Straw[berries] Into Gold

May 16, 2012

What more could you ask for on a hot [almost summer] day?

2012-05-16 16.21.10

Pantheon Popsicle made from VA strawberries! I also bought (and ate) some of the real deal at the Wednesday night market this evening.


Nothin’ like berries to spoil a dinner! (Isn’t that what happened in The Sound Of Music when they went blueberry picking?!)


We had a super easy assembly line dinner on the menu


Sliders filled with leftover beef short rib and BBQ sauce (Bone Suckin’!)


And salads that were just eh to me. I miss my tastebuds. The only part of this mixed greens, red pepper, tomato, sunflower seed, date and cottage cheese salad that I really enjoyed was the cottage cheese. Go figure.


Romantic sunset meal


If tonight is like most nights, despite how full I feel right now, I’m sure I’ll be ready for a snack in an hour or two. I’ve been choosing fruit like watermelon…or more strawberries (!!) rather than sweets. ‘Cause fruit is plenty sweet.

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1 Brittany May 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm

I ate dinner outside tonight as well. It’s so nice out! Your popsicle looks tasty. :)


2 Anna @ On Anna's Plate May 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm

They started carrying Jeni’s ice cream at our Fresh Market, and I thought of you– I just couldn’t bring myself to shell out 10.99 for ice cream, but it DID look good!!

I ate so much fresh fruit for dessert during my pregnancy– it just tasted so good!


3 KathEats May 16, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Just rationalize 3-4 scoops at a scoop shop!! It really is that good


4 lynn @ the actor's diet May 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm

wait…what scene in “sound of music” is that?!? i thought i saw the movie 100x and was “maria” in the play. was i missing something?


5 KathEats May 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm

You know when they were out singing and they lie to the Captain and say they were out berry picking and he says “Oh, then you won’t be needing dinner!”


6 Jennifer May 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Yeah it’s when they get back from going to try and see Maria at the Abbey after she leaves the family. I love that movie!!


7 Mom May 17, 2012 at 5:08 am

I had to look it up. I was sure there was no mention of blueberries in S. of M!


8 Erin May 17, 2012 at 12:18 am

But they went STRAWBERRY picking…only it was so cold they turned blue. ;-)


9 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles May 16, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Sliders look yummy! I made my own sort of chicken burger slider for dinner…they were too small for burgers but a bit too big for a slider. The bun sizes I made were a little all over the place..oh well, it is the taste that counts!


10 Allison May 16, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I’m so sorry that you’re not enjoying food. I’ve never had much of an appetite and being pregnant was so awesome because food had never tasted so good! Maybe you’re tastebuds will make a comeback soon!


11 Cait's Plate May 16, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Gah! That popsicle looks so perfect! Totally worth spoiling your dinner over :)


12 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 16, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Watermelon, strawberries and outdoor meals…gotta love summer!


13 j3nn May 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Hurry back soon, taste buds! Ice pops are my warm weather go-to snack these days. So refreshing!


14 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) May 16, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I completely agree…fruit is plenty sweet! Dinner looks perfect and that popsicle looks like the perfect way to get through the heat of the day!


15 Molly @ RDexposed May 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

I shiver at every popsicle picture you show. Burrr!


16 Kristen May 16, 2012 at 8:45 pm

I went to the Dierks Bentley show the other night and tried one of their popsicles for the first time…the lime coconut was awesome! Super lime-y and full of flavor. I’m definitely planning on trying more flavors.


17 Amber at Love, Laugh, Live Well May 16, 2012 at 9:44 pm

I just made homemade popsicles the other night! I must say your meals looked pretty tasty (and I just ate!). I’ve never thought about putting cottage cheese on my salad, but I might have to give it a try.


18 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio May 16, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Yummy yummy! Dinner looks so refreshing!


19 Karina (Like Some Cat from Japan) May 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Being gluten intolerant, I haven’t had a good slider in a long time. This made me want to recreate one at home… MMM!


20 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 16, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Haha that’s a very mini burger, but probably just the right size for a stomach having to share space with a baby!


21 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 16, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Oh that popsicle looks so fresh and delicious, I love that they are using local fruits!


22 Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana May 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm

I’m totally with you on fruit for dessert…just finished an apple, and now craving some strawberries :) It satisfies me more than a scoop of ice cream, which is really weird for me!


