Sense The Season

July 11, 2012

Hot oatmeal? Yes please!

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This bowl felt like the fall it was so fluffy and comforting. We’re still blessed with mild temps and low humidity here, although I could use a bit more sunshine please. It’s crazy how you can just sense a lower temp and crave a hot breakfast without stepping outside.

I made some whipped banana oatmeal with cottage cheese, some crumbled Hungry Bar and sunflower butter in my Ramen bowl. Blackberries stirred in too! 

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Accompanied by a barrel full of iced coffee. 2/3 coffee concentrate and 1/3 water. I could definitely use it stronger, but this mix is working well for now and seems to be a great balance between strength and conservation. I’m also loving having the concentrate in the fridge in my french press so I only have to make it a few times a week! Pioneer Woman was on to something with her month supply in a beverage dispenser!

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Have a happy hump day!

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1 Allie@LiveLaughEat July 11, 2012 at 8:30 am

I was just thinking about fall this morning while coming across pumpkin recipes on Pinterest. It’s gonna be here before we know it!

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2 KaraHadley July 11, 2012 at 8:34 am

Have you noticed if the concentrate is getting a funky flavor? It may just be my fridge, but I find that when I leave ice coffee for too long it gets stale and weird.

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3 KathEats July 11, 2012 at 8:52 am

Tasted just the same on day 2

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4 Lisa July 11, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I noticed it too! I wondered about trying it with something other than tap next time.

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5 Katie July 11, 2012 at 8:37 am

I’ve still been eating hot (or at least warm) oatmeal most of the summer. After I go outside for the day and the temps rise then it seems like all I want to eat is cold, refreshing foods. After 100+, 90 here in Nebraska is a relief, but it will be near 100 by next week again. I am looking forward to fall (cooler temps, school, football, volleyball, pumpkin, apples). Love your green dish, where is it from?

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6 KathEats July 11, 2012 at 8:50 am

OpenSky – also you can buy it at Uncommon Goods

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7 Katie July 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

Thanks Kath! I’ll off to check it out.

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8 Katie July 11, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I don’t know if I should love or hate you for sharing this site. What fun products, my daughter found lots of things she wants. I am definitely ordering something, now to decide. I guess I’ll say thanks again for sharing this site, LOL. Do you have other items from there?

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9 Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food July 11, 2012 at 8:39 am

I just love that ramen bowl! Warm oats for me too this morning.

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10 Amanda @flecksofgreen July 11, 2012 at 8:39 am

That is the cutest bowl/cup! Where did you get it?

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11 KathEats July 11, 2012 at 8:50 am

OpenSky – also sold at Uncommon Goods

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12 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) July 11, 2012 at 8:43 am

I love fall! I can’t wait for the days where I won’t be sweating the minute I walk outside :)

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13 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats July 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

It’s web ridiculously hot here in Chicago and I’m still eating hot oats! I just love them and they seem more satisfying than a cold breakfast

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14 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope July 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

Happy Wednesday, Kath! :) A bowl of hot oatmeal sounds delicious today!

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15 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 11, 2012 at 8:45 am

Yum! I love that green bowl. Although I certainly don’t like thinking about fall yet, I do second Allie’s comment above about the pumpkin! I am still eating it even in the midst of summer!

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16 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux July 11, 2012 at 8:48 am

I had hot oatmeal today too (with yogurt and berries stirred in)! Something about the gloominess screamed OATS, haha! That’s a fun green bowl!

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17 Cathy July 11, 2012 at 8:48 am

My daughter and I are trying the iced coffee. We have decided it is too strong for us. :(

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18 Andrea July 11, 2012 at 8:52 am

Yup, it was definately a hot oats morning :) I had some with shredded zucchini stirred in… zucchini bread oatmeal! Have a wonderful day!

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19 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 11, 2012 at 9:07 am

Mmm that sounds awesome! Gonna have to give that a try :)

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20 stacey July 11, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I was just thinking about adding shredded zucchini to oatmeal yesterday since I have a lot of home grown zucchini right now. Did you add anything else to them? I was thinking cinnamon and raisins with a little maple syrup and nut butter would be a very tasty combo!

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21 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat July 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

I always prefer the straight concentrate too, so I started brewing it in a 1:3 ratio and at room temp, then pouring it over ice.

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22 erika July 11, 2012 at 8:55 am

You have the cutest plates and silverware!! I need to get over my obsession to have things “match”. Life’s too short! :-p

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23 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance July 11, 2012 at 9:01 am

I finally bought cottage cheese to try in my overnight oats – I’m still a little weary, but I’m going to be brave and try it!

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24 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 11, 2012 at 9:07 am

Looks like my breakfast this morning (with a slight twist) – oatmeal and iced coffee! :)

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25 Megan @ Megan's Munchies July 11, 2012 at 9:10 am

Yum!! I need to start eating oatmeal again. I used to eat it all the time and then all of a sudden it didn’t sound good anymore. This post made me want to dive right back into oatmeal again. Happy Wednesday!

