When The Sun Goes Down

February 28, 2011

Sun tanned toes, tickling the sand

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Cold drink chillin in my right left hand

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After our sessions today, Matt and I went running to get rid of our indoor energy. 5 miles under our belts! HOT HOT HOT 5 miles. But FLAT FLAT FLAT was fun!

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We changed into our suits and hit the beach

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Lots of talking with the Columbia Great Harvest owners, sisters Jane and Chris! We’ll be doing a few days of training with them at their store in March.

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Back up to shower, and then back down to the beach!

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Pinot Grigio for me

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My dress tonight was compliments of Mahi Gold, who sent it to me in the fall. It’s made with 95% organic cotton and is SO comfy! Fits me perfectly too size-wise, which is hard to come by!

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I’ve really enjoyed talking – and laughing – with all the other owners. It sounds corny to say, but this company really is one big family.

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Dinner tonight was faaaabulous!!! Fish right on the beach!

The buffet was set up with rolls and plantain chips

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Ensalada

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Sweet potato hash!! Lots of cumin. And sauteed veggies. And grilled mahi-mahi!!!!

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Also, made-on-site seafood chowder

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And grilled-on-site steaks

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My plate featured a little of everything (sans the steak) and this meal was so amazingly delicious!

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For dessert there was key lime pie tartlets

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And bread pudding

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But would you believe that I was so busy talking that by the time I went to get dessert around 9PM these were GONE!! I’ll have to make it up elsewhere : )

As evidenced by the fact that my husband is currently too tipsy to stand up…no idea where he is at the moment…

…everything gets hotter when the sun goes down.

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1 Amy February 28, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Happy fun times at the beach!

I dig your shades, Kath. What be they?

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2 KathEats February 28, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Thanks! I have no idea where they came from! They are old!

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3 emily February 28, 2011 at 10:54 pm

That dress is gorgeous, but those tartlets might be prettier! Do you have any unscheduled Florida exploring time? You could get any number of tasty key lime things if you are out from the hotel. My favorite thing ever is a key lime pie milkshake that I got in FL a few years back.

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4 Justeen @ Blissful Baking February 28, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Oh my, all that food looks wonderful!! Usually my eyes are glued to the dessert pictures, but the dinner items look amazingly delicious as well!

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5 Jennifer White February 28, 2011 at 11:00 pm

You look GORGEOUS!! I cant stop telling you how jealous I am of where you are!

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6 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 28, 2011 at 11:10 pm

What a beautiful, beautiful area :) I so want to be on a beach right now…..you’re are lucky! Love that dinner- wow. I am going to make fish tomorrow–I am now inspired, thanks!!

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7 Jen February 28, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Mmmm key lime pie tartlets….drool……

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8 Christine February 28, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Must say I’m kinda jealous of your husband right now. Fed will, and tips on the beach in Florida. Not too shabby.

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9 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write February 28, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Love that dress! Very cute. I’m glad you’re having fun, and I like the song references.

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10 Maryann (The Balanced Bean) February 28, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Looks so perfect! I looove the dress and the food looks delish!

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11 JenATX February 28, 2011 at 11:42 pm

Kath, you look so fashion forward in that dress. Good pic

And I think I may open a GH just to get the change to attend this conference.. haha jk enjoy your time at the beach :)

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12 Eileen February 28, 2011 at 11:24 pm

That dinner looks incredible! The pinot grigio seems like the perfect complement.

The dress is very cute, too.

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13 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 28, 2011 at 11:35 pm

your dress is amazing. i need one of my own!

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14 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 28, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Too tipsy to stand up… haha! I know the feeling… not a fun one! Well, not the next morning, at least :)

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15 Kristen, Sweetly February 28, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Hahaha! Awesome. Enjoy the hot night with your new GH fam. ;-)

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16 Emily @ Savory and Savage February 28, 2011 at 11:38 pm

Your dinner looked delicious.

Looks like you are having a great time!

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17 Allison @ Happy Tales February 28, 2011 at 11:41 pm

So I completely, 100% LOVE the fact that I “saw” both the sunrise AND sunset of Marco Island via your blogposts today. THANK YOU for that!

Also, you are so right, you’re dress is beautiful!! You are sooo living the dream, Kath! I’m so happy that you have found such a great group of people to work with… you are truly blessed!

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18 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 28, 2011 at 11:42 pm

THAT looks like a great meal!

Love the “too tipsy to stand up.” Tell him to sleep with one foot on the ground – stops the spins. Not that I would know… ;)

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19 Teresa (Teresa Tastes & Travels) February 28, 2011 at 11:45 pm

The dress really is adorable. :)

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20 Hannah February 28, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Chowder on the beach – how wonderful!

