Sleepless in Charlottesville

June 5, 2011

I had no trouble falling asleep last night – zonk, hit the pillow, zzzz.

But at 5:45 this morning I was wide awake and thinking about the bakery! I think for a week or maybe a month it’s going to take over my brain quite a bit. Just all the newness. But I will hopefully settle back into normal brain function soon.

I debated going for a run but even though I was wide awake, I was still pretty sleepy, so I decided not to. Instead, I made Great Harvest Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal!


Our oatmeal mixes have something magical about them. This took longer than normal to cook (although I decided to put the banana on top instead of inside so that may have been the change) and the texture is so FLUFFY you just couldn’t believe it. Like silk!


I topped the bowl with half a super ripe banana, Grandma Candy’s Jam, Smucker’s Natural and ground flax


Cool coffee.


Matt’s still sound asleep and I’m leaving him there till noon at least.


Headed to Whole Foods for a 50% off sale – our BRAND NEW STORE LOCATION opens on Tuesday! Now that’s something to miss work for ;)

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1 Sarah June 5, 2011 at 7:08 am

Whoa I think I would die and go to heaven if the Whole Foods here had a 50% off sale!

Have Fun :)


2 Jeannie June 5, 2011 at 7:09 am

So excited to read about the opening and wish I lived closer! My kids have a 1/2 day of school on Wednesday and I have planned a little after-school lunch field trip to the Lexington, MA Great Harvest — it’s the closest location to us. I received 2 shipments from Open Sky this week — the Pestos and the Marinades. So excited to try them this week!! Keep the suggestions coming! Oh, and I noticed, since I started reading your blog, that I now look at my plate at every meal and consider how well it would photograph! You’ve inspired me to pull out some long-forgotten linens and eclectic bowls & plates. Fun departure from the standard white dinnerware.


3 Mom June 5, 2011 at 7:32 am

Fun! Linens love to come out of drawers. So do the bowls and plates!


4 KathEats June 5, 2011 at 4:15 pm

:) Glad you’re happy with your open sky finds!


5 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 5, 2011 at 7:09 am

Grandma Candy = best company name ever. :)

WHole Food @ 50% off?! That’s almost worth a trip to Charlottesville. Haha!


6 The Teenage Taste June 5, 2011 at 7:17 am

Your Whole Foods is having a 50% off sale?! AWESOME! :-D
(Yes, that is TOTALLY something to miss work for.)


7 Khushboo June 5, 2011 at 7:32 am

50% off sale at WF??? I bet I know where your pay cheque is going this month! ;)


8 jen June 5, 2011 at 7:34 am

Having some dakota now, its amazing! Is anything special happening at wf on Tuesday I should know about? :-)


9 KathEats June 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm


I think there’s just a ribbon cutting at 10am on Tues


10 Val @ Balancing Val June 5, 2011 at 7:35 am

What you said in your last post about being excited to work around food really hit home for me.

I love food too and I cant wait to share that same passion when i become a natural foods chef!

Enjoy your day off and have a great time at WF :)


11 Ann @ Day by Day June 5, 2011 at 7:36 am

I read about the Whole Food’s sale on Allie’s blog and was so jealous! I’d be out there majorly stocking on up all the non-perishables. Have a good Sunday! I hope your day off is very relaxing! Maybe you can let us see what you pick up at the Whole Foods sale?


12 Kristen Waby June 5, 2011 at 7:39 am

Jealous about Whole Foods! Enjoy that day off of yours :)


13 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 5, 2011 at 7:41 am

I hate when I’m so tired but can’t sleep! I hope you can take a nap later today!


14 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) June 5, 2011 at 7:49 am

Wow 50% off! That is super exciting! Glad you fell asleep last night easily : )


15 Nana Phyllis June 5, 2011 at 7:49 am

I just wish we had a Whole Foods store closer than 100 miles!! Congrats for your first few days of bakery ownership. I’m hoping you’re closed today and can take a rest of sorts at least once a week.


16 Meg June 5, 2011 at 7:52 am

Our Whole Foods did the SAME thing when a new location opened and there was literally a line almost 1/4 mile long outside of the store to get in for the 50% off sale! No joke, it was INSANITY – I am sooo curious to hear about your experience :D

Was the line over a mile? ;)

Enjoy your morning!


