The Tables Have Turned

September 30, 2011

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First wasps, then..squirrels? Too many creatures are eating their meals on our outdoor table!

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Must be because it’s such a nice photography backdrop : )

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I went to Body Pump today to hang with Vanessa and Sarah (missed you Katherine!). Class was extra hard today – definitely had to take a few breaks during biceps!

Back home I showered and made a killer [wasp] salad –

Spinach, olive oil, roasted squash (LOVE cold squash on salads!) and fennel, chips and…coconut black bean dip!

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The only difference was that this time I used cooked beans, which I made with garlic. I did not love it as much with the faint garlic taste, but since it’s halfway a savory dip, it was OK.

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Grapes on the side!!

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Couple more things to do this afternoon…then it’s the weekend! Compared to the last month, we have relatively few things to do this weekend!

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1 Khushboo September 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Love cold squash/pumpkin on salads…any grilled veggies cold for that matter!

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2 wymberley September 30, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Do you just dump the squash on? I’m thinking you must roast it right?

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3 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Yup – see last night’s dinner post for the roasting info

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4 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 30, 2011 at 1:17 pm

I too LOVE cold squash salads… soooo good! I’m glad you made that bean dip again!

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5 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers September 30, 2011 at 1:18 pm

squirrels! my dad calls them “rats with long tails.” :) they freak me out b/c when i was a tour guide in college, one fell OUT OF A TREE and landed in the middle of our tour group. terrifying. i cursed really loudly (because i’m so professional) and have been scared of them ever since!

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6 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm

ha!

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7 katie @KatieDid September 30, 2011 at 1:20 pm

mmm leftover cold squash and other roasted veggies are surprisingly tasty. Even tastier than when warm in my opinion. I love low key weekends once in a while too. This weekend will be lots of catching up for me too and I’m excited about it!

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8 Deva @ Deva by Definition September 30, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I love cold roasted veggies, especially on a salad with some balsamic reduction and goat cheese. So delicious!

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9 Lisa Fine September 30, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Yum for leftover roasted veggies of any kind!

As for critters, we seem to have some bats living in our outside walls. Once in a while when I go out to sit on our deck, I notice a bunch of bat droppings in the floor. Yuck! :(

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10 Allyson September 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm

Long time reader, first time commenter :) Sometime, I’d love to see a picture of your salad when you’re half way through it. Your salads are always so pretty, and no doubt delicious, but I have a hard time imagining how exactly they get eaten. Do you mix it all up? Cut the veggies into smaller pieces and then dive in? Just a few thoughts I had. Thanks for inspiring me to eat real!

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11 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I just stuff it in my mouth!! haha.

I just kind of eat through it – I often eat bowl meals from left to right so I get the good toppings and the boring unders equally throughout the meal.

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12 Cait's Plate September 30, 2011 at 1:34 pm

The animal love of all thing’s Kath’s living area continues!! The one good thing is at least they’re always relatively small? Haha.

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13 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm

i tried your black bean dip a few weeks ago… easy, healthy, and delicious!!

i love low key weekends with minimal commitments. enjoy, kath!

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14 Ellie@fitforthesoul September 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Mmm I love squash in my salads. They’re so nutritious and perfectly sweet, usually. And gosh I love that wooden table–it’s so story-like, which I think is really fun. And the squirrels must love taking food pictures too! ;)

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15 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm

The grapes look so juicy! I’m with you on the cold squash thing – another similar thing that’s equally as good is cold sweet potato fries (the homemade kind). Yum!

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16 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm

At least your squirrels are staying outside – we once had them in our attic and they were such a pain! :P

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17 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 30, 2011 at 2:03 pm

I also had roasted squash on spinach as a salad for lunch! Although mine also included chickpeas, avocado, sliced beets and Annie’s ginger lite dressing. Soooo addicting!

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18 Angel7 September 30, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Maybe the wasps and squirrels will become your friend like the cats you have befriended in the past :) You must be the animal whisperer (LOL)

http://faithfulsolutions.blogspot.com/

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19 Lindsay @ bikingbeforebed September 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I had squash in my salad for the first time this week and I was a huge fan. Is your little bowl from Anthropoligie?

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20 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Yup!

