"You’ll Get A Stomach Ache"

December 13, 2009

In all my life I have never understood the phrase uttered by so many mothers (and grandmothers). What IS a "stomach ache" anyways!? Tonight I found out 😳

Michelle and Ben invited us over for the perfect holiday party complete with all of your favorite hors d’oeuvres, cookies, music, costumed dogs, and decor.

You know all of those "rules" that the women’s magazines impose?

  • "Don’t mindlessly eat"
  • "Sit down with a plate of food"
  • "Stay away from nuts and high-fat foods"
  • "Fill up on veggies so you stay away from desserts"

I say GUF to those rules. If you go to a fabulous holiday party every single weekend night between Thanksgiving and Christmas, then you might want to set some guidelines, but this was one of few parties in our season this year, and any form of restriction would have just left me unsatisfied. Michelle had so much wonderful food, and it all tasted so delicious!! If you want any of her recipes, please visit her blog! There are no "this is what I ate" photos because I ate it all :)
















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My contribution to the party was a cheese platter of cheeses sent to me by Wisconsin Cheese Cupid, a site where you can pair wine + cheese and cheese + wine. The site is actually really well done and tells you which wines suit each cheese best and vice versa.

My board had:

Arla Foods Dofino Edam, Widmer’s Cheese Cellars’ Cheddar, Belgioioso Cheese Blue, and Roth Käse Gruyère.


I made a little card with each to tell which beverages were recommended



Michelle and I tasted


And approved!! The BLUE cheese was out of this world!!! I also really like the stinky Edam.


Coincidentally Michelle had some Riesling out and it was on all four serving cards. I have to agree with the recommendation!








Cooper got a bone instead!


Diana + Dan’s Bailey and another dog (a Penny look-alike), Marley, also joined the party in costume!


After a few hours of grazing, the desserts really put me over the edge and I got the worst stomach ache!! My upper chamber was about to burst!! I think I even ate the centerpiece..



Thankfully my stomach settled and I feel better now. I have finally learned not to drink too much alcohol (it’s just natural now for me to stop after 1-2 drinks) but I still haven’t learned that eating too much will make me feel sick. All in good time.

Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night!

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1 emmy - eatventures December 13, 2009 at 1:25 am

Looks like a fun party :) Those ornament ball card holders are adorable!


2 jac December 13, 2009 at 1:26 am

food looks delish.. and that’s why i stay away from buffets!


3 Liz H. December 13, 2009 at 1:27 am

Good for you for perspective on the whole night. I think that is a step forward in itself. When the food is there, it’s sooo hard to stop! I mean, where is the line between indulging and overeating?!


4 Madelin @ What is for Breakfast? December 13, 2009 at 1:30 am

Unfotunately I think I have yet to master either :(! Looks like a wonderful party with delicious food, glad you had a great time!


5 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 13, 2009 at 1:32 am

I went to holiday party tonight too and ate it ALL. Boy did I have a stomach aaaache!! It was way too good to pass. Even on seconds! My favorite photo from the night is the row of candles…beautiful!


6 Mama Pea December 13, 2009 at 1:33 am

I’m not sure if I feel sorrier for your tummy or those dogs. At least no one put reindeer antlers on them!


7 Misty December 13, 2009 at 1:40 am

What are these? Are they some sort of meatball? I’ve never seen anything like them.


8 Colleen December 13, 2009 at 8:52 am

If I’m right, those are sausage balls! My m-i-l makes them for brunches and stuff, but they also go really well with dinner-like appetizers. Yummy! I hope she makes some this year! :)


9 Kath December 13, 2009 at 11:24 am

They are sausage balls! I believe they are just Bisquick, cheese and sausage rolled into balls and baked. They were amazing!


10 Sheila | Live Well 360° December 13, 2009 at 2:42 am

I just want to say again how much I appreciate that you take the time to share your life in this way. Over the past week I’ve been food blogging, and OMG I never realized how much time and energy it takes! I can’t tell you how many times I thought, wow, how does Kath do it? So… I wanted to make sure I told you what an awesome job you do, and how cool it is that you give people this glimse… no, not a glimse, this privilege, to be a part of your life in this way.

You rock Kath.

PS Looks like a fab party. Those desserts and the cheese makes my mouth water.



