Peace & Quiet

August 19, 2012

I’ve always struggled with being able to relax. Often I will do something calm for an hour and then my mind will start to drift to (fun) things to do and relaxation is over. However, I find organizing and getting things done so fulfilling that it’s often just my way of relaxing! The point of the confusing story is that today I had nothing else to do today. The house is totally nested, the honey-do list is complete, and my to-do list is at a bare minimum of weekly work right now. So we just floated around the house reading, making dinner, watching a movie. It was a nice day!


Tonight’s dinner superstar was a ton of okra from our garden baked to a cornmeal crisp!


We used my Better Than Fried Okra recipe and let them cook an extra 10 minutes for extra crisp. This is my favorite way to eat okra! [Also Matt’s new favorite veggie to grow.]



A slab of tofu was baked alongside the okra – just tossed in some olive oil – and then we sauced it up with some Bone Suckin’ Sauce to finish.


And on the side – leftover millet that was well blended with a few heaping tablespoons of coconut butter! My favorite way to consume millet : )



Lackluster photos tonight because it was so cloudy-dark by the time we sat down to eat that we had more light inside than out.


We ended our day by watching half of the movie Into The Wild, which we are really enjoying!! We’ll finish it tomorrow night because reading hour is about to begin. The AC is off and the crickets are chirping in a cool 66* outside. Makes me feel like I’m letting a little wild inside…

G’night weekenders!

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1 [email protected] August 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm

Ooooh okra!!! and Bone Suckin’ Sauce!!!


2 Becca August 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Haha, not a very photogenic meal (beige, beige, beige, red, and red!) …not at all a comment on your photography skills, but on simply the nature of the foods themselves!

Nonetheless, sounds delicious. Love baked tofu!


3 KathEats August 19, 2012 at 8:11 pm

At least there was lots of green underneath!


4 Emily M August 19, 2012 at 8:03 pm

What a great way to spend the weekend before your little man arrives. As a mom of three boys I often daydream of a quiet Sunday filled with laundry folding and shark week. I know though when my little guys are big and I have time to do that again I will be dreaming of them being small and running through our house spreading legos about :) I know you are going to be wonderful parents and am sending good vibes and thoughts your way!


5 KathEats August 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm

: )


6 Annette @FitnessPerks August 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I’ve never had okra before, I don’t think. Gotta try that!


7 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles August 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Awesome meal! It also sounds like your day was a great one- peace and quiet. The sweet sounds of nothing is great sometimes, especially with all the changes that are about to take place in your home :)


8 Katelyn August 19, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Millet + coconut butter?! I’m intrigued…. considering I eat coconut butter by the jar. #forreal


9 Julia August 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Love that movie!


10 Monica August 19, 2012 at 8:39 pm

If you like the movie Into the Wild, you should put the book on to your to reading list. It is great!!!


11 Andrea August 19, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I was just going to say that! The movie is good, but of course, the book is MUCH better!


12 Nina August 19, 2012 at 8:44 pm

So weird- I made cornmeal breaded okra and broiled tofu with BBQ sauce tonight for dinner, too! One of my husband’s favorite meals, and I could eat crispy okra daily. No millett for us- we had little zucchini and corn fritters instead. What a coincidence!


13 Jennifer August 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I wish it was going to be a cool 66 degrees outside tonight here. Our a/c went out Friday night and won’t be fixed until tomorrow. It’s hot in Texas in August. I’ve never looked forward to a Monday this much!


14 Paula August 19, 2012 at 9:01 pm

I haven’t tried tofu in years. The first try was enough for me. I hated it. Then I tried again and it didn’t taste any better. I remember that terrible texture and taste. Maybe I’m just not getting the right kind or doing something right. Okra we love but I coat it in corn meal and fry it. A little fried foods now and then are good for your soul. Or something. We had okra and butternut squash from out garden last night. We have 24 pounds of butternut squash to eat!


15 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 19, 2012 at 9:34 pm

You’re in the strange limbo stage, the waiting game – glad to hear you’re prepared, the decks are cleared, and you basically had nothing to do. YES! That will probably never happen again for like…18 years….so consider it a great day :)


16 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 19, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Haha I don’t think I’ve ever had such an empty to do list, good job!


17 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm

I always have a really hard time relaxing too. It’s definitely nice at times but others it’s just near impossible to sit still.


18 Brie @ Coxswain Dilemma August 19, 2012 at 10:31 pm

I too struggle to “relax” fully. I once attempted to do a ‘breathe and meditate’ type of yoga class, and every class member undoubtedly hated me afterwards. I fidgeted, gazed at the ceiling, made to-do lists in my head, etc. Too funny!


19 Jodie August 19, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Totally random but I have to say, everytime I open your blog now I am anticipating the babys arrival announcement…exciting times. I am due in Feb, so I have loved following it all.


20 Priscilla August 19, 2012 at 10:58 pm

Sounds like a good day to me! :)


21 Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear August 19, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Ooh, I’m going to have to try that with millet. Never eaten it like that before. Oh and this is TOTALLY crazy, but I had a dream last night that you had your baby on a Tuesday…. So if you end up having your baby on a Tuesday I will freak out, and possible think I’m physic (not really, but that would be crazy.)


22 KathEats August 20, 2012 at 2:33 am

Haha I was born on a Tuesday!


23 Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear August 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

no way! crazy 😛


24 Michelle (Peachy Palate) August 20, 2012 at 12:32 am

I must try the coconut butter in the millet! I’m on it tomorrow!!! Just got my first jar of Artisana all the way from the US :) Such a big millet fan and the tofu and okra look incredible. Have never manage to find it in Ireland.


25 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 20, 2012 at 3:10 am

I bet it is such an incredible feeling to be prepared for the baby.

The okra looks incredible. Do you ever find it to be slimy? I will have to try your recipe.


26 KathEats August 20, 2012 at 3:15 am

Yes it is slimy.. That is normal! But it dries out more in this method


27 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 20, 2012 at 4:59 am

Bone sucking sauce sounds interesting. Haven’t seen that over here in the UK.


28 greenbean August 20, 2012 at 8:03 am

Into the Wild is one of my favorite movies. And it has a pretty dope soundtrack


29 Sara R. August 20, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Oh my! I have been trying for YEARS to find a recipe for okra that I enjoy, and your “better than fried okra” is it! My husband loves the stuff but I almost gag whenever I eat it. There’s no slime at all with this preparation method! I added salt and garlic powder to the cornmeal and they came out tasting like ranch! Thanks so much for the recipe!


30 KathEats August 20, 2012 at 6:23 pm



31 Angel7 August 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Organizing is fulfilling to me as well! However, I love relaxin’!


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