Jefferson’s Back Yard

August 22, 2010

Why we moved here reason #26:

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Hikes a’plenty!! We found a perrrrrfect 2 mile there-and-back-again hike that leads straight to Thomas Jefferson’s doorstep just a few miles from our own house!

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[I have yet to actually tour Monticello, but it’s on our list!]

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Matt gave this darling little butterfly a 4 mile piggyback :mrgreen:

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Then came lunch.

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I had a salad dressed in Garlic Gold and honey with sea salt, heirloom tomatoes, organic sharp cheddar cheese and some trail mix granola on top.

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Plus a slice of Cinnamon Raisin Walnut with greek yogurt, jam and granola 

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Bubbles make lunch much more exciting.

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We just bid farewell to our house guests and I’m planning to do a deep cleaning + organizing job this afternoon. Exciting!!

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1 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 22, 2010 at 1:43 pm

OOooh the bread with the yogurt – best thing ever!
I wish I was small enough for someone to give me a piggy back :'(
Have a great day!!
(PS – yet again, your post ties in with my dinner..I love it!)


2 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) August 22, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Kath you are so cute in your hiking pics! And your lunch looks delicious!


3 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I JUST found this amazing 4.5 mile loop that I am totally digging. You get to see great views of the high way and some office buildings–no houses of presidents :)


4 Kristy @ August 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm

That is too funny! :)


5 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm

So cool that you live so close to Monticello! I live on a portion of the Brandywine Battlefield, and it’s neat to think of all the history that went on here. Hope you have a successful afternoon of cleaning!


6 Runnergirl August 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I can’t wait until next Saturday just so I can buy a loaf of that bread! We tried it last weekend but biked there and didn’t have room to carry it home =(

P.S. How tall are you?


7 Kath August 22, 2010 at 6:05 pm



8 Runnergirl August 23, 2010 at 12:26 am

You look FANTASTIC! Fit and lean. Just trying to put a height w/ a weight. Sorry if that was weird!!


9 Daniel August 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm

The deep red of those heirloom tomatoes are gorgeous, they really accent the salad well – gives it an outdoorsy kind of look. Speaking of which, do you have any advice for chopping tomatoes, similar to in your picture, for salads? I always get a mess of liquid everywhere and very ugly tomato chunks… haha.


10 Kath August 22, 2010 at 6:05 pm

I get a liquidy mess too when I chop a regular beefsteak tomato. I think the secret is in the heirlooms


11 Katie August 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm

I love the composition of that last photo!


12 Wendy @ Seriously Sassy August 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm

What a fantastic hiking trail – and SO cool that it leads right to Thomas Jefferson’s house! I wanna be your next house guest!!!


13 Evan Thomas August 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm

That is so cool. And it looks like the weather’s perfect there. There is far too much rain in the forecast for New England this week.


14 Mastering Public Health (@MasPublicHealth) August 22, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Cleaning up feels so good. It’s a great lazy Sunday for fall (bite-my-tongue…) cleaning here in New York — pouring rain!


15 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm

That is so cool!! I wish there were some nice trails by my house. Sadly all we have are suburban sidewalks.


16 coco August 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm

hiking is soooo fun with family! 😉


17 Kathleen August 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Monticello is amazing and Charlottesville is just a great town. I went about 8 years ago with my family and would love to get back at some point.


18 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I’d love to go there. I love historic sites like that. How cool that it’s right by your new place!


19 Kati August 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm

What a great trail! And I would never have thought to top the bread with yogurt :>


20 Simply Life August 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm

have fun cleaning!


21 Laura August 22, 2010 at 2:57 pm

The path looks really lovely…i hope the butterfly appreciated it’s free lift! xx


22 Alycia [Fit n Fresh] August 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm

What an awesome trail!! I would love to go see Monticello – can’t wait for you post when that happens :)


23 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I would absolutely love to visit Monticello! I studied the architecture and the history behind it. It’s absolutely stunning.


24 Nicole @ yuppie yogini August 22, 2010 at 3:13 pm

That looks like it would be a good running trail!


25 Camille August 22, 2010 at 3:15 pm

So pretty!


26 lynn (The Actors Diet) August 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm

i love granola in my salads!


27 Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) August 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm

I love the American countryside, it is just so pretty!


28 [email protected] August 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm

I’m so jealous that you live right near the Monticello! You should definitely go visit. I went about a year and a half ago and it’s really beautiful and serene. Plus the hike to go up there is great too.


29 Crystal August 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Hi Kath,
I have been reading your blog for some time now and you have given me the inspiration to embark on my own weight loss journey and start changing my habits completely for the better for myself as well as my son. I will probably start a blog soon to help keep track of my progress. Once again, thank you for being such a great inspiration – congrats on getting your RD by the way! – Crystal


30 Kath August 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm



31 Heather August 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm

what a beautiful hike! absoultely nothing like that here!


32 Jess August 22, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I had so much fun touring Monticello when I was there! When I was a kid, 1776 was my favorite musical (embarrassing, but true), and I still have a good time nerding out over stuff like that.


33 Lauren August 22, 2010 at 4:10 pm

How fortunate that you live so close to such a beautiful trail! You new home fits you so well! 😉


34 Paige @Running Around Normal August 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm

How awesome! Very historic. I think that’s a fabulous reason to move :)
Hey Kath, speaking of organizing, I’ve been meaning to ask you if you know of a good Google Calendar app for the iPhone. I know you mentioned you have an android phone now, but you did have an iPhone one time, correct?


