The Usual

November 9, 2012

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Look who is here!!!

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I started the day with some pumpkin swirl overnight oats. The regular recipe minus the banana plus 1/2 cup pumpkin! And sunflower butter swirrrrrled in!

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Late morning, Maze and I went on a long walk – in the BOB!! Absolutely loved it 110%. Sooooo smooth to push. I can’t wait to try running with it someday!

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He loved it too – fell promptly asleep. We met our friends Sarah + baby Sylvia and covered nearly 4 miles total. Love mom friends!

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Peepaw and Grammie Buzz arrived for lunch. Grammie brought him a Duke cheerleader bear that he loved in Baltimore who plays the Duke fight song! He smiles at her so much.

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Lunch was a salad with hummus, egg, almonds, avocado and Woodstock dressing

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Plus buttered toast

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And pear

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We Younger girls always save each other some birthday cake, so I froze some of my birthday mini cupcakes for my mom. We had them after lunch – pistachio + coconut for me!

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This afternoon Matt and I went out to test drive a few cars (we’re buying an SUV soon! The Honda Pilot is at the top of our list at the moment…but we went to Mazda and Kia tonight, need to go to Toyota too).

Grammie was an excellent babysitter! I was worried when it had been 2 hours that my baby needed me, but he was happy as a button sleeping on his grandma.

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I fed Maze and then we dressed him up for a dinner outing in this cute sweater and fuzzy hat!

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We walked downtown to Zocalo, my favorite Cville restaurant.

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Bottle of wine for the table

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Some of our favorite corn fritters to start. We ordered The Usual tonight!

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Maze was very well behaved – he slept on the way there and home (I wore him in the Boba carrier) and then we played pass the baby during dinner. Smiles came out to play!

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Can you guess what I ordered? Only THE BEST ENTRÉE IN CVILLE! The Relleno Pepper stuffed with black beans, corn and cheese with smoked tomato grits, a tortilla crust and a cilantro-buttermilk honey sauce.

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I figured out what is so incredible about this dish. It’s the buttermilk!! The green sauce tastes like pancake batter and I am obsessed.

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Matt had the salmon, which was very good as well.

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We had a wonderful dinner! Milk for dessert ; )

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1 Eating 4 Balance November 9, 2012 at 9:36 am

I love that last photo of Maze. Giving some attitude! :D

In one of my English courses we have to review a Children’s book and I thought of you! I think (was it… yesterday?) you posted a picture of a book that your mom bought for Maze. I love seeing all of the books you read him. It brings back such good memories. :)

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2 Audrey November 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

Love Maze’s “fancy dinner” outfit! Also, thanks for the recommendation for Zocalo…my friends and I loved it! It’s a great restaurant and we had a great dinner! :)

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3 Vivi November 9, 2012 at 9:38 am

that restaurant looks insane! i have order envy!!

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4 Liz November 9, 2012 at 9:40 am

That last picture! Soooooo cuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!!!!!

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5 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 9, 2012 at 9:41 am

Awww you’ve got some really cute family photos in there! And 4 miles!? Awesome! Also, I’m horribly curious about this pancake batter-tasting green sauce… Anything that tastes like pancake batter is a win.

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6 Anne Marie November 9, 2012 at 9:43 am

Hey Kath – I love your blog and Maze is completely adorable!
I am from Philly and have been to Charlottesville once a few years ago. While there we ate at Zocalo and it was such an incredible meal, I still talk about their scallops to my husband. Like RAVE about them incessantly. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants outside of Philly! So now I feel legit because KERF loves it too ;-) That Relleno Pepper looks pretty phenomenal too

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7 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 9:45 am

The scallops on my second favorite dish. My dad got them !

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8 Jen November 9, 2012 at 9:45 am

That last pic is adorable!!!

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9 Parita @ myinnershakti November 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

That dish looks amazing. I love it when restaurants feature flavorful vegetarian options.

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10 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 9, 2012 at 9:49 am

Ohhhh… you know what would be good? mashing together banana AND pumpkin before swirling it into oatmeal. Now I want to eat breakfast again!

