Homeward Bound

January 19, 2009

Mom and I were jocks again this morning and hit the old folks gym at 6:45. I started with about 40 minutes on an elliptical and ended up running 20:26 minutes at a 2.0 incline at level 6.6 on the treadmill. Superstitious, eh!? There was a nice elderly man running on the treadmill faster than my mom was walking!!

After packing up our room, we headed up to the apartment for a farewell breakfast.

I had my leftover portion of oatmeal from yesterday reheated with some blueberries and 2% milk. Plus a tiny crumbled oatmeal cookie and a squirt of a Barney Butter packet. I had Mom and Gram try the remaining 1/3 of the packet. I think they are each going to order a jar!

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I also had a bowl of fresh citrus. Love this little antique bowl!

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And as “part of this complete breakfast,” some pulp-y orange juice. I LOVE the pulp!

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Oh, and some tea!

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A Southerner enamored by snowfall!! It started snowing just as we left.

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Goodbye Gram + Pop, Smote + Murph! Thanks for the wonderful visit. Hope we can come back soon.

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Mom and I set out around 10:00 in the snow for our journey home. We had planned to find a nice place to eat along the way, but we weren’t hungry at Fredricksburg and were through Petersburg before we knew it, and the last stop was a grimy Subway in a gas station before we hit the barren stretch of I-85. So, we decided to just make a lunch out of snacks, push through and have an early dinner. Luckily I still had a yogurt from the trip up (cooler –> fridge –> cooler) and an apple. Mom and I shared this Luna cake.

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Plus the last of the trail mix

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And another of my aunt’s secret oatmeal cookies :) I love how tiny they are too. It’s been hard not to eat them all day with a tupperware full of them in the back seat.

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We just made it home at 4pm – no traffic!! Not a lick of it anywhere near Washington either. We’re relaxing for an hour and then heading out to dinner with my parents to the Ruby Tuesday’s salad bar. I can’t WAIT for a huge salad!!

See ya in my third city of the day :)

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1 Lara January 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm

I want some secret oatmeal cookies, toooooo! They look so crumbly and delicious.
Looking forward to seeing your salad creation 😀


2 Maggie January 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm

I sooo want a secret oatmeal cookie. Lucky girl!!


3 Lynn January 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm

So, is Barney butter better than the almond butter I get at Whole Foods? It looks good but I hesitate to order it (since I don’t see any RI retailers that carry it) –


4 Katie January 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm

I’m glad you had a wonderful time on your trip and made it home safely.

I LOVE Ruby Tuesday’s salad bar. The zucchini straws are my favorite. Enjoy your salad!


5 Joyful January 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Glad you made it home safely!


6 Diana January 19, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Ruby Tuesdays is great! We don’t have them here so I always try to stop at one when I’m south of the border!


7 Jen January 19, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Happy to hear you had safe travels!!

Ruby Tuesday’s salad bar is sooooo yummy! Enjoy girl!


8 Marisa (trim the fat) January 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Sounds like a nice visit! Yay for packing snacks!


9 Lisa January 19, 2009 at 4:47 pm

I’ll profess my own love of the Ruby Tuesday salad bar. It’s how I was introduced to the joy that is edamame, plus their low-fat ranch has more flavor than some full-fat varieties.


10 theoddbod January 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm

good food on the go. glorious!


11 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) January 19, 2009 at 5:03 pm

what a pleasant farewell breakfast. you’re killing me with those cookies!!! enjoy dinner tonight …


12 Kate January 19, 2009 at 5:21 pm

I know a lot of readers eat Larabars so thought I would share here: there has been a Peanut Butter Cookie Larabar recall: “General Mills of Minneapolis is recalling two flavors of snack bars: Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie snack bars, distributed nationally, and JamFrakas Peanut Butter Blisscrisp snack bars.



13 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 19, 2009 at 5:24 pm

Love that Gramps is sporting the KERF shirt again. You know he is going to be rocking that everyday, proudly bragging about his Kath!

Glad you had a fun trip and made it home safe!


14 Shelby January 19, 2009 at 5:50 pm

I am in love with that farewell breakfast!


15 jenner January 19, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Hey Kath, enjoy your salad, and have a safe drive home. It’s supposed to start snowing here in the dash (aka Winston-Salem) in a few hours!


