February Showers Rain On Pretty Flowers

February 28, 2009

I decided I would rather see these inside to brighten my day than out in our yard. And who knows if they’ll survive the blizzard that we might get on Monday!

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I got a sudden urge to go to the gym at 10:30, so we hopped in the car and went. It was a MADHOUSE there. I think everyone slept late and then went inside from the rain. I managed to find an elliptical where I stayed planted for 45 minutes reading Health. The hus Matt and I then did a round of lifting on a cable machine and I followed with shoulders with free weights. I forgot to mention that yoga completely cured my immunization shoulder soreness this morning!

After we were home and showered we assembled lunch. I decided on a sandwich and just had have another Pumpkin Butter + Tempeh one. On Dakota bread.

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I had a small side salad with green leaf lettuce, carrot, green pepper, walnuts and Annie’s Raspberry dressing.

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And ended with some TJ’s Greek yogurt (it’s been so long since I’ve had plain greek – I missed it so much!!) with some GoLean, wheatberries and raspberry jam

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Along with a plain seltzer that I spiked with POM.

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Guest Lunch Post: The Husband!

I drooled a little on this. He took our leftover Eggplant Ricotta Rolls and put them between some wheat sourdough! All toasted in the oven…

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And he had some yogurt with banana, blueberry muffin and walnuts

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In Other News

Rebecca made the Nutty Vanilla Sweet Potato + Kale Soup and loved it!

And Peanut Butter Boy Nick is holding a PB Sandwich contest!

Leah at Simply Fabulous Now is giving away some Trek bars!

I’ll end with this quote I liked from Minka Kelly, whose interview article in Health was very down-to-earth:

What is the toughest thing that you’ve faced so far in your career?

When I first started out, I wanted everyone to like me. If someone didn’t, then it would absolutely devastate me. The toughest thing I had to learn was that some people are going to like you and some aren’t. And when you’re focusing all this energy on the people who don’t like you, you could be putting it into people who do love you and deserve your time.

I think that definitely applies to us bloggers and the occasional rude comments we all inevitably get.

Wishing you all a cheerful Saturday!

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1 Diana February 28, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Your flowers look beautiful!!! So does the food of course! I love Matt’s Guest Lunch Post – YUMMY! Thanks for the contest links! I’ve got on going on again too! Be sure to pop by!


2 joyful February 28, 2009 at 2:14 pm

I’m so jealous you already have daffodils in your yard! I have at least a couple weeks before any bloom here. However, I am definitely not jealous of the snow. I live in Western NC but we’re only supposed to get one to three inches, I can’t believe you guys are getting more than us! Good luck!


3 Elizabeth (thelongweigh) February 28, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Those flowers are gorgeous! I cant get enough of fresh flowers. Both of your lunches look delicious too!

I’m glad yoga helped out with your arm soreness.. I wish it would help my knee soreness!


4 allie February 28, 2009 at 2:32 pm

that is such a good quote. I recently got a promotion, and having been at my job for not very long, it surprised a lot of the old timers. I always try to remember this quote when people are giving me a hard time, reminding myself of all the good work I am doing with the newer staff who appreciate me.
I love your blog, and note how hard you work at your heath. You r a true inspiration


5 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 28, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Gorgeous lunch and love that guest lunch! Looks incredibly delicious. Enjoy the rest of your day!


6 Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm

I’m so jealous that you have flowers in your yard!! I’m drooling at Matt’s lunch :)


7 VeggieGirl February 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm

Lovely flowers!!

Damn, that is one hell of a sandwich that Matt had, haha – love it!! 😀



8 Emily February 28, 2009 at 2:41 pm

the husband’s sandwich looks amazing!
I just bought some pumpkin butter today, and I’m super excited to try it.


9 Krista February 28, 2009 at 2:41 pm

The daffodils are gorgeous, as is Matt’s lunch!!!


10 Jess February 28, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I’ve been spiking my Diet Cokes with POM. Your husband’s sandwich made me drool too.


