overnight oats with horizon

so tomorrow is a school day, and i don’t know about you, but for us that means bright + early mornings, that are always a bit on the hectic side. and honestly, it’s probably mostly do with the fact that your girl likes to hit the snooze button one too many times. so tonight, we found ourselves prepping our overnight oats. the boys are absolutely obsessed with them and i love how i can just grab them right from the fridge and plop them down in front of them to devour. and if you read here, you got to hear a glimpse at how much we love horizon products. and their milk, being the most important product to us. horizon takes pride in keeping all of the weird stuff out of our food; this means no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and no GMOs and of course, always organic.

tonight after dinner, my little sous chef and i, prepared breakfast for tomorrow. here’s our recipe!

quick + easy overnight oats:

 

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, however we use gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup horizon organic whole milk
  • about a palm full of chia seeds
  • a few spoonfuls of creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar

  1. add oats to mason jar.
  2. add milk, chia seeds, peanut butter, and sugar to jar. mix together.
  3. cover securely and set in the refrigerator for at least six hours.
  4. in the morning, open jar and garnish as desired. we add sliced bananas and strawberries + sprinkle some more chia seeds on top.
  5. use within 48 hours of making.

this is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of horizon organic. the opinions and text are all mine.

fancy boxed mac+cheese with horizon organic

 

we like to keep things as natural + organic as possible in our home. one of the very first organic brands we found in our tiny grocery store was horizon. and thank goodness for them, as they carry so many different products to fit our family’s needs. horizon takes pride in keeping all of the weird stuff out of our food; this means no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives and no GMOs and of course, always organic.

on days where i am chasing two very wild little boys around, while trying to tend to oliver’s every need, while completely a mile long to do list,  i am so happy that i can just grab a box from the pantry and whip the boys’ up a fast + easy lunch. and i am even happier that horizon offers us the yummy boxed mac+cheese we love, without all of the yucky added stuff. these lunchin’ days are always the boys’ favorite.  i mean, hellooo boxed mac+cheese?! it’s what childhood is known for! some days, we be fancy. and this day was one of them! whenever i can throw some extra veggies at the boys without them even realizing, i am so doing it!

also, apparently i am not a chef, because this recipe does not even have a name, and i don’t think it ever will [ha!]. but by golly you need to make it. so here it is:

mac+cheese with spinach + onion

  • 1 box horizon Mac+cheese
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/4 cup horizon whole milk
  • 2-3 giant handfuls of organic baby spinach
  • 1/2 red onion sliced
  1. make your Mac+cheese, per directions on back of box
  2. melt 2 tablespoons of butter in pan. sauté onions until tender.
  3. throw in handfuls of baby spinach. sauté for several minutes on low.
  4. mix veggie goodness into Mac+cheese
  5. for something extra special, add some buffalo sauce + chicken

this is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of horizon organic. the opinions and text are all mine.

immune system support

about a month ago, both boys came down with the nasties. stuffy nose. runny nose. terrible horse coughs. just plain yucky around here. this year has definitely been different from pasts. hayden is now in school, and you know how that goes. GERMS. we do many things around here to help boost our immune systems, from our diet, to vitamins; including an immunity boosting blend for the boys,  and diffusing and rubbing on those essential oils. and mainly for this reason; to keep the sickies at bay.

i remember first hearing about elderberry syrup [a natural remedy of colds +flu] during hayden’s first winter from a sweet friend. fast forward a few years and i am so embarrassed to admit that i finally whipped up my first batch for our home. i honestly don’t know why i waited so long because it was incredibly easy to make. and now we have two full jars, that should last us quite a while.

elderberry syrup

ingredients//

  • 2/3 cup dried black elderberries
  • 3 1/2 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup raw honey

instructions//

  1. mix water, elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves into medium saucepan
  2. bring mixture to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer. simmer until liquid has reduced by half. this will be anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.
  3. remove from heat and let cool.
  4. mash berries using a spoon and then pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl [i mashed the berries again one last time once in strainer to get all the extra juices out]
  5. let liquid cool to lukewarm and add honey. stir well.
  6. store in glass jar in the fridge.
  7. standard does is 1/2 teaspoon -1 teaspoon for children daily and 1/2 tablespoon – 1 tablespoon for adults daily. if the cold/flu strikes, you can take a dose every 2-3 hours.

elderberries come from the sambucis nigra plant and are naturally high in immune boosting compounds. the berries have been shown to help avoid and also speed up the recovery of cold + flu sickness.  and of course like anything, can be purchased in health food stores. however, you will save so much money from making it yourself at home. recipe from wellness mama. 

treats for our fur baby

the other day, we decided to show our fur brother and my first baby a little extra love. our rylee will be NINE years old this summer. i can hardly believe it. my first born is getting so, so old. he loves all the belly rubs, chasing his favorite toy [currently an armadillo] and is mildly obsessed with treats. i mean, he tricks you to think he needs to go potty just to get another treat. so for this valentine’s day, we wanted to make sure we didn’t forget to shower our pup with lots of love. so together we all decided to make him some yummy treats [ and yes maybe for the first time in those nine years].

