Above The Fruited Plain

January 13, 2013

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Pumpkin makes everything softer and fluffier and doubles the volume! I added a heaping 1/3 cup pumpkin to this batch of Kodiak cakes and instead of one moderate-sized pancake it made one giant one and two babies. Totally delicious and super filling.

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Topped with almond butter and coconut butter with bananas and walnuts cooked inside.

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Many hours later, I was hungry again for lunch. I had to eat this lunch in bites while patching up a broken nap, but it was good nonetheless.

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An egg sandwich I made by cooking an egg in a skillet so the yolk cooked in with the white into a patty that fit perfectly on a slice of Cinnamon Raisin Walnut bread folded in half (might try this for breakfast soon!).

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Daily salad on the side – topped with pepper, carrot, olive oil, salt, cheddar and my old friend nutritional yeast

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We have an abundance of fruit in our house thanks to two nice blog readers who work for fruits!

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Brianna sent us a box of organic Piñata apples grown by the Mathison family in Washington State. They’re touted to have a sweet/tart flavor with hints of pineapple and they sure did.

I sliced up an apple with lunch and loved the flavor and texture. It reminded me of a Winesap a bit.

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Xiomara also sent us some Honeybell oranges {a cross between a pomelo and a tangerine} from Parkesdale Farms. I’m thinking about making some fresh orange juice soon. Always thankful Xiomara!

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Matt baked sweets at 3:30 this morning and his baker’s choice muffin was Date & Honey. I broke off some of one to top some yogurt for an afternoon snack. The edges were so sticky-crispy.

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For dinner tonight we were invited over to ….our house. Our old rental house that is!

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Our good friends Sara + Juan who rented it after us moved to California, and we have made friends with the new tenants, Shanna and Mike, as well.

Here’s how it goes: Inevitably a company doesn’t ask before sending a package and doesn’t know that we have moved to a new address. Said package arrives on our old porch and the new tenants get in touch with the landlords, who contact me, and then I tell the tenants about the blog and how they might receive mysterious packages addressed to “KERF” from time to time. So they check out the blog out of curiosity and then we become friends! Quite a funny way to make new friends : )

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Shanna and Mike invited us over to see their décor (and photograph!) and enjoy some soup and conversation.

I LOVED seeing their set-up. (Click here to see how Sara + Juan decorated in contrast with ours!) The furniture and décor might change, but the house’s bones are all still there.

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{Pretty Young House Love-inspired headboard!}

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The Queen Room lives on!!!

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After the house tour, we nibbled on a beautiful spread of cheeses, fruits, breads, dips and chips.

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And then sat down for roasted vegetable soup with a side of bread

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Cutie pie was happy as a clam all night long

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For dessert, we brought more GH goodies and did a cookie tasting from smallest to biggest. Chocolate Bliss always wins!

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1 Elise @ Expeditions of Elise January 13, 2013 at 10:05 am

Date and Honey muffin sounds delicious! Especially over tangy yogurt.

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2 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body January 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

Don’t you love how life can throw good friends in your direction in the funniest of ways? I am totally craving your date and honey muffin topped yogurt. And I have to confess that I feel like such a stalker weirdo because I have commented on your blog for the past 4 days in a row. I can’t help it, I just love your blog :)

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3 KathEats January 13, 2013 at 10:24 am

Nothing Wrong with commenting

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4 Lucy January 13, 2013 at 10:17 am

Great post really interesting glad you both make friends through the blog and you had a great night!

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5 Lucy January 13, 2013 at 10:20 am

Ps is it your camera or does mazens eyes and colourings (skin/hair) get brighter, more vibrant and glowing as he grows on?! What a healthy looking baby!

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6 Olivia @ Life As Liv January 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

Haha, what a wild experience, to be able to go back and see what has changed about your old home! I bet it was a little nostalgic, but a whole lot of fun! Also, so glad the queen room lives on! :)

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7 Mom January 13, 2013 at 10:25 am

The decor is lovely! Way fun to see that old sweet house with young fun tenants!

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8 Kayla January 13, 2013 at 10:30 am

I used to have dreams about going back to see my childhood home. I would love to see the inside of it again!

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9 Tami@nutmegnotebook January 13, 2013 at 10:32 am

What fun to see how different folks use the same space! We once invited the family back to the house we bought from them and they were surprised about where we put things and how we had arranged our furniture as it was quite different from what they had done. They got to see the space in a new light but I’m not sure they approved!

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10 Liz @ iheartvegetables January 13, 2013 at 10:36 am

Everything looks delicious as always, Kath!

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11 Lynn @ the actor's diet January 13, 2013 at 10:51 am

Plethora of fruit!!! Love.

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12 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 13, 2013 at 10:55 am

That’s so interesting to be able to go back and see how someone else has changed your old house. And I’ve never heard of a pinata apple, sounds interesting!

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13 Carly @ Snack Therapy January 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

Haha- that must have been kind of bizarre going into your old house!

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14 Anna @ On Anna's Plate January 13, 2013 at 11:12 am

It must be so weird to be able to visit your old house! Anytime we’ve moved, we’ve moved basically across the country, so no chance of seeing our old place. Probably for the best– sometimes I really miss our old house, and I think if we were still living in the same city, I’d probably drive by it a lot and wish it were still ours, ha!

