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Overnight Oats: Simple to make, these overnight oats are a healthy, delicious breakfast for any woman on the go! | The JavaCupcake Blog

Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar

Simple to make, this overnight oatmeal in a jar is a healthy, delicious breakfast that is easily customized for any taste for the busy woman who wants to fuel her body for a fantastically productive day!
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In my quest to live a healthier life in 2018, I enlisted the help of a health coach, Eleanor Duelley of Simple.Healthy.Well.   Eleanor is a military wife as well as a mom and entrepreneur so I instantly felt a connection with her.

The first thing Eleanor taught me was to change what I was eating for breakfast.  Starting my day with a high protein, low-sugar meal will set my body up for a day of success including more energy and feeling less hungry.

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So that’s exactly what I did.

Instead of eating greek yogurt or cereal packed full of sugar, I switched to overnight oatmeal in a jar packed full of protein.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I would be able to stick to making myself a breakfast every morning, but to be honest it’s been extremely easy to do for myself.  This overnight oatmeal in a jar is make-ahead so there are no excuses when it comes to breakfast.

Just grab it from the refrigerator and enjoy!

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After only a week, I noticed a difference.  A huge difference actually.  Instead of being hungry every 60-90 minutes, I was now going 2 1/2-3 hours before I needed to eat again.

I wasn’t feeling that crash and burn mid-day from eating sugar first thing in the morning anymore.  I can’t tell what a huge difference just eating the right thing for breakfast has done for my day!

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Some other things I like to add to my overnight oatmeal in a jar include:

  • 2 Tbsp all-natural peanut butter (I use Jif)
  • Banana slices
  • Cinnamon & nutmeg
  • Kiwi – helps the body oxidize fat during moderate-intensity exercise
  • Nuts (I don’t add these because I’m allergic, however they’re full of protein and great for you!)
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Dark chocolate – In moderation, a few pieces of chocolate can be a great addition to overnight oats
  • Peaches – perfect addition to your overnight oats in summer
  • Figs (my new favorite fruit!)
  • Hemp seeds – rich in amino acids and help build muscle
  • Raw coconut – helps lower cholesterol
  • Persimmons – rich in vitamins A and C and high in fiber

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The point is, oatmeal doesn’t have to be boring! With so many options to mix in to overnight oats, there’s no reason not to make it perfect for you.

Pick your favorite things and make sure to start your day fabulously happy with this overnight oatmeal in a jar – the food you fuel your body!

Photography by: Frenchly Photographly

Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar

Overnight Oatmeal in a Jar

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used almond/cashew protein milk)
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • berries

Instructions

  1. In a small jar with a lid, mix together oats, chia seeds, milk and honey.
  2. Put lid on the jar and place in refrigerator overnight.
  3. When ready to eat, remove the lid and top with berries.

 

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Lemon Blueberry Muddy Buddies

Surprise your family with these Lemon Blueberry Muddy Buddies… a tart new spin on the classic!

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I was provided the ingredients to make this by Chex Cereal,
however all the opinions are my own. 

My kids love the classic peanut butter and chocolate Muddy Buddies.  They practically beg me to make a batch at least once a month.  You really can’t go wrong with the classic.

When Chex Cereal emailed and asked if they could send me a surprise  box of goodies, of course I said yes!  In the box was a super cute picnic basked fill with all the ingredients to make Lemon Blueberry Muddy Buddies!

At first, my oldest was reluctant to try the new flavor.  She acted like it was a sin to eat any flavor other than the original Muddy Buddies.

After her first bite though… she proclaimed that she loved the lemon blueberry better than the original!

Now that’s a great endorsement!

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What I love about these Lemon Blueberry Muddy Buddies is that you can really taste the lemon shine through!  The fresh juice and zest of the lemon are tart and the powdered sugar is sweet.

Add the crunch and blueberry flavor of the Chex and you’ve got a perfectly delicious treat! So yum and an instant family favorite!

This recipe is just as easy to make as the traditional.  The addition of the lemon takes no extra time at all and the entire recipe can be prepped in just two bowls!

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Dump the cereal into one large bowl then heat the butter, vanilla chips, lemon zest & juice together until melted.  Pour the melted mixture over the cereal, cover with powdered sugar and you’re done!  Easy peasy!

I served these Lemon Blueberry Muddies to my kids topped with fresh blueberries.  The pop of the berry in your mouth gives an extra sweetness that’s to die for!

