No Better Feeling


Good morning!

I always tell myself that working on a weekend is something I am trying to get away from, but sometimes there is no better feeling than getting up on a Monday morning and seeing 8 parcels ready to be shipped out. And a clean house. And clean clothes hanging in the closet. And leftover enchiladas in the fridge that I’m hoping Eric doesn’t take to work.


You know what is also great?



Pumpkin Pie Parfait with Cinnamon Spiced Banana Soft Serve


  • Pumpkin Pie Vegan Overnight Oats (1/3 cup oats, 1 cup almond milk, 1/3 cup canned pumpkin, 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice, 1.5 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup)
  • Cinnamon Spiced Banana Soft Serve (Process 1 frozen banana with 1/2 tsp cinnamon and a glug of almond milk)
  • Topping ideas: Cacao nibs, raisins, coconut, maple syrup, cinnamon, walnuts, pecans, etc.



Monday Morning Bliss.


I think I’m going to be going through a lot of pumpkin this fall!


I forgot to mention, when you make the pumpkin pie vegan overnight oats, it is ready to eat very quickly. I think it is the pumpkin that makes it really soft and it also absorbs tons of the milk. It is honestly ready to eat in less than 1/2 hour- and if you really wanted you could eat it almost instantly. I should know because I was picking at this last night when I whipped it up! ;)


Here is a cute read that I came across this morning that I thought you might enjoy…


Have a great start to your week!

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{ 78 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ How Sweet August 9, 2010

ummmm YUM. Yes, I can’t wait for pumpkin. I still have a few cans in my pantry. Holding on to them for dear life!


2 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 9, 2010

How can you be so busy, yet make every single meal look like it’s out of a restaurant!? You are an amazing lady!!


3 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 9, 2010

I always feel like I can breathe a sigh of relief when the house is clean.


4 April @ Crazy Fabulous Life August 9, 2010

I love that list!

And I agree..when the house is in order it just feels good :)


5 Ameean August 9, 2010

What a cute list…I can certainly relate to a lot of these, especially that the cute factor doesn’t wear off. I’ll be at my wits end one day and I’ll look at my 5-year-old and think wow, she really is just adorable. How can I be so mad at her?

There is no better feeling than a clean house!


6 steph (@ mediterraneanmiss) August 9, 2010

I totally agree – one of my favorite things to do on a Sunday night is to clean up the house in preparation for the Monday/week ahead. I always set myself a special breakfast place at the table, too! I think I know what I’ll be setting tomorrow ;) Love pumpkin, love your parfaits, can’t wait to try!



7 tanyasDailyProducetReviews August 9, 2010

I like to keep up with the chores also..
cute glass for breakfast


8 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 9, 2010

That’s the only thing I love about Mondays: The house is clean, the laundry is all done and put away, everything is organized. It’s the kind of peace and calm I need to face another week of work!


9 Suzanne August 9, 2010

I just tried your Overnight Oat recipe for the first time last night. I make a Carob/Banana/Peanut Butter version. Now I’m no oatmeal lover but these were awesome! Even my DH who usually hates almond milk loved them.

Thanks for sharing your recipe.


10 kari August 9, 2010

Hello Angela, i want to tell you that i love your blog and you have inspire me to start eating vegan. i have try some of your recipes and i love it. i love the VOO and Amazing meal green drinks that i have decided to make it part of my everyday routine. i also have a sweet tooth and i enjoy baking that my next recipe will be the Pumpkin oat cookies! Thank you for a awesome website with so much information to inspire everyone. have a good day!


11 Kim August 9, 2010

Hey Angela, I recently made your basil tomato crouton casserole – AMAZING!!!! We looooved it!



12 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 9, 2010

I’m ready for fall and pumpkin season! I’m going to have to try out these oats sooner than later. I love your oatmeal bowl today!


13 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 9, 2010

I actually really like doing work on the weekends sometimes! It feels EXTRA productive, ha!


14 jenna August 9, 2010

yummy!!! pumpkin!!! your breakfast looks fabulous!

I loved the 10 things link~ so true!


15 The Wife of a Dairyman August 9, 2010

What a terrific feeling….clean house, work done, clean laundry, leftovers in the fridge, what could be better! Have a great day! What are you going to do with all your time today?


16 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 9, 2010

That little bowl is so darling!

