In Town For One Night Only

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Mom was in town for just one night and leaving in a few hours, so I’m going to make this quick!


Made a big pot of banana oatmeal per Mom’s request.


In the mix:


  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 banana
  • Cinnamon
  • Toppings: coconut


Perfect as always!  I missed cooking breakfast at home!


And guess what? Mom brought the puppies with her! I am so excited to see Maggie and James again.  🙂


They came home with twenty new stuffed animals, a big old bone, and some new tricks!



  • Lee January 22, 2011, 9:05 am

    Enjoy your time with your mom. Do Maggie and James tear up stuffed animals? My dog will in a minute. Although, he has this big Scooby Doo that is his baby and he won’t destroy that all. All other stuffed animals are gone within minutes.

    • Caitlin January 22, 2011, 9:06 am

      No they keep them like little babies. They’ve had the same toys for four years now! 🙂 so cute.

      you should buy him stuffed animals at goodwill for 25 cents and cut off the eyes + other choking hazards. so much cheaper than expensive toy dogs.

  • Melissa @ Running with Needles January 22, 2011, 9:17 am

    I love that your mom requested banana oatmeal! Now that I no longer live at home, I really cherish the times I do get to spend with her. My mom and I are like besties.

    And yay for Maggie and James being home again!

  • Ann @ Day by Day January 22, 2011, 9:18 am

    That’s such a good idea to buy the toys at Goodwill. Our dog is rough on toys! She LOVES stuffed animals but she too tears through them in a few weeks, probably because literally everywhere she goes she has one in her mouth. Yesterday I came in the kitchen to find stuffing all over the floor. In fact I think she plays with them so hard hoping that they’ll get to that point…

  • Nicole January 22, 2011, 9:19 am

    Looks like all is right with the Boyle world again. 🙂

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef January 22, 2011, 9:22 am

    my parents are coming o=today too! i’m excited 🙂 enjoy your morning.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) January 22, 2011, 9:24 am

    Grandma’s always spoil! I am glad you got a little time with your mom. Breakfast looks perfect! Have a great day Caitlin!

  • Marie-Journey to Body Zen January 22, 2011, 9:30 am

    My mom loves to spoil my doggie and always sends up new toys for him! I love it!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 22, 2011, 9:34 am

    Glad you got your puppies back!!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) January 22, 2011, 9:35 am

    Whenever my mom comes to visit me, she ALWAYS brings toys for my cat…. sometimes I think she loves the cat more than me. 😉

  • Darcy @ She Sings at the Table January 22, 2011, 9:38 am

    Awww, I love cooking breakfast for my ma when she comes to visit. I hope it was a wonderful visit!

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 22, 2011, 9:42 am

    Nothing better than banana oats in the morning! Your mom has good taste!

  • Jennie @ Designed to be Fit January 22, 2011, 9:42 am

    I think our dogs got more presents for Christmas than my husband and I! We wouldn’t have it any other way though. We loved watching them open them and run around the house with their new prizes. 🙂

    I always miss my dogs so much when I’m on vacation. We already know we’ll be so bad with kids because when we go out to dinner, all we talk about is the dogs!

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun January 22, 2011, 9:45 am

    Love time with my mom. Enjoy!

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns January 22, 2011, 9:48 am

    Awwww, have fun! Our dog always comes home with toys and bones after staying with the Grandparents. 🙂

  • Kristina @ life as kristina January 22, 2011, 10:03 am

    Those pups on the couch in their beds is so stinkin cute! My dog sits on the top of the couch in a ball like a cat!
    Have fun with your mom!!!!

  • Erika @ FoodFitnessFun January 22, 2011, 10:04 am

    Maggie and James are living the life! I wish I could cuddle up on the sofa with a lot of pillows and just sit there all day! 😛

  • Haleigh January 22, 2011, 10:09 am

    Enjoy the time spent with your mom 🙂

  • Marina January 22, 2011, 10:12 am

    I wish I could cook oatmeal for my mom, but she considers it to be blah and not a proper food

    • Caitlin January 22, 2011, 11:36 am

      show her the light!

