August 6, 2013

Better late than never!!


We had awesome weather (what is with this summer – there isn’t a day over 85* in sight!) and went all around the town.


Friday night was the First Fridays Gallery Crawl, and we went to a photography show to support our friend Bud. It has been too long since we’ve been out gallery crawlin’! Matt and I sipped wine and ate cheese and M munched on crackers and …broccoli!


We popped into Fridays After Five but didn’t stay too long – bedtime was looming.


Once M was in bed Matt and I chowed down on leftover pesto + white bean pasta salad and watched Mad Men. Love this ritual!


Matt had Saturday morning off (first time in a while!) so we went on a family run together and then had breakfast at the market.

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Total time + distance:


We sipped Shenandoah Joe’s


And tried out an omelet from Chef Tony


It was a bit too savory for me so I ended up with a scone instead

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Bud + his banjo!


After morning nap we had an early lunch and headed out to the Albemarle County Fair!


I have a whole post on this coming Thursday (about a cool app that enhanced our adventure!) but here are a few shots of our fun. Yes that is a donut ice cream sandwich!!




On Saturday afternoon I worked. I hate to work on the weekends, but sometimes it’s my best choice with Matt being home. Bubbles on the porch!


But we made up for the downtime with a fantastic date night!! My lovely friend Sarah had nothing to do on Saturday and offered to watch M while we went downtown for drinks and a quick dinner. We will repay the favor soon!


It was a gorgeous night for a walk



We went over the bridge and to Mas!


Where we dove into some of the jammiest, juiciest, chewiest red wines ever


We enjoyed several tapas – plus some juicy roma tomatoes  – at the bar


Fun night and we were home before bedtime


On Sunday we woke up to temps that called for hot cups of coffee and wide open windows (which I cleaned later in the day!)


Plus a lovely plate of Great Harvest pancakes smothered in some Naturally Nutty Maple Almond Butter. Nectarine on the side.


We had one of those awesome around-the-house type of Sundays where we went to bed feeling totally satisfied.

We made mashed potatoes (for M), homemade tomato sauce and beans from scratch


And of course I had an organization project under my belt – tidying up the bathroom closet


Sunday ended with a visit from our Richmond friends Brittany and Isaac!


We feasted on grilled veggies {okra fries, herbed zucchini, cumin carrots}, rescued by the spare propane tank


And No Bull Burgers on Great Harvest buns



The beer discussion {and liquid} flowed


Mazen, who has started being shy with strangers, warmed right up to Brittany, and Isaac got some great laughs out of him playing games under the table


For dessert, the duo brought Isaac’s mom’s famous chocolate chip cake.


My gosh was it good!!


I’m quite caught up with my work this week, so I’m feeling pumped for the week ahead!

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1 Shel@PeachyPalate August 6, 2013 at 8:33 am

Jam packed weekend! Had seen Brittany’s recap…those Dakota burger buns always get me, they look amazing! Loving the pink toenails btw! :)


2 Maggie August 6, 2013 at 8:43 am

So many foodie things to be jealous of in this post! Donut icecream sandwich?!?! That sounds amazing. I can’t wait to check out First Friday and Fridays after Five when I’m in cville for good! And Mas is on my must try soon list


3 emily August 6, 2013 at 8:57 am

I don’t even really know that I like donuts and I still think a donut ice cream sandwich sounds like a must try! Brittany mentioned marshmallow ice cream in her post about their visit and I was hoping you would elaborate on that… is it local only or something I could have in my face immediately?


4 KathEats August 6, 2013 at 9:24 am

I’m writing about it on Friday. It’s a woman at our farmer’s market who makes homemade ice cream sandwiches and her marshmallow ice cream is AMAZING!! It even has the texture of a marshmallow. I bought a custom pint of just that and had Brittany try it. Unfortunately she’s very small scale, so it’s not in stores or shipping or anything.


5 emily August 6, 2013 at 9:26 am

Oh no! Well, Friday’s post is going to make me drool :)


6 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries August 6, 2013 at 8:58 am

Sounds like a great weekend! Charlottesville looks like such a fun little place to live!


7 Lynn @ the actor's diet August 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

Love whenever Brittany pops in – blog hopping!!!


8 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh August 6, 2013 at 9:24 am

Your weekends look like ours! (Except yours has better food…and a baby.) I particularly like where Mazen all kicked back with his legs crossed like “yeah…I like broccoli…what of it?” :-)


9 Christine@ Apple of My Eye August 6, 2013 at 9:26 am

I love county fairs! There’s something so comforting in the atmosphere and everyone is always all smiles :D. Looks like you guys have been living life up with great food and friends :)


10 Kinsey August 6, 2013 at 9:33 am

Those pancakes look delicious! Is your Great Harvest still selling pancake mix and granola online?


