Don’t Tell My Husband

December 1, 2011

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But I am having an affair with our new doors. Tall. Dark. Handsome.

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And our back door…so sexy.

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Never would I have thought doors could change my life so much! We didn’t intend to get a new front door when we started our porch project, but as I spoke with our contractor about our plans to replace it on our own, I realized this project was way above our heads. [Pretty much every DIY project is over our heads…the only ones I attempt are ones that are easily fixed if we screw up!] So glad we tacked this on – it has turned a box into a cottage!

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Another project I was going to do myself – some shelves in the kitchen for that awkward empty space next to the fridge. I researched tons of options and realized that I would probably need to buy wood and find a saw. Then I noticed the pile of wood in our yard. And our porch carpenter’s saw. Carpe diem!

They did a WONDERFUL job blending these in with the existing cabinets – now I just need to fill them with jars!

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My most-loved oatmeal bowl is probably pumpkin cottage cheese

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The mix:

  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tbsp chia seeds
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin, stirred in at end
  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese, stirred in at end
  • Blackberries
  • Chia Charger

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Must get more chestnut tea!!!! My favorite of all of the Adagios I ordered!

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LOVE that I have beadboard as a backdrop now!! Another dream come true.

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Have a wonderful Thursday friends!

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1 Cait's Plate December 1, 2011 at 9:20 am

Hahah! I’m pretty in love with those doors too. And I LOVE the built-in shelving. That is one of my favorite things in a kitchen! I was so jealous of the ones you had on the side of the counter that hold your mason jars!

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2 Christina @ Just Running December 1, 2011 at 9:40 am

An affair with the doors? Kath, I love that you are such a goofball sometimes!

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3 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot December 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

I had fallen out of like with cottage cheese but I might just have to give them another chance and try it in oats. This looks rather delicious! And I am very jealous of your jar cupboards!! Mine have overtaken my entire kitchen ;)

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4 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 1, 2011 at 9:45 am

Wow, the doors and shelves look great! One thing I really wish my kitchen had was more storage. As a blogger, you’ll probably understand the need for lots of space to store random bowls, plates, and linens!

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5 Anna @ On Anna's Plate December 1, 2011 at 9:46 am

I love your doors, but I am SERIOUSLY jealous of the built-in shelves. I would LOVE to have some of those built into our kitchen and living room. Sigh.

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6 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 1, 2011 at 9:48 am

That’s my idea of tall, dark, and handsome right there.

Either those doors or a really dark piece of chocolate…they are ‘my type’ :)

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7 Angie December 1, 2011 at 9:48 am

Great front door! I never noticed doors until my husband started selling custom doors and now I critique them all the time. We were lucky we when only had to pay for shipping for ours. New custom doors make a big difference!

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8 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl December 1, 2011 at 9:48 am

Live the doors. I can see why such an affair! ;)

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9 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal December 1, 2011 at 9:50 am

Pretty doors, but the built-in shelves are my favorite.

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10 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 1, 2011 at 9:52 am

Your front door is my dream door! I have always wanted a red door (my favourite colour), unfortunately it would not coordinate with our brick. Still dreaming!

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11 Roxanne December 1, 2011 at 11:12 am

Why does it need to co-ordinate with the brick? If you want a red door, just get a red door. My neighborhood has a row of plain jane white doors, and there in the midst of all that sea of whiteness, someone has a BLACK door! In a row of townhouses it sticks out, but in a good way… I like it.

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12 Amanda December 1, 2011 at 9:54 am

That’s so nice that you were able to tack on those small projects. I love the doors, and they did such a nice job with those shelves. They blend really well.

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13 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 1, 2011 at 9:55 am

I still haven’t tried cottage cheese in my oats! And chestnut is my favorite from the holiday sampler!

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14 Rebecca December 1, 2011 at 9:56 am

Cut it out, Kath! You are SO not going to be able to keep this hidden ;) I’m swooning over that tea towel (looks Anthro?) and the voluminous bowl of oats. Mmmm, eye candy :D

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15 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 9:58 am

It’s actually Target!

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16 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat December 1, 2011 at 9:57 am

I love the gray / yellow color combo of your placemat – I think it would be a lovely combination for our kitchen!

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17 Heather @ Run Eat Play December 1, 2011 at 10:00 am

I never thought to try cottage cheese in oatmeal – how is the texture?
Love your doors! They look so solid! lol!

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18 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 10:00 am

Texture is pretty much the same as oats, but the flavor is cheesier – like a cheese danish

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19 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 1, 2011 at 10:00 am

Mmmm….pumpkin, cottage cheese and oats! Healthy and delicious!

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20 kathleen @ the daily crumb December 1, 2011 at 10:06 am

i LOVE the look of that door. please don’t tell MY husband i’m having an affair with sweet potatoes, my new uggs and instagram.

