3 ounces

January 7, 2011

Smells I will miss in the next 12 days:


The most amazing hand crème I’ve ever found. Smells JUST like a lemon girl scout cookie. 99% as good as eating the real thing.


This Redken hair stuff Sarah gave me and I use for the smell only (I can’t tell if it makes my hair any different!)


Because there’s nothin’ like smelling Juicy


I will also miss this while I am up in moose country:


Smoothie in a bowl. Using up the fridge!

The Mix

For TWO smoothies

1 banana

Toppings: Crunchy buckwheat granola, coconut, peanut sauce

[Want to hear something funny: My dad reads the blog everyday and said to me over Christmas “I read every word, except for ‘the mix’ which I don’t really get” Ha!]


That big clump?


Peanut sauce. I haven’t wanted to open a fresh jar of nut butter before our trip, so I braved the peanut flour again. This time I mixed 2 tbsp flour with 1/2 tsp salt (LOTS of salt!), 1 tsp maple syrup and 2 tbsp milk. Worked great and I liked it a lot for SIAB! It also made a ton!



Coffee was weak today :( I’m not wild about our latest variety


Made up for it with a strong mug!



I’m wondering which includes more items: “The 12 Days Of Christmas” song or my 12-days-in-Montana suitcase!?

I’m trying to pack lightly, really, I am!

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1 jenna January 7, 2011 at 9:43 am

that hand cream does smell AMAZING! I love it! have fun packing :)


2 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

It might be almost impossible to pack lightly for 1) Montana and 2) 12-days!


3 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 7, 2011 at 9:45 am

Would love to visit moose country! Dustin is a moose fanatic. :)


4 Hope January 7, 2011 at 9:45 am

That hand cream sounds amazing! I need to find it asap! I hate packing. I never know what to bring and I always end up overpacking and not even wearing half the stuff I bring. Good luck with packing! :)


5 Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun.blogspot) January 7, 2011 at 9:46 am

LOVE J.R. Watkins!


6 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey January 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

Carry-on luggage only? Brave girl!

I always *try* to pack light… particularly after my (checked) suitcase was lost on a trip to Ireland. (Um, it went to London without me? I used to live there, so I think it was just trying to go “home”! I got it back on day 3 of an 11 day trip, thankfully).

The 3 oz rule kills me… I end up filling up my quart bag, and my man’s as well. :)

I love all citrus-scented things, yum! The C.O.Bigelow lemon lotion smells divine, too!



7 Kath January 7, 2011 at 9:49 am

Well we are taking 2 suitcases and mine may or may not be checked. Packing less than 3 oz just in case!


8 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 7, 2011 at 9:48 am

Oooh, good luck packing!!! I would have a HARD time packing lightly for that trip!


9 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

I don’t know how you eat smoothies when it is this cold. I just had a hot bowl of oats with some iced water and am not freezing. I think today calls for lots of hot tea, but first…another cup of coffee. Have fun packing…I always dread it.


10 Kath January 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

The smoothie wasn’t cold!! Nothing is frozen in there – just room temp and the milks. It gets room temp by the time I eat it and blend it.


11 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

Spray your the inside of your [filled] suitcase with a spritz of perfume to “carry” it with you :)

I’m chuckling at your dad’s comment :)


12 Kath January 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

Good idea!


13 Meg January 7, 2011 at 9:52 am

I LOVE that hand creme! I have to find it online now cause the store that used to sell it here closed down :( Ahhh!


14 Camille January 7, 2011 at 9:55 am

You are going to have so much fun! I can’t wait to hear about your trip!


15 Little Bookworm January 7, 2011 at 9:56 am

Good luck with the packing and the trip!


16 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes January 7, 2011 at 9:58 am

must try that hand cream! Good luck in Montana…:)
cathy b. @ brightbakes


17 alana (at) the food January 7, 2011 at 9:59 am

montana is really beautiful!
you will have the best time….enjoy!


18 Hannah N. January 7, 2011 at 9:59 am

That is impressive!! I could never pack all my things for 2 weeks into a carry on, I even have a hard time packing my things for a weekend into a carry on (but then again, I tend to pack my whole house whenever I go anywhere). Safe travels!


19 Alaina January 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

I would imagine that half the suitcase would be one or two winter coats. :-)

Besides the great smell, does the creme work well for dry skin? I get the worst during the winter.


20 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

I always miss my perfume too- I get nervous that the bottle will break!! Happy packing :)


21 Amanda in Texas January 7, 2011 at 10:03 am

Hi Kath. Like all the rest I am a huge fan of your website. I read it everyday, sometimes checking 4-5 times a day for new post. I can’t wait to hear about the Montana trip. I was wondering though, you usually drink coffe and it always looks enticing so what do you usually brew and what do you put in your coffee?


