Car Swap and a Baby Party

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So – remember how I ran my car into a curb last week and somehow – someway – inflicted $1800 worth on damage (thank goodness for insurance!)?  Here’s the rest of the story:  The dealership had to special order two rims and a computer part to repair my car; it looked like I was going to be stuck in Tennessee for over three days – with no absolutely no luggage and tons of To Do’s waiting at home. 


But my mom graciously offered to swap cars with me for a week while mine was repaired, and I got to go home!  Today, we met in Asheville (the halfway point) to swap cars back.  Moms are the best. 


Doesn’t MomHTP look FIERCE in her vintage, thrifted outfit?  Rawr.


I absolutely love Asheville.  Such a cute little hippie town.


We decided to grab a bite at Rosetta’s Kitchen, a little vegan restaurant with tons of unique offerings.  I’ve only eaten at Rosetta’s once before and got the Tofu Pad Thai, which was great – but I wanted to try something else.  I ordered the Family Platter… peanut tofu, smashed potatoes with nutritional yeast gravy, and steamed kale.


And per our tradition, Mom and I stopped at a little candy shop.  She always gets fudge, but I opted for a dark chocolate-covered Rice Krispy treat on a stick… AMAZING. 


Drove back to Charlotte (IN MY CAR!  YAY!), ran a bunch of errands, and eventually made an easy dinner.


This is my new obsession:  hummus, goat cheese, tomatoes on toast.  So good.  I like to add pesto, too.


A Baby Party


Tomorrow, I am throwing a baby shower for my friend Jen.  I am a little nervous because I’ve never thrown a baby shower before – I hope it goes well… I just want to honor my friend and her amazing baby boy! 


We’re having it at her house because my apartment is too small for 16 women + 2 babies + a bajillion gifts.  I’m spending the evening prepping all the decorations.  Channeling my inner crafty goddess, if you will.


The party is going to have a very fun, very Jen-ish theme – here’s a hint


Any guesses?



  • Sana October 21, 2011, 9:35 pm

    I adore Jen, I am so happy you are doing something special for her 🙂 Warm and fuzzy 🙂

  • Jessica October 21, 2011, 9:41 pm

    NY Giants?? (Boo I’m a Cowboys fan haha) The shower is going to be beautiful!! Have fun 🙂

    • Caitlin October 22, 2011, 8:42 am

      She did already have a Giants baby shower LOL! So funny.

  • Errign October 21, 2011, 9:44 pm

    Yay, Asheville. I almost stopped into Rosetta’s for lunch today!

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) October 21, 2011, 9:45 pm

    Hummus and goat cheese sounds like a tasty combo!!

    Have fun at the shower 🙂

  • Kath October 21, 2011, 9:47 pm

    Yay glad you tried the peanut tofu at Rosetta’s! You like?

    • Caitlin October 22, 2011, 8:42 am

      It was really good – i liked how it was dry and not sloppy.

  • Jen October 21, 2011, 9:55 pm

    yay! i’m so excited about tomorrow! can’t wait to see everything.

  • Nicole October 21, 2011, 9:56 pm

    So glad I read this—I thought it was at your house.

  • Army Amy* October 21, 2011, 9:58 pm

    I was just thinking about offering to throw a baby shower for my preggo friend, but I’m kinda scared! I don’t know anything about parties or babies!*

  • Amanda @ JustAmandaJ October 21, 2011, 10:27 pm

    So crazy how little things on a car can end up being so expensive! I hit a deer two years ago and didn’t think it was that bad, drove back home to FL from IL since I didn’t think it was such a huge deal it literally looked like it was just body damage. Turns out it was almost 6,000 in repairs! Woo for insurance there too!

    Have fun at the shower!

    • Caitlin October 22, 2011, 8:42 am

      omg i would flip out if i hit a deer. was it so scary?

      • Whitney October 22, 2011, 6:19 pm

        I’ve hit 3 deer!! crazy/scary/sucks!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 21, 2011, 10:30 pm

    The peanut tofu looks great and the dark chocolate-covered Rice Krispy treat on a stick..oh wow.

