Peanut Butter Crispy Treats

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After getting such a late start to the day, 8 PM seems like 5 PM!  Let the House Hunters marathon ensue.  🙂


In fact, the whole day has been lazy.  We went out to lunch at Big Daddy’s for burgers.


My Dad joined us.  So nice to have him near.


I was craving sweet potato fries, so I ordered a bunch for the three us of to share as an appetizer.


And for lunch, I had a black bean burger on a whole wheat bun.  I really must figure out how to make these at home.  They clearly are fried and have sour cream and corn in the mix.  Any recipe ideas?



With a lovely side salad.  Big Daddy’s has the best side salads.


We were planning to go on a hike after dinner, but my knee hurts STILL.  This is definitely not my runner’s knee flaring up; it’s something different.  And so acute! It wasn’t even bothering me at all until yesterday.  It’s like one run did me in.


Instead, we saw a movie.  RED was pretty good.  It was a hybrid action/comedy.  Sad when Bruce Willis plays the “old, Grandpa figure” though.  I still think he’s  hot.  🙂

red film review



Since I never had breakfast (I slept until noon), I had breakfast for dinner.


Just a big bowl of oatmeal (3/4 cup oatmeal, rice milk, water, banana, pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, almonds and chia seeds).


And currently, something fun is sitting in the freezer!


I used to love to make Rice Crispy Treats as a kid.  I need to bring those back!


I made a single serving for the Husband and I by mixing together brown rice syrup, oatmeal, puffed millet, powered sugar, and oatmeal.  I wish I could share the ingredients, but I just kind of eyeballed it.  But it’s going to taste ah-maz-ing, though.


So, it closes on another Sunday!  Can’t believe the weekend is already over though.  What do you guys have planned for this week?  Anyone planning their Thanksgiving menus yet?



  • Shannon November 14, 2010, 8:39 pm

    Emily @ The Front Burner has a GREAT black bean burger recipe. They aren’t the same as the Big Daddy ones but are def. worth trying b/c they’re sooooo good!

  • Nicole @ yuppie yogini November 14, 2010, 8:41 pm

    I was recently telling someone I wanted healthy Rice Crispy treats. Yours look tasty!

    PS: Diana has a good black bean burger recipe.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) November 14, 2010, 8:42 pm

    Yum! Dessert looks great–love the single serving idea.

  • Leanne {The Energetic Mommy} November 14, 2010, 8:45 pm

    I L.O.V.E sweet potato fries! I definitely need to try the “rice krispy treats” for my boys!

  • Rachel November 14, 2010, 8:48 pm

    Breakfast for dinner is the best! That’s my favorite thing to do when I don’t know what to make or need some serious comfort food (pancakes!).
    Your krispie treats look yummy!

  • Amanda @ Eat to Live, Live to Run November 14, 2010, 8:50 pm

    Have you ever tried the Morningstar Farm brand Spicy Black Bean Burgers that they sell at Costco? They are amazing! A little pricey at $13.00 or so for a box of 12, but I love them. I always make them with sweet potato fries (also from Costco). LOL
    Maybe that would be similar to your restaurant meal.

    • Caitlin November 15, 2010, 10:47 am

      yes they are super good!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog November 14, 2010, 8:51 pm

    yummm those sweet potato fries look SO good!

    I was just planning our menu today! I’m going to be the only vegetarian ..and it’s at my apartment and I’m cooking everything…but luckily someone else is bringing the turkey!

  • Aimee November 14, 2010, 8:52 pm

    Seriously, everything looks delicious! I must make the rice crispy treats tomorrow. Sorry to hear that your knee is still bothering you. I hope you feel better soon.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 14, 2010, 8:54 pm

    Holy sleeping! I wish I could sleep until noon – my body does not let me sleep past 7 AM, but I”m totally okay with it. If I get up any later than 7 or 8, I feel like my day is lost!

  • Monica November 14, 2010, 9:00 pm

    I know, this weekend went by way too quickly!

    Big week of work events for me that includes a presentation I have to lead at a conference – eek!

    I need to really get my Thanksgiving menu together ASAP, possibly a to-do item for next week though.

  • Ella November 14, 2010, 9:00 pm

    jealous of the sleeping until noon! i’m a college student, i’m supposed to sleep until dinner time on the weekends but ive woken up at like 7 am the past couple of days!

    i’ve been kind of thinking about thanksgiving – i’m sure once i get through this organic chem test on tuesday ill start researching more recipes, im a vegetarian so i want to bring a meatless main dish for me, some sort of veggie and a vegan desert to take some of the pressure off my gma..

