Long Weekend

September 3, 2013

We lost our longest running employee to a new adventure this month. He had worked the morning sponge and dough shift for over 2 years {and will be missed!} To keep the bread baking, Matt has had to go in at 3 am six days a week for the past 3-4 weeks as we have hired and trained two new employees. Since we were closed this Labor Day, a 2.5 day weekend off was most welcome in our household!


We started Friday off with a beer tasting at Champion



Nadjeeb {of the new Flora Artisanal Cheese shop!} was there pairing cheese with pints, so we had some wonderful cow’s milk cheese with the Missile IPA.



M sipping his pint of water


After that delicious adventure, we headed home and mixed together leftovers for dinner, which is becoming our Friday night tradition


Herby rice, shredded chicken, tomatoes, cheese and greens


Another Friday night tradition: a documentary. This time National Geographic’s Amazing Planet. The volcano episode was SCARY!

Saturday morning breakfast: toast with butter, banana + sunbutter, egg and raspberries.


We walked to the market where we met Matt after his shift and marveled over The Juice Laundry’s rainbow


After morning nap, we decided to head out to lunch and chose Bizou.

“Hi y’all”



I had a flounder salad with grilled romas and goat cheese and Matt had a steak blue cheese salad. Both were great.


Saturday was the first UVA football game, and I just happened to be wearing navy and orange like everyone else on the downtown mall!!


Our walk took us to Shenanigan’s, where we bought some first birthday gifts for our guy, and then to Pearl’s Cupcake Shoppe because I hadn’t been in to see the selection yet. They have some wild and fun flavors!

We shared this crazy combo of chocolate stout cake with bacon throughout – including the frosting. It was quite decadent but gone in 60 seconds!


Since we were in cupcake land, we also stopped into Sweet Haus because I insisted that Matt try the cookie dough frosting. Just LOOK at it! My new favorite. These guys were minis.


After our long, hot walk home we rested, read and some of us napped. I finished this book, which I really enjoyed although I thought it was too predictable. I love anything set on an island! I just downloaded The Violets of March to my Kindle app too. I hear it’s very good.


Before dinner, Mazen got his first haircut! Appropriate for First Birthday Week.


It went quite well with Matt snipping and me making funny faces. So long mullet!


Saturday night we went to a friend’s house for a par-tay. No photos taken, just burgers, pumpkin beer and rum cake consumed!

Sunday morning, after pancakes and peaches, we tidied the house before it was taken over by babies.



I rearranged some furniture…



And here


Then the babies had at it ; )


We had brunch on the porch with Sarah, John and Sylvia


Sunday night we had some new friends over for pizza, salad and more baby playing


I defrosted some of Brittany’s Isaac’s mom’s chocolate chip cake from their visit for dessert, and it was just as good as before. Need that recipe!


After quite the packed Saturday and Sunday, we took it easy on Monday. No laundry to do or parties to host. Only this blog post to write and a simple day at home.

Except for when I was attacked by this praying mantis {seriously, it fell on my head}


Hope you all had great long weekends!

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1 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries September 3, 2013 at 9:10 am

Looks like a great long weekend! And ohhh my, those cookie dough frosted cupcakes – right up my alley!


2 David @ From Ballparks to BBQ September 3, 2013 at 9:19 am

I’ve walked by Bizou a few times and everything always looks so good. Looking forward to trying it sometime.


3 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves September 3, 2013 at 9:23 am

What a lovely long weekend! Your meals look delicious as usual. Sorry to hear about the praying mantis attack! I would not handle that well.


4 Jackie September 3, 2013 at 9:31 am

Aw what a nice weekend!!! Mazen is getting so big!


5 Lynn @ the actor's diet September 3, 2013 at 10:10 am

So grateful for long weekends! If you need any future doc recommendations we watch a lot of them (my husbands twitter handle is @filmingdocs)


6 Britta September 3, 2013 at 10:15 am

Oh THOSE cupcakes look amazing. Bacon on top of a cupcake?! Wowza, that would be a first for me but I am positive it was incredible. Looks like you had a wonderful weekend! I am also in love with your home, just beautiful.


