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August 26, 2012

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The garden that keeps on giving!!! What are we going to do with all of this!? Gazpacho is in the future…

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We barely made a dent with our lunches: BLTs!!

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But I proclaim that every BLT should also have a little C – cheese. Can’t eat enough cheese all year.

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On the side – a lovely slice of Cville Crunch with strawberry jam.

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After lunch and some reading on the porch, I found myself still a little hungry, so I added one more side dish – a mug of milk with a scoop of Breyers Vanilla Bean floating on top! Mostly milk, just a little cream. The best way to satisfy an ice cream craving with max nutrition.

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This morning Matt and I went on a 3 mile walk. It’s amazing how much heavy pressure and possible contractions I feel while walking and then I lie down and it all melts away! Soon enough it won’t. Little guy has been squirming around in there all afternoon. I think he wants to come out.

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Good afternoon!

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1 Krissy August 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

You have such a prolific garden! All those veggies look great!

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2 Erin Motz August 26, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Love that pic of you! So cute :) And yay for baby – I think the entire internet is cheering him on ;) Yes, the entire internet.

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3 Carly @ Snack Therapy August 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm

Cheese makes everything better. Hopefully all this walking you’re doing will urge your little guy to make his arrival!! So exciting that you guys get to meet him soon! And I can’t wait to hear what his name will be : ).

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4 Dione August 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Yes I think it is the entire Internet:). I don’t know why I’m so excited for your baby Kath but I am!

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5 Andrea August 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm

It sounds like you have had a wonderful 26th so far! That slice of bread looks awesome.

What is that long purple veggie? A weird shaped eggplant? My kitchen is overflowing with tomatoes soon too. Would love some new ideas (from anyone) to use them up!

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6 Andrea August 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Don’t know why I said soon. :) I meant NOW!

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7 KathEats August 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Yep!

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8 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats August 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Man I wish I had a garden! Those veggies look fantastic! So I was eyeing your slice of Cville Crunch and noticed it looked a lot like Breakfast Blast which I got at the Missoula, MT Great Harvest. Are they the same just with a different name? Always wondered how Great Harvest handles all the different breads…

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9 KathEats August 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Cville Crunch is aka Flax Oat Bran. We thought that name sound like cardboard so we changed it : ) Breakfast Blast is good though!

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10 Khushboo August 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Blender-free milkshakes…me likey!

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11 Tiffany August 26, 2012 at 1:21 pm

You look absolutely gorgeous! Excited to meet the baby!

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12 j3nn August 26, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Come out, baby! There’s lots of garden and bakery treats to eat. :)

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13 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 26, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Your veggies look amazing! I still need to try your cornmeal dusted okra, looks delicios :)

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14 Amanda M August 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm

If you keep walking, maybe he will come out ;)

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15 KathEats August 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm

; )

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16 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Kath I give you props for getting out there in the heat!

And the abundance of your garden —looks soooo awesome! Great job you two Green Thumbs!

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17 KathEats August 26, 2012 at 2:19 pm

It was actually really cool out this morning – before the sun came out!

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18 Laura @ She Eats Well August 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm

You look amazing! Good for your for getting a walk in. Also, so jealous of your bountiful garden! It’s so hard to have a garden in SF :)

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19 Marissa@ohhhsolovely August 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm

gorgeous produce! wishing you luck if baby decides to come today!

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20 Kristen @ The Balanced Bowl August 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm

You still look absolutely adorable. I am sure you don’t FEEL that way….but at least you look it!

Your lunch looked awesome. Simple, tasty, healthy. My favorite. :)

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21 Laura August 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm

I’m so jealous of your green thumb-my garden is in a sad state! I’d love some tips/hints on what you’ve done for such a successful garden!

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22 Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself August 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I am so jealous of your garden! Also, that bread looks amazing.

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23 Megan @ Megan's Munchies August 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Wow! What a great way to enjoy ice cream! I definitely need to try that!

