October 14, 2012

On Saturday morning, the family geared up for a morning at the City Market to hang out with Matt and explore all the lovely fall vendors.


It’s a rare occasion that I leave the house without food in my stomach, but we decided to enjoy breakfast there to keep things simple.

Shenandoah Joe’s coffee (half caf) plus a farm EGG (OMG I ATE AN EGG FOR BREAKFAST!) on some of our Great Harvest bread (I swapped out the white roll for something heartier/whole grain) and a banana I brought from home for a dash of fruit. It was a good breakfast!


I got a $.75 refill on the decaf coffee.


I shopped around wearing the baby in his carrier (so glad it’s no longer hot out!) and stumbled upon this amazing new kombucha company – Nugget’s Raw Kombucha


The flavors were soooo good – and I bought a growler of the Citra Hops – it’s like a beer! Where was this when I was preggers!?


I love hanging out at the market because our Great Harvest booth makes a nice home base where I can leave the stroller, veggies and more while I walk around and play with friends.

It was so exciting to see Kori and Kaci here in Cville on their second annual visit!! These gals were visiting from Knoxville and have been regular readers for ages. Loved seeing them in person again! Also fun to bump into Faith and Hillary!


Matt and I spent the afternoon at Seamane and Rob’s Oktoberfest!


These two went all out to celebrate delicious beer and German food


Loved the outfits!


Cheryl braided my hair before she hit the road. I am terrible at braiding my own locks, but she did some cute French braids. Too bad I didn’t get a close up shot since you can barely see them here.



Commercial Oktoberfest and homebrew – the homebrew one! Way to go S + R


For lunch at had bratwurst, pretzel roll, cheese, potato salad and spätzle


I didn’t drink much beer, but I did eat waaaay too many cupcakes!!


Seamane had German chocolate ones and then a guest arrived with a dozen from Sweethaus that are just out of this world good! The frosting…..I think I had the equiv. of 1.5 of them in quarters and halves that we cut up for sampling.


Games included a relay, a pretzel toss, a keg run (which Matt almost won – you have to run for time carrying a 5 gallon keg!) and a beer chugging line.


The babies and kids played games with each other too. Maze had lots of fun getting to know Elinor <3



After we walked home, we decompressed a bit from too many cupcakes and cleaned up the house a bit. Then settled into a simple dinner of leftovers from the night before: steak, mac, salad.




We all went to bed early dreaming of a beautiful Sunday!

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1 lynn @ the actor's diet October 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

yum! i’m going to sing on tour in germany soon and can’t wait for all this stuff (aside from the beer – i don’t drink…i know, i know)


2 Coco October 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Love all the produce pics!!! So colorful! :)


3 Simply Life October 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

oooh I love that photo of the tomatoes. Looks like a great time!


4 Hillary October 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Those beverages sound phenomenal — citrus hops + kombucha, mmmm!


5 Becca October 14, 2012 at 12:57 pm

What a fun Saturday and what a lovely party your friends hosted! It looks like they put a ton of work into it too. I’ve never had a pretzel roll before but it looks interesting. Also, the cupcakes! I personally would have picked the German chocolate cupcakes over the frosting ones because I absolutely love that flavor combo (chocolate + coconut + pecans = mmm).


6 Caroline @ Crunchy Carrottop October 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Beautiful pics! Those german chocolate cupcakes look sooo good! I’m craving chocolate now lol.

(btw, I’m a first time commenter but I’ve been reading your blog for 3 yrs now. I just wanted to let you know that you and your blog sparked my passion for nutrition and exercise. You made me curious about the food I put into my body. Thank you! Your blog helped me lose the weight I had gained throughout high school and in my first year of college. It helped me become confident and comfortable in my own skin. And after three years of reading healthy living blogs, I’ve decided to write my own (just started last night lol). So thank you for being so inspiring!)


7 KathEats October 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Thanks for your comment – and congrats on the new blog!


