Weekend Visitors

April 2, 2013

Grammie Buzz and Pea came to visit this weekend!


(Grand Pepaw has transformed into simply P which I think is cuter as Pea!)


We had a great time eating and playing.


Thursday we went on our date night. Before we left, we set the grandparents up with homemade pizza, salad and wine.


We put Mazen to bed and left them watching him sleep on monitor. Luckily all went well!


The next day we went to Great Harvest to visit the bunnies

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And ate sandwiches. Pimento cheese is the best!


And read stories


Lots of playing and napping followed!


That night we grilled mushrooms and asparagus


And ate burgers (mine was a leftover Mamapea millet burger)



What was Matt thinking!?


The Easter grandma brought some treats for Mazen and me that we split up for dessert that night


I enjoyed these so much in a variety of little bite-sized pieces!


Saturday breakfast. Hot cross bun, banana + PB and yogurt.


I went to the gym and then after noon nap we went out to lunch



To Eppies, where I had the best Santa Monica salad with black beans and cornbread


We had fabulous weather so we were able to sit outside! Mazen likes his new Uppababy G-lite petite umbrella stroller : ) (We got a 2012 model on sale)


I took advantage of mom being here and prepared dinner after lunch since they were heading back to NC later that afternoon. Then I just had to put it in the oven when I was solo again.

Marinated tofu in Bone Suckin’ sauce, sweet potato fries and kale chips. The sweet potato was totally fine being cut open hours before it baked. I put it in the fridge covered in the mean time.


Coconut butter was the best part –


Plus the last baby bread bunny standing!


Our little Easter ham Winking smile



We hosted Easter dinner for Matt’s aunt+uncle+cousins and Karen.



The fish was rolled in Whole Foods’ Lemon Almond panko and then seared and baked for 10 minutes. It was perrrrrfect!


I love asparagus most grilled <3


I made the risotto in the rice cooker. It was really good, but not quite as good as a traditional risotto. But given the hands-off time, I’ll take it. Peas, cremini mushrooms and risotto rice plus parmesan, butter and 2 tbsp heavy cream to finish.


We had Great Harvest pesto parmesan swirl and hot cross buns!



Karen’s cheesecake was the BEST! The crust….toffee love!



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1 Lindsay April 2, 2013 at 9:24 am

What stroller did you end up going with?


2 KathEats April 2, 2013 at 9:27 am

Uppababy G-Lite


3 Lindsay April 2, 2013 at 10:13 am

Nice! How do you like it? We looked at that one but the store didn’t have any in stock so we ended up going with the Uppababy G-Luxe


4 KathEats April 2, 2013 at 10:38 am

So far so good!


5 Carly @ Snack Therapy April 2, 2013 at 9:36 am

Omg, Mazen’s big eyes! And his cardigan! And that cheesecake! I’m dying over here!


6 Jennifer April 2, 2013 at 9:39 am

I love your chalkboard menu. What a cute idea!

That stroller looks really nice. Good choice.

Mazen has got to be the happiest baby. :) He’s got such a sweet smile and he always looks so happy. I can see a lot of your mom in his face.

I’m glad you all had a nice Easter.


7 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane April 2, 2013 at 10:01 am

Mazen is seriously too cute! Such good eats Kath! I think I’ll grill my asparagus tonight instead of roast. Whole Foods will marinate any fish you buy from them for free (not sure about the bread crumbs though). They are good at pairing flavors if you’re not in the mood to think of something yourself or spend the extra $ on the pre-marinated ones they offer.


8 Amanda, RD- The Nutritionist Reviews April 2, 2013 at 10:08 am

That was so nice of you to set them up with pizza and wine! Looks like a fun time.


9 Cait's Plate April 2, 2013 at 10:24 am

Aw. what a wonderful way to celebrate Easter :) Love the last set of photos!


10 Jola April 2, 2013 at 10:27 am

The baby bread bunny is the best!


11 Amanda Cowan April 2, 2013 at 10:34 am

The Easter Bunny brought a cinnamon chip bunny-shaped loaf for my kiddos. Well, my kiddos and the adults, who all enjoyed it immensely. I didn’t see any of the baby ones at our Farmers Market, but maybe they were out or just didn’t make them. I notice they seem to carry different breads than you show. Perhaps a store-by-store thing? I chatted for awhile with the young man. Such a nice company, though as much as I love the bread, we can’t justify the costs of it on a regular basis. I love the sweet breads for an occasional Sunday treat though.


