Construction Zone

November 11, 2011


The guys are working on another project this morning, so I had the new porch to myself!


Cannot wait to use all 16 x 13 feet for blogability!!!

Breakfast was overnight oats made with the Great Harvest Cinnamon Raisin mix, yogurt, milk, chia, and banana. Tasted like an oatmeal cookie!!!! I added some bran flakes and chia charger for toppings.


This stuff is really good – like a rich seedy peanut butter [coming to OpenSky?]


Tea on the side – Candy Apple black tea that was a freebie with my Adagio order. It was good, but not flavored enough.


We have one of two sliding doors!!!!!!


I couldn’t sleep last night because I forgot to turn the heat down and it kept turning on and blasting me sweaty. I finally got up at 5 to turn it down. We need to install a programmable thermostat!

Thus, I am exhausted from interrupted sleep and finally calling it quits at 6 and getting up to start the day.

Happy Friday y’all!

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1 Molly @ RDexposed November 11, 2011 at 8:16 am

I cannot sleep if it’s too hot either!
PS Bear saw that your bears had their own room and is now ticked since he has to share a room with me.


2 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 8:25 am



3 Mom November 11, 2011 at 9:17 am

Could you get a screen and make a tiny portion of the room his? Oh here’s another idea: Set up a little tent just for him!


4 Molly @ RDexposed November 11, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Haha! Good thinking! I need to steal a miniature tent model that they have on display at stores for Bear’s headquarters!


5 Mom November 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm

Perfect! You’re the kind of mom every bear adores! Good luck.


6 Sweet and Savvy November 11, 2011 at 8:16 am

That chia spread looks so unique and tasty! I’d love to find some! :)


7 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 11, 2011 at 8:19 am

The chia spread sounds awesome! Porch looks great too – I think you’ve convinced me that it is a must-have on my future home! You guys are lucky to have so much gorgeous sunshine today!


8 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles November 11, 2011 at 8:20 am

You are going to love starting your mornings out on your porch with your bowl of yumminess and warming tea! Looks like a beautiful morning…the sun is coming out here, we have frost on the ground so it looks so pretty…can’t wait to get out and have my run…have a great day too!


9 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 11, 2011 at 8:22 am

I saw that Chia Charger from Tina on Carrots ‘N’ Cake too – sounds amazing!! I had the same problem this morning. The one morning I could “sleep in”, I was up at 5 a.m. Not because of our heater, but really for no reason. Maybe my body is still getting used to the time change, I have no idea. Oh well. Makes for some extra productive hours!


10 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 11, 2011 at 8:25 am

That spread looks interesting! I can’t sleep if I’m too warm either. I sleep with a fan on all year round. I need the air circulation and the noise to be able to sleep comfortably. Happy Friday! :)


11 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. November 11, 2011 at 8:27 am

I love the sliding doors! Can’t wait to see them finished. They look so fun! My honey and I thought about doing doors like that for one of our bathrooms, but the space just doesn’t work out for it.

Happy Friday to you as well :)


12 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 11, 2011 at 8:30 am

That chia charger sounds amazing :)


13 Lauren @ A Full Measure of Happiness November 11, 2011 at 8:35 am

I am so jealous of your porch that it’s embarrassing! Enjoy it for me!


14 Amanda November 11, 2011 at 8:37 am

Your breakfast looks particularly good this morning…probably because I’m hungry! I could really go for a bowl of cereal right now.

Your porch is going to be amazing once it’s done. You have such a pretty backyard. :)


15 Lori November 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

Porch is looking great! Can’t wait to see the finished project.


16 Jessica November 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

I’m definitely going to check out the chia spread. I just recently found out about chia and am hooked.

Enjoy your day!


17 Katherine November 11, 2011 at 8:46 am

We had a deal with our city (San Antonio) where they installed programmable thermostats for free as a way for the city to go more green and save money. Does Charlottesville have a similar program?


18 Katherine November 11, 2011 at 8:51 am
19 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 9:02 am

Yeah, I think there’s a rebate!


20 Khushboo November 11, 2011 at 8:47 am

Is Chia Charger like Nuttzo? As much as I tried to like the latter, I just wasn’t a fan!


21 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 9:02 am

Yeah! Little bit.


22 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy November 11, 2011 at 8:49 am

I have the day off from work. Even though it was a day to sleep in my body just wouldn’t let me! Happy Friday!


23 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 11, 2011 at 8:52 am

Programmable thermostats are life savers. I love waking up to a warm house instead of having to get out of bed freezing and turn the heat on. They’re pricey though! (but worth it ;))


24 Haley November 11, 2011 at 8:56 am

Porch looks awesome! It was a little too chilly here in the TN valley for me to enjoy my Baked Banana Oatmeal (my fave recipe of yours!) on my porch =). I made your recipe this am since I’m running a half marathon in the morning and needed some good pre-race fuel VERY early tomorrow!


