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November 12, 2012

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Don’t you want to just title every Sunday “Funday.” Sunday has become my new favorite day of the week!! It was Friday in high school, Saturday in college and as a wife and mom, it’s Sunday. I love the combination of relaxing, family time and chores (just enough to feel organized at the end of the day).

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Pumpkin oats in a jar! Oatmeal with 1/3 cup pumpkin stirred in at the end of cooking. Matt made this and used a green banana so it was like having potato oatmeal the banana was so starchy. I do not recommend it!

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Maze and I went for a long morning walk with our friend Kipton after breakfast. 3 miles down!

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Karen came over to play with Maze while Matt brewed beer and I did something like 4 loads of laundry, caught up on computer work and thank you notes and speed cleaned the basement, vacuuming every corner.

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Then I had a salad for lunch – spinach, navy beans, pumpkin bean dip, vinegar and a honey whole wheat roll.

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I kept lunch on the lighter side because I went to a friend’s house right after – more snacks were involved!

Alice had her annual clothing swap (see last year’s here!) We all clean out our closets and bring unwanted clothes to this pile. Then we all go crazy sorting through it all and claiming new items as our own.

The extra clothes are always donated, but this year, they are heading straight up north to Hurricane Sandy victims via a van driven by another friend heading that direction tonight. I hope some of my too-small or just-not-right clothes will make someone happy. I gave my closet a serious sort.

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We also feasted on all kinds of food – from homemade muffins to cheese and crackers. I had a small plate of things.

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Back at home, Matt and I went out for a car errand only to find the dealership closed. D’oh! I figured they would be open on Sundays to accommodate those who can only shop on the weekends. We’re getting really close to making a decision!

Apple for the ride:

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Dinner tonight was simple + healthy.

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On the right we cooked lentils in vegetable broth and roasted some sweet potatoes and mixed them together.

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On the left we sauteed greens from our garden along with some carrots. Everything was topped with crumbled bacon (which was browned first to provide flavor for the other things to cook).

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Every wonder why you never see water glasses at my place anymore? I decided to save washing jars over and over and am drinking out of my water bottle. But it’s not very attractive to photograph, so I always push it aside : )

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To end the day, we had bite-sized squares of Scotcharoos, a Karen recipe from Matt’s childhood. These are like butterscotch rice krispie treats with a chocolate top. Deliccccccious!!! {Looks like the recipe is widely available – like this one}

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Matt and Maze are playing together on the floor, and I’m off to join them!

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1 Jessica / Green Skies and Sugar Trips November 12, 2012 at 8:37 am

OMG those Lentils look SO good!!

Sunday is really such a perfect day!

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2 elle | nutritionella November 12, 2012 at 8:40 am

Those lentils look incredible!

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3 Lindsay November 12, 2012 at 8:42 am

Our Sunday was lovely as well, went to the annual Seoul Lantern Festival, my favorite Korean festival of all! Though I do wish we had a DELISH bacon flavored dinner to come home to! What a wonderful clothing swap idea as well, I’ve thought of doing that, but now I’m going to HAVE to make it happen;)

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4 Ali @ Peaches and Football November 12, 2012 at 8:42 am

There’s nothing quite as wonderful as starting the day with a smiling baby’s face, is there? :)

I love the idea of your friends’ clothes swap. I am notorious for not ever purging stuff in my closets. As a result, about 1/10th of my total clothes are things I actually wear. What a great idea to send the extras over to the Sandy victims too!!

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5 lisa fine November 12, 2012 at 8:43 am

I just use the same water glass (a mason jar) and use it over and over again before washing it. It’s easier to use a water bottle around the house, but I prefer to drink out of glass all day long, and save the plastic (even BPA-free) for hiking or car trips.

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6 KathEats November 12, 2012 at 9:36 am

I use the same one too, but since I use water bottles while nursing,I was hauling two around all day

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7 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 12, 2012 at 8:46 am

Aw, that first picture of Mazen is so precious. He looks adorable. :) Sounds like a lovely Sunday to me!

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8 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 12, 2012 at 8:47 am

I have the exact same water bottle, but in pink! I love it because I don’t have to twist off the top and it won’t spill, which is helpful since I always throw it in my bag or backpack!

