Wee Willie Winky

July 9, 2012

Remember that poem?


My mom used to say it to us when we were little. I can’t remember if we loved it or hated it, but I’m leaning towards hating it!

The connection to breakfast? I slept too late! I haven’t been setting my alarm in response to all the “sleep now because you’ll never sleep again” advice I’ve gotten. And because I never know when I’ll sleep well and when I won’t. Most days I’m up by 7, but sometimes I wake up at 8/8:30 shocked at how late it is! I was a bit restless from 3-4am last night, so that’s probably why I slept late today.

I needed a quick breakfast to get going or I will be late!


Erwhon Raisin Bran with blackberries, chia, milk and sunflower butter.


When I put butters in cereal, I let it drip off the spoon and into the milk, serving as a surprise for later.


But then the first bite always has the most!


Tea on the side!


Have a great day – hopefully a cool one!


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1 Vivi @ My.Beautiful.Air July 9, 2012 at 8:41 am

big beautiful blackberries! Yum! Off to make my own oatmeal – Kath Style 😉


2 Joanne July 9, 2012 at 8:46 am

Aw! How could you not like Wee Willie? I don’t remember it. Must not have been my mother’s favorite either. :)
Another delicious breakfast. It looks so fresh.


3 KathEats July 9, 2012 at 8:48 am

I think it was scary!


4 Mom July 9, 2012 at 10:06 am

In the Ramona books, Ramona is terrified that Wee Willie WInkie is going to come into her room and find her awake. Anyone know which Ramona book that’s in?


5 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh July 9, 2012 at 8:51 am

My neighbor used to recite it when we were kids but um, changed the words. That’s about as much as I’ll say about that. :)

Enjoy your day!


6 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table July 9, 2012 at 8:53 am

I never liked the poem either! My mom (thankfully) was more into singing. She used to put me to bed singing “Moon RIver.”


7 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles July 9, 2012 at 8:56 am

Oh, don’t those blackberries look divine! I am enjoying blueberries with my oatmeal today! Looking forward to this cooler, sunny, less blustery day!


8 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 9, 2012 at 9:00 am

I don’t think I’ve ever heard that poem before, but the character name does sound familiar! Have a great day Kath!


9 [email protected] July 9, 2012 at 9:01 am

Looks delicious, as always!


10 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries July 9, 2012 at 9:03 am

i love that color of bowl! it almost looks like a coral red color? i love adding nut butters to my cereal. since it doesn’t mix in well, those little nut butter bites are always a nice surprise!


11 Nikki July 9, 2012 at 9:05 am

That story seems a little pervy to me… :-)
RE: nut butter in cereal: that’s why I keep the jar right by my side while I eat my cereal–it makes for the perfect butter/cereal ratio for every bite. (Although that means that we have to have a jar of PB that’s just for me, and one that we can serve to guests and everyone else!)


12 Cait's Plate July 9, 2012 at 9:15 am

Ha! I DO remember that poem but the one we heard had a different ending. It was like “rapping at the windows, crying through the lock, are the children in their bed for it’s past 8 o’clock!” I don’t remember if I loved or hated it either but I definitely remember it!


13 Tonya July 9, 2012 at 3:56 pm

That’s the way I remember it! “Rapping at the windows, crying through the lot, are the children in their beds for now it’s 8 o’clock!” I loved nursery rhymes. Probably because I just love the written word period. :-)

Oh and I say this one to my son when he wakes up with only one sock on:

Diddle diddle dumpling
my son john
went to bed with his trousers on
one shoe off
one shoe on
diddle diddle dumpling
my son john

LOL so stupid :-)


14 wesley @ the way home July 9, 2012 at 9:17 am

I was literally just about to ask how you put nut butters in cold milk before I moved on to the next picture! I’ve never tried it because I usually eat hot cereal, but it’s an option to remember! And yes, sure do remember that poem. Or at least the name “Wee Willie Winkie.” I can’t wait to have kids so I can make them read all of the stories I loved when I was little :)


15 Khushboo July 9, 2012 at 9:18 am

Love the unexpected bites with peanut butter globs!


16 lynn @ the actor's diet July 9, 2012 at 9:44 am

never heard of wee willie winky…i can’t remember anything from chidhood anymore, though!


17 Angel7 July 9, 2012 at 9:47 am

I never get a good night’s sleep. I always have to turn from one side to the other. I only wish I could get sufficient sleep each night before the baby arrives.



