Charming

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!

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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!

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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! ;)

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

Glad the coffee finally worked! Woohoo!

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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!

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

Yay for making good coffee :)

Have a great day!

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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!

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

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

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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.

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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 :)

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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?

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12 Kath August 30, 2010 at 9:56 am

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

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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. :)

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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!

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

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

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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:

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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.

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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!

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

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

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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.

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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!

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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!!!

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23 Kath August 30, 2010 at 9:56 am

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

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

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

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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!

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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?

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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!

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28 Lindsey August 30, 2010 at 8:16 am

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

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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.

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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!!!!

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31 Mimi August 30, 2010 at 8:30 am

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

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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!

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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!

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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 :)

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

Yay for good coffee!

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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!

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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

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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!

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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?

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40 Kath August 30, 2010 at 10:22 am

It’s about 2 tbsp per cup of coffee

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41 Ariffa August 30, 2010 at 9:00 am

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

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42 ari August 30, 2010 at 9:01 am

hahha the suspense!

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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?

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44 barefootgirl August 30, 2010 at 9:04 am

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

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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

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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!

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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!

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

I love the comments about the coffee pot too funny…

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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!

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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!

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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…

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

Looooving the blue bowl!!

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

Oatmeal pudding? We could be onto something here…

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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!

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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…

Di

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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!

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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?

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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.

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

I’m glad the coffee finally worked out!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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

Beautiful oatmeal bowl

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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?

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70 Kath August 30, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Just a little milk!

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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75 Stacey@http://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ 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.

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76 Hannah August 30, 2010 at 7:37 pm

A toppings cliffhanger? How mean!

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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?

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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.

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79 notyet100 August 30, 2010 at 9:42 pm

looks yum,..

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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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