Sensational Sunday

March 11, 2012

I’ve had a really great day!!! We got SO MUCH accomplished – from a nursery facelift, to lots of cleaning, to a front porch curb appeal mini-makeover [with plants and junk removed], to Lowes for a super-fun purchase, to an awesome al fresco dinner! It was go, go, go, but in a really good way. I’m beat!!

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After dropping off the groceries, I ran to Sara’s to say hello and pick up some mail. When I returned, I found this romantic table set for two!

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Matt grilled BBQ chicken and zucchini and served ‘em with a hot buttered Virginia roll

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Bone Suckin’ Sauce was the base for this BBQ flavor. Matt marinated the chicken (briefly) then grilled it and reduced the sauce into a thick syrup for optimal flavor.

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Veggies at 2 meals today – and no evening nausea (and no meds!) I think today must be a turning point. [KNOCKONWOOD]

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We listened to Norah Jones on Pandora by a lavender candle that Sara gave me! I may have worn two fleeces, but it was great to eat outdoors as the sun set!

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While at Lowes today, I was suckered into supporting the Girl Scouts. I like to buy a box each year for each of us to make a scout happy for a sale. She likes mint, he likes PB. I’ll probably stick these in the freezer and eat them one-by-one for months! Not healthy, but nostalgic.

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I have boatloads of reading to do in my freshly washed sheets tonight. And I can’t stop peeking into the nursery to check out our new art!! :)

Hope you all have great starts to your week tomorrow!

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1 Allie@LiveLaughEat March 11, 2012 at 7:35 pm

As a former Girl Scout for 13 years, thanks for your support! :) The floor of your porch is juuuuuust gorgeous. The table too.

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2 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie March 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm

I love samoas, as far as girl scout cookies go! Something is so darn addictive about that caramel + coconut combo :)

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3 Kelly @ Vegolosophy March 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm

OMG Girl Scout Cookies! I LOVE Thin Mints and Samoas! We saw them today selling their cookies in Bloomingdales and almost bought some boxes, but we rained ourselves in haha…the hubby and I could definitely polish of an entire box very quickly :)

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4 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 11, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Everyone has to have some girl scout cookies this time of year!! Well, unless you’re GF like me – when are they going to start making GF girl scout cookies? It’s only a matter of time!

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5 Alyssa @ fit and fun in third March 11, 2012 at 7:39 pm

What a nice dinner!! Looks like the perfect Sunday evening! :)

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6 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot March 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm

I can’t wait for the weather to allow more outside walks + meals eaten outside! I forgot how nice it is to be out there!

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7 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm

What a great day! It was pretty great here too. We enjoyed an incredible brunch with our boys, got a lot of work done and then did some relaxing and socializing with our boys. The day went fast, but it was really a great day. Enjoy your night Kath!

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8 Sana March 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

It’s so hard to say no to a sweet girl who is selling cookies. Plus they really are so good!

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9 Maria@ Sinfully Nutritious March 11, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Sounds like a productive, fun and romantic day. Treasure those. ;)

I think changing the clocks and the nice weather is giving everyone a much needed boost of energy. I cleaned and rearranged the whole kitchen and I even made a raw sweet potato pasta to celebrate spring!

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10 Allison k March 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm

I say health be damned when it comes to girl scout cookies…not because they are the best cookies ever…but because Girl Scouts is such a fantastic organization for girls and women.

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11 katie @KatieDid March 11, 2012 at 8:09 pm

ohh I can’t wait to see how your decorating the nursery! And what a great treat to finally eat outside, and in March(!!). I also spent close to 10 hours outside today and it was perfection.

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12 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats March 11, 2012 at 8:16 pm

I felt so awful when I had to tell the girl scouts I passed I couldn’t buy their cookies (can’t eat gluten). I remember how much we got into selling them when I was a girl scout!

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13 Heidi Bundles Of Hugs March 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Ohh food looks yum! We picked up a box of girl scout thin mints too! Ours won’t last months but one box won’t hurt us right :p

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14 kaila@ healthy helper blog! March 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Those are my two favorite girl scout cookies EVER!!!!!!! SO delicious! I am totally obsessed with both and couldn’t pick a favorite between the two even if I tried! Enjoy!

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15 Nancy March 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm

And there is the difference between your self control and mine! No way those cookies would last MONTHS in my house. I’m not sure they would even last hours! And, the freezer is no deterrent. Frozen Thin Mints are amazing!! I’m a teacher, and every year I buy one box from every girl in my class. Luckily, there is an option where you can donate your box to a soldier. It has saved me many calories!!!

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16 KathEats March 12, 2012 at 9:29 am

That’s so sweet of you to buy one from each Scout!

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17 Dena @ 40 Fit in the Mitt March 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm

With Spring comes Girl Scout season!

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18 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio March 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Cute on so many levels!

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19 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Eating outside sounds so nice. Glad you’re enjoying your porch :) The grilled zucchini looks perfect!

