January 6, 2013



I’ve been making so many cooked breakfasts that I forgot how awesome it is to have one that involves zero cooking or cleanup. Yesterday I didn’t get a chance to finish my coffee, so I saved it in the fridge to reheat today, and I made overnight oats, which are as low maintenance as it gets. No dishes to do! Yee haw. I needed it today.

Overnight oats contained 1/2 cup oats, milk and Greek yogurt, plus 1 tbsp chia seeds, cinnamon, a pinch of salt and a handful of blueberries

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After breakfast, snacks and naps, Mazen and I walked down to Great Harvest to pick up Matt for an outing.


We tasted our brand new Semolina Sunflower bread (yummm!!) and walked downtown to go out to lunch.


{I wanted to eat all of these scuffins but resisted!}


We ended up at Bizou, which has a great menu of salads and small entrees for lunch. (Also an excellent brunch!)


We both got salads –


Smoked salmon with roasted veggies and feta cheese for me


And a steak salad with pecans and bleu cheese for Matt. We traded bites and both were excellent.


Our family was recognized twice downtown today by blog readers! So fun when that happens : ) Hi Jamie and friend who went running by us!


I took a piece of our new cranberry flax cookie from the bakery to have after lunch. This cookie is more granola bar than cookie and is made with a pretty healthy set of ingredients like applesauce, flax, oats and whole wheat


We walked home, rested, snacked, napped and then ended up going back out in the stroller for some fresh air and a coffee for something to do.

I had a decaf latte from Mudhouse and one of their Power Balls, which was a mash of sunflower seeds, peanut butter, honey and questionably chocolate – it was really good! I would love to replicate this with the sunflower seeds.


Back at the fort, Karen came over for dinner and brought a lamb ragu and some fresh gnocchi from Whole Foods to serve it on (she was inspired by the gnocchi we had earlier this week). Simple sautéed broccoli on the side.


We sipped on this wine, which I liked but it was a little light for my preference (my favorite wine is a bold and juicy Old Vine Zinfandel!)



Happy Weekend friends

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1 Christine January 6, 2013 at 8:46 am

I want gnocchi so bad right now it’s not even funny. Not tonight though. Tonight I’ll be having your bone suckin’ chicken! About to have breakfast then put it in the slow cooker!


2 KathEats January 6, 2013 at 8:50 am

Fun! Enjoy


3 Amanda January 6, 2013 at 9:54 am

Me too! How much BBQ sauce is in the jar?


4 KathEats January 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

16 ounces – good question


5 Joni January 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

My husband and I are making the trip to Charlottesville in two weeks for a short getaway, after reading your blog for so long and how much you love it! Thanks for your Cville page as we’re certainly going to use your recommendations :) Maybe I’ll see you as I’m looking forward to checking out the bakery!


6 KathEats January 6, 2013 at 11:10 am

Glad it was helpful! Hope you have a blast. Let me know when you’re here- we might be able to come down to say hi


7 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 6, 2013 at 9:33 am

And again, your dinners always make me jealous!! Haha and I’ve only been recognized by a reader twice that I know of!


8 Liz Dean January 6, 2013 at 9:42 am

All of your food looks so GOOD! Also, how has Mazen been sleeping? I know you mentioned in a previous post it hasn’t been awesome, but just curious. Hope you’re getting more sleep! Oh, and we did sleep training with Sam at about 4-5 months. It was hard for a couple days, but paid off hugely in the long run :)


9 KathEats January 6, 2013 at 11:10 am

Last night was a FIVE hour stretch. I feel like a million bucks! Although the rest of the night was 1 hour clumps. I’m hoping this was a turning point though!


10 Katie @ running4cupcakes January 6, 2013 at 9:42 am

I love chia seeds! I have to remember to add them to things, I haven’t for quite a while. Also, that powerball looks delicious! Happy Sunday!


11 Elise @ Expeditions of Elise January 6, 2013 at 9:47 am

Love smoked salmon! I’ve got plans for a lox and bagel for lunch today and couldn’t be more excited.


12 Amanda, RD- The Nutritionist Reviews January 6, 2013 at 10:03 am

I had oats in a jar this morning as well. That salad looks quite unique!


