Recharge Sunday

in All Posts

I slept for 12.5 hours last night.


Perhaps my epic sleep sesh was due to all the fun I had on Saturday.  I woke up and ran a 10K race, braved a women’s show and sat on a panel about cyberbullying, and partied until 3AM for Nicole’s bachelorette.  AKA I behaved like I had the energy of a teenager again.  And paid for it dearly.


Every night, I pray that I’ll wake up to more autumn weather!  It’s been so cold here and I really don’t want to go back to steamy hot temps anytime soon. 


In fact, I have the heater on!

IMG_1148 IMG_1157

And, of course, colder temps require warm breakfasts.  I did some experimenting with teff today.  The package recommends using it as a hot breakfast grain, so I gave it a whirl with some Irish style oats.


I was a little surprised when I opened the oats container and saw they weren’t ‘normal’ oats.  Whoops.  And this brand is actually known for being contaminated with gluten – double whoops.


Good thing I wasn’t too crazy about the Irish style oats!


On the stovetop:


1/4 cup teff

1/4 cup Irish style oats

1 ripe banana

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup soy milk


I let everything simmer for 10 minutes and then scooped into a bowl with some strawberries.  It was tasty, just not amazing.


Time to catch up on work.  My work To-Do list is a mile long!



  • Khushboo September 19, 2011, 10:27 am

    Those flowers are gorgeous, love the color! Have a great a Monday!

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) September 19, 2011, 10:28 am

    I had oatmeal with strawberries & chia seeds this morning! Definitely a “fall” breakfast but it was SO good!

  • Khushboo September 19, 2011, 10:29 am

    Those flowers look gorgeous, such a pretty pic! Have a great Monday, Caitlin!

  • Marissa C September 19, 2011, 10:38 am

    I’ve had good luck with steel cut oats in the crock pot overnight…so good!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg September 19, 2011, 10:40 am

    Too bad about the oats!

    I am with you on loving the cooler temps — I think summer is officially over around here.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) September 19, 2011, 10:43 am

    I love that little pumpkin! Pumpkins are really cheap at Trader Joe’s right now. I have to stock up 🙂

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday September 19, 2011, 10:43 am

    Sometimes all you need is a really good sleep.

  • AmandaonMaui September 19, 2011, 10:46 am

    You have to let steel cut oats cook for longer than 10 minutes. For gluten free steel cut oats, or rolled oats, check out Bob’s Red Mill. Their prices are good, and they’re concerned with making sure their products meet very high standards for the gluten free community.

    I love fall, I wish Maui had something a little more akin to fall sometimes.

  • Alex @ Raw Recovery September 19, 2011, 10:48 am

    I love Irish Oats…so good with some chopped nuts and brown sugar!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 19, 2011, 10:52 am

    That little pumpkin is adorable, makes me want to eat him up 🙂
    Summer left abruptly here but I’m not complaining. 67 degrees is the forecast at 5pm when I’m planning my 6 mile run today. Perfect 🙂

  • Emily September 19, 2011, 11:03 am

    I’ve made the same mistake with buying steel cut oats! They actually turned out to be pretty good when I made bars with them.

  • Shelly September 19, 2011, 11:03 am

    Are Irish style oats the same thing as steel cut oats? b/c you have to cook those for a looong time….

  • Sana September 19, 2011, 11:08 am

    🙂 12.5 hours of sleep is pretty epic!

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition September 19, 2011, 11:15 am

    I love steel-cut/Irish-style oats. They take a looong time to cook but are so yummy and chewy!

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine September 19, 2011, 11:20 am

    You are making me want fall weather so much! 🙂 It’s contagious. BTW, I forgot to say this last night but great post on meal planning. Why do I never think to make my list by section of the grocery store? That’s a great tip!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 19, 2011, 11:40 am

    Ooh looks yummy! I’m not a fan of fall, but fall items do make for nice photo props! 🙂

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) September 19, 2011, 11:45 am

    Even when I was a teen, I did not have the energy of a teen. Now, trying to go buck-wild is definitely torture.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 19, 2011, 12:02 pm

    I know, my work list is 2 miles long! Welcome to Mondays. Hehe 🙂 Have fun!

    I wish I had slept for 12.5 hours…I LOVE sleep!

  • Marla September 19, 2011, 12:24 pm

    have you tried oat bran?

    I just did last week and absolutely LOVE it
    (much more than any other oatmeal, plus it has
    more protein in it etc plus all the other benefits
    of regular oatmeal).

    Seriously, try oat bran!!(takes less than 5 min on stove

    • Caitlin September 20, 2011, 9:35 am

      I need to try it!!!

