Knock On Wood

March 24, 2012

When I came home from the movie yesterday, Matt led me onto the porch to show me his finished surprise!


We got these two pieces of reclaimed wood during porch construction (we were considering involving them but decided not to) and they’ve been sitting in the corner ever since. I asked Matt if he had any ideas on what we could do with them and a coffee table was brainstormed.

I swear he gets handier every day!! I have no idea how he knew how to do this, but the guy loves science and math and made a plan. The feet are pipes from Lowes.


He has promised to give a few more details on assembly in a future post.


It honestly didn’t occur to me until this morning that this would make a perfect food photography stage!!!


I’ve been craving overnight oats all week but every night I was too tired to make them. Last night I forced myself and was so glad I did! SO GOOD!

1/3 cup oats, milk, greek yogurt, 1/2 tbsp chia seeds, pinch salt, pinch cinnamon, half banana, 5 strawberries, all soaked together raw in the fridge overnight.

This morning I topped it off with Uncle Sam (freeze dried strawberry!) and Sunbutter



Hot Oolong tea


On this rainy rainy day, which I am thankful for because it means more blooming is coming!



Happy Weekend!

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1 Allie@LiveLaughEat March 24, 2012 at 8:10 am

Looks fabulous!! Nice work, Matt. I’ve been thinking of having Peter build me a rustic looking coffee table for food photos for years now. All our tables are way awkward.


2 Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not March 24, 2012 at 8:11 am

I love that table! I wish I knew how to build furniture..but I have a hard enough time putting together pieces from Ikea :p


3 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 24, 2012 at 8:12 am

That table looks so neat, and how great of Matt to have done it himself! I love the look of reclaimed wood, and the sustainability factor of it! And smart of you to be thankful for the rain. It rained all day here in Chicago yesterday and I was so annoyed! I forget that the rain does such great things and that I should be thankful!


4 Amanda March 24, 2012 at 8:13 am

I love that table top! I’m hoping to make something similar and use it for food photography!


5 Mattie @ Comfy and Confident March 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

Nice work Matt!! My dad makes benches like that a lot. Homemade furniture adds so much to a home!


6 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles March 24, 2012 at 8:22 am

That table is perfect! I LOVE it!!! …. Way to go, Matt! :) You two will enjoy that for years and years to come!


7 Ma Fea March 24, 2012 at 8:24 am

Table looks great, Matt!
I have to once again thank you, Kath. You have inspired so many changes in my life, and each time I stick to making the changes, I feel better. Yesterday I was sending you grateful thoughts all day. I’d gone to the midnight release of Hunger Games (I’m WAAAAYYY to old to do this anymore, but it’s such fun, I just had to go!), and decided to just stay up and go straight to work (another poor, but fun decision). I teach 6th grade Music, and I knew I would need energy, so I whipped up a batch of delicious oats, with energy-boosting mix-ins, all inspired by you, and lo and behold, I made it through a day of singing, dancing, and fun. Thanks so much for reminding me that eating well pays off every day!


8 KathEats March 24, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Thanks so much Ma! Hope you survived the day!


9 Radha March 24, 2012 at 8:27 am

Great coffee table! He is good!


10 Anne March 24, 2012 at 8:33 am

Your bench looks awesome!!


11 Jacqueline@digintobooks March 24, 2012 at 8:34 am

That is SUCH a beautiful way to use the old wood!!! I love it! And you’re right, it looks gorgeous as a backdrop for food. Happy weekend!


12 Heather @ Run Eat Play March 24, 2012 at 8:37 am

Great table! So handy! :) And your oats look awesome, as usual.


13 Heather March 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

I love it! And you know it would be hundreds of dollars at pottery barn!


14 Khushboo March 24, 2012 at 8:41 am

Table looks great!


15 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance March 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

My boyfriend’s parents actually have a table sort of like that – I think it’s so cool! Great backdrop for photos too!


16 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 24, 2012 at 8:45 am

The second I saw that table I thought “wow, what an awesome spot for food photos!!” Tell Matt he did an awesome job. I need to find me some old wooden planks! :)


17 Greta @ Staying Lost March 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

Wow, the table makes a beautiful background for photos. I’d be interested in hearing more about how he did it!