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9 Parita @ myinnershakti November 12, 2012 at 8:53 am

Clothing swaps are so much fun. I actually found some great pieces at the last one I went to. And with a feast like that one, you can’t go wrong! Glad y’all had a fun Sunday (it’s starting to become my new favorite day of the week as well)!

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10 Rachel November 12, 2012 at 8:57 am

I can’t tell you how amazed I am to see Scotcharoos! An absolute must-have at all summer gatherings on my mother’s side of the family– we even tucked them into the picnic baskets we gave our wedding guests. Love those.

The lentils and greens look really good, too. I’ll have to try adding some roasted sweet potato to lentil salad.

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11 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 12, 2012 at 9:02 am

I just love all of Mazen’s little clothes! That jacket on him is adorable! Glad your Sunday was a great one!

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12 Karey @ Nutty About Health November 12, 2012 at 9:03 am

Aaahh, those Scotcharoos are making me drool (so is that jar of Barney’s at the top)! I’m loving Sundays lately too… good day to just rest or get some small things done. :)

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13 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) November 12, 2012 at 9:05 am

Green bananas are the worst but that’s the only way my husband will eat them! I don’t understand how anyone does it – yuck!

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14 Elisabeth November 12, 2012 at 9:10 am

I LOVE scotcharoos! :)

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15 Jennifer November 12, 2012 at 9:12 am

Maze is adorable!! That first picture of him smiling looks like he’s eyes are just sparkling. Such a cutie!

What a fantastic thing you and your friends are doing with the clothing swap. I’m sure there are so many people in need.

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16 Alicia @ Wanna Be Ina November 12, 2012 at 9:18 am

What a precious smile!

I have a question. Did you grow up eating pretty healthy, or was it something that developed as you were going to school to be a dietitian?

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17 KathEats November 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

I’d say I grew up middle of the road. We ate healthy family meals but also went to fast food and had Little Debbies in stock in the pantry for snacks. I didn’t like vegetable that much until college

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18 Vivi November 12, 2012 at 9:19 am

A perfect Sunday Funday! I just hosted my first clothes swap party a few weeks ago … best party idea ever!

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19 Jennifer November 12, 2012 at 9:20 am

I think the dealership must have been closed for Veteran’s Day yesterday? I also can’t imagine them normally being closed on Sunday’s…but I suppose it could be true.

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20 Abby November 12, 2012 at 9:27 am

It is actually illegal to sell a car on Sundays, at least it is here in Colorado.

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21 KathEats November 12, 2012 at 9:32 am

Really!?

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22 Liz November 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

I believe they aren’t open on Sundays because none of the financial institutions are open.

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23 Abby November 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

Yeah, its a leftover law from back in the day that hasn’t been repealed in most states.

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24 Leah November 12, 2012 at 11:01 am

That varies state by state–each state has it’s own weird laws. In MD cardealerships are definitely open on Sundays. In MD though they cannot sell beer or liquor in grocery stores. Imagine my surprise when I saw beer at Target this summer in NC!

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25 Kim November 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm

I’m not sure where in MD you live, but the majority of the state does not allow Sunday car sales. It’s a county by county law, but most counties do not allow it.

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26 Helen November 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

It’s pretty much a US-law (or at least observed if not required by law) to not be allowed to sell cars on Sunday. It’s a called a ‘blue law’ which is back to religious times where there are many restrictions for Sundays. This is also why many places have time restrictions on Sunday alcohol sales.

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27 KathEats November 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm

I had no idea! I remember in South Carolina you couldn’t buy alcohol before noon

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28 Sandie November 12, 2012 at 11:59 am

Same here in PA and NJ where I grew up

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29 Beverly Aragon November 12, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Where I live, there is NO alcohol sale on Sunday at all. Really freaks out visitors and new military families that move in. I get so giddy when I’m traveling and can buy alcohol on Sundays!

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30 Kim November 12, 2012 at 11:06 am

It’s actually very common for car dealerships to be closed on Sundays – just like you guys are closed on Sundays, car salesman need a day off too – they work long, hard hours! They are typically open late, like 9pm, so you can always shop in the evenings.

