Coffee Oatmeal

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Because sometimes you need a double dose.


And today is one of those days!


Coffee oatmeal is flavorful, bitter, and delicious.  If you love coffee, and you love oatmeal, you will LOVE coffee oatmeal! 🙂


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup vanilla rice milk
  • 1/2 cup brewed French vanilla coffee
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 2 drops Stevia
  • Toppings:  brown sugar, almonds


Perfection in a bowl!


Movie Reviews


Last night, I watched Seven Pounds and Julie & Julia


First, I’ll review Seven Pounds, which was an emotional melodrama with Will Smith.  It was a kind of “put together the pieces as we go and at the end, it will all come together so neatly” movie.  I didn’t like it at all, but the Husband loved it.  I think Will Smith is a great actor, and that was the movie’s only saving grace.


Julie & Julia was better!  And I’m not just saying that because I’m a blogger with a book deal (the movie is about a blogger with a book deal!).  It was cute (but a little slow), and the Meryl Streep and Amy Adams were great.   I don’t think this movie could’ve even existed without Meryl Streep as Julia Child.  It’s a good chick flick that probably all food bloggers/readers would enjoy.  🙂


I do have to say that Julie & Julia was really weird to watch because Julie’s story was pretty much the last year of my life (but WAY cooler and bigger) on the big screen.  The entire movie, my Hus just kept looking and me and cracking up because we’ve pretty much had every single conversation that Julie and her husband have in the movie. 


On that note….  What’s your favorite movie?


My favorites are (in no particular order):




  • Jen (Running With Cake) December 21, 2009, 8:55 am

    Coffee in oatmeal? What a great idea – a truly supercharged breakfast! I have so many favorite movies – those I can watch over and over without getting tired of. It’s hard to pick just one – but for a holiday movie, I like You’ve Got Mail. Hotel Rwanda WAS very good – hard to watch though because I felt like crying the whole movie.

  • Diana (Mymarblerye) December 21, 2009, 8:56 am

    hello. i am always one of the first to post on your site? “why am I so obsessed wit’ you” (sing it to mariah). My fave movie is foreign film called Amelie it’s SOOO ADORABLE. Please rent and watch it! it’s stars the girl from the davinci code!

  • megan December 21, 2009, 8:57 am

    I loved Julie and Julia – I asked for it for Christmas 🙂 I can never name favorite movies though – I loved music and lyrics. and of course sleepless in seattle and you’ve got mail. and an affair to remember. can you tell I like romantic comedies? 🙂

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City) December 21, 2009, 9:11 am

    I’m totally intrigued by this coffee oatmeal.

    Hmm… favorite movies, I don’t have a list but Christmas Vacation is def a fav.

  • amanda @ fake ginger December 21, 2009, 9:12 am

    Meryl Streep totally made Julie and Julia. I struggled to get through the book (just not my style) but I’ve seen the movie a handful of times just because of Meryl. Love her.

    My favorite movies are You’ve Got Mail and Must Love Dogs. I found them together on the same disc at Target not long ago and was the happiest girl on earth.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 21, 2009, 9:13 am

    I could never pick a favorite movie. Or food. Or song.

  • Michelle@eatingjourney December 21, 2009, 9:14 am

    Love Meryl.

    Live is Beautiful
    Black Balloon–Australia–so GOOD!
    American Beauty
    Ace Ventura Pet Detective

  • Evan Thomas December 21, 2009, 9:14 am

    My favorite movies are Pleasantville and X3. Both of those I could watch again and again

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story December 21, 2009, 9:14 am

    Hotel Rwanda is such a good movie! I wouldn’t call it a favorite of mine, but wow, it was fantastic. I watched Julie and Julia Friday night and loved it. I’m turning 30(ugh)in March so I easily related with that part, love to cook, write my blog (for me mostly though) and I’m stuck in a dead end job so all that resonated heavily too.

    My favorite movie of all time is Steel Magnolias. Always has been, probably always will be. I just love it. 🙂

  • Cait (Cait's Plate) December 21, 2009, 9:15 am

    Oh my gosh – that oatmeal bowl looks amazing. I love Elf as well. All the Vince Vaughn/Will Ferrell movies crack me up actually! I haven’t seen Julie&Julia yet but I REALLY want to!

  • Meg December 21, 2009, 9:15 am

    I LOVE ELF! My favorite movie 🙂 especially during the holidays. I still wanna see Julie & Julia

  • Kim December 21, 2009, 9:20 am

    Have you seen Lars and the Real Girl? If you love Garden State I think you’ll love that one, too. I’m hoping to see Julie/Julia soon, too!

