fast and easy breakfast options

I’m constantly looking for easy breakfast recipes–that are adult AND/or kid friendly–because I usually end up having yogurt with fruit or honey during the weekdays.

Right after I gave birth to Ellie, my sister-in-law shared this delicious Food Network recipe for overnight oats, and it’s become a treat for me. 

At the time, I’d never had cold oats before. It does seem a little strange at first, but this couldn’t be easier and tastier! I made some this weekend, and wanted to share.


It got me thinking about other easy breakfast options. I am not a morning person and never have enough time. 

I’ve become a big fan of quiche. With store-bought crust, of course. Quiches are great because the whole family can eat, and you can easily add veggies like spinach or peppers to it.

Ellie has a pretty solid rotation of eggs (she ate three plus fruit yesterday!), Greek yogurt with natural applesauce, and Earth’s Best Organic blueberry waffles or pancakes. Any and all with fruit–her favorite! She just started having Cheerios with milk, too, which she thinks is pretty fun because she loves using a spoon.

When I have ripe bananas (often), I’ll make two-ingredient banana pancakes with cinnamon or these flavorful pumpkin banana muffins

Always looking for new ideas. Please share if you have some you love!

Week #12 – Dyeing of the Chicago River

Well, friends, I’m checking a major accomplishment off of my to do list: seeing the Chicago River dyed green for St. Patrick’s Day!

Now, I did a little research and discovered that the city of Chicago has been dyeing the river green for more than 50 years. I’ve been alive for 30 of those. How many times had I seen the green river prior to yesterday? Zero! (Damn, that’s too many numbers…)

My friend, Lauren, offered to have people over because she lives in a high-rise condo building along the Chicago River on LaSalle—prime real estate to see the infamous green river! Or so we thought…:)

My sister-in-law, Melissa, and I arrived at Lauren’s for a St. Paddy’s Day-themed extravaganza: green eggs and ham, green-dyed bagels, Lucky Charms cereal, Irish soda bread, tater tots (not so Irish, but beloved nonetheless) and more. I brought pistachio bread (Melissa’s recipe) because the bread has a green tint from the pistachio pudding (see photo below). Oh, and I can’t forget the mint chocolate chip ice cream-spiked Shammy Shakes too!

As we enjoyed the food, drinks, and company, we waited for the green dye to come along. And we waited. And waited some more, but it never came! Once we realized it wasn’t going to make its way to LaSalle any time soon, Melissa and I went down to the river, determined to see it.

We crossed the bridge to Wacker Drive and walked east to see the dye. Once we got to Wabash, we couldn’t miss the bright green river! I’m so glad I’ve finally seen this great Chicago tradition, but I have to tell you—it was cold! Too bad I didn’t decide to check it out last year when it was 80 degrees!

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