Simple Sunday.

September 25, 2012

We had a terrific Sunday around here!! Saturday night’s sleeping was one of the best ever – we had a 3 hour + 45 minute stretch!! Hooray! Matt was home all day, brunch was awesome, our weather was as crisp as can be and our meals, delicious.

I started the day well rested with a bowl of plain yogurt, banana, sunflower butter and granola!

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And after showers and baby snacks, we headed out in the stroller, wearing jeans + long sleeves, to meet Karen for brunch!

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I had to feed Maze again when we got there (you just never know when he will be hungry!) but then he settled into a nice nap for the rest of our lunch.

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We brunched at Commonwealth, which is my current favorite restaurant in Cville. After this brunch, it remains at the top of the list!

Coffee [assume all coffee is decaf from here on out unless further specified!]

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Upon hearing the special of the day, I knew it would be mine.

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A sweet potato biscuit topped with thick local bacon and two organic poached eggs. I requested the poblano sauce on the side – glad I did because this was just as good in simple form!

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Good thing I can eat runny eggs again Winking smile I need to figure out how to poach eggs this perfectly…

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Matt’s Caribbean egg dish was also amazing! We all raved about this brunch.

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Afterwards, we took a classic Sunday stroll under shady trees through the historic district. I am SO READY to get back out there on long power walks, but unfortunately Mazen is not. Sometimes he will nap for more than an hour, but other times he will not. I just don’t want to risk a screaming baby and can only do so many loops around the block before I get bored. I’m not ready to go to the gym for a treadmill yet (it’s too pretty out and he’s too young for child care..) so for now, we’re just doing short walks when we can. I’m also getting the itch to run…!

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How many hours did I spend breastfeeding today? At least 4 episodes of Downton Abbey worth!! I am now OBSESSED with the show!!

It has moved right up there on the recent all time favorite shows slot*:

  1. LOST
  2. Downtown Abbey
  3. So You Think You Can Dance
  4. Gossip Girl
  5. Mad Men
  6. Glee

*This list does not include classics like Full House and Salute Your Shorts! Or lots of other shows that I have yet to see!

Not only do I love English films, but it is so beautifully made. Something about the camera they used and it’s focusing style….stunning! I’m very much into the stories too! I think about it constantly when I’m not watching now, and I was thrilled to figure out that the Netflix app on my Tablet rocks and I was able to finish episode 4 in bed at 3am while nursing!

Date ball for a snack. This is also maybe my favorite homemade snack of all time! Tastes just like a Bourbon ball. I think I’m going to make these at Christmas WITH bourbon. Healthy snack with a kick!? I have a bunch in my freezer and I like to eat them straight out of it.

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The easiest answer to “What’s for dinner?” A can of beans. Homemade baked beans are awesome, but these Whole Foods ones are pretty darn good and too convenient.

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Matt took the baby while he napped in his wrap and I couldn’t wait for a little me time with this butternut squash. It’s strange – now that my hands are full most of the day, cooking is so therapeutic. Cutting up butternut squash was once one of my most hated prep tasks, but tonight, it was lovely.

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Grapefruit spoon is best for the scraping job!

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I roasted the squash in coconut oil, cinnamon, cayenne and sea salt at 400* for just under an hour. YUM!

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And for 20 minutes of that hour, I added a pan of 2 huge (sorta mealy) apples tossed in the same seasonings.

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Beans heated on the side

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Served with a side salad drizzled in olive oil and honey

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Could have eaten two more plates of squash + apples but I’m not sure my body would have liked all that fiber!

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Lots of leftover squash for lunches!

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I was still a little hungry later, so Matt brought me this little crisp while I was feeding Maze on the couch. Roasted apple, granola, milk, all heated up.

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And then we all went to bed at 8:30! I am not loving the early bedtime simply because I wonder what will happen when we need to stay out late, but on the other hand, it’s what is helping us survive this sleepy time of our lives.

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1 Holly P. @ A Year in Wichita September 25, 2012 at 7:43 am

Kath, you don’t even look like you had a baby! Lucky you!

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2 Antonia @ Health Inspirations September 25, 2012 at 7:51 am

Your brunch choices look incredible. I am so jealous of all the different restaurants you have in your town. I really need to eat out more often and experience what my city has to offer! By the way, you look fantastic!

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3 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles September 25, 2012 at 7:53 am

I am very excited for squash and apple season…unfortunately, I am the only family member that loves roasted squash…lots of leftovers for salads, yeh! Will have to try your cinnamon and cayenne mix…sounds good! Hoping to get out apple picking this weekend…although, the picking could be slim as we had a late frost in the spring that killed off many of the flowering buds! I am sooo looking forward to some warm apple desserts! I keep hearing about the show Downtown Abbey…my mom loves the show! (she is English and Maggie Smith was a year ahead of her at her school) Will have to check it out!

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4 Nicole September 25, 2012 at 7:55 am

I just wanted to say that you look AMAZING–especially for someone in the first weeks of motherhood! LOL And don’t worry–you won’t always be going to bed at 8pm…just until he gets his circadian rhythm going.

I really need to watch Downtown Abbey! I hear everyone talking about it but haven’t found the time yet. You just may be the push I needed to get on that :)

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5 Erica { EricaDHouse.com } September 25, 2012 at 7:59 am

Your list of shows reminds me that I went through a period last year of watching Full House every night.
So glad I’m not the only freak who still thinks about Uncle Jesse :)

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6 Mari @ Wine Required September 25, 2012 at 8:00 am

You look amazing! I’d been wondering what to do with some butternut squash I had in the fridge. I’ll be making this tonight.

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7 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table September 25, 2012 at 8:00 am

I just learned to poach eggs and I am totally addicted. I posted a recipe for a healthy eggs Benedict a few days ago and I think I’ve had it every day since. Lol!

The sleepiness gets better from what I hear from my best friend. After she had her baby she was in bed by 9 but now she’s bak to her night owl ways.

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8 Laurie September 25, 2012 at 8:03 am

Those eggs look amazing! I thought it was butter or whipped cream on top when I first looked at the picture! I want them….NOW!