    • Caitlin December 21, 2009, 9:21 am

      no i havent! i’ll have to add that to the list.

      • Kim December 21, 2009, 9:23 am

        Holy fast reply! Nice work. Yeah – I think you’ll love it. It’s got that good dark comedy going on.

        Also, the coffee oatmeal sounds AWESOME. I can’t wait to try it. It would be merging two of my greatest addictions together….

    • Eliza December 21, 2009, 4:46 pm

      Lars and the Real Girl is fantastic. His brother and sister in law’s reactions are hilarious. The dark comedy is very clever.

  • Ellen Collis December 21, 2009, 9:23 am

    Ohh, coffee oatmeal—never heard of it, sounds delicious!! I saw Julie & Julia with my boyfriend in the theatre when I had just started my blog. I could totallly relate to her and how attached she was to her blog and her feeling of not wanting to let her readers down. (Ok, so I don’t have half as many as she did, but still…)

  • Emily Eats and Exercises December 21, 2009, 9:24 am

    Good movie choices Caitlin! I have never actually seen Elf… apparently I better fix this right away. I guess this is the right season.

  • Eve December 21, 2009, 9:24 am

    I really loved Julie & Julia, and I agree Meryl Streep totally made the movie. Yesterday I saw The Blind Side in the theater and it was incredible!! I highly recommend it to everyone to see – it mad me laugh (a lot) and cry. And it was a movie both my husband and I loved!

  • katherine December 21, 2009, 9:29 am

    My favorite movies are probably The Big Chill, Sleeping Beauty, History of Violence and Steel Magnolias. Kinda runs the gammut in terms of genres, but I like variety! 🙂

  • Danielle (Coffee Run) December 21, 2009, 9:31 am

    My mom has been raving about Julie & Julia! My favorite movie would have to be Pirates of the Caribbean (the 1st & 2nd, not so much the 3rd)

  • Susan December 21, 2009, 9:32 am

    Fave movie right now, and for the past four years, is Almost Famous.

  • Erin December 21, 2009, 9:40 am

    I loved Julie and Julia — Meryl Streep just made that movie!

    Another vote for Lars and the Real Girl. 🙂 All-time favorite is The Sound of Music. 😉

  • Matt December 21, 2009, 9:42 am

    My favorite two movies are V for Vendetta and A Knights Tale.

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) December 21, 2009, 9:54 am

    Oh man, I’ve been burning the candle at both ends lately (lots of running, lots of holiday parties, too little sleep). I could really use some coffee oatmeal today!

    One of my favorite movies is “When Harry Met Sally”!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 21, 2009, 9:56 am

    so glad you enjoyed the movie!

    I don’t think I could handle coffee oats! yowzer!

  • Stacey December 21, 2009, 9:56 am

    My favorite movies are “Some Kind of Wonderful” and “When Harry Met Sally”. I’m a total 80’s fan!

  • Julie @savvyeats December 21, 2009, 9:57 am

    Elf, Enchanted, and Up (yes, apparently I am 8 years old)

    Phantom of the Opera, White Christmas, While You Were Sleeping

  • Juli @ Bless My Heart December 21, 2009, 10:04 am

    My favorite movie will always, always be The Man from Snowy River. Can’t beat sexy Australian cowboys and horses in the mountains!

  • Jill@QuarterLifeWellness December 21, 2009, 10:05 am

    OMG no one ever likes the girl next door! I LOVE that movie!! It might have to do with the fact that I have a MAJOR crush on emile hirsch! ha.

    Also those oats look divine!!

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet December 21, 2009, 10:06 am

    Coffee oatmeal..mmmm..that sounds pretty amazing. I will have to try that sometime. 🙂 Garden State, by the way, is one of MY FAVORITE MOVIES EVER!! Seriously, I have watched it so many times and I feel like I find something new each time. I love it. I also love Julie/Julia and yes Meryl made that movie..and the movie was way better then the book I thought. My favorite Christmas movie is A Christmas Story and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Watching those movies make Christmas for me. 🙂

  • Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life December 21, 2009, 10:11 am

    It’s hard for me to pick a favorite movie-I have a lot!

    Coffee oatmeal sounds interesting.

  • Jenny @ nutmegger December 21, 2009, 10:14 am

    I think I’d have to go with Match Point, Jane Austen’s book club (I seriously recommend this one!!), and harry Potter 😉

  • Neely December 21, 2009, 10:14 am

    One word… LABYRINTH.

