As you’re reading this I’m currently grabbing a stupid expensive (but delicious) americano at a local coffee shop and then hopping on the train with my momma to head to FBC2017 (Food Blogger of Canada Conference). It’s going to be a long day since we have a stopover in Toronto where we’ll meet my brother for another coffee to kill some time before we hop back on the train for another 4ish hours until we reach Ottawa. I believe we get there just in time for registration and then a cocktail hour and opening dinner! It’ll be great. I’m really looking forward to it.
Fun fact, if you didn’t read my last post about how I get weird in crowds, I get weird in crowds. Not like, hyperventilating or saying inappropriate things… Although there’s been some times where I possibly drank too much wine and then said somethings that I didn’t remember until days later and was MORTIFIED when I did… but that was in years past and I don’t do these things anymore, HA! BUT I used to have really bad social anxiety. Like, I avoided social situations altogether if I could because I felt uncomfortable/awkward/had nothing to say because WHEN CAN I GET OUT OF HERE?
But over the last year and a half or so I’ve become more of a person who actually loves social situations and I make a point of going out with friends 2-3 times a week or more because now I crave it. I worked really hard at getting rid of my social anxiety and sometimes people who have known me for years still get surprised when I want to do things or they assume I’m turning them down because I hate people and don’t want to be social. They literally think I’m lying when I say I have other plans.
I get it. They’re used to the old Amanda. Eventually they’ll get used to the Amanda who loves being social and legitimately has to turn things down because I have other plans. I’m not blowing them off. My husband included. He still automatically assumes I don’t want to do things and says no for me before even telling me.
ANYWAY, my point behind all of that is I’m interested to see how this weekend goes. I know NOBODY there. All of my local blogger friends aren’t going and my other blogger friends live in the States so obviously they’re not going, either. So years ago I wouldn’t have even entertained the idea of going and if I had, I would have stressed about it to the max for like 2 months leading up to it. I’ve had none of that since I never do anymore and haven’t for a long time, but I’m still curious about it. I feel like everyday I learn something new about myself or just surprise myself in general so it should be interesting.
For the train ride, I have loads of snacks because I snack a lot when I travel and we’ll be travelling for a total of 7.5 hours. It may seem odd, but I looooove to bring baked oatmeal with me when I travel because it travels really well. For car trips, I’ll often bake a couple of different batches, freeze half and cut up squares and bring them in baggies. For this trip, I have just this one. I love it cold and room temperature so it’s perfect to just throw in my purse for anytime I get hungry.
I also have chocolate covered almonds, Blue Diamond cocoa almonds, Blue Diamond sriracha almonds, dark chocolate (I obviously hate chocolate), a peanut butter and banana sandwich because that’s one of my favorite things ever aaand some sea salt chocolate almond Kind bars. There might also be chocolate peanut butter Mickey rice krispy treats my sister brought back from Disney for me and dark chocolate covered pretzels….
How much chocolate is too much chocolate?
Answer: there isn’t such a thing.
Also, I’m probably going to be DYING for hot, real food by the time dinner comes around. Can’t wait.
Have a great weekend, guys! Follow along on Instagram for behind the scenes at a food bloggers conference if you fancy that sorta thing. Oh and also make this cranberry orange baked oatmeal. It’s so epically fall.
- 2½ cups quick cook oats
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup milk
- zest of one orange
- juice of one orange (1/2 cup)
- 2 large eggs
- ¼-1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- 1 cup fresh cranberries, sliced in half
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Toss cranberry halves with 1 tbsp sugar and set aside.
- Toss the oats with the salt and baking powder in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- Whisk together the milk, brown sugar, eggs, orange zest and juice, vanilla, and melted butter. Pour mixture over oat mixture and stir until well combined. Fold in cranberry halves and pour in to an 8x8 or 9x9inch baking dish and place on the center rack of your oven.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the center is just set. Allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing and serving or allow to come to room temperature, store covered in the fridge and serve chilled. I prefer chilled.