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If you recall, this week was Eat Real Dinners Week.  And guess what?  I managed to do home-cooked meals all week long (to clarify, my goal was all work week since that when I’m the laziest about cooking).  And none of my meals this week included a peanut butter sandwich and ice cream straight from the carton.  Lots of whole grains and healthy proteins and veggies.  I’m happy; growing BabyHTP is happy.  Wahoo! 


I thought I’d celebrate with…. dinner out and ice cream.  Obviously. 


We went out to Fern, Charlotte’s new(ish) vegetarian fine dining restaurant.  I love Fern.  It’s so tasty and fresh.  We started off with the Three Sisters Cakes, which included corn meal and black beans.  Very good app to split.


And I got the Warm Kale Salad.  Last meal at Fern, the kale was cooked more thoroughly; it was more ‘massaged’ this time around.  Both ways were tasty but I prefer my kale mushy.  Smile


After such a delicious vegetarian dining experience, I insisted on taking my sister-in-law to Dairy Queen.  She has never been (she’s from London; apparently, they don’t have the wonder that is DQ in England).  I showed her the light with a Resee’s Blizzard.

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Yes, it’s 30 degrees outside. So?


Off to curl up on the couch and get my edit on!  Have a wonderful weekend.



  • Desirae January 13, 2012, 8:47 pm

    How does eating 4 real dinners constitute a week? You started this on the 9th, so by my count, that’s 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th. Not even a work week.

    • CaitlinHTP January 13, 2012, 8:49 pm

      My goal was to eat real meals during the work week since that’s when I’m the laziest about cooking lately.

      • Desirae January 13, 2012, 8:50 pm

        But Friday is a work day…

        • CaitlinHTP January 13, 2012, 8:52 pm

          Kind of! 🙂 Ah, but Friday night is the start of the weekend!

  • jen January 13, 2012, 8:49 pm

    reeses blizzards are my faaaaaaavorite.

  • Vanessa January 13, 2012, 8:55 pm

    This makes me wish there were some hip vegan/vegetarian restaurants where I live! Have a great weekend Caitlin. =)

    • Caitlin January 13, 2012, 8:56 pm

      Aw you too Vanessa! Happy weekend!

  • Sarah January 13, 2012, 8:55 pm

    I love me a Blizzard! Our DQ closes in the winter because it’s so cold here…enjoy it for me!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB January 13, 2012, 9:23 pm

    It is never too cold for ice cream! I’d be the one in the North Pole a cone. And vegetarian fine dining sounds really awesome. Can you believe I’ve never had kale?

  • Isabella January 13, 2012, 9:25 pm

    You did a fabulous job! Maybe you can occasionally keep it up? I really love the inspiration!
    Sweet Dreams

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats January 13, 2012, 9:31 pm

    ahhhh DQ is so good. I’ve literally had it twice in my life, and yet, I love it. How could you not?

  • Devon January 13, 2012, 9:44 pm

    LOL! When it gets that cold up here in Maine all the ‘walk up to’ Dairy Queen’s close for the season.

  • HTPDad January 13, 2012, 9:44 pm

    haha – good thing you copped to the ice cream – I was going to out you warching while we were skyping!

    PS – Straight from the carton!


    great bump!

  • Army Amy* January 13, 2012, 9:44 pm

    Did they do the thing where they flip the blizzard upside down to show how thick it is? Best part!*

  • HTPDad January 13, 2012, 9:45 pm

    uhhh…out you after WATCHING you eat..

  • Kristen @ semihealthy January 13, 2012, 9:49 pm

    So in England can they name stores king and queen (like Dairy Queen and Burger King) or is that a no-no?

  • Mo January 13, 2012, 10:00 pm

    I just want to let you know how much I appreciate the time and obvious effort you put into this blog. While a lot of the HLB out there have gotten a bit repetitive and lack “content” you always share such good information, interesting topics and yummy, quick meals. Thank you!

  • Emily @ The Swallow Flies January 13, 2012, 11:17 pm

    I wish we had more vegetarian (even MOSTLY vegetarian) restaurants. Unfortunately, the Midwest is pretty much the Meat Capitol of the World. Ugh.

    • Corrie Anne January 13, 2012, 11:22 pm

      Haha. That is so true. I grew up in Minnesota. 🙂

    • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa January 14, 2012, 8:48 am

      You can find a few sweet spots. I have a hard time eating out in the small town that I live in, but drive 30 miles north to Iowa City and I am absolutely in heaven with my handful of choices!

