Oat Chowdah

August 22, 2008


Morning from the big city! Larbs and I have plans for some exercise by the water as soon as our oatmeal digests, but Matt went running before work so I took the honor of making him breakfast. He’s a frequent reader of the blog and says he always looks forward to when I’m around to cook up some oats 😉

I made a simple pot of rolled oats along with skim milk, water, vanilla, raisins with toasty almonds , cinnamon on top and a spoonful of Whole Foods Peanut Butter . I was excited to try WF brand after The Peanut Butter Boy gave it his review as "the #1 crunchy PB." But I have to say, Nick, you haven’t tried EarthFare brand! It’s even better than this. Both kinds have some palm oil, sugar and salt added (which, for a small spoonful, I’m not worried about because it the taste is amazing), but I think WF’s is a little too salty and EF’s tastes more like sweet n salty fresh peanuts.


I’m going to check Whole Foods today to see if they have Granola Planks to make for him tomorrow! Crossing my fingers they have them.

Larbs and I have another day of walking and sightseeing. I think we’re headed to Newbury Street – and are planning a trip to JP Licks later!

And tonight is the long-awaited Boston KERF Dinner !!

This is a pretty hilarious website about talking like you’re from Beantown. You have to say the words outloud!! I love "Abba" (arbor); Bonnie (Barney the dino); and "Ah" (the letter between q and s)


And lastly, look at what the cute husband sent me via email last night:

I put on cologne, not because I need it myself, but because smelling good reminds me of you.

Also I need it.

For stink.

Later gators!

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1 ModelBehavior August 22, 2008 at 9:06 am

That website is hilarious!

And that message from Matt is even better, too cute :)

Hope your having a blasty blast!!



2 VeggieGirl August 22, 2008 at 9:10 am

Scrumptious oatmeal, great website, fun message from Matt :-)


3 HangryPants August 22, 2008 at 9:18 am

What a sweet message from your husband!

Have a great time at dinner and JP Licks – get something good. I’m sad I can’t make it, but hopefully another time when you come to visit your sister.

One of my sister’s went to Northeastern and I love the huskies, too! Enjoy the accents. :)


4 BethT August 22, 2008 at 9:31 am

Kath, have u tried Trader Joe’s PB? IMO it is THE best, and cheap!!


5 Heather August 22, 2008 at 9:35 am

I love the WF brand PB- I can’t believe that Earth Fare is better!

That note is really cute :) Have fun with your sis!


6 Jenn August 22, 2008 at 9:49 am

I thought we were done with the bad comments?
I think the reason why people are so negative on this blog sometimes is because Kath does seem really happy, and that would naturally make people jealous. She is pretty, has money, and a good marriage (all from what we see). I think the comments also spawn from the not knowing, 1-how she has the money being in grad school, 2- how good her relationship is with her husband. i think its great and if all people were as positive as kath is then the world would be a lot happier place.


7 Not really a "Q" at all there, "Hun" August 22, 2008 at 9:49 am

whoa #4… someone’s relationship must be in the toilet, eh?

don’t hate on kath because she has a great marriage.


8 Allison K. August 22, 2008 at 9:52 am

Maybe she asked her Hub if he minded if she shared.

Again, I bring up the point of, we only know what Kath tells us….so why waste time making assumptions.


9 Also August 22, 2008 at 9:55 am

If you REALLY have a hard time with her “cute, perfect lifestyle”… I’d suggest not reading the blog


10 Alyssa August 22, 2008 at 10:06 am

The husband’s note is sweet! I’m looking forward to the KERF dinner post!



11 Julz August 22, 2008 at 10:06 am

Anonymous Commenter… You most DEF have a life without love, happiness, or any joy. Or any balls (note: anonymous handle) . Grow some and grow up while your at it.


-The Management :)


12 Julz August 22, 2008 at 10:09 am

That email made me melt! I love THE MATH :)

Wish I could be in on this Kerf Reader dinner! Have the best day with the sista!


13 rhodeygirl August 22, 2008 at 10:10 am

awwww your hubby is so cute!


14 michelle Jacobs August 22, 2008 at 10:13 am




15 Runnersigh August 22, 2008 at 10:14 am

First, you and your husband are adorable!

Also, my favorite roommate from college is from Boston. She always asked me to put her socks in the “Drah.” It took me about six months to realize she meant the “Drawer.” Love Boston 😉


16 brianna August 22, 2008 at 10:15 am

I agree that sometimes Kath shares too much re: the relationship. Sometimes I feel uncomfortable hearing intimate details of someone’s life I don’t know at all. Another reason why something about it just seems wierd is that its obviously upsetting when someone comments negatively about it–don’t invite it if you dont want to hear it, and dont get upset when readers “think they know everything” when you share such intimate details. But maybe I’m just a more private person.

