Spinach + Pie

March 19, 2011

If I thought our trail run this morning was tiring – I wasn’t prepared for how tiring shopping is! And we only hit up one store – Loehmann’s. It’s the grandmother tradition, and where probably 75% of my clothes are from! We’ve been going there since I was in middle school.

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Loehs is kind of like a fancier TJ Maxx. Lots of good stuff hidden in the racks!

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I came home with a couple dresses, a couple shoe pairs, and two cute hats for bakery wear (and beyond!)

After our trip we drove by Gram + Pop’s old house (Gram now lives in an apartment community for aging folks). We were sitting there admiring the house when the new owner came out to say hello and was THRILLED to invite us inside. She was so joyful! It was awesome to be able to see the house again – other than paint colors and a handful of Justin Bieber posters, it hadn’t changed that much at all! She even kept Gram’s rugs and curtains in many of the rooms.

Gram + Pop lived in the house for 50 years, and my parents had their wedding reception in the backyard in the 1970s.

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Home for lunch. I’m in love with this purple antique plate that shows George Washington and his mother underneath all of my spinach!

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I had a simple spinach salad (dressed in olive oil, raisins and salt) with half an apple and some Cheddar Garlic bread and melted cheese on top.

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Mom and Gram are way more interested in cake than spinach, but I put a few leaves on each of their plates. They ate them very nicely!

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Although Gram’s plate quickly filled up with pie to go with her spinach Smile 

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But did you know that pie and spinach are a flavor match made in heaven!?

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I had a nice slice of red raspberry pie for dessert. It was incredible! [From the Pennsylvania Dutch Market]. Not too sweet and super doughy!!

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I’m resting up and blogging before we all rendezvous for cocktail hour again! Tonight we have a group of 15 going out to dinner.

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1 Hannah @ Healthy Whip March 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm

That pie looks amazing, so vibrant! And the house looks lovely- I bet it was really nice to go back.

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2 AJ @ Flowing to Fifty March 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm

It’s a burrie pie!!!! Yum! :-) Good going on the spinach – I eat baby spinch with everything too. And the shopping excursion seems successful.

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3 Eileen March 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm

That house is soooo pretty! That’s wonderful that the owner invited you in!

Lovely lunch. The pie looks delicious. I love pie. <3

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4 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Raspberry Pie…omg that has got to be SO GOOD! A true delicacy made with love, no doubt!

And how cool that you were able to see your Grandma’s house again! My grandma lived in her house for about 65 years. She moved in, and pretty much never moved out til she passed away. The memories that house has for me. I doubt I will ever see it again but would love to.

What an awesome, fortuitous gift that was for you, Kath!

And just being with your Gram. I would love to spend a day with mine. What I wouldnt give for just one more day with her.

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5 Ann @ Day by Day March 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I had to read my Mom the comment about making your mom and grandmother eat their spinach. Sounds just like our relationship!

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6 Val @ Balancing Val March 19, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I’ve never been to that store!

My clothes are all Old Navy chic ;)

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7 cathyb@brightbakes March 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

that pie has my name written all over it! :)
cathy b.

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8 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

What a sweet tradition with your Grandma! I agree though, shopping can get tiring!

That pie looks fantastic!

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9 Cindy March 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm

That pie is so pretty!

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10 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) March 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm

That pie looks amazing! Your gram has good taste! :)

I’d love to revisit my childhood house. My parents bought it from the original Chef Boyardee!

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11 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 19, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I love fruit pies — and that one looks delicious!

Your grandparents’ old house is so lovely — I love the read door!

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12 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) March 19, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Wow, 50yrs in the same house – that must’ve been so hard to leave, especially with all the memories like a wedding reception. How sweet the new owners came out!
The colours in that pie, oh my! I don’t even like pie, but now I want some :D
Enjoy cocktail hour!

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13 Brandy March 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm

“A handful of Justin Bieber posters.” lol!!! (No, really, I did LOL at that. That kid is everywhere)
What a beautiful house!!!

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14 Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Loehmann’s has some great stuff! Wish I had one nearby. That pie looks delicious too! Have fun tonight!

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15 Simply Life March 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm

what a beautiful house!

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16 Kristen, Sweetly March 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Hahaha. I did NOT know that pie and spinach were a match.

Fifty years is a long time… It’s so nice that their house is still being taken care of, and that the new owner is so sweet. :-)

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17 jen @ taste life March 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I haven’t had a piece of pie in ages. My favorite is cherry and now I have a major hankering!

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18 Bizzle March 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Aww, so awesome to get to revisit the house, and yet kinda sad too. Bittersweet, I’m sure!

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19 Hilary March 19, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Pie and spinach? I love both….maybe spinach in a savoury pie….but with fruit pie? Hmmm….

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20 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm

That pie looks incredible! I want that love story…living in a house for 50 years with my husband. It is so romantic. Love Gram’s old house. Absolutely beautiful! Enjoy your evening out Kath!

