Homegrown Texan

Born and raised in Texas, I've found the home of my heart and soul in the Pacific Northwest. I love trees, cool weather, and rain. I'm a back to basics kind of gal just trying to raise my family and find a bit of time to slow down in this hectic life.

Almost a year since I've posted, and that's all I can come up with.  I spent the day poring through logs on the test servers at work, trying to get my code to work.  I feel like a zombie, like my brain is fried.  For some reason I'm in the mood to post, and yet at the same time I'm too brain-dead to come up with anything interesting to say.

Life is good.  Hot, but good.  Monsoon season already officially started, which is really early.  So we'll be dealing with the humid part of the summer earlier than usual (which means I'll have to run the air as opposed to the evap more, which means higher electric bills for this summer...boo).  We have clouds over the valley right now, along with a smoky haze in the air due to some lightning-induced fire west of town.

Let's see...the most interesting thing I can think of is that I've recently discovered homemade muesli for breakfast.  Soak some rolled oats & chopped nuts/seeds in an acid (I chose unfiltered apple juice with a squeeze of lemon) in the fridge overnight to aid the digestive process; top with yogurt, grated apple, flax meal, and dried fruit the next morning (I like Trader Joe's Golden Berry Blend with golden raisins, cherries, cranberries, & blueberries, although I wish it was organic).  Oh, and don't forget the pumpkin pie spice.  The oats were a little soggy for my taste (my palate prefers them soaked for only a few minutes, but then you get the digestive problems), so I'm going to try steel cut oats tonight and see if they retain their chewiness a little better.  I'm a huge oat fan, but somehow when it's 110 out, I just can't cozy up to a steaming bowl of oatmeal, so this cold version is a nice change for the summer.  I also like that I can vary the taste quite a bit by changing up the nuts/seeds, fruit, and soaking liquid.  I'm thinking a bit of candied ginger might add a nice zing sometimes.


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