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December 20, 2011

This afternoon I went over to Holly + Eddie’s to meet Baby Finn, just 16 days old!

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He was PRECIOUS! And soooo small! I have never held a newborn baby before – he made my heart melt.

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We snuggled on the couch for a while, and of course Finn obeyed the rule of spitting up on the cleanest woman in the room ;) I didn’t mind though! Holly and I chatted for a while – and I left them with chili and a loaf of Cheddar Garlic, a Chocolata Babka muffin for dessert and granola for mom snackin’!

Back at home, I worked on my own dinner – a roasted medley of chicken, purple + sweet potatoes and kale. Sipped a kombucha for cocktail hour!

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My chicken was attacked because I shaved off half to pack for lunch tomorrow! I will thank myself then. This was The Organic Butcher’s herby chicken breasts. Their chicken is SO tender and juicy compared to most I’ve had in my life. I baked this guy for 30 minutes at 400* to the perfect internal temp.

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Taters! There has to be some college with the colors orange + purple. If you went there, you should make these for game day! I baked these at 400* for 35 minutes or so. Coated in olive oil, cayenne, cinnamon and salt.

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Baked kale. We were too impatient to really crisp it up in the oven, so this was quazi-kale chip style. These were simply olive oil and salt seasoned.

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I bought eggnog today to have on Christmas. I might have to go have a shot for dessert!!

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1 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio December 20, 2011 at 8:25 pm

Beautiful baby! Newborns are just amazing.

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2 Tee @ She Writes, Bites, and Window Shops December 20, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Haha, I sometimes get impatient with my kale in the oven too. Luckily, it’s delicious even if it’s not quite in “chip” form!

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3 Sara December 20, 2011 at 8:27 pm

Totally personal… but are you planning on having kids soon? Seems like you would make such a wonderful mom!

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4 KathEats December 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm

We both definitely want kids, and we’re thinking about it. Not sure when though (and of course luck has to be on our sides too)

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5 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way December 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Well you will make such an awesome mom!!

My husband and I are at the same stage. It’s a huge step and we want to make sure the timing is right in our financial and home life!

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6 Elisabeth December 21, 2011 at 12:19 am

Yep, I think you & Matt seem like you will be great parents ;) A newborn baby looks totally adorable on your shoulder!

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7 Roxanne December 21, 2011 at 6:25 am

It’ll probably happen when you least expect it!

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8 Sara December 21, 2011 at 6:30 am

Good luck and I wish the best for you both! Merry Christmas!

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9 chelsea February 7, 2012 at 5:35 pm

You little fibber! You were pregnant when you posted this! (Saw the link to this blog post on todays post and had to peek!) I wouldn’t have been able to keep it a secret that long!!

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10 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes December 20, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Aww baby Finn is to cute! And dinner looks ahmazing, I’ve never tried a purple potato before… :)

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11 Angel7 December 20, 2011 at 8:29 pm

What an adorable little baby!

I love baby snuggles, and especially baby giggles :)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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12 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 20, 2011 at 8:32 pm

What a precious little bundle and I bet that induces baby fever. Well maybe not but he’s sure a cutie pie!! :)

olive oil, cayenne, cinnamon, and that ketchup or hot sauce…that looks perfect!

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13 natasha December 20, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Love the name! My son’s name is Griffin! You look like a natural holding Finn.

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14 Nicole December 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Orange + purple school colors = Clemson :D

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15 Emily @from my messy desk December 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm

I was thinking gold and purple = LSU = the future national champs!! :) GEAUX TIGERSS! :)

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16 Jennifer G December 21, 2011 at 8:13 am

I was gonna say that too!! I am an alum and still live in Clemson, SC! Go Clemson Tigers!

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17 Jen December 21, 2011 at 8:25 am

Go Gamecocks! :)

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18 Carla February 7, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Jennifer, I live in Clemson too! Go tigers!

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19 Betty December 21, 2011 at 11:03 am

maroon is a shade of purple – yes?
So we must do with Orange and Maroon – go VT HOKIES

I know, you’re in UVA country…..

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20 Melanie December 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm

I just have to butt in and say let’s go mountaineers! :)

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21 Aleksandra @ Diary of a Liveaboard December 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm

My school was maroon and orange, so those would be perfect! Too bad we were division 3 and no one did tailgating. I’ve always wanted to experience it!

