Spotted: Peter Cottontail

April 21, 2011

My workouts have no real rhyme or reason. I try to balance them “easy day, hard day, easy day, hard day.” Sometimes running is easy, sometimes it’s hard. It just depends on how I feel. The same with biking and Body Pump and even yoga. Thus, the only real guideline I follow is don’t do hard days back to back!

So point of my story is: yesterday was hard, so today is easy!

Just a little biking around town. I biked with Matt to run an errand at the bank and then over to the bakery


Where I ran into Grizzly the Bear dressed as Peter Cottontail! Ha!!


Things are really coming along!! Testing out a new thumbnail gallery – click to enlarge!

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I had intended to help Matt move some of the equipment around, but I literally picked up one heavy thing, put it down and “Elvis has left the building!’” Heavy lifting is not for me. Unless I’m in Body Pump!

Once I biked back home, I made lunch at 1PM –


My daily green salad – spinach, peppers, ground flax, sunflower seeds, buckwheat, cranberries, olive oil, honey, salt


And a lovely little sandwich


Pestos with Panache by Lauren sent me a few samples – and they are amazing! I have 4 unique flavors to test out, but I started with Fabulous Fig & Gorgonzola. Slightly sweet from the fig and tangy from the cheese with all the underlying flavor of a basil pesto. I’m hoping I might be able to offer these on special through OpenSky! They come fresh frozen though, so shipping might be a challenge.


I spread it on tempeh with cucumber on High Five bread – it was kickin’ good!


Three chocolate almonds [from Whole Foods] for dessert : )



Hey Cville friends – This weekend is a big Oyster Roast at Devil’s Backbone – want to join us!? 1-7pm. $10 tickets.

Looking for something to do this Saturday? Head out to the Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company‘s concert grounds in Nelson County and spend the day enjoying fresh steamed and raw oysters, local craft beer from Devil’s Backbone and Starr Hill as well as select wines from Cardinal Point Winery. In addition, The Rock Barn will be providing locally made hot dogs, brauts and a sweet grits bar! In keeping with earth-friendly habits, all oysters served at the festival have been harvested from Ward Oyster Company’s Aquaculture program and all oyster shells will be recycled to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation‘s many oyster restoration projects!

Hopping back on my bike to make a 3:30 meeting back across town. It’s time for another Cville Podcast with Mikey B!

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1 Kat April 21, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Oh wow- hope that oven isn’t from IKEA! 😉 I can only imagine having to put that thing together!


2 Baking Books April 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm

LOL. I love IKEA. But I hate IKEA.


3 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 21, 2011 at 2:13 pm

I def do the same thing with workouts, just whatever I feel I just try to balance the hard and easy days. Just did a10 miler this am so tomorrow will be nice and easy!

Everything at the bakery is looking so good, soo exciting!
best wishes with all of the prep! :)


4 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm

The oven! Oh my.

I love seeing the progress pics — and I’m excited to see it all finished! What a ton of work. Eek.


5 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats April 21, 2011 at 2:20 pm

This is reminding me I need to make a tempeh sandwich soon!


6 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 21, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Looks like you guys are making great progress! I love pesto and haven’t done much experimenting with making my own but I’m planning to eventually. I hope the podcast goes well!


7 Vanessa April 21, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Wish this was LAST weekend when I was in C’Ville. Sigh. Have fun though!


8 chloe@ 321delish April 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

kind of along the line of pestos…but do you ever cook with sun dried tomatoes? I had some on my salad for lunch today and they were SO good. I want to experiment with them more…


9 KathEats April 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I had some on my sandwich just yesterday!!! I love them


10 Lisa Fine April 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

That pesto looks amazing. I looked at the website, and love the unusually creative flavors.

Good luck with the podcast! It must be fun to do them. Might check it out later.


