Wacko Schedule!

January 11, 2008

Wow, I’m posting breakfast at noon – I need a little routine back in my life!!!

I got up around 6:45, caught up reading blogs, comments on my blog, and emails. I had a cup of hot tea while the sun rose:


I had a piece of toast with PB and jam before heading to the gym around 8:30:



We went to the gym around 9 a.m. I did 40 minutes on the ET plus lifting and jumps with the husband ( who is so glad to have me back by the way :) ) 425 calories burned.


After my workout, shower, putting in laundry from my trip, and simmering my oats, I finally sat down to breakfast at 11:15!!! My PB banana oatmeal was DELICIOUS – I missed it!! I skipped the walnuts today and will have lunch around 2 or 3 – crazy!


With a cup of coffee:


Breakfast calories (including toast): 523


I’ve got a list of 1,000 things to do today to catch up from my trip and prepare for the start of classes on Monday. Trip to Target, Old Navy, the grocery store, another grocery store, possible student ID at CPCC, husband’s birthday shopping – I’m not sure if I’ll get them all in!

And lastly, here’s my grandmother’s Dickens chair Jill requested to see!


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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katie January 11, 2008 at 7:15 am

mmm, I just followed your advice and added a mushed banana to my oatmeal before i cooked it, and WOW! oh man, it was so yummy and made so much more oatmeal.


2 Sarah January 11, 2008 at 7:30 am

Hey Kath! I know you've got a busy day ahead of you, so whenever you get a chance I would love if you could answer a few questions of mine.

1. I would love to try roasted spaghetti squash-why do you roast it with the flesh side down?

2. I know you don't like bottled salad dressings, but do you have any recommendations of the ones that are tolerable or what you use instead of salad dressing? I'm not a big fan on squash on my salad. Thanks and good luck with the start of school :)


3 Karen January 11, 2008 at 7:32 am

Welcome back! Doesn't it feel nice to get back into a familiar routine??

I just started up my own food and fitness blog- check it out and let me know what you think! :)


4 Megan January 11, 2008 at 7:32 am


I just have a question about your counting of the calories. How did you arrive at 525 calories including a slice of toast for your breakfast this morning? I also had a mashed banana in oatmeal (about a 1/2 dry oatmeal cooked in water) and arrived at approximately 250 calories. Do you have more than the 1/2 serving, or do you cook it in milk? Just curious.



5 Sarah January 11, 2008 at 7:33 am

Sorry, one more comment, maybe katie can answer, but how do you add mashed banana before cooking oatmeal?


6 Nicole January 11, 2008 at 7:35 am

Hi Kath! quick/random question…does leaving the mashed banana out of the oatmeal pancake "batter" make a big difference in consistency or is it added more for flavor? If I make it without banana, is there something I should add in it's place if it will affect the texture? I'm going to attempt to make one this weekend, and I'm not sure what I want to top it with, etc…I just don't want the whole attempt to bo really baaad!! haha


7 Cathy January 11, 2008 at 7:40 am

Welcome back! I just wanted to say that I LOVE the antique stove…..it is so cute!!!


8 Kath January 11, 2008 at 7:44 am


So glad you like it!!


No clue on roasting down, but that's what I read on the internet. I think the water in the pan helps the steam go right into the squash, but I think you can roast it any way you want, really.

I hate 99% of salad dressings from a bottle but I have found a few of Annie's brand I like. I can't remembe the names though, but one was a ginger flavor. Try a few of hers and see if you like them.


Blog looks good – but it's too soon to really get a feel for it! Keep on posting :)


Here was breakfast right from my online food journal:

Toast – 80

PB – 30

Jam – 25

Oats – 150

Skim milk in oatmeal: 50

Skim milk in coffee: 23

PB – 63

Flax – 33

Brown sugar – 18

Banana – 57


You can add it before, during or after. Just put it in and stir.


I think the banana makes it moister but you can certainly make it without. I have many times and it turns out fine. The ingredients you can't leave out are the egg and baking powder and of course oats!



9 Claire January 11, 2008 at 7:45 am

Kath do you (or any of your readers) know weather laughing cow wedges can be melted. I tried using it as a cheese spread in the toaster oven and it became a hard weird consistency, which I am afraid it will do if I heat it in general. I would love any ideas of sauces with the cheese spread or how to use it.

Also, why do you make oatmeal pancakes versus whole wheat?


10 amy January 11, 2008 at 7:50 am

Hey! I love looking at your blog to see all the great new food ideas. I actually recently became a non-vegetarian, so I am getting used to all these new recepieS. Also when we go out to eat (not too often)I have more things to choose from besides salads and a veggie burger! Keep up the inspiring food blog!


11 Kath January 11, 2008 at 7:51 am


Laughing cow can be melted, but it's not the greatest thing to melt.

I like oats A LOT. I do make whole wheat pancakes sometimes, but the oatmeal ones are single serving and much quicker to whip up than a big batch of WW.



12 arimcg January 11, 2008 at 7:55 am

Hey Sarah – the ginger Annie's dressing that Kath is talking about is called Gingerly and I think it's low-fat. I like the Woodstock kind too, but it's not low-fat (it is, however, good fats from tahini and canola oil).


13 kathryn January 11, 2008 at 8:06 am

claire – Just an idea that you might like to try with the laughin cow cheese. It is not whole food, or non processed, but it is cheap and easy to fix in a hurry.

Try cooking some whole wheat macaronie, drain it, and add some I can't believe its not butter butter spray (just take the sprayer off and add a dollop– not too much though) then, add the laughing cow light herb cheese spread, one wedge per serving. with the heat and the butter spray (liquid) it melts to the noodles pretty well. I usually add some garlic, because i LOVE garlic.

Again, probably not the healtiest (processed 0 calorie butter spray part), but it is really low in calorie for a butter garlic creamy flavor. I am sure that the butter spray like that would have some calories, it is better than real butter..


14 VeggieGirl January 11, 2008 at 9:20 am

no surprise that you missed your oatmeal – it always sounds quite scrumptious!!

that Dickon's chair is gorgeous!!


15 mel January 11, 2008 at 10:18 am

On the dressing topic..i really like the Kraft light balsalmic vinagrette dressing. it's made with EVOO and only 25 cal per serving and 1 gram of fat! It's delicious!!


16 Sam January 11, 2008 at 11:01 am

Kath I just thought this was funny. I love your blog as well as Cristin's (EatLikeMe) and she said she had shopping to do today for her husbands birthday too!!


17 Rebecca January 11, 2008 at 12:09 pm

Kath- just an FYI, I've been making the oatmeal/egg pancakes for years. I eat them cold as a pre-workout snack. Anyway, I just wanted to tell you that they freeze well if you ever wanted to make a big batch.


18 Kath January 11, 2008 at 12:43 pm


Good to know!! I think i'd only do that for the big pancakes if I was really pressed for time, as I've never been a fan of thawed things. But maybe a bunch of little half size ones would be perfect for my pre-gym "toast" – I'll have to see if I can do that this weekend!! Thanks for the suggestion : )



19 Jill January 11, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Thanks for posting the picture! That one is just as awesome, and looks like him too! The english-lover in my adores it.


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