Last night, Brian and I finally did something that I wish we could do every single night.

I cooked dinner rather than heating up something already made and we ate it together sitting at the table.

That may not sound like a big deal, but to me it is huge!  Growing up, no matter how busy we were, it seemed as though we usually ate a home cooked dinner sitting at the table.   Eating at the table was our time to recap on everyone’s busy day and see the entire family all together before heading off to the next activity or working on homework.  When I have a family, eating home cooked food at the table will be very important.

Last night, although I was excited to eat something cooked rather than reheated, I wanted to make something quick for dinner.  As I was driving home from work, I remembered that we had shrimp in the freezer and quinoa in the pantry…perfect!

We also had a little container of curry spice that Grandma purchased to share with me when we were in Florida for Kenny’s graduation.

While the quinoa was cooking, I thawed and peeled the shrimp.  I then sprayed a pan with nonstick cooking spray and cooked some chopped yellow onion until it was tender.  I then added the shrimp and 1 tsp of the curry spice.  From there, I just kept an eye on the shrimp, stirring occasionally until they were all pink and cooked through.

The curry spice was the perfect addition of flavor.  So tasty!



This morning, I wanted to share my favorite breakfast as of recently.  Pumpkin Overnight Oats.

I usually make up a couple of batches in plastic containers to take with me to work for my post workout breakfast.  It seems as though everywhere I turn there is pumpkin flavored something, and I am totally a sucker for season items.  Honestly, I think I could eat this breakfast in any season…it’s that good!

Pumpkin Overnight Oats

Yields:  Makes One Serving


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup water (sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less)
  • 1/2 cup nonfat, plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1-2 packets of stevia (I use Truvia)
  • 1/3 banana
  • 2 tsp-1 Tbsp nut butter
**Prepare at least one hour before you would like to eat this meal.  
In a plastic container, or your favorite bowl, combine the oats, water, Greek yogurt, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and stevia.  Stir until combined.  Cut the banana into slices and place on top of the oats.  Top with your favorite nut butter. (My favorites with this meal are Peanut Butter & Co’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl, The Bees Knees, or my homemade almond butter.)
Allow to sit overnight, and enjoy in the morning!


Question of the Morning:

Is eating a home cooked meal at the table important to you? Did you do it growing up?


Are you an overnight oats fan?  What are some of your favorite overnight oats flavors?  Feel free to share links in the comments section below!!

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  1. Honestly, i’ve seen overnight pumpkin oats a couple times.. but for some reasons yours look amazing & the absolute best :).

    We always sat @ the kitchen table growing up, and it’s something the hubby & I do on a nightly basis as well. I love having no distractions and just listening about each others day.

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