I’m Loaded.

February 9, 2012

I figured I walked about 5 miles today around town. And I barely felt like I worked out at all! That’s why I <3 walking.

Before I left for walk #2, I had a snack – apple with leftover chocolate yogurt dip from the super bowl. I mostly fished out the chocolate chips and tossed the rest since it was a bit old.

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Then I met Faith and we walked to the bakery just in time for my weekly conference call with GH. Friends who walk together, stay together : )

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After my call (which lasted an hour) Eileen met me for my commute home! We got a’talkin’ and I ended up walking her back to the bakery so we could keep the conversation going. Then she drove me home because it was dark.

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I had loaded baked potatoes planned for dinner, which I knew would take a while, so I put out an appetizer. Someone ate all the chips! The crumbs worked well to tide us over though.

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The potatoes baked for 45 minutes, and Hilary joined us just in time for the toppings bar. We had everything from jalapenos to black beans to greek yogurt to goat cheese to mixed greens to put on top.

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But this is how my potato turned out!

Can we say pregnancy diet!? I decided to roll with my palate. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with a whole potato with two kinds of cheese and yogurt. Real healthy foods.

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Check out Matt’s bowl in comparison. That is what former me would have eaten.

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It actually looked pretty good. You see, I have a problem with preparing meals, but when meals are put in front of me, I don’t have trouble eating them! I took a bite of his bowl to test the waters because it looked good.

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And it was good, so I added a few more toppings to mine. Meet in the middle : )

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And ended up enjoying it very much.

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For dessert, Hilary brought over a pint of her very favorite ice cream. Now I have very high expectations and she’s been raving about this Jeni’s Salty Caramel for a week now. I knew I’d like it, but I didn’t know if I’d love it.

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Grass-fed! This stuff is E X P E N S I V E! I won’t tell you how much, but I’ve paid less for entrees at restaurants… [It was $9.99]

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And MY GOSH, this was the most delicious flavor of ice cream I have EVER had. It’s called Salted Caramel but it should be called “Toasted Marshmallow” or “Crème Brulee Top” because it tasted like burnt sugar!!!!! Absolutely loved it. Must dig into my savings account and buy one! [Hilary bought it at Whole Foods] There are handfuls of other really unique flavors too like Brown Butter Almond Brittle and Goat Cheese with Cognac and Figs and Whiskey and Pecans! I want to try them all. I hear there scoop shops in Ohio and Nashville!

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Season 3 opener of LOST – quite surprising!! The Others sure are strange…

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1 Blessing @ Working Mom Journal February 9, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Not sure if I would pay $9.99 for an ice cream regularly but every now and then I might if its really tasty. I love the way you dress up your potatoes. I am really loving your appetite with this baby!

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2 KathEats February 9, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Yes, I couldn’t pay that regularly either. But for this flavor, every now and then, absolutely.

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3 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious February 10, 2012 at 8:10 am

It’s true, it is a lot. But, if you bought two bowls, which is probably a pint, dressed up at an ice cream store, your bill would be way over $9.99. And you would only get to eat it once. I think with ice cream, there is nothing like those first few bites. I would rather spend $10 and be able to take those first bites multiple times at home than just have it once at a store.

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4 faith February 10, 2012 at 10:36 am

Agreed, you can easily spend $10 for two fancy coffees with tax and tip! It’s not that much compared to getting ANYTHING out these days.

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5 Holly @ thefrozenpineapple February 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

We LOVE Jeni’s! It’s from Columbus, OH, and when we lived in Dayton we went way too often! Now that we’re in Buffalo and have to drive through Columbus on trips to visit friends in Dayton, we stop EVERY TIME. It’s seriously expensive, but I agree–so worth it! Ice cream is my ultimate dessert treat, and since I try to keep my portions small, I think it’s OK to splurge on really good stuff to keep at home. I currently have Jeni’s Dark Chocolate Peppermint (like pure fudge) and Sweet Potato with Toasted Marshmallows in the freezer! We’ve even bought dry ice and brought pints back…

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6 Cortney February 11, 2012 at 11:22 am

Personally, I think if one is going to consume animal products it is worth it to pay for grass-fed/organic/etc. to ensure that the animals were treated humanely. I go by the “eat less so I can afford the good stuff” motto. I don’t even necessarily mean good for me- I mean good for the animals. Factory farming (including dairy productions) is a horror show :(

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7 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde February 9, 2012 at 10:40 pm

OMG I am so excited that you tried Jeni’s! I’m from Ohio and was working near Columbus over the summer, which is where Jeni opened her first shop, so I was obviously obligated to try it out. The salted caramel flavor is my absolute favorite! My mom surprised me with the BEST Christmas gift this year: Jeni’s recipe book and an ice cream maker. I’m sad to say I haven’t tried it out yet but I plan on making salted caramel for my first attempt!!

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8 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs February 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Wow, that is some expensive ice cream. I think I’d spend $10 bucks on a really yummy treat from time to time. I’m also pregnant (with my second) and in the begining stages plain and simple food was what I wanted too. As you progress you’ll get your appetite back! Just wait..

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9 Molly @ RDexposed February 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm

I need to make this for a dinner next week. And what I need even more is that ice cram!

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10 Brittany February 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I’ve seen that ice cream at whole foods and was shocked at how expensive it was, it sounds good though.

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11 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon February 9, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I must say–Matt’s potato does look quite fantastic! You guys have definitely inspired me to get a bit more creative with baked potatoes!
And salted caramel ice-cream? That sounds AWESOME!!!

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12 Janelle February 9, 2012 at 10:47 pm

I need to comment On your skin – it’s perfection Always I’m jelious:) and I could use some of that chocolate dip right about now

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13 Mollie February 9, 2012 at 10:48 pm

darn you! i do the slow walk and stare at that ice cream every time i’m at whole foods and haven’t been able to pull the trigger since i’ve never confirmed that it’s $10 good. looks like it’ll find its way to my cart next time!

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14 Kate February 9, 2012 at 10:51 pm

OMG I love Jeni’s!! I lived in Columbus for 5yrs and developed a wee bit of an obsession with her ice cream. You have to try the Gooey Butter Cake…and the Pistachio…heck, they’re all amazing :)

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15 Anne February 9, 2012 at 10:52 pm

LOVE Jeni’s! Its an OH local :)
Salty Caramel is my favorite too! The beau and I have to ration it, SO good, but SO expensive.
A few restaurants around town serve it as a dessert too – delish!

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16 Rebecca February 9, 2012 at 11:02 pm

I have to pipe in on the love for Jeni’s! I grew up in Ohio (now live in CA), but I always get some Jeni’s when I go back for a visit. I even went on a few dates with a guy who worked there ;) Anyway, I heartily recommend Brown Butter Almond Brittle! As my ice cream date said, when I asked him his favorite, “Brown Butter Almond Brittle is so good, it’s not fair to the other flavors.”

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17 Julie February 9, 2012 at 11:07 pm

OMG Jeni’s is the absolute best. They did a special line of flavors for the royal wedding and it was the best ice cream I have ever tasted. So worth it!

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18 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) February 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm

I’ve heard a lot about that ice cream, but haven’t tried it yet! I have trouble shelling out that much for ice cream, but I guess if you think about it like you’re paying for a couple of fancy desserts out, its not that bad really.

I need to check my Whole Foods, although I’m pretty sure they don’t have it! :( It was started in Ohio!

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19 Gia February 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Baked potatoes were my #1 craving during pregnancy, they were just so comforting. However if I had gotten my hands on that salted carmel ice cream I would have been one happy lady!

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20 Cait's Plate February 9, 2012 at 11:12 pm

Oh my gosh that ice cream looks absolutely incredible. And haha! You’ve met The Others! Just wait…it gets SO much more strange!

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21 Sarah February 9, 2012 at 11:15 pm

At my internship we tried EVERY winter flavor and basically loved them all
http://sweets.seriouseats.com/2012/02/jenis-splendid-ice-creams-winter-flavors.html

you must try goat cheese with cognac fig, queen city cayenne, and reisling poached pear. heaven in a cup.

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22 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City February 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm

That ice cream looks amazing! Do you know if its a local brand or is it available across the U.S.?

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23 Laura @ She Eats Well February 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Sometimes you just gotta eat some really delicious ice cream. Seriously. Next time you are in SF, you need to stop by BiRite Creamery and pick up their Salted Caramel ice cream. It is TO DIE FOR.

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24 Angela Ignasky February 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I recently started following your blog, and I love it! I was especially happy with this post because I just tried Jeni’s when my friend from college took me to Columbus, OH–she has a scoop shop in her neighborhood, and her girlfriend works there (lucky)! I tried their Bangkok Peanut… it’s different, but I highly recommend it!

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25 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 9:17 am

Welcome!!

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26 KT February 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I’m SO happy you’re watching LOST (and that you’re loving it!). I’m actually rewatching all the seasons right now…Just started season 2. SO GOOD. It’s definitely my favorite show in the history of life.

Oh and by the way…CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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27 Jenny@vegetarianhatesvegetables February 9, 2012 at 11:25 pm

That dip looks really yummy! And that ice cream- yes, please!

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28 TeenyLittleSuperChef February 9, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Oh man, when it comes to ice cream. I would totally pay that amount for a really good carton. In my opinion, life is too short to eat crappy ice cream. I had the best gelato of my life in Rome for over 10 euros and would happily pay five times that amount if I could find the same thing here.

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29 Allison February 9, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Jeni’s is AMAZING!!! Got some in Columbus on our road trip across the U.S. Best ice cream I have ever had! Its cool they are selling it in stores now! I love the goat cheese cherry!!!!

