Overnight Crockpot Oatmeal

 

Mother Thyme, I love you. I don’t know you but I love you for inspiring me to finally try my hand at overnight oatmeal. Our kitchen smelled delicious in the morning and I can only imagine how incredible this trick is for busy parents trying to get an entire family out the door without succumbing to Pop Tarts. While it’s just Mike and me, my love affair with the snooze button can make having a wholesome breakfast tricky some days.

If you are an oatmeal purist who is concerned about the soggy factor, don’t be. Perhaps you think this recipe may be too sweet? Trust me, it’s not. I chose a quick reheat method of one minute and 15 seconds in the microwave, then topped with fresh blueberries and a splash of skim milk. I wasn’t hungry until lunchtime! One other note, I also added ground flaxseed to the ingredients list.

Recipe by Mother Thyme. Thank me (well, mainly her) tomorrow morning.

 

Pin of the Week: Breakfast

Last weekend we had our first official sleepover with our nieces who are about three and a half. I know that I still owe you pictures, but can I just say how incredibly fun it was to have them at our house?! They are growing up so fast it makes my heart hurt a little. Both girls were super well-behaved, helpful when we asked them to do something and so fun from sundown to sun up the next morning (a la 6:15 a.m.).

I knew I didn’t want to waste any precious playtime in the morning (my favorite time with kids) in the kitchen so I prepared an overnight french toast. I chose a pumpkin variety thanks to Pinterest. The recipe is from Minimalist Baker, though I took the shortcut of using canned pumpkin puree instead of homemade pumpkin butter. Time was just not on my side before the little ladies arrived.

 

It was a hit and all it required in the morning was about 45 minutes of baking. We cut up some fresh fruit for the girls and breakfast was served.

Whether you are cooking for kids or a house full of guests this holiday season, I highly recommend making life easier on yourself in the morning with an overnight french toast bake. You really can’t screw it up! Just ignore the calorie count, or put in an extra gym day the week before.

I hope sleepovers with C and S become regular traditions at our house. Fond memories were certainly made for Mike and me.

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