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21 Christine (The Raw Project) March 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I like stores like that, but it can be exhausting finding cute clothes. What a gorgeous house! The pie looks wonderful.

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22 Morgan @ moments of mmm March 19, 2011 at 3:21 pm

That is really neat that the homeowners invited you in! Was your gram surprised to see Bieber posters!? hahaha

Not a pie fan (I usually pick the filling out and leave the crust) but this one looks pretty tasty.

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23 Baking 'n' Books March 19, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Home-made Pie is where it’s all. You can’t pass it up.

Even better with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side ;)

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24 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) March 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm

What a cute house :) Nostalgia is fun!
And that pie looks freaking a-mazing :)

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25 britt will be fit March 19, 2011 at 4:46 pm

the crust on the pie looks awesome, my favorite part!

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26 Katherine March 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm

I looooove that house! It must have been hard for your grandmother to leave it, but the place where she lives now looks really nice too.

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27 Heather (Heather's Dish) March 19, 2011 at 4:53 pm

this makes me want to visit a local bakery for some pie…there’s just something about a good, simple, fabulous pie that blows all other desserts out of the water!

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28 Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I used to hate shopping at TJMaxx because it seemed so unorganized compared to stores I usually shopped in…but I love it now!

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29 Amy Pea March 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm

I LOVE Loehmann’s…I can spend hours in there. Lost half my early thirties in there along with Off Fifth!

Your Gram is so sweet…makes me miss my own, she passed away almost 3 years go at 107 years of age.

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30 Cyndi March 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Funny to read that you thought the flavor of spinach and pie was a match made in heaven … I read today that Italian Wedding Soup was so named because of the “marriage” of the greens and meat – who knew? Apparently not me ; )

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31 staceyhealthylife March 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Grams house is beautiful. I love old classic houses.

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32 kaila @ healthy helper! March 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

looks like a fun day! Shopping, family, good eats….fabulous!

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33 Ellie@fitforthesoul March 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm

hahaha that’s funny how there’s like, 6 spinach leaves on the plates :P o mannnggg that pie looks sooo goood!!!!! i don’t think i’ve ever tried raspberry pie before. Have you tried Banberry pie kath?! banana+strawberries with custard, etc.

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34 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 19, 2011 at 5:59 pm

That house is so cute – especially the red door! :D It must have been hard for your grams to give it up after 50 years of living there. I hope she likes the apartment community she’s living in now!

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35 kate@ahealthypassion March 19, 2011 at 6:14 pm

Im so jealous of that store I love finding places like that to shop they always have the best stuff and deals!

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36 Justeen @ Blissful Baking March 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Your grandparents’ old house is lovely! :) Love the red door :)

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37 Katie @ peacebeme March 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Really beautiful house! I loved old houses. :)

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38 Katie March 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm

The pie looks just so damn good! yum!

Have fun at your dinner tonight!!!! xoxo

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39 Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm

I love that the owners let you all go back in and see the house. It must have been great walking down memory lane like that. :D

And I also love that you snuck some spinach on everyones’ plates…haha. :D

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40 Tessa @ Amazing Asset March 19, 2011 at 6:52 pm

A fancier TJ MAXX?! Gahh I want to go! I completely understand being exhausted after searching through a store like that though.
Have fun tonight!

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41 lynn @ the actor's diet March 19, 2011 at 7:02 pm

god i love loehmann’s! i got my wedding dress there for $40. it cost more to alter.

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42 Laura (Starloz) March 19, 2011 at 7:06 pm

i love that the lady invited you all in, very sweet of her. oh & that pie looks incredible.

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43 Flourchild March 19, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I love love that old house..how nice they let you visit it!! Everything looks tasty as usual!!

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44 Lisa March 19, 2011 at 7:33 pm

What a beautiful home! I often wonder about the former owners of our house. I’ve found a few hidden clues over the years, I’d love it if the former owners stopped by!

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45 Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy March 19, 2011 at 8:06 pm

that house is so pretty! have fun at your dinner tonight.

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46 Nicole @ Vegan in the House March 19, 2011 at 8:07 pm

That’s cute that you made them eat their veggies!

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47 Erin March 19, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Several years ago my half-brother and I were staring at the house he lived in with our dad when he was a little boy (in Louisville, KY). The lady came out and asked if she could help us. When he told her the story she let us in. It was so sweet and he said it NEVER would have happened if he had been by himself.

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48 Cara Craves... March 19, 2011 at 8:20 pm

Mmmmm…Pie!

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49 rebecca lustig March 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm

shopping is the ultimate workout!

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50 Hannah March 19, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Pie! Glorious pie! I’ve never had a pie like that before.

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51 Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 20, 2011 at 2:31 am

that house is so beautiful, and so special. it makes me miss my parents house in america!

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52 Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner March 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm

That pie looks divine! :D

xoxo
Kathleen

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53 Allison @ Happy Tales March 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Wow, that is SO neat that they invited you all in to see the house! That is something I could only dream about happening to my family.

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