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Did you read this book as a kid?


Not sure why, but I woke up with The Face on the Milk Carton in my head.  Guess those brain neurons took a break from random play on the jukebox and decided to spontaneously pick a book off my brain’s shelf.  Anyway, it’s a Young Adult book about a high school girl who flips over a milk carton and finds her childhood photo staring back at her from under the MISSING banner.  It was one of my favorite books as a kid.


And guess what?  I looked up the author’s biography – and she lives 30 minutes from me in Fort Mill, South Carolina!  Talk about random.




How to Make a Pretty Omelet


A three-egg omelet stuffed with arugula and goat cheese.  Plus buttahed toast.


Thought of the Day:


“The seaweed is always greener in someone else’s lake.” – Sebastian



  • Jamie @ Don't Forget the Cinnamon March 21, 2012, 9:23 am

    I remember loving that book! I read it in middle school as part of our banned book unit (my middle school was quite progressive!) and gave a presentation on why many schools banned it and why or why not that was a good decision on their part.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 21, 2012, 9:29 am

    Haha lovely quote!! I loved that book too when I was younger, and I also loved the book Holes by Louis Sachar, which I believe was made into a movie too. It’s got absolutely nothing to do with The Face on the Milk Carton, but it sticks out in my mind as another one of those books I could read over and over again. Have a great day Caitlin!

  • Gwen March 21, 2012, 9:33 am

    OMG I LOVED that book and Whatever Happend to Janie. The Lifetime movie didn’t do it justice though. <3

  • Laura March 21, 2012, 9:36 am

    I read the book several times and it always made me cry! Every time.

  • Janie March 21, 2012, 9:38 am

    of course i did — the missing girl’s name is “janie” 😉 xo

    i think there was a lifetime movie, too.

  • Lindsay @ Running the Windy City March 21, 2012, 9:38 am

    I LOVED that book! I’m also pretty sure that the book convinced me that I would find my face on a milk cartoon too!

  • Shari March 21, 2012, 9:40 am

    I loved both of those books — such a compelling story!

  • Hillary March 21, 2012, 9:41 am

    I was obsessed with that series (it is a series, right?) I also loved Christopher Pike mysteries. Remember Me was super creepy, and I couldn’t get enough of it for some reason!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape March 21, 2012, 9:48 am

    I totally read that when I was little!! Such a cool/creepy concept for a story!

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 21, 2012, 9:49 am

    I never read the book but I saw the movie that was based off the book! I always thought it was such a crazy story! I knew I wasn’t missing because I look so much like my older brother!

  • Nicole March 21, 2012, 9:53 am

    OMG, I used to be OBSESSED with that book and with Caroline B. Cooney in general! I read all of her stuff! Haven’t though about that book in years…

  • Carolina John March 21, 2012, 9:59 am

    There’s plenty of crazy people in SC, but they can write a good tale. That omlette looks fantastic.

  • Becca @ Blueberry Smiles March 21, 2012, 10:01 am

    Loved that book! I must have read it 13 times! Have you seen the made-for-tv movie?

  • Army Amy* March 21, 2012, 10:10 am

    Great book! I’m tempted to swing by the library at my school and see if they have it!*

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed March 21, 2012, 10:14 am

    And now I will have Under the Sea playing in my head on repeat for the rest of the day haha! Totally read that book but don’t really remember it. Your omlets always look so tasty!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb March 21, 2012, 10:15 am

    oh my gosh, blast from the past! totally read that book — and watched the made for tv movie!

    your omelets are so pretty 🙂

  • Corrie Anne March 21, 2012, 10:17 am

    Ha! I’ve read that book!! I loved it too!!

  • Christine @ BookishlyB March 21, 2012, 10:20 am

    Yup, read it a few times when I was a kid, plus the sequel. Then I proceeded to suspect that EVERYONE was adopted, including the sibblings I saw my mom pregnant with. Thankfully a quick phase…

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat March 21, 2012, 10:22 am

    Caroline B. Cooney was one of my favorite writers! There were sequels, too! 🙂

  • Katie @ cooklaughmove March 21, 2012, 10:26 am

    Yes! I loved that book and the sequel!

  • Callie @ The Wannabe Athlete March 21, 2012, 10:28 am

    I LOVED that book! I also loved “From the Mixed Up Files of Basil E. Frankweiler” – did you read that one?

  • Jeanelle @ Glocal Girl March 21, 2012, 10:33 am

    Ohmygoodness.. FLASHBACK – I loved that book. And also, Whatever Happened To Janie? I remember weird details about that book like she had really curly red hair or something? And her memories of her being kidnapped while at a mall by her ‘adopted’ parents daughter. Weird.

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. March 21, 2012, 10:34 am

    I just read that book again a few months back!!

