Cats + Curry

June 29, 2009

Good evening! And what a fun one it was :)

I ran over to Bed, Bath and Beyond this afternoon in search of a new broom and garlic press, both of which snapped in half in the past month in this house. I was successful in finding them with my 20% off coupons :)

Then I went over to Target to check out the Swiffer Sweeper Vac. I bought a regular Sweeper earlier this summer and was NOT impressed. It is not for crumbs – dust only! Our kitchen floor is always covered in CRUMBS so we needed something better. Since the Sweeper had a money back guarantee, I figured I’d try it first. Well I sent in my rebate with the UPC and the receipt and got a letter saying my item was not “qualified.” WHAT!? It said right on the package! But I did get a $5 off coupon for the Sweeper Vac from the Swiffer website in the meantime, so I just used that instead. Tomorrow will tell if this guy will solve the crumb problem –

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Annie, who was our host tonight for the Indian food festival, emailed me this afternoon and said she might not have enough food. So I gladly whipped up some insta-curry rice pilaf with these:

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I added 1 tbsp curry powder and 1/2 cup raisins and it was delish.

Soon enough Caitlin and Jason arrived and we carpooled over to Annie’s for dinner. This is just half of the group – Annie’s labmates left before we could get a photo.

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Annie and Dave had already prepared all of the food when we arrived. Please do not ask me what this is or for a recipe – it was all just served and I happily ate it! I believe the spread included tofu curry, Indian potatoes, lentil soup, spiced rice, spicy okra, my curry rice, yogurt, pita chips, hummus.

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Matt and I shared this plate. It was pretty much served to us in a swarm of people!! Everything tasted delicious. I probably had half of this? The okra was my favorite!

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I also snacked on some pita chips, veggies + hummus. I just had enough till I was satisfied, although I could have kept eating and eating and eating….

I also had three tiny glasses of red wine – probably a glass total.

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For dessert I hate a single bite of almond chocolate biscoti

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And a taste of these mint chocolate cookies

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We came home with tomorrow night’s dinner!!! I’m going to a fun class tomorrow evening so this will be nice not to have to cook in a rush :)

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Annie’s kitties were SO CUTE!!  Peekaboo!!

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But they were also scared of us and wouldn’t let me pet them :(

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I found out this evening that I am working from home the next two days! Sweet! But I need to get my act together and cross a bunch of stuff off my TODO list. Hope I might be able to sit in on some more clients on Thursday.

Can I say that I am already excited about breakfast!? I love the mornings

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1 Kaitlyn June 29, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Awww that orange kitty <33 so cute


2 Michelle June 29, 2009 at 8:52 pm

That one kitty has the funniest colouring I’ve ever seen! What a cutie!


3 sonia June 29, 2009 at 8:55 pm

WIsh I could make you some of my favorite Indian food. Let me know if you are in Dallas anytime. :)


4 Lynn (The Actors Diet) June 29, 2009 at 8:56 pm

Oh, those 20% off coupons – they get me into the store EVERY time!


5 Emily June 29, 2009 at 9:03 pm

So glad you had a fun night with friends! That tofu dish looks especially yummy!


6 Abby June 29, 2009 at 9:03 pm

I enjoy the Swiffer products, so I’m curious for your review on this one. I recently bought the Clorox Wet Mop and was less than impressed.

And yes, you can say you’re excited for breakfast in the morning! I am always motivated to haul my butt out of bed at 5, knowing that breakfast is coming. I only wish I could enjoy it on my couch instead of in my car or at my desk (that’s what weekends are for, I suppose…)


7 Christina June 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

I love those Near East rice pilafs. They’re so easy and so good!


8 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 29, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Another lovely evening! All that food sounds AMAZING! I’ve never had many Indian meals before, but it sure looks good. :)

Enjoy your time working from home the next few days. It’s always nice to have that option!


9 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now June 29, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Aww, I love the kitties. They’re so cute!


10 sonia June 29, 2009 at 9:12 pm

I almost forgot – I saw this recipe on another site and thought of you.

Upma is a light breakfast option made with cream of wheat generally.


11 Penny June 29, 2009 at 9:12 pm

The black kitty with the orange face is beautiful!!! Very interesting markings.


