A Full Day

October 23, 2010

Today was so amazing in every definition of the word FULL.

We had lunch at Eppie’s.

We ate gooey brownie at Arch’s.

We tasted wines at Blenheim and Kluge.

We partied hard at the KERF house, complete with a fabulous array of potluck dishes and a pumpkin beer tasting.

I’ve been full since noon!

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Tomato Bisque and a Santa Monica Salad with chicken, dates, goat cheese, corn and pumpkin bread!

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Matt’s veggie plate was the bomb too

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Allie brought me Quaker Oatmeal Squares!!!! A DOUBLE BOX!

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Peppermint Patty

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+ Brownie Batter.

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Heaven.

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Blenheim

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Kluge.

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Germs risked, we shared the standard and extracurricular tasting SEVEN ways. Worked out perfectly!!!

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Back at our house, there were so many awesome foods brought!! Goat cheese, lamb salami, PUMPKIN GOAT CHEESE (!!), bacon-wrapped dates, empanadas, kale salad, pita chips, hummus and another batch of the same easy crockpot soup we made at our last party.

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I ate lots of delicious things!! Too many Smile 

And two small pumpkin beers, which are now gone!

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Coooookies. Heather’s Choco Pecan Caramels were great!

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I broke out the gingerbreads from the freezer!

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The highlight of the night was an impromtu beer tasting led by Matt!

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The beers featured included:

  • "America’s Original" Pumpkin Ale – Buffalo Bills (yuck!)
  • My former favorite pumpkin ale – Cottonwood’s Pumpkin
  • My new favorite – Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale

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I think we split these each 10 ways! Such a fun way to compare.

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I had a fabulous birthday celebration and would like to thank the following cast members for enjoying it with me:

TO BED!!

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1 Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 23, 2010 at 9:44 pm

WOW what a day! Great eats, friends, booze,running, what more could a girl ask for?

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2 Allie October 23, 2010 at 9:46 pm

Wow, it sounds like you had a really, really fun day! All of your pictures look great :)

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3 Meagan October 23, 2010 at 9:48 pm

I LOVE the pictures! Your food from lunch looks amazing! I’m glad you had a fun day. What a big one, 10k and all huh?

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4 Becki @ Hike, Bike, Eat October 23, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Birthdays don’t get better than wine AND beer tastings! Happy birthday!

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5 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 23, 2010 at 9:52 pm

what an amazing birthday! matt is lucky to spend the day with a bunch of fabulous ladies LOL! :D

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6 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

I am FULL….of wine, beer, pita chips and PUMPKIN GOAT CHEESE!!

Thanks for taking us on a beautiful tour of Cville. I could probably just tell you this right now since you’re sitting 2 feet from me.

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7 Dimple Snatcher October 23, 2010 at 9:57 pm

what a weekend!
happy birthday :)

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8 liz o October 23, 2010 at 9:57 pm

You and Matt should open a B&B! You are such good hosts to guests and you could serve great harvest bread at breakfast. It seems like it’d be a natural fit!

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9 Kiran October 23, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Wonderful company, great food, a very Happy and long Birthday weekend. Enjoy :D

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10 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman October 23, 2010 at 10:08 pm

What a great way to celebrate! Glad you had nice weather as well! Happy Birthday:)

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11 Melissa October 23, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Um, pumpkin goat cheese? Be still my heart!

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12 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 23, 2010 at 10:16 pm

What a fun day, and a great way to spend your birthday weekend!! I hope your Sunday is just as good :D

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13 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write October 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm

How fun! I can’t believe how many of those girls are bloggers! Glad you had a very bloggy birthday. :p

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14 holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm

What a lovely day — so nice that so many people shared it with you!

I need to start my search for pumpkin goat cheese — that sounds amazing!

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15 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes October 23, 2010 at 10:25 pm

great day, great food!
And your pictures from the wine tasting are simply lovely!
cathy b. @ brightbakes

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16 Hannah October 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I miss that Santa Monica salad at Eppie’s so badly! And then you’re killing me with the brownie batter and cheese… What a wonderful day for you!