11 Allison @ Happy Tales April 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

What an awesome little work-out mantra you have going there, I love it! And I am also loving that C-ville has dressed up the bear as a bunny, that’s ahh-mazing!!!!!!

Congrats to all of the progress on GHB, too!! Yayyyy for almost opening up the store (relatively speaking…)


12 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) April 21, 2011 at 2:33 pm

If I lived in your area, I’d be sure to join you. But you’re 3000+ miles away!

Glad you had an easier day today…that’s a good thing. Cute Peter Cottontail spotting.

And love the thumbnail gallery. Very cool. You’ll have to fill inquiring minds in if that’s a widget, or something you developed on your own…and how you get your lightroom pics into it and if it was easy or not.

I love you you ALWAYS have new, cool, fun things like that, Kath!


13 KathEats April 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm

It’s a plugin called Next Gen Gallery :)


14 Allie April 21, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Aww Peter Cottontail !! You know what that means?! SPRING :)


15 Kel April 21, 2011 at 2:36 pm

That oven is a-mazing!


16 Chelsea April 21, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Yummy looking sandwich! I’ll have try that combo, I love pesto. I love how your GH is coming along…looking fab!


17 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I hear ya on alternating with easy/hard. We did major spring cleaning on our house and I have been so sore from it. I think it’s because I didn’t give myself a rest day from my usual workouts. This week has definitely been on the easier side. It’s all a balance! Have a great afternoon Kath!


18 Stacey April 21, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Loving all of the biking!
And that statue is pretty cute too :)


19 Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me April 21, 2011 at 2:39 pm

I love seeing the pictures of the bakery coming along. The size of the oven is cray-zay!

Salad looks tasty! I love salads. I want one right now.


20 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 21, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I am the exact same way for exercise! I’m disciplined enough that I don’t need a regular schedule, and think exercise is so much more enjoyable when it just becomes another part of your life! Sounds like a great day for a little biking.

Love that salad – those sunflower seeds look perfect!


21 Emily @ Savory and Savage April 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Wow, the bakery is really coming along. How exciting!


22 lynn @ the actor's diet April 21, 2011 at 2:46 pm

pesto! i just remembered i have a jar sitting in my pantry. i might pinache it up.


23 Kate April 21, 2011 at 3:04 pm

The weather looks gorgeous there!

I’ve never had pesto, I should fix that…


24 Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm

The bakery is looking FABULOUS! Really digging the colors..and your choices for.. well.. everything!


25 Laura April 21, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I’m pretty sure my boyfriend and I are going to check out that oyster roast! I love Devil’s Backbone, the food and beer are great and the views are stellar! Would I know it’s you with your “eat more kale” shirt?:) I would enjoy meeting you!


26 KathEats April 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Haha – I think I will wear that shirt! send me an email and we can exchange numbers?


27 Mama Pea April 21, 2011 at 3:21 pm

With a gentle prompt from your comment this morning, I thought you should know that I just bought two loaves of GH Honey Wheat. One for eating and one for the freezer!!!


28 KathEats April 21, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Woot woot!


29 Mimi April 21, 2011 at 3:31 pm

I’m honestly amazed with how three chocolate dusted almonds work for you dessert. My sweet tooth would be like, “You’re kidding me, right?” (:


30 KathEats April 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Tell that sweet tooth to simma down!


31 Marieke April 22, 2011 at 9:24 am

I think when you are full of the meal you just had all you need is a little sweetness. Today I went out for lunch and had quite a large meal and I fancied something sweet but knowing the desserts in there are massive I just had cappucino. They served a choc coconut truffle with it and it was all I needed! It was the perfect amount. I think chocolate almonds are a great idea, still healthy but still chocolate!


32 RunEatRepeat April 21, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Super cute bear bunny :)


33 Mary @ Bites and Bliss April 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm

That grizzly bunny would have been a fun site to see! Good thinking balancing easy/hard days. That’s a good way to give your body the rest it needs in between while still staying active.


