This week, in effort to get out of my house a little more often, I went for a walk. About 6 blocks from my house I discovered there is a new branch of the Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch thrift store. This excited me to no end, I love thrift stores because you never know what treasures you are going to find.
I certainly found some treasures. The first thing I saw when I came in the door was a beautiful McCoy brown drip pitcher.
I have collected brown drip dinnerware and cookware for a few years because it is sturdy and beautiful. It was a big thing in the 60’s and 70’s. You would collect stamps when ever you spent money at a participating merchant and whenever you had enough stamps to fill a little booklet you could redeem it for a piece of dinner or cookware. I can remember licking those stamps and putting them in the booklet for my mom.
The pitcher wasn’t the biggest treasure I found. The biggest treasure I found was two McCoy brown drip coffee cups.
Brown drip coffee cups are hard to find and when you find them they are often more expensive then I can afford. I got both of the coffee cups for 6 dollars. It almost felt like I was stealing from the store when I knew how much those coffee cups are worth.
l also found a third coffee cup, a creamer and sugar bowl that are in the style of brown drip. I think they are replicas not authentic brown drip. That’s okay, they are cute and tie in with a project I am working on so I brought them home any way.
Today’s recipe is a crockpot recipe. I don’t often use my crockpots because I think they do strange things to the texture of food. But after a long talk with a couple of friends who are crockpot fanatics, I have decided to give it ago. The hard part is finding the perfect cooking time for my adapted recipes. Since I am cooking smaller amounts of food in my crockpot it’s hard to find the exact time that cooks the food through but doesn’t over cook it but I am working on it.
Blueberry Steel Cut Oatmeal
Adapted from The Family Freezer
1 cup steel cut oats
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
2 TBS brown sugar
3 cups water
Combine all the ingredients in the crockpot and cover. Cook 2 – 2 1/2 hours on low. Serve with milk.