July 27, 2008

G’Afternoon! We’re back from the lake, unpacking and such. Here’s the recap!

A Dark Snack

Picking up from our packed turkey sandwiches, the husband and I ate them and split our bag of raw veggies during Batman. I didn’t eat up eating my LaraBar but did have some Diet Coke and a handful of Andrew’s popcorn on a paper towel –


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I enjoyed Dark Knight but didn’t think it was anything particularly amazing like everyone hyped it up to be.

Southern BBQ Dinner

After the movie we went to dinner at a famous BBQ restaurant for some South Carolina style mustard BBQ. I ordered “pork and 3 sides” and chose corn, baked beans and green beans for my sides. I was impressed at how fresh the food tasted – the corn and beans weren’t drenched in butter and oil but tasted homemade. I ate all the corn, about half the bean cup, all of the green beans and about a third of the BBQ (the husband enjoyed my leftovers :) )


I also had half a roll –


When we got home that evening, we started a big jigsaw puzzle and I had a small mug of ice cream for a snack.


Saturday Morning Run

The husband and I got up early on Saturday to get in some exercise before we started the day. My cold was all in my head and we decided to just walk. But 15 minutes into the walk we were running again. We did another 4 miles or so.


Old Faithful

I made a yummy bowl of oatmeal with banana. Since we had plans to be out on the lake for a long time and I didn’t have much in the way of toppings, I made a half cup portion with all skim milk instead of half water. It was quite filling!

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup skim
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • Some granola from home

Plus a mug of coffee –


Hot Diggity

For lunch we cooked some dogs on the grill – AmyLu’s dogs! The husband went with his dad to get supplies and found these – he knew I’d be excited. We tried the Cranberry Cognac flavor – loved it!!


I snacked on a handful of wheat thins as we were making lunch.


I ate my sausage on a piece of bread for a roll –


We also made some baked beans and bulked them up with bell peppers. I had a half cup of those.


Plus two little baby plums –


From above –


And a wheat thin with cheese for dessert –


Loch Murray Monster

The boys were swimming off the dock when we had a surprise appearance by Walter the Water Snake = the reason I don’t like lakes!! He wasn’t some happy little snake on the surface – he was a big long one that was UNDERWATER and just hovered there right under the surface for a few moments before swimming into deeper, darker water. We think he has a nest on the dock, but needless to say I wasn’t going in the water this trip! We took the boat out and the boys did some skiing but I wasn’t up for being in the water in murky coves. But I did eventually swim off the boat in the middle of the lake where the water was over 50 feet deep. I treaded water for about 20 minutes and got in some refreshing exercise :mrgreen:

Cocktails on the Dock

Once back to shore, we had some drinks out on the dock while the sun set. I had a small glass of white wine, which was leftover from our rehearsal dinner last summer!

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The husband made some homemade guacamole while we prepped dinner. Basically just mashed avocados, chopped tomato, cumin, S+ P and lime juice.

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I had about 5 chips.

And a splash more wine –


My father in law makes excellent margaritas – a lake house tradition. I had one of those as well but couldn’t finish all of it –

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For dinner we had grilled pork tenderloin, salad, baked potato wedges and broccoli. And I had a small glass of red wine (too much alcohol last night!!)


Wine Munchies

They came on strong as we were cleaning up dinner and the open bag of chips called my name. I LOVE those gold-style chips. I probably had a serving size worth.


I ended the night with a piece of egg nog chocolate but I only had half because it wasn’t that great (I’m not a fan of white chocolate).


I did eat and drink more than I had planned this weekend, but limiting snacks and getting in a workout each day help carry me through special occasions.

Packing Up

We woke up stiff and sore this morning, so the husband and I decided on a walk instead of a run. We walked + talked for about 45 minutes and enjoyed the morning ambiance.

I made a half a cup of oats with half skim, half water, and half a banana this morning and had them with trail mix I brought from home on top.


Plus more coffee, which left me very nauseous for about 10-15 minutes upon finishing breakfast. I just can’t drink a full cup anymore!


I packed a half turkey, avocado, tomato and pepperjack sandwich to have in the car, plus the last of my baby plums.



I’ll end with a highlights video I made of the weekend!

