Sweet Home Sweet

January 7, 2012

Surprise! We’re in North Carolina : )


Kanz and I came home for the night to celebrate a belated Christmas with my family. We’re staying at Larbs and Matt’s urban loft in Durham, but we stopped through my parents’ house to say hi to Lillis Billis and use the facilities. We also had a snack of cheese and crackers!


At the loft we got started on more apps and a few drinks – including Matt’s latest homebrew transported in a growler. [Also got to pay a visit to Sarah!!]




Larbs and Dad worked on a great dinner



My dad’s famous London Broil


Brussels sprouts


Grilled Great Harvest bread


And delicious whipped sweet potatoes!


Plus a spicy syrah



After dinner we exchanged gifts. Mom got me a Davidson plate!


I gave her a Buzz necklace (her nickname)


We got dad a beer tumbler of his favorite flavor (which he says he can no longer get). Thankfully he also appreciates fine craft beers!


Matt trying on Matt’s bowtie!


Love this bottle of wine we got too!


Matt’s birthday is next week, so Larbs surprised him with a cake!


29 years young!


It was an awesome carrot cake from Whole Foods


Plus we had some leftover Christmas goodies


Dad also insisted we finish the Christmas eggnog – it’s now gone!


Full of sugar, gifts and family time, I’m ready for bed!

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1 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm

That necklace is so vintage-tastic. Belongs on Etsy, I swear. Being home is one of the greatest things in the world, especially when you’re home from college. And then you want to be back.

SoCo Egg Nog? —- there really is a God.


2 KathEats January 7, 2012 at 10:53 pm

It’s from Etsy!


3 Krissy - Shiawase Life January 7, 2012 at 10:50 pm



4 [email protected] January 7, 2012 at 10:54 pm

My Mom had that egg nog too and it was awesome – STRONG – but yummy.

I haven’t had London broil in forever, your dad did a great job! :)


5 Mom January 7, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Love my Buzz necklace. Thanks!


6 Cara @ I Don't Believe in Diets January 7, 2012 at 11:06 pm

It looks like a magnificent celebration. So cute.


7 Khushboo January 7, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Looks like a great evening to get rid of the lingering Holiday blues! Is Matt a big b-ball player?


8 KathEats January 8, 2012 at 8:39 am

Haha – no – he’s my dad’s old bball birthday guy


9 Bee Goes Bananas January 7, 2012 at 11:08 pm

It looks like you guys had a wonderful time in North Carolina!

Happy [early] birthday Matt!!


10 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga January 7, 2012 at 11:17 pm

southern comfort nog, never heard of that one…I bet it was good!

Happy early bday to Matt…I love the cake topper! And I love carrot cake.

What a fun little surprise trip down to celebrate a belated xmas with the fam. Glad you guys could do this!


11 Ashley @ Coffee, Cake and Cardio January 7, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Isn’t being home with family the greatest? I’m glad y’all are having fun!


12 Jen January 7, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Carrot cake – (one of) my faves. Happy early birthday to Matt…and belated Christmas to you and your family! :)


13 Angel7 January 7, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Wow!!! … That London Broil looks AMAZING/mouthwatering!!! I love meat, and that makes me hungry for it!!!



14 Janelle January 7, 2012 at 11:54 pm

Wow that looks wonderful -Now u have me wanting carrot cake ! I can’t believe how much you look like your dad !


15 KathEats January 8, 2012 at 8:39 am

Haha really!?


16 Janelle January 8, 2012 at 9:55 am

Yes ! The splitting image


17 Mom January 8, 2012 at 10:23 am

She acts like him too, sometimes…


18 Jen January 8, 2012 at 10:38 am

LOL – Mom: the “…” makes me wonder if that’s good or bad?! :)


19 Mom January 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

95% good. 5% bad!


20 Jen January 8, 2012 at 11:11 am

Haha. Aren’t we all?! :)


21 Janelle January 8, 2012 at 11:57 am

Lol I’m sure kath is always lovely :)


22 Sunya January 8, 2012 at 12:35 am

Okay Kath, it not so weird that the other day when I had overnight oats and so did you but now I am kinda amazed that tonight I am having a glass of syrah while reading your blog and picked up a bottle of Seven Hills Malbec today at a local shop. Seems we are both having a very good evening! Enjoy your family time!!


