Trifecta Of Coziness

January 30, 2010

Whoo hoo for white!!

We had some snow, some freezing rain and some sleet. A trifecta of indoor coziness! Let’s just hope the power stays on!!!

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Us Southerners like to just sit and stare at the snow 😉

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So happy to be able to have a lazy morning with my husband! We determined it has been THREE weeks since we woke up at the same time and didn’t have to rush somewhere!

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Breakfast was awesome :)

Matt brought home a Savannah bar from work that I had intended to serve my girlfriends, who were supposed to come for an oatmeal brunch today. Sadly, we had to cancel. But happily, Matt and I ate him instead!

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Chopped up for oatmeal topping! The Savannah bar is a crisp-like bottom and top with peaches and cranberries in the middle. They switch out the fruits throughout the year. I love it with berries in the summa! The crisp is made with whole wheat flour, coconut, brown sugar, butter and OATS!!

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This bowl was texture heaven!!!!!!!!

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The Mix

  • 1/3 cup oats, milk, water, pinch salt
  • Half a giant banana
  • Vanilla
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup cottage cheese, stirred in at end
  • Coconut
  • Savannah bar
  • Trader Joe’s peanut butter

We took the oats off a bit early so they were super liquidy. And the cottage cheese makes them a bit more liquidy as well. I love it when it’s closer to a soupy consistency! And the Trader Joe’s PB is very runny and distributes really well. And the chia and coconut were great textures!!

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Matt ruined his by mixing it all together!!!

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Shenandoah Joe coffee!! No froth again because we did 100% SJ and no Fresh Market added. Guess this kind just isn’t a frother!

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We’re finishing up some of our house rennovations (painting, installing new bathroom hardware and shower rods) and doing laundry and I have some internship school work to do. Otherwise, it’s a fun cozy day!

We’re supposed to go out for Restaurant Week tonight with Karen to a really cool new place, but I seriously doubt that will happen with all the ice predicted :(

Have a snow-filled day!

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1 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 30, 2010 at 9:53 am

Haha love the picture of Matt staring out the window because that’s too true… Having snow only maybe once or twice a year calls for some of that. Northerners must thing we are INsane to go crazy over a little bit of snow. Me, I like living here because snow can be fun.. living where it snows all the time makes snow something that you learn to hate. No thank you.

Those Savannah Bars are out of this world!!! I used to go to Rock Hill every other weekend and I’d frequently make a trip to Great Harvest. I also miss the Scuffins.. I had one that had sage in it one time, i’m not sure what else, but it was one of the best things I have ever put in my mouth. There is a Great Harvest in Greenville that I go to sometimes that’s closer but it really doesn’t compare to yours.


2 Kath January 30, 2010 at 9:56 am

What about the Greenville one isn’t as good!? (Curious for our own store’s research :) )


3 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 30, 2010 at 1:47 pm

That’s hard to really put into words. For one thing, in my opinion anyway, they don’t have as many options and creative things. From what I have seen, their menu is a lot smaller than the one in Charlotte and they’re not nearly as friendly or welcoming. Many times I have gone in, even early in the day and at different hours, and they don’t have the bread that I wanted and that they were scheduled to have that day. Also, they don’t have scuffins :)


4 Angie January 30, 2010 at 9:56 am

We are having a very similar morning.

I agree- something about living in the South- we get so excited about snow. I think this is the first Saturday in months that I’ve gotten to lounge in bed without an alarm clock. I am taking full advantage- it’s 10 am and we still havent’ had breakfast!

Enjoy your warm day in. Breakfast looks yummy!


5 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 30, 2010 at 10:07 am

I’m sure you know since your parents live here but we’ve got INCHES and it’s STILL snowing!!!

Bummer your plans were canceled but now you have a whole day to play with the hubz.

I love that grasshopper in your yard :)


6 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 30, 2010 at 10:07 am

Wow– you have more snow in NC right now that I have in PA!! Crazy. It’s twelve degrees here though…ughgh.

Have a great snow day!


7 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 30, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Oh wow, 12 degrees.. yikes!


8 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) January 30, 2010 at 10:09 am

Love TJ’s peanut butter! I slathered it on my waffle this morning with a big chopped-up banana and watched the snow lightly fall… so peaceful. :) Happy to stay indoors and be warm today.


9 Mary (Food Fit & Fun) January 30, 2010 at 10:11 am

I’m glad that you and Matt got to spend the night/morning together! That bar that Matt brought home looks so good. I wish I had one!


10 caronae January 30, 2010 at 10:13 am

Sounds loike the perfect bowl of oats! I like mine runny too. also sounds like the perfect day to curl up by the fireplace with a book and some hot chocolate. Have fun!


