oats with mandarin, yogurt, blueberries & dark chocolate

Every time I plan a “luxurious” day-off breakfast for myself, the day of I abandon the notion entirely and prep some old reliable staple: a bowl of yogurt, warmed oatmeal, a frothy smoothie or a crisp peanut butter-slathered toast, as opposed to the stack of pancakes or maple-ribboned french toast I envision. I guess that points to my overall simplistic mindset, my fixation with routine, familiarity – a crutch sometimes but a comfort most. Occasionally, I gently lean against normality. I twist the juice out of the rinds until something a bit more imaginative comes up. Cue this, a bite of tangy citrus grated and squeezed into a normal day-to-day oat bowl. “Luxurious” enough. Certainly fulfilling enough. Continue reading “oats with mandarin, yogurt, blueberries & dark chocolate”

Goodness Gracious, Great Bowls of Oats: An E-Book


Goodness Gracious, Great Bowls of Oats is a collection of cozy, warming oatmeal recipes designed for every tastebud: from the connoisseur of fruity flavors, to chocoholics like myself. Over 15 tried and true recipes designed by yours truly grace this 34-page e-book. Continue reading “Goodness Gracious, Great Bowls of Oats: An E-Book”



Stroll through an apple orchard on a crisp, casual fall morning. Sweet, tangy aromas float through your nostrils and inspire the warm and comforting memories of grandma’s spicy apple cider, or your family’s staple homemade pie slathered in melting vanilla ice cream. This recipe was made to conjure nostalgia, to recapture autumn’s cozy essence, and fill a hungry belly on a morning which demands a soft sweater and gentle music.


1 cup oats

1 cup unsweetened almond milk + 1/2 cup water

1/2 banana

1/2 golden delicious apple, chopped

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

Optional nut butter and toppings

ASSEMBLY Chop apple into 1/2 inch slices. In a small saucepan, combine oats, almond milk + water, vanilla and cinnamon; stir well. Mash banana into saucepan and stir, then scrape sliced apples atop and fold into the mix. Turn oven to medium heat and allow liquid to come to a light boil, stirring frequently. Once the oats are warm enough, pour into a deep bowl and garnish with peanut butter/almond butter, banana slices, more apple, or whatever you think will befit the recipe.

I am currently working on an e-book with over 20 oatmeal recipes, all of which have been developed through several trials and triumphs, some sweat, and maybe a few tears. Look for its arrival sometime this year! It will be linked on the blog, and I will provide updates as it progresses.