Hello, Summer

May 31, 2009

It’s amazing how much summer has blossomed since we left seven days ago! It’s been muggy hot and sweaty in this house! The unpacking is complete (you would not believe how smelly 7 days of workout clothes – some of them having been worn 3+ times – gets in a suitcase!), 3 loads of laundry complete, sheets and towels changed on the bed, dead bugs in corners vacuumed up and emails all caught up. Whew! Oh, and grocery shopping!

We walked to the grocery store (about 30 minutes round trip) to fill our empty fridge. In honor of summertime, tonight’s menu was entirely grilled.

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Veggie, Lemon Hummus + Blue Cheese Grilled Pitas

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I made a simple batch of hummus by blending together the following:

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • The juice of 2 big lemons (the lemonyier my hummus, the better)
  • ~3 tbsp chickpea can juice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • Dash Tabasco

We stuffed the pitas with the hummus, plus some blue cheese crumbles and grilled them, and then they were stuffed with the veggies.

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Pita Info for those of you who are interested. We never get pitas or tortillas anymore because of The Baker so since we have no bread in the house I was allowed to get them!

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They are not 100% whole wheat, but they are fluffy and stuffy

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Grilled corn – a summertime favorite

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And not to forget the watermelon for dessert!

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We went outside to eat and within 10 seconds had mosquitoes swarming us

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So we relocated inside the screen door

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Thank you all for your kind words about Matt’s Grampa :)

I have TONS of blog reading to do and a new book to start. Of to tire my eyes!

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1 Recipes for Creativity May 31, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Man that dinner looks fantastic! Welcome home, didn’t May just fly by?

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2 Jenn )) j3nn.net (( May 31, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Those stuffed pitas looks awesome! I love Father Sam’s pitas, haven’t had them in years though. They are so much thicker and softer than most pita breads.

Jenn

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3 The Novice Berker May 31, 2009 at 7:47 pm

What a gorgeous summer meal!! Watermelon and corn on the cob–so classic. ;)

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4 Abby May 31, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Once again I am amazed at the absolutely perfect meal you guys just “whipped” up after being gone for a week and most likely, completely pooped. But what says summer more than grilled corn on the cob and watermelon?!? Delicious.

Although it was probably a ton of work for you, all the guest posts were entertaining and an interesting change of reading this past week. Next time you go tropical, I am volunteering my services (although I don’t have stuffed bears, I suppose I have time to prepare.)

Sorry to hear about the passing of grandpa and you and your family are in my thoughts.

Welcome back!

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5 Vanessa May 31, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Those pitas look amazing! I can’t wait to do up some grilled corn on the cob :D

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6 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) May 31, 2009 at 8:05 pm

My dinner was all grilled too!!! YUM!! It just screammmmmmmmmmms SUMMER! Gotta love it!

Enjoy your first night back in your own house. I always love that feeling!

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7 Heather May 31, 2009 at 8:06 pm

What a perfect welcome home dinner! I just love summer grilling! Your veggies look delicious and that hummus recipe sounds great. :)

Mosquitoes are the only downside of summer grilling… I think those pesty buggers have caused many sleepless, itchy nights.

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8 klm May 31, 2009 at 8:19 pm

gorgey photos!!

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9 Gena (Choosing Raw) May 31, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Babe —

So sorry about Matt’s Grandpa.

Welcome home!! You were sorely missed. I love the looks of your lunch today — AND your amazing vacay recap.

xo

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10 Ellen @ Peace in Motion May 31, 2009 at 8:59 pm

the pitas look delish!

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11 Angie May 31, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Kath- Welcome home! Even though I love traveling, I love the feeling of being back home, unpacked, and sleeping in my own bed!

I’m so sorry to hear about Matt’s grandfather.

Great dinner tonight- I have been loving pitas lately.

Great job organizing all the guest posts…very entertaining!

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12 Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) May 31, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I’m not “allowed” to sue other people with a different attorney, so I understand the pita situation.

Your grilled spread looks great. I need to start cleaning off the old grill.

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13 Kailey (SnackFace) May 31, 2009 at 9:51 pm

Such a gorgeous dinner after what I would consider a very tiring day! You’re a stunna for being able to come home, clean, launder (that can’t be right), grocery shop, unpack, whatnot and cook. I’d eat snacks all night and call it a day. Haha. Glad you’re back in one piece, but I’m terribly sorry for the family’s loss. I send my thoughts and prayers.

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14 Organic Girl aka Ashley H May 31, 2009 at 10:08 pm

ooo that looks really good! Its good to have you back :)

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15 Help Meghan Run May 31, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Love it! :) Glad you’re home.

