Can it be true?

Guess what!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s DONE.

At 11:02 this morning, I officially finished my LAST paper of the semester. It happened way sooner than expected, and I am thrilled. Now, for the next 2.5 weeks, I am completely free of school AND work (except for two more Thursdays of class and one half day retreat for work).

For breakfast while I worked this morning, I had half an apple sprinkled with cinnamon because I still had plenty of food in my belly from last night.


When I finished, I had a celebration lunch of muffin-cauliflower oat bran. I made cauliflower oat bran yesterday morning (thanks to Heather for inspiration, once again!) and was a fan, so I decided to jazz it up today with some extras. I actually prepped the bran yesterday by immersion blending these ingredients:


That’s one cup of steamed cauliflower, 1/2 cup raw oat bran, 1/4 cup unsweetened soymilk, and 1.5 cups of chopped frozen pumpkin muffins and bran muffins. These muffins did not make the strawberry birthday cake cut the other day because they were too seedy:


In addition to the above ingredients, I also blended in 3/4 cup water, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. All of that sat in the fridge overnight.

IMG_9654For lunch today, I scooped out 1/2 cup of the cauliflower-muffin oat bran and heated it in the oven for 30 minutes while I addressed some long-neglected cleanliness issues in the kitchen. My stomach was still feeling confused from last night’s feast, so I decided simple would be better with the bran. All I was really wanted was a big, melty pile of nut butter, so I pulled out yet another gem from Artisana.

When the oat bran was ready to go, I served it to myself on a bed of 1/2 cup plain yogurt and topped it with that big tbsp of pecan butter, lots of cinnamon, and some strawberries:



Hit the ol’ spot!

I’m off to take care of some other long-neglected necessaries. I have two weeks to get my life under control before it becomes unmanageable again!

What is long-neglected in your life?

15 thoughts on “Can it be true?

  1. Melissa @ For the Love of Health says:

    Congratulations!! Doesn’t it feel soooo good??

    Your oats look super amazing! What an interesting list of ingredients!!

    There are many things that are neglected in my life: need to clean out my closet BIG TIME, need to do my TAXES (eek! They were due two weeks ago), need to organize my beauty products, need to find a place to live for school in the fall, basically everything!! haha My job takes up so much of my life plus I work out daily so it doesn’t leave much time for anything else. This is why I am taking about 4-5 weeks off before going to school! Let’s hope that’s enough time to organize my life!!

    Enjoy your day and evening!!


  2. coco says:

    I have exactly two weeks to do life neglected necessities too, but I feel so lazy to move my butt from my coach!!! ^_^ I think my favorite catch up necessity is watch movie on my coach!!!
    Actually i don’t know what I should be doing! Before this mini vacation, I thought I had a lo of things to do, now suddenly I can’t remember them. What are yours?
    oh…. that cauliflower oatbran looks fabulous. Did you have it raw or you cook it in the morning after the overnight soak?


  3. verbalriot says:

    CONGRATULATIONS on being done!!!! I hope you can relax for the next few weeks 🙂

    Hmm…my room is really messy. Come to think of it, in order to finish MY last finals, I need to find them first…hahaha

    I’m so happy for you!


  4. Alison says:

    I love the oats. Cauliflower is such a creative idea.
    Long neglected…probably cleaning. And just going out to do fun things. Too easy to get caught up in the day to day monotony.


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