Tricks, Treats and Toes!

October 31, 2009

Birthday Buttercream Bites!

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The cupcakes cake out nicely! My icing kind of melted on me because i let it get too warm :( But they survived, and it tastes awesome and it hardened nicely in the fridge after icing them. I topped them with some cacao nibs and walnuts for visual pleasure and a little nutrition 😉

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I used some leftover batter to make an individual cake for the birthday girl!

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After frosting, Matt and I ran a few errands around town and then met Justin + Amanda for lunch at Dean + Deluca at 2PM.

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I had a few pita chip + pretzel samples!

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I ordered a salad with goat cheese, garbanzos, cucs, sprouts, carrots, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and broccoli. Really I just wanted goat cheese!!

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Sadly about half way through I discovered that the sprouts and mixed greens were WELL past their prime…

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I couldn’t finish it so I took it back and sweetly asked if they’d prepare me a new salad with different lettuce. Kudos for D+D for nicely giving me a new salad – with much of the same. Since I’d eaten all the toppings off my old one, I’m saving this one for later as I had intended to do with my leftovers from the first.

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Matt Panini was quite good!

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I have no been able to quench my thirst today!!! I’m on water bottle #4 I think…

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After lunch Amanda and I went to get pedicures!! I didn’t get a single pedi all summer (I did my own nails) and decided I’d treat myself for my birthday. Well the birthday came and went and I never had time so I asked Amanda if she wanted to join me and she agreed.

It was fabulously awesome….

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While we pampered, the boys imbibed. Typical.

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Had to share this hilarious furry spider at the bar! So cute.

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At 5:30 we got dressed up and took the bears out Trick Or Treating

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Beaker wears this shirt year round, so he was SUPER excited!!

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My costume was…

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Three Bears in tow.

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Matt went as BREAD. Bob’s Red Mill + all brown. How appropriate.

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Caitlin + Jason were sporting some hilarious wigs!

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And little Kona went as a rooster!

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They had a delicious [and healthy!!] spread of foods to eat

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Caitlin made her grandmother’s cheese balls. SO GOOD!

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Parsley, Pecan + Walnut Flavors with basically pimento cheese minus the pimentos in the middle.

Recipe just for you guys!

Caitlin’s Grandma’s Cheese Balls

  • 8 oz softened cream cheese (any level of fat you like)
  • 4 cups (16oz) shredded cheddar room temp. (low-fat or reg.)
  • 2 tbsp milk (anything from skim to whole)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire
  • [KERF would add pimentos! And perhaps some lemon!?]

Mix ingredients together. Divide into thirds. Form into balls. Roll in herbs or crushed nuts. [Blue cheese can be added to one ball.] Refrige. Let stand 15 mins before serving.

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Caitlin also made this awesome raw veggie pizza!!

Find the recipe here.

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Hummus and more veg. Gotta love it when a Registered Dietitian hosts a party!!

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I had a formal plate of food, plus a handful of pita chips, cheese and kashi crackers hand-to-mouth

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Only one half pint of pumpkin ale. I was the designated driver and also just wasn’t feelin’ alcohol tonight.

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Churton, on the other hand, got a little sloshed! (It’s OK, he’s 22)

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Happy Birthday to Caitlin in 2 days!!!

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The Birthday Buttercream Bites were AWESOME!!! The cake part was really really good. Very flavorful and moist. If anything a little too moist – they were weeping. I might add a little less oil next time, but I would definitely recommend these. [Recipe here.] The frosting tasted amazing, although it was weeping too as the butter melted at room temp. And the walnuts + cacao nibs made the perfect topping to go with pumpkin.

I had 2 – plus one more later on! I’d much rather have 3 mini cupcakes than 1 big one :)

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Happy Halloween!

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1 maria October 31, 2009 at 9:32 pm

The veggie pizza looks so awesome. I’m going to try to make one myself!


2 Julie October 31, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Cute cosyume idea! Putting the bears to work, I like it.

I love a party with healthy eats.


3 Angie October 31, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Happy Belated Birthday Kath!

That veggie pizza looks really good. Yay for healthy but delicious party foods!


4 Cynthia (It All Changes) October 31, 2009 at 9:45 pm

I love that dress! Where did you get it? I love everything polka dotted.

I love the healthy spread. Those are foods I’d actually eat :-)


5 Kath October 31, 2009 at 9:46 pm

It’s from Loehmann’s in Baltimore.



6 kay (eating machine) October 31, 2009 at 9:48 pm

haha love the goldilocks!


7 Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats October 31, 2009 at 9:50 pm

Awwww – what a fun night – you guys are too cute!

Must try that cupcake recipe – I’d rather have three minis than one big one too :)

Happy Halloween!


8 Katy @ These Beautiful Feet October 31, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Love it! You guys are adorable. Sounds like you had a fabulous Halloween and I love the outfit. You just reminded me I really need a pedicure! Nothing beats a mani or pedi. Fun fun! :)


9 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) October 31, 2009 at 10:00 pm

I haven’t been able to quench my thirst today, either! I have been all about the water and various beverages throughout my day.


10 Alyssa October 31, 2009 at 10:05 pm

Those cupcakes look SO GOOD! Nice work Kath, and happy belated birthday! :)


11 Lizzy October 31, 2009 at 10:09 pm

i adore your dress. The spread of food at the party looks awesome. that pizza looks awesome!


12 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 31, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Love the buttercream bites! I may give ’em a shot.


