Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma

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I have a recipe to share with you today that has made the morning routine around our house so much easier. I’m a big fan of a hearty breakfast for the girls and so this (loved by all) make-the-night-before cold oatmeal has become a favorite. It’s not a cooked or baked oatmeal, it’s actually made the night before simply by soaking oats in milk. And it’s soo good.

When Got Milk asked if I had a recipe to recommend to busy mommas with very busy days, this healthy shortcut immediately popped into my mind (and I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought to share it before). It’s that good! and so easy!

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

Overnight oatmeal is delicious, but it’s a bit unusual. I was skeptical when I was first introduced to the idea of soaking oats as a yummy breakfast solution… but it turns out it’s actually very awesome.

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

Now that we are eating overnight oatmeal regularly I have come to appreciate its simplicity for so many wonderful reasons during the morning. A cold breakfast means that I can have food on the table when the girls wake up and that I might even get to sit with them for a few minutes while they embellish stories for me about their upcoming day (the best). Oatmeal with milk means that it’s a breakfast that will fill them up and fuel their little bodies. I know they’re starting on the right foot.

Extra healthy add-ons can accompany the milk + oats. We usually prep our cold oatmeal with chopped nuts, raisins and chia seeds, though you could add fresh or dried fruit, flax, coconut flakes, almond slivers… whatever is on hand.

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Overnight Oatmeal
 
Serves: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1½ cups milk
  • Handfuls of add-ons: nuts, seeds, dried or fresh fruit
Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients together.
  2. Pour milk to just cover oats.
  3. Cover and refrigerate mixture overnight.
  4. Serve with a pour over of cold milk and a sprinkle of cinnamon in the morning.

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

This recipe makes enough for me and the girls, it would be perfect for two adults and you might double it for a family. If I’m making a big batch I’ll use a large tupperware container with a lid.

Once the oats have soaked up all of the milk, the cold oatmeal is ready to eat. I love to add a little cinnamon and even more chilled milk before serving. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

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Overnight Oatmeal for the Busy Momma | PepperDesignBlog.com

Finding ways to make our days run smoother (and more efficiently) is the name of the game. Hope you enjoy this morning shortcut!

PS this post was sponsored by Got Milk. Incorporating milk into an everyday (and ever busy) routine helps kids to feel their strongest. Thanks for letting me share an easy recipe that helps you do that!

PS in the fall we made milk art, and here’s another easy and yummy morning treat.

If You Have Some Extra Time…

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With the big remodel underway we’ve been as busy as ever on the weekends being productive around the house. But! When these four walls hold us in and it starts to feel like a cage, we’ve been exploring some of our more beautiful San Diego destinations by thinking of them as afternoon ‘staycations’. Not actually staying anywhere special, but by checking out kid-friendly areas like splash pads, water front parks and hotel pools that you can visit or buy day passes to (little known secret that’s pretty awesome). Being tourists in your own city is really just about the best thing ever and is great for all of that kid energy.

This post today is publishing a little late, but if you have some extra time I hope that you enjoy some light reading on this Sunday afternoon:

How to be a better listener. (PS easily distracted?)

This article on what paternity leave looks like is great – but the pictures really did me in.

Homemade cookie butter (heart eyes emoji here).

Right now I’m all about the slightly baggy long sleeve pullover tucked into rolled jean shorts and paired with my Zuzii flats (how is the weather in your neck of the woods? It’s about 68 F here).

Spring for your lips.

I’m planning on adding a diy leaning ladder (it’s constructed in my mind…) to our new bed/bathroom remodel. Loved these five ways to style them – especially the hanging planters.

This home tour.

I’m trying to find a nursing-friendly black one piece (for a postpartum belly’s sake) and am turning to J Crew to see if this one, this onethis one, or this one might work. Boring, but that’s all this momma wants for the beach these days. Maybe I should go the tankini route?

Happy weekend. xo

Marlowe’s Newborn Photos

M’s first few weeks of life were so busy (and overwhelming) that I managed only a few true newborn photos (which I shared here, she was about 3 weeks old). I’m an okay photographer but I rely on photoshop and photoshop actions to give my images that extra boost. They are often not as crisp or bright as I like (there’s an art that takes so much practice!). It works out well enough for this blog and for capturing family moments, but my handful of photos for Marley didn’t feel special enough for remembering her beautiful welcome into the world.

I kept debating on whether I should invest in an actual photographer, and finally around 6 weeks I pulled the trigger. Since Marley was no longer a teeny tiny newborn (no sleeping or basket photos), our photographer Katie shot a few lifestyle photos instead and I decided to include the whole family (btw, if you plan on teeny tiny newborn photos, Katie suggests to plan on doing those within the first 5-6 days of birth).

Although Marlowe is still teeny tiny, her wide awake 6-week-old eyes and alert little body reveal something special and unique, too.

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Marlowe's Newborn & Family Photos | PepperDesignBlog.com

I have about 20 favorites :), so I would bog down the load time on the front page of this site to share them all right here, but I do invite you to click through for the whole shebang!

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