Before this oatmeal revelation courtesy of Kath Eats Real Food, I did enjoy oatmeal, just not in the same crave-it-all-day kind of way. These few little changes just blew any oatmeal I've had in the past out of the water and I needed to share pronto!
Here's my adaptation for two banana oatmeal breakfasts:
- 2/3 cup rolled oats
- 2/3 cup nut milk (I chose cashew these days)
- 2/3 cup water (depending on your consistency preference)
- 1 tbsp Chia seeds
- 1 banana, sliced very thinly
- The past couple of months have been full of a whole variety of new. New projects, new clients, new pastimes, new focus, new weather and yet another new home. I love it all, hence the title of this blog. A clean slate often comes with new endeavors and this keeps life interesting, in our opinion. Here are some new things I've experienced and been moved by recently:
- Quebec City: Dylan and I joined my sister and her husband on a weekend get-a-way to Quebec City and discovered a place that we just can't wait to get back to. Surrounded by some beautiful mountains and valleys and full of so much history and people who don't let the winter get them down, the weekend couldn't have been more uplifting in the midst of winter. Highlights included an afternoon hike in Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier, a killer Moscow Mule at Chateau Frontenac, meeting this sweet donkey, Aldo, and ice skating at Plains of Abraham park.
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Bring water and milk just about to a boil. Add in oats and Chia seeds, get it up to a good simmer and then reduce heat to low-ish. Allow oats and chia seeds to thicken for several minutes. Once they have thickened, add the banana and WHIP vigorously until the banana has blended in entirely with the oats. Cook until desired consistency is reached. Extra topping suggestions: coconut, peanut butter, or other fruit!
Bonus tip if you happen to have apple cider in the fridge, sub that in for half the water!
move: to stir the emotions, feelings, or passions of
- A Color Story: This is the best photo editing app I've used in a very long time. I loved VSCO, but this one takes the cake. At $8 for the full version, it's more than I typically spend on an app, but trust me, it's worth it! Here's the website to check it out.
- Re-visiting Personality Types! was reminded of my Myers-Briggs personality, INFJ, when a friend posted this website: 16personalities.com. Then I was led to Personality Hacker, where I was able to learn some more specific tools to manage the pain points of my personality and what traits to use to my advantage. This along with Gretchen Rubin's Four Tendencies Framework, has clued me into some of the serious emotions I cope with and makes me feel a bit less anxious about the fact that I may be my own boss for the rest of my life, breaking from our American norm. When I first started hearing about Gretchen's framework on her podcast, I seemed to have a lot of the qualities of an Upholder, but once I took the quiz it became clear that I was definitely a Questioner. It's interesting to delve into...
- Living Like Nomads: We moved into a new house to be closer to Dylan's job cutting the amount of miles he drives each day down 75% and the time away from home is much less. We're all happier about this, see sweet dog in the sun below. It's a cute 1920's house with two enclosed porches (dreaming of hammocks and meals with friends in the warmer weather), in a really nice little neighborhood on a lake with parks, beaches and tennis courts. I have a tiny little home office in addition to a spare bedroom/yoga room, though it desperately needs a coat of paint and a day of organizing.