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I slipped into a coma last night and slept from 8:30 PM to 6:00 AM.  WOW.  Guess I needed the sleep!  I feel a little bit better this morning, but I kind of feel like I’m coming down with the swine flu (just kidding… kind of).


I woke up to two fun packages!   The first one was a birthday gift from Abbie, who is seriously the coolest girl EVER:


Trader Joe’s Raw Almonds, Hibiscus Flowers, and Sweet Baby Pineapple!  Plus, some dried Mango. 


AND, a reader named Sam sent me this package all the way from England!


Thanks, Sam! And GOOD LUCK on your upcoming 5K and 10K! You can do it!


What a lovely way to start the day!


My breakfast incorporated some goodies from Abbie‘s gift:


I based this bowl of oatmeal on my Upside Down Pineapple Cake Oatmeal, which is reallly delicious but kind of a naughty breakfast. :)  This version was much healthier!


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings:  chopped pecans, brown sugar, and four chopped dried baby pineapples


Con cafe:


It’s going to be a busy day!  I better get crack-a-lackin’!


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  • chocolatecoffeekitchen April 30, 2009, 3:44 am

    Mmm delish looking oats.. Have a great day Caitlin!

  • April 30, 2009, 3:46 am

    looks very good 🙂

  • rediscoveringlauren April 30, 2009, 3:56 am

    those eat natural bars are fantastic!! breakfast looks so good!
    have a nice day 🙂

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat) April 30, 2009, 4:13 am

    Those oats look so delish!

    Hmm… hibiscus flowers are interesting! What do you do with them?

  • Erica April 30, 2009, 4:13 am

    Glad you got some sleep! I’m totally jealous 😉 Great packages. I love all dried fruit.

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous April 30, 2009, 4:57 am

    Your oats always look great!
    Fun pressies! Lucky girl!

  • Lauren April 30, 2009, 5:06 am

    Lovely packages! Green & Blacks chocolate is simply the best.

    Your oats look scrumptious!

  • Balance, Joy and Delicias! April 30, 2009, 5:21 am

    great birthday package from Abbie!
    love your oat combo! 🙂

  • Mica April 30, 2009, 5:26 am

    Hibiscus flowers? I want to see how you use those.

  • Danielle April 30, 2009, 5:33 am

    Fun packages!
    Enjoy your Thursday!

  • Melissa @ For the Love of Health April 30, 2009, 5:35 am

    Getting gifts in the mail is so exciting! You got some lovely stuff!

    Breakfast looks amazing!!

    Have a fab day!

  • Brandi April 30, 2009, 6:05 am

    cool packages, and the dried pineapple on the oats looks awesome!

  • Krista April 30, 2009, 6:13 am

    Great treats! I love dried pineapple. And I LOVE your bowl!

  • elina April 30, 2009, 6:18 am

    Awesome packages. I almost bought the hibiscus flowers the last time I was at TJ’s but decided to hold off on them. Looking forward to seeing what you think of them 🙂

  • K from ksgoodeats April 30, 2009, 6:29 am

    What fun packages!! I wish we had those UK bars here!

  • Weight and Meditate April 30, 2009, 6:33 am

    Breakfast looks delicious!

  • Bec April 30, 2009, 7:07 am

    glad you got such a good nights sleep!

  • elise April 30, 2009, 7:08 am

    wait, so you eat the flowers?

  • megan April 30, 2009, 7:27 am

    i really need to learn to like oatmeal! maybe with more crunchy toppings 🙂

  • Christina April 30, 2009, 7:40 am

    Love how your place mat and bowl make the pineapple oats look even more islandy!

  • Brittney April 30, 2009, 7:43 am

    Those oats look yummy 🙂

  • Life Coach Jen April 30, 2009, 7:45 am

    Good luck getting it all done!

  • nibblesandwiggles April 30, 2009, 8:05 am

    yummy oats this morning.

  • Matt April 30, 2009, 8:27 am

    That bowl looks epic!

  • Bridget April 30, 2009, 8:34 am

    All look yummy!

    Be careful of sun stroke…it appears that that’s what I have. Even used the strongest SPF my aunt could find (85).

    3 years has gone by fast! Congrats to all of us 2006ers and 16th flooers!

  • Run Sarah April 30, 2009, 8:37 am

    What lovely gifts! I loveee dried mango.

  • Ashley & Bo April 30, 2009, 8:48 am

    Good luck and have a great day! If you have some time today swing by my site and add your favorite weeknight recipe! 🙂

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