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October 5, 2009

Bed –> Reading –> 8 hours of sleep –> Emails –> –> Shower –> Breakfast –> Here I am again!

I’m gardening this afternoon, so I took a shower first thing. My it feels nice to be clean :mrgreen:

Last night I prepped some overnight oats

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Stirred together last night:

  • 1/3 cup raw rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1 container Stonyfield Pumpkin Pie!

This morning I added:

As much as I LOVE the SF Pumpkin Pie, the oats were not as doughy as they are with plain yogurt.

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Coffee was kind of a disaster. I used my hand-held french press so Matt could use the big one and again, got grounds all in my mouth. I think I am filling it too high for the plunger. So I strained the coffee in a colander and then stole some of Matt‘s too. It wasn’t very good :(

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SpringPad It!!

Over the years you guys have asked if there was an easy way to save my recipes and/or print them. My answer> was always to copy and paste into a Word doc and print. But that is annoying and wastes trees. Since I learned about it at BlogHer ’08, I’ve been using SpringPad to save recipes I find around the blogosphere. Using a special clipper button that you drag to your bookmarks bar of your browser, you can highlight a recipe and "Spring It’ and Springpad will capture the text, images and original URL to your Springpad site so you can access the recipe for later – or print it out. Pretty cool, and pretty handy! You can also use Springpad for saving categories of things in all aspects of live – meal planning, vacation planning, Christmas lists, etc.

So recently SpingPad introduced a new "Save It" button that enables bloggers like me to embed some code into my post and make it even easier for you guys to save and print recipes. It looks like this:

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And the recipe pages look like this!

Springpad screenshot

Here’s a link to my profile page, where I think you can see all of the recipes I’ve done already and can save them yourself: KathEats.

I’ve begun the process of adding this button to recipes on my sidebar. You can see it here, and here, and here:

Eggplant Parmesan

Curried Fruit + Nut Chicken Salad

Nutty Vanilla Sweet Potato + Kale Soup

Gather: For The Nutrients

Latest Gather Post: For The Nutrients. Do you all ever worry about your spouse or partner’s nutrition?

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I am off to explore JingProject.com. If it works, I will have some awesome Gmail videos to share!

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 5, 2009 at 8:07 am

That’s a great idea about Springpad. I can’t wait to start trying it.

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2 Daria @ Daria Can Cook October 5, 2009 at 8:09 am

That’s a cool idea. I save recipes in different folders in my bookmarks (dinner, dessert, vegetarian, etc.), which works pretty well, but I like the way the springpad recipe page looks (minus the ads).

Have fun gardening!

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3 Kristen @ Simply Savor October 5, 2009 at 8:09 am

thanks for sharing about Springpad! I’ve already saved a bunch of your recipes in a word document but this is so much easier!

i’d love to try that pumpkin pie yogurt but haven’t been able to find it anywhere!

have a wonderful day kath :)

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4 Runeatrepeat October 5, 2009 at 8:10 am

Excited for Springpad – thanks!

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5 Diana October 5, 2009 at 8:11 am

Springpad sounds awesome, especially because I NEED new recipes/more variety when it comes to my food. I’ll definitely try it. :)

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6 Whitney @ Lettuce Love October 5, 2009 at 8:12 am

Ohh Springpad! That looks like something that I will have to try. Thanks for mentioning it!

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7 MelissaNibbles October 5, 2009 at 8:15 am

Springpad sounds cool. I actually enjoy copying recipes onto notecards by hand. I keep them in a little organizer in my kitchen.

You kids and your technology!

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8 Shannon (The Daily Balance) October 5, 2009 at 8:16 am

had no idea about stoneyfield pumpkin pie! I must locate that immediately!

Thanks for the springpad info!

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9 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans October 5, 2009 at 8:22 am

thanks for the information about the springpad! it definitely beats copying them down in my moleskin! enjoy your garden!

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10 Cynthia (It All Changes) October 5, 2009 at 8:25 am

Coffee grounds do not taste like coffee…EWW!

Do you know if you can make a big batch of overnight oats ahead of time and just portion out how much you want? I don’t have a ton of time at night but I love the taste of them.

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11 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale October 5, 2009 at 8:25 am

I definitely think about my husband’s nutrition. Luckily, I’m the cook in our house, so I’m pretty in control of what he eats (at home at least!)… I make sure he gets his veggies in!

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12 Food Makes Fun Fuel October 5, 2009 at 8:27 am

I’m not an overnight oats fan but I know that flavor tasted perfect for some overnight pumpkin pie oats. Springpad looks really useful!

