Archive | January, 2013

I like big butts and I cannot lie….

16 Jan

                 Several of the bible study ladies were chattering away about this or that.  While I was getting some water (trying to drink 8 glasses a day which is has been difficult for me to do) I overheard one of them comment that I “looked cute today” (I am wearing a sweater dress). I let them know that the only reason why I was wearing a dress was because all of my pants were dirty or wrinkly and since I loathe ironing and have been too lazy to do laundry, I had to wear a dress. One of the bitty’s stated that if she were “little” like me, she would wear the outfits I wear to work. I shrugged my shoulders admitting I didn’t think I was little and that I have a rather large/wide butt that I got from my mom’s side (well more like my Mom and Grandma but whatever). Another bitty chimed in stating that my “ass was not big” and that my “ass was high and firm which all the boys like” and that she “wished” she had a butt like that. Knowing I’d get a good response from it, I asked her if she wanted a butt like Kim Kardashian’s. The lady made a disgusted face and said “That girl is trash. Everything about her makes me sick. I know they x-rayed her ass. I still think it’s fake, fake, fake.” The bitty then stated as soon as I get to be their age, everything “drops…your ass, your boobs, your face, everything….” She then pointed to her chest stating that her “one boob hangs lower than the other one. It’s like a juggling act over here.”  ….The rest of the bitties giggled quite a bit at that comment  and I just politely sat there, dying inside (naturally).

“Au naturel, baby. That’s how I like them.

Swing low, sweet chariots.” – Creed Bratton

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Eldest.

Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

11 Jan

A new year brings on plenty of resolutions. This year I decided that instead of failing at new resolutions, I vowed to focus on maintaining the good habits I kept in 2012 (working out, eating well, letting myself sleep after work). And yes…I did keep the resolutions I always fail at such as cussing less and to stop biting my nails, but let’s face it…I’ve had these resolutions since I was 8 (nails) and my late teens (damn cursing). Those resolutions are inevitably too difficult, so I will just be proud of one good habit: eating well.

Ok. Focus, Meghan (which should be a resolution, but would land on the impossible resolution list). Anyway, I love oats. Love, love, love ’em. I once made a fancy posting about my Toatally Eggscellent Oats, which had held me off until now. Now I have another fancy oats recipe! I found this little gem from “The Yummy Life” (click on the picture above for the link)  and have customized it since then. I have made this recipe 4 times now (one batch is cooking right now) for 3 different people and we have yet to be disappointed.

Behold: Slow Cooker, Apple Cinnamon Steel-Cut Oatmeal

Ingredients.

  • Non-stick spray (oatmeal will stick otherwise!)
  • 2 apples (or pears): peeled (I leave skins on. Fiber, baby!), cored, cut into 1/2″ pieces [approximately 2.5-3 cups chopped]
  • 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk (soy or almond milk)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked steel-cut oats (old-fashion oats)
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar (maple syrup or other desired sweetener)
  • Optional: 1 1/2 tablespoons butter (I used canola oil twice and nothing the other 2 times. I don’t believe oil of any sorts is necessary)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (I never use this, but go ahead!)
  • Optional: Chopped nuts (I’ve used pecans, walnuts, and pistachios in my recipes so far. Pecans have been my favorite.)
  • Optional garnishes: raisins, maple syrup, additional milk or butter. I’ve stirred in blueberries and vanilla. Mmmm…

Directions.

  1. Coat inside of 3 1/2 quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Add all ingredients to slow cooker. Stir, cover, and cook on low for approximately 3-7 hours (times may vary. My slow cooker took 3-4 hrs).
  3. Spoon oatmeal into bowls; add additional toppings, if desired.

You may store in the refrigerator or the freezer. Excellent! To reheat single servings: 1 cup oatmeal, add 1/3 cup water/milk. Microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave for another minute, if needed.

There you have it, friends! Enjoy your new oatmeal recipe!

And here’s a printable version (with my babbling, of course) Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

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Middlest