11 Liz February 28, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Kath, Glad to hear you’re feeling better. Enjoy the weekend and have fun!


12 Jenna February 28, 2009 at 2:55 pm

kath- your flowers look so beautiful!!!


13 Lisa February 28, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Wow on the daffodils! I can’t wait till they start blooming here – we’ve got quite a ways to go.

I knew Ohio University was the right school for me when I came to visit one spring and there was a hippie on the corner with a bucket of daffodils, handing them out to people who walked by.

Glad to hear your arm is feeling better.


14 Lynna February 28, 2009 at 3:13 pm

Not fair guys can eat so much!! Matt’s sandwich looks huge.

I have to try making those eggplant rolls sometime, they look great. Enjoy your weekend.


15 Lindsay February 28, 2009 at 3:14 pm

I am so glad that I found your blog…. I used to read the blog on Self.com and she never posted on the weekends or friday nights… I am sooo glad that you are always posting… it gives me hope that I can start eating healthy too!!
Good Luck with your upcoming trip… it sounds like it should be fun!!


16 caitlin February 28, 2009 at 3:16 pm

great quote. i need to remember that b/c i really let neg comments get to me sometimes!


17 brandi February 28, 2009 at 3:18 pm

oh man, his sandwich looks awesome!


18 Rose February 28, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Way to bring those flowers inside – good idea with the wintry mix coming soon. I so wished I had flowers growing in a yard… apartment life is blah after a while :(

Matt’s sandwich looks SO SO delicious – yowza.

Love the question for today… I think one of the hardest things I’ve faced is being “the young one” in the office and not letting people’s comments get to me too much… the same with blog comments – I can read too much into them sometimes, that’s for sure…


19 Meg February 28, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Gosh so many contests going on! Did you hear about the one at chocolatecoveredkatie.wordpress.com? She’s giving away a whole box of jocalat bars!

And someone else is giving away barney butter, I saw, but I forget who.

But I really want to win those jocalats!


20 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) February 28, 2009 at 3:29 pm

mmmm, husband’s lunch has me drooling, too! and ugh, i hate the weekend gym crowd — i avoid it at all costs!


21 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) February 28, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Hey Kath….that quote is awesome. I remember my first rude comment….and to my horror, it was not even directed to my food, but the way that I looked when I posted a picture to myself. As if I needed that! I blog to inspire and encourage others to lead a healthy rich life free of disordered eating and the tight grip it can have on us. it was totally unwanted and completely harsh-I was pretty hurt. But that was back in November when I had just begin. Now, I can look back and smile, blogging has made me more confident in the way that I live my life- and if someone has a problem with it, that’s their issue.

Thanks for that thought-provoker!

Always, LEE!


22 Sharon February 28, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Wow, love the eeats!


23 sue February 28, 2009 at 3:32 pm

gorgeous flowers! glad you’re feeling better today!


24 Moran February 28, 2009 at 3:47 pm

I loved the flowers! enjoy the rest of your saturday!


25 Jen February 28, 2009 at 3:50 pm

Don’t let the negative comments get to you Kath . . . you’re a wonderful person for sharing a little piece of your life with us all.

I do have to say that you’re the first food blog I ever read and I’ve been reading KERF for about a year now. I still consider you my fave blogger b/c you put so much time and effort into your blog and I feel like you’ve created a great community of friends who support one another.

Keep on eatin’ so i can keep on readin’ and learnin’ 😉


26 Alexandra February 28, 2009 at 3:54 pm

I’ve been reading your blog daily for the past two weeks! I don’t even know how I originally came across it – maybe someone mentioned it on The Daily Plate. Regardless, I love it and I’m obsessed (at least) with your oatmeal concoctions.

I’m sure this question has been asked of you a hundred times, but I’m not sure how to find the answer to it – where do you get your wheatberries? Do you cook them yourself? Eat them raw? I’ve never had them so I’m totally clueless.