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21 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 30, 2011 at 2:09 pm

The animals love you! Haha. That salad looks delicious! Cold roasted squash sounds like it would be great on a salad! I’m going to save some squash that I make tonight to put on a salad! Yum :)

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22 Lynn @ the actor's diet September 30, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Perfect fall lunch w woodland creatures! You are a regular snow white!

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23 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Lovee cold sqaush :)

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24 Krissy @ Shiawase Life September 30, 2011 at 2:25 pm

You’ve got a regular menagerie there!

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25 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 30, 2011 at 2:27 pm

You are an animal attracter! That is awesome.

I just ate a delicious salad with goat cheese, almonds, nectarine, and broccoli slaw with Panera’s poppyseed dressing. SO good! I love me a good lunch :)

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26 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm

The animals know a good photography hangout when they see one.

I sure do :) I’m envious of all your photography options and real natural light and backyard for photography!

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27 Sarah@The Flying ONION September 30, 2011 at 2:37 pm

That table is gorgeous! I love the old-world, rustic feel. :D

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28 Fran September 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm

The salad looks great! I’ve got to get some squash to roast, that looks so tasty!

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29 Jen September 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm

You’ve been eating a lot of squash! Roasted butternut on salads is delish. I can only eat so much of it though. Usually.

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30 Katherine September 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm

I missed being at Pump! I did Kettlebell yesterday and didn’t want to lift again today, but ended up not doing anything… I guess it isn’t too late! Haha! I need to tweak my workout schedule a little bit. I need another Pump in there!! I plan on being there Monday. :)

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31 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 4:11 pm

See you Monday!!

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32 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles September 30, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Pretty sure that dip is going down….. like right now! For real!
Mmmmm!

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33 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy September 30, 2011 at 4:15 pm

That salad looks delicious!

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34 Molly @ RDexposed September 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I love finding squirrel’s leftover meals. I always try to side step it on the sidewalk or steps so it can stay put because it’s so darn cute!

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35 Kelly September 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Looks delicious! Happy Friday :)

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36 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 30, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Cold squash on a salad sounds good, never would have thought about that. I’ve had warm sweet potato wedges on a salad, though! :)

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37 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I love cold squash on salads too – so delicious!

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38 Donna September 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Your meals always look great, but sometimes, don’t you just crave some Oreos?

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39 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Buttercream frosting, yes. Biscoff, yes. Beer, yes. Good cheese, yes.

I don’t really crave oreos though. But they are good!

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40 JenATX October 1, 2011 at 9:52 am

haha I do crave oreos sometimes, which is why I bought a pack the other day. I think they just remind me of being a kid.. oreos dunked in milk was my afternoon snack :)

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41 Kelly @ Foodie Fiasco September 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Am I the only one craving grapes? I guess not! That salad looks incredible! ;)

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42 Betsy September 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Mmm mmm, lovin’ the cold squash this time of year. Butternut, acorn, spaghetti, it’s all so tasty. I even had some cold cubed squash with my eggs this morning in leu of the gf-toast! Good combo, I can attest. I hate pesky pests that linger – you have a good attitude. I can’t STAND cats, awful, I know. I’m just a dog girl! And wasps, well, no thank you! Squirrels don’t bother me too much, haha. By the way, your new home looks just so lovely!

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43 Kim @ Eat, Live, and Blog September 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Your salad looks amazing! I need to try putting squash on my salad! :)

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44 Jamie C. September 30, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I have to say, you have inspired me to dive into pumpkin a little earlier than I usually do…. I have to share my overnight oats for tomorrow morning because I am SO excited for them!
1/4 cup yogurt
1/2 cup pumpkin
cinnamon/vanilla/nutmeg
1/3 cup oats
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 of a small apple diced up
4 small ginger snap cookies crumbled up (there’s a really great brand at whole foods that doesn’t have much sugar in them at all and are really small and yummy!)
sprinkle of chia seeds
1/3 cup skim milk
1 tbsp crunchy barney butter, melted a bit and drizzled over the top

I cannot wait to try these! Thanks for your fall inspirations this week!

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45 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Sounds great!

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46 Roseanna October 1, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Your grapes look ethereal.

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47 Allie October 3, 2011 at 12:09 am

Your red, white and turquoise bowls are to die for!! Where did you get them? I love the idea of cold squash on salads :)

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48 KathEats October 3, 2011 at 7:53 am

Anthro!

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