It’s Moan-day again!  Do you have President’s Day off? I hope so!

Funny Presidents Day Ecard: Presidents Day is a sad reminder my wallet is filled with pictures of only the first one.

I enjoyed a slow morning, and I am going to work in the afternoon.  :)  A half day sounds pretty good right now. 


One that that makes Monday better?  A special breakfast.


Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Oatmeal is one of my old favorites; I used to make it all the time on the blog a few years ago.  Somehow, I forgot about this yummy treat.  I’m bringing it back, though – make this ASAP!




  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup rice milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • Chunks of pineapple
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar




  • In a small stovetop, combine the first five ingredients and bring to a slow boil.  Cook until all the liquid is gone.
  • Meanwhile, in a small wok, combine pineapple, water, cinnamon, and sugar.  Cook on high until all the liquid is gone and the pineapple begins to turn golden brown.
  • Plate oatmeal, add almonds, and top with pineapple.


Fun with color blocks!  Clockwise from the top:  shades of pineapple, cinnamon, almonds, chia seeds, and oatmeal.  Pretty.


Here’s a video Nicole made of Maggie on Saturday night (no dachshunds were harmed in the making of this music video):

What’s your favorite ‘special’ breakfast?



  • Jazz February 21, 2011, 10:37 am

    In Canada it’s Family Day today so no work for us either!

    • M February 21, 2011, 9:35 pm

      Except in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick….boo hoo! 🙁

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 21, 2011, 10:42 am

    I love a pile of pancakes with a fried egg and maple syrup on top — the mixture of yolk + maple is so delicious.

    I love seeing the picture of flowers — I wish Spring would hurry up and get here!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin February 21, 2011, 10:44 am

    I’m working today – boo! I actually had pineapple in my breakfast today which was so good – wheat berries, greek yogurt, frozen raspberries and pineapple, and vanilla extract.

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing February 21, 2011, 10:45 am

    Anything with eggs. I don’t have time to cook a big breakfast on the weekdays but on the weekends, I like making egg sammies, egg bowls, whatever!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write February 21, 2011, 10:45 am

    It’s weird, but everyone I know works on President’s Day. And, I don’t think I’ve ever had it off. I wish!

    I like the color block thing you’re doing. Good reminder to eat lots of colors (vitamins!).

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun February 21, 2011, 10:45 am

    Oh that looks so good! Oatmeal is always my favorite breakfast for at home. I can never get sick of the toppings. I love having a “baked” apple over the top with some maple nutbutter. So good! And I just remembered I haven’t had that combo in awhile.

    And thanks for your comment of support on my blog about my mom. Made me smile. 🙂

  • Maddie (Healthy Maddie) February 21, 2011, 10:51 am

    I’ve never had pineapple in my oats before but it sounds delicious!
    My favorite special breakfast is pancakes or overnight oats in a jar.

  • Jennifer February 21, 2011, 10:52 am

    Lately I have just been into eggs and toast….but I make it like when I was 5, I take out most of the bread in the middle and crack the egg into the bread. My dad used to call it eggs on a boat. Some people call it eggs in a hole. It makes the bread crunchy and yummy.

  • Michelle (The Runner's Plate) February 21, 2011, 10:52 am

    I like making my ABC French toast–French toast topped with almond butter + banana slices + chia seeds!

    So jealous of your flowers! We just got a dumping of snow again!!

  • Ellie @ The Mommyist February 21, 2011, 10:52 am

    Unfortunately my husband has to work today. booo! I’m a stay at home mom so I work everyday but having my husband home lightens the load. My favorite special breakfast in Migas!

  • Carolyn @ lovinlosing February 21, 2011, 10:53 am

    I could be off today, but it’s floater meaning if I DO work it I get the 8 hours in leave. So…I’m at work today!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) February 21, 2011, 10:54 am

    Haha love that e-card. Same here, darling!

  • Ashley February 21, 2011, 10:54 am

    i love protein pancakes! YOu may have just inspired me to make some! : )

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman February 21, 2011, 10:54 am

    I have off but I’m still working because someone I work with couldn’t get something done on Friday. And the project’s due tomorrow. Awesome.

    My favorite special breakfast is pancakes. I don’t eat them often, but I love them. Especially if they’re from a diner.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 21, 2011, 10:56 am

    Aww cute video! That breakfast sounds divine! My favourite ‘special’ one of the moment is probably waffles – they’re so good and you can dress them up in so many ways!

  • Nicole February 21, 2011, 10:56 am

    I’m so glad you posted the video of Maggie! After you tweeted about it I had to see 🙂

  • Zo February 21, 2011, 10:56 am

    I did have work today but took the day off.

    I love oatmeal or cream of wheat (or sometimes I combine them) with nuts. I’ll vary my sweeteners and spices. This morning I stirred some marmalade and cinnamon into my cream of wheat. Just the thing on a cold day.

