Old MacDonald

September 7, 2011

I really can’t believe how many animals we have lived with…


In the two houses we’ve lived in while I’ve been blogging, we’ve experienced:


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Zucchini-eating deer

Hunting dogs and bees

1,000 cats


Cicada killer wasps [ <— those of you who left comments, that’s exactly what he is!!!]




Elephants and bears

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Gilbert the Garden Snake

Flying roaches

Foxy the Fox

And 1,000,000 bugs.


[Awww look at these photos of our Charlotte house I just found!]

Maybe we just need to get a pet!!

Hilarious Tig was outside perched on the porch for a while – all I could see was his tailless bum!


I went to cycle this morning – and totally could have cycled there! The rain held off. But I drove instead. It was a great class (she played “You And I” <– my favorite song!!) and Sara, my new friend who is moving into our house, was there for some excitement!)

Lunch today was nice and easy – and totally flavorful!


I sautéed some leftover zucchini and tomatoes along with tempeh and red pepper in a skillet and then added some Dr. Pete’s Praline Mustard Glaze  and bleu d’auvergne.


Unbelievably delicious!! The Dr. Pete’s gave it all a slight toffee flavor that went perfectly with the blue cheese.


A bed of spinach on the bottom –


Plus a hunk of Dakota on the side


With some vanilla almond butter


Tea has more flavor than water



Have a great afternoon!! Just saw the sun for 60 seconds!

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1 [email protected] September 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm

You’ve got a KERF zoo over there! I wonder if you’ll have as many visitors at your new place.


2 Alyse September 7, 2011 at 12:33 pm

I’m sure Tig will miss you.

I hope your new house doesn’t have so many camel crickets.


3 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Y’all should start charging to have people come a visit your zoo animals :)

I’m happy a sandwich like your salad tonight for dinner…. yummy!


4 Johanna B September 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

I’ll send you my sun if you’ll send me your rain.


5 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

You should get a pet! I vote that you & Matt adopt a cat of your own 😀


6 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Matt is extremely allergic to cats!!!!!

Dogs too although he won’t admit it because his symptoms are milder.

So pets…probably not.


7 Kristin @ STUFT Mama September 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm

All your animals make me smile! :) Love that salad too. I just bought tempeh for the first time last week and don’t know what to do with it. Your salad came at just the right time! I may have to copy you for lunch. Now if I only had that bread and vanilla almond butter………. :)


8 Laura @ Backstage Balance September 7, 2011 at 12:39 pm

You’ve gotta love all of those animals who graced you with their presence. This spring / summer at our house, a family of bunnies has grown up alongside our puppy, meaning that each and every morning they are chased from their hiding spots and into neighboring yards / bushes. We also have a bird that sounds like a dying cat, a lone chipmunk, and two squirrels who have taken to hiding nuts in my flower pots on the front porch!


9 Cathy September 7, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I went to WF to get coconut oil. Kath which one do you use? You mention putting in your salad and oatmeal both, right? I saw 365 Organic Unrefined Coconut oil. I was expecting it to be more liquidy. HELP!! I desperately want to try it.


10 Krissy @ Shiawase Life September 7, 2011 at 12:49 pm

The coconut oil will get more liquidy at room temp in your pantry! I use the Spectrum brand and was thinking the same thing when I first got it :)


11 Cathy September 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm

awesome! Thanks Krissy. I will defintely take a road trip to WF this week. :)


12 Krissy @ Shiawase Life September 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Sure thing!


13 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Mine is some Tropical brand, but Spectrum is also very good. It will turn liquid at home – but in the winter it goes solid again!


14 lynn @ the actor's diet September 7, 2011 at 12:42 pm

i live with my doggie julius – you’d think he’d chase away the occasional mouse but he has no clue


15 Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY September 7, 2011 at 12:44 pm

haha, thats a lot of creatures! i miss seeing animals in nyc. all we’ve got are squirrels and tourists!


16 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Wow, that IS a lot of animals! I don’t think I would’ve survived… hah.

I am a huge fan of that bowl (and the delicious spread of veggies inside too)–I love boxy things like that 😉


17 Krissy @ Shiawase Life September 7, 2011 at 12:48 pm

UGH I need to get to GH soon! It’s been too long since we have had some delish breads!


18 Lara @ TresLaLa September 7, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Love all those kitty pics! And the elephant – that was unexpected! :)


19 Ashley September 7, 2011 at 12:53 pm

We used to have tons of camel crickets in our old house in Kansas. We called them ‘spider crickets’ cause they looked like spiders, but jumped around like crickets. Ewww, I’m getting chills just thinking about them! Later on, we adopted two cats, and the took care of quite a few of them for us. :)


20 Alana September 7, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I will miss Tig when you move-he is so cute!


21 Khushboo September 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm

So many pets! As a non-pet fan, I would have had no choice but to move!


