Kind of random, but check out this cool picture the Husband snapped today:


The bird landed on the back of the car next to us.  :)  I love Florida birds.


Today was a great catch-up day for my life, the family business, the blogs, and my sanity in general.  I got a lot of work done and checked quite a few things off the To Do list.  Yay for productivity!


No exercise still.  I’m holding off until at least three days post-marathon.  We’ll see how the foot feels tomorrow. 


Dinner was quick and easy:


If you have not tried sweet potato and baked beans, you are missing out!


I load on the baked beans – you can never have too many.  🙂


Plus, naan on the side.


And a bowl of fruit for dessert.  I’m about to curl up on the couch at watch The Biggest Loser and American Idol.


Are you a fan of American Idol?  The Husband is addicted and watches the entire season from start to finish.  I really only like the actual competition shows – the tryouts get too mean!  And I don’t think I’ll watch anymore once Simon leaves (he’s gone after this year).


I pretty much love all reality shows – if there’s a game and a winner, I’m hooked!  Except The Bachelor – ugh.



  • michelle January 12, 2010, 9:10 pm

    I love big brother! I’m watching BL now. I love reality tv- it’s such an escape. 🙂

  • Jess January 12, 2010, 9:12 pm

    I can’t stand watching the try outs too – I always cringe and have to block my ears at some of the worse singers, who think they are pretty fab. (Not that I can sing either, but at least it is family ears only. 😛 )

    Glad you had a good catch up day. 🙂

  • teacherwoman January 12, 2010, 9:12 pm

    I love AI, but I don’t usually watch it until it gets into the top 12… I don’t like how they make weeks of a show of people making fools of themselves… it gets old. 🙂

    I am watching BL right now too…

  • Babycakes January 12, 2010, 9:19 pm

    haha, I LOOOOVE The Bachelor – it’s like a train wreck that I have to watch. Totally ridiculous but for some reason I’m addicted. I suppose I could have worse guilty pleasures. I also love Idol (and love watching the try outs) but I won’t be watching after Simon leaves. To me, he is the show. I’ll definitely be watching American X Factor though (his new show). I hear Paula may be joining him. Love the bird pic! 🙂

    • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 12, 2010, 9:24 pm

      I’m SO in love with the Bachelor too! I’m addicted too, it’s pathetic. Just one of those things I guess.

      • Molly @vegandorm January 12, 2010, 9:27 pm

        Have to admit … I love the Bachelor!!!! Sooo obsessed!

    • Holly January 12, 2010, 9:45 pm

      Count me in, too…my girl friends and I get together every week to watch the Bachelor – the best part is making fun of the girls. 😉

      • Nicole (dishin') January 13, 2010, 10:09 am

        I’m in too. Love The Bachelor. I can’t get enough. My friends and I have been watching it since the beginning. In college, we got so into the Bachelorette with Trista on it. I was sure she was going to pick Charlie but we were so excited when she picked Ryan – our favorite. I’m pulling for Ali this season! The show’s a little cheesy but so fun!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 12, 2010, 9:23 pm

    Baked beans on sweet potatoes ROCK!!!! If i’m rushed for time, I’ll microwave a sweet potato and top it with some canned vegetarian baked beans.. it’s to die for good!!!!

  • Vicki January 12, 2010, 9:27 pm

    I am going to have to try that baked beans/sweet potato combo. It looks yummy!

    As far as American Idol, my husband and I have just started to get into it in the last season or 2. I’m excited to watch this season because an old friend of mine is supposed to be on it.

  • Gretchen January 12, 2010, 9:27 pm

    do you recommend American or British baked beans on sweet potatoes? I can’t decide which sounds better.

    • Caitlin January 12, 2010, 9:50 pm

      those are american BBs. i actually HATE british BBs!

  • Evan Thomas January 12, 2010, 9:29 pm

    I’m flipping between those two shows, too. I actually prefer this part of american idol than the end. And I used to vote but now I’ve gotten too apathetic/lazy. I should exercise my opinion more haha

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) January 12, 2010, 9:30 pm

    your hubs is quite the photographer! Talk about a captured moment!

    The Mister and I do watch American Idol, but both agree it’s lost some of its luster — maybe Ellen will help bring back some excitement this year — i LOVE her!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 12, 2010, 9:30 pm

    We only like the competitions parts too. After a night of watching auditions, they all seem the same!

  • Karla January 12, 2010, 9:31 pm

    Wow what an amazing picture!
    I hate the beginning of American Idol. I get embarrassed for the people and I don’t want to watch haha!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite January 12, 2010, 9:31 pm

    I normally only watch the actual competition, but this time I want to see all the guest judges 🙂

  • Claudia @... and so I ran January 12, 2010, 9:40 pm

    I love American Idol!! and I don’t think it will be the same without Simon.
    I’m excited to have Ellen on, but i’ll miss Paula.

