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Sometimes, when you want the onion rings, just get the damn onion rings.


That’s going to be the subtitle of my next book (kidding).


Seriously, though.  I love onion rings.  They are probably have zero redeeming benefits (if someone can tell me an awesome fact like, “Onion rings boost good cholesterol,” I will love you forever).  But MAN – are they good.  And you know what?  There’s only so many times you *want* to opt for the side salad.


Not only did I have wonderful onion rings for lunch, I also had this (pretty good) veggie burger.  We were forced to try East Blvd. Grill because our favorite spot (Big Daddy’s) was rammed.  This veggie burger doesn’t hold a candle to their black bean burgers, although I did like the chunks of zucchini and chickpea.


I snagged some of the Huz’s beer, too.


The Husband and I enjoyed a nice lunch after working at the clinic for about 3 hours this morning.  I was ready to hit the floor, though, by the time we left.  I was POOPED from the GOTR 5K.


I would like to add that Husband is officially a Twitter addict.




After a long, delicious nap, I ran to the grocery store because I had just one meal in mind for dinner.


Salad, beautiful, sallllllad!


In the mix:


  • Romaine lettuce
  • Carrots
  • Tomato
  • Hunks of pre-cooked peeled and roasted garlic
  • Edamame
  • Feta
  • Sprouts
  • Balsamic vin


I am staying in tonight and sipping herbal tea.  I foresee thawed thumbprint jam cookies in my future.


I had to beg off attending the ACC championship activities going on in Uptown Charlotte to work. 🙁 I really need to get some writing down, and with such a tight deadline for the next Operation Beautiful book, there is no time to spare.


I played Taxi Caitlin and took Hus to Uptown so he can celebrate with friends.


I felt like I was dropping my teenager off at the mall.  “Be safe!” and all.


PS – YES!  It flurried today in Charlotte.  🙂



  • Kate @ Spoonful of Vigor December 4, 2010, 7:38 pm

    Your husband’s twitter is very informative! I’ve been drinking warm water + lemon every morning after seeing one of his tweets about it, and it makes my insides feel… clean?

  • anonymous December 4, 2010, 7:40 pm

    yummm onoin rings 😀

    • anonymous December 4, 2010, 7:41 pm

      i meant onion! whoops! 😀

  • elizabeth December 4, 2010, 7:44 pm

    onions build bone density! Which you need if you are running 🙂
    definitely agree that ditching a side salad is necessary. Plus, side salads are weak compared to that beauty you had for dinner!! I’ll be in charlotte next weekend for Cross Country Nationals any wheat-free restaurant ideas for a hungry runner 🙂

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 3:32 pm

      There are lots of good Thai restaurants – there’s a place called Thai Basil in Uptown that I highly recomend.

  • Marissa December 4, 2010, 7:47 pm

    That is so funny how is he addicted to Twitter! My dad used to always get on my case for using my cell phone. He recently got a Blackberry and now he is the one who is always looking at his phone! ha!

  • Meghan@travelwinedine December 4, 2010, 7:52 pm

    Haha I pretty much always get the fries when I want them. Including making them my meal after my 10 miler yesterday 🙂 Sometimes there is no substitute for a craving.

  • Rachael December 4, 2010, 7:57 pm

    Onion rings breaded with cornflake batter – white trash comfort food, made lovingly by my aunt when I was a kid. Loved them. These days, alas, my ulcers don’t so much love the idea.
    Have a good night in.

  • Ashley December 4, 2010, 7:58 pm

    Woo! Sometimes you just have to do it. I’m not a big fan of onion rings but I definitely understand.

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 4, 2010, 7:59 pm

    I wish it would snow in Little Rock. I’m from Ohio, and this 50 degree weather in December is confusing me.

    I agree with your onion ring situation. Just get them sometimes. It’s all okay.

