The Cookie, Crumbled

October 4, 2010

Last night was awesome. A bubble bath, some Sensual Amber body lotion (my fav!) and lots of reading of The Help under my down comforter (I’m almost finished!).

This morning’s breakfast was just as delightful!

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Nothin’ wrong with a sprinkle of cookie to start the day. I took one of Cara‘s Pistachio Rosewater Cookies and chopped it up. She wasn’t happy with the texture because it’s very sticky/toffee – kind of like peanut brittle. But I think it totally MAKES the cookie! I love all things toffee, and this was fabulous over hot cereal!

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The Mix

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I’ve been procrastinating some writing projects for a while, so I’m hoping to get started on those. And a few blog improvements as well. Have a great one!

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1 Tina October 4, 2010 at 8:26 am

I know there is always room for improvement, but I don’t see where you can improve KERF.

And I gotta say…that looks like a pretty well balanced, healthy, nourishing meal to me. Nothing skimpy there. 😉


2 Jessica @ How Sweet October 4, 2010 at 8:27 am

That peach ginger jam sounds delicious!


3 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 4, 2010 at 8:28 am

Love the blob of jam on top – it makes the bowl look so fall-y! Good luck with the writing projects and have a great day! :)


4 Amanda October 4, 2010 at 8:29 am

I’m totally jealous of your night! Hope your day is equally as nice!


5 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 4, 2010 at 8:29 am

I LOVE ginger preserves so I am sure that jam is yummy! Good luck on getting the writing stuff done! Enjoy your Monday Kath!


6 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 4, 2010 at 8:31 am

Mmmm not sure exactly what it is, but that bowl of oats looks especially comforting :) Hope you have a great day!


7 Jil October 4, 2010 at 8:33 am

That cookie just sounds amazing – I’m a sucker for all things toffee-esque as well.


8 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday October 4, 2010 at 8:35 am

Ah I love rosewater and pistachio in cookies. So Lebanese inspired!


9 Cara October 4, 2010 at 8:38 am

Yayyyy you made good use of the cookies! I guess I shouldn’t have been so hard on them after all… :)


10 Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 4, 2010 at 8:40 am

Cookies for breakfast? YES PLEASE! That jam looks great too. Really chunky and fruity which is how I like my jam/preserves to be. Sorry jelly.


11 Heather October 4, 2010 at 8:46 am

Love the idea of adding a crumbled cookie to oatmeal – what a nice touch of sweetness!

Good luck on your writing projects!


12 mel October 4, 2010 at 9:01 am

I just read the marie claire article and they should be ashamed! Obviously they don’t follow your blog on a daily basis, because you do not show any signs of an eating disorder! I struggled with anorexia in Highschool and you are far from that! You show healthy meals, normal portions, and treats daily. That is how I eat now and do not feel like my meals are at all “restricting” or my workouts are extreme. I don’t workout hard everyday but I atleast take my pup on a 3 mile walk, which I think is far from an extreme behavior. I, like you, actually love and enjoy eating healthy (with a treat every single night) and exercise. Marie claire can suck it! you are amazing Kath


13 Kath October 4, 2010 at 9:29 am

Thanks Mel :)


14 Karen October 4, 2010 at 9:42 am

Indeed…clearly this author gathered snippets of your life/blog in support of her pre-determined thesis, dramatized by the title of article. How ironic that a magazine that has long glorified unhealthy standards of female beauty, would attack those of you with nothing but the most positive of intentions. Know that we support and love you, Kath!


15 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes October 4, 2010 at 9:54 am

I’m right with mel!! Kath, you portray one of the healthiest, happiest lifestyles I have seen. You are in tune with your body…and the farthest thing from a “restrictive” lifestyle! Sad that a magazine that I would call “unnatural and unrealistic” in it’s portrayal of real bodies would make such comments!
Cathy B. @ brightbakes


16 Kristine October 4, 2010 at 9:04 am

Hi Kath,
i’m just wondering if you are going to respond to the Marie Claire article?


17 Kath October 4, 2010 at 9:29 am

I don’t know yet..


18 Alice Arnold October 4, 2010 at 10:27 am

There must be some way to parlay the support of your readers. It suffices to say it was incredibly unfair and inaccurate article.


19 Marisa @ Loser for Life October 4, 2010 at 9:07 am

Wow, your breakfast this morning looks insanely good! YUM!


20 Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 4, 2010 at 9:07 am

Your oats look exceptionally good today!


