Burning the Candle at Both Ends and Oatmeal as the Cure

Thursday, October 9, 2008

The trouble with burning the candle at both ends is eventually you run out of wick. That burnt out wick is usually accompanied by glassy eyes, runny nose, headaches, coughing and a bit of sneezing.

Being home sick sucks. Especially as an adult. As a kid it means you stay in bed all day and watch tv. As an adult it means you get behind in work, and even if you're at home there is plenty of shit that needs to get done.

Cooking for yourself is probably one of the last things you want to do. Standing over a stove, or preparing food right now in a hot kitchen sounds dreadful. Don't even want to think about it. Still, one needs to eat and lord knows that ordering a pizza isn't going to help me get better. This is one of those times where a bowl of warm oatmeal, doctored up of course, is the smart route to go.

What's so great is that it's such an easy peasy warm dish to make. Loaded up with spices, fruits, and seeds it's packed with nutrition and tastes great. Other bonuses? Way cheaper than the pre-packaged flavors. Have a glass of OJ on the side (and maybe a multivitamin and cough suppressant), and you're set to go on the couch and under a blanket.

Sadly, I still have to drag my ass to school later to do some observation in a classroom and have plenty of homework to get me busy. Luckilly, the last 12 hours of sleep (I kid you not) have already helped immensely with the recovery.

I used pumpkin seeds and currants for this, but dates, nuts, sunflower seeds, raisins, or whatever you have will work just fine. Hope this recipe finds you well.To Make You Feel Better Oatmeal
serves 1

1 cup of old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon of packed brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon of currants

1 tablespoon of pumpkin seeds

3/4 cup of hot water

Place all together in a bowl and stir. Get under a blanket and enjoy.


  1. dang - that nasty bug is going around. Feel better!

  2. Hope you feel better! I love pancakes when I am sick. Makes me feel like my grandma is taking care of me.

  3. Hope you feel better soon! At least you're eating good oatmeal.

  4. You'll be back to normal in no time with that healthy dish. Looks delish!

  5. That cinnamon has some very health enhancing qualities. You could have also added a little bit of ginger to make it even better.

  6. I have currants and and pumpkin seeds because I made your cookies from simply recipes last night!

    I will be having this tomorrow morning. Yum.

    (PS found you from Elise's twitter feed)


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