Turtle Spurtle

September 29, 2011


Hey Friends!

Turtlin’ on through the day here…

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My talk this morning was lots of fun – bread for all!

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I brought some of my favorite nutrition books (Superfoods Healthstyle, Intuitive Eating and In Defense of Food for visuals and talk to folks at an environmental consulting company about real food.

I went donned with a spoon pin my grandmother gave me – it looks just like the little spoon I often eat yogurt with!


I got back home after noon and whipped up a saladly lunch –


Spinach with black beans, carrrot and egg drizzled in Rosemary Olive oil (coming soon). I microwave poached the egg again, but this time had some explosions! Must try power level 3 next time…

The egg was actually from our employee/friend Melanie’s chickens!


Dakota with goat cheese – which was also made by Melanie (!!!) and raspberries



These photos were all taken moments before I noticed a huge bee’s nest in our table!!! Yikes! Is there a green, humane AND safe way to get them out?


Have a wonderful afternoon!

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1 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 29, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Haha! I love the turtle made out of bread! Your salad looks delicious! I never would think to top a salad with an egg. I’ll have to try it sometime.


2 Sara G. September 29, 2011 at 2:02 pm

Nice! I had a salad w/ egg topper for lunch too! If you find a humane and safe way to get rid of the bee’s nest pls let me know. Mr Wasp is still living in the mail box!


3 KathEats September 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm

AHAHHAH! I miss his big ole head


4 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! September 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Hehe love that pin! So fitting!


5 Carol September 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

I love the pin too! I started looking up to see where I could get one. There’s a whole history tied to giving spoon pins. These pins were given to people who toured the factory or when you ordered a silver place setting. Found on this site: http://www.thestieffcompany.com/The_Stieff_Company/Stieff_Lucky_Pieces_and_Spoon_Pins.html


6 KathEats September 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm



7 Kerry September 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Good luck with the talk!


8 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl September 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Yikes! I wish I knew of a humane way. Maybe call a local bee keeper in?

Salad looks delish (as always). Nice to see some local farm products. And that bread… my daughter’s a bread lover. Maybe I need to tell her to own her own bakery. That would be fun!


9 Krissy @ Shiawase Life September 29, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I’m with Christine – I’d call a pro on this one…


10 Johanna B September 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Mr Turtle Bread is so cute. He even has a little oatmeal tongue hanging out.


11 Lauren A. @ Newest Obsession September 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm

i have never been successful at microwaving an egg! it always ends up in a messy explosion! i’ll try power level 3 next time too. microwaving an egg is an easy way to me get fast & cheap protein using the microwave at my work.


12 BB September 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Yes! Call a local bee keeper! He can remove the swarm of bees and transplant the queen & her colony to a more bee-friendly location. If you don’t know where to find a bee keeper in your area, ask whoever you buy your honey from to give you a name. Good luck!


13 Sara September 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Surely, there’s a local beekeeper in Cville who could help you out.

You could also become a beekeeper! (I say this selfishly because I’d love to hear about it!!!) 😉


14 Sweet and Savvy September 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

That is some awesome bread! :)

Your lunch is very similar to mine! Eggs in the microwave are so tricky! One time, they will come out perfectly, then you can mimick the same thing another time, and you will be cleaning egg for 15 minutes. :(


15 Tessa @ Amazing Asset September 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I am so impressed with your skills as usual Kath, the turtle is so cute!
And perhaps a bee keeper could be called in? Ehh I know the only good way is to whack it down but they definitely get irate! ha


16 Shruti September 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I remember in India, people used to take away the bees with fire. Somebody would cover themselves up and take a fire-lighted torch close to the bee nest. Definitely worth taking the risk if one is daring enough. I would be scared!


17 Jo September 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

Sorry Shruti, but that method is neither 1) humane; nor 2) safe, considering the table is wood and could easily catch fire.


18 Sandy September 29, 2011 at 7:56 pm

It is humane as long as you are not actually lighting them on fire. Using smoke in order to gently manipulate bees is fundamental in beekeeping, and not at all inhumane. And if you use smoke as opposed to raging fire, the wooden table should be fine too, as hives are often made of wood and withstand the smoking process just fine.


