Flores

October 10, 2011

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Every time I go to Whole Foods or the Farmer’s Market or Main Street Market I have plans to buy some flowers. Yet, when I get there, and I look at the prices, which really aren’t that high at all (!), I swiftly walk on and focus on the food that needs purchasing.

YET – I have never regretted buying a bouquet of flowers! I found the above mums for $8 and put them to great use in my house. I split the bouquet in 4 parts to get maximum enjoyment.

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I went hunting for one more vase and remembered this one my grandmother just gave me. She told me it’s a Van Briggle piece from the turn of the century. It matched the mums perfectly!

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Who first decided you shouldn’t play with your food? I say decorate until it’s time to eat! Just watch out for misbehaving butternuts…

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While I was out I stopped into the bakery for a bit and scored myself a personal bag of Cville Cluster. I really could eat this all the time, everyday, nonstop. I tried to ration it out and when I finish a bag I give it a rest before I claim another. Since it’s unlimited and all! So a week without and I’m glad to have it back <3

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Dinner tonight was a shrimp special: Sweet n Smoky Shrimp Pasta

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We used to have frozen shrimp on hand all.the.time. a few years ago. Then I realized it all came from Thailand. Seafood Watch did not approve, so I gave it up and now purchase US wild caught shrimp only nowadays. And I realized it tastes much better too.

I used this sauce as my flava – it’s a sample sent from OpenSky to test out. Seemed like the perfect match!

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I coated the shrimp in the sauce, cooked pasta and 2 slices of bacon on the side. When the shrimp were complete, I removed them and cooked portabello mushrooms and green peppers. All tossed together, it was delicious!

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Sweet n Smoky Shrimp Pasta

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound wild-caught U.S. shrimp
  • 2 servings whole wheat spaghetti (although Matt said he wished these were soba noodles!)
  • 1/2 cup garlic chili sauce (it’s actually pretty common to find – but this brand was really good!)
  • 2 portabello mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • Optional: 2 slices bacon

Method

  1. Cook pasta according to package in salty water.
  2. Peel shrimp and coat with garlic chili sauce.
  3. Cook bacon in pan until crispy, then remove.
  4. Add shrimp and sauce to bacon grease (if not using bacon, just add some oil here for cooking).
  5. Let shrimp sear and when turning pink, flip. Try not to touch them too much so they get crispy.
  6. When shrimp are done, remove from pan on a holding plate.
  7. Add mushrooms and pepper along with 2-3 tbsp water and steam-cook until tender.
  8. Remove veggies from pan and reduce sauce on high heat until thickened.
  9. Layer pasta, veggies, shrimp and bacon in bowl and top with reduction.

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[Please ignore the cell phone on the dinner table!!]

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Off to watch some tele!

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1 Sweet and Savvy October 10, 2011 at 8:23 pm

those flowers are beautiful!

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2 Sana October 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm

I am glad you eat local seafood, often times it’s easy to buy the first thing you see!

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3 Greg October 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Here’s a tip for flowers. A lot of florists have leftover flowers at the end of the day and would rather give them away than throw them away. You can pick from a great selection. And the price is right.

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4 KathEats October 10, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Good idea! That’s like us and bread :)

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5 Ellie@fitforthesoul October 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm

Those flowers are gorgeous…! I love them so much, but I never buy them for myself. However, I do get them once in a while from loved ones, so that’s really nice :) The comment above me is really useful!

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6 Christie October 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Sweet and smoky, what a delicious combination! Looks soooo good!

Beautiful flowers, too. I really need to buy some, they truly do lift your spirits don’t they! :)

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7 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles October 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Those flowers are beautiful and I love the fact that they are everywhere! Your house looks so warm and welcoming!

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8 Cait's Plate October 10, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Ah that bag of Cville Cluster is a wonderful sight to behold :)

Love the flowers – they really do add such a nice touch.

That pasta looks perfect – the shrimp look SO succulent!

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9 Meghan @ Day-to-Day Crazy October 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm

I love buying flowers for myself, it feels like a special treat each time!

Also, that dinner looks delicious.

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10 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 10, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Love the flowers! So pretty :)

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11 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm

OH such pretty flowers!!

I had shrimp the other day and it was soo delish…I’ve missed it too!

