And So It Begins

August 29, 2011

The most wonderful time of the year!

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I love summer SO MUCH, but I really, really love fall + the holiday season.

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And cool mornings and pumpkin!!!

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Last year, I stocked up. And this is the lone can left!! Not sure what I’m going to do this year because at the bakery we get a good price on JUMBO cans of Libby’s. Might just have to hoard those instead!

Pumpkin Oats with Figs!

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Some of you were asking about figs in last night’s comments. This is what they look like – these are Black Mission fresh figs

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You can eat everything but the tiny stem at the top [although I’m sure you can eat that if you wanted!]. Slice ‘em up or just take a bite of the whole thing – just like a strawberry!

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I made Coach’s oats with milk, water, banana, pinch of salt and a tbsp of chia seeds and then stirred 1/3 cup pumpkin in at the end of cooking along with a sprinkle of cinnamon and a pinch of ground cloves. Topped with 2 sliced fresh figs, Fig Butter from Trader Joe’s (which tastes like a fig newton!) and a drizzle of sunflower butter, the best nut butter ever.

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Could it be?! That’s either a really, really strong tea or….??

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Coffee! Actually coffee mixed with choffy. Would you know that yesterday I skipped my cup of tea and got a terrible caffeine headache that night. Still addicted. Insanity. I’m going to try to switch to all decaf from now on. I just can’t stand these headaches.

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Mondays may be a drag back to the work week, but I always appreciate the speed of accomplishment they bring. I get responses to emails on Monday mornings and everyone is focused!

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1 Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 29, 2011 at 7:43 am

Autumn is my favourite time of the year! I love the leaves falling and knowing that Christmas is coming :)

Your oats look delish as always. I’ve never had canned pumpkin – don’t think it’s available in Ireland!

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2 Sara August 29, 2011 at 7:44 am

Thanks for explaining about the figs! I’ve always been a bit confused by them… might have to pick some up next time I’m at the store.

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3 Ma Fea August 29, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I second the thanks. Figs have had me stumped, but I’m gonna try ‘em now!

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4 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way August 29, 2011 at 7:44 am

I am totally with you Kath! I enjoy summer in June and July but once August comes, I am ready for cool crisp air, blankets, PUMPKIN EVERYTHING!!! and the holiday season!

I am also someone who puts her christmas tree up November 1st and listens to Christmas tunes even before that…

I’m a winter baby so fall and winter is where it is at for me!

Thanks for the info on figs!

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5 Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen) August 29, 2011 at 7:50 am

yum…that looks like a perfect combo! I just bought a few cans of pumpkin at the store the other day and i can’t wait to break into them!!!!

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6 kaila@ healthy helper blog! August 29, 2011 at 7:50 am

I love pumpkin and figs together! So delicious! And very appropriate for fall!

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7 cait August 29, 2011 at 7:52 am

omg that looks STUNNING- i love pumpkin and def would make for a wonderful fall meal! thanks for sharing hun!

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8 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) August 29, 2011 at 7:53 am

That bowl of oatmeal actually looks like a piece of art!
And I don’t think I’ve ever had a fig… unless you count in a Newton… does that count? ;)

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9 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet August 29, 2011 at 7:53 am

I love figs raw, baked, cooked with butter and brown sugar (yum!) and the green kinds too :)

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10 Natalcho @ Tomatoes Rock August 29, 2011 at 7:55 am

Oh no, is it fall already? With all this rain in London I feel like it should be spring and summer should just be starting!

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11 Cait's Plate August 29, 2011 at 7:55 am

Ahhh!! This post just made me SO excited for Fall! I am with you 100%. Love Summer, but nothing can beat Fall and the holiday season – it’s really is the most wonderful time of the year :)

You’ve just officially convinced me to buy figs on my next grocery trip – thanks for the info!

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12 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 29, 2011 at 7:57 am

This breakfast is A-Mazing!!! It is beautiful!!

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13 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 29, 2011 at 7:59 am

I stocked up on pumpkin last year because of the shortage the year before. I can’t wait for pumpkin oats!

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14 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs August 29, 2011 at 8:01 am

Your oats look like fall defined. Love ‘em. Need to try some fresh figs!

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15 Holly @ The Runny Egg August 29, 2011 at 8:04 am

I’ve only ever tried dried figs — I don’t know how to choose ripe ones at the store!

