Tuesday, February 15, 2011

A Cold & Windy Blogger Meet Up

I <3 Bloggers!

Caitlin is in New Haven giving an Operation Beautiful presentation and a couple of us got together for breakfast this morning!

From left to right - Me, Caitlin, Allison, Jennifer and Jennifer.

We ate at Claire's, which is a fun organic cafe near/on the Yale campus.  If you get a chance, check out their missions and values - they are committed to being as green as possible, preparing their food with organic ingredients and offering fair wages and quality health insurance to their employees.  Amazing!

I wasn't super hungry, so I was instantly drawn to the pastries.  I got an apple cinnamon bran muffin.

And a black coffee - really smooth!

I was grabbing my sunglasses off of my desk this morning when I looked at one of my bookshelves and saw Caitlin's book.  I love having authors that I know or have met sign their books, so I grabbed it and put it in my purse.

Jennifer had the same thought!

Caitlin just finished up her second Operation Beautiful book - it's geared towards tweens and coming out in the summer of 2012.

Clergy friends - this is a great read when thinking about instilling confidence in your youth and children programs at church!

After breakfast, I wandered a little bit ...

New Haven is pretty!

There is a Ten Thousand Villages store!  It wasn't open when I walked by, though.  Probably good for my checking account.

Eventually I wandered over to ...

Yale New Haven Hospital.  My friend Max ...

(Do you remember Max?  He married us.)

... is a chaplain there.  Intense!  We had a nice chat over coffee.  I'm not sure I've seen him since the wedding?

I came home huuuuuungry.  There was some leftover pork tenderloin from last night, so I diced it up and fried it in a little bit of oil ... 

They were already cooked, so they only needed to be heated up.

I wanted to toss it in barbecue sauce, but we didn't have any, so Bruce made some from scratch!  He didn't even use a recipe - how in the world does he do that?

I threw in some rice and then tossed everything in the BBQ sauce.


What a fun morning and afternoon.  Thanks for the great conversation girls!  Caitlin - travel safe tonight!


  1. What a fun meet-up. the breakfast looks tasty. :) I haven't read Operation Beautiful yet, but I really want to.

    p.s. have I told you I love the name of your blog? Its great!


  2. What a fun day! And that meal looks delicious. I think I could honestly bathe in barbeque sauce...if that wasn't super weird ;)

  3. How fun to meet up with the bloggers. I bet it was a hoot to meet Caitlin. By the way - I'd be eye balling the pastries as well.
    New Haven does look like a gorgeous area. Still...it could do with a bit warmer weather. :)

  4. Hooray for blogger meet ups! I am hoping real hard to meet up with some next year... it's so far off because I have to buy a plane ticket and all that and I have to go when my husband is off of work in the winter so I don't have to worry about a sitter too. :)

  5. That breakfast looks like so much fun - and I would totally bring my book to have Caitlin sign!

  6. The breakfast looks like so much fun! Isn't it special to spend time with friends in person after chatting online for so long? So glad you had a great time!! :)

  7. So fun to meet up with other great bloggers. I'm not really in an area where that's possible, which is a little sad. Looks like you guys had a fun morning!

  8. How wonderful to see another Ten Thousand Villages! There is one in my town of Bluff, home of Bluffton University. It is a store sponsored by the Mennonite Church. Check it out for unique handmade gifts.


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