Nails + Shells

December 6, 2010

Flu shot hurt. It always hurts. And there’s no way you would ever hear me say “I couldn’t even feel it!!”

But it wasn’t bad.

And best of all, Matt let me get treats for being such a good girl!

My favorite cheap pumpkin candle was 50% off at CVS, and I wanted a sparkly plum polish. Mine!


Not impressed with the manicure I gave myself though. I suck at nail polish!


Also picked up a new toboggan at Old Navy for $4! I really needed something that covered my ears and didn’t itch for our trips to Boston and Montana. Problem solved!


Guess what I found in the fridge!?


Little-a leftover Edna Valley Sauv from Karen’s party on Wednesday. I had forgotten about it.

Had to give it a finish!


Dinner tonight was quick n easy and totally delicious! Love it when that happens : )


I am in love with these Whole Foods brand whole wheat pasta shells! We also had broc on hand. I decided to create a version of mac n cheese.

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With a nutritional yeast sauce


I’ve made this before [it’s really good on tacos!] and loved it. In a blind taste test I could tell you it’s not real cheese, but in terms of delicious flavor, it’s cheesy good! I used this recipe and followed it closely, using whole wheat flour and about 1/2 a tbsp of real butter.


Topped with pepper and red pepper flakes! Comfort food, so darn good.




Settling down with a movie: Nicholas Sparks’ The Last Song. I read the book earlier this year and meant to see the movie in the theater. I don’t really like Nicholas Sparks too much anymore (The Notebook = best romance novel / movie ever) but I did want to see the movie and enjoy reading his books because he’s a North Carolina boy!

I’m so hooked on the Pero! Had a mug with the movie for dessert – spiked with a bit of sugar!

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1 Alicia December 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm

YUM! That pasta looks so yummy. I love whole wheat shells!


2 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 6, 2010 at 7:52 pm

My arm was SO sore the day after I got my flu shot. I thought I had pulled a muscle during Power class. Then, my husband pointed out that it was where I got my shot. LOL


3 Jess @ atasteofconfidence December 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I stink at nail polish too, but I think yours looks pretty good!


4 Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

I love WF brand pasta. Another great brand is Eden Organic (and I don’t say that just because it’s from Detroit, like me). They make a great tri-color!

Dinner looks great!


5 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I have just started my relationship back with nutritional yeast after a bad experience. I will definitely give this one a try! Dinner looks delicious. Have a great night Kath!


6 Jessica December 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm

A toboggan is…. a hat?
It’s a long wooden sled in Michigan :)


7 mindy @ just a one girl revolution. December 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

I was thinking the exact same thing! Yay for the state shaped like a hand! :)


8 Cyclist Kate December 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Yeah, I’ve only ever heard toboggan=sled, never hat! Wiki agrees, but maybe it’s a regional thing :)?


9 Shannon December 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm

It’s a sleigh in the midwest and Canada too. Maybe she means a toque/tuque? Cause that’s what she’s sporting 😉


10 Kath December 6, 2010 at 10:56 pm

I mean hat! I’ve been saying it my whole life …all my friends too!


11 missy December 7, 2010 at 12:12 am

yep, in Tennessee it’s a toboggan too 😉


12 Canadian December 7, 2010 at 9:15 am

Wow — wow strange! I wonder how far this regionalism extends? I’ve never heard it before. I would call that a tuque (pronounced took), but I think that’s just in Canada, so otherwise I would call it a hat, a winter hat I guess. A tobaggon is what you go down the hill with.


13 Whitney December 7, 2010 at 9:27 am

I’ve never heard of a tobaggon as a sled.. only a hat!! Interesting!


14 Allison K. December 7, 2010 at 11:08 am

Where I live in the mountain west, a toboggan is a sled and that type of hat is a beanie!


15 Rachel December 8, 2010 at 6:48 am

It must be a Southern thing…My mom and my best friend both grew up in North Carolina, and while I grew up in Ohio, I’ve called them toboggans my entire life too.


16 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 6, 2010 at 7:59 pm

Your hat is so cute :)


17 Sabina December 6, 2010 at 8:00 pm

my arm was sore for 1-2 days after i got the flu shot. :-/

i’m abysmal at self-manicures, so I don’t even bother. self-pedicures – i’m a lot better at, but still make mistakes. sally hansen makes a nail polish correction pen (tip is like a felt tip marker). wow, it cleans up my mistakes quite well! :-)


18 stacey-healthylife December 6, 2010 at 8:02 pm

I love simple dinners like that. I still haven’t seen that movie, good book though.


