Birds Of A Feather

May 29, 2012

There is a tropical storm on the way, but it feels a little like a hurricane evacuation around here. Just us and the birds!
2012-05-29 16.52.00

We soaked up one last afternoon on the beach…’twas a great one!

Larbs and Matt are gone, and Karen is out tonight with her college roommate who lives in Wilmington, so it was just the four of us. The house sure is quiet..


Kanz got to work on 3 amazing homemade pizzas and I worked on a salad for dinner! Mom and Dad opened a few bottles of vino.


We brought the pizza stone, pizza peel and homemade dough ingredients! They were topped with portabellas, green pepper, pepperoni, cheese and jalapenos!



Veggie salad with goat cheese and pecans


They pecans – Lemon Thyme – are from OpenSky and really made the salad!




I had these two plus one more slice


Our dinner conversation revolved around baby names, my birth story and all things baby : ) Mom is dying to know our name!


Gonna miss this view! And the bowl of ice cream I’m about to enjoy : )


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1 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 29, 2012 at 8:45 pm

As always I am in love with your pizzas, I am dieing to have a slice!! :( I am very glad that you had a nice vacation, with great food and lovely people around!


2 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! May 29, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Mmm homemade pizza is the best! Love the beachy setting for dinner too! Perfect.


3 Kathy W. May 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm

That is my dream vacation (on the beach!), vacation house (gorgeous!), and dinner (homemade pizza & salad)!


4 Molly @ RDexposed May 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Your posts at the beach are even relaxing for me. I can almost hear the seagulls!


5 Shannon May 29, 2012 at 8:56 pm

That looks heavenly! The skies have opened up here in dc, hope you have better luck!


6 kathleen @ the daily crumb May 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm

i am pretty sure i have the same comment every time you post a similar dinner, but i am SO jealous of your pizzas!! that crust just looks divine. YUM!


7 Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I always love your homemade pizza pictures! Hope the weather holds out for you!


8 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 29, 2012 at 9:04 pm

your homemade pizzas always look so delicious!


9 Sana May 29, 2012 at 9:06 pm

You guys always make perfect looking pizza!


10 Cindy May 29, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Long time reader and first thing I’ve ever felt the urge to comment on….you’re keeping the name from her? Why do that to your mom? Feeling for her, from a mom of 3.;-)


11 KathEats May 29, 2012 at 9:47 pm

We’re keeping it from everyone until he’s born – too many opinions otherwise!


12 daphna May 29, 2012 at 10:38 pm

I think you’re smart for doing that.


13 Mom May 30, 2012 at 4:41 am

Yes, I like to tease her about it, but I think it’s fine too (although it would be fun to know!) We didn’t announce our names until the baby was born and years ago, that was almost always how it was done.


14 Amanda May 30, 2012 at 7:29 am

Ditto. Everyone in my family keeps the name a secret. Less hurt feelings. People tend to judge less when the baby is actually there!


15 barefootgirl27 May 30, 2012 at 1:05 pm

We have 3 children…our first 2 were boys, last was our daughter..

I lost my grandmother before I turned 20 to cancer and she was the most amazing woman in the world. I miss her dearly each and every day.. she has be gone over 20 years.

When it came to naming our last child ( because the first 2 were boys and it was not an option) I told my husband that he could completely pick out her name as long as her middle name would be Jeanette, after my grandmother.

Due to a very complicated pregnancy, we did not know she was a girl until she was born.

Anyway… the point of the story is that My hubby picked her name early on in the pregnancy and WOULDN’T tell me! I tired to guess and guess and he just had the best time with it. He never did share….

In the end, Alison Jeanette came into this world as a very healthy baby girl :)

I fully respect keeping the names to yourselves ( sorry, Kath’s mom)

My oldest has been married for 4 years now and hopefully grandchildren are on the horizon and I look forward to the whole suspense part of it .. it truly is half the fun!


16 [email protected] Nutritious May 30, 2012 at 1:45 pm

That is smart Kath, keep the surprises coming!!!


17 Heather May 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I think my husband and I will do that too. Good idea!


