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I woke up this morning to remember….I’m completely OUT of my beloved Scottish Oats and rolled oats.  Sad.morning.

However, I still have a few scoops of my Irish Steel Cut oats.  About a 1 1/2 months ago I was professing my love for these steel cut oats but they got the shaft once I realized the goodness that are Scottish Oats. 

Irish steel cut take awhile to cook, around 20min, so I kept busy EATING while they were cooking. 

I present you with my Breakfast Appetizer.  I had to do a taste test for you guys!! 

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Trial 1cocoa-coco pnat butter

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Trial 2cocoa-coco pnat butter

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Results?  Hands down Trial 1.  The main reason being that the coconut comes out more in Trial 1.  But, to be fair, with Trial 2, I ran out of coconut butter and would have added a little more if I had it.  Trial 2 kept it’s liquid state, unlike Trial 1, which was most likely due to more coconut butter [which hardens at room temp] and cocoa powder, which helped stiffen it.

I would also try making peanut butter with plain peanut and not pre-roasted.  I felt like that flavor was a little overpowering.


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And then my lovely oats were done.  I do still love Steel Cut Oats.  They have a nice nutty flavor and I like the crunch.  It was a good change of pace and they were perfectly topped.

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Pecan butter AND maple cinnamon almond butter with a little glob of mixed berry jam.  AND a hunk of real deal granola from Whole Foods.

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Also with a little Oat Milk drizzled on top, which is another new love.  I love adding a little milk on top of the oats. 

Have you ever had oat milk??  It’s delicious and literally tastes like liquefied oats.  It packs more protein than almond milk, coming in at 4g per serving but does have more calories [120 instead of Almond’s 40-60ish per cup].  It’s thicker than almond milk though.  I would compare it more with hemp milk.  If you’re not too keen on the taste of hemp milk, I would definitely recommend trying out Oat Milk. Yum!  I buy Pacific brand.

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Bike socks are SO comfortable.  Seriously.  I love bright obnoxious colors for workout gear, hehe. rocks.  SUCH great finds.

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Oh, so I was preparing for a 30 mile ride with the huz.  The furthest I’ve gone up to this point was about 22 miles.  We were actually going along a bike path [Cherry Creek bike path] instead of looping around at the park.  The weather looked somewhat unpredictable but I almost always put sun screen on in case.

I just got this sunscreen on major sale at WF the other day.  I really like it so far!  I always carry my cell phone when riding, even if Chris + I are together.  And obviously the camera.  It’s in sad sad shape!

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And then it started hailing….so we waited about 45min.

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Bright and sunny, once again.  My new jacket, also obnoxiously BRIGHT, but I love it :)  I got that at reioutlet for like $25 a discount.  The original price was $80!  It fits perfectly and is super comfortable.  I have only bought a few articles of clothing for biking and everything I’ve gotten has been hugely discounted. 

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Interesting sculpture??  We stopped half way at mile 15 to have a snack.  Chris ate Clif Shot Bloks.

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And I ate this.  It was devoured in about 2 seconds flat.  The rain delayed our ride and put it right in the middle of when I would normally eat lunch.  Holy hungry.

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More storms were coming so we FLEW home and only hit about 3 miles of rain.  There was crazy wind pushing against us for the first 5 miles.  After that, I could literally feel the energy boost from the Larabar and I was cruising!  [around 17-19mph for a good 8 miles] 

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Quick stretch! My hamstrings are HORRible.  They always have been, even when I played sports in high school.  I stretch a lot [when warmed up or at the end of a workout, only!] but nothing seems to help.  Even though I can touch my forehead to my shins, they are still extremely tight.  Any ideas??  Must get back to doing Hip Opening Yoga Flow from yogadownload.

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THIRTY miles done.  Sweaty + happy.  FEED ME.

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Busted.  This is so not allowed.

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Only this sad depressed dog is occasionally allowed on the couch.  [Kenna is still learning boundaries and tends to be more dominant so we try to not give in and let her up on our level.]

