Hunka Hunka Pea Love

July 25, 2011

It’s Monday… you know what that means!

Pump Challenge with Chris!!! As usual, he killed us with long holds, long songs and heavy weights! Holding this 15 pounder in the photo had my already-fatigued arm shaking!

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Backstory: Karen flirts talks to Chris at our gym and recently asked him if he was “the same cute Body Pump instructor that my daughter-in-law raves about on Mondays.” Turns out he is :mrgreen:

She told him all about KERF and that I’d written about him and also that I’d bring my camera and put him on the blog! So I did :mrgreen:

[Hi Chris!]

Post-BP order of business – A shower and a sandwich!

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When I arrived at the bakery there was a small mis-formed loaf of Cinnamon Raisin Walnut on the kneading table. I tasted a hunk – hunka hunka!!! Delicious! So I copied Matt and had a Curried Tuna

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Wow this combo was awesome. Cinnamon and curry go so well together, and the walnuts – even better!

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I mentioned yesterday that I’ve been reading MamaPea’s book – Peas and Thank You: Simple Meatless Meals the Whole Family Will Love. I’m the first stop on the PEA Virtual Blogger Book tour!! MamaPea’s publisher sent me the book to drool on preview! The book comes out on July 26 (yeaaaah 26!)

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First off I’ll say that I just love MamaPea. How can you not!? She is the wittiest person I know, and her posts are always SO clever I am always shocked at how she comes up with the themes and one-liners (although I still haven’t forgiven her for implying Celine Dion is corny this morning 👿 )

And above all, she has branded the cutest pun of all time!!! Still bitter I didn’t think of that one Winking smile 

I also just love Gigi, Lulu, Pea Daddy, Pea Kitty – reading about them is like a sitcom of laughter, and the book brings continues the story on paper.

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In between delicious, creative, healthy recipes are stories and photos about the girls, MamaPea’s life and family. Of course there is more sarcasm than there are oatmeal posts on KERF, so I have really enjoyed reading the segments.

I haven’t had a chance to make any of the book’s recipeas yet, but I’m sure they are good. I’ve tried a handful of MamaPea’s recipeas from her blog. We are similar throw-together cooks (although I think she wins the successful recipea award!)

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This was definitely one of the best cookbooks I’ve browsed – from the photography (go Ashley!) to the stories to the variety of recipea content.

I have to say, though, that my favorite part of the book was browsing the index and seeing a “Hugh Jass Salad” in the mix. Hilarity. And so MamaPea.

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I am only sorry I did not see Saltines in the index. Because I’m not sure I want to do this again!

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1 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well July 25, 2011 at 1:23 pm

I’m 99% sure I went to college with your trainer!! Do you know if he went to Roanoke?


2 KathEats July 25, 2011 at 1:27 pm

I’m not sure, but that would make sense!?


3 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well July 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

You’ll have to ask him. We lived in the same dorm freshman year and got hypnotized together…it was quite a scene :)


4 KathEats July 25, 2011 at 1:37 pm

ha – I will!! Maybe he’ll see these comments :)


5 Stacy July 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm

@Kristin…when did you go to Roanoke?? Me, too! He looked familiar so I’m curious now, too. :)


6 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. July 28, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Stacy, I went from 2002-2006. What about you??


7 Stacy July 28, 2011 at 10:45 pm

I was there from 1999-2003 :) I worked in the Admissions/Financial Aid building so I feel like I knew everyone in some fashion. Very small world!


8 Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories July 25, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Hm I’ve never tried cinnamon and curry together. I’ll have to do that…

And yay for Mama Pea’s new book!!


9 Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake July 25, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Thanks for the review, Kath! I also love Mama Pea. This reminds me I need to get some nutritional yeast ASAP for some Mmm sauce!


10 Jackie @ That Deep Breath July 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Love Mama Pea! She’s hilarious. And, um…the body pump instructor is definitely a hottie!


11 Aine @ Something to Chew Over July 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I often put cinnamon in my curries :)

Looking forward to getting my hands on that book!


