Two Many Cooks

January 26, 2009

Morning All!

We’ve had a crazy morning despite my extra time. We were up at 6, biking by 6:30, at the gym by 6:45. I normally don’t bike in the dark, but I told the husband I would bike if he went with me and he loves it when I ride my bike so much he was willing to get up on his day off :) (Plus it keeps his body clock ticking early). At the gym I did 30 SPEEDY minutes on the Stepmill followed by some upper body work: pullups, pushups, shoulder raises, triceps. All the hard stuff! Then we biked home. It was cold, but it’s not bad if you wear a windproof jacket and good gloves. I love biking there because it’s like 150-200 extra calories burned without realizing it (since it only adds about 10 minutes to my commute there and back).

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The husband and I were like two cooks bumping around in the kitchen this morning. We both wanted coffee and more than half a cup so we had to do double French press. I wanted pumpkin oats and he wanted egg oats, so we had another burner on and more microwavable stuff going. Add on oatmeal toppings and photography and it was quite busy!

Today’s Combo:

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I don’t know if it was the coffee or the stress of getting everything ready, but I can feel adrenaline pumping (I just typed pumpkin!) in my veins –

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Today three of us are doing a potluck lunch. I’m in charge of bringing bread and fruit :)

Gotta jet –

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1 VeggieGirl January 26, 2009 at 9:49 am

Love today’s oat combination, for sure!! Holy yum.

Have fun with the potluck lunch!!


2 zestycook January 26, 2009 at 9:50 am

Loving the Oats Kath…. that is funny about too many cooks… Enjoy your brunch!!


3 Mel January 26, 2009 at 9:51 am

mmm… yummy oats!

I totally know how you feel with too many cooks in the kitchen!


4 brandi January 26, 2009 at 9:52 am

We have the “too many cooks in the kitchen” happen just about every weekend! We’re always trying to decide what we want to eat for breakfast, making coffee, cutting fruit, etc. :) I’m always running into him! I’m surprised we don’t spill more stuff!

Potluck sounds fun!


5 Heather January 26, 2009 at 9:52 am

I keep forgetting about the can of pumpkin just sitting in our pantry- thanks for the reminder :)

Can’t wait to see pics of the potluck. Have fun!


6 Rose January 26, 2009 at 9:54 am

My life is a constant series of too many cooks in the kitchen – and now that we got a cat, I have another thing to worry about stepping on :)


7 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) January 26, 2009 at 9:55 am

i love your multi-tasking transport to the gym! i always jog there to get a little bonus calorie burn too (and also because the only alternative is to walk, and it’s freeeeeezing out!).
can’t wait to see what shows up in the potluck!


8 Moran January 26, 2009 at 10:02 am

Looking forward to seeing the potluck lunch


9 Kate January 26, 2009 at 10:03 am

This may be my favorite combo of yours yet! It looks absolutely beautiful too. Kudos for going so early! I don’t know how you get such a sweaty work out in so early in the AM!


10 Natalie January 26, 2009 at 10:10 am

The oats look yummy! I’m so hungry! I was in such a rush I forgot to bring breakfast to work.


11 bobbi January 26, 2009 at 10:17 am

mmm looks like my oats this morning, have fun at the potluck!


12 theoddbod January 26, 2009 at 10:21 am

good on ya for biking to the gym. much better than those that drive 5 minutes and then get on a stationary bike or treadmill


13 Victoria January 26, 2009 at 10:21 am

Ha. That sounds like my husband and I in the morning. We don’t eat the same breakfast… ever, so we’re always trying to prepare too many things at once.


14 Seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) January 26, 2009 at 10:26 am

hehehe, this is a great post kath! busy morning in the kitch! well those oats look absolutely spectacular. i love pumpkin butterscotch combo! is that creamy or crunchy Barney butter?


15 Katelyn January 26, 2009 at 10:28 am

Sounds like you may need a bigger french press. Have a great potluck.


16 JENNA January 26, 2009 at 10:32 am

Sounds like a FUN lunch!!!!!!


17 Missy (Missy Maintains) January 26, 2009 at 10:34 am

Great early workout! The oats look great as always! You are lucky you have the option of riding your bike!


18 Meg January 26, 2009 at 10:51 am

Yummy oats as always! Great workout!


19 Marian January 26, 2009 at 10:52 am

Love your blog! And your breakfast looks oh so yummy!!! Your so brave to bike outside in the cold! I’m a wimp with any cold weather!


