Friday 5 | Week 6

  1. After several weeks of having busy weekends, we finally just had a chill weekend in and running errands. I was so serious about doing nothing that I wasn’t even aware it was Superbowl weekend until Friday as I was leaving work and a coworker made a comment about the game. My response was “Oh, right. That’s happening.” Can you tell I’m not a big football fan? But oh, a chill weekend was just what I needed.
  2. We had a fantastic session of 7th Sea on Sunday. We’re gaming with 5 different people spread across 3 states thanks to the magic of video chat. Isn’t technology great!
  3. I have started using a new moisturizer, it’s the Beauty Sleep Accelerator from Soap and Glory. Wow, this stuff is great! It really hydrates and the smell is amazing. After a few days, I mentioned it to Ryan and he replied something along the lines of: oh, that’s why your face has smelled really good the last few days.
  4. I made banana bread for the first time. Ryan is a big fan and we had a few overripe bananas that I didn’t want to just throw out. For years I didn’t like banana bread and so I was surprised when I tried a bite that I really liked it. Guess my tastes have changed since I last had some. If you’re curious, here’s the recipe I used.
  5. Almost everything about Elizabeth Warren being silenced in the Senate enraged me. What gives me hope is how many people are turning around McConnell’s words and using them as a rallying cry. My favorite I’ve see so far is a shirt by Contessa, and the proceeds go to help them get to Gen Con to run diverse games.
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Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats

Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats

I just got onto the overnight oats wagon.

Funny story, I didn’t realize I had been thinking and saying “chai” when reading the chia seed container until Ryan called me out on it. He then followed by asking if it was the same chia seeds that you’d grown into green pets when we were kids. I’m guessing it’s the same thing but I haven’t been motivated to google it yet. One moment…

Yes they are! And you can apparently grow them into micro-greens to add to salads. The more you know [insert theme music here]

Okay, on to actually talking about the recipe. All you need are:

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These overnight oats are filling, refreshing and have a hint of chocolate without being overly sweet. I could see adding strawberries or raspberries on top and making it a real treat.

It is incredibly easy to whip up a batch on a Sunday evening for a full work week of breakfasts. And in this hot summer, I am so happy to have a nutritious, filling breakfast that doesn’t require turning on the stove and is best straight from the fridge.

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I adapted a recipe from Flavor the Moments to make my version.

Chocolate Chia Overnight Oats

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours or Overnight
Makes: 5 8oz servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 2 1/4 cups chocolate almond milk
  • 3 heaping tablespoons shredded coconut
  • top with coconut flakes

Directions:

  1. Combine oats, chia seeds, almond milk, and coconut in a large bowl. Stir until combined.
  2. Cover and store in the fridge overnight or for 8 hours.
  3. The next morning, or after 8 hours, stir together and serve. Top with coconut flakes