Today is National Pancake Day, and since I missed pancakes for breakfast, I figured I’d make some for lunch.


Introducing… Savory Pancakes!  I don’t know how my brain came up with this recipe.  I know the ingredients look strange, but trust me – it was SOOO delicious.


The Savory Pancakes pack a veggie, protein, and fiber PUNCH – hidden inside are goodies like sweet potato, tomatoes, and feta cheese, and they are topped with black beans.


Ingredients (for 4 pancakes / 2 servings):


  • 1 small sweet potato
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pancake mix
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons canned sundried tomato
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (I used a basil and tomato flavored feta cheese)
  • 2 dashes pepper
  • 4 dashes chili pepper
  • Sprinkle salt
  • 1/2 cup black beans, rinsed, drained, and warmed




  • Wash sweet potato, stab with fork, wrap in paper towel, and microwave for 4 – 5 minutes until soft.  Remove and peel off skin.
  • Chop softened sweet potato into tiny chunks.
  • Mix potato and all other ingredients (except black beans) in a medium bowl.
  • Heat and grease a pancake griddle.
  • Scoop out pancake mix into 4 medium-sized pancakes.
  • Cook on both sides, plate, and top with black beans.
  • Enjoy!


I INHALED these pancakes.  You will definitely be seeing them again!  Sometimes, experiments in the kitchen just work.


I had my pancakes with a side of snow peas:




Caffeine Confessions


I rarely blog about my drinks (unless they are really caloric and/or alcoholic), but I have a cup of french press hazelnut coffee with half and half every morning, and a few cups of tea throughout the day.


The Husband and I are obsessed with tea.  OBSESSED!


We have all sorts of neat tea gadgets:




As well as six different flavors of tea in our pantry.  I love Rooibos Chai the most, but English Breakfast, Earl Grey, and Peppermint are other favorites!


I tried to give up caffeine once on the blog, and it was a DISASTER.  I went off coffee and switched to tea only for three days, and then I cut everything out for the rest of the week.  I was MISERABLE.  I practically attacked the coffee maker on Day 8.


Not only do I love the jolt of caffeine, but I love the rituals of coffee- and tea-drinking (I prefer loose-leaf tea over the bagged stuff).


Additionally, caffeine can help your athletic performance, which is why I never have an early morning workout without drinking a cup of coffee first. 


Are you a coffee or a tea drinker?  Could you give it up?  Would you want to!?  Have you broken the caffeine habit and how did you do it?



  • Evan Thomas February 23, 2010, 12:16 pm

    I drink OBSCENE amounts of coffee and tea. I would hate to give it up. It’s all decaf, though, so I don’t feel too bad. My favorites right now are Whole Foods French Vanilla decaf coffee, decaf english breakfast tea, and Trader Joe’s bedtime blend tea

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 12:17 pm

      I do not understand decaf. LOL. Can you explain it to me?

      • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 12:17 pm

        It’s like alcohol-free beer! WHYYYY?

        • alyssa February 23, 2010, 3:35 pm

          i agree with evan… for me coffee is all about the TASTE and experience! the caffeine doesn’t affect me and i wouldn’t miss it.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet February 23, 2010, 12:16 pm

    I don’t like tea at all. I think it tastes like dirty water! I love some Starbucks coffee filled with garbage, but otherwise, I don’t do many hot drinks. In fact, I really only like to drink water. Not sure why, but I guess it’s good!

  • Anna February 23, 2010, 12:17 pm

    I’m a bad college student in that I hate coffee! Love the smell, hate the taste. I’ll drink herbal tea and occasionally real tea, but other than that I don’t really ever consume caffeine. Not a big soda fan either (diet or regular). People ask me how I have enough energy to get my work done without it… easy. I sleep. Hah.

  • Jessica February 23, 2010, 12:17 pm

    I will never give up my coffee…i only have it in the mornings but my one cup holds four.

    I did give up sodas…its took about four months for the headaches to go away, but now it doesnt bother me as much…
    I could drink 2 2 liters of Mt. Dew a day…I dont miss it…now…oh but it was super rough at first.

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story February 23, 2010, 12:18 pm

    Those pancakes look amazing. I will be making those soon. Yum.

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat February 23, 2010, 12:21 pm

    I love coffee and tea! I drink both because I love the taste and the way drinking a warm cup of either makes me feel. Caffeine and it’s benefits are just a bonus.

    I’m going to have to try my hand at savory pancakes!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 23, 2010, 12:25 pm

    i love coffee and tea! i love the ritual as well, and just having a warm drink in the mornings. i have given it up before though…I just went cold turkey, and it sucked the first day (I slept the whole time) but then i was fine!

  • Guen February 23, 2010, 12:26 pm

    Since college days I have cut way back on the caffine. Now I have just one cup of joe in the morning during my commute. On the weekends I won’t drink any unless we go to a diner after church. However during the day I drink green tea, mint, earl gray, rooibos, whatever is on hand. A warm drink in hand makes me feel productive.

  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething February 23, 2010, 12:27 pm

    I only allow myself one big cup of coffee with aoy creamer in the morning……The rest of the day I drink herbal tea. Does this count as water consumption?

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 12:29 pm

      it does in my book!

      • Kalli@fitandfortysomething February 23, 2010, 12:39 pm

        Oh good! I was hoping……

        • Samantha February 23, 2010, 3:25 pm

          See my comment #105.

  • Ashley February 23, 2010, 12:28 pm

    I drink 1 cup of coffee in the morning on most days. The past 2 days my body has been saying ORANGE JUICE. So I listened and drank that instead. I have been drinking coffee since I was really little [decaf then] and have just always loved the flavor. I have never been a big tea person but want to be, haha..I always try new flavors and JUST found that I like super earthy Japanese Green Sencha and this other tea by Tea Spot called Roasted Green Mint. I guess I just had to try some loose leaf tea before really liking it!

  • Jessica @ Fit Chick Wannabe February 23, 2010, 12:32 pm

    I have always hated tea (tastes like a warm medicine cabinet – i know it sounds weird lol), and coffee (too bitter for me). I just recently discovered the White Mocha at Starbucks. This is currently the only coffee I will drink, and I have one every day. I need to stop though because they are way too many calories! But I just love them because they both satisfy my chocolate craving and give me a boost!

    • Runeatrepeat February 23, 2010, 12:36 pm

      You can always order it with fat free milk and one less pump of mocha 🙂 Hold the whipped cream too.
      And get it “regular” on special occasions if you want 🙂

  • Runeatrepeat February 23, 2010, 12:32 pm

    I actually am trying to incorporate more coffee into my diet!
    I realized a lot of my random snacking comes from being tired, so I have started drinking iced coffee in the afternoons (usual snack attack time).
    I still have a normal afternoon snack, but I don’t graze mindlessly as much.
    I’d rather have a caffeine addiction than a weight problem!
    I always hear about people trying to give up coffee or caffeine and I don’t get it. Why stop something you enjoy and makes you feel good?

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 12:33 pm

      I agree with you about… everything. I drink tea to keep myself from mindlessly snacking in the afternoon!

