Brothers; Why Having a Brother Rules

BrothersAs a kid, I never really thought about what having a brother meant. My relationships with my brothers were (and still are) strained for various reasons. Partly due to distance, age difference growing up, and resentment. There isn’t really anything I can do to fix these situations as I have tried and failed…miserably.

But now that I am going through my adventures in daddyhood I look at my two boys and think about what it means to have a brother and how awesome it truly is.

These are my 4 Reasons Why Having a Brother Rules! (in no particular order)

1. Built in playmate. When you have a brother, you always have someone to play with. No single player mode for you. He is always there to help you take on the bad guys so you don’t have to go it alone. He always has your back in that first person shooter. He is there to play action figures, build empires out of bricks, cushions and whatever else you can  think of. He is there to fight zombies in the back yard with you. He is always there.

2. Teacher/Student. Ever get in trouble as the first child? Ever get away with it as a second child? As a first child you often got caught doing things the second always seems to get away with. Why? Because as the first child you have become the sensei and have (unfortunately) learned all the ways to get caught. You have passed that knowledge onto your younger brother and he is now a ninja warrior. Cunning, sneaky, able to get away with things you could have only dreamed of. Thanks big brother for taking one for the team.

3. Built in Best Friend. When you are younger, you will probably not realize it, however, as you get older you will. Know one can know you as well as your brother. You get in trouble together, you play together, you argue, laugh, fight. He is someone you can and should share all of your joy and pain with. Because he has grown up knowing who you are and no one can understand you and what you go through like your brother. So enjoy it.State Fair

4. Built in Mortal Enemy. With a brother, you also have your biggest enemy. He competes with you in everything. He is the competition in sports, video games., board games, attention from your parents, attention from girls. You will learn the art of self defense from your bother. As the younger brother you will learn the art of taking a serious beating at the hands of a larger opponent. You will take this beating and keep on coming back for more. As the older brother you will learn speed and dodging are your friend as as your younger brother has learned the art of the projectile to keep you at bay.

So enjoy having a brother. He is everything you need all rolled up in one. So go out enjoy life together.Playing

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Apple Pie Oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Since I have decided to get in better shape, part of it has been eating (a little bit) better. Also, because I run in the morning I am almost always starving after, so I knew I needed a good hardy breakfast. Because I am not a chef and do not claim to be one on t.v. I am fairly limited on what I make and what I make well. But beyond that, I am not one who likes to follow recipes. This makes it challenging to cook well sometimes, especially when I was brought up with a grandmother who’s philosophy on cooking was 2 fold. First, if it comes in a can or a box and can be cooked quickly it is great. Second, overcook everything! Needless to say, this made for some rather, lets just say, bad results for an extremely picky eater (me).

20140914_170240_HDRSo, while I have been trying to eat well and also get rid of the plethora of apples in our house Pinterest has become my go to site. I knew what I wanted to do, but I couldn’t find one recipe that I liked all of for the Apple Pie Oatmeal. So, I closed down Pinterest, remembering bits and pieces of what I saw and decided to make up my own recipe. Now, I will unleash it on you guys. Now, don’t worry, this will turn out amazing, and it actually isn’t too much work.

 

Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours on low, 6-8 hours on high

Servings: A Lot!

Ingredients:

5-6 Large Apples (Pealed if you like)
3 Tbs Cinnamon (or to taste)
1/2 Tbs Ground Nutmeg
1 Tbs white Sugar
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Cups Steal Cut Oats
2 Cups Milk (I use 2%)
2 Eggs (Optional)
! cup Water

Instructions:

Wisk milk, eggs, and water in a large bowl until frothy (is that even a word?). Peal apples and cut into large chunks. I pealed half the apples and left half the apples with the peal on. Coat the inside of the slow cooker liberally with cooking spray. Layer the first 6 ingredients in the order listed. Pour the milk and egg mixture over the top to make it all nice and gooey. Turn the slow cooker on low before bed and when you wake up you will have a gooey, yummy, caramelized treat.

Notes:

The reason why I layered it is to get the apples all nice and crispy and caramelized. So, if you do it this way, resist the urge to stir. I repeat, RESIST THE URGE TO STIR! If you like your apples a little softer and less sweet put all the ingredients into a bowl and pour the milk and egg mixture over the top and stir thoroughly to coat everything before adding to the crockpot. You can stir away until your hearts content then. This will keep in your refrigerator for up to 5 days. I like to heat mine up in the microwave with milk and frozen blueberries then add some sliced banana. Mmmm Good.

So try the recipe and please, tell me what you think. This is my first go at this and your feedback would be appreciated. If you load me up with your comments I will load you up with more recipes.

Apple Pie Oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal