Of Carols and Cookies

December 5, 2009

Another holiday post decked out for Oprah!!!

We hit the road from Hillsborough with some Christmas music blaring!

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For Matt‘s sake, I quieted down when I wore myself out :)

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With a little literature and digital entertainment

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A little later…lunch

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Matt packed me a sandwich…

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Leftover herb chicken + cheddar cheese with pickle, cucumber and mustard on whole wheat bread. I gotta say, this bread didn’t have nothin’ on Great Harvest. I am so spoiled.

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Also, some pretzels! I LOVE pretzels and never buy them!! They are like air with minimal nutritional value, but they sure do taste good :)

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And even later on…an apple

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Look – no hands!!!

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We passed by my future spot of intern employment – which seems to be about HALFWAY to my parents’. I think that if I take I-485, which is a loop that actually adds 5 more miles to the distance, I will have a much more pleasant commute going against traffic, in contrast to the shorter route that goes right through the city of Charlotte and would probably be a lot more stressful. I’d rather drive a wee bit longer with no traffic. That perked me up a little. At least I know I can eat at Cracker Barrel to wait out the traffic!

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We arrived home at 4PM, unpacked, picked up and left again to squeeze in a few hours at Kate + Nate’s Holiday Movie Marathon! Sadly I missed Home Alone but I made it in time for some ELF hilarity.

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It was SO cozy at Kate + Nates!

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There were lots ‘O snacks put out for munching –

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I had two small mugs of the most delicious hot apple cider. I had a bad headache and needed to hydrate

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There were two entertainment areas – Xmas Movies in the living room and Sports in the man cave

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Near dinnertime, I had a splash of TJ’s Velvet Moon

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And pizza was served!!

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These were take and back from Costco and they were DELICOUS

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Plus Kate made her special salad

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I had a slice of margarita pizza and a heap of salad

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Diana made cookies from a Great Harvest mix – they were awesome.

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And Caitlin made these famous Resees cup cookies

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I had one of each – delish!

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Plus a small taste of Prosecco with dessert

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At 6:45 we made our way to yet another holiday event – the 5th Annual A Cappella Christmas put on by the Queen Charlotte Chorus of Sweet Adelines International and the Gold Standard Chorus of the Barbershop Harmony Society!

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Karen, my mother-in-law, joined the Adelines this fall and just loves it.

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I did my best to capture her on zoom – she’s the one with the dark hair and the black shirt with sparkles in a V!

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The show was great – I love a cappella!

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At intermission there was a cookie buffet!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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My usual self would have wanted to try one of each, but tonight I decided to wait out the crowd and then have the top two that looked the best.

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I waited for the huge line to die down (normally I’m the FIRST person in a buffet line!) and swiped two tiny ones at the end of intermission.

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Off to enjoy a little silent night of reading and beauty rest

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1 Madelin @ What is for Breakfast? December 5, 2009 at 10:53 pm

Looks like a wonderful day Kath! What a lot of gorgeous treats to choose from and that pizza looks incredible! I wouldn’t have been able to stop at 1 piece ;).


2 Kat (Kat's Daily Plate) December 5, 2009 at 10:55 pm

Looks like a great day of friends + awesome food. And it looks like you made good choices/ practiced portion control. My issue with the holidays is drinking… I drink a glass of wine before dinner and then all of my inhibitions are lowered! Does that happen to you?


3 Kath December 5, 2009 at 11:03 pm

All the time. I’m working on my alcohol portion more than anything. One drink per night. Two if it’s a really long one. Not a strict rule or anything (as you see above) but a reasonable goal to shoot for. Alcohol is my #1 weakness when it comes to being healthy and overeating.



4 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 5, 2009 at 10:58 pm

You guys always have so much fun together! Looks like a great party.:)


5 Sarah @ See Sarah Eat December 5, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Elf is one of my favorite Christmas movies :) That is some tree too! Glad you enjoyed yourself.


