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Another evening workout!


This was a good one – 5.0 miles!  Whoop whoop.  Training plan said 6.0, but as you can see from the photo above, I didn’t set out until Mr. Sun was setting, too (see the baby speak I just threw in there?).  5.0 miles felt plenty hard, too.  And guess what?  I spotted not one, not two, but seven deer.  I live in the city!  Crazy.


Crock pot dinner.


I kind of forgot about my Crock Pot, but Nick has been using it lately, and I was inspired.  I guess I feel like Crock Pots work better for meat-based dishes?  Any veggie ideas that I should try?


I kept it basic tonight – onions, carrots, and potatoes, all drizzled in balsamic and cooked on high for 5.5 hours.


So good.  There are a ton of leftovers, too!


Post-run, you know I tore into yet another peanut butter sandwich and a peach or two.  Yum. 


Something to Make You Smile

Mom, mom, she’s the bomb.  Rockin’ all night ‘til the break of dawn.



  • Sarah September 20, 2012, 9:30 pm

    Ok, well, you are my hero for running 5 miles with such a young babe. Also, I have tried the dream feed and the ONE night I didn’t do it, the babe slept for 6 hrs straight from 8 til 2 (whereas when I wake him up at 10 for the alleged dream feed, he only sleeps for another couple of hours, til midnight or one maybe.) So…I am stumped. I feel like I’m just disrupting his sleep. Mamas, help!

    • Caitlin September 20, 2012, 9:32 pm

      haha oh my! what a tricky bugger. does he potty when he dream feeds? maybe that wakes him up?

  • Isabella September 20, 2012, 9:33 pm

    The crockpot veggies look delish!! I just got a ‘little dipper’ that I’ve used to make steel cutters and pintos! High five for working out!

    Do you mind if I you use you as a reference on GymPact? If so, what email address may I use?

    • Caitlin September 20, 2012, 9:35 pm

      What does that mean? I mean, sure, I don’t mind, but is it when you sign up or something? You can say caitlinjboyle@gmail.com.

      • Isabella September 20, 2012, 9:53 pm

        Hehe! At the opening of the app (if you are a newbie) it asks if you’ve been refenced by anyone. I just remembered you writing about it on the blog.
        Thank you!

  • Katie Heddleston September 20, 2012, 9:34 pm

    Ha, love the video!

  • Ginna September 20, 2012, 9:43 pm

    there are a TON of vegetarian dishes you can make in the crockpot! Sweet potato black bean chili, white bean and apple chili, refried beans, baked beans, spaghetti sauce, lots of soups, etc.

  • Leslie September 20, 2012, 9:51 pm

    I used my crockpot today too, & made Mama Pea’s Spicy African Stew. It very tasty, vegetarian, and easy. FYI … I used dried red lentils instead of canned because that’s what I had in my pantry it worked perfectly. I’ve made this before and it can be changed up depending on your taste. I’ve used black beans instead of chick peas in the past. I served mine over a bed of baby spinach and served corn muffins on the side.
    Good job on your run. I swam today. I am making serious progress. (Yay me!) Maybe you could do a post on how you train for swimming. I’m going to look for you tube videos on bettering my stroke and breathing as you have mentioned in the past. Thanks for any advice you may have.

  • Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale September 20, 2012, 9:58 pm

    I only get to see raccoons and skunks on my runs!! Seeing deer would be amazing! And the sunset is really, really pretty. 🙂

  • Jen G. September 20, 2012, 9:58 pm

    I love The Vegan Slow Cooker cookbook (by Kathy Hester). Lots of great ideas — including overnight pumpkin pie steel-cut oats that make it a lot easier to get out of bed on a cold fall morning!

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human September 20, 2012, 10:14 pm

    What a fun distraction on a run! I love deer….I see so many where I live, but I never get tired of it.

  • Shelly September 20, 2012, 10:36 pm

    Hmmm….veggie crock pot recipes….

    I love mine for white beans and kale, white bean or a more traditional red chili (both of which can be meat free), and congee which is just 1 cup of rice with veggies like cabbage, ginger, garlic, onion, jalapeno, and carrot and 6 cups of water and veggie broth seasoned with soy sauce and sesame oil….
    (see also Mark Bittman’s jook recipe which is basically the same thing and can be made in the crock pot http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/12/recipe-of-the-day-jook/)

    It’s also great for vegetable soup!

    • Charise September 21, 2012, 8:15 am

      That congee sounds awesome – pretty sure it just made my meal plan for next week. Thanks for sharing the link! 🙂

  • Annette@FitnessPerks September 20, 2012, 11:02 pm

    YAY for good ole’ runs in the evening. WAY to rock 5 miles.

    And yes, crockpots are the bomb. I know you can bake apples in there–I’ve made applesauce before. BUt just veggies meals-no. Oh, I’ve made black beans in there too.

  • Lauren September 20, 2012, 11:04 pm

    Oh my lands thank you for sharing that video!!! My husband and I just watched twice and laughed so hard!

  • Heather September 21, 2012, 12:09 am

    that video is actually hilarious. lol material for sure. congrats on your run!

  • Becky September 21, 2012, 1:25 am


    We’ve tried several recipes from there through the years. Sloppy Joe’s and vegetarian shepard’s pie are faves. Thanks for the reminder about the crock pot. We should really start using ours again too. We have a little one 1 month younger than Henry 🙂 every spare minute counts!

