But a writer does not live on healthy fats, alone! There is a place for healthy carbs in our diets, too, and that's where this recipe comes in.
This one is also from the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook (and adjusted for my own preferences and pantry.)
It's called skillet granola in the THM book, but I call it oatmeal for summer mornings. It's a bit lighter and crunchier than traditional oatmeal, and a perfect way to start your morning or to have for a yummy snack.
Start with the same ingredients you love to have for your traditional breakfast oatmeal.
1/2 cup regular rolled oats
1 1/2 teaspoons stevia/erythritol blend (aka - 2 packets of Truvia)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons dried fruit - I use a berries and raisin blend
1 teaspoon oil (I used coconut oil)
Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Meanwhile, mix the other ingredients together in a medium sized bowl.
Pour the cereal mixture in the pan and let it cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes.
|Don't you love the way the early morning sunshine|
comes through my kitchen window?
What happens during this process is that the oats roast gently, combining the sweet flavors.
I usually eat mine with some yogurt for a quick, healthy breakfast or mid-afternoon snack. Delicious and crunchy!
In other news, over the weekend my husband and I went hunting for the elusive "Poets Table," a legendary spot in the middle of the Black Hills.
We heard about this spot from locals and on the internet, and we were determined to find it.
Also, it just so happened that our youngest son had been there on Friday - guided by a friend - and he offered to show us the way.
The directions run along the lines of "take the Little Devils Tower trail until you cross the stream twice, then turn left when you see the leaning aspen tree."
That's why it's smart to take a guide!
The trail was better traveled than I was expecting. In fact, we met several other parties heading for the same destination.
Instagram has made the Poet's Table public knowledge!
The trail got a bit steep in places. I put black arrows on the picture to point out the way...
But the views we encountered were worth the climb. :)
And suddenly - there it was!
It was fun to hunt down the legendary spot, and now we can say we've been there.
And the views were just as good on the way back down.
|If you're wondering about the perspective, those green bushes at|
the base of that rock wall are 50' Ponderosa Pines
So you can say that I'm enjoying summer in the Black Hills!
Have you ever gone searching for a legendary "secret" spot?