Chirping Crickets And All

June 11, 2009

It’s one of those wonderful early summer mornings when there’s a constant chirp of crickets as background noise.

And a fine morning for oatmeal!

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I set my alarm a little early this AM. I have developed a fast habit of reading emails + blogs on my iPhone in bed when I first get up, and some days it’s more than a few minutes 😳 So I set the alarm earlier so I’d be on schedule!

I came down at 7:20 and decided to do 20 minutes of Heart Opening Flow #1 before having breakfast. Ahhhhh. That guy burns my quads too!

Then I mixed up a big batch of classic oats –

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The Mix:

  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup 9 grain cereal
  • 1/3 cup soy milk
  • 2/3 cup water
  • Pinch salt
  • Drizzle coconut butter (which is not liquidy thanks to warmer weather)
  • Sprinkle Zoe’s Granola 
  • Blob of Barney Butter
  • A few butterscotch chips

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I want moreeeeeeee!

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Coconut Chai Tea

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Today’s working will be MOWING!!! I was excited last night that I got to wake up, having a nice breakfast and then mow the lawn. It’s such fun exercise, and I usually burn about 300 calories (thanks to wearing my HRM a few times). Mowing is such satisfying work too. While I digest, I’m thinking about taking a warm-up walk with Cooking Light to do some meal planning.

I’m working today from 2-7pm, and Matt’s going to have dinner on the table when I return – sweet!


And be sure to stop by Oh She Glows for the Shop 4 A Cause Charity Auction Angela is putting on.


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1 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats June 11, 2009 at 7:54 am

LOVE chirping crickets in the evening and in the morning. I think they’re the quintessential summer sound to me :) Have a wonderful day Kath!


2 Danielle June 11, 2009 at 7:56 am

I’m so jealous it hasn’t really felt like summer up in NJ yet. I can’t wait unti it feels summery here!
Love your breakfast it looks delish, have fun mowing!


3 jennifer June 11, 2009 at 7:58 am

“working” for five hours… that is the life!


4 [email protected] June 11, 2009 at 8:01 am

Your weather looks gorgeous! Boston is chilly and cloudy for a 4th day in a row!


5 Kath June 11, 2009 at 8:04 am

jennifer ,
Well if you add in the 3-4 hours of blog work I do daily, plus more hours of freelance writing and guest blogging, you’d realize that’s only one of my jobs.



6 Stacey June 11, 2009 at 8:07 am

I love doing yard work! Monday I spent four hours setting up my lawn :) NOthing like a sweaty “non-workout” haha :) Have fun!


7 brandi June 11, 2009 at 8:11 am

i love all the nature noises in the mornings lately.

sounds like a good day! I haven’t had butterscotch chips on my oats for a while – it may be time :)


8 zestycook June 11, 2009 at 8:20 am

Great looking bowl of Oats!


9 K June 11, 2009 at 8:22 am

Butterscotch chips!! Yum! I love that blue bowl as well :)

Have a great day, Kath!!


10 Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) June 11, 2009 at 8:41 am

Can’t go wrong with a good ol’ classic bowl of oats – the butterscotch chips are a great addition. Love the coconut chai too – all in all, a good mornight :)

Have a fabulous day~


11 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 11, 2009 at 8:49 am

Awesome oatmeal mix and that is the cutest bowl!

Be careful about reading blogs in bed… I used to have a hard time falling asleep at night and found out that it was because I would watch tv, go online, etc in my bed. After about a week using my bed ONLY for sleep, I was falling asleep instantly at night. I was told that if we use our beds for things besides sleep, our body’s response wouldn’t be to fall asleep at night when we tucked in. If you’re not having any problems, don’t worry about it, but I just thought I’d give you the head’s up! :)

Enjoy your mowing workout!!! Got any good tunes for today? 😉


12 Bec June 11, 2009 at 8:53 am

ooo I love that pretty blue bowl!


13 Heather June 11, 2009 at 8:55 am

Glad I’m not the only one that counts mowing as an informal workout! I sweat like mad doing that so that makes it count in my book!


14 Recipes for Creativity June 11, 2009 at 8:55 am

Man, I hate mowing the lawn and pay someone else to burn the calories, I’m glad you love it so much!


15 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) June 11, 2009 at 8:57 am

What a glorious start to your day!!! What a sweet hubbie for cooking dinner tonight too! Too darn cute.

Have a great day!