22 Kath January 7, 2011 at 10:39 am

We buy whole foods coffees – with a mix of local and others thrown in. I like Whole Foods Blend a lot these days. I also like Peets. We have a Cuisinart drip coffee maker and I just put a splash of milk in


23 Karen January 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I’m a big Peets fan…taste-wise and service-wise they exceed expectations. Their New Guinea Highlands is my usual, but all of their beans/blends taste superior to me.

Safe travels, Kath! Have a blast!


24 Diana @ frontyardfoodie January 7, 2011 at 10:04 am

My husband has a thing of Redken conditioner that he uses small amounts of that is incredible. I’m pathetically in love with it. It smells amazing and makes my hair soft soft soft!


25 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 7, 2011 at 10:04 am

I love that chair.


26 [email protected] January 7, 2011 at 10:07 am

I’ve gotta locate that hand cream! I can practically smell it through the screen!


27 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 7, 2011 at 10:11 am

I’d miss Redken hair products too. They’re classic and incomparable.


28 Shannon @ A Better Me January 7, 2011 at 10:11 am

That hand cream is awesome! I love the smell *sigh* Those placemats are super cute!


29 Marina January 7, 2011 at 10:11 am

Can’t wait for warmer weather,so I can have smoothies again:)
I packed a suitcase for 45 days.Not easy.I packed completely wrong:D


30 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 7, 2011 at 10:12 am

i am so excited to see the trip from your perspective! although packing is such a pain…but so much better than UNpacking!

have fun!


31 Amanda (Eating Up) January 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

I wonder if adding actual peanuts would help the flavor of peanut sauce. Crunch nut butter?


32 MaryBe January 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

I just can’t pack lite, it’s not in my genes (jeans 😀 )
I usually fly Southwest and check 2 bags (free!) and take a small carry on. I ‘don’t leave home without it!’
I just like to have my things, can you tell?!


33 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat January 7, 2011 at 10:20 am

J.R. Watkins is awesome! And they’re a MN company!


34 sarahMTSBB January 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

I used peanut flour to make spread for toast with mashed banana, a little chocolate soy milk, and salt. My sister was impressed.

Hope you have a great trip!


35 Court & Whit January 7, 2011 at 10:27 am

I love the Juicy Couture perfume. Courtney and I got it for Christmas, and the smell is amazing. Seriously, I have gotten so many compliements on how good I smell, and the funny thing is they were all from guys!


36 Amy in WA (Texas transplant) January 7, 2011 at 10:29 am

Target (well, my local Target at least) carries a small, travel-sized version of the lemon cream! My sister picked one up for her purse, used it, and immediately went back in the store to buy another to send to me (so I guess it is at her Texas Target, too!). Hope you can find one to take along – you could even carry it on!


37 Beth @ DiningAndDishing January 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

I’m a big fan of the peanut flour as a sauce. With a little salt I think it tastes pretty close to the real thing – with more bulk. Always a bonus :).


38 Sruthi @ Exercise, Food & Beyond January 7, 2011 at 10:37 am

Have a fun trip! That mug is so cute, where did you get it from?


39 Kath January 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

OpenSky – and there’s a deal going out on them next week if you Follow me (see the KERF Shop page)


40 [email protected] January 7, 2011 at 10:37 am

Have you come up with ideas for meals while you are gone on the trip? I struggle with maintaining my normal routines when I am on the road sometimes.

I use that hair stuff too!!


41 Kath January 7, 2011 at 10:41 am

Microwaved sweet potatoes and black beans are high on the hotel eating list!! We’ll probably eat out about 2/3 of the time though.


42 Heather January 7, 2011 at 10:44 am

Good luck with packing – I hate packing for a long trip!

Bringing lots of oatmeal?


43 Lauren at KeepItSweet January 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

Good luck with the packing!


44 aylin @ glowkitchen January 7, 2011 at 10:51 am

green mush has never looked so yummy!


45 Stephanie January 7, 2011 at 10:53 am

I don’t mind the packing part so much…but the unpacking part is just not fun.


46 Natalia - a side of simple January 7, 2011 at 10:58 am

You now have me dreaming of Girl Scout cookies! I was recently introduced to peanut flour and adding salt makes ALL the difference, I’ve found.


47 Ashley January 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

love.love.love.love. that lotion….it IS like eating a cookie!!


48 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

Salt definitely makes a difference with peanut flour. It can be really bland otherwise.


49 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 7, 2011 at 11:06 am

Have fun on your trip! And I am a sucker for good smelling beauty products…if I use it, it HAS to smell good! Thanks for your recommendations :)


50 Angela January 7, 2011 at 11:16 am

I live in montana! Where are you visiting? Bring warm clothes… It is wayyyy cold here!


51 [email protected] Sweet Life January 7, 2011 at 11:18 am

We spent a week in Montana and Wyoming in the summer of 2010. It is a beautiful, beautiful part of the country. I hope you guys have a fantastic time, even without some of your favorites!


52 Allison @ Happy Tales January 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

You’re dad is too funny! Glad that the peanut sauce was a win this time :)


53 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate January 7, 2011 at 11:24 am

Have a safe trip! :)


54 Maryann January 7, 2011 at 11:25 am

Good luck packing! Packing for cold weather is hard because those clothes take sooo much room. Great smoothie!


