January is National Oatmeal Month
When I learned January is National Oatmeal Month, I did a Google search for oatmeal information. That’s when I found Oatmeal, Texas on Road 243, about fifty-six miles northwest of Austin. In 2002, its estimated population was twenty! The first settlers were German families who came to the area in 1849. A post office was granted under the name of Oatmeal in 1853. The town is known for its water tower, which looks like a huge box of oatmeal!
There is an annual Oatmeal Festival honoring the cereal on Labor Day weekends in Bertram, TX, another small town next to Oatmeal. It was started in 1978 as spoof on the many chili cook-offs in Texas. There are parades, a barbecue, and games for the "city folks to come out and spend a few bucks and everybody have a good time”.
To help lower cholesterol, promote a healthy heart, and add fiber, eat oatmeal as a cereal or in other foods like muffins and snack bars. When eating hot oatmeal, use a Kup Kap on your bowl to hold in the heat until it’s ready to eat!