Weekend Of Jambalaya

November 4, 2013

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How was your weekend!!? Despite coming down with a sickness on Halloween, Mazen rallied for the second half of the weekend. He rocked and climbed his heart out!

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He’s getting really good on the stairs. But he doesn’t understand that he’s not allowed to stand up in his rocking chair. You can see him testing the waters here to see what we would do.

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On Halloween he was sick with a fever and we didn’t get to go out with his friends. Next year I hope he’ll be ready to trick or treat.

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On Friday night our friend Jeff came over and cooked us jambalaya! Having spent 14 years in and around New Orleans, he’s got the technique mastered. I’m planning a separate post with the recipe.

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Ours had chicken and Andouille sausage and was wonderful!

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Along with the jambalaya went a pumpkin beer tasting – just some old favorites! Williamsburg Alewerks and the home brew won by a long shot over Cottonwood and Dogfish.

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Saturday we went to the city market where we met Matt on a break from the bakery. M is old enough now that he wants to get out and play, and he would disappear in a second if we let go of his hand. He is not shy!

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I picked up some veggies and squash, local smoked trout, goat’s milk soap and a gorgeous feather necklace from Girls Day Out!

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It was quite a warm day, but fall was otherwise around us everywhere! The trees are now at their peak, but I have a feeling they will be totally bare in just another week or so.

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Saturday afternoon I got to take a lovely nap. Mazen was up from 4am onward two nights in a row and I was exhausted!

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Saturday night we made plans with Jeff to eat up the giant pot of leftovers we still had! The good news is the jambalaya tasted just as good the next night.

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We also tried this beer – holy moly Peanut Butter Chocolate! Wish I could say it was the best ever, but I thought it tasted a bit artificial.

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I went to bed early and woke up to make pumpkin pancakes on Sunday. I kept them simple with just butter and maple syrup on top. Surprisingly, less seems to be more these days.

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I piddled around the house doing projects and we cleaned up the garden and did lots of playing in the yard.

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I also had a soccer game (we won!!!), went to Trader Joe’s ate carrots with sunbutter for lunch, worked on this blog post and then had a delicious dinner with Karen.

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xoxo

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1 Jackie November 4, 2013 at 9:34 am

Yum can’t wait for the recipe!

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2 Brittany @ The Fit Phoenician November 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

Mazen looks so old to me all of the sudden… So cute!
Looks like a fun weekend- that jambalaya looks amazeballs :)

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3 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh November 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

He’s such a cutie! Sorry he didn’t get to trick or treat but many years ahead for that.

Looking forward to the jambalaya recipe!

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4 sharon November 4, 2013 at 10:13 am

How is it that Mazen is a little boy already and not a baby anymore?! He really is precious and I wish you could have been my mom. Very fortunate little boy. Congrats again Kath and Matt.

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5 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 4, 2013 at 10:18 am

Awww poor Mazen! At least it happened on a year he didn’t really realize what he was missing!

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6 Shel@PeachyPalate November 4, 2013 at 10:39 am

Glowing as always!!! Sounds like the perfect balance of a fun and restful weekend!! You always manage to squeeze in so much!

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7 Rebecca November 4, 2013 at 10:43 am

If you can find Spring House (Lancaster County, PA) – Big Gruesome, I’d recommend it over Sweet Baby Jesus. :)

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8 Chelsea @ TableForOne November 4, 2013 at 10:48 am

I am a huge jambalaya fan! I can’t wait for the recipe post. Looks like a fun Halloween weekend (:

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9 Ali @ Peaches and Football November 4, 2013 at 10:49 am

I wish I was as excited as Maze to climb up stairs. What a thrill for a little guy! He just gets more adorable each month. :)

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10 Tonya November 4, 2013 at 11:11 am

omg That little butter bean is already old enough to test you guys?! Look at that mischievous grin. :-)

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11 Kori November 4, 2013 at 11:32 am

Other than Mazen being ill, it looks like it was an awesome weekend! I love the necklace you bought!! Also, I must say that you look just as gorgeous dressed casually as you do when you are dressed for an event. :) It’s obvious that you are enjoying life to the fullest and in such good spirits. I hope Karen is doing better. Best wishes for a great start to your week!

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12 char eats greens November 4, 2013 at 11:44 am

My girl tries to stand up using the swiveling bar stool…it just doesn’t work and I’m always worried she’s going to face plant into the foot rest. I tell her to be careful and always have to keep an eye on her when she’s near it! Silly babies!

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13 Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog November 4, 2013 at 11:46 am

Yum – the jambalaya looks to die for! Can’t wait to see the recipe. Your weekend seems like it was nice and refreshing.

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14 Justeen November 4, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Lovely necklace! I have a pair of GDO earrings and I got a necklace for a friend last time I was in Cville.

I made pumpkin pancakes (we like to call them pumcakes) for breakfast over the weekend as well. I agree – maple syrup and butter are the best toppings!!