11 Faye January 30, 2010 at 10:18 am

Sigh. The snow reminds me of a day here in NYC a few weeks ago when we had a snowstorm. We had dinner plans at a wonderful Belgium bistro serving mussels and frites. My mom deemed it the “perfect” day for mussels. Thus we ventured out in the snowstorm, driving 20 mph. We got home before it started snowing harder, but my mom now has no excuse for not going out when it rains.


12 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 30, 2010 at 10:19 am

my parents had that exact same weather in Texas…and it’s 50 and sunny in Colorado. weird! so glad you guys get to have a cozy day together….hope it’s amazing :)


13 rustique January 30, 2010 at 10:24 am

Aw, snow + oatmeal is so cozy. Hope the ice doesn’t interfere too much with your day!


14 Carly January 30, 2010 at 10:36 am

I went to Fresh Market this week and there was one lonely little bag of Peppermint Creme coffee left (on sale I might add). After seeing it on your blog I knew I needed to try. I am sipping an AMAZING cup of it right now – french pressed of course. Thanks for the rec!


15 Jenna January 30, 2010 at 10:37 am

Glad you got to enjoy the snow!
That savannah bar looks delicious!
I would have done the same thing as matt, mixed it all together :)


16 brandi January 30, 2010 at 10:38 am

that savannah bar sounds awesome! I’m going to have to make a trip to Charlottesville once you guys are there :)

Enjoy your winter morning! We have at least 8 inches of snow already – crazy!


17 katherine (blissful-body) January 30, 2010 at 10:41 am

Woo-hoo for snow. We have about 8 inches here in Asheville! It is fun and especially non stressful since it is Saturday! As a southern gal this is about the most snow I have ever seen! Cheers to a day off and snuggling up at home!


18 Karla January 30, 2010 at 10:43 am

I woke up this morning and it was -4F! It’s now warmed up to 1F!
I was staring at the snow as well this morning :)
Wow that savannah bar looks great! I wish I had a recipe for that! It looks amazing!


19 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle January 30, 2010 at 10:44 am

The Savannah bar looks so so good, I wonder if the Great Harvest by me has anything like it. Enjoy your snow/ice day!


20 Freya @ January 30, 2010 at 10:45 am

Those Savannah bars look delicious!! Are they available online!? I want to ship some over to England so I can have some 😀
3 weeks!? Crikey, you guys need to take a holiday!!!
We have snow here too…but I”m SO fed up of it now :/ Have a good day!


21 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 30, 2010 at 10:51 am

The snow is pouring down here in DC….

Enjoy your cozy day :)


22 Julie January 30, 2010 at 10:51 am

Random question: I’m researching blenders since the old inherited Kitchen-Aid I have leaves CHUNKS of ice in smoothies. I was trying to find some archived posts where you talk about your Vitamix. Consumer Reports gives Bosch top honors, says Vitamix is great but not worth the price tag. Holy! It’s as much as a washing machine! I don’t think I’m so dedicated to smoothies to buy that. But wondering did you get it as a promo item for the blog and also what other brands have you used, given that you are a world class smoothie maker? Thanks!


23 Kath January 30, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Hmmm. I guess you’re right to look elsewhere if you’re not a huge smoothie user. Do you have a food processor? I feel like the Vita-mix can take the place of a food processor AND blender. I’ve never tried a Bosch blender, but my Cuisinart one def. leaves chunks of ice too :(


24 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 30, 2010 at 10:55 am

The snow is SO pretty ! :)


25 Diana January 30, 2010 at 10:59 am

We missed those yummy looking Savannah bars! Drats! They look delicious. :)


26 Katy ( The Balanced Foodie) January 30, 2010 at 11:02 am

Oh my gosh!! SO’s gorgeous out! It’s hot here and going to get rainy :-\ can’t wait to live where it’s colder!!


27 christie @ honoring health January 30, 2010 at 11:12 am

We have about six inches of snow so far and it is still steadily coming down.


28 Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers January 30, 2010 at 11:17 am

Oh that would have been such a good topping in the oatmeal this morning! The only downside of the snow I’d say :-)


29 Danielle (Coffee Run) January 30, 2010 at 11:18 am

My roommates and I looked very similar to how Matt looked- just staring out the window…
That Savanna bar looks reallyyyyy good. Why does snow make you crave “junk” food?!


30 Jil January 30, 2010 at 11:20 am

I’m a northerner and I still stare at the snow out the window! haha :) That Savannah oat thing looks soo good, and it looks even better chopped up into oats! Yum! Enjoy your day!!


31 Jill January 30, 2010 at 11:23 am

You guys got some seriously huge grasshoppers in the South!


