You know what I love even more? Productive holidays. I know, sounds a little contradictory doesn’t it? The thing is, I feel much more satisfied at the end of a holiday if I spent the day doing worthwhile things. I don’t mean just getting a few items crossed off of my ever-lengthening to do list. Although I am happy when that happens too. I’m just not the type to sleep in til noon on a day off.
We ran a couple of errands, getting some things we needed for the house, and started on some home-makeover projects. (If you’re not following me on Instagram, you should be!!)
I saw one in a magazine a few years ago and forgot all about it until I saw it again on Pinterest and was reminded of how neat I thought they were. I’ve been dying to make one but didn’t have anywhere to put it until we bought the house. Now I’ve got a whole yard to fill with crazy stuff like this!
Pretty dang proud of myself for making that thing P.S.
We also did a little painting project.
When you walk in the front door we have a split entry. Up the stairs leads to our kitchen (can’t wait to get working on that project!) and down the stairs leads to the garage and great room. But right there at the bottom of the stairs was a hideous blue wall.
It just had to go.
So on Monday I played with those fun paint chip cards from Lowes forever. I brought home half a dozen samples, taped them to the wall, and we took a vote. Spice Wine won.
We love it. It’s hard not to be happy with anything covering up that nasty blue but we really do like the color we chose and are relieved to see something a little more soothing on the eyes when we walk in every day!
Those projects took all morning and afternoon and we finished the wall just in time to get cleaned up and head over to a family barbecue at my parents.
My brothers made some killer ribs on the grill by the way, and my mother made bacon-wrapped chicken. So good!
Speaking of bacon, I tried chocolate dipped bacon this week. Honestly? It kind of tasted like what I imagine dog food fondue would taste like.
I was quite disappointed.
But overnight oats, they never disappoint me. They are always delicious, always waiting patiently for me, ready to go in the morning when I’m running late for work and don’t have a minute to spare.
I love overnight oats. And these pumpkin pie overnight oats? Ooooh so good. I know it’s July and pumpkin pie type dishes are generally saved for the fall time of year, but I love pumpkin anytime. Fall, Spring, Summer, morning, night… You get the idea.
If you are busy (like me) and always get up late (definitely like me) and love pumpkin pie or anything like unto it (me, me, me!) then you need to make these. They take 3 or 4 minutes tops. Your running-late-in-the-morning self will thank you for having these in the fridge, ready to go.
- ½ cup old fashioned oats (not quick)
- ½ cup milk (I used vanilla almond)
- 6 ounces vanilla greek yogurt
- 3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 1-2 drops vanilla extract
- 1-2 teaspoons brown sugar (to taste)
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
- ⅛ teaspoon ginger (optional)
- ⅛ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.
- ⅓ cup flake cereal of choice or granola (optional)
- Combine all ingredients except cereal or granola in a jar or other container with a lid. Mix well until smooth. Top with cereal/granola if desired. Cover and chill 4 hours or overnight. Enjoy!