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I confess. After blogging creative(ish) meals everyday for over five years, my ability to be fun in the kitchen has tanked considerately.  Part of this is because I no longer have a really good reason to create an adorable dish, but it’s also because of Henry.  I’m usually wrangling the baby and his meal while I make my own, and half of the time, I’m totally pleased if I make myself a peanut butter sandwich and a fruit and a vegetable.  Know what I mean?


I usually have eggs, toast, and fruit.  Every single morning. Every. Single. Morning.


But I guess today, I was feeling inspired to do something delicious and beautiful.  I wanted something different, for both myself and for Henry.  Enter… oatmeal!


My oatmeal:


1/2 cup cups

1/2 cup almond milk

1/2 cup water

1 and 1/2 banana

Brown sugar


Chocolate Chex (OMG)


Henry had my basic oatmeal + the berries.  He uses a spoon but usually just to scoop sunflower butter or hummus.  We’ve never attempted spoon + bowl (I don’t know if I’m late on introducing this skill or anything). I had a feeling it wouldn’t go well.


I decided to tape the bowl to the high chair.  I did a roll of tape on the bottom and two strips on the back.  It actually worked!


Too bad Henry thought it was much more fun to fling the oatmeal out of the bowl than to actually consume it.  Oh well.  There is now oatmeal all over my fridge, my floor, and my child.  Maybe next time?


Thank goodness for hungry dogs.


It’s “testing” week for my training plan, which means I’m going to be doing a lot of data analysis and recording and entering my facts into the Training Peaks program.  On today’s calendar: a long swim and a yoga session.  I’m really looking forward to it!



  • Corrie Anne July 22, 2013, 9:26 am

    Hahaha. I’m sure I will be even MORE thankful for my dogs when we have a baby someday. Love it!

  • Amy @ The Little Honey Bee July 22, 2013, 9:31 am

    Your oatmeal looks delicious! And what a great idea to tape the bowl to the highchair… mental note for when I have kids! Eek scary thought haha

  • Katie July 22, 2013, 9:48 am

    I’m not a dog person, but maybe a little dog would be good as a floor cleaner when I have kids?!? Enjoy the yoga session today!!

  • Jessica R @ FromtheKitchentotheRoad July 22, 2013, 9:49 am

    There are some bowls that have a suction on the bottom so you they won’t be flung from the high chair. The tape is a good idea, though! I love oatmeal. I have a green smoothie and oatmeal with a little milk and raisins for breakfast just about every day. I love it.

  • Melissa July 22, 2013, 9:53 am

    Looks like a yummy breakfast! I’m a big fan of Chex, also, and if you haven’t tried them already, I highly recommend Cinnamon Chex; they are so tasty!

  • Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut July 22, 2013, 10:01 am

    Oh my gosh I nannied for these twins who were 10 months old when I started so I remember when they were learning to feed themselves….oh the mess!

    I think all bloggers get to feel that way when they’ve been blogging YEARS. I think I go through phases of kitchen creativity and phases of running excitement, so it works out! 🙂

  • Courts July 22, 2013, 10:10 am

    1/2 cup cups?

  • Mandy @ Eat Pray Grow July 22, 2013, 10:32 am

    Man, I wish I could stomach eggs in the morning. I’m 12 weeks pregnant and know they are so healthy for me, but all I want in the AM is cold cereal!

  • Mary July 22, 2013, 10:39 am

    LOVE the idea of taping the bowl down! Will have to suggest this to my sister-in-law! 🙂

  • Rachel July 22, 2013, 10:44 am

    When did you introduce the spoon? I thought it was closer to 2 before they used utensils…? But I have no idea. My son is almost 11 months so I figured I had a while before I had to start thinking about that.

    • Caitlin July 22, 2013, 11:37 am

      He uses a fork. I have it to him a fewo the ago because he kept grabbing mine. But spoons are hard!!!

    • Jen in MN July 26, 2013, 4:12 pm

      I have a 4 year old and we didn’t really introduce the spoon (or any utensil) for *her* use until at least 1 1/2 years. Maybe older (-; I promise she still eventually learned! She is very adept now at 4. But I just couldn’t stomach the constant horrible mess at every meal, for no good reason (IMO). By 2 for sure, we had her practicing w/ some help. It all came in good time! No rush, truly (-:

  • Abbey July 22, 2013, 11:02 am

    Omg look how cute his little crossed ankles are!

  • Ashlee@HisnHers July 22, 2013, 11:14 am

    I miss oatmeal! Tooooo hot for that in Texas right now! Looks yummy

  • Kristi July 22, 2013, 11:21 am

    Oatmeal is so good, because you can leave it plain or fancy it up. Either way it’s really good.

  • Nelly July 22, 2013, 11:29 am

    HAHAH Brooklyn is known to throw ALL her food and give it to our dog. I give up!

