A Look at the Next 365 Days {Recipe: Country Oatmeal Bread}

I grew up in a home where bread with stuff in it was the norm. Hearty whole grain bread with oatmeal, nuts, wheat bits and more… the more stuff baked inside the bread, the better. I not so affectionately called it old people bread. Oh, how I longed for soft, tender pieces of white Wonder bread.  It rarely happened… at our house my parents loved old people bread so that’s what we all got.

Fast forward to today… I can’t get enough of old people bread. I love real butter slathered on a slice of whole grain bread or thick oatmeal bread…or “oldmeal” bread.

Funny because today, October 5th, I turn 39. Although my parents were just a tad older when I remember them eating old people bread, back then, I thought they were old. Ancient in the eyes of a young kid. And here I am today… officially old to my kids and eating old people bread.

39…wow. You know how you say when you have kids you can’t believe they are another year old. I’m kind of at the point today. I can’t believe I have one more year of my 30’s left. I’ve never been one to get upset by a number, especially when it comes to age, but I’ve really been thinking a lot about my next 365 days. This past year I’ve accomplished quite a bit, but I’ve also let a lot of bad habits slip back in. Here are a few things I want to gain control of in the next 365… before I turn the wonderful “big 4-0”.

  • I started running this past year and I felt fantastic and was so proud of myself… until I stopped. Breaking my toes and then getting a stress fracture put a halt to any motivation I had, so I stopped. By the time I’m 4-0 I want to have ran 365 miles. That’s my goal. It’s nothing too high, but at a few miles a day a few days a week, it should be easy to do. I just need to get back to getting it done.
  • I lost 30 pounds this past year. When I stopped moving, I gained 15 of it back. I LOVED how great I felt 30 pounds lighter. I had more confidence, felt better about my health and well being. Enjoyed shopping and pretty much everything more. My goal is to get back down to that weight or close… even if it isn’t *that* weight, I want to fit into my skinny clothes and find the body that makes me feel as good as I was feeling!
  • I need to schedule regular date nights (and another vacation) with my husband. No if, ands, or buts… this has to happen. Getting the calendar out this weekend and am going to find a babysitter to pencil in for one date each month.
  • I have some seriously bad habits… in the next 365 I want to get a grip on drinking my water, cutting out soda completely, eating breakfast and simply developing habits that are better for my health. Licorice bites for lunch is probably not an ok thing anymore.
  • I need to get a baseline mammogram and go to the dentist. Today, I will be scheduling those appointments.
  • I want to nurture some of the friendships I have. Friends are very, very important and deserve to have some priority in my life.
  • I want to start working with a life or organizational coach of some kind. I miss how organized my life used to be. By the time I’m 40, I want to feel like I am in more control of my routines but I need help. Somewhere along the way I have lost my ability to self-motivate. My self-discipline in so many areas has gone out the window, and that’s not a good thing. By the time my birthday rolls around next year, it is my hopes to have some routines, good habits and more firmly in place.
  • I am going to start a book club.

So that’s that… 365 days to go and I have some lofty goals, but I am bound and determined to ring in 4-0 as the healthiest version of myself I can be… both physically and mentally.

In the meantime, I’ll keep munching on old people bread and enjoying my developing old people palate. Starting with this tender, soft, delicious Country Oatmeal Bread.

Grow old with me..and eat bread with me. Sounds like a nice life plan, doesn’t it?

Homemade Country Oatmeal Bread for the Bread Machine
A hearty, delicious bread recipe from Red Star Yeast. I adapted this recipe by halving the ingredients and using my bread machine. For the non-bread machine method, visit this link for Country Oatmeal Bread on their website.
  • 2¼ teaspoons Active Dry Yeast
  • ¼ cup plus 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ cup Quick Oats
  • 1½ cups bread flour
  • 1½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Quick Oats, for topping
  1. Place all ingredients but the Quick Oats for topping into your bread machine. Select the dough cycle and start.
  2. Once the dough cycle is complete, remove the dough and place it in a greased 9x5x2 loaf pan. Set in a warm place, cover, and allow to rise until double in size.
  3. Brush loaf with water and sprinkle Quick Oats across the top of the loaf.
  4. Preheat oven to 425°F. Bake loaf 25-30 minutes until lightly browned and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire rack to cool.

