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After hours of driving, we arrived at the in-laws’ house to discover my sister-in-law was preparing Thai food.  Best arrival present ever!


Well, second best…


I really missed my furbabies!


Apparently, Maggie was a very naughty dog while we were gone!  I’m so embarrassed.  She peed on my sister-in-law’s clean laundry and barked her furry face off every night.  James – on the other hand – was perfect.  :)  As usual.


The drive back to Florida went smoothly.  We spent two hours reading your comments about being a One Car Family, comparing sale prices, and crunching numbers.  In the end, we’ve decided to sell one of our cars, but we’re not sure which one to sell off.  I’m excited to live a greener life though… and save money!


Car snacks included OJ:





A Starbucks egg & cheese muffin:


And a leftover black bean burger + Great Harvest bread:


Dinner, as mentioned, was prepared by Sophie.  :)  She’s such a good cook!  We started off with cheese and vegetable stuffed portabella mushroom.   She baked them wrapped in tin foil in the oven… the broth was amazing!


The main dish was a yummy coconut milk-based veggie stir-fry served with white rice.



To pump up my veggie quota, I served the rice on top of a bed of spinach – one of my favorite tricks!



Pie was also served, but after two weeks of traveling, drinking, and indulging, I passed.  It was a great vacation…. But I want to get back to normal healthy eating and exercising.  I feel so much better when I live in balance. 


On that note, I’m off to bed… 8 hours will do me good!  🙂



  • Kellie June 6, 2010, 9:38 pm

    I really wish we had a great harvest. That bread always looks so good. Congratulations on deciding to get rid of a car. This way you will be forced to walk, even when you are feeling lazy. It’s good for you and environment!

  • Lisa June 6, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Poor Maggie missed her Mama!!! Give her lots of hugs and I bet the peeing will stop. 😉

    My cats will leave me barfy presents when I go on vacation…

  • Evan Thomas June 6, 2010, 9:40 pm

    A night in your own bed and a good run is the best medicine

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) June 6, 2010, 9:54 pm

    Welcome home! Love the look of that curry 🙂 I bet it smelled wonderful too 🙂

  • Camille June 6, 2010, 10:05 pm

    Pass on pie!?
    I am shocked!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 6, 2010, 10:11 pm

    Glad you made it home safe!!!

  • jenny June 6, 2010, 10:16 pm

    Welcome home to Orlando (for the time being) and good luck getting back into the groove of your normal life!

  • Wei-Wei June 6, 2010, 10:27 pm

    Welcome home. I bet Maggie missed you a lot, that’s why she was acting up 😉 It’s a little sad to be seeing the end of the twin posts on KERF and HTP, though. Haha 😀 Your dinner looks amazing! (What kind of pie was it?)


  • Heather ( June 6, 2010, 10:34 pm

    glad you made it home! bad doggie! one of mine occasionally still does that! (not on clean clothes though!)

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) June 6, 2010, 10:36 pm

    hurray, so glad you’re back for a little bit 🙂 i’m so excited for the new life though…and glad you’re taking us along for the ride! 🙂

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople June 6, 2010, 10:58 pm

    What a yummy meal to arrive to! And great idea on adding the spinach. I hope you get a great night’s sleep!

  • runnerforever June 6, 2010, 11:03 pm

    I cat sit a naughty kitty who went to the bathroom all over the house. Now the owner gives the cat antidepressants before every trip haha.

  • Hayley @ Breath of Fire June 6, 2010, 11:16 pm

    Maggie looks a TON like one of my parents’ dogs, Cookie, and Cookie alwaysss has something up her sleeve! She just missed you, I’m sure! 🙂

  • Jolene ( June 6, 2010, 11:16 pm

    Mmm, the meal sounds excellent!! That is too bad Maggie was a naughty girl 🙂 She is so darn cute though!!!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter June 6, 2010, 11:27 pm

    haha one of my dogs was always such a trouble maker only when we were away.

  • Krystina June 6, 2010, 11:28 pm

    Mmm that curry looks lovely!

  • Tammy @ Defining Wellness June 6, 2010, 11:44 pm

    That’s so sweet that you spent all that time reading your readers’ comments. Good blogger. Naughty Maggie. 🙂

    Sounds like you made a great decision! Congrats!

  • Run Sarah June 6, 2010, 11:52 pm

    The Thai food looks wonderful! We are a one car family and we rarely use it – we commute to work and only use it on the weekends to visit our parents. I cannot tell you how much money we save each month because of this and how little money we spend on transport! As we live in a super expensive city, it really helps a lot.

