It’s Pumpkin Season

October 19, 2012


And she says HIIIIII to you all!


Today was one of those days where I didn’t eat breakfast until almost 10am – we slept late (8am), baby was hungry and showers needed to happen!


So a quick bowl of greek yogurt with none other than the delicious Cville Cluster Granola along with a microwaved chopped apple, apple butter and Barney Butter served for breakfast.


Matt surprised me with the Clusters – I have a portion control problem when they are in my kitchen they are so addicting!


Matt was home this morning for a bit and did some preserving!! He received a HUUUUGE trash bag of green beans from our City Market neighbors who love to trade for bread, so he decided to use our pressure cooker to preserve them.


We both have a passion for canned green beans and are super excited to eat these for quick dinners!

He uses his grandmother’s pressure cooker – I leave the room in case it explodes from age!


Tummy time!!


Maze and I went to see a lactation consultant today. Not because we’re having any problems in particular, but just because I have a million questions – it never hurts to ask!

Afterwards, we went by the bakery to see Matt!



I miss being there – the lobby looked so good!


I also had to do a quick nursing session in the office – the view out!


My favorite scuffins were on the breadboard and since it was 3pm and I hadn’t eaten lunch yet (thanks to a late breakfast and a lunchtime appointment), I had a quarter of one (they are huge) to tide me over – plus a taste of Apple Scrapple bread!


My lunch was actually waiting at home!


Knowing I’d come home hungry with my hands full, I prepared this before I left (when Matt was there to help out) and put it in the fridge for later.


A mix of greens, chopped carrots + pepper, gorgonzola, spiced pecans and smoked salmon (!!) plus a slice of Cville Crunch.


I think we are going through a growth spurt – lots of nursing happened today!! Thanks, Rachel, for the appropriate outfit!


After the 5pm feeding, I thought “I should go running!” (Matt was back home). I’ve been trying to go all week, but it just kept getting pushed off the list.

AND THEN IT RAINED! What timing. Bummer.

But then it stopped raining and despite the fact that dinnertime was looming, I decided I had no excuse and went out and RAN! It’s been 6 weeks to the day I went into labor.


I had no idea where my Garmin was and my iPod was totally dead, so I just left the house and ran. I covered just shy of 3 miles. It wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t hard either. My insides felt great and my breathing was fine. My legs got pretty tired by the end, but I made it!

I am most definitely going to be sore though! Maze was hungry right when I returned (we had a pumped bottle ready in case he was hungry sooner) and I sat right down to nurse him when I walked in the door. When I got back up 30 minutes later I realized that was an unavoidable mistake – I should have stretched right after!! Ouch. My abs are sore even sore!

[Memory: It was a late-October day in 2005 that I ran for the first time after my foot surgery. This run reminded me of that run, and both times I was SO thankful to be running again!]


A quick shower and dinner came next.


Remember when I made this recipe for the Wisconsin Cheese Council and blogged about it here? I have been thinking about that lemon Ricotta Gnocchi for the past two years! (GOSH time flies!!)


I love that this gnocchi doesn’t involve any potatoes – just simple ingredients that come together fast.

Matt made the recipe while I fed Maze again and we loved it again!


Served with braising greens from our garden (the whole garden’s worth to create two dinner portions!) that Matt sauteed in lemon juice, olive oil and garlic.



A simple dinner that was supposed to have beans involved too – but we forgot!

Instead, I filled up my last space of hunger with a ice cream + milk mash for dessert : )

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1 [email protected] October 19, 2012 at 10:11 am

3 miles on your first run back?! Dang that’s awesome.


2 Ashlee October 19, 2012 at 10:15 am

Congrats on running again! You sure bounced back quickly and look awesome. Maze is SO cute! I think he looks like you :-)


3 natalie @ will jog for food October 19, 2012 at 10:17 am

I’ve wanted to get into canning, but I’m SO lazy! haha

Mazen is getting so big already :)


4 Ashley @ LibertyBelles October 19, 2012 at 10:17 am

Congrats on your run. I’ve recently started running and even though I don’t like it at times you’ve reminded me to not to take it for granted! Hoping to run the broad street run next May!


5 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 19, 2012 at 10:19 am

Congrats on the run! 3 miles is pretty far when you haven’t been running for so long, all that body pump and walking must have really paid off!


6 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 19, 2012 at 10:20 am

I really need to can stuff. It’s so intimidating to me but I did it like 10 years ago and was glad I did. It’d be nice to have some stuff from the farmers market for the winter but maybe I’ll start with apple butter. Your meals always look so good! Congrats on the run. I can’t believe it’s been 6 weeks and look at you tiny woman! (Of course you never looked like you’d been pregnant a week later!)


