Cold Weather Breakfasts to Warm Your Insides

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Photo copyright 2016 Elizabeth Geiser

It’s cold outside (at least here in Ohio), and like me, you probably don’t like leaving your warm bed in the morning. But the thought of a hot breakfast and coffee can make it better.

Here are some ideas for a few cozy breakfasts to take away the chill and start your day off well.

Waffles

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Photo copyright 2016 Elizabeth Geiser

With seven people in our household to feed every morning, waffles aren’t a regular because of the time it takes to make them; but when I do they are so worth it! My favorite recipe to use are the so-called “Waffles of Insane Greatness”. Yes, they are that good! And to top it off, you don’t just have to stick with maple syrup; try yogurt, fresh fruit or one of my all-time faves, cranberry sauce.

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Photo copyright 2016 Elizabeth Geiser

Muffins

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Photo copyright 2016 Elizabeth Geiser

Muffins are a great quick breakfast hot out of the oven (or baked ahead and popped in the microwave, we won’t tell.) Some of our favorites here are blueberry, banana and lemon. Freezing them is a good way to stay in supply without having to bake as often.

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Oatmeal

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Photo copyright 2016 Elizabeth Geiser

Oatmeal is super simple and is a great base for flavors or adding in pretty much anything you like (bacon yes, hot sauce no.) Other toppings include fresh (or frozen) fruit, maple syrup, cinnamon, and peanut butter.

Basic Oatmeal

1 Cup Oats (not instant or quick cooking oatmeal)
1 Cup Water
1 Cup Milk (or water)
Pinch of salt
Sweeten to taste

Directions:
Bring water (and milk, if using) to a boil. Add oats and turn down to medium heat; stir occasionally. It will start to thicken and after 5-10 minutes, check for doneness. It should have a nice thick texture and not be runny. Add in salt and sweeten to taste. Eat as is or add toppings.

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