6 Tay December 5, 2009 at 11:05 pm

I LOVE the margherita take & bake from Costco! Not a fan of the cheese, but loooove that basil :-)
And the BBQ chicken one is super tasty as well.


7 Mo @ Mommy RD December 5, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Mmmmm…we love TJ’s Velvet Moon!


8 Karla December 5, 2009 at 11:18 pm

I love that you belt Christmas carols in the car! I do that too! My favorite is “All I Want For Christmas Is You”… If only it would sound as nice as Mariah Carey…


9 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 5, 2009 at 11:20 pm

Glad you got your sweets in at the concert–those Mad Hatter ones sure got my taste buds excited early on in the day! Your car ride looked like some serious fun!!


10 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans December 5, 2009 at 11:32 pm

love that matt had ear buds in…


11 Maggie December 5, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Kath! It’s so cool that you went to a barbershop show! My boyfriend’s dad sings in the Triad Harmony Express out of Winston Salem, NC so I’ve been to many a concert like the one you went to tonight! That’s neat. Do you ever visit the Winston area?


12 Kath December 6, 2009 at 10:39 am

I haven’t been up there in ages. But Karen might like to go see them.


13 candice December 5, 2009 at 11:46 pm

What a delicious day! I really have to go find a Great Harvest—regular sandwich bread seriously has nothing on Great Harvest bread?!

Salad looks delish, and so do all the COOKIES! My oh my. A big part of holiday heaven! 😉


14 Jenna December 6, 2009 at 12:03 am

looks like a great fun day! i LOVE those peanut butter cookies with reeses in them!!


15 Yelena December 6, 2009 at 12:15 am

I love Elf, but I’ve never seen the movie in its entirety! Also, singing is way more fun in closed quarters!


16 Diana December 6, 2009 at 12:16 am

Lovely recap! Great photos! I love a cappella, too! I bet that was an awesome show! :) Glad you were able to make it to the movie marathon for a bit.


17 Bronwyn December 6, 2009 at 12:16 am

All of those cookies are looking so delicious right now. I wish I could be watching Elf or listening to some Caroling…. instead of studying studying studying. Ugh! Painful!


18 Tania @ Moment Anew December 6, 2009 at 12:16 am

Whoa, is there any way you could post that peanut butter cups cookie recipe? Those look killer!!!!


19 Kath December 6, 2009 at 10:39 am

I think it’s just a choco-chip cookie (store-bought) with a Resees mushed down in it. It’s a pretty popular recipe, so you can probably find it online if you google those.



20 lynn (The Actors Diet) December 6, 2009 at 12:21 am

i was in an a cappella group in college; i miss it. i’ve never been to a cracker barrel – i wonder if i’d like it?


21 Morgan @ Life After Bagels December 6, 2009 at 12:21 am

Kath – let’s record a duet, what’s your favourite Christmas song? hahaha . . . I LOVE elf by the way, too funny for words!


22 Kath December 6, 2009 at 10:40 am

Ha – I should record me singing. But I’d be too embarassed!!


23 Sarah December 6, 2009 at 12:35 am

Loved Wicked when I read it – hope you’re enjoying it!


24 Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama December 6, 2009 at 12:42 am

Looks like such a great day! LOVE the cookie buffet!


25 Hallie (Healthy Twists) December 6, 2009 at 12:46 am

Haha now this is the second blog where I’ve seen those PB cup cookies…I tried to make them the other day and FAILED. I swear they are taunting me! And I hear ya on the pretzels…my boyfriend’s mom just brough me over some and I was stoked because I never have them, but YUM they are so good…and I’m usually a sweets girl over savory.


26 Jenn (www. j3nn.net ) December 6, 2009 at 12:48 am

Cookie buffet? 😯 I admire your restraint! LOL

Great pics!



27 Ameena December 6, 2009 at 1:24 am

So many cookies and they all look delicious!!


28 Sarah December 6, 2009 at 1:39 am

Santa…I know HIM!! Oh Kath, Elf and costco pizza what could be better? I love your blog, it is amazing and so are you!!


