A Snowy Trek

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Greetings from Knoxville, Tennessee!


We drove to Tennessee today to drop off the dogs.  Tomorrow, we are flying to Hagerstown for the Amway Positivity Project Awards to see if I won the grand prize.  If so, I walk away with $10,000, which I will donate to Girls on the Run to form an Operation Beautiful scholarship account for local Charlotte girls.  No matter what, I’ll get $2,500 because I’m a finalist.   Super exciting!


The drive, however, was not.  It was snowy, icy, and dangerous.  I was so nervous!


I snacked on an apple:


And a bag of pistachio nuts.  It was a nice, healthy surprise at a gas station in the middle of nowhere.  :)  

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By the time we arrived in Knoxville and met up with my mom, I was STARVING.  3 PM and no lunch?!  Ugh!


We attempted to go to a bunch of new restaurants, but they were all in ‘between hours’ for lunch and dinner. So we went to an old favorite – The Tomato Head.


We started out of black beans and hummus with blue chips.  I am definitely going to make this at home – it was delicious and so simply.  Warmed black beans, hummus, and a drizzle of sriracha sauce on top.


I opted for a side salad with my sandwich:


My sandwich was goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, and pesto on a whole wheat bun.  It sounded more intriguing to me than it actually tasted.


Mom ordered key lime pie for dessert, and I snagged a few bites.

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When we walked out of the restaurant, it was BLIZZARDING!  A straight downpour of big, fluffy snowflakes. 

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We didn’t want to go home quite yet so we stopped into a bar called La Costa and ordered drinks.  The Husband and I keep saying we’re on “holiday” and want to drink adult beverages as much as possible. ;)  I ordered a Hot Toddy, which I’ve never had before!

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Here’s how to make a Hot Toddy (which is rumored to help get rid of congestion and cold symptoms!):


  • Hot water + tea bag
  • Shot of whiskey
  • Two lemons
  • 3 cloves
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Honey


It was so delicious.  This might be my new favorite beverage.  Plus, I felt extremely fancy-pants ordering one.


The drive home was DANGEROUS!  The snow has turned to ice and we slipped and slided all over the road.  I hope conditions aren’t too bad at 5:30 AM when we leave for the airport.


Dinner was light since lunch was so late.  Homemade soup from mom and a bunch of boiled carrots.


We’re going to open Christmas presents early and stare out at the snow!  How’s the weather where you are?



  • Jennifer December 12, 2010, 7:28 pm

    I hope the snow holds off until you get to the airport! For next time, I highly recommend the blood orange margarita at La Costa. SO good!

    • Caitlin December 13, 2010, 9:12 am

      I almost ordered that!!!

  • stacey-healthylife December 12, 2010, 7:30 pm

    Christmas presents already, sounds great. Interesting combo of the black beans and hummus dip.

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit December 12, 2010, 7:33 pm

    Hope your traveling is safe and uneventful! Cute yellow jacket 🙂

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 12, 2010, 7:34 pm

    Icy roads scare me soooo badly!!! And “Hot Toddy” just sounds fun to order.

  • Errign December 12, 2010, 7:34 pm

    Snow all morning & now heavy rain in NH! Safe travels tomorrow 🙂

  • Carin December 12, 2010, 7:34 pm

    Beautiful here in Auckland – 25 degrees C (77 F) and lovely blue skies with little fluffy clouds.

    My rellies in the UK keep talking about how cold it is there – 5 years after moving to NZ, I’m still not used to it being hot at Xmas!

    Good luck with the awards x

  • Nikki M December 12, 2010, 7:35 pm

    Be safe!! The roads are slick and the snowy wind is blowing hard in central Indiana. That soup your mom made looks super Yummy 🙂

  • Jaclyn December 12, 2010, 7:35 pm

    Crazy weather, wow! Good luck tomorrow, I will be thinking about you getting there safely and sending good vibes and thoughts your way! So proud of you and OB for making the cut!! and So cool you are going to get $$ from JT for GOTR!!!

    Weather here is mild -now- although rainy!! Right before Thanksgiving we had a BLIZZARD too! Luckily, it passed.. crazy weather storms do not mix well with me- I like to be able to get out and DO things! aka drive and walk safely!

  • Amanda December 12, 2010, 7:36 pm

    I’m in Kentucky and it is currently a blizzard out there! The roads are snowy with a layer of ice under the snow. Not fun at all. We are expected to get 3 inches or so by morning. I’m not a fan of this weather!!

  • Melissa @ Running with Needles December 12, 2010, 7:37 pm

    I hope the weather is ok in the morning when you’re headed to the airport. Driving in snow is ok for me, but ice keeps me indoors for sure!

