January 1st, 2011 started off beautifully for me. Second to none and I made the trek to DC Central Kitchen at Washington D.C. very bright and early. We joined other volunteers to cook for about 4500 homeless people. Our group prepared a vegetarian meal of chilli, brown rice and salad. Had so much fun with the rest of the volunteers and of course felt very good to be of service to other less fortunate people.  Trekked back home. Then took a nap.

In the afternoon the whole family made over 200 bags of cinnamon, raisin oatmeal mix. Printed out labels and stuck them on these cute little soldiers. The teachers at S2None’s school are going to have a surprise in their mailboxes when school gets back in session after winter break.

Each bag contains 2 generous servings of the following.

Breakfast Oatmeal

1 cup old fashioned oats

1/4 cup raisins or craisins

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder.

 Preparation

Cook each serving [1/2 the bag] in 3/4 cups of water or milk in the microwave for about 3 minute stirring once every minute. It was the most hearty and delicious oatmeal we’ve ever had.

My partner in crime, K is making bags of nine beans and grains with instructions on how to make soup and they will join the oatmeal bags as New Year’s gift, for our school staff.

Wish all of you a very prosperous and joyous New Year.

Thanks for dropping by.

Best, S.

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