I think my server was trying to tell me something when it crashed for a few hours this morning: unplug.
So while I was waiting for it to revive, I consumed an amazingly honkin’ bowl of oatmeal!
This bowl had heft.
- 1/4 cup oatbran
- 1/4 cup oats
- 2 tbsp wheatberries
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup water
- Pinch salt
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp dried fruit
- 1/4 cup cottage cheese, stirred in at end
- Salted peanuts
- TJs Sunflower Butter
- Butterscotch chips
I have mastered strong coffee for one. Too bad my husband returns tonight to add a few more cups to the pot!
I am running errands on foot as my exercise today. Pretending I live in a big city!
Katie @ peacebeme says
Walking is the BEST!
Love that bowl! Glad your blog is back up.
AJ @ Flowing to Fifty says
Katie and Kath –
I’m so glad to see someone else feels the same way I do! Walking is the BEST!
Stacy @ Every Little Thing says
Glad it’s back up! You’re making me hungry for breakfast
Justeen @ Blissful Baking says
I’m having brunch with the boyfriend soon, so your bowl of oatmeal is making me hungry! It looks delicious as always. And I love that green bowl! 🙂
Val @ Balancing Val says
That looks like a STICK TO YOUR RIBS bowl of oats!
It will keep you warm on your “big city” adventures 😉
I always use 1/4 c oats and 1/4 c oat bran as my oatmeal base! Love it 🙂
Ann @ Day by Day says
One of my favorite things when I studied abroad in Paris was being able to run errands on foot! It’s so much nicer than jumping in and out of a car. That bowl of oatmeal looks wonderful! Have a good day!
Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) says
Mmmm oats! I love all the colourful place mats you’ve been using recently.
I love that bowl!
Katy (The Singing Runner) says
That oatmeal seriously has some staying power! 😀 Have a great day!
Diana @ frontyardfoodie says
Okay now THAT is a breakfast and a half! Talk about variety in a bowl.
I’m eating my humble oats with maple syrup and almond butter feeling a little bit jealous. hehe
And I love the tablecloth!
I have been having computer issues here off and on for days, so frustrating.
Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate says
LOVE your placemat / table cloth (?) … whatever it is, it’s so cute!
Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats says
Oh my gosh, I’m full just looking at the big bowl of oats! Nice. 🙂 I heart adding butterscotch chips into things – always such a surprise flavor. Have a great day!
What a great looking breakfast! I love your placemat or tablecloth, whichever it is! Love the pink flowers!! 🙂
Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg says
That IS a big bowl of oats– I have the same bowl! Yum! Should give you lots of staying power for your errands on foot today!
Emily @ One Sweet Vegan says
I always love to see what bowls and fabric you’ve paired together. This was beautiful as always. 🙂
Anne (butter and bear) says
I wish I would take the time to make my oatmeal look that yummy!
Gill (snaxandthecity) says
glad you’re back up! I need my daily katheats.com fix!
I know you have issues when I read about your internet crashing and I get panicked… “Could it happen to me?” Oh dear…
Heather Eats Almond Butter says
I have bowl envy. I love your collection of bowls – couldn’t help but covet them when I read your kitchen organization post. I think the one in this post is my fav. 🙂
i love the green bowl + your dean & deluca mug + especially the pink bandana like place setting! the colors are so bright and pop off the computer screen! i miss spring. 🙂
ok – i revise my bandana like statement. *blush* the pink is super pretty!
Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table says
walking errands are the best! except when you ended up with a 24 pack of water at the grocery store, forgetting you have to get it home. true story. great arm work out. 🙂
[email protected] says
without fail, your breakfast always makes me want the same!
I absolutely love your green bowl! Please tell me where you got it from!
Pier 1, methinks
Is it because you have so very few in your oats that the butterscotch chips make it to your grocery basket??? I feel so ridged when I comes to hydrogenated oils. I just can’t do it…
They are leftover from holiday baking. I don’t feel bad about them because I think chips are my ONLY source of trans-fats in my diet – sans maybe a few desserts when I’m eating out.
That looks amazing!!!!
Natalia - a side of simple says
I’m honestly not sure what I like better anymore, your table settings (bowls, spoons, awesome placemats!) or your actual breakfast… Have a great Saturday, Kath!
Lauren at KeepItSweet says
Have a great day! That bowl looked like a perfect start!!
Jessica @ The Process of Healing says
That bowl of oats looks SO good and SO filling!
lynn (The Actors Diet) says
pretty in pink!
yum! i’ve been wanting to try sunflower butter- is the taste much different from peanut butter?
It’s roasty! Amazing!
lauren @ spiced plate says
I dig the butterscotch+peanut+sunflower butter combo — sounds heavenly on a unplugged Saturday morning. Have fun being outside today!
Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) says
I love the pink and the green combo! Oh yeah.. the oats too! Love sunflower seed butter!
Sorry to hear about the server problems, but at least you had an awesome breakfast ; ) seriously you are the oat queen!
Have a great day! xo
Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin says
I wanted oatmeal this morning but we were all out of milk! Your pictures are making me crave it even more. Maybe I’ll have to have it for dinner. 😛
Simply Life says
have a great afternoon!
I would love to run errands on foot (with stroller), but living a rural area stinks for that! We don’t even have sidewalks!
Michelle (The Runner's Plate) says
I always end up adding a million-and-one ingredients to my oats too–love it!
