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Good morning.  Pancakes, anyone?


Y’all know I love me some pancakes, so today I tried an organic, gluten-free pancake mix from Arrowhead Mills.  The ingredients were:  organic white rice flour, organic potato starch, tapioca starch, baking powder, organic whole grain yellow corn flour, natural flavor, sea salt, organic cinnamon.  Interesting, right?


I wish I could say that it tasted just like ‘real’ pancakes, but alas- no dice.  It was pretty good and I’m sure I’ll get used to it, especially if I continue to smother them in sunflower butter, maple syrup, and raspberries. 


So, kind of random, but In the last week, I’ve had two really vivid dreams about attics.


Now, you might be thinking that I’m dreaming about attics because I just bought a house, and maybe this is true.  But our new house does not have an attic (boo!), and the dreams are strange:  I’m in a house and ‘discover’ a secret room in the attic that no one knew about.  The Husband is with me and eventually, we get down to biz-nasty in the attic (sorry if that was TMI, but it’s relevant to the dream interpretation, I think!).


I looked up my attic-themed dream on Dream Moods.  According to the site, my attic dream means:


Interesting, huh?  My attic wasn’t cluttered.  I don’t like that my attic involves sex and could relate to ‘difficulties in attaining your goals’ (like a baby?).  Or maybe it means that the Husband and I are about to embark on an awesome spiritual journey?  Hmmm.  Thoughts?


Ever wonder why we dream?  (Source and Source)


  • Freud thought our dreams related to unconscious wishes.


  • Some researchers think that dreams are an ‘evoluntionary adaption’ for our brain to practice behaviors of self-defense.  They point to the fact that during REM, our brain fires as it does when we’re awake and being threatened (the fight-or-flight mode).


  • Other researchers think that dreams are a way for our brains to sort through what is worth saving in long-term memory and what we can forget.


  • Francis Crick (who co-discovered the structure of DNA) and his research partner theorized that we dream in order to forget.  Our brains get stuck in certain pathways (obsessive thinking, etc), and dreams allow us to create new pathways to challenge our thinking. 


  • Some think that dreams are simply the result of our brains trying to process external stimulus (like rain on windows or your partner rolling over in bed next to you).


  • Many psychologists think dreams are a way to deal with difficult emotions and accept hard truths.


  • And others think that it’s most likely that dreams have no meaning or purpose at all.  Heh.


Anyone else have cra-crazy dreams lately?  What do you think it all means?



  • Gracie (complicated day) June 14, 2011, 10:22 am

    When I was three years old, I started having the same dream over and over every night. It featured a famine, a royal coup, and a coffin. I was a lesser member of the ruling family that was being overthrown and in the dream I walked over to a funeral procession (there were many, as people were all starving to death), and looked in the coffin. To my horror, the body inside sat up, and its head was a lantern.
    I dreamed this exact same dream every single night for over a year. I have no idea what it means, but for years I was terrified of lamp-posts with those lantern tops, and I still harbor a strong dislike of them. This dream was so vividly impressed on my memory that I can re-play it in my mind exactly, and I distinctly remember the first night that I did not dream this dream again (I had it again a few more times, but not every night). I have never been able to figure out the dream’s significance or connect it to anything that happened in my life.

  • JenP June 14, 2011, 10:26 am

    Hi – I don’t usually post comments, but wanted to let you know that we liked Bob’s Red Mill GF pancake mix quite a bit. Their cornbread mix and pizza crust mix are good, too. Their “Wonderful” bread mix was the only one (including store bought, mixes and homemade) that my son would eat. Good luck with your GF journey!

    • Katie @ Healthy Heddleston June 14, 2011, 11:21 am

      The BRM pancake mix is really good — I second this comment! Another brand that is excellent that I just tried is Stonewall Kitchen –http://www.stonewallkitchen.com/ the pancakes were nice and fluffy!

    • Amber K June 14, 2011, 11:43 am

      I wish I could try that pancake mix! I’ve heard BRM is good, but it has xanthan gum in it which upsets my stomach just as much as gluten does. I have the BRM-all purpose flour, I wonder if I should experiment with that.

    • Melodie June 14, 2011, 12:40 pm

      I love the BRM cornbread mix! I always add in some honey 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 9:12 pm

      Thanks so much – I will look into this mix!

  • Maria June 14, 2011, 10:26 am

    I have to study exactly this for my Psychology next week, this is oddly handy 😀
    I think it’s a combination of a few things really. I kinda view them in the same way I view my ridiculously vivid daydreams; they can affected by my wants and desires, by the occurrences of the day, or just what’s going on around me. I’ve never been so sure about the whole unlearning theory myself.
    And you’re not the only one with odd recurring dreams. In mine to used to murder an ex-best friend. And then they stopped when they cut her out my life. Guess my subconscious might have been trying to tell me something 😀

  • Halley (Blunder Construction) June 14, 2011, 10:27 am

    I teeter between wanting to draw meaning from my dreams, and thinking they are just plain crazy. Someone once told me, to live a healthy long life, you should just forget dreams and not let it carry more stress into your life!! (You already have enough!) I have lots of dreams where I’m frustrated, packing, and running late. Who knows what that could mean?

