Sweet Fennel Seed Oatmeal

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I love a big steaming bowl of oatmeal on a day when the cold weather makes my fingertips numb. I’m still trying to use up the random things I have sitting around in the cupboards, and this weekend I found sugar coated fennel seeds.
Start by making whatever size serving of oatmeal you’d like, prepared according to the package. I added a little handful of raisins to the water just before it started boiling, too.

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Add margarine, cinnamon to taste, and sugarcoated fennel seeds – enough to sweeten the oatmeal to your liking.

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It also turned my oatmeal a pretty color.

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You can add more fennel seeds for garnish, to brighten things up, and because they just taste good.

Here are some other oatmeal recipes to get you through the winter:

Chocolate Coconut Oatmeal
Gingerbread oatmeal
Cheesy Oatmeal
Peanut Butter Maple Oatmeal
Dark Chocolate Mango Oatmeal
Spicy Peanut Butter Oatmeal with Soy Sauce

I had no idea I had this many oatmeal recipes!

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I don’t do a whole lot of cooking on weekends. Saturday I got the All You Can Eat special at a local Ethiopian restaurant, last night I went to a Chinese buffet. Today I went to the monastery for confession and the nuns prepared a nice pasta meal for lunch. I just wanted a light snack when I got home, so I went with a variation of the classic Ants on a Log. I guess it’s like “adult” mac n cheese…adult ants on a log.

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I filled the celery with my cashew spread. From the top, the ants are:
Green onions & romaine lettuce, raisins & pistachios, pistachios & green onions

Oh, and on the way back from the monastery we stopped and picked about 100 grape leaves. I think I’m going to have to make some soon.