Salted September

September 2, 2011


I woke up to cracking thunder at 6am this morning.

Not the kind of alarm I had hoped for!

Thankfully our Cville meteorologist assured me it was not a severe storm via Twitter (how convenient is it to be able to Tweet with a real, live, up-to-date meteorologist at the peak of a storm!? <3 social safety media).

I was also happy to see a G-chat from Matt on my phone: “You go back to sleep!”

Somehow he knew I was awake and scared of the storm. [My fear of storms stems from growing up in a house built in 1833 that sways in wind and had multiple huge antique trees fall within feet of it while I was inside.]


I went back to sleep for about 20 minutes after the storm and then I was woken up again by a twinkling alarm clock.


Pumpkin pancakes for the win!!

Salted Pecan Pumpkin Pancakes


I made 1/2 a cup of Kodiak cakes mixed with 1/3 cup pumpkin. I got two GIANT hearty cakes out of that portion. Pumpkin rules.


But the best part about this breakfast: sea salt.


On the underside [the top while the first side was cooking] I sprinkled a few chopped pecans and, on a whim, a bit of sea salt. TWINKLING idea!!! The hint of salt was fantastic!!

Topped with banana, sunflower butter, chia and coconut, these were so good!


Birthday Tea for yesterday’s birthdays


I’ve got a busy 48 hours followed by a holiday weekend 48 hours. We are CLOSED on Monday so that means Matt and I have two days off in a row!! Score! Lots of packing will be taking place. Our move is just a little over a week away. Not a single box has been packed. Artwork is still on the walls!

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1 [email protected] September 2, 2011 at 7:51 am

PECANS! You’re makin’ me excited for Fall. Don’t fret about packing. You’ve got plenty of time.


2 Khushboo September 2, 2011 at 7:51 am

LOVE that plate! So fallish!


3 Brandee September 2, 2011 at 7:53 am

Pumpkin pancakes sound so good! Good luck with moving. I know how much of a headache it can be but owning your own home is an amazing feeling!


4 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs September 2, 2011 at 7:53 am

Pumpkin pancakes…. goodness. I’ve never gotten into the pumpkin love that I’ve seen everywhere, but then again I’ve hardly ever cooked for myself at the volume that I have this year. Maybe pumpkin will make an appearance. Either way, I want those pancakes.


5 VEGirl September 2, 2011 at 7:54 am

Yeah I love sea salt in conjunction with banana! I sprinkle salt on banana with peanut butter, and it’s like heaven on a naner (TWSS!). Bring chocolate into the mix and you have an completely addictive substance (TWSS…. ack sorry!)


6 Cait's Plate September 2, 2011 at 7:54 am

haha that sounds pretty much like my moving process. it’s just such a hassel!

those pancakes look incredible and I’m LOVING the sea salt addition – that’s genius.

yay for two days off!! enjoy them!


7 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. September 2, 2011 at 7:56 am

I woke up at 4:00am to the flashing of lightening and the crack of thunder too! It must have moved your way after it hit here!! I couldn’t fall back asleep…I’m jealous you got a little more shut eye.

Two days off sounds awesome! Good luck getting some packing done this weekend.


8 Baking N Books September 2, 2011 at 7:57 am

OhmyGod – moving is a pain…but worth it for your house!

I used to skip salt in recipes thinking that a small pinch doesn’t make a difference, but it really does. Is the Kodiak pancake mix “real” ingredients?


9 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 2, 2011 at 8:00 am

Mmmm pumpkin ANYTHING is a winner in my book. :)


10 Holly @ The Runny Egg September 2, 2011 at 8:03 am

Yay for long weekends! I’m glad you both have Monday off.

I love that ginkgo leaf plate — how adorable.

And I get scared during storms too — especially when the lightning lights up the whole room.


11 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey September 2, 2011 at 8:06 am

Those pancakes look fantastic, but I just don’t think I can bust out the fall-ish recipes quite yet. It just isn’t really autumn yet, for a few more weeks. I’m a solstice type of gal… 😉
I’m ready for the change in seasons (autumn is my favorite time of year!), but I have a few more weeks to enjoy the spoils of summer here in Charlotte. (Though I do already have a local Butternut squash sitting on my counter…soooo, maybe I am full of bologna? haha).

