Making Oatmeal Special (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Valentine’s Day)

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This week on LifeasMOM is all about Loving Life — finding ways to help each of us enjoy life a little more. And food is a wonderful way to do that; is it not?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner — Monday, to be exact. So, this is a great time to share some LOVE-ly kitchen inspiration during Ultimate Recipe Swap. I have very fond memories of Valentine’s Day as a child and am trying to make similar memories for my kids.

Our little celebration of our family starts at breakfast with a little treat and a yummy breakfast. I’ve got pretty {Jules} to give to my girls and will probably pick up something small and manly for my boys this weekend.

For breakfast?

Well, we’ve done different things every year — usually in the shape of hearts. Pancakes and maple oat scones lend themselves very well to heart shapes, and my kids love both.

But, if you’re not up for baking early in the morning or if oatmeal is a go-to breakfast at your house, then I suggest you pick up a container of heart sprinkles.

A simple thing can make your kid’s heart sing. Prepare your favorite oatmeal recipe. I suggest Not Mushy Oatmeal. Love that!

Then let your kiddos sprinkle candy hearts across the top in place of sugar. (You know it’s still better than any boxed cereal.)

Yes, yes, it is.

Or you could make Instant Oatmeal Packets and shake in the sprinkles ahead of time as a surprise.

Either way you’ve got special, festive oatmeal. Who knew oatmeal could be festive?

You can do this for any occasion — or no occasion at all. Sprinkles make everything fun.

What’s your favorite Valentine Recipe?

Share it in the comments or link up below.

Next week on URS: Share your favorite recipe!

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  1. Oatmeal is the perfect winter breakfast. I linked up my Peanutty Valentine Cookies, but for breakfast I think I’ll make my Buttermilk Biscuits in the shape of hearts. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Never thought to add sprinkles to oatmeal–what a simple & fun thing to do. The possibilities/occasions are endless!

  3. What a fun and easy way to make Valentine breakfast special.
    Thanks for hosting Jess!
    ~Liz

  4. Love this idea! I love sprinkles, my kids love sprinkles and we have left over heart sprinkles. Perfect! I may do this with their cereal and then my own oatmeal. I can’t get them to eat oatmeal…only oats in cookies and muffins :)

  5. I am going to look for the heart sprinkles!

    I think this year we will make some Oatmeal Cinnamon Bread from thefrugalgirl.com !

  6. Simple and brilliant. What a great idea! VDay is also a birthday at our house, and I’ve always tried to think of things to make it fun all day. We do oatmeal or pb banana toast in the winter, and sprinkles would work great for either one.

  7. LOVE the oatmeal! I linked my latest cheesecake. Cheesecake can be served at ANY gathering as far as I am concerned! Thanks!

  8. What a lovely Valentine’s Day breakfast! I’ve always tried to make Valentine’s Day special in our house. Our son is 18 now, but I still try to make some sort of a Valentine’s Day treat for us all.

    I’ve linked up an Easy Romantic Dinner for two which is perfect for after the kids are in bed – or in our case after they have gone out for the evening with their own Valentine!

    Have a lovely Valentine’s Day, and thank you for hosting!

  9. Thanks for hosting! Can’t wait to browse through the recipes and get some inspiration.

  10. what a cute idea! I love oatmeal this time of year:)

  11. My girls would love those heart sprinkles. I’ll have to look for them. They also love oatmeal, but I think I’m going to make them heart pancakes on Monday.

    Thanks for the link-up.

  12. love the healthy valentine’s day breakfast! i’m sharing a round up of healthier valentine’s day treats, putting out an APB for help with my chocolates recipe, sharing a real red food valentine’s day party idea and unveiling my recipe index. I finally knocked “recipe index” of my to-do list after 2 years!

  13. How fun! I think I was try this for Monday’s breakfast.

  14. As always, another great idea!

    I linked up the cake I made last year:-)

  15. I can’t wait to browse everyone’s recipes!

  16. So cute! What a great idea. I don’t have the energy for oatmeal on a week day (not that it’s hard, I know) but I think I may give the maple scones a whirl. I’ve been planning our dinner menu and am going to attempt heart-shaped calzones!

  17. I love this idea. I don’t have any heart sprinkles but I do have red ones. My children would love this.

  18. I had sprinkles to my kids oatmeal everytime they have. Don’t think they would eat it without. Wonder when they are adults if it will be a habit. Funny!

  19. Sprinkles are amazing. My 4 yr old son LOVES sprinkles of every kind. He would put sprinkles (or as he calls them, sparkles) on his mashed potatoes if I let him. Tomorrow is oatmeal morning so I’m thinking a few sprinkles are definitely in order!

  20. Such a cute idea! For Valentine’s Day, I like to draw a red heart on top of their oatmeal using strawberry squeeze jelly. Is it as healthy as homemade jam might be? Nah. But it’s still a pretty wholesome breakfast and I know it will make them smile. :)

  21. We love oatmeal! This looks great. I linked up some Valentine’s Day Desserts for you this week.

  22. Adorable for the kids. I’ll have to email this to my daughter for the grandbabies.Thanks for the inspiration.

  23. Dang, I linked up my fruit dip and forgot to rename it so it says meaty skillet lasagna… ugh this pregnancy brain is killing me… It probably doesn’t help that my hormone levels are 3 times what they should be ugh! Anyways fruit is my FAVORITE thing and this fruit dip is a perfect companion! My hubby also got me some dipping chocolate for my strawberries today YUM!

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