My mother in law has oatmeal every morning. Seriously, religiously, every morning. She says it's good for her cholesterol. But she calls it "Mosh." So the foundation for this Pumpkin Spice version is from my mother in laws "Mosh." I'm just adding a touch of Fall.
There is no other reason for the way I make this, other than i't's just the way she taught me and it works well for us, and the kids LOVE it!