well i have to say, this long weekend was absolutely everything that a long weekend should be. for the past few years i've been travelling for labor day and this year tex and i decided since we are heading to phoenix this weekend and we had a summer full of travel that we'd take the long weekend off from airports. instead, we stayed in houston and found lots of fun in my new city.
she's kind of gorgeous, isn't she? i'm definitely falling a little more in love with houston every day.
friday night tex's brother came to stay with us and we went to our favorite mexican restaurant before heading out for the night. i don't "go out" anymore like ever so i was pretty proud of myself for making it past 1 am. that's probably due in large part to the gas station cappuccino i had between the mexican food and the rest of the evening. taquitos + coffee + shiner light is the recipe for a great night.
saturday morning we were feeling slightly less than stellar but we pulled it together to host a few people to watch the notre dame game. notre dame handily beat temple and my first real hosting test was a success. i made chocolate chip cookies, guacamole, black bean salsa and buffalo chicken bites and everything was a success. we ended up ordering pizza after the game for dinner and then after everyone left tex and i did our fantasy football draft and then fell into bed.
my parents were, as usual, at notre dame stadium for the irish's game and they procured themselves one of these fancy souvenir cups. notice anything? really impressive spelling, figthing irish.
i also made a HUGE advancement this weekend - i decided regardless of houston's weather (ummm high of 97 today, nbd) i wanted oatmeal for breakfast. i used holly's basic recipe for custard oats as inspiration for a batch of honey roasted peanut butter oatmeal. i've always liked using egg whites in oatmeal (well ever since katie inspired me), but using the whole egg takes these to a whole new level. this will probably be my new breakfast for quite a while.
honey roasted peanut custard oats
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1 whole egg
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup milk of choice
1 mashed banana
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1-2 tsp honey (depending on how sweet you like it)
pinch of salt
2 tbsp honey roasted peanuts
1 tbsp peanut butter with honey (i used peanut butter & co)
in a medium saucepan, add the oats, egg and liquids. whisk together until the egg is fully incorporated. whisk a lot otherwise the egg will start cooking before it's fully mixed in and then you end up with scrambled egg chunks. step away and let the oats cook on medium-low until they reach the level of thickness you like. keep in mind they'll keep thickening a bit as they cool. turn the heat all the way to low and mix in the mashed banana, cinnamon, honey and pinch of salt. don't skip the salt - it makes all sweet things better. remove from the heat and add any extracts if you'd like them. i used maple because it's what i had right there but i also like vanilla in my oats. top with peanut butter and honey roasted peanuts and enjoy!
after two morning's of this breakfast i can tell it's going nowhere fast. it definitely takes a little longer in the morning to pull together oatmeal than it did to make a smoothie or eat overnight oats but there's something awesome about having a hot bowl of oats for breakfast that starts the day off really well.