February Superlatives

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Even with one extra day, February flew by!  Happy March! Here are the best of the best on HTP from February 2012:


Most AdmirableCast-Iron Tofu.  I’m still a fan of baking tofu, but I really love how tofu cooks up in our new wok.  This technique is by far my favorite way to prepare my favorite vegetarian protein.


Most Honest:  The Naked Face Project Week 3.  I’m so glad that so many of you understood that my discomfort with the label ‘feminist’ isn’t so much what feminism truly means (yay, equality!) but is about the pressure that comes with adopting any label.  The entire Project (you can read all the posts here – the next post will go up tomorrow) is really helping me deepen my understanding and appreciation of proudly wearing the feminist label, though.


Personal Growth Award:  I can’t choose – I love all of my bump updates, week by week! 

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Cutest Couple:  Why, Maggie and the Creepy Baby Doll, of course!  Dogs + Babies is all about how we’re training the dogs to accept their new pack member.  The technique is continuing to work very, very well.


Best Series:  So You Wanna Do a Triathlon, which covers swimming, cycling, running, transitioning, and training.  I cannot wait to do another triathlon this upcoming Fall.  I’ve already got two on my calendar! 

Best Shopping List:  My Favorite Trader Joe’s Products.  As I said at the beginning of the post, if you do not live near a Trader Joe’s – well, let’s all bow our heads for a moment of silence.  You see, TJ’s is the most amazing grocery store ever.  Ever.

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Most Friendly:  Need a few new blogs to browse few?  Of course you do!  There can never be too many blogs!  I’ll Plug My Books, You Plug Your Blog includes links to nearly 500 fun blogs in all categories.


Best Workout:  February was a good month for workouts (still stayin’ active and really proud of myself, overall), but my favorite was this beautiful hike, mostly because James got so muddy and cute.  This picture is my iPhone background.  It makes me so happy every time I look at it.


Most Superficial:  Skin Deep: Selecting a Better Sunscreen.   I sum up the chemicals and sunscreen methods you should avoid, as well as the sunscreens that are considered the most effective by experts (hint: NOT the government, unfortunately).

Miss Popularity:  Creating a Walking Habit.  I was so pleased to hear so many cries of “I LOVE TO WALK!”  I really think walking is underrated as a workout and as a stress reliever.  Three cheers for walking.


Crowd Pleaser:  Spinach and Goat Cheese Cornbread Quiche.  By far the tastiest thing I’ve created in a while.  I need to whip this up again soon!


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What was the best part of February 2012 for you?  Any standout February posts on your blog, if you’re a blogger, too? Feel free to link away!



  • Hillary March 1, 2012, 5:38 pm

    Honestly, the best part of February was my dad’s 60th birthday. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma when I was five and is celebrating his 21st year in remission right now. My brother and I put together a small, intimate dinner party for him, told him we’ll be taking him on a wine tasting tour for his gift, and gave him the coolest present of all: a collection of personal letters that we put together from all of his closest family and friends. We spent a couple of hours eating, reading the letters, laughing, and crying. It was kind of fantastic!

    And of course I posted about it: http://gowiththedough.wordpress.com/2012/02/12/sixty/

    • CaitlinHTP March 1, 2012, 10:10 pm

      Happy Birthday to your dad!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 1, 2012, 5:40 pm

    The cutest couple had me cracking me up! I forgot all about the creepy baby doll!!

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery March 1, 2012, 5:41 pm

    I’ve enjoyed all of your baby updates, those are my favorite to read.

    As for me, my favorite post on my blog was the one I did on Valentine’s Day. At that point I reached 14 weeks eating disorder symptom free, which is the longest I’ve ever gone and it was a huge accomplishment for me.

    Happy March!!

  • Caroline @ After Dinner Dance March 1, 2012, 5:42 pm

    Starting my blog and finding a new favorite recipe! http://afterdinnerdance.com/2012/02/27/amazing-yogurt-marinated-chicken/

    • CaitlinHTP March 1, 2012, 10:09 pm

      Welcome to blogging!

  • Stephanie @ Legally Blinde March 1, 2012, 6:22 pm

    Wow, that’s great that you’ve already got two triathlons on your calendar in the fall! Very exciting. I think the best part of February for me was starting my own blog after thinking about doing so for many months 🙂 My favorite post so far is one I wrote about a mushroom spinach quiche I made because making up my own recipes is a challenge for me and this seemed like an accomplishment: http://legallyblinde.blogspot.com/2012/02/sauteed-spinach-and-mushroom-quiche.html

  • Brie @ Brie Fit March 1, 2012, 6:58 pm

    The best blog post of February was announcing I’m pregnant! Holla!