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16 Sonnett August 29, 2011 at 3:20 pm

they should be darkish purple and slightly soft to the touch and with the mission cultivar they usually have a sweetish aroma – when you see a whole stack together you will easily notice which ones are ripe and ready… nothing beats a fresh fig!!!! :)

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17 Hannah August 29, 2011 at 8:06 am

*meep* We don’t get any canned pumpkin in Australia. I cry :(

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18 Molly @ RDexposed August 29, 2011 at 8:07 am

I declared that I would wait until September 1st before it being opening season for pumpkin. Now as for Christmas music-I never skip Glee Christmas songs on pandora…

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19 Johanna B August 29, 2011 at 8:10 am

Our stores didn’t run out of pumpkin this year. I stockpiled just in case, though. I eat it year ’round — all those delicious nutrients. Always glad to come up with new ways to fix it.

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20 katie @KatieDid August 29, 2011 at 8:12 am

September is my favorite month too!! Autumn has a feel to it. I don’t think other season have a feel like autumn does, I just love it! Your breakfast looks delish, I’ve never had a fig before!

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21 Baking N Books August 29, 2011 at 8:12 am

There’s usually pumpkin available here year-round but there are a couple of kinds only – E.D Smith or Stockley’s (which isn’t always available, but I like better). Never had Libby’s – just a U.S thing?

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22 Anne @ Baking Me August 29, 2011 at 8:13 am

I am looking forward to fall and all things pumpkin:) I have never tried figs in oatmeal, it looks great!

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23 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey August 29, 2011 at 8:14 am

Autumn is my favorite time of the year, always. I just love it. However, we’re not there yet here in Charlotte… definitely still summery here.

I always stockpile pumpkin, but my HT now has it year-round, so I’ve kept buying cans all year long. I make my Aussie, Lilly, homemade dog treats, using canned pumpkin, so I never want to run out! I don’t think I’ll get into using it myself until the weather cools down some!

I love figs. I can’t believe so many people don’t know what they are/haven’t had them before. I’ve been buying a quart of Brown Turkey Figs at my Farmers Market every week for a month and a half. So good! They’ll be gone soon, though.

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24 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 29, 2011 at 8:16 am

Yeah for fall, pumpkin and figs! This post and pics got me soo excited! Yum :)

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25 Lynda @ healthy hoboken girl August 29, 2011 at 8:19 am

Happy Monday! The pumpkin oats look great, about how much do you mix into your oats? A few tbs?

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26 Leanne August 29, 2011 at 8:20 am

My Pap’s fig tree got a blight this year so when I saw 2 dozen figs at Costco for $6.49 on Saturday, it made my day! Definitely my favorite fruit. Will have to put some in my oatmeal.

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27 Khushboo August 29, 2011 at 8:22 am

That drizzle of sunflower butter is so artistically done!

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28 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 29, 2011 at 8:28 am

Oh, bring it on…I am so ready for fall and a a change in the seasons! The oats look amazing! I need to get my hands on some figs…pronto!

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29 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 29, 2011 at 8:28 am

I love the way that pumpkin adds so much more volume to oats! Fall is definitely not my favourite season (I am a summer girl) but am happy to be enjoying pumpkin nevertheless!

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30 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 29, 2011 at 8:34 am

Hooray for pumpkin! It’s still soooo hot here though. :( I think fig season skipped over GA – I haven’t seen any!

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31 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama August 29, 2011 at 8:35 am

Still hanging on to summer over here, but you’re definitely tempting me to welcome fall and all of its flavors!

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32 Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope August 29, 2011 at 8:39 am

Wish that summer were over here in Florida. It’s still HOT, STICKY, HUMID.

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33 Cathy August 29, 2011 at 11:38 am

Same in Houston.

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34 Erika August 29, 2011 at 8:42 am

These pictures are pretty!

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35 Sweet and Savvy August 29, 2011 at 8:47 am

I really need to try making oats with pumpkin! I love the feeling Of fall and the holiday season, I Just hate winter driving and not being able to wear sandals!:(

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36 Sylvia @ My Attempt at Balanced Living August 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

I love love LOVE fall and everything that comes with it. I think it has the best fashions, colors and smells. The holiday season is the best too.

I loved looking at that tremendous bowl of oats. It was quite fancy today . . . but I just think figs are fancy in general :)

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37 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy August 29, 2011 at 8:57 am

I absolutely love fall, it is my favorite season. I love watching the leaves change, the colors, the cool weather and smells! It is time to start breaking into the pumpkin oats!

