Dinner by Sophie

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Good evening!


Tonight, we drove to my in-laws’ house for a lovely dinner.  My sister-in-law, Sophie, lives with them and is the most AMAZING chef.  I knew she would have something amazing on the table!

Eaten on the long drive over – an apple and sunflower butter


When we arrived, Sophie was preparing a delicious Thai dish in the kitchen.  I really don’t know where she learned to cook – I think she’s mainly self-taught through cookbooks – but truly – she’s so good.  Everything she makes tastes restaurant-quality.



Sophie told me she went to the ‘international supermarket’ (which I think is mainly Asian food and veggies) to select all the goodies for this dish.  Including the most beautiful baby bok choy!


There were seven veggies in this dish (carrots, bamboo shoots, squash, bok choy, sprouts, parsnips, and broccoli), as well as nine different spices, all marinated in a coconut milk.  I can’t remember all the spices… but it all added up to something really spicy and delicious.


I had three servings.  Mmmm.


And for dessert: brownies, whip cream, and ice cream.


Thought of the Day:


Did you hear that Apple founder Steve Jobs passed away from pancreatic cancer?  I was truly saddened to hear this.  Steve’s vision touched our modern life in so many ways – from the computer to the iPod.  His legacy is everywhere in the technologies that surround us.  I leave you tonight with this wonderful quote from Steve (yes, I’ve been all about the quotes lately!):


“You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.

So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.

You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever.

This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.”

– Steve Jobs



  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 5, 2011, 9:36 pm

    i was so sad to hear this news. he has really defined a generation in a way that may never be done again.

    delicious dinner!

  • Carin October 5, 2011, 9:41 pm

    Yummy dinner… but were the brownies hiding under the cream and ice cream? I can only see choccy sauce!

    Who do the bums in the kitchen pic belong to?

    • Caitlin October 5, 2011, 9:42 pm

      Hahah yes, it was hiding under a glob of ice cream.

      My MIL and Sophie! The chef and her assistant 🙂

      • Reenie October 5, 2011, 10:49 pm

        Can you find out what kind of jeans Sophie is wearing please =)

        Dinner looks great.

        Love the new look of your blog too.

        Thx, Lorena

        • Caitlin October 6, 2011, 10:32 am

          I think they are Seven for All Mankind.

  • Sana October 5, 2011, 9:45 pm

    You have an awesome SIL!

    • Jenn October 6, 2011, 9:55 am

      IA. I vote Sophie starts a blog!

  • katie @ KatieDid October 5, 2011, 9:49 pm

    That TED talk by Steve is so inspirational. And that quote is one of my all time favorite, thanks for including it 🙂 Oh my dinner looks fabulous, I don’t think I’ve ever had bok choy.

    • annie anonymous! October 6, 2011, 2:48 am

      That actually wasn’t a TED talk – that was from the commencement address gave in 2005 at Stanford. I remember a lot of quotes from that speech because I was lucky enough to be graduating that year and was sitting in the audience with my classmates, hearing it live!

      • annie anonymous! October 6, 2011, 2:49 am

        edited to correct my typo: commencement address HE gave at Stanford in 2005!

        • katie @ KatieDid October 6, 2011, 8:00 am

          Oh wow that must have been amazing to see! Yes I knew it was a commencement speech, I just meant I had seen it on TED, oops!

      • Caitlin October 6, 2011, 10:32 am

        So awesome Annie that you got to hear him LIVE!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 5, 2011, 9:55 pm

    I LOVE that quote. If it weren’t for him, my husband would not be where he is today as an illustrator. He has truly touched our family with his brilliance. It is so sad that he is now gone.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 5, 2011, 9:56 pm

    oh my goodness, that dessert looks soooo good…. I can’t stop thinking about it now.

  • Amy October 5, 2011, 10:02 pm

    Yum! To your dinner 🙂

    And your new layout looks GREAT! There’s such a calming effect to it – elegant and simple, and a great choice of colour. Love it!

    • Amy October 5, 2011, 10:35 pm

      And I can’t believe I forgot to comment on Steve Jobs.

      I was literally in shock when I heard – I mean yes, his health problems were publicized, and he stepped down which was a significant move, but for him to go so fast? It’s incredible.

      The man had so much wisdom – and he’s made such an impact on so many industries. He mentioned wanting to make a blip in the universe, but he’s made so much more than that.

      His creative vision and he himself, will be greatly missed. The world lost an icon today.

