Backyard Bootcamp

May 29, 2011

Matt and I participated in a 3-hour, exhausting backyard bootcamp!!


Our garden got a 3-hour weed job


And I became Mrs. Lawnmower


Don’t ask me why my tank top is tucked in! How embarrassing. It must have gotten stuck. Also, notice the blooper here?


Despite SPF 85, I now have a sick tank top & sports bra tan line on my back.


Mowing was HARD because our grass was super long. I also weeded, raked, pruned, and more. My delicate hands have the blisters to show for it!

Oh, and this happened!


We were long overdue for a strawberry patch harvest!

When we finally came inside, I cracked open a cold one. This is leftover from the shipment of Cascal Foodbuzz sent out – I love these sodas! I generally don’t like to drink my calories (unless they are alcoholic calories 😉 ) so I don’t drink a lot of natural soda or juice. But at 70 calories a bottle, I think the great taste of these are worth it. Same with Kombocha. I like them both a lot. They’re great to keep in the fridge for a non-alcoholic fizz.




Was Delicious!!


We made big salads topped with last night’s leftover burrito bowl fish and big cubes of Dakota croutons! Matt take the Dakota and cubes it, then tosses it in olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl and broils them for about 8 minutes. Perfection!!


Cherries!!! I found these local this weekend at Feast! and had to get some. I love cherries!




After lunch, Matt and I attacked Karen’s brownie. This guy was SO doughy on the inside and perfectly crispy on the outside. My kinda brownie!


I had hoped to do some cooking today (almond butter!) but I am pooped for the time being. We have a few more honeydews dos to tackle and a fun dinner simmering in my brain!

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1 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing May 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm

I love a cold brew (of the kombucha, Zevia, or Izze [or Cas Cal?! Don’t know yet!]) variety after some hard work! Such a reward! How lucky to have strawberries growing in your yard — not only for eating but for making great pictures too :)


2 Sonnett May 29, 2011 at 2:58 pm

yummmmm….those cherries look so delish and the colour of the bowl compliment them beautifully. just a question – do you have a certain amount of cals you aim for with each meal ? happy early anniversary btw :)


3 KathEats May 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm

No I no longer count calories. It’s more of a certain number of components – a protein, a fat, a veggie, a fruit, a carb kinda thing


4 Kaitlyn @ 7 Plates May 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Such pretty strawberries! I wish I had a yard to grow some.


5 Molly @ RDexposed May 29, 2011 at 3:19 pm

The possibilties with those strawberries are endless!


6 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 29, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I think it’s a yard week kind of weekend. We’ve been attacking ours all day too.
I totally agree on drinking calories..there are only a few things I deem worth it outside of alcohol :)


7 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm

*yard “work”


8 Morgan @ moments of mmm May 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I just recently tried Cas Cal fermented soda, and I loved it! The little bite from fermentation was perfect.


9 Emily May 29, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Sounds like the perfect weekend! I’m headed out to do some yard work now too!


10 Hilary May 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Mmmm…local strawberries and cherries….so jealous! Not quite yet here…but strawberries within a few weeks!


11 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food May 29, 2011 at 4:18 pm

yey for getting so much done! I can’t wait until we have a yard…

Have a wonderful, relaxing afternoon! :)


12 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 29, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Love the ultimate productivity afternoon outdoors. Woo hoo for that!

I know most ppl dont want to brew their own komboucha, they think it’s hard…but it’s soooo easy, I promise. And I am NOT a calorie counter but I can tell you that in making it, you add about 1 c of sugar to not quite a gallon of brewed tea and then wait a week and the bacteria/yeast “eat” that sugar so what remains in nearly a gallon of liquid is not really much sugar or caloric value. How’s that for your Alton B lesson du jour :)

Love the cherries/placemat overhead shot. So pretty!


13 KathEats May 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

I need to have Faith help me get started!


14 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm

It’s so easy. If you need a Scoby, email me. I have them coming out of my ears. :)

I also brew in an oak barrel so my ‘booch is “oaked” sort of like a nice chardonnay would be. I then flavor in the bottling process rather than in the brewing process so I can customize the flavors ranging from vanilla stevia drops to pureed mango incorporated..whatever I am feeling like.

Email me if you need anything, info, etc. :)


15 KathEats May 29, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I wonder if we could put it in a beer keg..


16 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 29, 2011 at 7:39 pm

emailed you :)


17 Matt May 30, 2011 at 6:42 am

I’m not letting those bacteria get near the beer!


18 Andrea @ a farmer in the dell May 29, 2011 at 4:28 pm

war wounds from working in the garden are the best! I am learning to love blisters on my hands and dirt in my nails. It’s all for the veggies!


19 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats May 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Go you for getting things done!

Pretty soon you’re going to convince me to go buy some GH bread! Turning it into a crouton sounds amazing.


20 Margaret May 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Just catching up on the last few days postings and thought to let you know about the pure wool mattress toppers we have in Australia, Warm in Winter, Cool in Summer. I machine wash mine on wool cycle with wool wash a couple of times a year. You can’t wash the feather tops(too big) and dry cleaning is very expensive also the foam ones have a slight smell… I chose wool.
It is like sleeping on a fluffy cloud, sooooo comfortable.

