Paper Trail

August 5, 2010

Last night when we arrived at Brixx, Dad said he had a coupon.

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Written on foam – a birthday gift from me of yesteryear

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[For the record, Dad is now 55.]

Guess I should have written an expiration on the coupon!

Same with this one he has also been carrying around in his wallet!

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And while they were going through my grandmother’s things after she passed away, they found this prescribed diet for my dad from 1959. We think they were trying to get him to gain weight. Veal and meat broth for lunch anyone!? And dessert with every meal!

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I didn’t sleep very well last night. No air conditioning (you know where I get it from!) and a scary thunderstorm kept me up :(

Mom requested oats, so I’m up to cook ’em

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  • 1/3 cup quick oats
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Pinch salt, vanilla, cinnamon
  • [NO BANANA!]
  • Strawberries, nectarine (which I heated in the microwave and plopped on top – I never stir fresh fruit in oats because it waters down, with the exception of berries, which I stir in at the last minute]
  • Opera Girl Double Coconut Granola
  • Spoonful of JIFF [The Real Stuff]

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With some hot tea [getting coffee at the airport!]

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I had an audience!

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Who let the cat out – woof woof woof.

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While I’m in the sky today, you should know that ALL of OpenSky has free shipping until August 9!!

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1 Marilou @ Mostly Healthy August 5, 2010 at 6:27 am

Makes you think twice before offering coupons! hehe!!!

How sweet that he kept it in his wallet all this time <3


2 Wei-Wei August 5, 2010 at 6:34 am

Have a safe trip! Is that oats for just one? I love the coupons, by the way… I make massage coupons for my dad 😉



3 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 5, 2010 at 6:36 am

Ha, that coupon is too funny! I used to give coupons as gifts to my parents all the time– “Good for one free hug,” etc. :-)


4 Joanna @ August 5, 2010 at 6:40 am

That coupon is so cute! And thanks for the heads up about Opensky. I will have to see if I can afford some goodies :)


5 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 5, 2010 at 6:44 am

Love the coupons!! I love that your dad kept them :)

Safe travels!


6 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 5, 2010 at 6:44 am

The colors in the oatmeal are so pretty! What a great way to start the day. Enjoy your trip and have a great day!


7 Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 5, 2010 at 6:51 am

haha I used to love making coupons for my dad for birthdays. He always used his pretty quite though! Those are hilarious.


8 Anne P August 5, 2010 at 6:54 am

Omg that diet is too funny! Adorable coupons, too. I may or may not STILL do gifts like that for people. Heh.

Also, LOVE seeing the Peter Rabbit bowl :) My mom would bring those out for us on special occasions like our birthdays and we loved them! So fun reading the bottom when you were done eatin 😉


9 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 5, 2010 at 6:55 am

Great coupons!
No banana!? I can’t do oats without banana, it jsut seems wrong..I admire you!


10 Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes August 5, 2010 at 6:57 am

Oh, the coupons that we gave out in our younger years – I love them. They promised the world! :)
Safe travels today!



11 Simply Life August 5, 2010 at 7:02 am

Ha, I love those homemade coupons! I used to make them all the time for chores around the house :)


12 Amanda-The Nutritionist Reviews August 5, 2010 at 7:05 am

That’s awesome that you can spend some time with your parents. And too cute that your dad saved that coupon!


13 Neen @ Broad Bean to Runner Bean August 5, 2010 at 7:05 am

oh such cute coupons!! x


14 Heather August 5, 2010 at 7:12 am

Love the coupons! It is so cute that your dad has kept those for so many years!

Safe travels today!


15 Julz @ freshman5k August 5, 2010 at 7:20 am

I’ve written my dad a similar coupon before too!


16 [email protected]:// August 5, 2010 at 7:24 am

The oats look so good and I love fresh fruit in oats. That cat is soooo cute.


17 Cara August 5, 2010 at 7:25 am

Safe travels!


18 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 5, 2010 at 7:32 am

haha…love the coupons from yesteryear! I can relate, since we used to hand out coupons to my parents left and right, and I’m pretty sure they still have some of them (like making them a favorite breakfast in the morning.)

This post made me smile. 😀


19 Hannah August 5, 2010 at 7:32 am

I must say, I’m on a dessert-with-every-meal weight gain diet too… and I have to say, it could be worse 😉


20 coco August 5, 2010 at 7:35 am

i love those “coupons”!!! so cute!!!
safe trip Kath! 😉


21 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 5, 2010 at 7:41 am

Haha! I give my parents coupons for their birthdays as well (redeemable for 1 day of housecleaning or 1 day of yardwork) — I think it is a great gift.

