Monday, September 30, 2013

Etsy Shop of the Week - The Shed Studios

Welcome to the second edition of the Etsy Shop of the Week! Each week I choose a wonderful Etsy shop to share with you all. We can all have fun finding new products for our homes and lives, not to mention some wonderful gift ideas for our loved ones (or ourselves!).

Today we get to meet Brett of the gorgeous jewelry shop The Shed Studios. She sells beautiful hand-crafted necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings from difference metals and stones.

Brett - owner and creator at The Shed Studios

Brett combines hammered silver, copper, and other materials to create wonderful and unique pieces. I'm having a hard time choosing a favorite - everything is gorgeous! 

So, let's meet Brett!

Tell us the story of your jewelry and Etsy shop.

I've always had a natural desire to create. I signed up for my first metalsmithing class on a whim. After about the first half hour of my first class, I was hooked! I’d found a craft that involves chemistry, math, and physics to create works of art from sheets of metal. Metalsmithing has been a great excuse to invest in new tools, and I love that I get to saw through thick metals, hammer things, and set my work on fire to create something beautiful. 

Through my craft I aspire to create jewelry that will become go-to favorites in a woman’s wardrobe for years to come. I want to offer pieces that become a comfortable staple that blend’s with its wearers unique personality. Each piece is carefully crafted by hand with love, care, and great attention to detail.

My work lately has a bit of a rustic flare. I grew up on a working farm, and my jewelry is influenced by a rustic aesthetic. I never know where I’ll find inspiration. This piece [below], for example, was influenced by a barbed wire fence (don’t worry – it's smooth and comfortable to wear)! 

I adore this bracelet. It's simple, rustic, and so beautiful!

My shop is named TheShedStudios, a literal description of my studio which is housed in a little shed in our backyard. Upon coming home from a work-related trip in southern Africa, I was thrilled to find that my husband and young daughter had worked while I was away to convert a storage shed into a studio for my craft. They may have finally gotten tired of my hammering things in the house, but I prefer to think of it as a demonstration of love and support for my business! I needed a good excuse to spend time in my studio and create new jewelry, and am so excited to have opened The Shed Studios on Etsy!

What's your favorite thing to make?

Right now I’m working on some new bracelet designs. I recently acquired some new tools that allow me to create bracelets, and I’m loving experimenting with some new designs. As fall sets in and the air is getting cooler and crisper, I’m also enjoying working more with copper. There is something special about the properties of copper that somehow seems perfect for fall! 

I had the hardest time choosing a copper piece 
to show; they're all wonderful! I agree 
with Brett about copper being perfect for fall, 
but I'd definitely be wearing this necklace year-round!

What are some of your favorite items currently for sale in your shop?

This tends to change, but today I’d say my long copper hoop necklace is among my favorites. 

Such a beautifully understated piece. It 
would definitely become a wardrobe staple!

I also love this hammered silver ring. My husband and I wear versions of this ring as our wedding bands, and its one of the first pieces I created after discovering the art of metalsmithing. 

So classic and wonderful, and I love that Brett 
and her husband wear her handmade rings!

Can you tell us three fun facts about yourself?

  • I can parallel park a truck and trailer (I grew up on a farm in rural Arkansas)
  • I was once bitten by an endangered species (a lemur when working in a primate center in North Carolina)
  • I’ve traveled to about 20 different countries (mostly in the developing world where my day job takes me to advance democracy)

A gorgeous pair of silver triple-hoop earrings. 
These would make a wonderful gift for anyone,
 including yourself. I'm going to be dropping 
not-so-subtle hints to my friends and family about these!

Any final things you want to share?

My life has had lots of interesting and unpredictable twists and turns, and I’m excited about the path of TheShedStudios.

Brett even works with sea glass (multi-talented!). 
How gorgeous are these earrings? I love the colors.

Thank you so much, Brett, for give us an inside look at your work! Be sure to check out The Shed Studios to pick up some gorgeous jewelry for yourself or a friend!

To keep up with all the beautiful pieces that Brett is busy working on, check out her creations and follow her here:

If you have an Etsy shop and would like to be considered for an upcoming feature, feel free to send me an email!