12 Mara @ What's for Dinner? June 29, 2009 at 9:16 pm

LOVE the cat pics, and the meal doesn’t look bad either :)


13 Priyanka June 29, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Awwww the kitties are so cute!!


14 Cait (Cait's Plate) June 29, 2009 at 9:23 pm

I was literally JUST thinking the same exact thing – I’m already excited for breakfast! HAHA! Mornings really are the best :)


15 Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) June 29, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Hope your Swiffer Vac does the trick! I love your dress :)


16 Emily (Healthy Fit Mama) June 29, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I love your dress!! And I’m glad to know that I’m not the only one who gets excited for the next morning’s breakfast shortly after dinner! 😉


17 Ryane June 29, 2009 at 9:51 pm

I could make up a “these are a few of my favorite things” song using cats, curry and your cute little icons!


18 Anne K. June 29, 2009 at 9:53 pm

I’m glad you had such a fun night! The food spread looks delicious, and those kitties are adorable 😀


19 leslie June 29, 2009 at 10:01 pm

i love indian food. the whole spread looks amazing!


20 Deva June 29, 2009 at 10:05 pm

I envy your Indian themed dinner party! I love Indian food – curries are my favorite :) The kitties are adorable, too!


21 keekee June 29, 2009 at 10:09 pm

did you mean that you hated almond chocolate biscoti or u had? LOL


22 Diana June 29, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Lovely recap, as always! Maybe next time we can coerce the kitties to play with us? :)


23 Amie June 29, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I LOVE my Swiffer Sweeper…my only complaint is that eventually, my battery stopped charging :( Have fun cleaning!


24 Linda June 29, 2009 at 10:43 pm

i’m sure those leftovers will taste even more divine tomorrow.


25 Rebeca June 29, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Awww… I love kitties… but I really want a pup…

The same thing happened to me when I got that Swiffer vac… I contacted them and argued (nicely) my way into the rebate… My dad says that rebates are generally handled by an outside company, who often deny claims because it means greater profits, and they just hope that people won’t question the denial. It’s such a mess :/


26 Lynette June 29, 2009 at 10:45 pm

I love the Near East couscous – it’s so good and super easy to make. Those kitties are too cute!


27 Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write June 29, 2009 at 10:51 pm

Wow kath. Your dress is gorgeous! Sounds like a really fun time. I love Indian food.


28 Cara June 29, 2009 at 10:56 pm

I love the photo of the orange kitty talking! :) Looks like you all had a great time this evening.


29 Jenn (www. ) June 29, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Awww! I <3 the kitties :) They look like 2 of ours! We have 10… no, not a typo lol.



30 Susan @ Nurse on the Run June 29, 2009 at 11:25 pm

I looooove Indian food! My parents developed a taste for it when they lived in London back they had kids, so my mom cooked it a couple times a month at home. So delicious!


31 sue June 29, 2009 at 11:34 pm

mmm what a great spread of food! that’s a really cute pic of u and matt!


32 Runeatrepeat June 30, 2009 at 12:07 am

I get sad when animals don’t let me pet them, I kinda take it personally…


33 Angela McKeller June 30, 2009 at 2:22 am

Oh wow, that food looked amazing! May I invite myself next time? haha!! Cats and curry got my attention, but great blog! lol

Thanks for the pics. Oh, where do I get a recipe for the almond chocolate biscotti? Or everything else, for that matter!




34 Shannon (The Daily BalanceO June 30, 2009 at 4:41 am

what a delicious spread!! I love trying other people’s signature dishes!


35 Stacey June 30, 2009 at 5:01 am

Lol that’s what my cat does when people come around, except he has no where to go because he is an inside cat, so he usually just hides behind the tv or under the couch, haha…looks like you had some friends and fun! A good mix on a Monday night :)


36 Christie @ Find My Weigh June 30, 2009 at 5:03 am

I have a cat that is not a people kitty either. He is an indoor cat but always hides when we have company. He was a rescue kitty from the golf course that I work for and is very sweet but just doesn’t like people. That is the funny thing about cats, you never know what you are going to get 😀


37 Lauren June 30, 2009 at 6:16 am

I have the same issues with my kitchen floor but discovered my love for the Swivel Sweeper. If this Swiffer doesn’t work as well as you’d hope, give the Swival Sweeper a try. I swear by this thing! :)

Glad you had a great night with friends. Indian food sounds awesome.


