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November 15, 2011

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I’ve been making Kodiak cakes in batches recently – 2-3 little pancakes. Today I made one big one and boy was it an easier process! One to watch, one to flip. SO delicious topped with seared pear, chia seeds and sunflower butter. I also put a few pecans into the dough!

To sear the fruit, I just spray the pan (with my Misto filled with olive oil) and put the fruit on and it cooks beside my pancake. So much more flavor than raw.

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My beverage du jour was the Candy Cane Tea from the variety of flavors I ordered. This was awesome! Real candy cane pieces intermixed with the black tea. I have definitely found my tea niche – high quality flavored black teas. Herbal and I just don’t get along.

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The heat woke me up this morning :( I set our programmable (which is a Honeywell and such an improvement from our last one with its fancy digital screen!) to turn on at 6am. Mistake! It turned out at 5:45 (I guess it thought I wanted the house heated BY 6am) and made all of the duct clicking. Matt’s alarm went off 10 minutes later. So I’m feeling rather headachy and tired this morning. Already made the adjustment so it turns on a 6:26 next time!

Our day is dreary, but still warm here. Trying to take advantage of the coze factor, but I sure hope the rain stays away long enough for me to walk to the bakery.  Have a good one!

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1 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth November 15, 2011 at 9:36 am

Seared pears sounds gooood. Thanks for sharing how you did it – I will try that later. Love your tea-towel!

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2 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth November 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I did it. This morning I made seared pears for the first time and you are right, they taste great. I served mine with Greek yogurt, chopped almonds and honey. Delicious!

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3 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles November 15, 2011 at 9:37 am

Pure decadence! Searing the pears is a great tip! Your off to a great start with that breakfast!

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4 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 15, 2011 at 9:40 am

Mmm I’ve never seared pears before – it sounds so good! Especially atop pancakes or a waffle!

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5 Cait's Plate November 15, 2011 at 9:40 am

I FINALLY bought Kodiak Cake mix and I absolutely cannot wait to use it!! I love the seared pears, I did that with my peaches in the summer – so, so delicious :)

Have a fabulous day!

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6 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 15, 2011 at 9:42 am

I love one big pancake. Maybe it remind me if IHOP trips from childhood? They would bring out this massive pancake on a plate… it was like Christmas morning. :)

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7 Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food November 15, 2011 at 9:43 am

That tea sounds wonderful! Definitely something I would love to try! Great start to the day!

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8 HRCK November 15, 2011 at 9:44 am

Just bought kodiak cakes per your recommendation, but I can’t say they’ll see toppings fancier than syrup or nut butter ’round these parts. :)

Hope you feel better as the day goes on!

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9 Khushboo November 15, 2011 at 9:44 am

Cooked fruit always feels so special to eat, especially topped with cinnamon!

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10 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life November 15, 2011 at 9:47 am

I love seared fruit!!!!! Looks delicious as always Kath!

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11 Occula November 15, 2011 at 9:57 am

LOL, when I saw the first picture, I thought the fruit was potato wedges! Me: “But what’s beneath? Maybe a chicken breast? Some kind of sauce …. oh.” :D

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12 Roxanne November 15, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Exactly, I thought it was potatoes too. I’m glad it wasn’t because I like the idea of cooked fruit. I will keep that in mind when buying pears or peaches, while I cook my massive pancake!

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13 Leslie November 15, 2011 at 10:14 am

Tell me about your Misto. I bought something to spray olive oil several years ago and a home cooking party and the thing never worked. It is always greasy/sticky and drippy. I would love to spray olive oil and get rid of my Pam spray if I could!

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14 KathEats November 15, 2011 at 10:17 am

This is it and it works pretty great. Just pump air in and spray. No problems so far and I put coconut oil in it all summer!

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&nord=1&q=misto+sprayer&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&ion=1&biw=1561&bih=849&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=356854287355498445&sa=X&ei=XILCTqq0DMb40gHukun0Dg&ved=0CEMQ8wIwAA

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15 Angel7 November 15, 2011 at 10:28 am

Love the idea of a hint of fruit flavor in pancakes — great way to brighten a dreary day :)

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16 Johanna B November 15, 2011 at 10:29 am

I hate waking up hot. I also hate getting up in a cold house. Hmmm…

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17 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

Mmm I love seasonal teas- candy cane is one of my faves, and I’m looking for a good gingerbread one now. Have you tried David’s Tea yet? They have an AMAZING Alpine Punch rooiboos for winter and it’s one of my current obsessions!