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21 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 1, 2011 at 10:07 am

That dark wood door is gorgeous! I wish I could change out mine… silly condo rules.

Cottage cheese is oats is my favorite combo. I love to do them with blueberries! Will have to try the pumpkin… or I bet it would be awesome with sweet potato!

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22 Roxanne December 1, 2011 at 11:14 am

You could change it on the inside….

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23 Sarah@The Flying ONION December 1, 2011 at 10:09 am

The door is gorgeous! I couldn’t ever blame you for your love affair. ;)

Your pumpkin cottage cheese oats are pretty stunning too, I must add. :D

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24 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles December 1, 2011 at 10:10 am

Love your house upgrades! cute + classy + chic =)

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25 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life December 1, 2011 at 10:15 am

whenever the contractor is at our house I always find other miscellaneous things for him to add on to the bill :) hehehe

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26 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

The door looks great! I love it! I also really like the shelving! So fancy :)

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27 Chloe (In Fine Feather) December 1, 2011 at 10:19 am

LOVE the seafoam green in your front hallway. What a lovely color :)

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28 Mai December 1, 2011 at 10:20 am

That bowl looks delicious! I noticed there aren’t any “sweeteners” like banana though. What does it taste like?

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29 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Like cheesy pumpkin! Oats are naturally sweet, so it wasn’t too savory or anything

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30 Heather December 1, 2011 at 10:23 am

I am posting from Ontario, Canada and I just wanted to say how much I LOVE your blog. I am so glad I happened to find it. I am officially addicted. P.S. I am also an RD and love your happy, healthy relationship with food!

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31 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Thanks Heather! Glad you’re here.

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32 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy December 1, 2011 at 10:25 am

Love your new front door!

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33 Khushboo December 1, 2011 at 10:26 am

Pumpkin cheesecake comes to mind!

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34 Tara at Padded Tush Stats December 1, 2011 at 10:34 am

KATH! I saw this video and it cracked me up. I KNOW you’ll like it. It’s a song called “Yoga Girl”

http://youtu.be/L-8IPDR4Khc

~Tara

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35 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 12:06 pm

HAHA! My toes do during chataranga :)

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36 Emily G. @ from my messy desk December 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Holy yoga that was funny! My favorite part was when he asked if they wanted to go..and they said No, imma stay (namaste!). Or the girls’ response!

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37 Angel7 December 1, 2011 at 10:36 am

You new front door looks amazing! It goes to show that once again you and Matt have great taste :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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38 Lee December 1, 2011 at 10:45 am

My husband and I have been talking about getting a new front door. Ours is super ugly. We actually drove around our neighborhood the other day looking at doors.

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39 Jennifer December 1, 2011 at 10:47 am

I’ve been away on vacation so I have a lot of catching up to do. Is your porch finished? I just love the new doors. Your house looks so charming.

Did your grandmother paint that picture near your porch door? I love it!

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40 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Porch is all done except for paint + stain which should happen in next week or two.

And yes, Gram did the painting!

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41 Leah December 1, 2011 at 10:49 am

Can I PLEASE move in?

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42 Stephanie December 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

Your house looks fantastic! When do you think the Chia Charger will be available? I want to try some! :)

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43 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm

It has already come and gone!! Do you not subscribe to my OpenSky email? That’s how you get the deets! It should be back soon though…

https://opensky.com/katheats/product/chia-charger-variety-pack

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44 Ashley @ Cooking for John December 1, 2011 at 10:58 am

Bahaha-you crack me up! In all seriousness, I love your home, everything is beautful! I can’t wait until we are settled down in a home and can do whatever our heart desires!

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45 Roxanne December 1, 2011 at 11:16 am

Make sure it’s not a condo or a row of townhouses… you won’t be able to change a thing on the outside!

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46 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning December 1, 2011 at 11:03 am

I LOVE pumpkin, of course, but discovered that when I add it to my oatmeal, it makes the oats a lot less chewy, and I just can’t sacrifice that. I’ve reserved pumpkin for overnight oats, only.
And seriously- can you please come take over the interior design of my house?! I get so envious every time you post photos of your home’s interior- I just have no clue when it comes to that stuff!

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47 Alaina December 1, 2011 at 11:19 am

I am loving your house!! That front door is beautiful! I would probably act the same way. :-)

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48 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) December 1, 2011 at 11:23 am

Awesome doors! Really, I love the front door and the backdoor with all the light!

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49 Karen December 1, 2011 at 11:24 am

The upgrades look gorgeous, Kath…enjoy!

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50 Emily December 1, 2011 at 11:25 am

I am loving the shelves. Those are AWESOME.

