Honey Makes The World Go Round

August 20, 2010

I spent the afternoon working and working and working on paying bills and other adulthood things. I’m one of those people who just cannot relax when I have a long list of things to do. But now that all of the timely ones are complete, I could relax for dinner [and hopefully the rest of the weekend!]

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The boys went out bike riding (and put a hole in my bike’s tire!!) and came home to tempt me with a taste of beer. What else is new.

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Then they offered to prepare (assemble) dinner while Karen and I relaxed a bit. Karen (my mother in law) brought a soup from home to make our lives a bit easier. Paired with a simple salad and her homemade cornbread, it was a fantastic dinner.

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The soup was a basic beef stew. It tasted good, but I was more interested in the veggies and bread on this summer night so I didn’t quite finish it all

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Our salad had spinach, goat cheese, heirloom tomato, sesame almonds and a light vinegar/olive oil dressing.

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My mouth loved the 1.25 pieces of cornbread it was fed!

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Drizzled in a Bear Specialty

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Beer + lemon H2O

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 Great Harvest Cookies were nibbled for dessert!

Evening = online television, books, company!

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1 Mastering Public Health (@MasPublicHealth) August 20, 2010 at 6:47 pm

There’s nothing like cornbread — it’s so versatile! Yours looks so fluffy. Bob’s Red Mill makes great organic cornmeal/corn grits/polenta, for the record. The stew looks delicious as well.


2 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 20, 2010 at 6:49 pm

The cornbread is calling my name! Have a wonderful evening my dear :)


3 leslie August 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Sounds like a relaxing evening. I’m making chili (which feels more like fall, but I have all the ingredients) and corn bread has been on my mind too.
Must be nice to see Karen again. Will she be moving to your area soon?


4 Kath August 20, 2010 at 9:38 pm

She has to rent her condo in Charlotte first…so not sure how long


5 lisasfoods August 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Honey makes almost everything better. Do you ever eat creamed honey? We picked some up on our last trip to Quebec, and it just perfect spread on toast or for a PB&H sandwich. Very spreadable.


6 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg August 20, 2010 at 6:51 pm

That stew looks fantastic! And honey + cornbread = such a classic combo! Yum!


7 Maria @ Oh Healthy Day August 20, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Beef stew is my favorite comfort food – perfect for the upcoming (or present) fall weather. *adds ingredients to shopping list*


8 Kristy @ KristyRuns.com August 20, 2010 at 6:53 pm

It’s ALWAYS so nice to most things checked off a to-do list, especially before the weekend! 😉 Even better when people prepare meals for you! Enjoy!


9 leslie August 20, 2010 at 6:53 pm

I love your blog and many that I have found through you. I read yours every day and have changed my ways of eating as a result. (I just tried Nutzo for the first time today!) I was wondering though, if you know of many bloggers who are older. I’ve got two teenage girls and am 43. I love Pioneer Woman, but was curious if you know of any other bloggers who are close to my age. It would be fun to read theirs too!


10 Marisa @ Loser for Life August 20, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Feel free to come visit me, Leslie! I’m your age and have 2 girls, too!


11 Kathy W. August 20, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Lori at http://findingradiance.com
is in her early 40s, and there are many more in their 40s/50s!


12 leslie August 21, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Thanks ladies. I’ll check it out right away.


13 Alycia [Fit n Fresh] August 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Lovely looking setup! All of your pictures are so cute, your house must be so pretty!


14 holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Corn bread and beef stew — what more could I ever want in a meal? I’ve never put honey on my cornbread but that sounds amazing.

Enjoy your night — tv, books and company is the best way to spend a night!


15 Nathalie August 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm

You know, I would LOVE to have a good cornbread recipe. This is not something we typically eat here in Canada (it’s so southern and so cool!) but I am trying to expand everyone’s horizon around me! Lisasfoods: I am not familiar with creamed honey. Would love to try it, especially given that I am from Quebec. Maybe we can send some to Kath? 😉


16 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) August 20, 2010 at 7:02 pm

I can’t relax when I have a long to-do list either!!


17 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 20, 2010 at 7:03 pm

What a great dinner! I have been craving cornbread lately! We are planning on pintos and cornbread tomorrow night. Have a great evening and enjoy your relaxing time!


18 janna @ janna's keeping it real August 20, 2010 at 7:06 pm

my life needs more cornbread in it. that is a fact.