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30 Jessica February 9, 2012 at 11:34 pm

My brother is the cooking coach at WF in C’ville and brought us some of that ice cream the other day! It was goat cheese and fig, and while I am not a fan of goat cheese (at all!), it was amazing. It’s the ice cream that sends it over the top! So good, but I’m glad I didn’t pay for it ;)

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31 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 9:18 am

Oh fun he works at WF!

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32 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie February 9, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Salted Caramel ice cream?!?!?!?!! I die.

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33 Clare @ SweetnSimple February 9, 2012 at 11:53 pm

I loooooove anything salted caramel.. omg yum!!

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34 Khushboo February 9, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Wow that ice cream looks fantastic- is it bad I’m imagining on a slice of chocolate cake!

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35 Pamela|Girl Gone West February 10, 2012 at 12:43 am

Oh man, three cheers for Jeni’s! The store in East Nashville is simply heaven. Sweet corn with raspberry is still my favorite flavor of all time…

Congrats to you and Matt!

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36 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 10, 2012 at 12:47 am

I love loaded potatoes! So much fun to eat and so easy to make.

That ice cream sounds amazing! I’d totally spring for it because grass-fed is righteous. Dustin drinks goat’s milk that comes out to $20/gallon with his cereal every morning, so I’m used to expensive dairy. Clearly we need a farm. :)

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37 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 10, 2012 at 1:19 am

That ice cream sounds great and Im not even an ice cream girl. I’m a cookie girl :) But seriously, you’re sick and pregnant. If you want something and can stomach it, EAT IT! :) That’s my motto!

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38 Ashley February 10, 2012 at 1:57 am

Jeni’s is completely amazing. When I go home, there is a Jeni’s store about 20min away. Outstanding stuff! Her cookbook is fantastically done as well.

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39 Dom February 10, 2012 at 2:38 am

You should come visit us in Ohio and we will take you to Jennie’s. Gabrielle loves it there-although I am not sure how much she will love it after our next visit. We just discovered that she is allergic to milk, wheat and egg whites! She is super sad but we are trying everything to make the transition easier for her. I <3 Gabby. . .and KERF :)

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40 Elisabeth February 10, 2012 at 5:21 am

Yay – Jeni’s! I’m from Ohio where it started :)

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41 SmA033 February 10, 2012 at 6:47 am

Omg! I love Jeni’s! My husband & I live in Ohio & Jeni’s is an indulgence we five into every few months. Our fav is salty caramel but we’ve tried pistachio honey & strawberry buttermilk which are all amazing!

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42 Mary Frances February 10, 2012 at 6:57 am

Pint? From the looks of the frost crystals on the container and wood grain on the table, I’m guessing it is a pint size. There is nothing to put the container of Jeni’s into scale and I couldn’t see the size on the label. I’m guessing it is that good and worth it because it is selling and they are in business. Also, speaking of business, for a second I thought Great Harvest moved, but it’s just that picture with Eileen is flipped. Threw me off for a second.

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43 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 9:19 am

Yes, pint.

And it’s backwards for self photography!

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44 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes February 10, 2012 at 6:58 am

I.need.that.icecream! Oh my gosh it sounds amazing :)

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45 Simply Life February 10, 2012 at 7:12 am

those potatoes look GREAT! Not sure if pizza is appetizing but we had loaded baked “pizza” potatoes this week- basically double-baked with red/pizza sauce, mozzarella and parm cheese. SImple but soooo good! :)

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46 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 9:19 am

Pizza is ON the list!

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47 Red February 10, 2012 at 7:17 am

Wow, I’m going to have to find that ice cream! I just moved to SE Ohio and I have to say, I’m impressed with the whole local food movement here.

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48 janene February 10, 2012 at 8:56 am

Holla for SE Ohio! I moved back to Columbus from Athens last year, and I gotta say – Athens has their stuff together when it comes to local foods! I really miss the farmers market and Casa Nueva – enjoy it for me! :)

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49 deva at deva by definition February 10, 2012 at 11:41 am

A fellow Athenian? I grew up in Athens – I miss Casa SO much – their burritos are Da BOMB!

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50 Kate February 10, 2012 at 11:50 am

I live in Athens and am going to Casa TONIGHT!! Whee!

Jeni’s really is so good, I could never choose a favorite flavor.

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51 janene February 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

So jealous! I have weekly cravings for a Hills Deluxe. Thankfully, the huz’s parents still live there, so we have an excuse to visit fairly often. Also, O’Bettys & Village Bakery? I die.

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52 Kate February 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Mmm. And Avalanche!

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53 janene February 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Yay! I went to grad school at OU – I was only there for 3 years but I met my husband there, so it definitely has a special place in my heart. :)

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54 Deva @ deva by definition February 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm

I went to OU and graduated almost five years ago. My sister is there now. I miss it sometimes!

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55 Hillary February 10, 2012 at 7:18 am

I would totally pay $10 for that ice cream. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!

