Overnight Oatmeal


A bowl of warm, cozy oatmeal bejeweled with berries is my go-to breakfast, and so when I found this recipe for overnight oatmeal I knew I had to try it. I’ve heard so many people sing the praises of overnight oats (healthy, delicious, satisfying, etc.), so there must be something to it – especially this recipe since it uses the glorious slow cooker. I’m going to make it this weekend when my mom comes to visit (served in these bowls), and hope it is as delicious as it sounds.


1 cinnamon stick
8 crushed cardamom pods
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup steel-cut oats
1/2 cup buckwheat groats
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup amaranth
1/2 cup dried blueberries
4 cups almond milk
4 cups water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 cup buckwheat groats
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt


Wrap the cinnamon stick and crushed cardamom pods in cheesecloth and tie with string to secure.Combine this with all remaining ingredients in crockpot and stir to combine. Cook on “slow cook” low setting for 7 hours.

Ask B: How to Graciously Decline Help

 Dear B,

I am hosting a holiday open house party in early December. Several people have already asked if they can bring anything or do anything to help with the planning. Is it ok to graciously decline, and if so, how do I do this?


Lady A


Lady A,

Love that you are hosting a holiday open house – how festive and fun! As the hostess, it is totally up to you if you would like help or not. If you would prefer to handle everything on your own, then indeed just thank your guests for offering to help, and graciously decline. It’s completely acceptable to politely decline help when you don’t need (or want) it. As for how to graciously decline, simply say something to the effect of, “Thank you so much for offering, but we have it covered! We are looking so forward to seeing you!” Good luck with your party and happy holidays!