Overnight Steel Cut Oats


I made breakfast last night in the form of overnight oats. Usually overnight oats are made with uncooked oats but I wanted some chewy oats this morning and used cooked steel cut oats instead. It worked.

I put in 1/2 cup cooked steel cut oats and 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt.


I used Fage brand that I picked up from Costco. It’s so creamy.


Then I mixed in 1/2 cup almond milk, sliced bananas, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and stevia sweetener (or any sweetener of choice).


I mixed it all in the bowl. I also mashed the banana with a fork to help blend in the mix.

Since I had an early appt this morning, I put my overnight oats in a container for easy breakfast to go.


After sitting in the fridge overnight, my thick, chewy oatmeal breakfast was ready this morning.


Chocolate creaminess & banana chunks in every bite. Delicious.


Travel Memories

(This is part of my “30 Days of Reflection” before I turn 30. You can read more about it -> here)

One of my favorite “girls only” trip was Chicago in the late summer of 2007.  We had the perfect weather in Chicago. We walked everywhere, we ate everything, we partied at night and we packed as much touristy excursions as we can.


Looking back, it is even more special because in the recent years, it has been a challenge to have everyone to travel together. I’m at the age where my friends are getting married, planning to have babies, are currently pregnant or have newborn at home.

If I could describe this trip in a few words, I would choose carefree, colorful and memorable.


We all flew in from different airports in SoCal and met each other at O’Hare airport. We stayed in the heart of downtown, at Embassy Suites and it was the perfect hotel for us.


I was still working in the hotel  industry then,  so we got a very big discount for our suite. $39 per night that included breakfast, happy hour and a welcome champagne surprise. We love to travel on a budget and this was definitely one of our best deals yet. Maybe our best deal ever.

IMG_1177 IMG_1169IMG_1168IMG_1176IMG_1175

We had a friend who lived in Chicago and she took us on a food tour.

210534749109_0_ALB 146424749109_0_ALB 328634749109_0_ALB311752159109_0_BG 232434749109_0_ALB603352159109_0_BGIMG_1170 630652159109_0_BG392534749109_0_ALBIMG_1256786632159109_0_BGIMG_1199IMG_1198

We definitely indulged. It didn’t help that the weekend we were in town was during “Taste of Chicago” food festival.

We posed with our food babies like it was cool.


Even though we ate a lot, we also walked even more. We always had room for more food, especially chocolate.


Home chocolate home 🙂


We don’t do a lot of walking where we live,  so we enjoyed it a lot when we walked everywhere during the trip. We discovered that Chicago is one of those big cities where you can walk everywhere.


There were plenty of parks whenever we wanted to stop and rest our feet.


Part II is coming soon.  More on nightlife, tours and shopping.

We only stayed 4 full days but we packed as much as we can.

Have you ever been to Chicago? What did you enjoy the most during your trip?

I really loved that we could walk everywhere. I always believe that the best way to explore a new city is to walk as much as possible.


  1. I love how much you enjoyed the city! 🙂 Makes me happy that I get to live here…

    Did you know Ethel’s actually closed? My friend always RAVED about it, but it closed before I ever got to go visit… 😦

  2. Overnight steel cut oats are such a good idea! I’ve been craving overnight oats, but I don’t have any chia seeds, and without them I hate the texture. I will have to give this a shot.

    Chicago sounds like such a fun city. I would love to go there.

  3. Overnight oats with chocolate? Yes please! I love to add a spoonful of PB and Co’s Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter into my overnight oats!

  4. Hmmm, didn’t know that would work, but I’ll have to give it a shot! I have some TJ’s quick cook steel cut oats that I’ve been too lazy to cook, lol.

  5. I love Chicago! Shopping on Miracle Mile was so much fun for me!

  6. i spy a menchie’s spoon!!

  7. Those overnight oats look delicious!
    I’ve never been to Chicago, but I might actually go this summer!

  8. I haven’t ever made steel cut oats- I’m eager to try them!! I like a nice chew to my bowl o oats. And combining yogurt and almond milk sounds yummy. What a great trip! Definitely have to do stuff like this while you can! I already feel like Josh and I are trying to smash in date nights whenever we can get them…because we know they may be few and far between once the baby arrives. LOVE the idea of a chocolate lounge- too cute

  9. Chicago is a amazing city! I love it! My fiance is from there, so we have been there many times! I actually was there for work alot before I even met him! I loved chicago for a long time!!!

    Love the recap! Deep dish pizza is always a chicago must!!

    xoxo ❤

  10. That looks like such a fun trip! I’ve never been to Chicago before. It’s definitely on my list of places to travel to! It looks like such an incredible city! I am dying to try deep dish pizza!

  11. What a great idea! I love the idea of making them the night before so they’re all set to go in the morning. I’ll have to try this. Thanks!

  12. Do I spy a Menchie’s spoon? 🙂 I save mine and use them at work. They’re so fun!

  13. Wow, what a deal on the hotel suite! It looks like it was a fun girly trip!

  14. I love Chicago! I lived there for 4 years in college and visitd it all my years growing up in WI.

    I think I’ve stayed in that Embassy Suites more than once 😉

    Best things: Giordanos (duh), Navy Pier, Signature Lounge (please tell me you went!!!!), and shopping on Michigan Ave 😉

  15. That was an awesome girls trip. I look back and am sad we may not be able to have those trips again. But there’s always the getaways in Vegas. And there’s always room for meeting more/new friends in Puerto Vallarta!!!

  16. Hayley says:

    Overnight oats sound delicious. Can’t wait to try them tomorrow morning!

    • I hope you can make it soon and that you will like it. It took me a few bowls of overnight oats to get use to the texture. Now, I love them.

      • Hayley says:

        The first morning I did find the texture a little strange but I have to say that now I’m addicted. Perfect on the go breakfast and seriously who doesn’t love a little chocolate in the morning 🙂

  17. Your oats look so creamy and delicious! And you trip looks like so much fun! 🙂 SUPER JEALOUS! 😀


  1. […] my bowl of cold overnight oats (same one as last time) after the gym felt so good. It definitely cooled me down […]

Leave a Reply to Amy @ Second City Randomness Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: