On A Pedestal

November 29, 2010

So far Charlottesville doesn’t feel any colder than North Carolina. Yet the temperatures say it should! I think because it’s in a nice valley hidden by the mountains that it feels warmer than it is. Or perhaps it’s just the warmness in my heart

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Speaking of warmth, I suggested overnight oats last night but in the voice of a toddler Matt said “I want hot oats!” Humph! So I bubbled up a nice batch for him.

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Something’s missing!!

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Matt and I have plans to WALK downtown (~2.5 miles) for exercise and work in a coffee shop this morning. Thus, no coffee, just tea. Boring, bland tea. I wish I liked it more!

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Happy Cyber Shopping to you!

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1 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write November 29, 2010 at 9:42 am

I feel exactly the same way about tea.

And, I agree with Matt. Tis the season for HOT oats, Kath!

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2 sweeter salt November 29, 2010 at 9:45 am

Happy Cyber Monday to you too! I’ve already snapped up a few deals. Whiddling my Christmas shopping down!

Laura

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3 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey November 29, 2010 at 9:46 am

I was never a fan of tea… until I lived in England for a couple of years. Now I have a “cuppa” at least 3x a day!

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4 Stacy @ Every Little Thing November 29, 2010 at 9:46 am

Love your giant mix-up breakfasts. I am new to the bulk department at Whole Foods but have been eyeing the oats and granola, so I think next weekend I’ll have to indulge :)

Also, I just got some fresh organic cranberries at the market. What would YOU do with them?

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5 Kath November 29, 2010 at 9:50 am

Make cranberry sauce OR cranberry crockpot chicken – I think I have both on my Recipes page!

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6 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats November 29, 2010 at 9:48 am

I just can’t get into tea either! You’re right – it’s so bland and I feel like I’m just drinking hot water…blech. ;) Give me coffee any day!

Enjoy your walk!

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7 Christine November 29, 2010 at 9:50 am

I feel the same way about tea! I really want to like it but it always seems weak. It helps a little to make it on the stove top using milk instead of water (or 1/2 milk 1/2 water) but it still just doesn’t have the mega flavor/body that I want.

It is a shame though, because I do have a habit of BUYING tea, and I do have a nice little collection from my sister.

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8 Camille November 29, 2010 at 9:53 am

I’m not a fan of tea either. I just tastes like dirty water!

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9 skinnyrunner November 29, 2010 at 9:54 am

you’re working in a coffee shop? hopefully not starbucks. i worked there for about 2 weeks and hated it. of course, all i wanted to do is talk and drink coffee and they wanted me to actually work. go figure.

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10 Kath November 29, 2010 at 9:57 am

Working = doing work on my computer!

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11 Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow November 29, 2010 at 9:54 am

Packing up shop over here as well and heading to our local coffee shop. I love working in the local cafe so long as I don’t get too caffeinated and too distracted! Enjoy!

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12 Shannon @ A Better Me November 29, 2010 at 9:54 am

I love tea! But you’re right…coffee is way better! Especially in the mornings. It gives you a kick in the butt that tea can’t :)

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13 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 29, 2010 at 9:56 am

I’m really really really trying to like my tea more these days… mainly the herbal ones and green ones because of the health benefits, but it’s hard! Brekkie looks lovely. Have a good walk and enjoy your brew! :)

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14 Becky November 29, 2010 at 9:57 am

I love tea! Do you ever add a splash of milk to your tea? I can’t believe how many Americans drink their tea black! If you add a bit of milk to your coffee, you should add some to your tea as well!

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15 Kath November 29, 2010 at 9:59 am

I usually do but forgot. Probably why it was so bland.

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16 Amanda (Eating Up) November 29, 2010 at 9:58 am

I love tea but never first thing in the morning with my breakfast. I always want coffee then.

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17 meg @ the veg meg November 29, 2010 at 10:00 am

what kinds of tea are all you people drinking?!!? also, kath, at least with black teas and some herbal teas…a splash of milk really helps!

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18 Heather (Heather's Dish) November 29, 2010 at 10:04 am

it’s supposed to be in the 20′s today here too…brrrrr!

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19 Marisa @ Loser for Life November 29, 2010 at 10:05 am

I want to like tea, too, but I just. can’t. Boring…bland…blech. :)

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20 grocery goddess jen November 29, 2010 at 10:05 am

Sounds like a lovely day!

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21 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 29, 2010 at 10:08 am

Have a great day Kath!

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22 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 29, 2010 at 10:10 am

It’s freezing here too! Brrrr.

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23 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 29, 2010 at 10:14 am

I find myself wanting something hot in the mornings now too. I think it’s more of a mental thing than a temperature thing. I can still eat cold breakfast too though.

