Newton's First Law and Tiramisu Oatmeal Bake

>> Thursday, December 9, 2010

I gave myself the morning off. We had both accidentally slept in until 6:30 AM anyway, so it was the perfect excuse to take things somewhat slower than usual. You see, this past month has been exhausting. Normally, it's quite insane. But with PT added to the mix . . . I can't catch up.

Newton's First Law: A body in motion tends to stay in motion unless acted upon by an outside force.

I guess this morning, that outside force was my alarm clock. It didn't go off. Now, some of you were wondering what a typical day-in-the-life looks like for me right now. Here it is . . . in excruciating detail:
  • Wake up between 5:30 AM and 6:00 AM.
  • Bike at home for 30 min to an hour. Or aqua jogging at the Y.
  • Shower and get ready from 6:45 AM to 7:15 AM.
  • Eat breakfast, prepare lunch, and scramble to leave the house by 7:45 AM.
  • PT from 8:00 AM to 9:15M.
  • Rush to work. Stay until lunch around 1:00 PM.
  • Errands (bank/post office/x-mas shopping/blogging) during lunch break.
  • Stuff down a sandwich at my desk while answering voice mail and email.
  • At work till 5:00 PM.
  • Gym by 5:15 PM. Home by 6:45 PM.
  • Shower. Make dinner. On the couch eating by 7:30 PM.
  • Baking and blogging and TV time until 9:30 PM.
  • Random before-bed stuff (cleaning, cat duty, etc.) until 10:00 PM.
  • Bed by 10:30 PM.
Something's gotta give. Eventually. Or I may pass out someday. Someday soon. (I'm being completely serious!) I think I may need to modify my workout routine. When I was marathon training, a single run could suffice for my daily workout. I could get fit it in one big chunk of time. Now, I don't exercise at the same intensity, and I'm left feeling restless. But working out is taking up SO much time!

And two showers a day? Ugh. My skin is begging with me to change. Or buy a new moisturizer.

(Also: No, mom. I'm not addicted to exercise. Mostly, my schedule is a little gym-heavy because I'm trying to keep some of my endurance . . . and check to see if my knee is cooperating with running. So, sometimes I get two solid workouts a day. Most times, only one. I stretch and do my PT exercises when my knee hurts. And I take off two days per week.)

A.n.y.w.a.y. I gave myself the morning off. And it was glorious. I took a long shower. I took time blow-drying my hair. Using hairspray to keep a style! Putting on makeup -- eyeliner and all!

Then, I cooked breakfast in our sunny, bright kitchen.

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What you'll need . . .
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 large banana
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Method . . .
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. In the meantime, take the rolled oats, 1/4 cup water, and 1/2 cup almond milk. Mix together and cook in the microwave for around 5 minutes.
  2. Slice a large banana into coins and set on a cookie sheet lined with tin foil. Spritzed with a bit of canola oil.
  3. Mix together the cocoa powder, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Then shake the mixture over the bananas and use a fork to poke into each and press into the powder to coat well. Set in the oven for three minutes.
  4. When the oats are done cooking, pour in the extra 1/4 cup almond milk and the coconut flour. Stir in the vanilla and baking powder.
  5. Remove banana slices from the oven. Save four to six of the coins for after the bake. But take the rest and mix into the oats.
  6. Lightly grease two ramekins. Divide mixture evenly between them. Then bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Turn on the broiler and broil for 3 minutes, until lightly browned. Top with the remaining banana coins. Sprinkle a bit more cocoa powder on top for extra deliciousness.

No. The oats don't taste exactly like tiramisu. So, don't be disappointed. The cocoa-covered bananas, though, do remind me of that amazing Italian dessert. Plus, the whole thing is so warm -- incredible on a day when the temps are in the 20-degree range.

YUM! Check out that steam!

How do you cope with a fuller than full schedule? Do you map out your time? Do you sacrifice any certain activities? For us -- we often leave cleaning for the weekends (boo -- because that's supposed to be our time!). So, our house is seriously messy mid-week. Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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