November 28, 2011

Madly in love:


And that’s the inside!! [Still not totally complete – hence the paper]

Madly in love:


Cville Cluster snack at the bakery!!


I’m feeling a bit mopey tonight due to my cold. It’s not a horrible cold, but it’s wiping me of some of my energy.

So I was very thankful that:

Number 1 – we had a really simple dinner planned

Number 2 – Matt put it together while I talked to him from the table

That is not a giant coconut snowball on our soup – that’s greek yogurt covered in smoked cheddar!


Soup – it’s what’s for dinner. Tonight was a blend of leftover red lentils (so old I asked Matt to bring them to a boil…they made me nervous) and leftover Thanksgiving kale along with 2 slices of bacon and some Imagine Sweet Potato Soup to act as a base. Stir it all together and you have dinner in 5 minutes!


Matt and I have the same dinners but his portions are sometimes bigger than mine. Often this comes in the form of bread. He just loves bread! Many nights he asks me if I want some, and usually I’ve had 2-3 slices that day already so I tell him to cut an extra large slice and share a bite. He finds it more convenient [and apparently humorous] to serve that bite separately.




When I saw his plate I laughed out loud, although he prefaced it with “You’re gonna be jealous when I sit down.”

I do wish I had the metabolism to digest that much cheesy bread every night. But you probably know as well as I, slice after slice has a snowball effect on the waistline.


And my soup was plenty filling; the toast plenty palate cleansing between bites.


Going to curl up on the couch with HGTV. Given our new front door, I’ve been on a Curb Appeal kick!

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1 [email protected] November 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm

That gooey cheese is making my mouth water…and reminds me of hot cheddar [garlic] oozing from the racks!!


2 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 28, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Your “snowball” addition to your soup sounds and looks delicious. Looks like a perfect dinner for feeling a little sick. Hope you feel 100% very soon!


3 Katie @ Raisins&Apples November 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I hope that cold gets kicked soon! HGTV is certainly a good way to make a cold seem less miserable :)


4 lynn @ the actor's diet November 28, 2011 at 8:56 pm

ha – it does look like coconut. that would be pretty good too…

feel better!


5 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm

ha! matt’s bread portion looks like my husband’s!


6 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 28, 2011 at 8:59 pm

It’s funny how that slice can look totally normal until you show his portion! I made a kale salad for dinner with a ton of grated cheese on top that looked just like that. Best part :)


7 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) November 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Love that door!


8 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 28, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Oh the door is beautiful and dinner looks delicious! I hope you get some good rest tonight and feel better tomorrow.


9 Mai November 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Your dinner looks delicious! Can I come over? 😀


10 Matt November 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Oh man I would eat another one of those cheesy hunks right now!


11 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Ahahhah I LITERALLY thought that was a giant ball of shredded coconut….dear lord, that would have been WAY too much coconut!


12 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I think most women would love a metabolism that could take down plates of cheesy bread late at night, x repeat. x repeat again. I’m saving my shots for dessert rather than cheesy bread though :)

That cheeseball though looks…amazing!


13 RachelSD November 28, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Yum, dinner looks good!

Can I ask a question? I’m from Southern California, so I don’t understand the requirements for a door back east. No screen door? I would hate not being able to keep the front door open for light/air.

Hope you feel better soon. :)


14 KathEats November 28, 2011 at 9:46 pm

Well I think it’s just all personal preference. At our old house, I used to leave the screen door open in the spring + fall, but in this house, it’s just not as fitting – less privacy in the yard and things. I’ve always hated storm + screen doors because they make getting in the front door more difficult, so since we have the screened-in porch on the back, there’s less of a need for that light/air in the front.


15 RachelSD November 28, 2011 at 9:49 pm

That makes sense. That porch looks great, by the way.


16 KathEats November 28, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Thanks :)


17 Sana November 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Feel better soon!!!


18 Cait's Plate November 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Hahaha – that seems about right! That’s what it’s like for us too! It’s hysterical to compare sometimes.

That “coconut snowball” looks AWESOME!


19 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 28, 2011 at 9:16 pm

I like Matt’s humor! and that soup looks delicious!


20 Andrea @ MainelyVeggies November 28, 2011 at 9:17 pm

We had soup with grilled bread for dinner in my house too! Best cold-season dinner! I wish I had melted cheese on mine, looks soooooo oowey gooey and delish


21 kathleen @ the daily crumb November 28, 2011 at 9:18 pm

i love the door! so fitting to your style.

i wish literally every meal that i had the metabolism of my husband! there is nothing better than cheesy bread :)


22 Hillary November 28, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I am grossly jealous of my boyfriend’s metabolism—looks like he and Matt have that in common!


23 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio November 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm

I love the new door!!


24 Meagan November 28, 2011 at 9:51 pm

I love the cute snowball idea – I definitely want to replicate!


25 Maria November 28, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Happiness for your new front door. I LOVE HGTV kicks. :)
Hope you feel better soon!



26 Namaste Gurl November 28, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Easy, healthful and comforting soups are the way to go… most of mine come together in 10 mins or less! :)
Happy evening!


27 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 28, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Love the door and the soup! 😀


28 katie @KatieDid November 28, 2011 at 10:14 pm

oh yes I remember MAtt’s posts when you were away once of his amazingly huge grilled cheeses he made for himself at the bakery and I was also jealous of his ability to eat so much doughy goodness in a day!


29 Cyndi November 28, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Solid door – very grounding! That soup looks really delicious. Vitamins in a bowl, as they say.


30 Anita November 28, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I giggled, I admit. :)


31 Angel7 November 28, 2011 at 10:43 pm

That looks like one of those Hostess snowballs on your soup (LOL)


32 Emily G. @ From My Messy Desk November 28, 2011 at 10:48 pm

Ah. Matt’s cheesy bread looks amazing! Makes me want a grilled cheese with tomato soup!


33 Lena @Fit on the Rocks November 28, 2011 at 11:22 pm

What an interesting little cheese ball! I love soup…winter, summer, anytime.


34 Jessica @ The Process of Healing November 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm

People (especially guys) who can just eat and eat and never gain a pound make me so jealous!


35 Ari @ Ari's Menu November 28, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I always have food envy when I eat with boys and their hyperactive metabolisms! I never had that, not even as a kid!


36 Khushboo November 28, 2011 at 11:53 pm

Haha I would be jealous of Matt too when he sat down 😀


37 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco November 28, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Lovin’ that front door! It’s so great to see your new place come together. 😉

I don’t think the metabolic distribution between men and women is fair, if you ask me. I have a HUGE appetite, but a pretty sad metabolism. I’m finding as I run more, I really can eat more! Finding a balance is so important. How do you do it?


38 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth November 29, 2011 at 3:35 am

That soup with the yogurt and cheese on top looks perfect. I have red lentils and kale and cheese so guess what I will be having for lunch?


39 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth November 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I made the soup today, with the yogurt and I used parmesan cheese. It was delicious – thank you for the idea :-)


40 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles November 29, 2011 at 4:16 am

Aww, I hope you are back to feeling 100% soon, Kath! Lots of yummy soup should definitely help!


41 Pam November 29, 2011 at 4:34 am

That soup sounds delicious! Will have to try some smoked Cheddar if I can find it…


42 Mom November 29, 2011 at 6:24 am

Don’t mean to be negative about this metabolism stuff, but it gets worse with age….Sigh.


43 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) November 29, 2011 at 6:55 am

Love the front door!! Looks great! Love the idea of smoked cheddar on the g-yogurt. I have definitely been craving soup for dinner now that the weather is turning cooler.


44 [email protected] Flying ONION November 29, 2011 at 7:33 am

Mmmm….cheesey bread. And, I’ve got to add, great self control to you for being able to moderate your portions compared with the hubby’s. 😀


45 kristen @ verbs and vignettes November 29, 2011 at 7:36 am

i would eat melted cheese on everything! mmm. maybe grilled cheese tonight.


