Sardines + Saltines

April 19, 2009

It’s already 4:00 and we have yet to do anything other than eat, shop and workout!! Where has the day gone.

At 12:30 we decided to go to the gym (which had just opened) to get a workout in. Matt doesn’t get to lift weights as much anymore now that he bikes to work as his daily exercise, so he likes the chance to go on the weekends. We decided to combine the gym trip with a grocery shop afterwards.

At the gym I discovered there are now new Stepmills. They are brand new, but I was not a fan of the new handrails. I know better than to put my weight into them, but I like to hold on for balance, and these are just too far down for me! I’m too little :( Where are the kid-sized stepmills please!? I’m sure I’ll get used to them. So I did 30 minutes there, then 10 on the stat bike and 10 doing upper body weights.

Then we hit up the grocery store. I had the time to arrange everything for a photo today:

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Mostly produce, a few canned goods and milk + yogurts for Matt. The Jif is for a peanut butter tasting I am doing on my palm oil presentation on Wednesday :) We also got some saltines to serve with it that I forgot to photograph. All of this came to $43.95. We found some good sales today! Our “meat of the week”  is turkey from the freezer. I find that meats make the grocery bill go up so much that one of my biggest reasons for not eating more meat is the cost. If it were as cheap as a tin of sardines or package of tofu, I would buy it more. I know you can find meat in bulk that is cheap, but then you have to mess with packaging it and freezing it and that’s just a pain!

I did find this tin of crab meat when I was looking through the sardines. At $2.99, I decided to give it a try. Perhaps a single crabcake for lunch one day this week?


I really like this brand of sardines too. This is the one in dill-mustard sauce I made for Kelsey on Wednesday. They were on sale for $1 each and the flavor is good. I just wish they didn’t have to come wrapped in unnecessary plastic!


So for lunch we broke into one of the sardines tins. The tomato basil flavor. I couldn’t taste the tomato much because we packed it with veggies and Matt added mayo. We split the can and made this salad. I took a photo so you could see that they are indeed little fish. DON’T BE SCARED!!!!!!!!! Just put them in a bowl and mash. I was going to take a photo of the insides for you, but it was too gross for even ME to look at so I just kept mashing.

The salad had green pepper, carrot, mustard,  mayo and salt and pepper.

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All mashed up!

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Served with these DA-LICIOUS multigrain saltines! I had about 15 of them from start to finish.

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And this fruited arugula salad dressed in honey, EVOO and almonds

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Bear Tales

OK, now for the funniest story of the century. Matt left his camera at Kate + Nate’s on Friday night and they left for Raleigh to visit family on Saturday morning. Kate came over to return the camera today and here’s what we found:

The Berenstain Bears in Hillsborough!!!!!!!!!! (<— my hometown)

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INCLUDING……. MY PARENTS’ FRONT STEPS!!!!!!!!! Those sneaky little bears – how did they find it!?!?!?

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And then we found them reading their favorite blogs –

Papa Bear loves Brew + Bake (especially while drinking a bear beer)

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Mama Bear loves KERF (especially with some rolled oats)

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And Sister Bear is a big fan of Bites + Bowls!!!!! She also likes to paint her claws…

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Silly bears!

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Last but not least, Gilbs made an appearance!

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Kelsey finally got her Spongebob recap up – including a pic of us!

Today is the 1 year Quitiversary of Gena’s last cigarette. She wrote a beautiful blog post about it today, and kindly mentioned the back-and-forth emails we shared as she struggled with cravings. The piece is wonderfully written: The Quitiversary.

Off to try to get something done on this lazy Sunday!

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1 Hannah April 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm

aw I love the bears! How adorable!


2 Run Sarah April 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Too funny – I used to love the Bernstein bear books!