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24 Kim August 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Kath, where do you buy your bacon? What brand do you choose and why? Thanks for your time :)

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25 KathEats August 26, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Either the farmers market (Babes in the Wood) or the Organic Butcher here in town. I’m looking for humanely raised pasture pigs

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26 Angel7 August 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I have had a little squirmer in my belly as well :) I hope he waits a few more weeks before he comes out when it is closer to the due date.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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27 Emily @ Life on Food August 26, 2012 at 3:27 pm

The milk served with ice cream made me laugh. I like soft serve so at home I always add a little milk to my ice cream but I think now on I will add a lot more milk.

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28 l August 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

You look BEAUTIFUL!!!

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29 Lisa August 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm

I am so envious of your garden! You are inspiring me to try much harder next year. :)

Enjoy your walk!

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30 Lily August 26, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Hi Kath! I just found your blog about a month ago and I love it! I am 17 and have been blogging for about a year. I was wondering if you have any starting tips or advice on how to start a garden? I have always wanted to but could never keep anything growing!

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31 KathEats August 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Welcome Lily! I’m going to have to defer to Matt on the garden because he has the green thumb. We used good organic compost soil (which we bought) and he just put little plants (and seeds for some things) in the ground and watered them. I think a huge part of it is picking a location that gets enough sun – sun almost all day long.

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32 laurie August 26, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Last year our garden went crazy and we had tons and tons of peppers that we ended up chopping up (in the food processor) and then froze in ziplock bags. I used those peppers in every curry, soup and casserole I made from then on and we are just NOW using up the last bag. They stayed fresh in the freezer for a whole year! Freezing your extra veggies could make your new life as a mama much easier!

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33 KathEats August 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Good idea to freeze them raw!

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34 Andrea August 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Ooh or pickle them to put in the fridge and they will last a while too! So quick and sooo tasty! Especially banana peppers.

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35 Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear August 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm

Hahaha that big belly looks so cute on your teenie body! Oh and the slice of Cville crunch looks particularly mouthwatering today..

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36 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 26, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Maybe he wants to come out on the 26th? Isn’t that your favorite number? ;)

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37 Shelby August 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Hey, maybe you could make some meals with all those veggies that you can freeze now and thaw for a quick easy meal once your in baby world!

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38 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Ahhh I hope he wants to come out!!

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39 Anne Weber-Falk August 26, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Hmmm, looks like you’re still carrying pretty high. You haven’t dropped yet so that little guy is not quite ready. My niece thought she was in labor this morning. She had contractions ten minutes apart but then they stopped. Wahhh, they sent her home!

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40 sarah August 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm

I want that little guy out! But you still look so good and comfortable. He’s hanging in there. Those first babies love to hang out on the inside!

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41 Tammy August 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm

As a chef, I’m sooooo envious of your garden!! My single planter with basil (that won’t ever die), and the few pepper plants have JUST started this week to have noticeable buds and only 1 actual pepper!!! Oh well. Have you ever made tomato jam? Just sweat onions and garlic (I suppose you can omit the onion), add some sugar and any vinegar you like (except black balsamic, it makes it an ugly color, but delicious) and reduce it down about half. Add your tomatoes, and a little salt/pepper, (preferably without skins) and simmer until thick!! It’s amazing on just about everything! It will store in the fridge (or freezer) for a long time.

Best of luck for your family, and I can’t wait to see pictures!!

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42 Tammy August 26, 2012 at 6:51 pm

Oh, you can also add a little chipotle pepper to the mix if you’d like it spicy. Also, add a pinch of cinnamon to the normal batch.

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43 KathyZS August 26, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Make a fresh mater sauce and freeze, it will hold for quite a while and give you a shot of summer during late fall, early spring!

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44 Amy Wiginton August 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Keep up the heavy walking..that and a little “romance” with the hubby usually does the trick!!!! (depending on how desperate you start to feel, LOL!!) Agree with Sarah…first babies LOVVEE to hang out on the inside:)

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45 Molly @ RDexposed August 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I braved the run tonight to pick tomatoes, herbs, and greens! Always so good!!

