{Hand Crafted}

April 17, 2012

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This morning’s bowl of oatmeal was hand-crafted by Matt!

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Some days he’s up at 6 rushing to get to the bakery before first pan. Other days he takes his time – and makes me breakfast!

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I still can’t get over how different both of our versions of the same recipe taste! I think it’s mostly a thickness and chia seed difference (he leaves out the seeds – no idea why – and cooks it slightly thicker than I do)

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Whipped banana oats topped with simple homemade granola, Grandma Candy’s Jam + WF PB

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Mas agua [and aqua!]

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We ate together on the porch! Enjoy your day!

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1 Kat April 17, 2012 at 7:40 am

Agua! :-)

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2 Mom April 17, 2012 at 7:41 am

I love “before first pan.” Is that real bakery term?

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3 KathEats April 17, 2012 at 7:41 am

Yep!

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4 laura April 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

What does it mean?

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5 KathEats April 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

It’s when the first pan of bread goes into the oven

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6 Liz April 17, 2012 at 7:44 am

Your husband is a sweetheart! :)

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7 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 17, 2012 at 7:45 am

I have that bowl in blue!

Still need to try chia in my oats – I love a thick, creamy bowl!

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8 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats April 17, 2012 at 7:45 am

I definitely think chia seeds make a difference on taste and texture, I had some in my oats this morning! Apple cinnamon oats with egg whites mixed in!

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9 Ellie April 17, 2012 at 7:48 am

What a pretty bowl! I love Great Harvest! Just found out I am doing my dietetic internship at Appalachian State in Boone NC and one of the first things I checked was if they had a Great Harvest. They don’t :(

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10 KathEats April 17, 2012 at 7:49 am

They don’t :( Neither does Asheville.

But congrats on the match!

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11 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh April 17, 2012 at 7:50 am

Aww, that’s a good man you’ve got there! My Mr made my oatmeal one morning after I showed him how I made mine and he gave it to me all stirred up and it um…well, looked like it had already been eaten. I had to take a pic of it because I couldn’t stop laughing but I love the thought behind it! :)

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12 KathEats April 17, 2012 at 7:54 am

hahahah

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13 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries April 17, 2012 at 7:52 am

just had almost exactly the same breakfast! except mine had chia seeds and i didn’t top it with granola – should have though! i love when my husband is able to be at home for breakfast too. it’s rare, but special when he can!

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14 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers April 17, 2012 at 7:59 am

beautiful photos, as always, kath! eating breakfast on a sunny porch sounds like a great way to start the day!

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15 Catalina @ Cake with Love April 17, 2012 at 8:11 am

You always use so many toppings! Love it!

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16 Cait's Plate April 17, 2012 at 8:12 am

What a fabulous way to spend the morning :) I have yet to perfect the whipped banana oat recipe but I won’t stop trying til I get it!

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17 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 17, 2012 at 8:19 am

Lol, Matt appears to be in a very pensive mood this morning! Have a great day to you too, Kath!

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18 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

Perfect way to start the day in my opinion! I’m enjoying oats with my man right now too! Crazy how two people can make the same thing and it come out differently. Technique and slight changes of ingredients completely change a recipe. Have a great one Kath!

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19 zestycook April 17, 2012 at 8:26 am

Matt is a rock star!

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20 mary @ minutespermile April 17, 2012 at 8:35 am

what a nice husband! and morning! enjoy your day.

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21 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 17, 2012 at 8:56 am

It is the little gestures in life that mean the most…breakfast on the porch…very romantic! Love the yellow edging detail on the teatowel.

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22 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 17, 2012 at 9:06 am

Enjoying breakfast together must be a real treat with the bakery open! Glad you guys are getting some much deserved time together. :)

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23 kathleen @ the daily crumb April 17, 2012 at 9:06 am

awww what a sweet hubby!

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24 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning April 17, 2012 at 9:14 am

My husband takes on dinner duty often, but he’s only ever made me an omelet for breakfast. I’ll have to see if he can handle oatmeal… I’m a little skeptical. :)

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25 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat April 17, 2012 at 9:24 am

Love the bowl! Enjoy your day.