13 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope October 31, 2009 at 10:14 pm

SUCH a fun day Kath!!! That’s terrible about the salad, but you were totally right in asking for a new one, and they obviously handled the situation really well. Your toes AND outfit are just adorable. And all the food looks fabulous! :)


14 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) October 31, 2009 at 10:16 pm

Love your costume! So fitting!! :)


15 nicole October 31, 2009 at 10:27 pm

Wonderful cupcakes!!! I’ve been working on my bake off recipe and I’ve had so many lately I could burst!

What a lovely party spread as well! The cheeseballs look delish!


16 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans October 31, 2009 at 10:28 pm

your costume was a-freaking-dorable! make those bears earn their keep!


17 Liz October 31, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Happy Halloween to you too. You costume was adorable and inventive, too!


18 SweetiePotato October 31, 2009 at 10:49 pm

love the costume. and you lipstick color is great!


19 Priyanka October 31, 2009 at 11:00 pm

You look so pretty as Goldilocks!!


20 Maggie October 31, 2009 at 11:38 pm

Love the pedi color :) Happy Halloween!


21 Emily Eats and Exercises October 31, 2009 at 11:45 pm

I love getting pedicures – a great kind of splurge. Happy belated birthday to you.


22 VCK October 31, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Hello Kath,
I’m a longtime reader but first-time commenter (I think!). Anyway, I don’t have anything enlightening to say, and I’m trying to say it in a non-cheesy way, but I’m always struck by how beautiful you are! Sorry if that sounds creepy, but you are so photogenic and your smile is lovely. :)
I just moved to Baltimore from the West Coast and I know you’re up here every now and again; it would be cool to run if you’re ever in town.
Happy Halloween!


23 BroccoliHut November 1, 2009 at 12:05 am

Such healthful party eats!
Love your costume;)


24 Jenn (www. ) November 1, 2009 at 1:45 am

Love the bears in a bag! So cute :) Happy Halloween!



25 Marina November 1, 2009 at 2:32 am

Love the costumes :)
It looks like a party I would certanly enjoy!
And thanks Caitlin for that cheese balls, I’ll definitely make them


26 Diana November 1, 2009 at 4:17 am

Those cupcakes look really good Kath!

I’ve never had a pedicure in my life. Is that weird? ahah I’ve had several manicures though.
I want one now. 😛 It must feel good getting out of there with beautiful painted toenails.


27 christie @ honoring health November 1, 2009 at 6:44 am

Your costume was so cute!! I love that dress!


28 Paige@ RunningAroundNormal November 1, 2009 at 6:46 am

The costumes are all really cute. That spider is ridiculous! haha


29 Cynthia November 1, 2009 at 7:09 am

Cute costume! Those cupcakes look so good!


30 Shannon November 1, 2009 at 7:31 am

Great costume! And what a great day. Running, pampering, friends, and cupcakes…what more can a girl ask for?!


31 Kara November 1, 2009 at 7:44 am

Very cute :)


32 Molly November 1, 2009 at 7:48 am

Hi Kath, I’ve been reading your blog for a while, and I wanted to let you know that I truly appreciate the way you’ve been so candid about wanting to lose a few pounds.

I’ve had some eating issues in the past, and I especially admire the way you how you talk about your body when you’re feeling not-so-good about it. When I’m feeling like that, I tend to become upset and feel as though what I eat is not in my control, as though food is some larger-than-liife demon. Your rational, empowered approach to healthy eating and to your body makes you an amazing role model for me and for girls everywhere.

By the way, you also look AMAZING. While you know best when you have a couple pounds to lose, I really hope you know how beautiful you are :)

Boston, MA


33 Stacey November 1, 2009 at 8:13 am

Sounds like my kinda party! Happy halloween :)


34 rhodeygirl November 1, 2009 at 8:16 am

You look really gorgeous as Goldilocks! :)


35 Kath November 1, 2009 at 8:43 am

You guys are amazing. Thank you!



36 Susan November 1, 2009 at 9:07 am

Goldilocks is such a great idea! Bookmarking that cheese ball recipe… I love the store-bought ones, but they sound so easy to make! Also, a party hosted by a nutritionist sounds fab 😛


37 Jenna November 1, 2009 at 10:39 am

those cupcakes looks great! glad you got another free salad kath and matt’s panini looks great.
the halloween party looks great with lots of healthy food :)


38 Lele November 1, 2009 at 11:55 am

I want to try those cupcakes!
I realized that I ate pumpkin on Halloween, too, without even planning for it- I just went out for Afghan food and it was on the menu and sounded AWESOME (and it was!). I think you would love Afghan food- lots of awesome orange vegetables and yogurt sauces!


39 Marisa (Trim The Fat) November 1, 2009 at 12:17 pm

What a fun party! I need to get some “healthier” friends – LOL! So cool to be able to go to a party with good for you options!

You look so cute as Goldilocks!


40 lynn (The Actors Diet) November 1, 2009 at 2:02 pm

that dean and deluca looks so beautiful and spacious! i have only been to the one in nyc/soho which is teeny tiny and crowded. you’re such a cute goldilocks! glad you had a great halloween.


41 KT November 1, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Looks like you had a great time! What kind/color of lipstick are you wearing? It looks really nice on you!


42 Kath November 1, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Thanks! It’s Victoria Secret “Melt”



43 Kirby! November 1, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Hey Kath,

Thanks for redirecting on my cupcakes! I’ve been a lurking fan of KERF for awhile now… so I guess this is as good a reason as any to comment! Cute costume, by the way.


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