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17 Amy K. @ onehealthypeanut October 23, 2010 at 10:29 pm

What a fabulous day! And beer just makes things better!! (especially pumpkin) Yummm :)

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18 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] October 23, 2010 at 10:30 pm

I love that you gals are all kinda matching – cute!! ;)

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19 Paige @Running Around Normal October 23, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Wow what a fantastic birthday!!! I bet you’re wiped!

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20 S @ extremebalance.net/blog October 23, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Poor Matt, the lone bearer of a Y-chromosome… I’m sure he hated it all. :) Happy birthday!

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21 Clare @ Fitting It All In October 23, 2010 at 10:59 pm

That sounds like SO MUCH FUN! Food, Friends, Drinks, a Run…what a perfect birthday!

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22 Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 24, 2010 at 12:13 am

I would define your day as a “healthy living foodie rager” haha I love it!

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23 Lea @ Healthy Coconut October 24, 2010 at 12:18 am

Happy Birthday Kat :) Love that you incorporated fitness event to celebrate your birthday.

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24 Melissa October 24, 2010 at 12:40 am

Happy birthday weekend!! I have no idea how you fit that much into one day! Well done!!

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25 Maria October 24, 2010 at 3:25 am

Happy Birthday! Your day sounds absolutely AMAZING.
Love the blog. Please keep up with the fab recipes :) xxx

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26 notyet100 October 24, 2010 at 3:28 am

mny mny hppy returns of the day

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27 Kim October 24, 2010 at 4:23 am

Happy Happy Birthday Kath!
Looks like a super fun day you had! :)
xx

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28 Christie {Honoring Health} October 24, 2010 at 5:49 am

The photos in this post are stunning, so crisp and saturated with color. Love!

Glad you had such a great day!

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29 Little Bookworm October 24, 2010 at 5:58 am

Sounds like a fantastic birthday weekend. :)

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30 Heidi - apples under my bed October 24, 2010 at 6:00 am

Ah! How fabulous. Looks like a tonne of fun :) Happy Birthday weekend!
Heidi xo

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31 Simply Life October 24, 2010 at 6:28 am

wow! that is a full day! Looks like a lot of fun!

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32 [email protected]/ October 24, 2010 at 7:19 am

That caamera has been really worth iy! Those pics are so nice! It seems like you all had a great time! Beautiful weather and light! And the setting!..wish they had oatmel squares here in Spain…but I can´t complain about tje weather here either ;)

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33 Errign October 24, 2010 at 7:29 am

Happy Birthday weekend!

I have to ask – pumpkin goat cheese?! Did you buy this or make?!

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34 Kath October 24, 2010 at 10:45 am

It was from Feast! here in Cville

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35 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 24, 2010 at 7:32 am

Awesome!! Looks like such a perfect birthday weekend. :D

Glad you guys all had fun celebrating! :D

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36 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 24, 2010 at 7:34 am

What an AMAZING way to spend your birthday!!! I hope you had an awesome day.

On Allie’s post, she mentioned that it was interesting to see the process of blogging from another blogger’s perspective. I’m interested in knowing your method for doing a post!

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37 Kath October 24, 2010 at 10:45 am

I might do this sometime!

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38 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 24, 2010 at 7:55 am

Any birthday celebration involving a wine tasting is bound to be a good one. ;) I’m glad you had such a good day!

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39 Rachel October 24, 2010 at 8:18 am

oh man, what a fabulous birthday spread! Happy birthday!

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40 Rachel October 24, 2010 at 8:23 am

What a perfect fall day!! The food, the wine, the beer, the friends….that’s really the perfect way to spend a gorgeous day!

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41 Amy October 24, 2010 at 8:23 am

Looks like you had an awesome time, happy birthday!!! If you’re ever up in Northern Virginia, you should really check out Barrel Oaks Winery, it is sooooo beautiful and cozy. I love the tables set amongst the trees at the one you went to.

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42 Camille October 24, 2010 at 8:42 am

What a beautiful fabulous Fall party! I’m glad you had a fun Birthday celebration!

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43 steph@goeatapeach October 24, 2010 at 9:38 am

Looks like a fab birthday! Sorry I couldn’t make it for the festivities… DC was calling me this weekend. Congrats on the swift 10k time (that is my favorite distance too), and cheers to another fantastic year!