  • Laura February 23, 2010, 12:34 pm

    I’m actually allergic to coffee (really – it’s horrible) but I’m obsessed with tea! I live in Texas and we drink iced tea with breakfast lunch and dinner. I’ve always been an unsweetened girl, which is the good news! There have been times in my life when I would drink 80-120 ounces of iced tea every day! I also love hot tea – earl grey please!!

    About 1.5 years ago I was having very swollen and sore breats during my period and my doctor told me to give up caffeine. It worked, but I was miserable! I lived off decaf iced tea (it’s kind of gross) and decaf earl grey. About two months ago I was getting really dehydrated because I was super tired of water, so I slowly started adding the caffeine back into my diet in the form of green tea (never had it before and now I’m obsessed!). My breats were really sore for the first 2 weeks, but now they are fine! I have about 40 ounces (some days double that..whoops) of hot green tea every day and probably 20 ounces of iced green tea. I have had no complications yet! Since I drink everything unsweetened and plain, it’s just as good as drinking water and it’s helping to stay hydrated! I really don’t like drinking water unless it’s with ice, which sucks in the winter!

  • Lesley February 23, 2010, 12:35 pm

    What do you guys put in your tea to make it taste better? I try to drink a little green tea everyday, and normally I just drink it plain. But to me it’s so blahh that way. I’m so clueless!

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 3:31 pm

      agave, honey, or stevia! and cream!

  • chandra h February 23, 2010, 12:36 pm

    oh i LOVE coffee; i don’t see any reason or benefit to giving it up. it’d be taking something away from me! ahh. i have at least 1 large cup every morning with coconut milk creamer. I like it super strong.


  • Jes February 23, 2010, 12:36 pm

    Those pancakes look amazing! I love pumpkin pancakes, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE mint tea. Especially if it contains spearmint. Mmm!!!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite February 23, 2010, 12:36 pm

    What a creative pancake!! I LOVE coffee and will NEVER EVER give it up 🙂

    As for tea, I have to be in the mood for it.

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness February 23, 2010, 12:37 pm

    I love coffee and tea… both regular and decaf versions. I am with you on appreciating the ritual of preparation for both, my boyfriend and I just bought a house and I can’t wait to get a proper service set (and SUGAR CUBES!) for when we have company.
    I am a coffee drinker in the morning and a decaf tea drinker at night. I find the warm tea to be a soothing relaxation ritual to help me wind down after dinner.
    The savory pancakes look fantastic, what a great idea and how healthy and tasty they must be!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health February 23, 2010, 12:37 pm

    I gave it up a few weeks ago. I went cold turkey which kind of sucked at first but I feel much better now.

  • Bree@beeskneeslife February 23, 2010, 12:37 pm

    Coffee all the way in the morning – I drink almost half a pot each day! Surprisingly, I don’t think I am addicted since I don’t get any headaches or shakes if I don’t have it. I am trying to get into tea – because I find myself grabbing for sweets in the evening, and if I have something else to drink it helps. I do have decaf though, since caffeine keeps me wide awake if I have it too close to bedtime! But otherwise I agree on the decaf beverages 🙂

  • Mellissa February 23, 2010, 12:37 pm

    I am a huge tea drinker, right now I have 4 flavors at my desk and about 5 at home!

  • Freya @ February 23, 2010, 12:37 pm

    Fab looking/sounding pancakes!!
    I HATE tea and coffee with a passion, especially tea! I think it tastes just like dirty water, ie skank 🙁 I don’t mind cappaccinos or lattes once in a while..but that’s my limit. I seriously don’t get the tea obsession.
    Hot chocolate all the way!!

  • Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers February 23, 2010, 12:38 pm

    oddly enough caffeine makes me all jittery and even sweaty! my body REALLY responds to it, so i keep my caffeine intake limited. i really do love both coffee and tea!

  • Kelly February 23, 2010, 12:38 pm

    I used to drink starbucks coffee every day, but I realized how much I was spending once I started working. I started buying Green Tea for at home and having that every morning and now just my Starbucks on fridays, and the weekend. It was hard at first, but now I get all jittery from just one coffee.

  • Amanda@BustingThroughIt February 23, 2010, 12:38 pm

    I guess I’m like Anna…a bad college student, I don’t drink coffee or tea. I’m all about the water!
    The pancakes are intriguing!

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers February 23, 2010, 12:39 pm

    I’m a huge huge fan of coffee. I like tea too, but I definitely drink more coffee. I will never give it up unless it’s proven completely detrimental to your health (I doubt that’ll help since there are some benefits to it). I love not only the flavor, but the smell, and the comfort it gives me. I love getting up, relaxing in my chair, and sipping on coffee in the morning. It makes the coming day better 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 23, 2010, 12:39 pm

    Coffee and I have a close relationship 😀 I can’t give it up and I don’t want to. I don’t see a point. I also love the ritual of drinking just as much as the drink itself… so good! I am just now really getting into drinking tea and it’s also awesome BUT i still have to have my coffee.

    Those pancakes sound great!! You never know until you try..

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance...after a 100+ Pound weigh loss!!! February 23, 2010, 12:40 pm

    Those pancakes do look amazing! I was talking to the hubby this morning about pancakes and how I do not have them often as I love them but the “not so healthy” kind…….like chocolate chip pancakes are my total favorite, I made them 3 times over the holidays. =O

    I LOVE COFFEE & TEA! Both I got from my mom. My mom has been drinking coffee since I can remember and we both started drinking lots of tea after we moved to England and lived there for 8 years while my step-dad was stationed there in the Air Force. English Tea and the way they brew it is the best, I miss going to tea houses there so much. =(

    My favorite coffee is flavored and “hazelnut” like yours is on the top for me as it is the easiest to find. I do not like syrups but actual flavored coffee itself….like at Barnies! =)

  • Jen @ VegetarianInTraining February 23, 2010, 12:40 pm

    Those pancakes look great. Yum!

    I’m not a huge coffee drinker, though I will have it occasionally. We have several types of tea in our pantry and I drink it three or four times a week. My main source of caffeine is Diet Coke and I’ve even managed to get that down to 1 or 2 a week. Now it’s pretty much all water, all the time.

  • Marisa (Loser for Life) February 23, 2010, 12:41 pm

    Savory pancakes look fabulous to me!

    I love coffee. I only drink 2 a day. I have tried giving it up before and my husband and kids moved out of the house. Kidding 🙂 Life just ain’t worth livin without it 😉

  • Molly @thevegandorm February 23, 2010, 12:42 pm

    I try to only drink decaf, but I do have some caffeinated tea (only occasionally). Tea is amazing – I love it!

    On the other hand, (And I know this isn’t at all what YOU were doing, I’ve just seen people do this) I always crack up when people say they drink caffeine just to help their athletic performance. I couldn’t care less whether or not you drink caffeine, but caffeine’s effect (beyond waking you up) is negligible unless you’re drinking way too much. (although maybe it has a mental affect?) In fact, my teammates and I make a point NOT to have caffeine before a workout.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels February 23, 2010, 12:42 pm

    I love coffee and tea . . . I usually have one coffee a day and 1-8 cups of tea a day.

