The History of KERF

September 1, 2008


(This was actually yesterday’s muffin!)

OH MY GOSH – I missed my one year anniversary!!!!! I always tell people that I started the blog on September 1, 2007 but when I went to prep for an anniversary post, I realized I really started on August 29 and have been rounding the date – whoops!!! I guess from now on September 1 will be the official anniversary to make things simple :)

As you probably know, KERF has come a loooong way in the past year. I can’t believe I’ve photographed almost every meal for a whole year!! I think I have only missed 2-3 meals (forgot my camera once, deleted photos by accident once, and I’m sure there was one more!).

I started the blog as a way to share photos of my meals and recipes with friends and family. I was blogging at Calorie King and my blog there limited me to only one photo per post (or I had to upload them elsewhere first and link over) and since it was a private community, I couldn’t share anything with my mom and Karen, who were the prime audience for hearing out our latest culinary experiments. So I started at Blogger with Sweat, Eat, Sleep, Repeat.

So I give you my very first post:

Frozen, Canned and Leftover Fish Chili

A little ways in, I realized there were bigger and better blog platforms out there and moved on over to, bought the domain, and blogged there for a few months. Then I realized I could be making some grocery money if I got a BlogHer ad, so I moved once again to a self-hosted server (and almost lost everything in the process!) while continuing to use WordPress software. About 9 months later I discovered Windows Live Writer and blogging became much more fun!

I’ve had one too many bumps in the road over the past year – tears, almost quitting a handful of times, lots of frustration, but overall, it’s been a WONDERFUL experience! I feel like I have spent the year making friends, and I look forward to each comment you all leave me. It has been a ton of work (10-20 hours a week, at least) but it’s been one of the most rewarding projects of my life. I am looking forward to more contests, videos, blog dinners, and any other fun interactions I can think up!

THANK YOU, thank you, thank you to all of you who have made this blog what it is :)

Here’s to another year!

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On to today’s musings –

When we got in bed last night, I did some thinking about our workout schedule and realized we wouldn’t have time for an afternoon workout because we’re due at Karen’s at 6pm to cook her birthday dinner!!! So we planned a morning run, re-set the alarm for 5:15 and closed our eyes.

A few hours later, my body clock did not want to go off, but the alarm did. We debated skipping altogether or trying to get in a short run this afternoon, but I knew we wouldn’t have. I’m big on visualization and pictured myself rushing around trying to get to Karen’s on time and then pictured myself eating breakfast after a run and knew that’s the feeling I wanted, so we went. It was tough. I think I was asleep for the whole first mile. But of course, I’m thrilled we went. Thanks to the husband for going with me so early on a holiday!

I was planning some muesli this morning, although I guess it’s not really muesli because I didn’t soak any oats last night. It’s really just a yogurt dish!

  • 1 cup TJ’s greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup grainberries
  • 1/4 cup Coconut Almond Granola
  • 1/2 small banana
  • 1 tbsp flax



For my hot beverage, I actually had French Vanilla Hazelnut coffee – but only about 1/2 a cup with 2-3 tbsp milk. It seemed to be the perfect amount to not have a caffeine affect. The reason I have such trouble saying no to coffee is the husband LOVES it and makes it everyday and is always like “Do you want me to make you some!?” I’m so tempted by the smell alone that I often say “oh alright.” If I lived by myself I doubt I’d ever make it.


Orange, on orange, on orange


I’m off to O-Chem, then lunch at EarthFare with my friend Erin (I’m trading Thursday for Monday but it could turn into a double week or I might eat at the dining hall on Thurs!), then Chem lab (a short intro one) then we’re off to Karen’s.

Hope you all have RELAXING HOLIDAYS!!!

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1 natalie September 1, 2008 at 7:00 am

Happy Aniversary Kath!

I’ve been reading KERF since last fall, and I look forward to it everyday! You have always done a great job at maintaining the blog and giving us readers great information.

Thanks for all the hard work!


2 Trish September 1, 2008 at 7:12 am

Happy Anniversary!!

You have done a great job and I love stopping in and reading when I ahve the time.

Have a great day!


3 Melanie September 1, 2008 at 7:46 am

Happy anniversary Kath! I love the blog. I check it everyday. You give me so much ideas and you are an inspiration.

Have a great day!


4 lucy September 1, 2008 at 7:46 am

Congratulations on one year! I think the blog has definitely come a long way and I really really enjoy reading it every day. Thanks for all the menu ideas and inspiration, you are the best!


5 Gliding Calm September 1, 2008 at 8:04 am

Happy one year birthday to KERF! I think many of us can agree…it has been a huge inspiration and joy to read. Looking forward to another year? Yes? I hope so!!! :) Happy Monday Kath!!!


