Two Movies, One Night

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I spent my afternoon looking over Operation Beautiful notes for the book.  You can send in your note to be included, too! πŸ™‚ Please do! IÒ€ℒm taking notes from adults as well as tweens and teens (the content is going to be geared towards younger girls).

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Can you believe that I ended up watching not one, but TWO, movies today?  The first was The Business of Being Born and the second was Kung Fu Panda, which was also amazing.  So funny and cute.  And the graphics were unreal.



Love that couch time in front of the tree!  I donÒ€ℒt want Christmas to be ooooover.  IÒ€ℒm going to keep the tree until February!


(My father-in-law is in town!)


The Husband was in charge of dinner.  He made a faux chicken patty, toast, and roasted veggies + potatoes.


The chicken patty was from Quorn.  It was pretty tastyÒ€¦ for a soy mushroom meat product.  πŸ˜› I just donÒ€ℒt prefer them, really. 


And then I snacked on a vanilla Greek yogurt, canned pumpkin, almonds, and cinnamon.


Have a wonderful Sunday night.



  • grocery goddess jen December 19, 2010, 8:54 pm

    I love sitting in front of the tree, too. I don’t want to take it down!

  • Kelly December 19, 2010, 9:01 pm

    I feel the same way- I want the tree to stay up for a long time. Sadly mine is already starting to sag because we got it really early this year. Boo hoo!

  • Kristina December 19, 2010, 9:02 pm

    I’m having major brussel sprouts addiction lately-and your post only make me crave them more, love it! I too do not want to take my tree down:(

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) December 19, 2010, 9:07 pm

    I still need to submit my Operation Beautiful note! Ahhh!!! *Must do this tomorrow!*

    I haven’t been able to find a faux chicken product that I like yet. They all taste like rubber to me! πŸ™

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write December 19, 2010, 9:07 pm

    I’ve never had the Quorn patties, but I actually enjoy the Morningstar variety. Sounds like a chill day. My weekend has been ridiculously busy, so I’m a bit jealous. I’m pooped.

  • Sana December 19, 2010, 9:11 pm

    Yeah it’s hit or miss with fake meat products!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Graduate December 19, 2010, 9:11 pm

    I’m generally not a faux meat person either but Quorn products are generally pretty tasty. πŸ™‚

  • Brittany (a healthy slice of life) December 19, 2010, 9:12 pm

    I get so depressed when it’s time for the tree to come down too… It makes the house feel magical πŸ™‚

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 19, 2010, 9:16 pm

    Enjoy movies now! The previous post, birthing babies, well, once you have one (and have a job, hubs, household, blog, etc)..the thing called movies doesnt happen anymore…for me at least πŸ™‚ But then again, I’d rather read blogs that watch movies. I havent seen a movie in 5 yrs…I was pregnant the last time i was in a movie theater (just to be inside in a/c)…and I was the one who said a child won’t change my life too much πŸ™‚

  • Julie December 19, 2010, 9:17 pm

    Quorn’s not soy! It’s mushroom based, or something. That’s something I used to like about it since I felt sometimes I ate too much processed soy (until I went vegan – there’s egg whites in it).

  • Carin December 19, 2010, 9:18 pm

    Ahhhh…… Quorn! I miss it! We used to have it in the UK, but then I moved to NZ and can’t get it any more. They’ve just introduced it to Australia but won’t be bringing it here – not enough veggie kiwis unfortunately!

    BTW, Quorn isn’t actually soy (for those who dislike or are watching their soy consumption) – it’s mycoprotein (teensy-weensy mushrooms apparently!). Do they do Quorn burgers in Maccas in the US? They used to in England, but I’m not sure whether they do now.

    Funny though, we don’t have as much “faux meat” here (except bizarre Chinese/ Korean variants of things you probably wouldn’t want anyway – faux chicken feet? Faux duck gizzard, anyone? – but I’m really not ‘bovvered’ as much about it as I was in the UK.

    • Carin December 19, 2010, 10:53 pm

      Ha ha – love the amend!

      Don’t mind me… I’m such a pedant.

      • Caitlin December 20, 2010, 10:26 am

        Thanks for telling me!!!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 19, 2010, 9:24 pm

    I’m sitting next to my tree right now and I’m loving it. Christmas is my most favorite time ever!

  • Michelle December 19, 2010, 9:26 pm

    Kung Fu Panda is SO fun! Scadoosh!! BUt…the Emperor’s New Groove is still my all-time favorite animated flick.

  • Amanda (Eating Up) December 19, 2010, 9:29 pm

    I LOVE Kung Fu Panda. If you really liked it, you should also check out How to Train Your Dragon. It’s so good!

