All Things Bright And Beautiful

August 1, 2008


Good Friday!! I am really enjoying seeing the oatmeal contest entries come in! You guys are hilarious :)

I started the day with oats, of course. And added raisins again because I loved yesterday’s chew so much! Today’s combo:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup water plus 2 tbsp to compensate for raisins sucking up water
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp-ish wheatberries
  • 2 tbsp-ish raisins
  • 1/5-ish granola plank
  • Spoonful PB

I ate in the garden and enjoyed the cicadas singing as I chomped. It’s so beautiful out there this morning!


And had a cup of tea with milk as well –


A Pretty Penney

I came across a fun offer through BlogHer recently – the chance to order some products from JCPenney’s new Linden Street Line in exchange for a blog review of the items. BlogHer and JCPenney gave us $500 giftcards to use for online shopping!!

Check out the full review at my new site for product reviews, Kath Eats Reviews.

Naughty Bear!

Look who escaped from his kid-sized rocking chair perch last night! He scared me to death when I walked down the stairs!

Churton the Bear


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1 caitlinbo (see bride run) August 1, 2008 at 8:56 am

that teddy bear looks like he’s floating!


have a wonderful day!


2 hk August 1, 2008 at 9:05 am

Hahah too funny!! I can’t wait to send you (first think and create) my oatmeal creation..wheels are turning! If you get a free moment (which i know is tough to come by) it would be so fun to see maybe a slide show of all of the entries? Im sure there are some hilarious and creative pictures that would be such a hooot :) have a good friday!!



3 Jenn August 1, 2008 at 9:06 am

kath i love your house! its so chic! did you decorate yourself or did you have creative help from friends/realives, or buy it that way? my house is nice, it just needs re-vamping.


4 BethT August 1, 2008 at 9:07 am

damn, i need a blog. you get some cool stuff.

it’s not much work, right? :O


5 Deb August 1, 2008 at 9:08 am

Love your house. Very pretty. And scary teddy bear is too funny. I can tell that the husband has a great sense of humor!

But honestly Kath, I’m a bit disappointed…where was the booze in your breakfast of champions πŸ˜€



6 Victoria August 1, 2008 at 9:24 am

That would have terrified me in my half-asleep stupor.

The first oatmeal photo will the flowers in the background is very pretty.


7 Heather August 1, 2008 at 9:25 am

OMG, that bear would have freaked me out!

I’m super excited about the new site, by the way- off to read it…

(And thanks- now I have that hymn stuck in my head!)


8 Sami August 1, 2008 at 9:32 am

Haha! I just sent you my oat idea. Churton fits with the theme perfectly. =]


9 Christina August 1, 2008 at 9:39 am

Heh, the teddy bear is hilarious!

The oatmeal sounds incredibly good, especially with the granola. Dried cranberries are great in oatmeal, too.


10 VeggieGirl August 1, 2008 at 9:44 am

The scenery behind your oatmeal is so picturesque and serene – love it!!

That teddy bear makes me smile :0)


11 Rose August 1, 2008 at 9:45 am

That teddy bear up there would have startled me for sure! Haha. Hysterical!

I will be submitting my oatmeal picture later on today… What a great contest idea!

oooh! and I’m excited to check out the new page too.


12 Justy2003 August 1, 2008 at 9:55 am

I’ve got an idea for my oatmeal picture so I’ll be working on that tomorrow…I want free Honest Foods stuff! πŸ˜€ Actually, anything free is amazing…especially $500 for house-wares…that’s awesome! Looks like you picked up some cool stuff, too!
Poor little bear…he’s probably scared being up that high! :( Hope you rescued him!


13 Chelsea August 1, 2008 at 9:58 am

$500 is about the coolest thing ever.


14 Aimee August 1, 2008 at 10:15 am

I have really been brainstorming some oatmeal entries for the contest. If any one wants to get some free Udi’s Granola, they have offered to send a free package to one of my readers so I came up with a similar contest but with Granola. The deadline isn’t until next Wednesday, so that everyone has time to enter Kath’s first:


15 caitlinbo (see bride run) August 1, 2008 at 10:22 am

does anyone have any advice on a yummy reduced citrus sauce?

thanks :)


16 Greyce August 1, 2008 at 10:38 am

Hi Kath! Today I did the Husband’s bagels recipe. They came out very well, the only thing I didn’t like was them seemed a little bit uncooked inside (of course it was my fault! don’t worry!). But they were delicious! Thank you and the husband for the recipe! To see how the bagels turned out, see my blog:


17 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) August 1, 2008 at 11:40 am

Haha, the bear is too funny!


18 mom August 1, 2008 at 12:13 pm

Kath, I don’t think it is safe for Churton to be climbing on light fixtures. Does he need to come and live with me?

I’ve been singing that hymn all week: All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small…


19 Christin August 1, 2008 at 12:17 pm

Aw, poor bear! He looks so forlorned up there! I just LOVE that cool table you have…its inspiring me to break some plates and create one of my own! I know my mother in law made one…I’ll have to ask her how…


20 magpie August 1, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Hi Kath, I’m trying really hard to come up with a good oatmeal idea πŸ˜€

Also, I tried your “pumpkin pie” recipe (with egg white and cinnamon) and it’s awesome. I had it for dessert 3 days in a row.


21 DaisyMay August 1, 2008 at 12:39 pm

I noticed your blogroll grew a lot. yeah! more to read


22 Hil August 1, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Hi Kath–thanks so much for adding me to your blogroll! That just made my day. :-)

And I now have “All Things Bright and Beautiful” stuck in my head, too. The question is, which tune? I believe there are several. I think I need to reread James Harriot now…


23 Kath August 1, 2008 at 1:55 pm

No design help – but we got the black and white furniture from Karen’s house after she moved, so we were lucky to inherit cool stuff. I love magazines like BH&G and Cottage Living and try to copy some of their styles. I also donate things I never use to Good Will and de-clutter all the time.

Haha – maybe I need to combine my favorite food with my second favorite: Wine Oatmeal!

magpie ,
Glad you liked it! I haven’t had pumpkin in ages. It must be time to crack open a can!



24 C August 1, 2008 at 4:28 pm

I keep forgetting to order some of those granola planks! I need to get on that!

And Hooray for $500 gift cards!


25 Shan August 1, 2008 at 4:49 pm

Kath- I was at EarthFare yesterday and couldn’t find wheatberries? The guy couldn’t help either:) What section of the store do you find the usually/what are they near?


26 Kath August 1, 2008 at 4:52 pm

Shan ,
They were probably called “Hard red winter wheat.” I think wheatberries is just their nickname. They are in the bulk section. Which EarthFare was it? A big one?



27 Shan August 1, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Thanks Kath! It was kind of on a whim to get so, I didn’t really know what I was looking for! It was a pretty good size one in Raleigh:) I’m an NC girl, too! Thanks for the great blog!


28 Michelle August 1, 2008 at 7:33 pm

I am working on my oatmeal idea as i type!! This is a great contest idea!!!



29 Deb August 1, 2008 at 9:37 pm

Kath, I’m sure the Husband will someday surprise you with Wine Oatmeal…after all they are just innocent little fermented grapes, right!!?? πŸ˜€


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