NOTE: Panda isn’t really drinking beer – it’s just lake water in a bottle!

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1 VeggieGirl July 27, 2008 at 3:09 pm

Welcome back, Kath!! Glad you had a lovely trip.

The sausage (in that first photograph of it) is practically jumping through the computer screen!! Nice visual effect :0D

Eggnog chocolate?? Interesting!!


2 Justy2003 July 27, 2008 at 3:13 pm

Loved the video…looks like you had a great weekend vacation! Welcome back 😀


3 adria July 27, 2008 at 3:15 pm

there sure has been a lot of colds going around. my mom got one- probably from work since shes a nurse. i’ve been lucky/careful not to get one (yet?!) get better soon!


4 yadi July 27, 2008 at 3:16 pm

I’m not a fan of sausage or hot dogs, but what you had looks and sounds terrific. I agree with veggie girl… I’ll have to look closer at the market for something like that. Sounds like you had a great time. The snake thing freaks me out – glad you stayed out of the water – AGGHHHHH!


5 erica July 27, 2008 at 3:20 pm

Cute video! Thanks for sharing!!


6 Every Gym's Nightmare July 27, 2008 at 3:30 pm

haha i love the video. thats place looks amazing, glad you had a good time!

Panda is such an appropriate name- looks exactly like one.

more videos please!


7 hk July 27, 2008 at 3:37 pm

LOVE IT! that’s such a good documentary of a fun weekend!


8 JenP July 27, 2008 at 3:42 pm

I love sausage at barbeques. They’re such unique treats, and I’m not really a fan of hamburgers. I felt the same way about Batman, too. It was good, but even though I had *heard* it was going to be dark, I wasn’t expecting how intense it really was.

You look so relaxed, too! I love vacations. I’m starting graduate school for Library Science in the fall and hope to manage my schedule as well as you have!


9 Rahel July 27, 2008 at 3:45 pm

You two are really such a lovely (and trim!) couple. It’s nice to see other people our age hanging out with family. Here in the City (meaning NYC) we try to see my parents and my boyfriend’s parents once a week and a lot of our friends joke that we should “cut the cord.” Just because you’re close to your fam doesn’t mean you’re attached at the hip (or have to go out and be “seen” all the time!) There’s a thunderstorm here right now and we’re fixing to go over and have an early dinner and then stay in & play charades…gasp! Old school traditions!

Does anyone else ever feel this way?


10 Hayley July 27, 2008 at 3:57 pm

Loved all the pictures and video! I’m glad you enjoyed your trip and I agree with the others…it’s nice to see you so close to your families. :)


11 Michelle July 27, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Lovely post! I like that you run together! Very cool and excellent choice of food throughout the weekend!!!


12 Tracy July 27, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Kath! I love the video montage! It looks like you had a lot of fun. I love your white and blue striped shirt, where is it from?? And the cute green shoes!!! Love them! Have a happy Sunday!


13 ModelBehavior July 27, 2008 at 4:24 pm

Cute video Kath, I usually save puzzles for winter months but that made me want to pull one out!

Glad you had a fun vacation!


14 Sami July 27, 2008 at 4:36 pm

I’m back from Seattle today and I wanted to thank Every Gym’s Nightmare, SarahF, Hil, Carrie H, Sarah, BethT and Mellisa for their suggestions!

I tried Pikes Market [3 times! loved Le Panier and the fresh produce espically], Wild Ginger [black pepper scallops were awesome!] Lola [spiced lamb gyro] anddd Salumi [margherita sandwich with prosciutto] Needless to say, it was quite the foodie trip. =]

Also made it to Hoodsport. My aunt and uncle own a winery there. Really enjoyed picking oysters, clams and mussles from the beach and eating them minutes later!

You readers from Washington better know how good you’ve got it! Your produce is amazing! Cherries at Pikes- $1.99 vs. Kentucky cherries- $12.99 [for one pound]

Sorry, for the lengthy comment. I know I’m not the blogger on this site. =] But, my trip was just too good not to share.

P.S. I kinda miss the calories estimates from you, Kath. It was really helpful for me to visually match portion size to calories. I realize this adds more work for you but if you could, I’d really appreciate it. Does anyone else miss the estimates?


