Personal Chef In A Box

July 24, 2012


Some days I wake up ready to tackle the kitchen – oatmeal, pancakes, french toast.


Other days I just wish breakfast were already made. Thus, cereal sounded good today!


And I opened a new one for extra excitement – Barbara’s Shredded Squares. Combined with blackberries, banana, chia seeds, coconut and milk.


Blob your sunflower butter off the spoon to find later in the bowl –


And then take the best first bite ever with the rest!


I found a new perfect blend for coffee concentrate – this makes it no longer a concentrate though!

Old: 4.5 cups water, 1 cup grounds = needed to dilute with water by 1/3 before drinking (sometimes)

NEW: 6 cups water, 1 cup grounds = perfectly mixed already


Have a great day!


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1 [email protected] July 24, 2012 at 8:18 am

How long does the concentrate have to sit/soak? And at what point does it not get any stronger? As in, it’s soaked up all the flavor…


2 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

I read 24 hours is ideal


3 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

But I think overnight would be just fine


4 Brittany July 24, 2012 at 8:26 am

The system we have recommends 12 hours. Not sure if any additional time matters?


5 Erica { } July 24, 2012 at 8:19 am

Wow that cereal looks incredible!


6 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 24, 2012 at 8:19 am

Hehe looks like you’ve got this coffee thing down to a science now Kath! Have an awesome day! :)


7 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 8:22 am

And probably a few weeks from now I’ll be off of it and onto hot drinks again!


8 Kaila @healthyhelperblog July 24, 2012 at 8:22 am

SSB is my FAVORITE nut butter…so I am with you on the first bite being the best! :)


9 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh July 24, 2012 at 8:23 am

I’m about to dig into my bowl of deliciousness as well! Nothing like that first, best bite!!


10 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux July 24, 2012 at 8:24 am

Oh, I’ll have to try this new coffee to water ratio! I’ve found that I like cold brewed coffee warmed up better than coffee made with hot water…not sure why! The light on your porch this morning is gorgeous!


11 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 8:31 am

I think because the cold brew is less bitter : )


12 Brittany July 24, 2012 at 8:24 am

I’m the same way with breakfast – some days I feel like making something, but other days I just want to pour a few ingredients into a bowl. My go-to on days like that is yogurt with strawberry and banana slices.

We live on coffee concentrate over here!


13 Brie @ Coxswain Dilemma July 24, 2012 at 8:24 am

Sunflower butter is literally nature’s greatest gift to humanity.


14 Victoria July 24, 2012 at 8:25 am

First-time commenter, long-time reader: I was having a squiz through your pictures of your humble abode and I just have to say straight up, you are incredible. Your place is beautifully presented and has such charm, subtle elegance and ambiance, gosh I wanted to dive straight in and lounge around your living room! Besides that, your breakfasts also look divine even if they are just cereal.
Much love


15 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 8:31 am

Thanks for your comment Victoria!


16 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

I LOVE peanut butter in my cereal! Makes everything all gooey and delicious! Have a great day Kath!


17 Khushboo July 24, 2012 at 8:34 am

Now that’s a bowl of deliciousness!


18 Rachel July 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

I’ve never tried nut butter in my cereal… I should it sounds different haha


19 Kori July 24, 2012 at 8:48 am

We had almost the same exact breakfast! Wheat Chex, banana, blackberries, sunflower seed butter, coconut butter, cinnamon, and milk. Only I had hot coffee. 😉 Kaci and I will need to try this concentrate, though! She loves iced coffee, and I love it too but sometimes don’t feel like waiting for it to chill. Have a wonderful day, Kath!!


20 Grace @ Grace Dishes July 24, 2012 at 8:52 am

I need to start making coffee concentrate! I’ve made tea by letting it sit for hours. I wonder why I never thought to do the same with coffee. Love it!

Breakfast looks yummy!


21 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 24, 2012 at 8:53 am

There is something awesome about a simple bowl of cereal with bananas on top. It was always my favorite growing up – with Special K or Cheerios and a spoonful of sugar. :)


22 Katharina July 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

Oh wow, a new box of cereal and a new coffee recipe! Sounds like an exciting morning. Hope you have a fun day! Love that metal straw.


23 Jasmine @ learning to feed yourself July 24, 2012 at 9:10 am

Bananas + cereal always makes a great breakfast! I keep telling myself to try iced coffee in the morning, but I haven’t gotten around to actually doing it yet… Maybe I’ll try your method soon!