Make sure to check out my other Chex mix and Muddy Buddies recipes!

Photography by Frenchly Photography

Lemon Blueberry Muddy Buddies

Lemon Blueberry Muddy Buddies

Yield: 24 servings
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box Chex blueberry cereal
  • 1 1/4 cups white vanilla baking chips (white chocolate chips work alternatively)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • zest of one lemon
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 large bowl
  • 1 small microwave safe bowl
  • 1 2-quart resealable food-storage plastic bag
  • parchment paper covered large baking sheet

Instructions

  1. Put the Chex blueberry cereal into the large bowl.
  2. Mix together the butter, vanilla chips, lemon zest and lemon juice together in the microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 90 seconds, stirring every 30 seconds until the completely melted and smooth.
  3. Pour over the cereal in the large bowl and fold together until all the cereal is covered.
  4. Put half the powdered sugar into the plastic bag. Fill the bag with the cereal mixture then add the remaining sugar. Seal the bag closed.
  5. Shake the bag, turning it in all directions, until the cereal is completely covered.
  6. Pour the Muddy Buddies onto the baking sheet with parchment and spread out to cool.
  7. Cool completely before storing in an air tight container.

 

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Kid Friendly Picnic and Charcuterie Board

Treat your family to a fun summer day at the park with this Kid Friendly Picnic and Charcuterie Board!

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Let me set the scene for you. It’s a beautiful summer day and you want to get the kids out of the house and setting up the Picnic Table for a fun afternoon at the state park. Food, games, and exploring. Sounds great, right? Sounds great until you realize that you’ll need to make and pack lunches and snacks and that is a lot of work when you just want a simple afternoon.

So, you decide to rummage through your kitchen to find finger foods that you and the kids can enjoy all afternoon at the picnic table of the park and the idea comes to you… Charcuterie Board (aka cheese board)!

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Then you realize your kids are not about to eat stinky cheese and seed filled bread just because you like it. So you have to come up with a way to incorporate the things your kids love into a picnic & charcuterie board your kids will actually enjoy!

Here’s how I incorporated the food I love with the food my kids love too!

Charcuterie Board

Let’s start with the charcuterie board first. I was given this slate board by Rock Timber to try out in exchange for the use of photos on their blog.

The black slate they sent me is a beautiful and unique hand-cut and food-safe chiseled slate, handcrafted with a smooth face and natural edge.

You can use any wood or slate board for your charcuterie, however it’s just really more fun with it’s on beautiful slate from Rock Timber!

Cheese & Fruit

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As you can see in the photo above, I selected a variety of cheese and fruit to satisfy everyone. I paired milder cheese like fontina and white cheddar that I know my kids already love with stronger cheeses such as brie and goat cheese for the adults. The “stinky cheese” as my kids call it.

In my family, apples and cheddar cheese always go together so I included honeycrisp apple slices as well. A few cherries and blueberries mixed with red currants finish off the board.

Bread & Crackers

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I kept it simple with the bread and crackers to go with the charcuterie board. When you make this, include your favorite breads but keep in mind what your kids like too!

I chose a whole grain bread with seeds and White Thin crackers which were perfect with the cheese.

Fruit Dip

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Not only does firm cheese go well with apples, cream cheese and brown sugar do too! Accompanying the other items on the picnic table was a bowl of Fruit Dip made with cream cheese, brown sugar, and chocolate chips.

This Fruit Dip goes great with almost every fruit as well as cookies such as vanilla wafers and graham crackers!

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I wanted to keep the dessert for this picnic simple so I made Muddy Buddies. Not just any recipe though, these are Lemon Blueberry Muddy Buddies made with fresh lemon and Blueberry Chex.

(Chex supplied me with the supplies to make these Muddy Buddies, but I totally would have made them myself anyway because they are delish!)

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Tips:

  1. Don’t be afraid to go simple by choosing cheese you know your kids will love. Serving it on the board makes it fun and special and your kids will pick up on that.
  2. Not everything has to be the most expensive item at the deli. Creating a delicious charcuterie board doesn’t have to break the bank. You can still serve items found in your kitchen already or at the store within your budget.
  3. Presentation is key. Once you have the items you love… get creative! Cut the cheese into octagons, triangles or rectangles. Arrange the cheese on the board in a way that makes it look special. Do more than just stacking in piles. Spread the cheese and other food out makes it feel special.
  4. Don’t forget dessert! Finger foods are perfect for picnic desserts. The less silverware and serving utensils you need, the better.

