October 6, 2008


Boy, today’s oats were fantastic. They were kind of like a dessert custard because the banana and pear combined with vanilla soy milk made them SO sweet :)

I was up at 5 to head to the gym. It was easy getting up today thanks to a regular body clock awakening pre-race on Saturday morning! I think my biking-to-the-gym days are over, at least for early mornings. The husband skipped today, and he’s going to be working early mornings T,W, and TH now. Hopefully I can still bike once a week, but I don’t want to go alone in the dark. Today I did 45 minutes on the ET and lowered my resistance to 13 to lighten the load for my legs. Most of my stiffness is gone, but I still didn’t want to push too hard. Better Homes & Gardens is my favorite magazine to read at the gym!! Just looking at the pretty houses makes me feel happy and secure inside.


Today’s oatmeal was a mix of:

  • 1/3 cup oats, vanilla soymilk, water
  • 1/4 large pear (added at beginning with banana)
  • 1/2 small banana
  • Cottage cheese (~1/4 cup)
  • Wheatberries (~2 tbsp)
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Vanilla bean paste
  • Pecans
  • Almond butter
  • Sprinkle  brown sugar

The husband took it off the heat a little early so it was runnier than usual, which was kind of fun with all these great flavors.


With soymilk green tea –


Off to take a quiz in Organic on benzene reactions, then I have a really fun lunch packed, then it’s lab time.

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1 Melissa (the other one) October 6, 2008 at 7:42 am

Ooh yum, and it kind of looks like custard too!

What a great way to start a Monday morning :) Hopefully the weather is better than here – dark and pouring on my way in at 6:30am :( YUCK!


2 VeggieGirl October 6, 2008 at 7:47 am

Fantastic oats, indeed!!

Good luck with your quiz!! I have a biiiiig exam today as well :-(


3 Megan October 6, 2008 at 7:48 am

I love pears in my oats, especially combined with cinnamon.

Good luck on your quiz!


4 shawna October 6, 2008 at 7:56 am

Yum, looks great! I’m going to have to give pears a try in my morning oats.

Good luck on the organic quiz!


5 Regan October 6, 2008 at 7:57 am

Hey Kath, this might be the weirdest question…but how do you eat your oatmeal? I saw your video on how you make your oats, and you do the spoonful of AB. Do you mix everything together with the spoon or dip the spoon into the oats and get a little off the spoon with each dip?
Haha I know this probably sounds so weird, but I figured that the way you eat your oatmeal could really make a difference in how it tastes.
Thanks Kath! Keep up the good work, I love the blog!


6 zestycook October 6, 2008 at 8:02 am

Kath – yet another an oatmeal killer! Love it… Good luck on the Test


7 Rose October 6, 2008 at 8:08 am

Glad you had a good workout today but sorry to hear you can’t bike anymore. Ah, fall is so wonderful but some of the perks of summer will be quite missed!

I just read your posts from the weekend, and it looks like you had a great time (literally – 23:26 is outstanding!) I loved all the bowls of oatmeal lined up in a row on the counter for your guests! Great idea.

Good luck with your quiz today!


8 Heather October 6, 2008 at 8:13 am

I’m just catching up on weekend posts- GREAT JOB on the race!! That’s an awesome time!

Good luck with your quiz today :)


9 Emlod10 October 6, 2008 at 8:19 am

Kath – what incline do you put the elliptical on? thanks!


10 Liz October 6, 2008 at 8:21 am

I think a video of Kath eating oatmeal is in order…there is apparently a lot of complexity to oatmeal eating :-p


11 g October 6, 2008 at 8:44 am

Looking at pretty houses makes you feel secure? Do you realize how selfish and sheltered that sounds? It’s fine to say it makes you happy, but a little sensitivity during a nationwide financial crisis would be nice.


12 new runner October 6, 2008 at 9:06 am

how many calories are in all your oatmeal breakfasts?


13 Kath October 6, 2008 at 9:11 am

Regan ,
I keep the PB on the spoon and get a little with each bite. From the PB oatmeal page:
You have to keep the peanut butter on the spoon instead of stirring it in. That way you get a little lick in every bite. If you stir it in it gets too diluted and you can’t really taste it. It’s just all “PB flavored” then. You can also get by with much LESS PB if you keep it on the spoon. I just put a little pile of oats on the spoon and am careful not to bite off too much PB per bite. This is ALSO good because you eat more SLOWLY!!

I also eat from left to right so I save the toppings on top for the end.

Emlod10 ,

Liz ,
Ewww that would gross me out! I actually am the first to admit the PB on the spoon method is quite gross. I have to be careful when I eat in public :)

You are missing my point. I am not implying at all that I have nice things, I am saying that when I am feeling chaotic inside or it’s a dreary day (or dark and cold at the gym) or my house is messy and the laundry is piling up it calms me just to look at pretty photos of other people’s houses. Sort of like window shopping, or how watching a romantic comedy lifts your mood even though it’s all pretend.

New Runner,
350-450, depending on toppings.



14 Shelby October 6, 2008 at 9:14 am

These oats sound heavenly! I need to try this combination pronto


15 Lisa October 6, 2008 at 9:31 am

Vanilla soymilk is so tasty. I’m curious to try almond milk.
Glad to know I’m not the only one who reads magazines at the gym. I don’t have an iPod, so what else am I going to do?


16 Allison K October 6, 2008 at 9:31 am

I think I need to start wrting down your oat combos! I always tell myself “I’m going to remember to try this or that ingredient” and I never do.