18 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm

When we lived on Wrightsville Beach, there were days where we literally would not see a single person on the beach (fall & winter months) walking by for hour(s) or even almost all day. Sometimes it felt like our private beach. It was truly the most wonderful 2 years living there! You guys lucked out with awesome weather and they say a storm is coming but you sure hit the weather jackpot!


19 kristen @ verbs and vignettes May 29, 2012 at 9:12 pm

i gotta get on the homemade dough wagon! in the past week, i’ve done tortillas, and i’ve done english muffins. but that looks amazing!! the crust does look like it makes it. i could definitely fall into the homemade-pizza-fridays routine. :p


20 Samantha May 29, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Hi Kath! I have been a long-time reader and my (NEW!) husband and I just got married last Saturday (just so happened to be May TWENTY-SIXTH!) and we are honeymooning at Couples Swept Away in Jamaica! My husband has always wanted to go to Jamaica, and when I read your review on CSA I was sold! We love it here so much! Thanks so much for the review!


21 KathEats May 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm

How fun!!! Say hello to all the fun places for us!


22 Annette @FitnessPerks May 29, 2012 at 9:16 pm

Your pizzas always look SOOO dang good. Hope you enjoyed a slice for me 😉


23 Ali @ Peaches and Football May 29, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Enjoy that pizza – it looks so wonderful. And enjoy the ice cream for ME too.

Some bloggers in NY have lost power and it’s crazy windy here in WI too. Hope it blows right over you.


24 Andrea May 29, 2012 at 9:31 pm

I have a pizza question! Does Matt bake the pizza dough for a few minutes before adding the toppings? Or does he put the toppings straight on the raw dough? I’m just curious because of how thick the pizza crust is throughout – looks delicious. I’m a pizza FREAK – always trying out different dough and sauce recipes!


25 KathEats May 29, 2012 at 9:45 pm

He puts the toppings right on – but he always uses a pizza stone, which cooks the bottom as the top bakes (all at 500*)


26 Andrea May 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Awesome! Love pizza stones :) Something you two may want to give a try – cook your pizza in a cast iron skillet. Form your dough in the skillet, add toppings, and cook on the stove over high heat for 3 minutes (to warm the skillet), then transfer to a 475* oven until done. I made a homemade pizza this way a couple of nights ago and it was literally the best pizza my boyfriend and I have ever had. It makes the dough SO thick and beautiful 😀


27 Courtney May 30, 2012 at 8:41 am

Andrea, thanks for this tip! I got a cast iron skillet for my bridal shower and still haven’t used it, so this might be my first try. About how long does it take in the oven for the pizza to be done? Thanks!!


28 Andrea May 30, 2012 at 9:00 am

It may depend on how thick your crust is – but I made mine pretty thick and it took about 15-18 minutes. Maybe even start with 10 minutes and keep an eye on it if you’d rather :) I hope you try this out!


29 Courtney May 30, 2012 at 11:18 am

I definitely will, thanks!


30 Lynn @ the actor's diet May 29, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I wanna know baby names too!


31 Kammie @ Sensual Appeal May 29, 2012 at 9:51 pm

That is a gorgeous view indeed. & that pizza looks yummy


32 faith May 29, 2012 at 9:57 pm

how long did Matt cook the pizza?


33 KathEats May 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm

9 minutes


34 faith May 29, 2012 at 10:07 pm



35 Alyssa (pb and oatmeal) May 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm

How fun! I love homemade pizza :)


36 donna May 29, 2012 at 10:13 pm

We had that same red wine recently (with squares of dark chocolate and orange)—and pizza and salad tonight on the porch. But our pizza was not near as satisfying as yours was, I’m sure. (It came in a box, in the freezer section.) Can I borrow Matt sometime to teach me how to make pizza? Pl-e-a-s-e! Will trade chocolate for pizza making skills!


37 theresa @ a spoonful of sunshine May 29, 2012 at 10:52 pm

yum! your pizza always looks so good, the crust looks crispy on the outside yet doughy on the inside! There is nothing better than a few hearty slices of pizza and a huge green salad :)


38 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 29, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I’m dying to try that pizza and dying to hear the name!! :)


39 Khushboo May 30, 2012 at 12:03 am

Sounds like a great dinner to round up the trip!


