Chard Pillows

August 2, 2010

Our internet is still spotty (router problems? connection problems?) and it’s driving me INSANE!!

Yoga, however, was the perfect release. I biked downtown (which was fun and easy!!) to meet Andrea as her guest for a yoga class at the big fancy gym downtown. I think a little dose of sunshine (which came out on my ride!), fresh air and exercise were just what I needed.

The class was good – 90 minutes and nice and flowy. But I really did miss the heat. And the music. And Tanner. But I know I need to just get beyond those things and look at my new options with a smile. It’s just hard! Yoga in Charlotte meant so much to me.

Anyways, the class was good. Challenging at times and a really nice mental break. And I liked the lavender scented eye pillows you could borrow for savasana!

My bike ride home was swift and hilly – about 15 minutes from downtown to home. Every way you go has huge hills! I was glistening with sweat when I returned home for sure.

Dinner was waiting!

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Bean + Chard Stoup

Topped with sunflower seeds. With pillows of swiss chard floating around.

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In my beloved Buddha bowl

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Matt sported the Salsabol for a fun bowl night theme

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Here’s his recipe recap:

Bean + Chard Stoup

  • 1.5C cooked adzuki beans
  • 1C cooked millet
  • .5C dry red lentils
  • 1 diced carrot
  • 2 diced celeries
  • 3C veggie broth
  • .5t garlic nuggets (the kind in the oil)
  • 1T garam masala
  • 2t paprika
  • 1t cinnamon
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch swiss chard (added 10 min before serving)

Put all in a pot (‘cept chard) and simmer for about an hour

And because my husband loves beer as much as he loves me (kind of 😉 )…tonight’s sample:

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I had a taste pour

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And a seltzer on the side

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Dessert…. a date stuffed with Biscoff!!! Oh my buttery heavens!

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Part of the reason I’m freaking out a bit is on Wednesday I’m departing on 2 WEEKS STRAIGHT of blog conferences!! BlogHer + the Healthy Living Summit. Back 2 back. 2 cities. Lots of fun.

LOTS of packing!!!!!!

A shout out to our fabulous Summit sponsors who made it possible to put on!

Going to tackle my list a bit – unless SYTYCD being available online ropes me in!!

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1 Shannon, Tropical Eats August 2, 2010 at 7:59 pm

gosh I everytime i see your Buddah Bowl I just melt.. it is so cute!!!
hope you can get some stable internet soon


2 Estela @ Weekly Bite August 2, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I’m gonna have to buy that Buddah Bowl! Every time I see it on your blog I always say that :)


3 Brittany (a healthy slice of life) August 2, 2010 at 8:03 pm

I love the bowls!

What is the latest with the bakery?


4 Kath August 2, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Location hunting again


5 Ginna August 2, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Kath you have a mac right? We always had issues with internet until we upgraded our wireless router to the mac one. No problems whatsoever now!


6 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Glad you got a little release, friends and sunshine! As for the date…it really is the little things that mean a lot…and are ridiculously delicious!


7 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 2, 2010 at 8:10 pm

Whew– can’t wait to see your whirlwind weeks up ahead!


8 Shannon (The Daily Balance) August 2, 2010 at 8:15 pm

lovely looking soup! – terrific idea to top it with sunflower seeds!


9 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 2, 2010 at 8:18 pm

cutie bowls! i love conferences – you’re gonna have a blast! wish i could go!


10 Liz August 2, 2010 at 8:21 pm

Just got me some Biscoff spread in San Francisco last weekend. It’s amazing!!!


11 lauri Watson August 2, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Dinner sounds fun! Kinda funny, I used GREEN chard in our dinner tonight!! Glad you found a new yoga spot! Can’t wait to read about your travels!


12 coco August 2, 2010 at 8:22 pm

I really like your optimist spirit Kath.. I need to learn that! :)


13 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 2, 2010 at 8:24 pm

That date + biscoff sounds so good!


14 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 2, 2010 at 8:33 pm

I can’t wait to hear about the conferences. I tried to get tickets to the S.F. BlogHer conference a while back but it was already SOLD OUT! I was SO bummed :( And I don’t think anyone is giving up their ticket. I guess there’s next year.
Glad yoga helped you to feel better….even though it wasn’t quite the same :)
Have a great evening!


15 Camille August 2, 2010 at 8:34 pm

I am so jealous of your bloggie conferences! I wanted to go to HLS so badly but I am moving that week :( I mean, yay for moving, boo for missing bloggie fun!


16 Cynthia (It All Changes) August 2, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Will you be there to see Caitlin on Thursday on TODAY?


17 Kath August 2, 2010 at 8:39 pm

I will be on an AIRPLANE during that time :( Worst place I could possibly be!


