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Polenta Oats

by Meghann on September 15, 2011

I had a stroke of genius while making a batch of savory oats for lunch today.


I was making the oats as normal (1/3 cup rolled oats, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup milk, salt and pepper) when I decided to throw a heaping tablespoon of cornmeal in the mix. The cornmeal gave the oats a nice polenta texture and a yummy corn flavor. Hence, Polenta Oats were born.


Some melted cheese mixed-in turned the dish into a cheesy polenta oats that went well on a bed of cooked spinach with an egg and pretzel pieces on top.


Genius I tell you! If you like polenta – I say give the polenta oats a shot. ;)

Move & Mix: House Keeping

I’ll admit it – I’m a slob. (If you’ve been reading long enough, you probably already know all this.)

I have all these dreams and goals of being this really organized, neat person, but they’re just that – dreams. As soon as I attempt to implement some sort of cleaning organization into my life, I get bored and give up on it. I’ll say ‘I’m going to do a deep clean,’ but get as far as getting the Clorox wipes out before giving up and moving on. Ugh.

Deep down I know Derek wishes he was a clean freak too, but he’s not. His laundry piles get as high as mine on a monthly basis and he hates doing the dishes or scrubbing the floors as much as I do. We both leave our things scattered around the house and neither of us make an effort at putting anything away. We’re not a good team when it comes to keeping the house clean, in fact, we’re sort of a disaster.

But, this kind of works for us. Neither of us are constantly telling the other to clean up their act and we have both accepted that we’re, well, messy. I think the only time we really care about the state of the apartment is when other people come over. Part of me hates it because I want to be a cleaner person, but the other part loves it because, frankly, I’m tired of people telling me to clean. I’m messy, Derek’s messy, and we’re ok with it.

Since we’re both messy, finding a balance on who does what with house keeping is still up in the air. I do the cooking and dishes (I have the bowls and plates arranged ‘just so’ and Derek hasn’t quite picked up on how to put them away without the stack toppling over), Derek cleans the floors and bathrooms, and we’re both in charge of our own laundry (woo hoo for separate closets!). It’s a very vague system right now that we’re still trying to tweak, but it’s what we have for now.

Are you and your significant other similar or opposites when it comes to cleaning?

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