Creamy Oats

January 26, 2010

I got my missing hour back, but somehow I am still in a rush! Must be all the cooking…..

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New oat holder – and a new play on "creamy" oats ;)

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I see Ashley put oats in this cute clear measuring cup and as I was sorting my cabinets yesterday I found our Pottery Barn sugar bowl and creamer we got as wedding gifts. I love how sturdy these guys are. Thought it would make a cute bowl!

[If I had to make a top 10 list of my very favorite blogs (which I would never do out of fairness so please don't ask!), Ashley's would be near the top! Her photos are gorgeous and her food just looks SO fresh and good! All that natural light she has out on Colorado now :) ]

Where’s my natural light 5:45 AM?! HUH!?

The Mix:

  • 1/3 cup oats, milk, water, pinch salt
  • half GI-normous banana
  • ~1/3 cup Organic Valley cottage cheese, stirred in at end
  • Vanilla + cinnamon, stirred in at end
  • Mix My Granola Cinnamon Blend (see below!)
  • Costo PB, buried in the creamy warmth

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Mix My Granola must love me because they sent another tube of their latest new base: Cinnamon Granola

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I requested almonds, chia seeds and banana chips and I have to say this is the BEST MMG combo to date! The cinnamon gives it so much flava + aroma and the oats are super crunchy. [I do miss the M&Ms and candy corn from my previous mix though ;) ]

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On the coffee front, I had a surprise that came home with Matt last night!

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Remember when Andrea gave me a bag of Shenandoah Joe coffee when I visited Charlottesville this summer? And I ran out and made a note to myself here. Matt picked up some more! It’s a slightly different Panama flavor, but my gosh it smells sooo good just like the olden days!

[My surprise to him was a tin of sardines! He loves them and we've been out for weeks!]

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But notice something different??! No bloom!! (There was one but it was very small). As I suspected, it must be the Fresh Market coffee that has the amazing bloom, and therefore froth. Buy it online if you like! I recommend the flavored kinds!

But back to the Shenandoah Joe’s – YUM!!! It’s so rich and Matt says it smells like bread. Wouldn’t he be the one to know!?

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Breakfast was so filling today!

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OMG – I nearly flipped outta my chair last night when I discovered these Google Chrome Extensions!!! Read about it here. So many cool tools. There are just SO many cool things you can add that will save you hours of time. The ones I installed right away: Weather Channel (a drop down snapshot of weather!), Facebook, Google Docs (LIFESAVER!), Google Reader, but the best is the Google Apps Shortcuts, which will save you lots of clicks!

NERD KERF video in the works this weekend :)

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Off to a middle school to do an Accuclaim audit!

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 26, 2010 at 6:51 am

I’m excited to play with this google Chrome stuff today at work!

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2 Cole January 26, 2010 at 7:03 am

I love all of the cute bowls you have for your oats!

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3 Marisa (Loser for Life) January 26, 2010 at 7:08 am

Love the new oat “bowl”!

Wonder why your coffee didn’t bloom? I am trying to finish up some of the coffee stash in my cabinet and found that most of them have given off the froth. And most of them aren’t anything special -just some supermarket blends!

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4 Haleigh January 26, 2010 at 7:15 am

Cute bowls always make breakfast a little bit more fun!

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5 christie @ honoring health January 26, 2010 at 7:23 am

Thanks for the tip on Chrome, I will check that out later today!

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6 Nicole, RD January 26, 2010 at 7:24 am

Those oats look wonderful!

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7 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope January 26, 2010 at 7:28 am

That bowl is ADORABLE!!! Good luck today! :)

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8 Karla January 26, 2010 at 7:38 am

A can of sardines! What a loving wife!! Haha that’s cute!
That creamer is lovely. I’m a huge fan of dishware/servingware (is that a word?)

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9 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 26, 2010 at 7:43 am

That would make me almost happy to hear that Fresh Market coffee is the only one that blooms with frothiness! I keep wondering what I’m doing wrong with the starbucks stuff…haha. :D

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10 Jac January 26, 2010 at 7:58 am

thanks for the upd8 on google!!! SO COOL!!!!!! thanks!!

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11 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans January 26, 2010 at 8:04 am

Love the creamer bowl! You are always all over the google updates! Thank you!

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12 Simply Life January 26, 2010 at 8:06 am

That is an adorable “bowl” – so creative!

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13 Paige(Running Around Normal) January 26, 2010 at 8:14 am

I love Fresh Market’s coffee, too! My favorite is their Kona. Mmmm. Have you ever bought the Almond Amaretto? Sounds amazing, right? Well it was a little TOO flavory for me (and the husband.) Christmas blend and Kona are amaze though.

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14 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 26, 2010 at 8:17 am

Can’t wait to see the video on the new google extensions, how cool! Google just rocks..

