Overnight Shrunk

May 7, 2012

As opposed to the other night’s overnight skunk!

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One thing I love about my career is I can plan my weeks however I want. Rather than taking a weekend day completely off, I worked most of the day writing – into the evening. It feels so good to start Monday with a to-do list that shrunk overnight! [The word shrunk reminds me of shrinky dinks! Remember those?]

By request, the 2011 highlights have been updated on my Favorite Posts page! My, what a fun + exciting year it was.

2011 Year Highlights

AND, years procrastinated, an All About Groceries post! I hope this won’t be disappointing. The reason I have been reluctant to write one is because I’m really not much of a meal planner! But hopefully the structure in which we [don’t] plan and shop and a list of staples will be of use to some of you : ) Find it on the sidebar on on the “Behind The Blog” page.

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While I was on a roll last night, I also decided to make this morning’s breakfast!

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Overnight oats with banana and strawberries, topped with the last of my Cville Cluster and globs of freshly opened TJ’s sunflower butter (it’s runniest when it’s first opened even though I did my best to give it a great stir!)

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Sugar Caramel Oolong tea on this chilly, cloudy morning! I put on a fleece and sweatpants after finding myself freezing in my tank and shorts and now I’m hot!

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Have a great Monday!

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1 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope May 7, 2012 at 7:57 am

Can’t wait to check out your groceries post! I always find it so interesting seeing what other people buy at the grocery store. :)

Your oats look so good! I love the addition of strawberries and bananas.

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2 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries May 7, 2012 at 8:04 am

i love when i’m able to get on a roll and knock out a bunch of stuff at once! i was on a roll on friday cleaning the house… i got done, and i felt SO good afterward. enjoy your monday!

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3 Allie@LiveLaughEat May 7, 2012 at 8:08 am

Runny sunflower seed butter just means the good chunky stuff is waiting for you at the bottom!

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4 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance May 7, 2012 at 8:10 am

You’re so lucky you have a flexible schedule. I’m interested to see the groceries post!

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5 Molly @ RDexposed May 7, 2012 at 8:15 am

My work’s flexibility is sometimes the ability to go in either at 8:00 or 8:30. I’ll take it?

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6 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 8:17 am
7 Erin May 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Ha! When somebody asks me what my hours are, my response is “8ish to 5ish”.

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8 Liz @ Tip Top Shape May 7, 2012 at 8:16 am

I love starting off the week with a bit of a head start. It definitely makes Monday more manageable. And that sugar caramel tea sounds amazing!!!

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9 Kavi @ Lab to Fab! May 7, 2012 at 8:20 am

I found the All About Groceries post helpful – thanks!

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10 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 8:28 am

Glad to hear it!

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11 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 7, 2012 at 8:27 am

I’m excited to read your all about groceries post! I’m not a meal planner either, so I think seeing what you buy to be able to throw together those amazing dinners will be helpful!

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12 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 7, 2012 at 8:27 am

Hello there Ms Productivity!!! :) Nice work on all the blog updates Kath! I hope you have some time to relax today – sugar caramel tea sounds like a perfect way to start. :)

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13 Cait's Plate May 7, 2012 at 8:36 am

Oh my gosh I was SO OBSESSED with shrinky dinks as a kid!! And so funny that you posted this because I was just in Target and noticed them in the toy section and freaked out!! I may or may not have bought some just to play with :)

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14 mary @ minutespermile May 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

“shrunk” reminds me of Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Great film!! Thanks for the groceries page. Sure it will be helpful and pretty!

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15 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 8:40 am

Hahah – great movie!!

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16 Jasper {crunchylittlebites} May 7, 2012 at 8:49 am

Love love love the pretty white linen and mug :)

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17 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 7, 2012 at 8:49 am

I am not a meal planner too, we usually by the protein, the vegetables, sauces etc and cook with what we have on hand, this really makes more creative in the kitchen :)

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18 kathleen @ the daily crumb May 7, 2012 at 8:53 am

looking forward to checking out your grocery post! enjoy the week, kath!