I love getting my week started on the right foot: clean laundry, clean house and a good breakfast. You enjoy your week as well!


17 Annie@stronghealthyfit August 9, 2010

That breakfast looks divine! I have an extra can of pumpkin from last fall but haven’t been able to do anything with it- I just don’t want that flavor during the summer! Oh well, I’ll have it on hand when pumpkin pie season rolls around :-)


18 Julia August 9, 2010

Oh, you make me crave pumpkin sooooooo badly!!!!
And I haven’t found canned pumpkin in Germany yet like the one you can get in the US/Canada. So, maybe this time I should preserve pumpkin when it’s pumpkin season.


19 Marie August 9, 2010

I cannot wait to get some pumpkin, seriously. I’ve been checking my grocery store weekly! I definitely love waking up Monday morning to a clean house and completed chores… it’s excellent. It’s great that you got all those orders done!


20 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf August 9, 2010

I’m so jealous. Just in these past few months all the canned pumpkin DISAPPEARED. I can’t find them anywhere!


21 chelsey August 9, 2010

oh man… i need to stock up on some pumpkin before everyone gets it for the fall!!!!


22 Amanda August 9, 2010

I also love getting stuff done on the weekend, I think it makes the week so much more relaxing when you start out ahead!


23 Beth @ Will Run for Books August 9, 2010

I really need to get a food processor so I can make banana soft serve – I’m already obsessed with VOO (even though I’m not vegan). Le sigh.

PS. So excited for HLS! :)


24 Cat August 9, 2010

Totally agree, every time I see that soft serve I start thinking how I can justify yet another blog-inspired kitchen appliance purchase! :)


25 SMk August 9, 2010


One of your avid followers.Was wondering what are the approximate calories in your vegan overnight oats and a regular Green Monster with kale and 1 cup almond milk.Readers please chime in too!


26 Véronique August 9, 2010

This looks amazing! I have been looking for idea on how to use up my cans of pumpkin that I have, and this is definitely what I will have for breakfast tomorrow! I think I’ll make some of your pumpkin cookies too :). So good for you and so comforting, I could eat it every day.


27 Wei-Wei August 9, 2010

Pumpkin. Ohhhhh yes! I actually had some fresh pumpkin about a few days ago, from this pumpkin that my mom had been saving for a while for her painting. Pumpkins do last a while :) (I made pumpkin/PB muffins with them, which didn’t work out so well… check out my blog if you want to see :D) (Shameless advertising, sorry!



28 Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes August 9, 2010

Another beautiful VOO parfait! Love the photography! Have a great start to your week!


29 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 9, 2010

i can’t wait to start finding pumpkin in stores. for real…there is going to be a TON of pumpkin consumed by this little lady this fall!


30 Alexa @ Sohdalex August 9, 2010

These look godly! I can’t wait to try them! Back in my hometown [Savannah, GA] They don’t sell pumpkin anywhere!! they aren’t getting any in stock till the holidays, major bummer. Since moving away for the summer however I’ve managed to get my hands on some but haven’t used it yet. Looks like I have a good reason to now :)


31 Jen@Tip Top Shape August 9, 2010

I love pumpkin and the sound of pumpkin overnight oats sounds absolutely fabulous :) I can’t wait for pumpkin to come into stores!!


32 Fanta August 9, 2010

Thank you so much for this post! You are an inspiration to myself and others I’ve recommended this site to, especially as we enjoy our change of lifestyle to vegan. I keep trying to show people it’s not just eating raw vegetables (although there’s nothing wrong with that,) at least here they can see it’s so much more!

I love the ideas you have and keeping updated on the latest.

Fanta :)


33 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 9, 2010

I saw a pumpkin pie in the store yesterday and got so excited!! I love your pumpkin pie VOO- just another sign Fall’s on its way :)


34 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 9, 2010

Yumm I’m a pumpkin junkie as well! Actually, I was grocery shopping yesterday and I thought of you when I saw all the cans of pumpkin on the shelf! :)


35 Lauren August 9, 2010

If my breakfast was that gorgeous, I’d never want to eat it!


36 Callie August 9, 2010

Pumpkin + VOO = YUM.
Those oats look so good! :)


37 Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure August 9, 2010

Perfect, I picked up some canned pumkin last night and wanted to make something yummy with it!