Overall, LOVE the blog and enjoy reading it!!


17 Diane August 22, 2008 at 10:19 am

This is a completely NOT NOT NOT food related question but I figure there are a bunch of smart helpful informed women here who could really help me out… my question is about bikini waxes. I’ve never had one before and I’m thinking about getting a French Bikini wax but I’m nervous. First off, I’m scared of the pain. Secondly, I don’t know if it’s worth it because I know I do not have enough money or time to get waxes every other month to keep the results. Could I shave after the hair starts to grow back? Any thoughts? I’ve been debating!

Again, sorry that this is completely out of context and I hope this did not offend anyone. It’s just an awkward topic of conversation to have with girlfriends and I was more comfortable asking you girls here :/

Thanks **blushes in embarrassment**


18 Kath August 22, 2008 at 10:28 am

Question for you guys,
So in an effort to keep things nice and supportive on here, I took off what I considered a rude comment, but now what do I do with all the responses? Just leave ’em?

I have tried TJ’s – I think it’s too rubbery or salting or something….. but still good, just not as good as EF or HT’s.

Diane ,
I’m not sure what a French style is, but I’d start with a basic one first. It does hurt, but it’s SO worth the pain. I wouldn’t bother spending the money in the winter, but during bathing suit season for sure. You’ll figure out ways to keep it maintained 😉 HTH.



19 Jenn August 22, 2008 at 10:32 am

hey kath i would leave the responses because most of them are supportive of the blog. if they are negative responses to a negative comment, then delete 😀


20 katie s August 22, 2008 at 10:36 am

Kath- The Husband is hilarious! That note made me laugh… what a cute guy!! Just ignore the mean comment and leave up the supportive ones :) haha.. “for stink” too cute!

Diane- As an avid wax-fan I have to say, I was in your shoes too… I thought the “bikini zone” seemed like it would be way too painful! But let me tell you, it is not bad at all! First of all, you get used to it really quickly, and second of all, its well worth the small amount of pain and money! Have you ever gotten anything else waxed? It seems like getting your eyebrow’s waxed would be more painful than a bikini (although I would not know). Give it a shot, you won’t regret it!


21 katie s August 22, 2008 at 10:37 am

ps, love the boston accent page! I’m originally from Boston so it was very entertaining! I still get mocked when my accent slips out!


22 Erin August 22, 2008 at 10:38 am


Have you tried Teddie brand PB? I think they sell it at whole foods. It is by far, my all time favorite. Ingredients are peanuts and salt and it’s cheap and delish! Take a look!


23 Allison K. August 22, 2008 at 10:41 am

I think the only reason to take off the supportive comments in repsonse to a rude one, would be to quell further confusion. Guaranteed, someone who doesn’t check the blog every couple of hours is going to read comments and say “what got said that was rude, what are you guys talking about?”


24 caitlin (see bride run) August 22, 2008 at 10:51 am

i have to say kath, i am so happy with your decision to remove negative comments. this is your blog and you shouldnt have to let those things sit on your blog. i delete negative comments as well.

it makes me feel sad for trollers. honestly, their lives must be so unhappy to put such negative comments out there. there’s nothing wrong with dissent, but undue negativity is really just SAD.

i dont think its necessary to delete the responses supporting you and your blog. we all understand the process now (i think). maybe if you deleted the comment and replaced it with “this comment has been deleted by kath.” ?

FYI, your husband is too funny. he cracks me up.


25 Kath August 22, 2008 at 10:56 am

Erin ,
I saw Teddy at WF yesterday, but I hate to make my bags even heavier for the flight home!

Allison K.,
That was exactly my concern but Caitlin that’s a perfect solution. I’ll do that next time (let’s hope there isn’t a next time… :) )



26 Fleur August 22, 2008 at 10:59 am

Kath, I think it’s official: you have the most adorable husband ever. Be proud.

The Boston accents page is hilarious, thanks for posting the link.


27 Nicole August 22, 2008 at 11:01 am

It’s Newbury. Have fun!


28 Julz August 22, 2008 at 11:04 am

Hey Kath!

You can go ahead and delete my first comment if you want! No problemo :)


29 Andrea August 22, 2008 at 11:06 am

hahahaha hubby is SO CUTE!!! ohh boy you will love jp licks – i went last night in newton, ma (i’m seriously addicted) and got the NOFAT froyo swirl – chocolate chip coookie & PB. a-mazzzzzzing! have fun today. Newbury street is seriously one of my favorite spots in the world – it’s very classy and gorgeous 😉


30 smilesara August 22, 2008 at 11:17 am

i would prefer that the comments aren’t monitored so much — either the actual comments or the responses. i like the blog, but sometimes i’d like to hear what others disagree with — while i understand that there must be limits, i miss some of the stimulating debates about nutrition, health, lifestyle, and even privacy/internet security that used to take place here more frequently (which sometimes were triggered by these comments.)

just my two cents. enjoy boston!!! (i’m originally from MA too — but W.Mass, you should visit sometime!)


