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Tomorrow is another day... 
Jan. 21, 2012 8:32 pm 
Updated: Feb. 4, 2012 6:25 pm
As many of you know I am married to "No Baking Papa".  When I met him in 1974 he knew how to cook Chili Fries.  Oven Fries and a can of chili - I doubt if he chopped onions to top these gems but he would on occasion mix it up with the addition of a hot dog or burger patty. 

Blue Box Mac and Cheese was considered a cooking triumph. 

When I met him, I didn't know that there were people who didn't eat vegetables. 

I remember the first meal I made him. 
(Yes, women remember these things.)

Salad with Avocado and assorted vegetables
Pot Roast
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans

He ate with gusto.  There was no indication that he didn't like vegetables.

At some point he must have mentioned to his mother Lois, that I loved vegetables.  When the time came to "meet the family" Lois had us over for dinner.  There was Fried Chicken, a bowl of mashed potatoes large enough to feed an entire basketball team and a large bowl of..... CANNED PEAS.  

"Honey, I opened two cans of peas cuz I KNOW you love vegetables!"  

I was faced with a monstrous bowl of the one green thing that I don't consider a vegetable....canned peas!  I love fresh and frozen peas but canned peas and I have never been friends.  I do believe that I was the only one who ate any peas.  In fact, I don't think that bowl of peas ever moved from it's carefully placed location, in front of my plate.  

Bless her (now departed) heart.  Lois meant well.
She had 5 BIG boys to feed.  If it couldn't be fried or sweetened, it wasn't food fit for her boys. 
Her boys were not allowed to into the kitchen - they were 'boys' and she served them huge, filling, rich and comforting food. 

"No Baking Papa" has come a long way!  I know that Lois always worried about him - I mean, really - he married a woman who couldn't fry chicken! 

There was a time, a few years ago when NB Papa actually would make his own oatmeal in the microwave.  He had his "oatmeal bowl" and a special 3/4 cup scoop.  He had it down pat.  After a time, that routine fell by the wayside. 

This morning, after deciding to ditch the toasted bagels for breakfast he decided to return  to the healthy bowl of oatmeal.  He went to the pantry and found the whole oats, unearthed the lonely oatmeal bowl.  He found the "scoop" and proceeded to make oatmeal. 

"Do you need help, Honey?"
"Nope, I got it!  I remember how to do this.  1 scoop oats and 2 scoops water."


The "special" bowl is designed to hold 3/4 cup oats and 1 1/2 cups water - zap for 3 minutes.  We later determined that he managed to add 1 1/2 cups oatmeal and 3 cups water.  What ensued was an explosive, oatmeal disaster!  

Did you know that oatmeal has the same sticking power as Super Glue? 

So, we are back to the drawing board.  The "Special Scoop" now has it's place in the oatmeal container and the "Oatmeal Bowl" again resides at the front of the cupboard.  

