Weekend Adventures

October 22, 2013


This past weekend was the epitome of fall – farmer’s markets, football and fires! S’mores too!

I spent Friday night working, so that was uneventful. Sometimes I just get the craving to write and take advantage no matter what time of day it is.

Saturday we were up early (as usual) and headed to the market where I found a new squash – Honey Nut – at the Twin Oaks booth!


They are so tiny and cute and are supposed to be sweeter and earthier than butternut.


I was also gifted this awesome owl towel from Amy at Girl’s Day Out as a thank you for writing about her a few months ago. Perfect for fall!


After the market my friend Becky and I walked over to Lee Park to check out the Chocolate Festival.


Nothin’ like a Seven Layer Bar at 10am!


After returning home and giving Mazen lunch, Matt arrived, so I went out for the run I never did that morning. I’m proud of myself for squeezing it in! Just 3 miles, but a wonderful jog.


When naptime concluded, we oranged ourselves up and headed to our very first UVA football game!!


Our neighbors John and Christine invited us to go with them. They have awesome front + center seats for the season! And a really cute baby. 


They are die-hard Cavalier fans, evident by the name of their daughter, Virginia!


She really got in the spirit


We thought it was hilarious that during the Virginia v. Duke game our kids actually had Virginia and Duke in their names! Matt and I were 50/50 for each team, but Mazen wasn’t sure who he wanted to root for. He clapped when UVA scored a touchdown but he liked waving at the Duke players on the bench too. I guess time will tell!


He did wonderfully during the game – we were quite surprised – however we left after halftime (and missed Duke’s comeback to win – darn!) He loved the marching band


That evening we headed to a friend’s house for a Harvest Party.


We ate cheese + crackers and Ace BBQ

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The bonfire was perfect on a chilly night


Thanks to Matt for roasting me 2 marshmallows, which I excitedly turned into s’mores. Yum!


Sunday morning we had plans to go out to breakfast, but then we realized that Pumpkin Swirl bread toast and eggs sounded just as good, so we stayed at home.


After breakfast digested, I geared up for a soccer game! 90 minutes of fun in the crisp weather.


I’m the little green person on the left!


Later in the afternoon we headed to our neighborhood’s fall picnic. I was in charge of the kids’ activities and orchestrated pumpkin painting, pin-the-nose-on-the-pumpkin and a cake walk. We had all kinds of potluck foods for dinner. ‘Twas delicious.

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How fall was your weekend?

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1 Rosey Rebecca October 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

Honey Nut Squash? Yes. I’ll be needing some of those.

Looks like a great weekend! I love bonfires. And sometimes you need to just spend a wild and crazy Friday night at home writing. It’s the thing to do.

My weekend involved soup- so that’s about as fallish as it can get, I’d say.


2 Jackie October 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

The pumpkin swirl bread sounds amazing. I wish we had a GH near me!


3 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane October 22, 2013 at 9:29 am

Beautiful fall weekend! I managed to find a slice of fall out here in SoCal, but I can’t wait to get back east this week & feel the crisp air!


4 Becky October 22, 2013 at 9:40 am

That was a fun impromptu adventure! I’m glad you talked me into walking that way. Nothing like chocolate covered rum cherries for breakfast on a Saturday morning. And those honey nut squash are lovely.


5 Jeri October 22, 2013 at 9:41 am

Since VT had a bye week (shameless plug) I finally got up to Graves Mountain Farm about 30 miles north of Charlottesville. It was a beautiful drive up there. Such cute small towns with beautiful homes. My friends and I decided that we wanted to experience actually picking the apples off the trees instead of out of the boxes. So we trekked the 3/4 mile up and down hills just to get to the trees with good apples left. Picked like 20 pounds and carried it all back. We were tired, but the experience was the best ever.

I had never had a fresh picked apple before. I just shinned it up on my shirt and boy oh boy was it good! Sweet and tart at the same time. We did decide to go back to the festival and get some apples out of the box, granny smith and fuji. I picked up some applesauce too. The best i have ever had.

Not sure if I will ever drive 6 hours (round trip) for some apples again, but at least it’s checked off my bucket list.


6 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body October 22, 2013 at 9:48 am

How perfectly Fall! What a wonderful weekend :)


7 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 22, 2013 at 9:58 am

A very fall weekend! I’ve never heard of honey nut squash, but I love trying new types of squash. I feel like every time I go to the farmers market I just pick one that looks good and go for it! I’ve never been disappointed!


8 Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog October 22, 2013 at 10:14 am

Sounds like a wonderful fall weekend. I’m dying over that cheese and cracker spread. Add a nice glass of wine and I’d totally make a meal of it.


9 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 22, 2013 at 10:26 am

It looks like Matt’s face hairs might be singed doing your mallows…that’s love! 😉 Okay seriously…I want your friends. No one we know out of friends or family entertain like that…just me and no one is impressed except me and the Mr. *kicks pebble*

Our weekend was full of birthday celebrations for the Mr and my cousin but it was packed full of Fall the week before when we snuck away to gorgeous Traverse City MI. Pumpkin donuts, molasses cookies, fall colors and cold blue lake. Perfect!


10 Janelle October 22, 2013 at 10:38 am

Sounds like a wonderful weekend! I was looking at the picture of you in your soccer uniform and holding Mazen when I read, “I’m the little green person on the left!” I was like… uh, yeah. Then I scrolled down. Haha. Anyway, my weekend wasn’t quite so fallicious, but I’m hoping this coming one is!


11 Andrea October 22, 2013 at 10:59 am

Your weekend recaps exhaust me just reading them! Your family is incredibly social. I look forward to the weekends so I can hibernate in my house and never go out :p


12 Erika October 22, 2013 at 11:00 am

That’s so cool that you’re playing soccer. I bet it’s a great workout.
So this is a random question, but what do you use to clean your stainless steel appliances? It seems like everything I’ve tried leaves streaks.


