College Football Nights

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The Husband and I wrapped up our afternoon with another hot and sweaty yoga class.  He’s really gotten into the practice and even bought a month-long pass!  Tomorrow, we’re going to both do a series of flexibility tests to assess where we are at the beginning of the month, and then we’ll re-test ourselves after a bunch of classes.  He cannot even come close to touching his toes yet, but I hope to change that after a month at Y2 Yoga.  Should be interesting!  🙂


Pre-yoga snack was an orange:


I came home, showered, and wrote some more.  Then, it was time for an old favorite to make a comeback – Sweet Potato and Baked Beans!


This is the world’s easiest recipe but it tasted SO FREAKING DELICIOUS.


With B. sprouts on the side.


And we actually had a little party tonight for COLLEGE FOOTBALL.  I’ll admit, college football = social hour to me, but I know the men really care about the actual score.  I’m game as long as I get to hang out with friends!


In attendance:


  • Diana + Dan
  • Kelly + Brad + Rascal the Dachshund
  • Nicole <— who lives A BLOCK away from me, and we JUST met!


The Hus set out some chips + dips.  I had a plate of chips and hummus:


And Diana was kind enough to bring Darn Good Chocolate Cake (I declared it “Damn good!”).  I also had a few sips of red wine.


And while everyone else watched sports, I passed time watching Rascal do loads of tricks and bemoaning Maggie’s inability to do anything begins eating, sleeping, pooping, and crying.


To bed I go!


Can your pet do tricks?  James can sit, stay, lay down, and jump.  Maggie can look pretty.



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

    I agree about football… the social aspect is what I like 🙂
    Sweet potatoes with baked beans is the BEST!

  • Shelley September 6, 2010, 11:11 pm

    My cats are pretty good at looking pretty too 😛

    My dog is good at acting insane, that’s about it 😛

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa September 6, 2010, 11:14 pm

    My cat is good at sitting before treats, laying on her back in the sunlight and breaking into cabinets for treats (like jumping on the counter, opening the cabinet and climbing in for treats). That’s not really a trick, its more like disobedience.

    My parents dog is good at “shaking your hand”.

  • Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul September 6, 2010, 11:16 pm

    Those brussel sprouts look amazing. I think brussel sprouts are officially my favorite food – after chocolate cake, of course.

  • Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter September 6, 2010, 11:16 pm

    I’m watching the Virginia Tech-Boise St. game right now. I’m a serious football fan, it’s actually really ridiculous. Hope you had a great labor day weekend!

  • Jenn September 6, 2010, 11:17 pm

    Hope you guys are rooting for the Hokies!!!

  • Becca September 6, 2010, 11:18 pm

    I have been checking the scores all night… I’m from Boise and my dad teaches at BSU. GO BRONCOS!!

  • Camille September 6, 2010, 11:19 pm

    That cake does look damn good!
    My puppy can high five and annoy me and my kitten can wake me up and kiss me on the face. Very talented little critters!

  • Courtney @ Break & Bokeh September 6, 2010, 11:19 pm

    I am definitely going to have to try that recipe – my husband loves baked beans!

    We have 3 chihuahuas and they don’t do much beyond sleep and eat. However, they can all sit and lay in in both English and Spanish commands, and the oldest one can roll over if the reinforcement in rewarding enough!!

  • Jamie @ A Healthy JD September 6, 2010, 11:21 pm

    My dog Chloe does that trick Rascal is doing and we call it the burrito pose b/c her paws are super stubby since she is half corgi. But I have to say both my husband and I agreed the burrito title must now pass to Rascal b/c he far more resembles a burrito with his even more adorably stubby legs. Sooo cute!

  • Brie @ Brie Fit September 6, 2010, 11:31 pm

    Our dog is about as smart as Maggie. He can sit, and that’s it. It took us six months to teach him that.

  • Amber K September 6, 2010, 11:32 pm

    That cake looks sooo good!

    I tried the vegetarian baked beans, but they tasted way too tomatoey to me. I always pick the bacon chunks out of the original flavor and I rinse them to reduce the sodium a bit. But I was really hoping to like the veggie ones!

