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All travels must come to an end.  Wahhh.


Three hours in the car; two in the airport; four in the air; and another thirty minutes waiting for the Luggage Fairies to return our bags… We’re home.  The fridge is stocked with fresh produce.  And we’re plowing through all the recorded shows on the DVR. 


It’s always fun to grocery shop and cook with new ingredients, isn’t it?  I LOVED this Thai Green Curry Simmer Sauce from Trader Joe’s – a little tangy, a little spicy.  Light and packed with flavor.

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In the mix:


Brown rice

White kidney beans

Sugar snap peas

White mushrooms

Pea sprouts


Thai Green Curry Simmer Sauce


Tasted like it was straight outta a restaurant’s kitchen!   To prep this, I sautéed the mushrooms in a little olive oil in a hot wok while steaming the sugar snap peas in the microwave.  Then, I added the peas to the wok and added in the (previously cooked and frozen <—great timer saver!) brown rice, beans, and simmer sauce.  I let everything sit for about 5 minutes, then plated the dishes, and added the fresh sprouts and tomatoes.  From fridge to table in just 15 minutes.


And some Soy Creamy Chocolate Chip Cherry ice cream for dessert:


Missing the vacation villa already but boy oh boy – my own bed seems pretty sweet right now!



  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 11, 2011, 8:52 pm

    I’m sorry you’re back home! I miss traveling, I haven’t done it in so long. We are considering taking the boys to NY for the holidays this year. I need to get to looking at ticket prices now. I hate that part…

    Enjoy the calm before the storm of the rest of the week. I’m sure you two will have tons to catch up on.

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 11, 2011, 8:54 pm

    love returning home to my own bed! as much as i love vacay, there is nothing like crawling in to your own broken in sheets. you must be happy to see the pups as well 🙂

    that sauce is very intriguing!

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 7:25 am

      I have to go pick them up today – wahhh for long drives!

  • Lauren October 11, 2011, 8:57 pm

    Glad you made it home safe but it does stink to come home after a kick butt vacation! What brand of ice cream is that? It sounds amazing!

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 7:26 am

      It’s from trader joe’s and it’s awesommmme!

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 11, 2011, 9:01 pm

    Just think–now you get to look forward to your NEXT vacation.

    That’s what my mom & I always say! Whenever we come back from one trip, it’s not too long before we’ve started discussing/planning another one!

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 7:26 am

      NICE positive thinking 🙂

  • Sana October 11, 2011, 9:03 pm

    Welcome home and back to the grind!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 11, 2011, 9:07 pm

    tis true—the bed is the BEST part of coming home.

    Looks like it was a fun time away! Welcome back to the U.S. –main island. Hehe 😉

  • Christine @ BookishlyB October 11, 2011, 9:27 pm

    Coming home from a vacation is usually so anti-climactic, but you guys seem to be coping!

  • Jolene (Homespun Heritage) October 11, 2011, 9:28 pm

    ~Welcome Back~ Hope you get a great nights rest!

  • Ali @ Ali Runs October 11, 2011, 10:08 pm

    It’s always nice to get back from vacation to resume a routine!

  • Sweet and Savvy October 11, 2011, 10:14 pm

    Glad to see you had safe travels home!! Even if it is bittersweet to leave a vacation. 🙁

  • Jillian October 11, 2011, 10:24 pm

    So…ever think of coming up to Greensboro and whipping my butt into shape? God, if I had someone as motivated as you….I’d start running too!

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 7:26 am

      Greensboro NC or SC??

  • katie @ KatieDid October 11, 2011, 10:31 pm

    Glad you made it back safely, and hope your insomnia doesn’t follow you back also! Dinner looks deliscious, I’ve made a coconut curry using a green curry paste before. I only really like green curry because (I think?) its the mildest of all curry’s.

  • Carin October 11, 2011, 10:37 pm

    Welcome home honey! Your holiday looked fantastic…soooo jealous!

    I’m going to refer back to your “getting broody/ are we ready for kids?” post now by saying – just imagine this trip with a baby in tow. Not a happy, fun-loving baby necessarily, but one who is (a) still breastfeeding (b) tired and not coping well with 9 hrs travel (c) needing a buggy, car seat and lots of other heavy paraphernalia (d) yowling to the dismay of other passengers (e) filling stinky nappies at the worst possible times!

    Still feeling impatient to get the family started?!!!

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 7:27 am

      Yeah, traveling with kids sounds nuts to me. I saw a mom with three kids under the age of six on my flight and I was in awe.

  • Katie of Cabbage Ranch October 11, 2011, 10:54 pm

    …And THAT is why your fridge is on the internet and mine is not. Supah clean! 🙂

  • Joanna Bodie October 11, 2011, 11:09 pm

    I already follow you on facebook but wanted to tell you i voted for you on Shape! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 7:27 am

      Thank you Joanna! You are so sweet.

  • Kiran @ October 12, 2011, 12:02 am

    I miss travelling too, but nothing compares to sleeping in my own bed. Works all the time 🙂

    Love how easy and delicious is your stir fry. Wishing that TJ would make it’s appearance soon in Orlando.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] October 12, 2011, 12:12 am

    I love love your clean, organized fridge… and the updated blog layout =]

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' FitnessDiaries October 12, 2011, 12:29 am

    I’m impressed that you’ve already stocked your fridge! I’m usually so exhausted by the time I get home. Glad you had a great trip!

    • CaitlinHTP October 12, 2011, 7:49 am

      We had no choice! LOL

  • Liz October 12, 2011, 12:48 am

    Glad you made it home safe, but the end of vacation blows… Although, I do agree on the comfort of your own bed at the end 😀

  • Khushboo October 12, 2011, 12:53 am

    The first night after vacation is always the worst but nothing like diving in your own bed! That ice cream flavor sounds fab- black forest cake in an ice cream form 🙂

  • Amy @loveAmyx October 12, 2011, 1:51 am

    Kristien looks so English in that pic lol

  • AmandaonMaui October 12, 2011, 4:29 am

    There really is no place like your own bed. Oh, and that curry looks amazing. *swipe* I never really think about adding beans to curries (other than lentils). I should give it a go. Thanks for the inspiration, and I’m so glad you had such a wonderful vacation.

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION October 12, 2011, 8:23 am

    I hate leaving vacation days behind, but there really is no place like home. 😀

  • Brittney October 12, 2011, 8:39 am

    Welcome back! Your trip looked amazing! Hope to see you later this week at book club. Oh, and I’m almost done with Mocking Jay. Been plowing through the Hunger Games books. Good stuff!

  • Hope @ With A Side Of Hope October 12, 2011, 9:01 am

    Welcome home! I’m impressed that you already stocked your fridge! That ice cream looks yummy 🙂

  • Amber K October 12, 2011, 12:39 pm

    Even though I never want to leave a vacation, it always feels nice to sleep in my own bed again.

  • Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey October 12, 2011, 2:03 pm

    Clt airport takes for-freaking-ever to get checked bags to baggage claim. I’ve waited over an hour before! (And isn’t the airport a mess these days? All that construction plastic!).

    Welcome back.


  • Sophie @ threetimesf October 21, 2011, 11:18 am

    It’s so sad when a good trip finishes – but all the recorded tv is a massive bonus! Enjoy! 🙂

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