American Pie

August 29, 2012

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Baby Pie

Little Pie


Today was go,go,go. Nonstop from one thing to the next. The good news is it did take my mind off the fact that my life is about to change, but the bad news is I’m completely exhausted!! I cleared my calendar for tomorrow until dinnertime. I had a lunch and a walk scheduled and decided I need to rest.

After my meeting, I ran down to the market to get peaches and nectarines and say hi to Matt. Back at home, I had to grab a quick snack before heading out – cheese stick and crackers. This is my new favorite snack. I love these Organic Valley cheese sticks. They have a lot of flavor and are so much better than generic string cheese.


The delivery of the day was a sandwich and bread delivery to some friends who just had a baby last week. Major Cville excitement today as President Obama was in town and just blocks away! I regret not going to the event now – there were so many people downtown.

As a result, when I left the house at 4:45, the presidential caravan was literally a few blocks away, and I found myself in a gridlock of closed streets. Luckily I turned around and was able to get my vehicle back home to wait it out there. I can’t complain about these kind of street closures because the president’s safety is so important, but I found it ironic that the one time I have to drive at 5:00 – in rush hour – to get food to friends in need – I hit this kind of traffic! Luckily about 45 minutes later I was able to take the long way to the bakery and got to my friends just an hour late. And luckily I wasn’t stuck in the gridlock in labor!


Their sweet baby boy was adorable – definitely got me excited!!

Back home again, mommy needed a beer.


But since baby doesn’t like beer, we shared an Izze-esque instead : ) I love these as a mocktail and just picked up a few at Whole Foods last week.


Our dinner plans tonight involved gazpacho – made late last night with about 5% of our tomato stock! We used this recipe give or taken an ingredient or two and mixed with a can of cannellini beans.


I also hard-boiled some eggs for more protein.


Karen joined us for dinner, and the plan tonight was to go to UVA for the a cappella show on the lawn that two of our employees were in, but all three of us were totally exhausted and just couldn’t muster the energy to go back out. I just wanted to put my feet up and eat pie!


Matt bought this little beauty from Family Ties + Pies at the market. I’ve been wanting a mini pie all summer! This cute pie was smaller than my hand in size – perfect to serve 2-3.

We had slices on small plates with a scoop of vanilla on the side.


And with that – I’m headed to bed!

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1 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 29, 2012 at 8:20 pm

It sounds like you need to be headed to bed- busy day! :) ….They are about to get busier! (my little blessing arrived!) It is completely wonderful!
…..I’m so excited for you and Matt- it is truly an amazing experience!


2 Andrea August 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Awww congratulations!!


3 DessertForTwo August 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Love the idea of gazpacho with hard boiled eggs. Sounds delish!


4 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio August 29, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Yummy pie!!! Love the bottle opener too.


5 Emily August 29, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Aww Kath, I’m SO excited for you – I can’t wait! The pie looks so good! I need to tell my grandma to make mini pies, she sends me regular sized ones all the time that I can NEVER eat and they go to waste :( A mini one would be perfect!


6 Stephanie August 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Enjoy your night and clear schedule tomorrow! Gridlock traffic is the worst, but thank goodness you weren’t in labor! Hope the baby comes soon.


7 Meal Makeover Mom Janice August 29, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Good decision to get to bed early… Sleep now while you can! Enjoy the excitement of the next several days. :)


8 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm

What a cute little pie! And last year I went to Obama’s 50th birthday party here in Chicago! Almost didn’t go because I’m not much into politics and I was tired after work, but I went and was so glad because it was just so cool to see him speak in person! Oh and Jennifer Hudson sang, so I probably would have gone just for her! (p.s. she’s even more gorgeous in person!)


9 Elizabeth August 29, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Aw, I love teeny pies :) P.S. I am totally in love with Great Harvest! We have one a mile from our house. I’m obsessed with their flax oatbran bread and their pumpernickel bread!


10 KathEats August 29, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Flax oat Bran is our Cville Crunch! My fav!


11 Alison August 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Yum that looks like a wonderful treat for the end of the day :)


12 Brie @ Coxswain Dilemma August 29, 2012 at 8:55 pm

There is nothing better than mini-pies. There was a bakery down the street from my college (on the main line of Philadelphia) that sold about 10 different types of pies. The best: baby pecan pies. To. Die. For. I’m sure they weren’t baby in calories/fats/sugars, but golly they were good.


13 Allie August 29, 2012 at 8:58 pm

Pie looks AMAZING! Yumtown.


14 Kat @ Kat's Health Corner August 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I was going to say, “What a cutie pie!” But decided to save that for when the bundle of joy arrives! :) I can’t even imagine how much more difficult this waiting game gets every day.


15 KathEats August 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Haha cute!


16 donna August 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Just be glad you don’t still live in Charlotte, as I do. With the DNC here next week and “someone important” staying in South Charlotte near us (at Ballantyne Resort), not only will roads be closed uptown, but also in the burbs where we are! Residents are either leaving town or working from home, because traffic will be at a standstill. I dread it!


17 KathEats August 29, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Oh dear, I can imagine!

(we used to live right next to Ballantyne Resort!)


18 Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself August 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm

The farmers market here in Madison also has mini pies! They are the perfect serving size for a few people!


19 lynn @ the actor's diet August 29, 2012 at 9:30 pm

there’s a place in LA that makes adorable little pies – and they’re called “cutie pie that!”


20 Ali @ Peaches and Football August 29, 2012 at 9:43 pm

What yummy pie – so jealous you can run to the store and buy decent peaches. Peach season is long gone for me until June.

Your little peach will be here before you know it though. I can’t wait to see him!


