Sbux and Toe Soxs

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First things thing:  I have to make Evan’s Snickerdoodle Dessert Hummus ASAP.


Secondly, today I locked myself up at the coffee shop and got a ton of work done!


The first draft of the next Operation Beautiful book is officially… 85% done.  :)  I’ll take it.  21 days to go!


I also ran 4.0 miles this morning (I had some pain but it’s gone away) and ate two hummus sammies and a tangelo:


Two lattes and some crumb cake:


Oh, and guess what?  I walked around in the Vibrams today!  I probably walked 0.75 miles in them.  I started off with a 1.0 mile run that was a little too intense and readers recommended I start off with just walking. 


I wore my special Injinji socks with my Vibrams for the first time, and they were so comfy!


Dinner was fast and easy.  I was considering caving in and getting take-out but talked myself into this easy dinner.  Prep time: 7 minutes or so.  Cook-time: 20.  I can live with that!


Fill small pot with water, pour in Israeli cous cous and turn on high.  Fill other big pot with water and turn on high.  Shuck two pieces of corn and drop in.  Turn oven to 425, grab head of broccoli, chop, rinse, and drizzle with olive oil.  Put in casserole dish and pop in the oven.  Wait twenty minutes.  Plate everything and top with rinsed pinto beans and a coconut curry sauce (from the jar).  Tada!  


Now I’m eating chocolate and a PB toast…


Plus, we’re watching that new MTV show Skins.  Apparently, I have a thing for scandalous MTV programming lately.  😉



  • Marie-JourneytoBodyZen January 24, 2011, 9:48 pm

    I’ve been reading all the controversy about Skins. You will have to let us know your thoughts! Crumb cake at sbux is one of my faves….that and the banana chocolate chip cake 😉

    • Clare @ Fitting It All In January 25, 2011, 1:11 pm

      Yes, please let us know your thoughts on Skins. I’ve heard about the controversy but didn’t watch to see what it was like!

  • Jenna H January 24, 2011, 9:50 pm

    For as much press as the American version gets, I’ve heard the orginal UK version is much more intense!

  • Jenna H January 24, 2011, 9:50 pm

    For as much press as the American version gets, I’ve heard the orginal UK version is much more intense!

  • baking January 24, 2011, 9:57 pm

    I want that cake.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 24, 2011, 9:59 pm

    Sounds like a delicious dinner!
    And I was wondering if you get funny looks walking around in Vibrams?

    • Caitlin January 24, 2011, 10:03 pm

      Its a conversation starter!

    • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete January 24, 2011, 10:05 pm

      My husband wears Vibrams to work (and everywhere else for that matter) — he gets stopped everywhere he goes “where did you get those?”, “are you wearing socks?!?!”, “whats up with your feet, man?”

      The best has been when people see his footprints in the snow — they look so confused!

      • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 24, 2011, 10:38 pm

        Haha so funny!! I saw someone wearing Vibrams while waiting in line at a ride in Disney and he got stares from EVERYONE! I felt so sorry for the poor guy.

        • Kiran January 24, 2011, 11:48 pm

          I am sure that guy has the most comfortable foot wear to walk around huge Disney theme park. Others are at losing ends just for staring 😀

    • D January 25, 2011, 7:59 am

      Yes! I wear Vibrams for cross training and occasionally out running errands or something, and people don’t just stare, they blatantly ogle at your feet! Also you get a lot of people wanting to chat about them, ask what they’re for, ask what the soles look like, if your feet get cold, how much they are, etc. I also got hit on at the gym and the guy used the vibrams…my SHOES… as a conversation starter…?!

    • Evan Thomas January 25, 2011, 10:10 am

      I wear mine all the time in Providence. People usually don’t say anything(I mean, in Providence that’s the least eccentric thing anyone wears) but when they do it’s almost always positive.

  • Alyssa January 24, 2011, 10:02 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try those vibrams! they look so interesting and i see people at the gym with them all the time!

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete January 24, 2011, 10:04 pm

    I’ve heard and read some of the controversary about Skins — not sure if I want to watch it for myself. I don’t seem like to like any MTV shows though.

