Amber Waves Of Grain

January 30, 2011

You can feel it. You can smell it. We’re getting a real taste of spring today and it tastes SO GOOD!


50* and sunny!!!

Matt and I kicked off the afternoon with a run – and man was it hard! I think I lost some of my running mojo in Montana. I barely made it through 4.8 miles!

Before we left, a date.


Me and my running date talked and talked. It was a good strategy to get him to slow down on the hills!



I loved being alone this past week. I put all my OCD clutter habits in full effect. But I will say, the house feels much more like a home when the husband is here <3

Karen stopped over to say hello and brought over a loaf of the No Knead Bread that has been famous via the NY Times for some time


She has made it a few times now – this one had sunflower seeds throughout. I’m not sure if she used whole grain flour or not – will have to ask.

We all dug in for a taste. It’s great!! SO chewy and yeasty. A bit different than Great Harvest style, but definitely one to have in the rotation of your household!


I could not wait to have a cheese + jam sandwich on a slice for lunch!



Thick slabs of Organic Valley Sharp White Cheddar (my very favorite sandwich cheese!) with GH jam and spinach for color


On the side my staple veg with some of that Whole Foods Red Pepper hummus


A super awesome Harry + David pear


So much delicious!


Enjoyed in the sunshine


Did you know my mom, the author, wrote a picture book about America The Beautiful and Katharine Lee Bates? When you Google Image Search for “Katharine Lee Bates” her book image and website [created by moi!] comes up!


How cool that my name is also Katherine (spelled differently though!) and I’m going to be selling amber waves of grain for a living! I also live amongst beautiful purple mountains.

Time to play!

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1 Maryann January 30, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Oh I want to buy the Happy Herbivore book! Glad to hear that Matt made it back safely!


2 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan January 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm

That no knead bread looks yummy!


3 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm

That’s neat about your mom’s book! So cool.

I’ll have to look for that organic cheese! It sounds divine.


4 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) January 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Very nice to see The HH cookbook there :p well plugged! I’m waiting on my copy to get delivered from Amazon 😀
I love your lunch plate!!


5 Simply Life January 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

oh that homemade bread looks delicious!


6 Meagan January 30, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I am kind of confused about what you were trying to say about the book?


7 KathEats January 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I’m confused about why you’re confused?! What do you mean? My comments about name and bakery were just that it’s funny they are coincidences


8 Lauren January 30, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Awwww, so glad Matt is home! :)


9 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I’m loving the warmer weather too! I better enjoy for the ice pellets that are forecast start falling :)


10 Camille January 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm

It’s the exact same weather here in Oregon today :) I am loving it!


11 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) January 30, 2011 at 4:51 pm

You guys are so lucky that it is 50 degrees! We have about 2 feet of snow here in Michigan.


12 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 30, 2011 at 4:52 pm

I wish it smelled like spring here!! It is snowy and blustery, I miss flowers:( You are a lucky duck!


13 Bronwyn Coyne January 30, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Cool sounding book. And I keep hearing about that bread, I’m going to have to make some of it soon I think.


14 Alison (Ali on the Run) January 30, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Oh my gosh, you two are so cute. I love the post-workout sweaty photos. That’s true love right there!


15 Natalia - a side of simple January 30, 2011 at 5:10 pm

That’s too funny about your mom, her book, Montana, and grains in general. I would say that’s some pretty great foreshadowing right there 😉


16 KathEats January 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm

FORESHADOWING!! That’s the word I was looking for :)


17 Heather (heathers dish) January 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I need to make that bread VERY soon…looks so good!


18 Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 30, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Your mom wrote a book? Very cool! And good job on the run..4.8 is still a feat! Whether it was difficult or not.


19 Namaste Gurl January 30, 2011 at 5:18 pm

This post is torture– I’m not allowed to run right now, and when I see people running or anything associated with running, I get teary- eyed :(
Despite, I’m glad you had a good time with your hubby. Enjoy your day!