21 Hayley August 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm

It’s so nice that you’re close with Karen. I’m in a similar situation with my husband’s parents. We are newlyweds and get together with them a lot more often than my parents as they live in the same complex. Unfortunately my mom is jealous that I spend more time with them. Do you have any tips on how to deal with this?


22 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm

YUM! Now get some rest! :)


23 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles August 29, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I love love love mini versions of regular-sized baked goods! I usually have to eat 3-4 of them, but the smaller size is so adorable, haha! :)


24 Cristin August 29, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Ha. I bought that Homer Simpson bottle opener for a college friend many years ago.
Glad you enjoyed a treat tonight. Now SLEEP!
I hope you can have a pumpkin beer soon!


25 j3nn August 29, 2012 at 11:46 pm

I love Izzes! They’re so tasty and bubbly.


26 Zoe August 30, 2012 at 12:05 am

I read your blog every day as I am trying to lose weight so I like to see what healthy people eat and how they keep fit. One thing I have really learnt from you, which I am so grateful for, is portion control. You enjoy sweet treats but only have a small portion. I could have eaten all that pie but sharing it means you get a sweet treat but not too much. Thanks for the lesson :-)


27 KathEats August 30, 2012 at 6:56 am
28 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 30, 2012 at 12:18 am

I love IZZE. I am NOT a pop person AT ALL, let alone a sugary beverage. I find IZZE to be a nice little treat when I want something fizzy (or IZZE?) and fruity. :)


29 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats August 30, 2012 at 1:15 am

Was it cherry pie? I haven’t had pie in forever!!


30 KathEats August 30, 2012 at 6:55 am

Mixed berries


31 evenings August 30, 2012 at 2:22 am

What a cutie pie!


32 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 30, 2012 at 2:45 am

The mocktail is an awesome color! That alone should make it automatically taste delish :)


33 Kayla August 30, 2012 at 4:49 am

that pie looks super summery and satisfying! for some reason, i haven’t really enjoyed summer berry pies this year, and i’m kind of wishing i had from looking at yours! mhmmmm


34 Marya August 30, 2012 at 5:30 am

Hi Kath, We didn’t get tickets to see the president either since we saw him a few years ago. We walked over at the last minute and ended up watching it in The Paramount. We ran into some friends afterwards that did get tickets. They arrived before 11:00 am to get in. No bags were allowed for security reasons, which meant no food or water. And they were standing for five hours during the hottest part of the day. We were happy to be sitting in AC. Obama is a charismatic speaker, definitely gave me goosebumps a few times. =) Marya


35 KathEats August 30, 2012 at 6:55 am

Yeah I couldn’t have survived that pregnant! But your plan was good! Hate that I missed out


36 Jenn August 30, 2012 at 6:10 am

Hey Kath,

Not sure if you know this already but felt is was worth sharing. You can freeze your garden tomatoes whole and then use them up in sauces and soups. We freeze tons at the end of summer and then have access to fresh tomatoes all winter. :)


37 KathEats August 30, 2012 at 6:58 am

We need to do this! Do you put them on a baking sheet and then a ziplock when they’re frozen?


38 Jenn August 30, 2012 at 7:02 am


Even easier. Give the tomatoes a good wash and dry. There’s no need to cut the stems off or anything. Once they’re dry you can portion them out into large zip lock bags. Pile in as many as you’d like. I usually put between 15-20 in each bag. Then freeze.

When it’s time to use them. Simply give them a rinse under warmish water and the peel comes right off.

You can also freeze basil, parsley, swiss chard and kale the same way!


39 KathEats August 30, 2012 at 7:12 am



40 Jenna A. August 30, 2012 at 6:13 am

Hey Kath! That pie looks heavenly, and with the amazing fruit we’ve had this year, I bet it was Delicious! I recently read this article and though you might be interested. Its dumbfounding that companies would actually do this!?
Hope today’s the day!


41 KathEats August 30, 2012 at 8:19 am

Interesting! Guess real food is the safest :) If you had given me a list of those companies mixed, I never would be able to pick out the ‘good’ from the ‘bad.’ Maybe just a few of them.


42 Shana August 30, 2012 at 6:21 am

I love the idea of mixing the gazphacho with cannellini beans. Sometimes it needs a little somethin’ to bulk it up! Did you add them whole or puree them? Its hard to tell by the picture.


43 KathEats August 30, 2012 at 6:54 am

Put them in whole


44 Spice Chicken August 30, 2012 at 7:53 am

Thanks! This was my question too.


45 Simply Life August 30, 2012 at 6:21 am

that gazpacho looks great! I’m sure you and Matt will think of creative ways to use the rest of the tomatoes!


46 kristen @ verbs and vignettes August 30, 2012 at 6:46 am

ahaha. baby doesn’t like beer. I bet he loved the pie!!


47 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope August 30, 2012 at 6:58 am

That pie looks amazing! :) I haven’t had any pies this summer. I’d like to change that and try making one with some fresh berries before the summer is over.


48 Emily Butler August 30, 2012 at 7:22 am

Cutest pie ever! Although in the picture it looks like a normal pie, I bet it’s even more adorable in person haha


49 mary @ minutespermile August 30, 2012 at 8:26 am

soup + pie is pretty much as easy and delish as it gets. i think your baby’s coming thursday!


50 Courtney August 30, 2012 at 8:56 am

That pie looks delicious. Baby Boy will be here anyday…SO exciting!


51 Jenica August 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

I need to make a mini pie! Looks like a perfect way to bake for two.


52 Angel7 August 30, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I had one of those Organic Valley cheese sticks today for the first time, since you said they are really good, & I liked it a lot as well.


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