pb + banana pup treats 

ingredients//

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 2/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup dried mint
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 egg, beaten

instructions//

  • preheat oven to 300 degrees.
  • mash banana all up in a large bowl
  • add oat flour, oats, parsley, mint, peanut butter, and egg and stir it all together
  • let sit for five minutes
  • grab dog bone cookie cutter and mash a bunch of the ‘dough’ onto a piece of wax paper, leaving the mixture about 1/2 inch thick.
  • cut out treats [makes about two dozen] and place onto a parchment paper covered baking sheet
  • bake for 35-40 minutes or until bottoms of treats are golden brown
  • set aside and let cool completely
  • once cool, store in an airtight container

 

we couldn’t wait until valentine’s day to let rylee taste test. and honestly, at first he wanted nothing to do with them. poor finley was so upset, yelling “i-ee!”as he chased him down. i had to pick that babe up and sit him right in front of fin. as soon as he tasted that treat it was over. the two of the teamed up and i’m pretty sure he had half the batch within an hour. hashtag whoops.

anyways, if you have some little fur loves at home, i think you should make them something extra special this year too!


friendsgiving

i had the very special honor of hosting our second annual friendsgiving this past friday. there’s something so special about bringing a group of women together into a home, holding hands and praying over a beautiful meal in front of us, to going around the room and telling each other about all the many blessings we are thankful for. them. that is what i am thankful for.


picnic partying

on sunday, we threw together a tiny little party with our family to celebrate our soon to be three year old. we picnicked for lunch at the river, munching on things like bbq chicken, macaroni + broccoli salads, veggies, chips, and lots of cake. we took boat rides and splashed in the water. naps were skipped, but the fun wasn’t. hayden talked about how his friends came and ‘ate his cake’ the entire night, and well the next day too. i think it’s safe to say he definitely enjoyed his day.



a healthy treat

these cookies. yummy gooey chocolatey goodness. i have had the sweetest tooth lately (okay let’s be honest, i just want to eat everything in site) so this afternoon i whipped up a simple yummy treat for desert…or to snack on as soon as they were done baking. i think you will really like this one!

i stumbled upon this recipe a bit ago, while scrolling through endless amounts of “healthy” options and let me tell you, this one is heavenly. i mean, you won’t even feel bad if you eat half the batch! and that’s exactly what happens around here. they are so quick to disappear and rarely last a full two days in our home. if you’re feeling the need to indulge in a guilt free treat, make these! just do it.

healthy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies

  • 3/4 cup oat flour – i grind old fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil – melted
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

in a medium bowl, stir oat flour, old-fashioned oats, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt together. i throw in a few tablespoons of chia seeds as well. in another bowl, stir together vanilla, egg, brown sugar, and coconut oil (make sure this is measured at liquid state). add dry ingredients to wet. fold in chocolate chips. i also add in a handful of raisins. cover bowl and chill for thirty minutes. bake in a 350 degree oven for 7-9 minutes. grab two at a time. enjoy!

on finley: onesie by fin & vince

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a garden to feed us

ah spring, it has to be my second favorite season. the sun starts shining more, the birds wake you up with their pretty songs, and there is so much new life [including the two litters of kittens we have out back]. my plant babies are sprouting new arms, the grass is turning green, and our trees and bushes are budding. but planting our garden, well that has to be my favorite part of spring.yesterday, the boys and i took a trip to a local greenhouse where we always buy a few tomato and pepper plants. and a few leads to a lot. this year when we pulled up, to our surprise it wasn’t open yet and with our luck, was opening in a few days. so what did we do? well of course we took this as a sign to try out a new place, so we hopped back in the car and drove a few miles down the road. perfect idea. this beauty had five different greenhouses, filled with plants + flowers + cacti + veggies and fruits. hayden even tried to convince me into taking home the two little parakeets that we’re ‘free to a good home’. it didn’t work.

we spent the rest of the afternoon planting little seeds + the plants we picked out at the greenhouse. hayden dug tiny little holes for me, and sprinkled the dirt back into the hole for me. fin, well he had more fun trying to eat everything. including that dirt.

soon there will be snap peas and red peppers to munch on. sunflowers blooming so big as they look over our garden. tomatoes that we will turn into pasta, and sauce, and salsa. spinach to add to our afternoon smoothies. fresh herbs to spice up our eats. and plenty of green veggies to make us happy.

in our garden:

  • blackberries
  • carrots
  • cauliflower
  • cucumber
  • green beans
  • green + yellow + red peppers
  • jalapeños
  • onions
  • romaine
  • snap peas
  • spinach
  • strawberries
  • tomatoes
  • zucchini

on hayden:

fin&vince stripe romper, freshly picked ‘weathered brown’ moccs

on finley:

fin&vince tomato romper, freshly picked ‘weathered brown’ moccs, nomiLU classic beaded pacifier clip