Thinking Out Loud – Oatmeal Confessions, Granola Bars and S’mores


I know it is Thursday but it doesn’t feel like it. The little boy has been off from school all week starting with the holiday and then the luck of a two-day closure due to snow. Why don’t I recall having so many snow days as a kid?


There is no better way for me to start today’s Thinking Out Loud post than with an ecard that sums up my thoughts of the moment:


And if you agree with and share in my humor, you will find the text I received yesterday morning funny as well:

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When I received this text from the little boy yesterday morning as I sat drinking my coffee in the kitchen, a few things crossed my mind:

  • What kind of world are we living in that we communicate with our loved ones by text when under the same roof?
  • Do we live in some mansion making it impossible for me to hear him had he simply said aloud from his room, “Hey mom can I please have a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast?’
  • And where are the manners? No good morning? And why didn’t he at least include the word please in his text?

At least he asked for oatmeal. That made me happy.

If I want to be honest with you, I made him a warm bowl of oatmeal using old-fashioned oats versus sharing one of my already prepared bowls of steel-cut oatmeal that I made earlier in the week.

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Lately he likes his oatmeal with the combo of banana, raisins, craisins and Mighty Maple peanut butter.

I would have shared a serving of steel-cut oatmeal with him but we are down to the last drop in the pantry and with the weather conditions being labeled a Vortex, I live in fear of not making it to Whole Foods fast enough to restock my supply.

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And while I am beting honest, I decided that I never fill this Whole Foods container of steel-cut oatmeal up to the top just to give me an excuse to shop there sooner thereby having no choice but to eat at the food bar.

On a totally different topic (which I can randomly jump to because Thinking Out Loud allows for it),  we need to invent something that keeps our hair from getting sweaty.

I used to be really good at not letting my hair sweat – I know this sounds weird but I swear to you I trained my hair-line to not sweat for the longest time – or wait, maybe I just trained myself to not train hard enough to sweat. Hmm.

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I snapped this picture quickly the other morning after running six miles on the treadmill. You may not be able to tell from the picture but my hair was drenched underneath and I really wasn’t due to wash it (but obviously had to anyway).

There has got to be something we can invent aside from those “dry shampoo” things to keep our hair safe from a sweaty workout.

I mean, there’s an invention for everything these days. Check out what I spotted in the mall last weekend:


Have you ever encountered a cuter sprinkle shaker? Actually, I don’t think I have ever encountered a sprinkle shaker anywhere.

I didn’t buy it, mainly because it just didn’t look like the sprinkles would make their way out of the holes.

Another thing I didn’t buy but can’t stop thinking about is this mug:

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Lately I feel like replacing my mugs. This one fit the image in my head of what my new mugs should look like but I passed up buying a set of them. Why? I don’t know. I kind of regret it at the moment and may have to go back this weekend.

Speaking of mugs, I haven’t felt like tea lately. It’s been all coffee. And water. A lot of water with lemon and lime.

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Would it be against the Brita law to add lemon and lime directly into the Brita pitcher? I think I need to try it out.

I always squeeze some into my cup but I drink so much water that I am constantly refilling my cup thereby constantly squeezing lemon and lime slices.

If I wasn’t so stubborn, I would prepare myself a special detox water pitcher. As silly as it sounds, I just can’t be bothered.

Yet I can be bothered with making granola bars.


Not only do they taste like granola bars, they even held together to cut and look like granola bars.


I tweaked Amanda’s recipe a slight bit just to work with what I had on hand but I will refer you straight to her recipe for all of the details.

And if granola bars weren’t enough for us yesterday, I also made S’mores last night.

I have mentioned how to quickly make S’mores, haven’t I?

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Two graham cracker sheets, a couple of marshmallows, a drop of chocolate chips and a spread of peanut butter. Of course the S’mores in my house include peanut butter.

Placed right into your toaster oven at about 350 degrees for maybe 3 minutes.

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Close them up and boom – S’mores.

I think subconsciously I chose to make this classic summer snack last night to momentarily escape winter.

This morning I am back to reality. It doesn’t look like I will see my running path for a long time although I am actually OK with this since the treadmill and I have been getting along quite nicely.

All that matters right now though is that school is scheduled to reopen this morning without even a delay.

I have so much to catch up on, including some silence.

Have a great day!



Do you share your food in the house or are you like me and get all stubborn and selfish?

Do you add anything to your water for flavor? If you make a “detox” pitcher, please leave us the recipe!

Does your hair get crazy sweaty when you work out?


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  1. says

    Okay so your method of making s’mores is SO much better than mine used to be. I would actually roast marshmallows over my parents’ gas stove when I was younger 😆 And I’m absoltuely -horrible- when it comes to sharing food. I live by myself so it’s not usually a problem, but when someone comes to stay with me? I definitely noticed a slight inclination to be selfish. IT’s kind of scary… I’ve gotten so accustomed to being by myself that I have no idea how I’m going to get used to living with someone…

  2. says

    LOL I used to be the absolute worst at sharing food! Even when I lived with my parents and my mom did the grocery shopping, I deemed so many food things “mine” and would be so upset if I got home and they were gone!! Yogurt, bananas, my cereal, peanut butter, oatmeal. I can’t function without these so if someone finished them they better be hiding! (;

  3. says

    bahahahahahahhahaha I’m dying over that text!!! So funny. For the record my Mom calls me even though we live in the same house..baffles my mind but I know I’ll miss the humour in it when I move out in a week. AH ONE WEEK!

  4. says

    Oh man… homemade smores. Now that is GENIUS. When I do my big grocery haul tomorrow… I’m totally buying some marshmallows. I just want to toast all of them and eat them plain… I don’t even need the graham crackers. I don’t know why I never think to stick them in the oven to make them inside! I also LOLed at your son’s text. That’s something my brother would do haha