Dish It Out

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Today was a good day.  The family took a half day and closed the clinic early (we all work there – the Husband and I, plus my mother-, father-, and sister-in-law) to celebrate my mother-in-law’s birthday.  She’s super crafty and is a great painter, so we took her to Dish It Out, a pottery and painting studio.


We each picked out unpainted ceramic piece and got to work.  I thought we’d all chatter the entire time, but we had to concentrate so hard on our painting that the table was peaceful and calm.  It was actually quite meditative!


Rosalind made this amazing Christmas pitcher.  How impressive is this?


I made a piggy bank for the baby’s nursery.  Tried to keep it gender neutral!



And Kristien made a University of Miami serving tray.  We’re going to keep the remotes in it until tailgate season, and then we’ll use it to serve chips and whatnot.


My father- and sister-in-law made a bunch of Christmas tree ornaments.


I would DEFINITELY recommend pottery painting for a birthday party or date night – it was so much more fun than I expected it to be, and it was challenging, too.  Plus, I love that we get to have keepsakes from the party (they have to glaze and fire the pieces in the kiln, and then we get to bring our creations home).


We also went to Petit Philippe, a local wine and chocolate shop.


We selected many, many fine chocolates.  My favorite is the OMG chocolate – milk chocolate on the outside, caramel creaminess on the inside, all topped with sea salt.


All in all, I think Rosalind had a really nice birthday party.


Once the family went home, I went for a 3.0 mile run… in my new Enell sports bra!  I walked out in this sports bra and the Husband said, “Whoa.  That is an INTENSE bra.”  Strap ‘em in and load ‘em up!


Enell sent me a bra to review after seeing my post on Sports Bras for the B.T.C,  Enell bras are known as amazingly supportive bras for larger-chested women, and I have to say – I was impressed.  I will definitely buy another Enell bra.  The full back kept the pressure off my shoulders, and because the bra comes up so high, all bounce is eliminated.  Also, although the design is a little… well, intense… I like how modest it is.  There is a time and place for cleavage, and for me, it’s not during a run.  Enell gets two thumbs up!


And last, but not least, remember that too-dry casserole from last night?  A few readers suggested adding pasta sauce or tomatoes to spice it up; I slathered the leftovers in creamy tomato soup, and it was an AMAZING switch-up.  It basically created a new dish!



Thought of the Day:


“Cherish the small moments, because you may look back on them later and realize they were actually big moments.”



  • Kelly December 15, 2011, 8:46 pm

    I have one Enell bra and even though they are a bit $$, it’s the best purchase I’ve made for when I do any time of jogging/walking. And yes, I’s intense! But for good reasons 🙂

  • Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife December 15, 2011, 8:47 pm

    What a fun and unique way to celebrate a birthday! I always forget about pottery painting!

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 15, 2011, 8:49 pm

    My husband and most of our close friends are artists and I’ve always wanted to go to one of those places with them. I would love to see what they would do. Looks like a fun celebration!

  • katie @ KatieDid December 15, 2011, 8:56 pm

    ahha I got a good laugh at your husbands comment about the bra!
    I used to go to a similar pottery place for birthday parties and occasionally with my family, it was always a ton of fun and I still have everything I made there, the pig is so cute.. college fund!

  • Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn December 15, 2011, 9:03 pm

    I love painting pottery with my family, it IS so meditative! My favorite is a giant salad bowl I made last year. Family time = happy time.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife December 15, 2011, 9:04 pm

    I love doing pottery like that–SO fun. And you’re right it’s meditative.

    Congrats on a new bra–you’re right, running is NO place to have a bunch of cleavage everywhere. Haha.

  • Army Amy* December 15, 2011, 9:06 pm

    Your MIL has skills! That pitcher is gorgeous!*

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 15, 2011, 9:11 pm

    I love painting pottery. I have done it twice in the last month. It is so calming.

  • Heidi December 15, 2011, 9:12 pm

    What a cute idea, love the piggy bank!

  • Jen December 15, 2011, 9:13 pm

    Wow, your MIL is wicked talented! I love everything you guys created…the piggy bank is especially sweet though!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb December 15, 2011, 9:25 pm

    i LOVE make your own pottery. my little cousins were here a few weeks ago and i took them — we had a blast!

    glad round 2 of the casserole was better 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 15, 2011, 9:29 pm

    I love pottery painting too! I go with my roommate quite a bit and love how relaxing it is. Your piggy bank looks great!

  • Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama December 15, 2011, 9:39 pm

    I love that the men did the pottery with you. How fun!

    I also love your quote at the end of your post–life is all about the small moments.

  • Renee December 15, 2011, 9:45 pm

    Sending happiness and love your way………..just because I haven’t commented in forever and I soooo love your blog!!

    • CaitlinHTP December 16, 2011, 9:58 am

      Aw thank you SO much!

  • Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions December 15, 2011, 9:56 pm

    Rosalind’s pitcher is super impressive! And your piggy bank is adorable 😉 I went to a paint your own pottery place this summer with family friends and it was so much fun. I use my creation as a fruit bowl!

  • Rachel Starr December 15, 2011, 10:25 pm

    Love BabyHTP’s piggy bank! I just took my 2yr old daughter to a pottery painting place to paint herself a ” piggy pink” as she calls it :). We ended up painting a bunch of ornaments for family & a coffee mug for daddy. A fun little project 🙂

  • Shannon December 15, 2011, 10:31 pm

    I love that you all made functional things! Every time I have been to one of those pottery places, I feel like I never have made anything cute or worth keeping, making something for a sports team or holiday is such a cute idea! I will keep it in mind next time I find myself in a pottery making situation!

  • Khushboo December 15, 2011, 10:33 pm

    Love the piggy bank- so cute!

  • Laura December 15, 2011, 10:34 pm

    That bra is quite… intense. The girls aren’t going anywhere!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 15, 2011, 10:49 pm

    The pitcher is incredibly impressive! I’m horrible at that kind of stuff and whatever I picked would probably come out looking like a 1 year old painted it.

  • Baking Serendipity December 15, 2011, 10:53 pm

    I haven’t painted pottery in so long. It looks like such fun…and what you all made is gorgeous!

  • Chelsea December 15, 2011, 11:01 pm

    I need to get one of those bras for my mom! She always blames her boobies for being the reason that she can’t run ha.

  • Penny December 16, 2011, 1:24 am

    I’m a triple D (*gasp*)…..I must have that bra.

  • Jen December 16, 2011, 2:47 am

    Sounds like a wonderful day! I LOVE that you all got together to do something fun with your mom-in-law! Also, love your piggy bank!

  • Megan @ Striving for strides December 16, 2011, 7:24 am

    We have a pottery studio in Tampa too. I love going there. It gives me some time to unwind and use my creative side (unartistic side, mind you). So far, a lot of the pottery that I’ve done have been alma mater related (USF). I love the piggy bank! Baby HTP will love that! What are your plans for the piggy? Are you going to add money to periodically?

    • CaitlinHTP December 16, 2011, 9:57 am

      Just throw the change in there and maybe do something fun with the baby when its all filled up? That would be a fun tradition.

  • Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous December 16, 2011, 7:29 am

    I really like Champion sport bras, super supportive and affordable!

  • Hillary December 16, 2011, 7:32 am

    I never feel the need to look cute in a sports bra. Keep those puppies strapped down and look dowdy, for all I care!

  • Amanda December 16, 2011, 7:33 am

    I love that quote. It’s so true.

    Sounds like a great birthday party. Everyone did such an awesome job with their painting! Rosalind’s pitcher, in particular, is awesome – it looks professional!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 16, 2011, 8:03 am

    Painting pottery sounds like so much fun, but my artistic skills are basically nil! 😛 That piggy bank you made is so cute!

  • Kara December 16, 2011, 8:06 am

    The pig with “Hope” written across its butt makes me think of some sort of Ducalax ad campaign 🙂

  • HRCK @ December 16, 2011, 8:59 am

    Your mother-in-law is so talented– that pitcher looks so professional!

    I have some massive bras like that as well– they definitely aren’t the daintiest of underpinnings, but they do their job well:)

  • Sarah December 16, 2011, 9:06 am

    What a cute idea to take your mother in law to pottery painting. Her vase is awesome!

