Sitcom Revival

August 22, 2012

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These were the only foods that sounded good to me at 5pm. [I also really need to go to the grocery store!]. I’m loving these cheese sticks though. I tend to rely on yogurt/milk/cereal/fruit for snacks a lot and am trying to branch out a bit more. Need to hard boil up some eggs! Eat more almonds and trail mix. Dip into the cottage cheese. Also, homemade granola bars are on my to-do list. I also bet you $100 I never make any. But I would like to!

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After wrapping up my computer time for the day, I crashed onto the couch at 5:00 with my cheese stick and turned on the TV to find an episode of Friends on. I was never a huge Friends watcher growing up [Saved by the Bell, Full House, Family Matters, Dawson’s Creek… were my fav shows] but there’s just something soooo comforting about sitcoms! I felt more relaxed immediately. Must take me back to childhood! Or it’s the crazy laughing audience ; )

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On tonight’s menu was “beans + rice + veggies,” which turned into this lovely mixed bowl of flavors.

I made a cup of brown rice in the rice cooker and mixed it with a few tablespoons of dry nutritional yeast and salt. On the side we sauteed zucchini, a pepper and garden tomatoes in some Garlic Gold Southwest seasoning and olive oil and in another pot heated up a can of Whole Foods Refried Pinto Beans! Made for a fun change from regular loose beans. Topped with a little cheese + greek yogurt to call it a meal. 

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But before it’s bedtime, it’s So You Think You Can Dance time! Somehow that infuriates me, it did not record last week. I could have sworn they said 2 week hiatus, but then I heard nothing about it and it wasn’t in my DVR so I figured I just got the week number wrong. Then tonight I realized I DID miss an episode somehow! It’s not on Xfinity on demand or Fox.com so I’m not sure if I’ll get to watch it. SO BUMMED! Also Fox.com totally spoiled the results by playing some automatic video when I went to check the episode list. Did any of you see it?

Enjoying a little vanilla bean with peach and chocolate sunflower seed mug mash right now!

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5 nights of insomnia has really caught up with me. Hoping that means I sleep well tonight!

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1 Christine August 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Come on out, baby KERF, the blog world is waiting!!

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2 Carly @ Snack Therapy August 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm

That cheese on top of your dinner looks so tasty… Like it would just melt in your mouth! I LOVE watching old sitcoms. They’re my go-to TV whenever I’m sick and in need of some comforting : ).

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3 Eating 4 Balance August 22, 2012 at 7:17 pm

I didn’t see the spoiler and I am so glad… I HATE when they post stuff like that on their website so soon. It’s like with the Olympics. Do you really think I want to know who won all the gold medals today when I was planning on watching it tonight… for the first time… ON YOUR CHANNEL! Lol. That made me so angry :P

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4 Lisa August 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm

In our house, we call your dinner, “rice bowls”. I put out lots of different options (different cooked veggies, beans, etc) and we fill our bowls with rice, toppings, and sauces.

Sorry about missing your show! Hulu?

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5 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 22, 2012 at 7:36 pm

ahhh your dinner looks so good! I love the idea of adding some nutritional yeast in there! When I make savory oats I love to add in nutritional yeast!

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6 Brie @ Coxswain Dilemma August 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Loving the peach with ice cream combo! I’m trying to do that as much as possible before the fruit season wanes…

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7 mary @ minutespermile August 22, 2012 at 7:58 pm

you’re so close! eat up for the big day.

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8 Karen August 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Try Ina Garten’s granola bars … they are sooooo good!

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9 KathEats August 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I bet… I love her style!

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10 Megan D August 22, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I watched last weeks SYTYCD and you aren’t missing much. They did past Mia Michaels dances. And while I LOVE me some Mia Michaels it was n’t really fare to this seasons dancers to have them do the ‘door dance’ that Katie and Twitch did. Cause, you know, who can top Twitch? (I heart him) They did a lot of good previous dances and none of them could top the original. The only ones that were decent were The Bench Dance & Addicted (I would reccomend watching this one – it was BY FAR the best of the evening. Cole and Lindsey seriously rocked it). They also kicked off 4 dancers again. I know they have to speed things up because of the Olympics, but this season has felt so rushed with the hiatus and no results show.

I kind of like this show, if you can’t tell. I think I am going to have to make myself a mug of ice cream with peaches on top while I watch it tonight too because after seeing your mug I know I won’t be able to get it out of my mind! Yum!

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11 KathEats August 22, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Thanks for the recap… Ill go look for those two dances!

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12 KathEats August 22, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Both dances were great!