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15 Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear January 13, 2013 at 11:18 am

Love the decor! Looks like it was a ton of fun too :D

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16 Jeri January 13, 2013 at 11:35 am

I thought about you when I finally got to see the bakery. Did a round trip to pack up my sons apartment in Blacksburg and I planned a stop in Charlottesville just for the bakery!! I thought about everything you eat. I was trying to figure out what you put on top of yogurt. So I got both the C’ville Clusters and The oatmeal. And some Va Rolls and hamburger buns. Then I went to the car and got more cash because I wanted some nut butter but couldn’t figure out which one. You need said its an adventure when you step through the doors!! But I got my son some brownie mix instead.

Ladies if you never do anything else in life, add a visit to GreT Harvest to your bucket list. My friend who went last weekend and I have decided to make a trip once a
month to stock up on healthy food. My next purchase will include the white bean chili mix!

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17 KathEats January 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

So glad you love it Jeri!

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18 Mom January 13, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Their bread freezes beautifully too. I’ve never had good luck with freezing bread (freezer burn issues) but not GH!

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19 Madison January 13, 2013 at 11:56 am

I love your lunch sandwich–combo of sweet in the bread and savory in the egg. I may have to make that for my lunch now! Also, that cookie tasting tray looks marvelous! Happy Sunday!

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20 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 13, 2013 at 11:58 am

That egg sandwich on cinnamon raisin bread sounds tasty! I bet cooking the egg in coconut oil would sure be a yummy addition. And those apples sound incredible – yum!

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21 m January 13, 2013 at 12:28 pm

could you be more specific aboout how you cooked the egg for the sandwich? did you just cook it sunny side up? sorry about asking, it just looked really good and i would love to try it (:

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22 KathEats January 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Yep – I put in a skillet with some olive oil sprayed and once the white was beginning to set, I poked the yolk so it spread into the white and flipped it after it was mostly cooked. It turns into a yellow + white swirled egg patty

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23 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 13, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Date and Honey Muffins sound yummy! I love a sprinkling of nutritional yeast over my salad too! :) I surprised my boys with dairy and egg free waffles today…can you beleive it is the first time they have ever tasted homemade waffles…they were delish! Your fun breakfasts are always so inspiring :)

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24 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin January 13, 2013 at 12:34 pm

I love adding pumpkin to almost anything and everything! That must be cool to see your old house but arranged and decorated totally different. I haven’t been back to my old house since we moved out but I would love to do that!

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25 Shel@PeachyPalate January 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Pancakes sound and look amazing as always! :) Pumpkin really is the star when it comes to breakfast, couldn’t live without it! Must be so weird visiting your old house! They have it looking nice though :)

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26 Sara@fitcupcaker January 13, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Man looks like so much food fruit! I wanna move there so I can eat all that good bread. Maybe you can send me some lol :)

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27 Brianna K January 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Try adding strawberry jelly, a dash of cinnamon, cheddar cheese and tart apple slices to your egg sandwich. It’s my favorite, and tastes good at any time of the day! :)

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28 jen January 13, 2013 at 4:08 pm

I love strawberry jam and cheese on an egg sandwich too! It’s just the perfect sweet savory combo.

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29 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 13, 2013 at 1:55 pm

How fun and cool you got to see your old place again! Wow…I would love to do that with certain places I’ve lived in!

And I love all that fresh and beautiful fruit! Those apples are perfect looking!

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30 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm

Maybe a kinda funny way to meet friends but what a FUN way too! :)

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31 Lauren January 13, 2013 at 3:57 pm

It’s so odd going into your old house right? I remember when we had to stop over at our old townhouse last year, and it was such a weird feeling. Now, a single bachelor moved in, so it wasn’t decorated nearly the way I imagined so that probably has a lot to do with it.

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32 Meredith @ The Coupon Bride January 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm

How fun to see your old house with new furnishings!! I’ve always wanted to do that. I actually went back to visit my college house last year and we tried to ring the doorbell to go in, but they weren’t there. I’m sure I would’ve been disappointed…college-age boys lived there now :)

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33 Kerry @ Totes My Oats January 13, 2013 at 4:45 pm

I love egg sandwiches using cinnamon raisin bread. It gives that nice sweet/savory taste!

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34 Amanda - Small Home Big Start January 13, 2013 at 5:31 pm

It is so fun to see that house decorated in three completely different ways. Everyone had their different take, but they all looked great. Love their couch in the living room.

My friend moved into my old bachelorette pad and it was fun to go back and visit and see how he did a completely different take on it.

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35 Erin January 13, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Totally random but Blue Bunny has wedding cake ice cream. Just thought you should know. :)

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36 KathEats January 13, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Get out! Seriously!? Must fun find!

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37 Jen January 13, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Lunch is always broken up for me as well because its crazy at work…so you are not alone!

Question: do you think you’d be eating bakery cookies and breads regularly if you didn’t own a bakery?

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38 KathEats January 13, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Not as frequently as I do, no

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39 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance January 14, 2013 at 2:56 am

I still drool over every tasty bakery morsel you post!

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40 mary @ minutes per mile January 14, 2013 at 6:32 am

So cool that you’ve kept in touch with your old home! Your food is always so pretty.

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41 Zima January 14, 2013 at 12:03 pm

Is the clothing rack in Shanna’s queen room the same rack you left behind? If not, I would love to know where she purchased hers. Thanks!

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42 KathEats January 14, 2013 at 12:20 pm

No, but she made hers inspired by mine from a Pinterest post

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43 Zima January 14, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Looks like I’m going to have to get crafty, since I dig both of your DIY racks. I shall search pinterest for inspiration!

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