  • Leah @ L4L September 6, 2010, 11:41 pm

    Pippin can sit, lay, and shake. And that’s it. She gets really excited when you have a treat and does them all simultaneously and it is hilarious.

  • Diana September 6, 2010, 11:41 pm

    Glad you liked the cake! Thanks again for having us over! 🙂 Bailey knows a lot of tricks: sit, sit-up, stand, lay down, play dead, high five are some of his faves. Plus the ever fun “get the mail”. 🙂

  • Dynamics September 6, 2010, 11:42 pm

    My daughter’s dog, who I have all the time, can high five, other paw, roll over, touch two ways and bang you are dead with a tail wag. He also does the dog treat on the nose and the paw. He can also catch food. His best trick which is annoying is he goes into the square foot garden and takes his nose and moves the super soft soil away from the carrot and voila, he picks his own treat. He loves carrots.

  • Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) September 6, 2010, 11:55 pm

    Your dog is too cute! My family has 2 dogs. One is completely lazy…she is so fat she can’t even jump on the couch anymore! The other is full of energy. Somehow, they get along great. It’s hilarious!

  • Katie - Life Discombobulated September 7, 2010, 12:02 am

    I love the picture of that dog! Hilarious! Maggie may not be able to do tricks, but she poses for pictures well, and she’s darn good at it! 🙂
    My cat can play fetch with her toy mouse. Well… Sort of. She used to play fetch, then realized that if she waits long enough, I’ll go get the mouse that I threw and throw it again. So, actually, it seems that I can play fetch.

  • Elise September 7, 2010, 12:24 am

    I love sweet potatoes & baked beans! So good, so easy — soo cheap!

  • Kate D September 7, 2010, 12:28 am

    Norman would be content to eat, sleep, poop, and cry.

    If he is getting any treat outside of us leaving the house for the day we’ll make him sit, lay down, roll over, dance, or crawl. He hasn’t mastered the dance or crawl yet. 😉

  • Amanda (modernation) September 7, 2010, 12:39 am

    Cash can sit, lay down, stay, shake. Sometimes he can catch his Kong in this mouth when I throw it. And I think he is a good dancer. 🙂

  • Kristina @ spabettie September 7, 2010, 12:39 am

    I’m the same with football… I like the social aspects of it.

    Basil can sit. He can heel. He does stay sometimes. He’s just about the cutest and sweetest pup I’ve known. My old dachshund would sit like Rascal in that photo… for LONG periods of time. 🙂

  • Jolene ( September 7, 2010, 12:40 am

    Hehe, Maggie can look pretty 🙂 She sure can!!

  • lynn September 7, 2010, 12:43 am

    it’s funny my first dog, Bailey does all sorts of tricks, my other little one I got a year ago from a puppy mill shut down isn’t quite so quick… all she does is sit… but hey.. it works for her… no matter what she wants or is trying to tell you she will all of a sudden just sit… and if it doesn’t work she stands up and sits again… and she will repeat this until it works… too funny that sweet little thing!
    while I don’t mind missing out on the whole sports thing I sure would love some of the social time… don’t do much here… enjoy your friends and go team go!!

  • Dana September 7, 2010, 12:43 am

    Hi, I have been reading your blog for a few months now, but I just cannot figure out how to add you to my google reader! Help!

    • Caitlin September 7, 2010, 8:46 am

  • Cristina September 7, 2010, 1:06 am

    My dog can not do tricks! Sometimes if I ask AJ “how was supper” he licks his mouth.

  • Juani September 7, 2010, 2:09 am

    Maggie is beyond adorable.And she has brains too.She’s figured out she doesn’t have to do much in life,she can get by quite well on just her looks,lol.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) September 7, 2010, 2:19 am

    What a fun day you have had!

  • KMattrn September 7, 2010, 2:22 am

    My dog Krimpet can do the usual, sit, stay, lie down. I had her trained to do a play dead: she’d quickly drop down if I said “bang”, but we stopped practicing that one. Her best tricks now are catching her toys, waiting for treats left directly in front on her on the floor until we say “ok” and THE BEST: she loves walking on the treadmill! She’ll do 30 min at 4mph! LOL

    • Caitlin September 7, 2010, 8:51 am

      That is soooo cute! I wish Maggie would walk on the treadmill. She needs it.

