All the world is nuts about
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Here's an email Aunt Nettie received from Susan in Pasadena:
Dear Aunt Nettie,
I know oatmeal is good for me, but it tastes so bland I can hardly get it past my lips. How can I make it interesting enough to actually eat?
Here's Aunt Nettie's response:
Child! Let's see if we can start by turnin' yer mind around. Instead 'a sayin' in yer head, "Oh, yuck! I gotta eat this awful stuff 'cause it's good for me," try thinkin' about makin' a "breakfast sundae" that tastes so good you'll want to have some ever' day. I put on a heap 'o fixin's of all sorts. Here's what I put on top my oatmeal and other cereals I cook in the mornin':
A little maple syrup or date sugar if the fresh and dried fruits don't sweeten it up enough to make it tasty.
Another delicious way to enjoy yer oatmeal is to cook it up with some chopped up dried pears 'r dates. These are the sweetest of the dried fruits, and they really add some vitamins and minerals to yer body at the same time. Now, if that doesn't do the trick, send me another--uhhh--oh, email is what they call it, and I'll give you another sure-fire fixin.
Aunt Nettie grew up on the farm. She did not eat out of a can or reach into the freezer. There was no microwave to pop her food into. Everything she made was from scratch. All the food she ate was natural, without pesticides. It was grown right there on the family farm, and she had to cook to survive. At eighty-three years young she still leaps and bounds around the kitchen and can shake, rattle, and roll those pots and pans with the best of them.
Nowadays, Aunt Nettie just shakes her head and complains, "Nobody cooks anymore. They have no idea about puttin' a meal together." She's on a mission. She wants to help those younguns eat better so they can grow up healthy like her own eight kids.