I spent half my day at work today interviewing people for a new role on my team. I’m hiring someone internally from the company so I already know the people who are interviewing, or someone on my team does. I work from a remote office (a.k.a. my house), so these were phone interviews. I had a bunch of interviews back-to-back with fifteen minute breaks in between and no break for lunch. I repeat, no break for lunch. I require lunch. I require breaking for lunch. It is my time to review my to-do lists, evaluate, assess, plan, think, etc. So wah wah I didn’t get a lunch break today. No big deal. But I still had to eat. And try as I did to prepare and eat my lunch in fifteen minutes, it didn’t happen. So, I was interviewing this girl and eating at the same time. I’d ask her a question, then eat while she talked. It was working perfectly until… She had been talking for a couple of minutes then she goes, “I think I got off track. Could you repeat the question.” My mouth was stuffed with food. Stuffed to the point that I couldn’t even say “hold on” let alone repeat the question. She totally caught me. It was pretty funny. Embarrassing but funny. Better than me catching her eating, I suppose.
Also, in another one of the interviews, the candidate dropped the F-bomb. I didn’t say anything, but in my mind, I was like “I like her.” What does that say about me?
Do you ever have those days that you just know are going to be awesome, from the moment you get up? Today was one of those for me. It might have had something to do with running out of peanut butter yesterday. Because what’s better than a jar of peanut butter? An empty jar of peanut butter! I know, I know, you’re saying “What, Merf? You’re crazy!” (Except all you food bloggers. You know where I’m going with this.)
You see, only with an empty jar of peanut butter can you make Peanut Butter Overnight Oats In A Jar. Whew, that’s a mouthful. How about PBOOIAJ. Better? Er, maybe not.
I have to confess, I said that the empty peanut butter jar was better than the jar of peanut butter, but to be honest, you need to bust out a new jar of peanut butter to make this really work. Preferably Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolate Dream. Trust me.
So next time you run out of a jar of peanut butter, don’t despair. (In fact, if you don’t have an empty jar of peanut butter, do it anyway. Get a bowl. Pretend. Play make believe. Come on, people!) Just do this…
Get a bowl and put this stuff in it:
- 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (Fage is my favorito)
- 1/3 cup almond milk (I used Vanilla)
- 1/3 cup oats (good ol’ Quaker works)
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds (<- if you don’t have these, get them. Use them. Love them. They love you.)
- 1/2 ripe banana, sliced thin
- 1 tsp vanilla
Stir, stir, stir…
Pour it into your empty peanut butter jar if you have one. Put the top on your peanut butter jar or cover the bowl and put it in the fridge. Fuggedaboudit until tomorrow.
Wake up in the morning. Skip the snooze button. Jump out of bed, get ready as fast as you can, and bolt to the fridge to grab this:
Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Add a teaspoon of agave syrup or half a packet of Stevia, stir, add a heaping teaspoon (or two) of the nut butter of your choice (trust me, choose Peanut Butter & Co Dark Chocolate Dream), and EAT!
It’s amazingly delicious. Filling, healthy, cold, refreshing, peanut buttery goodness.
Matter of fact, I’m about to head to bed, but before I go, I need to make myself some Overnight Oats.