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August 9, 2013

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I feel bad starting off the post with a product that most of you will not be able to buy. New friend Stephanie has started an ice cream sandwich business here in Charlottesville. She sells at the Meade Park Farmer’s Market and has the most amazing Sweet Sandies I’ve ever had! {Her homemade pop tarts are really good too.}

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Just check out these flavors:

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We have tried the Earl Grey, Honey Lavender, S’mores and Toasted Coconut and have more in my freezer waiting. I can’t say enough “sooooooo goods” about them all!! Stephanie makes her ice cream in small batches from scratch and the ingredients are obviously as fresh as can be. The cookies are buttery and moist and still soft even when frozen so these make the perfect after-dinner treat to share with Matt when broken in half. We are obsessed!

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My very favorite has been the S’mores. The marshmallow ice cream is actually made with real toasted marshmallows and not only does the flavor come through, but the texture of the ice cream is fluffy – just like a marshmallow! So incredible that I ordered a custom pint the following week. Best ice cream ever!

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Come to Cville and visit me and we can enjoy these incredible sweet sandies together!

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You know I have quite the cloth napkin, placemat and fabric collection. For my sister’s wedding she covered the tables with these gorgeous custom napkins from Dot and Army’s Etsy Store. Jennifer has so many cute designs at great prices. I love the design that Larbs carried throughout all of the wedding details.

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It ended up being less expensive for her to buy them than to rent them, so she had 100 napkins leftover after the wedding. Guess who needs to host a dinner party for 20 people now!

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Another local Cville company is making great food: Nouri bars are like a blend of Larabars and Toms – every bar makes a great snack and also feeds a child a hot meal in school. {Read more about how this is accomplished here.} They have already donated about 13,000 meals and counting.

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Nouri was selected to be a part of  UVA’s Innovation Lab for the summer and was recently chosen as one of Darden Business School’s most promising startups. They asked me to try out their flavors and share them with you all. The bars are made with organic ingredients from the USA, they are gluten-free and vegan, and the best part: shipping is freeeee!

I loved the Creamy Cashew! It was almost cookie like in flavor with cashew butter, chocolate chips and vanilla. But the Apple Cinnamon and Peanut Butter + Wild Cherry were both excellent – loved the creative flavor combinations. And they are made with hemp protein so there is a bit more than the average date bar  (~6 grams).

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Next up: Trader Joe’s Honey Roasted Sliced Almonds. My sister turned me on to these during her wedding week and I am now obsessed. So good on salads! So toasty crunchy!

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I’m on a huge Herbs de Provence kick this summer, and I found this big jar of dried herbs at Homegoods. I’ve been putting it in everything from steamed veggies for Mazen to pasta salad. I also have plans to roll a log of goat cheese in it soon!

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New at Target: the Feed line! My white casserole dish was accidentally broken, so I went out for a replacement. Love the vintage-y Americana look of everything Feed. I might need to go back for more. Like the Nouri bars, the bonus is that everything you purchase helps provide meals to families in need across America.

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I’ve been shopping! Coming soon: New Products For Beauty and New Products For The Home.

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1 Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon August 9, 2013 at 8:30 am

Thanks for posting all these items- I need a dish like that so I will check out Target. I love when you promote local products, even if I can’t snag them! I’ll just have to take a trip to visit some friends from Cville soon! And I am obsessed with those honey roasted sliced almonds from TJoes.. I am waiting for them to come to Denver, but in the meantime, my parents have kept me well stocked when they’ve visited!

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2 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh August 9, 2013 at 8:30 am

I LOOOOVE all of those napkins and the crate. Dreamy!

I would like some chocolate brownie ice cream, please! I just busted out my ice cream maker a few weeks ago and made some flavors from Jeni’s cookbook. Oh wow, can’t have that on hand much or I might as well slather it on my thighs and rump!

Have a great weekend!

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3 Anna @ On Anna's Plate August 9, 2013 at 8:46 am

I know the post was about the napkins, but I love the CRATE that the napkins are in! So cute! The napkins are cute too :-)

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4 Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen August 9, 2013 at 8:59 am

I’m loving the new FEED line at Target too!

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5 Lauren @ The Highlands Life August 9, 2013 at 8:59 am

Oh! I need to check out that FEED line! I love the look of that dish. And gosh, those ice cream sandwiches look insane!! I need one.

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6 Lisa @bitesforbabies August 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

I love those napkins…and the cute storage box! Have you heard of the site westelm.com? Not the cheapest stuff but drool-worthy!!

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7 KathEats August 9, 2013 at 9:23 am

Yes, love it!

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8 Julie August 9, 2013 at 9:12 am

I loves herbes de Provence on roasted chicken, roasted root veggies and even on raw veggies like sliced cucumbers and tomatoes. Such lovely herby flavour!

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9 Lisa @bitesforbabies August 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Me too Julie! I add it wherever I can ;-)

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10 Alisha @ Gluten Free Perspective August 9, 2013 at 9:13 am

I may have to check out the new Target line this weekend– I love that dish! The only problem with Target is I can never walk out with just one (or five) items. haha

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11 Ashley @ Saving Money in your Twenties August 9, 2013 at 9:18 am

those icecream sandwiches sound delish! C-ville is only 2 hours away from me… I think that trip might be worth it!! :)

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12 Clare @ Fitting It All In August 9, 2013 at 9:25 am

so excited to learn about the cville companies! farmers market here i come!

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13 Racheal @ Running with Racheal August 9, 2013 at 9:37 am

Ice cream sandwich business? Why didn’t I think of that!?! Thanks for your reviews and have a fantastic weekend!

Racheal

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14 Christine@ Apple of My Eye August 9, 2013 at 9:38 am

Mhmm those ice cream sandwiches sound delicious! And I love the colors on the napkins, so gorgeous!

