Rock the Oat

By virtue of sheer numbers today had to be a good day. Yesterday was devoted to learning one big lesson:

Apparently, if a dog eats a whole Saran Wrappered loaf of banana bread, you should call the vet after you’re done laughing. Live and learn. The dog got pneumonia and I spent yesterday Durangoing between Marblehead (est. in 1695, can you believe it?) and Woburn, Massachusetts.

So I knew today had to be good, just by virtue of restoring the cosmic order. Sure enough, it started strong with today’s recipe and just stayed good. One thing that made today awesome if not inspirational was a piece of mail from the Yolo County Board of Elections. My absentee ballot arrived! Talk about getting a civic hard-on, I bumped America The Beautiful and got’r’dun through my lunchbreak. This ballot was pretty important as far as elections go. You don’t read a breakfast blog for political advice so I won’t soapbox but man, it felt amazing to fill in some of those boxes. Of particular import to breakfast was Prop. 2, or the assignment of prisoner’s rights to farm animals. A free range chicken in every pot!

The breakfast that made this day possible, has a sordid past in my kitchen. The basic idea came from my botched attempt at museli of a few weeks ago, and it turns out, according to foodbloggers I take very srsly, this is a tried and true recipe.

Quite the inadvertent breakfast genius I am.

The pictures are just atrocious, so I apologize. Once, I’m more permanent and ridicu-rich, I’m going to get the foodblogger equivalent to an SUV, the EGO light. If that doesn’t scream “TAKE MY BLOG SRSLY” I don’t know what does.

Baked Oatmeal with Apples
(Yoinked hard from Everybody Likes Sandwiches)

1 cup oatmeal
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves and nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
some maple syrup, not much more than 2 tsps probs
1 great big shake of shredded coconut
1 diced apple (HONEYCRISP, USE HONEYCRISP)
1 cup unsweetened almond/rice/soy milk
1/2 cup apple cider or juice
1/2 cup toasted chopped up almonds

Let’s play a game, its like a Rorshach test. What comes to mind when you see THIS MAN?

That’s right, set it and forget it. That’s what you do with this oatmeal. Preheat your oven to 350, mix up everything (except your nuts!) and toss it in the oven for 30 minutes. Just after the McGriddle, this is the perfect breakfast food- nutritious, delicious and provider of an opportunity for a morning quickie. Take it out of the oven and stir your nuts in.

Which tree’s nuts?

An almond treeeeeeeeeeeeeeez nuts!

Enjoy your oats. Coming straight out of 1994, the year of years, here’s some Mazzy Star.

Mazzy Star – I’ve Been Let Down

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