Feel Good Foods

April 6, 2011

Finally – a good night’s sleep!! I guess 2 nights caught up with me. I slept like a rock, or as Karen would say “I slept hard last night.” Ha!

I was so happy to be in the house of a fellow foodie this morning for breakfast. No shame having cake for breakfast sometimes, but I never feel as good on the inside when I’m traveling. There’s something about the proportions of my favorite breakfasts, lunches and dinners that make me feel so good.

And they taste great too!

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I whipped up a big smoothie for Emily, Casey and myself this morning. It was filled with unmeasured cups of frozen mango, frozen strawberries, vanilla almond milk, 2 bananas and chia seeds.

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And topped with Hemp Plus granola (my FAV!) and sunflower butter (my other FAV!)

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Bit of coffee to balance the cold

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Half full though!

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I was supposed to hit the road 2 hours ago but Emily and I have been talking and talking and talking!! I just took a lovely shower with all of her tea tree spa products, and I’m on my way back to the mountains.

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1 Cait's Plate April 6, 2011 at 9:18 am

Ha! I love “I slept hard” – I’m going to start using that. Glad you got a good night’s sleep last night, you needed it after last night!

Enjoy another day in the mountains! :)

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2 Grace April 6, 2011 at 9:23 am

Love your breakfast idea!!! Your tablecloth is BEAUTIFUL, it really makes the pictures POP!

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3 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey April 6, 2011 at 9:25 am

Love the colors this morning! :)

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4 B & B April 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I know – that purple is amazing!

LOVE Hemp NP Granola. So good.

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5 Hannah @ Healthy Whip April 6, 2011 at 9:27 am

I know what you mean about eating while travelling! I never feel satisfied unless I’ve made breakfast for myself, the way I like it and in the portions I’m used to! I find I either eat too much or too little when I’m away.

I must try and track down some sunflower butter…that sounds great!

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6 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 6, 2011 at 9:27 am

I feel like I always have a tummy ache when I travel because I’m so used to my regular meals! I love to indulge, but it’s always nice to get back on track. Safe travels!

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7 Felicia (a taste of health with balance) April 6, 2011 at 9:30 am

i just stocked up on both the granola and sunflower seed butter yesterday! definitely an amazing combo! ps- ordered my cleaning supplies and they are on the way :) very excited about this!

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8 Kristi @ KristiAteIt April 6, 2011 at 9:31 am

Yesterday morning I had a smoothie and a hot coffee on the side. It was weird to go between the two. But tasty!

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9 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 6, 2011 at 9:33 am

Ha! I slept “hard” last night too. Felt good to wake up somewhat refreshed.

The smoothie looks delicious — and how nice to have all of your favorite toppings there :)

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10 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

Glad to hear you finally got a good night’s rest. That can seriously make all the difference in your mental mind-set for the day! :)

That granola looks incredible on the smoothie!

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11 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 6, 2011 at 9:35 am

I slept hard last night as well. I seem to be in such deep sleeps this week and I’ve been feeling great when I wake up – yay! Those ladies are lucky to have you to whip up such a delicious brekkie for them. Enjoy your day Kath!

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12 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen April 6, 2011 at 9:36 am

I know what you mean – I never feel as good while traveling. Often because the people I’m traveling with or staying with just don’t think of of food in the same way. I have a friend who literally eats no vegetables…and is pretty much grossed out by everything I eat.

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13 Abby April 6, 2011 at 9:51 am

Same here! My family always has some little comment about the foods I bring home with me. I’d go hungry if I didn’t pack my own stuff! lol

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14 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen April 6, 2011 at 10:28 am

haha Agreed – I packed my own oatmeal, and even my own coffee because I wasn’t sure what types of stuff she’d have.

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15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 6, 2011 at 9:36 am

Breakfast looks perfect. It’s sounds like you two are having a great visit. It’s nice to relax and hang out with good friends. Enjoy the rest of your time with Emily and have a safe drive home.

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16 Ashley April 6, 2011 at 9:37 am

You even got to eat with a little spoon!!! :) Safe travels!

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17 Erin @ Shortcut to Bliss April 6, 2011 at 9:38 am

How nice that the two of you have a chance to catch up!

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18 Khushboo April 6, 2011 at 9:40 am

I just spent the last 5 days with my best friend and I agree, there’s nothing like bonding over breakfast :)

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19 Lucy @ The Sweet Touch April 6, 2011 at 9:42 am

Looks yummy! Hope you have a nice trip back!

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20 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 6, 2011 at 9:43 am

yumm what a beautiful SIAB! :)

have a safe and smooth trip home! :)

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21 Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 6, 2011 at 9:50 am

Such a pretty colored breakfast!

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22 Abby April 6, 2011 at 9:52 am

Hemp Plus Granola is my favorite also! So addicting!

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23 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 6, 2011 at 9:55 am

I didn’t realize saying you “slept hard” wasn’t a universal thing! You have to love Southerners and our expressions. :)

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24 Rachel April 6, 2011 at 10:42 am

I always say it and I’m from NY.. I guess I didn’t realize it wasn’t universal either.

