Saturday, January 29, 2011

Dreams: Pumpkin Oatmeal

I was watching the X Games tonight.

I'll let that sink in first.

Ministers wives aren't generally X Game watchin' sort of folk. But me?

Well, let's just say that, if I could laminate my "list" (that's a Friends reference), a little red-headed, boy-wonder, named Shaun White, would be front and center. 

Anyway, we were watching Snowboard Cross this evening, and I turned to Brett and said, "You know, I'd really like to learn how to snowboard."

A few minutes later, the commentators said something about a 28 year old competitor getting ready to "age out" and I turned back to Brett and said, "I'm gonna need to get on the ball... my time is almost up."

And Brett goes, "Are you planning on competing?"  And I, with all sincerity, said, "Well, I am having a bit of an identity crises...maybe this is the way I go!"

Maybe you had to be there... but we laughed for ten minutes.

Now, to be clear... I once stepped out of bed, twisted my ankle, and couldn't walk for two days.  Gretchen Blierler made up a trick called The Crippler, which involves spinning 180*, 60 feet in the air, while you're upside down.  I figure as soon as I can master Getting Out Of Bed (an exceptionally difficult trick, some mornings)... I'm just a few rides away from tackling the Crippler.

So of course, I'll need a hearty breakfast to fuel my day on the slopes (we're going to completely ignore the fact, that the nearest" slope", and-by-slope-I-mean-icy-hill, is about two hours away) and I made Pumpkin Oatmeal.

What you'll need:
1 Cup old fashioned oats
1 1/2 Cup Light soy milk
2 Teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 Teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (had some left in my cabinet; trying to get rid of it)
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 Cup pumpkin puree (heaping)
Handful of dried cranberries

Bring milk and oats to a boil and let simmer, stirring occasionally, for about five minutes.  Stir in sugar, spice... and everything nice.  Including pumpkin. Let simmer for another minute or two.  Stir in cranberries.

It wasn't too bad.  I mean... it's oatmeal, so let's have some perspective. But it would be a great way to use up leftover puree.  Or I can even imagine throwing some pumpkin pie... like actual, leftover pie... into the oatmeal.  Might be good.

So, live out your dreams today. Even if it only means getting out of bed, without hurting yourself.


  1. I'm fairly sure I can do that! I have to admit, I don't think I've ever hurt myself getting up in the morning. Mind you... it does "hurt" sometimes to make that choice to throw back the covers and place my feet on the cold floor. But actually doing something like twisting my ankle... no. I have crashed my shin into a number of bed frames in the past... you know that feeling. The kind that makes you curl up in a ball on the floor and laugh and cry at the same time. I've actually had to pull the fabric of my sock out of the ragged dent in my shin before. Ooooh yea. it was a good one. So... where was I?... anyway.

  2. I love your last line. I've also always wanted to learn to snowboard. We could plan a trip. However, I have a fear against flying down a hill at a high speed... I even have a friend who teaches skiing and snowboarding in Montana but I'm such a chicken.

    ~~~hugs and love to you from The Lou!