The Lazy Mom’s Guide to Breakfast: Tricksy Oatmeal

Bad blogger here, reporting in with no pictures. Bad blogger. Bad. Also rogue blogger as I’m posting from a remote location. We are all off kilter, but post I will. (Also, I just realized that my blog is stuck on Central Time, so if any of the 7X7 police are looking askance at my posting times, all I can say is that I am totally keeping up even if I get squeaky close to the daily deadlines, and I’m on Pacific Time.)

As we were getting ready to hit the road this morning, I realized that the kids needed to eat. They always need to eat it seems. Breakfast especially gets me. They just can’t seem to make do with a cup of coffee. And cereal just gets eaten too fast. Necessitating more frequent shopping. And before you know it, you are out of milk again. I especially dislike having my shopping habits held hostage by milk and cereal.

So. Eggs it is, if I have my way. Unfortunately, since breakfast happens before coffee, or at least is started before coffee has started, I often let these fatal words escape my mouth: ” What would you like best to eat?”

I do this because by this point in time I apparently haven’t graduated from Rookie Mom.

My kids smell weakness a mile off, and before I can back peddle, shout: “OATMEAL!!”

So. Oatmeal it is. *sigh*

But here’s where I get my revenge for them taking advantage of pre-caffeine stupidity. OR just ensure that they get some protein and, ideally, last longer until next required nourishment.

Tricksy Oatmeal

Boil water (I don’t measure. I eyeball everything. You boil the amount you need.)

While the water comes to a boil beat some eggs thoroughly. I use as few as one and as many as four (in oatmeal for 1 adult, 2 boys, 1 baby). Set aside.

Add oatmeal into boiling water (Again, I eyeball everything. Make oatmeal the way you make it for your crew.)

Using a ladle or measuring cup, spoon a bit of boiling water and oats into the eggs. I believe this is called tempering, but you might want to Phone-a-French-Chef before you quote me on that. Spoon a little, wisk a little, spoon a little, wisk a little, until the eggs are (slowly) quite warm. If they don’t get warm enough slowly enough they will just look scrambled.

Once they get warm enough you stir the eggs+oatmeal into the pot of oatmeal and stir until it’s thick and creamy.

Confession: sometimes I don’t get them warm enough, and you can kinda tell that this is basically scrambled-eggs-in-oatmeal but them I just tell the boys that they can read Lego brochures at the table, which means they won’t scrutinized their food. That works quite well. If I DO get them warm enough, then it makes the oatmeal all creamy and pudding-y. But I’ll probably still let them read Lego brochures just to keep them from walking me through the ingredient list before I’ve finished my coffee.

Add-ins that are good (bordering on great):
1) a swirl of maple syrup (honey or brown sugar are ok, but maple syrup is grand)
2) raisins or other dried fruit
3) chia seeds (these are GREAT for nursing mamas…energy, calcium, magnesium, fiber and all that)
4) flax seed and/or coconut

So far none of the troops have complained. Not that complaints would do them any good. Muahahahahaha.

How to Feed a Friend

meals link up button

Maybe this should read, “How to Feed and Be Fed”.

I’m not sure.

I am also not sure about how wild I am about the “button”.  I’m only a graphic designer in my dreams, y’all.

If you missed the post in which I discussed MEALS!!!, you can find it here. Read the rambly logic of it all. All posts are welcome.  I have heaps o’ appreciation for posts that cover nitty, gritty details like Kathryn posted here and just as much for the posts that cover how to still be generous when life is nitty and gritty, like Rachel posted here.  Love is in the details and love is in giving when the giving is tough, even if the giving doesn’t look as perfect as one had hoped.

The “rules” are as follows:

1) Write up your post on a meal you are taking or a meal you have received.

2) Include all the details that make this meal truly a labor of love.

3) Pictures are 142% encouraged.

4) Grab the button if you want.  Only if you want to.  And if you got mad-styling-graphic skills and more-time/patience-than-me, hit me up to prettify that thing up there.

5) Tell yo friends.  The more people to post, the more ideas I…me…I mean WE…have when push-comes-to-shove-baby-is-out-time-to-make-a-meal! (Meals for any sort of occasion, happy or sad, are welcome.)

6) Use the tool below to link up your post so we (read: me) have allthegoodideas in one, blessed spot.

7 Quick Takes — A Hurry-Up Edition

Joining Jen with 7QTs

Friday startles me every week. I’m giving myself 30 minutes to finish these. (In case I need to say it, any Amazon links are affiliate.)

1)

Did you notice that I posted this week?  I did!  I did!  I’m thinking to do a link-up of meals we’ve taken and meals that we’ve received. Would you join?  Read here to see what I’m thinking. Won’t you weigh in?

we DO like to eat…

2)

In the aforementioned earlier post, I mentioned that I would be starting a Pinterest board of takeable meals.  You can find that new board here. On the subject of Pinterest…I’m reorganizing my Pinterest boards.  Because, you know, I might have (traces of) insanity.  Who in their right mind decides that their Pinterest boards are too cluttered?  No one in their right mind.  That’s who.