    My bf gave up coffee recently, just to save some extra spending money, and he says he has way more energy now.

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner February 23, 2010, 12:43 pm

    I love coffee but can’t have it often because I have such bad heartburn 🙁 I do drink a TON of decaf tea though, I’m with Evan above!!!

  • Karissa @ CardioFoodie February 23, 2010, 12:44 pm

    I drink both coffee and tea. I have actually cut down a bit on my coffee drinking since college. I don’t think there is anyway I could go without caffeine…I am in law school…it is as necessary as water.

  • whit @ whitinspired February 23, 2010, 12:45 pm

    I quit drinking caffeine completely 3 months ago. I just stopped cold turkey. People laugh when I tell them I went through withdrawal…but I did. I had headaches, was dizzy, couldn’t concentrate for TWO weeks. After those two weeks though, I felt amazing and don’t miss it. I, however have never been a coffee or tea drinker. I was a serious soda addict. 2-3 diet sodas a day. I now drink water and decaffinated green tea. And like I said, I don’t miss it at all.

    • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 23, 2010, 12:57 pm

      Most people do go through withdrawals from caffeine because they become dependent on it. It’s really common for people to get headaches if they haven’t had their morning coffee.

      • whit @ whitinspired February 23, 2010, 2:13 pm

        Yeah…I knew that it was a real condition. But most people don’t, and they laugh about it. But it really is a real thing.

  • Stephanie February 23, 2010, 12:45 pm

    Savory pancakes are really popular in other parts of the world!

    I spent some time in the Netherlands, where they eat “pannekoeken” — which are like pancakes, but are often savory and eaten for meals other than breakfast.

    Yum 🙂

  • Erin February 23, 2010, 12:45 pm

    I could totally see savory pancakes! Kind of like latkes.

    And rooibos chai sounds delicious! My two favorites in one.

    I only got into cappuccino very briefly in high school and never liked the taste of coffee. I gave up all caffeinated soda my freshman or sophomore year of college (it wreaked havoc on my digestive system) and now only drink caffeinated tea two to three times a month.

    I guess I wasn’t ever that dependent on it because giving up was no big thing.

  • Kristen February 23, 2010, 12:47 pm

    I am a coffee fanatic but also love a good cup of tea. The rituals of having my daily coffee are very comforting and I do love the taste as well!

  • Abby February 23, 2010, 12:48 pm

    That is an amazing pancake idea!!! I really dont like tea–but I love coffee. I just had the first tea that I liked the other day. It was minty!

  • jackie February 23, 2010, 12:52 pm

    total coffee/tea addiction!

    i like the boost, i like having something warm to sip on throughout the day, i like how they are calorie free, i do like the taste and i like how they keep me from snacking!

    i usually prefer coffee to tea but it really just depends on the time of day. lately i’ve been drinking my coffee black or with very little soy milk because i used to go overboard with the half/half. i currently buy organic colombia dark roast – it is my favorite!

    my favorite teas at the moment are earl grey, masala chai and this blackberry flavor that they give us at work (haha i love my work for providing tea!!!)

    i love my coffee/tea addiction – true if i don’t have coffee by 11-12pm i start to get tired and headachy. i don’t like how caffeine has control over my body like that – but i don’t plan on cutting back anytime soon…lol. i love it too much!

  • Laura Georgina February 23, 2010, 12:54 pm

    BOTH!! Small cup of coffee in the morning, a couple of cups of tea (black breakfast tea, earl grey, green), and a decaf (rooibus or some sort of herbal tea) after dinner. All in all, I probably drink two or three caffeinated drinks all day, which is a huge improvement from when I lived in Britain–I spent my four years there with a cup of tea as a fifth appendage! The Brits REALLY take their tea seriously and so did I 🙂

  • Stina @ Girl Can February 23, 2010, 12:54 pm

    All this pancake talk has got me thinking I might have to switch my dinner plans from stuffed peppers to pancakes.

    I don’t drink much coffee/ caffeine. I used to drink a lot of coffee. My last college roommate and I had a little coffee bar set up in our apartment with all kinds of flavoring syrups and we had a variety of flavored non-dairy creamers. We would drink it morning, noon, and night – seriously.

    After I moved back home where no one else was a coffee drinker (except my dad who buys his coffee on the way to work) I sort of gave up the coffee habit. Once I gave it up, I discovered the huge amount of caffeine I was drinking was responsible for the killer cramps/ PMS I was getting.

    Now I have 1 cup of caffinated green tea every morning. Otherwise I stick to water and herbal teas. (I have an extensive collection in my pantry, but peppermint is my fave!)

    I will, on occassion, have a cup of coffee if I’m REALLY dragging, but since I don’t drink it often it doesn’t take much to give me a jolt.

    It really wasn’t hard for me to give up the coffee habit, but I also think I had the ideal circumstances for it.

  • Ashley February 23, 2010, 12:54 pm

    I drink way too much coffee but I can’t help it. I’ve never given it up and don’t plan on it anytime soon.

  • Jen @ healthylaps February 23, 2010, 12:54 pm

    I am a huge tea drinker! I just love everything about it! I did a whole post about it when I first started my blog:

    Those pancakes looks delicious! I am seriously comtemplating making them for dinner tonight!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 23, 2010, 12:55 pm

    For a savoury pancake, I like the Japanese okonomiyaki which is kind of a cross between an omelette and a pancake with lots of cabbage in it.
    I’ve never tried making one though.

  • Joey February 23, 2010, 12:56 pm

    I recently became a hot tea drinker but have only tried the caffeine free stuff as yet. I want to start drinking green tea to start my day. I love the calming effect that the other teas have had so far. I especially enjoy ending an evening with a warm cup of sleepytime tea… So relaxing! 🙂

  • emily February 23, 2010, 12:56 pm

    I enjoy the occasional coffee or tea but mostly I’m a major diet soda addict!

  • BethT February 23, 2010, 12:56 pm

    As you enter the quest for pregnancy, you might have to cut it back to around 1 caffeinated beverage per day. My doc suggested doing this when I initially thought about trying to have a kid, so I cut back to one cup of real coffee and one cup of decaf per day instead of my usual two cups. Now I have the real deal MAYBE every other day, and other than that it’s mostly decaf.

  • Amanda February 23, 2010, 12:59 pm

    I drink 2 cups of coffee in the morning, and then usually stick to decaf for the rest of the day. I drink decaf tea at work throughout the day, mostly to stay warm and to limit snacking. May seem kindof pointless, but it’s more exciting than plain water!

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 23, 2010, 1:03 pm

    I drink both. But I try to limit my caffeine consumption to no more than 2 caffeinated beverages a day. It has really helped my sleep and overall mood!

    I posted about it here:

  • Ildie February 23, 2010, 1:03 pm

    I used to drink several cups of coffee a day but cut that back to just 1 cup in the morning about two months ago. I now drink green tea during the day. It’s working out great. I could never completely give up coffee or tea. Things would get violent in a matter of days. Maybe even hours. I love my caffeine!

  • Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama February 23, 2010, 1:04 pm

    I was always a coffee girl until I started to have bad reactions to the caffeine. I still drink decaf but I love me some tea, too!