7 Hillary {Nutrition Nut on the Run} October 19, 2012 at 10:22 am

You look too cute in that yellow plaid and I love Maze’s “real food” onsie.

Wish I could get my hands on some of that Autumn Spice granola, mmm!

Happy Pumpkin Season :)


8 Kristi October 19, 2012 at 10:27 am

Congrats on a successful return to running! Hopefully you’re not too sore today :)


9 chris October 19, 2012 at 10:28 am

Yippee, congrats on the run! Jess is doing yoga again and she absolutely loves a mama and baby yoga class! And where did you get that “votes for women” tea cloth? My grandmother won the right to vote with the 19th amendment, but then was denied because she was married to an “Alien” – my grandfather was an Irish immigrant!


10 KathEats October 19, 2012 at 11:01 am

Cool story! I got it in Newport, RI at one of the mansions there. We have a mama baby yoga class here too – I should try it soon!


11 Kerry October 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

that granola looks so yummy!!

Good for you for running! Did you wear a particular sports bra? thats been the hard part for me while nursing.

Also, I’m ten weeks postpartum, and still checking the diastasis recti to make sure it closed before strenuous activity. Did they check that at your postpartum visit?


12 KathEats October 19, 2012 at 11:00 am

I have Moving Comfort bras that are super supportive. And I don’t think I had any separation, so that wasn’t a concern.


13 Andrea October 19, 2012 at 10:30 am

My boyfriend makes fun of me because I always seem to forget the beans!! Too funny :) I have my mom’s old pressure cooker that is pretty much ancient too, and I am too scared to use it for fear it would explode! I should just do it though! Have a wonderful day!


14 Hope October 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

I immediately smiled when I saw that picture of you and Maze at the bakery. So, so cute!!
I NEED those gnocchi.


15 Mom October 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

Like old times to see you running again!


16 Elisabeth October 19, 2012 at 10:42 am

Maze looks so cute hanging out on his tummy. And you look so cute in that yellow shirt! Congrats on the first run :)


17 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 19, 2012 at 10:42 am

You are glowing in that photo with Mazen… Love that yellow checkered top on you! Great job on your first run post partum! That is something to be proud of!


18 Megan October 19, 2012 at 10:49 am

I love your yellow plaid shirt – it’s so cute!! Also, I hope those other pictures are pre-run because I can never manage to look that good (non-sweaty) after three miles.. Congrats on getting back into it!


19 KathEats October 19, 2012 at 10:59 am

Haha one is before and one is after – I was much sweatier than i look!


20 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 19, 2012 at 10:50 am

Congrats on getting back out there and running! I can only imagine how great it felt. I know that after my illness & surgery late last year/early this year, it felt SO good when I could finally exercise and RUN. It definitely wasn’t easy but it was the greatest feeling just getting back into it!


21 Jordan @ Eat for Health, Eat for Fun October 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

Oh man, that gnocchi looks divine! I’ll have to put that on my “must make” list!!


22 Caitlin Boyle (@CaitlinHTP) October 19, 2012 at 10:57 am

Great job Kath :)


23 Melissa October 19, 2012 at 11:17 am

What a super cute pic of Maze having tummy time! Love his tummy in the Real Food onesie!!! Bet it feels great to run again!! :)


24 Emily @ October 19, 2012 at 11:17 am

NICE WORK on your run!!! So awesome! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your Votes for Women napkin (tablecloth?)! Super cute and so relevant-I’m teaching women’s studies and we are discussing suffrage right now.


25 Johanna B October 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

Just an FYI – yesterday I made your baked pumpkin oats. So good! I am putting them into my breakfast rotation for this fall and winter.


26 KathEats October 19, 2012 at 11:27 am

Oh yay!


27 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 19, 2012 at 11:30 am

Mazen looks huge in this post! The milk is clearly working :)

Seriously he just looks like he went thru some major growth They do grow up…so fast!


28 Ashley October 19, 2012 at 11:30 am

Lovely post!! :) Maze is getting so big now!! :) Grow baby grow! 😀

Also… may I pause for a moment to say you look AWESOME in that yellow and white plaid shirt!! great color on you! so fresh!


29 Ryane October 19, 2012 at 11:36 am

Random but you look so cute in that bright yellow shirt – that is a great color for you!

(haha, I’m not the only one I guess, just looked above!)


30 Amanda Hollenbaugh October 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

*sigh* I guess that means I need to stop whining and just go. I don’t have kids at all and here you are 6 weeks post and running 3 miles. To the gym!


