Dinner, Unexpected

December 11, 2011

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What a wacky Sunday. It went by so fast and was filled up to the brim.

Matt and I went for a 5 mile run after an hour of reading in bed. Hunger Games has me hooked!! We covered 5 miles to the Rotunda and back – nice!

Back home, it was 2:30 before we sat down to lunch.

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I made a salad with lettuce, tomatoes and the last 2 omelet muffins

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Plus clementine and sourdough toast with Trader Joe’s fig butter

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Water – up in heya!

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I tried one of Brittany’s 12 Days of Cookies for dessert!

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This afternoon we did some house things we’ve been meaning to do – re-caulking the upstairs bathtub (somewhat of a disaster – looks like a mess!), fixing some small things that needed fixing and drinking some beer

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For a freelance recipe project I’m working on – a cheese + beer pairing – we made some Matt Cracks and settled down to an afternoon snack

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The intention was to have a few nibbles to absorb the flavors of the cheese and beers and figure out the best pairings, but of course, the flavors were SO bold we had to consume much more than that to make our decisions.

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Coldness took over 5 minutes later –

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The tasting was incredible and we ended up eating what felt like dinner to our stomachs at 5pm

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So we declared it dinner and took the night off from cooking, which meant my trip to the grocery store was postponed.

Although I’m dying of thirst, I suppose we ate our fair share because I haven’t the slightest bit of hunger. My dinners have been seriously lacking in nutrition this week! I shall change that with a visit to the grocery store tomorrow.

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1 emily December 11, 2011 at 9:03 pm

What type of cheese is the dark orange (with the grey coating)? It looks fabulous!

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2 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Roelli Red Rock Aged Cheddar Blue [Shullsburg, WI] – it was incredible!!!!!

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3 emily December 11, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Cheddar blue?! I would die! That sounds like a great once-in-awhile dinner :D

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4 Sarah December 11, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Scrolled to the comments to find out what type of cheese that was also. Looks amazing! Now emailing my cheese man to find out how to get my paws on some.

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5 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot December 11, 2011 at 9:10 pm

I feel like I have not eaten a real meal all weekend either… but plenty of cheese and crackers for sure! Sometimes it is nice to just have snackey stuff and call it a meal ;)

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6 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Great pics! All of the cheese looks amazing. Lol @ the outfit change from sweater to warm coat. Cheese and crackers are my ideal dinner 7 days a week. I wish! Hehe

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7 HilJo December 11, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Gahhhhhh!!! I finally read the Hunger Games series this week, and they are SO FREAKING GOOD!!!!! Loved the first two, the third one just blew my mind and completed the series perfectly. Gosh, I cant stop thinking or talking about them. :) Im glad you are sucked into the book.

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8 Lauren December 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Looks like a wonderful Sunday! I loved all of the Hunger Games books-so good. I ran 5 miles this morning too, or at least an 8k, which was a new PDR so I am excited today! You make it sound so easy. But it was nice since it was in DC so it was flat and we got to run by the Capitol and a lot of nice buildings. I bet you can tell I’m tired from my early wake up call since I’m rambling, woops. Just had to add in the part about the Capitol since it’s sort of like the rotunda :)

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9 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm

That has been my dinner more than I care to admit to! :)

I think you’ve answered this before but I can’t find it – where did you find those cloths/napkins? I love them!

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10 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm

They’re from Etsy but the shop name slips my min!

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11 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 11, 2011 at 9:19 pm

That sounds like a delicious dinner to me!

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12 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 11, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Sounds like a perfect day! We didn’t cook tonight either. We had a nibble day!

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13 Kristen @ Change of Pace December 11, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Dinner might not have been the most nutritious but what a great moment to spend with your husband :)

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14 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles December 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Wacky Sundays are good Sundays- as long as I feel like I have accomplished a little something….. You two look like (and sound like) you accomplished a lot!

