Shopping, Salsa + Salad

May 7, 2009

I am so stuffed with salad!!!!

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I did some shopping after my appointment this morning since it’s right next to huuuuuge brand new shopping center. I hit up Old Navy first and found a few things super on sale! Then I went to Banana and Ann Taylor and could hardly stand to look at the price tags. The exact same T-shirts they had a Old Navy for $8 were $25 at Banana!? And dresses at Ann Taylor were $130 when similar styles are $25-50 at Target + Marshalls. I may be one to spend $8 on a jar of almond butter, but I just can’t stand to pay full price at those stores – unless I find the perfect unique item. My clothes take such a beating, getting sweaty, riding my bike, etc, that I like stuff that I can wear and wash for a good price.

Shopping tired me out!! I came home around 12:30 and had a few chips with my new favorite salsa to tide me over while I made lunch. I used to like jarred salsa when I was in high school, but sometime during college it lost its appeal (perhaps everyone always had the cheap oniony brand?) So finding this Newman’s Own was like rekindling an old flame!

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For lunch I made a salad with my new Gingerly dressing. I liked it, but I got sick of it by the end of the bowl. It’s got a little of that bottled taste. But I’ll use it again.

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My salad had:

  • Romaine
  • Carrot
  • Broccoli
  • Pepper
  • Snap peas
  • Avocado
  • Goat cheese from the farmer’s market, which although it smelled and looked OK, didn’t get eaten after all. I think it had a funny taste.
  • Walnuts

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Oikos with blueberry preserves + wheatberries

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Too much volume!! (And the seltzer fizz didn’t help).

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That VeggieGirl is TOO KIND!!! Look what she sent me! I’m going to save these for a special time when I have used up some of our open nut butters. I bet they’d be great on veggies! Cannot WAIT to try ‘em! Thanks, Veg!

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Still undecided but leaning towards the small print. Might go see if there are any other fabrics this afternoon…

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See y’all for dinner!

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1 Fancy May 7, 2009 at 1:18 pm

I vote small print!


2 Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now May 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Does Matt have a favourite?


3 Allison May 7, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I prefer the small print.


4 lauren May 7, 2009 at 1:20 pm

I vote small print too :)


5 JENNA May 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm

What a stunning salad :)


6 Sarah (lovINmytummy) May 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Your salad puts Whole Foods/Earthfare to shame!

I am blessed to have an Ann Taylor and Banana Republic Factory Store about 10 miles from my house. I NEVER pay full price!


7 Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm

That salad looks fantastic!
I’m jealous that you can find almond butter for $8! I can only find it for $9.50 or more!!


8 Christine May 7, 2009 at 1:22 pm

I agree with the small print too!!


9 Katie May 7, 2009 at 1:22 pm

One more vote for the smaller print.


10 Holly May 7, 2009 at 1:22 pm

That Veggie Girl…those nut butters look AH-MAY-ZING!


11 heidi May 7, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I like them both but would go with the big – I think the tone of the green goes better with the walls. Plus, looks like you already have placemats with the small print so it would be redundant. too bad you can’t make covers for the seats and change them out seasonally!


12 Lori May 7, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I definitely like the small print one.


13 Beadie May 7, 2009 at 1:24 pm

I was hoping you would give us an update, can’t wait to see what you end up with. I am a sucker for home decorating! That reminds me, your dining room is the same color as my master bedroom. Not sure if I ever told you that.


14 Runeatrepeat May 7, 2009 at 1:25 pm

I vote small print, unless you find something better :)


15 Ellen (Peace in Motion) May 7, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Salsa and I have an unhealthy love affair. I could put it on EVERYTHING!


16 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats May 7, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Too much volume?? I thought I’d never see the day 😉 LOVE big lunches!!


17 Shannon (The Daily Balance) May 7, 2009 at 1:32 pm

GREAT looking salad!! love all those veggies 😉


18 greenbean May 7, 2009 at 1:33 pm

i vote BIG print. it looks better with the walls. if you want something subtle, go small. but the larger print or even another if you find it would have more punch. funny thing, yesterday i thought small print.


19 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) May 7, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Gorgeous salad!! Nom nom.

Veggie Girl is just too darn sweet! Gotta love her.

Tough call with the fabrics. They are both gorgeous. I think I am leaning towards the smaller print too.


20 Kristin May 7, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Hee, I’m the same way with spending. I can drop $175 at Whole Foods without blinking, but no way am I going to spend more than $25 on pants or a shirt! I guess that shows I care more about what goes IN my body than ON.

PS, another vote for the smaller print. I think the flowers may be too dated whereas the other pattern is more classic.