      And we can only hope for a world without cancer. To someone who’s lost family and friends to it – every life lost is one too many.

      • Caitlin October 6, 2011, 10:33 am


  • Fit Chick Britt October 5, 2011, 10:23 pm

    Love the new look and that quote is wonderful. So saddened by the news, Steve Jobs sure made a huge impact on our society.

  • Amanda @ AmandaRunsNY October 5, 2011, 10:29 pm

    I had the craziest day at work and missed the news on Steve Jobs until I read your blog (I guess given the crazy day, I chose to read blogs instead of the news.) I am so sad to hear that, but what an amazing quote…it reminds me to keep on looking forward, instead of questioning the past. What’s done is done, right?

    • Caitlin October 6, 2011, 10:34 am

      I also choose to read blogs instead of real news 😉

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 5, 2011, 10:33 pm

    Wow, I had NO idea he died! He was a good man who did do so much.

    Your dinner looks delicious, by the way!

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition October 5, 2011, 10:48 pm

    I heard about Steve Jobs’ passing on my drive home from work tonight and was so sad. He did so many great things with influencing the technology we use today, and his legacy will surely live on.

  • Reenie October 5, 2011, 10:51 pm

    Forgot to add….RIP Steve….what an incredible man.

  • Allie @ SweetPotatoBites October 5, 2011, 11:08 pm

    Such a great quote…Steve Jobs will definitely be missed.

  • Dee October 5, 2011, 11:23 pm

    It’s so sad to lose such a visionary. He was such an inspirational man.

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 5, 2011, 11:40 pm

    Her kitchen looks incredible! I have a thing for kitchen islands, and I’m loving that that one appears to have lots of storage space.

    Oh, and the food looks good too, haha.

  • Katie of Cabbage Ranch October 5, 2011, 11:43 pm

    I love this quote because it reveals that even the Apple Oracle operated off faith and instinct.

  • Katie October 5, 2011, 11:53 pm

    Love the new design!

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' FitnessDiaries October 6, 2011, 12:27 am

    YUMMM – my husband and I love Thai dishes lately. By the way, love your new design!

  • Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled October 6, 2011, 12:33 am

    That is an amazing kitchen! Totally a dream kitchen.

    It made me sad to hear about Steve Jobs, because of his contributions to technology. I feel bad for his family since he had four children too. They’ll always miss their daddy and it always breaks my heart when someone dies prematurely.

  • @HilaryFleming October 6, 2011, 1:12 am

    THis Steve Jobs things is really sad. I feel like society just lost a modern Shakespeare. So ahead of his time, so inspirational. I really like that he was so intuitively connected to the world, himself, and his vision. Such a teacher for the rest of us in realizing our dreams. Thanks for sharing the quote.

    btw, I like the header on the blog. nicely done.

  • Khushboo October 6, 2011, 1:55 am

    Caitlin, I LOVE your new layout…looking super ‘awesomesauce’ 😀

  • Jenn October 6, 2011, 2:24 am

    Your blog looks AMAZING! My only suggestion is maybe changing the font on the pictures to the right of your entries… they just scream ~*omg*~ comic sans 14 year old girl’s first livejournal lol. But to each their own, if you like it then that is all that matters 🙂

    • Caitlin October 6, 2011, 10:35 am

      haha but i love comic sans! i know i know – this is in the works.

  • Liz October 6, 2011, 3:33 am

    I was very sad to hear about Steve Jobs – it’s hard to imagine life now without some of the technology he’s been responsible for! Great quote from him!

  • Daisy October 6, 2011, 4:44 am

    Wow Caitlin, new website design looks AMAZING. Very professional! x

  • Lynne October 6, 2011, 5:47 am

    Love the new layout, Caitlin. So sad to hear the news of Steve Jobs passing.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 6, 2011, 7:47 am

    That’s so sad about Steve Jobs!

    Sophie’s dinner looks amazing though. It definitely looks like a restaurant quality meal! 😀

  • Lee October 6, 2011, 7:54 am

    So sad about Steve Jobs. I’ve been a Mac girl since I was a kid!

  • katie @ KatieDid October 6, 2011, 7:59 am

    Oh wow that must have been amazing. Yes I knew it was a commencement speech, I just meant I had seen it on TED, oops!

  • Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas October 6, 2011, 8:02 am

    Mmmm I love Thai food! The dish sounds delish!

    I was so shocked to hear the news about Steve. It just seems unreal and makes you question what will happen to apple?