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However, ONCE in awhile she worms her way up.  Ugh.  She’s really cute.  She looks like a little puppy here..don’t let her fool you.  She’s a 70lb beast.

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Where was I? Oh yes, food..mmmmm

Replenishing Strawberry Banana Hemp Shake

  • 1c strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4c Living Harvest Vanilla Spice hemp protein
  • 4 ice cubes
  • splash of POM juice
  • ~1c plain coconut milk

Creamy.  Fruity.  Hempy.  Delicious. 

I was literally STUFFED after eating this.  I remember from doing my 1/2 marathon training last year, that after my long runs I would be starving right after but get full really fast.  I knew I needed to eat more but finished this and let my stomach settle before putting more food into it.  No need to make myself sick. 

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I waited about an hour before my stomach said “FEED ME.” 

A pile of frozen organic stir fry veggies + 1 portabella + sprouted grain tortilla. 

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With a little soy sauce, ume plum vinegar, and brown rice vinegar.  Delicious and again I was completely stuffed.

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Kombucha fail.  It exploded all over my pretty towel!  I didn’t shake it or anything.  You have to be careful with these!!

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This flavor was delicious but not on my towel.  Lame.

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THANK you for the amazing comments you have all been leaving for the giveaway.  I’ve read them all and feel even more inspired now to keep doing what I’m doing.  Thanks for sharing all of your personal stories.  It’s fun getting to know all of my readers a little better!  I honestly wish I could send you all a little piece of my crazy kitchen happenings.  Good luck to you all!

How did I find food blogs??  Well, I had started my blog to document the process I was going through with my granola bar business.  It was really for my family + friends to stay up to date one what I was doing with.  I also used it to update info on what I would be selling at the farmers market and any new flavors I was making.  I had NO idea the food blog world existed.

I started my blog last April and then my husband found Kath’s blog in August last summer.  Kind of funny, I know, but he saw Kath on Current TV.  They play all different types [news, current events, opinion pieces, interviews, etc.] of clips that people submit.  Anyway, he caught her 5min clip on Current TV and was like “Oh! I saw this girl on TV that has a food blog.  She takes pictures of her food and talks about healthy eating and REAL food, and it seemed like something you would like.”  I checked out Kath’s blog RIGHT away and then realized she lived in the same city that I lived in.  We got to become friends in the short time I had left in Charlotte and she has definitely been an inspiration in my life, along with many other great blogs out there! 

So, my husband introduced me to food blogs :)  Thanks huz.  It’s your fault I’m on the computer for hours each day reading + writing about food, hehe.


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Check out this new header I designed for Heather of Then Heather Said!!!  She wanted something clean/simple and wanted text to be used as graphic.  She ended up wanting 6 of the same header in all different colors and she set them on a loop.  Very cool! 

If anyone is interested in a header redesign, email me at: edibleperspective AT gmail DOT com – I can give you all details from there!

ALSO.  Watch for Angela’s Shop 4 A Cause charity drive on May 26th.  I’m donating a blog header redesign to the highest bidder!!  I know there will be so many amazing things up for bid, so make sure to check it out! 

Okay. I’m done. Promise.

Reader Comments (40)

An overpowering peanut butter taste? Is that even possible!?
:O How cool that you know Kath!! She's like a celebrity to me :P
And do you design headers for websites a lot? :)

That sweetie pie plate is just SO cute. I love your breakfast

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

Love that plate! And I've had the Kombucha explosion problem fun!

Oooooo breakfast appetizers make a normal brekkie seem so fancy! And I totally love all your brightly coloured workout gear. I mean, how can you not smile when you wear that ?!

Have an awesome day!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNienke at Revel

Ooo!! I totally have some portabellas in my fridge...I was trying to figure out something to do with them....that wrap looks great! :) ...I just may have to try that.

