The Vacation Continues!

November 10, 2008

… the tropics šŸ˜Ž

But they were cold tropics – we woke up this morning to a 59* house this morning – brrr!!! We have an emergency shut-off switch on the heat that occasionally gets flipped by accident in the laundry room, so it made for a frigid start. But nothing a little oatmeal couldn’t handle.

And to answer> Ryane’s question – of course I’m not sick of oats after my Quaked’ up weekend :mrgreen: !

Banana + Coconut x2


  • 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup soy milk, 1/3 cup water
  • Pinch saltDSC05777
  • Half small banana
  • Ground flax
  • 1/8 cup cottage cheese ( I do NOT like Nancy’s Organic cottage cheese, which is all they sell at EarthFare. It’s sour and gross. Back to a special trip to TJ’s for the cheap and delicious Cabot brand next week)
  • Crumbled Quaker True Delight Banana Coconut Macadamia Bar (!!!! SO GOOD!!!)
  • 1 tsp of melted coconut butter (see below)
  • Spoonful AB (the last of the jar – very dry!)


The coconut butter was a reader gift and is really cool! It’s just pureed coconut meat. It’s kinda waxy when just in the jar, but I nuked it for 15 seconds and got this creamy coconut icing. Mmmmm!!!

I updated my Amazon store to reflect some of the products that I’ve been eating lately, including wheat berries, hemp milk, Larabars, granola planks, and the coconut butter.

 Kath’s Favorites


+ coffee – (blech to soymilk in coffee!)


OK, I am so running late today. Luckily the husband doesn’t go to work until this afternoon so we’ve been able to spend some time together. We’re planning a 10:30 workout, so I gotta get moving on my Chem Lab prep šŸ‘æ


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1 Tina November 10, 2008 at 9:10 am

Awww, I like soy milk in my coffee. I use the vanilla flavored soy milk, which adds a little extra sweetness.

Thanks for your words of wisdom last night. Much appreciated! :)


2 zestycook November 10, 2008 at 9:17 am

Breakfast looks great Kath, Hope you have a good day!



3 Maggie November 10, 2008 at 9:19 am

Coconut butter sounds interesting. I wonder where she got it? I don’t think I’ve seen it before…

Happy Monday!


4 VeggieGirl November 10, 2008 at 9:22 am

Looooooving those tropical oats – coconut butter is amazing!!

Good luck with your Monday!!


5 Ryane November 10, 2008 at 9:24 am

Haha, I figured as much!

Gotta work on the contest entry right!


6 Katie November 10, 2008 at 9:47 am



7 ashley (sweet & natural) November 10, 2008 at 9:48 am

It was fun to watch your video and recognize all the places you went. I actually went to a wedding at that church once – it’s beautiful inside! Hope you have a good start to your week!


8 Oh She Glows November 10, 2008 at 10:06 am

Watched the video and it is awesome!!! You guys are too cute.

I hear you on the frigid temps…it is only 1C/33F here today!


9 Sheila | Live Well 360Ā° November 10, 2008 at 10:07 am


My husband Ryan and I were at the Saturday night meet-up. I am bummed that I missed you. I really love your pics and blogging style.

I look forward to the possibility of our paths crossing sometime in the future.



10 Kate November 10, 2008 at 10:07 am

Aww… shame that you don’t like Nancy’s! I was excited to see it in your grocery inventory yesterday – it’s my absolute FAVORITE cottage cheese of all. It is a little “tangy”, more like a cross between cottage cheese and yogurt, but that’s because it’s cultured with live active cultures, like, well, yogurt.

I’ll admit though – I didn’t expect the “sourness” the first time I tried it either, and I didn’t really care for it, but now that I’ve gotten used to it, I simply can’t buy anything else. Plus, it’s just about the lowest-fat and lowest-sodium brand out there that doesn’t have artifical flavors or fillers like a lot of grocery brands.


11 claire November 10, 2008 at 10:08 am

I found the True Delights bars in Walmart yesterday. I got the banana flavored ones and they are SO good. It kind of reminds me of that banana bread cereal post had (or has, don’t know now). Mmmm!


12 Megan November 10, 2008 at 10:13 am

Coconut butter sounds yummy! Great bowl of oats. Enjoy the time together!


13 Mel November 10, 2008 at 10:41 am

Coconut butter looks absolutely amazing! I’ve have never heard of it before!


14 coco November 10, 2008 at 10:47 am

fabulous oatmeal~~~~~~~~ Love the tropical flavor!
coconut butter? another new yummy~~~~


15 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) November 10, 2008 at 10:52 am

Tropical oats. is true delight natural ingredients?


16 Heather November 10, 2008 at 10:57 am

Have you tried the Silk Pumpkin Spice Soymilk? It’s waaay too sweet to drink by itself, but pretty good in coffee.

Your weekend looked FABULOUS, by the way! Chicago is such a great foodie town… and I’m very impressed by all that Quaker put together for you guys.


17 jess November 10, 2008 at 10:58 am

That coconut butter sounds really interesting- and necessarry since the last of the AB jar was so dry!

Have a great start to your week šŸ˜‰


18 Allison K November 10, 2008 at 10:58 am

I agree with Tina, It’s got to be vanilla soy milk, and then it is so super delicious, Mildly sweet and nutty! :)


19 Santa Barbara Dreaming November 10, 2008 at 11:02 am

Coconut Oats? Can’t think of a better breakfast to start off the day with! Im excited to check out your Amazon store :)


20 Rose-Anne November 10, 2008 at 11:13 am

Hi Kath! It was lovely to meet you this weekend. Thank you for the open-ended invitations. I’m so glad I made the trek into the city; I had a great time!