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18 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte November 15, 2011 at 10:30 am

The candy cane tea sounds GOOD! I love black teas too (your coconut tea and pumpkin pie tea sound just delish), and I only drink herbal teas before bed….hoping some Adagio flavored black teas find their way into my Christmas stocking this year :-)

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19 Joanne November 15, 2011 at 10:35 am

Seared pears, seared peaches, they develop natural sugars that can’t be beat.
I’m with you on the herbal teas – it’s a rare occasion when I enjoy them over black tea.

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20 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 15, 2011 at 10:36 am

Seared pears sound delicious! I cannot wait to try it. I bet seared apples, peaches, and nectarines would taste great as well! Thanks for the recipe :)

That candy cane tea sounds really good too!

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21 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 15, 2011 at 10:39 am

OH those seared pears sound/look delicous! I love a good fruit topping :)

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22 kathleen @ the daily crumb November 15, 2011 at 10:42 am

mmmm peppermint tea. i am loving peppermint flavor this season… my current favorite is the starbucks peppermint mocha. just ordered my first box of kodiak cake mix, can’t wait to see what all the hype is about!

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23 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather November 15, 2011 at 10:53 am

Mmm seared pear sounds amazing!

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24 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 15, 2011 at 10:54 am

Your breakfast sounds amazing! Have a great day Kath :)

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25 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 15, 2011 at 10:59 am

My daughter and I love putting candy canes in our hot chocolate. I’m sure it jazzes up tea just as yummy!

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26 lynn @ the actor's diet November 15, 2011 at 11:00 am

mmm you’re putting me in the mood for pancakes and peppermint!

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27 Living, Learning, Eating November 15, 2011 at 11:12 am

I’ve never tried searing pears, but grilled pineapples are amazing!

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28 mel November 15, 2011 at 11:16 am

5:45 sounds glorious compared to my 4:30 wake up time!! I guess that is a perk of owning your own business…you can start later but you probably have to work later. I can’t wait to graduate from law school because I feel like “work” never ends…there is always work to do and I always feel behind. You pancake looks great Kath! Have a good day

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29 Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission November 15, 2011 at 11:16 am

Agreed, I’m not a fan of herbal teas either.
Candy cane tea sounds divine.
That sucks about the thermostat, but I definitely need my house to be warm when I wake up, duct clicking and all.

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30 Sarah November 15, 2011 at 11:17 am

Sounds like you need a white-noise machine. We keep an air purifier in our bedroom for that reason (and allergies). Our old heating system rattles and wooshes and pings and dings so I totally understand.

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31 Amanda November 15, 2011 at 11:26 am

I’m also not really into herbal teas. I love the flavored black teas though. Just recently bought a cinnamon vanilla black tea at TJ’s!

My heater consistently wakes me up in the middle of the night. I rent and don’t have control over it, plus the pipes are super old (and loud). I’ve started wearing ear plugs when I go to sleep. It’s not ideal, but it works.

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32 katherina November 15, 2011 at 11:45 am

Aw it makes me sad you don’t love herbal brews! Mainly because blending herbs into delicious teas is one of my favorite pastimes <3 Adagio's Foxtrot is beyond delicious, if you're willing to give them another try! Also their raspberry patch & wild strawberry are great, if you like fruity teas. Adagio does have great flavored black teas, though, I'm glad you found some you like :)

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33 Mai November 15, 2011 at 11:56 am

I was inspired by this post to cut up apples and cook them with my breakfast, but ran out of time! Tomorrow’s breakfast it is. . . :)

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34 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats November 15, 2011 at 12:02 pm

My tea collection is dwindling fast and I need to restock! Do you have a favorite one that isn’t caffeinated? I prefer to drink my tea in the evenings!

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35 KathEats November 15, 2011 at 12:22 pm

The Rooibos Coco-mint is pretty awesome :)

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36 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] November 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm

such a purdy autumn plate!

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37 Gem November 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I totally agree about the herbal teas, fruit teas are even worse, yuck! So lots of flavours of black tea to try is definitely something else to look forward to when I eventually make it out to the US!

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38 Laura @ She Eats Well November 15, 2011 at 12:12 pm

That breakfast is absolutely beautiful! And as for the tea, I’m with you. I much prefer black teas over other types. And…now I really am craving a candy cane. Ha!

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39 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning November 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm

There is nothing worse than waking up 10 minutes before your alarm goes off! Let’s hope this weather passes quickly and we can get back to some early fall-like weather. I was so stoked when I saw that it was 61 degrees when I got up this morning (and that was at 4:30!)

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40 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Agreed with you on seared fruits – it makes a whole lotta delicious tastes :)

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41 Tracy November 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Love that Candy Cane from Adagio! It’s probably my favorite to date. Have you tried Chestnut yet? It’s also very good!

