Put The Spoon In The Coconut

February 10, 2012

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Pile-O-coconut butter to greet me for breakfast this morning! Hilary gave me the end of one of her jars (she’s HOOKED on the stuff!) I haven’t had it in ages – I’ve been meaning to buy more! Apparently it’s on sale at our WF right now.

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My oat base is Holly’s Goji berry made in the rice cooker with 1.5 cups water, porridge setting and timer set. I also added cinnamon, salt and vanilla, and stirred in cottage cheese and half a banana. I’m liking the banana more solid in the rice cooker oats since it doesn’t really get whipped in the same as stovetop. Coconut butter + almond butter on top. I haven’t been adding granola or anything grainy on top since I’ve been using a bigger oat portion.

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Spoon it on in!

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Here’s a glimpse at our new porch furniture that Matt was able to pick up. It took me 30 minutes to unwrap the chairs from all their packaging. Love the colors! Not sure what exact arrangement we’re going to use. The loveseat is just long enough to lay down with a book.

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Happy Friday!!

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1 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh February 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

I need to try coconut oil/butter/water etc. Everyone who uses them raves.

LOVE the furniture! You’re going to spend some nice times out there on those babies (and before the end of the season WITH your baby!) Have a great weekend!

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2 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life February 10, 2012 at 9:22 am

I love your furniture! Especially the rockers and the bright, springy cushions! Perfect for a warm day of reading on the porch! :-)

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3 dee February 10, 2012 at 9:22 am

You’re so right. Love the colors of your new furniture. :)

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4 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde February 10, 2012 at 9:22 am

Your furniture looks great! I love the sun-drenched porch; I hope warm weather gets there for you soon because lounging on the loveseat and curling up in the sunshine with a good book sounds pretty much as perfect as can be :)

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5 manou February 10, 2012 at 9:23 am

omg, loving the rocking chairs !! btw congrats for being a mum soooon !! wish you all the best for your pregnancy.. greetings form berlin/germany, manou

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6 Whitney February 10, 2012 at 9:24 am

Have you ever made your own coconut butter? Absolutely wonderful. And much easier on the wallet, I must admit. Just don’t kill your food processor! Woops …

Your porch is beautiful! I’ve added one to my dream-house requirements – who doesn’t love all the natural light?!?!

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7 Samantha February 10, 2012 at 10:50 am

I agree Kath..you gotta make your own coconut butta. That vita mix of yours should have no problem with it.
xo

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8 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

No but thanks for the reminder! THAT’S what I’ll do!

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9 Patty February 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

I can see future pictures of you rocking your baby on those chairs. This post also helped me push away a donut and turn to oats instead. My body thanks you for that!

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10 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot February 10, 2012 at 9:27 am

I had coconut this morning too! (While thinking tropical thoughts as the snow fell outside… ;)) Happy Friday!

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11 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 10, 2012 at 9:29 am

That coconut butter looks awesome! How do you get it so spreadable? Mine always hardens so quickly!

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12 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Microwaved for 15 secs :)

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13 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope February 10, 2012 at 9:29 am

I love the porch furniture! I really like the colors. The rocking chairs are going to be so nice once you have the baby :)

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14 Khushboo February 10, 2012 at 9:32 am

Eating on the porch will be so great when the weather warms up!

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15 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 10, 2012 at 9:39 am

I have yet to try coconut butter, I need to get on that! And I love the furniture!

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16 Hannah @ Eat, Drink and Save Money February 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

I love the fact that those are rocking chairs! So jealous!

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17 Cait @ Beyond Bananas February 10, 2012 at 9:43 am

I’ve always wanted to try coconut butter.. but the price scares me!!

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18 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio February 10, 2012 at 9:45 am

CUTE chairs!! LOVE!

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19 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 10, 2012 at 9:53 am

Love that porch furniture! I had coconut butter in my oats this morning too after a pretty long hiatus (totally forgot about it in the back of the pantry shelf!). I think it rivals nut butter for me. Love that stuff :)

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20 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 10, 2012 at 9:54 am

the combo of coconut butter + almond butter sounds perfect! and i love, love, love your new porch furniture! i think we have a similar love of the same colors.

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21 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 10, 2012 at 9:58 am

I love your new furniture Kath! The bright greens really pop and I’m sure will make for some lovely blog photos! Looks like a pretty delicious breakfast. I’m super excited because cottage cheese is on sale at one of my usual grocery stores this weekend.. yippee!!