21 megan @ whatmegansmaking October 4, 2010 at 9:07 am

delicious breakfast! Puts mine to shame (umm.. a donut) :)


22 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 4, 2010 at 9:07 am

Good luck with the writing and blog improvements :)

Peach ginger jam sounds so delicious!


23 Hands in Namaste October 4, 2010 at 9:10 am

those cookies look great on that oatmeal!

so glad you treated yourself to a relaxing night!!


24 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 4, 2010 at 9:19 am

Love the crumbled cookie! Have a great day Kath!


25 Natalia - a side of simple October 4, 2010 at 9:34 am

Mm hot cereal with some cookie crumbles sounds like a great way to start Monday. No, actually, the ONLY way to start Monday!


26 Lyn October 4, 2010 at 9:40 am

That cookie sounds like it would be awesome in pumpkin oats!


27 Alyssa October 4, 2010 at 9:50 am

I love Sensual Amber :-) And what is this about a Marie Claire article? Of all people, you show some of the most balanced meals along with some great treats! Don’t be worried, your readers know the truth :-)


28 Katie October 4, 2010 at 9:52 am

That breakfast looks so yummy! :) I loved The Help! One of the best books I’ve read in a long time!!


29 mrs.mfc October 4, 2010 at 9:58 am

Yum that looks delicious!! I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I think that you and your blog are both amazing. I’m so sorry to hear about the ridiculous article that made the blogs sound like anything other than that. You know that you are healthy and that you’re inspiring and motivating to so many people each and every day. Keep doing what you’re doing. We love you :)


30 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write October 4, 2010 at 10:03 am

I responded to the MC article with a letter on my blog, which I plan to send along with comments.

I’m sorry that happened to you guys. It was vicious. And, while I think there could have actually been a fruitful discourse about the TOPIC, there’s really no chance that will happen when you single out people and then visciously attack them. It really is ridiculous. I have so often thought of your food in particular that it is way MORE than I could eat, not less. :)


31 Heather (Heather's Dish) October 4, 2010 at 10:09 am

i’ll take cookie on top of oatmeal ANY DAY OF THE WEEK :) holy heaven in my mouth :)


32 Amanda October 4, 2010 at 10:11 am

I emailed the editor of MC in regards to that awful article. YOU and the other bloggers have helped sooo many people out if eating disorders myself included. I can not believe someone would write such lies and be able to publish it in something like Marie Claire i mean it sounded like some junky tabloid stuff full of lies! I have on many occasions i have put together meals based on what you have created and they are always healthy and filling.


33 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 4, 2010 at 10:23 am

Mmmm cookies over oats sounds perfect!


34 Camille October 4, 2010 at 10:50 am

Cookies for breakfast! Consider me sold :)


35 Holly-Claire October 4, 2010 at 10:53 am

Good Morning Kath,
Just wanted to say thank you for all that you do. Your blog is so very special to me as you are too :)
Please don’t indulge the “haters.” I think anyone who reads your blog regulaly knows you are a wonderful blogger who writes from the heart and encourage a healthful lifestyle.
Thanks again :)


36 Michelle October 4, 2010 at 11:02 am

Sounds like a heavenly and relaxing night! Hope you’re having a GREAT day 😀


37 rebecca lustig October 4, 2010 at 11:12 am

i immediately thought of the “cookies for breakfast” slogan for Cookie Crisp.

who says you cant have cookies in the morning? it’s got necessary nutrients that provide energy!

happy monday :)


38 Becky October 4, 2010 at 11:13 am

Your breakfast looks delicious. Do you add a little milk to your cereal after it has been cooked? It looks “wet” this morning, and I was wondering whether that was something you added after you plated it, or if it was just a wetter consistency?


39 Kath October 4, 2010 at 3:48 pm

That’s the coconut butter melting!


40 Marieke October 5, 2010 at 1:55 am

Regarding coconut butter, they seem to sell it as oil here and an explanation on a website I found is that when it hardens it turns like butter. Is it the same stuff? I know that yours hardens, but not sure if it actually turns “oily” when it melts?


41 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 4, 2010 at 11:14 am

i know you haven’t addressed it yet but i wanted to say to you what i said to tina on her site – i’ve been reading KERF for years now – it’s what inspired me to start my own, but also helped me overcome a lifelong eating disorder. that article in marie claire was written by somebody who obviously DOES NOT follow your blog. cookies crumbled in oatmeal is exactly the type of thing that represents the BALANCE that embodies KERF, something that article was NOT. bad bad bad reporting.