31 Kath August 22, 2008 at 11:19 am

smilesara ,
I honestly rarely moderate a comment, and when I do it’s when the person says something in a rude or mean way – not just a disagreement in general. I am totally fine with someone asking a polite question about something they might disagree with.



32 Sharon August 22, 2008 at 11:24 am

Hi Kath,
I am new to the blog and just want to say that this is the greatest blog ever! I happened to come across it when I saw it mentioned on Cristin’s Eat Like Me blog. I just love your blog. It is so fun how you share so many ideas and pictures and a glimpse into your life. I love your oatmeal recipes and you inspire me to eat & stick with my daily workouts. You are a great inspiration & keep up the great work! Your positivity is contagious and don’t let the crabby people get you down. Have a great trip in Boston!


33 Christie August 22, 2008 at 11:39 am

Hope you guys have a good time otnight… wish all of us could come!

Sweet of the husband… and the way I see it is if poeple dont like how you make your blog then they dont have to read it.


34 JD August 22, 2008 at 11:41 am

I hope I don’t get deleted for saying that the Boston accent is the only one I seem to find unbelievably irritating! :)

Sorry, I just think it is the harshest sounding way to speak and the worst dialect to hit my ear, ever.

It is a great city and great people inhabit it, but I hate that accent. Ok, vent over. Have fun tonight!


35 bluesquash August 22, 2008 at 11:45 am

Kath, I just want to let you know that today is the third anniversary of my mom’s heart attack. She’s had a long and painful recovery but she’s doing great now! And to start the day right, she requested banana oatmeal! :-) We just enjoyed some out on our front porch here in Oregon. Thank you so much for your example of healthy living!


36 Jenny August 22, 2008 at 11:55 am

I like the blog just the way it is. I don’t think Kath posts things that are too intimate. Mostly a cute note, or a sweet e-mail here and there. It’s not like there’s an instant replay of everything that’s said and done between her and Matt. Obviously that would be weird for everyone involved. But to tell us what he said in that e-mail was perfectly fine, in my opinion. I’m ,glad they’re happy. My BF is the greatest guy in the world, at least to me he is, and I share that with my friends. It’s no different with Kath.

Here’s my cute story: Last night we were on a bike ride and the bugs were out like crazy. We were being bombarded – in the face, in the mouth, everywhere. It was awful. So, he told me to ride behind him and he would shield me. He was my knight on his mighty metal steed and he was pretty gross when we got home all covered in bug carnage. I pretty much escaped, thanks to him. Now, that’s love. 😉


37 erika August 22, 2008 at 12:18 pm

JP LICKS!! It is actually my favorite place.. ever. There are SO many amazing flavors, but being the texture fan that you are, my awards would go to Cow Trax or or Cappuccino Crunch. ORRR if they have it, Fresh Lumpy Primate. Sounds disgusting, but I think you’d like it!

I’ve commented before, but not for a long time. After seeing the Northeastern post though, I thought I better drop in again. I’m transferring to NU this fall, so I’ll be moving out here in September! Is your sister doing grad school? Undergrad? It’d be fun to meet her!

Do you care if I ask where you guys are staying? If you’re ever out to visit your sister again, I’d really recommend the Colonade Hotel. It’s within walking distance from NU, and it’s right across the street from the Pru. I posted photos about it from my last trip on my blog if you want to check it out!


38 tfh August 22, 2008 at 12:22 pm

We want an oat fairy to come visit us, too! Enjoy your sightseeing– I’m also looking forward to seeing photos from the Boston blog dinnah.

P.S. My feeling re: negative comments is, when they’re just mean and unproductive, of course people who like this blog get defensive…but my feeling is that responding to them kind of legitimizes the conversation. Obviously Kath, you don’t want to delete nice comments, but at the same time it’s sad that nastiness can outlive itself within a debate about said nastiness. So it is a tough call, but personally as a blog reader I prefer just to ignore such comments so some jerk doesn’t get the thrill of having taken over an entire thread, y’know?


39 CourtneyS August 22, 2008 at 12:28 pm

JD, not ALL us Bostonians have accents!!! I’m teasing…I actually find it really irritating when Hollywood actors and actresses try to fake it. Matt Damon’s girl in The Departed made it sound SO BAD!


40 Sarah August 22, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Haha…I’m right there with you CourtneyS!! The accents are WAY over exaggerated.


