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Good morning.


I have an amazing cat invention to share with you… Stay tuned for the lunch post for it.  Cat lovers will surely appreciate this (any ideas what it could be?)!  I never thought I would count myself in the ‘cat lovers’ camp but I think Pippa is converting me…  Cats are pretty cool.  Growing up, we had four cats (and two dogs – all at the same time), but I don’t think I appreciated the species until now.  If you have a friendly cat, they are like the best parts of dogs but with half as much work – no walking, letting out to potty, barking. 


Sounds like an infommerical….


Available at your local shelter or rescue group.  <3




The problem with a pretty and complicated breakfast is sometimes it takes too long to make it, and then Henry needs me, so I end up microwaving it an hour later.  Still – worth the effort.


Made at 7:30 AM, consumed at 8:35 AM.


Scrambled eggs with mushrooms and sundried tomatoes, baked beans, and toast.  Guess I’m taking after the British Husband – baked beans for breakfast looks weird to my American eyes but sure tastes yummy in my tummy.


Gotta go!



  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) November 8, 2012, 9:22 am

    I sooo want to be a cat person but dogs are just so much more loveable – seems like most cats just want to be left alone. I do like that cats are more independent and require so much less effort though! Oh well, I’m allergic anyway =(

    • Vikki November 9, 2012, 11:47 am

      Depends on the cat. My current cat is super friendly and just wants to be held and petted ALL THE TIME. My former cat (now my parent’s) is the exact opposite. She gets petted on her schedule not on yours.

  • Lindsey @ Sound Eats November 8, 2012, 9:22 am

    Hey, I wasn’t sure if you’re aware but I think that Italian herb spread could have both milk and gluten (wheat) products in it. As someone with food allergies and working with others who have allergies, I looked it up online one day and was surprised to see that!

    Have a great day!

    • Caitlin November 8, 2012, 9:25 am

      AHHHHHHHHH. I just looked at the ingredients. WTF. I hate that!!! Why would an herb spread have wheat and milk in it?!?!?!

      • Lindsey @ Sound Eats November 8, 2012, 9:30 am

        Isn’t it terrible!? Another food allergy pet peeve: when a company has made a food for years the same way and then they “reform” their ingredients, including allergens, and you can no longer have it! This has happened way too many times!

      • Gracie November 8, 2012, 10:18 am

        Oh, that stinks! Since you eat it almost every day have you noticed any ill-effects? I’ve got a corn allergy, and my biggest (and hard-won) lesson from it is to NEVER buy anything pre-packaged if it can be avoided. Not only is it easier and obviously healthier to make your own foods, so many companies don’t even properly label their products. I used to buy bread from a local bakery because they stated in their literature that they don’t use corn syrup, but after talking to some of the workers there I found out that they actual do use high fructose corn syrup in some of their breads. 🙁 So I bake all my own bread now (which isn’t really all that hard or time consuming, I’ve found!). You really can’t trust any packaged food if you have an allergy to a common ingredient (like dairy, wheat or corn).

        On an unrelated note, your new kitty is adorable! Congrats on your newest family member. 🙂

      • AK November 9, 2012, 10:24 am

        What’s the difference? Obviously you’ve been eating it and haven’t had any ill effects.

        • Caitlin November 9, 2012, 11:14 am

          Hopefully this means that Henry has outgrown his dairy allergy – that would be awesome. Unfortunately, my gluten sensitivity has never been symptomatic (which is why it went undiscovered so long, it only shows up in lab tests). Well, maybe that’s a good thing because I’m not running for the toilet all the time…

          • danielle November 9, 2012, 12:19 pm

            How strange!! I didn’t realize you could have an asymptomatic food intolerance/sensitivity? I have several anaphylactic food allergies and have to carry an epi pen at all times, interrogate restaurants about cross contamination and generally know the closest ER. It makes eating boring at best and terrifying at worst. It just doesn’t compute to me to have a sensitivity without symptoms! Guess you are lucky 🙂

          • Caitlin November 9, 2012, 12:40 pm

            I think it really depends on how you react and why – my reaction just is inflammation in my gut. I hope you never have a reaction!

  • Laura November 8, 2012, 9:31 am

    I have heard that about cats – having two dogs is probably my lifetime limit though!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 8, 2012, 9:32 am

    I am soooo a cat person! We have two inside cats and one stray that we’ve been taking care of for 2 months. She is so ferrel though. We can’t get too close to her, but after feeding her regularly, she is looking so much healthier and getting closer to us. We need to catch her though and get her to the vet.

