Blue Oatmeal

February 1, 2013 · 6 comments


This is what we call blue oatmeal. It’s actually regular oatmeal (rolled oats) with a couple handfulls of blueberries thrown in while it’s cooking. We eat it for breakfast often because a) It’s super healthy. b) It’s super cheap. c) It’s super easy to make (and pretty fast, too). d) We’ve got to use up all those blueberries I froze last summer somehow.

Henry left yesterday for what will probably be a whole week or more in Northern California. He sent 16 of his strongest hives with our beekeeping friend Ethan‘s several hundred boxes of bees that are headed for an almond orchard where Ethan has a pollination contract. Henry and Ethan will be spending long hours working their bees and getting them set up for the marathon of almond pollination (which is a really big deal in the beekeeping world.) You can read a little bit more about the business of beekeeping pollination contracts in this archived post.

Maybe next year, I’ll tag along to document the job, but right now, the kids and I are just hunkered down at home, boiling sap, reading books, enjoying some rare Oregon winter sunshine, and taking it pretty easy.

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ga447 February 2, 2013 at 4:48 am

Taking it easy, I love it – I was telling my DH that I am okay with these winter days enjoying the solitude and I can sew, sew, sew. I have been real busy for January and in the past years January has been tough for me.


Eleanor February 2, 2013 at 5:22 am

I love the idea of blue oatmeal.
You guys intrigue and amaze me. This is one of my favorite reads!


Nina February 2, 2013 at 10:11 am

Have you seen the documentary “More than honey”?
It’s a very interesting look at bee keeping and the bigger implications it has on all of us.


catie February 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm

i bet your kids think you are magic, making blue oatmeal and baking cakes in the barbecue!

henry is the bee whisperer. a “pollination contract!” i always thought that was between the birds, the bees, and mother nature : )


Woman on Wild Mountain February 2, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Wow! I’m so glad I found your site. Really looking forward to getting into it. Yay, another wild woman (and family.) beautiful. lovely. delicious.


Shann February 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I love your posts and read them all the time. Just one question. Did you make your mug? And where can I get a couple? Thanks


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