Best breakfast ever

Overnight Oats. Best breakfast ever -- Rambling Colors Blog

For years I prioritized sleeping a few more minutes over having a proper breakfast. I ended up always running out the door and grabbing a -plastic and bland- cereal bar and a cup of coffee at the office. Awful, I know! But thanks to Pinterest -my oracle, as you may have noticed- I discovered Overnight Oats. Since then, I long for breakfast. It’s easy, healthy, delicious AND it keeps you full until noon. Oh, and you can sleep a little longer in the morning too since all you have to do is take them out of the fridge and grab a spoon.

Overnight Oats. Best breakfast ever -- Rambling Colors Blog

The key here is putting it all together before you go to sleep. It takes like five minutes, no more. Rolled oats and milk are the base and then you just add whatever you want. Mine always have at least chia seeds, Goji berries, powdered cacao and cinnamon. All that stuff goes in a bowl, glass, cup or jar in the fridge until next morning. When I wake I just add some fruit (strawberries, blueberries and banana) and that’s it. Crazy, huh?! Yep, it’s that simple. Anyways, in case you’re a fan of numbers and need everything measured to a T, here are the quantities I use ↓

Overnight Oats. Best breakfast ever -- Rambling Colors Blog

You’ll need:

  • Rolled oats > 3 or 4 tablespoons
  • Milk > 1/2 cup
  • Ground chia seeds > 2 teaspoons
  • Optional
    • Goji berries > 2 teaspoons
    • Cacao powder > 1 teaspoon
    • Ground cinnamon > 1/2 teaspoon
    • Sweetener > I personally don’t add any, but if you want to, you may add raw honey, brown or any organic sugar or stevia.
    • Fruit > to taste!

Overnight Oats. Best breakfast ever -- Rambling Colors Blog

Once you get the hang of it, you may also try different combinations. A teaspoon of peanut butter, a pinch of shredded coconut, chopped almonds or nuts… whatever you like! I swear you will never go back to having a bland energy bar and a watery cup of coffee again. I try to have Overnight Oats for breakfast at least twice a week. That way, I make sure to start the day in a good mood with lots of energy, eating something yummy AND healthy.

Overnight Oats. Best breakfast ever -- Rambling Colors Blog

Some notes:

  • Make sure to use natural oats, the kind you may find in an organics store. Don’t buy the packaged stuff, you know the ones with the guy in a hat smiling at you from the box (you know what I mean). Those are super processed, full of sugar and whatnot.
  • The same goes to cacao. Get the raw powder, the one that tastes like real chocolate, not the one you may use to make cocoa.
  • If you are vegan or lactose intolerant, you can use coconut or almond milk.
  • If you are afraid the oats will make you gain weight, let me tell you: four spoonfuls in half a cup of skimmed milk won’t make you fat. In fact, they will keep you feeling full for longer, preventing you from eating like crazy at lunch. Besides, you will be adding lots of fiber and nutrients to your body, so relax and enjoy!

Overnight Oats. Best breakfast ever -- Rambling Colors Blog

Now tell me: do you have a go to ingredient for your Overnight Oats? Whats your favorite combination? If you haven’t try them yet, make them tonight and then let me know… I bet you’ll love them!

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Hats off to that wall

Straw hat on coat hanger
Hey there! How’s 2016 going? I hope everything is good whether you’re freezing in the Northern Hemisphere or sweating in the South like me. Here the city is less crowded and everything seems to be a little bit slower. So I tend to daydream about beach houses and, actually, anything beach related. That’s how I noticed this trend of straw hats hanging from white walls. May be it’s not new or not even a trend at all, but it’s a fun way of displaying a hat collection and liven up a blank wall.

Straw hat on coat hanger
So I was hard at work planning this post and searching for more photos when I looked up from the computer and saw the wall right in front of me at home. It’s the wall next to the entrance door, with the coat hanger and my beloved straw hat hanging from it. It was my unintended mini interpretation of this decor idea! That’s when I grabbed my camera and snapped those photos you see above.

Straw hats wall - photo tessa neustadt
Straw hats wall decor - photo inside out au
Straw hats wall decor - photo lillavillavita
Straw hats wall decor - photo digs digs
Straw hats wall decor - photo Christina Prescott

It’s such a simple idea and yet so nice, isn’t it? Now go get those unused hats and hang them on nails from your most boring looking wall. It could be in a hallway, a breakfast nook or even above the bed. I think I’ll be buying a few more hats in the future… What do you think?

Photos: Tessa Neustadt, Inside Out Australia, Lilla Villa Vita, Digs Digs and Christina Prescott

DIY hand painted wrapping paper

This wrapping paper won't take more than 30 minutes to make and it will add a 'made with love' feeling to your presents.

DIY wrapping paper

We’re a week away from Christmas. Can you even believe it?! Haven’t you been attacked by the Holiday Neurosis yet? I bet there’s an endless list of things you have to do before the year ends, amirite? Well, here’s something you can do before tossing the gifts and your grandma’s eggnog in the air. It’s as relaxing as it is useful: DIY hand painted wrapping paper. It won’t take more than 30 minutes to make and it will add a ‘made with love’ feeling to your presents. Oh, and I promise you’ll have fun in the process. Keep reading and I’ll tell you what you need and how to do it, it’s super easy!

DIY wrapping paper materials

You’ll need:

  • Craft paper
  • Acrylic paint (I used gold and warm white)
  • Golf pencils with erasers: preferably one for each paint color
  • Paint brush (optional)
  • Water and paper towel or cloth to rinse and dry the pencils and paintbrush

DIY hand painted wrapping paper

Alright, so the erasers in the pencils will work as stamps for you to make dots or even flowers. if you feel like painting, you can add, let’s say, leaves to the flowers. That’s up to your imagination!

DIY wrapping paper

As you can see, it’s actually pretty simple. What I like the most is that the circles have texture, adding another dimension to the paper. It’s kinda like braille dots, uh?

DIY hand painted wrapping paper

DIY hand painted wrapping paper

Once you’ve done your magic, just let them dry for about 15 to 20 minutes and voilà! You’re ready to wrap all your presents.

DIY hand painted wrapping paper

I made three different motifs: white flowers, golden dots and what I call faceless angels/fried egg flowers :P. Then I added silk ribbon bows and some leftover lace I had to decorate the packages.

DIY hand painted wrapping paper

With this wrapping paper everybody will love your presents, even if it’s a pair of infamous socks, I swear!

Oh, and in case I can’t post sooner… Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS! I wish you receive the best presents in the world: good health, plenty of love and endless joy. Cheers!