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You know what makes my day? When people are randomly nice.  Last week, I twittered that I was feeling down, and Julie from Savvy Eats sent me a gift card to Colorado Kernels.  IsnÒ€ℒt that sweet?


I chose the variety pack, which came with Kettle Corn, Cheddar Cheese, and Caramel Corn popcorn.  My, oh my!


I had to try the Kettle Corn and Caramel Corn right away:



Two major thumbs up!  So delicious, light, and fresh tasting.  However, I do not recommend candied popcorn for a 10 AM snack.  Wait, I do.  Nevermind.  πŸ™‚


Lunch was healthier:


I had 1/2 a baked acorn squash, which I mashed with milk, butter, and cinnamon to make Γ’β‚¬Λœmashed potatoesÒ€ℒ:


Leftover baked tofu:


And NatureÒ€ℒs Path crackers:


An Inspirational Video


Dottie from Foodcents sent me this video.   It takes a while to get started, but its very inspiring.   Skip to 30 seconds in.  I feel this way about Team in Training and the Disney Marathon.


FoodBuzz Festival and #NotInSF


Obviously, I am not in San Francisco right now for the FoodBuzz Festival.  :(  It seems like the majority of bloggers are there, though, doesnÒ€ℒt it?!


I am excited for the Festival because Healthy Tipping Point and Operation Beautiful are up for two FoodBuzz Awards.  If I win, Meghann is going to accept the trophy for me.  :)  IÒ€ℒm keeping my fingers crossed!  Thank you for voting for me and making me a finalist!


Everyone who is at the FoodBuzz Festival in San Francisco is using a #fbzfest hashtag on Twitter. I have decided to create a #NotInSF hashtag for those of us who are not attending so we donÒ€ℒt feel left out.  ItÒ€ℒs like a little Twitter support group.  πŸ™‚


SoÒ€¦ What are YOU doing this weekend if you are #NotInSF?


PS Γ’β‚¬β€œ My Rebel camera is here!  :)  IsnÒ€ℒt Maggie beautiful in Rebel form?


And James, too!


P.P.S Γ’β‚¬β€œ My house is no where near Downtown Orlando, so IÒ€ℒm not being affected by the shooting.  But keep my town in your prayers, please!



  • Lu November 6, 2009, 12:29 pm

    I’m doing a 5K Heart Walk, hanging out with the hubby and son and getting in a couple of yoga sessions. Good luck on the FoodBuzz Awards!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat November 6, 2009, 12:30 pm

    Absolutely nothing! Going out to dinner at a great local place tonight then lots of laundry, cleaning and grocery shopping. Woo hoo πŸ˜‰

  • Abby (Nibble, Nourish, Run) November 6, 2009, 12:30 pm

    Ha love the #NotInSF!! I will be cooking and baking recipes from the daily buzz that I have all stacked up in a pile just waiting to be tackled! Oh and wishing I was in SF!

  • Evan Thomas November 6, 2009, 12:31 pm

    I think I’ll bake something
    I love cheddar cheese popcorn!

  • Lindsey @ Sound Eats November 6, 2009, 12:34 pm

    Isn’t Julie such a sweetheart!? πŸ™‚

    I know you’ll have fun at the game (and with BELLA!!) but I wish you were in Orlando this weekend so we could be #notinSF together. I’ll see ya for New Moon though!!

  • Diana November 6, 2009, 12:35 pm

    I follow you on twitter so I already knew about the hashtag :p I just didn’t use it because it’s pretty obvious I’m not in SF because I’m all the way on the other side of the WORLD πŸ˜›
    I love popcorn!

  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal) November 6, 2009, 12:38 pm

    I am most definitely not in SF because we’re have a couple over for a little date night. I’m excited to go to a new restaurant, maybe see a movie, and hang out with new friends!

  • carolyn~ November 6, 2009, 12:42 pm

    I am in SF…but not with FoodBuzz…it is just home to me πŸ™‚

  • Stacey November 6, 2009, 12:42 pm

    Tonight my guy and I are going to see a Sublime tribute band and havin a few drinks πŸ˜€ Tomorrow we are hiking and meeting my mommy for lunch, and Sunday I’m having a long run with Whit!! Yay for not being in SF haha πŸ˜€

  • MelissaNibbles November 6, 2009, 12:44 pm

    Your eats look great! I’m cooking up an acorn squash tonight and am curious as to what a single portion size is? What do you recomend? Thanks!

