Monday, July 2, 2012

Weekend Wrap-up and Cold Overnight Oats

In a nutshell, Friday looked something like this:

On Friday afternoon, I dropped Easy-E off at the Methodist church for his first ever sleep-away camp.  I was on my way to Dallas to spend the evening with some college friends so I was all gussied up.   On our way out the door, Easy-E said "Mom, why are you wearing that dress?"  I told him I had dinner plans in Dallas.  He then said "I just mean, I wouldn't wear that dress to drop me off for camp . . . or EVER."  Wow.  I wore it anyway.  Because I don't take fashion advice from eight-year old boys who like to wear Michael Jordan t-shirts with jorts.

While I was in Dallas, the Tiny Princess and Drama created a ginormous water bowl for the cat (under their dad's supervision).  As for Dallas, I think the bottom picture of me pretty much says it all.  Somebody said that they were going to use this picture as blackmail later so I'm just going to negate it's value by putting it out there myself. 

We ate some very good food that included a lot of fried green beans, lollypop lamb chops, ceviche nachos, and cheese fries . . . and then left-over pizza after we got back to my friend's house.  If I didn't confess to you that I ate at least 3000 calories Friday night, I'd be lying or at least hiding something.  We also drank 3 or 4 bottles of wine with dinner . . . I can't remember . . .  and then went to the Old Monk for more debauchery. 

Saturday was a whole lot of recovering from Friday.  I did manage to rally for a church party on Saturday night (yes, church party negates the sinning from the night before . . . unless you are Episocopalian . . . and then church party just means more sinning). 

Sunday looked like this:
 
While we were out Saturday night, my husband's boss left the naked guy on our front porch.  He scared the crap out of our babysitter as she was leaving, but the Tiny Princess just nonchalantly said "Where did you get the guy, mama?" As if finding such a thing on the porch is not unusual.   

We knocked him around a little on Sunday morning, but he told me that I am weak and am not ready for him.  What he doesn't know is that I have big plans for him . . . and it may or may not involve dressing him up in a Hawaiian shirt and a Lei for the 4th of July.   

After boxing with the naked guy, I did the "Fran" workout that I missed on Friday with the group.  Shortstacker Emily texted it to me so that I didn't feel left out.  I added in a set of hanging leg lifts at the end of every round to help make up for the fact that I have generally ignored my abs ever since being told by a plastic surgeon that they are a lost cause. 
After the workout, I watched "Let it Shine" on the Disney channel with the kids while the kids played DS and My Little Pony.  Really, I pretty much watched it by myself.  It was no "8 Mile", and Tyler James Williams is certainly no Eminem.



But I do love a rap battle, and I can't watch 8 Mile with my kids on a Sunday, yo.

I also made some cold overnight oats yesterday for my breakfast today.  I found the recipe at www.stuftmama.com.  It is my new favorite blog.  She is funny and fit, and my virtual stalking tendencies are raging right now.  Most of the food/fitness blogs that I read are written by 26-year old girls that have no kids, no jobs, and no other responsibilities.  I love their blogs but I have trouble relating to their station in life.   StuftMama is a 34-year old mother of twins.  She's funny, she's built like a brick shithouse, and she gets to workout with Bob Harper. 

bob

I did modify her recipe just a bit.  So here's my version . . . which of course . . . sort tastes like a peanut butter cup . . . because that is my goal, always:

Cashew Butter Cup Overnight Oats
Ingredients:

  1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  1/2 cup whole grain old fashioned oats
  1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  1/2 ripe mushed up banana
   2 Tbsp cashew butter
   liquid stevia
   1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
Directions: 

Place the cashew butter (or peanut butter) in the jar.  Dip your fingers in it and eat it.  Put more cashew butter in the jar. 



Add the oats, almond milk, mushed-up banana, yogurt, and stevia (or a packet of splenda) to the jar.


Stir.  If you are a chocolate lover, add the cocoa.  I actually prefer this recipe without the chocolate, but I'm not a chocolate lover.   Blasphemy, I know.


Stir again.  Put a cap on it and shake it.  Place it in the refrigerator overnight or for about 8 hours.


Voila.  Eat cold with a spoon.

If you have texture issues with food . . . for example, if you wretch at the sight of cottage cheese . . . this may not be the recipe for you.  Or, maybe you should just get over it, because this is delicious.  It's like having dessert for breakfast. 

Other recipes for cold overnight oats can be found all over the Internet.  Google it.
  
Happy Monday,

JMo

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