Fried Pickle Swap

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Last night was pretty fun for a Tuesday. πŸ™‚ The Husband worked an evening shift at the clinic.  While secretary-ing, I ate this yogurt mess:


Raw oatmeal, sunflower seeds, a banana, and Greek yogurt.  Perfectly portable.


I ended up breaking our minimize-eating-out-as-much-as-possible rule. :(  We just felt too tired after work and the idea of picking up dinner was really nice.  Plus, Nicole and Isaac were coming over and needed to eat, too.  We opted to get take-out from Big DaddyÒ€ℒs Burger Bar.


The lady thought I ordered three blackened burgers when I really said black bean burgers so we ended up standing at the bar eating fried pickles while they corrected our order.   Have you had fried pickles before?  IÒ€ℒve never eaten them before we moved to Charlotte but they are SO AWESOME (if you like pickles).  I wish I had a picture to show you the awesomeness of fried pickles, but I didnÒ€ℒt have a camera on me.  πŸ™


We brought our black bean burgers home to eat (I also had some vino).


And I made a small healthy swap.  The burger comes with awesome sweet potato fries, but after the fried pickles, I didnÒ€ℒt really want/need more friedness in my life.  So I swapped in an orange.  Honestly, a juicey orange was BETTER than greasy fries!


While chatting, I made everyone these awesome granola bars:


I used Anne PÒ€ℒs granola bar recipe but subbed out plain oatmeal for Dorset Cereal.  It was so delicious and easy.  I taste-tested a bar or two. 


I better get cracking Γ’β‚¬β€œ I have an insane amount of work to do today.  I actually have FIVE conference calls scheduled.  ThatÒ€ℒs a high number for me in just one day because I hate conference calls (I love getting business done, though, of course), and I usually try to space them out as much as possible.


However, you know what I hate more?  Writing memos.  Ughhh! When I quit my office job to start my own business, I pledged to never write another memo again.  My old boss would have me write a memo with zero instructions, he would closely inspect it and basically re-write it, and then IÒ€ℒd have to make all the changes that he couldÒ€ℒve just told me to do in the first place.  As a result, I am now allergic to memos.  I think IÒ€ℒve written two in the last year and a half.


What office chore is your least favorite?  Or are you one of those awesome people who actually like preparing memos?



  • Freya March 9, 2011, 8:57 am

    I’m not actually sure what you mean by a memo lol! To me, a memo is just a quick note to yourself saying ‘buy milk’ or something – I’m guessing not what you mean!?
    I stand by what I said yesterday – fried pickles = gross. πŸ˜€

  • Jackie @ Baking Charms March 9, 2011, 8:57 am

    I just ate at Big Daddy’s on Monday – soooo good. I was eying the fried pickles but went with sweet potato fries instead πŸ™‚

    My least favorite office chore has got to be my weekly stats update… boring.

  • LindseyAnn March 9, 2011, 8:58 am

    LOVE fried pickles! πŸ™‚

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 9, 2011, 8:59 am

    I’m a social worker so I’ve never really prepared memos but honestly, I just hate phone calls. I’d much rather see someone in person than talk to them over the phone. I actually had a phone interview on Monday and while it went fine, all I could think about was how much easier it would have been to be able to read their face!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers March 9, 2011, 9:00 am

    I had fried pickles for the first time in TN– they’re oddly good considering I’m not a huge pickle fan πŸ˜‰

  • Freya March 9, 2011, 9:01 am

    My comments keep going to spam, noooo!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) March 9, 2011, 9:02 am

    I never had fried pickles before moving to Charlotte, either, but they’re flippin’ amazing!!

    My least favorite job chore is entering in a client’s info after our visit… soooo tedious!!!

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns March 9, 2011, 9:03 am

    Memos are the worst. I think my biggest problem with my office is that everyone wants to talk all day. I love having people stop by and chat, but they seem to plant themselves in my door way for 15…25…35 minutes at a time, which makes it difficult be as productive as I’d like. I obviously have a difficult time telling them how I really feel. πŸ™‚

  • Katie March 9, 2011, 9:03 am

    1) Fried pickles are life changing
    2) I am so with you on the memo thing or more on the my boss didn’t give me good instructions so I did the way I thought it ought to be done only to have him tell me I was wrong and demand a zillion changes thing…

    Have a great day!