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38 Faith @ For the Health August 29, 2011 at 8:58 am

I’ve never tired a fig – is that sad? They were BOGO at Publix last week too but they were still $6/box, and I’d used up my “fun groceries” money for the week, so I had to skip. Hopefully they’re still in season two weeks from now when I get more discretionary $$!

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39 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) August 29, 2011 at 9:03 am

I am making myself wait until September 1st to crack open my pumpkin! It’s a sacred event :)

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40 Shana August 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I usually do the same thing but I just couldn’t contain myself this year!

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41 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan August 29, 2011 at 9:17 am

I WISH we were having cooler weather here! Yesterday it was 101!

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42 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 29, 2011 at 9:18 am

Agreed, Monday is such a productive day usually and I feel so accomplished by the end of it. <3
Discount prices on jumbo Libby's could be very dangerous in my house, I have a feeling we'll be seeing lots of pumpkin inspired meals from you this fall ;)

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43 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen August 29, 2011 at 9:19 am

I was just thinking about pumpkin oats the other day. I have a few cans of Libby’s still tucked away in the cabinets. Timmmme to utilize.

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44 Dee August 29, 2011 at 9:22 am

Yay! For fall!

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45 KatieG. @ Just Roll With It August 29, 2011 at 9:24 am

I LOVE fall too, and pumpkin beer! I am sort of sad to see summer go..but I am looking forward to football season and cool nights by the fire. The only problem is that fall does not seem to last very long here in MD, and before you know it, it’s winter (which I am not a fan of…)

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46 Hillary August 29, 2011 at 9:48 am

I saw pumpkin back on the shelves at Target, and I had to stop myself from dancing in the aisles!

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47 Sonnett August 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm

hee hee!! At least you didnt stop at a mall window like me and took a double–triple take after noticing xmas teddys staring at me!!!!! couldnt believve it!!! a bit too early, but it seems that the stores are starting earlier each year…

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48 Marian August 29, 2011 at 9:50 am

What a beautiful bowl of oats. The figs add such a lovely contrast! And I totally agree–autumn is a wonderful season!

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49 Diana August 29, 2011 at 9:52 am

Oh man I am trying to curb my caffeine intake and so am taking a coffee hiatus – I’m giving myself three weeks without – and seeing your warm cozy mug almost makes me want to run to the Bucks! After week one I stopped getting the headaches but I just miss the flavor and, now that we are having cooler temps, the warmth!

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50 Jackie @ That Deep Breath August 29, 2011 at 9:52 am

I’ve never tried figs…maybe it’s time!

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51 Brooke August 29, 2011 at 10:02 am

I like summer, but there is something about fall that I love! I have been in a pumpkin mood lately, too. I made some amazing pumpkin bread…and I have been saving some fall inspired recipes to try once it gets cooler outside!

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52 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 29, 2011 at 10:10 am

While taking our walk this morning, I could SMELL fall in the air….OH, how I love it!!
Pumpkin Oats sound awesome!

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53 JT @ The Faux Foodie Girl August 29, 2011 at 10:10 am

Those figs look delicious!!!! YUM!

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54 Heather @ Better With Veggies August 29, 2011 at 10:13 am

Wow – that looks absolutely amazing! I’m so excited for Fall and this is definitely a Fall recipe – maybe I can encourage the Fall weather if I eat enough? :)

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55 Nikki August 29, 2011 at 10:19 am

I am right with you on Fall being the best time of the year! I love the colours, the smells, the foods! Sigh… It warms me up thinking about it! (good luck on giving up the coffee)

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56 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 29, 2011 at 10:20 am

Pumpkin’s back!!!! Yes, first sign of fall! ;)

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57 Emily August 29, 2011 at 10:21 am

WOW, I bet that tastes just as good as it looks! YUM! I’ve actually never tried a fresh fig before. I need to get on that :)

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58 lynn @ the actor's diet August 29, 2011 at 10:25 am

your bfast is what i want if i ever visit you in c-ville. i’ll even BYOFigs

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59 KathEats August 29, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Deal : )

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60 Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas August 29, 2011 at 10:34 am

Fresh figs are thee best! I grow my own fig tree and there is nothing like picking your own fresh figs and then eating them! YUM!

