He’s Here!

November 24, 2009

A potential work crisis and a missed flight, and Andrew is here!

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I was a starvin’ marvin’ by the time we got to Karen’s at 5:45 and was so excited for a meal!

And of course a little Mark West, which she always has for us. Such a great mid-priced pinot.

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No time for cocktail hour – Karen had to get to choir practice so we had to eat promptly.

She made this AWESOME beef + veggie soup (don’t have the recipe – sorry! It was pretty classic)

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Plus a spinach salad with veggies and nutz

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And Trader Joe’s cornbread, which is awesome!

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With some tea. Delish!

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Karen left for her rehearsal (she’s in a Xmas performance in a few weeks for a barbershop choir!) and we had a sip more wine and cleaned the kitchen

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We will likely move in with Karen if we sell our house before July. This is one kitchen I wouldn’t mind cooking in!! It was even fun to clean.

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A while later Andrew and I dipped into the ice cream Karen bought for us while Matt napped. He’s had a reallly long, hard pre-holiday baking week :(

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I had a taste of each flavor with an unphotographed shortbread cookie. Love shortbread! I need to bake some. Have any recipes?

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Tonight was a great intuitive eating night. I was never full and enjoyed little bits of everything on the menu, and everything tasted simply delicious.

I’m debating going to bed kind of early so I can get a head start on my day tomorrow by getting up early. The brothers are brewing beer and I’ve got some setting up to do before we host our families on Thursday. My parents are coming to spend two nights and Matt‘s dad and Cheryl are coming too! It’s going to be a full house. Can’t wait!

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1 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) November 24, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Haha you WOULD enjoy cleaning a beautiful kitchen!


2 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans November 24, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Looks like you guys have a full house! Enjoy your family!


3 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 24, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Oh, cake batter ice cream…love of my life! I’ve never had the Ben and Jerry’s kind though– is it as good as Cold Stone’s?


4 Kath November 24, 2009 at 9:39 pm

Not even close to as good as Coldstone’s, but what is!?


5 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 24, 2009 at 10:31 pm

True. That.


6 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 24, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Coldstone has the BEST cake batter ice cream…

now i have a craving for ice cream…. dang!



7 Leianna November 24, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Looks like a great light meal, perfect combo of soup and salad!
Love the ice cream:)


8 Kara November 24, 2009 at 9:51 pm

That kitchen is so gorgeous and spacious!! I would love to clean it too! I hate my stupid tiny NYC apartment kitchen :(


9 Courtney (The Tasty Balance) November 24, 2009 at 9:53 pm

I love that cake batter ice cream! But coldstone’s takes the cake! haha, just realized that was kind of a pun!


10 Gloria November 24, 2009 at 9:54 pm

seriously, just a taste of Ben and Jerry’s?? live a little, will ya?


11 Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) November 24, 2009 at 9:55 pm

I love Ben & Jerry’s PB Cup! Back in the day I used to take whole pints to my bedroom to consume while reading books. Now I try to put a serving size in a cup :-)


12 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 24, 2009 at 9:55 pm

woohoo for intuitive eating! hard sometimes but oh so worth it!


13 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) November 24, 2009 at 9:58 pm

Dinner looks fabulous! Matt’s brother looks just like their mom, so cute! :)



14 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 24, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Have fun with your company!!


15 Heather November 24, 2009 at 10:01 pm

That’s a beautiful kitchen! Speaking of shortbread, I’ve been wanting to try this coconut shortbread from SmittenKitchen: http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/02/toasted-coconut-shortbread/


16 Kath November 24, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Wow, those look great!


17 homecookedem November 24, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Lovely kitchen!! Way to go on the intuitive eating – I’ve been trying to be better with it lately, but it’s not always so easy…


18 candice November 24, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Whoa, that kitchen IS beautiful! So much open space! I love your little glass of ice cream—so cute!


19 Runeatrepeat November 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Every time you have an Intuitive Eating success it give me hope :)


20 Kath November 24, 2009 at 10:16 pm

LOL. There is hope!


21 Cynthia (It All Changes) November 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm

I bet matt is super tired. At least you got some good food and fellowship with family. :-)


22 M November 24, 2009 at 10:08 pm

You look so pretty in that picture!


23 Kath November 24, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Aw thanks :)


24 NatalieG November 24, 2009 at 10:19 pm

Try these vanilla shortbread cookies! (to die for)


as an fyi — I used 2 tsp vanilla extract instead of the bean


25 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope November 24, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Glad to hear your visiter arrived safe and sound! OMG, that kitchen is SO amazing!!! I think any foodie would be in total heaven there. :)


26 Kasey @ Fit For Wellness November 24, 2009 at 10:22 pm

Cake batter ice cream is my favorite!!!