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20 Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats March 11, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Your porch looks goregous! I’ve been able to say no to buying Girl Scout cookies 3x in a row now! I’m pretty proud ^_^

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21 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama March 11, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I always have to put Girl Scout Cookies in the freezer or they’ll be gone in one day. They still go fast from the freezer because they taste just as good cold!

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22 Annie March 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Heh – I was at Lowe’s today too (in a state far from you) and the Scouts were hawking cookies. We declined, but shared a bit of nostalgia as my wife and I were both Scouts. Glad you had a nice day! Your porch is lovely.

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23 Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Those are the same two boxes of Girl Scout cookies that I bought this year! Can’t wait til they arrive so I can dig in :)

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24 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm

Yum! My mom and I grilled some zucchini the other day along with mushrooms, peppers, onions, and tomatoes. Zucchini is definitely one of my favorite veggies to grill!

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25 Shannon @ Her Dog Blog March 11, 2012 at 9:14 pm

That zucchini looks delish! How was it cooked?

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26 Radha March 11, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Three cheers for hubby! He done good. :)

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27 Blessing | Working Mom Journal March 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm

I love when a man takes his time to make a romantic dinner. Way to go Matt. Enjoy your sunday evening.

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28 Lindsay @ Fuel My Family March 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Freshly washed sheets are one of my favorite simple pleasures! It’s the little things in life…

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29 Christine @ BookishlyB March 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm

Those darn Girl Scouts! They got me last week and I was proud to make the box last a week- two Somoas a night for a treat. And now they’re gone :(

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30 Kelley March 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm

haha I’m so mad right now. I was at Lowes today too (to get paint for the baby’s room!) And I ALMOST bought girlscout cookies and decided not to… But now I’m deeply regretting that decision. =)

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31 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm

You gotta support the girl scouts! Though, I’ll be honest I haven’t bought a box this year….BUT someone brought some to work and I’ve helped EAT them! :)

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32 Mama Pea March 11, 2012 at 10:17 pm

I always forget to grill zucchini. I’m adding it to my grocery list! Well done, Matt. And I must say…you smell fabulous.

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33 Megan @ Megan's Munchies March 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

Now that’s the way to end the day!!! Dinner looks amazing!

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34 Molly @ RDexposed March 11, 2012 at 10:27 pm

I love eating outside! (except hen the wind blows half of my food off the plate)
I will deny those girl Scouts every time. The cookies aren’t even good anymore.

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35 Katy March 11, 2012 at 10:36 pm

BBQ has been one of my cravings. It looks delicious!! I’m gonna have to find that in one of my meals this week!

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36 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl March 11, 2012 at 10:59 pm

I am always suckered in to buy girl scout cookies. They are SO good. The veggies look great and a fine way to balance dessert. Okay… off to go find pics of the upcoming nursery.

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37 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles March 11, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Grilled zucchini! Makes me think of summertime!

I’ve been seeing girlscouts camped out at literally EVERY store I’ve been to for the last few weeks – very tempting, I hope you enjoy every single bite of those thin mints! =)

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38 j3nn March 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm

I love days like that, even if they are few and far between. I also love Girl Scout cookies and WISH I would run into some cookie pushers. hehe :D

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39 Lea @ Healthy Coconut March 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm

good idea to put the cookies in the freezer and make them last longer…I think I will do the same.

I have a box in my office that I haven’t opened for the fear that once I open it, I might eat it all. The mint cookies are my favorite too.

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40 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 11, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Thin Mints and PB Patties (and don’t forget Samoas) are the best things ever! Glad you’ll have a freezer stash :)

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41 Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 11, 2012 at 11:18 pm

That dinner looks amazing!! So sweet of Matt – he knows how to take care of you!

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42 Lorin March 11, 2012 at 11:38 pm

I am jealous of those girl scout cookies. I’ve been on the hunt; but being on a college campus creates lack of access of those cookies. I feel like once a year is fine…and if you pace yourself it’s more enjoyed!

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43 Claritza March 12, 2012 at 8:41 am

You can find cookie sales locations at http://www.girlscoutcookies.org/ . Remember that sale dates are different in various states.

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44 Björg March 12, 2012 at 12:06 am

Ohmy that zucchini looks way too good! Why does mine never look like this!

Have a good night x

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45 KhushbOo March 12, 2012 at 12:42 am

BBQ chicken was on our menu too last night!

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46 jojo March 12, 2012 at 12:54 am

That’s great you are feeling better!
How far along are you now? :)
Mint cookies are my favorite too..

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47 KathEats March 12, 2012 at 9:30 am

15.5 weeks!

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48 jojo March 12, 2012 at 11:40 am

how exciting!!

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49 Michele March 12, 2012 at 12:55 am

What a wonderful evening! The simplicity a nice meal, on a beautiful evening with someone we love; priceless. Enjoy this time together with just the 2 of you. I was a Girl Scout, my daughter was a Girl Scout and you can bet I’ll support them by buying cookies each year. Yum!

