Stairway To Pumpkin Heaven

September 20, 2010

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Boy was this breakfast combo a good one!

  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/8 cup 6 grain hot cereal
  • Lots of water
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • Pinch salt, splash vanilla
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin, stirred in at end
  • Hail Merry Cinnamon Orange Grawnola
  • Madison‘s Walnut Pecan Butter PUDDLE!!!!!!!!
  • Drizzle maple syrup

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Served up in the SALSABOL! In my effort to make the KERF Shop as oatmeal friendly as possible, another bowl option for you. This girl has got curves and the same inner-lip style as the Cali bowl. It’s $15 and you can read more about it or buy one here.

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We are now out of coffee!!

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It’s a yoga day :) And I’m cooking a cheesy new recipe for dinner as a freelance project. Gotta prepare.

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1 Mom September 20, 2010 at 8:14 am

Love the stair shots!


2 Christine September 20, 2010 at 8:16 am

That is some puddle of nut butter! Yum!

And a fun shaped bowl–kinda makes me think of a modern chair…..?


3 Tina September 20, 2010 at 8:17 am

Seriously – I need to find pumpkin. And I love all your creative shots. This post just goes to show that the host people don’t know what they were thinking when they said you should do less photos.


4 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes September 20, 2010 at 8:17 am

ditto on the stairs!! To me, simple, time-worn, everyday things are so full of beauty!
Cathy B.


5 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine September 20, 2010 at 8:18 am

I love the new picture location!! So adorable. And I’ve been toying with the idea of ordering some bowls from your shop, and at $15, I just might take the plunge on that one…

Hope you have a great start to your week!


6 Jessica @ How Sweet September 20, 2010 at 8:18 am

I love the pics on the stairs – so pretty!


7 Gracia September 20, 2010 at 8:20 am

I love the stairs! And that bowl… too bad I live in Spain!


8 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 20, 2010 at 8:21 am

Agh I’m out of coffee too! Guess I’ll have to wait until I get to work. Have a great Monday! :)


9 Madeline - Greens and Jeans September 20, 2010 at 8:22 am

I’ve been seeing a lot of pumpkin on blogs recently, I can’t WAIT until Libby’s shows up in my grocery store!


10 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 20, 2010 at 8:23 am

Why does everyone else have pumpkin before me??? I saw pumpkins in the store last week, now I am going back today to get a pumpkin to roast so I can join in on the seasons best!


11 Amanda September 20, 2010 at 8:24 am

I am deff going to have to try the pumpkin oat combo soon you make it look just too good! Just voted for your blog!!


12 Kath September 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Thank you!


13 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg September 20, 2010 at 8:25 am

Nut butter puddles are the BEST kind of puddle :-) Happy Monday!


14 Kristy@ September 20, 2010 at 8:26 am

Pecan walnut butter? Yes. Please. Looks delish! And love the beautiful stairs!


15 sweetersalt September 20, 2010 at 8:26 am

Great bowl! I bought a can of pumpkin this weekend, can’t wait to crack it open for some oats, and possibly some cookies!



16 Hannah September 20, 2010 at 8:30 am

Watch out, Kath. I bet there are people out there who would kill for that bowl of oatmeal. 😉


17 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 20, 2010 at 8:33 am

yum! i had pumpkin OIAJ for breakfast, perfect start to a monday!


18 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 20, 2010 at 8:41 am

What a cute bowl — although I’m doing my best to not buy random pieces of dishware. Have you considered having collections of dinnerware for sale? Plates/bowls/mugs that all coordinate?

And “pecan butter puddle” is the best thing I’ve read (or seen) all morning!


19 Kath September 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I would like to do more collections, but I think they would get pretty expensive. I’ll look out for some though


20 Mary & Christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen) September 20, 2010 at 8:42 am

We just voted for you for Project Food Blog!! Also, we finally just got our hands on some pumpkin yesterday and were able to enjoy Pumpkin Oats this morning with cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, banana, milk, & maple glazed pecans and walnuts! Ah-maz-ing!! So glad Fall is Back!


21 Kath September 20, 2010 at 1:51 pm



22 Bee Goes Bananas September 20, 2010 at 8:46 am

I love your house so much! Even the stairs have so much character. I need to try this new pumpkin fad. It sounds delicious and it’s the perfect time of year!


23 Maria @ Kale and Cupcakes September 20, 2010 at 8:52 am

I love pumpkin season!


24 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 20, 2010 at 9:02 am

That looks like an awesome combo :)


25 Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul September 20, 2010 at 9:07 am

All these pumpkin recipes all over the blogosphere are making me hungry. I LOVE the stair photos on this one though!


26 missy September 20, 2010 at 9:09 am

It’s not Libby’s, but GCF has HUGE cans of pure pumpkin for around $8. Just picked some up yesterday.


27 Marina September 20, 2010 at 9:10 am

Love that blob of nut butter.I really should start adding more nut butters to my bowls of oatmeal, it just tastes better that way


28 Nicole @ yuppie yogini September 20, 2010 at 9:11 am

It’s amazing to think that 2 years ago the only nut butters I knew existed were peanut butter and almond butter! Walnut pecan butter makes my mouth water….good thing I don’t have any around or else I’d be eating out of the jar!


29 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 20, 2010 at 9:17 am

Walnut pecan butter sounds divine! And I love the first picture!


30 barefootgirl (our first CSA) September 20, 2010 at 9:22 am

your house rocks!!

I can’t wait to see what’s for dinner!!

???? cheese????

my favorite food in the whole wide world!


31 barefootgirl (our first CSA) September 20, 2010 at 9:22 am

those ???? were supposed to be hearts…….


32 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef September 20, 2010 at 9:24 am

ahhh i want pumpkin! i’ve looked about 4 places already with no luck. must continue!


33 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 20, 2010 at 9:30 am

Lovely pictures!!! Have a great day Kath!


34 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 20, 2010 at 9:31 am

Pumpkin = YAY!

I’m so happy to see pumpkin returning to the grocery stores, even if it *is* still hard to find. And the breakfast bowl is adorable! 😀


35 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) September 20, 2010 at 9:32 am

Neat idea to put that on the stairs!


36 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 20, 2010 at 9:36 am

That bowl of oat sounds amazing! Maple syrup is the best!


37 Lindsey September 20, 2010 at 9:37 am

That breakfast looks amazingly good and fall-like! And I concur with everyone else, the stair shots were a great idea (they also make me envious for your hard-wood floors!)


38 Sophie September 20, 2010 at 9:41 am

Somehow I happened to stumble upon a set of Calibowls at TJ Maxx the other day and I was so excited. I can’t wait to eat my oatmeal in them!


39 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge September 20, 2010 at 9:41 am

Fun bowl! And definitely agree that that breakfast looks and sounds amazing!


40 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 20, 2010 at 9:43 am

Can’t wait to have pumpkin oatmeal again :) Love the stairs, too. I love how the wood looks worn and with character. I know..kind of random but I think it’s the small things like that that make a house a home. :)


41 Allison K September 20, 2010 at 9:44 am

Out of Coffee!!! OH no!


42 Alyssa September 20, 2010 at 9:47 am

I’m loving that bowl :-)


43 Natalia - a side of simple September 20, 2010 at 9:51 am

Your description for the bowl really made me smile. She is a fine looking lady!


44 notyet100 September 20, 2010 at 9:58 am

nice clicks


45 Aimee September 20, 2010 at 10:02 am

Where did you get the walnut pecan butter? It sounds delish!


46 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 20, 2010 at 10:26 am

Whenever people post their oatmeal pictures, they always look so tasty and pretty.

Whenever I post pictures of my oatmeal, they always look gross and unappealing.

They taste great, though, so I don’t really care.

Just wondering if there’s a secret to pretty oatmeal pictures? 😉


47 Kath September 20, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Runnier oats yield pretty bowls (the thicker ones look so clumpy). And add toppings with care!


48 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks September 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I knew topping placement is part of my problem….but had never thought about oat consistency. Hmm. Obviously taste is what is most important, and I tend to like my oats more on the thick side….but…I want pretty oats too. Must experiment further. Thanks for the advice!


49 Camille September 20, 2010 at 10:36 am

That puddle is glorious!
Is it a freelance photo project? Can’t wait to see the results?


50 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 20, 2010 at 10:42 am

does look like a particularly lovely bfast – in a particularly lovely bowl!


51 Stephanie (Laugh and Cook) September 20, 2010 at 10:47 am

I wish I had the time make a breakfast bowl like that!


52 Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 20, 2010 at 10:56 am

Those oats look amazing!!!! I am going to the market to get some canned pumpkin later today. I’m thinking I might steal that breakfast idea for tomorrow!!


53 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 20, 2010 at 11:02 am

all i can think are: i wish i had a ton of Libby’s pumpkin and I wish i had a staircase like that. too beautiful!


54 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) September 20, 2010 at 11:14 am

OHHH! Can’t wait to see what’s for dinner 😀 I need some inspiration for tonight… I have a pound of ground turkey or a pound of chicken tenders… what to do, what to do ?!

I wish I loved sweet oats! I see yours nearly every morning and it makes me hungry to look at it, but I make my own bowl and it’s just not the same. 😉


55 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 20, 2010 at 11:37 am

I still have never tried pumpkin in my oatmeal. It’s rather depressing!


56 Katie September 20, 2010 at 11:39 am

Its officially fall when I read 4 posts in one morning about pumpkin!


57 Anne September 20, 2010 at 11:50 am

Ohh, probably going to make that for lunch actually…but with butternut squash. Hopefully it’s just as good!


58 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 20, 2010 at 11:53 am

Yum that bowl really does look decadent and delicious! I am jealous!!


59 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies September 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Ohhh – those oats just sound incredible!!


60 Brenna [fabuleuxdestinbrenna] September 20, 2010 at 12:30 pm

I miss summer already! Fall is so close!


61 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 20, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Love that puddle!!

Looking forward to seeing your cheesy dinner recipe. :)



62 Brittany September 20, 2010 at 1:01 pm

Mmmmm… lately I’ve been wanting to add pumpkin to everything! I’ve thrown in some pumpkin pie spice in my pumpkin oats before also. It’s pretty good!

Looking forward to this cheesy dinner!


63 Hands in Namaste September 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Kath, oatmeal looks FAB this a.m.! So glad pumpkin is back! I’m a little sad b/c i’m in Florence for the semester, and pumkin isn’t really available (and the one store we found it in has it for sale for 5 euro!)


64 Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey September 20, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Love the beautiful pictures and the Salsabol! So cute.


65 Sarah (OC2Seattle) September 20, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Anything cheesy has got to be good!


66 Kelsey September 20, 2010 at 2:28 pm

Just wanted to let you know that the Grand View Nursing students at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa have been following your blog for the last couple of weeks to create a new spin on our community service project for a nutritional twist! You and Emily both do great work. Thanks for helping us out and for helping us to pass time while studying for boards!


67 Kath September 20, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Oh fun! Thanks for reading!


68 [email protected] September 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm

What a cute post! Pumpkin with oats really IS heaven.. :)


69 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Such a cute bowl! I want to get it, but my roommates are starting to think I’m a little crazy because of my bowl collection. 😛


70 stacey-healthylife September 20, 2010 at 7:38 pm

I love the shape of that bowl.


71 Heidi - apples under my bed September 20, 2010 at 8:14 pm

What gorgeous photos :) Your breakfasts are the most beautiful dishes! Aesthetically sooooo pleasing and with all those yummy ingredients, I can only imagine how delicious they taste. Nutritious too. You’re an inspiration :)
Heidi xo


72 Emilee September 20, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Somehow you manage to make a healthy breakfast look like a decadent treat!


73 Elizabeth September 21, 2010 at 9:34 am

Kath, I love this blog and am making an effort to comment more often. I was wondering, just for the sake of experimentation, do you ever calorie count? That oatmeal looks great and I work out six days a week, but as a person losing weight I wonder if that would be a healthy choice for me. Four or five days a week I have what I call “Cherry Pie Oatmeal” and all it is is 1/2 c rolled oats, 1/4 c dried cherries, cinnamon and allspice to taste, 1/2 scoop protein powder (because I am constantly low when it comes to protein), 1/2 c vanilla soy milk and 1/2 c water. I then cook it in the microwave. It all adds up to almost 400 calories!

I know you do not want to emphasize calorie counting because that is just not what works for you but for some of us, who need that structure right now, about how many calories are in that breakfast and how does it distribute throughout the day? Meaning, if you eat 600 calories for breakfast are your other meals smaller? Do you snack?


74 Kath September 21, 2010 at 9:42 am

Hey Elizabeth,
I used to calorie count when I was losing weight so I understand how helpful it is for weight loss :) I don’t count anymore, but my breakfasts are usually between 400 and 600 calories (and only nearing 600 when I go over-the-top – not so much regularly – my bowls aren’t as extravagant as they seem at times and they look bigger in photos).

I don’t snack at all in the mornings (because I don’t need to) and I like it that way because I don’t need to stop and think about food or hunger.

My lunches and dinners are probably about the same size as my breakfast, so when you eat 3 bigger meals a day, you don’t really need to rely on snacks. I do often have something between 4-5p, especially on days when I’m more active and hungrier, and sometimes I have something small and sweet after dinner, but I’d say on average my meals aren’t huge or calorie dense and I don’t have a snack just because the clock strikes 4.

Slightly smaller portions and monitoring nibbling, desserts and alcohol are all it takes for me to start losing again (and adding those are all it takes for me to feel heavier in a few weeks). So I guess that’s the long way of me say I think 400 calories for breakfast is TOTALLY fine for someone trying to lose weight. 600 might be on the higher end, but 400 seems fine. I wouldn’t recommend any less! Breakfast is the most important meal.


75 Marieke September 22, 2010 at 3:00 am

This is so helpful. I am losing weight as well, lost about 28 pounds now, and I actually think that having more calories at my meals make me snack less. I used to be really fussy about calories but now I can judge most of the time how big my meal should be and what should be in it, without going way over the top with calories. I find that just eating healthy filling meals, exercising regularly and watching the alcohol makes me lose weight. Maybe not fast, but I’m not after that. Thanks for the tips.


76 Elizabeth September 21, 2010 at 9:59 am

Awesome Kath! Thanks for that thoughtful (and quick) response. I use which is essentially a free weightwatchers. It tracks my calories and exercise and also has a large community with articles, message boards, blogs, etc. I find it very helpful. I weigh 243 lbs (down 40) and like I said, work out six days a week (3 zumba classes, 3 slow jogs) and they have me eating between 1550 and 1850 calories a day. I’m always at the high end and sometimes, like when I eat out, I go way over. It is just that your outmeal looks a lot better than mine and if I could find a way to have something like that without undoing my day or setting myself up for constant hunger or failure then I would gladly switch to your kind of oatmeal!

Thanks for your advice.


77 Kath September 21, 2010 at 10:04 am

Your kind of oats sound good too!! I also cut back to 1/3 a cup of oats a while ago so I could “spend” more on toppings like a sprinkle of granola and jams and what not. You give and you take!

Sparkpeople is great. Hang in there – you’re doing something right to be down 40 lbs already!! Focus on quality over quantity :)


78 Tom September 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm

Hey Kath and Kath readers,

Just saw a spike in activity on our site yesterday from your blog, and I’m thinkin whoa that’s weird, Kath posted about us over a month ago. Came over, checked it out, and there’s a Salsabol on the steps with oatmeal in it! WE LOVE the Salsabol oatmeal combo over at Salsabol HQ, so thanks again! Cheers for the support, you rock

— the guys @ Salsabol HQ, all two of us!


79 Jennifer September 22, 2010 at 7:37 am

Quick question – When do the chia seeds go in? During the heating process or at the end? :)


80 Kath September 22, 2010 at 8:10 am

At the beginning


81 Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) September 28, 2010 at 1:34 am

OMG Girl! You are really nursing that pecan butter! I thought that i was the only person who could make a jar last a year or more 😀 Hope you’re doing well!



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