  • Wei-Wei December 12, 2010, 7:38 pm

    You weren’t the one driving in that blizzard after you had a Hot Toddy, were you?! Maybe I shouldn’t wish for snow in Shanghai…

    • Caitlin December 12, 2010, 7:39 pm

      No way!

  • Natalia - a side of simple December 12, 2010, 7:41 pm

    Best of luck with the award. The weather around me is really windy and rainy, no snow though. I’ll be praying for your safe travels!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 12, 2010, 7:41 pm

    I love love LOVE the note you posted! I had to save it to my computer. 🙂

    The weather here is coldish… I mean, it’s in the 50’s and windy and MOST Floridians freak out about that, but not this one. 😉 I love it!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal December 12, 2010, 7:42 pm

    Yikes!! Be careful! Hopefully the planes are all ok.
    I’ve never had a hot toddy (I’m so cold, I’m-so-cold, oh! – the song, heh)

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. December 12, 2010, 7:45 pm

    Sounds about the same as it is here in Michigan! Praying y’all are able to fly out okay! GOOD LUCK tomorrow!!!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence December 12, 2010, 7:46 pm

    Good luck tomorrow! You will be fine:)

  • Jacalyn December 12, 2010, 7:47 pm

    Good luck and be safe! Today was beautiful in Houston. Clear skies and in the 50’s. It was so gorgeous outside that I felt guilty relaxing inside.

  • ms December 12, 2010, 7:47 pm

    Its in the 80’s here…and i was just getting used to the cold and wearing warm clothes…now have to undo it!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) December 12, 2010, 7:50 pm

    I’ve heard about hot toddy’s but never made one. Sounds good!

  • Erika @ FoodFitnessFun December 12, 2010, 7:53 pm

    Aw, I wish it was snowing where I live. It actually hit 70 today… 😕

  • alison December 12, 2010, 7:54 pm

    Ice is so scary! It’s wet and cold here outside of DC. My daughter is wishing for snow, but that’s because she doesn’t have to drive in it or shovel it.
    Safe travels tomorrow! Oh, and good luck, too!!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 12, 2010, 7:56 pm

    We had the same weather here, so we went to the mall and it was empty! Perfect time to go 🙂 Have a safe flight!

  • Lisa December 12, 2010, 7:57 pm

    Ooh, I want a hot toddy now! We have snow (in Northern Michigan) but it’s not blizzarding like it is in the rest of the state. Safe travels!

  • Kaitlyn (College Girl Runs) December 12, 2010, 7:58 pm

    Love you yellow coat! So cute!!

  • Kris December 12, 2010, 8:00 pm

    I could use a hot toddy for my cold 🙁
    Continued cool in SW FL. Our simple dog is wearing both a sweater and a blanket because she’s shivering so much. Safe travels and good luck tomorrow!

    • Caitlin December 13, 2010, 9:12 am

      Feel better!

  • Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) December 12, 2010, 8:00 pm

    Your yellow coat jacket is cute! A little sunshine on a cloudy day!

  • Heather December 12, 2010, 8:01 pm

    Safe travels for you! It was 80 and sunny by me today, but I remember the days of snow and ice.

  • Lauren December 12, 2010, 8:02 pm

    I had no idea it was snowing in Hagerstown. Glad you are making the most of it though. A Hot Toddy sounds interesting but I’m not sure I could stomach it.

  • Ashley December 12, 2010, 8:02 pm

    I love your coat. Drive safe. The weather where I’m at is pretty gross, it’s rained all day.

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete December 12, 2010, 8:07 pm

    Drive safely!!!

    Here in MN we got 20+ inches of snow — our Vikings’ stadium, the Metrodome collapsed (the roof) today — crazy. So much snow in just one day. I went out today to run a few errands and got stuck once (thankfully a few people stopped to help push me out) but it was scary driving around.

    Good luck with the Amway prize tomorrow – I hope you win it all!

  • Camille December 12, 2010, 8:07 pm

    Eek, that’s really scary!
    Drive safe tomorrow!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 12, 2010, 8:07 pm

    Those black beans look so good. I made your grilled banana sandwich for dinner this evening for the first time — wonderful comfort food!!!

    The weather in Little Rock is colder than usual — getting down to 14 degrees tonight.

  • Kelly December 12, 2010, 8:07 pm

    Eeks! Sorry it’s so cold. I’m in Texas and it is 65 today. Nice! Goodluck tomorrow!! I have my fingers crossed for you and for GOTR!

  • Sana December 12, 2010, 8:09 pm

    Have fun in MD it’s rainy and cold!

