I have before made my own bircher muesli, where you put oats and grated apple, apple juice and yoghurt all together in a bowl in the fridge overnight and in the morning there is a super delicious breakfast waiting for you.
But this, if you are feeling cash-rich and time-poor, is even better than that.
You still have to add apple juice and yoghurt, but that’s easy – I pinch some of Kitty’s plastic carton apple juice and I make a point of always having a tub of Yeo Valley plain yoghurt on the go.
If you’re not organised enough to assemble this the night before but you have a bit more time in the morning, you can soak this in the juice for a minimum of 30 minutes and achieve the same effect.
The picture above shows the raspberry and blackcurrant version, but I have the almond and honey one, which I can specifically recommend.
In other news, poor Little Sam is so ill. Again! He’s got a raging temperature, I’m not sure how high because he recently broke the last in a long line of ear thermometers and I simply genuinely cannot be bothered to replace it – he makes such a bloody fuss about having his temperature taken anyway.
He’s basically either really fucking hot, or quite hot, or not hot. He doesn’t want to get out of bed, which is very unusual, but he does occasionally smile and crack jokes.
Back in the old days, when Kitty was small, I would have spirited her to the GP immediately in a sort of defiance – look, look, look she’s really ill, fucking do something – but these days fevers and sick children who are at an age where they can talk and therefore just flop about when they’re ill watching telly and faintly groaning don’t bother me. The only thing that really frightens me is one of the Meningitises (B or C, viral or bacterial) but he’s not nearly ill enough for it to be any of those.
So here I sit, on the little sofa in Sam’s cool and shady nursery, getting more work done than I have in weeks, while he lies in bed watching Bing Bunny and Twirlywoos in his iPad and occasionally saying “Mummy, my nose is very drippy.”
Oh poor little Sam. Hope he’s better very soon. That muesli mix is indeed great. I cut it with porridge oats to make it stretch as I’m a bit tight fisted and my children would happily inhale a box within days of delivery. It makes it a little less sweet which I think is a good thing.
No Nic, not tight-fisted, that’s a very good idea.
Argh! My kids have just come out the other side of that one. I recommend that you get a copy of Spirited Away on DVD. It is AWESOME and even my really ill children got really into it.
Sam is now in the post-virus tantrum phase of illness and cannot be approached without a cattle prod…
dr P says
A very sensible line to take…I wish more mothers would realise that the GP does not have a magic wand to make everything better! Regular calpol and fluids is your best bet
I think it takes about a year – 18months of having a child to realise that. Until now you’re so freaked out and alarmed that your child is ill you just want someone to do something about it…
Claire courtley says
Poor Sam and poor you. Ice lollies were usually a success for me with poorly little ones. They get fluids into them (they melt) and a bit of sugar for energy 🤒
Poor Sam, mine had this raging temperature thing a couple of weeks ago, so horrible. 2 year old just slept constantly and even 4 year old was “too ill to watch TV” (unheard of). I am more chilled with my second, not because I used to be an idiot who liked wasting everybody’s time at the GP but because I have gained experience and am more confident in my ability to judge the seriousness of whatever is going on.
My Neighbour Totoro is a lovely lovely film for poorly toddlers, I take any opportunity to watch it.
Muesli looks delicious.
Thanks Cindy. Doctors get frustrated with new mothers turning up at their surgeries with every sniffle but yes it’s exactly that – you have no experience and no judgment with the first one. For all you know, those droopy eyes and red cheeks might be the first sign of Meningitis …
Yes, and in fact, I went to the docs feeling silly with my son’s first cold at 6 months, and he turned out to be in respiratory distress and the GP called an ambulance. I’d seen the same doctor a few weeks before with what turned out to be nothing – if he hadn’t been so kind and reassuring about checking him out that first time I might have made the wrong call on the second.
Hope Sam recovers soon xxx