38 haya June 30, 2009 at 6:48 am

don’t you have a roomba? is that no good for crumbs?
swiffer sweepers are pretty useless and generate a whole bunch of unnecessary garbage with the throwaway cloths.


39 Sarah June 30, 2009 at 7:03 am

Awwwwh sweet cats!
I have the following question: as far as calories and metabolism are concerned, does it make a difference if you eat only a certain amount of calories or if you eat more calories, but lose them because of exercice? What I mean: is it the same if you eat, say 1500 cal/day or if you eat 2000 but lose 500 through exercice? Is your metabolism also going to be slower in the second case?

Don’t you want to open a bakery in Zurich, Switzerland? ) ; We have a lake, mountains, great running trails and it’s almost always ranked in the first cities worlwide for quality of life…


40 Lisa June 30, 2009 at 7:08 am

I LOVE Indian food–I might have to fix some tonight, now that you’ve got my taste buds all primed. But I have to say, Kath…I was a little taken aback when I opened the page and saw “Cats” and “Curry” in the same headline–sorry, I couldn’t help it! ;-P


41 Rachel June 30, 2009 at 7:46 am

I love the Swiffer Sweeper Vac! I hope you have an equally amazing experience with it!


42 Barbara June 30, 2009 at 7:50 am


Your dress is just beautiful. Sounds like a wonderful relaxing evening:)



43 Jodi June 30, 2009 at 8:05 am

I also love the swiffer vac! Hope it works for you as well as it works for us 😉


44 Victoria June 30, 2009 at 8:11 am

Annie must be a great cook. I love Indian food. Looks like a pretty great spread!


45 Kath June 30, 2009 at 8:13 am

Thanks everyone :)

keekee ,
Haha – HAD. I certainly didn’t hate it!!

Angela McKeller,
Good ol’ Trader Joes!

haya ,
Yes, but sadly the Roomba lost it’s oomph. And I need something that I can designate to pick up a crumb ASAP – Roomba is better for maintenance. I use him upstairs now where there is less dirt.

Sarah ,
In terms of weight maintenance, both scenarios should be equal. But I’d say in terms of speeding up metabolism, exercise always wins. The more muscle you maintain, the faster your metabolism will be. So for overall health and cardio fitness, go with the exercise :)



46 haya June 30, 2009 at 8:18 am

oh that is disappointing!
i will have to investigate this swiffer vac. lugging the big vaccuum up and down the stairs is annoying and i hate crumbs on the floor (and crumbs on the downstairs rugs)


47 WendyF June 30, 2009 at 8:46 am

That curry looked yummy. And the kitties were so cute. We just adopted an orange kitty


48 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale June 30, 2009 at 9:23 am

Oh my, I love Indian food. If you’re ever up in Chicago again, you should check out our Indian neighborhood, on Devon Ave. There’s a restaurant here called Tiffin, and it is to die for good! Lots of vegetarian options, and good Indian beer too!


49 Madelin @ What is for breakfast? June 30, 2009 at 9:27 am

I love curry and cats!!! 2 of my favourite things :) such cute kitties!


50 Meghan@traveleatlove June 30, 2009 at 11:05 am

I love love love your dress!


51 Jess June 30, 2009 at 11:28 am

I love Indian food and have had such cravings for it lately. The kittens are adorable!


52 Jenn@slim-shoppin June 30, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Kath, I love your sundress in that picture, so cute!


53 Faith June 30, 2009 at 3:46 pm

I’m honestly dying for Indian food now. That looks so good!


54 Tiffany June 30, 2009 at 3:59 pm

L-O-V-E the swiffer vac! With a dog in the house, it’s a must!


55 katycoffey June 30, 2009 at 7:21 pm

not sure if you already know this – but you can always use expired bed, bath, and beyond coupons….they have an expiration date printed on them – but store policy is that their coupons never expire! and to top that off – they accept competitor coupons too (linens and things used to have 20% off total purchase coupons rather than just 20% off one item coupons – and bbb always accepted them!)


56 Snake July 2, 2009 at 4:00 pm

Dang, I thought this post was gonna be about Davidson and Steph Curry . . .



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