Pack + Mac

October 15, 2009

All packed!!

Boy packing up winter clothes is so much fluffier than summer. We have a 45 pound suitcase we’re sharing!

This was the second time I made a smoothie to take with me to Thursday night class and it was the second time it held me over perfectly. Something about coating the stomach with liquid must do the trick. I drank it at 5PM and by my 8:30PM arrival home I was perfectly hungry for dinner made by Matt.

Smoothie ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 packet Vega berry flavor
  • Handful ice
  • 1 tbsp chia
  • ~3 tbsp cottage cheese (using up the last of the Daisy shipment!)

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I arrived home to a smiling husband and veggie mac!

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A box of Annie’s White Cheddar (thanks Danica!) sprinkled with a few leftover cheese pieces and sriratcha

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And a mixture of sauteed kale and frozen sugar snap peas

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As part of Operation Bar Stash Reduction I packed a bunch for our trip. I found two You Bars at the bottom of my basket and realized they were expired :( Not wanting to bite into a bad bar when I really needed it, I broke into them just for taste test purposes.

An O-Bar was disgusting and went right in the trash.

This Cashew one was strange – it had the consistency of a protein bar of sorts but a nice honey aroma. I wasn’t a big fan though. After we both tasted it, it also was tossed.

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And this Jason’s Bar was all tart fruit – which I do not care for in bars. Had a little nibble –

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And that’s that!


This afternoon I got a fun surprise in the mail from Open Sky – a beautiful bamboo cutting board and serving tray for the shop.

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One side has these built in hollows so you can chop veggies or assemble a fruit and cheese platter and serve on the same board.

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The other side is all cutting board.

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Both boards come out so you can also serve on a thin board too. I can already see these as pretty KERF lunch plates and/or our Thanksgiving Day appetizer platter. Would make a great gift for a foodie as well.

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Can’t WAIT for my Smoothie In A Cup!! And to breathe the Western air for the first time. Our flight is at 7:50 so we’re getting up at 5AM. Since the Charlotte airport is super cool, I’ll blog when I get there!

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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lizzy October 15, 2009 at 9:18 pm

that serving try looks so sleek! i like it alot! :)


2 Food Makes Fun Fuel October 15, 2009 at 9:19 pm

45 pounds is quite the suitcase!


3 Jenna October 15, 2009 at 9:23 pm

smoothie looks great! matt did a great job on dinner!
that cutting board will be useful!


4 Jenna October 15, 2009 at 9:24 pm

great lookin smoothie! matt did a nice job on the dinner, great combo! that cutting board will come in handy a lot!


5 Weekly Bite October 15, 2009 at 9:24 pm

have a great trip!! Can’t wait to hear all about it!


6 Kristen October 15, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Pretty cutting board! I use mineral oil on my bamboo one to keep it moisturized (for lack of a better word)! Safe travels!


7 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 15, 2009 at 9:26 pm

I LOVE that bamboo board!!


8 Daria @ Daria Can Cook October 15, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Every time I see someone having veggie mac & cheese I wish I could digest lactose. :(

Have a great trip!


9 bobbi October 15, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Love the BOARD! I also love me some MAC AND CHEESE!


10 Stephanie October 15, 2009 at 9:43 pm

love the cutting board / serving tray combo! gotta check that one out :)


11 lynn (The Actors Diet) October 15, 2009 at 9:52 pm

so jealous you’re done packing – i am in the midst of it right now. why does it take so much longer than it should?!?!


12 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries October 15, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Have a safe flight and a great trip!

And that does look like the perfect foodie gift!


13 Kat (Kat's Daily Plate) October 15, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Have a great, easy, and safe trip!
Love the mac+ hot sauce combo- looks yummy!


14 Lindsay October 15, 2009 at 10:15 pm

That cutting board looks really nice! I can think of lots of fun uses for that!


15 Jessica October 15, 2009 at 10:15 pm

mmm a smoothie sounds really good right now!
veggie mac looks delish!


16 theskinnyplate October 15, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Have a safe trip.


17 Sara October 15, 2009 at 10:17 pm

Kath, I’d like to buy some Nuttzo from your shop, but I was thinking of saving the 2nd jar for a holiday gift, so I was wondering: are the expiration dates far out? What’s the shelf life? Thanks for the info, and for introducing me to this neat product. :)


18 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 15, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Congrats on getting everything packed this afternoon! I know how much work that can be, but it will feel good to go to bed prepared!

What a neat smoothie! I’m totally intrigued by the cottage cheese addition. It must make it so thick and creamy! YUM!

Love the new cutting board. Definitely a handy tool!


19 ellen eats beets October 15, 2009 at 10:23 pm

omg that cutting board is beautiful!!


20 BroccoliHut October 15, 2009 at 10:50 pm

I agree re: the honey cashew YouBar–it was an odd texture but tasted alright.


21 Sues October 15, 2009 at 10:52 pm

I have that cutting board and I absolutely love it! Have a fun trip!!!


22 Melissa October 15, 2009 at 10:58 pm

I have been reading this blog for a really long time, but I never comment. I am thinking about using calorie King, but I was wondering if you planned out your meals in advance or upload it as you go.
I am a college student so some of my meals are prepared (which makes it very hard to count calories accurately)
Does anyone have any suggestions about this?


23 Danica October 15, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Awww – I LOVE that he cooked dinner for you – he gets so many good hubby points for that! I LOVE the Annie’s White Shells and Cheddar although the 5-grain (it has quinoa in it!) is now my favorite!

Have a fun trip!


24 Danica October 15, 2009 at 11:14 pm

P.S. I forgot to say – LOVE that board – what a FANTASTIC surprise in the mail for sure :) Can’t wait to watch you use it.


25 Whole Body Love October 15, 2009 at 11:41 pm

I’m not usually into bars. I want to be because of the convenience. But, I just want a small meal instead.


26 Ris October 16, 2009 at 12:14 am

Have an awesome trip!

I love jazzing up mac and cheese – my fave additions are spinach, edamame and garlic, so we’re totally on the same page with this one

… and the board is amazing, I can’t wait for my own kitchen just so i can start amassing beautiful things like it!


27 Jenn (www. ) October 16, 2009 at 2:25 am

Mac + cheese + cutting boards = 2 of my favorite things to find in the kitchen lol! :)



28 christie @ honoring health October 16, 2009 at 4:34 am

I’m so jealous of Matt’s ability to make dinner. My dear husband isn’t that great cooking on his own though I am teaching him how to be a really good helper 😀

Travel safe!


29 angieinatlanta October 16, 2009 at 5:05 am

Mmm…I love spicing up mac and cheese! I always douse mind in hot sauce.

Have a safe flight!!


30 Stacey October 16, 2009 at 7:04 am

Were you not FREEZING with that smoothie!? It was soooo cold here yesterday, I could barely drink my iced coffee without my fingers falling off, lol. Hope you have a wonderful trip! Oh and I am now craving mac and cheese, haha


31 Anne [email protected] Weigh of Life October 16, 2009 at 8:35 am

I love that cutting board-it rocks!


32 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale October 16, 2009 at 9:00 am

Fancy mac n cheese is the best: it’s comfort food, and it’s a cheap meal!


33 Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama October 16, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Sriracha is the best!!! I eat it on EVERYTHING!


34 Kath October 16, 2009 at 6:58 pm

My jar says “Best before 9/2010”

I used do to a little of both. I’d pack a lunch and log it in advance but leave dinner open or vice versa.

Oh man – sounds awesome!



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