I hope everyone had a wonderful April Fool’s Day!  I was SLIGHTLY tricked by this Google Reader “Advantage” ad, but that’s it.  :)  I hope you had a fun day and rolled with the jokes.  Don’t take life too seriously – you won’t get out alive!


And THANK YOU for the photoshopping feedback.  It was great; keep it coming!  So interesting to hear differences of opinions and input from photographers.


I spent all day chained to this:


Meeting after meeting after meeting.  However, they were all awesome and productive.  One of the things I hated the most about my last jobs was unproductive meetings.


No workout today – I’m in taper mode for Saturday’s big race (a 15 mile trail run) and didn’t have time to do anything besides work (and Twitter) anyway.


Dinner was FAB!  Mini casseroles are the perfect meal when you’re crunched for time.


In a bowl, I combined:


  • 2 whole eggs, 1 egg white
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Chopped mushrooms
  • 1 Morningstar Faux Sausage
  • Feta Cheese
  • Pepper


And then poured the mix into a mini casserole dish and baked at 400 degrees for 40 minutes (while I got some more work on):




On the side was crackers + dill hummus:


Dessert was a serving of ginger ice cream:


And mid-afternoon snackies was Chobani (yes, I epically failed at keeping my dairy intake down today) and a Glo bar:

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Pretty Puppies!


Did someone request Maggie and James pictures?!  Here are my snoozing beauties:




Yes, it’s 8 PM, and yes, I’m going back to work.  This article needs to get finished ASAP!


Got a fun casserole recipe to share?  Link it in the comments section!



  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope April 1, 2010, 8:07 pm

    I like the idea of mini casseroles because i always make like a huge freakin’ casserole and then get sick of eating it after a few days, and so much gets wasted! i need to invest in smaller ramequins

  • Jenny April 1, 2010, 8:09 pm

    Life is way too short to get mad about April fools jokes!

  • BethT April 1, 2010, 8:12 pm

    I love this casserole recipe – it’s like nachos in casserole form. MMMMM. http://www.prettybythebay.com/2010/03/02/craving-fulfilled/

  • Sara April 1, 2010, 8:12 pm

    Yum! Those mini casseroles look delish; I have never thought about making them in smaller dishes. Great idea! Love, Love the pics. Your puppies are precious!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 1, 2010, 8:12 pm

    Precious puppies 🙂
    The casserole looks yummy!!! I haven’t had one in far far too long!

  • Kat April 1, 2010, 8:15 pm

    Wow, your casserole looks delicious! I’ll definitely have to try that out sometime. =) Great blog, love reading it!

  • Samantha April 1, 2010, 8:16 pm

    haha I didn’t even see the google reader one. The Whole Foods website is really funny!! 🙂

  • Evan Thomas April 1, 2010, 8:16 pm

    I don’t remember the last time I drank milk straight, but bring in yogurt and ice cream into the equation and there’s NO WAY I can give up dairy. Maybe ice cream because coconut milk ice cream tends to taste better to me, but greek yogurt has my heart, and anythign with that much protein can’t be bad

  • Jenna April 1, 2010, 8:17 pm

    Up north we like to call it hot dish. 😉 Jk, I hate ‘hot dish’, makes me CRINGE!

    Anyway, I do love Tater Tot Casserole!


  • Kate April 1, 2010, 8:19 pm

    Mmmm that casserole looks delicious! I need to find myself a mini casserole dish.

  • Andrea @ Run, Eat, Date, Sleep April 1, 2010, 8:24 pm

    I’m cracking up over the Google Reader Advantage plan. That Platinum badge with the rhinestone is hilarious!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 1, 2010, 8:27 pm

    mmm i love casseroles but have to do a mini one! I made a Mexican Casserole that turned out great: http://bethsjourney.com/2010/03/23/mexican-casserole-night/

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner April 1, 2010, 8:28 pm

    I’ve never made a casserole! Maybe it’s time that I start…

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite April 1, 2010, 8:28 pm

    What a great little casserole! My favorite casserole is King Ranch casserole. It tastes like enchiladas! Yum!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 1, 2010, 8:31 pm

    Your mini casseroles always look so classy!

    I posted dog pics today of my dogs in costumes…I have no shame.

  • caronae April 1, 2010, 8:31 pm

    Love the casserole! I don’t have any casserole dishes, sadly 🙁
    I like to put casserole type stuffings into a bell pepper and bake it!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? April 1, 2010, 8:34 pm

    I love casseroles! I’ve done a similar thing and made them in muffin tins…
    Here’s my very favorite one that I’ve made lately: http://www.imadedinner.net/2010/03/10/lift-the-fog/

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is April 1, 2010, 8:47 pm

    That casserole sounds awesome! I rarely make them so I don’t have a good recipe. What kind of ginger ice cream in that?