  • Kristine June 14, 2011, 10:28 am

    WEIRD THING: I literally just got done helping my mom put stuff in our attic, and I came down and decided to read some blogs, and randomly yours is the first I read and it’s about attics! 🙂

  • Kelly June 14, 2011, 10:29 am

    I have crazy dreams almost nightly (or rather, early morning). Some of them have been really brutal in the last few months. Only a few stick with me, too. Most I forget within hours of waking up. I hate dreams, though. Especially now that they are getting worse in theme. I tend to take them seriously or see them as a “sign”. Yikes!

  • Beth @ 990 Square June 14, 2011, 10:32 am

    I actually almost never remember dreams. But last night I had one I remembered. I was at my BFFs wedding, just before the toasts. Someone put something in my drink that made it explode all over dress. I was in the bathroom trying to clean up and I missed my matron of honor toast! And then I had to give it later and no one was listening. I guess that means I should practice the toast a few more times.

    • Allison @ Happy Tales June 14, 2011, 2:52 pm

      I had a dream about a wedding last night, too! Although mine was about my own wedding in the future and it was a total diasterrrrrr, ha! Glad I’m not getting married any time soon…(not even engaged yet!)

  • Catherine June 14, 2011, 10:33 am

    These are my favorite GF pancakes: http://www.elanaspantry.com/gluten-free-pancakes-revisited/

    On top of being very delicious, they are very hearty and filling since they’re made with almond flour.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 14, 2011, 10:33 am

    I believe the evolutionary adaptation theory. I think that our dreams are preparing us to deal with problems that arise in our life. It puts us in a scenario, lets us choose how to react, and lets us see the consequences of that action.

    I’ve definitely woken up from dreams with a very strong feeling either in favour of or against what I have done in the dream. In a good dream I’ll wake up happy, but if I make a bad decision in a dream I always wake up with that sinking feeling in my stomach like I’ve done something terrible.

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) June 14, 2011, 10:34 am

    I’ve been so exhausted, I haven’t dreamt at all or at least not that I remember. I’m sorry about the pancakes. They are definitely different when you remove the gluten. I came up with this recipe a while back and my husband really liked it. http://www.thenondairyqueen.com/2010/04/almond-buckwheat-pancakes-with-coconut.html

    Buckwheat is really one of my favorite gluten free flours since it mimics flour really well.

    • Dana June 14, 2011, 5:13 pm

      Ditto this! I love using the groats for a crunch factor too..soaked and dehydrated groats with mix-ins (gluten-free oats, cinnamon, sea salt, carob, raisins) make a great go-to cereal. And buckwheat will keep you full much longer than the lesser nutrient dense flours like white rice, tapioca, etc.

  • faith @ lovelyascharged June 14, 2011, 10:34 am

    I prob have the worlds craziest dreams…I had one where I was a hooker in the lost city of atlantis and another one where I was opening up a chinese restaurant out of a cardboard box on the side of the road! I’d pay good money to know what those meant, haha

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 14, 2011, 10:34 am

    I had to write a paper for a psych class in college and after all the research I’m convinced dreams mean nothing and they are just a random collection of weird thoughts!

  • Mia June 14, 2011, 10:36 am

    i have a alot of strange dreams, but I’m not really into dream interpretation and I don’t think they mean much. A friend of mine who is really into psychoanalysis told me that to interpret dreams correctly you should focus on the emotions you were experiencing during the dream rather than the raw facts…so it’s not about being in an attic, or who was there, it’s about what you were feeling when you were in the attic…and that will give you some insight into your dream.

  • Mellissa June 14, 2011, 10:39 am

    My dreams are usually an extension of my day, I will have conversations with people that are relevant to what I was talking about, I dream about things happening around me and often have dreams that help me figure out some sort of issue.

  • Jennifer June 14, 2011, 10:45 am

    Bisquick also makes a gluten-free pancake mix that can also be used for biscuits, breading for chicken nuggets or strawberry short cake. It is quite yummy!

  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 14, 2011, 10:47 am

    I actually love vivid dreams just so I can interpret them the next day. All of my most vivid dreams usually involve some kind of battle or very epic fight, which I’ve yet to determine the root of.

    I think that dreams are a combination of all of those hypotheses from the researchers above! I’d agree that dreams probably have a multifaceted purpose that combines all of those things into one action.

