Energizer Sunny

May 28, 2011

Boy am I worn out after this morning!!! I’ve been going nonstop since 9:30 when I met KERF reader Kelly for a walk to the farmer’s market –


She’s moving here later this summer!


We browsed around


And I filled up on veggies in my backpack – basil peeking out the top! We’re growing basil but it’s not ready yet, so I picked up a huge bunch for $2 for a recipe this week. Also note the water bottle – bringing one to the market has been SO nice!


Back at home I put the basil in water


Put away my other veg


And got to work on a MASSIVE house clean!



  • Vacuumed all floors
  • Steam mopped all floors
  • Did 3 loads of laundry
  • Changed the sheets on 2 beds
  • Folded said laundry
  • Washed SHOWER CURTAIN and mat!
  • Wiped all baseboards ( <—worst chore ever and I rarely do it)
  • Spot cleaned
  • Wiped kitchen cabinets, including the upper parts that I can’t reach so I never clean

Shower curtain liner drying –>


My new smell set made cleaning lots of fun. I ordered a few of Laundry Tree’s blends because they were a good price and too tempting to not smell. I got Energy, which is minty, Tea Tree, which I thought was just a good one to have on hand, and CLEAN COTTON which totally rocks!! It’s the smell of a wonderful laundry detergent. Note it’s a fragrant oil and not an essential oil (the difference is noted here.) I want to make a linen spray with it! The three oils on the left are the ones I’ve gotten at Whole Foods – Peppermint, French Lavender, Vanilla.


I worked and worked and worked until I was weak. I didn’t really get hungry for lunch, but by the time I sat down to eat at 2:30 I was long overdue.


Hugh Jass salad with greens, carrot, lavender crunch hummus, honey and olive oil


Plus a swiss, jam + basil sandwich on Dakota


Swiss is NOT as good as sharp white cheddar! It’s the key to cheese + jam sandwiches


Found these guys in my yard –


Now that the shower is clean, I can use it. And then I can wash MY laundry –including the clothes I’ve been sweating in all morning!

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1 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen May 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I despise cleaning the shower but it’s the best feeling when it’s done and sparkly!


2 Estela @ Weekly Bite May 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm

I’m impressed by all your cleaning!! I need to take notes from you :)


3 kristi (sweet cheeks) May 28, 2011 at 3:09 pm

I’m planning a major spring cleaning day too…SOON! I need to badly and it always makes me feel SO accomplished. can’t wait!


4 Katie May 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Whoa! How do you wash your liner? I hate replacing them, environmentally, but that’s what I’ve always done.


5 KathEats May 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I just stuck it in the washing machine with the curtain. That’s what my mom used to do and it worked really well. You risk it tearing, but I was willing to take the risk!


6 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife May 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm

other Swiss cheeses are amazing. Have you ever tried Grueyere? THE best on cheese + jam sandwiches! (my mom is Swiss)

And I too am doing a buttload of cleaning today :)


7 KathEats May 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I don’t eat it enough!


8 Clara May 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm

So much cleaning! You’re my hero. Wanna come over? I have a few floors and a bathroom to clean 😉
Cleaning for amzaing hummus? Deal or no deal? 😉


9 KathEats May 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Hahah – no deal – I’m worn out!


10 Clara May 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

FML I knew I had to do this myself!


11 Clara May 28, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I guess you’re doing it like this guy (extremely funny):



12 KathEats May 28, 2011 at 4:01 pm

lol – soul mates


13 lynn @ the actor's diet May 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

i can’t wait to replant basil. my herb garden is busted


14 Cait @ Beyond Bananas May 28, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Wow – you really did everything you said you would with the cleaning… I never get as much done as I plan to!


15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm

UGH, I am so warn out from cleaning today! I still need to shower and I’m not done yet. That basil looks beautiful! I need to go to the store too…where is the day going?


16 [email protected] May 28, 2011 at 3:39 pm

that is a crazy productive morning Kath! Especially on a saturday. you seem so organized and on top of things. I think one of your strengths is administration?! :)


17 Molly @ RDexposed May 28, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I am too excited for our City Market starting next Friday! I think I need to go to our GH after looking at your delicious breads!


18 Kate May 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Love the chair in your hall- gorgeous! And those basil leaves are HUGE!


19 Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) May 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm

when i used to eat cheese by the boatload, i used to love extra extra sharp aged white cheddar. So good! And it’s even better when paired with wine :) Or in your case, jam. Yum!

Love the pic of you with your backpack…you look like a Farmers Market Goddess..totally green and eco chic and hip. Diggin it :)

And way to go on the essential oils and soap nuts. I am a big fan. I love E.O.’s. I make my own wet wipes using various E.O. blends.


20 Baking 'n' Books May 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I still eat cheese by the boatload – if any tips, let me know!

Yeah, I tried Swiss before, not impressed. I’m partial to Goat cheese.


