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What a fun and random evening! πŸ™‚

 

It started off like any other Tuesday night – I worked a little on an article and then I cooked dinner.  I snacked on some more watermelon while I made this delicious meal:

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I made mini broccoli cheese quiches, which turned out SO well!  And they were really easy to make.

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I combined 2.5 eggs, 1/2 a cup of steamed and chopped broccoli, cheddar cheese, and sundried tomatoes, and then I poured the mixture into cupcake tins.  I baked them at 350 for about 35 minutes.  Yum!

 

Plus, roasted baby yellow potatoes with ketchup.

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For dessert, I had semi-frozen Stonyfield Oikos Caramel.  It tasted like ice cream!  Try putting it in the freezer.

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It was around that time that Megan called me and asked if I wanted to go to Happy Hour with her, Katy, and Anne P.  To be honest, I was really craving a cold beer and the thought of hanging out with my girlfriends on a Tuesday was TOO good to resist.

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I had two pints of Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat, which was so flavorful.  It had an excellent cherry aftertaste!  I love fruity beers and wheat beers – this was the perfect combo.

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Gotta go quiz the Husband for his test tomorrow!

 

Oh, and a side note.  Here’s some good advice from a reader named Jennifer, who emailed me about my triathlon swim anxiety.  She said, β€œI just thought of this while I was swimming today. One way I prepared for my first few tris involved the start of the swim. It’s kinda crazy and a little scary in the beginning so I enlisted the help of some friends. We all got in the same lane in the pool and we started out right next to each other as we swam. That got us more comfortable with the idea of getting smacked in the face and kicked during the start of the race. It’s not exactly like the race but it’s similar.”

 

I’ll ask you an age-old question:  Beer or wine?  I prefer beer.   πŸ™‚

{ 104 comments }

 

  • Mo@MommyRD March 9, 2010, 10:44 pm

    Wine all the way! Preferably red. πŸ™‚

  • Emily Eats Clean March 9, 2010, 10:48 pm

    Wine, I think……depends on my mood I believe! I love the quiche idea AND the frozen OIKOS idea!! Thanks for sharing!!

    -emily http://www.emilyeatsclean.wordpress.com

  • liane March 9, 2010, 10:48 pm

    Red wine! No question πŸ™‚

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) March 9, 2010, 10:49 pm

    I just tried that Sam Adams last night!!! So sweet! PS Love that placemat you’ve been using.

  • Nicci March 9, 2010, 10:51 pm

    I love red wine, but I’ll pick beer any day. I love Texas Shiner dark beer!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) March 9, 2010, 10:53 pm

    I feel so fancy pants when I drink wine, but it gives me a killer hangover, so I have to go with beer. πŸ™‚

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine March 9, 2010, 10:55 pm

    Beer, all the way!! My BF has taught me to appreciate it. I love the mini quiche idea- so simple!

  • Matt March 9, 2010, 10:58 pm

    BEER!

  • Cindi March 9, 2010, 11:02 pm

    Beer! My fiance and I homebrew our own and just this past weekend we brewed up an IPA and an Apricot Wheat. I can’t wait until it’s ready!!!

    • caitlin March 10, 2010, 8:09 am

      yay i love homebreing.

      • Cindi March 10, 2010, 8:11 am

        Well then, once you get settled in Charlotte – we’ll have to have you over! :-).

        • caitlin March 10, 2010, 8:13 am

          oh yay! charlotte friends. please email me when i move in june!

    • chrissy March 10, 2010, 10:02 am

      My boyfriend and I have a new years’ resolution to brew beer in oh ten. Soon, soon!

  • Ellie March 9, 2010, 11:02 pm

    Hmm good question! I love both. I drink wine way more because it doesn’t fill me up like beer does, and you can just drink a little bit instead of feeling the need to finish a whole beer at once, but sometimes beer absolutely hits the spot. I usually drink white wine (almost always Chardonnay!) and fave beer are IPAs or anything hoppy.

  • Jenna March 9, 2010, 11:09 pm

    Quiches look delish! Love your huge pool of ketchup!!