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Fresh Apple Cake from Dorothy Mae

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Source: Church folks attacked mine, so no good pics from me!

You know those times when you make a recipe, and it's just so good you want to share it with everyone?

This is one of those times.

I first made this apple cake after seeing a sweet older lady named Dorothy Mae prepare it on Martha Stewart's TV show years ago. It was amazingly good.

But it makes a big cake. Too much for my small family, so I didn't make it again for awhile.

Until yesterday. My mom and I were scheduled to host a church social and I knew this cake would be perfect. A lot of servings, a crowd pleaser, and the fresh apples, cinnamon, and walnuts make it the perfect dessert for fall.

Judging from the fact that I don't have enough leftovers to take a decent picture, you can tell it was a hit. 

Fresh Apple Spice Cake
Makes 1 Bundt Cake

  • 1 1/3 Cups Vegetable (Or Canola) Oil
  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3-4 Granny Smith Apples, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2" chunks (about 3 cups apple pieces)
  • 1 Cup Chopped Nuts (I used walnuts and pecans)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray with flour. Side note - have you discovered Baker's Joy cooking spray with flour yet? It's amazing. Bundt cakes come out perfectly every time. 
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine oil, sugar, and eggs. Beat on high speed with the paddle attachment until lemon yellow.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  4. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients to the sugar mixture, stirring until just combined.
  5. Add apples, nuts, and vanilla, and mix until combined. I mixed it by hand here, because my mixer wasn't doing a great job combining everything. But be warned, it's a really thick batter so you'll get an arm workout!
  6. Pour batter into your prepared pan and bake for 75-90 minutes, or until a wooden skewer or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Mine was done right at 75 minutes, so be sure to start checking it then.
  7. Let cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack.
This cake is seriously amazing. Don't worry about the thickness of the batter making for a dry cake. The apples release a lot of juice into the cake while it's baking, and it comes out perfectly moist. It's an ideal fall dessert and will make your house smell wonderful!

Martha suggested serving the cake with ice cream and caramel sauce, but it doesn't need it at all. The cake is plenty sweet and delicious all on its own.

Be sure to try it out! I know you'll love it as much as I do!

Linking up with Sweet Haute, Thrifty Thursday

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Saturday's Seven - Fall Decor

Welcome to another new feature! (I'm on a roll with the features!)

Every Saturday I will share seven wonderful ideas I've found over the week. This week I've been super excited about Autumn, so I focused on Fall decor. 

Pumpkins, acorns, leaves, and wheat - all perfectly Autumn. I'm loving all of the creative ideas out there. So many talented bloggers!

Be sure to visit the featured blogs to find out how they created their seasonal decor.

Now, go be inspired, and be sure to stop back by next Saturday!

1. Fall Tablescape  |  our vintage home love
2. Autumn Decorating Ideas  |  320 Sycamore
3. Rustic Fall Centerpiece  |  Design, Dining + Diapers
4. Book Page Pumpkin  |  Creations by Kara
5. Harvest Sign  |  Making Home Base
6. Folded Paper Leaf Garland  |  Happy Clippings
7. Curbside Table Turned Into a Pumpkin  |  My Creative Days

Linking up with Sweet Haute, Thrifty Thursday

Friday, September 27, 2013

Thrifting Haul - Finds at the Inn

I originally had this titled "Scoring at the Inn" before realizing how that sounded. Moving on...

My mom, son, and I headed out the other day to hit up some new thrift stores up north. We found a few duds, but one wonderful store called Friends of the Inn in Mckinney. Sadly, it's too far away to become a regular, but I'll definitely be making the trek up north to visit every month or so.

It's a small little shop run by a group of sweet older ladies, and it's wonderfully clean and cluttered! I love digging for treasures and not having to worry about bugs and other gross things. Plus, thrift stores run by sweet old ladies are the best.

We used our tried and true divide-and-conquer strategy. We split up and scan quickly, mainly keeping our eye out for monkey pod. And this shop didn't disappoint.

After a couple of minutes, we all met up. I had the giant salad bowl filled with flowers, my mom had found a large seashell, and my son had found 5 fun pieces. Super successful. I've been feeling like I've exhausted Dallas' supply of monkey pod, so it was great to find more pieces! I've got a lot of eyes now helping me out by looking for monkey pod. It helps to have wonderful friends and church family!

