So, as I alluded to yesterday – my mom and i found ourselves road-trippin’ it 4 hours today! To be quick and efficient yet not find myself starving within an hour or grumpy the entire way, or rushing around this morning, I made my breakfast last night.
Last time, I said I wasn’t a huge fan of overnight oats. Take them or leave them – but they were certainly handy – and I’d take the over a drive-through any day! Well, I made a different variation this time, and I’ve gotta say – they were good!
- 1 T. steel cut oats, 3 T. Peppy Kernels, 1 T. chia seeds
- 3/4 c. almond milk
- drizzle maple syrup
- chopped dried apricots
- microwaved, mashed banana
- drizzle maple syrup
- shredded unsweetened coconut
- Cranberry Orange Nut Sauce
- TJ’s Sun Butter
I think it was the combination of the mashed banana with mape syrup and the sun butter that really wowed me. I’d never really thought to use sunbutter on oats before because I’m always thinking sweet – but lately I’ve been on a total sunbutter kick and thought – wouldn’t that go great with a mashed banana? And it was so perfect. I think I was daydreaming about sunbutter and bananas all while driving.
I still can’t say I’m a convert, since I love the hands-on of hot, morning oats – but that fact that I can re-heat overnight oats and be just as satiated and pleased is a definite bonus. My hopes have been renewed!
I, of course – packed foods. Overpacked, might I add.
I found myself riding shotty for the first two hours.
And by the time we were in the car for an hour, we wanted some real breakfast. Those oats were just a joke, you know.
Alright, so maybe we just needed to use the facilities. And a coffee for $1 for the moms. She drinks more coffee than I do.
And then I took over for the interstate driving. Here’s a sneak preview of what went down:
Mom: “Slow down.”
Me: “I’m going…68.”
Mom: “The speed limit’s 65.”
Me: “If we go 65 we’ll get rear-ended by a MAC truck.”
…continue going 68-70. Later:
“Please don’t go above 65.” (clutching dash)
okay so maybe the dash part was a little dramatic, but it goes without saying that she hates highway drivings. Reason why I did the highways. I didn’t tell her that they make me nervous too. Luckily, her truck is a lot smoother to drive on the interstate than the Jeep that shakes when you hit 60.
ANYWAYS. Where did 4 hours of driving take us? To a nice little town with a handful of gorgeous horses.
What did we drive away with after an hour and a half of oogling?
(not that horse…work with me here.)
Yes, yes! The hunt is over. I figured as soon as I got all whiney I’d be made a liar of. It’s sort of weird story that goes along with how we found this horse…and my mom and I really think it’s just fate. I think that’s why we were a little disappointed when it started looking like we may not hear back. Just goes to show we were both a little too paranoid 😉 I’ve never felt this “right” about a horse decision. A lot of times, you go back and forth…sort of weighing the pros and cons of this horse. This one just feels right.
I drove another butt-hurting 2.5 hours back until handing over the wheel to my mom again. So glad we shared driving. I was starting to feel exhausted, and headachey. At first I thought it was just because it was so sunny out and I forgot sunglasses.
…And got home just in time for dinner! When eggs popped into mind as wondering what I wanted, i knew I needed to do it up. And when’s the last time I had a down-home buckwheat waffle? And so easy to whip up:
- 1/4 c. buckwheat flour
- 1/4 c. almond milk
- 1/2 T. applesauce
- 1 T. egg beaters (I had them on hand – I’ve used a whole egg white before and it was a bit too much liquid, so just cut back on milk)
- 1/2 T. molasses
And had a mediterranean omelette! I guess I don’t have much of a future in omelet-beautification, but luckily beauty doesn’t affect taste.
- 1 egg
- 1 egg white
- 3 T. almond milk
- garlic salt & pepper
- diced roasted eggplant
- diced roasted red peppers
- chopped spinach
- some canned mushrooms
Have a great night, guys! I think I’m off to do a little bit of yoga – I need to stretttcccchhhhh!!