Plum Struck

September 21, 2011


It’s been a juicy day here. With plums and all.

I spent the morning at cycle class (with Sara!) and then came home to do some more unpacking of art from the attic. The good news is we have less than I thought! That means less to hang – wahoo! That pretty lady in white is Karen’s wedding photo (!)


A lot of the art went from Charlotte to new house and skipped our rental house and was covered in some grossness, so I got out my germicidey Basic G and cleaned it all off. Much better!


Really really lovin’ the new wine rack!!


For a couple who loves wine as much as we do, we’ve had the most pathetic rack in the past two houses – on the floor, collecting dust, hidden away from visibility due to the on-the-floor characteristic. I just love that not only does this rack look cool, but it also shows off the wine rather than hide it!


I always go to cycle class still full from breakfast. Since there is minimal bouncing, that’s fine with my stomach. The class is at 9:15 and it’s over by 10:15 – which means my breakfast is fainting away – yet it’s not time for lunch. I’m finding on these days I just have a small snack – like a piece of fruit or some granola clusters to take the edge off of my blood sugar drop. I’m not hungry, so I don’t really want anything bigger and I definitely don’t want a full meal. The snack replenishes energy and actually held me until 1:30 to eat lunch.


I ate leftover Eggplant Coconut Curry with tons of yogurt on top.


And that plum. Love plums.


After lunch, I WALKED ( <—feel the excitement!) to run some errands. To the jewlery store, drugstore, bank, city clerk’s and to pick up my car from an oil change, all in one. Walking is glorious!! Growing up we lived 3 blocks from downtown Hillsborough and that was just wonderful. I’m so glad to be a small town girl again.

I popped into CVS to see they had flu shots. Usually getting one hangs over me for months, so I decided to knock it out early. DONE and done! [And free! And painless – for the most part!]

Back home. Sorta ready for a snack. Going to hang some art!

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1 Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites September 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

That wine rack is spectacular! Where did you get it?? It is so clean and tasteful looking.

I have been eating eggplant parm leftovers over the past couple days and I think I am having an allergic reaction to something because I am SO itchy!!! I really hope it’s not eggplant… that would be tragic.


2 KathEats September 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

IKEA 2 days ago


3 Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman September 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

I love the wine rack also! So sleek and modern looking:)


4 Dot September 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I love that picture of Karen!


5 Lea @ Healthy Coconut September 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm

I wished I lived in a small town like yours but also close to a big city that I can drive to.

I’ve lived in SoCal all my life and it’s all about driving and traffic around here. But the culture and beaches are great and all the outdoor activities is probably the reason why we will stay here for a long time.

But I do want to vacation to a small town just to see what life is like and explore that small town vibe


6 Johanna B September 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm

The hospital where I work requires flu shots for all employees every fall. Ours will be coming up shortly. Good for you for getting it over with early.


7 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine September 21, 2011 at 3:15 pm

That’s so nice you can walk everywhere Kath. :) Yay! I’m lovin the wine rack too—wish I had bought two myself instead of just one!


8 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

The wine rack looks great – and super stylish!!! I’ve never actually had a flu shot and I don’t tend to get sick in the winter (knock on wood) but good for you for aiming to get it out of the way early!


9 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Glad you are able to walk so many places..that’s awesome. And walking to a jewelry store? And living that close? Oh, that could be dangerous for me :)

The new wine rack is awesome! Super cool find and great hanging/mounting. I’m sure that was a project. But a worthwhile one :)


10 [email protected] September 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Mmm I love plums too!! I’m going to be sad when nectarines and plums are out of season (it’s getting close!)…I’ve loved them this season.

Your wine rack is awesome! Love the look.


11 Holly @ The Runny Egg September 21, 2011 at 3:23 pm

There are a few places I can walk to: Costco, the mall and the library :)

I love how your wine rack looks!


12 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I wish I lived in a more walkable area! Wallking anywhere is practically unheard of here.


13 Anna @ On Anna's Plate September 21, 2011 at 3:28 pm

I love those wine racks…we’ve been looking for some nicer ones too. Love that first pic– so crisp!


14 deva @ deva by definition September 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Plums are one of my favorite fruits. Alas, this year I have been plum-less.


15 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Everything looks great!! I lovee plums :)


16 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

i LOVE that wine rack!

is the light we see in your pictures during the day all natural light? if so, you are SO lucky in that new house of yours!! it is so bright!


17 KathEats September 21, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Yeah! That’s why I loved this house


18 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Sounds like you are having a great day. I hope to live in a small town at some point in my life. I love where we live now, but we live here for our kids. I can’t wait for the day that we live where we want to live for us.


19 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy September 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Sounds like you are having a very productive day! Cannot wait to see all the art work hung up on the walls!


20 Katie of Cabbage Ranch September 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I wish we could walk more places, but we’re halfway to the boonies. It’s the tradeoff for having a few acres to keep horses on. The good news is, my runs have no streetlights in sight!


21 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm

YES! That wine rack looks even better with wine in it! I’m tempted to go get my own to replace my silly little wine rack.

And that picture of Karen caught my eye right away – stunning!