I really encourage you to get out there and put together a picnic and charcuterie board for your family! There are no rules when it comes to food like this… just fun!

Enjoy!

Photos by Frenchly Photography.

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Blueberries and Cream Layer Cake

Your favorite vanilla cake layered with fresh blueberry compote and topped with buttercream make this Blueberries and Cream Layer Cake the perfect cake for any occasion!

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My friends who work at the USO Warrior & Family Center at Fort Belvoir asked if I would make a baby shower cake for one of the women I absolutely had to say yes!

Casey gave me free range to make whatever I wanted for Ranna’s cake since she had seen what I had created for them in the past.  I was super excited to make something really special for them!

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I decided to go with my favorite box cake mix for vanilla cake.   Don’t hate me, but I do not have an amazing vanilla cake recipe yet that works out perfectly every time I bake it.  So, that means that I go with a super moist box mix.

However, I find that when I pair a box cake mix with a delicious homemade fruit compote and freshly whipped buttercream… no one can tell it’s from a box!

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The inside is filled with a deliciously sweet and slightly tart homemade chunky blueberry compote.  I chose the blueberry because Ranna is having a sweet baby boy and I wanted the entire cake to be on theme!

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I used my favorite whipped buttercream tinted in a beautiful shade of blue and topped it all with a sprinkling of white jimmies!

Did you notice those adorable fluted edges on the cake?  I used a fun scalloped edge cake pan I found at Home Goods.  Check out the video below for a description of the pan and to see step by step how I filled and frosted the cake!

Video Tutorial

Blueberries & Cream Layer Cake

Blueberries & Cream Layer Cake

Yield: 12-14 servings
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 12 minutes

Ingredients

Cake

  • 1 box of your favorite yellow/white cake mix + the ingredients to make it
  • Scalloped edge cake pans

Blueberry Filling

  • 2-3 cups fresh blueberries
  • zest of 1/2 a lemon
  • juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp corn starch

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4-1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • blue/teal/aqua gel food coloring
  • white jimmies

Instructions

Cake

  1. Follow the directions on the box of cake mix to prepare batter. Grease and flour the cake pan.
  2. Divide the batter evenly by weight into 4 parts. Bake each part at the temperature listed on the box for 7-15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.

Blueberry Filling

  1. In a large pan, combine the butter, sugar, lemon zest, juice and berries over medium high heat.
  2. Once the sugar and butter have melted, begin mashing the blueberries until about half of them are in pieces. You want this to be chunky so don't over mash the berries.
  3. Cook for 5-10 minutes over medium heat. The mixture should be gently bubbling but not boiling. Stir frequently.
  4. Sprinkle the corn starch over the mixture and mix until completely incorporated and no chunks remain. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  5. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely. The mixture will solidify and shouldn't be runny when cool.

Frosting

  1. Mix the butter, sugar, vanilla and 1/4 cup of cream together until smooth.
  2. Add up to 1/4 cup more cream to reach your desired consistency.
  3. Mix in the fool coloring until you have the color you want.
  4. Beat the frosting on high for 3-5 minutes or until light and fluffy.

Assembly

  1. Place first layer of cake onto a cake place/stand.
  2. Fill a piping bag fitted with a Wilton 1M piping tip with frosting and pipe a layer of frosting onto the outside edge of the top of the cake.
  3. Fill the inside of cake with a layer of blueberry filling.
  4. Place another layer of cake on top, making sure to line up the scallops line up.
  5. When you get to the top layer, spread a thin layer of frosting on top just to the edge. Don't worry about getting it all the way to the edges because you're going to cover with the piping bag frosting. Make sure the frosting is smooth and flat.
  6. Pipe a pretty scalloped edge of frosting onto the outside top of the cake.
  7. Sprinkle white jimmes over the top of the frosting.
  8. Cut and slice and enjoy!

Notes

Make sure to watch the video above to see how I filled and frosted this cake!

 

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Four Berry Pie

Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and blackberries make this Four Berry Pie a delightfully delicious dessert for your next family dinner!

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I was provided with product from OXO, however the recipe and thoughts are all my own. 

