Happy Birthday Dad! And Happy Birthday Meghann! 


We have a day filled with birthday activities, so I made sure I ate a filling but fun oatmeal breakfast.


I made a healthier version of my favorite oatmeal recipe, Upside Down Pineapple Cake Oatmeal.  The original recipe calls for ingredients like butter and brown sugar, and thus is off-limits for Crap Free Week.


This version features a grilled pineapple and unsweetened coconut as a healthier option.


My oatmeal included:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup  milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings:  grilled pineapple, unsweetened coconut, pecans




On the side, I had a 1 serving of Pom Wonderful mixed with a cup of water.


As mentioned, we’re driving to my Aunt’s house for my Dad’s Birthday.  I made his favorite cake (as cupcakes)… Yellow Cake!


I used this recipe, which judging from the taste tests last night, is pretty good!


I’m LATE!  Got to go! See you tonight.



  • VeggieGirl February 8, 2009, 7:00 am

    So many fun celebrations going on!! 😀

  • Meg February 8, 2009, 7:03 am

    Have a fabulous day! The cupcakes look yummy!

  • emilydh211 February 8, 2009, 7:44 am

    what a cute cupcake!

  • Mica February 8, 2009, 8:09 am

    Those cupcakes look delicious. I think yellow cake is definitely one of my favorites. Thanks so much for the recipe!

    Have a great Sunday!

  • jenngirl February 8, 2009, 8:22 am

    Your cupcakes are so cute!! HAve a great day celebrating! 🙂

  • ksgoodeats February 8, 2009, 8:23 am


  • Sarah W. February 8, 2009, 8:33 am

    yum on the oatmeal!!

  • Anonymous February 8, 2009, 8:46 am

    What kids of oatmeal do you use? Do you have to cook it?


  • emily February 8, 2009, 10:22 am

    jeez that oatmeal looks good! I need to get my hands on grilled pineapple, stat!

  • Kailey (SnackFace) February 8, 2009, 10:38 am

    What a fun day! Delicious oats too:) Enjoy the sunday!

  • Bec February 8, 2009, 10:50 am

    Have a fun day celebrating!

  • teacherwoman February 8, 2009, 11:56 am

    Yummy! The cupcakes look delish! Happy Birthday to your dad, and Meghann!

  • Betsy in Pittsburgh February 8, 2009, 11:58 am

    Oooo that grilled pineapple looks so good. I love it with almost anything: yogurt, chicken, rice… mmm…

  • Megan February 8, 2009, 12:07 pm

    happy birthday everyone!

    that oatmeal looks seriously AMAZING. i have never even thought of that combo! genius 🙂

  • BOBBI McCORMICK February 8, 2009, 12:19 pm

    have fun girly, love the cupcakes there soo cute!

  • brandi February 8, 2009, 1:09 pm

    have fun! those cupcakes look great!

    I love pineapple/nuts/coconut on oatmeal, too.

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) February 8, 2009, 1:15 pm

    Grilled pineapple on oats? Brilliant Caitlin…might have to plug in my Foreman for breakfast this week. I guess I need to buy a pineapple first. 🙂

  • skinnyrunner February 8, 2009, 2:46 pm

    those cupcakes look delish! i gotta agree with your dad, they are def my fav dessert. i could eat one the size of a basektball! have a fun day.

  • jane February 8, 2009, 4:29 pm

    Have fun with the birthday celebrations!
    Just wondering, how do you measure your mileage? Do you use a Garmin or some kind of GPS device or do you just use or something like that?
    Enjoy your day 🙂

  • February 8, 2009, 5:03 pm

    happy bday to your dad 🙂

  • carolinebee February 8, 2009, 6:27 pm

    loving your pineapple kick right now! Happy bday to your pops and Meghann 😀 I like that recipe- my gramps is diabetic so i’ll have to remember that one!

  • Trust, Hope, Believe February 8, 2009, 6:30 pm

    Happy bday to your dad 🙂

    That oatmeal kicks my oatmeals butt! haha how do you make your look so awesome!

  • strongandhealthy February 8, 2009, 6:41 pm

    Yummy cupcakes! Hope you had a fun day!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point February 8, 2009, 7:08 pm

    jane – i measure my run using google earth. its very handy and more accurate than map my run (i think).

  • Lauren February 8, 2009, 7:09 pm

    So cute! I am planning to make cupcakes for an upcoming b-day party too…our little dog Sammy’s b-day is next week and cupcakes are definitely in his future! 🙂
    Take care and good luck on the rest of your “crap-free” week.

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