Eatin’ Out Of Carolina Clay

May 10, 2008

Apple Peanut Butter Nut Oats


No bananas. No pumpkin. No berries. It was finally time to do another batch of apple oatmeal! My mom only had quick oats, so I had to use those as well. They are actually quite doughy in flavor – maybe I’ll have them from time to time. But NO WHERE close to as creamy as my normal rolled oat mixtures (made with Quaker Old Fashioned vs. the Quaker 1-minute quick oats today)

In my bowl:

  • 1 small/medium apple, chopped
  • 1/3 cup quick oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/4 cup wheatberries
  • Sprinkle of almonds/walnuts (appx. 1.5 tbsp)
  • Spoonful of PB (appx. 2/3 a tbsp)

Forgot the vanilla and cinnamon! This apple version was VERY filling!!

Luckily my mom had Smuckers All-Natural on hand. My dad just bought it for her but said she had to finish the JIFF before she could switch over. Well I snuck in and opened the Smuckers anyways – shhhhh! I liked the flavor a lot.


This beautiful bowl is handmade by local potter Mark Latta. I love the shape (which is hard to see, but it’s not all the way round – almost slightly layered and cylindrical?), and I love the earth tones. I was gushing over it at breakfast, and my mom said she ordered me one for my birthday – too bad I have to wait until October to get it!

With white tea. No, I didn’t eat on the porch, but the photography was better out in the sunlight :)


Failed Gym Trip

My mom and I were at the gym at 6:55, but no one else was!! Turns out it doesn’t open until 8:00 on Saturdays. So we went home and went out to exercise on foot (I was hoping to not run today that’s my only option in Baltimore). I did about 4 miles weaving all through the town while my mom walked. I circled back to her a few times to say hello. The sunshine was absolutely gorgeous!

To the airport I go!

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1 SawSaw May 10, 2008 at 8:39 am

Are there any all natural PBs that you don’t have to stir? If not, what is the preferred stirring technique? Do you have to stir everytime you want some PB? Is it difficult to thoroughly re-incorporate the oil equally? I know these seem like silly questions, but these are things I think about :)


2 BethT May 10, 2008 at 8:54 am

SawSaw, some of the all naturals don’t require stirring (just check the label) but IMO they don’t taste as good. With the others you stir once, then refrigerate and no need to stir again. Incorporating the oils takes a good stir of about 2 mins. We use a butter knife because the PB sticks too much to a spoon.

Kath, if you like Carolina pottery, check out artists who work in the Catawba Valley pottery tradition (many sell in the Hickory/Charlotte area). As a former Western NC girl I can tell you it’s great stuff, as is the bowl you used! I’m a huge pottery buff!


3 Ally May 10, 2008 at 9:07 am

I love Smucker’s peanut butter, it’s the best natural peanut butter i’ve had. I don’t have to stir it because after I purchase it, I stir it once and then store it in my fridge upside down.

Have a safe flight!


4 oatmeal May 10, 2008 at 9:14 am

I find that quick oats taste different as well! They’ve got less texture and the flakes seem to be smaller? Or it’s just the brand that I bought? [MC Equality or something]

But apples & pb sounds [and looks] awesome!


5 VeggieGirl May 10, 2008 at 9:19 am

Love that Apple-Peanut-Butter-Nut oatmeal variation – yum!

Oooh, handmade pottery is always so gorgeous – love the bowl!

Sounds like you had a nice walk with your mom this morning – fabulous!!

Have a safe flight!!


6 Anne May 10, 2008 at 9:26 am

“Are there any all natural PBs that you don’t have to stir?”

if you buy it in bulk, it’s already pre-stirred, so you don’t have to do it yourself

apple peanut butter is a good combination for oatmeal, apple w/ almond butter and apple butter is good too


7 hk May 10, 2008 at 9:46 am

the bowl is great! I took a pottery/ceramics class in high school and made some pretty awesome bowls that really are great for a morning bowl of steamy oats :) have a nice trip!


8 mel May 10, 2008 at 10:23 am

i really like skippy’s natural pb bc you don’t need to stir or keep it in the fridge. I just got nat. 365 almond butter yesterday…so so yumm!!


9 Ashley May 10, 2008 at 10:36 am

SawSaw Jiff’s all natural pb and Traders Joe’s pb you dont have to stir


10 Lauren May 10, 2008 at 10:36 am

Hey Katheter:
Some of my friends in the psychology field and I have done a thorough investigation of your site. We have come to the conclusion that it would be highly beneficial if you seek professional help for your irrational and deep-seeded obsession of food. Also, who tabs The Husband. It would be best if he accompanies you on a visit or two to a trained professional.

Best Regards,


11 Ashley May 10, 2008 at 10:38 am

Hi Kath I made a really good bowl of oatmeal this morning and I wanted to tell you about it.
Pumpkin Butter, Cranberry, Pecan oats
with a 1/2 a banana.
it was to die for!! Pumpkin butter is great because its kind of spicy and creamy but it has no butter in it! YUM


12 Julz May 10, 2008 at 11:00 am

have fun with your grandparents!! Safe Travels :)


13 R. Leigh May 10, 2008 at 11:14 am

Does anyone else have trouble making apple oatmeal, especially in the microwave? I’m stove-less living in college dorms, so I have to use the microwave. But even if I nuke chopped apples in a little bit of water for a long time before making the oats, they never really get soft.