  • Michelle February 21, 2011, 11:06 am

    That video of Maggie is priceless! I love how patient she is!! I also love your husband’s posh accent directing from the sidelines.

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 3:05 pm

      Husband says thanks for calling him posh 🙂

  • Liz February 21, 2011, 11:07 am

    I love pineapple but have never put it in oats…definitely have to try that! Also, love the video. Making my dachshunds dance is one of my favorite things to do 🙂

  • Kathie February 21, 2011, 11:09 am

    Mmm that oatmeal sounds delish!

  • Jen February 21, 2011, 11:12 am

    Pancakes, French toast, or scones are my special breakfast treats. I usually just have oatmeal or yogurt and fruit, but on the weekends, I occasionally break out the skillet/turn on the oven.

  • Sarah for Real February 21, 2011, 11:13 am

    Wouldn’t that be Pineapple Right-Side-Up Oatmeal? I mean since it’s never upside down (which the cake IS truly made upside down, hence the name).

    A special breakfast for me is any breakfast that I don’t have to cook myself.

  • Johanna B February 21, 2011, 11:16 am

    This morning I had pumpkin and cottage cheese with ground flax seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and sweetner. I love it!!!

  • Ashley (The Vegetable Life) February 21, 2011, 11:19 am

    Actually, my favorite “special” breakfast is your grilled banana french toast sandwich!

  • Alayna @ Thyme Bombe February 21, 2011, 11:26 am

    My favorite special breakfast is a toasted sesame bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon. One of my favorite foods regardless of the time of day!

  • monicanelsonfitness February 21, 2011, 11:27 am

    pancakes all the way~ But i love your pineapple idea here. 🙂

    Maggie is soooooo cute!

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine February 21, 2011, 11:37 am

    I’ve never thought to add pineapple to oats, but it’s delicious heated in a stir-fry, so caramelized would be amazing, I’m sure! I recently bought a tub of dark chocolate cocoa powder, and it instantly makes any breakfast feel 100x more special. Just adding some to banana oatbran makes it taste soooo rich. I love it 🙂

  • Ashley February 21, 2011, 11:39 am

    I love oatmeal! But my favorite special breakfast would probably be pancakes. I think I’m being paranoid, but I’d be scared to photograph my breakfast on the ground outside for fear of bugs crawling in. I know that’s kind of irrational but that’s what I thought when I saw that picture. Maggie is soo adorable!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 21, 2011, 11:41 am

    I make a boston cream pie waffle that the boys and I love as a treat breakfast! I love making unhealthy foods in a healthier way! Yours looks delicious!

  • Stacie February 21, 2011, 11:45 am

    Ohh what a good idea! I will try that next time I have some pineapple.

    I am obsessed with either PB & J oats or PB & honey oats. Simple, but so satisfying.

  • Kelly February 21, 2011, 11:51 am

    Aw Maggie!!! Rascal has similar dance moves and uses his hands a lot when we make him give dramatic speeches. My favorite special breakfast is chocolate oats with dark chocolate chopped up on top.

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 3:05 pm

      We should make them do Thriller together.

  • Orla February 21, 2011, 11:53 am

    I really could have done with the day off but thankfully the first day of the week is over and done with! Off home for a run with the dog.
    Best breakfast is 2 poached eggs on wilted spinach served on a wholemeal muffin with freshly brewed coffee. I manage this about once every 2-3 months. But treasure it every time!

  • Sana February 21, 2011, 11:56 am

    Oh Maggie! French toast is my special breakfast!

  • Sarah (Sarah Learns) February 21, 2011, 12:21 pm

    hahaha, i watched the video of maggie dancing over on nicole’s blog this morning! it made me laugh. 🙂 hots oats are my special breakfast since i eat cold overnight oats on the go at work almost every day.

  • Laurie February 21, 2011, 12:30 pm

    Maggie the dancing queen!!! She seems to be saying OK Mama, I don’t want to do this! lol! But she was a great sport about it! My favorite breakfast right now is baked oatmeal! Yum!

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 3:04 pm

      Maggie will do anything I make her do. LOL. She has a good sense of humor about things.

  • Rachel February 21, 2011, 12:30 pm

    Bahah that video is amazing.

    My favorite breakfast is anything I don’t have to cook 🙂 I.E. going OUT to breakfast.

  • Charlie February 21, 2011, 12:36 pm

    I want this oatmeal now!
    I ate a sweet bun french toast this morning. It was delicious :).

  • Tiffany @ Conor & Bella February 21, 2011, 12:36 pm

    That video is so cute! My Dachshund is so grumpy; he would never let me do that.

  • Paige @Running Around Normal February 21, 2011, 12:45 pm

    Um, YUM! That sounds a-freakin-mazing!
    And I heart Maggie 🙂

  • Meagan February 21, 2011, 12:46 pm

    Hah! Love the video of Maggie. Is that The Husband’s accent in the background?!?!

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 3:04 pm

      hehe yes it is!