The store was having 40% off everything that plugs in. Fun sale, but I only found one plugging item; it's a good one though. I absolutely love this lamp. It's got an awesome shape, and provides a lot of light to paint by. Unfortunately I burnt the crud out of my hand adjusting the shade while it was one. Darn those incandescent bulbs. I've switched to fluorescent now and my hand is all better. I ended up paying around $2.50 for this - amazing!!

I found this picnic basket while making my second circle around the store. It's a beautiful dusty red color and in great shape. And when I opened it, it got even better.

It still has the original plastic dishes! And they're still in their plastic wrap - completely new! Now I want to fill up one of those vintage thermoses and go on a picnic!

I found 6 of these charming little mugs. I have yet to have any luck selling mugs, but I can't seem to stop buying them. Especially when I get them for a song.

There were five of these mugs. I love them even more. They've got an awesome olive green and yellow design on them; hopefully someone loves them as much as I do.

I couldn't resist these snack platters. It was a package of 6 plastic trays, and they're in great shape. I'm still a little confused about what that is above the "snacks" though. A weird worm? A cornucopia with eyes? Seriously, what is it?

Finally, I'm going to branch out from bowls and trays. I found these old napkin rings and have decided to experiment and see how they look with dots. They're cheap enough to practice on! Anyone up for some polka dot napkin rings?

Do you have any great finds to share? Be sure to tell me about them in the comments!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Thrifting Haul - A New Member of the Family

This will be the first of two thrifting hauls this week! Too many pictures to squeeze it all into one.

The first installment is a little sparse, but I'll make up for it tomorrow!

My mom found this awesome set of Mid Century China this week. It was an odd set of 5 cups, 7 saucers, 4 plates, and a creamer, but who cares? It's amazing! I absolutely adore the shape of the creamer! This isn't a set to resell; we're keeping it to enjoy afternoon cups of coffee.

And now, for the newest member of my brass bird family. I found this goose (duck? swan?) at a huge thrift store that's been pretty lacking lately. I originally got him intending to put him in my booth, but I kind of fell in love with him. He's too cute to get rid of! So he's officially a part of the family now.

Speaking of the family, it's time we were all introduced. The hornbill on the right started my love affair with brass birds. I found him at a new thrift store over a year ago. He was $5, which was a little high. He was in pretty dreadful shape, so I passed on him. Then a couple of days later, I couldn't stop thinking of him, and completely regretted not buying him. So back I went. He was still there, (yay!) but he didn't have a price tag on him (boo!), and it was at one of those thrift stores that refuses to sell anything without a price. So I sadly handed him over, thinking I wasn't meant to have him.

Fast forward a week or two, and I returned. There he was, sitting on a shelf with a $.99 sticker on him. I snatched him up and named him Nigel. It was meant to be.

The owl is from an estate sale. Another one I intended to resell, but couldn't part with. He doesn't have a name. Nor does the duck/goose/swan. I'm open to suggestions.

I was recently approached by an ecommerce site who wants to feature my bowls. It's a little tricky though, since I rely on thrifted finds, and don't have many multiples of bowls. So now, when I find a set of the same shape, it makes me super happy! Nothing is set in stone with the site yet, but when it is, I'll be sure to share. Anyways, are these for ears of corn? They sure look it, but I can't imagine putting buttery corn-on-the-cob in a wooden tray.

My mom found this set of monkey pod dishes a couple of months ago, and I found another larger set as well. I can't for the life of me decide on what color to paint these. I'm open to suggestions here as well! The same color scheme? Reds on the heart and diamond, blacks on the spade and club? Four different colors? Seriously, my brain can't make a decision. Someone help me out here.

I'll be back tomorrow with yet another thrifting haul. I explored a new thrift store and it was super successful! 

The Best Pumpkin Bread

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It's not officially Fall until I start baking everything pumpkin, apple, cinnamon, etc.

So as of yesterday, it's officially Fall!

I'm not quite sure where this pumpkin bread recipe came from. It's the same one my mom has been making since I was little, but who knows where she found it.

But really, who cares about the source when it's so good?