  • caronae February 23, 2010, 1:04 pm

    I don’t like coffee (except in lattes or mochas, mmm), but I love love love tea. I really want a strainer, actually, and my own teapot. I love the tulsi jasmine tea the most.

  • Kate February 23, 2010, 1:05 pm

    Both! I usually drink coffee first thing and then tea the rest of the day (decaf after 3:00pm). I feel a bit better about having half and half in my coffee. After years of drinking my coffee with non-fat milk, I was surprised at how much better the coffee tasted with a splash of half and half! I usually drink my tea plain–I’ve become obsessed with red tea lately.

  • Tara February 23, 2010, 1:06 pm

    I WANT to like coffee, and I do, but it makes my tummy hurt and my head spin! I am super caffeine-sensitive! I can handle tea, but coffee is too much. I agree that the ritual is the best part! Yummmm!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 23, 2010, 1:11 pm

    I made so much tea for my British coworkers when I interned there. SO MUCH TEA. With a ‘spot’ of milk. I had it down pat by the end 🙂

    It’s good for the soul.

  • Jennifer February 23, 2010, 1:13 pm

    I gave up coffee and switched to tea in December and let me tell you it was not pleasant. I had massive headaches and my workouts became so sluggish. I went back to drinking it again because 1. it gives me something to look forward to in the morning and 2. I love the extra push through my workouts!

  • Andrea ( February 23, 2010, 1:13 pm

    mmmmm I loooove tea and coffee. I drink an obscene amount of each. I gave up coffee last year and switched to green tea. By doing this, I felt like I crashed less in the late morning. But now I’m back to drinking coffee because I love the taste. Good topic!

  • Britt @ Runnerbelle February 23, 2010, 1:15 pm

    I drink both. Coffee more first thing in the morning and then tea any time during the day. I don’t always do coffee though, sometimes tea is all I need.

    LOVE green tea, white tea, sweet almond tea, the list goes on and on. We have a great local tea shop that sells some fabulous flavors all loose leaf. I try to get a new flavor every time I go.

  • Erin February 23, 2010, 1:17 pm

    WHERE did you get that tea timer? It’s so fun!
    I go back and forth between tea and coffee…I drink tea most days and save coffee for days when I’m especially tired or sluggish. But tea leaves me feeling better so I like to drink it more often. Mostly green tea for me!

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 1:26 pm

      a small shop but i’ve seen them before and im sure you could find it online!

  • Matt February 23, 2010, 1:18 pm

    I am addicted to coffee! Those pancakes look good 😉 I may make them for dinner!

  • Amanda February 23, 2010, 1:23 pm

    The pancakes look AMAZING! I’m definite giving those a try! I’ve never been a big coffee or tea drinker. I will have an occasional cup of coffee (every couple months) and the same with tea. I do love making Apple Cider though in the evenings after dinner to help wind down the day.

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit February 23, 2010, 1:27 pm

    Am trying that pancake tomorrow!

    Oh caffeine…the process of making, smelling and waiting for my coffee is an experience I never feel complete without! I only have 1 cup a day and if I have two, that’s a special treat! On weekends we may go the espresso route but I can’t give up that experience. And tea doesn’t do it for me quite the way coffee does. 🙂 Such a mental thing!

  • Gracie @ Girl Meets Health February 23, 2010, 1:28 pm

    I love coffee AND tea. And more and more studies are coming out showing the benefits of caffeine…even on helping to prevent cancer.

    I think if I had to pick one it’d be coffee – *with cream or half and half.* Skim milk in coffee just doesn’t do it for me…

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward February 23, 2010, 1:31 pm

    I have to have a cup of coffee in the morning, and I usually have a diet coke (i know, i know) after lunch. I sip tea in the evening, but usually peppermint or another non caffeinated kind.

  • Therese February 23, 2010, 1:33 pm

    It’s funny. I used to drink coffee all the time. When I lived in Japan I drank copious amounts of it as it was all OVER the place. This past summer something happened that I can’t explain. I just didn’t want it anymore. I even drank it again for about two months before realizing I wasn’t enjoying it. I switched to green tea for two weeks before going off of that and now mostly drink water. I still drink coffee once or twice a week but, for some reason, I just haven’t craved it. And this is SO not typical of me!

    However, I also have a feeling it won’t last but we’ll see! I’ve been off it since October! Eek!

  • Amanda February 23, 2010, 1:37 pm


    Where did you get the little tins your tea is stored in? I need them!

    Thanks 🙂

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 3:31 pm

      they came with the tea 🙂 i bought them at a tea shop.

  • Krista February 23, 2010, 1:39 pm

    I start every morning with one cup of coffee in bed and then one on my way to work. Its a nice soothing ritual. Last summer I did make it my goal to give up coffee, and I did for two months. Because I’m a teacher and have the summers off it was definitely easier to do it then, but I decided that it wasn’t worth it and I really missed having coffee in my life (and… I really need caffeine when dealing with students!). I usually drink some “sleepytime” tea before going to bed, but I haven’t discovered a love for tea like I have for coffee.

    Your savory pancakes look delicious. I’ll have to give them a try!

  • megan February 23, 2010, 1:43 pm

    I’m not sure I could eat “savory” pancakes…it just doesn’t seem right to me. 🙂

    I am a tea drinker. I have a cup of chai tea with milk and splenda every morning as I do my devotions. It’s like a morning treat 🙂

  • Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 23, 2010, 1:44 pm

    My husband and I are tea drinkers too! We can spend way too much time and money in Teavanna sampling teas and oohing and aahing over the beautiful tea kettles and accessories. I like that you mentioned the “ritual” aspect of coffee/tea drinking. I definitely think that’s part of the appeal!

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale February 23, 2010, 1:44 pm

    I like both coffee and tea, but in the morning, it’s coffee (with a splash of milk) all the way! I need some serious rocket fuel to get me going!
    My fave types of teas are white teas and peppermint herbals.

  • LindsayK February 23, 2010, 1:45 pm

    Savory pancakes! Genius.

    I’m a tea drinker, I’ve never liked coffee. My husband on the other hand is obsessed with french press coffee…every so often he’ll try to “quit” but it only lasts a week at most 🙂

  • Beth February 23, 2010, 1:49 pm

    I LOVE coffee and tea. I have a coffee from dunkin donuts every morning or an americano from starbucks (don’t like their regular coffee). I also love tea, but I only used the bagged stuff for convenience. I love all your cute little tea gadgets!

  • Karla February 23, 2010, 1:49 pm

    I’ve drank coffee since I was about 3 years old (cultural thing). I’m pretty sure I’m addicted but honestly I don’t think I want to quit. I’ve cut back a lot. Now I only have 1-2 cups of coffee per day and 1-2 of tea (usual herbal so caffeine free). I love it too much to give it up. I don’t think it’s that bad for you, but people will disagree with me 🙂

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope February 23, 2010, 1:49 pm

    I drink tea, but it is usually at night, so decaffeinated. Don’t drink coffee or soda.