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22 Aleksandra @ Diary of a Liveaboard December 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm

That was Susquehanna University, by the way. Seems I can’t edit my comment. Oops!

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23 Mom December 20, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Darling baby!

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24 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm

::swoon:: Seeing ANY babies make my ovaries ache. I pretty much have had baby fever since I was oh.. eight years old. Such a sweetie.

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25 Meagan December 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Chicken’s usually like to get attacked by hungry looking people with forks ;)

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26 keilah December 20, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Clemson!!

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27 Kara December 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm

My brother goes to Clemson, but sadly, he hates sweet potatoes.
And that baby is so adorable! Gahhh, how did you not just eat him up?!

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28 Jennifer December 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Finn is simply adorable!!! You look like a natural holding him. :)

Enjoy your eggnog. I have an almost empty bottle myself. :)

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29 Allie@LiveLaughEat December 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Your lighting set up was working especially well today! Those photos look great…dare I say almost as good as daylight!

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30 KathEats December 21, 2011 at 9:26 am

Funny you should comment that because I was NOT happy with tonight’s photos!

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31 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles December 20, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Your herby chicken looks so flavourful! It would be delicious cold for your lunch…great idea! Baby cuddles are the best!

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32 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh December 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm

What a cute baby! So nice of you to drop off some food for the new parents!

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33 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 20, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Such a cutie! Newborns make my heart melt too and I don’t even want kids ;)

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34 Liz @ Tip Top Shape December 20, 2011 at 9:35 pm

You definitely need an eggnog shot! It is the holiday season, after all :D

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35 Anna Resman December 20, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Okay semi creeper, but I love Matt’s shirt! All about the cancer fighting. And dinner looks delish.

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36 KathEats December 21, 2011 at 9:26 am

:) It was a race he sliced bread for

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37 Army Amy* December 20, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Babies seem to have that same radar that cats have. Cats always find the non-cat people and rub up on them.*

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38 Mom December 21, 2011 at 8:46 am

I am dreading that this holiday. Our old sweet kitty is not exactly who you’d want on your lap.

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39 KathEats December 21, 2011 at 8:49 am

YES SHE IS!

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40 Mom December 21, 2011 at 8:51 am

Well she is for her sweetnesss. but her grooming is getting weird. She always kept herself so nice but not so much anymore….

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41 TS December 21, 2011 at 10:56 am

I mean this in all kindness and love for animals (especially cats), but when a cat’s grooming changes or they stop all together it could mean that there is a serious health issue going on. I think you kitty might be older no? perhaps a vet visit to make sure everything is ok. A cat’s grooming is directly related to their physical health.
Taken from http://animal.discovery.com/healthy-pets/cat-health-101/cat-not-grooming-itself.html
“A vet visit to learn why your cat has stopped grooming should be an early, not last, response to the problem. The vet will determine what’s going on in your cat’s body, or emotions, and prescribe a solution, whether it’s a dental cleaning, medication or a change in diet to address his weight, age, illness or digestive issue.”

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42 Mom December 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

Appreciate your comment. She’s under a vet’s care–just had a checkup and some meds, which helped, recently. (But she’s a bit of a slobberer when she grooms, always has been, and it seems to be getting a little worse,so if she jumps up in your lap, and she’s not your cat, it can be sort of distasteful.)

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43 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats December 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Those are clemson’s colors!! And that baby is so cute! He looks very alert!

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44 Holly December 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

what a precious baby boy! All babies named Finn are cute, but I’m probably biased since I have a 3 month old Fin (Fintan) myself :)

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45 katie @KatieDid December 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I’ve never held a newborn either! Actually that’s not true, I was just looking at a photo of my 2yr old self holding by younger brother. But he is a precious one!

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46 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl December 20, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Finn is the cutest baby!

And dinner, NOM NOM. The chicken looks YUM!

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47 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot December 20, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Baby Finn is so strong for only 16 days! Impressive!

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48 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) December 20, 2011 at 10:11 pm

awww…i love the pictures of you holding Finn! I can’t wait till you have your own!

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49 Khushboo December 20, 2011 at 10:30 pm

That picture alone makes my heart melt!

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50 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I recommend a shot of that eggnog in a cup of coffee in the morning! I quickly got addicted and my eggnog supply had to be replenished so there’s some left for Christmas… ;)

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51 Johanna B December 21, 2011 at 8:52 am

I’ve tho’t about doing that but never got up the nerve to try it. Now, I’ll have to. Thanks for the “idea”.

