Breakfast Off The List

December 2, 2011

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My week isn’t complete until it includes the following breakfasts:

    1. A smoothie
    2. A pancake
    3. An overnight oats
    4. Lots of oatmeal!

This morning I satisfied my pancake craving! So glad to have normal, non-separated pumpkin back!

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When making pumpkin pancakes, too much of a good thing is bad. It’s tempting to put a lot in – more volume, more flavor! But more will mean your ‘cakes don’t cook as well. I would recommend a quarter cup – no more.

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The Plate

  • 1/2 cup Kodiak cakes mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • Sprinkle cinnamon
  • Seared banana slices
  • Skillet-warmed blackberries
  • Coconut
  • Chia seeds
  • Blob Barney Butter

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Pumpkin Spice tea mixed with Toasted Marshmallow! [Both by Adagio]

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Read[er] This

In a flurry of Tweets yesterday, Melinda showed me something incredible for Google Reader users.

The Super Full Feeds for Google Reader Extension for Google Chrome [yeah Google!] allows you to view entire web pages INSIDE of Google Reader:

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Generally when you read blogs via Reader you aren’t supporting the blogger with pageviews to count towards their ads and income. As a blogger myself, I am happy just to have more readers, so I’m all for using an RSS reader even if it means less pageviews. But this new extension solves the tough decision between organized + efficient blog reading AND blogger support in multiple ways.

See Joy’s Green Giant ad above? It’s showing and clickable – the page is loaded – so it’s counting a pageview. [Someone please correct me if I’m wrong!]

But also great for more efficient blog reading (which leads to more time to read more blogs!) is the fact that you can also LEAVE COMMENTS inside of Reader!! More comments = more interaction = better experiences for blogger and readers.

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I also love that you can see the blog’s design and get the reading ambiance the blogger created – a better, more complete RSS feed experience :)

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To view your feeds this way, just install the extension in Chrome [Google’s browser you can download here] and then click the “link” view:

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Two huge thumbs up for this extension!

See you on the other side of noon!

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1 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 2, 2011 at 9:30 am

Way to go Google! This is awesome. Thanks for sharing, I can’t wait to check it out. ;)

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2 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 2, 2011 at 9:33 am

On my to do list is to download Google Reader. I will definately check out this feature! Thanks for tip!

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3 heather montgomery December 2, 2011 at 9:35 am

I installed it last night after seeing your tweet and ii am so excited! Sometimes I just don’t have time to click over to comment or read sso this makes life so much easier and i can comment in more peoples posts!

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4 Carly D. @ CarlyBananas December 2, 2011 at 10:24 am

This makes me so happy! I am glad I was wrong about the clicks last night, Heather :)

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5 Lynn @ the actor's diet December 2, 2011 at 9:36 am

I’ve been reading on net netwswire for a while. May be time for a switch.

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6 Kate December 2, 2011 at 9:41 am

Thanks for the update on google reader! I just installed it and LOVE it!

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7 Cait's Plate December 2, 2011 at 9:41 am

Ooooh that’s awesome! Can you comment in it?? I’m definitely checking this out!

And I totally agree about the pumpkin portion in pumpkin pancakes – there is definitely such thing as “too much of a good thing” there!

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8 Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking December 2, 2011 at 9:43 am

Your breakfast looks delicious! The week really isn’t complete until you’ve had pancakes, oatmeal, a smoothie, etc ha!

I love that new google reader application..perfect! :)

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9 katie @KatieDid December 2, 2011 at 9:45 am

awesome to know, I’m going to download right now!!! Yay for efficiency

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10 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon December 2, 2011 at 9:45 am

THIS IS LIFECHANGING! Okay, maybe that’s dramatic…but I’ve always found it so frustrating that you can’t leave comments in google reader! This is blowing my mind!

P.S. Those pancakes look gorgeous–what a lovely color!

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11 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot December 2, 2011 at 9:48 am

Oh that is awesome! I like google reader but the whole not being able to see the actual page thing drove me nuts! I’ll be sure to install this this weekend! Thank you :)

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12 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 2, 2011 at 9:51 am

Such a delicious looking breakfast!

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13 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 2, 2011 at 9:53 am

just read about this on Side of Sneakers. One word: amazing!

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14 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 2, 2011 at 9:55 am

I saw all your tweets about this! It definitely takes a bit of time to load, but is worth it in my opinion, not only to get an complete feel for the website (which is why I don’t really use my readers that much), but also to support the bloggers.

Another way I like to do it, is to go to “goodies” under Google Reader settings and add a tab to the top of your browser. This allows you to keep pressing and it will automatically go through your subscriptions in the actual browser itself. With each new click, a new blog and post show up! It’s fun!