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51 Roxanne December 1, 2011 at 11:27 am

I love your oatmeal, I just bought some blackberries, they were $1 per container, they’re usually $3.99! Guess how many I got?
I already have lots of berries (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, got them all on sale cheap) in my fridge’s freezer and I am now challenged as to how to add my blackberries! I just need a stand alone freezer, my fridge freezer isn’t big enough! I am going to have eat that full container of icecream!
Going to have to work harder to buy one of those separate freezers. Yesterday, I went to check out prices, the cheapest is $249 for a little teeny tiny one not much bigger than the one I’ve got in my fridge!

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52 Lena @Fit on the Rocks December 1, 2011 at 11:43 am

I love how smaller-scale projects make such a huge difference in living space. I always underestimated the power of paint until I helped a couple paint the entire interior of their home. It was a totally new house afterwards.

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53 Health Bee December 1, 2011 at 11:49 am

Your porch and house renovation project is turning out so well. Have you thought of doing a before and after video segment on this?

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54 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Well it’s too late for a before video :( But I could take an after when it’s finished. I do have photos!

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55 elle @ nutritionella December 1, 2011 at 11:51 am

BEAUTIFUL doors! love your photos, they always brighten my day!

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56 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) December 1, 2011 at 11:53 am

Wow! You’ve tackled so many house projects in the last month, so inspiring. Love what you have done to put a personal touch to your house. Can’t wait to see more pictures of the porch too :)

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57 Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 1, 2011 at 11:58 am

That IS a beautiful door! And I never thought I’d say that…

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58 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

love the front new door!

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59 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings December 1, 2011 at 12:14 pm

The new doors are gorgeous! And you can’t beat the shelves — love the blending. Great that you have such a handy handyman! Good for you guys :) Cheers!

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60 Brenda December 1, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Dear Kath,
Love the home improvement improvements! I am so lucky to have a “handy” husband who works hard to complete all my home improvement recommendations. Changing topics…I was wondering if the Cville elves will be producing any Cville Cluster Granola soon. You see, my jar that I store that deliciousness in is, well..empty! I was thinking of including Cville Cluster Granola on my Christmas list but I was unsure if your Cville treats had spread as far as the North Pole! Keeping my fingers crossed!

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61 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 3:36 pm

You are lucky to have a handy hub!

Unfortunately all the elves are occupied with gifts this year, but we are hoping that once January comes and the holiday peak dies down they will have time to make another 1,000 bags for sale!

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62 Johanna B December 1, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Love the shelves. One cannot have too many shelves in one’s kitchen. IMHO

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63 Amy Pea December 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Speaking of delicious oats, thank you for spreading the word about “Coach’s Oats!”

My order arrived last night and I ate some for breakfast this morning – with pumpkin and banana. I can’t wait to have them again tomorrow morning!

Good call, Kath – I think they might be my favorite form of oats ever, and I am a Scottish Oat fanatic! :)

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64 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm

So glad you like ‘em!

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65 Jeni @ hippiewildmama December 1, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Hi Kath,

Just wondering where you found your doors? Hopefully you haven’t already mentioned it? I’m loving your home!

Jeni

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66 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I’m pretty sure both are Therma-Tru: http://thermatru.com

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67 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 1, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Those are sexy doors!! So jealous, your home looks right up my alley. Great use of space above the mirco!

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68 Kristen @ Change of Pace December 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm

I ordered a bunch of sample flavors from adagio. Chestnut is definitely my favorite too. I also love the coconut. I ordered a bunch of samples for Christmas stocking stuffers for my family. Plus a little tea ball for loose leaf tea. SO easy and healthful :)

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69 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Yay!

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70 Jen December 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Celestial Seasonings has a great selection of holiday flavors as well – Candy Cane, Gingerbread and Sugar Plum Spice – they’re delish and usually more readily available in stores this time of year (versus having to order).

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71 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I’ve tried all of those and was never impressed… Adagio had free shipping over the weekend.

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72 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 3:46 pm

(Because I’m not sure if they were all black teas

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73 Jen December 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I was merely suggesting it to the original poster (Kristin) as another option to try in addition to the kinds you mentioned… never said there was anything wrong with Adiago or shipping. Just not everyone orders online or has it as accessible. Also, Celestial is herbal – so noncaffeinated. Black teas are caffeinated which is fine but some people may be sensitive to that at night for sleep. That’s all…I didn’t see anything negative against you or Adiago in the comment…?

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74 carla December 1, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I’ve never particularly enjoyed Celestial Seasonings – cheap, but not quite that good. Adagio seems a bit pricey, but sounds worth it, especially as a nice nice christma-y stocking stuffer! Good tea is an experience, bad tea is just warm flavored water. :-(

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75 Jill December 1, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I definitely made a silly mistake, and am now wishing I hadn’t ordered so many bags from Adagio without sampling anything beforehand. I got excited while reading through all the flavors and ordered four full-sized bags in the ones that sounded the most fun to me (all dessert types), but they all taste the same, and not as interesting as I was expecting. The flavors I ordered didn’t seem to be available in sample sizes, but maybe I missed something on the website (?)..anyhow, now I have $40 of black tea with a funny rum-ish taste to it :P I’m sure I’ll get used to it, but I just think they are kind of underwhelming..I’m hesitant to order anything else unless it’s a non-desserty kind.

