Sugared Brussel Sprouts

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Oh man. It’s one of those Monday. Henry has a stomach virus. I feel so bad for the little man. It is terrible to watch a toddler puke.  He has no idea what is happening (although he calls it “poopy,” which makes us both kind of smile in the worst moments).  Our doctor squeezed him in for an emergency appointment and gave me strict instructions to make sure he stays hydrated, which is a lot harder than it sounds …  He does seem like he’s taking a turn for the better, so our fingers are crossed extra-hard that he’s in the clear now, and NO ONE ELSE in the family is going to catch it.


At 11:20, I remembered that I had an appointment at the passport agency to get my passport. So I rushed over, bursting through the doors a minute late – and it was only then that I realized they’d be taking my picture.  You guys should’ve seen my state.  It was bad.  I’ll be living with a half-puked-on-totally-worried-momma passport photo for the next ten years.  No big deal.  Right? 


How can I possibly segue this post into a recipe without grossing everyone out?




It can’t be done.  I promise, however, that these Brussel sprouts are pretty delicious!


Sugared Brussel Sprouts




  • 1 pound of small Brussel sprouts (trimmed; if larger sprouts, cut in half)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped sweet onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste




  • Wash and trim Brussel sprouts.
  • In a large saucepan with a lid, cook onions with oil on medium until tender (about 5 minutes).
  • Add sugar, Brussel sprouts, and water. Stir.
  • Cook on LOW covered for 20 minutes.
  • Drain excess liquid. Add salt to taste.
  • Serve!


This would be an awesome Thanksgiving side dish.  I JUST realized that Thanksgiving is, like, this week, and now I’m in a bit of a panic.  Especially with my sweetie so sick.  I may just do takeout from Whole Foods (is that so wrong? If it is, I don’t know if I want to be right).


The Hunger Games


We saw the new Hunger Games movie last night!  I think it’s worth a mention that IT WAS TOTALLY EPIC.  So well acted!  Cool special effects!  Gorgeous outfits, hair, and makeup.  That is all. Smile


Lock Laces Winners


The winners of the Lock Laces giveaway are… Britton, Samantha, Jessie, Stacey @ Starpulp, and Melissa.  Winners have been e-mailed.


Have a good Monday!  Say it with me… “No more puking! No more puking!”



  • Amy November 25, 2013, 2:51 pm

    Poor Henry! The good thing about kids, they go down hill fast, but turn right back around much that much quicker. At least that’s been my experience.

  • Janelle November 25, 2013, 3:10 pm

    Oh my goodness, a lightbulb just went off, and now I get the “win. never tie.” slogan. Sloooow over here. Haha

    Praying Henry heals quickly and that you get the crazy out of the way on Monday, so that you can enjoy the rest of your Thanksgiving week!

  • Britton November 25, 2013, 3:18 pm

    I hope Henry feels better!!! I am very excited to win the Lock laces!!! Thank you for a great giveaway!!! They will come in handy as I begin training for my first 70.3!!! Thanks again girl!!

  • Rebecca November 25, 2013, 3:28 pm

    Awww, poor Henry! Hope he feels better soon! I’ve been feeling yucky the last couple days too, but so far no puke here. Thinking it’s maybe just from poor eating habits recently.

    Your T-day plan sounds good to me. I’m not doing anything super special. My parents are out of town visiting my sister Thursday and part of Friday, and I’m house-sitting. I’m planning to go to Grandma’s for lunch, but I don’t know what we’re eating yet. All I know is to show up around noon to visit for a little while. We could’ve gone to my aunt and uncle’s for a bit, but Grandma decided to stay home. Which is fine by me.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed November 25, 2013, 3:47 pm

    I LOVE brussel sprouts. I like mine with bacon though 😉

  • Nikki November 25, 2013, 3:55 pm

    I really want to try this recipe — sounds delicious! I just recently waded into the world of Brussels sprouts and I’m so proud of myself for trying them. Question: what does it mean to “trim” them? Thanks!

