No. 184: Cinnamon Oatmeal with Pepitas & Cherries

Our Tahoe adventures culminated this week with a fantastic hike at Squaw Valley.

We first took the aerial tram up to High Camp (elevation 8,200 feet), where we could see some incredible views of the lake.

High camp view

After our picnic lunch at the top, we began the descent from the top of the mountain to the base at the Squaw resort. It's a 2,000 foot change in elevation over the course of about 4 miles.

Part of the hike took us by lovely Lake Shirley, which sits nestled on the far side of the mountain.

Lake Shirley

After some tough maneuvering about mid-way down, Mr. McC told me to look up at a granite wall. "That's what we just climbed down," he said.

Granite wall

That granite face was higher than it looks in the photo. It was fun and challenging to scamper down, but it was no joke.

We also lost the trail at a couple points, which we had been told might happen. They are serious when they call this hike moderate to difficult and recommend hiking boots.

When we finally arrived back at the resort, we were dusty and tired, but it was an incredible experience.

And my quads are still a bit sore two days later:)

Cinnamon Oatmeal with Pepitas & Cherries

When you are staying in a cabin, it's always fascinating what you find in the kitchen and pantry.

For example, our hosts had this amazing cutting board with measurement circles for dough and a pastry recipe.

Pastry cutting board

How cool is that? I may have considered taking it home with me at one point ...

Our cabin had several types of oats, including steel cut, that sounded delicious for breakfast. Since I had brought cherries and pepitas along for snacks, we had all the makings for this oatmeal.


2 cups water
1/2 cup dried cherries
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup pepitas

To make

Combine the water and raisins, and bring to a boil. Gradually stir in the oats, cinnamon, and vanilla. Reduce the heat and cook for 10 minutes.

Pour into bowls, top with the pepitas and serve.

The results

This oatmeal was so simple and so good. I loved the addition of the vanilla. So easy, but I had never thought of it.

We served up the oatmeal in the funky plastic bowls the cabin provided. How perfect are these for when the grandkids come?


Feel free to sub out different types of fruit and nuts. For example, you could use dried cranberries instead of raisins and chopped toasted walnuts instead of pepitas.

Thank goodness we had this breakfast to fuel our Tahoe adventures.

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Amelia McCormick

Kansas girl transplanted to Asheville, North Carolina. Smiler, lover of great food and wine, facilitator, runner, storyteller, wife, optimist, and mother of sweet twins:)

Asheville, North Carolina