19 Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com August 20, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Cornbread is the BOMB, but can you believe that I’ve never tried it w/ honey?! I have a huuuuge hankering for it…I really want to make it next week to go with my roomie dinner (I’m making your summer herb soup…KERF night!), but none of my roommates like cornbread :( So sad. Perhaps I’ll make it anyways..


20 Marla August 20, 2010 at 7:12 pm

I am a fan of your blog!
Would you reconsider your extreme measurements of food though Kath?
“1.25 “pieces of cornbread? I hope you don’t find this negative,but I find this really unnecessary
to let us know this and that you did not eat all your soup.It’s just a bit obsessive.

Sorry i have wanted to comment on this for a while,but I also want you to know I TRULY enjoy so many other aspects of your blog,so hope you take this just as one little crtitique/commentary and not a bashing! Thanks Kath!


21 Kath August 20, 2010 at 9:39 pm

Rolling my eyes…


22 Kath August 20, 2010 at 9:39 pm

But thank you for being nice!


23 rachel August 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm

I guess I have had enough and will finally comment. Marla, I see your point but come on, if you have followed Kath for so long ( me a couple months but have not commented ) you would see her “blog” point of view. If you don’t like it, then don’t visit it….I just don’t understand….She is honest, lives a healthy lifestyle 99 percent of the time (that I admire)…at least she tells u what she eats!


24 Amanda August 21, 2010 at 7:17 am

this blog is about what she eats so why wouldn’t she say exactly what she eats? and the amount she eats.


25 Clare August 21, 2010 at 9:28 am

Hi Maria,
I don’t know if you’re a new KERF reader but I can understand how it might seem obsessive if you haven’t been reading for long. Kath doesn’t say all the time exactly the quantity she eats but I think it’s good that she does once in while. It’s a really good example of “intuitive eating” in action as well as correct portioning and also sets a positive example to those of us…wink-wink… who sometimes struggle with the desire to polish off 6 pieces of cornbread at dinner :)


26 Kath August 21, 2010 at 9:50 am

Thanks for your comment Clare. I am so bad with words and yous said what I would have liked to say :)


27 Cathy Breit August 21, 2010 at 10:33 am

amen! i was going to “comment on the comment” when I saw what marla wrote in, but I think you put my thoughts into words clare! I like hearing about the “1.25 pieces of cornbread”, because it does relay how intuitive eating works for Kath ( and the rest of us)! :)


28 Marla August 21, 2010 at 11:13 am

Apologies if I offended
I am along time readerand thought I would throw out my honest thoughts about this particular subject and hope for thoughtful replies (it was something I had been thinking over for quite a while.)

Kath, do you appreciate getting a variety of opinions or do bloggers prefer not to receive comments with a critique in them?(I don’t have a blog and maybe am
a bit “gauche” with my comment style? ) I wouldn’t read your blog if I didn’t get enjoyment out of it!


29 Kath August 21, 2010 at 11:32 am

I always appreciate conversation and opposing opinions to something I might do or say (for example, preferences for a different kind of X or a website for more information on Y), but I don’t really think there is any point in critiquing a style of blogging or a single mention of a measurement in this case. If every line of my blog was all measurements and there was no enjoyment in eating, perhaps that might warrant some encouragement to lighten up, but I hardly think mentioning a measurement for a recipe or in this case, to indicate that I don’t always stick to the portion on my plate, is obsessive. The purpose of this blog has always been to show that one can eat plenty of real good food and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

And again, I appreciate how you worded your comment. Had you been rude I would have just deleted it!


30 Marla August 21, 2010 at 11:44 am

It’s definitely a different world this food blogging!

I would never critique a measurement in a recipe ,it was just in the description of what one ate that I found it sticking out at me,and it was something I pondered over the months before I brought up(describing to a t how much one consumed,left behind etc ,how much someone else ate of your plate).
It was more the way I thought about food when I was in highschool and worried about every spoonful specifically.But that was just one opinion and I am sorry if it made you roll your eyes.I was actually being sincere!
Thanks for the replies !


31 Kath August 21, 2010 at 12:37 pm

I guess that’s what distinguishes the food diary blog community from one of just food photos and recipes? My blog started as a weight loss blog, so I think it’s significant to note portions sometimes.

