Ravenous Ravenous Rhino

November 17, 2010

Did anyone see the Simpsons Tree House of Horror on Sunday!? Just kidding I loved the game one.

I was certainly a ravenous rhino AND a hungry hippo this morning!!

Pumpkin oats a plenty!


We had a bad storm last night. You know, THE storm that pulls every leaf off the trees. Where’d they all go!?


Oh, there they are ; )

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Of course I’m not complaining because they make a lovely backdrop for photography! More so on the ground than in the trees!



Today’s Mix


  • 1/2 cup oat bran (leftover from bread making! It’s been a while since I’ve had this)
  • 1/2 cup oats (for texture)
  • Lots of water (I think I added 3/4 a cup?)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 whole ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp flax (stirred in halfway through)
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • Pinch salt, ground cloves, cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin, stirred in at end
  • Toppings: coconut, Ancient Grains granola, Maranatha Almond Butter (an old favorite that has returned via a coupon I have been hoarding for a year!!!!!!!!!!)



Our house coffee has turned into Whole Foods’ Pacific Rim.



Many of you have commented on this set of bowls I acquired a while back from my mom’s neighbor’s daughter, who was a neighborhood playfriend of mine.


I usually report that they are one-of-a-kind and not available…HOWEVER!!


Beth emailed me to let me know she has an ETSY store and has been continuing creating ceramic pieces! This purple bowl in particular looks very similar to mine!

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And the Peacock cups are on my Christmas list Smile

This rhino needs to get her horn to work!

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1 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] November 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

All the leaves are so so cozy =]


2 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday November 17, 2010 at 10:02 am

Thankfully all the leaves are off the trees here too. Now I can finally finishing raking for the season and not have to worry about any more leaves falling.


3 Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) November 17, 2010 at 10:03 am

Loving those beautiful fall colors in your photographs. :)


4 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 17, 2010 at 10:03 am

Thank you for the info on the etsy store. Great Christmas presents for self or others.

And I love the photos of your oats with the fallen leaves.


5 Alicia November 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

That oatmeal looks great, Kath!
I love almond butter…but it’s so expensive… hopefully I will find it on sale soon. I need my fix!


6 Jessie -- TheMessieKitchen.com November 17, 2010 at 10:12 am

Hey Alicia,
I had the same sentiments but you can make your own and it’s much cheaper!! You just need your favorite kind of almonds (mine are usually roasted/toasted):

1 cup roasted almonds
¼ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon unrefined vegetable oil OR olive oil

Blend the almonds and the salt in a food processor/blender until finely ground. Add oil until it reaches your desired consistency. You can experiment with different almonds, toasting them in the oven etc, etc. So good! And cheap.


7 Jodi November 17, 2010 at 10:15 am

Make your own almond butter, it’s really easy but just takes some patience! I roast almonds on a cookie sheet at 350 for 8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes. Put them in a food processor and whir, whir, whir, scraping down the sides every so often. Belive it or not, you WILL have almond butter in the end.


8 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

I love the leaves. I’m such a Fall girl.


9 Steph November 17, 2010 at 10:04 am

I love all the leaves! We’re still waiting for ours to fall here in Albuquerque, they’re turning that dingy mustard yellow color now, so I think next week we should be able to pull out the rake :)


10 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 17, 2010 at 10:05 am

I agree!! The leaves in the background make for beautiful photos!


11 Jessie -- TheMessieKitchen.com November 17, 2010 at 10:08 am

I’ve been obesessing over pumpkin oats lately! Those pics are exactly what the trees looked like in northern va… I was awoken at midnight last night to tornado-like sounds. Awful! I need a good coffee to brew at home. I’ve been buying out too much lately– suggestions?


12 Heather (Heather's Dish) November 17, 2010 at 10:09 am

we had THAT storm while we were in hawaii last week…we left and there were leaves and came back to nothing!


13 Corey @ the runner's cookie November 17, 2010 at 10:12 am

Love the bowls! I tried Maranatha AB a while ago and thought it did not even compare to Trader Joe’s raw almond butter – and TJ’s is half the price :)


14 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 17, 2010 at 10:19 am

The leaves are pretty much all off the trees here too… kind of sad because now my neighbourhood doesn’t look nearly as bright and colourful as before!! Love your photos! :)


15 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey November 17, 2010 at 10:19 am

We had THAT storm here in Charlotte last night, as well. We had a worried pup, with all the commotion; and I was concerned our gazebo was going to fly away!



16 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 17, 2010 at 10:20 am

I love Fall storms — I sleep so well when we have storms!

Those bowls are super cute — although I am trying to get rid of stuff, not buy more :(


17 grocery goddess jen November 17, 2010 at 10:21 am

I do love your beautiful bowls! I only have a few bowls, but seeing your pictures always makes me want new ones – and teeny tiny spoons.


18 Honey B. November 17, 2010 at 10:23 am

No idea about the rhino but… the oats today look FANTABULOUS!
I experienced a leaf storm last night when I ran – literally leaves falling from above like rain and I just… ran through them. Kind of fun!


19 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 17, 2010 at 10:24 am

Storms do have a pretty after effect, at least in terms of leaves on the ground!


20 Lauren November 17, 2010 at 10:32 am

Etsy is one of the best things to hit the internet. These bowls are gorgeous and I’ll definitely have to add them to my Etsy wish list!


21 Christine November 17, 2010 at 10:35 am

One of the most depressing parts of the year sets in for me when I realize that it will be 6 months before leaves come back! 1/2 of the time trees don’t have leaves?! How upsetting!

Luckily this realization is quickly forgotten because the holidays come up!


22 Nicole @ Body By Beer November 17, 2010 at 10:40 am

Yum @ those oats… I was a destructively ravenous last night…


23 Allison K November 17, 2010 at 10:42 am

I seriously Love ETSY. I’m going to go check out your friend’s store right now.