31 Becka @ simplybecka October 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

Your husband is so domestic, it’s wonderful. Your a lucky girl with a lovely husband and the cutest baby ever. Have a great weekend. ^)^


32 deva by definition October 19, 2012 at 12:10 pm

That’s an awesome run! Mazen is such an adorable baby. I wish I lived nearer to a GH to try some of those scuffins – they look so delicious.


33 Katie @ running4cupcakes October 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Great idea for breakfast- thank you! And yeah for first run after baby!!!!


34 Paula October 19, 2012 at 12:14 pm

I canned some more turnip and mustard greens last night. I started with a double kitchen sink full of greens and when I got them done I only had 6 quarts. They sure wilt down. My husband informed me he is getting tired of greens already. Bless his heart, he obviously has not looked in the garden. We haven’t even touched the collards yet. Canning is so much fun. Both of my son’s do it. The daughter in laws leave the room to.


35 Melissa @ HerGreenLife October 19, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Love that your Matt is crazy enough to be canning green beans in the midst of the craziness of having a newborn. My Matt[hew] was doing the same thing with our garden beans when our little guy was about Maze’s age last year.

And congrats on the 3 miles!


36 Melissa @ HerGreenLife October 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Oh, and I don’t know how it works where you are, but our local extension service offers free pressure canner testing. I really wanted to use my parents’ old canner, but after finally having it tested, we opted for a new one.


37 KathEats October 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Oh that’s cool! Matt just took a risk : )


38 Annette @FitnessPerks October 19, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Congrats on running again! And yay for husbands who cook. That rocks!


39 Kim October 19, 2012 at 12:49 pm

I used to nurse my son immediately after a vigorous run, but later realized he didn’t find the lactic acid too appetizing (in which case I would just give him a bottle of pumped milk)!

You look great…3 miles after so much time off is quite impressive.


40 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles October 19, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Congrats on the run…great opportunity to have some down time for yourself! Smoked salmon and dinner look yum!


41 joelle (on a pink typewriter) October 19, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Yay for getting back to running! I love Maze’s little outfit too- so cute!


42 Cindy October 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Love your yellow checkered shirt!


43 Jeni October 19, 2012 at 1:19 pm

LOVE(!) that yellow shirt!!!! Congrats on the first run back, that is seriously awesome!


44 Jenica October 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Congratulations on finally running again! It’s such a great feeling! It sounds like your body knew you were ready to start again.


45 Michelle (Peachy Palate) October 19, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Well done again on your run!!! Hope your not too sore today! Microwaved apples are the way to go! We get Bramley apples here in Ireland, in to the microwave for a minute, a quick blend and you’ve got the most amazing apple sauce!


46 Joanne October 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Good job on the running. I never stretch before or after…so bad :(
Dinner sounds wonderful. I’m going to have to give those easy gnocchi a try. YUM!


47 Mandie October 19, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Glad to see someone asked the nursing bra question. I was also curious what your nursing questions were and what answers you got. Being that I am some myself, maybe you could post on BERF


48 Nicole October 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm

You look adorable in that yellow shirt! So cute! Old navy? And congratulations on the run! Love that feeling when you get to do something you’ve loved after a hiatus. :)


49 Jeanie October 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm

It looks like your little nugget is really growing. The tummy time picture is adorable.


50 Katerina October 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm

nice political stab there… i enjoy reading here but did not like the way that came across on the blog.


51 KathEats October 19, 2012 at 7:13 pm



52 lucy October 19, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Presumably the Votes for Women tablecloth. Not sure how it’s a political stab though?


53 GrandPeePaw October 19, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Votes for Women ???

Revolutionary Soup ???

Comment meant for another blog ???


54 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 19, 2012 at 6:25 pm

That’s a whole lotta beans you’ve got there! But I bet it’ll be great to have them all ready to go on nights when you don’t feel like doing much prep. Mazen is getting cuter and cuter by the day. Any chance there’s a Mazen Muffin or other Great Harvest item named after him yet? Mazen Mix granola perhaps? 😉


55 KathEats October 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm

We need to make Mazen’s Amazin’ Raisin Bread!


56 Anita October 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I like canned beans also. Fresh, not so much. Go figure. Supposedly the nutritional content is the same. You would know better than I. The soft squishy canned ones I find more comforting.


57 Lisa October 19, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Woo! Great job on running!

After my 4th was born last year I tried running around 3 weeks postpartum….only lasted a few minutes because my pelvis still felt wobbly! By 6 weeks, I was good to go too!