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 4:05 pm

      grrr evil bosses suck!

  • Maggie March 9, 2011, 9:03 am

    Most hated office chore:
    Right after my favourite office chore (opening the mail!) comes my least favourite: filing it away… πŸ™

    Want to try that oatmeal-banana recipe. What counts as “raw oatmeal”? Just uncooked, or also sugar-free? Any favourite brands?

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 4:05 pm

      Just regular 5 minute oats but uncooked!

      • Maggie March 10, 2011, 8:41 pm

        Thanks Caitlin! I’ll try it tomorrow!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 9, 2011, 9:04 am

    I hate collecting money from people. Seriously, just pay your bill in a timely manor so I don’t have to make the awkward call to tell you…you are late.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 9, 2011, 9:06 am

    I’ve always heard amazing things about fried pickles and have been dying to try them!

    As for office-related things, I DESPISE data entry. There’s a few times a year when I have to update all of our pricing and/or page numbers in our system. It. is. dreadful. That’s definitely the worst part for me.

  • Liz March 9, 2011, 9:07 am

    I hate conference calls too. I actually hate most meetings because for certain people they are just a chance to hear themselves talk. Good luck getting through yours!

  • Shannon March 9, 2011, 9:09 am

    No lie, I’m reading your blog right now in order to avoid writing a memo. πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 4:06 pm

      Heheh read and avoid all you want!

  • Amanda March 9, 2011, 9:10 am

    Ugh, filing is the WORST. I don’t do it until I don’t have any room left in my cabinet…

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 9, 2011, 9:10 am

    I’m with you on the conference calls, and I have 5 today too! Probably my least favourite task when things aren’t as productive as I’d like them to be. Good luck with yours! πŸ™‚

  • colleen March 9, 2011, 9:11 am

    I can’t stand our Monday staff meeting, where we are to share our calendars. That is what Outlook is for! I don’t care who has a meeting when or with whom. Some people even share their personal calendar – I don’t think so.

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 4:07 pm

      Ugh god we had one of those Monday meetings too and it always seemed so pointless.

  • Megan March 9, 2011, 9:12 am

    Fried pickles are amazing! Were they the round ones, or spears? The spears are a lot better, they’re more pickle-y (Yeah, that’s not a word. Oh well).

  • britt will be fit March 9, 2011, 9:13 am

    FILING! the worse for me

  • Julie @ Lettuce Choose Healthy March 9, 2011, 9:15 am

    I’ve never had fried pickles .. I totally would try them!

  • Jennifer March 9, 2011, 9:16 am

    Memos? I had no idea people still did memos (for some reason this sounds very 80’s to me, but obv. it’s not). The thing I like least is PowerPoint presentations. Give me Excel and I’m happy all day. PowerPoint makes me slightly angry. πŸ˜‰

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 4:08 pm

      Memos are along the lines of a fax… Who does that anymore?

  • Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing March 9, 2011, 9:16 am

    I like office type tasks that require very little brain power. πŸ˜‰

  • Charise March 9, 2011, 9:17 am

    I love fried pickles too! A lot of pub-type bars here have them, which was new to me when I moved to Ohio.

    I actually don’t mind memos. I like organizing the needed info and being concise in what is conveyed. However, if I was doing it for someone ELSE, who then basically rewrote it, that would annoy me to no end.

  • thehealthyapron March 9, 2011, 9:17 am

    Gosh, there are a lot of things I dislike about my current position (which is why I’m planning an escape), but mostly charting. Ug.

  • JenATX March 9, 2011, 9:18 am

    I don’t enjoy billing the work I do at the law office I clerk at. I always end up with less billable hours than the hours I am actually at work, so what happened to those 2 missing hours?! I can’t be doing that much “unproductive” work :-/

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 4:08 pm

      I hate hate hate timesheets! I feel ya.