21 Angel7 May 28, 2011 at 4:30 pm

One cleaning job that I do not like to do around the house is cleaning the bathtubs/showers.

Those purple flowers are so pretty–a great way to brighten the ambiance!



22 Toni May 28, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Did you use the soap nuts to do your laundry? If so, what was the verdict this time? Curious to know if you would switch from regular laundry soap to the nuts. Do you have any idea when your sample pack on the nuts will be available on Open Sky?


23 KathEats May 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm

So far, so good! The Clean Cotton fragrant oil is awesome!


24 KathEats May 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm

[I’m not sure when the special is, but hopefully in next 2 weeks]


25 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) May 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I can’t wait to walk to my farmer’s market on Tuesday morning :)


26 Alison @ Hospitality Haven May 28, 2011 at 5:06 pm

It sounds a lot like my day so far!! Lots of sweeping and dusting and cleaning and laundry around here! I’m pretty sure I could make a sweater with all the lint I’ve found… :S


27 staceyhealthylife May 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm

I can’t wait to see what you make with your basil. I just picked up some basil at the farmers market here this morning. I’m planning on baking a pesto sauce for some pasta for later this week.


28 Hilary May 28, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Yay for friends and farmers’ markets…a great way to start a Saturday for sure!


29 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out May 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm

We went to the market today, too.

And totally- the cheese is the key to the cheese-jam sandwich.


30 Brenda May 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Such a big batch of basil for $2!?!?! What a steal! You are one lucky girl to have such a great farmer’s market nearby!


31 Kristen @ The Red Velvet Life May 28, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Way to go on the cleaning, chica! And the farmer’s market looks so adorable! I’m moving and can’t wait to find my new farmer’s market :)


32 Holly @ The Runny Egg May 28, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I love massive house cleaning days — they are hard work but I love a good clean house!


33 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Oh geez, where do you get your energy to do all that cleaning? Want to send some of that energy over this way? 😛


34 SquatLikeALady May 28, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Wow you are one busy bee today!!!! :) I love the feeling of a newly-cleaned, no-chores-left house!


35 Jessica May 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Finally made it to Great Harvest today in Charlotte.


36 KathEats May 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm



37 Cate @ Liberal Simplicity May 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Oh, I LOVE those marathon cleaning days! There’s nothing like a fresh, clean house (and especially fresh linens), and plopping down in exhaustion at the end.

I think I’ll try cleaning our shower curtain liners in the washing machine. I’ve never done that before (just replaced them), but we have a front-loader now so it might work! I’m always amazed by how yucky those get.

I thought the cheese/jam sandwiches sounded totally gross until you mentioned the extra sharp cheddar, and now I can see it. I just made a bunch of vanilla strawberry jam today…maybe I will make a jam and cheese sandwich with some of it!


38 Ann May 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm

FACT: cleaning baseboards (and walls) is the WORST chore ever!!!!!!


39 Mary @ Bites and Bliss May 28, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I saw on this morning’s post that you were excited to get to cleaning the house and it motivated me to clean mine…except..it didn’t exactly happen. Whoops. :/ You certainly were busy, though!!


40 Hannah May 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm

I love Kelly’s top!


41 Tori (Fresh Fruition) May 28, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Cheese and jam sounds so good. I always get so lost in my work, too! By the time I finish I’m thinking “How did I not get hungry until now?” haha!


42 Kaitlyn @ 7 Plates May 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Wow, looks like such a productive day!!


43 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner May 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm

How awesome to meet one of your readers!!! Especially to go to the farmer’s market with her!

I love how you do cheese + jam!!!


44 Khushboo May 28, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Yday I made a goat cheese & mushroom omelet and had it with a piece of wholewheat topped with strawberry fruit preserves and omg I died with each bite! Why has it taken me this long to get on the egg, cheese, and jam combo??


45 Amykinz May 29, 2011 at 12:34 am

I am LOVING the Dakota bread! And FYI, as a Gestational Diabetic, it’s one of the ONLY breads I’ve found (or made) that doesn’t mess with my blood sugar levels!


46 KathEats May 29, 2011 at 9:19 am

So glad to hear that!!


47 Mary Frances May 31, 2011 at 8:18 am

Kath, are you just trying out Recipage or will you be putting all of your recipies featured on your blog in this format from now on? I know it is you blog (er, baby), but personally, I prefer to see the recipe and pictures right there scrolling down on your blog. Either way, I probably will still look; but on the Recipage format, I might be less likely to if I miss it or am in a hurry.


48 KathEats May 31, 2011 at 8:25 am

All of the recipes are on Recipage. I’ll probably delete the Recipes page soon. Didn’t want to until I knew I loved Recipage (and I do!)


49 Selena June 3, 2011 at 10:28 am

I buy a shower curtain liner from Restoration Hardware that is more fabric-y and washable…and it doesn’t rip. I replace it every 5 years or so I’d guess. Love it! Thought I’d share, I’m actually about due to buy a new one, hope they still sell it….


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