Gimme Apples

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First of all, please, PLEASE VOTE for Operation Beautiful to win the Amway Positivity Project!  If I win, I’m donating the ENTIRE $10,000 PRIZE to Girls on the Run International, a self-esteem building program for 8 – 10 year old girls (it’s the running program that I volunteer with once a week).  No registration required to vote – just a little click!  :)  You can vote once a day until mid-November! 


Secondly… Maggie likes apples. A lot.


She laid on the guest bed (which backs up to my desk when unfolded) with a hand on my arm, begging for some Honeycrisp apples all through lunch.


She could see the apple beyond my laptop.  We are talking SERIOUS eye contact here.  I felt like her eyes were either boring into the side of my face or my plate.


Obviously, I obliged her.


Funny pup.




Have you tried an apple and cheese sandwich yet?  Oh man.  Such a great sandwich alternative.


And Part II of lunch was more toast and carrots.  My appetite is weird today.  Nothing sounds all that good.


Dear Abby


Remember my “Dinner Parties Among Friends” post from last week?  I asked whether a vegetarian was obligated to serve meat-eaters their normal fare at dinner parties (I voted no). 


You can read Dear Abby’s thoughts on the subject here.  Funny coincidence! 



  • Michelle November 1, 2010, 1:28 pm

    She. is. so. darn. cute. My pup puts her paws on my arm or leg to when she wants food! I am such a sucker.

    Also, please keep reposting that link! I always forget but when it’s right at the top of the entry I go and vote everytime!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 1, 2010, 1:31 pm

    I am with your pup on this one! You have to share when apples are concerned! I am also with you, nothing really sounds great today in the way of food. I think the weather is throwing me off since it really isn’t cool enough for soup or stew and it isn’t hot enough for salads.

  • Janetha G - meals & moves November 1, 2010, 1:31 pm

    Um, Maggie is the cutest.

  • tina November 1, 2010, 1:31 pm

    i voted for you- that is awesome!!! i’m thinking about seeing if i can coach girls on the run here in chicago next spring! 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 1, 2010, 1:32 pm


    Bagigis loves apples too. She cries and cries and cries until I give her my apple core.

  • Sarah November 1, 2010, 1:35 pm

    I’m saying this not as a vegetarian, but I think there are plenty of edible non-meat options for meat eaters out there that a vegetarian could serve at a dinner party. I’m not saying force tofu down their throat, but you could do a meat-less taco bar or a veggie lasagna or baked mac & cheese and salads.

    I wouldn’t expect a vegetarian to serve me meat in the same way that I wouldn’t expect a celiac to serve me something with gluten in it. They are preparing something in their kitchen and the goal of a dinner party isn’t to make the host uncomfortable.

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks November 1, 2010, 1:35 pm

    Voted! Good luck!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 1, 2010, 1:37 pm

    I hope you win! I’m sure GOTR could use $10K!

    I haven’t read Dear Abby’s answers — but I couldn’t believe the story of the man saying “selfish” to the vegetarians — what the heck? I am not a vegetarian, but it doesn’t mean that every meal I have is full of meat!

  • Rebeca Lynda November 1, 2010, 1:38 pm

    Even though I’m not a vegetarian, 99% of the time I’m meat-free… When I have guests I make a point to serve allergy-free, vegetarian (if not vegan) fare but go for recipes where that isn’t obvious. After a yummy dinner, I might mention it, but it’s much simpler to create a repertoire of meals that everyone can enjoy then try to cater to each guests whims IMO.

    • Rebeca Lynda November 1, 2010, 1:39 pm

      and/or lifestyle (I don’t want it to sound like I think certain eating styles are whims but I’ve been to parties where so-called vegetarians chow down on buffalo wings and such).

  • Mellissa November 1, 2010, 1:40 pm

    Our dog Clifford will chase you around until you give him a piece of apple.

  • Ellen @FirednFabulous November 1, 2010, 1:40 pm

    Maggie is too funny! She’s a healthy eater just like her mom 😉

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances November 1, 2010, 1:41 pm

    Just as I believe it being a good host/hostess, I believe in being a good guest – which means graciously enjoying whatever it is that was prepared for me to eat. I would not expect a vegetarian or vegan to supply me with meat when dining at their home… Why would they want to prepare meat when they don’t even want to eat it? So, I agree with you + Dear Abby! Also – Maggie is the cutest little dog ever!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 1, 2010, 1:43 pm

    Good luck, I hope you win!! I agree with Sarah above – I wouldn’t expect someone to serve me a meal that they couldn’t eat due to dietary preferences. The way I see it, the host is being generous by inviting you over in the first place!

