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May 4, 2011

I didn’t end up getting any relaxing in last night – Matt and I got started on hiring and worked until bedtime. Tonight I am scheduling a little R&R for sure!

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I didn’t even hear the alarm go off this morning – Matt was up and in the shower and I woke up to an empty space in the bed. It’s always weird to feel that because I’m almost always the first one up! He went down to make oats while I got ready.

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Why are the oats pale yellow? Because Matt cracked a farm fresh egg into the pot! I’ve noticed the more farm fresh the eggs, the brighter the yolk, and this bowl was a perfect pale yellow. We both loved the thicker – almost grit-like – texture of the oats too. I couldn’t taste the egg, but I could feel it.

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On top I sprinkled some Hail Merry Grawnola [a past OpenSky deal] coconut and Honey Crunch PB, which was divine!

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Did you notice anything different?

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MY is that dark tea!! It was COFFEE!! I’ve been coffee-free for about a month and today’s rain and gloom prompted me to steal a half cup from Matt’s pot. It was half a tiny mug, so I sure hope I don’t feel much. I do intend to bring coffee back on demand, but I hope to not get addicted to the caffeine until at least next fall. I’m OK with the addiction through the winter months when I always want coffee anyways.

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I’m headed to the bakery soon for another interview, then a meeting, then home for lunch, then back over for 2 more interviews!

FYI, DANIELLE’S chips are going out on a great 40% off deal via my OpenSky newsletter this morning. I’m pretty sure it’s the lowest price they’ve been in history!! If you’re interested, be sure you’re signed up to receive the email.

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Also, have you noticed all the celebs who are now on OpenSky!? Bobby Flay (!!), Alicia Silverstone, Dorie Greenspan, Holly Robinson Peete, The Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, Lulu Powers, The Judds!? Can’t believe my face is on the same page!!

Have a good one!

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1 Molly May 4, 2011 at 7:57 am

Farm fresh eggs open up a whole new world…

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2 Cait's Plate May 4, 2011 at 8:10 am

I didn’t notice that about OpenSky but that’s pretty awesome!

I give you tons of credit for EVER being coffee free. I definitely can’t live without my morning cup but I really wish I could!!

I’ve never had a farm fresh egg but now I’m super curious!

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3 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey May 4, 2011 at 8:11 am

Love the pale yellow. I have never, ever put an egg, or even egg whites into my oatmeal before. It just seems odd to me, but I don’t really know why I think that? I love eggs, and definitely need a good amount of protein for breakfast, so it seems like it should be a no-brainer.

It’s gloomy here today, too! I like it.

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4 Baking 'n' Books May 4, 2011 at 8:11 am

Looks great! Do you ever just pack your lunch to take with you? Wouldn’t it save you time?

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5 KathEats May 4, 2011 at 8:44 am

Yes….I did that yesterday

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6 kalli May 4, 2011 at 8:14 am

hope you get some R and R today. it si tough to run around all day and never sit down to rest. good luck! and i am gonna try the egg in my oats soon!

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7 Ann @ Day by Day May 4, 2011 at 8:20 am

I’ve been so impressed with you switching from coffee to tea. I just think I’d be in such a funk all day if I try that. I’m a Type 1 diabetic and caffeine does seem to have a slightly negative effect on my morning blood sugar levels so I should try to switch over to a less-caffeinated tea, but I’ve been a major morning coffee person for so long, I don’t know how to start!

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8 Dee May 4, 2011 at 8:23 am

ooh! totally going to hit up that deal. even if i am out of the country when it gets to my house! Lol.

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9 Lenna May 4, 2011 at 8:33 am

When it is gloomy and rainy outside, I also sometimes think about turning back to a nice cup of coffee:) But I haven´t done it yet:)

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10 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 4, 2011 at 8:35 am

mmm I love adding an egg to oatmeal, it makes it so custardy and delicious!

I do hope you get a little R and R tonight, you guys deserve it! Wow you are in good company I haven’t checked open sky in a while, I will have to do so!
Have a great day! :)

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11 Samantha Angela May 4, 2011 at 8:57 am

Custardy! Exactly. That’s exactly how it tastes. Eggs in oats (or any grain) are a good thing.

