Loved Breakfast, Hate My Computer

July 13, 2009

Gahhhhhh I need a new desktop computer!!! It has taken me almost 30 minutes to get to this point in blogging. I can get here in THREE minutes on my laptop. My desktop is 4 years old and soooooo slow. I defragmented a week ago and nothing changed. I have a few errors that come up everytime I restart. I don’t have the time or bravery to reinstall everything right now,  nor do I have the money to take it to a repair shop. I might have to just smash it in my backyard and revert to laptop only use. Oh, and the Eye-Fi is broken again, probably the computer’s fault.

But breakfast was amazing!!

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We are out of fresh fruit so I reverted to frozen and was in a smoothie mood.

First I soaked a tbsp of chia seeds in some vanilla soy milk

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Then I blended (for TWO servings)

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 cups frozen berries
  • 2 cups soy milk with the chia seeds
  • 1 packet Amazing Meal

Topped with hazelnut butter and AgavePlus granola. The hazelnut butter (Futter Butter’s brand) has a really earthy, grassy taste. I didn’t care that much for it on oats, but it rocked in this bowl!!

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Dean + Deluca sent me some African red tea – it was awesome! Red tea has almost a natural sweetness that I love

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Had to use my loose leaf strainer –

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I made Matt the same breakfast and he commented a few times in between computer game noises how delicious it was –

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1 leslie July 13, 2009 at 9:10 am

that looks SO good. i love granola + smoothes. perfect way to start off a rainy monday!


2 Cait (Cait's Plate) July 13, 2009 at 9:11 am

Oh my gosh that looks AMAZING!

I’ve heard soaking the Chia Seeds was the best way to do it – but I never thought about doing it in soymilk! Holy yum!

Also I’ve determined that you and Matt should just open up a B&B in Charleston and then you can live there!! :)


3 Cait (Cait's Plate) July 13, 2009 at 9:12 am

PS – Sorry about the computer, I definitely sympathize. My laptop hard drive completely crashed this past week!! I think you should definitely Office Space the desktop when you get a chance :)


4 Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn July 13, 2009 at 9:14 am

Hey Kath!

Have you ever seen office space? When they smash the office equipment with the bat?! Hilarious. If you do it, please post pictures :)



5 RachelD July 13, 2009 at 9:15 am

Kath, Breakfast looks great! Where did you get that tea strainer? All of the loose tea strainers I have found are to small.


6 Kefir July 13, 2009 at 9:15 am

it does sound delicious! i wonder how it will taste like if i put kefir in it. im in this diet where i try to combine everything i eat with kefir!


7 Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) July 13, 2009 at 9:20 am

ohhhh comp problems = the worst.

glad you had such a yummy breakfast to make up for it – that tea looks DELISH. have a hopefully sunny day!


8 Mandy A July 13, 2009 at 9:21 am

I so need to get on the chia seeds bandwagon! This looks so yummy!


9 Shannon (The Daily Balance) July 13, 2009 at 9:22 am

Breakfast looks awesome!

Sorry computer is being so annoying – technology can suck sometimes!


10 Meg C. July 13, 2009 at 9:27 am

oh man, I am so sad to miss the boston reader meetup! I’m away that weekend but otherwise I totally would join in… guess I will have to wait for the Summit instead!


11 Christina July 13, 2009 at 9:36 am


I stumbled on your blog a few months ago after I decided to make some serious changes in my lifestyle and how I was taking care of myself. I hit the big 4-0 this year, and things needed to change! I love checking in with you everyday!

I am a tea drinker too, and I wantd to let you know about another African red tea that I recently discovered “Rooibos” — it is SO delicious with just a hint of vanilla. Just the smell is AMAZING! Tried it on vacation, and then scoured the stores here at home to find it!

Thanks for all of the daily inspiration to eat well and stay fit!


12 ellie July 13, 2009 at 9:38 am

gah, computer woes are no fun :(

Loving your summery smoothie!


13 brandi July 13, 2009 at 9:40 am

beautiful smoothie color!

looks like you guys had a great weekend!


14 Emily July 13, 2009 at 9:42 am

Just saw the obscene tomato! LOL!! Bizarre! Breakfast looks so creative and pretty!


15 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) July 13, 2009 at 9:43 am

Computer problems stink :-/ At least your breakfast looks amazing ! How do the chia seeds hold you over compared to oatmeal?


16 K July 13, 2009 at 9:46 am

Sorry about the computer issues! My mom’s computer is the slowest thing on the planet – Flintstone computer!


17 Vince July 13, 2009 at 9:49 am

You need to make the leap and do the reinstall on your desktop computer. It’s not going to “just get better” and the current state is not workable and frustrating you. Once you get it done you’ll wonder why you just didn’t do it sooner. My laptop is in desperate need of a reinstall, but since I can get away with doing so much on the desktop computer I procrastinate and put it off. Just might be my Monday thing to do.


18 Christie @ Quit Your Diet July 13, 2009 at 9:50 am

Sorry you are having computer issues. There is a free program called advanced system care that might help. There is a free version available on the internet. CC cleaner is a good free one as well, they can both run in the background while you keep working.

Your breakfast looks awesome!


19 april July 13, 2009 at 9:50 am

Great way to use chia seeds!


20 Daria (Summer of the CSAs) July 13, 2009 at 9:55 am

Red tea is the best. And woohoo for coming to Boston!