16 Biz January 19, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Your grandpa is just so cute I want to give him a hug!

Glad your trip home was safe!


17 Oh She Glows January 19, 2009 at 5:53 pm

Holy moly do your oats ever look amazing today!!!!

I love grandpa in the KERF shirt- I can’t wait til mine arrives!!! I will send you a pic :)



18 Maggie January 19, 2009 at 5:56 pm

Hi Kath-
Random question when you get a chance – which color of the bare minerals are you using? I bought some today to try it out – I bought fair, and I feel like I have a similar complexion as you…but it seems so pale! Just wondering what you’re using.


19 zestycook January 19, 2009 at 6:01 pm

Looks like you had a great time Kath… love the shots of food on your pants :)


20 VeggieGirl January 19, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Gorgeous farewell breakfast!!

Hooray for making it home safely!!


21 Mara January 19, 2009 at 6:03 pm

What a fun day!!

I do love the Ruby Tuesday salad bar too… and their chicken chili!


22 Becca A January 19, 2009 at 6:08 pm

If Baltimore was anything like York today that was just the beginning of the snow!


23 K January 19, 2009 at 6:15 pm

I am in love with all of those dishes! They are so pretty!

Question: did that yogurt taste really cheesecake-y? I’ve tried “cheesecake” flavored yogurts but they always end up tasting more like the fruit they’re paired with. Thanks, Kath!


24 Ashley January 19, 2009 at 6:26 pm

I want an oatmeal cookie! they look amazing :) glad you had a good trip and had no traffic! and big yum to ruby tuesday salad bar :)


25 ModelBehavior January 19, 2009 at 6:29 pm

Your grandpa is adorable! And how precious is that tea cup! I need to keep an eye out for cups like that!



26 Red Head, Yellow Dog January 19, 2009 at 6:34 pm

That’s wonderful that you got to exercise with your mom! that’s one of my favorite things about visiting home :)

glad you made it home with no traffic! traffic karma is always awesome


27 bobbi January 19, 2009 at 6:39 pm

love the cookie, I have never heard of Luna tea cakes?!


28 MaryBe January 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm

“Old folks gym” LOL! I hope your sweet uncle kicks your butt for that!
I can’t believe there was no traffic around DC today


29 Ash January 19, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Yummy….Secret Oatmeal Cookies!:)

Check out my new blog when you have time…



30 Sharon January 19, 2009 at 7:01 pm

Wow, what a fun time you had!


31 sirenjess January 19, 2009 at 7:05 pm

I’m so angry I just purchased a peanut butter cookie larabar and it’s one of the bars being recalled.


32 Betsy in Pgh January 19, 2009 at 7:39 pm

I love all the fancy wares… that’s one of the things I love about eating at my Granma’s house.


33 skinnyrunner January 19, 2009 at 7:58 pm

such a cute pic of your family. those cookies look really good too.


34 sarah January 19, 2009 at 8:23 pm

Ruby Tuesdays has the best salad bar! They also have the best veggie burgers!!!!

glad u had a good time w/ the fam


35 Kath January 19, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Yes, it’s by far the best almond butter ever. It’s roasted, very creamy and slightly sweet. And it grows on you!

Oh She Glows,
Yes, please send me your pic!! Anyone with KERF gear gets a huge photo shout out!!

Maggie ,
I use Fairly Light and think it’s a great fit for my skin. It’s hard to see on, but that’s the point, right? Perhaps you got a little too light?

It was 100% strawberry and 0% cheesecake. I agree – they are never cheesy enough.



36 brandi January 19, 2009 at 9:43 pm

I HAVE to buy some Barney Butter soon – I’m just waiting until my other stash runs out :)

Glad you made it home safe! It was snowing here in VA most of the day.


37 Risa January 19, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Looks like you had a great time visiting your family. Thanks for inspiring me to eat healthier! I ate horribly over the weekend and need to get back on track.


38 Stephanie January 20, 2009 at 8:15 am

I just have to say that the teacup and dish are absolutely GORGEOUS!! I would have a hard time not taking it with me, hehe.

Do you add any sweeteners to your teas?


39 Lynn June 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm

Do you know how to make the zucchini squash carrot marinated salad that Ruby Tuedsay’s used to have on their salad bar?



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