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…
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:
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.
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! 🙂
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! 😉
I haven’t done an oat mask in forever. Funny how we forget these things. Thanks for the reminder. I need to get back to it. I love protein oats. Makes me feel so good! I made more baked falafel yesterday and that totally made my tummy happy. I hope you have a great day!
Ahh chocolate covered seeds? Sounds soo yummy! Happy Wednesday 🙂
That looks like THE most delicious bowl of oats ever. The more candy, the better (in my opinion) haha.
And I love the face mask idea! And (like most bloggers) I have all of those things in my kitchen! woohoo!
I love oatmeal masks but they also have a tendency to bleach/wash out my skin! And considering I spend all summer trying to tan up so that I’m not ghastly pale when I’m back in the UK this does not bode well for me. It makes a great body scrub too though.
I haven’t done an oatmeal mask in ages! They remind me of going to camp as a kid because we would always do them before the big camp dance. 😀
Your salad looks so spectacular! NOM!
Hahahaha your oat mask face is creeping me out! 😉
Totally trying the tater trick 😉 P.S. I have to ask…did you really end up licking your face and not telling us?
Wellllll, no…but I DID lick the bowl that I mixed it up in! 😉 Lol
Your little sunflower seeds look like little Easter eggs! Looks delicious Heather 🙂
Haha, oh my gosh, THEY DO!! Guess I’m just joining all the retailers in their quest to forget all other holidays….now that Christmas is over, it’s time for Easter! Lol
Oats are superbly good for your skin… and so is milk/yogurt too – that’s one of my favorite homemade masks!
You sexy oatie woman, you! At least you don’t have a bung eye like I did in my photo! How amazing does it make your skin feel though? Silky smooth.
That coffee bean grinder thingy is brilliant… I’m going to fashion one of my own 🙂
Hahaha! It really does! Soooo smooth!
Oh, you are so creative! Let me know if you make a grinder of your own…because I know this one isn’t going to last me long! 😉
You’re just rubbing my face in the wondrousness of Trader Joe’s, aren’t you? While simultaneously rubbing your own face in oatmeal 😉
Pretty sexy, no? 😉
obviously i cant read your wiaw at work because i’m SO hungry nowww! haha you and your DAMN good looking oats have put mine to shame! i need to make a tjs trip and get that grinder! it looks so good! i also want to try that artic freeze, too!
have a good day! – betty
Um…that is seriously the most delicious looking bowl of oatmeal EVER.
I sprinkle the TJ’s Chocolate, Coffee-Bean, Sugar mixture on my oatmeal almost every day. It’s amazing! I definitely need to try it on ice-cream as well.
And I’m loving the mask! I’ve tried a similar oatmeal mask before and it worked wonders on my skin.
Thanks girl! It was pretty fantastic…makes me want to eat oatmeal for every meal of the day! Lol
i forgot to get chocolate covered sunflower seeds at trader joes today 🙁 BUT I DID buy that grinder! cant wait to try it!
Haha, I forgot to get MORE when I was there…totally bummed about that, but hey, just gives me an excuse to go back, right? I used the grinder over my coffee flavored Arctic Zero yesterday and it was ahhhhhhmazing! You have to try it with coffee ice cream!
looking good miss thing!
Question! how do you prep your protein oatmeal?! mine always curdles. Ewwwwww.
I cook the oats, water or milk, and whatever flavorings (cinnamon, extracts, etc) in the microwave for about 2-2.5 minutes, stirring halfway through. Then I stir in my protein powder afterwards, but sometimes you REALLY have to stir it depending on the brand to get all the lumpy doos out! 😉