16 Tammy June 11, 2009 at 8:58 am

Your oatmeals are so creative — love it! Have fun mowing!


17 rhodeygirl June 11, 2009 at 8:59 am

yummmm oatmealllll….. this winter i SWEAR i am going to eat oatmeal every single day. i got too lazy this past winter.


18 JENNA June 11, 2009 at 9:00 am

I’m so envious of your relaxing mornings! I get so irritated working 8-5.

Have a great day at work this afternoon.


19 Jennifer June 11, 2009 at 9:13 am

Kath- I’m not beating you up, chill. But it is enviable to have enough time in a day to do yoga/mowing the lawn, plus a warm-up walk. If I can just get in cardio, I pat myself on the back.


20 Kath June 11, 2009 at 9:15 am

Sorry J, I am just always quick to get defensive when I see your email. I should have reread.


21 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now June 11, 2009 at 9:22 am

Sounds like a fun day


22 Jenn (www. ) June 11, 2009 at 9:30 am

That bowl of oats looks scrumptious!!



23 Green as a Thistle June 11, 2009 at 9:33 am

I want that breakfast table!! So cheery and lovely.


24 sue June 11, 2009 at 9:43 am

sounds like its going to be a good day! i wish i had a big lawn to mow…haha actually, that’s a lie…i just wish i had a big lawn 😀


25 Joelle (Chasing Pavements) June 11, 2009 at 9:49 am

For some reason whenever I make oats it never tastes quite as good as the way your bowls always just LOOK on here! haha


26 april June 11, 2009 at 9:52 am

Your oats look so good! Your such a good photographer.. I”m still working on trying to make my pictures look appetizing haha!


27 Lori June 11, 2009 at 9:53 am

Funny, I always thought I was crazy to enjoy mowing. I love the smell and how tidy the lawn looks when I am finished. Of course, we moved into a house with a tiny lawn, so we are looking at getting a reel mower to do it for extra exercise (and being green).


28 Kailey (SnackFace) June 11, 2009 at 10:15 am

Yea, I’d like more of your oatmeal and I didn’t even eat any. It looks fiiiine today.

The first time I mowed the lawn was right before I got dressed for prom my sophomore year. It actually helped distract me and calm me before getting ready for the big night. It drove my dad nuts though because he loves to do it and my lines were nowhere near perfect. Oops.


29 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 11, 2009 at 10:20 am

I love counting mowing the lawn as a workout…it’s so productive and gets the heart pumping for sure. 😀

Have a great day at work, Kath! 😀


30 danielle June 11, 2009 at 10:31 am

have fun at your internship tonight! sounds like you landed a great preceptor – where does mary work?


31 Faith June 11, 2009 at 10:48 am

A beautiful bowl of oats, as usual!


32 Runeatrepeat June 11, 2009 at 10:49 am

I love the outdoors pictures of breakfast.


33 Mara @ What's for Dinner? June 11, 2009 at 11:37 am

Oh wow, Jennifer needs to get a life or something… causing drama on a blog’s comments?? Seriously?

Your oats look amazing as always!


34 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) June 11, 2009 at 11:44 am

I always love when your oatmeal is on that table outside. It’s so pretty and colorful!!!


35 Jennifer June 11, 2009 at 11:58 am

not causing drama


36 Anne K. June 11, 2009 at 12:03 pm

That’s so nice that you’re able to eat your oats outside! Haha I just typed “oatside” at first, whoops! It’s all rainy and gross here. I love those butterscotch chips!

Have a lovely day 😀


37 Sues June 11, 2009 at 12:19 pm

The butterscotch chips is such a fabulous idea for a delicious addition to cereal. And coconut butter too. Yummm. it’s rainy and gross in Boston today (for the 3rd day in a row), so I’m a bit jealous of your beautiful weather!


38 Marissa June 11, 2009 at 12:19 pm

What a great morning!


39 Kath June 11, 2009 at 12:20 pm

I’ve read that too, but luckily I don’t have any trouble falling alseep at night (so long as I don’t drink caffeine in the afternoon!)

danielle ,
This isn’t my official DI internship – just a summer one for course credit. Mary owns Nutrition Specialists, a private practice in South End.



40 Nhuy June 11, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Kath, your oatmeal this morning looks like a perfect swirl…

It is finals week -may be going delirious..but doubt it :)


41 Caroline June 11, 2009 at 11:33 pm

I love that bowl! It’s a nice combination of rustic and pretty.


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