Vampire Repellant

December 1, 2009

Finished my final exam!!!! Last project to be turned in!! All that stands between me and the internship are 3 finals. Just tests. I could probably take them tomorrow and do OK! Too bad I have to wait 2 weeks for the last of them to come.

I sold my stereo on Craig’s List! Full price! Take that person who said I’d never sell it. I’ve had interest in the cappuccino maker too.

This afternoon I had The.Best.Snack. Fruit + granola + milk/yogurt all heated together in the microwave. I don’t have chilled snacks past Thanksgiving. This was a small organic pear with ~1/2 a cup of milk and a few tbsp of Mix My Granola.

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A few hours later we whipped up some vegetarian Butternut + Kale Soup with Apple!

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We started by roasting a butternut in the oven for 45 minutes. This saved time and effort of lots of chopping of raw, hard squash. And it also meant we didn’t have to puree the soup because the squash was so soft.

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We sauteed 2 carrots, 2 celeries, and THREE GARLIC CLOVES in some cooking spray and then added this:

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Then a chopped apple.

Then ~1/2 a bag of kale, trimmed, and put the lid on the pot until the kale steamed and was bright green and the apple had softened.

Topped with cinnamon!

Too much garlic!! But it still tasted good. No vampires will come near me tonight though!

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Hers + His crunchy sides

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Four Cool Things

  1. Grooveshark. Listen to any music you want!
  2. A cool article on back to basics food.
  3. DailyLit is now freeeeeeee!!
  4. A Fine Frenzy’s music.

Going to relax + read.

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1 Karla December 1, 2009 at 8:26 pm

A friend told me about Grooveshark a few weeks ago and I’m OBSESSED.

I’m not sure you can have too much garlic :)


2 Food Makes Fun Fuel December 1, 2009 at 8:39 pm

I just bought that soup today on a whim and had it at lunch AND dinner. It has great flavor! Although I think it’s a little thin. Maybe I’ll try making oats with it and topping with cashew butter for a savory dish


3 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 1, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I’ve never heard of grooveshark. Going to check it out now!


4 Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar December 1, 2009 at 8:41 pm

You can’t have too much garlic. I think it’s a law in Italy ;]


5 Mary (Food Fit and Fun) December 1, 2009 at 8:41 pm

thanks for the Grooveshark site! It’s great…much better than Pandora because you can listen to the exact song you want. I’ll be using it while I write my paper all night!

Soup looks good!


6 VeggieGirl December 1, 2009 at 8:45 pm

DEFINITELY relax tonight – you more than deserve it!


7 Jenna December 1, 2009 at 8:47 pm

love butternut squash!


8 Julie December 1, 2009 at 8:55 pm

Soup looks good. My life is seriously lacking in kashi crackers. They look so good right now.


9 Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) December 1, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Congrats on being SO close to finishing!! It is such a great feeling to hand in that last paper/final :)

And thanks for posting the link to DailyLit — I think I just might have a new obsession…


10 candice December 1, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Mmmm, delicious soup. Soup is magical for autumn/winter—truly warms me up from the inside out. :) Have a great night!


11 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 1, 2009 at 9:04 pm

What a great feeling to almost be finished!

Have a great night :)


12 Lauren @ eater not a runner December 1, 2009 at 9:05 pm

Haha I usually go a little overboard on the garlic when I cook πŸ˜‰ Congrats on all your finals being done! That is awesome!


13 Kristie Lynn December 1, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I am a garlic addict… as in, I go to salad bars and grab 10 cloves of roasted garlic to eat by themselves. Happily. Thank goodness my husband likes garlic too! was my saving grace at work once I found out had a 40 hour a month listening limit (without paying for more). :)


14 KatieMoo December 1, 2009 at 9:05 pm

You’re almost done! Honestly, you won’t really forget anything in two weeks… So take the time off and relax! Watch Gossip Girl!

When you eat up snacks like that, how long do you heat them for?


15 Kath December 2, 2009 at 9:38 am

30-45 seconds


16 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries December 1, 2009 at 9:11 pm

I can’t say I’ve ever felt there was toooo much garlic in anything bc I adore it! The soup looks amazing.


17 Brittney December 1, 2009 at 9:11 pm

Your dinner looks delicious :)

That back to the basics food link is pretty cool. Thanks for sharing!


18 Casey December 1, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Whoever said you would bever sell the stereo is a moron! :) That soups looks good!


19 Casey December 1, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Whoever said you would never sell the stereo is a moron! :) That soups looks good!