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness September 19, 2011, 12:30 pm

    Brrr…it’s getting cold here too! I’m sitting here in my uggs, long sleeves, and a north face gilet…and I’m still freezing! Autumn is officially here <3 I actually kind of like it! I love the changing seasons, and I love any excuse for snuggling on the sofa with my bf in the evenings too, and having lovely warming breakfasts. Speaking of, those are oat groats, right? They're funny! I've had them before and much prefer jumbo rolled oats…so yummy and chewy. But all your breakfasts are so photogenic – even though it didn't taste as great, it looks delicious! 🙂 have a lovely and productive day! <3 xyx

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness September 19, 2011, 12:33 pm

    Oh fudge. I just typed out a whole long comment and it disappeaqred on me, lol! 😛 grrrr :-/
    Anyhoo – it’s getting so cold here in England too! I’m sitting at my laptop in my uggs, a long sleeve jumper, and a north face puffa gilet and I’m STILL cold, lol! 😛 But I love the changing seasons, and it’s really nice to snuggle in a warm house on a dark evening, and enjoy warming stove-top breakfasts too 🙂 Speaking of, yours looks lovely! Your eats are always so photogenic, lol! Even if you say they don’t taste so good, they always looks so good to me! 🙂 Have a lovely and productive day! <3 xyx

  • katie @ KatieDid September 19, 2011, 12:43 pm

    I actually love the chewiness and nuttiness of steel cut outs, even if they do take longer to make. I still need to try out teff!

  • Amanda September 19, 2011, 12:48 pm

    I adore the texture of steel cut oats, mmmmmm. Oats in the fall : ) I’m actually refusing to turn on the heat…. it’s only September. I like to hold out until at least November. (We’re hard-core in Buffalo!)

  • Amber K September 19, 2011, 12:56 pm

    12.5 hours of sleep sounds amazing right about now. I’m still trying to recover from LAST weekend. Oh why must we get older? 😉

  • Corrie Anne September 19, 2011, 1:02 pm

    The sleep is totally worth it!!! I slept in like a baby this morning after I sent my husband off to work! 🙂

  • Kiran @ September 19, 2011, 1:04 pm

    Nothing like recuperating from lack of sleep with hot breakfast in autumn chill 🙂

  • Kiran @ September 19, 2011, 1:04 pm

    We are literally begging for some chill weather here in Florida. Definitely hate the hot humidity. Yucks!

  • Regina September 19, 2011, 1:41 pm

    Steel cut oats are delicious. You have to cook them for, like, 45 minutes though. If you have the time, it’s totally worth it.

    • Caitlin September 20, 2011, 9:34 am

      ooo man! okay will try again.

  • Sana September 19, 2011, 1:52 pm

    Remember to update your camera page with the new lens!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb September 19, 2011, 1:55 pm

    i’m not crazy about irish oats either… i like some bang for my buck and irish are so dense that the portion seems baby-sized!

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul September 19, 2011, 2:27 pm

    ahhh bring your weather over to cali!! I love the type of weather you just described. <33 Whatcha talkin' about? You are 17, remember? 😉 Just go along with it hehe.

  • Laura (On the Threshold of Greatness) September 19, 2011, 2:50 pm

    I’m happy to hear I’m not the only one hoping the cool weather stays! I love when I walk outside to a slight chill. <3 Autumn truly is my favorite time of year!

    Glad you got the rest you needed!

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 19, 2011, 2:56 pm

    I’m definitely going to have to try some teff, do they sell it in the bulk area at whole foods?

    • Caitlin September 20, 2011, 9:34 am

      no i had to buy a small speciality bag

  • Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled September 19, 2011, 3:05 pm

    I really like the Irish oats, but have to be in the mood for them. They’re more chewy and coarse.

    I’ve never heard of teff. Since I love just about any other kind of grain, maybe I’ll add this to the rotation.

  • Joanne September 19, 2011, 3:37 pm

    That was some heavy sleeping. I have trouble putting 8 hours on the pillow. I wish, wish, wish, I had to power to sleep 12 hours.

  • Brittney September 19, 2011, 5:03 pm

    I think some others commented with this, but yeah, most Irish/steel cut oats take a while to cook, so maybe if you cook em longer next time you’ll like them. I love the texture of them, kind of chewy, yet the surrounding base is usually more creamy than plain oats. Try them again!! 🙂

  • maria @ Chasing the Now September 19, 2011, 6:10 pm

    You definitely didn’t cook them long enough. I always add extra water and let them cook 20-25 minutes at least.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 19, 2011, 6:42 pm

    12.5 hours of sleep sounds amazing! I could really use a night like that!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf September 22, 2011, 4:55 pm

    I plan to have a much needed recharge weekend this week!

Healthy Tipping Point