Monday at the Villa

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I feel more relaxed today than I have for the last ten months.  Vacations are the best.


Now that all the wedding madness is over, we’re taking the day to chill by the pool and hang out.  It is positively amazing.



I’m currently reading a trashy romance novel called “The Greek Tycoon’s Defiant Bride.”  It is epically sexiest and clichéd.   But I obviously cannot put it down.


Nicole is in a blissful post-wedding mood.


I’m currently on a sugar high from the moist, tasty leftover wedding cake that I ate as a mid-morning snack.  SO delicious.  I ended up transporting the cake from the dance floor to the fridge last night, but I tripped and caught the top tier with my hand – so there’s a giant Caitlin handprint on the side of the middle tier!  Whoops!  Still tasty, though.


Lunch was more wedding leftovers – a little millet, roasted veggies, crumbled crackers, kidney beans, and a basil soy sauce dressing.



When I get home, I want to figure out how to recreate that sauce – it’s heavy on the basil and so, so good.


Well, I’m going to go crack open a coconut…


Have a great Monday!



  • Hillary October 10, 2011, 2:15 pm

    I love that you can tell the frosting on that cake is the really good, really sugary kind. Get in my belly.

  • April @ Grits and Granola Bars October 10, 2011, 2:15 pm

    I’ll trade Mondays with you if ya want 😉

  • Caitlin October 10, 2011, 2:17 pm

    I love the husband’s fedora! Having cake at non-dessert times is a great silver lining for special events being over. I used to look forward to having leftover birthday cake for breakfast after every birthday!

  • Laura October 10, 2011, 2:31 pm

    I ate some amazing cake yesterday. I’m still thinking about it…

    I am so jealous of your trip. Luckily I have a DC vacation in a couple weeks!

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 10, 2011, 2:31 pm

    I heart wedding cake and that slice looks amazing. I don’t think I have ever read a trashy romance novel. I’m kind of surprised by that since I love mindless entertainment and trashy TV.

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 10, 2011, 2:35 pm

    Looks like an awesome time is being had by all. Coconut catching and cake eating and pool lounging.

  • Moni'sMeals October 10, 2011, 2:42 pm

    live it up!!!

  • katie @ KatieDid October 10, 2011, 2:47 pm

    Good luck cracking that coconut! I’ve attempted that several time and its not easy.

  • Sarah @ w30 October 10, 2011, 2:50 pm

    That place looks AMAZING! I can’t get over lagoon-like pool. And the views … (she sighs as she stares at her office wall under florescent lighting). Can’t wait to read Nicole’s recap – but just the events surrounding the ceremony tell me this is one awesome destination wedding. 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 10, 2011, 2:54 pm

    oh my gosh, wedding cake. I could literally eat an entire wedding cake. like for real.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 10, 2011, 2:56 pm

    Aww it sounds like you guys are having SO much fun!! Congrats to the bride and groom on their special weekend/day!! Enjoy that sunshine! 🙂

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 10, 2011, 3:02 pm

    i love your trashy romance novels!! that cake looks simply amazing 🙂

  • Vanessa @ Swift as Shadows October 10, 2011, 3:14 pm

    I wish I was spending my Monday similarly. =) Would also love to have the recipe for that basil sauce — sounds delicious!

  • Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled October 10, 2011, 3:50 pm

    Sounds like a great vacation. It’s always nice to get to spend time with friends in a beautifl location.

    And trashy novels are always great on vacation. A staple!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 10, 2011, 4:02 pm

    THAT sounds amazing–fresh coconut! Yummm.

    I love the water, the sun, and laying out —what a relaxing vacation and fun time with the friends. ENJOY!

    And nice job on catching the cake!–better a handprint than NO cake, ya know?! 😉 hah.

    • CaitlinHTP October 11, 2011, 9:10 pm

      Handprint cake still tastes good!

  • Sweet and Savvy October 10, 2011, 4:11 pm

    I think your day should be classified as “Best Monday Ever” 🙂

    Glad the wedding went so well!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 10, 2011, 4:21 pm

    I take it you guys are not having a case of the Mondays like the rest of us??? I’m glad you’re all having some fun and celebrating the couple!

  • Lisa October 10, 2011, 4:27 pm

    Have fun!!! Everything looks so wonderful!

  • crystal October 10, 2011, 4:50 pm

    you look so happy! This is making me crave a vacation1

  • Ashley @ Good Taste Healthy Me October 10, 2011, 4:55 pm

    So jealous! I can’t wait for a vacation. Unfortunately not till my honeymoon!

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  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 10, 2011, 5:48 pm

    Ok, really, these posts are making me want to hop on a plane to somewhere tropical. Ahhhh it looks SO relaxing…not to mention mind-blowingly beautiful.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 10, 2011, 6:47 pm

    Good thing you caught the cake, otherwise you would have been eating it off the floor just like in that Friends episode. 😉

    Your day of relaxing sounds so perfect. Enjoy it!

  • Sana October 10, 2011, 7:36 pm

    I love love wedding cake 🙂

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul October 10, 2011, 9:37 pm

    The wedding cake looks delicious! And it must be so blissful to be there Caitlin! Have a great day~

  • Elisabeth October 10, 2011, 11:56 pm

    So glad you’re having a relaxing vacation with the husband & friends! I’ve never been to Puerto Rico, but from the looks of your trip, I need to get there ASAP 🙂

  • Amber K October 11, 2011, 1:21 pm

    Ooh I miss wedding cake! Truly the best. Although I was able to try a gluten-free cupcake this weekend that was actually good! Rocked.

  • Sara October 12, 2011, 10:10 am

    I make a thai basil curry using this recipe. You can add more basil than mentioned in the recipe.

  • Sophie @ threetimesf October 18, 2011, 7:12 pm

    I haven’t had cake like that in ages – massive jealous face!!

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