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76 carla December 2, 2011 at 5:44 am

Hey – thanks for that info! If/when I try them, I’ll definitely tread lightly. :-) In the meantime, I guess I’ll stick to my Tazo teas! Delicious and affordable!

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77 KathEats December 2, 2011 at 9:28 am

Which ones did you get Jill?

I’m glad I got mostly sample packs because I didn’t love the Toasted Marshmallow or Sweet Potato pie but I LOVED the Pumpkin Ice Cream and Chestnut

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78 Jill December 2, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I don’t have the packages with me right now, but I got mostly chocolately ones (I was in that kind of mood when I ordered them late at night, and take responsibility for my lack of variety to begin with ;) – Red Velvet Cake, a chocolate rum one, some “cupcake” variety, although I’m not sure what thats supposed to be, and a chocolate cream something or other. I’m going to do a taste-test with all of them this weekend to figure out what differences I can notice- I tried one each for 4 days and nothing really stood out, although I should say I think they are *quality* teas. Eventually I want to try something totally different, though, like marshmallow or coconut. Or, you know, German Chocolate Cake :P (that’s a joke..although if they have one, I probably will order it anyway!)

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79 Candice @ Sailing on Paper December 1, 2011 at 12:47 pm

I really like the dark wood pairing with your white trim and paint color. Good choice!

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80 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 1, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Haha I love the door too! Great oat mix :D

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81 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio December 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I really like y’alls new front door! It’s awesome!

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82 katie @KatieDid December 1, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Love that art work (adam and eve?). And it seems like you have flawless lighting and location for pictures now. It’s liek the house was made for your profession!

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83 Ellie@fitforthesoul December 1, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I couldn’t agree more that those doors are really nice!! Love the fact that they still let light inside the house too. Your house looks like a magazine cover! haha

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84 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) December 1, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Love the door. It looks amazing. Isn’t it funny how a change like a door can literally transform the entire room/space?

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85 Elisabeth December 1, 2011 at 2:19 pm

All of your house projects look wonderful, but I’m particularly loving the beadboard! ;)

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86 Linda December 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Hey Kath,
For the chestnut tea, did you buy the tea bags or loose leaf sample?

thx,
linda

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87 KathEats December 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I have the loose leaf which I’m finding has more flavor than tea bags simply because of the way I brew it. But the tea bags taste just as good!

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88 Emily @ Life on Food December 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm

The doors are beautiful! My husband always wants to do very ourselves, most of the time it is just easier to have someone else worry about it.

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89 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com December 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Loved the new storage space beside the refrigerator! And those new doors?! I want 2 of those, as well :)

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90 Katherine December 1, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I love your front door! Beautiful!! I have found that any projects that we attempt on our own end up costing so much time and money that it usually makes more sense to just hire someone, unless it is VERY simple! :)

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91 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 1, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Your front door is super sexy! haha It really is though!

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92 Sherry December 1, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Kath I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new shelves above the microwave. They seemlessly look like they’ve always been there!

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93 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 1, 2011 at 4:08 pm

That oatmeal sounds wonderful! I love the shelves, they look like they’ve always been there!

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94 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte December 1, 2011 at 4:29 pm

VERY nice door, I see why you’re so smitten :-)

It’s funny: I love pumpkin and cottage cheese together, and pumpkin with my oatmeal but I NEVER would have thought to combine all three. I’m thinking there’s gonna be a pumpkin-oatmeal-cottage cheese love-triangle goin’ on at my house tomorrow morning! Whoot!

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95 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 1, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Those shelves are such a great use of that space! All your posts on decorating and home improvement lately have made me so excited to own my first home. Unfortunately that’s far off in the future… very far! :P

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96 carla December 1, 2011 at 8:39 pm

I love the painting in your Kitchen. It’s fun to watch your home come together. Enjoy!

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97 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel December 1, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Those doors really are nice–the color looks so great with the sun shining on it!

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98 Allison December 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Hello!

I have never left a comment before but I do frequently browse the blog! I am curious to where you picked up the adam + eve painting? I think it is a great spin on the classic paintings! If you wouldn’t mind sharing… Thanks so much!

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99 KathEats December 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Hey Allison, Thanks for your comment!! The painting was done by my grandmother, so unfortunately it’s not buy-able. But I’ll tell her you like it!

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100 Elizabeth December 2, 2011 at 8:10 pm

I have a “Votes for Women” coffee cup too, so it was fun to see one in your photo!

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