27 Danielle November 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm

What an AMAZING kitchen! I wouldn’t mind cleaning up in their either :)


28 Jil November 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm

The meal looks lovely! And that kitchen is beautiful! I want it! haha — If I could put something like that on a Christmas list…I would. haha :)


29 Sam (Merit to the Carrot) November 24, 2009 at 10:26 pm

I LOVE that kitchen. Lucky Kath!
Have fun in that full house!


30 Erin November 24, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Looks like a yummy, balanced dinner. Gotta love soup on a cold night. I came home and made grilled cheese. It was that kinda night. 😉


31 Jerilynne November 24, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Hey Kath!

If you’re still looking for a shortbread cookie recipe, check this one out: http://www.marthastewart.com/recipe/icebox-shortbread.

it is SO easy and you can change up the mix-ins any way you want!


32 Jenna November 24, 2009 at 11:06 pm

wow! that kitchen is beautiful! yummy ice cream!


33 Lizzy November 24, 2009 at 11:07 pm

i’m going to practice intuitive eating on thankgiving. i want to be able to enjoy each dish, so i’m going t to take little tastes of everything and make sure not to deprive myself, but not over stuff!


34 Kate November 24, 2009 at 11:26 pm

Love that you mention intuitive eating! So good to thing and remind ourselves about this time of year.
That cornbread looks delish, haven’t since it in the shops here, so may just have to make some!


35 Grace November 24, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Dude, what a hunk! Is it considered incestuous if you find your in-law attractive?! Haha.


36 Kath November 25, 2009 at 11:17 am

LOL :)


37 Frank November 24, 2009 at 11:41 pm

To the finer things. This time of year brings out the best in food and friends and your under-indulgence is refreshing. Thanks for sharing.


38 Mama Pea November 24, 2009 at 11:47 pm

I’m looking for a vegan shortbread recipe. I know, it’s hard to imagine it without butter, but Earth Balance is pretty tasty in my book.

I just picture Andy from The Office when I think of Karen’s barbershop group. Hopefully you can go to the performance!


39 Kath November 25, 2009 at 11:17 am

I love Andy!!


40 Gretchen November 24, 2009 at 11:48 pm

OMG ~ that kitchen ROCKS!!!!!!!


41 Lisa November 24, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Ohhhhh that kitchen is AWESOME! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to have a kitchen like that! I don’t think I would ever stop cooking :)


42 MarathonVal November 24, 2009 at 11:55 pm

I’m amazed at your willpower… I could never eat such tiny scoops of ice cream and be satisfied, but it’s something I strive to do one day haha…

PS…. what a PHENOMENAL kitchen!!


43 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 25, 2009 at 12:24 am

wow that is a beautiful kitchen!!! i love being super duper hungry for dinner….makes for a lovely intuitive eating experience, i find…


44 happyshoes November 25, 2009 at 12:33 am


This is unrelated to this post but relevant to your recent cleaning posts. Would you consider at some point posting a video or instructions on just how much “stuff” you do keep and what your methods of storing them are? I am a “keeper” trying to become more of a “purger” and it helps to see what anti-clutter people in the real world (versus in pretty organizing magazines) do with their things.

Thanks. :)


45 Kath November 25, 2009 at 11:18 am

Sam, I’m hoping to do a cleaning + organizing video over the holidays.



46 Marina November 25, 2009 at 12:34 am

That really is a beautiful kitchen, I love that style.
Brothers really look alike :)


47 ellen eats beets November 25, 2009 at 2:43 am

TJ’s cornbread is my absolute fav! Peanut butter cup Ice cream was my brother and my go to choice when we were younger. It just never gets old!


48 Stacey November 25, 2009 at 6:22 am

Sounds fun! I love all the chaos of family around the holidays :) That is a cute sweater/turtleneck ?? too!!


49 christie @ honoring health November 25, 2009 at 6:28 am

Wow, that kitchen is so pretty!!

I had Mark West Pinot and thought it was OK. I think I actually prefer Oregon Pinot.


50 Erin @ Big Girl Eats November 25, 2009 at 6:41 am

Le sigh. That kitchen is so beautiful! My mom used to be in a barbershop quartet and my siblings and I thought it was the best thing ever (mainly for our amusement) but it was really cool!


51 Naomi (onefitfoodie) November 25, 2009 at 7:59 am

here is an awesome shortbread recipe from Ina Garten (Barefoot Contessa) she is amazing!


have a happy thanksgiving and enjoy your company :)


52 Beth @ DiningAndDishing November 25, 2009 at 8:54 am

I LOVE that kitchen!! Absolutely gorgeous :O). You will be a very lucky girl if you get to cook in it for a few weeks!!

