A Warm Feeling

by Holly on July 31, 2010

in breakfast,family,reviews,snacks

Greetings from la casa de Mama y Papa Everythingtarian!

I’m here kickin’ it with the fam for the weekend, but first things first: I totally forgot to thank you all for showing my dear Uncle Tom some love on his guest post earlier this week!

And I suppose I should also just thank y’all in general for just being cool and reading my blog. Seriously, all the e-mails and comments I get really do brighten my day. When people show you such unexpected love and support, pull you up when you need it and continue to read your crazy ramblings, it’s a warm feeling I can’t describe.

Much like the warm feeling I get when I wake up in the morning knowing a jar of overnight oats is ready and waiting for me in the fridge…

1/2 cup rolled oats
1 container Chocolate Oikos + 1/3 cup milk

~ soaked overnight ~

1 mashed naner
sprinkle of coconut
1 T dark chocolate chips


Honestly, I think I like the Chocolate Oikos Greek yog best mixed in with something – whether that is in overnight oats or a smoothie. When I ate it plain with some granola, I didn’t *love* it.

This morning, I had my first bowl of hot oats in forever…

1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup water
1 egg (whisked in while cooking)
1 sliced frozen banana
cinnamon + apple pie spice
sprinkle of maple sugar
sprinkle of ground flaxseed
sprinkle of coconut
1 T dark chocolate chips

Normally, I don’t do hot oats + hot coffee on a hot day – I mean, that’s the quickest equation to create one hot mess. However, somedays I just don’t care.

Almond Joy Oatmeal?

Yes, please.

I also received the most lovely package from my homegirl Katie. The plethora of Carrot Cake Clif Bars alongside a Luna protein bar and one hidden Nature Valley granola bar were nice…

But this absolutely stole the package show…

She stole this picture of M.F.H. (ahem, my future husband) from a magazine at her dentist’s office and sent it to me. That is blogger love right there. When someone is willing to commit a crime for you, you know you’ve found yourself a friend. Thank you SO much Ms. Katie – this absolutely made my day!

I ate a lot of the bars today.

C’est la vie! That’s what happens when the only things left in your fridge are one onion, one egg, two banana peppers and puff pastry dough.

Now, I am going to continue the warm feeling.

And just to clarify, that does not mean peeing my pants.

The warm feeling I speak of now is laying on my parent’s couch wrapped in our old family blanket, watching Say Yes to the Dress, knowing I can sleep in tomorrow morning and waking up to spend quality time with the fam.


Run Sarah July 31, 2010 at 12:38 am

I love that feeling (parents couch, TV, sleeping in) and especially how my parents fridge is always well stocked. The almond joy oats look delicious – I need to start adding coconut to my oatmeal again.

Jenny July 31, 2010 at 7:06 am

Ahhh, you sound very cozy–I think I shall do much of the same, i.e. cuddling on the couch and drinking enormous mugs of coffee, even though it is over 100 degrees outside.

Oh, and I loved your Uncle Tom’s post! He’s cool :)

Angharad July 31, 2010 at 7:27 am

Have a wondrous weekend with the lovely fam! XX

Matt July 31, 2010 at 7:37 am

Enjoy the family time! I have my parents here so it is like the complete opposite ;)

Lauren July 31, 2010 at 8:08 am

Have a wonderful time at the rents house this weekend. Sometimes being at home is the most relaxing feeling. I still love when my mom takes care of me whenever I go home. Laundry, Cooking, Cleaning….it will never get old! ;)

Heather (Perspective Is Everything) July 31, 2010 at 8:09 am

awwww!! how sweet of Katie!! I’m getting verklempt! so incredibly awesome.
and almond joy oatmeal. yes please. thank you.
i’ve got my chocolate covered coffee bean ice cream recipe up :) you’re welcome! ;)
have a super day, Holly!!! so happy for you that you’ve got generous friends like Katie!

Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries July 31, 2010 at 8:36 am

I would be excited to wake up to that breakfast too! Adding coconut to oats makes them top notch. And Carrot Cake Clifs are my fave!

