Great Eight, Then Ate Great!

October 24, 2010


I can’t believe I ran 8 miles this morning!! They were eight greight miles too! I don’t get many chances to run with Meghann and Sarah and when I realized Meghann‘s training plan had 8 scheduled for today, it was the perfect chance for me to jump in. I’m hoping to increase my mileage slowly anyways to hopefully run a longer race in the spring. I told them I was a maybe last night – my stomach was full and body not primed for distance. But after a great night’s sleep, I was surprised with how good I felt when I got up.

Pre-run fuel: coconut water and a banana with Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter


We buzzed across the UVA grounds through neighborhoods, downtown and back, covering just over 8 miles. They went by FAST! Wheeee!!!


Tomorrow’s gonna be a good ole rest day : )

We got back just in time for quick showers and another round of house guests for breakfast!

The Party Continues


How do you make KERF oatmeal for 12?


I think I added a bit too much salt, but otherwise, the recipe is great for a crowd. Just add all ingredients to the pot and stir over medium heat until it’s nice and thick.


The addition of pumpkin to the whipped banana chia was unanimous!



Toppings bar





Pick a bowl, any bowl



I went crazy with toppings – so many choices!!!

  • Alliebar
  • Pumpkin butter
  • Coconut
  • Coconut butter
  • TJ’s PB
  • Hazelnut butter
  • Half a gingerbread cookie



I think I’m full until dinner!



The Agenda includes housecleaning, playing with my remaining guests and a trip to the Richmond Airport (3 hours, round trip).

Thanks to all who helped me celebrate this weekend!

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1 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 24, 2010 at 10:41 am

Aw, what a great way to end a great weekend! Have a safe trip and hopefully another great day!


2 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 24, 2010 at 10:42 am

I love seeing your breakfast on so many blogs- you’re quite the oatmeal chef!! And I’m obsessed with all the nut butters/other toppings. Such a great breakfast! Enjoy your day :)


3 stacey-healthylife October 24, 2010 at 10:42 am

I like the fun and simpleness of doing a big pot of oatmeal. Great idea for a large group.


4 Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 24, 2010 at 10:43 am

omg, that oatmeal table is amazing! I am amazed at the selection of nut butters/jams. I think I need to widen my selection a bit now…


5 Erin (Shortcut to Bliss) October 24, 2010 at 10:46 am

Sounds like another VERY full day! I love your oatmeal bar. What a fun and easy way to please a house full of guests. I will definitely try it as the holidays roll around.


6 Heather October 24, 2010 at 10:50 am

sounds like yall are having a great weekend! breakfast looks awesome!


7 Jean October 24, 2010 at 10:54 am

Since lurking around this blog I’ve certainly broadened my oatmeal style! Happened to see Alton Brown’s show on oats last week and noted that he says not to salt oatmeal until after it’s cooked. Of course he had a scientific reason, but I can’t remember it;-(


8 Kath October 24, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Oh no – I wonder why!!?! I’ve never had a problem!


9 Jean October 24, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Found the YouTube of the “don’t salt” part of his oats show.


10 Kath October 25, 2010 at 11:47 am

Thanks for the link. That’s very odd because I always get creamy oats! Maybe I’ll try salting at the end soon and seeing what happens


11 Darcy October 24, 2010 at 7:21 pm

It was because he said the salt would draw out the moisture from the oats instead of helping them hydrate, so add it after the fact once it’s cooked :)

The oatmeal sounds wonderful!! i’m processing a bunch of pumpkins this week..and am definitely going to try that!


12 Ashley October 24, 2010 at 10:56 am

We will oooobviously have to celebrate your bday in San Fran! :) I can’t believe you ran 8 miles this AM! IMpressive!


13 Maria October 24, 2010 at 10:57 am

Oh my Gosh, can I come to your house for breakfast? The toppings table looks like heaven. Such a good idea, might try it with my friends :) xxx


14 Camille October 24, 2010 at 11:05 am

Oh my gosh, what a breakfast spread! Epic!


15 Christie {Honoring Health} October 24, 2010 at 11:07 am

What an awesome oatmeal spread. I hope you guys have a great Sunday, it is gorgeous out!


16 holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 24, 2010 at 11:09 am

That oatmeal bar looks mighty impressive!

Glad you had a nice birthday weekend Kath!


17 Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 24, 2010 at 11:09 am

I wish I had that breakfast spread every morning! But then again putting about 15 different toppings on my oatmeal probably wouldn’t be the best choice every morning…


18 Gina October 24, 2010 at 11:14 am

Wow, what an amazing oatmeal spread. Your toppings are so creative.
You should open a restaurant based upon that :) I know I’d be there!


19 Marina October 24, 2010 at 11:21 am

I think KERF house is the best place for breakfast 😀
I’m glad you had fun, congrats on 8 miles!


20 The Wife of a Dairyman October 24, 2010 at 11:28 am

What a fun breakfast/brunch you had! Congrats on the 8 mile run too:)


21 Dimple Snatcher October 24, 2010 at 11:33 am

love how creative you are with oatmeal! i’m inspired :) & i want some like right now!


22 Simply Life October 24, 2010 at 11:33 am

what a fun morning/breakfast!


23 Tabitha (From Single to Married) October 24, 2010 at 11:42 am

Just wanted you to know that I thought of you today when I pulled out oatmeal and ate it for the first time in years! I didn’t do anything fancy, just put some brown sugar on it, but mmm… it was tasty! Glad you’re having a fun weekend. :)


24 Melissa October 24, 2010 at 11:48 am

I see AllieBars!!