6 Tina September 1, 2008 at 8:18 am

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for all you do for KERF! :)


7 Jen@OurDailyBigTop September 1, 2008 at 8:19 am

Happy Anniversary! Keep up the wonderful work. Love all the great food pictures & recipes.


8 Sammie September 1, 2008 at 8:21 am

Congrats on your year of success!! Thank you for all that you share with us, reading your blog is always so delightful. Most of all, thank you for being such an inspiration – because of you my blog was born. And I have really met some wonderful people since joining in. Happy Blogging!!


9 Chris September 1, 2008 at 8:23 am

Happy Birthday, KERF and the husband’s mom! Kath, one of the reasons that your blog is so inviting is that you put yourself out there…this is not easy. It’s so fun to check every day. Your photos and success story have definitely helped me make better eating decisions, that’s for sure. Thank you!


10 caitlin (see bride run) September 1, 2008 at 8:23 am

Happy Anniversary, KERF! you’ve made my world a better, happier place and I couldn’t thank you enough for it!


11 VeggieGirl September 1, 2008 at 8:33 am

HAPPY 1ST YEAR BLOGGIVERSARY!!!! I do hope that you will continue blogging for years to come! :-)

Good luck with today’s classes; have a lovely lunch at EarthFare; and have fun at Karen’s!


12 Suzanne September 1, 2008 at 8:42 am


I’ve been reading your blog since last fall. Thanks for running such a great site! I have thoroughly enjoyed every post.

Thanks for the inspiration to be healthy and active. Thanks especially for all the great products you feature – I’ve bought so many things because I’ve seen them on your blog! :)

Here’s to another great year together!


13 mom September 1, 2008 at 9:02 am

Happy Birthday KERF!

Or as I used to say when I was little (since I love cake so much)

Happy Birthcake, KERF!!


14 Fleur September 1, 2008 at 9:12 am

Happy Anniversary! I’ve been reading KERF since January and I adore it.


15 Amandamoo September 1, 2008 at 9:13 am

Happy Birthday KERF!!! It’s hard to believe we’ve been “friends” for a year! You’ve done so much for this community and I’m so happy for all your successes!


16 melissa September 1, 2008 at 9:15 am

Happy Anniversary to KERF, and congratulations for making it this far. You have so many fans, and we hope you’ll continue doing what you are doing!


17 Jenny September 1, 2008 at 9:19 am

Happy Anniversary, Kath. I started reading your blog back around March, or so. I hadn’t seen your blog in it’s original format and spent some time poking around Sweat, Eat, Sleep, Repeat this morning. It’s amazing to see the transformation you’ve gone through in the past year regarding intuitive eating. I am really impressed with what you’ve accomplished and grateful for the support that I receive through reading your blog. Thank you for dedicating so much time to KERF. I know you get a great deal of personal satisfaction out of it, but I realize that it’s a lot of work and I hope you know how much I, and all of your faithful readers, appreciate the blog and you. Every day you demonstrate what a healthy, balanced life looks like and I strive to emulate the concept. What can I say, I need visual aids 😉 But, again, thank you and here’s to another great year!


18 Emily September 1, 2008 at 9:21 am

Happy Anniversary KERF! Thank you for the daily inspiration. Kath, you have really been the best role model for me. You have changed my life for the better and helped repair my relationship with food. Congratulations on a successful year of blogging. I had a Labor Day run also! I too love that feeling of sitting down to a healthy breakfast after a morning run. Such a wonderful way to start the day. How far did you run? Do you always run near where you live or do you ever drive to any nearby trails? I always drive to trails where there are many other runners. It’s more fun to see people and I feel safer, but if you’re running with your husband, I’m sure you feel safe no matter where you run. Happy Labor Day! Happy Birthday to Karen!! So many celebrations all in one day… :)


19 Aimee September 1, 2008 at 9:24 am

Happy “blog” Anniversary. I love reading your blog and trying your recipes. I hope you enjoy your day, even with class.


20 Sharon September 1, 2008 at 9:25 am

Congratulations, Kath!
I only discovered your blog a few weeks ago, but it has quickly become my most favorite! Your posts are always so entertaining and the food always looks so delicious. The recipes are priceless & you have given me so many meal ideas. I wish I had discovered the blog sooner!

So, Happy Anniversary and thank you so much for all you do and for doing it all so well!


21 Erin September 1, 2008 at 9:26 am

Every day I read your blog not only for the meals but for the positive vibe I get from your daily lifestyle. I am inspired by you and have gotten great ideas from your recipes. It’s great to see an article where the publisher believes in what they do so much. Thank you, thank you thank you for being a gleaming light in the bloggers world:-)



22 Sami September 1, 2008 at 9:39 am

No, no, no. . . thank YOU! 😀


23 Kinder September 1, 2008 at 9:43 am

Happy KERF-aversary! I have certainly enjoyed my time here! Thanks for the daily inspiration on healthy eating!


