Tuesday night already?! Surely not. Since starting classes, it seems like the beginning of each week goes zooming by before I even have a chance to register that I’ve been in class for two days. Allow me to lay out the craziness of the first half of my week, to give you an idea of what I am doing Monday through Wednesday:
9:30- Out the door and on my way to the art studio for two hours while the kids hang out with a babysitter.
12:00- Leave the art studio and head straight to class. Frantic call home to make sure everyone is still in one piece.
1-2:15- Intro to Poetry. I usually have a book and/or essay due in addition to some writing assignments, so I use the extra time before class to get organized.
2:30- Home! By now I’m missing Jack and Carolyn terribly, so we usually head out to a park or playground to have some fun together.
5:00- Back home to start getting dinner ready and put things in motion to get the kids into bed.
7:30- Jack goes to sleep.
8:30- Carolyn goes to sleep. Mommy regroups from the weekend and tackles any homework due on Wednesday. Laundry, dishes, and the cleaning up of toys also happens.
12:00: Mommy goes to sleep- snore!
Tuesdays are tricky, because they vary from week to week. Sometimes I go to the dentist at 9 (I am in the middle of extensive dental work, so I go almost every week), which is what happened today. In that case, I am there for about 2 1/2 hours, and my mother helps me out by picking up Luis from Hamilton. If I don’t have to be at the dentist, it goes something like this:
7:30- Wake up with Jack and Carolyn. Commence diaper changes, clothes for the day, and breakfast.
9:30- Leave to meet Luis at Hamilton.
10:00- Pick up Luis. We often stop at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods on the way home, since it’s right there.
12:00- Home to unload and regroup. I start packing up my books and lunch for school.
1:00- Leave for school. Cry the whole way over about leaving J & C for an entire day. Feel guilty about being mildly excited that I am alone.
1:30- 6:00- Silkscreening class, where I talk about my children while printing silhouettes of my children, completely playing into the boring Mommy stereotype. Break at 4:00 to call home and check on the kids. Jack will actually talk to me on the phone now, so this is a major highlight of my day.
6:15- Creative Writing workshop, another phone call home to check in, and a snack.
7:00- 9:30- Creative Writing class. Break at 8:15 to call home and check on the kids.
9:45- Home to bolt down some dinner, feed Carolyn, check Jack, do laundry, and crash (and, obviously, try for a quick blog update).
8:00- Wake up. If I’m lucky, Luis has already gotten up with the kids and is getting them dressed, but this isn’t always a reality. Begin morning routine. Wednesday is usually a toast morning.
9:30- 10:45- YOGA! I missed yoga last week in favor of going to the art studio, but tomorrow it’s on. I thrive when I practice in the studio, and Wednesdays are the only day I am guaranteed studio time, since Luis is with the kids. I don’t often miss it.
11:00- Swing by the house to pick up Luis & co. Luis has to catch a train out of Hamilton at noon, so often times they’re waiting for me in the driveway and I don’t even get out of the car.
12:00- Luis gets on a train and the kids and I head home.
12:30- Back home, change diapers, and pop Jack into his bed for a nap while feeding Carolyn. Tomorrow my mother is helping me out by watching the kids, but FYI to anyone interested: I am in the market for a Wednesday babysitter.
1:00 – 2:15- Intro to Poetry!
2;30- Home to change diapers and handle lunch for J & C. At this point I’m usually wondering where the beginning of my week has run off to, and how it could possibly be Wednesday afternoon already. Tomorrow will be a bit crazier because I am attending a movie screening at 6, but I am looking forward to it, despite the running around.
So…that is how I begin my week. It’s no wonder Thursday always takes me by surprise! It would be totally overwhelming if I didn’t absolutely L-O-V-E my classes.
Here’s where I am going with all of this, because I’m sure I haven’t made it very clear: in the beginning of my week, time is of the essence, meaning things that can be done quickly must be done quickly. Like, say, my meals- because it is more important for Jack and Carolyn to have balanced meals than it is for me to have food to bring to school. Fortunately, we do not often have to face such a compromise. I have become quite adept at throwing together healthy meals well-suited for both Mommy and child!
Which brings me to my next point: peach cobbler near-instant oat groats! I know- you’re thinking, there’s no such thing!
I assure you, there is. I was struck by inspiration over the weekend, and devised a plan to alter those incredible oat groats in the interest of cutting down the cooking time without compromising the nutritional value. Behold:
By processing the whole groats into a flour, I maintained their nutritional profile but cut down the cooking time by about an hour. It does alter the texture- whole groats will cook up chewy and firm, while the ground groats have a creamy texture, much like grits or porridge. I honestly love them both ways, but on busy mornings, this method trumps all.
Peach Cobbler Instant Oat Groats
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Keywords: blender breakfast dessert snack kosher low-sodium nut-free soy-free vegan vegetarian oat groats chia seeds peaches hempmilk American fall spring summer winter
Ingredients (serves 2)
For the oatmeal:
- 3/4 cup whole oat groats
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 2 1/2 cups non-dairy milk
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- sprinkle of nutmeg
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract (or one vanilla bean, scraped)
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 large or 2 small peaches, chopped
- additional peaches, for topping
For the oat topping:
- 2 tbsp. rolled oats
- 2 tsp. brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
For the oatmeal:
Begin by adding your oats and chia seeds to your food processor or high-speed blender.
Grind into a flour.
Add oats, chia, and milk into a pot, and whisk until combined.
We use hempmilk for oatmeal because it is delicious!
Stir in sugar, spices, vanilla, and peaches.
Cook over medium heat until thickened, about 5-10 minutes.
While it’s cooking…
Make your oat topping:
Preheat oven to 350.
In a measuring cup or small bowl, combine oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
Spread over a baking sheet, and toast in the oven 5-7 minutes, until golden and fragrant.
When oatmeal has thickened…
Dish into individual servings.
Top with additional peaches, a splash of milk, a sprinkle of oat topping, and an extra shake of cinnamon.
This oatmeal is my tentative plan for the morning, assuming I can get myself out of bed before 9. ‘Tired’ does not even remotely approach how I am feeling right this minute, and so I am going to excuse myself in the interest of shutting my eyes and getting some much-needed sleep.