8 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count October 14, 2012 at 1:27 pm

The farmer’s market always looks like such fun!!


9 Katerina October 14, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Hi Kath,
I don’t know if you’re trying to lose weight or what (you look fantastic)… but I always feel so sad when I see how much you eat :( The portions are so small, you shouldn’t be worrying about all that stuff and getting in lots of exercise. Focus on your baby, what matters, and everything else will fall into place. I’m not coming from a mean place, just from someone who is concerned.
– Kat


10 KathEats October 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Well they might look small, but I have a big appetite and assure you I never go hungry intentionally. I left this picnic totally stuffed. I also have barely exercised in the past 5 weeks other than some walks – lots of baby focusing going on.


11 jane October 14, 2012 at 6:00 pm

i thought the portion looked small, but with steak i do the same thing. i don’t love a huge portion of meat like that-a small piece suffices :-) now that mac and cheese on the other hand. i could eat the whole batch!


12 Tonya October 15, 2012 at 7:57 am


I would say your portions look BALANCED. Sometimes after a huge lunch we see you eat a lighter dinner. Sometimes your plates are packed because you’re at a wedding or a celebration of some sort and sometimes they’re lighter because you’re on the go. I’ve read quite a few healthy living blogs and in my opinion, nothing about your posts look restrictive to me. :-)


13 Michelle (Peachy Palate) October 14, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Gi- Mango Mosa….definitely would be my pick! Did you buy some? 1.5 cupcakes ain’t too much of an overload, I thought you were going to say you made your way through a few of them, though they do look big! Hope your Sunday was a as good as you dreamed!


14 KathEats October 14, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I got the hops one!


15 Kris October 14, 2012 at 2:24 pm

FYI, according to several sources, kombucha is a “check with your practioner” beverage for pregnant and nursing women. There is also a greater contamination risk with homemade kombucha.


16 KathEats October 14, 2012 at 2:30 pm

I actually didn’t consume it while pregnant more than a handful of times – definitely not homemade. Just to be safe.


17 Stephanie C October 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm

As a side note, I was curious if this kombucha has the lower percentage of alcohol? I know in CA they made manufacturers remove it, which made me sad.


18 KathEats October 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I’m not sure


19 Cyn October 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Hi Kath,
I was wondering if you had a good pumpkin soup recipe-most of the ones I see call for too much cream for my taste. Also can you explain what the health benefits of kombucha are? Is it an alcoholic drink? Looks really yummy!

PS Your little guy is adorable-love the photos of him! Congrats!


20 KathEats October 14, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I don’t actually. I should make one with our abundance!

Kombucha is fermented tea. It’s only a tiiiiiiny bit alcoholic – you don’t have to be 21 to drink it. I really don’t know that much about it, so I would read up on the internet for more info!


21 Nicole October 15, 2012 at 9:48 am

I saw talk about pumpkin soup and had to share this recipe with you! It’s my favorite soup ever. Just made it a few days ago. Chipotle Pumpkin Barley w/ chicken!
Only a quarter cup of cream and you can use plain Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream. However the sour cream taste is delicious. Maybe half and half? You gotta try it!


22 Elizabeth October 15, 2012 at 10:04 am

Check out this recipe:

I have made it MANY times and it is delicious without the cream. You can make it with pumpkin or butternut squash. Now when I make it, I associate it with fall. It pairs beautifully with some crusty bread and a salad.


23 Candice October 15, 2012 at 4:08 pm

I always make my pumpkin soups with coconut milk instead of cream. It has about 5gm fat per 1 cup serving but only 50 calories.


24 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles October 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Octoberfest party looked like a lot of fun! Love the costumes! Yummy cupcakes!


25 Laura October 14, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Fun! It all looks suitably autumn-y. :) Although it’s spring here and I’m very ready for summer, I must admit!

The breakfast looks good – is it weird that you ate an egg for some reason?


26 KathEats October 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Yeah because I never eat eggs for breakfast :) I might start doing it more!