24 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope July 24, 2012 at 9:12 am

That cereal bowl looks yummy! I love Barbara’s Bakery. Her cereals are always great! I love the addition of nut butter.


25 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 24, 2012 at 9:17 am

When I don’t feel like making breakfast, I microwave a sweet potato, put an over easy egg on top and eat it with some salsa!


26 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 9:58 am

That sounds like a delicious lunch to me :) Wish I could do savory for breakfast!


27 Ashley @ Sweat for Sweets July 24, 2012 at 9:22 am

Your photos are SO beautiful & I absolutely love the rustic wooden table you take all your pictures on.


28 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 9:57 am



29 mary @ minutespermile July 24, 2012 at 9:25 am

ohhh, you have matching mug and bowl? cute. barbara’s is bomb. in my opinion, puffins take the cake for best cereal ever.


30 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 24, 2012 at 9:26 am

Looks like a great breakfast!


31 Elle @ nutritionella July 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

I’m all about dolling up a bowl of cereal with fresh fruit. Never thought to add a nut butter though – looks SO good and far more satisfying!


32 Millie Snyder July 24, 2012 at 9:56 am

Looks delicious as always! I think the worst part about reading your blog is that I want a bite of everything you make haha. Thanks for sharing!


33 Anna @ On Anna's Plate July 24, 2012 at 10:05 am

Is it wrong that when I saw your title in my reader, all I could think of was SNL’s “D*ck in a Box”?? :-)


34 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 10:06 am

Haha no


35 Micky July 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I thought the same thing, lol! :)


36 Jessica @ New Girl, New City July 24, 2012 at 10:11 am

Cereal is my definite go to breakfast, quick, easy, and delicious!


37 Kristen @ Change of Pace July 24, 2012 at 10:25 am

Love the coffee idea! And I love the cereal. I think people don’t think about adding toppings to cereal. It’s so good.


38 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 24, 2012 at 10:38 am

Barbara cereals are probably some of my favorite! I wish they weren’t so pricey at the grocery store but thankfully I can usually find them at Trader Joes for cheaper and in bigger boxes. 😉


39 Kate S. July 24, 2012 at 11:15 am

But then you have to wash the press more often! No dishwasher=me making super super strong coffee concentrate so it lasts longer :).


40 Pam July 24, 2012 at 11:47 am

I love iced coffee served in mason jars too! So much FUN!! Been making the concentrate like that for some time too….the best! :)


41 Annette @FitnessPerks July 24, 2012 at 11:53 am

YES, somedays are just cereal days!


42 Angel7 July 24, 2012 at 11:59 am

I love Barbara’s Shredded Squares! We have Barbara’s Puffins in our pantry right now.

I wrote down your coffee recipe :) Thanks!


43 Tiffany July 24, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I’ll have to try cereal one day for breakfast :)

I felt the exact same way this morning when I woke up lol but then I decided to try out a new breakfast porridge using quinoa and oat bran. It was good! Topped with sunflower butter…YUM!

Have you ever tried using different grains besides oats for your breakfast porridge?


44 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

I’ve used a bunch in the past – oat bran, 9 grain mixes, different kinds of oats, but I don’t really care for quinoa (I’m not a huge fan in general..)


45 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 24, 2012 at 12:16 pm

glad you’ve found a more perfect coffee concentrate solution…coffee, I’m always tweaking it, too!


46 Megan @ Megan's Munchies July 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm

I am liking this coffee concentrate idea! Definitely a must try!


47 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama July 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Cereal has been my go-to breakfast lately. It just has been hitting the spot. I’m a huge fan on Barbara’s but have never tried that kinds. Will look for it next grocery store stop!


48 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Hahaa I was confused for a sec when I read this and thought “hey, where’s the chef?’

Oops :)


49 Amanda @ flecksofgreen July 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm

How do the shreddred squares compare to the orginial puffins? I always see them on the shelf, but I haven’t tried them yet.


50 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Flavor wise, good. They are crunchier!


51 Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 24, 2012 at 4:31 pm

You seriously have a gift for taking a plain bowl of cereal and making it choc full of awesome.


52 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count July 25, 2012 at 5:56 am

The coffee concentrate sounds good…I’ll have to try it!


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