The Spring Kitchen: Overnight Oats & A Coffee Body Scrub Recipe

Nothing ever seems impossible in Spring”.


My garden now has a row of radishes as well as broccoli, kale, green onions and carrots. The oregano and chives from last year have returned and the lavender is sprouting tiny flower buds; The rosemary is dressed in blue flowers, even the sage is blossoming. Spring has finally arrived on the coast.

Kale, Broccoli and Radishes will make a wonderful late summer salad- PHOTO BY JENNIFER PEDRAZA RICHARDSON

Oregano, chives and cat grass for the kitties. – PHOTO BY JENNIFER PEDRAZA RICHARDSON

Springtime in the kitchen holds the energy of renewal. At home, we transition from the carb-rich recipes of Fall and Winter and the focus turns to fresh vegetables; Asparagus and Spinach and overnight oats with berries for breakfast.

I love making overnight oats especially on work days. Just prep the night before then add your toppings in the morning and go!

Easy Overnight Oats Recipe


The base is (for 1 serving) :

1/2 a cup of rolled oats

1/2 a cup of almond milk (or any milk you prefer)

1/4 cup of yogurt (I use natural vanilla flavoured)

1 Tablespoon of Chia Seeds

1 Tablespoon of Maple Syrup

Place all of your ingredients in a glass jar and stir. Place in the fridge overnight then top with your favourite fruit in the morning. I especially like mine with Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, a dollop of nut butter and shredded coconut.

Other topping can be:

chocolate chips

sliced pineapple

chopped walnuts

sliced banana


After the heavier food and hibernation of Winter, I feel the need for a cleansing detox (For a detox inspired by the ocean HERE). Dry skin from indoor heating is easily sloughed away with a homemade body scrub. One of my favourites to make is this coffee sugar scrub. I can’t drink coffee (because it’s bad for my anxiety) but I love the scent. I take this scrub into the shower and it leaves my skin so smooth; it’s great before self tanning too because it’s not oil based.

Coffee Sugar Body Scrub


You Will Need

  • a bowl and a spoon to mix
  • an empty wide-mouth container with a lid
  • 2 Tablespoons of Coffee Vanilla Body Wash/Shampoo (or any body wash you like)
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon of ground coffee.


  • measure the body wash, into a bowl
  • Add the sugar and mix it
  • the mixture should be thick like ice cream, if not add more sugar
  • mix in the coffee
  • transfer the sugar coffee scrub into a wide mouth container
  • it’s now ready to use (and is the prefect morning pick me up if you love coffee)

What do you do to usher Spring into your home? We took a long walk in the woods today and for the first time it was warm enough to not need a jacket. The sunshine trickling through the forest canopy felt warm and inviting on our skin. Something about Spring makes me feel hopeful for what’s to come; camping in the mountains, misty beach hikes on Vancouver Island and evening BBQ’s on the patio.


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