Personal Chef In A Box

July 24, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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Have a great day!

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1 Allie@LiveLaughEat 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…

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2 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

I read 24 hours is ideal

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3 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

But I think overnight would be just fine

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4 Brittany July 24, 2012 at 8:26 am

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

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

Wow that cereal looks incredible!

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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! :)

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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!

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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! :)

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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!!

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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!

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11 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 8:31 am

I think because the cold brew is less bitter : )

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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!

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

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

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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

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15 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 8:31 am

Thanks for your comment Victoria!

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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!

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17 Khushboo July 24, 2012 at 8:34 am

Now that’s a bowl of deliciousness!

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18 Rachel July 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

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

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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!!

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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!

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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. :)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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26 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 9:58 am

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

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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.

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28 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 9:57 am

Thanks!

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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.

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

Looks like a great breakfast!

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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!

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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!

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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”?? :-)

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34 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 10:06 am

Haha no

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35 Micky July 24, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I thought the same thing, lol! :)

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

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

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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.

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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. ;)

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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 :).

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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! :)

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

YES, somedays are just cereal days!

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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!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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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?

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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..)

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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!

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

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

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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!

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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 :)

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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.

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50 KathEats July 24, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Flavor wise, good. They are crunchier!

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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.

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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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