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13 Katie August 22, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Kath don’t worry! I love sytycd sooo much and have been addicted for years….. and last week might be the worst episode I have ever seen. All they did was take old Mia Michaels routines from past seasons and have this year’s couples re-do them. I’m not a Mia Michaels fan, and I also liked all of the routines the first time around. It was so strange…. IMO you didn’t miss much!!

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14 KathEats August 22, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Oh good, that makes me feel better! Was there a reason they focused on Mia?

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15 Jennifer August 22, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Yeah I agree it was a horrible episode. You didn’t miss anything but I hate when my DVR doesn’t record something!

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16 Susan August 22, 2012 at 8:13 pm

I hope you sleep well tonight. My husband rubbed my legs while we watched tv at night when I was pregnant and it really helped me sleep better. My “baby” will be 20 years old in December and my husband still rubs my legs! Maybe you could get Matt to do the same :)

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17 kate August 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm

It’s okay, in 3 weeks you will look back and think how well rested you were at the end of your pregnancy and wonder why you ever took sleep for granted.

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18 KathEats August 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm

But I will have new mom adrenaline!

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19 Jenny August 22, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Just wait until you get home from the hospital. The real “insomnia” (aka the baby wants to eat every 2 hours or needs to be changed or held) will hit then! Enjoy your nights of sleep now. They won’t be the same for the next few years of your life. My sweet baby is 3 and I’m still exhausted from the first year :)

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20 j3nn August 22, 2012 at 8:21 pm

I feel the exact same way about sitcoms! Probably because I grew up on them. I love watching classic reruns; mindless TV as I call it. Goofy but comforting and relaxing. :)

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21 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 22, 2012 at 8:26 pm

you busted out the rice cooker – well that was smart thinking!

sitcoms…meh. But give me some Bravo or E Channel reality shows and I will never get up!

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22 Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles August 22, 2012 at 8:33 pm

I never watched Friends growing up either, but lately, I’m really enjoying the re-runs. I think you’re right about sitcoms being a little comforting. And your dessert combo looks great!

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23 Natasha August 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Try Hulu to watch?? Idk if it’s one of the those they have available

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24 KathEats August 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Not yet :*(

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25 Emily M. August 22, 2012 at 8:43 pm

i actually liked last weeks episode….im a contemporary dancer myself and so naturally its my favorite to watch..so a whole episode of it was nice! it was also cool to see how this seasons dancers took on some of the most amazing dancers from past seasons! i think they may have done a whole week of mia because she was gone for a while and now is back? im not really sure. most of the dances were definitely not as good this second time around….but that was what i expected anyways going in.

i love one-bowl dinners! theyre “cozy” to eat almost :)

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26 KathEats August 22, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I’m watching some clips on You Tube now – it looks like it was pretty fun to remember!

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27 Meagan August 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm

“Mug mash” – I like that! Sometimes I do that too, but mine always involves some sort of fruit (blueberries or banana) raisins, nut butter, many coconut, chocolate in some form and yogurt or ice cream! It’s definitely a great dessert.

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28 Maria August 22, 2012 at 8:45 pm

Kaaath!

So sorry for the off topic post but I just saw a really old video on YouTube and had to comment!! It was the one entitled “how to make sweet potato fries” starring Matt! You sound so different from how I imagined, with a real cute Southern accent! And Matt too. But I don’t recognize that house, it must have been a different one.

Anyway, very cute and p.s I am hooked on blue corn tortilla chips and put greek yogurt on EVERYthing like you. :-D

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29 Maria August 22, 2012 at 8:47 pm

And you kept telling us the calorie count of everything which I loooved. That must have been back when you counted. I am guessing you counted calories more than carbs based on your videos, very helpful and informative. Thank you!

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30 KathEats August 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Yeah that video is realllly old!!! From our house in Charlotte : )

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31 k August 23, 2012 at 1:11 am

Oh my! I’m such a nerd, I had to go find the video! I actually hesitated watching it. As I realized that you and Matt are nearly like beloved book characters for me! I didn’t know if I wanted to alter my own perception of you. Wow! I apologize that that sounds so creepy! Anyways, you both are just as adorable together on video as you seem on the blogs. On a side note, when Matt says “nubbins” Hilarious! That’s what my husbands southern raised Nana calls potato eyes as well.

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32 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 4:26 am

:) watch something more recent too! I don’t even feel like those old videos are me!

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33 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) August 22, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Check http://www.ch131.com for the old episode that you missed! It almost always works on that website :)

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34 Heather August 22, 2012 at 9:12 pm

I am sure you have a recipe already, but these are my favorite to make at home: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2010/02/thick-chewy-granola-bars/

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35 Chelsea August 22, 2012 at 9:30 pm

SYTYCD was a tribute to Mia Michaels. It was pretty awesome.

