August 30, 2010

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Third time’s a charm!!!

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6 ‘cups’ water = 30 oz in the carafe

A heaping 1/2 cup of grounds

= strong, dark and handsome :) 

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Was very similar in body to French press! It’s funny that many of you commented that the French press is so romantic because I think of the French press as being more of a hands-on messy hassle (stirring and timers) while the dripping, gurgling coffee maker seems to be more romantic to me because it reminds me of coffee in the movies! I think in this case the grass is greener :-)

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New oatmeal topping headed your way soon!! This one definitely charmed my bowl this morning.

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The Mix
  • 1/3 cup oats, milk, water
  • Half banana
  • Half tbsp chias
  • Handful wheatberries
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese, stirred in at end
  • Vanilla, pinch salt
  • Toppings TBA!

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Note the texture here- so creamy it could be pudding! It was a winner for sure!

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Have a great day!

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1 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday August 30, 2010 at 7:29 am

It always takes a few tries to figure out how to brew the perfect cup, but once you do it’s glorious!


2 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 30, 2010 at 7:30 am

Yay for successful coffee!!!!

That bowl in the background of the last shot is beautiful!


3 coco August 30, 2010 at 7:30 am

very cute oatmeal bowl!!! :D
I have a french press (bought from your opensky store) but haven’t used it yet…. it sounds romantic but yes, it requires some work. have a nice day! ;)


4 Jessica @ How Sweet August 30, 2010 at 7:31 am

Glad the coffee finally worked! Woohoo!


5 Mini @ Mini's Work Wedding Accessories August 30, 2010 at 7:32 am

Where did you get your bowl? It looks just like pottery I own from a place in PA!


6 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 30, 2010 at 7:33 am

Yay for making good coffee :)

Have a great day!


7 Brooke - One Healthy Cookie August 30, 2010 at 7:33 am

I think the best part about a French press is pushing down the plunger… you have to work for your coffee!


8 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 30, 2010 at 7:33 am

mmmmmm…strong dark and handsome coffee? sign me up :)


9 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) August 30, 2010 at 7:35 am

So glad you finally had a good cup of coffee! A nice drink can really make a breakfast sometimes.


10 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 30, 2010 at 7:35 am

I’ve always thought the French press is prettier, but now that you mention that about the movies, it does make sense!! Such a pretty bowl, by the way :)


11 lisasfoods August 30, 2010 at 7:36 am

Oooh…looks like some kind of granola.

Thanks for sharing so many facets of your life, Kath. I’ve really enjoyed your posts lately – on budgeting your household, and your fun days out and about. How are you spending your days now – writing mostly?


12 Kath August 30, 2010 at 9:56 am

A total mish-mosh of blog, freelance, opensky + bakery working


13 Kaci Higgins August 30, 2010 at 7:37 am

Can you please come make me breakfast for like a straight week sometime? Pretty please with granola and peanut butter on top. :)


14 Evan Thomas August 30, 2010 at 7:38 am

A house is not a home without good coffee. Glad you got that figured out!


15 Jessica@tastyandtrim August 30, 2010 at 7:39 am

I’m anxious to find out what the topping is :)


16 Veggielady4life August 30, 2010 at 7:42 am

Glad you got your grounds/water ratio tweaked! Hopefully it will energize you for the day ahead. Maybe it will be half as enjoyable as your Sunday wine-tasting adventure! :mrgreen:


17 Tina August 30, 2010 at 7:43 am

Having that perfect cup of coffee really can start a day off right.

I love having various textures in my oats. Just a creamy bowl never quite seems to do it for me.


18 Liza @ Health Nutting August 30, 2010 at 7:45 am

That bowl of oats looks so perfect, and I LOVE your bowl– so cozy!


19 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) August 30, 2010 at 7:48 am

I wish I could get wheatberries in England – they look so yummy!


20 izzlecanoe August 30, 2010 at 10:29 am

Hi Freya, You should be able to get them in the UK. Maybe you already know this but Wheat-berries is the North American name for whole wheat kernels (don’t you wish we spoke the same language!!). I haven’t lived in the UK for 10 years or so, but a lot of health food shops should carry them. Good Luck.


21 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 30, 2010 at 7:50 am

Yay, great way to start the week! Perfect coffee and perfect oats! Enjoy!


22 Sarah August 30, 2010 at 7:57 am

Kath, that looks totally yummy! I never thought of putting cottage cheese in the oats, is it just for texture or for a source of extra protein? Either way, I must try it out.

I am so glad that you are loving your new city, it looks amazing! You and Matt are living the life right now, I am sooo jealous!!!


23 Kath August 30, 2010 at 9:56 am

Mostly for flavor! It makes the oats taste like a cheese danish


24 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) August 30, 2010 at 7:59 am

Perfect coffee is the best way to start a Monday =) Looks great!


