Thankful.

Today is Thanksgiving and my birthday. While I have a million and one things to be thankful for, today I am particularly thankful for...

butter and pecans.

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flaky crust (Crisco or bust.  amiright???)

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 sunshine after a rainy day.

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having the opportunity to eat my favorite meal of the year on my two favorite holidays.

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sparkly pink bows.

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...and the sweetest dog to wear them in her floppy ears.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Buon appetito!

-Girl

Oatmeal!

While I am sure everyone has their own recipe for oatmeal, this morning I am feeling inspired to share my recipe for the breakfast that I eat nearly everyday. I have been eating oatmeal regularly for about four years and since then I have gotten several people hooked on it.  Since so many people enjoy my oatmeal, I thought I'd share the love.

Julia's Famous(?) Oatmeal

1 cup water

1 cup milk (I like 1%)

1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats

1/4 cup oat bran

1 ripe banana, sliced

Cinnamon, to taste

Pure vanilla extract, to taste (~1/4-1/2 teaspoon)

1.  Heat water and milk in a medium-sized sauce pan, until just boiling

2.  Place all ingredients in the saucepan

3.  Lower heat to medium

4.  Stir with a rubber spatula/wooden spoon depending on the amount of attention you have to devote to the oatmeal (the more your stir, the creamier it will become)

5.  Turn off heat when all liquid has been absorbed and oats seem to stick to the spoon (about 7-10 minutes)

6.  Pour into bowl and eat up!

When it's done, I usually stir in a tablespoon of chia seeds to thicken it up (I like my oats THICK) and place a large plop of peanut butter in the center the bowl.

Warms your soul on a cold morning and fills your tummy for hours.

Happy Monday!

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Yesterday, I discovered the inspirational Steve Jobs graduation speech given to the Stanford University Class of 2005. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc

This discovery could not have come at a better time.  As a college senior, I find myself going to bed knowing exactly what I want to do with my life only to wake up the next morning with a completely different outlook on my future.  While I know that I am certainly not alone in my uncertainty, it is nevertheless difficult to constantly have this incessant ambivalence following me around.

Since I was born, I have had my life spelled out for me.  And now, for the first time in my life I must make my own decision.   It is both empowering and terrifying.

While I could ramble on about every last droplet of worry coursing through my veins, I will save you the misery.

The most resonant quote of this speech is: "Stay hungry. Stay foolish."  To me, this translates into never settling and always maintaining that insatiable hunger to learn, to love, and to live.  And the "stay foolish" part?  Well I see that as just remembering to never take life too seriously.  And as a girl who has been feeling somewhat stagnant and uptight, these words were the perfect medicine for my racing mind.

What makes this speech even more powerful is that it is coming from the mouth of one of the most successful humans on Earth.

Although this video did not make me go: "AHA! I know exactly what I want to do with my life!" it did provide me with a healthy dose of inspiration just when I needed it most.

So here's a little inspiration for anyone out there who needs it on this Monday morning.  Enjoy!

Edited to Add: RIP Steve Jobs.  You changed my world.