  • Lauren December 12, 2010, 8:10 pm

    It’s been raining here. It’s weird that whenever I hear of snow down south, it’s raining up north. We got a ton of snow last week, but the rain is melting it all!

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 12, 2010, 8:10 pm

    It is so cold here in Atlanta! We have flurries here today. It was so pretty! My husband loves hot toddies! They really help with sore throats too. Good luck tomorrow! I am so happy for you.

  • Anne @thefitbridesmaid December 12, 2010, 8:12 pm

    Be careful! Knoxville shuts down if someone SAYS the word “snow”!! It was snowing in Cincy when we took off this afternoon, but it was 52 and pouring rain in Boston. Our dog walk was . . .a bit wet. GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!!

  • Megs December 12, 2010, 8:18 pm

    I always go to TT when I visit my cousin in Knoxville. There sante fe salad is yummy as is the pizza!! 🙂

  • Laura I. December 12, 2010, 8:23 pm

    OMG! Haven’t been to the Tomato Head since I was in UTK back in ’96. Mmmmmmmmm. YUM.

  • Lee December 12, 2010, 8:23 pm

    I wonder if my husband has had a hot toddy. It totally sounds like something that he would love.

  • Marie-Journey to Body Zen December 12, 2010, 8:23 pm

    I’m in NH and it’s raining! Not fair! lol

  • Amanda December 12, 2010, 8:32 pm

    My dad is from Hagerstown! Its such a small town so thats intresting to hear there is an event going on there or that someone is going there!

  • Brittany @ Delights and Delectables December 12, 2010, 8:34 pm

    AHH!! Tomato Head. How I miss Knoxville!! My favorite is the Kepner Melt made vegan! I’m so jealous you got to go today. 🙂 I hope you all have a great trip. Good luck!

  • Alyssa December 12, 2010, 8:37 pm

    How’s the weather in MN? We got 20 inches of snow in a blizzard yeaterday, and the dome on the Metrodome collapsed, so now the Vikings game that was supposed to be at noon today against the Chicago Bears is going to be in Detroit tomorrow night. Want to see video of the Dome collapsing? It’s awesome 😛 http://voices.washingtonpost.com/early-lead/2010/12/metrodome_roof_collapses_under.html?hpid=artslot

    Good luck tomorrow!

    • Caitlin December 13, 2010, 9:13 am

      I saw that video on ESPN and it was CRAZY.

  • emilie December 12, 2010, 8:37 pm

    It’s snowing in Tennessee and raining in Maine? What?

    Also, CHRISTMAS PRESENTS EARLY? That’s against all of my rules!!! 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 12, 2010, 8:38 pm

    It was horrible weather the past few days. It rained all day yesterday, which froze overnight, and it snowed today. Tonight we’re supposed to get up to 45 mph wind gusts which will make the snow blow around EVERYWHERE!

  • faith @ gracefulfitness December 12, 2010, 8:58 pm

    I love Hot Toddies! They are great for digestion too (all that lemon and honey)!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 12, 2010, 9:02 pm

    Glad you made it home safely!! It’s been snowing here (in AL) all day so I can only imagine how Knoxville was!

  • Sarra December 12, 2010, 9:05 pm

    I’m jealous, I looove snow!!! Hope the rest of your travels go by safely and smoothly 🙂

  • Emily December 12, 2010, 9:07 pm

    Soooo exciting that Operation Beautiful has done so well 🙂 Your mom’s soup looks really awesome…recipe to share??? 🙂 The weather in the Boston area is rainy, windy, and warm (50’s is waaayyyy warm up here) So odd that southern places have snow and ice and we don’t. We’ll have it soon enough though!

    • Caitlin December 13, 2010, 9:13 am

      It was just a ton of veggies with veggie broth. Nothing complicated!

  • Sarah December 12, 2010, 9:10 pm

    Okay, explain this one to me. I moved from Georgia to Connecticut last week and it was in the mid-50’s and rainy today. Yet it was snowing in the south? Go figure …

    Good luck tomorrow! Travel safely.

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa December 12, 2010, 9:11 pm

    Its in the 80’s and sunny here! Feels like summer in Los Angeles.

  • Katie December 12, 2010, 9:16 pm

    It’s nice here in Denver, supposed to be 60 degrees tomorrow. 🙂 Knock on wood! I hate winter.

  • Jen December 12, 2010, 9:18 pm

    Snow in Tennessee but none in Buffalo, NY… crazy! It’s been drizzling all day, temps in the low 40s. It’s about to get really really cold overnight.