  • Alyssa March 9, 2011, 9:18 am

    Fried pickles are SO delicious! There are a few places in Texas that have fried pickles and jalapenos in an order – soooo good

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans March 9, 2011, 9:21 am

    I hate long, boring meetings. That said I love meetings where we discuss changes and improvements to the department as I am alwaus very vocal in those ones!

  • Jillian@ Reshape Your Life March 9, 2011, 9:29 am

    I hate most things that involve working in an office. That is why I work outside with horses. πŸ™‚

  • Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty March 9, 2011, 9:29 am

    Memos are bad.
    Pickles are good.
    Black bean and blacked burgers are both good.
    And a yogurt mess rocks.

  • Maryann (The Balanced Bean) March 9, 2011, 9:31 am

    I have never tried fried pickles but I have wanted to since seeing Snookie eat them on the Jersey Shore! haha πŸ™‚

  • Emily March 9, 2011, 9:31 am

    My boss does the SAME THING regarding memo’s. I hate even drafting them because I know it won’t even matter what I write! Why do they do that?!

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 4:10 pm

      I use to write gibberish on purpose once I caught onto his control games.

      I hope he reads this! LOL

  • Kelly March 9, 2011, 9:32 am

    Fried pickles are awesome! I believe that pickles and okra are two foods that always taste better fried!

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy March 9, 2011, 9:33 am

    I don’t like doing things simply because my boss doesn’t want to do it, especially when I already have a full workload. Know what I mean? “Oh, we’ll just let Sara do that.” Great …

  • Whitney March 9, 2011, 9:35 am

    Time keeping is my least favorite office chore! As a goverment contractor we have to keep up with how our time is distributed and it becomes very tedious! πŸ™

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete March 9, 2011, 9:35 am

    As silly as it sounds, I hate writing emails at work — mostly because I take so much time making sure the grammar is correct and that it “sounds” good.

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) March 9, 2011, 9:36 am

    Your granola bars look amazing!! πŸ˜€

    I’ve never had to write memos, but after your description of it, I should be glad that this is the case. πŸ˜‰ I’m glad you aren’t working for that boss anymore!

  • Kara March 9, 2011, 9:37 am

    Oh, I hate memos. I also hated making copies and then having to staple them all together.

    Fried pickles sound…interesting. I can’t say I wouldn’t try one, but I wouldn’t request it πŸ™‚

  • Stefanie D March 9, 2011, 9:39 am

    Caitlin – I started eating raw oatmeal after reading a few of your posts….and I am hooked! I really like it much better than cooked and with almond milk it is sooo good! thanks for the tip.

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 4:10 pm

      So glad you like it! I love it too.

  • Amanda March 9, 2011, 9:39 am

    I’ve only had fried pickles once…on Beale Street in Memphis. I love pickles, and I was actually surprised that I liked them! Another thought….5 conference calls is so much! You’ll stay busy though!

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 9, 2011, 9:45 am

    No need for memos in college. πŸ™‚ The black bean burgers look awesome! I’ve never had fried pickles, they sound interesting.

  • Maggie March 9, 2011, 9:45 am

    Fried pickles are amazing! And I say this as someone who HATES pickles. The idea of eating a regular pickle makes me gag, but I there’s something about the fried ones. Probably that they’re fried…

  • Parita @ myinnershakti March 9, 2011, 9:46 am

    My least favorite office chore is crafting status update reports. Can we say BORING!? πŸ˜›

  • Clarissa @ SoberandtheCity March 9, 2011, 10:10 am

    At my old job when I wrote a presentation, memo or email or anything that my boss will review…he would simply just re-write the whole thing and therefore reminded me that I wasted 38290312 hours of my life. At my new job there is SO much less of that. So either I’ve become better at my job, or my new coworkers are just better people πŸ™‚

  • mary March 9, 2011, 10:10 am

    I made baked fried pickles like 2 days ago. Highly recommend! Dip slices- don’t try spears, too much pickle- in flour then egg then panko or regular bread crumbs with some seasonings added in.. Seriously amazing. You can find various recipes online.

