Recipe: Overnight Oats with Blackberries

One thing I have always been really bad about is eating breakfast. In elementary and middle school, my dad would literally cut up a banana and put peanut butter on each little piece to try and get me to eat SOMETHING (Thanks, Dad!) — I think my parents even resorted to Carnation Instant Breakfasts (AKA chocolate milk) at one point so I’d have something in my system.


Overnight oats have been all the rage on Pinterest of the last year or so and, since I have a ton of oats from making homemade dog treats, I thought I’d give it a whirl. To be honest, after searching for recipes, I was little overwhelmed and I feel like a lot of the articles/posts I read were like, “just throw whatever you want in there.” I needed a little more direction and found a recipe on Skinnytaste that I settled on. I changed it a little bit and ended up really enjoying it this morning!

Overnight Oats with Blackberries (adapted from Skinnytaste)


-1/4 cup quick oats

-1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

-1/2 small banana, sliced

-1/2 tbsp chia seeds

-1/2 a container of blackberries (package was 6 oz.)

-2 packets Pure Via stevia

-pinch cinnamon

1-Place all the ingredient in a sealable container (I used a mason jar; functional and pretty!)

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2-Shake, cover and refrigerate overnight.

3-Remove from the refrigerator about an hour before eating (this is optional; I wanted it to be close to room temperature).



If I can keep my life together, I’m hoping I can continue to do this, at least during the week.

What do you eat for breakfast? Do you have any overnight oats recipes to share?

Have a great day!


Five Things for Friday

Happy Friday!

We saw The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 last night! Oh. Em. Gee. LOVED it! Hopefully, I’ll get to see it again…and again…and again. I was so happy for finally see the last film in the series, but sad it’s over. My SO really enjoyed it, too, as it had it all: laughter, tears, suspense. Anyone else see it and love it?

Here are your Five Six Things for Friday!

IMG_2746A beautiful morning in NOLA along the river.

CarnivalSpent a little time on the Carnival Cruise Line’s Elation yesterday morning. The Saints and Carnival are teaming up to fight hunger with Second Harvest.

IMG_2763Loved The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2…and its SnapChat filter (SN: lindsey_mitch)

IMG_2761Lobs are not best for Katniss braids [insert sad face]…still tried to rock it!

IMG_2738Stopped by Monkey Monkey Coffee & Tea this week after dropping the pups off for a spa day at All-Star Animal Clinic. The chocolate pear muffin and chai tea latte were delish.

IMG_2767Bonus pic! Jo showing off his new haircut…and sneaking in some snuggles.

Have a great weekend!


Recipe: BEST Belgian Waffles EVER

There is no better meal than breakfast. It’s the best…THE BEST! A few years ago, I received a Belgian waffle maker as a gift. Had I ever made them before? No. But, when my cousin and his wife (Thanks, Peter and Judy!) were kind enough to gift us with one, I knew I had to learn. For reference — I have the VillaWare UNO Belgian waffle maker, but I couldn’t find it anywhere online. This one, also by VillaWare, got great reviews.

I tried a few recipes and I then stumbled across Emeril Lagasse’s Belgian waffle recipe. I was a little intimidated — it seemed like a lot of steps — especially for breakfast. When it got rave reviews from my SO, I knew we had found a keeper! Note: the only thing I do differently is shake some powdered sugar over the top before serving.


I am so hungry just looking at this photo!

Classic Belgian Waffle Recipe


2 cups cake flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 large eggs, separated

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 cups milk

Non-stick cooking spray

Powdered sugar


1- Preheat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

2- In 1 medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

3- In a second bowl use the wooden spoon to beat together the egg yolks and sugar until sugar is completely dissolved and eggs have turned a pale yellow.

4- Add the vanilla extract, melted butter, and milk to the eggs and whisk to combine.

5- Combine the egg-milk mixture with the flour mixture and whisk just until blended. Do not over mix. 6- In third bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form, about 1 minute.

7- Using the rubber spatula, gently fold the egg whites into the waffle batter. Do not overmix!

8- Coat the waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray and pour enough batter in iron to just cover waffle grid.

9- Close and cook as per manufacturer’s instructions until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes.

10- Sprinkle with powdered sugar and garnish with fresh fruit, if you wish, and serve!

My SO doesn’t like syrup (I don’t get it…), so he just eats his waffles with butter and he absolutely loves this recipe, which is always a win. Don’t be intimidated — the prep will take you 10 minutes (max) and is so easy!

What’s your go-to breakfast recipe on the weekend?

Have a great day!