Your blog is awesome and inspiring. I recently upped my caloric intake and have taken on some heavy lifting. Nothing like eating real, delicious food! Thanks for the motivation,


27 Shelby February 28, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Your lunch looks great! I love the pumpkin/tempeh combo…I will have to give it a shot sometime.

Whoa and your husbands sandwich is monsterous!

Love the quote, enjoy your day Kath!


28 Hallie February 28, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Oh you just gotta love boy food :-)

Beautiful flowers!


29 Lisa February 28, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I really can’t believe that you get negative comments. I don’t know how even the most bombastic of all trolls could think he could put a dent in the incredible positivity that exists in this blog.

Also I love me some Friday Night Lights and Minka Kelly.


30 Jen February 28, 2009 at 4:49 pm

Awesome lunch!!! and those flowers are just gorgeous!!!


31 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) February 28, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Gorgeous flowers!

The eggplant sandwich looks amazing!


32 Meg February 28, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Beautiful flowers! I love the guest post from the husband!


33 Sarah (lovINmytummy) February 28, 2009 at 5:40 pm

I couldn’t agree with you more on the quote. I hope you don’t take my comments as being negative, I usually just try to make you laugh 😉


34 rhodeygirl February 28, 2009 at 5:58 pm

thanks for that kath. makes me feel better!!!


35 Teo February 28, 2009 at 6:03 pm

The Dakota break looks like some gnarly teeth…


36 jen February 28, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Just a quick question….what day will you announce your trip destination?


37 Victoria February 28, 2009 at 6:27 pm

Wow! That is one serious sandwich form the husband. Pretty flowers!


38 Jenn (eating bender) February 28, 2009 at 6:47 pm

Gorgeous flowers and fantastic lunch. I definitely would have drooled a little on Matt’s creation, too. That bread…holy yum!

I just read that Minka Kelly interview on the elliptical this morning! I found a lot of what she said to be very inspiring and realistic. You picked out a great quote! I was also thinking of how it applied to negative commenters. It’s impossible to please everybody, but as long as you’re happy with yourself, that’s all that matters. And as you know, you’ve developed a pretty loyal following from doing just that 😉 Have a great evening, Kath! Stay warm!


39 Meredith (Pursuing Balance) February 28, 2009 at 6:59 pm

What gorgeous flowers!


40 Biz319 February 28, 2009 at 7:09 pm

If I liked eggplant, I would take the hubby’s lunch for sure!

Can’t wait for spring too!!!!


41 Cammy February 28, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Silly question?: What is Dakota bread? It looks great!


42 Leah February 28, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Thank you so much for the shout out!!!

That’s two entries for ya! :)

Hope your day went well!


43 Sara February 28, 2009 at 7:54 pm

The flowers are so pretty! I have a bunch of daffodils blooming in my yard, need to go out and pick some.


44 rebecca (unintuitiveeating) February 28, 2009 at 8:13 pm

wow, matt’s sandwich… drool… i often forget leftovers make great sandwiches!


45 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday February 28, 2009 at 8:29 pm

Aw, such pretty flowers. I sure could use some spring time love right now :)

Great quote. I sometimes takes comments left for me way too personally. I need to try to focus on all of the really fabulous comments I get.


46 Jaclyn February 28, 2009 at 9:29 pm

All the food looks delish! 😀 and what a great quote from Minka, always nice to see the ”real” sides of celebrities.


47 Marissa February 28, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Love the flowers!


48 Clean Veggie February 28, 2009 at 9:47 pm

delicious lunch kath!
your photos are so vibrant!


49 Kath February 28, 2009 at 10:25 pm

Thanks for all the nice comments!

Alexandra ,
Check out the Real Food page: A Wheatberry Lesson. I buy them at bulk at EarthFare, a Whole Foods-like grocery store around here. You can get them online at Amazon too (see the Favorites page).

I’m not sure quite yet, but I’m hoping for Monday!

Cammy ,
It’s a style of bread from Great Harvest Bread Co. where my husband works as a baker.



50 Michelle Hisae February 28, 2009 at 10:33 pm

I HAVE to try tempeh – I never have! You say how good it is!


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