Projects + Crafts

February 14, 2011

Ever made a Swedish heart? My grandmother send me a V-day craft project in the mail!


Not sure I’ve quite figured it out yet!

I worked all morning on a Home Neat Home post and polished up my Kath, RD page with a ton of freelance work, affiliations and media coverage over the past 3.5 years of blogging. I’m glad to have it all in one spot!


Matt and I went out on a run before lunch. Would you believe it is 68 degrees here?!!?! INCREDIBLE! The high on Friday is in the 70s! I’ve taken the winter off of running more than ~4-6 miles here and there. Warmer weather makes me crave a hard run again, so I hope to get back into it soon!

We ran 4.5 miles in 45 minutes all around our neighborhood.

Then we ate eggs! Is it Easter yet?



I made a green salad with a few veggies, drizzled in olive oil and honey and salt and pepper, topped with an egg, topped with a chopped fig, some chopped rosemary and THE BEST BLEU CHEESE!!


Plus half an apple (shared with Matt) with Nuttzo PF!




I’ve been craving lemon cookies because of my JR Watkins lotion. Do any of you have any good lemon cookie recipes that are similar to Girl Scout cookies?!

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1 Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty February 14, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Sadly, no good lemon cookie recipes for you. But now I have to go research the Swedish heart! Looks like a lovely puzzle/card. Enjoy your V day.


2 Annette February 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm

What a lovely run I am sure. No lemon cookies- but make sure you grate (a clean!) lemon rind into whatever recipe you use because it brings out the flavor so much more!


3 Christie {Nourishing Eats} February 14, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Wow, you have had so many accomplishments from this blog – go Kath!!! It is 70* here also, I was able to get out for a really long, nice walk and it was awesome. Spring is in the air so early and I couldn’t be happier!


4 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Enjoy the sunny “spring” weather. We had our share last week, now it’s typical February rain today =/ Beautiful lunch – mmm!


5 Melissa @ HerGreenLife February 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I’m glad I got out and enjoyed the wonderful weather here over the weekend, but this makes me sad that now I’m stuck at my desk at work all week :( I’ll at least be getting out and taking walk breaks every day, though.

We also have lots of greens for salads this week, thanks to local farmers with hoop houses. I like hard boiled eggs on salads, but I’ve never thought to top a salad with a fried egg. Interesting . . .


6 Allison @ Happy Tales February 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Looooove the heart-shaped nutbutter on your apple!! And today is GORGEOUS here in Charlotte… it’s up in the 60’s here, too!! Happy Valentine’s Day to y’all! :)


7 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) February 14, 2011 at 3:43 pm

It’s the same weather here! I LOVE IT. We are expecting 73 on Friday, woo hoo! Glad you were able to go for a run on this beautiful day :) Enjoy your Valentine making!


8 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I love that it is getting warmer out!!!

And how adorable is that Nuttzo heart on your apple!If that wasn’t cone on purpose I am super impressed! :)

No idea about lemon cookies, but I want some!


9 caroline February 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

thats ALL you ate for a meal after running 4.5 miles?!


10 KathEats February 14, 2011 at 6:04 pm

It was plenty filling!? Do I need to do a calorie count for you?


11 caroline February 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I’m sorry, you’re right I shouldn’t judge by just a picture-that’s unfair. You don’t deserve that, especially on valentines day. Keep up the good work, your blog is wonderful and I do admire your creativity with food!


12 Katy (The Singing Runner) February 14, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I hear you on wanting to run in this wonderful weather! I can’t wait till I’m healed from my injury! I always seem to get injured when the weather is at it’s best. :/ Haha…oh well!


13 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 14, 2011 at 4:00 pm

marvelous job, Kath, on getting everything assembled all in one place. Such a great feeling but such an undertaking. Glad you’ve got it all organized.

Love the heart-shaped dollop of Nuttzo, too :)


14 Samantha February 14, 2011 at 4:01 pm

My kids have been making those hearts all week 😀


15 Mom February 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Oh good! We need to send your kids to Charlottesville to show Kath.


16 Samantha February 14, 2011 at 5:35 pm

That would be fun, but I think Google-ing would be cheaper 😉


17 lynn @ the actor's diet February 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm

don’t have any lemon cookie recipes but if you can, make them meyer lemons! i just had some amazing ones the other day in a lemon bar + lemonade


18 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey February 14, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Love the Nutzo heart! :)
Happy V’day!