7 Lisa @bitesforbabies September 3, 2013 at 10:39 am

I know they have nothing to do with islands but have you ever read Khaled Hosseini’s books? AMAZING!


8 Elisabeth September 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

I LOVE Sarah Jio’s books! You also should read The Last Camellia & Blackberry Winter. Her fifth one comes out in Nov. – Morning Glory – and I can’t wait :)


9 K September 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

Does Mazen eat without a bib? My little one is just a few weeks older and I feel like I see other kids their age also eating without bibs…but we would have such a mess on our hands! I guess she likes to wear her meal as much as eat it!


10 KathEats September 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm

He does on occasion – if the food isn’t that messy he doesn’t really need one


11 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) September 3, 2013 at 11:24 am

Looks like a great weekend! Especially the IPA & Cheese pairing — YUM!


12 Christine@ Apple of My Eye September 3, 2013 at 11:28 am

Mhmm great pics of your food and family! I always look up to your photography and am looking forward to improving mine :). You look gorgeous (as always)!


13 beth September 3, 2013 at 11:32 am

Did you save a lock of hair? Is it blond, brown, or red? hard to tell


14 KathEats September 3, 2013 at 2:41 pm

We didn’t – probably should have! I’d call it dirty blonde?


15 Emily @ Life on Food September 3, 2013 at 11:37 am

I have started making two big dinners a week. We can pretty much live off of that the rest of the days. Takes for some creativeness but so much easier than a new meal every night!


16 Janelle September 3, 2013 at 11:40 am

Haha. I love the empty room… and then the babies had at it. :)


17 Alex @ Kenzie Life September 3, 2013 at 12:08 pm

I love your porch! Every time you post pictures of it I get so excited because I want one so badly! I can’t believe Mazen is almost one! Time flies! And that cookie dough frosting looks absolutely amazing and probably goes well with just about anything!


18 cathy September 3, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I’ll read anything set in England. :)


19 Lauren @ The Highlands Life September 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm

That brunch looks awesome!! So fun!

And you gotta love those stout beers. Can I still claim them for milk supply goodness even though my babe is 11 months old?! :-)


20 Patricia September 3, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Beautiful pictures! Your friends must love coming over to enjoy your lovely home and porch — not to mention all the delectable goodies you seem to serve! My mouth is watering just looking at that crunchy cheese toast — pepper jack is my very favorite cheese. And that pizza…yum! It’s so smart of you to freeze leftover cake for a later time. In my house, we rarely have much dessert left, for the freezer or anything else! :)


21 Meagan September 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Hey Kath! I am looking for a running watch (finally, yay!). I know you have one of the Garmins, and I was wondering if you would recommend it? Have you been happy with it? Thanks :)


22 KathEats September 3, 2013 at 2:44 pm

I have this one, which I’ve had for years, and I’ve loved it but I’d like something new (it has also been discontinued). I’m thinking about getting this one for my birthday, although I hear it’s smaller screen limits what you can see at a glance.


23 Chelsea @BigBitesLittleBudget September 3, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Aren’t long weekends just the best! It was so nice to be able to catch up on some things that have been getting neglected (the garden and laundry). I love the school colors. College football season is the best!


24 Shel@PeachyPalate September 3, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Mazen is officially the spitting image of you!! Must check out the book links, I’m in need of a good getaway type easy read!


25 Anna @ Fitness à la Anna September 3, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Sounds like you had a well-deserved weekend off! I have yet to try a bacon dessert, but that cupcake looks delish!


26 Katie @ Live Half Full September 3, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Violets of March is my favorite Sarah Jio book- enjoy!!!


27 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs September 3, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Mmmmm, beer tasting + cheese = heaven! What more could you ask for? :)

Looks like you had a great weekend!


28 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite September 3, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Long weekend are the BEST! and even better when your second half gets to be at home, too. Glad ou had a good weekend!


29 RunEatRepeat September 3, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Your house looks like a magazine. Can I come over?


30 KathEats September 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm

:) We were supposed to have a big slumber party here July 26!


