I sure did love this extended weekend, but I love a routine even more :) My boys were happy to stay home an extra day, but they were both missing their teachers and friends. That couldn't make me happier :) We headed down to my grandparent's bayhouse this past weekend for grandma's famous gumbo, a little bit of fishing, and a little bit of crabbing. My boys love the bayhouse. G caught his first fish, but it was a hardhead and he threw it back. He was SO proud of himself. So proud he couldn't even touch it, hahaha.
L found grandma's original version of Monopoly and begged me to teach him how to play. He's finally starting to enjoy board games and he says this is his favorite. Of course....the longest game in the history of ever!!! But I loved playing with him. He was too cute buying property and collecting rent. And he figured out real fast his payday would come with Park Place and Boardwalk so he made sure to buy those up when I was low on funds.
I didn't have to meal plan this week because we're getting our first Hello Fresh box tomorrow and I'm so anxious to try it out. However, I will be making Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini noodles tonight while we're waiting. Since breakfast isn't included in that box, here's what I'll be enjoying in the mornings. It's so filling that I'll often eat this for dinner when Mr. Spouse is working late, too. If you're a fan of peanut butter and jelly, you'll love this grown-up version in oatmeal form.
1 C. water
1/2 C. instant cooking oats
1 TBSP. natural peanut butter
3-4 fresh strawberries, chopped or sliced
This recipe makes a single serving of oatmeal. And like I said before, this is pretty filling so it's really all you'll need!
Add 1 C. of water to a saucepan and heat on high until boiling.
Add 1/2 C. of quick oats and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter and reduce heat to low. Mix until combined and oats are cooked.
Once cooked, transfer oatmeal to a bowl, chop or slice your strawberries, fold into oatmeal, and serve warm.
You can always sub the quick oats for steel cut and use your preferred peanut butter. I've found that 3-4 strawberries are the perfect amount for me, but you can always add more/less as you desire.
This is such deliciously simple breakfast that takes no more than 5 minutes from start to finish. My favorite kind of meal!