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12 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy October 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm

The flowers you picked up are absolutely beautiful! I love fresh flowers, they can brighten up any room! And your dinner sounds delicious!

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13 lynn @ the actor's diet October 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

i should buy more flowers. they are really beautiful (uh, duh)

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14 Jules October 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I love all the unique little vases! Fresh flowers really do bring SO much to a room :-)

Wish we had a Great Harvest Bread Co. near us for some of that Cville Cluster…not to mention a Carrot Raisin Walnut muffin…{sigh}

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15 Elizabeth Kelley @ A Dancer In The Kitchen October 10, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Looks good! Hey, how do you write on your photos. What program can do that?

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16 KathEats October 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Photoshop Elements

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17 Health Bee October 10, 2011 at 9:00 pm

The granola cluster looks delicious! Do you know if they make a gluten free version?

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18 KathEats October 10, 2011 at 9:09 pm

We make it : ) (I own the bakery) And unfortunately our bakery is filled with gluten products so we can’t really do gluten-free

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19 Health Bee October 10, 2011 at 11:11 pm

That’s awesome! Do let us know when your bakery starts making gluten free in the future.

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20 Alaina October 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm

What beautiful flowers! And that dish looks so good! I love shrimp. :-)

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21 Kim @ Spoonful of Sass October 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Sprinkle some zinnia seeds this coming spring and you will have unlimited flowers for picking! Best one dollar spent! Except for tomato seeds maybe!

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22 Amy Lou October 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I often clip greenery from around my house when no flowers (we plant zinnias, too) are in bloom. Sprays of bushes or interesting grasses are free and very pretty!

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23 Christina @ Just Running October 10, 2011 at 9:04 pm

‘Flores’ tonight, ‘los chips’ this afternoon? Someone is going all Spanish on us. :)

Nice butternut/gourd/whatever arrangement!

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24 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) October 10, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I never buy flowers, but I do think they add something to the season! I have an enormous amount of fall squashes on my kitchen table right now too for decoration. I love them and I get so excited to pick the next one for roasting!

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25 Angel7 October 10, 2011 at 9:13 pm

I love that Van Briggle vase–what a beautiful way to wake up in the morning!

I want to try some of that Wild Thymes dipping sauce.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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26 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 10, 2011 at 9:14 pm

fresh flowers change the whole feel of the house in my opinion! absolutely brighten up the place.

dinner looks delicious!! i have not had shrimp in forever… must take your lead!

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27 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 10, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Your dinner looks amazing!! I have never thought about a flavor and ingredient combo like shrimp + bacon, but it sounds YUMMY! I’ll have to try sometime. :)

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28 Kelsey October 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I had never heard of Van Briggle pottery until I moved to Colorado Springs. I found it weird that you posted it, but maybe I’m just naive in my pottery education!!! They still have a store that makes great stuff in COS (I have yet to make a purchase and its really, really expensive!!), and an AMAZING building that is now part of Colorado College . They just did a story on KRCC (NPR station for Colorado Springs – radio Colorado College) on the old Van Briggle building, I love the old kiln smokestack… see http://radiocoloradocollege.org/2011/09/21218/

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29 Mom October 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I’ll read this comment to my mom, Kelsey. She’ll be pleased! Thanks for posting.

Barbara

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30 Mary Coleman October 11, 2011 at 9:57 am

Hi Kelsey!

I live in Colorado Springs too. Isn’t that new Colorado College building beautiful?

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31 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 10, 2011 at 9:21 pm

How beautiful – I love mums! I really like the colors you got too. Flowers can add so much to any room… I definitely don’t buy them enough!

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32 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! October 10, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Mmmmm that dipping sauce looks delicious! I love smokey dishes!!

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33 Mel @ Mel a la Via Paradiso October 10, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Ah, I just bought some flowers from the farmers market too for $5! Score. I like your idea about splitting them up and placing them in various vases around the house!

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34 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Mums! I think those flowers are so underrated…I love em! Always in bright colors :)

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35 Anna October 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm

(you can remove this if you want since the troll-y comment is gone…)

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36 KathEats October 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm

(got it :) )

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37 Molly @ RDexposed October 10, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I was expecting to see Flores from Goose Island in a glass. I like the mums too though!