With Summer quickly approaching, berries are becoming less expensive at the grocery store enticing me to buy them! When OXO offered me a 14 Piece Glass Bake, Serve & Store Set, I knew I had to use the Glass Bakeware pie plate to make a Four Berry Pie!

Four Berry Pie | The JavaCupcake Blog https://javacupcake.comBoth the Glass Bakeware and the SNAP Glass Food Storage are made of thermal shock resistant borosilicate glass, which means the Bakeware can go from freezer to oven or microwave without cracking – both lines can withstand up to 250 degrees Fahrenheit of temperature change!

So I can prep the berries in the baking dish, pop the lid on, and freeze until I’m ready to bake the pie!  Easy and convenient!

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If you prep too many berries to fit into your pie plate… no worries!  Just pop the extra into a SNAP Glass Food Storage container with lid and store in the fridge!

These containers are stackable and nestable so they take up less room in the fridge and while storing!

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So let me tell you about this pie.  It’s TO DIE FOR.

Typically, I don’t eat more than one of whatever it is I bake.  Since I bake so often, I don’t always need to eat an entire cake or a dozen cupcakes… just one is fine.

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But this Four Berry Pie was different.  After I served a slice of it to my family, I hoarded the rest for myself!  Yeah.  It was THAT good!

I’m not kidding either.  I ate half a pie all by myself!

Not in one sitting though.  Over the course of 4 days I ate half a pie.  Breakfast.  Lunch. Snack, Dessert.  It didn’t matter what time of the day it was, I was going to enjoy this pie!

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The berry flavor is sweet and tart without being over powering.   The sugar on the crust creates a crispy top that is the perfect contrast to the soft berries.

Get your own  14 Piece Glass Bake, Serve & Store Set and make this Pure Pie Perfection!

Happy Baking!

Four Berry Pie

Four Berry Pie

Four Berry Pie Recipe Type : Dessert Cuisine: American Author: JavaCupcake Prep time: 60 mins Cook time: 55 mins Total time: 1 hour 55 mins Serves: 1 pie

Ingredients

  • Crust
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, diced and chilled
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3-5 tablespoons ice water
  • 1 egg + 1 Tbsp milk, whisked
  • 1/2 cup Sugar in the Raw
  • OXO 9" glass pie plate
  • Filling
  • 6-7 cups of mixed berries (I used strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries)
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Crust
  2. Preheat oven to 400F and place rack in the center.
  3. Cut the butter into cubes and freeze for 20 minutes.
  4. Fill a 1 cup measuring cup with ice water and chill for 20 minutes.
  5. Once the butter and water are ice cold, get out your food processor. Pulse together the flour and salt in the food processor.
  6. Add the cold butter cube and process together until it resembles a course meal and no large chunks of butter remain.
  7. Spoon 3 Tbsp of water into the dough and mix until combined. Add 1-2 Tbsp more if the dough is too dry. Mix after each additional Tbsp. The dough will not come together as a complete ball, but you should be able to tell if it is crumbly or wet.
  8. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and press into a ball. Divide the dough into two parts.
  9. Roll each piece of dough into a circle at about 12" wide (for a 9in" pie).
  10. Gently transfer one crust onto the OXO 9" glass pie plate and press into the sides.
  11. Filling
  12. In a large bowl, combine the 6-7 cups of mixed berries with the zest of of a lemon and the juice of half of the lemon.
  13. Sprinkle the flour, cinnamon, and salt over the fruit and toss to coat.
  14. Pour the filling into the crust.
  15. Crust
  16. Cut a few of your favorite shapes out of the second crust and set aside the cut-outs.
  17. Carefully place the crust over the berries, completely covering the entire pie plate.
  18. Trim the excess crust off the sides then crimp the edges together.
  19. Place the cut-out crust pieces on top.
  20. Brush the egg/milk mixture over the top of the crust making sure not to leave any puddles of egg.
  21. Sprinkle generously the entire crust of the pie with Sugar in the Raw.
  22. Chill the pie in the freezer for 20 minutes before baking.
  23. Bake
  24. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake for 50-60 minutes. You'll know the pie is done with the filling is bubbling and the crust is a rich golden brown.
  25. NOTE: If the edges start to get too dark before the center, cover the edges with foil to prevent burning.
  26. Allow the pie to cool to room temperature to allow the filling to set before cutting.
  27. Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Notes

Pie Crust Originally from Crazy for Crust.

 

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