I am going to share with you a recipe for healthy, hearty oatmeal to get your day off to a great start. But first, in the spirit of blogging, I will bore you with a totally unrelated description of the trip I took yesterday. If you are running late and need to make breakfast immediately, by all means go ahead and skip to the recipe. But if you have time to kill, here is a typical blog post on a food blog with about 1/2 to 3/4 of the page having nothing to do with food. I promise the Battleship Iowa is much more interesting than a bowl of oatmeal anyway.
That’s right, my family and I went to see the Battleship Iowa yesterday. It was a battleship during World War II. One of its missions was to take President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to meet with Stalin. The battleship was recently turned into a museum in San Pedro. Here’s what it looks like from the parking lot:
It kind of looks like the ship itself is in the parking lot, taking up about 50 spaces!
We climbed aboard the ship and explored all the decks. There were helpful little arrows on the floor telling us where to go, so everyone moved in an orderly fashion and we got to see everything. There were also guides who knew a lot about the ship. Some of them ha actually participated in the World War II effort.
The inside of the ship was a little claustrophobic. Look at these doors, they seem to go one forever:
The outside of the ship was also kind of scary once we got to a certain level. We had to climb spindly-looking ladders to ascend to each new deck.
We saw plenty of fascinating stuff inside the ship. For example, here is the bed where President Franklin Roosevelt slept while on the Iowa:
And here is a rubber ducky found in the presidential bathroom, which I guess I’m supposed to believe the president played with at bathtime? It even has a hat that says “USS Iowa” on it.
Here is where the ship’s crew spent their free time. Though I doubt there was a flat screen T.V. in there back in the day.
The mess hall, where the crew must have had meals. (Gosh, those seats look even less comfortable than the ones at my school cafeteria!)
Below is a memorial dedicated to the crew members who died in a cannon explosion years ago:
And here are those infamous cannons, seen from above:
Here is a sack of the gunpowder they would have loaded into each of the cannons before firing:
The view from the battleship was splendid, too! The harbor was surprisingly clean.
After we’d seen all there was to see on the battleship, we headed to a nearby souvenir shop and restaurant area for a late lunch. In the car on the way, my brother and I had a “camera fight” to try and get pictures of each other.
I’m so happy because I just got the perfect shot of my brother:
We made it to the shopping area, and couldn’t find a single restaurant that looked good. They were all seafood, which is usually not kosher.
I guess it is a harbor, but still! Can’t they possibly make any food that doesn’t involve crabs or lobsters?
We passed the “Crusty Crab.” I wonder who had the idea first – this place, or the creators of Spongebob?
No one was too interested in Crabby Patties, so we moved on. Finally, we found the restaurant we’d been looking for: Ports O’ Call Waterfront Dining.
It had a lovely outdoor area:
Inside there was great decor:
I loved these faces made of junk and what looks like driftwood. The one on the far right reminds me of Ferb from “Phineas and Ferb.”
Even though the interior decor was great, we were all ready for lunch. Some of us were feeling a little “winey.” Get it?
We didn’t order any wine, but my brother did get a Root Beer. Here he is training to be a food blogger:
I took pictures of the food as well, even though I don’t normally review restaurants. I didn’t taste everyone’s food, only my veggie sandwich which was pretty good:
Everybody else agreed that the food was great. We plan to return to this restaurant if we ever go to the Battleship Iowa museum again. And we do want to return, once they add more to it.
That was a fun trip. Though it was pretty hot over there, we got to see a fascinating World War II battleship and dine at a nice restaurant. So yesterday’s journey was a success.
Okay, I’m done with the totally-unrelated-to-food chattering about my family outing. I can’t find any smooth way to connect this to an oatmeal recipe. And I know you’re all hungry for breakfast. So let’s skip the smooth transition and jump into a bowl of nutritious, yummy banana apple oatmeal! Yay!!!
Apple-Nana Walnut Oatmeal
makes 1 serving
- 1/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill brand 5 grain rolled hot cereal
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tbl organic raw agave syrup
- 1/2 banana, mashed
- about 1/2 -1/3 of a Gala or Pink Lady apple, diced
- 1 tbl chopped walnuts
Place water in a pot on the stove. Turn heat to high and let water start to bubble. Add the oats, turn heat down to medium. Add the mashed banana, cinnamon, and agave syrup. Let cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat. Pour oats into serving bowl. Top with diced apple and chopped walnuts. Let cool for a minute or two, then enjoy!
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