34 annejuliet April 21, 2011 at 4:09 pm

It being national high-five day, i find it decidedly appropriate that you enjoyed high five bread:)


35 Baking Books April 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm

Your a breath of fresh air Kath. Matt is lucky to have you! Except for lifting boxes of course…;)

Do you find it difficult to bake the bread “just-so”? Y’know the GH texture, etc? I find baking can be so sporadic and thrown off by an extra minute or extra ingredient, etc.


36 Morgan @ moments of mmm April 21, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I LOVE Chocolate Roasted Almonds! I buy the Emerald brand. Did you buy those in bulk? If so, I’ll have to look for those at WF…Would love to avoid all the packaging that comes with :)


37 Dmarie April 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm

everything looks yummy here. love it that you exercise even on your light days. and I’m glad I haven’t been able to find that type of choc almond around here, ’cause I’d go broke buying them! no, I wouldn’t stop at three. well done!


38 jen April 21, 2011 at 4:37 pm

I think we are going to dbb Saturday! What time will you guys head over!?


39 KathEats April 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Awesome!! We’re going for lunch – so probably 1PM onward? Email me and we can get together!


40 Molly April 21, 2011 at 4:42 pm

You wear biking wear well! I just look like a goof in mine.


41 Stephanie @ LiveCookLove April 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Too bad I live in Austin!!! I would love to go to an oyster roast!! How fun!! I will just have to live vicariously through you :)


42 Namaste Gurl April 21, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Mmmm, yummy salad indeed! Never put flax on my salad- must try!
Have a good day!


43 [email protected] Kitchen April 21, 2011 at 5:29 pm

That pesto looks soooo good! I love the hearty dark green color of it.


44 kaila @ healthy helper! April 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Looks like you guys are making some great progress! Congrats! I can’t wait to see the before and after pics when the bakery is fully finished!


45 Sam April 21, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I think we are heading down to DBB about lunch time as well. I saw your husband outside the bakery a day or so ago looking at all the equipment that had been delivered. I can not wait to get some bread when you guys open up.


46 KathEats April 21, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Really!? You should have said hello!! Don’t be shy at the festival!


47 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm

That oven is HUGE! Good lord!


48 Ashley April 21, 2011 at 5:56 pm

OMG!!! The oven..that is insane. I hope the directions are better than Ikea’s. Actually, I’m hoping you’ve hired someone to put it together! haha


49 KathEats April 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm

We did :)


50 Lilly April 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm

You really are the epitome of a “healthy living” blog in every way! Your life is so rich and vibrant and balanced, I just love reading every day and just thought I’d let you know. 😀 Have a great rest of your day!!!


51 KathEats April 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Aw thanks :)


52 Carrie @ Nutrition By Carrie April 21, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I love the paint colors! Now I want to go repaint my kitchen and dining room. Maybe this summer.

I’m the same way about lifting heavy things. I don’t get it, because I love lifting weights (and lift fairly heavy), but then I to to help my husband shovel compost and lift our truck bed cover off and back on, and I have to try not to whine. Maybe that means I need more “functional fitness” workouts. Hmmmm…


53 Katie April 21, 2011 at 6:30 pm

I am loving the paint colors! I hope the stove is not too much of a pain! yikes!!


54 Lauren April 21, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I love your exercise philosophy. It’s all about balance.


55 Angel7 April 21, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Peter Cottontail is funny–to think a grizzly bear and a rabbit mated :)

That sandwich looks good! I like cucumbers, and the pesto sounded yummy! My husband and I love, love, love gorgonzola cheese!


56 Kaitlyn @ 7 Plates April 21, 2011 at 7:23 pm

I am still trying to adjust my workout schedule, but I like that you do easy/hard/easy/hard.. I can’t wait to get back into yoga classes!