  • Anne P February 23, 2010, 1:50 pm

    Mmm those savory pancakes sound awesome. I’m a tea girl, all the way! Coffee makes me feel icky 🙁

  • Gabriela February 23, 2010, 1:54 pm

    Hole YUM!
    Those pancakes looked absolutely GORGEOUS!
    Have a great Tuesday!
    Brazilian XOXO´s,

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full February 23, 2010, 1:55 pm

    Coffee please! I could give it up though as I only drink one cup in the morning. I agree that it does help with athletic performance. I always have a cup of joe before a longer run on the weekend. I like tea on cold winter nights when we’re out of red wine 🙂

  • Lizzy February 23, 2010, 1:55 pm

    I totally was a coffee drinker, actually it’ll be a week tomorrow since my last cup, but i drink tea now instead, it just tastes better to me. so i’m still getting that caffeine fix i need, but more tasty for me!

  • kirsten February 23, 2010, 1:56 pm

    I love coffee but prefer it iced so I drink it a lot more often in the summer. How exactly does a french press work? I’ve seen them on blogs but never in person so I’m not sure if you make the coffee in one or if you make coffee then put it in there to press it (sorry this is a really silly question haha.)

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 2:39 pm

      I made a youtube video about this actually:

      • kirsten February 23, 2010, 4:30 pm

        Thank you, that’s really helpful! I want to get one now! 😀

  • Mary (Food Fit & Fun) February 23, 2010, 1:57 pm

    I LOVEEEE tea!! I am border-line obsessed as well!!! For Christmas my boyfriend got me an awesome tea pot for loose-leaf. That timer looks awesome!

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) February 23, 2010, 2:02 pm

    it never hurts to play with your food. Those pancakes look really delicious!

    I could not, would not give up coffee. I drink it daily. I’ve cut back on it a lot but it’s never gonna leave because I love it too much. I’d rather cut out the caffeine from soda. (Which I did.)

  • John February 23, 2010, 2:04 pm

    Does coffee in my ice cream count as having coffee? lol I tried it once as a little kid. Didn’t like it so never tried it again. I’m glad as you should see all the people lined up in the drive thru at the Timmie’s every morning I leave my house…figure I’m saving a lot of money!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 23, 2010, 2:07 pm

    I love tea and all the gadgets associated with it. I prefer loose but have bagged for convenience.

    I try to limit the caffinated type due to IBS though.

  • Jenna @ EatingGreen, StayingLean February 23, 2010, 2:08 pm

    I’m OBSESSED with coffee. Some day my dream is to own a cafe so I can wake up early, get there and bake a little while drinking some coffee and then sit by the window and…you guessed it, blog. haha. Sounds dreamy, right?

    I love hazelnut, great choice! I’m spoiled working at a restaurant with a full espresso bar, but most of the time I just stick to the plain ol’ drip coffee. For some reason, nothing quite does it like a bold cup…not to mention, there are less calories 🙂

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 23, 2010, 2:09 pm

    I AM A TEA JUNKIE! and i LOVE my lattes! I could never go without – and why should we?!

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' February 23, 2010, 2:10 pm

    I, too, love the ritual of coffee! Recently, though, I’ve been cutting back and have gotten into quite the tea habit instead! I love any sort of English Breakfast tea, and most green teas as well! So soothing… 🙂

    For athletic performance, have you tried taking Guarana? It has the same benefits as caffeine, without some of the downsides of coffee! I take it before my long runs, and I can tell a difference!

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 3:32 pm

      i havent tried that! maybe i should. hmmm.

  • D February 23, 2010, 2:11 pm

    my life is RULED by coffee. its totally non-negotiable!

    it started in middle school, when my dad and i stoped at the coffee shop before school, and i started sneaking in chai lattes under my table in math class. by highshool i was going to starbucks in the am before school for a latte, then downing gallons of black coffee at my afterschool job.

    now im in college, and i have a coffee maker…in my room…on the floor…so close to my bed that i dont need to get out of it to turn it on in the morning. i actually fill up the water and put coffee in the filter before i got to bed, so that i am just one daunting arm stretch away from my morning brew.

  • Ellen February 23, 2010, 2:12 pm

    Those pancakes look so yummy! Were they dry at all without any kind of syrup? To answer your Q, I love both coffee and tea. A lot of times I drink decaf coffee if I really don’t feel like I need it. Usually it’s more about just drinking something HOT. I know that’s weird, but it makes me really happy and helps curb sweet cravings. Grande.skim.latte just might be my three favorite words 🙂

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 2:40 pm

      no i think the potato kept them from drying out!

  • Cyclist Kate February 23, 2010, 2:14 pm

    I looooove tea and usually have at least 4 cups of black tea every day. I, too, prefer loose leaf (though I do like Tazo Awake tea when I’m out) and am lucky that I can get it through my work for about $6/pound for organic! I vacillate between being fiercely devoted to English Breakfast and Earl Grey. Jeebus, I love my tea! It’s the best comfort in the world and waking up with a cup is such a lovely ritual. It’s also so lovely to take a tea break in the afternoon to take a minute away from everything.

    However, I do work in a coffee shop, so I find myself sipping coffee from time to time when I need a little extra jump. And there’s nothing like a cold-brewed iced coffee in the summertime.

  • Leah @ L4L February 23, 2010, 2:17 pm

    I usually have a cup of caffeinated beverage every morning: either a half soymilk/half coffee or a cup of tea. After that, I stick with herbal teas, otherwise I get on a caffeine overload and get headaches and shaky.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie February 23, 2010, 2:18 pm

    I’m a huge tea fan. I like coffee a bit in the morning but I can drink tea all day long. I love jasmine green and earl grey…..with a little milk and honey:)

  • Suzanne February 23, 2010, 2:23 pm

    I drink a lot of caffeine. I can usually limit my consumption to just one cup in the morning, but on certain days I’m dragging in the afternoon and need a little pick me up. Staring at a computer all day makes me sleepy. I don’t really see the point of giving it up completely unless you have a medical condition that could be affected by it. In moderation, it’s not bad! Plus I love the taste of coffee! If I didn’t have it, I feel like I’d be restricting myself in the same way I’d be if I gave up sweets.

  • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 2:39 pm

    Glad you made pancakes for lunch. I saw that it was NPD and the first thing I thought of was you! lol 🙂 I knew I had to leave a comment on your bfast post!

    As for tea/coffee, I drink both! I have always preferred tea as my mom would give me tea when I was growing up and I always loved that. I am in college now and got a Keurig recently so I have started drinking more coffee. But, I love both!

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 2:40 pm

      haha i am caitlin pancake!

  • Kelly February 23, 2010, 2:41 pm

    I used to be a coffee and/or tea drinker. However, I noticed that caffeine bothers my stomach, so I had to give it up. It was terrible for a few days, but now it’s not a problem. The only time I miss it is when I had a really late night or early morning. It’s also nice to not have to think about finding or making coffee when I am rushed or on vacation 🙂

  • Kristine February 23, 2010, 2:43 pm

    I drink one diet coke a day, but zero coffee or tea!

