because I hate being stuck in a rut.
Because I like to make things fun sometimes.
Because this takes almost no effort!
Since there is a group of us eating breakfast, Igenerally we cook one bigger pot of oatmeal, then add brown sugar or honey at the table. We'll often have some nuts either on or in the oatmeal (depending on the child) to give the breakfast enough sticking power that my kids won't be hungry an hour later.
This time I had soaked some almonds overnight, and right before serving the oatmeal, it dawned on me that the ends very much resembled eggs. Maybe hummingbird eggs. Except they're the wrong color. And I won't pull out the Jordan almonds for breakfast. Cute, anyway.
To make this nest:
1 cup cooked plain oatmeal (or flavored, doesn't matter)
1/2- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 small handful almonds (hazelnuts or macadamias would be spectacular here! or maybe grapes)
Put the oatmeal in the middle of the plate. With a spoon, push to form a well in the center, just like making a well for gravy for mashed potatoes. :-) Sprinkle with the brown sugar, then arrange nuts in the center, wide side up. Serve to your baby birds. Or whoever you have.