Brunch + Linner

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Orlando blogger + friend Katy was in town today, so we met up and headed to a local blogger brunch.


Diana was hosting a true Southern brunch (complete with mimosas!) for Katie, who recently moved to town.

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The spread:





The action:


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My plate was overflowing with goodies!  Such a flavorful and unique brunch.


Clockwise: fruit, roasted chickapeas, mini frittatas, roasted flatbread, breakfast quinoa. In the middle: a  Green Monster muffin!


And I mentioned the dessert, right?  Brittney made EPIC Blueberry PieHere is the recipe.  You must make this pie.  It was the best berry pie that I have ever had in… my… entire… life.   Ever. 


Oh, and I’m going to steal Diana’s pup, Bailey.  He is my little man.


After heading home, I got to work.






Organized a closet that’s been driving me crazy.


Balanced checkbook.


Tried to install wireless printer. 


Failed at installing wireless printer.


Oh well.  🙂 Linner (eaten so early!):


Some sort of stir-fry, salad hybrid from the Husband.  He made mine with Brussel sprouts, tomatoes, kidney beans onions, sunflower seeds, and some of a Quorn “chicken” filet.


Verdict on the Quorn filets: It’s just not for me.  Too chickeny. 


And toasties:


Tomorrow is the beginning of a huge week, so I better go walk James, unwind, and get to bed.


PS – The winner of the Athenos Feta Friday giveaway is Erin!  That concludes the Summer Salad on HTP – friend Athenos on Facebook for more recipes!



  • tanyasDaily ProductViews August 1, 2010, 6:40 pm

    ALL of it looks delicious!
    esp the desert!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now August 1, 2010, 6:41 pm

    I’ve been really productive lately, too! It’s awesome!

  • Becky August 1, 2010, 6:45 pm

    Just wanted to say I purchased a copy of Woman’s Day this morning and I opened up to find a page on Operation Beautiful! Such a cool surprise!

    • Caitlin August 1, 2010, 6:47 pm

      Yay! 🙂

  • Cyndi @ Weightless Life August 1, 2010, 6:48 pm

    That food looks great. Suddenly, I’m hungry for dinner. Have a good week, even if you are crazy busy it will be worth it in the end.

  • chandra August 1, 2010, 6:53 pm

    Is that a corgi?! I used to have one and I miss him! I love corgis, they are so playful and fun. 🙂

  • Diana August 1, 2010, 6:53 pm

    Fun recap! So glad you came over today! 🙂

  • lisasfoods August 1, 2010, 6:54 pm

    I have read that Quorn can also be difficult for some people to digest (and I have this issue – it makes my stomach upset), though it’s certainly a highly purchased meat substitute.

  • Kendel @ Eating Abroad August 1, 2010, 6:55 pm

    I’m not sure how James would feel about Bailey being added to the family. I say stick to bringing home recipes, not puppies. 🙂

  • Ashley Solomon @ Nourishing the Soul August 1, 2010, 7:00 pm

    I am cracking up at the photography going on in those photos. I guess that’s what happens at blogger brunches?? 😉

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews August 1, 2010, 7:01 pm

    That pie does look amazing! I am majorly craving some right now.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 1, 2010, 7:03 pm

    We did brunch today too! It is always so nice to get together with friends and family over a great mid day meal. Besides, it cuts down how many meals you have in the day! Have a great night!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) August 1, 2010, 7:18 pm

    oooh what a fun day!!!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 1, 2010, 7:21 pm

    The pie looks absolutely scrumptious! Sounds like a fun, yet very productive Sundays. Those are my absolutely favorite.

  • Run Sarah August 1, 2010, 7:23 pm

    Everything looks fabulous – I haven’t hosted a brunch in so long, I need to get on that. Brunch foods are always SO tasty!

  • erin fugal August 1, 2010, 7:26 pm

    little man??? that dog is as big as you…hahaha

  • Karen August 1, 2010, 7:29 pm

    I want to know more about that Green Monster muffin! If you get a recipe please post! Thanks 🙂

    • caitlin August 2, 2010, 8:45 am

      It’s on!