24 Natalia - a side of simple November 17, 2010 at 10:47 am

Thanks so much for finding out about the bowls! Christmas list, here I come :)


25 Alyssa November 17, 2010 at 10:49 am

Today is my daughters 1st birthday and I made her pumpkin oatmeal pancakes with a pink candle in them. She LOVED them and it made me think of you. Have a great day!


26 Camille November 17, 2010 at 10:50 am

Those bowls are very cool!
I am definitely checking out her Etsy store!


27 jamie @ jamelafamela November 17, 2010 at 10:51 am

looks like…winter!!!


28 Lindsay November 17, 2010 at 10:57 am

Where did you get a coupon for Maranatha?!?!?!?!
and i am TOTALLY getting the peacock cups as well! impulse buying on the internet :)


29 Dorry November 17, 2010 at 10:58 am

Love the pottery – thanks for the links. I used to be really into making my own pottery and I’m sure that she really appreciates your support of her Etsy shop just in time for the holidays!


30 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 17, 2010 at 11:02 am

The rain here the past couple of days really took the leaves down here too. So sad! Pumpkin oats = perfection! Enjoy your day Kath!


31 Shannon @ A Better Me November 17, 2010 at 11:05 am

We had one of those storms here too (more wind than actual storm though). But it’s beautiful today! Love the pottery!


32 Dimple Snatcher November 17, 2010 at 11:20 am

Beautiful beautiful photos.
I’m in NYC so I’m tree hungry.


33 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 17, 2010 at 11:21 am

i love waking up really hungry for breakfast!

haven’t watched the simpsons treehouse show in years – we once went to a premiere in LA b/c my husband worked on the movie. it was AWESOME!


34 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 17, 2010 at 11:34 am

I can’t wait to go home tomorrow and see the last of the fall foliage. I’ve been missing it in the city!


35 Vanessa November 17, 2010 at 11:35 am

I love fall leaves.. They are so pretty just the way they are. Love those bowls, just as much as I love Etsy. I can browse the site for hours.


36 Melissa @ HerGreenLife November 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

We really enjoy dishes that are both beautiful and functional. Thanks for sharing the link.


37 alana (at) the food November 17, 2010 at 11:42 am

anything with a peacock feather on it, and i am so in lurve!
those bowls look like they might be a bit tippy, are they?


38 Kath November 17, 2010 at 11:53 am

The bottoms are pretty flat


39 Katie (The Boston Marathoner) November 17, 2010 at 11:51 am

I love the bowls! Congrats to your friend for opening an Etsy shop – I’m going there right now…


40 anne November 17, 2010 at 12:01 pm


What type of containers did you use to store your leftovers last night (the cool tall rectangle)? Are they pyrex?


41 Kath November 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm

They are Anchor Hocking Co. Reader Samantha sent them to me because I use plastic which MAY be harmful for food storage (I don’t really know if that’s true, but we LOVE the glass so I use it instead!) I think Crate + Barrel has a nice glass set too.


42 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm

It is CRAZY windy here! The leaves are out of control!


43 Felicia (a taste of health with balance) November 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm

That crazy insane storm was here too in NY, like serious wind that actually had me worried! Yummy oats, I had some steel cut this morning which I haven’t had in a long time (usually stick to oatbran) and loved the texture, will be having it more often!


44 Diana @ frontyardfoodie November 17, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Those are adorable! I love hand made bowls and myself have barely any matching ones in my pantry!


45 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 17, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I thought we were going to get that storm! the wind was movning in crazy directions, but I guess it fizzled out.

My aunt is obsessed with that style of dinnerware – I’ll be passing the Etsy page along to her!


46 Krystina November 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm

The pictures in this post are so warm and cozy. :)


47 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 17, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I love bowls like that – they’are awesomeQ!


48 Brae November 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm

yay for Beth on etsy! can’t wait to start ordering.. i think they are fabulous christmas gifts!


49 Liza November 17, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I love all things ETSY. I can spend hours looking through different shops online.


50 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks November 17, 2010 at 1:05 pm

The bowls at the ETSY shop are pretty rad, but I kind of like those graffiti records too. Neat!


51 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen November 17, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Gooorgeous photos! The leaves look so pretty as a backdrop.


52 Dee November 17, 2010 at 1:35 pm

Ooh, the peacock cups totally caught my attention when I first clicked on her etsy store!

ps. TOTALLY agree with you re: leaves on the ground! I love Fall! :)


53 Brittany November 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm

Love the fall leaves! I’ll go check out her shop!


54 Christin@purplebirdblog November 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I love those peacock cups too! Super cute!


55 kate November 17, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Im bummed that you can only buy that granola at Costco. It looks tasty!


56 Simply Life November 17, 2010 at 4:52 pm

oooh those bowls would make your meals extra-fun! :)


57 Char November 17, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Beautiful :) I dreamt about you last night!



58 Samantha Bellinger November 17, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Thanks for including my bowls! I really appreciate it!

I am definitely going to have to try that recipe for oatmeal… bananas, pumpkin, cinnamon, and almond butter. Sounds great!


59 Hannah November 17, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Yay for that beautiful antique spoon and gorgeous fall foliage!


60 Allie (Nutty FlexitALLIEan) November 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm

We had a crazy wind storm in Pittsburgh last night too! My car was completely covered in yellow leaves this morning :-(


61 Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 17, 2010 at 10:36 pm

I love the Simpsons House of Horror episodes! haha

Love the photos with all the leaves :)


62 Linda November 18, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Nice post! And I love the bowls!


63 jenna December 3, 2010 at 6:09 pm

lovin’ the bowls!!


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