Pumpkin Heaven

December 1, 2008

If there is a pumpkin heaven, it exists within this bowl of oatmeal –


Best bowl I’ve had in weeks! And I think it may have been my mom’s leftover pumpkin. She brought me a little tupperware of leftover pumpkin from her pie, and I swear it was already sweetened. Not pie sweet, but not canned pumpkin un-sweet.

The heavenly mix:

  • 1/3 cup oats, 2% milk, water, 1/2 large banana, pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup wheatberries
  • 1/2 cup mom’s leftover pumpkin
  • A few walnuts
  • A few dark chocolate chips
  • Spoonful of Barney Butter (I’m scraping the bottom!! 😥 )


Yummy coffee –


We were up at 5am this morning (although it was a slow start) to head to the gym. I did an easy 35 minutes on the ET with Real Simple and then we did a round of lifting – pullups, pushups, triceps, shoulders, abs.

I’m off to class to take a quiz I am not ready for, and then it’s time for my LAST CHEMISTRY LAB EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had 3 semesters worth of horrible chemical labs ahead of me when I started this program and I cannot believe today is my last one. Hooray!!

In other news, THE SUN IS OUT!!!

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1 coco December 1, 2008 at 8:08 am

heaven pumpkin oatmeal really!!!!!!!! looks so appetizing (even though I just finished my brekkie)

Good luck on your quiz!


2 VeggieGirl December 1, 2008 at 8:09 am

Pumpkin heaven, indeed – open up the pearly gates!! 😉



3 ashley (sweet & natural) December 1, 2008 at 8:13 am

Yay! No more chemistry! I’m keeping the T-giving spirit alive this morning with a bowl of pumpkin oats as well.


4 Charlie Hills December 1, 2008 at 8:15 am

Okay, I admit it. That looks better than blue food coloring and cookie sprinkles.


5 zestycook December 1, 2008 at 8:23 am

YAY for your last CHEM Lab!! Oatmeal looks amazing as per usual.:)



6 Lisa December 1, 2008 at 8:36 am

Hooray for the end of labs!


7 Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) December 1, 2008 at 8:38 am

Your title made me smile this morning. I love the combo of pumpkin and chocolate chips – one of my favs! Last chemistry lab – how exciting! You made it.


8 Mara December 1, 2008 at 8:41 am

YAY FOR LAST LAB!!!!!!! I’ll never forget my last education class… it was like the end of an era!

Gorgeous oats!


9 Madison December 1, 2008 at 8:42 am

wow i can’t believe its the last one – that mustfeel soooo good :)


10 claire December 1, 2008 at 8:53 am

Yeah for a sunny last day of chem lab!


11 hk December 1, 2008 at 8:54 am

Awesome!!! Good for you, you’ve made it through chem woth flying colors :) starting off great, too- enjoy the sun..it’s nowhere to be found up here in Boston


12 Megan December 1, 2008 at 8:59 am

Oh my goodness! I wish I had that bowl of oats this morning!

Yeah for final labs and the sun being out!


13 HangryPants December 1, 2008 at 9:16 am

I love the combination of pumpkin and nut butters! It makes the pumpkin so creamy and delightful.


14 Cyclist Kate December 1, 2008 at 9:19 am

So exciting about the chem lab! Isn’t it wonderful to be nearing the end of the semester? Might be one of the best feelings in the world…

Yum to your bowl of oats!


15 gina (fitnessista) December 1, 2008 at 9:22 am

happy last day of chem lab! whoo hoo!!!


16 stacy December 1, 2008 at 9:23 am

hey kath, quick oatmeal question-

do you use half milk and half water (as opposed to all milk) because of the taste combo or to lighten calories? i always use all milk (vanilla soy) and today i tried half water and i think i actually preferred the taste? thanks!


17 Janet December 1, 2008 at 9:25 am

I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of months, but waited until today to make your oatmeal, and all I can say is WOW! I usually don’t really enjoy stovetop oats, but cooking them together with water, milk, and banana made them so creamy and gave them great texture. I added pumpkin puree, pumpkin butter, and a spoon of natural peanut butter, and OMG! So delicious! I totally understand why you’re such an oatmeal enthusiast!

Congrats on being done with Chem!


18 tanya December 1, 2008 at 9:28 am

Hey – I teach chemistry – it’s fun :-) Just kidding! That pumpkin oatmeal looks delish!


19 Rose December 1, 2008 at 9:38 am

That definitely does look like pumpkin heaven! Wish I had a bowl over here :)

I was just catching up on all of your Thanksgiving happenings – it looks like you had a nice time with your family and all the food looked great. Congrats on hitting your goal with spending too!


20 Runeatrepeat December 1, 2008 at 9:40 am

Last winter I was all about pumpkin oats, but this year I cannot seem to get them to come out right!


