A Green Holiday

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 2, 2010

Happy Civic Day to my Canadian readers! I hope you are enjoying a lovely Monday off.

I’m not feeling too good this morning! We went to a friend’s last night and I am now nursing a Wii and beer hang-over. Never a good combo! I did however, win the coveted prize as the Boxing Queen though, so I guess all was not lost. I am a ninja at that game. I have no skill aside from thrashing my arms and legs, but it seems to work.

I woke up around 7am and drank a couple huge glasses of Amazing Grass Wheatgrass powder + H20. It helped a lot! I don’t know what I would do without Amazing Grass products.

I also watched a gorgeous sunrise and woke my body up with some natural light. Nothing beats summertime mornings!


Recently, a reader from Switzerland (the home of Müesli!) emailed me to tell me that Vegan overnight oats are even better when you make a big batch and keep it in the fridge for several days. She said that it tastes better the longer it soaks for.

I decided to make a bulk batch that would be good for 3 servings.

3-Day supply of Vegan Overnight Oats

  • 1 heaping cup oats
  • 3.25 cups almond milk
  • 3.5 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1-1.5 tbsp Amazing Grass Chocolate protein powder
  • Cinnamon, optional
  • 3 mashed bananas (if you won’t be making the banana soft serve parfait)


Directions: Mix dry ingredients in a large container. Add almond milk and then whisk very well. Place in fridge overnight. Makes 3 servings.

For breakfast I made a Chocolate Cake Batter Vegan Overnight Oat Parfait!


It was delicious as I hoped it would be! I made 2 layers of cacao nibs hidden in the middle! The cacao nibs really make the parfait because they are so crunchy.


Green, green, green!


It feels like it has been forever since I made a VOO parfait! Oh, how I missed it.



I am off to meet a girlfriend at the mall this morning. I need to find Eric a birthday gift as his birthday is August 11th. This afternoon, I am helping Eric and a couple of the guys with renos in the basement…sanding, dry wall, and painting!! Eric has taught me a lot about renos and my skill is slowly but surely improving.

Imagine ME holding THIS.

Scary, I know. I’m not going to rule out the possibility that I could do some major damage to the walls, myself, or Eric. He was warned.

Today’s question: Are you a handy woman? Do you do any home-related projects or are you a whiz with power tools?

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Heather (Heather's Dish) August 2, 2010 at 7:47 am

can’t wait to see what happens with the renos! i bet it’s going to look amazing :) hope you have a fabulous day!


Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 2, 2010 at 7:50 am

If my husband was doing renovations, I think I would stay far, far away!


AngelaOSG August 2, 2010 at 8:41 am

lol..yea I know what you mean. Occasionally I will hear a crash and Eric yell ‘crap!’ in the basement…never a good sign!!!


Paige @ Running Around Normal August 2, 2010 at 9:30 am

LOL I know that noise far too well!


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies August 2, 2010 at 8:00 am

I consider myself pretty handy – an old, male roommate of mine used to call me “Bob Vila” jokingly (of “This Old House”, fame…and Tim “The Toolman” Taylor’s nemisis on “Home Improvement”). I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty.

Also – I can never get over how gorgeous your oats are..even if I put mine in a glass like that…they would not look that wonderful!


AngelaOSG August 2, 2010 at 8:39 am

LOL @ the Bob Vila nickname!


Courtney @ Ice Cream & Wine August 2, 2010 at 8:05 am

I LOVE the glass that your parfait is in – so fun!!


tanyasDailyProduct Reviews August 2, 2010 at 8:14 am

yes and no…depends
your breakfast looks so good right now!


Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 2, 2010 at 8:18 am

Good to hear you’re feeling a little better! And I’m definitely not a handy woman..my mom is so I’ve picked up a few things from there but for the most part I’m up a creek if my toilet won’t flush. Must have gotten those genes from my dad ;)


April @ Crazy Fabulous Life August 2, 2010 at 8:23 am

I would definitely not call myself handy. And even if I tried, I’m sure my husband would take over. He likes to micromanage :)


Wei-Wei August 2, 2010 at 8:25 am

ROCK the Wii boxing. It’s a great cardio workout I think because of all the thrashing. Somehow I suppose there’s supposed to be a method to it all… I just don’t know it. Keep on thrashing, m’lady.



Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 2, 2010 at 8:26 am

I can use a power screwdriver, does that count??? As a whole I am not handy with tools, but I’m a good helper because I know the names of tools and where they are kept.

The VOO parfait is beautiful as always! Good luck finding a bday gift for Eric!


AngelaOSG August 2, 2010 at 8:40 am

yes that counts! ;)


Marathon Bound Gal aka Grace August 2, 2010 at 8:27 am

I would love to be more handy around the house than I am. I love being creative and doing projects. I do have to admit that I’m famous for starting a project and not finishing. I’m trying to get out of that bad habit. A girlfriend of mine is like the gal that posted about Tim the Toolman Taylor and she wants to teach me to do a few things this fall. I have recently had my shower re-done into a huge 2 person all slate stone shower with a glass wall. Next, I want to repaint the walls and refinish the cabinets. She wants to help me do this. Woohoo, can’t wait! I’m hoping that’ll be the start to some more big projects I have in mind for the fall.

Good luck with renos, (not sure what it is) but when you showed the pic of the machinery you are using, that pretty much explained it. :0)


Ashley August 2, 2010 at 8:30 am

I’m not the best handy-woman but decent I suppose. I really enjoy painting!! Way to rock it with the boxing! Good luck finding Eric a gift :)


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 2, 2010 at 8:36 am

Oh man, I am so not handy, lol. I wish I was though!!

Your parfait is so beautiful!!! Yum!


Katheryn August 2, 2010 at 8:37 am

I am not at all a handy woman. Thankfully the husband is excellent at all of those things, so I need to keep him around.


Camille August 2, 2010 at 8:41 am

I love the last photo!
I am… self-sufficient, but not handy. My boyfriend constantly gets mad at me for putting up pictures without measuring first. I think he’s just jealous of my natural aligning skills!


Kath August 2, 2010 at 8:43 am

Hey Ange! I nitpicky question for you: what do you store your frozen bananas in? A ziplock? A tupperware? I need to find the perfect storage container for them (since I’m all about storage containers these days :) )


AngelaOSG August 2, 2010 at 8:57 am

I have this long and slender tupperware container that was part of a huge 30 piece set we bought years ago. It is a bit worse for wear! heh


AngelaOSG August 2, 2010 at 8:58 am

Oops I meant to add that I usually peel and then chop a couple bananas and then place in the tupperware in the freezer. If I leave them in the freezer longer than a few days they get freezer burn so I try to just make a couple at a time.


Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans August 2, 2010 at 8:54 am

I like to think that I am handy but I am also pretty impatient. I get 3/4 of the way through some projects and want to give up and move onto something else.

Sorry to hear you aren’t feeling to great.


Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes August 2, 2010 at 9:00 am

Hi Angela, hope you’re feeling better. Nothing that a little VOO parfait can’t fix, right??? I am most definitely NOT a handy girl. I leave that up the the experts! (namely, my husband)



Nichole August 2, 2010 at 9:08 am

That parfait looks like dessert, unreal delicious.

My hubs can fix anything, thank goodness. I try to avoid power tools, for everyone’s safety, but I’ve been known to fix a thing or two around the house.


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 2, 2010 at 9:21 am

Wii hangovers are never good…though mine usually consists of sore muscles from that boxing game! Who knew?

I consider myself handy. I used to take shop class in middle and high school because the other option was chorus and no one wants to be subjected to me singing. I’ve also had some fierce competitions with the Fiance on who can put together Ikea furniture the quickest (we usually seem to buy Ikea furniture in doubles for some reason).


