Breakfast for dinner nights are my favorite! The last of the apples we picked on vacation in Illinois got baked. George, usually a picky eater, ate two bowls of the oatmeal bake (recipe below).
The trees were small enough George could pick the apples too. My apple picking ninja! Just thinking about it makes me crave a cup of cider. We later attended my cousin's beautiful fall wedding at a brewery. A photographer could not have asked for a more picturesque day.
Apple Oatmeal Bake
2 Honey Crisp Apples chopped
2Tablespoons Maple Syrup
Large handful Pomegranate seeds
Preheat oven to 350. Lightly oil a baking dish. Boil water and add to oatmeal in the baking dish. Let the oatmeal stand for ten minutes.
While the oatmeal is standing, microwave the chopped apples for two minutes.
Add the apples and the rest of the ingredients to the oatmeal. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top.
Bake for 30 to 45 minutes.
Enjoy with a splash of milk!
Booking Amtrak Family Room tickets from Dallas to Chicago Union Stations felt exhilarating. My cousin’s wedding in Chicago a perfect excuse to take the train overnight. After flying back one-way, I wish I had booked the train round trip!
The one-way trip lasted 22 hours. Our room composed of two pull down cots and a pull out twin bed, with windows on either side. The food (dinner, then breakfast and lunch) was included with our first class ticket.
My son, who is three, loved it. You could see the gears turning in his head with questions. My daughter, who is one and a constant ball of motion, made many friends walking up and down the aisles. I loved watching the different types of passengers interact; everyone seemed to want to learn a little bit from their fellow travelers. I also loved the menu selections for dinner right after we boarded. I had the risotto and my husband had a steak. The kids loved the mac and cheese!
The only downside for us, the room’s AC did not work. We had to keep our door open for air circulation. The room’s windows also desperately needed power washing from the outside. The café and dining cart had clean windows and working AC, so we ended up hanging out there.
My craving for adventure satiated, I deserve a badge for expert packing! My husband deserves a badge in baby wrangling!
I met Aralyn McGregor soon after she had left teaching to pursue painting full-time. McGregor’s energy and focus as an independent artist were clear upon meeting her. It reminded me of the rush I experienced when going solo and working for myself for the first time. After checking out her website, I was impressed by her work. Spending an afternoon in her studio, I shot video and stills of McGregor preparing for her solo show, “Muse”.
You can check out Aralyn's work at http://aralynmcgregor.com/
Photography by Kim Burnstad www.kbbphotography.com