Filling + Fuzzy

October 1, 2008

Some days my camera just looks old 😥 I really need a new one (specifically a nice fancy one with a nice lens! After seeing Tina’s before and afters, maybe it’s time to bite the bullet and get a new one?

I have GOTR this afternoon, so no workout this morning. I got 8.5 hours of sleep, so hopefully I’m caught up from M/T’s deficits.

For breakfast I made a HUGE, filling bow of Pumpkin, Cottage Cheese, Double Banana, Trail Mix Oats!!


  • 1/3 cup oats, milk, water
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin + 1/3 cup cottage cheese, tempered (heated) in the microwave first
  • Wheatberries
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • Trail Mix


More chandelier coffee


I am full and lovin’ it! This should carry me well until lunch.


Off to Chem, then I need to STUDY STUDY all day.


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1 Charlie Hills October 1, 2008 at 7:29 am

Well, photos are such an important factor of your site, I’d say yeah: splurge a bit on a new camera.

And can you imagine if we were still using film? Taking pictures, running the film down to the drug store for processing, picking up your prints the next day or so…?

It’s easy to forget how easy we’ve made things for ourselves!


2 VeggieGirl October 1, 2008 at 7:36 am

Definitely get a new camera if you want one – it’s a worthy investment!


Haha, love the “chandelier coffee” 😀

Good luck studying!!


3 Katie October 1, 2008 at 7:37 am

I was seriously JUST complaining about that to my husband yesterday. My flash doesn’t bother turning on anymore. Even though I clean the lens everything comes out fuzy now. I need a new camera asap. :)


4 Bridget October 1, 2008 at 7:43 am

Delicious looking oatmeal! And that is SO EXCITING about the possible TV show!! crazy!!
When is that other thing airing and where? when they followed you around with cameras a few weeks ago??


5 rhodeygirl October 1, 2008 at 7:44 am

go for the new camera. life is too short!


6 Anne P October 1, 2008 at 7:52 am

but your current camera takes gorgeous pictures! it doesn’t seem like it’s getting old to me??


7 Erin October 1, 2008 at 7:57 am

Hi Kath,

Where do the bananas come into this?? :)

Also, ‘wheatberries’ – where do you find these? I’m in Australia so won’t be familiar with your shops, but just an idea (i.e. wholefoods store? Supermarket?).

Thanks! :)


8 Rose October 1, 2008 at 8:05 am

I just looked at cameras the other day because mine annoyed me. I so don’t have the money for one… sigh.

Yours may look old, but it still takes wonderful photos!


9 melissa October 1, 2008 at 8:06 am

The chandelier coffee makes me laugh every time. Exciting news about the potential of a tv show, good for you guys! I’d totally tune in :)


10 jen October 1, 2008 at 8:38 am

get a canon slr with a macro lens. i have a 30d camera. totally worth the investment. you could even get a canon rebel, which is an intro to the whole single lens reflex camera (it was my first slr). trust me, your level of picture taking will only go up. you have a pretty good eye already. the macro lens (or portrait lens) flattens out the background and makes the thing you’re shooting superfocused and sharp, so it’d be really good for food close ups. sorry, i’m a huge photography nerd! :)

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11 zestycook October 1, 2008 at 8:38 am

This looks amazing Kath – I can’t get over how healthy you are!!! I am envious :)


12 Laura October 1, 2008 at 8:39 am

When you make pumpkin oatmeal, do you add the pumpkin in while cooking or after the oatmeal has been cooked?

Also, I’ve tried making strawberry banana oatmeal the past two mornings and I think I am doing something wrong. I use 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, 1/2 banana, and about 4 strawberries cut up into small pieces. The oats always turn out really runny and not that thick. Any suggestions?


13 Megan October 1, 2008 at 8:41 am

Trail mix and pumpkin….YUM!

I think your pictures look great! New cameras are exciting though. My husband and I were considering it last night. I would love to be able to take more detailed food pics for my blog!


14 Andrea October 1, 2008 at 8:53 am

haha LOVE the chandelier coffee.. i need to find the flavaaa 😉 😉


15 Cat October 1, 2008 at 9:01 am

Kath, I have a question regarding blogs/blogher. I just registered on BlogHer, but I have no idea how to get my blog started. Do you pay for the “” address? I was interested in starting my own blog and wanted to be able to easily upload pictures, etc, but I’m very new to the whole blogging thing. I’ve been reading your blog for months, but I’ve never ventured out and tried to start my own until now. Any help you could give I would appreciate!!


16 Betsy in Pittsburgh October 1, 2008 at 9:01 am

I’m a photographer/photo teacher and I definitely recommend investing in a good SLR… one that you can change the lenses on. I second what Jen said about the Canon 30D. Canon is my favorite!


