I count my blessings everyday to be living in this new house we bought.
Sure, there are a lot of things wrong with it. And if I discover one more animal trying to get into the house—I might lose my mind. We’re currently spending hand over fist to remove some starlings that decided to take up shop in our attic (you wouldn’t believe the nest they made. It’s larger than my husband!). We just discovered some carpenter ants yesterday. We’ve got a yearly treatment plan from a company to keep termites away (bait stations!). Mice have chewed through several things in this house. And I’m pretty sure there are moles all over our yard (super soft ground, little piles of dirt).
Other than that…I count my blessings everyday. There are so many things this house gives to us other than just shelter and a home. We’ve got mature tomato plants scattered about the property that have been yielding some great tomatoes lately. There’s a friendly turtle that lurks around the backyard. A massive, hundred year old pecan tree that will give us some pecans next year. A black walnut tree in the corner that is insanely rare in this part of the world.
And my favorite: the apple tree.
I’ve never lived with a fruit tree on my land. I didn’t think things like apples could grow in Oklahoma’s hot and humid climate. Aside from carefully cutting up the apples so you don’t eat a worm, the apples this tree has given us are wonderfully delicious. They’re a gala-type apple with a light yellow and pink skin.
I’ve had an abundance of apples lately and no oven to bake a pie (that’s another one of those “things that are wrong with this house”) so I decided to make an apple pie…overnight oats.
I bought some super large jars off of Amazon the other day and used that for the overnight oats. This is actually my first time ever making them, but I’ve been a longtime lurker on Pinterest.
Use your favorite sweetener to sweeten the oats. I used sorghum, because I didn’t have enough honey and I didn’t have any good maple syrup. Sorghum is an old school sweetener that is barely used anymore (other than feeding livestock the grain). Wewoka, Oklahoma is known for their sorghum crops and they have a festival every year, which is how I acquired the infamous “Barking Water”. It taste like regular sweetener (think if honey and maple syrup combined) but it does have a little bit of a bite.
Apple Pie Overnight Oats
Overnight oats with a delicious fall vibe: apple pie flavored.
- 3-4 small apples, chopped
- 2 TBS. brown sugar
- 2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. water
- 2 cups oatmeal (steel cut, quick cook or old fashioned will all work)
- 3 cups vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup Greek yogurt
- 2 tsp. maple extract
- 4 TBS. maple syrup (or honey, agave nectar, or sorghum)
- 4 mason jar type containers with an airtight lid
- Place apples, brown sugar, water and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat and cook and stir for 4-5 minutes or until apples are soft. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Make the oatmeal: in one mason jar, place 1/2 cup oats, 3/4 cup almond milk, 1/4 cup Greek yogurt, 1/2 tsp. maple extract and 1 TBS. sweetener plus a dash of cinnamon. Mix together. Top with a spoonful or two of the apple mixture.
- Refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours. Serve hot or cold.