Banana Walnut Baked Oatmeal + Weekend Recap

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic, relaxing weekend.

To be honest, I don’t really have all that much to report, but since I was MIA yesterday, I figured I’d check in!

Yesterday morning, Chris & I were up bright & early to help his brother move. We could only help out for a few hours, but the sun was hot & I definitely felt okay counting that as my workout for the day!

Yesterday afternoon was filled with house hunting. Yes, house hunting. “Erica, didn’t you say you were buying a house?” Well friends, it’s a long story – one that I will go into eventually, but not just yet! I feel like blogging about a house must be the kiss of death or something, so once I have some substantial, concrete explanation/update to provide you all with, my lips are sealed!

Since “emergency” house hunting kept us out for a few hours, we completely crashed once we got home. An early wake-up call + lots of driving around/house shopping = mental/physical exhaustion. We napped for a few hours, woke up to eat pizza & shower, then pretty much went back to bed. An exciting life, I know. 😉

This morning, I thought I’d switch up my breakfast a bit since I’ve been having overnight oats nearly every morning. I hadn’t made baked oatmeal in forever, & now I’m wondering why since it’s so easy, delicious, & filling.


I topped my baked oatmeal with some syrup, & had an iced coffee, too. I got a little bit of blueberry flavor in my coffee this morning, & I actually wasn’t a fan… lesson learned.

After breakfast, I showered & headed off to church.

Chris & I had a few more house appointments this afternoon, so before heading out I prepped a crockpot dinner.

I followed this recipe  for Pacific Island Chicken & Rice from Campbell’s Kitchen, except I added in 1/2 a red onion, since it was just hanging out in our fridge without a use!

It’s not the most photogenic meal, but it was flavorful & easy to make!

The rest of my evening has been spent doing some laundry & not much else. After being so busy during the school year, it’s so weird to have down time. Tomorrow looks somewhat “busy” though. I have an early run planned (before it gets too hot!) then a meeting with our realtor, a doctor’s appointment, & a major clean of our apartment, which is long overdue. I also need to fit in grocery shopping!

When do you typically do your grocery shopping? During the school year, I always go at some point during the weekend. I like being able to go during the week though, since it’s considerably less crowded!

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    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      Buying a house has been way more difficult than I ever imagined! I hope this isn’t what it’s like for everyone & we’re just the exception!

  1. Darcy says:

    Everyone is telling me I should start looking for a house, and I know they’re probably right – rent isn’t quite the same investment that house payments are – but that just sounds like so much responsibility right now! So kudos to you. I hope you find a great place!
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    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      I definitely wouldn’t be buying a house if I weren’t married because I have no idea about all of the upkeep that’s involved! My husband used to be a landscaper, so I know he’s got the outside of the house covered. Anything else, we’ll have to struggle through together! :-)

  2. Baking Serendipity says:

    I’m house hunting too! I’m not sure I’d call it emergency…but living with my parents is definitely getting old fast. I’ll be excited to own a house of our own again. Good luck with your hunt! PS: I’ve been in an overnight oats routine too lately…this baked oatmeal looks like a fantastic change-up!
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    • 4thesakeofcake says:

      We need something by the end of the month. Depending on how things work out, a little “vaca” at my parents’ house may be the route we take.

  3. Tessa @ Amazing Asset says:

    House hunting is so so exciting, but stressful of course too… my mom is doing that right now, and I am trying to help out!
    The baked oatmeal is great, I love recipes like this.. will be trying it soon, especially because we have people coming to stay soon, and that could be a good breakfast for everyone :)
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