Today, I consumed (in chronological order) a tea, a banana chocolate chip muffin, a cortado (fancy-talk for espresso with milk), a mini mango cake, a coconut latte, a giant chocolate chip cookie, a black coffee, a maple shortbread cookie, a rich, mini-cup of hot chocolate, an apple fritter, and a half of a bagel with brie cheese. Then I had lunch.
This is what girls-in-their-thirties do for bachelorette parties: a three hour coffee tour to drink, eat, chat, and stroll.
Overall, the tour was great. A decent balance of education, indulgence, and exercise. Ample opportunity for girl chat.
Following our tour was an afternoon of spa treatments and a snacky lunch of crudités and charcuterie (More fancy-talk for veggies, meat, and cheese).
The rest of the party continued without me to dinner and a night of dancing. Dustin and I were tag-teaming the kids so we could each attend a portion of the bachelorette/bachelor festivities. I returned home to relieve him of daddy-daycare duties, just in time to feed my children dinner.
I hadn't eaten an excessive quantity of food today -- it was just an excessively strange combination that left my tummy... confused?
Nevertheless, I needed to eat dinner at some point, so when my girls were finally in bed, I whipped up a bowl of nothing-fancy-about-it oatmeal.
Okay, I fancied it up with some pecans and brown sugar. And I ate it in my fine china (I never seem to find a use for the "soup bowl"). And then I ate it out back next to the garden.
I served this oatmeal at my first creative-retreat at the farmhouse three years ago. It's a good fluffy texture that doesn't get too mushy and it's a perfect base for whatever toppings your tummy desires. Sometimes your tummy craves simplicity.
I doubt the other girls ate humble oatmeal for dinner at the fancy restaurant tonight, but they're probably a teensy bit jealous of the tummy calming effects I'm enjoying at this very moment.
Adapted from Anna Olson.
I like to boil the water in a kettle first so I can measure out a precise 2.5 cups of water. If I boil the 2.5 cups in the pot I inevitably boil off half a cup of water or more before remembering to add the oats.
2.5 cups boiled water (see note above)
pinch of salt
1 cup of old fashioned oats
3 tbsp oat bran
Mix all ingredients in a small pot over low heat.
Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serve hot with toppings as suggested below.
milk or cream