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Something sweet for breakfast…


Someone sweet to love!


I figured it was time to write 5 Facts About Pippa since there’s already 5 Facts About James and 5 Facts about Maggie.  Pippa’s been with us since this Fall, and we love her so much!


Fact #1:  Pippa’s full name is Pippa Middleton (all of our pets are named after Brits – Maggie Thatcher and James Bond).  Her shelter name, however, was Sweetie Pie (Maggie’s was Tinkerbell and James was Oscar).


Fact #2: Pippa loves food. A lot. When we first brought her home, she ate so enthusiastically that I ended up overfeeding her.  I put her on a diet when my mother-in-law came over and asked me if Pippa was pregnant. She’s down to her fighting weight now.  You may remember pictures of Pippa eating on top of the powder room toilet – we fed her in the bathroom so her bowl was away from the dogs.  But then, every time a guest walked into the bathroom, Pippa would sprint after them saying, “Meow? Meow? MEOW???” and jump onto the toilet before they could sit down.  She now eats in the dining room.


Fact #3: Pippa has at least two BB gun pellets under her skin.  She was a stray (with kittens) when she was picked up by the rescue group that we adopted her from, and she had apparently been used as target practice.  Doesn’t that make you sad?  People are screwed up.  But Pippa is not scared of people at all and is super friendly.  Animals are so forgiving.


Fact #4: Pippa is Alpha.  She gets along really well with both of the dogs, sometimes cuddling up next to them for daytime naps.  She follows them everywhere they go.  However, every now and then, she will suddenly turn around and beat the heck out of Maggie or James.  No warning!  I think she just wants to keep them in line…




Fact #5: Pippa is really great with Henry and likes to play ball with him.  He will throw a tennis ball in her direction, and she will dive on it and bat it back to him!  It’s pretty incredible.  She’s a really sweet, fun cat who comes when called, likes to cuddle, and doesn’t give you the cat cold shoulder.


Pretty girl!


And now… something else that is very sweet.


This breakfast was oh-so-good. One of my best creations in a long, long time.  I will definitely be making this again soon!


Sweet Quinoa Scramble with Balsamic Reduction


Ingredients (for two servings):


  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup loosely packed raw spinach
  • 1.4 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • Sprinkle of salt




  • Stab potato with fork.  Microwave for 6 – 8 minutes or until soft.
  • Meantime, in a small pot, cook balsamic on Medium High until it reduces to a thick sauce.  Keep an eye on it once it starts to bubble.  Reducing will take about 10 minutes – and if you over cook it, it’s donezo.
  • In a non-stick pan, scramble eggs.  Once eggs are almost ready, reduce heat to low and add in chopped spinach, cooked quinoa, cranberries, and a dash of cinnamon and salt.
  • Remove potato from microwave, peel skin, and chop cooked potato. Add to pan.
  • Thoroughly mix the scramble.
  • Plate the scramble and pour balsamic reduction on top.


For presentation, pack the scramble into a small juice cup and then turn it upside down on a plate!




The flavors – sweet from the cranberries, cinnamon, and sweet potato – really complement the eggs and balsamic.  I’m making this again tomorrow for sure.


Have a delicious day. Smile 


What’s a fun fact about your pet?



  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action June 6, 2013, 11:26 am

    That is SOOOO sad that someone would use a cat as target practice! I don’t understand how people can do things like that.

    Those are 5 great facts about Pippa- and awesome that she’s a great cat. I’m definitely more of a dog person, but I like cuddling up with other people’s cats.

  • Allison June 6, 2013, 11:31 am

    Maggie is certainly low to the ground!

  • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete June 6, 2013, 11:32 am

    Thanks for sharing your facts about Pippa. We have a rescue too, and she was so screwed up when we got her. It still infuriates me thinking about her past owners. She was a bag of bones and scared of everything when we adopted her. She was never socialized either. Every single time someone bent down to pet her, she thought she was going to get hit. It was the same when someone started talking to her. She thought she was getting yelled at and cowered down. Plus, she needed heart surgery last summer. She is worth it. She is our baby, and she is safe now with us. After having her for two years, she is a completely different dog. She has come out of her shell, and our other weim has helped increase her confidence. Of course, like Pippa, she has completely taken over the house. She keeps Kai (our other weim) in line whether he is behaving or not, and she is a good 30 lbs less than he is!

    • Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete June 6, 2013, 11:34 am

      Plus, she was so nutrient deficient when we got her, it took literally 3 months for her fingernails to start growing. I’m not even kidding.

  • Anne June 6, 2013, 11:36 am

    Wow, she’s like a dog-cat. And so pretty, too.
    Our puppy, April, must have been a gymnast in a previous life. If a ledge is available for her to walk on when we’re out for a stroll, she’s up on it. Now that we live in a neighborhood without sidewalks, she usually walks on the 4″ wide curb, rather than the street. Did I mention that she’s a 50 lb shepherd/corgi mix?

  • Lee June 6, 2013, 11:49 am

    My dog likes to sleep upside-down with his feet up in the air. It’s really funny to see.

  • Cindy June 6, 2013, 11:56 am

    Pippa is SO cute!

    Molly loves receipts. If you crinkle up one after you get back from the store she will come charging in from where ever she was and demand you ball it up and throw it to her. She will then play soccer with it across the flat! Sometimes she will bring one over to me, showing me she wants to play. Too adorable!

  • K @ Finding a skinnier me June 6, 2013, 12:10 pm

    I am pretty sure my cat is alpha over the dogs as well lol! He was raised by my oldest dog so sometimes he still acts like a dog.

    Thanks for the recipe! I am trying to get brave enough to try quinoa and this recipe looks so yum!!

  • Presley @ Run Pretty June 6, 2013, 12:15 pm

    I’m not a cat person but she almost has me considering it. 🙂

    • anna June 6, 2013, 1:01 pm

      That is how I always viewed myself but after I adopted my cat a few months ago everything changed. I am totally in love with her. I say go for it!

  • Ashley June 6, 2013, 12:21 pm

    I’m a total crazy cat lady and love learning about other kitties. Pippa is so precious!

    I’ve also been looking to try a quinoa breakfast and I think this recipe might just be the first, definitely plan on trying this asap.

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life June 6, 2013, 12:32 pm

    We are definitely a cat family. Our cat loves to finish the last drops if my husband’s beer. Cat’s got good taste, what can I say?

    And our other cat that we had to our down last winter would gag anytime he smelled any type of dairy product, mainly ice cream or milk. Sometimes you would just be shaking the milk container before pouring it and he’s gag all the way on the other side of the room.

  • Emily June 6, 2013, 12:45 pm

    So sweet…I’m not really a cat person (deathly allergic!), but she really is a pretty cat 🙂 I can’t believe someone would use an animal for target practice. It makes me so sad, but so happy she has a forever home now!

  • Olena @ - High protein and low carb recipes June 6, 2013, 12:49 pm

    Hi Caitlin. It’s my first time on your blog. Love it! You are one of those multitasking super creative moms I wish I could be.:) Very interesting recipe. I love quinoa! Great recipe to use any leftover quinoa from dinner.
    Pippa…so cute.:) Love your chairs too.:)

  • Rachel June 6, 2013, 1:14 pm

    That breakfast does sound good! I don’t eat eggs, but maybe I can just leave them out or substitute tofu.

    I have a dog and a cat. My cat loves tortilla chips. If I eat them ,I’ll see her nose start twitching and sniffing then she won’t leave me alone! It can be annoying but cute. She doesn’t care about most other foods but something about their smell really intrigues her.

  • Ali June 6, 2013, 1:26 pm

    I was SO not a cat person until I got one when I was in my 20’s! I had cats growing up but I forgot how great they are. I adopted my cat, Bella, 7 years ago and her shelter name was “Francie SPECIAL!!”. And I’m not kidding. She was found at the side of a highway only a few months old and was at the shelter for a long time. They thought she was allergic to corn so no one would adopt her. My mom found her when she was visiting the shelter and it was absolute love when I saw her. She was going to be put down the next day. <3 She's a calico and her brown patches turn orange in the fall when she gets her winter coat in so she's more often called Pumpkin than her real name. Bella was extremely scared of bathrooms and doorbells when I first got her. She is no longer afraid of bathrooms but every now and then a doorbell on TV will scare her (there used to be a Christmas commercial with music made entirely from doorbells and it used to cause complete meltdowns). No one rings my doorbell because they know they'll never get to see her if they do! She's more of a cat-dog like Pippa and comes when called. She loves dogs but will also just randomly beat them up for no reason. She HATES cats. 🙂

    • Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution June 6, 2013, 3:08 pm

      I think I love Bella!!! She sounds amazing!

