Weekend things: party girl, new toys & overnight refrigerator oatmeal

Hello!

How’s your weekend going? πŸ™‚

I’m finally caught up on the sleep I lost by staying out until midnight on Friday. I never do that! I mean, seriously, I’m usually in bed by 8:30. Haha! But, we had a great time. We ended up shooting pool in a little dive bar.

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The only thing that wasn’t fun was that it was a smoke-friendly establishment. Blech! I really felt like I smoked a pack that night. I don’t smoke. Gross!

On Saturday, we went out to buy a new vacuum cleaner. My beloved purple Dyson is tired and needs to be REtired. The suction has really diminished and it just turns off in the middle of working on a carpet. We’ve had it for 10 years so we’ve definitely gotten our money’s worth. Can’t afford a Dyson this time around, though. So, I did some research and decided on a Hoover. We have 5 animals so we really need something to help control the pet hair. So far so good!

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I went for a little run this morning!

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I only went for just under 2 miles. I see the orthopedist tomorrow – FINALLY – and wanted to see how things felt so I could describe it. I’ve definitely healed a lot since this started but I’m still not 100%. Plus, I have the issue with my ankle and heel spurs. So much to talk about tomorrow! I’m hopeful for an MRI to actually happen but I’m not holding my breath.

So, on Friday, I tried a new oatmeal recipe. Overnight refrigerator oatmeal. I’ve never had cold oatmeal in my life! But, I’m always up to try new things. πŸ™‚

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OMG! This stuff was amazing! I found the recipe on The Yummy Life and I made the Banana Peanut Butter oatmeal (with a small tweak, of course). I found chia seeds at the Fresh Market.

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I can definitely see this becoming a breakfast staple for me! I even bought some mason jars yesterday. They are ready to be filled!

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So, I didn’t do the nutritional calculation for the different things I did but I can’t imagine they’d be much different from the original.

Banana Almond Butter Refrigerator Oatmeal
makes 1 serving

1/4 cup uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
1/3 cup 1% milk
1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt (I used Chobani)
1 1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 teaspoon agave nectar (you can also use honey)
About 1/2 banana, diced

In a half-pint jar, combine oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, almond butter, and agave or honey. Put lid on jar and shake well until combined. Remove lid and add bananas; stir to mix. Cover with lid and refrigerate overnight or up to 2 days. Eat chilled.

I topped mine with some strawberries.

Om nom nom!

Questions:

Do you have pets? What vacuum cleaner works for you?

Have you ever had uncooked cold oatmeal before? (boy, that doesn’t sound appetizing when I ask it that way, does it?) πŸ™‚

– jennifer

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