  • Laura (Starloz) December 4, 2010, 7:59 pm

    ohhhhhhh, look at the husband!

    your salad looks kick ass!

    the onion rings, yummo

  • Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side December 4, 2010, 8:09 pm

    onion are where it’s AT! i love flurries! can’t wait to be back in the carolinas for the holidays 🙂 i had big daddy’s when i was in charlotte a couple months ago- SO GOOD! i love the build your own salad option too.

  • Baking 'n' Books December 4, 2010, 8:09 pm

    Kara Goucher’s husband told her when they first started going out to “Just eat the damn dorito!”

    So you are in good company.

    p.s B & B all the way 😉 – thanks!

    • Baking 'n' Books December 4, 2010, 8:10 pm

      …does “dorito” have an “e” on the end..? looks weird 😉

  • Amanda (Eating Up) December 4, 2010, 8:17 pm

    Haha I’ve played carpool with so many of my friends. And I know what you mean–you can only be excited about a side salad so many times.

  • Carolina John December 4, 2010, 8:18 pm

    I bet that’s still more snow than you saw in florida! It ended up coming down like crazy in Raleigh. the girls loved it!

  • Christina December 4, 2010, 8:21 pm

    I had to say it, GO NOLES!!!

    Onion rings/ comforts are good because an occasional indulgence provides balance and then you don’t feel deprived. 🙂

  • Rachel A December 4, 2010, 8:28 pm

    Onions boost immunity, especially when they’re fried : )

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 3:34 pm

      Haha is this true? If so, I love you forever.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 4, 2010, 8:49 pm

    Whenever the Husband goes out with his friends, he always “checks in” – it cracks me up. Sometimes, you do need to just get the damn onion rings. They surely are delicious – but they make my stomach crazy.

    Watch out for more snow tomorrow!!! Although, I think it’s all north of you so never mind. We got 4 inches today!

  • Kiran December 4, 2010, 9:02 pm

    I love onion rings!! Well, basically anything fried 😉

  • Runeatrepeat December 4, 2010, 9:19 pm

    I feel so content when I just order the damn onion rings!

  • Camille December 4, 2010, 9:20 pm

    There may not be any nutritional benefits, but there are serious mental benefits to just eating what you want!

  • Alyssa December 4, 2010, 9:24 pm

    Oh come on, onions are a very nutritious vegetable! So is the ketchup you dip them in 🙂 And I love the husband’s twitter, awesome health tidbits!

  • Ashley December 4, 2010, 9:36 pm

    Ha! You & your husband are too cute! I love the whole “Be safe” thing : )

  • gabriella @ embracement December 4, 2010, 9:59 pm

    I agree, sometimes you really just need to go with what you want: onion rings, french fries…once and a while it’s just what makes you mentally feel good!

  • Megan December 4, 2010, 10:00 pm

    I’m sure you know this- but I was reading a gossip mag at work last night and Kate Gosselin and one of her twins do GOTR.

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 3:35 pm

      Hahah um… I guess that’s a good thing.

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 3:35 pm

      Hahah um… I guess that’s a good thing.

  • Anon December 4, 2010, 10:08 pm

    I eat a lot of the “bad” stuff way too often.
    I feel guilt though. Unlike most people, I don’t “burn” it off with rigorous exercise. Just a daily (short) walker. I just eat it anyway. And a lot of it. At any time of day and night.
    So tired of feeling guilty for it.

    I think you and your husband are so nice looking. Do you make time for “dates”? I hear that is a good thing for married couples.
    You are productive and so oriented in life. I can often be found daydreaming or snoozing. …and eating 😉

  • Joanna @ Drizzle of Sunshine December 4, 2010, 10:22 pm

    You are to onion rings as I am to fries. I can never resist!! They give you the option to sub, but I always choose the latter.

  • Erika @ FoodFitnessFun December 4, 2010, 10:40 pm

    Onion rings are good, but I prefer fries when it comes to fatty fried foods. Fries and fried Oreos! <3

  • Danielle December 4, 2010, 10:43 pm

    Good for you, Caitlin! It’s good to see you’re human after all and sometimes give into temptation like the rest of us! 🙂

  • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston December 4, 2010, 10:44 pm

    Ohh my it’s been snowing up a storm this weekend in Ohio — stay warm!