3 Jaclyn April 19, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Haha I think that is the best adventures of Berenstein bears yet! 😀


4 Heather April 19, 2009 at 3:27 pm

Sounds like a successful shopping trip! Grocery shopping and exercising always seem to make the time fly by. Doing both can create a time warp 😉

Love the two salads for lunch. I had a similar Salmon Vegetable Dip Salad with homemade pita chips for lunch. Guess it’s just a fishy day 😀 !

HILARIOUS with the bears. Man, I used to love those books and shows!


5 Runeatrepeat April 19, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I am still talking myself up to trying sardines…but the final bowl looks good :)


6 Snake April 19, 2009 at 3:36 pm

Wooden Nickel! I’ve been there! And your parents’ house, too, I guess.

I buy way too much meat. My weekly bill is usually $70 -$80. But I don’t care. I loooooove the meats.



7 Lisa D April 19, 2009 at 3:40 pm

I looooooooove stepmills! At least your gym has some. my old one has two and my new one has none(not that I could use it right now anyways bc of my knee). I used to just go up and down the stairs in my 16 story apt. Also a great workout! Can’t wait to hear about the palm oil presentation-but I prefer my PB alllllll natural!


8 Lisa April 19, 2009 at 3:42 pm

What cute bear pics! Thanks for posting, they made me smile.


9 Nate April 19, 2009 at 3:42 pm

It’s amazing what a family of bears can find with an iPhone and a Garmin.


10 VeggieGirl April 19, 2009 at 3:45 pm

BERENSTAIN BEARS!!!!!!!!!!! I used to love those books 😀


11 KLM April 19, 2009 at 3:47 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHalarious!!!!!!!! I heart kate + nate!! I need to go to teeter + buy those sardines ASAP!!!!


12 Priyanka April 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm

The bear pics are so cute! I have never tried sardines before but looking at the picture of your meal I definitely need to give it a try!


13 Kiersten April 19, 2009 at 3:57 pm

I remember how much more money my grocery bill used to be before going vegan. Meat/seafood is so expensive! Especially at Harris Teeter.

Gilbert is so cute. He looks like he’s posing for the camera.


14 Elizabeth April 19, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Those bears are a busy bunch huh? 😉

Congrats Gena! Well done!!


15 BethT April 19, 2009 at 4:02 pm

I allllllmost bought some sardines today to try….but remain(ed) scared.

Maybe next time.


16 Gena April 19, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Thanks so much for the shout, K! xxoo


17 Sarah (lovINmytummy) April 19, 2009 at 4:07 pm

I thought this was “Kath Eats REAL FOOD.” Sardines and saltines do not qualify.


18 Christine April 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm

I have always been too afraid to try sardines. If I try them in the near future, I blame you!! :)


19 Michelle Hisae April 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Gena’s post was so great. She tells her story very well – I was captivated.

I’ve never had sardines out of the can, but my mom loves them. I’ll have to try this recipe of yours- it looks delish!


20 Kori (All Things B.) April 19, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Kath- your grocery haul is impressive and the money you guys save is awesome! I’m inspired to drop my $60 weekly budget even lower! The pic is like a rainbow!


21 ashley April 19, 2009 at 4:39 pm

hi! i heard about your website on tv and i’m hooked! i have 3 kids under the age of 5 and have packed on the lbs with each pregnancy. at 26 i am now 172lbs after my last baby (born 12-2-08) my normal before i had kids was around 135. i’m 5’6″ so that suits me well. i would love to get back to that. i have been counting calories for the last 3 weeks and have dropped 11lbs so far. i am inspired by your blog to continue and try new foods. i will be stopping by daily for new recipie ideas and reading your blog.. thank you so much for opening my eyes.


22 Help Meghan Run April 19, 2009 at 4:44 pm

I love the bears!! So adorable. And you might have convinced me to try sardines… :/

Check out my blog as I run with Team in Training and raise money for blood cancers!
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23 Kerri April 19, 2009 at 4:44 pm

That salad is gorgeous! Those bears sure no where to hang out.


