Mystery Road Trip

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The Husband and I set out on a mystery road trip – all will be revealed tomorrow at lunch, I promise!  🙂


Car food:


Cereal, yogurt, and a sliced banana.


I even brought  my basil plant on this trip.  I bought a second one after the first one died a few weeks ago, and I am NOT letting this one go to waste!


Dinner was prepared by my mysterious hostess (alright, not sure why I’m being so coy – we’re staying at my mom’s house tonight!):


Mom made a lovely spinach, pine nuts, and orzo bake:


In the mix:


  • Orzo
  • Wilted spinach
  • Pine nuts (cooked in olive oil)
  • Basil
  • Tomato
  • Feta cheese


On the side was a half a peach with raisins and coconut and some fluffy white bread with honey.



Gonna spend time with mom!  🙂


Have a great night!



  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN August 23, 2010, 9:41 pm

    Have fun with mom! 🙂 Was the basil in your dinner from your very own basil plant?? 😉

    Enjoy your time away – there’s just something about being at a mom’s house that’s so relaxing.

  • Angharad August 23, 2010, 9:56 pm

    I love that you took your plant with you! Did the husband raise an eyebrow?!

    • caitlin August 24, 2010, 9:17 am

      yes, he thinks im insane.

  • Samantha @ Food Edu August 23, 2010, 9:57 pm

    You know, Caitlin—everytime I get those plants they die too. Is it the kind from the grocery store? Maybe they just sit there too long and they don’t have a chance by the time they make it home. That’s what I am telling myself anyway =)

  • Whitney August 23, 2010, 10:01 pm

    We have a basil plant in our garden and it has flourished with virtually no attention at all. I love being able to go out there and just pick a few leaves off to throw into dinner.

  • AngelaOSG August 23, 2010, 10:06 pm

    you brought your basil plant? major LOL. Oh man that made my night. Just picturing you in a car with the basil plant buckled in the back.

    • Sana August 23, 2010, 10:12 pm

      hahaha yess! I am picturing this as well!

      • AngelaOSG August 23, 2010, 10:16 pm

        I want a photo op of the basil in the backseat 🙂

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward August 23, 2010, 10:12 pm

    That orzo dish is really similar to a dish I get at my favorite Greek restaurant, only the one I get has shrimp, too. The vegetarian version looks great!

  • Dynamics August 23, 2010, 10:13 pm

    ROFL…Why do I read this blog? Because you are so funny and such a REAL person.

    • caitlin August 24, 2010, 9:21 am

      I am reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeal. 🙂

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine August 23, 2010, 10:13 pm

    You’ve been traveling like crazy recently!! Your mom’s dish looks great. Safe travels!!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) August 23, 2010, 10:15 pm


    i laughed so hard that you brought your basil plant…but that makes me wish i had done that too when i had one!

  • Dorry August 23, 2010, 10:16 pm

    Dinner looks great! I love that you brought your plant. Curious about what you are going to reveal tomorrow! 🙂

  • Chelsey August 23, 2010, 10:20 pm

    It’s fun to be a little mysterious from time to time!

  • Laurie August 23, 2010, 10:24 pm

    Are you telling me your mom cooks as lovely as you? Send her over! Yay mom!
    laughing about the making out between the coffee and the computer. I hope it was good for them.

  • christina cadden August 23, 2010, 10:32 pm

    I can not wait to hear about your trip!

  • Meg August 23, 2010, 10:39 pm

    I love that you brought your plant with you. Does it have a carseat 😉 haha – you are one dedicated gardener 😀 Enjoy your trip – can’t wait to hear more!!!

  • ari August 23, 2010, 10:41 pm

    that’s such a good idea to top the peach with raisins and coconut! kind of like a mini pie.

  • Heather August 23, 2010, 10:44 pm

    have fun with your mom. I am curious as to why you are there!