57 Katie April 21, 2011 at 7:24 pm

LOVE the new pictures!! But I have to say that oven is rather intimidating…

That sandwich looks pretty delicious! I had never tried tempeh before a couple weeks ago and it’s my new favorite sandwich filler! I like to do whole grain bread + strawberry jam + tempeh + fresh baby spinach – delish!


58 Hilary April 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Congrats on the bakery progress…and another tasty-looking lunch? However do you stop yourself at only 3 chocolate almonds?!?!


59 Shannon April 21, 2011 at 7:45 pm

I love pestos with panache! I sampled all of them this summer at the SOWA open market in Boston. I’d love it if you’d offer them on Opensky!


60 [email protected] April 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm

that pesto looks/sounds delish!


61 Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy April 21, 2011 at 8:01 pm

Do you do anything to the tempeh or is it right out of the package?


62 KathEats April 21, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I just eat it plain and raw!


63 Kathy W. April 21, 2011 at 8:02 pm

wow, that huge oven in pieces = scary!


64 Pearl (Crunch and Chew) April 21, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Wish I could reach into my screen and grab those chocolate almonds!


65 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 21, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I like to alternate hard and easy workouts too. Otherwise I just feel burnt out!


66 Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 21, 2011 at 8:53 pm

I’m not big on heavy lifting either. The thumbnails look great!


67 Jess @ NZ Girl Runs April 21, 2011 at 9:04 pm

My exercise philosophy is similar. If I go to a boxing class (my hard workout) then the next day I will do something gentle like walking, or maybe even water walking. Then I try to be a bit more hardcore the next day, unless I am really sore, then I will have a hard day followed by 2 easy days.


68 marissa April 21, 2011 at 10:16 pm

the thumbnail gallery is WONDERFUL! it helps the page load faster and since i have the slowest internet in the world, the shorter load time in much appreciated. the page loads faster without having to sacrifice content. perfect!


69 Hannah April 21, 2011 at 10:25 pm

That’s the scariest easter bunny I’ve ever seen.


70 Khushboo April 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Hard, easy, hard, easy- that’s how I roll too! I have to remind myself that it’s ok to lower the intensity now and again!


71 Kaitlyn April 21, 2011 at 10:51 pm

i went home for Easter otherwise I would be all over the Oyster Festival!!!
Have fun, cant wait to see your posts from it!


72 Sarah Rose April 21, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Glad to see all is well Kath! Wanted to say hi! I read every day :)


73 wendy April 22, 2011 at 7:39 am

we drive by that bear everyday – my daughter and her friends have named him “Klondike” :)


74 Meredith April 22, 2011 at 4:01 pm

I love DBB! The BF and I were thinking about going to the Oyster Festival but we’re heading out of town for Easter instead :)

If you don’t already have plans for the weekend of May 7-8 you should consider going to the Montpelier Wine Festival! Wine festivals can be a bit overwhelming, and I know you limit your alcohol consumption, so what I try to do is pick one white and one red wine to sample throughout the day (eg. Vionier and Cab Sauv or Meritage). It really helps me compare the quality of those particular wines and not get to tipsy 😉 They also give discounted tours of the wonderfully restored house – if you guys haven’t visited it yet you should definitely put it on your to-do list!


75 KathEats April 22, 2011 at 4:09 pm

We’re actually going to the Monticello Wine Fest the weekend after so we probably won’t do both, but thanks for the info! I heart wine festivals!


76 Meredith April 22, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Oh cool! I hadn’t seen about that one yet but I’m sure it will be great too! :) Looking forward to your post about the Oyster Fest, I hope the weather gets better for you guys! Have a fantastic weekend :)


77 thomas April 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Haha, I was glancing through your photos… and I realized that you are the folks moving into the old Crazy Horse Studio location. Looks much better than it did when we were over there!


78 KathEats April 23, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Yeah!!! Are you in Cville!?


79 thomas April 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Yup. Crazy Horse moved over to Hydraulic Road. Personally, I’m here through July. Then Dallas, TX…


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