It is FRIDAY!!!! This year I have had the privilege of working at a preschool for 11 and a half hours a week. Sweet Pea gets to go with me and we spend three mornings a week playing, making messes, and having fun. I have really enjoyed my "pretend" job. Plus, it's nice to exercise my teaching "muscles" every now and then. I should also mention that I get to have some adult conversation when I head to work. (I LOVE staying home with Sweet Pea but discussing the wonders of all that is pink doesn't always stimulate my brain cells.) I work with some amazing women. All of them are woman with an incredible faith and have survived raising a family of their very own. It is always inspiring to be around women like that.
All of that to say, I WORKED FIVE DAYS IN A ROW THIS WEEK. One of my coworkers was on vacation and I offered to fill in. I haven't worked five days in a row since 1999. Seriously. I wish I were exaggerating. I am not.
The best part? I survived. I even enjoyed myself. However, I still love staying home. Poor Nurse Boy. I don't think I am ever going to be his "Sugar Mama." But, I can cook, clean, and iron a mean crease into his scrubs pants. Not that he would ever let me do that, because THAT would be weird. As if being a male nurse doesn't make him weird enough. ;0)
Just recently I discovered a fabulous recipe that I must share with the world. I found this recipe on hungrygirl.com. I have made a few of my very own alterations.
Crock Pot Cinnamon and Apple Oatmeal
(Because who doesn't want to wake up to the house smelling of warm, delicious oatmeal?!)
8 cups chopped apples (about 6 apples-skin and all)
3 Tablespoon brown sugar (not packed)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 1/2 cups old fashioned oats
1 cup light vanilla (or reg.) soymilk
1/3 cup sugar-free pancake syrup
1/4 cup flaxseed (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1. In a large bowl, mix apples with 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir and coat the apples well. Place in the crock pot.
2. Combine oats, soymilk, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, syrup, flaxseed, and salt in a large bowl. Add 1 cup of water and mix well.
3. Place oat mixture in the crock pot and gently stir. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 7 hours... or whenever you decide to wake from a wonderful night of slumber.
4. In the morning, DON'T FORGET to stir in 3 TABLESPOONS of BUTTER.
This stuff is wonderful! And, I LOVE waking up to a warm breakfast that is not only waiting for me, but makes my house smell fabulous!
Have a wonderful weekend!