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How to Make Easy Overnight Oats (3 Ways!)

When it comes to resolutions, well, I’m just not very good at them. I like to give myself attainable goals. (i.e., 5 ways I plan to be happier in the new year.) And one of the ways I keep things attainable is by making sure they’re EASY. If I try to add something complicated to my already busy routine, it’s probably not going to stick. Something told me I was going to love overnight oats as I started seeing recipes pop up for them the last few months. I already love oatmeal and I’m always looking for healthy and simple breakfast options, because despite wanting to just guzzle nothing but coffee in the morning, breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. (My mom would be so proud!) But for someone reason, I was slow to try the overnight oats trend, and I’ve gotta say, I’m just bummed I missed out on all of that easy (and good-for-you) breakfast goodness!

Once you learn how to make easy overnight oats – and the recipe couldn’t be easier – it will hands-down become your new breakfast obsession.

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Because I’m so smitten, I’m bringing you THREE, yes 3, of my favorite overnight oats recipes. The mix-ins are pretty endless, giving you plenty of variations on breakfast. Things like mini dark chocolate chips, crushed peanuts, nut butters, jellies and jams, cocoa powder, fresh fruit, seeds; all of these make awesome additions to your overnight oats.

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HOW TO MAKE OVERNIGHT OATS

SERVINGS: 1
PREP TIME: 8 minutes
COOK TIME: 4-5 hours, preferably overnight

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup Quaker Oats Standard Old Fashioned Oats
1/2 cup fat-free milk or nut milk like almond or cashew
2 tsp. honey

DIRECTIONS

Put the rolled oats into your container or jar (I love these jelly jars!) and then add the milk and honey. No need to stir before placing the mixture into the fridge overnight. Seal the container and place in the refrigerator overnight, or for at least 4-5 hours so that the oats absorb all of the liquid.

The next morning, all you got to do is grab the oats from fridge, stir, and enjoy. (Yep, it’s that simple.)

NOTE: You can either add in your flavors the night before, or make the simple version the night before and add your toppings the next morning. It’s totally a personal preference!

You can eat this cold right out of the fridge or you can heat it up in the microwave for 1-2 minutes and enjoy hot. (I actually love it cold!)

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The 3 ways I love eating my overnight oats are …

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Strawberries and Nutella

Because sometimes you just need a little bit of chocolate (or Nutella.) I am strawberry fanatic, and the little drizzle of Nutella makes me feel like I’m eating a decadent dessert. SO good.

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Blueberries and Pepitas

I love how nuts and seeds like pepitas (a.k.a., pumpkin seeds), crushed peanuts, almond slivers, walnuts, and sunflower seeds add that extra crunch to the overnight oats. Blueberries are lightly sweet and tart and pack plenty of fiber.

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Apples, Almond Butter, and Cinnamon

This is one of my favorite combinations. I actually throw the diced apple chunks into the oats, milk, and honey the night before so that the apples soften a bit overnight as well. In the morning I just stir in a tablespoon of almond butter and top with cinnamon.

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Have you tried overnight oats? Are you hooked yet? What are your favorite mix-ins or toppings?

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Salted Pretzel Snickers Vanilla Caramel Corn + the Cutest DIY Game Day Mason Jars

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Growing up, my mom always celebrated football days with great food and drinks. Now that we’re a family of our own, I’m carrying on the tradition here in North Carolina. Finger foods and snacks you can easily scoop up handfuls of are top priority on game day, and this year, salted pretzel Snickers vanilla caramel corn (say that three times fast!) has become a top contender in our house.

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The sweet and salty from the caramel and pretzels, hints of peanut and chocolate swirled into the mixture – that melt ever-so-slightly when coated with your hot caramel – and an underlying touch of vanilla; this salted pretzel Snickers vanilla caramel corn is just TOO GOOD.

I also love that the salted pretzels and Snickers chunks add a surprising and oh-so-good twist to an already loved classic.

Plus, caramel corn is perfect for a great big group because you can easily double or triple this recipe for a crowd.

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Now let’s talk about the actual process of making caramel corn: I know that the idea of making your own homemade caramel can seem intimidating, but this caramel recipe actually doesn’t require a candy thermometer, or any fancy tools for that matter. It’s actually so simple; in a saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup, stir for a few minutes – just until it starts to slowly boil, and then you leave it be as it’s bubbling away on your stove for just five short minutes. Watching it bubble away is half the fun.

After five minutes, you just remove the pan from the heat and stir your baking soda and vanilla extract into the bubbling mixture and then a pinch of salt. It’s actually the baking soda that causes the key chemical reaction that fluffs the caramel. It’s like magic!