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9 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries September 25, 2012 at 8:06 am

So glad you guys had such a great day! It truly does sound glorious with that brunch, a nice walk, and some quality family time. :)

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10 Tameeka September 25, 2012 at 8:06 am

Love Love Love Downton Abby too! I have just started watching season three! An I keep going back and watching previous episodes! Never gets old!
Brunch looked yummy! And lots of little walks are a great idea especially those afternoons that get a little hairy! Helps to reset yourself and gives bub a change a scenery too! :)

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11 Logan September 25, 2012 at 9:12 am

Tameeka, please tell how you’re watching Season 3! Are you in the UK? I am anxious for January 2013 so we can watch it in the US. I have heard there are links online to see it, but none have worked for me so far!

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12 Tameeka September 26, 2012 at 7:19 am

Hey there.. Um tbh I don’t know my husband has our tv and Ps3 all hooked up and it gets it somehow? He has tired explaining it to me but it makes no sense to me! Sorry! I’m in Australia tho so that might make a difference?

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13 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat September 25, 2012 at 8:08 am

You don’t LOOK sleep deprived at all! :)

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14 leah September 25, 2012 at 8:09 am

I love their take on eggs benedict! I have yet to get an egg to poach like that.

Curious about the decaf, does caffeine affect Mazen?

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15 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 8:42 am

I don’t know, but I don’t want to be addicted

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16 Jen September 25, 2012 at 8:09 am

Kath, give yourself some grace. Don’t worry about exercise so soon. You are not even 6 weeks postpartum yet! You have the rest of your life to worry about getting in shape.

Also, I am addicted to Downton Abbey! I can’t wait for season 2 to come out on Netflix.

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17 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 8:41 am

It’s not about getting in shape, it’s about loving walking in fall weather!

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18 Melissa September 25, 2012 at 9:36 am

I didn’t know where you were, until I just looked – you aren’t too far from me. I live in NC. I am LOVING this weather! My baby is a fall baby too (October) and although it was a bit chillier, I loved going on walks with her! :)

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19 Jen September 25, 2012 at 11:43 am

Ah, gotcha!

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20 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats September 25, 2012 at 8:10 am

Oh my gosh your breakfast looks amazing! And a sweet potato biscuit? I’ve never heard of that but I’d be on board!

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21 Nikki September 25, 2012 at 8:11 am

1) You _do_ look amazing!
2) I looooooove Downton Abbey too! Now please tell me that you also have a crush on Hugh Bonneville?!!

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22 kim@hungryhealthygirl September 25, 2012 at 8:14 am

You’re looking great Kath!! Love the simple dinner you threw together. I had butternut squash for dinner last night too, but in the form of chili. You can check it out here http://www.hungryhealthygirl.com/2012/09/25/butternut-squash-chicken-chili-in-the-crockpot/
Have a great day!!

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23 Alicia @ Wanna Be Ina September 25, 2012 at 8:21 am

That breakfast looks so yummy!

Everyone is raving about Downtown Abbey. Guess I am going to have to check it out.

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24 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 25, 2012 at 8:23 am

YAY for that 3hour + 45 minute stretch! :) Hooray for Mazen! ….I do believe that what they say is true- once they get the longer stretches figured out at night, they tend to stay that way. Hopefully you’ll have another two or three nights of that and he’ll get it all figured out!
That brunch looks and sounds OUT OF THIS WORLD!!!! Mmmmm!
PS- love me some Full House! Your * in the list was the cutest!

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25 Allison k September 25, 2012 at 9:36 am

I hope that for your sake, this is true, but I think lots of babies go through several “wakeful” periods in the first year. My son was sleeping a 5-7 hour stretch at three months. Then four months hit and we were back to 2.5 hour stretches on some nights.

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26 Jennifer September 25, 2012 at 8:24 am

Ahhh Salute Your Shorts is like my favorite show of all time! So nostalgic :)

Question about breast feeding in public- I see you were just wearing a normal sweater at brunch, is that a pain to try and hike up when you’re out in public? I guess I’m just not really sure how that works, like if there’s certain types of tops that are easier than others for that? I’m 18 weeks pregnant right now, and am just now starting to think about all these things now that reality is hitting me I’m actually going to be having a baby in the near future!

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27 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 8:38 am

I’ve been usinga hooter hider cover. I would be too shy to go without one

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28 Allison k September 25, 2012 at 9:55 am

I often use a hooter hider, but sometimes they are just a pain! And sometimes…impossible. I flew with my baby at 9 weeks. Instead of trying to wrangle the hider, my bra and the hungry baby…I wore a bra I could pull down, a maternity tank top (very stretchy) and a v-neck t-shirt. That way I could lift my shirt up, and pull my bra and tank down with minimal exposure. Once I had the baby latched, I used an Aden and anais to cover the exposed part of my breast, but on my second flight it fell off. Oh well! Sometimes feeding your baby trumps modesty.

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29 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 9:59 am

I agree – they are a pain. I think once he is able to basically latch himself on discretely I might ditch it too. That tank top layer is definitely the best way for full coverage

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30 Jackie September 25, 2012 at 11:53 am

I felt the same way. I loved my hooter hider. But as they get older it gets more challenging. Around 6 months they don’t want it over them and keep pulling it off. It’s also rare that older babies latch and stay latched…they take a sip and want to look around…then take another sip…and look around…LOL…unfortunately, it doesn’t get easier :)

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31 Leyna September 25, 2012 at 12:26 pm

You should really consider pumping, woman! Breast feeding in public is just not ok! Especially if you decide to ditch the cover up! Seriously?!! Some people go out to have a nice time and some have older kids with them and they could wonder why that woman had a baby stock to her saggy boob! Not cool Kath! Find a bathroom or a pump!

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32 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I’m a bit shocked by your comment. It’s not like women breastfeeding in public are flaunting their breasts around in a sexual way – it’s a natural process and breasts were MADE for feeding babies.

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33 Leyna September 25, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Thanks for the human biology lesson, but there are a lot of other natural human processes and they are done privately. Not everyone is into breast feeding and we should respect each other ESPECIALLY at a restaurant, the mall and large crowded events like a beer festival… Just saying…
Oh! And I breast feed my son, but there’s a time and a place!

