Message In A Bottle

December 16, 2012


Deconstructed French toast again – an egg over easy on the side plus apple whole wheat toast with smashed banana, sunbutter, coconut and sprinkles. FYI, 1/3 tsp sprinkles = 1 gram of sugar. Way, way less than other toppings, like pumpkin butter or jam. They’re just for fun this time of year!




Maze and I played for a while, and napped, and drank milk.


And after his lunch, we headed over to Trader Joe’s for some grocery shopping, followed by a visit to Whole Foods where we met Hillary!


Salad bar madness


I had a mix of veggies, salmon niçoise, and lots of tofu. Man I love tofu!


Plus this guy, which was not fizzy at all and I was able to return him for a much better bottle. The customer service guy was very nice and said there’s a consistency problem with the company, but it was probably still in the spectrum of “good.”


Maze slept, then played

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When we got home we went for a walk around town and to the bank. He napped, I chatted with my mom.


Then Matt came home!



After his afternoon snack, I let the boys play and went to make bourbon balls { <– recipe!} with this guy:


Loveeee Maker’s!!


Everyone in our family loves bourbon, so it reminds me of my childhood. I remember my mom used to make bourbon balls for our big Christmas party every year and I would eat them thinking they were regular cookies (I guess my mom wasn’t watching!?) and thought they were SO gross!! But deep down I was forming a life-long love of bourbon. We drank a bourbon from 1918 at my grandfather’s funeral and had a Manhattan toast at my cousin’s wedding.


We have two parties to attend in the next few days, so we’ll be toting these along to share.


I had a ball as an afternoon snack


After Maze woke up from his nap and I fed him once more, we headed out on a triple date. We had some holiday shopping to do at Beer Run and decided just to have dinner there while we were out.


Tastes of the good stuff: a local wheat beer by Devil’s Backbone and Matt had the Dogfish Barleywine



I ordered the roasted veggie salad for dinner, and Matt had the Evergreen. We shared the Fish n Chips on top of each –




Fish on salad assembled:


Back home, watching ELF and snuggled up!

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1 Mom December 16, 2012 at 9:13 am

First time seeing those darling hands hold the pages of a book.

You and Hillary look like sisters!

Hooray for bourbon and happy family memories!


2 Emily December 19, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I noticed and loved that too! It just gets more and more fun. And when they start turning the pages……ahhh, I melt.

Kids are the best. Yours is a sweetie. Keep up the great work!


3 lisa fine December 16, 2012 at 9:15 am

Whole Foods had excellent customer service. In one or two occasions I’ve bought body products that left my skin irritated, and as long as I had my receipt, they took them back, no questions asked. Very cool.


4 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles December 16, 2012 at 9:34 am

Can you believe that I’ve never had a bourbon ball! Not even quite sure I’ve even had the opportunity to try one! ….Guess I’m missing out!!!


5 Mom December 16, 2012 at 10:14 am

Whenever I serve them at a party, I always find a few left on plates. Must not be to everyone’s tastes, but give them a try sometime. This is pretty close to the recipe that I use except that mine calls for 1/4 cup of corn syrup.


6 chris December 16, 2012 at 9:50 am

I second your Mom’s opinion! Also love seeing Maze (almost) jumping on the bed! And you’ve given me a great idea for eating out when a salad just isn’t enough, thanks :-) Happy Sunday.


7 [email protected] December 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

I love Whole Foods salad bar! The bourbon balls sound good and I have to admit I’ve never had one.


8 Lee December 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

I’ve had issues with that type of kombucha being flat too but I never thought to return or exchange it for some reason.


9 Liz Dean December 16, 2012 at 9:53 am

That pic of Mazen standing while your hubby is holding him is SO cute!
And we love, love Elf. Sam has watched it four times already (he’s three next month) He loves whe the racoon jumps on buddy. :) One of our favs.


10 Alex December 16, 2012 at 9:54 am

Can we have the recipe? Those look amazing!


11 KathEats December 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

Just added it!! Sorry I forgot the link


12 Kristen @ Change of Pace December 16, 2012 at 9:55 am

Maze’s outfits are so cute! You look amazing by the way! I can’t believe you just had a baby :)


13 Michelle December 16, 2012 at 10:09 am

I’ve never had a bourbon ball either! Can you post the recipe? I’d love to try them.


14 KathEats December 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

Just added it up!


15 Julia H. @ Live Young & Prosper December 16, 2012 at 10:12 am

I like your “Votes For Women” mug…is there a story behind it or anything?


16 KathEats December 16, 2012 at 10:15 am

Nothing special – I bought it at one of the Newport mansions


17 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 16, 2012 at 10:29 am

Whole Foods AND Trader Joe’s in one day is pretty great, haha my two favorite grocery stores! And Bourbon balls sound delicious to me (and yes, I’m trying not to giggle saying that but it’s too hard).