27 Erin October 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

When maze is old enough eggs make a great family breakfast. My little one devours them 9 1/2 months). Scrambed they make a terrific finger food. We enjoyed them this morning with peaches on the side :)


28 Nicole October 15, 2012 at 10:04 am

I agree! A staple for my little ones was always scrambled eggs with shredded cheddar and broccoli mixed in. Now at 10, 13 and 15 they all LOVE broccoli :)


29 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 14, 2012 at 3:48 pm

That kombucha sounds good! I’ve never tried any except for the Synergy Kombucha that you see at Whole Foods and a lot of health stores. I want to find some others to try now!


30 Pam October 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm

We enjoyed Oktoberfest in South Florida last night, it was so much fun! They fly in a band from Germany every year. I love that your friends put on their own festival!
The green market looks so fun and relaxing, how great you have a booth there as well!


31 Stephanie C October 14, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Curious if you knew where your friend got her Oktoberfest costume/dress. It looks like it was made well.


32 KathEats October 14, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I don’t know but maybe she will see this!


33 Stephanie C October 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I hope so! I would love to pick one up. This one seems a little more modest than others but still very cute.


34 Seamane October 14, 2012 at 6:46 pm

Hey Stephanie! It’s an actual dirndl from/made in Germany that I bought through eBay (Store: Germanwear). It’s quite sturdy and well made, and they have a lot of beautiful ones, both long and short (mine was short). Prost! :)


35 Stephanie C October 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Thanks so much!


36 Kim October 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm

HI Seamane,
I’ve actually been curious how to pronounce your name. I even googled it but Kath’s blog came up.


37 Seamane October 15, 2012 at 7:14 am

It’s pronounced “Shuh-maine.” My mom picked it in part to go with my brother’s name (Sean) and its Irish spelling, but my name isn’t really Irish. It’s actually based on a Spanish name (Jimena) that was used in a French play in the 17th century (Le Cid; Chimene). When that play was made into the 1960s American movie El Cid, the name was Americanized a bit. My mom heard it but didn’t know how to spell it, so she gave it an Irish spelling to go with our last name (Flanagan). That’s probably more info than you wanted, though! :)


38 KathEats October 15, 2012 at 9:15 am

I need to copy and paste this to use next time someone asks : )


39 Megan @ Megan's Munchies October 14, 2012 at 4:35 pm

LOVE all the German fun!! And those cupcakes look amazing!


40 Seamane October 14, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Here is the recipe I used. I just followed everything to the letter, and they turned out well, I think. (Note: The frosting can be quite thick, which is great, but it is *hard* to pipe, so just be patient.) http://www.yourcupofcake.com/2011/08/german-chocolate-cupcakes.html


41 Hillary B October 15, 2012 at 8:51 am

Girl you made those!?!? I thought they were from a bakery! They were DELICIOUS! Great job! :)


42 KathEats October 15, 2012 at 9:13 am



43 Seamane October 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Thanks! It was the only thing I made (besides the beer, that is). I baked too many, though. I sent R to work today with a dozen, and I still have a bunch in the fridge — not that I’m complaining (and they definitely won’t last much longer…)! I even have a few Sweet Haus ones left, but I think that’s because most people were gone by the time my friend brought those. I’m going to enjoy polishing those off, too!


44 Melody October 14, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Oh that sounds like so much fun! It must be great to live within walking distance of stuff like that!


45 Justeen October 14, 2012 at 5:44 pm

Looks like such a fun party!! Your friends really went all out!

I recently discovered Nuggets Raw Kombucha and I loveee it. Haven’t tried the Citra Hops flavor though – it sounds great!


46 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 14, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I love German & Oktoberfests. They are so fun and I love the outfits everyone wears. The weather looks perfect, and the cheese! and the beer and just overall, what a fun day!


47 Sarah @ Yogi in Action October 14, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Your pictures are stunning! That one of the tomatoes made me want to start licking my screen! I managed to restrain myself but wow- beautiful!


