Over The Top

January 26, 2011


In an attempt to create a super chunky bowl of oatmeal today, I had it nearly exploding out of my bowl!


The Mix

At the beginning
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Half small banana
  • Half pear
  • 2 tbsp wheatberries
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • Pinch salt
Stirred in at end
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese
  • Handful of blackberries
  • Splash vanilla
  • Cinnamon + ground cloves
  • TJ’s sunflower butter

Quite the ingredient list!


This was super fun to eat with all the textures!!


Served with my woman power mug




I think it’s pretty clear after yesterday’s comment discussion that I should stick with my current header. I’m so flattered so many of you love it! I think I’m going to tweak the text design a bit but keep all the same photo background.

You might be surprised to know, though, that I’m really a clean, simple, chic kinda girl! I’ve just gone with photo headers because they are easier to look nice when you are not a designer than designing from scratch.

Yesterday, Kiran made me this gorgeous header!! And as much as I’d love to transform all of KERF to fit this feel, I think y’all are right that vivid photos of oats and PB and bright colors are more KERF.

But I still absolutely love what Kiran designed!



I have three writing projects that I need to get done today – editing my Superfoods article for Publix (priority #1) and also working on Home Neat Home: Bathroom (priority #3).

And the weatherman says we MIGHT get a snowstorm tonight! That will keep me inside with the candlelight and focused on my work : )

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1 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats January 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

I love the icons in Kiran’s design – they seem to really represent what you write about on the blog – but I DO love your current header. It’s super bright, colorful and cheery! Good luck writing!


2 Melissa @ HerGreenLife January 26, 2011 at 10:00 am

Your overflowing oatmeal bowl looks like my husband’s split pea soup bowl last night 😉 Looks like a great bowl of oats!


3 Meg January 26, 2011 at 10:00 am

It’s snowstorming here in Maryland…and some ice alongside, yikes!

I love your header, but I think ANYTHING you put up there, your blog will still be wonderful :)

Enjoy your over-the-top morning!


4 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin January 26, 2011 at 10:01 am

I love your header now with all the colors though that new one is cute too. That bowl of oats looks so good!


5 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 26, 2011 at 10:02 am

I love super chunky over flowing oats! What’s not fun to about that? It stinks that photos win out over illustration. I understand that people, on the whole, react to color and real visuals more, but I love illustration so much more. Could be because my husband is an illustrator, but even still, I love the feel of the look of a great illustration.

Good luck with work today!


6 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 26, 2011 at 10:05 am

That blob of sunflower butter looks amazing Kath (well, so does the whole bowl). That’s such a nice header that Kiran made for you. I changed my header last night but it took me much longer than I planned and now there are so many things on my blog that I want to renovate! Good luck today – here’s for a productive one!


7 Bethany @ More Fruit Please January 26, 2011 at 10:05 am

I love your fearlessness when it comes to toppings for your oatmeal! I usually stick with just one fruit and would never think to mix in three or more at the same time! I love Kiran’s header too, but agree that your current header really pops.


8 sweeter salt January 26, 2011 at 10:06 am

Designing can be super tricky, but I like what you have going on. I’m lucky to have a designer fiancee, so he did my header. I’m working on a total site design coming up soon, so his guidance is instrumental. Lucky girl!



9 Ashley (The Vegetable Life) January 26, 2011 at 10:08 am

You always make me CRAVE oats!


10 Marisa @ Loser for Life January 26, 2011 at 10:12 am

I had oats in your honor this morning, Kath! I think all these years of looking at yours is finally making me a convert! :)

Snow here…again. Boo :(


11 Julia January 26, 2011 at 10:12 am

Have to agree with my fellow commenters that Kiran’s header is great, especially the icons.
Maybe you could combine your current colorful header with her idea.


12 Mary Catherine January 26, 2011 at 10:13 am

Morning Kath! I made your parchment paper fish packets last night… holy yum! It was the best fish I’ve ever made. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. Your video was so informative! I loved how quick and easy it was to prepare and how there is virtually no clean up if you eat the fish off of the paper! Such a neat way to prepare food – can’t wait to experiment with different flavors :)


13 Kori January 26, 2011 at 10:15 am

Simply devine. I will HAVE to make this sometime soon when I have some blackberries and pear in the house. :) Good luck on getting all of your projects completed today. Stay warm and dry!


14 Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 26, 2011 at 10:16 am

I love the one Kiran designed but I agree, the one you already have is more the feel of this site, I think. It matched the vivid photography of your food!

Have fun writing!


15 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete January 26, 2011 at 10:16 am

I do like your current header, so I’m glad you are going to keep it. I’m not trying to criticize, but the only thing that catches my eye is that the left side of the cutting board is smaller than the right hand size — I hope that makes sense. And I know it is not really my place to say, but in case you wanted any feedback, there it is.

I agree that bright colors and bright photographs in general are more KERF than small icons – which I agree with commenters from yesterday that said that looks like GOOP!


16 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 11:32 am

That is a photography error that I realized long after the shoot was over. There’s nothing I can do about it now but start over :( I was hoping noone would notice!