21 Jessica July 13, 2009 at 10:31 am

I’m sorry about your computer! It always sucks when it needs upgrading. Thankfully my bf does that stuff for a living so I lucked out there, lol.
Yum, red tea!


22 Lauren July 13, 2009 at 10:33 am

I wish I could meet up with you girls on Friday, but I will be at a friend’s rehearsal dinner. Looking forward to meeting you at the Summit in August!


23 Angharad July 13, 2009 at 10:48 am

Your breakfast looks so delicious! Pretty!

Computer stuff sucks – yesterday I could not upload any pictures to my blog post and it took me about two hours to complete my post!! Ugh.

Hope the rain doesn’t dampen your day too much!


24 Sami July 13, 2009 at 10:53 am



25 Richard July 13, 2009 at 10:53 am

Let me see if I have this right, based on the pictures on today’s post. You are struggling with doing WORK on your desktop computer, while Matt is playing GAMES on the much faster laptop? And then you make him breakfast, as a reward for his hogging the laptop?

Do I have that right? :)


26 Allie M. July 13, 2009 at 10:55 am

I’m thinking about getting an Eye-Fi. Do you think it’s worth it–despite the minor bumps along the road?


27 Rose July 13, 2009 at 11:01 am

That breakfast does look delicious – and pretty to look at!


28 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) July 13, 2009 at 11:08 am

Sorry about your computer woes :(


29 Lee July 13, 2009 at 11:13 am

You need to get a mac!


30 sue July 13, 2009 at 11:13 am

YAY boston! can’t wait to hear more about the special event!


31 skinnyrunner July 13, 2009 at 11:31 am

have fun in boston!


32 Mrs. Myers (Eat Move Write) July 13, 2009 at 11:36 am

I’m a usually patient person but computer slowness is a serious pet peeve. It’s like, JUST WORK ALREADY. sigh… I get it.


33 Damjana July 13, 2009 at 11:54 am

What a yummy breakfast (as always). You’re lucky to find such nice granola which is not overloaded with sugar.
Well, believe me your computer has a slooow brother over here;). It’s not only slow but quite musically gifted (aka noisy) as well.
Congrats on your success and thanks for sharing your creations!


34 Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) July 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm

I’m with you on the computer thang. Don’t spill coffee (or loose leaf tea) on your keyboard. Not good.


35 Stacy (Eating To Live Love Laugh Tri) July 13, 2009 at 12:02 pm

I feel you on the computer issues. Sometimes blogging is just a huge headache because my computer doesn’t want to cooperate. Sigh!


36 Cynthia July 13, 2009 at 12:12 pm

I bought some chia seeds the other day and I think I’m going to use them in your smoothie! Great idea :-)

Sorry about the computer problems…they are the worst.


37 Tracey July 13, 2009 at 12:34 pm

I second the idea of you and Matt opening a B&B in Charleston! That would be fabulous – the breakfast alone would make the trip worthwhile. :)


38 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope July 13, 2009 at 12:50 pm

That breakfast sounds amazing Kath! So summery!!!

Sorry about the desktop… I never like those things! 😉


39 Pam July 13, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Guff, we always have a love/hate relationship with computers….lol!!!! Not fun when your having problems.

Cute photo of Matt!



40 AnnQ July 13, 2009 at 1:31 pm

That tea look fab!

Sorry about your PC…I work in technology, so I can completely relate. :-(

BTW, the picture of the Dirty Tomato in your previous Post is SO FUNNY!!! LMAO!!

– AnnQ


41 Jess July 13, 2009 at 1:46 pm

I added a bunch of memory to my desktop a few years ago and now it works pretty well. It’s from 2002, so really old. You might want to consider doing that to save from buying a new computer. I asked about it at Best Buy.


42 Kath July 13, 2009 at 2:14 pm

RachelD ,
I believe it came from my grandmother’s house, but you can get them all over. Check World Market and Target.

Thanks for reading, and I love rooibos tea too!

Megan (The Runner’s Kitchen),
There are too many factors to really tell, but this morning’s bowl held me over very well.

Vince ,
That’s what I thought…

Richard ,
HA – yes!

Allie M.,
Yes, I do. When it works, it’s GOLDEN! I don’t know if my problems are my firewall or computer or the card itself but I’ve tried so many things. I think the technology will only improve, so hopefully you’ll have less problems than me.



43 lynn (The Actors Diet) July 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm

such a pain when the computer is sooooo slow. i just got myself a new macbook air (refurbished) and highly recommend it.


44 Tay July 13, 2009 at 4:36 pm

mmmm Granola on top of smoothies = awesome!!


45 lainb July 13, 2009 at 5:12 pm

Have you looked into adding more RAM to your computer?

My desktop is about 6 years old and was running SUPER SLOW…I tried a bunch of clean-up tools, defragmenting, etc. and nothing helped. Then I bought 512 MB more memory (it’s uber easy to install–just clip it in place) and ta-da…it’s MUCH FASTER!! It’s still not as fast as my laptop, but it’s a HUGE HUGE HUGE improvement. I’d recommend looking into adding more memory as your next step. My computer only holds 1GB total, but if yours could hold 2 GB, that’d be even better/faster! Hope that helps! :-)


46 Rebecca July 13, 2009 at 9:30 pm

I love the colors in your breakfast!


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