November 13, 2012

Did you start your day out playing with an Octo-pirate!?


I switched out M’s giraffe for this guy and I think he’s a little scared of it. He plays with the tentacles and every now and then shouts “ahhh!”!


Similar sentiments could be said about this bowl of muffin-y pumpkin yogurt. In between bites I exclaimed “Ahhhh!”


1 cup of Greek yogurt, half a cup of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, chia seeds, pumpkin butter, sunflower butter and a crumbled Apple Spice muffin that I brought home from yesterday’s clothing swap. Alice sure can bake!

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More tasty Pumpkin!


Maze got a bath after breakfast. He loves bath time (which I find shocking) and hasn’t cried in the tub since his very first bath.


This morning we went for a walk with our new friend Valerie. Val used to live in Charlotte, and we have tons of mutual friends and mutual interests! Hot yoga love.

When we arrived home, Maze was asleep in his stroller so I wheeled him into the living room so I could eat lunch on the couch while he continued sleeping.


Two scrambled eggs.


Salad with olive oil, honey, salt and lentils


And Cville Crunch with apple butter + pumpkin pie Nutty Butter



Despite being balanced and plentiful enough, I was still hungry an hour after lunch (I usually wait an hour to see if fullness sets in).

I had a cup of hot tea plus a small mug of cereal and milk. Did the trick!


We walked nearly 4 miles on our morning walk, so I think I was just revved up.


It has been so nice to just sit down and play a little. I also love that we have mirrors on our entertainment center (which I am sure I will regret when he is walking and throwing things) because I can see his face when we sit!


We read all of the board books together. So fun that he actually looks at the books now!


Then we went on walk #2 with new friend #2 – Kelly! M loves his colorful chain and smiled at it multiple times. Kelly and I did another 2.5-ish miles and chatted the whole time.



Dinner was super easy because we pulled an old meal out of the freezer. Here is a link to the original!


Put in pot. Add a little water. Heat and eat!


Serve with crusty bread



Plus Greek yogurt and rosemary. I also added some extra spinach to the soup for more veggies.


My bread had a bite taken out of it because it wouldn’t fit in the toaster oven :mrgreen:


M started crying right when we sat down to dinner, so I went to feed him in the basement and Matt took the photos and brought dinner downstairs. We watched 30 Rock and M was sound asleep 10 minutes later.


Sleeping sounds like a good idea to me too! But first, I’m going to have a little mug of ice cream – super hungry today!

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1 lisa fine November 13, 2012 at 8:51 am

I love getting meals done in big batches and then freezing them. That was my big plan yesterday, but when my boyfriend and I got home Sunday night, we learned that the town’s main water line broke! So, no drinking water here, which means no cooking big pots of soups and stews. :( Hopefully I’ll get to stock up again in a few days.


2 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio November 13, 2012 at 9:11 am

I also love cooking large batches and then freezing the extras. Always comes in handy when I don’t feel like cooking.


3 Nikole November 13, 2012 at 9:11 am

My son loves his baths too. He gets one every night and it is the trigger to let him know it is bed time. It works wonderful. He gets a bath then a bottle and then bed. He turned six months yesterday and has been sleeping through the night for 10 days now!
I am jealous that you have so many friends to walk with. I wish I had more SAHM friends in Kansas City I could walk with. I need to look into sometime of group to meet some.


4 Jana @ Newly Wife Healthy Life November 13, 2012 at 9:12 am

I can’t believe how big he is getting already! So so cute! And definitely getting his exercise in on those walks.. :) Nothing is better than pulling out a frozen homemade dinner that just needs heated up and is ready to go! I prefer to make large batches of meals just for those occasions when I need something quick!


5 Jun November 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

Mazen seems to be growing up so fast! Do you ever notice that? :) Ah I enjoy walking when the weather’s pleasant.


6 KathEats November 13, 2012 at 9:22 am

Yes, he’s getting heavy too!


7 Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) November 13, 2012 at 9:19 am

White bean and pork cassoulet thingy – hah! My husband always goes behind me and labels things funny or adds goofy puns when he can. When I ask him to write something on the grocery list there’s no telling what will actually end up there when I really just meant “sriracha” .


