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I had a lovely bowl of Cherry Banana oatmeal this morning!


I bought a bag of frozen cherries for Green Monsters, but I wanted to see if they would work well in oatmeal, too.  I thawed 10 cherries overnight in the fridge and then added them with a banana during the final cooking process of the oatmeal.


My oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 10 thawed frozen cherries, chopped
  • Toppings;  flax, brown sugar, and almonds




When Wieners Attack


I took this fun photo series of Maggie and James yesterday and thought I’d share.  The blog has been lacking in funny puppy photographs lately!








I’m working like a madwoman all morning on my latest and greatest freelance article while the Husband crams for his board exam.  His board is TOMORROW!  It’s on the Foundations of Chinese Medicine (AKA 2,000 years of theory and procedures).   Our plan is to work all morning and then take a break at the gym.  See you for a swim + run recap!



  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope February 25, 2010, 9:13 am

    Good luck to your husband. board exams suck ass!!

  • jen trinque February 25, 2010, 9:17 am

    Cherries, cherries, everywhere in blog land. I’m going to have to buy myself a bag! I love your dogs 🙂

  • Courtney February 25, 2010, 9:18 am

    Good luck to the hubs on his boards!

    My golden does that same rolling on his back thing…he is doing it to scratch his back I think and he growls and moans the whole time. If he catches us watching him though he stops! Hee hee!

    adventures in tri-ing

  • Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life February 25, 2010, 9:19 am

    aawwww sooo cute!!! mmm Cheeries in oatmeal.. I might just have to try that!!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet February 25, 2010, 9:19 am

    Ahahaha love the last 2 pics. Still begging my hubs for a dog!

  • Molly February 25, 2010, 9:19 am

    aw love the pic of the pups! My dog flies on his back like that too…hilarious


  • Scorpio Woman February 25, 2010, 9:20 am

    Your dogs are so cute. And your oeatmeal looks delish. Great bowl, perfect for food photo 🙂

  • Jenn @ Livewellfit February 25, 2010, 9:21 am

    There is nothing like cute pup pics! Gosh they would make me so happy if I had 1 or 2 running around with me all day. 🙂

  • Michelle@eatingjourney February 25, 2010, 9:22 am

    they need to play w/ The Pioneer Woman’s Charlie.

  • Jenny February 25, 2010, 9:22 am

    Tell me, how the heck do you manage to take pictures of your oatmeal that DON’T make it look like an amorphous blob about to take over a city?

    Maggie and James make me smile so much- the perfect antidote to a dreary morning here in Boston. 🙂

    • caitlin February 25, 2010, 9:34 am

      hahah this comment made me LOL i think the key is pretty bowls!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete February 25, 2010, 9:22 am

    Your dogs are so cute! Animals are great therapy! Good luck with your article!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) February 25, 2010, 9:23 am

    OMG this title had me busting out laughing. Hi, I’m twelve 😀

    Ooh, I like adding frozen cherries to my green monsters, but I’ve never tried them in oatmeal. Sounds like that’d be yummy!

    • Caitlin@TheTwentyFifthYear February 25, 2010, 10:48 am

      Now I just laughed when I read that. Apparently I am twelve, too.

      Love the pups – I can only imagine all the noise they make when they do this. Does it drive you nuts??

      • Caitlin February 25, 2010, 10:49 am

        nahhh they do make a lot of noise but now its just background now to me. 🙂 plus, im jamming to adam lambert and can barely hear anything else. LOL

  • Andrea (canyoustayfordinner.com) February 25, 2010, 9:30 am

    Love the Maggie and James battle pictures! It sounds like you and Kristien are quite the motivated couple! Have a wonderful Thursday!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 25, 2010, 9:31 am

    your dogs are soooo sweet! they make me miss my doggy so much!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 25, 2010, 9:34 am

    LOL– love it. My dog attacked my bowl of split pea soup last night. Don’t you just love dogs? 🙂

  • Susan February 25, 2010, 9:34 am

    1) Congrats on the lecture yesterday!!! I wish I could have been there. But I suspect you will be doing a lot more talks in your future, so ya never know 😉

    2) Good luck to the husband!!

  • Kelly February 25, 2010, 9:34 am

    Love that bowl. The puppies are adorable. Tell your hubby good luck!

  • Karla February 25, 2010, 9:35 am

    Haha! This title made me smile! So did the pictures! Your dogs are just too funny!!
    Good luck to your husband!!

