Guest Post- Thing 1’s Apple Cinnamon Grits

June 23, 2009 at 11:09 pm 18 comments

Today while I sip daiquiris and relax in my hammock Thing 1 is going to take care of dinner.  There’s no telling what will happen when a seven year old prepares dinner, but no mind I’m going to put my feet up and stare at the sky.


What’s this, who is in my hammock?hammock

You’ve never seen me drink you say?

Whenever my mom comes out to visit she asks, “Do you want me to bring anything? Coffee, chocolate?”

“Nice mom,” I tease but “how about some Whisky?”

Okay, okay! You are right 
“I love Jesus but I drink a little”!  Sorry, that’s a bad inside joke and you’d be in on it if you watched the Ellen Degeneres Show.  That is another thing I don’t make a habit of doing, actually we never got a converter box so we don’t even have TV but my dear Aunt sent me that little tid bit as an email attachment one day a couple months ago.  That’s the way to start your day, let me tell you.  At any rate I don’t drink but I do down quite a bit of caffeine to make it through the day. If you wonder why just ask Thing 2 he is the road rash king! He got a fresh one yesterday playing chicken with his brother on bikes.

If you don’t think Thing 2’s antics are enough or hammock stealing toddlers or a dinner cooking seven year old just ask Pee Wee, she has a few things to say about that…PeeWee's 2 cents

Then again maybe it’s just the hat!

It looked like a good idea at the time, but now that I think of it who wants a denim tulip plopped on top of her head.  After all she is a girl with some fashion sense  unlike her mother!


Thing 1’s Apple Cinnamon Grits:thing 1's gritz


  1. grits
  2. water
  3. apple
  4. brown sugar
  5. cinnamon
  6. milk or non-dairy milk (I used Mocha mix)

I thought of a new way to make grits better. 

Here are the directions.

Okay, first make the grits.

First you pick the amount of grits that you want to make.  We make a lot everyday that we have some and we love it.  My brothers and I eat all of it every time.  Today I made six servings.

Start with putting 4 cups of water in a small pan (mom’s note- you’ll need a medium pan).  Then you put it on the front burner and put it on high (mom’s note-if your mom will let you or you can get help with this step).  Point the handle of the pan back so nobody can reach it and spill it.

When the water boils then you put 1 cup of grits in and set your timer for 5 minutes.  Turn the burner on low.

When the timer goes off then the grits is ready.

Oh wait I forgot, when you dump the grits in mix it with a mixing thing; a wisk. 

Then you ask your mom to cut one apple into small pieces without the skin.

Mom’s note- Thing 1 even took his own pictures to go with his recipe! 🙂


apple3apple4Now what mom?

Oh yeah!

Then you put one splash of Mocha Mix in.

Last part of the ingredients is put a little less than a spoon full of cinnamon and a spoonful of brown sugar in.

Mix it and eat it!

This has been another recipe for the “What’s for Dinner Wednesday Blog Carnival” Hosted by the Gluten Free Homemaker. Thanks for stopping and check out more great ideas here. 

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18 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Linda  |  June 24, 2009 at 9:44 am

    I love the pictures and the story. The grits look wonderful! Great job Thing 1.

  • 2. Gina  |  June 24, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I love grits! Thanks for the new twist!

  • 3. AmandaG  |  June 24, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    I laughed when I saw your line from Ellen. I saw it online a couple of months ago. HILARIOUS! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  • 4. Amy Green/Simply Sugar & Gluten Free  |  June 24, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Your babies are adorable!! I love that you bring them into the kitchen and let them work along with you. What a blessing. We L-O-V-E grits – lately my husband has been frying up leftover polenta with all kinds of good things in it…may post his recipes some day.

  • 5. BeachMama  |  June 24, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Jessie, Great to ‘meet’ you. Yes, the Ellen line is very cute. Your kids are gorgeous and it sure does look like we have a bit in common. Thanks for stopping by my blog and if you have a chance, could you please explain to me what ‘grits’ are? I have been wondering for many, many years.

