Wigglin’ Worms

October 30, 2010

Today we met a family of wigglin’ worms for a picnic at the top of Carter Mountain!

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Blog reader Kate invited us to a picnic with her fun family!


We had hoped to pick some apples, but after a few loops around, we could not find any single apple still in a tree!!


Most were fermenting on the ground


We knew there were apples to be found, but we were all hungry and decided to just have our picnic and think about apples later!


No waste of a trip because we had quite the view for our picnic!



We had an amazing spread of gourmet foods!


Matt and I brought a red quinoa salad


1 cup of red quinoa cooked and mixed with about 2 cups of sugar snaps from our garden, 2 medium zucchini (sauteed), about 3 tbsp of chopped hazelnuts and cranberries. The dressing was about 1/4 a cup of Garlic Gold Lemon Vinaigrette.


We also picked up a loaf of Apple Cider Sourdough from a local bakery


But I think Kate’s homemade golden flax bread was even better!!


I contributed a jar of Nuttzo PF  to have with apples


Which were freshly sliced with some farmer’s market veggies


Plus some herby hummus from Feast! here in Cville


And some amazing cheese that escaped the camera

But my favorite thing by far was Kate’s homemade fig jam!!


She said it was a simple recipe from Simply Recipes! I spent a few minutes searching Elise’s site and found this Spicy Fig Orange Microwave Jam. That has to be it (am I right Kate!?) I can’t believe this was made in the microwave! [While searching I also stumbled upon this fig galette and licked the screen]


Just the beginning of a feast of amazing foods!


Sippy Cups rounded out the picnic


Dessert was cookies for the kiddos (we adult kids also had a bite!)


And chocolates from Gearhart’s Chocolates – a famous Chocolatier here in town.

Matt and I shared the Maya, bittersweet chocolate ganache with cinnamon, Ancho chili and orange. It melted in my mouth!


And we each enjoyed a Smoked Salted Caramel! [I also just saw they make a Mint Julep with bourbon! Going back for that one…!)


Chocolate or dirt!? I’ll let you guess.



Fun times!


Almost forgot about our speedy 4 miler we raced through on our way out the door this morning. I got a new strap for my Garmin – it’s Velcro! And awesome!


Currently sipping hot tea and blasting Brendan James!

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{ 43 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Dee October 30, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Awww, what cutie pies! :) WOW! That was quite a spread you guys had! Everything looked so good! The jam looked STAND OUT. Yum!


2 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 30, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Awwwww- the boys are SO CUTE!! Quite the delicious looking spread there!!


3 Lauren at KeepItSweet October 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm

adorable pics! i want those chocolates!!


4 Meagan October 30, 2010 at 3:57 pm

What nice pictures :) The weather looks like it’s definitely getting crips!


5 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 30, 2010 at 4:02 pm

Looks like a fun time! Those little boys are adorable!


6 Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 30, 2010 at 4:04 pm

Cute picnic! I wish it were still warm enough for an outdoor picnic here…but I’m a baby when it comes to the cold!


7 Mama Pea October 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Sweet kiddos…sweet day! Get that GH store out here and you can experience the girl version of Wigglin’ Worms!


8 Camille October 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm

What a lovely time!
Those kiddos are adorable!


9 Nicole @ yuppie yogini October 30, 2010 at 4:11 pm

My old Garmin had a velcro strap and I miss it.
Your pictures are so beautiful. VA is amazing in the fall.


10 Amy October 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm

That jam looks awesome, thanks for the link to the recipe!


11 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) October 30, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Must make that fig jam! Looks so good, I almost followed you in licking my computer screen! 😛


12 Shannon (A Better Me) October 30, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Cuties! Kids make things like that so much fun. Looks like a great time!


13 Caroline October 30, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Hi Kath,

That fig jam looks almost like cranberry!
I have a question a little off topic…but I know you have gone to many national meetings such as the Healthy living summit, blogher.etc, but have you thought of going to ADA’s national conference, FNCE this year? It’s taking place in Boston from November 6-9.
Have an awesome Halloween!


14 Kath October 30, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I very much wish I could have gone, but it conflicted with the Foodbuzz Festival :( Hopefully next year!