  • annette January 24, 2011, 10:05 pm

    Nice work on the book, Caitlin! I can’t wait to read it–sure sounds like the coffee shop did you (and the book) good 🙂

  • Amy January 24, 2011, 10:08 pm

    hi there! just thought i’d put in my 2 cents 😉 If you like skins at all and you have Netflix… Watch the UK version (it is watch instantly for the first 3 seasons right now!) it is significantly better and the MTV one is a poor knock-off in comparison. I loved the UK Skins and I couldn’t even stomach watching the first full episode of the MTV version. Love your blog!

    • kelly January 25, 2011, 10:01 am

      Agreed!!! I loved the first 2 seasons of the UK Skins so I wanted to watch the MTV version..and it was soooo lame! I had to turn it off it was annoying me so much 🙂

      • Caitlin January 25, 2011, 11:38 am

        Everyone is saying this!

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) January 24, 2011, 10:09 pm

    remember MTV’s Undressed? ohhhh the glory days of raunchy teen television…

  • Wendy January 24, 2011, 10:09 pm

    My workout buddy wears Vibrams, but also has a thing for crazy socks. She just got some fun Valentine’s toe socks at Target to wear with her Vibrams!

  • Natalia - a side of simple January 24, 2011, 10:09 pm

    You crack me up with your “scandalous” MTV shows. 🙂 Chocolate is the perfect way to round out ANY show, though, so watch away!

  • Runeatrepeat January 24, 2011, 10:10 pm

    What do you think of Skins? I’m on the fence since it’s super sexy and about under age kids. Ben even read someone online ask if it’s child porn. I only saw part of one episode so I don’t know if it’s that bad, I don’t want to judge with out watching it all first.

    • Caitlin January 25, 2011, 11:38 am

      I think its mostly shock, zero substance (so far)

  • Melissa @ TryingToHeal January 24, 2011, 10:32 pm

    aren’t injinji socks awesome! i use them on my long runs because i get blisters between my toes! they’re my life savers!

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns January 24, 2011, 10:32 pm

    I would get so much more work done if I could be in a coffee shop all day. *Sigh* Maybe one day. 🙂 I’ve never heard of this “Skins” show…what’s it about?

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 24, 2011, 10:35 pm

    Oooh, the media is in an uproar over that show!! Did you hear about all the sponsors pulling out and stuff? Personally, I don’t see the big deal. It’s no worse than Jersey Shore and look how much everyone’s embraced that show!

  • Lee January 24, 2011, 10:39 pm

    Have you seen the British version of Skins? I’ve heard it’s much better. It’s on my Netflix queue now.

  • Erin January 24, 2011, 10:41 pm

    When you said Toe Sox I thought you meant these. I was going to be excited to hear how they worked for you since I got a pair for my birthday that are still in the package.

    • Caitlin January 25, 2011, 11:39 am

      Those toe sox are cool!

  • Megan January 24, 2011, 10:43 pm

    Yummm Starbucks. I always say I’d love to work there just long enough to learn how to recreate all the deliciousness in my own house for cheap 🙂 that would be the best work benefit ever!

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty January 24, 2011, 10:43 pm

    The socks look so comfy! I bet they would be great for this collegal with Vibrams when studying in the library!

  • Meg January 24, 2011, 10:54 pm

    Gotta recommend that UK Skins as well. It is addicting. Haven’t watched the MTV one…figured it couldn’t hold a candle to the Brit version.

  • Jessica M January 24, 2011, 10:59 pm

    Your toast always look so yummy! What kind do you get? Toast + hummus or toast + nut butter is my favorite quick meal.

    • Caitlin January 25, 2011, 11:40 am

      Its called La Brea, from the bakery at Harris Teeter

  • nicole January 24, 2011, 11:17 pm

    I can’t wait for you to review the Vibrams once you get used to wearing them!
    Also, I was wondering what your take on MTV’s Teen Mom is, especially since you’re now writing the Operation Beautiful teens book. Do you think it promotes teen pregnancy since the girls are constantly on tabloid covers, or do you think that it’s fine to have a show like that?

