Oatmeal’s Comeback


Good morning!

Well, I’m must report that this morning hasn’t gone as smoothly as yesterday morning did :( Rain canceled my morning mom walk and while I still got out of bed without having to snooze (yay!) it was done slowly because I could not fall asleep last night!

When I can’t fall asleep I tend to get a little panicky – like “oh my gosh, what if I don’t fall asleep until 1:00, then I’ll be tired at work, then I won’t want to run, then I’ll probably still be tired on Weds, etc. etc.” – which keeps me awake even longer…ah well – the good news is that I did, indeed, fall asleep and there is a fantastic little substance called coffee that has gotten me going today :)

For breakfast I had Coconut and Fig Oatmeal – oh oatmeal, I have missed you – I haven’t had any since last Friday!


In the mix:

Oh yum, oh yum. Simply delicious is all I can say.


Apparently the left side of the bowl is the preferred side of my oatmeal toppings :)


Call me crazy, but I just love when the syrup coats and shines on my figs…it’s pretty!


This afternoon I’m heading over to my Dad’s classroom (he teaches 5th grade) with my Mom and brothers, to judge this little “The Apprentice” type spinoff thing they’re putting on. I don’t fully understand it – but I hear there are power point presentations involved. Newsflash: 5th graders know how to use power point. CRAZY!

When I get back to work, I’ve got a very random, yet delicious lunch to look forward to:


Blueberry Oikos Greek Yogurt. I’m excited to try this one – I’ll let you know how it tastes! Oooo, I just noticed in this picture that there’s fruit on the bottom – nice! HA! Something else I just noticed – the background image is my absolute favorite image of Greece – those blue-domed homes dotting the sheer cliffs and hills looking out over the glittering sea…oh Greece…you rule.


Leftover Vegetable Stir Fry. I know, I know. This is from last Friday – but you know me, I can’t bear to pour perfectly good food down the drain! I am, however, freaking out a little about the amount of mushrooms in this container :(


Juicy and delicious cantaloupe.


Well, I hope your Tuesday is a little more bright and sunny than mine! If it is – send some of that sunshine my way!!! 8)


Do you guys drink coffee in the morning? Throughout the day? Or are you a tea/juice or nothing at all kind of person?

I drink coffee every morning during the work week, but I can’t drink it past noon – otherwise I can’t sleep at night. For some reason, I just cannot get into tea! No matter how hard I have tried!

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  1. Mmmmmmmmmmm those oats. YUM!

    I am a coffee-aholic. I can’t get enough! I’m trying to love tea but it’s just not the same!

    Have a great day!

  2. D 06.02.2009

    I am curious if you will enjoy the blueberry Yoghurt. I tried it for the first time this weekend. In the scope of things, it was one of the best fruit yogurt’s I have had, but still couldn’t quite sell me on the pre-added yogurt.

    Happy Tuesday!!!

  3. Kayla 06.02.2009

    Can I have some of that oatmeal? Yum!

    It’s really foggy here, so I’d like some of that sun too please.

    I’m a tea drinker, it’s my crack :)

  4. brandi 06.02.2009

    beautiful oats! I need to get some figs.

    I can only drink coffee in the morning – I have trouble falling asleep if I have caffeine in the afternoon, too.

  5. Rose 06.02.2009

    You’ve might have read about my sleep patterns lately – so you know I totally understand! Glad you were able to fall asleep and get the Zzzz’s you needed.

    I drink 12 ounces of black coffee every morning. Lately I’ve been doing iced coffee, which boyfriend Bill has been making for us :)

  6. foodcreate 06.02.2009

    Delicious oatmeal ! I made some Cuban coffee and had some oatmeal. Delicioso…

    Thanks for sharing:)

    And you can visit me if i can visit You:)


  7. Jessica 06.02.2009

    I love oikos yogurt too! The vanilla is my fave- have you been to Greece?? hat’s my favorite place EVER!)

  8. Island Girl Eats 06.02.2009

    You sound like me, panicking if you don’t get to sleep at a certain time!! I can’t stand to be tired at the beginning of the week, it makes me feel like I have thrown my week off and that it will only get worse throughout the week!

    I usually drink coffee in the morning, but I must say, I really prefer a nice mug of tea. To me, it is so more comforting.


  9. Alison 06.02.2009

    Ha! I love the “news flash,” that is crazy to think about!