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef December 12, 2010, 9:18 pm

    it’s horrible in indiana. well, maybe that’s an exaggeration. but i can’t begin to count the number of cars we saw that had slid off the road on our 3 hr drive today. 🙁

  • Laura December 12, 2010, 9:23 pm

    We’re having a full on blizzard here and it’s nasty! I’ve relished staying inside the entire day. Tomorrow’s drive to work won’t be quite so fun.
    Good luck tomorrow!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances December 12, 2010, 9:23 pm

    I’m in Nashville, TN and there is snow EVERYWHERE! 🙂 gorgeous! But so dangerous. Luckly, my boss is awesome and I am working from home for most of tomorrow and don’t have to get out in it. Thank goodness! Have a safe flight tomorrow!

  • ba December 12, 2010, 9:28 pm

    Are you having a few Christmases this year?! The first one at your Mom’s? Sounds so lovely.

    Hot toddy? I want to try one just to say I did – always hear of these “hot toddy’s” 🙂

    • Baking 'n' Books December 12, 2010, 9:29 pm

      …and my name is actually not “Ba” – but Baking ‘n’ Books…oops 😉

      • Caitlin December 13, 2010, 9:14 am

        I just like to open presents in front of people so since my ma can’t come to florida for christmas, we did it early!

  • Ashley December 12, 2010, 9:31 pm

    I LOVE pistachios! Yum! Also – you look so cute in your new coat! Already putting it to good use ; )

  • Anon December 12, 2010, 9:38 pm

    Nuts are good. Chocolate-covered nuts the best. I eat about 500 a day.

    Caitlin, your relationship with your family really…just wows me. I never knew that stuff existed.

    And with your husband too. Do you feel that your work and motivation and accomplishments in life have been strengthened and maybe even more achievable because of the love in your life?
    I wonder this about people.

    Safe driving. The weather is not nice here up North. But my basement apartment is like an ice-box , so I walk around with 10 sweaters on at a time.

  • nicole December 12, 2010, 9:47 pm

    Have you heard the Jay-Z/Usher hot tottie song? The weather is great in southern California! It’s 60 today and supposed to be 70 tomorrow. Safe travels!

  • Nicole December 12, 2010, 9:50 pm

    Lots of rain here today but temps near 60 so no snow 🙁

  • Emilie December 12, 2010, 10:09 pm

    Yikes, I hope the weather and roads clear up and you’re able to travel safely! We’ve had nothing but rain all day here in New York. It’s been a totally gloomy day.

  • Kristin December 12, 2010, 10:12 pm

    I’m sorry but I just had to laugh at your “blizzard.” I’m in Wisconsin and we got 14.5 inches of snow with drifts up to 48inches high! The wind chill is -6 degrees with winds at 23 miles and hour! My dear husband shoveled and snow blowed for over 6 hours! To us this is “normal.” That’s what I love about blogs you get to find out what winter means to people all over the country! Drive safe!

    • Caitlin December 13, 2010, 9:14 am

      hahah I cannot believe you have snow drifts of 48 INCHES!!! You should move to Miami 🙂

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks December 12, 2010, 10:13 pm

    I’ve never had a hot toddy, but I’ve always wanted to have one….despite never having known what was in one until just now when you shared it in your post! Just sounds so…toasty and awesome.

  • Leah @ Why Deprive? December 12, 2010, 10:27 pm

    Yikes! I hate when the roads are all icy like that. Hopefully they’re better in the morning.

  • Tanya @ Vegan Faith December 12, 2010, 10:29 pm

    I saw you on the news this morning! I was half-asleep on the couch and heard your name and woke straight up! I shook the hubby and was like “Caitlin is on TV” Good luck with the contest! Can’t wait to hear the outcome!

    • Caitlin December 13, 2010, 9:15 am

      Oh cool!! What was the story about??

      • Tanya @ Vegan Faith December 13, 2010, 9:20 am

        Project AmWay and Girls on the Run. It showed you coaching at the GOTR practice!

        • Caitlin December 13, 2010, 9:22 am

          Oh fun! That was a good day 🙂

  • Annette December 12, 2010, 10:37 pm

    That sandwich actually looks amazing- as did that dip, yum! Good luck tomorrow- I am cheering for ya!

  • Erica Rose December 12, 2010, 10:54 pm

    I live in Southern California, and it was in the high 70s today! Weird weather, for sure.

  • zoe (and the beatles) December 12, 2010, 10:54 pm

    seriously, i am IN LOVE with you pea coat! gosh it’s so adorable! and a great color for you 🙂 sorry to hear the drive home was so scary! it doesn’t snow out here in california and you know what? i’m pretty glad it doesn’t! i seriously don’t think i could handle it. you’re brave in my eyes!!!