18 Kim March 24, 2012 at 8:57 am

Nice table indeed. If it were me (and clearly it is not:-)) I would paint the legs. I think it would look super sharp then


19 wymberley March 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

I made a table similar to this using an old door. I love the use of galvanized steel plumbing! But may I make a suggestion? I would take the anchors off the bottom and get rubber caps for the legs. You can find them in many sizes at home depot for around .25 a piece.


20 Lisa March 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

I just picked up a cookbook at the library based on your review of Jenni’s splended salted caramel ice cream. She has a book and that recipe is in there!


21 Kelly @ Vegolosophy March 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

Very cool bench table!!!! Enjoy your weekend!


22 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles March 24, 2012 at 9:05 am

What a great idea for your reclaimed wood! I should do a bit of scrounging around and see what I can come up with…recycling at it’s best…way to go!


23 trillingslied March 24, 2012 at 9:06 am

Absolutely gorgeous. And it fits so perfectly with your porch! Must have been made for it 😉

I love anything made from reclaimed wood or other materials; it’s something I grew up with. The interior walls of my family’s house are made of reclaimed barn board, and my dad (a self-taught carpenter) built all kinds of things from old wood and the like.


24 Aubrey March 24, 2012 at 9:07 am

Hey Kath. I have been a reader for a while now and I just have to ask, do you have any real stresses in your life or things that really, truly bring you down? I am sure “the grass is always greener” saying applies here, but it just seems like everything is so well put together in your life and you are wildly happy and content with your life. If that really is the case, then bless you and please bottle your happiness and sell it to the rest of us! Just a blue day for me I guess, keep up the great blogging.


25 KathEats March 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Yes, absolutely. Bakery problems, financial worries, family drama, bad days. But most of the time it’s just not appropriate for me to blog about.


26 Olivia March 24, 2012 at 9:19 am

Oh that is a really nice table and a really great use for that wood!


27 Andrea March 24, 2012 at 9:35 am

That table is AWEsome! Seriously, props to him! I love when people use reclaimed wood instead of brand new. Such a better decision for so many reasons! Have a wonderful day, Kath!


28 Angel7 March 24, 2012 at 9:45 am

That coffee table is sooo cool! You both are very creative people, and I am sure that the baby will be creative as well :)


29 Mindy March 24, 2012 at 9:59 am

The table looks awesome! My boyfriend is also quite the handy man… I need to make him get busy over the summer! I think it’s a perfect background for the food- it puts that much more emphasis on the food with no distractions!


30 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 24, 2012 at 10:02 am

love the table!! the rustic look is beautiful, especially for a photography backdrop! nice job matt!


31 Ingunn March 24, 2012 at 10:15 am

Awesome table! We’ve been thinking about making something similar. We’ll have to get hold of wood somewhere though..


32 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 24, 2012 at 10:39 am

Great table makes a Great backdrop!


33 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 24, 2012 at 10:40 am

The very first thing I thought when I saw that was, now she has a built in amazing photography backdrop without doing anything else…it looks fabulous! Props to Matt for masterminding it!


34 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) March 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

Thanks again Kath for taking the time to meet me yesterday and organize that surprise! I was DEFINITELY surprised :) And lunch was great!

Hope you had fun at the Hunger Games last night! Our sushi at Ten was great. We had a calamari tempura that was delicious too!


35 KathEats March 24, 2012 at 4:52 pm

Thanks for comin’ down! Glad your dinner was good!


36 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 24, 2012 at 11:03 am

I love that table!!! I’m so jealous of your little cute sunny spot!


37 Molly @ RDexposed March 24, 2012 at 11:22 am

Early sleep ruined my plan for overnight oats this morning. I should probably start making it as soon as I get off of work becaus anytime after that is free game for bedtime!


38 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

Nice work Matt!

Here it is sunny and beautiful–so happy about that :)


39 Caitlin March 24, 2012 at 11:38 am

what a nice surprise!


