Prawns, Pie + Paradise

December 28, 2009


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After mucho reading, Mom, Matt and I went on a sunset walk

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It was QUITE breezy and chilly, but as soon as you get a’movin’ you warm up

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Karen had made some popcorn this afternoon and I had a few handfuls ’cause I was hangry!

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When we returned from our walk, dad put out hors d’oeuvres

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I had about 5 slices –

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And had my first own drink in 2 nights – a Squirrale homebrew sample x2

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The LAST bottle!

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After two of those I knew I was headed for that "I’ll just keep refilling my glass" mode so I went into the kitchen to start the prep and made myself a mocktail

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The boys and I prepared a fun [healthy] dinner

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Carolina prawns!

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Kanz and I danced to jazz while the veggies cooked

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We prepared eggplant, peppers, broccoli and leftover beans with creole seasoning and some chicken broth

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The shrimp were cooked separately

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They produced a nice crust on the pan which we deglazed with some Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc – a honeymoon favorite!!

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The brown bites and wine made a great sauce

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Hungry family members

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Dinner was served…

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The veg

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Hot sawce

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I broke into the wine for dinner – a fabulous Petite Sirah

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Seconds (small pours, but they added up in my blood!)

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For dessert, Larbs and Matt made this ice cream pie!!

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Layers of choco-chip cookie dough (slightly thawed) with toffee topping and hot fudge and caramel.

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MY CUP OF TEA!! I had this plus some nibbles and licked my plate!! So, so good. We almost fought over the last slice but ended up splitting it 8 ways :)

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Cranium is out and so is my water bottle. I’m feeling the effects of drankin’ and kinda wishing this was a sober night after all.

Tomorrow Matt, Kanz and I are hoping to run SEVEN miles! I’m rejuvenated from two days off of running and am testing out the mileage for the potential half mary training. Bald Head is the perfect setting for a long run!


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1 Cole December 28, 2009 at 9:43 pm

That ice cream pie looks ridiculously scrumptious! *cue stomach growls*


2 Olivia December 28, 2009 at 9:44 pm

that pie looks sooooo amazing and is making me drool!!


3 Jenna December 28, 2009 at 9:44 pm

dinner looks great kath! and OMG the dessert looks so delishhhh!


4 Jennifer (Running With Cake) December 28, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Cranium is so fun! It’s a great game to play with a big group too. Have a great run tomorrow.


5 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 28, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Gorgeous beach scenes and perfect food!


6 ashleigh December 28, 2009 at 10:05 pm

can i come on your next family vacation?! you guys are too cute! staying active, eating healthy food and delish desserts :)


7 Food Makes Fun Fuel December 28, 2009 at 10:06 pm

That pie DOES look like paradise


8 Mo @ Mommy RD December 28, 2009 at 10:10 pm

Mmm…wine – what petite syrah did you have? That pie also looks amazing. I wish I could subsist on dessert and wine…Just kidding, I LOVE my veggies too!


9 MarathonVal December 28, 2009 at 10:12 pm

I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone stay more active on vacation than you! But what a beautiful, scenic area to be active!!!

Just curious Kath…. maybe I missed this, but Matt A. is Larb’s guy right? Am I the only one that thinks he looks like he could be your Matt’s brother??


10 Kath December 29, 2009 at 8:26 am

Yes, perhaps I should do a tree :)

Matt Allen is Laura’s boyfriend.

Andrew and Karen are my Matt (Kanz’s) brother and mom.


11 Bronwyn December 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Oh my. That dessert looks amazing! lol. So does the veggie dish. Yum.


12 Megan December 28, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Dinner looks delicious!! A silly question: how did you cook the pan of veggies?? You said with chicken stock and creole seasoning, but did you boil them, steam them, etc? It looks absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to try it myself! Thanks!! :)


13 Kath December 29, 2009 at 8:27 am

Sauteed in some canola oil. We pretty much sautee everything unless I say steam or roast.


14 Danielle (Coffee Run) December 28, 2009 at 10:17 pm

That pie looks soooOOoo good. Good luck on your run tomorrow!


15 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen December 28, 2009 at 10:22 pm

LOVE the veg part of the meal…and the prawns are lookin’ mighty fine too 😉 Good luck with the 7 mile run manana!


16 Katie December 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm

We served the same wine at the restaurant I used to work at! It’s one of my favorites.