  • Erin @ Big Girl Feats June 14, 2011, 10:49 am

    I have totally crazy, crazy dreams and I remember them reallly vividly too. I use Dream Dictionary like, every day! I try not to read too much into it because otherwise it stresses me out too. The weirdest thing is that sometimes my boyfriend and I will dream about the same thing! It’s like osmosis or something? 🙂

  • Karen June 14, 2011, 10:52 am

    I hardly ever remember my dreams. But apparently, I do a lot of talking in my sleep. (My poor husband!)

    I think dreaming is all of the above depending on the dream/situation. The brain is so complicated, I don’t know if we can ever know for sure. But it is certainly fun to come up with theories and speculate!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 14, 2011, 10:53 am

    Interesting!! I haven’t had any crazy dreams lately that have been vivid enough to remember, but I LOVE learning about what they’re supposed to mean. I used to try to write them down if they woke me up in the night. I don’t do it as much now, but sometimes I’ll get a really good idea (for a recipe – go figure!!) and wake up to write it down!

  • Michelle June 14, 2011, 10:54 am

    My two most common recurring dreams are about tornados and flash floods (never mind that I live in a place where neither of those really happen) but there’s two dreams I’ve had in my life that were seriously creepy.

    First, there was this guy who retired from my job that I was pretty close with and would email him every now and again. He was sick for probably about a year (cancer). One day I dreamt that I was leaving work, walking through the parking lot. He was pulling his car out of the spot he always used to walk in, waved to me and drove off into the setting sun. I was so freaked out the next day I emailed him, but never heard back from him. He died ~1 month later. 🙁

    The other dream I was dreaming I was sleeping in my room in exactly the position I was in for real. The door opened and a “mean guy” dressed in black walked in. I could even feel a presence in the room. I was trying to stay still so the guy wouldn’t know I was awake and knew he was there, when he leaned down and whispered in my ear “I’m going to kill you now”. I could even feel the breath on my ear in the dream (this is why it was soooo creepy!) I woke up and didn’t open my eyes at first trying to make sure everything was ok by listening. Then I opened one eye and saw my door was still closed and no one was in my room. It was so terrifying!

  • Hayley @ Oat Couture June 14, 2011, 10:54 am

    ‘biz nasty’ bahahaha! I have lots of really random dreams normally involving car chases and such like… always action packed! And also reoccurring ones, a couple that I have had since I was a little girl… strange huh and no clue what it all means!

  • jen @ taste life June 14, 2011, 10:55 am

    I have been having crazy dreams lately! Last night I dreamed I got in awful fight with my mom and my close friend didn’t want to hear about it, and the night before I had a dream I was kidnapped and I got in a big fight with my guy! Freaky.

    In life coach training, Martha Beck taught us about interpreting dreams based on Carl Jung’s approach. It’s too long to write here, but basically you write down what happened, identify the characters (that means the places and people and actions) and then BE the character and say describe yourself and how you’re trying to help the dreamer. So you’d write, for example, I am the attic and I am scary, weird and sexy and I’m trying to show Caitlin the best place for gettin’ it on.” Each symbol means different things for different people, you know?

  • Juani June 14, 2011, 10:56 am

    Even though we’ve never met,I read your blog almost daily.About a month ago I dreamt that you came to investigate my small town (for a book or something) and I offered for you to stay with me.But then I realise that you’re a serial killer and I spent the whole dream trying to get away from you.Now that was cra-crazy!

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 9:11 pm

      hahah I promise I am not a serial killer 🙂 Funny dreams.

  • Laura June 14, 2011, 10:57 am

    I had a terrible dream last night that I was at a picnic and some people had been killed (and no one thought this was out of the ordinary). Someone just started chopping the dead people up, and we were all just supposed to eat them for lunch. I was horrified, but didn’t want to feel out of place or seem rude so I picked up a piece and started eating. Then, someone came over to me and said, “You don’t really have to eat that” and took my “food” away.

    So disturbing! I have been toying with the idea of going vegetarian, so maybe it is related to that topic…

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 9:10 pm

      Hahah you have the right to eat vegetarian food 🙂

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) June 14, 2011, 10:58 am

    I don’t remember my dreams often times but once I had a dream that my fiance was laughing at me when I was upset (in my dream) and I shouted out loud in my sleep (like almost screaming) “STOP LAUGHING AT ME” and Tyler woke up and freaked out hahahahaha. 🙂 funny now, but he didn’t appreciate it at 3 in the morning.

  • Melissa June 14, 2011, 10:59 am

    I have had 2 dreams this weekend that my husband and I were pregnant again ( we miscarried a few months ago 🙁 ) low and behold what do we find out yesterday 🙂

    I hope your dream turns out to be amazing as well!

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 9:09 pm

      I am so happy for you 🙂 I wish you the best.

  • Rosie June 14, 2011, 11:00 am

    You should really try making pancakes with Buckwheat flour! It’s better to buy raw buckwheat groats- I get them in bulk at WF- and grind them yourself rather than buying the flour (it tastes very different, and much better). They come out really delicious!!