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56 Jessica February 10, 2012 at 7:22 am

My cousin lives in Columbus, OH and she has raved about this ice cream. She’s been to the shop numerous times and is pregnant…due in March! Sounds like they have some really odd flavor mixes too! So cool.

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57 Susy February 10, 2012 at 7:26 am

Jeni just came out with a cookbook. It has all of her favorite recipes in it. I love all of it! http://www.amazon.com/Jenis-Splendid-Ice-Creams-Home/dp/1579654363

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58 Gloria February 10, 2012 at 7:41 am

Is everyone here part of the 1%???? 10 bucks for ice cream?! I can buy a shirt at Forever 21 that would last longer than that!

I’m jealous you have enough time in the day to walk 5 miles!

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59 Mary Frances February 10, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Careful to judge… I doubt anyone reading this blog is part of the 1%. $10 is a lot, but I just saw a pint of B&J for $6, and I challenge you to even be able to find a half gallon package of ice cream anymore. The packaging looks the same, but the volume has been reduced two ways in a lot of the other ice creams–more air pumped in and they are in smaller packages; making them, in essence, more than $10 a pint. It is all in perception. If you read a lot of the other comments in this post, their decision to enjoy it is justified in their budgets in a variety of ways. People work hard and are entitled to some enjoyment. There might be things in your budget they would not consider doing. If everyone was the same, life would not be interesting. As far as walking five miles a day–it is all in the choices we make for our own lifestyle. Lots of people fit a variety of exercise into their daily routines–it is a healthy thing to do. Kath has tailored her life to be productive and take care of herself. I find it very motivating and applaud her and for sharing–look for the positive in life and smile, and you will be happy and healthy. In case nobody is paying attention the price of everything is inflating due to the rise in fuel costs over the past couple of years; however, fasten your seat belts everyone because if the Strait of Hormuz is shut down in retaliation for being bombed as is currently being predicted to occur in the next few months, most of us will have no choice but to walk because fuel prices could reach $15 a gallon in the foreseeable future which would increase the price of everything even more.

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60 Gloria February 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I wouldn’t even buy B&J for $6 if that’s your case in point. And I actually think most blog readers ARE the 1% and to not think otherwise is ludicrous (btw irony in that this blog post is called “I’m loaded.,” no?”. I’m middle-class and sure as heck can’t afford WF for weekly groceries, much the less organic food, going out to eat more than 3x a month– and that’s OK, it doesn’t make me a bad or less healthy person. No one else I know can afford that either.

“Lots of people fit a variety of exercise into their daily routines–it is a healthy thing to do.”– Obviously. Please don’t patronize me. I also exercise every day, whether it’s walking on the treadmill at the gym, going for a run or other activities but my point is everyone I know like myself are squeezed for time and being active requires major effort. Kath apparently has loads of free time in her day to walk around, which is awesome for her, but not realistic for about 90% of people. It’s not a criticism, just commentary.

“look for the positive in life and smile, and you will be happy and healthy.”– in general, I’m a half-empty sort of girl and you know what? I’m still overall happy and healthy. Again, stop the patronizing.

Thanks for hearing me out.

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61 Jul February 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

not to sound like a total snob but…i am in the 1%. or technically, my parents are.
i didnt come on here to brag by any means, but that just means they earn at least $380,354, according to the IRS’s stats for 2010. while this is not a small income by any means, that doesnt mean we are millionaires either.

anyway, not trying to defend myself or anything, but i just want to ask why you would assume nobody who reads blogs like this could possibly be in the !%?

if anything, people with more resources are the ones who tend to be able to afford a lifestyle like this with organic food and gym memberships.

i am not claiming kath or anyone else makes that much money, i honestly have no idea….but i just dont understand the assumption that people in the 1% would not be interested in blogs like this.

and even as someone in that percentage, i also think $10 for icecream is steep!

i realize this will probably be an unpopular comment, but whatever.

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62 Mary Frances February 10, 2012 at 10:30 pm

So sorry to upset anyone. My definition (and I believe the statistics are) is the top 1% is net worth over $100,000,000. There are millions of homes priced in excess of $20,000,000 on top of all of the other wealth to go into them and the lifestyle. Most people would love an annual salary of $400,000 but I believe in the grand scheme of things that is a small amount. Again, I meant no disrespect and love everyone’s opinions. After all, being able to express ourselves is what makes us great. If there are any on the 1%ers following Kath, welcome. If I have a different perception from anyone else of who the 1% is and you feel you are part of the 1%, I apologize and meant no disrespect. Kath has a wonderful blog. Enjoy the rest of your day, and enjoy the ice cream. For now, I will not be able to have any myself.