17 Wendy December 28, 2009 at 10:32 pm

I want to come vacation with your family! It looks so relaxing. :)

Good luck on the 7-miler tomorrow! That’s over half way to a half mary!


18 Ashley December 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Good to know I’m not the only one who dances while cooking! Those shrimp look great…I think I’ll have to have some tomorrow night…


19 Mama Pea December 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm

I definitely did a double take on your walk pictures, thinking, “That’s the WRONG MATT!!!”


20 Gena (Choosing Raw) December 28, 2009 at 11:07 pm

These photos look like paradise indeed! I just returned from a snowy upstate NY, and it was SO good to be away :)


21 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans December 28, 2009 at 11:08 pm

you are well on your path to a half marathon kath! good luck tomorrow!


22 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 28, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Good luck on your run tomorrow! That ice cream pie looks divine!


23 Christy December 28, 2009 at 11:36 pm

Splitting a piece of pie 8 ways! Wow, musta been good!! 😛


24 Ameena December 28, 2009 at 11:37 pm

Dinner looks great but that pie looks unbelievable!!


25 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope December 28, 2009 at 11:47 pm

Such gorgeous views, and what a fun dinner! I have to say that the pre-dinner popcorn really appealed to me as well. :)


26 Cynthia (It All Changes) December 28, 2009 at 11:52 pm

I can tell you enjoyed the wine a bit. Some of the words are misspelled :-)


27 Kath December 29, 2009 at 8:25 am

That was actually me speaking//typing in a strong southern accent :)


28 Mae December 28, 2009 at 11:56 pm

Once again, I’m super jealous and love your family! Annother beautiful day… 😀


29 amber December 29, 2009 at 12:47 am

looked amazing and so much fun. I love that you include soo many parts of your family and how close everyone is. love it!


30 Katie December 29, 2009 at 1:39 am

Not sure how long you will be on Baldhead..but I am actually heading down there with my family this Wednesday for New Years and as a regular reader I was so suprised to see you were going to be there around the same time too! I love going to Baldhead in the winter because it is a great place to exercise, catch up on some fun reading and feel rejuvanated after the holidays. Glad to see you are having a great time and enjoying the island!


31 Kath December 29, 2009 at 8:28 am

YES! We will be here through Saturday. Sent me an email if you want to get together!!


32 jac December 29, 2009 at 4:05 am

wow.. great use of leftovers for the veg! and beau pics of the sunset!


33 Frogs and Men December 29, 2009 at 4:12 am

What kinds of cheese did you have? They look delicious!

I’ve had that Fumé Blanc, by the way. 2007 not 2008 though–really good with seafood.


34 Kath December 29, 2009 at 8:28 am

Not even sure!


35 Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind December 29, 2009 at 7:00 am

I LOVE the pictures of you two dancing to jazz in the kitchen! Awwww. :)


36 Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 29, 2009 at 7:32 am

ooooh it all looks so great – the walk, the photos, the dinner :) Glad to hear that you are having a fantastic time!!!


37 amanda December 29, 2009 at 7:57 am

Dinner and dessert look insanely delicious!! That is super cool that you both cook together too


38 Paige(Running Around Normal) December 29, 2009 at 8:01 am

What a fun sunset walk! It really is gorgeous there. Dinner looks amazing!! I’ve never even heard of that wine, but it sounds delicious:)
Hope you had fun playing Cranium – Love that game.


39 Carolyn December 29, 2009 at 8:03 am

Definitely gonna have to try the ice cream pie! :)


40 Kasey December 29, 2009 at 8:11 am

Dinner looks yummy (including the pie)!


41 Emily @ The Front Burner December 29, 2009 at 8:19 am

good luck with the RUN today!! hope it goes well so we can do EIGHT next weekend! :) looks like you guys are having a great time.


42 Sharon @ What Is Sharon Doing Now?! December 29, 2009 at 8:21 am

“Kanz and I danced to jazz while the veggies cooked”

That totally made me “awwwwww.” So Sweet! I love it!


43 Allison December 29, 2009 at 8:32 am

I love reading your family vaca stories. Mosty I marvel at how much fun you all have together without getting on one another’s nerves. One afternoon with my parents and siblings is about all we can get through before the arguing begins.


44 Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 29, 2009 at 8:48 am

Cranium is the best! love love LOVE it! hope you enjoyed!


