Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal in a Jar

Steel Cut Oatmeal Ready to Eat in 5 Minutes When You Make it This Way

3-Steel Cut Oatmeal up close

Steel Cut Oatmeal

A few days ago I was organizing my pantry and I found a can of Steel Cut Oats that I purchased almost a year ago. I thought I better use this or it will be going into the trash. I’m not sure really why I bought it because I don’t  like oatmeal. I don’t hate it but it’s not something I crave.

When I looked on the can I saw that it took around 30 minutes to cook. Sure, I’m going to get up in the morning before work and cook something I don’t really like for 30 minutes (not going to happen). Then, I noticed on the can a variation on the cooking method. It said to boil water, add oats, and then simmer for a few minutes. After simmering put the pan in the refrigerator overnight and cook for a shorter time in the morning.

I’ve seen pictures of oatmeal in jars around the net but never paid much attention. I thought, I’ll make the oatmeal per instruction on the can and put it in jars and see how it works. Seemed much nicer than putting the whole pan in the refrigerator.

Here is how I made my oats in a jar.

Oatmeal in a jar

1 cup steel cut oats
4 cups water
pinch of salt


Wash 4 pint size mason jars

4-Clean Mason Jars

Add 4 cups of water to a pan and bring to a boil.

When the water is boiling add 1 cup of Steel Cut Oats

1-measuring cup oatmeal

Simmer the oats for 4-5 minutes

2-Cooking oatmeal

This is what it looks like when you take it off the stove

5-Oatmeal ladled into jars

Ladle the hot oats into clean jars

6-Filling the mason jars with oatmeal

Put the lids on and let them sit on the counter until they cool. I left mine on the counter for an hour. Easy Peazy!

Oatmeal in a jar


When the jars are cool pop them into the refrigerator and forget about them

8-jars of oatmeal in frig

When you are ready for some warm hearty oatmeal grab a jar from the refrigerator.

This is what it looks like right out of the refrigerator.

9-oatmeal just out of the frig

Microwave for 5 Minutes

Take the metal lids off and cover with a paper towel or wax paper, then microwave for 5 minutes. Make sure to stir the oatmeal around the 2 minute mark to keep the oatmeal from frothing out the top of the jar. You may have to stir a few times, at least I did.

Gather Your Favorite Oatmeal Toppings

I used Maple Syrup, chopped pecans, half & half, raspberries, and my husband added raisins.

10-maple syrup and rasins

You can eat it right out of the jar or put it into bowls. I vote for the jar; who wants to wash another dish.

11-Cooked oatmeal in a jar

The oatmeal tasted really good. It was kind of nutty tasting, maybe that is because I added a few nuts. I think I prefer the flavor of brown sugar over maple syrup, plus it’s easier to take to work. My husband loved it and said it was something I should make again. Thankfully I have 3 more jars in the refrigerator. Having it ready to pop into the microwave is a big bonus in my book.

One jar was plenty for both my husband and myself; it’s very filling.

This would be a great thing to have on hand for overnight guests during the holiday season or anytime. Each person can make their own oatmeal when they want. Much better than the packet of instant stuff.

Have you ever made oatmeal like this before? Share your experience and thoughts. What are your favorite additions to oatmeal? I’m thinking dried cherries or cranberries would be great this time of year.

bon appétit,
Tamara Maellaro

Halloween Chalkboard Art

Happy Halloween

The other day when I was filming in downtown Los Angeles I went into a Starbucks and they had a picture on the wall. I’m not sure if it was a picture of chalkboard art, or if someone actually did it with chalk. The picture was on the other side of the store, the line was long, and I was in a hurry so I didn’t walk over to it. I liked the way it looked so I snapped a picture of it. 

Chalk art

The picture I saw at a Starbucks was my inspiration for the chalkboard art I did in my Koffice (kitchen office). I love chalkboards and I use mine often for notes and holiday art.  My chalkboard  has special meaning to me because it was my daughter’s when she was a little girl.

Here is my attempt at drawing with chalk

Halloween chalkboard Art

Wishing you a safe and happy day!