    I’m the same way when I can’t fall asleep. I usually remind myself that I’m still at least resting. :)

  10. Anne K. 06.02.2009

    Nothing but grey skies here :( Sorry to hear you had a bad night’s sleep. I get worried if I can’t fall asleep either– like “oh no, now I’ll only get 6 hours… oh no, now i’ll get less than 6 hours of sleep! QUICK, FALL ASLEEP!” which of course doesn’t help, haha.

    Those oats look delicious, though! Great combo. I drink coffee in the morning every day, and sometimes in the afternoon if I pick one up. No later than 3 for caffeinated coffee, though. Sometimes I’ll drink decaf after dinner :)

  11. Yasmin 06.02.2009

    Mmm…your breakfast is to die for! I am a huge coffee drinker in the morning but tea later in the day. I’m challenging myself to cut back on coffee though in the AM and man my head has been killing me!

  12. becca 06.02.2009

    I drink coffee first thing in the morning, unsweetened iced tea in the afternoon and hot chocolate at night (have you tried the nestle noir dark chocolate 100 calorie ho cho? it’s GREAT!)

  13. Run Sarah 06.02.2009

    Love your banana descriptor! I have coffee everyday while in school, I am trying to cut back now though.

  14. justalittlepiece 06.02.2009

    I have to say I’m completely inspired.


  15. Emily 06.02.2009

    I always miss my oats if I haven’t had them in a few days! And I can totally relate to the sleep problems. The longer it takes me to fall asleep, the more I worry about not getting enough sleep…then it takes even longer to fall asleep! Ugh.

    I’m definitely a coffee girl. I like tea too, but I prefer coffee. I don’t really drink it for the caffeine – in fact, I drink decaf. I just love the taste. I usually drink it with breakfast and then again after dinner to curb the evening munchies. Works like a charm!


  16. Pearl 06.02.2009

    coconut and fig oats sounds absolutely delicious!

    pearl @ http://inanoyster.blogspot.com

  17. MAC 06.02.2009

    Coffee EVERY day! Have to have at least a cup:) My new favorite is Almond Love – it tastes just like a dutch letter or dutch log from Pella in a smooth liquid form! Bliss in a cup!

  18. Polly 06.02.2009

    I can do one cup of coffee a day, but I laugh at that because the size of my cup probably equals about three servings. Any more than that and I’m so jittery I can barely function. Like Kristin, any coffee much past noon and it affects my sleep.

    I’m curious about MAC’s comment about Almond Love. It’s also my current favorite. Just wondering if that’s the same stuff from Breakaway Coffeehouse in Beatrice, Nebraska?! ;o)

  19. april 06.02.2009

    mmm those oats look amazing!! how do those figs taste compared to the other kinds?

  20. Alison 06.02.2009

    Coconut and fig oatmeal sounds wonderful!
    I can’t imagine using powerpoint in 5th grade. I’m so old! My very poor school didn’t have computers when I was in 5th grade. It was a great shock to switch to a wealthier school in 6th grade and have lots of computers available.

  21. Kimberly 06.02.2009

    Can’t wait to hear how you like the blueberry Oikos. I have only tried the plain & vanilla.

    Love figs! Bet they are a great addition to oatmeal! YUM!

    I drink coffee every AM, but switched to decaf. I love the flavor, but the caffeine was really screwing my body up. I am very sensitive and it was making my stomach a mess, making me irritable & restless. I was only drinking 2 cups each morning, too!

    I hear you on 5th graders using PP. My 7th grade son is a computer whiz! Constantly amazing me.

  22. Meg 06.02.2009

    I’d trade rain for sun with you anyday … It started to heat up here in Fullerton, California today :) So, I’ve got to tell you how much I love your blog. We live worlds apart and blog on totally different things, but when I finally get around to writing on what/who inspires me, you’d better believe you’ll be on my list – Your photography is just beautiful! I’ll let you know when it posts :) Keep running, cooking, traveling, and writing … I’ll keep reading,

  23. MAC 06.02.2009

    Polly !!! it is one in the same from the bag of beans you bought me:)

  24. Kristin 06.02.2009

    I haven’t!! It’s at the top of my must get to list!!!

  25. Kristin 06.02.2009

    I haven’t – that sounds incredible though!!

  26. Kristin 06.02.2009

    These figs were super fresh and flavorful – I LOVE them!!

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