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Your Sunday Morning Plan

It’s still warm enough to play outside without freezing your face off, and just cool enough to crave something comforting and toasty. The perfect November Sunday morning consists of pressing fall leaves after enjoying an oatmeal sundae bar, we say!

Eat:

Kids can make their own masterpiece with this fun and interactive breakfast. Oatmeal is high in fibre, magnesium, and iron, and eating it actually lowers cholesterol and stabilizes blood-glucose levels. Most importantly, this whole grain breaky is a blank canvas for fun, and loading it up with fresh toppings provides an opportunity to maximize the health and taste factor.

For 4 servings of oatmeal:

  • 1 ½ cup large flake rolled oats
  • 3 ½ cup milk or milk substitute
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)

Combine all ingredients into a large pot, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

Now, for the fun part – to assemble your oatmeal sundae. Your oatmeal bar could include:

Toppings

  • Sliced bananas or berries
  • Chopped walnuts or almonds
  • Dried apples or cranberries
  • Crushed graham crackers
  • Flaked coconut
  • Chocolate chips
  • Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice

Sauces:

  • Place some melted peanut butter or almond butter in a sturdy ziplock bag and cut the tip off so it can be drizzled like icing.
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla yogurt
  • Apple sauce

Place each serving in a sundae dish or fluted parfait glass and go nuts!

DO:

Preserve the beauty of fall foliage! Bundle up, and set out on a hunt to find the best of the rest of the autumn leaves that are left. The biggest, brightest, and most beautiful leaves make the best pressed leaf art. Some places to find winning leaves include parks, trials, or school grounds. Branch out and collect some wildflowers, funky grasses, herbs or petals.

Now for the 10 minute press: Place the leaves between two large pieces of wax paper, leaving lots of room for a border around each. Cover the wax paper with a dish towel or paper towel. Turn your iron on medium dry heat and iron over the towel. The heat will actually seal the leaf between the wax paper sheets. Now you can cut the leaves out into bookmarks or glue onto blank note cards.

Photos by Micah Sittig and jonnyfixedgear via Flickr

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