35 Paige @Running Around Normal August 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Ohp- nevermind – I figured it out:) haha


36 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) August 22, 2010 at 4:42 pm

I love undergoing cleaning and organizational projects – they’re so fun and satisfying!


37 Rachael August 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Total history nerd here – I begged my dad to take me to Charlottesville (his hometown) so I could see Monticello, UVA and just dork out on Thomas Jefferson trivia.
Props on the butterfly pic – very pretty indeed!


38 Liza @ Health Nutting August 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm

I LOVE hikes but don’t get and do them enough! Mmmm granola on bread sounds greatttt. :)


39 Tina August 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm

I can’t wait for the weather to cool down more for hikes. Right now, pregnant, I can’t handle the heat and being active so the weather has to let up before I can enjoy them again. I can’t wait!


40 Chelsea August 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm

The hike sounds great! So does your lunch. I’ve never tried yogurt on toast yet, it looks so good here. Definitely on my to-try list!

Have a great Sunday, Kath!



41 Sarah (OC2Seattle) August 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Ooooh! I’ve always wanted to see Monticello, how amazing to be so close! Looks like you’re reveling in your new town – so happy for you that the move is a good one!


42 Caitlyn @ A Spoonful of Life August 22, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I love hiking! It makes me feel like an explorer! And the color of those tomatoes are spectacular. At first I though they were beets.


43 Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul August 22, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Love the photo of you by the Thomas Jefferson stone sign. You’re like “Oh yeah, I’m next to Tommy J… no biggie.” Love it!


44 [email protected]:// August 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm

What a nice hike. Looks like you are really going to enjoy living their.


45 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] August 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm

I love that you get excited about deep cleaning & organizing : ) I do too.


46 Jill August 22, 2010 at 5:58 pm

That bread looks DELISH! I never would have thought of putting all those things together on a great piece of bread, but that’s one of the reasons I love reading here, the inspiration. The site looks great, btw!


47 Kathy W. August 22, 2010 at 6:05 pm

You should do another cleaning post like you did a long time ago–very inspirational! The what/where/how of deep cleaning your new house.


48 Heather (Sugar & Spice) August 22, 2010 at 6:06 pm

I love Monticello and Charlottesville – I know you’ll have a ton of great adventures, culinary and other! :) Enjoy it!


49 Amy @ Amy Starts To Run August 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm

What a beautiful area to live in. Living in AZ makes me miss all the leaves and green stuff.


50 Chelsey August 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm

That is so coool! I’m a history nerd, so I would love that.

Lunch looked amazing, per usual!


51 kate August 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I need to get back to eating more simple & delicious salads! Enjoy your afternoon


52 lauri Watson August 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm

LOVE your new header!!! Looks like y’all had a GREAT weekend!!


53 Elaine @ Om Sweet Om August 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm

i love the new header! and it seemed like a beautiful hike :)


54 holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm

I love your new header — very pretty.

I like company, but I like when they leave too — because I love to deep clean the house and I am always itching to do that after company leaves. Enjoy your day!


55 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) August 22, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Greek yogurt and granola on bread? That’s pretty dang innovative. I’ll have to try that sometime.

Looks like you enjoyed a wonderfully historic hike! I, too, love hiking. I’m going off to the coast of California in a couple weeks to do just that.


56 Christa @ O, Cake! August 22, 2010 at 6:48 pm

Love your header!


57 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 22, 2010 at 6:57 pm

I can totally see why you guys moved there. How perfect are those trails? So beautiful. 😀

Your toast with yogurt and jam looks perfectly delicious. 😀


58 Steph August 22, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Yeah, I’m adding greek yogurt on bread to my immediate “eating list” that looks so yummy!

Love the scenery! Wish New Mexico looked like that!


59 [email protected] August 22, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I love deep-colored tomatoes, those look gorgeous! That is definitely my kind of salad :)


60 Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat August 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm

What an awesome hiking/running route! Seriously, you have me sold on packing up and moving someplace like Charlottesville.

I’ve never tried yogurt on bread before. I’ll add that to my list!


61 Amy August 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Looks like an awesome trail! I love your new header too. So cute!


62 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm

That looks like a gorgeous trail! It’s so fun to discover new hiking spots!


63 eatmovelove August 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Nice header. Seems like everyone is changing theirs these days!


64 Wei-Wei August 22, 2010 at 8:40 pm

BOMB DIGGITY. I don’t know why I just said that. Still, you’re really lucky to live so close to a lovely hiking trail! I live in the city :(


65 Hannah August 22, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Oh, you have to go to Monitcello soon! Jefferson had the most AWESOME bed tucked into a wall between rooms. LOVE IT. Also, love the granola-on-bread idea…


66 Catherine August 22, 2010 at 11:42 pm

I like the new header! It’s gorgeous :) Also, Monticello looks amazing!!


67 CMae August 23, 2010 at 7:53 am

You are going to love Monticello! It’s truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen (then again, I’m a huge TJ buff, so I’m a bit impartial).


68 anne August 23, 2010 at 9:24 am

2 mile hike to Monticello?! Jealous!!


69 Sara August 23, 2010 at 10:02 am

Monticello is BEAUTIFUL! Especially in the Spring :-) You’ll love it.


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