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15 KathEats December 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm

THIS IS AWESOME TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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16 Angel7 December 2, 2011 at 9:57 am

Your breakfast looks great! The aqua-colored plate with the blackberry colors and splash of white coconut make the pictures pop!

The Super Full Feeds option is awesome!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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17 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 2, 2011 at 9:57 am

WOW! That is very cool. I rarely use Chrome but I think it might just become my browser of choice now for this purpose!

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18 kathleen @ the daily crumb December 2, 2011 at 9:58 am

i have overloaded my cakes with pumpkin one too many times. they turn our a mushy mess! i think you’re right that 1/4 cup is the perfect amount for a single serving.

i’m the same way with my weekly breakfasts! like to have everything once.

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19 Flo December 2, 2011 at 10:14 am

I use the Google Next Bookmarklet – it works in all browsers, Safari, Firefox and Chrome.

http://googlereader.blogspot.com/2007/06/doing-shuffle.html

I didn’t check IE, on a Mac so don’t use it.

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20 KathEats December 2, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Just discovered this via Laura above – LOVE IT! Another great option!!!

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21 Staci December 2, 2011 at 10:16 am

First off, your breakfast looks just amazing and now I am HUNGRY!
And Second–THANK YOU! I love it! I just installed the new extension and am commenting on your blog through google reader! I am so happy! I just found your blog yesterday, and look at all the good you’ve done for me already!

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22 erin December 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

Kath, thanks so much for the extension…. I’m terrible about leaving my reader and going over to blogs to comment…now I finally CAN!
I love me some Chrome!

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23 Alison December 2, 2011 at 10:24 am

I’m commenting via Google Reader. So awesome! Thank you so much!

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24 Courtney @ Sunday Soup December 2, 2011 at 10:25 am

Oh, this is awesome. I always miss the look and feel of someone’s personal site when I am reading in my Google reader. I just downloaded it and really love it. I did notice that the posts take a bit longer to load but I think I can live with that. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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25 Carolyn @ AdMEYERing Life December 2, 2011 at 10:27 am

Awesome! Thank you so much for the info!! So excited to be able to comment in reader now.

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26 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat December 2, 2011 at 10:31 am

The “next” button in my IE window works just as well for me! I can’t get Google Chrome with my old Mac software.

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27 Tiffany December 2, 2011 at 10:35 am

Your breakfasts always look delicious!!

By any chance can you list your favorite nut butter brands that I could find at trader joes or whole foods? I want to add some nut butters to my diet as everyone has been raving about them! Thanks!! :)

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28 KathEats December 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I’m working on a post that will include these.

All time favorite = Trader Joe’s Sunflower

Other favorites in no particular order:

Chia charger
Sunbutter
Wild Squirrel Cocoa-Nut
Biscoff (not a nut butter – more of a dessert!)
Barney Butter almond butter
Artisana Coconut butter + Cacao Bliss
Whole Foods grind your own honey roasted

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29 Amanda December 2, 2011 at 10:41 am

Thank you for sharing this extension! I’m going to download it now!

Also, good advice about the pumpkin. My inclination is always to load it up, but you’re right about it messing up the texture of the pancakes.

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30 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats December 2, 2011 at 10:47 am

Thank you so much for the awesome link to the Google Chrome extension! I am using it now! <3

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31 MaryBe@Accidentally-Vegan December 2, 2011 at 10:56 am

I’m really sad that I’ve been reading your blog all these years and you haven’t been getting pageview credit from me! I had no idea that reading in Google Reader didn’t count. I thought that the number of readers subscribed would automatically count. So I really love that Google extension, thanks for sharing!

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32 KathEats December 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I won’t hold it against you ;) Seriously though, I don’t mind when people never click through because I know how it is!

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33 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles December 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

Your pumpkin pancake looks utterly divine. I mean, seriously. Can you please Fed Ex one to California?

Three cheers for Google Chrome extension!

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34 Sarah @ The Strength of Faith December 2, 2011 at 11:28 am

Can I download chrome to my mac?

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35 KathEats December 2, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I’m not sure..the NEXT feature Flo and Laura mentioned above might be a good option for you though

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36 Kathy W. December 2, 2011 at 3:43 pm
37 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 2, 2011 at 11:29 am

That sounds like a great feature!

As for the pumpkin situation, I completely agree. I love the flavor and you would think more is better, but you don’t want runny pancakes! Yours look perfect Kath!

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38 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 2, 2011 at 11:29 am

Very cool. Google is seriously one of the top business in the world. Amazing stuff what they do!!

Love pumpkin pancakes. YUMMY.