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 7:47 pm

      I made them tonight! Posting a recipe πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  • Lauren @ Lettuce Eat Cake March 9, 2011, 10:20 am

    Haha, I share your hatred of mindless admin work! Those of us still braving the corporate world will be living through you vicariously!

  • jen @ taste life March 9, 2011, 10:21 am

    After a case is closed, the data needs to be entered. I LOATHE it. It takes me forever and ever to enter them. Yuck.

  • Jane @ Prettier Things March 9, 2011, 10:21 am

    I don’t mind preparing memos. I do have a boss who likes to tell me to “write a memo however you think it should flow” and then likes to rewrite it and move everything around. It drives me a little crazy too!

    I hate filling out timesheets in 6 minute increments. Yes, 6 minutes.

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty March 9, 2011, 10:32 am

    When I go to burger places I like asking for a side of carrots and celery in addition to the fries. That way I can have a few fries and not feel like I’m missing out while still getting some nutrients from the veggies πŸ™‚

  • salah@myhealthiestlifestyle March 9, 2011, 10:41 am

    I love fried pickles. I don’t eat them often but when I do I love them so much! My least favorite thing to do at the office is work with Excel. I don’t understand Excel. Never have, never will. Nor do I ever want to know. Excel is not fun lol

  • Melissa March 9, 2011, 10:58 am

    Love, love, love fried pickles. Some places here bread them with corn meal instead of flour and I’m not as crazy about that.
    I do a wet batter with flour, a little salt, and milk and coat some towel dried pickles (the flat sandwich stackers are YUM!) and fry. Sooooo good.
    And, so, you tweeted last night about maybe having to change your blog name? Don’t leave me hanging! Explain!

  • Jeni @ stepping out March 9, 2011, 10:59 am

    I’ve never written a memo or been on a conference call. πŸ˜€ As a teacher, those things just aren’t things we do. Now, what I hate doing is writing referrals (aka when a student is a big pain in the you know what…). Thankfullly I’ve had to do that just twice this semester, hopefully no more.

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 4:12 pm

      I think teachers have one of the hardest jobs ever!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) March 9, 2011, 10:59 am

    I may not work in an office/business setting but I approach my blog e-mail’s as “business.” I’m really bad with responding to e-mails when I get a sudden influx in them. Of course, I get a sudden influx when my school life is CRAZY and the blog has to come 2nd to school! πŸ˜‰

  • Kate March 9, 2011, 11:12 am

    i hate call center phone calls. i work in a call center and USED to be in a call queue. i could not want to be untied from the phone. but now i write letters all day and it is equally draining and mindless. but still an improvement. i would have to say that i hate monthely reports the most now. we have to do ours by hand currently because there is no automated wizard that does it for me. ha! but on the days it is the hardest, i just remind myself that i have a stable job in a growing company and i can’t complain about a paycheck.

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well March 9, 2011, 11:20 am

    My least favorite office task is cleaning out my inbox. I just read things and leave them. My inbox is a hot mess!

  • Joanna@ Drizzle of Sunshine March 9, 2011, 11:28 am

    As a teacher, I absolutely LOATHE parent phone calls. I am considerably younger than them and I feel as though they don’t take me seriously when giving them behavior advice for their teen. I have many parents who aren’t fully involved in their teen’s academics so it’s tough.

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing March 9, 2011, 11:39 am

    I dislike most office chores :). They are just so tedious! For some reason I reaaaaally procrastinate filling out my time sheet. You would think I wouldn’t mind since it’s how I get paid!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 9, 2011, 11:46 am

    Never tried fried pickles, so I’m not sure what they even look like. Mmmm.

  • Joanne March 9, 2011, 11:53 am

    That black bean burger looks so good!

    As for least fav. office job: End of the month/quarter mundane stuff.

  • kate March 9, 2011, 11:54 am

    Fried pickles ( I just wrote peoples!!!) are so delicious!

  • Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks March 9, 2011, 11:59 am

    I am crap at filing and keeping my work computer organized. I don’t know why it is so hard for me. I mean, I know I recently divulged on my blog that I am a horrible, disorganized slob, but it should be easier at work.

    The stuff isn’t mine. There are filing cabinets. There is enough space. But my brain has such a hard time organizing things. I finish with invoices or projects and rather than roll my chair one foot to my right to the filing cabinet, I just pile it on the desk and say, “Okay…I’ll file those…later…”

    What? Who does that? Fail.

  • Amber K March 9, 2011, 12:01 pm

    I don’t work in an office, but I was a temp in an office one summer and my least favorite thing was filing. I would damage my cuticles like crazy.

    So glad you were able to find out that they messed up your order before you left!

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 9, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Those granola bars look so good! My least favorite thing to do is grade papers. No fun.

  • Sam (the neurotic yogini) March 9, 2011, 12:09 pm

    I LOVE fried pickles!!! I’ve even gone so far as to make my own at home!(I think I see a new blog post idea ;))

    Those granola bars look yummy! I made my first batch the other day using oats, cashews, and dried strawberries.. they turned out absolutely delicious!

  • Rachel March 9, 2011, 12:14 pm

    Filing – but only due to the papercuts. Ouch!

  • Natalia - a side of simple March 9, 2011, 12:22 pm

    Take-out of Fat Tuesday is totally acceptable. No rules broken πŸ˜‰

  • Leanne March 9, 2011, 12:23 pm

    Can you please link to the granola bar recipe? Thanks!

  • bakingnbooks March 9, 2011, 12:24 pm

    Um, I would break my take-out rule too for those burgers! Look so good! πŸ™‚

    What do you define as your “own business” now? The book(s)/Blog…? Or do you mean the clinic? Also -what does the Husband do for a secretary when your away??! πŸ™‚

    • Caitlin March 9, 2011, 4:19 pm

      I am always the husband’s secretary, we don’t schedule patients when I can’t help. And yes, the blogs, freelancing, speaking, and books!

      • Baking 'n' Books March 9, 2011, 5:03 pm

        I love that! Your a team – and important πŸ™‚

        Oh gosh…everything that you “wanted to do” back in your old job – sounds so much like me…

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic March 9, 2011, 12:27 pm

    I’ve never even HEARD of a “blackened” burger!? What does that even mean & how did she get black-bean confused with blackened? What can ya do?

  • Rachel @ Grateful Girl Goes Gluten Free March 9, 2011, 12:28 pm

    Fried pickles are so good! Those black bean burgers look SO good everytime you get them!

  • megan @ blackberries for jam March 9, 2011, 12:35 pm

    Oh God, memos. When I was a lawyer, I was asked to write a memo for the most inane things that were such a waste of my time and clients’ money. Yuck!

  • Howdy from NYC March 9, 2011, 12:42 pm

    I’m so glad to hear that my boss isn’t the only one who does the whole change everything you just wrote thing. I feel your pain. Every. Day.

  • Jenifer March 9, 2011, 12:44 pm

    Ughhh… memos. I could scream at the # of times a day I hear… “Hey I need you to email… (which at that point my brain goes blank and all I hear is the Charlie Brown wahhwahhwahhh noise)
    Love those big glad bowls! I had my l/o spaghetti in one today. Took about half a bag of spinach and lined the bottom then put the spaghetti on top. It steams the spinach when you nuke it. YUMM!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life March 9, 2011, 1:02 pm

    Oh dear–black bean does not equal blackened!

  • Michele March 9, 2011, 1:03 pm

    I.LOVE.FRIED.PICKLES…please go back and take a picture! πŸ˜€

  • Kailey (SnackFace) March 9, 2011, 1:06 pm

    Fried pickles = da bomb.

    You’ve totally talked about them before, but time sheets will be the end of me. I can’t keep track of everything I did! And sometimes there are mini-meetings while you’re working on a project. I never know if mine are even accurate. Creative types don’t do well with scheduling every minute of their writing. I know you feel me, sista!

