What Goes Up

October 15, 2012


My favorite day used to be Saturday. Or Friday. It was a tie.

But these days, Sunday wins hands down. And that’s because Matt is always home! We often use the day to just chill and relax and get a lot done around the house. I am always happy when I’m cleaning and organizing : )


The day started off well – with pumpkin pancakes!


We used the Great Harvest mix (which we sell here) and added about half a cup of pumpkin to the batter. The best part of pumpkin pancakes isn’t the flavor but the texture!


Topped with Wild Squirrel Vanilla Espresso and Nutty Butter in the  middle! You can tell Matt prepared the plate because of the minted garnish ; )


I got the baby dressed for the day and we headed out together while Matt ran some errands.

Thank you to Auntie Tina for the bear onesie!!


A trip to Riverview Park to meet my mom’s group! I used to go to the group a lot when I was pregnant, but we are just now getting brave enough to go on regular outings now, so I figured I’d walk down to meet them. There wasn’t a huge turnout today, but I got to walk for a long time with another mom I hadn’t met before, and we had lots to discuss. Upon our return, we found two more picnicing under the tree!


I walked there and back with the stroller (and back with the baby on my chest) and think I covered about 5 miles round trip. An excellent workout today! The hills on the walk there were pretty steep – but what goes up!


Matt met me back home for a delicious lunch.


Smashed egg salad sandwiches. I just smash a hard-boiled egg with about a tsp each of mayo and mustard and a dash of salt and pepper and spread it onto bread.


Salad on the side – greens, olive oil, honey, salt, fig, carrot, pepper, gorgonzola.


I bought this little Asian pear at the city market. They always have a hint of vanilla to me!


Afternoon fun – FIVE loads of laundry! That might be a record for me. We had 3 beds to wash plus clothes and towels.

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And the brewery is now SOOO much more organized and clean! Matt spent hours on it today.


Mid afternoon I FINALLY got around to making The Fitnessista’s Pumpkin Amazeballs. Or rather, AMAZEN balls! [I’ve been trying to find time to make them all week]


Love them! I quadrupled the recipe, used coconut and oats like she did, rolled them in coconut and just added a few tsp of maple syrup for the sweetness. These went in my freezer for midnight snacks while I’m up with Maze.


Dinner tonight was a Matt specialty of leftovers morphed into something new: Steak + Bean Quesadillas! Stuffed with peppers, tomatoes and cheese.


Served with salsa + sour cream


And a side of mac and cheese.


We were worn out from our day, so we kept dinner low-key.


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1 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 15, 2012 at 9:13 am

I couldn’t agree more about the texture of pumpkin pancakes. I do a pumpkin protein and the texture is almost velvety. I know it’s cliche at this point, but I think pumpkin makes everything better.


2 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries October 15, 2012 at 9:16 am

Those pancakes look incredible! I love the presentation too – great job Matt! Cleaning and organizing is so good for the soul. I always feel awesome after everything is clean and tidy!


3 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 15, 2012 at 9:16 am

those pumpkin pancakes do look good, I’m going to have to give them a try now that I’ve bought myself some pumpkin!


4 jenn October 15, 2012 at 9:20 am

Hi Kath- I am curious about your baby outings. I have always struggled about when to take our daughter out. You started taking Mazen out when he was very very young. Our doctor really strongly encouraged against taking a baby out younger than 6-8 weeks. What are your feelings on this?


5 KathEats October 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Our ped said it was fine so long as people aren’t passing him around, breathing all over him or packed in like sardines (like on a crowded subway)


6 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles October 15, 2012 at 9:32 am

Sundays are great! I like them too because my husband, Matt, is home as well. It’s wonderful + it’s FOOTBALL SUNDAY! …..If only my Matt would cook for me sometime. I’ll keep wishing.


7 Khushboo October 15, 2012 at 9:50 am

Love Sundays too…only day of the week that I don’t set an alarm :-)


8 Andrea October 15, 2012 at 11:33 am

Me too!! It’s the only day of the week that I can sleep in.. and of course what time am I up by? Like 7. Bummer. Ha :)


9 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh October 15, 2012 at 9:51 am

I’m so making pumpkin pancakes when I get this pie weight off from last week’s vacation! If you guys want to come clean our house too, I’ll watch the little one! 😉


10 Carly @ Snack Therapy October 15, 2012 at 10:03 am

It’s awesome that you go to meet up with some other moms! I’m sure there is soo much to chat about : ). I must say… I have a love-hate thing with Sundays. On one hand, they’re so relaxing. On the other, they precede Mondays. Ick!


11 Katie October 15, 2012 at 10:16 am

Fun! It looks like you are settling into a routine! When you get further along, I would love to hear how you are balancing working from home, baby and home responsibilities. I recently quit my full time job for a part-time work from home gig so I can be home more with my 7 month old daughter. She still goes to Grandma care when I work, but even just working from home is a new challenge.