Love that bowl, too cute!!! MMG sounds so so good. I’ve been wanting some for a while but not sure if the cost is worth it. Is it really?

Fresh Market coffee is the best. In my opinion, there is no other kind available in mass market stores that really compares to it.
Have a great day :) !

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15 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 26, 2010 at 8:20 am

Oats in a cream = clever and cute!

Have a great day!

ps– jealous of that free granola!!!

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16 Lauren January 26, 2010 at 8:24 am

You seriously have the best dishes ever. I love the idea of using a creamer pitcher for oatmeal!

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17 megan January 26, 2010 at 8:28 am

i haven’t tried google chrome yet, but I think I’ll install it on my home computer this week. you’ve convinced me. i love all things google (calendar, docs, mail, etc), so why not use their browser as well?

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18 The Paris Food Blague January 26, 2010 at 8:30 am

i am so confused by google chrome extension. i feel old and not qualtified to be a blogger. (until a month ago i didn’t know what a smart phone was. i got my first cell phone in 2006).

beautiful photos as always!

a bientot!

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19 Shannon (The Daily Balance) January 26, 2010 at 8:30 am

you and matt are the cutest! you make me smile ;)

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20 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 26, 2010 at 8:40 am

I still haven’t downloaded Chrome… need to get on that! :D

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21 JENNA January 26, 2010 at 8:41 am

your oats looks xtra yummy!! and you are quite possibley the nicest blogger i ‘know’! LOL

fresh market spring blend is by far one of my favorites!! amazing!

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22 Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com January 26, 2010 at 9:14 am

oohh that granola sounds GOOD! But then anything cinnamon flavour does it for me..one day I WILL open up a restaurant called Cinnamon, where everything has cinnamon in it somehow :)
gosh I wish we had Mix My Granola in england…
Have a good day!

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23 Danielle (Coffee Run) January 26, 2010 at 9:14 am

Cute “oat holder” :)
I’m looking forward to the next NERD KERF video; I’m a visual learner
Enjoy your day!

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24 katherine January 26, 2010 at 9:15 am

I wish I could use Google Chrome at work!!

That MMG combo looks delicious and I can practice smell the cinnamon. YUM!

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25 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 26, 2010 at 9:15 am

I’ve put my oats in a measuring cup before… it looks really cute :)

Have a great day!

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26 Kaite@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle January 26, 2010 at 9:18 am

I agree about Ashley’s pictures! They are always amazing, I am in CO but up before the light and home after it goes away usually, silly work!

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27 Meg @ Be Fit Be Full January 26, 2010 at 9:32 am

I think I need to get Google Chrome …. btw, I meant to mention this a looooon time ago, but I watched all of your gmail tutorials and they were more than helpful! My inbox was a complete disaster and it was so easy to follow your videos. Thanks!!

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28 Sophie @ yumventures January 26, 2010 at 9:36 am

Its now hard to remember life before Google :) Can’t wait to see your new discoveries!

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29 Jenna January 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

I love using different cute bowls for breaky!
Makes breakfast so much more fun!!

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30 Jenny January 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

Man I wish Mix My Granola would send me some stuff! I can’t find chia seeds anywhere…. :(

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31 Julia January 26, 2010 at 9:50 am
32 Kath January 26, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Oh how pretty!!!!!!

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33 Amanda@lessonsinmoderation January 26, 2010 at 9:50 am

You have the best bowls. I really like how you set the stage for the meal. It adds to the eating experience.

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34 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 26, 2010 at 9:57 am

I love the sturdy Pottery Barn stuff too! I like dishes that have weight to them. I eat a lot of stuff out of measuring cups since they have handles. As life gets busier, we seem to eat on the go more often. I like how easy it is to carry my oats or salad around as I am doing other things…some times! You breakfast looks delicious! Have a great day.

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35 Mae @ OhhMay January 26, 2010 at 10:00 am

I LOVE unique bowls! The Creamer is so cute.
I have trouble having oats in the morning too sometimes because I always feel like I’m rushing through them. That doesn’t stop me though!!

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36 WendyF January 26, 2010 at 10:02 am

Seeing that coffee brings back some great childhood memories. It is from my home.

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37 WendyF January 26, 2010 at 10:02 am

Seeing that coffee brings back some great childhood memories. It is from my home.

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38 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 26, 2010 at 10:13 am

i adore ashley’s blog too…but we don’t have 5:45am light out in colorado yet! i love how it gets light so much earlier :)

such a cute idea for your “creamy” oats :)

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39 Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 26, 2010 at 10:33 am

Oh Google Chrome how I love thee :)

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40 Katharine January 26, 2010 at 10:46 am

Google Reader and Google Docs are my FAVE. Love them. And serving oats in a creamer is adorable! I’m always looking for something to make my breakfast a little more fun and I love your always unique bowls. :)

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41 Paula January 26, 2010 at 11:11 am

perfect oat bowl. Changing it up, can make it all the more enjoyable :)

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42 Heather January 26, 2010 at 11:14 am

what a great idea! I have a creamer we received for our wedding and we have never used it! It just lives in the back of our cabinet.