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15 Liz December 11, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Caulking the bathtub – use painter’s tape on both sides of the caulk line to achieve nice, clean edges. Just make sure to remove quickly so the tape doesn’t pull at the caulk once it sets. Also, if you don’t already have it, get the little plastic square (edge tool?) to smooth it out.

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16 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Too late :( We might have to re-do it. Do you think we can razor-cut it for a clean line?

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17 Liz December 11, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Maybe? Haven’t tried that before. Worst comes to worst, you mess it up even more and then you really have to re-do it! I’ve learned to accept less than perfect with most of our DIY attempts :)

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18 Dynamics December 11, 2011 at 11:01 pm

I just caulked behind my kitchen sink. Used the tape. Yikes. Not looking so good. I got white and should have gotten almond color caulk I am like you, it is not perfect! I can live with it since it is keeping the water from going inside the wall and doing damage. (Now I just need to take a grammar class.)

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19 Jillian December 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm

How funny- after kind of a wonky day of trying to get stuff done and not eating much, I realized I accidentally threw my piece of organic chicken I bought last night (meant for dinner) out with the trash when I was cleaning my fridge. Now I’m sitting here eating brie and crackers for dinner, which I never do, but I don’t feel like going grocery shopping! At least I have a ton of spinach, I guess, but I’m a protein gal- cheese and carbs aren’t usually enough for me, unless I’m just having a snack. I’m hoping my glass of wine distracts me from any impending hunger issues :D

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20 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Sounds delicious!

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21 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Oh I LOVE cheese and crackers. Esp when the cheese is SO freakin’ delish. Looks like an awesome Sunday dinner to me!

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22 Emily December 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm

U have me hooked on salads dressed with olive oil and sea salt!! yum! And I love cheese and crackers!!!

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23 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious December 11, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Homemade crackers, yum. Sounds like you had a perfect Sunday.

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24 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl December 11, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I think beer is always in order to wind down on a Sunday of a great weekend! ;)

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25 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 11, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Ahahahahahahh. Kath. I just laughed out LOUD at your picture sans jacket, then the exact same picture WITH jacket. Ahahah. Miss youuuu

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26 lynn @ the actor's diet December 11, 2011 at 10:51 pm

eeee! i am totally picking up a jar of fig butter when i go to TJ’s this week!

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27 Angel7 December 11, 2011 at 10:55 pm

I love homemade snacks, because you do not have to worry what ingredients were put in it that are not nutritious!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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28 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio December 11, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I love doing cheese and wine/beer pairings! So fun!

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29 Leslie December 11, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Is your jacket J. Crew?

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30 KathEats December 12, 2011 at 9:10 am

It’s Lands End

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31 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 11, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Beer + cheese sounds like the best Sunday afternoon ever!
We did wine over here, but no note taking just enjoying (a little too much) :)

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32 Khushboo December 11, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Mmmm cheese and crackers…all that’s missing is some wine (not a beer drinker :D)

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33 Linda December 12, 2011 at 1:32 am

Hi Kath,
Can I ask where your oatmeal colored sweater is from :)?

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34 KathEats December 12, 2011 at 9:17 am

Old Navy!

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35 Roxanne December 12, 2011 at 1:40 am

I have some issues with my bathroom/kitchen ceiling, the insurance company is coming in a few hours to take a look at it. We (my mom and I) are not too pleased, will post again to tell you what we found.
That dark orange cheese looks like a yam! LOL

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36 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 12, 2011 at 6:39 am

“, the flavors were SO bold we had to consume much more than that to make our decisions. ” — good thinking :)

And I love that you took the job seriously and bundled up with a jacket and hood for the tasting so you could stay out longer. My thoughts exactly, too!

Those Matt Crack crackers look…perfect! I want to make those!

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37 Simply Life December 12, 2011 at 7:22 am

oh this looks so fun! I love that the passions you and Matt have (food, bread, beer. etc) compliment each other so well and go together perfectly! :)

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38 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 12, 2011 at 7:38 am

I can never stop at just a tasting of cheese – I always have to have more! :D That sounds like a good dinner to me!