  • Jen August 23, 2010, 10:46 pm

    Honey is my favorite toast topping! I’ll be having toast topped with honey and cinnamon for breakfast tomorrow yummmmm 🙂

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns,com August 23, 2010, 10:50 pm

    Nothing’s better than a meal cooked by mom! Have fun! 🙂

  • Keri August 23, 2010, 10:51 pm

    Peach with coconut and raisins? I agree with an above comment, that sounds like a delicious mini-pie!

    And I would also like to know what you’re up to….there’s nothing better for the blogworld than a good ole’ cliffhanger!

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini August 23, 2010, 10:57 pm

    You don’t stop! I love that you brought your basil plant…so funny!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat August 23, 2010, 10:59 pm

    Ooh that orzo bake looks delicious. And so does the peach with coconut! I’ll add that to my list of things to try.

    Hope the basil plant enjoys it’s road trip 🙂

  • Lea @ Healthy Coconut August 23, 2010, 11:02 pm

    All the food offerings looked good but what caught my eye was the peach with raising and COCONUT toppings 🙂

    Oh my, I thought I’ve put coconut on almost anything, apparently not peaches.

    I’m going to come up with a pastry that includes peaches, coconut and raisins in them. Sounds like a delicious trio. Well, Is it? lol

  • Jo August 23, 2010, 11:05 pm all looks scrumptious!

    ps. what kind of cereal did you have on your yogurt during the mysterious road trip??

    • caitlin August 24, 2010, 9:30 am

      some sort of fiber no-name cereal from trader joes. i can’t remember the name!

  • MegaNerd August 23, 2010, 11:05 pm

    haha you’re so sneaky!

  • Diana @ VEGeneration August 23, 2010, 11:07 pm

    The “stuffed” peach looks so cute! Can’t believe I’ve never tried that combo before.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit August 23, 2010, 11:17 pm

    Mm that dinner looks creative and delicious!

  • Wei-Wei August 23, 2010, 11:17 pm

    Fluffy white bread with honey sounds absolutely amazing.

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please August 23, 2010, 11:24 pm

    I find it hilarious that you’re bringing your plant on the trip with you! I guess I’m not one to talk though… I once brought a fish with me. I carried his plastic travelling cup around in my purse. Sort of like Paris Hilton with her dog, except with a fish. lol

  • Stacey@ August 23, 2010, 11:38 pm

    The peach idea is pretty creative. Mom makes a nice dinner.

  • August 24, 2010, 12:25 am

    ur mommas orzo bake is packed with color!! moms know how to make things both look amazing and taste even better!!

    ohh car food is the best! i actually look forward to taking my food on the go.. not sure why, maybe its the adventure aspect to it sort of like eating popcorn at the movies hehe


  • Ilene August 24, 2010, 12:46 am

    hahaha the fact that you brought your basil plant made me smile 🙂

  • helal August 24, 2010, 1:10 am

    hi caitlin
    it is not a long time i found your blog. i see you are always!! 🙂 travellling, eating! and taking photos!
    that’s wonderful
    you are enjoying every seconds of your life
    but are those journies for your job or not?
    have fun in all your trips :))

    • caitlin August 24, 2010, 9:31 am

      some are for work but some are just for fun! i feel pretty traveled out though lately.

  • hippierunner August 24, 2010, 1:15 am

    So awesome that you brought your plant with you! And that dinner looks so good- basil+feta=YUM!

  • Camille August 24, 2010, 1:20 am

    I can’t wait to hear more about this mystery trip!
    Have fun with your Mom!

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter August 24, 2010, 1:37 am

    I bet your mom is an awesome hostess! Your dinner looks absolutely delightful.

  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) August 24, 2010, 3:09 am

    The pine nut thing looks SO good!!