46 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning November 29, 2011 at 7:48 am

I’m probably echoing every other woman, but I am insanely jealous of my husband’s metabolism! We both eat the same dinner pretty much every night, but he always have 2x the meat and starch that I do, but I have 2x the veggies. Good thing I love veggies!
But, yes- like you said- I’d definitely eat three slices of bread with dinner if it didn’t make me wake up 5 lbs heavier!


47 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous November 29, 2011 at 8:08 am

I am so jealous you get fresh bread everyday! I would be in a carb coma all the time!


48 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 29, 2011 at 8:14 am

I love how creative you are at turning leftovers into delicious soups! I love the snowball on top too. 😀


49 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh November 29, 2011 at 8:15 am

That door is flippin’ awesome!!

No offense but I like his bread better. My hips, however, prefer yours! :-)


50 Karen November 29, 2011 at 8:19 am

Matt makes me laugh – it’s his seemingly sarcastic (or sardonic?) sensibility I think :)

Feel good soon, Kath!


51 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 29, 2011 at 8:21 am

My hubby and I do the same with the portions/bread division. Hope you’re feeling better!


52 Emily November 29, 2011 at 8:24 am

I wish my husband would eat what I make, whatever it was, but just a bigger portion + more bread! I am struggling with that right now, and so I have been experimenting with meals A LOT lately to try and get some healthier things in his belly (and mine) without cooking two meals!


53 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 29, 2011 at 8:25 am

The soup and cheese bread look delicious. Nothing better than soup when you’re not feeling up to par. Hope you feel better soon!


54 Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte November 29, 2011 at 8:30 am

That soup looks delish, old lentils and all!! (Totally done the whole boiling-leftovers-to-make-sure-they’re-“safe” thing – Ha!)


55 Jackie November 29, 2011 at 9:16 am

Dumb question, but does that really help when something might be past it’s prime? I’ve never thought of that!

Also, does anyone know if you can simply cut off the moldy section of, say, a block of cheese, or has the whole thing gone bad?


56 KathEats November 29, 2011 at 9:19 am

My memory from chemistry class is that if there is mold on the surface, it probably has tendrils that dig much deeper, so you can’t just cut it off.

That said, moms and grandmas have been just cutting it off for centuries and I think if lots of people got sick there would be a stronger connection. *Do not follow these directions disclaimer!!*

But I do think bringing something up to boiling can only help with potential bacteria. *DISCLAIMER AGAIN!*


57 Jackie November 29, 2011 at 9:38 am

That makes sense. Thanks Kath!


58 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 29, 2011 at 8:55 am

That door looks great! I love it! :)

Mmm..the bread with cheese melted on it looks fantastic! I hope you are feeling better.


59 Sonya November 29, 2011 at 9:15 am

Metabolism is a quirky thing. In my 20’s I’d take a pound of spaghetti with sauce and meatballs to work for lunch. I’d eat it all. That was just lunch! Never had a problem with the growing waistline. Ahhh those were the days! My co-workers would be speechless.


60 Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy November 29, 2011 at 9:56 am

I hope you are starting to feel better! That soup looks delicious!


61 Alaina November 29, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I love that door!! Love the stain. :-)


62 Elizabeth November 29, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I SO wish I had a boys metabolism – they are too dang lucky in the eating department!


63 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach November 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I LOVE putting a dollop of Greek yogurt and some cheese on top of my soup, too! It’s great on black bean soup, tortilla soup, and chili! No more sour cream in our house. :-)


64 Lindsay November 29, 2011 at 5:09 pm

what a warm, comforting dinner…and matt is too cute! I hope its not weird, but he has GREAT hair! I perhaps am noticing this because my husband is losing his already (26! cmon, so not fair) but I love him anyway of course, just starting to notice those luscious locks on others, :)!


65 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 29, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Where did you get the idea for that greek yogurt ball? I never would have thought to do that!

Also, men & their metabolisms suck. Totally unfair. That is all 😛


66 Brigitte November 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Love your front door!! Where did you guys get it? I’ve been on the look out for something exactly like that.


67 KathEats November 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I’m not sure where – through our contractor. It has a mahogany stain on it that gives it the color.


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