VA Is 4 Bloggers

February 11, 2012

I have been all over the place on foot today! Great because it was a non-workout workout but tough because it is SO WINDY and cold outside! I’m estimating total miles at 7.5!

My day started with a walk to the bakery and back. I always tell myself before I get there that I’m not hungry and there’s no reason to eat any sweets. But then we always have something new to try!!

Today it was Strawberry Muffins aka Cupcakes = Muffcakes. I tried a piece from the breadboard and they were incredible!!

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Then I luckily got to run into 3 of Matt’s fraternity brothers who came in for a visit! Jeb, Steve + Brian.

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Back home, I showered up and munched on an apple for blood sugar morning sickness snack #2 to tide me to our late lunch.

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Smart Kitchen Sarah just moved back to Cville after 18 months away (she moved away when I got here!) She is such a go-getter!! She organized a lunch at Feast for VA bloggers (and brought us all tiny personalized jars of homemade nut butter!

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Our group included Richmonders and Cvillians

Brittany, Gabby, Lauren, Kristin, me, Faith, Liz, Jess, Alex and Sarah

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I decided on the Margherita Panini – for the cheese!!

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Plus a side of fruit

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Which I topped with Sarah’s peanut butter!

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Lauren brought us Gherharts chocolates!!

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Had the Mint Julep for dessert :)

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And Brittany brought Heady Goo Balls – a kind of mashed up larabar-style treat filled with honey and Amazing Grass!

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After lunch I walked Brittany and Lauren back to our house where Matt was entertaining their fiancées with beer.

We stopped for a latte on the way back!

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Then, when I realized everyone had to walk back to Feast to get their cars, we walked BACK (another mile) and I picked up some meat from the Organic Butcher that I didn’t get to grab earlier and walked the mile back home with 5 pounds of meat in my purse! It was quite the walking day!

I’m enjoying some hot tea now and making evening plans.

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1 Jessica February 11, 2012 at 5:40 pm

It makes me smile see a supportive group of passionate, talented women. Especially ones who love food like I do! Way to go ladies- I’ll have to check out your corners of the web!

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2 Cm @ Lazy Healthy February 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I hope you were wearing comfy shoes!

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3 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm

I was – and I changed into ugly tennis shoes for the second hike!

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4 Lauren February 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

So disappointed I couldn’t make it like I thought I would be able to but it looks like you all had a great time. If it happens again, I’ll definitely have to join in! VA is definitely for bloggers! :)

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5 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen February 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Please send me one of those muffins out here in the land of no Great Harvests for hundreds of miles! ;)

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6 Brittany February 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Thanks for taking us on a walking tour of Cville! ;)

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7 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Come back when it’s warm!! We’ll start the tour with beer on the porch :)

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8 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm

What a fun of afternoon! I really need to do more walking; it’s one of my favorite things and a reason why I love living in cities.

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9 Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen February 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm

So much fun to see you today! I, too, needed a mug of tea as soon as I finally made it home. :) [We spent WAY too much time perusing goods in Feast and making purchases at The Spice Diva after y’all left!]

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10 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Wheee!

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11 faith February 11, 2012 at 11:25 pm

That Spice Diva is a good saleswoman! I always leave with much more than I planned on!

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12 Molly @ RDexposed February 11, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I could go for a warm latte in my hands right now!
Or a cold trappist.
Either one.

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13 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious February 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Great way to spend your Saturday. What a healthy looking bunch of gals!

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14 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio February 11, 2012 at 5:58 pm

What a fun day Kath!! I think it’s so fun when bloggers can get together.

I’m sure you’re baby appreciates all the walking.

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15 Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free February 11, 2012 at 6:00 pm

So great to meet you! Minus the fact that my eyes are half closed…that’s a pretty cute picture.

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16 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

I’m sorry we didn’t get to talk personally!! Hopefully at the next one :)

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17 Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free February 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Definitely! Sarah needs to organize another meet up in Richmond ;)

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18 Anna February 11, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I feel like such an outlier over here in Harrisonburg! I might be in Richmond or Charlottesville next year though depending on my RD match :)

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19 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Email Sarah so you can get on the list!!

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20 Anna February 12, 2012 at 7:16 am

Will do…thanks!

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21 kyla February 12, 2012 at 11:32 am

Oh girl I feel you on waiting for RD matches. I just submitted my DICAS application yesterday!

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22 amanda February 11, 2012 at 6:05 pm

the muffin-cakes look tasty! but i think you might have some teenaged boys snickering at the hybrid name! ;)

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23 lauren February 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm

i thought the same thing!

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24 Allison K February 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

teenage boys nothing…I snickered at the name!

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25 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Wait, is muffcake some kind of obscene term!?!?

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26 Krystina (Krystina Zena) February 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm

A muff is a slang term for a vagina, so yeah, kinda.

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27 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Oh dear, I had no idea! Guess we’ll just call them muffins with benefits?

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28 Krystina (Krystina Zena) February 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm

hahaha, that’s cute.

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29 Kimberly February 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm

haha love that…I thought it was a little dirty too (maybe it’s just my mind!).

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30 Michelle (Better with Berries) February 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

You are a trooper for walking so much when it’s so cold and WINDY! I’m far away, but it sure is windy here too! I took my run to the treadmill today, not willing to face it :-)

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31 kaila@ healthy helper blog! February 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm

What a fun meet up! Feast sounds like a yummy cafe. Love the emphasis on local!