17 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete January 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I’m sorry I didn’t mean to be negative about it — sometimes I think I am too detail oriented.


18 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Oh that’s OK!


19 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) January 26, 2011 at 10:17 am

I’m glad you’re keeping your header – I love it :)
And those oats! Big and delicious, right up my street 😀


20 Megan January 26, 2011 at 10:17 am

I’m so ready to be done with snow. But I have a great cold day recipe on my blog today. It’s absolutely delicious and will make your kitchen smell like a wonderland :)


21 Heather January 26, 2011 at 10:19 am

I added a pear to my oatmeal yesterday – so delicious!

I love overflowing bowls of oatmeal. Very filling!


22 [email protected] lady January 26, 2011 at 10:19 am

Now that, is a bowl of oats!!! Everytime I make oats the ingredients list is what non bloggers would consider to be very long. But really, once you make the perfect bowl of oats with banana, chia etc you never can go back to just oats, water and brown sugar.


23 [email protected] January 26, 2011 at 10:22 am

the overflowing bowl of oats looks like my breakfast, most mornings:) And chopped pear really makes for a great bowl!
cathy b.


24 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

Those pictures of your oats makes me wish I had oatmeal this morning!!!!


25 Karen January 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

What were the black seed looking bits in your oatmeal? I logged in this morning to see how much Chia seeds you use & thought they were there, but didn’t see it in the mix.

I like your existing header too.


26 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 11:33 am

I KNEW I left something out!! 1 tbsp – added in


27 Karen January 26, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Ah, thanks! I think I’ve been overdoing it. I used 1/4 cup for 2/3 cup oatmeal this morning, a little too Chia-y, I think.


28 Christy January 26, 2011 at 10:24 am

I love your current header and don’t think you should change it. But Kiran’s seems right up your alley too. Maybe you could have it done in a print and frame it for the house or kitchen?


29 Lauren at KeepItSweet January 26, 2011 at 10:29 am

I LOVE oatmeal bowls that are overflowing!


30 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 26, 2011 at 10:29 am

I love that header! Gorgeous and simple.


31 Alaina January 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

I do love the brightness of KERF! And I am loving the textures in that bowl! Looks delicious. :-)


32 [email protected] Sweet Life January 26, 2011 at 10:37 am

I LOVE that new header. Oatmeal looks delicious and tummy-filling, too.


33 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy January 26, 2011 at 10:38 am

I love you current header too!

Those oats look scrumptious! And New York is in the midst of another snowstorm today – so not excited anymore! I’m so ready for spring!!


34 Kiran January 26, 2011 at 10:47 am

Thank you for the mention Kath :) Everyone else has amazing ideas. I love the idea about printing the header.

As usual, your bowl of oats makes me crave it every morning 😀


35 Allison K. January 26, 2011 at 10:47 am

I love the header Kiran made!


36 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 26, 2011 at 10:47 am

I love that mug! Where did you find it?


37 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 11:33 am
38 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 26, 2011 at 10:47 am

I like both headers! And that oatmeal, too. Yum!


39 Alyssa January 26, 2011 at 10:48 am

That is a gorgeous header Kiran designed, but you are a bit more of the bright colored spunky type :-) Stick with yours! The oats look delish, did you finish the whole bowl??? You won’t be hungry for a while!


40 stacey-healthylife January 26, 2011 at 10:48 am

I love the old header but Karen did an excellent job of capturing you.


41 Krissy January 26, 2011 at 10:54 am

Aww, I miss Publix!


42 Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 26, 2011 at 10:58 am

wow, kiran does amazing work! i was one who said i love your current header, but the one she designed is so pretty & simple!

i tend to get a little over zealous with my oatmeal add-ins too! everything just tastes so good when it’s mixed in oatmeal! :)


43 Christine (The Raw Project) January 26, 2011 at 10:58 am

The oatmeal looks wonderful. The new header is nice, but the old one seems to fit the site better with more color. :-)


44 Jessica January 26, 2011 at 11:03 am

I really like the heading that Kiran made, I think everyone wants you to incorporate some more teal!



45 Hope January 26, 2011 at 11:07 am

That oatmeal looks delicious! Love the scoop of peanut butter on top! I like the header that was designed but I like your original header a little bit more :)


46 Katie January 26, 2011 at 11:18 am

I really wish I had you make my oats every morning, they would never be the same ; ) would be amazing!!!

Im glad you are keeping the header, the one she made is beautiful, she does great work I see , but yeah yours that you have now rocks!

Have a great day and hope you dont get a bad snowstorm! When is your husband coming home?! I bet he is busy out there with GH!


47 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 11:34 am

Saturday night!


48 Katie January 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

oh yay!!!! I bet you and the bears miss him!!!


49 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles January 26, 2011 at 11:22 am

I like both designs – don’t think you could go wrong with either one!


50 Allison @ Happy Tales January 26, 2011 at 11:23 am

Aw, that’s seriously such a neat header! But yes, i do love your original one. I need to create a new header for myself, currently I just have a plain old black one with white text that says “happy tales”. Do you recommend anyone who can help me? I just started my blog, like, 3 or 4 weeks ago… and I think it’s finally time I make it look better!