23 KathEats January 8, 2012 at 8:39 am
24 Stacy @ Say It With Sprinkles January 8, 2012 at 12:44 am

Aww how fun that you got to have a little Christmas celebration in January! =)


25 Cait's Plate January 8, 2012 at 1:05 am

Ah yay! So fun :) Enjoy NC!


26 Lynn @ the actor's diet January 8, 2012 at 1:44 am

Mmm my bday cake was from whole foods too. Just ate a frozen leftover piece for dinner!


27 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 8, 2012 at 2:23 am

That’s cool that you guys get to see each other even if it wasn’t exactly on xmas. :) Everything looks delicious, your dad rocked the Broil. Enjoy your time at home!


28 Roxanne January 8, 2012 at 3:53 am

Once the eggnogs are gone from the stores, that’s when the the holidays are officially over… :(


29 Dorota January 8, 2012 at 4:31 am

Hi Kath,
Awesome you got to catch up with the family!
Looks like such a fun & wonderful celebration.
Hope you enjoy the rest of your stay.


30 Kinley @ Better Off Barefoot January 8, 2012 at 6:51 am

That London Broil looks amazing!


31 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 8, 2012 at 6:54 am

What a lovely night. That London Broil looks amazing!


32 J Lo S January 8, 2012 at 7:08 am

Oh, what a beautiful necklace! Wish I were your mom :)


33 Stephanie @ Ultra Ambitious January 8, 2012 at 7:47 am

Looks like a very fun night! Whole Foods makes such awesome cakes, I bet the carrot cake was delicious :)


34 Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 8, 2012 at 7:58 am

I’ve always wanted to try WF carrot cake!


35 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 8, 2012 at 9:00 am

I love it, one more holiday celebration! and those whipped sweet potatoes look delicious!


36 Sarah January 8, 2012 at 9:22 am

As much as I love egg nog, I can only handle it for so long. Thank goodness it’s seasonal!!


37 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count January 8, 2012 at 9:24 am

You can’t beat brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes!


38 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 8, 2012 at 9:25 am

Looks like a fun night with family! :)


39 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes January 8, 2012 at 9:33 am

I love the necklace! Looks like an awesome night :)


40 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles January 8, 2012 at 9:34 am

Family and Christmas go hand in hand…what a wonderful time it looks like you all had together! Love Carrrot Cake…the cream cheese icing is always my favourite part!


41 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles January 8, 2012 at 9:52 am

You must have had a wonderful time! Family make the heart so happy :) …..The delicious birthday cake is calling my name, I think I should make carrot cake cookies TODAY!


42 Jessica January 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

Carrot cake cookies?! Do tell! Next week is my brother’s birthday and carrot cake is his favorite!


43 Jen January 8, 2012 at 10:39 am

Google carrot cake cookies and recipes pop up. Or you could always just take the cake batter but form it into small cookie balls on a baking sheet instead. (Sometimes I just a Muffin Top pan).


44 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles January 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I am debating between a carrot cake cookie and a carrot cake bar….
Carrot cake cookie recipe I’d use: http://ohsheglows.com/2010/11/20/itty-bitty-carrot-cake-cookies/
Carrot cake bar recipe I’d use: http://spinachandsprinkles.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/carrot-cake-anyone/


45 Alexandria January 8, 2012 at 10:16 am

It looks like you had a great time with your family, even if the celebration is belated. :) Where, oh where is that necklace from? My mom’s name means the bee, so I’m always looking for things like that!


46 KathEats January 8, 2012 at 10:45 am

It’s from Etsy, although I can’t remember the shop name right now. But if you search for “Bee necklace” you might easily find it?


47 Alexandria January 9, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Thanks Kath!


48 Kelly @ Vegolosophy January 8, 2012 at 11:35 am

mmmm sweet potato’s and brussel sprouts, my kind of dinner! I LOVE brussel sprouts, especially with a dash of maple and salt..YUM! And that carrot cake to top it off, WOW!


49 Emily @LivingLongfellow January 8, 2012 at 11:55 am

Wow, is your brother in law related to Matt? They could be brothers! That dinner looks delicious!