      • Ali June 6, 2013, 7:46 pm

        Gotta agree that she is. 🙂

    • Caitlin June 6, 2013, 5:13 pm

      My Alba cat was also found on the side of the highway as a baby. Her chin was all scuffed up and b/c there was an enormous wall on the opposite side of the emergency lane we think someone tossed her. 🙁 Good cats are the best!

      • Ali June 6, 2013, 7:45 pm

        Ugh…what is wrong with people? I always wonder why Bella had such a fear of bathrooms. Agreed that good cats are the best! 🙂

  • Erin June 6, 2013, 1:27 pm

    Pippa is just so pretty and I love those little white feet….precious!!!!

  • Kt June 6, 2013, 1:30 pm

    My brown labradoodle howls to harmonica music 🙂

  • Jane @ Not Plain So Jane June 6, 2013, 2:08 pm

    Love that recipe! It is perfect to use with leftover quinoa from a dinner the previous night. And sweet potatoes for that matter. Cook once and eat 2-3X, perfect!

  • Cam June 6, 2013, 2:19 pm

    So happy you all adopted Pippa! She is adorable!

  • Mela June 6, 2013, 2:59 pm

    That looks delish! Pippa is a beautiful cat.

  • Kristy @ Kristy's Health Revolution June 6, 2013, 3:07 pm

    Can I just say how awesome it is that you still think your pets are the bees knees even though you have a baby? I worry all the time how I will feel when I have a baby — I know pets are just pets — but before you have kids they are like your kids! And it makes me sad that they won’t be!

    Anyway, I can’t even think of poor sweet Pippa serving as target practice. That just makes me ill. So glad she has a loving home!

    • Susan June 6, 2013, 7:57 pm

      Hey Kristy–If you really love your animals, “pets are (NOT) just pets ” and if they are part of your family after you have “kids” they are still your “kids.” A human baby shouldn’t change the relationship you have with your fur babies at all.

  • Nicole F June 6, 2013, 4:03 pm

    My cat, Sunny has the same collar as Pippa! It is crazy how similar Sunny looks to Pippa too. Same white areas on his coat (and nose!) except he is orange instead of grey. So cute!

  • Maggie June 6, 2013, 4:26 pm

    That picture of Pippa staring at Maggie is priceless. Watch out dog!

  • HeatherFromKC June 6, 2013, 4:35 pm

    So glad Pippa is in a sweet loving home! Fact 4 had be lauging out loud at work!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Caitlin June 6, 2013, 5:11 pm

    Oh dear. That photo of Maggie staring off with Pippa in the background staring at her is hilarious. Sweet Maggie always appears so clueless.

  • bs June 6, 2013, 5:18 pm

    Pippa’s one cool cat!

  • Miranda @ Miranda Runs June 6, 2013, 6:17 pm

    Aww Pippa! I can’t believe someone used her as target practice. That’s HORRIBLE!

  • Emilie June 6, 2013, 8:11 pm

    I am a cat lady and I love when people talk about their cats! Pippa is beautiful, I love her little white toes! Her fur looks so soft, too. I get so sad when I hear the back stories on rescues, you’re right – people are so screwed up. I adopted my girl Nala from a shelter – her shelter name was Nane (???) – and she was dropped off there because she was pregnant with 3 babies that were twisted up in a hernia and her owner did not want to pay for the surgery to save her, so he just left her outside the shelter. She is the sweetest thing.

  • Aurora@Fitness is Sweet June 6, 2013, 8:14 pm

    Awww I love cats! When one of my cats was a kitten, he used to run around the house crazily at EXACTLY 11 pm every night! And that breakfast looks so interesting! What a great idea!

  • Beks June 6, 2013, 8:15 pm

    I love Pippa. She’s so gorgeous. I have a cat named after a Brit, too. Jane Austen. She’s a pro at the cat cold shoulder to everyone, except me.
    And that scramble looks fantastic. I might have to make it, because I have some cinnamon quinoa to use up. Thanks for the recipe!

  • charity June 6, 2013, 8:23 pm

    Hmmm compared to our two pets we had to say good bye to last year our Callie is quite a normal cat. Our old Jake use to LOVE beansprouts and lettuce and well Daisy was a beagle.. I think that explains it all.
    Callie however is the cat version of Maggie. The attic is open but there’s no lights on upstairs.