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterteenagehealthfreak much content, I don't know where to start. At the end perhaps. I want one of those strawberry-bananna hemp shakes, PLEASE!!!! The lovely steel cut oats looked maaaavalous. Nice.

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

I rode 5 miles on the stationary this morning in under 20 and I felt insanely great afterwards (a new accomplishment for me!), I can't wait to build up to 10-30 milers, the refueling must feel so wonderful!

Your dogs are adorable and I love the pyrex - beaker glass, that's really cool! :)

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel

I LOVE your breakfast plate! So cute!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

I am loving your taste test pictures! I think I'm pretty much just repeating everyone else's comments about the plate :D Great job on your bike ride!!!

serious yummage in this post from the two versions of cocoa coco pnat butter, to the stuffed wrap...I may be looking for a new header but my current wordpress theme doesn't allow them. All the other themes aren't really for me but maybe I could find one another clean one. It seems like there is no way to change themes without distorting my photos so I am kind of in a rut right now. Any ideas?

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterclaire

um yeah, it didn't hail here...weird! but there was a really amazing lightning show...woohoo! love the new header for heather's totally fits her!

Mmm, love the looks of that breakfast appetizer!


Congrats on the 30 miles, and thank you for turning me on to REI outlet! I need to get some more bike gear now that I'm cycling more

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie @savvyeats

That hemp shake needs to be in my stomach. Now. I didn't bring a good lunch today, so looking at all these photos is like torture! And all your nut butters . . . yum! Stop making me hungry :)

Popped in to say hi! I love your sweetie pie plate!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBlond Duck

oooh! can you do header designs for blogs??

What's the difference between Scottish oats and Irish oats? I thought they were the same!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

LOVE LOVE LOVE your eats today! And well done on an awesome ride :)

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

I love that jacket and it's color! I also love a good sale.

Kenna is SO much like Dexter! And while Dave's been away..I've been letting him sleep with me! Also no allowed.. but with a face that cute, how can I say no?!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

Oooo you're in trouble!! Kenna is a nut..she squirms around when you do bring her on the couch and digs her boney bones into you!! When you pull dakota up, she melts into a pile of mashed potatoes. lol

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks!! It was so much fun!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Scottish are milled more finely and take less time to cook. They are super creamy. Irish Steel Cut are oat groats cut into a few pieces and have a crunchier texture. They take longer to cook than Scottish.

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley


May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks girl!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hahaha thanks!!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks! Yes, rei rocks!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thank youuu!!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hmmm, that seems strange. Are you using Windows Live Writer to create your posts??

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Awesome congrats!! It's my fav mug ;)

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

YES that is what I say!!

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I knew you would...probably better with bacon though, right?

May 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

1. OAT MILK!? the things i learn on foodblogs, i swear, its like a whole nother world.

2. i love my header. i cant say THANK YOU enough. you are ubertalented and so much fun to work with!

3. cant wait til HLS :)

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Heather -

THANK YOU! i think Ashley did a FABULOUS job capturing my attitude in the design :)



May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather

Laura -

I post through wordpress and Ashley did great work on my header.

I really can't recommend her enough - she is not just easy to work with - she is FUN to work with. She took a lot of care to capture the essence of who I am and what I stand for, and blog for, in my header.


May 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather


May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oat milk is freaking amazing!!! HLS yesssss

May 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I know this isn't a recent post, but it caught my eye! That wrap looks incredible! I love foods that are filling yet leave you feeling clean and refreshed. Must try.

October 24, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRiss

I just wanted to tell you that i absolutely love your website! Your crativity is amazing, i love your camera! it takes fantastic photo's and i love the diversity of your foods! Very artistic! Keep posting awesome recipes!

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

Thank you so much Nikki. That means a lot!

March 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

that oatmeal and that wrap look absolutely divine. I think it's so cool that you bike with your sweetie. I wish I could do that but I have a broken foot :(

April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephanie

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