Kentucky Cornbread

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So, the Husband had to drop me off at the airport at 10 AM for my 3:30 PM flight, which sounds lame… but luckily for me, Orlando International Airport has free Wi-Fi.  I’m essentially having a normal work day!  I’m just parked at Starbucks with a Vanilla Latte. The employees are starting to give me the evil eye, though!


(I do things besides sit on Twitter all day; I promise.)


Since I knew I’d be stuck at OIA, I brought a packed lunch:


I have discovered that microwaved sweet potatoes (wash, stab with fork, wrap in paper towel, and microwave for 5 to 6 minutes) are the ultimate healthy travel food.


Plus, an arugula salad with tomatoes and pecans.


And a leftover slice of cornbread.


Speaking of cornbread, my mom saw how I waxed poetic about her famous ‘Kentucky Cornbread’ last night, and she sent me the recipe!  The recipe isn’t an exact science (it’s more about eyeballin’ it), but trust me – it’s AMAZING.


Mom and me, circa 1986-ish.


Mom says: Our cornbread recipe is from Caitlin’s grandmother Evelyn’s Kentucky roots.  I’m surprised it’s not loaded with sugar since southern cooks seemed to put sugar in everything… but our family didn’t.  This cornbread certainly isn’t a health food, but it is a delicious and simple comfort food.




  • 3/4 cup of self-raising (yellow) corn meal
  • 1/4 cup of self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • A little less than 1 cup buttermilk (skim milk works, too)
  • 1.5 tablespoons of melted butter




  • Put an iron skillet with about a tablespoon and a half of butter in it into the oven as it preheats to 450 degrees. 
  • Mix the corn meal and flour in a bowl.
  • In a measuring cup, beat the eggs and then add the milk until you have a full cup of liquid.
  • Once combined, add the egg and milk mixture to the corn meal and flour.  The mixture should be the consistence of applesauce – if not, add more milk or cornmeal until it is.
  • Once the oven is hot, but before the butter browns, tip the skillet so the butter coats the bottom and then pour the reminder of the butter into the cornbread mixture.  the iron skillet’s bottom with the melted butter and pour the remainder into the cornbread mixture. 
  • Bake for about 25 minutes or until the cornbread pulls away from the skillet and is brown with a golden top.  You should be able to slide the cornbread out of the skillet leaving it with a nice crunchy crust and moist center. 


Mom notes that the cast iron skillet is very important because of the way it heats the cornbread.  It give the bread it a thicker brown crust and leaves it moist on the inside.


Thanks, Mom!


Other snacks for my plane trip include cherries and a strawberry breakfast bar.

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Better go through airport security now!  I can’t wait to get up North and see my college girlfriends for my BFF Sarah’s bachelorette party!


Want to know what I did for my Bachelorette?  Check out this post!


And here’s a preview of what the Husband did for his Bachelor Party!  Although i still don’t know exactly what went down the infamous weekend in the Florida Keys.  🙂


What’s your take on bachelor/bachelorette parties?  Should they be wild? Mild? Did you dress up and wear funny clothes? If you’ve done something besides hit the clubs and bars, what did you do?  I’m a firm believer that the party should conform to whatever the bride/groom is up for.



  • Sarah for Real May 27, 2010, 1:11 pm

    I agree, they should be just what the bride/groom wants. It is NOT an excuse for their friends to embarrass or humiliate them.

    Mine was just exactly what I wanted, though I didn’t know what it would be until I got there. I had to fly across the state (most of my friends and family are over that-a-way) so my maid of honor combined a Bridal Shower and Bachelorette party in one day. The afternoon bridal shower was a G rated bbq with moms and grandmas and children and silly games. The party was that evening with just my friends. We went out to dinner and did some bar hopping but it wasn’t to crazy, just loads of girl time!

    Have fun up North with all your friends!

  • Neely May 27, 2010, 1:15 pm

    I have been to so many bachelorette parties that I am afraid if I am ever to be married mine would entail getting hammered on Goose in my own living room with less than five people while playing Scattegories. I would win, of course.