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22 Katelyn February 10, 2012 at 9:59 am

Your new outdoor furniture is gorgeous! Where did you find it? Also, I was catching up on posts after a busy week last week, and I nearly squealed (at work, ha) when I saw your baby news! Congratulations!!! So happy for you and Matt – you are going to be great parents! I am looking forward to reading your BERF blog :) Thanks for sharing this with all of us!

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23 Angela February 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

Its from Pier 1!

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24 Maria@ Sinfully Nutritious February 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

I love your furniture!!!!!

Coconut butter is one of my favorite ingredients. I have to check out that sale!

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25 Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever February 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

Ah so cute soon you will be rocking a baby in those chairs

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26 Ann @ Running With Chopstix February 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

I love coconut butter! I used to eat it on top of toast all the time. Thanks for reminding me to pick some up! :)

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27 Lauren February 10, 2012 at 10:04 am

Yes – Where did you find that beautiful porch furniture? I love the colors you chose. I have not said anything in regards to your NEWS….Congrats on such an exciting adventure. Can’t wait to hear/read all about it.

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28 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Pier 1

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29 lindzjane115 February 10, 2012 at 6:40 pm

So glad the Pier 1 furniture is a hit :-)
(My dad has worked for them for 20 years, so I’m a bit partial).

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30 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 9:20 am

I thought of you while we were there!!

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31 Kirst February 10, 2012 at 10:08 am

Those rocking wicker chairs are so cute. I bet they are uber comfy too. Will be perfect for you and a babe :)

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32 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Hey Kirst!! Glad you know the news!!

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33 Angel7 February 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

I love your new porch furniture!!! They are a nice contrast with the flooring! The pillows add a splash of color as well.

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34 Alison February 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

Super cute!! I am so jealous of that porch! I want one so badly! it looks great. Did y’all hire someone to design it?

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35 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Yes, our contractor is also an architect

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36 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 10, 2012 at 10:24 am

Hey Kath- I was able to return my defunct rice-cooker. Can you tell me what make/model yours is? I am planning to go buy a better one. :)
I loooove coconut butter. I even eat it straight out the jar with a knife (when it’s solid). :)

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37 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Yep – it’s this one: http://astore.amazon.com/thefrontburnerblog-20/detail/B000MAERM0

[I have it book marked now since so many have asked :) ]

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38 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles February 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

So much hype on coconut butter…must try some! Never thought of it as a topper for oatmeal. How strong is it’s flavour? Porch furniture looks great!

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39 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Pretty strong -which is good if you like coconut. It’s like a glaze

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40 Hillary B February 10, 2012 at 10:31 am

I actually sliced up a banana this morning and dipped the slices in melty coconut butter, then put them on a plate in the freezer and turned them into magic shell banana bites! not as good as I had hoped, but still pretty good. I am consuming that stuff like crack. I think I need to hide it somewhere in my house to make it more complicated to eat. I loved reliving the Jeni’s experience with the photos from last night…. YUM!!

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41 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Mmmmm!! Let’s have that for dessert at our next party!

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42 Caitie February 10, 2012 at 4:30 pm

you should melt some chocolate chips and drizzle a few drops on top of coconut butter then set in freezer! ahh sounds so yummy

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43 Jenny@vegetarianhatesvegetables February 10, 2012 at 10:33 am

Furniture looks good! Nice and bright, but not jarringly so. I really want to try coconut butter now!

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44 kathleen @ the daily crumb February 10, 2012 at 10:34 am

so nice to have outdoor furniture! you will get so much use out of it as the weather gets warmer.

mmmm coconut butter — reminds me i need to restock!

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45 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

That loveseat is beautiful and I think will be a perfect place to just sit back and take in the view of the world from there !

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46 Megan February 10, 2012 at 10:46 am

I love the top picture. Not only does it look delicious but the details and the colors all come together really well.I love close-up pictures, especially of food.

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47 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat February 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

So lucky you have friends who are always giving you delicious food. :)

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48 Grace @ Healthy Dreaming February 10, 2012 at 10:54 am

Your porch furniture is gorgeous. I love the tones :) Have a wonderful weekend.

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49 Victoria February 10, 2012 at 11:24 am

The furniture is so pretty! Love the green color, makes me think of SPRING :-)

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50 katie @KatieDid February 10, 2012 at 11:28 am

in love with the colors and furniture on your new porch!!!

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51 Cait's Plate February 10, 2012 at 11:31 am

Ooooh LOVE the porch furniture!! And I always try to forgo the granola when I use a bigger oat portion but I find I always need JUUUUST a little bit :)

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52 LibbyDavis February 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

So, I am not using a slow cooker for my oats, but I have been reading your page from the beginning to get more calorie counting/cooking ideas. <3 You used to add pear to your oatmeal all the time, and I love it!!! Just stopped by to tell you how good it is. And congrats, K&M on your soon-to-be new addition!!!