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26 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 11, 2012 at 9:14 am

I went for the hot oats today too – something about a cloudy morning makes me crave them! Melted cherries on top of mine though.

A month supply of coffee sound like my dream world. :)

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27 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) July 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

I have definitely not given up my hot oats in the morning this summer…in fact I did another vanilla pumpkin oatmeal this morning. I think I’m channeling the cooler weather and my favorite season!

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28 Rachel July 11, 2012 at 9:25 am

I have yet to try cottage cheese in my oats.. I usually put protein powder in lol

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29 Emily @ www.main-eats.com July 11, 2012 at 9:30 am

Would LOVE to be sitting outside in the cool, beautiful weather! I tried to eat on my deck this morning and just about baked! I love making the coffee concentrate too-we use the Toddy and really love it. Kinda expensive, but definitely makes really smooth and delicious coffee. Love it strong!

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30 Cait's Plate July 11, 2012 at 9:32 am

This weather has definitely got me in the fall spirit lately. It’s been rainy non-stop around here so I’ve been craving warm, comfort foods all week! :)

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31 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh July 11, 2012 at 9:33 am

You just reminded me I need to look into stainless steel straws. :)

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32 wesley @ the way home July 11, 2012 at 9:39 am

You have the most adorable bowls! Sometimes I wonder just how many you have. I’d love to see them all used at a dinner party, or better yet, an oatmeal party! Something to consider ;)

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33 KathEats July 11, 2012 at 10:11 am

They have been before!

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34 wesley @ the way home July 11, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I bet it was adorable

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35 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 11, 2012 at 10:02 am

I had hot oats this morning, too! I was going to have cereal but changed my mind at the last minute :D

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36 Theresa July 11, 2012 at 10:16 am

Why are you conserving the coffee? Health reasons or a special coffee you can replace? Just kind of curious……. Thanks again for a great, positive healthy based blog.

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37 KathEats July 11, 2012 at 10:20 am

Because it’s expensive : )

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38 Khushboo July 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

The gloomy rain here makes me crave fall foods!

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39 Millie Snyder July 11, 2012 at 11:07 am

Another success with your oatmeal! It looks delicious!!

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40 Sarah @ Fresh Living July 11, 2012 at 11:16 am

Your tablecloth is so cute! The breakfast looks amazing as well. Enjoy the weather…

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41 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 11, 2012 at 12:01 pm

great balance between strength and conservation = good to know it’s working for you.

My usual way to get lots of mileage out of cold coffee is to brew a ridiculously strong pot of espresso-coffee or a dark-roast and practically overflow my filter :) Get it as strong as possible, let it cool, pour it into a container and chill it. Over the next day (or two or three) it gets even stronger in the fridge and that’s my ice coffee. I don’t add water, but between ice cubes and cream, it does dilute some. I need to compare it with your method!

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42 Annette @FitnessPerks July 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I love that cup/bowl! SO unique!

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43 Emily Butler July 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I’ve been still craving big hot bowls of oats even with this heat!

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44 Kathy W. July 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm

We were without power for 8 days(!), so I’m only now catching up w/blog reading. I just wanted to say that I’m so sorry about darling Lillian. But she was a lucky girl to have been adopted by your parents, who obviously adored her.

(shifting gears…I happened to see this post about making iced coffee in a french press like yours on a Cooks Illustrated site. Might be worth trying/comparing to PW!)

http://www.americastestkitchenfeed.com/do-it-yourself/2011/08/how-to-make-cold-brew-coffee/

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45 KathEats July 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm

8 days – glad you’re back!

And thanks for the sweet words on Billis : )

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46 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Lovelys July 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm

That oatmeal creation looks wonderful! I love my oatmeal just a tad warm, especially since it’s not in the 90s anymore (at least where I’m at). I am looking forward to the more cool fall days. I don’t know if I will be able to give up iced coffee though.. that’s a habit that I don’t want to break!

And I love that bowl. It is perfect for oatmeal. :)

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47 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles July 11, 2012 at 2:29 pm

That bowl is so cheery…especially paired with the sunny cloth!

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48 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count July 11, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Wish it was Fall…my favorite season. Looks yummy!

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49 Leila @ Spinach and Skittles July 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Do you follow Pioneer Woman’s method in your French press, or do you brew it like you normally would in the French press and then store it in the fridge? I followed her method (with your smaller ratio) and it was pretty weak…I wanted just it plus ice, haha. I’m trying to figure out how to make it stronger in taste.

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50 KathEats July 12, 2012 at 7:44 pm

Check the “Hard to Concentrate” post (I think I linked to it here?) I’m using a cold brew method much like PW’s. Although I am making it in a french press instead of tubs and cheesecloths.

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