23 jojo May 16, 2012 at 11:30 pm

The slider looks very flavorful.. yum.
Today was a popsicle weather in california too! :)


24 Khushboo May 17, 2012 at 12:20 am

That popsicle looks delicious- I’ve been freezing fruit lately & it’s such a refreshing snack!


25 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See May 17, 2012 at 1:44 am

Agreed, watermelon and/or strawberries never let me down ;)


26 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope May 17, 2012 at 6:27 am

Popsicles are so refreshing on a warm day! Your dinner looks like the perfect ending to a day :)


27 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 17, 2012 at 6:29 am

I Love cottage cheese on greens. One of my favorite lunches. I like it with sweet pickle relish on it. It was one of the things Grandmom always gave us. Yum.


28 mary @ minutespermile May 17, 2012 at 6:34 am

i always forget how good cottage cheese is on salads!


29 Jodi @ Jodi, Fat or Not May 17, 2012 at 6:50 am

I’m a fruit for dessert girl too – hits the spot!


30 Heather @ Run Eat Play May 17, 2012 at 7:26 am

Looks like a great dinner. I have to try cottage cheese on salad. I eat a lot of it for the protein but it gets boring. That popsicle looks heavenly!


31 Brita May 17, 2012 at 7:30 am

Has losing your vegetable appetite during pregnancy given you a better understanding of why some people find it so hard to eat healthfully? As an RD who loved her greens, I bet sometimes it’d be confusing if someone said that they just hated the way veggies taste and couldn’t force themselves to eat them. I know that when people say that to me, I’m totally confused, because salads are so GOOD, but then I realize that if someone told me all I needed to do to be healthy was eat tons of salmon, I’d gag and commit myself to a life of being unhealthy :)


32 KathEats May 17, 2012 at 8:24 am

I’ve always been respectful of those who don’t like certain vegetables – since I have some extreme aversions myself! I think it’s all about figuring out what form of vegetables you do like – for me tonight it was salad topped with cottage cheese and it got me to eat most of the nutritious stuff underneath rather than forgoing them altogether. Even in my sickest days, I managed to get them in cooked into comfort foods and in green smoothies. And things like grilling, roasting and lots of spices help also :) But yes, I’m sympathetic, but I think people should still work to eat them :)


33 KathEats May 17, 2012 at 8:25 am

And still thinking about this…I hated vegetables growing up because they were just prepared all wrong. I learned to like (and then LOVE) them when I learned to prepare them in different ways….steamed microwaved brussels sprouts just don’t cut it [ahem, dad]


34 Dad & GrandPeePaw May 17, 2012 at 11:39 am

“Everyone loves beets” — Albert N. Younger, 198x

“Everyone loves brussels sprouts” — Clifford Albert Younger, 05/17/12


35 KathEats May 17, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Rolling eyes… but I might be able to agree with “Everyone loves roasted brussels sprouts coated in olive oil and smoked paprika”


36 kristen @ verbs and vignettes May 17, 2012 at 8:02 am

oh. great idea!!! I just bought strawberries for the first time at the farm down the street. they might have to turn into my first popsicles!! :-)


37 Melissa @ HerGreenLife May 17, 2012 at 8:43 am

That salad looks great — bummer that your taste buds didn’t agree. I don’t remember things not having as much flavor when I was pregnant last year, but I have had that experience over the past few months due to sinus congestion.

Are you congested? I know that can be a symptom of pregnancy, so maybe it’s more the congestion than the pregnancy itself?

Either way, knowing that something should taste good and not really enjoying it is the worst! I imagine whatever’s going on will not be permanent, maybe it will even get better before baby arrives.


38 Angel7 May 17, 2012 at 8:45 am

I wish we had a Pantheon Popsicle stand around here :) Those popsicles look delicious!!!


39 Christine May 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Despite the ‘eh’ to your taste buds… that is a quite delicious looking meal!


40 Michael Tavallaei May 17, 2012 at 6:45 pm

did you make that Popsicle?


41 KathEats May 17, 2012 at 8:03 pm

No, it’s a local company here that makes them


42 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 17, 2012 at 11:19 pm

every time you eat a popsicle, I hit myself in the head for continuing to forget to buy them at the grocery store! What a perfect afternoon or evening treat on a hot day!


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