In the last few weeks, we’ve done our best to give you gift ideas for everyone, from your boyfriend to your parents to Gwyneth Paltrow. Now it’s your turn, procrastinators! You have exactly no time left to shop — and really, we don’t want you near the stores tonight without full-body armor. Instead of engaging in hand-to-hand combat over a coffee-table book, just pop out to the grocery store for a few simple supplies, pour yourself a glass of wine, and get just a little crafty. You’ll be done before the glass is empty. Then, pour yourself another, to celebrate.
Artisinal Instant Oatmeal
What is better on a cold winter morning than a warm, delicious bowl of homemade oatmeal? How about a warm, delicious bowl of homemade oatmeal that you can make in two minutes, in the microwave. Making your own instant oatmeal is a simple and flexible DIY. We love this cherry-almond combo, but use your own favorite dry goods and go nuts (or berries!).
5 cups quick cook oats
3/4 cup dries cherries
3/4 sliced almonds
1 airtight jar, bottle or Tupperware
Pour two cups of oats into a food processor or blender.
C. Wonder Polka Dots Soup Bowl, $ 12, available at C. Wonder, Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor, $ 39, available at Williams-Sonoma
Grind until oats become gritty powder — the secret ingredient. Yes, the secret ingredient to instant oatmeal is oatmeal.
In a mixing bowl, combine powdered and regular oatmeal.
Add cherries and nuts…
…And stir until the mixture is evenly combined.
Pour into a storage container and seal. This will last all winter in an airtight container.
But we have a feeling it’ll be gone in a week.