Rainbow Bright Knife

December 13, 2012

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Every now and then I have an impulse buy out of the ordinary that makes it into my grocery cart (the marcona almonds, for example) and this smoothie! It was next to the Greek yogurt and the bottle called it an Icelandic-style skyr smoothie. The vanilla had 6 grams of sugar and I noticed when I got home it was sweetened with stevia but was not overly sweet. I liked it!

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It formed the base of this yogurty “smoothie” bowl – with cranberry sauce, banana, granola and sunbutter on top.

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The cranberries sunk to the bottom, but there was a good half cup in there. Loved the contrast of sweet yogurt to tart cran sauce, crunchy granola to creamy banana and sticky nut butter. Allllll about the textures!

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I don’t even know what we did all morning! I know we read Green Eggs & Ham together and I wrote several BERF posts during naptime. Also changed quite a few diapers!

This photo must have been morning as evidenced by the PJ pants! Somebody is getting too big to sit like this. *Tear*

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For lunch I made a salad with Hugh Jass beans, avocado, goat cheese, citron salt, olive oil and greens

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With a slice of whole wheat cranberry orange on the side

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Have you ever seen a prettier knife set? These are new to my OpenSky shop, and are simply gorgeous. They match my kitchen theme of bold retro-ish colors perfectly! They also match some of my other latest kitchen finds, like these measuring cubes and the Tether Stemware Saver.

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They are also dishwasher (top rack) safe and fill all of your slicing needs – from pairing (green) to sandwiches (red) to bread (white) to chefs (blue). $45 for a complete set would make anyone’s Christmas brighter.

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Late this afternoon, Matt came home and I went a’runnin’!!! 4.0 long miles. How did I ever run 3x that far!? Mile 1 always goes quickly, but mile 2 s t r e t c h e s on forever! I ate a date dunked in the sunbutter before I left.

The boys played together while I cleaned off some chairs on the porch after my run and then myself in a shower. I also am on a mission to vacuum out my new car once a week, so I did a sweep of that with my hand vac too!

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Dinner was pretty awesome. I bought a salmon sausage from Whole Foods last week and froze it for a TBD dinner. We decided a soup would be fun, and threw in a bunch of veggies we had in our fridge.

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First we sliced and browned the sausage link (which admittedly was a bit fishy and sort of disappointing) along with about 1 cup of sliced bell peppers and an 8 oz pack of mixed mushrooms. Once they were cooked, we added 2 cups of veggie stock, some leftover wakame and some frozen collard greens (these are my favorite for soups!) – about 2 cups of greens. Lastly we stirred in some leftover pasta, about a cup, but you could stir in cooked rice or leave the noodles out altogether.

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Served with crusty bread on the side, plus another sliver while we were cooking because I was starving post-run!

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We ate a really early dinner, so I might go back for a small snack before bed. Otherwise when I get up at 2am I’m starving!

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1 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries December 13, 2012 at 9:44 am

I can’t wait to get to Trader Joe’s this weekend and get more sunflower seed butter! I miss it dearly! Those knives are so pretty – love the colors!

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2 Ali @ Peaches and Football December 13, 2012 at 9:45 am

When I saw your subject line of “Rainbow Bright” it made me think about the Rainbow Brite and Baby Brite dolls I used to have growing up. Now that I have a nephew and am back browsing toy aisles (something I haven’t done in years) I get severe nostalgia moments thinking about things I grew up with. I imagine you two will have fun introducing Maze to toys you both loved as kids too.

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3 KathEats December 13, 2012 at 9:48 am

I used to looooove Rainbow Brite!

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4 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux December 13, 2012 at 9:45 am

I love finding new things in the grocery store! I bought Goat’s Milk yogurt at Trader Joe’s last week just because I was curious (it’s pretty good, but I prefer Greek!). That soup looks delicious!

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5 Eating 4 Balance December 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

Those knives look awesome! I love all the different colors and sizes. It’s funny, but whenever I need a knife, I just pull a random one out of our drawer. I don’t even pay attention to the type. Ha.

Question about Opensky. Do you choose which products to have in your store based on what you’ve bought personally, or are they recommended to you?

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6 KathEats December 13, 2012 at 9:50 am

Little of column A, little of column B. Some of them I find in magazines and such and suggest and others are brought to my attention

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7 Parita @ myinnershakti December 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

Dates + PB = my new favorite snack. And this coming from someone who’s never even touched a date until a couple of weeks ago because they look a little gross. HAHA! I’m over it now that I know they taste delicious. And great pre-workout fuel.

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8 Taylor December 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

What are some good small snacks to ward off a nighttime growling stomach?

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9 KathEats December 13, 2012 at 10:29 am

My favorite is a small mug of cereal with milk. Others might be a banana with peanut butter, yogurt, a Larabar mini, a handful of almonds… Anything with some carbs, protein and fat for slow release into the blood stream.