      • Karen August 2, 2010, 11:11 am

        Thanks–I’ll check it out. 🙂

  • Kath August 1, 2010, 7:32 pm

    I will need to chat with you re. wireless printing. We’re hoping to get one too.

    Also, that is not Great Harvest bread!!

  • Kate August 1, 2010, 7:39 pm

    Looks like a good day 🙂 That blueberry pie looks AMAZING. I just may have to make that. Oh, and I recently tried the Quorn “chicken” and it kind of weirded me out too for the same reason. Probably won’t be getting it again.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 1, 2010, 7:42 pm

    You seem to go to the best brunches!! That pie looks delicious!

  • Lea @ Healthy Coconut August 1, 2010, 8:06 pm

    I love Sunday brunches, I haven’t gone in awhile. I like the pie too, hopefully I can substitute the white sugar for something else and not change the taste too much.

  • Jackie (Peaces of Earth) August 1, 2010, 8:15 pm

    Wow, I wish I was at that brunch! Amazing spread of goodies. Must have green monster muffins….

  • Tina August 1, 2010, 8:24 pm

    You certainly do have a busy week coming up! A lot of excitement. And we’re all excited for you.

    That looks like such a fun brunch. I know I would love to meet each one of you ladies. You all just exhibit such kindness and fun!

  • mary August 1, 2010, 8:30 pm

    Green monster muffin!! how was it? is it as tasty and nutritious as a green monster shake? I would love the recipe

    • caitlin August 2, 2010, 8:46 am

      It’s good! Check out for the recipe.

  • Babycakes August 1, 2010, 8:58 pm

    I LOVE Bailey! We have a welsh corgi too and they are seriously the best dogs! Brunch looks delicious! 🙂

  • Katie @ peacebeme August 1, 2010, 9:03 pm

    Mimosas are my favorite drink of all time!!!

  • Bianca King August 1, 2010, 9:12 pm

    Yes I too would love the muffin recipe!

    • caitlin August 2, 2010, 8:46 am

      Check out Diana’s blog for the recipe!

  • Wei-Wei August 1, 2010, 9:15 pm

    You know what? When I purposefully wake up late, I don’t eat breakfast, lunch or dinner. Instead, I eat brunch, afternoon tea, and a midnight snack! 😀


  • Sana August 1, 2010, 9:18 pm

    Those blueberries look sooo juicyyy! If fake meat-products are too real it freaks me out…

  • KMattrn August 1, 2010, 9:22 pm

    That food looked fabulous:) I already copied the blueberry pie recipe; any chance you have more info on those muffins or how the chickpeas were seasoned before roasting?? Yum!

    I have to tell you: I made myself a chocolate cherry bomb today for lunch. First of all, I was surprised by how good it really was! Secondly, it made more than I expected, so I split it into 2 glasses and offered my 8 and 6 year-olds some “chocolate smoothie.” They practically chugged it! I never told them what was in it! LOL

    Thanks for sharing all these great foods and recipes!

    • caitlin August 2, 2010, 8:47 am

      Hahah I like you tricking the kids into eating greens!

      Both recipes are on Diana’s blog!

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine August 1, 2010, 9:24 pm

    mm blueberry pie! thanks for recipe link, I have quite a bit of blueberries to use… 😉

  • Marie August 1, 2010, 9:30 pm

    Looks like fun! I love Katie’s blog, I just found it this weekend. Mmmm I’m going to have to make those GM Muffins, I’ve been drooling over Diana’s recipe for days now… Good luck with everything this week! I’m sure you’ll have a blast 😀

  • Mandy A August 1, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Okay… I’ve seen blueberry cake, blueberry struesel and now blueberry pie around the blog world today! I must pick one to make!!!

    I LOVE brunch… favorite thing ever!

    I’ve never been a fan of the quorn cutlets either!

  • Gabriella Roselli August 1, 2010, 9:40 pm

    that pie looked delicious, will have to try the recipe. good luck with everything this week! and i cannot wait to read all the guest blogs 🙂

  • Janna@Janna's Keeping it Real! August 1, 2010, 10:42 pm

    I am a tad jealous of all of your recent fun/yummy brunches!:0)

    that pie. I have no words….