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38 katie @KatieDid October 10, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Those flowers make me happy just looking at the photos. Also something I always walk by because they aren’t a ‘necessity’… but neither are the two avocados and extra fancy cheese I splurge on, right?! sometimes those little things, like flowers, are worth the splurge.

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39 Deva @ Deva by Definition October 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm

What were your thoughts on the sauce (flavor-wise, etc)? It sounds like a good one!

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40 KathEats October 11, 2011 at 6:55 am

It was great!! Spicy and sweet – 50/50

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41 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco October 10, 2011 at 9:58 pm

I don’t remember to buy flowers either! Yay! I’m not alone.

Kath, can I ask you a really basic question that I really should know? How do you write (type) on photos? Thanks! ;)

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42 KathEats October 11, 2011 at 6:55 am

Photoshop Elements!

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43 Mindy Lord October 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm

I love the flowers! And I just recently decorated my dinner table with a huge pumpkin, tons of apples and a yankee candle. Too bad I will be carving the pumpkin soon, and roasting the seeds ;)

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44 Laurie @SimplyScratch October 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Love fresh flowers, mums especially! And that pasta sounds just perfect to me!

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45 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm

That vase from your grandmother is GORGEOUS! (The flowers are too of course ;)). I need to remind myself that I never regret buying a bouquet because they always make me smile when I see them. Note.to.self. :)

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46 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 10, 2011 at 10:43 pm

I do the same thing with flowers. We have a local market that is definitely reasonably priced but I still see the price and think of all the other things I could spend that money on and walk off. You’re right though, you never regret the flowers once they’re inside!

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47 Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog October 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm

The flowers looks beautiful and the recipe sounds divine! I love shrimp and will have to make this soon! :)

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48 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Good for you for buying some flowers…I always say, oh they’re a splurge, I don’t need them, etc and talk myself out of them but I have never regretted buying them either.

And the shrimp turned out lovely…I love dipping sauces & marinades of any kinds.

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49 Lisa (bakebikeblog) October 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm

I love fresh flowers! Like you, I used to walk past them every time I went shopping. Now, I buy myself a bouquet every one or two weeks (depending on how long they last) and LOVE the freshness and colour they give to our house!

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50 Jen October 10, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Just curious, what do you do with your RD degree?

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51 KathEats October 11, 2011 at 6:56 am

Jen,
This question is answered on my RD page: http://www.katheats.com/kathrd/the-makings-of-a-registered-dietitian

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52 Jen October 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm

So you use your RD for blogging? Your page is REALLY long and I honestly didn’t read every word so please correct me if I’m wrong. :)

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53 KathEats October 11, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Yep!! That and writing articles, recipes and owning a whole grain bakery (where I do speaking events like last week’s wellness fair)

Here’s the section:

“Most people think RDs have to work in hospitals, nursing homes and other clinical places, but really the field is very broad! That’s what appealed to me most about it years ago, and that’s what I love about it now. When I decided to become an RD a few years ago, I never would have guessed that I would be a professional blogger and writer. While my blog is not focused on the specifics of nutrition, I consider it to be a celebration of healthy food and an example of how to love healthy eating, something that as an RD I’m proud to do. Similarly, I never could have predicted that Matt and I would be bakery owners! Our bakery’s focus is on whole grains and real food, and as the voice of the Great Harvest Cville, I’m glad to have RD behind my name as I stand behind our products.

Since becoming an RD, I’ve had a few people ask me if I feel bad that I “wasted my degree.” Not true!! I’m using it in a very creative ways – from blogging to writing to speaking. Perhaps in the future I will take on clients, seek more local opportunities, or write a book proposal. Had we not opened the bakery, I might have sought out a private practice online like some of my colleagues have done, but KERF and the bakery are taking up so much of my time that I think time is better spent focusing on them. And as my mom says, education is never wasted!”

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54 Sara October 10, 2011 at 11:49 pm

kath — it often seems like you delete comments. as one of your readers that generally likes your blog, i’d feel a lot more comfortable if you let people express more dissent so that we could have more interesting conversation in the comments. i hope you’ll consider this.

