Create Peace

December 21, 2008

For the first time since August-ish, I’ve got nothing on my to-do list today except “wrap presents” and “watch movie.” Ahhhhhh.

The Baker had to be at work this morning at 7:45, so we were up early. I sat with him while he ate a breakfast of eggs and toast and sent him on his way (I wasn’t hungry yet so I waited on breakfast).

After he left, I got that yoga craving again. I crave that lengthened feeling I have after a few poses. So today I tried YogaDownload’s Gentle Hatha Yoga I.

I FOUND IT!!!!!!!!!! The perfect yoga for me! This 20 minute session was totally awesome:

  • It was perfect for a beginner
  • The pace was just fast enough to not get bored but slow enough to follow
  • The instructor has a soothing voice that I really liked
  • The background music was great
  • The poses challenged my stiff cardio-loving muscles in just the right way for the right amount of time (hello Half Pigeon pose!)
  • We ended with Savasana (I’m learning the vocab!) which is my favorite way to end yoga (laying your back in total relaxation)
  • It left me wanting more (a first!)

I think I might pay for the 30 minute session and will definitely try the other classes similar to this one.

After yoga, I made perhaps the most wonderful bowl of oatmeal I have ever eaten:


Butterscotch Toffee Pumpkin Oats

  • 1/3 cup oats, 1% milk, water, 1 medium very ripe banana, pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup Libby’s pumpkin, stirred in at end
  • 2 tbsp wheatberries, stirred in at end
  • 1/2 tbsp pumpkin butter, swirled on top
  • A circle of butterscotch chips
  • A half tbsp or so of toffee pieces
  • A melty spoonful of Barney Butter


The flavors, the chew, the toppings, and the volume were all perfect. I’d estimate this bowl at about 400-450 calories. 


My Barney Butter melted while I took my photos so I just swirled it on top for a change


Plus coffee



I DVRed the movie Love Actually last night and am working through it. It’s a great “get in the Christmas mood” movie (I also love The Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Serendipity with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale). Love Actually’s opening monologue is so beautiful and uplifting –

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport. General opinion is starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed. I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the twin towers none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge. They were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love, actually is, all around.”

I hope you all have a great peaceful Sunday 😎

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1 caitlin December 21, 2008 at 9:49 am

ooooooooo love actually is my 2nd fav holiday movie after ELF.

at our wedding, they are going to play ‘all you need is love’ when we kiss, like they do in the movie!

and the scene when the little boy dashing down the airport for the american girl always gets me!!

have a great day!


2 Kinder December 21, 2008 at 9:51 am

That is the second reccomendation I have heard for Love Actually in the same number of days. I must rent it!
Your oats look delish.
Hatha Yoga is my favourite!


3 Anne P December 21, 2008 at 9:51 am

i love that movie :) and the other two you mentioned, too! my favorite christmas movie of all time will always be “a christmas story”, though :)


4 Liz December 21, 2008 at 9:54 am

Hi Kath,

I’ve lurked on your blog for a long time, but figured it was time to jump in–especially since today you’re highlighting one of my favorite movies: Love Actually.

Love, love, love your blog! Your healthy lifestyle and embrace of good, well-prepared food are really inspiring and speak exactly to the things I care about. Thank you for such an excellent blog.


5 Kerry December 21, 2008 at 10:21 am

Love Actually is such a great movie, and I play the soundtrack often at this time of year.

Your oats look great, and I am looking forward to trying out some of those combinations soon.


6 Ryane December 21, 2008 at 10:23 am

Ah, that is my absolute favorite movie – especially at this time of year!

Definitely, Maybe is pretty cute too if you’re looking for more sweet, romantic comedies.


7 VeggieGirl December 21, 2008 at 10:37 am

Perfect yoga AND perfect breakfast!!


8 Amy December 21, 2008 at 10:42 am

You should rent Home for the Holidays. It’s from like 1995 and it’s hilarious. Cast includes Holly Hunter and Robert Downey Jr. Sometimes you can catch it on cable, but it’s definitely worth renting! We do every year. And those oats look amazingly awesome!!


9 Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) December 21, 2008 at 10:50 am

Love Actually is such a good move. Wow – most wonderful bowl ever? That is saying a lot about this morning’s combo. It did look like a bowl of melted yum!