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11 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) November 9, 2012 at 9:50 am

Awww – love the last photo of Maze sticking his tongue out – so cute!

Have a great weekend with your family =)

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12 Lisa Langenfeld November 9, 2012 at 9:52 am

First off, Maze is absolutely adorable!! And second, all the amazing food pics are making me hungry! :) I seriously must try the sunflower butter from TJ’s – I’ve seen it, but have never tried it before. I am quite obsessed with stirring Barney Butter into my oats though… :) Last year my husband and I were shopping for SUV’s too, and we ended up with the new subaru outback after test driving many many different ones. I’m in love w/ the car and would highly recommend it! Have a great day!

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13 Kori November 9, 2012 at 10:04 am

Those were the 2 entrees that Kase and I split last month! They were incredible. Spicy, creamy, crunchy, hit all the right notes. :) Maze just gets cuter and cuter! You all look great and soo happy!

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14 Jen November 9, 2012 at 10:06 am

Did you also look at the CR-V? I absolutely LOVE my CR-V and since you mentioned not wanting an SUV that was too big, I think you might like it. The gas mileage is better and I have a baby and a dog and always have plenty of room.

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15 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 10:24 am

We did…and we really didn’t like it much. It was so plain! Also, we think we need a mid-size SUV for bakery useage on the side and possible 2 kids someday, so we’ve bumped up to the next level. I really wanted to love the CR-V, but I liked the Pilot sooo much more.

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16 Kate G November 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Mazen is looking soooooo adorable!

Had to comment on the car situation as we have both the CRV (2009) and the Pilot (2011). CRV is great, but as my Matt says, it’s like a Civic jacked on wheels. We LOVE our Pilot and thought the third row was much more comfortable (as third rows can be) than the Highlander. The gas mileage sucks, but I can’t tell you how often it has come in handy with moving things and when you have family visiting and can all ride out to dinner together.

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17 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Civic on wheels is exactly how I would describe it too. I liked it if it were just the two of us, but I think we’d out grow it very fast. Glad to hear more good info on the Pilot!

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18 Leanne November 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Today I ran errands in our CR-V with a full-sized moonbounce (rolled up), a cotton candy machine with bowl and dome lid, 3 tubs of kid clothes, groceries and my 4 year old (some of that was accumulated throughout the day). I think I would go for the Pilot now too since we bought the CR-V when it was just my husband, I and 2 dogs (and price was a factor too). I just wanted to attest to the hauling capacity of the CR-V :-) Happy car-hunting! :-)

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19 Christine @ BookishlyB November 9, 2012 at 10:06 am

What is Matt’s salmon bedded on? Looks interesting.

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20 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 10:23 am

Couscous!

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21 Fancy November 9, 2012 at 10:09 am

Hey Kath! Have you gone to Subaru? I loooooooove my Forester! We bought it when I was pregnant with my daughter and it has been wonderful with a baby! Highly recommend!

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22 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning November 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I have to agree- Subarus are the best! But, the three “crossover” models may be too small for what you’re looking for (though I can lug a TON if stuff in my Outback!). Everyone I know that has a Honda Pilot totally loves it- can’t go wrong there, either.

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23 jane November 9, 2012 at 10:11 am

i was going to say that Matt need not worry that the milkman is the baby’s daddy because Mazen looks just like him, but by the time i got down to the last pictures i realize that he looks a lot like you as well. getting cuter and cuter by the day!

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24 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 9, 2012 at 10:13 am

Ok, that last picture is awesome! Sounds like a great day Kath! Ya gotta love it when the grandparents come to visit! Enjoy your weekend!

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25 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles November 9, 2012 at 10:16 am

Maze gets cuter by the day! Your dinner entree’s description was quite the ‘mouthful’…looked delish. I have never heard of a Relleno Stuffed Pepper…very intriguing! Have a great weekend!

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26 Kel November 9, 2012 at 10:20 am

OMG the sweater and the khakis are so darned cute!!

