it has begun

It’s official.


I’m a graduate student!

I had my first day of classes today and it felt both weird and exhilarating being back on campus.

There are definite perks – like having access to the gym and just being back in an educational atmosphere.  But there are definite drawbacks as well – like taking out more student loans and being really careful about finances.

I’m excited to not only show you, but also challenge myself to get creative with my food while being on such a strict budget and I also think it will be fun to share the information I’m learning with you all as I go through the program!

And don’t worry, I’ll still throw in some recipes every chance I get :)

This morning I was up early and out the door but not without a good breakfast to kick off my first day!


I combined 1/3 cup TJ’s rolled oats w. 1 tbsp. chia seeds, a diced peach and 1/3 cup water then finished it off with a big dollop of peanut butter.  On the side I had my usual coffee + soymilk.

Then it was time to get to campus and tackle my crazy schedule!


Truth be told today was actually a lighter day.  Monday and Wednesday are going to be the two days that are super busy.

First was my Food Composition class and thoroughly enjoyed it!  This is definitely one of the courses I’m looking more forward to as of right now.

After that class I headed to the student union where I was able to pick up a couple things at the bookstore and enjoy a somewhat-early lunch while getting a head-start on some of the Food Comp. reading.


Next came Chemistry.  And that’s where things got not-so fun.

The last time I took Chem was 8 years ago with my sister (who’s getting her PhD in Molecular Biology…so needless to say I didn’t have to do much of the work).  This class is definitely going to be one I struggle with most because I don’t recall nearly as much material as I should.

Hopefully putting in a little more time and effort with that course will result in at least a passing grade!

After Chem I headed straight to the gym and got in a nice 30 minutes on the elliptical.  It felt SO good.

Then I headed home, refueled with an energy bar + some (unpictured) homemade trail mix and tackled a couple of computer tasks.


Chad got home not long after and headed out for a run.  While he ran, I whipped up some dinner and got started on my studying!

We had some easy turkey meatballs, recipe courtesy of my brother-in-law.

IMG 1671

Easy Turkey Meatballs

Makes 18 meatballs depending on the size you roll them


  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • A dollop of pasta sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oregano to taste
  • 2-3 cloves crushed garlic


  1. Combine thoroughly by hand in a large mixing bowl
  2. In a large pan: Roll meatballs adding them to the pan, leaving little space in between each.
  3. Fill the pan with warm water until meatballs are 2/3-3/4 submerged.
  4. Put over burner on high until water starts to boil.
  5. Lower heat and keep gentle boil. Turn meatballs over every few minutes until cooked through.


I love these not only because they’re so super easy but because they’re so delicious!  We served the meatballs over whole wheat bowties and added side salads to round it all out.


And with that, I’m off to read a bit more then get to bed.  8am Statistics awaits me tomorrow

  • Lauren


    • Cait

      Thank you! :)

  • Katie R

    I recognize your ID :) I went to Winthrop for a semester during undergrad (studied nutrition) on a National Student Exchange program. Beautiful campus!

    • Cait

      Ah so exciting!! It definitely is a beautiful campus, I consider myself lucky to go there for sure :)

  • Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile

    Congrats being back in school! I start back up tomorrow in a new school. It definitely has its perks and loans are a HUGE drawback!

    • Cait

      Good luck with your start!

  • Katie

    You are the cutest post-grade ever.

    (Also, Meeker just yelled to me “quit reading blogs…come play with me” and I yelled back “It’s Cait’s!” and he yelled “Oh, that one is okay…carry on”)

    • Katie

      Obviously meant “grad” not “grade”

      • Cait

        Haha I knew what you meant – Meeker was rushing you, it’s really his fault not yours ;)

    • Cait

      Ahahahah – I love that – seriously just made my morning! I wish I could come play with you guys rather than be studying stupid Chemistry! :)

  • Erica @ For the Sake of Cake

    Congrats and good luck!

    • Cait


  • Margarita

    Oh yes, university gyms are the best!

    • Cait

      Seriously – I’m going to take such advantage ;)

  • Rachel

    Yay for being a grad student!! Enjoy the gym, they really are the best haha

    • Cait

      Haha I definitely plan to! ;)

  • Grace

    Your hair looks sooooo good
    Thumbs way up

    • Cait

      Aw thank you! :)

  • Kristen @ Swanky Dietitian

    I am super impressed!!! How do you do it all? And have a delicious dinner on the table. YUM!
    Can’t wait to hear more about your classes! :)

    • Cait

      Aw thank you! I don’t feel like I’m doing such a great job! Haha. Hopefully I will fully adjust to the new schedule soon :)

  • Danielle

    Wow you are definitely productive! Congrats on your new graduate status:)

    • Cait

      Thank you!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

    (I’m a few days behind in my Google Reader!)

    CONGRATS! :)

    • Cait

      Thank you!!

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture

    Whoop whoop!! I’m excited for you! :) You will settle into it all soon, I’m sure… One more month to go and I will be taking pretty similar classes to you! Eek! #chemistryfear

    • Cait

      Exciting!! And yeah – Chem is the worst. I’m hoping just to grin and bear it and come out the other end alive!