12 Ali @ Peaches and Football October 15, 2012 at 10:17 am

Wow – can’t decide if the pancakes, quesadillas or the fig salad look better. They all look amazing. My mom always said she couldn’t believe how much more laundry she had to do once the first baby arrived. :)


13 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio October 15, 2012 at 10:26 am

Dinner looks awesome. Growing up my mom always gave us “salsa cream” which was a mixture of salsa and sour cream. Now I mix salsa and greek yogurt… amazing!


14 Allison k October 15, 2012 at 10:38 am

I probably do 7 loads of laundry a week now…thanks to cloth diapers!


15 lisa fine October 15, 2012 at 10:44 am

I love how your days always seem so filled with fun things to do. While I love the way I blog (tracking places I go and things I do in Vermont), I sometimes think recording my life as more of a journal would help me see how many things we do too.

Have a great week, Kath!


16 Angie October 15, 2012 at 10:57 am

Everything you make always looks SOOOO good, I always wonder, “Why don’t my meals look nearly as appetizing and wonderful as hers?!” haha!!! Your dinner may be “low key” but looks SOOO GOOD!!! I might have a new idea for dinner tonight! Thanks!! LOVE the picture of Mazen, he’s just beautiful!!


17 the 3volution of j3nn October 15, 2012 at 10:59 am

A quesadilla sounds so good right now! I haven’t had one in so long. Yum!


18 kim@hungryhealthygirl October 15, 2012 at 11:12 am

I think I need pumpkin pancakes tomorrow morning….your’s look so good! I have a similar recipe to the amazeball one. Check out the pumpkin pie power ball here http://www.hungryhealthygirl.com/?s=pumpkin+balls
Have a great week!


19 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 15, 2012 at 11:17 am

I’ve been meaning to make those amazeballs too! I figured they’d be great for snacks at work or post workout refueling.


20 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 15, 2012 at 12:07 pm

The pumpkin balls do look amazing! I saw them when she posted them and was like…I want them! Thanks for the reminder!

And love your Sunday dish towel. My grandma used to embroider like that and what I wouldn’t give to have one of those in my house now!


21 Annette @FitnessPerks October 15, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I love the presentation of all your pics! So lovely!


22 Katie October 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I love that wall color in the picture of the bedroom. Do you have the name? Thanks.


23 KathEats October 15, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Veranda View by Benjamin Moore


24 Lauren October 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I just love the texture of pumpkin pancakes. They always turn out so fluffy and delicious! Hope you are having a great Monday!


25 Morgan October 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

I have to say, Matt is great at food styling! Those pancakes look so inviting! It’s making my tummy grumble. :)


26 claire October 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm

no veggies for dinner? :)


27 KathEats October 15, 2012 at 2:30 pm

peppers and tomatoes in the quesadillas!


28 Becca October 15, 2012 at 6:02 pm

…and the salsa! It counts!


29 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles October 15, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Wow! The pancakes look so big, so fluffy, so amazzzzing! I made pancakes for my boys Sunday morning…even though pumpkin pancakes would be way up my alley…I am sure my boys would balk if I switched up their blueberry pancakes! A stash of amazeballs in the freezer sounds like a great idea!!! I too, enjoyed a beautiful walk on Sunday…it was surprisingly warm out. Gotta love that! Enjoy your day!


30 Michelle (Peachy Palate) October 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm

So with you on the pumpkin pancakes! Only just got my hands on canned pumpkin last week! They’re just incredible…there aren’t enough words! Amazing food missus! Beautiful pics as always!


31 Alison October 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

I love Sundays! Besides four hours of dance and teaching Sunday school in the morning, I get to spend quality time with my family afterward :) Your pancakes look delish! I made pumpkin pancakes this weekend also, and it really is all about the texture. I’ve gotta make some amazeballs too! And your quesadillas look awesome.


32 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles October 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Now I am jonesing for some pumpkin pancakes big time. Yum! I love how moist they are. Three cheers for fall.


33 Becky B. October 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm
34 Amelia @eating made easy October 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Gotta love a brewery with a stroller in it!


35 Anne @ Baking Me October 15, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Wow your breakfast, lunch, and dinner all look so delicious! I must try out those amazeballs, they look great!


36 Aja October 15, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I am obsessed with all things pumpkin right now! Those pancakes sound amazing!
I always get really happy when I have hills on runs because it means later on I’ll have to run down hill and that’s so easy. :)


37 Miss Polkadot October 15, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Oh my, Mazen is too cute! And I’m a little (more) jealous of the gorgeous Fall weather you still get to enjoy. It’s freezing cold around here.


38 Marissa@ohhhsolovely October 15, 2012 at 7:39 pm

so funny that you mention how happy you are while cleaning & organizing. i never used to like these chores, but in the last year, i’ve come to really love both cleaning & organizing. everything is so much easier when organized and tidy. it’s really therapeutic for me too!


39 lindsay @ Fuel My Famil October 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm

we have been eating pumpkin pancakes nonstop and I agree the texture is so good!