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie August 1, 2010, 10:46 pm

    haha wireless printers suck to set up! I tried once so I feel your pain.

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople August 1, 2010, 11:17 pm

    That pie definitely looks good and I hate blueberries! lol

  • Jaclyn August 1, 2010, 11:19 pm

    So jealous of your big and close-knit blogging community down there, I hope someday i can become part of one too!

    • caitlin August 2, 2010, 8:47 am

      me too!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous August 1, 2010, 11:24 pm

    That blogger brunch looks outta this world! Yumm. And I love how everyone busted out the hardcore cameras 🙂

  • Candice August 1, 2010, 11:56 pm

    Looks like fun – and what an adorable dog. That’s always me…the one doting over the pups everywhere we go:)

    I’m so excited for you and your coming week!

  • Marina August 2, 2010, 12:02 am

    Blogger brunch looks so good, and especially those mini quiches!

  • Eliza August 2, 2010, 12:33 am

    Yummmy looking chickpeas!

    What kid of doggy is it? I want it too!

    • Eliza August 2, 2010, 12:33 am

      sorry, *kind

      • caitlin August 2, 2010, 8:47 am

        A Welsh Corgi!

  • Camille August 2, 2010, 1:25 am

    Haha, what a big puppy for holding!
    By the way, I got an e-mail from Amazon saying that my pre-ordered copy of Operation Beautiful has shipped! You really did it!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs August 2, 2010, 2:50 am

    The husband seems to be cooking a lot more for you recently – has he become the household chef!?
    Bailey is beautiful and that pie is beautiful – I can see why you loved both 🙂

  • Stacey @ Tipping the (Kitchen!) Scales August 2, 2010, 3:58 am

    What a fun blogger brunch, and of course the foods looks heavenly!

  • Little Bookworm August 2, 2010, 5:12 am

    I’ve never heard of Linner before! The pie looks fantastic, and Bailey looks really cute. Have a great day! 🙂

  • Nadine August 2, 2010, 5:22 am

    I was caught without my camera or a phone today, but was THRILLED to see an Operation Beautiful note on the door of my daughters cabin when I was dropping her off at camp today (she is 10!) It said “you are beautiful, and you are worthy” — it made me smile. Thank you, Caitlin, for doing your part in helping the next generation to know that beauty comes from within and they all have it.

    p.s. Amazon shipped my pre-order! Can’t wait to get it — and share it with my daughter!

    • caitlin August 2, 2010, 8:48 am

      Awesome that you found a note! I love it. 🙂

  • Laura (Starloz) August 2, 2010, 6:04 am

    Oh, what a lovely day you had with those bloggers.
    I can’t wait to find more sydney aust food bloggers!

  • Sheri August 2, 2010, 7:25 am

    I bought your book on Saturday!! When I got to B&N it wasn’t there but a few minutes later I saw the guy putting them on the shelf and I grabbed it. I couldn’t wait to get home and start reading. It’s truly inspirational. Thank you for writing about such an important issue.

    PS-I posted my first OB note on my bathroom mirror last night 🙂

    • caitlin August 2, 2010, 8:49 am

      Wahoo!! 🙂 OB notes to yourself are the best kind 🙂 I hope you enjoy the book, thank you.

  • Heather (heather's dish) August 2, 2010, 8:23 am

    i didn’t realize katy had moved there too…how fun! you girls always seemed to have a great time when you got together in florida too 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 2, 2010, 8:29 am

    That dog is so cute! He looks really fluffy.

    And that pie does look delicious. The crust in particular looks nice and thick.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 2, 2010, 8:35 am

    Wow, there are so many bloggers in your area! How fun! 🙂

    That whole brunch looks amazing, especially that pie!

  • Rachel August 2, 2010, 9:58 am

    looks like an amazing spread!! jealous of the blogger meet up too!

  • Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun August 2, 2010, 11:34 am

    Looks like a lot of fun! There is always so many mouth-watering foods at blogger meet ups! Im jealous (and hungry!)

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