18 Stacey@ August 2, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Sounds like you got some fun times coming. Glad the workout helped your mood. Love the Stoup.


19 izzlecanoe August 2, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Hi Kath, Is your connection through wireless or is it wired. I am not an expert but if your wireless internet connection is coming and going then it might be interference from other radio signals or wireless (if you use a wired connection then please ignore this post). If that is the case then tuning the wireless router to a different channel can help. I don’t know if you or Matt would know how do do this, (you need to be able to log onto the router interface through your browser) or whether you can get help to sort it out. We had similar trouble with spotty wireless and tuning it to a different channel helped get rid of the problem. Hope you are able to sort out whatever it is soon.


20 Kath August 3, 2010 at 9:00 am

Wireless. And the modem is up in a bedroom so wired is not an option :(

I tried changing the channel and it didn’t appear to help any. Should I just keep trying different channels? We have no microwave, TV or home phone to interfere!

Thanks so much for the suggestion


21 Izzlecanoe August 3, 2010 at 9:13 am

No worries! We had to try a couple before we found one that was clear! So I guess it’s worth a try. However, our interference comes from other peoples networks because we are in a fairly densely packed neighborhood…… Good luck, I hope it works out soon.
Love your blog :-)


22 Nicole August 2, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Hey Kath,

Are you doing any public events while you’re in Chicago or are you pretty much tied up with the conference? Would be great to say hello. I feel like I’m headed down the same path as you, changing careers and embarking on my first prereq class (Chemistry) on the road to an RD program! If not, have a great time in Chicago! And pick up some coffee from our own Intelligentsia! I recommend the Black Cat Blend! :-)


23 Kath August 3, 2010 at 9:04 am

We will probably be out and about at some points – check the HLS website for the schedule. Saturday night is open, for me at least :)


24 Nicole August 3, 2010 at 10:08 pm

Would be fun to catch a coffee or a drink and say hello if you have some free time!


25 Anne August 2, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I have had a couple of yoga teachers that I have LOVED and had to move on from and it is hard. It’s worth it to shop around till you find another teacher/ studio that suits you. And in the meantime, remember that the Buddha says to practice non-attachment — or at least that is what my boyfriend tells me when I get too obsessed with my favorite yoga prof!


26 tanyasDailyProductReviews August 2, 2010 at 8:55 pm

change is hard …yoga….but you might end up finding something even better.desert looks good


27 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 2, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Glad yoga was great! 😀


28 Monique August 3, 2010 at 1:29 pm

I just love the title of your blog!


29 Rachael August 2, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Charlottesville has some pretty amazing yoga teachers, and a great ashram right outside of the city – it’s definitely hard to switch from a studio you love, but new yoga goodness will come with time.
Love chard – it’s my favorite green, and I’m often guilty of eating it straight from the garden!


30 Megan (Braise The Roof) August 2, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Woo hoo HLS is in less than 2 weeks!

A date? Biscoff? Together??? Oh, my! Now you’ve gone too far! 😉


31 Lisa @bakebikeblog August 2, 2010 at 9:27 pm

oooh what a tasty looking dinner!!!


32 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 2, 2010 at 9:30 pm

That soup look delish! I love beans + veggies, so yummy and filling.

Sounds like a fun upcoming 2 weeks, can’t wait for the (food) pics!!



33 Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm

I hate internet issues. We have a sort of lame provider that sometimes for no reason will screw us over!


34 Wei-Wei August 2, 2010 at 9:43 pm

Hmm, do you know anything about sweet applications for the adzuki bean? Stew it with a bit of sugar to taste, and then you can eat it chilled with a splash of milk and some ice. Try it! It’s a versatile summer OR winter stew-type dessert. :)



35 Kath August 3, 2010 at 9:01 am

Ooo no, I have not ventured into sweet beans!


36 Hannah August 2, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Oooh, those sunflower seeds must provide such a nice textural and flavour contrast to the nutty millet and soft chard! This is definitely going in the ‘to-make’ pile :)


37 stephanie@Avocado Nation August 2, 2010 at 9:59 pm

I love that buddha bowl! As soon as I get some money, I will be all over that. I haven’t tried adzuki beans, but maybe I will buy some this week.


38 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 2, 2010 at 10:03 pm

wow, that’s a quite the crazy summer schedule! don’t worry about the internet…it’ll get better soon and you’ll be back to 100% ease with blogging!


39 Allie August 2, 2010 at 10:13 pm

So lucky that you get to go away for 2 weeks! I can’t wait to read about all your travels. I hope the sun comes out for you tomorrow :)


40 Nicole August 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Are you still on your first Biscoff jar?!? If so, I’m impressed–I go throughout nutbutter/spreads as if they are going out of style :)


41 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 2, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Aw Kath I hope things get better for you. Just think of how lucky you are for a great rental, a great husband, wonderful food and a healthy body!