    • caitlin May 27, 2010, 1:16 pm

      that sounds pretty awesome!

    • Nikka @ neekadeek May 27, 2010, 4:04 pm

      How fantastic! Talk about ‘know thyself’…my kind of party!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) May 27, 2010, 1:19 pm

    I am loving the sweet potato idea for travel! I love them cold too, so that is perfect! I was 20 when I got married, so we did not do the traditional bachelor/bachelorette parties. I am with you though, they should stay in the realm of what the bride and groom are comfortable with! Have fun!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin May 27, 2010, 1:24 pm

    Eh I think it depends on the person/people getting married. I’ve never been one for a big bachelorette but I think its up to the person getting married! I want to do something low key like wine tasting for mine, not a huge stripper infested party. Ha.

  • Nc May 27, 2010, 1:26 pm

    That’s a nice idea I would not have thought about sweet potatoes,would like a suggestion from you or other readers for nice vegetarian restaraunts around Orlando , my husband and me are coming down to Orlando and wanted to use some nice options, we are heading to Disney for a day , any tips for vegetarian suggestions would defintely help. Thanks and hope you have lots of fun!!!

    • caitlin May 27, 2010, 2:12 pm

      Dandelion, Ethos, and Seasons 52 are all good options:) Have fun!

  • Raya @ Raya Runs May 27, 2010, 1:29 pm

    My BFF since high school is getting married in August and I’m the maid of honor. We are from the finger lakes region of upstate NY where they have a lot of wineries (believe it or not) so we are thinking of doing an all day wine tour for her bachelorette!! I know I did a wine tour in Napa/Sonoma and it was a blast!!!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 27, 2010, 1:30 pm

    Wow your mum is gorgeous!!
    I think bachelor parties should be wild – though on mine, I plan on going on like a boot camp for mine! Mud and the like…it’d be so fun!

  • Evan Thomas May 27, 2010, 1:30 pm

    I’ve always baked my cornbread, so I’ll have to try the cast iron skillet tip!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite May 27, 2010, 1:31 pm

    Thanks for the corn bread recipe 🙂

    I had a very mild bachelorette party. I’m not a huge party animal though… so it was fun 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet May 27, 2010, 1:31 pm

    Wild!! We went to Ibiza on the South Side for tapas then partied all night – very fun!

  • Kelly May 27, 2010, 1:32 pm

    I’ve recently come to the conclusion that bach/bachelorette parties are more for the people invited than the actual bride/groom. At least as far as bachelor parties go anyway.

  • Rachel May 27, 2010, 1:34 pm

    I think the parties should depend on what each couple is comfortable with. I wouldn’t care if my fiance went to a strip club for his bachelor party, but I know some women who would be bothered by that.

    To each their own!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 27, 2010, 1:34 pm

    Haha you probably don’t want to know the details of the bachelor party.. when I get married, I’ll let my husband keep that to himself..
    Such a cute picture of you and your mom!

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please May 27, 2010, 1:35 pm

    I hope you didn’t get caught up again in security for you sweet potato! 😀 I really enjoy seeing your eats while traveling! Have a good time at the party!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 27, 2010, 1:40 pm

    My husband and I were adamant that we didn’t want wild bachelor/bachelorette parties, and thankfully our friends listened. My friends and I went wine tasting and my husband and his friends went to a baseball game. I don’t see the point of the whole stripper thing. That doesn’t scream marriage and fidelity to me.

  • Ree May 27, 2010, 1:41 pm

    I was born in Southern Kentucky and lived there until I was 32 (now 38). I ate southern style cooking pretty much my entire life until I started to make changes to my diet in the last 3 years. I could no longer eat the things I used to and stay slim so I my healthier versions of my favorite foods. However, one I did not even attempt to change was cornbread and yes, an iron skillet is a MUST!! When I married my husband, I have 2 small iron skillets that are reserved for nothing but cornbread. I told him don’t touch them and don’t you dare ever put soap in them. They are perfect and the only thing I ever do is wipe them out with a paper towel so they stay perfectly seasoned. The only difference in my recipe is instead of butter, my Mom always put a small amount of vegetable or canola oil in the skillet and heated it in the oven until very and then poured the batter in the skillet. It makes a very crispy crust and keeps the inside moist! And sugar in cornbread in the area of Kentucky I grew up in – NO WAY!!!

