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December 2, 2010

Great night’s sleep! Whew. Today I am featuring 1/3 decaf and 2/3 caf. Gotta rope that caffeine back in. I have this problem a few times a year – where I start to just guzzle coffee because I love the TASTE not the caffeine. It’s easier to swap out decaf than it is to just limit my intake so I can continue to have a full cup.

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Matt and I agreed we hadn’t had a yogurt bowl in a while, so we assembled them for breakfast.

The Mix

  • 1 container plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • Cinnamon, pinch salt, ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup Ambrosial muesli
  • Half banana
  • Fence of Quaker Squares
  • PB flour sauce

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I made the PB flour sauce with ~2 tbsp milk and a few chopped peanuts PLUS 2 generous pinches of salt and a splash of vanilla. The salt and vanilla were key!

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PAUSE. Look closely at the forecast below. Do you see it?

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SNOW on Saturday!?!?!?!?!? Where am I!

Lots to do today! Lots to do.

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1 Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life December 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

I hope you have fun with your snow on Saturday! I love snow!

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2 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday December 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

We got snow in Windsor yesterday. Perfect for the first day of December!

http://bit.ly/dNuDsS

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3 Gabriella @ Embracement December 2, 2010 at 9:24 am

The PB flour sauce looks great!

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4 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 2, 2010 at 9:25 am

I’m interested in the PB flour sauce. I’ve seen this in several places, and I’m not sure about it. I realize it cuts fat yet still gives a PB flavor, but isn’t PB healthy fat? We need some. IDK.

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5 Kath December 2, 2010 at 9:31 am

Clearly I love my nut butter fat. I use this only occasionally as a fun sauce ingredient.

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6 Beth December 2, 2010 at 9:27 am

I do the same thing for my caffiene intake. I probably have 2-3 cups of coffee per day, but they’re all 1/3 caff 2/3 decaf. It keeps me from jittering off my chair :)

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7 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 2, 2010 at 9:28 am

I keep looking for peanut flour but can’t find it anywhere! I’m thinking I’ll probably be able to get it at Whole Foods though so I may be making a visit next weekend. Your breakfast looks lovely! And the snow… well, we’re getting TONNNNNS of it today. I’d love to be living in Cville – one day of it would be fine with me. Have a productive day Kath! :)

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8 Kath December 2, 2010 at 9:32 am

I’ve only seen the flour at Trader Joe’s but PB2 should be widely available..

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9 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 2, 2010 at 9:28 am

We got our first round of snow yesterday…I love it during the holidays!! I hope you get some too!

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10 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin December 2, 2010 at 9:29 am

Woah I am so not ready for snow yet!!

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11 Felicity December 2, 2010 at 9:30 am

Decaf is unfairly maligned. ; )

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12 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 2, 2010 at 9:30 am

I always get excited for the snow we get. It doesn’t happen often in GA.

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13 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 2, 2010 at 9:31 am

SSHH! Don’t tell my son you will be getting snow! He is ready to hightail it outta here for snowier pastures since we don’t get much here in Atlanta!

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14 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) December 2, 2010 at 9:32 am

Oh how I wish it would snow here in Alabama! It has been a few years (6 years to be exact) since I’ve experienced a good snowfall. Boo.

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15 Katie (The Boston Marathoner) December 2, 2010 at 9:33 am

I’m still waiting for snow in Boston! Once it gets cold I’m ready for it.

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16 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 2, 2010 at 9:34 am

It’s been snowing here. Love it!

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17 stacey-healthylife December 2, 2010 at 9:35 am

I love the quaker fence. I think I will be incorporating some into my breakfast this morning.

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18 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 2, 2010 at 9:36 am

Love Quaker oatmeal squares!!! Uh oh, we’re probably getting snow soon, too?

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19 Val @ Balancing Val December 2, 2010 at 9:36 am

I get that way this time of year. I think as it gets colder I crave something hot and comforting to sip more often. By the spring time Im way too addicted to caffiene . . .

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20 Cara December 2, 2010 at 9:38 am

Bahhh I’m so excited for the snow!!! Crazy fun fact: this Saturday will be exactly a year (to the day) from last year’s first “snowpocalypse”…coincidence?!?

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21 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) December 2, 2010 at 9:39 am

I’m loving the cold weather this December! Makes me feel more Christmas-ee :)

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22 CaSaundra December 2, 2010 at 9:44 am

Well if it makes you feel any better about the weather, in northern MN we currently have -4 F, 10 inches of snow sitting on the ground, and wind chill warnings for the rest of the week. So just be thankful :-) haha!

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23 krissy December 2, 2010 at 9:44 am

Oh I hope you get snow! Do you have a sled? The cville hills are perfect for snowy sledding fun.

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24 skinnyrunner December 2, 2010 at 9:46 am

ok now i know whats missing when i make the pb flour into peanut butter. must use salt and vanilla!

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25 Krystina December 2, 2010 at 9:51 am

Ew snow. :(

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26 Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle December 2, 2010 at 9:53 am

how much PB flour did you use in the sauce? It looks awesome!!1

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27 Kath December 2, 2010 at 9:54 am

1-2 heaping tbsps? I have no idea.