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27 Catherine November 9, 2012 at 10:22 am

Hi Kath, I just wanted to encourage you to go check out the Toyota Highlander. We recently replaced my 2002 Camry with a 2012 Highlander in preparation for hopefully having kids soon. We keep our cars for a while, so one of the big selling points on the Highlander was the optional 50/50 third row for more room. Yet, it doesn’t feel like a large car and still gets really good gas mileage compared to many true SUV’s (I think it’s 24 highway/18 city). I haven’t had trouble learning how to drive it, and I love all the thoughtful features included in the car. Nissan just remodeled their 2013 Pathfinder to be very similar to the Highlander, so that might also be another good car to check out. One more tip – you might be able to get a good deal on a new 2012 since most dealerships should have out 2013 models by now.

Sorry for the long post! We just went through all this research and wanted to share it in case it helps you out :)

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28 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 10:23 am

That’s the one we’re going to consider : )

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29 marie November 9, 2012 at 6:09 pm

and to further add praise to the Toyota HIGHLANDER…love ours!! We bought ours last Feb and welcomed our baby girl in April. The ‘Lander has been incredible with the baby – tons of room in the backseat for her carseat, lots of leg space for whoever is travelling back there with her (she’s not a car person!) and I’ve often said to my hubby that it’s more comfortable to breastfeed in the back seat of the Lander than it is in the house!
Also – great gas mileage, drives “smooth” like a car (it was our first SUV and I was worried it would feel “too big” or “van-ish” and it defintely does not!), and bonus- it looks great! (we got the green-gray color).

At the very least – make sure you test drive the Highlander and give it some consideration! :)

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30 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Cool, we’re going to test drive

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31 Mary November 9, 2012 at 10:23 am

Too cute, sorry. Especially the last picture!

Totally can’t wait for mine to arrive (er… my baby, not my dinner…)

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32 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 10:57 am
33 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio November 9, 2012 at 10:28 am

That last photo is just adorable!!! Love that face.

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34 Valerie November 9, 2012 at 10:32 am

I can’t wait to see which car you go with and I hope you share some of your research and findings! I am 12 weeks pregnant with our first baby and we will be buying a SUV, too. At the top of our list are: Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Buick Enclave (though maybe too expensive), and Chevy Equinox. We really want that optional 3rd row. I’ve heard great things about the Pilot. I’ve been following your blog for nearly 5 years! Maze is so cute, he resembles a baby I was a nanny for years ago. So sweet! Enjoy!

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35 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

I think i will do a BERF post on it as a followup to my Kia Sorento review. I have really enjoyed researching and test driving the cars!! I haven’t ever been a car person, but now I am obsessed!

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36 jen November 10, 2012 at 12:42 pm

The nissan pathfinder has a third row too. Not sure if its bigger than what you want, but some family members have them and love them. We have the xterra and love that, but its a bit more of a truck, and no third row.

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37 Ashley @ LibertyBelles November 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

The last picture of Maze is the cutest. Love his little cheeks!

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38 Joe (Coffee, Candy, Nuts) November 9, 2012 at 10:34 am

Maze really is a cutie. He looks so comfortable tucked in the BOB. I’ll bet the four-miler elevated your heart rate just enough to feel like it was a workout. When you do start running with it be sure to set the pin on the front wheel so that it doesn’t swivel (you probably know that). Turns won’t be as smooth, but you’ll eliminate any chance of having the wheel spin on a straight-away which could cause you to end up falling forward on to the stroller. I see that your BOB’s roomy bottom compartment was empty. If you want to get an extra pump on your next walk, throw a bag of potatoes in there :) Of course, not necessary, but as a spinning instructor I always encourage my riders to push to the next level. I know that’s your MO, Kath, so you hardly need to hear it from me. Hope it’s a sunny weekend in C’ville!

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39 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 10:56 am

Hahhaha. I don’t know if I need the sack of potatoes yet : ) But that is a fun tip for those training to run a race with a stroller!