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44 Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 24, 2010 at 9:38 am

OATMEAL SQUARES!! Ahhh, love!

Glad to see you all had an incredible time out on the town!

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45 Kjirsten- Balanced Healthy Life October 24, 2010 at 9:39 am

I’m glad to see you had a birthday filled with friends, food, runs and drinks! It was fun to see what different people brought to the pot luck dinner party! : )

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46 Caitlin (EatFeats) October 24, 2010 at 10:22 am

Whoo hoo birthdays are the best. I loooove Kluge! My friends and I went there in April and about half of us decided to get married there. It is so beautiful! The wine was pretty tasty, too.

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47 Natalia - a side of simple October 24, 2010 at 10:22 am

Sounds like an awesome time… and you still have your actual birth-DAY to look forward to, which is great!! Have a great Sunday :)

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48 stacey-healthylife October 24, 2010 at 10:46 am

What a fun day. I love all the blog friends. The blog world just brings so many people together. :)

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49 María October 24, 2010 at 11:14 am

empanadas! I also ate empanadas yesterday (but i guess that’s a staple in buenos aires)
who made them? was there a fellow countryman or woman of mine??

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50 Kath October 24, 2010 at 11:19 am

Bella Eats!

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51 Laughter-Loving Stacy October 24, 2010 at 11:16 am

WOW! What a great day! Everything looks so amazing! :D :D

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52 Shannon (A Better Me) October 24, 2010 at 11:26 am

It’s so awesome seeing Matt with you & all your lady friends. It’s usually that way with me & my husband too. He’s always welcome (even when it’s ladies night). Love it!

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53 Jane October 24, 2010 at 12:23 pm

In every shot of Matt from the vineyard visits, he looks so miserable. Poor guy had to spend all day with those lovely ladies.

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54 Becca @Start Over From Scratch October 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Looks like you had a perfect birthday!

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55 Jody October 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Looks like a perfect day—-happy birthday, Kath!

Can you tell me where you got the purple shirt you’re wearing at the winery? I absolutely love it!! Thanks :)

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56 Kath October 24, 2010 at 6:08 pm

THanks! It’s from LOFT – on sale!

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57 Eating Bird Food October 24, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Thanks for inviting me Kath- I’m so happy I was able to help celebrate your b-day!

Just think- you still have 2.5 more days to celebrate. ;)

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58 Eating Bird Food October 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm

PS – I agree with Matt’s Pumpkin beer tasting being the highlight off the evening!! :)

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59 kate October 24, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Such an awesome group of people! Happy belated birthday!

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60 kate October 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Just kidding! How could I forget that its on the 26th! Lucky number birthday. Enjoy!

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61 Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 24, 2010 at 4:02 pm

HAPPTY BIRTHDAY!!!! And what a wonderful way to celebrate – great company, great food and lots of laughs!!!

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62 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 24, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Oh wow!! What an awesome day. So many great eats, so many great peeps! :D

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63 Alison (Ali on the Run) October 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm

This sounds (and looks!) like the perfect weekend. Happy to see you had an incredible birthday. Cheers!

(Oh and I am dying to get my hands on that brownie batter fro-yo amazingness!)

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64 ruthie October 24, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Wow that oatmeal bar is ridic! (in a good way) I read the about Kath section and I have to say what you’ve accomplished (in less than a year too) is nothing short of amazing. I’ve also recently been taking a good look at my health (I turn 30 in a few weeks) and definitely am taking the steps for a healthier more active lifestyle. I feel like I have a pretty good handle on how to eat healthy, but don’t feel like I really know how to cook healthy (if that makes sense). That being said, do you have any recommendations on cookbooks/tools that might help me get a better idea of how to prepare better (and hopefully quick) meals for myself?

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65 Kath October 24, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Thanks Ruthie :)

I’d say keep reading blogs for great healthy living tips. And I’m hoping to put that in book form in the coming years :)

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66 Cara October 25, 2010 at 8:43 am

Great party; I had a blast! Happy Birthday!!

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67 Tricia B October 25, 2010 at 11:20 am

I think you are doing great with that new lens – great photos – they really tell the story. Hi from Fredericksburg!

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