Emily August 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

I had to comment because I am totally feeling your pain this morning after a night out of my own. I saw your tweet, too, and had to laugh. I made some oats with chia seeds and a banana and I am hoping that will be my remedy! Good luck shopping for Eric today and with the home reno’s!!


Tina August 2, 2010 at 9:26 am

I’m not a handy woman by ANY means, but I had to learn a few tricks when we renovated our entire house over two years. I still wouldn’t consider myself talented though.

And I think it’s too funny that you included Wii as part of your hangover.


AngelaOSG August 2, 2010 at 9:27 am

haha Im SO sore from that damn game!


Ilana August 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

I try to be the fix-it girl but last month my refrigerator broke and .. well .. I couldn’t fix it! I was really frustrated to have to call in a handy man because I’ve gotten used to doing everything on my own!


Paige @ Running Around Normal August 2, 2010 at 9:31 am

What a wonderful start to your morning! I’m starting mine off a little slow too – recovering from the weekend.
My husband is DEFINITELY the handier of us two. He usually lets me stay out of the way as long as he can get his dad or a buddy over here to help him:)


Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 2, 2010 at 9:33 am

My husband tries to fix everything and I can work a power drill…we live on a ranch so there’s always things to be fixed. But sometimes I pretend not to know too much ;)


Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana August 2, 2010 at 9:35 am

I’m actually more ‘handy’ than the hubby. He has to read every line of directions where I just use my intuition. He always has way more holes in the walls too..how does THAT makes sense? ;)


Kate August 2, 2010 at 9:36 am

My boyfriend is pretty good with tools, but we haven’t had a big project to tackle yet. Just random small things so far. I have no clue how to do any of it, nor what the names of the tools are. I tried helping him once, but kept asking him which tool it was he wanted again? I’d bring 4 different ones to him that I “thought” were the correct one, but was way off! I’d rather just clean. I can’t screw that up! ;)


AngelaOSG August 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

haha I am known for inventing names for tools…especially screwdriver heads!!!


Marta August 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

Eric and I have the same birthday!! I already guessed part of my present :) My bf is taking me to see Dragonette in Toronto! If you haven’t listened to this band, you have GOT to check them out, such great music to run/workout to, or just shake your booty to in the car/kitchen/living room :)


Jill August 2, 2010 at 9:48 am

I think I’m pretty handy. My dad used to be a carpenter and home builder (he builds canoes and boats now), and for Christmas one year he gave me a huge toolkit full of screwdrivers, hammers, nails, screws and lots of other useful things. My hubby and I have now added to that collection with lots of various hand-held power tools.
Today we are painting our living room! We’ve got half the room primed so far and are taking a little coffee break :)


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 2, 2010 at 9:49 am

I love Wii. I don’t get how I win at the boxing thing either. haha. But I bet your arms are very sore!


[email protected] August 2, 2010 at 9:52 am

I’ve been up to enjoy the morning outside the past two days, and I LOVE it! I’m not usually able to go to bed so I can get up early and be rested, but when I can do it, I love being out and about in the early morning :-)
I’m not really that handy, but I can fix/assemble things if i REALLY have to!


Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! August 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

My hubby’s birthday is also August 11th! For his birthday, I usually take him to Best Buy for a shopping spree :)

When you make 3 days’ worth of Vegan Overnight Oats, do you add the mashed bananas to the mixture as well? I don’t have time to make the banana soft serve in the morning (for shame!) but would like to try this recipe.


Callie August 2, 2010 at 10:22 am

That VOO looks so good. :)
I can’t stay near anything related with renovations. I’ll end up destroying our house and myself. lol.
I tried your smiling meditation trick this morning. It actually made me feel happier.


Amélie August 2, 2010 at 10:30 am

What’s that Civic Day business anyway? I’m in Montréal and AT WORK. Damn Québec, can’t do anything like the rest of the country!
Enjoy your day lucky lady!


Paula August 2, 2010 at 10:41 am

Good for you guys! Doing your own renos is so gratifying!