25 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 11, 2011 at 8:57 am

Ok last night was a full moon and although some people dismiss this type of thing…full moons are notorious!! for sleep disturbances.

In yoga, the world is full of prana, or life force energy and people have more energy and are more…awake.

New moons are a time of apana, downward pulling energy, and that’s why people tend to be more lethargic and lower key.

The moons are very powerful. It could of course just be your thermostat but the moon stuff is at play, too, I’d suspect!


26 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 9:03 am

I totally believe in this kind of thing!


27 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 11, 2011 at 9:06 am

Ok good! Things also tend to break during full moons, i.e. appliances, tech issues, car trouble, mechanical stuff, and interpersonal relationships tend to be heated or intense or passionate. Lots of energy is out there swirling. Some ways good, some ways…not as good. I’ll stop now with the moon talk :)


28 Liz November 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I totally believe in the weirdness that happens on full moon nights! I work in a hospital laboratory and we’re often crazy busy in our blood bank on those nights. My mom is a nursing home administrator/registered nurse and says that the patients in the nursing homes often act very strangely then, too. All weird!

You so need to get the programmable thermostat! I love having it, especially at night when I CAN’T STAND to be hot ;)


29 Courtney November 11, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I concur with the full moon theory. My mom is an ICU nurse and she has said for years that the crazies come out with the full moon.


30 Sarah November 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

I’ve never had chia seeds before but I hear they are great for runners. I think I’m going to give them a try. Chia seeds in peanut form is right up my alley!


31 Jen November 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

I have a sneaky suspicion your building the deck JUST for blogging! :)


32 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 11, 2011 at 9:06 am

You’re always debuting new foods – that chia spread looks interesting. Your porch is coming together so fast!


33 katie @KatieDid November 11, 2011 at 9:21 am

ohh that porch is going to be an ideal backdrop and set up for picture taking! You should get one little section of some nice distressed wood for a great background.


34 kathleen @ the daily crumb November 11, 2011 at 9:21 am

love the additional crunch from the bran flakes.. and the natural background is just gorgeous! a beautiful outdoors really adds so much to photographs.

i was having crazy hot flashes last night as well! our heat has been a little crazy lately… may be time to get someone out here to look at it. ugh.


35 Kayla November 11, 2011 at 9:22 am

please bring the chia charger nut butter to opensky!!


36 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 11, 2011 at 9:32 am

Oh my gosh, I can already tell that I’m going to be so jealous of your porch! Wow! Have a great day Kath!


37 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 11, 2011 at 9:40 am

Candy Apple tea sounds good. Sorry to hear it didn’t meet yummy expectations. Love the sliding screen door.

And the Chia Charger… YUM. Need to find me some!


38 Anna @ On Anna's Plate November 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

We have the opposite problem– our heat broke yesterday, so I woke up last night FREEZING!!! Although I guess I would rather be cold than hot– I was snuggled under tons of blankets :-)


39 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

I love those sliding doors that you all are using! And I hate waking up sweating because it’s too hot! I don’t control the heat though, my apartment has radiators controlled by a boiler In the basement


40 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh November 11, 2011 at 9:44 am

Can’t wait to see it done! I love other people’s home improvement projects!


41 Katie November 11, 2011 at 9:57 am

You should get an EcoBee thermostat. It’s expensive but has saved us money already. You can set the temp from your laptop or for sure from an iPhone, not sure about other apps available for different phones. I love it! When I wake up early, I can turn the heat on from bed and go downstairs to it blasting!


42 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Cool – I’ll check that out


43 Tami@Nutmeg Notebok November 11, 2011 at 10:02 am

I am going to have to check out that chia charger. I love chia seeds in my yogurt and smoothies.

We turn the heat off at night-saves money and we sleep better!

Your porch is going to be amazing. All that natural light for food photos is a good thing!


44 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 11, 2011 at 10:04 am

Hot sleeping is the worst…highly recommend the programmable ‘stat!


45 Cait's Plate November 11, 2011 at 10:07 am

YES! Bring that stuff to OpenSky! I’ve been dying for it ever since I saw it on Tina’s blog!!!

Also I was CRAVING overnight oats this morning! I never seem to have the foresight to make them! I need to get better at this.

Have a wonderful Friday Kath!