17 Sarah June 5, 2011 at 7:55 am

50% off at WF? I’m jealous! Your oats look delicious as always! I’m enjoying a similar breakfast myself: rolled oats, banana, dried cherries, raspberry preserves and JIF natural (I’ll have to try the smuckers brand I keep reading good things).


18 Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 5, 2011 at 8:17 am

I hope you get lots of goodies at the WF sale! But I hear the lines are ridiculous…

Haha I wish I could get my hands on that silky oatmeal recipe, but I guess I’ll have to wait to recreate it myself ;)

Have a great rest day!


19 Heather June 5, 2011 at 8:34 am

It looks like you are having so much fun!! If you decide you would like to ship items I would take a granola, the cinnamon raisin oatmeal, honey. Do you know if any of the other great harvest ships those items the oatmeal sounds great, is it made with all whole foods ingredients?

Have a great day!


20 KathEats June 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I do think some of the others ship, but I’m not sure which ones.


21 Cait's Plate June 5, 2011 at 8:41 am

That’s how I am with new things too – I agree it will probably take over your brain for a little bit but soon enough it will just be second nature! Yay for a Whole Foods sales! There’s nothing better :)


22 Paige @Running Around Normal June 5, 2011 at 8:42 am

It is SO hard to sleep with so much on the mind. I know as soon as my head hits the pillow, if there’s a lot going on in my life, it all comes out then. Why, why?
Hope you get a nap in :)


23 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 5, 2011 at 8:45 am

50% off!! Wow! I’d be hoarding the entire store!


24 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 5, 2011 at 8:56 am

I would die if Whole Foods was having a sale! Have a good time buying the store- that’s what I would do :)


25 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 5, 2011 at 9:14 am

50% off whole foods?!? Holy crap that’s awesome… I gotta scope out if any are opening in my area!


26 WIERDGREENMAN June 5, 2011 at 9:19 am

Whole Foods + sale are words never seen in the same sentence here.


27 SquatLikeALady June 5, 2011 at 9:39 am

Ahhhh WOW a 50% off sale at Whole Foods — now THAT would save me some money :D


28 Emily June 5, 2011 at 9:44 am

Glad you got some sleep, I’m the worst when it comes to sleeping when nervous/excited. Enjoy WF!


29 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food June 5, 2011 at 9:45 am

50 % off sale at whole foods?? goodness me I want that here in Chicago!

Hope you have a great day off! :)


30 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn June 5, 2011 at 9:47 am

A new WF is ALWAYS something to miss work for! I miss fluffy oats — I just wish the warm weather didn’t make me want overnight oats every morning!


31 katie @KatieDid June 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

enjoy your well deserved day off!!


32 Molly @ RDexposed June 5, 2011 at 10:15 am

A 50% off sale? That sounds like a dream come true!


33 Chad @ thebreakupnote June 5, 2011 at 10:18 am

Kath, my wife and I are going to ninja into your GH bakery one of these days, unannounced, and grace you with a few minutes of lovely Wood company. If we see you, we’ll strike up conversation but won’t tell you it’s us but we’ll be so cool and hip it will mystify you. Then I’ll blog about it and you see it and say “Hey!”


34 KathEats June 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Noooo!!! Introduce yourself or otherwise I’ll be all nervous this week!!


35 Chad @ thebreakupnote June 5, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Who said it would be THIS week ;)


36 KathEats June 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm



37 Barb June 5, 2011 at 10:24 am

Sitting in Harrisonburg wondering about the new store location. Now that your bakery is open, it looks like it’s time for a visit to C’ville!


38 KathEats June 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Come visit!


39 staceyhealthylife June 5, 2011 at 10:37 am

You two deserve the rest, enjoy. And 50% at whole foods, I wish I had that.


40 Lea @ Healthy Coconut June 5, 2011 at 10:44 am

I know that feeling of excitement that you can’t sleep. I couldn’t sleep the night before we flew out for our wedding in Mexico.

Have a fun baking day :)


41 lynn @ the actor's diet June 5, 2011 at 10:50 am

that sounds like me when i was shooting the movie in SF a few weeks ago. no problems passing out but up at 4am, even on my days off!


42 Amanda June 5, 2011 at 10:56 am

Congrats on the bakery! So excited to stop by sometime. Saw you at Whole Foods today, in all the chaos, but decided not to say hello. Hope you had as much luck at WF as I did! :)


43 KathEats June 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Oh how exciting!!


44 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 5, 2011 at 11:11 am

A WF sale is my version of heaven! Is it 50% off everything!?