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40 Jennifer November 9, 2012 at 10:39 am

Your parents look like they are really enjoying Maze. I love his little sweater that he wore for dinner. You can tell how much he’s grown by his head showing so much more in the Boba carrier. Before he was tucked way down low in there. :)

We have a GMC Envoy which seats seven, although I don’t think they make them any longer. But the GMC Acadia would be my next choice and looks sharp. We’ve had absolutely no problems with our SUV over the last seven years. I love it! The nice thing is that it drives so easily as if you were in a regular car, but yet has the room of a large SUV. We can take our family of five around plus two other guests. Or, just put the third row down and have a nice, large space in the back. I think of your choices so far, I would lean towards the Pilot, too, just because Honda is a great car and really holds its value.

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41 Anna November 9, 2012 at 10:45 am

We just did car shopping and we thought we wanted a typical SUV until we test drove the Subaru Outback. It’s amazing – 4 wheel drive, awesome trunk space (easy to load/unload with baby/toddler), fuel efficient (4 cyl, I get around 32-35mpgs around town), sits high up without being too tall, and it doesn’t come across as “bulky” to me when I drive. Now that we’re having our 2nd baby any day now, I really really love it.

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42 Karen November 9, 2012 at 10:48 am

Hi Kath, have you considered looking at a GMC Acadia? I’m on my second one (I lease) and absoluately LOVE it. I’m from Michigan and there are tons of them on the road. It’s a very popular SUV up here.

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43 kim@hungryhealthygirl November 9, 2012 at 11:03 am

I’ve never put an egg on my salad. Your’s looks pretty good, I’ll have to give that a try. Sounds like you’re going for a smaller SUV, but I’ll tell you, I love my Tahoe!

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44 Emily @ www.main-eats.com November 9, 2012 at 11:08 am

Have a great time with your family-these moments are so special!!!

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45 Coreen S November 9, 2012 at 11:11 am

Have you checked out the Mitsubishi RVR or Outlander or Subaru Forrester? Japanese cars have fantastic warranties, are well made, and have more bells and whistles for the same price point as the comparable other models.

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46 Julie November 9, 2012 at 11:11 am

Love how active you are with Maze!! It’s great to see you out and about, and not hunkered in the house :)

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47 Kathryn P November 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

I have the Honday Pilot and LOVE IT!!! In fact we are upgrading our old pilot to the new 2013 pilot this week :)

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48 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 11:26 am

Fun!! I loved everything about it BUT the gas mileage.

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49 Larbs November 9, 2012 at 11:17 am

Stop going there without me!!!!!

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50 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 11:26 am

I knew you’d be mad : ) Come visit and we’ll go back!

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51 Laura November 9, 2012 at 11:27 am

Why do you have to wait until a certain age for a baby to ride in the BOB vs the other stroller you’ve been using since day one?

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52 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 12:17 pm

We were using the car seat adapter and bassinet with the bugaboo. Just switched to the seat on it fully reclined (pretty much lying down) last week and the Bob now (because it’s less of a recline) with our ped’s permission

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53 Shana November 9, 2012 at 11:32 am

Here’s how I read the begining of this post:
“Oh, what a nice picture. Overnight oats is here?!?!?! With pumpkin and sunbutter swirled in?!?!?!?!??! AWESOME!!!”

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54 Elizabeth November 9, 2012 at 11:39 am

Kath,
I was just wondering why you and your husband are not considering and American made vehicle? I know you are all about keeping it local and just thought it was kind of odd. I think the Ford Edge and the Chevy Traverse are both great options for small SUVs.

~Liz

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55 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Honestly on a purchase this big, brand reliability is more important to me than buying local. [Chevy and Ford just got below average ratings in Consumer Reports.] Food on the other hand, is something I stand behind strongly (still eat bananas though..) Also Honda for example is 75% American parts, built in the USA, etc, {http://www.cars.com/crp/buyingGuides/images/12_pilot_monroney.jpg}. Kia is also built in the USA. So it’s not quite as black and white as it seems.

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56 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm

I guess a final thought – if your family chooses to buy the American brands, that’s fabulous. But this is a personal decision for us, so we’re just weighing many factors in.