18 Lynn @ the actor's diet December 16, 2012 at 10:30 am

TJ’s whole foods elf = happiness


19 Jeri December 16, 2012 at 10:33 am

I’m making bourbon balls today as well. But I want to make sugar cookies first. Might put it off til tomorrow so that I can get it all done tomorrow. Cookies, bourbon balls, rum cake, peanut butter kisses cookie.

I love to bake at the holidays!!


20 Lisa December 16, 2012 at 10:44 am

Ha- we watched ELF last night too! :)


21 Katrina December 16, 2012 at 10:47 am

I’ve been meaning to comment about reading to Mazen. I want to thank you for showing and featuring reading books on your day-to-day thoughts. I know your mother is a childrens’ book author and you come from a well-read home, but not everyone realizes the importance of reading to babies. Whether a child has been read to during his/her first 5 years is THE BIGGEST INDICATOR of kindergarten readiness, across the board, regardless of nationality or first language. Even if a child attends preschool for one year, he/she is still cognitively disadvantaged if he has not been read to (and second most important….talked TO/WITH, not talked AT, if that makes sense) during his first five years. And, the first year is the most important. That is when cognitive brain development is growing or stagnating. Just by reading to Mazen, you are setting him up for success, teaching him to appreciate reading, and creating lasting memories. Kudos to you and thank you for showing it to others.


22 KathEats December 16, 2012 at 11:09 am

: )


23 Mom December 17, 2012 at 8:59 am

Fun comment! I saw it with my own kids, but it’s been cool to see again with Maze, how well babies respond at an early age to books.


24 Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles December 16, 2012 at 10:48 am

Watching Elf is a perfect way to end the day!


25 Rosie @ rosalicious December 16, 2012 at 10:51 am

So you do know Kevin is from Kentucky and we are only like the biggest Bourbon lovers EVER too, right? :) (I mean, our wifi name is even “bourbon lovers”). My grandma always had bourbon balls at Christmas – I’ve never made them, though! Maybe I should whip up a batch today!

I bought that polar bear outfit Maze has on for Linden – so cute!


26 KathEats December 16, 2012 at 11:08 am

Apparently the Kentucky originals are not made with Nila wafers…but I’m not sure what they ARE made with? Graham crackers? Maybe Kevin knows? Come over and I’ll feed you one!


27 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles December 16, 2012 at 10:56 am

I grew up withmy mom making Rum Balls…same idea minus the nuts, add the rum and then we rolled them in dutch chocolate sprinkles. She only made them at Christmas time…love the memories. Yummy!


28 Amilja December 16, 2012 at 11:01 am

Sorry to ask. What dows FYI mean?


29 KathEats December 16, 2012 at 11:07 am

for your information : )


30 Amilja December 16, 2012 at 11:02 am

I mean does (not dows).


31 Sara @ fitcupcaker December 16, 2012 at 11:38 am

elf is great!! Those balls look good too :)


32 Alex @ Raw Recovery December 16, 2012 at 11:46 am

That’s good to know about the consistency problem with that brand of Kombucha. As it happens, I have a bottle of the same brand sitting right next to me at this very moment, but it’s the citrus flavor. Maze just keeps getting cuter :) I love the movie, Elf! It’s my favorite Christmas movie


33 K December 17, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I wonder what:s going on with GT’s! I had two bottles in my fridge this week, tried the new cherry chia, which was fine, and one gingerade. i had the ginger one yesterday and noticed it seemed much less fizzy than normal as well. I usually get the multi-green though, so I had chalked it up to that.


34 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 16, 2012 at 11:59 am

Oh wow I want a bourbon ball for breakfast :) They look so good! I love a good nobake dessert that you can get your sugar and alcohol fix on, all in one…perfect! :)

And that’s so random about the ‘booch being THAT inconsistent between bottles. I mean it is a handmade beverage so to speak, but that’s crazy there is that much variation between bottles.


35 Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian December 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Never heard of bourbon balls…or Kombucha.


36 Aja December 16, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Maze is getting so big. I love that you put sprinkles on your breakfast.


37 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way December 16, 2012 at 2:02 pm

That flavor of Kombucha is great! I love the cranberry one though…especially around the holidays!!! It’s perfectly tart!


38 lindsay @ Fuel My Famil December 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm

LOVE that expression on Maze’s face…i love how they have their own personailities at such a young age!


39 Anna @ On Anna's Plate December 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I’ve never made bourbon balls…but now I want to. :-) We had a similar situation where my mom didn’t know that my sister and I were drinking the (alcoholic) milk punch on Christmas morning as children. Ha…whoops!


40 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Whole Foods’ salad bar is heaven!


41 Nicole @ December 16, 2012 at 3:45 pm

That fish looks so tasty. Thanks for the bourbon balls recipe…I have been looking for a good one.


42 danielle December 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Hey, it’s time to take the newborn insert out of the chicco carseat! This one is good up to 11 pounds. I took mine out recently, and baby is much more comfy!


43 KathEats December 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm

We did when he crested 11 pounds – that’s just the head support (which I read can stay in indefinitely).