13 KathEats October 22, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I just use regular counter spray. Maybe It’s the cloth? I use microfiber and cloth ones


14 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries October 22, 2013 at 11:17 am

What a fun weekend! I absolutely love fall and everything about it. We took my little guy to a pumpkin patch/corn maze/fall festival event, and while it was fun to get in the “fall spirit”, I’m really looking forward to him being a little older so he can enjoy it all.


15 Jesse October 22, 2013 at 11:18 am

i’ve been roasting butternut squash like crazy this week, now honey nut? oh! i hope trader joes or my local farmers market get some of that!



16 Livi October 22, 2013 at 11:32 am

my weekend did NOT have enough fall for my liking but I am already planning some great fall festivities this weekend! including a fall farmer’s market + pumpkin baked goods!


17 Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite October 22, 2013 at 11:38 am

I had a pretty fall weekend- tailgating near a space heater outside, football game and sunday fall walk


18 Brittany @ The Fit Phoenician October 22, 2013 at 11:50 am

I wish we had a GH close- that french toast looks amazeballs! Looks like a fun weekend.


19 Melanie October 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm

We have two GHs near us, and neither one of them make Pumpkin Swirl bread nor Apple Scrapple! I neeeeed them, and have a craving for them even though I haven never tasted either.

Looks like you had a lovely weekend. I can’t get over how much Mazen looks just like his mommy. Love the pictures!


20 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Honey nut squash?! This is a must find!! I’m all about the b-nut right now but I’ve got to track this little guy down! I spent a lot of my weekend indoors (our ‘Canadian fall’ weather, aka COLD!) has finally hit so I spent it doing some decluttering of my wardrobe and kitchen, as well as cooking up some new fall recipes!


21 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

What a perfect fall weekend!! And s’mores sound wonderful! 😉


22 Anna @ Fitness à la Anna October 22, 2013 at 12:26 pm

S’mores!! Oh man, I love them.


23 Cait's Plate October 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm

This looks like such a fun weekend! I have yet to go to a UVA game but it’s on my bucket list!

That pumpkin swirl bread has me absolutely drooling – I can only imagine how good it must be…


24 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs October 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Sounds like a perfect weekend! I love a good bonfire — and s’mores of course!


25 J Edwards October 22, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Looks like an awesome weekend! I love fall and all that it brings!
Do you mind me asking where you got your jacket? It is so cute.


26 KathEats October 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Thanks it’s Loft


27 emily October 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm

What a great family picture of you guys at the UVA game!

To put your 10 am 7 Layer Bar in perspective… at the end of school I made Peanut Butter S’mores 7 Layer Bars for my coordinated group to celebrate the end of our program and we (aka a roomful of RDs to be) demolished the whole batch at 8 am :)


28 Sally October 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm

What a perfect fall weekend! Where did you get your navy coat? So cute!


29 Tracy October 22, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Someone has a birthday coming up!! Hope you have something special planned this weekend! :)


30 KathEats October 22, 2013 at 5:42 pm
31 Justeen October 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Those honey nut squash are so cute! I am on a butternut kick, but delicata is my all time fav.


32 Melissa October 22, 2013 at 1:56 pm

That honey nut squash looks so neat! As a huge fan of winter squash, I’m always on the hunt for the newest and tastiest!


33 [email protected] October 22, 2013 at 1:57 pm

Mazen looks like a pre schooler with his little name badge on him! Would love if people embraced fall as much here in Ireland! The party sounds great! Be sure to let us know what that butternut is like!!!


34 Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit October 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I love everything about your outfit – brown boots and navy jacket with pop of orange – too cute!! My weekend included Carmel Apple shots, buying pumpkins and football so it was pretty Fall-ish!!


35 Irene October 22, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Wow that is a lot for one weekend, I’m kind of amazed. My daughter is the same age a M and I feel like it’s a huge accomplishment if I grocery shop over the weekend. What is your trick? Do you wake up before M and get ready for the day?


36 KathEats October 22, 2013 at 5:43 pm

Sometimes being out a lot is hard and other times we are lucky


37 Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves October 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Fun that Mazen attended his first UVA football game! (I just applied to UVA!) All your activities sound super fun, especially the soccer and s’mores :)


38 Elizabeth October 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm

It looks like you had the best fall weekend! Love all the pictures!!


39 Lisa @bitesforbabies October 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Looks like a great time! I have to ask, what is in those seven layer bars? (I can’t tell if it’s fruit or veggies, lol!).


40 KathEats October 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Chocolate, coconut and stuff!


41 Lisa @bitesforbabies October 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Oh, ok! Lol! I make something similar then…basically homemade larabars 😉


42 [email protected] October 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Oh my goodness Mazen is too cute! I have been following your blog for about a year now and it is so fun to watch him grow :) That fried chicken looked so good as did the 7 layer bar! It looks like s’mores are making there way around the blog world once again!


43 Paty October 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm

I must try this honeynut squash! I love butternut so honeynut sounds amazing!


44 Sarah October 22, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Not too fall like! Traveled home to Texas to visit family and ate Tex Mex and pizza. Excited to have my wee one with his grandparents and cousin. Lots of baby giggles!


45 Angela October 22, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I Love that owl towel!!!


46 Kristy @ Southern In-Law October 23, 2013 at 12:09 am

Chocolate festival? Sounds like my kinda event! 😉

I wish we had as many varieties of fruit and veggies here in Australia – those squash/pumpkins are so cute!


47 Danielle October 23, 2013 at 5:32 am

Gosh, Mazen is growing into the cutest little man!

My weekend was not nearly as fall as yours. I intend to up my game for the next one 😉


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