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39 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather December 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

Awesome new feature, thanks for sharing! Your blackberries look soooo plump and delicious. Yum :)

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40 Tammy December 2, 2011 at 11:32 am

Where is the link button? Ive installed it but I can’t get it to work!

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41 Tammy December 2, 2011 at 11:32 am

Aahh nevermind! Got it! Thanks!

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42 Jen December 2, 2011 at 11:39 am

Hi Kath
How do I get this google chrome and new reader with ipad??
do u know?
im trying to figure it out right now.

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43 KathEats December 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm

It’s a browser, so I don’t think you can get it. When I read on my phone I’m still just using the GR app which doesn’t have this new feature

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44 Laura H. December 2, 2011 at 11:40 am

Yay! This means I can finally comment on your blog more regularly. I read you multiple times a day, but I’m always reluctant to click away from my Google Reader to comment. Thanks, Kath!

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45 Girl Eat December 2, 2011 at 11:51 am

Kath-You reminded me of pumpkin pancakes and I haven’t eaten one batch of them since pumpkin came back into season! Tomorrow morning I will definitely fix that.

Breakfast looks delicious, as always! Thanks for the inspiration-again!

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46 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio December 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm

That’s awesome! Way to go google! Thanks for sharing that.

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47 Liz December 2, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Kath – I am commenting from Reader and I just want to say THANK YOU for telling us about this extension – it’s the best thing EVER

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48 Irina G (Fit Flexitarian) December 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Ooooooh good to know! I usually click through from google reader and look at the post on the site, but this makes things a bit easier.

P.S. I love that you were reading Joy’s page. I was doing the SAME thing just before coming here! Haha. Great minds think alike?

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49 Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 2, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I love that because I don’t use Google Reader for those reasons… it takes away from the blog’s design and you can’t comment. But now!… I will go install that ASAP!

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50 Candice @ Sailing on Paper December 2, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Thank you SO MUCH for this tip! Now I can read blogs and comment at work while still being stealthy in Google Reader. :)

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51 natasha December 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I love that you got me hooked on pumpkin Kodiak pancakes. Actually I do mine in the waffle iron and add 3 or 4 semi sweet chocolate chips to each waffle. The kids and I devour them! Even my baby (13 months ) rubs her belly and says “mmmmmmmm” when her brother or sister ask her if she wants a “Kodiak cake.”

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52 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 2, 2011 at 12:23 pm

I was using RSSOwl for this very reason: It displays the WHOLE page in the reader as opposed to the summary without comments, etc. So excited that there’s an option for Google reader now! Yay! I just installed the extension. Thanks for the heads up!!! I never understood why readers didn’t at least display comments or a link to them, it would be a huge improvement too. :)

*excited*

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53 Cat @Breakfast to Bed December 2, 2011 at 12:26 pm

how funny is it that I’m switching to google chrome from firefox today?!?!? Best tip of the day, Kath.

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54 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 2, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Oh yum, those pancakes look fabulous! I love that mug! I have the exact one, well, with an “H” on it. It’s the perfect size for coffee! :)

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55 Sarah@The Flying ONION December 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I’m ashamedly very elementary when it comes to stuff like this! I think one of my New Year’s Resolutions should be to get myself up to gear with google. ;)

Your breakfast plate of pancakes looks so nice!! :D

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56 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm

This is good to know! I will be satisfying my pancake craving tomorrow morning before christmas shopping!

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57 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel December 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Oh wow, thank you so much for sharing that Google Reader tip! I am DEFINITELY installing that. I’m happy to hear that you guys can get more pageviews now…I usually click through anyway to leave comments, but it’ll be nice to leave comments straight from Reader now!

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58 Molly @ RDexposed December 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I ended up having a little dessert after breakfast today. My boss brought us some GH apple bread and pumloin bread. It was crazy good! Anyways, thought of you!

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59 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Thanks for the info on that Chrome/Reader jazz…I had heard about this, had poked around with it myself, but hadn’t fully figured it all out or done all the reading and research on it…and you gave us the Cliff’s Notes version…thanks Kath!

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60 Lee December 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm

That’s really cool. I just need to get over my addiction to Safari. I have Chrome downloaded but I never use it.

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61 Christin@christinjoyful December 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm

I hear you on the pumpkin pancakes…they just don;t cook the same when you add too much pumpkin! It’s a very uneven soggy in the middle and burnt on the outside experience. :)

Good looking out on the google reader extension…gonna try that out!

Have a great day!

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62 bitt December 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm

seems to be only available on chrome? or it that because I have a mac? to be honest I love that I don’t get the ads, but I also have adblocker installed for the full page too. i HATE ads.

