Full Circle Sunflowers

August 5, 2012

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I am thankful for my body’s ability to sleep till 8:15 this morning!! Matt beat me and slept till almost 9. I had oatmeal waiting when he woke up!

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A lovely bowl of rolled oats (1/2 cup portion) made whipped banana oatmeal style but with a fresh peach instead of banana and cottage cheese stirred in at the end! I LIVE on bananas – I have at least half of one per day. But since they are not local and peaches are local and in season, I am going to live off of peaches this week.

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Topped with some sunflower butter and chocolate covered sunflower seeds for a Sunday treat!

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Some hot decaf on the side – it may still be summer, but my palate wants it to be fall soon!

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What’s with sunflowers pooping everywhere!? My dining room table is covered in pollen!

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My friends keep telling me I need a Sunday to just chill out and watch a movie. I have a few writing things to do this morning and might take a long walk, but otherwise, I might just make myself chill since all of our baby to-do list is complete!

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1 mary @ minutespermile August 5, 2012 at 9:56 am

Pretty pictures!! Enjoy your restful Sunday.

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2 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 5, 2012 at 9:57 am

I was so excited when I made it to 9a this morning. After last week’s craziness and subsequent lack of sleep, this weekend has been a dream.

I may have to go buy myself sun flowers after seeing this! :)

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3 Brooke August 5, 2012 at 10:05 am

You may or may not want to advice on the sunflowers, but, I had to jump in, since I work on a farm that grows and sells flowers at market. :)

We sell our sunflowers before they’ve been pollinated (we do that with all of the flowers). So, on our end, what we look for is a range of the sunflower being veryveryvery slightly opened (still nearly closed, but you can see the center), or, the petals are no more open than 90 degrees. Very occasionally we’ll catch a flower that’s open completely but has yet to be pollinated – you can tell this by looking at the center, which should be flat, not ‘fuzzy’. Once they’re picked and in the cooler, most will open further – sometimes fully.

All of this to say – what you can look for in flowers in general, and in sunflowers specifically, in order to find ones that will 1. last a really long time (up to two weeks if you change the water/keep them out of direct sunlight), and 2. won’t shed pollen everywhere, are centers that are still flat and tight. If the flower is super open and the middle is fuzzy, it will shed and it won’t last very long in the vase.

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4 KathEats August 5, 2012 at 10:16 am

Thanks for the tips!

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5 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 5, 2012 at 10:06 am

I’m having one of those antsy days that I want to do so much, but I know it needs to be a relaxing day. My husband and I rearranged our office yesterday so we can feel a little rejuvenated for the start of the busy season (school starts tomorrow for our boys). It feels so good to have a new clean set up! Made me think of your nesting! I hope you have a great day Kath!

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6 Becca August 5, 2012 at 10:13 am

Love the sunflower theme this morning!

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7 Laura @ She Eats Well August 5, 2012 at 10:18 am

I love sunflowers this time of year. I buy them for a few bucks at our local Farmers Market and they last so long….I’m looking at some from 2 weeks ago right now. Happy Sunday :)

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8 Rachel August 5, 2012 at 10:19 am

Pretty pictures! Love the sunflowers :) Breakfast looks great :)

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9 Lisa August 5, 2012 at 10:20 am

Don’t watch Forrest Gump. You’ll bawl your eyes out. Or maybe that’s just me. ;)

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10 Christine August 5, 2012 at 10:27 am

Love the sunflowers!

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11 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 5, 2012 at 10:39 am

love sunflowers and how BRIGHT and cheery this post is!

and also love sunflower butter :)

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12 Diane @ life of di. August 5, 2012 at 12:04 pm

What a perfect breakfast :) I love sunflowers and they look great next to your oats :)

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13 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm

If it makes you feel better, i’m ALWAYS up early! Haha I was excited that I managed to sleep on and off until 6:30 this morning!

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14 Angel7 August 5, 2012 at 2:34 pm

It is a great feeling when a to-do list is accomplished!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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15 Julie August 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Kath, what is the brand of the covered sunflower seeds? That would brighten a morning! Beautiful pictures.

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16 KathEats August 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I am not sure – they were a party favor :(

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17 kristen August 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm

@julie – trader joe’s sells them :)

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18 Julie August 6, 2012 at 10:29 am

Thanks! Not exactly a health essential but putting them on my TJ list!!!

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19 Brooke August 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Julie, looks like Trader Joe’s carries them!

They’re called ‘Chocolate Sunflower Seed Drops':

http://www.traderjoes.com/lists/no-gluten.asp#2

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20 Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) August 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Enjoy your restful Sunday! :D

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21 Suz@avocadoandbasil August 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Love the sunflower theme! Such pretty photos.

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22 Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself August 5, 2012 at 4:36 pm

My palate is also craving fall!! I want some winter squash and apples right now!

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23 Lauren August 5, 2012 at 4:47 pm

This is the most adorable bowl of oatmeal I’ve ever seen! When in the cooking process do you add cottage cheese to your oats? I’ve been curious about it – I’m not really a cottage cheese person but it’s a great way to add extra protein to my favorite breakfast. How would you describe the flavor of cottage cheese oats?

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24 KathEats August 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I stir it in at the end. It’s kind of like a cheese danish in flavor!

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25 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 5, 2012 at 7:39 pm

I eat a banana every day too – it’s my one exception to eating local fruits/veggies in the summer! If only I could grow my own banana tree. :P

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26 Julie August 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I love a lazy Sunday – hope you did too!

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27 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 5, 2012 at 9:48 pm

“pooping” everywhere, haha!

The flowers are gorgeous. I hope you enjoyed your Sunday :)

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28 Lisa @bitesforbabies August 6, 2012 at 12:49 am

This might sound odd but I could look at those pics all day…I love food and I LOVE sunflowers!!!

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29 Maria@Sinfully Nutritious August 6, 2012 at 5:52 am

My palate is craving fall also. Even with my abundant supply of tomatoes and basil, pumpkin is beginning to creep into my mind!

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30 Emma August 6, 2012 at 9:43 am

1. “Sunflower poop” had me in stitches!!
2. How do you store half a banana – in a plastic bag in the fridge? Do they go brown?

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31 KathEats August 6, 2012 at 10:25 am

In the fridge, in the peel

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32 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut August 6, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I live on bananas, too! (And the fact that they are 19 cents at Trader Joe’s makes me SO happy!)

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33 MommyPage August 6, 2012 at 4:14 pm

That’s a great idea to substitute bananas for peaches. Your oatmeal looks delcious, as always!

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