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39 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning December 12, 2011 at 7:48 am

I love making crackers! I made them (along with graham crackers) for co-workers as gifts last year. The possibilities were endless as to which herbs/seeds to add (and I think I ended up eating about 1,000 semi-burnt crackers that month).
And you reminded me- I need to make those omelet muffins, stat!

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40 Amanda December 12, 2011 at 7:49 am

We ahev been having a lot of nibbling dinner lately…it has become kind of grab, chat, snack…and become full few weeks! This week I am also going to make a plan so that we can have some real meals!

PS- I have the same bodum glasses at my house, but find that they break very easily…

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41 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 12, 2011 at 7:57 am

Cheese and crackers…yummy! Love the pics! I also had a laugh with the sweater and jacket…I couldn’t help thinking…wow it must be nice there that she doesn’t need a jacket…and then there you were with a jacket and full on hood…lol!

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42 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 12, 2011 at 8:04 am

Trader Joe’s fig butter is my favorite!

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43 Hillary December 12, 2011 at 8:27 am

Sometimes beer and cheese really is the perfect dinner—especially on a weekend!

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44 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 12, 2011 at 8:27 am

I’ve been seriously craving cheese and crackers lately and I’ve never thought of making my own. I’m rethinking that.

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45 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 12, 2011 at 8:41 am

This all looks fantastic! Yum :)

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46 Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe December 12, 2011 at 8:54 am

We did a craft beer pairing party for my husband’s birthday last year – so fun, and amazing how well some of the pairs worked out! My favorite though – the vanilla porter with peanut butter brownies. So decadent!

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47 Cait's Plate December 12, 2011 at 8:54 am

Sometimes unexpected dinners are the best – it’s almost nice to have dinner and done and over with and have the rest of the night to enjoy!

The picture of you guys sitting at the table in your sweater to you sitting in your puffer jacket cracked me up. Haha!

Sounds like you had a nice little Sunday – I’m glad :)

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48 Molly @ RDexposed December 12, 2011 at 8:54 am

My boyfriend is literally an expert at pairing beer with any food. I always rely on him for pairing information.
I’m glad to see some beer in this post since my latest post is almost entirely about beer!

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49 Jen December 12, 2011 at 9:11 am

The photos from no jacket to jacket are so cute!

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50 Joan December 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

It is Shullsburg Wisconsin. They make all kinds of great cheese there.

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51 KathEats December 12, 2011 at 9:32 am

Oops – thanks

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52 Heather @ Run Eat Play December 12, 2011 at 9:24 am

Your omelet muffins look amazing. I could probably live off crackers and cheese!

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53 Jessica @Hermoves December 12, 2011 at 9:28 am

Okay, first of all I am SO jealous of all of that cheese. I live and die for cheese! That spread looks unreal! Second, I love that you use Trader Joe’s Fig Butter. I use it every day in my egg sandwiches. I pair it with egg whites and Swiss on wheat toast. So good!

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54 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) December 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

I love these beer tasty pictures! So cute!

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55 Katrina December 12, 2011 at 11:33 am

If I eat one more meal or any more grazing like I have this past week, I’ll have to change my blog to Katrina Runs to Prevent Bleacher Ass. I’m going right after work to get groceries and make something that resembles nutrition for dinner. Glad to read I’m not alone in the nutrition department. :)

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56 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings December 12, 2011 at 11:50 pm

So much fun! I adore nights like this where everything just falls into place. Meal planning is one thing, and eating what presents itself — especially when it’s “work” — is all that much more fun. Love the outdoor scene! Especially when 3 days ago it was 1*F here to start the morning. Brrrrrr! :) Only a sign of what’s to come!

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57 Laura December 21, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Thanks to Matt for the cracker recipe. I appreciated the clear, complete directions. I gave the recipe a try and the crackers are fabulous. Much easier than I had expected and delicious! We enjoyed them for dinner with homemade tomato soup.

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58 KathEats December 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm

So glad!

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