I TOTALLY agree with you about soymilk in coffee. Yuck. I’d rather go without something milky than use soy, which is strange, because I like soymilk in other places. Oh well!

What do you think about the saturated fat content of coconut? I think this question is really interesting because saturated fat has been labeled as such a bad guy, nutritionally speaking, but I’ve read that heart disease is really rare in some cultures that a lot of coconut.

Your review of the coconut butter is nudging me closer to buying a jar!


21 AlliJag November 10, 2008 at 11:18 am

Those oats look fab! I am so jealous of your weekend! It looks like you all had an absolutely amazing time! :) Well deserved – they definitely picked the best bloggers out there!


22 runjess November 10, 2008 at 11:55 am

I hate waking up to a cold house! I wish I had a timer.


23 Lynna November 10, 2008 at 12:00 pm

I don’t know if you’ve already perfected the oatmeal recipe you’re going to submit to Quaker, but maybe it would help to add some other Quaker products to it, I’m sure they would like that. Good luck!


24 Natalie November 10, 2008 at 12:03 pm

The True delights bar looks great! I’m gonna have to take a look for it in my grocery store.


25 Madison November 10, 2008 at 12:16 pm

okay maybe its time for my own jar =D


26 Madison November 10, 2008 at 12:17 pm

i agree that bar is SOO good!!


27 Moran November 10, 2008 at 12:18 pm

Wow that coconut looks TOO good! Happy Monday to you!


28 Marianne November 10, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Coconut butter? Another butter I have never seen. I love all things coconut, I must find me some!


29 Halie November 10, 2008 at 12:25 pm

Great bowl of oats! Thanks for the insight to coconut butter! Sounds delish!

Have a great week!


30 Kinder November 10, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Yummy! We just don’t get the cool and unique food things in Canada the way you do in the states!
I will just have to enjoy my boring oats! Boring, but still delish!


31 Beadie November 10, 2008 at 12:41 pm

i am v. behind on blog reading :(

Sounds like the trip was great! I’m glad you had a good time!


32 Beth November 10, 2008 at 1:04 pm

You don’t like Nancy’s cottage cheese? I luuuuuuurve this stuff. The sourness is what makes it for me. I’d eat only this brand of cottage cheese if only it were cheaper.


33 Melissa November 10, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Hey Kath.. I’ve been a reader for quite a while now and I love, love, love your blog!

I clicked on the link for your list of favorites and was quite intrigued by the Bigelow Eggnogg’n tea as I am an enormous fan of egg nog as well! I would love to try the tea, but am a little apprehensive to purchase such a large quantity right off the bat! Do you know if this tea has a strong egg nog flavor or is it fairly mild? Any helpful descriptors? :)


34 Rachel November 10, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Yum Yum Yum!!! That oatmeal looks amazing!!

Love the new top of your page too!!


35 sharon November 10, 2008 at 2:17 pm

hii i noticed your coconut butter & i’m intrigued :] i started using unrefined coconut oil (its a thick butter like substance) as an oil/butter source after so much hype. coconut has been knocked around for being so bad but after the ‘skinny bitch’ book praised it so much i thought i’d give it a try. i guess a little bit of coconut is good for you? and it kinda smells like the beach :]


36 Jenn (eating bender) November 10, 2008 at 2:20 pm

That coconut butter sounds great! I’ll have to keep my eye out for it. I just checked out your video with Jenna – it’s amazing! I’m so glad that you had a good time in Chicago :)


37 Lida November 10, 2008 at 2:54 pm

my neighbors have coconut butter, which i’ve never tried, and they use it instead of butter when they make french toast. let me know what other uses you find for it!


38 Cat November 10, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Um coconut butter? Yes please!! I will definitely be on the lookout for some of that!!


39 Kath November 10, 2008 at 6:07 pm

Maggie ,
It’s from Whole Foods.

Sheila | Live Well 360Ā°,
So sad I missed you! I was tucked in bed exhausted. Maybe next time :)

seelee live (for the love of peanut butter),
I don’t know if it’s marketed natural, but it’s trans-fat free.

Heather ,
NO!! Pumpkin spice!? Yum! I’ll keep my eye out for it, although I don’t know if we can afford it this month :)

Tina + Allison K,
It was vanilla! It needs fat :(

I think it all depends on the context of the coconut sat. fat. Since us healthy gals eat relatively low and since coconut is not eaten by the pound, it’s prob. no biggie.

Lynna ,
Good tip! But I think my idea is set…

Melissa ,
It’s like black tea with nutmeggy flavor. It’s not as creamy as eggnog (obviously) but with milk and some sweetener, it’s pretty similar to the real thing! Bigelow is pretty widely available, so maybe just see if your local store has it by the single box first.



40 Amy November 10, 2008 at 7:44 pm

Beth & Kate–I’m with you! loooove Nancy’s and now all of the other cottage cheese brands taste like chalk to me, but that’s why we all have diff tastebuds I suppose!


41 Cancun Travel February 23, 2009 at 3:31 pm

I TOTALLY agree with you about soymilk in coffee. Yuck. Iā€™d rather go without something milky than use soy, which is strange, because I like soymilk in other places.


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