  • Marina August 24, 2010, 3:44 am

    That orzo spinach bake looks delicious!
    And so is that peach, it must have tasted amazing

  • Neen@Broad Bean to Runner Bean August 24, 2010, 3:57 am

    have fun with your mum! i’m excited to hear about the rest of your trip x

  • Zoe August 24, 2010, 4:36 am

    Whenever I buy a basil plant from a supermarket it always ends up smelling kind of… funky. It will acquire a sort of cat pee smell (sorry for being so blunt!) Any tips on keeping basil plants healthy?

    Have a great trip 🙂

    • caitlin August 24, 2010, 9:32 am

      Mine smells funky too. I think you have to keep the soil totally moist.

  • Stacey (The Habit of Healthy) August 24, 2010, 5:36 am

    I’m intrigued by your mystery road trip! I look forward to hearing more.

  • Tina August 24, 2010, 6:33 am

    Don’t ya just love mom’s cooking? Always so special. And delicious. 😀

  • Lauren August 24, 2010, 7:03 am

    Oh my goodness girl, you are a traveling fool! 😉

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) August 24, 2010, 7:16 am

    Have a safe trip!

  • Christie {Honoring Health} August 24, 2010, 7:23 am

    So funny that you brought the basil with you. I have the worst green thumb ever, this year, my husband and I planted over $50 worth of plants and all of them died but the basil. For some reason, year after year I have thriving basil. I think it is the only thing I am meant to grow.

  • Anne August 24, 2010, 8:09 am

    Have fun visiting mom!! Hysterical that the basil plant came along for the ride 😀 Maybe if I had done that with mine, it would have survived?? Ah well, there’s always next year!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) August 24, 2010, 8:12 am

    I love bread with honey. It’s such a yummy combo. 😀

    I totally would have taken the basil along for the ride too, by the way…haha. 😀

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman August 24, 2010, 8:22 am

    I transplanted my grocery store basil into a bigger pot with potting soil and it’s giant now. Maybe you just need to pot it outside..

  • Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries August 24, 2010, 8:22 am

    The fact that you brought your basil plant with you makes me love you that much more. Hysterical.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday August 24, 2010, 8:23 am

    Can’t wait to see where you went!

  • Kristy August 24, 2010, 8:36 am

    When my basil plant grows up it wants to look as ripe and full as yours 🙂

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete August 24, 2010, 8:48 am

    Have fun with your mom!

    Plants are part of the family too — you are a good plant mom for taking it on the trip!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet August 24, 2010, 8:53 am

    Have fun on your “mystery trip”- cant wait to hear more about it!

  • Corinne August 24, 2010, 8:53 am

    What is your mom’s recipe for that orzo thingy?? It looks amazing!!

    • caitlin August 24, 2010, 9:32 am

      I think it was from !

  • amanda @ Hungry Vegan Traveler August 24, 2010, 9:04 am
  • Paige (Running Around Normal) August 24, 2010, 9:28 am

    Mystery roadtrip? With mystery meals and mystery guests? Sounds exciting!

  • Claire August 24, 2010, 10:38 am

    Why oh Why can I not find orzo in my grocery store??? Am I missing something?

  • Laura (spokesnoats) August 24, 2010, 10:43 am

    Love the peach with raisins and coconut combo! I’ll have to try that.

  • Julie (Etsy Stalkers) August 24, 2010, 11:54 am

    Love that you took your basil plant with you. I’m assuming you buckled her (please correct me if it’s a ‘him’) for safety.

  • Erin @ A Girl and Her Mutt August 24, 2010, 12:11 pm

    The orzo dish is fantastic! My basil is still kicking but I think it might be out the door soon. So sad! I love fresh basil!

  • Lisa August 24, 2010, 12:36 pm

    That orzo dish looks really delicious!

  • Amber K August 24, 2010, 12:52 pm

    I’ve never been a fan of orzo, but that looks fantastic!

  • Hayley @ Breath of Fire August 25, 2010, 12:01 am

    Peach, coconut, and raisins- love all three, never thought to put them together. I have the raw materials… I may try it tomorrow.

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