Cutie Overnight Oatmeal

Cutie Overnight Oatmeal


You have a problem; I have a solution.

The problem could evidence itself in many ways:

  • Your flight for Honolulu leaves at six o’clock AM.
  • The professor of your morning class expects you to arrive at least fifteen minutes early.
  • Your internship requires a long commute, and you have to leave your house before the sun rises.
  • The bus does not come frequently enough.
  • This is going to be your first summer on your own, and you don’t know how to cook anything.
  • You aren’t hungry when you wake up, but you are famished within minutes of leaving your house.

In a word, your problem is breakfast.

In two words, the solution is overnight oatmeal.

Whether you are studying for a class, traveling the globe, learning to cook or lounging by the pool, you need a tasty, make-ahead breakfast that will keep you full through your day.  Overnight oatmeal is a perfect solution.

When you take your first bite of this vanilla-orange combination, your taste buds will visit your childhood; the flavors are reminiscent of a Dreamsicle–tangy orange, sweet sugar, and creamy vanilla all in one.

Cutie Overnight Oatmeal

(makes one serving)


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cutie, peeled and sectioned


  • Combine all ingredients in a seal-able container.
  • Shake until well-combined.
  • Refrigerate the mixture overnight.
  • Eat and enjoy! (Overnight oatmeal can be enjoyed cold, or it can be warmed on the stove or in the microwave).


Happy Fiesta Friday!


Solutions to Four Bulletin Board Problems

Solutions to Four Bulletin Board Problems

Creative bulletin boards can be used to teach, entice, and amuse students.  However, teachers often encounter a variety of problems as they begin stapling together all the pieces.  Thankfully, most of these problems can be easily fixed.

Problem:  You do not have enough matching letters to spell out your sentence.

Solution:  Emphasize key words by using a different font.



Problem:  You cannot hang letters in a straight line.

Solution:  Purposefully and artfully hang them crooked.


Problem: You don’t have time to change your background paper.

Solution: Leave paper on the board from the previous board.



Problem:  You don’t have enough border.

Solution:  Use multiple borders or only place border along the sides.



Top Ten Tuesday: Bargain Breakfast

Top Ten Tuesday: Bargain Breakfast


I sympathize.  Really, I do.  I understand that you are a poor college student, and you are starving for a cheap, filling, nutritious breakfast.  That is why I have composed a list of ten super-cheap items that can be paired in a variety of ways to assemble a wholesome breakfast for less than $1.

Top Ten Items to Build a $1 Breakfast

(prices listed are per serving)

  1. Oatmeal ($.15)
  2. Trail Mix ($.25)
  3. Multigrain Waffle ($.30)
  4. Yogurt ($.40)
  5. Fresh Fruit (varies—buy fruit in season for the cheapest prices)
  6. Granola Bar ($.30)
  7. Peanut Butter ($.15)
  8. Cereal ($.20)
  9. Eggs ($.20)
  10. Turkey Bacon ($.10)


Examples of a $1 breakfast:

  • oatmeal + peanut butter + apple = $.80
  • waffle + egg + bacon = $.60
  • yogurt + cereal = $.60
  • granola bar + banana = $.80
  • trail mix + yogurt = $.65

Although you could pair these foods in literally thousands of combinations, there are dozens of other items that you could swap into your pairings.  Sausage links, rice cakes, string cheese, toast, jelly, and bagels are also great ideas.  To save even more money, buy store-brand items and check your weekly papers for sales.

What are your frugal breakfast staples?

“Spilt Milk” Craft

“Spilt Milk” Craft

Yesterday, I discussed the abstract beauty of spilt milk.  Today, I am going to teach you how to spill your milk in a beautiful way.

I have done this craft with both elementary students and college peers, and both groups enjoyed naming their creations.  With basic craft-cabinet supplies and a little bit of creative thinking you can make your own abstract paintings as well.


  • Paint
  • Construction paper
  • Straws (optional)



  • Fold each sheet of paper in half.


  • Squeeze a small puddle of paint onto the middle of the paper.


  • (Optional: use a straw to blow or smear the paint around the paper.)


  • Re-fold the paper along the same crease.


  • Unfold the paper.


  • Let dry and name your creation.

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The Beauty of Spilt Milk

The Beauty of Spilt Milk

It’s raining.  The professor returns a disappointing grade.  You receive an unpleasant phone call.  You lose your favorite hair clip.  The cafeteria serves deep-fried broccoli.  You spill your milk.  The culmination of this series of unfortunate events leads you to tears.  We’ve all had “spilt milk” days.

I’ve been told that spilt milk is not worth crying, but sometimes shedding tears is the only thing you can do.  Ecclesiastes even acknowledges that there is “a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance” (Ecc. 3:4).  The key is to not let the tears linger.  After you let them run their course down your cheek, you must wash your face, and absorb the abstract beauty of the spilt milk.

