All Hands on Deck

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Lots changed while I was away!  The landscapers began our back deck, tearing off the top of the deck and extending it.  Oh, and Henry began to really, truly walk.  No big deal.  Winking smile


Henry has been extremely fascinated by the big boys in the back yard.  They cut down 25 bushes and trees, and then brought out a big machine to grind the stumps. 


He sits in front of the window the entire time they’re out there.  And he eats all his meals in front of the glass door.  Hah!


I had only been home for a few hours when my best friend Lisette and her husband arrived.  I’ve known Lisette since I was in middle school; we were best friends in high school; and we were roommates our freshman year of college.  We were in each other’s weddings, too.  She’s probably my oldest friend, and I haven’t seen her for a while, so it’s pretty awesome to hang out.


We went out last night and ended up sipping wine at the top of one of Charlotte’s high rise buildings.  We stayed out too late, and the baby got me up too early! But thanks to a cup of coffee, I had the energy to make us a delicious breakfast.


Spinach and Onion Quiche Cornbread

Ingredients (for 4 servings):

  • 1 cup dry cornbread mix, which should then be prepared according to package directions (i.e. with all the egg, water, milk, oil, etc.)
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 plum tomato
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the cornbread mix according to package directions.  Make enough mix for 1 1/4 cup dry mix.  I used Bob’s Red Mill mix.
  • Pour into a greased cast iron dish and bake for 15 minutes at 350.
  • On the stovetop, cook onions with olive oil until browned.  Add spinach to the stop and stir until spinach wilts.
  • Combine eggs with onions and spinach.  Mix thoroughly.
  • Pour egg mix on top of cornbread. 
  • Slice tomato and place on top of egg mixture.
  • Put back in the oven and bake for 15 minutes at 350.  Increase temp to 400 degrees and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes before slicing into quarters.
  • Enjoy!


Have a good one!



  • Joy March 24, 2013, 11:00 am

    There’s nothing like big machines to keep a child’s interest!

    I used to work at a daycare center and one summer we had work done on the playground in the back. Having dump trucks and others like it kept all of the kids in the room (2-year-olds) glued to the windows for so long.

  • Katie March 24, 2013, 11:09 am

    Way to go momma! Keep it up! I love your cornbread quiche recipe, its the best!

  • Avery @ Southern Belle Living Well March 24, 2013, 11:34 am

    Aww Henry is so cute! Haha, I don’t blame him, it must be pretty exciting 😉

  • Miranda @ Miranda Runs March 24, 2013, 12:14 pm

    I love hanging out with old friends! It’s always so much fun to reconnect and remember all the stuff you did in middle school. Oh, the awkward years of middle school 😉 Wooohooo to Henry for learning to walk!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 24, 2013, 3:46 pm

    It’s amazing what a cup of coffee can help us do! 🙂 Glad you got some time with a good friend. I got brunch with an out of state friend this morning and it was amazing. Too short, but amazing. 🙂

  • Kristi March 24, 2013, 7:14 pm

    Did Henry also get a haircut? He looks majorly ‘big boy’ in that pic!

    • Caitlin March 24, 2013, 7:19 pm

      Yes 🙂

    • Elisabeth March 24, 2013, 11:12 pm

      I thought the same thing! Such a big guy now 🙂

  • Amber K March 24, 2013, 8:40 pm

    So fun to get to hang out with old friends! Henry keeps growing up too fast. Tell him to slow down 😉

  • Angela March 24, 2013, 11:07 pm

    Little Henry. Ah, he is just too cute!!

  • Ashley March 25, 2013, 9:42 am

    Isn’t it amazing how boys/men are drawn to this stuff. I love big machines but would eventually get bored. On the other hand, my boyfriend used to be as fascinated as Henry seems. When they were done with construction he would go and talk to the drivers and ask loads of questions (at the age of 6!). Now he works as an engineer for Caterpillar 🙂

  • Kelly March 25, 2013, 3:20 pm

    Love his hair cut!! Too cute!

  • Caitlin June 14, 2013, 11:29 am

    Hey Caitlin, quick question: The recipe says 1 cup dry mix and then you say in the instructions 1 1/4 cup dry mix. Making this over the weekend and I can’t wait!! Thanks!

    • Caitlin June 14, 2013, 11:31 am

      1 cup is prob better 🙂

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