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!


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


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


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!


Maze and I headed downtown for date night


Past the church where Matt and I were married…


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


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


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


This spinach and goat cheese salad rocked


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


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


And some new cars from Grammie Buzz!


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


We took M out on a big walk to a playground


“Play house!” he said.


Uncle Matt and Aunt Larbs joined us for the fun


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


Dad is a great dad and granddad!







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


Complimentary biscuits and hushpuppies with the most amazing honey butter –


Fried green tomatoes with goat cheese


Fried pimento cheese balls!


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


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.


More relaxing : )


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.


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


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!


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.


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.


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.


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

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


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…


7 Mom June 17, 2014 at 2:24 pm

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


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!


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!


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!


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.


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.


13 leatitia June 17, 2014 at 10:33 am

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


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.


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.


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?


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!


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.


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!


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

Yum that is some seriously good looking fried food!


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! :)


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!


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 :)]


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!


25 Maggie June 17, 2014 at 3:32 pm

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


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 :)


27 Jo June 18, 2014 at 7:43 am

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


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.


29 Allison June 19, 2014 at 9:31 am

Homemade rosemary dressing sounds delicious!! Recipe!?


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.


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 :)


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.


33 Melanie June 19, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Thanks! :)


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