I giggled a little bit at your 5 nights of insomnia. I had pregnancy insomnia the ENTIRE time I was pregnant. I was lucky if I got 4 hours a night and no sleeping in. :( I watched ALOT of Olympics! Once I had Lu I slept SO MUCH BETTER, even though I was waking up every few hours to feed her.

This may be a comment for your BERF post but my close friend did go to 42.5 weeks! She was due December 23rd and she had him January 11th! Crazy!!!

Lu coming at 37 weeks was scary but after the bed rest and the insomnia, I was ready to be done. Bed rest will do that to you! Thankfully she was healthy and didn’t need to stay in the NICU!! If she had come when I first went into labor we wouldn’t have been so lucky!

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36 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 4:29 am

I know it could be much worse! I was lucky to make it as far along as I did. I had forgotten Lu’s birth story… Is it still online on your blog?

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37 Chelsea August 23, 2012 at 7:29 am

It’s here: http://www.lucytitus.com/?p=123

Seeing those pictures made me sad :( only 1 more month and then she’s 4!

Your little bean will be great when he comes out! He’s almost fully cooked. My thought process was that I was “lucky” to go at 37 weeks (rather than my friend at 42+ weeks) but then I remembered how scary it was when she tried to come at 34/35 weeks and how much bed rest BLEW. I’m so glad you’re past that point! I also hope you don’t have to wait another 3+ weeks! My friend do go completely naturally and labored for 52 hours and gave birth (NATURALLY!) to an 11 pound 2 ounce kiddo. I’ll try to find her birth story-it’s amazing!

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38 Chelsea August 23, 2012 at 7:34 am

Here’s Megan’s birth story-it’s amazing. She was a doula for 8 years before the birth of 11# Porter:

http://ourtenderlife.blogspot.com/2011/03/surrender-birth-story.html?m=1

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39 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 7:56 am

Can’t wait to read it again : )

And thanks for the other link too!

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40 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 23, 2012 at 12:47 am

I love putting greek yogurt on a bowl of foods instead of the usual sour cream. It tastes better and good for everyone :)

ps: hope you sleep well tonight!

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41 Elisabeth August 23, 2012 at 2:04 am

I always think watching old favorite tv shows, especially sitcoms, cheers me up – almost like an old friend ;)

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42 Jennifer August 23, 2012 at 6:42 am

Golden Girls is still my favorite sitcom of all time! I get so excited when certain channels have mini-marathons of it going on! I hope my life is that cool when I’m old :)

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43 Christina August 23, 2012 at 6:58 am

“a fun change from regular loose beans”… that line cracked me up!

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44 Cait's Plate August 23, 2012 at 7:37 am

That dinner looks absolutely incredible. Anything warm topped with greek yogurt and cheese is A-OK in my book.

I HATE when my DVR doesn’t record shows! It’s the worst thing ever!

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45 Mel August 23, 2012 at 7:55 am

Have you tried hard boiled eggs with cumin? It’s a pretty fabulous combination and makes for a great snack.

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46 Angel7 August 23, 2012 at 8:04 am

After all the nights of tossing/turning & such, you would think that I would be zombie-like. However, I am not tired right now. But come mid-afternoon, I will probably crash, like usual.

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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47 Tracy August 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm

If we really make a $100 wager, I bet you’ll make some granola bars!! ;)

Don’t forget Anne P’s bars only take “5 minutes”!

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48 Diane August 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

We have rice bowls like that on a regular basis – also good with quinoa instead of rice. Never tried it with greek yogurt, will have to soon.

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49 Sarah August 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm

I love this granola bar/cereal recipe. I make it all the time! My 2.5 year old loves it too! You just have to mix everything up in a big bowl, spread it out on a pan lined with parchment and bake for 70 minutes. Last time I used 2.5 cups rolled oats and 1 cup steel cut oats and it held together well enough make granola ‘chunks’ or you can break it up to make cereal. I like to add more of the spices (extra cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and some allspice). http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/04/04/recipe-granola-bars-cereal/

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50 Katie@Real Food Katie's Way August 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm

HA! Family Matters, Full House, Saved by the Bell and Dawson’s Creek with my fav shows too! In fact my husband and I were JUST talking about that this morning!

After almost 5 years of reading your blog, you are even MORE cool than I originally speculated! ;)

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51 Robyn August 24, 2012 at 12:52 pm

I love chocolate covered sunflower seeds! I looked at WF but could not find them. Where do you get them?

P.S. Best Wishes on the soon to be delivered newest member of your family!

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52 KathEats August 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm

They were a baby shower favor…I think Trader Joe’s has them

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