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12 Heather May 4, 2011 at 8:37 am

I absolutely love fresh farm eggs – there is no comparison to what you buy in the store. Our farmers market starts soon and I cannot wait for my fresh eggs again.

Enjoy your day – wishing you some relaxation tonight!

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13 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 4, 2011 at 8:44 am

I put egg whites in my oats all the time – it makes it soooo creamy!

Cake Boss is on OpenSky?! I don’t know if I can handle that. :)

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14 Sarah@The Flying ONION May 4, 2011 at 8:48 am

Yes! Definitely. The fresher the egg, the deeper the color. It’s so true. And there is a total flavor difference between regular store eggs and ones straight from the farm.

Breakfast looks wonderful! :D

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15 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles May 4, 2011 at 8:48 am

So happy to see that coffee this morning! Have you (or Matt) ever tried roasting your own coffee beans? My husband did it for the first time last night, and I’m sipping on coffee made with them as we speak. It’s so easy to do – and the flavor is amazing!

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16 KathEats May 4, 2011 at 8:55 am

We haven’t because there are so many good roasteries here!

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17 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) May 4, 2011 at 8:51 am

It’s so sweet that you and Matt always eat every meal together, even breakfast – my family is so apart, no-one ever has the same thing at the same time! Do you guys ever want different things though?

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18 KathEats May 4, 2011 at 8:56 am

Sometimes and we do then, but rarely! It’s too much work to do different things

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19 Chelsea May 4, 2011 at 8:51 am

I love a nice fresh egg cracked into my oats! Pack in that protein! I knew Alicia Silverstone was on OpenSky but not Bobby Flay!

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20 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 4, 2011 at 8:53 am

Eggs in oatmeal? I’ve never heard of it. I always learn something new on your blog!

Hope you get that R&R today!!!

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21 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me May 4, 2011 at 8:56 am

Egg in oats? Doesn’t sound too bad. That must add a tasty texture!

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22 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen May 4, 2011 at 8:59 am

I like the idea of adding the egg!

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23 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 4, 2011 at 9:01 am

I just noticed Bobby Flay on Open Sky recently- that’s so cool!

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24 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 4, 2011 at 9:02 am

Wow, that is a lot of celebs! I wish OpenSky was open to Canadians too – as far as I know, I don’t think it is. I also LOVE farm fresh eggs. Your breakfast is delicious! Get some rest today!

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25 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 4, 2011 at 9:04 am

I love fresh eggs! They are just so much better. The oats look perfect. I am always up before Tony, so on the rare occasion Tony gets up first, it is so weird. I hope you two have a great day!

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26 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 4, 2011 at 9:13 am

Huzzah for the veggie chips! And fingers crossed you will get some relaxing in soon :)

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27 SquatLikeALady May 4, 2011 at 9:14 am

I love Alicia Silverstone! Not only does she have an OpenSky but she also has a blog (thekindlife.com)!!!

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28 amanda May 4, 2011 at 9:17 am

the egg yolks are brighter because the chickens from these farms eat real food (not corn) so they get more beta-carotenes in their diet, thus producing the dark color. it also makes the farm fresh eggs better for you too! same reasons why free range chicken and beef tastes better.

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29 Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 4, 2011 at 9:18 am

Open Sky is really becoming BIG time now.. We can follow 10 people too! Wahoo!

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30 Lucy @ The Sweet Touch May 4, 2011 at 9:20 am

Feel the egg!!!

I’ve noticed the brighter yolk thing too and it makes me feel like it was “worth” paying more for them:)

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31 Ellie @ The Mommyist May 4, 2011 at 9:28 am

I love farm fresh eggs. We buy eggs from so friends of ours and theirs are the most amazing I have ever encountered. The yolks are this beautiful rich orange color. Yum!

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32 Melissa May 4, 2011 at 9:29 am

I love coffee–I give you credit for being able to cut it out! Is it just because you want to reduce your caffeine intake or is there another reason?

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33 KathEats May 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Nope, just to reduce dependency

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34 Melissa May 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Way to go! I am impressed with your discipline!

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35 Khushboo May 4, 2011 at 9:38 am

I love eggs in my oatmeal- gives it such a creamy texture! Egg whites+chia seeds in oatmeal is the like the ultimate bowl of cream :D

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36 Tessa @ Amazing Asset May 4, 2011 at 9:44 am

You have some will-power to cut out coffee, I love it too much :)
The stitching on that blanket/tablecloth is so pretty too!