  • Catherine February 25, 2010, 9:40 am

    Good luck to the husband – that sounds like a really tough exam!! I actually has cherries in my oats this morning too, but I took a bit of a different approach – a breakfast cookie a la the Fitnessista with some dried tart cherries that plumped up overnight in the fridge. Yum!

  • Mags February 25, 2010, 9:42 am

    Tell Husband good luck! I just finished taking the bar exam yesterday – those tests are super stressful!

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place February 25, 2010, 9:44 am

    Good luck to the hubby on his exam!!

    My sister recently graduated from med school and she’s now an intern in surgery at Mass General. I know how tough those tests can be, so I wish him tons of luck!!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health February 25, 2010, 9:44 am

    Good luck to the husband!

    Love the puppy pictures. Two of my cats fight all the time, playing of course, and it is always so cute.

  • Beth February 25, 2010, 9:47 am

    That oatmeal looks awesome with the cherries… I am going to have to buy some!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) February 25, 2010, 9:53 am

    I need to buy some frozen cherries for some smoothie & oatmeal love apparently, looks amazing and delicious. P.S. the pups are so stinking cute.

  • Samantha February 25, 2010, 9:54 am

    Try using chocolate protien powder instead of Nesquik in your cherry chocolate bombs. Yummy!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat February 25, 2010, 9:55 am

    Dogs are the funniest, I love them! I hope you two don’t work too hard and good luck to your husband tomorrow 🙂

  • Joanne February 25, 2010, 9:56 am

    Go Wieners! So cute, cute, cute.
    Have a super gym workout. Enjoy!

  • Monica @ Musings of the Granola Girl February 25, 2010, 10:00 am

    Love that maple leaf bowl 🙂

    Love the pictures of your dogs, too– especially that last one! haha cute

  • Lindsay (Waking Up Hungry) February 25, 2010, 10:00 am

    Your dogs are too cute, but I love your bowl!! Have fun today with the workout!

  • Lee February 25, 2010, 10:10 am

    My dog lays on his back like James all the time. He sleeps like that.

    Good luck to the husband!

  • Nicole, RD February 25, 2010, 10:15 am

    I love frozen cherries, they would be delicious in oats! Mmm!

    Pups are too cute! Lily lays spread eagle like that all the time…she sleeps like that! Miss Inappropriate : ) She’s not very modest.

  • Retta @ RunRettaRun February 25, 2010, 10:15 am

    Cute puppy photos! Good luck to your hubby on his exam tomorrow!!

  • Trainerpack February 25, 2010, 10:17 am

    I am hungry now 🙂

  • Carolina John February 25, 2010, 10:18 am

    ok i knew you were talking about the dogs with a post name like “when wieners attack”, but i would have also believed some kind of rape or sexual assault story too. uninformed readers might get scared.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday February 25, 2010, 10:29 am

    Wish your husband well on his exams!!

  • Mary (Food Fit & Fun) February 25, 2010, 10:32 am

    I love adding cherries to my oats and my yogurt! I even like eating them straight up frozen from the bag.

  • Reenie February 25, 2010, 10:35 am

    Good Luck to The Husband!! 🙂

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople February 25, 2010, 10:41 am

    That oatmeal looks so yummy! And you have the cutest dogs ever. I can’t wait to get one of my own when we can get out of this apartment!

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story February 25, 2010, 10:41 am

    I am going to have to try the green monsters with cherries and chocolate. Everytime anyone says “cherry” now that’s all I think about.

    Good luck to the husby! 🙂

  • Rebecca @ Tales from the Range February 25, 2010, 10:46 am

    hahah I love your doggie pics – they are so funny & cute! And cherries in oatmeal sound delicious!

  • Daniel February 25, 2010, 10:57 am

    I love cherries! Last time I tried them in oatmeal though I chopped them right from frozen and put them in the pot when the oats were almost finished. You couldn’t really tasted them all too much =\
    Maybe I’ll try it again after thawing them or better yet, getting some fresh cherries when they’re in season!

  • Carolyn February 25, 2010, 11:07 am

    Good luck to the hubs!

  • Kristina @Mendonpondmusings February 25, 2010, 11:09 am

    Congrats on a successful lecture! You’ll be great on the book tour.

    Wendell loves to lie on his back and wait for someone to scratch him. He also makes this amazing snorgle sound when he gets very excited or happy for petting.

  • Little Bookworm February 25, 2010, 11:10 am

    That oatmeal looks amazing! Love the dog photos and good luck to your husband for his exam! 🙂

  • Jennifer February 25, 2010, 11:19 am

    Love the dog photos! We have the same chipmunk. One of my dogs carries the chipmunk around like a baby and gets super excited when she sees the chipmunk after it has been missing for a few days.

