Good To The Bone

October 22, 2011

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We had a fabulous time celebrating many things tonight at our Second Annual Housecooling Party.

New house.

Fall weather.

29 years old this week.

Friendships.

Pumpkin beer.

Halloween!

[See the First Annual Housecooling in this post!]

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I managed to pull the party together right as guests arrived. Despite cold weather and a setting sun, we set up outside – “for the photography!” and then moved inside later in the evening when most of the food had been eaten.

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We had pretzels, chips and veggies for dipping into Great Harvest pimento cheese

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A big green salad tossed with olive oil, balsamic, candied pecans and apples

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Apples + apple butter [I picked up that killer ceramic skull at Michael’s today!!]

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I made a big pot of Throw In A Pot Vegetarian Chili (with the addition of butternut squash and smoked paprika!). I never got a photo of it, but here is the cheddar cheese and sour cream I had for condiments!

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And to go with – tons of bread. Guests also got a loaf leftover from sales today as a party favor!!

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And we also had Hedgeapples – to scare away the spiders!

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For dessert… Great Harvest cookies!

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Brownie covered Oreos that Krissy made!

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And cake!!!!!!!!!

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Always and forever, 26 : )

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I ate a little of everything – including a bowl each of soup and salad. It was a grazing kinda night!

Also, pumpkin beers for all! I had some of one plus a few of the Flying Dog brews that Sara and Lauren brought us – thanks guys, they were great! Loved the Harvest Fest.

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Our only guest shot of the night before darkness settled in – Holly is due in 5 weeks!

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We moved the buffet inside

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And then ate cake!! I did not escape a serenade of Happy Birthday. Since I was little I have always been so embarrassed to be sung to!

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My cake was a Pumpkin Oh Layer Cake!!!!!!!

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Matt made it at the bakery [obviously] and it may have been my best birthday cake ever! [Remember Kanz’s 26 Chocolate Ganache Cake!?]

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Also had some of Meredith’s Pumpkin Brownies and Krissy’s Oreos, so I’m on sugar overload right now. Why does sugar make you so thirsty!?

Fun fun night!!

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1 Danielle @ weightsandmeasures October 22, 2011 at 10:45 pm

The pumpkin oh layer cake looks amazing! I would want that end piece because I am a frosting lover! Happy early Birthday!

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2 Sweet and Savvy October 22, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Wow! Amazing looking party, Kath! Everything looks perfect and delicious. Happy early birthday!

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3 Krissy - Shiawase Life October 22, 2011 at 10:46 pm

When I got home I drank like 3 glasses of water…I’m with ya! :D Thanks for a fun evening!!

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4 faith October 23, 2011 at 7:43 am

Yep, me too but I am pretty sure it was the 7% beer that made me thirsty! Lovely party, thanks!

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5 Allie@LiveLaughEat October 22, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Awww fun!! You’re going to start getting requests for pumpkin oh cakes at the bakery! Can’t believe it’s almost your ’26th’ birthday.

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6 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 22, 2011 at 10:48 pm

oh my! What a delicious and fun evening! That cake looks amazing! I’ve always been embarrassed when people sing “happy birthday” to me too. But at least after the embarrassment you got delicious cake! :-D

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7 Justeen @ Blissful Baking October 22, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Sounds like a fun evening :) The Pumpkin Oh layer cake looks awesome, as does the rest of the food!

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8 char @ char on a mission October 22, 2011 at 10:51 pm

That cakes looks too good. I could go for a piece of it right now. I LOVE cakes with many layers like that one!!! I love the ’26’ idea too haha

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9 Keelie October 22, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Goodness gracious- how delicious your evening looks! Happy early birthday, beautiful lady! :)

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10 Kaitlyn @ Almond Oats. October 22, 2011 at 10:59 pm

That looks like a great time! That picture of you and your friends is so cute :)
My dad will always be 40 to me. Long live 26!

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11 Krystina (Organically Me) October 22, 2011 at 11:02 pm

I’m scared to get sung to, too!

And all those desserts look AMAZING.

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12 Michele October 22, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Happy Birthday! It looks like a wonderful night with friends and I love the “Housecooling” idea.
Thank you for all of your wonderful and inspiring posts!

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13 Sana October 22, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Sugar does make you thirsty, prolly to get rid of that after taste.