I haven’t tried the new google chrome – a good project for this weekend.

Enjoy your day!

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43 skinnyrunner January 26, 2010 at 11:14 am

you always have the best info on good coffee!

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44 Jil January 26, 2010 at 11:18 am

Love the new oat bowl!! My coffee had no bubblage today either…no fun! haha

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45 Andrea January 26, 2010 at 11:28 am

YAY Shenandoah Joe’s Coffee!!! :) They have a couple of coffee shops in town, and set up a booth at the farmer’s market every weekend from April-October. So excited for you to move here and start exploring this great city!

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46 sanjeeta kk January 26, 2010 at 11:35 am

The cute bowl makes the dull oats look yummy !

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47 Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run January 26, 2010 at 11:50 am

Love the new oatmeal “bowl”. Going to check out the Chrome Extensions when I have more time today. Gotta go, gotta go!

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48 Sarah January 26, 2010 at 11:56 am

Accuclaim audit? Love the use of the creamer – much more practical application.

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49 Lauren @ eater not a runner January 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Those oats look awesome! I want to try that mix my granola if candy corn is an option ;-)

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50 Mary (Food Fit & Fun) January 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm

hahaha that’s a cute creamy bowl of oats.

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51 Megan January 26, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Loving the bowl for the oats–what a great idea to use stuff like that in a different way…might inspire me to start getting experimental. I tried oats ina mug the other day and it was a bigggg fail. not enough surface area…

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52 Kathleen January 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I love the idea of oats in a creamer jug or a measuring cup…super cuteness!

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53 [email protected] January 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm

My son has been singing the praises of google chrome, I guess I need to check it out. I love to re-purpose my dishes and the oats look adorable in the creamer! I like to use little creamers for vases too!

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54 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm

That’s a cute idea for oatmeal. I should get more creative w/my dishes. My dish assortment however is a little more limited than KERF’s for sure.

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55 Cynthia (It All Changes) January 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm

You always find the most adorable “bowls”. :)

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56 Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion January 26, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Cute use for your creamer!!! YUM!

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57 Melody January 26, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I feel like I am in the Twilight Zone! I am obsessed with Ashley’s ota.bars but they are no longer available to me since she is in CO now. She is a friend of my coworker from Charlotte. And then I went to high school with you, who has this amazing and inspirational blog, and you know Ashley! Also, one of my blogger friends Jessica Johnstone (Johnstone’s vin blanc) loves your blog and was telling me about it. I was just thinking about what a small world it really is. Congratulations on all your success! It’s a joy to read your blog!

-Melody Link OHS 2002

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58 Kath January 26, 2010 at 9:00 pm

SMALL SMALL WORLD!!!!!!! How are you!?

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59 Melody January 27, 2010 at 9:19 am

Great! Working in Durham at an architectural firm and trying to find as much time as possible for cooking. I totally love how easy it is to find people that think about food and cooking the same way I do through the blogging world. Thanks for saying hello!

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60 Ally (Exercise and Pies) January 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Cute bowl idea, I’m definitely going to use that when I run out of bowls… me and my boyfriend only have six!

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61 caronae January 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm

the mix my granola sounds super tasty. i love banana chips! mmmmmm…

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62 Kirby Gray January 26, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Coffee blooms because the beans are giving off gas. If your coffee doesn’t bloom, it’s probably not very fresh. :O

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63 Kath January 26, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I ground it fresh that morning! I’m wondering if my grind was too coarse so there wasn’t enough exposed surface area?

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64 Kirby Gray January 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm

You use a blade or a burr grinder?

Honestly a burr grinder is going to give much better results, because the bits of coffee will all be the same size and they’ll extract all at the same time. I can’t afford one, so I get my coffee ground once a week. Even near the end of the week, my coffee blooms and there is some froth. Another thing that I find makes a difference is whether I have the first cup or not- there’s always more froth in the second cup :p

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65 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather January 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm

That’s such a cute idea to put your oats in the cream holder.

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66 Anna Jones January 26, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Thank you for the Chrome info. I will check it out today!

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67 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 26, 2010 at 9:38 pm

i like to eat my oats out of my creamer bowl sometimes. just because i never use it and i hate “wasting” it. it looks so lonely in my cupboard!

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68 Lisa January 26, 2010 at 10:00 pm

uh, YUM! those oats look sooo good. your banana slices even look delectable- dusted with cinnamon.
you put my pb & toast with banana breakfast to shame! haha (although it was PB & CO cinna raisin swirl pb- yum!)

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69 BroccoliHut January 27, 2010 at 2:01 pm

LOVE the new oats container!

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