  • steph-exercise physiologist and artist! May 27, 2010, 1:44 pm

    haha!! I feel the same way you do. Whatever the couple wants and feel comfortable with is cool with me!

    I have never had my own B-ette party but here are two of the best ones I have been to and they couldn’t be any different!
    First one (well really 3 were like this) We rented beach houses (one in Savannah one in st pete and one in Clearwater) So it was about 10 or more girls in the house on the beach for 3 days. we went grocery shopping (and of course alcohol shopping!) and cooked dinners at home and just partied girly style going to local bars one night with all the funny b-ette stuff. No strippers or other typical b-ette stuff.

    Next one was co-ed on a party bus! this was fun because we didn’t have to drive everyone was there and having fun together. The people who organized it did such a great job too they had DD’s and puke buckets on the bus! haha! it was a good time to say the least

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 27, 2010, 1:45 pm

    Love the cornbread recipe… My mom always used to put bits of corn and scallion in her cornbread. I should make some soon.

    Bachelorette parties: Mine was PERFECT for me! We all went to a stellar restaurant, I opened goofy gifts, then we went to a comedy club. I was home and in bed by 1 a.m.!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! May 27, 2010, 1:46 pm

    Me & My husband didn’t have either…….=(…….our wedding was VERY small, just us, my daughter & our parents so we didn’t do all the traditional stuff. However, if we did I would go all out and do it all but still be good of course. Have a great trip!

    Thanks for the “micro” tip on the SP as I do that all the time now, much quicker then the stove! =O

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary May 27, 2010, 1:46 pm

    I’ve never been to one.. not my thing. I don’t like the silly outfits and penis paraphanalia with the intent of the night being to get really wasted… If I’d been invited to one when I was 21… TOOOOTALLY different story HAHA I’m 28 going on 80 though… HAHAHAHHA I was just invited to one for a person I’ve met 3 times… NO THANKS. I’m friends with her fiancee and I guess she felt like she had to … ?

  • Michelle May 27, 2010, 1:46 pm

    I agree, the best bachelorette parties I have been to are those where they match the bride-to-be’s personality! I wore a pink feather boa for mine but I kind of drew the line at that. 🙂 My girls took me out for mexican food (my favorite) and then we went to a big karaoke bar in Boston where you can get your own private room and play, and there’s also a big public stage… we enjoyed both! It was absolutely perfect and everything I would have wanted.

    • Ryane May 27, 2010, 2:58 pm

      What karaoke bar in Boston?? I’m planning one for my friend and she def. wants Karaoke but I’m loving the sound of a private room!

      • Michelle May 28, 2010, 9:14 am

        Its called Limelight! The private rooms aren’t as glamorous as the website makes them seem, but its still a blast! Like doing karaoke in your living room with a bartender 😉

  • Ashley May 27, 2010, 1:47 pm

    I’ve always said I want to go to Nashville for my bachelorette party. A great new city that none of us have been to, fun bars, delicious dinners, exploring the city, etc.

    You look exactly the same now as you did in that photo!!!

  • ActiveEggplant May 27, 2010, 1:49 pm

    Me and my husband didn’t do bachelor/bachelorette parties. (We don’t live in the same city as many of our friends & aren’t big club goers anyway.) The night before our wedding we hung out at the hotel bar until the wee hours of the morning with all of our friends/family that were already in town. Low key but still fun!

  • Jennifer May 27, 2010, 1:51 pm

    I think it should def. be about what the bride/groom wants, not what the friends want. I am not married (or engaged – yell at my bf for me?) so I can’t say what I have done!

