Baked Oatmeal Recipe


Why I love this breakfast, it’s:

  •  a all-in-one-bowl recipe, easy clean up
  • QUICK to prep and “hands off” just throw it in the oven and do something else
  • nutritional (you can make it with as much or little sweetener as you want, and switch out the maple syrup for a sweetener of your choice)
  • EASY to make DAIRY FREE by substituting cows milk for almond milk. I actually think the subtle, sweet, nuttiness the almond milk adds is a bonus to this dish.
  • GLUTEN FREE if you use gluten-free oats
  • a great “base” recipe, let your imagination expound upon it! Add a mashed banana to the mix? Cocao nibs sprinkled on top? Add chia seeds and flax seed to the batter?
  • breakfast for DAYS if you make a double batch
  • great reheated (yay!)
  • easy to keep it diverse by adding all sorts of toppings and fresh in season fruit you want to keep it diverse

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June To-Do List


  • Make DIY garden bunting
  • Plant said garden
  • Finish reading a “If You Find This Letter” by Hannah Brencher
  • Use my potted herbs in my cooking. Mmm…fresh herbs!
  • Try at least 6 new hair styles (one, …)
  • Stain our deck
  • Learn The Last Goodbye on piano
  • It’s summer! Make a fruit salad with cinnamon chips (probably minus sugar substitute butter for coconut oil)
  • Eat on the deck, often.
  • Prepare pictures for my next round of Project Life printing (yup still haven’t finished this)
  • Be more consistent with blogging
  • Buy these beauties?

Dairy-Free Berry Banana Bread Recipe


The brown bananas had been staring at me for days and after a particularly long work day, I decided what the Olexa household needed was some warm, sumptuous banana bread. However, there were two things to combat: 1) I can’t use butter (my system & dairy do NOT get along) and 2) bananas are okay (meh, their star quality -in my opinion- is the moistness/sweetness they provide) but for my taste buds to be truly jumping for joy something more needed to be going on. Continue reading

Chia Seed Jam


DSC_0476_2I think this recipe is in my life to stay. It is THREE ingredients, yes, three. It’s a nutrient-dense alternative to conventional jams which are often loaded with refined sugars, high fructose corn syrup, even dyes. And, did I mention that it’s simple? 🙂 (Side note: In fact, I think this would be a great activity/recipe to make with kids). Continue reading

Happy Weekend: Link Love #1


Last night I saw Brandi Carlile, I pressed forward in my seat to soak up all of the music-atmosphere washing over me, her beautiful, raw voice and heart-deep lyrics. Live performances have this electricity to them, maybe it’s the aliveness, the humanness. Continue reading

hair tea & banana pancakes

DSC_0918_3A luxurious winter morning to myself. What shall I endeavor?

1) Cuddles with kitties in bed, snuggled under piles of blankets. Play a few rounds on my phone of Trivia Crack with my brothers and feel really good about myself that I know who invented bifocals and who wrote Ivan Hoe. Continue reading