I just returned from a quilting getaway with The Quiltinis, my quilt group.
I would show you what I made, but I didn't finish anything!
But, I had a great time because I combined 2 of my loves. I rode my bike each morning and then sewed the rest of the day. Maryland is a great place to ride. It is nice and flat. Saturday morning, Christine took me on a ride to Betterton Beach. It is a small town located on the Chesapeake Bay near the mouth of the Sassafras River. I love destination rides and anything with a water view makes my heart swoon. It was a nice easy paced ride and we chit chatted for the entire 24 miles. We even stopped at a pottery showroom to check out some hand thrown ware. Since it was such a beautiful ride, I did a repeat on Sunday (without the pottery and without Christine).
I usually have some type of instant oatmeal for breakfast. The real instant one where you rip open a package and dump it into a bowl with some water and then cook it in the microwave. I have never made oatmeal from scratch, if you don't count oatmeal cookies. When I returned from my Sunday ride, Christine offered me some of her high efficiency oatmeal that she makes. I should really say creates, because Christine doesn't follow recipes. Now she is quite the energizer bunny. She juggles a million things at a time and never, ever, stops to rest. I am just overwhelmed by her energy level. I get exhausted when I hear about what she accomplishes in a day and in a week, Wow!
The oatmeal was delish. It was hearty and full bodied and healthy. It really filled me up. She made a big pot and told me that it would be instant oatmeal for the rest of the week. I even went home with some. (Thanks CK.)
She shared what went into that pot and I thought I would share it. I'm going to try and make it myself this week. I'm calling it Christine's Amazing Oatmeal
Start with a pretty large pot
Into the pot, put:
8 Cups of water
1/2 C raw wheat berries
1/8 C Flax Seed that she ground a bit
1/8 C sesame seeds
1/2 C steel cut oatmeal
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of salt
Bring to a boil and cook 1 hour
1 C oatmeal, old fashioned (not quick)
1/2C quinoa flakes
Handful of raisins and cranberries
Cook 5 more minutes
Add honey and brown sugar to taste
Christine cooks with what she has, so if you can't find one of the ingredients, add something else. That's her style.