A Great Harvest

November 20, 2008

Whew, Anna and I have had a busy morning!! But very fun! Sorry for the posting delay :)

We got up and promptly hit the gym. (Yes, Anna wanted to go – I didn’t drag her there!!) I did 40 minutes on the Stairs followed by a bit of running and we called it a wrap.

After glamming up with showers, I made her a batch of Double Banana Coconut Almond Butter Whipped Oats. Like many of my house guests have commented, she LOVED it :mrgreen: I hope I’ve sold her on making oats on the stove-top, as she admits she usually uses packets.


Each portion had:

  • 1/3 cup oats, 2% milk, water
  • 1 small banana
  • Pinch salt + vanilla
  • 1 tbsp flax
  • 1/4 leftover Quaker True Delights Coconut Macadamia Banana granola bar
  • 1 tsp coconut butter
  • Spoonful Barney Butter


Mmmm mmmm chandelier coffee!



After breakfast we took a field trip to Great Harvest to visit the husband!



The master mixer –



The sample board –


Despite just having had breakfast, who could resist these!?!?! I had 2 mini pie samples, 2 bread samples and 3 cookie/muffin samples. I think I have now tried about half of their products. Not sure what’s in store for lunch since it’s noon and we’ve just finished breakfast #1 and breakfast #2. Maybe I’ll just have a salad mid-afternoon and then carry on to dinner?

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I also got to meet the Charlotte Great Harvest owners, Jeff and Janet. They both have nutrition and food science degrees and it was a pleasure to talk to them. They’re a wealth of information on whole grains! For example, did you know that whole wheat is FULL of antioxidants, which are also very bioavailable because they are carried into the gut and more easily distributed into the blood stream than other forms of antioxidants?

I am off to play with Anna and the husband for a bit and then am heading uptown to a coffee shop to study for 2 solid hours before I take my exam tonight.

Hope you guys are having fun Thursdays!

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1 Oh She Glows November 20, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Ohhh all that bread looks amazing! I don’t think I could resist either :)

Have a great day!


2 Maggie November 20, 2008 at 1:02 pm

I didn’t know that wheat had antioxidants – good to know!

I love introducing people to some of the things I cook – so good that Anna liked the oats!

Have a great day πŸ˜€


3 Madison November 20, 2008 at 1:02 pm

the oatmeal looks extra extra yum today! and the samples…MMM!
like the bandana :)


4 Biz319 November 20, 2008 at 1:03 pm

Lucky duck! Um, I would have to have one of each of EVERY bread!

I miss having a GH – there are none even remotely close where I live!


5 Runeatrepeat November 20, 2008 at 1:04 pm

I crumbled one of the quaker true delight bars into my oats this morning to see how I like it – I loved it! Thanks for the idea :)


6 halie November 20, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Great to see you are having fun! Sounds like a great morning!

The bread looks delicious!


7 Tina November 20, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Awwww, Matt is so cute!!! Husbands are fun! :)


8 Tina November 20, 2008 at 1:08 pm

P.S. Is your shirt from J. Crew? I think I have the same one in black! :)


9 Bridget November 20, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Wow, visiting your husband’s “office” looks really fun!!


10 VeggieGirl November 20, 2008 at 1:13 pm

FAAAABULOUS oatmeal-variety for Anna; and I love the photos of Matt at work!! πŸ˜€

Good luck on that exam!!


11 Leslie November 20, 2008 at 1:14 pm

I must say, after trying your version of oatmeal, you have convinced not only me but my 3 yr old to switch to stove top as well. She loves helping me make oatmeal in the mornings now!

Intresting information on whole wheat. We love whole wheat bread here so thats just another reason to love it! :)


12 megan November 20, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Beautiful oats and bread!! Have a great afternoon :)


13 caitlin November 20, 2008 at 1:20 pm

matt is so handsome. for a section i thought he had a giant tattoo on his left arm and i was like “WHOA i didnt see that coming!!” and then i realized it was just the shadow/his arm hair. LOL. matt, i thought you were super hardcore for a moment.


14 zestycook November 20, 2008 at 1:22 pm

Oatmeal looks amazing today Kath as do all the bread samples…. I am such a bread baby!



15 ray November 20, 2008 at 1:25 pm

hey kath–

i am working on my scheduling! I, like you, have a lot on my plate right now. i am also relatively newly married. my question for you is: do you get very much “lounge” time? i feel like i have had to sacrifice time that i would like to spend reading, sitting around drinking coffee, etc…for the sake of keeping up with school, work, house and honoring time with my hubby.

i would love to see more of your scheduling tips. i have been using todoist–but it seems like some of the items will stay on there for ever or get very low priority (eg; exercise, lately). any advice would be greatly appreciated.