That golden fluffy caramel is then poured over your popcorn, pretzel, and chocolate mixture, it’s stirred and coated quickly, getting as much coated as possible, put in a low oven to dry out and set. Once it’s rested in the oven, you can top the mixture with another small sprinkle of salt, and then you have the most insanely good salted pretzel Snickers vanilla caramel corn.

Once your homemade caramel corn has dried and cooled it will be crisp and chewy and AMAZING.

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Salted Pretzel Snickers Vanilla Caramel Corn

makes 14 cups popcorn

INGREDIENTS

about 12 cups popped popcorn
about 2 cups pretzel sticks or twists, broken
1 bag of Snickers minis (chopped)
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Optional: You can also add 1 cup of peanuts to your popcorn and pretzel mix before coating in caramel.

DIRECTIONS

Place a rack in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 250 degrees F, Grease a large (but shallow) roasting/cookie pan with butter or cooking spray. Set aside a large bowl and spray that with cooking spray as well. Add popcorn, pretzels, and chopped Snickers to the greased bowl and toss gently to mix.

In a 2 quart saucepan, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, butter, and salt Whisk over medium heat until it begins to boil. Allow to boil over medium heat (without stirring!!) for about 5 minutes. The mixture will be deep gold and bubbling.

Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the baking soda. The mixture will foam and froth. That’s ok. Keep stirring. Stir in the vanilla extract.

Quickly pour warm syrup over popcorn and pretzel mixture in your greased bowl. Use to large spoons to toss the mixture, coating all of the popcorn and pretzels in caramel. Work as quickly as you can. Transfer coated mixture onto your greased roasting/cookie pan.

Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove and toss. Return to the oven to bake for another 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and toss. Sprinkle with a little more salt; about a 1/2 teaspoon should do. Allow to cool before handling and packaging.

Caramel corn will last up to 4 days well wrapped at room temperature.

Recipe adapted via Joy the Baker

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And in celebration of game day, I also put together a fun DIY! Say hello to our adorable new game day mason jars.

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DIY Painted Game Day Mason Jars

To make the DIY game day mason jars I used large wide-mouth mason jarsPaint Pens, and Painter’s Tape, and created football-themed painted jars to fill with my salted pretzel Snickers vanilla caramel corn and candy like Skittles, Starburst, Peanut M&M’s, and SNICKERS NFL Minis. Told you I get excited about game day!

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You can find everything you’ll need to create your own Game Day Salted Pretzel Snickers Vanilla Caramel Corn and DIY Painted Game Day Mason Jars at your local Target. Target is definitely my go-to for the big game, from food to candy to party décor. Be sure to check out the Cartwheel app for deals on your favorite game day snacks!

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How to Make A Southern-Inspired Charcuterie Cheese Board

You may remember a few photos and talk of one amazing Southern-inspired charcuterie cheese board in our Farmhouse Style Winter Wonderland Holiday Party; well I’ve gotten a ton of questions about that cheese board, and I decided to share just what went into the (surprisingly easy) making of a pretty epic charcuterie cheese board.

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I went with the Southern spin because we’ve now been in North Carolina just over a year, and I can’t help but embrace some of the tradition, especially in the kitchen. I mean, you guys, pimento cheese? It’s super weird. But also really addictive. Seriously. Known as “the caviar of the South,” the basic recipe is blended sharp cheddar cheese, mayonnaise or salad dressing, and pimentos. So weird. So good. SO made for a Southern cheese board.

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The beauty of a cheese board is that it’s pretty foolproof. Buy a bunch of yummy cheeses, you can also do deli meats, grab some fruit and nuts, arrange it on a cool board, slate, slab, marble plate or platter, and Voila! You’ve got yourself a fancy party appetizer. Martha would totally approve.

By the way, in case you’re wondering, I used two wooden bark boards from World Market of varying heights – a wooden bark charger and a wood bark pedestal cake stand – arranged them on my new favorite farmhouse style napkins, and then topped each with a piece of parchment paper to protect the wood.

I’m a big dork, so I tend to go with a subtle theme when I’m creating a charcuterie or cheese board; i.e., if it’s an Italian night, you’ll most likely find things like parmesan, mortadella, prosciutto, roasted red peppers, olives, and crusty bread.

Read on to see How to Make An EPIC Southern-Inspired Charcuterie Cheese Board (the easy way!)

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For A Southern-Inspired Charcuterie Cheese Board:

Brie drizzled with Honey, Jam, or Fig Preserves
Goat Cheese (this can also be drizzled with honey)
Sweet White Cheddar Cheese
Pimento Cheese
Parmesan Cheese (broken up into chunks)
Pimento-Stuffed Olives
Pickled Beets
Dried Apple Rings (We actually bought these at a local apple orchard in the fall!)
Strawberries
Green Grapes
Candied Nuts like Pecans and/or Almonds
Honey Roasted Peanuts
Toasted Walnuts
Sparkling Sugared Cranberries (Because it’s the holidays after all!)