3)

One of my favorite bloggers is in the midst of a great cause. She is running to raise money and awareness for Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Go check out her fundraiser page and read about SMA; click around and read her family’s story.

What can you do to offer support?

4)

I know that, if you are reading this, you probably are aware that Pope Francis has called for a day of prayer and fasting for Syria. You can read his plea here. I’m guilty of playing the “I’m breastfeeding” (or “I’m pregnant”, when it applies) card.  So tomorrow, on 7 September 2013, this breastfeeding mama is cutting out “extracurricular” snacks and goodies as well as my coffee and cream.  How will you respond to the call for prayer and fasting?

5)

After mentioning A Mother’s Rule of Life: How to Bring Order to Your Home and Peace to Your Soul in my Five Favorites on WednesdayI started thinking: (Folks, I’m reawy, reawy great at starting thinking!) I love sharing books.  I often buy multiple copies of my favorites that have helped me and inspired me and pass them along when I come across someone who wants to read them. In this phase of life, we really have to watch our spending (and the funnynotfunny thing about watching my spending is that I get less and less to watch because I become more and more aware how lucygoosy I am about it) but I am finding myself still wanting to share my favorites.  Wouldn’t a book swap be fun? Along the lines of paperbackswap.com, but on a smaller scale?  I know many of us read similar blogs, and how fun would it be to write your name in a book, send it along to another blogger, who can read it, write their name in it, and pass it along?  I make little notes in my books (courtesy of my Grandmother who always thought it appropriate to write in a book so long as one was not earmarking pages).  I love to read the notes others have written.  And I think it would be so fun to see the list of bloggers who are sharing the books.  Et toi? (And, Rosie, this is my roundabout way of asking you to PM me your address so I can send you my copy…)

6)

I’m struggling with hobbies. Namely, I get a little distracted in life, and I truly enjoy learning new hobbies.  But I tend to pile on too many new ones.  This week, after finishing up my Photoshop 101 class for nicolesclasses.com, I decided that I reallyreallyreally want to learn about Illustrator.  In another, more talented, life, I would have loved to pursue a career in design.  Alas, I lack the detail-orientedness and general talent in that direction.  Right now I try to juggle photography, learning about photoshop, various online classes, blogging, occasionally sewing, reading…and ukelele.  I just love that last one.  But I love them all.  The wise Jennifer Fulwiler once wrote…somewhere…that she had to learn to NOT pick up too many hobbies, because there was no way balance it all (badly paraphrased, my apologies, Jen, I can’t remember what post that was in). I’m guilty of chasing after a new thing with the attention span of a squirrel.  And I WONDER why my house and brain get too cluttered!

7)

One of my little guys got a bee sting last week. I felt like mentioning it because a) I didn’t blog about it and b) another of my favorite bloggers mentioned a bee sting. Of course she mentioned LAST week in her 7QTs LAST week.  But I got behind in reading and only read it yesterday.  So.  You know.  Important.  Anyhooooo….I bring this all up because it was our family’s first bee sting.  (In the interest of disclosure, apparently my husband got stung several times as a youth.  But I have never been stung.  So…it’s all about moi.) My heart sorta broke for my son because I had just told him, “Don’t bother them, and they won’t bother you.” And so there he was…not bothering a bee…and the bee stung him.  While he was trying to shield his little sister from bugs and bees.  So he cried.  I mighta cried.  We googled (“how to take care of a bee sting”).  And everyone lived to tell the tale.

a spider…

As a side note: I felt more than a little guilty that I could not sympathize with bee sting pain. However every. living. spider. on the block seems to be finding me and biting me.  So I’m a gonna call it somewhat even.

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That’s all she wrote, folks. Don’t ask me why I want to end every post with that, feeling slightly clever until I realize I am totally unoriginal.

MEALS!!!

Do I have your attention? Oh, good, I was hoping all caps would do that.

So here is my thought:

Remember when Auntie Leila wrote about (and talked about for those lucky D.C.ers!) forming community and bringing meals? (Julie did a write up here.) Well, I’ve had this on the brain since then. I discovered how food speaks a few years ago when we were in Korea and miscarried and then, again, a few months ago when little A was born. We were on the receiving end of some amazing generosity and delicious meals. It’s really powerful how feeding the hungry helps to form tight bonds in a community. The fact that acts of charity end up feeding the chef as much (if not more) than the eater is a beautiful testament to how God’s mandates are for freedom and happiness instead of restriction and suffering.

At any rate, I’ve got food and putting down roots/forming community on the brain since we moved. Between Julie mentioning meal she took , and the mom of an old friend mentioning how her daughter has an awesome community that pulled together to make meals in a time of need, and remembering the delicious meals WE received, and remembering the eeetsy-beetsy problem that I cook kinda weird….

…I hatched a plan. And, so, I have a question for you:

If I were to put up an on-going link-up (or maybe continually updated post with links?) for meals we take and meals we receive, would you play along?

See, I love to take meals, but I’m also kinda clueless most of the time in addition to cooking kinda weird AND am self-conscious about inflicting weird meals on others.

You know how want to Bring A Meal, and so you ask the recipient, “What do you like to eat?!” And they say, “oh whatever…” Or you log into the mealtrain (or similar service) account and they don’t even have any allergies or likes or dislikes listed? These things cause terror in my soul and crickets chirping where inspiration ought to be.

