Chai Tea Oatmeal | Popcorn & Chocolate

Chai Tea Oatmeal

Chai Tea Oatmeal | Popcorn & ChocolateWe are back! It has been an amazing vacation and it has taken us a little while to get back into the swing of things but we are back to share some more yummy recipes and fun DIY’s with you. We just spent nice long weekend visiting my parents in NH where we could relax and plan a few things for the future (stay tuned!). Whilst we planned and crafted we also enjoyed trying some new recipes, one of which we are here to share with you today. This is no ordinary oatmeal. What makes it so special you ask? Well, this delicious pile of oats is made with chai tea.Chai Tea Oatmeal | Popcorn & ChocolateI love a good bowl of oatmeal in the morning and I also love a good cup of tea in the morning. Why not combine the tea with some chai tea oatmeal?! This oatmeal is warm, spicy, and energizing; the perfect thing to wake you up in the morning.

Chai Tea Oatmeal | Popcorn & Chocolate

Ingredients:

Serves 1

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup milk or water (we used almond milk)
  • 1 chai tea bag
  • Toppings of your choice such as honey, nuts, fruit

 

Directions:

  1. Boil 1 cup of milk or water in a saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Add the oats and the tea bag and stir consistently for 5-10 minutes or until the liquid is gone.
  3. Take the tea bag out and top your oats with whatever you like!

 

Chai Tea Oatmeal | Popcorn & ChocolateThat’s it! A super simple recipe to change up your morning oats. We made ours with almond milk and found it creamy and delicious but feel free to just use water. If you prefer stronger chai tasting oats then you could put two tea bags in. We drizzled ours with some honey and pecans but you can throw on any toppings you prefer.

Is it excessive to also have a cup of tea with this oatmeal? Nah…Chai Tea Oatmeal | Popcorn & Chocolate

Tell us, what are your go to oatmeal toppings?

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June Favorites

Helloooo summer and happy 4th of July everyone! This past month has been a hot one for us and summer has only just begun. It feels nice to be able to whip out shorts and t-shirts for the first time this year, although my pale legs have blinded a few people on my walk home. Not to mention how I’ve forgotten to shave a few times… sorry coworkers! I’ll get back into the swing of things soon enough (I hope).  Read on for what we have been loving and eating and reading and watching all throughout the past month.

Popsicle

Food: Popsicles – I have been making random fruit popsicles this whole month which meant I got to treat myself to a popsicle as an after work snack a lot. There was nothing I look forward to more than coming home to a nice cool popsicle after a long day at work (okay maybe also changing into pajamas, but popsicles were a close second). I’ve been really enjoying blended fruit, yogurt, almond milk, and a dash of honey yummy yummy! Also, a quick shoutout to Pipcorn! Rose loves this popcorn and recently they started carrying it at TJ Maxx! Woo!

Watermelon mojito

Drink:

Mojito’s – this is a little sneak peak of a post we are putting together shortly. We have been lahhhving making refreshing mojito’s all night every night. Check back soon for the recipe for this watermelon mint mojito we concocted!

Mint! We bought some mint to make those yummy mojitos but Rose has been infusing it in her water with lime and strawberries for a refreshing drink. She also steeped mint into her matcha lattes for a little bit of a minty note. So good!

nashville tv show

T.V.: Nashville – Oh my goodness this show! We have had this on our list of shows to watch for a while and finallyyyy decided to start it. It is so good so far! We are almost done with the first season and at the rate we have been watching we will soon be done with the second. Plus, we’ve been secretly jamming to the songs in the car when we go drive – boys and busses anyone??

The boys in the boat

Books:

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. Okay so this is definitely not a book I would think I would like, but I absolutely loved it. It makes me want to start up crew, but not really because it sounds way too intense for me.

Me before you

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. Rose has been loving this book and has not stopped talking about it all month, so much so that it is now on my list of books to read and it should be on yours as well!

Alba Botanica Sunscreen

Beauty: Alba Botanica – We’ve been loving this face wash by Alba Botanica. It’s lightly exfoliating and leaves that minty clean feeling after, you know that feeling? We’ve also been loving their sunscreen (we got this one) since it smells so good and feels natural. Especially since we’ve been on the Cape we’ve been applying and reapplying this stuff for days!

Well I hope you all enjoyed our June Favorites. Comment below with what you were loving in June!

4th of July Pops

red white and blue fruit popsicle

As a kid growing up in New Hampshire where the summers are hot and sticky there wasn’t anything that I wanted to eat more than a nice refreshingly cold popsicle. I used to spend my summer days swimming and then go and buy a popsicle from the little stand by our pool. It was always such a hard decision which popsicle to get; do you get the ones with the gumball eyes? Or the creamsicle? Or the classic red, white, and blue firecracker popsicle? You really couldn’t go wrong with any of those choices.

red white and blue fruit popsicles

As it has gotten closer to the 4th of July I’ve been seeing the firecracker popsicles taunting me at the grocery store with their festive coat of red, white, and blue. My 5 year old self started drooling at remembrance of those decadent delights. The purple stained lips and tongue, the sticky fingers, the wonderful surprise as you go from each different flavor. Oh, how my stomach longed for those popsicles. After a few days of not being able to shake that craving I had to take action. I whipped out my blender and grabbed some fresh fruit, yogurt, and milk from the fridge. I was going to make a festive treat that could be enjoyed guiltlessly at anytime of the day, and one that would hopefully not stain my teeth purple..

red white and blue popsicles

Here, my friends, is our version of the infamous firecracker popsicle perfect for your 4th of July soiree. It’s quick and easy to make and tastes delicious! Not to mention it is full of nutritious fruit. Enjoy the simplicity of a wonderfully refreshing popsicle on the 4th of July.

red white and blue fruit popsicle

Ingredients:

  • 1/3  – 1/2 cup strawberries – or any red fruit
  • Yogurt – we used greek yogurt, but you could sub dairy free yogurt as well
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • Honey, or sweetener of choice
  • Milk – we used almond milk

1. In a blender blend together around a 1/3 to 1/2 a cup of fresh strawberries, 1 tablespoon greek yogurt, 1/2 tablespoon honey, and a dash of milk (around a tablespoon or 2 depending on how well your blender can blend non-liquid foods). Pour the contents from the blender into your popsicle molds; this made about 4-5 popsicles for me. Put popsicles in the fridge to set up for about 15 minutes.

2. For the next layer just blend together greek yogurt, 1/2 tablespoon honey, and a splash of milk. I did about 1/2 cup of greek yogurt for all of the popsicles. Pout this next layer on top of the strawberry layer in the popsicle and again let it set up for about 15 minutes.

3. For the blueberry layer, blend about a 1/3 cup of blueberries, 1 tablespoon greek yogurt, 1/2 tablespoon honey, and some milk (again, it depends on how well your blender works). Pour the final layer on top of the greek yogurt layer and stick the popsicle stick into the mold. Let the popsicle fully freeze before enjoying on a hot summer day!

Red white and blue firecracker popsicles

These popsicles are so yummy and easy to make, plus with all the greek yogurt they add a good source of protein for an afternoon snack! I’ve been munching on these once I get home from work pretty much every day this past week. Yum yum yum, my childhood self is quite content with these new ‘firecracker’ popsicles!

melting popsicle

Got to eat them before they melt!