    The gift card was very thoughtful!

    • Caitlin November 6, 2009, 1:35 pm

      i’m not sure – probably 4 per squash. although i ate it in 2. πŸ™‚

  • Stephanie November 6, 2009, 12:47 pm

    That video was wonderful… this cause holds a special place in my heart bc my father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back when I was in the 5th grade. He is basically a walking miracle with the state he is in now (still lifts weights & is fully functional with everything) — which is very rare long term with this illness, esp since he has it on his brain stem. It wasn’t always this way, I remember the days of taking care of my little sister bc my mom was so busy with caring for him and the days where he had to use a cane and could barely walk…. OK getting choked up. His healthy lifestyle really helped in his recovery, I am sure of it, which is why I am so passionate about healthy living and eating myself. So thank you for posting this video Caitlin, I hope that this will inspire others as well πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin November 6, 2009, 1:24 pm


  • Susan November 6, 2009, 12:48 pm

    Love this!! Thankyou for thinking of all of us who aren’t in San Fran πŸ˜€ As I twittered, I work in my office every Sat & Sun from 5am-1pm, so that’s my weekend right there! Although, I AM looking forward to a run on Saturday and a special 75-minute spin class my gym is holding on Sunday πŸ™‚

    That popcorn gift is SO sweet!! I’m a sucker for caramel popcorn. Soooo gooood.

  • betsy November 6, 2009, 12:51 pm

    Love that video Caitlin. So inspiring. My company will hopefully branch into MS research soon. There are so many patients out there that need a cure!

    Weekend should be fun, I am going on a road trip from MA to VT!

  • Kara November 6, 2009, 12:52 pm

    Also not at FoodBuzz (maybe next year!!), so I’ll be spending the weekend catching up with an old college buddy and getting in some training miles in Central Park. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries November 6, 2009, 12:53 pm

    I am SO jealous of that kettlecorn! Those popcorn combos always remind me of the big xmas tins :).

    Yea, so, I’m #NotInSF–but I am going to make the most of being #INNYC πŸ™‚

  • Chrysta November 6, 2009, 12:55 pm

    i am so bummed I could not go to SF! maybe next time! but this weekend rocking some yoga, spinning and cooking. My favorite things. Might even through in a mani and some shopping. I really need some new fall boots!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 6, 2009, 12:57 pm

    I’ve been watching the Yankees celebratory parade, woo! πŸ˜‰ …although I’d love to be in San Fran!

  • Carolyn November 6, 2009, 12:57 pm

    Yum…popcorn! I actually had a popcorn buffet at my wedding. πŸ™‚

  • Whit November 6, 2009, 12:59 pm

    LOVE IT! I am running a half this weekend since I am #notInSF. wait…I’m going to tweet that too.

  • Mama Pea November 6, 2009, 1:03 pm

    Thanks for posting Dottie’s video. I just love that girl. This is yet another example of why I adore you, aside from 10 am kettle corn snacks. What’s that on my nose? Why, it’s your poo. πŸ™‚

  • Felicia November 6, 2009, 1:07 pm

    I love kettle corn! I don’t get it that often, but when I do, I really have to stop myself from eating the entire bag in one sitting. πŸ™‚

    This weekend I’m heading out to my boyfriend’s family’s house so we can dog-sit since his parents are away. They have two awesome Italian Spinones, who are so fun! Can’t wait. πŸ™‚ I’m counting down the months until we can get a dog, but until then, dog-sitting will be a great substitute.

  • megan November 6, 2009, 1:08 pm

    I didn’t even join foodbuzz until about 2 weeks ago, so I am definitely not in SF. πŸ™‚ Also, I don’t even have twitter or know how to use it. Am I really behind in the food blogging world??

    • Caitlin November 6, 2009, 1:22 pm

      twitter is pretty awesome!

  • Anne November 6, 2009, 1:09 pm

    Hi Caitlin, thought you might be interested in this blog post from the ny times:


    • Caitlin November 6, 2009, 1:23 pm

      thank you!

