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After an intense cold snap, it suddenly feels like a breezy September night.  Is it REALLY November?  Winter in Charlotte is pretty good so far!

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Lots of porch / laptop time.  We seem intent on making the porch function like a third office lately (first is the actual office; second is the dinner room table).


Dinner tonight was Southern style to celebrate our lovely Southern evening.  All of my favorite things on one dish.


(I searched and searched but could not find a four leaf clover.  My friend Becki can always find little cloves.)


On the platter:


  • 2 corn muffins (trying to use the leftover mix from Corn Casserole)
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Roasted broccoli
  • Grilled BBQ tofu (prepared on the George Foreman, my newest love)
  • Baked Apples


ALLLL eventually smothered in Bone Suckin’ BBQ sauce!



For dessert, the Husband and I shared one of these… which might be the Best. Chocolate. Ever.  Evaaaaaah. 


Funny story… while eating dinner, we watched Bored to Death (an HBO show which is really funny).  I said to the Husband, “Do you like it?” [meaning the dinner.]  And the Husband replied, “It’s amazing, isn’t it?”  So I said, “What is your favorite part?”  And he paused and then awkwardly said, “Errr… I meant the show.”





  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) November 8, 2010, 6:58 pm

    mmm…it’s been too long since I’ve smothered some delicious BBQ sauce on something… looks delicious!

    I’m loving this fall weather, too!

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 8, 2010, 7:03 pm

    Looks like the perfect dinner! I love corn muffins but haven’t had one in a long time. I love working outside too especially when the weather is nice. Have a good night! 🙂

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow November 8, 2010, 7:05 pm

    Everything needs to be smothered in Bone Suckin or fav BBQ sauce, no? My Texas heart says so!!! 🙂

  • eml November 8, 2010, 7:09 pm

    Oh man those muffins…divine. I love muffins. I wish I could live with you for awhile and get my head screwed on straight with this eating thing 😉

    LOL about the show – I’m surprised he didn’t answer about the show – I would have said “..oh the part where…” 🙂

  • Hope November 8, 2010, 7:12 pm

    Yum! That chocolate is delish!
    Oh and everything tastes better with some form of BBQ sauce on it!

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black November 8, 2010, 7:21 pm

    That chocolate sounds yummy!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write November 8, 2010, 7:26 pm

    Lol. That exchange between you and hubby is really cute. We’re piecing together dinner tonight. We have leftover polenta lasagna, leftover (homemade) indian food with basmati rice, and leftover pizza! Lots of leftovers to piece-meal a dinner with. I love nights like that. Easy tastes amazing to me.

  • Sana November 8, 2010, 7:28 pm

    Bahahahah! You and the hubby are too cute!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef November 8, 2010, 7:29 pm

    my husband is obsessed with anything ginger so i bet he’d love that chocolate!!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans November 8, 2010, 7:30 pm

    I’m sure he thought dinner was amazing too!!

  • Anon November 8, 2010, 7:31 pm

    Caitlin, or your other readers,
    I am a very beginner jogger. Its very tough for me now because of my current weight. But I can manage 2.5 miles in 30 minutes. Can someone give me an honest feedback on this? Honest feedback or stories from your outstanding running readers?

    • Anon November 8, 2010, 7:32 pm

      That is on a treadmill. So it may not be accurate.

    • Laura @ DramaticallyFit (New blog!) November 8, 2010, 7:34 pm

      For a beginning runner, that seems like a very respectable time, no matter what your weight is! Keep it up, but listen to your body. Don’t push yourself TOO hard!

    • Evan Thomas November 8, 2010, 7:35 pm

      Any amount you can run is excellent. We all start out somewhere. You’re just new to running; you’ll find yourself getting faster and going further after some practice. Even “seasoned” runners fluctuate in what’s a “good” run. I remember running 10-14 miles easy last year at this time, took the month of January off completely, and 5 miles was a struggle again. It’s all about building.

      • Caitlin November 8, 2010, 7:53 pm

        I agree with Evan especially! This is awesome time and distance for a newer runner. You are doing really great. Why don’t you sign up for a 5K? It’s a fun way to stay motivated!!! 🙂 Remember, the race is only against yourself!