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25 Another Rachel April 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I’m from Philly and I also say it.

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26 JessicaEn April 6, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Oregon here and I have said it my whole life :)

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27 Lisa April 6, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Say it all the time…Boston, MA

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28 Christena April 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I know, right? I’m thinking “I don’t get it….what’s so strange about that?” I’ve been sayig & hearing “slept hard” my whole life! :)

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29 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I’m glad I wasn’t the only one! :)

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30 Errign April 6, 2011 at 10:03 am

I love to travel, but I think I might love the first meal I have at home just the teeniest bit more! For example, I got home from Singapore & Honh Kong and immediately had toast & pb and a chobani and they tasted SO good.

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31 Namaste Gurl April 6, 2011 at 10:15 am

How fun to be in another foodies home who has all the stuff you love :) I can only imagine! Have a safe trip back :)

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32 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 6, 2011 at 10:15 am

How fun that you got to spend your morning with Emily! Safe travels!!

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33 staceyhealthylife April 6, 2011 at 10:17 am

Too bad you two couldn’t spend more time together catching up. What a lovely breakfast. I much prefer the comforts of my own food and the getting back to my normal eating.

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34 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) April 6, 2011 at 10:20 am

Emergency!!! C-ville dinner recommendations, stat. :) Thank you! Somewhere we can take a UVA student to talk about the school?

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35 KathEats April 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm

That’s what the Cville page is for!! Everything you could ever need over there.

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36 Jess (Sweet Potato) April 6, 2011 at 10:22 am

I agree, I always feel so gross for the entire day when I eat sugary pastry type things for breakfast. Not a good way to start off the day!

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37 Marisa @ Loser for Life April 6, 2011 at 10:31 am

Haha! I slept hard the other night and it was wonderful! Love those nights!

Have fun with Emily :)

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38 Hope April 6, 2011 at 10:34 am

Beautiful pictures! Your breakfast looks tasty! I’m glad that you are having fun! Have a safe drive home! :)

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39 Amanda April 6, 2011 at 10:37 am

Finished reading The Thorn Birds last night. I enjoyed it! Thanks for telling us you were reading it – I benefited from the power of suggestion. ;)

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40 KathEats April 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I am STILL reading it!!!!!!!

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41 caitlin April 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

I am the same way when I travel- my body always feel outta-wack! It’s always nice to come home and get back on schedule! I have been loving your posts from your week, I’ve learned alot. Thanks for sharing!

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42 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) April 6, 2011 at 10:40 am

I love that place mat (tablecloth?)! So pretty and spring-y!

That smoothie sounds amazing! I’m glad you got to spend time with Emily, I bet you miss her! I love being around other foodies too, hehe ;)

Have a safe trip!

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43 Peggy April 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

Glad that you got a good night’s sleep! Be safe in your travels! =)

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44 Morgan @ moments of mmm April 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

“I slept hard” is something you will definitely hear in the Midwest! Well, at least where I grew up in Illinois :D Since I have moved to Arizona though, I have not heard it used once!

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45 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey April 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Illinois gal here, as well. I’ve always said “slept hard”, and didn’t know it was odd…?

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46 Molly April 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm

I’m from central Illinois and now in northern Illinois and have never heard that term! I always say slept like a rock.

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47 Emily @ Savory and Savage April 6, 2011 at 10:45 am

The light lavender color of the smoothie is so pretty.

Glad to hear you finally got a good night’s sleep!

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48 Lea @ Healthy Coconut April 6, 2011 at 10:48 am

I love Hemp Plus granola too from Nature’s Path too. I’m glad Costco sells them in bulk now.

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49 megan @ blackberries for jam April 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

I always feel sooooo much better when I travel if I can have breakfasts similar to the ones I have at home. Your smoothie looks great! I just discovered sunflower butter and I am in LOVE!

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50 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 6, 2011 at 11:00 am

I always feel so “blah” when I travel – my insides are never settled!! Glad you slept well last night!

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51 Elizabeth@The Sweet Life April 6, 2011 at 11:04 am

sleeping hard is such a good and accurate phrase!

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52 Alaina April 6, 2011 at 11:10 am

My meals and proportions always seem so out of whack when I’m traveling. I love getting home and getting back into a meal routine. :-)

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53 Michelle M April 6, 2011 at 11:19 am

I always tell my husband that “I slept hard.” He looks at me like I’m nuts. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one to use this phrase.

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54 Laughter-Loving Stacy April 6, 2011 at 11:25 am

Nice! I think I’ll be whipping up a smoothie too this morning! strawberries, blueberries, and mango! :)

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55 diet myths April 6, 2011 at 11:31 am

Where do you get sunflower butter from?! i’ve never seen it before…

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56 Elizabeth, blogger for SunButter April 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm

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Since I blog for SunButter, I hope you don’t mind if I let you know there’s a spot on the website where you can find where to find it near you. It’s here: http://bit.ly/9Pm79a
Let us know what you think…

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57 Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen April 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

In Montana we use the phrase “I slept hard” all the time. Is that a weird regional thing?

