Blogger Birthday Party

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Tonight, a few of the Charlotte bloggers came together to celebrate Jen’s 29th birthday.  We went to the Queen City’s current hotspot, of course… 




In attendance:  The Birthday Girl, me, and the Hubs.


Katie and Stew


Brittany and Kelly


Diana and Dan


As well as Michelle and Ben, but I didn’t snag a picture of the fabulous twosome.


Wanna know what else was fabulous?  These AMAZABALLS Coconut Encrusted Onion Rings.  They were the thickest, sweetest, most breathtaking onion rings that I’ve ever had.  I had one with some creamy dipping house.


I also got a Custom Roll – but it was the same old thing I always get.  Doesn’t mean it was less than delicious.  Brown rice, beets, carrots, and tofu.


I was saving room for dessert.  Jen’s husband brought over amazing vegan cupcakes… I swear that I’ve never had such wonderful vegan cupcakes before.


In fact, we took a few extras home and I ate another 1/2.  So creamy! 


Let’s see… we also did Girls on the Run today.  The Husband led the gossip lesson and did a very good job.  We illustrated how gossip “gets out” by having one of the girls squeeze toothpaste into another’s hands, and then the second girl tried to “stuff back” the gossip into the tube… proving that once unkind words are said, you can’t take them back!  I forgot to bring a towel so the girl ended up wiping her hands all over my shirt and shorts… I smelled like mint. 🙂


Girls on the Run is so much fun.  I love it.  It’s truly the best four hours of my week.


Post-volunteering snack:  Greek yogurt, blueberries, sunflower seeds, and raw oats.


I am beat… to bed I go!



  • Baking 'n' Books March 22, 2011, 9:53 pm

    Send cupcakes STAT!

    (please and thanks)

  • Whitney March 22, 2011, 10:07 pm

    The next time I’m in Charlotte, I will be eating those onion rings. Yum!

  • Sara @ Running In Pink Project March 22, 2011, 10:13 pm

    My next trip to Charlotte I am def checking out Cowfish. Im dying to. Ill be in Greensboro this weekend seeing Prince (YAY!) so Ill have to start scoping out some good NC dining spots. 😀

  • Maryann (The Balanced Bean) March 22, 2011, 10:20 pm

    Sounds like a fun dinner. I would love a huge bite of that cupcake right about now 🙂

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss March 22, 2011, 10:21 pm

    Mmmm cocpnut crusted onion rings- how awesome! Looks like you all had a blast. I had no idea so many of you were in Charlotte! My boyfriend and I meet there every now and then as it’s our halfway point. I’ll definitely duggest Cowfish next time.

  • Kacy March 22, 2011, 10:22 pm

    Looks like a fab birthday dinner. You’ve officially sold me on Cowfish if I’m ever able to visit Charlotte.

  • stacey March 22, 2011, 10:26 pm

    I am really loving your new haircut- just thought that I would let you know:)

    • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 10:28 am

      Thank you 🙂

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) March 22, 2011, 10:27 pm

    Coconut Encrusted Onion Rings look awesome! I dont even like onion rings…haha!

    And a husband who brings over choc vegan cupcakes? Does he need another wife? 🙂

    Happy Bday to Jen!!

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 22, 2011, 10:29 pm

    Thos onion rings look incredible. I’m happy you’ve found something you love, GOTR sounds like a great program. I thought you were going to say how you played the telephone game to show how what you say can be changed and misconstrued but your way is much more creative! 🙂

    • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 10:29 am

      We did that, too!

  • Sonali March 22, 2011, 10:59 pm

    love reading your GOTR recaps! hope all is well caitlin!

  • Heidi - apples under my bed March 22, 2011, 11:05 pm

    What a great GOTR session – a fabulous lesson using the toothpaste example, I’ve never heard of it before 🙂 & dinner looks amazing, as do those cupcakes. OMG I want one!! I don’t think I have ever felt like a cupcake more than I do right at this moment… 🙂
    Heidi xo

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) March 22, 2011, 11:06 pm

    I have to agree with you. The time I spend with my GOTR girls is some of the best hours of my week! 😀

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 22, 2011, 11:18 pm

    What a fun blogger meet-up, especially since there was an extra special event to celebrate! Loving all your snack as well… what a great mix!

  • Kiran March 22, 2011, 11:32 pm

    I love blend meet up! And now I am so anxious of Cowfish 😀

  • khushboo March 22, 2011, 11:38 pm

    I really like that lesson on gossip, such a great metaphor! Gossip can start off as harmless but there’s a fine line between it getting out of hand and hurtful! Some adults need a lesson or 2 from your hubby:)

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul March 22, 2011, 11:57 pm

    how funny! Teri just posted about Cowfish too! 😀 cute pics Caitlin~

  • Michelle March 23, 2011, 12:06 am

    A little belatedly, I just wanted to let you know, I Love your bangs!! I am a stylist, and I have been reading your blog for over a year now, and I hoped you would do bangs!! they are super flattering on you 🙂 congrats, 🙂

    • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 10:30 am

      You should’ve told me!!! Hehe.