11 Kath December 13, 2009 at 11:24 am

Awww thanks. It is hard work, but also very fun!


12 Leah December 13, 2009 at 6:03 am

I love your attitude to food Kath – it’s very real and I relate to it – I never leave your blog thinking that you eat in a disordered way (unlike some of the other blogs I’ve seen). Thanks for the great example!


13 Sally Mae December 13, 2009 at 11:09 am

I agree with Leah! We are all human and none of us eat “perfect” all of the time. What fun would that be? I think you set an AMAZING example of balance in your life and in the foods you eat. Your blog is an inspiration to REAL HEALTHY WOMEN! I hope your tummy feels better today:)


14 Jennifer (Running With Cake) December 13, 2009 at 7:15 am

How gorgeous! I’m talking about the food AND the house – amazing! I agree – if you only go to one fancy party during the holidays – why not go all out? Just eat sensibly the rest of the week.


15 VeggieGirl December 13, 2009 at 7:21 am



16 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers December 13, 2009 at 7:32 am

i love the little doggie outfits! too, too cute. holiday parties are the best!


17 rungirlrunn December 13, 2009 at 8:01 am

Looks like a wonderful party!


18 jj December 13, 2009 at 8:07 am

Glad to see you’re normal! Sometimes we eat more just because it tastes so good! Thanks for showing us that side of yourself…believe me, that goes a lot farther than ALWAYS being in control…makes the rest of us feel normal too!


19 Lindsay December 13, 2009 at 8:13 am

Oh well, happens to the best of us 😀 At least everything looks delicious! Looks like a fun party


20 Kristen December 13, 2009 at 8:14 am

Perfect party food! I agree in thanking you for showing us that side of yourself. Eating healthy and watching portion sizes are SO hard during the holidays. Especially when no one else is doing it.


21 christie @ honoring health December 13, 2009 at 8:18 am

What a great spread! And the doggies are too cute!


22 Karla December 13, 2009 at 8:24 am

I had stomach aches! Hope you’re feeling 100% now.
Great photos!


23 Simply Life December 13, 2009 at 8:25 am

Looks like a fun time! I wouldn’t even try to stay away from those desserts either! :)


24 Mara @ What's for Dinner? December 13, 2009 at 8:42 am

What a wonderful night!!!


25 Food Makes Fun Fuel December 13, 2009 at 8:58 am

Throwing out the rules is good fun. It can be painful, but if the food is good it’s worth it 😉


26 Light Delight with TouTou December 13, 2009 at 9:00 am

wow ;-D awesome party !!! so many good eats !


27 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 13, 2009 at 9:03 am

The food looks wonderful!


28 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 13, 2009 at 9:10 am

Looks like an awesome party!!

I totally agree with you– I HATE it when magazines tell you to “fill up on crudite and other veggies” at holiday parties. The holidays come once a year– why would I want to eat celery and baby carrots at the party? No thanks! I’d rather indulge on some of the stuff I never, ever get to have the rest of the year!


29 Lindsay December 13, 2009 at 9:15 am

That first dog is soo cute.. Reminds me a lot of my own dog that we recently had to put to sleep. I am such a dog lover! I can’t wait until I get a big fenced in yard so I can have a zoo of animals =)


30 Brittany December 13, 2009 at 9:25 am

Everything looks fabulous!! I don’t think I would have been able to control myself either. I even spied some chex mix which is one of the those snack foods that I could just eat and eat….

The dog costumes were too cute. I love it!


31 Jenna December 13, 2009 at 9:26 am

food looks great! glad you had a fun night with friends :)



32 Jessie (Vegan-minded) December 13, 2009 at 9:45 am

That looks like a great holiday party. It is hard not to overeat with such good food around!


33 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) December 13, 2009 at 9:51 am

Holiday parties are the best! There’s something about Christmas M&Ms that are just so happy to look at, too! :)


34 Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) December 13, 2009 at 9:57 am

Looks like a great party!


35 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope December 13, 2009 at 9:57 am

It’s hard not to go a little overboard when there are so many delicious choices that you want to try. Glad to hear that you still enjoyed the evening! :)


36 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 13, 2009 at 10:10 am

I love your cheese platter contribution to the party. And what a creative idea to include the wine pairing notes. Love it! 😀


37 Ameena December 13, 2009 at 10:28 am

Looks like an amazing menu! Michelle, you are so talented with the decor as well!


