One Whole Year

December 27, 2012

Rudie the Reindeer is sad that Christmas is over!


Only one more year till we get to do it again : )

We had a late breakfast today after naps, showers and things. And no one wanted anything fancy. Just plain Greek yogurt with some generic granola I found and banana.


Plus a taste of mom’s Christmas Gingerbread Nutty Butter on another bite of banana. I bought these from Sarah to give as gifts and mom shared a taste with me.


Matt’s late Grampa Monson’s wife, Bonnie, came over to meet Mazen today. He is lucky to have so many great grandmothers!


She brought him a doggie that lights up, sings, talks, and more. He was VERY interested in playing with him – and eating the doggie’s nose!


We all had sandwiches made from leftovers for lunch (ham + avocado) with chips and fruit salad


And then that cake lured me back for another slice. It’s all gone now though. I’m both happy and sad.


For dinner tonight we had leftover beef plus sweet potato fries, a fresh salad, leftover mushroom dressing and spaghetti squash.




The Christmas cookies came out for dessert


This is one of those times when I’m ready to not be full anymore, but the moment I am not full I start getting hungry for healthy food and the moment I’m full of healthy food I start thinking about sweets! It’s a tough cycle to break, but I’m looking forward to a fresh start in January already.


M got a bath in the kitchen sink


And his Christmas jammies


And one final laugh before bed!


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1 Lynn @ the actor's diet December 27, 2012 at 8:51 am

Ah the Xmas cookie cycle.


2 lisa fine December 27, 2012 at 8:52 am

I love Mazen’s face right after the bath! That little circle he’s making with his mouth is so precious.

It’s definitely hard to break the sweets cycle. I love eating sweets in the winter – hot chocolate and brownies and cookies especially. For me I need to eat more fruit and do more exercise to feel more balanced.


3 Kelly December 27, 2012 at 9:25 am

My inlaws just bought our baby (due in April) that same bear…fun to see it’s a hit with your little one! We are in that same cycle of healthy food desire but drawn to sweets too. Ready for a clean break! Happy Holidays!


4 kiki December 27, 2012 at 9:34 am

Baby is looking so gorgeous!


5 [email protected] December 27, 2012 at 9:47 am

Gotta finish off the cookies!! your babe is so cute!!


6 Blessing @ WorkingMomJounal December 27, 2012 at 9:48 am

M is the luckiest kid in the world with all those great and grandparents. Wish my daughter had that :) Glad you all had a great Christmas


7 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 27, 2012 at 9:56 am

I want that nutty butter! And that red velvet cake :)

What a great post full of fun, family, and fabulous holiday food!


8 [email protected] December 27, 2012 at 10:05 am

Beautiful photos and good times with family! I can relate to wanting to be back to healthy eating but being lured back to the sugar. Soon all, the sugary treats will be gone and we will all be back to normal.


9 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table December 27, 2012 at 10:05 am

I am with you on being ready to NOT feel full. I’m always happy for the holidays to arrive… And ready for them to end! After tomorrow no more cookie recipes on my blog. For at least a week. Haha!


10 Alison December 27, 2012 at 10:06 am

Mazen looks absolutely adorable when he laughs!! All your eats look delicious! Especially that cake 😉


11 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 27, 2012 at 10:11 am

Oh my gosh! As a kid, I HATED baths, with the exception of sink baths, and only when my gran gave them to me. It looks like you guys had a delicious meal and that spaghetti squash looks great! I’ve been eating tons of it this winter and still can’t seem to get enough!


12 tlm December 27, 2012 at 10:15 am

i’m very ready for a fresh start as well! and not to be laying around all day watching endless marathons of house hunters…but that’s pretty fun actually haha


13 Lindsay @ TheLifeMuse December 27, 2012 at 10:18 am

Maze is TOO cute in those jammies!! And I’m right there with ya on the fullness, healthy food/I need sweets cycle. Death by dessert. Literally.


14 Maria December 27, 2012 at 10:20 am

Mazen is SO cute, seriously. Omg, you and that sweet tooth Kath! LOL.

No judgement here but just curious how you’ve justified so many sweets these past few months, as an RD! Or maybe that’s your New Year’s ressie!

Happy Holidays.


15 KathEats December 27, 2012 at 10:28 am

No justification! Gotta get back to putting health first.


16 Anna December 27, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Thanks for being honest about your sweets intake. It’s nice to see the ups and downs of people who are committed healthy eaters, and I also think it shows a healthy relationship with food that you’re able to let loose and enjoy the unhealthy stuff, but also get back on track to nutritious eating.


17 May December 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I laughed at this question. She’s nursing, exercising, and it’s the holidays. She also just mentioned the cycle that a lot of people (including myself) are dealing with! I, myself, am trying to enjoy this as a temporary period… my body will definitely like getting back to the normal foods soon. Thanks, Kath!


18 Sam December 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Same here. No judgments here at all on Kath’s diet and I’m big into nutrition. We all go through these cycles sometimes, RD or not. Plus, she otherwise eats very well and, as PP said, she’s also nursing and exercising.

Btw, I consistently craved sweets more than any other time in my life when I was nursing.


19 jo @ includingcake December 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm

So with you all on this….love christmas, but now starting to want to get my ‘morning oatmeal routine’ back on track, that helps set the foodie tone for the rest of the day, my meals and snacks have beeb so chaotic this last week or so!