What is that bowl? Is it Beatrix Potter? I couldn’t read all of the words around the lip — but it looked so cute!


22 Brittany @ A Healthy Slice of Life August 5, 2010 at 7:48 am

Haha, I used to write coupons like yours for my parent’s birthdays, too! How sweet of him to save it all this time :)


23 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 5, 2010 at 7:50 am

that is my favorite bowl of oats so far…mainly because i had an eye-opening peach experience yesterday :) SO GOOD!


24 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 5, 2010 at 7:56 am

I’m glad someone in the Younger fan keeps old stuff around like me haha. I made so many of those coupons growing up, I sure hope they don’t turn up :)


25 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 5, 2010 at 8:06 am

haha love the coupons!! Its awesome he’s kept them for so long 😛


26 Daniel August 5, 2010 at 8:06 am

Those coupons are cute, haha. I remember when I was in 5K or first grade we got a little booklet of coupons to color and give to our Dads for Father’s day. A whole bunch of “I’ll be a good kid,” and “I’ll take the garbage out with no complaining!” type things.


27 Christie {Honoring Health} August 5, 2010 at 8:10 am

Those old school coupons are so cute and sweet!

Travel safe today!


28 Heather August 5, 2010 at 8:13 am

too funny that your dad kept those lol!


29 tanyasdailyproductreviews August 5, 2010 at 8:17 am

the strawberries look good in your breakfast


30 Rose-Anne August 5, 2010 at 8:20 am

Ah, what a cute post! Your dad is adorable.

Have a good flight, Ms. KERF!


31 Meg August 5, 2010 at 8:20 am

We had some nasty storms here in Maryland lastnight as well! I adore the coupons, haha – that’s awesome and such a good idea. I hope you enjoy your day, Kath!


32 Rachael @ Mrs-Adventure August 5, 2010 at 8:23 am

Ok I had soooo many things to say then I saw THOSE FLOORS seriouly is that your mom’s house? Oh gosh next time snap more photos I’m seriouly in love with them :+)


33 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef August 5, 2010 at 8:25 am

love the peter rabbit bowl! we used those all the time growing up, and my mom still has them. she did give me my favorite “2 handled” juice cup that has peter & friends on it! :)


34 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 5, 2010 at 8:26 am

Those coupons are too cute, so is the fact that your dad held onto them for all that time. Beautiful oats!


35 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 5, 2010 at 8:30 am

LOL, that so awesome that your dad saved those coupons. :) Good thing you didn’t give him homemade KAY bonds!



36 Camille August 5, 2010 at 8:34 am

Haha, I remember making coupons for my Mom and Dad when I was little! I feel like at some point now they are going to pull out a coupon from 15 years ago that says I will give them a million dollars or live at home forever or something! :)


37 Sami August 5, 2010 at 8:49 am

awh! i used to make coupon books as a kid, too! i stilll give him some like those because what do you get the parents who has everything? i’ll bet the bears missed momma!


38 Rachel August 5, 2010 at 8:50 am

I hope you have safe travels!

In the future, you might want to keep in mind that using a burner bigger than your pot is a huge waste of energy!


39 Kath August 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Normally I follow that rule, but this stove is 50 years old and I think that’s the only burner that works.


40 Jen(eatmovelove) August 5, 2010 at 8:54 am

I’ll take any coupon for Pizza Hut please!!


41 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 5, 2010 at 8:58 am

I can’t believe he has been carrying that round all of these years. That is so entirely special.


42 Megan (Braise The Roof) August 5, 2010 at 9:01 am

I love the IOU coupons! I used to give them to my parents, too, but they were usually for things like “a free back rub” or “I’ll clean my room”. And believe me- they always cashed those in!!


43 [email protected] lady August 5, 2010 at 9:07 am

Have a great flight!!! Those coupons are so cute! I love that idea!!!


44 Ashley August 5, 2010 at 9:13 am

LOVEly oat photos!!! Nectarines are my favorite. I used to not like peaches b/c of the fuzz. I really like them now, but nectarines still win in my book! 😉 That diet sounds HILarious!


45 Allison K August 5, 2010 at 9:21 am

I love that. My dad still carries my baby picture in his wallet.


