Weekend: Picnics + Bow Ties

April 30, 2013

Another weekend filled with fun to share with you all!


Fridays After Five have begun, which means we have plans every Friday until September!


It was so much fun to take Mazen, although a bit tricky to work around naps and bedtime. We took his dinner and ours to go and things worked out well in the end.


Little guy liked his broccoli, peas, butternut squash and green beans blend!


We parents shared two salads with our friends – a lentil and millet Moroccan salad (recipe coming) and a kale salad, plus we munched on their arugula pasta salad and a triple berry + mint fruit salad. Delish!


Another weekend routine that has started with springtime is the city market.


We met Matt there for breakfast because he had baked me a surprise loaf of Irish Soda Bread! My favorite, and like Christmas in July to get it so far out from St. Patrick’s Day.


Also for breakfast we shared fresh strawberries and a small donut

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Later for lunch we made salads with leftover veggie burgers a friend made and kale from the garden


Mazen enjoyed more veggie blend and some oatmeal


Later in the afternoon we took Beansy to the park for some swingin’


And crawl practice


And laugh practice


And by late afternoon, we headed into the country to a friends’ house for an Alternative Foxfield Party. Foxfield is a big horse race here and quite the wild event. We used to attend the Carolina Cup in Camden, SC in college – I don’t know if I want to relive those days!

We dressed in bold colors and bowties to celebrate : )


We nibbled on cheese and crackers


Sipped mint juleps, of course


Raced the horses….er, zebras


And enjoyed dinner outside


Featuring No Bull Burgers 


And a great arugula and bean salad


Sunday was slow and boring in contrast. We watched 3 episodes of Mad Men, took a walk, one of us took 3 naps, I went to yoga at Opal Yoga, Matt went running and we had quiche for dinner. Exciting times!

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1 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! April 30, 2013 at 8:11 am

I love that it’s picnic weather again! So happy. The dad and son matching bow ties are adorable! What handsome bunch! :)


2 Ali @ Peaches and Football April 30, 2013 at 8:11 am

It’s great to see the family shots of the three of you together! I know that must be a challenge when you’re the one behind the camera but those photos of you guys together are so precious. What a beautiful family!

How do you like Mad Men? I watched the first episode and didn’t get hooked in at all and I’m wondering if it’s me or if I need to watch a few more to get into it.


3 KathEats April 30, 2013 at 8:38 am

It took us a while to get into it, but we love it now! Totally hooked. Just started season 3


4 Jessica April 30, 2013 at 11:38 am

My husband and I were VERY ambivalent after watching the first episode, but it gets better and better for sure.


5 Ali @ Peaches and Football April 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm

Good to know – I’ll stick with it for a few more episodes then! Thanks :)


6 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh April 30, 2013 at 8:22 am

OH. MY. GOODNESS. That family pic of you all with your guys in bow ties is PRECIOUS! I hope you frame it somewhere! As usual, awesome eats and you make me feel like my bun selections are super boring! HA!


7 Katie April 30, 2013 at 8:29 am

I tried No Bull burgers when I was in Charlottesville last year! So good! I wish we had them here (not too far away in Blacksburg). That arugula bean salad looks yummy… is it a bean salad served over arugula or bean salad with arugula in it?


8 KathEats April 30, 2013 at 8:39 am

It was an arugula salad with garbanzos and whole wheat penne in it


9 Katie April 30, 2013 at 8:42 am

Yum :)


10 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio April 30, 2013 at 8:34 am

What adorable photos Kath!! Such a beautiful family.


11 Sara @ fitcupcaker April 30, 2013 at 8:42 am

What a fun packed weekend! Mazen keeps you busy for sure! He is so cute! I love being able to eat dinner outside in the warm weather!


12 Hayley @ Running on Pumpkin April 30, 2013 at 8:46 am

I want to try a No Bull Burger they always look amazing!


13 Diane April 30, 2013 at 8:59 am

They mentioned at the market last weekend that they do ship them!


14 Racheal @ Running with Racheal April 30, 2013 at 8:53 am

Those bow-ties kill me! So cute! :) Now I am dreaming of a nice day at the park!


15 Diane April 30, 2013 at 8:58 am

LOVE the bowties! Mazen is so cute.

Who is your favorite strawberry vendor at the market? I recall last year having some trouble finding strawberries that hadn’t been sprayed.


