I slept horribly last night 🙁 Despite my calming bath and reading in bed, I didn’t fall asleep until after 11. I woke up again wide awake at 2 and at that point re-set my alarm from 5:30 to 7. I think the extra hour was all I needed to make it through the day OK. Wonder what was up?
This morning’s breakfast was quick and easy – reheated steel cut-rolled oat blend. We have half and half in our fridge because the husband is cooking up something sweet for my birthday (!!!) and we decided to experiment with it in breakfast. I put about a tbsp into my oats when I reheated them and it did make it nice and creammmmy 🙂 The husband must have put a quarter cup or so into his – he had a cream soup!
Also involved: half a banana, a chopped date, vanilla bean paste, almonds, PB. If I remember correctly, the oat base equaled a whole serving of the two kinds of oats (compared to my 1/3 cup servings) so I didn’t add any more grains. I’ll have to see how well this keeps hunger at bay today.
I think I need to add the banana when I make steel cut oats because they were just not nearly as naturally sweet as my 100% rolled stove-top version. Next time!
Plus coffee, made with milk. The husband put more cream in his and I have to say it was excellent. Maybe I’ll do that tomorrow. A little does go a long way. I’m not sure I want to have to buy half and half to have in our fridge each week, but as a once-in-a-while treat, it’s really fun.
New placemat and Cinnamon Sugar candle from Linens N Things. Get ’em before they’re gone!
Headed to school today 🙁 Midterm at 2pm. Yikes!!! I might do a walk + study session between my classes. Not sure if I’ll workout this afternoon. I might just enjoy some walks instead. Depends on my mood and if I have energy to burn at 4pm.
Charlie Hills says
So do you leave the PB on the spoon and eat it along with each oatmeal bite? Because if that works, I’m thinking about adding this idea to everything I eat. This would be great with Golden Grahams, tomato soup, taco meat, … I may start eating my sandwiches with a spoon!
HELP! I am going to the California Pizza Kitchen for dinner tonight. I have never been there because we don’t have them where I live. Does anyone have suggestions on what is healthy and not “too high” in calories to order? I looked over their menu but still have no idea. Thanks!
whens your birthday!!!?!?!
Sounds good 2 me!
SUNDAY!!!!!!!! 26 on the 26th!!! I’ve waited 26 years for this!!!
Happy early birthday! : )
i couldnt sleep last night either- although i did work out at 7- 7:45 so this may have done it.. i usually work out at 5:30 after work- later workouts make me wired!
Ahh, so sorry about the poor night’s sleep, and the midterm today 🙁 Hang in there!!!
YOUR BIRTHDAY IS ON SUNDAY?!?!?!??! SUPER exciting 😀
Nice title for the post – quite fitting. And I love the new placemat!
Sorry about the poor sleep 🙁 Hope you sleep better tonight!
Good luck on the midterm!
Good luck on your midterm! Beautiful oats as well :DDD
livingtothetruth they have salad options at california pizza kitchen. look at their website online
sorry to know that you had a bad sleep last night. I perfectly how frustrated you were when you woke up at 2am, it happens to me so often and I hate it.
Yeah on your upcoming birthday! I love your new placemat!
living2thetruth, Don’t FRET! I went to california pizza kitchen last week. Well, first of all, you should not be freaking out about dining out. It is a very common part of american culture, enjoying friends’ companies and trying new food that you don’t normally eat at home. hopefully thinking about it this way will ease your anxieties. When I went I ordered what my body was hungry for, and at that moment it wanted the mushroom ravioli with red sauce. I guess I just wasn’t in the mood for pizza! They have plenty of choices (Salad, pastas), but their pizza does not come by the slice, they come in “personal pizza’s” which is probably equivalent to about 3- 3 1/2 slices. If you order what ever you want, (don’t restrict) and treat yourself and stop eating when you are full (doggy-pack the rest! thats what i did and i got a cool california pizza kitchen bag) You have nothing to worry about. I dont usually go to chain restaurants like this but my friends’ sister treated us and I was having so much fun talking I did not worry about the food. unless you make eating out a habit-it’s OKAY!!!
Miss Tiffie says
MMM Cinnamon Sugar candle :] Sounds like it smells SOO good!!!
Hope your sleeping is better tonite, I’ve been having long term problems with sleeping so I understand your frustration. Was it too warm? That could be something.. caffeine, sugar, stress, excitement? Maybe you were worried about your midterm today?
Well good luck on the test I’m sure you’ll do totally awesome!!! Can’t wait til your next post!!!
Good luck today, Kath!