38 Jil December 13, 2009 at 10:37 am

ALL of that food looks amazing. Love your cheese platter — I’m a cheese freak. haha Love the dog costumes! We couldn’t get my dog to wear anything in a million years. haha


39 Alison December 13, 2009 at 10:38 am

Good for you Kath! I’m glad you enjoyed all the yummy food!


40 Steph @ My Life In Motion December 13, 2009 at 10:42 am

I have a hard time stopping at holiday parties, too. What can I say? I love food!


41 Pam December 13, 2009 at 10:51 am

Very nice food display..yum!

Luv the pup’s!

Bee Happy!


42 Danielle December 13, 2009 at 11:00 am

I think anyone would have left that party with a tummy ache – everything looks delish!

I love the doggie costumes, too! Such a cute idea :)


43 Iris December 13, 2009 at 11:05 am

Yum! All that food looks so good! I think it’s time for me to stop looking at food blogs and go make breakfast!


44 Christy December 13, 2009 at 11:24 am

Yeah, it’s hard to stop when everything on the table is so tasty! It takes practice and tons of will power 😀 All a learning process…


45 Kath December 13, 2009 at 11:25 am

Thanks for the nice comments guys!


46 Erin @ Big Girl Eats December 13, 2009 at 11:54 am

Haha, GUF. I love that. Good for you Kath – I really enjoy your sensible, reasonable. happy approach to enjoying food, sans stomach aches of course! Very refreshing :)


47 katelyn December 13, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Looks like the party was awesome, and it’s really refreshing to see that someone else overindulges to the point of being stuffed from time to time. That was definitely me on Thanksgiving this year!


48 Carolyn December 13, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Reisling is my favorite wine!! As evidenced by last night. 😉


49 Jess December 13, 2009 at 12:45 pm

Kath that looks like SUCH a fun spread! I agree with splurging if you’re only going to a few parties. I wish we had more this season but with so many of our friends having babies this year we haven’t had many holiday parties!


50 leslie December 13, 2009 at 12:57 pm

as always, i commend and admire your perspective, kath – your unabashed love of food, both healthy and not, and your ability to live a balanced and restriction-free lifestyle sets a wonderful example for all of us. amen to saying “guf” to the magazine advice! :)


51 Stacey December 13, 2009 at 1:13 pm

My boss orders cheese from Wisconsin and it’s THE BEST cheese I’ve ever had!! It’s so full of flavor :) Those sausage balls remind me of my mom :) She makes them every Thanksgiving! Looks like a very relaxing, fun holiday party!


52 Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 13, 2009 at 1:23 pm

Your pictures are great (per usual)! I’m sorry you got a ‘tummy ache’. Overeating fabulous food during the holidays happens to the best of us =)


53 lynn (The Actors Diet) December 13, 2009 at 2:51 pm

all the food looks amazing, but i have to admit what catches my eye (and craving) is the holiday m and m’s!!!


54 Lisa December 13, 2009 at 4:41 pm

Wow. Everything looks so gorgeous. What a beautiful Christmas celebration!


55 sarah (ghost world) December 13, 2009 at 5:01 pm

ha, love “GUF!” as well :)
crudites my @$$ =D it’s funny that i subscribe to so many of those magazines but i totally agree on your take on their advice!

in my (expert) opinion those oreo balls were 100% worth it. and it all evens out in the end! luckily as active people there is room for FUN in our diets! i know i wouldn’t enjoy life quite as much if not for these nights once in a while. food + friends + festivity = the best.


56 Susan December 13, 2009 at 5:03 pm

Ya know, I think it’s GOOD to overeat sometimes! One, we all need to splurge sometimes for the sake of our sanity. Two, it’s a helpful reminder to not do it next time 😉 Not drinking too much really is key though. I’d take a cookie over a glass of wine any day 😉


57 Katy @ These Beautiful Feet December 13, 2009 at 10:37 pm

:-\ Sorry about the stomach ache, but SO glad you ate everything and enjoyed yourself. Sometimes, it’s worth it!!


58 sarah December 14, 2009 at 10:44 am

Looove your shirt!


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