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Overnight Oats

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If you want to change up your breakfast routine try these fantastic overnight oats. They are creamy, delicious, and nutritious. Make individual servings, or make a large batch for the whole week. A few minutes of prep the night before, and you’ve got a healthy meal for the morning. 

Instead of cooking oats on the stove or in the microwave, leaving them to sit for several hours in milk softens them up as if they were cooked. It’s just a non-cooking way to make old fashioned oats. And let me assure you, they are so good. If you love oatmeal then you will love overnight oats.

The sky’s the limit as to what type of toppings you can add. Once you make the base recipe add any fruits, seeds, or nuts of your choosing. The beauty of this nutrition packed breakfast is customizing it to your liking. 

I love the addition of chia seeds since they are loaded with good stuff. Chia seeds are one of the most nutritious foods. They have plenty of fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and antioxidants. Chia seeds are tiny but they do add some nice texture to the oats.

Overnight oats are beneficial to your health, and they taste really good too. That’s a winning combo. Have fun with this recipe.

Happy Eating!

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 

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Overnight Oats

Ingredients

½ cup old fashioned rolled oats

½ cup milk

¼ cup whole milk Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey

Directions 

  1. In a small jar add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and maple syrup or honey. 
  2. Stir to combine the ingredients. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours up to overnight.
  4. Stir the oats before serving. Add the toppings. Enjoy!

Notes 

  • Old fashioned oats are ideal. Steel cut oats don’t soften up. Quick oats get soggy.
  • Milk. Use almond milk, oat milk, coconut milk, or any non-dairy milk as an alternative.
  • Yogurt. You can swap out dairy based yogurt for plant based. Or omit the yogurt.
  • Other add-ins. Add vanilla extract or almond extract. Add peanut butter, jams, dried fruits, protein powder, peanut butter powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, flax seed, or anything else you like. Be creative.
  • Add fresh fruit and toppings just before serving. The fruit and nuts will get mushy if they sit mixed in the oats overnight. 
  • Enjoy the oats cold or warm. Just heat them up for a minute or two in the microwave if you prefer warm oats. Both cold and warm are delicious.
  • Use any type of jar or glassware. Make sure to cover with plastic wrap or a lid.
  • You can make a large batch. If you don’t want to make individual servings just increase the ingredients and mix in a large bowl. Cover the bowl, refrigerate overnight, and scoop out the amount you want each morning. 
  • Overnight oats will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

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Strawberry:

Fresh strawberries chopped 

2 tablespoons strawberry fruit spread

2 tablespoon cashews chopped

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Banana:

Sliced banana 

2 tablespoons peanut butter

2 tablespoons peanuts chopped

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Raspberry:

Fresh raspberries

1 tablespoon slivered almonds

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Blueberry:

Fresh blueberries

2 tablespoons pistachios chopped 

 

 

Go to the link below for this recipe and more. I write a monthly article for Mustard Seed Sentinel called Meghan’s Corner. Mustard Seed Sentinel is a faith based publication that includes recipes, book reviews, and so much more. Check it out and subscribe for great content. 

https://www.mustardseedsentinel.com/post/meghan-s-corner-overnight-oats

Prayer, Trials

God Is Answering Our Prayers

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I have another praise report. I am so happy to share with you that my husband is doing much better. His catheter was removed earlier this week, after 10 weeks! He was in constant pain. Sometimes it was unbearable. No pain meds, and the few prescriptions the doctors gave him to alleviate pain did not work. So, my amazing husband endured. He is my hero.

Tom’s kidneys are slowly beginning to recover. His numbers keep improving. We are praising and thanking God. It is an answer to our prayers, and the prayers of so many friends, family, and strangers from all over the world. Countless people have been praying for Tom. We cannot thank you enough.

We are still believing for complete healing. We trust God to get Tom to the other side fully healed. We have not arrived yet, as he has another surgery soon. God has brought us this far, and He will finish what He started.

