Cozy and Simple Meals

The Crankee Yankee and I decided a while back that we feel better if we have our “big meal” around noon-time. This means that, by 6:00pm or 7:00pm, a light supper works better for us. And since both of us like soup, it’s usually *tomato soup and crackers, corn chowder and pickles, or homemade chicken soup with lots of vegetables. We call them “cozy meals” in the cold months.

Sometimes we decide on good old grilled cheese sandwiches and soup. Or grilled cheese, tomato and onion sandwiches, or grilled cheese and ham sandwiches. Sometimes the Crankee Yankee will surprise me by making whole wheat blueberry pancakes and bacon.

Come summer when our garden is full of ripe tomatoes, green peppers, baby cucumbers, beets and lettuce, it’s time for salads. It’s fun to experiment with different dressings, curls of cheddar cheese, some walnuts or some chopped ham or chicken.

Sometimes for breakfast, I make oatmeal bowls. This was a “thing” not long ago, and it goes something like this: put 1/4 cup of oatmeal in a small container and add about 1/4 cup of milk to it. Add in chopped fruit, walnuts, shredded coconut, or whatever you like. Cover and put into the refrigerator overnight.

The next morning, pop the oatmeal bowl into the microwave for about a minute and a half. Stir, add more milk if you like, and enjoy. It makes a good and healthy breakfast, which is not only healthy but makes you feel a little bit smug for having had a “smart” breakfast.

All in all, not a bad way to start or end the day; old people-style.

*My “recipe” is pretty simple; open two cans of tomato soup and two cans of evaporated milk. Stir them together in a medium-sized pot, and add sprinklings of basil, black pepper and toss in some grated cheese. Of course I have made my own tomato soup from our own tomatoes, but this is my “easy” tomato soup recipe.

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