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14 crystal October 22, 2011 at 11:24 pm

You look so cute in that outfit!! Wear more clothes like that.

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15 Deva @ Deva by Definition October 22, 2011 at 11:28 pm

Happy almost birthday! You look great in the pic! Could the increased thirst be your body’s way of trying to dilute the glucose in your bloodstream?

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16 Tia October 22, 2011 at 11:32 pm

Everything looks amazing :) Especially the pumpkin cake! Happy soon to be birthday!!

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17 Stef @ Living HI October 22, 2011 at 11:52 pm

What a cake! Happy early birthday Kath.

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18 Maureen October 23, 2011 at 12:15 am

That cake looks delicious!!

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19 Karli October 23, 2011 at 12:25 am

Thank you for inspiring me to lead a healthier life. Lately, I’ve been having a hard time finding motivation and I want to lead a healthier life for myself and for my 2 boys (2 & 3 years old). I’m overweight and just plain tired (figuratively and literally). Every time I read your blog, I leave with a determination to make healthy choices at mealtime and to move my body. Thank you for that! I can’t wait to wake up tomorrow morning, go for a run/walk with my boys, and have a yummy oatmeal breakfast! I’ll be using one of your combo’s from Oprah Magazine :)

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20 KathEats October 23, 2011 at 10:07 am

Thanks Karli!

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21 khushboo October 23, 2011 at 12:59 am

Oh wow Matt has outdone himself- what a cake !!!

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22 Emily @ The Divine Carrot October 23, 2011 at 2:12 am

That all looks super delicious…. Happy Birthday!!

And don’t sweat 29…. after 29 there’s always 29b.. then 29c…. you get the picture. ;)

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23 Fran October 23, 2011 at 2:20 am

Looks like a great party! I’ve decided that I wasn’t just celebrating my birthday, but I was celebrating my birth month! It’s been fun! Happy Birthday and Housecooling!

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24 kathleen @ the daily crumb October 23, 2011 at 2:44 am

how fun! happy “26th” birthday, kath. i just turned 27 in august and decided as well that 26 is actually how old i would like to remain… forever. such a great age!

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25 Kerry October 23, 2011 at 2:50 am

Happy birthday Kath! That cake looks amazing

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26 Irina October 23, 2011 at 4:08 am

Happy Birthday, Kath! That cake looks so good. Must be nice to have a baker of a husband, though I don’t know how you manage to stay so slim, your waist is so teeny! :)

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27 Aine @ Something to Chew Over October 23, 2011 at 4:46 am

Looks like great party!

Enjoy your Sunday :)

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28 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 23, 2011 at 5:39 am

Pumpkin layer cake….whoa, nice!

And those cupcakes..nice! I have been rocking the candy corn recipes this past week and those look amazing.

pimento cheese…about 10 yrs ago I totally OD’ed on that stuff. Havent had it since but kind of want to all of a sudden. ha!

And I dig those leaf bowls. So cute!

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29 Simply Life October 23, 2011 at 5:49 am

oh what a fun time! happy birthday “week”! :)

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30 Renee October 23, 2011 at 6:50 am

I read your blog everday, and have for years, but I’ve only commented once (after you graduated). Today I just read your little comment on how sugar makes you thirsty….it was an ah, ha moment for me. Do you know anything about this? I drink tons of water, but am always thirsty. Any time I enquire as to why, the only reason that comes up is perhaps diabetes….which I’m not. I do however have a pretty good sugar addiction. So I’m just curious if you know anything that really validates sugar=thirst? Or maybe your just really in tune with your body and can make these connections, which I’m not. Or…..alchol parches you…..just sayin’! Happy birthday this week.

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31 Sarah October 23, 2011 at 7:36 am

Sugar pulls water out of your body, leaving you dehydrated and, therefore, thirsty. Happens to me all the time:)

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32 KathEats October 23, 2011 at 10:08 am

I actually think it was the 10% beer because sugar by itself doesn’t really have the same effect on me. Perhaps sugar + alcohol is the worst of the worst?

