A Very Merry Morning

November 18, 2008

Made my way to to the gym this morning and enjoyed an easy 45 minutes on the elliptical with Body + Soul, followed by a round of stretching. On the way home I had on the Christmas station and I was so happy! I just love Christmas music and for some reason this year I’m late in the game turning in on (keep on rolling your eyes :mrgreen:) Anyways, I had the great idea to turn on our house stereo so I could listen while getting ready and during breakfast this morning. It’s the most wonderful time of the yearrrrrrrrrr! It sure did boost my mood.

So did this!


  • 1/3 cup Windy Hill Flax Oats, 1/3 cup 2% milk, 1/3 cup H20
  • 1 tiny banana
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese (stirred in at end)
  • 1 tsp fork-shaved coconut butter
  • And topped with half of this!




+ Yerba Mate Dark Roast tea –



I’ve got a full day of hard studying + memorization. Save your burning question until Thursday if you can!!


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1 caitlin November 18, 2008 at 8:28 am

yerba mate is the “new thing” for sure!

*frosty the snowmannnnnn*


2 zestycook November 18, 2008 at 8:30 am

Kath, I made oatmeal today using your guide. It was so good. I added some trail mix and flaz seed in it as well. very yummy. I hope you have a great day! The weather is definitely changing



3 Charlie Hills November 18, 2008 at 8:41 am

Aw! And I had a question about burning, too!


4 Mariposa November 18, 2008 at 8:44 am

here’s to a cheery morning! : ) enjoy the day and try not to stress about the studying too much!

maybe a bubble bath with note cards is in order..


5 cookienurse November 18, 2008 at 8:54 am

Your oatmeal bowl looks christmas-y too!


6 K November 18, 2008 at 9:03 am

I’m listening to Christmas music to – it’s sad how obsessed I am with it 😀 have a great day!


7 Alison November 18, 2008 at 9:07 am

I get B+S too and in the November issue there’s a recipe for stuffing that is REALLY good. I made it with our usual WW bread (instead of the italian ww that it calls for) and used veggie broth so it could be vegetarian. Probably the best stuffing I’ve ever had…. love all the different textures with the apples, walnuts, craisins, sauteed veggies, plus the whole grains from the ww bread. Two thumbs up for anyone looking to put a healthier spin on stuffing this year!


8 Moran November 18, 2008 at 9:08 am

Yea, Christmas is here in no time! Glad you had a merry morning!


9 Brittany November 18, 2008 at 9:12 am

I’m already getting excited for Christmas as well – I can’t wait!

Also you know how to make a delicious looking bowl of oats – sooo good!!!


10 Marisa November 18, 2008 at 9:13 am

Good luck on your exams!
When you get a chance, I’d love to know more about the yerba mate dark roast. Sounds amazing!


11 Kristie Lynn November 18, 2008 at 9:17 am

Seriously, if you ever get the chance to try *real* yerba mate, out of a mate and bombilla, DO IT!!! It’s sooo delicious!


12 Betsy in Pittsburgh November 18, 2008 at 9:18 am

We have a strict rule – no Christmas music until after Thanksgiving, then it’s on nonstop. But with all the snow we’ve had, we can’t stop humming Christmas songs!


13 Biz319 November 18, 2008 at 9:29 am

Glad to hear you are doing better!

I too am listening to the all Christmas station, although I wish they didn’t play the same 20 songs over and over!

Good luck studying!


14 Lisa November 18, 2008 at 9:35 am

oo that reminds me I need to load up my christmas cds in my car!


15 AlliJag November 18, 2008 at 9:35 am

I’m right there with you on the Christmas music! My favorite is waking up on a cold Saturday morning – having nothing to do – and just dancing around the house (typically while cleaning) to Andy Williams Christmas Hits! I know – I’m a huge dork! 😛


16 ModelBehavior November 18, 2008 at 9:35 am

Can anyone tell me what the deal is with this yarba mate stuff? I found it at the health food store for like 6 bucks which seemed a bit pricey, is it just really tasty tea or is it really good for you too?