15 Sami July 27, 2008 at 4:38 pm

P.P.S. Kath, I’ve spent the last three hours reading the posts I’ve missed. You look like you’ve been having a lot of fun! =]


16 C July 27, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Welcome back, Kath! Looks like you had a great time!


17 magpie July 27, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Glad you had a good weekend :) I completely agree with you on the Dark Night – it was okay, but nowhere near as good as everyone has been saying it was. Have a good night!


18 Debbie July 27, 2008 at 4:45 pm

It’s just not the same without you, so welcome back!

Loved the pics and glad you had a nice time at the lake. Oh what a beautiful place.


19 Brittany July 27, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Great video – I’m glad you had a good time! That homemade gauc is calling me name.


20 mom July 27, 2008 at 4:56 pm

Jen P,

Kath’s mom here. I have an MSLS. Where are you starting library school (what we called it in the old days.) What type of librarianship do you want to do?


21 Faye July 27, 2008 at 5:01 pm

Just wanted to say that you’re such an inspiration! You look so great and I can’t wait until I lose all the weight I gained in college and be as trim as you are!


22 Jennifer July 27, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Welcome home. Looks like you had a great weekend. I think I’m craving BBQ now.
Also, great video. The “Oatmeal Action Shot” was hilarious!


23 Heather July 27, 2008 at 5:32 pm

Hi Kath, Looks like a fun summer weekend. Quick question – were the beans with the peppers baked beans from a can or did you make them yourself? One more question, if you made them yourself, can you share how?



24 Gliding Calm July 27, 2008 at 5:36 pm

Haha! That video is hilarious!! I love the spoonful of oatmeal coming to the lense, and the song & doggies were hilarious. Sounds like some fun summer memories!!

P.S. I’m so glad Matt uses cumin in his guac! Not enough people do! (I use both cumin AND ground coriander…try it! It’s amazing!)


25 JenP July 27, 2008 at 5:48 pm

Kath’s mom,
I’m starting a 2 year full time program at Simmons College in Boston in September. I originally majored in English (graduated in 2005) and then starting a master’s program in Secondary Ed while teaching high school English for a year and a half before I realized that teaching wasn’t for me. I love books, English, and literature too much to teach them to high school students who don’t appreciate it. It was making me miserable so I decided to do something about it. I’d ideally love to work in a public library either as a Children’s or an Adolescent Librarian. I’m really excited to start my new career. Wow, this turned into a novel.

And I know I’m a recent delurker, but Kath, its amazing how alike we are—organized, detailed, fitness fiends, etc. I also was married last June–its been nice following along with your newlywed year as we enjoyed ours!


26 babycakes July 27, 2008 at 6:19 pm


I’m at Simmons right now getting my masters in advanced practice nursing to become a nurse practitioner. Welcome to the school! Are you from Boston? (I am). Perhaps we’ll run into eachother!

Kath, loved the video. You and Matt are just too cute! So glad you all had such a great time! :)


27 Rose July 27, 2008 at 6:28 pm

I loved the video – especially the part where you are spooning the oatmeal to your mouth! Hahah. That cracked me up!

Where do you get your workout gear? I am looking for some new tops/shorts, and I always love your running clothes!


28 Jada July 27, 2008 at 6:29 pm

I do enjoy your blog once in a while-thanks.
No offense please but I find it so extreme to feel you have to actually take a photo of the bit of popcorn at movie theatre.Honestly you don’t have to take a photo of every single thing you consume-it doesn’t seem healthy ,it seems a bit obsessive to me.
I honestly don’t feel that is necessary.What would you do if you forgot your camera one day?!(honestly we would all survive!)
Thanks for letting us enjoy your blog.I just would like people to be slightly less obsessed about their food recording.
Thanks for listening to my thoughts,Jada


29 Tara July 27, 2008 at 6:30 pm

In defense of The Dark Knight…er hem, it was awesome. Loved it.

Just had to say that! (-;

Great post Kath! Very cute striped shirt!!!


30 Chelsea July 27, 2008 at 6:47 pm

It looks like you had fun! The video was too cute-I’m going to need to learn how to do that 😉


31 sarah July 27, 2008 at 6:57 pm

oh the video was ADORABLE! i want to do that with more of our vacations — we did a 6 minute one for our hawaiian honeymoon and have watched it SO many times since — so nice to have that tangible piece of memorabilia.

off to asheville tomorrow :) i’ll be sure to report back on the laughing seed and cucina 24!


