Midsummer Lately

July 2, 2014

We are livin’ up summer over here! Remind me of this post in the dead of winter. From pool trips to vacations to amazing berries, peaches, watermelon and tomatoes, this is my favorite time of year. (With pumpkin beer season and crisp fall afternoons a close second!) Winter and spring, I got no love for ya. Well, maybe a little Christmas excitement, but Christmas feels more like an extension of fall!

On with the summer fruit!

Breakfasts

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Yogurt (Snowville Creamery – totally hooked) with Naturebox PB&J granola, blueberries and one of the first peaches of the season. YUM!

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I’ve been eating so much yogurt for breakfast that I forgot about overnight oats – long time no see! Served with Barney Butter, rasp + blueberries and a mug of lovely coffee.

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Next up we have berries with a hearty slice of Cville Crunch toast topped with homemade blackberry jam and Wild Friends maple sunflower butter. Simple but delish.

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Pancakes with blueberries, banana and coconut butter that hadn’t quite melted yet. Special day! Mazen LOVE “cakes” for breakfast.

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Yogurt with berries and drippy sunflower butter and a leftover pancake. Plus DINOSAUR TRAIN!

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Do you guys still like hearing about my workouts? I didn’t take notes last week because I wasn’t at the gym much with my parents here. Mom and I went one day and did cardio stuff (I did small group) and the next day we did tons of walking. I had two back-to-back soccer games on Thursday and Friday nights that totally wore me out! We won one and lost one. Two days in a row was really hard – but that’s a great sign that I made the most of my time on the field!

Lunches

Salad with mom at the Lovingston Café on the way back from Hillsborough. It was packed with greens, their famous smoked trout, cranberries, mandarin oranges and the best candied walnuts!

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How’s this for a summery salad? Avocado, heirloom tomato, mozzarella cheese and salt and pepper. Plus a little homemade dressing. My favorite lately is apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil and salt.

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BBQ lunch with my parents from Smoked BBQ & Co! The best! His mac and cheese is the best in town!

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Leftover pasta salad on top of a salad. With a slice of Popeye bread with buttah!

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The last lunch in the group was at Eppie’s!

Dinners

First up: a simple salmony dinner with mom the night we got home. I baked some maple soy salmon and sautéed broccoli and zucchini on the side.

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Our next night we went to Citizen Burger Bar! Love this sign.

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Raise your hand if you like French fries! Mom taught him to raise his hand practicing for preschool.

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Matt and I shared the AMAZING beet salad with berries, candied nuts and goat cheese. Plus a big order of sweet potato fries in the background! I ate way too many – they are amazing! Best SP fries ever.

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And mom and I shared this uber-rare burger (too rare for me but that’s how mom likes it!). FIY, that’s ketchup oozing out… I couldn’t finish it because I ate too much salad and fries!

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My stomach made room though because for dessert I had the world’s smallest ice cream from Splendora’s 

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Other dinners included date night and this pasta salad with a recipe coming soon!

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Hope y’all are having a summery week!

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1 Heather July 2, 2014 at 6:18 am

That vegan cow sign makes no sense and I don’t find it cute at all.

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2 Aaryn July 2, 2014 at 9:24 am

I think the point with the cows being vegan is to let customers know that the cows only ate grass. Cows are always started out on the pasture and then many are moved to CAFOs where they eat a combination of corn and corn by-products, medicines, and a variety of other ingredients, even “chicken litter,” which can include chicken remains, to fatten them up. (Mad-cow disease was caused by cows eating cow parts.) Grass-fed and grass-finished cows spend their lives in the pasture. If you are going to eat meat, eating “vegan,” grass-finished cows makes perfect sense. Of course, everyone has to decide for himself whether to eat meat, but hopefully this clears up what the sign means.

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3 Lidia July 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Allow me to clarify Heather’s point: there’s a whole philosophy behind being vegan, and the cow’s diet has nothing to do with it. No matter how well the cow was treated, a vegan is not going to eat meat or dairy (or wear leather). Seems like the writer of the sign is not really clear on what it means to be vegan.

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4 Lori July 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm

You did not clarify Heather’s point. FYI, not all vegans are vegan for ethical reasons. Many do it purely for their health (though, if they remain vegan for a long time or the rest of their life, maybe ethics end up part (or all) of the reason). The maker of the sign was trying to be silly, stating that the cow ate a vegan diet. Obviously that does not mean that a vegan would eat the meat. I’m pretty sure the maker of the sign understands what veganism is. And I’m also pretty sure that they understood that not everyone would find it funny.

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5 Shannon July 3, 2014 at 5:14 am

Vegan is defined as an ethical standpoint. You can’t really be vegan for your health, though health benefits may happen anyway. “Vegan for health reasons only” is actually termed a ‘plant-based diet’, since veganism encompasses an entire lifestyle of avoiding any animal products, including but not limited to in food, and doing as little harm to other creatures as possible.

Anyway, the sign is a little stupid, but it doesn’t offend me or anything.

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6 Kelly July 2, 2014 at 2:37 pm

I get what you guys are saying but I think it was just a marketing joke.