42 Amber K October 4, 2010 at 11:25 am

When I first saw the breakfast picture I was trying to figure out what you were eating that would have gravy on it! lol I can’t stop picturing sausage with gravy on it with a biscuit on top. I have no idea why!

Your actual breakfast sounds much better!


43 Claire @ Low Impact Fashionista October 4, 2010 at 11:33 am

Tell Cara to post the recipe! Toffee like cookies are sooo good! Not as good as chewy melt in your mouth cookies but they are always nice for a change.


44 Cyclist Kate October 4, 2010 at 2:05 pm

I’m fairly certain that this recipe comes from “Veganomicon,” which is an amazing book full of yummy, yummy recipes.


45 Kath October 4, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Is is from Veganomicon. You may be able to find it online. Or at Barnes + Noble!


46 Marina October 4, 2010 at 11:41 am

I haven’t read the article, but I agree with all of the above, you really portrait a healthy, happy foodie, who appreciates good food, whether it’s the healthiest possible, or not. I am a disordered eater, but you have been only an inspiration. Treats every day are perfect, aren’t day :)
Btw, oats look great. Sometimes, jam is the the thing that makes the oats special, like mine this morning :)


47 Tamara October 4, 2010 at 11:42 am

Kath- your readers are behind you 100%. I have already written MC and posted on their Facebook how angry I am at them. I have yet to see a comment that reflects support for MC.

I have been reading magazines like MC my entire life- and their health advice kept me FAT, SAD, and disappointed. Since I have read your blog (and other similar ones), I have been losing weight, exercising, and have been INSPIRED to live healthfully.

We need you, and love you, Kath!


48 JDM October 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm

FYI, I just read that Kanzi is going to be on Oprah today.


49 Kath October 4, 2010 at 3:49 pm

THANKS for the head’s up! I recorded it!


50 Lauren at KeepItSweet October 4, 2010 at 12:32 pm

great looking breakfast! just wanted to let you know that i totally disagree with the way the Marie Clare article described you and the other girls. I think you are a great example of healthy and balanced living.


51 Paige @Running Around Normal October 4, 2010 at 12:39 pm

I’ve never heard of rosewater cookies, but I’m intrigued!
Sounds like the most relaxing Sunday night:)


52 Sally Mae October 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Hi Kath,

I do hope you choose to respond to the article. I think you would have great thoughts to share. Blogging has been such a huge part of your life and although I don’t think the article was entirely fair towards the bloggers, the truth is some of the issues are very real. Females our age are developing some serious “perfectionism” problems (myself included) that reading too many blogs can sometimes reinforce. It’s a new generational issue to address because of how connected we all are and what we choose to portray on our blogs. In your defense, I think you eat great and portray a lot of honesty and real human thoughts about food and staying within a weight that you are happy with. I do think that exercise can become an addiction though and our generation, again is going to begin to discover the implications of it. I think your blog has a healthy dose of “there is more to life than exercise and food even those things are important…”

Anyways! I am super proud of you that you are an RD because it shows through the food you eat and how you eat to feel satisfied and listen to your body! I am glad they mentioned that in the article because I think going forward your degree will make you a much better blogger than other food/fitness divas. Keep doing what you are doing. And honestly, I think we are all just trying to evaluate our own thoughts and feelings about blogging and how it fits into our lives and makes us feel. Although a negative slant, I think it’s great that you guys got the article…there will be more to come as real life pokes through on blogs more and more… I think that is what intrigues us all about blogs – REAL LIFE (kind of like REAL FOOD!)

Thanks for reading this long comment – I couldn’t not write it:)



53 Kath October 4, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Thanks Sally :)


54 SueLy October 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Just read MC article. Stopped reading that mag many years ago because of the direction it was going in. Love this blog I read it for the beautiful pictures you take and food inspiration, don’t let one person opinion drag you down. Your readers are behind you 100%.


55 Melissa @ HerGreenLife October 4, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Definitely time to break out the down comforter — I shivered all through the night –> poor sleep :(


56 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 4, 2010 at 2:17 pm

How do you improve on AWESOME? 😉

Those cookies sound so good!


57 Amanda October 4, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Hey Kath,

First, I agree with everyone on the MC article. You are an inspiration to me everyday in a HEALTHY way. You rock. Keep it up girl!

Second, are you still selling your KERF shirts? I tried finding them on the site, but can’t put my finger on the link. Thanks!



58 Kath October 4, 2010 at 3:50 pm

They are still available here!


