May 15, 2013

Exclamation point because it was a great one! Great weather and Mother’s Day fun!

We kicked things off with a hot & sweaty run. Warm weather = exercise motivator!


Then we packed up a picnic and headed down to Fridays After Five. It’s family central – kiddos everywhere!


I recently bought this blanket for all the picnicking we’ve been doing. It folds up into a nice travel pack with a strap and has a water-resistant bottom. Like!


We packed a pesto pasta salad with cilantro pesto, whole wheat penne, spinach, walnuts, zucchini and asparagus that I made earlier in the day.


Also snacked on a few munchies our friends brought.

Sweethaus, my favorite cupcake shop, now has a FOOD TRUCK! This is Tara. She’s one of the owners, and she’s awesome. [She was in the middle of talking to Mazen!]


I tried the new lemon cupcake and loved it. The buttercream was so light and fluffy – and you guessed right…I didn’t make it back to my blanket before taking a bite Smile


On Saturday morning we got up bright and early (like we do everyday….) and headed to the city market to meet Matt.

Mazen loved to watch Bud play his banjo!


Want to make friends? Stroll around a market with a kale shirt and a baby. I must have talked to 26 new people!

The No Bull Burger ladies always have to get a squeeze in with Mr. M! He sampled some of the lentils from their burger – baby approved. [He also started feeding himself overnight!]


For breakfast I had coffee, a little green smoothie I had leftover in my fridge and this Cinnamon Pecan scone. I don’t just pick a random baked good and dig in very often (because I’m obsessed with breakfasts at home), and I enjoyed this mindfully with every bite.


We went home for morning nap and actually went back to the market for more walking exercise later in the day. I ended up having a No Bull Burger for lunch on two slices of Cville Crunch from our booth. This totally hit the spot!


Washed down with a cup of Nugget’s Raw Kombucha – the new mint flavor!


Saturday ended with this awesome pizza made by Matt


Sauce, smoked gouda, sun-dried tomatoes and tomato sauce.


Served with a simple side salad


The baby was in bed, so we celebrated parent-style.


On Sunday I woke up to a card and some Girls Day Out earrings ( <— from the market…love everything she makes!) from my boys.


Matt painted the bird on the front, and Mazen wrote me a special note:


We were invited to a brunch at 10, so we kept breakfast light. I got 20 minutes of extra sleep and then was delivered breakfast in bed:


Yogurt and strawberry parfaits with chopped almonds and mint!


After that I headed to the gym for a quick workout while the boys napped and then quickly showered so we could all enjoy this wonderful spread! Quiche by Matt plus smoked salmon, bacon, mangos, fruit and bagels. And mimosas!


Best brunch ever.


M was the cutest playing on a blanket. He loves musical instruments. I must buy him some! We had a lovely time outside despite the chilly temps.


We had lots of fun family time on Sunday afternoon:


<3 this little guy who made me a mama! Sometimes I still don’t even believe I’m a mom. I told someone recently “I have an 8 month old son” and it was a bit surreal.


I also went shopping – to World Market. I bought this new wallet (I’m very picky about my wallet and this one had all the right compartments), a table runner for our dining room and some blue jars.


Sunday evening we attended our neighborhood association’s spring picnic. Nothin’ like a potluck!!



Especially the dessert table…


Happy Belated Mother’s Day to you all. My mom is actually here visiting right now!

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1 Molly @ RDexposed May 15, 2013 at 7:30 am

Love the button up, collared shirt that M is wearing!


2 Alyssa @ Road to RD May 15, 2013 at 7:50 am

Happy belated Mother’s Day to you :) I’m loving the idea of that cilantro pesto dish!


3 Tara May 15, 2013 at 7:56 am

Wow did Matt make that whole brunch?! I’m thoroughly impressed! Also, Mazen is getting so big! His legs are so long in that picture in the stroller.


4 KathEats May 15, 2013 at 8:35 am

No just the quiche!


5 Beth @ Mangoes and Miles May 15, 2013 at 7:57 am

The food truck looks so cute! And the cupcake looks DELICIOUS. The pizza also looks pretty spectacular.

I love the “Eat More Kale” shirt–where’d you get it?! I totally want one. :)


6 KathEats May 15, 2013 at 8:35 am

eatmorekale.com : ) It was a gift though


7 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige May 15, 2013 at 8:11 am

I love love love weekends that are spent out doors for the majority of the time. Sounds like such a great one. Happy belated mother’s day!


8 Ali @ Peaches and Football May 15, 2013 at 8:24 am

I like your comment about making new friends by carrying around a baby and wearing a kale shirt. Probably very, very true – especially about the baby part. I think women can smell a baby from miles away. 😉

Looks like wonderful weather for you guys, I love your trips to the park and all the wonderful eats. Any time I see brunch food I get excited – my favorite thing!!


9 Shel@PeachyPalate May 15, 2013 at 8:52 am

That really is one gorgeous weekend of food! I want a husband that can make pizza like that…amazing! Happy belated mothers day!


10 Sara R. May 15, 2013 at 8:56 am

I just bought a fold-up picnic blanket too, I’m keeping it in my car so it’ll be easy for us to picnic more this summer. And I LOVE the bird card, Matt is an incredibly talented artist! I had a cup of that Kombucha when I was in Charlottesville, it was the best I’ve ever had. I’m making my own now and I can’t get it anywhere near as light and tasty as Nuggets!