10 Faye December 21, 2008 at 10:52 am

I watched Love Actually last night and it is my absolute most favorite movie! I can watch it many times over and swoon. I always thought it was so well rounded, especially when Liam Neeson’s character Daniel finds out about his stepson Sam’s love, and asks him about the girl, “or guy.” I woke up this morning wanting to watch it again! Enjoy your peaceful day!


11 Jenny December 21, 2008 at 11:08 am

Beautiful oats!

Love Actually is me and my friends go-to Christmas movie, in fact, we were thinking of drinking wine and watching it tonight! So uplifting :)


12 Susannah December 21, 2008 at 11:23 am

Don’t you just love when “wrapping presents” is the only major item on a to-do list? That’s what I consider a good day:)


13 Jen December 21, 2008 at 11:24 am

Hi Kath! Yay for relaxing days! I look forward to some of my own soon. Someday. LOL.

I bookmarked the yogadownload page to check it out! Thanks!

I have an almond butter question for you! I am a HUGE peanut butter fan. I’ve tried almond butter but it doesn’t really have the same appeal. I’m wondering if the brand makes a difference. What makes you like Barney Butter? Any other brands you recommend?


14 BethT December 21, 2008 at 11:26 am

Just a warning on the 30 min class from yoga downloads – if it’s in the same series, it will be the same class plus 10 extra min. (Which may not matter but I thought each class in a series would be different, and that’s not always the case) Glad you found one you like!


15 Shelby December 21, 2008 at 11:35 am

Thanks for the yoga video link! I will be trying this one out. Yoga bores me easily as well.

HOLY MOLY! Those oats are fabulous!!!

I love The Holiday! I saw it twice in theaters, it’s so cute =)


16 jess December 21, 2008 at 11:36 am

thank you for the “love actually” quote- i really loved it when i had watched the movie and kinda forgot about it :) the oatmel looks a-m-a-z-i-n-g! yummo! (i am currently watching some racheal lol…)
have a lovely and relaxing day!

oh, and thank you for getting rid of the “more” feauture. there are many blogs i just can’t get into becuase of that feauture and i was sad to see it on yours because your blog is pretty much my favorite!


17 caitlin December 21, 2008 at 11:46 am

I did that yoga class yesterday and thought the exact same thing about the half pigeon pose :)


18 Anne December 21, 2008 at 11:52 am

YES! the swirly on top trick is great for nut butters, that’s my favourite way of incorporating them into oats!


19 Megan December 21, 2008 at 11:59 am

I love pumpkin and butterscotch together…but with toffee too…I bet it was fantastic!


20 Katy December 21, 2008 at 12:05 pm

I’m so jealous of your to-do list!


21 Moran December 21, 2008 at 12:06 pm

I love that movie!! I have never watched Serendipity but I like those two actors!
I loved your oatmeal – what a bowl of yum-ness!


22 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) December 21, 2008 at 12:09 pm

ooooohhh such a beautiful quote, Kath!!!! Love it.

YOUR OATS!! Where do I begin? Perhaps at the pumpkin butter/toffee/butterscotch/AB combo. Amazing.

I love that you are getting into yoga-wayyyy cool!

Have a wonderful day <3


23 Michele December 21, 2008 at 12:17 pm

“Love Actually” is probably one of my most favorite christmas-time movies. It has every form of love you can imagine – romantic, unrequited, parental, first, true, physical, friendship, brotherly… I cry everytime because I’m overwhelmed with the message of how love truly is “all you need”. Enjoy!


24 Jessica December 21, 2008 at 12:47 pm

Hi Kath – I’ve been reading your blog almost daily since June (!!), so can you believe this is my first comment? Anyway, love the site – I’ve tried so many of your recipes and you have inspired me to try so many things.

Question for you/the husband: My husband too brews beer all of the time. I showed him your labels and commented how cool I thought they were. How do you print those?

Keep up the good work – I love it!!


25 K December 21, 2008 at 1:27 pm

I adore Love Actually! One of my favorite movies ever!!

Gorgeous bowl of oats! Butterscotch – yum!


26 melissa December 21, 2008 at 1:30 pm

Wow that is some serious drool oatmeal! I like both those movies! I saw Love Actually for the first time in spanish, in madrid, and even though it was english it felt like home–despite a few jabs at the US.

Enjoy the day!


27 Greta December 21, 2008 at 1:38 pm

That oatmeal looks SO GOOD! I had a really awesome Chocolate Pumpkin porter beer the other night, it was awesome, and I couldn’t help but to think of KERF while drinking it.