11 KathEats August 6, 2013 at 9:38 am
12 KC August 6, 2013 at 9:36 am

I LOVE okra!! Would you share how you make your okra fries?


13 KathEats August 6, 2013 at 9:39 am

Yeah, I’ll try to highlight them next time. We really just cook them until tender and then dip in ketchup!


14 Kristi August 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

A friend of mine and I switch babysitting nights only we put the kids to bed then she comes here (and we go out) or I go there (and her and hubby go out). It’s nice b/c there is no babysitting involved, no need to rush home for baby bedtime, and mom gets some quiet time! And obviously free babysitting is awesome.


15 Karen August 6, 2013 at 9:47 am

The lil’ one looks so handsome in his kale t-shirt….I wish your friend produced/sold these gorgeous t’s for adults. I’d be first in line!

That bowl of white beans and pesto looks delish…white beans w/wilted greens in summer are a favorite esp. creamy cannellinis.

I’m all about tomatoes this month…roasting, saucing, or popping tiny grape sized ones directly into my mouth!

Oh, and I’m with you on this cool (and in our case rainy) summer. Today is going to be in the low eighties, which is such a relative heat wave for us. Truthfully, I feel a bit cheated out of those glorious sultry evenings of summers past. Sweatshirts and cardigans have become mandatory for us who live along the lake.


16 Chelsea @BigBitesLittleBudget August 6, 2013 at 10:41 am

Busy, busy! What a fun weekend. So much good food and good friends. I saw Brittney’s recap as well. It is always fun to see my favorite bloggers get together!


17 Julie @ RDelicious Kitchen August 6, 2013 at 10:45 am

what an awesome weekend! You and your family look so happy :)


18 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) August 6, 2013 at 11:05 am

I love those pink shorts of yours!


19 Hillary August 6, 2013 at 11:37 am

so do I!


20 Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) August 6, 2013 at 11:48 am

Mazen is just the cutest!!! And that bagel (?) with what looks like cream cheese … WOW. I want!


21 Sara @ Zero to Sixty August 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Seriously the weather in New England has been amazing as well… I run in the mornings, and I may have to start wearing legging length workout pants. ALSO I need to implement going for a run to breakfast in my life… what a wonderful idea! :)


22 Anna @ On Anna's Plate August 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Looks like a jam-packed weekend! I just have to say, I am SO jealous of how walkable your town is. My city is not at all, and it’s something that I really don’t like about it.


23 Matt August 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Haha, the difference in our chairs makes Isaac look like he’s really short!


24 Brittany August 6, 2013 at 2:33 pm

haha. It does.


25 Melissa August 6, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Looks like so much fun and as always, those grilled veggies look so fresh and beautiful!


26 Ashlee@HisnHers August 6, 2013 at 1:43 pm

What a FUN weekend! It will be a couple of months before it’s cool enough to do anything liek that outside….It must be nice to be enjoying that weather!


27 Kim August 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

I am SOOO jealous of your weather! We are at 105 today in Dallas and of course we close on our current home and have to move out this weekend… Should make for a sweaty move.


28 Bethany August 6, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Hi Kath, I’ve been a reader for a while and just want you to know how much i enjoy your blog. This post today was especially wonderful. Not sure why, but it just hit me as so refreshing! I’m also currently pregnant, so I love following your pregnancy with Mazen on Baby KERF. Thanks for sharing your life with us!


29 KathEats August 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Thanks for reading : )


30 Brittany August 6, 2013 at 2:34 pm

We had such a fun time hanging out and dinner was delicious. Thanks for having us!


31 Pauline August 6, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Any chance you could share where you found those great little white bins/baskets for organizing your bathroom closet?


32 KathEats August 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm

The white bins are IKEA


33 Amanda Cowan August 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

That pic of Mazen with the broccoli, hanging out in the stroller is just priceless! Those chubby legs! Looks like a fantastic weekend and much better than the 5000 degree weekend we had here in Gilbert, Az. Ugh!

Also, taking turns with friends with kids for date nights is the best! When they get older, the best is that they entertain each other and it’s such a great way to get that time for you and hubby. Especially because babysitters are tough to find (well, ones you trust anyway) and also can be pricey. Plus, I admit that paying a babysitter for sitting and watching tv after my kids go to sleep really grates on my nerves! Much rather pay in time than money!


34 Lisa August 6, 2013 at 3:13 pm

What a fun-loving weekend indeed :)


35 Abbey August 6, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Hi Kath, Just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading this post. Also, when will you share your knockoff of the spice-a-rita recipe?? And what kind of music do you listen to when you are lounging around the house or have guests over? Do you have a favorite Pandora station?


36 KathEats August 6, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I totally forgot about sharing the Spice-a-rita! Thanks for the reminder. I’ll gather the ingredients soon and do a post about it.