Happy Thanksgiving :O)


53 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) November 25, 2009 at 9:08 am

I *just* read your thoughts on sweetened vs. unsweetened coconut and I COULD NOT AGREE MORE! 😀

I’ve been eating the unsweetened kind after buying a big container from whole foods, and I can’t wait to get back to the sweetened kind. You’re totally right, that the taste is so much better.

Oh, and a big thanks for the help when I emailed you about the Canon Rebel…I ended up going with the XS and could not be happier. It’s such a fun camera and I’ve only touched the surface of what it’s capable of. 😀 Thanks for the help!


54 Kath November 25, 2009 at 11:18 am

Glad you like the camera!!


55 Liesl November 25, 2009 at 9:09 am

I’m sure the Coconut Shortbread that Heather suggested would be delicious!!!
But I know that Smitten Kitchen’s Espresso Chocolate Shortbread is just AMAZING!!! I’ve made it twice and it is wonderful tied up in cute little packages for gifts too!! :)
Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving, can’t wait to read about it!


56 Lauren @ Eater not a runner November 25, 2009 at 9:19 am

Looks like a great dinner! Good work with the intuitive eating, always hard around the holidays I find…


57 JENNA November 25, 2009 at 9:22 am

karens kitchen looks soooo cozy!! I love love love kitchens!!


58 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale November 25, 2009 at 9:28 am

There’s a great, classic shortbread recipe in Joy of Cooking… and my Scots heritage loves a good shortbread cookie!


59 Cait (Cait's Plate) November 25, 2009 at 9:29 am

Oh my gosh I LOVE Karen’s kitchen! I could do some serious cooking in there if I do say so myself 😀

And she made a nice choice on those B&J pints. I’ve never had Cake Batter but I’m always curious – was it good?


60 Kath November 25, 2009 at 11:19 am

It was good, but nothing compared to Coldstones. Or even Breyers Vanilla Bean in my opinion.



61 Tina November 25, 2009 at 9:51 am

Ben and Jerry’s is the bestttt. How can you stop at just two bites?! haha :) Major willpower right there.


62 Jo November 25, 2009 at 9:54 am

OHMIGOD – Peanut butter cup and cake batter – are you joking??!!! Why, oh, WHY don’t we get these flavours in the UK??????? Actually – probably a good thing we don’t, otherwise I would be the size of a house.


63 Kristen November 25, 2009 at 10:02 am

I always use this recipe
http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Butter-Shortbread-Cookies-236612 for classic shortbread cookies. The best part about it is that it makes a lot so and makes it easy to bring as a holiday/hostess gift.


64 Elise November 25, 2009 at 10:04 am

I love Clotilde Dusoulier’s recipe for sablés with roasted flour. Not quite shortbread, but very close and wonderfully delicious. I made a whole batch for a friend for Christmas last year, and she almost cried with joy.



65 rhodeygirl November 25, 2009 at 10:11 am

Karen’s kitchen is gorgeous! Have fun playing host and hostess tomorrow!


66 Kelly @ Bite and Run November 25, 2009 at 10:30 am

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Mark West Pinot Noir! Happy Thanksgiving!


67 Eileen November 25, 2009 at 11:12 am

That is a beautiful kitchen. I think it would work in my house … if I blew up our current kitchen, LOL.

That’s a nice pre-Thanksgiving meal. I’m always trying to convert my husband to the idea that soup and salad is a real dinner … he’s a meat maniac and can get a little pouty if I try to just do light meals.


68 Kath November 25, 2009 at 11:16 am

Thanks for the shortbread recipes!!


69 sarah November 25, 2009 at 11:21 am

Hey someone at Self.com recommended your blog recently and I’m loving it! Definitely bookmarked to check back daily. Here is my rosemary shortbread recipe: http://syrupandhoney.typepad.com/blog/2009/09/shortbread-cookies.html


70 Sheila | Live Well 360° November 25, 2009 at 1:07 pm

That’s cool that you have the option to move in with fam if your house sells fast. That is what we did after we sold our house in MI and it worked out really well.

Have a great Thanksgiving Kath!


71 Amanda November 25, 2009 at 2:35 pm

my favorite shortbread is from the back of the argo box. http://www.argostarch.com/recipe_details.asp?id=1220
wishing you a great thanksgiving!


72 Jess November 25, 2009 at 3:41 pm

This is a really great espresso chocolate chip shortbread recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/2007/12/espresso-chocolate-shortbread-cookies/


73 Stacey November 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm

So, I have missed several posts because I got really busy- when, where and why are you moving? I assume its for an internship????


74 Kath November 25, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Moving to Charlottesville, VA this summer after my internship is over to open a Great Harvest Bread Co franchise!



75 Katrina November 25, 2009 at 11:29 pm

I just went on a shortbread kick and made some delicious shortbread cookies with toffee bits and pecans and/or also mini chocolate chips. These are so good!
Have a great holiday!


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