Souped Up Soup

November 19, 2012

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We had a fabulous Sunday as a family of three. Pancakes. FOUR BABY NAPS!!! Family workout. Staying in our PJs until noon. Organizing the house.

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Look at this BIG guy in his crib. Remember when he was just a teeny little doll!?

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Matt made us Great Harvest pancakes for breakfast

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With bananas embedded inside and sunflower butter + sprinkles on top.

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Check out my newest Great Harvest mug! We just got some more for the holiday season at the bakery. We commission them to be handmade by a local potter in Richmond.

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After breakfast I made more spiced pecans. LOVE these!

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As I said above, we did a whole lotta nothin’ this morning. Just playing with our cutie!

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When Matt is home for lunch, we often have canned fish – this time smoked herring!

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He made a herring salad with just chopped carrot and some mayonnaise and served that over spinach with more carrot, cheese and Food Should Taste Good chips.

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Loved scooping up the fish with the chips. Fish n “chips” – heh heh.

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Dessert:

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This afternoon we all went to the gym. My upper body is sore from yesterday’s yoga, so I just did cardio today. Walking there and back and elliptical and stairmaster time. I dove into some good home magazines!

Maze stayed asleep after his stroller snooze in kids zone. This is gym nap #2. We are so impressed!

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Post workout snack: cereal + milk (with hidden spiced pecans!)

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Matt organized his brewery while Maze and I played upstairs. I turned on dim lighting, lit some candles, grabbed a magazine, put the baby in the swing and cranked the Christmas music on HIGH!

I alternated reading to him from Real Simple and singing Christmas carols. Based on the fact that he smiled through my whole “Where Are You Christmas” song, I’d say he liked it Winking smile 

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Back in our Charlotte days, Matt and I used to fancy up boxed soups all the time. It’s such an easy way to make a halfway homemade soup. I’ve had this box of Carrot Almond soup in our pantry for a loooong time and decided we had to eat it.

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We used that as a base and I added frozen collard greens, 1 cup of frozen peas, half a cup of cooked lentils and 3 slices of bacon, crumbled. Plus Greek yogurt on top.

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And spiced pecans!! Dinner was ready in 5 minutes.

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Served with a slice of High Five toasted with some melty butter

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We’re super excited about the week ahead. An exciting thing happens tomorrow. The bakery is in full out production mode through Wednesday afternoon. Then four days of family fun with Uncle Andrew here!

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1 Lucy November 19, 2012 at 8:57 am

Maze is so happy!! That hat is too sweet

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2 Jeri November 19, 2012 at 8:58 am

That soup looks good!! My friend Caitlin, a reader who introduced me to your blog, made a boxed soup that looked amazing. Can’t remember the name of the soup but it was a roasted red pepper soup which she added chopped chicken and topped it with Greek yogurt. My first introduction to making healthy food that tastes good!

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3 Molly @ RDexposed November 19, 2012 at 8:58 am

I’m itching to start the Christmas music! I am holding back till after Thanksgiving.

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4 Michelle (Peachy Palate) November 19, 2012 at 9:09 am

Love the idea of making your soup so fancy and packed full of goodness! – Pecans on top has to be a winner, favourite nut of all time for sure!

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5 Sara P. (www.fitcucaker.blogspot.com November 19, 2012 at 9:10 am

I’ve seen these soups before but too scared to try. I think I will now. Your baby is adorable!

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6 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 19, 2012 at 9:12 am

Ooo carrot almond? I haven’t seen that yet! And what is Maze’s hat supposed to be? Haha it reminds of that book, Where the Wild Things Are!

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7 KathEats November 19, 2012 at 9:21 am

it is a wild thing :) It also says raccoon on the tag

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8 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 19, 2012 at 9:15 am

Sounds like a very exciting week ahead indeed! I love Mazen’s little furry hat – adorable!

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9 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) November 19, 2012 at 9:24 am

Great idea to doctor up those soups – I always see them but think they must to too bland on their own. Yours looks great!

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10 Tami@nutmegnotebook November 19, 2012 at 9:25 am

I love those boxed soups for quick lunches and they are good as is too! I need to make some more spiced pecans ,they are a nice topping for salads.

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11 Elise @ Expeditions of Elise November 19, 2012 at 9:35 am

I just bought some smoked trout at Trader Joe’s! So excited to make it into a salad for lunch this week :)

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12 KathEats November 19, 2012 at 9:40 am

I’m hoping to get some on my first tjs visit soon!