  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 7, 2010, 2:57 am

    My dog can sit..that’s it! My aunt’s dog can play dead though, which is pretty cool 🙂
    I love Diana!!! I spent loads of time withher at the HLS, I miss her!

  • Marieke September 7, 2010, 3:07 am

    My dog can’t do much beside sitting and giving a paw if she gets a treat for it. She is such a big sweet softie that I let her get away with anything. She is a really good dog so I don’t mind

  • Neen@ Broad bean to Runner Bean September 7, 2010, 4:35 am

    my dog cant do any tricks, well not on command anyway, she regularly walks into dorr frames, lamp posts etc, coz she’s just too darn busy looking around at whats going on!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now September 7, 2010, 5:51 am

    My husband’s family dog knows “speak!”

  • Katie September 7, 2010, 6:18 am

    I have a border collie, and we make it a point to teach him to do something new every month or so. He knows all the basics, plus he does agility and rally, so he’s learned a bunch of stuff there, too. About a year ago we taught him how to count to three. 🙂

  • Lauren September 7, 2010, 6:55 am

    I agree, I love football season, but more for the food, beer and social hour that comes with it! 😉

  • Julie @SavvyEats September 7, 2010, 7:11 am

    Hahaha, “Maggie can look pretty.” At least she’s got that one down! 😉

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 7, 2010, 7:22 am

    Glad you had a good time. My husband wants to start doing Tai Chi. I need to look around and see if there are any classes here for that. My cat can fetch. We call him a catdog. He looks like a cat but acts like a dog.

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet September 7, 2010, 7:31 am

    i totally agree about football being social time! also an excuse to eat fun food:-)

  • Emily Eats and Exercises September 7, 2010, 7:51 am

    No pets anymore – my ex boyfriend has our cats 🙁 but I do want a piece of that chocolate cake please! I love that you’re meeting all these new people so fast in your new area. It seems like the blog really helps with that.

  • Amy B (Second City Randomness) September 7, 2010, 8:00 am

    I’ve never been a fan of baked beans, but I find the sweet potato + black bean combo seems to make me similarly happy. 🙂

    I love college football. But also use it as an excuse to socialize and EAT.

  • John September 7, 2010, 8:03 am

    If I’m watching my team play I usually prefer watching the game on my own as I don’t have to listen to unneccessary commentary or stupid questions.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) September 7, 2010, 8:07 am

    I like the scores if my team is playing…otherwise it’s social hour.

    Leo can sit and roll to pet his belly. Peanut can meow like a cat if you tell her no barking 🙂

  • Lisa (I'm an Okie) September 7, 2010, 8:22 am

    I love me some football games. Good competitive game plus friends is just what I like.

    My dog Eddie can shake, lay down and roll over. Thats as advanced as he gets 🙂

  • Jillian@ ReshapeYourLife September 7, 2010, 8:24 am

    Blue is deaf so his “tricks” are just things that I can tell him to do with my hands and he does them…

    Trick wise he can sit, lay down and roll over and wait (usually)… but he knows over 15 hand signals like no, quiet, go get a toy, good boy, and come. One of my goals is to teach him more tricks… He’s very smart so it won’t take long, just a little effort. 🙂

  • Jen September 7, 2010, 8:27 am

    I have a dachshund who has perfected the “pretty please” eyes that melt unsuspecting people into giving her anything she wants. I call it here Jedi Mind trick.

    • Caitlin September 7, 2010, 8:52 am


      Maggie knows that trick too!

    • Caitlin September 7, 2010, 8:52 am


      Maggie knows that trick too!

  • Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels September 7, 2010, 8:27 am

    I don’t have any pets anymore, my dogs passed away years ago. But they weren’t good at tricks at all, it was actually kind of funny.
    When I was a kid, I had a hamster and it would stay in my mama’s pocket when we were at home. He would look out of her pocket, it was cute.

