So I haven't posted a normal blog post in a while so here I go! Just a catch up on what's being going on over the past week or so.
Well we finally got our Christmas tree out of storage and up. I like to keep the tree simple. Not too much on it:
We also changed out decorations on top of our cabinets from Fall decorations to Christmas ones:
I also managed to get a pair of red skinny jeans at Walmart on Saturday at Black Friday Prices!! Woo yeah! I also ordered a pair of boots on Cyber Monday which arrived today but they are too big and I don't like them and now they have a better pair cheaper so I am going to get them!
These will be great in the snow and are CUTE!
We went and did our usual biweekly Trader Joe's shop, LOVE that place
And YAY they have my FAVOURITE chocolates in stock for Christmas!
Still unopened mind you!
At Target I found a really cute little bowl and a smaller plate for me to use, $1.79 each!
I have been really good with my diet, not so much with the exercise. But my weight is going back down which is what's important!!
Billy has been working long hours and not many days off. But we need the money so that's good, but I miss him.
A few people have asked me how I make my steel cut oats and I have seen other people saying they don't have the time to make it every morning. So I am going to share what I do to save time.
Basically I start with these:
You can get them pretty much anywhere that sells oatmeal. Steel cut oats are just oats that aren't rolled out. They have a chewy consistency which I prefer over rolled oats.
I make 8 servings at a time. I measure out 320g which is 8 x 40g servings. I weigh it out on my digital scales after zeroing off the bowl.
Then I bring 7 cups of water to boil. The instructions are 1 cup of water to 1 cup of oats, but I like mine a little undercooked. I'm weird like that! But you can use the 8 cups if you like.
I add the oats, let them boil for about 5 minutes then I lower the temperature so they simmer for another 20 minutes or until all the water is gone and it's at a consistency I like.
Then I dump it all back into the bowl again and weigh it.
Because I didn't zero off the bowl this time, I just take off the weight of the bowl, in this case it's 155g, then I divide the remaining number by 8. Which works out to 180g. Leaving a 5g buffer I weigh out each portion into small containers.
I freeze 6 portions and leave 2 in the fridge for the next 2 mornings.
When I want one in the morning, I just take it out of the freezer, run some hot water over the container to loosen it. Then put into a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes, stir, then another 30 seconds. Then I add my fruit, nuts, milk etc.
Some of my favourite topping combinations are:
banana, honey & walnuts
PB2 & banana
Chocolate PB2 & banana
dried cranberries and slivered almonds
pumpkin butter and slivered almonds.
blueberries and peaches