8 Jenny @ For Your Consideration November 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

Mmm…looks like a tasty day! Also, I agree with Nikole about wishing I had more SAHM friends. Just about everyone I know works. My husband says I’ll meet my SAHM friends when I start taking Baby Boy to Mommy & Me classes. Where do you meet yours?


9 KathEats November 13, 2012 at 10:13 am

Most of my moms friends I met in my mothers group, but actually neither of these 2 ladies were moms. they just have flexible jobs.


10 Lynn @ the actor's diet November 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

Breakfast sounds a-maze (ha ha) ing. Bowls like that are what got me hooked on KERF!


11 kristen @ verbs and vignettes November 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

i WISH i started my day with an octo-pirate. hmph.

i love insta-dinners so bad. i had leftover veg chili last night. your meal looked like your beans and greens soup, and i start jonesing for that before i read the truth.


12 Karey @ Nutty About Health November 13, 2012 at 9:35 am

Your food always looks so delicious! I’m especially salivating over your breakfast, even though I just finished my own! LOL


13 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 13, 2012 at 9:42 am

Maybe he’ll be a swimmer! And that’s nice that you can get so many walks in, and get to see friends!


14 Ali @ Peaches and Football November 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

With nursing and all that walking – no wonder you’re so hungry! It’s wonderful that Maze is great on walks, the exercise is good for you and I’m sure the fresh air is great for you both!


15 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh November 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

I think every day would be better if we played with an octo-pirate first thing.

I lost it laughing at the cassoulet “thingy!”


16 Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles November 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

I need to start reading to Jackson other than at night because he falls asleep to me reading—I wonder if he would *look* at the books too. I’ll try to find the time on a weekend when his mommy isn’t teaching other children to read :)
Matt did a good job with supper pics! Looks yummy!


17 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles November 13, 2012 at 10:17 am

I loved taking going for stroller walks…I can remember many a day when my son would fall asleep and I would bring the stroller in to the house. Love big batch meals to freeze…homemade spaghetti and meat sauce is always a good one to have on hand.


18 Carly @ Snack Therapy November 13, 2012 at 10:22 am

It sounds like you were having a bottomless pit day! I totally get it : ). Story of my life!


19 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) November 13, 2012 at 10:51 am

I’m starving today and it’s only 10:50am!!! Sounds like a fun day. I love taking walks. I don’t seem to get to do that as often anymore. I hope you have another great one Kath!


20 kiki November 13, 2012 at 10:53 am

The pumpkin pie nutty butter looks delicious!


21 Elle November 13, 2012 at 11:21 am

How’s it going with cloth diapering? I used cloth until I had to go back to work. The sitter wanted nothing to do with it, so I gave it up after just a few months. :( Good luck!!


22 KathEats November 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Good! Not as bad as I thought so far


23 Jen November 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Is it something you will continue to want to do? I used disposables with my first 2 kids…I’m expecting my 3rd in a couple weeks. I have a stash of cloth diapers to try this time but am afraid the ease of disposables will lure me back:). What are your thoughts?


24 KathEats November 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

So far it hasn’t been all that different than disposables and the laundry wasn’t bad. I think i will use the disposable liners when he is older and eating solids. I think I will like them more when they fit him better. And when he isn’t pooping quite so much! We are using the disposables at night because they keep him drier. I think a hybrid system of both is a good compromise.


25 natalie @ will jog for food November 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

I need to start freezing dinners like that!

I can’t believe Maze loves bath time, I thought all babies hated it 😉


26 Annette @FitnessPerks November 13, 2012 at 11:49 am

Freezing the extras is genius. We totally do that too!


27 Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles November 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Hmmmm….maybe loving bathtime so much means he’ll be on the swim team when he’s older! Haha, kidding. He looks super cute in these photos


28 Jenica November 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm

So freaking cute. It’s great he love bathtime; sounds like you must get the temperature just right!