  • Cait @ Beyond Bananas September 21, 2012, 6:18 am

    I started using our new crock pot for the first time this week and WISH I had started using it earlier. It is SO freakin’ easy to throw the recipe in before I leave for work and have a delicious dinner ready for my husband and I when we get home!

  • Presley @ Run Pretty September 21, 2012, 6:36 am

    That video just made me late for work 😉 haha hilarious.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 21, 2012, 6:59 am

    I just made lentils in the crockpot, the recipe was from Elise on hungry hungry hippie! You could also do veggie chili, steel cut oats, or I’m sure there are tons of soup recipes

  • Charise September 21, 2012, 8:15 am

    Lots of veggie chilis and soups get made in my crockpot! A couple faves for fall: Emily @ Daily Garnish’s sweet potato and lentil chili (which I like with butternut squash instead) (http://www.dailygarnish.com/2011/09/sweet-potato-and-lentil-veggie-chili.html), and a spicy black bean and pumpkin soup (not trying to pimp my lil’ blog, I swear, but here’s how I make it: http://breadandcheeseplease.com/2010/10/pumpkinmania-6-spicy-black-bean-and-pumpkin-soup/).

  • Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes September 21, 2012, 8:36 am

    Nice run! I’m obsessed with peaches lately, too–’tis the season. 🙂

  • Sara September 21, 2012, 8:37 am

    I like to make all of my soups/stews, etc. in the crock pot during the winter. It’s great for warm cider too 🙂

  • Jen September 21, 2012, 9:26 am

    “Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker” is a great cookbook! I’ve made a bunch of the soups and they are excellent and use simple ingredients.


  • Cori September 21, 2012, 10:41 am

    I don’t use mine often, but I do keep it around just to make this African Quinoa stew. mmmm. Peanut butter, tomato sauce, kidney beans…mmmmmmmmm

  • Karen September 21, 2012, 11:05 am

    OMG. I LOVE that video!!!!

  • Moni @ {Moni Meals} September 21, 2012, 12:05 pm

    Crockpot + video = holly amazingness!! 😉

  • Julie September 21, 2012, 12:21 pm

    I feel like a little kid every time I see a deer. Still thrills me every time. 🙂

    • Sonia the Mexigarian September 21, 2012, 4:05 pm

      me too! excitement everytime. “look! a deer! awww a fawn!! bambi!” and we see them almost every night outside our fence. the cats aren’t too thrilled with them tho. lol.

  • Amina @ Furiously Writing September 21, 2012, 1:15 pm

    A slow cooker is a busy mom’s kitchen BFF. You can eaisly make my jambalaya veggie-style http://furiouslywriting.blogspot.com/2012/02/slow-in-love.html by using vegetarian sausage, veggie broth, and 86-ing the chicken while doubling the red beans. Yum!

  • Jenny September 21, 2012, 1:17 pm

    Funny you post about veggies in the crock pot today, that’s exactly what I did. I have stuffed green, bell) peppers cooking as we speak. I filled them with quinoa, pinto beans, salsa verde, diced tomatoes, and then topped them with cheddar cheese. Stuffed peppers are one of my favorite recipes because they don’t require exact ingredients, just whatever I feel like. Rice, couscous, ground meat, beans, any type of salsa. The “recipe” has always turned out tasty.

  • Kerry September 21, 2012, 2:40 pm

    I’m a busy [vegan] college student with very little time on my hands… and I’m always longing for home-cooked meals! On weekends I pull out my crockpot and cook up soup and stews for the week ahead. It’s so nice to get the cooking done in the morning, go off and study, and come home to yummy soup!

    Gluten Free Goddess has several vegetarian crockpot soup recipes that I have tried and loved! http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2008/09/slow-cooker-and-crock-pot-recipes.html

    And this book is awesome: http://www.amazon.com/Your-Mothers-Cooker-Cookbook-Series/dp/1558322450

    • Kerry September 21, 2012, 2:42 pm

      And, ironically, my mom IS the one who owns that book!

  • Sonia the Mexigarian September 21, 2012, 4:01 pm

    i am going to use the crockpot tonight for the first time in over a year. i am always terrified it’ll catch on fire or something. I am very paranoid about unplugging things and leaving it on all day/night, plugged in, freaks me out 🙁

    i have to check out some more crockpot dishes to make as well 🙂

  • Emily J September 21, 2012, 6:57 pm

    I LOVE that video! HAHAHA! I’m not even a parent (yet)!

  • Erin September 22, 2012, 8:39 am

    Nice work! 5 out of 6 miles sounds excellent to me and way better than zero!

  • Aliz September 22, 2012, 9:55 am

    My Favourite Slowcooker meal is Lentil, Lemon and Spinach Soup.
    Modified from a recipe I found a long time ago.
    Half Half Black and Brown lentils.
    Stock to cover by 2 inches, garlic and herbs to taste. Cook until lentils are done. (4 hrs highish)
    Throw in as much spinach as you like when you are about to serve, stir in ! lemon worth of juice and serve with a little zest sprinkled on top.
    You can add potato if you like that too when cooking (i dislike potatos’ though so tend to avoid them)

  • Susanna September 24, 2012, 3:01 pm

    I am veggie and love my crockpot. I make chilli, lasagna, soup, stews. My main inspiration for my dishes has been this tiny little book:

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