29 christie @ honoring health December 6, 2009 at 5:36 am

Wow, the variety on that cookie buffet is amazing!

Looks like you guys had a fun Saturday night. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


30 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 6, 2009 at 7:31 am

Yay for holiday fun!! Good for you for taking advantage of the season– I feel like sometimes I’m so stressed out during this time, I don’t enjoy it…and then, before I know it, it’s passed by again!

Can you read in the car without getting nauseous? Lucky girl!


31 Susan December 6, 2009 at 7:34 am

Bahaha, those pics of you singing are hilarious! I just saw the recipe for those Reese’s cookies for the first time yesterday, and am now fixated on making them. They look SO good! And a cookie buffet, ohmy. “Old me” probably would have just face planted 😛


32 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers December 6, 2009 at 7:36 am

my great aunt is in that same singin group. she loves it & they really are so talented!


33 VeggieGirl December 6, 2009 at 7:55 am

Those first two photos of you are priceless, haha – so fun 😀


34 Lauren December 6, 2009 at 8:07 am

What a fun, festive, holiday-filled day! Your eats all look incredibly delicious.


35 rungirlrunn December 6, 2009 at 8:18 am

How exciting about your Oprah posts! I would be flipping out in excitement!


36 Lauren @ eater not a runner December 6, 2009 at 8:23 am

Wow so much Christmas stuff, I love it!

Elf is my favorite :-)


37 Cynthia (It All Changes) December 6, 2009 at 8:46 am

Christmas movie marathon! What a fun idea. I think since we are about to get two new Netflix I’m going to order christmas one that Hunni and I like to watch back to back. We did it with Harry Potter so I’m sure we can do it with elf and The christmas story.


38 Food Makes Fun Fuel December 6, 2009 at 8:56 am

Looks so fun! Awesome


39 Light Delight with TouTou December 6, 2009 at 9:12 am

Wow so many cookies!!!!!


40 Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 6, 2009 at 9:28 am

wonderful day! Love christmas concerts! Those cookies were a great way to enjoy the holiday sweets! 😉


41 thepinkpeppercorn December 6, 2009 at 9:37 am

What an absolutely awesome day!


42 Erin December 6, 2009 at 9:49 am

I love a capella groups, too. What a festive way to kick off the Christmas season. 😀


43 Erin @ Big Girl Eats December 6, 2009 at 10:07 am

My mom was in Sweet Adeline’s! That’s too funny. They had a concert about three years ago where they opened for Rockapella. They totally sang the Carmen Sandiego theme song!


44 Angie December 6, 2009 at 10:07 am

What a jam-packed day! Looks like a great one!


45 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope December 6, 2009 at 10:21 am

Haha, love the in-car entertainment! 😉 Glad to hear that your commute won’t be quite as bad as expected too. I’m sure you’ll handle it just fine!

What a wonderful way to spend the evening. All these holiday events are definitely getting me in the Christmas spirit!


46 whitney December 6, 2009 at 11:41 am

Do you have to recipe for the reeses cookies they look so good! I’m glad you had such a relaxing enjoyful saturday it looks like you had a good time


47 Katie December 6, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Those thin crust pizzas look wonderful!


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Happy Sunday,



48 KathyZS December 6, 2009 at 8:38 pm

I am a Sweet Adeline and I am so happy to learn your MIL is enjoying it so much!
Have been singing barbershop for almost 20 years now!

We have a similar concert on December 15! Hopefully we will have some snow by then!

in Syracuse, NY


49 Jen December 7, 2009 at 7:56 am

My grandmother was a Sweet Adeline, and my grandfather sang with a barbershop chorus for many years. This post brought back wonderful memories for me. Good to see your family enjoys it as well.


50 Megan Gordon December 9, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Wow, looks like a great evening! Just discovered your blog via Oprah (how COOL-congrats!)…lovely, fun recipes and writing. I’ll be back!


51 Kath December 9, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Welcome Megan!!


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