46 Fallon August 5, 2010 at 9:27 am

Hell yes on free shipping!! Can’t wait to shop on Opensky when I get off of work!!!


47 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 5, 2010 at 9:27 am

No air conditioning is rough. I had that for a week at the start of summer and I know I got barely any sleep.

That is so cute that your dad kept the coupons 😀


48 Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life August 5, 2010 at 9:36 am

I LOVE making coupons like that for my parents! I do it all the time. :)


49 Laughter-Loving Stacy August 5, 2010 at 9:54 am

yumm! that oatmeal looks good! maybe i’ll make that this morning :)


50 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 5, 2010 at 10:17 am

I love the painted hardwood floor in the entry way of your parent’s house! Have a great flight:)


51 wishful nals August 5, 2010 at 10:17 am

so sweet that your dad has held on to those coupons :)


52 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 5, 2010 at 10:26 am

That is such a cute little coupon!! I love the photo of the oats – I’m almost tempted to make them for lunch!! 😉 Have a great day!


53 Mastering Public Health August 5, 2010 at 10:36 am

Boo for no banana, but what a pretty bowl of oats you created.


54 Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life August 5, 2010 at 10:55 am

The fact that your dad kept the coupon for so long is proof that parents really do appreciate the coupons we give them as kids (or young adults!)! I might have to go scrounge through my parents stuff so I can put expiration dates on mine!

Hopefully the sun comes out for you today!


55 Millie August 5, 2010 at 11:07 am

Peter Rabbit! I have the exact same bowl, and it’s absolutely my favorite! :)

I have tried two different versions of your oatmeal breakfasts these past two mornings (just discovered the blog on Tuesday) and they’re amazing – I’m no longer starving by lunch, and I feel so energized!



56 Heather August 5, 2010 at 11:30 am


I have a question about the pod you used when youmoved. could you e mail me so I could ask you a question or two? I can’t find your address anywhere! thanks!


57 Sara August 5, 2010 at 2:11 pm
58 Kath August 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm
59 tia August 5, 2010 at 11:37 am

Super cute bowl, love it!

Just looking at the pictures from you last post make me feel relaxed lol! Seems like an amazing place to visit. That pizza looks way to delicious.


60 Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) August 5, 2010 at 11:46 am

Those coupons are great! I love that he’s been carrying them around all this time!


61 Sandy August 5, 2010 at 11:54 am

We have air conditioning but I do not like it and so we only use it if we have company so that they will not be uncomfortable. This has been a very trying summer in Indiana without air as we have been above 90 multiple times. Most summers I never have to turn it on at all but we did live with it for 3 days last week with company. It makes me feel like it is winter time. Of course that was a question I wondered when I saw your pictures yesterday. In the picture of your mom on the porch it looks like a window is open but in one of the bedroom pictures, the window seems to be closed. Only an air conditioning phobic would look at such a thing!


62 Sandy August 5, 2010 at 11:54 am

P.S. did you pay up on this birthday dinner gift?


63 Kath August 5, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Of course!


64 Courtney (Delightful Devours) August 5, 2010 at 12:06 pm

What a fantastic looking oatmeal bowl. Your audience is very cute!


65 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 5, 2010 at 12:17 pm

oh jiff pb! those commercials really got me with those spreadable peanuts!


66 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 5, 2010 at 12:25 pm

When I was little I used to make coupons like these for my parents all the time, for things like cleaning my room and other chores. Unfortunately for me, they ALWAYS remembered to use them. 😛


67 Sarah (OC2Seattle) August 5, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Those coupons are classic and I love that he was up for redeeming one 13 years later!


68 Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales August 5, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Love those coupons! I can’t believe he has them after all this time.


69 Jaclyn August 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm

Where are you headed…BlogHer?!!


70 Kath August 5, 2010 at 2:21 pm



71 Laura August 5, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Hahaha classic!!!! x


72 Kim August 5, 2010 at 6:54 pm

We have had a few scary storms this year. Thankfully the past couple have blown right over us. Hope the weather is better in NYC. I am looking forward to hearing about Blog Her, are your Mom and Sister going with? Have fun!

Hopefully they are nicer to you about doing product reviews. Food can be expensive and I like hearing other peoples opinion so I like product reviews. :)


73 Katy B August 6, 2010 at 12:26 am

OMG I rarely ever comment but I just had to today because I HAVE THAT EXACT BOWL!!!


74 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear August 6, 2010 at 1:37 am

Your coupons are so cute!


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