    • Caitlin January 25, 2011, 11:42 am

      I dont think the show necessarily promotes pregnancy (um, it scares me!)… the girls being on tabloids is stupid. they aren’t celebrities!

  • Ashley January 24, 2011, 11:25 pm

    I want vibrams so badly. Your food looks really yummy congrats on the book completion!

  • Nicole @ yuppie yogini January 24, 2011, 11:26 pm

    Mmm…I want chocolate and pb toast. Your injinni’s are much lower than mine—i got the old man version. :-/

  • Amber K January 24, 2011, 11:41 pm

    I just don’t think I could wear Vibrams. I can’t even wear toe socks because they don’t stay on. The space between my pointer and middle toe stops WAY above where all of the other ones do, so I have extra fabric there and it’s just uncomfortable. I think it’s such a neat idea though.

  • Drake January 24, 2011, 11:50 pm

    DONT watch the MTV version of Skins! It is such an embarrassment to the wonderful trashiness of the original! Watch the British version, TRUST ME. The US version is bad bad bad.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 25, 2011, 12:02 am

    I didn’t like the MTV version, but I’ll still watch it. I LOVE the UK version!!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence January 25, 2011, 12:06 am

    Great job with the book- 85% percent is awesome!

  • Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! January 25, 2011, 12:16 am

    What did you think about skins? The commercials look kind of crazy!! That peanut butter chocolate toast looks too good to be true! Really anything with peanut butter sounds amazing in my book!

  • Raya January 25, 2011, 12:16 am

    Those white choc chips you have make everything look extra decadent!! I’m afraid to buy a bag for fear of putting them on everything including vegetables. 🙂

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 25, 2011, 12:19 am

    White chocolate chips make anything better. 😀

  • Camille January 25, 2011, 12:24 am

    In the past week, I have made Evan’s recipe 3, yes, 3 times. All of these times were for me. It is incredible!

  • Haley January 25, 2011, 12:39 am

    I don’t know anything about Skins [don’t have a tv and am honestly not really interested], but I DO know that I’m glad people are watching it because my friends’ band – North Highlands – is featured!! Woot!

    PS: hell yess to the hummus!

    • Caitlin January 25, 2011, 11:42 am

      The music is good!!

  • Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher January 25, 2011, 12:47 am

    You eat ALOT of hummus it seems.
    Jealous mucho.

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 25, 2011, 2:10 am

    That dessert hummus is on my list! I want it with cashew butter and cocoa. Big time.

  • Allison @ Happy Tales January 25, 2011, 2:31 am

    Do the vibrams irritate your feet at all?!!? I have such sensitive skin, even flipflops can give me blisters! I’d think my feet would be a mess with vibrams, even with the socks!

    • Caitlin January 25, 2011, 11:42 am

      Nope, but I don’t have sensitive skin or feet.

  • maria @ Chasing the Now January 25, 2011, 2:36 am

    I’ve not seen Skins, but I’ve heard it’s pretty provocative.

  • Flo January 25, 2011, 3:58 am

    The UK version is much better…but I only managed a few episodes as it brought back to many flash backs to my teenage years! lol Don’t want any reminders thanks!!

    Congratulations on your nearly completing your book, I have the first on my Amazon wish list, to be purchased soon…cant wait to read it!

  • Gill (snaxandthecity) January 25, 2011, 4:22 am

    it’s so funny that american programmers are worried about Skins! It was huge here and no-one really batted an eyelid. You should see what you think of the UK version – I loved it (esp first season).

  • Kara January 25, 2011, 6:36 am

    I hadn’t been watching Skins, but then I heard the controversy about it being child porn and I recorded last night’s episode to see for myself….hmmmm, what does that say about me? 🙂

    • Caitlin January 25, 2011, 11:43 am

      hahaha awesome.

