June 29, 2010

FINALLY slept well :) But I may have stayed up too late reading The Tale of Edgar Sawtelle! It’s a beautifully written book. Our whole family is reading it for the Beach Trip Book Club next week.

[Ahhhhhh I’m going to the beach next week!!!!]

Romeo was gone by 2:20 this morning. He’s got an extra few miles to bike to work from Karen’s. I barely stirred when he got in the shower. As the wife of a baker, you learn to tune early morning sounds out.

I woke up myself at 5:26 and knew I wanted something low key for breakfast. Karen keeps talking about cereal with banana, and that sounded good to me!

Photographed on the Juliet balcony

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The line-up

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Zoom in on the trail mix – Bear Naked sent me this to review. It’s beyond more than just another trail mix. The flavor is awesome (very appley!) and I LOVED the clusters of granola in there! It  made an excellent cereal topping

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More filling than I ever wouldda thunk! The key to making cereal filling? Eat MORE! A 250 calorie bowl would only keep me full for 2 hours. Double that for a satisfying 5-hour breakfast. And be sure to add some fat and use a milk with protein!

Works for me: breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper.

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I’m loving the new routine of just pushing "go" on the coffee pot in the AM. I never understood what all the hype was about with the whole "I can’t function before my coffee" mentality. I can function fine, but it sure makes breakfast nice when the machine is all ready to go. I love me some French press…but I’m thinking I might need some kind of programmable machine after we leave Karen’s….

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  • I practice being an RD again
  • I give my case study presentation
  • We sign our house closing papers
  • I play with Caitlin and Hangry 

Get busy!

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1 Cassie @ Tasteful Tales June 29, 2010 at 5:57 am

I love my programmable coffee maker. I set it the night before so that when my alarm goes off in the morning, I wake up to the smell of brewing coffee – nothing better πŸ˜‰


2 Courtney @ Three Months June 29, 2010 at 6:00 am

I love that black & white mug – so adorable!
I hear ya on the coffee issue…I hold my french press near and dear to my heart, but sometimes it would be nice to wake up and not have to worry about it! Luckily, my husband is usually in charge of it – for which I’m grateful!


3 Artemis @ t.a.p.e.s.t.r.y June 29, 2010 at 6:00 am

‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper’

This really is the way to do it! Did you know supper comes from the old school French word ‘souper’? It’s the last meal of the day that’s supposed to be a simple soup and a little somethin’ else. Our ancestors knew what was up!


4 [email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ June 29, 2010 at 6:10 am

The outside shot works perfectly. I agree with the breakfast lunch dinner thing. My biggest meal is breakfast and then it gets smaller as we get to dinner. My husband get’s up at 2:45am and I have learned to tune all the sounds out also.


5 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 29, 2010 at 6:15 am

You are going to have such a fun day!


6 Jo June 29, 2010 at 6:22 am

2:20 am? Forget it! Thats crazy! And I thought being out the door by 5:30 am for baking shifts was hardcore!

Also, I buy that same granola. Love it :)


7 Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 29, 2010 at 6:28 am

Good luck on your presentation!!!


8 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 29, 2010 at 6:30 am

Mmmmm…cold cereal and banana is one of my favorite summer breakfasts, no doubt.

Have fun with the girls!


9 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 29, 2010 at 6:32 am

Mmm…your cereal looks delicious! πŸ˜€ I agree with everything you said about making it more filling. I also find that using yogurt in place of milk makes it even more filling (even if it’s not necessarily greek yogurt.)

Best of luck with today’s to-do!! Everything sounds so exciting. πŸ˜€


10 Marisa (Loser for Life) June 29, 2010 at 6:35 am

Wow, that Bear Naked trail mix looks delicious! I think I cannot buy it. No restraint. Trail mix and I have issues… πŸ˜‰

Have a great day, Kath!


11 Hannah June 29, 2010 at 6:35 am

Oooh, food blogger meet -up! Fun! Can’t wait to catch the recap – and I love your mug!


12 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies June 29, 2010 at 6:36 am

Ohh good to know that that BearNaked is good – I’m in the market for some new granola! haha


13 Estela @ Weekly Bite June 29, 2010 at 6:47 am

Going to the beach next week is really something to look forward too!

