Family Feast

October 4, 2009

Matt and I went out walking (~40 mins) this afternoon and I came home to some of Maggie‘s tea –

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2 hours later Karen arrived for dinner and I was presented with a glass of wine at my desk!

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We enjoyed a wonderful family dinner tonight with Karen. Matt did all the cooking while the girls gabbed!

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Whole organic Costco chicken with roasted veggies and swiss chard

He cooked the chicken in pieces in a roasting pan, although he browned the skin in a pot first. It was good, but I only ate half of my chicken breast. Give me veggies and I’m unstoppable, but give me chicken and I’m satisfied with a few good bites.

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I added some cinnamon to my plate!

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The unstoppables. I had even more than photographed when I finished Karen’s! They were cooked below the chicken in the roasting pan. Fabulouso.

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The chard was steamed with bacon and dates and topped with gorgonzola

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Good meals need good wine

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We cheers’ed to Andrew’s Graduation (inside joke :) ) and to future vacations!

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Fun, fun night. Going to relax and tomorrow I’m getting back in the swing of hard work on this computer!



Here it is. The first of FOUR Google tutorials. The bad part is that it’s kind of blurry, but I didn’t know the best way to do this and after an hour of videos, I was not going to re-do them because the text is hard to see. The audio is most important. Hope it’s helpful!




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1 Courtney October 4, 2009 at 7:40 pm

YAY for gmail tutorials, been watching for this to show up!!

Adventures in Tri-ing


2 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 4, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Looks so yummy!


3 Brie (The Fit Bride) October 4, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Mmm, those veggies look great. So does the wine!


4 Food Makes Fun Fuel October 4, 2009 at 8:01 pm

My school converted from its own server to gmail and it’s soooo much better


5 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 4, 2009 at 8:01 pm

Wait, you’re so adorable. I want your accent!! Great tutorial, from a fellow Google admirer :)


6 Jenna October 4, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Your dinner sounds dang good. Love Sunday night meals. There is something so special about them :)


7 Heather October 4, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Your dinner looks great – I love roasted veggies too!

I can’t wait to watch the gmail video – I can always stand to learn something!


8 Elina October 4, 2009 at 8:12 pm

Roasted veggies are my absolute favorite part of fall. I definitely can eat a whole pan-full :)
Thanks for the tutorial. I haven’t watched it but I’m sure it’s very informative since you’re an organizing queen 😀


9 Kirsten October 4, 2009 at 8:14 pm

That white wine looks refreshing! Looking forward to hearing more about upcoming trips!


10 Mara @ What's for Dinner? October 4, 2009 at 8:15 pm

I’m so glad that you’re opening your readers up to the wonder that is GMail and Google Tools! Its such great stuff!


11 Lizzy October 4, 2009 at 8:16 pm

o how i can’t wait to watch this! :)

Glad your evening was fun! :)


12 miche98 October 4, 2009 at 8:20 pm

Kath, you can use screen capture SW (i.e. camstudio) to capture video of your screen. So much easier and readable.


13 angieinatlanta October 4, 2009 at 8:20 pm

YUM @ roasted veggies on a niece fall night! Sounds awesome! And bacon + chard sounds like a fantastic combination!

Thanks for the Gmail tutorial; you are the organization queen!


14 Weekly Bite October 4, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Your post is making me wish I roasted a chicken for dinner! Maybe next time! Have a great evening!


15 Kath October 4, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Yes, I know, and I’ve done that before. But there are SO many Gmail features that screen shot would have taken me years to do.



16 Priyanka October 4, 2009 at 8:27 pm

Yay the GMAIL tutorial is here!! Thanks for that!!

Veggies yum!


17 sue October 4, 2009 at 8:30 pm

ooh the chard sounds the yummiest- all my favorite flavors!


18 Chloe (Naturally Frugal) October 4, 2009 at 8:37 pm

I just learned so much from that video and can’t wait to learn more! Thanks for the tutorial Kath!


19 Cara (Cara Craves...) October 4, 2009 at 8:38 pm

I love how you put cinnamon on everything!
It’s great!


20 Daria @ Daria Can Cook October 4, 2009 at 8:39 pm

Great tutorial! I use gmail but never take the time to investigate all the features.


21 Jenna October 4, 2009 at 9:03 pm

sounds like a fun night!


22 joy October 4, 2009 at 9:06 pm

yay! can’t wait for the next gmail video- gmail and google calendar save my life


23 miche98 October 4, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Kath, I didn’t mean (still) screen shots. I don’t see a reason that this would have taken you years to do. What I tried to tell was to use a SW that will capture everything on your screen into a video automatically (it will be the asme as what you did today, only more readable). You want to make sure the SW you choose can capture your audio, too. There are free ones, and they work great.


24 Jenn (www. ) October 4, 2009 at 9:15 pm

They veggies look perfectly cooked! Gorgonzola is a great pungent cheese; a little goes a long way. :)



25 Rebecca October 4, 2009 at 9:22 pm

I’m the same way with chicken! I had the same sort of dinner tonight. 90% veggies on my plate, 10% chicken.


26 Marie October 4, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Have you tried jingproject dot com? It is free and allows you to do what you did but directly records what you’re doing on the computer and also allows you to add audio simultaneously. If I’m not mistaken what you’re trying to do is called “screencasting”- so if jing doesn’t work for you… google that- I’m sure there are many other ways to do it. Hope that helps!


