I'm studying for my (hopefully) last exam before I can officially call myself an Architect. (There are seven nationally required exams and California likes to throw on an extra one for good measure.) As I prepare to study each day I like a nice hearty meal to keep me focused, I also use it as my exam day meal. They don't let you bring snacks into the testing room and I don't test well on an empty stomach. In fact I have a tendency to get 'hangry', a term Mr. & Mrs. M taught me, it's that irrational anger that appears for no reason, except hunger is taking over and anything other than food is slightly infuriating. It doesn't make any sense, and some people manage it better than others, I do not.
So, to fend off the hanger and keep my head in the exam I choose oatmeal. I love oatmeal & brown sugar with a small cup of coffee in the morning, I probably use too much sugar but it's an amazing way to start the day. I like the warmth and it manages to hold me over to lunch without a snack. I also like to top it with Pecan Pie Shortbread, chopped walnuts, or coconut. I had shaved and shredded coconut left over from my winter baking extravaganza. I like a mix of sweetness and a bit of crunch to liven up the oatmeal.
What would you put on your oatmeal?
1/3 Cup Oatmeal
2/3 Cup Water
Spoonful of Brown Sugar
Shredded or Flaked Coconut
Combine Oatmeal & Brown Sugar, heat in microwave for 2 minutes (watch carefuly, oatmeal has a tendancy to bubble over). Stir well and top with Brown Sugar & Coconut as desired.