19 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 6, 2010 at 8:04 pm

That dinner looks incredible. Better than the enchiladas I have in the oven.


20 Marnie December 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

haha… toboggan = a sled! touque = a warm hat! from your freezing canadian friend!


21 Jazz December 6, 2010 at 8:25 pm

That’s what I was going to say, my Texan hubby used to call them toboggan’s too! haha.


22 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I’m not so good with nail polish either. I pretty much just gave up on doing it altogether.


23 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 6, 2010 at 8:06 pm

Oooh, I like your hat!! I have trouble finding hats that don’t make my head look like male genitalia. Fun stuff.


24 missy December 7, 2010 at 12:12 am

oh, my! lol


25 Whitney December 7, 2010 at 9:29 am



26 Amanda (Eating Up) December 6, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I’m interested to see what you think of the movie. I couldn’t even finish it. I blame Miley Cyrus.


27 Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes December 6, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Looks like we had similar supper inspirations…ours was whole wheat linguine tossed with fire roasted tomatoes, spinach and a few sauteed shrimp….with a homemade nut. yeast cheese sauce…comfort? oh yeah!
cathy b. @ brightbakes


28 Regina December 6, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Love the nail polish color and the new hat! I hate that brand of polish though. It takes years to dry.


29 Errign December 6, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Toboggan = sled! 😀

When are you headed to Boston? I live in New Hampshire (and will be in Montana in January too, as I previously commented :) )


30 Kath December 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm



31 Errign December 6, 2010 at 9:28 pm

Have fun :) About an inch of snow in Central/Northern NH right now & chilly! Boston should be a bit warmer :)


32 Heather December 6, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I absolutely love that hat! As I was driving home tonight (and it was 23) I thought how much I need a new hat. I used to hate wearing a hat but now I love it – so warm!

Enjoy the movie!


33 Blog is the New Black December 6, 2010 at 8:23 pm

That pasta looks awesome! What are you doing in Boston? (that’s where I’m from!) I think your nails look nice- I can’t paint mine well.


34 Kath December 6, 2010 at 9:01 pm

Visting my sister


35 Grocery Goddess Jen December 6, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I have been meaning to buy some new nail polish myself, but I’m also terrible at manicures.


36 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 6, 2010 at 8:26 pm

I <3 Nicholas Sparks…, and The Notebook is the best love story EVER. I haven't seen The Last Song because I have some sort of aversion towards Miley Cyrus…I just can't do it.


37 Simply Life December 6, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Oh I love that hat!


38 Emily December 6, 2010 at 8:30 pm

In my house, we call that ‘Mac & Trees’! Can’t wait to try it with yeast instead of cheese!


39 Katie (The Boston Marathoner) December 6, 2010 at 8:30 pm

I’m a terrible self-manicurist… but I never quit trying.


40 Nicole December 6, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I totally feel the same way! The Notebook was the BEST… and then Nicholas went downhill from there…


41 Krystina December 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm

That looks so divine.


42 Carrie Beth December 6, 2010 at 8:39 pm

perfect winter night! enjoy :) i’m catching up on blogs while my husband watches monday night football!


43 Courtney December 6, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I have both of those nail polishes–to that exact purple color. I ALWAYS use the diamond strength top coat–Ive tried a lot of stregthening polishes and its my fave!


44 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 6, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Your nail job looks pretty darn good- every time I attempt to paint my own nails, there’s polish EVERYWHERE!!

That nooch sauce looks amazing. Need to try that!


45 Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 6, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Whoa, that tobaggan was only $4?! It’s so cute! I gotta make my way over to Old Navy..


46 Kath December 6, 2010 at 9:00 pm

In the south, toboggan is a HAT!!!!!!!!


47 haya December 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm

well that’s much less fun than what you slide down a snowy hill in!

but it is a cute hat anyway, even if you call it the wrong name 😛


48 ms December 6, 2010 at 10:19 pm
49 kim December 6, 2010 at 9:03 pm

After reading your blog over the weekend with the mention of Pero & how much you enjoyed it, I just had to go and get some! So off we went to a natural foods store on Sunday and picked some up. I had a cup last evening~ (when the temp outside read 16 degrees!) and it was so good!! I’m hooked :-)
I enjoy reading your blog, I haven’t missed a day of checking KERF for the past year! Keep up the good work.