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15 Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama November 4, 2013 at 12:19 pm

So much cuteness in this post! <3
Glad he was feeling better! Looked like you all have a wonderful weekend!
XxOo Tasha

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16 Ellie@Fit for the soul November 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Jambalaya is one of the most delicious rice dishes ever!!! And I’m thinking it’s probably one of those dishes that taste better the longer they sit in the fridge.

Also, that feather necklace is so gorgeous! it would go with just about anything since it’s so simple and delicate.

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17 Elizabeth November 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Such a cutie!!! We have really good family friends who are from New Orleans, and he makes the BEST jambalaya. We always have a big party each year and the jambalaya is always the guest of honor :) I can’t wait to see your recipe!!

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18 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! November 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

I’ve been LOVING feather jewelry right now!!! That necklace is such a pretty color!

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19 Janelle November 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm

We had jambalaya out this weekend, but I’d love a good recipe – can’t wait!

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20 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 4, 2013 at 2:29 pm

How is Karen doing? I hope well!

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21 KathEats November 4, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Good! Thanks for asking

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22 Anna @ Fitness à la Anna November 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm

That necklace is gorgey!

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23 K November 4, 2013 at 2:37 pm

Kath have you lost weight since stopping nursing? You look wonderful!!! Not that you didn’t before so please don’t take it that way :)

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24 KathEats November 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I don’t think technically on the scale, but maybe?!

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25 KathEats November 4, 2013 at 2:54 pm

PS. Thanks!

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26 KathEats November 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm

PPS. I’m still nursing once a day – hoping to lose a magic 5 after that ;)

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27 Kelley November 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm

Love the photos in this post! Glad everyone’s feeling better!

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28 Hannah November 4, 2013 at 2:52 pm

Your skin is so beautiful!

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29 Melissa November 4, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Aww, Mazen is absolutely adorable! Such great photos of him!

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30 Danielle @ Green is the New Black November 4, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Looking forward to the Jambalaya recipe! Looks delicious! Glad Mazen is feeling better!

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31 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs November 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Mazen is looking so grown up these days! What a cutie :)

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32 Sarah November 4, 2013 at 5:58 pm

Hello, kinda of a random question, but the real shirt you are wearing in the last photo, is that a nursing top? Where did you get it? I have a newborn and only seem to wear tanks but the weather is getting colder and I’m not sure where to get cute long sleeve/winter nursing clothes. Thank you!!

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33 KathEats November 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm

It’s just a regular shirt from Loft but anything loose enough to pull down from the neck will be great

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34 Sarah November 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Teal, not real shirt :)

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35 Irene November 4, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Wow, you look great!! I’m jealous. :)

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36 Livi November 4, 2013 at 6:49 pm

that necklace is so cute!

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37 Elisabeth November 4, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Love your Tom’s!

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38 Julie November 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Oh I love Cottonwood so I’m curious about Williamsburg Aleworks. All those pictures looks beautiful with the leaves turning, and Mazen is gorgeous – getting so big!

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39 Kristi November 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Thank goodness Mazen bounced back quickly from his illness. I guess it wasn’t Hand Foot and Mouth after all? My friend’s toddler had it recently and it sounded pretty terrible (and super contagious!) So glad M didn’t have that!

We have a big, wide wooden staircase in our house and my 11mo is OBSESSED! Always climbing!

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40 KathEats November 5, 2013 at 5:28 am

He did and it was terrible but cleared up really fast. It was just in his throat. .. no open sores on his extremities.

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41 Kristi November 5, 2013 at 8:40 am

Actually, now that I think about it my friend said she didn’t realize her LO had it until there were sores on the wrists and feet. Good thing you caught it early!

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42 Eating 4 Balance November 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Love Jambalaya! And pumpkin so those pancakes sound great :)

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43 Alex @ Kenzie Life November 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm

I was sick almost every Halloween growing up, so I’m sorry Mazen wasn’t feeling good this year. Hopefully next year will be better! By the way, I love the little “Mazen jar” icons below in the footer!

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44 Neil Butterfield November 6, 2013 at 9:11 am

Too cute! Glad to hear that Mazen is better now.

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45 Beth November 7, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Hi Kath — I always keep an eye on your flavorful-looking dishes, since I am a fellow onion-sensitive gal. The jambalaya looks delicious, and it’s a dish that I can almost never eat due to all the onion that usually goes into the recipe! I’m very curious as to what Jeff used to sub for onions. Shallots? More garlic? A secret spice, perhaps? :) Can’t wait to try to make it over here!

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46 KathEats November 7, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Jeff’s recipe did have onions, and the deal was he had to cook them down until they were super translucent :) I couldn’t taste (or see) them in the final dish.

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47 Beth November 7, 2013 at 9:33 pm

Ah, I see! I do find that I can deal with the occasional aggressively-cooked onion (especially a sweeter one, like a vidalia). I suppose onions do have some good flavor — it’s just VERY well-hidden! :p

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