Highlights + Lowlights

September 27, 2011

Well my hair is the same color :mrgreen:

But I’ve had a lot of highs and lows today.


The entire crockpot pot fits in my extra long sink! This might seem like a small thing, but boy is cleaning easier when it’s not at a diagonal in a 2-compartment


I’m a’makin’ beans!



Our couch did not fit :( :( :(

I am so very sad.

All that keeps coming to mind is “My parents went to Disney World and all they brought me was this big ottoman” shirts…


The couch was 88” long and just would not make the curves of the basement. Or down the stairs. HUGE bummer!!!!!!! Luckily Grand Home Furnishings rocks and they took it back to exchange for free (we knew this when we bought the couch from them because we knew the basement mighttttt be tight). So instead of an 88” long couch we are getting a 72” long loveseat. It’s slightly wider than our ottoman and should fit two for movie nights well. We just can’t have a third person join our marriage! [Actually we can because we do have the arm chair!] Loveseat should be arriving on Friday.



The steam mop did not ruin our laminate wood basement floors. WHEW!



There was a huge spider that must have been a stowaway on the ottoman that I found just after they left.



Storage!!!!!!!!! SO many empty shelves to fill!



Damaged wall from couch delivery



Getting numerous projects done. A clean inbox. A safe backup of KERF.


Hitting my foot really hard on our steps : (


Sunshine and a nice warm day!



Soggy next-day croutons that simply would not re-crisp



My new closet is being built!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


{Knock on wood} there is no lowlight associated with this project yet!

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Next up is bookcases!


And now let’s end on a high – a delicious lunch salad!!


While I soaked my beans last night, I also soaked some wheatberries and boiled them this morning.


Once they were finished cooking, I drained them and topped with spinach to wilt


And tossed in some of this new oil – anything with rosemary wins my heart and this is one of the best-tasting, fruitiest olive oils I’ve ever had


I seared up some radicchio in the herby oil in a pot until it began to brown


And tossed that in


Plus bleu cheese crumbles and pecans


And a drizzle of maple syrup to balance the bitter radicchio [about 1/4 a cup accidentally poured in during the making of this photograph!]


Lastly, I tossed in one sliced apple! I have missed apples so much!! So glad fall season is here


Served up on a plate and we have a nice lunch salad that’s quick to access for lunches and side dishes all week long


Radicchio + Wheatberry Salad

Serves 4-6.

Mix and match any fruits, nuts or veggies you might like into this salad.


  • 1 cup wheatberries, cooked
  • 1 small head radicchio, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup bleu cheese
  • 2 tbsp herby olive oil (or olive oil + rosemary)
  • Sprinkle of kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup


  1. Toss cooked wheatberries in a bowl with spinach, apple, pecans, cheese, olive oil, salt and syrup.
  2. Meanwhile, heat a pot to medium high and add radicchio and cook until brown.
  3. Toss together.


Served with a cuppa yogurt for some extra protein. Fig butter for dessert!


Have a highlightful day!

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1 Erin (Travel Eat Repeat) September 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm

You have sunshine in C-ville? Very jealous! We’re on our second straight week of nothing but rain and clouds here in DC, just a little north of you.


2 Cait's Plate September 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I LOOOOOVE wheatberries! I really need to get my hands on some to throw into yogurts, oats and salads. I just adore their chewy texture :)

Sorry for the lows in your day but at least the highs were good ones!! It’s the absolute worst when furniture doesn’t fit…I totally feel for you. We’re moving this weekend and I have a strong suspicion we’re going to be the in the exact same boat with a lot of our stuff!


3 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl September 27, 2011 at 2:53 pm

You salad looks delish! I bet it taste wonderful with the Rosemary, Garlic & Herb oil. Sounds like a great pairing with the radicchio in the salad.
Sorry to hear the couch didn’t fit. But looking forward to new house updates. Loving your style. :)


4 Jennifer September 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Eww….spiders. I was looking for it in your pictures. :)

I love your new closets! Wow! I’m afraid to go to IKEA. (haha) I would want so many things.