45 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 5, 2011 at 11:14 am

50 percent off sale at Whole Foods?? That sounds awesome! Wish we had one nearby!


46 Holly @ The Runny Egg June 5, 2011 at 11:20 am

50% off at WF? That is awesome! Enjoy your day!


47 Samantha June 5, 2011 at 11:33 am

Hi Kath, longtime reader here, I don’t comment much, but I can totally relate to your “nightmares”…
If they are anything like the ones that I have whenever I start a new waitress job, you imagine that customers are surrounding your bed, and you are trying to serve them but are embarrassed that you are in your PJs (or less!) and trying to tell them “BUT TODAY IS MY DAY OFF!!”
It’s terrifying! But maybe yours were different ;)


48 Namaste Gurl June 5, 2011 at 11:55 am

YAY for day off– enjoy it! You’ve worked hard :)


49 Teniesha @ Vegan on the Go-Go June 5, 2011 at 11:55 am

Oh, Whole Foods. How I miss thee . . . there’s no such thing in France, unfortunately, but there are a few small co-ops here and there. Haha, the first thing I’ve already planned to do upon my return: go to Whole Foods. Literally, I will step off the plane, retrieve my luggage, and then proceed to stock up on much missed staples! :)


50 Katie June 5, 2011 at 12:12 pm

I miss whole foods! How awesome about the sale!! I would LOVE to go to that!!

I hope you got some good stuff!!


51 Sam June 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Did you get anything good from WF? I went over there at 7:30 this morning to wait in the line & it was nuts. I got a lot of bars that I eat frequently, cereal (want some Kashi?) & a few frozen things. I got lucky & everyone was really nice but there were some rude people showing up when I left. Almost all the nut butters were gone too :(


52 KathEats June 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Must have just missed you!


53 Morgan @ moments of mmm June 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm

50% off sale!?!?!? I am jealous, incredibly. Good luck today!


54 Lauren June 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm

It was great meeting you today even if it was because we happened to get on the slowest moving line possible at Whole Foods. I can’t wait to make peanut butter per your recipe with my daughter this week! She loves to help me cook and that is one of her favorite foods. We’ll look for you at the bakery someday soon! Best of luck!


55 KathEats June 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

So nice to meet you! Thanks SO much for sharing your cart!!


56 lisa @ early morning run June 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm

I’ve never heard of a 50% off sale at Whole Foods! There must have been a line out the door, just like there will be at your bakery on Tuesday! Best wishes for a smooth and successful opening!


57 Amanda Jewell June 5, 2011 at 2:41 pm

I want this for breakfast, lunch, and dinner until the end of time :-)
It looks like comfort in a bowl


58 Emma (Namaste Everyday) June 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I am so surprised to see a Speights mug!!!! I live in New Zealand so I get it all the time, and I’m actually going to the brewery next Wednesday. I am so excited!


59 Justeen @ Blissful Baking June 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm

50% off at Whole Foods?? AMAZING! Hope you get lots of goodies! :)


60 Dee June 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Yum, what a bowl of oats!


61 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm

what a huge bowl of b-fast oats, looks yumm!


62 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen June 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Holy crap – 50% off?! That’s amazing.


63 r8chel June 5, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Skip work on Tuesday? As a food blogger, isn’t it your JOB to be at the grand opening of the new Whole Foods?! :) (I know, you were referring to the bakery…)


64 KathEats June 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm

HA!!!! Thanks for sticking up for KERF! She needs as much legitimacy as the bakery and has been feeling a little left out!


65 Natalie June 5, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Pb and Jelly is the best topper ever. yummy…

Representing the south with your Speights Glass :) you made my day. I live in Queenstown, New Zealand (the south) where that beer is from. where did this glass come from??


66 Kendall Sigurdsson June 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Nice New Zealand Beer mug!!! Dunedin is where I went to Uni:)


67 Hannah June 5, 2011 at 11:14 pm

After four hours sleep night before last, I kinda know how you feel. Then again, that’s because I was at a party, so probably shouldn’t ask for sympathy :P


68 Angel7 June 6, 2011 at 9:57 am

Your bowl of delicious-ness looks like a great way to start the morning!


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