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February 1, 2010

Working full time really hasn’t been that bad, but I have to say how totally awesome it is to be back in student/SAH blogger mode for a day :)

While Matt got dressed for work, I whipped up breakfast. Literally.

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I did 3 different experiments with this bowl of oats, so it was kind of hard to evaluate them individually. I FINALLY remembered to try Chelsea‘s method of cooking the banana in the pot before adding everything else to get it a little advanced caramelization.

Ultimately I didn’t notice a difference, but like I said, I had too many variables!

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The next variable was adding some sweet potato puree in lieu of pumpkin. Ashley says it’s creamier than pumpkin and she likes it a lot. I say that it tasted more like sweet potato skin than a roasted potato and prefer my pumpkin :(

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Lastly, I added an egg white, at the beginning this time (actually I forgot in the beginning and added it midway through, but it wasn’t slimy like last time because I gave it a good 3-4 minutes of whipping. Hard to tell if it made a difference though!

The Final Mix

  • 1/3 cup oats, vanilla soy milk (i’m out of milk!) and water
  • Pinch salt, cinnamon, vanilla, 1 tbsp chia
  • 1/4 cup sweet potato, stirred in at end
  • 1/2 an egg white, stirred in 1/3 of the way through and whipped
  • Crunchy Coconut Granola
  • Toasted almonds
  • Naturally Nutty Butter Toffee Peanut Butter!!

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BREAKING NEWS: Naturally Nutty is in the Open Sky store!!!!! So excited on this one. Two 8 oz jars for $8.99.

Here’s what I wrote about it: "Naturally Nutty makes THE BEST nut butters!! They are a little gritty, yet still smooth, thick and very flavorful – almost like FROSTING!! I love the butter toffee for its sweet, caramel aroma. Flax + hemp seeds add nutrition and texture. One of the top 10 nut butters I’ve tasted for sure."

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Mmm mm.

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Today’s coffee du jour: Caftea Chocolate Cherry Cordial. Also coming soon to an Open Sky store near your computer :)

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MEOW!

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MAC + CHEESE

Back in December I developed a mac and cheese recipe for the new 30 Days 30 Ways With Macaroni & Cheese Blog. The recipe is up! Blue Cheese Macaroni & Cheese with Mushrooms and Kale

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Today is up in the air. Some work, some play, some cooking, a workout.

Have a great Monday!

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1 Jennifer (Running With Cake) February 1, 2010 at 8:43 am

Toffee peanut butter sounds awesome and almost too good to be true. Although it should probably be more in the “dessert” category for how sweet it is. That “cat” coffee is too funny and very clever.

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2 zestycook February 1, 2010 at 8:45 am

Yay for a day that is up in the air. Those oats look killer kath!

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3 Nutritious Foodie February 1, 2010 at 8:49 am

I bet if you add mashed baked sweet potato while it is hot to your oats it would be really good.

I can’t do cooked banana’s they give me a severe heart burn… they are ok baked in a muffin though. I remember while in College my mom would tell me that these are the best years of your life and I thought why I don’t make any money… I now have been out of grad school for 4 years and have a great job.. but somehow wish I was back in the old college days… I guess she was right :)

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4 Jessica @ How Sweet February 1, 2010 at 8:50 am

Mac and cheese is my favorite meal!! That sounds fantastic!

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5 Haleigh February 1, 2010 at 8:50 am

Butter toffee PB sounds divine! Right up my alley, for sure. Have fun with your open schedule today!

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6 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries February 1, 2010 at 8:51 am

I agree on the pumpkin > sweet potato in oats! And I am suuuuch a SP girl. Also, I usually can’t taste a huuuge difference with the caramelized banana unless it’s the star of the oat show. Happy Monday!

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7 Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 1, 2010 at 8:54 am

Sweet potato in oats!? Wow that’s a new one! Quite a combo you had going there :P
Loads of superfoods though!! (well, 2? Don’t know if egg white counts..)
Have you tried butternut squash in oats? That’s REALLY good!!

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8 Simply Life February 1, 2010 at 8:56 am

Wow I never thought to start with the banana – I’ll have to try that next time!

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9 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans February 1, 2010 at 8:59 am

Have fun on your stay at home blogger day! I have had problems with sweet potato from a can, but if I pop a sweet potato in the microwave to cook it before putting it in my oats it is AWESOME. Then again, I am a pretty big fan of sweet potato pie.

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10 Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 1, 2010 at 9:07 am

Oh wow, I will have to try that! Sounds good! I <3 sweet potatoes in any form

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11 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 1, 2010 at 9:03 am

Yum– that Mac n. Cheese recipe sounds great!! Have a great day!

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12 rustique February 1, 2010 at 9:05 am

Aha, kitty coffee. Love it.
Sweet potato and oatmeal sounds wonderful–but I happen to love the slightly bitter skins.