25 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 24, 2010 at 11:55 am

That looks like the ultimate oatmeal buffet! I would have been in heaven with all those topping selections. 😀


26 Pat Kilmain October 24, 2010 at 11:56 am

What a great fun – and yet healthy – birthday weekend! Thanks for sharing it with us.


27 Grocery Goddess Jen October 24, 2010 at 11:56 am

Mmmm, cookies on oatmeal. Great combo.


28 hemp jogger October 24, 2010 at 12:03 pm

way to go! somehow i managed to knock out 8 mi, too…but oh the wind and hills :) helped i waited til mid-morning…had to talk myself into it.

just wanted to say another super huge THANKS for last night! was a great time, and hopefully no one thought i was a stalker, haha. hope to see you guys again soon!


29 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write October 24, 2010 at 12:17 pm

Wow oatmeal for 12! That’s alot!

Congrats on the 8 this morning! That’s a lot before breakfast!


30 Teresa @ Teresa Tastes & Travels October 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm

A perfect birthday weekend! :)


31 Meagan October 24, 2010 at 12:50 pm

What a lot of food!


32 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear October 24, 2010 at 12:51 pm

What a lovely bday weekend :)


33 Amy October 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm

I love your cute blue top! Looks like you’re having a great weekend. :)


34 Molly October 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Agreed! You should wear more blue Kath! Definitely your color!


35 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 24, 2010 at 1:01 pm

That may be some of the best oatmeal I’ve ever seen.


36 Marci October 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm

6.2 and then 8 is no slouch! I ran 8.5 yesterday and thought it was the best thing ever. I love how your get togethers are so focused around the home. I think it’s so nice! Makes celebrations more genuine and homemade in my opinion.


37 Dee October 24, 2010 at 1:57 pm

I love the oatmeal topping buffet! It’s so neat! It looks like you guys are having such a fab weekend! I loved reading all about it! :)


38 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm

wow!! Feeding 12 people, dang!

Congrats on upping your mileage. and it’s great yuo got to run with your friends, too!


39 Clare @ Fitting It All In October 24, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Goal in life: experience an oatmeal buffet at the KERF house


40 Balanced Healthy Life October 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm

I love the idea of having people over for breakfast and having an oatmeal bar!


41 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef October 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm

what a selection!


42 jenn October 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm

This is a question for matt: I cannot get my bread to be “fluffy” what gives? And how do I get it to be soft and fluffy? Thanks!


43 Matt October 24, 2010 at 4:27 pm

This could be a multitude of problems: not enough yeast, not allowing the yeast enough time or warmth to rise, not enough gluten to trap bubbles, too many dense ingredients making the dough collapse on itself, not baking warm enough to let steam increase oven spring, and lots of other possible causes.

I suggest getting Peter Reinhart’s Bread Baker’s Apprentice and starting there… you’ll learn so much about bread just through experience and then you’ll be able to solve your specific problem. Remember, bread baking requires some skill and to get better at any skilled job you have to practice, practice, practice!


44 Natalia - a side of simple October 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Great times :)


45 Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm

What a wonderful morning! I am in AWE of that oatmeal bar!!!


46 Allie October 24, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Mmmm your oatmeal bar looks amazing :)


47 Katharine October 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm

That oatmeal spread looks ah-mazing! The chia seeds are something I’ve yet to try but it all looks great! Makes me want to have oatmeal for dinner! 😉


48 Dave from Running Tips October 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Eight is a nice number for a run. Not crazy long, not real short. Is there a specific race you are planning for?


49 Kath October 24, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Not really. I’m hoping to run a half marathon sometime again – perhaps in the spring. And most likely the women’s 10 miler here in Cville. Assuming my legs + feet can handle the distances


50 sarah (the SHU box) October 24, 2010 at 4:32 pm

DUDE – i am SORE now! my poor achilles. that was so worth it though! next time we’ll have to run in CH.


51 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 24, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Best oatmeal buffet ever!! :)


52 [email protected] October 24, 2010 at 5:26 pm

That oatmeal bar looks epic! I hope you had an amazing birthday weekend! It’s so nice that you were able to share it with everyone :)


53 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 24, 2010 at 6:11 pm

Awesome oatmeal buffet! I love that you threw in gingerbread cookies to the mix. Gingerbread and oats are awesome together. 😀

Fabulous run, by the way!! 😀


54 Kiran October 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm

What a great idea to celebrate birthday! An oatmeal bar with wonderful toppings. YUM :)


55 Paige @Running Around Normal October 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm

Woo!! Nice job on the run, Kath :)
Holy freaking oatmeal – lucky house guests! haha


56 Gree October 24, 2010 at 7:03 pm

What a great idea for a brunch! I love the idea of a big, warm pot of oatmeal and lots of different toppings!


57 Stephanie October 24, 2010 at 7:09 pm

Wish I could have come to celebrate with ya’ll, so glad you had a great weekend!!! :)


58 ilana October 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm

So impressed you guys ran some more this AM! But bummed to have missed the oats. It was so much fun to celebrate with you and Matt!
Thanks for including us. T minus 2 til KERFday . . . 😉


59 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly October 24, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I will never get tired of being jealous of your oatmeal buffets. They look so, so fun and delicious. I just added two topping butters to my pantry today! I can’t wait to start adding them.


60 Hannah October 24, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Ah, but I bet you needed the salt after the run! Electrolytes and all 😛


61 Meghann October 25, 2010 at 5:18 am

Those 8 miles were greight! 😉

Thanks again for a wonderful weekend! Racing, Eating, Wining, Partying, Running, Oating…. ’twas an excellent weekend! Now, ou have to come to Orlando and I’ll show you my city. We won’t be able to ride ourbikes downtown, BUT we can fly high in the sky with Harry Potter. 😉


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