32 Melissa July 27, 2008 at 7:10 pm

looks like you had a great trip! i’m glad you had so much fun!

and you’ve discovered badminton!!! I’ve been playing it for years…it’s the “funnest” when at least a few of the players are a little tipsy…HILARIOUS! Hope you’re able to play it again soon!


33 Jenn July 27, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Ah such a great video :) It looks like a great weekend – although I’m with you on the lake water. I love tubing, but not so much the free swimming. Too many possibilities to rub up against something slimy! **shudders**


34 Little Black Dress July 27, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Kath, what a fabulous weekend! As I look forward to my future, I hope to be able to enjoy family with my husband as often as you do- you guys have so much fun!


35 Little Black Dress July 27, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Also, Kath, your reflections on your weekend celebrations are really helpful to me. I like how you make sure to exercise and don’t snack as much on the weekends but enjoy cocktails and extra servings of delicious things like Gold tortilla chips. I overindulged a little this weekend, but surrounding myself with healthy role models like you makes me ok with it, and I will go back to my normal oatmeal and salads routine tomorrow!

Oh and your vid is Fabulous. I swear, Food Network is going to be knocking on your door sooooo soon.


36 Alison July 27, 2008 at 7:36 pm

Your weekend looks awesome! I love lake houses and I’m so jealous!


37 Claire July 27, 2008 at 7:37 pm

It looks like you had such an amazing time with your husbands side of the family. I loved the badminton part of your video. It looked like so much fun!

I know how you feel about eating and drinking a little bit more with family. I always feel like I need to refresh (not detox) my daily diet when I get home.


38 Penney July 27, 2008 at 7:48 pm

I love how the CHICKEN sausage package declares it’s PORK-FREE status. :-)


39 bethb July 27, 2008 at 7:58 pm

I know that Kath says she is starting to delete some comments that may go against her, so I hope that this is not considered one. I have to say for all of l the exercising you did over your holiday, just like you do everyday,and it has occurred to me that you have NEVER taken a day off from any kind of exercise, you really did not eat that much food. Sure you took lots of pictures of food and drinks, but you did not finish all the food. I am not saying that you always have to clean your plate, but to say you have indulged this weekend, but only ate a hand full of popcorn , one slice of cheese with one wheat thin, one small chocolate bar, a serving or chips, and a few drinks sounds very restrictive to me. Plus you had a cold and never fully let your body rest.


40 JD July 27, 2008 at 8:05 pm


I agree somewhat with you and also hope comments like yours aren’t immediately deleted as I think they DO contribute to discussion. I was wondering the same thing about rest days. Sometimes with my fitness obsessed friends at the gym I have to remind myself that there are people out there who do not HAVE to work out every single day. It’s kinda weird how wrapped up in it you can get (I did). And the strangest thing is that people used to compliment me so much more before I got thin from working out religiously. I have had to convince myself breaks are okay and now I work out 4-5 days per week and feel great.

And I agree about tiny morsels of food. I am not saying anyone needs to shove food down their throats on vacation but if you use the word “indulge” I, for one, think the standard definition would include more than a handful of popcorn too.

All this said, this is just my $.02 and I love the blog. I made Kath’s shrimp and grits recipe this weekend and everyone loved it, and am going to make husband’s bagels (if I don’t screw them up:)


41 Chris July 27, 2008 at 8:08 pm

Kath: I don’t blame you one bit for not wanting to get in that lake. I didn’t realize that snakes hung out in lakes…this may be worse than a roach in my book!

Love the highlights video. The badminton part looks old fashioned…very cool. Whoever the Chi Omega is in the group (noticed the letters on a swag shirt), I’m sending a shout out to you, sister! I was a Chi O at Arizona State.

I could eat a whole bag of those gold chips, hence the current weight loss effort here 😉


42 mom July 27, 2008 at 8:16 pm

Jen P,

Simmons is a great school. And have fun with children’s and YA lit. I love them both.


43 Kath July 27, 2008 at 8:37 pm

Thanks all!