  • Samantha March 23, 2011, 12:21 am

    The onion rings look amazing! I was riding by the Bowling Alley on base on my bike today when I was running errands and the smell of theirs was tempting. When I come home to NC to visit in June I might have to make a day trip down to Charlotte to shop and try Cowfish!

  • Ashley March 23, 2011, 1:37 am

    whoa – coconut onion rings? I’ve never heard of such a thing but I bet its crazy good!

  • Marina March 23, 2011, 1:49 am

    Seems like you and your husband are perfect trainers for GOTR. I bet all of the girls adore you too. It’s so awesome they have such roll-models!

  • Jacalyn March 23, 2011, 5:01 am

    Yum, Yum and Yum. That is a great analogy for gossip!

  • amy March 23, 2011, 5:48 am

    Hi Caitlyn,
    Love hearing all these stories… they are really great! I am from australia and recently stumbled across your blog. I really love it!

    • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 10:30 am

      Thank you!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 23, 2011, 5:57 am

    I hear about a gossip activity where, by doing a relay race, they drew a picture on each other’s back to “pass the baton” and the last girl had to draw the picture. shows how the truth always bends!

  • Lauren March 23, 2011, 6:58 am

    Those cupcakes look amazing! Did he make them?

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 23, 2011, 7:34 am

    Looks like an amazing dinner, but now that I know you got sick all night I’m taking that back!!! Do you think something could have been tainted with avocado!?

    • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 10:32 am

      I dunno! A husband got sick, too so who knows what it could’ve been?

  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 23, 2011, 7:49 am

    I love the gossip session activity y’all did. It’s so true -you can never take back the words that come out of you mouth, and you really never know how they are going to impact others. I’m glad those girls have a great role model like you! And holy moly…those onion rings look amazing!!!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 23, 2011, 7:53 am

    Looks like a fun birthday party! It’s always nice to celebrate with friends! I want that cupcake!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg March 23, 2011, 8:57 am

    That toothpaste example is hilarious! And so true. I think it is great that you and your hubby are working GOTR together — wonderful for the girls as well as the two of you!

  • Rosey Rebecca March 23, 2011, 8:58 am

    Coconut encrusted onion rings? WHAT? I think I need to take a road trip.

    I just had vegan cupcakes for my birthday on Monday, too! I love em more than regular cupcakes! So delicious!

  • Kara March 23, 2011, 9:06 am

    I love the toothpaste analogy! You have a gift for teaching!

    I’d say that everything you ate looks wonderful, but I saw on Twitter that you were up vomiting all night from something you ate, so I’m not going to wish I had some too 🙂 I hope you feel better!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing March 23, 2011, 10:06 am

    Although I’m not a vegan, I have had some really fabulous vegan baked goods in the past. It goes to show what sort of yummy things can be made out of a litle creativity! 🙂

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 23, 2011, 10:18 am

    Those coconut onion rings look divine!!!

    My sister-in-law makes absolutely incredible vegan chocolate chip cookies. They’re better than the regular!

  • Lucy @ The Sweet Touch March 23, 2011, 10:22 am

    Mmmmmmm, the perfect meal! Those sprinkles give the cupcakes an added birthday vibe – so pretty!

  • Joanne March 23, 2011, 10:22 am

    It sounds like you had a great time. I wish we had a girls on the run around here. There are other groups but nothing like GOTR.
    Those onion rings would be peeerrrfect for me. My hubby likes raw onions, not cooked, so I’d have absolutely no help eating them. Not sure.. that could be a good or a bad thing?! 😉

  • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 10:41 am

    Just wanted to let you know I LOVE the bokeh you’ve got going on in the first shot. Beautiful composition.

  • Amber K March 23, 2011, 11:29 am

    Those onion rings look amazingly fantastic. And I can’t wait to find a really awesome gluten-free cupcake. Because every treat I’ve made has had a really odd texture.

    I had to LOL at the toothpaste. Children are messy creatures before you give them stuff, always bring a towel 😉

  • Sam @ the neurotic yogini March 23, 2011, 1:20 pm

    Those onion rings are ginormous!!! YUM!

  • Dee March 23, 2011, 3:11 pm

    Absolutely love your gossip lesson. Hopefully it will stick to the girls’ minds, attitudes and behaviors like the toothpaste did on their hands!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 23, 2011, 4:14 pm

    Whoa, those cupcakes look awesome, did he make them!? Or buy them from somewhere (and if so, where?!)

  • Sarah March 23, 2011, 9:36 pm

    Those onion rings sounds AMAZING! I would love to get some of those in my hands or mouth i suppose 🙂

  • Megan @ Sweet On March 28, 2011, 8:39 am

    I love reading about your work with GOTR! I taught middle school last year in Germany and am almost finished with my middle/high school certification in the US. I’ll student teach 9th grade in the fall and I can’t wait! Love working with pre-teens and teens. They are truly amazing! I think you would make a great teacher 🙂

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