  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 1, 2012, 7:39 pm

    I love the walking post, walking rocks!

  • Stephanie @ Food and Fitness 4 Real March 1, 2012, 7:51 pm

    That spinach and goat cheese cornbread quiche looks wonderful – thanks for re-posting this and I am going to try it make it this weekend.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB March 1, 2012, 7:53 pm

    I think the best part of my February was jumping out of a plane (link to blog post http://bookishlyboisterous.blogspot.com/2012/02/when-reading-is-wrongi-jumped-out-of.html ). Yup, skydiving! I can’t believe I did it- it may not have been “fun,” but it definitely reinforced my need for adventure.

    • CaitlinHTP March 1, 2012, 10:07 pm

      You are so brave!

  • Amy March 1, 2012, 7:57 pm

    hmm the best part of feb for me was seeing our baby on the ultrasound for the first time!! 🙂 pretty amazing stuff!! btw, you’re making me miss trader joe’s…none around here! 🙁

    • CaitlinHTP March 1, 2012, 10:07 pm

      Aw congrats, Amy.

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb March 1, 2012, 8:41 pm

    i love your superlative recaps! my favorite posts of the month were definitely your baby bump updates… can’t believe how quickly it’s flown by!

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 1, 2012, 8:52 pm

    Major LOLs on the cutest (creepy doll) couple 😉

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 1, 2012, 8:55 pm

    Love the recaps–that tofu sounds yummy!!

  • Ashley @ This Is The Place March 1, 2012, 9:30 pm

    The husband and I moved across the country in August…and we chose our apartment because it is across the street from *drum roll* a Trader Joe’s, a Whole Foods AND a running store. Seriously, proximity to TJ’s was a huge selling point for us. That place is awesome.

    On the flip side, the WF bar is taking a toll on my wallet. So easy and delicious!

    • CaitlinHTP March 1, 2012, 10:06 pm

      Dang. That is awesome location!

  • Sneakers2Sandals March 1, 2012, 9:43 pm

    I loved all these posts from Feb! I’m glad you made me look back at all my Feb posts. At times I feel that ‘time flies’ but then I look at this and realize well no..that seemed like forever ago.

    Like when I learned a few things about my butt cheaks.

  • Catalina @ Cake with Love March 1, 2012, 10:01 pm

    I love all the baby updates pists too! February was a great month, too bad that time flies so quick!

  • Luvwhatyoudo March 1, 2012, 10:41 pm

    Our cat unexpectedly passed at the beginning of the month, which was just so sad. This post about her frisky adventures and some of my favorite and funniest pictures makes me smile, remembering all of the hilarious times we had together.

  • Adina March 2, 2012, 12:19 am

    I am so glad I am not the only one who likes tofu! 🙂

    Best of February:
    On the Go Oatmeal Squares. To die for!! http://adiventures.wordpress.com/2012/02/02/on-the-go-oatmeal-squares/

  • Laura @ She Eats Well March 2, 2012, 1:25 am

    Amen to Trader Joes. Best grocery store ever. And I just want to say that I appreciate the thoughtfulness that goes into your posts! There is always something interesting!

    • CaitlinHTP March 2, 2012, 8:39 am

      Thank you so much!

  • Anna March 2, 2012, 7:45 am

    February flew by! I think my proudest accomplishment (and post) was making my first whole chicken in the crockpot…it was so easy and delicious!

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 2, 2012, 9:40 am

    I can’t believe it’s March already, time is flying! The high point of February for me had to be celebrating 2 years with the boyfriend, coming back with no pain after taking 2 weeks off of running for my hip, and the boyfriend buying me a Garmin!


  • Amber K March 2, 2012, 2:24 pm

    February completely flew on by. It came, it went. Whew! I love your posts, but I think my favorite of yours this month was The Naked Face Project because it really got me thinking about my own habits and the reasons behind them.

    My favorite post of mine was my and my husband’s love story for Valentine’s Day. Because I’m a goober, and he is too. http://www.foundmyspark.com/2012/02/13/formysweetheart

    • Jen March 3, 2012, 2:19 am

      Awww…I just couldn’t resist checking this out (glad I did) & it was the SWEETEST!!! Congrats on (almost) ten years!

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