Friends + Father’s Day

June 17, 2014

Mazen and I continued our weekend adventure 2 hours up the road in Hillsborough at my parents’ house! We haven’t spent relaxing time here in ages (we’re usually just passing through)! Larbs and Matt were actually here too!

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When we arrived, however, everyone was already headed to the wedding of Larbs’s childhood friend, so M and I were on our own.

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My mom spruced up our childhood playhouse for Mazen. She hung artwork and added some old kids furniture of ours. It was a hit!

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We also spent the afternoon hanging out with some of my favorite childhood friends – here is Hugh David looking not a day older than the golden high school years!

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Maze and I headed downtown for date night

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Past the church where Matt and I were married…

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And to our first visit to Radius Pizza! Pizza is his favorite food – somebody was excited!

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Also, whoever invented triangle crayons that stay on the table – genius!

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Mommy had a beer (Sweet Josie Brown) while M colored threw crayons on the floor

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This spinach and goat cheese salad rocked

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But the three cheese pizza took the show: chewy, cheesy, doughy

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The next morning Mazen was excited to find a full house of playmates!

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And some new cars from Grammie Buzz!

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I had Greek yogurt and a Great Harvest muffin crumbled for breakfast. Plus pear slices and tea!

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We took M out on a big walk to a playground

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“Play house!” he said.

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Uncle Matt and Aunt Larbs joined us for the fun

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After a bunch of showers, we headed to Durham for a big Father’s Day brunch!

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Dad is a great dad and granddad!

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We went to The Pit and had such a delicious array of Southern food

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Complimentary biscuits and hushpuppies with the most amazing honey butter –

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Fried green tomatoes with goat cheese

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Fried pimento cheese balls!

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And a veggie plate for me – all the best options! {Mom gave me some of her BBQ – delicious} I was all over that fried okra : ) And the collard greens were some of the best I’ve had

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Back home we zoned out on the couch with full stomachs while Mazen napped and then tested out the old VCR and a Terrific Trips video from the 80s! He loved the trip to the farm.

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More relaxing : )

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And after we said goodbye to Larbs and Matt, Mom, Dad and I had a big salad for dinner. It included greens, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, avocado and feta, plus a homemade rosemary dressing made by me. Hit the spot! We were still full from lunch.

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Last but not least, Larbs brought me a slice of wedding cake that we shared for dessert. YUM!

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Monday morning Mom and I headed up to Cville to greet Matt and wish him a very happy Father’s Day and welcome home from the beer conference! Mazen missed him very much.

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1 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh June 17, 2014 at 6:55 am

Those pics of your dad and Mazen are so precious! Love!

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2 Leah June 17, 2014 at 7:26 am

What a nice weekend! What did you do with Matt for Father’s Day? I thought it was so cute how he made you breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day.

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3 KathEats June 17, 2014 at 8:10 am

We’re going out on a date tonight! Plus he had presents and cards waiting when he got home.

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4 Angela Gilmore June 17, 2014 at 8:02 am

I love triangle crayons! We have a bunch from Melissa and Doug and they are by far the best crayons I’ve ever tried. I love the playhouse, you’ve inspired me to start planning one for our little guy.

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5 Julie Rosene June 17, 2014 at 8:25 am

I love posts like these! Looks like a wonderful weekend!

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6 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats June 17, 2014 at 8:43 am

oh my gosh, that playhouse is so cute! When I was little, a family friend built one for my brothers and myself. The house had little glass windows, a door and a cute porch! The bad part was that spiders had a tendency to claim it as their own…

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7 Mom June 17, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Yep on the spiders, although I was surprised not to find more.

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8 Shel@PeachyPalate June 17, 2014 at 9:00 am

Playhouses are just the best when you’re a kid!!! Mazen and his pizza…cutest thing ever!

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9 Chelsea@TableForOne June 17, 2014 at 9:21 am

Such a sweet Father’s Day for you guys. Glad you had a great trip!

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10 Katie June 17, 2014 at 9:39 am

I LOVE The Pit. My brother took me there when I went for a visit a few months ago. It was the only place he told me that we were definitely going to, and everything else was up for discussion. Their pumpkin cornbread is to-die-for and makes the best breakfast the next day!