13 Mary January 6, 2013 at 10:06 am

You are so lucky your husband can leave his business during the day to join you in a restaurant for lunch. My nephew runs the bakery (sixty year old family bakery, not a franchise) and he works from four in the morning until four or five at night! I know his family would love to see more of him.

Was the powerball made with carob?

Have a great day!


14 KathEats January 6, 2013 at 11:09 am

It’s great being flexible as the owner and we have a wonderful staff, but he works 6 days a week most weeks and the holiday season was super busy! He has to do the 3am shift from time to time as well (although I rarely write about it for our own safety). The life of a baker can be pretty tough!


15 [email protected] January 6, 2013 at 10:20 am

I have taken your lead and made overnight oats a few times in my almost empty nut butter jars and its so delicious! I sometimes just make it in a bowl and its so refreshing and filling. I have made it with frozen blueberries and taken it with me hiking. The frozen berries keep it cold and since they slowly thaw out its read to eat by the time we stop on the trail for lunch. Thank you for such a great idea using oatmeal.


16 Lauren Paradis January 6, 2013 at 10:35 am


I just tried overnight oats for the first time this past year! You wonder who the heck came up with this! Definitely delicious though! I always use to combine raw oatmeal and yogurt together (so good!) This remembles my old combo!

What has been your favorite combo of overnight oats so far?!


<3. L


17 Lauren Paradis January 6, 2013 at 10:31 am

That sunflower butter looks delicious! I am such a SUCKER for nut butters. I have five in rotation right now “guilty…”

I can’t wait to be able to do a overnight oats!

What is your favorite combination for overnight oats?!

What a lovely Saturday you had! It definitely makes for a great following week.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. xoxo

<3. L


18 KathEats January 6, 2013 at 11:08 am

Probably just basic with banana and granola on top : )


19 Sara @ fitcupcaker January 6, 2013 at 10:34 am

We went to a wine tasting last night, and I loved the moscato! I havent had salmon in forever, I think I might need to make some kind of fish this week :)


20 Elisabeth January 6, 2013 at 10:35 am

Old Vine Zin is my favorite too. That gnocchi and lamb ragu looks delicious.


21 Meagan January 6, 2013 at 10:49 am

I made gnocchi from scratch once! It was an awesome process. But I can’t eat gluten so my classmates enjoyed it instead.


22 Olivia @ Life As Liv January 6, 2013 at 11:16 am

Mmhm, all those baked good from Great Harvest look so darn good! Especially that cranberry flax cookie. That definitely sounds riiiight up my alley.


23 lynn @ the actor's diet January 6, 2013 at 11:18 am

i kinda wanna take a food pilgrimage to your bakery…


24 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin January 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

Overnight oats is the best! I haven’t had them in a while but it’s the perfect breakfast when you’re super busy. I love that sunflower butter too so OO in that jar looks amazing right about now.


25 Kristi January 6, 2013 at 11:46 am

Love the BOB but its so big! What do you do with yours when you go to a restaurant?


26 KathEats January 6, 2013 at 2:07 pm

I know, it is! We picked a restaurant with some space in the front and asked if they had room before we sat down (they did and didn’t mind)


27 Lisa January 6, 2013 at 12:21 pm

That picture of M and M in the stroller is precious! Glad you got some naps in. 😉


28 DS January 6, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Kath, what are you favorite nut butters to eat with oats (brands/flavors)? Thanks!


29 KathEats January 6, 2013 at 2:08 pm

TJ’s sunflower butter = all time favorite

Anything Naturally Nutty (Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower and Vanilla Almond are tops)

Wild Squirrel Vanilla Espresso + Chocolate Coconut

Barney Butter almond butter

Trader Joe’s peanut butter (for plain + simple)

Justin’s Chocolate Almond (for decadence)

Biscoff Crunchy (for a treat)

Homemade almond butter (when I have time!)


30 ds January 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Wow, thanks so much!!


31 ds January 6, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Also, I just saw crunchy cookie butter at my TJs this morning, eeks! I have problems with having that stuff in my house. 😉


32 KathEats January 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm

I need to try that…since Crunchy Biscoff is the best thing ever!


33 aimee levance January 7, 2013 at 6:13 am

bicoff and tj’s cookie butter taste exactly the same….addictivly delicious!