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55 KathEats October 11, 2011 at 6:59 am

Sara,
I appreciate your comment. I don’t delete just any dissenting comment. In fact, there are lots of comments throughout my 4-year history that question something I said or did that I have no problem with. Most of them I respond to – or others do.

Every comment that comes through is asked: Is is disrespectful? Is it mean? Is it hateful? Is it attacking ME rather than blog content? If the answer is yes to any of those, it is removed. You would be surprised at how many comments are just run-on sentences of fluffy meanness (meaning if I said I liked the color blue, they would think that was lame).

Anyone who asks questions respectfully will stay in. Although: “Kath in all due respect, you are so ugly” would not stay :)

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56 Khushboo October 10, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Flowers definitely add life to a room! I love sending a bouquet to friends on their birthdays!

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57 Jean October 11, 2011 at 2:30 am

Ahh…that little Van Briggle vase is a treasure. It’s probably worth a few years of purchased flowers!

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58 Lauren October 11, 2011 at 6:00 am

I am the same way! I always love the idea of fresh flowers but never want to spend the money on actually buying them. I do love the house when it’s full of them though.

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59 Hollie October 11, 2011 at 6:56 am

I feel the same way about cville cluster! I am done with my bag I bought on open sky…I watch everyday for you to put it on sale…our great harvest in Atlanta only sales groovy granola :(

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60 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning October 11, 2011 at 6:58 am

I love shrimp, but rarely cook them because my husband is not a big fan (??!!!). He has a weird thing about the texture (and I’ve actually heard quite a few people say that- I don’t get it!).

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61 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 11, 2011 at 7:06 am

I used to love frozen shrimp, but then my dad told me about an article he read about various toxins found in overseas shrimp, and I haven’t eaten any since!

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62 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 11, 2011 at 7:15 am

oh that shrimp looks delicious! I’ve been craving shrimp, I tried to order a shrimp cocktail as an appetizer for the table when my grandparents were in town, but they sneakily changed the order to quesidillas for my brother since he loves mexican. They were being cute but I wanted those shrimp… Lol and I need to buy some flowers too! I pass by them entering TJs every week, and they’re super cheap! sometimes a little cheer is totally worth the extra few dollars on the grocery bill.

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63 D October 11, 2011 at 7:36 am

I understand not wanting to feel personally attacked, but is it not important to you that readers like your blog and respect your overall attitude? You can either run from criticism so that you can look back on your comments and think that everyone loves you, or you can try and see if people have valid points, and respond accordingly. The bloggers that have gained the most respect are the ones that have gone onto GOMI and politely, respectfully, thoughtfully responded. And in every single instance, they have admitted that there is something they could work on. You have a lot of time to dedicate to your blog, so it seems a shame to waste opportunities to improve it.

Also, I have seen MANY nice comments here that disagree with something you do get deleted. I think it’s extremely disrespectful to your readers, who take the time to write a nicely worded, but constructively critical comment, to have their words deleted after they come here and give you page clicks and take 5 minutes out of their days to voice their opinion. I hope you think about that before you delete my comment. I know a lot of people would be happy to see some nice dissenting voices. It makes life, and would make this blog, more interesting.

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64 KathEats October 11, 2011 at 10:10 am

D,
Thanks for writing nicely. Of course I care what my readers think of me and want their respect. And based on probability, I think most of my readers respect me and KERF. But I really could care less what a forum of trolls (and I’m using that word because I have heard some of the talk that is going on over there and it is anything but constructive criticism…) thinks of me. The last thing on the earth I would want to do is engage in conversation with people who hate me for being me. As my mom has always said, no defense is the best defense, and in four years of blogging I’ve learned when negativity happens, I forge ahead rather than spend my time defending myself.

I do consider each comment before deleting. Can you give me an example of one I deleted that you thought was nice? I still have all comments and would really be interested in hearing what you think is nice and I think is mean/rude.

I agree with you about the need to constantly reflect on blog content based on constructive criticism. And if anything, this new troll trend has made me strive to be nicer to everyone. Nicer in my posts, nicer in my comments, nicer in my emails and in real life. I don’t think anything good comes out of rudeness, disrespect or hatred – online or off. That doesn’t make anyone want to do better in life. I sincerely wish we could all practice a little more kindness.