24 Andrea September 1, 2008 at 9:55 am

Happy Blogversary! Wooo!!! Here’s to another year of food blogging! *clink*


25 Amy September 1, 2008 at 10:00 am

Happy Anniversary!! You are such an inspiration :)


26 Betsy in Pittsburgh September 1, 2008 at 10:01 am

A blog is a HUGE commitment, and I don’t know anyone who’s been as great as staying with it so successfully as you! Congrats!


27 Heather September 1, 2008 at 10:02 am

Happy Anniversary Kath! I loved seeing your first post- look how far you’ve come :) Thanks for all the inspiration!!


28 Ash September 1, 2008 at 10:04 am

Congratulations Kath! You’ve done a wonderful job of sharing your creativity, keeping the blog original and building a great community. I’ve found many other blogs through yours, so thanks for that too. I hope you keep up the inspiration. Here’s to another year!


29 hk September 1, 2008 at 10:16 am

Happy anniversary- I’ve been following since day one, totally incredibke to see how far the blog has come!!
Have a great day- and to another awesome year!


30 Erin September 1, 2008 at 10:16 am

Happy birthday KERF!
What an incredible year!


31 Becca A September 1, 2008 at 10:19 am

Happy Anniversary Kath! I look forward to your posts everyday and have gotten many great ideas from you and your husband! Keep up the great work!


32 Justy2003 September 1, 2008 at 10:19 am

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for all the work you put into the blog. I don’t know how you find the time to do everything you do PLUS the blog, but I’m so glad you do! Thanks for stickin’ with it even through the rough times. I’m hoping you’ll keep the blog around for a long time! 😀


33 MasonH September 1, 2008 at 10:47 am

Hahaha I love how we’re all ‘happy anniversary!’ like we’re married to you or something, Kath :) haha


34 madison (follow my weigh) September 1, 2008 at 11:10 am

happy bloggerversary!! [yes that was lame -_-] i can’t believe the blog is only a year old! i only started reading from march or so and seems you’ve been doing this for years!


35 Heather September 1, 2008 at 11:11 am

Congratulations on your one year KERF anniversary!!! Your blog has really come a long way! Keep up all the great work Kath, and thanks for being such an inspiration! :)


36 Anne P September 1, 2008 at 11:21 am

Aw congrats!! As you know, I started reading around Thanksgiving last year and have been hooked ever since. It’s fun looking at your old site again! :)


37 Jenn (eating bender) September 1, 2008 at 11:23 am

I will never forget the first time I stumbled upon Sweat, Eat, Sleep, Repeat. I saw the link on Cristin’s Eat Like Me blog and thought I’d check it out :) I remember being amazed by all the detail you put into your meals, your pictures and the content of your blog. I also remember that pretty soon after I started reading it was Thanksgiving, and I was absolutely AMAZED by how organized you were!!

Honestly Kath, you have inspired me in so many ways. From the way I think about food to getting off my butt and taking the time to MAKE something instead of grabbing takeout – at school, no less, where grabbing takeout is often the easy way to go! – finding your blog has made my life so much better. It sounds insane, but honestly your blog was like the kick start I needed to embrace healthy eating and discover all the interesting facts about nutrition, wellness and, of course, FOOD!

Your kindness shows in how many readers are devoted to your blog. I am SO happy to be a part of your blogging community! How wonderful is it to have the opportunity to say you have “friends” across the U.S…and even across the world?!

I know this comment is a little lengthy, but I’ve really meant to tell you all of this for a while now, and what better day than the One Year Anniversary – well, alright, one year and one day 😉

Thank you, Kath!!


38 Serena September 1, 2008 at 11:24 am

Congrats on your blogging anniversary! I went back and re-read some of the old posts too, and it is really different now. I had forgotten all about the calorie counts! I know we all asked you right when you stopped how you felt not counting but I’m sort of wondering now that it’s been a while if you’re happier this way? Thanks for providing entertainment and fabulous meal ideas to us for over a year!!!


39 Andrea September 1, 2008 at 11:35 am


i love your blog soooo much. i feel like i can always count on you to lift me up when i’m feeling icky and help remind me how rewarding a healthy lifestyle is :)


40 Brittany September 1, 2008 at 11:37 am

Happy Anniversary to KERF.

This blog has inspired so many people, whether it’s to keep up a healthy lifestyle, make changes, or start their own blog. I really enjoy reading you blog everyday.

Thanks Kath!