50 Kath December 6, 2010 at 9:05 pm

Fun!! I’m hooked too :)


51 Cat December 6, 2010 at 9:09 pm

It totally cracks me up to see you drink Pero! Only because my family was Mormon when I was growing up (I’m not anymore) and since they frown upon drinking caffeine, aka coffee, my mom used to drink Pero by the case! She LOVED it! I always thought it was weird, so I never tasted it, but now I’m intrigued!


52 Alyssa December 7, 2010 at 10:19 am

I’ve been drinking Pero for years and I always call it Mormon Coffee too. I’ve never had real coffee (since I am Mormon) but I’ve always wondered if it really does taste anything like the real thing. I love it, though with just a little sugar and hot milk- it’s better than cocoa in my opinion!


53 Melissa December 6, 2010 at 9:25 pm

I was told that this year’s flu shot was a little bit more ouchy because it also has the H1N1 in it. That made me feel less like a baby :-)
Love the hat!!!


54 Paige @Running Around Normal December 6, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Your dinner does look simply delicious!! :)
I hated the Last Song :(


55 Tiffany December 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm

You bought a what at Old Navy?? That’s a hat!

I was actually really surprised by how much I enjoyed The Last Song.


56 Kath December 7, 2010 at 9:47 am

Me too!


57 Stephanie December 6, 2010 at 9:41 pm

Cute hat!!! Definitely needed it today too, it was chilllllyyyyy!


58 kate December 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm

I though you meant a sled, too!


59 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 6, 2010 at 9:52 pm

I have so much nutritional yeast at home. I have to bookmark this!


60 Susan December 6, 2010 at 10:01 pm

Cute hat! I find that my manicures ard best with OPI polishes. It’s the wide brush. I stock up whenever they’re on sale at ULTA. The NYC brand has a nice, wide brush, too and they’re about half the price. But not as many colors. I’d love weekly professional manicures, but I’m too cheap.


61 Hannah December 6, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Oooooh! I’ve only ever sprinkled nutritional yeast on my food, not cooked with it. Thank you so much for the recipe links!


62 Kimberly @ Servantless American Cook December 6, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I totally agree with you – nothing beats The Notebook!


63 Cara Craves... December 6, 2010 at 10:28 pm

toboggan = toque?


64 Kathy W. December 6, 2010 at 10:33 pm

If you do your nails often, the Sally Hansen No More Mistakes stick as mentioned above is really great. It really is just like using a felt-tip pen saturated with nail polish remover–fun!


65 Amy at TheSceneFromMe December 6, 2010 at 10:33 pm

That is a great movie! Glad to see Miley didn’t disappoint.
The pasta looks comforting on a cold night like tonight!


66 Vanessa December 6, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Agreed, The Notebook gets me everytime!!


67 Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 6, 2010 at 11:17 pm

Agree= Whole Foods 365 brand pasta is the bomb. I made some tonight, actually!
Props= nutritional yeast sauce :)
Agree= I’m over Nicholas Sparks. I’m battling my way through a book of his that will. not. end.
Props= awesome wine glass photo with the colorful dots! Love it!


68 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 6, 2010 at 11:43 pm

the notebook really spoiled me…i don’t know if there’s ever going to be another one that tops it!


69 Alaina December 7, 2010 at 12:09 am

Loving that hat. You look so warm. :-)

I love making shells, cheese and broccoli. Definitely one of my comfort foods.


70 STEPH December 7, 2010 at 12:24 am

Isn’t a toboggan a sled? Ha! I’ve never heard that word used for anything else.


71 Christin@purplebirdblog December 7, 2010 at 1:02 am

I am from the south and call wool hats beanies! :)


72 Allison K. December 7, 2010 at 11:10 am

We call them beanies here in the north/mountain west too!


73 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 7, 2010 at 1:12 am

Oooooo yum! :)


74 Marina December 7, 2010 at 1:17 am

whole wheat pasta shells, gotta find those! And I really have to use that yeast I have in the back of my shells…
Toboggan? We call slides toboggan 😀


75 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) December 7, 2010 at 3:05 am

Love your nails! Such a pretty color! And your hat is so cute!

Mmmm, the mac and cheese looks good! Interesting that you used nutritional yeast instead of cheese! Love the addition of broccoli! Look like a good comfort food meal!