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13 Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 1, 2010 at 9:06 am

That is one interesting oats experiment :) I will have to try the “caramelized ” bananas. Great idea! And have a fabulous day off!

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14 Estela @ Weekly Bite February 1, 2010 at 9:06 am

Oh my! Blue Cheese Mac & Cheese sounds amazing!!

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15 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 1, 2010 at 9:10 am

i love the kitty kat drawing…totally made my morning :)

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16 Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 1, 2010 at 9:11 am

yay for a productive stress-free day! ENJOY IT ;)

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17 Katie February 1, 2010 at 9:15 am

hooray for cat coffee!

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18 Jenna February 1, 2010 at 9:15 am

Have a great Monday!
Oats look fab and I can’t wait to check out the pb on open sky!!

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19 Lilly February 1, 2010 at 9:15 am

Hey kath,

You’re cool! Thanks for putting me in your coffee.

Love,

Your sister, Lillian the Wonder Cat

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20 Kath February 1, 2010 at 9:19 am

Hey Billis!! How’s your tuna blog coming?

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21 Ashley February 1, 2010 at 9:17 am

I’m taking the day off, too–I’ve decided it’s too icy to risk venturing outside in my car. Instead I’m going to sit here and stare longingly at that butter toffee peanut butter….want!

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22 Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 1, 2010 at 9:22 am

Wish I’d decided to take today off… it’s already shaping up to be a busy and weird day here in middle school land.

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23 Karla February 1, 2010 at 9:25 am

Naturally nutty sounds delish! I’m getting a little tired of my plain ol’ natural PB!
Ooh your recipe looks great!
Enjoy your day!!

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24 Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 1, 2010 at 9:31 am

You always make that nut butter sound amazing — I’ll have to look out for it! :D

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25 Spiele February 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

I want t have this on my breakfast

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26 Ameena February 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

Have a great day off! Naturally Nutty sounds like something I definitely need to try!!

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27 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

I love adding egg whites at the very beginning of boiling. I think it really pumps up the volume and the oats become so fluffy! :D

I agree with the sweet potato/pumpkin thing. I’ve had canned sweet potato before, and it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

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28 Lauren @ Eater not a runner February 1, 2010 at 9:35 am

Love the drawn-on cat face….too funny. And that mac and cheese sounds amazing!

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29 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 1, 2010 at 9:35 am

I do like the egg whites in my oatmeal. It completely changes the texture. I do the microwave thing and just cook it in 1 minute intervals and then stir like crazy. YUM! Have a great day!

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30 Meg @ Be Fit Be Full February 1, 2010 at 9:42 am

Man, I get such a kick out of your coffee shapes :) Enjoy your snow day! Was hoping for one as well but no suck luck.

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31 Lara February 1, 2010 at 9:45 am

why did you only use half an egg white? That is nothing and your breakfast could have used some protein.

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32 Kath February 1, 2010 at 9:49 am

Because I used one whole egg white in the pot of oats – split between us. So technically there was half in my portion. Just trying to accurately portray.

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33 Lara February 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm

ahh I was imaging trying to get one half of an egg white :) But seriously, one egg for two servings doesn’t add much in terms of nutrition and creaminess one would typically get when making oats with egg. Some protein would have made the meal much more balanced.

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34 Kath February 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Actually I think this breakfast is very balanced. Grains, fruit, healthy fats, a vegetable and about 15 grams of protein not including the egg white (which is about 1/3 of the RDA for me). Did you know a whole egg and half a cup of oats have roughly the same amount of protein? (6g v 5g)

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35 Kaite@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 1, 2010 at 9:46 am

Oooh- toffee PB? That seems like an awesome price on Open Sky!

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36 [email protected] February 1, 2010 at 9:49 am

I have never tried an egg white in my oatmeal, will give that a try. Enjoy your day off!

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37 Jamie February 1, 2010 at 9:49 am

Oh I want to try some Naturally Nutty!! Did Open Sky ever decide what to do after the massive site failure last time you offered a giveway? I was one of the unlucky who was stuck in internet nowhere trying to get on the site :(

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38 Rose February 1, 2010 at 9:58 am

Meow face is the best thing I’ve seen in a long while. Thanks, Kath!

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39 Sophie @ yumventures February 1, 2010 at 9:58 am

Those oats look amazing! Does the egg white make it more filling, or is it purely used as a combining agent?

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40 Beth (Mackattack) February 1, 2010 at 10:14 am

I don’t even like peanut butter, but the toffee butter sounds amazing!

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41 Food Makes Fun Fuel February 1, 2010 at 10:15 am

I completely agree with you on your review of naturally nutty. I’m actually having that same flavor with my breakfast right now!

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42 skinnyrunner February 1, 2010 at 10:30 am

you’re always so creative with oatmeal! id like to try that coffee but then i remember i dont like cherry. or cats. :) have a fun day off

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43 Hannah February 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

LOVE blue cheese! But *pout pout pout* putting the Naturally Nutty in your store six days before my travelling time in the US finishes? Sadness!!

