March 12, 2013


We had an a-Mazen weekend thanks to some warm weather and a free schedule. Lots of playtime and relaxin’ around the house.

Friday night we made lentil burgers out of my lentil salad. We just added an egg, formed patties and then fried ‘em up. Served on Gouda + Stout buns with a broccoli salad. I tried to replicate the broccolini salad we had at Bald Head, but this didn’t turn out quite as good. I’ll have to wait for the wedding to have it again! This one was a mix of mayo, apple cider vinegar, honey and Dijon mustard dressing plus golden raisins and almonds.


Saturday morning oats! I mixed Coach’s Oats, rolled oats, chia seeds and buckwheat for the ultimate texture combo. Plus banana, obviously, and sunflower butter.



Saturday afternoon Matt went to a dad’s group meet up and I took the opportunity to get my first pedicure in six months. Ya heard me – six months. I neeeeeeeded one.


I picked out the above color, put my name on the list, waited 10 minutes with my Better Homes & Gardens and then was told they were totally booked for the whole day!!! I had a gift card Karen gave me for Christmas and didn’t want to go elsewhere, so I left with unpainted toes. Such a bummer!! So instead I went to Trader Joe’s : ) Filled up on sunflower butter and Cilantro Jalapeno hummus but I FORGOT SMOKED TROUT! D’OH! I am so out and want more!

The recipe I planned for dinner called for a cup of white wine. Good reason to open a bottle and drink the rest, huh?!


We made Simply Recipe’s Fish Chowder and it was superb.


We subbed out onions and used celery instead. We used half and half instead of heavy cream because that’s what we had on hand. And we used the Alaska Seafood Black Cod they sent me earlier this year as the star of the show.

Sooo good!! Smothered in fresh parsley.


Crunchy Irish Soda Bread on the side!


On Sunday we feasted on pancakes – Great Harvest mix with trail mix and chia seeds throughout and Wild Friends nut butter on top. Nothing drizzles quite like Wild Friends!


Mazen took a TWO HOUR nap, and I had time to organize the attic, change all the bedding, wash all the diapers, organize the spices, run and empty the dishwasher and read. It was definitely a “what did I do all day before I had a baby” moment.


Then we ran 4 miles!!


Lunch to refill. Turkey + pickle sandwich plus salad with hummus and avocado and apple


We spent the afternoon playing on the porch. [Side note: I actually got in my car to go back to the pedicure place and decided to call first – they were closed!! So glad I didn’t drive all the way there.]


I bought this rug and just love that the porch is now a room we can play in. We moved the table to the corner so the seating takes priority and we can spend the spring outside.



I had a request for a “not smiling” photo – here’s one! Choogie Pie still doesn’t love tummy time for that long.


We ended the evening with an extra hour of sunshine and a clean kitchen – leftovers for dinner!


How was your weekend?

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1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 12, 2013 at 7:21 am

Jeeze, sounds tough to get a pedicure! Gorgeous photos of your family, as always, and the lentil burgers look divine!


2 Lee March 12, 2013 at 7:35 am

Bummer about the pedicure. Hope you get to get one soon. Sounds like a great weekend otherwise.


3 Katie March 12, 2013 at 7:39 am

I’ve never tried any sort of fish soup… even at a restaurant! This looks so good, though, maybe I’ll make it this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration!


4 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 12, 2013 at 7:42 am

Looks like you guys had an amazing weekend! Love those pics of you and Mazen. He looks like such a happy baby! Our weekend was filled with work and cleaning. No worries though, at least I felt accomplished in the end. I hope you’re having a great week!


5 Lis March 12, 2013 at 7:47 am

Awww…is he rolling over?!


6 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 8:48 am

Oh yeah! And sitting up!


7 Danielle March 12, 2013 at 7:52 am

That fish chowder looks SO good. I wonder if I could get my husband to eat it! Our little one doesn’t like tummy time either. I’m convinced she is going to walk before she learns how to roll over since she is never on her belly for that long.