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13 Katie November 19, 2012 at 9:37 am

I love Mazen’s French Bulldog shirt/onesie!! So adorable….Do you know where it’s from or was it a gift?

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14 KathEats November 19, 2012 at 9:39 am

It was a gift from his Mimi. I can ask her next time I see her

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15 kristen November 19, 2012 at 11:32 am

It’s from Children’s Place – they have a few different ones, so cute!

I got my friend, who is having an Easter baby, a purple one with a bunny on the front.

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16 Zima November 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I NEED that Frenchie onesie for my lil guy! We have a french bulldog at home :)

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17 CT Cupcake November 19, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I loooove the frenchie shirt(no kidlets in my future) but I so want to purchase this for an expecting friend! My best friend in Cville has a frenchie.

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18 Ali @ Peaches and Football November 19, 2012 at 9:46 am

I can’t believe how quickly he’s growing! Those side-by-side crib shots are crazy. Although, he still looks like a little doll. :)

How are you feeling energy-wise with breastfeeding and your workouts? I know you mentioned before about abs needing some work but you thought by keeping up some workouts through your pregnancy you maintained quite a bit.

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19 KathEats November 19, 2012 at 9:58 am

Workouts are going well… I’m having so much fun with exercise! My body feels like its old self so I pick up my old weights or old settings on cardio equipment and quickly realize I am not my old self. I’ve definitely lost a lot of strength and endurance, but I’m hoping to gain it back quicker than I might have resting for 10 months.

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20 kim@hungryhealthygirl November 19, 2012 at 9:52 am

Love the new mug and all of the eats look pretty good too! Maze is such a cutie. It will definitely be a fun Christmas for you!

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21 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh November 19, 2012 at 9:52 am

That’s my kinda girl, get that Christmas music crankin’! Yay for good naps and pj’s til noon!

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22 Lynn @ the actor's diet November 19, 2012 at 9:57 am

He’s so big! Loved this post – the mug, the pancakes, the Xmas carols, the soup. Your life feels so warm n cozy.

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23 Lisa November 19, 2012 at 10:00 am

Are you going to sell those GH mugs online? I’d love to purchase several to add to some gift packages I’m making.

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24 KathEats November 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

They would be hard and expensive to ship, but if you want them I’m sure we could arrange it. Send me an email (or give Matt a call at the store 434-202-7813)

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25 Susan November 19, 2012 at 10:03 am

Love Maze’s hat and love that mug! Do you mind disclosing the potter (I live in Richmond)?

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26 KathEats November 19, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I was wrong it’s actually Fredericksburg : ( John at Acorn Pottery

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27 Mom November 19, 2012 at 10:15 am

Can’t wait for the pictures with Uncle Andrew.

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28 Stefanie @ Thin Vegetarian November 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

Sounds like a nice relaxing day. Love that you are listening to Christmas songs now!

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29 melissa November 19, 2012 at 10:38 am

not sure if you’ve ever used livingsocial for deals, but this morning I saw that carpe donuts has a deal for a baker’s dozen for just $7!!! thought of you…

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30 KathEats November 19, 2012 at 12:21 pm

:) I have some in my freezer! But thanks!

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31 Cindy November 19, 2012 at 10:57 am

I LOVE that hat!! Where is it from?

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32 KathEats November 19, 2012 at 12:37 pm
33 Barbara November 19, 2012 at 11:01 am

M looks like he’s poised to make snow angles in bed. What a handsome little racoon!

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34 Rachel November 19, 2012 at 11:29 am

his smile is just perfect!

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35 Christine @ BookishlyB November 19, 2012 at 11:31 am

How can your house get any more organized? Do you mess things up so that you can organize them again for fun? ;)

I’ve never thought of using boxed soups as a base before- I either go super quick with cans or do completely homemade. Sounds like a good compromise for busy nights! Good idea!

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36 Jordan November 19, 2012 at 11:47 am

Great Harvest question: do you get to decide which breads you make? Are there any that are standard across all the franchises? I recently tried Breakfast Blast (which I assume is the equivalent of Cville Crunch), Feta Spinach (similar to Cheddar Garlic?) and Honey Whole Wheat.

P.S. I’m loving the one-a-day posts. Makes it feel like a journal entry with reflections on the day’s events.

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37 KathEats November 19, 2012 at 12:20 pm

We have complete freedom over our menu, but we do make a lot of classic gh breads. Cville crunch is called Flax Oat Bran at other licenses locations. Breakfast Blast is a bit different. Spinach Feta we make, but it’s also very different from Cheddar garlic! I think everyone makes Honey Whole Wheat : )

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38 Kavi November 19, 2012 at 11:51 am

I was just trying to figure out what I could make for dinner tonight, and saw your idea to “fancy up” a pre made soup. Easy Monday night meal!