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44 Lilly February 1, 2010 at 10:53 am

I haven’t gotten the blog up and running, but I sure loves the fish bowl and place mat you gave me for Christmas!

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45 Allison K February 1, 2010 at 10:56 am

You make oats so gourmet! and i love the cat in your coffee!

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46 christie @ honoring health February 1, 2010 at 11:02 am

Love the kitty in your coffee!

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47 Ginna February 1, 2010 at 11:15 am

Kath – I actually boil the bananas with water and milk before adding oats. Makes it really yummy!

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48 Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama February 1, 2010 at 11:17 am

The kitty kat totally made my day! =)

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49 caronae February 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

I love how the naturally nutty news is breaking news, lol!

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50 Lauren February 1, 2010 at 11:27 am

Hahaha, that cat just seriously cracked me up!

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51 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) February 1, 2010 at 11:34 am

LOL, love the kitty cat cafe! :)

Interesting bowl ‘o oats, sweet potato sounds really good, naturally sweeter, but I don’t know. I like just banana in oats, pumpkin is ok too but needs sweetener.

Jenn

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52 Beth @ DiningAndDishing February 1, 2010 at 11:36 am

Jealous of your snow day – I could use on of those right now!

Enjoy your day off :)

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53 lynn (The Actors Diet) February 1, 2010 at 11:46 am

interesting about the sweet potato – i’ve got a can of it in my cupboard and wondered the same thing.

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54 Fallon February 1, 2010 at 11:52 am

WOW That is a GREAT deal for naturally nutty. I’ve been paying $9 for just 1 jar at my local Great Harvest.

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55 Sarah @ Fitography February 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm

Wow – that oatmeal looks delish! I will have to try out the recipe this week.

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56 Ashley February 1, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Hahah, sweet potato skin!? I think I like the creamier consistency more and liked it in my oats, but like the pumpkin flavor better and was definitely not sold on the sweet potato + yogurt combo….it almost tasted soapy!? Weird!

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57 HeatherBakes February 1, 2010 at 12:14 pm

LOL- love the kitty cup :)

I have that same can of sweet potato puree in my cabinet right now. I guess I won’t be using it in oats, though… maybe sweet potato biscuits??

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58 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life February 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Can’t wait to read that mac and cheese recipe!

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59 Paige(Running Around Normal) February 1, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Those variations sound great! Well, except for maybe the sweet potato puree :)

I looove Vanilla Naturally Nutty! Soo good. Gah!
haha love the picture of the kitty cat drawn in the coffee.

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60 Sarah (OC2Seattle) February 1, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Sounds like a great day! And thanks for starting my day off with a laugh – the cat pic in the coffee of course.

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61 kate February 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm

i need to try some egg whites in oats or a smoothie asap! loved the meow pic!

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62 Cole February 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Days at home are always the best, especially when it’s a normal work day. And I’m definitely going to have to try egg whites in oats. That looks great.

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63 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope February 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Sorry the sweet potato didn’t work out as planned… maybe a microwaved “baked” sweet potato would work better? It sure sounds like a good idea though!

Enjoy your day off!

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64 Jil February 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm

haha the kitty drawing made me giggle. and that butter toffee favor of nut butter sounds awesommme.

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65 Kelli February 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm

That mac and cheese recipe looks great! What a great twist on the dish!

Enjoy your day off!!

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66 Chelsea February 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I love the kitty cat face :) I do mush the banana before I cook it ;) I’m glad that you got the day “off”. How nice.

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67 Wendy February 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Loving the kitty face AND Lillian’s comments! Too funny!!

I have an off-topic question…how is your shoulder/neck feeling after your massage? I’m having similar issues (I think I have a huge knot in the same spot), and I’m wondering if it’s worthwhile to spend the $$ for the massage. I used to get them regularly, but I’m not working as much now, so I had to cut them out of the budget. :(

Hope your world thaws out soon!

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68 Kath February 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm

SO MUCH BETTER!

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69 Wendy February 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Awesome! I just made an appt. :)

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70 Ellen February 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Your coffee interpretations are TOO cute. I think you make them into a coffee table book!

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71 Niki @ Niki's Neverending Adventure February 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Kath-
I find that a mashed banana really makes for an even creamier consistency than a thinly sliced one! Ever tried it? I add it in at the beginning like you normally do!

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72 Kath February 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Yes, and I need to do it more. Mashing dirties up an extra bowl! And I don’t like to mash in my non-stick pot because I might scrape the bottom.

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73 Cynthia (It All Changes) February 1, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Changing too much about a recipe at once scares me because I can never figure out what I like and what I don’t like and end up scrapping the entire thing.

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74 Tammy @ Defining Wellness February 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I’ve been eager to try the Naturally Nutty peanut butters, and now I’m sold!

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75 Catherine February 2, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Love how you added the kitty face!!! :)

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