Three’s Company!

June 27, 2010

Running a household is much easier when you have 3 people to split the work! Matt took care of house stuff, Karen went grocery shopping and I organized my things :mrgreen:

After an hour of reading on the couch (OMG – I relaxed!) we set out to assemble the dinner Karen made this morning – Chili + Salad.

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This turkey + bean chili simmered on the stove all day.

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I assembled the salad! Romaine, zucchini, yellow pepper, tomato, pine nuts, feta tossed in Garlic Gold Lemon Vinaigrette.

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[On a tangent about Garlic Gold…Matt and I have determined that no product has ever pleasantly surprised us more. I rolled my eyes when I got the sample pack in the mail – I don’t really like garlic that much. But not because of the flavor, because I will taste it for hours and hours after eating it so I always regret it. But THIS STUFF is fabulous and I have ZERO garlic breath after eating it!! The secret is that it’s roasted. I’ve been putting the oil on my salads for a few weeks now and feel that when it’s gone I’ll really miss it. Matt proclaimed that we will have to buy more. The Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette is realllly good too. Like the oil plus lemon and herb. It makes a fantastic flavorful salad dressing!]

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I topped my chili with Oikos and some Fritos – sent by Frito Lay in honor of their sponsorship at the Summit! While Fritos aren’t really a "health food", simple ingredients work for me. They tasted great on our chili.

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Gosh natural light makes SUCH a difference!!

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[Comment from the mother: "Oh gosh we should have taken the bags off the table before that shot!"

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Check out my new blogging station!!! A corner in Karen’s kitchen. I am in love!

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Like my R2D2 lamp!?

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‘Bout to dig into one of these bad boys for dessert.

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I’ve slept horribly the past two nights, waking up at 5:30 and tossing and turning for an hour before sleeping again from 6:30-7:30. Tomorrow I have to wake up at 5:30 so hopefully I can get to sleep on time and have a good night’s rest.


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1 Hannah June 27, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Good luck sleeping – I hate when I don’t sleep well and then I get anxious about the next night… always makes it worse! And hurrah for a meal that actually suits the current winter weather in Australia. Chili! Nom nom nom…


2 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies June 27, 2010 at 7:28 pm

hahaha Love the R2D2 lamp! Glad to hear you had time to relax!!


3 Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 27, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Awww your bloggins station is too cute!


4 Evan Thomas June 27, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Looks like you’ve settled in well. Congrats!


5 Laura @ youngDCliving June 27, 2010 at 7:38 pm

ooh! loving the ghost chair :)


6 Stacey@ June 27, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Definitely get some rest and I’m glad things are calming down.


7 Lisa @bakebikeblog June 27, 2010 at 7:41 pm

oooh great blogging desk!!! SO pretty :)


8 Simply Life June 27, 2010 at 7:42 pm

looks like a fun new place!


9 Laura (Starloz) June 27, 2010 at 7:43 pm

my mum is always commenting on how i should have ‘prepped’ the table for a shoot.


10 Brie @ Brie Fit June 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Sleep tight! Too bad you don’t have the bears to tuck you in.


11 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 27, 2010 at 8:04 pm

That watermelon sounds perfect for dessert!


12 Kate June 27, 2010 at 8:07 pm

I love the Ghost chair, too. I’ve always wanted one like that.


13 Meg June 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm

so much fuuun :) that chili looks amazing, and so happy you got a moment to RELAX! Breathe, Kath, remember to breathe! Sleep well :)


14 Meg June 27, 2010 at 8:10 pm

p.s. the new blogging station is awesome!! Love that chair!


15 Lauren @ eater not a runner June 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Sounds like a great setup!


16 Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm

The R2D2 lamp is priceless! Have fun at your in-between house! 😀


17 Annie@stronghealthyfit June 27, 2010 at 8:21 pm

My brother had an R2D2 fan when we were little!! Hahaa thanks for bringing back that memory.


18 foodandfarm June 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm

what book are you reading? the chili looks good, any thoughts on serving this type of chili cold? (since it has been a steady 100 degrees in the south for a week? :)


19 Kath June 28, 2010 at 5:30 am

I’m sure it would be good cold!


20 The Wife of a Dairyman June 27, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Looks like you’re right at home at Karen’s. That watermelon dessert looks delicious and very refreshing :)


21 Sara June 27, 2010 at 8:35 pm

hey kath,
totally random comment but i just took my first DELTA flight in a loooong time, and they served Biscoff w/the coffee! i have to admit though, not sure why you like these so much — they are just ginger snap cookies. meh. but at least the anticipation is over…
p.s.:i bet the biscoff is a jar is good though



22 Kath June 28, 2010 at 5:31 am

OMG they are so not “just ginger snaps!” The flavor profile is 10x more complex than a regular g-snap.