12 Karen July 25, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Funny (flirting!) story re. your BP instructor and Karen…he’ll enjoy the notority from being featured on KERF, I’m sure!

And, I can’t wait to get my copy of Mama Pea’s book…her witty writing amazes me too! Great tease/review, Kath!


13 Katie July 25, 2011 at 1:34 pm

I am loving the review! Mama Pea is amazing , she is a genuine, sweet, and I am so happy for her on this book! I can not say enough amazing things about her and about how she really owns her vegan lifestyle, I think its awesome, and how she raises those beautiful girls! The whole Pea Family is so damn cute! Ha!

was pickles in the glossary?! lol! Lulu loves her pickles!!


14 Holly @ The Runny Egg July 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I love Mama Pea’s blog — it makes me laugh and it makes me want to have kids so bad. Well, it makes me want to have kids like hers — they are too adorable.


15 Lisa Fine July 25, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I was wondering when a photo of Chris would make an appearance.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Mama Pea’s book…I have only read one or two books by bloggers, but always love hearing about them.

By the way – have you ever thought about/been offered a book deal? (Not sure if that’s too private to ask.) :)


16 KathEats July 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm

A book is on my radar, but I’m not sure I will ever have the time to write!


17 Baking N Books July 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm

I was going to ask the same – would you write recipes or based on your “life” stuff? – or both too I guess.


18 Cait @ Cait hates Cake July 25, 2011 at 1:40 pm

A mis-formed loaf? Darn, guess you’ll have to eat it 😉 And Mama Pea cracks me up. I need to buy that book.


19 Cait's Plate July 25, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Aw yay – this just made me even more excited (if that’s possible) for her book!

And holy crap – look at those muscles on Chris! That is INSANE!


20 Ashley July 25, 2011 at 1:45 pm

LOL!!!!!!!! The saltines!!!!!!!!!! hahahahaa I’m so excited about MP’s cookbook!! It was insane to see my name printed on one of the first few pages, noting where my photos can be spotted. I’m so honored to have been involved with this cookbook. Glad you’re enjoying it!


21 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) July 25, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Aaahhh I am so jealous you’ve got a copy!! I cannot WAIT to get mine – I adore MamaPea’s recipes and writing (her recipes are top of my blog-go-to list :p) so yeah..excitement about to bubble over here 😀


22 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga July 25, 2011 at 1:50 pm

He’s a hottie. For sure! I’ve been married 10 years but I am not blind. Not yet anyway :)

Mama Pea’s book….I need to get my hands on it. Agreed, her one liners, her witty prose, her sarcasm, her deadpan dry humor that is perfectly delivered on blog posts, of all places (a hard medium for dry humor I find!)…I am amazed, too.

And her recipes aren’t half bad either :) Or her adorable girls!


23 Shayla @ The Good Life July 25, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Wowza!! I wish we had hunka hunka Group Power (Body Pump) instructors that looked like that at our gym!! I’d be there all the time! 😉


24 Lea @ Healthy Coconut July 25, 2011 at 1:57 pm

umm, I think your instructor is wearing a head band?

I have thick hair (but much longer) like him, I need a headband that can hold a thick hunka hunka hair like that, lol!


25 Cait @ Beyond Bananas July 25, 2011 at 2:00 pm

I think I would be fairly motivated to attend every possible Body Pump class if he were the instructor. I’d even drive long distances


26 Balancing Sylvia July 25, 2011 at 2:01 pm

That’s so great about Mama Pea’s book. She’s so awesome! I’m glad it got a great review although honestly, how could it not? So is Matt going to start doing Body Pump soon? 😉


27 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey July 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm

my book just shipped today – I cannot wait for it to get here! I love M. Pea too too much.


28 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey July 25, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Hooray for Mama Pea! I’ve pre-ordered her book, and it is *supposed* to arrive on the 28th from Amazon. I am holding out hope that it *might* arrive sooner, however. :) It was great to get a sneak-peek of it from you!