    It has it all…
    David Bowie, tights, Henson muppeteering, a super young Jennifer Connelly, trippy dance sequences and possible sexual undertones in a kids movie.

    Cinematic perfection.

    • Sammi December 21, 2009, 10:39 am

      “Did you say hello?” “No, I said ello, but close enough!”
      Love that movie 🙂 My sister has five beta fishies all named after male characters from Labyrinth.

    • Michele December 22, 2009, 6:02 pm

      And the most awesome soundtrack ever. When I was little, I used to pretend Bowie was singing ‘As The World Falls Down’ to me. I was weird.

  • Jennie December 21, 2009, 10:16 am

    I didn’t like Seven Pounds either. I couldn’t stop watching it because I wanted to see how it all came together, but I didn’t like the ending. It was a very disturbing movie.

    I saw Julia & Julia in the movie theater. I loved it. I read the book after I saw the movie and didn’t like the book as much. Meryl Streep was an awesome Julia Child.

    Elf is my favorite Christmas movie. “I like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite”. 🙂

  • Katie December 21, 2009, 10:18 am

    I really love The Wedding Singer. Romantic comedies typically aren’t my favorite but there is something about it that always makes me drop what I am doing whenever it is on. Maybe it’s the cheesy 80s music? 🙂

  • MelissaNibbles December 21, 2009, 10:20 am

    Labyrinth and Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy. Oh and Squid And The Whale. I love movies!

  • Whit December 21, 2009, 10:21 am

    Ok, I did not want to totally dis on 7 lbs in my last comment, but gah I HATED it. How depressing was that thing? I agree that Will Smith was it’s only saving grace.


    Had to get that out.

  • jenna December 21, 2009, 10:25 am

    i really really really wanna see julie and julia!!

  • Alison December 21, 2009, 10:27 am

    I love The Goodbye Girl (the old one)and When Harry Met Sally…so classic:-)

  • Alison December 21, 2009, 10:27 am

    coffee oatmeal looks great! that’s funny how much of a similarity you said your life was to julie and julia. i love those moments when you’ve realized you’ve had the same conversations they have in the movies. always leaves me with a “celebs–they’re just like us” feeling.

    i’ve heard nothing but good things about hotel rwanda. i think i started watching it in college but never finished. my fave movie is gone with the wind 🙂

  • brandi December 21, 2009, 10:30 am

    I still haven’t tried coffee oatmeal – I need too, soon! Sounds like the perfect thing on a Monday morning 🙂

    I LOVED Hotel Rwanda. Just amazing.

    Other favorites:
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
    Sound of Music
    Young Frankenstein
    tommy boy – dumb, but I know the entire movie by heart.

  • Karin December 21, 2009, 10:31 am

    Oh I really need to watch Garden State!! It’s so hard to choose a favourite movie.. I think my most favourite are:
    -Run, Fatboy, Run
    -Girl, Interrupted
    -Hot Fuzz
    -A Knight’s Tale
    -Star Wars (ok that counts as 6 films..)
    and so many more.. I love films!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing December 21, 2009, 10:31 am

    Love Hotel Rwanda! I was in Rwanda a couple years ago and we visited the hotel for a coffee – so eerie to actually be there! And it’s so normal now… like nothing ever happened.

  • BethT December 21, 2009, 10:32 am

    Too many favorite movies to name…but I do adore Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

    Did your special craft fair treat ever arrive? I have a great distrust of the postal service…

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite December 21, 2009, 10:32 am

    Coffee Oats?!? I’m totally trying this!

  • Sammi December 21, 2009, 10:36 am

    Number one favorite movie of all time: 10 things I hate about you. I’ve seen it almost a million times (that may be an exaggeration) Other favorites are the devil wears prada, 27 dresses, v for vendetta, american history x (a movie about racism. it makes me cry every time)

    We watched Hotel Rwanda in high school but I had to leave early and never got to finish watching it.

  • Alisha December 21, 2009, 10:37 am

    Wow Caitlin, those are brutal movie picks, Haha, and I say that with love. Except Elf, that is a great movie. Do you watch movies often? I can recommend something good. What are your tastes?

    • Caitlin December 21, 2009, 10:39 am

      hahah i didnt say they were great movies (well, hotel rwanda is) i just said they were my favorites 🙂

  • KatieTX December 21, 2009, 10:37 am

    Garden State is amazing. I also love 10 things I hate about you and Love actually. Also, I like movies like Boondock Saints and Memento.

  • Christie @ Honoring Health December 21, 2009, 10:37 am

    I have a few favorites. The Shawshank Redemption is one of my all time favorite drama type movies and dirty dancing is probably my favorite chick lit type of movie.

