Boxing Day

October 23, 2009

Ahhhh I need to focus!! I am so excited about this new project that I haven’t been doing the work that needs to get done today.

OK, ok, I’ll share…

Can you keep a secret?

KERF is getting a makeover! FINALLY. I’ve been wanting a new theme for eons and I’m taking the plunge and purchasing one. SO excited because with the help of Jenn and Zest I’ve been able to learn how to do all of this stuff on my own. Like FTP and CSS!! Lots of research and lots of trial and error. Not sure when the new KERF will debut, but it will be in the next week or so. Shouldn’t be too many changes – only good ones!

[And you know how once a baby has been officially named you don’t tell the parents "oh I don’t like her name." Please be kind if the new site takes a little adjustment – but I promise it is as simple and clean as the current layout. Just updated!]

So now all the foods I eat come from boxes :) Wine last night, the new boxed wine arrived today (finally!) and I got a selection of soups in the mail from Dr. McDougall’s.

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A big plus to the box: Their boxes are eco-friendly and are made from sustainably managed forests and BPA free.

I normally despise canned soups. I don’t know if it’s the common use of onions or the tin can, but they always taste metallic to me and have a horrible after-taste. So I warned Dr. McDougall that I might be harsh! The only premade soups I have ever liked have been Pacific boxed soups, so I hope it’s the box that makes ’em good.

I decided on the Minestrone today.

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Upon first sniff, I did not like it. It smelled like a canned soup :(

Heated it in a bowl…

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And served in this awesome Crate + Barrel bowl they sent – along with placemat and napkin. I don’t have any bowls of this shape and size!!

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And I’ve been wanting this Crate + Barrel napkin holder for ages!

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I’m sure Doctor McDougall would approve of doctoring up soups :mrgreen: I added some olives, capers and Parrano cheese plus some Big Papi hot sauce and it was the perfect combo.

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Despite not liking the smell, the soup actually tasted great. I liked it.

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Served with the best crackers ever

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I had planned for a pear too, but I was pretty full after the soup. So he just hung out next to my cup and I’m saving him for later

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The soup left me with oniony breath :( I’m chewing gum (which I rarely do) and that helped.


Quaker Talk

Look who’s taking his turn on Awaken Your Senses!!

Zest and his Canadian accent!


Hop On It

Just got the word that Open Sky Shipping is FREE until Tuesday!!!


My classmate should be here any minute – we’re both running so late today!! [And it never helps that my computer is slow as molasses, per usual]

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1 Ashley October 23, 2009 at 1:47 pm

I’m hard at work getting my new blog up and running as well!!! It is confusing =)


2 emmy - eatventures October 23, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Oooh, yummy doctoring! I got that box from McDougall as well (love the huge soup bowl, my husband was so excited!) and so far I’ve been pretty impressed.


3 Maggie October 23, 2009 at 1:56 pm

Working in online media/publishing I know how much goes into new designs–it’s not easy–so hope it goes well! Can’t wait to see it!


4 Diana October 23, 2009 at 2:04 pm

That’s awesome, can’t wait to see the “new” KERF!


5 Allison (Eat Clean Live Green) October 23, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Can’t wait to see the new KERF! I love that the samples were mailed eco-friendly, I hate opening mail that overflows with styrofoam!


6 Daria @ Daria Can Cook October 23, 2009 at 2:12 pm

Can’t wait to see the new design! I need to spend some time learning about that stuff myself but I have no idea when I’ll get a chance to!


7 christie, honoring health October 23, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Hoooray for a new theme. I can’t wait to see which one your bought. I bought “Thesis” and I love it, it is highly customizable and you don’t have to know CSS. The really cool part about it is that it is so customizable, that no two ever look alike. Good luck implementing your new them, I can’t wait to see it.


8 Kristen October 23, 2009 at 2:17 pm

What a stash of soups!


9 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 23, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Can’t wait to see it!! :)


10 Kat (Kat's Daily Plate) October 23, 2009 at 2:22 pm

I think its great that you are honest with your readers and with companies about your REAL review of their products. I think that is so important for a good blogger- to stay objective.

Can’t wait to see the new theme!


11 Anne [email protected] Weigh of Life October 23, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Can’t wait to see the new KERF!


12 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers October 23, 2009 at 2:23 pm

oooh how exciting! i’d love a new theme on my blog but all that computer mumbo-jumbo freaks me out! can’t wait to see yours!


13 Food Makes Fun Fuel October 23, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Can’t wait for the makeover! That soup looks great


14 kay (eating machine) October 23, 2009 at 2:26 pm

the pacific soups are crazy good! they’re made right by me, i’ve always wondered how wide their distrubution is…
i think boxed soup usually tastes better than cans.


15 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 23, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Can’t wait to see the new theme/design!

