Good afternoon. It’s weird writing my first post for the day in the afternoon, but I’ve been so busy this morning. I went to a 90-minute yoga class at 8:30 – opted for Gentle Yoga, and it was just what my body needed. It’s been way too long since my last Down Dog, and my hamstrings are soooo tight. I then stopped by Whole Foods (so good to be back!) and then saw a client at 11 (for any new readers, I’m a massage therapist). So, I’m just now getting a chance to sit down in front of the computer. I always forget how much I go go go when we’re in Nashville. It’s great to be back home, but I’m already missing our low-key Michigan lifestyle. I need to remind myself to slow down more often. I also need to eat this morning’s breakfast more often as it was delightful.
In honor of Chocolate Covered Katie’s birthday today (Happy Birthday Katie!), I decided to make one of her oatmeal recipes, but it was too hard to pick just one. So, I recipe morphed and came up with the following bowl of yum…
After narrowing my options down to Snickerdoodle Hot Cereal and Katie’s Better-N-Rice Pudding, I ended up making Snickerdoodle Blended Rice Pudding. Into the rice cooker went one cup of brown Basmati rice and 2 and 1/2 cups water plus a pinch of salt. After it was done cooking (love my rice cooker!), I scooped out one cup, threw it in the Vita-Mix with 1/2 cup HEABified coconut milk (recipe coming soon), and lots of cinnamon. Voila, instant Snickerdoodle Rice Pudding. If you’ve never tried Katie’s blended grains technique, then you need to…like now! I forgot how much I love blending my grains. Toppings included more cinnamon and Justin’s chocolate almond butter…had to get some chocolate in there somewhere! I also threw a pair of chopsticks into the photo, but unlike Katie, I don’t chopstick. I tried, and although Brussels sprouts are very chopstick friendly, bacon is not. Katie, thanks for the breakfast inspiration, and I hope you have a wonderful birthday!
Again, many thanks to all of you who have sent the HEABlet gifts, and I hope you don’t mind me showcasing the cuteness. I am just so appreciative and overwhelmed by everyone’s thoughtfulness. So, I present to you The HEABlet Gift of the Day…
The Pure2Raw twins sent me a quilt their mom made especially for our baby girl. Lori and Michelle, I can’t thank you both (and your mom) enough. CD and I LOVE the quilt!!!
Just so you know, I have never understood why people pass around the gifts at baby showers…I mean, we all see the girl open it, right? Am I missing something? I guess people like to examine onesies up close?
I also thoroughly enjoyed the Snack Bites packed in the box with the quilt…in fact, they all disappeared the day I opened them…couldn’t help myself as the HEABlet kept kicking for more.
Her favorites were the Cocoa Kremes With A Hint of Cinnamon: organic unsweetened coconut, organic coconut oil, organic dates, organic cacao, organic vanilla, stevia, spirulina, and cinnamon. Delicious! Thanks again Lori and Michelle.
OK, off to celebrate Labor Day with a cookout at my mom’s house. Don’t forget to try blended grains!