    Breakfast looks amazing! Baked beans sounds good to me for breakfast! I hope you have a great day Caitlin!

  • Jess November 8, 2012, 9:39 am

    I am definitely a cat person but I have to say it’s not a good idea to promote cats as being less work than dogs, even as a joke. I adopted a rescue cat who was badly mistreated, so starved and neglected that she never grew to full adult size. She was a nervous wreck: she would attack people randomly for no reason, she climbed the curtains, and it took almost a year to stop her from peeing in the house. She never grew to love people – she was always semi-feral, but eventually she did trust me, if not like me. She was more work than a dog, by far, and if I had not adopted her it’s quite possible she never would have found a home.

    Pippa sounds like a lovely and very ‘easy’ cat, but many cats (particularly shelter cats) have traumatic pasts and are certainly not 1.) compatible with children, 2.) easy to look after or 3.) to be taken on lightly or on a whim.

  • Natalie @ Free Range Human November 8, 2012, 9:43 am

    I just don’t see myself ever being a cat person, but they are fun to play with occasionally. Your ability to eat savory things early in the morning amazes me!

    • Caitlin November 8, 2012, 5:52 pm

      I never thought I’d be a cat person, having grown up with dogs, until I got one (and now two, and thinking about three) and am officially WAY more of a cat person than a dog person. With my two, it’s just easy- we can go out for 24 hours and as long as they have extra food, they’re good- and I don’t really think they notice, but when we are there they’re super lovey and sweet.

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats November 8, 2012, 9:48 am

    I had a baked bean obsession senior year of college, my roommate was very southern and ate them all the time so I caught on. I probably had them for breakfast several times!

  • Sheila November 8, 2012, 9:54 am

    What brand lf baked beans do you like/eat? I love baked beans but have no inclination to make them from scratch.

    • Sheila November 8, 2012, 9:55 am

      brand of baked beans – not lf – sorry about that!

    • Caitlin November 8, 2012, 9:56 am


  • Christine @ BookishlyB November 8, 2012, 10:04 am

    Two words: litter boxes. Ew. Pippa is definitely a good looking kitty, though!

    • Caitlin November 8, 2012, 10:05 am

      wait til you hear about my super cool find!!!!

  • Reenie November 8, 2012, 10:18 am

    I’d rather scoop cat poop from a litter box with a scooper…… than to pick up fresh dog poop with your hand (with a plastic bag of course) when you’re out walking, or have to mow the lawn……… now that’s ewwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

    I buy a pkg of the brown-paper lunch bags, and keep them by the litter box. I once daily, and somtimes twice a day ~ then throw it in my dumpster ~ very easy =)

    Can’t to see what your cat invention is.

    • Reenie November 8, 2012, 10:19 am

      Whoops….. I *scoop* once a day…..

  • Emily November 8, 2012, 10:33 am

    Beans for breakfast! I LOVED that when I visited England. Thanks for the reminder. I need to eat it in the States too. Yummy!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action November 8, 2012, 10:33 am

    I was turned off from being a cat person after living with a roommate who had a cat! Worst cat ever! You couldn’t touch her, she would run around the house like a lunatic at 3 in the morning (EVERY morning) and our house always smelt like cat pee (which was more the owners fault). I have other friends with super loveable cats- but after seeing the devil cat for so long, I’m cautious to get one of my own!

    Glad to hear your experience is much better than mine!

  • Silvia @skinny jeans food November 8, 2012, 10:37 am

    Haha, AND they don’t smell and are self cleaning!! 🙂

  • Ali November 8, 2012, 10:52 am

    The Litter-Robot! I have 2 cats (in a 660 sq. ft apt) and love love my litter robot. worth.every.penny

  • kwithme November 8, 2012, 10:55 am

    Early in our marriage, we were watching a special on Animal Planet or some channel about dog breeds. We were kind of interested in getting a dog. The special ended by saying, “if you want a pet that is intelligent, relatively quiet, does not need regular exercise (walking), and independent . . . get a cat! We both were saying Yes Yes! and on the edge of our seats for this dog breed and it turned out we already had two of the perfect pets for us.

  • Nicole@ November 8, 2012, 11:10 am

    I love the that you adopted a cat from a shelter that is not a kitten…too many adult cats and dogs get left behind because people think kittens and puppies are so much cuter. Pippa is so pretty!

