My Pantry Staple

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I pulled out a packet of Quaker Perfect Portions instant oatmeal. I mixed up a half cup of oats with milk and a little brown sugar. I put it in the microwave for two minutes, let it sit and cool for two more, than took it back to the bedroom on a tray.

That bowl of oatmeal was the first thing that she kept down after three days of not eating.

Quaker oatmeal will always be in my cupboard and this was just one more reason why. Even when the thought of anything else was unappealing to my girl, she ate every bite of that oatmeal. She had it for supper that evening as well.

Oh, stop. Before you go on about the fact that I opened an envelope and used the microwave, consider this. Quaker's Perfect Portions has as its ingredient list: whole grain rolled oats, salt, whole grain oat flour, cinnamon and natural flavor. There's no reason to be pooh-poohing me because I opened a packet.

This is good stuff.

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I grew up in a house with the red and blue cylinder box in the cupboard and can't think of a time when at least one hasn't been on my shelves as well.

Some of my warmest memories are of coming downstairs after getting ready for school, walking into the kitchen and seeing my mom at the stove, adding golden raisins to an almost-finished batch of perfectly cooked oatmeal. My favorite cookie of all time is Hubby's aunt's chewy oatmeal cookies, made with Quaker oats.

If you're like me, your Quaker oats are used for so much more than oatmeal or cookies, aren't they? A handful gets thrown into the family's favorite meatloaf. I add it to the meat component of my moussaka. The crumble for that apple pie? Better with oats added.

Several weeks ago, Dudette came down with a nasty stomach bug. She spent three days in bed, unable to eat and barely able to drink. Nothing would stay down, not even simple crackers. Then came the day that she said the words I had been waiting for. She was hungry.

Check out the slideshow above to find out what Kitchen Daily Curator Taking on Magazines did for her sick daughter.

This is a collaboration between Quaker and the Kitchen Daily Curator Network. Compensation was provided by Quaker via AOL Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Quaker.

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