Perfect Summer Morning

July 12, 2008


We’ve got one of those here today. I can hear the cicadas playing their rhythmic morning music and the sun is shining bright.

I was in a big cold cereal mood this morning, so I had a big bowl of lots of things:

  • 1 cup Organic Morning Lite
  • About 1/4 cup Cinnabun
  • 2 tbsp homemade granola
  • Half a tiny banana
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Milk
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It was SO good!!!!!!! Lots of crunch and chew.


After studying the BlogHer Conference Agenda for an hour, we’re off to the gym, then turning around and heading to the POOL! Just once this summer I want to read by the pool. Splashing kids and all!

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    1 Julz July 12, 2008 at 8:53 am

    As I’ve said before (numerous times) that table is so sweet <3 I lerve it so! And the size of those blueberries! Such a healthy breakfast :) What a way to start your day!

    Have fun by the pool and enjoy your cookout!


    2 Em July 12, 2008 at 9:22 am

    AW yummy looking breakfast AGAIN. And thanks for the shout out last night!! I actually learned that tip from blogger Leng of “A Fat Cat Who Created a Vegetarian”. Isn’t baking it the BEST though?! Comes out perfectly everytime!


    3 Sweetsandsweats July 12, 2008 at 9:46 am

    You always have such fabulous flatware!! That looks like a handpainted bowl.

    Have a great time at the pool!


    4 oatmeal July 12, 2008 at 9:51 am

    Yumm I haven’t had cereal in a really long time! And those berries look amazing–nice way to enjoy the summer with some summery fruits! 😀


    5 sarah July 12, 2008 at 10:50 am

    your day sounds a lot like mine! just got back from the gym and now am headed to the pool :) our pool tends to be kid-heavy as well . . . i’m hoping maybe it will be on the quieter side today.


    6 sarah July 12, 2008 at 10:50 am

    your day sounds a lot like mine! just got back from the gym and now am headed to the pool :) our pool tends to be kid-heavy as well . . . i’m hoping maybe it will be on the quieter side today.


    7 Amanda July 12, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Sounds like a relaxing day! I don’t think you saw this part of my question yesterday, but I was wondering what are the mainstream abroad books? Did you use any websites? Did you travel places on weekends…london is near so many other countries.

    Also, do you make the same type of granola everytime? If so how do you make it or is it store bought? Thanks again :) Enjoy your day!


    8 Kath July 12, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Amanda ,
    Go to Barnes and Nobel’s travel section and just browse the books for your country. Any of them would be good. I think I mentioned Frommer’s? And Let’s Go!. I traveled throughout England and Scotland on my visit but didn’t go to Europe. I can recommend some places via email if you’re going to England?

    Lastly, the granola recipe is on the sidebar: Coconut Almond Granola.



    9 Sidi July 12, 2008 at 11:11 am

    I live under the impression that as soon as Friday comes I’ll have a looong vacation. Wrong, of course. It’s only Saturday (cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, maybe people coming over or us going for a visit) and Sunday ( cooking for the rest of the week, fun for kids, sometimes shopping and visits). I know you’re planning your time off, but I still envy you for having it. Have a great vacation!


    10 tiedtogetherwithasmile July 12, 2008 at 11:29 am

    The breakfast looks delicious. Have fun at the pool!!


    11 laur July 12, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Question for Kath or anyone else who can answer: Have you ever had shin splints? I recently got back into running and probably started up too fast. Now I have shin splints and am wondering what to do in terms of exercise, how long they’ll last, etc. I’ve been reading information online, but hearing personal experiences would be helpful, too. Thanks! :)


    12 Sarah July 12, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    I saw the comment about traveling to england and scotland. I am going there in August and would love any recommendations you have of things to do/places to eat


    13 Janet July 12, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Hello! I just followed a link to a link to a link and ended up here and read through your whole blog. I LOVE it! Great photography and food ideas. I’ve recently lost 50lbs with about 20 more to go to be at a healthy weight. Your site is such an encouragement. i even went looking last night for the “green spoon” at Crate and Barrel. They are called “condiment spoons” and they had them in white and blue, but no green. Very cute!


    14 Sarah July 12, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    laur—-RICE! In other words, what worked for me was Rest, Ice, Compression, and Exercise. Icing being at the top of that list.

    Sometimes it takes a while to find “that stride” again which can cause you to ‘plod’ on the ground (you’ll know you’re doing this if you can hear your feet hitting the ground loudly as you run.) This can cause stress on the joints…the front of your leg.

    I had bad shin splints last year, and icing them for 20 minutes after exercising really helped. Theres also a bunch of exercises online that can help you out. :)

    Good luck…I know its a pain!! :-(


    15 Every Gym's Nightmare July 12, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    cold cereal is my favorite taste-wise but it never keeps me full for long. maybe i should try piling it high with fruit for more fiber…

    anyways, have a good lay by the pool. i dont even know if there is an outdoor pool anywhere around my house, but my patience is nil, so i couldnt sstand the kids for very long. and have fun at the conference, i gotta wait until next time :(


    16 Evey July 12, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    The E in RICE actually stands for elevation, not exercise.


    17 R. Leigh July 12, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Frommer’s is great- I’ve done a bit of traveling with their books and they have never let me down. Ssh, here’s a secret: all the information is online, too.
    Enjoy your trip!


    18 Kath July 12, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    laur ,
    I’ve never had shin splits, but what Sarah said sounds like what I’ve heard about treating them.

    Sarah ,
    I’ll get you started with two towns now to miss: Whitby, which is on the East Coast just past New Castle. Here’s a shot of the town:

    There is a 7 mile hike that leaves from Whitby – here’s me hiking it:

    The town so so cute and there are great restaurants up on a cliff.

    Going south there’s a great path you can bike that leads to a town called Robin Hood’s Bay. So quint and cute!

    Second, we went to Isle of Mull and Iona off the Western coast of Scotland – SOOO gorgeous! The water was clear as the Caribbean.

    Isle of Mull:


    and of course go to Cambridge!!!

    Janet ,
    Welcome to KERF!!



    19 laur July 12, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks for your help, Sarah! I’m going to go put a bag of frozen peas on my shins right now! :)


    20 adria July 12, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    I love reading by the pool- but that may be because I want to be tan, and 20 minutes reading- flip over- 20 minutes nap is perfect for me.

    Oh, no the cicadas have come out again. Those little buggers make it hard to hear conversation when we eat dinner outside they’re so loud!

    oh, I’ve been having a hard time with shine splints the last year and a hlaf or so. The one thing that REALLY REALLY REALLY helped me was making sure I was running heel-toe, heel-toe. My volleyball days trained me to run on my toes and it’s taking a while to change the muscle memory- but I’m glad to be running again!


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