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34 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Respect goes two ways! I think most mothers do it as discretely as possible.

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35 Anon September 25, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Oh good lord, Leyna. Kath didn’t invent breastfeeding and she’s certainly not the first or last person to do it in public. Besides, she DOES cover up. You do it how you want, she does it how she wants, the end.

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36 Sarah September 25, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Best comment I’ve read in a long time. :)

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37 Caitlinhtp September 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Not everyone is ‘into’ bfing? What does that even mean? Are you into hungry babies?

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38 Sarah September 25, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Ha! Very well put.

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39 Heather September 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

I’d suggest you never leave the U.S. then, Leyna. Let’s just say women in a lot of other countries would never consider a hooter hider and are less than discrete. I think we all have to get over shaming our bodies. I’m not suggesting you run around topless, but come on…she’s feeding a baby, discretely. Don’t look if you don’t like it.

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40 Kimberly September 25, 2012 at 1:29 pm

There’s nothing wrong with pumping, but there’s also nothing wrong with breastfeeding in public! And if a child does see and question, all the parent (or whomever is with them) needs to say is that that’s how some women feed their babies!

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41 Hope September 25, 2012 at 1:04 pm

I am absolutely horrified by your comment, Leyna. You cannot be serious. Kath should hide in a bathroom to feed her baby??

If kids wonder what a woman is doing when breastfeeding then the parents should explain it. It’s as easy at that.

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42 Melissa September 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm

*eyeroll*

Seriously? BREASTFEEDING IS WHAT BREASTS WERE MADE FOR!!! If you don’t like looking at someone who is, then just turn your head. My daughter is weaned now and almost four, but nursed till she was 13 months, and most of the time, in public since we are a very mobile family. If she was still nursing, I would dare someone who wasn’t sitting right by my side to tell me that my daughter was nursing at the time instead of just laying her head on my chest. NO ONE could tell, and I didn’t have a cover past 3 or 4 months old because she’d just throw it off. If you don’t agree with her lifestyle, there is no need to post comments like this. THIS attitude is why more women DON’T do what is NATURAL and RIGHT for their babies! Do YOU eat your lunch in the bathroom? Don’t think so.

Sorry, this is such a hot button for me, and it’s just uncalled for. Why do you read her blog if you don’t agree??

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43 Guest September 26, 2012 at 8:18 am

I don’t even really care about this discussion either way, but I really feel the need to say: breasts were NOT made for breastfeeding. Nipples, yes. Breasts, nope, they are a secondary sexual organ that developed when homos started to be homo erectus und the butt wasn’t as exposed anymore to entice the menfolk. so breasts grew to mimick the way the butt used to look when women were still on all fours. They’re SEXUAL, and they were meant to be, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

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44 KathEats September 26, 2012 at 9:20 am

That’s definitely the first I’ve heard of that… Really interesting. Where would milk be stored with out breasts? In flatter ducts?

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45 Kelly September 26, 2012 at 10:11 am

As an anthro grad (including master’s degree) I want to chime in and say the Homo erectus statement is a theory. It is an interpretation based on skeletal remains and current ideas. We do not know for certain the reason why humans have large breasts while other animals do not. A breast – whether small or large – on females are meant to feed the young. The nipples vs. breasts debate is just semantics anyways.

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46 Mary September 26, 2012 at 9:45 am

I know I said this yesterday but it certainly bears repeating; I now understand, even more, why you decided to stop the Babykerf blog after Mazen was born.

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47 Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever.com September 25, 2012 at 2:36 pm

Wow no need for a harsh comment, lets play nice and consider the gentle emotions of a new mother. If you understand the conversation correctly they are actually speaking of the best way to handle the situation modestly. And even if not it’s everyones personal choice as to how open they want to be with the breastfeeding. If you happen to be out and see someone feeding less modestly and it bothers you than look away or remove yourself from the situation. I don’t think anyone breastfeeding their child is sitting around waiting for you to watch.

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48 Ella September 26, 2012 at 2:51 am

Kids do not get traumatized if they happen to see a mom nursing a baby…

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49 Heather R. September 29, 2012 at 12:52 am

To those that think a Mom shouldn’t breastfeed in public:
So it’s ok for you to eat your meal at a restaurant but not a baby?! Why should a Mom have to hide away because you are uncomfortable with seeing a baby enjoying their meal, just as you are yours? As for covering up, you see more of a woman’s breast at the beach with bikinis (or the lack thereof). Shunning a woman for breastfeeding is ignorant, she should be praised, and encouraged for giving her baby the best possible start in life.

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50 Lindsey September 25, 2012 at 8:26 am

I think if you have to swing a night out here and there you will be able to stay up just fine. Just remember, this too shall pass and this is such a short time of your life, even though it doesn’t feel like it now.

Also, he will start to become a more efficient nurser and you will be able to get out more easily. Right now his job is to demand milk to establish your supply. By the time I was cleared for excerise at 6 weeks, my LO had gotten into a pattern of eating about every 2 hours – except for evening cluster feeds. 3 mile walks were not usually a problem if I nursed right before we started….but conviently if he got hungry, I had everything I needed to feed him :)

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51 Alison September 25, 2012 at 8:28 am

Loved this post! Especially the veggies!! It’s almost like I can’t wrap my mind around it being ‘ok’ to turn on my oven again (finally). Makes me excited to get home and do some chopping! Also love that all three of you were in bed at 8:30—we were 2 for 3 that way last night…leaving me up all alone twiddling my thumbs. I joined them shortly after out of boredom! :)

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52 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More September 25, 2012 at 8:32 am

Where’s House Hunters on that list?! ;)

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53 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 8:37 am

Haha! That goes under classics: )

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54 Robyn September 25, 2012 at 8:36 am

I just wiped the drool off my computer screen, hopefully that will be the brunch special this weekend too! I need to eat that now. You look fantastic and Maze is precious :)

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55 elizabeth September 25, 2012 at 8:38 am

I watched the first season of Homeland a couple weeks ago and loved it! Give it a try for your next breastfeeding entertainment.

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56 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 8:44 am

Oh cool, I haven’t heard of that one, but I am all about Netflix these days!

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57 Laurie September 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

Are you watching Homeland on netflix? I can’t find it on there.