12 KathEats April 2, 2013 at 10:38 am

: )


13 Alex @ Raw Recovery April 2, 2013 at 10:46 am

Oddly enough, your Easter menu looks a lot like ours! We also had fish, risotto with peas, and GH bunny bread and rosemary rolls :) I grew up in the Greek Orthodox church and they use a different calendar, so this year our Easter is in May. However, I get to celebrate two Easters and did an “adult easter egg hunt” with close family friends. We hunted for money and drank beer while we did it :)


14 Natalie @ Will Jog For Food April 2, 2013 at 10:47 am

Looks like a great weekend with tons of good eats! What a happy family :)


15 Tara April 2, 2013 at 10:53 am

Yum, you should post your MIL’s cheesecake recipe!


16 lucy Lincoln April 2, 2013 at 11:33 am

1) mazen has exactly the same skin colouring and hair colouring as you! 2) any recipe for Karen’s cheesecake?!


17 Heather Adamson April 2, 2013 at 11:53 am

Love your blog! Great meal ideas and photos :) You have a new follower!


18 KathEats April 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm



19 kim April 2, 2013 at 11:55 am

You have such a beautiful family. And I love that your mommy-hood hasn’t
slowed you down, or seemingly so, and that you keep blogging. Thank you cuz we love it.

Also, thanks for the Lemon Almond fish panko crust from Whole Foods rec. Always looking for more ways to get fish on the table!

Thanks and Happy Easter to you too!


20 Emily @ Life on Food April 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

That smile is adorable. Sounds like a super duper Easter weekend.


21 Cait April 2, 2013 at 12:20 pm

love Mazen’s cardi sweater!


22 Kristen @ Change of Pace April 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm

I LOVE THIS POST! I have been reading for a long time… Since way before you even opened up the GHBC. Maybe 2009? Anyways, seeing Mazen has been such a wonderful part of your blog! Thank you for letting us get to see him grow! Oh, and the food looks great as always 😉


23 kathy April 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Cutest sweater ever!


24 Sara @ fitcupcaker April 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Looks like a great Easter, the hot cross buns look AMAZing!


25 [email protected] April 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

Delicious looking Easter lunch! Also loving the coconut butter on sweet potatoes, need to have it more often myself! Super cute photos of Mazen as always, can’t get over how big he’s getting!


26 Karen H April 2, 2013 at 1:35 pm

I haven’t checked out your blog in a while…wow, Mazen is big and sooooo cute! Love the great ideas for dinner and the chalkboard menu. I’ll have to get one. That way, maybe I won’t forget to put something out that was made ahead of time because someone will ask!


27 Kathy W. April 2, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Maze’s fuzzy hair is killing me with the cute!

(and you guys have green leaves on your trees–no fair!!)


28 Lisa April 2, 2013 at 2:16 pm

what a gorgeous weekend!!!! ps. baby bow ties – I melt!!!!


29 Amy Wiginton April 2, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Love, love, love everything in this post but my favorite part was Mazen dressed in his Easter best!! He is a total doll!!!


30 Andrea April 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Oh wow! I haven’t visited your blog in a long time, but you are looking fabulous and your little one could not be cuter!!
Looked like a very Happy Easter!


31 Sarah W April 2, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Ooo! I would SO love if Karen would share her cheesecake recipe!


32 Lisa @bitesforbabies April 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I love, love, love the chalkboard menu!!! I’ve been trying to find one of those for my house! I love entertaining and think that’s the cutest idea 😉 Where did you get it??


33 KathEats April 2, 2013 at 4:14 pm

A friend made it for me. It was available for sale, but not anymore : (


34 Lisa @bitesforbabies April 2, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Awe, too bad! I’ll keep looking then 😉


35 Anne April 2, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Off topic, but I have to know! Was yesterday’s post an April Fool’s joke?? I mean, I know you like sardines and all, and I know you’ve written before about how nutritious they are, but I’m not sure you’d really put them on oatmeal…

On topic: your Easter menu sounds delicious! And I 2nd (3rd? 4th?) the requests for the cheesecake recipe. Yumm!!


36 KathEats April 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Yes, yes :)

But the more I thought about it, it wasn’t thhhhat gross!! I’m sure there are plenty of countries who eat fish for breakfast. But yes, for me, it’s not going to be my latest menu rotation : )


37 Anne April 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm

What a relief! I kinda figured, but then I came here looking for the “Haha! Fooled you!” post today and when there wasn’t one, I started thinking maybe you really did eat it! :)


38 KathEats April 2, 2013 at 5:52 pm
39 Jane @ Not Plain So Jane April 2, 2013 at 8:49 pm

A lot of Asian cultures eat seafood in savory porridge for breakfast!


