Filled With Glee

December 11, 2011

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I felt a bit like I was playing leapfrog today – I hopped from one place to the next all day right through midnight!

First stop was the bakery, where I worked for a few hours. I do a lot of behind-the-scenes business work (more from home than there) and that can get boring. What I love to do is greet customers! Working behind the counter is my favorite.

The new Turtle bars are incredible, as are the Ginger Cookies, Eggnog Scuffins and Biscotti!

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And these turkeys!

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LOOK WHAT KRISSY BROUGHT ME!!!!! And Nathan gave me this awesome mug!! Love.

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Afternoon granola snackage:

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We received a special visit from Brittany and Isaac, who were in Cville on a fun day trip. These two are lots of fun and I wish we’d had a whole day to play!

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I walked home from the bakery and then drove back to pick up a box of sweets after closing that we took to the UVA Glee Club concert tonight for the group to share.

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Karen and her friend Catriona came over for dinner beforehand!

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Catriona brought a selection of delicious homemade pumpkin seeds! We snacked on those and some Jefferson Vineyards Pinot Gris during cocktail hour

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Miss Hillary, my UVA music buddy, also joined us for the evening!

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Dinner was a group effort.

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Karen made her famous Chicken Chili [recipe pending]. Topped with yogurt, paprika and cheese.

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I made a salad – greens, tomato, cucumber, pepper with cherries and maple nuts

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Matt made the bread :mrgreen:

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And Hillary brought a selection of the Christmas cookies she baked this week – Pumpkin Bars, Oreo Truffles, Sea Salt Cookies and Saltine Toffee…the best Christmas cookies a girl could ask for!

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We were lucky to get to walk to the concert that wasn’t too far away on this cold winter night. The Glee Club was beautiful – I enjoyed the sing-alongs!

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And when the concert was over, we went on to our final event of the evening – a Christmas Sweater party

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Two nights in a row up past midnight and I’m totally beat. I’m going to try my hardest to sleep past 9am tomorrow – wish me luck!

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1 Carolyn @ Eat.Live.Be Well December 11, 2011 at 1:01 am

Looks like the holiday cheer is in full swing over there.

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2 Lynn @ the actor's diet December 11, 2011 at 1:08 am

I just got back from a holiday party filled w Xmas cookies too. But for me it’s only 10pm. I’m such an old lady!!!

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3 Khushboo December 11, 2011 at 1:10 am

That Mason jar mug is AWESOME!

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4 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 11, 2011 at 1:35 am

Brittany is SUCH a cutiemuffin. Also I want your dessert plate.

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5 jenna k December 11, 2011 at 2:00 am

this post reminded me of the existence of christmas cookie gifts. can’t wait for those! i adore saltine toffee, so i may have to specially request that from my mom this year.

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6 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco December 11, 2011 at 2:19 am

That’s too cool that Brittany stopped by for a trip. Have you ever met her before this? I bet you two got along really well. Awesome person+ awesome person= good combo. ;)

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7 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

Yep! A few times

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8 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth December 11, 2011 at 5:14 am

Er, what is a Christmas Sweater party?

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9 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 11:08 am

Guests are supposed to wear the ultimate tacky Christmas sweater

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10 Olena (The Fit Gourmet) December 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Aaaaah, that’s what some people in my office building are doing five days a week then. They’re not just bad dressers, they’re attending Christmas sweater parties :)

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11 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth December 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Ha ha, that sounds fun. Have you seen Bridget Jones? The ultimate bad jumper moment in a film :-)

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12 Clare @ SweetnSimple December 11, 2011 at 5:22 am

Ohh the food.. always looks so good! Loving the look of that that cookie butter :)

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13 lynda @ healthy hoboken girl December 11, 2011 at 6:46 am

Hope you’re still sleeping!! What a busy/fun day. I love the sweater party….I’m going to one next week!

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14 Roxanne December 11, 2011 at 7:01 am

Everything looks so good, the bread that Matt made looks like it has pieces of peaches or mango in it.

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15 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 11, 2011 at 7:16 am

That picture of fresh bread looks amazing!

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16 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious December 11, 2011 at 7:50 am

I still have not tried cookie spread yet. I am going to put it on my list this week. Although I did make a batch of healthy cookies yesterday, they totally cured my sweet craving, with no sugar added. Love that.

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17 Brittany December 11, 2011 at 7:52 am

So glad we were able to catch up yesterday! Last night’s festivities look like they were a blast. We came home and crashed, after snacking on a few of the goodies from Great Harvest :). We were totally beat after a long day of driving and touring.

Thanks again for everything!

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18 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 11:09 am

Ditto!! See you soon!

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19 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 11, 2011 at 7:59 am

I am such a night owl that midnight is my equivalent of going to bed before 8pm :) I hope you get some zzz’s in and can sleep in!

Love the meetups with friends, the xmas sweater party, and that speculoos butter…I wish I had thrown a jar of it in my suitcase b/c that stuff is calling my name. So good!