38 Camille August 9, 2010

I love the glass!
Breakfast reminds me of fall :) It’s almost here!!


39 McKella August 9, 2010

Mmm, those oats look delicious. I also love that their “quicker” than most overnight oats, not that it matters. Sometimes, I throw together “overnight” oats before my morning workout and then eat it when I get back because I always forget to make it the night before!


40 Lindsay August 9, 2010

Love that feeling of clean and organized! Can’t wait to try pumpkin VOO, keeps up my hopes for fall, in 105 degrees!


41 jassy August 9, 2010

hi…my monday was busy and i was quiet the whole time concentrating on my work…

i hope my tuesday is better :)


42 Katheryn August 9, 2010

The pumpkin oats look yummy!

I loved the link to the list. I have two children and totally agree with all 10.


43 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 9, 2010

Oh my goodness, stop it with all of these pumpkin recipes!!! You’re making me very sad that I have no cans of it in my pantry! lol

This looks AMAZING. But your breakfast parfaits always do :-D


44 Holly August 9, 2010

Do you track the calories when you make these oats? I have been eating them pretty consistently and am finding that one serving can be close to 400-500 calories depending on what I add. I was just curious if you had experimented with various sizes and how you got your measurements.


45 AngelaOSG August 9, 2010

No I don’t track the calories


46 Kara @ MyWellnest August 9, 2010

Resting on a weekend always feels good, but being prepared on a Monday morning feels GREAT!
Cute article on kids, thanks for sharing :-)


47 Amber K August 9, 2010

I was eating pumpkin pie oatmeal like crazy for awhile and I totally got out of the habit as soon as summer came and the fresh berries were rolling out.

I still have a can in the cupboard, so I’ll have to try this soon!


48 Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' August 9, 2010

That parfait is SO pretty! I am in love with all-things-pumpkin, and I can’t wait to start eating it again! Our weather is still a little too warm for it yet, though… hopefully it will start feeling like fall soon!

I don’t mind working on weekends, either, if it means my Monday is a little easier! ;)


49 Crystal August 9, 2010

There is nothing quite like waking up to a clean house. It is a sure sign of a free day!
Pumpkin is so delicious. I can’t wait to try this recipe. :)


50 Shanna, Like Banana August 9, 2010

I’m not going to lie..I’d be pretty stoked all day knowing I could come home to those enchiladas. Lucky for me, I’m getting Mexican tonight!


51 Danielle (Runs on Green) August 9, 2010

Um, can you pleaseee open up a breakfast shop?? I would come there every morning :)


52 adina August 9, 2010

This morning I made my first ever batch of Vegan Overnight Oats and I fell in complete love and utter bliss with it! I never knew almond milk could taste so good :D Can’t wait to try out this pumpkin pie version…reminds me of the we’re getting closer to autumn and closer to the bittersweet farewell to summer :(


53 Tina @ The Shakespearean Tomato August 9, 2010

I have to be honest with you, I really REALLY tried to like overnight oats. I made them a few times, I tried different variations, I threw most of them away. I don’t know, texture? Temperature? I like oatmeal, but cold gooey oats just didn’t do it for me. On the OTHER hand I am totally hooked on green monsters and have started making green smoothies for breakfast several times a week and I know I will be making more once school starts and I have to be there at an ungodly 8am every day! My question is…why would they schedule theatre classes at 8am?? Don’t they know us stage folk are all nocturnal??

Just wanted to say I love your blog…it was one of the first healthy living blogs I started reading close to a year ago and really has inspired me. I am making huge changes in my own life similar to you (quit the corporate job, pursuing what I love, making positive health changes) and I just started a blog too…nowhere near as pretty as yours yet, but you gotta start somewhere, right? Have a great day!

~Tina (The Shakespearean Tomato)


54 AngelaOSG August 9, 2010

Glad you enjoy the blog! =)


55 GlowingBIL August 9, 2010

Great list of things. Kids change your life so much.

Enjoy your trip this week and thanks for loaning us Eric tonight for babysitting. We’ll see if he can relate to the list after one night of looking after his niece and nephew


56 Maddie August 9, 2010

Yum! Those overnight oats look delicious. I love pumpkin and banana soft serve so I will have to try this!