  • Robin February 23, 2010, 2:43 pm

    I gave up caffeine and soda for lent…and it stinks. I was fine with the soda since I only have it when we go out to eat but the caffeine is another thing.

  • Aishah February 23, 2010, 2:48 pm

    Okay Caitlin so I don’t comment much but your topic of discussion today made me GIDDY! I’m literally obsessed with coffee. I ABSOLUTELY.LOVE.IT. Honestly it’s crazy to me… it just makes me so happy! My coworkers say they’ve never met someone who loves coffee so much. And you know what? It’s not just that I am addicted to the caffeine, i mean yes, it DOES make me feel good but like you said, the ritual of drinking it every morning is so calming to me. Honestly, it’s my favorite part of the day! 🙂 Have you ever gone on a run in the morning without having a cup of coffee beforehand? I have, and I CAN feel the difference. Even just half a cup wakens me up and makes me feel good enough to run before breakfast. Without it though, I struggle!

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 3:01 pm

      yay for coffee addicts LOL i think i have worked out without coffee, and it was bad enough so i wouldn’t repeat the experiment.

  • Teacherwoman February 23, 2010, 2:53 pm

    I was thinking of giving up coffee when I gave up all other sweets for Lent, but I just couldn’t do it all. Maybe once Lent is over I will cut back more. I probably only drink coffee 3 times a week.

  • Alli February 23, 2010, 2:57 pm

    You mentioned that coffee helps your athletic performance so you normally drink it before a morning workout. I’ve also read that coffee being a diarhetic (sp?) can dehydrate you so I’ve always been nervous to drink it before working out. However, I usually drag at morning workouts and don’t feel awake or energetic at ALL. Do you drink a lot of water at the same time or do you feel like it doesn’t dehydrate you to drink some joe before exercising?

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 3:00 pm

      i chug chug chug water during workouts. i drink one 12 oz water bottle during a 5 mile run. I will arrange my outdoor workouts so I can refill water bottles. 🙂

  • Tracey February 23, 2010, 3:00 pm

    I’m a big time Caffeine drinker. If I don’t get enough in the day then I will, for sure, get a wicked headache the next day.
    I’ve tried to stop drinking caffeine but I turn into a biatch so my husband requests that I don’t give up the habbit:)

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness February 23, 2010, 3:07 pm

    I don’t like coffee OR tea… strange, I know. I am actually not addicted to caffeine, since I only have it every couple of days whenever I feel like a diet soda. But if I get a bad headache (I get them often from weather), caffeine often helps.

  • Susan February 23, 2010, 3:08 pm

    Oooh, I am loving the sundried tomato + feta mix with the savoury pancakes! That sounds awesome!

    I drink one large french press of coffee a day… so 32oz?? One cup before the gym and one cup after. That’s it for caffeine though, as anything else later in the day will keep me awake at night. I’m trying to become a tea drinker, but I’m not a huge fan of hot drinks in general. I typically drink my coffee iced!

  • Jess February 23, 2010, 3:18 pm

    I am definitely a coffee drinker, but even worse, I also drink some energy drinks like red bull, despite knowing how bad they are for me. It’s what I need to get through the day at the moment.

    The problem with coffee drinking for me is that it really messes with my body and I usually remember afterwards that I just can’t stomach it. Plus, I generally stop drinking caffeine too late, and have issues getting to sleep at night.

  • Samantha February 23, 2010, 3:24 pm

    I drink it too – hard to live without. Tip for you and your readers – For every cup of caffeine, you must drink an EXTRA cup of water. Coffee does NOT count as water and you actually need an EXTRA cup of water to make up for the diahretic effects of the caffeine. So, if your goal is to drink 7 cups of water/day, but you have 2 cups of coffee, you need 9 cups of water that day to make your water goal!

  • Jocelyn February 23, 2010, 3:25 pm

    I used to be OBSESSED with coffee but I gave it up last year. I now drink Tea (mint’s my favorite!) but I also drink Earl Grey–have you ever tried a tea misto?! It’s Early Grey tea with Warm milk! I try to use almond milk with it and it’s sooooooooooooooo delicious! Plus one of the cheapest drinks at Starbucks! hahah



  • Rachel (suburban yogini) February 23, 2010, 3:35 pm

    I’m British, so of course I drink gallons of tea 😀

    I always have coffee with my breakfast, I have my coffee pot and special coffee mug.

    I drink a lot of loose leaf peppermint tea in the daytime because, like you, I just love the rituals.

  • tiffnie February 23, 2010, 3:38 pm

    I used to drink coffee every day but I got super addicted. It was awful. It did help boost my athletic performance as well as my attentional/cognitive functions, but I hated how dependent I was. Every time I tried to stop drinking, I’d get really bad withdrawal symptoms (e.g., unbearable headaches, etc).

    Last winter, I got struck with the flu and basically was stuck in bed for 2 weeks with no access to coffee and that was how I broke my addiction ;). I like how I’m ‘free’ of my dependency now and it’s liberating to know that I can just get up and go, but I still miss coffee. I love the smell of it. I also find that I need more sleep on average now so I’ve been debating whether or not I should go back…

    I drink tea every day. I love green and oolong teas the most. Chai is great too. Tea doesn’t have the same effect on me as coffee for some reason (I couldn’t drink coffee past 1 or 2PM or else I’d have trouble sleeping whereas I can drink tea right before bed). Is that how it is for you too? Caffeine is a funny thing.

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 3:39 pm

      i can sleep whenever, wherever, regardless of what i just ate or drank. LOL. i am a sleeping machine.

  • Gina February 23, 2010, 3:42 pm

    I love loose leaf tea! I have about 8 differnt containers right now, but my favorite is jasmine green! I was never a coffe drinker until I went to France and realized I love it (and the idea of sitting at an outdoor cafe sipping a cafe!) I move to seattle last summer, and with 2 coffee stops on every corner and 3 within 100 feet from my office, I’m pretty hooked!

  • natalie February 23, 2010, 3:55 pm

    I’ve never drank a cup of coffee in my life and the most caffine I’ve ever had in my system is diet coke. I gave that up too about 8 months ago and I havent looked back. It was hard at first, just like anything else you are trying to break. My personal opinion on caffine is that it isn’t natural and healthy for our bodies…that is JUST ME. So i’m glad i’ve ridded my system of it and now i rely on sleep, nutrition and fitness to keep me energized. You could do it too if you wanted…but if you love tea so much and you feel good drinking it…why not keep doing it. For me diet coke was causing negative effects and i feel it is unhealthy…tea on the other hand is quite differnt. I do drink herbal tea now and then, but as for a pick me up…i just have my husbadn kick me in the butt every now and then! 🙂

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion February 23, 2010, 4:02 pm

    I loooove coffee. Like seriously, readers comment on my coffee intake CONSTANTLY. I have a cup or two a day. Loooove it, I could never give up caffeine.

    I love your savory pancakes BWT they sounds so good! YUM YUM!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing February 23, 2010, 4:06 pm

    I am a coffee drinker in the AM and love a cup of tea before bed! Except when I am visiting my parents (who are British) – then I drink tea all day!