  • Mary @ stylefyles March 9, 2011, 1:09 pm

    On the way to work this morning, I had the thought that if I ever start my own business (which I want to do, eventually) I plan to have mandatory 10 minute dance parties every afternoon. This will be particularly exciting if I have employees. In that case, I won’t force them to participate in the dance party, but it will be highly encourage. As in, want a raise? Dance! (hah, just kidding) But I am serious about the dance parties, and there will be a no-work rule during those ten minutes, whether people choose to dance or not. And the music will be bumping.

  • Carolyn L. March 9, 2011, 1:12 pm

    I just graduated college and work at a law firm. Sometimes my boss will ask me to call people about cases that I’ve never even heard of. It’s embarrassing when the person I call asks me a question, and I have no clue.

  • Amanda March 9, 2011, 1:18 pm

    I bet that burger tasted amazing! You haven’t gone there in ages!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 9, 2011, 1:35 pm

    any chore of HAVING to sit at a desk-ughhh. I hate sitting b/c I am a wiggle worm πŸ™‚ Love those burgers–they look tasty!

  • Erin March 9, 2011, 1:47 pm

    Ugh, my old boss used to do that to me with letters. I just wanted to tell her to write the letter her damn self πŸ™‚

    I’m honestly not sure what constitutes a memo so I don’t know if I hate them or not.

    I’m not a fan of agenda-less meetings but I also hate creating agendas. It’s a catch-22 πŸ™‚

  • Kris @ tryingtotri March 9, 2011, 1:54 pm

    Fried pickles? I’ve never heard of them, but they sound YUMMY!

    As for office chores… I used to be an accountant, and I HATED filing, and anything to do with PowerPoint. Ask me to GIVE a presentation – sure, no problem. Ask me to design a presentation for my boss, and embed spreadsheets, graphs, charts… I was looking for the nearest sharp object to stab myself or anyone near me!

  • Danielle @ InDeesKitchen March 9, 2011, 1:58 pm

    Yum! Fried pickles sound delicious.

  • Kacy March 9, 2011, 2:24 pm

    I love fried pickles.
    When I first got hired at my current job I had to write memos and my boss did the EXACT SAME THING (he still does with other assignments). So frustrating. Just give me instructions and you’ll get what you want! But that would be too logical. It’s like in The Devil Wears Prada when she gives the most cryptic tasks and then says “that’s all”. (Meryl Streep is amazeballs for the record.)

  • Allison @ Happy Tales March 9, 2011, 2:27 pm

    Hm, I’d say my least favorite office chore is taking minutes of meetings. I’m a great note-taker, but it hurts my hand sometimes! I do love typing them up after the meeting, though. Love to organize them on the computer πŸ™‚

    Oh, and yogurt messes = a huge staple for me right now. LOOOVE them!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances March 9, 2011, 2:31 pm

    Hmm I honestly had no idea what a memo was until just now — I googled it and am now in the know. πŸ™‚ So, I’ve clearly never written one, but they don’t look fun…

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In March 9, 2011, 2:41 pm

    I just hate doing tedious things at the office for the sole reason that my boss doesn’t want to. Fax your expense reports? Of course. Reformat some document because you don’t “like” looking at it that way? I’d love to!

    One day I wont be entry level though. Gotta pay my dues!

  • Kiran March 9, 2011, 2:43 pm

    Love fried pickles. And I hate writing memos too, such a waste of time πŸ™‚

  • Megan@Dirty Dishes Daily March 9, 2011, 2:56 pm

    It is so hard not to go out for food after a looong day but sometimes you got to. Those granola bars look amazing.

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 9, 2011, 5:17 pm

    I must try fried pickles! that’s definitely and american thing, though, eh?

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 9, 2011, 6:32 pm

    When I worked in an office for a summer, I hated answering phones! It always made me so nervous.

  • Jolene ( March 10, 2011, 7:51 pm

    My least favourite part of my job is marking student work …

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