Lately: Cold + Colds

May 11, 2013

Our week was filled with highs:

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Frosting shot from Sweet Haus!

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And lows: all three of us had mild colds and it was COLD outside! Rainy too. Ugh.

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But for the most part, things were good. We donned our raincoats and walked to meet some friends and ate lots of delicious foods!

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Breakfasts

Scrambled eggs + buttered toast + fruit!

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Overnight oats in the container. I tried this low-fat Wallaby Organic Greek and loved it!

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Topped with muffin and sunbutter

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This morning I had leftover green smoothie with spinach, banana and peanut butter plus buttered toast and strawberries

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French toast! Topped with strawbs, sunbutter and coconut butter

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More overnight oats – this time in a Justin’s Maple AB jar

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Topped with some vanilla granola

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Hot strawberry oatmeal with granola and sunbutter

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And finally – banana pancakes on Sunday made with Kodiak cake mix.

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Lunches

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A wrap made from leftover salmon, cheese, avocado and greek yogurt

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Lunch at the bakery – testing out our new salads we’re adding to the menu this summer! Any sandwich can be made as a salad instead of on bread. This was the Tofu Pesto and it rocked! They all come with a big slice of bread-of-your choice. I chose Pesto Parmesan Swirl!

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Salad with Apple Scrapple bread, egg, TJs cilantro hummus and avocado

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I was in a very orange mood this day!

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Orange, sweet potato chips, salad with avocado and power greens with Annie’s Woodstock, carrots and cottage cheese with fig jam

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Sardine salad with chopped kale salad massaged with lime juice, olive oil and a touch of balsamic and salt plus chips

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Did you know that Carpe Donut makes banana soft serve!? It’s even better than the homemade version thanks to a fancy technique extractor! They are our bakery neighbors and I tried some of Matt’s. Need to go back for more!

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Dinners

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Whole wheat pasta with seared shrimp, zucchini, sun dried tomatoes, lemon and lots of parmesan

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Quesadilla night! Filled with black beans and cheese and topped with guacamole mixed with greek yogurt and salsa. Served with a spinach salad and Woodstock dressing.

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My friend Kristin invited me to a special event her firm, McGuire Woods, put on at the Cville Design House. We oogled over the beautifully designed rooms and then feasted on flank steak, chicken satay with a peanut sauce, grilled asparagus, polenta with tomato sauce and chopped salad. Apple tart for dessert!

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The dinner was incredible, and we were all sent home with these gorgeous terrariums as favors!!! Mine is hanging out as our dining room centerpiece. Hope I can keep it alive!

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Another night we had friends over for a homebrew tasting and kept the food simple – maple sausage links we got from a local farmer friend, toasted Tuscan Sourdough and sautéed kale from our garden.

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And finally…

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Spaghetti night! Whole wheat penne with our homemade tomato sauce from a jar, zucchini, parmesan and some ciabatta Matt mixed up at the bakery.

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Hope you all had a wonderful week! I’m looking forward to the start of spring this coming one : )

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1 Lynn @ the actor's diet May 11, 2013 at 8:42 am

Happy n sad baby pix juxtaposed are so…real?!?

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2 Elle May 11, 2013 at 8:45 am

Major dinner inspiration, those all look amazing!

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3 roshni May 11, 2013 at 8:57 am

Hi Kath. I have been following your blog for a while and needless to say I love it!. Which brand of WW tortilla do you buy?. I stopped buying after I got a bitter aftertaste from a few brands.

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4 KathEats May 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

I buy the Whole Foods brand whole wheat. They are pretty good!

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5 Claire @ Health Nut Claire May 11, 2013 at 9:06 am

I could totally go for a frosting shot right about now, yum!

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6 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 11, 2013 at 9:11 am

oh my gosh, that terrarium is so cool! I haven’t had one since I was in elementary school and we made them in science class out of old soda liter bottles!

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7 Karen May 11, 2013 at 9:15 am

Ack…I am sitting here coughing up a storm due to our very chilly spring too! I so rarely get colds, but the roller coaster of temps did me in yesterday.

As enticing as those food shots look, I gotta say that Mazen’s sweetness is really stealing the show for me these days – a heart breaker for sure. Those two pictures of mother and son are the cutest ever – the twin cold shot and the last one in that sequence in which you are carrying him, both grinning from ear to ear.

I love the terrarium…I’ve been coveting one, but unfort. would never be able to keep it alive in my high rise.

Happy Saturday, and hope some warm, sunny weather comes to visit your clan this weekend!

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8 Eve May 11, 2013 at 9:19 am

What’s a frosting shot? (sorry, I am European and I don’t get it)
I think serving breakfast links and salad at a beer tasting is such a thrifty and original idea. You are so clever and resourceful with your entertaining ideas.