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53 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Yeah, I should do that more!

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54 Leah February 10, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Ohhh can you share how you did the oats + pear? I can’t imagine it getting whipped in like the banana (which I LOVE and learned from your blog!)

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55 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

I just put it in the beginning like with whipped banana and it cooks down beautifully. Better than apple.

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56 Shannon @ My Place In The Race February 10, 2012 at 11:56 am

LOVE the patio furniture!!!!! :D

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57 Liz @ Tip Top Shape February 10, 2012 at 11:59 am

I just showed the other intern here your oatmeal!! How does it always look so amazing?! lol

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58 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I love those colors! So bright and cheery! And coconut butter on sale at WF? I hope that’s going on here too so I can FINALLY try it! ;)

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59 Ellie@Fit for the Soul February 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

so much stuff I adore in this post, yay! xD I miss coconut butter but waiting again to feel “ready” to spend on it haha. And those chairs and pillows are so darling~and you know what? You’ve also been inspiring me to be “neater” and apply a lot of your creativity in the future home that my fiance and I will be living in. I’m gathering up ideas in my head for now~ Have a gorgeous day Kath! <3

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60 Katie @ Plates and Paste February 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Absolutely LOVE the new porch furniture! Very KERF :)

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61 Hannah February 10, 2012 at 12:24 pm

What gorgeous porch furniture! Yummy looking oats as well.

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62 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach February 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Hmmm. Coconut butter. I haven’t watched your video yet, but perhaps you could tell us if it’s different from coconut oil or coconut manna? I’ve never tried anything labeled coconut butter, but love stirring manna (coconut oil + meat) into my oatmeal.

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63 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm

They are different – and I explain it in the vid :)

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64 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Hmmm I have yet to try coconut in my oats! Looks great :)

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65 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

LOVE the furniture and colors!! SO cute.

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66 Kristen @ Change of Pace February 10, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Love the green on the patio furniture! I need coconut butter asap!

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67 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles February 10, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Everyone’s all about the coconut lately, I love it!

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68 Molly @ RDexposed February 10, 2012 at 1:27 pm

That looks like the perfect nap spot!

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69 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City February 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

I’ve never had coconut butter but it’s definitely on my “Must-Try” list!

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70 Becca @ Blueberry Smiles February 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Very cute new furniture!

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71 Christie February 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Like many of the other commenters, I’ve never tried coconut butter. It looks/sounds so yummy I think I’m going to have to buy some! It sounds like it has some great health benefits too – bonus!

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72 Kerry @ Totes My Oats February 10, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Those oats look delish! I seriously think I may have oats for lunch.. serious craving now! And that furniture is beautiful! I love the dark wicker and the bright greens together.

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73 Mary Frances February 10, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Your new porch furniture is beautiful and looks comfortable. You sure have great taste! One suggestion though, if you don’t already take your cushions inside when you are not using them you might consider doing it until about May or June. Two reasons–with the cold nights, they might attract critters that will burrow into them (the kind that can slip in through an area less than the size of a dime), and the morning dew can cause some mildew to develop until the days are long and warm enough to quickly evaporate it from the cushions (summer time). Otherwise, you might just be replacing the cushions every year.

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74 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Well it’s alllllmost spring here!! But next winter I think we will do that

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75 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count February 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Love the new furniture and the color of the cushions!

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76 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm

I love the green cushions! That shade is so perfect for spring!

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77 kay February 10, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Glad you are feeling some better…the boiled eggs look delicious! Love the “Springy” colors of the new furniture :-) Brings back soooooo many memories seeing the orange juice and thinking of how many gallons I must’ve chugged down when pregnant with my first baby. Hey, at least it’s good for you! Take care.

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78 TeenyLittleSuperChef February 10, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Totally random, but have you heard anything about oats being beneficial for breast milk production? One of my friends is having issues with her milk supply and all the things she’s been trying recently have not helped much. I seem to recall hearing somewhere that consuming a daily serving or two of oats could help increase the production. Just wondered your thoughts, since you’re a RD-Mom-to-be.

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79 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

Yes, definitely! Oats are definitely recommended to nursing mothers

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80 Mary February 10, 2012 at 11:31 pm

I haven’t said it yet, so, congratulations on the baby! I’ve been lurking for years, and I couldn’t be happier for you and Matt. However, that gorgeous new porch furniture might tip me over into supreme jealousy.

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