December 31, 2012


Matt is home for a few more days (until January 2) when the bread factory starts up again. It’s been so nice to not only have a big family Christmas together but also a few days just to chill at home.

We had nothing in our fridge but an egg and a grapefruit from my parents, so that’s what was for breakfast – in the form of pancakes!


Great Harvest pancake mix plus sunbutter (yummmm!) and coconut/chia topping


I heart grapefruits!


Next up was that much-needed trip to Whole Foods, which was buzzing away. We’re having a New Year’s party, so we stocked the fridge full of ingredients to make sushi and a week’s worth of delicious dinners.

AND my annual Burt’s Bees stash! I’ve tried the mango and menthol and tinted kinds, but I always go back to the honey flavor. It’s the best!


As a compromise for being at the Whole Foods hot bar during lunchtime, we brought home a few treats to put over our own salads:


An apple fritter from the hot bar (sort of like a pancake!) plus a few roasted veggies and a piece of chicken. Served over baby spinach with goat cheese


And a clementine on the side. I bought a box and they are perfectly tasty!


Late afternoon snack of cottage cheese, blueberries and an Almond Toffee granola I found in the bulk bins that is divine!


So happy to be no where near cookies and eating healthy foods again!


M played with his Octo-pirate


While Matt and I made a lentil + roasted veggie dinner.


A bed of green lentils cooked plus sautéed crumbled sausage, roasted celebration squash (I think that’s what it was called – like acorn squash with a pretty skin!), parsnips and carrots from our garden. Matt made his beer reduction glaze (beer + broth cooked down until it’s thick as syrup) to drizzle on top.



We had Mazen in bed at 8 (bedtime creeps earlier everyday) but the two of us didn’t get in bed until 11, which mean a short night, especially with hourly wakeups and a wide awake baby at 4am! We are charging through – gotta stay up until midnight tonight!!

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1 Molly @ RDexposed December 31, 2012 at 4:10 pm

I go for Burt’s grapefruit scent! Refreshing and the boyfriend like that it smells hoppy!


2 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin December 31, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Burts Bees is the best! I go through it like crazy.


3 robin December 31, 2012 at 4:35 pm

As always your food for the day looks fantastic and super healthy! Have a wonderful new year, Ive enjoyed following you this past year, excited for the next one:)


4 Elisabeth December 31, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Burt’s Bees – best lip balm ever! My favorite is the regular Beeswax Lip Balm, followed by the Grapefruit :)


5 Kristen @ Change of Pace December 31, 2012 at 4:45 pm

I just sampled some grapefruit at Whole Foods yesterday and really wanted to get one. I didn’t though and now you made me regret that :)


6 lisa fine December 31, 2012 at 4:51 pm

That’s funny that you like the Honey Burt’s Bees. I tried it a few months ago and thought it smelled like baby powder (in a good and bad way), so I probably won’t get that again. I like how we all like different things.

Anybody use Badger Balm’ cocoa butter lip balms? I’m wondering which scent to try first…


7 kylie @ immaeatthat December 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I had one of those pretty skinned squashes the other day! I think mine was called a carnival squash. In my opinion, acorn squash still has it beat:)


8 KathEats December 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm

YES that’s the name! Knew it started with a C


9 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I always love when the sweets disappear, while I can usually keep it in moderation, it’s hard to say no so I usually feel a bit sweeted-out by the end of it!


10 Sara @ fitcupcaker December 31, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Im so glad all the sweets are gone. I made a ton of stuff for my neighbors and for NYE, but I hope I dont go crazy tonight. Im trying to stay in check!


11 Claire @ Health Nut Claire December 31, 2012 at 5:33 pm

All your meals look SO good AND beautiful! That salad looks especially tasty!


12 Leslie December 31, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I am SO happy that all of the cookies are out of my house.. they ended up at my work, but they are less tempting there! Have a nice New Year’s Eve!


13 Paula December 31, 2012 at 6:58 pm

Since you like grapefruit, if you ever see a Pumelo grab one. They are a bit pricey and have a very thick skin that makes you work for the fruit but it is heaven to eat. I haven’t found one yet this year in our little town but I got totally addicted to them every winter when we lived in a city. So sweet and almost crispy to eat. I miss them.


14 Simply Life December 31, 2012 at 6:59 pm

haha I’ll be impressed if you stay up until midnight! we’re not even parents and it’s a struggle :)


15 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 31, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Good for you for wanting to stay up even as a new mama!

And I know you’ve had your share of tech issues the past few days but I like this font – it seems easier to read!


16 [email protected] December 31, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Gorgeous simple eats! I don’t eat enough grapefruit…I’ll put it on my New Year’s list :) Happy New Year!


17 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 31, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Sounds like a perfect holiday break! I’m so glad this has been such a great year to celebrate. Enjoy your party tonight. I hope it’s an amazing New Year for you guys!


18 Elise @ Expeditions of Elise December 31, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I love the Whole Foods hot bar! I had a nice time at WF tonight picking up snacks for my family’s New Year’s Eve party. I found some goodies like kombucha, dried fruits and plenty of samples…can’t get enough of it.


19 Katherine December 31, 2012 at 8:53 pm
20 zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth January 1, 2013 at 7:23 am

Happy New Year to you all. Glad to have you back. I had a beautiful pink grapefruit for breakfast yesterday.


21 Bec January 1, 2013 at 8:12 am

Just wondering why you always have your whole meal in the one bowl / plate? I’m a big fan of reducing washing up and saving water, but I just can’t fathom having cake on top of my salad with a mandarin on it as well?? Maybe it’s just my borderline OCD talking, but it gives me the icks and makes it hard to appreciate the flavour that may have been in all the components.
Looking forward to your response & happy new year. Hope you get lots of time with your boys


22 KathEats January 1, 2013 at 9:52 am

I’m not sure I would put cake on a salad!? The fruit just kind of sits on the side until I eat it separately. Lots of salads have fruit too! I often put fruit or bread on the side, but I wouldn’t mix totally different flavors – like cake and lettuce!


23 Mom January 1, 2013 at 10:02 am

I’d be thinner if I mixed in some lettuce with my cake. An idea for the new year!


24 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 1, 2013 at 8:56 am

I think I tried that squash a few weeks ago – I really liked its nutty taste.

Happy New Year!


25 Bec January 1, 2013 at 11:00 am

Maybe it’s an Auusie v US thing, but here, an apple fritter is classified as a cake. plus I have noticed you crumble muffins and things on your oats. I just can’t figure out how all the flavours combine?


26 Bec January 1, 2013 at 11:01 am

Oops, that should be Aussie!


27 KathEats January 1, 2013 at 11:08 am

Ahhhh… It was only mildly sweet and had sausage in it, so I didn’t really think twice. I guess I just like combining different flavors and textures in one bowl. It leaves me most satisfied. I definitely get the whole foods not touching thing though. I don’t like it when the juice of something savory gets on something like fruit on a plate, but as a salad topper anything goes.


28 Jessica January 1, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Is that all Matt had for breakfast? My husband looks to be about your husband’s size and could eat 4 more plates of that! Although it does look awesome.


29 KathEats January 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Yeah…those are hearty pancakes


30 Liz @ iheartvegetables January 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm

I love burts bees products!!! Especially their chapstick!


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