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37 Justeen @ Blissful Baking May 4, 2011 at 9:44 am

The oats look great! I love the texture that eggs add to a bowl of oatmeal.

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38 staceyhealthylife May 4, 2011 at 9:44 am

I really need to try the egg in my oats. I love any way to add an extra bit of protein to my breakfast.

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39 Kelly (meatlesswithaman.blogspot.com) May 4, 2011 at 9:45 am

totally agree on farm fresh eggs! My friend in Nebraska said that she got a dozen farm fresh eggs last year while taking her kiddos trick-or-treating! haha.

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40 samantha May 4, 2011 at 9:50 am

Kath, Where is that napkin / placemat from ? I have a bridal shower for a friend coming up and would love to add that to her gift! So Cute!

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41 KathEats May 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

It was a gift from Mrs Carrots n Cake

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42 lynn @ the actor's diet May 4, 2011 at 9:57 am

yes it is amazing how YELLOW the yolk is in those happy chickens !!!

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43 Grace @ Healthy Dreaming May 4, 2011 at 10:08 am

I was wondering what the title was about! I drink coffee year-round in the mornings. Food looks yummy!

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44 Anastasia May 4, 2011 at 10:27 am

I’ve never thought to put an egg in oats. I love how filling egg whites & oats are and have them for breakfast all the time and I can imagine they’d be wonderful together!

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45 Lauren May 4, 2011 at 10:30 am

I’m interested in the snacks on open sky, but wondering if you could provide a little nutrition information. Thanks!

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46 KathEats May 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Lauren,
There’s nutri. info on the sale page – at the bottom with the offer details.

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47 Lauren May 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Thank you! Just ordered some. They look delish!

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48 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass May 4, 2011 at 10:33 am

I love the color of farm fresh eggs. It never gets old. Every time I crack one I get excited. The ones I’ve been getting recently are almost orange! I used one to make a whole wheat waffle the other day and it was so pretty!

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49 Liz May 4, 2011 at 10:36 am

I’m still drooling over the Mitten Mint tea that you showed with yesterday’s breakfast. I tried to search around on the Internet, but it was no-where to be found! Do you know if it’s only available thru restaurant distributors? If so that’s a bummer, it looked delish!

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50 KathEats May 4, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I said the company wrong! It’s Light of DAY tea – Mitten-time mint

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51 Liz May 4, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Ahhh okay – thank you!

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52 Nachol Lindsay May 4, 2011 at 10:40 am

Those chips look awesome! They might make my nachos more veggie-filled.

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53 Susan (Oliepants) May 4, 2011 at 10:52 am

I need to get on those veg/fruit chips ASAP! Your oats look Easterrific actually! :)

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54 Marina May 4, 2011 at 11:02 am

That placemat is wonderful!
I hope you manage to get some rest today.
I hope I manage to get some as well :D

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55 RhodeyGirl May 4, 2011 at 11:13 am

Now I want oats again for the first time in over a year. I’m happy to have the craving back, I just hope I have shredded coconut around somewhere! My fave combo is oats with water and salt only, plus 1/2 banana while cooking and half after, then add nuts, pb and coconut.

Yum.

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56 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 4, 2011 at 11:28 am

I love the happily ever after towel! I’m on my way to order some of those chips!

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57 AShley May 4, 2011 at 11:47 am

I totally do the 1/2 mug thing too!!! Actually it’s probably just a tad shy of 1/2 mug. I love it and no shaky feelings. :) I’m currently sipping on a vanilla black loose leaf tea that I picked up at a local tea store and it’s amazing. Tons of flavor, not watery! Egg oats are deeevine + I totally agree about farm fresh eggs being brighter yellow. Also the yolk always stands taller!

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58 Danielle @ weightsandmeasures May 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Love the linen! I am still struggling to find farm eggs near me in Dallas. For now, I am eggless. Usually I do not mind, but sometimes I really want an egg and there are none to be had.

