Overnight Oatmeal

My latest obsession: overnight oatmeal!

I love oatmeal and I was worried about trying this because I thought it would be weird eating cold oatmeal. I was SO wrong. It’s really, really good!

I decided to make these after getting back late this past Sunday night from spending time with my fam. My mom’s sisters and brother live in San Jose so we were mostly down in South Bay for the weekend. I was not feeling well after Kabul (I blame it on the dust) and I was fighting jet lag so it was a little rough but I was happy to see my mom, sis and cousin. It was nice hanging out with everyone. On Saturday we drove down along the coast making a stop at Montara Beach to see the Pacific Ocean and then headed to Santa Cruz.

From left to right: My sis holding her prizes, my sis and cousin, the beach at SC, the sea lions near the pier.

I won my sister a stuffed-Chococat from one of the carnival games on the boardwalk, woohoo! I was playing against three-year olds but that’s a minor detail.

We ended up in Palo Alto that night for dinner at the Palo Alto Creamery. It’s standard diner food but the only place on a Saturday night that could seat a party of 8. I had breakfast here before and it’s pretty good. For dessert we tried green tea shaved ice with green tea ice cream and red beans from Paris Baguette.

It was the size of my head.

On Sunday we were bopping around San Jose – had some dim sum, frozen yogurt and bubble tea. The highlight was dinner at Boiling Crab. We got there at 5:30pm and you know what the wait for dinner was? TWO AND A HALF HOURS. And yes, we were crazy enough to wait! My sister and I got a bit hungry about two hours in so we got some pizza and wings at the place next door. When we finally sat down to dinner, we were still able to do some major eating. It was glorious!

They have three different kinds of crab, shrimp, and oysters that are sold by the pound with your choice of seasoning. It comes in a bag and you just dig in. It got really messy! I guess that’s what the bibs are for. It was good but I don’t know if I would wait two and a half hours again. All in all, I had a fun but exhausting weekend. I’ve said this before but I wish NY and SF were closer. (Sigh.)

I didn’t make it back until late that night o SF. I knew I wanted to have something quick and easy for breakfast the next day so I immediately thought of trying to make overnight oatmeal. I adapted the recipe I typically use for hot oatmeal and crossed my fingers. It turned out so good that I have been making it every day this week for breakfast! You can swap in whatever ingredients you prefer just make sure your oats to liquid ratio is 1:2. I like PB and cinnamon in my oatmeal but other good additions would be raisins and brown sugar.

I added in bananas in the morning since I don’t think they would sit well in the fridge overnight. I also threw in a handful of Bear Naked Maple Nut Cluster Crunch cereal for well, crunch. Feel free to throw in whatever cereal or granola you have or just have the oatmeal with fruit. Either way, this is super easy and tasty.

Overnight Oatmeal
Makes 1 serving

Get

  • 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (could substitute regular milk)
  • 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of crunchy peanut butter
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup frozen berries
  • sliced bananas (optional)
  • cereal (optional)

Make
*In a small container or bowl mix together oats, milk, yogurt, peanut butter, and cinnamon until incorporated.
*Place frozen berries over oatmeal mixture and cover container or bowl.
*Place in the refrigerator.
*In the morning when ready to eat, add sliced bananas and a handful of cereal if desired.

Enjoy!

Weekend Escape to Capitola, CA

This weekend our friend Kyle invited us down to Capitola where he was house sitting. Kyle likes to surf so Chris jumped at the chance to spend a weekend catching some waves. As for me, I jumped at the chance go explore another California city.


Capitola is a small city in Santa Cruz County about an hour and a half south of SF. On Saturday, we walked around downtown Capitola and stumbled upon rows and rows of hot rods and Beach Boys music blasting from the town center.  It just so happened to be the weekend of the 7th Annual Capitola Rod and Custom Classic.

It was pretty cool. My favorite cars were the creamiscle colored ones that looked like they belong parked outside a 50’s diner. Some cars had interesting details:

Other cars had weird decorations:
There are cute shops downtown. Mostly touristy stuff but some boutiques that are worth checking out. I found a bunch of antique stores on Soquel Drive in Soquel, a town just north of Capitola. We didn’t buy anything, except for food of course!
Clockwise from left to right: Starz Cupcakes “Hot Rod” cupcakes, Cafe Violette Pistachio Ice Cream, Starz Cupcakes “All for one and one for all” cupcake, and Mr. Kebab lamb shwarma.
We were hoping to watch Game 7 of Celtics vs. Heat somewhere in Capitola but couldn’t find a good restaurant/bar that had TVs and a decent menu (clutch combination). So we ventured to burger. in Santa Cruz. This is not your typical burger joint!
I ordered the “Spicoli,” Kyle ordered the special burger (I forget the name but it had loads of blue cheese and bacon on it) and Chris outdid us both and got the “Phatty.” Just looking at it raises my cholesterol…
Sadly the C’s lost. It was a great season and I was happy they made it this far. It was nice because there were a bunch of Celtics fans/Heat haters cheering with us. The next morning I went back downtown to take pictures of surfers while Kyle and Chris were out surfing. I am not interested in surfing at all. I am too much of a land person to want to play in the ocean and plus the thought of potentially being eaten by a shark haunts me. It happens I hear. 
But I enjoy watching other people surf! Check out this “artistic” shot I took by accident:
Capitola was super fun and relaxing. It was nice to have a quick weekend getaway. Now it’s off to Dallas, TX for a work trip. Exotic, right? If anyone has any recommendations, let me know! I’m already preparing for the marathon eating I’ll be doing 🙂