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26 Angel7 April 17, 2012 at 9:46 am

I am sure that Matt likes to be able to take a break from really early mornings every once and a while :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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27 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings April 17, 2012 at 9:52 am

The beauty of a GH lifestyle :) I relish the flexibility. Definitely times where it takes over life (holidays) but otherwise, it has the possibility of providing what feeds you. Love to see you and Matt making it work for you!!

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28 Susan @ Lawrence 785 April 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

So, so, so jealous of your porch! Can’t wait for the day I have my own house to put an awesome screened porch on :D

I tried to get some kerf-inspired sunbutter the other day and it was OUT OF STOCK. Boooooo.

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29 KhushbOo April 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

Any man that can make a decent bowl of oatmeal is defintely a keeper :)

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30 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope April 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

So nice of Matt to make you breakfast. :) It must be so relaxing to have breakfast on your porch. Jealous!

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31 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach April 17, 2012 at 10:22 am

Do you guys both get up at the same time every day or does it vary a lot? It seems like you get so much done in the morning!

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32 KathEats April 17, 2012 at 10:48 am

He’s usually gone when I get up, usually gone around 6:30. I don’t mind though. It’s more important to me to fall asleep together than wake up because even on weekends, we rarely wake up at the same time

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33 Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles April 17, 2012 at 10:23 am

So nice that you get breakfast made for you on a weekday! Wish I had a sun porch- looks so cozy!

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34 Chris April 17, 2012 at 10:39 am

Catching up on KERF today and worried about your hand; maybe wearing a wrist splint and using the mouse with your non-dominant hand for awhile? Hope it feels better!

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35 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 17, 2012 at 10:40 am

So nice when breakfast is made for you!

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36 j3nn April 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

His version of oatmeal looks tasty! I like it on the thick side.

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37 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 17, 2012 at 10:57 am

Recipes always have variation it seems, even when I try to make it the exact.same.way from one time to the next!

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38 Jasper Naomi {crunchylittlebites} April 17, 2012 at 11:31 am

This morning I ate my cereal milk and kiwi in the living room with the breeze blowing in from outside…tomorrow I think I’ll venture to the deck :)

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39 Annette @FitnessPerks April 17, 2012 at 12:11 pm

What a fun morning together :)

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40 Kelly Turner Fitness April 17, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Weirdly, I seem to only crave oats in the morning when it starts to heat up. I need to start stocking up on mix ins!

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41 Kate April 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Just noticed the straw in your agua and wanted to share a tip. I have a 10.5 month old and, like you, I was constantly thirsty when I was pregnant. I drank water all day long from a cup with a straw. Somewhere around the middle of my pregnancy I was getting incredibly uncomfortable gas pains (TMI?) during the middle of the afternoon everday. After much searching online, I decided to stop chewing gum and also stop using straws. From what I read, you “ingest” much more air when you chew gum and drink through straws and I think it had much more of an impact on me the more space the baby took up. Just a cautionary tale in case you start to experience anything similar. Bendy straws are fun though:-)

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42 Chloe Chow April 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm

How sweet :) I love seeing your breakfasts every morning, they are always drool-worthy! I know oatmeal isn’t always photogenic, but you sure know how to take a good picture. yum!

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43 donna April 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I made overnight oats for the first time last night. I had to force myself to finish it. It was like paste. Made me think of the glue I used in elementary school. I poured more milk over it, but it was still yucky. Yours always looks so good! I was so looking forward to it after all of your posts/pictures.
I used 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup greek yogurt, 1/2 banana, a lil PB, and some sweetener.
Did I leave something out?

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44 KathEats April 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Nope, that’s the texture I love. Maybe add more milk next time – and you can leave out the yogurt?

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45 Victoria April 18, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Kath,
I’ve been reading your blog for about a month now (found it looking for oatmeal recipes) and I just want to tell you how much I love it. I recently had a lumpectomy and discovered I will need a mastecomy, so I am looking at a more health conscious place to be, if that makes sense.
Your blog is my jumping off point.
BTW, you look so lovely.

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46 KathEats April 18, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Thanks so much Victoria, and best of luck with the surgery :(

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