Happy belated first Mother’s Day! Looks like it was a good one!


11 Sami May 15, 2013 at 9:03 am

Everything looks fabulous!
Quickest 8 months of your life, I’m sure.
Oh, and I’m absolutely, positively, head-over-heels in love with that wallet <3


12 Lauren @ The Highlands Life May 15, 2013 at 9:39 am

I have totally been snapping the red straps from the B.O.B stroller together like you to string along his toys. Genius. They don’t get thrown out of the stroller and keeps them entertained.


13 Ashlee@HisnHers May 15, 2013 at 9:49 am

Your little man is so cute! Has Matt thought about putting the pizzas in the store? I would almst drive there from Texas just to try it out! :-)


14 KathEats May 15, 2013 at 11:47 am

We have but we want to avoid turning into a restaurant since we’re primarily a bakery. I agree it would be really fun but probably not the best decision for us right now.


15 Karen May 15, 2013 at 9:57 am

Yes, EMK t-shirts are such a conversation starter, esp. at farmer’s markets! Love the softer, more feminine fitting shirts he’s using these days too.

I’m loving that picture of you and your 8 month old ‘bean’ in your blue shirts…you both look so beautiful and joyful! And, gosh he sure is looking so grown up suddenly!

I’ve been meaning to give a shout out to your mom re. the tribute she wrote to you on Mother’s Day…it was so moving and well written. (Still can’t figure out that cumbersome posting procedure…grrr!)

Happy hump day, and have fun visiting with Mama Kerf!


16 KathEats May 15, 2013 at 11:46 am

Glad you liked it Karen!


17 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 15, 2013 at 11:43 am

Definitely looks like you had a great weekend – and a happy belated Mother’s Day to you!!


18 Jelena@FabLifePhD May 15, 2013 at 11:53 am

I love that picnic blanket. Since here in Germany we have developed grilling/picnicking culture, they are very popular, but still a bit pricey. The nice ones are at least 15 euros, so I will wait a month or two for the sales to start


19 Chantal May 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Loooove the table runner!


20 Stacey May 15, 2013 at 1:21 pm

I love the clothes you put on M! He always looks like such a little gentleman :)

I also thought your shirt said, I love male – haha. Kale makes it much more baby/farmer’s market appropriate 😉


21 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) May 15, 2013 at 1:32 pm

omg, this post made me ridiculously hungry! Sounds like an awesome 1st Mother’s Day!


22 Tiffany May 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm

What a beautiful post! Mazen is getting so big!

P.S your comment feature is not working when I use Google Chrome. I can’t see the comments at all nor can I add one. I’m using safari now and it works here :)


23 KathEats May 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Thanks Tiffany. KERF has been weird all day – I’m not sure why, but I’m monitoring it.


24 Michele May 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Ahhhh! This looks like my kind of weekend. A great mix of family time, friends, food, exercise and fun!
Thanks for sharing.


25 Trish May 15, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I also went to World Market on Mother’s Day and purchased those same blue jars and a table runner…don’t you just love browsing in there?! :)


26 Nicole May 15, 2013 at 6:46 pm

Looks like you were really spoilt for the day!!! Love the brunch, I know what I would have done after that (Yes straight back to bed to let all the food digest). The pizza looks Yummy as well.


27 Steph May 15, 2013 at 7:21 pm

very very sweet photo of you and mazen :)


28 Kim May 15, 2013 at 8:57 pm

I have the matching napkins to your table runner!! I turned them into cafe curtains in my kitchens. (I also have your yellow and white check shirt from Old Navy). Funny!


29 J @ Chocolate Covered Chickpeas   May 15, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Everything looks delicious as usual! Cute nails btw :)


30 Alex @ Raw Recovery May 15, 2013 at 10:02 pm

I love the pictures of you and Mazen in this post! Right before I read the part about the kale shirt, I noticed that in the picture and thought, “I really need one of those considering how much kale I consume”. Happy Mother’s Day!


31 Christine May 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Loved your picnic blanket so much, I ordered one on Amazon. Can’t wait to take it on a picnic. Thanks for showing it!


32 Ella May 15, 2013 at 10:45 pm

Hey Kath! This is totally unrelated to your post, but I don’t know if you’ve seen this article in the NY Times by Michael Pollan “Some of My Best Friends Are Germs/Say Hello to the 100 Trillion Bacteria that Make Up Your Microbiome.” I’m an RD and a liberal arts major (anthropology) and mama to a 15 month old, and I found it sooo interesting, and I think you would too!


33 KathEats May 16, 2013 at 5:45 am

I’ll check it out!


34 Jenn May 16, 2013 at 2:41 am

Yum that lemon cupcake looks delish! I need a picnic blanket like that – perfect with summer coming up :)


35 lucy Lincoln May 16, 2013 at 7:22 am

your happiness resonates from the screen and makes me chirpy!
1) Happy mothers day!
2) i can’t believe what a beautiful happy baby Mazen is and its a joy to see you all together! Mazen’s got a happy sparkle in his eyes all the time and he looks like a right little character!
3) wow- Matt hand painted that bird?- if the bakery fails….!
4) Matts homemade quiche looks insanely good!
5) the photo of you with maze you look really pretty
6) that pepperoni pizza looks as good as the quiche!

don’t think I’ve missed any points, good 😀


36 Danielle May 18, 2013 at 7:02 am

Ah, what a wonderful first Mother’s Day! Mazen is the absolute cutest. xo


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