Snappy Casual

June 14, 2012

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Just a casual summer evening around here. I ventured to the bakery for the afternoon for a marketing meeting (we have an intern this summer!) and a call with our mentor. For some reason I was just not hungry today – I only felt called to have 1 bite of Praline Cookie and 2 water bottles of water.

We’re winding down in preparation for going to Baltimore tomorrow and made a soup full of bits and pieces from the fridge. I have been avoiding soups since about 6 weeks pregnant but for some reason a tomato-y soup sounded good tonight.

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This simple soup involved combining in a pot:

  • 1 cup chopped leftover beef steak
  • 2 summer squash
  • 2 carrots
  • 1/2 a bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/2 cup frozen lima beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 1 cup broth
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 glugs liquid smoke

Mix together and let bubble for about 30 minutes, or until hungry and veggies are cooked!

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Served on the side: one big Spinach Feta Scuffin!

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I ate my half with gusto – it was sort of like having a biscuit with dinner!

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We try to eat “family dinner” most days of the week, but tonight Matt decided he wanted to watch TV and I G-chatted with Caitlin! Can’t wait till she shares her birth story : )

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Feeling pretty sleepy tonight. I have SYTYCD and reading to do!

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1 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 14, 2012 at 6:47 pm

That’s awesome that you got to chat with Caitlin! I am also really excited to hear the birth story. Baby HTP is adorable! And that is very cool that you have an intern in the summer. If I were the intern, you could just pay me in cinnamon bread!

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2 Elisabeth June 15, 2012 at 3:14 am

I can’t wait to read her birth story, too! Henry is sooo sweet! ;)

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3 Courtney @ Outrunning Insecurities June 14, 2012 at 6:50 pm

The soup looks good, but I’m not much of a soup person. It just doesn’t ever seem that satisfying to me for some reason, no matter how much stuff or what kind of stuff I put in it. Go figure.

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4 Julia H. @ Going Gulia June 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Haha, “snappy casual”. That’s actually the term we use in my sorority to pretty much replace “business casual” when describing how we’re supposed to dress up for chapter meetings.

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5 KathEats June 14, 2012 at 6:52 pm

That’s where I got it from :) College girl events

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6 Rachel June 15, 2012 at 12:58 am

I’m a Teach For America corps member, and we use “snappy casual” for events as well! :)

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7 kaila@ healthy helper blog! June 14, 2012 at 6:53 pm

SPINACH FETA SCUFFIN?! That sounds amazing!

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8 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux June 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm

I bought one last week and it was DELICIOUS! And that soup sounds like the perfect pairing. :-)

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9 Jeri June 14, 2012 at 7:00 pm

Dinner looks good for a nice summer evening! Yum-mi! And what a great way to get the family to eat spinach too.

OK Kath and ladies and gents (if there are any) My official weigh-in to start the VA Hopsital MOVE program (like weight watchers) was today! I lost 3.7 pounds since last month May 15. YAY! And guess what!?! I ATE REAL FOOD!! All inspired by Kath. Next weigh-in is in one month. Thank you for the motivation!

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10 KathEats June 14, 2012 at 7:04 pm

Congrats!!

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11 Jeri June 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Thank you! I’m pretty stoked about it. Celebrated with a big bowl of watermelon! LOL

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12 Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not June 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I had to do the same thing this week with my veggies. Soup is the best way to use up a ton of produce that’ about to go bad.

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13 Megan @ Megan's Munchies June 14, 2012 at 7:18 pm

It is so hot here, but your pics have me craving soup.

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14 Ellie@Fit for the Soul June 14, 2012 at 7:25 pm

ahhhhh that scuffin sounds so amazing! I must be hungry because everything I see on the computer is calling out to me. And hope you have a great night! btw, just out of curiosity–so you haven’t WANTED soup at all? Or was there another reason for your avoidance of soup? :)

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15 KathEats June 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm

Right…. Too many herbs or garlic or something

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16 Steph mitesser June 14, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Make sure you keep an eye on that intern this summer- I hear she’s talented but a handful ;).

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17 KathEats June 14, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Haha I will :)

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18 Angel7 June 14, 2012 at 7:39 pm
19 Grace @ Grace Dishes June 14, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Looks delicious! I really love your outdoor furniture. I’ve been on the lookout for new furniture for our outdoor space :)

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20 Alyssa (pb and oatmeal) June 14, 2012 at 8:02 pm

That biscuit looks really good! I want one!