20 Marisa (Trim The Fat) December 1, 2009 at 9:23 pm

Mmm.. your soup looks great! I always like to have crunchy sides, too!

Thanks for the cool links!


21 Sam (Merit to the Carrot) December 1, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Good luck on your tests, Kath!
That soup creation looks wonderful! I love everything in it, especially the apple addition.
Have a great night :)


22 Carolyn December 1, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Congrats on selling the stereo!


23 amanda December 1, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Looks yummy! Congrats on your sale on Craigslist. I have sold many things on there and also purchased a few things. It is all and all a great site for selling your stuff because you get better prices than if you have a garage sale and dont have to worry about shopping if you use ebay.


24 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 1, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Mmmm, I love that cashew carrot ginger soup. It’s such a great base for so many different recipes!


25 Light Delight with TouTou December 1, 2009 at 9:44 pm

The soups looks very yummy….I love its thickened style!


26 Jaclyn December 1, 2009 at 9:55 pm

This is probably a dumb question, but what does yogurt taste like post-microwave? For some reason, I feel like cold dairy + microwave just aren’t meant to be – like it would curdle or something. Clearly I’m wrong, since you’re eating it.


27 Kath December 2, 2009 at 9:39 am

Not a dumb question! I actually don’t microwave the yogurt until it’s hot – I fear of curdling too. I just take the chill out. But milk I heat until it’s slightly hot.



28 Naomi(onefitfoodie) December 1, 2009 at 9:56 pm

love carrot ginger soup! perfect winter soup and perfect butternut squash :)

have a great night relaxing!


29 SweetiePotato December 1, 2009 at 10:00 pm

Hmmm, Grooveshark?? I’ve never heard of that! I always use Pandora, but I’ll have to check out grooveshark πŸ˜€


30 Megan December 1, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Hi Kath! I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now (never commented though hehe) and I was just wondering…whatever happened to your amazon favorites list? I am going to the bookstore tomorrow and was thinking about adding some of the books you had on there to my list of things to check out but I didn’t see it? If it’s gone, no worries.. I am bringing a long enough list as it is :)


31 Kath December 2, 2009 at 9:40 am


I had to shut it down due to changes in the tax laws in NC :( I’ve been trying to get some of those products over at Open Sky but they’ve had a hard time sourcing them.



32 Sarah @ See Sarah Eat December 1, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Woo hoo, you are almost done! That is so great :) Congrats on selling the stereo, you never know what people are looking for, it’s always worth a shot.


33 Lele December 1, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Mmm my favorite Cooking Light butternut recipe is quite similar to yours- roast the butternut (easier PLUS I think delicious-er!) and add apples. You’re supposed to add curry powder… but it always smells so sweet and delicious that I can never bring myself to do it!


34 Erin @ Big Girl Eats December 1, 2009 at 10:15 pm

Grooveshark looks cool! Congrats on being almost done!!!

I love EO products too. So cool you got to meet the founder!


35 Erin December 1, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Yum, squash is the best chilly evening meal!


36 Jamie December 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm


Thanks so much for posting that story about the health of children and the Edible Schoolyard. I read the article from start to finish and I thought it was an interesting, educational article that made an impact on me.

I am going to forward it on to my family and friends….thanks!



37 Maggie December 1, 2009 at 10:37 pm

Congrats on all you’ve gotten done! Kath: Too busy kicking a** to even take names!

That soup looks unbelievably good. So good that it might get me to actually turn on my oven and bake something for the first time since I moved in. In April. :)


38 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope December 1, 2009 at 10:59 pm

Congrats on being THIS close to finishing up your schooling! :) I would be anxious too if I were you!

That butternut squash really looks delicious! The color is just about perfect.


39 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) December 1, 2009 at 11:04 pm

I love garlic. It is possible to have too much – I don’t like it when garlic is the only flavor, but love when a dish has a strong garlic flavor – so good!


40 Good Taste. Healthy Me December 1, 2009 at 11:05 pm

You always have such cute place settings! I love it!


41 Jordan December 1, 2009 at 11:09 pm

That soup looks amazing!


42 maria December 1, 2009 at 11:10 pm

Thanks sooo much for the link to GrooveShark and Daily Lit!


43 Jackie @ TriToLose December 1, 2009 at 11:11 pm

That soup looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing. :)


44 Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) December 1, 2009 at 11:13 pm

Too much garlic? Those three words don’t even make sense together. :)


45 Hillary - Nutrition Nut on the Run December 1, 2009 at 11:40 pm

No chilled snacks post Thanksgiving? That’s too funny!