Tomorrow is another day!  
Jan. 21, 2012 8:56 pm
Funny, get out the scrapers BN! I know that if my oatmeal bowl goes in the sink and I don't fill it with water...the dang stuff is like cement trying to pick off the bowl!
Jan. 21, 2012 9:07 pm
Wyattdogster - I was lucky to rescue the microwave....let alone the bowl. Tomorrow he will try again.
Jan. 22, 2012 1:33 am
Microwaving those nutritious oats is so convenient yet so easily disastrous. That must be some bowl as our oatmeal bowls will only hold 1/3 cup without spilling over the edge. Better to have the mess in the microwave rather than the stove top.
Jan. 22, 2012 4:21 am
Funny! When my husband married me, he was the one that would eat any vegetable. I only ate fresh corn on the cob or green beans. And not the kind in a can! Now I'll eat anything. He's been saying the last 30 years the best surprise he got when he married me is that I learned how to cook. Both of us cook - I know he won't go hungry if I am unable to make dinner. My son, now that's a different story. For some reason you'd think he was raised like your hubby was. He always says a woman's place is in the kitchen. The man's place is at the table waiting for the food. I think (At least I hope) most of that is said in jest. :)
Jan. 22, 2012 5:05 am
Thanks for stopping in Marie C - I remember hunting high and low for those bowls - they are deep with high sides. We had tried numerous bowls and these are perfect. Unless, you use more than 3/4 cups of oats. You are right about the stove. It could have been worse. I am not sure if NB Papa knows how to turn the stove on.
Jan. 22, 2012 5:20 am
Mother Ann - I am sure your son is joking...I hope. Our adult son is a decent cook and the master of the grill. Not a talent he learned from his father. I do have to say that NB Papa would have probably learned to cook if I hadn't always chased him out of the kitchen.
Jan. 22, 2012 5:41 am
LOLOL! My DH claims to be able to use the kitchen. The grill and smoker, YES! Kitchen, well doubtful. Cooked oatmeal is on my blech list and the guys buy that instant stuff for themselves on occassion. It is amazing that a food can turn into glue isn't it? :)
Jan. 22, 2012 5:56 am
Cat, I am convinced that the inventor of Crazy Glue had a run in with oatmeal in their early days and an idea was born. Grilling and Smoking is a learned art - NB Papa's early attempts resulted in charred hunks of leather. I never allowed NB Papa to discover the art of cooking low and slow with indirect heat. I think it could be too late now.... we are still working on oatmeal.
Jan. 22, 2012 8:27 am
I must report.....NB Papa managed to make his oatmeal this morning without incident. The kitchen is safe for the moment.
Jan. 22, 2012 9:35 am
I remember my first oatmeal cooking experience. Mom was hospitalized,d at work and older siblings off to college. I made it just like I saw mom do it, add oatmeal to pan, add water, stir and get it cooking on the burner. Well, it was a bad water/oatmeal ratio in too small of a pan. The resulting disaster was a sticky/stuck humiliation. That was also the time I learned what "a practiced eye" means. When mom got home she pointed out that there are instructions printed on the box. She did compliment me on the very clean and shiny pan, though.
Jan. 22, 2012 10:11 am
INSTRUCTIONS? DIRECTIONS? HA - surely Mike, you jest! LOL :) I have a feeling that oatmeal has gotten the better of many of us. My nemesis was rice. Who know that it would expand to such gigantic proportions? It looked so tiny and innocent.... Of course there was also the pancake incident. That is a story that deserves it's own blog.
Jan. 22, 2012 10:39 am
Hilarious....if you don't have to jackhammer oatmeal glue from cooking surfaces. Sparky cannot even do the oatmeal thing. He tried the instant, but he would usually blow it up and all over the micro. When I travel, I always make a bunch of dishes and freeze them so he might eat decently. It is usually pretty much all for naught. I come home to the same frozen dishes for one (and never two) taking up valuable real estate in the freezer. He seems to thrive on chili dogs (with ick....a can of Nalleys) I think I am just going to buy him all icky cans of stuff when I leave next time. Seems that this fits in his culinary repertoire and I don't have to eat it :)
Jan. 22, 2012 11:47 am
Mauigirl, it sounds like NB Papa and Sparky would get along just fine - sharing chili dogs & avoiding the explosive oatmeal. That and a bag of oven fries and they would be all set.
Jan. 22, 2012 1:59 pm
Forgot about the oven fries. I have the tail ends of several bags in my freezer waiting for Sparky untill I fly away again :)
Jan. 22, 2012 3:12 pm
