Friday, December 23, 2011

Birthday Meal

Whaddaya mean it's not my birthday? It can be my birthday if I want it to be. Or, if you prefer, it can be my "unbirthday". Either way, I am enjoying one of my birthday gifts from my daughter and son-in-law.

In the box of Christmas stuffs, there were those three packages that I didn't recognize at first as being birthday presents. They contained the following:

That's my favorite oatmeal, a different hot cereal, and pine-scented candles. As today is the start of a 4-day holiday for me, I felt a big bowl of hot cereal was a good way to get going in the morning. It's been a long week, my body is sore, and I can't find $14.85 in the checkbook to make it balance. I need something comforting. 

I was almost out of oatmeal, too, and actually dreading the trip to Whole Foods to get some. It's almost painful to walk in the store knowing I really can't shop there as I would like. It's just too expensive. I don't have to now. 

My first impressions of the hot cereal are that this will be fabulous in the winter. I can see eating this for all meals. It says it has raisins in it but those aren't plentiful. No matter. I have other dried fruits I can add. The cinnamon is very evident, almost too much. It's not as sweet as I would like so I added brown sugar to the mix before microwaving. It cooks up in the same amount of time as my usual oatmeal. 

I lit one of the candles and my house now smells like pine. This is a good way to start the day; hot cereal and the smell of pine. 

Beverage:  Grape Raspberry Juice


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