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63 Jul February 10, 2012 at 11:07 pm

i know you did not mean to upset anyone. i just did not understand where your notion was coming from. sorry to quibble, but if there are “millions of homes priced in excess of $20,000,000″, then that is sort of going against your point and that means it’s not exactly just 1percent. though im sure you just said that for effect.

i have seen my figure in several sources in the media, but what does it matter, really?

i guess my point is i just didnt really understand why you thought people in the 1% (whatever that figure may be) would not want to read a blog like this – that was my real inquiry.

but thanks for your nice response.

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64 Mary Frances February 10, 2012 at 11:21 pm

After I sent my reply I was curious of what the exact figure for the top 1% is, and it is defined in Wikipedia at annual income in excess of $9.5 million which would make approximate net worth in excess of $100 million, so my $20 million house wasn’t that far off because financial advisers recommend purchasing a home two times your annual salary. It is my perception that those who even ask what something costs are not in the top 1%. Actually, I was initially figuring worldwide because Kath’s readership is international, but those figures given were for the US. Your figure of $400K is considered wealthy, but is not considered to be in the top 1%. I stand corrected, I was wrong, and I humbly apologize because I just remembered Oprah does follow Kath and has invited her to be included in her great ‘O Magazine’. Ooops. Have a scoop on me!–so to speak–I can’t swing it for everybody, but if I could I would :)

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65 Cortney February 11, 2012 at 11:26 am

I’m definitely not, I just prioritize animal welfare. So I eat a lot less animal products, but when I *do*, they are definitely grass-fed/humanely raised and slaughtered/free-range/etc.

A whole chicken at my local grocery store is $5. The humanely raised and slaughtered free range organic chicken is $10. It’s twice as much, but I can’t stomach animal abuse, and that’s what factory farms are. I’d rather eat half as much chicken and know that they weren’t being tortured in ways that, if done to a puppy, would land someone in jail.

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66 Jenna February 11, 2012 at 3:36 pm

I’m with you, I’m definitely not in the 1% (as a matter of fact, I grew up so poor, we were often homeless), but I put myself through college, and have a decent job–and I definitely thing the spending more on the things you care about are important. Every has different priorities, and for some of us the food we put into our bodies is high on the list. But I’m heartened to see such a polite discussion about something that often dissolves into name-calling. :)

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67 Jenna February 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm

And btw–Jeni’s is the bomb, lol. Local, fresh, and seasonal. I love their goat chese and cherry, cannot wait for it to come back in Spring!

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68 Jen February 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm

In response to Gloria:

People spend money on a lot of things that are considered a waste to others. Millions of people spend $10 on a pack of cigarettes a day and smoke every day – they spend upwards of $300 a month just on cigarettes. WE know that’s a waste of money too – and yet people continue to do it.

The point is – you can’t tell someone else how to spend his/her money. Nor can you assume that she buys it like 10x/week…you seen it once. The real question is: why do you care so much and get upset over someone elses’ life?

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69 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count February 10, 2012 at 7:48 am

I love to use a potato as a base and fancy it up from there. Such a good idea. The ice cream looks delicious. Fig…did you say fig? I’m in love!

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70 Sarah@The Flying ONION February 10, 2012 at 7:50 am

Considering how rare it is to have icecream around here these days (except for summer, when ice cream stands are here, there, everywhere!), I would totally spend the $10 on a really, really yummy ice cream. This one sounds fabulous! :D

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71 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning February 10, 2012 at 7:53 am

Matt’s potato bowl looks incredible… :)
Our local organic grocer has a few different local ice creams that are around $10 a pint. I’ve been tempted, but just can’t justify it. Maybe if I find $10 lying on the ground I’ll buy one.
I have GOT to try Ashley’s dips- every one of them looks so good (and every recipe I’ve ever made from her has turned out beautifully).

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72 Kelly February 10, 2012 at 8:03 am

I’m lucky enough to live 5 miles away from a shop in grandview, ohio. And you’re right. Absolutely worth the price, and great for bike rides in the summer! I’m spoiled. (I also remember a time when pints were only 6.99, but could be the whole foods mark up)

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73 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles February 10, 2012 at 8:04 am

Wow! That ice cream is a bit pricey…but by the sounds of it worth every penny! I don’t mind spending money on quality…especially if it is deemed a treat! Being pregnant you need to eat quality ingredients…right!

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74 Emily February 10, 2012 at 8:05 am

Yeah, also an Ohioan and LOVE the stuff. I think its originally from a Columbus suburb? (Right, Ohio people?) They make a cherry lambic sorbet that is AMAZING and my favorite, and then of course, like any ohio native – a buckeye flavor. :-) That’s my husbands favorite.

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75 Ash Bear February 10, 2012 at 8:14 am

That ice cream sounds and looks amazing. I have to find something like that immediately. :)

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76 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope February 10, 2012 at 8:19 am

Wow, $10 ice cream is expensive! It sure does sound delicious though. I just don’t know if I’d be able to vouch for spending that much.