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow November 14, 2010, 9:00 pm

    Just starting to plan and on the top of our list are roasted veggies + then a sweet potato casserole with fresh cranberries.

  • Maya November 14, 2010, 9:03 pm

    I recently had an issue with my left knee. It seemed to happen all at once, too, in one single run. It was a difficult pain to describe. The sports doctor on my campus told me that my flat footedness and tendency to overpronate caused stress on my whole left side that manifested itself in my knee. He said if left unchecked it would eventually effect my hips and back. I got custom orthotics for my shoes and took some time off from running. It took a while to recover, and it still isn’t recovered all the way. I plan on seeing a physical therapist soon, but I was able to run in a half marathon this past weekend, and PRed, too (even with my injury). Probably unwise, but I think that with all my cross training and running less (but more effectively) made for a better run, even with an injury. I hope you figure out what’s going on soon!

    • Caitlin November 15, 2010, 10:47 am

      i think i pronate too, and that might be the issue. bah.

  • maissa November 14, 2010, 9:04 pm

    I am planning my Thanksgiving menu, I live in Canada (where thanksgiving was over a month ago, first Monday in October), but I missed it because I was in Mexico, and my Dad and brother are coming up for thanksgiving weekend as my brother is off school. I have already planned to make coconut-maple mashed sweet potatoes, and pumpkin cake with pumpkin butter filling and Italian buttercream frosting…

    The rest however is undecided (clearly I plan the sweet things first…).

    • Caitlin November 15, 2010, 10:46 am

      WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT. coconut-maple mashed sweet potatoes??! must have recipe!

      • Maissa November 15, 2010, 11:17 am

        It’s super easy, cube 3 medium sized sweet potatoes. Bring to boil 4 cups light coconut milk (so delicious would prob work too) and two tablespoons of coconut oil (I did say this wasn’t low fat right?). Then once it’s boilng toss in the potatoes and le it boil for about 10 minutes, or until they are soft. Drain out the sweet potatoes reserving the liquid. Mash em up using the reserved liquid the acquire your desired texture. Add a teaspoon of vanilla and a tablespoon (or more depending on how sweet you like it) maple syrup, whisk a bit to get the potatoes really smooth. And that’s it.

        If you wanna get really fancy you can pit them into individual ramekins and sprinkle with coconut flakes, chopped almonds and a bit of brown sugar, then brol for crispy tops. Cute and individual.

        There ya have it!

        • Maissa November 15, 2010, 11:18 am

          I also throw in some cinnamon sometimes too. The seasoning changes a bit every rme I make it, but it’s always delicious.

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write November 14, 2010, 9:18 pm

    Yep. Our thanksgiving menu includes cornish game hens, green bean casserole, homemade macaroni and cheese, cranberry relish, a sweet potato something, and pumpkin pie (of course!). We’re foregoing the turkey this year. None of us like it all that well.

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine) November 14, 2010, 9:20 pm

    I’m in the process of planning and it’s stressful!

  • Heidi - apples under my bed November 14, 2010, 9:24 pm

    No burger ideas, sorry, but they look amazing! I love the apple in the salad.
    Breakfast for dinner is the best. I’m in Australia, so no thanksgiving. I love the sound of the food though. maybe i’ll cook a meal anyway 🙂 and be thankful for yummy recipes! haha
    Heidi xo

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations November 14, 2010, 9:32 pm

    Sometimes, breakfast for dinner is so comforting… even when you don’t sleep really late.

  • faith @ gracefulfitness November 14, 2010, 9:39 pm

    I am so looking forward to Thanksgiving! I always make a vegetarian stuffing, not exactly sure of this years variation but I am thinking butternut squash and mushrooms (and, as always, whole grain).
    That burger looks pretty awesome.

  • Jenny November 14, 2010, 9:40 pm

    I got excited as soon as I saw “peanut butter” in the post title. Those treats look delicious.

  • Wei-Wei November 14, 2010, 9:49 pm

    Mmmmmm breakfast for dinner! 😀 I’m sorry about your knee though – DO get your rest and don’t push it! :]

  • Carpensm @ A Life Without Ice Cream November 14, 2010, 9:51 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who enjoyed RED… (and also who still finds Bruce foxy)!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) November 14, 2010, 10:03 pm

    Ahh I totally need to make homemade rice crispy treats–those were always the best! So unappreciated.