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58 Jeanine September 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Sadly, Homeland is not on Netflix yet. You have to watch it through Showtime’s On Demand option (so you have to be a Showtime subscriber). Great show! My husband and I saw a free preview of the 1st episode during one of those On Demand free weekends and were hooked. We ordered Showtime that night! :-)

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59 Diane September 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Homeland is really good. I second the reco.

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60 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh September 25, 2012 at 8:43 am

That brunch looks insanely good!! Looks like a good Sunday to me!

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61 Kristi September 25, 2012 at 8:48 am

Random – do you know what flash player your tablet has? Ours crashed and had to be reset. Adobe flash disappeared and is no longer available = no netflix app until I get another flash :(

You really are inspiring with how much you’re getting out of the house! And showering! And cooking! And breaking all those other new mom stereotypes. Good for you!

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62 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 9:20 am

Interesting you ask because I was just trying to stream Season 2 on Amazon Video and had to get Adobe Flash and noticed it said it won’t be updating with the next version of Android? I’m not really sure what I had before I downloaded it last night though

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63 Kristi September 25, 2012 at 9:25 am

I can’t even find Adobe flash in the google play app store!! When I finally tracked it down it said it wasn’t compatible with my tablet which is weird because it came stock when we bought it! Not cool Adobe!

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64 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 9:26 am

Bummer. I hate updates!

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65 Courtney @ Translating Nutrition September 25, 2012 at 8:51 am

Downton Abbey! I am OBSESSED! I’m afraid to say that I’m watching season 3 already, which has started in the UK, and may be my new number one positive of living on the other side of the atlantic. It is a gorgeous show, nothing on TV really compares with the scenery, costumes, filming, etc. I’m so glad you’ve discovered it!

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66 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 9:19 am

Agreed! Totally gorgeous to watch!

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67 Laura September 25, 2012 at 8:53 am

I hate cutting up squash and am convinced I will cut myself on day. I don’t normally buy pre-cut veggies/fruit, but I make an except for squash and buy it pre-cubed from the store. Safer for me and it really cuts down on prep work!

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68 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 9:19 am

I agree – terrified of that big cut! I found that starting in the middle and going down one side and then flipping it over and doing the other side makes it a bit easier. Does that make sense?

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69 Laura September 25, 2012 at 12:23 pm

I may be peeling squash wrong. This is what I do: cut it in half horizontally (so I separate the skinny top from the fat bottom) and then use a knife to cute the skin off which is so hard to use! I tried a peeler before and that didn’t work. The knife slides off the squash really easily. But I don’t know another way to get chunks of squash I can cut into cubes. Do you have a different method?

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70 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm

I use a peeler – I’d definitely cut my fingers with just a knife!

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71 Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real September 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I was taught to cut the squash in half (as in Kath’s pictures), then place the squash on a plate and microwave for one minute. They the skin comes off much easier with a peeler. I’m sure you could also bake them for about 5 minutes in the oven and get the same result.

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72 Sarah September 25, 2012 at 11:45 pm

That’s a good idea. I’ve also heard a suggestion of pricking a few times with a fork and then microwaving the whole squash for a couple minutes to soften it just a little in order to make the first big cut (to cut it in half) less scary.

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73 Matt September 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

As far as I’m concerned, Y peelers are the way to go. I never use the other kind. You have so much more control.

And a note about knife safety: if you feel like you’re using a knife in a dangerous way, you should immediately stop and try something else. Cutting round veggies is a classic example of this – carrots and squash rolling around are so dangerous with a sharp knife. It sounds so simple and patronizing to say, but get your hands out of the cut zone and always slice away from your body. If you start out with good technique, you’ll rarely injure yourself. In fact, most of my knife injuries are from unsafe handling where I say, “Eh, I probably won’t cut myself this time”!

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74 Morgan @ moments of mmm September 25, 2012 at 8:55 am

What a lovely day! Those poached eggs looked absolutely perfect! Yum :)

Salute your Shorts was my all-time favorite childhood show! Oh wow…haven’t thought about that program in yearssss!

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75 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 9:19 am

Want to sing the theme song together!? That and Hey Dude!

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76 Allison k September 25, 2012 at 9:57 am

“it’s I hope we never part! Get it right or pay the price!!”

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77 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 10:05 am

: ) by the Lake of Anawanna, set in the old pine trees!

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78 Christina September 25, 2012 at 9:07 am

Kath-you look great, and your food pictures look great! Maze is so cute! Saw the comment above about Homeland. Check it out! It is Great! Season 2 is starting soon but you should be able to get Season 1 on Netflix. Claire Danes is amazing in it!

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79 Khushboo September 25, 2012 at 9:09 am

Love Downtob Abbey…another favourite is Suits!

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80 Liz Dean September 25, 2012 at 9:13 am

You’re food looks so amazing, yum! We are huge fans of roasting any of our veggies, especially when the weather cools down (it’s been HOT here in UT).
Also, I was going to mention…I had a 9pm bedtime when my son was born to get me through each day. One of the best parts about these little babes is that when they’re ready, they’ll usually (with some help from you) start to form their own bedtime around 7 or 8pm. Sam would fuss and fuss between 6 and 7pm and we didn’t figure out he was just ready for bed at that time. So, we would put him to bed by 7pm and as the days and weeks went by (this was after he turned 8 weeks) he started that 7pm-7am sleeping. Of course there were a few nights he’d wake up between 2 and 5am, but just the fact that we could recognize he was ready for bed was huge :) I guess the reason I’m writing this is because if you want to go out late, it might just have to be one of you and the other stays home with a peaceful, sleeping baby when that bedtime becomes more solid. That means you and the hubby can have lots of alone time as well to just be with each other or get things done before your bedtime :) Best of luck and also, you look amazing!

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81 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 9:17 am

I have heard 6-7 is the circadian rhythm bedtime too – we probably should be working towards getting him swaddled and calm then – we need to move dinner up or back!