Enjoy your day!



12 Mom September 2, 2011 at 8:07 am

Gee, the only time I remember the house swaying is when you were upstairs practicing your dance routines.


13 KathEats September 2, 2011 at 8:20 am

Ha! And Hurricane Fran!


14 Ashley J September 2, 2011 at 10:22 am



15 Elisabeth September 2, 2011 at 10:57 am

Good one, Kath’s mom! :)


16 Kate September 2, 2011 at 8:09 am

I love the ginkgo leaf plate!!!


17 Laura @ Cook Knit Run September 2, 2011 at 8:12 am

I love that plate! Those pancakes remind me that it’s time to break out the pumpkin. Good luck with the move. I’m sure you’ll get lots of packing done this weekend.


18 Hillary September 2, 2011 at 8:14 am

I need to get my hands on some pumpkin tonight. I’ve had a hankering for your pumpkin oatmeal cakes!!


19 Aine @ Something to Chew Over September 2, 2011 at 8:18 am

I’m sure you’ll get lots of packing done over the long weekend!

Have a great day :)


20 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 2, 2011 at 8:20 am

My husband works Saturdays every week so I know the feeling to have 2 whole days off, it’s wonderful! Good luck packing!


21 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 2, 2011 at 8:24 am

Yay for long weekends! The pancakes look delicious and your tea towel is so cute!! Enjoy your long weekend break! :)


22 Courtney September 2, 2011 at 8:24 am

those look seriously so delicious! you have me craving everything fall! :)


23 Dee September 2, 2011 at 8:31 am

Eeep! I love your September linen (placemat/rectangle thing?)! Lol, I have such a way with words sometimes.

Ahh, the joys of packing (& moving)… I hope you guys get through it with little to no inconveniences. :)

Yay labor day and days off! I love them too.

ps. oh em gee. pumpkin pancakes. yumm…


24 Hannah September 2, 2011 at 8:35 am

The only thing that makes me happier than these pancakes is knowing that it’s now spring here. Oh, heavenly warmth!


25 [email protected] and spice September 2, 2011 at 8:35 am

Thank you for the introduction to Kodiak Cakes.. They’ve become a favorite in this house!


26 Jennifer September 2, 2011 at 8:39 am

Thunder wakes me, too, or maybe it’s the three kids running into our bed. :)

I never thought of adding salt to pancakes but I bet that is amazing! I love the salt/sweet combination and will definitely have to try that.

Yay on your two days off. That’s much needed time for you to pack. So far your move is going smoothly. :)


27 katie @KatieDid September 2, 2011 at 8:41 am

I know what you mean about a rickety old house. My house at home was built in 1809 and my room was on the third floor with huge (leaky) skylights. Storms were scary!


28 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 2, 2011 at 8:42 am

I love your linen! I am obsessed with adding sea salt to sweet foods. I made a cake with salted butterscotch frosting for my birthday this year and it was AMAZING!


29 Jennifer September 2, 2011 at 8:45 am

I’m not a big fan of thunderstorms either. We get pretty wicked ones in these parts.

And as for moving, I’ve moved once in my life and absolutely hated it. The chaos was just so overwhelming! Best of luck with the move!!!


30 Allison September 2, 2011 at 8:50 am

I LOVE everything about this post! Why? Because it’s September and fall themed and this is my favorite [birthday] month of the year! 😀


31 RJ September 2, 2011 at 8:51 am

I woke up this morning and realized I’d bought pumpkin pie mix instead of pure pumpkin! So it was baked banana oatmeal for me this morning (yummy!) but looking forward to getting back to pumpkin. I love fall!


32 Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl September 2, 2011 at 8:53 am


I love that tea towel and the plate–gorgeous!

Also, I just posted the recipe/process for Sun Tea:

It is SO EASY! :)


33 Meredith @ Food, Shoes, and Booze September 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

every picture in this post has me loving fall even more!! enjoy your two days off (even if its just packing that you’ll be doing)!