19 Jo September 29, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Interesting to learn…I know nothing about beekeeping so I appreciate the info. This technique sounded alarming, but if it’s just smoke, not fire, that makes a (big) difference.

Thanks for enlightening me.


20 Summer @ Well-rounded Hippie September 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm

I wish I could just have you make me fabulous things. They’re so imaginative and YUMMY looking!!!


21 Meg September 29, 2011 at 2:20 pm

OH my gosh! That turtle is the sweetest loaf I’ve ever seen. Also, your spoon is too cute to boot :)

I wish I had some bee advice, but I don’t :( They make me cringe, ha


22 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy September 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I love the spoon pin! Glad the talk went well! I love the turtle loaf of bread, super cute!


23 Kell September 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Kath, What are your thoughts on microwaving in general? I always used the microwave growing up but while under guidance from a nutritionist, I was told never to use microwaves because of the way it changes the molecular structure of food, depriving it of nutrients. I have heard arguments on both sides since then and wanted to get your take!


24 KathEats September 29, 2011 at 2:46 pm

I don’t think there’s anything inherently wrong with them, but I wouldn’t cook ALL of my meals in one. The nutrients don’t really have any water to leach out into, so it’s definitely better than boiling things


25 kell September 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm

I guess my question more referred to how the cells are actually changed during the heating process which alters the nutrients [so not the fact that anything could exit the food, but that it could be changed at the molecular level]. I am still stumped on this one and have read multiple studies in both directions that seem to draw different conclusions about what this type of heating actual does to food. I figured I’d bring it up for conversation to see what you thought! Thanks for your reply!


26 KathEats September 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I haven’t seen anything that proves that the food is altered in such a negative way it’s detrimental. That said, I think like all things, I would err on the side of caution. I think reheating something is fine or cooking lightly, but I wouldn’t bake a whole casserole in the microwave or anything.


27 Kell September 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm

thanks so much for your thoughts ! i definitely value your opinion so much :)


28 Deva @ Deva by Definition September 29, 2011 at 2:29 pm

I would call the college’s environmental department to ask if they know of anyone who keeps bees.


29 [email protected] September 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Haha that turtle loaf is so cute! I’d like to read those books you mentioned!


30 Cait's Plate September 29, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Oh my gosh you look so much like Larbs in that picture!!! I thought it was her for a second!

LOVE the turtle. I wouldn’t be able to eat him because I’d think he was just too cute. And I’m DYING over that spoon pin! That is so cute.


31 J3nn(Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Love the turtle bread and your spoon pin!!! So cute, both of them.

I just bought fresh razzes yesterday. I was craving them with blue cheese. :)


32 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 29, 2011 at 2:38 pm

BEE’s nest?!! AHHHH. Scary.

I love poaching eggs in the microwave….even though its probably not the healthiest for out bodies. It is so fast and easy!


33 Kate September 29, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Hi Kath,

Currently teaching my kindergarten students about healthy foods. Wanna come talk to us about healthy whole grains, eggs, and nuts? I’m at Woodbrook (down on 29 across from Lowes and Chick-fila). I figured your bakery was too small for a 55 student field trip. Email me if you’re interested.


34 Laurie September 29, 2011 at 2:50 pm

I was stung about 10 times with bees from a ground hive a couple of weeks ago!! After a visit to the ER and another visit to Urgent care a couple of days later for a delayed reaction, I didn’t care how we got rid of them, humane or not!! We poured some amonia into the hole and my husband added some toxic chemical. Not good for the environment but after that experience, I didn’t care!!! We went apple and raspberry picking last week and I was scared stiff. Got the apples but passed on the berries because there were too many bees on the bushes and I was afraid of what would happpen if I got stung again so soon. :(


35 Jackie @ That Deep Breath September 29, 2011 at 2:59 pm

I love the turtle loaf of bread! So cute. Definitely call a local beekeeper. Good luck!!


36 Lu September 29, 2011 at 3:08 pm

especially since bee populations are dwindling. often local beekeepers will relocate the hives if they’re honey bees (sometimes for free or nominal fees)… but that is a pretty small hive if it’s just in the table? might want to think about throwing the table away once the bees are gone (hive building often destroys the integrity of wood).

man, you just always find adventures don’t you lol


37 bitt September 29, 2011 at 3:02 pm

i love your shirt. where is it from?