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24 Julie @ Honey B. Nutrition November 29, 2010 at 10:15 am

Have you tried all different kinds of tea?? There are so many good ones! Chai with a little almond milk? Green with a little citrus? YUM!

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25 mindy @ just a one girl revolution. November 29, 2010 at 10:22 am

I’m not a huge tea person, but I stock up on Candy Cane Lane from Celestial Seasonings this time of year. SO good.

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26 stacey-healthylife November 29, 2010 at 10:23 am

I think I would want hot oats on such a cold morning also. :)

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27 notyet100 November 29, 2010 at 10:24 am

like the pic with christmas tree in the background,..it suddenly makes everything look so warm nd comfy isnt it,..;-)

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28 Natalia - a side of simple November 29, 2010 at 10:33 am

I can’t get over how warming and cozy your picture looks with the Christmas tree in it. Definitely a nice addition to the breakfast atmosphere. Hope whatever coffee shop you go to has some Christmas tunes on in the background :)

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29 Heather November 29, 2010 at 10:39 am

I had to scrape ice off my windows this morning – I was not a happy camper. It is definitely getting cold out there.

Enjoy your work at the coffee shop – hopefully you will get a lot done.

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30 Marie November 29, 2010 at 10:40 am

I have converted many to LOVE tea. Many Americans to not prepare it properly, which often gives it that dishwater taste. Plopping a bag in microwaved water will taste like swill. Try Barry’s Gold Blend tea (from Ireland.) Always heat the cup/pot prior to steeping. Always pour the newly boiled fresh water over the tea (never microwave the water.) Cover the cup, or cozy the pot, while steeping 3-5 minutes to maintain temperature. Tea can get bitter if the water cools quickly during steeping. This will be very brisk tea so a spot of milk (not cream/half-and-half) is traditional. Enjoy. Or stop by next time you are in my town, and I will make you the best cup you have ever had.

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31 Ashley November 29, 2010 at 10:42 am

Loooove the last photo!! I seriously need that ceramic bowl! :) The weather in Colorado is kind of strange in the winter too. Unless it’s snowing, which isn’t that often surprisingly, there is not a cloud in the sky all winter long. The sun is always shining, making it feel so much warmer than it is. When it’s like 35 + sunny that is like vest weather here…so strange, but I love it :)

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32 Alaina November 29, 2010 at 10:43 am

I’ve never indulged in Cyber Monday (is it a new thing this year?) but I’m looking forward to curling up in front of the computer to do some shopping! :-)

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33 Christin@purplebirdblog November 29, 2010 at 10:49 am

I used to not be a huge fan of tea, but I’ve been drinking a cup nightly with apple cider vinegar and local raw honey for my allergies, and I’ve actually really grown to love it!

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34 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey November 29, 2010 at 11:01 am

Christin,

Is the apple cider vinegar helping with your allergies? I am currently getting my butt kicked by allergies (why at this time of year?!?!) and am open to trying anything! I already do local honey… but I’ve heard that ACV can help…? I just don’t know if I could stomach it in tea or water…

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35 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 29, 2010 at 10:50 am

I typically feel that way about tea, but have recently discovered jasmin green tea. And I make it really strong.

Love the tree! I want one, but don’t see the point when its just me. Bah humbug. LOL!

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36 Linda November 29, 2010 at 10:55 am

I like hot tea!
Now in north Italy in the morning there are – 4 °C ( I think 25 °F) It’s very very very cold!
I love your cup, you have an amazing collection… Have a good day =)

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37 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 29, 2010 at 10:58 am

Whew dang, 21*?? That’s a bit chilly. :P

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38 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 29, 2010 at 11:12 am

There’s only one tea I can stand, and that’s Cinnamon Apple Spice by Celestial Seasonings. The spices are so strong, I think it should be classified as something other than tea! Aside from that, I can’t stand tea. It tastes like bland-flavored hot water!

Jealous of your weather. I really want snow! That’s not going to happen when the high for tomorrow is 58!

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39 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes November 29, 2010 at 11:23 am

I’m absaloutely in love with that first photo! :) It reminds me of all the things I love about this time of year….beautiful!
love,
cathy b. @ brightbakes

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40 Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate November 29, 2010 at 11:27 am

oats look wonderful! beautiful pictures as always. :)

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41 Jillian@ Reshape Your Life November 29, 2010 at 11:41 am

Mmm, a nice hot breakfast on a cold day! Perfect! It’s nice and warm here in Texas (64 degrees before 11!) I don’t miss the cold!