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65 Katya October 12, 2011 at 2:35 am

I am a little bothered by the use of the word “troll.” I think that most people think of a troll as someone who posts inflammatory, super-critical language or expresses an opinion (that is usually not even the troll’s genuine own opinion) *for the express purpose* of provoking an extreme reaction and making people upset and angry and getting into an argument. Hence the phrase “don’t feed the troll” meaning don’t give the troll the satisfaction of getting a strong reaction from other commenters.

I know that there are some comments on blogs (and probably your blog) that just say things like “That oatmeal looks disgusting” or “Get a life – you are a waste of an education” and I agree that comments that are specifically along these lines probably merit being deleted. However I’m not 100% sure that these are from “trolls” per se. I haven’t seen too much legitimate trolling on healthy living blogs. You mostly see trolls on forums where people actually discuss events and issues, aka stuff you can have an opinion about. I think that “troll” has become a catch-all for “person expressing a negative opinion in a mean way.” To me, it’s not productive to dismiss these people as trolls because a) that’s not really what the word means, and b) by ascribing to them a title, and thus dismissing them, it’s easy to write off these comments without thinking about the fact that someone is so bothered by your content that they are inspired to take the time to criticize you. This is, of course, less relevant to “That oatmeal is disgusting and your hair is ugly” type comments, than to the better-considered, yet still critical comments that I believe D is alluding to. I can see how it seems like trolling, but it really doesn’t seem to me like the majority of negative comments are just pure trolling.

So I guess I don’t think that GOMI, or commenters who express criticism in general, is exactly “a forum of trolls.” Yes, some people who post in there write about how bad a blogger’s hair or outfit looks. There is probably no merit whatsoever to expressing opinions like that, but I think that what’s lost in that is that the ultimate source of the negative reaction to a blog is deeper seated than that. Maybe it’s not fair to expect a blogger to look past mean insults to the legitimate criticism behind it – BUT there are so many critical opinions that are not expressed meanly, and, most importantly, that are not expressed for the sole purpose of being mean. I think that that’s easy to miss.

I also think that “not spending your time defending yourself” seems much more like refusing to acknowledge criticism or reflect on its bases rather than just being mature. Bloggers are in a unique position. Writers can’t delete the Amazon reviews and blog posts of people who hate their work and write about it. Journalists can’t either. Sites like Slate.com are full of comments by people who despise the article and criticize the journalist. It may be mean, but the work is out there and fair game to criticize. Yes, abusive and profane comments are typically deleted on that kind of site, but it’s my perception, and I would imagine the perception of many others, that healthy living or lifestyle blogs such as yours have a MUCH heavier hand on deleting comments than most other “professional” blogs or sites. This can seem unfair to readers who are used to writers or bloggers who are more open to criticism.

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66 KathEats October 12, 2011 at 8:49 am

Katya,
You do bring up good points. I think this one is the most important for me:

Maybe it’s not fair to expect a blogger to look past mean insults to the legitimate criticism behind it – BUT there are so many critical opinions that are not expressed meanly, and, most importantly, that are not expressed for the sole purpose of being mean. I think that that’s easy to miss.

If the *real* constructive criticism is mixed in with the troll comments, am I really supposed to sit there and weed it out? I choose not to read the forums because they hurt my feelings. When people really have something thoughtful to say (like you have!!!) I wish they would just come here and say it politely.

Which brings me to your last point of defense. When someone brings up a valid point in a respectful way I don’t have to defend myself – I discuss. So when I say “defend” I’m referring to the attacks. Not someone who asks a legitimate question.

If someone wrote “Kath, what do you do with you time during the day other than blog and go to Body Pump” I would write back a honest response, not a defense.

If someone wrote “Kath you suck because you just blog and go to Body Pump” I would delete it and not waste time defending.

So I guess my point is – ask more questions before you criticize. And if you don’t want to be considered a troll, don’t play with the trolls.

Thanks for your comment.

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67 Katya October 12, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Thanks for reading and responding to my very long comment. To clarify what I meant, I guess that I didn’t mean that a blogger should sit down to read a lot of mean things said about her and try to look through personal insults to what they “actually” mean and try to glean some constructive criticism from something that was not put in a constructive way. I more meant that maybe the blogger should reflect on exactly what she might be doing that inspires such strong feelings, and looking at constructive criticism in light of all the criticism received. It seems to me that mean comments almost universally cause bloggers to take constructive criticism LESS, not MORE seriously, which seems pretty backwards to me.

