I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. I’m excited to share Wednesday’s breakfast and reads with you all!
This morning was a bit chilly and I really had a taste for oatmeal. I know, it sounds boring, but you might actually like this recipe! It’s quite good and a healthy start to your day.
I have to admit that the way I used to make this recipe isn’t the way I make it anymore. I’ve added the original ingredients below in parentheses.
Ingredients: Serves 3-4
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 3 1/2 cups almond milk (cow’s milk preferred in original recipe)
- Dash of salt
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Dash of cinnamon
- TB of Brown Sugar
- Original recipe calls for 1 TB of butter (omitted in my version)
- Extra milk for serving
Add oats and milk to a pan with a dash of salt.
Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 5 minutes. The oats will start to thicken, so at this point add the raisins and simmer for a few more minutes. Stir a few times.
After simmering, I like to shut off the heat and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The raisins will get nice and plump and the oats will be very creamy.
Add your brown sugar to the bowl and butter if you’re using it.
Stir it all up in your bowl and add more milk if desired. Sprinkle on your cinnamon and your good to go. It’s a fairly easy and healthy recipe! It does taste better with butter and cows milk, but without the dairy, it’s still delicious.
This week’s reads:
I finished Luke Narlee’s book The Appointment which I’ll review later today. I started two new books and so far I like them both.
First, let’s start with Tuesday’s Promise. I reviewed two other books about Tuesday and Luis Carlos Montalván last week. I couldn’t wait to get Tuesday’s promise and I also picked up Tuesday Takes Me There which I’ll review later this week as well. Their story has really touched me and I’m so glad to have learned about these two. You can see my original post on those books HERE. Here’s the blurb on this one…
Blurb: Luis and Tuesday are winning hearts again. With his captivating New York Times bestseller Until Tuesday, Iraq War veteran Luis Carlos Montalván furthered America’s conversation about the need to care for first responders suffering from the effects of PTSD, especially highlighting the near-miraculous benefit of service dog companionship.
Now, in this spectacular follow-up, Luis and Tuesday rescue a forgotten Tuskegee airman, battle obstinate VA bureaucrats and bring solace for troubled war heroes coast-to-coast. All this, while Luis’ personal battle intensifies; while Tuesday has helped him make immense mental strides, the chronic pain of his injuries threaten to leave him wheelchair-bound. In a grave decision, Luis opts to amputate his leg, and learn how to live with a prosthetic.
As Luis regains his athleticism, 10-year-old Tuesday enters new phase in life; due to his growing age he will soon need to retire. Together, these two friends begin the tender process of welcoming a new puppy into their pack. SINCE TUESDAY is an inspiring story with an unforgettable message about love, service, and teamwork.
I had no clue what was in store in this follow-up to Until Tuesday. I’m learning a lot more about both Tuesday and Luis and the book is even more heartbreaking than the first. I’ll review later this week.
The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter
I picked this up after reading a few reviews on Goodreads. It sounded interesting to me and it is listed as fiction, but I’ve noticed a few reviews where it sounds as though the author is telling her story. I’m going to have to do some more research on this and find out. Here’s the blurb below…
Blurb: Cassie O’Malley has been trying to keep her head above water—literally and metaphorically—since birth. It’s been two and a half years since Cassie’s mother dumped her in a mental institution against her will, and now, at eighteen, Cassie is finally able to reclaim her life and enter the world on her own terms.
But freedom is a poor match against a lifetime of psychological damage. As Cassie plumbs the depths of her new surroundings, the startling truths she uncovers about her own family narrative make it impossible to cut the tethers of a tumultuous past. And when the unhealthy mother-daughter relationship that defined Cassie’s childhood and adolescence threatens to pull her under once again, Cassie must decide: whose version of history is real? And more important, whose life must she save?
A bold, literary story about the fragile complexities of mothers and daughters and learning to love oneself, The First Time She Drowned reminds us that we must dive deep into our pasts if we are ever to move forward.
The book is told in first person by Cassie, a teen who’s been thrust into a mental institution by her mother. It’s not told in chronological order and starts with her preparing to leave the mental hospital after two and a half years. I have a feeling that her parents may be responsible for all of this, but I’m not positive yet. So far, I’m liking it and I love the way the author writes.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Breakfast and a Book. Bye-bye for now!