37 Shannon August 6, 2013 at 5:13 pm

“Chewy” wine! Must have had some bits of cork in it?! 😉

Seriously I love the way you write about food sometimes! So unique and entertaining!!!!


38 KathEats August 6, 2013 at 5:18 pm

It’s actually a real wine tasting term: http://www.erobertparker.com/info/glossary.asp

It’s one of my favorite descriptions. Chewy, jammy and velvety.


39 Shannon August 6, 2013 at 6:20 pm



40 Erika @ fortheloveofpeanutbutter August 6, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Donut ice cream sandwich saywhatttt?! Need that in ma belly.


41 Elisabeth August 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Looks like a busy, fun weekend!


42 Lara August 6, 2013 at 7:04 pm

aww, so cute to see mazen in the kale shirt! and bud is one of our favorite people to visit too. once the kids start back up at school, i hope our paths can cross again. great pictures and weekend!


43 KathEats August 6, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Miss you!!! We love the kale shirt. I can’t believe it fits! I remember when you gave it to me thinking he would be so old when it was time to wear it : )


44 Molly August 6, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Love your blog. Read often. Post rarely. I am currently obsessed with your red wine description of “Chewy, jammy and velvety”. It makes me want to run to the liquor store. I got from your previous responses that these are wine tasting terms. I am wondering if there is a type of grape that you find fits this description the best. Thank you for your time! Enjoy that baby. Mine are 2 and 3 and 1/2 and (I know everyone tells you this) time flies! Have fun!


45 KathEats August 6, 2013 at 7:32 pm

My favorite kind of wine (and ones that do tend to have that description) are Old Vine Zinfandels – they are so lush! Also Syrah and regular Zins. We also really like red blends in general, as they tend to be fruitier. Also California/US wines as well as South America (not so much European). Hope that helps!


46 Molly August 6, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Perfect! Thank you. I know and love Old Vine Zins. I will have to explore the Syrah. I have never gotten into those! Great tips. Thank you so much!


47 Emily @ Life on Food August 6, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Your tomatoes are perfect! My larger varieties haven’t been that great but the cherry are plentiful.


48 Carly @ Snack Therapy August 6, 2013 at 8:25 pm

A donut ice cream sandwich is genius in and of itself, but with the name Fro-Do? Amazing.


49 Lisa August 6, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Could we please get the recipe for the cake? Thank you!


50 Lisa @bitesforbabies August 7, 2013 at 1:06 am

I love seeing what you guys are up to…I need to get out more, lol!


51 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 7, 2013 at 1:56 am

I seriously can’t even handle how cute your town is! Can I live there too and go to all of these fun and local gatherings?!


52 Sue B. August 7, 2013 at 5:09 am

I love your sandals/flip flops that you were wearing at the county fair!! Where can I buy a pair?


53 KathEats August 7, 2013 at 5:22 am

they are from Marshalls. I already went back to buy another pair and they were gone :( Modabella is the brand


54 Yvette August 7, 2013 at 7:32 am

Hi Kath I hope your doing great :) I wanted to ask you if can help/tell me how do you make your coffee latte (with milk) . For example, for one cup of coffee an 8oz how much water and milk should one put in it. I barely started drinking coffee and I soo love it , but I need help in how to make the perfect cup of joe. For right now I use a French Presser to make it. As well can you tell for a regular cup of joe if I will be drinking 1 to 2 cups how much water / and tbps. of coffee should I pour in my French presser. Can you please help me into learning to make coffee :) I would really appreciate it. Oh and one last thing where can I purchase one of your Kerf shirts and bowls :) I Love to follow your blog it just makes my day because you let us a little into your life and shows us to get out there in our environment and enjoy life :)


55 KathEats August 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

Am I understanding that you want to know French press proportions? I usually do 2 tbsp of grounds to 8 ounces of water – but I like my coffee really strong! I add about a quarter cup of warm milk to a coffee cup and froth with an IKEA frother to get a latte effect.

For the shirts, here’s ye ole shoppe!


And I found this cool one while searching! Wonder who they are for?



56 Kelly August 7, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I also love those pink shorts! May I ask where you purchased them?


57 KathEats August 7, 2013 at 2:49 pm

They are from LOFT


58 Maddy August 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm

That first picture could be used in an advertisement. It reminds me of a painting, but don’t recall which one.


59 char eats greens August 9, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Sounds like a great one! Your cleaning and organization makes me want to go out and buy bins upon bins to make my house look nicer!! haha


60 Lisa August 10, 2013 at 8:46 am

Love your blog! We were just in Charlottesville at the beginning of this week, and we used your blog as our guide to some of the best food in the area! Thanks for sharing


61 KathEats August 10, 2013 at 8:57 am

Glad it was helpful!


62 Tiffany K August 12, 2013 at 1:22 pm

Is it possible to get the choc chip cake recipe? yum!


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