Wonderful Oats

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There have been such cute notes on Operation Beautiful lately!



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Wonderful, huh?


You what else is wonderful?  :)  Kath oatmeal!


Gotta love it when my real world and the blog world collide!  Kath was so sweet and made me an amazing bowl of oatmeal this morning.


Her mix contained:


  • 1/3 cup oatmeal
  • 1/3 coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Raisins, chia seeds, vanilla, salt
  • 1/2 a banana
  • Toppings:  Naturally Nutty Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower Butter, Coconut Butter, and Butterscotch bits


Dare I say it was epic?  Because it was!


Matt made me mint iced coffee.  The mint was fresh from their backyard!  I ended up eating the garnish straight-up!


Kitchen photography action:



We ate our oatmeal out on KERF’s patio and listened to the birds chirping.  I love Charlotte!  It’s nice to have a little more country in my life.  :)  Can’t wait to move here in… 23 days!


Off for a long run – I hope I can keep up!



  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 5, 2010, 10:28 am

    SO COOL that you got to eat Kath’s oatmeal!!! I figured that it would be epic.. she IS the Oatmeal Queen, after all!

  • adrienmelaine June 5, 2010, 10:37 am

    I love waking up in the morning and getting to go through Kath’s blog on two pages!

    Hope you have a great run!

  • Little Bookworm June 5, 2010, 10:38 am

    That bowl of oatmeal/porridge looks amazing! Have a great run. 🙂

  • Marissa June 5, 2010, 10:40 am

    The country life really is the best kind of life, or at least I think so! The simple things are just so precious: the sun, birds, trees…

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 5, 2010, 10:43 am

    You’re so lucky Kath made you oatmeal – hers is legendary!
    Have a great day 🙂

  • Wei-Wei June 5, 2010, 10:43 am

    Hahaha the real world/blogworld collision is so awesome! It’s so cool that you got to eat Kath’s oatmeal. She’s the queen of oatmeal! 😀 (I noticed you two posted at almost the same time hehe.)

    Have a great run! I’m glad to see you guys having a lot of fun together. 🙂


  • Paige (Running Around Normal) June 5, 2010, 10:48 am

    I love the first picture – beautiful! Haha awesome you got to try some KERF oatmeal 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) June 5, 2010, 10:53 am

    I love the OB notes. Perhaps I’ll wrangle Hunni into taking our sidewalk chalk for the kids and writing some of our own.

    I like seeing the behind the scenes of the photo taking. I love all the fun pictures but it is nice to see how you get all of them. 🙂

  • My Life As I Live It June 5, 2010, 10:58 am

    And once you move to Charlotte you’ll have to come visit Asheville too, lots of microbrews and lots of hiking!

  • Syl June 5, 2010, 10:59 am

    Last Sunday I ran my first 1/2 marathon. During my run around the 10k mark I ran across an operation beautiful message on the road written in side walk chalk, it read you are strong and beautiful. It was amazing to see while running and it kept me going! Great thing to see while running 😉

    • caitlin June 5, 2010, 1:09 pm

      i love that!!! 🙂

      • Syl June 5, 2010, 2:44 pm

        to bad I didn’t have my camera I would of taken a picture of it!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople June 5, 2010, 11:00 am

    It is surreal to see Kath food on your blog! It is like when characters on TV would visit other shows. Or maybe not…becuase you’re real people! lol

  • jenny June 5, 2010, 11:04 am

    I’m so glad you’re getting pumped up to move! It’s an exciting change rather than a scary one 🙂 That oatmeal looks so decadent!

  • Heather (runningwithsass.com) June 5, 2010, 11:05 am

    i must admit its very weird “seeing you” at kaths house!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 5, 2010, 11:07 am

    Blogger overload!