I got a good laugh out of this, but then again I didn't have to clean up that awful mess. Cream of wheat is the hot cereal that got the best of me. FYI if you leave the spoon in the pot, walk away from the stove while it is cooking and get chatting on the phone, when you return you will have created a stanchion suitable for a parking lot. I have since switched to microwaving oatmeal and in my bowls it is 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water and nuke at 75% power. And I am still shuddering at the thought of eating canned peas.
Jan. 22, 2012 3:25 pm
LOL! Well, I can' t say much about Baking Papa. I remember one of my first cooking lessons (I learn by experience, remember) was that popcorn made in a big pot on the stove, needs a lid. It's pretty exciting though, the way all those things catch on fire while they are popping all over a gas stove!
Jan. 22, 2012 4:25 pm
BN- I could have written this myself!! My husband's family ONLY eats canned peas! It's the one thing I won't touch. Always served with something fried, lots of carbs and dessert! My husband had never even had broccoli before! He is now a veggie lover...I cook even more veggies than my mom ever did. But, he still loves peas at his parents :)
Jan. 22, 2012 5:23 pm
So Funny! I needed a good laugh... oh! I'm laughing with you... right? I was thinking of paper Mache' with the kids this week... hmmmm oatmeal might work!
Jan. 22, 2012 6:22 pm
BSM - I am laughing now....well until you mentioned Cream of Wheat. (Hanging head in shame....) I had forgotten about my mishap with Cream of Wheat. It is better left buried .... I don't want to jog NB Papa's memory of my disaster with that. (Shhh.....the pan went out in the trash.....) BTW = NB Papa don't understand 75% power - he doesn't understand low flame on the stove either. That is why he has been banned from gas appliances. :)
Jan. 22, 2012 6:34 pm
Petey: Thanks for stopping in. You have jogged a memory and given me an idea. I think I should pop corn without the top.....the dog & grandkids would love that adventure! Of course I would want to do see outside. :) I do remember having to toss a teflon pan.... lesson learned, hot oil, popcorn and cheap thin pans don't mix.
Jan. 22, 2012 6:51 pm
Kathleen - REALLY? There is another family that only eats canned peas? Mind you, I am not sure if NB Papa's family actually ATE the peas - I think they were props. NB Papa now eats lots of veggies and I still can't fry chicken like his mother. (Not that I try very hard.) Your kids are the beneficiaries of your vegetable adventures. This is a good trend.
Jan. 22, 2012 6:57 pm
Go ahead Terry - Laugh! We are laughing now.....Now that the Oatmeal Glue is cleaned up. I thought about using this stuff to glue down the loose flashing on the roof....but on second thought....Nah.... If I were you I would skip the oatmeal for your project, it is too lumpy!
Jan. 22, 2012 8:13 pm
That made for a good laugh, Baking Nana! I can just picture it! Good fun for me--I didn't have to clean it up or try to make NBP feel OK about it!
Jan. 22, 2012 8:30 pm
Oh, my, BN! Oatmeal glue...what a fun clean up. HOPEFULLY all Moms out there ARE teaching their boys to cook and know their way around the kitchen. Really no excuse for stupidity! BUT, in addition, girls should be mowing the lawn and learning to change a tire, also. Independence so one doesn't HAVE TO rely on's a GOOD THING!! Great blog!
Jan. 22, 2012 9:00 pm
Oh girrrl, you crack me up! Lol ... a sticky note on the inside cupboards might be helpful hehe
Jan. 23, 2012 5:45 am
Marianne: I had to laugh. To be honest I should have been able to laugh about his kitchen mishaps years ago.... he might have stuck around the kitchen more if I hadn't chased him out. What is they say about old dogs and new tricks?
Jan. 23, 2012 5:53 am
chris k - NB Papa's gardening accident stories are funnier than his kitchen stories! Growing up in my family there was no such thing as "boys" or "girls" chores. Now, NB Papa would say "Change a tire? Isn't that what we have AAA for?" :)
Jan. 23, 2012 5:58 am
moaa - the sticky note could be misconstrued as 'instructions' or 'directions' and therefore would be automatically ignored. Good thought though. Thanks for stopping in.
Jan. 23, 2012 6:57 am
Baking Nana I have missed your blogs! My oh my! NB Papa's oatmeal catastrophe -too bad you didn't get a photo. This reminds me of my hubby's love for green olives. Somehow a giant jar of olives that slipped out of his hands and olives rolled all over the floor.
Jan. 23, 2012 8:25 am
Lela, If NB Papa spilled the olives I think he would cry. He loves olives too. At least olives aren't sticky. :)
Jan. 23, 2012 10:34 am
We used to use the oatmeal from the college dining hall to spackle the walls in our fraternity after parties. Sanded down nicely and held paint well. Good luck tomorrow.
Jan. 23, 2012 1:31 pm
Thanks Doug! That is valuable information. Good to know if we ever get a hole in the wall all I have to do is send NB Papa to the kitchen. I don't want to jinx myself but he has had two successful days with the oatmeal bowl. Knock on wood.
Jan. 23, 2012 5:44 pm
