January 24, 2012

I definitely got my fill of walking in!! After walking to and from Great Harvest, I ran into Matt on the downtown mall after getting a haircut. Love haircut days!

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I was able to pass of a heavy bag of feta cheese and cameras and go for a walk with this girl, who just happened to be heading out on a walk when I texted her that we should be walking together!


We covered a few miles around downtown. [Love my fashion statement? Last minute outfit ; ) ]

At home I made an easy pasta salad to take to book club!


Pasta (Italian pasta Karen brought back from her trip last year]


Tossed with some herby olive oil


To which I added a nice cube of feta cheese, some olives, chopped tomato and spinach plus a drizzle of balsamic.


The ladies at book club seemed to really like it! I think it was the herby olive oil :)


Tonight’s book was A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. It won a Pulitzer Prize!


Unfortunately I didn’t love the book. It’s kind of a collection of short stories about characters who are vaguely intertwined. Therefore, there wasn’t much of a plot. I really liked parts of the book, but then that part would be over and a whole new set of characters, setting and voice were introduced and the book essentially started over. Perhaps I was just a bit distracted when I read because others were able to make connections between the chapters. Not my favorite book of all times.

The FOOD, however, was quite delicious tonight!!

I finally got to try one of Dr. Ho’s Humble Pies. This pizza was GOOD but I think I need to experience it again to get the true meaning : )


Alice made nachos on the spot!


Reds for sipping! Can’t have book club without vino.


Plate of food.


We passed around Seamane’s Chocolate Peanut Butter-Stuffed Brownies for dessert! Plus some delicious cookies Becca brought. 


Thanks to Ashley and her four-legged family for hosting!


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1 Allie@LiveLaughEat January 24, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Food > Books :)


2 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 24, 2012 at 10:54 pm

yum – lots of great looking foods at your book club gathering! we had loaded nachos for dinner tonight too… it hit the spot!


3 Krissy - Shiawase Life January 24, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Fun; sounds like an interesting book.


4 Lynn @ the actor's diet January 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I have my first book club soon too!!! We read Candyfreak which I’m digging. Yeah, I still haven’t finished it. In fact I just shot a whole web series about girls in a book club who never read the books!!!


5 Sydney@ Nutrition with Sydney January 24, 2012 at 10:59 pm

That salad looks delish!


6 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon January 24, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I also was not a huge fan of that book! I got about a third of the way through before setting it aside and never picking it up again. It just did not spark my interest.


7 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 24, 2012 at 11:02 pm

You’ve inspired me to go read a few pages tonight. It’s been too long since the Nook was out!


8 Emily @ The Swallow Flies January 24, 2012 at 11:06 pm

That spread looks so delicious! I’ve been too busy for book club the past few months, but I think I need to reexamine my priorities. I mean, how can I be an English teacher and expect my students to read for fun yet not read for my OWN enjoyment?! Shutting down the computer now to go read a book…


9 Katie Jo January 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Aww – I LOVED this book. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it. At least the food looks delicious!


10 Keri January 24, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Two things:

1. I love both blogs–yours and Faith’s.

2. I am envious of your evening of book club and food. Still new to Denver, I have yet to find a good group of girlfriends to run with, to read with, to laugh about life with. However, I am glad to live vicariously through you. For the moment. Cheers to good food–even if the books aren’t great. :)


11 Jen January 24, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I would live to have a book club! You look great! :)


12 kathleen @ the daily crumb January 24, 2012 at 11:23 pm

what a fun (and delicious!) book club! your pasta salad looks fantastic and, i agree, can’t have a book club without a sip of wine!


13 Alison January 24, 2012 at 11:23 pm

That pasta salad looks awesome! I love how simple it is. Great idea for a book club dinner contribution!