It's quick to throw together, easy and foolproof, and since pumpkin is healthy, that means the bread is good for you too, right?

Ok, so maybe it's not a healthy recipe, but at least it's a delicious treat with some added health benefits from the pumpkin! And that counts.

So get baking, and soon your house will smell like Fall!

Pumpkin Bread
Makes 2 Loaves

  • 3 1/3 Cups Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2-1 tsp Nutmeg (If using preground, go for 1 tsp; freshly ground is stronger, so use 1/2 tsp)
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Vegetable or Canola Oil
  • 2/3 Cup Water
  • 1 15 oz Can Pumpkin (Not pie filling, be sure to use pumpkin puree)
  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans (Optional)
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the first six ingredients, through the nutmeg.
I promise this is in a bowl. Darn clear glass.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, water, and pumpkin.

  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine.

  • Don't overmix; it's ok if there are some small lumps. But if you beat the batter, your bread will be dense and heavy.
Little lumps - don't worry about them!
  • Stir in the pecans, if you're using them. I skipped them this time since my son doesn't like nuts in baked goods. Crazy boy.
  • Divide the batter between 2 greased loaf pans.
Loaf pan size doesn't matter much. I'm using fairly large ones, since the rest of mine are nonstick, and I hate nonstick baking pans! As long as your loaf pans aren't filled more than about 2/3 of the way, they will bake fine.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a loaf comes out clean. It's almost always done after 50 minutes, so be sure to check it then.

  • Let cool in the loaf pans for about 10 minutes, then remove to a cooling rack. Once they're cool, enjoy! Or eat them warm if you can't wait, like I did! It's delicious either way.

Now, I have to admit, after putting a few recipes on here, I'm more and more amazed by food bloggers. Since I was trained as a chef, my first instinct while cooking or baking is to hurry up and finish. I have a really hard time stopping mid-recipe and taking pictures. And when I do, I rush them, so they're really lacking. So I apologize for that. But at least I can guarantee that the recipe is delicious!

This bread freezes really well. You just need to wrap each individual slice in plastic wrap, then you can have fresh baked pumpkin bread anytime. Perfect for those afternoons when you want a little snack and don't feel like baking!

I baked another batch to bring to church this weekend. It's a hit with everyone. Slice it thinly, spread on some softened cream cheese, and enjoy. Perfection!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Shameless Self Promotion Time

Update! The grand opening sale is over, but I have a special offer for readers! Use coupon code FALL15 to save 15% on all of your purchases!

Ok, maybe with a little shame.

But I want to remind everyone that I've got a grand opening sale going on at my shop, Tess and Ivy.

But it's only good through September. (Eeek!)

Now's a great time to shop for Christmas presents. Got a mother who's hard to buy for? A friend who has everything? A sister with great taste? Shop early and then you won't have to worry when the hectic holiday season rolls around.

Ok, I promise, I'm done with the self-promotion now.

Whoops. Now, I'm really done.

Back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow. Hint: it involves the best pumpkin bread ever and a new thrifting haul. Yay!

(By the way, where the heck did this week go? How is it almost Thursday?) 

Linking up with The Cottage Market

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Etsy Shop of the Week - Lady Honsa

Welcome to a brand new weekly feature that I'm really excited about! Each week I will choose a wonderful Etsy shop to share with you all. We can all have fun finding new products for our homes and lives, not to mention some wonderful gift ideas - Christmas will be here before we know it, after all!

First up, we have Erin of the beautiful shop Lady Honsa. She sells gorgeous original paintings, prints, invitations, and scrapbook paper that she designs. She even hand-paints glass pieces, turning them into works of art for your home. Talk about multi-talented! 

Erin and her mom Kerrie. Such a sweet picture!

Erin is an Australian-native currently living with her husband in the US. She collaborates with her mom, Kerrie as well. Even though they live on opposite sides of the globe, they manage to combine poetry and art to create wonderful pieces.

So, let's meet Erin!

Tell us the story of your art and Etsy shop.

