How Does Your Garden Grow?

August 1, 2010

This is keeping me very entertained:

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I can’t put it down!

Matt’s been polishing his home bread skillz

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We needed hamburger buns for tonight’s dinner! They aren’t Great Harvest (their flour is just one-of-a-kind) but they are really good. We nibbled on a leftover knob before our run.

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Enter in a 5.25 mile run. I am hoping to get into longer runs again, but with these HILLS. My gosh, I need to get used to them first. 5.25 felt like 10. We had hoped to run about 7 on this trail – the Rivanna Trail – that’s 20 miles long around the whole city. But when we arrived at the nearest trail head, we discovered a tiny, overgrown path that looked like it had snakes and spiders around every turn. Definitely not something to run on. Maybe a good hike someday.

We detoured and ended up running all throughout the UVA campus. Just turn me into a freshman – I’m going to romp around on that campus a lot! It looks a whole lot like Davidson (just much, much bigger!)

Once home, we made a late lunch with the leftovers in the fridge.

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I combined about half a cup of those beans with a few tbsp of millet, 1 tbsp salsa, sea salt and 1 heaping tbsp whole wheat flour. MASH hard with a fork until you have a doughy paste.

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Form into patties and sear in a hot skillet drizzled with Garlic Gold or cooking spray.

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Flip when you feel like it. Everything is pre-cooked so you’re just heating and browning. They kind of fall apart a bit – no big deal.

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I served them on a salad tossed with this great stuff:

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Microwave Moment #2: How to heat cold veggies? Use the same pan you burgered in! Last night I had the oven on so I baked to save energy. Today since I had the skillet hot, that’s what I used.

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Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

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1 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Hils really do take it out of you don’t they!? I am SO grateful I live in a flat area :p
Love that lunch!


2 Joy Tanksley August 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm

The Rivanna Trail is a hoax. Seriously. There are little nubs here and there, but it just doesn’t connect up like the images would lead you to believe. And yes, the hills here are crazy. You’ll have to do the 10-miler next April – it’s a brutal right of passage!

My hubby and I are moving away this Friday… I am so glad I get to keep enjoying Charlottesville through your blog!


3 Kath August 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm

So disappointed about the trail :(

Sad you’re moving already!


4 Cynthia (It All Changes) August 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I am challenging myself to bake my own bread at least once. Would Matt care to share his recipe?


5 Kath August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Most of his recipes are on the Recipes page at the bottom


6 Kendel @ Eating Abroad August 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm

A beautiful home and beautiful garden. Does a move really get much better than that?


7 Mandy A August 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I wish I had the patience to make my own hamburger buns/bread. That would make such a difference! I appreciate all of your home made meals!

Sorry about the trail :( And man, hills KILL me. I’m not a runner… but when I do, the route we take has one big hill that I swear just keeps going!!!

Great lunch! Enjoy your book!


8 Nicole @ LaughOutLoud August 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I LOVE Sarah’s Key!!!! Did you know they’re making a movie about it?! So excited!


9 Kath August 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Oh good!! I keep wondering that!


10 Camille August 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm

Girl, you are so lucky to have a baker as a hubby.
I am trying to convince my art lover boyfriend to become either a: baker, chocolate maker, or masseuse. It isn’t going so well…


11 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) August 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Beautiful flowers! And good job on the 5.25 mile run!


12 Courtney (Delightful Devours) August 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Love the garden! I can’t wait until I can get a house. Verrrry jealous right now :)


13 tanyasDailyProductReviews August 1, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I enjoy having a garden


14 Ilana August 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Love the pic of the grasshopper- at least I think that’s what the little guy is? 😉


15 Kath August 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Yup! A grandmother gift :)


16 Ilana August 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Super cute! It’s definitely something that helps make a house a home.
Grandmothers rule. :) Do you get your love of gardening and greenery from her?


17 Kath August 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Yes! Although I’m not sure I have a love of gardening :) I’m not very good at it!


18 Ilana August 2, 2010 at 12:19 am

Tee hee. I thought you might say something like that. :)
But in any case, it seems you really appreciate nature and you are great at picking homes with beautiful green spaces!
I am truly lacking a green thumb myself, but am happiest having
some greenery around.


19 Erica August 1, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Wow, what a coincidence! I made patties with my leftover refried beans today, too! I combined them with crushed tortilla chips, eggs, and roasted green & red peppers and onions. Everyone loved them, and yours look even better!


20 Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman August 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm

I do NOT like hills either! They kill me! But I can run on the flat forever. Have a great Sunday :)


21 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Those are my favorite types of salads! I love whipping up bean burgers and throwing a bunch of veggies on a salad! YUM! Enjoy your evening!


22 claire August 1, 2010 at 3:28 pm

you’re smart to take the hills slowly. my husband did the cville marathon in the spring, really injured his it band, has had loads of PT, and is just now up to 3 miles a day…


23 Kath August 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Oh no. Thanks for the reminder to keep it slow.


24 Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! August 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Homemade hamburger buns?! Love it!