22 Danielle September 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I love your wine rack too. We are wine lovers but I have a question for you. I notice most of the time that you and Matt only drink maybe a glass a piece. What do you do to preserve the rest of the bottle? Or do you always have guests over and end up consuming the entire bottle in one setting? I haven’t found a way that really keeps the wine until the next day – or at least not a way where the wine actually tastes good the next day. Thanks!


23 KathEats September 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm

If we do open a bottle, I usually have 1.5 glasses and Matt finishes it off (2.5ish?) On rare occasions we have some left I just recork and try to drink the next night. I don’t think wine more than 3 days old is good


24 Angel7 September 21, 2011 at 3:49 pm

The wine rack looks really nice on that wall! It fits perfectly!

Things are really coming together nicely in your new home!


25 Kiran @ September 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Ikea has many hidden gems :)

BTW, I have the exact same dish linen!


26 marie September 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm

If there is a lot of sunlight in the room where you have the wall mounted wine rack, it could affect the wines negatively, especially if they are there for a long time. I would perhaps leave the more valuable bottles or the ones you plan to keep for a while in a different, darker space.


27 KathEats September 21, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Oh good point! We will have to drink fast..


28 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 21, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Yah!! You walked! :) Very cool!

I love yogurt on almost anything….esp if it is Greek yogurt!


29 Kristie September 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm

I love how living in a walkable/bike-able place just improves mood so much! At least, it does for me and it sure seems like it does for you!


30 Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I really love that wine rack too!


31 [email protected] September 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Found your blog and love it!


32 KathEats September 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm



33 Alexa @ Simple Eats September 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Love that wine rack, it looks so polished and clean on the wall!


34 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I love old wedding photos… just amazing!!

I also love the wine rack. You should take a picture of it each week, as I’m sure y’all will have various wines in it each week.


35 Rose September 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm

I owned that same wine rack and loved it. The nice part is that if you ever get sick of looking at wine, you could always drape something festive on it. I once used it for necklaces and scarves :)


36 Cait's Plate September 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I almost don’t want to comment because it currently says you have “26” comments and I don’t want to ruin that for you!! Haha. Hopefully there will be many more by the time I press “submit”

Anyway – LOVE the wine rack (as already stated) – it looks even better with all the bottles in there. So jealous.


37 KathEats September 21, 2011 at 5:26 pm

hee hee


38 Hillary September 21, 2011 at 4:52 pm

The walk factor is definitely something I miss a ton about living in the city. I loved getting extra exercise without even thinking about it!


39 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm

haha, i can walk everywhere too, but I live in downtown Chicago! But I’m with you – honestly i’m a small town girl at heart. just got to find the right town! Also, for my mom’s birthday one year, my dad had a wine cellar built for her in our basement… perhaps you should hint for that gift in the future!


40 lynn @ the actor's diet September 21, 2011 at 5:14 pm

i got my flu shot last year on a blogger date!


41 Liz September 21, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I love that wine rack – such a fun, modern way to display the wine!

I got my flu shot at work this week…made my arm sore for 3 days, as usual…


42 Krissy September 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

We have that same wine rack! I find myself looking for skinny bottles with pretty labels just for the wall. Fat bottles don’t fit. We got a case at Preston in Dry Creek and NONE of them fit!


43 KathEats September 21, 2011 at 5:41 pm

What a bummer!!!


44 Krissy September 21, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Not too bummed though bc that wine is amazing! Just meant drinking it first :)


45 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 21, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Being able to walk everywhere is the best! That’s one of my favourite aspects of campus life. Well, that plus free gym membership!


46 Brooke (Tea & Tofu) September 21, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Ohhh, love the wine rack, and that turquoise bowl! So pretty!


47 Kat September 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Are they giving free flu shots at CVS? That’s something on my to-do list as well!


48 Greg September 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Yeah, I wondered the same thing..Free?


49 KathEats September 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm

It was free with my insurance… not sure about in general


50 Karen September 22, 2011 at 6:42 am

Yes…Walgreens and Osco Pharmacies provide them free of charge too.


51 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled September 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm

That wine rack is amazing! I love how it looks like a piece of art but it’s functional at the same time.


52 Anna September 21, 2011 at 6:45 pm

It’s my dream to live in small town (preferably a port town, perhaps in Europe….:)) and be able to walk to anything I need.

We keep our red wine in a filing cabinet, haha… a wine rack would be multiple steps up.


53 Julia September 21, 2011 at 6:57 pm

My flu shot actually hurt a bit! It left a bruise, too…maybe because it goes into the muscle?


54 KathEats September 21, 2011 at 8:52 pm

I learned this trick from a nurse about 10 shots ago: hang your arm like it’s dangling from a thread. Don’t stand up straight – but at an angle. I haven’t had a shot hurt since!


55 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 21, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I love that wine rack and I’m not even a wine drinker!


56 Lauren September 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I usually have to have a small snack after spin too! Since it’s such a high cardio/intensity workout, it does drop my blood sugar a bit so some yogurt or a granola bar or piece of fruit usually does the trick until my next meal. But I DEFINITELY have to eat something before hand. It’s weird because I don’t always have to before I run but spin is different for some reason.