27 Amy October 4, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Great tutorial. I just followed along and beefed up my gmail capabilities — I’m loving the fall colors and disabled web clips!! Though, I might have kept the canned responses gmail lab a secret if I were you!! 😉


28 Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now October 4, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Dinner looks so colorful and pretty! And I always love your videos!!


29 Kelsey October 4, 2009 at 9:33 pm

thanks kath! i love gmail and now that i know more i love gmail even more!!!


30 Rebeca October 4, 2009 at 9:47 pm

Thanks Kath!
This was awesome :)


31 *Andrea* October 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm



32 Kay October 4, 2009 at 10:10 pm

I love anything Google as well! (Gmail, Chrome, Picasa to name a few).

Thanks for your video! But quick question: I use multiple inboxes, but can’t get my first pane to be completely clear like yours (I already left Pane 0 blank in my settings). What do I need to do to get it cleared?


33 emily c October 4, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Kath, thank you for that wonderful gmail tutorial! I’ve been a faithful gmailer for years, and I am loving all your tricks and tips! It was so helpful and I can’t wait for the next installment!


34 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 4, 2009 at 10:29 pm

Thanks for the great tutorial Kath! It’s nice to have such expert advice. :)

Dinner looks just fabulous! Perfect way to end the weekend.


35 Heather October 4, 2009 at 10:33 pm

This may seem a little random, but I gotta say, I love it when Karen is in your posts! She seems like a fab mother-in-law. Always doing nice things for you two. I made her Symphony bar brownies tonight. Total wow. Yay, Karen!


36 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) October 4, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Hey Kath just wanted to let you know I made your butternut squash and carrot beef soup- omg, it was amazing! Thank you! If you want to see my results, take a peek at my blog. :)


37 Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) October 4, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Hey Kath- I’ve just recently been grinding my own cinnamon from the whole bark form. It is sooo spicy and tasty! And even a tad crunchy (I like that)…I ground some today in a coffee grinder type thing. otherwise if I add it to my shakes, I’ll throw it into the Vmix. Just a thought if you like really fresh cinnamon- it’s got a whole different flava! :-)


38 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 4, 2009 at 11:19 pm

chard with bacon and dates sounds amazing – i love greens with dried fruit and dates are the king of dried fruits!


39 maria October 5, 2009 at 2:18 am

I thoroughly enjoyed your tutorial and I’m really looking forward to the others. This one was super helpful and showed me a bunch of things about Gmail I didn’t know!


40 Maggie October 5, 2009 at 2:57 am

Thank you so much for the tutorial!! This is great :)

I’m the same way with veggies and meats… I could eat veggies forever, but can’t have more than a few bites of meat. Weird.


41 Jac October 5, 2009 at 3:20 am

the roasted veges look so good.. i feel like making some now.. i bet you can just have it as a meal!


42 Shannon October 5, 2009 at 4:45 am

I made a huge pan of roasted veggies tonight. You’re right, it’s easy to eat lots when it comes to the veggies!


43 christie, honoring health October 5, 2009 at 4:54 am

Wow, thanks for the super cool gmail video! I had no idea you could do all that stuff. I can really make use of that multiple inbox sort!


44 Diana October 5, 2009 at 6:25 am

That’s a pretty cool tutorial :)


45 Samantha October 5, 2009 at 6:54 am

Kath–thanks for the tutorials! I was really confused about multiple inboxes, so this helps a bunch. This comes at a perfect time since I’m trying to harness the awesome organiztional power of Google! Can’t wait to see the rest.


46 Cynthia (It All Changes) October 5, 2009 at 7:35 am

Thank you so much. I’m super intimidated by Gmail. I just learned how to use task list from your blog.

Do you know if there is a way to redirect my emails from other email servers instead of having to go change my email for everyone?


47 Whitney @ Lettuce Love October 5, 2009 at 7:53 am

That looks great! And I am totally obsessed with gmail — Love it!


48 Naomi (onefitfoodie) October 5, 2009 at 8:29 am

thanks for the tutorial, so informative your the best kath!


49 Kath October 5, 2009 at 9:00 am

miche98 + Marie,
OMG – had no idea that was free and easy to do. Thank you!! I thought you meant stills – sorry!

marie, is awesome. videos are coming!

I’m not sure what you mean. can you send me a screen shot?

Aw thanks 😉


Sounds interesting and delicious!

yes, there def. is. Look for forwarding in your old email’s settings and and set it up to forward to gmail.



50 brandi October 5, 2009 at 9:09 am

roasted veggies are the best!

looks like you guys had a great weekend – we finally had some great fall weather, and it looks like you did in NC, too!


51 Heather October 5, 2009 at 10:10 am

What a great video! I am now working on my gmail inbox!


52 Angie (Losing It and Loving It) October 5, 2009 at 10:41 am

Great video! I can’t seem to find the multiple inbox option in my settings. It is not in the top bar where labs, themes, web clips, etc. are located.

Those veggies look so good!


53 Natalie October 5, 2009 at 1:56 pm

I have made so many roast chickens on top of the root veggies this month. Must be the fall weather beckoning me to make warm and cozy food. I swear it is the best way to cook a roast chicken. I also roast it at a high temperature (425F) for less time. This makes the veggies extra caramalized, and it’s way quicker. Yummers!


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