Farewell 2012 || Baked Berry Oatmeal.

Photo taken from Pinterest.

Can you believe 2012 has come to an end? We made it through another year and I can say for a few, that wasn’t the easiest one yet. I hope everyone enjoyed celebrations of all sorts to bring in the New Year, but I also hope everyone got to spend a couple hours to themselves to let go of 2012 and make room for all 2013 has to offer. A great friend of mine gave me a copy of Susannah Conway’s Unraveling the Year Ahead journalling workbook. You can download and print a copy from her website (follow link). I spent the last couple of days working through this and really thinking about what I want to say goodbye to and what I want to welcome into my life. I found this really helpful to reflect on the past year and visualize my goals for the coming year. Conway talks about choosing a word to guide you through the year. Think about what you’ll be facing throughout the next 12 months, and what you want to bring into your life. Pick a word that makes you feel inspired, expanded, or excited.

Another activity I find useful at this time of year is collecting all the cobwebs from 2012 and shaking them out! This could mean dancing around your room to your favourite songs of the year, jumping into the ocean for the polar bear swim, or simply taking some slow deep belly breaths. Really get into the little nooks and crannies of your mind and let go, visualizing whatever it is that isn’t serving you anymore released from your body. This will leave you feeling lighter and more open to the year ahead.

I hope everyone had a peaceful New Years and a wonderful start to MMXIII. We have another 12 months to play with. Explore, enrich, and enjoy!

It was a nice surprise waking up to sunshine this morning! I baked blueberry and blackberry oatmeal for brunch and enjoyed the first day of the year with some good friends. Although this looks like a dessert, it wasn’t too sweet and everyone loved it (see recipe below).

New Years Brunch. ©LaurenBurkitt

Baked Blackberry Oatmeal. ©LaurenBurkitt

Baked Blackberry Oatmeal:

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup natural maple syrup
1 cup almond milk (I use the unsweetened Earth’s Own Almond Fresh or make my own)
1 large egg
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
2-3 bananas
1 1/2 cups blueberries/blackberries/raspberries

1. Preheat the oven to 375.

2. Lightly grease a 2-quart (9 x 13) baking dish. In a medium bowl, mix the oats, half of the walnuts, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Stir to combine. In a liquid measuring cup, combine the syrup, milk, egg, butter (or substitute), and vanilla.

3. Slice the bananas and spread them in a single layer over the bottom of the baking dish. Top with half of the berries. Sprinkle the dry oat mixture over the fruit in an even layer. Pour the liquid ingredients evenly over the oats.

4. Sprinkle the remaining nuts and berries over the top. Bake for 35-40 minutes, until the top is browned and the oats have set. Let cool slightly before serving.

Happy New Year!

(First photo via The Paper Brigade)