57 katie @KatieDid September 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Yup, my house I grew up in is a 7 minute walk from our downtown, and now living at school my apartment is just about the same distance. I LOVE walking and biking to do errands, its so relaxing and you kill so many birds with a single stone- exercise, saving gas money, saving the environment, vitamin D!, and getting errands done.


58 Lara @ TresLaLa September 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm

We have WAY too much wine… (I know, I know, shouldn’t be an issue…) but, I had to buy super-utilitarian wine racks (and create a spreadsheet so I know which rack what I want is in).

When we lived in Houston, we were able to walk to all the great bars, restaurants, shops, etc. near my hubby’s place (I had an apartment a little bit away, with good places to walk to from there, too). Now we live in the ‘burbs… :-/


59 Meredith @ Food, Shoes, and Booze September 21, 2011 at 7:57 pm

ooo I love that wine rack!! That would be perfect for my tiny apartment :) I hate taking up floor space!


60 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 21, 2011 at 8:19 pm

I love that wine rack!!


61 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) September 21, 2011 at 8:36 pm

That wine rack is awesome. I love that you can walk/bike to most of your errands. I am so jealous!! Walking is just not feasible where we live. :(


62 alison September 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm

What’s in the regular flu shot?
Egg proteins: including avian contaminant viruses
Gelatin: can cause allergic reactions and anaphylaxis are usually associated with sensitivity Polysorbate 80 (Tween80™): can cause severe allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis. Also associated with inferility in female mice.
Formaldehyde: known carcinogen Triton X100: a strong detergent
Sucrose: table sugar Resin: known to cause allergic reactions
Gentamycin: an antibiotic Thimerosal: mercury is still in multidose flu shot vials

I can’t say I agree with any of these things going into my body! Shots are bad and one of the worse things to get. I don’t mean to be rude at all! Its just something I strongly disagree with.
On a lighter note:), I love the wine rack! I also really enjoy your blog Kath, I read it daily:)


63 KathEats September 21, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Please respect my decisions! People die of the flu every year.


64 Di September 22, 2011 at 10:19 am

You go Girl!!! In my house we choose to protect everyone because it would be devastating for my husband to come down with the flu. If anyone has seen what a severe illness like that does to a Type 1 Diabetic you know what I’m talking about.


65 Jen September 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm

I work in the Health Professions and have never gotten a flu shot. Nor do I intend to for several reasons including some of the above mentioned. However, I think it’s everyone’s own personal decision. If they have been brought up getting a shot as well then it may be best to continue. There will always be conflicting reasons for and against everything in life.


66 L. September 23, 2011 at 8:52 am

I’ve got to weigh in here and say I passionately agree with not getting the flu shot. It’s all propaganda… people need to work on getting their immune systems in top shape instead of relying on a shot full of toxins. Perhaps it would be a bit different (perhaps) if someone was immune compromised. But even so, they are just GUESSING what strains will be going around this year. I once got a flu shot and became so sick right after getting it– won’t be doing that again. I also know plenty of people who got the flu shot, yet ended up with the flu anyway…


67 Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas September 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Mmm that curry sounds so good to this coconutoholic over here!!! lol are you still living in NC?


68 Heather September 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Book recommendation: “Kindred” by Octavia Butler. I think you might enjoy it quite a bit!


69 cat @ cat's belly fat cure September 21, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I love the new wine rack too. Looks so perfect there. I’ve just recently in the past month started exercising again, and have a friend who teaches cycling. She’s invited me to come to her class, so far I’ve been too chicken to go. I used to do it years ago & remember it being an awesome workout.


70 Teresa September 21, 2011 at 9:08 pm

What is your Basic-G ‘recipe’ for a squirt bottle. I think I put too much in there, but I have never found one for smaller quantities. Thanks!


71 KathEats September 21, 2011 at 9:11 pm

It’s It’s ½ tsp. per 16 oz. bottle. Very confusing that it’s not on there!


72 Teresa September 21, 2011 at 9:17 pm

I wonder if they even want the general public to buy that stuff. It is SO buried in their website.
Thanks for the recipe! I was using 1 t.


73 Khushboo September 22, 2011 at 12:37 am

That wine rack looks too cool- so grown up !


74 Felicia (Natural + Balanced) September 22, 2011 at 8:51 am

hey kath- is this the regular buddha bowl or the baby one? i’ve been eyeing them and think i’m going to buy it. just can’t decide which size to get!


75 KathEats September 22, 2011 at 8:53 am

Hey – it’s the regular!


76 Felicia (Natural + Balanced) September 22, 2011 at 9:01 am

thank you!


77 Sonya September 22, 2011 at 9:48 am

You gave me an idea for the two eggplants I have at home! I’m guessing your recipe is simple: saute cubed eggplant, add curry powder, salt, pepper, coconut and cocounut butter?? Thanks!


78 Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine September 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I love walking places ! It’s so refreshing and relaxing, if you stop and enjoy it :)


79 Jessy (squeezetheday) September 23, 2011 at 10:55 am

We have a ton of plums at home – do you have any recipes with them?


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