  • jassy June 7, 2010, 12:25 am

    thai foods are tasty and delicious…every curry is delicious…:)

  • Marina June 7, 2010, 12:43 am

    That food looks delicious!
    Aw, poor doggie. It always amazes me how animals do the funniest things when their owners go away for a while :))

  • Angie(River Tekker) June 7, 2010, 12:59 am

    The food looked yummy.

    LOL at Maggie. I’ve heard stories like that before. 😀

    And…I feel better when I live in balance too! Take care.

  • Mastering Public Health June 7, 2010, 1:40 am

    Know exactly what you mean about wanting to get back on track after a week of indulgence. Often, people just don’t understand that continuing indulgence further is actually no longer “indulging” in a good way — it actually really kind of starts to make you feel crappy (both physically and mentally) after a while. Sometimes, one really does just want some greens! (I was relieved out of my mind to see a fresh fruit salad after three days on a train last month.)

  • Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) June 7, 2010, 2:25 am

    Thai food!!! I leave for thailand in… five and a half months (not that I am counting or anything) and am kind of nervous that I won´t see any of the temples or other important stuff because I will be too busy eating… hmmm.

    • caitlin June 7, 2010, 9:22 am

      oh man have fun in thailand!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs June 7, 2010, 3:10 am

    Coconut curry, nice! I had a coconut curry the night before last (my 1st try) and it was lovely!
    Have a good sleep 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is June 7, 2010, 6:29 am

    I love Thai! That looks so delicious.

  • Matt June 7, 2010, 6:52 am

    Miss y’all!

    I’m officially adding you to the list of websites I check every day. This is alongside illustrious content such as internet comics, collegehumor, and of course katheats!

    • caitlin June 7, 2010, 9:21 am

      🙂 thanks matt! i had fun with you too, especially when it involved text messages across the same room.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine June 7, 2010, 6:57 am

    Welcome home!! That coconut milk veggie stir fry looks great, reminds me of the Amy’s coconut milk veggie soup! Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

  • Nicole, RD June 7, 2010, 7:05 am

    Oh no, Maggie! I always miss my Lily SO much when we leave. Not looking forward to doing it again this weekend!!

  • skinny latte June 7, 2010, 7:25 am

    I put spinach in with rice too! It’s a great way to pump up your veggie quota for the day! 🙂

  • Kath June 7, 2010, 7:29 am

    Funny that I know Kristien now and can imagine him playing with the OJ 🙂 (Although I’m still calling him Harry in my head for some reason!!)

    Hope there’s cinna chip leftover for breakfast today!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 7, 2010, 8:00 am

    It’s always fun trying new things and going new places, but I can totally relate to what you mean—getting back into balance makes the body feel so refreshed and energized again. 😀

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman June 7, 2010, 8:04 am

    I was off the radar this weekend, but I wanted to chime in a bit late: We only have one car and it’s helped us save a ton of money. It gets inconvenient at times, but if you’re willing to deal with some logistical problems here and there it can totally help with the money situation.

  • Becca June 7, 2010, 8:46 am

    Congrats on getting rid of a car! We’re so rural here, there’s not a chance – my body isn’t ready to cycle the 13 miles each way to work, and my colleagues certainly aren’t ready to sit next to me afterwards when there’s no shower in our office!

    Great tip with the spinach – I’ve pledged recently to add a vegetable to every dish, especially as my fiancé is such a vegetable-dodger. I love frozen chopped spinach as it works as a great sauce-thickener, especially with Indian dishes.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 7, 2010, 8:48 am

    It’s so nice to come home after a long day/trip to find that dinner is already made. That meal looks delicious!

  • Robyn @ Frugal 'n' Fit! June 7, 2010, 9:04 am

    I know I’ve reached the end of a vacation when I am craving healthy food, routine, and I pass on dessert! Your life has been a whirlwind recently, so I hope you’re able to get some rest and relaxation in!

  • Laurie June 7, 2010, 9:35 am

    Caitlin, my dachshund does that too! Whenever I leave or take him somewhere he’s not too familier with, he gets mad and leaves nice presents too! 🙂 Tried not to be too hard on Maggie, she just missed you and the husband.

    • caitlin June 7, 2010, 9:37 am

      maybe its a hot dog thing!? she smells like pee pee.

      • Laurie June 7, 2010, 9:46 am

        Ha, ha, maybe you’re right!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) June 7, 2010, 1:50 pm

    We left Leo and Peanut to be walked while we had a day long meeting one time. Our secretary knew them so we thought it would be no big deal. Peanut went along happily but Leo bit the tip of her finger. Needless to say we board them if we are going to be gone to long now.

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