  • Ashley November 8, 2012, 11:49 am

    Gosh Pippa is cuteness! 🙂

    We have two rescue kitties… they are so friendly! Rescue kitteh’s are the best 🙂

    So glad it’s working out in her forever home <3 <3 🙂

  • Allie Q November 8, 2012, 11:58 am

    It kind of bothers me when people say they like certain cats because they’re like dogs. Part of being a “cat lover” (I feel weird/creepy saying that even though I am one) is accepting and appreciating that cats are cats, not dogs. It’s understandable that someone would want a pet that is friendly and outgoing, like how many dogs are. But to me, saying that you like a cat because it’s like a dog kind of takes away from the species’ individuality and uniqueness. It implies that you only appreciate them for a characteristic that most people think of as an anomaly for cats. Maybe I’m thinking about it too much. I just like cats, and all animals really, whether they are shy or friendly.

  • MomHTP November 8, 2012, 12:03 pm

    I’m a CAT person for sure. My mom always had 5 + cats. Some were outside cats and a couple were insiders. Cat are just like people and dogs, they are individuals with their very own personalities. Adopting an adult cat is great for a couple reason: Most people want a kitten – so you are helping a cat find a home who might not do so easily, and you can study their personalities to see if you are a good match for each other.
    I like Caitlin’s comment: “100% as fun as a dog, 50% less effort!!” Pippa could easily be taught to stand on her hind legs and beg for a cat treat….maybe even be taught to walk on her hind legs because she assumes that stand normally when see wants you to pay attention to her…so cute!

  • Elyse November 8, 2012, 12:43 pm

    I live in New England and having beans for breakfast as a side is very normal here, especially at old school diners. Probably a holdover from the early days of the country when people from England settled here!

  • Laura @ My Pink Thumb November 8, 2012, 2:23 pm

    OMG beans for breakfast are incredible! When I was in Jamaica this past spring, they served beans on the buffet and I ate them every single day. Ah-mazing!! I keep forgetting to incorporate them into my breakfast here though. Must get on that. 😉

  • Sara November 8, 2012, 3:14 pm

    Pippa = majorly adorable. And I concur! I love our three cats. One of which is super friendly 🙂 He is like a dog without all the work. Totally.

  • Carly November 8, 2012, 3:45 pm

    Yep – cats are wonderful pets and they seem to get a bad rep for being standoffish. Not true! They are (usually) warm and loving and very good companions. Pippa is stunning too!

    ps. baked beans are very normal breakfast material here in Scotland. Any breakfast menu will have them!

    • Caitlin November 8, 2012, 5:57 pm

      Cats totally get a bad rap and I think that’s because there are those cats (and dogs!) who don’t want to be messed with and will let you know it. I, for one, had a bad cat experience as a child when one bit me, hard, but I was most likely picking on the thing. I never thought I’d want to own a cat and they frightened me, and now I’m definitely a cat lady and see them as sweet and loving creatures.

  • Amber K November 8, 2012, 4:24 pm

    Dog person for life!! Your breakfast looks yummy, but I usually end up having something sweet in the morning. Gets those cravings out of the way.

  • brooke @ sweats & sweets November 8, 2012, 6:15 pm

    I want that breakfast for dinner.

  • Christina November 8, 2012, 6:24 pm

    You are hilarious. And your cat is so cute!

  • Lauryn November 8, 2012, 10:41 pm

    Ive always loved savory things for breakfast! It may weird my friends out, but if it tastes good, I will eat it whenever! Also, I love Pippa, she is adorable! Im a cat person, and although we would have a dog is we were home more, we are super happy with our two cats!

  • luv what you do November 8, 2012, 10:57 pm

    Your cat ‘ad’ had me cracking up. I was never a cat person, but I really miss our cat so much!
    I am so happy that you are finding so much joy in Pippa!

  • Lea @ Greens and Coffee Beans November 8, 2012, 11:28 pm

    Too bad my cats won’t use cover litter boxes. They are such little stinkers (literally), it’s a good thing they’re so cute!

  • Dominique November 9, 2012, 9:44 pm

    That first photo of Pippa makes her little like Santa Claus because her white chest looks like a beard! I love cats but I just love animals in general. We ended up with cats when my dad decided to feed the street cats and then he started letting them inside our house.

    One of our cats is a “dog-cat” who has recently learned to play fetch with one of his toy mice. He brings it to you, meows that he wants to play and then brings it back when you throw it. It’s hilarious. I have to get it on video.

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