  • Sammi November 6, 2009, 1:09 pm

    Kettle corn is super delicious!
    This weekend I’ll be working πŸ™ & working out πŸ™‚ & doing homework πŸ™ & eating left over chinese food πŸ™‚

    &&& so that i’ll have more πŸ™‚ than πŸ™ I’ll be… cleaning πŸ™‚

  • Britt - Runnerbelle November 6, 2009, 1:15 pm

    No SF for me.

    I’ll be getting caught up after being in NYC last weekend. Also volunteering at half marathon on Sunday. Figured it was too soon to race after NYC, so I’ll volunteer. I’ll be on the course directing traffic around mile 10, so I can cheer friends on that are running. πŸ™‚

  • Tracey November 6, 2009, 1:18 pm

    You should try mixing the cheese and caramel popcorn together. The salty and sweet is so good!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) November 6, 2009, 1:23 pm

    love the mashed acron squash! What a great idea!

  • Julie @savvyeats November 6, 2009, 1:27 pm

    Thanks for the link love, Caitlin. Glad you liked the popcorn! πŸ™‚

  • Anna November 6, 2009, 1:27 pm

    Love the hashtag idea. I would have loved to go to foodbuzz fest, but I’m going on safari in the Masai Mara instead- I’ll settle for that!

  • Lizzy November 6, 2009, 1:31 pm

    that popcorn looks to die for! πŸ™‚ yummm

  • Matt November 6, 2009, 1:39 pm

    I <3 cheddar popcorn πŸ™‚

  • Sara November 6, 2009, 1:53 pm

    Hey Caitlin! Good luck on the FoodBuzz awards- fingers crossed!

    I have a question/idea for a post, that I think might strike your interest. Like you, I’m balancing school with work and training for a couple half marathons. Needless to say, sometimes it’s hard to squeeze everything in! My question (maybe you could pose it to all your readers): what do you training-wise if you get very little sleep the night before particularly if you have a long run on schedule? Is it wiser to take a rest day, or do you compromise with an “easy 3” just to maintain fitness?

    • Caitlin November 6, 2009, 2:22 pm

      well, i always get very little sleep the day before a big run because i am so nervous about it LOL

      in general, think it depends on how tired i feel. if i feel really lazy but not physically exhausted, ill swap a shorter run i have planned for later in the week. if i actually feel tired, i skip. one day isnt going to ruin your training.

      interesting Q

  • Traci November 6, 2009, 2:04 pm

    First things first…That popcorn looks great! Enjoy it. This weekend: Actually nothing too exciting planned, sometimes those turn out to be the best though! I’m on Day 6 of my 30 Day Bikram Yoga Challenge, so visits to the studio are a must. Have a great weekend. All weekends are great right?

  • alli November 6, 2009, 2:09 pm

    yummy! and how nice!

    i want to tell you how much your 18 miler inspired me! this morning i was going to attempt 10 miles {first dd this year} but once i got to 10 i thought; “what the heck, just do 13.1!!!” so i did 13.35! i thought “if caitlin can do 18 i can do 13!” πŸ™‚ im on cloud 9 today…… πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin November 6, 2009, 2:20 pm

      YAYYY thats awesome!

  • Jessica (Mile High Jess) November 6, 2009, 2:13 pm

    I feel that way about TNT too! I am actually raising money right now for my second marathon with them. Leukemia and Lymphoma have touched my family and I want to do whatever I can to help other families. I actually had a woman stop my on the way out of a restaurant yesterday to thank me for raising money for LLS. She said she had overheard me talking about it and it meant a lot to her because her dad had just died from Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. We both were really teary.

    I’m also not in San Fran but having a girls night out!

  • Erin November 6, 2009, 2:39 pm

    I’d love to get a DSLR camera just so I could play with the depth of focus thing. I’m a horrible photographer and I always think that having a better camera will fix that. Probably not but it would be fun to try!

    I’m running a 10K on Sunday and hoping to PR.

    Mmmm, caramel corn. I love that stuff. Dangerous!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 6, 2009, 2:52 pm

    I wish I was at Foodbuzz, too. πŸ™

  • Kelsey November 6, 2009, 3:07 pm


    It sounds totally gross and crazy, but it’s the only way to eat flavored popcorns: Eat the caramel and the cheese popcorns together! The sweet-salty-cheesy-combo is (unfortunately for me) quite addictive!

  • Lara (Thinspired) November 6, 2009, 3:16 pm

    Thanks for starting the support group, Caitlin. I need it. I was originally registered for the Foodbuzz festival but had to cancel because we haven’t moved yet πŸ™ So devastating. Next year, right?!