  • Julie February 23, 2010, 4:08 pm

    I drink tea and coffee every day. I need coffee in the morning, but only for the taste and ritual. I gave it up once and it didn’t bother me, but once I started back up it kept me awake all night. After a few days I got used to it and now I’m fine. The caffeine doesn’t really have too much of an affect on me.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 23, 2010, 4:08 pm

    I drink coffee about every other day. I’ve tried cutting back, to no avail, so I figure one cup every other day isn’t going to kill me.

    I think those savory pancakes look awesome!

  • Samantha February 23, 2010, 4:08 pm

    Wow what an interesting type of pancake!!!I don’t like tea and I don’t like regular coffee, but i’m a fan of mocha’s, especially frozen!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 23, 2010, 4:10 pm

    I kinda went ‘off’ coffee a while back – so I probably drink more tea now. I LOVE green tea!

  • BroccoliHut February 23, 2010, 4:21 pm

    Great idea! I’ve always thought that SP & black beans were made for each other:)

  • Laura February 23, 2010, 4:23 pm

    I’m currently bouncing off the walls on caffeine, so…. it was SUPPOSED to help me study, but now my brain is scrambled, I never learn! Mind you, it did used to get me through night shifts when I worked at a hospital. Moderation I dare say?! Did the U.S. not have Pancake day earlier this week, on Shove Tuesday? I’m sure your husband will tell you they even have pancake races in England- running whilst flipping pancakes… have you ever been to a Dutch pancake house? SOOO good- Dutch ones are the size of, and like pizzas but with pancake bottoms… I hope this makes sense, I can’t think straight through the jittering, sorry! 😉

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 4:29 pm

      hahah this was the most caffeine-ridden comment ever! i loved it. i could see the coffee in your writing LOL

      the husband did not make me pancakes for the uk pancake day – he should’ve!!!

  • RhodeyGirl February 23, 2010, 4:28 pm

    Are you friends with PhillyBoy on Facebook? Because he just wrote about this today! He is giving up coffee for a month and today is his day 1. I don’t understand why it is hard, though? Maybe because I don’t drink a lot of caffeine?

    I love tea but only drink it for the flavor, not for the energy. In fact, hot tea makes me sleepy!

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 4:30 pm

      its hard because for people like me it’s a serious drug withdrawal. seriously.

      props to phillyboy. i think he’s crazy.

      Rehab is for quitters!!!

  • Becky February 23, 2010, 4:39 pm

    I drink black hazelnut coffee in the morning and tea throughout the day. I don’t think I could live without them! Weird thing is, I only started living healthy about year ago and never liked coffee or tea before that! I don’t know if my taste buds changed, but whatever happened, I wouldn’t wanna go back!

  • Amy @ Second City Randomness February 23, 2010, 4:43 pm

    I drink both. I tried to cut back on the coffee habit for awhile, but then no one ever wanted to be around me. And I found myself replacing coffee/caffeine with junk. Sad… So I started drinking it again and never looked back!

    But I always start my morning with green tea- nothing else!

  • Whitney February 23, 2010, 4:50 pm

    I love coffee. In fact, I wouldn’t be able to work my awesome, albeit demanding job without coffee. I used to use a peculator to brew my coffee but now I (also) use a french press… No flavor in my coffee though because I think coffee has enough flavor on its own

    Tea on the weekends because that is the only time I can “stop” to drink some! Love the gadgets, too!

  • Sophie @ yumventures February 23, 2010, 4:54 pm

    I recently read this article and felt better about my caffeine addiction…I just can’t stop 🙂

  • linda February 23, 2010, 4:55 pm

    I go to sleep at night thinking about my morning cup of coffee. I love it! Usually, I drink it curled up in bed before I am up for good starting my day. Tea drinking is most often in the afternoon to help keep the munchies at bay.

  • Sophie @ yumventures February 23, 2010, 4:56 pm

    Sorry, it was actually this one:

    I found the link through the NYMag article 🙂

  • Denise (the apple hill adventurer) February 23, 2010, 4:58 pm

    oOOOooOOoo snow peas, delish! loose leaf tea? you are a true tea fan! I have always wanted to try it 🙂

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) February 23, 2010, 5:01 pm

    I’m digging the odd(ish) food combinations on the blog lately, Caitlin! Those pancakes look delicious. Great dinner (or lunch!) idea.
    I could never give up my coffee. Like you, I have one big mug when I wake up, and several cups of tea throughout the day.
    I don’t have time to drink a cup before my work out, though. I have to leave for the gym by 5:00 a.m., and can barely wake up early enough to scarf down a banana.

  • Jessie February 23, 2010, 5:04 pm

    Your tea-timer is insane :O

    After 25 years caffeine-free, I became addicted this past September. Maybe the stress of my new dietetics program or the loooong commute? Either way, I’m a super-mean biddy when I don’t get my morning coffee 😛

  • Monica @ Musings of the Granola Girl February 23, 2010, 5:07 pm

    I am OBSESSED with coffee and tea, I drink copious amounts of both but if I ABSOLUTELY HAD to choose just one, it’d be tea! (Greek tea, at that!)

    I’m addicted to caffeine and don’t think I could give it up. There’s something about coffee in the morning and tea in the afternoon/evening that makes the world go round. (or at least makes MY world go round?? heh)

    I love that tea timer 🙂 How cute!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place February 23, 2010, 5:28 pm

    If I skip my morning cup of coffee it doesn’t really affect me much. I do enjoy having coffee, but it’s mostly for the taste, not the caffeine. I could probably nix it, and not have too big of a problem. I limit myself to 1 cup a day!

  • MarathonVal February 23, 2010, 5:44 pm

    I switched from coffee to green tea a few months ago, and while that lovely “jolt” is no longer there, I like that green tea gives me slow-released energy throughout the day, and no headache!

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople February 23, 2010, 5:55 pm

    I absolutely can’t stand the taste of coffee. I have NO CLUE how people can drink the stuff! Doesn’t matter how much sugar or cream you can pour into it, it still tastes like garbage.

    And I don’t like tea either. It always tastes like juice that has gone bad to me. I don’t know why, but it’s just…yuck!

  • Allison K February 23, 2010, 5:56 pm

    I drink 1 cup of coffee at work each morning. I don’t drink coffee on the weekends, UNLESS we go out to breakfast, and then I have like 4 cups!

  • Allie February 23, 2010, 5:57 pm

    wow, those pancakes look great. i have never made savory pancakes (the thought of maple syrup just makes me too happy), but i may try these out.

    i simply do not function without my coffee in the morning. i love everything about it. the taste. the caffeine. yum. i just love coffee. i would drink it all the time if left to my own devices. i tried going cold turkey once. it was awful.

  • a February 23, 2010, 6:03 pm

    DOes Pancake Day extend to Canada?
    I knew about Pancake Tuesday but I dont think today is pancake tuesday is it ??

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 6:30 pm

      A chain in the USA (IHOP) was giving out free pancakes and calling it pancake day 🙂

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] February 23, 2010, 6:04 pm

    I am a both a coffee and tea drinker, but NOT for the caffeine. I order decaf espresso drinks 95% of the time and the majority of my teas are decaf as well. I’m all about the ritual. My obsession with coffee and tea is all mental. I rely on sleep for my energy and hope I never have to use caffeine on a regular basis.