  • Anon December 19, 2010, 9:31 pm

    Wow. You’re place looks amazing. My tv is on the floor by the stove. And I’m wearing 3 sweaters and a hat…its freezing.
    I hope next year I have a chair and a tiny tree maybe. Something to strive for!
    Tv watching…yeh…I hear that. I haven’t seen any real christmas movies yet though…haven’t seen Elf or a bunch.
    Anyway, your home looks amazing Caitlin. Really.

    • Jen December 19, 2010, 9:35 pm

      I thought you were not going to say the same comments about your life situation on every post?

      It’s almost as though your seeking self-pity or makes others feel wrong for what they have to work for or want themselves?

      • Anon December 19, 2010, 9:51 pm

        Baking n Books:
        This is NOT out of self-pity. Perhaps you are mis-reading and slightly paranoid. You seem to specifically pick on me. Please don’t. Thanks.
        I honestly genuinely said I think Caitlin has a beautiful home.
        Lighten up please. You read things wrong…other things in life to focus on methinks.

  • Baking 'n' Books December 19, 2010, 9:33 pm

    I LOVE movies. Obviously now it’s all about the Holiday movies. I’m dissapointed there aren’t any Christmas ones out new this year – but I kind of want to see the new “Meet the Fockers” coming out…I feel wrong for writing that ;). I promise I’m not swearing on your site!

    I hear ya on the Christmas decorations – I don’t have a tree, but I kind of just want to keep the lights up forever maybe.

    Oh, I also want your flat screen TV please. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  • Morgan @ Becoming Rooks December 19, 2010, 9:37 pm

    I’ve never had Quorn but I do like the Gardein brand of faux meat, if I do eat faux meat.

  • Laurie December 19, 2010, 9:38 pm

    I was out for brunch today and had an egg white omelet and they served this fancy wheat toast (not the regular kind right out of the Wonder Bread bag, or whatever). Would you believe I giggled and thought of you and all of your toast : )

  • Mrs. Muffins December 19, 2010, 9:42 pm

    I love both those movies! Business of Being Born was so great. I always tell women that if you have ever plan on having a baby, to watch it, because it’s so great at opening your eyes. Our society has really covered our eyes and we’ve forgotten how amazing our own bodies are and we forget that doctors ARE surgeons, they’re not necessarily needed for a non-risk pregnancy. By the way, I’m secretly super excited for the day you announce your pregnancy on your blog! xx

  • Jen G. December 19, 2010, 9:44 pm

    When I was in grad school, my roommates and I all had this horrible year. We decided to keep our Christmas tree up until things calmed down, because it made us happy. It didn’t come down until April…

  • Ashley December 19, 2010, 9:45 pm

    Isn’t “The Business of Being Born” crazy! I had no idea! I’m not pregnant (and not trying yet), but it’s really made me re-think how I’d like to give birth when it’s that time for me. I still think I’d go to the hospital, but maybe have someone there (aside from just the OBGYN)& make it really clear that I want to go natural if at all possible. No drugs for me!

  • Charlie December 19, 2010, 9:45 pm

    I love watching “children’s” movies with my brother! Most are really good :).

  • Tiffany @ Conor & Bella December 19, 2010, 9:49 pm

    I like Quorn products! Field Roast is my fave faux meat though, followed by Gardein.

  • twiseman December 19, 2010, 10:02 pm

    your tree is super pretty, and kung fu panda is one of the best kid movies I’ve seen, some one else said enjoy the movies while you can cause of your previous post, but i gotta say that my little girl whos almost 3 now has been watching movies sense she could sit up, she loves movies with talking animals or lots of songs she dances and sings along to the songs she knows. so it all matters on the baby and you, me and my boyfriend watch movies that are not child friendly after the daily clean up after my daughters gone to sleep.

    i haven’t seen the business of being born, but i think i might get my boyfriends sister(who’s in university for Bachelor of nursing) to watch it with me. sounds like an interesting take on the home Vs. Hospital topic.

  • Dee December 19, 2010, 10:14 pm

    Aww, Kung Fu Panda was cute! Jack Black was pretty funny in it! πŸ™‚

  • Wei-Wei December 19, 2010, 10:28 pm

    You only JUST watched Kung Fu Panda? I thought it was cute, but culturally inaccurate. For example, the master is called “Master Shifu” – and shifu MEANS master. So… master master? πŸ˜›

    • Caitlin December 20, 2010, 10:25 am

      hahah so cute. thanks for telling me this little factoid!

  • Martha Lilian December 19, 2010, 10:47 pm

    Your holiday decorations look phenomenal! The holiday color scheme really works with your decor.

    I also just recently saw Kung Fu Panda and loved it. It was an absolutely wonderful movie and definitely one of my new animated favorites.

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 19, 2010, 10:53 pm

    I have heard that Quorn is the best fake meat. Most fake meats have SO MANY chemicals in them, but I’ve heard good things about Quorn!

