Love Fridays

October 3, 2008

I think like Fridays more than Saturdays. I like that I have Organic in the morning so I get up and get going, but I’m done by 10 and come home and have the rest of the day in front of me to get organized for the weekend. There’s no pressure to go out and do things (like Saturday) and no pressure to do school work (Sunday).

I went for an easy run when I got back this morning and mentally prepared for my race tomorrow. It was GORGEOUS out there. I did the 4-mile loop we do for short runs. It was sad wrapping up my run when I still have energy to burn, but I need to conserve my stores so I’m on fire tomorrow at 7:29:29 AM. While sports nutrition doesn’t <I>really</I> matter for a < 30 minute race, it’s still good to give your body every chance it’s got, so I’m going to aim to eat more calories today to ensure my glycogen stores are as filled up as they can be when I go to bed. A pre-race CHO snack will hopefully bring me back up from overnight depletion. We’re planning to come back to our house post-race for an oatmeal breakfast!

After my run, I did extra stretching, then showered and did some cleaning before coming down for lunch. I decided to finish off the chili from last night after putting most of it in freezer bags for another week. I use thicker freezer bags and label them with the soup and portion and freeze them on a cookie sheet so they’ll be stack-able flat when they’re frozen.


After packaging up two bags, I had about 2/3 a cup of chili left, which I bulked up with some leftover beans and goat cheese on top!


I also knew I wanted to center lunch around another fabulous homemade ciabatta bun! Broiled with some EVOO and kosher salt sprinkle


And lastly, a kiwi



I’m off to study and then make a trip to either Trader Joe’s or Costco or both (in opposite directions, but I could use stuff from both) to get a bunch of bananas + salad ingredients for this weekend’s oatmeal. I simmered some spelt berries while I ate lunch, so those are good to go!

Enjoy the first weekend in the best month ever!

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1 magpie October 3, 2008 at 12:52 pm

Have a great weekend! And enjoy TJ’s and Costco – I love Fridays too, when it’s barely the weekend and there’s so much time ahead of you.


2 Bridget October 3, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Such a cute plate!!! Also great idea about freezing the bags on a cookies sheet…stackable items are so much handier :)


3 Meghann October 3, 2008 at 12:55 pm

I love Fridays too. I usually get to leave work earlier on Fridays, so it makes the day feel like it goes by soo much faster :)


4 Danielle October 3, 2008 at 1:04 pm

Love, love, love Fridays too! And your chili looks amazing! Have a great day :)


5 Tina October 3, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Right on about October! I love it too! I still think you guys should come visit us in Boston to see the fall foliage! :)


6 Angela October 3, 2008 at 1:23 pm

Hey everyone!

I am baking a birthday cake for my MIL this weekend….I am looking for a superb cake recipe made from scratch (icing too!). If anyone has one to suggest I would really appreciate it!!

I have had trouble in the past with making cakes from scratch that turn out too dry. I don’t want to resort to a boked cake mix, but they always seem to turn out so nice and moist!

Thanks :)


7 Megan October 3, 2008 at 1:24 pm

Boy that ciabatta looks good. Hope your studying goes well!


8 Andrea (Off Her Cork) October 3, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Love the plate! And Fridays are my favorite days too! 😀


9 runjess October 3, 2008 at 1:32 pm

The most important part about sports nutrition the night before a short race is just to make sure you don’t eat anything that upsets your stomach. And no grease, but you don’t eat much of that anyway.


10 Julie October 3, 2008 at 1:33 pm

I have a cracker recommendation for you. They are so tasty, light and crunchy AND I think they are sold at Costco.

Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers

They contain quinoa, amaranth seeds and flax seeds. The main ingredient is brown rice flour, which makes for a very light and crisp cracker.

A great snack is a handful of Crunchmaster crackers with onion dip made with 0% Fage mixed with vegetarian onion soup mix. I know you don’t like onions, so you could make a savory Fage dip with red pepper flakes, garlic, curry, pesto, etc. etc.


11 VeggieGirl October 3, 2008 at 1:36 pm


Mmm, kiwis!! :-)

Good luck studying, and have fun at Trader Joe’s/Costco!!


12 Amanda October 3, 2008 at 1:51 pm

Looks like a delicious and filling lunch! And that bread looks amazing!

Love reading your blog. :-)


13 Jane October 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm


Check out They have awesome recipes for cakes and all kinds of desserts.


14 BethT October 3, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Angela, this recipe is excellent and SO MOIST.

It is also relatively easy to make.


15 Allison K October 3, 2008 at 2:10 pm

cute Ginkgo Biloba Plate!


16 smilesara October 3, 2008 at 2:11 pm

hey kath –
two questions:
1.i’m not sure if it’s just me, but the website isn’t refreshing content after each post when you go to — you have to click on the banner (or refresh) to see the new post, even when it’s been up for hours….has anyone else reported that to you?

2.about the freezer bags – i saw you labeled the calories on there — have you started counting calories again?



17 Biz October 3, 2008 at 2:52 pm

It’s nice to have days like that where its anything goes. I love the weekends when I have NOWHERE to go!

Good luck in your race tomorrow! As for my 5K coming up in a couple weeks, my goal is to just finish it! 😀


18 madison (follow my weigh) October 3, 2008 at 3:09 pm

i notice you eat the skins of your kiwis…never tried that!