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7 Shannon July 2, 2014 at 6:58 pm

People automatically assume that if something is “grass-fed”, “free-range”, ect ect it is a green light to consume meat. However, no matter how the animal is raised, it eventually heads to the slaughter house where it is killed. Someone then consumes the animal’s flesh. The sign is a huge misconception had by many Americans.

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8 Micki July 3, 2014 at 1:16 am

Good thing it’s taken to the slaughterhouse first. Grass-fed or otherwise, it would be tragic for someone to consume animal flesh before the cow was good and dead. In all seriousness, though, I respect your belief to avoid animal products and hope you respect mine. I grow my own veggies, love to patronize local fruit farms, and eat meat my uncle raises and slaughters. There’s a huge difference between torturing animals and consuming them in a safe, caring manner.

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9 Hope July 3, 2014 at 12:48 pm

I am a vegan and the sign made me laugh!

I have been a vegan for over 15 years and have researched grass-fed, free range, “happy” meat, slaughterhouses, health, nutrition, etc… and I stand by my choice. I will never not be a vegan. However, that doesn’t give me the right to decide how anyone else wants to eat or live their lives. If you are really that offended by the sign, maybe you shouldn’t be reading a blog where meat is displayed and consumed regularly. :)

Happy eating, everyone! Thanks for the laugh, Kath!

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10 Lifelong vegetarian now vegan July 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Exactly. Even if you pet the cow daily, give it bubble baths and spoon feed it organic lovingly made home meals the end result is still the same.
An animal was killed because you wanted to eat it. So yeah, think about it….

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11 Anne July 5, 2014 at 7:30 am

LOL. It’s right. And it’s like, you’re eating animals ok, they didn’t have a long life, often no quality of said life, and were killed one way or another. If you have other options to feed yourself, why be a part of this? Just because you enjoy it? I say this and I’m 90% vegetarian (I eat fish and sea food sometimes), so I’m not perfect :)

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12 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner July 2, 2014 at 6:51 am

The heirloom tomatoes in your salad look amazing! The rare burger, not so much. Your mom must have a strong stomach! I love when restaurants serve grass fed beef, though. I’ve tried to eat only “happy animals” for the last few years, so it’s always nice to see. Love these summery posts!

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13 Kelsey @aslolife July 2, 2014 at 7:08 am

Love these posts–all of those meals look delicious! I’m going to have to try that salad dressing recipe. I made something similar last week, but used rice wine vinegar–I really want to try it with the apple cider vinegar instead for that extra flavor punch.

And I for one love hearing about your workouts too!

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14 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh July 2, 2014 at 7:44 am

Ooh, everything looks delicious. Reminds me I need to make salads a priority. I thought the burger sign was funny. ;-)

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15 Shawna July 2, 2014 at 8:07 am

The cow sign is hilarious!

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16 Jackie July 2, 2014 at 8:09 am

Can’t wait for the recipe!!!!

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17 Catherine July 2, 2014 at 8:15 am

Yes, your workouts are great to hear about because they give me ideas for how to change up my workouts. I get bored with them easily. How cute is that ice cream cone!? And Mazen when he raises his little arm! :)

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18 Gloria July 2, 2014 at 8:21 am

That picture of Mazen and your mom is the sweetest!!

Looking forward to the pasta salad recipe, looks yummy!! :)

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19 Shel@PeachyPalate July 2, 2014 at 8:32 am

Yep still like hearing about your workouts!!! Candied nuts are like the best addition to a salad EVER! I especially love honey roasted pecans! LOVE the restaurant sign…cows are vegan so you don’t have to be! I should be my line for 2014!

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20 jackie July 2, 2014 at 8:34 am

YES, please continue to post about your workouts/activity, its motivating!!

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21 Lisa July 2, 2014 at 9:51 am

Can you share the recipe for that homemade jam? I have lots of berries to use!

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22 KathEats July 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

It was a gift to me so unfortunately I don’t have a recipe

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23 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl July 2, 2014 at 10:05 am

Maple sunflower butter?? I did not know that existed but I looked at their site and see they also have chocolate and honey flavors. I am thinking I am going to have to buy some!

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24 KathEats July 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

They are new! Very good : )

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25 mary @ minutes per mile July 2, 2014 at 10:39 am

i’ve been making *almost* the same salad dressing, adding some minced garlic and using white wine vinegar instead of apple cider. do you know how they (apple/white wine) taste different? i’d guess apple cider would be a bit sweeter…

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26 KathEats July 2, 2014 at 12:59 pm

I actually haven’t tasted pure white wine vinegar in ages, but the cider vinegar does have the fruity tartness of apple cider which I really like in a salad dressing (although it’s not sweet at all)

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27 Tatum @ Eats From The Oil Patch July 2, 2014 at 11:01 am

YUM thankyou for all the delicious meal ideas

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28 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio July 2, 2014 at 11:09 am

I love, love, love pasta salad in the summer. Can’t wait to check out your new recipe.

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29 Alex @ Kenzie Life July 2, 2014 at 11:13 am

I really, really love that bowl in the first two pictures! Do you remember where you got it? I think you have the cutest dishes! Also, the maple sunflower butter sounds heavenly and Mazen raising his hand is so cute!