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9 KathEats May 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

Just frosting in a cup – no cupcake part :)

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10 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner May 11, 2013 at 9:57 am

It’s cold, grey, and rainy here, too. Hard to believe it was 85 and sunny last week! That banana soft serve looks so much creamier than mine–bet it was good!

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11 Tara May 11, 2013 at 10:08 am

I’m loving those terrariums you got from the dinner! I’m going to have to find some in San Francisco.

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12 Sammy May 11, 2013 at 10:46 am

Love the Quesadilla and guacamole. Not great weatherwise here in the U.K. we saw a bit of sun on Monday, now wet and windy, uuuugggghhh.

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13 Amy May 11, 2013 at 10:53 am

Whoa! This may have been the best spread of meals from a “lately” that I’ve seen! Awesome meals. Loved the salmon burrito and (professional) banana soft serve.

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14 Elisabeth May 11, 2013 at 11:03 am

Love the little shot of Mazen in the background of your quesadilla :)

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15 Alyssa @ Road to RD May 11, 2013 at 11:19 am

I hope you all feel better soon! I’m looking forward to OIAJ this week :)

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16 Stacy k May 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm

What carrier are you still using with M? My little guy is
Getting so heavy I need to invest in a better on than the hand me down we have.

Your dinners all look awesome! We have een terrible about sticking to our meal plan.

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17 KathEats May 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm

The boba wrap. I can’t wear it for long periods of time but short term it’s perfect

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18 jen May 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Man it’s the pits when the whole family gets sick at once – hope you’re all feeling better now.

And these lately posts make for great weekly meal planning inspiration for me. Thanks!

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19 DS May 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm

The strawberry oatmeal looks great! What were the ingredients? Thanks!

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20 KathEats May 11, 2013 at 3:06 pm

its my basic whipped banana oatmeal recipe except minus banana and add strawberries. that recipe is on the tribute To oatmeal page

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21 J @ Chocolate Covered Chickpeas   May 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Those terrariums are too cute! Do you know where I can buy one?

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22 KathEats May 11, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I believe they were made by a local garden shop but I bet you could find some great tutorials online on how to DIY one.

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23 Danielle May 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

So sorry to hear you had a sick household! Hopefully good eats like that chopped kale salad and beautiful pasta dish helped hurry along a healthy recovery.

Who am I kidding… frosting shots always boost immunity anyway ;)

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24 Shel@PeachyPalate May 11, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Lots of strawberry loving!!! I want your tofu salad! Sounds like my ideal lunch! :) Hope the colds have all dissipated and you’re in top form for the weekend!

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25 Tracy May 11, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Terrariums are beautiful!!

What kind of dressing is on the tofu pesto salad? Also, what brand of sweet potato chips are those?

Enjoy the weekend!

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26 KathEats May 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm

it’s a new house balsamic vinaigrette we tried. And the chips are Garden of eatin

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27 Robyn @thereallife_RD May 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm

salads at GH, say whaattttt?! And then I will walk myself next door for banana softserve. Oh how I love this town’s food scene!

strawberry oats for me this morning too, so good when they heat just slightly- must replenish the coconut butter stash! saw Matt at the market today, must have just missed ya!

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28 Aimee May 11, 2013 at 4:07 pm

I checked in to read responses on an earlier post and now I want sausages and beer. I wonder if there would be too much going on, flavor-wise, to try to do a beer tasting AND a sausage tasting at the same event? I’m moving back to the Midwest soon and MN/WI have some fab brews AND brats!

Have you ever done anything like that Kath? Like a cheese and wine taste testing party or something?

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29 KathEats May 11, 2013 at 4:16 pm

We have done some sorts of beer and wine tastings – I’ve always wanted to do a big one!

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30 h May 11, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Love those terrariums!! On another… I noticed you are eating more eggs these days, what is the weekly amount they say is healthy?

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31 KathEats May 11, 2013 at 5:57 pm

I don’t think there is really recommended amount but 2 per day is probably a good amount to aim for as a general max

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32 Saffron May 12, 2013 at 4:30 am

For what it’s worth, I read some research recently stating that no negative health effects were found when people ate six eggs or less per week, however any more and there was a positive correlation with heart disease.

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33 Honey May 12, 2013 at 12:06 pm

I eat 2 whole eggs + per day!
Actually, many bloggers I see eat 3 whole ones or more …I have an egg compulsion…good or bad,,,eep!

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34 Lisa May 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm

I have been following your blog for a while and I love it! :-) Sorry to hear that you weren’t feeling well.

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35 Sarah May 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Every one of those food photos is making me drool! And that terrarium is adorable! I really need to get around to making one!

