And The Winners Are….

August 5, 2008

Thank you to everyone for such a fun and entertaining contest!! I got so excited each time a new email appeared in my inbox! You guys are all so creative and funny. I loved the wide variety of entry styles as well. Check out the slideshow video of the 40+ entries I received at the end of the post!

WINNERS: Email me your mailing addresses so I can pass them on to Honest Foods!

And everyone, be on the lookout for another contest coming up soon :)


Honest Foods Oatmeal Contest

(The Husband here!) 

Man these were hard to judge!  From delicious oats I’d love to eat, to crazy pet-food oatmeal, to cute pictures – it was funny how many times I’d be sitting in another room and hear cackling laughter across the house because of a new hilarious submission.  So without further hesitation, here are the winners in no particular order:

Trina’s Dog-gone Delicious Oats

Trevor   Trina Ashour

It’s the “for sale” and “$1.00” that makes this picture!  Not to mention I have a soft spot for Jack Russels.  He doesn’t look like a great salesman though…

Rose H.’s Cantaloupe Bowl

Rose H

Cool idea and a beautiful picture. Can’t beat that!

Maggie’s Catfood Oatmeal (featuring Couscous the cat)

Maggie (3) Maggie (2)

As a treat, Couscous gets a smaller serving of oats plus 4 Savory Salmon Feline Greenies with a sprinkle of dried seaweed.  I’m basically imagining sushi oatmeal… nice job!

Justy’s Banana Split Oatmeal

Justy Banana Split

There were a couple banana split submissions, but this one took the cake because it’s the most decadent thing ever.  I’d say I want this for my birthday breakfast but I don’t think I’d be able to eat for the rest of the day!  Bananas, oatmeal, and three different topping scoops: peanut butter, strawberry jam, and honey.  Top everything with a sprinkle of Granola Planks and a cherry, and serve while laying on the couch in a puddle of drool.

Jessie, exhibiting Model Behavior

Jessie S

How can I resist a naked pic!?!?!  Nuff said.

Actually, I want to know who took the picture.  Then it’s nuff said.

Cati’s Savory Prosciutto Oatmeal


I’m always a fan of stretching oatmeal beyond its sweet associations, and this was an excellent idea: oats, goat cheese, figs, and prosciutto topped with pine nuts and a balsamic reduction.  Tres chic!

Monica’s “Bowl” of Oatmeal

Monica O

I like this one in keeping with the theme of this blog.  Instead of eating one of those horrible workout goo-packets when she runs, Monica makes a baggie of oatmeal (“real food”) and just squeezes it out as she needs it!

Sami’s Sunny-Side Up


We liked this one so much we made it a few days ago.  Again with the savory oats – top your regular oatmeal with a runny egg, chopped basil, some grated cheese and a dash of hot sauce.  It was pretty incredible, like oats-benedict. Sunny, the puppy, is pretty cute too!

Gina’s Oatmeal Facial

Gina (2)

We had several oatmeal facial submissions and they all were pretty funny, but the dogs eating Gina’s face added that extra cute factor (or perhaps extra horrific factor? Either way she gets points for cuteness/terror).

Karri’s Peachy-Beachy Shark Attack!

Karri L (2) Karri L

You gotta hand it to this mom for making breakfast super exciting and creative for her kids.  This oatmeal recreates a day at the beach, with sunken peach treasure buried under the waves, fruity Cheerios representing colorful shells and/or life preservers, a brown-sugar beach with nut-people of all different sizes shapes and colors laying out, and little fruit snack fishies swimmin around.  Make sure to eat it like a shark, as pictured!

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{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

1 BethT August 5, 2008 at 9:30 am

I have utmost respect for Trina. I, too have a terrier and he would not have cooperated. What a sweetie pie!


2 Kelly L. August 5, 2008 at 9:35 am

So cute! I love the oatmeal facial pic!


3 Ali August 5, 2008 at 9:38 am

Love the contest Kath and Matt! Thanks for always keeping us entertained!


4 Cat August 5, 2008 at 9:40 am

Those were such cute pics and they were so entertaining! I also love the “three little bears” one in the slideshow. :)


5 Justy2003 August 5, 2008 at 9:41 am

Yay free Honest Foods stuff…I’m super excited! 😀
There were some really creative entries! Thanks for keeping me entertained while I have nothing to do today thanks to Edouard!


6 Rose H. August 5, 2008 at 9:44 am

Oh wow, I feel so honored! And I am super excited for the Honest Foods gift – I’ve never had it before!

Love the slideshow of all the entries! I am excited to try just about all of these combonations (including Gina’s oatmeal facial!) Great contest!


7 caitlin (see bride run) August 5, 2008 at 9:46 am

hahah everyone is so creative! i loved the oatmeal goo you can eat while running! i might actually try that!


8 Fitnessista August 5, 2008 at 9:48 am

yeahhhhhh! thank you! i’m so excited to try the Honest Food goodies :)
what a great collection of entries and a super fun contest!

