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September 5, 2011


There’s been a whole lotta relaxing going on around here – much more watching of HGTV than working on our home + garden!

We went out for a run around 11 and came home to work on the yard for a bit. Matt found these two little turtles in the yard! One was upsidedown and the other was nearby – we think he might have been stuck upsidedown and the other was helping him? I sure hope he isn’t sick!




I mowed the yard..


But thanks to a rainstorm (and the HUGE one that’s on the way) I stopped halfway through. Matt picked up where I left off and finishing in the drizzle (he can mow the yard 10x faster than I can)


After showers, we made sardines and kale chips for lunch!


I found this new brand of sardines at Whole Foods – in MAPLE SYRUP flavor!! I love anything sweet-savory so I bought them right away. They were $3.59, which is obviously more than the basic ones, but I’ve found that getting a little bit fancier brand really does taste better


I LOVED the flavor of these – they were not very fishy at all! The wood smoke seemed to dry them out a bit, and the maple flavor was great. And of course I love that they were sustainably harvested from within the USA. If you’ve been wanting to try sardines, try these!

I mashed half the tin with some plain yogurt, a tsp more maple and some chopped yellow pepper


And then melted that onto a Dakota bun with bleu d’auvergne – INCREDIBLE!


Served with a big pile of kale baked in coconut oil and lavender salt. Ketchup on the side!



The sun tea turned out really good! Loved that I didn’t have to boil the water or wash an extra container. Just soaked it in sun for a few hours yesterday.


Have a great afternoon!

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1 Melody September 5, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Those turtles are really cute! There aren’t very many random animals around here, just an abundance of tiny lizards and rabbits.


2 Khushboo September 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Now that’s an innovative way to save electricity (virtual thumbs up)


3 Kristin @ STUFT Mama September 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Cool turtles! :) We have HUGE tortoises at our house! :) I’ve never tried sardines. They scare me, but you of course make them look good. :) I may have to venture to sardine land! :) Happy Labor Day!


4 Maria September 5, 2011 at 1:05 pm

EEEEE! Turtles!! My fav!!


5 [email protected] September 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm

awwww poor turtle!! haha, I could see him saying, “yipe yipe”! As Matt’s holding onto it. You always make me want to try all your foods Kath! You have a way of having me crave stuff. 😀


6 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I actually loved sardines before I became a vegetarian. The addition of maple would be amazing!


7 cathy September 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm

i’m eating sardines right now as i read your blog! mine are boring, though. yours sound awesome!


8 Su September 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Silly question… If you bake something with coconut oil, does it taste like coconut? Im really ashamed of asking this.


9 KathEats September 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm

A little bit, yes!


10 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio September 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Interesting sandwich :).

I’m not looking forward to the rain this week. Oh well, I’m sure the ground will be happy!


11 Holly @ The Runny Egg September 5, 2011 at 1:12 pm

The turtles are so cute! How sweet that one was trying to help the other.


12 Cait's Plate September 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Every time you guys eat sardines it makes me wish I liked them. They look so good! I guess I can’t say I don’t like them cause I’ve never tried them…I’m just not sure I could prepare them for myself though – I might need to just be tricked into eating them :)

Glad you are enjoying your day!


13 KathEats September 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm

haha – TRY THEM!


14 Cait's Plate September 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Haha I know I just need to bite the bullet (or sardine!) and do it!


15 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Poor turtle! I hope he’s ok. I’m glad you guys turned him right side up! Lunch looks like perfect fuel! Enjoy your afternoon!


16 emily (a nutritionist eats) September 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I need to give sardines another try, the first time didn’t go so well, but I love the idea of maple flavor. :)


17 Errign September 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Whooooo for New England made products. Bar Harbor is gorgeous!

Can you believe I’ve never mowed a lawn? So weird.


18 Freya September 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm

1) You get wild TURTLES in the US!!?? The country just gets better and better!! I love turtles :-)
2) Sardines in maple syrup. Um, wow! The best I’ve seen in England is in oil, or in tomatoes..


19 Angel7 September 5, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I have never heard of sardines in maple syrup–that is different! As long as there would be something to mask a bit of the sardine taste, I do not think that I would mind them



20 Lindsay @ bike before bed September 5, 2011 at 2:01 pm

You just guilted me into mowing my yard!