15 Kat October 31, 2010 at 5:38 pm

If you get to go next year (in San Diego) my dad is giving the presidental address (the main address at the conference). He’s pretty good (if i do say so) :)


16 Angela (the diet book junkie) October 30, 2010 at 5:08 pm

what an awesome place for a picnic! (i would’ve been all over those chocolates too!)


17 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) October 30, 2010 at 5:12 pm

What an amazing view! All of our leaves have already fallen off the trees. All the food looks so good–especially the breads and jam. (I’m a sucker for sweets and carbs!)


18 The Wife of a Dairyman October 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm

I’ll have to check out that fig jam recipe….it looks so good and if it’s easy to make, even better! Sounds like you all had a beautiful day:) Have a great evening!


19 Cville Kate October 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Hi Kath,

You’ve got the link right. I am a novice jam-maker and that recipe, so like all of the recipes I’ve tried on Simply Recipes, went off without a hitch. Of course, it nearly impossible to ruin a perfectly ripe fig.

I almost got the Mint Julep chocolates!

Thanks for the fun afternoon and the great pictures to have as memories of my wigglin’ worms. Now, on to bathtime for those two dirt covered little boys! :)



20 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) October 30, 2010 at 5:30 pm

I want to live at Feast! and nosh on herby hummus and pumpkin chevre.

Looks like you made it to the top of a mountain after all :)


21 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is October 30, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Aw they are adorable!


22 christina cadden October 30, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Such cute photos!


23 Kiran October 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Amazing array of foods for picnic.. And the kiddos are so adorable 😀


24 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 30, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Aww those kiddos are so cute! And that fig jam looks delicious! I’m already dreaming up the delicious sandwiches with sliced pear and goat cheese that I could make with it! 😀


25 Hannah October 30, 2010 at 6:46 pm

Are the smoked salt chocolates from Gearhearts too, or are they Fran’s (which I used to buy at the little cafe next toe Rebecca’s Natural Foods at Barracks). Either way… I miss those!


26 A Teenage Gourmet (Sami) October 30, 2010 at 6:47 pm

What a delicious-look picnic lunch! :)


27 Christin L. October 30, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I really need to pick up some more Nutzo!


28 Meaghen October 30, 2010 at 7:14 pm

What a nice picnic. Those cookies look delicious!!


29 Joanna October 30, 2010 at 7:17 pm

fig jam = WANT. figs are amazing fruits. I love them! I’d run like 5 miles for a fig!


30 melissa October 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm

New here- directed from victory garden for tomorrow. You have my silver! Isn’t it just glorious?
Enjoying your blog.


31 Kasey October 30, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Your picnic looks delicious!


32 Kasey October 30, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Your picnic looks so delicious!


33 Paige @Running Around Normal October 30, 2010 at 8:30 pm

What a fun picnic! Her boys are adorable.
Oooh, I’m curious about the velcro strap. The rubber one is so bothersome at times!


34 stacey-healthylife October 30, 2010 at 8:43 pm

You are just meeting all kinds of fun people in your new town.


35 Susan October 30, 2010 at 8:55 pm
36 Kath October 30, 2010 at 8:56 pm
37 Amy October 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm

You had so many of my favorites today! Carter Mountain … Feast … Gearharts … It’s so fun to experience Cville for the first time again through you.


38 Dimple Snatcher October 30, 2010 at 11:22 pm

“licked the screen”?
and what a beautiful beautiful day!


39 Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear October 31, 2010 at 3:44 am

That hummus looks delicious!


40 Molly October 31, 2010 at 10:44 am

Love your sweater! Way cute. Where did you get it?


41 Kath October 31, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Old Navy :)


42 Tyler November 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm

I have been meaning to get a new strap for my Garmin. Where did you find the velcro one?!


43 Candy November 3, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Found this quinoa salad tonight and whipped it up. Oh. My. Totally perfect. Consider it stolen (but will give you full credit, of course) for one of my Functional Foodie Friday posts! I need to stop coming here and seeing all that chewy bread. Bread and wheatberries are the only things I really miss on this gluten-free (by-choice) plan :(


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