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42 Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness November 15, 2011 at 4:22 pm

I was going to say the same thing! So good!

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43 katie @KatieDid November 15, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Not a fan of most teas but maybe I should give black teas a try, I’m not sure that I ever have! And all your flavors sound so delicious everyday.

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44 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Yum! Looks fab! Candy Cane! Cool :)

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45 Molly@RDexposed November 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm

I just recently finally found a tea that I actually enjoy-other than my grandma’s amazing sweet tea! Mighty Leaf’s White Orchard is one of my favorites.

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46 Jennifer L November 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm

Alright, Kath. It’s confession time. I’ve been a reader of your blog for over a year now, and I never thought your oats were better than my oats. The honest truth is, I just dump everything in a bowl and microwave it. For the first time today I used a pot, thinly sliced banana, added pumpkin at the end… stir in a little pumpkin butter, peanut butter, and coconut and BAM! Way better! Even though I used the same amount of ingredients, it seemed like there was double the amount and great consistency.

Thanks for showing me the error of my oatmeal ways :)

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47 KathEats November 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

So so glad to read this!!! :)

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48 TeenyLittleSuperChef November 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Oh what an awesome idea about searing the pears. I’ve done that with bananas and apples before, don’t know why it never occurred to me to use pears. I love making bigger pancakes, mostly because they end up being really doughy in the middle and I like pancakes that are slightly undercooked. Weird huh? It also ends up soaking up more of the toppings and syrups, which makes it uber-tasty. Hmm, I think I need to get my butt in the kitchen and make some doughy pancakes right now.
P.S. Can’t wait til Friday when I can get my hands on some Chia Charger! (It is Friday, right?)

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49 KathEats November 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

It SHOULD be! Not 100% confirmed

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50 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy November 15, 2011 at 1:58 pm

candy cane tea sounds delicious!

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51 rachel November 15, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Hey there. I agree, the meal looks nice. However, sear means to burn, like with the surface of a steak or something. I think you just mean pan cook. The only reason I say this is because I am an editor, and I feel obligated to make corrections to language. Plus, about half of your commenters are now using the word incorrectly. Unless you just don’t care, which is your right, and in that case, happy burning!

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52 KathEats November 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Technically you may be correct, but to me pan-searing means to cook in a relatively dry pan and create a brown crust on the side -which was my goal with these pears. So the achieved crust means it was seared.

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53 sarah November 15, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Apparently, I’ve always used that word incorrectly! It seems that there must be a more descriptive term than simply “pan cook”, though. I’m just going to start referring to my creations as “half-assedly seared”, since I’m never actually interested in burning anything.

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54 rachel November 16, 2011 at 2:27 pm

How about caramelize?

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55 KathEats November 16, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Caramelized works

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56 Jen November 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm

So what is frying then? I’ve never understood the difference between frying something or sauteing or “pan-cooking” it in this case I guess. I know that “frying” has negative connotations of fatty food – but really if there’s a pan,heat, oil and food…isn’t it all the same? What makes “Frying” different?

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57 sarah November 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I just caramelized muh eggs!!
I can’t really use that, as I don’t cook fruit or things with sugar, so I’ll stick with pan fry or pan cook. Really, I will probably just start inventing my own terms.

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58 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio November 15, 2011 at 2:25 pm

Those pears look awesome— I’ve been MIA and I missed reading your blog these past few days.

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59 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Im all about the one big pancake whenever possible. Saves time and less little ones to mutilate in the process. I am a really bad pancake flipper. LOL :)

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60 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 15, 2011 at 3:40 pm

I never make pancakes anymore and I should. They’re always so good.

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61 Mahealani @ Beauty, Brains, and Balance November 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Mmm, warm pears are divine. I’m a Misto lover as well, it is so much fun to pump and use!

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62 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I’m having heater annoyances, too! The heater in my dorm room has a knob to turn the air on and control the level, but you can’t control when the heat ITSELF comes on. The heat kicked in a few weeks ago, but it’s been nicer out lately, so they’ve turned it back off. I’ve want it on a few times, though…annoying!

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63 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Candy cane tea is my favourite holiday tea! I just ran out though, so I need to get another box asap!

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64 Charise November 17, 2011 at 8:10 am

We are tea buddies. :) Herbal teas taste dirty and/or watered down to me. I am a black tea girl all the way, although I have not ventured into as adventurous flavors as you have.

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65 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 18, 2011 at 11:48 am

We have a honeywell thermostat as well and it took a while to get used to that warm “by” feature. Nice to know our guy wasn’t the only one who didn’t mention it ;)

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