45 Lauren @ Eater not a runner December 29, 2009 at 9:08 am

Your pictures are great, what a beautiful sunset!


46 Cait (Cait's Plate) December 29, 2009 at 9:51 am

They MADE an ice cream pie!?!? That’s amazing! And it looks so incredibly good!

Good luck with the 7 miles! YOU CAN DO IT! 😀


47 Nicole December 29, 2009 at 9:54 am

Dinner looks fanastic and I so have wanted to try the fume blanc. Now that it has a recommendation I will totally try it this new years. Good luck with the run. I have been sidelined and can’t wait to get back out there and on the road


48 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale December 29, 2009 at 9:59 am

I’ve been going for long afternoon walks here in Chicago lately, despite the freezing weather. It really is true, what you say about warming up quickly! Sometimes I’m even sweating, even though it’s 20 degrees off!


49 Morgan @ Life After Bagels December 29, 2009 at 9:59 am

your dinner looks so fancy!


50 HeatherBakes December 29, 2009 at 10:08 am

I love that you all cook together. I wish my family did that! So much fun…
Glad you’re having a good vacation :)


51 Jenny December 29, 2009 at 10:11 am

Dinner looks amazing! Totally my style. And I really love that you listened and knew you were on the verge of that “I’ll just refill my glass mode”…I’m going to pay attention to that more often 😉

Beautiful pictures of y’alls walk as well!


52 Allison K December 29, 2009 at 10:17 am

I love the pics of you and Matt (Kanz) dancing.
Also, I went to highschool with some of the Caranos. My pseudo claim to wine fame!


53 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 29, 2009 at 11:03 am

Oh gosh, the icecream pie looks incredibly delicious….yum! 😀

Have fun on the 7-mile run!! That’s awesome! 😀


54 Sarah December 29, 2009 at 11:51 am

It is so beautiful there and that pie looks amazing!


55 Kristi December 29, 2009 at 12:09 pm

It’s Great to see you are having fun on your vacation- the prawns looks amazing :)


56 Brie (The Fit Bride) December 29, 2009 at 12:10 pm

I want to eat everything in this post. Except the shrimp, because I’m allergic, but cheese and crackers and pie and beer and wine and popcorn? Yes please.


57 Naomi(onefitfoodie) December 29, 2009 at 12:25 pm

looks amazing!!! I love prawns, esp from the carolina’s :)

good luck on your run today!


58 Tina December 29, 2009 at 12:25 pm

Frank’s is the best hot sauce out there. My dad orders it for us by the gallon :) And oh my goodness, that ice cream pie looks incredible!!


59 Beth @ DiningAndDishing December 29, 2009 at 12:38 pm

that pie looks so amazing!! can you post the recipe??


60 lynn @ the actors diet December 29, 2009 at 1:03 pm



61 Anne [email protected] Weigh of Life December 29, 2009 at 1:06 pm

Hope you have a great run!


62 Kristen @ Change of Pace December 29, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Dinner looks fabulous! We spent the day in Southport yesterday so we saw Ol’ Baldy from a distance. We thought about heading over that way but it was waaaay too chilly! If you need lunch on your way back stop in Southport at Baked With Love. Their sandwiches are amazing! Right up your alley I think. Hope you are enjoying your trip! :)


63 Kath December 29, 2009 at 3:41 pm

No way!!! Wish you had come over :( We do need a lunch spot so I’m checking out Baked With Love right now :)



64 Kristen @ Change of Pace December 29, 2009 at 4:04 pm

It really is good… Fresh baked bread always makes a good sandwich!


65 skinnyrunner December 29, 2009 at 2:18 pm

those shrimp look delicious but i think the ice cream pie looks even better!!


66 Fallon December 29, 2009 at 9:59 pm

Yum on the ice cream dessert! How did they make it?


67 Kath December 29, 2009 at 10:20 pm

They just melted the ice cream a bit and piled it into a cookie crust and topped with toffee and treats and re-froze. I think!


68 Danielle January 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Everything looks super yummy! My brother-in-law makes an excellent ice cream pie similar to the one you had tonight and it is SO GOOD!


69 Miriam January 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I might have to take you up on the mocktail idea while I’m on my cleanse these next couple weeks! Thanks for the inspiration. If you’re interested, read about my cleanse here


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