46 Drisana (SoulShineBlog) November 11, 2011 at 10:19 am

Hi! Those sliding doors on your porch look awesome! Especially with the fall leaves behind them :)


47 Angel7 November 11, 2011 at 10:20 am

Is the Chia Charger better than eating plain chia seeds, being that you are essentially getting more bang from your buck with the combination of the chia seeds and the protein in the peanut butter? I will definitely have to give that a try.


48 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

It’s probably about the same either way – eat them separately or together


49 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco November 11, 2011 at 10:35 am

Your porch is coming almong! Congrats!


50 Christie @ Pepper Lynn November 11, 2011 at 11:06 am

So jealous of your porch, and I love the sliding doors. We own a condo right now (that we’re upside down on), but it makes me look forward to our future when hopefully we can have our own single family home!


51 Kelly November 11, 2011 at 11:06 am

I installed a programmable thermastat in my house all by myself and I’m not mechanically inclined in the least! Pretty easy and didn’t take too much time. I would recommend that you get the bit more expensive one the cycles on every so often if the air/heat doesn’t come on automatically due to a temp change. I notice in the summer (at night especially) if the air cond. is set to a certain temp and doesn’t need to kick on at all during the night (I keep my sorta high), that it gets a little stale in the house. I’m sure you can totally do it too Kath!


52 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Good to know!! Matt did it at our old house, so I’m hoping it’s not too hard


53 Kelsey November 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

Ashley passed along your hand squeeze! I hand squeeze you back!


54 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Awwww yay!


55 Emily November 11, 2011 at 11:36 am

Your porch is certainly coming along! Can’t wait to see the finished product:)
Chia seeds in peanut butter? Sounds delicious!


56 Shannon @ My Place In The Race November 11, 2011 at 11:44 am

Ugh, I hate being hot while trying to sleep! It’s the worst. Hope you have a better nights sleep tonight :D


57 Deva @ Deva by Definition November 11, 2011 at 11:51 am

What color will you be staining your porch with, or are you keeping it natural + sealing it?


58 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm

We’re going to paint the upper parts white, but the bottom parts need to cure for 6 months to a year before we can stain them, so we’ll have time to think about it


59 Jessica November 11, 2011 at 11:51 am

OBSESSED with your mug and bowl this morning! :)


60 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm
61 Johanna B November 11, 2011 at 11:52 am

Programmable thermostats are da bomb! I love mine. Had it put in last year and so far it looks like it really is saving me some money.


62 Marie@feedingfive November 11, 2011 at 11:53 am

LOVE the doors. The chia charger looks good too. Happy Friday back to you.


63 Health Bee November 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Wow, your new porch is coming along very nicely. Happy Friday!


64 RunEatRepeat November 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Chia Charger is what I call my chia filled smoothies!


65 Marjie November 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Yes, please for the chia charger on OpenSky!

Also, I just wanted to tell you, Kath, how wonderful your blog is. One of my best friend’s from home introduced me to it this summer and I fell in love. We promptly started to have what we called “KERF Cooking” dates! And even now at school, I continue to make delicious oatmeal and creative breakfasts, because of your inspiration! :) Thanks!


66 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Thanks so much Marjie :)


67 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I hate sleeping in a hot room too! I say just invest in a fan–wayyyy cheaper. Hah.

Love the sliding doors! wheee!


68 Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark! November 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Hope you have a great weekend!


69 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Sleep issues are the worst. I’ve been experiencing that lately. The chia charger sounds tasty. Love the sliding doors on the porch.


70 Joanne November 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Can’t wait to see that nut butter on Open Sky. It looks good.


71 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot November 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Thanks to you, my sister got me a milk frother for my birthday!!! So thank you!! ;) And I need to find that chia charger butter… I’ve seen it a few places lately and want it :)


72 KathEats November 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm



73 Ellie@fitforthesoul November 11, 2011 at 2:13 pm

ahhh how cool is that?! Sliding doors~sounds really hard to make. I hope you have a beautiful day Kath~:)


74 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 11, 2011 at 7:04 pm

That cinnamon raisin mix sounds good! I haven’t bought flavoured oatmeal in ages! I think the last time I had it I was in high school. Back then I loooved Quaker peaches ‘n cream oatmeal. Thinking about it makes me want to buy it again!


75 Caroline November 11, 2011 at 7:47 pm

You should try the Chia Charger by Tyler McCandless! He’s a phenom marathoner from Penn State Meteorology!! (There’s a cohort here at PSU Meteorology who cheer him in his races AND who follow your blog from State College!)


76 Robin November 12, 2011 at 7:42 pm

Please add Chia Charger to Open Sky! I’m dying to try the Xpresso!


77 Mahealani @ Beauty, Brains, and Balance November 14, 2011 at 12:17 pm

With all that wood being cut and assembled, it must smell wonderful there!


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