  • Brittany June 14, 2011, 11:01 am

    I have really horrible dreams almost nightly. Apocalypse, death, always running from something or running to find someone who I can’t get in touch with or who I’m afraid is going to get hurt without me. I’ve talked to a shrink about them too and it definitely mimics my fears in life. I have such bad control issues when people around me make mistakes that I “knew” were bad decisions in the first place…. ugh. Its exhausting to have terrible dreams nightly though, it really stresses me out and amps up my anxiety.

  • Caitlin @ The Caitie Experiment June 14, 2011, 11:09 am

    I’ve had two recurring nightmares for years, one involving a tidal wave that started when I was about 15, and another which started even earlier (like 5 or 6). Before they did the Big Dig project here in Boston, the Tobin Bridge used to have all of these half-finished off-ramps on it that ended in jersey barriers and then… nothing. I used to dream that my entire family was in the car, driving down to Boston to visit my Nana and Papa, and my mom started to take one of those unfinished exits by mistake. I would scream and scream and scream for her to stop, and every time, the car would hit the jersey barrier, push it off the edge, the car would go over the side and… I would wake up.

    The really creepy thing is that one night when I was home from college, my mom, sister and I were having a girl’s night, and my sister mentioned a recurring nightmare of hers. I said I’d had one really vivid one since I was little, and described the bridge dream — and my mom had a look of sheer HORROR on her face. As it turns out, SHE’S been having that same dream since SHE was little, and has never, ever told anyone about it. How crazy is that?!

  • Ally June 14, 2011, 11:10 am

    I used to have a lot of dreams about falling off buildings and things, and I would do that thing where you wake up right before you hit the ground. Dreams about falling are usually linked to feeling out of control in one’s life. I haven’t had a falling dream in a long, long time, perhaps because I’m regaining said control?

    I also used to dream about getting shot! It was so scary, but it usually means that you’re punishing yourself in life and need to heal. Again, haven’t had one of those in a while!!!

  • Dani June 14, 2011, 11:12 am

    Have you ever heard of lucid dreaming? http://www.lucidity.com/LucidDreamingFAQ2.html

    It is where you are aware that you are dreaming, and you can essentially take control of your dreams and live consciously in your dream world for another 8 hours or so while you sleep. I don’t get it and I’m not sure if I believe it, but my boyfriend has a bunch of books about it!

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 9:09 pm

      That is crazy sauce. Lucid dreaming sounds kind of scary!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss June 14, 2011, 11:14 am

    I love looking further into my dreams! I hardly ever believe what dreammoods tells me because sometimes it’s pretty dang vague..but it’s still fun.

    Those pancakes looks great, too! Like lil angel food cakes they’re so light and fluffy.

  • Chelsea @ Go Chelsea Go! June 14, 2011, 11:14 am

    I’ve had lots of dreams about failing law school, failing the bar exam, and just feeling like I’m lost! I think it means that I’m just feeling a bit overwhelmed right now with my new engagement and studying for the bar exam, but I wouldn’t change a thing!

  • Sarah for Real June 14, 2011, 11:16 am

    I always have my craziest dreams when I take my multi-vitamin too late in the day. Take it right before bed and I’m in for a roller coaster! Sometimes I do it on purpose so I’m well entertained at night. My favorite vitamin-induced dream was that somehow my dog morphed into a little girl. It was good-weird.

  • ashley @ cooking for john June 14, 2011, 11:17 am

    i’ve never tried that mix, or any gf pancake mix actually. i bet there are yummier ones out there! i make mine with half bob mill’s gf all purpose flour, half another gf flour (usually coconut or buckwheat)and add cinnamon, a pinch of salt and some baking powder. topped with peanut butter and banana they are great!

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) June 14, 2011, 11:19 am

    Those pancakes even LOOK different. Never tried a GF one before… maybe you can make some with peanut flour of some other GF flour rather than a mix.

  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) June 14, 2011, 11:29 am

    That is so crazy that you are mentioning dreams, because I don’t usually remember mine, but I’ve been having some crazy ones lately! The other night, I had a dream that the guys in “The Hangover” were trying to murder me … then last night, I had a dream that I was marrying Prince Harry. Crazy! (I prefer the marrying the prince dream over the being murdered dream, FYI.)

  • Emily June 14, 2011, 11:29 am

    Ahh I know the feeling, i have been having crazy dreams lately! I know that I am stressed right now because that is when I dream the most. Well, technically we always dream, but dream-sleep isnt as a deep level of sleeping so more remebered dreams=less heavy sleeping. Hopefully we will both become less stressed and dream a bit less 🙂 Good luck with all the house excitement!!