  • Britt January 12, 2010, 9:43 pm

    I rarely watch tv, but I am KICKING myself for not watching AI tonight. Can you believe it–my friend’s little sister made it through the first round and is going to hollywood!! A lot of her family (all as far as I know) are accomplished singers and I am soo excited to see some representation from my hometown. Fingers crossed it all goes well 🙂

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat. January 12, 2010, 9:44 pm

    I love sweet potatos. They are so delicious! I like mine with black beans and salsa! Yummy

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 12, 2010, 9:47 pm

    haha I am totally scared of birds so that picture freaked me out! I would NOT have gotten out of the car until it had left hehe

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat January 12, 2010, 9:56 pm

    Yummy sweet potato and beans!

    Personally I can’t stand American Idol but I know a lot of people like it. I’m just one of those who shies away when something gets really popular, the concept gets old — I did watch the first season with Kelly Clarkson 😉

  • Matt January 12, 2010, 9:57 pm

    I don’t watch American Idol. I think it is a fad and I am just not that interested.

  • Erin January 12, 2010, 10:04 pm

    I watched American Idol only the years Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson won. Besides that, the only reality show I watch is Biggest Loser. 😉

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now January 12, 2010, 10:06 pm

    I’m the same way. LOVE competition shows! Hope your foot feels better soon.

  • Jenna January 12, 2010, 10:11 pm

    I must try the baked beans on the sweet potato soon! Looks great!
    Love those reality shows too 🙂

  • Christy January 12, 2010, 10:13 pm

    I usually like reality, too. But I’ve never gotten into The Biggest Loser or American Idol… just not my thing. I’m more into like Trama Life in the E.R. kinda gal 😀

  • Lee January 12, 2010, 10:16 pm

    I have never gotten into American Idol. The only competition show that I like is Project Runway. But I do like all those horrible MTV reality shows.

  • caroane January 12, 2010, 10:25 pm

    I don’t really like reality TV or singing, so I am not an AI fan. Have you ever tried sweet potato topped with black beans and greek yogurt? Soooooo good!

  • Carolyn January 12, 2010, 10:25 pm

    I usually get bored after a while and never watch the end. I like Project Runway and Biggest Loser.

  • Nicole January 12, 2010, 10:32 pm

    Cool bird! Dinner does look really good! I love Idol and BL! I’m not watching either tonight as there’s too much good college bball on! Thank goodness for DVR : )

  • Heather January 12, 2010, 10:32 pm

    I just finished watching American Idol! The first few episodes are very entertaining! I love The Biggest Loser too.

  • Alison January 12, 2010, 10:36 pm

    i’m with ya on the bachelor–people have gotten obsessed with it! i dunno i think it’s great that people can find love among what? 20 people? but i think it seems kind of forced. i don’t really like how they end the show with marriage, either. i think it makes a mockery out of it when often, they don’t last. oddd.

  • Penny January 12, 2010, 10:47 pm

    Very cool picture!!! Your Hub did a great job snapping that pic.
    I have only watched one or two seasons of AI. I swore myself off of it when Bo Bice didn’t win. 🙂
    I did not know that Simon was leaving. OMG!!!!! I can’t help but think that the show will not survive.

  • Claudine January 12, 2010, 10:50 pm

    Hey Caitlin! I’ve been readying your blog now for about a month and I’m obsessed (not in a creepy way ha!) I live in Two Hills Alberta and am a runner as well but my runs are in a foot of snow. I love seeing the shots you take of Florida and have to say I’m very jealous! I was wondering about your sweet potatoe and baked beans, do you bake or micro your potatoe and what kind of beans do you use? Congratulations on the Marathon you are AWSOME!!

    • Caitlin January 12, 2010, 11:54 pm

      i put a few holes in the potato with a fork and then wrap it in a moist paper towel and microwave for 6 minutes. i used bush beans veggie baked beans – classic!

  • Jolene ( January 12, 2010, 11:03 pm

    I love American Idol! I watch it from start to finish, and I love Simon! I love a lot of reality shows – sad but true 🙂

  • katherine January 12, 2010, 11:13 pm

    I’ve never been into American Idol but I adore The Biggest Loser! Even though I’m lukewarm on some of the tactics used on the show and could do with much less product placement, I love seeing people reach their potential and work for something they truly want. It’s so inspiring!

  • Megan January 12, 2010, 11:28 pm

    Yum! I love the baked beans sweet potato combo. I don’t know why I didn’t try it before, it’s a delicious fast meal!

  • Gracie January 12, 2010, 11:33 pm

    I just want the nan. Lots of nan. With lots of butter.