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46 Jeri August 26, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Is that green the egg color that is in your living room? This color seems to brighten the mood of the house.

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47 KathEats August 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm

It’s Veranda View – in our bedroom!

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48 Rebecca Dekker August 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Hi Kath, so glad I found your blog! I just wanted to say my favorite thing to do with excess tomatoes from the garden: homemade pizza with sliced heirloom tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil. Also, I don’t know what to call it, it’s kind of like bruschetta, but we take really good fresh French bread sliced, and toast it in the oven with tomato slices and fresh mozzarella slices. After it comes out of the oven, we put fresh basil on it.

Also, have you ever heard of using honey sticks during labor? I stocked up on a bunch during a trip to the Farmer’s market before I had my baby. I heard they are great for energy boosters if you get tired.

Hope you get some good rest tonight! ~Rebecca

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49 KathEats August 26, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Mmmm pizza sounds great!

And honey sticks are a great idea. Ill have to look for some.

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50 Dynamics August 26, 2012 at 8:47 pm

You have to buy a dehydrator (Excaliber is the best, JMMHO). I dehydrate a lot of my produce. Also, make chips and cookies. I have jars ready to dump in the crock pot for soup when it get hot. I just dehydrated a zillion purple cherry tomatoes. Check it out when you have time. They have specials all the time. For you dog lovers, I dehydrate sweet potatoes for the dog, he loves them. Healthier than the garbage treats you get at the store. I eat healthy and so does the dog.

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51 Janelle August 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I’ve gotten so used to you being pregnant, but for some reason when I read this post it just really hit me that you are going to be having that baby soon… and there will be a whole new little person in the world! Crazy how that works. haha.

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52 Jodie August 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

I think you look so amazing!!!

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53 Caroline August 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm

What a beatiful bounty! I wish we had more than a fire escape to grow veggies on :)

Remember to save some energy too during these final days! I had a hard time doing so, but it is very important! Labor takes A L O T of well, labor! Hope your feeling great!

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54 Aneesha August 27, 2012 at 12:11 am

How did you like the baby clothes!? Tux and Andrew may get to see the babes sooner than expected if Hurricane Isaac has his way!

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55 KathEats August 27, 2012 at 6:52 am

We love them!! Called you guys Friday but Brain was at the game. Will call soon! (also love headband). Hope you do come visit soon!

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56 Kim Weigand August 27, 2012 at 8:28 am

Kath-
We made a few thousand, I mean hundred tomatoes this year. We always take a heavy duty freezer bag, lay on counter, fill with a single layer of tomatoes, and because I don’t have a vacuum sealer, I zip it to one end, insert a straw, zip tight to the straw, and suck out all the air!! Works great and freezes well for stews, soups, or sauces. Can’t wait to meet your new baby boy!!

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57 Judith August 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Kath Have you ever tried ratatouille? It is wonderful, hot or cold, by itself or over pasta or rice and the ingredients can be switched around. From the looks of your garden surplus, you have everything you need to make it.

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58 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach August 27, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Love the harvest (and belly) pictures! I always debate what to do with my garden hauls. Gazpacho tops the list for fresh tomatoes, but I also love picking up some fresh mozzarella to make Caprese salads with… so yummy! I love grilling and skinning the peppers. :-) Curious to see what you end up doing with it all, especially the okra since that’s one thing I haven’t planted yet.

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59 Travis Ehrenstrom August 31, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Maybe I shouldn’t be reading your blog right before dinner time! You’ve created a bunch of wonderful concoctions here. Are these items all exclusively grown from your garden? Aside from the bacon and bread of course!

I am really thankful for your recommendation of gazpacho, because I am up to my ears in tomato right now, and I’m just about sick of caprese, and it’s my favorite food!

Thanks for the wonderful post!

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60 KathEats August 31, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Not all, but tomatoes are!

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