Of Mice And Meals

May 12, 2008

Sorry for the posting delay – it was a busy morning! We had breakfast, went to UPS to ship home some of the antiques, and went shopping at Loehmann’s, a grandmotherly tradition. I got a few cute dresses for summer!

I made oatmeal for the group again. Today’s was berries ‘n cream because I stirred in the berries and cooked them with the oats along with 2% milk and a little cinnamon sugar.

Topped with a few chopped roasted almonds


With hot tea. I loved the coordinating colors – even the berries matched!


After our trips out, we came home for a late lunch. It always amazes me how when I’m out running around that I can go so much longer between meals. But I was glad to sit down for lunch!

I made a sandwich with some turkey, banana peppers, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce, spreadable cheddar and mustard. Yum! And had a little leftover whole wheat pasta salad on the side. My grandmother put pickles in it and they really add to the flavor!


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I also made a plate of veggies – bell peppers and carrots – with some spreadable swiss almond cheese for dipping. What an interesting but delicious combo.

I had a little mouse keeping her eye on my throughout lunch from her front porch. She was chatting my ear off about the benefits of mice eating cheese to keep them swift and quick on their feet with animals in the house.


We also shared a pot of tea because it’s winter here –


From above –


I was peer pressured to eat some homemade Pennsylvania ice cream for dessert. I was also in charge of dipping for the group – I was tempted to eat the entire carton but I resisted :)


My mouse-size portion with a drizzle of crushed peach


My aunt and uncle are taking us all to the The Dogwood Restaurant downtown Baltimore tonight. It’s supposedly really cool, gourmet with a focus on local ingredients and has a former 5-star chef. I’m so excited!

And lastly, here’s Gram’s Hot Milk Cake recipe!

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1 KC May 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm

That’s the restaurant I was talking about earlier (they used to be called Dogwood Deli). It’s not exactly downtown – it’s in Hampden which is in Northern Baltimore City near Johns Hopkins University. Great place.


2 TimeofButterflies May 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm

Kath, I know you work out every day, but how many times a week do you run? Do you find it difficult to run only a couple/few times a week, or does your crosstraining suffice?

I’m thinking about reverting back to running 3-4 times a week and doing the elliptical/kickboxing other times.

Overall, how long do you workout per day? I’ve had people tell me it’s totally fine to work out 2+ hours per day, but I don’t think that’s healthy unless it’s my job.


3 Allison K. May 12, 2008 at 2:35 pm

What great RED Dishes!


4 Giles May 12, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Don’t get TOO much ice cream there…. Seriously, it’s bad for your health.


5 Romina May 12, 2008 at 2:48 pm

That teacup is too cute!


6 Korin May 12, 2008 at 2:48 pm

Giles, LOL!

I seriously admire your self restraint, Kath. But I have a hard time believing someone was really “tempted to eat the whole thing” of anything before serving themselves a dime-size bite on a plate.

I would love to see you, just one time, actually indulge. Just once. In fact, if anyone wants to join I say we say “thanks” for the great blog (and seriously I enjoy it and have gotten many recipe ideas I love from it) by getting together somday and draggin Kath out (kicking and screaming) to do shots and eat a big Italian dinner with like, huge heapings of Cold Stone for dessert (no sinless/sans fat stuff either). Who’s with me?



7 Kat May 12, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Dogwood is fantastic!!! I was just there about 3 weeks ago for lunch and split the chicken, apple, and brie sandwich with my mom. It was outstanding, but the portions are HUGE.


8 rachel k May 12, 2008 at 2:53 pm

is that a mouse-doll house??


9 VeggieGirl May 12, 2008 at 2:55 pm

How lovely that you went shopping at Loehmann’s, as a tradition with your grandmother :0)

I LOVE the little mouse peeking out of the dollhouse – too cute!!

Have fun at dinner tonight!


10 hk May 12, 2008 at 3:02 pm

Mmm, I’m sure everyone enjoyed a berried-out bowl of oats, sounds great!! It’s FREEZING here too, what happened to “May flowers”??? have a nice dinner with the family :)


11 Kelly L. May 12, 2008 at 3:04 pm

Korin- I’m with you. I love Kath’s blog but her idea of indulging and mine are two different things. I’m ready for her to order a chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and a piece of cheesecake for dessert. That would be great. Ha ha.

No worries Kath, I still have love for the blog it’s just interesting to see how different most people are as far as “indulging”.

Okay, is it just me or does anyone else have a permanently hungry thing going on right before they start? Seriously. I. Am. Hungry. It’s not like I’m eating crap either. Oh well. I’ll be full eventually. LOL!


12 BethT May 12, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Personally, I feel inspired by Kath eating a small portion of ice cream after a large meal. It makes me laugh when people are like, why don’t you overeat sometimes? and why do you exercise on vacation? If more people practiced these same principles we would not be such a fat country!


13 bluesquash May 12, 2008 at 3:08 pm

I just bought a couple summer dresses, too! You should post pictures of the dresses you bought!! Is there seriously anything better than a summer dress? I don’t think so! 😎


14 Justy2003 May 12, 2008 at 3:20 pm

BethT, I agree! Also, not sure if anyone else noticed, but Kath has been indulging on vacation…there’s been lots of little desserts around! She hasn’t been OVERindulging, but just having enough to be satisfied, I assume. I know when I eat lots of sweets/junk food I don’t feel my best. Good job on enjoying everything in moderation, Kath!


15 Betsy in Pittsburgh May 12, 2008 at 3:32 pm

I remember the days when my sister and I would finish a pint of Ben & Jerry’s together in one sitting. Yikes. That was a rare occasion, but looking back it was quite gross.

