Oatmeal: From Face to Bowl

I know what you’re probably thinking, but before you go developing any opinions on oatmeal rights and call the Quaker Oat Man on me let me first take a minute thank our Jenn of Peas & Crayons for hosting our favorite blogger party of the week:

Now…let’s see…where was I?

So after a REEEEEEEALLY early wake up the other morning (5:00am), I sipped on a hot mug of coffee while  BB got his things together and was out the door for work.

Although I thought very seriously about walking back to the bedroom to snooze for another 45 minutes or so, the blogger in me couldn’t pass up a chance to get caught up on some reading from over the weekend.

While I was skipping around to some of my favorite blogs, I stumbled across a post of Lou’s. I was so intrigued by a recipe of hers that I got up from the computer, whipped open the cabinets, mixed the ingredients, and then spread it all over…

My face!

And then I uploaded the pic to Instagram…because that’s what addicts like me do!

Yes, I am aware that I have a combination of oatmeal, honey, and ground flax on my face…I am also aware of how gosh darn smooth my face has been since schmearing it on my face two days ago!

While I waited for my mask to set, I got this seriously intense craving for a big bowl of oats and as much as I thought of licking my own face, I thought better sanitarily and whipped up a bowl fresh from the pantry:

Vanilla protein oats topped with banana slices (I swear their under there), crushed almonds, mini chocolate chips, coconut, and chocolate-covered sunflower seeds (these guys INSIST on popping into about 75% of my breakfasts these days)

But that wasn’t all that was atop my bowl of morning glory:

Ohh.emm.gee!

And according to Nikki, I just HAVE to try these on ice cream! Mmm, can’t wait!

By the way, have you seen Nikki’s recipe spotlight over on Jessica’s blog…total drool-fest!

Breakfast held me over for quite a while (gotta love the addition of protein powder in your oats), but around 10:30, it was time for a little snack.

Who else has been enjoying pear season lately?

The perfect juicy snack to hold me over until I dove head-first into this beast of a salad:

So, what’s on the plate? More like, what’s NOT on the plate!

Spinach, carrots, red peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, red onion, annnnnnd grilled lemon-pepper shrimp leftover from the weekend all mixed up with the hunk of avocado at the top of the plate.

Yes it was delicious.

Yes I licked the plate clean.

#noshame

I also enjoyed a little cocktail afterwards since I’ve been feeling a bit rundown lately (must’ve been all the running around last weekend)

I actually picked up this new-to-me flavor of Emergen-C last weekend, and while it’s no pink lemonade (sadly discontinued), it’s a nice change from the boring orange flavor I normally drink.

After lunch, I rewarded my amazing salad making skills with a 2 hour nap and then SOMEHOW pried my butt out of bed and managed to get in a little workout with one of my DVDs (more on that later this week).

Before jumping in the shower, I threw a sweet potato in the oven to bake.

Once I was squeaky clean, it was time to make my tater a little dirty…and by dirty, I mean deeeeeeeelicous!

Split in half with a knife, I topped it with Trader Joe’s turkey chili (mixed with spinach…you know, because I don’t already eat enough greens), avocado, and then post-picture a dash mountain of nooch

Water count: 64 ounces = 2 liters = 2000 cc’s

So there you have it…a little oatmeal, a BIG salad, and a sweet potato loaded with stuff that I’m sure has some of you thinking “what the heck” while others are wiping the drool off their faces!

Remember my motto: Don’t knock it, till you try it! 🙂

Later gators!

What’s the best thing you’ve eaten today?

What is your favorite wintertime fruit/vegetable?
FYI: here’s a link to a really handy harvest calendar. I just love how it shows everything with pictures…it eases the 5 year old mind within us all! 😉

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