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77 Andie February 10, 2012 at 8:20 am

K,
This is coming to you late, but: My sincerest, most loving congratulations to you and Matt :) Wishing you all sorts of happiness,
Andie

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78 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 9:20 am

Thanks Andie :)

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79 jen_alluisi February 10, 2012 at 8:27 am

I’l join the chorus – Jeni’s makes THE BEST ICE CREAM EVER. They also ship their ice cream from their website (SCORE for the weird flavors!) and, if you have an ice cream maker (we adore ours and make ice cream almost weekly), Jeni wrote an ice cream recipe book. We *made* the Salty Caramel ice cream a few weeks ago, and it was AWESOMESAUCE!!!

Also – I know your friend Eileen; I just met her this week! She joined the book club I help organize and came to her first meeting last Tuesday! Oh, Cville, you are such a small town… :)

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80 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 9:20 am

small world indeed!

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81 britt February 10, 2012 at 8:44 am

mmm! that loaded baked potato looks so good! why do i never think of making those at home!? thanks for the idea :)

oh, and i am so jealous you get to live in a place where you can actually walk from place to place.

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82 Sarah February 10, 2012 at 8:47 am

Ohhhh Jeni’s. I live in Columbus, Ohio and have been going since it was one little shop downtown! Now they are all over the city (including one right down the street from my house). I LOVED it when I was pregnant and made sure to go there the night before I delivered. LOVE all the seasonal flavors they come out with all year. Dark chocolate is the best- so bitter. In the fall they come out with Kona Stout and a Whiskey flavor that is delicious too!

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83 janene February 10, 2012 at 8:51 am

I LOVE JENI’s! I live in Columbus, and it’s a go to treat for sure. They make a pear riesling sorbet that is just AMAZING, and so is the salted caramel! Thankfully, their scoops are more affordable than their pints. :)

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84 claire! February 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

Ahh! Jenis! I’m from Columbus, where Jeni’s hails :) ! It’s so fun to see how they’re growing in popularity. Yes, it is expensive, but SO WORTH IT for a small treat every now and then. You must try the other flavors – so many – goat cheese/cognac fig, riesling/poached pear sorbet, wildberry/lavender are some of my FAVS.

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85 Heather Eats Almond Butter February 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

Come to Nashville Kath. Jeni’s on me. It’s the most amazing scoop shop I’ve ever been to, and they encourage you to sample every flavor, no matter how long the line. The employees sample right along with the customers, and don’t even get me started on the sundae combos. I’m dying to try their Honeywood Parfait:

From Jeni’s website:
Vessel: Ball jar.

Layer 1:
A piece of our homemade sheet cake.
1 oz. of Honey Oak Mead Sauce (made with mead from Columbus’ Brothers Drake meadery).
1 scoop of Vanilla Cedar Wood ice cream.
A dollop of whipped cream.
½ tablespoon of nutty, popped amaranth.

Layer 2:
All of the above with a scoop of Frankincense & Almond Cake ice cream instead of Vanilla Cedar Wood.

Layer 3:
An Amarena cherry (a candied sour Italian cherry) and a pirouette waffle garnish.

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86 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 9:22 am

Oh wow!!!

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87 Sarah February 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

I live next door to a Jeni’s…it feels much more affordable in single servings :) Dark Chocolate is heavenly!

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88 Elizabeth February 10, 2012 at 9:10 am

Jeni’s Ice Cream!! She started her business where I live/grew up (Columbus, OH). She as an ice cream shop about 15 minutes away from where I live and even in the dead of winter there is a line! She makes very unique ice creams (i.e out of the budget for ice cream!). Goat Cheese with Lemon, Whiskey and Pecans, Cherry Lambic Sorbet, Wild Berry Lavender just to name a few! Her website is awesome as well as her story!

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89 Jenn February 10, 2012 at 9:12 am

my favorite is the brown butter almond :)

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90 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach February 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

sometimes, you just have to splurge! Love the idea of loaded baked potatoes for dinner. Haven’t done that in a LONG time.

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91 Lauri (RedHeadRecipes.com) February 10, 2012 at 9:16 am

One of my favorite ’10-minute meals’ (I cook the potatoes in the microwave) is a loaded potato (usually 2 small yukon gold potatoes put together) topped with melted cheese, greek yogurt and steamed broccoli. A pregnancy favorite too! Might just have that for dinner tonight!

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92 Marci February 10, 2012 at 9:20 am

Our first tri diets are very similar! I had plain baked potatoes a few times, and now not since then. I also cringed at preparing meals, especially salads in tupperware, but I could easily eat one ordered out. So weird! Our grocery bill was like half for the first tri than it usually was. My other funny early prego food was cheesy popcorn.

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93 Alicia February 10, 2012 at 9:35 am

I like to make baked potatoes for “clean out the fridge night.” You haven’t lived until you have had a baked potato with green Thai curry and roasted summer veggies. ;)

I think $9.99 is a great price for tasty grass-fed ice cream. At that price, a person would treasure every bite, and not be able to go over board. Hubby is taking me to Cincinnati over the weekend for my birthday, and I am hoping that Jungle Jim’s might carry this.