  • Danielle May 27, 2010, 1:51 pm

    Too fun! I’ve never actually been to one but I think I’d agree with you on the whatever they want/are comfortable with philosophy. I also think that I’m going to freak out when my friends start getting married. It’s such a grown-up thing to do :).

    P.S. Your mom is so beautiful! And that recipe sounds fantastic.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) May 27, 2010, 1:51 pm

    cast iron skillets are the BEST for baking…love it!

    my bachelorette party was pretty tame, but that’s exactly what i wanted. i think it should be a night to have fun with your girlfriends, but i don’t think it should be TOO wild…i’ve heard some crazy stories that made me thankful i had a small tame one!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday May 27, 2010, 1:51 pm

    I went to buffalo wild wings for mine. My husband went to a pub and dressed like Jesus for his (I have no clue why?)

  • Liz May 27, 2010, 1:52 pm

    My husband once went to someone else’s bachelor party where all the groomsmen went skydiving! I thought that was pretty cool.
    For mine I just did the typical. Get a hotel room, go out to dinner, hit up the bars. Was fun though 🙂

  • Claire May 27, 2010, 1:59 pm

    I have yet to attend or have my own bachelorette party but I honestly just want something chill with my besties, maybe a spa weekend…wine tasting, etc. I love cast iron cornbread…mmm, looks and sounds great! safe travels lady!

  • Kati May 27, 2010, 2:00 pm

    Aw, this made me a little bummed because I’m missing out on my friend’s bachelorette party in two weekends because I live too far away. Although, I’m sure there will be more in the future. I think bachelorette parties are a must and after reading your post from your own party I totally agree…free stuff (and penis straws) are fantastic!

  • Jenny May 27, 2010, 2:01 pm

    I think I’d want to have a fun time, but not do anything too wild… I would be getting married after all!

  • Hedda May 27, 2010, 2:05 pm

    You and your mother are beautiful. And hey, sometimes it is very healthy to eat something that is just pure love and good memories 🙂

    I think that the parties should conform to what the grom/bride is up to as you say- it is their night, they should enjoy themself whatever that includes. A person who does not like loud night clubs should not be forced to go there on a night like that, if you ask me.
    I dream of a fun night together with amazing girls, something good to drink and eat and lots of handsome men, just to get one last piece of fun.
    No, not really 🙂 Or maybe.

  • Jess May 27, 2010, 2:05 pm

    So jealous you are going to be in my awesome hometown? Are you guys doing a South Side or Oakland bar crawl?? (Not sure if I will do that, but it is apparently the bachelorette party of choice in Pgh!)

    • caitlin May 27, 2010, 2:14 pm

      We are crawling Southside Friday night and Oakland on Saturday. 🙂

      • Jess May 27, 2010, 3:03 pm

        Wow, you may be my partying idol!! (I went to Duquesne and <3 the South Side!) Have a BLAST! I hope you put up some pics so I can get all nostalgic! I'm moving back in 2 years after I get my PhD, can't be soon enough!

  • allison @ livingoneday May 27, 2010, 2:08 pm

    saw your tweet!! congrats to the husby for getting his doctorate! my dad just hired an acupuncturist and i am SO EXCITED to try it out. have a safe flight and a great weekend!

  • Kelly May 27, 2010, 2:08 pm

    Have fun!

    My friends and I traveled from Chicago to Indianapolis (where my sister lives) to go to “Howl at the Moon”, which is a dueling piano bar.. It was so much fun! I was on stage a bunch and got sloppy drunk.. Good times 🙂

    My husband went to a burlesque show in Chicago 🙂

  • Alyssa May 27, 2010, 2:12 pm

    I agree they should be what the bride and groom want! Mine was craaaazy I had a giant posterboard checklist around my neck with all sorts of wild tasks for me to complete, and I was decked out with the typical paraphenalia. It was exactly what I wanted and so much fun, and ended up with lots of free drinks too! I recently went to one for a wedding I am in where we got a private pole dancing lesson – I loved it and thought it was a great idea!