HelpMeghanRun.com

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16 Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 31, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Welcome home! Hugs to you and Matt…
Let me know if/when you try that coffee, it’s all ground for French press already!

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17 Linda May 31, 2009 at 10:54 pm

I just read Matt’s post about working at Great Harvest. Very interesting! I grew up in the Midwest and remember when GH opened up in the city. The honey wheat was my favorite. Unfortunately, there aren’t any in my area (SF Bay). There are very good bakeries though, but it’s not the same.

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18 Caroline May 31, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Uh oh. I foresee yet another batch of hummus in my future!

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19 andreA June 1, 2009 at 6:53 am

Wow, Kelsey sure did damage while house-sitting ;)
..at least that gave you an excuse to re-stock with fresh produce!

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20 sarah (ghost world) June 1, 2009 at 8:02 am

i’m so sorry about matt’s grandfather — mine passed several months ago too (he was 95!).

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21 brandi June 1, 2009 at 8:08 am

I’m so sorry to hear about his grandfather, but I’m happy you guys will be able to go to the service.

Your cruise looked amazing – I’m glad you guys had a great time!

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22 Justine June 1, 2009 at 8:12 am

Yum! I had grilled corn over the weekend. Your pics make it look much more attractive then mine :). haha

~Justine

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23 Katharina June 1, 2009 at 8:13 am

I have a question :)

In one of Kelsey’s recent post she has a picture of some food in some of the cutest white bowls I’ve seen! They have handles on them. I was wondering where you got them.

Your trip looks like it was soooo much fun!

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24 Anne June 1, 2009 at 8:16 am

Hi Kath!

I’m a long time reader, fist time commenter. Thanks for sharing your vacation with us. I always find it so interesting to see how people’s eating habits and exercise regimen adapt when they’re away from home. Looks like you an amazing time!

To everyone; I’ve recent started a blog of my own. So come check me out at

memyselfanded.weebly.com

Thanks, and thank you Kath. It’s always so entertaining and educating to read your blog!

Anne

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25 debbie June 1, 2009 at 8:17 am

Hi Kath, Welcome Home! I truly enjoyed all the pictures from your trip, it sounded perfect in every way. And that dinner of yours looks positively DELISH!

I’m so sorry to hear about Matt’s Grampa, it’s so hard saying goodbye to loved ones.

Blessings – Debbie

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26 Shannon (The Daily Balance) June 1, 2009 at 8:25 am

WELCOME BACK!!!!

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27 Shawna June 1, 2009 at 8:29 am

Kath you really were missed! The prepared guest posts were great, thanks for keeping your readers entertained all week!! The cruise looked amazing, nice to see you relaxing and taking a break!

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28 Melissa @ For the Love of Health June 1, 2009 at 8:50 am

Oh how I love summer!!
Your meal looks so good! The veggies looks fab!

Have a great day!!

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29 K June 1, 2009 at 9:11 am

I’m in love with that summer dinner! It looks fantastic!

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30 Katherine June 1, 2009 at 9:18 am

Your dinner looks wonderful and I’m so impressed that you got so much accomplished already – congrats!! Enjoy being back and I look forward to your regularly scheduled blogging :)

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31 melissa June 1, 2009 at 9:25 am

Welcome home!
So sorry about Matt’s grandfather.

Thanks for posting so much about your cruise. It looked like it was fabulous, and it is so inspiring that you were able to enjoy it AND stay healthy and eat intuitively at the same time.

We are planning a cruise next year. You might have mentioned it earlier in your blog, but could you tell us what cruise line you were on and where in the US it left from? Was it NYC?

Thanks!

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32 Kath June 1, 2009 at 9:35 am

Mara @ What’s For Dinner,
I’m very excited to try it, but I’ve also been off coffee for the summertime. I don’t crave it like I do in the winter. But I’m sure I’ll have a few cups soon :)

Katharina ,
I’m pretty sure I got those at Crate + Barrel.

melissa ,
We were on the Norwegian Majesty out of Baltimore.

Kath

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33 Nicole (dishin') June 1, 2009 at 9:38 am

That pita looks amazing! What a great summer meal.

I’m very sorry to hear about Matt’s grandfather, I’m sure it’s a tough time.

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34 Jess June 1, 2009 at 10:57 am

That pita looks so yum. It’s making me super hungry for lunch! Hope you have your landlegs again, it’s great to have you back. Condolences to Matt and all your family.

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35 Kori (All Things B.) June 1, 2009 at 2:29 pm

SO glad to have you back Kath!! Thanks for the guest posts while you were away- it was nice to not have KERF withdrawal! Welcome back!

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36 Erica June 16, 2009 at 8:59 pm

oohhh my gosh- made this tonight! Amazing. The hummus is so good

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