Apr 5, 2017

Simple Overnight Oats and Quinoa with Strawberries

Have you ever tried Overnight Oats?  The refrigerator kind (as opposed to the slow cooker kind)?  I love them!

They are simple to make.  Just layer a few ingredients in a jar before bed, toss some fresh fruit in when you wake up and voilĂ , you have breakfast!  Plus, you can easily make a few at a time, so you can feed others or have breakfast ready and waiting for a few days.


Overnight Oats are so addictive, too!  I didn't think I would like eating cold oats.  You can pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to warm them if you like, but they are surprisingly good straight out of the fridge.


By the way, rolled oats are high in fiber and have tons of health benefits.  


This week, I'm adding a generous bunch of the amazing strawberries we picked out at Wabi Sabi last weekend, but you can use almost any fruit you have.  I like fresh berries best, but you can use frozen, and you can use other fruit like apples, banana or mango.


Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady


Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady


Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady


Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady


Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady


Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady


Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady


Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady

Simple Overnight Oats with Quinoa, Honey, Cinnamon, Almond Milk and Strawberry | The Lowcountry Lady

Ingredients-
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon, or more based on your taste
  • 1 tsp almonds
  • 1 tsp honey (local honey helps alleviate allergies!)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/3 cup fruit

Recipe -
  1. Layer the oats, quinoa, cinnamon, almonds & honey into a jar or container.
  2. Top with almond milk.
  3. If you're using frozen fruit, go ahead and add it now.
  4. Cover and refrigerate at least overnight (I've found that I can make these a few days ahead and they're still so good)
  5. If you're using fresh fruit, add right before you serve.

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Apr 1, 2017

U-pick Strawberries from Wabi Sabi Farm

U-pick Strawberries at Wabi Sabi Farm outside of Charleston, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

The first time I ever picked strawberries, I was somewhere outside of Portland, Maine.  There's something about eating food that you harvest yourself, isn't there?

We are so lucky to have several good U-pick strawberry farms around here.  I especially love Wabi Sabi in Cordesville.  It is off the beaten path, for starters, and it's nice to have a little space when you're picking strawberries.  Also, the sweetest family runs this farm.  They care about what they do and it shows each time we visit.  I like supporting them for that reason.  Finally, the strawberries at Wabi Sabi taste AMAZING!  They are juicy, sweet and slightly tangy.  They are delicious on their own, tossed in a salad, or made into a scrumptious dessert.

We went out to Wabi Sabi this morning and brought home the two boxes above.  I was browsing though my pictures the other day though, and happened upon few that I took out at this farm last year.  


U-pick Strawberries at Wabi Sabi Farm outside of Charleston, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

U-pick Strawberries at Wabi Sabi Farm outside of Charleston, SC | The Lowcountry Lady


U-pick Strawberries at Wabi Sabi Farm outside of Charleston, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

U-pick Strawberries at Wabi Sabi Farm outside of Charleston, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

U-pick Strawberries at Wabi Sabi Farm outside of Charleston, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

U-pick Strawberries at Wabi Sabi Farm outside of Charleston, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

You could just stop into the grocery store and pick up a container full, but you haven't really tasted strawberries until you've picked your own.

By the way, I picked up one of the strawberry hullers at Coastal Cupboard here in town.  My son thoroughly enjoyed hulling a bunch of the strawberries that I planned to freeze.  If it were just me, I'd just cut the entire top off to remove the stem, but it is so much fun to see kids amused by something so simple.  Perspective. :)


U-pick Strawberries at Wabi Sabi Farm outside of Charleston, SC | The Lowcountry Lady

Mar 31, 2017

Summerville Flowertown Festival 2017


It's Flowertown Festival time, again!

Why is it that I love this event so much?  After the holidays end, I usually hold off on taking any time away from work until the festival.  You know how when you hold out for something for a while, it is just so good?  This day off was SO good.  Also for me, the festival is this strange mix of amazing people watching and time alone, because the people here aren't "my people."  Being the introvert that I am, I like a little time alone.  Can you blame me?  This event represents spring and it means that warm lowcountry weather is on the way.  Thank goodness!  The festival is wholly outside, so you can breath in delicious fresh air while you walk to booth after wonderful little booth.  My favorite part of all though is the ideas.  All of the amazingly creative ideas!  This event refreshes and inspires me.

If you're here near town, you've got to get out to main street and take it in!  Maybe you'll find something special to take home, too.

Here were a few of the things that caught my eye this year -


Custom Garden Rocks Whiskey or Wine Rock Dispenser at Summerville Flowertown Festival 2017 | The Lowcountry Lady
Custom Garden Rocks Whisky Rock Dispensers by Dan Dunleavy


Rachel Walker Barn Painting Summerville Flowertown Festival 2017 | The Lowcountry Lady
Barn Painting by Rachel Walker 


Rachel Walker Barn Painting and Magnolia Home Joanna Gains style decor Summerville Flowertown Festival 2017 | The Lowcountry Lady

So you guys.  At this booth last year, there was this gorgeous painting of an angel.  I have been kicking myself for not buying it all year and was so hoping that she would be back and have a similar one this year.  See, I haven't been able to find her online.  No luck, no angel paintings this year.  She did have this gorgeous barn painting though, and the little cottony looking flowers give it such a whimsical touch that I love.  Anyway, if any of y'all know how to get in touch with Rachel, please leave a comment.

At this booth they also had a bunch of Chip and Jo Jo Magnolia style home decor including various sizes of dough bowls, wooden silverware (or crayon) holders, cotton wreaths, etc.  Cute booth.


Summerville Flowertown Festival 2017 | The Lowcountry Lady
Unique Wreaths 


Southwest Pepper Grillers.  Perfect for Jalepeno Poppers.  Summerville Flowertown Festival 2017 | The Lowcountry Lady
Southwest Pepper Grillers 

Perfect for Jalepeno Poppers.  I bet I could alter one of my recipes to work with these cool contraptions.


Southwest Pepper Grillers.  Perfect for Jalepeno Poppers.  Summerville Flowertown Festival 2017 | The Lowcountry Lady

Art by Bri by Briahna Wenke Summerville Flowertown Festival 2017 | The Lowcountry Lady
Art by Bri by Briahna Wenke 

I love the cotton and the sky in this painting!


Summerville Flowertown Festival 2017 | The Lowcountry Lady
Oakville Ironworks 


JK Designs gorgeous necklaces at Summerville Flowertown Festival 2017 | The Lowcountry Lady

Jessica was so sweet and she can customize the necklaces for you by using different metals and switching out the stones.  She said that she's also at the Charleston City Market.


JK Designs gorgeous necklaces at Summerville Flowertown Festival 2017 | The Lowcountry Lady

If you love these craft festivals as much as I do, look back at my posts from 2016, 2015 & 2014.

The weather was most ideal this year, but because we had a late freeze just a week or so ago, none of the Azaleas were in bloom today.  Blah.  Luckily, a few of the vendors were selling some pretty flowers to take home and plant in your garden, like these -


Summerville Flowertown Festival 2017 | The Lowcountry Lady

Until next year!