Have a great day :)


14 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 29, 2010 at 6:47 am

I love mixing my cereals! Most people think I am strange for mixing them, but I love the combination of flavors! I used to love the coffee pot, but now we have a Keurig. It is a single pod system. We like having the flexibility to have the strength of coffee we want, reg or decaf, hot chocolate and tea. It’s nice brewing the perfect amount every time! Anyway, thought I would throw that out there for you to think about! Good luck today!


15 Laura June 29, 2010 at 8:15 am

I agree about the Keurig. Ever since I’ve gotten one I could NEVER turn back! My mom still uses regular drip coffee and when we both wake up at the same time I’m sitting down with my coffee when she’s still setting hers up!


16 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) June 29, 2010 at 6:48 am

I wan’t try Uncle Sam cereal, but I can’t find it at my Whole Foods. What’s is like?


17 Kath June 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Eh – not that great.


18 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) June 29, 2010 at 6:49 am

What’s it like? **


19 The 50 Best Health Blogs June 29, 2010 at 6:49 am

“The key to making cereal filling? Eat MORE!”

Well, okay, that kinda makes sense, but that wouldn’t be good for my diet.

Wait. What diet? Maybe I’ll start tomorrow.

I’m always on the “Tomorrow Diet.” :(


20 Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com June 29, 2010 at 6:52 am

I love mixing cereal for breakfast! And I couldn’t live w/o a push-button coffee maker. I just fix the coffee before my shower, push on and it’s ready when I’m done! Makes my morning, every morning πŸ˜€


21 Simply Life June 29, 2010 at 6:52 am

oh that cereal mix looks delicious!


22 Wei-Wei June 29, 2010 at 7:09 am

Good luck on your presentation, Juliet! We studied Romeo and Juliet in English class this year, and let me tell you, it was NOT fun. (Mainly because that was the second time.) I love your balcony! And have fun with the girls! :)



23 Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches June 29, 2010 at 7:16 am

I haven’t cereal + milk for breakfast in forever b/c it just doesn’t keep my full. Maybe if I added some nut butter like you did, it might satisfy me for longer. Usually, when I’m craving a cereal crunch, I add the cereal to some yogurt. Let us know if your breakfast this morning satisfies you as much as your other breakfasts! I’m curious….


24 Kath June 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm

It definitely didn’t work AS well as other breakfasts (like yesterday’s pancakes!!) but it held me from 7-12 without much trouble.


25 Emily June 29, 2010 at 7:20 am

Even better than just pushing the go button = ready when the alarm clock goes off! It seriously revolutionized my morning, and its much easier (and tastier!) to have fresh ground if you do it the night before! Love the balcony!


26 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy June 29, 2010 at 7:42 am

I really love that your family does book clubs! :) I think me and my dad are the only ones in my family who really like to read, so I don’t think that’s going to happen in my family anytime soon!


27 Heather (Heather's Dish) June 29, 2010 at 7:45 am

aw, juliet balconies are the best! it sounds like you’re going to be having an amazing day!


28 Jenny June 29, 2010 at 7:51 am

I love your breakfast, lunch and dinner theory!


29 Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries June 29, 2010 at 7:53 am

Edgar Sawtelle is an amazing book!! I got it last year for Christmas. And I’m going to be on the lookout for that granola; I love Bear Naked’s stuff!


30 Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! June 29, 2010 at 7:55 am

I have heard programmable coffee makers can change a person’s life. True story :)


31 Sara (Running with Teaspoons) June 29, 2010 at 7:56 am

β€˜breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper’

I’ve heard this so many times, and I’ve also tried eating more like this… but for some reason, no matter how much or what I eat at breakfast (whole wheat, milk, protein, etc.. anywhere from 150 calories to 500 calories) I am hungry two hours later. The only exception is when I pig out at a restaurant brunch on a weekend! And then I find I eat more over the course of a day than if I’d had a very small breakfast… does anyone else feel that way? I know I should eat in the morning to jump start my metabolism and give me fuel, but I am often not hungry for the first several hours of my morning.


32 Julz June 29, 2010 at 8:02 am

yum! now I’M craving cereal!


33 Brynne June 29, 2010 at 8:02 am

Your day sounds like it’s going to be so much fun! Programmable coffee makers are one of the best inventions everrrr – it’s almost like having a butler .. but not really :)


34 Samantha June 29, 2010 at 8:05 am

Do you think your dinners are lighter than your breakfasts? All three of your meals usually look around the same to me…


35 Kath June 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Actually you’re right. However if any meal is smaller it’s often lunch or dinner. I don’t skimp on breakfast much.