5 Gina (Yogattude) September 27, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I was wondering if a steam mop would work on the fake stuff! Our apt advertised wood floors, but it’s def not real wood…I’ve been wanting to get a steam mop, but wasn’t sure if the steam would cause damage.


6 Cait @ Beyond Bananas September 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm

So sad that the couch didn’t fit!

I am glad I know that steam mops do not ruin the floors. We have laminite flooring.. and need a better way to clean them. What kind of steam mop is it?


7 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I have a Shark Vac then Steam. Works wel!


8 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine September 27, 2011 at 2:56 pm

That salad looks so fresh and yummy! I am not good at creating salads. :)


9 Lynn @ the actor's diet September 27, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Ah life…a rollercoaster.


10 Samantha September 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Ughhh hate when that happens to the corners of the walls!!


11 Marie@feedingfive September 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I think I am so creative with salads until I read about some of yours. All those flavors sound great. I’ve never thought to cook radicchio, thanks for the ideas.


12 Kori September 27, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Funny enough while on my drive home from school this afternoon, I found a spider on my neck!!!!!! Once I flung it down onto the floorboard, I had to ride with my left foot up in my seat b/c I didn’t know where it had gone. As soon as I arrived home, I jumped out of my car & looked for it & was thankfully able to get it out. Ick! On a HIGHLIGHT (=]), your post & lunch, as always were awesome!!! =D


13 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm



14 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Wow your house is coming along sooo well. It’s beautiful, Kath! Sorry to hear about the couch not fitting and the subsequently beatup wall from the failed attempts. I have actually had both happen. With a california king mattress.

The wheatberry salad looks delish too!


15 Jane @ Broccolini + Cheese September 27, 2011 at 3:01 pm

I just love how your house is coming along! You all are doing such a nice job! That salad looks fantastic! Happy Tuesday!


16 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Kath, where did you get your printed chairs and couch? I love them!


17 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm

They were inherited from Karen from the 90s :)


18 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm

What a fun post! I am glad you had MORE highlights :)

I love spinach in salads!!


19 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Such a cute post :) Bummer about the sofa, at least you are getting a new one!


20 Deva @ Deva by Definition September 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I am glad that you were able to take the sofa for exchange – it’s a bummer when things don’t fit, though! I love your ottoman!


21 Joanne September 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm

You have to have the “lowlights” so you can appreciate the “highlights” so much more. :)
That’s such a happy salad.


22 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 27, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Yay for all the highs!! Huge bummer about the couch, but who needs a 3rd person in the marriage anyway? hehe I’m sure the loveseat will be great.

LOVE your finished basement! That is primo 😀


23 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather September 27, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Your salad is calling my name! It looks outta this world good. I love all the highlights and lowlights. Such a fun post :)


24 Anna @ On Anna's Plate September 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Man, it’s such a bummer when furniture doesn’t fit. It’s definitely best not to force it though– we knocked off a pretty sizeable chunk of wall when we were trying to get our bed into our bedroom in our old house!! Whoops!


25 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites September 27, 2011 at 3:30 pm

The lowlights in our lives just help us appreciate the highlights even more! :)

Love that salad idea.. so creative :) I tend to steer clear of really bitter greens but I really love your maple syrup tip. I will have give it a go! I bet the maple syrup was heavenly with the blue cheese crumbles :)


26 Angel7 September 27, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I do not think I have ever had radicchio.

I am always looking for a new, awesome olive oil, and will have to add this one to my to-try list.



27 Sweet and Savvy September 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Oh I would love one big sink!! Small two compartment ones are really inconvenient.

That salad recipe looks amazing! Just like the weather outside :) I am having similar weater and LOVING it!


28 Carla September 27, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Where did all your wire shelving come from? Suitable for heavy loads?


29 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm

Lowes and absolutely!