    I love the pictures of your dogs. 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman September 7, 2010, 8:28 am

    I’m with you–games are for chitchatting. I actually dislike watching football and dread football season, but when friends are over it’s less painful.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 7, 2010, 8:38 am

    I go to football games for the social aspect too. I don’t understand a thing about the rules of the game. 😛

  • whitney September 7, 2010, 8:45 am

    looks like you guys had a blast. I love college football it is such a fun time and brings back the return of FALL

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) September 7, 2010, 9:02 am

    Rascal is too cute!! But so are Maggie & James 🙂

    Koda can sit, lay down, stay, and will go to her crate or bed on command. Not too shabby, but wouldn’t mind teaching her a few fun tricks, too!

  • Jen @ Jen is Green September 7, 2010, 9:16 am

    my cat can actually fetch! its funny. 🙂

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans September 7, 2010, 9:19 am

    I am so shocked at how popular college football is in the US. We aren’t even that into pro-football (CFL anyway) up here in Canada. What a difference a border makes huh??

  • Heather September 7, 2010, 9:24 am

    sassy can sit, shake, stay, lay down, roll over, and come. the puppy….she can sit shake and lay down..DEFINITELY does NOT come or stay lol!

  • Sarah @ EatRunGarden September 7, 2010, 10:34 am

    My dog can sit, lay down, give paw and his best trick is we taught him to sneeze on command. It’s really cute but sometimes he doesn’t want to do it so he just makes the head motion with out sneezing. I really want to try to cook Brussels sprouts any suggestions on the best way? I need to find a way to feed them to my husband without him making faces.

  • Callie @ Callieflower Kitchen September 7, 2010, 10:37 am

    LOL I love you and your dogs, they always make me smile 🙂 Our old family dog Sandy could shake hands (paws?), but that was about it. She wasn’t the brightest in the barrel, but I loved her <3

  • Ashley September 7, 2010, 10:48 am

    I definitely agree that football is social hour. I could care less about the score. O:)

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous September 7, 2010, 12:15 pm

    I heart the heck out of James! Such a cutie. I’m so terrible…I haven’t been keeping up with football at all so far this season. I’m a total disgrace to my brother AND my school. (Go Clemson!)

  • Judy September 7, 2010, 12:25 pm

    Not only can the dogs do tricks, the cats can too! We think training is fun. And they’re all real food motivated.

  • Stacey @ The Habit of Healthy September 7, 2010, 12:25 pm

    I love sweet potato and baked beans. Healthy comfort food!

  • kate September 7, 2010, 12:37 pm

    There must be something about piebald dachshunds! Ollie and Maggie are a match made in doggy heaven.

  • Nadine September 7, 2010, 12:58 pm

    I have two dachshunds too. Flash can sit. That’s it. And he’s very good at it. Emma (otherwise known as Poopy since she used to poop in the house) does “resting pose.” It’s sort of a 4 leg squat that she does when she’s waiting for us. Looks like she’s peeing, but she’s just resting.

  • Tanya Kummerow September 7, 2010, 3:44 pm

    How do you fix your brussel sprouts?

  • Kari September 7, 2010, 7:05 pm

    I had some left over baked beans from a picnic last night… and a sweet potato. So I heeded your advice, baked the potato (although I prefer the oven… it bakes while I ride my bike, and we’re done at the same time!), piled on some beans, put a few left over deviled eggs on the side, and it was magical. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Mac September 7, 2010, 8:41 pm

    Football is kind of a social event for me too. I can watch the game for a while, but then I start to wander a little.

  • Jess @JessCantCook September 8, 2010, 10:31 am

    How do you cook your brussel sprouts? My boyfriend thinks I’m crazy b/c I like them so I want to cook them in a way he might like – he’s not a fan of them steamed.

    • Caitlin September 8, 2010, 10:37 am

      Check out comment #53!

  • Stephanie September 8, 2010, 1:27 pm

    HA! My mom makes a “Damn Good Chocolate Cake” too. It’s the only one she makes for all of our birthdays, and it was so-named by my uncle (i.e. “This is damn good chocolate cake!”)

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