40 Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not May 30, 2012 at 6:16 am

I love homemade pizza, but wish it were easier to make with a thinner crust, then it would really satisfy the craving.


41 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 30, 2012 at 6:44 am

Looks like a perfect dinner to me!


42 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles May 30, 2012 at 6:53 am

My boys love homemade pizza! Yours looks delish! I love that you travel with your pizza stone…I am always travelling with cooking supplies…I have started leaving some at my mom’s for our visits…saves room in the car!


43 Megan May 30, 2012 at 7:07 am

Those pizzas look amazing! We often do ours on the grill, yum! I had to ask, although I’m probably off, but is the “Birds Of A Feather” in any reference to the Phish song?


44 KathEats May 30, 2012 at 7:49 am

Just that birds of a feather stick together and we’re the last birds here


45 Theresa May 30, 2012 at 7:12 am

Hi Kath! I always thought that pepperoni was a no-no for pregnant women along with all other cured meats. Do you have research that says otherwise? Thanks!


46 KathEats May 30, 2012 at 7:49 am

I think just raw…. Since this was cooked it was safe


47 Erica May 30, 2012 at 8:20 am

No, it’s the nitrates in cured meats.


48 KathEats May 30, 2012 at 8:42 am

I’m not concerned with such a small amount


49 Kimberly May 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm

They make nitrate free pepperoni, hot dogs, lunch meats…they’re delicious! Not sure if a small amount matters or not, but they do make “safe” options for people who are concerned.


50 KathEats May 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm

I did some research and it seems that eating them daily in generous portions is only where the risk lies…and they still aren’t sure if there even is a risk. The bigger risk is with the bacteria, hence the cooking


51 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope May 30, 2012 at 7:16 am

That first picture looks so relaxing! The pizza looks delicious. I love a good homemade pizza :)


52 Cait May 30, 2012 at 7:22 am

what a fun vacation. May I add that I love that you keep the readers updated on your vacation?! Some bloggers only do a recap post at the end, but I love your play-by-play. Of course, I’m sure it is nice to take a break from the blog sometimes though!!


53 Erica May 30, 2012 at 8:21 am

How were you discussing your birth story when you have not given birth yet 😉


54 KathEats May 30, 2012 at 8:42 am

We were discussing the day I was born! Guess that’s my mom’s birth story?


55 Erica May 30, 2012 at 8:43 am

Ohhhh. hahah. That does make more sense! Glad you had a relaxing vaycay! Holla!


56 Kimberly May 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Ohh, I thought you meant you were discussing how you hoped your birth would go! Either way, sounds like a fun evening! I’m sure your parents loved spending time with you and hearing all about your pregnancy. It’s nice that you get to see them so often!


57 Erin Motz May 30, 2012 at 8:37 am

The last day anywhere (well, most places) is always so sad… At least you had amazing weather! Lots of good memories saved from this trip :-)


58 Cait's Plate May 30, 2012 at 9:03 am

I will never get over how good your homemade pizzas look. It makes me crave pizza EVERY time! And I hear ya – when I left the beach two weeks ago, I think the view of the ocean while enjoying coffee in the morning was the thing I missed the most!


59 Laura May 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

What’s a pizza peel?


60 Manda May 30, 2012 at 11:50 am

I could be wrong but the thing used to take pizza out of oven? Kinda like a shovel but flat


61 Chantal May 30, 2012 at 10:16 am

I’m so glad I’m not the only person who takes the pizza stone on vacation. So heavy, but so worth it! We were at a beach house for New Year’s this year and I DROPPED the stone and it shattered and there was nowhere in town to buy a new one, so I used the broken pieces all pushed together. So sad.


62 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac May 30, 2012 at 11:25 am

Your pizzas always look so good! I think it’s that fluffy homemade crust that really gets me!


63 Jes @ Becoming Less of Jes May 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

The pics of pizza quite literally made me drool. lol


64 Elizabeth May 30, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Your pizza looks soo good!! It has inspired me to make pizza for dinner tonight! Have a great rest of your vacation!


65 Angel7 May 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I want one of Matt’s homemade pizzas! :)


66 Debi May 31, 2012 at 11:37 am

I would love for Matt to write a post with his pizza dough recipe and step by step instructions on the whole pizza making process!


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