a mission statement of sorts {& a yummy recipe}

i have been thinking about my blog a lot lately – why i started it, what i want for it, what i want it to become…
i want this blog to be a reflection of me, of team us. it should represent what we love, what we like to do, things we care about. 
then it hit me. there has been something missing, something that has been hugely under-represented. 
FOOD.
food, cooking, eating – these are passions of mine. passions that i love to share with others.
there is no better feeling, for me personally, than when i cook something and then get to see others experience it and enjoy it for themselves.
i will be posting more recipes that i have loved, recipes that i make all the time and recipes that i am asked for a lot.
why not start now, you ask?
well, alrighty then.

The Mahm was here last weekend and while visiting us awesome peeps, we did a lot of good eating. some of the wonderful things we put into our bellies were potato salad with lime & thyme; pitas with hummus, spinach, feta & tzatziki sauce; LOTS OF SUSHI and pan seared sea bass on top of creamy risotto. mmmmm… we made some good tummy memories.
one night while we were being brilliant in the kitchen, we decided to make a recipe i had been wanting to try: overnight oats.
i had first seen it on the food network, then a little later i saw this chick’s recipe linked to on my good friend’s blog. some of the recipes involve a slow cooker, which i don’t use much (so it makes me nervous and i think i’m going to burn my house down overnight). so i decided those recipes were out. we took a couple of them, combined the ideas, added our own ingrediments (as my mom likes to call them, but that’s a whole different post on how my family changes letters in words) and voila! we had a yummy recipe that i was excited to share.

this is a fantastic recipe for those of you who are busy (who isn’t?!), love breakfast (my favorite meal), and want something ready-to-eat as soon as you are up in the morning. for me, as soon as i wake up, i am tending to harper, feeding her, playing with her – most days i don’t really have a lot of time to cook a nice breakfast for myself in the a.m. 
two more selling points: 
there is no cooking involved
and it’s super healthy (fast AND healthy?! no, you are not dreaming).
also, as you feel more comfortable with this recipe, you can add different/more things to change it up – there are neverending options for toppings. be creative!

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so, here is our recipe for 
overnight oatmeal – the banana cinnamon version

1/3 cup oats
1/2 cup milk (you can use any kind of milk: cow’s, soy, almond, vanilla hemp)
1/3 to 1/2 cup yogurt (plain, blueberry, greek)
1/3 cup muesli (i used bob’s red mill muesli) or granola
1/2 banana, sliced
1/8 to 1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla

combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and put in fridge, covered, overnight.
(in the morning we ate it cold and it’s perfect, but you can pop it in the microwave in the morning if you prefer it hot. BUT you’ll zap a lot of the nutrients!)
 
-if you like a sweeter oatmeal, you can add 1 tbsp or so of brown sugar. also, you can omit the vanilla & cinnamon and add maple flavoring, about 1/4 tsp – depends on how much you like.
-we added almonds the next morning. but if you don’t mind them a little chewy or prefer them soft, put them in the night before.

other topping ideas:
blueberries
strawberries
pears
walnuts or pecans
raisins
peanut butter
grape nuts cereal
oat bran or uncle sam’s cereal (cereals are better crunchy when added in the a.m.)
coconut
flaxseed
any kind of dried fruit, like cranberries or banana chips
shredded carrot (this will add some sweetness – i’m trying this one tonight!)

the ideas are endless… try anything.
have a great weekend, friends!

what are your favorite ingredients?
did you come up with other fun ways to spin overnight oatmeal?

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