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30 KathEats July 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm

It’s actually a Weck jar!

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31 Alex @ Kenzie Life July 2, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Oh awesome! Thanks Kath!

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32 Lisa July 2, 2014 at 11:32 am

Your food always looks so colourful. I have stuck to peanut butter and toast for breakfast for a while and can look a bit ‘beige’ but I always fancy it!

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33 Caitlin @ Happy 'n' Hungry July 2, 2014 at 12:18 pm

All of those breakfasts look delicious, as does everything else! I love summertime eats the most!

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34 Penny July 2, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Love hearing about your workouts kath! What pool do you belong to? Local in cville?

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35 KathEats July 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm

Just the parks + rec pools!

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36 Katie July 2, 2014 at 12:47 pm

love hearing about your workouts! Looks like you’re enjoying summer :)

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37 Simple Green Moms July 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

This is by far the best time of year for fresh fruits and veggies and your lately pics definitely prove that! Mazen is a lucky little guy to grow up with such a naturally healthy family = ) keep it up girly!

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38 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves July 2, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Summer foods make me so happy too. Whenever I see your food posts, I end up craving something new. This time it’s sweet potato fries!
And yes, I do like seeing your workouts/fitness! Like Jackie said, it’s motivating!

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39 Laura @ She Eats Well July 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Mmm the CB Dinner looks like it was delicious. I always go for the sweet potato fries! So tasty. And that is certainly the tiniest little ice cream cone I’ve ever seen!

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40 Bhavya July 2, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Here comes the weekly awaited post I love reading…I have learnt a lot about nutrition in your posts..mayit be importance of balanced diet ( FAT+CARB+PROTEIN) to adding more eggs, overnight oatmeal..salads..wonderful..! BTW Mazen is the cutest kid…:)

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41 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life July 2, 2014 at 3:17 pm

I love hearing about your workouts!

Also, that cow sign is too funny! Although apparently some vegans above dont agree…

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42 The Many Thoughts of a Reader July 2, 2014 at 3:25 pm

Do you make up your homemade dressing ahead of time or do you make it new each time you make a salad? I’ve wanted to make some homemade ones lately but nothing is jumping out at me. I will fully admit I prefer creamy but have enjoyed olive oil + balasmic before.

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43 KathEats July 2, 2014 at 3:32 pm

I just do it the bottom of my salad bowl and then toss in the lettuce when it’s mixed

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44 Amanda S July 2, 2014 at 4:03 pm

I love the hearing about workouts and enjoy all of your posts!

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45 Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out July 2, 2014 at 6:44 pm

I love all the fresh peaches and berries right now!

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46 Katie @ Live Half Full July 2, 2014 at 6:46 pm

I like hearing about your workouts! I personally think it’s interesting to go back on my own food logs and compare what I ate vs. what workout I did to see if there are any patterns. I bet you do too!

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47 Amanda July 2, 2014 at 7:49 pm

Love that Mazen is learning to raise his hand!

And I like hearing about your workouts. I think it’s inspiring to hear what others are doing. And sometimes it gives me new ideas of things to try (or activities I’ve forgotten about for a bit!).

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48 Sandy July 2, 2014 at 9:01 pm

I can’t help but cringe as a Microbiologist, lol. Whole cuts of meat are fine to eat rare (steak, lamb, etc) because the outside is high heat seared before serving and the outside remains on the outside. Ground beef/meat should be heated to at least 155 because all the outside becomes mixed with the inside. Even with good meat sources, there can be cross contamination at the slaughter house or even if a chef touches the meat before grinding or if it touches any surface with bacteria, the outside is then mixed in and if made rare, it doesn’t have a chance to be killed. Some people like to take chances though!

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49 Steven July 2, 2014 at 9:28 pm

It looks so yummy and delicious. Thanks

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50 April July 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm

I love that bowl in the third picture! The one that is pear shaped. Do you remember where you got it?

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51 KathEats July 3, 2014 at 7:49 am

CB2!

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52 Alexandra Caspero July 3, 2014 at 11:58 am

I’m with you- I can’t get enough summer produce! I am loving all the tomatoes and juicy peaches! I want them for every meal :)

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53 Victoria July 3, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Kath, is it intentional or unintentional that you’re consuming less meat these days? For the past month or two, it seems that you’ve gravitated toward more vegetarian meals, only eating fish on occasion. It seems you only eat meat when you go out. Maybe it’s coincidence, but I seemed to be seeing a pattern.

Just wondering if the blog will become KathEatsVeggies. LOL.

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54 KathEats July 3, 2014 at 7:34 pm

Haha unintentional! But I’m a fish lover. We had steak tonight!

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55 Amy July 3, 2014 at 10:39 pm

I like the workout descriptions:)

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56 Nan July 4, 2014 at 5:36 am

Love that picture of Mazen raising his hand!! He is ready for school in the fall!!

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57 ade July 6, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Kath,
I really like hearing about your workouts :)

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58 Allison July 6, 2014 at 8:48 pm

I love hearing you talk about Snowville Creamery! It’s from my hometown in SE Ohio. So neat to see that it’s traveling south! :)

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