  • Kristine November 6, 2009, 3:22 pm

    I just found out yesterday that my good, beautiful friend who is only 31 years old was just diagnosed with MS. Thanks for posting.

  • Carrie H November 6, 2009, 3:37 pm

    I thought of you and Meghann (though I am not sure she lives in Orlando) IMMEDIATLEY when I heard about the shootings. I also hoped your husband didn’t work in that office complex! These shootings are so unbelieveably sad and incomprehensable. I’m glad you’re safe!

  • rebecca November 6, 2009, 3:41 pm

    the new photos are beautiful!

  • SweetiePotato November 6, 2009, 4:06 pm

    aww little maggie DOES look so cute!! that’s a good picture. and i heard about the shootings πŸ™ & that they closed down I-4 for a while. i’m glad they caught the person

  • Miriam November 6, 2009, 4:25 pm

    Wow, nice pics!! I agree that this make a huge difference quality wise, awesome (I am a bit jealous though lol)! πŸ™‚ Have a good week end miss!!

  • FoodCents November 6, 2009, 4:28 pm

    It goes without saying that I heart that video, it is a good reminder of all the good people in the universe, especially with all the ugliness in the world, as of late.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 6, 2009, 5:48 pm

    I’m glad you are safe and not effected.

    This weekend our teen group is having a tag sale (yard/garage sale for the rest of y’all) and then Hunni and I are going to a viewing of Roman Holiday at the local college. We are going to pretend we are students (its free to the public but it’s more fun that way).

  • Rachel November 6, 2009, 5:52 pm

    I’m running my first 5K this weekend in support of cancer research this weekend! Just wanted to say thank you for all the inspiration. I’m a huge fan of your blog and can’t wait to get out their with a bib on!

  • maria November 6, 2009, 5:53 pm

    So sorry to hear about the shooting. Such a terrible thing.

  • Jess November 6, 2009, 5:59 pm

    Thanks for the video! I’m planning on doing the RONA MS Bike Tour this year. I’ve known more than my share of people with this disease and it’s so devastating.

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) November 6, 2009, 6:36 pm

    LOL @ ‘However, I do not recommend candied popcorn for a 10 AM snack. Wait, I do. Nevermind’

    I do too! Great surprise!

    Love the NotinSF hashtag. Im down with it!

  • Katie November 6, 2009, 6:38 pm

    I stole my mom’s Rebel. I totally want to find something to take pictures of, but nothing too exciting here.

    I’m not a big popcorn person, but looks yummy.

    Yes I’m jealous and sad I’m left behind, but I hope everyone has a great time in San Fran!

  • j.l. November 6, 2009, 7:00 pm

    caitlin! thanks for posting an MS video. i am running my first half marathon in two weeks as an MS event. and i’m riding the 175 mile city to shore mS ride next sept. my rock climbing partner rides this every year — and is a person living with MS. he doesn’t let sh*t stop him or control his body. its how i feel too, i run because other cannot, because i choose to and am lucky to have a body that lets me. good luck with your marathon.

  • candice November 6, 2009, 9:17 pm

    First time commenter, long-time blog reader πŸ™‚ I love love love caramel corn! I can’t wait to see food pics with your new camera.

  • Lianna November 6, 2009, 10:09 pm

    Wow, those pictures are beautiful! Adorable subjects, too! πŸ˜‰ Congrats on the new camera!

    Glad you’re safe *hugs*

  • Erica November 6, 2009, 10:12 pm

    I hope you win too! Totally voted for ya πŸ˜‰ That lunch looks incredible. Squash really puts a meal over the top for me lately! Have a good night

  • Emily Eats and Exercises November 6, 2009, 10:26 pm

    That popcorn looks good. I used to eat a good amount of popcorn, but my boyfriend hates it – even the smell. I don’t have it so much these days…

  • Nikka @ HealthfulGirl November 6, 2009, 11:19 pm

    Those are some beautiful photographs. Maggie never looked so good!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) November 6, 2009, 11:24 pm

    I wish I was at the FoodBuzz festival – I wish there was something for Canadian food bloggers … a little bit closer to home!

  • Jenna November 7, 2009, 2:35 pm

    love kettle corn popcorn! hope you win the awards!!

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