44 Danielle December 16, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Good to know. I took out the whole thing, thinking it was all part of the insert. She seems to dig it with no head support right now, but I might give it a try.


45 KathEats December 16, 2012 at 5:40 pm

We actually might take the head support out soon too – his head does seem to be growing (and he doesn’t really need the support)


46 Jenny @ For Your Consideration December 16, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Mazen totally does call to mind (a young handsome) Elvis in that pic with your husband. Love it!


47 Sam December 16, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Will you share your favorite bourbon drink recipe?


48 KathEats December 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Definitely a Manhattan:

1-1/2 parts bourbon (Maker’s is my very fav)
1/2 part sweet vermouth
1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice
1 maraschino cherry

Or the lazy girl’s Manhattan:

1 ounce of Maker’s, a lot of cherry juice, two cherries, all over ice.


49 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I love to festive sprinkles on your toast – so fun! And i honestly love the story of the bourbon balls and bourbon in your family. Growing up my family always drank Glugg but by the time I was old enough to drink it, they weren’t making it. This year, I’ve been told a family member is bringing Glugg to our party and I’m so excited to try it for the first time! To me it reminds me of Christmas as a kid and I’ve never even had it. 😉


50 A. December 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm

“Everyone in our family loves bourbon, so it reminds me of my childhood.”

I know what you mean, but the idea of bourbon reminding you of childhood gave me a chuckle. LIke something Jack Donaghy would say on 30 Rock. Oh, Kath!


51 KathEats December 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm

Haha. Love Jack Donaghy!


52 Danielle December 16, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Looking back at your post about your grandpa’s funeral, you had a picture up of your grandparents holding you as a baby. Maze looks so much like you as a baby! Crazy!


53 KathEats December 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm

Awww : ) I’m going to go look now too


54 Verenique B December 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm

oooo! i LOVE burbon balls!! they taste good rolled in cocoa powder :)
and i LOVE elf!! deff a good christmas movie! good laughs :) enjoy! :)


55 JoJo December 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm

I love whole foods! I wish I could shop there everytime!
Maze is so adorable, it’s nice that they sleep a lot when they are little. It’s hard to eat out with my daughter(19 months) now that she wants to run around constantly!


56 Jen December 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Isn’t that egg over hard? I thought over easy still had runny yolk, but now I’m questioning it.


57 KathEats December 16, 2012 at 8:55 pm

You’re correct… There was runny yolk underneath/inside.


58 Nicole December 16, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Hi Kath! I LOVE kombucha too. I’m curious, as a food blogger, if you could be more specific about where it fell on your “good” spectrum. Would you buy it again? Details when you talk about your delicious food would be so helpful!!


59 KathEats December 16, 2012 at 9:36 pm

I didn’t think it was very good – it was totally flat. But the customer service guy said it was probably not defective since they consider flat bottles to still be “good for sale.” Does that make sense?


60 Nicole December 16, 2012 at 10:22 pm

I thought the customer service guy gave you a new bottle that wasn’t flat? How was that?


61 KathEats December 17, 2012 at 1:12 am

Oh I see. Generally I love the green flavor because it’s not sweet at all, but I was afraid of getting another flat one from the same batch so I got cranberry instead and loved that. Nice and tart!


62 Katherine December 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I also love the Multi-green kombucha and noticed the flatness as well. Synergy now has two different lines of kombucha. The “over 21” kombucha (as listed on the seal around the lid) comes in the same flavors but has the effervescence from the fermentation that used to be found in every bottle of Synergy kombucha. If you love the fizziness, definitely look for the “over 21” bottles. Have yet to buy one without the fizz.


63 KathEats December 21, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Ahhh I didn’t know they had two kinds. Thanks for the tip


64 [email protected] December 17, 2012 at 7:54 am

The bourbon balls look yummy as does the roasted veggie salad. Sounds like a great day!


65 [email protected] December 17, 2012 at 9:01 am

Sprinkles make everything better!


66 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio December 17, 2012 at 9:29 am

Oh my goodness! That photo of Maze on the bed is SO cute!! Awesome eats.


67 Jana Gach December 17, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Maker’s is my husband’s favorite too! I will definitely have to try out the bourbon ball recipe as a holiday surprise!


68 Lisa December 19, 2012 at 9:29 am

Hi Kath – new reader, but just had a question (though you sort of address it). Why would you put sprinkles on your toast? I realize it has little sugar, I’m just curious. I’ve noticed that you do it often, not just when it is festive? I’m just curious.

Also, I love GT’s kombucha – theirs is the best!


69 KathEats December 19, 2012 at 9:39 am

I do it about 10 times a year for festivities. Fall sprinkles in fall, a few Christmas in December and birthday on birthdays. No biggie!


70 Lisa December 19, 2012 at 9:41 am

I find a lot of bloggers tend to make really random combos for breakfast (and sometimes other meals). Maybe I’m too simple, then, for liking basic toast with nut butter!


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