I feel like the post I wrote after my first day alone with the kiddos was an outlier… that was such an easy day. Turns out two kids are much harder than I made it seem! 100% worth it of course. :). I think over the past week and a half Hunter’s brain made a switch and he realized that Jacob was back to work and mommy was paying more attention to someone else. He definitely wants mommy a lot more now. Thankfully he’s still loving his sissy, he just wants more mommy time too.
Mornings are my biggest challenge. Zoe is normally nursing around the time Hunter wakes, so cooking him breakfast one handed became quite tough. Over the weekend I decided to make my mornings (and dinners) much easier by having breakfast made and waiting in the fridge.
Oatmeal is a favorite, so I decided to give baked oatmeal a go. Turns out Hunter LOVES baked oatmeal! He devoured 2 whole bowls Sunday morning. I love how it’s made ahead (serve it cold or reheated) + so much less messy than oatmeal.
The recipe is below, but first, here’s everything else I prepped.
- chopped veggies (sweet potato sticks, broccoli, carrots, onions, mushrooms) to use in dinners throughout the week
- steamed veggies for Hunter (sweet potato, broccoli, carrot)
- boiled + peeled hard boiled eggs
- made + cooked beef/pork breakfast patties (for breakfasts + to use in a dinner)
- cooked Italian sausage (to use in a dinner)
I started with a list and did all but make bread + yogurt for the week. Luckily I’ve already fit those two in these past couple days. Pretty successful way to simplify my week! I especially love having all of the veggies chopped. It has saved so much time when I go to cook dinner.
Blueberry Chia Seed Baked Oatmeal
Adapted from here
- 2 + ⅔ cups rolled oats
- ⅓ cup brown sugar (I omitted, but would probably add if I was going to serve it to anyone other than Hunter or myself)
- 1 + ⅓ tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ⅔ cup chia seeds
- 1-⅓ cup blueberries (I used frozen)
- 1 ripe banana, peeled, diced small
- 2 + ⅔ cups milk
- 1 large egg
- 3 tbsp melted coconut oil (or butter or vegetable oil)
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375°F and generously coat the inside of a 13 by 9-½ inch baking dish with oil.
- In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, chia seeds, blueberries and banana.
- In another large bowl, whisk together the milk, egg, oil and vanilla extract.
- Mix the wet into the dry, then pour into the pan.
- Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the top is nicely golden brown and the milk mixture has set. For an extra tasty top, sprinkle a tablespoon or so of extra brown sugar.
Do you have any tricks for simplifying your breakfasts? Favorite make-ahead breakfast food?