25 sweetersalt August 30, 2010 at 8:00 am

I’ve been drinking nothing but cold brewed iced coffee and this has me craving a hot cuppa joe!


26 Christine August 30, 2010 at 8:01 am

Yay for finally getting the coffee worked out! A nice cup of coffee really gets the morning off on the right foot.

I think a French press it a lot of work too, which is why I love being on vacation where big pots are put on for the family…..but the press is prettier! Romantic =pretty?


27 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 30, 2010 at 8:09 am

No matter how you make it, coffee is always romantic! Except when I lean in to kiss my husband and I get a whiff of my own coffee breath! :(

Oatmeal looks fabulous, I have overnight oats for lunch today and I’m excited for noon to roll around!


28 Lindsey August 30, 2010 at 8:16 am

I LOVE your bowl! It’s so pretty, where did you get it?


29 Nelly@CrazySexyFit August 30, 2010 at 8:16 am

Hurray for good coffee! I cut my habit back pretty severely, but I still keep a bag of the really good stuff in the freezer, for those times when nothing other than tiny cups of double-strength with a splash of real cream will do. Ahh…coffee….

Those oats look GORGEOUS.


30 Courtney @ Bread & Bokeh August 30, 2010 at 8:16 am

Yay for coffee success!!!!! I can’t wait to find out what that topping is, it looks delicious!!!!


31 Mimi August 30, 2010 at 8:30 am

Awh, anticipation! Whatever the topping is, it looks yummy!


32 Stacey August 30, 2010 at 8:34 am

I like the fact that I can put grounds in the coffee maker, press a button and let it do it’s thing while I start on breakfast :) but I’m excited to try out a french press in the near future!


33 Caitlin (EatFeats) August 30, 2010 at 8:34 am

I had never heard of a French press until I started reading your blog, but I considered starting to drink coffee just so I could buy one. They look so fun and sophisticated!


34 Marina August 30, 2010 at 8:39 am

I can’t wait to get back to my french press, I just need to find a good coffee for it, which is really really hard.
That last picture looks so idealistic, it’s beautiful :)


35 Marisa @ Loser for Life August 30, 2010 at 8:40 am

Yay for good coffee!


36 Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales) August 30, 2010 at 8:42 am

YOu know, I have a keurig and I actually miss the sound of a regular coffee pot. It’s so soothing to me!


37 Heather August 30, 2010 at 8:47 am

What is the trick to get the really creamy oats~ your looks great! Do you think it is the cottage cheese?

Can’t wait for the topping surprise!

Thanks, Heather


38 Kath August 30, 2010 at 10:22 am

It’s a very ripe banana and extra whipping during cooking with a good amount of liquid!


39 Laura @ Blogging Over Thyme August 30, 2010 at 8:51 am

Is that about a heaping tablespoon per cup of coffee?? That’s what I use.

Love that oatmeal bowl, new type of granola?


40 Kath August 30, 2010 at 10:22 am

It’s about 2 tbsp per cup of coffee


41 Ariffa August 30, 2010 at 9:00 am

hura! coffee success
that bowl is beautiful. have a great day =)


42 ari August 30, 2010 at 9:01 am

hahha the suspense!


43 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 30, 2010 at 9:01 am

I use the single-cup brewing method, which I’m willing to bet would win for least charming :) I love my French press but cleaning out those coffee grounds is such a headache. I don’t want it clogging up the sink you know?


44 barefootgirl August 30, 2010 at 9:04 am

I can’t wait to hear what the mystery topping is!!!


45 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 30, 2010 at 9:04 am

I totally love the feel of a French press, but prefer the flavor of a brewed cup. Strange. I guess they both have their perks. :D

Your oatmeal looks so creamy! :D


46 Kathryn @ Foodies Not Fatties August 30, 2010 at 9:08 am

I am sure you have told us before, but where did you get today’s oatmeal bowl? It looks so perfect! Nice and shallow for the oatmeal but with a handle so your aren’t burning your hand when you pick it up. I love it!


47 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 30, 2010 at 9:22 am

YAY! I’m glad you finally had success with the coffee maker. Can’t wait to hear about your mystery toppings!


48 Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure August 30, 2010 at 9:22 am

I love the comments about the coffee pot too funny…


49 Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 30, 2010 at 9:23 am

I find French Press coffee as sort of a luxury because though it tastes way better it IS a little bit more time consuming and harder to clean up after. So it’s like making a big breakfast on Saturday morning. A treat!


50 Mandy A August 30, 2010 at 9:24 am

mmmmmm… I so wish I had time to make oats for breakfast this morning! :) Yours look so good, as always!


51 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat August 30, 2010 at 9:26 am

I wish I liked coffee like you do! Now, if they made a tea maker that was like a coffee maker, I would be in love with it too! I currently have a loose leaf tea maker similar to a french press, and it would be so much nicer to not have to work for the tea every morning!