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36 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 11, 2013 at 7:06 pm

It’s been chilly here too this week/weekend! I hope you all are feeling better and the temps warm up for us all! ;)

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37 Susan H @ The Food Allergy Chronicles May 11, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Love the idea of a deconstructed salad…my perfect lunch! :)

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38 Lisa C. May 11, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Not hungry at all….but these pics are making me drool anyway!

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39 Kat @ Kat's Health Corner May 11, 2013 at 8:30 pm

That banana soft serve looks so much better than any version I’ve ever made! And I LOVE that picture of dinner with Maze in the background. It’s like he’s ready to start pounding his fists and saying, “Feed me!”

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40 mary @ minutes per mile May 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm

I love reading your blog. The food photos are so inspiring. I want to go to my kitchen now!

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41 Andy May 11, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Your little one is adorable and all of this food looks delicious. As a mom you need to stay healthy to be able to set a good example for your kids. This blog exhibits your excellent skills as a proud mama bear. So sad that all of you fell ill but it seems to be hitting everyone hard this season. Hope all is healthy now.

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42 Live Love Yum May 11, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Looks like a good week! (other than the colds of course).

How is your weight loss progress going? Have you hit your goal?

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43 KathEats May 12, 2013 at 6:03 pm

I’ve lost a few but I’m nowhere near my goal. I’m thinking that breastfeeding and weight loss are just harder than I thought they would be together. I figured the weight would melt off of all the calorie burn but even when I don’t eat very much still doesn’t seem too.

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44 Live Love Yum Well May 13, 2013 at 4:55 am

Yeah I understand. It’s tough isn’t it? Have you considered changing up parts of your diet? It’s pretty carb heavy. Carbs hold on to water which increases water weight. And bread in general (whole wheat is really not much different than white) will make it difficult to lose. Weight loss is not just about calories in less than calories out. Dairy, wheat, soy, even eggs are well known triggers that hinder weight loss. Check out the book “The Virgin Diet ” which talks about how you can be doing Everything right but still no budge. Also, having a baby/life changes changes the way the body reacts to certain foods (I.e you can’t tolerate the same foods you once effortlessly ate). It’s also a part of aging!! I’ve had to change the way I eat after 30 hit..

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45 KathEats May 13, 2013 at 8:27 am

I feel great I’m just really really hungry when I’m breastfeeding. It’s also really hard to balance the insatiable hunger I have with weight loss.

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46 Evelyn May 13, 2013 at 5:54 am

I think if you cut down on some of the nut butter and gratuitous carbs, you’d see the weight fall off much more quickly.
I know there is a place in ones diet for healthy fats and whole grains/complex carbohydrates (especially while BF, as I am, too), but it seems as though from your recaps that there are days when you consume more than one serving of nut butter and plenty of bread.
Even when bread is served on the side of a salad featuring a veggie burger, it’s still like eating a burger with a side salad (looks/sounds more virtuous when the burger is served atop the salad, though).
Eliminate most of that bread, cut down on the sugar and nut butter and you’ll be a lot closer to that goal weight.
Or, enjoy those big slices of GH bread, frosting shots, etc and embrace your beautiful body…you are fit and healthy, though maybe a bit unrealistic about why you can’t seem to lose the last of what you may consider extra weight.

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47 KathEats May 13, 2013 at 8:25 am

but then I would be starving!

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48 KathEats May 13, 2013 at 8:34 am

also, They are not gratuitous carbs. Carbs are needed for energy and my diet has about 50 percent carbs. It probably looks gratuitous to you because half the world is gluten free or scared of carbs.

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49 Jillian May 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Respectfully, eating gluten-free doesn’t equate to low or no carbs- I eat mostly brown rice versions of pasta, crackers, etc. because my skin issues went away after I tried giving up wheat. I also used to eat about 50% carbs, but felt pretty sluggish unless I was extremely active all the time. Cutting back a *little* on carbs and a lot on sugar has had a huge effect on my weight management, and I feel better and more energetic than I used to. I have noticed that not all dietary “rules” are necessarily the best for me at all times, though, so I’m more fluid with my consumption now. Just a thought!

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50 Jessie May 13, 2013 at 10:44 am

I’m a dietitian and definitely think for her activity level and with nursing Kath’s diet looks perfectly balanced (from what we see at least) . I would tell a patient in her shoes to watch desserts and empty calories but definitely not to cut back on whole grain carbohydrates. They are necessary for energy and fuel.

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51 karen May 13, 2013 at 11:32 am

Kath I’ve been following from the get go. In the early days there was a distinct absence of bread and sweets in your daily diet. I used to think how you could live on no bread. Then GH came along and you eat a lot more bread than you used to. A lot more. Maybe try filling yourself on protein, like beef with your salads? Also, once you turn 30 metabolism definitely starts the slowing process.