<3 gina


9 Trina August 5, 2008 at 9:54 am

YAY! I am so excited that my dog won me some free food 😉 Thanks BethT–trust me it look a lot of retakes to get that dog to sit still!! Also, did you notice the two small cheerio-looking things in front of him?? That would be his dog treats that he got to eat if he would “sit still”!!! LOL.

That was a fun contest! Everyone was really creative and it was fun to see how everyone thinks differently!

Thanks Kath and Matt!! Oh, and I agree–he doesn’t look like a very good salesman…however his cute puppy eyes and fuzzy beard might have won people over…


10 Christin August 5, 2008 at 9:54 am

Wow! Everyone is so creative! Husband, I think you got a really good variety, good job!! I think my favorite one is Monica’s oatmeal bag though lol!! That is totally the most creative way I have ever seen to eat oatmeal!


11 Chelsea August 5, 2008 at 9:56 am

Oh my gosh I don’t know how Kanz did it-those were some great pictures! I really wish my spelling out KERF would have worked-it’d be a cute header picture-feel free to steal the idea =D


12 Christie August 5, 2008 at 10:00 am

OMG, Gina’s oatmeal facial is so darn cute!


13 Bev August 5, 2008 at 10:01 am

OMG . They were all cute. I love the artzy shower one. Thanks Matt & Kath for a fun contest


14 BethT August 5, 2008 at 10:06 am

Oh yes Trina, the beard is a winner… 😛 I love terrier babies!


15 Victoria August 5, 2008 at 10:08 am

Those were great! I was a sucker for the dog ones. Adorable! (although I would never trust my dogs to lick something off my face).


16 magpie August 5, 2008 at 10:10 am

Haha, these are great; I’m very honored to be one of the winners! I’m loving the cantaloupe one – it looks delicious. A great alternative to cantaloupe + cottage cheese.

Thanks Kath!


17 VeggieGirl August 5, 2008 at 10:13 am

WOW, those entries are fantastic – so much creativity and fun!!


18 Aimee August 5, 2008 at 10:27 am

These are some super creative pictures!!


19 Sammie August 5, 2008 at 10:30 am

Thanks Kath & Matt for the contest – it was really fun!! Congrats to the winners, I love the dog – too cute.


20 Heather August 5, 2008 at 10:44 am

Yea!! Those are all great- congrats everybody!

I LOVE the oatmeal baggie idea for long runs…


21 Sami August 5, 2008 at 10:44 am

Man, these look good! Actually, every entry looks good! Was there a chocolate hazelnut one? The “legoats?” =] The one with the view? Everyone did a really awsome job!

It makes me so happy to know that you guys enjoyed my recipe. :)


22 mom August 5, 2008 at 10:48 am

Lillian, our cat and good friend of The Husband, loved all the entries but especially the kitty one.


23 Jo August 5, 2008 at 10:54 am

oh my god – that banana split one! How good does that look!! yum, yum, yum!

The competition was such a great idea!


24 rhodeygirl August 5, 2008 at 10:57 am

ahhh i love these! and I am such an idiot! I took the BEST picture eating oatmeal on my plane ride home from Philly on Monday and I totally forgot to send it!! whoops! it wouldn’t have even compared to these awesome entries though.. great job everyone!!!!


25 Jo August 5, 2008 at 10:59 am

You know what the next step is……!


26 rhodeygirl August 5, 2008 at 10:59 am

p.s. monica do you REALLY use oatmeal instead of the goo packs or did you just do that for the contest? curious!


27 Allison August 5, 2008 at 11:01 am

I have a question about the calories in peanut butter. I was comparing several natural peanut butters in Whole Foods. They all listed Peanuts and Salt as the only ingredients. They all said a serving size was 32 grams. But the calories ranged from 180 per serving to 200 calories per serving. How could that be?


28 Sami August 5, 2008 at 11:03 am

One more thing. . .who has the watermellon bowl!? We have the same set. =] It’s really old and I have no idea where my mom bought it. But I love eating out of that bowl. And the strawberry postachio oats, the cappichino oats, the first picture looks good [peaches? yum!] The one of the two with a kiss in bed. And the last, “parfait.” . . .I have too many favorites, lol.


29 jenny August 5, 2008 at 11:15 am

wow very creative everyone. you know the egg one reminds me of how my mom always poached an egg in the middle of my oatmeals. oo i am going to try the oatmeal facial. BTW, what is the facial good for? acne, dryness, larpe pores . . . .


30 Anne P August 5, 2008 at 11:15 am

how fun!!! i love them, especially the dog salesman and jessie and her model behavior! the three bears in the slideshow is super cute, too. i wish i’d had time to think up my own picture this weekend but i was out of town! oh well, next time :)


31 greenpeeps August 5, 2008 at 11:21 am

Hi guys, it’s me, Cati…thanks for choosing my recipe as one of your winners, I’m honored!!! What a bunch of super fun and creative entries. I’d love to dive into the oatmeal banana split! :-)


32 Gina (Fitnessista) August 5, 2008 at 11:37 am

hey jenny- the facial is great for dryness and totally makes my skin rejuvenated and smooth! i just ground up 1/2 cup oats with 1/4 cup of plain oatmeal with 2 tbs honey. leave it on for 15 minutes and it will leave your skin glowing and super smooth!!

thanks again for picking me! i’m so honored! 😀 all of the entries were awesome!