  • Kelly December 16, 2011, 9:14 am

    that’s funny – I went to a “paint it yourself” studio last night too! Once a month, our studio (called Paint Yourself Silly) hosts a “Wine and Design” night where they walk you through a project and also serve wine. Was so fun!!! Glad to you had fun too 🙂

  • Danielle December 16, 2011, 9:24 am

    I love painting pottery! But I just discovered this new thing, a paint bar. It is a place where you can get instruction on how to paint the picture of the day, drink some beer or wine and have a good time. I just found one in Boston called, The Paint Bar. It is a good time!

    • CaitlinHTP December 16, 2011, 9:56 am

      Um, that is an AWESOME business concept! They had booze at Dish it Out, too!

  • Emma @ Getting There & Going Places December 16, 2011, 9:36 am

    Wow that looks like so much fun! Great, original idea for a party!
    Your mother in law really has some talent! And the piggy bank you made is so adorable! 😀
    Looks like you guys had a good time 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat December 16, 2011, 9:37 am

    We did pottery painting for a friend’s birthday back in September and it was my first time! So much fun for sure. We had some wine and snacks and really made it a girl’s night out 🙂 I ended up making a huge coffee mug that I painted purple with my initials on it. I want to go back and do it again sometime!

  • Reenie December 16, 2011, 9:55 am

    Your MIL’s pitcher is really cute. Several years ago I took one of my niece’s and a few friends and we did that. It was fun =)

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION December 16, 2011, 9:59 am

    I love pottery! I would love to take actual, regular classes on how to make jugs, mugs, plates, etc. and love the idea of getting a group of people together to do pottery painting. 😀

  • Jen December 16, 2011, 11:09 am

    I love to paint pottery! Most recently I painted a little penguin ornament for our tree and before that I painted a sugar bowl!

    I have a couple of questions about the Enell bra, now that you’ve used it firsthand!
    Was the Enell bra true to your regular bra size?
    Are there any scratchy or rough parts on the inside?
    Were you able to breathe well enough?

    Thanks Caitlin!


    • Caitlin December 16, 2011, 11:13 am

      I ordered a size 0 and wish I had gotten a 1 because it seemed a little tight on the ribcage. So I would use their sizing guide but if you’re close to being too big for one size, I would go up a size.

      • Jen December 16, 2011, 11:33 am

        Thank you!

  • Cortney @ Nerd on the Run December 16, 2011, 1:03 pm

    I have 2 Enells one in black and one in white and wouldn’t trade them for the world!! No more going back to 2 sports bras that dig into you skin and actually hurt you more than the bounce would!! Enell has helped me be able to enjoy running and working out again!! And it’s the first time I’ve been a size 2 in anything!!!! 🙂

  • Amber K December 16, 2011, 1:36 pm

    I agree, a run is definitely not the time for cleavage!

  • Jolene ( December 16, 2011, 6:42 pm

    That is SUCH a thoughtful and wonderful birthday to plan for your mother-in-law!

  • Devon December 16, 2011, 7:17 pm

    I’m 40DD and i buy sports bras from moving comfort. They have a ton of sizes and the bras look more ‘pretty’, (i can’t think of a better

    The pitcher that your mother-in-law painted was beautiful!

  • Joey December 16, 2011, 7:27 pm

    That looks like such a fun outing… Unfortunately I am not creative at all and would end up stressing out about what to make. Your MIL’s pitcher is gorgeous! And I love your lil piggy bank 🙂

  • Jenn December 17, 2011, 2:21 am

    Haha that bra takes up half your torso! 😉 I had that bra once and that’s the very reason I couldn’t stand it. I found some with equal support that were smaller and more comfortable.

    Your pig is adorable though.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 17, 2011, 12:26 pm

    Hahaha that is really a serious bra, but I’m sure it makes exercising so much more comfortable! And I love painting pottery, lots of girls would do that for birthday parties when I was younger and I’d love to go back!

  • Lauren @ SassyMolassy December 17, 2011, 8:44 pm

    Love all of your pottery choices! THe manfriend and I had a deal to use up at our local pottery painting place this week. We went there on Tues after work and it was crazy how focused we were. No talking or joking because we were trying to make sure our cute little holiday dishes turned out perfectly. I guess we’ll find out when we pick them up tomorrow!

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