Coffeeshop opening shifts can be a mix of pleasant and less than desirable things. Boo: – waking and arriving to work before the sun comes up – crossing paths with people still out for the night – missing my favorite meal of the day at home – breakfast Yay: – experiencing the softer side of the city waking up – setting the tone for my own and other people’s day – coming up with new ways to still have a yummy breakfast on the go Overnight oats have been my jam for a filling first meal of the day. Adding protein laden grains and mixing in fruit are a great way to change up a base recipe. This last week was all about the honey peach combo. The recipe is clean and can be altered to accommodate food sensitivities.
Honey Peach Overnight Oats
Yields 1 serving
Creamy milk and honey oats studded with pieces of peach "cook" overnight for a grab and go breakfast.
5 minPrep Time
8 hrCook Time
8 hr, 5 Total Time
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup quinoa
1 1/2 tsp honey
1 - 2 Tb peaches, diced; fresh or jarred
1/2 cup milk*
Combine the oats and quinoa in a mason jar or other 1 cup container; mix thoroughly.
Stir in the honey and peaches.
Gently stir in the milk.
Lid the mix and place in the refrigerator for 8 hours. Delicious oats will be easy to grab and go.
*Any milk you prefer may be used. Most recently I've been using coconut milk.
My toddler is thrilled when a package arrives in the mail. Upon recognizing a box he will delightedly declare “maiyo”. Then comes the dance of excitement with squeals of “open, open, open.” Each command with increasing urgency and volume than the subsequent. The dance does not subside until the tape is peeled back and objects are removed from their packaging.
The day my first assortment of essential oils arrived this very scene occurred with my son. I take delight in his reactions to life. They are such present and extroverted expressions of emotions at this stage of his development. My more reserved self, with the personality function of introverted feeling, gets satisfaction in his raw emotional assertions.
Making a batch of shaving cream was the first green living recipe on my list. Below is the full recipe I created. The first time around I used fewer drops of essential oils and combined sweet orange with lavender. A few days in the cream smelled a bit garlic like. Sticking with just the lavender and increasing the drops in the mix rendered a pleasant, relaxing aroma.
Melt the coconut oil. Mix the coconut oil with olive oil and avocado oil in a jar. Chill jar of oils in refrigerator until they solidify.
Remove from refrigerator and whip mix. Can whip with a mixer or by hand with a fork. Once the solid is mostly broken up, add in the Castile soap, optional essential oils and continue mixing. The paste should begin to resemble whipped cream in appearance. Continue whipping until the cream is glossy and smooth.
Your silky shave cream will spoil faster if exposed to moisture. Keep in a sealed jar. Use about 1/2 teaspoon per use. 1/4 teaspoon under each arm and 1/2 teaspoon each leg has worked well for me. I like to scoop 1 1/2 teaspoons on to a fork to bring in the shower rather than bring the whole jar.
What is more American than pizza? Maybe, pizza for dinner and dessert. Today we enjoyed a patriotic fruit pizza based on a recipe from Taste of Home. It is a quick treat to make since the crust is refrigerated cookie dough. Top it off with cream cheese thats been whipped with sweetener and flavor. Finally, decorate the tart with fresh fruit.
I swapped out honey in place of the sugar to “clean” up the recipe. Then made it nut free by using vanilla and lemon extract in place of almond extract. The lemon flavor gave it a nice fresh pop.
My interests are more like obsessions. The intensity of interest in topics ebb and wane over time. I feel that this personality trait is fitting for retail. There are trending seasonal flavors that are best sold with honest buy-in from the salesperson. My tastes and interests easily follow such seasonal trends.
My newest obsession this season is green cleaning. The big topic of interest this week has been essential oil. It started when I came across some green cleaning recipes through a blog I follow for clean eating recipes. Rebecca had a post on DIY cleaning recipes with essential oils.
It had not occurred to me to make cleaning products and personal care products. Part of the reason I am even considering it is my son’s nut allergy and the family’s sensitivities to the aromas of traditional cleaning products. It seems there are health benefits and cleaning capabilities to essential oils so I will include them in my upcoming green cleaning and personal care creations.
I read about the scent and antimicrobial action of various oils on green cleaning.about.com. Based on my research, the top three oils I am seeking to use for cleaning and personal care are lavender, sweet orange and lemon. A quick view of each oil’s benefits follow below.
Mood booster – helps to see the sunnier side of life