57 Marathon Bound Gal aka Grace August 9, 2010

PUMPKIN…PUMPKIN….PUMPKIN….it makes me want fall to be here!!! Of course, in Dallas, Tx., fall doesn’t happen till like November…LOL! Yuck!


58 Mini @ Wedding Accessories by Mini's Work August 9, 2010

I think I drool over your breakfast every day! Yum! :)


59 Christine August 9, 2010

I tried overnight oats a few weeks ago and am loving every minute of them BUT Pumpkin overnight oats…… …… I can’t WAIT to try this!!! Pumpkin is my favorite part about fall!!!


60 Katy @MonsterProof August 9, 2010

It’s been a couple years since I grew pumpkins, but it might be time to start again! Yum!


61 Paige @ Running Around Normal August 9, 2010

You’re startin’ early with the pumpkin this year! I’m going to *try* and hold out until October. However, September is more realistic :-P
Looks delish!


62 Tanya Kummerow August 9, 2010

The pumpkin voo just keeps getting better and better. Can’t wait to try it! I need to go get some pumpkin!


63 Rachel August 9, 2010

I miss pumpkin so much. It was never something I had just during fall or winter month. I bought it all year round. I can’t find it in any stores now. Last year there was a bad crop I believe, so Libby’s is nonexistant and I haven’t been able to find other brands in any stores in Baltimore. I’ve considered buying a case online…Maybe I’ll break down. I miss canned pumpkin. I wish I’d have stocked up last winter when it was still available!!


64 Mac August 9, 2010

Wow that looks and sounds delish! I am going to have to try that one.


65 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales August 9, 2010

Crikey, you work soooo hard!! Where do you find the time to make all of your delicious meals?!


66 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 9, 2010

I opened up a can of pumpkin today to use in a snack. :D Now that it’s open, I have no excuse not to make this for breakfast soon!


67 Lisa (BBB) August 9, 2010

WOW – congrats on all your hard work! And I LOVE that glass you served breakfast in! I miss all my nice glasses / plates / bowls – they are all still packed away :( Only 3 more months til we get to move in to our new house!


68 Christa August 9, 2010

pumpkin overnight oats will definitely make a repeat appearance for my breakfast tomorrow, WITH the BSS! I didn’t want them to end this morning… this one looks amazing as usual :)

of course, I had the can of pumpkin open, I had to make the oatmeal cookies as well. I cannot believe how soft they are! the hubs and I LOVE them!


69 Ann August 9, 2010

Mmmm that looks soo good! It reminds me of the Frozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity!


70 Valerie August 9, 2010

Lovely post! The kids article was adorable. Loved it! Hope you’ve had a pleasant Monday. : )


71 Lori August 9, 2010

Who knew overnight oats (and delicious banana soft serve!) could be so beautiful photographed. You are talented! :) And not just for the pictures. Love what you are all about. Truly inspirational.


72 Stacey@ August 9, 2010

Love that little cup/bowl, it’s so cute.


73 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale August 9, 2010

Yum! I couldn’t find pumpkin the other day at the store, so I bought pureed butternut squash instead… Worked like a charm, and almost had a sweeter, more delicate texture?! Either way, I’m already heralding the return of the winter squash!


74 Pure2raw twins August 9, 2010

Your pumpkin oats look amazing!! I am looking forward to fall because I love fall squashes!!


75 Danielle August 9, 2010

The pumpkin oats look like they also might be good with some crushed graham cracker topping… for the upside-down, inside-out, oat-filled pumpkin pie effect :)


76 Alyson @ Runner's Gut August 10, 2010

After reading your mouth watering post about your banana soft serve/pumpkin overnight oats combo I had no choice but to race to the store, grab some punmpkin and demolish my own bowl this morning! I have been so inspired by your pumpkin talks that I may also use up the leftovers to make those fabulous looking banana/pumpkin cookies!

I am new to your blog and think it is awesome and I also love that you have an offical GM website! You’ve got me hooked, and as I will be living in St Catharines shortly, I think I may have to order some Glo bars! :)


77 Kate August 10, 2010

I don’t know what excites me more – seeing those boxes or a new Green Monster mix! As much as I love summer, I have to admit I love autumn more…bring on the pumpkin spice-y-ness.


78 Jolene ( August 15, 2010

Beautiful pumpkin pie parfait!!!


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