Apple sauce, on the other hand, is fantastic :)


14 Bev May 10, 2008 at 11:16 am

Just was wondering . Why you feel you have to go to the gym or do some form of workout everyday. Can’t you go and enjoy your visit with out trying to fit it in your vacation time. I commend on your weight loss and trying to keep a healthy life style .


15 Jessica May 10, 2008 at 11:25 am

Exercising for some is fun. I’m graduating and so I have a few weeks of a MUCH lighter schedule, and I’m looking forward to hitting the gym every day. I don’t overdo it, mix up the stuff I do there, and weather permitting, I take walks or bike outside. Can’t speak for Kath but I just like how it feels afterwards.


16 Kelly T May 10, 2008 at 11:36 am

I was going to say….if your could mommy run 4 miles with you, then i officially hate myself.

good for you for supporting local artists. i used to do ceramics, and my teacher was a porfessional ceramicist and says it VERY hard to make a living at it. Thats why he taught as well. He was still broke, but he does what he loves.


17 Kelly T May 10, 2008 at 11:41 am

i LOVE working out. For some people its not something you force yourself to do- its a great way to get your energy levels up, especially in the morning like Kath and her mom did, get some quality time in with eachother and enjoy the weather.

Maybe thats HOW she enjoys your vacation. Some people recognize how consistant exercise effects the body, and like those effects. I personally am moodier and feel more sluggish on the days i dont work out. Its like eating- i do it because it is good for me but i also enjoy it.


18 Kelly T May 10, 2008 at 11:45 am

Lauren- if you are in the psychology field and legitimately think kath (and the husband? he’s not even on here that much) has a problem, you would know how unprofessional and inappropriate it is to attack her in such a way. You would also know that you cant get a clear veiw of someones like through what they eat daily. it seems like she is so preoccupied with food BECAUSE THAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE BLOG. if it were about what Kath thinks about everyday, the focus wouldnt be so narrow. My unprofessional opinion- stop “evealuating” people with your friends. Thats creepy.


19 Erin May 10, 2008 at 11:56 am

And the saying is “deep-seated”


20 Betsy May 10, 2008 at 11:57 am

i really love your bowl. i’ve always liked that handmade look. pretty!


21 Kiala May 10, 2008 at 12:05 pm

It’s obsession “with” food not “of” food.

That is all.


22 Erika May 10, 2008 at 12:54 pm

Just a quick question. Where do you get your wheatberries and do you soak them first or are they soft enough to eat as is?

Love your blog, by the way. You’re so adorable :)


23 Kristin May 10, 2008 at 12:56 pm


See Kelly T’s response to your so-called comment. She said it all. FOOD. That is the purpose of this blog!!! AND she is an aspiring RD. Many of us do not think she is obsessed because we read this blog to get healthy ideas how she and all of us can live the same lifestyle w/out being obsessed.


24 PS May 10, 2008 at 1:05 pm

Aww, damn it! I thought we were going to ignore the trolly-troll.


25 Kelly T May 10, 2008 at 2:05 pm

sorry ps-
maybe im jealous no stranger ever takes the time to sit down with their friends and evaluate me.

i want to be evaluated.


26 flipflops May 10, 2008 at 2:12 pm

My official clinical evaluation of Kelly T is as follows, dedicated, thoughtful blog writer. When the Kath mouse is away the mice indeed do play, or an unfunny Lauren mouse and her first year, other failed Psychology 101 mouse cronies do.


27 april May 10, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Ashely-what is pumpkin butter? is it something you buy?


28 Kelly T May 10, 2008 at 2:36 pm

thanks flipflops! but you are no stanger…


29 Kiala May 10, 2008 at 2:40 pm

Kelly T is awesome.


30 Emily May 10, 2008 at 2:47 pm

It is actually “deep-seeded” as in a seed that gets planted…LOL. However, I don’t think that Kath is exhibiting any more signs of obsessive behavior than the average blogger. Her blog is about food and weight loss, if it were about piggy banks, I’m sure she would be equally as detail oriented. What I enjoy about the blog is that it appears as if Kath puts a lot of effort, thought and caring into her daily entries and doesn’t just phone it in. Just my humble opinion. ps. Just as an FYI, I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, you have to meet certain criteria in the DSM-IV which then indicates a possible mental health diagnosis. If you had more than a BA in psych, you would know better.


31 Ally May 10, 2008 at 3:24 pm

What a beautiful bowl! I usually equate Carolina Clay with horrible orange chunks of clay!


32 alo May 10, 2008 at 5:12 pm

copied from a website of commonly misused phrases or words: Those who pine for the oral cultures of Ye Olden Dayes can rejoice as we enter an era where many people are unfamiliar with common expressions in print and know them only by hearsay.* The result is mistakes like “deep seeded.” The expression has nothing to do with a feeling being planted deep within one, but instead refers to its being seated firmly within one’s breast: “My aversion to anchovies is deep-seated.” Compounding their error, most people who misuse this phrase leave the hyphen out. Tennis players may be seeded, but not feelings.


33 Kelly T May 10, 2008 at 7:43 pm

alo- whats that website? i like weird stuff like that.

like when people say “i could care less.” it i COULDNT care less. if you could care less it means you care.


34 Rena May 10, 2008 at 8:15 pm

i thought lauren was funny.
lighten up people.


35 Jana Toppe May 10, 2008 at 11:50 pm


this is not the site where the “deep seeded” article came from but this is pretty good too (I think). SO if you like that kind of stuff, maybe this is for you:


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