Weekend: Festivals + Friends

April 17, 2013

We arrived home from our Tucson trip just in time for a lovely weekend. Everything here is now in full bloom!


We went downtown for the McGuffy Block Party as part of the Tom Tom Founders Festival here in town and enjoyed live music, drummers, a beer and wraps from Greenies


On Saturday we celebrated spring at the city market


After that we attended a first birthday party and loved on some broccoli and cupcakes.


In the afternoon, we went to the Monticello Trail wine festival


But didn’t stay long. Maybe the only wine festival in history that Matt and I remember every minute of Winking smile


That night we rocked the grill


Tofu + zucchini + whipped sweet potatoes!


Sunday was low key. I went for a run, spoke at a round table and we cleaned the bakery.

And we caught up with Faith and Tate for dinner! We have missed these busy bees.



We served Keta salmon that Alaska Seafood sent us. It was mild, tender and perfectly baked by Matt.

Served with a massaged kale salad with avocado and red pepper in lime juice and garlic gold, Cheddar Beer bread from the bakery and whipped sweet potatoes (more on these later!) 



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1 Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon April 17, 2013 at 8:02 am

Everything looks delicious! I’m looking forward to the whipped sweet potatoes recipe.. I love anything that can faintly remind me of Thanksgiving. I also need to experiment with grilling tofu!


2 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh April 17, 2013 at 8:06 am

Glad you got home okay and it looks like you came home to a vat o’ fun! Holy poo, did Mazen go through a major growth spurt!? He looks super tall to me in that seat! We’re dusting off the grill this weekend ourselves. Might as well get out there before the swelter of summer sets in too soon and the last thing I’ll want to do is stand over fire! :)


3 KathEats April 17, 2013 at 8:08 am

He is very tall!


4 mary @ minutes per mile April 17, 2013 at 8:20 am

I would love a recipe for “whipped” sweet potatoes! I made mashed (regular) potatoes for the first time this week and remembered that they taste amazing.


5 KathEats April 17, 2013 at 8:21 am

I have to say, these were probably more like “blended” but I do have a quick how-to coming up


6 mary @ minutes per mile April 17, 2013 at 8:24 am

Awesome, thank you! Yeah, when I made mine, I put boiled-soft regular taters in my Ninja blender because I don’t have a masher thing. No butter, milk, or anything other than potatoes — they were quite fluffy!


7 Alyssa @ Road to RD April 17, 2013 at 8:22 am

Wow Mazen has grown! Looks like a fun time!


8 Lindsey @ Pas de Deux April 17, 2013 at 8:22 am

It was a beautiful weekend–so glad you got to enjoy so much of the Cville festivities (we enjoyed the Tom Tom picnic in Lee Park on Saturday afternoon). I’m jealous of your grill–the zucchini and tofu look fabulous :-)


9 Kel April 17, 2013 at 8:24 am

Oh my gosh! That Mazen and broccoli picture is the cutest!!


10 Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes April 17, 2013 at 8:29 am

What a great weekend! Your backyard is gorgeous by the way!!!


11 [email protected] April 17, 2013 at 8:47 am

My idea of a perfect weekend! Can you PLEASE share how to grill tofu without it sticking and falling apart?! Mine does every time. :-(


12 KathEats April 17, 2013 at 8:48 am

Extra olive oil!! Matt really smothered it and it was our first really successful grilling tofu experience


13 Matt April 17, 2013 at 9:09 am

Yeah, I really slathered it on because I’m so sick of messing it up. I will say that we’re using our local Twin Oaks tofu, which is the firmest tofu I’ve ever had, so it already has extra protection against sticking. And make sure the grill is at maximum heat and has clean grates.


14 Amanda, RD- The Nutritionist Reviews April 17, 2013 at 8:53 am

I love the picture of Mazen opening his mouth for broccoli! Cute!


15 Lily April 17, 2013 at 9:36 am

I was going to say the same! That one is adorable & could totally be an ad for starting healthy habits suuuper early 😉


16 Susan H @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 17, 2013 at 8:56 am

Wow! So envious of your spring weather…we are just getting a taste of it here in Southern Ontario. Love all the great food! Food, wine and good friends…what a way to enjoy the weekend! :)


17 Hil April 17, 2013 at 9:18 am

The grill marks you got on the zucchini look amazing. How thick/thin did you cut them before grilling?


18 [email protected] April 17, 2013 at 9:53 am

I want your tofu dinner! So simple and delicious! Red dress looks fantastic on you btw!


19 Spice Chicken April 17, 2013 at 7:52 pm

My thoughts exactly on the red dress. Super cute.


20 Nina @ Too Hottie For That Body April 17, 2013 at 10:30 am

HA! I can’t get over that picture of Mazen with the broccoli spear… priceless.


21 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run April 17, 2013 at 10:31 am

whipped sweet taters — i gotta get on that. maybe with coconut milk? mmm!


