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This ‘n That

One of the really wonderful things about blogging has been making new friends, and blogging just reconnected me with a friend and editor with whom I’d lost touch for much too long. She left a comment, I emailed her, and we had a nice phone chat this afternoon – color me very happy!

In spite of the lack of cooperation from the weather (it keeps raining!), we do have progress in the Construction Zone. First we had a trailer load of forms, and then another, and now the new basement is mostly formed up – I haven’t decided whether it looks more like a fort or a flood wall. There’s still some tweaking to be done, but it sounds like it should get poured either Friday or Monday, which may depend on the availability of the big truck with the conveyor.

Someone mentioned cooking oatmeal in the crockpot, which sounded like a good idea – I like oatmeal, but not the standing and stirring part. I looked around and decided to try this recipe for crockpot steelcut oatmeal. It calls for 2 cups of Irish/steelcut oats – I used 1 cup of oats, 2 cups of milk, 1/2 cup of water, a goodish handful of dried cranberries, and the waterbath method she describes. It turned out very well, except that next time I’ll use a little more liquid, and either set the temperature slightly higher, or start a little sooner, as I thought the oats were still too chewy when I first checked them. Next time, I also plan to spray the bowl with cooking spray πŸ˜‰

Since I’m a certifiable Chocoholic, and chocolate is now officially good for you, this dense hot chocolate sounds like a must-try!