8 Eating 4 Balance March 12, 2013 at 7:54 am

How frustrating about the nail salon. If you didn’t have a gift certificate, I probably wouldn’t go back. Lol. I’m not very patient in that way :)

That soup looks delicious. I always go for just plain broth, meat and veggies, and then forget the herbs! I have some rosemary sitting in our fridge at home so next time I’m back I’ll have to add that in.


9 Leah March 12, 2013 at 8:05 am

Hey Kath, looks like a great weekend! Just curious…what is your general “rule” for alcohol and breastfeeding (i’m only assuming you are still breastfeeding). My daughter is 4 months and I haven’t quite figured out when the best time is. Sometimes at night her feeds are all over the place.


10 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 8:48 am

Right after a feeding; no more than one drink at a time, which is sometimes stretched if it’s with food and I’m not feeling any of it


11 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 12, 2013 at 8:08 am

I can’t believe that pedicure place was booked for the day! They must have had some pre-reserved groups or something!


12 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh March 12, 2013 at 8:16 am

Such great pics of you guys with your little one…but I’ve gotta say I’m glad to see he gets a little cranky too! LOL Sounds like you got a lot accomplished while he napped.

We went to open houses over the weekend and fell in love with homes we can’t move into. We should really stop doing that. Only 2 more years until our place is paid off and I want that deed in my hand before we buy a new place! :-)


13 Jules March 12, 2013 at 8:23 am

How come they call themselves wild friends now?


14 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 8:47 am

They posted on their blog… Just a better reflection of them and more potential I think


15 Carly @ Snack Therapy March 12, 2013 at 8:40 am

You are seriously glowing in these pictures. You look so gorgeous and happy! It must be all of that delicious food and those chubby baby cheeks you get to kiss all day long.


16 Tonya March 12, 2013 at 8:40 am

Love that bowl the chowder is in. Hope it tastes as good in my boring little bowls. Where can I find “clam juice”? (ick!)

The pic of M&M is too cute, but “Angsty Mazen Thespian” Pic for the win! He really nailed the “why hast thou forsaken me mommy??” look. He wins the Oscar! :-)


17 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 10:18 am


You can find bottled clam juice lots of places – in the grocery store. We got ours from Seafood @ West Main seafood shop.


18 Matt March 12, 2013 at 10:21 am

Haha, totally – I like to think he’s saying “WHY!?!??!” in a very existential manner


19 Susan H @ The Food Allergy Chronicles March 12, 2013 at 8:59 am

I guess with the beautiful weather, everyone had the same idea as you! I know I can’t wait for a pedicure come the nicer weather. Fish Chowder…yummy! :)


20 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux March 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

Kath, that first picture is gorgeous!! Looks like you all had a terrific weekend :-)

I didn’t realize that you can *cook* buckwheat groats like a grain! I must try this soon!


21 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 10:18 am

Yes and the texture is really fun!


22 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux March 12, 2013 at 3:01 pm

So cool! I can’t wait to try it!


23 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries March 12, 2013 at 9:05 am

Bummer you missed out on your pedicure! Hopefully it works out next time. It sounds like you had a great weekend though! I’m looking forward to this coming weekend to get a bunch of stuff done around the house and relax since we don’t have a bunch of plans. The last few weekends have been crazy busy so it’ll be nice to have more of a low key one!


24 Lara Gastinger March 12, 2013 at 9:08 am

Hey kath, I like oasis for my yearly (gasp!) pedicure. You have to make reservations. What a great weekend and yummy eats. Will you be doing bread for the 10 miler? If so, cya!


25 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 9:54 am

I had a lovely pedi there once, BUT, I had to sit on a hard bench!! The pedi was awesome, but it was soooo uncomfortable. Do they have better chairs now?


26 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 9:54 am

PS. Matt will be at the 10 Miler – I’ll be cheering from our neighborhood!


27 gloria March 12, 2013 at 9:09 am

oohhh love these pictures, your baby is awesome and soooo cute!!!! love yours burgers too!!
What lovely age!


28 Jennifer S March 12, 2013 at 9:19 am

awwwww. is he rolling yet? so sweet.