21 Mandy May 7, 2009 at 1:39 pm

Trader Joe’s almond butter is only $4.99… and it’s truly all-natural, unlike Barney Butter which adds sugar and palm oil. TJs has raw, roasted, crunchy and smooth varieties. I don’t understand paying more than five bucks for it if you have a Trader Joe’s in town.


22 Briana May 7, 2009 at 1:41 pm

I shop at Banana and Ann Taylor Loft ALL the time, but NEVER pay anywhere near full price. They both have GREAT sales if you go at the end of season.

Definitely love the small print. The big print is nice but doesn’t go as well with those fancy beautiful chairs.


23 amanda May 7, 2009 at 1:41 pm

I swear something has happened to ON lately…the quality seems to have gone UP! I grabbed some shirts there a few weeks ago and am loving them…..especially for the price.

I also vote small print.


24 grammie2maddie May 7, 2009 at 1:45 pm

I KNOW that you LOVE the large print right now – it looks just like you!!!! – but you might like to think about down the road a bit. The smaller print will blend with so many more things, and as you get a little older – your tastes might change. The smaller print is very classic and would go with so many other things. I think the large print might limit your selection of other things later. The smaller print is very blendable with many different fabrics and furniture styles. Just my two cents!


25 K May 7, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Small print!!

Ahhh sales – good for my mood, bad for my wallet! I’ll bet you got a lot of cute buys!


26 kat May 7, 2009 at 1:46 pm

small print!


27 Jessica May 7, 2009 at 1:47 pm

I need to rekindle my love of wheatberries – today’s looked great in the yogurt! I vote small print too (like them both though, I can see where you’re having trouble deciding.)


28 Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 7, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Shopping always tired me out as well! I don’t like to spend terrible amounts on clothing either and usually wait until things are on sale. I also love taking trips to the Outlet Malls in the US. :-)

Great looking salad! Looks very good! I love walnuts!

I agree with the smaller print for your chairs :-)


29 brandi May 7, 2009 at 1:52 pm

i love wheatberries. i should make some more soon.

beautiful salad – avocado in salads are always great


30 Katie Bellinghausen May 7, 2009 at 1:56 pm

I love your blog- it is a stupid comment, but I feel it has really inspired me in a much-needed way recently! My comment is about the chairs- Have you thought about doing one chair in each. It is kind of asymmetrical and I cant tell how close the colors are, but it might be interesting to have some contrast and distinct character within/between the two. Just a thought and thanks again!


31 Ana May 7, 2009 at 1:58 pm

I’m more attracted to the big print, but think the small would work better long-term.

Tasty-looking salad btw. Love your blog


32 Kimberly May 7, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Hi Kath!

I’ve been quietly reading your blog for a while now- and I LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing with us :) This post really resonated with me as I am definitely the type of person who buys cheap clothes (but cute!) and will spend WAY more money on food.

Also, a salsa note, are you close to a Trader Joe’s? They have a great Peach Salsa that is really tasty on fish tacos- it might be right up your alley (it’s smokey and sweet… yum!).

And lastly (wow- novel comment here), I vote for the small print. Another poster mentioned that it looked a bit dated and I have to agree- I think the small print looks a bit more modern.

Cheers! Kimberly


33 Amanda May 7, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Changed my mind – like the big print! Seeing them next to the window and wall like that makes me think that one will fit better!!


34 Jennifer May 7, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Mandy- amen sister.


35 Maggie May 7, 2009 at 2:03 pm

I got that dressing recently too. I didn’t like it much, but I guess I have to finish it. It’s weird because I LOVE Newman’s Own low fat sesame ginger, and this sounded similar, but it was disappointing. The Annie’s Lite Honey Mustard though – that is fantastic.

I like the small print.


36 Jennifer May 7, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Ann Taylor Loft has great stuff but I always wait for sales as well. I find most of Old Navy stuff ugly and it just doesn’t fit my body. It is a shame though as their flip-flops are cute and I wish my big ole’ wide feet could fit into them!

Spending $175 on Whole Foods is just crazy. It just…is.

I gotta go against the grain and vote for big print- the small is kinda boring.


37 Bec May 7, 2009 at 2:08 pm

That salad looks amazing, so much goodness in one bowl!


38 Snake May 7, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Ha Noops!

Try the Newman’s Pineapple Salsa — I like it even better than the Peach.

I vote for small print — it fits with the wedding paisley theme better.

Also, I tried two brands of Greek yogurt this past week: Oikos and Fage and I thought both were terrible. I guess Greek yogurt is not for me.

Snake (not Gilbert)


39 AshleyH May 7, 2009 at 2:09 pm

well I like the big print but I think you should do a solid green on the top part and the big print on the bottom part where you sit. That way there wouldnt be too much print.