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  1. says

    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments! I can only hope to write a post like this when I turn 39. You are a huge inspiration and role model to so many food bloggers – personally and professionally. Also, congrats on the 30 pounds lost! I have no doubt you’ll get back to your happy place and weight. CELEBRATE BIG today!!! xoxo

  2. Heather Miller says

    Happy birthday! Today my baby girl turns two! Someone told me the other day it’s the most common birth day in the U.S. a fact I was unaware of! Have a wonderful day!

    • says

      Happy birthday to your sweetheart!
      October 5th is the most popular day to be born… track conception back and it’s New Years Eve :) Little October 5th trivia!

  3. says

    What lovely goals Kristen! Really made me stop and think too. Think I’ll be making some goals myself. Hope you have a delightful day! And I know that you’re going to have an INCREDIBLE 365 days! xo

  4. says

    Happy Birthday! Isn’t it amazing how birthdays can really make us re-evaluate our lives… I love your goals. Good luck with them – I know you’ll accomplish them and start 40 how you want to!
    I love the name old people bread… I guess I’m old too because that’s what I love too. 😉

  5. says

    I’m facing my own birthday in a few weeks, so reading your list of goals for the next 365 days was inspiring. I hope your day is wonderful, but even more, I hope this is your best year yet!

  6. Jackie Davis says

    Happy, happy birthday.
    My 40’s were some of my best years. I turned 50 this year and have really embraced and celebrated everything from my life, to my work, to my loves and my relationships (parents, friends , siblings, etc.). No matter which birthday it may be, I thnk it is great to reevaluate. Good luck on everything. I enjoy your blog and YOU inspire me!


  7. Maureen says

    Enjoy 39! Your goals are great – I think you are too hard on yourself, but the goals you have set are practical and attainable – you will have a great year! Thanks for posting the oatmeal bread recipe – I saw it on instagram and was hoping you’d send us the recipe – could be breakfast for me tomorrow! Love, Maureen

  8. says

    Oh I remember 39 (sort of)! It was a good year. I love your goals! So direct and focused and centered. You’ll make it. I know you will. Enjoy your birthday and the coming 365 days. I’m so glad you were born! Have an awesome day. Christy

  9. Pat Wogan says

    I,too, think you are too hard on yourself. I just this morning told Aunt Rose about your vision board. Maybe you need to post your goals where you can see them everyday. Positively, I think every year should be better, and it is. Just as you plan to get back to running in small increments, your weight loss should be approached in the same way….and I think the two probably go together. You are one of the most organized people I know. I don’t know how you do all you do. Would you be my life coach? Love, and Happy Birthday!

  10. msfood says

    Once again you have a wonderful read! Not only is it inspiring…it was just what I needed!!! ;o)

    I have said it before but I’ll say it again! You are a wonderful person, wife, Mom, friend and amazing human being!

    Here’s to a wonderful year ahead!! I hated turning 30 and 50 but 40 was a good one for me! Embrace it!!! Go for the gusto!!

    I’m anxious to watch your year unfold!

    Love, D.

  11. says

    Love these resolutions. If your coach has some good organizational recommendations, would love for you to share!! :) And I love that you’re scheduling date nights. You and your husband are too cute together!!

    Happy happy birthday to you! So proud of all you have already accomplished!

  12. says

    You are almost in the club, the Club 4-0. And let me just tell you, it really isn’t that bad. Enjoy the last of your 30’s but know that 40’s brings another whole level of love, sophistication and patience, with yourself and those around you, that the 30’s never could deliver. I love you 365 plan, I’m going to join you on almost every one of them. How about setting up a club/hastag/something we can cheer and motivate one another to do. As if you needed another thing to coordinate. I’m so thankful to call you a friend, and thankful I had the past 365 to get to know you better. Happy birthday. CLINKS! (that can be coffee or wine, your choice.) XO

  13. says

    I love this post, Kristen! Your long-term goals are perfect! I hope you are having a fabulous birthday…so blessed to know you. You are an inspiration to many!!

  14. says

    Kristen, this post is completely perfect. I love how you write anyway, but today’s is exactly what I love about you. You’re honest and always working on yourself and appreciating those around you. I love that about you. Truly. Happy birthday my friend, I have much to learn from you, and I cannot wait to get to know you better. Oh, and I totally think there should be an online book club. It’s good for us bloggers to unplug.

  15. says

    Happy Birthday! I am trying to remember back to 39…I just know the older we get the faster the time goes. Your goals are inspiring! Makes me think about just want I want to accomplish next year. And I love the recipe for the “old people” bread. Look forward to following along this next year!


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