36 Daniel June 29, 2010 at 8:05 am

I agree with the person above me (so long as I didn’t take too long to post this comment!) that breakfast always wears off within a few hours regardless of what I eat. I kind of like it that way though because then after oatmeal I can whip out a bowl of frozen fruit and yogurt with granola πŸ˜›

I really like how you mix a ton of different cereals and even use a granola for topping them, that’s very creative and neat, I’ll have to try it!

And a quick question, from a dietitian’s perspective, what is your view on fat free vs. low fat vs. whole fat milk, yogurt and cheese? Just curious as every doctor is different!


37 Kath June 29, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I often do get hungry after a few hours, but hunger is a normal process to build up to the next meal!

I think low-fat is the way to go. The full fat isn’t really necessary and skim milk/yogurt is just as nutrient dense (calcium) as full fat versions. The fat is not needed. But fat-free products are too far on the spectrum. I do eat fat-free greek yogurt often, but mostly because I think it tastes great. I prefer 1% milk and definitely full fat cheeses and cottage cheese.


38 Marissa June 29, 2010 at 8:09 am

Mmm, I’m rekindling my love of cereal, too! Its so good. I wonder who was the first person to discover cold cereal?


39 Kristin (Salty Tooth) June 29, 2010 at 8:15 am

Yum, cold cereal and a banana. I know what I’m having for breakfast!


40 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale June 29, 2010 at 8:32 am

I had that feeling all day the day we bought our house… Something about being with attorneys and signing all those papers made me totally anxious! I bet you’ll feel better after your house is sold and done. It’s such a long process, and it always feels like it’s not over til it’s truly over, you know?!


41 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf June 29, 2010 at 8:40 am

My husband likes to “be up” dang early, and it doesn’t bother me. I’m asleep like a rock when he gets up, and it actually helps me rest better when I have an hour or so of the bed to myself!

I LOVE Kashi Cinnamon Harvest! I’ve got a box in my cupboard and I think most of it has ended up as a snack than as breakfast…

Nice note about making cereal more filling! I’ll have to try that whenever I’m finally able to spend 500 calories on one meal…

We have a programmable coffeemaker. The husband programs it so that he doesn’t even have to turn it on in the morning. It automatically starts at 7:00 AM! Only bad part is that he has to grind the coffee the night before and he feels that it sort of defeats the purpose of fresh ground coffee.


42 Mastering Public Health June 29, 2010 at 4:56 pm

Ditto on Kashi’s “Organic Promise” shredded-biscuit line (Autumn Wheat, Cinnamon Harvest, Island Vanilla). Kashi almost always has a $1 off coupon available, too.


43 Lindsay @ The Ketchup Dairies June 29, 2010 at 8:41 am

Congrats on signing your new papers!


44 Marilou @ Mostly Healthy June 29, 2010 at 8:41 am

How cute is your family to have a beach trip book club? hehehe


45 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats June 29, 2010 at 8:48 am

You should check out the Keurig coffee maker. It’s brews a single cup in under a minute – I LOVE it! It’d be perfect for those mornings when it’s just you drinking a cup (Matt’s at work, etc.)


46 Katie @ peacebeme June 29, 2010 at 8:58 am

Edgar Sawtelle is really good, I just finished it, I especially love Almondine. :)


47 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 29, 2010 at 9:30 am

Awww Juliet balconies are so cute! I have always loved them :)


48 Allie June 29, 2010 at 9:40 am

Haha loved the Romeo & Juliet reference. Karen’s house is so gorgeous! Especially the pool :) Lucky that you get to stay there.


49 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 29, 2010 at 9:49 am

Ooh you have a great day lined up! Good luck in the presentation :)
I love that dine like a prince etc thing – so cool :)


50 Callie June 29, 2010 at 9:50 am

I love that black and white mug. :) Actually, I love all your dishes.


51 Evelyn @ cheers2healthy June 29, 2010 at 9:58 am

Eep! Good luck with your presentation! I am so bad when it comes to that sort of thing : P


52 Sarah June 29, 2010 at 9:59 am

I just stumbled across your blog and have been enjoying it very much!! I was wondering if you follow any bloggers. If so, which ones? BTW, your food preparation is lovely, I always feel that the more care you put into your meals, the more satisfying they are.