40 Rina May 7, 2009 at 2:11 pm

Just for emphasis sake, CHOOSE THE SMALL PRINT! It matches with the chair better and looks more expensive. =)


41 Mae May 7, 2009 at 2:12 pm

I vote small print!


42 anaM May 7, 2009 at 2:23 pm

Definitely small print!


43 Natalie May 7, 2009 at 2:25 pm

I love love love the smaller print and the colors in it!


44 Liz May 7, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Have you tried Trader Joe’s Peach salsa? If you like Newman’s Own Peach (which I did) you will LOVE it. I buy a half dozen jars at a time – delicious.


45 Casey May 7, 2009 at 2:29 pm

That salad looked delish! I want those nut butters!

I <3 Banana and Ann Taylor! But i do shop around the the sle racks there! :)


46 Danielle May 7, 2009 at 2:32 pm

I definitely love the smaller print, it matches your placemat too!


47 Run Sarah May 7, 2009 at 2:33 pm

I love buying on sale too – Target & Marshalls are my favourite stores in the US :)


48 meg May 7, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Great salad! I vote for the small!


49 Lindsay May 7, 2009 at 2:48 pm

I vote small print! And I looove Newman’s pineapple salsa. If I accidentally get plain salsa I just add crushed pineapple to the jar. Yum.


50 Adriana May 7, 2009 at 2:49 pm

Hi kath.

I bought the Albero sparkling wine you had the other day since it looked so yummy. Do you think, though, that it would be good in orange juice like champagne is?



51 Hallie May 7, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I am the same way! I’ll spend so much on quality food, or entertaining, but I almost NEVER go clothes shopping and as a result I wear really old clothes LOL. I’m hoping I get some gift cerfiticates for my birthday…because then I HAVE to go shopping :-)


52 Ellen May 7, 2009 at 2:59 pm

i say small print too :) the large one is beautiful but i think the smaller one fits the scale of the chair better. your lunch looks great!!


53 klm May 7, 2009 at 3:11 pm



54 Michelle Hisae May 7, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I need a jumbo salad right about now after the day I’ve had…


55 Beth P. May 7, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I vote small print! Love the colors!


56 Jenny May 7, 2009 at 3:30 pm

Re: the chairs
I would get one done in each fabric, I think the prints look great together, very eclectic – having everything matching is old-style!


57 Jennifer May 7, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Is there a blog to follow that balances dressing fashionably (thank God for H & M) and eating healthy but not spending outrageously (uh $175 on Whole Foods)? Suggestions, readers?


58 Melissa P. May 7, 2009 at 3:42 pm

With as much entertaining as you seem to do (Karen, Kate and Nate, Kelsey, etc…), I would definitely go with the smaller print. Wear (as in a little red wine splashed here or there) will be much less apparent. I would worry about all of the white in the larger print.


59 sue May 7, 2009 at 3:44 pm

YAY for shopping :) my vote is still for the small print!


60 Heather May 7, 2009 at 4:03 pm

Wow, those are some crazy prices. I never sacrifice my healthy eating habits for saving money, but when it comes to clothes, I get pretty skeptical. Old Navy has SUCH good quality clothes at amazing prices! The quality vs cost doesn’t always seem to go hand-in-hand when it comes to clothes!

Mmmm… another wonderful salad. And I think it’s so cute how your placemats match the chair! I think I can tell which one you like 😉


61 Scoop May 7, 2009 at 4:06 pm

I vote for the small print too!

I wish I read your post sooner. Banana Republic has a fairly good sale online today, or so I thought. I bought a few items this morning while I was surfing around. But for real bargains, I agree with you that nothing compares to a Target or Marshalls.


62 Jennifer May 7, 2009 at 4:17 pm

For shoes though I can’t buy crappy brands like Target/Payless, as much as I’d like to. I won’t spend more than a $100 on a pair, but at least $60 or so for Nine West.

ANYWAYS your salad looks delish Kath!

Oh and I’m curious how fast ya’ll go through PB. I got a big ole 24 oz of Smuckers Natural that I go through in a week, maybe a week and a half if I’m stretching it.


63 Jennifer May 7, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Oh Kath, any suggestions for what towns to go to on the Outer Banks? I’m trying to plan a long w/e but I have never been. Thanks. Or if anyone else has input that would be awesome. When I pull up a rental spot I see all this town names and I don’t know what to pick!


64 Anna May 7, 2009 at 4:22 pm

I vote SMALL PRINT! It matches your placemats :)


65 Julia May 7, 2009 at 4:43 pm

I LOVE the small print, it definitely gets my vote!