Holy muscles, Batman! 😉



29 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me July 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I so want to read her book! I think it will be a refreshing change of pace to similar cookbooks.


30 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama July 25, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Will be getting Mama Pea’s book tomorrow. Can’t wait!!


31 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm

One day when I have kids, I hope they’re as cute as Mama Pea’s!! Great review Kath! :)


32 Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble July 25, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I think the curry chicken salad sounds great. I need to give that a try at home!


33 Katherine July 25, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Can I please come work at the bakery? Legit, I freaking love everything you post about it!


34 Christine July 25, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Yea! A pic of Chris! Can’t wait to get Peas and Thank You


35 Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews July 25, 2011 at 2:16 pm

That’s funny about Karen and the trainer! That sandwich looks fresh and yummy!


36 lynn @ the actor's diet July 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm

excited about mama pea’s book! i always love her recipes.


37 Jo July 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I discovered Mama Pea’s blog thanks to you Kath, and now I read both your blogs! As you note, she is very witty and come on, you know she’s right: Celine Dion IS corny!


38 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites July 25, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Kath, I cannot wait to read Mama Pea’s book!! You did a great job selling it!! haha :) That sandwich looks amazing…. something to consider as a special menu item at your bakery??

Happy Monday! It is flying by!!!


39 rumfunandsun July 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Helllooo Chris “The Body Pump Guy”!!!! I totally thought he was the hunka hunka you were referring to! LOL! Thanks for the eye candy I needed that today ;-D


40 [email protected] July 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Mama pea is so entertaining!


41 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy July 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Lunch sounds fabulous! I think I also need to pick up a copy of Mama Peas book!


42 Christine (The Raw Project) July 25, 2011 at 3:06 pm

Gorgeous lunch! So jealous you have the book, I can wait to check it out!


43 Emily @ Savory and Savage July 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Mama Pea is the greatest! The book looks great.


44 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 25, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I can’t wait for her book! It looks so nice a clean. :)


45 [email protected] Flying ONION July 25, 2011 at 3:20 pm

I love the look of the new Peas And Thank You book!! So excited for this one. Her blog always delivers a good laugh and a great recipe. I don’t know how she manages to make each new post exciting and fresh, but she does. 😀

Love the looks of that lunch! Yum-O! 😀


46 Hillary July 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm

1. That sandwich sounds oddly incredible. My bf got me hooked on egg & cheese on cinnamon raisin bagels, so I bet I would love this, too!

2. Cannot wait to flip through MP’s book! You just pulled me in even more ; )


47 Khushboo July 25, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Check out your trainer’s guns! No wonder you love the class 😉


48 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance July 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm

You’re teasing me!! I can’t wait to get my hands on that cookbook!

By the way, you’re looking buff 😉


49 kristi (sweet cheeks) July 25, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of mama pea’s book. looks great!!

way to go for rockin’ out at pump! it’s my current favorite form of strength training.


50 Mama Pea July 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Thanks, Kath.

Sorry about the Saltine oversight. Book #2. With a foreword written by Celine.



51 KathEats July 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm



52 Ling July 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm

saw the book in Barnes and Noble!! so exciting!!


53 katie @KatieDid July 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm

Wow, well if those muscles are any indication of how difficult his classes are, I am now a firm believer. Not that yours didn’t make me believe too of course!
The book looks so well put together and as adorable and funny as her blog, I’m sure it’s a great read. Can’t wait to see some recipes you pull out of it!


54 Sweet and Savvy July 25, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I’d love To read this book!:)


55 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn July 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Hahahahah wait I love it, I can’t wait to get my copy!!! BP instructors area ALWAYS the most delicious. :)


56 Eileen July 25, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Not at my gym! If they were, I’d probably go to Body Pump a lot more often!

Kath, this is one of the cutest, funniest entries I can remember. I LOVE that Karen flirts with the BP teacher, and that he made it onto your blog. Also, your affection for Mama Pea is very genuine and sweet. I, too, love her sense of humor and those gorgeous little girls!