55 Deanna January 7, 2011 at 11:32 am

Have a great trip to MT! As a MT native, I am looking forward to seeing your adventures. Sadly, though, I am not from the area where you are traveling to, so I don’t have any good recommendations for places to visit (unless you want to drive a few hours…)! Since you’ve been before though, it sounds like you have some favorites to visit!!! Travel safe!


56 Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 7, 2011 at 11:42 am

ooo, i loathe packing. good luck with the packing and on your trip! :)


57 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 7, 2011 at 11:46 am

Have fun in Montana! The lemon hand cream sounds great!


58 Allison K. January 7, 2011 at 11:58 am

I hope you see a moose!


59 Errign January 7, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Have fun in Montana. I will be in Big Sky, MT (equi-distant between Bozeman & Yellowstone) from the 18th to the 25th! :)


60 Katherine January 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Oh man, I’d just plan on checking a bag. 12 days in a long time and having your regular favorites with you will make it easier to be away from home. Looking forward to reading about your trip!


61 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 7, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I love lemon girl scout cookies! Packing however, I detest (unless I’m going somewhere hot where all I need is a bikini!!) Good luck! :)


62 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite January 7, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Love your placemats! Just adorable. Not sure how I feel about spinach in smoothies yet. I know it’s all the rage. I think I just need to bit the proverbial bullet and give it a go!


63 sarah (the SHU box) January 7, 2011 at 12:26 pm

ha, my hair is addicted to that stuff; a day without it would be wrong. but you don’t have any frizz, ms. naturally straight :) i’m so glad you are getting good use out of it!


64 Allison @ PickyEatingRD January 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I think if you have crazy curly hair (me) then you notice more of a difference with the REDKEN. I also love the juicy smell, a little bit goes a long way!


65 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm

ohh that hand cream sounds like it smells so yummy!! i’d probably want to eat it! :)


66 Sally Mae January 7, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I can’t help but re-comment that JR Watkins is from a rural MN town and we went to the museum on our honeymoon last year!!!!!!!!! Safe travels to you and Matt as you embark on your bakery adventure training:)


67 Namaste Gurl January 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm

It was be a SIAB trend kind of a day, as I had one too– featuring coconut as well! :-)
Good luck on packing!


68 Kathy W. January 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I love the scent of that hand creme–but then, I love all things lemon! If you like the hand creme, try the J.R. Watkins lemon cleaning spray they sell at Target. It’s a splurge, but it makes me actually look forward to wiping things down, because of the scent in the air after each spray.


69 Allie January 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Good luck packing and have fun on your trip tomorrow 😀


70 Amy January 7, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Have you thought about getting an atomizer for your perfume? They sell them at Sephora. I always have a little perfume with me that way and they’re great for travel!


71 Kath January 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Cool! Do you just spray your perfumes into it?


72 Amy January 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm

No, you pour the perfume into it – at Sephora they actually did it for me.


73 Kath January 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I have never heard of one but am googling it now…


74 Meagan January 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Remember how frigid it will be.. and pack your silk long underwear, if you’ve got some!


75 Monique Gagnon January 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

HAHAHAH I love the insert about your dad… no offense, but since I dont’ have enough time or patience or ingredients to make elaborate/fun breakfasts as you, I skip the “The Mix” parts, too. I love looking at the pics of the final product, though!


76 Melissa January 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I ove my Juicy fragrance as well! :)


77 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] January 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm

Juicy, the original, is my fav-or-ite!

Like the new additions to the photo rotator :)


78 Alycia [Fit n Fresh] January 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Love me some juicy perfume! If you still want the smell, buy the roller and toss it in your purse 😉


79 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 7, 2011 at 6:49 pm

No banana in the green smoothie? Did it still taste good? I think I would find it way too bitter without one!


80 Kath January 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Oops!! YES there was a banana!


81 Hannah January 7, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I made my first green smoothie (and had it in a bowl-like mug) yesterday! Still yet to find any non-gross whey-body-builder protein powder in Canberra, though, but it was still tasty without it :)


82 carlee January 7, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Thats so funny that your dad did not know what that meant! LOL
I have been wanting to try green monster oats! Are they good?


83 Anna @ ciaotochow January 7, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Your dad’s comment made me laugh out loud — so cute and totally something my dad would say (he comments on my blog and it’s unintentionally hilarious).

By the way, I’m kind of obsessed with your tablecloth and mug. So pretty! Do you remember where you got that tablecloth?


84 Kath January 7, 2011 at 7:56 pm

It’s a tea towel from Crate + Barrel


85 Anna January 7, 2011 at 10:26 pm

Haha, that’s so funny about your Dad – I actually do the same thing! I read everything except “The Mix”, which I always just skip over.


86 Maria @ The Fitted Apron January 8, 2011 at 8:55 am

The girl scouts aren’t selling lemon chalets this year :(


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