  • Laura @ DramaticallyFit (New blog!) November 8, 2010, 7:32 pm

    Ginger chocolate?! I have only ever had ginger sliced into slivers next to my sushi in restaurants! I’ll need to pick up a bar next time I’m at the grocery store. It’s a bit of a challenge where I live to find healthy, organic, or specialized foods. The nearest Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods is an entire state away!

  • Evan Thomas November 8, 2010, 7:33 pm

    I love that chocolate! Ginger pairs so well
    Also, it is raining and 40 degrees right now, so I’m just a tad jealous of your weather.

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 8, 2010, 7:35 pm

    Haha, I love the Hus’ comment. Totally something my BF would say. I’m craving warm apples now!!

  • Lauren November 8, 2010, 7:41 pm

    Haha, too cute! My hubby and I do this all the time. I think marriage has it’s own language at times. 😉

  • Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) November 8, 2010, 7:42 pm

    Yumm warm apples. That sounds fab! Hah that comment is too funny!

  • Heather November 8, 2010, 7:43 pm

    LOL, that’s so funny! I’ve heard that show is good, been wanting to check it out.

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 8, 2010, 7:44 pm

    I had a dinner smothered in BBQ sauce tonight too — all I was missing was a corn muffin, that would have made it wonderful!

  • Camille November 8, 2010, 7:45 pm

    1. I was about 2 seconds away from buying that chocolate in the toffee flavor last night and then decided not to for some strange reason.
    2. Your hubby saying “Isn’t it?” after his comment is so British of him 🙂

  • Haley November 8, 2010, 7:48 pm

    Oh my gosh, I have yet to try the green&black, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE chocolove’s ginger dark chocolate. such a great combo =)

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) November 8, 2010, 7:49 pm

    Wow, you’re definitely getting warmer weather down there than we have right now but it was about 55 when I got home from work — perfect weather for a run, even though it was pitch black outside.

  • Jessica November 8, 2010, 7:55 pm

    That’s so crazy you’re on your porch just hangin out- we’re getting our first snow storm! It hasn’t stopped for the past 3 hours. I’m loving it! A beautiful winter wonderland 😉

  • Charlie November 8, 2010, 8:10 pm

    Ginger chocolate must be delicious!
    Here, it’s getting colder by the minute. We had (very) cold rain today!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 8, 2010, 8:15 pm

    LOL at the husband’s comment! I’m so jealous of your gorgeous weather – enjoy it, because it’s now dark by 5pm where I am!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 8, 2010, 8:16 pm

    oooh i love that chocolate!!!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 8, 2010, 8:19 pm

    I LOVE bone suckin’ sauce & I have you to thank for introducing me to it. I didn’t know it was gluten free and I’m pretty much in love!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 8, 2010, 8:39 pm

    Those roasted potatoes look so good. That’s my favorite way to have them..and it’s been way too long!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 8, 2010, 8:42 pm

    Sounds like a lovely, peaceful evening.

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad November 8, 2010, 8:47 pm

    I have searched all my life for a darn 4 leaf clover. That Becki must be one lucky gal!

  • katie November 8, 2010, 9:15 pm

    where you watching the newest episode from sunday night? if so… i think i know which part was his favorite, as it was my BF’s favorite part too… it involved boobs?

  • Amanda (Eating Up) November 8, 2010, 9:23 pm

    My roommate loves ginger + chocolate. She gets it out of the bulk bins at WF all the time!

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine) November 8, 2010, 9:52 pm

    I want ginger chocolate! Yum.

  • Martha November 8, 2010, 9:54 pm

    LOVE Bored to Death. Do you guys watch East Bound and Down, too? It’s a leeeetle trashy (but I loves me some trash tv).

  • Nicole @ yuppie yogini November 8, 2010, 10:30 pm

    You can use the rest of the corn meal mixture for Thanksgiving. I want you to make vegan corn casserole!

  • Rebecca November 8, 2010, 10:53 pm

    I love their chocolate my favourite is the 80% Dark or the Almond one.