17 magpie October 6, 2008 at 9:32 am

Yum! Good luck on the quiz :)


18 Jenn October 6, 2008 at 9:34 am

hey kath, when you were talking about cleaning the wood floors.. did you have problem with the vinegar smell? and how did you portion the water/vinegar?

also, did you use the orange glo kit or just the regualr orange glo bottle? thanks!


19 Michelle October 6, 2008 at 9:39 am

Wow – you lowered resistance to 13 on the elliptical? That is really high, if your elliptical is like mine at the gym! I can barely do 10. What do you normally keep the resistance at?


20 runjess October 6, 2008 at 9:54 am

Maybe you will be able to bike again after daylight savings…although it might be pretty cold by then.


21 Betsy in Pittsburgh October 6, 2008 at 10:03 am

Does anyone know of any really good moisturizers, lotions or creams for EXTREMELY dry skin? Once the temp goes below 50 my legs are so dry and itchy it’s unbearable. I’ve been dealing with it my whole life and have yet to find the perfect product.
My parents used to give me A & D diaper rash cream when I was a kid to put on my legs just to give them a good coating so I wouldn’t itch… because when I do they just get really inflamed and sometime crack and bleed.

Okay, grossness over… and advice?


22 Biz October 6, 2008 at 10:17 am

Okay, I have to try the cottage cheese in my oatmeal tomorrow! I keep forgetting about it and then you keep showing it!

Happy Monday all!


23 SmA033 October 6, 2008 at 10:22 am

hey kath– i managed to find my way to earthfare this morning for the first time! it was AWESOME! i’ve been to the southpark area and dean&deluca area a thousand times but i’ve never been to that side! i LOVED it– i had to force myself to leave! i bought some vanilla hemp milk (which is on sale btw) and some earthfare peanut butter. I’m excited to try both! :)


24 Ellen October 6, 2008 at 10:31 am

Betsy in Pittsburgh-
I have extremely dry, sensitive skin too! Try using baby oil on your legs as soon as you get out of the shower to lock in the moisture. Then, after that absorbs, put on a layer of lotion (not like bath and body works, but something that won’t irritate, like Aveeno or Lubriderm).


25 michelle October 6, 2008 at 10:51 am

Hi Kath,

Great oats today!! And i know exactly what you mean about looking at looking at photos of homes, how calming it can be!!!



26 Rhodey October 6, 2008 at 11:00 am

I also like to look at pretty pictures. makes me happy to see pretty, organized, stylish homes… and to give me ideas for decorating my fiance’s condo!


27 Allison K October 6, 2008 at 11:18 am

I used Niveas lotion for extremely dry skin last worked wonders!


28 madison (follow my weigh) October 6, 2008 at 11:24 am

looks GREAT! love custard~ should try oats with pumpkin pie spice sometime!


29 Jenn October 6, 2008 at 11:46 am

the absolute BEST all-body moisturizer is the old fashioned coco butter, its great for the skin and it gets rid, or at least reduces the sight of stretch marks. ive been using it for two years and it really does work.


30 Kath October 6, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Jenn ,
I did have a little trouble with vinegar smell once. The husband said I was using too much. You really only need like a quarter cup per gallon of water (better Google it because I could be wrong). I use the OrangeGlo squirt bottle that I squirt onto the floor and rub in. I actually found Murphy’s Oil Soap this weekend and tried that on Friday and wasn’t that impressed. The floors were clean, but not polished like they get with OrangeGlo.

Michelle ,
I normally keep it on resistance 14, which is pretty hard. I use ET’s with arms, so that helps get my feet momentum going.

SmA033 ,
COOL!! The husband was there working (as of 9am)! Look for him next time :)



31 Betsy in Pittsburgh October 6, 2008 at 12:28 pm

Thank you Ellen, Allison K & Jenn for the skin advice!!


32 jenner October 6, 2008 at 12:34 pm

Betsy in Pittsburgh,
i have really dry skin too– to the point that i had to see a dermatologist last year bc my hands were bleeding so i feel your pain! the best moisturizers i’ve used are aquaphor (almost like a& d) and a cream called aqua glycolic. make sure you get a cream and not a lotion. hth.


33 Courtney October 6, 2008 at 1:41 pm

Hey Kath! I really enjoy all of your ideas for oatmeal toppings. I too am a huge fan of oatmeal and cold muesli in the morning. They are the best!

Have you ever tried making oatmeal in a crocpot? I do this ALL the time since I eat them so often and don’t always have time for a whole batch in the morning. I have a little 2 quart crockpot that I use in my dorm room (actually I live in my sorority house but it is dorm style). You put about 2 cups old fashioned oats with about 5 cups of liquid and put it on low for 8 hours ( before you go to bed) They are hot and perfectly cooked in the morning and you can add whatever toppings you like then. I LOVE to add pumpkin or banana and PB. You can put the rest in the fridge for a few days and just heat them up when you need. They have a very cream consistency too.

Anyway, I really enjoy your blog and creative recipe ideas.



34 HangryPants October 6, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Ooooh I want oatmeal custart. Looks so good. Have a fantastic Monday!


35 Kath October 6, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Courtney ,
If I ever get a crockpot, you can BET I’ll be trying oatmeal that way!!



36 Ozlem October 6, 2008 at 7:24 pm


you gotta try the Pecan Pie Larabar if you have not tried yet.. Yumm


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