76 Laura (Starloz) December 7, 2010 at 4:00 am

the notebook, tear jerker EVERY TIME


77 retro sweets December 7, 2010 at 5:15 am

Love your hat and I’m crazy about Nicholas Sparks too! My friend gave me all her books when she left for the US and they are already tear-streaked. Even if I hate myself for being too mushy reading, I read them over and over again. Ok, enough of that.

Ugh, I luuurve your meal and I was salivating when I reached that close up picture… :(

Gotta make one soon! :)


78 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 7, 2010 at 6:01 am

I agree. The notebook was great and one of my favorites. But the rest of his books have just been “meh” for me.

Your new hat is adorable! You deserve it after the flu shot. Ugh. Definitely painful. I remember letting out an actual “ouch” as the nurse poked me…haha. 😉


79 Sue December 7, 2010 at 7:22 am

Kath, You need to relax your arm when you get your flu shot. The more you tense up the more it’s going to hurt! ;/


80 Ann December 7, 2010 at 7:24 am

what software do you use to stitch together 9 pictures in a collage like your first shot?


81 Kath December 7, 2010 at 9:47 am

Photoshop Elements or Picasa


82 Lily's Health Pad December 7, 2010 at 7:55 am

Lol. I don’t think flu shots hurt at all. But I know a lot of people do. Maybe I just don’t have pain receptors in my arms?

Nicholas Sparks=the lamest author ever. WHY do people like his crappy books?


83 Heather @ Side of Sneakers December 7, 2010 at 7:59 am

Ahh I think people that say flu shots don’t hurt are lying!! My arm always hurts for days afterwards. Worth it I guess though- I’ve never had the flu! :)


84 Halley (Blunder Construction) December 7, 2010 at 8:35 am

My little sister laughs at me whenever she sees a nail-painting job I’ve done to myself. Never pretty! When are you coming up to Boston?? Going to need more than a hat to stay warm here :)


85 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 7, 2010 at 8:38 am

I have that candle! It makes my apartment smell amazing. 😀


86 Lori December 7, 2010 at 9:28 am

LOL – toboggan — never thought about it before – that’s just what my mom called it!

That pasta looks amazing. Got broccoli yesterday – will have to try later this week since I’ve got chili in the croc today.


87 Mimi December 7, 2010 at 9:40 am

How sweet of him to let you get the candle and nail polish. Haha.
(p.s. I stink at painting my nails, too.)
When you say “toboggan,” are you referring to the hat? I’ve never heard that before! Around here, a toboggan is a sled!


88 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 7, 2010 at 10:36 am

I must try making nutritional yeast sauce!! I have two great big jars that are dying to be used in something yummy like this. :)


89 Janna December 7, 2010 at 11:24 am

Wait, did I read that right? You’re coming back to Montana? When?
And darn it all we are moving from Dillon at the end of December!


90 Kath December 7, 2010 at 11:24 am

Ohhhh nooo! We’re coming to Dillon in January! I would have paid you for a home-cooked meal!


91 Janna December 10, 2010 at 10:25 am

BUMMER. Unless you are flying into Bozeman. We’re moving to Three Forks which is what we consider a bedroom community. If you are – we would host the meal on your drive through!


92 Brittney December 7, 2010 at 11:45 am

I laughed when I saw that you wrote “toboggan” about the hat (saw the other comments too)! I have had this same debate/laugh with people in the south for a while now. We never called those hats toboggans up north, just the sleds. I’m getting used to it now though!


93 Heather December 7, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Funny that your hat is called a “tobbogan”, taht is what I call a sled (I am from Canada).

I call your hat a “toque”.


94 Barbara December 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm

In Texas, we’d call that hat unnecessary.
But it sure is cute and that trumps necessity at any temperature.
Hey girls, give anything written by Charles Martin a try.
He’s a southerner; Florida, I believe.
He tells a good story.


95 Jessica M December 7, 2010 at 3:59 pm

I love getting little things at drug stores! Yay for nail polish and candles! LOL

I will keep my eye out for Pero. Looks yummy.


96 carrie December 7, 2010 at 6:49 pm

ohhhh, kath in boston?! EXCITING! I’m just over the river in Cambridge. I’d love to host lunch or dinner or arrange a meetup in honor of our healthy blogger. anyone interested? kath?


97 Kath December 7, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Are you free Sunday at 8PM? I’m going to organize a coffee meet up in the Back Bay!


98 Ana December 7, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Love your hat!!
And that pasta bowl looks delicious!


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