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59 Vivianne May 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm

The oats look so so good!! I am obsessed with my new bag of shredded coconut. I put it on everything! (;

Personally, I am not a big coffee drinker unless it’s a yummy mix at starbucks. I absolutely adore tea though. My poor dentist has a monster of stains to clean every six months!

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60 Nora@LiveLifeEatRight May 4, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Hey Kath! I hardly ever comment but the napkin/table cloth you have is PRECIOUS! I love it, your picture made me smile.

P.S I saw on Allie’s blog that she will be working with you guys at GH! Looking forward to the adventures to come :).

Best Wishes,
Nora

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61 KathEats May 4, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Thanks! Tina found it for me!

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62 Hope May 4, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I’ve never thought to add an egg to oats! That is interesting. I absolutely LOVE that placemat! It’s the cutest thing ever! Where did you get it?

So cool about Open Sky!! :)

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63 KathEats May 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Tina gave it to me – ask Carrots n Cake!

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64 Emma (Namaste Everyday) May 4, 2011 at 1:27 pm

mmmm i want to recreate this in my bowl! It’s making me hungry :)

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65 Johanna B May 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm

One of my nursing students is going to bring me a dozen eggs fresh from her farm on Monday. Can’t wait to try them. Haven’t had straight from the chicken eggs since I was a kid.

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66 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite May 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Would never have thought to put an egg in my oats! Love that! Also, your linens are adorable!

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67 Jen May 4, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Hope you are able to get in some R&R today!!!

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68 Angel7 May 4, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Your oats looked good!

I am so glad that the Danielle chips are in!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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69 Ellie@fitforthesoul May 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm

oh gosh, I would have never guessed that it’s cloudy there! the pics are so bright :)

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70 Thealogian May 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Coffee suggestion: I normally drink 1/2 caf or decaf because I’m sensitive to the caffeine, but when I’m at my parents house (they always have full-bodied, full-caffeinated coffee), I make cafe au lait. I just heat half a mug of milk and add 1/2-1/3 coffee. Its really quite nice and cuts down on the caffeine by quite a bit (so, instead of having milk with your coffee, you’re having coffee with your milk).

btw, you all are doing wonders with the bakery! Can’t wait to see the finished product, just know that as a reader I’m really rooting for you (especially now when it must be exhausting and that “are we there yet” child’s voice is prolly annoying the heck out of you from the proverbial back-seat of your mind). Peace.

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71 Namaste Gurl May 4, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Maybe I’ll treat myself to some of those Danielle’s chips for my birthday today– wouldn’t be such a bad present to myself, huh? :)

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72 Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit May 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm

that breakfast looks delish! i’m trying to wean myself off coffee too, but it’s so difficult! sometimes it’s just necessary :)

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73 Lauri May 4, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I love the TASTE and SMELL of coffee. But I hate the effects of regular coffee. Ben won’t (knowingly) drink decaf, so I rarely drink it anymore… :/

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74 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 4, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I love eggs+oats. YUMM :)

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75 Danielle (Shrinking and Studying) May 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm

I’m going to sound REALLY stupid for telling you this but I honestly was SO confused when I got that open sky promo this morning. I just skimmed it because I was at work and I couldn’t figure out how they’d photoshopped my name onto all of the bags in the picture. I seriously couldn’t figure out if they were personalized chips or if it was just some weird coincidence. Haha, obviously when I read the entire promo I figured it out, but I was definitely puzzled this morning! ;)

xoxo

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76 KathEats May 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Ha!! I did it just for you!

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77 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I once tried to give up coffee and only lasted a week. Kudos on lasting a month!

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78 Hannah May 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Ah, I thought this post would be about the trees changing colour, but then I remember that it’s only Autumn here in Australia, not where you are!

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79 McKayla @ Green Groats May 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm

Mmmm. fluffy, egg-filled oats! That looks delicious. I love your long spoon. So whimsical.

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80 laura May 5, 2011 at 8:39 am

i was soo excited to see this on the open sky promotion because ive really wanted to try them after seeing you rave about them. however, i was a little bummed by the price. even with the discount they were still very expensive :( major bummer! no chips for me :(

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81 Micalah November 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

So, is it just a 1/2 oats, 1 cup water, and one egg in a pot on the stove? and then whatever toppigngs?

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82 KathEats November 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Yes. ..I add the egg toward the end

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