42 stephanie August 2, 2010 at 10:26 pm

Hey Kath,

What’s ingredients are in Biscoff? Its not nutbutter right? I’m now also obsessed with nutbutter and ordered Nuttzo from your opensky….Thinking I’d like to try the Biscoff, but what is it?


43 stephanie August 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm

ps hey did not have Biscoff spread at my local Wallgreens or supermarket :(


44 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 2, 2010 at 10:39 pm

That buddha bowl is pretty awesome and the stoup looks delicious!!


45 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 2, 2010 at 11:50 pm

I’m excited and looking forward to reading all about your blog related adventures, particularly the Healthy Living Summit. That swiss chard soup looks incredible! Loaded with protein, fiber, and veggies. Love it!


46 [email protected] August 3, 2010 at 12:10 am

i bet this was SO TASTY! i love chard and i would never have thought of mixing it in a delicious bowl like this!! mm and with adzuki beans? YUM!


47 Laura August 3, 2010 at 1:08 am

Love the blog!


48 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 3, 2010 at 2:12 am

The soup sounds awesome :) it must be like living in such luxury to come home to a ready prepared meal :)


49 Vivi August 3, 2010 at 5:57 am

your front porch is awesome. have a great time at the blog conference!!!


50 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 3, 2010 at 5:59 am

What a busy two weeks you have coming up! They sound like they’ll be jam packed with fun, all at the same time though. 😀 One of these years, I’d love to make it to the Healthy Living Summit.

The buddha bowl = adorable!! 😀


51 holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 3, 2010 at 6:32 am

I love the his and her bowls — so cute and such fun colors. That stoup looks amazing — so rich and hearty but not so that it makes you feel stuffed.

It will be a busy 2 weeks but it will fly by, they always do!


52 Marina August 3, 2010 at 7:04 am

soup looks so yummy and comforting, perfect for this rainy weather over here.
Good luck with those two weeks!


53 Grace @ Front Porch Yoga August 3, 2010 at 7:27 am

Have you heard of Physiic? It’s a new company that offers life, interactive fitness classes. You could see if Tanner’s studio was interested in broadcasting their classes online (they just set up a webcam in the studio), and then you’d have access to those classes again! Although I do agree with Anne (earlier comment) about practicing non-attachment and that trying out new teachers is definitely a great thing! Physiic is just another option for when you might be homesick (although it seems like you are LUVing Cville, which is wonderful!).


54 Kath August 3, 2010 at 9:03 am

I haven’t, but I’m afraid it’s the heat and hands on that I miss the most!


55 Grace @ Front Porch Yoga August 3, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Gotchya! As far as heated goes, don’t know if you’ve ever tried Bikram yoga, but it is a killer workout and somewhat addicting (once you get the hang of it)…there’s a studio in your new neck of the woods, too:
Unlike vinyasa flow classes with tons of chaturanga push-ups and lots of upper body strengthening, Bikram uses a lot of lower body power (which you’d probably rock at from all the running!).


56 Kath August 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

I went there this winter – it wasn’t really my favorite, but I think I will have to make it work.


57 camm August 3, 2010 at 7:39 am

You must go to the devils backbone brwery at the foot of wintergreen resort!


58 Victoria August 3, 2010 at 8:48 am

all that traveling sounds fun! I just found out I’m going to blogher this week and I’m so excited!

also, you should totally check out the Peanut Butter & Co Shop when you’re in NYC if you can – it’s one of my favorites. You can even get a peanut butter tasting plate – like a wine flight, only for peanut butter! hahah


59 Jamie August 3, 2010 at 8:50 am

Sweet, Matt’s drinking Troeg’s! The brewery just down the street from where I live!


60 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies August 3, 2010 at 8:57 am

That soup looks/sounds amazingggg!


61 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 3, 2010 at 10:58 am

Haha! I love those Budda Bowls – so cute!


62 Monique August 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Interesting cinnamon addition! Looks quite yummy! Is this a silly question to ask? What is garam masala? A spice? If so, how did you know exactly what to use it in?


63 Kath August 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

It’s a spice, common in Indian foods, I believe. Kind of like all spice and cinnamon


64 Natalie August 3, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Ohh im so jealous of those buddha bowls, i’ve been desperate for a couple for so long ever since first seeing them on your blog (im an avid fan – about to start a dietetics degree and LOVE reading your blog!!!) If you ever happen to come accross anyone supplying these amazing bowls to the UK please let me know!!! *until then i shall go off and continue crying into my pillow… boo… hoo….*


65 Meagan August 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm

I love that buddah bowl, I just wish it wasn’t so expensive :(


66 ariel December 7, 2010 at 1:46 pm

the biscoff looks so in place – small, and tasty.


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