  • Monika @ Powered by Paprika June 14, 2011, 11:29 am

    I keep on having dreams about having two terrible twin boys (literally Uncle Jesse’s twins from Full House)

    I hope it’s not a foreshadowing of what’s to come, twins run in my family! 🙁

  • mary (what's cookin' with mary) June 14, 2011, 11:31 am

    It’s so random that you wrote about having a vivid dream last night. I woke up this morning and told B about my super vivid dream… I was photographing a large Asian family and their pets. SO RANDOM. I was having problems getting the right shot. Now what on earth does that mean ?? lol

  • Amber K June 14, 2011, 11:41 am

    Wow, how timely! I don’t dream that often, but the last few nights have been FILLED with dreams. And dreams I actually remember. Many of them were quite disturbing (and I chock that up to watching too many reruns of L&O:SVU right before bed, lol) But some of them got my mind churning.

    I’m not really sure why we dream, but I do think there has to be some purpose!

  • Christie Inge June 14, 2011, 11:43 am

    My favorite way to make gluten free pancakes is with sweet potato flour and coconut flour. If you don’t have access to sweet potato flour, coconut flour is pretty good too.

    I think I would take the dream to mean that you are embarking upon something that brings up a lot of emotion – which buying a house/baby talk can certainly do.

  • Miranda June 14, 2011, 11:54 am

    Hahaha. Biz-nasty! That’s hilarious. I try not to analyze my dreams. It’s probably better that I DON’T know what they mean.

  • Miranda June 14, 2011, 11:55 am

    Oh, and Pamela’s GF pancake mix is better.

  • Kat June 14, 2011, 11:56 am

    Caitlin – try the Maple Grove Farms GF Mix. It is amazing! I make it vegan with a flax egg and even my gluten-eating hubby says they are amazing 🙂 I recommend you make them with blueberries and top with maple syrup!

  • monicanelsonfitness June 14, 2011, 11:59 am

    I love this post on dreams, etc. Caitlin!
    I too have been dreaming crazzzy lil dreams and stories. I wish I had a dream analizer. haha!

  • Mary June 14, 2011, 12:03 pm

    Thats a crazy dream! I always have recurrent dreams that I’m falling or flying or floating. I am thinking that’s some sort of an escape mechanism… I havent had one of those dreams in a while though.

  • Heather June 14, 2011, 12:03 pm

    I have studied dream therapy and there are so many ways to interpret a dream.

    One way is see yourself in every aspect of the dream, i.e. you are the attic, you are you, you are your husband etc., certain objects/characters can represent underdeveloped aspects of your personality that are repressed or feared (often animals/children), or you can look at how the dream made you feel and try to get at the deeper meaning behind the feeling.

    In any case, the right interpretation is the one with the most meaning for you that provides greater insight about your current situation, past experiences or future aspirations.

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 9:08 pm

      Dream therapy sounds like an interesting thing to study!

  • Marisa E June 14, 2011, 12:03 pm

    Hmmmmmm- I think your dream may be relevent to something wonderful coming your and The Husbands way….whether you’re ready for it or not! 😉 Now that you have the new home, you may be now looking to the next step in your life.

  • Rebekah June 14, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Funny you should ask! This morning I had a dream I was riding in a car with Doreen Virtue (who gives angel readings) and Ben Stiller! When we got to my apartment Ben started destroying my kitchen table so I sternly told him to leave. So random.

  • Julia @ Do more feel Good June 14, 2011, 12:04 pm

    G Free Bisquick pancake/biscuit mix is awesome and about $4. You can find it in regular grocery stores right next to the regular Bisquick!

    Pamela’s is also good if you don’t mind springing for pricey. I rarely make pancakes so it lasts me a long time. There are also about 10 different recipes on the back of the large bag of Pamela’s! These I think are way better than normal pancakes…and my boyfriend agrees!

  • Abby June 14, 2011, 12:08 pm

    Last night I had a crazy dream! I was in Kath’s new GH store buying some Cville Cluster granola and an old man cut in front of me. I said something to him about this and we ended up getting in a fist fight (he started it lol) then he chased me out of the store where I slammed his hand in my car door and then drove off. I don’t really know what that means but it was scary!

  • Jamie@everydaydolce June 14, 2011, 12:12 pm

    Oh my gosh…I have crazy dreams almost every night. Last night I had a dream that Lindsay Lohan died. I wasn’t sure how to feel about myself when I woke up, lol.

  • Rachel June 14, 2011, 12:25 pm

    lately what i’ve found interesting in my dreams is that instead of instantly waking up and being scared in a dream when something creepy is happening – i’m staying asleep and working out the scary parts and defeating them in my dreams.

    I think it has something to do with being presented with big girl problems in real life and instead of relying on someone else to help me fix things i am doing things on my own.

    maybe. either that or i’m too tired to wake up.