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef December 19, 2010, 10:57 pm

    i love having our tree up! but it’s real so it’s slowly dying… πŸ™ i watched kung fu panda for the first time over thanksgiving and it was so funny πŸ™‚

  • Lacey @ Lake Life December 19, 2010, 11:14 pm

    “The stockings were hung by the flatscreen with care.” πŸ˜‰

    • Caitlin December 20, 2010, 10:27 am

      In hopes that Father Christmas soon would be there!

  • Debbie December 19, 2010, 11:20 pm

    I recently watched The Business of Being Born. Unbelievable. I cried and cried. What a miracle birth is! My daughter just had a baby…my first grandchild. It’s awesome!

    I also love getting cozy on the couch in front of the Christmas tree.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence December 19, 2010, 11:32 pm

    I heard the business of being born was really good- what’d you think of it?

    • Caitlin December 20, 2010, 10:27 am

      It was really great

  • Laura (Starloz) December 19, 2010, 11:41 pm

    i love quorn, try their mince

  • Ashley December 19, 2010, 11:50 pm

    I love sitting in front of the tree too. When I was younger I used to try to read by the twinkle lights and my mom would get mad at me for sitting in the dark.

  • carlee December 20, 2010, 12:01 am

    I know! Im not ready for Christmas to be over either! I really just feel like the season began!!

  • JenATX December 20, 2010, 12:35 am

    i recorded Kung Foo panda! I saw on twitter that you liked it, so glad to hear I have a movie to look forward to this week.
    On an unrelated note, I feel like I have no idea what you’ve been up to for three weeks (I was stuck in the library for law school finals) so now its time to catch up! Hope things have been well πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin December 20, 2010, 10:29 am

      How were your finals??

  • Gigi December 20, 2010, 1:00 am

    I love my Christmas tree so much. I can not help looking at it when I was around to do something. I don’t want to take it down. Thinking about how it can stay up longer.

  • AnnMarie December 20, 2010, 1:13 am

    I found your blog a few days ago, and have tried the pumpkin yogurt oatmeal combo and have a new favorite snack/breakfast! It works for breakfast, but it also works when I’m really in the mood for a dessert! Thanks for sharing your pumpkin recipes πŸ˜‰

    • Caitlin December 20, 2010, 10:29 am

      Yay! I am glad you like it.

  • Kiran December 20, 2010, 1:44 am

    If I had a tree up, I won’t mind never taking it down πŸ˜‰ Ever!

  • Amalfi Girl December 20, 2010, 6:37 am

    Your house looks so warm and wonderful!

  • Jen December 20, 2010, 6:58 am

    I had The Business of Being Born in my Netflix queue when I was pregnant with my 3rd, but he was born early so I never had a chance to watch it and now that I’m done with babies, I still want to see it πŸ˜‰

    I love our Christmas tree, it’s going to be so sad to take it down πŸ™


  • Lauren December 20, 2010, 7:02 am

    Everything just seems so much more calm when a tree is up. Too bad they can’t stay up all year. Think of how much better people would be. πŸ˜‰

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine December 20, 2010, 8:12 am

    It’s been awhile since I posted OB notes…I need to get a new post-it pad for my purse! The “take a diet from negative thoughts” one is one of my favorites πŸ™‚

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 20, 2010, 8:56 am

    I think I’ll keep my tree up until February too. It really brightens and cozies up a room. πŸ˜€

    I. Love. Christmas. πŸ˜€

  • Lisa Fine December 20, 2010, 9:15 am

    I find Quorn products really upset my stomach, unfortunately, so they’re definitely at the bottom of the frozen veggie products for me. πŸ™

  • Alison December 20, 2010, 9:40 am

    Quorn makes a REALLY yummy faux chicken breast that is stuffed with cranberry and goat cheese that you might like. It’s got a little more pizazz than just a plain old fake-chicken patty. I also think they’re better if you slice them up and mix them into something else πŸ™‚

  • Allie December 20, 2010, 9:49 am

    Gotta love brussel sprouts!!! I haven’t had and quorn products but the ‘chicken breast’ looks good to me πŸ™‚ Hope all is going well with your book!

  • Camille December 20, 2010, 10:24 am

    Haha, last year we tried to keep our tree as long as possible. Around mid-January it started rotting, though. It did not smell pleasant!

  • Clare December 20, 2010, 10:56 am

    If you have Netflix, there’s two really great documentaries on Instant Play – Maxed Out is about American debt and No Impact Man is about an NYC man’s carbon footprint.

    I love the stockings hung from the TV! Your house looks so cozy and happy.

  • Joyce Davis December 20, 2010, 4:09 pm

    I love the Quorn breaded chicken patties. Try those instead of the plain ones.

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