16 KathEats April 30, 2013 at 9:09 am

I bought these from the Agriberry folks. She said they only spray when absolutely necessary and follow guidelines from an organization (that slips my mind) to keep things as close to organic as possible. I haven’t seen other vendors with them to bring up conversation yet though


17 Diane April 30, 2013 at 9:13 am

Thanks! :)


18 Lynn @ the actor's diet April 30, 2013 at 9:07 am

Bow ties. I die.


19 Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon April 30, 2013 at 9:07 am

Mazen is a veggie lover just like you! It’s so awesome!! Looks like a fun and wonderful weekend with lots of family time, and mint juleps never hurt of course : )


20 Stacy @ Stacy Eats April 30, 2013 at 9:15 am

How fun to have those Fridays after Five each week until September!


21 Sara R. April 30, 2013 at 9:17 am

So much fun! I LOVE Maze’s bowtie (and Matt’s too, of course)! I’m also so jealous that your farmer’s market is open already…it’s so much better than my local one to begin with AND it opens weeks earlier? Not fair!


22 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 30, 2013 at 9:19 am

Look at those little teeth!! So cute! :)


23 Karen April 30, 2013 at 9:24 am

LOVE the photos of Mazen eating his veggie blend (complete with spillover!) and the boys in their bow ties…absolutely adorable! Your looking so pretty in that green dress/top too!

Mazen is looking so much like you and your parents and especially Larbs these days – those distinctively shaped blue eyes!

How could a Sunday filled with back to back episodes of Mad Men be classified as boring?! Best show/characters ever created! :)


24 Matt April 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

Mazen is a stud in that bow-tie. Teaching him early. I love it!


25 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats April 30, 2013 at 9:49 am

oh my gosh, that is too cute!!! I LOVE bowties and Maze looks adorable in his!


26 Morgan April 30, 2013 at 10:17 am

It’s so fun to get a sneak peek into how others enjoy their weekend time! Thanks for sharing :)


27 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane April 30, 2013 at 10:22 am

My friends in Charlotte appeared to have gone to some horse race this weekend, sundresses, hats, & bowties are dead giveaways! Spring has definitely sprung on the east coast. Everything is so green :)


28 KathEats April 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

I bet it was the Carolina Cup in Camden South Carolina!


29 colleen April 30, 2013 at 11:04 am

You guys look so cute, at the races!


30 Cyn April 30, 2013 at 11:05 am

Ha! My daughter’s nickname is Beansy! Fun to see it in print :)


31 Andrea April 30, 2013 at 11:09 am

Yay for Foxfield. I went to JMU and we went to foxfield all the time with my sorority. So many fun memories!


32 melinda April 30, 2013 at 11:09 am

My husband and i stopped in charlottesville while on vacation. Really enjoy your blog and enjoyed coffees and scriffins at the bakery. Keep up the good work that you do.


33 KathEats April 30, 2013 at 11:12 am

So glad you enjoyed your stay! And scriffins…lol! They are scuffins but scriffins is even cuter!


34 jill April 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

How do you make your mint julips??


35 KathEats April 30, 2013 at 12:01 pm

Muddled mint, simple syrup (1:1 sugar to water) and bourbon. I’m not sure of the exact proportions – Matt??


36 Brenda April 30, 2013 at 5:00 pm

You should give the Alton Brown method a try- muddle the mint WITH sugar until it forms a paste. That way when you add the whiskey and seltzer/water it doesn’t just have huge pieces of mint floating around. They are so refreshing in the warmer months! Yum.


37 KathEats April 30, 2013 at 5:29 pm



38 Liz April 30, 2013 at 11:25 am

Mazen is the cutiest baby ever!


39 Lisa @bitesforbabies April 30, 2013 at 11:26 am

Great pics..I especially like the one of the flowers in the vase with Mazen in his high chair in the background! Very artsy 😉


40 Maureen April 30, 2013 at 11:27 am

Looks like Mazen is a big fan of bow ties! :)


41 [email protected] April 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm

I love picnics. Here in Germany we did not have a chance to do one yet, but tommorow is our first Labor day bbq. Can’t wait!


42 [email protected] April 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Lots of yummy eats! The millet salad sounds like my kind of salad! Love millet, possibly my favourite grain and I’m a lentil nut! Gorgeous family pics!