I loved when we got meals from people who thought out plastic utensils, breakfasts, snacks, other little details that made the meal even more valuable. These little details add such love! It’s awesome (to me) when you smarties share your wisdoms with me, of the slows population.

What I would love to have, in one place, are ideas for these deliverable meals. Now, if this was all I really wanted, I could just start a Pinterest board (and that’s not a half bad idea…think I’ll go do that…), but I want to take that meal idea the step further and see how YOUR communities are being fed.

SO…if I built it (the post), would you come? Would you take pictures and link to recipes? Would you share meals you take? Would you include the details? (I love how Kathryn shared her meal idea here.) Would you do a write up (when you are able) of meals you received and loved?

Would you? Could you?
In a post?
Eat them! Write them!
Just like toast!

I’ll leave you on that Green Eggs and Ham-inspired rambling. Talk to me, though. Would you be interested?

monday goodness

I love Monday. Garfield I am not.  I love getting things a little more orderly: schedule, house, etc. I feel more relaxed. It’s weird, I know.

Some reasons:

  • I get exercise
  • my house gets clean
  • things like this happen:
they're capes...they're aprons...they're Super Chefs!
they’re capes…they’re aprons…they’re Super Chefs!

…and this:

which reminds me to find things like this, again:

I just had to share the love.

Five Favorites

 

I’ve linked up with Five Favs before, but this is my first FF post in my new place!  I’d tell you to go check out the rest of the Five Favers at Hallie’s place, but odds are that you just came from there…

1) MindWare Pattern Play

Pattern Play

This game is fun, simple, and so good for little minds and spatial coordination.  I love that it is a wooden game, and I plan to hang on to it for my grandkids, God-willing.  Yesterday the boys (ages 5 and 3) and Amelie and I stretched out on the floor while the boys played.  This works for now because A doesn’t try to destroy the game or eat pieces.  It will become a table game in a few months.

2) Green onions

Ok, I won’t lie: these aren’t exactly my favorite things, but I do really like them.  Last year we received an abundance of them in our CSA box, and my pregnant self was totally overwhelmed.  Then a smartie pants friend of mind said, “Chop them, put them in a ziploc bag, and freeze them.” It’s as simple as that.  And then, when you are making eggs or nachos…or whatever you like to have a few green onions on…you reach in the freezer and grab a handful.  It is THAT simple.  So my favorite thing really is smartie pants friends who share their wisdom.

what smartie pants friends make me feel like

3) Hape Quadrilla Twist and Rail Set – 98 Piece, 50 Marble

Speaking of wooden toys, you better believe that I have my eye on THIS:

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I’ve been coveting a marble track for Li and Lo, and this one looks like it has staying power.

4) Exercise

I’m back into it this week for the first real time in a loooong.  Love the mood boost. Love the energy boost. Love the confidence boost.

And I’m so grateful to Hallie for recommending this 5k Runner app.  In all honesty, a year ago I scoffed at this sort of thing for me (not as a good tool for starting out, but for me).  Then wouldn’t you know little-miss-exercise-aholic went and took nearly a year sabbatical and got herself out of shape.  Pride —-> FAIL.  Every. Time.

Anyhow, there are a bunch of apps for this, and I’m sure other good ones, too.  But this one is working for me.

I hate to recommend exercise programs. Because people are so different and there is no miracle plan.  But I will also mention T-Tapp Basic Workout Plus.  I’m trying this out thanks to WellnessMama (please tell me you’ve looked at her site! Love. Her!) and while I haven’t seen “results” yet, let me give you three reasons to look into it:

  • I feel great after I do it (and can do it in most regular clothes and don’t need to shower after) (<—-cheater, cheater pumpkin-eater…that’s three reasons right there!)
  • it takes 15 minutes
  • it takes 15 minutes!!!

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5) Chocolate Pie

First, I pinned it.

chocolate pie

Next, I drooled over it:

isn't that cake stand pretty?
isn’t that cake stand pretty?

This sucker is Paleo.  A Paleo treat, but Paleo, nonetheless.  It’s chock (-o-late!) full of good fats…avocado…coconut…and antioxidants…

Finally, I made it.  Twice.  And may or may not have finished it up for breakfast.  Don’t let the avocado in it deter you (it didn’t me); it is the most fabulous chocolate pie you will ever eat. Make sure your avocados are ripe, and the results are super smooth and creamy.

this is the only picture I have to show for it — attractive, I know

(PS – I know the original recipe had a nut crust.  I had gluten-free graham cracker crumbs to use up because we are moving soon, so I just made a GF graham cracker crust using the crumbs and butter, no extra sugar.)

After talking about exercise (and spending a few weeks months complaining about how hard it is to lose weight this post-pregnancy) I’m sure you are looking at number 5 thinking, “I think I know what your problem is…” Yes, true…kinda…BUT…it is a great/enjoyable/yummy way to increase good fat intake into my diet.  And, well, I rest my case. And I do not apologize.

Now hurry back over to Hallie’s place and read up on some more of those Five Favorites!