28 nameisjulie December 21, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Love Actually and Seredipity are two of my favorite movies! I always cry at the end of Love Actually when they show the real footage of people at the airport, they all look so happy!


29 coco December 21, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Kath, I loved that movie! It’s so sweet and my idea of true love!

So glad that you’ve began your journay on yoga. Those classes on are really nice. Enjoy them all ^_^ they definitely worth your money (I’ve purchased many 60 min vinyasa classes)


30 JENNA December 21, 2008 at 1:57 pm

your oats look super good today :)


31 Alison December 21, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Your mention of August made me realize that’s about the time that I started following your blog…. and that made me think it would be neat to have a reader poll sometime (maybe for your next contest?) asking people to comment on when they started reading and how they found your blog. I’d be curious to read how and when others found their way here! :) (I followed a link from the forums on the Runner’s World for your baked oatmeal bars, and have been hooked ever since! 😉 )


32 Nhuy December 21, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Love Actually is a great movie!!


33 Olga December 21, 2008 at 2:30 pm

I LOVE The Holiday. It’s fantanstic!

And those oats look amazinggggg


34 Courtney (Eat The Whole Thing) December 21, 2008 at 2:56 pm

So glad to hear you have gotten the “yoga bug.” It’s addicting :) Keep it up…you will love it!


35 bobbi December 21, 2008 at 3:03 pm

you are the second person to reccomend love acctualy as a Christmas Movie to see I will have to rent it! I love the oats!


36 Abby December 21, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Love Actually is my favorite movie…i could watch it over and over again. The opening monologue is so true.


37 Mom December 21, 2008 at 3:24 pm

I love watching people great one another at airports! It’s one of the reasons I like to park and go into the airport when I can, instead of just picking up my arriving loved one at the curb.


38 Kailey December 21, 2008 at 3:27 pm

wow i really need to get some more oatmeal after the snow because your oatmeal is making me have a huge craving for some!!


39 Oh She Glows December 21, 2008 at 4:04 pm

I must try this oatmeal combo!!! Heavenly!!


40 Kath December 21, 2008 at 4:38 pm

Liz ,
Thanks for your comment!

Jen ,
Yes, I think there is a lot of variation by brand. Try MaraNatha’s No Stir Almond Butter if you don’t want to order BB yet. I liked that one a lot. Barney Butter is more roasted than others, which is it’s charm.

BethT ,
Yeah, I guess I could just do this one twice, but those 10 minutes seem to have a few more key poses. For $3-4 it’s probably worth it.

Jessica ,
Thanks for the comment! For the labels he paints it by watercolor, scans the original onto our computer, shrinks it down to a standard label size and prints them out. There are tons of different kinds of labels at office stores. I don’t think it’s a special beer kind – I think it’s just a package label or something similar.

Greta ,
Oh my! What brand?

Alison ,
Great idea! I am shocked when people tell me they’ve been reading about my life for over a year. Sometimes I forget I am even blogging!



41 Brooke December 21, 2008 at 4:56 pm

Hi Kath,

I have been reading your blog for a long time now, but never made a comment. I felt compelled to de-lurk after hearing you talk about Love Actually; it’s one of my favorites and I’m going to watch it again tonight! Anyways, I love your blog and your healthy attitude about food and exercise! I used to never eat oatmeal and now I eat it almost everyone morning thanks to all of your creative suggestions and combinations! I also think you and your husband are so cute!


42 Greta December 21, 2008 at 5:27 pm

Midnight Sun

Apparently it’s from Alaska (?!), but it’s definitely the kind I tried


43 joey December 21, 2008 at 6:18 pm

I’ve been doing yoga every day for the past two months, and I love it. I started with 20 minutes, and am now doing 60 minutes. I like, podcast, and recently yoga to the people podcasts. yoga to the people is full of power yoga, heart-warming sun salutations and really strengthens the core.

Love, Actually has been on my holiday viewing list every year since it came out. I truly, truly love this movie!!


44 Kath December 21, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Brooke ,
Thanks for your comment :)

Greta ,
I will def. keep my eye out for it!!



45 ErinE December 21, 2008 at 6:22 pm

Those oats look fantastic!


46 Missy (Missy Maintains) December 22, 2008 at 12:04 pm

I seriously need to make those oats! All I have to say is wow!! I need to get as creative as you!


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