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21 Jess @ atasteofconfidence February 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm

beautiful pics!

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22 Ida February 28, 2011 at 11:48 pm

love that dress!

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23 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) February 28, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Kath the pictures are gorgeous! you should be submitting these to the Fla Board of Tourism….they should be paying you for these amazing shots! WOW!!!

And your pink dress…it’s so Jackie o meets Fla meets chic. I LOVE IT on you!

:)

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24 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 28, 2011 at 11:53 pm

It just gets better and better!! Awesome dinner, friendly-faced crowd, breathtaking atmosphere!! Looks like a fantastic time. :)

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25 Parita @ myinnershakti March 1, 2011 at 12:09 am

Looks like y’all had a super fun night! Love your dress btw…it looks great on you! Also love the “too tipsy to stand up.” Too funny!

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26 Lisa March 1, 2011 at 12:10 am

This looks like such a great experience!

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27 Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free March 1, 2011 at 12:23 am

That food was seriously unreal looking. Mini key lime pie tarts OMG. It looks like you’re having a great time!

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28 Runeatrepeat March 1, 2011 at 12:23 am

Ah! The Columbia GH was “my” GH when I lived in MD :) It aches my heart a little because I miss that place <3 not just the GH – all of it.

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29 Dorry March 1, 2011 at 12:38 am

What a meal! I love plantain chips – haven’t ever been able to find them quite as good as the ones in Belize. I’m craving some beach time after looking through your photos…

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30 Cindy March 1, 2011 at 1:51 am

Kenny Chesney! Love it.

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31 lynn @ the actor's diet March 1, 2011 at 2:03 am

i can’t believe they ran out of dessert!

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32 Heidi - apples under my bed March 1, 2011 at 2:21 am

haha love it. Sounds like a rockin night. Fish on the beach, how fabulous :)
Heidi xo

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33 Amanda March 1, 2011 at 5:07 am

I love that dress. I mean love, love, love it.

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34 Lauren at Keep It Sweet March 1, 2011 at 5:57 am

Looks like the perfect end to the day! Love your dress

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35 Lauren March 1, 2011 at 6:40 am

Oh my! What a gorgeous dinner on the beach. I am loving this business trip!!! It makes me want to open my own GH store too!

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36 Allie March 1, 2011 at 7:10 am

Awesome and beautiful pics! Glad you are having fun :)

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37 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn March 1, 2011 at 7:22 am

Girl when you said plantain chips I exploded basically. I LOVE plantains times a million, I have been to Nicaragua twice on mission and we basically live on plantains! Soooo good, I usually end up making tostones at least once a month:)

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38 Stacey (The Home-Cooked Vegan) March 1, 2011 at 7:30 am

Sweet potato hash sounds amazing!
Love the dress and all of the sunshine! They picked a great location to host the conference :)

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39 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way March 1, 2011 at 7:31 am

What an awesome post! “Sun tanned toes, tickling the sand” is my favorite line of the entire thing. The food looks absolutely incredible!

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40 Amy March 1, 2011 at 7:37 am

Hi, Kath!

Where do you get your tops for yoga (you’ve probably mentioned it before)? I’m always having to layer tanks and tops because they slide around so much during yoga…in all the wrong places haha

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41 KathEats March 1, 2011 at 7:55 am

I’m hooked on these tanks from Patagonia (that I found at the outlet in Dillon, MT)

http://www.altrec.com/patagonia/womens-active-classic-cami

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42 Amy March 1, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Thank you!!

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43 Faith @ lovelyascharged March 1, 2011 at 7:37 am

Everything looks so fresh and simple – just the way it should be! And that dress is a gorgeous color on ya!

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44 Laurie March 1, 2011 at 7:40 am

Hope you found Matt !

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45 Brittany March 1, 2011 at 7:57 am

wow. this looks like the trip of a life time! what is this for again!?? I am sooooo jealous haha

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46 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 1, 2011 at 7:59 am

Matt is quite the party animal these past two days huh!? :)

Loved the dress – and sweet potato hash? I’m all over that!

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47 Amy March 1, 2011 at 7:59 am

Super cute dress! And that food looks glorious. I’m really enjoying this trip to Florida I’m experiencing vicariously through you, Kath. :)

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48 katie bazz March 1, 2011 at 8:00 am

hey kath! I have a question about how you bring your breakfast stuff and snacks from home when you fly places? how do you get through security with that stuff? my mom always tells me they will make me throw it away? is that true or do you have to hide it or what? haha could be a really silly question… would love your help though!