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82 Lindsey September 26, 2012 at 8:28 am

We had to move our dinner up to 5:30ish, then bath time around 6:30ish, then PJ’s, milk, story time, kisses and lights out. It feels so wierd for us to eat that early, but it works. I really wanted us to all be able to eat as a family, and that is the only time that we’re all awake and ready. You guys will fall into something naturally in the weeks to come. :)

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83 jen September 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Yup, 7pm bedtime for our little one too. It was 6:30ish until she got to be about 12 months. It wrecks havok on our pre-baby lifestyle because now we have to eat dinner at 5:30 so that we can all sit and eat as a family, but I value that too much to let it go and I know she needs her sleep. So, we compromise. And, now that she’s older (15 months) and sleeping better, hubby and I get a few solo hours before we tuck into bed around 9pm to start the day all over when her little voice calls out for us at 5AM :)

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84 Leslie September 25, 2012 at 9:16 am

I love Downton Abbey too. Cannot wait for Jan 6 when the new season starts! Did you see there was a Full House 25th reunion this past weekend? It looks like everyone made it except for the Olsen twins. I saw this pics on Candace Cameron’s FB page. Fun!

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85 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 9:26 am

I didn’t!!! I love those reunions. What a great show!

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86 Maureen @ Organically Mo September 25, 2012 at 9:18 am

I would have ordered the same thing you did….it sounds so good! I love how you had to note that your list doesn’t include classics like Full House! Obviously that’s in the Top 5 all time of almost every woman in her 20-30’s! ;-)

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87 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) September 25, 2012 at 9:24 am

Gossip Girl is still near the top of my list. I’m so bummed it’s the last season, but I guess at 29 years old, I need to let go of the teen dramas at some point. …or maybe not :)

ps- you look incredible. Not for just having a newborn, but in any sense!

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88 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 9:27 am

I haven’t loved it as much as I did in seasons 2-3, but still awesome show! Sex and the City deserves a spot on the all-time best shows list too!

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89 Rebecca September 25, 2012 at 9:31 am

I’ve never seen someone glow as much as you! You’re radiating pure joy! It’s amazing to see it. Congrats!

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90 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) September 25, 2012 at 9:32 am

You are so smart. .. do what you need to do to survive these early weeks of exhaustion! If that means a super early bedtime then you go girl!

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91 Lisa September 25, 2012 at 9:47 am

You’re so disciplined with sleep! I could learn from you. I’m a Mom of 4 and I rarely get to bed before midnight…my own fault. I just love the quiet evenings.

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92 Kel September 25, 2012 at 9:50 am

If you want perfect poached eggs, the Badass spoon on Open Sky is THE BEST tool ever!

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93 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 9:51 am

Oh fun, I’ll look it up

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94 mary @ minutespermile September 25, 2012 at 9:54 am

I went to bed at 8:45 on Sunday, and I don’t even have a baby or a husband! Ha. Thanks for the squash recipe. I’ll have to give it a try. I’m typically afraid of cayenne because I don’t use it that much, but now I’m inspired to!

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95 Averie @ Averie Cooks September 25, 2012 at 9:56 am

I was just reading a 1972 Gourmet Magazine issue…about Boubon Balls for Xmas! Seriously last night was reading it thinking, I need to do this! I just posted date bars today, no bourbon, lol – but that would have been more fun :)

And you are looking incredible, Kath! That shot of you in the striped shirt with the stroller, you look amazing!

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96 Erin September 25, 2012 at 10:02 am

Hi Kath! I have a method for poaching eggs that turned out really well for me after a couple trial practice runs to get the yolk/white texture just right. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on a little ramekin, gently pressing it into the well so as to make a plastic wrap “cup.” Give it a little spritz with some EVOO spray or a little smear of butter or oil of your choosing. Crack your egg into the plastic wrap well [note one ramekin per egg]. Grab up all the plastic wrap edges around the egg, twisting to create a sealed little egg pouch, trying to get out as much air as you can. Drop into boiling water and cook to desired doneness [I like mine at about 3 minutes, but everyone's different]. The beauty of this method is that the pan doesn’t get dirty and there’s a little handle to pull the egg out by. They are SO good, albeit just slightly less pretty than yours in the pic above. Hope you give it a whirl when you have some Mazen-free hands :)

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97 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 10:04 am

Sounds like a really neat technique – I would be a little concerned about the plastic though. Is your water just luke warm?

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98 Erin September 25, 2012 at 10:13 am

No, it’s gently boiling. I guess I just never thought about the plastic going in boiling water… It doesn’t melt though!

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99 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 10:34 am

Hmm. They should invent a similar product in silicone or something – although I guess thicker plastic wouldn’t bend like the plastic wrap would. But genius idea!

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100 lisa September 25, 2012 at 10:45 am

The have silicone ones at crate and barrel. They are like 12 dollars for two.

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101 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 10:45 am

Awesome – I need to get some.

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102 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 10:46 am
103 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

[Oh darn, $5 shipping, but still good deal!]

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104 Erin September 25, 2012 at 11:00 am

This is awesome! Thanks for the tip. One can never have too many kitchen gadgets, especially at under $7 shipped – woot!

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105 Rachel September 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I bought these for DH three years ago (although I think I paid more than that, darn!). They work perfectly, except I find I still have to use oil or butter on the silicone or I kill them trying to slide them onto a plate!

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106 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac September 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

I hate cutting butternut squash too! I usually stick the whole thing in the microwave for about a minute to soften it up, which makes the first big cut way easier.

Excited for your Downton Abbey obsession!!! Mr. Bates is my favorite character!

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107 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 10:33 am

I love him too – he is so sweet!

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108 Shannon @ My Place In The Race September 25, 2012 at 10:31 am

I LOVE Downtown Abbey!! :D

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109 Amy September 25, 2012 at 10:41 am

Hi Kath! I was visiting Cville this weekend (there’s a boy there ;) ) and I had an eye out for you. I love visiting Cville — it’s so beautiful and the restaurants are amazing! I’m definitely jealous.

I’m so happy for you to have discovered Downton Abbey. I love that show! If you need other shows to watch, I would recommend Homeland and Breaking Bad. (Maybe you won’t want to watch Breaking Bad with the baby because there’s lots of violence and drugs and evil, but it’s so good!)