34 Ambre September 2, 2011 at 8:58 am

Those pancakes look DELICIOUS!! Good luck with your busy 48 hours :) and packing.. I’m moving next weekend, as well..and don’t have a single box packed. BUT I’m moving from apartment to apartment, so less stuff…still not looking forward to the packing and unpacking. 😉


35 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 2, 2011 at 8:59 am

Those pancakes sound delicious!! I am of the belief that sea salt makes basically anything better!


36 Erika @ The Teenage Taste September 2, 2011 at 9:00 am

I am slowly beginning to appreciate salt in sweet treats. To be honest, I used to completely omit salt from sweet recipes because I didn’t see why it was necessary. But then my Mom told me why it was necessary and I swear I can taste a difference! :-)


37 Lynda @ Healthy Hoboken Girl September 2, 2011 at 9:10 am

Good luck with packing, I’m so excited for you guys. I need to pick up some pumpkin today, yum!!


38 Amy @ The Whole Sweet Scoop September 2, 2011 at 9:13 am

I cannot wait to make pumpkin pancakes! They are my favorite!!


39 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 2, 2011 at 9:15 am

Pecans, pumpkin, you are definetly ready for fall! Looks great :)


40 Sweet and Savvy September 2, 2011 at 9:24 am

Yay for the month napkins!! Those pancakes sound wonderful!:)


41 lynn @ the actor's diet September 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

geez, what’s up with the weather in cville lately? we had a little earthquake yesterday.


42 Robin September 2, 2011 at 9:26 am

Do you know where you got the ginko plate? My parents have a 30+ year old ginko tree, and it would make a wonderful gift!


43 KathEats September 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Pottery Barn!


44 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 2, 2011 at 9:37 am

yum! pumpkin pancakes! I would try that but it’s 95 degrees here today… haha


45 Amy at TheSceneFromMe September 2, 2011 at 9:48 am

I love salted carmel and chocolate with sea salt in it, so I think your salted pancakes would taste really good too!
Enjoy your 48 hours off this long holiday weekend, that doesn’t happen often!


46 Minnooo September 2, 2011 at 9:49 am

I love sea salt. Sometimes I sprinkle some on my PB&Banana sandwich and it really highlights the sweetness in the banana.


47 Katie of Cabbage Ranch September 2, 2011 at 9:59 am

I love your pumpkin recipes, and I can’t wait for FALL!!! Send those storms our way, we’d be glad to have them to end our drought!


48 Cat @Breakfast to Bed September 2, 2011 at 10:02 am

Between my Oktoberfest beer and pumpkin everything I am SOOO ready for tights and boots!!


49 Sara G. September 2, 2011 at 10:08 am

Wow! That breakfast looked gooooood! I will have to attempt those! Good luck with the packing, but I hope you have time to enjoy your time off too! Juan and I started with the easy stuff when we packed (like clothes that aren’t in season). It made us feel successful to get a small closet done or one small project. Then we were motivated to do more :)


50 KathEats September 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Yes, I just need to get the ball rolling!


51 Nikita September 2, 2011 at 10:14 am

Oh my gosh, I love that ginko dish! The pancakes also look delicious :)


52 Selena September 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

just mix and pumpkin in those pancakes? Any water? I have a box and LOVE pumpkin so I just might have to try this really soon. I even have pecans and sea salt to top them off. Sounds divine!


53 KathEats September 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Water too – that’s what the mix calls for


54 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 2, 2011 at 10:18 am

What a wonderful way to start the day (sans storm)! I love the september towel too!!

Happy packing!! One room at a time and you’ll be done before you know it!


55 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 2, 2011 at 10:19 am

Beautiful FAll pictures!! I am a fan of sea salt on sweet stuff too :)


56 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

I can’t wait to buy a huge can of pumpkin! Maybe if I start acting like it’s fall,the weather will actually play along.


57 mtnbluebird September 2, 2011 at 10:32 am

You’ll be packed and moved in a flash with your organization skills! I couldn’t fathom moving again myself. After 18 years of marriage and 1 child our home is filled with a lot of things!


