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Refrigerator oatmeal – an overnight success

Refrigerator oatmealI am not a girl who can skip breakfast. It messes with my energy for the whole day. However, I am someone that starts work at 7 am and likes every extra minute in my cozy bed that I can get. So I’m loving these quick and healthy make-ahead individual oatmeals. They’re packed with nutrition to get your day off to a healthy start and the flavor options are endless. Also ideal for on-the-go mornings since each is in it’s own container. I may have been originally drawn to these because they’re made in canning jars but really, you can mix them up in any container that holds 1 cup and has a lid. Try the basic mix then add some of your favorite fruit…..here goes!

Refrigerator oatmealIngredients

  • 1/4 cup uncooked rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup milk (whatever type you like)
  • 1/4 cup low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tsp chia seeds

In a one-cup canning jar, add the oats, milk, yogurt and chia seeds. Give it a stir until well combined. Add fruit, sweeteners and spices of your choice. Put the lid on and leave in the fridge overnight, or for several nights. When you’re ready to eat it, stir in the fruit and enjoy. (Yes, you eat these cold).

Refrigerator oatmealNow for some flavor ideas – add these to the basic ingredients above:

Blueberry Maple: 1/4 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen) and 2 tsp maple syrup
Strawberry Vanilla: 1/4 cup strawberries and 1/4 tsp vanilla
Apples and cinnamon: 1/4 cup applesauce or chopped apples and 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Peanut Butter Banana: 1/2 of a small banana sliced and 1 tbsp peanut butter

You get the idea, right?! Just top the oatmeal with whatever you’ve got on hand. I take flavor cues from the yogurt – strawberry banana yogurt pairs well with either bananas or berries on top. Feel free to use frozen or fresh fruit, both work well. Add protein power on a workout day or if you use regular instead of Greek yogurt.
Refrigerator oatmealI make 3 or 4 of these while I’m at it – hello efficiency! Say good morning to an easy breakfast that’s high in protein, calcium and fibre, low in fat and sugars. I promise these taste better than they look – will you give ’em a try?

Window shopping…at Opus

Opus Art Supplies is one of my favourite places to soak up inspiration. I’m not an artist, more a crafter, possibly a designer yet I feel so artsy whenever I’m there….like anything is do-able! This is a place of color, texture and possibilities. Brace yourself for some serious eye candy from my latest visit.

imageimageThose colored pencils make me swoon! I want to fill every notebook and sketch pad with something amazing.

imageEven the tools are bright!

imageimagePaints, pencils, chalk…they have it all plus really helpful staff. Seriously, don’t you just want to get to making something when you see this stuff?

imageThere’s even a framing department which I’ve yet to fully explore.

imageI can never leave without some kind of creative treat. On this trip I got a favourite mixed media pad, fancy pencil crayons and a color wheel. So. Much. Fun. Where do you for inspiration?

Vintage quilt – best thrift find ever

Often when I visit thrift shops I’m looking for a particular item. Always though, I have an unwritten list of mostly vintage pieces I keep an eye out for: Pyrex, cameras, typewriters and linens. This is my very best thrift store find ever….a vintage quilt! I often read about others finding these but they’re rare here and I practically sprinted to the cash register once I spotted it. Bonus points that it’s in good shape, the hexagon pattern I love but would never tackle myself and is backed in pink. Total score at $15!

imageI brought it home, filthy dirty and musty smelling (it was immediately photo bombed by Venus) and got to researching how to clean it. Many google articles later I still felt unsure of what to do. I’m all for taking care of things but also want to use the items I bring into my life and home. I picture using the quilt to cozy under on the couch, folded at the foot of my bed or even as a picnic blanket. I definitely want to be able to wash and wear this baby!

imageEnter Cynthia, the Mom of my good friend and long time quilter and guild member. I took my new-found quilt to her for advice. Ready? Throw it in your washing machine on the delicate cycle, tumble in the dryer until it’s not quite dry then let it air dry. Much easier than I thought…and it worked.

imageSeems my quilt is vintage, but not vintage. Probably made in the 1960-70’s guessing from the fabrics and backed with a bed sheet. Lucky for me, it’s totally up for the spin cycle.

My four legged friends love it!