BTW - if anyone thinks I am making fun of my husband....yes, I am! With his permission of course. If he wasn't laughing at his kitchen "adventures" I wouldn't be laughing either. After all these years - we had better know how to laugh at each other. :)
Jan. 23, 2012 7:33 pm
Canned peas (screwing up my face). My Mom always used canned peas. And if she was really going gourmet, they had the little pearl onions in there. Double ewww... Canned peas to make a salad (peas, cubes of Velveeta cheese, and bits of celery, in mayonnaise). Oh, wait for it... CREAMED peas. I would double dog dare you that those creamed peas could glue anything together, far superior to any glue you could create from mere oatmeal.
Jan. 24, 2012 4:08 pm
MB - canned peas, anyway they come ...ewww! If we ever get a hole in the wall of a green room though I will remember that Cream of Canned peas might make a good replacement for spackle, as Doug suggested. It would save on paint too! Double Duty!
Jan. 25, 2012 8:06 am
I have had so much fun reading this blog! BN, I can feel your pain on the oatmeal. And I can't even blame the hubby since he'll only eat oatmeal as a last resort. I learned a long time ago to use a bowl that looked ridiculously large for the amount of oats to cook that oatmeal in the microwave! And as a born-and-bred Southern girl, I can tell you that grits are another waiting disaster if not treated the same way. And also another great substitute for glue--or spackle as Doug suggested. My hubby wasn't a hater of vegetables, but his mom knew only one way to cook them...boil them to death. So he wasn't really a huge fan. He'll eat most any of them now, and roasted brussels sprous and asparagus are his favorites. We're on the same page with the canned peas...bleh! Except for tomatoes, canned veggies are never in my cupboard...just don't like them. Thanks for the laugh this morning! It was a great way to start the day!
Jan. 25, 2012 9:04 am
Good morning wisweetp. Thanks for the warning about the grits! I am hanging my head in shame, as I have never cooked grits. I know - hard to believe, isn't it? We had another close call on the oatmeal this morning - it over flowed but at least it didn't explode! NB Papa tends to "over measure". I think I need to swap out the 3/4 cup measure for a 1/2 cup....he will never notice. Honestly, I am glad he keeps trying. I promised myself to not chase him out of the kitchen.
Jan. 25, 2012 11:05 am
Have your hubby micowave the water for 2 minutes then pout it over the oats in the bowl, stick a plate over it and let it sit for 10 min... perfect oatmeal and the perfect temp to dig in too. No mess!
Jan. 25, 2012 1:31 pm
Thanks for stopping in Melissa. Will this work for whole oats? We don't use Quick Oats. I will let him know, although changing his routine could throw him for a loop. I will let you know how it goes.
Jan. 25, 2012 2:33 pm
Oh My Gosh BN - - I am married to "No Baking Papa II"!!!! I'm sure NB Papa didn't realize he has a twin - - but he does and he is living in Florida. And NOTHING green touches his lips. I will have to say though that your NBP twin is doing better than mine in the cooking department. My NBP twin cooks . . . NOTHING!! I asked him what he would do if I died . . . he asked if that was an imminent possibility and please leave the number of someone who would be a reasonable replacement . . . we've been married for 27 years . . . I told him they stopped making my model and I would leave him the number for the want ads. . . LOL - - I'm laughing with you!!!!
Jan. 25, 2012 7:44 pm
I came back for another read. Still laughing! The BBQ Dude can do low and slow OUTSIDE! You reminded me of an incident with the DS when he was about 3. He didn't want to finish his oatmeal so while I was elsewhere he put his full bowl in the dishwasher and turned it on. All the dishes in it were clean. How in the world could I forget trying to chisel all those bits off clean dishes. LOLOL!
Jan. 26, 2012 6:16 am
luv2cook - I will make sure to let NB Papa know about his twin! Just a piece of advice - if your model decides to learn to cook, don't start with oatmeal!
Jan. 26, 2012 6:26 am
Oh Cat - I can't imagine such a mess! Washed and baked on oatmeal! Our dishwasher disaster involved mashed potatoes. I swear, the glasses were never the same. Some day your son will have children and you must remind him of this when "pay back" comes to visit. LOL.
Jan. 26, 2012 10:43 pm