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49 KathEats March 1, 2011 at 8:03 am

Well I didn’t get the 5.3 oz yogurts through this time – that was a first for me. But the little nut butter packets are smaller so you just have to put them in a zip lock bag.

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50 katie bazz March 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm

oh ok! so all the dry food was fine too?
thanks for replying!

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51 faith March 1, 2011 at 8:30 am

That dress is so cute! If it ever goes missing from your closet you’ll know where to come looking…
See you tomorrow night?!

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52 Jess (Sweet Potato) March 1, 2011 at 8:32 am

YOur pink dress is fabulous! I also love those green wine goblets! So fun!

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53 Anna @ ciaotochow March 1, 2011 at 8:37 am

I love how your dinner plate looks like a rainbow — so many fun colors (and they always say a variety of colors on the plate is healthy, right?! :)) I love your dress, shades, and, oh yeah…those key lime tartlets!!

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54 dee March 1, 2011 at 8:44 am

looks like so much fun!

I have to convince my husband so we can plan a trip to Charlottesville this fall and visit your GH store! :)

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55 Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 1, 2011 at 8:49 am

I love the print on the dress – and that color looks good on you!

All the food looked great, especially that chowder. I would love to have a bowl of that right now.

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56 Kim March 1, 2011 at 8:57 am

Hey Kath! Columbia GH is my store! Yeah! We’re in there at least once a week to pick up a loaf of bread and some treats. I recognized the owner in one of your pictures. So cool!

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57 Sarah March 1, 2011 at 9:07 am

I LOVE LOVE LOVE that dress. It’s SUPER flattering. I checked out Mahi Gold website – that company certainly knows how to get new customers:) Enjoy the sun!

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58 Kelly March 1, 2011 at 9:12 am

Great post – Love the Chesney song reference!! :-)

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59 Lisa March 1, 2011 at 9:20 am

Hi there! I just found you blog last night and have already waisted so much time this morning at work reading it. I’m excited to see that for some people 150 lbs is just to much for them. I am just about right there and hoping to get myself down from it. Is there a way to subscribe to the blog so it will reach me each day or something I just check in with? Thanks for being healthy, I need the encouragement!

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60 KathEats March 1, 2011 at 9:50 am

Welcome and good luck Lisa!

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61 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats March 1, 2011 at 9:27 am

Gorgeous photos. I love the dress. And great looking dinner :)

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62 my little celebration March 1, 2011 at 9:52 am

beautiful pictures. beautiful post. Oh, and I hope you found Matt :D.

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63 Meaghan March 1, 2011 at 10:02 am

Columbia GH = my Great Harvest. Yay!

Hope you found the hubs, haha.

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64 Johanna B March 1, 2011 at 10:30 am

That dress is perfect on you.

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65 Lauren @ChiGalLauren March 1, 2011 at 11:03 am

Your dress is so cute! The food looks incredible and made me realize how badly I need a vacation!

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66 Jocelyn @ Enthusiastic Runner March 1, 2011 at 11:11 am

I JUST ordered that dress online!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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67 Laura @ prettylittlewords March 1, 2011 at 11:11 am

I definitely just drooled all over myself looking at that dinner. YUM!

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68 Kelly C. March 1, 2011 at 11:24 am

Hi Kath,

So glad you’re enjoying Florida… this has been a perfect February! I live here and am curious to know the hotel you’re at in Marco…? I’ve been there a few times and agree that it’s gorgeous, there’s nothing like the Gulf Coast of FL. Enjoy your final day and come back soon!

PS. Your recipes have been a godsend!

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69 KathEats March 1, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Marriott! It’s been amazing

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70 Kaci March 1, 2011 at 11:38 am

You’re adorable(!), that dinner looks soooo delicious, & your last comment about Matt is funny. :)

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71 Shannon @ A Better Me March 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Wow, what an amazing trip you’re having! Love that dress, so cute!

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72 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm

They’re sure feeding you well there!

Haha Matt sounds like he’s been partying like a frat boy lately! I hope you managed to find him. ;)

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73 Clare @ Fitting It All In March 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I was about to comment on how well that dress fit you even before you mentioned it in the post! Awesome find!

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74 Amy at TheSceneFromMe March 1, 2011 at 1:31 pm

Oh that bread pudding and square key lime tart look fabulously delicious!!!

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75 Christin@purplebirdblog March 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm

LMAO at tipsy Matt! :D

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76 Lauren @ MRS March 1, 2011 at 8:56 pm

That first photo is just so stunning! And man, those selection of foods looked so scrumptious, my mouth is watering just looking at those kiwi pies and sweet potato hash.

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77 Hilary March 1, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Love the dress…and that meal looks AMAZING (except I don’t like fish)…would still like to try some of everything else though!

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