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94 Nicole (from the LV airport bathroom) February 10, 2012 at 5:55 pm

Jungle Jim’s is my version of Disney World :-)

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95 Jackie February 10, 2012 at 9:35 am

I have a problem with preparing meals, but when meals are put in front of me, I don’t have trouble eating them! — Um this pretty sums up me this pregnancy. I keep telling my husband this very thing..like I am not into cooking for some reason? Like if I cook it, it immediately doesn’t sound good and I am semi grossed out. So strange :)

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96 Stacy B February 10, 2012 at 9:36 am

I love that you are watching LOST! It is one of the few shows that my hubby and I were obsessed with. Watched it live every week (we normally DVR everything) and had so much to talk about after. Prepare yourself, season 3 has some definite highs and lows with a few too many fillers and side stories. But it is still a great series and worth every minute of TV time!!

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97 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

um, salted caramel ice cream? Sign me up! And good job for getting all that walking in! I love to walk, but it’s pretty cold here in Chicago today!

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98 Angel7 February 10, 2012 at 10:14 am

Holy cow–literally :) That icecream is expensive! But it sounds like it is worth it to indulge on every now and again :) I love the fact that it is grass-fed!

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99 Lizzie February 10, 2012 at 10:27 am

Quick question!

I have the individual 100 calorie packets of oatmeal in my dorm room. I would love to try over night oats, so do you think if i used 1 pack of the oatmeal + 1 chobani mixed up and put in the fridge would be sufficient? Or is that not how you would do it? Hahaa thanks!

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100 Kelsey February 10, 2012 at 11:06 am

Hi! That’s how I do it (I’m in college too)! Cover it, let it sit overnight, and top with pb, granola or other stuff in the AM!

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101 Lizzie February 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm

ok thanks!! what does it taste like???

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102 KathEats February 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

Yes, but I would also add some milk – any kind – so the oats have something to absorb. Yogurt alone would make it reallllly thick and on the dry side.

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103 Abby February 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

Jeni’s is the best ice cream on the planet, for sure. I’d say it’s even worth going to Columbus to get the fresh stuff! :)

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104 katie @KatieDid February 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

Expensive but if you think about buying a cup of ice cream out, the price per amount is probably comparable… that brown butter almond brittle sounds like the best thing I’ve never eaten. And need to eat! Glad you got to enjoy some extras on the potato, every green (even jalepenos) count!

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105 Mallory February 10, 2012 at 10:40 am

I just had Jeni’s for lunch on Thurs. – there’s a shop literally two minutes from my office. It’s really the best – and one of the greatest perks of living in Columbus!

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106 Lindsey February 10, 2012 at 11:25 am

OMG JENI’s is the best! I live in Columbus, Ohio where the original store is and it is so hard not to go to one of the shops for ice cream all the time! Salty caramel is my absolute favorite but I also love the Riesling Poached Pear. mmmm

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107 Carly February 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

SOOO jealous of Jeni’s!!! I’m from Cleveland, so I got my fix when I lived there. I moved to AZ last year and I miss Jeni’s SO SO much! However… she does have a cookbook, and the recipes are spot on! Definitely get the whiskey and pecans, one of my absolute FAVS! And, around Christmas she makes a sweet potato with torched marshmallows. Definitely worth the occasional financial and dietary splurge :)

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108 deva at deva by definition February 10, 2012 at 11:39 am

The creamery the milk for Jeni’s ice cream comes from (Snowville), is about 30 minutes from my hometown. I can buy Snowville Farms Creamery in Cincinnati and love it – it’s non-homogenized, low-temp pasteurized milk. So sweet, creamy, and FRESH.

Jeni’s has amazing ice cream flavors, too. Love them.

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109 Katie February 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I’m 23 weeks preggo, and it sounds like our palates are the same! I craved my childhood faves….mac n cheese, lots of breakfast carbs, pasta…..NO veggies. My unpregnant self LOVES to bake and cook dinner, but my pregnant self can’t stand either! I went from baking cookies once a week to nothing in the past 5 months. Crazy! And I can eat veggies with dinner if my husband preps it…..but I just can’t prep it myself, it seems so unappetizing! So strange. Biggest pregnancy craving has been plain cake or cinnamon sugar donuts. I’m normally not a donut fan, I feel like they’re a waste of calories….but this baby boy LOVES them!

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110 jk February 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm

I am so grateful that Jenni’s ice cream is not carried locally where I live.
It would be really tempting to see if Harris Teeter could get it….but I will not do that.
I can see myself sitting right down and eating a whole container. No ordering it either.
Boy does it look good tho!!!!!!!!