43 Alexandra April 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm

OK – Mazen is legitimately one of THE cutest babies I’ve ever seen in my life!!! You must have more kids Kath you and Matt make absolutely adorable babies ah!!! I cannot look at those photos and not smile :)


44 Kathy W. April 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm

cute toofies on Beansie!


45 Elyse April 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm

You have such an adorable family! Mazen is just precious.


46 Jola April 30, 2013 at 2:45 pm

Lovely flowers! :) Where did you get them?


47 KathEats April 30, 2013 at 2:50 pm

City market!


48 Taylor @ Liftingrevolution April 30, 2013 at 3:11 pm

I love Matt’s SC bow tie! Way to represent :)
I went to Winthrop and remember (kind of) Carolina Cup days… glad they are over. But made for great memories!


49 jodea @ chillichocolatelove.com April 30, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Sounds like a lovely balanced weekend.


50 Alyssa @ Road to RD April 30, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Mazen is getting so big! No less adorable though!


51 Miss Polkadot April 30, 2013 at 5:31 pm

Not just saying this but: Mazen seems to get cuter and cuter by the day, or, well, by the post :). Even more so with the bowtie.


52 Miranda @ Cracked Up Chicken April 30, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Do you massage the kale for you kale salads? Mine always seems tough. Maybe I don’t massage enough??


53 KathEats April 30, 2013 at 5:59 pm

Yes – an acid like lime juice and some salt will help


54 Jessica Locke April 30, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Those No Bull burgers always look so good! Wish they woud trickle down to Florida!


55 KathEats April 30, 2013 at 8:09 pm

They can via UPS : )


56 Karen April 30, 2013 at 7:07 pm

Love Mazen’s cute little toothies ! Can’t wait to hear about him crawling across the porch by the 4th of July, I’m guessing !


57 Jennifer April 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm

The pictures of your family are so adorable. I just had a baby three months ago and I love looking at pictures of other’s little ones. It’s inspiring to hear how active you are even with a family to take care of. In addition, you also make time to prepare tasty meals. Thanks for setting a great example, I have gotten some inspiration after reading this post.


58 Kristi April 30, 2013 at 8:20 pm

So did you leave before Mazen’s bedtime? We’d love to go to some summer concerts at the amphitheater across the street but they don’t start till around bedtime!! Don’t know how bad it would mess up his schedule…


59 KathEats April 30, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Yeah, but he goes to bed at 8 so we had more time.


60 Rebecca April 30, 2013 at 8:31 pm

Hi Kath! I love all the spring and summer foods we have to look forward to over the next few months, don’t you? I have a cooking question for you, since you’re so good at combining foods and flavors in ways I would never think of and you have a knack for making food prep easy! I really love crockpot cooking, but I have yet to figure out how I can use my trusty crock in spring and summertime to take advantage of all the seasonal foods available. Do you have any good ideas for summertime crockpot dishes I could try? Thanks in advance (because I KNOW you’ll come up with something great!!!!1!!)


61 KathEats April 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm

Hmmm…you are kind but I’m a bit stumped! What about a risotto with asparagus and maybe peas too? (I think I want to make this now!) http://kidscooking.about.com/od/ricerecipes/r/crockpot-risotto-asparagus.htm


62 Lisa April 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Yummmm love the salads Kath! So looking forward to the recipe! Til then take care Lisa


63 Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes May 1, 2013 at 4:42 am

Love the bowties! How adorable. :-) I wonder if there is anything like your Fridays after Five here in Chicago? Looks like so much fun!


64 Susan H @ The Food Allergy Chronicles May 1, 2013 at 6:35 am

Sweet pics of Mazen. Love the flowers, fresh strawberries and all those delicious looking salads! :)


65 Amy May 1, 2013 at 7:44 am

Awesome pic, your little guy looks sooooo cute :)


66 Alexandra @ Delicious Knowledge May 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm

What a fun weekend! Ah, Foxfields- that takes me back to my college days at JMU and it was quite the event… of what I remember :) I think I could enjoy a tamer celebration now, your mint juleps look great!


67 Liz @ iheartvegetables May 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm

That sounds like such a fun weekend, Kath! I had tons of friends that went to Foxfield this weekend!


68 Linda May 8, 2013 at 4:16 pm

It is always great when you can get the little ones to eat their veggies.


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