21 von September 5, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I’m interested in trying sardines (again–ate them soaked in vinegar and on saltines as a child). I wouldn’t choose the ones in maple syrup since I don’t really enjoy sweet flavors in my main and side dishes and eat a very, very low sugar diet.

So, please save me the time involved in research and tell me, should I buy sardines in oil or water?


22 KathEats September 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I like the ones in olive oil or fancy sauces. I drain off all of the oil before mashing.


23 von September 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm

thanks for the personal reply!!!


24 Army Amy* September 5, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Do you enjoy mowing the yard? I once had a friend tell me that she found it very zen and that she would meditate while doing it. For me, the noise, the smell of the grass is so not zen, so I avoid mowing at all costs.*


25 KathEats September 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Yeah! It’s like vacuuming :)


26 von September 5, 2011 at 2:30 pm

me, too! SERIOUSLY, love those two types of work.


27 Logan September 6, 2011 at 9:38 am

Vacuuming and mowing the lawn are the two most relaxing things I do! No music, just peaceful noise of the motor running. I get some of my best thinking done when doing those two chores!


28 Erika - The Teenage Taste September 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Lovely lunch, Kath! Those kale chips are making my mouth water!


29 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 5, 2011 at 2:17 pm

love the turtles! my brothers and I found one when we were kids and we tried to keep it… didn’t go over well with my mom.


30 Christine (The Raw Project) September 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Cute turtles, I used to see box turtles all the time in Florida. Lunch looks great!


31 Sarah Jane MacMillan September 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Oh my gosh! so funny that your post just came up with sardines! I had canned tuna, packed in olive oil, on my salad for dinner…Seems strange that I can eat it without even mixing it with mayo or anything but I buy a good quality canned tuna and it is SO good! Doesn’t need anything more than a little bit of salt and some oil and vinegar from the salad dressing.

I should try the sardines here in Italy because they are known for them! i’ll let you know how it is =)


32 Ashley September 5, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I think you might have just given me the courage to try some sardines. Canned fish has always made me nervous in the past, hehe. That kind sounds like it would be good for sardine newbies. :)


33 Alonna K. September 5, 2011 at 2:56 pm

My husband can more 10x faster than me too!!! It must be because we are shorter and they have longer arms/legs =) Normally, he doesn’t even let me mow because I take so much longer!


34 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 5, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Good for you for mowing the lawn.

I am digging the vintagey/antique-ish wash and effects you put on the photos in this post, too.

Sardines. Never had em. Probably never will. More for you to enjoy that way :)


35 Anna September 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm

That sardine sandwich sounds flipping amazing. My friend’s (at the time) boyfriend made sun tea with rose petals in it once. It was really delicious.


36 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm

The turtles are so cute!


37 Amy September 5, 2011 at 3:19 pm

I was just craving kale chips yesterday and wondered whether kale was still in the stores or if it was too late in the season. That’s not from your garden is it??

And sun tea – makes me think of my mom, she used to make a giant pitcher of it during the summer!


38 KathEats September 5, 2011 at 3:31 pm

It was from Whole Foods!


39 RunEatRepeat September 5, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Is it weird that I realized last week that I’ve never mowed a lawn and want to?!

We don’t have a GH anywhere around here, but there’s a Sunflower bakery that has bread that looks like the Dakota bread. Ever heard of copiers making something similar?


40 Namaste Gurl September 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Looks like a wonderful day– hope it continues to be! :)


41 katie @KatieDid September 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm

i LOVE that 3/4ths of your plate is kale. Eat More Kale.


42 Rachel September 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Sardines in maple syrup, seriously? I would buy those if I saw them just out of curiosity. It sounds like a good combination in principal so it’s nice to hear that it really is good from you!


43 Dilek&Alba September 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I can never get the perfect kale chips. Mine always turn out to crunchy and just break in my mouth as soon as I take it in. I want to enjoy chewing them. 😀


44 Julia September 5, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Never had sardines. Not sure I ever will…but the combo still looks interesting =)


45 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled September 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Love the kale chips! I’d never thought to bake them with anything but olive oil, but I’m sure they’d be great baked with sesame seed oil too! That’s one of my favorites because you get more of an Asian taste to it.


46 kathleen @ the daily crumb September 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm

i’m working up the courage to try sardines! i LOVE that they are a quick, easy and cheap source of protein… and so versatile as well. i might just have to throw them in my cart tomorrow :)


47 Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm

I love how green and lush your yard is!