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61 Kathy August 29, 2011 at 10:37 am

I completely agree!!! Fall is my favorite time of year and so is the food (especially pumpkin!) This morning I thought about whipping the oatmeal back into my morning breakfast, but I decided to go one more day with cereal/toast/peanut butter (my addiction). I am going to start back with my oats tomorrow morning! :)

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62 Melissa August 29, 2011 at 10:39 am

I switched to all decaf (I still have tea with a tiny bit of caffeine). Although it was hard to get un-addicted, it’s totally worth it now because I can actually sleep at night!!! It was a tough sacrifice because I LOOOOOVE my morning coffee, but sleep is probably more important. Now I just have to find some decaf coffee that I like!

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63 Minnooo August 29, 2011 at 10:48 am

It’s never too early for pumpkin in my book. I made a pumkin pudding Saturday morning when all the storm hoarders cleared the grocery aisles of berries. lol

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64 Stephanie @ StephSnacks August 29, 2011 at 10:50 am

Pumpkin oats are my absolute favorite! I can’t believe it is almost Fall!

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65 Mai August 29, 2011 at 10:51 am

Hooray for fall! So excited for all things pumpkin and cooler weather!

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66 allison @ thesundayflog August 29, 2011 at 10:53 am

might be one of my favorite oatmeal pictures ever!! maybe new debit card-worthy?? lol :)

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67 KathEats August 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm

haha!

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68 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 29, 2011 at 10:53 am

Haha I just read Peanut Butter Fingers and she made pumpkin oats too! Great minds think alike! I always have a cup of coffee in the morning and just feel weird by about noon if I don’t! It’s like my day isn’t complete without it!

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69 Ellie@fitforthesoul August 29, 2011 at 10:57 am

Yes, amen that Mondays do have a bright side to them too! Love your positive comment Kath <3 Yayyyy fall!! I miss it so much I already have been having pumpkin stuff!! And I'm in cali. Perhaps my pumpkin foods will conjure up the season to become fall faster? :P

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70 Katie Robinson August 29, 2011 at 11:05 am

I don’t think I will every be able to overcome my coffee addiction.

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71 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) August 29, 2011 at 11:12 am

I wish it were fall weather here :( it’s still 90 degrees out very day and likely will be until November! California does not have seasons– makes me sad. Please enjoy all the pumpkin and hot beverages for me!

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72 jane August 29, 2011 at 11:13 am

your bowls of oatmeal always look yummy but i kinda get a stomach ache because they look so heavy! i hate the feeling of a really full stomach after breakfast. i assume that doesn’t happy to you since you have oats almost every morning ;-)

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73 Jillian August 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I feel ya- it’s interesting how different foods and the times of the day they are eaten can affect different people. I almost never eat or crave oatmeal- only on occasion if I’m really stressed out- and when I do eat it, it just makes me feel lazyyyyy and heavy, and I want to crawl into bed! I have to eat more protein in the morning and fewer carbs, if any. I usually feel better if I don’t have any carbs till mid mornin- lighter food is more energizing to me.

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74 KathEats August 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Sometimes they are heavy, but if I don’t feel full after breakfast I’ll snack alldaylong.

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75 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 29, 2011 at 11:14 am

Ok this post has convinced me to give fresh figs another shot!

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76 becca @ bellebottoms August 29, 2011 at 11:20 am

That’s probably one of the prettiest bowls of oats I’ve seen in a while! if I could frame actual food (and not the pic), I would totally put that on my wall :)

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77 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled August 29, 2011 at 11:22 am

That combo looks delicious. I’ve never tried figs on oatmeal, but what a great idea! And you’re right, sunflower seed butter is pretty fantastic. Had it for the first time this week and loved it and even got my FIL hooked. Yummy!

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78 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well August 29, 2011 at 11:31 am

I’m with you…fall is just such a great time of year! The smell in the air, the beautiful colors and the gorgeous weather! Happy Monday!

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79 Carrie @ Nutrition By Carrie August 29, 2011 at 11:38 am

All your fall talk makes me laugh…last week was the first week in Seattle that really felt like summer! (That said, fall is my favorite season.) Speaking of figs, a small local authentic Neapolitan pizza chain in Seattle has the most AMAZING pizza this time of year with black mission figs, goat cheese, balsamic vinegar reduction, olive oil, rosemary and prosciutto. I look forward to it every year. Now I just need to make it to Trader Joe’s for some fig butter. Fig butter, fig pizza and the fresh figs on our backyard tree…a fig trifecta!

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80 JenATX August 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm

that pizza sounds delish!

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81 Sonnett August 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm

add pear shavings to that pizza

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82 Cat @Breakfast to Bed August 29, 2011 at 11:39 am

if you buy freezer jars, you can portion out the jumbo cans and freeze portions. Also, if you just use it bit by bit for things like oatmeal, you can freeze it in ice cube trays, pop them out, and store in ziplocs.