Thanks for the review of the soup! Can’t wait for the other reviews! Awesome bowl and napkin holder!


16 Whitney @ Lettuce Love October 23, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Can’t wait to see the new KERF! Happy Friday!


17 Estela @ Weekly Bite October 23, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Looking forward to seeing the new site!


18 Susan October 23, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I’ve been trying to figure out CSS off and on, and damn, it’s complicated! Can’t wait to see the new layout!


19 Seth @ Boy Meets Food October 23, 2009 at 2:53 pm

If you, or any of your readers, need help with website stuff, give me a shout. I am a Web Designer, and can probably lend a hand.

Oh, and… looking forward to seeing the new layout.


20 Marisa (Trim The Fat) October 23, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Oooh, how exciting to be designing your own site! You are a jack of all trades, Kath!

Soup looks yummy!


21 Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion October 23, 2009 at 3:01 pm

YAY for your new look (not that there is anything wrong with the current one).

Minestrone soup is my fav. Looks great!


22 Pam October 23, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Hey that’s great Kath! Can’t wait for the unveiling!



23 skinnyrunner October 23, 2009 at 3:13 pm

congrats on a blog makeover! cant wait to see it. im getting one too and so excited to the finished thing…


24 Mama Pea October 23, 2009 at 3:21 pm

I may have actually told a new mother I didn’t like her baby’s name. It was Atticus. ‘Nuff said.


25 Lizzy October 23, 2009 at 3:44 pm

i’m so excited for the updated site! yay!

The soup looks awesome too! do they sell this at stores?


26 Chloe (Naturally Frugal) October 23, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Can’t wait to see the big reveal! I’m sure it will look fab since you are fab and everything you put up here is fab.


27 Jenna October 23, 2009 at 3:59 pm

I’m interested to see how you like the lentil soup. I just had it last week and t hought it was meh…the smell really got me.

Lizzy…they do sell it in stores I got mine at Martins (giant store)

Can’t wait to see your make over kath.


28 Jenn (www. ) October 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Love the box of soups! What an awesome sampler. I’m really into soups this year. So easy to make or reheat, and filling — perfect. :)



29 Tay October 23, 2009 at 4:24 pm

Congrats on the makeover! Can’t wait to see it :-)


30 maria October 23, 2009 at 4:50 pm

That’s A LOT of soup. Seriously. But I’m glad you liked it. I will have to keep my eyes peeled to see if I spot this anywhere. Any idea where it can be bought, besides online?


31 Kristen @ October 23, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Ah, I love Crate + Barrel so… Beautiful bowl and napkin ring.

Looking forward to the new KERF unveiling!


32 Paige@ Running Around Normal October 23, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I’m excited for the unveiling of the new layout:)
I’ve never heard anyone say that about soup, but I could see how you’d think that.


33 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) October 23, 2009 at 5:47 pm

How fun- changing your blog layout is like getting a new haircut or something! 😉


34 Jenna October 23, 2009 at 5:48 pm

yay for the new makeover! those soups look good :)


35 Cara (Cara Craves...) October 23, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Can’t wait to see what your final product will look like…I’m sure it will look fab.

Those boxed soups do look quite yummy, I think I would go for the Black Bean.


36 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 23, 2009 at 7:00 pm

yum i love boxed soups. i crumble a little wheetabix in mine to thicken it up and add fiber (sounds strange but tastes good)


37 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 23, 2009 at 7:23 pm

How exciting about the blog makeover! Can’t wait to see how it all turns out… I’m sure it will be fabulous! :)

What neat soups! They all sound so good. Definitely loving your add-ins, and that bowl is beautiful!



38 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 23, 2009 at 7:23 pm

How exciting about the blog makeover! Can’t wait to see how it all turns out… I’m sure it will be fabulous! :)

What neat soups! They all sound so good. Definitely loving your add-ins, and that bowl is beautiful!


39 Mike Zurick October 23, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I love Wolfgang Puck’s canned soups, especially butternut squash. No need to add water.


40 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 23, 2009 at 7:27 pm

Hahaha i love the baby name analogy


41 Kath October 23, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Lizzy + maria ,
Yes, it’s in stores. Check the store locator!



42 BroccoliHut October 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm

What perfect timing to receive those soups–just in time for the chilly temps. I’ve heard such good things about Dr. McDougall products but never tried them–thanks for the info!


43 Jac October 23, 2009 at 11:00 pm

can’t wait to see the new makeover!! the soup looks good, though so far, i’ve only tried canned soups.. for me, i dislike those instant ones the most!


44 Jenn (eating bender) October 24, 2009 at 8:57 pm

I got those soups in the mail, too! I’m a big fan of the lentil + split pea. I haven’t tried the minestrone yet, but hopefully it will be another winner. Can’t argue with that awesome – albeit GIGANTIC – bowl, either!


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