17 coco November 18, 2008 at 9:37 am

yerba mate is great for study!!! It helps us to concentrate! ^_^


18 Nellie November 18, 2008 at 9:49 am

Can you create a Christmas music channel on Pandora? That would be a-mazing! I need to go investigate.


19 ashley (sweet & natural) November 18, 2008 at 9:53 am

I have a huge thing for Christmas music. But I don’t let myself start listening until after Thanksgiving.


20 Madison November 18, 2008 at 9:58 am

no burning question just MMMM that looks good =)


21 Rae November 18, 2008 at 9:58 am

Barney Butter = AMAZING!! Just got my jar in the mail yesterday from the contest. Thanks Kath!!!


22 Jen November 18, 2008 at 10:10 am

That’s a cute placemat :)

Your oatmeal looks wonderful, too!


23 rhodeygirl November 18, 2008 at 10:13 am

can’t wait to have my white plates so i can have pretty placemats like that one! LOVED that collection.


24 Allison K November 18, 2008 at 10:17 am

That oatmeal looks seriously amazing. I can’t wait to try those true delight bars…the flavor combo sounds A-MAZING!


25 Lacey November 18, 2008 at 10:18 am

Question: have you heard anything about tea drinking inhibiting iron absorption? super frustrating to me b/c i enjoy drinking tea with meals and supposedly i should wait an hour before and after eating so it doesn’t interfere with iron absorption. if you know anything about this…?


26 Megan November 18, 2008 at 10:21 am

I love Christmas music too! Love your oats and your colorful placemat!


27 daphna November 18, 2008 at 10:22 am

Hey Kath! To answer your flashcard question, I made three sets (if you can believe it!). Making them and specifically writing them out so many times helped me learn the material. If you want to do one set, you can write the name of the reaction on the front and everything about it on the back (that’s what I was doing before and it worked pretty well).

1) One with the reactants and the addtional reagents (what goes above the arrow) and then on the back is the product.

2) One with the reactants and products, and then on the back was the additional reagents/catalysts.

3) One with the entire reaction equation written out and the mechanism (with electron-pushing arrows) on the back. Now that we’ve gotten past alkanes/alkenes/alkynes into alcohols/esters/ethers, our teacher doesn’t always give us the mechanism for everything, so I didn’t have a flashcard for every one.

I also included stereochemistry for everything, using dash wedges. Most times the stereochemistry is clear if you know the mechanism. My prof basically doesn’t give partial credit for anything, so I have to know the stuff cold. It sounds like a lot, but if you focus on what you’re doing when you write the flashcards, you won’t have to study as much later. Good luck!


28 daphna November 18, 2008 at 10:30 am

Also, I thought of one more thing.

It really helps to learn the mechanisms if you try to figure out why reactions occured the way they did. Some of them are weird you’ll just have to memorize, and others are just variations on one another or use fundamental concepts. Three examples:

1) OH is a terrible leaving group, but H20 is a good one. If you want OH to leave, you have to pronate it with an acid.

2) Know what’s an electrophile and what’s a nucleophile. Then you’ll know where the atoms “want to go.” This is actually quite easy if you know anything about electronegativity/polarity.

3) Anything that forms a cyclopropane ring will have anti-stereochemistry when it is attacked, because it has to be attacked from the backside.

I know it sucks, but I’m trying to have a good attitude and pretend I’m playing a logic puzzle! =)


29 amanda November 18, 2008 at 10:30 am

I feel the same way about Christmas music. I love it. :)

Good luck with all the studying!


30 Jen November 18, 2008 at 10:30 am

I love this oat combo!! I looked for those quaker bars yesterday at Walmart but they didnt have that flavour- just chocolate raspberry! booooo


31 Mel November 18, 2008 at 10:33 am

Your oats look really tasty today, there is something about coconut that looks so good.