Tracy ,
The shirt is Old Navy, shoes are Lands End :)

Sami ,
I thought they were helpful too, but since I’m not logging meals any more it would be a lot of extra work. If you have any questions about a particular meal though, feel free to ask and I’ll do the math.

Heather ,
They were from a can. I don’t remember the brand, but the nutritional info/ingredients wasn’t all that bad. I might have to investigate buying some canned baked beans for myself because I do like them. Making them from scratch would be fun too, but a whole lot more labor intensive 😉

Rose ,
I get most of my stuff from Target, but that orange tank was a NIKE one I got super on sale once.

Jada ,
I actually think the small handfuls are sometimes the most important photos – it shows that I do have whatever I want but often in small portions. I take bites of things (such as the husband’s entrees in restaurants) or a cracker or two without recording them in photo but will always mention and/or photograph anything that I think is significant to my daily intake. The blog is about balance – how to balance what my mind + mouth crave verses what my body craves.

sarah ,
Have fun in A-ville!!

bethb ,
I am not deleting your comment because it’s polite, so thank you for that. I’ve always welcomed criticism – just not from rude or obnoxious people.

You say I NEVER take a day off of exercise? Do I really need to search my archives for examples of times when I haven’t set foot outside? Sure there are lots of days that I “take off” and still go walking (today, for example) but while walking IS exercise, I consider leisurely walking to be part of a healthy rest day. If my body needed 100% immobile rest, I’d give it to it. But since it doesn’t, why be completely sedentary?

“Indulge” for me just means I listened to my mind + mouth more than my body. It can mean enjoying a few extra snacks, desserts or drinks on vacation when I’m not hungry for them at all, or eating at a buffet until I’m stuffed sick. To me, it’s the opposite of eating mindfully.



44 MKM July 27, 2008 at 9:20 pm

It looks like you had a lot of fun, and you and the husband still look cute after your run! :)


45 Jessica July 27, 2008 at 9:32 pm

looks like you had a lot of fun on vacation! i’m jealous of all this traveling going on lol… thought it was funny to see you say you hadn’t tried a fresh apricot before- i said the very same thing just today…. put it on my grocery list!


46 Jada July 27, 2008 at 10:15 pm

I appreciate your reply Kath!

You know I think the aspect of some blogs that somehow bothers me is when people make sure to tell us they only ate a third of something or only had 5 chips or something.Something about this seems almost too controlled-I almost wonder if food blogitis will become a new form of eating disorder in future…with people trying to show to each other what control they had/how little they ate/or obsessively checking other’s blogs to see who ate what.
(kath I am not accusing you of any of this!!)
There is just something about this that feels worrisome-like if you indulgences are really indulgences then I must be really out of control!
Ah well,I don’t want this to sound negative.I truly enjoy your blog recipes and think you are very dedicated to it and sincere.
It will be interesting to see how many years you do this,and if you will ever get fed up with photographing almost everything you eat 365 days a year.I am curious how much time a day you spend blogging,and is are you able to make this into a job/income at all?It is a big commitment.
Thanks for the reply.And this is just meant as a general comment on food blogs.I am not directing it specifically at you-just interested in what you and others thing about it all and if you find any of it slightly obsessive compulsive(meaning the food blogs out there!)
Thanks for allowing me to comment Kath!Jada


47 Kath July 28, 2008 at 8:38 am

Jada ,
Because of the nature of that blog {food dairy style}, I think it is important to note not just what you eat but how much. Not because others should eat the same portions, but because “how much” plays a role in understanding the overall balance in my diet.

I do spend a lot of time working on the blog (about 90% of that is answering and reading comments!) and yes, I do consider it a part-time job. The income makes the time investment worthwhile. This blog started as a creative outlet and has turned into a business. Since my readership has grown so much, therefore increasing the time I spend on it, I would not be able to put the time into it that I do if I weren’t getting some compensation. It’s wonderful that I have created a part-time job that doesn’t feel like work (most of the time!)

For me, food blogging is all about the creativity. In photography, in writing, in cooking. I look forward to each photo and think about how I can share it with readers in a way that makes the food/setting interesting. I personally don’t find anything obsessive about it – it’s fun.



48 Emily July 28, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Great answers Kath! I really appreciate how calm and thoughtfully you respond to people.


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