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52 Kathleen December 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm

Haha, I so drink eggnog “shots” for dessert too!

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53 Kristabel December 20, 2011 at 11:40 pm

What a healthy dinner!

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54 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco December 21, 2011 at 12:58 am

Baby Finn is so cute! I have a 1 year old half brother, so I know what it’s like to have a newborn around.

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55 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com December 21, 2011 at 1:11 am

Beautiful baby! I want to held one now.

For the life of me, I don’t even know why I haven’t tried kale chips. Sigh.

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56 Michelle (Peachy Palate) December 21, 2011 at 3:00 am

Oh my god that baby is just adorable! every time I see your pictures now I get a little excited about my new lights on the way to me; however long it will take! :) eek!

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57 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) December 21, 2011 at 5:43 am

Awww, an itty bitty :) So cute.

Shot of eggnog sounds perfect. Nice night cap!

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58 Roxanne December 21, 2011 at 6:30 am

I was just thinking, a lot of people put a little alcohol in their eggnog, would you guys consider BEER? Maybe Matt could find the best one for the “job”…. Or would that be too yucky?

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59 KathEats December 21, 2011 at 9:27 am

I bet a stout inside would be really good!!

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60 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 21, 2011 at 7:00 am

Aww Finn is such a cutie! Babies always make me melt into a mushy pile of goo. :)

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61 Sara @my less serious life December 21, 2011 at 8:15 am

can i just say that that is the cutest baby i have seen in a loooooong time.

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62 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 21, 2011 at 8:17 am

Never had purple potatoes but they look so pretty next to the sweet potatoes!

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63 Heather H December 21, 2011 at 8:31 am

Baby Finn is so affordable! I love babies. My niece was born this summer and I forgot what it was like to hold a newborn.

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64 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope December 21, 2011 at 8:31 am

Awww, such a cute baby!! Finn is a cute name too :) I love purple potatoes. I think it’s only because purple is my favorite color! ;)

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65 Hillary December 21, 2011 at 8:34 am

I know everyone’s swooning over the baby, and I totally am, too—but I’m still additionally swooning over this chocolate babka muffin you speak of. Send some to Baltimore? ; )

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66 KathEats December 21, 2011 at 9:27 am

I bet the Columbia location makes Chocolate Babka!

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67 Nicole February 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm

They do! Delicious!

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68 Hillary February 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I live dangerously close to that location. Don’t tell me this! Haha!

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69 Johanna B December 21, 2011 at 8:50 am

I had a glass of eggnog last night for dessert. It was commercially prepared but I had freshly grated nutmeg on top which counts for something. It was yummy.

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70 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning December 21, 2011 at 9:19 am

Ooh- you look like a pro!!
Greg and I are at that point, too, where we’re thinking about it.. and talking about it.. and are not getting any younger (I’ll be 32 in less than 2 months and he turns 38 on Jan. 1st!)
I love newborns, but they are SO delicate- makes me nervous almost!

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71 occula December 21, 2011 at 10:02 am

I love holding wee little newborns – and then handing them back! :-)

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72 Megan December 21, 2011 at 10:11 am

I will definitely be making those potatoes for the fall tailgates at Clemson next season!

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73 Megan December 21, 2011 at 10:15 am

Also, I was driving through a part of town (Greenville, SC) that I’m usually not in yesterday doing some Christmas shopping and you will never guess what I saw…a Great Harvest Bread Co! And almost caused my boyfriend to drive off the road because I squealed so loudly…needless to say, I am just slightly excited about going back to check it out this afternoon and make some yummy purchases :)

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74 KathEats December 21, 2011 at 11:44 am

Wheee!

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75 Jennifer G December 21, 2011 at 2:25 pm

in greenville, SC? No way! I must find it!

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76 Megan December 22, 2011 at 10:46 am

It’s on the Simpsonville end of Woodruff Road :)

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77 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count December 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

The potato combo sounds good…the baby is so Cute!

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78 Charise December 22, 2011 at 7:54 am

We’ve got a couple newborn friends around here and I die of their adorableness everytime I hold them, even though we still want to wait a few years for a kid, if at all. So fun (and relaxing!) to get to hold others’ babies for now!

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