  • Jenny November 1, 2010, 1:44 pm

    Watch the apple intake! All that excess fiber could have unintended side effects. Our dog sitter had an apple tree in her yard and our pooch ate apples all day, to his heart’s content, during harvest season. We had a messy situation following day care…

  • Lily's Health Pad November 1, 2010, 1:45 pm

    Try your sammie with green apples! Mmmmm. 🙂

    I liked Abby’s response. Although, I still feel a slight guilt when not providing my meat eating guests with some animal protein….

  • Shanna, Like Banana November 1, 2010, 1:46 pm

    Vegetarians going to dinner parties have it rough. I’m a pseudo vege and try to gently let the hosts know ahead of time that I’m coming OR I offer to bring a dish that is veggie

  • Kelly November 1, 2010, 1:46 pm

    Haha Maggie is so cute, that is a funny coincidence!

  • Lisa November 1, 2010, 1:48 pm

    That’s so funny that Maggie likes apples!

  • Allie November 1, 2010, 1:49 pm
  • Brandy @ Simply Fit Mama November 1, 2010, 1:49 pm

    That’s pretty funny!! Abby has a great way of looking at things.

  • Amy November 1, 2010, 1:50 pm

    Being a meat eater in a family of vegans I feel if you are going to someones house, you eat what they serve. My mom and sister are vegan so sometimes it is hard to find a meal that works for them but I have always found something and found some great recipes in the process. If we are having a special dish that I can not make vegan they will bring their own stuff (dressing, veggie burgers etc.) If we go to their house I plan on eating vegan food. They are making it and I am not going complain.

    Most people are scared to try it and I find it “selfish” that you cant step outside your box and try something new. Eat meat for all the meals you dont have with your friends!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 1, 2010, 1:50 pm

    Cute with Maggie and the apples. My dogs used to LOVE LOVE LOVE eating carrots.

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow November 1, 2010, 1:52 pm

    I love then paw on your arm (nearly wrote hand!)…there is nothing quite like that.

  • angelcubbie November 1, 2010, 1:53 pm

    I’m just catching up on the weekend, congrats on finishing the marathon in such a great time, you rocked it girl! I was wondering if you were going to do a post on any running/training/appetite/body weight changes for your second marathon? I’d be interested if you experienced the same or different changes the second time around.

    • Caitlin November 1, 2010, 1:54 pm


      I’m not sure if I’m going to do a whole post on it but I have to say that I think I was much better trained (just because I was running for 10 more months), my legs are killing me, yoga was clutch, and I didn’t gain any extra weight this time around. Also, I enjoyed the shorter taper a lot! Did you have any other specific questions?

      • Angelcubbie November 1, 2010, 3:57 pm

        I was mostly wondering if you gained weight this time around. I’m a fellow runner and I’m still trying to figure out how to eat right during marathon training so it’s always interested to me and helpful to hear about what changes other runners experience during training.

  • Amy November 1, 2010, 1:53 pm

    When I host a meal, I try to cater to the guest with the most restrictive diet unless it’s unreasonable (e.g., a kid who won’t eat green food). I would expect other hosts to do the same, and if the most restrictive diet is their own, that’s how they should plan the meal. Although my husband and I are not vegetarians, we have a few favorite vegetarian dishes that we prepare fairly often, even when it’s just the two of us for dinner.

    • Amy November 1, 2010, 1:55 pm

      I should clarify that when I say “I would expect,” I mean that I would not find it unreasonable for hosts to cater to their own dietary needs–NOT that I would expect hosts to cater to me if I had a restrictive diet.

  • B. November 1, 2010, 1:54 pm

    Voted! My cat adores yogurt especially Activia 🙂 We’ve just roasted some chestnuts,delicious.

  • Stephanie November 1, 2010, 1:55 pm

    My dog LOVES apples too, that is so funny that there is another one out there. She will literally steal the apple core from my hand if I am not paying attention, that is too cute that she rests her little paw there too! I couldn’t say no to a face like that!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 1, 2010, 1:56 pm

    What an awesome project– I voted for you!

    Haha…my dog was eating arugula last night. In his devil costume. Strange dog.

  • Sara November 1, 2010, 1:57 pm

    I love Abby’s comment!

