Carport Lunch

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Eating meals out on the carport – is this a down South thing?  I have so many memories of my Grandpa Jakie Baby eating tomatoes (whole, like apples) and cloves of garlic (“To put hair on your chest!”) out on his carport.  And we still gather on carports to this very day.  I guess dining rooms are just too small to hold all of our family and friends!


My aunt and uncle hosted a delicious get together in honor of Henry.  I always love eating at their place because my uncle is an excellent cook. 


Food for the adults…



And food for the baby…


On my plate…


Veggie kebobs

Corn (boiled and then grilled – perfection!)

Green beans

Bean salad

Waldorf salad with cherries – yum


I also had a Sir Perry’s Pear Cider.  Most ciders are apple (green or red) but sometimes, if you’re lucky, you can find pear, which is the best kind of cider around.


Such a wonderful way to spend our Sunday.  And I’m so glad that Henry could meet his great aunt and uncle. 


Well worth the drive over the mountains and through the woods!



  • Ali @SeeAliEatSeeAliRun July 29, 2012, 7:43 pm

    Just want to say that you look FANTASTIC! But more importantly, Henry looks so happy and healthy. Have a blast spending time with the family.

  • Ann July 29, 2012, 7:44 pm

    Love Henry’s milk drunk face – cutie!

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance July 29, 2012, 7:46 pm

    I don’t know if it’s a southern thing . . . b/c we did this at my grandparent’s home when I was young . . . in Pennsylvania. Maybe it’s an “old-school” thing??? 🙂

  • Kim July 29, 2012, 7:49 pm

    That is the most scenic carport I’ve ever seen! It has real seating and a china cabinet lol that’s nicer than my formal dining room 🙂 I’d leave the car on the street and hang out there all afternoon.

  • Army Amy* July 29, 2012, 8:08 pm

    We used to do that at my grandparents’ house in Michigan. Nothing better than hanging around outside on a cool summer evening.*

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 29, 2012, 8:40 pm

    I’ve never heard of pear cider, but since I’m gluten free I’ll have to search one out! And why not eat out under the carport, especially if the weather is nice!

  • Sneakers2sandals July 29, 2012, 8:50 pm

    Yummoooo that’s like my ideal meal!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 29, 2012, 8:58 pm

    Wow looks like some DELICIOUS eats!

  • Lauren July 29, 2012, 9:09 pm

    Looks like such a fun day! Henry is getting bigger everyday! 🙂

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut July 29, 2012, 9:45 pm

    Henry is just the cutest little man! The food looks pretty good, too. 🙂

  • Bula July 29, 2012, 10:49 pm

    I love me a good pear cider. Definitely harder to find. Are there any cider bars in town for you?

  • Maria July 29, 2012, 11:00 pm

    You look really good, Caitlin. Hooray for carport Sunday dinners! My East Tennessee family does that, too.

  • Maria July 29, 2012, 11:23 pm

    You look great and that food looks amazing 🙂

  • Liz July 30, 2012, 12:18 am

    Is HTP loading weirdly for anyone else? On my computer at home & multiple computers at work, your profile pic & about me are loading in the middle of the page (vs on theh left sidebar). It loads normally on my tablet & smartphone. Weird 😉

    • Kris July 30, 2012, 6:18 am

      Yep, same for me.

    • Jen July 30, 2012, 8:21 am

      This usually happens to me on the phone. I think you need to clear the cache or something…

      • CaitlinHTP July 30, 2012, 8:35 am

        I am so sorry – trying to remedy. Do you guys have internet explorer or another browser? it’s fine for me and my web guy on chrome.

  • Sophie @ threetimesf July 30, 2012, 5:20 am

    Oh my, those kebabs look amazing!

    My HTP is loading wierdly too… 🙁

  • Kris July 30, 2012, 6:20 am

    I grew up in Minnesota, and there people hang out in their garages. Here in FL I see a lot of people hanging out in their driveways (that is if they don’t have a caged pool/lanai, which my friend called a “terrareum” sp?

  • Nikki July 30, 2012, 7:15 am

    your bangs look super cute in that photo

  • Susan July 30, 2012, 8:33 am

    What’s up with all the white space when your blogs loads? It has been happening the last few days.

    • CaitlinHTP July 30, 2012, 8:35 am

      Are you on Internet Explorer or another browser?

      • Susan July 30, 2012, 9:15 am

        Yup, Internet Explorer.

  • Lisa @ experiencelifewithme July 30, 2012, 10:19 am

    I love pear ciders the best, too. Glad you got to enjoy a night out!

  • Liz July 30, 2012, 11:16 am

    A lot of people use decks or porches for this same type of meal. Fun!

  • Sara@RunningInPinkProject July 31, 2012, 7:15 am

    We JUST had a carport meal a couple of weeks ago when visiting my husbands parents. 🙂

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 31, 2012, 6:19 pm

    I’m a little ashamed to say that I don’t even know what a carport is haha 🙂

  • Mikaella August 15, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Pear is one I have not tried, but I have to recommend cherry cider if you can find it. It is one of my favorites!

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