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20 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 11, 2011 at 8:05 am

I love those kind of concerts during the holidays! I used to go to one at the Citadel every December when I went to school in charleston!

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21 katie @KatieDid December 11, 2011 at 8:06 am

I was supposed to have an ugly sweater party this weekend with friends too (was your ugly or just a normal christmas sweater party?). What a fun filled evening!

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22 Amanda December 11, 2011 at 8:13 am

That concert sounds like so much fun! I need to make it a point to go to a concert sometime soon. It’s been way too long.

Oooh, TJ’s cookie butter. Dangerous stuff! ;)

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23 Kristen @ Change of Pace December 11, 2011 at 8:25 am

The holidays are always so busy! There are so many things I want to do in the month of December before Christmas and it’s hard to fit them all in to just 25 days. I wish our Great Harvest Bread was as creative as yours. Ours is pretty boring with all the standards…

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24 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 11, 2011 at 8:55 am

Your bakery treats look delectable! Especially those Ginger Cookies! An evening concert and sweater party sounds like a great night out to me! Hope you can manage the sleep in!

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25 Angel7 December 11, 2011 at 9:19 am

Get some well-needed sleep, Kath–the hustle and bustle of the holidays is at it’s peak :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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26 Felicia (Natural + Balanced) December 11, 2011 at 9:42 am

watch out that cookie butter is dangerous!!!

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27 Hillary B December 11, 2011 at 9:55 am

I had coconut tea and eggnog scuffin for breakfast… Delish!! Thanks for the goodies and for the excellent company last night! :-)

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28 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 11:09 am

Yay, glad you enjoyed them!

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29 J December 11, 2011 at 10:34 am

You call your employees turkeys?

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30 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 11:09 am

See below – it’s a term of endearment!

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31 Leah December 11, 2011 at 11:36 am

It really doesn’t come across as “endearing” from an outsider perspective… more like demeaning… just sayin’ J’s remark was my first thought when I read your post. I highly doubt your employees would want to tell their boss how they really feel. Even if they are “OK” with it now, it will likely become tired over time. I had a boss call me “cupcake” at my first job, because I love cupcakes. At first I thought it was cute and went along with it, but after awhile I didn’t appreciate it, and would have preferred he kept the relationship more professional and I didn’t feel it cultered an atmosphere of mutual respect.

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32 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 11:44 am

Well I can assure you on the inside it’s no big deal. It’s also not something I call them to their faces on a regular basis… Simply a happy-go-lucky toned blog post to describe the jokes and fun we had all afternoon. “Employees” sounded too boring, and “friends” might be confusing.

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33 Leah December 11, 2011 at 11:50 am

I guess when its an inside joke it can be confusing to your readers. I am not sure I would want to be posted on my employers personal blog either, but I am sure they are all happy-go-lucky about that too by what you are describing. Enjoy your book and your Sunday Kath!

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34 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 11:53 am

They ask me to take pictures of them for the blog all the time. It’s a very casual group. And if anyone requested not to be photographed, mentioned, etc of course I would honor that

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35 Felicia (Natural + Balanced) December 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

My 5th grade teacher called us turkeys. She was awesome.

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36 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 11:54 am

Also I think it’s only confusing to readers if you are doubting my character and responsibility in the first place

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37 Olena (The Fit Gourmet) December 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Wow, Leah’s a really passive aggressive and highly critical reader.

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38 Kaci December 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Wow really?! You’re lecturing to Kath about what term she uses on her blog?! Get.a.life. I really will never understand how people can take virtually anything & spin it to be negative. 8’ve visited Great Harvest, & everyone was super friendly & made the atmosphere very friendly & laid back. It’s not a corporate office, it’s a baker. Sheesh.

On a positive note, your night looked simply splendid Kath! Happy Sunday!!

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39 Leah December 11, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Such nice, positive commenters Olena and Kaci are. So pleasant and not all rude. Kath, you seem to only object to mean comments when they are directed at you. I gave my honest feedback in what I thought a fair manner. I leave real comments, sometimes nice, sometimes they are questioning, I accepted your response, I admit I read a site where the readers are highly critical of you. Some of it I agree with, but much of it, I don’t. I am trying to understand why there is such a high level of critism, and it is often unwarranted. I do understand why you don’t want “mean” abusive comments, but when someone questions any part of the post it seems to be met with rabit reader comments tearing up the commenter, and you seem to think that is somehow OK. I guess what I want to know, is real feedback even wanted?

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40 Leah December 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm

*rabid* not rabit

41 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Leah, I found your comment polite enough – thanks for that. I’m sorry if these responses were on the hostile side, but I think we all – meaning everyone in the HLB community – are just tired of being picked at all the time for trivial things that are blown out of proportion. I’m not saying your comment was, because I guess I didn’t realize the word turkey was derogatory, but just in general. It’s just getting so ridiculous that everyone is losing patience. I’m trying to be polite and professional in my responses.

