The Mess Hall

January 2, 2009

We hung my grandmother’s antique dinner gong in our dining room today and look who had so much fun playing summer camp songs:

We really did work at a summer camp together. The summer after our freshman year at Davidson. Seafarer and Seagull – sister/brother camps on the coast of NC. Both of us really like kids and fun, but we both were pretty miserable that summer. I think because of the contrast of being tied down 24/7 and the freedoms of college.

Photo memories:

Kanz with snake on head Koopa and Erica Koopa and Fluffy

 Koopa and Rachel Koopa, Jenna and Judy Kanz leanin off ferry

Moulin Rouge open arms Sleeping girls Athletics after basketball game       Koopa and Kanz on Ferry

While I was browsing my old CD’s I found a few photos from the husband’s spinal fusion surgery of 2002 –

this sucks  Nurse Koopa with the patient

I don’t know about all you other folks who had collards and beans last night, but it was too much for me. I think my portion was just supersized. After today’s raw veggie platter, my gut feels like I have a bowling ball in it! We toyed with a bunch of dinner options, but I didn’t want anything raw or green. So we decided on sweet potato fries and “make your own sandwiches.” And I thought it was a great time to try out the poached eggs!


The poaching process went pretty well. I plopped ’em into some near-boiling water spiked with salt and vinegar, swirling it around first, and watched the magic happen. I left one of them in a wee bit too long, but they were still nice and runny. I topped them with a bit of crumbled goat cheese and some fresh frozen basil.


Yummy fries!!


He made a sardine sandwich – I had a bite!


Gosh my camera sucks these days! (Wink, wink!)


This afternoon the husband bottled some home-brewed cyser and he gave me a taste. WOW – it was kind of like an apple-y chardonnay! It’s going to age and become fermented, but I’d take it just as it was!


I’m sipping a cup of tea now but I’m headed to bed soon. We’re going biking + running early tomorrow with our friend Nate!!!  (Followed by an oatmeal brunch :) ) Then we’re going to see that Tom Cruise movie with Karen mid-day. Then to dinner with Michelle + Ben, who are graciously treating us with gift certificates they received! It’s gonna be a busy one.

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1 Oh She Glows January 2, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Your poached eggs turned out fabulous!!

I think I will get the nerve to try them out. :) It’s always been one of my biggest fears- silly really!

Great camp pictures…it’s clear you two were made for each other.



2 Victoria January 2, 2009 at 10:45 pm

That home-brewed cider sounds really delicious.


3 Jenn (eating bender) January 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm

That video was awesome :) Loved the photo memories, too.

I don’t think I’ve ever tried a runny poached egg before. Something about the yellow liquid grossed me out, but everyone who eats them seems to love it that way so maybe I’ll say yes next time I’m offered one!


4 Bev January 2, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Memories light the corner of my eye ……. You both look really young . So sweet :)


5 gina (fitnessista) January 2, 2009 at 11:24 pm

i loved the video!!!
you two were definitely made for eachother 😀
the eggs came out amazingly! have a great night


6 Jenni January 2, 2009 at 11:44 pm


I’ve been following your blog since I remember you from The Knot, so I guess I’ve been a lurker. I think we’ve just missed each other by a few years in everything. I’m orginially from Hillsborough, but moved away for my high school years and I was camper and counselor at Seafarer for many years. I think I’m probably 2-3 years ahead of you, but it’s such a small world.

Thanks for all the inspiration and motivation to live a healthier lifestyle!


7 Bren January 2, 2009 at 11:45 pm

I love your blog about healthy food. You have inspired me to try some new recipes. LOVE IT!!! I added you to my health blog.

Happy NEw Year – Thanks for sharing your love of good foods.



8 Emily W. January 2, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Those pictures brought back memories of my old summer camp days! Oh man!!


9 HangryPants January 2, 2009 at 11:56 pm

I worked at summer camp, too! You and Matt were too cute and you were super blonde! Memory lane is so fun.

The poached eggs look yummy! Have a nice night.


10 Betsy January 2, 2009 at 11:58 pm

omg…my mom went to seafarer in the 50s and 60s! i love looking at her old camp photos. (my uncle went to seagull)


11 bobbi January 3, 2009 at 12:30 am

loved the vidoe my hubby would be all over that!


12 Alli W. January 3, 2009 at 12:31 am

Haha, my bestie went to Seafarer growing up. Isn’t there a name for girls who date seagull boys?? Seafarer chickadee or something?


13 Danielle January 3, 2009 at 12:33 am

One day I’ll have the guts to try poached eggs I hope…they look so good I don’t know why they freak me out so much!