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11 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner June 17, 2014 at 10:13 am

I love the picture of you with your mom and sister–fabulous! What a lovely weekend. You always have the best food.

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12 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner June 17, 2014 at 10:13 am

I love the picture of you with your mom and sister–fabulous! What a lovely weekend. You always have the best food.

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13 leatitia June 17, 2014 at 10:33 am

fun post! looked like a lot of fun :) grandmas and grandpas are the best ;-)

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14 Cheryl June 17, 2014 at 10:37 am

I agree that the Pit has some yummy collards. You should have tried their turkey BBQ! It is wonderful.

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15 Melissa @ HerGreenLife June 17, 2014 at 11:31 am

Those low-key trips home are SO nice! Nothing like the comfort of the place where you spent your childhood! I did one last year with just me and my little guy. This year, I spent a weekend at home completely solo, while my boys were in Florida.

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16 Livi June 17, 2014 at 11:37 am

haha coloring/throwing crayons on the floor- it’s all the same to a toddler, right?

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17 Casey @ Casey the College Celiac June 17, 2014 at 11:39 am

It’s 9:30 in the morning, but these pictures are making me crave pizza!

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18 Mom June 17, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Thanks everybody about the playhouse. I had the best time cleaning it out. It could use some new paint, but otherwise, is in pretty good shape after all these years.I even found a note Kath wrote in the rafters.

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19 Lisa @bitesforbabies June 17, 2014 at 12:27 pm

My son was eyeing that EXACT set of cars the other day! And he’s ALL about dinosaur’s right now! That food from “The Pit” looks AMAZING!

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20 Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit June 17, 2014 at 12:51 pm

Yum that is some seriously good looking fried food!

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21 Alex @ Kenzie Life June 17, 2014 at 2:10 pm

That pizza looks amazing! Also, fried pimento cheese balls? Sign me up! The west needs more pimento cheese! :)

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22 Laura@SneakersandSpatulas June 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm

I’m going to have to try out that pizza place, always looking for new local pizza places!

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23 Maggie June 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm

the pit is SO good. just went to the one in Raleigh Friday to celebrate the boyfriend’s birthday :) yes x 100000 to that honey butter with the biscuits and hushpuppies….

question: are you still liking the paula’s choice products? i’m thinking of buying some tonight. i need a new skincare routine and after a lot of research i’m still confused as to what to get so i’m thinking i might just take the plunge and try paula’s! [hopefully your $10 off code still works :)]

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24 KathEats June 17, 2014 at 2:47 pm

Loving them!!! I love the scent-that-isn’t-fragrance and they are working well. I think my skin tone is much smoother. And in case the old link doesn’t work, here’s the $10 off one!

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25 Maggie June 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm

awesome- thanks! can’t wait to try them :)

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26 Joana_JW June 18, 2014 at 5:04 am

What fun it is to visit your parents house after marriage and a lovely child. I don’t know why but this made me a little emotions especially the way your dad is enjoying with his grandchild. I so want to visit my place now :)

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27 Jo June 18, 2014 at 7:43 am

Looks like fun! Food looks delicious as always & family pictures are beautiful!!

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28 Tina B June 18, 2014 at 8:14 am

I read your posts regularly but never comment. I just had to say that I love the pic of you with your sister and your Mom. So precious. I’ve so enjoyed watching M grow! You have such a beautiful, loving family.

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29 Allison June 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

Homemade rosemary dressing sounds delicious!! Recipe!?

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30 KathEats June 19, 2014 at 9:38 am

It’s my standard dressing recipe: olive oil (a lot like 2 tbsp), balsamic (a lot), dijon mustard (a little), honey (a little), salt (a pinch), dried rosemary (2 pinch), pepper to taste.

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31 Melanie June 19, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Random question- does Matt make spent-grain bread from
his home brewing? My husband was wondering :)) We’re going to brew IPA and cider later this summer so our minds are turning yeastward :)

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32 KathEats June 19, 2014 at 7:30 pm

He has before but he doesn’t regularly. He says the grains have lost their flavor.

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33 Melanie June 19, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Thanks! :)

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