I’m a very DIY kind of girl – I work magic with power drills and electric staple guns :) two extremely useful tools!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 2, 2010 at 11:00 am

We don’t own a house so with an apartment there’s not much handy work to do. That’s probably a good thing since I’m the clumsiest person I know. I am a pretty good painter, though.


Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine August 2, 2010 at 11:03 am

Haha well I pretty much moved 5 times in the last 2 years all on my own, putting stuff together, taking it apart, and arranging it. I guess I’m kind of a handy woman? :)


Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' August 2, 2010 at 11:10 am

I love Wii Boxing!! I’m not very good at it (and look pretty silly doing it), but I love the way my arms, shoulders and back are actually SORE the next day! It’s a bit of a workout! :D

I don’t use power tools very often, but I do consider myself pretty handy around the house. I fixed our toilet a few weeks ago, and I was so proud of myself for not having to call a plumber!!


Cynthia (It All Changes) August 2, 2010 at 11:12 am

I am Mrs. Fix-it in this family. If it is broke Hunni comes to find me. I’ve fixed our stair rail, cabinet doors, light switches, and much much more. I just figure it out, and read the instructions :-)


Candice @ ChiaSeedMe August 2, 2010 at 11:12 am

Hope you continue to feel better today!!

I admire you guys for renovating your house! When we bought our house, it had just been renovated a couple years before, which worked out great because painting is about the extent of our handy man/woman ability:)


Katie August 2, 2010 at 11:15 am

Tomorrow morning, I will be having my first EVER bowl of overnight oats – every photo of yours make me drool every morning hehe! :)
Have a lovely day!
lots of love
Katie xx


Tracey August 2, 2010 at 11:16 am

That parfait looks amazing! I am definitely not a very handy person. I can do minor things such as change lightbulbs, hang shelves, paint, etc, but when it comes to building or fixing things, I call for help. Chris and I are trying to learn to be handy, but it comes with many mistakes….that’s what first houses are for though right? It’s our practice house ;) Have a great day shopping!


Kathryn August 2, 2010 at 11:19 am

I’m so glad I found out about amazing grass from your blog. I just love their stuff. This weekend was a HUGE yoga and music festival. HARD yoga classes all day and music late at night. The amazing grass with the mate and macha really kept me going when I was tired and sore.

I’m a ninja with a chop saw and nail gun now. I put all of the baseboard in my house and mitered the bullnose corners and everything. It was kind of fun to school my husband on a “man” project.

Hope you feel better today!


Pam August 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

I’m so glad you like Amazing Grass products, because it’s an extra confirmation for me. Some (totally non-healthy) friends of mine have been using the products and rave about them. I’ve been dying to try it, so will buy a can for travel in a few weeks. (I’ll remember it makes a good hangover remedy, too, lol)!!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 2, 2010 at 11:47 am

I’ve been living on my own (as in not with family and not in a university residence) for 3 years now, and I although I have ZERO power tool experience, I’m a lot more ‘handy’ than I used to be. I’ve managed to do quite a few superglue fixes and I’ve put together my fair share of IKEA products (although I’m not sure if that qualifies), but for any major catastrophes I go straight to my next door neighbour who can fix pretty much anything!

I hope you’re feeling better this afternoon – the mall always helps! :)


Mama Pea August 2, 2010 at 11:49 am

I had green juice this morning for similar reasons. Cheers!


Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 2, 2010 at 11:57 am

I surprised myself the other day by helping my Mom with her backyard rennovations. She’s putting down river rocks by her pool, so I spent a good 5 hours shoveling river rock. Not only was I able to get the rocks in place, but it was an incredible upper body workout. I was horribly sore the next day!

I can’t get over how gorgeous your breakfast parfaits are. I just got a food processor, so I can’t wait to try them.


Holly August 2, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I wish I were handy! I am always surrounded by handy people… I’ve just been waiting for it to rub off on me. Surely, it will eventually. No?