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13 stacy October 5, 2009 at 8:28 am

kath-

can you make overnight oat BRAN? do you know what the ratio of liquid to oatbran should be? thanks!

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14 Jac October 5, 2009 at 8:29 am

Definitely worry about my partner’s nutrition-he feels tired often and used to fall sick easily. but is better now..

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15 kay (eating machine) October 5, 2009 at 8:29 am

i’m the queen of finding recipes that i love, and then forgetting where they are…i end up searching ingredients i remember in google for way too long… no fun! that seems like a great way to avoid what i do :-)

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16 Food Makes Fun Fuel October 5, 2009 at 8:29 am

And I love the article but I can’t post there so I’ll respond here: Yes, I’ve worried about my parents nutrition a lot, mostly because they don’t care as much and come from a time when people were a bit more lax and trustful of the grocery store. Thankfully, I’ve impacted them for the better. My dad only gets all natural peanut butters now and is having so much fun trying new flavors

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17 Courtney October 5, 2009 at 8:42 am

Sounds like coffee was way too complicated this morning! And nothing worse than trying to do something complicated without any coffee in the system!! :>

Happy Monday!
Courtney
Adventures in Tri-ing

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18 Marina October 5, 2009 at 8:44 am

This springpad is just what I need. Thanks!

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19 Suzanne October 5, 2009 at 8:55 am

thanks for the springpad tip! It looks like a great tool for saving recipes. I’m all about being green and saving paper!

But, is there a way to create folders so that I can organize the recipes into categories instead of collecting them in one “Recipes” folder? Like soups, appetizers, Christmas, pasta, chicken, etc.?

Thanks!

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20 Weekly Bite October 5, 2009 at 9:01 am

I have to check out springpad! Thanks for the tip! Interesting out SF Pumpkin Yogurt didn’t work well… it still sounds like a great yogurt to try though!
Have a great day!

-estela

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21 Stephanie October 5, 2009 at 9:05 am

I find that google reader, starred item feature also works well for keeping up with “to try’ recipes that I find…. I want to check this springpad tool out though too, thanks!

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22 brandi October 5, 2009 at 9:12 am

springpad sounds awesome!

happy Monday!

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23 Angie October 5, 2009 at 9:15 am

I have still never tried overnight oats…is the idea that you eat them cold? They look really good- but not sure about the temperature thing…

Have a great Monday!

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24 christie, honoring health October 5, 2009 at 9:23 am

springpad looks cool, I need more time to poke around and start using it but it looks like a great way to stay organized, right now, I use my gmail and a spreadsheet!

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25 Mara @ What's For Dinner? October 5, 2009 at 9:29 am

THANK YOU!!! I can’t wait to integrate that button! Many people have asked me how to save my recipes, and this will make it SO much easier! Have a great monday!

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26 Matt October 5, 2009 at 9:32 am

Thanks Kath. Everyone at springpad is excited to be working with you. Please let us know if you or your readers have any feedback to help improve the product!

Suzanne, regarding your comment (#19), you can tag and organize recipes by ingredient, type (dinner, lunch etc.), source (e.g. Kath Eats), groups (e.g. party recipes, holiday recipes) and many other ways. Please let me know if you run into any questions: [email protected]

Thanks!

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27 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 5, 2009 at 9:34 am

I think you have ESP! I was seriously trying so hard to think of what you used to save your recipes this weekend bc I know you’ve mentioned it before. Gracias–I feel .like I might become a little obsessed with spring pad!!

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28 Heather October 5, 2009 at 9:36 am

I need to check out that Springpad!

I loved your article on Gather – I worry a lot about my husband’s eating. I know he eats well at home (breakfast), but his lunches and dinners (when he eats at work) are not the greatest.

I bought him small packs of carrots and some apples last week to bring to work with him – I am trying to get more “nutrients” in him!

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29 katie@ Food. Home. Fitness. For Her. October 5, 2009 at 10:05 am

Kath~I LOVE the new recipe save feature!! Springpad is going to make things way more streamlined…I’ll definitely need to try it! I also need to try french press at home…sounds delish (minus the grounds ;) ) Heading to make a regular pot right now… mmmm coffee!

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30 melissa October 5, 2009 at 10:18 am

just noticed there are 26 days until the nyc marathon, made me think of you immediately :)

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31 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 5, 2009 at 10:43 am

sorry about your coffee – i hate that! even though i don’t drink coffee anymore, i remember that being quite annoying….