  • Olivia @ Blissful Runner May 27, 2010, 2:13 pm

    My bachelorette party was a bit unconventional as I’m so not a club kind of girl! We were suppoed to go on a hike but got rained out so we hit up a tapas restaurant instead. We ended with board games and sangria at a friends house – it was perfect.

  • Brooke May 27, 2010, 2:25 pm

    My bachelorette party was simple yet fun. We went to a nice dinner at Magianos and then to a drag show in Chicago. So fun. It was unbelievable that some of the individuals in the show were actually men, they looked like some of the most beautiful women I have ever seen…so strange. We had front row seats and it was a blast.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 27, 2010, 2:28 pm

    I went to Austin with my sister and BFFs and had a BLAST!! It was so much fun.

    That is such a gourmet lunch! Very impressive!

    Are you sucking your thumb in that photo? I was a MAJOR thumbsucker, and my family was giving me grief about it last weekend, lol.

  • Kristin May 27, 2010, 2:37 pm

    My best friends rented a brownstone in Boston, had a professional make-up artist come in, and a professional photographer duo for a lingerie shoot!! We had tons of fun dressing up, feeling glam, and having gorgeous pictures to remember the night by. After wards we got dressed and hit the bars for a few drinks. It was unforgettable!!

  • gwen May 27, 2010, 2:44 pm

    Caitlin! We are coming to ORLANDO (I know you’ll be gone by then) for my bach in August. Any suggestions on where we should go for bars/clubs/restaurants?

    I loved looking over your pictures – love the veil! 🙂

    • caitlin May 27, 2010, 3:08 pm

      tons of great clubs in downtown orlando… i love vintage, ember, 21, and all the stuff on orange ave and church street. you can’t go wrong. have fun!

      • gwen May 27, 2010, 4:04 pm

        Thanks 🙂

    • caitie May 27, 2010, 9:09 pm

      Go to Wall Street!! You get into a section of the street for free, and theres a bunch of bars you can just constantly walk in and out of!

  • Cindi May 27, 2010, 2:46 pm

    I’m not really having one (getting married in 16 days!!!). My 2 BFF’s live in different states – and the other 3 live in the state of the wedding – and I couldn’t ask them all to pay for 2 plane tickets (it’s been a tough year for a few of them) – so I got us a room for the night before the wedding to go hang out and drink and have a slumber party!

    My friends here in Charlotte are taking me to dinner tomorrow night and to go see Sex and the City 2 and then having a slumber party. Damn, I must really bring out the slumber party crowd!

    The fiance went to Vegas! OF COURSE HE DID!!

  • Jennifer May 27, 2010, 2:57 pm

    I am actually from MS, but live in AZ. My mom always told me that sweet cornbread depended on what part of the south you are from. I had never had sweet cornbread until I was older and I can’t stand it! Some restaurants in AZ have cornbread and when I first moved here I got so excited, took a bite and almost gagged. Haha. My mom’s recipe is actually very similar to you family’s except I think mine uses oil instead of butter.

  • Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 27, 2010, 3:01 pm

    Aww, you were so cute when you were little. You look exactly the same only different hair color. Wow, no sugar in the cornbread? That’s awesome!

    My take on bachelor/bachelorette parties is this: Have tons of fun, just don’t do anything that you wouldn’t tell your SO about. 😉


  • Ryane May 27, 2010, 3:04 pm

    I’ve planned many bachelorette parties for my friends! #1 rule is to play to the bride. My bff looked me in the eye and said, “take your idea of what you want for yours and tone it down about 75%”. haha. All of the parties have been great in their own way, but I know my friends are worried for mine since I’m the firecracker of the group, but I’m also easy to please fortunately.
    Although, I have never been to Vegas but it practically screams my name…. (not that any of them is reading this!)

  • Kacy May 27, 2010, 3:08 pm

    I have been looking for a homemade corn bread recipe. It’s so hard to find mixes without narsty ingredients in them.

    I’m down for getting tanked for bachelorette parties, but male strippers skeeve me out. They won’t be allowed at mine.

    Have a blast!

