(Hidden) Top This!

November 15, 2008

I got lots of sleep last night :mrgreen: Ahhhhh. We woke up around 8 and hit the gym inbetween rain showers by bike. The husband is working all day today so I knew we had to do gym –> breakfast. I had a big glass of H20 and about 5 Quaker Squares before we left. At the gym I did 30 minutes on the Stairs plus some stretching (my leggins are a little sore from yesterday’s jumping!) before we biked home – to get caught in a huge rainshower! We were SOAKED when we got home. And now look at the weather:



I’m not sure if this sky is completely rain free now because some clouds have blown in, but I’ll take a little sun over no sun!

This morning I made my recipe for Quaker’s “Top This!” Oatmeal Bowl Contest….so I can’t show you what’s inside! What I can tell you is that it was under 400 calories, less than 1g of saturated fat, less than 12g added sugar (A HUGE CHALLENGE!), less than 480 mg of sodium, less than 20 mg of cholesterol and over 3 g of fiber – and included a 3/4 cup of dry oats!! I had NO trouble finishing the bowl and the combo I used was absolutely delicious. You’ll find out in time what it was :mrgreen: I’ve got one other idea I might try out too. Quaker is judging (blindly) on taste, convenience and creativity. While I feel confident about taste and creativity, it’s the convenience factor that will be hard to win over because you can’t just use cinnamon and raisins in a big contest like this.

I SO wish I could show you the bowl top – it was not only delicious but was pretty to look at too :)


I also had 2 cups of coffee…..I’m all jittery now. I had too much, but I drank one while I was cooking.


Today’s agenda includes my Micro final project, studying for Micro, Organic Lab, laundry and a party tonight. Since I finished breakfast at 11, I’m not sure what lunch will entail, but I think I’m going to try out another mystery recipe for my development project, so it’s going to be an all-white day!

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1 Marisa November 15, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Wow, Kath, that was a tough criteria to adhere to in making your recipe! I am sure it will be a winner; all your recipes are top-notch!

The sun is finally out here, too. So glad!


2 Kate(the teenager) November 15, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Hey Kath! Kind of random and I know that you are doing the Thanksgiving challenge, but I just wanted to let you know that recently, when I was at Harris Teeter, I happened upon their hummus. It was actually very good, in my opinion. You should definitely give it a try sometime. Hope you are doing well and hope school is going well for you too!!


3 Maggie November 15, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Wow! Lots of requirements. I can’t wait for the recipe :)


4 Oh She Glows November 15, 2008 at 12:43 pm

ahhh the suspense!! Can’t wait to see it!

Is that a dusting of sugar I see on the rim of the bowl? 😀


5 Oh She Glows November 15, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Oh I meant to say-

if there are any readers who are interested in training for a half (or full) marathon this Spring please visit my blog http://www.ohsheglows.com and let me know! I am thinking about starting up a community training program with like minded bloggers!


6 Kay November 15, 2008 at 12:57 pm

I love your patio and backyard…so pretty! Raining here in TN this morning too…where are you all???
Can’t remember if you’ve ever said what state.
Have a good day!


7 Shelby November 15, 2008 at 12:58 pm

I can’t wait to see your oatmeal concoction!


8 Michelle November 15, 2008 at 12:59 pm

What beautiful weather! Can’t wait to see what’s inside that breakfast bowl!


9 Erin November 15, 2008 at 12:59 pm

Looking forward to more white!


10 Miss Tiffie November 15, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Your oatmeals always turn out amazing and I’m oh so curious to see what you put in this!!! When can we find out?!?!?! 😀


11 HangryPants November 15, 2008 at 1:19 pm

Hey Kath,

What counts as added sugar? Fruit or just sugar/honey?


12 Biz319 November 15, 2008 at 1:30 pm

I made pumpkin pancakes this morning – they turned out AMAZING and I even forgot to put the egg in – each pancake only 99 calories!

Can’t wait to find out what you came up with.

Enjoy your blue skies – mine look like snow any minute!


13 Megan November 15, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Sorry you got so wet! I bet you oatmeal concoction was fabulous…whatever it was. Enjoy your party tonight!


14 Trojan November 15, 2008 at 1:37 pm

If anyone deserves to win by their love of oatmeal..its you!

Can’t wait to see this new recipe and try it out.

Have a great weekend!



15 Erin November 15, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Beautiful weather in your backyard, wish I could say the same about NJ right now.

Cute mosaic table :)


16 Justy2003 November 15, 2008 at 2:12 pm

It really is return of the mystery dishes, isn’t it?! Can’t wait to see what this latest & greatest oatmeal concoction is!

Do we get to find out the exciting reason the company is coming over tonight?? I’m oh so curious!


17 Moran November 15, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Oh I can’t wait to see the actual recipe! When do they all come out?


18 VeggieGirl November 15, 2008 at 2:51 pm


**types out while looking out window, at the downpour of hail and rain**

Enjoy the party tonight!!


19 thepinkpeppercorn November 15, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Mystery oatmeal and mysterious weather! hehe


20 Rose November 15, 2008 at 3:26 pm

Gosh, I can’t wait to see this hidden bowl of oatmeal! You have me in such suspense.


21 K November 15, 2008 at 3:49 pm

You are the recipe master, Kath – specializing in oats of course!


22 Melissa November 15, 2008 at 4:07 pm

I think we are all on the edge of out seats out that bowl of oatmeal… Just found site recently but can’t wait to try some of your recipes out!!


23 Runeatrepeat November 15, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Those are a lot of requirements for the contest! I am excited to hear about your entry :)


24 Halie November 15, 2008 at 4:18 pm

So suspensful lately!

Well, your oats look prize worthy anyday so this entry must be amazing!

Enjoy your Saturday and your party!


25 Kath November 15, 2008 at 5:01 pm

Kate(the teenager),
How are you!? What flavor did you try?

Re. Quaker recipe,
I’m not sure when I’ll be able to unveil, but they are due Nov. 24 and Quaker is announcing the winner (who wins a TRIP TO COLORADO!!) around Dec. 5th.

HangryPants ,
Lots of things 😥 Like if you used vanilla soy milk, which I think has cane sugar in the ingredient list, that would count. It was HARD to figure out a recipe! That is by far the hardest part of recipe development: obeying the rules. While I always keep my recipes mostly healthy and do consider a balance of protein, fat, fiber, etc., I never have to follow anyone else’s rules in my own kitchen. So when I come up with ideas for developing a recipe, it sucks to go plug it into NutritionData.com and find out I’m waaay over the sugar or fat required.

Justy2003 ,
Company’s coming next Wednesday and it’s my cousin Anna coming all the way from California :)

Melissa ,



26 Kate(the teenager) November 15, 2008 at 5:08 pm

I’m doing well!! Starting the whole college search deal. I just tried the original, but I’m sure that the other flavors would be good also!!


27 runjess November 15, 2008 at 7:16 pm

Oooh I can’t wait to see!


28 danceskater November 15, 2008 at 8:47 pm

Hi everyone! I’ve never posted before, but I’m a long time reader and I love the website, Kath. I was wondering, is anyone here from Ann Arbor MI? I’m so jealous of all those of you who live close enough to each other to actually meet! Anyone in my area? :)


29 Elina November 17, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Good luck! I hope you win… you are definitely the oats queen in my book 😀


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