A Light And Stormy Night

August 15, 2012

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How does a dip in a pool sound to a hot 37+6 week pregnant woman? Excellllent!

My friend Lara and her two cute kiddos invited us (I just said us – not idea why – ahh!) over to her neighborhood pool this afternoon. I’ve been avoiding my bathing suit in public for some time (just some shyness about the bump), but I decided a dip sounded great. Luckily we were the only ones there!

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Lara is a botanical artist and paints vegetables in beautiful detail! She gave me a set of notecards of her paintings at our low country boil party. I’ve been writing lots of thank you notes lately, and these are just stunning. She sells them in Etsy if any of you want to check them out!

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Matt picked me up on his way home from the bakery and we walked together – being chased by a storm!! Luckily we made it home just in time. Although given that I was in a wet bathing suit and cover up, I don’t think a little rain would have hurt.

Speaking of storms, nesting has slowed down from a category 5 hurricane to a summer thunderstorm, but it’s still drizzling in. I bought this exciting piece of furniture for the nursery and assembled it myself today in 10 minutes time. LOVE it – more soon!

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Matt also completed another project tonight while I made dinner. We have curtains for the living room now! I was itching for a bit more privacy for nighttime – especially if I’m going to be up all hours of the night. I’ll tell you more about them tomorrow. Very happy with final result!

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In typical me style, I made a one-bowl dinner of Ricotta Pesto Pasta.

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Whole wheat pasta, cooked, and tossed with cooked zucchini and tomatoes, about 1/2 a cup of delicious grass-fed ricotta cheese and about 1/3 cup homemade pesto. Walnuts and parm cheese on top!

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Whole wheat pasta is so much heartier than regular.

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Matt proclaimed before dinner was even finished that he wanted ice cream for dessert! It’s usually the other way around so he took me by surprise! Smile 

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We went to Kohr Bros and both commented on the drive there “we should have just walked downtown!” But Kohr was worth the drive – I got a Snowstorm shake with vanilla custard and Resee’s. I purchased a small, but requested that she only serve me half – I really didn’t need a whole one! Worked out great.

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I finished the dishes. Matt finished the curtains. He’s now finishing his baby canvas! Exciting times.

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1 Brie @ Coxswain's Dilemma August 15, 2012 at 8:12 pm

WOW, those veg pictures are beautiful! Always wished I could draw. Another life, maybe! Delicious looking custard!

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2 Amy in Canada August 15, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Those cards are gorgeous!!!! So my thing! Thanks for the link to etsy!!!

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3 Molly @ RDexposed August 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I have been on a carb frenzy lately and that pasta dish is looking so good!

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4 Amelia August 15, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Yum! Dinner & dessert look fantastic. I am craving ice cream. :) I did however get my sweet in today. I baked, from scratch, carrot cake cupcakes to take into my DI today since we were in ‘clinical bootcamp’ for most of the day. Nothing helps keep you awake like sugar followed by a ‘tasting’ of oral supplements that we will give to patients!

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5 Lane @grocerylane August 15, 2012 at 8:34 pm

We had pesto ricotta stuffed shells – great minds think alike! Can’t wait to see the curtains!

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6 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux August 15, 2012 at 8:54 pm

I had a very similar dinner tonight! Genius idea to ask for only half of the snowstorm… A whole is HUGE! Can’t wait to see all of the home improvement projects :-)

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7 Megan @ Megan's Munchies August 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Can’t wait to see the results of all your projects!

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8 deva by definition August 15, 2012 at 9:04 pm

those cards are absolutely gorgeous! They’re so detailed and unique. Thanks for the etsy link to her shop :-)

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9 Ellie August 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Eames rocker? I can’t wait to see what color.

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10 Liz August 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Looks like an Eames Rocker to me, too! I’m hoping for a fun color ;)

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11 Lara August 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm

wow, thanks for the etsy shout out. it was great to have you come play with me and the kids today!

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12 KathEats August 15, 2012 at 9:54 pm

:) loved the pool!

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13 Michelle @ Fit Girl Blogs August 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I looooove how hearty whole wheat pasta is… and your dish looks particularly satisfying!

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14 Angel7 August 15, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I cannot wait to see Matt’s Picasso :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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15 natasha August 15, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Dinner looks yummy!

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16 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) August 15, 2012 at 10:18 pm

Your dinner looks awesome! You are so great at incorporating so many veggies, flavors, and textures into your meals :) Really like the idea of adding ricotta in addition to this–especially if you don’t have a lot of pesto on hand.

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17 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 15, 2012 at 10:37 pm

who cares what you look like :)

as long as you were cool & refreshed and a dip in the pool sounds perfect!