  • Mandy @ University Cooking January 12, 2010, 11:40 pm

    Hah I hate any type of competition show. At first they were kind of interesting, but now i find they’re mostly the same and they get repetitive 🙁

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen January 13, 2010, 12:10 am

    i’m hoping to try the sweet potato baked bean combo sometime next week! i bought some Amy’s beans today just for that 🙂

  • Bronwyn January 13, 2010, 12:58 am

    I do watch me some biggest loser from time to time. But I can’t say I’m huge into game-show style reality TV. And most “reality tv” other than that are just collosal wastes of time.
    I like a few other short health ones from here in canada too.

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope January 13, 2010, 1:04 am

    That bird looks like a statue. great shot.

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances January 13, 2010, 1:42 am

    I HATE The Bachelor!!! AHH! I do watch my share of trash TV though… Such as The Jersey Shore on MTV… I can’t believe I just admitted that.

  • Leah @ Simply fabulous January 13, 2010, 1:44 am

    I don’t know how you eat so little nan! haha. I ALWAYS go overboard with the nan bread, especially when I am out for a curry. It’s so yummy!

  • Laurel January 13, 2010, 5:27 am

    That bird is probably looking for warm weather…gotta love Florida winters.

  • Megan January 13, 2010, 5:45 am

    Those birds are so funny. I live in Florida too and see these white birds all of the time. They always seem to be racing the cars!

  • christie, honoring health January 13, 2010, 6:27 am

    Love the picture of the bird!

  • Jaime January 13, 2010, 7:52 am

    Sounds like we have the same taste in reality TV. I too really like AI, but don’t like the tryouts…mean and over the top. As well, I can’t stand the Bachelor (or any of those shows looking for love).

    Gimme Amazing Race anyday though!!

  • Katharine January 13, 2010, 8:02 am

    Mmm nothing like a big bowl of fruit! Looks so refreshing 🙂

    My fave part of AI are definitely the auditions – some of those people just amaze me (in both good and bad ways).

  • Daryl January 13, 2010, 8:15 am

    Wow – I’m going to borrow some meal ideas from your blog as I begin training for my second marathon.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) January 13, 2010, 8:20 am

    That’s a really cool bird picture!

    I love reality game shows, too. But I’m like you – I just like the end of AI. Although I have to admit, I do watch the Bachelor. It’s like a train wreck!

  • Eve January 13, 2010, 8:25 am

    Such a neat photo!

    I watch the Biggest Loser – my husband hates most reality tv so I don’t watch as much as I would if I lived alone 🙂 Probably not a bad thing since he prefers the news, history channel, discovery hd – things that according to him “won’t rot my brain” haha.

  • transphatt January 13, 2010, 8:46 am

    REALLY glad to hear you also don’t watch The Bachelor. Something about that show bothers me — all those girls competing for a guy they don’t know. Same goes for The Bachelorette. So forced and contrived.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 13, 2010, 9:07 am

    Haha…I’m with you on the Bachelor…blech!

    I just read your post on your marathon-related injuries, and I must say you have such a positive outlook on it! 😀 It’s so nice to see people treating their bodies with the utmost respect while finding a workout that doesn’t irritate the injury. Good for you! 😀

  • Nicole (dishin') January 13, 2010, 10:09 am

    I’ll have to try the sweet potato with baked beans. I like both so I’m sure they are good together!

  • Ashley @ Good Taste. Healthy Me January 13, 2010, 11:08 am

    that bird is so cool! I’ll def have to try the sweet potato with baked beans. Looks so good and I love both of those!

  • Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run January 13, 2010, 11:17 am

    Wasn’t tough to watched Biggest Loser and Idol?! I was kept switching back and forth, but the commercials were on at the exact same time! Ahh frustration. And I don’t like the bachelor, but I’m ashamed to say this week’s drama drew me in. Ugh.

  • Loretta @ RunRettaRun January 13, 2010, 12:16 pm

    I am not a fan of AI but I started watching BL starting last season. Love. It. So. Much.

  • Amber K January 13, 2010, 12:43 pm

    I can’t stomach the Bachelor. Although I love watching the Biggest Loser and Big Brother. To me, American Idol gets pretty boring. Now, give me the faux DRAMA of the Hills, the Real World, and Jersey Shore and I’m unfortunately hooked.

  • Chari January 13, 2010, 1:40 pm

    Love the Florida birds, but everytime they land on my car, they poop on it. Not small birdie doo; it’s like huge pancake batter poo. It takes 2 trips through the carwash to clean it off! 🙂

    We watch Survivor and The Biggest Loser. BL really gives us inspiration to continue with staying in shape!

  • Betty January 13, 2010, 3:38 pm

    I watch American Idol but I only like it when it’s already at the top 10. I love Biggest Loser though.

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