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28 Jessica December 2, 2010 at 9:59 am

We had our first snow yesterday– what a great way to ring in December!

I should get some of that PB Flour. It looks like it would work great in a peanut-y stir fry :D

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29 Julie @ Honey B. Nutrition December 2, 2010 at 9:59 am

I love the Oat Squares “fence” placed around the outside. Snow, ugh, yes and getting colllllder.

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30 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen December 2, 2010 at 10:00 am

It’s supposed to snow here, too – later in the week. That breakfast looks delish, I need to get on top of this pb flour sauce stuff!

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31 Camille December 2, 2010 at 10:01 am

Yay! Snow!
We got snow 2 weeks ago in Oregon and it was the greatest thing ever! Unfortunately there is no more on our 10 day forcast :(

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32 sarahMTSBB December 2, 2010 at 10:04 am

we already have a bit of snow in columbus…but it’s the ice on the pavement that led me to *almost* kiss it thanks to my crazy dog’s exhuberance this morning! i’m interviewing at your uva med center on tuesday- tell the snow to stay very, very mild- i don’t want my snow crankiness to bias my opinion of the job. google says there aren’t too many snowy days though? winston-salem and maybe san diego are the other current contenders…

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33 Kath December 2, 2010 at 10:06 am

The snow is here pretty much go big or go home :)

Good luck with your interview!

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34 Natalia - a side of simple December 2, 2010 at 10:11 am

A lot of coffee drinkers I know all say that they hate the taste of decaf compared to the caf version. I’m just curious what your thoughts are on the taste difference since you drink coffee for the taste itself, rather than for caffeine.

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35 Kath December 2, 2010 at 10:25 am

Agreed – I dont think it’s AS good. Like a non-alcoholic beer.

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36 Heather December 2, 2010 at 10:15 am

We had snow on Thanksgiving in New Jersey but surprisingly haven’t had any in MA – now I need to check the weather for this weekend!

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37 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 2, 2010 at 10:26 am

i recently quit caffeine cold turkey (recently = monday) and i feel great for the most part! i want to start up with decaf again soon or at least half caf, because like you i love the flavor but not always the caffeine!

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38 Alaina December 2, 2010 at 10:26 am

I used to love snow when I was in school, because it cancelled it. Now that I’m working, it just makes the commute less enjoyable. But I do loving playing in it. :-P

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39 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats December 2, 2010 at 10:30 am

Love the tips on the PB flour sauce. Good to know :)

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40 Alina @ Duty Free Foodie December 2, 2010 at 10:31 am

I mix my caf with decaf sometimes too … mostly when I am trying to wean myself off an increased caffeine consumption, or in the afternoon. Sometimes I get slightly strange looks in the coffee shops for mixing the two (esp. with weird for proportions like 1/3 vs. 2/3), but it’s worth it not to get super caffeinated for the evening!

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41 Shannon December 2, 2010 at 10:32 am

I use TJs peanut flour, mix it with melted coconut oil until just starting to thicken, add sea salt, and it tastes JUST like good pb, but with a healthier fat :)

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42 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes December 2, 2010 at 10:33 am

I’m the same way, this time of year…here in WI it gets SO COLD and I want to sip warm things all day long! (esp. coffee) As I’m super caffeine sensitive, I’ve been trying to make friends with decaf too!
and thanks for the breakfast inspiration…..I was just wondering what to have… :) I even have the peanut flour ;)
love,
cathy b. @ brightbakes

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43 Amanda (Eating Up) December 2, 2010 at 10:48 am

The salt and vanilla ARE key in peanut flour. I learned that lesson yesterday.

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44 barefootgirl December 2, 2010 at 10:48 am

I love snow!! enjoy it!!

I’ve been drinking FAR more coffee lately… perhaps I should try the 1/2 caf -mix…

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45 alana (at) the food December 2, 2010 at 10:49 am

oh yogourt bowl sounds so enticing right now!!!!

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46 Kiran December 2, 2010 at 10:52 am

Yummy breakie! And snow??? Wowzer, we can’t wait for our road trip up north to experience our 1st white Christmas :)

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47 Liz @ Tip Top Shape December 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

That breakfast looks delicious!!!! I might try something similar for mine tomorrow. Need to break out of this oatmeal rut :D

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48 Christin@purplebirdblog December 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

LOL, our Saturday forecast is a high of 76! :)

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49 Jazz December 2, 2010 at 11:17 am

Forecast looks fantastic, it’s been -20 here for a few weeks…. brrrr! enjoy the snow!

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50 Jocelyn December 2, 2010 at 11:22 am

Inspired the best breakfast…honey greek yogurt, trader joes peanut butter with their pumpkin butter mixed in, chia seeds, cinnimon, crasins, bannan, and cinnimon quaker oats :)

yummy i never read you right when i wake up but i am glad i did. thanks!!

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51 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 2, 2010 at 11:35 am

I wish it would snow here! My favorite way to flavor peanut flour is to add a little salt, pumpkin ppie spice, and agave. Never tried vanilla before, but that would be a good addition.