17 Tina October 1, 2008 at 9:02 am

Your photos don’t seem too bad… well, not as bad as mine! My photos were horrible! But, taking photos is a big part of your blog job, so I say go ahead and splurge! :)


18 shawna October 1, 2008 at 9:04 am

Yum, looks great! I had to make some Pumpkin Oats after seeing yours this morning.

And I agree with Jen. I take most of the photos on my site with my 30D and 50mm lens (despite having much more expensive lenses). I think the Rebel would be a great camera for you. It will definitely open up a whole new world for your photography.


19 Amy October 1, 2008 at 9:12 am

Hey! Your pumpkin oats look absolutely delicious. For some reason, I am too afraid to make oats for breakfast. I don’t really know how…I know that sounds stupid but its true! I hate trying new things for breakfast, but your meals always sway me to the oats world 😉 I think you should get a new camera, you deserve it with all your hard blogging work!


20 the husband October 1, 2008 at 9:16 am

RE: cameras

Consumer Reports recommends the Olympus EVOLT E-510 for people edging into SLR cameras. It’s a little lower priced ($500) than some of the others, and I almost always trust CR’s ratings. Anybody know anything about it?


21 bobbi October 1, 2008 at 9:16 am

that bowl looks so yummy…I still need to try some pumpin in my oatmeal, I think now is the perfect time!


22 Biz October 1, 2008 at 10:20 am

I keep forgetting to try cottage cheese in my oatmeal – I think I’ll try it tomorrow.

I was about to invest in a new camera until I read my instruction manual! There is a setting called BBS (or something like that!) where the camera takes 10 pictures of the same thing, then analyzes which is the best one, and it keeps only that one. Sweet!

Charlie was an early bird this morning! Hi Charlie (he’s my brother!).


23 Allison K. October 1, 2008 at 10:25 am

I just tried pumpkin in my oats this morning. Holy Voluminous eating! Delicious veggies for breakfast..I love it!


24 Heather October 1, 2008 at 10:28 am

Can you actually taste the cottage cheese in the oatmeal, or is it just in there for a protein boost? I almost made that for breakfast this morning but settled on cottage cheese and pumpkin (no oats) instead.

Good luck with the camera decision- I say splurge on a new one… you’ll definitely get some good use out of it :)


25 Melissa P. October 1, 2008 at 10:28 am

Call me crazy, but I think that your camera takes great pictures!


26 emmy October 1, 2008 at 10:30 am

That post makes me sad, I HATE my camera and was thinking about buying the one you had suggested because I think your pics are always so good. Now I have a less convincing arguement.

I agree about cameras who’s lenses you can control. I have an old-fasioned Minolta (who could not come to NY with me) that is an absolute joy to work with!


27 Katelyn October 1, 2008 at 10:47 am

My husband would love a new camera, too!

I wish I could stay full between meals, but my body is just so used to eating a little bit here and there. Oh well, the meals I eat arn’t large, so the I don’t think I’m getting more cals by snacking on fruit every 2-3 hours…


28 Twinks October 1, 2008 at 11:09 am

I think the photos look pretty appetizing and crisp still…


29 Kath October 1, 2008 at 11:20 am

Thanks for all the camera advice guys! I’d love to know if the Olympus is a good match. I’m not sure I can afford a $700-800 purchase right now, but I am DYING for an SLR camera. Any middle-ground recs?

Bridget ,
The piece is set to air at but I don’t think it’ll be up anytime soon because apparently the paperwork is taking a long time.

Erin ,
Banana is added in beginning of cooking, as usual, but I forgot to list it!!!

Laura ,
I usually microwave the pumpkin and/or cottage cheese in my bowl, pour over the oats and then stir them together. I do it this way because the husband hates pumpkin (shocker!!) and I wouldn’t want to contaminate his oats with it. If I’m making a portion just for myself I would stir it in the pot at the end.

I think strawberries are too watery (acidic?) for oatmeal. I posted about that a few weeks ago when mine was watery too. Use a banana!

Heather ,
I can taste the cottage cheese, but it’s not overpowering. Just a cheesier version of oatmeal. I like it!

emmy ,
For $199, my Sony CyberShot is AWESOME and has been for 3 years now. I think it’s just taken a beating from being carried around in my purse for ages, and the readers are right that my photos aren’t that bad. I would just love something more advanced. So it’s still a wonderful point-n-shoot camera.



30 madison (follow my weigh) October 1, 2008 at 11:23 am

i totally think the new camera would be worth it for you! it would be a very legitimate “splurge.”


31 Serena October 1, 2008 at 11:34 am

I don’t know much about the Olympus, and I do trust CR, but I consistently hear that the Canon digital SLRs are the way to go from photog friends and experts. I guess it’s a matter of comparing the model in the same price range (which may or may not exist, I think they’re a little more than the Oylmpus) to see how the features differ. Good luck!


32 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 1, 2008 at 11:55 am

I think your camera takes awesome photos, but a new camera sounds like a nice splurge!


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