  • Katie Davis @ Pop Culture Cuisine March 9, 2010, 11:12 pm

    Totally depends on my mood, but lately it has been warming up and cold beer just sounds so good. The hubby and I each had two tonight while catching up on dvr and blogging πŸ™‚

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 9, 2010, 11:13 pm

    Ooooh tough question!! I love both. I love a dry, bold, spicy red, and a thick, black Guinness πŸ™‚

  • Madeline - Greens and Jeans March 9, 2010, 11:19 pm

    It definitely depends on my mood, but now that the spring/summer is rolling around I can’t turn down an ice cold beer!

  • Bronwyn March 9, 2010, 11:20 pm

    Ooooh, I’m all about the wine these days. Sooo good. But I do love a good dark beer. Delicious.

  • John March 9, 2010, 11:23 pm

    Neither! I’ve never liked wine or beer.

  • Katie March 9, 2010, 11:25 pm

    I like white wine. I don’t think I’ve had a beer since my freshman year of college. Maybe I should give it another try.

  • Leanne March 9, 2010, 11:32 pm

    Definitely beer… unless I’m chillin at the apartment and I’m looking for some deep convo–wine is perfect for that.

  • kate March 9, 2010, 11:33 pm

    Beer all the way. Wine tastes like bad fruit juice to me and I can never finish the glass.

    When I drink beer its usually local: http://www.alaskanbeer.com.

  • Pitchies March 9, 2010, 11:43 pm

    Beer or wine? Hmm, both! In different seasons of course. White wine and beer (not at the same time) in spring/summer, red wine in cooler months.

  • Kat March 9, 2010, 11:49 pm

    I have to second Pitchies, I’m going with both!
    I started out as a wine girl, then I met beer and fell in love, now I love both. Sam Adams Cherry Wheat is definitely one of my favorite beers!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople March 9, 2010, 11:53 pm

    I can’t stand the taste of either. I’ll take a nice vodka any day over beer or wine. Although I drink basically…never. It’s just not a regular thing for me! Even though I know there are some benefits from the wine, I still can’t choke it down.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] March 10, 2010, 12:04 am

    Those mini quiches sound great – and easy for a college student ; )

  • Nicole March 10, 2010, 12:05 am

    I have my moods but lately I have really grown to appreciate the flavor, the hops, and the robustness of various beers.

  • Jalita March 10, 2010, 12:09 am

    Those cheese quiches look yummy! This may be a stupid question, but how do you use half of an egg? I’m not much a wine or beer drinker. I hate the taste of alcohol. I have discovered the mudslide, though. I like the ones at Applebees, I can’t taste the alcohol in theirs. I like making them with the pre-made mix, also.

    • caitlin March 10, 2010, 8:10 am

      I used half an egg because I actually made 6 quiches with 5 eggs and our friend Harry ate the other half of the quiches πŸ™‚

  • Molly March 10, 2010, 12:14 am

    Oh gosh I prefer beer over wine any day. Call me manly but its just my preference. But if you really must know I prefer whiskey over it all. So maybe I am part man. I hope not!

    What a cute dinner!

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit March 10, 2010, 12:14 am

    Wino over here! πŸ™‚ But I’m willing to try any kind of beer. And some days there is nothing better than an ice cold beer!

  • Run Sarah March 10, 2010, 12:41 am

    Love the idea for mini quiches. I am a wine fan all the way, or a mixed fruity drink.

  • Christy (Desperately Seeking Motivation) March 10, 2010, 12:50 am

    Those quiches look DIVINE!!! I’m hungry now after looking at them! πŸ™‚

  • caitlin March 10, 2010, 1:28 am

    Hi i am new to twiter i was just wondering if you would like to be my frened.

    • caitlin March 10, 2010, 8:12 am

      sure – tweet me

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs March 10, 2010, 3:11 am

    Clever idea with the dinner, love it!
    I’m neither beer or wine..I hate both! I’m hoping to develop a taste for at least wine though, so I can appear fancy and posh events πŸ˜›

  • Jennie {in Wonderland} March 10, 2010, 4:03 am

    This is probably un-Canadian of me but I absolutely, 100% prefer wine. I am a red wine fanatic, actually. I love trying different varietals and different brands. I try a new bottle every week πŸ™‚ I’m not a big fan of white wine at all, although a very dry and crisp white is nice on a hot summer night.