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63 KathEats December 2, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I think just in Chrome, yes, because it’s an extension. The NEXT button might work for you though.

I didn’t know there were ad blockers?

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64 Khushboo December 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Same goes for banana or applesauce- too much and the batter gets too runny!

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65 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco December 2, 2011 at 1:58 pm

Finally! A blog reading medium has been found!

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66 Anna December 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Just commenting in my new super reader in google chrome…love it! Thanks for sharing and for your help getting all us bloggers set up :)

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67 Mac December 2, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Best thing I’ve heard today!

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68 Brittany @ Eating Bird Food December 2, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I rarely use Chrome, but I might use it now just for this feature!

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69 Ashley December 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Hi Kath!

Any chance of the chia charger nut butter getting re-stocked on Open Sky soon? I have a $10 credit I wanted to use towards it but they are sold out. Or the Buddha bowls?

Thanks!
Ashley

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70 KathEats December 2, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I have been told a week and a half or so…

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71 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm

It’s good to know that about Google. The pancakes look wonderful!

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72 Lea @ Healthy Coconut December 2, 2011 at 4:45 pm

thanks for this info.

Now I have a reason to use google chrome. normally before…I just ignored the prompt to use it.

I learned something new on this Friday.

You should do a “Did You Know” type of posts? I think it would be informative.

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73 susan December 2, 2011 at 6:39 pm

so so cool! Leaving you a comment via reader! Love this!

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74 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings December 2, 2011 at 6:52 pm

When I make the pumpkiny pancakes (got the kodiak cakes and LOVE them!) I put in less water and more pumpkin — it worked really well (1 cup mix, 3/4 cup water, 1/3 cup pumpkin). Love the new info about google! Thanks! :)

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75 Sydney December 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Oh my goodness. Firefox is my browser of choice & I have been avoiding installing Chrome for some reason but I downloaded it IMMEDIATELY after reading this post!! That is just about the only thing I don’t like about reader – that you can’t see the actual site or make/read comments!! Thank you so much for sharing!

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76 Cappi December 3, 2011 at 2:00 am

I’m thinking that I may actually have to go to my desktop to download chrome and extensions. Not working on my iPad tonight/this morning. Perhaps screw loose in the operator!

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77 Jackie at www.ValensLife.com December 3, 2011 at 8:04 am

I’m increasing the whole grains in my diet, trying to achieve 3-5 servings per day. I haven’t tried Kodiak Cakes, but will now go the market and buy it. Your pumpkin pancakes look delicious and so timely for this time of year.

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78 Emily Eats and Exercises December 3, 2011 at 9:11 am

Great suggestions – this is the first comment I’ve left in AGES because I pretty much only read through Google Reader. The truth is, I do most of my blog reading on my iphone through the google reader app… I wonder if there’s any way to access comments there?

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79 KathEats December 3, 2011 at 10:04 am

I don’t think there is..

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80 Anna December 3, 2011 at 9:14 am

You may have mentioned this before(if so just refer me to the post), but what reader do you have, and do you like it? I’m trying to decide between a iPad and an Android-based reader, though I have no idea where to begin in scoping out which manufacturer does better with the Android products…

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81 KathEats December 3, 2011 at 10:04 am

I’m not quite sure what you mean. I read blogs primarily on my computer and I use Google Reader in my Chrome web browser to organize them

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82 Anna December 3, 2011 at 10:44 am

Ohhh never mind! I read “reader” and was thinking e-reader. But now I figured out what Google reader is and it may have revolutionized the blog experience for me! :) Sorry to be confusing…

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83 Sarah Farley December 3, 2011 at 11:40 am

OMG thank you so much for this post! I would have never figured that out on my own! I love how I can see the blogger’s blog design now! It’s so much more personal! I used to click on the blogs so they would get credit for me reading them. Now I don’t have to:) Thanks again!

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84 Gem December 3, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Coincidentally I noticed today that all my friends were using Chrome and was debating whether it’s better than Firefox, so whether I should switch too. Now I will for sure! I always click through to your actual web page because I find it a more pleasant viewing experience, but don’t bother with all the blogs I read, because as you say, its not the most efficient way to read. So this is brilliant news, thank you so much for sharing this info! :D

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85 Caitlin December 4, 2011 at 11:28 am

I found your blog randomly this morning and added it to my reader… So I was going through the 10 most recent posts. I saw your breakfast list, which is very similar to my weekly requirement of breakfast foods… Then I saw the pumpkin pancakes, and was even more smitten. Then I scrolled down and saw a photo of your anthro mug and I am literally drinking my tea out of the exact same mug. Fate!

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86 KathEats December 4, 2011 at 11:29 am

Welcome Caitlin!!

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