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32 sflunchreview October 5, 2009 at 10:46 am

Maybe you’re pressing the plunger down too quickly on the french press? I usually press it down slowly about half way, let things settle, then plunge the rest of the way down.

Not sure if that helps. I still haven’t mastered french press coffee, but my plunging technique has eliminated grinds in my cup.

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33 AnnQ October 5, 2009 at 10:48 am

Oh, man! I hate when that happens with coffee. :-(

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34 maureen October 5, 2009 at 10:57 am

This might seem like a ? with an obvious answer but… when you describe a breakfast when you ate cooked oatmeal is the amount the oats you used raw or cooked?
I’m assuming it is raw b/c the liquid has to get absorbed but I wasn’t sure.
Also, can you make banana oatmeal for just one person rather than the whole thing with 2 cups of oats?
Thanks for answering :)

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35 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life October 5, 2009 at 10:59 am

I love adding grapes in my oats-such a good combo!

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36 Dawn October 5, 2009 at 11:18 am

That’s such a great tool–there are so many recipes I’ve found and lost!

I’ve never tried grapes in my oatmeal…looks delicious!

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37 Bekah October 5, 2009 at 11:28 am

i’m hooked on spring pad- i need to seriously organize everything i’ve saved though, before i go crazy!

i have to go and get some pumpkin pie sf before the season ends. yummm.

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38 Jenna October 5, 2009 at 11:52 am

i really wanna try overnight oats sometime!
jenna

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39 noelle pistilli October 5, 2009 at 12:26 pm

Hey Kath..

Maybe this is a silly question, but do you eat the overnight oats cold? Or do you heat them up the next morning?

Thanks..Love your blog, been a long time reader

-n

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40 Janna (Just Flourishing) October 5, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Thanks so much Kath! SpringPad will be so useful! I will definitely be “Spring” ing many of your recipes!!

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41 Rachael (La Dolce Vita) October 5, 2009 at 2:19 pm

I am so making those overnight oats. Great idea!

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42 Danica October 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Your Springpad turned out great! I launch mine in the next week or so – can’t wait. LOVE the concept.

Have a fun day gardening! I look forward to checking out all the fun videos you are making.

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43 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) October 5, 2009 at 4:49 pm

I had overnight oats with pineapple Chobani today — VERY doughy and delish!

Jenn

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44 Jessie Bea October 5, 2009 at 4:54 pm

Thanks so much for the springpad recommendation! My recipe bookmarks folders are a bit of a pain to use, this is much easier and I can use it from any browser, so cool!

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45 Kath October 5, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Cynthia,
Def. would save time!! I don’t like to have it too many days in a row though – I miss my hot oats!

stacy,
I’m sure you could, but I’ve never tried it.

Suzanne,
See Matt’s comment below!

Angie,
Yes, cold.

melissa,
Haha – yeehaw!

maureen,
Always, always raw. And yes, I make it for one person all the time – 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup water, half banana.

Kath

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46 Kath October 5, 2009 at 6:51 pm

Cynthia,
Def. would save time!! I don’t like to have it too many days in a row though – I miss my hot oats!

stacy,
I’m sure you could, but I’ve never tried it.

Suzanne,
See Matt’s comment below!

Angie + noelle,
Yes, cold.

melissa,
Haha – yeehaw!

maureen,
Always, always raw. And yes, I make it for one person all the time – 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup milk, 1/3 cup water, half banana.

Kath

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47 Melissa October 5, 2009 at 7:07 pm

I actually set up an additional gmail account just for my recipes. If I find some online that I like, I email that page to myself, with the name of the recipe in the subject line. If I create my own, I do the same. I have created folders for breakfast, burgers/sandwiches, dips/sauces, and on and on…I have about 20 folders. Label each email with the appropriate folder and it’s an easy search when you’re looking for ideas! Also, you can star the ones you’ve used and liked so it’s easy to find them!!

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48 Kath October 5, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Melissa,

What a great idea! One could probably do the same within your regular email and just tag them all.

Kath

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49 Kath October 5, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Angie,
You have to have it enabled in Labs first. Go to Labs, find Multiple Inboxes and enable. Then it should show up.

Kath

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50 Kim - Easy French Food October 6, 2009 at 2:11 am

This is really a very interesting and unique service. I’m excited that I might actually remember to try some of the great recipes I see on this blog and others. Thanks so much for the heads up on this – signed up straight away!

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