    I’m also a champagne lover … not to mention I adore a rare sparkling red like Banrock Station [I don’t mean rose, I mean an actual sparkling red wine… they are so awesome and barely anyone makes them!]

    I don’t really like beer… I used to drink it in University and I think I wore myself out a bit. Bucket night [9 beers for $9] may have soured me to the whole concept, lol.

  • Rachel @ Suburban Yogini March 10, 2010, 5:02 am

    Wine. Australian for preference (but not the Australian that gets exported, the Australian in Australia)! I really don’t like beer, never have done even at college.

  • Sammi March 10, 2010, 5:20 am

    I haven’t had much experience with wine or beer, but I’ll have to go with wine πŸ™‚ Specifically pinot grigio! I had some in Italy and LOVED it. I still haven’t really developed my taste for beer yet.

  • Kate March 10, 2010, 6:23 am

    Beer!! Coors Light please.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is March 10, 2010, 6:30 am

    Wine! But I do love Sam Adams Summer Ale.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) March 10, 2010, 6:36 am

    I’m a tee-totaler nowadays and don’t drink, but when I did I preferred wine.

    Your mini quiches look:

    a) Adorable

    and

    b) Delicious

    Thank you for sharing that simple recipe!

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward March 10, 2010, 6:45 am

    We’re winos over here, but I do love Sam Adams. I’ve had that beer before, it is so refreshing!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) March 10, 2010, 6:55 am

    Oh gosh, it really depends on what I’m eating. I prefer beer with a hearty meal like burgers, pizza, etc. but prefer wine as-is or with lighter fare (white wine with a crisp summer salad, red wine with pasta, etc.)

    I guess if I really had to choose, I’d pick white wine. πŸ˜€

  • jen trinque March 10, 2010, 7:13 am

    In the past I would have said wine, hands down, but beer has seriously grown on me the last couple of years. Also, I love hot sake and hard cider! Bring on the booze, lol!

  • Britt (Runnerbelle) March 10, 2010, 7:16 am

    Depends…… I like both, depends on my mood, food, the beer/wine available, etc.

    Those mini quiches look great!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit March 10, 2010, 7:22 am

    I like beer and wine in different situations, but I have really come to love beer since my husband started working at a small craft brewery/brewpub and I tasted some quality beer! We’re going to visit the Dogfish Head brewpub next weekend- that’s one of our favs πŸ™‚

  • Kristen March 10, 2010, 7:38 am

    Beer or Wine? Both please πŸ™‚

  • Di March 10, 2010, 7:53 am

    Beer. Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale is my favorite, followed by Sam Adams Summer Ale. πŸ™‚

  • Kristina @Mendonpondmusings March 10, 2010, 7:53 am

    Wino here! Expect if sporting events are on – then beer is a must.

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind March 10, 2010, 7:54 am

    At the risk of being banned from blogworld, I’m going to say…neither. My answer would be liquor (vodka in particular). I know! Honestly, I used to DESPISE both beer and wine, but the more I taste sips of friends’, the more I’m coming around to them.

    It’s definitely taking a while, though!

    • caitlin March 10, 2010, 8:12 am

      shiver. i cannot treat vodka.

  • Erica March 10, 2010, 7:59 am

    What a fabulous dinner! I love eggs- great source of protein and tasty! Glad you had fun out with the ladies. I’m def a beer girl! I don’t like the taste of wine πŸ™

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story March 10, 2010, 8:05 am

    Beer! I do love a glass of wine though, but almost always I will choose beer. I am huge fan of the fruity wheats too!

  • Andrea (canyoustayfordinner.com) March 10, 2010, 8:05 am

    Looks like an amazing night with your friends! THose are the best meetups! And that’s a tough question- beer is so good, but I guess I like wine. When I lived in Italy we used to play drinking games with wine..you can imagine how horribly that went. After I came back to the States I couldn’t drink it for a little while, but a few years later and I’m back to loving it!

  • alyssa March 10, 2010, 8:06 am

    winnneeeeeeee!

  • Raya March 10, 2010, 8:06 am

    Wine. But Sam Adam’s Cherry Wheat is my FAVORITE beer of all time!!! Ever since I had it one time on a trip to Boston, I look for it everywhere. They also have a blackberry flavor.