Rachael July 31, 2010 at 8:56 am

Loved the post about the striding 70 year old. I’m a big fan of old men – I feel like in a world absent of tribal elders, quirky and kind strangers and the interactions we have with them fill in an important role.
At the end of all our work travels (two months on the road to go!) I’m looking forward to a week at my quasi in-law’s house on Cape Cod. Dune walks, hot food, full-sized beds and showers….I cannot wait.

amanda July 31, 2010 at 9:07 am

what a fun package! and a pretty man to look at while eating some yummy bars.

enjoy the family lovin’.

*Andrea* July 31, 2010 at 9:21 am

mmmmmmm those oats look delicious! i always loved mounds and almond joy. or any mass produced candy bar involving chocolate ;)

those happen to be 2 of my favorite bars – carrot cake clif is so good (white choc macadamia too of course) and those luna bars are quite tasty too in the new flavor but i only like that cookie dough one.

have fun w/mama+papa! LOVE your blog so much! katie’s gift to you cracked me up. i think you + jakey would make a FINEEEEEEEEEE couple :)

Kaley July 31, 2010 at 10:08 am

Don’t know how you can just eat bars…whenever I do that I feel so dang unsatisfied! But ya do what ya gotta, yeah?

I love the parents’ house thing. Temporarily. Right now, I’m home for 2.5 months and it’s kind of getting to me.

Erica July 31, 2010 at 10:48 am

Have fun at your parents house. The almond joy oats look incredible. Coconut makes anything sweet better. Thats hilarious that Katie stole that picture for you- such a sweet gift. Love bloggy love. Enjoy your whole weekend

Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) July 31, 2010 at 11:11 am

Enjoy your time at the folks! That was so sweet of Katie to send that care package to you, blogger love and unity is tighter than that of the mafia (ok, I’ve been watching way too much of The Sopranos lately). Your almond joy oats make me smile, hot mess inducing or not.

Madeline - Greens and Jeans July 31, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I freaking LOVE Say Yes to the Dress. When John came over last night I was watching it and I thought he was going to have a heart attack!

Pure2Raw Twins July 31, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Almond joy of oats looks delicious. Love the extra sprinkled toppings on top :)

Katharina July 31, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Oh gosh! A JAR of overnight oats? That sounds fantastic!!! Putting that on my to-do list ;) And I haven’t tried the chocolate Oikos flavor either. I loved the caramel one, but I had a feeling I wouldn’t dig the chocolate one. But I think I would like it really mixed in with something like you suggested. I trust your suggestions afterall!

And that package from your friend Katie is so awesome!!! I love when someone thinks of me randomly, especially if they send me pictures of gorgeous guys hehehe. And M.F.H. is a really awesome abbreviation by the way :D

XOXO my love!!!

I hope you’re doing well and holding up!

BroccoliHut July 31, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I just had choco-coconut-banana oats the other day too. Glorious, no?
I hope you enjoyed Say Yes to the Dress as much as I did. At this rate, I’ll have my dress picked out by next week. Now if only I had a groom.

sophia August 1, 2010 at 11:32 am

Aw, you’re back into the cozy, loving arms of your mommy and daddy. Sometimes we’ll always be babies. And that was incredibly sweet of Katie. Holly, you’re one loved lady! :-)

Laura August 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I’m now craving a bar of some sort! xx

Megan (Braise The Roof) August 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm

What a thoughtful present! I need to get some coconut now so I can make that oatmeal. :)

Susan August 1, 2010 at 5:44 pm

HA! That last line just made me snort out loud (SOL?). I think we could do a lot with the contents of your fridge, my mind is already working on that one. That is so sweet of Katie! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend home with the fam!!! xoxoxo

Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm

The last sentence plus the fact I’m watching Home Alone 2 makes me feel very warm and fuzzy.

Katie August 2, 2010 at 9:13 am

Hooray!! I’m glad the package got there! Sorry about the random assortment of bars – I reached into my “bar stash” and that’s what I came up with. :-) Also, your oats look like cake – so naturally I want that bowl.

jeri August 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I got the oikos stuff in the mail. Yaaaaaaay! Can’t wait to find some and give it a try (our grocery stores suuuuuuck at having some great stuff).

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