  • Lauren January 25, 2011, 6:50 am

    We just saw that show mainly because I was so curious from the reviews. Not very impressed. I actually think the old MTV show Undressed was much better.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 25, 2011, 7:20 am

    That dinner looks so great! I think that MTV needs to take that Skins show off of TV. I may be a prude, but I wouldn’t want my 16 yr old daughter to see that show.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 25, 2011, 7:30 am

    Great job on the work for the book. Life is so distracting. I like going to the coffee shop at the book store to work. It is so peaceful! You will love dessert hummus, just don’t think of it as hummus. I made a cinnamon sugar version a couple of years ago and I swear it is like eat icing!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 25, 2011, 7:53 am

    I still love seeing your lovely green spinach hummus. And isn’t it wonderful how much work you can accomplish in a few hours in SBUX? I used to do that during law school — but sometimes, I’d go to Panera instead.

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 25, 2011, 8:20 am

    Congrats on having 85% of the first draft done! Glad you are liking the Vibrams 🙂

  • Allie January 25, 2011, 8:23 am

    Great job on your book getting done! Coffee and crumb cake always helps me get stuff done as well haha. Dinner looks so yummy, I have always wanted to try Israeli couscous 🙂

  • Ella January 25, 2011, 8:28 am

    Congrats on progress with the book!

    I HATE the American version of Skins, I’m a die hard fan of the British and blah the MTV version is just so strange!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 25, 2011, 8:31 am

    The injinjis are a definite must in the cold weather. I just wore mine for the first time this winter too after being barefoot in my vibrams all summer and fall.

  • Jenny January 25, 2011, 8:32 am

    Talking myself into an easy dinner at home vs. take-out is probably the single most effectve way we’ve cut our spending. You don’t notice how quickly it adds up until I still have money left in my bank account at the end of the month. In the moment, it’s hard, but it pays off.

  • Mandy January 25, 2011, 9:01 am

    I believe the original Skins is on Netflix instant watching. You should watch those – something got lost in the American attempt at the show.

  • Kathie @ Frugal Fit and Fabulous January 25, 2011, 9:07 am

    i love toe soxs!!! Dh always makes fun of me when I wear them. He thinks they are ridiculous. HAHA

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans January 25, 2011, 9:29 am

    Congrats on getting through so much of the book. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life January 25, 2011, 9:38 am

    Starbucks coffee cake is the best, although I do think it has a slightly funky aftertaste.

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats January 25, 2011, 9:51 am

    Your corn on the cob is making me miss summer! Sigh…

    I need to lock myself away and work on a grad school application. Thanks for the motivation!

  • Sara (Miles and Manhattan) January 25, 2011, 9:53 am

    DYING to try Vibrams..guess I have to wait until it stops snowing in nyc??? 🙂

  • Ali @ Ali Runs January 25, 2011, 10:02 am

    I live in Western NY and so it’s coldddd here. In my hometown we have this race series that we do in the freezing cold. There are a ton of people that wear Vibrams and it just looks so cold.

  • Evan Thomas January 25, 2011, 10:11 am

    Thanks for the linkage! I bet you will Love the hummus.

  • Meghan January 25, 2011, 10:28 am

    OMG! Dessert hummus, I die!!! Thank you for posting that and linking the recipe, I cannot wait to try it! I’m like you, a total hummus addict and that just looks absolutely delicious! Anyway, love your blog Caitlin, I read everyday! 🙂

    • Caitlin January 25, 2011, 11:43 am

      Thank you so much!

  • Amy at TheSceneFromMe January 25, 2011, 12:17 pm

    I missed Skins, but I am going to record it the next time it airs to see what all this hype is about!

    I want that snickerdoodle hummus now, yummy!!!

  • Kacy January 25, 2011, 1:58 pm

    I love those socks! Even in regular running shoes. They’re great.

  • Jenna @ Eating Green, Staying Lean January 25, 2011, 2:36 pm

    Awesome, I’m DEFinitely trying to make some of that dessert hummus when I get home tonight. Props to you and Evan!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous January 25, 2011, 4:10 pm

    85% done?! Hello, speedy! I know I tell you this all the time, but I am so envious of your lifestyle/motivation/organization, etc etc. And the way you know just how to balance out that crumb cake with plenty of veggies 🙂

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