14 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 24, 2012 at 11:24 pm

I just had my first book club. We read Room, which I didn’t love. I’m reading The Sharper the Knife right now – loving it! Also reading Goon Squad, but I like it… it can be harder to follow, but I’ve always like the multiple storyline format. I blame my ADD and an early affinity for Pulp Fiction. 😉


15 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio January 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm

I always love how you and Matt run into each other. You’re always so excited when that happens!!


16 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 24, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Chocolate Peanut Butter-Stuffed Brownies, those nachos, that gorgeous wooden salad bowl, and the sunlight making it look downright balmy as it was hitting your hair and face…looks like a great day!


17 Chrysanthe January 25, 2012 at 12:18 am

I just finished “A Visit from the Goon Squad” a couple of weeks ago! I really enjoyed it, but I was also aware before reading it that the story wasn’t a traditional novel and wouldn’t have a linear plot. The spread that you guys put together makes me seriously want to start/join a book club though as soon as possible!


18 Lara @TresLaLa to TinyLaLa January 25, 2012 at 12:26 am

I LOVE my Matt’s haircut days, too! He doesn’t usually tell me ahead of time, so it’s such a great surprise! I had to miss our book club last week (2nd Hunger Games book) because I got laser eye surgery that day. Bittersweet, I suppose! :)


19 Christine @ BookishlyB January 25, 2012 at 12:32 am

I really liked that book- I really appreciate Egan’s narrative style. It’s much harder to write in this format than a typical linear plot. To each her own.


20 jenna k January 25, 2012 at 12:38 am

it sounds like i would love that book! i love short stories that feature the same characters (why salinger is my favorite author). thanks for sharing about it, even though it wasn’t your thing.


21 Khushboo January 25, 2012 at 1:39 am

Wow with a spread like that, I don’t think I would have wanted to bother with the book :)!


22 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 25, 2012 at 2:31 am

Those brownies look AMAZING!! I can’t get enough chocolate… 😉


23 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious January 25, 2012 at 5:21 am

Great looking pasta salad. I think pasta salad is under rated. It is a wonderful meal that can support so many great vegetables. I wan to reach through my computer and eat a piece of that pizza, it looks divine!


24 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 25, 2012 at 6:54 am

It amazes me that you have time to read so often all while running a professional blog and bakery. I don’t feel like I do half as much as you do and somehow I never manage to get reading in by days end. When I do try (at night) I always fall asleep! Sigh. Your pasta salad looks yummy!


25 KathEats January 25, 2012 at 8:27 am

I don’t read fast at all! I feel like it takes me forever to finish one :) I only read in bed at night, somtimes like 45 minutes but most nights 10 minutes


26 Hillary January 25, 2012 at 7:01 am

Honestly, sometimes the best part of book club is the food (and wine!) Looks like yours was no exception!


27 Hannah @ eat, drink, and save money January 25, 2012 at 7:03 am

Speaking of books, I have officially started Bossy Pants. I had gotten the sample on Kindle a couple months ago and just never got around to purchasing it. So glad I did. Thanks for the suggestion!


28 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 25, 2012 at 7:04 am

What a beautiful looking day you had…Matt in a T shirt and you in just a sweater! A pasta salad with a fresh herby dressing and veggies suits the day perfectly! Pasta right from Italy…how divine! Book clubs sound great! I haven’t read that book…just finshed the last book in the Girl witht he Dragon Tattoo series…loved it! Moving on to a series that I read with my boys…Eragon…we just got Inheritance by Christopher Paolini (he was only 15 years old when he started writing Eragon!)for Christmas…can’t wait to start it…my eldest just finished it and loved it!


29 Simply Life January 25, 2012 at 7:05 am

I have my book club this week and always look forward to the conversation…and food! :)


30 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope January 25, 2012 at 7:49 am

That book club sure does have some great looking food! I love the pasta salad you made :)


31 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh January 25, 2012 at 7:58 am

You’re not doing a good job of busting the myth that “book club” is code for girls night. HA!

