The first bowl of overnight oatmeal I ever made was The Oatmeal Artist’s orange dreamsicle overnight oats. I fell in love instantly. It was like my mouth had found an old friend.
Today for What I Eat Wednesday, I am showing pictures of my meals on Saturday. I wrote the text Saturday morning, and I felt that it gave appropriate “spiritual food for thought” to pair with my comestible activity for the rest of the day.
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Be anxious for nothing -Philippians 4:6
I seem to quote that verse on a second by second basis, and yet I am so bad at obeying it. I tend to do the opposite and worry about everything.
Right now, it is 4:30 Saturday morning, and this is what I am thinking:
I am sure the list could go on for quite a while.
Be anxious for nothing,
But in everything with prayer and supplication
Let your requests be made known unto God.
– Philippians 4:13
I think my problem is that I never really make it past that first line of that verse. I get so worried about not being anxious that I fail to realize that God does not leave me to find my own peace.
God wants me to bring my worries to Him in prayer with thanksgiving. He doesn’t expect me to mitigate my own fears.
…My peace do I leave with you. I do not give it as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled or afraid.
– John 14:27
So right now, I am bowing my head in prayer and dedicating myself to a stress-free Saturday. I am going to fervently surrender to God’s grace. Then I will crawl back into bed and rest in God’s peace, eager to embrace His mercies that are new every morning.
Did I spend Saturday completely stress- and worry-free? No. Nonetheless, typing that post did help me put my anxiety into perspective. I must daily hold my life up to the light of eternity and surrender my struggles to God.
With fall starting later this week, I wanted to throw in one last summery oatmeal recipe.
I have only been to a Thai restaurant one time, but I absolutely loved it! This oatmeal recipe was inspired by the dessert I ordered that night: sweet sticky rice with mango. The name is self-explanatory. It is sweet. It is sticky. It has mango. 🙂
This overnight oats recipe is perfect for rushed mornings before school or work.
If I’m being honest, this isn’t even really a recipe. It came about because the Oatmeal Artist’s weekly theme was overnight oats, and I wanted desperately to participate on Instagram. My family had just returned from our speedy vacation, and the only fresh fruit in the house was an overripe banana (which tastes great but doesn’t take very pretty pictures) and some neglected limes in the bottom of the fridge.
I must say–if nothing else, Lauren’s weekly themes have challenged my creativity and food photography skills.
You have a problem; I have a solution.
The problem could evidence itself in many ways:
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.
(makes one serving)
Happy Fiesta Friday!
For a Southern girl, I don’t drink a lot of sweet iced tea. Don’t get me wrong; it’s tasty on a hot summer day. I just would rather have a steaming cup of hot lemon tea. Or peach tea. Or green tea.
One thing is for sure though. I LOVE overnight oatmeal. No matter what type of tea you prefer, tea steeped oatmeal is a unique way to add new flavor to a classic breakfast food.
Here’s the basic recipe:
**If you prefer to make your oatmeal in the morning, boil 3/4 cup of water with tea bag and 1/4 cup milk. Reduce to low heat and add oatmeal. Cook for approximately 5 minutes. Transfer to bowl and add mix-ins.
1. Orange Tea Steeped Overnight Oatmeal.
2. Green Tea and Nectarine Overnight Oatmeal
3. Dark Citrus Overnight Oatmeal
4. Tart Tea Overnight Oatmeal
5. Pomegranate Punch Overnight Oatmeal
6. Plum Spiced Apple Overnight Oatmeal
7. Calm Carrot Cake Chamomile Overnight Oatmeal
8. Minty Morning Overnight Oatmeal
**This may sound like a weird combination. I was leery of it, but don’t be afraid. It is actually really refreshing!
9. Prominent Pumpkin Overnight Oatmeal
10. Relaxing Honeydew Overnight Oatmeal
What is your favorite tea flavor?
Every Wednesday, I start my day with a 7 o’clock science lab. I would probably come to dread these mornings if it were not for one thing: I get to make my own breakfast. You see, I am on a full meal plan, meaning that I have already paid for any food I eat in the cafeteria. Therefore, I get to cook for myself very rarely. On Wednesday, however, my class starts before the cafeteria begins serving breakfast. This means that I get to create my own beautiful breakfast every Wednesday. I love it.
Obviously, I do not get up early enough to fix a multi-course breakfast before class. My favorite thing to do is layer together a beautiful bowl of overnight oatmeal. This morning, I enjoyed delicious vanilla orange oatmeal. I hope you enjoy the recipe!
Vanilla Orange Overnight Oatmeal