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110 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 10:42 am

Sorry I missed you : )

Yeah, I don’t think I would want to watch violence now. Even Mad Men is a little too dark/intense right now : ) But eventually perhaps

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111 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 25, 2012 at 10:52 am

Those eggs look yummy! I’ve never made and never had a poached egg before! I need to try it. I’m loving butternut squash lately. It is a total pain cutting it up but it’s worth it in the end because it tastes so good :)

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112 Karl MacPhee September 25, 2012 at 10:54 am

The only think about reading your posts that I don’t like is that every time I see something that I have not tried before, I want to rush out to the grocery store to buy the ingredients and cook:)
Doing so would be troublesome for the budget though, so I have to bookmark everything for the future.
Thanks for taking the time to share,
Karl

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113 Laurie September 25, 2012 at 11:03 am

Those of you watching Downton Abbey Season 2, are you watching them on DVD’s with netflix? I just called to see why I can’t stream it and netflix said it’s only on DVD. I’m just wondering if I’m doing something wrong because I’m dying to see season 2!!

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114 Nicole September 25, 2012 at 11:05 am

For reals, I have begun fancying a 6:30pm bedtime if my baby’s feelings allow! Right when papa gets home I’m off to bed. It makes us happier, healthier mamas and papas :)

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115 chris September 25, 2012 at 11:09 am

Hooray for Downton Abbey! I got Jess hooked while she was nursing too, can’t wait for January and Shirley MacLaine to play Maggie Smith’s nemesis (the other MIL;-)

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116 judy September 25, 2012 at 11:22 am

Katherine…I am always so happy to hear of another Downton Abbey obsessed person. I am too! Can hardly wait for the next season. Make sure to read the post I did for you Mom last winter on DA.

And….can hardly wait to meet Mazen! Someday soon I hope!

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117 judy September 25, 2012 at 1:18 pm

here is the post even though dated now. …….

http://friendfortheride.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/h/

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118 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Thanks! I will go back and reread it : )

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119 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth September 25, 2012 at 11:28 am

Downton Abbey is amazing. We were lucky enough to go to an event there last year. It is filmed at a house called Highclere Castle where the Earl of Carnarvon lives. The Earl and his family were there and lots of the cast from the TV show too which was amazing :-)

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120 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance September 25, 2012 at 11:29 am

LOST will forever be the greatest show ever created. We have to go back!

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121 Kelsey September 25, 2012 at 11:31 am

If you like Downton, you’ll have to make sure to watch Call the Widwife (starts this Sunday!!!!). It got better ratings (in the UK) than Downton! And I would guess that your local PBS station is doing a Downton pre-screen in December or January… thats what we’re doing at our station here in Colorado. The show is like our superbowl. :)

Check them out… http://whtj.org/

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122 AmandaChamberlain September 25, 2012 at 11:37 am

I love the play-by-play! It’s a wonder that you can eat this well/healthfully while taking care of baby. I love that you did vegetarian at night (but got your protein in with the bacon). And also that you supported LOCAL at the restaurant! What a great Sunday. Quick question, how long does it take you – and at what time of day do you typically blog?

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123 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 12:41 pm

It depends! I’ve been blogging in the morning and depending on content, maybe average of 30 minutes?

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124 Erin September 25, 2012 at 11:38 am

The early bedtimes suck, but for your health and sanity it really does save the day. It is not forever, remember that.

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125 Jennifer September 25, 2012 at 11:41 am

Kath,

I’m a “new” mom to a little girl named Sedona. She’s seventeen months. We still go to bed a lot of the time at 9 PM and at first it wasn’t easy, wasn’t what we liked, but we have learned to love that extra sleep. Not all parents do this, but we work full time CRAZY jobs so it’s what keeps us energized to get through the week. Just thought I’d share our early bed time story, to give you comfort as a new mom =)

Jenn

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126 Jenn September 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I remember waking to the phone ringing one night (i mean, evening). It was my Grandmother on the phone. After getting off the phone, I say to Jamie who is still trying to sleep beside me in bed, “well, i guess it’s only 9pm”. Jamie replies, “Are you kidding me, we go to bed at a ridiculous hour!”. Kids they suck it right out of you. Our bedtime has moved to 10pm again, but we still don’t get enough sleep.

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127 Jenn September 25, 2012 at 12:01 pm

Oh yes, I’m addicted to Homeland and White Collar :)

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128 Rachel September 25, 2012 at 12:02 pm

What a great looking brunch! I’m sure your body is liking the early bedtimes, and before you know it you’ll be able to stay up later :)

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129 Sabrina September 25, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I loved the early bedtime but I worried about staying up when I needed to as well. When R was 3 weeks old we HAD to go to a very important dinner for my husband’s work. My MIL and SIL watched the baby while we went, and it was a disaster for everyone involved… R was screaming by the time we walked in the door and at dinner both Trig and I were falling asleep. It was only like 9 PM and we felt so OLD. It got easier with time though once we were beyond the 4 month sleep h*ll and into easier territory :)

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130 AmberGale September 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm

Kath – have you ever watched Friday Night Lights? That was my maternity leave breastfeeding show of choice last Fall! I watched all 5 seasons before heading back to work. The show is FANTASTIC.

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131 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I haven’t! I’ll look into it

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132 Tracy September 25, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Friday Night Lights! I LOVED that show!!!

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133 Amy September 26, 2012 at 8:55 am

Friday night lights is the best! I also love Downton Abbey (note: it’s Downton, not Downtown).

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134 Nicole September 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Love FNL. Such a good one.

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135 Sarah September 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm

I have only seen the first season of Downtown Abbey but I liked it. If you like British dramas with good camera work you should watch Sherlock (the BBC version not the movies). Season 1 & 2 are on Netflix and possible on PBS. It’s pretty awesome.

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136 Erika September 25, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Wow, what a simple and yet oh so delicious sounding side dish of butternut squash and apples. I’ll definitely be trying this one soon.
By the way, what kind of stroller do you have and how would you rate it? I’m 4 months pregnant and trying to figure out baby items to put on our registry. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed by all the different strollers, car seats, cribs etc. Any suggestions you might have, would be a huuuuuge help! Thanks Kath!