    • Caitlin December 13, 2010, 9:15 am

      thank you so much! i got it at kohls 🙂

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good December 12, 2010, 11:52 pm

    Good luck at the awards!

    I feel your pain regarding the snow and slippery roads. We got a lot of snow over the weekend here in MN. There is a picture of how much snow was on our deck yesterday morning on my blog, if you’re interested. http://benotsimplygood.wordpress.com/2010/12/11/snow-day/

    Wishing you better driving conditions when you head out on your trip!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing December 13, 2010, 12:03 am

    A white “Christmas!” How fun!

  • Kiran December 13, 2010, 12:54 am

    Thank god you all arrived home safely. Please be extra cautious on the way to the airport in the AM. Believe it or not, Orlando is freeezzzing! and tomorrows forecast isn’t better as well 😀

  • Marina December 13, 2010, 1:03 am

    It’s really cold over here, but no snow at the moment 🙁 I hope we’ll have a white Christmas though.
    Hot toddy sounds amazing.
    I hope you win the prize!

  • Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) December 13, 2010, 1:34 am

    that restaurant looks delicious!! black bean hummus!!?? awesome!

  • Gigi December 13, 2010, 4:22 am

    A lot of rain today. According to weather forecast, it gonna rain the whole week. Hope the snow holds off until your flight departs. I am crossing my fingers and wish you win the grand prize.

  • Orla December 13, 2010, 7:23 am

    I have never had a hot toddy with a tea bag in it. We just have it here with Hot Water, whiskey, brown sugar, lemon and cloves in the lemon -I avoid the cloves but usually make up for that with extra whiskey. Great if you have a cold coming on!
    Hope the awards are brilliant! Good Luck!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 13, 2010, 8:07 am

    Driving in that kind of weather scares the crap out of me! Stay safe guys!

  • Christina December 13, 2010, 9:36 am

    I’m in Minnesota and it was a real blizzard here on Saturday. It was snowing so hard, you couldn’t see (what we call a white out). From our condo window we could see 3 semi trucks, a bus, and many, many cars stuck in the 2 ft plus of snow that we got. We got so much snow that we don’t even know what to do with it all, it’s crazy!

  • Laurie December 13, 2010, 10:43 am

    Your post-it is PERFECT. I am having some sad, and I realize I can choose to be happy. The worst part is that my sad is self-freakin’-induced based on poor food choices. Seriously? but like you said, it takes as much energy to be happy as it does to be sad, so get on it, LL!

  • Amber K December 13, 2010, 12:41 pm

    Absolutely rainy, but thankfully no scary driving conditions. Which I am thankful for as I do not like driving in crazy weather!

  • LisaR December 13, 2010, 1:19 pm

    I saw you’re traveling to Hagerstown, MD today! I live there 🙂 We have wonderful Prime Outlets if you feel like shopping 🙂

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous December 13, 2010, 2:29 pm

    Knock on wood, the weather in NYC isn’t that bad. Cold, but no snow. Although, I’m ready for it to start so I can get it over with. Snow in April is the worst!!!

  • Kelly December 13, 2010, 3:34 pm

    I’ve “made” Brad drink tea + whiskey many times when he has started to complain of a sore throat. The whiskey kills the bacteria in your throat.

    • Pam December 21, 2010, 1:49 pm

      I totally believe this too (the bacteria thing), btw.

  • julia December 13, 2010, 7:13 pm

    this post reminded me of one of the yummiest things that I’ve eaten recently: pesto hummus. It was like they blended some pesto into hummus, and dolloped a big glob of pesto on top for extra flavor and embelishment. It tastes like heaven 🙂

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) December 14, 2010, 6:24 pm

    It is cold, snowy, freezing rainy, and stormy where I am 🙁

  • Lacey @ Lake Life December 17, 2010, 4:41 pm

    Wow that is quite the “drizzle” of Sriracha! The weather here is freezing (0* with the wind chill) and snowy.

  • Ffion December 20, 2010, 6:36 pm

    Uhh we have loads of snow over here in the UK. Makes needing to get anywhere a pain in the arse! I think a Hot Toddy is quite a British thing, Wiskey, lemon, honey and hot water is something I’v been given when I’m ill since I was little!

  • Pam December 21, 2010, 1:49 pm

    Comment re: black beans and hummus (regular reader) … I did this today for lunch and packed corn tortillas for a mini gluten-free detox day and it was awesome! Sooo easy, and I got to use some local black beans I pre-prepped Saturday.

    Baby burritos ftw. Harder than you think to spread that hummus tho (spatula would work better, I used a fork).

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