  • Nicole May 27, 2010, 3:39 pm

    Really not related to anything you are posting about but I am looking into getting a camelbak and I’m interested in how you feel about yours and which one you have. Thanks!

    • caitlin May 27, 2010, 4:04 pm

      I have a ladies’ fit one and i love it. it holds 1.5 liters and is epic!

      • Nicole May 27, 2010, 4:09 pm

        Does it have a chest strap? If not does it bounce around? sorry for all the questions!

        • caitlin May 27, 2010, 4:10 pm

          no and not really 🙂 no worries

  • Fueling for Fitness May 27, 2010, 3:42 pm

    Microwaved Sweet Potatoes have become a new obsession thanks to you!

    I actually just realized after reading your post that I forgot to stab mine before I popped it in the microwave the other day and it still came out fantastic. 🙂

    They make great mashes too with some yogurt, soy milk, and other fixings. 😀

    As for bachelorette parties, I’ve been to wild and tame ones – I think it works best when it doesn’t take the bride-to-be too out of her comfort zone. To me, it’s just another wonderful excuse to celebrate the bride’s happy union!


  • Tina May 27, 2010, 3:43 pm

    I bet the Starbucks people gave you the evil eye even more when you brought out your own food. I’m sure they’ve seen stuff like that with layovers and things a lot before though. Especially with the free Wifi.

    My bachelorette party was the worst ever. My friends threw it how they wanted. They took me to a restaurant they love, but I hate and then we went dancing at this bar that is generally a lot of fun, but that night they had some country singer there (I don’t know why) and he played until they closed, so there was no dancing music and my friends were too cheap to try another place and pay cover again. Not surprising I’m not really friends with them anymore, huh?

  • Nicole (the other one) May 27, 2010, 3:48 pm

    I’m not a big clubbing type so my bacholorette was perfect. I didn’t want anyone to worry about drinking and driving, so we rented a cabin on the lake. We grilled out, played games and soaked in the hot tub all night.

  • Sarah May 27, 2010, 3:50 pm

    My bachelorette party was mild, but fun. We went to the Melting Pot, ate delicious food, drank delicious drinks, and basically closed the place down:-). I loved it.

  • Helen May 27, 2010, 3:51 pm

    Well I haven’t got married yet but when I do I would like to do what I want to do. I’m not a big drinker so I think that I would like to take my closest friends away for a weekend to a spa and relax there. I agree that it should be what you the bride/groom wants to do. But I keep saying to my bf that he’s not allowed a bachelor party as I know how messy he gets with his friends!!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 27, 2010, 3:58 pm

    Your blonde hair is precious. Where’d it go? : )

    What are these breakfast bars you mention? Are they a generic brand?

    • caitlin May 27, 2010, 4:04 pm

      they are some sort of gluten-free brand but i cant remember the name!

  • Jess May 27, 2010, 3:58 pm

    I think the parties should definitely be what the bride wants it to be. Normally, they’re just crazy. Lots of Vegas and clubbing and plenty of interesting dudes trying to take advantage of a big group of girls, but HEY makes for good stories right?!

    It’s taken me a few days to catch up with your Century ride but I am super proud of you for finishing! And, I’m glad you got to enjoy the wonderful California weather 🙂

  • Ellen Collis May 27, 2010, 4:00 pm

    I’m from KY—what a great recipe for me to try! I’ll totally impress my mom with it the next time she comes to visit 🙂

    I think bachelorette parties should reflect the bride’s style, but they should be a little wild with a bit of embarrassing (not necessarily tacky) elements sprinkled in. Last summer my BFF Becca came to NYC for her bachelorette party and I bought a blow up man, who I randomly named Ignacio, for the night. She took him everywhere and had lots of people on the subway sign him—it was awesome!!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing May 27, 2010, 4:05 pm

    My bachelorette party was pretty low-key, just like me. Wine, food, and pedicures.

  • Rachel in NC May 27, 2010, 4:12 pm

    My bachelorette party was very low-key…Thai food and a martini bar with my two best friends. It was lots of fun!