And many many states actually make it illegal to sell cars on Sunday – it’s called a “Blue Law”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_law I know MD also is illegal to sell them on Sundays – just goes back to keeping Sunday as a “holy day”

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31 KathEats November 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I just figured they had a rotating day off. not trying to suggest everyone should work 7 days a week !

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32 Elizabeth November 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

It was also a holiday this Sunday (veterans day).

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33 Leanne November 12, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Surprising, most dealerships that I know of have Holiday sales. I have several friends in the business and weekends and holidays are prime car-selling time generally.

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34 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio November 12, 2012 at 9:35 am

I think my hubby would love scotcharoos! Have a great Monday Kath!

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35 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning November 12, 2012 at 9:51 am

I’m a fan of Sunday too- but Saturday is still my fave. Probably because it’s my rest day, and the only day I get to sleep in!
I LOVE the idea of the clothing swap! So genius!!

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36 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles November 12, 2012 at 10:00 am

First picture of Mazen is adorable! Great idea to cook lentils in vegetable broth…must try mixed with roasted veggies. Yum!

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37 Jeri November 12, 2012 at 10:20 am

Just saw the banner for the Real Health on a gossip site! Next up…. talk show guest spots! Or a cooking show!

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38 KathEats November 12, 2012 at 10:28 am
39 Amy November 12, 2012 at 10:22 am

Scotcheroos are my Mom’s signature dessert. Every family gathering or visit she makes them and they never last long. Yum!!

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40 Cait November 12, 2012 at 10:42 am

LOVE that first picture. So adorable!

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41 Sally November 12, 2012 at 10:43 am

My dad sells cars and gets ONE day off a week, Sundays. Lots of small businesses are closed on Sundays. Salons, car dealerships, bakeries, just to name a few.

That top picture of Mazen is adorable!

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42 Christine November 12, 2012 at 10:46 am

I LOVE scotcheroos. Drool…

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43 hazel November 12, 2012 at 11:19 am

Food looks good as always, but OMG, Maze is absolutely DELICIOUS!!! I vote for every picture of food you have to have a picture of him too!

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44 Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles November 12, 2012 at 11:42 am

Great idea to donate so many clothes to the relief efforts– I bet a lot of people will be very grateful.

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45 Carrie @ The Cook's Palette November 12, 2012 at 11:58 am

Love your eats for the day! The clothing swap looks fun. I’ve always wanted to do one of those because it only takes one new-to-me item to get excited about my closet again. And that first picture of Mazen? Adorable + frameable. :)

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46 Christine @ BookishlyB November 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I think I’m a fan of Saturdays; Sundays mean back to work and the daily grind.

That’s kinda crappy that the dealer your potentially buying from is closed on Sundays; I’ve found that having a service department opened all weekend had been really helpful. But, then again, you guys live in a walking town instead of crazy, car-dependent Southern California!

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47 deva at deva by definition November 12, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Those scotcharoos look amazing! My mom used to make something similar! Yum!

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48 Emily @ Life on Food November 12, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Sunday has always been one of my favorite days. I try not to think about Monday approaching till the very end of the day :) That smile is worth a million dollars. Too cute! I love the little jacket too.

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49 Emily @ www.main-eats.com November 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Great title, sweet baby, and those bars look fabulous-they are my favorite!!!

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50 Averie @ Averie Cooks November 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm

The homemade muffins look incredible and so do those Scotcheroos (love those things!) and also the lentils and sweet potatoes – the whole post has some great eats.

Love the clothing swap idea – gosh I need to do that, big time!

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51 Julia H. @ Going Gulia November 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Green bananas, blech! One of my roommates prefers them that way, and gets rid of her bananas as soon as they get the slightest bit brown…which works perfectly for me because then I get to steal her bananas & eat them for myself!

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52 Kavi November 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm

The clothing swap is such a great idea! I’m a fan of reusing and repurposing items. And it’s wonderful that the remaining items were donated for others to use.

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53 Cher @ Weddicted November 12, 2012 at 3:13 pm

I can’t stand bananas that aren’t ripe. If I make a smoothie with one and it isn’t ripe, it’s so stringy and weird, haha. Puts me off bananas for weeks!

