End Birthday. Begin Halloween.

October 27, 2008

Look what was being passed around our Chem Lab room!! I always allow myself a little bit of sugary goodness around Halloween + Valentines. I have been wanting to buy candy corn but just can’t rationalize a whole bag, so this was perfect to get my yearly fix :mrgreen:


Lunch held me over superbly today!! I didn’t really need a snack until around 5:00 the UPS man arrived with THIS!!!


They are from JUSTY!!!!!!!!!!! Way to extend the birthday week onward :) Thanks so much Justy – you’re my hero!! Of course I had to dig in right away and give ’em both a taste. The Honey Cinnamon is sooo good. It’s got a deep roasted cinnanamony taste that is going to be so good on apples!


I was really busy catching up on life before dinner and finally made a mocktail when I got up to get started. Not the best choice considering it’s freezing in here!


For dinner we made a lovely angel hair pasta dish using leftover bean-tomato bruschetta from the Oktoberfest. I also thawed and mixed in my new favorite food: frozen chopped spinach. So easy, so tasty!


Plus parmesan and red pepper flakes


And sides of bread on the new plates!! His and hers.



And I ended the night with some Quaker nibbles


I am off to ……. you guessed it…. take a bubble bath! I’m so addicted right  now, but I’m sure it’ll get old. I am going to study my Micro flashcards. I feel like that’s the only way I can make myself study. Then I’m getting in bed to READ! I have really been enjoying the whole “winding down” routine of bath + reading. It’s definitely made my life more peaceful and serene.

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1 Angie October 27, 2008 at 6:47 pm

Hey Kath- just wondering what your ‘thawing out’ process involves with the spinach? Do you drain it or dry it out somehow before you used it? Did you cook it or just mix it in? I always fiill and even when I drain it with a strainer it is soaked mess!

Happy 4 days til Friday :)


2 amy jo October 27, 2008 at 6:47 pm

That pasta looks fabulous – angel hair is my favorite!

What do you put in your mocktail? I don’t really like many alcoholic drinks, but I love something fancier and healthier than soda!


3 Angie October 27, 2008 at 6:48 pm

oops, I meant I always strain mine but even when I do it is a soppy mess!


4 VeggieGirl October 27, 2008 at 6:53 pm

Hooray for PB from Justy!!! 😀


5 magpie October 27, 2008 at 6:53 pm

Yay for bubble baths! We’re having pasta tonight too :) I’m excited. And I can’t wait for halloween. A bubble bath sounds like a FABULOUS idea.


6 haya October 27, 2008 at 6:57 pm

bubble baths are kind of a huge waste of water :( i always feel guilty taking them so i try and keep it to a couple times a year thing.


7 Krista October 27, 2008 at 6:58 pm

Awesome looking dinner! And PB! :)


8 Fig October 27, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Kath- Can you list the ingredients and nutritional facts for the nut butters. Im interested and its not on the website. How was the Butter Toffee?


9 Tracy October 27, 2008 at 7:07 pm

hahah sounds like fun…i don’t like peanut butter, but it’s nice to see that someone has a lotta love for it! btw, i just figured that i ran my 5k on sunday the 19th in 26:24 min! a nice birthday present for you i think! (26? =D)


10 Marianne October 27, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Nice PB! I wish we had some fancy PB’s up here in the Great White North. I do love my regular PB, but how can you go wrong with anything Butter Toffee?!


11 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 27, 2008 at 7:10 pm

I love candy corn!

I’m a little late with this, but Happy Birthday! Glad you had a good one :)


12 Trojan October 27, 2008 at 7:10 pm

The other day I purchased a bad of the candy corn/pumpkins candy mix just for 8 peices. I grabbed my 8 and threw the rest out…..it was sad but I have ZERO control with candy corn.


13 Shannon October 27, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Hi! I’m new here but I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while.
That pasta dish looks AMAZING!


14 Megan October 27, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Those PBs look amazing, especially the butter toffee one.

Dinner looks amazing as always.

Enjoy your bath and reading!


15 Mariposa October 27, 2008 at 7:16 pm

holy! that PB looks sooooo good! i would be sitting on the couch with DWTS and a jar of the Cinnamon one.. instead i think i should stick with my tea.. lol


16 Justy2003 October 27, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Yay, you got your birthday present! :) I was hoping they’d arrive before your big day, but I guess it helps to keep the birthday spirit alive! I thought the cinnamon one sounded really good, so I’m glad it is! Plus I figured the husband might stay out of it since he’s not a big cinnamon fan 😉
Enjoy your bubble bath!


17 sarah October 27, 2008 at 7:30 pm

AHHHHH! BUTTER TOFFEE PB! i searched high and low for it at whole foods AND southern season, but it was nowhere to be found.


a bubble bath sounds awesome. we were just thinking about how much it would improve our lives if we had a hot tub. someday . . .!


18 Hil October 27, 2008 at 7:34 pm

That peanut butter looks amazing. Justy, where in the world did you get those things?


19 Erin October 27, 2008 at 7:34 pm

I wonder if you eat the candy corn in sections by color.


20 coco October 27, 2008 at 7:56 pm

Dinner looks fabulous!!! And those new plates are so colorful, I love them!!!!!