66 Mom May 7, 2009 at 4:54 pm


Not sure which town is best, but make sure you climb to the top of Jockey’s Ridge to watch the sun set.


67 Kristilyn (The Food Journey) May 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm

I love the comment on how you’d spend $8 on a jar of Almond Butter but you draw the line at expensive clothes. I’m so like that! I buy all my clothes cheap, unless I’m looking for something unique or more sturdy. I change my mind so much and just don’t see the point in spending so much for a clothing item when there’s the chance I may spill something on it and ruin it.

Salad looks good! I’ll have to try the Newman’s Own salsa … I just recently (today!) bought his salad dressing and I’m eager to try it. :-)


68 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) May 7, 2009 at 5:04 pm

We have the same shopping strategy. I am always looking for good deals – why drop a small fortune when you can get something nearly identical for a fraction of a cost?

And I still vote small print. :)


69 Jennifer May 7, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Thanks Kath’s Mom!


70 Christin S May 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm

as much as i like floral patterns, I gotta go with the smaller print as well…it just fits better with the surroundings :)


71 Kailey (SnackFace) May 7, 2009 at 5:16 pm

You’ve got me thinking I need to give fruit salsas another chance. Mmm!

I’m so cheap that I can’t even bring myself to spend $8 on one jar of almond butter, even though I’ve wanted to try it forever now. However, I will spend $8 and up on Blue Moon and magazines. Maybe I need to just got for the almond butter finally!

I like both prints, actually. If you want to be a bit kitschy, go for both. If you absolutely must choose one and only one, go for small :)


72 Jennifer May 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Kailey- I don’t think it’s “so cheap” to not spend $8 for almond butter. It’s frugal.


73 Cindy May 7, 2009 at 5:37 pm

The small print’s the best but keep looking. Neither are great (just being honest!).


74 Shelby May 7, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Small print! I love it.

Wow, love the lunch. I hate it though when I get full too quickly and I still have so much left. Oh well…leftovers are amazing.


75 Kara May 7, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Mmmm I bet the hazelnut will be really good!


76 Michele Bohbot May 7, 2009 at 6:53 pm

What a wonderful looking salad! I love how you make healthy look so appetizing!


77 Melissa May 7, 2009 at 7:16 pm

I vote for the small print, too. It matches your placemats. :)


78 Kath May 7, 2009 at 7:53 pm

Kimberly ,
Thanks for your comment! I’ll be sure to check out TJ’s salsa :)

Snake ,
How DARE you send one of your kind into my territory!!

Sorry you didn’t like the greek :( Do you like regular plain yogurt? Maybe you should try a flavored one?

Adriana ,

Jennifer ,
Boy do you have multiple personalities these days!

We go through PB much slower than you might think, but having 2-3 jars open at once certainly slows things down. I’d say a jar every 3-4 weeks??

I second Jockey’s Ridge. We used to go to Nags Head every summer when I was little. Jockey’s Ridge is one of the most magical places on earth. I really like Corola and Duck to visit – they are a little nicer than the southern towns, but the OB are all very nice. Hatteras Lighthouse is also very cool to see!



79 kristieinseattle May 7, 2009 at 9:32 pm

While I like both prints, I think definitely the small print. It works with your style of furniture better, and whoever mentioned the entertaining/spill factor made an excellent point.


80 kristieinseattle May 7, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Also I wanted to add that $8 for almond butter isn’t that expensive when you think about how many uses you get out of it. Eight dollars can last you for weeks, while $3 potato chips last a day for most people.

Besides, whatever you spend on healthy, real food ends up saving you much more money in healthcare expenses down the road :)


81 Jennifer Smith May 8, 2009 at 7:07 am

Uh a jar of almond butter would last me a week. That extra $4 I would pay could buy me a bunch more produce. So yes it is expensive no matter how you cut it. There, I’m done.


82 RK May 8, 2009 at 7:28 am

I am the same way with clothes shopping. I absolutely refuse to pay more than I absolutely have to. Target and Old Navy are my fav clothing stores :)
Your lunch looks delicious but I can see where it would be VERY filling.


83 Patty M. May 8, 2009 at 9:02 am

I think one chair in each print would be most unique and more of what an interior decorator might choose – but both are lovely 😉 The problem with fabrics are that there are just too many beautiful ones to choose from!


84 Jennifer May 8, 2009 at 9:19 am

go with the small print. it’s more sophisticated.


85 Jess May 8, 2009 at 12:40 pm

The small print is more elegant.

I am so lucky–I live right by an outlet mall with Banana and Ann Taylor. The prices are great!


86 Danica May 16, 2009 at 11:55 am

I agree with you on the gingerly lite. I use it as a marinade only pretty much. Hope that helps you use up your big bottle a little :)


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