48 Kayley Ray October 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Question about Kombucha…
I tried some a few weeks ago for the first time and I’m not sure if this is a coincidence or whether it really did have to do with the Kombucha, but it made me extremely sick to my stomach. I drank the entire bottle over the span of 30 minutes or so. Is is something you should wean yourself into? I know it’s fermented and has a small alcohol content, but I’ve drank alcohol before in heavier quantities. Any ideas? Thanks!


49 KathEats October 15, 2012 at 1:33 am

I’m really not sure what in it might have bothered your stomach, but since it’s a colony of bacteria and yeast, maybe you are sensitive to one of those components.


50 Shana October 15, 2012 at 7:30 am

When I first tried kombucha, I was told to drink half the bottle (about 8 oz) until my body could adjust to it. To me, it’s very acidic so maybe that upset your stomach? I can easily drink a full bottle now but I mostly just sip on it. I’m also a beer drinker, so I’m not sure that it was the small amount of alcohol that was bothersome.


51 Kelsey Hickman April 14, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Hey all! I am one of the owners of Nuggets Raw and I just discovered this blog and love it! Kombucha is a drink you want to take slow at first and see how your body reacts to it. Because of all the probiotics and organic acids in it, it does clean out your system and if there are toxins in your system then it may make your stomach uncomfortable but that is suggesting that you should drink more of it to clean out those toxins. I definitely suggest taking kombucha slow and listening to your body until you are used to it. Peter and I usually split a bottle in the morning and drink some more slowly throughout the day. Although kombucha is an acidic drink it is alkaline for the body because the acids are nearly identical to the acids your stomach produces so it helps your body produce the beneifical stuff so it doesnt have to work as hard. Kombuchas sold in the stores have to be under .5 of a percent of alcohol, and ours is lower than .01 of a percent so it is safe for all ages. I hope this helped answer some questions!. I love your blog Kath! So glad you all are enjoying the kombucha!


52 KathEats April 15, 2013 at 6:20 am

Thanks for stopping by and the info Kelsey! See you at the market soon : )


53 Annette @FitnessPerks October 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm

pretty pics!

LOVE pretzel rolls. Mmmm!


54 JoJo October 14, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Looks like you had a great full day again!
I love the shot of the decaf coffee, it looks like a piece of art! 😀


55 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles October 15, 2012 at 12:08 am

Very cool Oktoberfest activities! I wish there were more things like that going on in my area!


56 Michele October 15, 2012 at 1:07 am

The photo of your coffee may be the most beautiful photo you’ve taken yet- except for your family photos! You’re definitely back in the swing of things and looking great. This feeding stage is such a short period of time and now with older children I can attest to how fast it really goes.
Thank you for your daily inspiration; meals, local fun or family time.. It’s all good!


57 Heidi kokborg October 15, 2012 at 5:20 am

It looks like you had so much fun! Have to go to an oktoberfest next year! :)


58 Danielle October 15, 2012 at 5:30 am

Looks like a fun day! Baby Maze is growing fast! I wish I could make such beautiful pictures….


59 Shana October 15, 2012 at 7:31 am

Hacker-Pschorr has been my favorite Oktoberfest brew of the season!


60 Emily @ www.main-eats.com October 15, 2012 at 7:41 am

How fun! I went to Oktoberfest in Munich a few years ago and absolutely loved it-your version looks great! LOOOOVE the picture of that coffee-YUM!


61 Angel7 October 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I have never saw that many different flavored Kombuchas. I would love to try the Fresh Mint & Citra Hops Kombucha!


62 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm

That’s totally something I would do…OD on cupcakes instead of alcohol! Looks like a fun time. I actually didn’t celebrate Oktoberfest this year, despite the fact that I have a super-fun German bar right outside my door. People would get there two hours before they opened to snag a good table and I just do not have that kind of patience! Not even for sausage and beer.


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