misty’s cereal and remaining connected, or disconnected, or whatever
The term “disconnecting” is used a lot in web-world. The notion of turning off/leaving alone your computer/smart phone etc and actually focusing on life. I was listening to something on the radio the other day (Oh man, I am officially OLD, listening to talk back radio, ick) about how this generation of teenagers are actually addicted to their technology and suffer from intense anxiety when “disconnected.” One of the contributors even said to “limit checking phones/emails to only once every 15 minutes,” to help these teens.
What? 15 minutes? I’m lucky if I even find my phone when it rings… it’s usually at the bottom of my bag, covered in sand, cracker crumbs and burried in Misty’s boogie covered snot rags. Ew, no wonder I never search it out. If you know me, you know my voice-mail message… a trip to Seaworld on Sunday = 4 missed calls. Whoops.
I love technology and think it’s amazing, but I don’t really understand it; I just can’t be bothered spending the time to work it out. Writing a blog is enough brain gym for me technologically-speaking. Just like food, technology should be treated like something to be moderated. Too much of anything isn’t good, and being dependant on your phone or computer is always going to end in tears. I mean, I love the internet, it is a time sucker for sure, but seriously, how amazing is it? Before I started this blog I actually “disconnected” fully – deleted all my facebook/social media accounts – just gave up on the whole thing. I didn’t really think this out enough as a) I love to write and share my thoughts, and the internet is perfect for this b) We live in an age that is really internet/technology focused…. simply staying up to date on news/current events is so much easier on the net c) Staying connected with friends/family overseas is crucial, and social media really makes this a breeze.
As I said before, moderation is key… and making sure you keep “connected” to real life – but what IS “real life” these days? Help me out on this one! Viper sees the internet as a means to purchase records, and remains “faceless” in terms of social media; he can’t stand it. Actually, I don’t really like the terms “connected” and “disconnected” as it seems so black and white – you’re either on or off. Where’s the grey area? It’s all about balance – every aspect of life, whether it be how much time you spend facebook stalking, or how many beers you down at the pub on a Friday evening.
Maybe it IS the fact I am getting “old” – another Mama at playgroup the other day mentioned how at her 4 year old’s kindy “Show & Tell” one child brought along his iPad and showed everyone his apps. I don’t even know how to get an app – oh I have Instagram (but never use it) that’s an app right? I remember taking a jar of my Mother’s gall stones to Show & Tell from when she got them removed. A winning Show & Tell item requires mega-EW factor when you are 9, right? I think Mum still has the gall stones (in the jar). Anyway, goes to show ‘the times they are a chaaaang-ing’ (any Bob Dylan fans? Or does that just drive the point home that I am way old and not cool any more, come on, I’m only 27!)
Misty is really into cereal at the moment. He started stealing the dregs from Viper’s bowl, so I decided to create him his own special blend. I’m not saying that kiddos need their own separate cereal; I was just bored. Even though Misty has no problem chomping back whole nuts (Brazil nuts are his favourite) I have kept this recipe nut free…. a bit of flax for some omegas, oats for fibre and the addition of my Chicky Cornies for protein.
Misty’s Morning Cereal:
(Vegan, wheat/refined sugar/soy/nut free)
- 2C oats
- 1/2C pitted medjool dates plus 1/2C water (date puree for sweetness)
- 1T coconut oil (liquid)
- 3T ground flax seed
- 1/2T ground cinnamon
- 1/8t sea salt
- 1C of Chicky Cornies mixed through when cool.
- Whiz together dates, water, cinnamon and salt in the food processor.
- Stir oats and flax through date mix and spread out on a lined baking tray.
- Bake at 150 degrees C for around an hour, stirring around mix every 15 minutes or so to ensure even browning. I usually turn off the oven and leave the cereal inside to get extra crunchy.
- Once cool, stir through Chicky Cornies and store in an airtight container.
You could add chopped dried fruit and nuts if you like, but the date puree involved in this recipe gives it a lovely sweetness. Serve as you would any cereal, with milk, fresh fruit or yoghurt. I even cook this up in a little saucepan with milk on colder mornings for the little dude. Such an indulged child.