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39 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 19, 2012 at 11:59 am

That soup sounds yummy! I love adding my own ingredients to boxed or canned soup. It makes it so much more filling and it does almost seem like homemade. :)

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40 Avery Hudson November 19, 2012 at 12:04 pm

So glad to hear that your having fun with exercise! Love the new great harvest mugs, the glaze is beautiful on them! Also have you ever tried the sunflower seed butter called Sunbutter Natural Crunch? It has crunchy whole seeds in it and is so yummy! We don’t have a TJ where I live so this is what I use instead of there brand. Just curious if oh have tried! I highly recommend it!!

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41 KathEats November 19, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I haven’t seen that but I love crunchy! Think whole foods would have it?

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42 Avery Hudson November 19, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I have bought mine at Publix and Super Target so I’m not sure about Whole Foods. It’s worth a look though! Hope you enjoy it if you find it!

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43 Avery Hudson November 19, 2012 at 1:47 pm
44 Tracy November 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm

My Whole Foods does! I love crunchy too, so I often stir roasted sunflower seeds into my TJ’s sunflower butter. Love the crunch!!

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45 Sara @ sarasmiles November 19, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Kath can I just say you look and sound so happy with your little family-brings a smile to my face!

That piece of bread is making me crave the bakery! I’m going to have to make another trip up there soon

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46 Carly @ Snack Therapy November 19, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Such a smily little dude! I’ve been loving reading your full-day posts lately. They’re so much fun :).

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47 Ryane November 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Oh my goodness! Mazen looks SO cute in that hat! (And Cozy!!)

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48 Kristen @ Change of Pace November 19, 2012 at 12:51 pm

I love soup for dinner! Great idea using boxed soup as a base.

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49 Lisa November 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Isn’t it amazing how FAST they grow?! I love the crib comparison.

Great idea on the soup. I am going to stock up on some pre-made soups and add my own additions more often. Often the kids like different soups than my husband and me so this would be an easy, quick way to have a couple of kinds to satisfy everyone.

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50 Theresa November 19, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Love watching Mazen grow. What a cutie.
Thanks for your postings. I’m in online school & reading your blog has been the highlight of my time spent on the internet today.
Love from Iowa,
Theresa

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51 Anna @ On Anna's Plate November 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm

It’s just crazy how fast they grow– I swear I feel like you just gave birth (berf?)! I’ve been singing Christmas Carols to Lila too. :-)

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52 Kathy W. November 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm

I think the exciting thing is [game show announcer voice] A NEW CAR!! :)

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53 KathEats November 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Wooooooooooooooo! (the audience cheering)

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54 Jenny @ For Your Consideration November 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm

The side-by-side shots of Mazen in the crib are really incredible. It is amazing how fast babies grow. I’m sorry if you posted this somewhere else, but where did you get those sheets (the ones in the most recent pic)? I am 5 weeks away from giving birth, and I haven’t gotten any sheets yet. Obviously, must get on it! Those are adorable!!

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55 KathEats November 19, 2012 at 5:16 pm

The elephants are babies r us!

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56 Jeanie November 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Your little sweetie is getting so big! And I love all the smiles.

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57 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles November 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Love how you recreated the boxed soup! Nice mug! :)

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58 Emily @ Life on Food November 19, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Those are some super cute crib sheets!

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59 Annette @FitnessPerks November 19, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Mmmm spiced pecans. YUMM!

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60 Carrie @ The Cook's Palette November 20, 2012 at 1:36 am

Can’t get enough of all those adorable hats! Glad you had a fun, relaxing family day.

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61 Averie @ Averie Cooks November 20, 2012 at 3:57 am

Have a great holiday week, Kath! And that bread with melty butter is calling my name!

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62 Fran@BCDC November 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

The soup looks yummy!!

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63 Shana November 20, 2012 at 11:49 am

So glad you linked the spiced pecan recipe! I have been looking for one to make gifts. These look and sound delicious!

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64 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 20, 2012 at 8:03 pm

That hat is adorable. Maze has grown so much!

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65 Chelsea November 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Wondering how you store the pecans after you make a batch to prevent them from going bad? I was thinking of making a big batch and portioning out for little christmas gifts to neighbors. Do you think they would keep in a plastic baggie or tin?

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66 KathEats November 21, 2012 at 3:00 pm

I put mine in a ball jar. Bag or tin would be fine. I don’t think they will spoil

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