As you can probably tell, most of these items, if not all, can be bought at your favorite grocery store and put together right before your party. That’s what’s so great about a charcuterie or cheese board: it’s got major WOW factor without any real cooking or unnecessary stress. 

Special touches, like making candied nuts (here’s the recipe for my favorite candied cinnamon-roasted version) or toasting a few nuts just before serving them, or sprinkling the plate with sugared cranberries (get the super simple recipe here) really adds that extra oomph that makes your cheese board memorable. Canned honey roasted nuts, or even those bags of candied nuts from Trader Joe’s, also taste amazing and work great here. Dried and fresh fruit adds a sweet and fresh element, and spreads or preserves in a small dollop or on top of a cheese are perfect for a cheese board as well.

And of course, don’t forget crackers, pita chips, and crusty bread to act as the vehicle for all that cheese.

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The colors of the beets, grapes, and strawberries on this Southern-inspired set-up really give the cheese board that extra brightness and color to make it stand out.

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Using cheese, and skipping the meat, also helps keep cost down, and is a great vegetarian appetizer option. Also, CHEESE. Who doesn’t like cheese?

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Are you throwing any holiday parties this year? Be sure to tag me on social media (@glitterinclexi) so I can live vicariously through all of your fun parties and EPIC charcuterie and cheese boards!

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How to Make Sugared Cranberries for the Holidays

Have you ever made sugared cranberries? Well, if you haven’t, the Holidays are the time to try this super simple two-ingredient recipe out! Oh yeah, you read that right – those beautiful sparkling cranberries you see all over holiday displays and Christmas desserts (including our farmhouse-inspired winter wonderland holiday dinner party) – they’re made of just TWO ingredients, can be thrown together in no time, and can be stored days before the holiday festivities.

They also just make everything look festive and beautiful for the holidays!

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Sparkling sugared cranberries are tart and sweet and perfect for holiday snacking, dressing up desserts, cheese plates, in holiday themed cocktails, the list goes on and on.

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Read on for the recipe …

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How to Make Sugared Cranberries for the Holidays

INGREDIENTS

2 cups sugar, divided
1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring over heat until sugar is dissolved, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in cranberries until well coated. Using a slotted spoon, transfer cranberries to a wire rack and allow to dry for at least 1 hour.
  2. Working in batches, roll the cranberries (they will be sticky) in remaining 1 1/2 cups sugar until well coated. Allow to dry for at least 1 hour.
  3. Store in an airtight container until ready to serve.

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Recipe adapted via Damn Delicious

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Truly, sugared cranberries are totally festive and SO much simpler to make than you ever imagined!

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If you make these sparkling sugared cranberries this holiday season, be sure to let me know in the comments or tag me in your creations (@glitterinclexi) when you share to social media! I love seeing what you make.

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Ugly Sweater Holiday Party + An Easy 7-Layer Dip

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Believe it or not, in all of my party-throwing years, I have never – not once – thrown an ugly sweater holiday party! Seriously. It’s a party theme devoted to tacky sweaters, and somehow, I’ve missed the party bus for all of these years. Well just in time for the holiday season we’ve rectified that situation and I am now a devoted ugly holiday sweater lover. Gimme ALL of the ugly sweaters. And more importantly, has anyone spotted an ugly holiday CARDIGAN? I want it.

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Now onto the party … it’s a tacky holiday extravaganza and the perfect excuse to gather your friends to celebrate just because; ’tis the season. For this super casual holiday party we broke out the holiday cheer plus plenty of simple snacks and sips; we’re talking Tostitos, Bud Light, Stella Artois, a bunch of sweets, and the world’s easiest seven-layer dip using Tostitos Salsa. We also put out a few decadent sweets for dessert including Nut Harvest Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee Bites, Indulgences by Smartfood Popcorn-Raspberry & Dark Chocolate, chocolate-covered peanuts, and Lay’s Wavy Dipped in Dark Chocolate.

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The snacks are always a huge hit. Dark Chocolate Covered Lay’s Wavy chips – you must try them. Salty and sweet and totally perfect.

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We kept the drinks casual too: soda, Bud Light, and Stella Artois.

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I love how easy and fun this party turned out to be. The holidays are about gathering, being together, and having a great time, and this party checked off all of those boxes.

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And that easy 7-layer dip: I’ve never had leftovers. Ever.

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EASY 7-LAYER DIP

INGREDIENTS

1 Jar of Tostitos Salsa
1 Container of Sour Cream
1 Can of Refried Beans
1 Bag of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Guacamole (either homemade or store-bought)
Cilantro (optional)

Taco Seasoning Packet (optional)
Tostitos XXL (for scooping!)

