Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ahh, Pumpkin!

This weekend I watched a bit of the Food Network, and Aarti Sequeira made oatmeal with pumpkin.  That's brilliant! Pumpkin is full of great nutrients like Vitamin A, Folate, decent fiber, Vitamin C and Potassium, to name just a few.  Plus, there are probably for most of us, tons of good memories associated with pumpkin.  What a great way to work a veggie into breakfast!

Her recipe can be found here.  We changed it up because I used my favorite Muesli which already has raisins, and we didn't have any pepitas.  We used walnuts.  For the spices, we used cinnamon, cloves and allspice.  Hard as we searched through our spice cabinet, we couldn't find cardamom.  And I LOVE cardamom, so that's on the grocery list, now. :)

What a lovely breakfast it was!  There is something very warming and comforting about that pumpkin.  Needless to say, we didn't put on the extras; I don't need the sugar, and nobody really needs the heavy cream. :D  It was great just the way it was.

On an optimistic note, I do believe I'm getting a little curl back into my hair.  Well, so far, it's probably more like a bit of a wave, but I'll take it!  I don't think it will ever be thick again, but oh well, it'll be cooler in the summer!

In anticipation of getting back to work on the 31st, I'm trying to regain my strength.  I don't think I'll be heading to work minus the walker, mostly due to the lack of lung capacity... I can't carry my laptop from the car to my desk.  But I also don't want to feel all weak and dizzy, either.  So, I'm trying to eat right, which really isn't that hard, as we've been doing that for ages.  And I'm getting up and walking as much as I can.  Can't let my legs get all out of shape!  I've got my mama's legs, and I can tell you that at 85, hers were still looking quite amazing.  Maybe the skin wasn't very tight, but her muscle tone was right-on.

And on that note, I think I'll go hit the NuStep, and work on my endurance.  It's a lot harder to go to work than you might think.  It's not just sitting at a desk all day; you have to have some stamina. ;)

Hugs to all... keep warm, and tell someone how much you love them.

5 comments:

  1. I love you a bunch!! I'm going to try that pumpkin oatmeal. Julie

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  2. I'm telling you, Julie, that was one heavenly breakfast! And hey, I love you a bunch, too!!!

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  3. Lindsay made some kind of pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving and the recipe called for cardamom. We had never heard of it before. When we got to the grocery store, we found out it is one of the most expensive spices out there (that and saffron). Cardamom was $20 and all she needed was 3/4 of a teaspoon. Needless to say, we skipped that ingredient from our recipe. Too rich for my piddly income!
    Love you and glad to hear your getting your curl (or wave back)!
    Sandi

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  4. At least you didn't have a repeat of the Cumin Incident (although curried pumpkin is also divine....) :-)

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  5. Oh yeah, Beth, I never met a curry I didn't call friend. :D

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