Overnight Oats

Have you made overnight oats yet? I’ve been making it for years, but noticed it’s been gaining popularity online recently.

Oats are high in fiber and can help lower cholesterol. They also contain protein as well as vitamins and minerals like iron and magnesium. And they are gluten-free too, provided you buy the right ones. Many brands of oats possibly come into contact with wheat, so if you need to eat GF, look for oats that have GF marked right on the package. Bob’s Red Mill and Trader Joes both sell GF-certified oats.

The overnight oats concept is really simple and customizable. The night before (or several hours before you plan to eat it) you mix your rolled oats with milk (or another liquid) and let it all sit. The oats soak up the liquid, soften, and expand, without any cooking involved.

Before adding almond milk

You can take it to the next level by adding in yogurt, fruit, and spices like cinnamon or vanilla extract. It may take you a couple times to decide how much of each ingredient you want to use. For my overnight oats, I like to use a cup of rolled oats, half a banana (sliced),1 tablespoon of honey, and about a 1/2 cup of plain yogurt.

Whatever ingredients you choose, I recommend stirring the mixture well before letting it sit, and again before you eat it.

All ready to eat the next morning

A tupperware-type container with a lid will work for overnight oatmeal, but I like to use my mason jars for as much as possible, including these oats. Why? Because they look cool and are fun, obviously! 😉

Eat your oats straight from the jar…
or spoon/pour them into a bowl.
How do you eat your oats?
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Throwback Thursday: Perfect Roasted Potatoes

I’ve wanted to start posting Throwback Thursday for a while, so here goes! The idea is to revive an archived post and share new information, and, whenever possible, a new photo. Considering that my photography has improved slightly over the last year (still not fantastic, I’ll admit, but better), I probably need to do a lot of Throwback Thursdays. 🙁

The post I chose for today is a guest post by Tiffany Merritt from Stuff Parents Need. Her recipe for the Perfect Roasted Potatoes really is amazing. I made a batch of them recently for friends at an after-church Sunday lunch, and they went quickly. I was wishing I’d doubled the recipe!

In the instructions, Tiffany recommends letting the potatoes sit and soak in the olive oil at least an hour. I let mine sit in the fridge overnight, and I agree that this really helped with the flavor.

These are delicious, ya’ll! Make them! Eat them> Perfect Roasted Potatoes

What is your favorite way to fix potatoes?
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15 March Madness Appetizer Favorites

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Football season may be over, but fortunately for sports fanatics like Hubby, we still have a couple of months of basketball left. This weekend marks Selection Sunday for March Madness. Are you ready?

Of course, you can’t watch sports without some game day food! Thanks to some awesome bloggers, I’ve compiled a list of 15 slam-dunk favorites: finger food, dips, hot, cold, savory, and sweet…there’s a little something for everyone.

So invite your friends over, turn on the TV, and hunker down for some yummy food and good-natured fun.

Click on the photo or text link to visit the recipe:

Avocado Hummus from The Frugal Mom

Beefy Taco Dip from Mom vs. the Boys

Breaded Mushrooms from Mom vs. the Boys

Cinnamon Sugar Farmstand Doughnuts from The Fresh Kitchen

Cheesy Prosciutto Pizza Bites from Life Over Easy

Crock-Pot White Queso Dip from The Miracle Momma

Cuban Sandwich Bites from Thrifty Jinxy

Easy Creamy Onion Dip from Thrifty Jinxy

Freddy’s Sticky Saucy Barbecued Ribs from My Life: A Work in Progress (Of course, I have to put a couple of my personal faves in this list!)

Monkey Bread from The Fresh Kitchen

Oven Baked Hot Wings from Life with Captain Fussybuckets

RedHot Buffalo Chicken Dip from My Life: A Work in Progress

Slow-Cooker Refried Beans from Homeschooling Mom 4 Two

Spicy Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders from Sincerely, Mindy

Zesty Guacamole Dip from Sincerely, Mindy

Which one (or more) would you love to try?

Note: I was not compensated for this post. All photos and recipes used with permission. Any opinions stated are my own.

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