I remember as a little kid, my 2 brothers and I were always sitting out on the back verandah painting. Mum painted art when she was in school and teachers college, and she always encouraged us to paint as well. At that time it was just a fun way to spend time with my family, but when I reached high school I really fell in love with art. I never thought I was any good, but I just remember it being a way to get out some of my frustrations and anger (teenage years!). As I got a little older, I knew that I couldn’t make a career out of it, or maybe I didn’t really consider it. I was always good at science, so decided to choose that career path. I was the nerd that took physics, biology and chemistry, and loved it. Once I started seriously studying science, my art really stopped. I’d doodle every now and then, but that’s about it. I have no formal training in art, and there are many times I dream about what would have happened if I’d pursued a career in art.

I then moved to the USA to start graduate school. When my to-be husband found out how much I love art and love to paint, he told me I needed to start again. So for a couple of years I’d paint artwork for our apartment, or for some friends and family members. As graduate school got really busy, I stopped again, and it wasn’t until I graduated and moved to my “real” job that I found I had passion again to paint (not to mention TIME!). I didn’t think of really selling my art, I do not have confidence in what I do, and I’m terrified of someone saying my art is crap. Once again, my husband talked me into being a bit more confident, so I started my Etsy store.

I never imagined it would be so much work, I was very naïve. I thought, hey I’ll just take some crappy photos of my paintings and throw them on this site. They will sell, right? Ha! Not even close. The sheer amount of talented artists on this site has been very overwhelming, but over the 3 months I’ve been selling online, I’ve already become more critical and passionate about my art. I’ve also expanded my designs to include scrapbook paper pattern designs, which is a lot of fun! I’m constantly trying new things, prints are being deleted and canvases being thrown out if I don’t like it. One thing that will never change, however, is me painting for what I think the masses will want, compared to what I want to paint. I’m sure this hurts sales, but I just can’t do it. And I’ve tried! Beige and muted colours just aren’t me. It must have something to do with my red hair!

I recently also added my Mum (my best friend) to my shop, she still lives in Australia. She teaches primary school and writes poems to help with class lessons. So we now have a couple of kid sections in our shop, with poems she wrote, which are perfect for a classroom, and I make the art for it. I’ve also enjoyed making personalized name art for babies. We haven’t had any sales yet from the child section, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!!
An example of Erin and Kerrie's poetry and art collaboration - wouldn't this be amazing in a schoolroom? Great gift for the teachers in your life!

What's your favorite thing to paint/print/etc?

I love using colours (if you can’t guess from my art) and I love mixing colours to make abstract pieces. Often I will get a feeling about something, or have some emotion I need to express, so I do so through mixing colours. Often I will pick up a paint brush and start painting, then something hits me and I know what I want to make.

I don’t have a lot of space in my tiny apartment, so right now I have been focusing on using a graphics program to make my art pieces. I am sloooooowly learning how to use this, but it’s been a lot of fun. My current project is my Geometric Fall 2013 Collection. One day I was sitting at work and had an idea for one print, and now I have about 20 made. Not all of them are listed on my shop right now, I am trying to gauge whether they’d actually be popular, or if I’m just kidding myself!

Making patterns for scrapbook paper has also become a favourite thing of mine. But deep down I will still enjoy painting with acrylic paint the most. There’s just something about having dried paint all over your hands, and sometimes face, that makes me happy and think of my childhood.

One of Erin's acrylics. I love this piece, plus it's customizable - so you can choose the colors to perfectly coordinate with your decor!

What are some of your favorite items currently for sale in your shop?

I really love the geometric print collection I’m working on. There’s something so fun about the mixing of colours and the minimalistic, yet modern feel of these prints. Right now I’m making them to be a square print, and I am going to be framing some of them. I feel with the explosion of colours in some of them, as well as the contrast of dark colours with a spot of bright, they’d look amazing in a frame with large matting around it. That’s what I’m hoping potential buyers will imagine when they look at my prints. If I can hopefully take some photos of them in an actual frame, it will help buyers see their potential.
One of Erin's geometric prints (my favorite colors!) - wouldn't a whole grouping of these framed on the wall look amazing?

Can you tell us three fun facts about yourself?
  • I was born and raised in Australia. 
  • I have a PhD in microbiology.
  • I met my husband (who is from Houston, Texas) online on the message boards for the Houston Astros Baseball team, when I was still living in Australia. 6 years later we were married in Australia.