24 Bec April 19, 2009 at 4:47 pm

what a yummy lunch! Those photos are hilarious :)


25 Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now April 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Hilarious post about the bears! Too funny!

I am not a fan of sardines. My Dad makes sandwiches with them! ick!! But I LOVE crab meat!!


26 Lauren April 19, 2009 at 5:01 pm

I’m curious to see how your crabcake turns out – I attempted crabcakes with canned crab with subpar results. I bet you’ll make it work :)


27 Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 19, 2009 at 5:08 pm

I’m one of the weirdos who grew up eating sardines… oil packed with chopped sweet onion and a little Worcestershire sauce on a toasted english muffin…mmm


28 Shannon April 19, 2009 at 5:11 pm

You do know that the harvesting for palm oil is the number one cause of the nearly extinct orangutans, right?


29 Biz319 April 19, 2009 at 5:16 pm

I’ve bought that canned crab before and its not bad for crab salad and mini crab cakes – great price too!

Love the bears – too cute!


30 K April 19, 2009 at 5:25 pm

I love those crazy bears! How fun!!


31 Angie April 19, 2009 at 5:37 pm

Great shopping trip! I need to learn a few tricks from you. The bears are awesome! Nate reminds me of a couple of my old friends that I don’t get to see much now! What a fun guy!


32 Alison April 19, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Cute bears! Great job on a budget-friendly shopping trip.


33 Mom April 19, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Kate and Nate and Bears, I am so sorry we missed you! I have jars of honey left over from Kath and Matt’s wedding reception (favors.) I could have given one to each of the bears and they would have had such fun dipping their paws into them. Next time!



34 Emily W. April 19, 2009 at 6:12 pm

OMG! I remember those little bears! I used to love that series!!


35 Jenn (eating bender) April 19, 2009 at 6:41 pm

Ahh I used to love the Berenstain Bears! That is hilarious. I especially love the pictures of them reading their favorite blogs :) That combined with Matt’s post while you were in Africa that showed bears pushing each other down the stairs just makes me smile.


36 Meghan (Making Love In the Kitchen) April 19, 2009 at 7:41 pm

I love the Berenstein bears. back in the day when I was a camp counsellor my campers used to tell me I looked like sister bear. So cute!

And that salad! I long for local berries.


37 thepinkpeppercorn April 19, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Those bears are hilarious!!!! hahahaa. Too cute :)

Peanut butter tasting????!!!! mmmmm


38 Sarah (Tales of Expansion) April 19, 2009 at 7:51 pm

i don’t know where the day has gone, either!

you found GREAT deals. i’m so impressed! the sardines scare me a teeeeeeeny bit, but i think i can handle them mashed if i keep my eyes closed during the mashing. i will give it a go!

the bear tales are priceless. kate and nate are hilarious. and that little gilbert! i only met him for a moment, but now i kind of miss him …


39 Emily April 19, 2009 at 7:59 pm

eat, shop, workout? if i could do nothing else i would be happy :)
love the bears!


40 Kath April 19, 2009 at 8:05 pm

Sarah (lovINmytummy),
Sardines are REAL!!!

ashley ,

Shannon ,
Yes, I am well aware of that. It’s partly what our presentation is on.



41 Sally April 19, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I’m so glad kiwi is available at the grocery stores now! It makes such a nice snack or addition to salads, right?


42 Susan April 19, 2009 at 9:48 pm

Hey, those sardines are from my province (New Brunswick), a place called Black’s Harbour about a couple hours from where I live. Have you tried their canned herring? It’s my favourite!


43 Erin April 20, 2009 at 3:49 pm

LOL at those bears popping up everywhere!


44 Courtney April 21, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Hi there!

Love your blog. Oatmeal is such a wonderful food and working with college students (I am the RD for East Carolina Unviersity in Greenville NC) you have to come up with awesome ways to eat whole grains. Thanks for the ideas!

Keep up the good work and good luck with your internship! It will be challenging but well work the credential!


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