Exploring!

April 19, 2008

The husband and I went on an adventure exploring two of Charlotte’s tiny outskirt towns: Matthews and Waxhaw.

Both have farmer’s markets. Both were basically shut down when we got there :( What are Saturday morning exercisers to do!? I knew the markets would be busiest from 7-9 a.m., but I didn’t think by 10:30 they would have cleared out when it’s supposed to be open until noon. Nevertheless, I sampled some excellent toffee and we came home with a head of lettuce and some kale. And we did about an hour of walking total around the towns. It felt like we were on vacation!

Here’s me at the entrance to the Matthews Market.

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Town #2: Waxhaw. About a 20 minute drive and in the MIDDLE of nowhere there lies a cute little town full of antique shops bisected by a railroad track.

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Since you guys have been requesting a photo of the two “lovebirds” together :)

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After a trip to Trader Joe’s and Harris Teeter, we made it home for lunch around 2pm. The Pumpkin Muesli held me over well!

I decided on a cheesy quesadilla -

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Strawberries, which were fantastic for early season!

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And a big ol’ spinach salad topped with shredded carrot, celery, capers, goat cheese, a sprinkle of sunflower seeds and some Annie’s Maple Ginger dressing.

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I decided I needed a bigger bowl to toss it in and then decided just to eat it out of the mixing bowl! It worked quite well :)

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This lunch was around 500 kcal, 8 grams of fiber and 40 grams protein.
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We’re having some friends over for a cookout tonight!! Blog reader Michelle and her husband are coming along with Ally and her friend. I’ve been craving a REAL hamburger, so that’s what I’ll be having. Gotta go get ready – there’s lots to do. Too bad the sun came out for a while but went into hiding again.

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1 lexi April 19, 2008 at 3:14 pm

kath,
today i had one of those days where you just want to keep EATING!! i had i binge today with made my days total calories to 2,150 SO FAR!! its not insanely because i binged on healthy and pretty low cal food but still i hate feeling so full and uncomfortable. got any tips?
thanks and keep up the AMAZING job you do! :)

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2 Alex April 19, 2008 at 3:19 pm

Love the pic of you and the husband – it looks like he was about to do a lunge but then decided to pose instead. ; )

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3 VeggieGirl April 19, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Looks like you and Matt had a lovely afternoon – too bad that the farmer’s markets were basically closed though!

Wow, those strawberries look so luscious!! Yum!!

Your cookout sounds like it will be filled with great food and great company!! Can’t wait to see photographs :0)

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4 DmL April 19, 2008 at 4:00 pm

what did you put in your quesadillas?

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5 Romina April 19, 2008 at 4:11 pm

I love little mini adventures. =) And a market is such a great place to go to.

You guys look so cute together!

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6 Yaz April 19, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Oh…you guys look adorable! Matt is so tall. I wish I could be taller, but I am just as tiny like you K.

The quesadillas look tasty.

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7 Kiala April 19, 2008 at 4:43 pm

I’ll be tall for all of us. How does that sound?

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8 BethT April 19, 2008 at 4:58 pm

I know you’re from Hillsborough – ever check out the Carrboro farmer’s market when you’re in that area?

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9 BethT April 19, 2008 at 5:03 pm

Oh, and Kath, I forgot to ask – did you see in the latest issue of Self that mango’s health benefits are best absorbed by the body when eaten with almonds? Thought that was interesting!

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10 hk April 19, 2008 at 5:04 pm

have a fun BBQ with the gang, definitely take some pictures :) sounds liks summer already!! (I know, I’m getting ahead of myself, but enjoy!!)

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11 Suzanne April 19, 2008 at 6:19 pm

so your day turned out nice even if the sun was doing a little hiding. :)

cute pic of you and the hubby!

have a great dinner with your friends. looking forward to seeing what you all ate.

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12 babycakes April 19, 2008 at 6:21 pm

you and the husband are too cute! So glad you two had a nice time exploring today. I adore farmer’s markets! Nothing like fresh, quality produce.

Have a great bbq tonight! :)

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13 Leng April 19, 2008 at 6:25 pm

Mmmm cheesy Quesadillas…YUMO!

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14 ms April 19, 2008 at 6:57 pm

Hey Kath. Those pictures are great.

I usually come back and forth to your blog and have picked up several great recipes from you. The most recent one that we had for dinner last night was your shrimp pasta with the roasted red pepper and feta sauce. It was amazing. And it heated up even better for lunch today! Thanks for all the great recommendations. Keep ‘em coming….

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15 Dinah Soar April 19, 2008 at 10:13 pm

I used to live in Matthews and one of my best friends still lives there…and I’ve visited Waxhaw…there used to be a store in Waxhaw called Furniture Factory World and the store commercials featured “furniture man”…this was back in the 1980′s.

FYI–10:30 is late to get anything at a Farmers Market…most people hit the market early…probably around 7am.

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16 Kath April 20, 2008 at 7:08 am

Lexi,
My best advice is to remember how you felt before, during and after the binge. Ingrain it into your brain. The next time it starts, remember how you felt after and try to picture how you would rather feel. It takes practice, but I found that learning by experience was what changed me over time.

Alex ,
Maybe I was about to do a lunge!! :)

DmL ,
Cheese! 1.5 servings of reduced fat shredded Mexican to be exact.

BethT ,
I haven’t ever been to the Carrboro one – since I don’t buy the groceries for my family when I visit since the fridge is already stocked :) But it would be fun to check out someday. Just to browse.

Dinah Soar,
We probably walked past that store – but we didn’t go in too many. You know, I always thought it was obnoxious that the farmers “left early” but it didn’t even cross my mind that there’s competition for the supply of veggies and the reason to go early is to buy them before they’re gone! Thanks for the kick in the pants reminder :)

Kath

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