    • Caitlin November 25, 2013, 4:10 pm

      Oh just cut off the stubby stem if it looks dried out and gross.

  • Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs November 25, 2013, 3:56 pm

    Poor Henry — I hope he’s feeling better soon!

    We’re going to see Catching Fire tonight and I cannot wait! So excited! 🙂

  • laura November 25, 2013, 6:07 pm

    catching fire was amazing!!!!

  • Jill Will Run November 25, 2013, 6:16 pm

    I so empathize! I had that pukey stomach virus last Wednesday and was so sad that I passed it to my baby this weekend. She had her 15-month checkup this morning and my doc said, “Yep, that’s going around.” I guess it’s going around all over the country! Best wishes to you and Henry for speed recovery!

  • Amber K November 25, 2013, 7:22 pm

    So sorry that Henry is sick. Hope he’s feeling better!

  • Sharon November 25, 2013, 7:35 pm

    No more puking – good luck!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  • Aishah @ CoffeeLoveHealth November 25, 2013, 8:07 pm

    Aw!! In all seriousness Caitlin, he is so cute I can’t imagine dealing with him not feeling well. It would break my heart! I’m sure it breaks yours. I hope he feels better fast!! <3

  • Kathy November 25, 2013, 9:19 pm

    Nothing wrong with take-out, I say make you’re life easier!

  • Emily November 26, 2013, 2:44 am

    Sorry your wee boy is sick. It’s awful when they’re little and don’t really understand what’s going on.

    Oh, and it’s BrusselS sprouts, not Brussel. They’re named after the Belgian city!

  • Laura November 26, 2013, 8:32 am

    Having a stomach virus is the worst! I still remember being sick when I was little, needing to puke, and trying to run from my parents bed to the bathroom and vomiting along the way. My poor Mom had to clean it all up.

  • Melissa November 26, 2013, 8:58 am

    So sorry to hear Henry isn’t feeling well, I hope he feels better soon! This recipe for brussel sprouts sounds really interesting and unique!

  • Katie November 26, 2013, 9:03 am

    Poor peanut and poor mama! I hope your little man is better soon.

  • Elizabeth @ Positive Change November 26, 2013, 9:20 am

    I hope he is feeling better! And I love spicing up Brussels spouts, this looks like a great recipe!

  • Bobbie November 26, 2013, 12:07 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    Was wondering if you are aware that the ads on the side of your blog are covering some of your text. I don’t know if it’s just me but I can’t figure out how to close them out. It makes it really unpleasant to read and this is by far my favorite blog! I really don’t want to complain, I know the ads are necessary so is there something I’m doing wrong?

    • Caitlin November 26, 2013, 12:20 pm

      No it’s okay! It’s not complaining. I am glad you let me know. Is it one of the square ones or one of the longer skinny ones?

      • Bobbie November 29, 2013, 5:40 pm

        it’s the long skinny ones on both sides…I just can’t seem to close them so I can read your text…

  • Amanda November 26, 2013, 12:25 pm

    Not wrong at all! As a work FT-away-from-home mom, I plan to buy take out from our local co-op for Thanksgiving. We will have plenty of time in years to come to make our families home-cooked meals for the holidays. It’s just not when the kids are little bitties! Happy Thanksgiving to your family!

  • Amanda November 26, 2013, 12:28 pm

    Also, hope Henry feels better soon! My 18 month old son has been pterodactyl screaming for days and nights now. I just need ONE good night of sleep again to reset. I’m thinking of buying him an amber necklace. Anything for more than an hour or so stretch of sleep. This age feels like newborn again! Well, maybe not THAT intense.

  • Caitlin November 26, 2013, 2:25 pm

    I hope Henry is feeling better! This is a very interesting idea – sweet onions + brown sugar Brussels. So interesting that I just may try it!

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