  • Taysa June 14, 2011, 12:32 pm

    Pamela’s brand All-Purpose Gluten Free Baking Mix was the best I found for any kind of gf baking. It didn’t have that awful aftertaste that sorghum flour gives off. I used it for everything and it was always wonderful. No one could even tell it was GF!

    • Melodie June 14, 2011, 12:38 pm

      I totally agree… that is my fav baking mix. I love to make all kinds of different pancakes with it! Pumkin are my favorite though 😉

    • Ashley June 14, 2011, 12:56 pm

      Totally agree. Best GF pancakes hands down!!!

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 9:06 pm

      Lots of people liked this! I will look into it.

  • Khushboo June 14, 2011, 12:39 pm

    More than the dream itself, the interpretstion and how close to reality is scares me! I live googling dream interpretations!

  • mm June 14, 2011, 12:47 pm

    Funny that your post is about this…I was literally looking up dream interpretations online just before I read this post. I don’t usually remember my dreams, but last night I had the most vivid dream about cheese. Yes, cheese. I was eating slices of cheddar while I grated the rest… that’s it, nothing else. Since I can’t remember ever dreaming of cheese before, I was looking it up. I found:
    “To see cheese in your dream, symbolizes gains and profits. Alternatively, the dream may be a metaphor for something that is “cheesy” or lame. Or it could be saying that you need to smile more.”
    I got a promotion at work yesterday and found out that I received a bonus this morning, so maybe that’s what it’s about… 🙂

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg June 14, 2011, 12:51 pm

    I honestly don’t usually remember my dreams! I’ll wake up happy, or scared or sad, but I don’t remember what had happened!

  • @HilaryFleming June 14, 2011, 12:59 pm

    My favorite gluten-free pancake and waffle mix is Namaste brand. You can request Whole Foods to ship in in if they don’t have it. I haven’t seen the carry it for a while, but I’m telling you…its BETTER THAN REGULAR PANCAKES…seriously. Especially good in a waffle iron…light and fluffy with a little crisp. To. die. for.

  • Katherine June 14, 2011, 1:01 pm

    My dreams are always crrrrrazy!

  • Marlow June 14, 2011, 1:07 pm

    I really like the Bisquick GF mix and I add chia powder and vanilla protein powder. However, I’ve been GF for three years, so I’m not sure I remember what gluteny ones taste like.

  • Ellen June 14, 2011, 1:14 pm

    I finished writing my senior thesis one night and went to bed, only to find myself editing it in my dreams! And not just looking at me reading it, but I was going through sentences of my 20 page paper and saying things like “this sentence is too passive. re-write it like *this*” in my dream. It was actually really helpful and stuff worth changing. Totally bizarre.

    This is my FAVORITE GF pancake mix. It’s not at all like normal wheat-based, because it’s made from buckwheat. They’re super delicious, fluffy, and whole grain. http://shop.thepurepantry.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=1

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 9:05 pm

      Thanks for that link – I’ll look for that kind.

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) June 14, 2011, 1:17 pm

    I LOVE dream interpretation! Im also big into astrology.
    Ive been having super weird dreams lately too. My problem is that I forget half of them by the time I wake up so interpretation is fuzzy at best.

  • M June 14, 2011, 1:17 pm

    My dreams always have to do with what’s stressing me out..someone up above commented that if you pay attention the the emotions you’re feeling in the dream, rather than what’s actually happening, you can connect those emotions to situations in real life. For example–one summer

    • M June 14, 2011, 1:19 pm

      Ah! cut me off!
      One summer, I was moving for a job and didn’t have a place to live yet…as the move-date drew closer, I consistently had these dreams where I would lose material posessions–my backpack fell off a boat with my lap top inside, my purse was stolen, my navy pea coat caught on fire…sound strange but I had a lot of anxiety about not having a place to put my stuff…I think my dreams were just reflecting that.

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic June 14, 2011, 1:20 pm

    I usually don’t remember my dreams, but during allergy season I was having all kinds of crazy-intense dreams! I was taking Claritin at the time so I’m thinking it was bc of the allergy meds

  • Amanda P June 14, 2011, 1:24 pm

    I was just thinking about how my dreams have gone into overdrive lately! I have always been a vivid dreamer but the past few nights have been crazy. I’ll dream I am with random people in random locations having intense conversations or that people are chasing me or trying to hurt me. I remember everything when I wake up and it seems so real. I should look up my dreams and see what they mean. Good luck!

  • kyndra June 14, 2011, 1:33 pm

    i’m training for my first ironman and i have a lot of repeats of specific nightmarish scenarios. for example, getting to the swim start late and watching everyone swim away while i struggle unsuccessfully with getting my wetsuit on (i usually wake up tangled in the sheets after this one, ha). also, my bike breaks while i’m climbing richter pass (a loooooong hill on the course). literally, the frame snaps in half. i have to carry it while walking the rest of the course and i’m crying because i know i won’t make the cut-off.