  • kathleen November 1, 2010, 2:05 pm

    that’s a tricky one though because if a host only serves meat and you are a vegetarian, normally the host does all that they can to accommodate the vegetarian. so why wouldn’t the opposite be true?

    • Caitlin November 1, 2010, 2:08 pm

      Check out the original post for more, but basically my thought process was that I don’t want to spend my money on promoting an industry that I don’t morally support.

  • Regina November 1, 2010, 2:06 pm

    VOTED! Hope you win! You’re such an amazing woman with such a big heart

  • lindsay November 1, 2010, 2:12 pm

    Voted! Love that you don’t have to register…

    Funny that Maggie loves apples! I have tried giving them to my dog and she hates them 🙁 I thought she would like it – she LOVES carrots.

  • Anna November 1, 2010, 2:19 pm

    Vegetarians may be morally against supporting the meat industry, but meat eaters shouldn’t be morally against eating a meal without meat for once in their lives! So I say serve guests the same food as you serve yourself in YOUR house. If they complain, just explain the carbon footprint they are avoiding by eating vegetarian for one single meal. They have the option of eating veg, but you DON’T have the option of eating meat. Plain and simple.

    And I totally made a grilled brie and apple sandwich this weekend…SOOOOOO GOOD!

  • sweetersalt November 1, 2010, 2:27 pm

    Oh my god, her chubby little arms are the cutest! My dog begs for carrots as if they’re pieces of steak. Loves ’em!


  • Hope November 1, 2010, 2:27 pm

    Hehe Maggie is so cute! I have a cat who loves pumpkin, I always thought he was weird!

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini November 1, 2010, 2:29 pm

    I like the Maggie chomping apples pic! Maybe her talent/doggie trick is being photogenic??!

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin November 1, 2010, 2:45 pm

    I’m no longer an “official” vegetarian– but I still eat meat-free 99% of the time, and never cook meat at home, except for Thanksgiving. (when a friend does the turkey for me!) 😉 I would never expect a vegetarian to prepare a “meat dish” for a dinner party– that’s crazy! Especially when there are so many tasty alternatives.

    And when my husband and I were the “difficult” guests, in our vegetarian and vegan years, I always offered to bring a dish that we could enjoy and share with others, so the host wouldn’t feel pressured to change his or her meal plan.

    My pup LOVES apples, too! Really, she gets excited when I start chopping up ANY fruit or veggie– she’s a health nut, I guess! 😉

  • Janae @ hungryrunnergirl November 1, 2010, 2:47 pm

    I voted for you and I will every day until the contest is over… I also sent the link to my husband to vote:) I really want the money to go to girls on the run, it is such an amazing program!! Good luck!

  • Erin @ Bishella November 1, 2010, 2:52 pm

    My pup, Button, looooooves banana. Everytime she catches me making a banana & PB sandwich I have to give her some 😉

  • Jen November 1, 2010, 2:56 pm

    That’s how my 2 year old is with apples, he will hunt you down if you have an apple and don’t share with him! Cheese and apple sandwiches are my love in life!!! Put them under the broiler…heaven!!


  • Paige @Running Around Normal November 1, 2010, 2:59 pm

    Haha – that’s how Niko is with sweet potatoes. As soon as I break out the peeler she’s at my feet, begging LOL
    I voted for ya girl!

  • Johanna B November 1, 2010, 3:10 pm

    I voted for you. I used to put applesauce on American cheese on white bread. I think I would do it differently now. More like what you have except the bread would be gluten-free.

  • Lizz (leadingthegoodlife) November 1, 2010, 3:12 pm

    My pup loves apples, too! As soon as she hears the sound of a knife going through an apple, she is up off the couch and under my feet in the kitchen. So funny!

  • Amber K November 1, 2010, 3:19 pm

    I’ve been voting! Ooh honeycrisp apples are the best!

  • Rachel November 1, 2010, 3:20 pm

    I love putting apple butter on my grilled cheese sandwich. It really is a great combo!

  • Maddie November 1, 2010, 3:28 pm

    Maggie is so cute! My dog loves apples too, especially honey crisp. I voted! I hope you have a great Monday 🙂

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman November 1, 2010, 3:44 pm

    Way to go with giving all the money to charity. I know with the husband’s business getting off the ground that $10K must be tempting. I’m really impressed!

    • Caitlin November 1, 2010, 3:47 pm

      The girls need it more than we do!