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50 sarah (the SHU box) March 12, 2012 at 5:45 am

ahh i’m jealous of your nursery! can you come and decorate ours please!? it was on my to do list but never really happened. all the FUNCTION is there but none of the cute touches i wanted! oh well. she’ll be in our room for the first month anyway . . .

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51 KathEats March 12, 2012 at 9:30 am

Once there is a baby in there, she’ll be all the decor you need : )

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52 Kayla March 12, 2012 at 6:09 am

i agree, i love the wood floor on your porch! with the lighting it looked extra-beautiful! :)

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53 Kristen @ Change of Pace March 12, 2012 at 6:27 am

I’m a little obsessed with bbq chicken right now. I think I’m craving summer. I love the flavor of bone suckin’ sauce but it’s so thin that I don’t buy it. I never thought of reducing it on the stove. I like sticky sweet bbq sauce. PS: You have to eat at least one whole box of girl scout cookies a year… It’s a rule ya know ;)

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54 Hayley @ Oat Couture March 12, 2012 at 6:58 am

Sounds like you had such a productive day! :) Your nursery is looking great btw!

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55 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope March 12, 2012 at 7:03 am

That table set up looks great! So romantic! :) I love girl scout cookies. I haven’t had any this year yet! I can’t believe it.

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56 Heather @ Run Eat Play March 12, 2012 at 7:51 am

I love thin mints. I bought way too many grils scout cookies this year – but they are so good!
Yay for the nursey!

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57 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning March 12, 2012 at 8:02 am

Oh! Frozen thin mints! Thanks for the reminder!!
My husband bought a few boxed of GS cookies- and his fave are peanut butter (Which he ate in 2 days) and mine are thin mint. I’ve made him keep them in his office away from me- but I’m going to snag a few and freeze them!

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58 Jeri March 12, 2012 at 8:44 am

That dinner looks so good and romantical. (Is that a word yet because I’m still trying to make it one). Well I haven’t had a GS cookie since Fat Tuesday. But that dinner looks soooo good. I hope we can get a recipe or two.

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59 Paige @ Healthy Hits the Spot March 12, 2012 at 9:42 am

Love that little set-up you have on your porch! So cute!

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60 Angel7 March 12, 2012 at 9:43 am

Last evening, my husband and daughter and I went for a gorgeous walk around the neighborhood, because it was so nice outside. Our 3 year-old daughter rode her bike while we walked.

It was nice to be able to open our sliding glass doors in our house to let the fresh air in!

I.Love.Love.Love.Thin.Mints :) I especially love them frozen!

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61 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count March 12, 2012 at 11:46 am

I Love Norah Jones! So relaxing to listen to!

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62 Ericka S March 12, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Kath, crumble two of those thin mint cookies in a container of vanilla yogurt. Taste. Like. Heaven. Or AKA mint chocolate chip ice cream! Love your blog!

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63 KathEats March 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Great idea!! I’m already itching for a snack..

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64 Joss March 12, 2012 at 9:15 pm

fantastic idea! I must try this!

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65 Melissa March 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

I am all for everything in moderation.. but I have to say I’m a little disappointed in the Girl Scout cookies. I want to fully support such a great organization, but it is time they change their product. Not only do the cookies contain palm oil (completely unnecessary and #1 contributor to deforestation in Southeast Asia) but even more, have you looked at the ingredient list? I can’t think of something much farther from real food.

I don’t mean to be a downer, I just think that if leaders with the influence like you have took a stand, it could actually make a difference. Awareness is everything, and this blog is about real food.. so what better way to send a message to others and to the manufacturers of these cookies than to support girl scouts in other ways but refuse to support this product?

I’d love to hear others’ thoughts.

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66 Allison K March 12, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Melissa,
you bring up a good point. I think it’s important for people to support GIrl Scouts in ways that are meaningful to them, as opposed to not supporting them at all. And the ingredients are terrible, but as we know, most of America isn’t educated about the food products we so readily consume. Kath does have the perfect opportunity on her blog, to not only educate what makes GS cookies “bad” but also show that there are other ways to support this fantastic organization.

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67 Allison K March 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm

http://jezebel.com/5892572/10-badass-moments-in-girl-scout-history
Just thought you should know what your cookie purchased supported, so much more than cookies.
And, I swear I am done with the Girl Scout thing now.

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68 Joss March 12, 2012 at 9:13 pm

I absolutely love girl scouts cookies…and supporting a great cause too :D

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69 Charise March 13, 2012 at 8:56 am

Those are the two flavors I buy every year, and the thin mints def go in the freezer for one-by-one snacking. I managed to avoid the siren call of the GS cookies this year, though – was holding out for my little cousin to offer again, and she didn’t. My trying-not-to-expand waistline is not too sad about it, but my mouth misses the craveable taste a bit!

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