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57 Laura P November 9, 2012 at 11:53 am

Just a note about the Honda Pilot, they tend to have transmission problems. Toyota is good but check out Nissan, too. They have good ones and the prices are less than Toyota and Honda.
Just my two cents.

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58 Jenny @ For Your Consideration November 9, 2012 at 11:55 am

We just got the Volvo XC60. We really like it–especially the safety features. Also, we did a 3 year lease. I don’t know if a lease is something you are considering, but I think it’s nice to have the option not to be tied to one particular car forever. With an expanding family and all you never know what you may need in a few years. Anyway, happy car shopping!!

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59 Alicia @ Wanna Be Ina November 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Mazen is looking quite dapper for dinner!

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60 natalie @ will jog for food November 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm

That dinner looks amazing! I can never pass up corn fritters :)

I just bought a Nissan Murano (had to trade in my non-family 2 seater sports car). It’s a great SUV!

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61 Kristy S. November 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Love your posts…brings back such good memories of my little ones. I know you get a million opinions on here but wanted to give you one more on the car. We have the Honda Odyssey and LOVE it. I had an SUV prior and used it when my kids were babies and so wish I had gone with the mini-van before now. I was totally resistant to driving one but now that we have one, I could not imagine going back. I have a 3 yo and a 6 yo and it has great kid features and so much room for their friends to ride with us easily too. The back folds down easily and then there is a ton of cargo room. Good luck with the search. Having a new vehicle is always so nice (minus the car payment part).

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62 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

We test drove the Odyssey, and I really thought I would love it (hello sliding doors!!) however, I just didn’t. We liked the cargo area of the Pilot much better and the dashboard and things. Just personal preference I guess!

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63 KK November 9, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I don’t usually comment, but just wondering why there were no American cars on your list! For someone who stressing the importanct of local you would think you could at least test drive one :)

Ford, GM, Chevy, Buick they all have nice SUV’s…

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64 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm

See my comment to Elizabeth. All of those brands are rated pretty poorly in Consumers :(

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65 Marcia November 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm

So, I’m gonna come right out and say I don’t understand the American obsession with SUVs. I’ve got two kids, including an infant and I drive a civic. The husbands car is a matrix and fits three kids. We carpool with the neighbors. Talk about gas mileage, we get over 30 mpg in the matrix. You do not need an SUV with kids. A simple roof rack works for occasional hauling and camping. For the record, each of our cars, new, was less than $18k.

But I’m with kath on the automakers. We chose our cars because of reliability ratings. Near the top. Unless you are going high end, Ford and Chevy generally don’t do well. Our Japanese cars last us over ten years. Our last American car was a lemon.

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66 justnml November 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I guess I’m on the other side of the spectrum in this debate – with a husband so tall he doesn’t fit in smaller SUVs, an infant, two giant dogs, and three sports-playing and friend-hauling stepkids, we just don’t fit in anything smaller than a Suburban! It also comes in handy at Costco while getting enough food to feed the crew. I suppose I am their target market.

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67 Annette @FitnessPerks November 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Yay for new cars! My sis-in-laws both have the Pilot and love ‘em.

That dinner looks delish!

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68 Averie @ Averie Cooks November 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm

His face in the last pic is priceles— happy & content. Clearly his dessert was perfect :)

The pumpkin and sunflower butter swirl looks soo good in your oats!

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69 Melissa November 9, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Just wondering why Maze is in his carrier – did you walk there? Just curious :)

And I love the last picture – the tongue tip is adorable! :D

Good luck on the car thing. My husband and I have had several cars/SUV’s (he’s a Chevy man and all we’ve ever had SUV wise is a Blazer) and we’ve always had to buy used since I have been the only one working for over two years. We bought a car (Chevy Cavalier, LOVE it) and paid cash money when we got our taxes this past year, but I have been to more than a few car lots with hubby and I was so overwhelmed! LOL

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70 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Yep – walked there and back. Left the stroller at home!

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71 TeresaM November 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Have you thought about a Subaru Forester at all? We love ours.

