I think it is safe to say that winter has arrived with how cold it’s been lately. I don’t mind the cold. I actually like it. I love the snow too. I just think winter is such a beautiful season. Where I was born we don’t have snow. It’s over 90 degrees pretty much all year round and with it being a third world country not every place has the luxury of having air conditioning. Growing up in New England after that has been wonderful. I love the fact that I get to experience four seasons in their full potential.
All seasons have their ups and downs and things I love and dislike about them. I enjoy the summer and being able to go to the beach, fresh seafood and just being outside in general. Except for when it’s super hot and humid. I hate getting that sticky feeling and sweating even after just stepping out of the shower. Spring is beautiful with all the flowers and colors and the fact that it is my birthday. The rain however can get a bit annoying.
Then there’s fall which has to be my favorite season. I love everything about it. Perfect weather (not too hot, not too cold), fashion, food, pumpkin everything, hay rides, pumpkin patch, apple picking, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc. I actually can’t think of anything that I dislike about fall. Maybe football and how everyone revolves their schedules around it. But, I have actually grown to like it a little. So there really isn’t anything I don’t like about fall per say.
Finally we have winter, which as I mention I think it’s a beautiful season and I absolutely love the snow. Yes the snow can get annoying too and a bit dangerous. Especially when you have to wake up early to go to work and have to shovel your driveway and clean your car. Nevertheless, I love playing in the snow. I love going sledding, building snowmen and making snow angels. You haven’t experienced life if you have never made a snow angel. I also prefer the cold over the heat. But that’s just me.
To make winter even more lovable in my book, Emma was born in the middle of January. Right in the middle of a huge snow storm. As if I needed more of a reason to want to snuggle with my brand new baby girl. I could see the snow falling out of the sky through my hospital room window as I held my baby girl on my chest for the first few hours of her life. It can’t get any warmer of a feeling than that.
For Emma’s first birthday party the theme was so easy to come up with. It was Winter ONEderland. How cute and perfect was that? I dressed her in this beautiful pink dress and she truly looked like a snow princess. All the decorations came out beautiful as well and it felt like we were actually in the middle of a winter wonderland.
As you can see I have many reasons to love winter. I just love curling up on the couch on a cold day with a hot cup of tea or hot chocolate and a good book or interesting movie. I love being snowed in and cooking a nice warm meal to then bundle up and go outside and enjoy sometime in the snow. And of course the Holidays are just a magical time.
Living in Rhode Island I am glad I get to enjoy the best parts of winter. And even though I enjoy it, the cold can get very harsh up here. The winter Emma was born we had snow storms after snow storms and temperatures went below zero. It can be pretty brutal and honestly sometimes it does make it a little hard to even get out of bed. I mean who wants to get out of their warm and cozy bed when it’s so cold outside. That’s why having a warm and delicious breakfast to look forward to is important during this time of the year.
Oatmeal is my go to breakfast during the winter. There’s nothing more comforting to have for breakfast during a cold New England winter morning. The only downside is you have to do some cooking so getting out of bed and putting in some work is a must. Overnight oats are great but I always eat those cold. Not as comforting as hot oatmeal. Another point to make is that after a few days, I get sick of eating the same thing. I like to switch it up and Emma is actually the same way.
So a good alternative to oatmeal is quinoa. Yes, you can have quinoa for breakfast too. It has a different taste and texture so it gives you a break from oatmeal while having it in a very similar way. Quinoa is one of my favorite superfoods having a great number of health benefits. Eating it as your first meal is a great way to start your day.
I made this recipe for breakfast quinoa specially for my blog. I don’t see many options out there for breakfast quinoa recipes. I also haven’t heard of many people eating it for breakfast. In fact, I bet a lot of you guys reading this have never thought of making quinoa as a breakfast meal. I could be wrong but I still have a feeling it’s not as popular as oatmeal is. In any case, I wanted to create an astounding recipe to introduce those of you who are not familiar with breakfast quinoa.
The amazing part of this recipe is not just the taste. I’m sure by the ingredients you guys can conclude that it is a pretty delicious breakfast. Cinnamon and apple are the perfect flavor combination. The walnuts give it the perfect crunch this needs to be the perfect warm and filling breakfast.
What takes this recipe to the top is that it is a crockpot recipe. You guys know how much I love crockpot recipes by now. This one is one that will have your breakfast ready for you as soon as you wake up on the morning. Just throw all of the ingredients in your crockpot at night. Set it on low and let it cook for eight hours overnight. When you wake up in the morning, you have a warm and cozy breakfast waiting for you.
When I make this recipe I like to get home from the gym a little earlier, take a shower, get in comfy clothes, serve myself a bowl of my quinoa and curl up on the couch while watching TV. All before Emma even wakes up. I may make it on a day that I don’t go to the gym and still wake up a little earlier to enjoy this bowl in peace. I like to top my breakfast quinoa with more walnuts and chia seeds. It really fills me and gives me the energy I need to start my day.
Crockpot Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa
- 1 cup quinoa
- 1 green apple
- 1/2 cup shredded raw walnuts (plus more for garnish)
- 3 cups almond milk
- 1-2 cinnamon sticks
- pinch salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 cups water
Add all ingredients in crockpot.
Cook on low for 8 hours overnight.
Stir and serve next morning.
Garnish with raw walnuts and chia seeds.