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83 Ashley August 29, 2011 at 11:40 am

Ahhh!! I can’t wait for fall. I love when the weather gets a little colder and the leaves start turning. I also love it because it means the holidays are near, and I love holidays.

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84 Cait @ Beyond Bananas August 29, 2011 at 11:43 am

It feels 100% like fall in CT today. I went for a run this morning to explore the damage of Irene and could SEE MY BREATH. Seriously?!

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85 Katie @ Plates and Paste August 29, 2011 at 11:46 am

That’s probably the most beautiful bowl of oatmeal I’ve ever seen :)

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86 Kristina August 29, 2011 at 11:53 am

Fall is my favorite too! The flavors, the weather, the sweaters, the BOOTS… everything :)

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87 Angel7 August 29, 2011 at 11:58 am

I will have to mix pumpkin with some oats for our daughter. I think she would love that!

Those figs look different from the ones that I give our daughter. I think the ones that I give her are dried.

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88 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me August 29, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I love Fall and I am super excited about it! My fiance and I are going apple picking on Friday. Woohoo!

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89 Katie of Cabbage Ranch August 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Man, I wish Fall would hurry up here. It was 110 yesterday! Ridiculous, sizzling, hide-inside kinda heat. Cheers to cooler days and fall foods!

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90 Anna @ Food Fitness and Frolicking August 29, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Why does everything you eat look SO delicious!?! I’m jealous :)

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91 Lindzjane115 August 29, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I’ve been feeling the same excitement for the changing seasons! The City Market this past Saturday was bittersweet with the last of the tomatoes and peaches. Make room for apples and pumpkins!

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92 Chris August 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Are you not aware that August is not Fall? Fall starts on September 21st – almost a month from now.

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93 KathEats August 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Yes, of course.

But fall starts when the earth says it starts in my mind – and a dip in temperatures and craving for pumpkin = fall

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94 kate August 29, 2011 at 5:07 pm

me too!

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95 Ari August 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Oats+Pumpkin=Best combo ever! I especially love it when I mix in a few dark chocolate chips and then it basically tastes like dessert for breakfast! Yum!

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96 Lauren August 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Love those placemats…where did you find them?

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97 KathEats August 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

They are tea towels from Crate + Barrel

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98 Rachel August 29, 2011 at 1:11 pm

woohoo! I love fall! I have a giant can of pumpkin waiting in the cupboard for the right early fall day. Figs and pupkin sounds like sucha great summer/fall combo – might have to break out that can!

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99 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga August 29, 2011 at 1:20 pm

I may be the only one in the entire blogosphere that isn’t head over heels excited for pumpkin season. We could pass right over it and straight to Xmas cookie or Xmas goodies and I would not miss a beat. I know, I’m the only one who doesn’t get really crazy excited to see cans of Libby’s. :)

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100 Kelly August 29, 2011 at 1:59 pm

If you get a better deal on Jumbo Pumpkin cans, do that! Split it and freeze half then dethaw when you’re ready to eat second half!

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101 Sonnett August 29, 2011 at 2:47 pm

whoa!!!!! delicioousness in a bowl for sure!! canned pumpkin – nice convenient option i think, unfortunately not availalable over here :( wish it was though, i have pumpkin almost daily, and all varieties are available fresh all year round which i am greatful for – hope you will be making and sharing many yummy pumpkin recipes this fall? we are entering spring from 1 sept – haleluja!! it has been one looooong winter

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102 Laura August 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I still have four cans of Libby’s pumpkin from last year, and one bottle of Southern Tier Pumking (pumpkin beer). Clearly I did well in my 2010 fall hoarding :) I’ll have to try your recipe after I go to Trader Joe’s on Friday and find that fig butter; it sounds amazing!

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103 KathEats August 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Savor that Pumking!!!

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104 Kori August 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm

YYYUUUMMMM!!! I can’t wait to make pumpkin oats and add fresh figs to my meals!! I’m just like you in that I LOVE summer, but nothing can beat the look and feel of fall. Fall in TN is incredibly gorgeous, the change in produce is always exciting, and having crisp mornings and evenings with mild afternoons is wonderful.

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105 Lisa August 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I love all of these ingredients so much. Next shopping day I will be picking up some figs. delicious. And I totally agree with the sunflower butter comment. Best nut butter out there! If you live in Canada, hook yourself up with some Nuts to You Nutbutter from Paris, Ontario.

