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Signs of Fall are everywhere!


My drive from Charlotte to Knoxville was very long (due to construction, it took me 30 minutes to go 1.8 miles at one point), but I’ve arrived!  So happy to see my mom, too.


Car food:


A Green Monster, which contained:


  • 1 cup almond breeze
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop Nesquik


And this bar, which Nicole gave to me.  It tasted like cheese bread!  Kind of odd, but interesting to try.


I was STARVING by the time I arrived at my mom’s (it took about an hour longer than expected).  But luckily for me, there was food on the table!



I could not believe this quiche was homemade, but mom said it was easy to make.  All it contains is five ingredients:  a crust, Mexican blend shredded cheese, frozen spinach, five eggs, and onions.  She added pecans on top, which I thought was a nice touch.


To make the quiche, begin with a pre-made crust (or make your own).  Thaw a big bag of frozen spinach and press it to remove extra water, lay that on top of the crust, mix five eggs with two cups of shredded cheese, and pour the cheese mix on top of the spinach.  Add pecans if you wish! Bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until it firms.


(I went back for another half!)


And cornbread on the side.



Then, mom and I did some Halloween costume shopping (the Husband is going to be Russell Brand, and I’m going to be Katy Perry).  I think we found some good items! 


I mentioned on the drive home that I wanted Dairy Queen, but mom suggested we make our own sundaes.



Coffee ice cream with almonds and chocolate sauce?  Yes, PLEASE!


Off to snuggle in “my room.” 


What are you up this weekend?



  • Amy October 22, 2010, 9:39 pm

    I’m going to try canning applesauce. I’m part intimidated, part excited!

  • Aimee October 22, 2010, 9:48 pm

    I don’t have a twitter to “tweet” you back with, but I really think you need to REthink your choice of the phrase “cry like a little bitch”. It’s derogatory toward women, clearly. I’m surprised to see you using it– especially with your positivity-driven Operation Beautiful– I think it’s an inappropriate use of language and you should think twice about using it in the future.

    • Caitlin October 22, 2010, 9:57 pm

      Sorry if that offended you. I have a pretty coarse sense of humor. You have a point, though.

  • Hope October 22, 2010, 9:49 pm

    Make your own sundae, yes please! Yummo! I’ve wondered about taking Green Monsters on the road, or to work at times – how long do you think it would keep after you made it?
    I make a similar version of you mom’s quiche, so quick and easy and you really can add whatever you want to it!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 22, 2010, 10:02 pm

    I would totally rather have a homemade sundae than DQ and believe me, I *love* DQ 🙂

    Have a nice weekend!

  • Maura October 22, 2010, 10:06 pm

    I’m sorry but I can’t help it. Every time I read your posts, and see your eats, I laugh. At Katie Drummond.

  • The Peanut Butter Addict October 22, 2010, 10:11 pm

    Yum, those sundae’s look amazing. I’m spending my weekend with my mother too as it’s her birthday!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In October 22, 2010, 10:16 pm

    YUM coffee ice cream! Have you ever tried Starbuck’s Java Chip ice cream? It was my grandma’s favorite and it’s DELICIOUS.

  • Anna S. @ History Running Girl October 22, 2010, 10:19 pm

    Your sundae looks better than anything from Dairy Queen! Although I do want to try the pumpkin pie blizzard.

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance...after a 100+ Pound Weight Loss! October 22, 2010, 10:20 pm

    I LOVE QUICHE!!! And, going home, both are so comforting! =) Have a great visit.

  • diana October 22, 2010, 10:22 pm

    mannn i miss ice cream!! its kind of too chilly to eat ice cream! btw did you know that froyo have pumpkin spice flavor now?! i saw it at red mango, but don’t know if you guys have red mango there!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 22, 2010, 10:27 pm

    Why is the traffic in/out of Charlotte so horrible?! Everytime I go or leave there, I hit bumper-to-bumper-dead-stop traffic.

    Anyway, glad you got the Knoxville!

    Some friends are coming to stay with my this weekend and we’re going to a haunted forest. I love those types of I’m pretty excited!

  • Heather October 22, 2010, 10:28 pm

    Have fun with your Mom! Low key Friday night and then Bachelorette party tomorrow night – not mine, but still excited to go out with my friends)!

  • Camille October 22, 2010, 10:36 pm

    That is some epic looking food! Have a great weekend at home!

  • Jess October 22, 2010, 10:38 pm

    Pumpkin picking! have fun at home 🙂

  • Tabitha (From Single to Married) October 22, 2010, 10:40 pm

    Oh how I love the South. Makes me miss home, especially that yummy quiche!

  • Krystina (Organically Me) October 22, 2010, 10:48 pm

    There’s nothing like spending quality time with mom. 😀

  • ari October 22, 2010, 11:01 pm

    i have the same spoons as your mom!

  • laura buchanan October 22, 2010, 11:13 pm

    ahhhh, going to try making the green monster tomorrow!!! thanks for posting the recipe. BTW, thanks to some of your meal ideas, i have gone completely meat free today…great feeling!!!!