But also remember the nature of writing a food diary blog requires some degree of reflection on what you ate, so it’s not like I’m sitting at dinner thinking “Matt is now eating a bite of this. I am having another of these.” and taking notes. But when writing my posts, I do re-live my meals and my post writing reflects that.


32 marla August 21, 2010 at 8:45 pm

Thanks again for all your replies!


33 [email protected]://stacey-healthylife.blogspot.com/ August 20, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Soup does make things easier. Cornbread with honey is a favorite of mine.


34 erica August 20, 2010 at 7:19 pm



35 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 20, 2010 at 7:19 pm

I just tasted some raspberry honey at the Gravenstein Apple Fair I attended last weekend and it would go perfect with that delicious looking cornbread;) Yum!


36 Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 20, 2010 at 7:32 pm

That cornbread is really photogenic – now I want some corn bread! Looks like a delicious dinner! :-)


37 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 20, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Ohh I’ve never had cornbread with honey! Actually, I havent had cornbread in forever. Definitely craving some now. 😛


38 Pat Kilmain August 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Yummm, cornbread. I think I’ll go make some to go with my zucchini casserole that’s in the oven. Love it with butter and honey.


39 Hannah August 20, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I’m normally like you in terms of getting chores out of the way, but I must say I’m putting off doing my stupid tax this year! (in Australia, it’s due in October). It’s just so tedious because I know I won’t get anything back…

If only someone would promise me cornbread at the end of doign ym tax 😛


40 Camille August 20, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I love the new layout!
It looks so fresh and fun!


41 Esse August 20, 2010 at 8:04 pm

The changes to the graphics are fun and colorful! Yay for experimenting!


42 Laura (Starloz) August 20, 2010 at 8:05 pm

The cornbread is all i saw in this post. oh heaven!


43 Josie @ Skinny Way Of Life August 20, 2010 at 8:12 pm

I am loving your new layout! It feels very homey : ) and I agree with everyone else, the cornbread looks too darn good! I can’t wait till fall mmmm warm soup and bread…


44 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm

glad you got your work done before the weekend – always helps me relax too. have a good one!


45 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) August 20, 2010 at 8:21 pm

That beef stew looks really good!
I just noticed the blog update too! It looks awesome.


46 [email protected]'s Going The Distance August 20, 2010 at 8:36 pm

I always feel so bad neglecting to-do lists too! Like after moving… it just seems to keep getting longer.

Also, I like the new look :)


47 Marisa @ Loser for Life August 20, 2010 at 8:39 pm

I never thought to put honey on cornbread! I know, I live under a rock… 😉


48 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is August 20, 2010 at 8:41 pm

That sounds like a wonderful evening to me!


49 Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life August 20, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Great way to spend the evening!


50 Melissa @ HerGreenLife August 20, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I hope they fixed your bike tire!


51 Mary August 20, 2010 at 10:28 pm


I’m a new reader and absolutely LOVE your blog! I especially enjoyed the scientific precision and approach to the post “Bread Experiment 1- Whole Wheat”. Hope there are more posts like this one to come in the future (?!?). That cornbread looks very, very good and makes me wish there was a “healthy” recipe for cornbread.

Nutrition and the health benefits of food are an interest of mine and I am thinking about pursuing a career as a registered dietician. I was wondering what your experience has been thus far as an RD. What types of venues have you worked in as an RD or do you blog full-time? Any information or suggestions about pursuing a career in nutrition would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and I look forward to reading/following your blog.

P.S. I’m sorry to read about the passing of your grandfather- you and your family are in my prayers.


52 Sara August 20, 2010 at 10:47 pm

She has only been a dietitian for about a week and a half. Not a lot of time to explore many “venues”.


53 Mom August 21, 2010 at 5:19 am

Mary, I’m K’s mom. Thanks for your kinds words about my dad. Thanks everybody. It’s been so nice having your support during a sad time.


54 Kath August 21, 2010 at 9:48 am

That was one of Matt’s posts – he’s the scientist! I’ll put in a request for you.

I’m a full-time blogger now, but am also opening a bakery with Matt. The best part of being an RD is that you can do ANYTHING in the field – work in a hospital, a cafeteria, write for the media or simply blog.


55 Meg August 20, 2010 at 10:37 pm

I think KERF needs to have it’s own magazine. Seriously, all the posts in your new house are just too perfect – and the food too, which goes without saying 😉


56 Heather (Heather's Dish) August 20, 2010 at 10:50 pm

there are no words to express how much i love cornbread :) so good!