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106 Sahira August 29, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Beautiful bowl of oatmeal. I love fresh figs-they are such an amazing fruit, so pretty! When I was studying nutrition abroad in Italy, I had a fresh green fig as big as an apple.. so delicious.. nature’s candy! :)

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107 Luv What You Do August 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I just bought figs at Whole Foods today. I never thought to slice them over my oatmeal. I am definitely looking forward to all those meals with pumpkin!!! I LOVE fall!

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108 Alexandria August 29, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Those oats look amazing! I love figs and I love pumpkin even more. Yum! I think I’m going to wait until the middle of September before I bust out the pumpkin though.

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109 Julia August 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Just a note to say your posts have such a great tone – they always offer a cool little somethin’ somethin’ :)

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110 KathEats August 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Thanks!!

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111 Alaina August 29, 2011 at 7:52 pm

That is by far the most beautiful breakfast I have ever seen. :-) It looks so delicious!!

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112 KathEats August 29, 2011 at 7:59 pm

And thank you!

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113 Shana August 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I made pumpkin oatmeal yesterday! Just so you don’t have to worry, I was informed that there is NOT a pumpkin shortage this year as has been the case for the last two years. This is good news because now I don’t have to mow down old grannies at the grocery store in attempt to get the last can!

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114 KathEats August 29, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Whew.

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115 Elisabeth August 30, 2011 at 1:10 am

Yep, I’ve already bought some this year at my grocery :)

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116 Becky O'Brien August 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Autumn puts a “skip in my step”, too! My all-time favorite season. I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that MIke and I “got serious” in the fall of our sophomore year in college. Could it be that “love is in the air”? Love pumpkin. Also apple and cinnamon.

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117 Mary August 29, 2011 at 9:02 pm

I had almost the exact same breakfast this am. One of my favorites!!!

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118 wymberley August 29, 2011 at 9:25 pm

All this pumpkin beer and oats! Im ready for fall! Im totally buying some pumpkin at the store tomorrow!

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119 Allison August 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Oh em gee, that bowl of oats is making me drool- looks beautiful and delicious! I love fall, especially because of all the pumpkin! Rumor has it, there’s plenty of pumpkin this season, unlike the shortage last year :)

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120 Dominique August 29, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Yum! I love figs. Over here they are SO expensive…sometimes $5-6 or a pint or $10 for a case, which really only holds about 18-12. And mmm…canned pumpkin. I can’t wait for the fall either–that’s my favourite time of year. I love the changing colours of the leaves, the sweaters that you can wear and all the spiced things that come along with fall (tea, cakes, etc).

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121 Kate August 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Maybe you’ll have to come here or I’ll send you some: 80% of the world’s canned pumpkin is canned 20 minutes from me in Morton, IL at Libby’s (oh and a Great Harvest is JUST about to open there)! They have the Morton Pumpkin Festival in a few weeks..can’t wait for the 10k run and then indulge in pumpkin pancakes (& chili & ice cream…..)http://www.mortonchamber.org/pumpkin-festival

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122 KathEats August 30, 2011 at 9:16 am

OH I’d love to go to a pumpkin fest!

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123 Mary Frances August 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Kath, Maybe that Great Harvest Kate said was just about to open will be around the time of the Pumpkin Festival, and maybe that store will need a successful Great Harvest owner to come for their opening (like you had GH help come to your bakery at opening time) and you can go to be their helper.

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124 Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds August 29, 2011 at 11:38 pm

That oatmeal looks seriously good! You are an oatmeal genius :) I’ll try pumpkin puree… cinnamon spice & sliced figs next time!

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125 Sara @ Real Fun Food August 30, 2011 at 4:54 am

Kath, I think this is your most beautiful post in a long time! I don’t know if it’s actually that much better (all your posts are lovely) or I just love fall as much as you do that’s gotten me all excited about it.

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126 KathEats August 30, 2011 at 9:16 am

Thank yoU!

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127 Courtney August 30, 2011 at 9:36 pm

The most wonderful time of the year is here!! Pumpkin season. Thanks for reminding me to grab the last can of Libby’s pumpkin I had stashed away (and even moved!) from last fall. Today was the perfect morning for pumpkin oats… as will every single day this week. Thanks! Congrats on the new house as well!

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128 Emily @ the doodlebug September 10, 2011 at 9:24 am

I’m going to attempt to make these oats today!! YUM!!

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