  • Sonia the Mexigarian July 22, 2013, 12:18 pm

    i close my eyes and fear the day when I have to clean up messes like that in the kitchen. Heck, I hate cleaning up after myself. lol. I suppose parents take it all in stride, with a little bit of eye twitching 🙂

    Mmmmm oatmeal. haven’t had that in a while. Love adding crunchy textures to oatmeal.

    Quick question, how do you feel about GMOs? I know some Chex cereals contain Monsanto’s corn as does Barbara’s Peanut butter puffs 🙁 I try to avoid them when possible, which sucks since some of my favorite cereals contain them. Just curious on your stance on it.

    • Caitlin July 22, 2013, 12:57 pm

      I haven’t done a lot of research. If offered the choice, I will choose non-GMO but I’m not too obsessed or worried about it, honestly. Maybe I should be but I’m just not.

      • Shae July 22, 2013, 11:18 pm

        You are right not to be too worried- there is a lot of anti-science woo woo going around about GMOs. I’m not really sure most people even know what GMO *means* or understand that all of their food has been bred and modified at some point in human history.

        • Sandy July 25, 2013, 4:21 pm

          What’s the problem with a little Cancer or disease,because no one knows the long term affects of GMO’s…Woo Woo going on..what a joke…

  • Sara July 22, 2013, 12:22 pm

    This looks so good! And yoga after a long run is amazing! 🙂 Have fun!


  • Sara @ fitcupcaker July 22, 2013, 12:38 pm

    such a creative idea… I think you meant 1/2 cup oats?

  • Chetney July 22, 2013, 12:44 pm

    I loved those crossed ankles in the last picture AWW!

  • S July 22, 2013, 2:09 pm

    I totally get you, my boy is a little older than Henry and I’ve got to make meals relatively fast. I let him entertain himself by getting into cabinets that have “safe” items—pots to bang, etc. that keeps him busy. Also, have you tried letting him color with crayons or color wonderfuls In the highchair while you meal prep? He might enjoy that.

    I have realized that I have to get more organized in order for meals to go smoothly. I teach full time and it can get crazy during the week. I try to prep some freezer meals ahead of time. I’m on break so I made a few bags of meatballs and a couple of mini-meatloafs this morning. Those will come in handy for quick meals. Also, you might consider emeals or another meal planning service. They have veg options and come with a organized shopping list. We use the service, and I get new recipes which keeps meal planning a cinch. I dont normally use all seven recipes because we do left overs or eat out sometimes, but it has helped a ton.

    Also, who cares if your meals aren’t fancy? Sometimes food with minimal ingredients is easiest, healthiest and the most tasty.

  • Emily July 22, 2013, 2:24 pm

    I miss oatmeal….can’t wait for things to cool down a bit! It’s amazing what kids think to do with food. We had friends (and their toddler) over on Friday night and he immediately jammed a cracker in our air vent and then shoved peanut butter in an outlet! Our house is CLEARLY not baby proofed 🙂

  • Jean July 22, 2013, 3:41 pm

    I also have 2 dogs, and anytime I’m cooking, I never have to worry about food I accidentally drop on the floor. The dogs are right there to catch it!

  • Stacey July 22, 2013, 4:19 pm

    I love how he has his ankles crossed 😉

  • Miranda @ Miranda Runs July 22, 2013, 4:47 pm

    When I was a baby, my parents bought bowls with suction cups on the bottom. That way the bowl was guaranteed not to move! We still have them!

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 22, 2013, 7:35 pm

    I find I get super lazy in the morning. Mix that with waking up with insane hunger and the chance of me making anything more than an english muffin with peanut butter and banana is out of the question, but MAN oatmeal sounds so good!

  • Amber K July 22, 2013, 8:43 pm

    I’ve never been one for fancy meals. I’m perfectly fine as long as it tastes good!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun July 22, 2013, 9:01 pm

    I wish I was even half as clever as you with your meals! Mine are so boring I don’t even bothering boring people with the pictures 🙂

  • Carly @ Fine Fit Day July 22, 2013, 9:49 pm

    I felt like maybe I was late letting my son use a spoon as well – I think it was about 12 months that we did. And it was a total mess for at least 3 months.

    Also – forehead smack time – it *never* occurred to me to either tape the bowl down or get suction cupped bowls. I literally just kept my hand on it while he attacked with gusto (still do, actually)! So suction cup bowls are number one on my to-buy list right now!!

  • Jolene ( July 23, 2013, 1:47 am

    I used to eat oatmeal all. the. time. and I’ve kind of forgotten about it … or maybe I just overdid it for a while. I love fun oatmeal combinations!

  • Mela July 23, 2013, 2:48 pm

    Where to I buy a 1/2 cup of cups? 😉

    Really though, those chocolate Chex look delicious!!

  • Stacey July 23, 2013, 10:47 pm

    Try looking up a product called dycem. It’s basically this grippy material you can put under anything so it doesn’t slide around. A lot of people with injuries use it during meals but it’s great for kids, too! You can reuse it over and over again.

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