Sometimes, spilt milk looks like a guitar.


Sometimes, it looks like praying hands.


Sometimes, it looks like a butterfly,


or a leaf,


or a beetle.


Ecclesiastes 3:11 observes that God makes “every thing beautiful in his time.” However, “no man can find out the work that God makes.”  Therefore, Solomon concludes that each person should  “rejoice, and to do good in his life” (Ecc. 3:12). 

Don’t be afraid to cry when the milk spills.  But, learn to gaze through the tears and see the beauty of spilt milk.

Because sometimes, spilt milk looks a lot like an ice cream sundae.




**Teaser – come back tomorrow to learn how to make your own “spilt milk” craft.

Top Ten Tuesday: Packing List

Top Ten Tuesday: Packing List


With summer break only a few weeks away, it is time to start planning for your summer vacations.

Where are you going this year?  It is exotic? Rural? Nearby? Far away?  Is it your annual destination? A new adventure?

No matter where your travels take you in the next few months, it is important to be well prepared.  Below are ten items that should be in your suitcase on every trip.

10 Items You Need to Pack for Every Trip

1. Books

Whether you are bored on the plane or cannot sleep because of rowdy hotel neighbors, books will keep you company during your entire trip.

2. Pillow and Blanket

Nothing carries the comforts of home quite like your favorite pillow and blanket.

3. Water Bottle

Stay hydrated!

4. Socks and Pajamas

I always seem to overlook some basic item of clothing.  Don’t forget these necessities!

5. Camera

Preserve the memories.

6. Toothpaste

Before you leave, think through your morning and evening routines to guarantee that you have packed everything you will need to remain clean.

7. Snacks

Traveling always makes me super hungry!  Keep some apples, trail mix, granola, or crackers in your bag for a quick snack. 

8. Money and a Budget

Not only will you need spending money, you should also have a basic idea of how much you will spend.   For example, if you are taking a week-long road trip, try to estimate how much you will need daily for gas, food, and lodging.  If you know you will be tempted by the outlet malls at the beach, set aside extra money to spend while you are there.

9. “Bad” Clothes

Engage in a food fight, hike through mud puddles, swim under a waterfall, but do not ruin your Lily Pulitzer sundress!

10. A Watch

If the iPhone loses all of its battery, a watch will still know what time it is.


What items do you take on every trip?

30 before 30: Food Truck

30 before 30: Food Truck


A few days after posting my 30 Before 30 list, my mom sent me a link to the Burke Street Food Truck Festival Facebook Page.  Since my college is only a few blocks from Burke Street, I decided to check out the festival and cross another goal off of my to-do list.

I didn’t know what I was in for.

I expected a lot of people.  I expected long lines.  I expected good food.


I didn’t expect that many people.

I didn’t expect the wait for food to be that long.

I did not expect dogs (mainly because I didn’t even consider it).


The food, however, did not disappoint.

We decided to walk to the festival from school because the weather was gorgeous and we knew that parking would be an issue.  I had scoped out some of the food trucks online, and I really wanted a Korean taco from Urban Street Grill.  Surprisingly, it was the first truck we came to.  Once we saw the sprawling line, however, we decided to further examine the festival before dedicating our entire night to waiting for a ginger-chicken taco.

Brother had heard rave reviews from friends about Camel City Grill, and he was eager to try a peanut butter, jelly, and bacon burger.  After a short stint in line, he ordered and was given an estimated 15-minute wait.


While we waited, I ordered Vietnamese noodles with kale at Small Potatoes Mobile Kitchen. The wait was less than a minute.


The noodles were delicious.  They had a nice balance of crunch (from peanuts and veggies), spice, and  sauce.  I would definitely recommend them!


Upon seeing an empanada truck, Mom decided it was worth the wait.


So we waited.  During the wait, Brother’s order was filled, and he brought his burger for us to try.  Being a huge fan of peanut butter and jelly, I found this burger very tasty.  The red pepper jelly added a nice kick.  Sadly, I managed to only take one picture of the burger, and all you can see is the thick brioche roll.  You will just have to take my word that this burger was really good!


We continued to wait for empanadas.  For a long time.  And the line didn’t move.


And then we gave up.

We began to head back towards Urban Street Grill.  The line was still ridiculously long, but we noticed that Soom Soom Pita Pockets had a remarkably short line.


Mom and Brother ordered a chicken shawarma pita (and a black cherry soda), and I asked for creme fraiche with berries.


Although the “order” line was moving quickly, the “pick up” line dawdled.  We waited on a nearby curb, chatted with fellow-festival-goers, and waited (again).


The food was probably worth the wait, though.


My sweet dessert hit the spot!foodtruck13

As we walked back to the school, we passed the empanada truck again.  The people who had been standing directly in front of us in line had not yet reached the window to order.  We definitely made the right decision to finish the night at a different truck!

I have now completed two of my goals – only 28 more to go!