  • lauren November 1, 2010, 3:48 pm

    you had me at “no registration” 🙂

  • emily November 1, 2010, 4:09 pm

    OMG, Maggie makes my doxie ovaries hurt! (for arguements sake let’s assume I have two sets of ovaries)

  • Balanced Healthy Life November 1, 2010, 4:27 pm

    You got my vote! What a great cause you are donating the money to. I totally know the feeling when you feel like you are being watching by something while eating! : )

  • Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) November 1, 2010, 4:37 pm

    I voted and will bookmark to vote again.

    <3 Maggie. My Dad had a dog that loved broccoli- go figure! And my brother's dog loves matzo and bread but won't touch a tortilla- WHAT! Snob! 🙂

    Apple and Cheese sandwich. Usually I am a must-have-massive-amounts-of-protein girl, but one day when my mom was alive, she packed a lunch for us as we were headed out of town together- it was exactly that: apple and cheese. And to this day it was the most wonderful sandwich I ever had.

  • Laurie November 1, 2010, 4:44 pm

    Voted! Ah Maggie in all her cuteness! Love her! My dachshund loves pumpkin!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 1, 2010, 4:58 pm

    haha I have never met a dog that likes apples – that’s awesome!

  • Jennifer (keepitsimplefoods) November 1, 2010, 5:20 pm

    I think it’s perfectly acceptable to serve only veggies to the carnivores. After all, everyone can eat veggies, but not everyone can eat meat. It’s one thing to cater to a dietary request, it’s quite another to cater to a craving. There will be no meat served at adinner party in my house unless someone else does the cooking!

  • Charlie November 1, 2010, 5:39 pm

    I actually think there is a big difference between a “carnivore” making a vegetarian meal for a guest and a vegetarian making meat for a guest.
    The vegetarian guess doesn’t eat meat. A different dish accommodates him because it gives him something else to eat besides side dishes.
    The omnivore eats meat AND veggies, grains, dairy, etc. He can eat the vegetarian meal that is served to him.

  • Camille November 1, 2010, 5:49 pm

    Haha, what a funny coincidence!
    Maggie is adorable 🙂

  • katie November 1, 2010, 5:55 pm

    crazy coincidence! maybe this reader (dear abby question asker) reads YOUR blog! 🙂 then it would full circle.

  • Sohara November 1, 2010, 6:04 pm

    I love Dear Abby for that answer. It’s so spot-on, too, because it is not as though so-called “carnivores” cannot or do not eat vegetables, even the kinds that stick to mashed potatoes and corn swimming in salt and butter. Besides, what better way to show guests how awesome vegetarian cooking is?

    That said, I don’t know if I’d have the nerve to serve a guest anything other than what I knew he or she would like, but then, I also cook for a “carnivore” every single day and I love making people really excited and happy about dinner instead of puzzling them. It’s a confidence issue, I suppose. But in theory I completely agree with Dear Abby. You wouldn’t make special food for Americans at a traditional Indian wedding, either, so…

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 1, 2010, 6:26 pm

    That’s so funny she likes apples! The only way I could get my dog to eat an apple was if it was slathered in peanut butter 😛

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) November 1, 2010, 6:37 pm

    Voted, and will kepp voting! 😀 You’re doing an amazing job Caitlin!
    And my dog likes apples too! 😛

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 1, 2010, 7:34 pm

    Apple and cheese sandwiches are my favourite! Especially with sharp cheddar or brie. What kind of cheese did you use?

    • Caitlin November 2, 2010, 10:12 am

      That was a bag of “italian blend” 🙂

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef November 1, 2010, 8:00 pm

    i voted! and i love grilled cheese w/ apples… granny smith and swiss is so wonderful!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 1, 2010, 8:02 pm

    My parents dog is also apple crazy. I don’t know what it is about the apples!

  • Wei-Wei November 1, 2010, 9:06 pm

    Apple and cheese sandwiches sound amazing! I’ll be trying that for breakfast later this week 😉

  • Kristen November 1, 2010, 9:22 pm

    I think someone asked above too… What is your favorite cheese to use? Brie and apples is always a good combo, but I’d be willing to be adventurous if it came with a good recommendation!

    • Caitlin November 2, 2010, 10:13 am

      I like cheddar the most!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life November 1, 2010, 9:54 pm

    Aww Maggie begging with her short little arm (leg?) is sooo cute! 🙂

  • Fae November 1, 2010, 11:02 pm

    Voted. Good luck!

