Simple: The importance of keeping things simple was first introduced to me in my eighth grade gym class. My teacher, Mr. Park, loved the saying “KISS – Keep it simple, stupid (or at the time, the ‘s’ was mysteriously left blank)” as a way to deter Jr. High Schoolers from doing something crazy and careless in effort to impress their crushes. While the meaning of the phrase in the gym class context was lost on me since I still did stupid things to impress boys, the phrase stuck with me and time and time again it proved to be true. To me, simplicity means efficiency and being able to do something right instead of biting off more you can chew. There is always a time for complexity but in daily practice, simple usually does the trick.
Sweet: I love baking and making sweets for many reasons, but one of the top ones has to be being able to share something that I love with people that I care about. I love to show up to events or even casual hangouts with desserts and see people excited to try something new. Homemade goodies aren’t always easy to come-by and even if they’re not perfect the effort is often enough to put a smile on people’s face. I wish I could bring goodies with me everywhere I go to share, but I always try to look for other ways to have the same effect. Little complements, offering to do something nice, or even just a quick text to old friends can add the sweet to an otherwise bland day.
When it comes to recipes, it isn’t too often that a recipe is found that is perfectly simple and sweet. Peanut Butter Banana Overnight Oats are four ingredient simple, take five minutes to make, and are ideal for early morning workers, or anyone who loves to start their mornings with some PB.
- 1/2 cup of oats of your choice (I use a combination of steel cut and large flake oats)
- 1/2 cup of milk of your choice (I use unsweetened almond milk)
- 1 tbsp peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 banana, sliced
- One – Pour oats, milk and peanut butter into a container or jar of your choice and stir until well blended.
- Two – Slice banana and place on top of oat mixture.
- Three – Mix in banana (optional) then store for 4 hours or overnight.
- Crave a richer flavour? Add in 1/2 tsp of vanilla.
- This recipe is ideal for a ripe or overripe banana. Look for one that is just getting spotty and dark.
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I’m thrilled to be baking vegan desserts for the AARCS Art Combat event in support of the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society event this Friday, June 12 at Flames Central in Calgary. If you’re in the YYC area, be sure to come and check out the event, support AARCS and their mission of rescuing and improving the lives of animals, and say give my goodies a try (I hope you’ll say hi too!).
I’m going to be road tripping through the mountains from Calgary to Vancouver next week. If you want to follow my adventure, which will be full of beautiful scenery and beautiful food, follow me on Instagram at sugarandsamyyc!