    • caitlin March 10, 2010, 8:12 am

      i would love to try the blackcherry flavor!

  • Lauren March 10, 2010, 8:17 am

    How many mini quiches did your recipe make? I think this may be the perfect idea for breakfast for our guests this weekend!

    • Caitlin March 10, 2010, 9:03 am

      it made three quiches πŸ™‚

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 10, 2010, 8:18 am

    Wine.

    I do like that Sam Adams cherry wheat beer though.

    Also, have you tried Kriek? It’s technically lambic, not beer though. It’s a Belgian cherry flavoured beer. SOOO good!

    • caitlin March 10, 2010, 8:22 am

      nope – but i’ll keep an eye out for it!

  • Abby March 10, 2010, 8:21 am

    Neither! I choose margaritas! πŸ˜‰

  • Sara K. March 10, 2010, 8:26 am

    Beer!

  • Juli D. March 10, 2010, 8:29 am

    Beer! We all grain homebrew and our pipe dream is to own our own brewery. And we have the lofty goal of visiting all the microbreweries in Michigan – 40+ down and about 30 to go!

  • Amy B (Second City Randomness) March 10, 2010, 8:31 am

    I love the wine! It gives me a warm happy feeling… πŸ™‚

  • Sarah March 10, 2010, 8:38 am

    Caitlin,
    I’ve done 3 triathlons and prepared much like you have by swimming freestyle in the pool. I felt pretty prepared, but then when I was actually DOING my first and second triathlons, I found myself freaking out (much like you did) during the swim portion because I hadn’t practiced in a lake, people were literally swimming on top of me, I couldn’t see the boundaries or even my hand in front of me, someone kicked my goggles off, etc. I wound up doing some hybrid of freestyle, breaststroke, and doggie paddle and changed my goal from a set time to to “survive!”

    By the third triathlon, I approached the swim much more intelligently and trained with breast stroke the whole time. It was the easiest way for me to conquer the swim portion without hyperventilating, and there aren’t rules against it. I was able to improve my time and enjoy the swim since I could consistently come up for air and know where I was going.

    When you’re in the water swimming, just remember that it doesn’t matter HOW you are swimming or how fast you are swimming–you just need to get out of the water alive! πŸ™‚

    Sarah

    • caitlin March 10, 2010, 8:41 am

      such a good tip – thank you!

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) March 10, 2010, 8:49 am

    random nights out with girls? fun. I wish my good girlfriends lived closer…I’m stuck in the middle of nowhere! BTW I love me some dos equis! Beer>wine but i’m TRYING to like wine…TRYING.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) March 10, 2010, 8:57 am

    i prefer DARK beers over just about anything else alcohol-wise, but red wine is growing on me! i feel like there’s more bold flavor in dark beer and red wine, which is fun to pick out and pair with stuff πŸ™‚

  • Carolyn March 10, 2010, 8:58 am

    Wine. Can’t stand beer.

  • Kelly March 10, 2010, 9:08 am

    I can’t wait for warm weather and outside happy hours. And it depends what I’m doing, if i’m just sitting around watching TV I prefer to drink wine, but if I’m out at a bar or sporting event give me beer!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) March 10, 2010, 9:12 am

    I looove Sam Adam’s Cherry Wheat!
    It’s hard to pick one over the other. I drink wine more often, but nothing beats an ice cold draft beer. Especially in the summer πŸ˜€

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 10, 2010, 9:17 am

    Depends on my mood- I used to be a 100% beer lover, but now that I’m “grown up” and like to have just one drink sometimes, I started liking wine too.

  • Susan March 10, 2010, 9:30 am

    Beer!! Wheat bears are my fave too…especially when served with a slice of orange πŸ™‚ I’ve tried and tried, but I just can’t develop the palette for wine. I don’t even like the taste of grapes that come from wine country, and I LOVE grapes.

    Although if I had to choose an all-time favourite it would be whiskey! Plain, with a splash of water and lemon. Yumyum πŸ™‚

  • Rachel (Running Rachel) March 10, 2010, 9:33 am

    I’ve been debating what to have for dinner tonight, and after reading your post I’m having those quiches – they look yum (and easy to make which is *always* a bonus!).

    I’m learning lots about food names reading American blogs, how come they’re called ‘yellow’ potatoes – do you have other coloured ones?!