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54 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Maze looks so cute in his little blue jacket!!!
It’s funny how our favorite days of the week change as we grow older. :)

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55 NJMOM November 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm

The people from the Sandy will appreciate the clothes. I live in NJ. I just got my power back. There are so many peoplet that lost everything. 10 people from my office lost there homes.

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56 Heather November 12, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I’m in Charlotte and my bf is a financial manager for a dealership. They’re only open on the last Sunday of each month. So, typically Sundays are their only day off from working. And, on the weekdays, he’ll often work 12 hour days. It was shocking to me when I found out how much work went in to the car business.

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57 KathEats November 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm

I’m not complaining about them being closed – it was just unexpected!

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58 Jenny @ For Your Consideration November 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I’ve done book swap parties before but never a clothing one. I absolutely love the idea. I really want to organize one now. As always, thanks for the inspiration!!

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59 Jeff November 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm

I appreciate the water bottle picture. I use my Nalgene 24/7. I can’t imagine life without it.

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60 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious November 12, 2012 at 6:12 pm

That 1st picture is the cutest most adorable pic of Mazen yet. He is gorgeous!!!!

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61 Amelia November 12, 2012 at 6:15 pm

All this time I thought Kipton was you stroller!? Lol. Fun!!!

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62 KathEats November 12, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Haha!

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63 Nancy November 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Scotcheroos were also one of my mom’s signature desserts and my brother’s all-time favorite. We knew that Mother approved of his choice of girlfriend when she gave her the recipe. Since my mom is no longer with us, my sister-in-law has inherited the scotcheroo making for family reunions. Made me smile to see you enjoying them for dessert.

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64 Kris November 12, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Don’t forget to thank a veteran today, and say a prayer for all who serve, have served, and military families everywhere.

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65 KathEats November 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

absolutely!

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66 Carrie November 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Buy your car at the end of the month – guaranteed best deal! Even better is at the end of the quarter :)

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67 Susan November 12, 2012 at 8:18 pm

Every time I click on your blog and see Maze smiling at me, I smile right back. His smile is contagious!

Scotcheroos bring back so many memories. They are so good- I’ve never outgrown them!

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68 Nicole November 13, 2012 at 12:33 am

those greens + carrots with the lentil/sweet tater mix sounds SO incredibly good! I may just tackle that exact dish tomorrow, even though I just had lentils today. Seriously, that sounds and looks divine. I’m melting inside!

PS: ohmygosh Mazen. You’re so blessed!

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69 Lynn @ the actor's diet November 13, 2012 at 1:02 am

I only drink from my water bottle now too!

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70 Mel November 13, 2012 at 4:00 am

I love the idea of a clothing swap! I hope you found some good stuff. Random question: Have you ever used a real pumpkin (as in not from a can) for any of your baking/eating needs? I’m in a country that doesn’t have canned pumpkin and I’d really like to attempt to make something pumpkin-esque for Thanksgiving with my friends this year.

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71 KathEats November 13, 2012 at 4:04 am

I believe I baked a pumpkin once, but I have used mashed butternut squash that way. Go for it!

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72 Fran@BCDC November 13, 2012 at 8:17 am

Dinner looks delicious…I Love lentils!!

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73 sam November 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Mazen is seriously SO cute. His little mouth kills me. You seem like such a great mama, I so hope you’re enjoying your new little life.

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74 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I’ve never heard of Scotcharoos and now I HAVE to make them :D

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75 Katie November 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Just a quick psa from a long islander re: sandy — I know a lot of places are inundated with clothing and lack volunteers to organize/distribute them. What people need right now: cleaning supplies such as latex gloves, masks, clorox wipes, etc. and Non-perishable foods.

Thanks for all your love for the northeast coast!

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76 Jordan November 14, 2012 at 11:36 am

Are you considering any Earth-friendly cars? We have a toyota highlander, and it’s not a gas-guzzler, but it could never be considered green.

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77 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 11:46 am

We are researching the Hybrid, but we really can’t afford that much.

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78 Jordan November 14, 2012 at 12:12 pm

I completely understand and I didn’t mean to put you on the spot. I have seen from reading this blog that you’re quite committed to the environment, so I was simply curious.

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79 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Sure, I wish we could. And we’re keeping the other Honda Accord with great gas mileage for use too – non-family trips and things.

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