29 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane March 12, 2013 at 9:47 am

Love the cobalt blue rug! I want a pedicure SO bad, but I’m afraid after the marathon this weekend they will not want to touch my beat-up feet! I went to the Natural Products Expo West this weekend. Have you heard of it? It was like a Whole Foods X100! I tried Noosa, among many other things!


30 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 9:53 am

I would LOVE to go to that sometime!


31 Renee King March 12, 2013 at 9:55 am

not sure why you would have a request for a not smiling photo, who wants to see a sad baby. It breaks your heart. Tummy time is hard, but he will get to the point that he likes it. Just keep with it. Lots of toys that are fun are good at tummy time, and books too. Also if you have a tummy time mat, or roll and towel and put it under him, it will help to prop him up a little bit. He may enjoy that. A 2 hour nap is really good for him, and mommy too. I am sure you needed that extra time. Sorry you couldn’t get in to get your pedicure, if they are busy that is a good sign. Usally that means they do great work. The lentil burgers sound yummy, I may have to try those next time in place of the veggie burgers. Beautiful pictures too.


32 Sara March 12, 2013 at 9:59 am

That first pic is a really beautiful photo of you and Mazen. :) And the striped tshirt is too darn cute on him!


33 rosie March 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

1. How was the dad’s group?
2. TJ’s cilantro jalapeno hummus is in my top 5 favorite TJ items! Sooo good.
3. How the hell did you do all of that stuff in just two hours??
4. Our weekend was good despite sleeping very little!


34 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 10:17 am

1. Good!!! K should definitely go next time.

2. Agreed – it’s sad when the green blob is gone : (

3. No idea!

4. We need to see each other.


35 Alex @ Raw Recovery March 12, 2013 at 10:31 am

Sorry you didn’t get to have your pedicure done! We were *supposed* to have an Armageddon of a snow storm here in Denver and once again our weather forecasters were terribly wrong. Good thing I went out anyway and had a great lunch and then went to see the new Oz movie (I highly recommend it)! Oh and I also got a pair of red boots and a pair of purple boots on sale and they don’t use animal products. The perfect day :)


36 Nina March 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

I would have been super bummed about the pedicure. However, I am super impressed with how productive you are during nap time. All I seem to want to do is sit outside with a glass of wine and pretend like I don’t hear her cooing through the monitor.


37 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! March 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

Mazen is SO stinkin’ cute! THOSE CHEEKS!!! Also, those burgers were probably so delicious! Sweet n’ savory! Mmmm….maple lentil burgers!


38 Emily @ Life on Food March 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

I love that first picture with you and Mazen. So cute!


39 Chantal March 12, 2013 at 11:21 am

Do you refrigerate your Wild Friends PB? Or just re-stir each time? Mine’s never that drippy!


40 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

I don’t refridge any of my nut butters..


41 Amy March 12, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I thought you needed to refrigerate them to keep the good fats intact?


42 Live Love Yum March 14, 2013 at 3:54 am

….no, people refrigerate them usually to avoid having it go rancid. But usually if you eat it fairly often – it’ll be gone before that happens.


43 Amelia March 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I’ve said it before, but I’ll ‘say’ it again Mazen is just the cutest little boy ever. Y’all are just so sweet in these photos. Even when he hates his tummy time, he is adorable. 😉

So, Wild Friends/ Squirrel has a sesame cranberry now? Did you see that? That’s an interesting flavor combo.

My weekend was fun. Catered a bridal shower brunch, enjoyed the CHS sunshine, then made cookies in the afternoon with Wild Squirrel vanilla almond espresso in the mix. OMG divine!


44 Casey March 12, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I love the new rug! Where is it from? Is it soft and cushy or thin like the one from Urban Outfitters you have?


45 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite March 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm

You are SOO productive with your “extra” time! Makes me realize I can do a lot with my time, too. And I love your new rug! My next place needs to have a sunroom so I can put a rug out there and chill out like yours.


46 Elizabeth March 12, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Sounds like a great weekend, besides the pedi, I hope you get it soon!