Brooke August 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Oh wow! You are far braver than I! No way could I wield such an intimidating and dangerous looking weapon…er, tool. Good luck!!


Crystal August 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm

When I was a preteen my parents renovated the upstairs of our house. I was mostly the helper, as in, the one that had to help hold up that huge piece of SUPER HEAVY gyprock while my parents nailed it into place. Painting was another thing I was destined to do as a child. But I enjoy it! I am looking forward to when I have my own place and can do renovations. :)

Btw, how does the VOO parfait taste without the chia seeds? I found some nearby but they are quite expensive.


Briana August 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm

i TRIED to make the banana soft serve last night and it did not turn out so good :( i dont know what i am doing wrong!


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm

I’m way too much of a klutz to be handy with any sort of tool!


Maria August 2, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Hey Angela,
I’ve been a huge fan of your blog for quite sometime but i haven’t gotten around to getting your glowbars but this year I promise to try them haha.

I am a runner and I am looking to go vegan for many of the same reasons (ethical, environmental, health, and then of course I feel so much better the less animal products I consume). How many times do you work out? Do you mix cardio with weights? I’ve been vegetarian for a while now and would love to make the transition :) Sorry if this is a long winded post, I was just curious because I do run, but I also do weight training fairly regularly for a teen.


Annie D. @ Annie's Simple Life August 2, 2010 at 1:46 pm

AMEN to Amazing Grass. I don’t know what I would do without it either!!


Leanne August 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm

This may be a silly question but what oats do you use in overnight oats? Could i use Quaker Oldfashion Oats? Also, would soy milk work just as well as almond milk? Thanks in advance!


k8 August 2, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I loveeeeee power tools. I have been known to just cut up piles of wood just for fun. People think I’m weird.


Miranda @ MirandasJeans August 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm

I like to think of myself as a handywoman. I enjoyed helping my hubby renovate our basment from scratch last summer. I even used his hammer drill to dill holes into our concrete floor to secure the frames for the walls. I cut the lumber to make the frames with his chop saw, as long as I am given clear directions as to what he wants and shows me how to use the equipment, I’m good to go!


Miranda @ MirandasJeans August 2, 2010 at 3:01 pm

ps. but I don’t like to get my hands dirty so no fencing or digging for me. I hate dirt under my nails. LOL


Amber K August 2, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Not at all! I’m so glad my husband is good at and loves all of that kind of stuff.


Leanne August 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I’ve never tried the soft serve parfait, but I’m going to have to and soon. It looks amazing. I’m not handy at all – I really wish I was but I just don’t have enough time in the day to wear another hat. My next goal is to learn how to sew and then sew a dress for myself, it has been a life long dream. :)


Michelle @ Housewife In The Raw August 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm

That parfait looks SO good. I’ll be making it soon! I’m not handy, but I aspire to be. Have you checked out the Young House Love blog yet? They keep inspiring me to try all these new things and the husband keeps telling me to get off their blog since his ‘honey-do’ list grows each time I check it. :)


Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 2, 2010 at 4:57 pm

I painted for the first time only a few weeks ago – and guess what – its a great workout! hehe


Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul August 2, 2010 at 5:19 pm

I am most certainly NOT a handy woman!!! I rely way too much on my husband to do things around the house, and he’s not all that handy himself! Maybe a handy woman tutorial is in order?


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beetred August 3, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I am not a handy-lady but I made a console table for our itty bitty hallway a few months ago and it was a seriously inspiring experience. I LOVE the table, it costed about $30 bucks and I felt like a bad ass putting that thing together with power tools ;) Great workout too! I think everyone should build a piece of furniture to cherish.


MB August 4, 2010 at 7:41 am

Last summer my bf and I built a 20′ x 22′ addition on our camp. It’s not completely finished but it’s enclosed and we’re chipping away at it. I had a hard time walking on the roof rafters and getting on the staging but it was a good workout. ;)


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