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72 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm

We haven’t, but it’s considered a small SUV (like the CR-V, Rav4, etc) so I think we’d outgrow it too quickly. I’m not sure Subaru makes a midsize? It seems to be a popular brand though!

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73 TeresaM November 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm

They make the Tribeca, which is worth checking out as well. Subies last forever. :)

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74 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 1:27 pm

Cool, thanks!!

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75 Kristen @ Change of Pace November 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Maze is growing too fast Kath! Hold on tight to those moments. You are so brave for taking him into a restaurant like that. I’m always terrified my kids will cry, throw stuff, make a mess ect… Looks like you had some extra hands though :)

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76 Courtney M November 9, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Love my Honda Pilot! Great vehicle–gas mileage isn’t the best, but I know you don’t drive a lot so that shouldn’t matter. The reliability is great!

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77 Kali November 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm

Glad Maze loves the BOB. We got an awesome insert a few years ago for the wintertime (actually, we leave it in year-round) and it is great for keeping kids warm and cozy. It is called a BOB Warm Fuzzy and you can find it on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/BOB-Warm-Fuzzy-in-White/dp/B000GKU4VE/ref=sr_1_2?s=baby-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1352487493&sr=1-2&keywords=bob+warm+fuzzy.
Also, we have a Pilot. Love it, but our only complaint is now that we have two kids it is really hard to use the third row because the car seats make it difficult to put the seats down. We rarely use the third row, but when we do we have to climb through the trunk!

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78 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm

The warm and fuzzy seems a necessity for winter. That or a baby bunting!

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79 Cait November 9, 2012 at 2:06 pm

I would recommend Toyota!

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80 robin November 9, 2012 at 2:28 pm

My husband is a Kia service manager just felt the need to tell you that for some reason, love Mazes little man sweater.

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81 Robyn November 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm

I must get my hands on that meal from Zocalo!

Quick question: Is GH going to do any gluten-free stuff in the future?? I know it makes things all complicated but I was just wondering :)

Have a relaxing weekend!

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82 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Probably not : (

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83 Jessica November 9, 2012 at 9:45 pm

I know other locations of GH do gluten free. In seattle we have one that has everything from pizza crust to cupcakes!

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84 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 9:46 pm

It’s a lot easier to do if you’re closed 2 days a week – the one in Charlotte would make it on Monday after letting the “dust” settle for a whole day first.

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85 Jessica November 9, 2012 at 9:48 pm

Makes sense. the location here that has all the gluten free goodies the owners are unable to eat gluten so that is their main motivator for having so many gluten free options. I can imagine it does make things more difficult though!

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86 Michelle (Peachy Palate) November 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm

That last photo is adorable!!! Tomato grits sound awesome; pics in the restaurant are brilliant, you really have got the photography down to a fine art!

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87 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Holy yum, your dinner looks amazing!

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88 Margaret November 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

My dad is on his second Honda Pilot (got his first when I was in middle school 8+ years ago) and loves it! He hasn’t had any problems whatsoever with it. The gas mileage is a bit on the low side, but long highway trips on a semi-regular basis tend to help that bunches (2+ hours every few months). I have no problem going with non-American made cars after my mom had a string of Fords that she kept for less than 5 years due to various issues while my Dad had his Pilot. As for me, my CRV is perfect for a single gal and it’s still purring like a kitten at 100,000+ miles!

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89 Dani November 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Two things -

1. How did handsome little boy become so grown-up already???? I remember those days when my kids would look different after they napped or I was out for a few hours. He really looks older and of course adorable!

2. We have two kids and I really wish we had a third row in our suv (Highlander, older model). It’s becoming an issue with fitting friends in the car with all the booster seats and such. Just food for thought.

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90 JMD November 9, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Check out the Mazda Cx9. We looked at a lot of the cars you are considering (the Pilot was our second choice) and the Mazda was the winner for us.

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91 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 8:50 pm

We did…I love Mazda, but I didn’t love the interior

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92 Erin Shmidt November 9, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Love our pilot!! Did your dish have corn seedlings on top? I am obsessed with them. There’s a restaurant that puts them on fried green tom. So yum.