19 Estela @ Weekly Bite February 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Fantastic looking lunch as always :)

Enjoy the rest of your Valentines Day :)


20 Katherine: Unemployed February 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I didn’t realize you’d done so much work in print etc. such a great new page update!


21 Kelly February 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm

As much as I love eggs, I have never eaten a fried egg on a salad. You always give me such great food combination ideas! Happy Valentine’s Day!


22 Eliz@The Sweet Life February 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

I love the Swedish heart AND the logos on your page! Wow–very impressive.


23 Maryann (The Balanced Bean) February 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm

I agree–I am just not down with running in the winter!!


24 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) February 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm

your lunch looks like mine !


25 Emily February 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Hi Kath! I’ve been searching for some copycat girl scout lemon cookies, too. I found this site that had some recipes:

I haven’t tried any of the recipes yet, though.


26 KathEats February 14, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Cool, thanks!


27 Ashley February 14, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Best lemon cookies ever: Paula Deen’s Gooey Butter Cookies! ( Just replace the chocolate cake mix with lemon cake mix. My mom and I dislike lemon desserts but LOVE these. Sadly, they aren’t healthy – but they’re completely worth it.


28 KathEats February 14, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Ooo!! I don’t have cake mix in my house though :(


29 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) February 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I’m loving the warmer weather! The PB heart on your apple is so cute.


30 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats February 14, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Love the apple with the heart :)


31 Natalia - a side of simple February 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm

That Nuttzo shaped heart is too cute!

You’ve built up quite a an extended portfolio, online and in print! Congratulations!


32 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 14, 2011 at 4:57 pm

I wish I had a lemon cookie recipe because I love the Girl Scout ones! The Beyond The Blog section looks great Kath – it must be so nice to look back at all those accomplishments. Congratulations!


33 Sarah @ The Strength of Faith February 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm

It’s beautiful here, too! It got up to 55! (CT – that’s warm for here!) I stopped at one of the waterfalls on my way home to take some photos – It was funny to see the water gushing through the holes in the ice.

Thanks for organizing all of that info! I can’t wait to see some of the online stuff you’ve done.


34 Baking 'n' Books February 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I am excited to go check about that page – thank you. I had a work lay-off today and am terrified. I need hope. Badly.

Would love some of that sun!! (literally and figuratively 😉 )


35 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 14, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I used to love those lemon girl scout cookies. Mmmm.


36 Lynda February 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Happy Valentine’s Day! I’ll think of a healthy lemon cookie, and get back to you. Just wanted to share a new sprouted bread I love from French Meadow Bakery; Sprouted 16 grain & seed. Found it at my local health food store and loooooovvve it!! I thought you would too.

Give it a try, thanks for all your wonderful recipes and photos, you inspire me everyday!



37 Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 14, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I remember making Valentine’s Day crafts in elementary school..they were always so much fun. :)


38 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks February 14, 2011 at 5:52 pm

JR Watkins! OMG! I just thought about something I haven’t thought of in years…the Watkins Man!

Back in the day, Watkins products were sold door to door. It was really important for people who lived out in rural areas and such. Over time, the practice faded, however I remember in the 80s, my grandmother used to get visits from the Watkins Man. They would schedule an appointment (like you would with an Avon rep) and the Watkins Man would come to our living room and show us all of his new products. Then my grandmother would place an order.

Thinking back, I guess my grandmother didn’t really need to call the Watkins man…we lived in San Francisco, after all. Maybe it was a throwback to her days growing up in northwestern Georgia, far away from big cities? No idea. I just remember The Watkins Man, and it makes me smile! :)


39 KathEats February 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Interesting story!


40 Kiran February 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm

Love the apple with Nutzo! Happy V-day Kath & Matt :)


41 Hannah February 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm

Rosemary and blue cheese! What a wonderful idea to combine those two strong flavours!


42 Lee @ Fit Foodie Finds February 14, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Kath! I am very impressed with your media coverage! That is something to be very proud of! Also, JEALOUS that your weather is so amazing. It was 39 here in Minneapolis today and I thought that was awesome.

PS. Love the nut butter heart on your apple :)


43 KathEats February 14, 2011 at 6:07 pm

THanks y’all!


44 Alaina February 14, 2011 at 6:12 pm

We were in the high 40s today and I loved it! I can’t wait for more outdoor running weather.

