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.


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!


Our group included Richmonders and Cvillians

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


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




Plus a side of fruit


Which I topped with Sarah’s peanut butter!


Lauren brought us Gherharts chocolates!!


Had the Mint Julep for dessert :)


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


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!


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!


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

I hope you were wearing comfy shoes!


3 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm

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


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! :)


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! 😉


6 Brittany February 11, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Thanks for taking us on a walking tour of Cville! 😉


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 :)


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.


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!]


10 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 5:52 pm



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!


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.


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

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


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.


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.


16 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

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


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

Definitely! Sarah needs to organize another meet up in Richmond 😉


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 :)


19 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

Email Sarah so you can get on the list!!


20 Anna February 12, 2012 at 7:16 am

Will do…thanks!


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!


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! 😉


23 lauren February 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm

i thought the same thing!


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

teenage boys nothing…I snickered at the name!


25 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 8:26 pm

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


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

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


27 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 8:32 pm

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


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

hahaha, that’s cute.


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!).


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 :-)


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!


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.


33 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm

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


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!


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

muffcakes sound good, but slightly…”dirty.”


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!


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! :)


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!


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!)


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 :)


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.


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!


43 KathEats February 11, 2012 at 8:28 pm

Yes, we really need to do these more often!


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.


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 ;).


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!


47 KathEats February 12, 2012 at 10:44 am

You too!


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.


49 KathEats February 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

I think we are planning another one soon!


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!


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.


52 KathEats February 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

You too Lauren!


53 Angel7 February 11, 2012 at 10:39 pm

The strawberry icing on the muffins looks wonderful!

I just drank some San Pellegrino :)


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!


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!


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!


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!


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

Wow, I was totally unaware that muff was an obscenity 😀


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? 😀 I wanna try them…!


60 KathEats February 18, 2012 at 8:22 am

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


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

Could you let me know the cream?


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

I mean the recipe,sorry ;;


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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