  • Jolene ( February 21, 2011, 12:50 pm

    My favourite special breakfast is wifesaver breakfast (layers of bread, eggs, ham, cheese, peppers/onions baked in the oven).

  • Natalia - a side of simple February 21, 2011, 12:57 pm

    I’m pretty jealous that your breakfast experienced a photoshoot in a bed of flowers. Mine would have been surrounded my snow. But I’m glad we’re on the same page with what’s in our wallets… 😉

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 3:03 pm

      Aww hopefully it will be warm where you are soon too!

  • Natalia - a side of simple February 21, 2011, 12:58 pm

    I love how your breakfast is in a bed of flowers. I do not love how mine would have been in a bed of snow. But, the fact that our wallets are pretty similar content-wise makes me feel a little better… 😉

  • Amber K February 21, 2011, 1:07 pm

    Maggie soo cute!

    My favorite breakfast has been the same for aWHILE now. Oats, cinnamon, vanilla Chobani, apple and chocolate peanut butter. Mmmm

  • Amanda February 21, 2011, 1:25 pm

    That video is great! What a sweet dog : )

    Alas, I have to go to work today….. hospitals never close : / booooo

    • Johanna B February 21, 2011, 1:28 pm

      I know that’s right!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) February 21, 2011, 1:32 pm

    I wish I had today off! Stupid school. 😉

    Haha that video made me laugh so hard! Too cute!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 21, 2011, 1:34 pm

    Sauteed pineapple is SO freakin’ goo!

    LOL@ the video.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 21, 2011, 1:35 pm


  • Chloe@321delish February 21, 2011, 1:38 pm

    Grits with cheese (cheddar or parm) and a nice runny egg on top. I ate a ton as a kid and dont as much anymore, but it hits the spot and sets the tone for a great day anytime!

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty February 21, 2011, 1:43 pm

    First of all, the breakfast recipe looks delicious. Second of all, the e-card quote at the top made me laugh. Last but not least, the Maggie video made my day. 🙂

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 3:02 pm

      Maggie says thanks!

  • Jess@atasteofconfidence February 21, 2011, 1:50 pm

    Haha love the ecard pic!

  • Cat @ YoungHungryFoolish February 21, 2011, 2:02 pm

    I love bacon, eggs, and hashbrowns when I have time! That pineapple looks delish, though.

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} February 21, 2011, 2:16 pm

    My favorite special breakfast is one someone else makes for me! 🙂 Preferably French toast or pancakes.

  • annette @ enjoyyourhealthylife February 21, 2011, 2:34 pm

    A pile of homemade whole wheat pumpkin belgian waffles with cinnamon syrup…YUMMM-e 🙂

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul February 21, 2011, 2:35 pm

    What a yummy oatmeal idea Caitlin! hahahhaa~Mag’s ear!!!! I love it when dog ears do that 😛 I can’t seem to ever leave a pet alone. I’m a sweet and loving pet ‘torturer’

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) February 21, 2011, 2:41 pm

    I took the day off today and am catching up on some housekeeping and blog-keeping tasks, it’s fun! I would say that my favorite special breakfast would be a big belgian waffle or bob evans pancakes!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life February 21, 2011, 2:46 pm

    Ha–love the cartoon! Touche.

  • Mauimandy@The Grains of Paradise February 21, 2011, 2:54 pm

    Never thought about adding pineapple to oats? crazy considering the hillside behind my house is filled with them haha 🙂

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 3:02 pm

      I am jealous of your paradise.

  • Kara February 21, 2011, 3:09 pm

    Maggie’s dance moves are hilarious! I can’t wait until my baby is old enough to dance so I can take funny videos of her 🙂

  • Katie February 21, 2011, 3:46 pm

    bahaha Maggie looks so fly! I make my dachshund dance to some dirty rap and I swear he loves it…hehe

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) February 21, 2011, 4:14 pm

    I love French toast and pancakes 🙂

  • Anne February 21, 2011, 6:19 pm

    Did the hubby ever do the accent vlog? I can hear a nice British accent in the background. Let’s hear more!

    • Caitlin February 21, 2011, 6:34 pm

      I reminded him of this!!! LOL

  • Anne February 21, 2011, 6:45 pm

    Those men! They need reminding sometime. Doesn’t he know that women swoon over the accent?

  • rebecca lustig February 21, 2011, 7:46 pm

    i love your breakfasts. they never fail to appeal to me!

  • Brittney February 21, 2011, 8:00 pm

    HAhahahaha! Love the video of Maggie! Great oatmeal idea. I need something to break up the monotony of my boring oatmeal repeats! Thanks!

  • elizabeth February 22, 2011, 12:32 am

    I love pineapple! I’m going to have to try this!

  • Carla @ Will Run for Health February 22, 2011, 2:39 am

    Maggie dancing seriously just made my day. Awesome…

  • Jenifer February 22, 2011, 6:58 am

    thanks for posting the video of Maggie. Hoping it will bring some smiles to my Kaitlyn today!

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