Can I just say I LOVE that chair that the pooch is on! Retro rules.


32 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 25, 2012 at 8:12 am

Your pasta salad looks amazing! It’s so true that good quality ingredients like that olive oil can make such a difference in a dish!


33 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 25, 2012 at 8:15 am

Great looking food all around!


34 SweatyGirl January 25, 2012 at 8:16 am

Ok, the food looks good. But that dog looks great! So cute! :-)


35 Life's a Bowl January 25, 2012 at 8:19 am

Your pasta, that pizza, those nachos, and the chocolate peanut butter brownies all look super tasty!

P.S. It could be fun to trade recipes [write them on index cards?] at your book club meetings too since you all have such tasty looking treats :)


36 KathEats January 25, 2012 at 8:28 am

Cute idea :)


37 Karen January 25, 2012 at 8:35 am

I’m surprised that book won a Pulitzer…I didn’t get very far before tossing it aside. One’s taste in books is so incredibly personal and hard to predict even between friends, I find.


38 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte January 25, 2012 at 8:41 am

All the food looks great, including your pasta salad! Sorry the book was a dud, but it looks like you still enjoyed getting together with the girls anyway!


39 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats January 25, 2012 at 8:43 am

That pasta does look delicious, I sure wouldn’t turn down olive oil with herbs!


40 Kristina January 25, 2012 at 10:44 am

I thought that it was well-written, very funny in parts and captured certain moments in American popular culture, but I didn’t *love* it. I did read another book by Egan, “Look at Me” which was fantastic!


41 A Reader January 25, 2012 at 11:36 am

We did Goon Squad for book club this month too. I hated it, and like another blog poster, didn’t finish it. I went to book club anyway, as I’m the discussion leader! Yes, I led the discussion of a book I didn’t read.

To those who say they want to be in a book club but are not: consider doing what I did – start your own! I wanted to be in a book club and couldn’t find one that met at a convenient time + place for me. So I started my own. There are 8-10 of us that have met monthly for a year now. Its been a great success!

The pasta salad DID look very good. I never think of preparing pasta salad in winter, but I should. Its simple and tasty and fast!


42 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl January 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I think I need to join a book club. The food looks awesome! Love what you did to the pasta!


43 modernworkinggirl January 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Ooh feta. It’s always a toss up for the best cheese: is it feta, or halloumi?!


44 Kasey January 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I totally need a book club in my life! Looks like so much fun :)


45 Angel7 January 25, 2012 at 5:40 pm

That pasta looks really good! It looks like it was delivered fresh from Italy, or Karen :)


46 [New Balance] Nicole January 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm

That pasta looks AMAZING!! I think I will make that for dinner this weekend :)


47 Whitney January 25, 2012 at 8:14 pm

That book has gotta go down as one of my favorites– the no plot thing isn’t for everyone but I think that author was brilliant for being able to tie all the characters together, and take on their perspectives in her writing so convincingly.

I’m curious– is your book club something you found through mutual friends or elsewhere? Also– is the age group women in their 20s? I would love to find one in my area, but everytime I look on craigslist they seem catered to women my mother’s age…it seems like a great way to meet new people!


48 KathEats January 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm

It definitely wasn’t a badly written book – just not that captivating for me :)

The book club was ongonig and my friend Seamane was in it and invited me to join in. I don’t know for sure, but I think the ages are late 20s to early 30s and perhaps a 40 or two


49 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count January 26, 2012 at 8:25 am

Kath, I’m with you on A Visit From The Goon Squad. I have to be honest, I didn’t like it and I also have to say that there are a lot of Pulitzer Prize winners I don’t like. I don’t know what they’re thinking when they select these books.


50 Cammy January 26, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I do the same thing! I never fold workout clothes/PJ’s. What’s the point?


51 Cammy January 26, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Oops! I meant to leave that comment on your most recent post. I guess you can tell I’ve been bouncing around your blog tonight!


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