Catching My Bearings, and a Recipe

Doing my best to catch my bearings this morning. I'm wrapping up some new resources for my students at Squam Art Workshops in September before I take the summer off to be with the girls. Serious good things are in production and slated for release in the fall.

In the meantime, I'll be offline most of the time until Labor Day and caring for two young girls, which is in itself a rigorous spiritual practice. The blog may be a little more slice-of-life than usual, but I'd like to try staying connected, even if I don't have any deep thoughts.

It seems only natural to kick off the transition with a recipe. Without further ado I offer:

Jen's Chill the F**k Out Oatmeal

This is one of the core recipes for holding my physical and emotional well being together. I sometimes even make it for dinner when I'm feeling particularly off-kilter or out of balance. Sometimes I cut everything in half for a smaller breakfast portion. This spice combo is killer.

2 cups water

1/2 cup rolled oats (not quick)

1/8 tsp each of ginger, allspice and ground cardamom

pure maple syrup

fresh blueberries

Bring water to boil in a small saucepan. Add oats and spices, turn to simmer and cook until desired consistency. In the meantime, fill the bottom of your bowl with blueberries. Rinse and drain. Add pure maple syrup to taste.

What magic meal holds you together?