Some Things Never Change

April 15, 2012

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G’evening it was! Summery warm with not too many bugs.

This afternoon was spent on the porch, working and snacking. I pulled a Hungry Bar out from my freezer!

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At 6:30, we hopped on the bikes (still glad to be biking again, still nervous about it) and biked over to Faith + Tate’s for dinner!

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We had a glorious time and talked way past our bedtimes. Reminded me of the first time Faith invited us over for pumpkin soup in the blog comments!

Two years ago:

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Tonight:

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Not much has changed! (Except a lot less vino drinking lately…)

I sipped sparkling water with lime and mint instead

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These guys are the craftiest and handiest friends I know. They build anything! From the deck a few photos up to endless edible gardens to surfboard chairs!

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Our whole salad came from the garden!

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Faith made black bean corn tacos for dinner, with one of her famous salads.

Piled high with veggies, a lively salsa, greek yogurt and cheese

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After the sun set, Faith snuck inside and whipped up some banana soft serve a la Gena’s recipe topped with melted coconut butter magic shell. Heavenly!

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1 Virginia Bloggers April 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm

That sounds like a lovely evening!

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2 Erin Motz April 15, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Mmm, that soft serve looks delish! I make it at home alll the time. Have a wonderful week! :)

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3 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl April 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm

I love that surf chair! And their garden. Its so awesome to eat from farm to table. And I love that water with lime and mint. Sounds so refreshing!

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4 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde April 15, 2012 at 9:40 pm

That is beyond awesome that the entire salad came from their garden! Very inspiring. And I’m sure it was delicious!

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5 Catalina @ Cake with Love April 15, 2012 at 9:45 pm

Love those tacos, so many veggies, and the dessert looks from a restaurant!

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6 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance April 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm

I love how you make your non-alcoholic drinks look like little cocktails :)

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7 KathEats April 15, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Anything but plain water!

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8 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh April 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm

That surfboard chair is AMAZING!

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9 Em (Wine and Butter) April 15, 2012 at 10:18 pm

They sound like AMAZING friends to have… Perfect Sunday love! :)

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10 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles April 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm

Mmm banana soft serve, YUM!

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11 Kristi Rimkus April 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Love the veggie garden. Just getting mine started. How lucky to have friends who serve fantastic food.

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12 Laura @ She Eats Well April 15, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Not only does that look like the perfect Spring/Summer evening. But topped off with that ice cream sundae…amazing. Jealous.

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13 Björg April 15, 2012 at 10:55 pm

Mmm I love soft serve, so delicious :)

I need to try it with coconut butter :]

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14 Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner April 15, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Mmm…that banana soft serve looks divine. I might have to have a soft serve breakfast soon…

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15 j3nn April 15, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Those tacos look spectacular! Love black bean tacos. YUM!

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16 Ellie@Fit for the Soul April 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Yummyyyy the food looks good! And I so wish I could be crafty and as talented as F+T when it comes to building stuff!

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17 Averie @ Averie Cooks April 15, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Great open faced taco salads and I love that fireplace/outdoor oven? or whatever that beautiful piece is, gosh, that would make anyone’s backyard even better!

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18 Khushboo Thadani April 16, 2012 at 12:42 am

I love jazzing up sparkling water- lately I’ve been adding a bit of apple juice and it really makes such a difference!

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19 mary @ minutespermile April 16, 2012 at 4:36 am

I want a garden to produce my own tacos! What the heck, you southerners are so lucky to have space + land!

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20 Maria@Sinfully Nutritious April 16, 2012 at 5:24 am

Gorgeous pictures, and yum on the meal. It’s so hard for us to meet up with friends, you are so lucky you get to do it often. Have a great evening!

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21 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats April 16, 2012 at 6:07 am

That surf board chair is so cool!!! They are pretty crafty!

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22 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count April 16, 2012 at 6:17 am

Those tacos look Perfect!

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23 Simply Life April 16, 2012 at 6:25 am

wow! everything (including that chair) is really impressive!

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24 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope April 16, 2012 at 6:39 am

I love Mexican! Tacos are my favorite. Your dessert looks really yummy too! :)

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25 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 16, 2012 at 6:41 am

I need to make tacos again sometime. These look too good! :)

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26 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 16, 2012 at 6:42 am

I am so jealous you are all eating from the garden already! What a lovely evening you all shared! The dinner looks divine and that surf chair…how cool!

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27 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio April 16, 2012 at 6:46 am

Those tacos look awesome! Such fun!

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28 Kate April 16, 2012 at 7:02 am

Hi Kath!

I want to try to recreate Faith’s dish. What kind of cheese did she use?

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29 KathEats April 16, 2012 at 7:12 am

Queso fresco :) but goat or feta would have been great too

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30 claire April 16, 2012 at 7:30 am

Hi Kath,

Please really think about biking while pregnant. My cousin’s cousin lost her baby as a result of a bike accident in London. It was awful. Probably nothing would happen to you, but in my opinion it’s not worth the risk.

Claire

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31 KathEats April 16, 2012 at 7:59 am

Oh how awful :( I’m trying to be super careful and only biking when I really can’t walk

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32 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings April 16, 2012 at 8:13 am

One of my all time favorite things is foraging the garden and coming up with the bulk of a meal! Faith’s salad looks fantastic. And the tacos…I would eat them any time of day if I could ;) Good for you — looks like a blast!!

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33 Emily April 16, 2012 at 8:19 am

I agree with the other comment, I would think twice before biking while you are pregnant. No matter how careful you are, accidents can happen. It only takes one bad fall for something really bad to happen to the baby or yourself. When you are pregnant your balance is different and falls are more likely. Although it is tempting, I would not take the risk!

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34 Melissa @ HerGreenLife April 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I [kind-of] understand the concern, but Claire and Emily’s comments just further the misconception the bicycling is a dangerous activity, or more dangerous than other things that most of us do every day (e.g., getting in a car and driving somewhere) without thinking about it.

For some positive inspiration, check out Simply Bike’s “Cycling While Pregnant” series: http://simplybikeblog.com/?page_id=6293

Biking, while pregnant or not, is a safe, fun, and convenient way to get around. As you get farther in your pregnancy and walking becomes less comfortable, you’ll enjoy the bike even more.

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35 Emily April 16, 2012 at 2:21 pm

I am on ob-gyn and always tell my patients no bike riding. I would ask your ob or midwife before I would go on the advice of a blog.

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36 KathEats April 16, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Mine said it was OK and that the risk was other cars, so that’s what I’m being most careful about

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37 Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon April 16, 2012 at 8:34 am

Wow that surfboard chair is awesome! You have some pretty darn cool friends :)

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38 Angel7 April 16, 2012 at 9:04 am

It is such a good feeling when you eat foods that you picked from your own backyard!

Those back bean corn tacos look really yummy!

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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39 Laura [email protected] April 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

That evening honestly sounds like heaven. I went to UVA and your posts are always so bittersweet for me because I miss that area and way of life so much. Clearly erring on the sweet, however :)–LONG time reader!

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40 natasha April 16, 2012 at 10:14 am

I love Gena’s recipes!

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41 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 16, 2012 at 12:56 pm

YUM!! And what a cool chair!

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42 Katie @ Creature of Habit April 16, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Love the crafty chair! And those tacos look wonderful! So often tacos are poorly represented by things like Taco Bell impressions but when I’m thinking tacos, I’m thinking something along these lines.

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43 Xiomara @ Parkesdale April 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm

That dessert looks fabulous. What a great way to end a summer meal!

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