It's a beautiful Sunday morning. A "10" on the scale of 1-10 in the world of Perfect Weather days, and this is a very welcomed thing. This year, as with every year, certain flowers are really thriving, moreso than others. I am no botanist, so I assume this is due to weather patterns leading up to the bloom. On the other hand, there is also the side of me that believes there are spiritual reasons behind this as well. The science and spiritual sides of life go hand in hand and make each other possible. One cannot work without the other.
I lost my Dad this year, and of course there are so many things that remind me of him, everywhere I look, every day. He had the most unbelievable green thumb, in addition to many other extraordinary talents and gifts. Plants loved him, and he loved plants. Today, it is the spiritual side that I'm tuned into.
Whatever the reasons for the unexpected beauty, which I sum up to a combination of factors both scientific and spiritual, when I look in my courtyard lately I am thankful for the fond memories of my Dad. I'm also still waiting for a bit of the inherited "green-thumb" to surface in me. Surely it's in there somewhere. Maybe in that Amaryllis that finally bloomed! Thanks Dad, love you.
Today I cooked what I consider to be The Perfect Oatmeal. It has diced Granny Smith Apples, Raisins, Walnuts, Cinnamon and Maple Syrup. How can you possibly go wrong with that? You can't.
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1 Cup Extra Thick Rolled Oats (I used Bob's Red Mill Organic)
2 Cups Water
1/4 tsp Salt
1 Granny Smith Apple, skin on and diced to approximately 1/2" cubes (I leave skin on when using Organic)
1/2 Cup Raisins
1/2 Cup Walnuts
1 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
Maple Syrup to taste
Cream, Soy Milk, or any other kind of milk is Optional
1) Bring 2 cups of water and 1/4 tsp salt to a boil and add rolled Oats. Give it a stir and reduce heat to simmer.