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42 Kate November 29, 2010 at 11:42 am

Try Trader Joe’s peppermint green tea! Any of the seasonal teas by Celestial Seasonings are good too

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43 Lee @ College Foodie Finds November 29, 2010 at 11:52 am

I love that ceramic bowl. I am in search for some new Foodie-ware. Any ideas?

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44 Katie November 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm

The first picture looks really cool with your tree in the background. :)

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45 Krystina November 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Why don’t you make overnight oats and heat up half the batch for him in the morning? That way you can have them cold, him hot.

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46 Kath November 29, 2010 at 1:21 pm

I don’t think the yogurt would have heated that well, but I was mostly just joking and happy to have hot oats

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47 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Whine whine whine – although I would have whined too. It’s too cold out for overnight oats! I was freezingv this morning!

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48 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm

21 degrees? It’s colder there than in NYC!! And I’m the opposite with tea and coffee- I loooove tea, but coffee’s just alright :) Hope you have a good day!

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49 jenna November 29, 2010 at 1:12 pm

Brrrrrrrr it’s about 32 degrees here, too, this morning! Cold oats = fail.

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50 Paige @Running Around Normal November 29, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I agree with Matt – it’s a hot oats day! I had hot steel cut oats, mmm :)

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51 Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 29, 2010 at 1:32 pm

I’m NOT a fan of tea! I want to like it, I really do, I just can’t!
And I have to say, it’s the PERFECT weather for hot oats!

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52 kate November 29, 2010 at 1:39 pm

Im working from a coffee shop now! Its does wonders for my productivity!

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53 Erin @ Shortcut to Bliss November 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I am the exact opposite. I want to love coffee… I really do, but hate the taste. Tea on the other hand I am ALL about. I always thought that was from growing up in Texas and surviving solely on iced tea as a child.

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54 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 29, 2010 at 2:13 pm

You forgot to mention banana! :D

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55 Mauimandy@Thegrainsofparadise November 29, 2010 at 2:19 pm

I have no idea what 21 degrees feels like but I can imagine it’s not that comfortable……( However I’ve always wondered what “season changes” were like and I’ve always been a bit envious.
Anyway, I love pumpkin in my oats too. Actually I like pumpkin in just about everything and use it all year long and not only in the fall :) aloha!

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56 Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm

oh I love that bowl you served breakfast in!! Gorgeous!

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57 Dani November 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I’m more of a fan of coffee too. I’m curious. Does the location of Cville allow it to be a bit cooler in the summer than surrounding areas? Love the pic of your tree.

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58 Amy Pea November 29, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Yogi teas are really good, too. I love the Tahitian Vanilla Hazelnut. And it’s caffeine-free!

All of the interesting flavors by Celestial Seasonings have soy in the ingredients and I am allergic! :(
I don’t get why tea would need soy added to it…?

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59 Kath November 29, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Soy in tea!? That’s annoying.

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60 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen November 29, 2010 at 4:30 pm

Love pumpkin oats!

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61 Alli November 29, 2010 at 4:32 pm

What a great idea to add pumpkin to oatmeal!

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62 Simply Life November 29, 2010 at 5:35 pm

You should get some fun varieties of tea – there are so many out there I’m sure one would be calling your name in the morning :)

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63 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 29, 2010 at 6:34 pm

I like tea, but I have to have my cuppa Joe in the mornings! Tea just will not do!

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64 SentimentsbyDenise November 29, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Tea is never boring at my house! I have an assortment of tea tins to choose from morning and night (reg/decaf). My current favorite is Kiwi Pear Decaf Green Tea (from The Republic of Tea) – most wonderful and flavorful! This morning I had an awesome cup of Masala Chai (loose leaf) by Rishi (organic). *love*

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65 Hannah November 29, 2010 at 9:06 pm

I bought lemon butter the other day because it was the only thing I could think of that’s comparable to your pumpkin butter. Suffice to say it’s not the same… but it actually works quite well in oatmeal ;)

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66 Melissa @ I Never Imagined November 29, 2010 at 11:49 pm

Oooh I love tea! Gotta have it sweet, though. Oh boy, I want some pumpkin butter asap!

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67 Charise November 30, 2010 at 9:09 am

I love tea! It has to be a good strongly brewed black tea, though – Irish or English breakfast, Earl Grey, Tazo Awake, chai, etc. – and with a good 1/4 c of milk or vanilla soy milk.

I’m a once-a-week-only caffeine girl, though, so just don’t do a lot of coffee – except for our moka pot (stovetop espresso maker) on the weekends!

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68 Moi November 30, 2010 at 1:07 pm

You might like Indian cardamon tea with milk………

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