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32 Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic February 11, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Looks fun and tasty! I really wished I could reach through the screen and eat some of that chocolate! I’m super impressed that you’re walking so much when it’s so cold and windy. I always chicken out of outdoor activity when it’s below freezing.

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33 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm

I have a really warm Land’s End down coat – it makes all the difference!

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34 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries February 11, 2012 at 6:29 pm

yumm looking the looks of all the bakery eats and treats! my husband and i actually stopped in a GH today for lunch in rexberg, idaho (the boonies) on our way from a little roadtrip we had to make. made me think of you!

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35 lynn @ the actor's diet February 11, 2012 at 6:30 pm

muffcakes sound good, but slightly…”dirty.”

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36 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm

That’s a ton of walking, but also a lot of great goodies from the meet up! How sweet of them to bring things!

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37 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Sarah’s nut butter gifts are so so cute! I love the packaging and I bet they taste great too. Sounds like a really fun day. Rest those feet tonight! :)

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38 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) February 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Atlanta got super cold today too! I really wanted to take my oldest our for a run, but I just can’t do that cold like that. Sounds like you had a great day Kath! I hope you two get to enjoy your day off tomorrow!

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39 Jen February 11, 2012 at 6:53 pm

Thoughtful gifts! I haven’t been a long-time reader so sorry if this has been asked- what did Matt study in school and did he always want to be a baker? (and bakery owner!)

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40 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm

You can read about his transition to baking in this post and the links he includes :)

http://www.katheats.com/the-road-to-great-harvest

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41 Sarah (I Dream of Beets) February 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm

That’s my favorite means of getting exercise. When I studied abroad in Paris, I lost 15 pounds just from walking around so much. I felt better than I’ve ever felt — even better than I’ve felt with running a lot or Cross-fitting. Walking is good for the body and the soul.

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42 Alex @ I Eat Asphalt February 11, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Great meeting you today! Hopefully I’ll be seeing more of Cville and I’m definitely going to stop by the bakery the next time I’m in town!

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43 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Yes, we really need to do these more often!

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44 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 11, 2012 at 8:48 pm

the muffcakes look SO good! So does your lunch. Love the side of fruit. Wish more places offered that inside of yucky oil fries.

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45 Erin K. February 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm

i am SO glad i am not the only one who was silly enough to laugh at ‘muffcakes’. then i got to ‘heady goo balls’!!! it’s like an snl skit…pete’s schweddy anyone? hahahaha!! simple minds ;).

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46 Liz @ iheartvegetables February 11, 2012 at 9:22 pm

It was so fun getting to meet you in person! And that panini was delicious! :)

You definitely got your walking in for the day!

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47 KathEats February 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

You too!

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48 Kim February 11, 2012 at 10:00 pm

ahh! Sarah emailed me but I had already scheduled a meeting in Richmond for today :( So bummed that I missed it. Hope there is another one soon! I am thinking of coming up to cville soon, maybe for my birthday, so I can’t wait to try new gh treats.

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49 KathEats February 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

I think we are planning another one soon!

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50 Sarah February 11, 2012 at 10:36 pm

the thought of meat in purse makes me laugh out loud, glad you gals had a nice and healthy day!

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51 Lauren @ vegology February 11, 2012 at 10:38 pm

It was great to meet up with you today, Kath. Thanks for the walk and for the hospitality! Looking forward to hosting the group in Richmond sometime soon.

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52 KathEats February 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

You too Lauren!

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53 Angel7 February 11, 2012 at 10:39 pm

The strawberry icing on the muffins looks wonderful!

I just drank some San Pellegrino :)

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54 Khushboo February 11, 2012 at 11:10 pm

That latte looks like perfection right now…actually that latte with a muffcake on the side would be perfection!

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55 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count February 12, 2012 at 7:31 am

That’s a lot of walking! Looks like so much fun. Sarah is such a sweetie!

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56 Stephanie February 13, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Blood sugar issues kind of run in my family and hit me particularly hard, so I have a few tricks if you’re interested. I always try to have gum with sugar on me, protein-packed snacks (Trader Joe’s has individual packaged almonds and Babybels are great), and not-too-sweet fruit (like kiwis) are key. You may already know all of that since you’re a nutritionist, but you may also be new to the low blood sugar gang. I think there was a movie when I was little called the Lollipop Gang. Random :) Hope that helps!

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57 Lindsay February 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm

That looks like so much fun! I got to know Sarah when she lived in Austin through blogger events – you’re lucky to have her back!

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58 Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie February 14, 2012 at 12:47 am

Wow, I was totally unaware that muff was an obscenity :D

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59 Claire Lee February 18, 2012 at 7:22 am

wow, the Muffcakes look awesome! what is the top frosting on them? Is it kind of strawberry yogurt something? :D I wanna try them…!

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60 KathEats February 18, 2012 at 8:22 am

Strawberry Cream Cheese – we’re making them today too!

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61 Claire Lee February 18, 2012 at 9:06 am

Could you let me know the cream?

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62 Claire Lee February 18, 2012 at 9:08 am

I mean the recipe,sorry ;;

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63 KathEats February 18, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I’m sorry I can’t share -they’re a bakery recipe which is confidential

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