    • Jacalyn October 23, 2010, 6:57 am

      Laura, I think you will find you feel much better with taking meat out of your diet. I didn’t go cold turkey one day. I (unintentionally) slowly moved meat out of my diet after I had my son. Oddly, I lost my taste for red meat as soon as I was pregnant and it never came back. After I had my son, I was only eating fish/seafood. I decided a couple of months ago to declare myself pescetarian since I don’t remember the last time I had any other type of meat. This was more so I would make a conscious effort to not eat meat, not because I wanted to “declare” myself anything. I don’t think it’s necessary to pigeon hole yourself into a category. If by chance, the need for meat hits me one day, I am sure I will eat it. Anyway, I don’t think my digestive system has been any better since! Enjoy your weekend!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 22, 2010, 11:48 pm

    Mmmm nothing like being at home with mom! That quiche looks really good!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie October 22, 2010, 11:54 pm

    I’m loving the fall colors. That’ll make any drive better but construction does suck! Green smoothies rock!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 22, 2010, 11:56 pm

    Unfortunately, I’m not doing anything fun–I’ll be writing a law school paper all weekend. But have fun with your mom!

  • Heidi @ runaroundaroo October 22, 2010, 11:59 pm

    Oooh, sounds like you have a great weekend ahead of you! I’ll admit I’m a bit jealous of your mom time and “being a kid” again! I plan on laying around and experimenting in my kitchen.

  • Dee October 23, 2010, 12:10 am

    YUM! Those sundaes look great! I’ll be shopping this weekend! 🙂 Way overdue! Have fun with your mom!

  • Candice October 23, 2010, 12:24 am

    Your ice cream looks delicious!

    And I love the pic of the colorful trees! I just got home from Washington DC tonight, and the whole time I was there I was completely obsessed with the fall colors – and taking pictures of them.

    I’ll be unpacking from my trip and catching up on rest this weekend. Oh, and working the Oklahoma State game with my husband in the suites. sweet!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write October 23, 2010, 12:38 am

    Sounds like a fun day with your mom. 🙂 I’m inspired by her quiche, although I’ll have to substitute tofu for eggs because of the hubs. Looks yummy.

  • Lisa October 23, 2010, 12:45 am

    I’m sick so I’m eating a lot of comfort food. Now I want ice cream!!

  • Leah @ Why Deprive? October 23, 2010, 12:51 am

    That quiche looks awesome. I love the idea of pecans on top. They make EVERYTHING better! 🙂
    Your Halloween costumes are SUCH a good idea! I never would have thought of anything like that.

  • Jacalyn October 23, 2010, 6:51 am

    YUM! Everything looked so yummy!
    How does your green monster taste?

    • caitlin October 23, 2010, 9:16 am

      Its good – try it! I swear you can’t taste the spinach.

      • Jacalyn October 23, 2010, 10:57 am

        Alright! It is definitely on our list for today! Review will be posted later. ; )

        • Jacalyn October 24, 2010, 10:53 am

          Holy goodness! The green monster rocks!!! Perfect post run recovery drink!

        • Jacalyn October 24, 2010, 10:54 am

          extra bonus: the hubby and my 16 month old love it, too!

        • Caitlin October 24, 2010, 5:06 pm

          YAY I’m glad you liked it.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 23, 2010, 7:54 am

    Sounds like a nice start to the weekend with your mom! I love making my own sundaes too with my family. Enjoy TN too…I am sure it is beautiful. Sadly we are missing any fall there this year and it is one of my favorite places to be in the fall.

    I still need to come up with a good costume…I am not in the mood this year to dress up though. I need to figure something out soon!

  • Ramona October 23, 2010, 8:17 am

    I love the South! I drove from Indiana to Orange Beach, Alabama last weekend and loved the trip!

    This weekend, I’m doing a small amount of shopping. I’m helping my husband get ready for Halloween at his school. I’m also planning to bake an apple pie. Other than that, I’ll play it by ear. 🙂

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) October 23, 2010, 8:44 am

    Mmm…I love homemade sundaes.

    I also love cornbread with honey. 😀

    Have a great weekend!

  • L October 23, 2010, 8:45 am

    Caitlin! I’m SURE you already know about this, but I was just watching the Today Show and they are featuring these girls from a high school who are not wearing any make-up and calling it Redifining Beautiful. They just mentioned that they got the idea from Congrats!

    • AllieNic @Frisky Lemon October 23, 2010, 8:50 am

      I was just watching that! Such a great thing for high school girls to do!

    • caitlin October 23, 2010, 9:15 am

      So fun 🙂 thanks ladies.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 23, 2010, 8:47 am

    That must have been so nice to get to your mom’s house to find dinner on the table! Just like the good old days when we used to live at home. I miss that! 😀

  • Marina October 23, 2010, 9:48 am

    your mom made an awesome meal, I love savory pies with spinach!
    Oh and that ice cream looks so good

  • Jen October 23, 2010, 11:32 am

    My dad makes quiche for us every Christmas morning. Instead of spinach, he uses broccoli and onions, though you might have to steam the broccoli beforehand. I love the combination of textures – it reminds me of another holiday dish, baked broccoli and cauliflower with mayo, mustard and cheese.

    There are a lot of interesting things you can put in a quiche – it’s a very versatile dish.

  • Amber K October 23, 2010, 12:18 pm

    Mmmm make your own sundae…awesome idea!

    Busy, busy weekend. Many stores and shops to hit up today and I am going to do a full gut out of my kitchen, removing anything that might be contaminating my food! And separating dishes out just for me so my husband doesn’t have to forgo his favorite foods that I can no longer have!

  • Lesley October 23, 2010, 12:35 pm

    OMG, coffee ice cream with almonds and chocolate sauce? That sounds like an amazing combination I would have never thought to put together!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous October 23, 2010, 3:14 pm

    A green monster in the car? You are so hardcore! 🙂 That quiche looks delish! This weekend is going to involve a lot of relaxing for a change!

  • jodie October 23, 2010, 3:48 pm

    i love coffee ice cream, have not had it in a while. Which brand was it?

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