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137 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Hey Erika,

We have a Bugaboo (6 years old, a hand-me-down), a BOB and now a Chicco Caddy. All serve different purposes! I had the BOB at the top of my list because I hope to (someday) do lots of walking + maybe some running, and it’s one of the best strollers for that. The Caddy is great for keeping in the car – quick mall trips and things. I’m not wild about the Bugaboo, but it’s good now for walking and can be used from infancy (with bassinet/ car seat adapter) through older years with kids seat. I think if I had to buy a new middle of the road I’d get the Uppababy Vista or perhaps the Citi Mini.

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138 Chelsea @ahintofhealthy September 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Kath, I have been addicted to your site for a while now, but just wanted to congratulate you on Mazen. He is the cutest little boy! I’ve been loving all of your pictures :)

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139 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Thanks Chelsea!

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140 Annette @FitnessPerks September 25, 2012 at 12:52 pm

YAY for squash & apples!! So tasty. I need some more of that in my life ;)

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141 Kathy W. September 25, 2012 at 12:56 pm

ha, knew you would love Downton Abbey! (somewhere in a comment long ago I remember saying how good/fun it was!)

Season 3 in January!!

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142 Marya September 25, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I haven’t been to Commonwealth Skybar yet. I kind of feel like I’m not cool enough for it. LOL! Just my own neuroses. I keep hearing good things about Downton Abbey. I gotta get the early episodes from Netflix and start from the beginning.

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143 Amilja September 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Oy boy. I can’t believe somebody is telling you not to nurse in pubiic. You are even covering yourself. I think it really must vary between countries how people react on that. I live in Scandinavia, North Europe and I haven’t seen women covering themselves when nursing. Most women just try to find a peaceful place and nurse there. I don’t think anybody is even really paying attention to that.

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144 Cait's Plate September 25, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Haha YES!! I love that Salute Your Shorts made it into the asterisk :)

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145 Katie@Real Food Katie's Way September 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm

It doesn’t even look like you gave birth very recently Kath! You look fantastic!

ALSO I must say I had a revelation when reading this post…Your grapefruit spoon method for seeding a butt squash is FANTASTIC!! This time of year I use a LOT of butternut squash (cinnamon buns, lasagna, soups, chili, etc) and I never cut my butt squashes vertically after peeling! After peeling I just slice it until I get to the bottom where the seeds are. Then I try to cut around the seeds and hope not to waste too much! With one picture you have made my life much easier! Thanks!

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146 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm

It’s so much easier than a regular spoon!

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147 colleen September 25, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I love Downton Abbey! Cant wait for Season 3!

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148 Julia September 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm

LOVE Downton Abbey. I am guilty (though not ashamed) of having watched every.single.episode of Friday Night Lights durinng my maternity leave. Highly recommend it!
Have you looked at the Baby Sleep Site? I get the emails and occasionally find them useful. This morning’s was “Why Newborns are Fussy in the Evening” — http://www.babysleepsite.com/newborns/newborn-babies-fussiness-evening-why/ Maybe interesting reading….
Even after my son starting sleeping through the night, I continued to go to bed by 9pm. Being a mother can be exhausting :) Now he sleeps from ~6:30-6:30 and I can actually stay awake later and have adult time with my husband. Something to look forward to!

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149 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Thanks for the link!

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150 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count September 25, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Your dinner looks delicious! Now I want to make crock pot baked beans…need to go get what I need…Yum…

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151 Kristen @ Change of Pace September 25, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Plain yogurt, banana, and nut butter might be one of my most favorite breakfasts ever! It took us 6 months to get through LOST (we have two little ones). I miss it SO much!

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152 Michelle (Peachy Palate) September 25, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Sounds like the perfect Sunday!!! I’m totally addicted to roasted butternut and kabocha….I never know my limits!

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153 Vidya September 25, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Wow what a great post! You are surely getting back into groove and with a bang :-) What a great attitude you have….you feel cooking as “me” time?!! And that too taking care of a lil baby the whole day! Hats off to you Kath!

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154 Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever.com September 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm

HA I remember those days of zig zagging up and down the streets of my neighborhood trying to get a walk in but too nervous of a screaming baby. One time I finally braved it and went to one of my favorite beach trails only to have her start screaming .25 mile in and people staring at me like I was the worst Mom ever. Trust me, it does get better, way better!!! The Bob stroller and you have lots of time to spend together soon. ; )

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155 Katie September 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm

I love walking! It’s the only form of cardio I do!! I could walk all day long if I had nothing else to do. :) Plus, they say it’s just as good for you as any other cardio out there! AND it’s something that’s easy to do when we’re 80 years old. ;)

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156 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut September 25, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I am putting this meal on my must-make list—easy and delicious! And I’m so jealous of your brunch…sweet potatoes and eggs are possibly my most favorite foods ever. Next to ice cream, of course. :)

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157 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 25, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I am so incredibly obsessed with Downton Abbey! The music, the story…I am just in love with it!

I love that shot of Matt and Karen! She is absolutely glowing! Love that you all are sharing such an amazing time together!

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158 Lou September 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm

You guys really seem like you are settling into a good routine – and babies thrive on routine! Good on you.

I just got married and made a healthy-truffle-croquembouche-style tower instead of a cake…. I used a bunch of different liquors in each to keep things interesting…. I highly recommend ;)

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159 jenna k September 25, 2012 at 5:58 pm

it’s shocking to me how many people are criticizing your breastfeeding practices. giving advice is great, but i just feel like a big part of motherhood is having the freedom to choose how you want to bring your (YOUR) child up in this world.
more power to you, kath. you’re handling some of these comments with far more grace than i would! you certainly have enough to worry about with a newborn.

ps that brunch looks soooo good!

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160 Lynne September 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm

Kath…you need to try Homeland! One of my favorite shows! So loving reading about you and Matt and Maze’s adventures. Have been reading for over three years – love all the things you guys have tackled and excelled at :) Keep moving forward and enjoying life!

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161 j3nn September 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm

Your dinner looks like the epitome of a fall meal! Perhaps a drizzle of maple syrup would have made it slightly more Autumn-y. :)

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162 Rachel Heath September 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I know what you mean… I’ve always loved to cook, but there are some tasks that you just DO, like preparing butternut squash. My daughter is 21 months old now and the novelty of having my hands free long enough to cut up vegetables still hasn’t been lost on me. I love getting in the kitchen for a while, getting my hands busy, and disappearing into my thoughts! However, she’s getting to the age where she wants to help now, and I’m finding that I enjoy cooking TOGETHER even more!

