October 4, 2009

Our house hasn’t looked this good since we moved in!

I spontaneously decided I would get out the can of trim paint the previous owners left us when we moved in 3 years ago and see if I could touch up some of the doors and woodwork. Our Great Harvest franchise + move to Charlottesville are not definite yet, and even if they were we’re not leaving Charlotte until next July, but we are still trying to get our house primed for sale – in case we do decide to put it on the market sooner rather than later upon the recommendation of real estate professionals.

So I spent over an hour touching out the house with white paint. Scuff marks, cabinet dinks – all of the above are GONE and it looks sooooo much better!! Why did it take us so long to think to do this!?

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Matt did a little brush removal in the front yard and my living room is so much brighter without huge weeds hovering in the windows.

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I didn’t really feel like taking the time for a workout today, and given yesterday’s running, biking + walking, another rest day was good timing. I got some good active recovery cleaning + paining. And we might go walking later on.

Showers and lunch followed our homework and we made lunch at 2PM.

I had a spinach + goat cheese + roasted root veggie + Sabra hummus salad (Sabra makes the best salad dressing!)

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Plus half an apple with some Costco PB (loving it!)

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Today’s toast topper was pumpkin, cinnamon and PB!

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It was excellent!

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The Carrot

I found this cool site mentioned in a magazine: TheCarrot.com. It tracks all things health. From sleep to food to exercise and more. I would have LOVED this when I was losing weight. It’s probably a little much for me now, but if you like organization, you’ll probably find it fun. This will be very helping for using with clients as an R.D. because the reports are easily printed or emailed!


We’re cooking a whole chicken for dinner, and Karen is coming over to join us. I’m going to do a little real homework and then enjoy the rest of the evening.

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1 christie, honoring health October 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm

I agree, hummus makes an excellent salad dressing! Before I had to go gluten free, my favorite salad was hummus, tabouleh and a big bed of greens, no dressing needed. I need to come up with a gluten free recipe for tabouleh!


2 coco October 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm

have fun doing homework! :) I’ll check that site now


3 Lauren October 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm

Wow, I can’t beleive I’m the first comment. I don’t think this has ever hapened on KERF! haha.

Great job on the housework today. I love feeling accomplished by doing odds and ends around the house. It makes a nice start to the week.

Enjoy the rest of your day!


4 kay (eating machine) October 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm

hummus is amazing on EVERYTHING-I use it as salad dressing and my fiance always looks at me like i’m crazy. but sooo tasty!


5 Lizzy October 4, 2009 at 3:07 pm

good idea going around the house and painting and getting rid of the scuffs. i think its a good idea to do every now and again!


6 Runeatrepeat October 4, 2009 at 3:13 pm

I love Costco PB too. And that’s not just because I love Costco in general :)


7 angieinatlanta October 4, 2009 at 3:14 pm

Man, I LOVE doing housework on Sundays! It always gets me feeling ahead of the game for the week and it clears my head!


8 Diana October 4, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Thanks for that link, I’ll have to check it out!


9 Marisa (Trim The Fat) October 4, 2009 at 3:24 pm

It’s amazing how much a little paint can do! We just repainted our kitchen and all the downstairs trim last weekend and it looks like a new house!


10 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 4, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Glad to hear you got so much accomplished today! And all that hard work definitely counts as some exercise. Good luck on the homework this evening!


11 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats October 4, 2009 at 3:31 pm

Mmm – good reminder – I need to touch up a bunch of places in our house too. We moved into our home about 1.5 years ago and there’s still little scuff marks on the walls from getting all the furniture moved in, etc. Eeep!

Have a great afternoon!


12 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 4, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Homework is no fun. I’m sure you’re house looks great! :)


13 Leah @ Simply Fabulous October 4, 2009 at 3:37 pm

I’m such a big fan of hummus on salads. Especially with goats cheese! I just made some homemade hummus tonight.. I swear i’ll never buy it in the shops again! :)


14 Food Makes Fun Fuel October 4, 2009 at 3:53 pm

That’s a lovely little lunch


15 Casey October 4, 2009 at 3:59 pm

I’m jealous of the cool weather!!! It is rain, rain, rain here in Louisiana!!!


16 K October 4, 2009 at 4:07 pm

I bet your house is sparkling now :)

That lunch sounds amazing! All three pieces are stars on their own!


17 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) October 4, 2009 at 4:14 pm

That salad looks almost identical to one I had last week-ish! Even the same bowl lol.



18 Cynthia (It All Changes) October 4, 2009 at 4:18 pm

I love to thin out my hummus with a bit of rice vinegar for dressing. Coats everything!


19 Emily, homecookedem October 4, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Funny! We did some touch up painting today too!

Kath, have you seen the new flavor of Sabra?? Spinach & Artichoke!!!!!!! It is yummmmmmmmy!! :)


20 Cara October 4, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Ooh I had no idea you were considering a move to Charlottesville! That’s where I live now; there are many fun foodie adventures to be had here!

Although, we did NOT have a a fantastic wine fest like Charlotte, so I’m a little jealous right now…


21 Kat October 4, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Hi Kath. The carrot looks like a great tool Thank you for sharing!


22 Daria @ Daria Can Cook October 4, 2009 at 5:17 pm

We rent so luckily our landlord has to take care of painting and such, but we’ve been on a furniture rearranging/general spruce-the-place-up kick and it’s been fun! It’s nice to make you place feel more home-y and put-together.


23 maria October 4, 2009 at 5:23 pm

That site looks a bit intense to me! Holy crap. That’s a lot of things to track… overwheming!


24 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 4, 2009 at 5:43 pm

i love it when you can make your home a little homier with minimal effort.


25 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 4, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Agreed, sabra does make wonderful dressing.

And I read about that site, too! I’ll have to check it out.

Happy homeworking!


26 Cara (Cara Craves...) October 4, 2009 at 5:54 pm

I am very intrigued by your pumpkin, PB and cinnamon combo…I will have to give that one a try.


27 Morgan @ Life After Bagels October 4, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Kath you are always so productive, how do you do it, don’t you ever just want to lay on the couch!


28 Jenna October 4, 2009 at 6:12 pm

good for you for painting today kath!


29 Jac October 4, 2009 at 6:22 pm

thanks for the site! always fun to do some house touch ups!


30 Lisa October 4, 2009 at 6:56 pm

I love sabra salad dressing! Most other hummuses (hummussi?) are too grainy to make a good dressing.


31 Rebecca October 4, 2009 at 7:36 pm

I love your lunch! Sabra does make awesome dressing!


32 Kath October 4, 2009 at 7:39 pm

No I haven’t seen it, but I’m not a huge S+AC fan, so I’d probably like the pine nut the best :)

YES! We are so excited. Likely moving next July/August.

I lay on the couch sometimes, but then I get back up and do things! I’m restless.



33 Sara October 4, 2009 at 9:08 pm

you might want to try techina as a salad dressing instead — if prepared properly, it is more liquidy than hummus. (you could also make your own by buying techina in a jar and then diluting with lemon juice, water, and maybe a little olive oil — add parsley if you like green techina.) this is commonly served with salads in the middle east.


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