33 Ansley August 5, 2008 at 11:50 am

We’ve got some pretty creative people among us, I must say.


34 Ansley August 5, 2008 at 11:52 am

Whoa, I just noticed you added me to your blogroll! Thanks darling!


35 polly August 5, 2008 at 11:54 am

Kath, your blog rocks. Nuff said.


36 Becky in MD August 5, 2008 at 12:03 pm

All these oats make hungry! Speaking of…Where’s breakfast, Kath?


37 tfh August 5, 2008 at 12:03 pm

These are all great! I especially loved seeing some silly sides…

As for the banana split oatmeal, I could totally polish that off. Yum. Yum. Yum.


38 Jenn August 5, 2008 at 12:04 pm

What a fabulous contest, Kath! So fitting for KERF, and so many creative ideas! I really need to try savory oats soon!


39 Jenn August 5, 2008 at 12:27 pm

kath, where is YOUR oatmeal this morning? 😀
LOVE the banana split, egg, and facial!


40 ModelBehavior August 5, 2008 at 12:37 pm

YAYAYAY! This just made my day!
I didn’t even plan this, but doesn’t that water look so cool in that picture?

And my BF took the pic, nothing he hasn’t seen before 😉

This is the closest to a naked picture of me on the web as I’ll ever get lol.

Thanks again!


41 Ange C. August 5, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Such a fun contest! Thanks for keeping your blog so interesting. Those pics are hysterical!


42 Ashleiegh August 5, 2008 at 1:35 pm

wow! i have to say they all look great! i am a HUGE oatmeal fam! but i think the BEST is that banana split!! that looks like the best thing everrrrr for breakfast!! AMAZING!


43 Deb August 5, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Kath, there were some that were AMAZING looking and I think I must have the recipes!! Like the one with the hazelnuts- was there anything else in it that was different.

LOVE the idea of savory oats, why not? It’s like mushy rice 😀

And Justy- please tell us the truth- that Nana split has at least 1000 calories, doesn’t it!! 😀


44 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 5, 2008 at 2:12 pm

Wow, what awesome oatmeal entries. Such creativity!


45 Kath August 5, 2008 at 2:21 pm

So glad you guys liked it!!!

A real porridge competition!?! Wow!

My guess would just be variations in the salt+peanut percentages and/or the method in which the peanuts were blended. More air = lighter peanut butter = less calories per tbsp.



46 Justy2003 August 5, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Thanks for the compliments on the banana split, guys :) I hope it didn’t have 1000 calories though considering that was my Saturday morning breakfast! 😀 It was tasty though…and fun to eat! I used 1/2 cup oatmeal, so no more than usual…just had to cook it a little longer so it wouldn’t be so runny. It’s the usual types of toppings you’d use on oatmeal, just a little of each on the little “scoops” so I doubt it’s much more caloric than a usual bowl of oatmeal…just more time consuming to make and more fun to eat :)
Thanks again Kath & husband (Matt)!


47 Tracy August 5, 2008 at 2:44 pm

They were all so cute!!! Too bad my 3 bears didn’t win, but I thought it was creative!
Thanks for the contest Kath!! It was a blast!!!! (Even if my husband thought I was crazy setting up the bears!! )


48 Amanda August 5, 2008 at 3:15 pm

This was an awesome contest! I really enjoyed the ones with animals in them, being a HUGE animal lover myself–adored the first pic with the doggie with the sign.

Please do another contest like this soon!!! I don’t eat oatmeal so I couldn’t participate. :(


49 Lindsey August 5, 2008 at 4:37 pm

I love the one with the cow!!! Seriously, all of the entries were far more creative than what I could have come up with, but how did that one not win??I think whoever submitted that deserves a prize too!

I am SO making the banana split oatmeal this weekend, it looks so yummy.


50 Chris August 5, 2008 at 6:34 pm

LOVE the Jack Russel and admire Trina for getting him to sit still for the whole thing! My girls (labs) would have torn through the food before the camera clicked 😉


51 natalie August 5, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Kath, this post just made my day! I can’t wait for whatever contest you come up with next! Keep up the good work! :)


52 Trina August 5, 2008 at 7:47 pm

Thanks Chris :) It wasn’t easy…. hehe


53 Sylvia August 5, 2008 at 8:19 pm

What an awesome batch of entries! I *loved* Cati’s savory oatmeal recipe, sounds like a delicious flavor combination! Definitely one I’m going to have to try. And I too covet Justy’s banana split… yummy.

Congratulations to all the winners!


54 runjess August 5, 2008 at 9:32 pm

I want the banana split oatmeal RIGHT NOW.


55 Kelsey August 6, 2008 at 9:55 am

Wow! These were so unique and all so different. Great contest.


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