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52 Amber K December 2, 2010 at 11:39 am

I can’t imagine actually liking the taste of coffee. I can’t drink the stuff, no matter how much junk I could pour into the cup.

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53 grocery goddess jen December 2, 2010 at 11:49 am

OOh, I haven’t tried adding vanilla to my peanut flour yet…good idea.

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54 Ashley December 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Totally with you on the coffee thing…I just LOVE the flavor! It’s been such a warm fall + start to winter for us. 50* today and for the next few days. Not much forecast for snow either. Love colorado winters!! Thought of you when I tasted my latest nut butter creation!! Wish we lived closer so you could come grab a spoonful! :)

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55 Kath December 2, 2010 at 12:21 pm

I NEED to make that pumpkin spice ASAP!

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56 Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Your yogurt bowl sounds GREAT!
We have a chance of snow on Wens too… I’m excited!!! Snow in Dec is NOT normal for Spartanburg SC!

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57 Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Snow!! Snow showers… not as cool but still exciting.
We got your wild storm here yesterday afternoon- thanks ever so much for sending it up to us! Hehe!

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58 Paige(Running Around Normal) December 2, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Glad you got a better sleep last night:) Two nights of bad sleep in a row is the worst!
The only time I drink decaf coffee is after 2:00 pm or after a big dinner.

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59 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) December 2, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I love Quaker Oatmeal Squares! They are so addicting!! We’ve had snow for quite a few weeks now.

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60 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 2, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Thanks for the reminder about not drinking so much coffe just because I like the taste! I think I’m going to invest in some decaf because I have been kind of jittery lately. :)

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61 Brittany (Eating Bird Food) December 2, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Richmond is calling for snow showers on Saturday as well. I’m pumped!!

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62 Kelly December 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm

I STILL haven’t tried making the PB sauce with my PB flour. I MUST try this. I wonder if you’re going to end up with a lot of snow this winter? That is exactly why I don’t know if I could make it up north.

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63 Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Snooww! I wish I’d see that in our forcast! We’d only be so lucky..instead it’s just freezing and super windy.

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64 VeggieGirl December 2, 2010 at 1:36 pm

TONS of snow here already – we’re covered :(

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65 hungryforbalance.wordpress.com December 2, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Me too! I can’t complain though cause it makes for great skiing ;-)

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66 Dee December 2, 2010 at 1:38 pm

I really need to find those Quaker squares!

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67 hungryforbalance.wordpress.com December 2, 2010 at 1:45 pm

That’s interesting what you said about coffee and wanting the flavor more than the caffeine- I’ve found myself reaching for coffee more often than tea lately. I think the richer flavor makes it more warming on cold mornings.
Your oat squares remind me of being a kid- that used to be my favorite cereal growing up :-)

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68 Kathy W. December 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Just wait, missy. Virginia got some SERIOUS snow last winter. My cousin-in-law’s house in Loudon County was totally snowed in!

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69 jen December 2, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Yummm! I love a good yogurt bowl :)
Enjoy your snow this weekend! We got our first snow yesterday.

Jen

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70 Rachel December 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm

What a great idea for peanut flour. I just picked up a bag from TJ’s and I can’t wait to try it!
Ahhh snow…I love it in the mountains when I can play in it but not when I’m trying to migrate South to get away from the cold. I’m in North Carolina now (the farthest south I’ve ever been) and it’s surprisingly cold! When will I hit the states that stay warm-ish year round?

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71 Heidi - apples under my bed December 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Love the PB sauce, thanks for the tip!! & snow – how foreign that is to me. must be magical :)
Heidi xo

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72 Shannon December 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm

I know; we’re planning to go to Bald Head this weekend. I was hoping it would be a little warmer, but it will still be nice to get away.

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73 Kath December 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Oooo! Jealous!! We’re going for Xmas again!

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74 Krista December 2, 2010 at 5:47 pm

When I looked closely at the weather forecast, I thought you were going to point out the two days of 26* temperatures! ;-)

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75 Kath December 2, 2010 at 6:19 pm

!!!

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76 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 2, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I woke up this morning to a snowfall with a light blanket of snow already on the ground. It put the biggest smile on my face! :D

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77 Barbara Paul December 2, 2010 at 7:10 pm

That looks like a WHSV weather website. Love the snow forecast over here in Harrisonburg.

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78 Hannah December 2, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Teehee! Finally it’s summer in Australia, so I get to be warm after reading about all yoru summer activities for months! Hurrah! (Though I’m sure I’ll get envious of your winter foods soon enough…)

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79 Allie @ Healthy Balance, Healthy Life December 2, 2010 at 9:55 pm

I LOVE the taste of coffee too. The caffeine gives me the jitters though–I can’t even do decaf anymore. Tear :(

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80 Sonny December 3, 2010 at 4:13 am

I like the PB sauce too.it looks great.how could i make breakfast like your? in China we have kinds of breakfast in every province. but you certainly have colorful and healthy breakfast.it looks soooo nice.

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