    That’s so sweet of you to throw a baby shower. She will remember this day…forever 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 21, 2011, 10:34 pm

    Isn’t Jen a Giants fan? 😉 Have fun at the shower!

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition October 21, 2011, 10:48 pm

    Race medals? I hope you have fun!

  • Brittany October 21, 2011, 10:55 pm

    Loooveee that combo of hummus, goat cheese, and tomatoes! Three of my favorite things. You will do great with the baby shower, how fun!! Good luck 😀

  • Leslie October 21, 2011, 11:02 pm

    Your mom looks great! Such a sense of style! Very current and fashion forward. Vintage and thrifted never looks so fierce. I am a woman of the same age range as your mom. She should consider a fashion/healthy living blog. She looks so vibrate, confident and fashionable.I would read!

    • Caitlin October 22, 2011, 8:43 am

      She should do a fashion blog. She has SOOOO many clothes and she buys them ALLL at vintage and thrift stores for like, $1 a pop. She has a whole closet of $1 coats 🙂

    • Joy - HTP Mom October 23, 2011, 8:32 am

      Hi Leslie,
      Thank you for your kind words. I do love to “hunt and gather” = must be in my genes..hehe.

      What fun it is to meet Caitlin for a veggie meal in such a artsy city like Asheville. We lived 1000 miles apart for too long. She’s so much fun and loving.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 21, 2011, 11:06 pm

    Miss America Pageant! Haha no idea where that came from.

  • Laine October 21, 2011, 11:09 pm

    The New England Patriots??

  • Rosie October 22, 2011, 12:06 am

    The family platter is my all time fave! It’s comfort food exemplified!

    (I live in Asheville)

  • Christine @ BookishlyB October 22, 2011, 1:49 am

    Your mom is awesome. Car swapper, candy shop visitor, and cool dresser.

  • khushboo October 22, 2011, 2:47 am

    A race-theme shower, I’m guessin? 🙂

    • Caitlin October 22, 2011, 8:44 am

      Ding ding ding!

  • Alexia @ NamasteYoga October 22, 2011, 3:13 am

    i love goats cheese on hummus on toast. i top mine with alfalfa sprouts!

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt October 22, 2011, 8:21 am

    I’m so excited for the baby shower. It is going to be so much fun! I’m sure that you’ll do a great job. 🙂

  • Jen October 22, 2011, 8:36 am

    I’m so excited! I know it will be perfect 🙂

  • Rachel @ Mommygetsmoving October 22, 2011, 9:05 am

    My guess is running medals. Baby showers are the best. Can’t wait for the pictures.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me October 22, 2011, 9:54 am

    Love your Mom! One hot mama! 🙂

  • Sophie @ threetimesf October 22, 2011, 12:41 pm

    Ooooohh, I love everything baby-related! Can’t wait to hear all about the baby party 😀

  • Amber K October 22, 2011, 1:26 pm

    I bet she will have a blast at the baby shower, you’re so sweet to throw one for her. And wow, your mom is a beauty. Have a great weekend!

  • Amanda October 22, 2011, 2:45 pm

    Your mom looks beautiful! Very stylish. 🙂

    I visited Asheville a few years ago when my parents were considering moving there. Definitely the best vegetarian food I’ve ever had – so many great restaurants in such a small town. Rosetta’s Kitchen was awesome, as well as Early Girl Eatery (if I’m remembering correctly).

    Have fun at the baby shower!

    • Joy - HTP Mom October 23, 2011, 8:34 am

      Hi Amanda, You’re so on target = Asheville is a fun little city to meet for a walk, shop and to eat vegetarian food. Thanks for the compliment 🙂

  • Whitney October 22, 2011, 5:49 pm

    OMG!!! You stopped at a Kilwins!! I own a Kilwins in Williamsburg, Virginia. I could recognize that rice krispie anywhere 🙂 That’s SO awesome 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP October 22, 2011, 6:31 pm

      It was a Kilwins!

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