21 Justy2003 October 27, 2008 at 8:17 pm

I ordered them from the company’s website (Naturally Nutty). I don’t think they’re in stores…and unfortunately shipping for them isn’t too cheap. :(


22 SmA033 October 27, 2008 at 8:18 pm

any idea where i could get those PB’s from???


23 Fig October 27, 2008 at 8:31 pm

check this out:
Pumpkin Peanut Butter
I have tried it and its ammmmazing but addicting



24 zestycook October 27, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Kath, All I can say is six words….

That pasta looks so friggin’ good!



25 HangryPants October 27, 2008 at 8:51 pm

Peanut butter in the mail! Yippeee.


26 Julie L October 27, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Kath – thanks for the help with my kale this afternoon – it was delish!! My husband still doesn’t like kale, but now that I have started liking it so much, I’ll eat what we get in the CSA next year by myself! He doesn’t like the chewiness – can you believe it?! That’s my favorite part! :)


27 Rose October 27, 2008 at 9:11 pm

A delivery of PB?? How nice!

Hope you enjoy your relaxing night!


28 mh October 27, 2008 at 9:12 pm

dinner looks great! I love bubble baths- they keep me sane and help me sleep! haha


29 kwaze October 27, 2008 at 9:20 pm

BTW…If you’re interested, the website for the Peanut butter is Naturallynutty.com. I just ordered some for myself:)


30 Biz319 October 27, 2008 at 9:21 pm

That looks really good Kath!

Love spinach!


31 jenner October 27, 2008 at 10:18 pm

hey Kath, i had 2 questions in my comment last night, but i guess you missed them…

1– is a marathon (26!) in your future?
2– where were you all planning to go hiking?!


32 Nick October 27, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Ooooh, you got some honey cinnamon roasted peanut butter from Naturally Nutty! How is it compared to the butter toffee? I’m still hooked on the butter toffee flavor, but which reigns supreme?!


33 emmy October 27, 2008 at 10:49 pm

sorry to be so late (I was out of town), but I wanted to wish you a happy 26th! You b-day festivities looked fantastic.


34 Madison (FollowMyWeigh) October 28, 2008 at 1:29 am

ooh cool looking peanut butter! i LOVE candy corn =P


35 Kath October 28, 2008 at 6:02 am

Angie ,
I put the spinach in a bowl and microwaved it for a few minutes until hot. There wasn’t much water, but if there had been I would have just squeezed it out and then added it.

amy jo,
It was diet tonic (not exactly “healthy”) and cherries (not really either!) but I enjoy them and they’re light on the calories. You could make it more natural with club soda and citrus.

All of that info is on Naturallynutty.com in the store when you click on a specific flavor:
(hope this link works)

Tracy ,
26 minutes – awesome!!!!! Thanks for making the effort JUST FOR MEEEE!

Trojan ,
You should have given it away! I love the pumpkins too – they have more “meat.”

Shannon ,

Justy2003 ,
Good reasoning with the husband!!! Thanks again :)

Erin ,
I have done that before, but this time they just got popped in one after another.

Fig ,
Checking out the pumpkin PB….

Julie L,
Glad you liked it!! You could cook it a little longer to reduce that nice chew so your hubby would like it more. Or make kale chips!

jenner ,
No marathons for me. With my history of foot problems, I just think I’d do more overall harm than good. Maybe I’ll just move into 6.2 10K’s instead. Guess the running industry loves 26!

Nick ,
Definitely just as good – with less butter, more cinnamon and the same thick sweet taste.



36 Kristie October 28, 2008 at 7:20 am

Candy corn is awesome.
And I am very jealous of those pb jars. The flavours sound AWESOME.


37 Beadie October 28, 2008 at 7:25 am

I have that pencil, it is my fav :)

That pasta looks fab!


38 Cat October 28, 2008 at 9:05 am

PB and cinnamon?? That sounds amazing! I may try ti make my own version of that. I made my own PB on Sunday (featured on my blog) and it came out so great that I might just start trying to fiddle with the different added flavors myself!! :)


39 Amanda October 28, 2008 at 9:17 am

Do you know what the website is for Naturally Nutty? Or where they sell their PB?


40 runjess October 28, 2008 at 10:03 am

I am so glad that I don’t like candy corn. Mini Reese’s cups, on the other hand…


41 PS October 28, 2008 at 10:31 am

Cinnamon and peanut butter together? My two favorite flavors ever!


42 Andrea (Off Her Cork) October 28, 2008 at 1:21 pm

Love the his and hers pics! I always think pictures like that look so cute. :)


43 AppleC October 29, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Hi Kath: I was catching up on your blog today and noticed the Naturally Nutty peanut butter. Thought I’d check it out – the vanilla ones don’t seem to have added sugar. Anyway – I contacted the company and referred them to your site since that’s where I found out about their product. They have a good story on how they got started and where they’re going: soon to be certified Organic. So – thanks for the info.
I started my own blog and would like to add http://www.katheats.com as a link. May I do this? Please check my blog to make sure you are comfortable with it. Good luck with your studies and best of luck to your husband and his new job.


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