22 Kathryn @ Flopoodle September 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm

OMG deer are the worst pests! My parents have all of their bushes in wire cages to stop them from getting munched on. That being said, there’s nothing sweeter than a doe with her babies :)


23 Holly @ The Runny Egg September 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

You should check out Mama Pea’s post today — maybe you and Matt should get a Go Go Walking Pup!


24 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 4:53 pm



25 Gena September 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Kath, I’m looking for 2000 and 2200 calorie meal plans. I think I like balance (lately I’ve been doing the grain-veggie-fruit-dairy-protein at each meal and it seems to work to balance things out that way). Maybe a zone type of plan (30-40-30)? If you can suggest some books and websites that would very helpful for me. Thanks!



26 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Hey Gena,

I actually don’t know of any meal plan sites….I tend to eat close to 1800 so add a few snacks to KERF and you’d have one? Sorry I’m not more helpful


27 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 7, 2011 at 1:02 pm

you could have your own zoo with all those creatures!

so fun that you’re friends with the new house renter… always so helpful for the new owner/lessee to hear tips and tricks from the outgoing peeps. happy hump day, kath!


28 Mom September 7, 2011 at 1:03 pm

What about the bears, who by the way, are returning to you in the LARBSMATTMOBILE…


29 Betty September 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Mom – how could she have not included the bears?!?! Maybe she doesn’t deserve to have them return to Va? They seem to have thrived with you all.


30 Mom September 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

They have thrived with me (and you are kind to say so) but… I must admit, they’ve been asking for their mom and dad.


31 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Well I mentioned them with the elephant!


32 Mom September 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm

Oh I’m sorry! Reading fast–at work.

They can’t wait to help at the bakery!


33 Betty September 7, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Ah – I saw the beer and thought you were making a play on that word -oy – they will be surprised to come home to a new home – I’m thinking they aren’t good packers


34 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 7, 2011 at 1:08 pm

It’s a veritable zoo over there!! But holy hell I would spray the ish out of that mailbox wasp, especially since you’re suspecting he might be building some sort of permanent fortress in there?? I’m talking long hose with high water pressure from about 20 feet away.

PS, I was stung viciously by wasps growing up– you can probably tell it was horribly scarring haha.


35 [email protected] and spice September 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Delicious looking salad :)
You guys have quite the zoo at your home!


36 Stephanie @ StephSnacks September 7, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Vanilla almond butter? Sign me up!


37 Estela @ Weekly Bite September 7, 2011 at 1:12 pm

That’s a lot of cats! They are cute though :)


38 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

haha, it’s practically a zoo over there! and i’m glad you figured out what the “creature” in your mailbox is!


39 Patty @ Foodie and the Beats September 7, 2011 at 1:19 pm

All your posts with blue cheese make me salivate. Delicious lunch! I have to try the bleu cheese and honey combo, sounds like a winner to me.


40 Christine @ Merf In Progress September 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm

Those cicada killers are CRAZY. There was one flying all around my mom’s head last Saturday and it was hilarious! (glad it wasn’t me)


41 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 7, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Are you going to bring Tig to your new house? I feel like he (or she?) is part of the KERF family now!


42 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I think his real mom would miss him :()


43 Allison @ Happy Tales September 7, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Aw, turtles! I used to LOVE turtles when I was a little kid.


44 [email protected] September 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm

haha wowww I guess living in a nature-filled side would attract lots of cute creatures~awww! poor tailless bum :(


45 Angel7 September 7, 2011 at 1:53 pm

You both should open up a zoo :)

Who sings the song “You and I” that you love?



46 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm
47 claire September 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

a cat will eat those crickets you hate like candy. :)


48 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 7, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Dr. Pete’s Praline Mustard Glaze & the slight toffee flavor..that sounds soo good!

Lovin the animal pics. The kitty cats are so adorable!


49 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Sigh I wish the sun would shine abit here!! Awesome looking lunch though :)


50 Emily September 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm

You guys do seem to have a lot of animals over there! Maybe some will follow you to your new home… What kind of tempeh did you have on your salad?? I am trying to get back into it again.


51 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Lightlife 3 grain


52 Halley (Blunder Construction) September 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm

HA! Tig looks like he has a kitty butt crack exposed, funny!


53 [email protected] Flying ONION September 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Aww…look at all those fur-babies! I’m obsessed with dogs but I don’t currently have any in my life. Just the neighbor’s black cat to keep me company. 😀


54 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled September 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Is Tig a manx? I used to have a manx named Tigger and he was the best cat. His personality was much more like a dog than a cat though.


55 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 4:55 pm

I have no idea..


56 Laura G September 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm

How do you prepare your tempeh? I just bought some and I want some healthy ideas on how to prepare it quickly.
Anyone have some ideas?