34 KathEats January 7, 2013 at 7:18 am

Ithink there is a difference, but they are both good


35 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 6, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I love TJs SFSButter & need to pick up more…and your list of fave nut butters with oats above my comment are all gems! Natually Nutty, Justin’s, Biscoff….oh I would love any of them right now :)


36 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 6, 2013 at 2:43 pm

What a wonderful little family lunch! It warms my heart to see you guys all together :)


37 the 3volution of j3nn January 6, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I haven’t had gnocchi in forever! Must have it soon. So delish!


38 Aja January 6, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Your overnight oats look delish!


39 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Both of your salads look so good! I love it when restaurants offer more creative salads like those instead of just the usual house, Greek and Caesar salads.


40 Alicia @ Wanna Be Ina January 6, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Wish our local GH was as adventurous with their breads as you all are! You all are bread baking Rock Stars!


41 KathEats January 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm
42 Cait's Plate January 6, 2013 at 8:07 pm

I had that breakfast THIS morning! So good :)

I just want to dive head first into all those bakery samples…they look delicious!


43 Spice Chicken January 6, 2013 at 8:34 pm

The gnocchi are back! I’m posting rave reviews of the ricotta recipe you shared, which I boiled and paired with homemade spicy tomato sauce. Also a big thumb’s up for your french toast method — the sauteed bananas are amazing.


44 KathEats January 6, 2013 at 8:46 pm



45 Angel7 January 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Mazen must know good food :) He is looking at Matt’s plate of food like he wants to devour it :)


46 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way January 6, 2013 at 8:52 pm

That dinner looks positively amazing!!!

PS I long for the days when blueberries are available in abundance! Don’t get me wrong I love apples, oranges, bananas during this time of year but berries and cherries hold a very special place in my heart!


47 Annette @FitnessPerks January 6, 2013 at 9:41 pm

I love fresh salads! Mmmm!


48 Ray January 6, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Questionably chocolate? Now I’m questioning too, lol. Maybe it was just a hint of cocoa powder, or maybe carob?


49 Kerry @ Totes My Oats January 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Beautiful salads! That cookie looks amazing, too!


50 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope January 7, 2013 at 7:19 am

Your dinner looks delicious! I absolutely love gnocchi. I’ve been eating it more lately. There is something about those little puffs of potato that I love :)


51 Madison January 7, 2013 at 7:52 am

Those power balls look great! I would love if you replicated them and shared the recipe. :)


52 Susan January 7, 2013 at 8:23 am

Love your blog and all the tips you share! I made some energy bars and they were pretty good for the most part – the recipe came from Sunset mag. Can you tell me if I have to use all whole wheat in the recipe or can I use that type of flour sparingly and maybe another type of flour such as whole wheat pastry flour?? – I am not a fan of whole wheat for various reasons – especially that “odd” taste, but I would like to make these energy bars again and keep them as healthy as possible. I know how busy you are, but if you get a chance to respond – thank you!


53 KathEats January 7, 2013 at 8:47 am

ww pastry should be just as good : )


54 Jennifer January 7, 2013 at 8:38 am

Where did she find that lamb ragu??


55 KathEats January 7, 2013 at 8:47 am

She made it


56 Molly @ RDexposed January 7, 2013 at 8:41 am

I wish I had weather a little more like yours so I could stoll like you guys can! My dry skin is over the cold winds.


57 Ashlee January 7, 2013 at 10:28 am

Old Vine Zin is my favorite too! Gnarly Head is my current favorite – even over the expensive bottles I bought while tasting in Napa in October!
I tried the Garnacha de Fuego per your recommendation over the weekend and loved it! So thank you!


58 Carrie January 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Mazen is such a little cutie!
Did Karen share the recipe for that ragu? It looks delicious!


59 KathEats January 7, 2013 at 9:04 pm

She didn’t..


60 Spice Chicken January 7, 2013 at 9:06 pm

An Old Vine Zin PS, one of my faves is Bogle.


61 Celeste January 8, 2013 at 4:39 am

Karen’s food always looks amazing!!!


62 [email protected] January 8, 2013 at 8:04 am

The salads look good. That powerball sounds like it would be worth replicating. yum…


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