40 Kerry October 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Your lunch looks soooo good! This is going to sound crazy, but I did not realize you eat a raw fig with the peel and all! I love dried figs and I am now tempted to try them fresh. They really brighten up a dish with that beautiful colour inside.


41 kay October 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm

Hi Kath! The baby is so cute! Glad you are enjoying each and every day with him and hope to see some posts soon of your little family attending church services. Maybe a nice church close by that you all could walk to…now that would make for a wonderful Sunday! GOD has been so good to bless you with a healthy son and know you want to raise him to love and serve the LORD. Congrats on that handsome boy and hoping the best for all of you :-)


42 Gabrielle October 15, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Wow! Are you joking? I know bloggers put their lives out there and that our feedback, good and bad, is par for the course. Still it is almost like you think Kath is part of a TV show and you think she should add some religious content. This is her life! If you don’t like the way she lives or blogs then don’t visit her site.


43 Rachel October 17, 2012 at 2:32 pm

I don’t think she implied that at all! And who are you…KERF police? If Kath didn’t see anything wrong with the post she wouldn’t have allowed it! Mind your own business! And no one should ADD religious content…it should already BE apart of their lives!

Your little boy is adorable Kath! Love all his little clothes you’ve been dressing him in! And your meals all look so good! Even the little salads you put together! Delish!


44 Megan @ Megan's Munchies October 15, 2012 at 8:58 pm

LOVING all the pumpkin!


45 gina (fitnessista) October 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm

thank you for the shout out! so happy to hear you like the ballz :) kiss that baby for me!


46 Jun October 15, 2012 at 9:56 pm

I wonder if you taste your baked goods/ snacks after you make them or you just sort of store them away?


47 KathEats October 16, 2012 at 2:49 am

I do normally taste them… A Reason why I don’t bake more because I tend to eat too much!


48 Mel October 16, 2012 at 3:41 am

I too love Sundays! Especially Sunday’s in the fall. I love going for walks when all the leaves are fallen- it’s so beautiful! Glad you had a good Sunday.


49 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 16, 2012 at 5:59 am

The pumpkin pancakes look amazing! I have yet to make some this fall. I definitely need to get on that :)


50 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count October 16, 2012 at 6:41 am

lunch looks good!!


51 Lynn @ the actor's diet October 16, 2012 at 7:02 am

I’ve a headache thinking of that much laundry!!!


52 Molly @ RDexposed October 16, 2012 at 7:20 am

Nice brewery corner! Sweet Home Alabama tone.)


53 AmyJoGo October 16, 2012 at 7:24 am

Hey Kath,

I love your blog and have been reading for a couple years now.

I have tried various methods for losing weight over the years and am now tracking calories. My problem is I have a lot to lose so my calorie budget is super high. 3789. That’s a lot!!! And hard to take in when you’re trying to eat healthy and have started walking. As a nutritionist, could you tell me if it’s ok to aim for about 2300 instead? The only way I know to get the 3k is by eating fatty carbs and sweets which make me feel bad.

So far I’ve been burning about 1000 calories a day with walking (burn more the larger you are).



54 KathEats October 16, 2012 at 8:24 am

Hi Amy,
I am not comfortable giving diet advice over the internet, but I think your number seems waaaaay too high – especially if you feel the need to use sweets and other calorie-dense, low nutrient foods to get there. I would tell you to just eat for hunger and see how you do – perhaps tracking for a while to ensure you’re not eating too little. And I would also recommend seeing a dietitian who would be able to look at your needs and activity on a personal level and really create a custom plan. My friend Robyn opened an online practice that would me this pretty easy if you don’t have someone easily accessible in your hometown: http://www.nutshellnutrition.com


55 Brittany October 16, 2012 at 10:52 am

Hi Kath. I am a long time reader but a first time commenter. I absolutely love your blog and your son is ADORBLE!!!! Like you I love the fitnessista amazeballs and I can’t wait to try this recipe!!! I was wondering what your recipe is for the dinner you made. It looks amazing and I really want to try to make it (I am not the best cook. But what I lack in cooking skills I make up in baking!).


56 KathEats October 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm

Hey Britney thanks for your comment! These were steak and bean quesadillas with peppers tomatoes and cheese. We just put the ingredients inside and bake them for about 20 minutes. The steak was already cooked first too.


57 Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut October 16, 2012 at 11:58 am

I have been wondering what I should do with the can of pumpkin I impulsively bought at TJ’s over the weekend and now I know! Adding them to pancake mix is a great idea. Feels so good to FINALLY be hopping on the pumpkin train, ha.


58 Angel7 October 17, 2012 at 4:52 pm

That is a great idea to make a snack to eat in the midnight hours when I have to get up to breastfeed!


59 stephenie October 24, 2012 at 8:58 am

Can you post your pumpkin pancake recipe? You mentioned you added pumpkin to the batter. Do you dice pumpkin or puree?


60 KathEats October 24, 2012 at 9:12 am

Puree… About 1/3 cup


61 stephenie October 24, 2012 at 9:50 am

Great! Thanks.


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