Today I used that puppy twice. Yes I did. I would have used it for dinner but we had some tasty leftovers.
We woke up to a hearty breakfast waiting for us. Yep I tossed in some ingredients before we headed to bed and our food was ready and waiting in the a.m. The best part….it was healthy and Lily liked it. She more that liked it…she went crazy for it. It has been a looooong time since Mike and I have seen Lily go bananas over food and today she flipped for over these easy oats.
2 cups old fashioned oatmeal
4 cups water
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 large apple chopped (or 2 small apples)
Spray the Crock Pot with cooking spray.
Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together and add it to the crock pot.
Add the chopped apple on top (do not mix).
Cover the apples with the oatmeal and then add the water. DO NOT MIX the ingredients. Leave them be and wait!
Cook on low for 8 hours.
For lunch we noshed on kielbasa & sauerkraut. We never had a menu tradition growing up for New Year’s day. I discovered this Crock Pot meal when Mike’s fraternity brother Nick and his wife Erica (both hail from PA) came to visit. I fell in love with this “yankee” (a label my southern family affectionately places on anything from up north) dish and have made it for Mike every year since. Typically served with pork, we skipped that this year because we had it the night before (bad planning on my part). Served over homemade mashed potatoes this easy Crock Pot dish is a hit whether you’re a yankee or not!
Crock Pot Kielbasa & Sauerkraut
2 packages of kielbasa, cut in chunks (yes two packs…we left the pork out so we added more kielbasa!)
2 cans of sauerkraut
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 bottle of beer (whatever you have in the fridge!)
½ stick of butter
1 cup of water
s + p to taste
Spray the Crock Pot with cooking spray
Add sauerkraut and onion to the bottom of the pot.
Cut up the butter and place on top.
Add kielbasa, beer, water and salt and pepper.
Cook on high for 3 hours.
Spoon kielbasa, sauerkraut and onions over homemade mash potatoes and pour some of the liquid in the Crock Pot over that and enjoy!