18 Chelsea @ Chelsea's Lovelys July 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

That cereal looks amazing! I have never tried adding nut butter to my cereal, but that looks so good! I will have to give it a try :)


19 Rachel July 9, 2012 at 9:59 am

I never think to put nut butters in cereal lol I should try it! your breakfasts always keep me entertained at work 😉


20 Brie @ Coxswain Dilemma July 9, 2012 at 10:14 am

I wish I had runnier PB – mine is always too thick to drizzle :( :( and I’m too lazy to microwave it every time. Guess I should invest.


21 Julia H. @ Going Gulia July 9, 2012 at 10:21 am

Those blackberries are HUGE!


22 Erin @ erinberries July 9, 2012 at 10:26 am

My mom always said this Little Bunny Foo Foo poem to me. I loved it when I was a little kid. However, she’s been singing it like crazy again ever since my niece was born. Now it’s ALWAYS stuck in my head. I’m pretty sure I look like a crazy person every time I’m mumbling/singing it while shopping at the grocery store. It’s slowly turning to me hating it.


23 Elise July 9, 2012 at 10:35 am

Hey Kath! I just started reading KERF a week ago or so, and I’ve been hooked! I’ve had some of your oatmeal recipes for breakfast since and I am wondering if I’m missing something, but it just doesn’t taste right to me! This morning I had your basic overnight oats and added ripe blackberries and sunflower butter to it…and it just tasted bland/not sweet enough! Is it just an acquired taste or should I add something else to it?


24 KathEats July 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I don’t like sweet things, so it’s probably an acquired taste :) Maybe add mashed banana to sweeten it naturally?


25 Brianne July 9, 2012 at 10:01 pm

I found the oats very bland when I tried them a couple weeks ago too, do you really not add sugar. You eat quite a bit of sweet treats though?


26 [email protected] July 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

not sure what the deal is today, but we slept right through the alarm this morning. must be that it’s just a nice warm summer day & we wanted to hug the bed. as a teacher, i think wee willie winkie is really cute with a great message!


27 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats July 9, 2012 at 10:55 am

I’ve need thought to put nut butters in cereal, but it sure looks good!


28 Amanda @flecksofgreen July 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

I love putting nut butter in cereal now! I find that I always pile it up on a tower of cereal to one side of the bowl (I use less milk too) so that I can have easy access to get a little nut butter on my spoon for a number of spoonfuls :)


29 Liz @ Tip Top Shape July 9, 2012 at 11:24 am

I never heard that rhyme before, but it definitely made me laugh. It’s sort of creepy–the thought of some kid running around tapping on people’s windows to see if they’re reading. lol


30 Katharina July 9, 2012 at 11:25 am

Never heard those lines before! I’d always heard the last 2 lines as “Tapping at the window and crying through the lock, Are all the children in their beds, it’s past eight o’clock?” I like your version though…cute!


31 Millie Snyder July 9, 2012 at 11:58 am

You did it again! This time I’m serious… this will be my breakfast tomorrow morning. I’m going to buy chia seeds and sunflower butter tonight! Which do you suggest I get- sunflower butter, almond butter, or any other? Peanut butter is not cutting it for me anymore- not after these pictures!


32 KathEats July 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I’m partial to sunflower. Either Trader Joe’s or Sunbutter – no other brands!


33 Averie @ Averie Cooks July 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Wee Willie Winkie..oh that’s a goodie :) My mom used to read that to us but it’s one I haven’t read much to my daughter. She’d start laughing at me I think if I tried to read it to her..I can hear her giggling at it already!


34 natasha July 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Aw man I recite Wee Willy Winky every night for my kids! I guess I never give it much thought, just do it becuase my mom did to me. I never thought of it as strange but all these comments are giving me a chuckle becuase it is creepy if you give it thought!


35 natasha July 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm

My version is different though, “WWW runs through the town, upstairs downstairs in his nightgown. Rapping at the windows, peeking through the locks, are the children all in bed for now it’s eight o’clock. ” I think of it as a reminder that it is 8:00 as in time for bed, maybe I have had it wrong all these years?!


36 KathEats July 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm

That’s the right version – this poster was a pro library one on Wikipedia


37 Annette @FitnessPerks July 9, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Sometimes you just gotta have a quick b-fast! Love the berries. YUMM!


38 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count July 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

Love the look of your breakfast!


39 Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See July 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm

For me, that’s the biggest difference between cereal/oatmeal. More nut butter at the end of oatmeal :)


40 Becky O'Brien July 9, 2012 at 8:23 pm

Hey There. Love nursery rhymes. It’s “funny”. My version of Wee Willie Winky said to me by my mom was more along the lines of making sure the kids were all in bed by 9:00. Hmmmm . . . a smart mom I had perhaps. : )


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