16 Julia (Santa Barbara Dreaming) November 20, 2008 at 1:28 pm

guuuuurgle…. That’s the sound my tummy made when I saw those bread photos! Ohhhh how I long for some fresh baked bread! :)
Kath, I really like that orange shirt you are wearing in the photo!
Good luck on your exam tomorrow πŸ˜‰


17 ch November 20, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Where can I find the oatmeal chilli recipe that you made before?


18 Katie November 20, 2008 at 1:34 pm

There’s a Great Harvest a few miles down from me, and I STILL haven’t gone! I think I might have to go now, just for that High 5 bread you always use and the SAMPLES!

Good luck on your exam tonight!


19 JJ125 November 20, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Husband’s headband rules! I have to find one of those for my man for under his hockey helmet…..


20 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) November 20, 2008 at 1:35 pm

Hey Kath! Thanks for the photos at Great Harvest. It looks like such a cute little shop…and that’s great you got to meet the owners!!! Ohh lala..i love whole wheat bread. I never knew they had antioxidants in it? And that raisin bread looks like my kinda thing :-)

And your oats looks so *vivid* this morning-I’m sure if I had those too, I’d be raving. Yum!

Good luck tonight–


21 Mom November 20, 2008 at 1:39 pm

The son-in-law looks darling in his bakery clothes!

Are we going to get to see Anna the Cousin? (My cousin too!)


22 Mel November 20, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Those bread photos are amazing…. I would have loved to have been there, I would have eaten my weight in bread! Glad that you are having fun with your cousin!


23 Jennifer November 20, 2008 at 1:47 pm

I’m all about the oatmeal packets as well. Don’t got time for the stove-top ones.


24 Kelsey November 20, 2008 at 1:50 pm

It looks like the green spoons are back at Crate and Barrel.




25 Julie November 20, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Love the husbands karate kid headband, adorb.


26 Lisa November 20, 2008 at 1:56 pm

ha i was just thinking about the karate kid too. my bf dressed up as the karate kid for halloween.


27 Kath November 20, 2008 at 2:13 pm

caitlin ,

I don’t get much lounge time either, but I think you just have to schedule it like all other things: a bubble bath, 15 minutes in bed early to get some reading done, lunch with your husband. I’m not sure what other advice I can offer?!

ch ,
If I didn’t link to it in the actual post, I have no idea! It’s been too long. I’m assuming you’ve seen the post since you saw the recipe. See if there’s a link there.

Tina ,
Nope, Old Navy!

Jennifer ,
No time doesn’t have to mean instant oats. Can you make real ones on a Sunday and just reheat them? That’s what I did this summer when I was crunched for time in summer school all day and night.



28 Mara November 20, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Oh do I miss having a GH right down the street. I loved the apple scrapple bread more than just about anything. That, and the cheddar garlic…


29 Fitness Surfer November 20, 2008 at 2:14 pm

Ok, the Master Mixers bandanna totally reminds me of β€œKarate Kid.”

I could always use a gut of antioxidants. I had no idea. I’ve been switching my whole grain breads around and recently went back to whole wheat because of nutritional needs. Thanks for sharing. That coconut butter looks delicious.


30 Moran November 20, 2008 at 2:17 pm

Oh the samples look too good, nobody could resist! Good luck studying and have fun with your cousin!


31 Jennifer November 20, 2008 at 2:40 pm

It’s true, I could do that. But I also could just rip open a packet, toss it in the microwave for 45 seconds, toss it with yogurt and walnuts, and get my fiber the easy way.

Honestly, thanks for the suggestion though. I do think your oat creations are fabulous.


32 ashley (sweet & natural) November 20, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Yay fieldtrip! Was that the first time you’ve been to GH to visit the hub?


33 Jennifer November 20, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Those samples look scrumptious… yummy!


34 Teddy November 20, 2008 at 3:18 pm

I like your husbands headband!!


35 Betsy in Pittsburgh November 20, 2008 at 3:25 pm

All that bread looks sooo good, I can’t help myself in bakeries. Especially with one like that that has that many samples!


36 Kath November 20, 2008 at 3:29 pm

ashley ,
Yup, it was my first time there!



37 Nicole November 20, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Good luck on the exam! I have to say, I am quite jealous of your bread-making husband!


38 Cat November 20, 2008 at 5:31 pm

Oh yum, I wouldn’t be able to resist either!! So lucky that Anna got in too with your VIP status. πŸ˜‰


39 Megan November 20, 2008 at 7:21 pm

Oh…I miss the GH bread board with all the samples! GH is the best!


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