50 KathEats January 8, 2012 at 1:29 pm

No, but they do resemble each other! His name is actually Matt too :)


51 Keri January 8, 2012 at 11:55 am

We have been loving Syrahs lately–but always seem to grab the same label. Do you have favorites?

Also, I definitely will be making Brussels sprouts this week. Those look so so good!


52 KathEats January 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I am horrible with wine labels but I love anything from Sonoma!


53 Hannah @ Eat, Drink and Save Money January 8, 2012 at 11:58 am

Family time is the best. Enjoy your time with them!


54 Emily January 8, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Loving that necklace you got for your mom. Its gorgeous!


55 [email protected] January 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm

That’s my nickname too! When I was young they called me Bee, because I was as busy as one. Eventually it went to Buzz. That necklace is so very cool, I love it. Interesting, original gifts that have meaning are the best.


56 Christine (The Raw Project) January 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm

How fun and I adore that necklace too, so nice to extend the holiday celebration!


57 Ida January 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm

who is Kanz??????????????


58 KathEats January 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm

It’s my matt’s nickname!


59 Matthew January 8, 2012 at 12:45 pm

The pictures on this blog are amazing! You must be a photographer too. Keep up the awesome work and we look forward to following.



60 KathEats January 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Thanks Matthew. I’m not a pro photographer, but I’ve been taking dozens of photos daily for over 4 years!


61 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama January 8, 2012 at 1:31 pm

That’s so nice that you could spend time with your family for a belated holiday. The brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, and carrot cake – my kind of celebration!


62 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Mmmm love carrot cake! That meal looks like something straight out of a restaurant :)


63 Anna January 8, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Thst picture of your sister in the kitchen could totally be you!!


64 Allison January 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Grilled bread- great idea! BTW, it’s always fun reading anything about Davidson because my elementary school and still BFF went there [graduated in May] and loved it! Were you in an eating house?!


65 KathEats January 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Yeah I started out in Connor and finished in Warner!


66 Allison January 9, 2012 at 7:49 am

She was in Connor! Small world…


67 Darlene January 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Tell your Dad they still sell Schaffer in NY!!


68 Betty January 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm

And who can sing the jingle for Schaffer….? I cracked up when I scrolled down to the picture to see the Schaffer – what’s next ? Genny or Ballentine? Did Dad spend time up north? Looks great all.


69 BriiHappy January 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Kath – that necklace is adorable. If you can remember the name of the artist that would be great. I tried looking on etsy but couldn’t find that exact one, and it would be a perfect gift! Thanks!


70 KathEats January 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Found it!


71 KathEats January 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm
72 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth January 9, 2012 at 4:52 am

I am intrigued (coming from London, England) – what is a “London Broil” ? It looked wonderful.


73 KathEats January 9, 2012 at 9:35 am

Apparently it has nothing to do with London!

It’s basically a broiled or grilled flank steak: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_broil


74 Janiek January 9, 2012 at 5:48 am

Wow, can you believe, at 28 (almost 29) you have your own well-doing buisness… That’s pretty amazing!


75 KathEats January 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

I am 29 :) But yes, it’s quite amazing!


76 Katie January 9, 2012 at 9:24 am

Hi! Great post per usual :) Random question-do you have any idea where your sister got that dining table?? I’m in the market for a new one and love the almost-hammered look of the top. Thanks!


77 KathEats January 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

I believe she got it at World Market


78 Jackie January 9, 2012 at 10:29 am

That house (I assume your parents’) is beautiful!!!! It reminds me so much of my childhood home — it’s an historic farmhouse with the same style, color, roof, siding and shutters.


79 Kavi @ Lab to Fab January 9, 2012 at 10:47 am

Seems like everyone got really cool, unique gifts! The necklace is awesome!


80 BriiHappy January 9, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Thanks for the Etsy Website link Kath!!


81 Emily Reiter January 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm

This is awesome, someone sent me a link — I am the maker of the Buzz necklace (owner of Luccichio & Co on Etsy). Thanks for sharing it, Kath! Exciting to see my creation “in print.” :) xo, Emily


82 KathEats January 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm

Hey Emily! My mom loved the necklace!!! Thanks for stopping by :)


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