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15 Sophie @ life's philosophie August 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

I love that casserole dish! Such a great design! Now I need to go to target and get one for myself!

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16 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope August 9, 2013 at 10:59 am

I love those napkins! I like the bright aqua color! :) The casserole dish is nice too! I really like that the line is feeding families in need. I am all about supporting that cause.

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17 Maggie @ Sunnyside Up Smile August 9, 2013 at 11:06 am

Love the napkins! I have quite a collection of napkins as well ;) They’re so pretty! And the Nouri bar idea is great. It’s wonderful that they taste good and also help a child in need. I’d love to get some!

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18 char eats greens August 9, 2013 at 11:06 am

Oh man…I LOVE that dish!!! And that it feeds those in need. Plus, that the bars do that too. I realize want to start supporting more companies like that!!

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19 Kelsey @ Fueling Strong August 9, 2013 at 11:29 am

Those ice cream bars look amazing! Oh man, totally worth a trip from Chicago just for those.

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20 Cathy August 9, 2013 at 11:32 am

I have the same bottlle of herbs de provence from World Market. I put it on grilled salmon too.

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21 Anna @ Fitness à la Anna August 9, 2013 at 12:02 pm

I love companies that have a humanitarian angle – thanks for sharing about Nouri bars! I will DEF be trying them out soon!

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22 Sara @ sarasmiles August 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I met the girl who came up with Nouri Bar in WFM Cville one day while I was demoing! She was in Darden and it was a project. I tried the one in the middle-the chocolate cashew one. So good!

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23 Farah @ Fabulously Farah August 9, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Thanks for sharing! The ice cream sandwiches look amazing. I can’t wait to see the upcoming posts.

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24 Kristi August 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Wish I had some sweet sandies in my freezer!

You’ve been posting a lot more ‘lifestyle’ themes lately – just curious, since you’ve been away from 3x/day long enough to gain some perspective, where do you see your niche now? Also, have you considered merging Berf and Kerf now that it is all kind of a food, life, product review mash up?

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25 KathEats August 9, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I consider myself a “healthy food and lifestyle blogger.” They say to just write about what you like, so that’s what I do! I do think it would be nice to merge the blogs sometimes, but BERF is so expansive with pregnancy history that I think keeping them separate makes more sense from a technical/organization standpoint. I’d probably write on motherhood about the same pace there as I would here, so it’s kind of a wash (except for the hosting fees)

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26 Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes August 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I adore those cloth napkins! So cute. :-) I so wish I could have one of those ice cream sandwiches – they sound amazing!

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27 Chelsea @BigBitesLittleBudget August 9, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I have a real fondness for companies like Nouri Bars! What a great company to be able to support. I feel like anytime the food we buy leads to a greater impact somewhere else, it is great. I’m sure it is a bit more expensive, but I feel like those purchases are so very worth it!

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28 Kim @ Healthy Living in the City August 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Loved seeing all of your recommendations! I wish I lived in Cville so I could try one of those yummy ice cream sandwiches! They sound AMAZING!

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29 Tracy August 9, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Love these posts!! Thank you, Kath :)

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30 Alex @ Kenzie Life August 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Those ice cream sandwiches look amazing!! I really love these types of posts! Can’t wait for the next ones :) Have a great weekend, Kath!

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31 Shel@PeachyPalate August 9, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Those bars sounds great! Peanut butter and cherry sounds positively dreamy! Wonder do they ship to Ireland :)

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32 Kim August 9, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Love these lifestyle posts! Would love to read a post on how you tackle cleaning your house with a 11 mth old :)

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33 Marissa@ohhhsolovely August 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm

love sharing different products! i did a little too much shopping today myself! what can i say? i’m a teacher & today was my last day of summer!

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34 Myshak August 9, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Love to try all these products.
I cannot wait to hear new beauty products!

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35 J August 9, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I am from Cville, is there a way to get the ice cream sandwiches without going to Meade? Would love to try the s’mores one, but can never get down to the market!

Thanks!

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36 KathEats August 9, 2013 at 5:52 pm

She is sometimes at the Saturday market too

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37 Holly Green August 9, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Love these. Toasted marshmallow ice cream? Genius. Thanks for sharing! Great post.

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38 Dion August 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm

A target just opened up in my area – excited to check it out! Love the napkins they’re so cute. I love the gray eco friendly ones as well.

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39 Jenn August 9, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Love these kind of posts from you kath! Thanks. :-)

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40 Ellie@Fit for the soul August 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm

Can I have all your cloths and napkins??!! :D They’re so pretty.
And you’re making me reaaaallly want some sweets now.

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41 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I’ve been loving what I’ve seen from the Feed line at Target as well! I wish I could get it all!

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42 Amelia August 10, 2013 at 11:55 am

Love the honey roasted sliced almonds on salads too – and they also add the perfect amount of sweetness to oatmeal!

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43 Heather Williams August 10, 2013 at 8:42 pm

Oh, those bars look tasty! I’ve got to get my hands on some of those:) I adore your recipes- they always make me crave oatmeal, even on days I think I don’t want any:)

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44 Tracy August 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Those sliced honey roasted almonds make great almond butter, too! A little too sweet for me so I used half honey roasted and half plain salted roasted almonds.

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45 Emily @ Life on Food August 13, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I have gotten a few things from the Feed line and love everyone. I want the chocolate merlot ice cream please!

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46 Neil Butterfield August 14, 2013 at 7:41 am

Love these ice creams!!! Your blogs are killing me lol.

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47 linda August 14, 2013 at 1:40 pm

The wooden box you store the napkins is so beautiful! where did you find it? thanks!

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48 KathEats August 14, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Mom bought it on eBay

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