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163 Kate September 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm

I love your list of favorite shows. I was inspired to watch Lost after your journey through that show although honestly, even when it was over I wondered if I really followed everything that happened.

My top five list looks quite a bit like yours! I was hesitant to watch Downton Abbey… It made me feel like my mom (who is 68) but honestly, I love it. I really appreciate what you said about Mad Men being a little too dark. I work for a domestic violence agency so needless to say, work can be a little heavy sometimes. At the end of the day I need something light and airy to watch… Downton Abbey and Gossip Girl fit the bill… a perfect escape from how hard my job is. I saw that someone suggested Friday Night Lights. That is also a good show and is of the teenage drama variety. Right now I am watching Dawson’s Creek on Netflix. I watched a bit when it was first on tv but didn’t see it all… it is a bit dated but overall a great escape. It would make for great breast feeding/ down time viewing. What did we do before Netflix?

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164 Heather September 25, 2012 at 7:33 pm

love downton abbey! Just finished watching season 2 last week. Not gonna lie I didn’t think it was something I would enjoy, but I was obsessed and watched both seasons with a weeks time!

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165 Alicyn September 25, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I just recently started following your blog in the past couple of months and love it. Your dinner looks amazing!

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166 Kerry @ Totes My Oats September 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm

You look like such a happy mom! And my goodness, those poached eggs look perfect.

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167 Kathy W. September 25, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I realize this should go up in the Bf debate, but it’s hard to figure our where to insert it, so…

good opinion piece by the by the women’s studies prof who was attacked in the last few weeks for bf her sick child in class:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/09/05/exposeing-my-breasts-on-the-internet/

(she’ll also be on Katie Couric’s show tomorrow (Wed.))

There’s this whole trend to attack nursing mothers who nurse “in public”–like this from last summer:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/13/breastfeeding-mom-told-to_n_1670901.html

The more people (incl. children) who see babies being breastfed, the more women will tend to choose (or at least try) breastfeeding when they have kids. In most of the rest of the world, kids see their mothers & other women bfing ALL THE TIME.

So GO KATH! :)

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168 Kathy W. September 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm

that should be “by the” not “by the by the”

[also, she's not in women's studies, she's an anthropology prof teaching a feminist anthro class--and her article runs way long. & I'm sorry she's not supportive of women who've protested local anti-bf laws, etc. Still, at least she's defending her own rights.]

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169 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 10:53 pm

What a strong, admirable woman she is! That article definitely challenged my brain.

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170 Spice Chicken September 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Baked beans in the slow cooker are super-easy and OMG delicious. I soak dry beans overnight, then just add water, tomato paste, chopped onions, and seasonings and let it rip.

This SNL spoof of Downton Abbey is a must for any fan. I nearly wet my pants laughing.

http://perezhilton.com/2012-02-06-saturday-night-live-parodies-itv-award-winning-series-downton-abbey#.UGJkgUbv6XA

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171 KathEats September 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Can’t wait to watch! I’m sure it’s hilarious!

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172 Carla C September 25, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Throwing my hat into the Homeland ring ;) I think you particularly, Kath, would find the storyline interesting. And I’m sorry for what that other lady said about breastfeeding in public. Typically I’m not a fan of it but that’s my problem, not new mothers’ whose lives must go on, and especially you being MODEST about it. Lastly, you really DO look GREAT. Good for you!

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173 Hannah September 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Hi,
I enjoyed this post: sounds like a great day from beg to end. Some of my fav TV Shows (I don’t watch much TV) are in your fav list as well. As silly as some think, I enjoy Once Upon a Time on ABC too.
By the way, you look amazing!

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174 The Mrs. @ Kitchen Doesn't Travel September 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Downton sucks you in so easily and quickly! I started watching it one day when I stayed home sick from work and ended up watching the entire first season. Can’t wait for season 3 to come out!

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175 lynn @ the actor's diet September 26, 2012 at 12:40 am

i knew you’d love downton! now you MUST watch “breaking bad!” and i love the BBC “sherlock” too.

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176 Mel September 26, 2012 at 2:29 am

Like most people, I too am a Downton Abbey addict! I also love Mad Men though, so I was a little worried about the Emmy’s this year since the two shows were nominated for a lot of the same categories! Luckily, neither show cleaned up so I didn’t have to pick sides! Just started watching season 3 online!

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177 Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy September 26, 2012 at 4:45 am

I wish we had beautiful fall weather here. It is now cold and constantly raining. *Sobs*

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178 Carol Oak September 26, 2012 at 4:27 pm

My friend is nursing and I am bringing her lunch tomorrow. She asked for anything she can eat with one hand. What are your favorites?

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179 KathEats September 26, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Hmmmmm…..soup? Only requires a spoon! Sandwiches are hard, surprisingly, because things fall out, but if it’s a sticky sandwich then one hand would work. Salads too – because they drip. But I think she will appreciate anything you bring : )

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180 Pam September 26, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Look at your flat tummy, you look aMAZEing!!
Perfectly poached eggs and that thick bacon, yum!!

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181 Natasha September 26, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Do you have approximately seasoning proportions? Just a gestimate will do-thx. Ps I find your new posts amazing and so inspiring!

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182 KathEats September 27, 2012 at 8:29 am

I’d say maybe 2 tbsp of oil for the whole pan of squash – you just want to evenly coat it so adjust depending on how much you have. And maybe 1 tsp of the spices – just enough to sprinkle throughout

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183 Andrea September 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Just the question I was going to ask! But also, did you coat the apples with coconut oil too?

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184 KathEats September 27, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Yes, a little less

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185 Andrea September 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Ok thanks! I’m going to try this this weekend :)

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186 Brit September 27, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Mazen looks so precious. How lucky he is to have wonderful parents!!! :)

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187 Trista September 29, 2012 at 11:12 am

Oohh that squash looks beautiful! It all looks super yummy and has gone onto my meal plan for this week. :)

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