38 KathEats September 29, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Thanks – it’s from Five Bamboo and coming to OpenSky soon. I love all of their clothes!



39 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm

The one item I have from Five Bamboo is sooooo soft and comfy. I want more!


40 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 29, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Ok that turtle is adorable. Made me smile!

And those raspberries. I havent had raspberries in ages and now I really want some :)


41 Natalie the Awesome September 29, 2011 at 3:21 pm

O to the M to the G that turtle is sooooooo cute!!!! 😉


42 Angel7 September 29, 2011 at 3:26 pm

That spoon pin is absolutely adorable!!!



43 [email protected] Flying ONION September 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Mmm…that turtle looks scrumptious! 😀


44 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Love the turtle bread :)


45 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel September 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm

TURTLE!!!! Please tell me you’re not eating that…it’s too cool to eat!


46 Allison September 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Adorable turtle bread! Are there any little turtle babies [AKA rolls] forseen in the future?!

Yummy looking salad!


47 lynn @ the actor's diet September 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm

turtles are my favorite animal! i was obsessed b/c of judy blume’s “tales of a 4th grade nothing” and had one my freshman year of college. til a pre-frosh killed it. but that’s a whole other story…


48 kyla September 29, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I have that same necklace! My boyfriend gave it to me for Christmas, I just love it :)


49 [email protected] September 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm

When I was younger I would catch bees with my bare hands because I was such an animal lover. My brother however is allergic and blows up all over. My advice would be to google how to get rid of them. But I am sure you already thought of that.


50 Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 29, 2011 at 4:32 pm

that is one tasty looking lunch!!!


51 Cait @ Beyond Bananas September 29, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Oh goodness, I hate bees SO much.. and I don’t know how to humanely get rid of a nest. Perhaps as he weather gets colder they will scat… but I am sure you are looking for a quicker fix then that!


52 Em September 29, 2011 at 4:34 pm

If they’re honey bees, just look on craigslist for someone to remove them – a beekeeper. You could also look for the local beekeepers association – they will send someone out. Good luck! That lunch looks delish! I have never tried poaching eggs in the microwave… I need to find out how to do that!


53 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm

SO many cute things in this post! From the little spoon to the bread turtle :)


54 Christin September 29, 2011 at 5:01 pm

I have heard of using chrysanthemum oil spray to remove bees, hornets, etc…which is chemical-free and safer, however it does kill the bees (puts them to sleep) so that is something to keep in mind. If the hive isn’t very big, a local beekeeper should be able to relocate the hive for you. If it is too big though, they may have no choice but to kill the bees unfortunately to remove them. :(

Good luck!!


55 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 29, 2011 at 5:14 pm

intuitive eating is such a great book. it really changed how i look at food and how i eat.


56 Kaitlyn @ Almond Oats. September 29, 2011 at 5:24 pm

that meal looks divine! and i love the turtle haha.


57 Lindsay @ bikingbeforebed September 29, 2011 at 5:25 pm

I love the turtle bread. He looks like he has a snaggle tooth. I think I just wanted to use that word:)


58 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm

We’ve got 3 nests between our deck, the basement window wells and our porch. I’ve given up on humanely leaving them alone b/c they’re now torturing me every time I’m outside! :(
I’m pretty sure you’re one of the few people that can pull of a spoon pin and look good doing it. I’m sure I’d look like a tool!


59 Nancy September 29, 2011 at 5:43 pm

I heard Evelyn Tribole speak at FNCE this year – enjoyed her presentation very much.


60 cimat @ cat's belly fat cure September 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Your skin looks so healthy & pretty. Real foods definitely do a body good! The sliced bread looks so declicious.


61 Jen September 29, 2011 at 5:58 pm

I’ve had so many egg explosions from hard-boiled eggs in the microwave. Such a mess to clean up!


62 Sana September 29, 2011 at 5:59 pm

Turtleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! That bread is soo cute :)


63 Meghan @ Day-to-Day Crazy September 29, 2011 at 6:07 pm

The bread turtle is so cute!


64 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) September 29, 2011 at 6:13 pm

I really need to try the microwaved egg thing. Such an easy and quick way to add protein. I don’t know why I haven’t tried this method. Love the turtle :)


65 Aly September 29, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Hey Kath! Love the turtle bread :) So the secret to poaching eggs in the microwave is poking the yolk. You have to quickly poke it with a toothpick or even the tines of a fork. It works!!!


