One of those days…

Its been one of those weeks.

You know, when you have 5890589341 bajilllion things to do, and about 2 minutes to do it in?

Two tests, a dance show, impossible calculus, and a cold. For 2 years I haven’t been sick with so much as a sniffle, and now I’ve had a full on cold for a week and a half.

On the bright side, a school week is a great way to take a technology break!

Anyway…Its also been one of those days. (don’t worry I’ll get to a recipe in a minute)

Staying up until ungodly hours to finish your notes before a history test.

Being absolutely exhausted the next day.

You want to just scrub it, but its make up picture day, and you are winking in your current ID picture…

Plus your still sick. So you cough a lot during class. During the awkward, silent parts of class.

You forget said ID card, and they won’t let you re-take your picture because of it. So winks are in the yearbook now.

You also forget your phone, so you can’t call and ask your mom to bring the card when she picks you up.

You forget a fork for your lunch.

And the cafeteria decided to charge 5 cents for a cheap, generic plastic fork (thats usually free. I’m calling it a fork tax. I decided to boycott cafeteria cutlery). So you have to eat the delicious salad you packed by picking off the toppings and dipping them in the dressing. With your fingers. (I had to leave the lettuce until after school)

Anyway, its been one of those days.

Good thing I had one of those breakfasts this morning

You know, the delicious ones that make you feel a little fancy when you eat them?

The ones that satisfy you, and make everything okay in the world, if only for the 20 minutes you are eating them?

The ones that make you wish you had another warm bowlful because you just need simple feel-betterness before you crawl under your covers and thank the stars tomorrow is Saturday.

I love those breakfasts.

Vanilla Cinnamon Fig Oats

  • 1/4 C. old fashioned oats
  • 3 T. oat bran
  • 1/2 T. ground flax seed
  • 1/2 T. chia seed
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • a few good dashes of cinnamon
  • sweetener to taste (I use vanilla creme stevia, it makes these even more vanilla-y)
  • 3-4 fresh, ripe figs, chopped
  • water or milk of choice
  • 1 Tbs. vanilla almond butter
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp hazelnut extract
  • Optional: Chopped apple (for figgy apple oats)

Combine oats, oat bran, flax and chia in a small pot, and cover with water or milk as desired (as long as you don’t put way too much, the chia and oat bran will soak it up nicely). Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it starts to thicken up. If it is too thick, add more liquid, if it is too thin add more chia or oat bran. Add vanilla, cinnamon, and sweetener and then, using whatever you are stirring with, whip the oats for a bit, so that they get even fluffier and the flavors are incorporated throughout. Add half of your chopped figs, mix them in, and then turn off the stove. Put the deliciousness into a bowl, top with the almond butter (it will get all melty and delicious) and the remainder of your figs.

Then sit down and forget about your test for a little while. Forget about being sick. Forget about the stress and just let yourself have peace for a minute.

Let life be about the little things, the good little things.

Relax.

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