  • Whitney @ Whitinspired June 5, 2010, 11:15 am

    aww! Glad you’re enjoying Charlotte and NC…I love it here as well 🙂

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine June 5, 2010, 11:15 am

    So funny to see Kath’s usual oatmeal background as yours!! Sounds like her oats really lived up to her reputation 🙂 So funny that the two of you are together on the same weekend as Jenna and Tina, bloggy weekend I guess!

  • Erin June 5, 2010, 11:19 am

    So much deliciousness! What a great way to start the weekend!

  • Kellie June 5, 2010, 11:25 am

    The toppings alone on the oatmeal look wonderful!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 5, 2010, 11:28 am

    That OB note in chalk is so cute! Very inspiring, now I want to go out and do the same!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises June 5, 2010, 11:41 am

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying your trip (so nice to have good hosts!) It’s exciting (and a little scary) to think of picking up and relocating.

  • jassy June 5, 2010, 11:42 am

    you’re lucky to have sweet friends:)

  • Veronica June 5, 2010, 11:45 am

    Hi Caitlin! My comment doesn’t have much to do with your recent post….however, I was wondering what brand/type of watch you use for your runs. Does it track your miles and time?? I’m in the market for something a little better than a WalMart $10 watch! ha Any suggestions? Thanks!!!

    I LOVE Operation Beautiful. As soon as I found the site I started posting notes all over campus. It made me feel great and I hope it made other women feel great! Thank you! 🙂

    • caitlin June 5, 2010, 1:10 pm

      I highly recommend a Garmin 305. It’s cheapest to buy on Amazong and uses a GPS to automatically calculate distance and pace (and it has a heart rate monitor if you’re interested in heart rate and calories burned).

      • Helen June 5, 2010, 1:24 pm

        I was going to ask the same question!!! I really want a Garmin so I can track my distances. The web tools aren’t that reliable. Others have recommended the 305 too so it looks like I’ll be getting one of those!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 5, 2010, 11:47 am

    I love your toppings on your oatmeal. I wish I would move already so I can go grocery shopping for oatmeal again, I just have to be patient and wait 3 more days.

  • Camille June 5, 2010, 11:58 am

    I love all those Operation Beautiful notes! Awesome!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly June 5, 2010, 12:35 pm

    How far are you going to be from the Kerf’s…looks like you might have some fun times ahead!!!

  • Evan Thomas June 5, 2010, 12:50 pm

    Kath makes the best oats! Jealous!

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind June 5, 2010, 1:06 pm

    The “BE YOU” OB note is so clever! Love that one!

  • Helen June 5, 2010, 1:26 pm

    Loving the KERF oatmeal, you can so describe it as epic! What a lovely way to wake up in the morning. Kath and Matt are fab hosts.

  • Janelle June 5, 2010, 2:03 pm

    I love when you guys share pictures of other bloggers taking pictures of their food – it cracks me up, and reminds me that you never get to eat your food “fresh” because you always have to wait to get the right pic before digging in. I don’t have the patience for such things 🙂

  • Ellen June 5, 2010, 2:10 pm

    Butterscotch in oatmeal? GENIUS. Don’t know why I didn’t think of it myself!


  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini June 5, 2010, 4:32 pm

    There is something really surreal about seeing your breakfast in Kath’s bowl on Kath’s table 😀

  • TheKiwiBex June 5, 2010, 10:27 pm

    The Kiwi in me couldn’t help but notice the glass your mint iced coffee was served in! Speights is a New Zealand beer that’s not widely available elsewhere in the world, so I’m wondering how a Speights-branded mug ends up in a North Carolina kitchen?? 🙂

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 5, 2010, 11:21 pm

    Kath is such an awesome breakfast hostess!! 🙂


  • Susan June 6, 2010, 10:30 am

    Those ARE amazing Operation Beautiful notes!! I recognize Ellie’s in there – she’s fantastic 🙂

    SO weird to see Kath’s table and oatmeal on your blog! Haha.

  • Ida luke June 8, 2010, 11:21 am

    I love oats eat every morning, I heard oats are very heallthy for you. This is Amazing information.- She’s fantastic

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