66 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather September 29, 2011 at 6:49 pm

What a cute turtle loaf! I love how creative bakers can get with their breads.


67 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled September 29, 2011 at 6:54 pm

I love the turtle bread loaf. That’s just awesome.

Bee’s are crazy! You wouldn’t get me anywhere near their house! Insect control!


68 Karen September 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Love the adorable turtle loaf and tiny spoon pin! Oh, and that pumpkin colored shirt looks terrific on you!


69 Mom September 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Love the turtle!


70 [email protected] September 29, 2011 at 8:05 pm

Bees seem to love you! Oh man please be careful guys :)


71 Nikki @ The Legalista September 29, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I LOVE that pin! I’ve never seen anything like that before. Your grandma knows you well :-)


72 Laura September 29, 2011 at 8:25 pm

loove goat’s cheese that bread looks to die for.. thought this link could be up your alley as well…



73 Theresa September 29, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Hey Kath,

I guess the first thing is find out if it’s an actual Bee’s nest or a wasp nest. I only say this because usually yellow jackets build their nests in crevices, the earth or in tight spaces. If it’s a bee’s nest please call a exterminator or environment department at the university because they will likely also know some local bee keepers who will come with smoking sets (almost like a teapot that smokes out the spout.) it puts the bees to sleep and you are able to remove the nest and place it in the trees. If this is a Wasp nest though, you want to remove it. Either call an exterminator to remove it, or if you want to DYI it, you have to wait till evening and preferable when it is cooler out or rainy. spray on a concentration of dish soap and water to the nest, and place the nest into a garbage bag. You do this at night so that they are disoriented and sleeping and everyone is at the hive. If you happen to have an attachment to put on your garden hose to clean your car (with a soap dispenser) it actually works the best.

Wasps generally kill the bugs we don’t like such as mosquitoes etc but they don’t pollinate. They can become aggressive if they are left to build a bigger colony. So there you have it. very long comment but we just went through a very similar thing in our new house.


74 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 8:35 am

Thanks so much for all of this information. You are right – they are not bees in a hive. I use the term bee too loosely :)

I think they are yellow jackets?

If we spritz them with soapy solution, are you sure they aren’t going to swarm us!? That sounds really dangerous – even at night. I guess I can put Matt in a winter coat and jeans to try.


75 Lara @TresLaLa to TinyLaLa September 29, 2011 at 11:49 pm

I know nothing about bees. Two things I do know: I want that home-made goat cheese and I’m kind of sad that someone’s eventually going to eat the turtle. :-/


76 Lara @TresLaLa to TinyLaLa September 29, 2011 at 11:53 pm

PS: Which SuperFoods HealthStyle do you like?
SuperFoods HealthStyle: Proven Strategies for Lifelong Health OR
SuperFoods HealthStyle: Simple Changes to Get the Most Out of Life for the Rest of Your Life
Wondering if you know if there’s much difference? Same authors. Same year. (1st is Hardcover, from Jan 2006; 2nd is paperback, from Dec 2006)


77 KathEats September 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

Proven Strategies (the first)!

Man that is confusing!


78 Khushboo September 29, 2011 at 11:54 pm

That turtle bed is SO cute–> i don’t know if i would have had the heart to rip the head off :)!


79 Anna September 30, 2011 at 6:43 am

Freakin’ adorable turtle- it kinda looks like it has a snaggle tooth 😛

And you’re so lucky to have home-grown(??) eggs and homemade goat cheese! Yummm


80 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 30, 2011 at 7:05 am

I really like Superfoods Healthstyle too! I actually found it at a garage sale for 50 cents a few years ago! 😀


81 Melissa October 1, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Who is the author on Intuitive Eating – (just looked it up on Amazon) and there were different authors for that title?


82 KathEats October 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm
83 Melissa October 1, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Thanks alot Kath!
Love your blog, food and health. I’m a “visual” and I love all the colorful visuals/suggestions of what to do with my ingredients! :)


84 Shayla @ The Good Life October 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I’m catching up on posts and just saw this pic of your hair, did you get it cut recently?! Love it!! :)


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