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19 Becca May 7, 2012 at 9:08 am

Oh I would love to be able to make my own schedule :) I love it when I have a really productive day! Great way to start the week.

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20 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass May 7, 2012 at 9:11 am

Shrinky dinks were the best! I always had smurf ones. Good times…

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21 Antonia @ healthinspirations May 7, 2012 at 9:11 am

You truly are the “queen of breakfast-making”, if I may say so. Every single one of your breakfasts looks DELICIOUS. Not that your other meals don’t look good! Have a great week :)

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22 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

: )

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23 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon May 7, 2012 at 9:14 am

I had overnight oats with banana and strawberry as well this morning! Only I added peanut butter instead of sunflower seed butter.

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24 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles May 7, 2012 at 9:25 am

Sugar Caramel Oolong tea sounds interesting…who makes that?

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25 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 10:56 am

Golden moon, available through opensky

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26 Sana May 7, 2012 at 9:33 am

You really are lucky to be working for yourself :) I am sure it can be lonely, but the perks are worth it!

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27 Sheri May 7, 2012 at 9:43 am

Yeah!! So excited about your grocery post :) I will study it, as I think it is amazing how you come up with all these healthy meals in a matter of minutes. Thanks for doing the post, for our benefit! It will be a huge help, and I’m forwarding this to my sister, I think she will love it too.

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28 Rachel May 7, 2012 at 9:55 am

Hi Kath,

I just wanted to stop by to say thank you for inspiring my PB oatmeal and OOIAJ obsession – my boyfriend loves them too! I started reading your blog from the beginning this weekend and it is so amazing how it has evolved. Congrats on your pregnancy, so exciting!!

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29 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 10:57 am

So glad

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30 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 7, 2012 at 10:08 am

You always amaze me with all your side bars, post organization and little widget-ey things and links and buttons. It all takes time to do..and for me, way more time than probably it does for you because I am not so speedy with that kind of stuff. Lol

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31 janet May 7, 2012 at 10:24 am

Does your list differ in the summer? We try to shop at local vendors whenever they are open – eliminating the grocery trip for (most) fruit/veg/meat/bread.

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32 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 11:14 am

Yeah in the summer I shop at the market for produce, eggs and meat and go to wf about every other week for things like yogurt and cheese. I always spend more money at the market, but I hopefully balance that with produce from my garden!

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33 janet May 7, 2012 at 10:25 am

*I didn’t word that well, not that your “list” would change, but your shopping trip(s). Or do you use WF year-round is what I am trying to ask =)

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34 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio May 7, 2012 at 10:31 am

That bowl of oatmeal looks wicked good! Happy Monday Kath!

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35 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach May 7, 2012 at 10:59 am

what an awesomely productive weekend (and a delicious breakfast!)

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36 eliza May 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

Love your blog Kath :) You are such a source of meal inspiration for me. I have been reading since 2008 and love your short, long, silly, and informative posts! Thanks.

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37 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 11:50 am

Thanks so much Eliza!

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38 Annette @FitnessPerks May 7, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I’m like that too–always have staples, and decide from there–so no stuff goes to waste. It works for us! :)

The oats look awesome.

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39 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers May 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Wow, you really were on a roll last night. :) BTW, I have that same Highland Brewing sticker.

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40 Katie @ Happy Figs May 7, 2012 at 11:33 pm

It’s so nice to work from home! I work for a lifestyle company as a graphic designer and when I had my first baby 6 years ago they let me start working full time from home! Turns out its cheaper for them because they don’t need to have office space for me! Win Win I say. I had been working for them for 5 years previous to getting pregnant and was an integrated part of their team already so I feel so damned lucky to have this job with them.

Now I can do the same as you, sometimes I take a weekday off or two and make up for it on a saturday, and working from home also means when I’m not busy I don’t have to just sit around an office bored. I can just get up and do something productive in my house….. or start my own sewing business on the side… hahaha…. is that sneaky?

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41 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 8, 2012 at 6:26 am

You were busy, busy! It feels good to get things of the list!

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42 Angel7 May 9, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Sunflower butter can be runny, but I like it a little runny.

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