  • Sneakers2Sandals March 21, 2012, 10:39 am

    you always have the prettiest plates and table clothes/mats! you make me want to get up and go to pier 1…

  • Lea March 21, 2012, 10:49 am

    I remember reading that book, I always thought it was a little creepy. In high school I found out there was a sequel, and I tried to read it but I didn’t get very far because it wasn’t very good.

  • Liz March 21, 2012, 10:50 am

    That book – and all the ones that followed – were amazing!!

  • Linz @ Itz Linz March 21, 2012, 11:05 am

    I definitely read that as a kid!

  • Alaina March 21, 2012, 11:07 am

    I totally remember that book! I saw the TV movie too. What a random thing to think about!

  • Dori March 21, 2012, 11:10 am

    I was OBSESSED with that book! I think there were sequels too? Not 100% sure but I owned the first one and read it so many times until it wore out.

  • Kaitlyn March 21, 2012, 11:11 am

    I loved that book. And then there was a movie (maybe Lifetime) about it. Your omelet looked inspiring.

  • Brittney March 21, 2012, 11:20 am

    Never read the book, but definitely saw the Lifetime movie with Kellie Martin in it!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 21, 2012, 11:38 am

    I’ve never read that book but honestly, I’m quite tempted now.. it sounds interesting!

  • Lisa March 21, 2012, 11:45 am

    Loved the book AND the made-for-TV movie with Kellie Martin!

  • Chelsea March 21, 2012, 12:17 pm

    that is a verrry pretty omelet for sure! Craving eggs now haha.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 21, 2012, 12:30 pm

    Love that quote 😉 Hah

  • Meghan March 21, 2012, 12:42 pm

    I loved that book! Also, we had the exact same breakfast, except substitute spinach for arugula – delicious!

  • Jen March 21, 2012, 12:49 pm

    I love the thought for the day! And I never read The Face on the Milk Carton, but I totally watched the Lifetime movie. It was probably in health class in 8th grade; that class was ALL about the Lifetime movies. Anyone remember the one when DJ Tanner was in an abusive relationship with Kevin Arnold from the Wonder Years? (These actors will forever be 90s sitcom characters to me haha)

    • Liz March 21, 2012, 7:44 pm

      I loved the movie The Face on the Milk Carton! and omg, how did I miss that second one?!??? I gotta IMDB that shit.

  • Mary March 21, 2012, 12:56 pm

    Totally read that book! A great one!

  • Amelia March 21, 2012, 12:59 pm

    I didn’t know Caroline B. Cooney lived in SC! I read that book and watched the movie as a little girl. Growing up I lived up north, now I live in Charleston. Maybe your pregnancy mind is in ‘protection’ mode and worries about the scary thought of having a child kidnapped. Heaven forbid!!

  • Kellie March 21, 2012, 1:27 pm

    That got turned into a movie! I loved the movie!

  • Megan March 21, 2012, 2:00 pm

    Loved that book and the made-for-TV movie starring Kellie Martin!

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt March 21, 2012, 2:36 pm

    No way? The author lives in my town? Very cool! I remember that book and the TV movie with Kelly Martin from Life Goes On. Haha.

  • Amber K March 21, 2012, 2:38 pm

    I loved that book! And the one after it. But I never read the rest of the series.

    I wasn’t as big of a fan of the TV movie. But it’s funny, I don’t actually really remember how it turns out. I’m going to have to reread it!

  • jen March 21, 2012, 3:55 pm

    i loved BOTH of those books! i swear middle and high school books were the best. i LOVED anything by lois duncan too!

  • AmandaonMaui March 21, 2012, 4:03 pm

    That was a favorite book of mine as well when I was young. I don’t know why I latched onto it. Maybe because it was a bit of a mystery, and I love mysteries.

  • Heidi March 21, 2012, 7:02 pm

    OMG!!! I LOVED that book and probably read it at least 3 times. Now I want to read it again!

  • Christena March 21, 2012, 8:38 pm

    Childhood flashback —- OMG! I totally remember reading that book and I LOVED it!!!

  • jen March 21, 2012, 9:10 pm

    I read that and the sequel! Did you see the crappy lifetime movie version of it?

  • Angie @ Pint of Goals March 21, 2012, 9:31 pm

    I LOVED that book! I remember reading it on a family vacation in Florida. Did you ever see the Lifetime movie?

  • Megan @ MegGoesNomNom March 21, 2012, 9:31 pm

    OMG I read that book so many times as a kid!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) March 21, 2012, 10:58 pm

    Yep, I read that book as a kid!! I loved it!

  • Allie March 21, 2012, 11:33 pm

    I looooooved this book!

  • J March 21, 2012, 11:51 pm

    Oh my gosh! yessss! And the sequels (which, to be fair, got progressively worse….)!!!! loved those!

  • Elisabeth March 22, 2012, 1:36 am

    I loved the whole series of those books! The movie with Kellie Martin was good, too 🙂

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