Last week I joined my mother and several coworkers at the Rosen Plaza Hotel for the 8th Annual Seniors First High Tea & Hats. This was my second year attending this event, which benefits Seniors First, an organization that works to enhance the quality of life for seniors living in the Central Florida Community.

The High Tea & Hats is a tea party that pulls out all the stops. We were treated to a selection of delectable teas and scrumptious tea sandwiches, pastries, and fruits. I'm not ashamed to admit I stuffed my face!

There was also a silent auction with a large variety of really nice items up for bid. In addition, they hosted a drawing for a trip to New York City (including tickets to see LIVE with Kelly and Michael) and another drawing for a Wall of Wine. Yes...a Wall of Wine. Sadly I didn't win either. *tear* But I did win a stay at The Alfond Inn with brunch at Hamilton's Kitchen. I plan to use that around my birthday. Super excited!

Perhaps the most fun part of this event is the hat contest. Attendees are invited to wear creative and sometimes outrageous hats. My mother and I are crafty and enjoy making our hats. This year we went with a Beauty and the Beast theme. I made a Chip hat. She took Mrs. Potts.

They hold a hat parade fashion show to judge contestants. I strutted my stuff down the runway and we ended up winning the Mad Hatter Award, which is given to the most creative hats.

All-in-all it was a lovely time. And I was happy to support Seniors First. If you'd like to learn more about the organization and how you can donate, visit their website.

My lovely coworkers
And now down to the reason you're probably reading this post. My overnight oats recipe of the day. These oats use matcha powder, which is a finely-ground powder version of specially-grown green tea that boasts a variety of health benefits.

Matcha can be bought online, but it can get costly. I recommend you seek out an authentic Asian grocer somewhere in your vicinity and purchase from there. I picked mine up at an Asian grocery store just up the street from where I work.

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~ Ingredients ~

½ c. rolled oats
½ c. unsweetened almond milk (or your milk of choice)
1 tsp. chia seed (optional)
1 tsp. flax seed (optional)
½ tsp. vanilla extract
⅛ tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. matcha powder
½ Tbsp. honey (I used Isaiah's Garden Pure Honey)
Unsweetened coconut flakes to top (optional)

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~ Directions ~

Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or other sealed container. Let set in the refrigerator overnight, or at least for a few hours before enjoying. Top with some unsweetened coconut flakes, if desired.

Oats will keep in a sealed container for several days, so you are OK to prepare the beginning of the week for your weekday breakfasts. I always prepare 5 days worth of overnight oats on Sunday afternoon so I have a quick grab-and-go breakfast for the busy weekdays.