Hop, Skip, Jump – We’re Here!

May 10, 2008

The flight was great – kudos to Southwest Airlines for the most painless airline experience I’ve had in years. That airline is quick and very efficient. I was impressed.

My mom and I shared a packet of peanuts and I got a seltzer on the flight (they weren’t worthy of photographs….) but otherwise breakfast held us through a long rental car line and the drive to my grandparents’ in time for a lovely late lunch.

My grandparents read the blog and my grandmother made a point to serve ingredients with health benefits – pasta salad made with whole wheat  orangic flax pasta, superfood veggies (tomatoes, peppers and broccoli) and light olive oil mayo :) 

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I also had some chips and salsa, a crostini with some cheese dip and a sliced apple.

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And we had light and fluffy berries and cake for dessert (berries for antioxidants!) My grandmother made the cake on the bottom. Here’s the group portion –

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And my serving…

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And we couldn’t resist the fancy box of chocolates! These were local A. Kirchmayr choclates from Timonium, Maryland.

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I tried a bourbon one – YUM!

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It’s naptime here, so I’m going to go for a short walk with my mom and then read my book until dinner. We’ve got dinner reservations for 6:30, so I think I’ll do fine without a snack.

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1 VeggieGirl May 10, 2008 at 2:56 pm

So glad that your flight went well!!

Aww, what a lovely lunch that your grandparents prepared!! Oooh, look at all those chocolate truffles – yum! :0)

Enjoy your walk, and reading your book!

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2 Katers May 10, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Glad you got there safe! That salad reminds me of a ranch pasta salad my mom used to make. I’d love to turn that into a healthy recipe! Have a great afternoon!

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3 Amanda @ Down Home Dieting May 10, 2008 at 3:40 pm

I have good luck with Southwest as well. Pasta salad looks great! Have a great weekend!

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4 Betsy in Pittsburgh May 10, 2008 at 3:52 pm

I love all the plates – my grandma has the coolest designs on her old plates too.

My favorite though are all her tiny silver spoons for stirring tea – on the ends of the spoons are the neatest little engravings or designs – my favorite has Cinderella’s pumpkin and all the horses coming off the spoon. Hard to describe, but really beautiful.

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5 Suzanne May 10, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Kath -that lunch looks delicious! Kudos to Grandma! That dessert looks SO yummy to me- especially the cake! That’s ice cream on top right? Or whipped cream?

I just came back from a big grocery trip to Trader Joe’s. I got so many fresh fruits and veggies for some healthful lunch and dinners this week.

For those of you who pack your lunch everyday for work like I do, here’s a quick idea: Wheat tortilla + black beans + salsa + lettuce. I leave out the sour cream/cheese to keep it light. But I’m sure you can add a little of the lowfat versions. I’m also going to do a Kath wrap with salmon-from-a-pouch + mustard + capers + yogurt. Just some thoughts!

I also found a great snack: Trader Joe’s All Fruit Bars – Ends and Pieces. These are unsweetened dried fruit with no added sugar. This is a bag of the leftover pieces from when they make the actual fruit bars. What a great idea! I am a big snacker and am always on the hunt for healthy ones. These hit the spot!

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6 yaz May 10, 2008 at 5:51 pm

Hi Kath,

The berries and cake looks yummy. Do you think we can get the recipe from your grandma?

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7 Katie May 10, 2008 at 7:20 pm

YAY for chocolate! Welcome to MD! :)

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8 the husband May 10, 2008 at 7:56 pm

Still missin ya!

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