32 eliza January 30, 2010 at 11:26 am

Thats what my boyfriend does to his oatmeal too! I tell him hes ruining the flavors! :)


33 Amedy January 30, 2010 at 11:33 am

this last dish make me feel warm i’d love to try this meal


34 Hannah January 30, 2010 at 11:34 am

Want to talk “Southerners” and snow? 😛 I’m from Australia, just visiting in Charlottesville, and I woke up this morning and spent a good few minutes in shock! All the cars outside the window don’t even look like cars anymore… I don’t think I really realised what “snow storm” meant! 😀 And I have only one measly bag of frozen asparagus in the house for veggies today. Eep!


35 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 30, 2010 at 11:37 am

That Savannah bar looks delicious!


36 Sara @ ActiveGal January 30, 2010 at 11:38 am

We got about 5 inches or so here in Raleigh! I am so excited it feels like forever since I have seen snow!!


37 thepinkpeppercorn January 30, 2010 at 11:40 am

Lots of snow filled days up in Canada so far – but not that bad this year :) It is always extra good with oatmeal for sure!


38 sarah (the SHU box) January 30, 2010 at 11:40 am

coziness . . . yes, but scary too! thankfully i made it home from the hospital today (although i have to go back in tomorrow afternoon!!). it actually wasn’t QUITE as bad as i thought!!


39 Lauren @ eater not a runner January 30, 2010 at 11:55 am

The savannah bar looks amazing, I want one!


40 Katharine January 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I’m really hoping that the Great Harvest near me has that Savannah bar – it looks divine! Enjoy the winter weather, and stay warm!


41 Cynthia (It All Changes) January 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I always wondered if you just put the toppings on for the picture and then mixed them all together. Guess Matt does and you don’t. :-)

Us northerners stare at the snow too mostly while swearing and wishing it would stop.


42 Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. January 30, 2010 at 12:07 pm

Lazy, slow morning are the best. I really enjoy just hanging out with my husband. I wish it happened more often.


43 Stef January 30, 2010 at 12:44 pm

that savannah bar looks amazing! nice that you two got to enjoy a lazy morning together


44 JessicaE January 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I admit it… i LOVE my oatmeal and almost everything else all well mixed together 😀


45 Tara January 30, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Snow is the best! (Unless you have to go to work and rough the roads haha)


46 Penny (Blonde Bibliophile) January 30, 2010 at 1:17 pm

I’m in Oklahoma and I have TONS of snow and ice. Luckily, I haven’t lost power or water. Good reading weather!!!!
Your oatmeal looks yummy. I’m getting ready to have an almost identical meal. Oatmeal and coffee. YUM!


47 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) January 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Your oats look fab. Sometimes I like to eat mine through the layers of YUM, and other times I prefer to stir it all up into a mess :-) I almost always save my nut butter blobs for last, though :-)


48 Jenn (www. ) January 30, 2010 at 1:54 pm

You call that snow? We get more on our shoes checking the mail. LOL 😉

Your oats look AMAZING! I’d rank that bowl in the top 10 of the year… well, the past 12 months. :) Do you blend them with a hand blender? They look so smooth and fluffy.



49 Kath January 30, 2010 at 8:08 pm

No blending! That’s the liquidyness.


50 Paige@ RunningAroundNormal January 30, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Gah..I’m glad you guys got the snow and not us! I think we’ve had snow on the ground for a month straight :(
Oh man those bars are my faaavorite. SO decadent.


51 hemp jogger January 30, 2010 at 2:26 pm

cant wait to buy those bars when yall move here!


52 skinnyrunner January 30, 2010 at 2:28 pm

i want a savannah bar! like the whole thing for myself.


53 Jamie January 30, 2010 at 2:32 pm

I wish i had a Great Harvest in Durham!! (I haven’t tried the Chapel Hill one yet) Now I might need to make a special trip for a Savannah Bar, they look stellar!


54 Sam (Merit to the Carrot) January 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Anything from Great Harvest is sensational :) You can really taste the butter and the coconut. Love it.


55 Nutritious Foodie January 30, 2010 at 2:52 pm

I love waking up to beautiful snow… sit by the fire place sip a hot drink and watch a movie… Hope you had a relaxing day


56 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 30, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Don’t you hate when people mix in all the toppings? Haha…drives me crazy! :mrgreen:

Enjoy your snow/ice day! Love those! 😀


57 Jordan January 30, 2010 at 6:02 pm

That Savannah Bar looks yummy! I really wish we had a Great Harvest in Chattanooga.

Yay for spending the weekend with your husband due to inclement weather but hope you guys don’t end up losing power! We’re expecting it to get colder here tonight and everything that melted today will freeze. :/


58 laura dishes January 30, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Oh wow, that Savannah bar looks great! I haven’t had one since berry season- WAY too long- so I may need to make my way over to GH after seeing your post!


59 Heather (Skinny Ambition) January 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm

The Savannah Bar literally made my mouth water.


60 Jac January 30, 2010 at 10:27 pm

the bar looks awesome. reminds me of florentine i tried before from perth!


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