Betsy in Pittsburgh says
I’ve only been to CA Pizza Kitchen once and got the Hawaiian pizza which was GREAT! And I think you can get whole wheat crust…
Happy Birthday, its great it falls on a weekend as well. The sleep thing is a bummer, I hate those nights that you wake up and then wake up again and again until dawn. One of my favorite bath items is Orgins float away milk bath, it tends to help me sleep better when I use it, especailly on my jet-lag specail nights 🙂 Good luck on your midterm.
Allison K says
ahhh your “Golden Birthday” mine was when I was 11, before I thought anything of it! And a Cinnamon Sugar candle? YUMMMMM
living2thetruth, you can also get CPK’s delicious hummus with pita and a small salad. I love that.
Hey kath– i made wheatberries for the first time yesterday! (following your instructions, of course) and i decided to celebrate this morning by making your Sunny Side Oats for breakfast this morning! I knew i wanted to try it out but i was a little hesitant about it– I always associate oats w/sweetness and to contrast it w/the savory egg combo was different. But it was SO good!! I made the oat/milk/water mixture and i added the wheatberries and a little cottage cheese (made it so creamy!) & i topped it w/the egg & basil from my garden too. Instead of goat cheese tho, i added feta which was all i had, but i think it gave a it a good bite b/c feta is so pungunt. It was really awesome! Thanks for the idea!!
YAY for Birthdays!! Golden Birthdays are big in my fam…mine was when I was 7 and me and the rents went to Disney World! 🙂
Your husband better have something great planned! I love birthday season…mine’s 2 weeks from Friday!
You are 1 month and 3 days younger than me!
happy early birthday!
I am walking/studying today too- I have a midterm at 4!
Best of luck on yours!
I have al lentil question- have you ever gotten the bag of organic red lentils from HT ? mine came out green and mushy- and I thought maybe i did something wrong
Those oats look amazing. Sorry you didnt have the best of sleeps. You will make up for it tonight!
Great pics too!
Happy Golden Birthday!!! Woohoo!
I agree about the half and half- just a splash makes a HUGE difference in coffee. It’s so much creamier than just using skim.
Living2thetruth- Are you worried about calories at CPK? I don’t think the margherita pizza is terrible, and they offer either low fat or fat free dressing. I think you can find the nutrition info online if you google it (not through the CPK site).
26 on the 26th!! i remember when i turned 10 on the 10th 😉 so exciting… can’t wait to see what matt’s making you!!!!!!!
Almond milk in coffee tastes just like cream, but with much fewer calories/fat! I drink coffee black a lot but now and then that creamy milky taste is so good so I always have AM on hand.
Have fun on your special day! A great breakfast to start the day!
gina (fitnessista) says
good luck on your test!
can’t wait to see what the husband makes for you!
have a great day!
Kath, buy Fat Free Half and Half – it is so rich and creamy, you won’t be able to tell the difference.
I use it as a substitute for both heavy cream and regular half and half and no one is the wiser!
Oh, I just found this website:
www.fatsecret.com – type in California Pizza Kitchen and the first two pages are CPK calories for pizza and other entrees.
The BBQ chicken salad has 101 carbs! (no wonder my blood sugar SOARES after eating that once! – I underestimated by 50 carbs!)
Hope that helps!
I turned 10 on the 10th too Andrea! I always sleep horribly the night before a test. I usually dream of problems like math and word problems..it is pretty horrible. I think it is from the studying at night. Your brain is active so it keeps going while you try to sleep. I hate getting a bad night sleep!
I use full-fat half-and-half in my coffee everyday and it really makes a difference! It’s so much creamier than even fat-free half-and-half and definitely than skim milk. And there’s not a huge difference nutritionally. So worth it.
Good luck on the test!
Creamy oats sound SO good right now.
Hi Kath, I love your blog! I have random question: how much do you typically spend on groceries each week? Thanks in advance, and I hope you get some sleep tonight!
Good luck on your test!
I’d rather have a splash of regular half-and-half than the fat-free kind, which has corn syrup and other additives in it that aren’t found in the regular version. Usually I just use whole milk, though.
Good luck on your test Kath!
Yay, golden birthday!! Mine was when I was 16… and oh was it a sweet 16. 😉
You should try the Skim-Plus milk. It seriously tastes soo creamy. The bf tasted it one day and decided to switch from his 2% because my milk tasted better and was a little better for him.
Your combo sounds lovely!
Hope your studying went well!
My red lentils have come out really mushy (I just typed mushroom!) before but I think I overcooked them. I don’t think they turned green though? Remember they need much less cooking time than brown/green.
Generally $75-100. We’re always trying to cut down though.
Kath, I thought I’d post here so I don’t end up double-entering for the Quaker drawing–
instead of trying to pick numbers out of a hat (which might take a while to write up all those #s… with over 300 comments now), you might want to check out this website: http://random.org/ and use the random integer generator that Biggie used for a giveaway on lunchinabox (where she had over 900 comments!!!!)