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18 Vivi @ My.Beautiful.Air August 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm

thats a good idea to have a half serving! Looks like a great summer afternoon/evening!

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19 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 15, 2012 at 10:59 pm

Your friend is incredibly talented! I felt like I was looking at a photo!

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20 Laura Ann August 15, 2012 at 11:03 pm

You and Matt lead such a full, exciting life together. Would love to hear about (er, ‘read about) your thoughts/feelings as you transition from your life as a hip, happening duo into a family of 3. I’m always curious what it’s like for first-time parents in those final weeks of pregnancy – I think I’ll be full of mixed emotions! :)

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21 OliePants August 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I love that green color in your living room!! I also like all the green in your pasta!

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22 jeanette August 16, 2012 at 12:52 am

Lol Kath, you make me giggle! You probably look sooooooo much better in a swim suit at 37.6 weeks than I ever will at eight-years-old! Just get comfy! And enjoy your few last moments…:)

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23 mary @ minutespermile August 16, 2012 at 4:35 am

oh man, i was thinking of making pasta this week – i am now convinced! also you should know i ate my first no bull burger last night. so good for a pre-made veggie burger!

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24 Sonal August 16, 2012 at 5:27 am

Agreed wholewheat pasta is so much heartier :) your dinner and ice cream look amazing! :)

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25 Mom August 16, 2012 at 6:18 am

Cards are lovely. I will order some!

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26 Tara August 16, 2012 at 6:36 am

I always ask for smaller portions of ice cream than the “small” size. Ice cream portions (as with almost everything these days) are out of control! I honestly can’t see how people eat the “large.”

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27 Spice Chicken August 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Same here! I actually order a kiddie size at the frozen custard joint. It’s so good and so rich, one scoop does the trick.

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28 Jennifer August 16, 2012 at 8:08 am

OMG that pasta looks delish! I’m not the best at just throwing things together so do you have a recipe for this?? I would love to make it!

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29 KathEats August 16, 2012 at 8:10 am

I described the ingredient amounts and method as best I could in paragraph form. Let me know if anything isn’t clear!

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30 Jennifer August 16, 2012 at 8:16 am

Just how you made your pesto sauce, and did you roast your veggies or saute them? Sorry I am really bad in the kitchen! :/

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31 KathEats August 16, 2012 at 8:16 am

No problem – I sauteed them in a nonstick skillet with a little olive oil

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32 KathEats August 16, 2012 at 8:18 am

And here’s a link to a basic basil walnut pesto – very similar to the one I used (except I left out the garlic!)

http://www.healthyfoodforliving.com/?p=25603

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33 Jennifer August 16, 2012 at 8:22 am

Thanks!!

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34 Alison August 16, 2012 at 8:43 am

Could you share your living room paint color? I love it and just what I’m looking for! Thanks :)

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35 KathEats August 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

Sherwin Williams ProMar 200 Zero VOC in eggshell matched to Benjamin Moore Bird’s Egg :)

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36 Emma August 16, 2012 at 9:34 am

Asking for an extra-small is such a great idea!

Kath, I don’t mean to sound weird – this is meant to be a straightforward compliment, not a backhanded one or an insult in disguise! Some of your recent posts, here and at KERF, have seemed more thoughtful, more introspective, maybe like you’ve had more time to think about things or a little more time to write or something. I like your posts like these, that have more of what you’ve been thinking, or the ones where I can feel you walking wet and wrapped, ahead of a lovely summer storm, through the cicada song. It’s a lot more interesting than the ones where it seems like you’re in a little bit of a hurry and it’s just a factual list of what you ate. (not that what you ate shouldn’t be included! I don’t mean that.)

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37 KathEats August 16, 2012 at 9:44 am

Thanks Emma. I think it’s just a reflection of my moods!

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38 mary (sisters running the kitchen) August 16, 2012 at 10:54 am

Your dinner looks so delicious! Also, I love Kohr Bros. and you ordered my favorite thing! I never thought to request that they make only 1/2…because sometimes the small is just too much!

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39 Diane August 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I can’t believe your babe is almost here. It is amazing that you will have sooo many pictures and recordings of your thoughts be able to show your kid(s) one day.

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40 MommyPage August 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm

It sounds like you both had a fun night! The dinner that you made looks yummy and that’s a great idea to only order half of the ice cream.

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41 Kara August 16, 2012 at 9:49 pm

We love the beautiful card we got today :)
Lara is so sweet and so talented!

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42 KathEats August 17, 2012 at 6:34 am
43 Julia H. @ Going Gulia August 18, 2012 at 8:55 am

Your dinner looks delicious (pesto always sounds good to me)! I bet that’d be awesome with some cannellini beans thrown in.

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