46 Tania (Moment Anew) December 1, 2009 at 11:42 pm

The pear looks delish. I think I’m going to do a warm pear topping the next time I do oats :)


47 Cynthia (It All Changes) December 2, 2009 at 1:45 am

I love adding heft to boxed soups with other veggies. They also make great bases and liquids in the crock pot.


48 lynn (The Actors Diet) December 2, 2009 at 2:15 am

craigslist is the best! i sold my apartment in nyc AND found my house in los angeles from it!


49 Amy December 2, 2009 at 3:31 am

Helloo, Kath! I’ve loved the random ‘whatchasay’s throughout your post lately, and if you enjoy imogen heap as much as it sounds like, you might also like lykke li (maybe you already do!)..a couple of good ones from her are ‘Let it Fall’ and ‘Little Bit’.

Have a lovely Wednesday!


50 Kath December 2, 2009 at 9:40 am

Listening now!


51 Lola December 2, 2009 at 3:36 am

THANK YOU, KATH! Grooveshark is great! Pandora doesn’t work out of the U.S. – not cool. Grooveshark shall be a nice replacement :-)


52 Ali December 2, 2009 at 3:51 am

I’ve been following your blog for a while now despite being an expat in Korea and not being able to get a good majority of the stuff you write about but I loved the Times article you posted. I live in Seoul, which is quite a bustling city. The city motto here, if you ask Koreans about their way of life, is “bballi bballi!” (which just means “fastly! fastly!”). It’s been really nice to see how despite the extremely fast pace of life here, horribly long work hours and kids packed education schedules, families still focus on the basics for their meals. 95% of meals are eaten at home, fresh cooked and mostly veggies. It would be nice for this “back to the basics” style of eating to catch on a bit faster in the US.
Just felt compelled to comment for some reason. I enjoy your blog :)


53 christie @ honoring health December 2, 2009 at 5:37 am

Hoooray for finishing the exam!

I need to check out grooveshark , pandora always lock my computer :(


54 Cara (Cara Craves,,,) December 2, 2009 at 7:19 am

Congrats on almost being finished, it must feel Amazing!


55 elliot December 2, 2009 at 7:39 am

I check your site regularly and enjoy all the food content, but I’ve gotten the most long-lasting enjoyment from your “cool stuff” recommendations. Grooveshark and DailyLit were new to me and so much fun! Thanks for taking the time to share so much.


56 Kath December 2, 2009 at 9:41 am

Glad to hear it because sometimes I fear getting too far away from food/lifestyle will be too annoying :)


57 Meggilizz December 2, 2009 at 8:21 am

Oooooooooh that soup looks so good!!!! I’m going to have to try that sometime soon!! πŸ˜€


58 Christina MINDFUL LIVING December 2, 2009 at 8:32 am

now THAT looks good! and i love garlic so I do not think I would mind having vampire breathe haha


59 Kasey @ Fit For Wellness December 2, 2009 at 9:02 am

Thanks for sharing that though provoking article “Back to the Land”!


60 Sara December 2, 2009 at 9:03 am

The soup looks great and you cannot overemphasise the benefits of garlic. My personal trainer from Carlsbad also stresses the need of fitting in healthy meals into the fitness routine. Thanks for your help!


61 Beth @ DiningAndDishing December 2, 2009 at 9:30 am

Congrats on your Craiglist sales! I have an old laptop I was thinking of putting on there – your sale makes me think it might actually sell!


62 Lu December 2, 2009 at 9:38 am

Congrats on almost being done with classes. That’s a great feeling! I love garlic. I bet your dinner was delicious.


63 Susan December 2, 2009 at 9:41 am

Thanks for the awesome links! I just checked out DailyLit and Grooveshark… I feel like a kid at Christmas!!!


64 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life December 2, 2009 at 9:46 am

I love chopping and heating up apples and sprinkling with cinnamon. So, so, so good!


65 brandi December 2, 2009 at 9:53 am

i love chunky veggie soups like that, especially with roasted squash!

Congrats on finishing the test – so close!


66 ari December 2, 2009 at 10:35 am

I LOVE A FINE FRENZY!!!! so goooood<33


67 Alison December 2, 2009 at 11:37 am

that cashew-carrot ginger soup
boxed soup!
soooooo tasty and healthy –
with two of my food-lusts:
carrots and cashews…
and ginger too!
thanks for spreading the love.


68 Caroline December 2, 2009 at 2:29 pm

The soup you made looks GREAT. The odd thing is I think I am the opposite of you with garlic. Maybe my taste buds aren’t sensitive enough but I always put in at least twice the garlic the recipe calls for and find it tastes better than the original.


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