  • Emilie December 4, 2010, 10:58 pm

    Those onion rings look good, too! I hate it when I order something I’ve been craving and it turns out it’s not very good. Such a disappointment!

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 4, 2010, 11:01 pm

    Onion rings might not raise good cholesterol but eating them can be good for emotional health 🙂

  • SaraRM December 4, 2010, 11:27 pm

    I’ve dropped my husband off a time or too. Today I took him to the airport for Vegas. “Ok now dont get into trouble and call me when you get in”. WOW Seriously made me feel so old after the words came out of my mouth and im not THAT far out of college! Oh how things change…

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 3:35 pm

      Aw I hope your husband has fun in vegas! Is he running the marathon?

      • SaraRM December 5, 2010, 3:51 pm

        HAHA my husband is FAR from a marathoner, his physical activity comes from the golf course. He is there for a coaching convention. I really wanted to be there for the race though but work got in the way.

  • Anne @thefitbridesmaid December 4, 2010, 11:50 pm

    Did the Hus go to the ACC championship? So jealous! WAY TO GO HOKIES!!

  • Raya December 5, 2010, 12:02 am

    Ummm, onions are CLEARLY a vegetable. ‘Nuf said. 🙂

  • Paige @Running Around Normal December 5, 2010, 12:05 am

    I’m not a huge onion ring fan! BUT. every once in a while, fries on the side are a necessity.

  • Nicole December 5, 2010, 12:43 am

    I love onion rings as well! A worthy indulgences every so often 🙂

  • Amanda December 5, 2010, 3:44 am

    Honestly, how many times do we really *want* that side salad……

    I always giggle when I read about ‘flurries’ on blogs and I know it’s in a warmer area than I live in. I’m in Buffalo and we just got 3ft. (or more) of snow. lol, I got to chisel my car out of a snow bank yesterday.

  • Linnéa December 5, 2010, 6:28 am

    Just wanted to say that Rachael Ray made a healthier version of the generic onion rings on her show once, by using whole-grain breadcrumbs, cooking spray and egg whites, and just popping them in the oven instead of a fryer. I haven’t tried them myself yet because my oven doesn’t work, but they looked really good. I couldn’t find the recipe right now, but it shouldn’t be impossible. 🙂
    Thank you for an awesome blog, it’s my favourite!
    Early, snowy Xmas greetings from cold Sweden!

    • Caitlin December 5, 2010, 3:36 pm

      Oh that sounds really good. I never thought of baking them instead of frying them.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 5, 2010, 8:20 am

    Onion rings are my guilty pleasure too. Deep fried, artery-clogging deliciousness! But I’m sure we must be getting some vitamins/minerals from the onions, right? 😉

  • Kjirsten December 5, 2010, 9:34 am

    I love onion rings too! Have you ever tried Alexis brand onion rings and bake them? They are soooo good and crispy without all the grease!

  • Crystal December 5, 2010, 10:58 am

    1) You deserve onion rings after running in the rain/cold.
    2) Your husband is very handsome : )

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 5, 2010, 11:01 am

    Snow flurries? I’m jealous! 🙂

  • Amber K December 5, 2010, 11:13 am

    The salad looks beautiful!

    I LOVE onion rings too, but I can’t eat them. My stomach BURNS like a million suns after eating even a couple. Then again, maybe that was just the gluten!

  • Rachel December 5, 2010, 1:50 pm

    Its not exactly cold in my neck of the woods but hot tea and a salad seem like a great dinner idea!
    Thanks for the suggestion:-)

  • Rachael December 7, 2010, 10:05 am

    I remembered today that you live in Charlotte and clicked back to today’s post hoping to see something about the ACC Championship game! I drove up from Tallahassee for the game! I don’t know where there were snow flurries but I sure didn’t see them! Just a few lovely rounds of rain and hail!

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