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21 samantha @ peach in the city June 14, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I wish I was an intern at great harvest!!

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22 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats June 14, 2012 at 8:16 pm

That spinach feta scone sounds delicious!

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23 Stacie @ Snaps and Bits June 14, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I love your first photo–it looks like it’s straight out of a catalog!! Gorgeous setting!

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24 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More June 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm

I really need to makes soups more often. I love the idea of just throwing a bunch of ingredients in a pot and letting it do it’s thing. I guess I also need to use my slow cooker more often too…

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25 Sarah @ Learning to Feed Yourself June 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm

That scuffin looks soooo good!! Also, that cat is so cute :) I am definitely a bit cat deprived at college!!

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26 The Blissful Baker June 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Oh man! I love spinach and this new recipe is going to have to find a spot on my to-do list! Thanks for sharing

Be sure to check out my newest recipe too! Cowboy Caviar (a bean salad/dip) at bakingblissful.blogspot.com

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27 Brenda June 14, 2012 at 10:20 pm

Where is the recipe for the scuffin? lol- it looks amazing. : ) Love the pictures of your porch; it’s gorgeous!

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28 KathEats June 15, 2012 at 6:31 am

It’s from our bakery

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29 Annette @FitnessPerks June 14, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Oooh that scuffing looks/sounds so good! YUMM.

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30 Laura June 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I’m sure you get this ALL the time but you really inspire me! I can’t wait to read your posts each day:) I’m no stranger to disordered eating (luckily those days are long gone—and boy is it a blessing!) Your take on food and nutrition motivates me to love my body and give it the best. Thanks for the “food” for the soul!

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31 KathEats June 15, 2012 at 6:31 am

That’s wonderful :)

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32 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm

That scuffin looks so good! Spinach is a fave and always bakes up so well I find!

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33 Krista June 14, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I love your furniture on the porch. Where did you get it? Beautiful colors!

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34 KathEats June 15, 2012 at 6:31 am

Pier 1

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35 Khushboo June 15, 2012 at 12:16 am

That’s awesome that you guys have hired an intern- what is his/her role?

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36 KathEats June 15, 2012 at 6:32 am

Marketing!

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37 Kelly @ My Love Affair with Running June 15, 2012 at 5:11 am

I love new soup recipes! Will be adding this one to my collection. Thanks :)

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38 Reka June 15, 2012 at 5:41 am

I’ve been meaning to ask you, is there a DIY tutorial somewhere about how Matt made that awesome little wood table? It looks so wonderful on your pictures. I’d LOVE to make one!!

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39 KathEats June 15, 2012 at 6:33 am

He hasn’t done one yet unfortunately

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40 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles June 15, 2012 at 6:40 am

What a great way to encorporate ‘bits and bats’ from your fridge…a soup! The Scuffin looks quite tasty! Dipped in the tomatoey broth…yummy!

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41 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope June 15, 2012 at 6:43 am

That scuffin sounds amazing! I wish I could get one of those. :)

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42 Molly @ RDexposed June 15, 2012 at 6:52 am

Paid intern? Let’s not forget how our internships were….ugh.

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43 KathEats June 15, 2012 at 7:51 am

Yes

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44 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count June 15, 2012 at 7:38 am

The scuffin looks amazing!!

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45 Hope June 15, 2012 at 8:22 am

I’ve never heard the term scuffin before. I’m guessing it’s cross between a scone and muffin?? Whatever it is, it looks delish!

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46 KathEats June 15, 2012 at 8:57 am

Yep!

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47 Alicia June 15, 2012 at 10:30 am

Kath, any chance you might divulge more info about the spinach feta scuffin? Is it pretty straight forward as the name would say? I am intrigued! How big are the chunks of feta? Thanks!

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48 KathEats June 15, 2012 at 11:26 am

There are just little nuggets of feta throughout… And the spinach is pretty mild

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49 Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac June 15, 2012 at 11:26 am

Great idea to make soup to use up your veggies! That scuffin sounds sooo good, I’m a sucker for cheese infused bread!

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50 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See June 16, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Hah for a second I thought that was a blueberry scone! Oh how I wouldn’t want to mistake those..

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