21 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) December 1, 2008 at 9:43 am

that bowl does look like heaven-close enough to it! what a good idea for choco chips inside. yesterday i added tina’s pumpkin chocolate loaf to my oats—it was a great addition. i get awesome oat ideas from you, Kath, I added wheatberries today!! and a z bar. soo yummy and chewy- i highly suggest!

congrats on your last lab, lucky lady! Enjoy the sun, philly is cloudy.


22 Shelby December 1, 2008 at 9:51 am

Pumpkin Oats = the best breakfast in the whole entire world!!! =) I’m obsessed.


23 Angela December 1, 2008 at 9:56 am

Congrats for being DONE Chem!!! 😀 wow time flys!

Kath, Can you remind me of the great blog publisher that you use? I remember a while back you found some publisher program that speeds up uploading pictures and formatting posts….I am now realizing why you may have been so excited because Wordpress is slow!

Any tips are greatly appreciated!

Oh and if you want to see a true winter wonderland- click on my blog this morning! :) A beautiful snow fall last night.



24 K December 1, 2008 at 10:09 am

YAY for no more chem!!! Gorgeous oats as always :)


25 Justy2003 December 1, 2008 at 10:13 am

Congrats on having your last chem lab today! I’m sure it feels sooooo good!


26 Stacy (IN) December 1, 2008 at 10:19 am

Congrats on your last Chem lab! I have two projects to finish and one more class and then I am finished for the semester :) I know how great it feels to see the light at the end of the tunnel.


27 Maggie December 1, 2008 at 10:24 am

Looks SO creamy – yum!!! I love it when my mom gives me food :)


28 Camtim42 December 1, 2008 at 10:52 am

Today is my last Chemistry lab ever too! I seriously can’t wait. All the accidents and frustrations end TODAY. Of course finals are next week, but oh well…


29 Tina December 1, 2008 at 10:53 am

Pumpkin oats are heaven! :)


30 Cat December 1, 2008 at 10:54 am

Congrats on your last lab!! I’m sure you’re very relieved…

Looove the dark choco chips in your pumpkin oats today. That looks so fantastic right now!


31 Amanda December 1, 2008 at 10:56 am

This is exactly what I needed, I was trying to figure out how you are using pumpkin with your oatmeal so I could use mine.


32 Mel December 1, 2008 at 10:58 am

I bet that it feels amazing to be done with Chem labs! Congrats!


33 Moran December 1, 2008 at 10:59 am

FINALLY the last Chemistry lab!!


34 Kristin December 1, 2008 at 11:16 am

Dang it!!! I was going to tell you to mix in your leftover cranberry sauce to your oatmeal — like I’ve been doing for the past three days! — but you beat me to it.

I made my own sauce this year, too, just boiling cranberries in orange juice until they popped, then adding cinnamon, brown sugar and toasted walnuts. Add a huge glob to a bowl of oatmeal and some skim milk and it’s to die for! And I had been worried about what to do with all the leftover cranberry sauce….


35 Biz December 1, 2008 at 11:30 am

chocolate chips was a great addition! Hooray for last class!


36 bobbi December 1, 2008 at 11:46 am

yummy bowl, I have yet to add choc chips to my oats I must try! Good luck on the test! LOVE THE SUN:)


37 jenner December 1, 2008 at 11:59 am

WHOOOOO congrats on last chem lab!! that’s cool that you can get organic done and over with in one semester.


38 Julia (Santa Barbara Dreaming) December 1, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Last Chem Lab, huh? You’ve come such a long way, congrats, Kath! One step closer to becoming an AMAZING RD! 😉
Yay for awesomely delicious oats. mmmmm. Perfect way to kick off the new week, and a new month!


39 Allison K December 1, 2008 at 1:32 pm

hooray for the end of Chem!


40 runjess December 1, 2008 at 1:58 pm

I flew through Charlotte yesterday and you must be VERY happy for the sun being out. If it had been snow instead of rain yesterday, I’d probably still be there.


41 Kath December 1, 2008 at 5:40 pm

stacy ,
I use the half and half because I think it’s the best of both worlds: the milk makes it creamy and adds some protein + calcium and the water makes (in my opinion) the oats cook plumper. Plus, I think all milk is a little too heavy and adds more calories that I could use on fun toppings!

Janet ,
Welcome to the oatmeal club!

Angela ,
Windows Live Writer – life saver!



42 Angela December 1, 2008 at 8:40 pm

Great! Thank you…can’t wait to use it :)


43 ben December 2, 2008 at 3:58 pm

Hey, I’m linking to this recipe over at my article on AccidentalHedonist.com. It’s on vegan pumpkin desserts, out on 12/3.



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