29 Laura November 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Love your freezer bag label! Ha!


30 Alicia @ Wanna Be Ina November 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

I think that Mazen just went through or is still in the middle of a growth spurt and now you are catching up on calories! You are great at listening to your body for what it needs!


31 KathEats November 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Good hypothesis!


32 Averie @ Averie Cooks November 13, 2012 at 1:30 pm

That last pic is adorable of him :) And glad he likes his baths. I bet it’s so fun to watch him discover the water and just have a ball!


33 Aja November 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Ah the simple joys of being a baby. He’s so cute.
I loved bath time when I was a baby. I only cried when I had to be taken out of the water.


34 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning November 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

All of the meals look delicious! Sarah brought me a jar of her cranberry nutty butter when she visited a few weeks ago, and I’ve been savoring every bite. It’s SO good.


35 Kristen @ Change of Pace November 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm

I can’t believe the pumpkin season is almost over. Soon it will be peppermint!


36 Carrie @ The Cook's Palette November 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Your first sentence opener made me laugh! I WISH I had started my day playing with an octo-pirate! Love his little outfit in that picture too. Awesome and great example for others that you listened to your body on a day you felt a little extra hungry.


37 zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth November 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm

How kind Matt is to take your photos and bring your dinner down for you. it’s so great you are both so supportive of each other’s careers :-)


38 Kerry @ Totes My Oats November 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Yum that dinner looks delicious! I love all of the pictures, Mazen is so cute!


39 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I love how it’s called “cassoulet thingy” Haha.

Maze is absolutely too cute for words.


40 Michelle (Peachy Palate) November 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Reading to babies is so valuable; they take it all in and it’s great to get them interested as babies :) The joy of sitting and reading with a child never gets old. Hopefully the kindle won’t replace books entirely! Your breakfast sounds amazing, I don’t do those bowl mixes often enough!


41 Andrea November 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm

When I was looking at the photos of your dinner I thought that they looked styled a bit different! Then you said that Matt took them! Man I’m good : )


42 KathEats November 13, 2012 at 8:01 pm

Haha you are!


43 Kristen @ The Balanced Bowl November 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I just love your morning coffee mug! So pretty.

Tonight I made your buckwheat granola recipe…it is still cooling on the stove. But oh my how yummy! :-)


44 Cher @ Weddicted November 13, 2012 at 7:53 pm

I always add kale or spinach to my soup to give it more nutrients :)


45 kay November 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Hi Kath! Just wondering about the pumpkin….do you use canned and also, when you eat it with the yogurt do you heat it or eat it cold from the can? I used to put it in my oatmeal a lot and your pictures are making me want it again! Think I have a can in the pantry…maybe pumpkin oats in the a.m. :-)


46 KathEats November 13, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Canned, yep! And I eat it cold in yogurt, but yes hot in oats


47 Megan @ MegGoesNomNom November 13, 2012 at 10:10 pm

I love your Pumpkin kitty photos! He’s such a cute little lurker! I’ve gotten in the habit of sharing them with my husband every time you post one, and he too gets a kick out of ’em. :)


48 Michelle November 14, 2012 at 1:21 am

You should look into the book Baby Cakes! I read that to my son all the time as a baby! Now we both know it by heart and sing it together! And he’s three!!!


49 Presley @ Run Pretty November 14, 2012 at 10:29 am

Maddux loves his chain like that. We hook two sections of them up on his playmat and he does pull ups. haha It’s so cute. 30 Rock is our go-to show (no cable- only Netflix). Maze is looking super cute, by the way!


50 karenb November 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm

I was just looking at that teapot yesterday on amazon and didn’t buy it because it was plastic. What do you think of it? Does the fact that it’s plastic (although BPA free) bother you at all since it’s holding hot water? I really love the design and the price is great.


51 KathEats November 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm

It doesn’t bother me personally. It’s the best loose leaf maker I’ve ever used


52 Alex @ Raw Recovery November 14, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Do you sell those Great Harvest mugs? Every time I see a picture of it I want to ask about it. (I really, really love mugs and collect them from all over the world–my favorite is from the island of Crete :) )


53 KathEats November 15, 2012 at 3:22 am

We do!


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