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33 Hillary October 23, 2011 at 7:23 am

Um, can Matt make my wedding cake? I’m not even engaged yet, so he has plenty of time to think about it ; )

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34 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 23, 2011 at 7:29 am

That cake DOES look like the best birthday cake ever! I’ll take pumpkin over chocolate any day. :D

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35 Kori October 23, 2011 at 7:45 am

The party looks like it was so much fun!! Kanz did a terrific job on the Pumpkin Oh cake!!!! Happy *almost* birthday! =D

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36 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 23, 2011 at 7:51 am

What a fun evening, Kath! Those brownie covered oreos look and sound amazing! And your pumpkin-oh cake – what a perfect idea!

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37 Felicia October 23, 2011 at 7:53 am

What a perfect evening! I love everything about this post- good food, friends, cake and of course…pumpkin beer :)

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38 Mac October 23, 2011 at 8:02 am

Your birthday cake looks delicious, as does the rest of the spread! Glad you had a great birthday :)

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39 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes October 23, 2011 at 8:15 am

The cake seriously looks amazing!!

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40 Amanda October 23, 2011 at 8:29 am

Your birthday cake looks so good! Nice job, Matt! Love the festive food spread and those brownie covered oreos – what a creative idea. I would definitely be in a sugar coma. :)

Hope you have a great “26th” birthday!

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41 Drew @EpicFinances.com October 23, 2011 at 8:32 am

I had no idea that hedge apples were a natural solution for spiders.. Interesting.

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42 Ally at A Girl in her Kitchen October 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

Happy Birthday!!! I have celebrated turning 29 a couple of times..;)

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43 Monica October 23, 2011 at 8:48 am

Wow, 36 years old this year!! You don’t look a day over 35 Kath! :)

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44 Monica October 23, 2011 at 8:48 am

26**, 25*** stupid typo!

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45 KathEats October 23, 2011 at 10:08 am

Haha – I was confused for a minute.

I’m actually turning 29!

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46 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning October 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

Oh, man! Sorry I had to miss the party- and that cake! It’s so beautiful! Can your hubby teach my hubby to bake? :)
Glad you liked the harvest ale- I thought it was a nice surprise- not what I was expecting from a fall seasonal. Happy early bday- I’m “25” forever. :)

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47 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 23, 2011 at 9:20 am

of course it was pumpkin oh cake! How fitting! Looks like a great party! And I agree, it’s so awkward to stand there while people sing happy birthday!

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48 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats October 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

What a blast! You always put together such a lovely spread! My theory for sugar making you thirsty is the body is trying to dilute the sugar in the blood. I don’t know if that is really correct though! :)

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49 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 23, 2011 at 9:35 am

That cake looks so awesome! welcome to the 29 club soon ;)

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50 Briana October 23, 2011 at 9:47 am

That cake looks incredible! Props to Matt! And Happy Early Birthday to you, Kath :)

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51 Hope October 23, 2011 at 9:53 am

That birthday cake looks delicious! It looked like a wonderful party! Happy Early Birthday!! :)

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52 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles October 23, 2011 at 10:08 am

What a lovely party! :) I want to be forever 23…. Your food, decorations, and drinks look so great and theme ish! Too cute!

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53 Jen October 23, 2011 at 10:19 am

You look good in jeans! Happy Belated Birthday.

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54 Meagan October 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

That is so cute he made you a gazillion layer cake :)

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55 Angel7 October 23, 2011 at 11:43 am

It looks like you had a wonderful night!

The pimento cheese looks awesome!!! Wish I could have some to snack on later this evening!

You will have to change your age to ’29’ in the paragraph on the top left-hand side of the page underneath your picture once your birthday is here — but you do not look a day past 25 :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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56 Lauren October 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

What a wonderful party. :) Glad you had a nice relaxing “26” birthday.

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57 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews October 23, 2011 at 2:41 pm

That outfit is very flattering on you!

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58 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings October 23, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Looks like fun was had by all. Happy birthday! Ah, to be 26 again… ;)

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59 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 24, 2011 at 12:02 am

Happy almost-birthday!! Everything looks delicious, especially the cake. :)

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60 JenATX October 25, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Gorgeous cake! I love homemade cakes :) the fancy, fondant designed ones are beautiful in their own way, but just can’t compare to the homemade ones in my opinion. great party too!

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61 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 26, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Housecooling party–what a fun concept! and MMMM that cake looks good. Save me a slice :)

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