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef November 14, 2010, 10:14 pm

    so i am really bad at making rice krispy treats… they always fail!

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 14, 2010, 10:22 pm

    Sweet potato fries are definitely delicious — and please post the black bean burger recipe if you figure it out 🙂

    I haven’t really thought about Thanksgiving much — but each year we have the same great food!

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat November 14, 2010, 10:36 pm

    I’ve been looking at Thanksgiving recipes for the last week or so, but I haven’t decided on anything yet!

  • Rebecca November 14, 2010, 10:40 pm

    We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia, but, I am planning my Christmas Party Menu. I am going through heaps of recipe books at the moment, trying to find some inspiration.

  • Tessa November 14, 2010, 10:45 pm

    Me! I played around in the kitchen today with some recipes. I cannot wait to reunite with my family and eeaatt!

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) November 14, 2010, 10:49 pm

    I was just droning on to my boyfriend about wanting to try black bean burgers. Thank you for providing a perfect example of why! I think I’m going to try to make some for dinner this week, I can’t wait any longer.

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 14, 2010, 10:53 pm

    Sweet potato fries and black bean burgers are one of my favorite meals! Yum. I do need to get my Thanksgiving menu together, I keep on procrastinating.

  • Adrienne November 14, 2010, 11:13 pm

    We had these the other night and they were seriously delicious. Love all your yummy recipes!

  • Amy November 14, 2010, 11:21 pm

    I’ve never made black bean burgers from scratch, but am a HUGE fan of Morningstar Chipotle Black Bean Burgers. Not the CLEANEST ingredient list around, but they sure are yummy.

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair November 14, 2010, 11:22 pm

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks Bruce Willis is still HOT! 🙂

  • JenATX November 14, 2010, 11:22 pm

    This week is full of studying.. doesn’t that just sound amazing?!!
    And yes, I’ve been thinking about thanksgiving & planning out the menu with my mother. She said she was going to try & new stuffing recipe this year, something gourmet, and I had to put my foot down. Thanksgiving just isnt the same without her cornbread stuffing! Why mess with a good thing?

    • Caitlin November 15, 2010, 10:44 am

      agree 🙂 cornbread stuffing is the bomb.

  • Astrid November 14, 2010, 11:23 pm

    I think Bruce Willis is really hot too. He is one of my favorite actors. I always need a breakfast meal in my day. So I would have done the same if I slept through breakfast. Honeslty htough, I have no idea when the last time I did that was…years ago, maybe? My brain is too wired and wakes me up early in the morning no matter what I do!

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) November 14, 2010, 11:23 pm

    Loving the personal desserts! I have everything I need to make them… and thinking some chopped up dark chocolate YUUUUM! MUST MAKE NOOOOOOW ;D

    That veggie burger sounds good, too! I have yet to try my hand at making my own. I’m pretty sure I need to though 😉 Maybe something with garlic mmmmmmMMMmmm


  • Lauren November 14, 2010, 11:27 pm

    Oatmeal for dinner is the best – I’m giving a presentation for my public speaking class tomorrow on oatmeal and why it is the best! Haha, I’m pretty excited. For thanksgiving I always help my mom make a bok choy salad – bok choy with sesame seeds, a balsamic dressing, some maple syrup, and a few other delicious things

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie November 14, 2010, 11:35 pm

    Um, DROOL! Everything looks so good! I never thought about using puffed millet but that’s just friggin genius. I’m definitely going to give this a whirl.

  • maya @ finding balance in tokyo November 15, 2010, 12:00 am

    Funny, I missed breakfast yesterday and had oatmeal late in the day, too. Though mine was more of an afternoon snack than dinner! It might have been the first time I’ve had oatmeal so late.. though I’ve gone through phases of other breakfast foods for dinner or evening snack before.

  • Sana November 15, 2010, 12:01 am

    I have not even thought about Thanksgiving. Thankfully my mom takes care of all that!

  • Marina November 15, 2010, 12:48 am

    That burger looks pretty great, and juicy, if that’s possible for a veggie burger 😀
    I love having oatmeal for dinner, it so calming!

  • Camille November 15, 2010, 12:57 am

    I’m glad to hear that Red was good! I have been wanting to see it and haven’t gotten around to it yet!

  • Cher November 15, 2010, 2:58 am

    My husband dragged me to watch RED a week ago. Actually, it was better than I expected. It was fun to watch.