58 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List September 2, 2011 at 10:51 am

Packing is SUCH as hassle. I think I’ve moved at least 7 times in my life, all happening within the last 10 years! Each time we move, I say, this is the last time. On the upside, you DO get rid of a lot of junk! It kind of forces you to deep clean.


59 Kiran @ September 2, 2011 at 11:04 am

Love the linen and plate. Of course, that pumpkin pancakes is soooooo drool worthy!!


60 Ashley September 2, 2011 at 11:23 am

Wow! The move is happening quick….good luck!!


61 Lindsay @ bike before bed September 2, 2011 at 11:43 am

Pumpkin just makes everything better. Good luck on the move! You never realize how much stuff you save and accumulate until you have to put it in boxes!


62 Angel7 September 2, 2011 at 11:48 am

Love the plate, and the pancakes look picture perfect!!!


63 Nikki September 2, 2011 at 11:49 am

Oooh… I may have to try these!! I had pumpkin oats for breaky myself… just feels like fall around here!
I must have missed the post somewhere… Did you and Matt buy a house? or are you just moving closer to the bakery in the neighbourhood you love?? I keep reading references to moving, and dealing with cable companies ect… but was confused!


64 KathEats September 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

We are buying a house! Search for the post: House Hunted


65 Tracy September 2, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Did you add water per the usual Kodiak instructions plus the pumpkin or just pumpkin?


66 KathEats September 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Water too


67 Danielle @weightsandmeasures September 2, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I do like that pumpkin seems to bulk up a recipe. I have not opened a can yet. It is hard to get in the pumpkin mood when it is still blazing outside. Adding salt was a genius idea. Was is coarse or fine? Maybe you said so, if so ignore. I’ll reread!


68 Shannon @ My Place In The Race September 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Sounds so yummy! Love the towel and leaf plate. Too cute!


69 Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life September 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Your breakfast looks amaze! I love adding pumpkin to anything and everything I can especially in the fall! You guys should soak up your two day weekend together and not spend too much time packing up!


70 Margo @ Peanut Butter Trees September 2, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Wow, I’ve been eating my Kodiak cakes the past few weeks and loving them, but this sounds INCREDIBLE!! especially to honor my favorite season, fall! Gotta try it out, next Saturday morning , it’s on the books! Oh, and love that Gingko leaf plate! :)


71 Lara @ TresLaLa September 2, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Matt’s G-chat is SO cute! Love it! He’s such a protector!


72 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled September 2, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I want to eat those pancakes, they look so fantastic! I’m loving that fall is back, which means all things pumpkin. You remind me, I need to stock up on the canned stuff. Can’t risk running out!


73 natalie (the sweets life) September 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I LOVE the idea of a little sea salt on pancakes…definitely might need to try that this weekend, esp bc I have a bunch of fun salts to choose from!


74 Mandy @ The Fat Girl's Guide to Life September 2, 2011 at 1:27 pm

That looks delicious!

That sucks about thunderstorm fears. I was terrified of thunder too when I was a younger. But my Gma made tea and we sat on the back porch to watch the rain. She told me that thunder was God and the angels moving the dinner table into position. Lol. Sweet, right? I love a good storm now.

I can see how having the trees fall over and the house nearly falling down on top of you could create a different kind of reaction to thunderstorms! Do you get many of them where you live?


75 Ashley September 2, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Hi Kath – when you use smoked salt, do you cook with it or just use it as a finishing salt? Thanks! Just bought some and excited to give it a try.


76 KathEats September 2, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Mostly finishing!


77 Molly @ RDexposed September 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Ooh pecans in my pumpkin oatmeal would have been fab this morning! Note to self….


78 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Good luck on the packing!! I know how hard it is to get your booty in gear and start filling boxes– moving is one of the worst tasks in a person’s life!

Storms don’t scare me, by it’s because I’ve never had cause to be fearful. So sweet that Matt knows you so well :)


79 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 2, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I’m terrified of thunderstorms too… but I guess that’s to be expected when you have a tree fall on your head in a storm when you’re 14 years old! 😛

At least you had a delicious breakfast to calm your nerves afterward!


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