Continuing The X’s And O’s

February 15, 2009

The husband gave me my v-day card late last night (he was holding out for suspense!) He hand-painted the bears, who have been animated since 2002. It was probably the most romantic card he’s ever written too 😳

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OK, enough cheese!!

I stumbled down the stairs this morning and little headachy and definitely not very chipper, so he made the breakfast. And used the same bowl as yesterday to fill up with oats! Gasp!

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I topped mine with a brownie heart from Diana’s cupcakes :)

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Which I promptly crumbled over everything

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Today’s Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup oats, milk, water, 1/2 large banana, pinch salt
  • 1 tbsp wheatberries
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • ~1/3 cup chopped strawberries (I figured out the key to berries in oats!! I think they are too watery to be cooked in, but I heated these separately in the microwave for 20 seconds and then mushed them in as a topping – perfect way to enjoy strawberries and maintain the thick creamy oat style!)
  • Chocolate brownie heart
  • Coconut butter
  • Spoonful Barney Butter

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+ hot tea

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OK. Today is 100% Biochem. Except that we are having company for lunch. The husband’s aunt and uncle are in town and are coming over to see our house. We’re serving this potato soup plus the husband is making bread.

So my agenda:

  • Now: Shower
  • 10:30-11:30: Prep study materials
  • 11:30-12p: Spot clean house
  • 12-3p: Lunch + hospitality
  • 3p: Blog
  • 3-6p: Study at Panera with Victoria
  • 6-7p: Workout at YMCA Express next to Panera
  • 7p: Party leftovers for dinner
  • 8-9p: Last minute studying
  • 9p: Get in bed

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Diana February 15, 2009 at 9:54 am

Cute card!

The little heart looked so cute in the bowl with all the red strawberries. :)


2 Heather February 15, 2009 at 9:57 am

I LOVE THAT BOWL! And that card – so sweet! Oh, and that chocolate brownie heart is making me crave brownies. Yum.


3 Mel February 15, 2009 at 9:58 am

Awww that card is precious! Good luck studying today and have fun at lunch!


4 VeggieGirl February 15, 2009 at 10:02 am

So incredibly lovely!!


5 Natalie February 15, 2009 at 10:07 am

Love the heart shape brownie!


6 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday February 15, 2009 at 10:09 am

What a precious card!

Sounds like you have a busy day ahead, good luck!!


7 Kailey (SnackFace) February 15, 2009 at 10:11 am

My goodness! That card is adorable! Good luck with the busy Sunday!


8 Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 15, 2009 at 10:15 am

SUCH a cute card!! The husband is so very creative :)


9 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) February 15, 2009 at 10:15 am

WOW, he painted shadows and everything!
i LOVE that bowl.


10 Nicole February 15, 2009 at 10:16 am

Aw, that card is so cute!! Have a fabulous Sunday!


11 Amelia February 15, 2009 at 10:19 am

Such a great looking card. :) Even better cause it’s homemade!
Have a good day! Good luck with the Biochem.


12 TorontoGirloutWest February 15, 2009 at 10:20 am

Those bears are just to DIE for!!!! Beyond adorable!!!!!


13 Sharon February 15, 2009 at 10:24 am

Oh my gosh, those are beautiful!


14 gliding calm February 15, 2009 at 10:28 am

wow! the husband is so artistic! I mean I knew from some of the other cards you have featured but WOW. He should make customized ones as a side hobby/job. I bet he’d get a lot of customers!


15 zestycook February 15, 2009 at 10:30 am

Great Bowl Kath! Very good painting Husband :)!


16 Sarah (Sarah's Eats and Exercises) February 15, 2009 at 10:46 am

I love the bowl. It is so festive. Good Luck studying. That is on my to-do list today as well.
Have a good one


17 brandi February 15, 2009 at 10:54 am

i love that bowl!


18 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 15, 2009 at 11:14 am

What a sweet hubbie.. Have a great day!


19 Shelby February 15, 2009 at 11:20 am

That card is simply adorable! What an artist!

Mmm, those oats are perfect. I usually heat up my berries in the micro before adding them to my oatmeal as well. I just think the texture is better.

Have a wonderful day Kath!


20 Afton February 15, 2009 at 11:39 am

That bowl is so cute! What a fun, cute breakfast! Thanks for all that you do! You inspire me each and every day! You’re very lucky to have a husband that supports your healthy eating also!

Happy V-day!


21 K February 15, 2009 at 11:40 am

Wow – he painted those?! I can barely paint a straight line – well done!!

Good luck studying today!!


22 theoddbod February 15, 2009 at 11:58 am

those definitely aren’t the same oats that grandma used to make


23 Oh She Glows February 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm

What a beautiful bowl of oats. I really wish they had Barney Butter around here…it looks Sooooo smooth!!!

Have a fun lunch!



24 daphna February 15, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Have fun studying! I was just wondering what the coconut butter tastes like and what positive health benefits it has. I know that people used to avoid coconut fat because it’s saturated, but now I see it everywhere so the tide must be changing. Thanks! :)


25 LT February 15, 2009 at 12:39 pm

Wow, Matt is so TALENTED! I love the bears!


26 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) February 15, 2009 at 12:43 pm



27 Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 15, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Paper towels make a tough canvas, so that is very impressive!


28 nicole February 15, 2009 at 1:25 pm

I love your plates!

Where did you get that bowl?


29 pigpigscorner February 15, 2009 at 2:17 pm

What a pretty dish! This Barney butter looks amazing.


30 hk February 15, 2009 at 2:18 pm

awww man, too cute! good luck studying :)


31 Marianne February 15, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I like berries cooked right in the oats – never seems to affect the outcome for me, but maybe I’m less concerned about texture each time. I think I like them better than bananas (probably because I just like berries better).


32 Meg February 15, 2009 at 6:10 pm

Cute card!


33 Denise February 16, 2009 at 12:50 am

Too sweet! :)


34 Kath February 16, 2009 at 8:07 am

daphna ,
The popularity of coconut is likely just based on its fabulous flavor. While it does have a higher saturated fat content, many of us healthy eaters have a diet relatively low in sat fat, so a little in the form of coconut butter (1 tsp) isn’t going to make any difference. It tastes like of like a waxy coconut icing.

nicole ,



35 Jessica February 17, 2009 at 6:44 am

Hey Kath…speaking of Country Bob’s my two giveaways went unclaimed. Would you be willing to link to the new contest with one of your postings? Thanks for the consideration :o)


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