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68 KathEats October 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I agree – it seems backwards. And I think that’s because a lot of people project their personal opinions into the way they phrase their criticism passive-aggressively and undermine their original question. If you offend a blogger first, she is not going to take your question seriously. Ask neutral questions if you really care to have a discussion [like you have done here!]

I also think the number of mean things said is more directly related to popularity than a sign that the blogger is just wrong. Just look at Oprah, Rachel Ray, Pioneer Woman – they all have hate sites despite being vastly successful and being a million times more loved than hated.

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69 kim October 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I don’t mean to be rude, but this doesn’t really make sense to me. People are “mean” because you are popular? Obviously, the more well-known you are, the more fans/haters you are going to gain, but you are making it seem like no criticisim of well known people is valid. I agree with Katya that rude or mean comments about superfical things should be ignored, but what about actual, valid critiques?

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70 KathEats October 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm

I’m sure there are some valid points out there, but I’m not going to go looking for them. I don’t write this blog to be critiqued. I care what my loyal readers think, but generally don’t care about the “constructive criticism” written about me on other sites.

I’m also suggesting popularity is why there are so many superficial criticisms

Kath likes the color blue? She sucks.
Kath likes the color green? She sucks.
Kath exercises at 10am but works at 11pm. She sucks.
Kath has an old cat. She sucks.

I also think the more popular you are, the more people love to hate you. Case in point being Oprah + Rachel Ray + PW. I’m not saying I’m just “soooo popular”, but my stats and the years I have been blogging do suggest that why there are a lot more comments out there about me than others. I was the first food dairy-style food blogger. I searched and searched when I started my blog and the only other person I could find blogging about lifestyle food was Eat Like Me. They say when you have trolls you know you’ve “made it”.

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71 Jillian October 12, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Just going to add my two cents…
If this were my blog, I would start to ignore even these so-called “valid critiques” after a while. I didn’t know what GOMI was until today. I have seen the fake twitters, and can easily pick out every little thing people are going to latch onto for fake twitters, critiques and assumptions about Kath, her family and her life. It’s all very obvious stuff, because assumptions are so easy to make- you could make up stories like that about any of us if we all did what Kath is doing. It’s like a ridiculous online satire is going on while Kath blogs about food and activities, and everyone wants her to pay attention to their “critiques”. Why? If I wrote this blog, I wouldn’t pay attention to anything beyond being kind to people and answering questions- a no nonsense approach. Sure, I have wondered about aspects of her life or personality before, but the only times I’ve ever felt annoyed by something were when I was already in a bad mood because of something in MY life, which I am responsible for. They are my feelings. When I feel pissy about *anything* online, I move on- just drop it and move on. The more you think about your random negative feelings, the more it affects you and soon you are worked up about a food blogger’s business- someone you don’t even KNOW! And then you start believing they should change for you and let your opinions in. Personally, I think readers should pay more attention to the assumptions they are making, or why they believe they should be granted permission to affect Kath’s perception of herself because they are reading the blog. She’s not our puppet- she’s writing about food. If she feels like it, fine, but she isn’t doing anything horrible, people- you could pick a bizillion other things to focus your energy on. I’ve seen what I thought were more silly or obnoxious responses to this sort of thing by bloggers I used to read (CNC, in particular, but I just stopped reading for multiple reason- why bother whining about it?), but Kath responds to things in a very thoughtful, mature way, I think, when she does. At some point, though, it’s all just a bunch of noise. Nobody commenting here would open themselves up to the random critiques of every person who knows them, much less the random critiques that hundreds of commenters might decide to make. I wonder more about people who really need Kath’s attention so badly- why do you care so much about what she does that you feel the need to affect her? With everything so heightened in the world lately, why is anyone focusing negativity on Kath? I read this blog when I’m eating or relaxing. If I’m feeling the need to try to change something, I focus on something important to me. I hope things don’t get so bad that people have to be hit over the head with severe tragedy to realize that our whole world would benefit greatly if we would learn to direct our energy in more appropriate ways. Like, seriously, dudes- chill and enjoy yourself and respect other people’s lives and their right to live them the way they see fit. You are much happier when people do that for you, right? It’s not even about “every comment needing to be positive”..but why even bother with negativity on a food blog?