20 Kara January 30, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I really enjoyed the warmer weather today! I can’t wait for that to be the trend :)


21 Emily @ Savory and Savage January 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Your mom’s website looks great. You did a wonderful job! I think I will have to put down your mom’s books on my xmas list for my nieces and nephews :-)


22 KathEats January 30, 2011 at 5:28 pm

Thanks – and hope you enjoy them!!


23 Mom January 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Thanks Emily. I’m looking for a new literary agent and the website Kath created has helped me get some interest!


24 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 30, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Mmm that no knead bread looks great! I’ve been meaning to try it. LOVE homemade bread!


25 Mara @ What's for Dinner? January 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Just seeing those little buds on the branches gives me hope that maybe, someday, it’ll be spring here too! TRULY loving your photos, and kind of cursing you for sending me that link the other day… I’ve spent hours searching and downloading…


26 Marisa @ Loser for Life January 30, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Please send your taste of spring here, Kath! It’s going to snow AGAIN on Wed and I’m so OVER IT!

I’ll take some bread, too :)

Glad Matt is home safely! Enjoy your time!


27 Baking 'n' Books January 30, 2011 at 5:39 pm

LOVE bread! :)

What types of foods are the focus for your bakery? Breads? Or more of a dessert type place?

…Uh, please hire me? Will bake for bread! :)


28 KathEats January 30, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Bread bread bread – nutty, seed, whole grains plus some specialty breads like Cheddar Garlic. And sweets like cookies, muffins and scones


29 Baking 'n' Books January 30, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Cheddar bread…oh dying here…


30 [email protected] January 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm

that lunch looks wonderful! Glad you got to enjoy your time with your hubby! :-)


31 Lauren at KeepItSweet January 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm

SO jealous of your nice weather!!! I hope that Karen’s radiation and chemo go well and easy on her. Sending my best wishes!


32 Hannah January 30, 2011 at 6:10 pm

It’s lovely that you don’t go crazy without Matt there. Hurrah for independence!


33 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 30, 2011 at 7:03 pm

We got a taste of spring here today, too! I thought it was just my imagination, glad to know I’m not crazy. :)

Love fresh baked bread! That sandwich sampling plate looks divine!


34 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy January 30, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Ahhh, that bread looks so good. I’m waiting for dinner to be ready and your pictures are killing me!


35 Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl January 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I’m so happy you got a taste of spring today! I think they said we reached just above freezing today :(, BUT the sun was shining which in my book makes for a happy day :)


36 kate January 30, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Im obsessed with the no knead bread. I plan to write a post about it this week!


37 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 30, 2011 at 7:34 pm

All of you seem to be getting some nicer weather. Here it is nothing but cold and wet :( That bread looks fantastic!! Nothing better than home-made 😀


38 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) January 30, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Cheese and jam?! That’s an interesting combo 😉 Glad Matt got home safely! And yay for spring-ish weather!!!!! Hey snow – go away!


39 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 30, 2011 at 7:43 pm

It was so warm last week, it felt like summer- but it rained today :( I think it’s supposed to go away soon, though. Yay for warm weather!


40 Jess January 30, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Best pears ever—my boyfriend’s dad sends them to us every Christmas.


41 KathEats January 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Have you had the Frog Hollows from California!? They are even better!


42 Heather January 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm

That No Knead Bread looks delicious! I enjoyed some very Spring-like weather today myself! It got up to 57 degrees! It was great!


43 Katherine: Unemployed January 30, 2011 at 7:58 pm

the pear looks so good!


44 Allison @ Happy Tales January 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm

It feels like spring here in Charlotte, too! I am LOVING it!!! And I am loving so much that you and Matt run together… I wish my boy could run with me!!! (he has a really bad achilles tendon that prevents him from doing so… le sigh).


45 Happy Herbivore January 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm

what a sexy book that date is sitting on!