If you can’t get them retail where you are, you may find them online, good luck with your choice.


21 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm

You are hilarious with your tank tucked in! No idea about the blooper…

Homemade croutons are the best — especially since you can make them as big as you want!


22 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table May 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Your yard looks great! I’m so impressed with your lawn-mowning. I tried one time… got 1/2 a length of the lawn and my “teacher” got frustrated with the pace and took over. I wasn’t complaining! :)


23 KathEats May 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Hahahah. So something Matt would do!


24 Ali May 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Blooper- u are going the wrong way!


25 KathEats May 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Close, but that’s not it!


26 Chad @ thebreakupnote May 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm

This reminds me – I gotta visit the blueberry hill!


27 Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 29, 2011 at 5:34 pm

wow – great job on the garden!!!!


28 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 29, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Beautiful strawberry harvest!! I hope I can grow some just as nice one day soon. Yum!


29 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) May 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Homemade croutons are the best! I need to make some again!

I’m stumped about the blooper.


30 Abby May 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Those strawberries look so good! :)


31 erica May 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm

i am insanely jealous of your strawberry patch!!!!


32 Katherine May 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm

You sound like you have one of my type of days lol :)
O and not to mention, those strawberries, JEALOUS!


33 Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 29, 2011 at 6:24 pm

Yard work is definitely hard work!! I need to work on my garden (or..start one) but am way too lazy to put in the effort. Plus it’s so dang hot already! So majoy props to you two for getting it done!


34 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Look at all those fresh strawberries! Major jealousy over here! 😉


35 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 29, 2011 at 7:37 pm

So pretty! I hope we get that many from our plants! We have our first big one turning pink today. See?

It’s so exciting.


36 KathEats May 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Haha – hope she brightens up for you!


37 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 29, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Thanks. 😀 We’re very proud. I’ve heard the first year harvest is kinda small compared to subsequent years. Yours have been there a while, right?


38 KathEats May 29, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Yeah, a few years


39 Michelle @ PrettyLoser May 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Wow, it really looks like you had a super busy day!
Those berries look so scrumptious! :)


40 lynn @ the actor's diet May 29, 2011 at 8:00 pm

i’m so happy it’s cherry season again!


41 megan {a dash of megnut} May 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm

those strawberries look amazing!


42 Baking 'n' Books May 29, 2011 at 8:42 pm

What is the soda made of? Does it have some kind of benefits or something like Kombucha…although I don’t know what those benefits are either!!


43 Angel7 May 29, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Your legs look like they got fried in the sun from the knee down. Do they hurt, or aren’t they burnt and I am seeing things?

The Cascal looks very refreshing!


44 laura May 29, 2011 at 8:48 pm

whats the blooper?!


45 KathEats May 30, 2011 at 6:34 am

[see below!]


46 Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 29, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Yardwork! Since moving out of my parents’ house, I haven’t really had any yard work to do because we live in a condo.. and (I will probably kick myself for saying this at some point) .. but I miss it! I used to be the lawnmower at the house.. and while it can be annoying, it is also a great reason to get out side and move around!


47 Jess (Sweet Potato) May 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm

You’re strawberries look amazing!


48 Meagan May 29, 2011 at 9:22 pm

I saw cherries at the store today. I wanted to buy them so bad. They were organic and 10.39 a pound. I nearly fell over! I can’t wait till the price drops and I can enjoy some. Your’s looked delicious!


49 Hannah May 29, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Love the great big crunchy croutons!


50 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 30, 2011 at 12:22 am

oh I love the big bread bites on your salad


51 Khushboo May 30, 2011 at 12:42 am

Wow that brownie looks delicious…although the strawberries & cherries are equally appealing! YUM!


52 Kathy W. May 30, 2011 at 2:32 am

blooper=you ran over some strawberry plants?? looks like strawb. leaves caught in the mower…


53 KathEats May 30, 2011 at 6:34 am

The BLOOPER was that the grass was already cut!!! If it had been a live action shot you would have seen long grass in front of the mower :) We clearly staged this at the end of the mow session


54 SillySavage May 30, 2011 at 7:00 am

You crack me up. What a poser. Hope you have a great Memorial Day.


55 Kathy W. May 30, 2011 at 4:30 pm

it was a Katheats IQ test–and we all failed miserably! :)


56 KathEats May 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm



57 claudia May 30, 2011 at 6:36 am

what kind of sunscreen do you use?


58 KathEats May 30, 2011 at 7:21 am

I like the spray kinds – I think mine is Banana Boat?


59 Jenn May 30, 2011 at 8:58 am

I occasionally buy those sodas at World Market…very refreshing. You reminded me of our wee strawberry patch in our front yard. Probably should go take a peek. Have a good holiday and opening week :)


60 Coach Brian May 30, 2011 at 11:54 am

I love hand crafted sodas, but I’ve gone more for the hand crafted beers since I’ve finally acquired the taste after 34 years. I’ll take mowing over weeding any day!


61 Heather May 30, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I am currently yardless..and loving it:)


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