47 Angelica March 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

I take it you don’t like onions?? Red, green, scallions? You’re missing out! :)


48 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

nope : )


49 Angelica March 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm

That’s so surprising–not that you aren’t allowed to dislike certain foods. Plus, you eat healthier than most of America, so I suppose you get a pass. 😉 (Hold on a minute, cleaning the Cadbury egg from my teeth.) Is there anything else you don’t like in terms of “real” food? I can’t stand oysters–it’s like choking down phlegm. My husband doesn’t eat ANY fruit!


50 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I don’t really care for raw garlic or anything in the onion family. Has to do with the after-breath that one gets – I taste every single breath for 24 hours. There are other foods that I’m lukewarm on :cabbage, rice wine vinegar, cucumber, radishes to name a few. I eat them, but I don’t LOVE them.


51 Elisabeth March 12, 2013 at 7:51 pm

I’m with you on cucumber…yuck! However, I love cabbage, especially red :)


52 Mom March 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm

The world’s best food: Cadbury Eggs!


53 Jill March 12, 2013 at 11:16 pm

You just read my mind! :)


54 Liz March 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm

THOSE CHEEEEEKS!!! I used to visit your site only for the food, now I can’t wait to see Mazen pics as well!. Glad you are sharing both. Is always a pleasure to read you blog daily!


55 Kristen @ Change of Pace March 12, 2013 at 1:20 pm

That’s a lot of work to get a pedicure! Especially when you haven’t had one in a long time. As soon as I get a free moment I do exactly what you did. I get a ton of stuff done. Makes me feel good for the rest of the day! :)


56 Erin @ The Elliptical Chronicles March 12, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Ahh, I am SO over-due for a pedicure. Since it isn’t quite sandal-weather yet, I intend to hold off a bit longer..

I had a really great weekend too! However, yours looks so more pleasing to the eye via all your photos :)


57 Shel@PeachyPalate March 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Your oats sound amazing! Do you cook the groats with the oats or stir through closer to the end? I’m loving them toasted at the moment on top of just about everything!


58 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 2:26 pm

From the beginning!


59 Cyn March 12, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Was wondering…do you have that recipe for Crockpot Chicken? Looked so yummy!


60 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Coming later this week : )


61 Yaron March 12, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Great weather is all we need…
The burgers look stunning and your family photos are great – Good for U… :-)


62 Bruna @ morgbu.com March 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I need a pedicure too!!! where to find the time??? and I don’t even have kids lol


63 Liz @ iheartvegetables March 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Aw thats sounds like such a lovely weekend!


64 robin March 12, 2013 at 3:54 pm

That boy is growing some hair!


65 Kelly March 12, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Chinchilly is one of my favorite Essie colors right now! Hope you get to have your pedicure soon!! Enjoy! I’m going to make that lentil salad soon!! Thanks for the recipe. :)


66 Melissa March 12, 2013 at 4:16 pm

The picture of Matt and Mazen together is so adorable!


67 Emma @ EatJogGlow March 12, 2013 at 4:19 pm

The photos of your family always put a smile on my face! Has Mazen discovered the joy of tugging on your dangly earrings yet?!


68 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Just about!


69 Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health March 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I can’t believe someone requested a pic of Mazen not smiling! Yes, he does always look so adorable and happy but it’s not hard to imagine he has his moments like every other baby. I request more of him smiling! :)


70 Mom March 12, 2013 at 6:51 pm

Oh I thought the one of him fussing was kind of fun. He does need to work on his Tummy Time attitude.


71 brett March 12, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Oh, girl. I think I need to invite myself over to sit on that porch. I’ll bring wine and snacks?!?!


72 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 6:00 pm

For sure!


73 Sydney March 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm

The Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus from Trader Joe’s is amazing! I think my favorite way to use it so far is as a spread on my almond pulp, avocado, cucumber and spinach sandwiches. Yum!


74 Babs March 12, 2013 at 7:13 pm

I can’t believe you had to wait 10 mins to be told they were booked. Not very nice! It looks like you still managed to have a good time though.