19 Emily October 3, 2008 at 3:14 pm

What is the distance of your race tomorrow? Good luck!!


20 Kath October 3, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Angela ,
My grandmother’s hot milk cake is in the right sidebar. Although it seems like a specialty cake, it’s really just a perfectly moist vanilla cake. The icing is fabulous too!

Julie ,
Bummer I didn’t get your comment in time! I’ll look for them in non-bulk size first.

smilesara ,
I haven’t experienced any sidebar issues nor has anyone reported them. Anyone else having this problem?

And, nooooo, I am not counting calories. Don’t you think you guys would be the FIRST people I would tell? Really, if I do any major diet changes, I will tell you.

I labeled the soups because I might have them 3 months from now and would want to know if I’m having a 150 kcal portion or a 400 kcal portion. It’s hard to remember the ingredients and preparation technique to know what kind of soup you’re about to defrost months after you make it, and the flat shape makes it hard to know if it’s 1 cup or 3 cup’s worth, esp. if you only have one size in stock.

madison (follow my weigh),
The skins are really good!! Good chew texture :)




21 Em October 3, 2008 at 3:25 pm

I’m sure you know this, but you are SO lucky to have a husband shares your food interests. If I walked in to my boyfriend baking fresh bread I think I would faint from the shock! It’s just a whole piece of your life that I don’t think most women get to share with their significant other, or at least I don’t :(

FYI I’m sure many here also read Eat Live Run. Jenna just posted about how she’s strongly supporting McCain/Palin, and even though her blog is all about food, I don’t know if I can read it anymore! It’s so funny how you feel like you “know” someone from their blog and then realize that you really don’t. I feel so betrayed!


22 Heather October 3, 2008 at 3:48 pm

Good luck on your race tomorrow :)


23 chandra October 3, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Good luck with the 5K!! I know you’ve been looking forward to this for awhile now, so have tons of fun!! :-)


24 Katelyn October 3, 2008 at 5:59 pm

How do you know how many calories are in the bags? Does the recipe come with nutritional info? But, if there is some sneaky way of figuring out how many cals are in homemade recipes, I would love to know!


25 madison (follow my weigh) October 3, 2008 at 6:01 pm

heh i guess i’ll have to try it! (the skins of the kiwi), i normally just scoop out the “meat” with a spoon.


26 Kath October 3, 2008 at 6:02 pm


This is what I do for soups:

Estimate total calories in the whole pot. Last night’s was about 1200.

Then I portion everything out of the pot into a) our bowls b) storage containers. While doing this I could how many ladles it made. Last night’s was an easy, round 10.

So each ladle is roughly 120 calories. I had 2 for dinner. 1 bag had 2 and one had 3. And the husband had 3.

It’s obviously not perfect because some ladles have more chunks and some more liquids, but it’s a fast easy way to estimate.



27 Gliding Calm October 3, 2008 at 6:06 pm

Oh Kath! You are SO inspiring to me. Do you know that everytime I clean my house, I tell myself things like “Kath would know how to do this.” or “Kath would do this better.” From your preparation and organization, to your cooking- your stacking frozen soups, your time management, your creativity. You are like a WAY COOLER Martha Stewart. She bugs me.

Anyways, I just wanted to say how amazing and inspiring it is to read how you live your life….sometimes people are complimented enough for the little things! I just think it’s so awesome! GREAT JOB K! Haha I would give you a star! And just a Q~ were you always that way? Always neat & organized? Or did you suddenly switch? Were you the girl in 3rd grade that had the organized pencil box that every one wanted? And the student with the perfectly neat sectioned notebook?! I was probably more neat in that sense than I am now. But having some time would help!!

Anyways, sheesh! Sorry to ramble! Just wanted to give you a BRAVO! and THANK YOU, because it really does give me a kick in the pants to try strive to be cleaner/neater/healthier…etc.

happy rest of your Friday!!!!!!


28 Gliding Calm October 3, 2008 at 6:07 pm

sometimes people aren’t*** complimented enough



29 MWS October 3, 2008 at 6:22 pm

I second Gliding Calm! GO KATH! hip hip hooray for team organization and eating healthy and working out despite a crammed schedule, hehe! you are an inspiration and I hope ya realize soooo many of us have picked up some better habits from this blog :)

wishing you a strong run for your 5k tomorrow! you’ll rock it!


30 emmy October 3, 2008 at 6:38 pm

(I hope this doesn’t spark another comment because this IS kath’s blog but)

Em – when did she say that? unless she’s updated all the site says is excitment over the debate.


31 Katy October 3, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Where did Jenna say she supported Palin? I can’t find what you’re referring to :) thanks


32 anon October 3, 2008 at 6:58 pm

Emmy and Katy-
Near the end of the comments section of the “Quiche-licious” post.

I think it’s quite silly that someone would not continue to enjoy her great FOOD blog because they disagree about her politics?! she’s not forcing them on you??? as she said, she wants her blog to be a nice place to talk about FOOD! 😛


33 caitlin (seebriderun) October 3, 2008 at 7:48 pm

you are so organized i love it!


34 Kath October 3, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Thanks guys 😳



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