57 Sarah @ Sarah's Shaping Up August 20, 2010 at 11:22 pm

totally craving cornbread now. :)


58 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 21, 2010 at 2:06 am

ooh heck that cornbread looks good!! I’m a big fan :)


59 Wei-Wei August 21, 2010 at 2:24 am

Oh, gosh. Cornbread seems absolutely so perfect with honey. I’m hungry :(


60 Lauren @ 40Apples August 21, 2010 at 5:31 am

Cornbread + honey = heaven. Looks like a lovely meal! Glad you were able to relax for it (I’m the same way about getting the to-do list done – can’t even pretend to relax until I’ve annihilated it).


61 whitney August 21, 2010 at 6:30 am

your evening reminds me of a crisp fall night… I can’t wait ( even though I will miss the warm weather)


62 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 21, 2010 at 7:09 am

Cornbread in honey is one of my personal favorites. Especially when the cornbread isn’t overly sweet to begin with. Mmm..

Your pictures have been gorgeous lately, Kath. Not that they aren’t always, but they’ve been extra special as of late. 😀

Enjoy your weekend! 😀


63 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 21, 2010 at 7:15 am

I’ve never tried cornbread with honey! I always have mine with just a pat of butter.


64 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) August 21, 2010 at 7:31 am

That soup looks great, like chili! Yum Now I want a piece of cornbread… for breakfast. 😛



65 Andrea (Puppy Dog Tales) August 21, 2010 at 7:39 am

Yum…the stew looks awesome. I have a ham bone in the freezer that I think I’m going to thaw out and use for bean soup. And you just inspired me to make corn bread on the side. Yum!


66 Lauren August 21, 2010 at 7:43 am

What a peaceful night. Soup, Salad and Bread is such a wonderful meal. Enjoy your morning Kath!


67 Gina August 21, 2010 at 8:00 am

Hey Kath, what’re your thoughts on eating fats after exercising? I’ve read in tons of places that it’s not good to eat fat after working out, and that it’s better to focus on carbs and protein. But sometimes I just craveee an avocado sandwich or sardines after running. Thoughts on the matter? Thanks a ton! and have an awesome day :)


68 Kath August 21, 2010 at 9:48 am

I think fats are delicious and should be part of every meal. Just don’t eat all fat and no carbs after exercise – you do need the carbs and protein as well.


69 Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com August 21, 2010 at 8:02 am

Commenting again…

Do you think in the future you could do a post about the benefits of walking as exercise? My mom recently went to the doctor and was told that her blood pressure was really high, so she’s trying to exercise more (Go Mom!). In the past I’ve always scoffed at the thought of walking for exercise, but now I’m curious….how do I make it effective?



70 Kath August 21, 2010 at 9:50 am

Well, I’m not an exercise physiologist. But I do know that anytime you get moving it’s a good thing. Walking is great because it’s flexible and easy to incorporate. Make it more effective by walking longer, harder, faster, but really anything is beneficial.


71 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 21, 2010 at 8:44 am

Cornbread+Honey+Surrounded by family+Hearty Stews= Good Times.


72 Brooke - One Healthy Cookie August 21, 2010 at 9:12 am

Mmm, cornbread. I love to make cornbread muffins and freeze them so I can have some whenever I want.


73 Heidi August 21, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Hello fellow Dietitian! Im Australian, and cornbread really doesnt exist here. I have been wanting to make it for SO long! It looks so yummy. I bought some Jiffy corn muffin mix from a USA foods store here in Aus. Im hoping to try it out soon. Do you always put honey on it?

Happy Sunday :) Heidi xo


74 Heidi - apples under my bed August 21, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Hello fellow Dietitian! Im Australian, and cornbread really doesnt exist here. I have been wanting to make it for SO long! It looks so yummy. I bought some Jiffy corn muffin mix from a USA foods store here in Aus. Im hoping to try it out soon. Do you always put honey on it?

Happy Sunday Heidi xo

p.s. sorry for the double post – the above link didnt quite work :)


75 Cati @ crave and create August 22, 2010 at 7:11 pm

Oh! How was the Ruination? I’ve been wanting to try it, but I don’t have another IPA-lover to share that big, huge bottle with. :-)


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