Badger’s Morning Oatmeal, Mommy-Style
Put 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats in large, microwave-safe bowl. Add 1/2 cup water. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Stir in 1-2 teaspoons of unsalted butter and allow to melt.
Meanwhile, place 8-12 frozen blueberries in serving bowl. After butter is melted, pour oatmeal over blueberries and allow blueberries to cool oatmeal to an acceptable temperature. Elapsed time: approximately 5 minutes.
Serve to Badger, who picks out the blueberries and declares herself “all done”. Elapsed time: approximately 3 minutes. Waste: one bowl of oatmeal.
Badger’s Morning Oatmeal, Assistant Chef Badger-Style
Use the 1/4 cup measure to scoop 4-8 flakes of oatmeal into a large, microwave-safe bowl. Repeat about three dozen times. Pour 1/2 cup of water mostly into bowl; allow some to spill on counter. Declare the oatmeal finished and proceed to eat most of it in this state despite the concern of onlookers; pronounce it “nummy delicious” several times. Allow Mommy to place remains in microwave. Push “2” button after first asking “this one?” about all the other buttons and giggling.
Pour 2-3 dozen frozen blueberries into serving bowl. Eat most of them frozen (with spoon). Allow Mommy to pour remaining 2-3 tablespoons of oatmeal over remaining dozen blueberries and stir.
Eat every last bit of it and insist on more; follow Mommy-Style recipe, eat one bite and declare yourself all done. Elapsed time: approximately 45 minutes. Waste: one bowl of oatmeal, with blueberries.