      But I totally get it – my small town is a farming/hog producing area and I am lucky to get an iceberg salad when I go out to eat!

  • Corrie Anne January 13, 2012, 11:22 pm

    I love DQ. I can’t imagine a life without it.

  • Caitlin January 13, 2012, 11:46 pm

    I live in Richmond, Va and the temperature topped off at 40 degrees today but I needed…. yes needed… ice cream after dinner. Makes no sense when you’re freezing already but it’s soo taaassssty! 🙂 Also, good job on the 4 nights of good, well rounded, healthy dinners! That’s better than a lot of people can say. Have a good-warm weekend!

  • Khushboo January 14, 2012, 1:08 am

    I need to see the light with Dairy Queen ASAP!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) January 14, 2012, 6:29 am

    Oh wow…. I have not had a DQ blizzard in way too long. Did your sister in law just love it? My favorite is reeses, oreos or anything with cookie dough/brownie bites (are you sensing a theme here???) 🙂 Enjoy your weekend!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 14, 2012, 8:18 am

    I went out for fro yo last week on the coldest day of the winter so far! There’s no such thing as “too cold” for frozen desserts. 😉

  • Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 14, 2012, 8:25 am

    I would love a recipe for those cakes!

  • Kelly January 14, 2012, 9:12 am

    Do you remember when DQ had “breezes”? They were the frozen yogurt edition of the “blizzard”. They stopped making them years ago but it seems like they hit the fro-yo train a few years before its time.

  • Tamara January 14, 2012, 9:16 am

    I love DQ too! I love that you showed her “the light”. I hope she enjoyed it!

  • AmandaRunsNY January 14, 2012, 10:08 am

    You know what’s funny? For some reason, I have put kale in the vegan camp and so I would never think of eating a kale salad with cheese on it. Strange huh? But that salad does look good.

  • Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries January 14, 2012, 10:57 am

    great looking dinner!! there’s nothin’ like a reese’s blizzard from DQ – yumm! i’m glad you showed your sis-in-law the light. 😉 and totally agree, it’s never too cold for ice cream!

  • Sneakers2sandals January 14, 2012, 11:16 am

    Congrats on finishing your real meal week! I strive for that also. Some weeks are better than others. If I buy enough at the start of the week I feel the pressure of using it all before it goes bad 🙂

  • Kim January 14, 2012, 11:45 am

    That’s cool that it was an old school walk-up DQ as well. Long live the Blizzard.

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery January 14, 2012, 12:27 pm

    My best friend goes to grad school in London and was very happy to see Rice Krispies there! Have you ever eaten at the Pret a Manger chain in England? I wish they were more prevalent in the US.

  • Dana January 14, 2012, 12:33 pm

    I actually have been craving a Dairy Queen blizzard for probably about a month now, they are so delicious! Its only 22 degrees in Pittsburgh today (soooo not really ice cream weather), but I may need to get one…

  • Sarah January 14, 2012, 2:15 pm

    i am happy to report I also ate healthy meals all week long 🙂

  • Amber K January 14, 2012, 2:40 pm

    I’m actually partial to Reese’s McFlurry’s, but even in the cold soft-serve ice cream from wherever sounds perfect.

  • erica January 14, 2012, 5:59 pm

    it’s never too cold for ice cream! it’s never too anything for ice cream! =)

  • Irina G @ Fit Flexitarian January 15, 2012, 1:02 am

    Sounds like you had a pretty good week and a great start to the weekend. Think you’ll continue to try to cook more on work days?

  • Sophie @ LoveLiveAndLearn January 15, 2012, 3:48 am

    No we don’t have Dairy Queen over here and I’m so jealous!
    And it’s never too cold for ice cream 😛
    Your meal sounds delicious, I had the most amazing vegetarian meal on Friday too – one of the best main courses I’ve ever eaten!

  • HF January 15, 2012, 4:59 pm

    Can I just say that I love the fact that you went to a delish-looking fine dining restaurant and followed it up with a trip to DQ? I find that very funny – and kinda makes me want both!

  • Lexi @ Cura Personalis Foodie January 20, 2012, 11:20 pm

    Never been to DQ either?

    Haha is my life that incomplete!?!?

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