  • Leah @ Why Deprive? November 8, 2010, 11:03 pm

    I’ve never found a four leaf clover when I actually looked for one. They just kind of show up. 🙂

    I love that your husband thought you were talking about the show! Too funny.

  • monicanelsonfitness November 8, 2010, 11:18 pm

    Great Dinner!

    I finish almoooost every meal with a bite off Green and Black’s Chocolate. The best!

    Cute story about the dinner/show question! so cute. 🙂

  • Heidi - apples under my bed November 9, 2010, 1:55 am

    OMG I want your dinner. You always give me the biggest roast potatoes (& roast veg in general) cravings. I also want to try corn bread/muffins. I never have!! Green & Black’s is the best. I have never tried the ginger flavour though! I dont think we get that here in Aus. no fair 🙂
    Heidi xo

  • Marina November 9, 2010, 2:19 am

    Dinner looks delicious.
    I love ginger, but I never had it in chocolate, I bet it’s awesome

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 9, 2010, 2:30 am

    I love plates with a little taste of everything. Yum!

  • Emily November 9, 2010, 3:40 am

    G&B ginger is the best ginger chocolate out there, I concur 🙂 My favorite G&B is the almond one though. It’s too good, so I only buy on special occasions (self control issues with that particular bar).
    LOVE that you’re both wearing slippers, too (I always get the giggles at slippers for some reason, but I always love wearing them in hotels!).

  • Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama November 9, 2010, 7:00 am

    Sounds like my husband! He likes talking about TV; I like talking about food! 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 9, 2010, 7:29 am

    I have noticed that since we spend so much time together, I assume that my husband can hear my thoughts, so I ask questions too and it is for something totally different from what he thinks. I do this because other times (most of the time) I can think of something and he will say it a couple seconds afterwards! Weird, but true.

  • Sarah @ EatRunGarden November 9, 2010, 8:41 am

    ha, you had warm weather there and we had snow here when I woke up, I wasn’t really ready for winter but I guess I don’t have a choice.
    My mom is awesome at finding 4 leaf clovers, all she has to do is look down at a patch of them and can spot one. It’s pretty impressive.

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) November 9, 2010, 8:42 am

    So jealous of the weather! People here in MA are experiencing their first snows this week! :(:(

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday November 9, 2010, 8:42 am

    Yeah, it’s been gorgeous eh? The high today is going to be 15 degrees and sunny!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 9, 2010, 8:42 am

    We’ve been blessed with some warm weather here too! It’s a nice change from the bitter cold we had last week.

    Haha men… their minds are always in a completely different place than ours. 😛

  • KaraQ November 9, 2010, 8:47 am

    I LOVE Bored to Death — I’m sure he liked dinner just as much as the hilarity of Jonathan Ames 🙂

  • Monica November 9, 2010, 9:53 am

    I have never seen that flavor of Green & Black – I will definitely have to be on the lookout for it!

  • Amber K November 9, 2010, 10:30 am

    Chocolate of any kind is pretty darn good in my book. 🙂

  • Kelly November 9, 2010, 12:33 pm

    Haha! Winter isn’t upon us yet. But I’m hoping it’s a warm one for you and for myself because I hate cold weather. Anything warmer than last winter would be appreciated. It snowed a lot more than usual. But it’s never cold enough for the snow to stick around very long.

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous November 9, 2010, 2:05 pm

    Do you only eat dessert when you REALLY crave it, or do you always have a little treat to round out the meal? I mean, I see what you eat every day, but I was just curious to know how you made your decisions concerning dessert. Is it because you really want it, or because you don’t want to deprive yourself and potentially go overboard later. If that makes sense??

    • Caitlin November 9, 2010, 6:10 pm

      i have dessert usually every night, if i have chocolate in the house. i just think its a nice way to close the day 🙂 I think its good to have a little if you rebel when you deprive. life is too short anyway.

  • Lacey @ Lake Life November 9, 2010, 5:56 pm

    Winter? There’s still a month and a half left of Fall!

  • Jill E November 10, 2010, 1:50 pm

    little late on this but could not help posting. green and black ginger chocolate is one of my favs so very jealous!

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