  • Hillary October 6, 2011, 8:13 am

    Your in-laws’ kitchen made me swoon. Jealous.

  • Katy @ HaveYouHurd October 6, 2011, 8:22 am

    Love the new layout! I also loooove your in-laws kitchen. I want! Do you think you can get that recipe for the thai dinner from your sis-in-law? I’d love to make that for the hubs.

    I was also shocked to hear of Steve Job’s passing. People are comparing him to Einstein and Thomas Edison, and rightfully so. He absolutely changed our generation with the Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad. A true visionary.

    • Caitlin October 6, 2011, 10:32 am

      I’ll email her!

  • Ashley October 6, 2011, 8:23 am

    Just wanted to say that I love the new layout!

  • Becky @ Fit Chick on the Fly October 6, 2011, 8:23 am

    LOVING the new blog…GO CANES!!! 😉 I have those same shorts in orange

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) October 6, 2011, 8:23 am

    I may be late to the party, but I have to say that your new look is AWESOME!!! Love it 🙂

  • Mai October 6, 2011, 8:45 am

    The new design looks great!

  • Molly @ RDexposed October 6, 2011, 8:51 am

    Things that are looking great:
    your friends kitchen!
    baby bok choy!
    your new look!

  • Rebecca October 6, 2011, 8:55 am

    Loving the new blog design! Especially the header…so crisp and colorful! That Thai dish looks incredible. I love friends that cook 🙂

  • Lily October 6, 2011, 9:18 am

    I’m loving your new blog design – your pictures are amazing as well!

    • Caitlin October 6, 2011, 10:31 am

      Thank you Lily!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf October 6, 2011, 9:25 am

    Mmmm, that thai dish looks wonderful – any meal with that many veggies has to be a winner!

  • Athena @ Fitness & Feta October 6, 2011, 9:44 am

    I really like that quote. One of my other favorites of his is this one:

    “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.”

    • Caitlin October 6, 2011, 10:31 am

      I love that quote, too 🙂

  • Amy October 6, 2011, 10:29 am

    I actually cried when I heard about Steve Jobs (might be the PMS, but cancer has a special horrible place in my heart) and I have never even owned any Apple products. Truly a great man. I feel so bad for his suffering.

  • Carol October 6, 2011, 10:38 am

    I watched the video of Steve Job’s 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, and it was truly inspiring. I think I will be making some adjustments in my immediate future.

  • Sara October 6, 2011, 11:12 am

    Im loving the quotes 🙂 keep em coming!!

  • Nicole October 6, 2011, 11:36 am

    I second the request for the recipe from your SIL. That looks great!

  • Rachel October 6, 2011, 11:50 am

    I LOVE the new website! I love how you did black and white so that the photos really pop off the page. And the scrolling header is fantastic 🙂 The one thing I miss is being able to simply click a button at the bottom of the page to see your previous posts. Then I can go backwards to see all the recent posts that I missed. Are there any thoughts on plugging one of those in? *BIG goofy grin*!!

  • Megan October 6, 2011, 12:31 pm

    I third the request for the recipe. Maybe Sophie would like to do a guest post? My fiancee makes thai food all the time and it’s his favorite. I would love to surprise him by making the delicious dish that Sophie made.

  • Caitlin October 6, 2011, 12:41 pm

    Working on that one 🙂 Stay tuned! Thanks Rachel 🙂

  • mi-an d. October 6, 2011, 12:42 pm

    I’m also saddened by his passing. I cried yesterday. I got my first apple computer back in 2005! Noone even had it yet. I brought it to med school with me and ppl were using PC’s. My techie geeky ex-bf back then told me not to buy a new ipod bc in 3 yrs (this was in 05), apple will combine music, camera and phone so just wait. and i did wait! I’m so sad he has left this life, but man, he was our “modern day thomas edison”. greatest innovator today. he made technology accessible to everyone esp to those who were computer illiterate. may you rest in peace mr jobs! i know you’ll be watching over us…thank you for inspiring us.

  • Amber K October 6, 2011, 12:43 pm

    I didn’t know much about Steve Jobs, but that is an amazing quote. What a loss.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 6, 2011, 12:45 pm

    I want to go to someone’s house for them to make me a delicious dinner!

  • Megan @ On the Road Again October 6, 2011, 4:27 pm

    The new design looks great!!

  • Ali @ Ali Runs October 9, 2011, 5:30 pm

    They have an absolutely gorgeous kitchen!! I’d love cooking in that everyday! 🙂

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