Happy Happy Joy Joy

Holy cheese on a cracker, guys! I had a sneaking suspicion that the topic of fat acceptance vs. fat glorification would be a conversation starter, but I really had no idea that it would inspire such thoughtful discussion (and imagine my delight at how thoroughly civilized it was!) If you have a few extra minutes today, I highly recommend reading through the comments on the post — there was a vast and varied range of opinions shared (including those of my Dr. Dan, my brother-in-law!) All the thoughtful commentary made me a happy schnauzer bear.

Good job, friends, good job.

So, now that we’ve made note of your sheer awesomeness, I shall make an observation. Things have been kind of serious on the blog this week (no, my name isn’t Captain Hammer Obvious, why do you ask?) Between revisiting my darker days and yesterday’s post, I’ve been putting out a lot of heavy, thought-provoking (for me, at least) stuff. And aside from my second foray into the world of vlogging, I haven’t exactly been my chipper self. I’m so glad that I have a forum where I can candidly discuss those kinds of things (and that you all feel comfortable sharing your points of view in return!), but c’mon, I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer over here, especially not on a glorious Friday like today!

So! Let’s lighten up! Starting with my first pumpkin oatmeal bowl of the season, which was enjoyed yesterday morning.

Punkin Oats
So Fall-icious.

In the mix, we have:

2/3 cup pre-soaked oats
1/3 cup light soy milk
1 heaping tablespoon pureed pumpkin
1 tablespoon maple syrup
An undetermined amount (read: a lot) of pumpkin pie spice
And a dollop of Peanut Butter & Co. White Chocolate Wonderful on top

Warning: this make ALOT of oatmeal. It carried me from 8:30 AM to 2 PM.

If you’ve read more than like, er, one healthy living blog, you are probably familiar with the concept of overnight oats. If not, well, sucks to be you.

I kid, I kid! Let me elaborate: overnight oats are when, in lieu of taking the time to cook raw oats on the stovetop, you let them soak in water or milk before consuming for a period of time (uh, overnight, possibly?) The oats absorb the liquid and become soft, though admittedly not as soft as they would be if they were cooked, and it’s hugely time-saving in the morning because you can prepare them the night before. Huzzah! Since I’m a good li’l healthy living blogger, you know I love me some oatmeal, hahaha.


Anyway, a coworker and I have recently been discussing the idea of pre-soaking grains prior to cooking, and she told me she tried it with oatmeal and had great success! So I figured I’d give it a whirl as well. Turns out pre-soaking your oats is essentially the same thing as making overnight oats, only, um, even easier.

Step 1: Put oats in a bowl.
Step 2. Dump a lot of water in the bowl.
Step 3: Cover and, optionally, refrigerate.

No measuring required! In the morning, you strain all of the water from the oats, and then mix up your regular oatmeal ingredients, only you can use way less milk than normal because the oats are already nice and pillowy. THEN you cook ’em, and they become a creamy, smooth, fluffy bowl of morning comfort. Or, if you’re me, you take the bowl to work and zap it in the microwave for 2 minutes because the very idea of turning your stove on at 7 AM makes you want to cry.


And then you have it alongside a big ol’ glass of iced joe.

I think I’ve made it abundantly clear here that I am not exactly what I would call “a morning person.” So being able to throw together quick but hearty breakfasts and lug ’em to work with me is a definite must in order to keep to my “always eat breakfast” mantra.

All right, I have one last “lighthearted” treat for you guys this Friday. This might not be a huge shock to you if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, but I went crazy the other night and decided to submit an audition tape for The Glee Project! Urk. So please click through and watch me as I make a thorough fool of myself and (GASP!) sing! And then, even if you hate it, please Like it. 😉

So I know you are probably sick of wedding recap posts by now, but this weekend brings on Wedding #3 of 2011 (here’s #1 & #2), with my good friends Abby and JP getting mawwied in Baltimore! Steve is a groomsman again, and Ben is the videographer, so it should be good times all around!

What are your favorite oatmeal toppings/mix-ins? I like pumpkin in the fall, but my all-time favorite combo will probably brown sugar + raisins. The brown sugar melts into the hot oatmeal, and there’s just something about this combination is so, so good!