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58 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather April 6, 2011 at 11:40 am

What a pretty table cloth, I just love it!

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59 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite April 6, 2011 at 11:41 am

Beautiful! There is nothing quite like a great sleep after a few days of poor sleep or just overall exhaustion! I always sleep horribly in hotels, especially when I’m alone.

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60 R @ Learning As I Chop April 6, 2011 at 11:47 am

Hemp granola? Haven’t heard of that one before

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61 Krissy @ Shiawase Life April 6, 2011 at 12:07 pm

LOL I never considered that “sleeping hard” was a regional term! I mean, isn’t it like the opposite of ‘light sleeper’ – and that’s regular, right? Hmmm…thoughts to ponder…

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62 Natalia - a side of simple April 6, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Catching up with friends, especially a “moving across the country pregnant friend” is the best excuse to be late for hitting the road :)

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63 Emily @ One Sweet Vegan April 6, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I say “I slept hard” too. :-)

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64 lynn @ the actor's diet April 6, 2011 at 12:17 pm

as much as i have loved feasting with my family these last few days, i am really looking forward to my own kitchen and my own meals!

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65 Emily @ Comfortable Home Life April 6, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I absolutely love the backdrop, and that smoothie looks so delicious! I’m craving a big SIAB. Safe travels back!

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66 Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 6, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Chatting with friends is way more pleasant that driving anyway..enjoy your stay as long as possible!

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67 Kat @ Cupcake Kat April 6, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Breakfast looks so good! I love your flowery table cloth

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68 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm

love smoothies in a bowl!!

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69 Marina April 6, 2011 at 1:46 pm

In my mother language, “sleeping language” is a pretty comonly used expression :)
Mhm, smothie with mango sounds delicious!

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70 Sophie April 6, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Must be a Deep South thing, because I say that I “slept hard” too!

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71 Angel7 April 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Smoothies… Yummy!

I have never heard of sunflower butter before.

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72 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm

sunflower butter is a fave of mine. Glad you and Emily have had such a great time!

Drive safely back home :)

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73 Emma (Namaste Everyday) April 6, 2011 at 2:14 pm

so glad you are caught up with your sleep :) Me too!

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74 Anne @ butter and bear April 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I love a “hard” night’s sleep!

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75 Ellie@fitforthesoul April 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I love the saying “I slept like a rock” hahaha I say that a lot too. Mmmm smoothie sounds good right now~

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76 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) April 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I haven’t had sunflower butter in awhile. I think I may need to buy some. Yummy :)

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77 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn April 6, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Feel Good Foods are the best, especially when they’re in the form of smoothies and sunflower seed butter! I am so addicted, I need to start making my own since it is so so expensive!

I love the “sleeping hard” saying! Haha I am so using that. Have fun! :)

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78 Allison @ Happy Tales April 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Aw, I love that you aren’t rushing yourself in getting back home. It’s always so good to catch up with old friends!!

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79 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm

That is a treat when traveling. I’ve gotta devise a game plan for this weekend. I’m staying with family that eat the exact polar opposite of me. I’ll be rereading some of your posts on traveling. :)

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80 Christine (The Raw Project) April 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm

What a wonderful breakfast, I adore smoothie bowls.

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81 Justeen @ Blissful Baking April 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm

I never feel as good when I’m traveling either. If I don’t have my usual oats, fruits, veggies, and lean proteins, my body just feels GROSS.

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82 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 6, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Yay for finally getting a good sleep!

Travelling always makes me feel wonky too when I can’t eat the way I usually do. Eating out at restaurants is nice every once in a while, but I hate having to do it for an entire trip!

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83 Molly April 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Catching up with girl friend is a necessity for mental health!

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84 Amanda (tomboy that wears makeup) April 6, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Ahh, I’m hoping to sleep better tonight! I couldn’t sleep last night. I tried ear plugs and everything. Maybe I drank coffee to late. Glad to see you got caught up!!

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85 Amelia (Eating Made Easy) April 6, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Eating at home is such a treat!

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86 Cindy April 6, 2011 at 7:03 pm

That breakfast looks so good! I feel the same way about feeling icky when I travel. I’m begging for some greens when I get home!

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87 Gena April 7, 2011 at 7:06 am

Can you come over and whip up smoothies for me in the AM, Ms. K? Those look killer!

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88 Hannah April 7, 2011 at 8:43 am

Friends don’t let friends eat bad oats ;)

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89 Katherine: Unemployed April 7, 2011 at 12:08 pm

much, much better than arby’s song

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90 Sophie G April 8, 2011 at 1:07 am

I’ve just found your blog and love love love it!! I especially love your running pieces! :D

Quick question-the green spoon in the breakfast above- is THE CUTEST. Where did you get it from??

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91 KathEats April 8, 2011 at 7:04 am

Welcome! The spoon is from Crate + Barrel :)

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