30 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 27, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I needs to try wheatberries, they look amazing :)


31 nick September 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm

hi kath i like your food and i like your place so mush


32 Elisabeth September 27, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Bummer on the couch! (And the matching damaged wall…) Here’s to an evening of highs to make up for it! 😉


33 Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm

here’s hoping ther highlights outweighed the low lights! It certainly looks like a productive day :)


34 Jen September 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I did a lot of research on the steam mops.. I have engineered hardwood flooring. They’re hard wood glued to fake stuff that allows them to snap together. Mine aren’t sealed… meaning the cracks between the floorboards aren’t sealed shut. I purchased the house with the floors installed. Most mfgs say NOT to use the steam mop because the heat and steam can get in between the boards and warp the stuff underneath. So I would use caution with the steam mop if the floorboards aren’t sealed together.

I do have a steam mop and have used it on the floors, but I only do so like once every 6 months or so. Most the time I use a hardwood laminate spray and swiffer-like mop with a washable microfiber cloth..most mfgs recommend this.


35 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Oh dear. I will just be conservative!


36 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy September 27, 2011 at 4:11 pm

OH I hate spiders! I always scream and run away! I love the chair that is in your basement and the curtains to your storage shelves!


37 janetha September 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Ha, I just posted my own highlights and lowlights yesterday and yelled at the red squiggly line telling me that “lowlights” isn’t a word. It definitely is.


38 Natalie the Awesome September 27, 2011 at 4:23 pm

wow looks awesomely yummy!!!! 😉


39 stephanie svajgl September 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Did you guys chose that green paint color? I love it and would love to know the name of it!



40 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Yep – it’s a look alike of Benjamin Moore Veranda View


41 Hillary September 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Highlight: Pizza for lunch (yes, really).
Lowlight: Class from 7-9:30. Grad school needs to be over, like, now.


42 Jen September 27, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I’m addicted to apple butter. I imagine fig butter could match it – good thing it’s not available here!


43 Molly @ RDexposed September 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm

I love how bright your house is..even the basement/lower level!


44 Mariel September 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm

I feel your pain, Kath! My boyfriend and I had a couch delivered and we encountered the exact same problem. I was so sad to send it back because it was such a nice couch–we still haven’t had a chance to go pick out another one!


45 Betsy September 27, 2011 at 5:43 pm

well, you should feel good about yourself because I am eating YOUR kale chip recipe (complete with the catchup!) with spaghetti squash (with butter, tomato sauce and shaved parm) – two things I wouldn’t have ever considered dinner until reading your blog. You are just stellar at the old blogging thing! I had highs and lows today too… it must be in the air!


46 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm



47 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 27, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Wheatberries are my favorite. I just found a hidden plastic bag of them in the pantry. I thought for the longest time they were steel cut oats from a quick glance and then just realized they were wheatberries! So excited to have some on hand now for quick salads. They have the best chew factor :)


48 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm

I love that room!!! The little amount of furniture actually makes it super comfy looking!


49 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel September 27, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Ack, spiders are NOT OK! I would have freaked out. Julia & bugs do not get along….


50 maria @ a life to bragg about September 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm

You’re house is so pretty. Please come to mine and decorate for me, thanks! 😀


51 Meghan @ Day-to-Day Crazy September 27, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I am so jealous of your basement storage area! I’m one of those “special” people who get overly excited about organizational knick-knacks and spaces. Love yours!


52 Laura September 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm

I’m excited about fall apples too! I just had a really similar salad. Fennel, blue cheese, pecans, arugula, red onion and lovely EVOO with a truly delicious balsamic vinegar. The radicchio sounds so amazing though. I have to try it next!


53 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey September 27, 2011 at 6:20 pm

What a beautiful lunch. I love wheatberries, and don’t think of cooking them up as often as I should.

Glad to hear your steam mop worked on the laminate wood floor. We are moving into a house that has that same flooring in the living room next month. I LOVE my steam mop, and would hate to not be able to use it. Yay!



54 Morgan @ moments of mmm September 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Your basement looks so light and airy! Very rare for a basement, how nice! Where did you find your fig butter? That sounds delish. :) Maybe it’s easy to make too? Have a fabulous day!


55 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 7:44 pm

It’s Trader Joe’s – was a blog reader gift


56 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 27, 2011 at 6:36 pm

That’s too bad about the couch, but you seemed to have some really great highlights! And that salad lpoke like heaven, I’m practically drooling over my phone on the bus home.