20 K January 26, 2009 at 10:55 am

Oh – I get so annoyed when there’s anyone else trying to cook when I’m cooking!

Pot luck lunches are so fun! Enjoy!


21 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) January 26, 2009 at 10:59 am

Woah! Quite the morning! Oats look delicious!! Have a great Monday


22 Sarah January 26, 2009 at 11:09 am

Good morning, Kath! As usualy, your oats look delicious. I was wondering, at what level do you do your Stairmill workouts?


23 Diana January 26, 2009 at 11:12 am

busy day already!!! good for you! enjoy the potluck!


24 megan January 26, 2009 at 11:14 am

Oats look good as usual!!


25 megan January 26, 2009 at 11:16 am

sorry – posted too soon…

has anybody ever tried toasting oatmeal to eat with yogurt? I’m thinking it would be kind of like granola, but I don’t really need the flavor of granola if I’m eating flavored yogurt..I would just want the oaty crunch…does that even make sense?


26 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 26, 2009 at 11:16 am

Dueling oatmeal pots?! Only in your house (or mine)!

Can’t wait to see your potluck. Potlucks are usually pretty nasty, but I’m sure yours will be delicious!


27 Sharon January 26, 2009 at 11:42 am

Oh wow, tasty! Potluck lunch sounds great!


28 Biz January 26, 2009 at 12:01 pm

That was nice of hubby to join you on his day off today – hope he gets some relaxing time in today!


29 Tatiana January 26, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Hi Kath, I just had to say that I stumble across your blog on Friday and I am so addicted!!!
Thank you for your blog keep up the good work.



30 Jaclyn January 26, 2009 at 12:09 pm

Just thought you all might be interested in this review of on the go oatmeals. Looks like Jamba Juice was the winner!


31 Michelle January 26, 2009 at 12:13 pm

I just happened to fall on to your blog and Im so happy I did. You really have inspired me to eat healthier. I love oatmeal and eat it every morning. Im excited to try your recipes. I too get up early and work out everyday at 5:45. I love that you ride your bike to the gym. Im thinking I could in the spring but not in the winter.


32 Katie January 26, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Your oats this morning are especially drool-worthy! It is hard to enjoy cooking time when you’re rushed and crowded.


33 allijag January 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Those oats look delish – can’t wait to hear more about the potluck! :)


34 skinnyrunner January 26, 2009 at 1:08 pm

your oats look so yum.
at least your hubby helps out in the kitchen! mine stays as far away as possible.


35 Danielle January 26, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Have fun at your pot luck lunch, sounds like a lot of fun.
We have a tiny apartment kitchen with not much counterspace, every night is too many cooks in the kitchen for us lol.


36 Ryan | LifeGawker January 26, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Too many cooks in the kitchen, that is funny. I find myself (and I know Sheila can relate) running into (pun intended) this problem all of the time. It seems that no matter how big the kitchen, the outsiders always seem to need to be right where the cook is working. I especially love this when I am working with knives, good times! :-)

By the way, I have to say that I am jealous of your ability to ride your bike up to the gym. I would totally do that myself (as would Sheila) but we would probably flash freeze about half way there. Spring is right around the corner though, I am so ready for warm weather.



37 TradeSystems January 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm

Great breakfast!!


38 Kath January 26, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Seeleelive ,

Sarah ,
Level 12. I worked my way up from level 8.

Tatiana + Michelle,



39 Ashley January 26, 2009 at 2:30 pm

Hi Kath,

I read your blog every day and I notice that you enjoy the Stepmill. I have been trying it out lately and I LOVE it because I get that really sweaty purple-faced good workout. But, I do find that I have a hard time doing more than 20 minutes. Did you have to work up to 30-45 minutes? And do you change the speeds yourself or like to use the programs?

I just saw that you do it on a level 12??!?! That is basically like running, right? Do you do it that level the whole time? I think I have a lot of work to do!


40 Kath January 26, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Ashley ,
Yes, I worked up to 30 minutes, and 40 minutes is pretty tough. LOL, level 12 isn’t running yet, but it’s a fast clip. I just keep stepping! A magazine does wonders for my attention span, and some days are much easier than others. Just keep at it and you’ll get better!



41 Monica January 26, 2009 at 3:31 pm

your oats always look SO good!

I’ve been wondering about coconut butter. does it taste like shredded coconut? Or is it more subtle?


42 Heather January 30, 2009 at 3:54 pm

It’s SO hard to eat a meal alone without magazines, TV, etc… but I definitely eat slower (and LESS) when I do that.


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