Tamara Maellaro

Friendship Tea ~ A Sweet Little Gift

Fall is quickly approaching which means all the holidays will be here soon. And with the holidays comes gift giving. September makes me want to get out my sewing machine, make cards, bake, and all that other crafty stuff. It just makes me feel good.

As I was feeling all crafty and creative I was also writing the Billy Gorilly Family Newsletter. I wanted to include Family Friendly recipes that the kids could help make, and wouldFriendship Tea from BillyGorilly.com Music and Fun for Kids also be perfect for gift giving. As I was thinking, I remembered “Friendship Tea”.  My mother-in-law was the first one to share this recipe with me many years ago. I have fond memories of this special tea. She did not have much money, but she always gave very thoughtful loving gifts. I knew that this gift was from her heart, and her way of showing us how much she cared. I would be reminded of her love over and over until I finished the last bit of tea mix.

This recipe is easy to make and I’ve included a gift tag template

My husband also loves this tea. When I was taking pictures of the finished product my husband asked if he could have some, so I made him a cup of “Iced Friendship Tea” garnished with a slice of lemon. His response was “yum this is really good, can I have some more”. After 2 glasses of tea I did what any good wife would do and reminded him that this does have sugar, so drink accordingly.

Friendship Tea would be a perfect thoughtful little gift for your girlfriends, teacher, hostess, or just about anyone.

You can store the mix in clean recycled glass  jars, or purchase fancy jars. Just make sure the jars have airtight lids. I created gift tags (my gift to you) to adorn the jars, which include instructions on how to make the tea . Tie the tag to the jar with a ribbon and you are set to go.

Ingredients you will need: Print Recipe Card and Gift Tags
Tea Powder
Lemonade mix
Orangeade mix
Cinnamon & Clove
Containers to store mix
Printer for gift tags and recipe card (optional)

Mix ingredients in large bowl, then store in airtight containers. How easy is that!

Kids will have fun stirring the ingredients, learning how to measure, and about sharing with others.

Click Image to get recipe at BillyGorilly.com

Download and Print Recipe and Gift Tag Template

I hope you enjoy making this as much as I do.

Be well,

No Cook Chia Seed Pudding

I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about Chia seeds lately and I really didn’t think much of it. That was until my daughter told me about a student in her 4th grade class that made Chia pudding for the class snack, and the kids loved it (they called it fish eye pudding). It caught my attention, and I had to make some.

You may have heard of Chia Seeds before. Remember those terra cotta heads you would rub the seeds onto, water them, and the hair or beard would grow? These are the same seeds except now they are not just for gag gifts. They are supposed to be good for you with lots of  Fiber, Omega 3, and Protein.

Chia Seed Pudding

Chia Seed Pudding Recipe


  • 1/4 cup Chia Seeds
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp. of vanilla extract


Add all the ingredients into a  bowl, stir to mix well, pour into serving dishes. Put into the refrigerator to chill for approximately 2 hours.

Chia Seed Pudding Chilling in the Refrigerator

Chia Seed Pudding Chilling in the Refrigerator

I even tried some before it got cold and it was pretty good. It tastes kind of like tapioca pudding with a little crunch.

I have friends that add Chia Seeds to yogurt, smoothies, salads, and baked goods to give them an extra nutritional boost.

Have you ever made anything with Chia Seeds? Leave me a comment I would love to hear your thoughts.

P.S. I was not asked to write this post, I just thought the seeds were interesting.

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all those that are Mom’s!

To those that have children, or been a

Mama to someone who needed you.

Enjoy Your Special Day!


Ladybugs On My Arm

Wordless Wednesday

Letting the ladybugs go in my yard

letting the ladybugs go in my yard

Natural Pest Control

Ladybugs eating the pesky aphids on my plants

ladybugs eating pesky aphids
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Happy 1st Day of May Ladybug © Tamara Maellaro

Tamara Maellaro

All We Need is LOVE

I’ve been  thinking about Valentine’s Day decor and I had to have some of these

Wordless Wednesday

Picture of candy hearts with words