I odn't even know where to start! I guess I will go with what is freshest in my mind [because it was my last thought as I finished reading the blog (=] - oatmeal is one of the things that turns into CEMENT as it sits! Ugh! My first thought was "Ew! Canned peas!" ~blech!~ I am with you on that! [But I do prefer canned corn to frozen (=] My ex hated ANY pea so much that he says he's allergic. But if he goes somewhere and is served peas he will choke them down, so as not to offend the host(ess). I don't remember the first dinner I cooked for him, but I remember being so excited that stawberries were in season - that would be dessert. I sliced them and sprinkled with sugar. Then served them over those little "short cakes" with whipped cream - such a treat when we were kids! He ate the entire thing - THEN asked if I had ever seen him eat strawberries. He HATES strawberries! Not sure why he didn't tell me before choking them down . . . sigh . . . MEN =D
Jan. 27, 2012 7:29 pm
Oh My Gosh, how funny! But, before oatmeal turns to cement, it's all sticky!... hence the good use for spackling jobs. (still chuckling) I think that's why they say it's good to eat for breakfast because "It STICKS to your ribs." hahaha (o.k., I'll keep my day job!)
Jan. 28, 2012 6:28 am
OMG! How funny! Oatmeal should be classified as construction material once it has dried on anything. You need a sand blaster to get it off! I can only imagine... and shudder at your clean up job! My hubs will only grill if faced with cooking tasks. Seems the presence of fire and the potential for explosions makes cooking interesting for him! LOL. (seriously -when DH heads for the grill and we all start closing windows and doors cuz he sets off all the smoke alarms when he grills!) The kids have no kitchen fears - just aversions to cleaning up! ~sigh~ ;) So... you're gonna let him try again are you? Brave,brave woman! ;)
Jan. 28, 2012 9:34 am
~Shudder~oatmeal~shudder~ Eww! It's slimy. In 2nd grade I wouldn't eat that bowl of slimy oatmeal. When I came home for lunch it was put in front of me only cold this time, so no breakfast or lunch that day. After that my folks quit trying to get me to eat oatmeal. Buckwheat groats are awful too. My Mom redeemed herself with her weakness for ice cream though. You haven't lived until you've had a bowl of hot cream of wheat topped with a scoop of lemon ice cream for breakfast. (Not sherbert but real ice cream!) That is the kind of breakfast a grade school kid likes! I like canned peas. Not as my go to vegy but as a late night snack when there isn't much else. Now let's talk about boiled whole okra. Just boiled in water and plopped on your plate. Again, shudder. It's hairy on the outside and slimy on the inside with these weird little things that pop in your mouth. Blecghh. A coupla years ago my Dad asked me if I would like to have a bowl of oatmeal with some okra mixed in. He got a good laugh out of the look on my face! Forty years later and it's still blegh! Oatmeal cookies and gumbo are OK though...
Jan. 28, 2012 11:07 am
Yes - I let him try again and again and again. Poor guy was doing pretty good until this morning. His oatmeal boiled over - he cleaned up and tried again, measuring more carefully the second time. Then he got the last banana and as he was peeling it the darned thing broke in two and half ended up on the floor. He said the "S" word - which means 'food on the floor' to the big black Lab. She came running and in an effort to stop her No Baking Papa stepped on the banana! It would be comical if it weren't such a mess!
Jan. 28, 2012 11:44 pm
LOL @ stepping on the banana to keep Komi (sp?) from it! Sounds like something I would do! (I constantly catch myself sticking my foot out to stop heavy falling objects! I'm afraid I will learn my lesson . . . the hard way - and end up on crutches.)
Jan. 31, 2012 9:24 pm
haha great blog Baking Nana! My hubby in the kitchen is like a kid who just got spun around 3 times blindfolded! He won't make chili cheese fries because it involves the oven, but chili cheese hotdogs are a specialty of his! Hope NBP gets the hang of things again soon!
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About Me
Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive!
My favorite things to cook
I go through phases, Asian for a while then Italian then on to something else. I love experimenting with new flavors and different spices. Some times my husband will ask if we will ever have "ordinary" food again. Once in a while I have to toss him a burger just to keep quite! Actually, he is a good sport and my favorite taste tester.
My favorite family cooking traditions
In our family if it is your birthday you get to choose the menu. We have had some really interesting meals. In March we have 5 birthdays so we do one big party - what a crazy menu that is! Christmas dinner is very traditional. Sausage rolls, Prime Rib, Yorkshire Pudding, gravy, Green beans with bacon, Mashed Potatoes (the really fattening kind) and trifle for dessert. If I were to dare to omit any of those items I would be lynched.
My cooking triumphs
Mastering really great bread is probably my biggest triumph. I am always so pleased when I create a perfect Asian dish.
My cooking tragedies
There have been a few but none so horrible that I can't laugh about them now.
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