A gorgeous hand-painted glass bowl. This piece is also customizable with many different pieces to choose from and a huge selection of colors. Another great gift idea for those people who are really hard to buy for!

Thank you so much, Erin, for letting us take an inside look at your work! Be sure to check out Lady Honsa to pick up some pieces of your own.

To keep up with all that Erin is busy creating, check out her creations and follow her here:

Etsy Shop
Website, soon to be here.
Blog, soon to be here

If you have an Etsy shop and would like to be considered for an upcoming feature, feel free to send me an email!

Linking up with Mod Mix Monday

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Thrifting Haul - Donate it to Us!

My mom has a regular customer at her Etsy shop who lives close to us. While conversing with my mom, she mentioned some items she was going to donate, but wanted to see if we wanted them first.

After seeing some mid century things, my mom immediately said yes!

Yesterday, when the customer came to pick up her most recent painting, we got some goodies too! And they're awesome.

First up are these gorgeous bird wall hangings. My mom and I duked it out over these. She loves the mid century vibe, I loved that they went with the birds on my pallet. I think they're going to end up in my bedroom.

I loved this old fan cover. Now I need to figure out a way to upcycle it. I love its shape!

I've got a few old cameras from my grand-uncle already displayed in my room. And now they have a new friend in this Brownie Starflash camera. So retro, so perfect!

I'm most excited about this! It's a Couroc owl plate, and it's amazing. The beautiful owl is inlaid on the plate, and it even has the wall hanger on the back. Love, love, love it!

Aren't these thermoses the most awesome thing ever? Loving the colors and patterns. I need to figure out a way to make them work in my home, because they're amazing.

The last thing was this atomic-style end table. My mom and I can't decide if it's actually old, or just styled to look old. But it doesn't really matter, because it's gold! I love gold-colored furnishings, and now I finally have one! It will be perfect by my armchair in my bedroom. I've been precariously balancing a book and coffee cup while sitting in it, so it will be super nice to have a table nearby!

We couldn't thank my mom's customer enough for giving up these awesome finds! And I've now decided I need to camp out at the thrift store she normally donates things to. If these are her get-rid-ofs, how amazing must the rest of her house be?

Linking up with Sir Thrift A LotThe Penny Worthy Project, and The Nifty Thrifty

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

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I promised earlier this week that I would share my recipe for making your own instant oatmeal at home.

It's even quicker than the stovetop version, and is perfect for mornings when you're in a rush and need a hearty, healthy, delicious breakfast.

Plus, kids love it. My picky son can't get enough.

Please excuse my half-dressed child. In our defense, it's still really hot here.

Who needs Quaker?

Now, on to the oatmeal...

Homemade Instant Cinnamon Oatmeal
Makes enough for 8-10 servings

  • 5 Cups Minute Oats
  • 2 1/2 Cups Powdered Milk
  • 3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 10 Packets Truvia (Or 1/4 Cup Sugar)
  • 3 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Salt

  1. Place the oatmeal in a food processor. Process the oats until they are slightly ground. You don't want to go overboard and make oat flour. You're just breaking up the oatmeal so that it will cook instantly in hot water. It won't be ruined if you process it too long though; your oatmeal just won't have as much texture. (Side note - if you do what I did, and discover you didn't process the oatmeal long enough after making a bowl to eat, you can put the entire mix back in the food processor and pulse it around some more.)

       2.  Combine the oats and all other ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well to combine. And you're done!

To make the oatmeal, the ratio is about 2 parts boiling water to 3 parts oatmeal mix. I use 1/2 cup water and 3/4 cup of the mix to make it for my son. Simply stir the boiling water in, let the oatmeal sit for a minute to cool down, and enjoy. You can adjust the amounts to make the oatmeal thicker or thinner according to your preference.

You can always portion out the oatmeal into zipper bags to speed up the process a little more. But frankly, that's too much work for me. I just put it in a big container, and scoop it out when I need it. It's easy enough, and that way it's easier to make more or less when you want it.

Enjoy your homemade instant oatmeal! Have fun playing around with this recipe. Add other spices, dried fruits, nuts, anything to make it your own.

Linking up with Sweet HauteThrifty ThursdayDIY Vintage Chic
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