41 Lisa September 1, 2008 at 11:40 am

hi kath.

happy anniversary.
what a blessing.

i’ve been a reader for quite some time. but stay quiet or am the one commenting on fashion + beauty.
i started blogging a month ago ( fashion fashion fashion ) but your blog is an inspiration as its wonderful to see the amazing balance you carry through your life (!!!)

enjoy your day & heres to many more years of blogging…



42 Kimberly September 1, 2008 at 11:50 am

I’m celebrating the day with a big bowl of Kath Classic Banana Oatmeal. Thank you for your dedication! Keep up the great work!


43 Hil September 1, 2008 at 11:50 am

Happy Birthday to KERF!

What you have accomplished here over the last year is really amazing.


44 Shalane September 1, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Happy Birthday, KERF!!!!

I’m so glad I found your blog within its first year! It has inspired me so much! Here’s to healthier living!


45 Sidi September 1, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Happy anniversary KERF! You made a difference in many people’s lives and it’s only the beggining…
Way to go!


46 Tracy September 1, 2008 at 12:08 pm

Congratulations!!! I love the blog and you are so inspiring. I feel like I have to check up o you daily to see what you’re up to and what you are eating! I almost died when I found out my school computer won’t allow me to go to…now I have to catch up on all your meals at once at night, on weekdays! I love the blog and please continue it!!! :)


47 Kath September 1, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Thanks to you allllll!!!!!!!!!!!

We ran about 4.25 this morning. Charlotte’s trail selection is pathetic- no rivers or parks to run around – but we do have a greenway (which has gotten a little boring too). Lately we’ve been biking to new neighborhoods to run, which has been a nice change.

Serena ,
Yes, I am definitely happier not logging calories. It’s just one less thing to have to think about each day. I do still keep a meal-by-meal count in my head to try to gauge if hunger is real hunger or just thirst/boredom etc., but it’s just a loose count and does take more than 10 seconds or so to think about.



48 Hila September 1, 2008 at 1:06 pm

Happy Anniversary,

Thank you for blogging :)


49 magpie September 1, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Congrats :) I didn’t realize it had only been a year since you started – your blog is amazing!


50 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) September 1, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Happy Anniversary!

I absolutely LOVE your blog! KERF was one of the first food blogs I found, and I loved it from the start. Your meals are always so creative, whether it is a salad or soup or something else. And I have to say that I never knew that so many different combinations of oatmeal existed! Plus, all your food photos are gorgeous and mouthwatering!

Also, it is really interesting and fun to read about your journey to becoming an RD. You are very inspiring because you are so motivated, but still make sure to balance your coursework with spending time with friends and family.

One more thing: I think it’s great that your hubby shares all his baking recipes on the blog and also responds to comments on the blog. You guys make such a great team!

Thanks so much for putting the time and effort into making this blog so much fun for us to read. I really appreciate it, especially since you are so busy.

Keep up the awesome work and I hope you’ll continue posting on this blog for many more years!

(Sorry this comment was so long, but I just wanted to make sure you knew just how much of a positive impact you had on me).


51 Bev September 1, 2008 at 2:01 pm

Congratulation on your one year anniversary!!!!!
Thank you for educating us on a healthy lifesyle
Keep up the good work :)


52 Erica September 1, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Happy Anniversary, Kath! Keep up the good work! You motivate me every day to eat healthy and keep at it! Thank you, thank you, thank you!


53 emmy September 1, 2008 at 4:53 pm

I’d like to add a happy anniversary and a thank you!


54 katie s September 1, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Happy Anniversary, Kath! Thank you so much for all your hard work!! So glad you haven’t given up on the blog!!


55 polly September 1, 2008 at 5:41 pm

Happy Anniversary Kath! Love you blog, check it everyday… you ROCK!


56 amethyst September 1, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Congratulations, Kath! I’m sure you’ll go from strength to strength… Best, A x


57 Jess. September 1, 2008 at 5:49 pm

Happy Birthday KERF!
I started reading last fall and have read daily since then. It is actually the first food blog i started reading, and the only one for many months! I really love this blog. It has inspired many meals and other healthy choices in my life. Thank you! Please, please, please keep it up for many years to come!!!


58 HangryPants September 1, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Congrats, Kath. Can’t wait to see what your second year brings.



59 Amyswim September 1, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Happy Birfday Kerf!

Here’s to another year of:

“Kreative” Dishes
Endless inspiration
Real Advice
Fun fit tips

(cheesy cheesy but I couldn’t resist)

Thanks for everything!


60 Little Black Dress September 1, 2008 at 9:05 pm

Happy anniversary! Thank you for being such a wonderful inspiration to all of us!


61 ttfn300 September 2, 2008 at 12:59 am

Congrats!! You have done such a fabulous job, so much to be proud of :)

We all appreciate what you do, and find KERF a constant source of inspiration!


62 rhodeygirl September 2, 2008 at 7:30 am

congrats kath!


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