  • Rebecca June 6, 2013, 8:47 pm

    My family is taking care of a friend’s dog because of housing situations, and she’s hilarious. She’s got an enlarged heart and thyroid problems (which means a pill twice a day and special food once a day), but that doesn’t stop her from LOVING running around outside and jumping up and down when she’s excited. We can’t take her very far on walks, but she loves them. She’s not the biggest fan of men, but she tolerates them. She’s better with my dad because he’s around a lot, I suppose. She freaks out at the sight of other dogs, barking and growling. I picked her up when a dog ran at us last week and I thought she was going to wiggle out of my arms or scratch my face off. Crazy. But we love her.

    I would love to have a cat someday–we’ll have to see! A few years down the road, maybe. 🙂

  • Lauren S June 6, 2013, 9:57 pm

    Thank you for posting this recipe, I was not sure what I was going to throw together for dinner tonight and when I saw this and realized I had all of the ingredients it was an easy decision! Your recipes are always so easy, healthy and delicious which is exactly what I need as a new mom.

  • christine June 6, 2013, 10:14 pm

    my kitten (named ryan) plays fetch with my hair ties and is obsessed with licking earth balance off of everything I accidentally leave out. he’s hilarious 😀

  • Luv What You Do June 6, 2013, 11:16 pm

    I have a sweet potato in the fridge waiting to become breakfast. I will have to give this a try!

  • Emily @ Tips on Healthy Living June 6, 2013, 11:25 pm

    Pippa! So pretty. I can’t believe that someone would shoot BB pellets in her. Dispicable.

    I haven’t had a pet in years because I live in New York, and don’t have a choice with my landlord 🙂 But I live vicariously through all my friends and relatives.

  • mary @ minutes per mile June 7, 2013, 5:40 am

    what a creative recipe! cute pet photos too 🙂 thanks for sharing!

  • Corrie Anne June 7, 2013, 9:09 am

    I have a Pippa too — chocolate lab/vizsla mix rescue dog & she is a doll!!!

  • Heidi June 7, 2013, 11:00 pm

    Love your recipes – will definitely have to give this one a try, I’ve really gotten into quinoa lately but have no idea what to cook with it but this looks delish!

    also – i love that Pippa is bigger than Maggie 🙂 🙂 Cats are so awesome 🙂 We have two that are brother and sister – Sally and Joba. Joba is named after Joba Chamberlain from the NY Yankees, but he acts more like Joba the Hut 🙁

  • Kelly June 7, 2013, 11:08 pm

    That breakfast looks amazing!!! I am sooooo making that soon!

    A fun fact about my dog is that he helps my other dog (who is blind and deaf) get around and shows him where the doors are sometimes! Its precious.

  • Adele June 8, 2013, 7:14 am

    This recipe looks amazing. Bookmarked.

  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl June 8, 2013, 6:21 pm

    This recipe looks and sounds SO good!! And I am loving the presentation! 🙂

  • Aubrey June 8, 2013, 9:28 pm

    My sweet kitty Brow was also used as target practice. A vet friend nursed him back to health and was trying to find him a home when I randomly ran in to her. I have never met a more loving cat in my life. It breaks my heart that somebody would have done that to him. But I am so glad we came into each others lives.

  • Samuel June 9, 2013, 9:49 am

    I have 2 miniature pinschers called Caesar and Maximus. Caesar likes to take his brother Max for walks by dragging him around the house by his lead – looks hilarious. Poor max!!

  • Kristin (Niblet Blog) June 10, 2013, 7:21 am

    Pippa looks SO much like our little Boba! Except probably three pounds lighter, because our Boba is also a voracious eater, and, with two little kitties, it’s hard to put one on a diet without starving the other! Super cute, love these posts!

  • Natalie June 14, 2013, 9:34 am

    Caitlin, this recipe is amazing!!

    I am hosting my family for Father’s Day brunch and this will be my main dish. My sister, who also reads your blog, responded with great excitement when she heard what I was making. We are big fans and I’m sure my parents will be, too. Thanks for sharing!!

    • Caitlin June 14, 2013, 11:26 am


  • Rowan June 17, 2013, 1:37 pm

    I just found your blog. My cat is named Pippa too! I always say it is because she also has a great butt. She sounds pretty similar to your cat actually – she is also really friendly, really into food, and “fetches” (will bring her tinfoil ball back to your general area).

    The quinoa recipe looks great, I’ll have to try it.

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