Good luck with your studying!


32 Camtim42 November 18, 2008 at 10:37 am

Wow Daphna! That was awesome. I’m so glad I checked the comments today! I’m taking OC too :)


33 Maggie November 18, 2008 at 10:39 am

Mmm… those quaker bars look so good. Good luck with studying!


34 Kate November 18, 2008 at 10:50 am

Hey!!! I am realyl curious about the cottage cheese in oatmeal, I have never heard of this idea and it sounds great! Can anyone let me know what they think of it?


35 daphna November 18, 2008 at 10:52 am

You’re welcome, Camtim42! Glad I could help.


36 Andrea November 18, 2008 at 10:56 am

XMAS MUSIC!!!!!!!! 😀


37 B_Hlthy November 18, 2008 at 10:57 am

I excerisce to Christmas Music !!! Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald rock my ipod when I workout during the holiday season!


38 Jennifer November 18, 2008 at 11:02 am

lacey- I have read many times as well that drinking tea with some foods (which is pretty much all healthy food I eat it seems) inhibits iron absorption. As I am already anemic, that’s one reason why I avoid tea with my meals.


39 Halie November 18, 2008 at 11:04 am

I love the palcemat!

I hope you have a successful day with your studying!


40 Julia (Santa Barbara Dreaming) November 18, 2008 at 11:08 am

awwww I love holiday jingles! Never fails to put a smile on my face. I’m glad to hear your morning was so merry! Good luck with your studies and memorization :)
And I have got to find me some of those True Delight bars! Coconut and macadamia nuts are two of my favorite flavors!


41 Oh She Glows November 18, 2008 at 11:14 am

I know what you mean about Christmas tunes!!

We played it during dinner last night! It was so nice 😀


42 Teddy November 18, 2008 at 11:27 am

Late in the game for xmas music?? you’ve got someone else rolling their eyes too!! haha

Xmas is not allowed to start till after my bday… NEXT WEEK YAY!!


43 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) November 18, 2008 at 11:27 am

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIMEEEE OF THE YEAR…… FOR OATS AND KATH EATS REAL FOOD!!! thanks for all your ideas on a daily basis. I’ll always be a faithful reader!! :-)


44 Lacey November 18, 2008 at 11:44 am

Thanks for responding Jennifer! Derrrn that’s no good. ah, well. It’s better to be aware I suppose:)


45 jess November 18, 2008 at 12:00 pm

LOVE yerba mate tea; those argentines know what they’re doing!


46 runjess November 18, 2008 at 12:07 pm

I read Body and Soul on the elliptical the other day and it was sooo boring. Thank goodness my In Style just came in the mail.


47 HangryPants November 18, 2008 at 12:14 pm

What a festive morning!


48 Erin November 18, 2008 at 12:38 pm

I’m glad you’re feeling better today. :)


49 VeggieGirl November 18, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Gorgeous ooooooooats! 😀


50 Beadie November 18, 2008 at 12:51 pm

That first picture is so pretty!


51 Kath November 18, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Marisa ,
I like it. It’s like dark, dark black tea.

Nellie ,
They do – go to Genres and Holiday.

daphna ,
Thanks SO MUCH for the advice!! I don’t know if I have time to make all 3 sets, but I should start on some. I’m a flashcard girl at heart but have been making study sheets to get the “big picture” of all the reactions. I think I just need to switch back to old faithful! It’s so cool that we’re learning all the same stuff :) Wish we could study together!



52 Rachel November 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm

….I hate xmas music. ugh.


53 melissa November 18, 2008 at 6:00 pm

How are the quaker true delight bars? the fancy packaging is certainly appealing!


54 daphna November 18, 2008 at 6:32 pm

Good luck! :) If you only have time to make one set, definitely do set #1. That one will probably be the most useful. You should do something to celebrate when you’re done with the semester (I certainly will!).


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