Highlights

March 22, 2009

They’re up! After hours and hours (and hours!) of work, my two highlight videos are up. They’re not even that great! I had to break it it two because of YouTube’s restrictions. Enjoy :mrgreen:

Part I

Part II

My stomach felt kind of queasy this morning! Maybe I am getting used to US water again!? Or maybe I have turned against oatmeal….But I recovered after noon and we went out running. It’s a gorgeous day here – sunny blue skies and warm. My run was a little slow, but it sure felt good to get out there and go again. I asked Matt all about his week – what he ate, his exercise schedule and social activities ;) Then we spent the rest of the run discussing methods to save up for a trip to London + Paris this Christmas! We think we can make it work, but still aren’t sure if we’re ready to commit. At least we’ll start saving! We also want to go to Boston this summer to visit Larbs + Matt.

We got back from our run at 2:30! Late lunch alert. We quickly showered and decided on smashed grilled cheeses and big salads.

We used this Kerrygold cheese which was sent in BOGO free coupon form from FoodBuzz’s Tastemaker Program. It was delish. Very tangy + creamy.

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The salad ingredients.

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His + Hers

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Smash

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On Rice Bread with some pimentos –

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The salad:

  • Spinach tossed in balsamic
  • Cuc
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Broccoli (nuked until tender)
  • Sprouts
  • Strawberries
  • Melon (the same melon I left last week!! It was still good and ripe)
  • Capers
  • Avocado
  • Walnuts
  • Cottage Cheese

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Outdoor dining

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Matt has a surprise dinner he has planned, and Karen is joining us. Until then I”ll be catching up on school work – the list is growing :(

Hasta la vista!

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1 BethT March 22, 2009 at 3:42 pm

You will get a sweet deal going to London and Paris in Dec. Airfare is dropping and regardless, it’s the off season. Hope you can swing it.

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2 Sharon March 22, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Oh wow, totally love it!

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3 Moran March 22, 2009 at 3:53 pm

GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!
I loved it!

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4 VeggieGirl March 22, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Incredible x10000!!!!

Hope your queasiness is gone!! It is probably due to the fact that you’re recovering from travel and such.

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5 zestycook March 22, 2009 at 4:02 pm

one word: A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

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6 brandi March 22, 2009 at 4:02 pm

thanks for doing the videos! i love the big salad – i hope your stomach feels better soon!

it took my husband and about 2 weeks to feel “normal” after our trip to Honduras a few years ago.

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7 amber March 22, 2009 at 4:04 pm

very cool! Thanks for sharing, I could only watch the first video, the second said it was private. Love the sandwich smash pics lol

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8 Michele March 22, 2009 at 4:10 pm

Hi, Kath!

I didn’t have a grilled cheese today, but I did have almost that same salad! Totally crazy??!!

And I so enjoyed following along on your trip to Africa — what an awesome adventure!!

Glad you’re back, though! There’s no place like home, eh? ;-)

*smiles*
Michele

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9 Whitney March 22, 2009 at 4:15 pm

I love Kerrygold Cheese! They always hand out sample of Dubliner at the Race for the Cure in Chicago and we always manage to grab multiple handfuls.

Jealous of your outdoor dining. It is sunny here, but not quite warm enough to enjoy the balcony chairs.

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10 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) March 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm

Wow, your travels to Africa looked amazing! I really hope I have the opportunity to travel there myself one day. :)

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11 K March 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm

What a refreshing lunch – love the cheese! Thanks for taking the time to put the videos up :)

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12 Shannon (The Daily Balance) March 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Thanks for sharing the videos — FANTASTIC!

those salads look delicious! so bright, colorful and fresh!

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13 Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday March 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Sorry your stomach isn’t right, hope you are feeling better soon.

Great videos!

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14 Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 22, 2009 at 4:45 pm

AWESOME videos!!! I’m so amazed with everything you saw and did…

OH, and those grilled cheeses? DIVINE!!

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15 Katie S March 22, 2009 at 4:45 pm

Your videos were breathtaking! Thank you soooo much for sharing!!!

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16 WendyF March 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Great videos. Glad to hear you have gotten over the jet lag. My stomach is out of sycn for about a day after these long trips.

London and Paris 2 of my favorite walking cities.. Let me know if you need info on Paris. We go each July to see the final stage of the Tour. I lived in London for 6 years, will be going back in December as well (beer research)

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17 amber March 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm

ok it worked for me now. How cool! Looked like an amazing time!

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18 Meghan Telpner March 22, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Hey… So I just Vanessa. Sounds like the trip was amazing and I now understand the connection wasn’t as ‘small world’ as I first thought. Looks like you both had an amazing experience there.

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19 Fancy March 22, 2009 at 5:02 pm

Hi Kath! Your videos were amazing, thank you for sharing them with us!

HELP ME MAKE PERFECT GRILLED CHEESE! I have tried and tried, but can’t seem to master this very easy skill. Can you give me step by step instructions? Oven temperature? Broiler? I need help! I asked Matt in the comments the other night when he made it, but I don’t believe he answered me….thank you so much!

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20 Lisa March 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I love love love Kerrygold cheese! I’ve never tried it grilled, just with crackers and wine.

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21 Cole March 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Thank you so much for those videos!

And London/Paris in December would be a blast I think. I’ve never been to London but Paris is such a wonderful city.

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22 Bec March 22, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Love the his and her sandwich pictures!

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23 Chris March 22, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Welcome home! I showed the classroom video to my kids – 1st and 4th grade – and they were in absolute awe. My 1st grader wanted to know if the kids have their own seats and desks in another room. My 4th grader said, “Mama! They could be in advanced math!” Thanks again for sharing all of this.

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24 Caitlin March 22, 2009 at 5:56 pm

good luck catching up with your work!

thanks for the vids!

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25 Lisa D March 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Sounds just like your cute hubby to plan a surprise dinner for you when you got home! That salad looks yummy and of course the outdoor dining makes me jealous! yay come to Boston!!! Lots of good eats, and good beer for your hubs!

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26 Mariposa March 22, 2009 at 6:25 pm

amazing videos!!!!!

and yes you have to come to Boston!!!

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27 Michelle Hisae March 22, 2009 at 6:27 pm

I had strawberries in my salad for lunch, too. :) Yummm. I love spring because strawberries (and all other berries) are sweet now!

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28 WEEKLY BITE March 22, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Great videos! That run must have felt great!

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29 laci March 22, 2009 at 6:48 pm

So glad you had a great time in Africa- the flight is incredibly beautiful! :)

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30 thepinkpeppercorn March 22, 2009 at 6:58 pm

Yay for videos!! We’ve been talking about going to Paris for Christmas for years!! Maybe this year!!!! Too funny :) mmmm vegetables after traveling are always soooo good!

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31 NAOmni March 22, 2009 at 7:26 pm

Videos were an awesome idea!

NAOmni

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32 Kath March 22, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Fancy ,
He says: 350* on bake. Leave in for 10-15 minutes. Broiler is too risky for burns.

Chris ,
Awww. Glad they liked it :)

Kath

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33 Fancy March 22, 2009 at 7:48 pm

Thanks for your grilled cheese help, Kath and Matt :)

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34 Heather March 22, 2009 at 8:03 pm

You have THE best looking salads Kath!! Keep ‘em coming… I love all the ideas for my own creations! I discovered that I love kale thanks to one of your posts :)

Hope your queasiness goes away soon!

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35 Erin March 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Welcome home! Rest a bit and I’m betting you’ll feel better!

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36 Laura March 23, 2009 at 5:24 am

Your videos and recaps of Africa were AMAZING! Thank you for working so hard to share your experience with us! Welcome home!

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