A friend at work recently passed on to me the most simple, delicious recipe for overnight applesauce oats. You mix together just six ingredients and pop it in the fridge. For the rest of the week you get to wake up and push the easy button, because your “ready to go” oatmeal takes only a quick warming up as you head out the door. Of course when I saw these Snoqualmie Falls Oats on the shelf, I knew they must be the best and I had to use them. We spent our honeymoon at this extraordinary place! The view is of beautiful Salish Lodge & Spa perched high above Snoqualmie Falls…and it’s magical.
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I might have been head-over-heels in love at the time, but don’t take my word for it, Salish Lodge & Spa is a dream. Playing the birds-eye video from their website tells all, and it may make you want to plan your own trip to Salish heaven. Once you’re there, you’ll probably want to do some hiking around, visit the cute little chocolate factory, make time for a spa treatment, have dinner and dessert in their award-winning restaurant overlooking the falls, and then return to your private fireplace and melt into the craftsmen jetted spa tub in the middle of your room. I suppose if you wanted to make the most of a longer trip you could plan to head over to Seattle too… it’s only 30 minutes away.
Snoqualmie Falls Overnight Applesauce Oats
- 3 cups rolled oats (I used Snoqualmie Falls Lodge brand from Fred Meyers)
- 1.5 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice
- 3 cups unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup 2% milk (my friend substitutes non-dairy milk)
- 2 cups water
- Toppings You Like (brown sugar, blueberries, honey, etc.)
Combine all ingredients and let soak overnight in the fridge.
Wake up and warm them up! About 60 seconds in the microwave works for me. This recipe makes perfect oats and the next step is just to sweeten them up with whatever toppings you like… brown sugar and blueberries or a splash of milk and honey is just right.
These overnight oats can last in a lidded mason jar or airtight container for up to a week.
Makes 6 servings
My friend didn’t say where she found this recipe. If anyone knows where it came from please share, so that we can give the chef their credit!
By the way, these Joseph Joseph nesting storage containers are the best. They stay clean, save space and are pretty to boot.
The Rest is History
One of the fun things about blogging is being able to capture your own memories online. Who knows, maybe some day our kids or our grandkids will want to read up on the Story of Us. In this case, it’s worth telling how we got to Snoqualmie Falls and Salish Lodge. It all started with with meeting this great guy…
Then going to the Chapel. Fun fact…we were married in my husband’s Church, where we first met on a blind date in the parking lot on our way to go hike Spencer’s Butte. The hike was great and we arrived at the top in time to watch the sun set, at which point we realized we didn’t bring a flashlight to light the way back down. Fortunately, another hiker let us make our way down the hill with him and his flashlight. Along the way, he caught us both by surprise and asked how long we had been married, to which we replied, “we are on a blind date!” Little did we know my roommate was in the process of calling her boyfriend to go look for us. Apparently, some people don’t think hiking a mountain at night on a blind date is a super safe idea, but we had been set up by my Aunt and my husband’s friend, so that thought hadn’t crossed my mind. Needless to say, the sanctuary we said our vows in faces the same Butte we hiked on the first day we met, so I believe we had a little, or a lot, of divine intervention.
Here are a few pics from our special day…
For our honeymoon, we talked my folks in to letting us use their hot blue BMW convertible. On our way to Salish Lodge, we heard a strange noise coming from the car and got pretty concerned something was really wrong with it. We pulled over at a rural mechanic shop, and walked across the street to wait for the results. About an hour later, we returned to find out that the damage was a styrofoam cup stuck in one of the wheels that was making a lot of noise…lol. As you can imagine, my husband was pretty relieved to find out he hadn’t wrecked his new Father-In-Law’s convertible in the first week of marriage!
We had a great day in Snoqualmie. Salish is an all-wood Lodge, and when we returned to our room we found that some ants had made their way in to our beautiful honeymoon cake! We talked to the front desk about it, and they recommended we go to the Spa while they took care of things. When we came back to reception, we were surprised to be given two different room keys. Come to find out each one opened a different door to a gigantic two room suite, with a jacuzzi that sits smack on top of the Falls! It was more like a condo with a huge dining and living room, master suite, etc. The room would set you back $800/night seventeen years ago. Here is the view from the room…
We had a pretty awesome time there before making our way to Victoria, B.C. for the rest of our honeymoon.
I have to mention that it in writing this post it was fun to discover a few pics that prove we once were young. We are both feeling our age now! Just this week, my Dad had to take care of me due to a painful pinched nerve while everyone else was away for softball tournaments. Thanks Dad!
Another fun fact about our wedding day. Some friends of ours brought us in to our reception at the Lake on their sailboat. It was great to have that few minutes to settle in before arriving to see our guests at the dock that were all waiting to release a hundred butterflies. Unfortunately, the butterflies (which Sherry had so lovingly incubated for several days) were met by a powerful wind and released back in to the faces of our guests. I think Eric and I probably have the best memory of that moment! I thought it would be fun to end this post with a photo of the seconds just before…
I am pretty sure the best is yet to come though. Our daughter says she wants her wedding day to include exotic animals and homemade pop-tarts from Chef Vitaly Paley’s stylish brunch locale in Portland, Oregon.
Wish us luck!
If you haven’t already, don’t forget to check out the March Daychanger before we get to April – wink.