That gnocchi looks delicious! Going to have to try that one.


58 Emilie October 19, 2012 at 8:32 pm

*Great* table cloth!


59 Lee October 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Great job on the run! So, I’ve always sort of wondered this – is Pumpkin your cat or your neighbor’s cat that just visits?


60 KathEats October 20, 2012 at 1:30 am

The neighbors. She is very friendly.


61 Eileen October 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Nice job getting back out there! You sure look happy and fit! Yes, forgetting or not having the opportunity to stretch is a big hazard once you have kids.


62 sarah October 19, 2012 at 10:10 pm

You look so great! And Maze is so YUMMY. Don’t fight the long nursing sessions. Just ENJOY. It goes by so fast. I nursed and put three kids to sleep and now my youngest is 8. When I look back, it’s been those long sessions nursing that I miss so much. I remember the frustration! But the best advice I got from my friend with older kids who is the best mom and has the greatest kids is- ENJOY! The house can stay messy and you can eat cereal and milk for dinner but enjoy your baby’s sweet smallness while you can! Pretty soon, you won’t be able to hold his whole body in front of your chest!


63 robin October 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm

that little guy gets sweeter everyday, good job on your run:)


64 mousey October 20, 2012 at 12:35 am

Do you feel comfortable giving your child bottles so early in your nursing relationship?


65 KathEats October 20, 2012 at 1:30 am

Totally. The experts told us to wait 3-4 weeks, which we did, and stick to one bottle a day for a while, which we did. Now at 6 weeks, both breastfeeding and bottles are going great.


66 Cherleen @ My Personal Finance Journey October 20, 2012 at 1:34 am

Maze is growing so big so fast. Enjoy his first year. I would love to have a taste of your cheddar apple scuffins!


67 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 20, 2012 at 6:47 am

Congrats on running and awesome job on pre-planning your lunch! Meal planning always pays off, especially now that you’ve got a new babe in the house. Love M’s onesie!


68 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 20, 2012 at 6:53 am

Congrats on your first post-pregnancy run! That’s so impressive that you managed to do 3 miles!


69 Steph M. October 20, 2012 at 8:30 am

Love your yellow and white checkered shirt! Where did you get it? Congrats on your first run after baby Maze!


70 KathEats October 20, 2012 at 8:55 am

Old navy


71 Kristi October 20, 2012 at 9:47 am

Congrats for getting out there and running already! Impressive! Mazen is getting so big; what a cutie.


72 Stephanie Hobbs October 20, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I’m so happy you’re running again!! I badly sprained my ankle about 2 months ago, and I JUST started running again – I also did 3 miles! :)

And omg Kath, that yellow button down looks INCREDIBLE on you. Like, seriously – you definitely need to wear more bright yellow, its very much your color!!


73 Shannon October 20, 2012 at 2:46 pm

6 weeks later! You are awesome! You are the true example that it is very possible to have a busy life, no sleep & a baby and live a healthy/real life! You take it all in stride. Long night, busy morning….. Bump breakfast back a little but you never cave and use it as an excuse to feed your body junk! & Congrats on the run :) You’re such an inspiration!


74 Pam October 20, 2012 at 8:40 pm

Your bakery looks great! You should use the photo of you with Mazen for an advertisement for your bakery!
Wow running again after 6 weeks, pretty awesome!! You are one fit momma and very inspiring :)


75 [email protected] October 21, 2012 at 5:21 am

Looks like a busy day! Sounds like you’re happy to be back running…that’s great!


76 SkinnyRunner October 21, 2012 at 12:19 pm

congrats on getting back running, i LOVE hearing about people who grateful just to be out hitting the roads.


77 [email protected] Food Katie's Way October 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Congrats on the run!! You must have felt so EMPOWERED by the end!


78 britt October 22, 2012 at 1:44 pm

that photo of you holding mazen in the bakery is so sweet. i love that sweet snuggly baby stage. oh how i miss it. instant baby fever! also, that is so awesome you were able to have that good of a run the first time out. it took me a long time to get back in it because my insides just felt weird.


79 Angel7 October 22, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Mazen has piercing blue eyes :)


80 Spice Chicken October 23, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Thanks for the Pumpkin Cat photos. I just want to nom-nom-nom him. Must try the gnocchi!


81 Katie October 25, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I love the I eat real food Onesie :) Does the lady who sells them have an etsy account by chance? I’d love to order one.


82 KathEats October 25, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I don’t believe so, but I am asking


83 KathEats October 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm
84 Katie October 25, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Thank you so much!! My little one will be here in March and I absolutely love your choice in clothing :)


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