DIRECTIONS

Layer your ingredients into a clear bowl. (I love this trifle serving bowl because it’s sturdy, clear, and just the right size. We use it all of the time! The lid makes it extra convenient.) For our 7-layer dip, using a spoon, I spread and layered the refried beans*, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, cheese, and then topped with a little fresh cilantro to brighten it up.

*If you want to add a little kick to your refried beans, you can mix in one packet of taco seasoning into the beans, and then spread them in your serving bowl.

Serve with Tostitos – we love the scoops for maximum dip power.

Voilà! It really is that easy.

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FUN FACT: We shot this party in October (#bloglife) and played holiday tunes the whole time!

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See more tips and tricks for your holiday parties at www.pinterest.com/fritolay.

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How to Make a S’mores Graham House “Castle”

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The holiday season is upon us, and we’re getting in the spirit with the cutest graham house on the block. Like most kids, Scarlett doesn’t seem to be the biggest fan of gingerbread, but this year, I was determined to build our own toddler and kid-friendly gingerbread house, so we dreamed up the “graham” house. Scarlett is OBSESSED with HONEY MAID Grahams. I can’t stock our pantry with them fast enough. Of course when I asked Scarlett what kind of house she wanted to make, her easy response: “Castle!” And thus the s’mores graham house “castle” was born.

The s’mores part made perfect sense: grahams, marshmallows, and chocolate were meant to be. (And I’m a s’mores-a-holic. These bars; they’re life-changing.)

To start, we stocked up on HONEY MAID Grahams, chocolate, and plenty of sprinkles at Walmart. To make our s’mores graham house “castle,” we built a castle frame with squares of cardboard, and then used sheets of HONEY MAID Grahams as our walls and roof, marshmallow fluff to hold everything together as the “glue,” Wilton Melting Chocolates in the prettiest pastel colors (and used these Wilton Mini Squeeze Bottles to fill them with our melted colored chocolate and decorate), chocolate hazelnut spread, and mini marshmallows.

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Our “castle” certainly didn’t look perfect, but we had a blast building it as a family (and licking our fingers along the way!)

How to make the most adorable toddler and kid-friendly s'mores graham house

How to Make a S’mores Graham House “Castle”

INGREDIENTS

1 Box of HONEY MAID Grahams
Marshmallow Fluff
Wilton Melting Chocolates
Milk Chocolate or Chocolate Hazelnut Spread
Wilton Mini Squeeze Bottles
Sprinkles, mini marshmallows, etc. (for decorating)
Cardboard
Tape

How to make the most adorable toddler and kid-friendly s'mores graham house

DIRECTIONS

  1. Start by building your house frame with cardboard. Cut six squares (four for the walls, and two for the roof), and use tape to hold the structure together.
  2. Once your frame is built, using a frosting spatula or butter knife, spread your marshmallow fluff on each panel of the house. Then place your Grahams carefully and put up your walls and roof.
  3. To make our castle “towers,” we cut a a paper towel roll in half, coated it with marshmallow fluff and using a bit more fluff, adhered it to either side of the base of our castle. We created the roof on each tower by rolling up rectangles of scrapbook or craft paper (and covering those in marshmallow fluff as well.) The “flags” were made by cutting a straw in half and and making paper flags out of scrapbook paper and tape.
  4. Last but not least, decorate with melted chocolate, sprinkles, marshmallows, and any other candy your heart desires!

How to make the most adorable toddler and kid-friendly s'mores graham house

The marshmallow fluff turned out to be an awesome “glue” for the house, and though it doesn’t dry like regular chocolate, it runs a bit, giving the “castle” a snow-covered feel (which was totally perfect for the Holidays.) Using chocolate spread (or melted chocolate in a squeeze bottle), we decorated, and tasted along the way.

How to make the most adorable toddler and kid-friendly s'mores graham house

Full Disclosure: Many broken bits of graham crackers, marshmallow fluff, and chocolate were consumed in the making of this “castle.”

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Making our  Graham House “Castle” was such a hit, I’m thinking about hosting a build-your-own  Graham House party this holiday season. It’s such a simple and fun way to get your friends together and have a great time. Just stock up on plenty of ingredients, and set everything up buffet-style, with parchment paper and each guest’s name (or team name) written down at each person’s seat so that they can build their own house. You could even hold a contest for the best  Graham House of the night!

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Learn more about the different varieties of HONEY MAID Graham Crackers available at Walmart for your next baking project!

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If you make your own s’mores graham house, be sure to let me know in the comments or tag me in your creations (@glitterinclexi) when you share to social media!

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