48 Alexa @ Simple Eats September 5, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Those sardines sound awesome! I love maple/smoky flavors on fish!


49 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm

Yum! I usually do not eat sardines, but those sound really good!! :)


50 Hillary September 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm

I’ve still never tried sardines, but you make them look more and more appealing with each post!


51 Joyce @ Jranola Joyce September 5, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Turtles!! so cute!
and your lunch looks DELICIOUS!


52 Hannah September 5, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Sardines in maple syrup?! That’s almost as exciting as your awesome Cville froyo flavours!


53 kaila @ healthy helper! September 5, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Those sardines sound incredible! Salty and sweet! YUM!


54 Emily September 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm

These sardines actually sound really good (never thought I’d say that)! Might have to find them on my next WF trip :) Enjoy the rest of your Labor Day!!


55 Emily @ Life on Food September 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm

I am from Maine and the Bar Harbor brand is a regular around those parts. I always get the lobster bisque in my stocking at Christmas. So glad you liked the sardines!


56 Sarah September 5, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Great job on the relaxing + productivity! It always seems easier to do chores when you can balance it with fun stuff :) I have never tried sardines, I just can’t get past the way they look/way I anticipate they’ll taste…even though everyone says they’re not fishy. Maybe someday :)


57 Lauren September 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm

The turtles had probably just mated. The male turtle sometimes gets flipped upside down after they are finished mating. Otherwise they would have nothing to do with each other! It may seem strange that they would mate this late in the year but the female can lay eggs up to four years later.


58 Alaina September 5, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Those turtles are so cute! We used to have huge snapping turtles around the house that I grew up in. My dad tried once to shoo it away and it ended up snapping a stick that he used to poke it. Ouch!


59 Shaya (Eye Girl Eats) September 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm

I love turtles– how cute that you found them in your yard! I’d be tempted to keep at least one as a pet :)

Finally, the sardines look appetizing to me! I could
totally chow down on a sandwich like that!


60 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 5, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I LOVE Kale chips!!! Yumm. Ketchup is a must, though :)


61 Stephanie @ The Travelling Tastebuds September 5, 2011 at 7:40 pm

I once found a turtle in my vegetable garden. Actually… twice this has happened. For a while I kept it as a pet and even gave her a name {you can tell the gender by the shape of the bottom shell}. I also fed her raw fish since it was a box turtle… it was either fish or mealworms! Anyways… I had to return her back to her own habitat since she wasn’t eating very well. It wasn’t until later I learned that you can keep a turtle alive in your refrigerator for many months as they hibernate quite well in cold temperatures. Figures. Reptiles!


62 Angela @ momethis September 5, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Wow you make sardines look good. I might just have to try them. Do you have a recipe for the kale chips. That sun tea looks so refreshing.


63 KathEats September 6, 2011 at 7:06 am

Yeah, I linked to the recipe in the post above ^^


64 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 5, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Do you have one of those mowers that aren’t self-propelled? We have 2 acres and a commercial grade Scag mower but my husband just bought a small little push one for some of the really hilly areas that the other one can’t get. I had no idea it wasn’t self-propelled and got quite the unexpected workout pushing that thing! It’s no joke!


65 KathEats September 6, 2011 at 7:06 am

I think we do!? But maybe not actually. It doesn’t propel as well as our old Charlotte one


66 Hannah @ Smith+Scout September 6, 2011 at 12:44 am

My colleague eats sardines from a tin at her desk for lunch! I am always intrigued but still haven’t tried them yet. I have bought them, but just ended up giving them to my cats haha.

They look delicious though!


67 Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl September 6, 2011 at 4:51 am

YAY for Sun Tea! I am glad it turned out well! :)


68 Alyse September 7, 2011 at 11:40 am

Ahhh! I’ve been wanting to try those Bar Harbor Maple sardines for quite some time now. Unfortunately I live in a food desert and I can only get Bar Harbor’s Cracked Pepper Kipper snacks, which are pretty great, too. They have all the Bar Harbor stuff that you can buy by the case on Amazon, but I don’t want to commit to a case of something I’m not sure I’ll like.

I found a great brand though, Wild Planet, that are really amazing. They aren’t smooshy like most sardines are. Really tasty. If you see them I hope you’ll give them a try. Their tuna is good, too, canned in it’s own juices and sea salt only.


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