"BEST Bowl Of Oatmeal"

September 28, 2008

Good Sunday Morning!

Mom and Dad got here around 9:30/10 last night and we had fun milling about the house and showing them things we’ve collected and reorganized since they were last here. We finally went to bed around 11:30 – boy was I tired!

8 hours later….I woke up and cooked a batch of oatmeal for my mom, the hub and me. My dad refuses to eat breakfast. I just don’t get how I could be related to him. I guess the only way to get him to enjoy oatmeal would be to make it for dinner sometime!!

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Mom was excited to try wheatberries and when I got out the box of granola planks she said “OH I can’t wait to try granola planks!!!!” She also chose Peanut Butter Boy’s Butter Toffee PB as her spoon selection :) Every time I make her a bowl of oatmeal she said “This is the BEST bowl of oatmeal” after ever bite. I try to get her to make it at home, but she doesn’t seem to have the enthusiasm when she’s by herself!

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So today’s mixture for mom was pretty classic:

  • 1/3 cup oats, milk, water
  • Salt + vanilla
  • Banana
  • Wheatberries
  • Granola Plank
  • PB

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Tea –

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Dad is out on a 2-hour walk with his magazines, mom is showering and the husband and I are digesting before we embark on a run a little later. My parents are driving up to Davidson to pick up Larbs and then we’re meeting them for a 1pm brunch/lunch.

SO happy the sun is out!!!! 8) 8) 8)

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1 Advice needed… September 28, 2008 at 9:19 am

How do you tell your significant other that they have gotten FAT and they eat way too much?

I have been with my boyfriend for 4 years and he just recently started putting on the weight. He is now up at least 50 pounds from when I met him. I am afraid that he is going to just keep getting larger by the way he eats.

A few years back I had put on a couple pounds and he would tell me “You do not need to eat that”. I know how it made me feel and it did not help me, so I do not want to go about it by telling him what to do.

What do I do?

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2 Rose September 28, 2008 at 9:37 am

Aw, what a great start to the morning – breakfast with mom (who loves the oatmeal). My mom is the same way, I love it! She’s even started really experimenting at home, which is great.

Some people will just never eat breakfast – I don’t understand how! It’s my favorite meal of the day, for sure!

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3 Megan September 28, 2008 at 9:39 am

I could never skip breakfast.

I saw that you were drinking Stash tea. Have you tried their pumpkin spice blend yet. I posted about it yesterday!

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4 madison (follow my weigh) September 28, 2008 at 10:06 am

ooh your family is lucky to eat kath’s famous oatmeals :D . you should open up an oatmeal restaurant!! i’m making oatmeal this morning – hopefully it can turn out just as good!!

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5 SmA033 September 28, 2008 at 10:35 am

Aww that’s so cute about your mom! i’ve been making oatmeals, inspired by yours, for breakfast for the last few months, and EVERY time my mom comes around she HAS to try a bite. She always asks, “what makes it so creamy??”

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6 caitlin (seebriderun) September 28, 2008 at 10:36 am

advice needed….

i read your comments to my future husband and asked his opinion. i figured a male prespective might be helpful!

he said that there are two ways you could make your opinion know. you could (1) be direct or (2) drop serious hints.

dropping hints would be like “oh honey, lets go for a walk after dinner!” or “want to come to the gym with me?” he said there’s probably no point in being aloof like that because he’ll obviously get the message and might just refuse to go, because he wont be clear on your intentions.

so, he believes it might be better to just sit him down and be direct. he says you’ve got to present it in a loving way or its never going to work. he recommended saying something like “i’m really concerned about your health because i notice you’re having more trouble walking up stairs, running after the dogs, whatever.” he said no matter what you do, you’ve got to present it like you’re still attracted to him and love him, or he may just freak out (which most girls would, too). future husband said it wouldn’t hurt to follow up this conversation with a heavy make out session. :) just don’t have the conversation when you’re naked and in bed!!

offer to help him lose weight if he wants to. say you’ll go to the gym with him or go for runs or help he cook more healthy meals.

good luck!! i’m sure other readers have faced the same problem, so i bet you’ll hear loads of good advice.

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7 caitlin (seebriderun) September 28, 2008 at 10:37 am

and kath, your homecoming fun yesterday looks like it was awesome! :)

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8 Maureen September 28, 2008 at 10:52 am

How people can skip breakfast is beyond me. But then again, I grew up in a breakfast-eating household, and if you didn’t, your body would naturally tell you not to eat in the a.m. A lot of my friends are like that, which means they could wake up at 8:15 a.m. for their 8:30 classes!