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10 donna December 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

Can your baked pumpkin oatmeal be made with almond milk instead of regular milk? Thanks.

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11 KathEats December 13, 2012 at 10:27 am

Yup!

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12 Andrea December 13, 2012 at 10:04 am

Salmon sausage did not sound appetizing on first read! Not surprised you were disappointed by it.

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13 Sara December 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

I’m in love with that knife set! I don’t have anything too expensive, just a Food Network brand Santoku knife with which I am pleased. It was $60 and I know really good quality knives run over $100 dollars, so I tend to be a little skeptical of entire knife sets that are reasonably priced like yours. Are they good quality knives?

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14 KathEats December 13, 2012 at 10:27 am

We have several high end knives too, and I think these cut similarly on first use. They’re lighter in weight. I imagine they won’t hold up as well over time. These are probably best for those looking for a basic set in the $50 range and not serious cooks. Or in addition to your chef’s quality knives. I wouldn’t pay $100 for each of these since they aren’t used very often, but a good chef’s knife, indeed.

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15 Patti December 13, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I have these knives and love them! such adorable bright colors always cheer me up when I see them. great to display as well.

In terms of quality, they are not the greatest, but very very good knives are generally quite expensive. I find that you get what you pay for w/ knives. But, these knives are perfect if you can’t afford the super high quality knives or don’t need them (I find that it’s not worth it to me to have the best- rather spend money elsewhere). BTW, I bought mine from Amazon (where they are QUITE a bit cheaper! and also you have the option of buying them in sets of fewer knives): http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=bl_sr_home-garden?_encoding=UTF8&field-brandtextbin=Gela&node=1055398

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16 Claire December 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm

If you want a decent, inexpensive knife, try a local Asian market! I got my husband a $30 knife from one of our local Japanese markets (I don’t remember the name or brand) and it’s phenomenal, it’s held up great for years and years and rarely needs to get sharpened. Best $30 we ever spent!
And really, all you need for almost all cooking needs is a decent chef’s knife, a paring knife and a serrated knife, the rest are extraneous.

And you’re never supposed to wash a knife in the dishwasher!

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17 Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever December 13, 2012 at 10:23 am

He is getting so big!!! Congrats on the run. I wish I could say that soup looked good, salmon is the one thing during this pregnancy that just makes me gross out. I am sad too cause I love salmon.

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18 Alicia @ Wanna Be Ina December 13, 2012 at 10:29 am

I was soooo excited about the salmon sausage until you said what a disappointment it was! Do you think freezing it may have made it fishier?

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19 KathEats December 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

I have no idea. I feel like I should try it again!

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20 kim@hungryhealthygirl December 13, 2012 at 10:43 am

All of your food always looks so pretty! Love those knives! I’ve never even heard of salmon sausage….guess I won’t run right out and try to find it.

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21 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 13, 2012 at 10:45 am

I love those knives – wow, I want! And the knife holder. I totally need something better than the blocks I store mine in. They’re awkward and take up so much valuable counter space. The hanging solution is fabulous!

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22 KathEats December 13, 2012 at 11:36 am

Agreed! Ours is Ikea

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23 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin December 13, 2012 at 11:01 am

I haven’t run a distance longer than half of what my half marathon was just a few months ago, and now when I go for a 4 mile run, it feels LONG! During training for my half, I never ran anything shorter than 5! Crazy how that happens and how your body adjusts.

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24 Mary Beth December 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

For the record, those are Christmas lima beans and are one of my favorite kinds of beans. I love to coat them with fruit chutneys.

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25 Sarah December 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

Those knives are pretty, but I don’t think you should ever, EVER put a good knife in a dishwasher! It is a surefire way to destroy a good blade in a hurry!

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26 KathEats December 13, 2012 at 11:37 am

I probably won’t to extend the life… Just sharing the box details : )

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27 Sarah December 13, 2012 at 11:50 am

I love the baby lap hold. I have a pic of Gigi in that same position and I am too wearing pajama pants. We’re bring sexy back.

Hitting up our local GH today and will think of you!

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28 Steph @ Steph Stays Slim December 13, 2012 at 12:13 pm

That’s one of my fav type of salads to make, yum! I have one of those knives and I love it :)

I’m hosting a 12 days of giveaways starting today, come check it out!

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29 Lauren December 13, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Salmon sausage? I’m entirely intrigued!

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30 Annette @FitnessPerks December 13, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Oooh those knives are lovely!

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31 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I got to Whole Foods because it’s the only place I can find Flax Milk. Other items tend to just find their way into my basket…

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32 Nicole @ livingthesweetlifestl.wordpress.com December 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I am LOVING those knives! Those are so fun…definitely going to have to check them out on opensky.

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33 deb December 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm

salmon sausage was fishy? weird! ;)

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34 Pam December 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I’m pretty sure those knives are upside down.

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35 KathEats December 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

That’s how we hang ours. Don’t want an arm coming down on a point!