  • Lili* November 1, 2010, 11:36 pm

    Voted! Congrats for all of this beautiful work you do, Caitlin!!
    I’m a big fan 🙂

  • maya @ finding balance in tokyo November 2, 2010, 3:33 am

    I love the faces Maggie makes in the photos you take of her. She always looks so cute and clueless!

    I missed commenting on the vegetarian issue in the last post because of a busy weekend, so I’ll include my thoughts here:

    I agree with the the position that no one should feel obligated to cook meat for their guests– vegetarian or otherwise. As long as you do your best to take their specific dietary restrictions into consideration and make sure that all of your guests are fed, you are fulfilling your obligations as a host.

    Of course it is nice if they absolutely love the meal you provide for them, but there’s no guarantee that will happen under any circumstances, so I don’t think you should have to go out of your comfort zone and compromise your morals in an attempt to achieve that result.

    I would say the same thing goes for non-meat options as well. If I know my guest does not like green peppers I will probably make sure to come up with a dish that does not include them. However I would not feel obligated to include potatoes in the meal if I didn’t want them myself just because that happens to be their favorite vegetable.

  • Ravenous Rowie November 2, 2010, 4:42 am

    Your dog is just so darn cute!

  • Annette @ Wellness WA November 2, 2010, 7:50 am

    Apple eating puppy = ultimate winner!

    I think we should feed our dogs more fruit and vegetables, they love them. 🙂

  • Ashley November 2, 2010, 9:09 am

    haha awww Maggie is so adorable!

  • Nicole November 2, 2010, 9:26 am

    I’m a Running Buddy with Girls on the Run in Spartanburg, SC! We have our practice 5K tonight!

    • Caitlin November 2, 2010, 10:15 am

      Good luck!!!

  • Nicole November 2, 2010, 9:26 am

    oh….and I also fed my dog Honeycrisp apple last night! LOL!

  • Kelly November 2, 2010, 1:02 pm

    Rascal uses the same technique when he wants my leftover food. He knows that he isn’t allowed to wine or really “beg”, he just stares until you feel uncomfortable. He and Maggie should have a staring contest.

  • Dee November 2, 2010, 10:06 pm

    Maggie is such a cutie! And oh! I need to try the apple and cheese sandwich! 🙂

  • Ali November 3, 2010, 2:19 pm

    My grandpa always says, an apple without cheese is like a hug without a squeeze. haha reminded me of your sandwich!

  • Carina November 3, 2010, 2:55 pm

    I’m late on the veggie comments too. Background: I’ve been a vegetarian just over 10 years — in the Americas. Hubby is not officially, and occasionally buys and cooks his own meat, orders it at restaurants, or eats it in the homes of others, but usually he eats veggie too.

    The one instance where I think it is selfish for a vegetarian to refuse to serve meat is when it comes to children. While I would never expect a vegetarian Muslim adult to feed his or her children pork, I feel somewhat differently about vegetarian for non-religious reasons similarly limiting their children. We don’t have kids, but I think I might occasionally prepare meat for them if we did and let them make up their own mind when they got old enough. I also hate bananas, but if my kids liked them, I’d have them at home (but being kid-free and hating bananas, I wouldn’t serve them to dinner guests). After all, hosts are stuck with leftovers, and what would a vegetarian do with leftover meat?

    The one exception to being a vegetarian for me comes with my husband’s foreign family. For them, offering meat to guests is an important cultural gesture of hospitality and an attempt to show wealth, generosity, graciousness, etc. But I’m still not sure I could eat it — the thing that lets me is the fact that I know the cultural background but more importantly, I know I saw that animal alive less than 24 hours ago. In most cases, they serve chicken or rabbit, and I know they’re raised naturally, no drugs, etc., and that they’re killed humanely, not part of some horrid mass slaughter.

  • Miriam November 4, 2010, 12:50 am

    I never enjoyed cooking meat, since I’m vegetarian that is true even more. However, i understand that most people dont agree with me. My mom always call me prior to familly dinner to discuss the menu and im thankful to that, everywhere else I go I most of the time have to bring my own food but I dont feel strange about it, it’s part of the deal. When I invite people over I cook vegetarian food cause i wont serve to others something I wont eat. When I have a meatlover boyfriend I cook him meat even if i dont enjoy it cause been vegetarian is my decision, i dont want to influence other, everyone make their own choices in life. I believe in freedom of choices, wont try to convince anyone… but I can show them that vegetarian food can taste better than traditional food! 🙂

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