Morgan @ Life After Bagels says
I always do errands on foot, or well with a little subway help mixed in . . . both me and Brad lost quite a bit of weight after moving to Toronto after college. I’m sure half of it was not being in college and the other half was getting to walk everywhere
Allison @ Happy Tales says
My goodness. The fact that you walk nearly everywhere makes Charlottesville sound like SUCH dream!!!!
[email protected] Have Roses says
I’m sure you won’t feel like it’s *too bad* he’s there when he returns! 🙂 Peanuts on oatmeal sounds awesome!
chelsey @ clean eating chelsey says
I was wondering what was going on with the site this morning! Glad everything was figured out!
I really need to get my hands on some chia seeds… Your oats look divine!!! I love how you used wheat berries in it!! SO HEALTHY and SO DELICIOUS!!! Thank you for all of the hard work you put into each of your posts. Reading your posts has changed me for the better!
Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) says
I love all of the colors your bowls and placemats have! Hope your husband has a safe trip home and that you enjoy your errand-running (walking??) 😉 It’s a pretty day here in NC 😀
becca fowler says
hi kath, i’ve enjoyed reading your blog for a long time now! thanks for sharing your life! i was just reading this article (see below) and thought to myself, “i wonder what KERF has to say about this.” especially the part where they equate cereals (including oats) with toxins. …i know you’re quite busy but i’d love to hear your feedback on some of their points if you have time!
I think the article starts out well. Those diseases are certainly NOT NORMAL! But I think the problem is processing, overconsumption, lack of proper nutrients and inactivity. The only rules I follow are eat real food, be as active throughout your day (not necessarily at the gym) as you can, and follow hunger cues. I believe that wheat is a plant and it is real food. Same with all those other grains. Humans have been eating bread for a realllllly long time with no problem – why would wheat suddenly be the cause? I think it may be secondary to a host of other lifestyle choices.
becca fowler says
awesome. i just felt thrown off there for a bit. i’ve dealt with bad blood sugars in the past couple of years and have since gotten them stabilized by eating healthier, whole foods. but i actually think having a big bowl of oatmeal every morning is what really did the trick! i feel so much better when i start out my day right. so that perspective that oats = toxins makes the writer seem uniformed. thanks for your thoughts!
Liz @ Tip Top Shape says
Butterscotch chips in oatmeal is sort of genius. Must try it!!
Cat @ YoungHungryFoolish says
Love that mug! I have one from Georgetown’s location.
Megan @ MegGoesNomNom says
Mmm strong coffee. Just curious, what ratio of coffee to water do you use?
Matt determined that using a food scale was more reliable than dumping in tablespoons, so we use weight – 9 grams per cup in the carafe. I have no idea what that comes out to volume-wise, but it’s an easy multiplication problem for me when I’m putting it out for the morning..
Megan @ MegGoesNomNom says
Haha, very scientific! Thank you!
J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) says
I love walking and getting in NEAT! So much more fun than scheduled exercise.
Mmmmm… Yummy and filing breakfast. And i love your bowl, super cute 🙂
Just wanted to say that i love your website! Thanks for all your great tips and advice! I just wanted to let you know that I added you to my blogroll!!
I had oatmeal this morning too! My friend’s mom made us some oatmeal/raisin/cranberry/coconut cookies and they are really good crumbled up in oatmeal 🙂
Out of curiosity, what’s the magic ratio for appropriate strength coffee? I’ve always found the typical 2 tbs coffee per 6 oz water to work very well, at least as a jumping off point.
See my response below – we use our scale – 9 grams per coffee cup
Kate (What Kate is Cooking) says
I’m pretty sure I need to start adding some kind of chips to my oats. Chocolate, butterscotch, white chocolate… I love melted chocolate!
Namaste Gurl says
My voluminous oatmeal bowl looks quite similar to yours– love what chia seeds do to the mixture. I used my favorite voluminous trick and combined a equal proportion of oat bran and rolled oats, let sit with water, then brought to a boil and added a cup of milk and chia seeds. SOOOO yummy 🙂
I’m so obsessed with putting sunflower butter on my oatbran at the moment! You’ve reminded me I need to pull out the chia from the back of my pantry too 🙂
[email protected] says
Your oatmeal looks really good, but I have a question! Why cottage cheese? What does it do for the flavor, texture, etc? I’m just curious because I’ve never seen it used in oatmeal before. I’m honestly intrigued!
The flavor becomes cheesier like a cheese danish or cheesecake
The texture becomes more liquidy, which I love!
As an RD, I’m wondering how you feel about the Paleo diet. I’ve got a friend who is doing the Paleo diet (and always training for a tri). I started reading up about Paleo and it is SO different from the oatmeal, whole grains, fruit diet I try to eat. I was wondering how you felt about the Paleo diet’s aversion to grains and fruits.
I think that a diverse diet provides more nutrients than a non-diverse diet. So I support eating all of the food groups, including meat, for that reason.
Kat @ Cupcake Kat says
That’s a big bowl of oatmeal!
I’ve never made oatmeal with cottage cheese before but it always intrigues me when you use it. I have some cottage cheese right now so I’m going to make it tomorrow. I already know how delicious your oatmeal can be so I’m excited for this
Amy B says
I might have missed it, but where did you get the pink table cloth? I LOVE it and I want it!!
It’s fabric from Fabric.com but you could sew it to be a tablecloth!
Amy B says
ohhh, even better! Thank you!
[email protected] says
Glad your site is back up and functional!! 🙂