    • 6. glutenfree4goofs  |  June 24, 2009 at 7:26 pm

      I’m glad you asked because being in the North I’d never heard of it either until I visited FL and they served it for breakfast. I guess I could say it is similar to wheat hearts (only not a smooth) and it is made out of corn so those of us on restricted (gluten/wheat free) diets can have it. People also use it in dinner dishes like you would use polenta (I THINK) but we use it as hot cereal for breakfast.

  • 7. Rachel  |  June 24, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    I haven’t tried grits… I think I’m scared of them. I also think it will be a while before I venture to try them… hehe. Being a scaredy cat and all. Apples and cinnamon do make most things better though!!

    • 8. glutenfree4goofs  |  June 24, 2009 at 8:33 pm

      I’m a scaredy cat too and it took me a long time to try grits but I got over it and especially appreciate warm cereal on a cool day. I do not prefer the texture and it’s for that same reason that I don’t like quinoa!

  • 9. Jennifer Tupper  |  June 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I need to give grits a try, I guess!

    I know that Ellen episode you’re talking about!! I gave that show up a while ago, but I was still watching it when Ellen called that woman. HILARIOUS!!

    I don’t drink either but also consume way too much caffeine these days….my toddler is having her own sleep issues that I can’t seem to solve.

    LOVE the photo of Pee Wee (I think it that’s who it is) in the hammock. The toes are a great touch.

    • 10. glutenfree4goofs  |  June 25, 2009 at 10:37 am

      That’s the Bubba’s chubby toes! 🙂 He is getting so grown up looking! Sigh. You know, we had trouble with my 2yo and as I recall I’ve had episodes of wakefulness with each around the same time. For him it wasn’t getting better until I discovered he has a tree nut allergy. I wonder now if it was tummy aches. I do think they all go through some sort of stage where they have to learn how to “put” themselves back to sleep in the night without mom or dad and that takes a slightly different approach for each kid. Hope you figure out the system that works for her.

  • 11. Diane-thewholegang  |  June 25, 2009 at 6:02 am

    I love to read your blog. It makes me laugh out loud and that’s great. I wish I had your attitude when my kids were little. It was usually me out on the front porch with the silly denim hat on screaming and crying. That photo will be the source of lots of conversations later on. Enjoy!

    • 12. glutenfree4goofs  |  June 25, 2009 at 10:40 am

      I’d pay to see that! 🙂 LOL!

  • 13. Shelley  |  June 25, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Hi, thanks for visiting my blog! I’ve been reading some of your back posts, and my goodness are you busy! Your kids are adorable, by the way. I admire you for handling all those little ones and homeschooling too. I only dream of having that kind of patience.

    My husband spent summers in Alabama with his grandmother when he was growing up, and he loves grits. I wonder if he would like them with cinnamon and apples? 🙂

    • 14. glutenfree4goofs  |  June 25, 2009 at 10:40 am

      I do hope you try the grits. Thing 1 and Thing 2 are looking for more “customers” as they call it (people who try and like their recipe ideas)! Busy should have been my middle name I think it is my life calling 🙂

  • 15. Brian  |  June 25, 2009 at 2:14 pm

    I’ve never tried grits before but they don’t sound too bad. I think with enough apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar I could be persuaded to try just about anything. Cute pictures of the little ones also.

  • 16. purplemoose  |  June 28, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Sounds like a great recipe!! I have watched two or three episodes of her show while visiting friends, and actually that was one of the episodes! How funny!

    • 17. glutenfree4goofs  |  June 29, 2009 at 9:41 pm

      I don’t know that I’ve ever watched an episode all the way through! Just got that clip as an email attachment. Oh well.

  • 18. purplemoose  |  June 28, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Oh–and by the way, the kids are watching Finding Nemo, with Ms. DeG as the voice of Dory. How funny!


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