It's been a hard couple of weeks for us and those around us, for many different reasons. So, i thought i would share a 'love notes' idea with you today. I grew up with notes as a major form of communication and have every note my parents have given me through the years; these came in the form of notes in my lunch, slipped under the door, or left on the counter. This is something i set out at the breakfast table the other day since ry was going away for a couple of days. It can easily be applied to any relationship!
i superimposed fake heart messages cause ours are private ya know! Anyway, the whole idea is that you take turns writing out notes. We actually ate our whole breakfast without talking (except for me explaining said activity). You could do this over a meal, or have it as an ongoing activity!
p.s... can you name those references??? ('sweet bottom', 'getting caught in the rain'?)
So, since the windows changed this week i've been getting a lot of: "Uh... what's with the milk bags?" For my Just Ask me Feature today I will be answering: One of the great things about having a local shop is the ability to use it to live out creative visions, be artistic, and also be a part of the community. A couple of months back a young girl from our community came to me and wondered if i would help her raise awareness about a really neat project she has been undergoing to turn milkbags into crocheted mats to send to Haiti and other parts of the world. The milk bags are turned into balls of yarn, then crocheted into mats. Once crocheted, these mats are used as dry sleeping areas and also protect against insect bites. So, once we planned out what our window would look like (consisting of virtually all milkbags), we got to work this past sunday to create a full window of milk bags to help raise awareness of this really neat project.
The neatest thing about doing this window (besides the pure fun of making a whole window out of milk bags?), was being able to work with a someone younger that is doing something great!! It's so refreshing to see people doing things to make a difference in both our local and global communuity, especially someone younger (very inspiring).
This whole thing got me to thinking about ways we could help raise awareness about this neat project, and also how to encourage other young people to make a difference. Well, it's prom season, and a good friend of our shop recently did a really neat Prom Dress Project (read more here). So, i thought... what about a Milk Bag Prom Dress??? And so the project title came to be: "The Milk Bag Princess" Project (the The Paper Bag Princess is one of my favourite books). This is about raising awareness for: this awesome crocheted milk bag project, recycling, bringing the community together, and hopefully challenging someone to dare to be different and consider wearing this as their prom dress (it will, of course, be custome fitted with fabric underneath and look less like an apron:). We're officially offering all the information at the shop tomorrow and our website will soon be updated with all the info as well. I'll keep you updated....
i don't really like to cook. i do, however, like to eat well, so since we are far from being able to hire a full-time chef for our apartment (sigh, i wish), cooking is sometimes inevitable. The fact that i'm even talking about oatmeal as a cooking effort should tell you my lack of love for the activity :) Anyway, i wanted to share this tasty breakfast idea with you because it's very simple to make, is very good for you, and fills you up for a big day of work, hiking, or thrifting :)
When i was just out of high-school i worked as a barrista/waitress in order to save up some money to go live in Australia. My aunt had introduced me to the notion of having molasses with oatmeal as a great 'fill-you-up' meal. Since working as a barrista/waitress was a lot of time on my feet and running around, i ate this every morning for breakfast that fall and winter. So, when ry and i were talking about introducing oatmeal as a breakfast option, this combination came to mind. We both L-O-V-E molasses (as in could just drink it like a carton of milk - gross, i know), so it's a great match. Since we're up around 6:30ish (actually i usually never know what time it is... i just kind of wander around with my eyes half-closed making zombie-like motions), i don't usually have the wherewithal to be making steel-cut oats, which is what i prefer. So, rolled oats are the best option as they only take a few minutes on the stove. Another option is making a big batch the night before, or on the weekend, to use all week-long. You can add other grains like barley and quinoa or even some oat-bran.
here's a recipe-ish (or just a list of what i do to make this):
- Make a batch of oatmeal (rolled oats take 3-5mins on stove): add other grains if desired
- Once cooked, serve out portions in bowls
- Drizzle molasses over the oatmeal; how much depends on your love for the syrup :)
- I then add soy milk to mine for protein and also i love the way i get a kind of milky molasses. You could easily add milk or eat plain.
- Then, to top it all off, you can add flax, shredded coconut and a nut trial-mix for extra protein.
- Eat and enjoy!!!
and don't forget to take your vitamins!!! I know you've heard it all before, but breakfast really, really is the most important part of the day... so have fun with it!!!
Have any great (and fairly easy) breakfast recipes/ideas to share?
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*** so i've read different things about molasses, but i consistantly read more good things than bad, mostly that molasses is a great source of calcium and iron. Plus, as someone who ate this for two seasons, i can tell you it gave me a good, long source of energy!
*** and just to end things off, a joke inspired by ry: Q: What did the Scottish school do when they had too many boys and not enough girls for enrollment? A: They put out a sign at the front that read: "We need Mo'lasses"