Kath, that little dollop of ice cream shows great self restrain, especially since you’re going out to eat again tonight. And trust me – too much ice cream does not a happy tummy (or figure) make.


16 Lauren May 12, 2008 at 3:39 pm

I definitely agree with Beth and Justy. It looks to me like Kath is enjoying her vacation on *her* own terms, eating what makes her feel happy, energetic, and satisfied. I think her food choices have looked delicious; it hardly seems to me like she’s depriving herself.


17 Justy2003 May 12, 2008 at 3:47 pm

Betsy, your post about Ben & Jerry’s reminded me of when my best friend got her wisdom teeth out in high school and we sat and watched movies for 12 hours with a gallon (yes, a gallon) of chocolate peanut butter ice cream between us, each with our own spoon. We didn’t finish the entire thing in one sitting, but if we would have we wouldn’t have cared! Funny how things change as we grow older/wiser! :)


18 BethT May 12, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Betsy, I feel the same way :p Sure, I indulge every now and then, but more often then not I feel gross after. I feel much better when I plan a treat and work it in to my day instead of just going on a food free for all.

I used to make fun of my husband for opening a single serve bag of pretzels and eating all but like 5 of them. I’d say, why aren’t you finishing those? And he’d shrug and say he was full, and I’d laugh as I polished them off. Same thing with dessert – I’d always “have room” and he would turn it down most of the time if we’d had a big meal.

Guess which one of us has always had a weight problem? 😉


19 Sidi May 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Kath, anytime you’re in Montreal you are invited for oats at my place. just let me know. You’ll make it, of course. 😉


20 Allyson May 12, 2008 at 4:12 pm

I don’t know about you guys but, I think its better to “indulge” in smaller portions of things more often than to deprive yourself. I feel like I would be more opt to go overboard if I restricted myself too much. Any thoughts?


21 Betsy May 12, 2008 at 4:20 pm

the little mice are cracking me up.


22 Kelly L. May 12, 2008 at 4:25 pm

I want to clarify that I don’t think what Kath does is wrong. I just think it’s funny how everyone is different. Some people prefer to have a little taste of something indulgent more frequently while others like to have one huge splurge rarely.

Kath is obviously an example of a healthy lifestyle but most women’s idea of a splurge isn’t hers. AND THAT’S OKAY!


23 Christianne May 12, 2008 at 4:37 pm

I want to see the dresses you bought also!


24 Korin May 12, 2008 at 4:47 pm

I’m far from contributing to the obesity problem in this country. In fact, perhaps I fall on the other end of the spectrum and could use a little “over-doing it” here and there.

All I am saying is one time (which would have no effect if done ONCE) I would love for everyone to take Kath out, get her hammered and yes (GASP) over-do it. Just one time. Just to live on the wild side. Oh well.


25 Becky in MD May 12, 2008 at 4:49 pm

I warned you about the rain! I didn’t realize it would be in the 40’s though…hopefully you’ll still be here tomorrow! Sunny and 70…thats more like it :)


26 Suzanne May 12, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Oh there you are! It was such a dreary rainy Monday at work and was looking forward to reading your blog to brighten my day. I’m so glad you’re having a great time with your family. :)

You have such good self control!! I don’t think I could have taken that small scoop of ice cream – mine would have been twice that size!


27 mel May 12, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Kath has eaten out and dessert for the past 3 days…thats not restricting to me. get real!! Keep up the great work Kath!


28 yaz May 12, 2008 at 5:56 pm

The mouse with the lil’ hat is staring at your veggies… that picture is just too funny.

I agree with the others comments, it does seem like you have been enjoying yourself. I tend to do that when I’m around my family also.


29 melisa May 12, 2008 at 7:22 pm

I know Kath is on vacation so if anyone else knows the answer to this feel free– but I was wondering why Kath chooses to drink soy or hemp milk over regular skim milk?


30 Ashley D May 12, 2008 at 7:33 pm

I want to see the dresses too!

Just out of curiosity, what is a *former* 5-star chef? I don’t get it? Sorry!


31 Danielle May 12, 2008 at 7:58 pm

You are having quite the culinary adventure in Baltimore. It’s so fun to watch and hear about. Enjoy! :)


32 Another Kelly May 12, 2008 at 8:05 pm

Allyson – I think everyone has to do what works for them. What was incredibly helpful for me was reading Intuitive Eating because I realized that part of it was giving myself permission to eat anything and trusting myself that I could stop. I’m the kind of person were I’d rather have a little of the real thing less frequently than the low fat version more often. For example, I’d rather get an unusual full fat cheese and have it occasionally than have low fat cheese everyday, but again, that’s just me. I think you’re the only one that can determine what works for you.


33 Kate May 12, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Melisa, I’m pretty sure she just likes the taste. Especially in oats, hemp milk is really dreamy and creamy.


34 Allyson May 12, 2008 at 8:33 pm

Another Kelly-

I completely agree and I’m the same as you, I’d rather indulge occasionally than have a “low fat/low cal/sugar free, etc” version of something else. I was speaking for myself and just reread my previous comment and realized it came off as a rule for everyone, sorry about that! Thanks for the book recommendation! :)


35 Kelly T May 12, 2008 at 8:59 pm

allyson- i agree. i think people mix up indulge and overindugle. Indulging is eating something you dont need because you want to taste it- which is what Kath did with her ice cream. OVERindulging is eating waaaaay more than a taste, when you dont need it.

Kath does indulge but she doesnt go over board. why would guys want her to go overboard? Dont get me wrong, Ive been known to polish off a few cheeseburgers and gallons of ice cream in my day, but that doesnt mean its good for me. Wether thats a lack of self control or just being human, i guess is the debate.


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