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52 Brenda May 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm

I agree with Karen.Natural carbohydrates occur in many foods like fruits and vegetables. I know for my body that if I have toast, nut butter, and banana in the morning, it is too carb-heavy and I get very hungry and lose my concentration very quickly. When I have a fruit and vegetable-centric breakfast with yogurt and cheese, and no added starch I feel fuller much, much longer. Clearly everyone is different but I know for me, just because a food LOOKS filling, does not make it filling, and for my body nut butter and bread is a perfect example.

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53 Lisa @bitesforbabies May 12, 2013 at 7:20 am

My mouth is watering…but I have to say that wrap looks the most delicious!!! Can you believe you had colds…in May?! Yesterday we had to turn the heating on? Seriously?!!! On that note, have a wonderful Mother’s Day ;-)

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54 Miranda @ Cracked Up Chicken May 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm

He looks like such a happy baby!

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55 Maddy @enlightened fitness May 12, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Those breakfasts look delicious. I think I have a new go-to site when I need some breakfast inspiration! There isn’t one thing that doesn’t look awesome.

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56 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane May 12, 2013 at 2:16 pm

That first picture of you & Mazen is so adorable, that needs to be printed & blown up for sure!

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57 Nanna May 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm

My goodness, your food photography skill is enviable- did you learn through trial and error, or did you take a class? I need to work on mine, so thought I’d reach out to the experts :) Thanks for sharing all your lovely eats- your recaps never fail to trigger a mini Niagara falls in my mouth ;) Happy mother’s day!!

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58 KathEats May 12, 2013 at 6:01 pm

trial and error but I still have a lot to learn! Thanks for the compliment though.

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59 Emily @ Life on Food May 12, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Heading off to make my own banana soft serve right now.

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60 Mary Kay May 13, 2013 at 12:52 am

Feel better! The food looks delicious by the way, I’m amazed you can cook such great meals when you’re under the weather.

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61 Celeste May 13, 2013 at 7:08 am

I’ve always liked checking out your blog because I think you’re a good example of a healthy woman who actually EATS. For me, there’s nothing worse than looking at a blogger’s teensy weensy lunch and reading that she was absolutely stuffed when she finished. :-) Having said that, I’m sorry, but I have to know.. The portion shown in the picture of the sausage meal you served to friends is so tiny, especially compared to most of your breakfasts and lunches! Was that somebody’s second helping? Or did you start the meal with a big appetizer?

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62 KathEats May 13, 2013 at 8:29 am

we had had beer and a lot of other snacks during our tasting so no one was very hungry. in fact we had other dinner plans but decided to just Whip this up instead.

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63 Kristin May 13, 2013 at 10:15 am

Thanks for coming to the event, Kath! And I’ll help you keep the terrarium alive. ;)

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64 Pippa@popovertopippas May 13, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I love all Wallaby yogurt, they have been a favorite for years but I too recently discovered their plain greek yogurt and have been enjoying it with fresh berries! They now sell an even larger 32 oz container at Whole Foods.

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65 Andrea May 13, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Happy belated Mother’s Day, Kath :)

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66 Lindsay May 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

What baby carrie/sling do you use?

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67 KathEats May 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm

The Boba carrier

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68 Ilane May 15, 2013 at 6:43 am

The pictures are amazing, but my favorite is the first one. You and Mazen are too cute!! He is such a happy baby. I love his smiles. You are a proud mama.

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69 Kathleen May 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Kath,

A while back you made pasta using a jarred sauce, and commented that it was delicious as far as jarred sauces go. I have scoured the blog and can’t find the post. Do you happen to remember the post or at least the brand of sauce?

Kathleen

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70 Kathleen May 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm

And by jarred, I mean store-bought jarred.

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71 KathEats May 19, 2013 at 8:22 pm

Hmmmm. I don’t remember. Do you recall what I did with it or any context that might help my memory?

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72 Kathleen May 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm

I think you just used it for pasta and added veggies. It may have been Matt who put it together, actually. Then you made some comment along the lines of it being an amazing sauce despite it being store-bought. Something like that!

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73 KathEats May 20, 2013 at 9:11 am

I searched for a while this morning and couldn’t find it : ( It might have been a Trader Joe’s one – I vaguely remember getting one of theirs?

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74 Jordon May 21, 2013 at 1:04 am

The salmon, avocado, and cheese wrap looks sooo good! Bet it would be great toasted as well.

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75 Meredith May 27, 2013 at 8:40 am

I LOVE that tuft of hair that stands straight up on Mazen’s head – so cute!

Although I do wish I could get away with that hairstyle, because that’s what my hair looks like in the mornings…

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