41 Little Black Dress August 22, 2008 at 1:03 pm

kath- it looks like you are having so much fun! Mike and I tried finding Henrietta’s for brunch when we were up there last week, but got pressed for time. Now I wish we had gone- it looks fantastic!

Weird question- Mike and I noticed the service in Boston to be a little more like that in New York (read- not as friendly) as other cities. Did you notice this too, or did we just have bad luck?

Can’t wait to read about your dinner!

PS- I love hearing all about your life and the husband’s- it’s one of the reasons your blog is so much fun. Please ignore any rude comments and relish in your many fans!


42 JD August 22, 2008 at 1:04 pm

CourtneyS and Sarah,

I agree I have met some Bostonians with, some without. I live in Florida and the transplants may be exaggerating it down here for the “I’m clearly from up North” factor. :)


43 goalie30 August 22, 2008 at 1:12 pm

Yay for JP Licks, I see a few other blog readers have also been there, and I too agree on the chocolate chip cookie, it is great. A swirl of that with pb sounds great, andrea, I have not had that combo, but next time I visit there I will have to try that! I don’t remember what else I used to get there, but you can’t go wrong either way! Gosh I wish I had a JP Licks around the corner…


44 Nick August 22, 2008 at 1:27 pm

Ahh, you are correct Kath, I have not tried EarthFare brand, is that available at Whole Foods too? Yes the WF brand is a bit salty but I loooove salt, my doctor actually recommends that I increase my salt intake (I have an awesome doctor). Although at $1.69 for an 18oz jar, I have a feeling the price of EarthFare doesn’t even come close, right?

I wouldn’t worry much about small amounts of added palm oil or sugar either but I certainly enjoy the taste of sweet and fresh peanuts. Which is better by EarthFare, creamy or crunchy? Thanks for the tip, I’ll keep my eyes open.


45 ttfn300 August 22, 2008 at 2:04 pm

I wish I was in Boston already!! :)


46 BethT August 22, 2008 at 2:28 pm

Anyone who misses unwarranted negativity is totally missing the point of this blog. It’s not a gossip site, people.


47 Ty August 22, 2008 at 2:32 pm

No, it’s not a gossip site, but it is a website about food and life. People are not perfect, no one gets along all the time, and not everyone goes around holding hands and singing a happy song. People have jobs, get into arguments, have bad days, have financial troubles and relationship problems. It happens….


48 Andrea August 22, 2008 at 2:32 pm

no hating on boston accents please 😉 they are WICKED awesome hehe. “pahk ya cah in hahvahd yahd”


49 tk August 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm

This is completly a question and not a criticism or an “issue starter” – why were Ty’s 1st 2 comments just deleted?


50 Serena August 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm

hmm, i agree the uber-negativity is bad, but it’s also kind of killing me not knowing what the negative comments was, now that i’m checking the site after it was already taken down! :) this is not, of course, a request to put it back up though, as i can pretty much guess.


51 Ange C. August 22, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Boston looks sooo fun! Enjoy it!

And it’s weird that the WF pb you ate had palm oil in it. The one i get only has peanuts and salt. No palm oil. Did you get the actual WF brand? Gosh….their PB just can’t be beat, in my opinion!


52 Kath August 22, 2008 at 3:28 pm

Sharon ,
Welcome to KERF!!

JD ,
I think a Scottish accent is IMPOSSIBLE to understand!

bluesquash ,
Hugs to your mom and a heart healthy breakfast!

Jenny ,
Thanks for sharing your story! I think bug protection is one of the most important kinds :)

erika ,
Fresh lumpy primate?!!?! Wow! My sister is starting a grad program in school psychology. I’m sleeping in her apt. on an air mattress!

Little Black Dress,
I think people have been friendly enough so far, but I do think the South goes above and beyond to be super friendly – with service and on the streets.

Nick ,
You’re right – it’s double that price 😳 Unfortunately it’s only sold at EarthFare stores, which are only in the Southeast right now. Email me your address and if I can, I will send you a jar to sample!

Ange C.,
Yeah, it was WF brand. It’s more like JIFF and Skippy than just plain peanuts, but I really like the subtle sweetness. I still really like the completely plain natural PB but this is a fun change from our “just almonds” AB.




53 Kaitlin August 22, 2008 at 5:36 pm

I usually get the peanut butter that my co-op sells in bulk so I can recycle packaging. However, my second choice is actually Smucker’s Natural. It’s just peanuts and salt (the ideal amount) and the jars themselves are great–glass, not plastic. I end up reusing them for a ton of things.


54 AshleyH August 24, 2008 at 9:52 am

TJ brand is delicious but nothing is as good as whole foods grind your own almond butter (or pb if youre into that). It is just ground nuts thats it no extra oils!! YUM


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