46 KathEats January 30, 2011 at 9:54 pm

:) Can’t wait to read it through!


47 Pearl (Crunch and Chew) January 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I’ve never made bread, so the no-knead sounds perfect for me!


48 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Aw so glad Matt is home! I always enjoy my time by myself too, but home without the Husband is not home!


49 jenny eats nutella from a spoon January 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm

mmm! i think i’ll have to try your cheese + jam combo finally as i bought some cheddar today…


50 Paige @Running Around Normal January 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm

That lunch looks spectacular!
Glad that Matt’s back with ya :)


51 lynn @ the actor's diet January 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm

welcome home, matt!


52 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 30, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Stop teasing me with this talk of warm weather! It’s still freezing here! 😛


53 [email protected] January 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Awwe, you and Matt look so cozy and cute together!! 😀


54 Kristen, Sweetly January 30, 2011 at 10:03 pm

hahaha, i love the book name tie-in. so awesome that she’s an author!!

and you’ve got me hooked on the jam / cheese combo. my friend’s grandma used to have american cheese and jam english muffin sandwiches when they were little. i thought it sounded ridiculous. and then i tasted it. oh, yes.


55 Pamela January 30, 2011 at 10:11 pm

We own that book! My husband and I are teachers and must have bought it for teaching in our classrooms! I will have to re-read it!
Thanks for these posts of daily happenings! I love the pictures too! It’s nice to see how others live.


56 Mom January 31, 2011 at 6:05 am


Fun! I wish I knew how to Skype–I could do a Skype author visit!



57 [email protected] January 30, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Hehe, I love how your eyes are closed but Matt’s are wide open when you’re kissing 😛


58 KathEats January 30, 2011 at 10:24 pm



59 kate January 30, 2011 at 10:39 pm

if i could explain the excitement of seeing lindsay’s cookbook on your site! i enjoy you and went to college with lindsay! i’m flabbergasted!


60 [email protected] Have Roses January 30, 2011 at 10:51 pm

What neat similarities!


61 Kiran January 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I concur with you; can’t wait for full swing SPRING :)


62 Lindsey January 31, 2011 at 12:20 am

The first day you walk outside and it feels like spring is my favorite day of the whole year…. The sun is shining and the air is warm- even in the breeze. Hopefully it won’t be long!


63 Allie January 31, 2011 at 7:15 am

Glad your hubby is home :) All the food pictures are awesome!


64 Jessica January 31, 2011 at 8:38 am

Spring is definitely not showing up anytime soon in my area! 10-16″ of snow predicted for tomorrow!

Also, I made it to the Great Harvest in my town for the first time yesterday! So yummy… we could smell the bread from the parking lot :)



65 Ma Fea January 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I teach 6th grade music, and we do a unit on American folk/patriotic songs. I will put your Mom’s book on my next-year’s-budget sheets! Thanks!


66 Mom January 31, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Ma Fea,

Sadly, the book is out of print but is available from Amazon and other sites that sell used books. Thanks for your interest!



67 Ma Fea February 1, 2011 at 8:22 am

Thanks, Mom. I will be digging it up! Would you like me to start a campaign to get it into print again? 😉


68 Mom February 1, 2011 at 8:51 am

Yes, please, start the campaign!

If you do want to use the book, I have some activities on my website:


69 Maria @ The Fitted Apron January 31, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Enjoy the weather! Where I am it’s only 24 degrees with icy rain. blahh.


70 Debra February 1, 2011 at 2:46 pm

We will be driving thru the South (from Buffalo) at the end of March with others.Can you recommend some foods that I can take with me.We will be stopping enroute for meals ,but I want some healthy options with me just in case the restaurants have none. I enjoy reading KERF everyday!


71 KathEats February 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Whole fruit, yogurt in a cooler, carrots + celery, peanut butter and a spoon, real food bars, homemade granola bars, dried fruit, trail mix


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