Our faith has been tried and tested. We have had some discouraging difficult days through all of this. God continues to care, comfort, carry, and provide for us. He is faithful even when we cannot see. That’s part of the faith test. Sometimes its dark, but you have to trust in what you cannot see. We trust God.

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; and trust also in me.” John 14:1, NIV

Thank you so much for your many prayers! May God bless you abundantly for being a blessing to us.

If you need prayer please leave your request in the comments or send an email to meghanewhiteauthor@gmail.com

Love you all,

Meghan

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for hearing and answering our prayers. Your love and faithfulness is overwhelming. You are our perfect Father. Praise your name! Bless each person who has prayed for us. Strengthen their faith, provide for their every need, and bring blessings to their homes and lives.

In Jesus name,

Amen

Food

Balsamic Vinaigrette

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A great dressing brings out the flavors of any salad. This easy vinaigrette is a winner. You can put this flavorful salad dressing together in minutes, and you don’t even need to use a bowl. Put all the ingredients in a jar, give it a shake, and your good to go. Easy, simple, and delicious. 

Happy Eating!

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Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients

½ cup extra virgin olive oil

½ cup balsamic vinegar

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 

1 crushed clove of garlic

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

Yield: about 1 cup

Directions

1. In a small jar with a lid, add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, dijon mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper.

2. Place the lid on the jar and give it a good shake until everything is combined.

3. Taste the dressing and adjust salt, pepper, and sugar to your liking. 

Notes

  • Use honey instead of brown sugar if you prefer.
  • Store the dressing in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
Jesus, Worship

Basking in His Presence

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Each spring a question mark butterfly shows up in the evenings by my pool. It will flutter around really fast and then briefly land on the tile. At first the wings stay closed and then the pretty wings open and lay flat. This pattern repeats itself until the sun goes down. Sometimes the butterfly lands on me, which I love.

Butterflies are cold-blooded. They cannot regulate their body temperature. They need the sun for warmth. When a butterfly opens its wings it’s basking in the sun. Their body temperature needs to be warm enough to fly. If a butterfly’s body temperature is too low it cannot fly. My little butterfly friend is just getting filled up for the night so it can fly.

We cannot fly without the Son.

Basking is relaxing in the warmth of the sun. In order to do that you need to stop for a minute. Close your eyes. Feel the warmness on your face and just breathe. Can you feel it? Doesn’t that feel awesome?

Do you ever stop and bask in the presence of Jesus? Stop everything and just experience His amazing presence. Let Him fill you up. Just worship Him. Spend some time with Him without asking for anything.

We are needy. Humans are weak and need help constantly. Jesus is the Savior, and the answer to everything. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. The only way to the Father is Jesus. He made all things.

All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being. John 1:3, NASB

King David desired nothing more than to be in the Lord’s presence. No wonder David is called “a man after God’s own heart”. We can learn a lot about the presence of the Lord and how to worship Him from David.

I have asked one thing from the Lord;
it is what I desire:
to dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
gazing on the beauty of the Lord
and seeking Him in His temple. Psalm 27:4, HCSB

Jesus is beautiful. There is no one like Him, and there never will be. We can gaze upon His beauty. How do we do that?

We need to stop all the noise for a few minutes. Find a quiet place. It does not have to be fancy. A closet, hallway, patio, or a car. It’s about who we are seeking, not the location we are in. Jesus is not limited to church walls. He’s everywhere.

Focusing on Jesus takes our eyes off of our problems. It’s not all about us. It’s all about Him.

Take some time each week and bask in the life giving presence of the Lord. Don’t use this time to ask for anything. Instead, just be with Him. Worship Jesus. Open your arms. Lay back. Let the Son give you the warmth you need to fly.

Love you all,

Meghan

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The outside of this butterfly is vastly different than the inside. There are two small marks that resemble a question mark, thus the name question mark butterfly.