    I thought Julie and Julia was great! A number of people said that they didn’t like it but I thought it was really cute.

  • Anne @ the doctor takes a wife December 21, 2009, 10:39 am

    I absolutely LOVED Julie and Julia 🙂 I thought it was such a sweet story. They had a sweet dvd sale on Amazon a while back, an I picked up a copy for my mother in law (and myself!!) for Christmas 🙂

  • Courtney December 21, 2009, 10:43 am

    Dirty Dancing is hands down my fave movie. It was on Friday night and I haven’t watched it in a few years. I can’t believe it is 25 years old…it holds up well. It is such a sweet, innocent little movie, and of course extra sentimental now that Patrick Swayze is dead. The first time I saw it I was 12, now I’m 33 and of course see it through different eyes.
    Damn, I just wrote a disseration on Dirty Dancing in your comments, maybe I should go try and get a life now?! LOL!

    adventures in tri-ing

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) December 21, 2009, 10:43 am

    That’s too funny (about your life being similar to Julies)..

    I agree with you about 7 pounds. Not my cup of tea. Hotel Rwanda on the other hand, really got into my heart. Love it.

    You breakfast looks fantastic!

  • Lara (Thinspired) December 21, 2009, 10:53 am

    I felt the exact same way about Seven Pounds! It was so depressing and I didn’t even feel uplifted afterward! Haven’t seen Hotel Rwanda yet…thanks for the recommendations 😉

  • Tammy December 21, 2009, 10:56 am

    I hated 7 pounds! It was so depressing and I was seriously disturbed about it for days…Julie and Julia, cute but a bit overrated….I do however, love Amy Adams, so it was worth it. My favs are When Harry Met Sally and Back to the Future…Yes, i was a child in the 80’s…

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 21, 2009, 11:01 am

    Ha, that’s funny. One of our guy friends cried his butt off at Seven Pounds…we never saw the movie, but ever since then, we’ve wondered what the deal is with it!

    Favorite Movies:

    The Sound of Music
    The Princess Bride

    You’ve Got Mail
    Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

    Coffee oatmeal intrigues me.

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness) December 21, 2009, 11:30 am

    Oh my gosh! I’ve never heard anyone else say that Girl Next Door is one of their favorite movies — me, too!! That’s pretty neat. My other favorites are Twilight, New Moon, Invincible, and Dumbo!

  • rachael December 21, 2009, 11:38 am

    I’ve been wanting to see Julie & julia. I’ve been reading the book, but I almost feel likt the movie will be better . . .

    My favorite movies are Sweet Home Alabama and Chocolat. Yes I am a total girl . . .

  • VeggieGirl December 21, 2009, 11:41 am

    Favorite film = Imitation of Life

  • Karla December 21, 2009, 11:41 am

    I thought Amy Adams was a little annoying in the movie. I think I would have liked it more if the movie were just about Julia Child.

    I love You’ve Got Mail! I feel like I watch that movie a million times and never get tired of it!

    Hotel Rwanda was so good and so sad!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion December 21, 2009, 11:49 am

    I loved Julie and Julia as well! I went and saw it in the movies with my mom! My favorite movies are Empire Records, Mary Poppins and Love Actually.

    I need to try coffee oatmeal sooooon!

  • Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run December 21, 2009, 12:06 pm

    I NEED to see Julie & Julia! I saw Seven Pounds and actually liked it. I think you have to be in the right mood to watch a dramatic and somewhat depressing movie like that. And apparently I was in the right mood for it. I don’t think I can say I have a favorite movie. I really like Love Actually, but there are soo many I love. Tough question.

  • Julie December 21, 2009, 12:07 pm

    Clueless, Wayne’s World, Never Been Kissed, Wizard of Oz and Annie 🙂

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) December 21, 2009, 12:33 pm

    I have never tried coffee oats – must try this!

    My fav movies are:
    Finding Nemo, Romeo + Juliet (the one with Clare Danes), Lilo and Stitch, The Departed, and The Trouble With Angels

  • Emily December 21, 2009, 12:40 pm

    I’m all for coffee oats. 🙂

    I didn’t really like 7 Pounds, either. I thought it was kind of weird. I also thought J&J was slow, and I agree..without Meryl Streep, there wouldn’t have been a movie. I wanted to like it, but I just didn’t. 🙁

    My fave movies are ones with a touch of realism, so I like In Good Company and Life is Beautiful.

  • Maggie December 21, 2009, 12:42 pm

    I love The Girl Next Door, but I’m always ashamed to admit it! My favorite movie is a German movie called The Lives of Others, I think it’s amazing, I cry every time I see it.

  • Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) December 21, 2009, 12:44 pm

    Honestly, I wasn’t a big fan of Julie and Julia — I wish they did a full Julia Child biopic starring Meryl Streep! I love Amy Adams but I just couldn’t stand her character; she was selfish, kind of a b-word, and I couldn’t really root for her to succeed. Also, her story (and performance) just totally paled in comparison to Meryl’s awesomeness!

    I love a good, classic romcom: When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail (I cry every time!), The Wedding Singer…but I also adore slightly sillier stuff like Dumb and Dumber and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is also amazing…oh, and Wall-E and Up were two of the best movies I’ve seen in ages! I love movies 🙂

  • Jesse December 21, 2009, 1:09 pm

    I love “Moonstruck,” with Cher and Nicholas Cage, it’s a classic and I love it! Always makes me smile and I love NYC too! 🙂

  • Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen December 21, 2009, 1:12 pm

    love love LOVE Julie and Julia! I’m also a huge fan of Elf, Home Alone, and The Blind Side (just saw it) ROCKED my face off!

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope December 21, 2009, 1:36 pm

    I saw Seven pounds last Christmas and thought it was terrible!!!!

    I don’t really have favorite movie because I love so many, but probably the ultimate is The Wizard of Oz. I mean, it’s classic.

  • Jess December 21, 2009, 1:41 pm

    I don’t get why everyone’s surprised by The Girl Next Door. I love that movie, it’s one of those movies you can watch at any time.

    I really don’t like picking favourites, especially with movies, but that’s probably because I went to film school. Here’s some I love off the top of my head: City of God, The Big Lebowski, Raging Bull, The Shawshank Redemption, Mr Deeds Goes to Town, Lord of the Rings, The Saddest Music in the World, Network, Oldboy (Korean), Save the Green Planet (Korean), 12 Angry Men, Back to the Future, The Lion King.

  • Stasa December 21, 2009, 3:11 pm

    Your coffee oats look delish!

  • Susan December 21, 2009, 3:23 pm

    I love coffee oats!! I’ve been stirring Starbucks Via powder into my oatmeal with chocolate protein powder to make mocha oats 😉

    Girl Next Door is a damn good movie!! My favourite of all time is High Fidelity. Can’t go wrong with a little John Cusack, Jack Black and music snobbery 😉

  • Kelly December 21, 2009, 3:54 pm

    I agree with you on Seven Pounds. My husband liked it too..must be a man thing! 🙂 I LOVE the movie Waitress (with Keri Russel)…so GOOD!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 21, 2009, 5:12 pm

    Garden State is my fave too. Along with About a Boy, Doubt, and zillions of documentaries (including Paradise Lost, The Farmer’s Wife, My Flesh and Blood).

  • Christie December 21, 2009, 6:02 pm

    I need to watch some movies! I haven’t seen any of the ones you listed as your favs. I didn’t like Seven Pounds either but I though Julie and Julia was pretty cute. My favorites are Oceans Eleven, Blow, and Gone in 60 Seconds. I’ve seen those a ca-jillion times 🙂

  • Laura in Pgh December 21, 2009, 6:08 pm

    Ahh, this is a fabulous question! I LOVE movies and my current favorite is always changing … BUT my all time favorites are:
    — Top Gun (yeah, I had a MAJOR Tom Cruise crush – it was the 80’s, what can I say?)and I still sob uncontrollably when Goose dies
    — Bridget Jones Diary. Yes I can relate to her clumsines/awkwardness
    — Under the Tuscun Sun. Because it is just a beautiful, meaningful movie.

  • Kirsten December 21, 2009, 6:53 pm

    the girl next door is probably my favorite movie ever, so glad that was on your list! I loveee Emile Hirsch!

  • Kelly (the Running Phoodie) December 21, 2009, 9:25 pm

    I love Garden State too! It’s so oddball and wacko but it cracks me up!

  • tami December 21, 2009, 9:44 pm

    My favorite movies are When Harry Met Sally, Fried Green Tomatoes, American Beauty and Almost Famous. Darn I really need a movie night now

  • Carolyn December 21, 2009, 10:19 pm

    I just watched Julie & Julia and I was disappointed in the ending. Thought it was kind’ve blah. I did enjoy 7 pounds, though, more than I thought I would.

  • Jolene ( December 21, 2009, 11:21 pm

    I LOVE coffee oatmeal, and I LOVE Garden State! I haven’t seen Hotel Rwanda – but I will!

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