    Question…why do you wrap your potatoes in a paper towel when you microwave them? I micro them all the time and have never done that.

    • caitlin May 27, 2010, 4:39 pm

      keeps the moist and prevents splatter if they explode!

  • Erin May 27, 2010, 4:14 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I absolutely love making cornbread. That’s totally getting done this weekend after the big move. 😀

  • Julia @ May 27, 2010, 4:17 pm

    Your Mum is adorable. I enjoyed reading about your batchelorette a while back when I was looking at your old posts – I loved the straws!! ha ha ha!!

    I am having my batchelorette this September and I can’t wait/ am terrified in equal measure. Its going to be in Edinburgh, and thats all I know!!


  • Catherine May 27, 2010, 4:43 pm

    I think bachelorette / bachelor parties should be fitting for each person’s personalities. I’m getting married next summer and honestly, I kinda want to do a yoga retreat followed by some wine or a trip to a winery… something along those lines. Maybe unconventional, but I’m not a shot taking kind o’ gal.

  • Becca May 27, 2010, 4:56 pm

    Did anyone else notice how lovely your Mom is in that photo of you two?!

  • Kelley May 27, 2010, 4:59 pm

    Fun! For our bacelor/bachelorette party, we rented Jet Skis on a lake. We had a BBQ on the sand, and played in the water all day. Then we rented cabins and camped out. It was pretty awesome. 🙂

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) May 27, 2010, 5:03 pm

    My bachelorette party was pretty crazy, but it didn’t get out of hand or anything. There may or may not have been a strip club involved 😉
    Have a great work day!

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale May 27, 2010, 5:17 pm

    I think bachelor(ette) parties should be whatever the honoree wants them to be. Mine was a spa day, followed by dinner and drinks! No penis balloons or cheesy t-shirts… but that’s just me!
    Also, my hubs bach party was totally wild. Stripper and everything. Doesn’t bother me one bit – I know he’s all mine!

  • Lisa @ bakebikeblog May 27, 2010, 5:27 pm

    i will have to try this recipe for sure!!!

  • Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) May 27, 2010, 5:52 pm

    In my opinion, a bachelorette party should be what the bride wants! I want mine to be a little wild, but not overly so! I don’t mind what my fiance does… but I don’t want to hear about it either! 😉


  • Ilana May 27, 2010, 6:40 pm

    mmmmm now I really want cornbread

    re: bachelorettes – each should be be befitting the bride! crazy, mellow, whatever! my dream is probably a mix of crazy+relaxing. i want one big last partytime blow out with my girls but i dont want to go too far!!

  • Jolene ( May 27, 2010, 7:13 pm

    I dressed up and my shirt said “get laid for a buck.” I had a bunch of Hawaiian lays around my neck that I had to sell for a dollar.

  • Susan May 27, 2010, 7:39 pm

    This really has nothing to do with your post but… Your recent post with your “baby” pictures are causing me to have chest palpitations. My daughter (age 4.5) has beautiful white/blonde hair like yours was when you were little. I always assumed her hair would stay blonde for the rest of her life. I mean I knew it would most likely darken but you were really light and now you’re pretty dark! I wanted her to stay blonde 🙁 When did yours change colors?

  • Lauren @ Dragonflies Journey May 27, 2010, 7:55 pm

    My husband and I just got married in March and our bachelor/bachelorette weekend happened over Valentine’s day. My husband went paint-balling all day with the boys, had a nice dinner, and then took a limo to Philly for some drinkin’. The girls, on the other hand, had a full day at the spa (including facials, manis, pedis, and massages). DEVINE! Then we had a wonderful dinner in Doylestown and followed it up with the Wii. I think whatever the bride and groom want is what’s best, but doing things you’ll regret and getting really out of control was not on the list of myself or my hubby-to-be.

  • Wei-Wei May 27, 2010, 7:57 pm

    Truthfully, being raised in a Chinese environment, I’ve never really come across bachelor and bachelorette parties. Honestly, they scare me a little; I don’t think I’ll live the partying and clubbing lifestyle, so I would just simply be freaked out by penis decor. Eeks! Creepy!