  • Lauren February 23, 2010, 6:07 pm

    Hey Caitlin,
    I was pondering on this today and thought that you might be the perfect one to ask! I have recently gotten married and moved to an area where I know NO ONE! I was wondering how you and the Meghans met?? This might have been addressed before but I’m new to the blog and could really use some tips on finding a running/training partner!
    Thank you!!

    • Caitlin February 23, 2010, 6:31 pm

      we met thru the blogs so if you know a blogger in your area, contact them! also, i’ve heard of people making running partners through craigslist (just be safe about it) and check to see if there is a running group in your area. good luck making new friends!

  • Amy February 23, 2010, 6:10 pm

    I love tea – chai and peppermint are my favorite.

    I’ve been swimming with a master’s team and today’s workout was especially hard. I thought about your mantra that got you through and developed my own – “Focus on the swim”. It worked for me – it made me focus on my strokes and breathing. Thanks for all the great tips you provide.

  • Laura February 23, 2010, 6:13 pm

    I started drinking coffee for the first time when I started university as an undergrad, and ended up drinking obscene amounts of it, since it was the way everyone met up and socialised between classes. By third year, though, I was finding that my concentration was really poor and I was even getting muscle tremors in my hands at times, so I just decided to give it up cold turkey. No coffee, no tea, no chocolate even! I finally started eating chocolate again last year and wouldn’t give it up again, but so far it’s been five years without coffee! I drink de-caffeinated green tea sometimes, but mostly just water. I remember being a bit grumpy for the first ten days of coffee withdrawal, but after awhile I didn’t miss it and I felt SO much more mentally balanced, if that doesn’t sound strange. It was so much easier to concentrate in class and when I was writing.

  • Kristin P February 23, 2010, 6:31 pm

    I try to stick with one latte with soymilk in the morning and no more caffeine for the rest of the day. I’m loving tea lately (decaf). I used to drink a lot of diet soda but have pretty much quit. I try to quit the lattes every now and then but it totally sucks and I usually last about a week.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 23, 2010, 6:41 pm

    I love the ritual of having coffee more than the drink itself. While traveling here in Australia, I’ve only had one cup because it’s just SO pricey! Miss it, though.

  • Cassie February 23, 2010, 7:01 pm

    I’m pretty sure shrove tuesday was last week. Better late than never though! 😉 Those pancakes look AWESOME.

  • Jolene ( February 23, 2010, 7:20 pm

    I drink 1 cup of black coffee in the morning, and I don’t see the point in ever giving it up. I enjoy it!! I love tea too, but don’t drink it as often.

    Those pancakes – wow! What an invention girl! I am afraid … but I am still afraid of savoury oats too. Clearly I am a wimp!

  • Kath February 23, 2010, 7:28 pm

    Those pancakes look awesome!!!!! Going to copy that for sure.

    And those are all of my favorite tea flavors too!!

  • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl February 23, 2010, 9:15 pm

    I LOVE loose-leaf tea!! I have drank coffee off and on over the past few years, but I don’t have to have it. Tea, on the other hand, is a MUST. 😉

  • Lana February 23, 2010, 9:37 pm

    Those pancakes look AMAZING!! They should definitely be added to the ‘Recipe’ page so I can find them when the mood strikes!!

  • Alison @ finnyfinds February 23, 2010, 10:01 pm

    I think you are an amazing cook! Everything you make sounds delish. I agree – the routine of making coffee and/or tea is part of the enjoyment of it.

  • Tracy February 23, 2010, 10:24 pm

    Caffeine used to be my obsession as well!!! The only way I got off of it- I am now pregnant! I had major withdrawal headaches and I admit, I did have a little when the headaches were terrible. You can only take Tylenol, and that does nothing for me! Now that I am 5 months I am fine without it! So be prepared when that day come Caitlin- It is a hard habit to break!!! 🙂

  • Elizabeth February 23, 2010, 10:28 pm

    Ugh, the interwebs ate my comment! << interesting choices there! When I first moved to Australia it amazed me that they ate pancakes for dessert with ice cream. The Pancake Parlour has TONS of crazy combinations on pancakes and crepes – savoury, should check it out. Maybe you'll get some ideas.

    I quit caffeine my senior year of college (4 years ago). Periodically I'll have a cappuccino or coke if I'm desperately tired, but I try to stay away from it. I'm in grad school so sometimes you just have to have something to get you through the long days and nights. I like tea, but I have to be in the mood for it. Earl, English Bfast and anything fruity usually is what I go for. HATE chai. It's one of those things I want to like, but just don't.

  • Christy February 23, 2010, 10:42 pm

    I tried to give up coffee when I was pregnant with my first child. Couldn’t do it – but not because of the caffeine. I started drinking decaf. I think it was the taste, the smell, and the warmth.
    Awesome looking pancakes, by the way!

  • Misty February 24, 2010, 12:29 am

    I think it’s safe to say I have a tea addiction. I have 16 different types of tea (all from Teavana) in my tea drawer. (I even posted a summary of my tea collection in January.)

  • Susan @ Journey for Health February 24, 2010, 2:18 am

    I am a tea FANATIC. I have easily over 10 types of loose leaf and even more of the bagged (usually for simplicity and ease when I’m busy, which is ALL the time). My favorite is Earl Grey, and I adore loose leaf the best for flavor. I have also fallen in love with the Oregon Chai brand of tea concentrates. I LOVE the Vanilla Chai Latte. I mix it with milk and heat and it is divine 🙂

    Your tea gadgets are just precious. I would love to have a real afternoon tea service one day 🙂

  • Stacey February 24, 2010, 7:35 am

    Jas and I are AVID coffee drinkers. We both can’t seem to start our morning without a cup, and if we do…oh my. It will not be a good day 😀

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind February 24, 2010, 8:19 am

    Coffee AND tea drinker, here. Much more on the coffee side. And no, I have absolutely no desire to give it up. It’s like pure joy in the mornings. 🙂

    I do, however, drink my fair share of decaf as well. I just love the TASTE so much. I def need my caffeine in the morning, but if I’m coffee-cravin’ any other time of day, I reach for decaf.

  • Nicole, RD February 24, 2010, 10:37 am

    I only drink coffee or cappuccino in the mornings, and that’s all my caffeine for the day. My body is SO sensitive to caffeine. Now that I don’t have it past 10am, I sleep like a baby!

  • Kristin February 24, 2010, 11:04 am

    I am coffee obsessed! I always have my 2-4 cups each morning (regular French blend with sugar-free Coffee Mate and usually a dash of cocoa). I seriously dream of my coffee when I go to bed at night, it’s that bad. I’ve given up Starbucks for Lent, which is going well so far but I can honestly say I could never give up caffeine unless I was pregnant again. During my pregnancy last year I had to drink decaf and it was HORRIBLE! I also believe in the benefits of coffee when it comes to workout performance. I try to keep my caffeine intake to the mornings, and if I need a warm drink in the afternoons I have decaf English Breakfast. Have a good day!

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