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lazy mornings

Today was a really lazy morning - I had 2 cups of coffee and just lingered over them. One of my favorite things in my home is the built in coffee maker from Wolf. It grinds the beans fresh per cup and you can attached a frother to it and it makes the yummiest lattes. Addictive really. I normally eat a pretty big breakfast because it's my favorite meal of the day but some days, you just don't feel like washing a pan.


Today was that day. Now, I'm all about taking pleasure in cooking but sometimes you just need something warm and comforting in a bowl fast. So I make one of my go-to's in these instances. Still healthy but almost a breakfast dessert. It's super fast as it goes in the microwave and you can customize it anyway that you want. You can make it as sweet as you want and there are so many different substitutions that you can make to suit your own tastes. You can also change it up as many times as you want so that it never gets old. I sometimes even make this for a mid day snack when I need a pick me up. What is this amazing bowl of goodness?? It's my lazy oatmeal! Well not mine as it's super simple and I'm sure people all over have been doing this forever. But today it feels like my little secret to a super fast but satisfying morning treat!


Today is actually gorgeous, weather wise. It's been cloudy and rainy for days and I don't care what any one says, it gets depressing. This is why as much as I love visiting London, I think that after awhile, it would get to me. (Honestly though, their scones and clotted cream would make me push through!)


When the sun finally peeks out after a long stretch of cloudiness, it's like my whole body wakes up too. This morning, I wanted to enjoy all the Vitamin D and have my lazy oatmeal on my little patio off my bedroom. This little patio has been a major work in progress. When I moved in, it became a sort of small storage space for some things that didn't fit in the tiny condo. This lasted an entire year almost. Until quarantine. Because I had more time and also because all I wanted to do was go outside and living in the city with lots of people outside all the time, I couldn't. So it just made sense to create my own space. Well, I have been working on it to create as sort of oasis for myself.


Unfortunately, being in the city means that everyone else is right next to you. Houses/condos are stacked close and everyone's back patio's are super close so you don't get the space and privacy that you would with a house in the burbs. Given that my back patio opened directly into my room, that was an issue. So 99.9% of the time, I have my shades down and at times I forgot there was even anything back there. No more! You should see it now! It's so relaxing and inviting and I absolutely love lounging there while I read a book and sip on a drink. It is also the perfect place to enjoy a gorgeous day and my breakfast this morning!


Isn't it cute? The couch was from Crate and Barrel and so were the colored hanging pots! Love their stuff (more than 80% of my furniture and stuff is from there - could be a catalog page I swear!). Super comfortable that in cool weather during the summer, I could totally nap out there. Also! That cute wooden tray is from my friend's company - At Home on Main. They send me the cutest stuff!


So while this morning was lazy, I say take the moments. Sometimes a simple bowl of warm oatmeal and a perfect cup of coffee all eaten in a tranquil space is all that you need. Try this recipe if you get a chance and enjoy your day!

Lazy Morning Oatmeal

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (no quick oats)

1/2 cup whole milk (you could use any milk, dairy free as well or even water!)

1 Tbsp brown sugar (you can skip this or use honey, agave or maple syrup as well)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a microwaveable bowl and stir to combine.

  2. Microwave on high for 60 seconds and stir.

  3. Microwave for an additional 30 seconds (or longer depending on the consistency you like).

  4. Top with your favorite ingredients.


I stirred in some chia and flax seeds and topped it with some fresh blueberries, chopped walnuts and a drizzle of honey. Yum! Any berries and other fruits work here. I've added all kinds of nuts and even dark chocolate chips and one of my favorites is adding some melted down peanut butter or even Nutella. I mean it. Go wild!




LINK TO SOME OF THE THINGS:

Wooden trays from At Home on Main sold at Lowes.com

Wall Planter Hook from Crate and Barrel

Colorful Hanging Pots from Crate and Barrel

OXO food storage containers

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