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!

DSC06017

  • 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!

DSC06011

DSC06014

DSC06019

+ Yerba Mate Dark Roast tea -

DSC06013

DSC06012

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

xoxo

Previous post:

Next post:

{ 54 comments… read them below or add one }

1 caitlin November 18, 2008 at 8:28 am

yerba mate is the “new thing” for sure!

*frosty the snowmannnnnn*

Reply

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

zesty

Reply

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

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

Reply

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..

Reply

5 cookienurse November 18, 2008 at 8:54 am

Your oatmeal bowl looks christmas-y too!

Reply

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 :D have a great day!

Reply

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!

Reply

8 Moran November 18, 2008 at 9:08 am

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

Reply

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!!!

Reply

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!

Reply

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!

Reply

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!

Reply

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!

Reply

14 Lisa November 18, 2008 at 9:35 am

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

Reply

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! :P

Reply

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?

Reply

17 coco November 18, 2008 at 9:37 am

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

Reply

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.

Reply

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.

Reply

20 Madison November 18, 2008 at 9:58 am

no burning question just MMMM that looks good =)

Reply

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!!!

Reply

22 Jen November 18, 2008 at 10:10 am

That’s a cute placemat :)

Your oatmeal looks wonderful, too!

Reply

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.

Reply

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!

Reply

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…?

Reply

26 Megan November 18, 2008 at 10:21 am

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

Reply

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!

Reply

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! =)

Reply

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!

Reply

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

Reply

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!

Reply

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 :)

Reply

33 Maggie November 18, 2008 at 10:39 am

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

Reply

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?

Reply

35 daphna November 18, 2008 at 10:52 am

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

Reply

36 Andrea November 18, 2008 at 10:56 am

XMAS MUSIC!!!!!!!! :D

Reply

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!

Reply

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.

Reply

39 Halie November 18, 2008 at 11:04 am

I love the palcemat!

I hope you have a successful day with your studying!

Reply

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!

Reply

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 :D

Reply

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!!

Reply

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!! :-)

Reply

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:)

Reply

45 jess November 18, 2008 at 12:00 pm

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

Reply

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.

Reply

47 HangryPants November 18, 2008 at 12:14 pm

What a festive morning!

Reply

48 Erin November 18, 2008 at 12:38 pm

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

Reply

49 VeggieGirl November 18, 2008 at 12:41 pm

Gorgeous ooooooooats! :-D

Reply

50 Beadie November 18, 2008 at 12:51 pm

That first picture is so pretty!

Reply

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!

Kath

Reply

52 Rachel November 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm

….I hate xmas music. ugh.

Reply

53 melissa November 18, 2008 at 6:00 pm

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

Reply

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!).

Reply

Leave a Comment

Current ye@r *

Previous post:

Next post: