September 30, 2010

The world still looks like this.

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I think I’m getting used to it. So much that I’m considering a walk in the rain! Definitely getting cabin fever from lack of activity!

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Still cooking by lamplight. Electrician on the way today or tomorrow.

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Still in love with Trader Joe’s Sunflower Butter AND pumpkin oats!!

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The Mix

  • 1/3 cup homemade Scottish oats (rolled oats food processed into a finer cut)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 banana
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • Cinnamon, vanilla, salt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin, stirred in at end
  • Granola
  • Drippy sunflower butter (new jar opened!)

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Still cold. Warming up with coffee.

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Still can’t believe we’re getting all these cable channels for $10!! I’ve got TLC’s Baby Story on behind me. I used to watch it all.the.time when I was in high school. Funny that now I’m closer to birthing age it interests me less. But I still turn my head owl-style to watch the birth :) FYI, I still want to have a natural birth someday.

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Have a great day all!

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1 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 30, 2010 at 8:24 am

We started getting cable about 2 months ago and I love all the channels too! I haven’t gotten into Baby Story — I haven’t been able to turn off Food Network or HGTV yet :)

I love the pics on your new rug!


2 Christine September 30, 2010 at 8:24 am

I really like the rain sometimes! Today for instance….even though tropical storm Nicole is supposed to be here all day.

I can’t watch A Baby Story. Never could. Eww. Even though I’ll probably want my own “baby story” one day in the (semi distant) future (but def. not on TV!!)

Do you measure the 1/3 c. before or after food processing? You would probably fit more than 1/3 cup’s worth of ground oats…..


3 Kath September 30, 2010 at 8:27 am

After, and I do realize you can probably fit more in, but my portion seems the same once cooked?


4 Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales) September 30, 2010 at 8:24 am

I used to watch Baby Story all the time. Until I was pregnant and couldn’t stand to scare myself anymore. I assure you, it’s not really like that. At least not for me anyway. No yelling or screaming or moaning. Yes, it was a bit uncomfortable, but I remember actually wondering why those women “acted” like that. Ha! Then again, I know it’s different for everyone!


5 Crystal September 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm

I think A Baby Story is just so drama filled. Most of the women on there seemed to get freaked out by any and everything, blindly trust their OB (don’t even get me started on the lack of family practitioners or midwives used as care providers on the show), end up in the most unproductive labor and birthing positions and then end up freaking themselves out so much they cause excess pain. It drives me nuts. Out of everyone I know who had a midwife or family practitioner (myself included) their birth was much more peaceful and in most cases natural. It’s really not that bad for most women who educate themselves and find an awesome care provider.


6 JENNA September 30, 2010 at 8:25 am

:) LOL {re: baby story}


7 JENNA September 30, 2010 at 8:26 am

p.s. you should keep the lamp in your kitchen…it looks so cozy!!!


8 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 30, 2010 at 8:27 am

Rain is beautiful to walk in sometimes :) I went for a walk in the rain yesterday – so peaceful!


9 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 30, 2010 at 8:27 am

I had pumpkin oats this morning too! So good! I used to watch that too…I am totally fascinated by the whole process of pregnancy and childbirth even after having two kids. I haven’t seen that in years though…wonder why? Anyway, completely interesting. If you ever get the chance to see the documentary “The Business of Being Born” (we got it through streaming on Netflix), it is incredible information. I wish I would have watched that before I had kids!

Anyway, enjoy the rain today…it is doing the same here!


10 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef September 30, 2010 at 8:28 am

mmm delicous! and great photos. hope the electrician arrives soon! i love TLC but cannot watch a baby story or any of the other birth shows. i don’t wanna see it! :)


11 faith @ gracefulfitness September 30, 2010 at 8:29 am

1. There is some serious cabin fever happening in my house!
2. You are making me reconsider getting cable.
3. I love that you were fascinated with birth in high school, my mom and Tate’s mom are both midwives so birth was an all-to-familiar topic growing up.
4. See you later!


12 Kristy @ KristyRuns September 30, 2010 at 8:32 am

Rainy walks/runs are the best! It always invigorates me and makes me feel like a kid again! …Stomping in puddles and all! :)

When I used to have a tv, I loved a Baby Story! I can’t watch the actual birth though. :) That’s a channel changer for me! (Can you tell I don’t have kids?)


13 Sarah September 30, 2010 at 8:34 am

I used to watch it all the time and now at 25 and married it doesn’t interest me at all either! Perhaps it’s too close for comfort? Or perhaps my friends are having babies and I’d rather spend time with their families than ones on TV. :)


14 barefootgirl September 30, 2010 at 8:36 am

I LOVE to walk in the rain!! go for it!!


15 Camille September 30, 2010 at 8:38 am

I’m jealous of your rain! I wish Oregon would quit the sun and give us some standard, Pacific Northwest rain!


16 Joanne September 30, 2010 at 8:39 am

Don’t you like waking up to hear the rain outside? I wish I could stay in bed an hour longer when I hear rain on a cool morning.

Awwweee…what cute kids you two will have :)


17 Hannah September 30, 2010 at 8:42 am

I’ve just realised that while there is not a *single* flavoured nut butter available here in Australia, I can get sunflower butter. I know what I’ll be eating as soon as my jar of vegan chocolate spread it gone! :)


18 shannon (the daily balance) September 30, 2010 at 8:45 am

if it makes you feel any better, i’ve been having to GET READY and SHOWER in lamp light! We have the same issue in our bathroom :/


19 Sarah R September 30, 2010 at 8:54 am

Ok, so if scottish oats are just process rolled oats, then what’s the difference between scottish oats and quick oats I wonder?!


20 Kath September 30, 2010 at 9:04 am

They are very similar!


21 Marla September 30, 2010 at 8:56 am

Scottish oatmeal is finer ground steel cut oats so would have different nutritional qualities than ground rolled oats, but as a dietician bet you would know WAY more than me on this.

Love to hear why steel cut and scottish oatmeal are even healthier for you…..or is this a myth I have been reading?

PS I love authentic scottish oats, but def going broke until I can find a bulk bin kind of place that has them….


22 Kath September 30, 2010 at 9:03 am

Different volume, yes, but not different nutrients.

Steel cut and Scottish oats are not any “better” for you. They have slightly lower glycemic indexes because they have less surface area, but that’s it. Most of the hype comes from the chewier taste of steel cut or the creaminess of Scottish.

And Scottish oats and McCann’s Irish oats are not the same!


23 Alissa September 30, 2010 at 8:58 am

Definitely check out Business of Being Born- and consider hiring a doula for your (eventual) birth. It will make a huge difference!


24 Beth @ DiningAndDishing September 30, 2010 at 9:00 am

Good to know you can get so many channels for that price! Not sure if it would be the same here but we just moved and currently have only 4 or 5 decent channels. I sure am missing cable! Don’t need a whole ton of fancy stuff but shows like the ones on TLC would be nice :).


25 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 30, 2010 at 9:07 am

I love TJ’s sunflower butter! Tastes just like sunflower seeds!


26 Natalia - a side of simple September 30, 2010 at 9:08 am

I’m loving all the textures going on in your oats pictures!


27 Tina September 30, 2010 at 9:11 am

I with ya on the natural birth. If I ever have kids that is! 😉


28 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 30, 2010 at 9:14 am

I love TLC! I have a ton of channels, but really only need TLC, HGTV, Slice and Food Network :)


29 Beth @ September 30, 2010 at 9:15 am

Ooh, definitely go for a walk in the rain! I love walking/running/biking in the rain then coming home, putting on sweats, and drinking something warm and soothing. Soooo relaxing.


30 notyet100 September 30, 2010 at 9:21 am

enjoy the rain,..


31 Melissa @ HerGreenLife September 30, 2010 at 9:23 am

I love reading women’s labor and natural birth stories on blogs — that’s what I’m planning on, too!


32 stacey-healthylife September 30, 2010 at 9:24 am

A run in the rain might be a good idea with all the continuous rain.


33 anne September 30, 2010 at 9:25 am

Baby story is fun to watch! I’m totally with you on natural birth. Women have been doing it since the beginning of time – it’s awesome!


34 Susan September 30, 2010 at 9:33 am

Okay I have been reading your blog for some time and I finally got around to making a Green Monster SIAB – DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for the wonderful idea. I hate smoothies but for some reason – a smoothie in a bowl, with magic shell, almonds, and granola really knocked my socks off!

Next – onto the pumpkin oats! :) Thanks bunches!


35 Josie @ Skinny Way Of Life September 30, 2010 at 9:33 am

I wish I could have had a natural birth, my little man’s head was too big and ended in a C-section : ( NOT fun!!!


36 Ashley September 30, 2010 at 9:37 am

Oats look yummy as usual! I was going to have a smoothie today but had a major craving for cold cereal with banana and nutella! It was good but wish I would have went with the smoothie. LOL!

Check out my NEW POST on how to save calories at STARBUCKS! :-)


37 krystle September 30, 2010 at 9:37 am

Beware that the cable channels may not last. I had the same thing after I moved and then after two months it was just gone. Now I get what $10 actually pays for: about 10 non-HD channels.


38 Paige(Running Around Normal) September 30, 2010 at 9:39 am

A baby story – I used to watch that ALL the time too. It was addicting!


39 Kaci September 30, 2010 at 9:42 am

I used to watch A Baby Story when I was in middle school! lol I don’t really watch it anymore though. I can’t believe you want a natural birth! Eeekkkk!

I’ve been interested in changing my cable plan because it’s too expensive, and my sis and I only watch a couple of channels so would you mind telling me what your plan is? I have comcast right now.

Have a great day!


40 Kath September 30, 2010 at 2:14 pm

It’s just the basic cable plan for $10 – they promise you like 20 channels. But because we have an HD TV, we get a lot of free HD channels in addition.


41 Chelsea at Striking Balance September 30, 2010 at 9:45 am

Opening a new jar of nut butter is the BEST. I love how easily it can drizzle before it goes in the fridge :)


42 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 30, 2010 at 9:48 am

$10! You are super lucky.


43 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 30, 2010 at 9:49 am

I love the rain..but Fall/Winter rain can be really bone-chilling. That’s when you cuddle up inside with a big mug of hot cocoa!


44 [email protected] September 30, 2010 at 9:49 am

I used to watch Baby Story all the time. I don’t know what it is about that show but it always made me feel kind of proud :)

I kicked up your oatmeal pancake recipe a notch! I dug way in to the KERF archives to find the base recipe! Thank you for my new favorite breakfast!


45 Dana @ my little celebration September 30, 2010 at 9:51 am

I MUST make those pumpkin oats soon. Yours look so good I can’t resist. I tend to get stuck in food ruts and will have the same thing over and over just because I know I’ll like it. Like this morning, I want to try chocolate oats but am afraid I’ll regret missing out on plain! Decisions, decisions…

Do you ever have to MAKE yourself try new things or do you like to naturally? Any advice?


46 Kath September 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm

I made myself try tomatoes over and over until I liked them. Same with cucumbers, which I still don’t love. But something like a sauce or flavoring that doesn’t really have nutrients, I wouldn’t bother with


47 Allison K September 30, 2010 at 9:53 am

I used to love “A wedding Story” in college. My roommate and I would sit around and discuss our potential weddings.

As for ” A Baby Story” lots of women who have had birth (which I have not) say that is the worst show for trying to get a realistic picture of labor. I’ve heard great things about “The Business of Being Born.”


48 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 30, 2010 at 9:53 am

we have dreary weather here, too! i am very ready for the sun to come back!


49 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 30, 2010 at 9:56 am

i’m so glad to read that you want a natural birth…i’ve wanted that since i can remember even thinking about having kids, and people look at me like i’m a freak! everyone has a choice (well, for the most part) on how they have their kids, and i want to experience it all!


50 Heather September 30, 2010 at 9:58 am

It is still hot and humid here – rain is supposed to come tomorrow!

My sister watches baby story all the time – she has been watching it since high school as well.


51 Megan September 30, 2010 at 10:19 am

I had a natural birth. It was hard, but I am really glad I did it. I was able to move around during labor which really helped me. I also had a fast recovery and walked from L and D to postpartum. I felt really great afterward. If we have a second, I would do it again, but everyone is different.


52 Katherine September 30, 2010 at 10:25 am

Looks like a great breakfast for a rainy day!


53 Paula September 30, 2010 at 10:35 am

I think sunflower seed butter is my very favorite! I was dedicated to unsweetened Sunbutter and then I just recently tried Trader Joe’s and I must say, it is FABULOUS!!


54 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 30, 2010 at 10:38 am

We’re waiting for our cable guy to come today! Since we got a Tivo in our bedroom we’re missing most of our channels without their programmed card for it. Wish we could get our cable TV for only $10 month! We only watch a handful of channels, the others are wasted!! lol


55 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write September 30, 2010 at 10:42 am

I want a natural birth too. I hate A Baby Story. I’m past “ideal birthing age” and it still doesn’t interest me. No thanks.


56 Kelly September 30, 2010 at 10:42 am

Is it incredibly strange that I really want you to have a baby before me so I can read about natural birth from your perspective and THEN decide if I want to go that route? :) haha

I say do the walk in the rain. It makes hot showers all the more sweet.


57 Kath September 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Haha. If and when it happens, I will blog about all the details! (No videos of the birth though :) )


58 Sarah B September 30, 2010 at 10:50 am

I totally feel you on the rain situation. My first fall in Portland, Oregon was spent indoors and at they gym until I finally embraced the soggy season and bought rain gear for running and biking. Now a little rain doesn’t bother me too much, I’ve learned to love playing in the it.

Oh and the Baby Story reference…. totally on the same page with that. In fact it was an actual conversation between me and my sister the other day. Too funny :)


59 kate September 30, 2010 at 11:00 am

$10 for cable is a steal! Its around $100 here, so clearly we do not have it. Plus it keeps us active. Kinda.


60 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 30, 2010 at 11:03 am

my husband’s mother had 2 natural births at home. she has the greatest kids!


61 Sally Mae September 30, 2010 at 11:09 am

Baby KERF has a nice ring to it:) I know what you mean though…now that I’m 28 and ALL of my friends have kids it’s kind of surreal that I should be having kids soon….Sometimes I just can’t imagine squeezing more into this life with a full time career, husband, house, dog, and hobbies!! I guess it’s a good thing that we are fullfilled with our lives without children:)!


62 tina September 30, 2010 at 11:10 am

omg, WHY did i LOVE baby story so much!?!? and dating story!!! it was the beginning of reality tv…. oh man!


63 Kath September 30, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Totally forgot about a DATING story!!!


64 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes September 30, 2010 at 11:12 am

i heart rainy days! but I do have to admit it can cause the activity level to go down! :S
cathy b.


65 Karen September 30, 2010 at 11:35 am

I had a natural birth 3 months ago (!!) and it was the absolute best experience. I would definitely recommend trying for one. I took a hypnobirthing class and that really helped to keep me focused. Pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and motherhood all have their challenges but it is so worth it! Start working on your pelvic floor now!!


66 Kath September 30, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Working on it as I type :)


67 Food & Other Things September 30, 2010 at 11:44 am

Pumpkin oats and coffee sounds like the perfect breakfast for a rainy day!


68 Mary & Christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen) September 30, 2010 at 11:55 am

Yum. I started my cold, rainy morning with Pumpkin Oats. We are actually on a Tornado warning… things could get pretty crazy!


69 Jessica @ The Process of Healing September 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Pumpkin oats are the BEST! Kinda wish I had had them this morning..