53 Kath June 29, 2010 at 1:15 pm

I do! But I havent’ been reading much since my internship started in January. I don’t want to name favorites either! But there’s a ton of links on my blogroll page :)


54 [email protected] June 29, 2010 at 10:01 am

What a great day! Glad you get to play later. Good luck with the presentation!


55 maxinthegym June 29, 2010 at 10:09 am

So glad you got to sleep well :) I know I cannot function properly when deprived of sweet sweet slumber. Good luck on your presentation!

I hate that cereal doesn’t leave me full :( I could just eat the entire box hahaha


56 Diana @ frontyardfoodie June 29, 2010 at 10:20 am

I love a good bowl of cereal with a banana in it! It’s super fast and filling! Although I always get really thirsty while eating it. Not sure why.


57 Mary Frances June 29, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Is it a high sodium cereal? Or maybe you are thirsty because (assuming you get at least 8 hours sleep and you did not drink right before bed or before breakfast and do a few things to get ready before breakfast) you have not had anything to drink for nearly 12 hours (half a day). Are you drinking other beverages (usually have added sodium) besides your (hopefully) minimum of 64 ounces of daily water?


58 The Wife of a Dairyman June 29, 2010 at 10:25 am

Sounds like you have a busy, big day ahead of you. Good luck with your presentation :)


59 lynn (The Actors Diet) June 29, 2010 at 10:33 am

glad you’re getting sleep again – i have been back on my 7-8 hours the last week and it’s been marvelous!


60 Heather June 29, 2010 at 11:19 am

Cereal never filled me up until I started adding soy nut butter.

I hate nights where you can’t sleep – I had one of those Sunday night.

Enjoy your day and good luck with the presentation!


61 Kerri June 29, 2010 at 11:20 am

Busy Day! I hope all goes well.


62 Laura June 29, 2010 at 11:21 am

such a simple, yet scrumptious looking breakfast xx


63 Stacey June 29, 2010 at 11:32 am

I love cereal and fruit for breakfast but only on the weekends for some reason. Weird I know! I am munching my way through museli this week though ’cause of all the hot weather, it’s a nice alternative to hot oats. And I agree about the serving size. Does anyone actually eat just the reccommended serving and not get hungry an hour later! Hope you have a fab day.


64 Alyssa June 29, 2010 at 12:36 pm

If you are lovin’ your just push and go coffee maker, you will absolutely love the Cuisinart Grind and Brew. This thing is amazing! Talk about fresh coffee. You can either put in whole beans or grounds, it does both! You can program it to start up in the morning as well, so your coffee is ready as soon as you crawl out of bed.

Good luck today with your case study!



65 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear June 29, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Haha, funny that you say 2.20 is early morning and 5.26 morning when you wake up πŸ˜€ both are middle of the night for me!


66 Mary Frances June 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Geeze, with all those comments I thought you would have had at least half a dozen comments about that coupon on the Bear Naked Trail Mix. Don’t forget to take it off before you finish it up!


67 Rebekah June 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I read Edgar Sawtelle for my book club! I hope that you post a review after your family book club. I would love to hear what others think of it. I loved it!


68 Amy June 30, 2010 at 3:56 am

Hey Kath, I came across your blog about two weeks ago…and i love it! Your breakfast combinations are my favourite part as this is definitely my favourite meal of the day and i LOVE porridge/oatmeal! So thank you for all the amazing varieties! I was just wondering after reading about how you used to calorie count-did you eat this kind of breakfast then? And if so, did you just estimate the overall breakfast or did you add up each thing individually?



69 Kath June 30, 2010 at 5:37 am

Hey Amy! I used to keep a food journal online and would tally up my breakfast ingredients there. I did eat oatmeal bowls like I do now. They were probably not quite as elaborate because I hadn’t gotten into blogging and all the fun toppings, but they were still probably 400-500 calories.


70 Tia July 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Love love love your blog, been stalking under the radar for awhile, thought I would finally make a comment and stop being creepy! Your breakfasts always look SO YUM! So jealous, I’m in the weightloss process so that would be entirely to many calories for me but I do eat a similar scaled back version. Very random but those countertops in the place your staying are flipping gorgeous! What is that, granite? I couldn’t imagine waking up at 220 for work, he must go to sleep at like 8! When I was younger my dad left for work at 3:30AM and he was ALWAYS in bed by 8! I’m up for work everyday at 6 and that seemed like a accomplishment for me haha! Anyways! I’m rambling!! Hope your splendid :)


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