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 9:05 pm

      Good luck on your Ironman!

  • Heather @ Dietitian on the Run June 14, 2011, 1:45 pm

    I just bought two different kinds of GF flour to tackle mini bundt cakes for a dinner party! Now I know what I’ll do with all the extra stuff left over….pancakes + delicious smothering toppings 😉

    Not related to the dream or interpretation (an area of psychology that totally fascinates me, but freaks me out), but the use of “biz-nasty” was awesome.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey June 14, 2011, 1:52 pm

    You have to buy Pamela’s Pancake Mix – my husband isn’t GF and it’s his favorite pancakes!

    I love interpreting dreams. Whenever I have a bad day, I always dream about tornadoes, which means I am “emotionally distressed” – weird right?

  • The Healthy Engineer June 14, 2011, 2:13 pm

    I took AP Psychology in high school and one of my favorite parts was when we talked about dreaming! Freud is one interesting man and I sometimes agree with his theories. All I know is that dreaming itself is super important for your health and your brain.
    I keep dreaming about retaking my physics final and failing and also that my middle school, high school and college friends all went to the same school and knew each other (I went to a different school every 3 years).

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair June 14, 2011, 2:30 pm

    I often dream about driving on a really narrow, windy road on a cliff side. Sometimes I’m driving or sometimes I’m with somebody who’s driving. And sometimes the car goes off the cliff and it jolts me awake. I’ve had dreams similar to this (not always exactly the same) probably hundreds of times.

    My dreams are ALWAYS “blurry” I never see things as clearly as I do in real-life. I’ve often wondered if that’s because I actually have really bad eyesight and so the way I dream is the way I would actually see the world without my contacts or glasses…

  • Erin @ Naturally Addicted June 14, 2011, 2:33 pm

    Those pancakes look amazing!! I love all your breakfast posts… everything always looks so delicious! I have the craziest dreams sometimes… I always have a dream of my teeth falling out. Supposedly this means there is some sort of anxiety in your life…who knows!

  • Julie June 14, 2011, 2:53 pm

    I just had a dream the other day that I made out with my personal trainer…that made me feel a little awkward working out with him yesterday 🙂

  • HEather June 14, 2011, 2:56 pm

    I have most def been having BIZZARO dreams almost every night lately. Strange…and yes, I’ve googled what they might mean.

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian) June 14, 2011, 3:01 pm

    I get some pretty vivid dreams almost every night. Sometimes I even sleepwalk and talk which I never remember. Last time I did, my Hubby said I got tangled in the hotel curtains and was asking for a hard helmet when he asked what I was doing. I am inclined to believe him knowing my past experiences. lol.

  • Emily @ Comfortable Home Life June 14, 2011, 3:45 pm

    I love dreams! I haven’t had any weird ones later, but I’ve noticed that whenever I take NyQuil, I have REALLY bizzaro dreams. I think sometimes dreams can mean something substantial but most of the time they’re just random.

  • kristin June 14, 2011, 3:50 pm

    This is kind of embarrassing- my boyfriend says sometimes I’m doing the “biz” in my dreams while sleeping and he swears I’m having an orgasm in my dreams! Sometimes I remember sometimes I don’t remember these dreams, sometimes I don’t haha. I wonder what a psychoanalyst would say about these!

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 9:01 pm

      hahah that is awesome and so awkward.

  • kristen June 14, 2011, 4:13 pm

    I love remembering my dreams. Sometimes they are so weird, its like REALLY?!?!
    Although if its about bad people or exs, im not a fan haha

  • Stacey June 14, 2011, 4:43 pm

    I have the craziest dreams all the time! I also have lucid nightmares sometimes and those freak me out. The other night I had a dream the husband and I were gettin down and dirty and I got pregnant. We were both super happy about it which is weird since we don’t feel like we are in a place to start trying and are very content in our lives right now. Maybe my 29 year ovaries are starting to feel old and trying to tell me something….!

  • Marge June 14, 2011, 4:50 pm

    Caitlin, It is funny,us readers know certain things about you, but alas, you on a blog is not an exact version of who you truly are. That is to say, we cannot interpret your dream toooo much, just guide you a bit.

    I used to be known among friends as a handy and interested dream interpreter. I believe that those who are in the habit of paying attention to their dreams live fuller lives. Salvador Dali, Andre Breton and other surrealists considered the dream space a stage for combining their reality with their desires.

    In my opinion, the attic is a lovely place to dream of as it does allude to you inner desires. The fact that you mention you discovered a secret room in the attic may allude to a more recent willingness on your part to explore, go some place new or be more aware to your goals and desires in life. I imagine you dont want to go into detail about your sexual experience but I think those details reveal a lot about these newly discovered goals and spirituality you have. For me personally, sex is a very exploratory experience. In fact, when it is not, it is much flatter and not as fun. I think your dream sounds so lovely and the fun part is really now for you to think about what that means.

