Spontaneous Monday Out

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The Husband and I were running errands, usual Monday stuff, when he turned to me and said, “How about we get an adult beverage at an outside bar we’ve never been to?”


It. was. awesome.  Made my Monday that much better.  We talked a lot about our upcoming vacation (we’re going somewhere tropical and warm… Oh, yeah!).


We went to a place called Kennedy’s and took advantage of the $3 for any pint special.  I got a Fat Tire.  Very good.


We also played one-on-one trivia (after Googling “easy trivia questions”).   It was neck and neck, but I think the Husband pulled ahead with his insane sports knowledge.


Was tempted by the menu, but we came home for dinner.  No need to buy a $7 veggie burger when I can make THIS:


This is a combination of steamed kale (via this method), chopped carrots, chickpeas, and groats.  Groats “are the hulled grains of various cereals, such as oats, wheat, barley or buckwheat.  Groats are whole grains that include the cereal germ and fiber-rich bran portion of the grain as well as the endosperm (which is the usual product of milling).”  Thank you, Wikipedia.


There’s also a sauce on there that is similar to Mmm Sauce but I loaded this version up with parsley so it was bright green.  I thought it was great, but I love parsley flavors.


I loved the nutty flavor of the groats – they would also be good mixed in oatmeal.


Oh, and…


Public Service Announcement from Katie (aka Sweet Tater) + her boyfriend Stew


Are you a fan of cats? Ever feel like you just can’t get ENOUGH cats? Wish you could have a cat RIGHT NOW?


Katie continues, “Have I got a deal for you…  Odelay (Ralphie’s baby, Weasel’s sister, and an heiress to the Caturday throne) is in desperate need of a home ASAP. She’s in  Greenville, South Carolina.  We are in panic mode trying to find a home. Stew’s parents will no longer keep her and I just cannot have three cats at the age of 25.  Any takers?  She is just under three years old (don’t be fooled by the old baby pics). I will deliver her from Greensville to the Charlotte area if necessary. ”  Contact Katie if you’re interested!



  • Jaime April 18, 2011, 8:30 pm

    That looks delish!!!!!!!!

  • Joyce @ Flowing to Fifty April 18, 2011, 8:30 pm

    I have weather-envy! We got snow last night. Your patio date looks amazing. Happy Boston day.

  • Lisa April 18, 2011, 8:41 pm

    UGH! Sports knowledge! Gets me every time too.

    Love Fat Tire. Good beer!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing April 18, 2011, 8:42 pm

    Random nights out are often way more fun than the super planned nights out! Dinner looks good too, but the beer looks extra special 🙂

  • Miranda @ Working Mom Works Out April 18, 2011, 8:42 pm

    Aww, I love the random adult beverage! Totally something Adam and I would do. Have done. Will do again soon. 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg April 18, 2011, 8:45 pm

    I love going out for an adult beverage!

    Good choice with the Fat Tire!

  • Abby April 18, 2011, 8:48 pm

    Aw 🙂 What a fun impromptu date! How cute!

  • Baking 'n' Books April 18, 2011, 8:49 pm

    If I weren’t across the borders as in another country – then I would in a heartbeat. Love black cats 🙂

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun April 18, 2011, 8:51 pm

    I had a margarita this weekend and it was so fabulous! I would love another to brighten up my monday.

  • Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 18, 2011, 8:58 pm

    Oh man, I would kill for a drink right now! 🙂 Good on you for not succumbing to a tempting menu 😉 More $ for that tropical vacay!

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 18, 2011, 9:08 pm

    What a great way to enjoy a beautiful day! We sat out on our patio for lunch, dinner and adult beverages. I love this weather!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope April 18, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Such a neat dish! Looks incredible!

  • Jamie April 18, 2011, 9:11 pm

    I would totally adopt another cat but I live in Arizona!

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) April 18, 2011, 9:12 pm

    thanks, caitlin! she’s actually in greenville SC. thank you!

    • Caitlin April 19, 2011, 7:38 am

      Oh ok – I hope you hear back!

  • Megan @ On the Road Again April 18, 2011, 9:16 pm

    Yummy! Nothing does a body good like a spontaneous Monday beer outdoors 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey April 18, 2011, 9:17 pm

    Aww what a cute kitty! Too bad I live in Chicago and the Husband is allergic!

  • Kara April 18, 2011, 9:20 pm

    I would totally get a cat, but my husband said that’s grounds for divorce, so I’ll have to pass. 🙁

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} April 18, 2011, 9:25 pm

    Aaaah I love Fat Tire! Haven’t had one in too long.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat April 18, 2011, 9:25 pm

    I like the way the husband thinks!! Your groats mix looks delicious. I recently discovered I like them too, but made them more like oats with apples and cinnamon mixed in (http://bit.ly/fcafKK) – so good!! Now you’ve got me excited to try them in a savoury dish!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) April 18, 2011, 9:31 pm

    awwww i would take that kitty in a second if I could. What a cuite!

  • Danielle April 18, 2011, 9:34 pm

    I love having a nice cold beer on a sunny afternoon :0)

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley April 18, 2011, 9:43 pm

    The kitty is so adorable, but I just can’t have a cat right now. I hope she goes to a good home!
    Your Monday seems way better than about 1000x times better then the rest of America haha.

  • Kim @ Spoonful of Sass April 18, 2011, 9:47 pm

    Spontaneous drinks out are the best! Makes you feel like you are on vacation…even if for just a few hours (especially in the beautiful weather) . And playing trivia is such a fun idea. I of course would lose due to my husbands sports knowledge as well, but I’m sure it would be a blast. 🙂

  • salah@myhealthiestlifestyle April 18, 2011, 9:49 pm

    those groats look amazing!!!!!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas April 18, 2011, 9:59 pm

    Yes.. Midday Monday Beverages seem to make a measly Monday much more appealing!

  • Molly @ RDexposed April 18, 2011, 9:59 pm

    Mondays definitely required a glass of beer!

  • Jazz April 18, 2011, 10:04 pm

    My husband and I ALWAYS play his trivial persuit app while we’re out for coffee/dates.. fun times!

    • Caitlin April 19, 2011, 7:37 am

      I need that app!

  • Kristin @ FoodFash April 18, 2011, 10:18 pm

    I’ve never heard of groats! I’m curious to hear how they turn out in oatmeal.

  • Sarah @ The Pajama Chef April 18, 2011, 10:26 pm

    mmm what a cute kitty! too bad i’m in IN and we already have one…

  • Lauren @ Team Giles April 18, 2011, 10:31 pm

    I love, love, love, that you and your hubs go on random dates. 🙂 So sweet! My husband and I got hooked on Wheel of Fortune on the ipad. I dominate… just sayin’. 😉

  • Kacy April 18, 2011, 10:37 pm

    Sometimes there’s nothing better than and adult bev on a patio!

  • Lili April 18, 2011, 10:42 pm

    Wow how fun to be spontaneous like that on a Monday!
    I see you eat kale often (I’ve never tried – I love collard greens though). Have you heard of ANDI values? Kale and Collard Greens are one of the veggies w/ the higher value! Check this info on the Whole Foods site out!

    • Caitlin April 19, 2011, 7:23 am

      This is awesome! I’m blogging about it this AM.

  • strit April 18, 2011, 10:43 pm

    oh geez, thanks so much for posting this, caitlin. odelay needs a good home. :<

  • Mo April 18, 2011, 10:51 pm

    I love spontaneous cocktail dates. We do that often and while it’s tempting to get some food specials, I have more fun with the adult beverage and getting home and eating something that is simple, healthier, and less $$.

  • Heather C April 18, 2011, 10:55 pm

    The BEST part about Spring finally joining the party is that it’s now drinks(or food…)-on-the-patio/roofdeck season! These photos make me want a tasty Summer Ale…like, Now.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 18, 2011, 11:23 pm

    Trivia is super fun with my husband too-we go neck and neck 🙂

  • JenATX April 18, 2011, 11:34 pm

    I’m never spontaneous during the week :-/ i’m always trying to save money… lame!

  • khushboo April 19, 2011, 12:04 am

    What a fun day! When it comes to trivia, I’m such a dork- I get SO into it!

    After reading so much about chia seeds in oatmeal, I finally tried it and it made such a delicious and volumous bowl of oats! Do you know if it affects the consistency of overnight oats??

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 19, 2011, 12:12 am

    Looks so fun! I love eating on patios at restaurants 🙂

  • Melissa @ TryingToHeal April 19, 2011, 12:24 am

    have you ever had farro? i bet you would love it; it’s an awesome grain!

  • Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) April 19, 2011, 7:00 am

    I love spontaneous days out like that! So fun! Especially on a Monday. 😀

    The cat is adorable! I hope she finds a good home.

  • Chad April 19, 2011, 7:45 am

    Oh I love kale dishes like this. Just look at that!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 19, 2011, 8:22 am

    There’s nothing like sitting out in the sun with a nice cold drink!

    Haha I suck at sports trivia too! I always lose in Trivial Pursuit because of it. 😛

  • Alison @ Around the VeggieTable April 19, 2011, 9:36 am

    I nominate your friend Nicole to take the baby kitty because I know she loves cats and really really wants one 🙂

    • Caitlin April 19, 2011, 9:41 am

      hahahah i forwarded that to her.

  • Amber K April 19, 2011, 10:29 am

    What a fun day out!

  • Lisa April 19, 2011, 11:55 am

    Your dinner looks amazing! I’m going to have to try something like that soon (and the mmm sauce).

  • Amanda April 19, 2011, 11:57 am

    YUM I love Fat Tire! Always get it out in Colorado apres ski!!

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