57 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) July 25, 2011 at 4:05 pm

I can’t wait to read Mama Pea’s book!!


58 Christine @ Burning It Off July 25, 2011 at 4:46 pm

No wonder you like that particular Body Pump class 😉


59 Laura @ prettylittlewords July 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm

So jealous you got your hands on a copy so early!! :)


60 JDM July 25, 2011 at 5:06 pm

I agree with you about Mama Pea and her blog. I am a big fan, too!! So clever and great recipeas.


61 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 25, 2011 at 5:14 pm

I can’t wait for Mama Pea’s book to come out tomorrow! Her blog is the source of many laughs and delicious recipes. I love that the picture you took of the index has “Crack wrap” on it :)


62 Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats July 25, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Dangg Chris is ripped! lol. I can’t wait to get my very own copy of Peas and Thank You in these little paws! Sooo excited! :)


63 Molly @ RDexposed July 25, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Fact: my arms will never look like that. I will settle for oogling at your buff arms.


64 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) July 25, 2011 at 5:41 pm

No matter how tired or busy I am, if I see a Peas post pop up in my reader just have to read it. She is so entertaining and makes a lot of tasty looking recipes! I can’t wait to read her book. :)


65 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes July 25, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Woah! lookin buff!! ( in a beautiful way haha) I wanna get the Peas book! love her recipes ( who doesnt?!)


66 Hannah July 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Can’t wait to read this! Wheee!


67 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles July 25, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Way to get your body pump on! ….What a love shout out to Mama Pea! Everyone is pumped for the book! :)


68 [email protected] July 25, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Eeeeee the book sounds pretty amazing! I like that it’s personal and comical all in one :)


69 Molly July 25, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I love Mama Pea’s blog & all her delicious “recipeas”


70 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife July 25, 2011 at 6:52 pm

ahhhh that PUMP challenge sounds hard!!!

Looks like that book is great :)


71 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out July 25, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Yes, Chris is hot. Thanks for that!


72 Laura @ Backstage Pass July 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I’m totally jumping on the “I’m in a relationship, but am not blind” bandwagon, haha – Chris is a very handsome fella!
I love Mama Pea and can’t wait to pick up her book tomorrow! I will be purchasing three copies, one for myself and two for gifts for some healthy food loving mamas in my life.


73 Jill July 25, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Sign me up for that BP class STAT!!! :)


74 Brittany @ Eating Bird Food July 26, 2011 at 8:19 am

I’m so excited for Mama Pea’s book!


75 Allison July 26, 2011 at 9:10 am

The book looks awesome! Can’t wait to pick up a copy of my own.


76 Rachel @ the Avid Appetite July 26, 2011 at 9:33 am

Love love love Mama Pea! I’m not vegan, but always drool over her recipeas!


77 M. Carter @ the Movies July 26, 2011 at 10:53 am

Sorry, but I gotta side with Mama Pea on this one — if I hear “My Heart Will Go On” one more time, I’ll explode. She’s a bit melodramatic for my taste.


78 becca (bellebottoms) July 26, 2011 at 1:11 pm

ok…I’d got to that class if he taught it here in Dallas! :) haha…hunka hunka is right!

and on a separate, less creepy note…that sandwich looks bombin!! :)


79 hemp jogger July 27, 2011 at 8:14 am

so funny you put chris on the blog. his headbands crack me up. it may not jive w/ your schedule, but he teaches an athletic conditioning class on thurs morns at 6am that is KILLA. i’ve been able to go since they switched my office, and its so worth it. fun but hard, just the way i like my classes (and men?!) ha, have a good one!
ps–great review on mama pea. her book looks gorgeous, and her blog in incredible.


80 KathEats July 27, 2011 at 8:19 am

SOMEDAY I will go to that class with you :) I bet it’s killer!!


81 Gail July 30, 2011 at 9:56 pm

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