  • Tami November 15, 2010, 6:21 am

    brown rice syrup is the best thing i have found for my homemade granola bars

  • Lauren November 15, 2010, 6:53 am

    Sounds like a lovely day with your dad. Hope the knee heals fast, whatever it may be. I would definitely get it checked out though. Take care hun!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 15, 2010, 7:29 am

    Yay, you saw RED! One of my close friends is a co-creator of the graphic novel! The funny part about it, is the movie is really nothing like the book. The original story is extremely dark. I guess that is hollywood for you…ya gotta make it good for the ladies too. The burger looks amazing. I need to make some bean burgers today…I have been craving them lately! Oh and heck yeah the menu planning has begun! I am so excited to see my sisters, I can hardly wait!

    • Caitlin November 15, 2010, 10:42 am

      Cool that your friend is a creator of the graphic novel. That’s pretty awesome.

  • Lana November 15, 2010, 7:46 am

    My family isn’t doing the traditional thanksgiving this year because we are going camping! However, I’m going to vegetarian dinner cooking class at whole foods and am so excited!
    Your rice puff bars look delicious!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 15, 2010, 7:49 am

    I think if I ever were to sleep in, I would have to make breakfast for dinner too. My day just isn’t complete without my favourite meal of the day. 😉

    Sorry that your knee is still bothering you! I hope it gets better soon.

  • Joy - HTP Mom November 15, 2010, 8:25 am

    What a lovely picture of you and your dad. How nice to share a Sunday afternoon together.
    Big Daddy’s sounds yummy!

  • Heather (Faces of Beauty) November 15, 2010, 8:43 am

    holy.yum. that black bean burger looks face-rocking indeed 🙂

  • Emily @ The Front Burner Blog November 15, 2010, 10:10 am

    I can confirm that the Big Daddy’s burgers are deep-fried. I had a friend from culinary school who worked there. Also, three out of 12 of us who ate their on my birthday got food poisoning (from the bean burgers!). It was NOT a happy birthday to me! I agree with you, before that, they were delicious.

    • Caitlin November 15, 2010, 10:40 am

      My stomach is killing me today. I wonder if I have food poisoning.

      • Emily @ The Front Burner Blog November 15, 2010, 10:46 am

        Oh god – I hope not! Mine had me doubled over for 24 hours. Matt and Justin were really sick too – never again. (Also just noticed my horrible typo on above comment – gag.)

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) November 15, 2010, 10:36 am

    That burger looks amazing! Yes, please recreate it, and then share your recipe 😉

  • kathleen November 15, 2010, 11:35 am

    That lunch looks amazing. I need to start exploring restaurants in Pittsburgh. There has to be a great vegetarian burger & sweet potato fry joint. I mean it is a city with a huge collegiate population, no?

  • kathleen November 15, 2010, 11:36 am

    That lunch looks amazing. I need to start exploring restaurants in Pittsburgh. There has to be a great vegetarian burger & sweet potato fry joint. I mean it is a city with a huge collegiate population, no?

  • Ali November 15, 2010, 11:46 am

    It is amazing how much you and your dad look alike! So cool. And also, I love Bruce Willis too 😉

  • Amber K November 15, 2010, 12:04 pm

    Not sure what my gluten-free Thanksgiving will look like. Especially since I don’t cook for it. We go to my aunt’s house and my husband’s grandma’s house. So I’ll probably be eating before I go!

  • stephchows November 15, 2010, 12:53 pm

    OK I need to go experiment for sure with that crispy treat!! man it looks so good!!!

  • Ellen @FirednFabulous November 15, 2010, 1:07 pm

    That is one yummy looking lunch! And the side salad does look tasty. I hate when a side salad looks so pathetic with like one tomato and one cucumber. ha. And no, I haven’t planned my Thanksgiving menu, but since I’m flying home from NYC, I think my mom and aunts will take care of the cooking 🙂

  • Michele November 15, 2010, 7:09 pm

    Oh I hope you get a GREAT recipe for the veggie black bean burger – I’ve never had one with sour cream in it but that just sounds heavenly. I’ve tried Freddie’s veggie burger – black bean, but it’s rather dry and nasty tasting!

    Fingers crossed for a good one! 😀

  • Jolene ( November 16, 2010, 12:50 am

    Thanksgiving was a while ago in Canada, but on Friday I had friends over for a Fall Flavours themed dinner party, that was somewhat thanksgivingy.

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