We've had a couple of gray, cool days - and oatmeal is perfect. I don't usually use the "quick oats" - cooking cut oats really doesn't take much longer and then have more of a bite. The quick ones are usually mushy. The ratio is two parts water to one part oats. Bring water to a boil, stir in the oats and simmer until most of the liquid is gone. I like just a touch of sugar and milk for mine.