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111 Sara R. February 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm

I was about to pop some of that ice cream in my cart the other day when I noticed the price tag! Craziness! I’ll try it sometime when I’m feeling especially rich. And I was the exact same way while pregnant with my second daughter…I’d eat just about anything for dinner but I HATED putting things together myself! That was tough since I’m the one who almost always makes the food around here and I had a husband and daughter to feed! I think it passed by the 2nd or 3rd trimester. So strange!

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112 Sandy February 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Congratulations to you and Matt. I am so jealous that you get to live in Charlottesville and enjoy a wonderful walking town. If you are a statistics tracker I think you would enjoy having a FItbit. I work out a lot but still really like competing with myself to get the most steps and sets of stairs in a day. I am never satisfied unless I am up above 13,000 steps in a day and I know you would get all of your steps in with walking to the bakery and joining friends.

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113 Erin February 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm

More Jeni’s love coming from me! We live in Columbus, and have a walk-up Jeni’s about 5 blocks away (but it’s only open in the summer). That was DANGEROUS but also AWESOME. Their stuff is the best, and absolutely worth the price, no question or doubt. The ingredients are locally sourced and high-quality, and the ice cream is handmade. Some things, you just can’t put a price on. Do we get Jeni’s every day? Certainly not, but we NEVER regret it when we do!!!

(My faves: riesling poached pear, buttermint (seasonal), cherry lambic, brambleberry crisp…and…basically all of them! Never had a bad flavor!)

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114 Kate February 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

OMG that riesling poached pear is to die for! Love it!

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115 Kate February 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I’m from Columbus where Jeni’s originated and I can tell you it’s worth every single penny. The goat cheese and fig is simply amazing!!! :)

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116 Molly February 10, 2012 at 3:05 pm

I live in Columbus where that Ice Cream is made! I am so glad you featured Jeni’s on this blog! She has a million other really great flavors, as well. My favorite is brown butter almond brittle. It is to die for! Congratulations on the pregnancy. You look phenomenal!

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117 Allyson February 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm

You think The Others are weird now? JUST WAIT! I miss LOST… jealous you’re watching it for the first time. Between that and Hunger Games (which I also love), your evenings are action-packed!

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118 Jenny February 10, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Jeni’s is always worth it!! I live in Columbus, so any time a friend suggest a stop at Jeni’s, I never turn it down. If you ever get a chance to stop into a shop, you will have an experience of a life time!

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119 Heather February 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm

I live in Columbus, so I am spoiled with multiple Jeni’s in the area! I love the salty caramel, but my other favorite is the honey pistachio. Such great flavor! Glad you enjoyed it. And the magazine I work for interviewed Jeni and had her as our cover girl a while back!

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120 Liz February 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm

SO glad to see Jeni’s on the blog today! I live in Nashville and going to Jeni’s is such a treat! If you ever get the chance, try a cone with 2 half-scoops: Goat cheese with fig and Brambleberry Crisp. Totally worth the price and the spike in blood sugar!

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121 Nicole (from the LV airport bathroom) February 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Yeah for Ohio ice cream! I’ve got to say, I like Graeter’s ice cream even better. We must be spoiled in the midwest…happy cows?

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122 Jillian @ DNA and Dessert February 10, 2012 at 5:58 pm

The goat cheese and cognac fig ice cream is one of my favorite that they make. I could honestly eat that every day!!!!!

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123 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm

that ice-cream sounds DEVINE! …I think I want some ice cream ;)

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124 Beth WA February 10, 2012 at 9:05 pm

l LOVE LOVE LOVE Jeni’s. Salty Caramel was my favorite, my husband loved the raspberry lambic with goat cheese. we used to live in Columbus really close to a Jeni’s. It is expensive, but it is also the best ice cream I’ve ever had.
-Beth WA

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125 Erin Shmidt February 11, 2012 at 7:47 am

I just bought the Milk Chocolate Jeni’s pint last night! So good and right here in Cbus!:) Very proud of Jeni’s here! You can also buy a Cuisinart ice cream machine and her new ice cream book that has recipes for most of her flavors. The Strawberry cream cheese is very good and you actually roast the marshmallows. Fun to do on your new porch.

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126 Erin Shmidt February 11, 2012 at 7:48 am

Sorry, roast the strawberries. :) not marshmallows.

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127 Joss February 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

mmm that ice cream looks divine – prolly won’t be able to get it in Canada though :P Your potato looks perfect btw – it’s great to meet in the middle :D

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128 Charise February 14, 2012 at 9:50 am

Yay, Jeni’s! I live in Columbus, where it’s based out of. The goat cheese w. cognac and fig and the discontinued bourbon buttered pecan are my FAVORITE, but she also has awesome seasonal (like backyard mint) and limited edition flavors, like some fun royal wedding themed flavors last year. For me, paying that much for something local (the cream from grass-fed cows is ALSO from Ohio) is worth it. And more often than not, my husband and I are sharing a small dish in the scoop shop, so it really isn’t any more expensive than getting ice cream elsewhere.

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