Is your heritage Swedish? My great grandmother was born in Vastervik, Sweden. I would love to go during the summer solstice. :-)


45 Marci February 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Your freelance work is really inspiring. Not just Oprah but all of it. I have done some local things (not that Houston is small!) but moving bigger has been a challenge. It’s always great to see what is possible to come from blogging.


46 Simply Life February 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm

the new pages/updates look great!


47 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 14, 2011 at 6:26 pm

Have you tried the Trader Joe’s lemon cookies? THey are pretty good!

Read about an MIT grad invention that turns brewery waste into fuel to power the plant and thought of you guys: So cool.


48 KathEats February 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm

We don’t live close enough to TJs!

Cool about that brewery!


49 Amanda (The Nutritionist Reviews) February 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm

The fixed up pages look great! You have had many accomplishments!


50 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn February 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm

I think my insides would literally explode if it were 68 degrees here, I would be so happy I would turn into bits and pieces! That lunch looks beautiful, and I can’t wait to check out all of your “behind the blog” work!

p.s. I used to make those hearts ALL the time, if I remembered how to do them though I would so tell you!


51 Sarah February 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I’m in Richmond and I’m loving the warmer weather too. The Nuttzo heart is adorable as is your grandma’s gift! As for the redesigning, it is amazing that you have accomplished so much in 3.5 years of blogging. Congratulations.

I haven’t had the Girl Scout Lemon Cookies but last winter I made and loved Buttermilk Cookies with Lemon Zest and Lemon Glaze. I wrote about them here: and I found the recipe through Molly of Orangette: who adapted it from Gourmet.


52 KathEats February 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm



53 Toni February 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I would love to read your articles that you published in the magazines, but when i click on them it is too small to read. Can you make links to the actual articles? Very impressive!


54 KathEats February 14, 2011 at 6:59 pm

They are not all online. You can find the Breathe ones all at though.


55 Anna February 14, 2011 at 6:58 pm

When you find a winning recipe….you HAVE to share it!!! Lemon Pastry Cream GS cookies are my faaaavorite, even though they don’t make them as sandwich cookies like they used to :(


56 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin February 14, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Wow Kath, you’ve done so much! Congrats on all your accomplishments!


57 Lori February 14, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Not really like the Girl Scout ones, but these lemon drop cookies are wonderful! She has a ton of lemon recipes on her blog…


58 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 14, 2011 at 8:15 pm

I love the Girl Scout lemon cookies. So delish. Sadly, I have yet to find a recipe that is quite so good. BUT, I do love Giada’s lemon ricotta cookies from the Food Network. 😀

The heart shaped, nut buttered apple is adorable. And what a lovely salad. 😀


59 Katie February 14, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Wow! Congrats on your accomplishments Kath!!!!! So glad you got that page all together and neat too!!!

I love your apple with PB!!! Looks so sweet!

I hope you and Matt had a wonderful Valentines Day! Looks like you did! xo


60 Jess (Sweet Potato) February 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I love that you made a heart with the spread on your apple :)


61 Emily @ Savory and Savage February 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Ohhh, runny egg yolk on a salad? My favorite!


62 Camille February 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I’m hoping warm weather will inspire me to run distances again. Perhaps to eat better as well :)


63 Donna February 14, 2011 at 10:30 pm

The heart crafts are so cute…Thanks to your grandma for “mail” sharing. I, for one, appreciate them. I “get” them…and can remember making them. Even though you said “My grandmother send me a V-day craft project in the mail!”…I think you meant “sent,” I hope others will relate. It’s a vintage project that stands the test of time. Love it. I hope you can figure it out.


64 Christin@purplebirdblog February 15, 2011 at 12:08 am

I love the puzzle card!! Too cute!


65 Stephanie @ Thorns Have Roses February 15, 2011 at 10:50 am

I love crafts. I admit that my soul is probably as old as your grandmother. :)


66 Joy February 16, 2011 at 8:20 am

I am behind in my reader so you may have already made the cookies but anyway…
Melissa at trying to heal makes these and I have made them a few times and everybody tells me the lemon ones taste like gs cookies (I am vegan so I’ve never tried these or the gs cookies so I can’t really comment)


67 Lisa Fischoff February 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm

These are not like girl scout lemon cookies but I made them the other day and they were SO good the whole batch was gone by the next day!

you can easily replace the limoncello with lemon juice if you like


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