    • Caitlin March 10, 2010, 9:34 am

      we have red and white potatoes!

      • Rachel (Running Rachel) March 10, 2010, 10:31 am

        Just had a quick google (not much to do at work today! :D), we call ‘yellow’ ones new potatoes, ‘white’ ones are just potatoes. Now we’ll all be able to sleep tonight πŸ˜‰

        • Morgan March 10, 2010, 10:51 am

          There are also blue potaotoes!

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness March 10, 2010, 9:57 am

    Wine! Pinot grigio is my favorite. I am not a fan of beer… any beer.

  • Lee March 10, 2010, 10:01 am

    Wine but I like beer too.

  • Kiersten March 10, 2010, 10:01 am

    Wine. I hate the taste of beer.

  • chrissy March 10, 2010, 10:04 am

    I like both, but prefer beer. My favorite time to drink one is early afternoon, when I’m hanging around the house or working on writing. Drinking earlier in the day is kind of weird, but I think I’ve convinced myself that it gives my body time to work though the alcohol before bed. πŸ˜‰ Plus, obviously, this is a weekend indulgence, as getting tipsy at work would not be advisable.

  • Katie March 10, 2010, 10:10 am

    Def beer!! When I lived in Fort Collins our favorite thing to do was go on brew tours at all the various breweries around town! Nothing better than sitting on a patio with a cool beer! You’re making me so excited for summertime!

    ps – thanks for commenting on my blog today!

  • devon March 10, 2010, 10:21 am

    Cherry Wheat is my favorite beer EVER!
    But alas, I’m a wine drinker πŸ™‚

  • Heather March 10, 2010, 10:23 am

    Def will have to try those mini quiches. Yummm! I’m a beer gal, but I’m learning to like my wine too. But beer will always be closest to my heart, and ummm,unfortunately, belly. lol

  • KatieTX March 10, 2010, 10:51 am

    Beer! And I love that Sam Adams cherry! Great flavor.

  • Morgan March 10, 2010, 10:55 am

    Red wine all the way-mostly the earthy, woodsy types! However, I do love sake and I like to make my own infused vodka drinks (big league chew flavor was my favorite!)

    Funny story, I get carded pretty often for being almost 30, which is rare to be carded in NYC. A few days ago I went to buy beer at the local store and the nice old lady (of course) carded me. But then she asked if “drinking the beer was my secret to looking youung”. If only, if only….

  • Cara March 10, 2010, 10:59 am

    wow the quiche and potatoes look soo good. You have inspired me to try that out in cupcake tins. Probably much better for you without the crust! haha.

  • Theresa March 10, 2010, 12:11 pm

    The quiche looks so yummy, I love eggs for dinner! That is what I had last night too. I am more of a wine drinker myself, dark flavorful reds πŸ™‚ But sometimes you can’t top a cold draft beer. Lost Coast Brewery Great White Wheat is my favorite!

  • Ashley March 10, 2010, 12:26 pm

    Neither! πŸ™‚ Your quiches look delicious! Thanks for sharing! I’m all for easy and versatile recipes and these look perfect. Can’t wait to try them!

  • Noelle March 10, 2010, 12:50 pm

    Microbrewed beer all the way! Preferably of the pumpkin variety (which they need to start having year round).

    Red wine is delicious, but the hangovers are brutal even after a couple glasses.

  • Niki@ Niki's Neverending Adventure March 10, 2010, 2:17 pm

    Definitely more of a wine girl but have recently started liking beer more and more. Preferably wheat and/or fruit beers! Love Blue Moon and Blueberry Beer!! Yum!

  • charise March 10, 2010, 3:40 pm

    I like both! I am a big dry red wine drinker and also looove micrbrews, especially amber/red ales and unfiltered wheats. It just depends on my mood, what we’re eating, and what kind of night it’s going to be.

  • a March 10, 2010, 6:10 pm

    Question Answer = Wine . I can’t do beer.I have the weakest stomach known to man, I gag far too easily and the smell of beer , let alone the taste of it is just too much for me.

    ALso thank you for those broccoli mini quiche dealies. making them for brunch !

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat March 11, 2010, 9:36 am

    I’m definitely a wine girl πŸ™‚

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