Interested to know about those toppings…


52 Jessica @ The Process of Healing August 30, 2010 at 9:27 am

Looooving the blue bowl!!


53 Wei-Wei August 30, 2010 at 9:33 am

Oatmeal pudding? We could be onto something here…


54 Megan (Braise The Roof) August 30, 2010 at 9:39 am

I’m glad that you’re finally enjoying your drip coffee maker. I can definitely respect the French press, but I’ve never had the motivation/time to use one in the morning!


55 Di August 30, 2010 at 9:41 am

Hi Kath – You are such an inspiration! I *never* would have thought to add PB to my breakfast, but now I love it. (Woodstock Farms, organic, salted, creamy PB, thank you very much!) It elevates a boring morning to something special.

And on top of cold, delicious overnight oats, DA BOMB!
I just wanted to let you know…



56 Kath August 30, 2010 at 9:55 am
57 Kath August 30, 2010 at 9:55 am

Oatmeal bowl is from a pottery stand in Asheville, NC!


58 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 30, 2010 at 10:02 am

I love the bowl you used for your oatmeal! So did you finally have a “perfect bowl of oats” as well as a great cup of coffee?


59 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) August 30, 2010 at 10:03 am

yay! Glad you found the perfect ratio of water to coffee. I love hearing my coffee maker in the morning. Always makes my morning a little bit better.


60 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 30, 2010 at 10:14 am

I’m glad the coffee finally worked out!


61 ashlee August 30, 2010 at 10:19 am

Don’t know if anyone has mentioned in the comments section, but a French Press uses more coarse grounds, with a paper or fine mesh strainer you’ll want finer grounds, which will help give it a darker, richer flavor and color. I grind my beans fresh each morning just to ensure I get the most flavor, not sure if you do? But with the right grind setting and 2 tbsp./ 6oz., you should get prefectly dark, rich coffee!


62 Leanna August 30, 2010 at 10:19 am

My boyfriend put the coffee on for me when I was in the shower. Drip. Let’s see how it is!


63 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 30, 2010 at 10:25 am

I’m excited for this new oatmeal topping unveiling! As for preferred methods of brewing coffee, I definitely think french press tastes better…but using an eletric drip maker is so dang convenient.


64 Christina @ ilovefetacheese August 30, 2010 at 10:33 am

Beautiful oatmeal bowl


65 Nicole August 30, 2010 at 10:53 am

I was NEVER good with the regular coffee pot.. always too strong or too weak! I finally invested in a Keurig and it was perfect! Then ventured on to my current French Press :-) Yum!
PS thanks for all your oatmeal ideas! so creative!


66 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 30, 2010 at 11:04 am

i agree – the gurgling coffee pot is very romantic. my husband just got an espresso maker for the stovetop though, and that’s pretty darn sexy!


67 Lauren at KeepItSweet August 30, 2010 at 11:26 am

i want to know what that topping is… looked like some sort of candied nuts!


68 chelsey August 30, 2010 at 11:31 am

mmm your oatmeal always looks delish.

I’m glad you got the coffee pot worked out!


69 Jackie August 30, 2010 at 12:10 pm

I just made the switch from cold brewed coffee to my hot coffee pot today. I think that officially marks the end of summer. What do you put in your coffee? Just a little bit of milk?


70 Kath August 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Just a little milk!


71 smuddpie August 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Finally, someone who thinks like I do. I love cottage cheese in myp oatmeal. I like mine with half a banana, a squirt of maple syrup,oi and just enough milk to make sure it’s still nice and thick. But everyone I’ve ever told cringes at he cottage cheese part.


72 Shion August 30, 2010 at 12:50 pm

i agree! i think coffee pots are romantic :)

i NEED to try cottage cheese in my oatmeal! looks delicious.


73 Kathy W. August 30, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Yay to 2 tbsp. per 8 oz.!! Makes all the diff.


74 Clarice August 30, 2010 at 3:29 pm

At my house French Press coffee is referred to as Saturday coffee because that is the only day that we have time for it.


75 Stacey@ August 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm

I think I know what that topping is. For I received some also, but I have yet to try mine.


76 Hannah August 30, 2010 at 7:37 pm

A toppings cliffhanger? How mean!


77 Fancy August 30, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Hey Kath!
Do you drink just one cup of coffee each morning or do you refill your cup?


78 Kath August 31, 2010 at 8:01 am

Hey, where’ve ya been!?

I have one big mug everyday. On occasion I’ll go back for a splash more, but 2 mugs is too much.


79 notyet100 August 30, 2010 at 9:42 pm

looks yum,..


80 JavaChick August 31, 2010 at 9:48 am

We have a Cuisinart Grind & Brew, and I have found that it depends on what type of coffee bean I am using. Some types require more beans to make a good strong cup, some less. Once you get to know your coffee maker and your coffee, it’s all good. :)


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