Also, love the color combination of your pink and green placemats. So cute!!


51 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 11:34 am

I’d ask around on Twitter. I’m sure many would be happy to do it for you for some Paypaled compensation :)


52 Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day January 26, 2011 at 11:29 am

I really love photos in headers… but I’m super visual …

The header your friend designed was really cool too though!


53 Natalia - a side of simple January 26, 2011 at 11:30 am

Exploding oatmeal bowls with endless toppings kind of make my heart swoon :)


54 [email protected] January 26, 2011 at 11:48 am

Kiran’s design is outstanding!! Crisp and clean! :)


55 Allie January 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

I enjoy seeing your current header and I think you should keep it! Your bowl of oats has soo many textures! Crazy good looking :)!


56 Quisha January 26, 2011 at 11:53 am

Ah, I love it. It’s so you! The bike, the spatulas, the coffee cup. Sweet!


57 Cassidy @ takingmyplace January 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

I love that mug, I think I might have to get one to add to my already gigantic collection! And that header is super cute, but I love the one you have now too!


58 Emily (Savory and Savage) January 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm

The mug is great! I like your existing header – the fact that is it not exactly perfect sets just the right tone. And before reading the comments – I never noticed it was not symmetrical – it just seemed…you – in a good way, not in a bad way:-)


59 seana January 26, 2011 at 12:24 pm

That oatmeal can’t seriously be for one person, can it? That bowl would last me at least 3 days. Holy oatmeal Batman :)


60 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Yeah! The bowl isn’t that big – maybe a 1.5-2 cup bowl. The portion size was pretty close to what I have everyday


61 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Oh my gosh, I love what Kiran designed! That is freaking awesome. I think you should seriously think about designing around that header. It’s very you.


62 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite January 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I absolutely adore your placemats! Where did you get that one from?! I love the toile meets modern look with the bright colors.


63 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Williams Sonoma!


64 AM January 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Just a suggestion – i just found a solution to make oats cook faster when i’m in a rush. for a simple batch of oat flour i just stick 1/3 c. of oats in a spice grinder as opposed to a bulky food processor. The tecture turns out amazing!


65 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I love ground oats!


66 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I love the header! So sophisticated, simple, and pretty. I love your current header too, and honestly it would be a toss-up between the two.

Your oats look spectacular! I love bowls that overflow with goodness and oats. 😀


67 Runeatrepeat January 26, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Ooh! I love that new header too, but I love your photos so you gotta stay you :)


68 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) January 26, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Maybe you are getting the snow storm that passed over us?! :) I was ready with a lit candle and full stocked refridgerator, haha! That bowl of oats look very filling (literally) 😀 Have a productive day!


69 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 26, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I neeeeed to get more chia seeds! They make oatmeal so much more plumped up!


70 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) January 26, 2011 at 1:13 pm

That is one voluminous bowl of oats! Way to live on the edge :)


71 KathEats January 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm



72 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Oh wow! This new header sample is beautiful. I do like this one very much!!


73 Ann @ Day by Day January 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm

That might just be the best looking bowl of oats I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen lots of oats! Yum!


74 Annette January 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I agree, I love your heading that you have! And I want your breakfast- holy YUMM :) I adore oats for breakfast and had a tasty bowl myself this am–thanks for the ideas of sprucing the daily bowl up!!


75 jen January 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm

That is one hell of a bowl of oats!! I love all the different flavors, I’m sure they tasted incredible all cooked together!


76 Jamie @ Food in Real Life January 26, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I love the country and homey feel of Kiran’s design, but I agree that your style seems to be bolder and brighter, like the food you eat. Good luck with your projects!


77 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 26, 2011 at 3:03 pm

That is a fabulous bowl of oats! I’m going to attempt to make my breakfast as awesome as yours tomorrow! :)


78 Haleigh January 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm

What a delicious+filling bowl of oatmeal. I always drool over your oatmeal concoctions! Mine usually consist of a banana and some jam, and that’s it 😉


79 Nikki (Barefoot and Loving It) January 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Your oatmeal always looks so good! I wish I could create a bowl of oats that looks anything like yours!


80 lauren @ spiced plate January 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm

cottage cheese + oatmeal = genius!


81 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 26, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Kiran’s header is awesome! :)

I have lots of bananas, and lots of oats! I need to overflow a bowl with them combined.


82 Alex January 26, 2011 at 6:53 pm

That certainly is an impressive bowl of oatmeal. Although I must say, I use a full cup of oats for my morning bowl, and it never turns out looking that voluminous.


83 Sarah January 26, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Ooh, Kiran’s looks awesome! But I understand why you want to keep what you’ve got.


84 Char January 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm

My breakfast did the same thing this morning haha.



85 Hannah January 26, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Phwoar! Oatmeal heaven! Gosh, I wish you’d open an oatmeal rather than bread-focused store 😛


86 CupKa January 27, 2011 at 12:07 am

DO NOT change ur header! it’s awesome as it is.


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