70 Hilary September 30, 2010 at 12:34 pm

If you want a natural birth when the time comes, check out a Bradley Method class! I took one and had a natural birth 3 months ago. Both were great. You can totally do it! Don’t let people try to scare you with their stories. It is hard (it’s called LABOR) but so so worth it. I truly believe it’s better for the mom and better for the baby. I can’t wait to hear about it when the time comes! :)


71 Crystal September 30, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I second the Bradley method! We had a Bradley birth with our first and it was great!


72 Sally September 30, 2010 at 12:35 pm

A Baby Story!!!! I used to love that show. I’d always end up bawling at the end of the show after the baby was born :)


73 Jaime September 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I just love your blog. Every recipe I “copy” of yours turns out delicious!! Thank you for your inspiration!


74 Jamie @ Food in Real Life September 30, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I used to watch that dating story/wedding story/baby story block on TLC alllllllllllllll the time in college. I may have possibly missed class to catch some of those. Agree that now that I am closer to having babies I could probably go without watching baby story. I probably shouldn’t anyway, I already have raging baby fever and that needs to be put on the back burner. That sunflower butter looks amazing btw.


75 Lena @loveeatnowafter September 30, 2010 at 1:13 pm

I love the chair-table? thing in the last photo!! and i really like the first pic too. its kinda beautiful despite the rain and twigs hehe

i really wanna try pumpkin oats- its everywhere on all the blogs and its making me crave it like no other! my plain oats with bsugar in the morning is just not cutting it. I tried to will it to turn into pumpkin oats the other day but it was a no go lol. I gotta make it to the store to pick up some Libbys before they run out from all the food bloggers jumping at them!


76 Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul September 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Still haven’t tried sunflower seed butter. I just purchased my first ever non-peanut “butter” (almond butter) and I was made to promise I’d go through it first before going crazy on other types!


77 Michelle @ IronDivas September 30, 2010 at 1:38 pm

The weather here, in Maryland, is pretty sucky as well… I actually just posted a quick 6min. total body fitness work out that I found to remind my fitness group that weather should not stop us from doing some kind of activity.

… I’ve been meaning to try some of that TJ sunflower butter… looks delicious!


78 Meghan September 30, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I have had two natural births (one hospital, one homebirth) and am pregnant with my third and planning another homebirth. Of course it is painful, but so worth it!


79 Meghan September 30, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Oh, I also took the Bradley Method classes and would HIGHLY recommend them if you are serious about natural birth.


80 Simply Life September 30, 2010 at 3:36 pm

I have yet to try sunflower butter – great reminder!


81 Melissa September 30, 2010 at 4:25 pm

That first photo is fantastic. Funny, I agree with you on the Baby Story. I too was so into it in high school, but now I often flip the channel when it is on.


82 lindsay September 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm

So jealous of your extra channels! I have $15 cable and all I get are the basics (NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS), then a shopping channel, WB and Discovery Health. I watch ALOT of Discovery Health! Hoarders, Unassisted Births (scary show!), 19 Kids and Counting, etc. Its a bit embarassing – but that is what $15 cable will do to ya!


83 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 30, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Baby Story and Wedding Story were always the shows on TLC that I skipped over. I way preferred What Not to Wear and Trading Spaces!


84 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm

You made me miss Sunbutter so so bad!!!


85 Jennifer H September 30, 2010 at 8:30 pm

Delurking as a labor and delivery nurse/future nurse-midwife to say the following:
1. All the baby shows are scary and sensationalized. Don’t watch them!
2. Most women who desire natural childbirth AND plan for it physically and mentally have a beautiful birth experience. Labor is a lot like running a marathon! Most people will think you’re crazy, it takes a lot of training, but nothing will ever compare to the way feel at the end.

That is all. :)


86 Kath September 30, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I hope to one day!


87 The Healthy Apple October 1, 2010 at 11:50 am

I love Trader Joe’s Sunflower of my favorites…yum, I’m going to have some with a baked right now, hehe!


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