Thursday, March 21, 2013

Overnight Oats




I don't know where I've been that I missed out on Overnight Oats for so long?! But, I'm glad I finally stumbled across them! I like conventional oatmeal, but I don't make it everyday. It's delicious, but I don't always have time to fix a hot breakfast in the morning. Luckily, I am always looking for new ways to try old favorites. 

One thing I love about overnight oats is the time-saver they are for me in the morning. I am, no matter how early I get up, always in a rush in the morning. So whatever I can do the night before, I like to get out of the way. I prep my coffee, get things together, etc. This gets one more thing out of the way for me. If you don't have time to sit and eat, or sneak bites between hair straightening and make up application, you can take it with you. I've put it in a solo cup or Tupperware and taken it to go. 


Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Irish Style, Steel Cut Oats
1-2 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
1 Tablespoon Hemp Hearts
1 7oz. Container Greek Yogurt
1 1/2 Cup  Coconut/Almond Milk

Optional items: 

Dried Cranberries
Honey 
Walnuts
-or-
Peanut Butter 
Bananas
Chocolate Almond Milk

These quantities make enough for tow servings.

You will need a mason jar, or other air-tight jar/container.

Put the oats, hemp seeds and chia into the jar- then add in the yogurt and coconut/almond milk and honey (to taste). Toss in a handful of dried cranberries. 





Once you've combined all the ingredients, shake up the jar to make sure everything is evenly distributed. I mean, you could use a spoon and stir, but shaking it up is more fun! 

In the morning, take the jar out of the fridge and let sit for a few minutes. I liked it closer to room temperature better than ice cold. 

The top with the walnuts and a bit more honey if you are so inclined. 




I really enjoyed the fruit and nut version I started with. It is light and refreshing. But, then I discovered something amazing. Peanut Butter and Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams is too good. It is full of cocoa and peanut butter flavor without being too sweet, which is important for me. 

I replace the vanilla or unsweetened plain almond/coconut milk with unsweetened chocolate almond milk, add the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter in place of the honey, cranberries and walnuts, but the rest of the items remain. I like to top the choco-peanut butter oats with a banana. 



Let me know about what new ways you try Overnight Oats. 





Friday, March 1, 2013

February Foodie Penpal


This month I was treated to some delicious snacks and sweets from Wendy. I thought it was an adorable idea to write the note on a postcard. I'd never thought of that!!


I was excited to see the Cheese Crisps, we really like those. I'm saving those for some company this weekend. These are so good with hummus! Try it. 

The Natural Almonds are great. A nice healthy snack, right up my alley!!

H was so very excited to see the Nutter Butter cookies. He's my cookie monster. I also shared the caramel Hershey kisses with my sweetie. 

The chocolate and nut trail mix looks delish! It'll be great for an afternoon snack. You can't beat a sweet treat here and there. 

Thanks so much Wendy!!! I really appreciate the Pen Pals package you put together for me. 


If you'd like to see what I sent out, take a look over at Creating a Great Today and an Even Better Tomorrow, run by the lovely Sarah. I was so excited to see she enjoyed her snacks and treats! 


If you are interested in joining the Foodie Pen Pals, check out the information below. You'll be glad you did.

FPP post Foodie Penpals

And now it's time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:
-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
-You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! 
-The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
-You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
-Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. 
-Foodie Penplas is open to US, Canadian & European residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. Same with Europeans. We've determined things might get too slow and backed up if we're trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa. 
If you’re from the US or Canada and are in participating for November, please CLICK HERE (www.theleangreenbean.com/foodie-penpals/) to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions. 
You must submit your information by March 4th as pairings will be emailed on March 5th!

*If you're from Europe, please CLICK HERE (www.thisisrocksalt.com/foodie-penpals/) to signup.

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OCEAN2000 at Pelican Grand


Last month I was invited to the big, beautiful reveal of the OCEAN2000 restaurant, at the pristine Pelican Grand. I had a feeling it was going to be a fabulous evening, and I wasn't wrong. The property was stunning, the food was scrumptious, the drinks were perfectly mixed. 


I would love to spend a night here, to relax and recharge. Sip a mojito on the beach, read a book and lounge around with my Honey. The rocking chairs on the patio/ porch area are calling my name, the perfect place to rock the evening away, basking in seaside splendidness. 



Ocean2000 has a beautifully decorated dining room. The ambiance is inviting and so is the delightful staff. 



When I arrived, I checked in and received some casino chips. I thought it was such a great idea to have some  interactive games for people while the bites and sips were passed. I tried my hand at roulette and had some (very short lived) beginner's luck. I'm sure that they were there for just that event, but it reflected the versatility of the hotel and restaurant as an event venue. 





I started the evening with a tasty Sangria made with Veev, a spirit made with Acai. It was perfectly refreshing. I was tempted to try another, but I knew there'd be much more, and I didn't want to overindulge.


After walking around the gorgeous beachfront patio, which has the feel of being on the porch of an old friend's, very swanky, beach house, I found the Absolut Tune luge. How could I resist trying a sparkling sip?! 


Tuna Tiradito

How gorgeous are these lights?! I wish I had some at home. 


Fresh and Flavorful , Local Mahi-Mahi Ceviche 


One of the most indulgent portions of the evening was the gelato shop dolci. It was stocked full of everything you could imagine. I felt like I'd taken a turn into Willy Wonka's.

Chocolate Mousse



Coconut Tres Leches

Panna Cotta

Kiwi Cocktails








I am very much looking forward to going back to OCEAN2000 for, what I know will be, a delectable dining experience. If you are ever in the South Florida area, think of staying at the Pelican Grand and treating yourself to an exquisite experience, sure to delight all your sesnes.