  • Tay February 25, 2010, 11:27 am

    I used to love adding frozen cherries into custard oatmeal! Amazing! Haven’t done that in a while, but it was tasty 🙂

  • Tracey @ TropicalHappiness February 25, 2010, 11:31 am

    Awwwww! Your fur babies are adorable!!!! Cuteness at it’s finest!!!!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels February 25, 2010, 11:33 am

    yes . . . awesome doggie photos too look at while I’m eating lunch!

  • Morgan February 25, 2010, 12:08 pm

    The subject line alone cracked me up! Cute pups! LOL!

  • eatingRD February 25, 2010, 12:12 pm

    how cute! They’re like little kiddies 😉 mmm yummy oats, I’ve actually read some research about tart cherries reducing muscle pain/inflammation. good luck with studying/writing!

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com February 25, 2010, 12:34 pm

    Great oatmeal, it looks beautiful! And love the animal pics!! I’m hoping to post some of my own cute ones tonight as we’re getting KITTENS this evening!!
    Oh, and I spread the Operation Beautiful love at my uni today 😀 I’ll post about that later too!! Have a good swim 🙂

  • laura February 25, 2010, 12:36 pm

    i just took the CA chinese medicine boards 2 weeks ago and am still not over it =) but i have a lot of friends taking the nationals around this time! tell your husband to remember to breathe and then go kick some ass!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 25, 2010, 12:47 pm

    Good luck to your hubbie!!
    Cherries in oatmeal..yum!! never thought of that before!
    Your puppies are one of a kind haha too cute!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) February 25, 2010, 1:05 pm

    tell your hubby good luck for me! i bet he does amazing…it sounds like he’s an incredibly hard worker 🙂 p.s. i laughed out loud at your post title…at work…oops 🙂

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething February 25, 2010, 1:16 pm

    Very cute photos of the pups especially James laying on his back! I think I will try the cherries and maybe add some dark chocolate chips! YUMMMMMMM…..

  • Mama Pea February 25, 2010, 1:26 pm

    Best post title EVER.

  • Heather February 25, 2010, 1:45 pm

    I LOVE puppy pictures. too sweet! You are making me want to go home and hug mine!

  • Ashley February 25, 2010, 2:23 pm

    Hey Caitlin,

    I’m training for a marathon right now and I was wondering how much your calorie consumption changed during marathon training. Did you count calories daily and how many extra calories did you add in general (on non-long run days). How did you determine how to fuel yourself? I’m trying to find a balance between being adequately fueled but not gaining weight.

    • Caitlin February 25, 2010, 4:26 pm

      Once I started doing 15+ mile long runs, I’d be eating an extra 1,000 calories or so on those days, easily. I burn 80 calories a mile (I’m 120 pounds) and try to always eat back my calories (because I’m not trying to lose any weight). I didn’t count my calories except for long run days because it was so hard to even get close to making up my calorie deficit (I couldn’t always do it because I sure as hell tried!). I would count on long days and just eat according to your cues the rest of the time. If you’re concerned about weight gain, weigh yourself every two weeks to just check in to see how you’re doing. then you can adjust your diet accordingly.

      happy training!

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind February 25, 2010, 2:35 pm

    Love this post!

    – hilarious title
    – unique (and delicious-looking) oats
    – puppy pics!

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats February 25, 2010, 3:14 pm

    wow good luck to your hubby! That test sounds crazyyyy.

    Cute pups!

  • Katharine February 25, 2010, 3:58 pm

    Glad to hear your speaking event went well! (And I LOVED your video you made – definitely brought tears to my eyes. You are doing some very important and amazing work.)

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 25, 2010, 4:11 pm

    hahaha those puppy photos are too funny 🙂 Good luck with the article

  • Trish February 25, 2010, 6:19 pm

    HA!!! The doggies are super cute!

    Good luck to you and hubby. 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) February 25, 2010, 7:50 pm

    I love your puppy pictures. They are so cute!

  • L @ WholeWheatOrBust May 14, 2010, 11:26 am

    It is so commendable and exciting that your hubs is going into Chinese medicine! It would be super awesome if he could do a guest post about some basics, or some remedies to common ailments?!
    Also – your bowl, oatmeal, and CANINES are so precious. Gah. I want.

    • Caitlin May 14, 2010, 1:20 pm

      ive asked him to do that before but he is hesitant for legal reasons… but i can tell you that we eat a lot of garlic and ginger!! LOL

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