59 anne October 4, 2010 at 2:35 pm

Kath, you inspire me everyday. Keep up the great work!


60 Leslie October 4, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Love reading your blog daily! Marie Claire is losing a lot of respect for that ignorantly-written article. Keep up your awesomeness Kath!


61 barefootgirl October 4, 2010 at 4:52 pm

must. make. these. cookies.

I will be response to MC in regard to this article. You are amazing.. I don;t think that I’ve ever met anyone SO in tuned to a healthy LIFESTYLE.

You amaze me. I love that you & Matt are so young and living your lives the way that you do. If the two of you aren’t the picture of a well-baanced healthy lifestyle, then I don’t know what is…

keep doing what you do.. you rock!


62 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 4, 2010 at 5:43 pm

What a fabulous breakfast!

Also I just read the Marie Claire article and I’m seriously appalled! How could they take something that does so much good and make it seem so twisted?! They definitely took a lot of stuff out of context just to try to prove their point. Anyway, I’m sure you already know this, but we’re all behind you! :)


63 KT October 4, 2010 at 6:43 pm

I have been reading for a few years now and never commented. I think you do SO much good, and I know in my life, your blog has changed the way I eat. I went from SlimFast, Hungry Girl-style dieting, Lean Cuisines, etc… to real, whole food. I haven’t had fast food, a meal from the freezer, or a meal lacking in veggies or fruits in over a year and a half. That said– I counted calories online for the first 6 months to try to get with your program– and ended up with amennhorea as well. I lost my period for 6 months and am lucky to have a functioning repro tract now (after gaining back 5 lbs). I do not blame y’alls blogging ONE BIT– but I wish I had had the self-awareness to STOP reading when it all started getting scary. I still check your blog three times a day, and I still think things like, “Was my last meal as healthy as that lunch she had?” or “Was I lower-cal or higher-cal?” Maybe I’m an oddball out, but eating the same meals you make and calorie-tracking, and running/ working out a few times a day, led me to a really ugly place. I’ve stepped back, re-evaluated and gotten some help, but I’m still working on getting my body image up again, and I struggle now and have to remind myself that I can’t go into the underweight BMI range.

I don’t think the article was flattering at all, and I think it missed the positives (I blog too, though I can’t let myself blog about food for fear of where that takes me!) but I do think there might be a little truth in it.


64 stacey-healthylife October 4, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Pistachio and peach, that’s a winning combo in oats.


65 Debbie B. October 4, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Every time of day is perfect for a cookie :)


66 FI October 4, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Oh Marie Clare! That was an AWFUL article. Yes, I am glad they warn about the alleged “dangers” associated with abusing food blogging, but I feel they tried to tarnish you and the other bloggers, suggesting you do more harm than good – that is simply not true.

I used to have disordered eating and its website likes this that helped me out of it. If one was to blog their binges and purges, diet drugs or suppliments or thinspiration, thats a problem. I know there are some serious issues brewing in young women today, intensified by the exposure and accessbility to the internet, but to blame it on your blogs, when you help so many other people is unfair.

America (and Australia) have serious obesity issues, with people overeating, eating processed junk etc and your fantastic blogs INSPIRE people to get creative with their food, make healthy delicious decisions and balance it with lifetsyle. It shows you ladies enjoying your food and at the worst, maybe exercising a bit of self discipline. And for those food addcits who do get their fix from your blogs, its no worse than subscribing to a cooking magazine or watching a cooking TV show, except you ladies show us how to balance our food to have a healthy whole lifestyle, day in day out.

All this coming from a website/amazgine which also provides your “total detox guide” including living on juices….

I am extremely dissapointed 1. the lady wrote the aritcle with so much negativity and bias, almost likening to pro-ana websites, and 2. the editors were happy to let it print and be published online.

Just because someone abuses something good (like your healthy blog) , doesn’t mean it turns into something bad. Its the abusers who need the guidance and help, not the creators.

Blog on Kath. I’ve been casually perusing yuor blog for several years now, and have been inspired to cookie some great healthy recipes from you (which have stopped me from baking up a chocolate-mud-ganache-heart-stopping storm)

Sorry about the rant, I just feel so strongly given the obesity crisis we are always told we are in here in Australia.


67 Hannah October 4, 2010 at 10:21 pm

That does look utterly divine. And peanut brittle is something to aim for, not regret, in my opinion!


68 notyet100 October 5, 2010 at 4:40 am

cookies with cereal sounds yum


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