22 Lisa @bitesforbabies April 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

Is that your yard? It’s amazing! Btw, I love grilled veggies!!!


23 Amy April 17, 2013 at 11:38 am

What is going on in the first picture? Is that Matt, Mazen, and Pumpkin?


24 KathEats April 17, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Yeah Playing in our yard


25 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane April 17, 2013 at 11:47 am

Mazen looks so grown up in that stroller! Whipped sweet potatoes are yummy!


26 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin April 17, 2013 at 11:50 am

Wine festivals are my favorite! I am going to one in a couple weeks!


27 [email protected] April 17, 2013 at 11:57 am

That grilled tofu looks great. I have never grilled Tofu before, but since we are getting the new grill soon, I have to give it a try


28 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! April 17, 2013 at 11:58 am

The picture of Mazen with the broccoli stalk is ADORABLE! He’s got the biggest smile!


29 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs April 17, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I can’t wait until the weather gets good enough for BBQing & going to the market — please happen SOON weatherman!! :)


30 Sarah April 17, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Your yard looks great! Are you aware that there’s a pop up survey about HP products that blocks readers from reading your site until they answer a question and vote. It’s impossible to decline the survey. Really obnoxious.


31 KathEats April 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm

It shouldn’t be covering anything, and it shouldn’t pop out until you interact with it. What browser are you using? I’ll pass it on to the team. Thanks


32 Kelly April 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I had it pop up and take away the 1st pic of Matt and Mazen in the yard but I refreshed by clicking on the post title and it went away.


33 elizabeth April 17, 2013 at 2:22 pm

I had a similar issue, actually blocked your entire post until I voted and then refreshed your site. I use Firefox.


34 Sarah April 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I’m on my work computer, using firefox. It happened again when I visited just now, but I may have hovered briefly over the ad at the bottom because I scrolled straight to the comments and then my screen froze and I had the pop up survey.


35 Sara @ fitcupcaker April 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm

we were going to grill yesterday but it rained :( I love grilling veggies and fish! Great combo of broccoli and cupcakes, haha!


36 Jola April 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I wish spring would finally arrive here in Germany… It’s still too cold. =/


37 Diana @ Eating Made Easy April 17, 2013 at 4:39 pm

It looks so nice out there, Spring is in the air…even though I live in So Cal I’m still very excited for the Summer. We need to get our grill out too, it’s been too long.


38 Jordan April 17, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Those whipped sweet potatoes look amazing. Thanks for keeping me entertained, Kath – as a University student going through exams right now, your posts keep me going!


39 Kylie @ immaeatthat April 17, 2013 at 8:56 pm

That picture of Mazen and the broccoli…ohmygoodness. May just be the cutest thing I ever did see:)


40 Emily April 18, 2013 at 12:12 am

Hi Kath,
Long time reader here of this blog and occasionally babykerf (not a mom and not in near plans), but just feel like your blogs lately have gone from great healthy food/drink/family pics to more product advertisements, restaurant reviews, and products you like with their websites where to purchase hyperlinked. I know you’ve done restaurant reviews frequently in the past, but them alongside the product reviews make them appear as though they”re sponsoring you or paying for your meal (maybe they’re not-but that’s something readers like to know).
While I know you need to make a living, it’s very unappealing to read blogs that are constantly being sponsored by or promoting some product.
Good luck with wherever you end up taking the blogs.


41 KathEats April 18, 2013 at 7:59 am

Are you talking about the Ace BBQ post? That wasn’t sponsored or comped – just me writing about where I’d had lunch. I include a lot of hyperlinks because people generally always want to know what and where, but not all of them are always “buy me” things. Appreciate the feedback though.


42 Kristen @ Change of Pace April 18, 2013 at 5:41 am

What a great weekend. I would love to be a part of a small town like that. It seems like there’s always something going on!


43 Charlotte April 18, 2013 at 7:49 am

OMG Mazen and that broccoli!! so adorable..you are raising him right. also love that dress you’re wearing, you look stunning. you so belong on the west coast with your hollisitic lifestyle. I hope to hear one day you make a career move to CA or Oregon…then again your town looks similar in lifestyle… anyways keep up the great blogging…I’ve been a fan for a few years and have loved seeing your journey of wellness and motherhood..I’m only 22 and in college but inspired by your healthy non-disordered attitude and balance and amazing recipes.


44 Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes April 18, 2013 at 8:18 am

I’m so jealous you got to start grilling out already! I can’t wait for warmer, non-rainy weather here in Chicago! Looks like you had a fabulous weekend. :-)


45 Lauren @ Sassy Molassy April 18, 2013 at 6:17 pm

I totally love that photo of Mazen’s mouth WIDE open for the broccoli. So cute.


46 Mommypage April 19, 2013 at 6:45 pm

Look like you had a fun day! That’s exciting you had the opportunity to grill. That is one of our favorite parts about summertime!


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