40 Sandy April 2, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Any chance that Karen will share that toffee crust cheesecake recipe?


41 Rebecca April 2, 2013 at 6:05 pm

If possible Mazen gets cuter and cuter, what a delight to see him!


42 marilee April 2, 2013 at 6:07 pm

Mazen is the cutest thing.I just love seeing him. The food looks yummy too.


43 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More April 2, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Looks like you guys had such a FUN and TASTY weekend! :)


44 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings April 2, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Super cutie is getting big! Love seeing the easter gatherings and goodies. Looks like a fantastic weekend for all.


45 Maria Tadic April 2, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I love this post – so many great pictures and recipe ideas! I really enjoy your blogging style – its so much fun to read!


46 Jo Williams April 2, 2013 at 8:26 pm

Mazen looks just like you now! Thanks for sharing all the good Easter eats!


47 [email protected] April 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm

glad you enjoyed family time and a fun easter weekend, kath!
love the bow tie addition to the cardigan – very cute look!


48 KathEats April 3, 2013 at 5:45 am

We love it too!


49 Elisabeth April 2, 2013 at 9:10 pm

Love the first pic of Grandpa & M! So many cute pics of Mazen :)


50 Jun April 3, 2013 at 2:56 am

You look amazing! I think nutritious meals, regular exercise play its roles, but most importantly I suppose it’s because you’re always carrying such a bright and positive attitude in life that you’re literally glowing every second.


51 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) April 3, 2013 at 5:56 am

Is that a Chewbeads Hudson necklace (yellow) that you have on? Does Mazen enjoy chewing on it? I have seen those around (and have one in my Amazon cart online to buy and try out for Clara) but keep going back and forth. How often do you wear it? Love all your pics!


52 KathEats April 3, 2013 at 7:15 am

He does like chewing on them but I don’t wear them that often. More often he just plays with it at home. They are great for chew though


53 Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) April 3, 2013 at 8:53 am

Great! Good to know, thanks!


54 Bruna @ morgbu.com April 3, 2013 at 6:01 am

happy easter, we also got a bunch of chocolates but we ate a ton and threw out the rest. yay for no sugar house!


55 Louise April 3, 2013 at 6:38 am

The picture of your dad and Karen watching Mazen on the monitor warms my heart. :)


56 Liz @ iheartvegetables April 3, 2013 at 7:11 am

It looks like you guys had a lovely time! :)


57 Susan H @ The Food Allergy Chronicles April 3, 2013 at 7:28 am

Love Mazen’s knitted sweater…I just finished knitting my first baby sweater in violet and cream for a little girl named Violet. That cheesecake…oh my…is all I can say!!! :)


58 Mom April 4, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Love violet and cream!


59 Katherine April 3, 2013 at 8:45 am

Mazen has the cutest smile!



60 Tonya April 3, 2013 at 8:50 am

The people have spoken! Guest post from Karen for that cheesecake!

*crowd chants*


61 elizabeth April 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

Would Karen be willing to share her cheesecake recipe?


62 Emily April 3, 2013 at 1:25 pm

You guys are the cutest little family EVER :) love it.


63 zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth April 4, 2013 at 11:32 am

Just repeating the request from the others for the cheesecake recipe PLEASE


64 Mommypage April 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm

You have such a beautiful family! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter. Also, that cheesecake looks delicious!


65 Lilly April 5, 2013 at 8:00 am

How do you define “real food”? This is how I define it- http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/real-food-defined-a-k-a-the-rules/ and those Easter candies, among other things I have seen on your blog, do not fit that definition of real food.


66 KathEats April 5, 2013 at 9:30 am

No, they’re not real food. But I don’t eat a 100% perfect diet. My goal is 80/20 real food to realistic food.


67 Emily April 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I’m also a believer of the 80/20 guideline. Cutting foods out of your life entirely can backfire – making them even more enticing because they’re forbidden. In terms of happiness and health, I think it’s best to enjoy everything in moderation.

And I love 100 days of real food, but the Leakes occasionally eat junk food outside of the home, they just don’t keep it in the house :)


68 Lisa Langenfeld April 7, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Happy Easter!! I’m catching up on your posts, and especially loved this one :) You are such a cute and loving family! I thoroughly enjoy your blog and seeing little Mazen grow up. Have a beautiful day!


69 Nicole April 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm

Oh! The gummy smiles kill me! Too cute!


70 Neil Butterfield May 2, 2013 at 8:54 am

Such a happy little chap, grandma and grandpa must be so proud of him. :-)


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