75 Sarah (The Simple Dietitian) March 12, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Oh, what an a-Mazen weekend is right! These pictures totally brought a smile to my face. 😀

Which flavor of the Wild Friends pb do you like to have on hand? They all sound so delicious. 😀


76 KathEats March 12, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Chocolate Coconut!


77 Jess March 12, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Your happiness is so evident in that first photo :-) And fish chowder sounds so good, but I definitely want someone else to make it for me 😉

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78 The Many Thoughts of a Reader March 12, 2013 at 8:49 pm

that looks like a delicious weekend!


79 Erin Motz March 12, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Aww, he’s sooo sweet when he cries! I know it’s equal parts adorable AND sad, but those sweet cheeks are too tempting! Looks like you guys had a beautiful weekend :)


80 Emily March 12, 2013 at 10:58 pm

He is SO CUTE. I am due in about 8 weeks with number 2 and seeing these smiley baby photos are making me super excited. That smile! That adorable sweet little chubby face! It’s just too much. He is simply delicious.


81 Sarah March 12, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Great weekend!!!

Just curious, how do you like the reusable diapers??? Found out that I was pregnant, and have thought about using these, but wasnt sure about them. Easy to clean?


82 KathEats March 13, 2013 at 8:43 am

Love them! Here’s a post I did on BERF about ’em.


83 jenna k March 13, 2013 at 12:04 am

i ALMOST picked up that hummus at TJ’s tonight, but i would’ve just been buying it for a snack, and i have lots of snack foods right now. it’s so weird that i see it in your post now. must be a sign i should pick it up soon!

i think fussy baby pictures are SO cute! as long as they aren’t fussy from actually being in dangerous or pain, of course. but i think one of the cutest pictures i’ve seen of mazen so far is the one of him and matt. his little expression is just so cute, and i can so see him growing up by looking at that picture- like an adult person instead of baby. those more “plain expressioned” pictures are what i always loved seeing of my niece. it seemed like she would probably make that expression most often, so it made me feel like i was seeing more of her.


84 Ella P March 13, 2013 at 3:57 am

Thank you, dear Kath, for M’s last pic!! 😉 and of course for all of them.
(I am right, kids are super-adorable even when they pull faces!)

PS: neither my kid appreciated much “tummy time”


85 Alyssa March 13, 2013 at 8:56 am

You are so productive!!!


86 Emily K. @ Leaf Parade March 13, 2013 at 9:01 am

Mmm, lentil burgers — those sound great and super easy! Hope you get your pedicure soon 😉


87 Kristi March 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

Are you trying something new with Mazen that awarded you this nap or was it just a fluke? My baby takes pretty good naps as of now but hasn’t started consolidating therefore I never know when I’ll be blessed with 2 hours or thrown off by 45 minutes! Makes it hard to decide between scrambling around doing every chore possible or enjoying a quick break!!


88 KathEats March 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Nothing new, but we are sleep training so I think it was related to that!


89 Patty March 13, 2013 at 8:47 pm

Mazen is so incredibly cute. If he were mine, I’d get nothing done all day since I would just stare at those cheeks! One question – don’t you get tired of undoing his belt and jeans for diaper changes? I always found pants with a fly annoying when my son was that little. I almost always had him in sweatpants because my mother convinced me that jeans were not comfortable for babies.


90 KathEats March 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Yeah, he’s most often in sweatpants at home, but I tend to put on the nicer pants when we go out (which we had been before these shots)


91 Julie March 14, 2013 at 10:51 am

Just sayin’–Mazen is so cute. SO CUTE! : )


92 Jen March 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I love that Mazen is such a chub because my 4 month old is one too! He weighs probably close to 20 pounds (we aren’t sure–next appt is a week from tomorrow). People can’t believe he’s only 4 months when we meet them. I just say that’s the power of this Mama’s Milk!


93 KathEats March 14, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Mamas milk must be gooood!


94 J March 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Only you would organize a spice rack. That is all. 😀


95 KathEats March 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm

: )


96 nourishmovelive March 15, 2013 at 6:13 am

wow kath…your productiveness in 2hrs seriously puts me to shame…and I don’t have any children or babies!! amazing effort! I struggle to focus enough on my nutrition studies let alone all of that, maybe my problem is I have TOO MUCH time! x


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