40 jojo March 24, 2012 at 11:40 am

That is so neat that he made that with is own hands!
I think people don’t make things from scratch enough these days..(including me).
It sure is a beautiful to photograph on 😀


41 Stephanie March 24, 2012 at 11:52 am

I have that very same bowl only mine is pink! I love to eat my oats out of it!


42 Erin Motz March 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

Love love love LOVE that table!


43 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm

That table is awesome and really does make the PERFECT backdrop for food photog! NICE work Matt! :)


44 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama March 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Great job on the table, Matt! I’ve seen similar pieces in stores for over $500. Amazing what a little piece of old wood and pipes from Lowe’s can do for WAY less than $500.

My husband amazes me with his handiness. He gutted our bathroom and remodeled it all by himself. I never knew he was crafty when I married him!


45 j3nn March 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

That was my first thought: Awesome food background!


46 Michelle (Better with Berries) March 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm

It seems like every other pin on pinterest uses reclaimed wood. Guess it’s popular! – Matt did a great job putting that table together, it looks awesome!


47 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen March 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm

That is amazing! I immediately thought of how great a photo background that would make. I’ve been trying to convince my husband to help me with a few natural wood backgrounds, so far he’s not so psyched about that though. haha. Love it as a coffee table too!


48 Kimberly March 24, 2012 at 1:08 pm

What an interesting and unique table. I never would have thought to put the old, worn boards on modern, industrial legs. And then to put that on the new porch with all those clean lines…very different! What a great place for oatmeal photography! Those oats look great in the new setting.


49 Alison March 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Fabulous table! I like the recycled nature of it.


50 Paulina (One Smile Ahead) March 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm

The coffee table is absolutely beautiful! Awesome job Matt! I’m really hoping we’ll get more details on the assembly soon. I would love to build myself one of these :]


51 SB March 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Love the table, good job by Matt. But, little fingers might find it a bit rough and a great place to stick their tongue! Just warning you for when baby comes along…..


52 kathleen @ the daily crumb March 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm

so clever! you are lucky to have such a handy hubby :)


53 Kerry @ Totes My Oats March 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm

What a neat idea for the table!


54 Michelle @ Esculent Dreams March 24, 2012 at 3:13 pm

oh yes…that “i’m SO TIRED is it still worth it to make overnight oats?..” feeling! i go through that nearly every night… but have NEVER ONCE regretted it when morning comes!

great looking table, matt’s quite talented!


55 Kristen March 24, 2012 at 3:18 pm

That table is SO cool! I can’t wait to read Matt’s post!


56 Xiomara @ March 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Love the table! You are very lucky to have such a handyman for a husband!


57 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family March 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I’ve been obsessed with uncle SAMs cereal original on my yogurt lately. Such a good crunch and an awesome ingredient list!


58 Megan @ Megan's Munchies March 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Your man is awesome! That coffee table is fabulous!


59 Amelia March 24, 2012 at 10:50 pm



60 Lindsay March 25, 2012 at 6:45 am

That table manages to fabulously rustic AND modern. GREAT job Matt. Now teach my hubby some thrifty skills!


61 Mom March 25, 2012 at 7:39 am

Love the table. Looks fab on the porch!


62 vista orthodontist March 25, 2012 at 9:26 pm

You’re right, the table looks great as a background for your food photos! Speaking of overnight oats, I should get mine ready for tomorrow.


63 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings March 26, 2012 at 8:33 am

Beautiful! Love the table and the creative process :)


64 Lauren March 26, 2012 at 9:40 am

Hi! My name is Lauren and I’m from NJ :) I really enjoy checking your blog and am so excited to see you are expecting a baby! Congratulations! Would you mind telling me exactly how you make the overnight oats? I would love to try making them. They sound delicious and very healthy.

Thank you!


65 KathEats March 26, 2012 at 11:20 am

Hey Lauren!

Here’s a post on how to make them:



66 Lauren March 26, 2012 at 2:50 pm

thanks so much :)


67 Sabrina April 29, 2014 at 9:17 pm

Trying this recipe tonight, can’t wait to see how it turns out in the morning!! First overnight oats I’ve made, but I’ve been wanting to try it out. So many yummy options!


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