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9 BethT September 28, 2008 at 10:57 am

I’ve been eating MY best bowl of oatmeal lately…when fall arrives I swap the banana for chunks of apple and raisins, and then top it with toasted almonds. Very fall-y!

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10 Sami September 28, 2008 at 11:14 am

Hello Kath. :)

I had some blueberry granola plank for breakfast too. I really like the salty & sweet togeather in them. I have a question too.

How do you make broccoli pesto?

I have some broccoli and I want to make some with it. Merci beaucoup. :)

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11 HangryPants September 28, 2008 at 11:21 am

May family is the same way about oatmeal – they LOVE it when I make it for them, but won’t do it themselves! Enjoy the sun – the rain is still coming down here. :)

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12 Christie I. September 28, 2008 at 11:50 am

Glad your mom was lovin the oats!

Enjoy your Sunday!

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13 WendyF September 28, 2008 at 12:56 pm

The wheatberries sound great. I have used them in my brown rice pilaf but I never thought of oatmeal. I will have to try that for my weekday oatmeal.

Have a great Sunday.

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14 Marianne September 28, 2008 at 1:18 pm

I finally got around to trying your method for oatmeal – must say, I’m impressed with the results (posted on my new blog), and the minimal amount of time it takes. I’ve always made my oats in the microwave to save time during the week, but this was really quick, so I can see replacing the ol’ microwave with your stovetop method. :)

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15 MWS September 28, 2008 at 1:46 pm

haha the perks of being Kath’s relatives :)

sounds like a really fun visit with da parents!

and 2 hour magazine walk?! your dad sure has excellent spacial/directional skills not to run into anything while he’s reading! lol. have a great rest of the weekend!

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16 katie September 28, 2008 at 2:26 pm

your oatmeal always looks so yummy, i don’t like oatmeal, but yours makes me want to try it again.

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17 Ana76 September 28, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Advice Needed,

This is a tough one—my husband & I discussed this & this is our take (the male & female perspective):
1)You HAVE to be direct. Hints do not work. you have to discuss that it is a problem or all the hints of “hey lets go to the gym” or “maybe we can save some of that dinner for tomorrow” will be ignored. If he doesn’t realize there is a problem, he is not going to want to “fix” the problem.
2)Frame the discussion around health, not attractiveness. Men can be as insecure as women about how they look & telling him that you are losing interest can bring on depression (and more eating/not exercising). Pick a neutral (non-naked) time to bring up the discussion.
3)Make it about YOU too, not just him. Come up with a health goal for YOURSELF that you could both pursue together. If you happen to have gained a few pounds you want to lose, or feel like you’re not in the shape you want to be in, tell him that. and then ask for his help to do it together. I.E. “I’m worried that our lifestyle is not the healthiest. I would like to lose a few pounds, but its hard to get motivated. Maybe if we did it together, we could both get in better shape.”

Good luck.
On a related note…
Anyone have any advice on how to tell a friend she needs to lose weight?

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18 Kath September 28, 2008 at 3:39 pm

Sami ,
I didn’t make the pesto (Karen did) so I don’t know what recipe she used. Honestly, it wasn’t my favorite :(

Marianne ,
So glad you liked the oatmeal!!

K

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19 shawna September 28, 2008 at 3:39 pm

YUM! That looks like a great bowl of oatmeal – your mom is right!

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20 Katelyn September 28, 2008 at 3:43 pm

I totally understand your mom not making oatmeal/a hearty breakfast. On weekends I’ll make a nice first meal, but the rest of the week, nice cold (healthy!) cereal is really the way to go when I am trying to get ready for work.

Advice Needed: Your boyfriend may realize that he has gained weight, and may not know how to change his life, or have some underlying issue. I agree with Caitlin and Ana, talk to him gently but directly and let him and be just as involved with your health as his. Good luck!

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21 Jaime September 28, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Where did you buy your vanilla bean paste? I can’t seem to find it anywhere.

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22 Kath September 28, 2008 at 4:29 pm

Jaime ,
Williams Sonoma

Kath

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23 Biz319 September 28, 2008 at 5:07 pm

My husband RARELY eats breakfast and usually is famished by noon!

The only time I can get him to eat breakfast is on the weekend, when we sleep late, at its like 10:30.

Me? I eat within about 15 minutes of waking up!

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24 Fleur September 28, 2008 at 5:58 pm

I really want to find granola planks and try them – am especially jealous that your mom has beaten me to this.

Hope you’re having a good day with the fam.

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25 NT September 28, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Advice needed…

I am sorry about your situation, but I have a few ideas..

a. Work out together, go on walks, walk to the grocery store…etc

b. Make your own meals @ home together..

c. Maybe even talk about the situation..

Best wishes!

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