    • Caitlin April 1, 2010, 8:53 pm

      Haagen Daz (or however you spell it) “Five”

      • Alisha N April 2, 2010, 9:44 am

        I was just going to ask that! It keeps popping up, and I LOVE ginger!

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health April 1, 2010, 8:53 pm

    Funny thing is…I actually DID eat McDonald’s yesterday, hahaha! It was only a parfait, but still 🙂

  • Sarah @ THE FOODIE DIARIES April 1, 2010, 9:00 pm

    i love that sun-dried tomatoes make it into pretty much everything you create. they get high billing on my favorite veggies (or fruits?) list

    • Caitlin April 1, 2010, 9:01 pm

      i have a HUGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE jar to use up.

  • Kelly April 1, 2010, 9:04 pm

    Aww cute pics of the puppies.

  • Paula April 1, 2010, 9:08 pm

    Seriously, James melts my heart with his cute face and big eyes. I love him! 🙂

  • Michelle @ HeathyEatingRoadmap April 1, 2010, 9:28 pm

    You doggies are looking cute. My girl is in heat humping our fixed dude all over the place…his face..back…arm…you name it!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) April 1, 2010, 9:32 pm

    i don’t have anything specific, but i love sausage in just about anything! i ADORE your picture of the sweet puppy paw 🙂

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com April 1, 2010, 9:37 pm

    Yay for puppy pictures! I just put some new ones up of my little Pom-a-Poo, Goliath. 🙂

  • Sarah April 1, 2010, 9:46 pm

    That’s so funny, I JUST posted a Stratta recipe. I think the only difference from yours is milk and bread (I needed to use up some bread).


  • mary ann April 1, 2010, 10:49 pm

    so funny… paula dean had a whole casserole show on todaay… LOOOVE em! as long as you have a good dose of buttah, you got the makins for a BANGIN (or as you would say, “epic”) casserole. Although I have celiac… i think the best all time casserole dish has to be baked mac and cheese with tomato and a ritz/parm topping. So old school, messy, cheesy and deemed “unsophisticated” by many… its outstanding. I love it with a mix of cottage cheese, ricotta, cheddar, mozz and jack. GLORIOUS. And for the food snob in your home, throw in a lil truffle or truffle oil and you have one hell of a swanky upscale blue box. 😉
    MA lilpauladean.wordpress.com

  • eatingRD April 1, 2010, 11:21 pm

    awwwwh so cute as always!!! I’m a big fan of casseroles because they’re usually done in one pot, and while it’s baking away I can finish all the dishes 🙂 Good luck on the deadlines!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels April 1, 2010, 11:30 pm

    yay more doggie pics!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) April 1, 2010, 11:41 pm

    That mini casserole looks SO darn good!!!

    I love April Fools Day … so fun!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople April 2, 2010, 12:25 am

    My favorite casserole :

    Black beans rock. =)

    So glad that you have such productive meetings! I know sometimes the meetings at my job seem like more of an excuse to just sit and chat. But they always occur before work, so at least I get paid extra!

  • Rika April 2, 2010, 12:35 am

    “daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaw” is all i have to say 😀

  • elyse April 2, 2010, 2:12 am

    Maggie is ADORABLE and I want a puppy like her sooo bad :]

  • Marina April 2, 2010, 2:48 am

    I love mini casseroles! Once I mixed b.squash puree with eggs, beans and cheese, and baked it. It was awesome. I just love all things baked with veggies, eggs and cheese :))
    your pupps are adorable 🙂

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 2, 2010, 3:28 am

    I’m terrible at casseroles, I never make them – yet they seem so easy and quick! It’d be nice to just thrown something in the oven for an hour and then go do something productive. Bah, I must start learning!

  • Helen April 2, 2010, 4:37 am

    mmmm this looks lovely. so mini and great for just you. Glad you had a productive day, even if it was chained to the computer!

  • Sonia April 2, 2010, 10:59 am

    Oh wow that casserole looks amazing! I looove eggy things like that. Must try it ASAP. I haven’t made a casserole in a while, but once last summer I was inspired by Meghann’s sister Kelly when she had her blog. At least, I *think* it was her blog…it’s been so long! I didn’t have a real blog at the time, but wrote about it on my tumblr here: http://abundanceoflemons.tumblr.com/post/147139908/preheat-oven-to-350-degrees-f-mix-1-can-black

  • Laurie April 2, 2010, 11:45 am

    Oh that casserole looks great! Caitlin, you can post pictures of your pups all the time! I never get tired of seeing their adorable faces!

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