Monday, March 12, 2018

Oatmeal, Quinoa and Chia Seed Cereal

We've really been enjoying this hot cereal lately. A friend of mine introduced me to the combination when she came on a visit here last year. The kids are even enjoying it. I like how the quinoa loosens up the oatmeal and doesn't seem so gluey. This recipe makes enough for five of us and sometimes I have a bowl leftover for tomorrow. But I do have a funny story. Quite often Juliana doesn't finish her cereal. With oatmeal, I've found that she will eat it an hour or two later and it is still good. Not the same for cold cereal. So, last week I reminded Juliana to eat her cereal and she went over looked at it and said "Mom, the flies pooped on my cereal!" I had to show her that no, the chia seeds were not fly poop.

Oatmeal, Quinoa and Chia Seed Cereal
1/2 cup Quinoa
2 cups Old-fashioned Oatmeal
2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • Rinse Quinoa and fill pan with water up to the top of the quinoa. Cook uncovered until the water is absorbed (tip: cook 1 cup of quinoa and set aside half of it for tomorrow)
  • Put chia seeds in a bowl and add one cup of water or other liquid like coconut or almond milk. Let it sit to absorb liquid for about 15 minutes.
  • Now put it together: put quinoa and chia seeds in pan with 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil. Add oatmeal. Add anything else, like vanilla and cinnamon, and stir. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes or until all the liquid is absorbed. 
  • I always serve with a pat of butter and milk. The kids get a drizzle of maple syrup, too.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Anticipating Spring

Years ago I built a large stash of yarn and now here I am in Puerto Rico 🇵🇷 wondering when I'll knit and wear sweaters again. I used to knit a new sweater every fall for the kids. It was so enjoyable. Last summer on our road trip across the US I knit a sweater for Juliana with Malabrigo yarn and she fell in love with it. I made it extra big to fit her this year. We are looking forward to a spring trip in the mountains of North Carolina. Cool mornings and evenings. I can't wait.

Well, I still need to knit one for my boy. The last time I knit a sweater for him was in 2014, Remembering the Buffalo. Oh, my little boy. Just four years old. Now he is a big eight year old, full of inquisitiveness. He really wanted another sweater, just like that one. A bit of a chip off the old block, he is. Found something good? Don't change. Stick with it. Lucky I am, the pattern doesn't go up to size 8. I did some searching on Ravelry and found Vulpes. Then I spent time sorting through all my yarn. Nothing but scratchy yarn that I love, but kids don't. After seeing how much Juliana loves her sweater in Malabrigo, I decided he should have the same. Just in time two women contacted me on Ravelry last weekend to buy some of my stash, so I sold some yarn and bought some new in his favorite color. And look what just arrived in the mail. Let the knitting commence. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Road trip Sweater

Three new skeins of Malabrigo yarn came to me as an unexpected gift last spring that perfectly matched the pattern Bloomsbury Kids. I packed up the pattern and yarn to take on our summer trip to the US, wondering if I would be able to get to it. I have very little free time to knit now, especially with Lucia being such a high maintenance toddler. Well, you can get a lot of knitting done when you are sitting in the car and the toddler is strapped down. We put on 7,000 miles last summer driving from Michigan to British Columbia and back to North Carolina. And I made a beautiful sweater. Juliana loves it to say the least. The Malabrigo yarn is so soft, she can throw it on without anything under it and walk around here. Well, for maybe 15 minutes. The breaks of living in the tropics. I made it nice and big so that she can wear it for our spring trip to the US this year. Anticipation is the best.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Puente Blanco Hike in Guajataca

After hiking the Guajataca Tunnel, we drove just up the road to the east a mile or so and caught up with the railroad grade there. We parked at the old white railroad bridge, Puente Blanco, (and saw the electric lines being worked on, an ever present sight here in Puerto Rico) and then hiked along the grade for quite some time. I think this was even nicer than the Tunnel. It was pretty much trash free (except for the ravine under the bridge), had so much to look at and we were the only ones out there. The Tunnel is a well loved place by locals and is always pretty crowded. Ben had a great time botanizing with Paul, his mentor from graduate school. There were flowers and insects everywhere to see. I couldn't believe the enormous wasp-moth like insect. It was huge. We could have continued on further, but needed to return. I'd like to go back and see how long the walk could be.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Guajataca Tunnel

Friends of ours arrived yesterday for a week of fun. We headed north to hike the Guajataca Tunnel trail along the Atlantic. This is a remnant of the railroad used for the sugarcane industry. It was a lovely walk. The ocean is always quite fierce here and today it did not disappoint. We also finally stopped to see the carved Taino Chieftain, Cacique Mabodamaca. 

Monday, January 29, 2018

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