31 Angela September 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Kath, you look great! You’ve done some writing about your journey back to pre-baby shape and what your eating/ doing and it’s working for you. You look fantastic! And your weekend looks like a wonderful time of family, fun, and food! I keep reading hoping that your love of greens will rub off on me… I’m still working on that!


32 leanne September 3, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Hi Kath, Just wanted to say after my negative feedback about the spate of sponsored posts- the last few posts you have done feel so much more real and are so much more enjoyable to read. I am not a big fan of advertising at the best of times unless done in a really creative and interesting way- so ‘normal posts’ ( if that makes sense) are what i read blogs for. Please keep it up, real life is much more interesting than the latest car gadget :) , le


33 Marissa@ohhhsolovely September 3, 2013 at 3:25 pm

what a nice well rounded weekend. you inspired me to have more gatherings including “new” friends, not just the usual gang! a cupcake with cookie dough frosting sounds like heaven right now!


34 Holly September 3, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Awww this whole post makes your life look so wonderfully idyllic – I really enjoyed reading it! And all the food looks beauuuutiful too. Fancy inviting me to brunch?!

partyatgatsbys.me x


35 Jessica September 3, 2013 at 4:55 pm

What a fun weekend! The bacon cupcake looks delish and you look fabulous! I still can’t believe you have an almost one year old and look so fit.


36 Katie September 3, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Looks like a nice weekend! What did you make for the brunch with your friends? Is it toast with melted Pepper Jack cheese?
The beer tasting looked delicious :-)


37 KathEats September 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm

Open faced grilled cheese, salad, watermelon and salmon burgers that were on the grill while I took snapshots


38 Leslie September 3, 2013 at 7:02 pm

It was great too meet you, Matt and Mazen! We loved Cville and we can’t wait to go back!


39 KathEats September 4, 2013 at 6:00 am

Fun to meet you too! Hope the rest of your stay was fabulous!


40 Hannah September 3, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Kath, I gotta say, sometimes I read your blogs just to see what outfits your wore during the week! The food is also a great bonus;) I love how you always were great colors. Can I ask, where do you do your clothing/jewelry shopping?


41 KathEats September 4, 2013 at 10:35 am

Ha, I am so not a fashionista! I shop mostly at LOFT and some at Old Navy, GAP, Banana. My colored shorts are all from LOFT!


42 Kathryn @ Mamacado September 3, 2013 at 7:21 pm

awww, love the photo of the back of Mazen’s head! So sweet. My Little Gal who is about his age also has a “mullet” but I’m not cutting it since she’s a girl! hoping it grows out nicely :)


43 Kevie September 3, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Hey Kath,

The beer sampler looks too good. I’m excited for fall because of the heavier and flavorful beer. The cupcakes look amazing, too. Beer and cupcakes, a few of my favorite things (not together). I also am loving the blue run in your porch/sun room, where did you get it from?


44 KathEats September 4, 2013 at 6:00 am

It’s from overstock.com.


45 Anne Weber-Falk September 3, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Here is a great documentary for the two of you. Different from your usual. Holes in my Shoes. It will make you laugh, cry, smile and leave you feeling good. Watch this!


46 KathEats September 4, 2013 at 5:59 am

That does look great!


47 Debbie @ Deb Runs September 3, 2013 at 9:08 pm

I love the colors in your living room. It’s so soothing and calming. I think I would stay curled up on that sofa reading non-stop! :-)


48 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 3, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Looks like such a fun weekend! And seriously that mini cupcake looks amazing (not the bacon one…bleh!)!


49 J September 3, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Have you ever tried the chocolate covered bacon at Bluegrass Grill. I finally bit the bullet and tried a bite, and it was strangely addicting! My son on the other hand said he would have just preferred the bacon next time!


50 KathEats September 4, 2013 at 5:52 am

I haven’t! We haven’t been there in ages and need to return


51 kristen @ verbs and vignettes September 3, 2013 at 10:25 pm

looks like a full + colorful labor day! just perfect. i love the mini beers + mini cupcakes.

and what is with all of these praying mantises? they are everywhere!!


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