42 Cali December 11, 2011 at 3:06 pm

She’s just making a comment.In a very nice,mature way too.The turkey name struck me as weird also.Just my opinion

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43 Erin December 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Maybe it’s a Southern thing. I am from Virginia, and when I read it, it made me smile! :) Funny how things have different meanings in different places.

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44 Anne December 12, 2011 at 7:27 am

I’m from Virginia too, but have never heard anyone use the word turkey as a term of endearment. Perhaps it’s not a Southern or Virginian thing, but rather a family thing.

45 Sarah December 11, 2011 at 2:31 pm

It is an insult, at least where I live in the midwest. When you call someone a turkey, you are calling them stupid. It is obvious you didn’t mean that, but I think that is why you got this reaction.

Cute employees, btw!

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46 Kimberly December 11, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Yeah, it’s an insult here (in MD) too! I actually looked it up on urbandictionary and it said “(n) a loser; an uncoordinated, inept, clumsy fool”. But a lot of slang is regional, so I’ll give Kath the benefit of the doubt and assume that it means something very different in CVille.

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47 Tracy December 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I’ve lived in the midwest my entire life (Nebraska & Kansas) and feel “turkey” is a term of endearment as Kath stated. My dad used to call us turkeys as kids all the time. It’s like a light-hearted jab.

When I read your post, Kath, I knew exactly what you were intending.

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48 Alex December 11, 2011 at 10:50 am

Aww Turkeys! That is diffidently a term of endearment! Gobble Gobble. Great harvest is one big happy family!

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49 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal December 11, 2011 at 10:52 am

Seems like a full day.

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50 DeskSnacker December 11, 2011 at 10:58 am

What’s the cookie butter all about? Like choc chip cookie dough ice cream??

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51 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 11:09 am

It’s basically ground up cookies into a peanut-butter-like substance. Kind of like frosting!

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52 SmA033 December 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Where can I find cookie butter? Is it only Online?

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53 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) December 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

I think I’ve seen it at Trader Joes.

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54 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm

this one is Trader Joe’s. Biscoff is online and at Walgreens and I think Kroger and Fresh Market now

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55 Jen on the Edge December 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm

The Glee Club concert was wonderful, possibly the best one I’ve seen yet. It was lovely to see you there, albeit ever so briefly. :-)

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56 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm
57 l December 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I thought the sweaters you guys wore were perfect for your gathering . GO Sweater Parties! Apparently you folks have fewer than 15 employees and believe you are not subject to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and certain related laws. Equating employees with turkeys which is commonly considered a derogatory term may be considered by some to be establishing a hostile work environment. Fortunately, turkeys are not yet a protected class. Thankfully you are not referring to your valued associates as worker bees. People First – try the concept.

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58 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 8:08 pm

I’ve never heard it used as a derogatory term

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59 Anne December 12, 2011 at 7:29 am

Ignorance doesn’t excuse it.

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60 KathEats December 12, 2011 at 8:01 am

THEY WERE NOT OFFENDED!! I got the endearment turkey from Polly of Yoga is Yummy, who is one of the sweetest people I know. She used to call her dear daughter her little turkey. It’s all about the context, and my employees know this was not at all intended to be derogatory

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61 Julie December 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

im pretty sure that this commenter was making a joke, not trying to criticize you more….

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62 Jillian December 12, 2011 at 12:26 am

Sometimes I feel like I’m dreaming when I read some of the comments on this blog, and I wish I could hand some of the commenters a blunt.
Just being “real” ! :P

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63 Jocie December 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Please tell me this person is joking. “Turkeys are not yet a protected class?” I mean – ?!

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64 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City December 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Eggnog scuffins sound delicious!!

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65 Kim @ Kickin' it with Kim December 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm

All of those goodies look delicious and I love pumpkin seeds. :)

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66 Josie@ The Skinny Way Of Life December 11, 2011 at 7:37 pm

everything looks delicious! the pumpkin seeds have me craving them now! On a side note. Karen looks great! How’s she doing??

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67 KathEats December 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm

She’s doing well! Thanks for asking. Feeling pretty good.

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68 Hannah December 11, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Back to positivity….. :D
Kath, your pictures of the day are wonderful. They really sum up the day. The food looks delicious, and those sweaters are cute!

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69 Stacy December 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I’m a few days late but I’m glad you liked the mug! I thought it would go great with the collection!

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70 KathEats December 13, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I LOVEEEE it!!!!!!!!! Drinking out of it right now! Thank you!

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71 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 14, 2011 at 7:26 am

I keep hearing about the Christmas sweater parties. Sounds like fun!

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72 l December 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

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The hardest class I took over the course of my program was Microbiology, with Organic and Physiology in second and third place. [Micro was my one and only B and the professor was a turkey!!] The Nutrition courses were challenging in my program, but they weren’t impossible. The workload was tough, but the actual information wasn’t difficult to understand. Remember, if you’re going into nutrition, it should be your favorite subject! The science is hard, but you just have to survive. It’s the nutrition courses that matter most.

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