57 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 27, 2011 at 6:38 pm

that salad looks fantastic! do you find that the oil/maple dressing makes the soggy salad while you use it up during the week… or is it light enough that it stays fresh? this is a perfect make-ahead fancy-ish lunch!


58 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Since it’s not a lettuce-based salad, it seems to be fine


59 Karen September 27, 2011 at 7:18 pm

What a nice bright basement you have…love the light oaky wood flooring throughout the house. And, awesome food photography…your salad creation looks positively yum! Wishing you a “highlightful” eve too, Kath!


60 M September 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm

I am just so amazed you guys were able to buy this beautiful house
during the same year you opened a new business-that is pretty
unheard of for a young couple like you!
Won’t ask how you did it,but I am a wee bit jealous for sure!

Happy housewarming!


61 Melissa September 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I wish I had your eye! The house looks great! Here’s to more highlights for you guys. :)


62 katie @KatieDid September 27, 2011 at 7:51 pm

haha had to laugh at the third person joining the marriage. I think a loveseat will look just perfect in that location! I’m just in awe of the finished basement I think it will look gorgeous once all put together.


63 D @ Lifevsfood.com September 27, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I’ve had a few spiders in my lower level too. Its the time of year *gasp*. I actually had a professional come and spray for them today but found out shortly after he left that he used Suspend SC which is available on Amazon for 1/3 the cost of what he did today.

Why am I poisoning the earth? Because the spiders I find are large enough to have personality. I think the other-day one of them asked me if I was going to finish my sandwich.


64 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) September 27, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Have you thought about buying a sofa that you could assemble in the basement?–like an Ikea sofa perhaps? Not sure if that still wouldn’t fit in deconstructed form down the stairs…


65 KathEats September 27, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Yeah, but we really wanted something that was really, really comfy with a very deep seat and a big ottoman…hard to find!


66 Meredith September 27, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Awwww, that is sooooo sad about the couch! I can totally relate to the lowlights and highlights today… my lowlight was a rug that I’m in love with on overstock sold out :( highlight was my barney butter arriving! :)


67 Sarah Lienard September 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Your lunch looks gorgeous! Shame about the couch though. I’d be super excited about the closet though, looks perfect!


68 JenATX September 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm

cool basement!


69 Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers September 27, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I love the closets! That’s one mistake we made when buying our house, not enough closet space! I love,love, love your basement!!


70 Khushboo September 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm

I love the optimism behind this post- glad you can see the silver lining!


71 REAL Life in Rofo September 28, 2011 at 6:09 am

I love reading your blog for healthy eats inspiration. I have some wheatberries in my freezer. I just might have to find a way to enjoy them today!! The new house looks amazing!! I feel inspired to organize mine, too :-)


72 Rachel September 28, 2011 at 7:55 am

We had the couch problem at our old house. We ended up buying a couch that the back came off in 3 sections. The two outside seats recline too.


73 LynninRI September 28, 2011 at 7:57 am

Love your new home – Where oh where did you find the amazing curtains covering your storage racks??????????????????????/


74 KathEats September 28, 2011 at 8:00 am



75 LynninRI September 28, 2011 at 8:04 am

Thank you!!! (she types, grabbing her keys and heading to the car…)


76 Sarah September 28, 2011 at 10:31 am

I love the highlight vs. lowlights, and love that there are more highlights than lows! Bummer about the couch (and the spider), but hopefully that means there’s a BETTER couch in the future!


77 Christy September 28, 2011 at 11:08 am

We’ve got lots of bookcases from IKEA and they go together really well once you get the hang of it. Very sad about the couch…darn stairwells/hallways in basements!


78 Dee September 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm

That salad looks delicious!


79 Tami Jo Eaton September 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Where is your closet? In another room? In California there are not many houses that have basements. This may be a dumb questions, but if you and Matt are downstairs watching tv, can you hear someone knocking at your front door?


80 KathEats September 28, 2011 at 1:25 pm

It’s in the master bedroom.

If the TV is loud, then no, but if it’s not we can. We always keep that door locked though


81 Lele September 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm

MMM that salad looks AMAZING!


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