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72 Kimberly October 13, 2011 at 2:03 pm

Right…obviously no one should go looking for negative things being said about them so they can change themselves. I didn’t mean that. I was referring to comments made by readers on the actual blog. I think the fact that Kath responded to the comments on this post and didn’t delete them answered my question. You will never please everyone so it’s pointless to try.

73 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 11, 2011 at 8:33 am

Those flowers are beautiful! :)

That shrimp looks fantastic!

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74 Kimberly October 11, 2011 at 9:22 am

I can’t believe that you get so many mean comments on your blog! And that anyone would expect you to leave them posted! I guess maybe I’m naive, but what kind of person gets off on publicly criticizing someone’s work/thoughts? If you don’t like the content, nobody is forcing you to read it, and if you can’t say something nice…

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75 Mary Coleman October 11, 2011 at 9:55 am

I live in Colorado Springs, which is the home of Van Briggle pottery. You are so lucky to own that piece! Beautiful!

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76 Lea @ Healthy Coconut October 11, 2011 at 10:02 am

I love the colorful flowers. I am fortunate enough to have plenty of flowers around the house that I can pick and bring in to display in the house.

But I don’t do it often enough, though I should because you have just reminded me that flowers are expensive and a lot of people buy them to add color in the house and I have plenty at my disposal that I don’t use.

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77 Sara October 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm

well, kath, i will continuing reading hte blog (and mostly enjoying it) but i think we have a difference of opinion. i realize some comments might be hurtful, but i think you have a loyal readership (not to mention some real groupies) that a little dissent — even if it’s not always worded in kindest way — could actually spur some innovation and ‘food for thought’ (pardon the pun). but it’s your blog and your life you chronicle here so obviously, i respect your decision.

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78 KathEats October 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Thanks Sara. I think our dialogue here might be a good example of me letting some discussion happen since it’s been politely worded.

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79 Sandy October 11, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Love the beautiful vase. Thanks for sharing your life with all of us. In my opinion, it is your page and you get final say in what appears here.

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80 Joy October 12, 2011 at 2:39 am

I bought myself flowers this week too! They make me smile

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81 Sherry October 12, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I too can’t believe there are people who read your blog and then post mean comments—-go read another blog then! I (and obviously others) come here not only for the great food ideas and gorgeous photography but also for learning more about yours and Matt’s life and the sunny tone of the entire blog which is a pleasure and an uplifting part of my day. Let the haters go somewhere else and just keep deleting their comments. I don’t think you have any obligation to defend yourself. LOVE your blog KATH.

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82 JenATX October 12, 2011 at 10:01 pm

am I totally missing something? how do people even know if comments are being deleted? or are the people pointing out the deleted the comments the ones who post them.. which means that they are then checking back to see if you actually deleted their comment. yeesh, seems like a lot of work!

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83 Kimberly October 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I’ve noticed comments being deleted before (not my own). I don’t mean just on here, but on many blogs. Somestimes I see a comment written on the post that asks a question or raises a point that I think is interesting so I check back the next day to see if the blogger responded to it and sometimes the comment is gone. I’ve also noticed whole posts get deleted or the “offensive” comment in the post is suddenly changed/gone. I actually noticed this on a blog (not KERF) last week. This mommy blogger was talking about how she struggles with balancing everything that goes on her life and a commenter wrote a quite lengthy comment about how she was a horrible person for being a SAHM and she was a bad example to her daughter for not having a career. The blogger actually wrore a really intelligent and thoughful post the next day responding to the commenter. Obviously, she could have just deleted the comment since it was in no way constructive criticism and was just plain rude, but I thought her response post was great. http://vivalabuenavida.blogspot.com/2011/10/feminism-wohm-sahm-oh-my.html

I know this was way off topic! Sorry!!

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84 Destini October 12, 2011 at 10:43 pm

That pasta looks to die for! My mouth just started drooling!! This is on my to make list :)

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