    I’d consider, if I may suggest, the possibility that Tonya’s current situation is making you think differently about your goals in life and spirituality? I would really like to hear, if you have more to say, a follow up about what you think it means. It is so personal though, so so personal, that I understand if you don’t.

    Finally, I have been thinking for sometime, that you really seem to have come a long way since you started this blog. Maybe you are a more experienced writer, but the depth and your considerate blog entries are thought provoking and substantial. Your focus on goals seem to be much more about both your personal passion and being a charitable person. The attic dream and its expansion seems so fitting. I am happy you had it, shared it and opened the discussion.

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 8:59 pm

      Hmmm interesting theory! I think you hit the nail on the head 🙂

      You are so sweet. Clearly, you’ve been reading for a while and I really appreciate it!

  • Sarah (Gluten Free Grazer) June 14, 2011, 5:17 pm

    Have you tried Pamela’s Gluten Free Pancake and Baking Mix? It has been my go-to mix for pancakes, waffles, and more for the last 15 years at least! And the nutrition stats / ingredients are pretty solid (it has almond meal and isn’t too caloric).

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 8:58 pm

      I have not – I’ll look into that one!

  • sarah June 14, 2011, 5:44 pm

    Right before I woke up this morning, I dreamt that I was in a house in New Orleans with this pretty young black woman. She and I were related; possibly she was my mother or sister. A bad person had shattered her leg, which she was dragging uselessly behind her as we secured our room. Finally, she pulled out a handgunand I was so relieved we had protection against the guy who had broken her leg. But then she held the gun against her head, told me she couldn’t run with her leg, and pulled the trigger. I woke up with a start.

    I didn’t watch or read anything similar to this lately, so I have no clue where this comes from.

  • Kris June 14, 2011, 5:56 pm

    I’ve always had a very active dream life. Dream a lot, remember dreams, sleep walk, sleep talk, etc. I’ve always dreamt in color, and now I’m starting to smell things (usually something perfumey — like flowers) in my dreams. It can be related to my day, what I’m thinking about before bed, or something very random. My dad used to talk about his crazy dreams at the breakfast table, so I guess being conscious of dreams has always been part of my life. What I’ve read most recently is that much of what a person dreams is basically garbage, and it’s really dumping and preparing/activating the brain for the new day ahead. Right now I’m just hoping I don’t dream about my sweet doggie I lost last week. That would hurt too much, although I swear she barked and woke me up Saturday morning (something she always did — I guess that was a very short dream).

    • Kris June 14, 2011, 5:58 pm

      I have to add that my dreams being so vivid are interesting to me because awake I’m very quiet and reserved, and not a bit creative.

  • Amy June 14, 2011, 6:06 pm

    The Bob’s Red Mill g-free pancake mix is great and I made up a super easy recipe with it that makes 1 serving (2 smallish pancakes). It is 1/2 cup of the BRM pancake mix, 1/3 cup milk/milk sub., 1/4 cup ricotta/greek yogurt/mashed banana, 1 tsp vanilla. I usually add berries, chopped banana, chocolate chips, or chopped nuts to them as well depending on my mood. You just mix it all together and pour half into the skillet and then do the other half. Super easy and super good.

    My favorite g-free all-purpose baking flour is by Namaste Foods (www.namastefoods.com). It works the best as an all around flour and has a great banana bread recipe on the bag.

  • Dee @ GF Grad Nut June 14, 2011, 6:27 pm

    So I know lots of people have left comments about your pancakes, but I think the best GF flour for baking is Hogdson Mills multi-purpose mix. And it’s super cheap!

  • Jessica June 14, 2011, 8:16 pm

    I used to have a recurring dream as a kid about finding a secret room in my uncle’s house. It kind of reminds me of your attic dream!

  • Tara June 15, 2011, 1:07 am

    Dreams are so fascinating to me! I don’t remember most of mine but the last really vivid one I had involved going up in an elevator to floor 6 but it wouldn’t stop, just kept going, and I realized that I wanted to be on floor 3 instead. Finally got out and ended up at an airport, but couldn’t depart until I found someone. Apparently the entire thing is super symbolic. I love those kinds of dreams!

  • Julia @ Brides Up North June 15, 2011, 7:42 am

    Caitlin you are absolutely hilarious.

  • Krysty June 16, 2011, 10:24 am

    add a little cinnamon to the pancake mix…it will help 🙂

  • Evan Thomas June 18, 2011, 9:25 am

    If you can find garbanzo bean flour, this recipe for gluten-free pancakes tastes just like the real thing to me.
    Also since it uses bean flour instead of refined grains and potato it’s high in protein and fiber. I had some for breakfast today. Of course, I also smother mine in maple syrup and almond butter, but why wouldn’t you?

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