    Have a safe flight! 🙂


  • Katherine May 27, 2010, 8:24 pm

    Free wifi!? so lucky

    Great question! the answers are so fun to read. I think they should be mild and sans cheating on betrothed. A lot of my friends have been doing beach retreat weekend and girl-time together as an alternative

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 27, 2010, 9:17 pm

    I’m all for having fun but that doesn’t mean anything gross! Mine was mild because some of my bridesmaids were underage but we had an amazing time anyway!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) May 27, 2010, 9:31 pm

    I believe the party should be what the bride/groom wants but keep it semi-clean. I mean you are about to be married which means you are in a committed relationship.

  • Marissa May 27, 2010, 9:35 pm

    Wow! That cornbread recipe is certainly much healthier than my family’s, haha. Maybe I’ll give it a try… and see if my grandparents can tell the difference!

  • runnerforever May 27, 2010, 10:04 pm

    That cornbread looks just like one that I was drooling over at Trader Joes, yum!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter May 27, 2010, 10:06 pm

    My mom always sends me recipes that are a lot of eyeballing too. She just guesses the amount. I swear thats how family recipes always are.

  • Brittany May 27, 2010, 10:40 pm

    ohh man I love cornbread! We always had jiffy from the box growing up but I bet your mom’s homemade version is delicious!

    I think bachelor/bachelorette parties should be up to the bride and groom. I’m not sure what I would want to do for my own, but I’m actually going to my first one in a couple weeks. I can’t wait!

  • Hayley @ Breath of Fire May 27, 2010, 10:45 pm

    I’m traveling soon and you just convinced me to pack a sweet potato. I’m already looking forward to it. Way more fun than a Clif bar!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health May 27, 2010, 11:25 pm

    I haven’t given much thought to the bachelor/bachelorette parties yet- perhaps after I get engaged!
    Those parties look fun though!

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  • molly May 28, 2010, 2:49 am

    what do you think about this issue with michael pollan?

    • caitlin May 28, 2010, 9:25 am

      hmmm that sounds interesting. i didn’t really read the original article so i can’t comment. but it seems like a stretch to imply that women are somehow responsible for the current food system mess.

  • Marieke May 28, 2010, 6:28 am

    Me and my husband didn’t really have a bachelor party as such. (in Scotland they call them hen and stag nights). We ran away to Gretna Green to get married, and the night before we stayed at friends who were our witnesses. They have a big loft space transformed into a “play room” with a snooker table, a juke box, a bar and a darts area. We had a great laugh, although we drank way too much especially After Shock shots ugh(I threw up big time). Now I’ve been to a few hen nights in the UK I would have liked to have had a proper hen night, but the one we had was good. It has to be a bit wild though!!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople May 28, 2010, 10:53 am

    Pretty mild. Went out to eat with a bunch of old friends at my favorite Mexican restaurant. Then my best friend and I went back out a little drunk, hit a couple of bars, came back to my house played some Scene It? and cards. Basically just stayed up late laughing and having fun.

  • melissa May 28, 2010, 12:40 pm

    wow you were sooooooo blond when you were little! how cute!

  • Emily May 30, 2010, 8:58 pm

    Me and my husband didn’t really have a bachelor party as such. (in Scotland they call them hen and stag nights). We ran away to Gretna Green to get married, and the night before we stayed at friends who were our witnesses. They have a big loft space transformed into a “play room” with a snooker table, a juke box, a bar and a darts area. We had a great laugh, although we drank way too much especially After Shock shots ugh(I threw up big time). Now I’ve been to a few hen nights in the UK I would have liked to have had a proper hen night, but the one we had was good. It has to be a bit wild though!!

  • Leah @ L4L June 1, 2010, 8:50 pm

    I had my bachelorette party on Friday night! I was in Vegas, but we took it easy. I wasn’t really into the cornball games in the beginning but we went out to dinner then dancing at a club. I had a good time and didnt get trashed. It was nice. Vegas is a great place to have it though!

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