57 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I just put it in a skillet with some saucy flavor. You can eat it raw so there’s no risk of undercooking


58 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 7, 2011 at 3:08 pm

There are no animals in California, I swear! The only animal I’ve seen in my backyard is a bunny, but I’m convinced my brother bought it and put it there :)


59 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites September 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm

You guys DO need a pet! haha I just read your response saying Matt is allergic to cats and dogs. My Father is highly allergic to cats and dogs and he and his wife have a Labradoodle. It is a hypo-allergenic doc (hair not fur) and is a cross between a Lab and a Poodle. His name is Fynn and he is the cutest, sweetest, smartest dog ever. My Dad has had zero problems with allergies around Fynn.

Praline mustard glaze??? Sounds like another awesome combo with that blue cheese. YUM as always :)


60 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I love Labradoodles :)


61 Liz September 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Yeah, maybe a hypoallergenic breed is in order! Yorkies are also hypoallergenic.


62 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

The bears must have invited them. 😉


63 Elisabeth September 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Too bad Matt is allergic to cats/dogs (Me, too…even though I had shots/drops to desensitize as a kid) – maybe a nice fish aquarium? I, for one, will miss pics of Tig when you move!


64 Kelly September 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Abita beer! :] I live 10 minutes from that brewery in LA! so cool!


65 Hillary September 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm

I was just thinking the other day about how many cats you guys seem to attract! How funny.


66 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Animals brings so much joy to our lives. I highly recommend adopting a pet. It will be great practice for your expanding family. :)


67 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 7, 2011 at 4:49 pm

That’s a lot of animals for having no pets! I’m scared to even click the link on flying roaches. I hate, hate, hate roaches!


68 Molly @ RDexposed September 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Want my fox and baby raccoons? I’ll have them hitch rides on the backs of the geese when they fly off to the south.


69 Molly @ RDexposed September 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Oh and “You and I”…by Jason Mraz? Because after reading that I had to put that song on.


70 Joanne September 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm

So many critters, they keep the scenery interesting.
The lunch looks great. So healthy and clean.


71 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen September 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Lots of critters – some lovable…some not-so-much. Creepy crawlies – eeep.


72 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 7, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Hope the new place is missing some of those creatures! ….Maybe some can stick around though or you find a new animal to love on that is sweet! (not the creepy ones!)


73 Stephanie @cookinfanatic September 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Had to share this recipe I came across today, I thought of you immediately when I saw it!



74 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 8:09 pm



75 Anna September 7, 2011 at 8:06 pm

I loooove that little elephant… is it a bottle opener?


76 KathEats September 7, 2011 at 8:10 pm



77 Anna September 9, 2011 at 8:17 am

Where did you get it?


78 KathEats September 9, 2011 at 8:18 am



79 Anna September 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

Oh wow! That makes it harder for me to get one for my friend who loves elephants :)


80 Anna September 9, 2011 at 8:25 am

(sorry about the double comment- feel free to delete)


81 Anna September 9, 2011 at 8:23 am

Oh wow! That makes it harder for me to get one for my friend who loves elephants :) (and beer)


82 dawn September 7, 2011 at 8:26 pm

See, you get a cat, which then means that bugs become free, readily available, edible, and fun cat toys. Not pests – free cat toys. That’s what I tell myself, at least… (by the way, I adore Tig – he looks a lot like a cat I used to have, missing tail and all)


83 JenATX September 7, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Kath, what do you think is the easiest way to search for your lunch menus when you used to pack your lunches everyday? (you were still in school) My problem is that I’m such a temperature snob & I don’t have a fridge at school. I like my sandwiches very cold as well as my yogurt, hummus, and dipping veggies. Salads don’t have to be super cold I guess… idk nothing seems appealing to me at room temp!


84 KathEats September 8, 2011 at 6:15 am

Hmmm. I’d go back to the archives from March to July of 2010 and look for lunches. They were nearly all packed. Or go back even farther to semesters like Sept – Dec 2008 or the summer of 2008 when I packed dinner’s too. I’m sorry I don’t have a better way – perhaps a post on that soon!


85 JenATX September 9, 2011 at 1:05 pm



86 Hannah September 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Praline mustard glaze OMG.


87 robin September 7, 2011 at 10:46 pm

awww Tig….


88 Jenny September 8, 2011 at 12:02 am

WOOOOO “You and I” !!!!!


89 KathEats September 8, 2011 at 6:15 am

You inspired me!!


90 Cait's Plate September 8, 2011 at 7:19 am

HAHA! This whole post cracked me up because I remember so many of these instances when they happened. You really HAVE lived with far too many animals/insects/bugs, etc. There must be something warm and inviting about you that just makes them follow you guys wherever you go :)


91 stacey September 8, 2011 at 7:45 am

Hey kath; love your blog; i had a dream about ???dakota bread last night! lol! I love seedy grainy bread;;;; how o how do i get myself some!!!!!!??????


92 Casey September 8, 2011 at 9:04 pm

You had to post a picture of Abits Strawberry when I won’t be able to have one for six months. Sad day. :-)


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