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93 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm

If you recognize them, then yes!

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94 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 9, 2012 at 8:11 pm

The picture of your mom holding Maze in the rocker is so precious. Happy Grandma and happy baby.

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95 joanna November 9, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Which Bob did you end up getting? By the way Maze is SOOOOOO cute! I have a 3 month old and they grow up SO fast!

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96 KathEats November 9, 2012 at 8:48 pm

We have the Revolution CE

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97 Jenny @ For Your Consideration November 9, 2012 at 8:43 pm

The Buick Enclave is actually rated pretty highly. We test drove it and liked it…BUT…I asked my brother (who is an auto-mechanic) about whether he would buy it or the Volvo XC-60 (which we went with) and he was like, “STAY AWAY FROM GM.” Our father is also a mechanic and all about buying American. But, I have to be honest with you, those cars I grew up with just didn’t last. And, sadly…a lot of American cars are being made overseas while foreign brands are employing people here. Buy the car you love that works for your family.

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98 Jenny @ For Your Consideration November 9, 2012 at 8:49 pm

PS: A friend of mine absolutely adores her Acura MDX. It looked a bit too van-like for us, but I just wanted to mention it here as another option for you. :-)

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99 donna November 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Don’t know if you have a Hyundai dealership in Charlottesville, but if you do and you’re not considering the Santa Fe (SUV), you are missing out! As far as reliability, cost, cargo space and warranty, it cannot be beat! You will get more for your money, I promise. Luxury at its best.

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100 cathy November 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm

LOVE m’s dinner sweater!!
toyota has been A+ for our family (various models) for over 25 years. good luck with the search!

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101 Hillary November 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm

He is such a bright-eyed little cutie!

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102 Gina @HealthLoveandChocolate November 10, 2012 at 1:02 am

Love the tradition of saving birthday sweets to share! I wish I had a great local restaurant like that within walking distance, I guess that is one of the many perks of small towns. :-)

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103 Nicole November 10, 2012 at 2:01 am

oh my goodness, that little grin! He is such a joy. The meal you got sounds aammaaazzinnggg. I would love to tackle a chile relleno recipe some day and truly own it. They are oh-so-good!

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104 the 3volution of j3nn November 10, 2012 at 3:21 am

I think if I were looking for a mid model suv I’d look at Subarus. They seem to have some great mpg and longevity.

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105 Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) November 10, 2012 at 6:54 am

I love all of the new smiles and facial expressions that I’m seeing on Maze lately. Too cute! :D

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106 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) November 10, 2012 at 7:09 am

I love love his hat and sweater. Too bad Houston is still HOT and therefore cannot dress my baby girl in cute winter attire!!

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107 Tami@nutmegnotebook November 10, 2012 at 8:24 am

Enjoy the family time this weekend.

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108 Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food November 10, 2012 at 9:06 am

We got a Honda pilot in September. I love it! Love that its got so many seats so as the family grows the car will work for us.

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109 Amanda Plyler November 10, 2012 at 9:37 am

I have a Toyota RAV 4 and LOVE it! It’s a nice small SUV that gets great gas mileage .

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110 Steph November 10, 2012 at 10:56 am

Make sure you check out the Highlander Hybriad – the gas mileage is amazing. Our family just went from a 2009 Pathfinder to a 2011 Highlander Hybriad and it is the most amazing car ever. The savings in gas each month is unreal (although we are Canadian and gas here is expensive) and there is not one thing I would want to change about this car. It is so good we are actually thinking of switching to a second one in 2 years when it is time for a new car.

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111 Rachel November 10, 2012 at 9:07 pm

I love my Chevy Equinox. What sold me was the AWD and the fact that I can rear face a convertible carseat with plenty of room.

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112 Carrie @ The Cook's Palette November 11, 2012 at 1:51 am

Your dinner looks amazing! As for Mazen…that sweater? And hat?! Such a cute little man. :)

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113 Fran@BCDC November 11, 2012 at 7:57 am

Your entree looks delicious!!

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