“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”
-Edith Sitwell

This quote is putting a really, really good face on it – when what I really want to say is “YO, Mother Nature – it’s time for Winter to get the heck out of here!!” By the time February rolls around, I have had enough with the cold, wind and snow of Nebraska. During these frosty days, I frequently ask my husband why we live here – he quickly reminds me we can’t move the farm and that there’s “No Place Like Nebraska.” Oh, yeah. Good points.

So, I resort to my favorite cozy comfort foods to keep my body and soul warmed. Like Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal.  Yum. A close room-mate and I used to make baked oatmeal all the time in college, so it truly does warm the soul remembering all the great times. I can almost smell the cinnamon and hear the movie starting. Yep – it’s good at breakfast, dessert or for an evening “in” with a movie!

I like simple. And, this recipe is simple. And, chances are you already have all the ingredients in your house. And, perhaps you need a little warmth from comfort food to make it through this blustery winter. Any more reasons you need to try it?

 Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal Ingredients

Baked Oatmeal

Serves: 6

All you need:
1 cup butter
2 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar or 1/3 c. Splenda or Truvia
1 T. baking powder
1 ½ tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup milk
3 cups oatmeal (regular or quick)
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon

All you do:
1. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the eggs. Add the baking powder, vanilla and cinnamon. Whisk in the milk until smooth. Add the oats.
2. Top with cinnamon and brown sugar.
3. Bake, uncovered, at 350 for 35-45 min, or until set in the middle.
4. Serve hot with warm milk poured over.

Variations: May add nuts, raisins, cranberries, apple chunks. Also great served with a dollop of yogurt and sliced bananas.

Shannon Frink

Shannon Frink is a registered dietitian and busy mom of two active boys. She knows the challenges of being a professional mom with the need to get a healthy, wholesome meal on the table – Quick! Shannon is the registered dietitian at Mary Lanning Heathcare Wellness department, where she has the unique opportunity to assist busy employees and community members to make healthy lifestyle choices! Shannon is Certified in Adult Weight Management by the Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition and is an active member of the Nebraska Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition and the Central Nebraska District Academy of Dietetics and Nutrition, as well as, a volunteer in the community. Shannon enjoys following her kids many activities, camping, biking, skiing with her family, trying new recipes, and participating in fitness classes and leagues.