20 Maria December 27, 2012 at 10:29 am

Awesome, I will do it with you! :)


21 Irene December 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

I don’t know about you but when I was pregnant I didn’t crave many sweets. Now that I’m EBF I crave sweets more than ever and I’m starving all of the time. It’s really preventing me from losing much weight. I also need to get control over my cravings.


22 Hillary December 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

Love Maze’s Christmas jammies… he looks so much like you!


23 Kerry @ Totes My Oats December 27, 2012 at 11:20 am

Love the picture of Maze wrapped in the towel. He is a beautiful baby!


24 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin December 27, 2012 at 11:37 am

That red cake looks to die for. I had the best cake on Christmas evening too – chocolate caramel! I know what you mean about the being full thing. I definitely am loving it but it will be nice feeling a little better come January.


25 Anna @ On Anna's Plate December 27, 2012 at 11:43 am

My in-laws had that same puppy for Lila at their house in Seattle…she loved it!

I agree– ready for January’s fresh start, for sure.


26 Ashlee December 27, 2012 at 11:45 am

You nailed my thoughts on eating around the holidays exactly! I crave healthy food, and then although I’m satisfied, I still want a bite of that cheesecake in the fridge. Ha! Thankful for the new year for a new start :-)


27 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 27, 2012 at 11:58 am

Seriously, I need some of that cake! Maze looks so cute in his Christmas jammies!


28 Meghan @Health Continuum December 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm

I can totally relate to that Christmas eating cycle. By the end of the holiday season my food is literally craving crisp fresh fruits and veggies. Oh and Mazen just keeps getting cuter every new day!


29 Sara @ sarasmiles December 27, 2012 at 12:18 pm

The cycle is tough! Especially when I’m so used to having dessert this time of year. I told myself yesterday that I was going to have no more wine or sweets for a while but that lasted about 5 hours…my roommate asked me to have a glass of wine with her before dinner and of course dark chocolate was necessary after dinner. Sheesh!


30 Annette @FitnessPerks December 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Cute pjs!


31 jodea @ December 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I know exactly what you mean about the Christmas eating cycle! Loaded up on veggies and fruit at the store today but still have a house full of tempting treats!


32 Lisa December 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Love washing babies in the kitchen sink! :)


33 a farmer in the dell December 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Tis the season for stretchy pants! I’m tired of being full too. Looking forward to the celebrations to come to an end and resume a healthy routine. You’re not alone!


34 Lucy December 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Not saying that you should eat sweets till the cows come home but my Nans and grandads are all in their late eighties and they’ve enjoyed a piece of homemade cake or a biscuit or icecream every day! The grandad that has a sweet tooth and had two of my homemade mince pies on a Christmas party is a very skinny 8 stone man!! He’s always remained that weight but always eaten the piece of afternoon cake or biscuit my nan has made them throughout their whole marriage. I was reading the other day about the queen (of england- i live in london)having a couple of biscuits a day, and she’s healthy. I’m not advocating a sugar addiction I’m just trying to say that throughout th history of food it seems people have made sweet things, plus in France they make beautiful little cakes and have every other dy or so and savour and enjoy them. I just think as long as you approach anything with a healthy attitude and don’t allow yourself to become reliant upon or addicted to it then dont worry about it! I love the healthy attitude and I can also see how if it becomes a problem to you then yes you can approach it. I know full fat yoghurt with some cocoa powder or a slice or two of cheese at the end of a meal with walnuts are satiating low sugar ends to meals! Anyway, it’s lovely to see your petty Xmas!!


35 Lucy December 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Pretty Xmas!! Not petty – typing on iPhone sorry. !!


36 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way December 27, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I’m so with you on that cycle! I enjoy every bite around the holidays but I’m just so ready for a clean beginning in January…It’s amazing how NOT hungry I get around the holidays!!! I actually miss that feeling of hunger!


37 mary @ minutes per mile December 27, 2012 at 8:05 pm

what cute christmas pjs! i feel you about a fresh start come january.


38 Verenique B December 27, 2012 at 8:06 pm

i am very sad christmas is over as well! its my fav time of year and i always get so depressed when its over! :( cant wait until next christmas!!! :)
mmmm that gingerbread nutty butter looks amazing! how did it taste???


39 Diana @ Eating Made Easy December 27, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Even the simplest of meals look amazing through your photography. Well done!!!


40 Liz @ iheartvegetables December 27, 2012 at 10:09 pm

Looks like such a fantastic day, Kath! What a great first Christmas for Maze :)


41 Angel7 December 28, 2012 at 12:45 am

I like Mazen’s polar bear outfit :)

Oh my goodness… Those powdered round cookies are the same cookies my mom makes every year, which are my absolute fave! We brought some home with us.


42 Jen December 28, 2012 at 3:25 am

Love your festive posts! Can I just say that you have snagged yourself one good looking man and baby there!? 😉


43 elle December 28, 2012 at 7:44 am

Love your blog. I found it while searching for a recipe. If the sweets aren’t in the house I am fine but if they are…..well you know what happens. Delightful photos of your family.


44 Molly @ RDexposed December 28, 2012 at 8:14 am

He makes the cutest faces!


45 Katie December 28, 2012 at 9:57 am

My kids used to love playing with that doggie, they used to go for the nose too, squeezing and chewing on it. They are 6 and 7 now and I know we kept that dog around until a couple of years ago. Adorable after bath pictures!


46 Sam December 28, 2012 at 5:36 pm

My son has the same dog and, although I find it to be a little creepy, he loves it. :)


47 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance December 29, 2012 at 1:57 am

Gingerbread nut butter?! I just drooled a little bit! Haha


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