23 Cynthia (It All Changes) June 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Working together is great. Hunni and I had so much fun spending a week with our friend Melissa and helping her shop and clean while she worked and we relaxed.


24 Kelly June 27, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Fritos might not be “good” for you but they taste so darn good! Hope you sleep better tonight! I am one cranky girl when I don’t get enough sleep and tend to eat more to compensate for the lack of energy.


25 Ashley@thehungryscholar June 27, 2010 at 8:56 pm

I’ve been sleeping on my parents’ couch the past few nights. BOO! I feel you on the lack of sleep. Hope you sleep well tonight!


26 Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 27, 2010 at 9:01 pm

I’m glad you got to relax! You are just a work-a-holic!


27 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm

Extra hands can definitely help! Good luck with some rest tonight! Maybe since you got a lot off your plate yesterday and got a chance to relax today…you will be able to sleep!


28 Kati June 27, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Mmmm! That chili sounds delish :> It’s nice that ya’ll have such a great interim place to stay!


29 Josie- Skinny Ways June 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Holy Crap I love that chair! My family and I own a furniture store and that is definitley a unique piece! I love your blogging station, it’s very homey : )


30 Emily Eats and Exercises June 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm

I’m so impressed with how well you’ve been eating during such a chaotic time! It’s great that your friends and family are helping out so much.


31 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 27, 2010 at 10:28 pm

One of the things I love about my mom living with us is that 3 people really do get things done faster and more efficiently than just one or 2. It’s a pleasure to have a helper even when another is busy. Extended families rock!

Love your new blogging station!! Simple ingredients do it for me, too.



32 Kerri June 27, 2010 at 10:36 pm

Yay for your new digs. Love the lamp.


33 lynn (The Actors Diet) June 27, 2010 at 10:52 pm

the r2d2 lamp is adorable! i haven’t had fritos in forever – they were a chip my mom liked to put in my lunch box, so of course, being a rebel, i didn’t like them.


34 Monique@She's Going The Distance June 27, 2010 at 10:52 pm

O.M.G!!!!! YOUR HOUSE?!?!?!? SO LARGE!!! It was beautiful. Amazing. Just like all the food you’ve been having at the new digs :)


35 Marina June 27, 2010 at 11:18 pm

r2d2 lamps is so cute :))
I hope you get some good night sleep. I know how frustrating it gets waking up so early, when you’re tired but you can’t get back to sleep. It’s been happening to me for a while, and I pretty much don’t like it :/


36 Wei-Wei June 28, 2010 at 1:12 am

I hope you get a good night’s rest – you’ll need it! That chili looks seriously awesome. And I love your new blogging corner! 😀



37 Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 28, 2010 at 1:43 am

Bad nights’ sleep are the worse – I hope you’re currently sleeping fabulously as I type this!!


38 Amy @ Amy Starts To Run June 28, 2010 at 1:54 am

Not only do I love your R2D2 lamp, but I’m also in love with that clear chair you’ve got going on in your blogging corner!


39 maxinthegym June 28, 2010 at 5:32 am

Hahha I hope you slept really really well! I was going to make chili tonight but my hankering for pizza took over :( But yours looks delish!

I am also lovin’ the R2D2 lamp. Star Wars is just plain awesome :)


40 Nicole, RD June 28, 2010 at 5:52 am

A kitchen with a blogging station…that is pretty sweet! :)


41 Lisa June 28, 2010 at 7:31 am

Kath – I just wanted to comment on how lovely your family seems to be. It is so nice that Karen has opened up her house to you & Matt. Family is truely something to be thankful for and you seem to have hit the jackpot!! :) Best Wishes on your new adventures!


42 Chelsea June 28, 2010 at 9:05 am

Looks like you guys have settled in well! You must be so excited to start this new chapter in your life. Best wishes! :)


43 Callie June 28, 2010 at 10:20 am

Love that blogging station! Glad you’ve settled in. :)


44 Sarah June 28, 2010 at 10:46 am

You should ask her where her salad bowls are from! I have some plastic ones from Target that are similar (shallow plate/bowls) but I would LOVE to find a non-plastic set.


45 Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy June 28, 2010 at 11:42 am

Enjoy your last manic Monday! It’s my last one too before we move!

The pancakes look super delish!


46 Meagan June 28, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Now that is MY kind of dinner. FETA cheese, and thick chili – delicious!!


47 Daisy June 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I am addicted to your blog! I love it. Everything I’ve tried has been amazing! Do you have a recipe for the Turkey bean chili! That looks soooo good!


48 Kath June 28, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Too busy this week – but ask me again soon!


49 Emily July 1, 2010 at 9:19 am

How do you justify having Frito Lay as a sponsor of the Healthy Living summit??


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