  • Jackie @ Baking Charms January 22, 2011, 10:28 am

    I just got my pup back from my mom, too! Let me tell you, she is somehow much more well behaved…

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty January 22, 2011, 10:42 am

    The banana oatmeal looks fantastic! My family loves making different kinds of oatmeal so I’ll definitely share this with them!

  • Ashley P (The Vegetable Life) January 22, 2011, 10:43 am

    Hahaha grandma was spoiling her grand-puppies!

  • Ashley P (The Vegetable Life) January 22, 2011, 10:44 am

    Hahaha grandma was spoiling her grand-puppies!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life January 22, 2011, 10:56 am

    Awww that’s what grandma’s are for! Just imagine what it’s going to be like when you have a human baby!

  • Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) January 22, 2011, 11:01 am

    It’s like Christmas all over again for your dog’s. New tricks?! That could prove to be interesting!!

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 22, 2011, 11:08 am

    Maggie and James are too cute! Have a great time with your mom 🙂

  • Kara January 22, 2011, 11:20 am

    I’ve given up on stuffed animals for my dog…I’ve picked up my last piece of fluffy guts. Do you know what will clog a Roomba? Fluffy guts.

    I’m glad your dogs are more civilized about their toys 🙂

  • Laurie January 22, 2011, 11:30 am

    Your Mom is awesome! She sounds like my parents when they keep my puppies, always something they got for them! I know you’re glad Maggie and James are home! Have a great day!

  • Allie January 22, 2011, 12:05 pm

    Your mom sounds like a pretty cool woman 🙂 Have fun!

  • Dynamics January 22, 2011, 12:07 pm

    Awe, I bet the puppies were all over you. My daughters dog has to take a stuffed toy outside with him while he does his business. When you come home he has to run and get a toy too. I buy them at Walgreens for a dollar or two. Also, the dollar store/tree sometimes has cat and dog toys for a buck.

  • Natalia - a side of simple January 22, 2011, 12:22 pm

    You’re making me miss my mom. Even though I just got back to school, maybe an impromptu visit home in the near future wouldn’t hurt…
    Have a great day!

  • Sophia @ Raven Waves January 22, 2011, 12:23 pm

    Aw, the puppies are so cute!! I need to start adding oats my to my breakfast list. Everyone (!) seems to eat them! Have a fun Saturday!

  • Allison @ Happy Tales January 22, 2011, 12:30 pm

    OHHH my goodness, really? Twenty new furbabies?! Whoa… Happy only has 3! I think our apt would be a little overwhelmed if we had a ton, though. She loves each one equally, which is good! Hope you and your momma had a blast 🙂

  • Katherine: Unemployed January 22, 2011, 12:33 pm

    such cute dogs

  • Jenna @Eating Green, Staying Lean January 22, 2011, 12:37 pm

    Aw yay! It’s always so fun to come home after a vacation and hang out with your pets 🙂

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 22, 2011, 12:56 pm

    Time with Mom is the best 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 22, 2011, 1:48 pm

    Awww I would miss my puppies so much if I was gone from them for 8 days!!

  • Rika January 22, 2011, 3:19 pm

    yay more james and maggie pictures!! you should feature them more often! hint hint* 😉

  • maria @ Chasing the Now January 22, 2011, 7:30 pm

    My husband’s parents always spoil their granddog when they dogsit. It’s hilarious, but I’m slightly nervous what they’d do with grandkids.

  • Jolene ( January 23, 2011, 12:30 pm

    I hope you enjoyed some quality time with your mom 🙂

  • Sarah Keffer January 24, 2011, 10:32 am

    Ok, this may be a crazy question, but do you cook your oatmeal in the water and almond milk or just mix it up raw style?

    • Caitlin January 24, 2011, 10:59 am

      cook it on the stovetop – only takes 5 minutes or so!

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