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36 Sara @ fitcupcaker December 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I love the knives. I have a place in my kitchen where I can hang stuff like that. I also love yogurt for breakfast, especially Greek yogurt. I am giving away a free case of chobani yogurt today! Check it out.

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37 Shel@PeachyPalate December 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Those knives are gorgeous – I recently got a ceramic knife from a company in Ireland to try and it’s amazing! I’d love if they had them in those bright colours though! 4 miles is good going for getting back in to it post baby! I’ve never run 19km so you still beat me!

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38 Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian December 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Those knives look interesting; I like the stainless steel look myself.

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39 Anna December 13, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Are the knives posted in your amazon store, too? I noticed they were cheaper on Amazon and I have Amazon Prime like you do so free two-day shipping!

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40 KathEats December 13, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Found them, although they are a different bundle of knives! I added them. Thanks for your support, but you don’t have to click through : ) <3 Amazon Prime!

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41 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 13, 2012 at 5:24 pm

LOVE those knives! So pretty and fun!

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42 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles December 13, 2012 at 5:46 pm

I have always wondered about salmon sausages…they do look good!

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43 Claire @ The Lazy Alchemist December 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Mmmm! That sunflower butter looks mighty good on top of that smoothie :)

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44 kay December 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Ohhhhh Kath! That picture of Matt & baby M is so adorable…check out his little toes!!! Guess you’ve already seen them peeking out, but I absolutely love their toes don’t you? He is truly a little doll baby boy :-)
Kay

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45 Christine December 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Oh my gosh – I forgot how much I missed holding my little ones on my legs!! He will be crawling all around before you know it. It really does go by so fast.

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46 Jill December 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Hey Kath, I know the creators of B’more Organic!

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47 KathEats December 14, 2012 at 2:35 am

How fun!

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48 Gina @HealthLoveandChocolate December 14, 2012 at 12:32 am

I love these knives, they add such a fun and colorful touch to the kitchen!

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49 Jun December 14, 2012 at 1:20 am

I don’t know if it’s the way you capture Mazen but he always seems much bigger than the typical babies his age in the pictures! Not a bad thing, of course, as he looks healthy, happy and bright :)

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50 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 14, 2012 at 7:43 am

Those knives are very colorful! I like the splash of colors it brings to your kitchen! :) Salmon sausage?! Never heard of it before! Sounds interesting.

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51 Molly @ RDexposed December 14, 2012 at 8:10 am

I’m curious to what your goal/assessment of sugar is when you check it on a food label. ?

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52 KathEats December 14, 2012 at 9:26 am

It kind of depends on the food but for things like cereal + yogurt I look for 10 grams or less. I try to buy plain/unsweet for those categories on a regular basis and only buy sweetened yogurt on occasion.

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53 Whitney December 14, 2012 at 8:24 am

Morning, Kath, hope you & the family got lots of zzzs last night! What are your thoughts on grapeseed oil? Would it flavor a soup base enough? I use it to sear fish (like your salmon sausage) b/c of its high smoke point. But bottles of the oil seem to go rancid fast after opening. Not fun at $8 a pop!

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54 KathEats December 14, 2012 at 9:30 am

Rancid oil is not fun! I use this chart as my go-to for oils, and grapeseed is marginal – below the dividing line: http://www.eatingrules.com/Cooking-Oil-Comparison-Chart_02-22-12.pdf. I actually am debating now about what we use – I see safflower is listed twice. We bought the refined kind (I just checked), but it’s listed next to grapeseed for being refined. But the unrefined that is recommended has a lower smoke point – even less than olive oil! It looks like avocado oil might be what we should all seek out.

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55 Whitney December 14, 2012 at 10:47 am

Thank you for this helpful-overwhelming chart! Distressing that the industrialization of food necessitates this kind of complex analysis to serve healthy food for our families :o.

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56 Cait's Plate December 14, 2012 at 8:49 am

That breakfast looks incredible. Thanks for the introduction to those knives…I’ve never heard of them before!

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57 Anne December 14, 2012 at 9:47 am

You should store your knives with the handle facing down so that if they fall (which can and does happen) the blade doesn’t hit someone/hit the counter and break. Most of the instructions warn against putting them handle side up for these safety reasons.

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58 Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper December 14, 2012 at 5:10 pm

That is one hearty looking soup…exactly as it should be!

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59 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way December 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm

You know, I’ve seen those knives in Costco and I love the LOOK of them but I always thought they’d be cheap and would break…I’m not sure why…But I’m glad you love them…Perhaps we will pick up a set for our cottage!

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60 Leah December 17, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Looking to buy new knives and I remember you writing this post…so a year later, do you still love them? Are they still sharp enough for every day use in the kitchen?

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61 KathEats December 17, 2013 at 1:08 pm

They held up pretty well, but we ultimately gave them away because I didn’t want the rainbow in the kitchen after our remodel : )

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