14 Ashley H January 3, 2009 at 12:39 am

Oh I saw Valkyrie when I first came out! It is soo good. My boyfriend and I watched a documentary the next day on the actually story and the movie is really factual. I hope you enjoy it!


15 amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) January 3, 2009 at 1:10 am

My mom had a spinal fusion surgery too! How was the husband’s recovery? She had the surgery 5 years ago and feels incredible.


16 theoddbod January 3, 2009 at 1:11 am

hooray for more yam fries!


17 Marissa January 3, 2009 at 1:32 am

Those eggs look delicious!


18 Sarah (lovINmytummy) January 3, 2009 at 1:34 am

You guys have been through a lot together! Very sweet.

Rest up, girl, you have a very FULL day tomorrow. Good thing you stayed in bed this morning! =)


19 Nicole January 3, 2009 at 7:06 am

I love discovering old photos!


20 MKM January 3, 2009 at 7:40 am

The picture of you and the two little girls sleeping is so precious!!! :)


21 Alice January 3, 2009 at 8:02 am

Great pics—makes me want it to be summer…NOW. Was inspired by your poaching and did my own this morning—atop oats w/ a little nutritional yeast mixed in for added “cheesiness”. Delish! Thanks for the ideas.


22 Trojan January 3, 2009 at 8:12 am


Love how creative you both are with food all the time. Great photo’s too. I worked at a summer camp once and it was an amazing experience but no photos:(

Have a great weekend girl!



23 Marisa January 3, 2009 at 8:18 am

Aw, great pics from memory lane!!!!

Love the poached egg sammie!


24 Shelby January 3, 2009 at 8:28 am

That video is so adorable! I’ve never been to summer camp.

Yum! I’m having sweet potato fries today, so delicious!


25 VeggieGirl January 3, 2009 at 8:38 am

Haha!! Love the video 😀

That close-up photo of the sweet potato fries = food porn!! 😉


26 Helen Colley January 3, 2009 at 8:41 am

I’ve tried poaching eggs like that and I always end up losing most of the egg white. My Dad has a proper egg poaching pan. You put water in the pan then put on like a tray thing with 4 cups. You put the eggs in the cups and put on the lid then heat up. They come out cup shaped,but yummy!


27 Andrea (Andrea's Eats) January 3, 2009 at 8:46 am

Hey! That dinner looks yummy. I love breakfast for dinner. Quick, simple and healthy.

Hey everyone! Please check out my new blog over at

I have been a blog reader for about a year now and finally decided to start my own.


28 Liz January 3, 2009 at 8:51 am

Good for you for braving the poached eggs–they look great! And sweet potato fries–yummy!


29 Brittany January 3, 2009 at 10:09 am

The camp pictures of you and the husband were cute!

You can never go wrong with sweet potato fries!


30 Biz319 January 3, 2009 at 10:53 am

Glad the poached eggs worked out!

You guys look so young in those pics (not that you aren’t already young!)

Have a fun day – interested in seeing what your take is on that movie.


31 Mom January 3, 2009 at 11:06 am

Cool to see the dinner gong. I used to play and play it when I was little, at your great-great aunt’s house, and would only stop when a grownup fussed at me to.


32 haya January 3, 2009 at 11:18 am

i worked at a camp once too and was miserable! it was a day camp though… made me realize that i don’t really enjoy other peoples’ bratty kids and small children in huge doses. i had an 8 week long headache that wouldn’t respond to any pain killers.

that gong is super cool!


33 Stacey January 3, 2009 at 11:26 am

Lucky! My boyfriend and I had a bike ride planned today because of the “sunny” skies in the forecast..but they were oh so wrong! Enjoy it!


34 Fancy January 3, 2009 at 11:43 am

Why did The Husband have to have surgery????


35 K January 3, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Great recap, Kath! Thanks for sharing the pics with us :)


36 Kath January 3, 2009 at 1:13 pm

Jenni ,
Totally weird connections!! How on earth did you follow me from the Knot to KERF!?! Cool about SF too! I bet we have some of the same friends.

Thanks Bren !

amanda (Two Boos Who Eat),
He’s had an amazing recovery. In fact, a month after surgery he was almost 100%. He’s (knock on wood) had no trouble since.

Fancy ,
He had a genetic protruding disc that both his mom and grandmother also had. Because he was so young, they fused him instead of just removed the disc.



37 runjess January 3, 2009 at 6:56 pm

Wow you’ve been together a long time! How nice :)


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