25 Lauren @ 40Apples August 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Those burgers look great! And I feel you on the hills – if you’re not used to ’em it’s like a huge curve ball trying to run them! I tried to run on some hills up in the mountains; high altitude + hills = breathless tired mess (that’s me 😉 ).


26 Mary @ Bites and Bliss August 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm

You have no idea how many times you hear “Mary, Mary quite contrary..” if that happens to be your name lmho! and when we went without a microwave, heating things over the skillet/in the oven became the norm. It takes much fresher that way anyway!


27 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) August 1, 2010 at 3:38 pm

isn’t that book great? I found it a little sad though. I definitely felt somber while reading it.

Lovely garden photos!


28 Callie August 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Those burgers look so good.
I love your garden. So pretty.


29 [email protected] August 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

loving his bread skills! ohhh how i wish my garden grew your leftovers lol <3



30 holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 1, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Bread skillz. I love it.

I love the idea of mashing up leftovers and making little patties!


31 Heather August 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I love reinventing leftovers!

Hills are hard to get used to – practice will make them a lot easier.

Love the pictures!


32 [email protected]:// August 1, 2010 at 4:10 pm

What a great idea for leftovers. You totally made that into an awesome lunch.


33 Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life August 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I commend you for cooking without a microwave. I use mine more than I realize. It makes me respect all the hard work our ancestors put into cooking a meal when they didn’t even have a gas oven!! Man I have it easy!


34 christina cadden August 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I need to come to your place for lunch!


35 Margaret August 1, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Good to hear you are really enjoying the house, I have French doors out into my garden and I think the constant glimpses of the garden make you feel rested and peaceful.The leftover patties sound delish !


36 Lisa @bakebikeblog August 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm

oooH i know what you mean about hills! I ran a trail race on the weekend and the hills were a killer!!! But so much fun though :)


37 Sarah August 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm

I had some friends who went to Davidson and I went to visit a couple of time – such a pretty campus! I’m sure it’s much different than UVA. :)


38 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm

You’re so lucky that you have a nice husband to make you home-made bread 😀


39 Megan (Braise The Roof) August 1, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Isn’t it funny how used to conveniences like microwaves? You’re doing really well, though! Those burgers look fantastic. :) Must be nice being married to a baker!


40 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 1, 2010 at 6:02 pm

did you eat on the front porch?! i love doing that!


41 Paula August 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm

I love that you used leftovers to make the patties. Looks like some nice plants and flowers were already established :)


42 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 1, 2010 at 6:15 pm

I just moved to a super hilly area (in a high altitude none the less), and I feel like I’m starting from scratch as a beginner runner. Once you acclimate to the hills, though, your legs will have incredible endurance and strength.

I prefer reheating veggies in a skillet or oven as well, it yields a much better result than the microwave- which tends to make food have a rubbery texture.


43 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 1, 2010 at 6:19 pm

I studied the UVA campus in one of my architecture courses. It’s absolutely beautiful. I would love to visit it one day.


44 Jennifer August 1, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Hope you enjoy Sarah’s Key – it’s one of my all time favourite books. Had no idea they’re making a movie of it…they’ll have to hand out tissues at the door!


45 Jackie (Peaces of Earth) August 1, 2010 at 7:36 pm

That grasshopper is crazy!!! Love the idea of those burgers. I haven’t used a micro is ages. Using the pan or just throwing them into a steamer while steaming fresh stuff works just as quickly!


46 coco August 1, 2010 at 7:50 pm

hills are the worst! I still can’t run hills…. i get exhausted after a short hill.
Those buns look really good… can Matt share the recipe? I just started making bread and I can totally see why Matt loves what he does. :)


47 amanda August 1, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Your pics are so beautiful!


48 Rachel August 1, 2010 at 8:20 pm

Looks delicious. Do you mind me asking how you store roasted veggies in the fridge? Mind always get soggy for some reason. And 5.25 miles with hills is pretty awesome, nice job!


49 Kath August 1, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I just put them in a tupperware. They do get a bit soggy, but just make sure they are well drained?


50 Wei-Wei August 1, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Hm, so would you have to still have the heat on, or just use the residual heat from the pan? Great tip 😉



51 Kath August 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm



52 Candice @ Baby Beluga August 1, 2010 at 9:28 pm

I love those bean burgers. My daughter and I eat them all the time


53 Hannah August 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Yum, that lunch looks glorious! And my mum would be very impressed with your flower photos: she’s a flower photography fanatic!


54 Victoria August 1, 2010 at 10:46 pm

Sarah’s Key is a wonderful book. I couldn’t put it down either. i hope hollywood does a good job with the movie…


55 Aubrey August 2, 2010 at 7:56 am

Ahhh I read that book too and LOVED IT! In fact I even blogged about it keeping me up all night one day last year :)


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