Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Pumpkin and Palates.

Hey guys! Its been long, busy and productive day! I tackled my to-do list and the twins and I even got to meet up with a friend and her babe for lunch!

This morning I woke up freezing! Although the temps outside are still in the 80’s (which I love) during the day. Its starting to get pretty chilly at night and since I woke up and had all the covers on top of me getting out of my cozy bed was tough. I wanted something warm for breakfast!


Its been a LONG time since I have had oats for breakfast!

Pumpkin Oats have made a comeback. Which I expect to see different variations in the blogosphere soon. Here is my favorite combo!




  • 1/2 Cup Steel cut oats (or old-fashioned oats)
  • 1/2 Cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg to taste
  • 1 tsp Agave Nectar


Prepare the oats as directed, Stove top or Microwave

Then add pumpkin, protein, cinnamon, nutmeg and nectar


You can add any desired toppings- banana, slivered almonds, walnuts, pecans, chia seed, flax seed. vanilla greek yogurt - Make it your own!




Welcome back oats. If your interested in some baked pumpkin oats check this out!

For lunch we met up with my friend Jac and her adorable baby girl, that is just a few months older then B and T.

We went to plates and palates, a local restaurant that has high quality food! It so good!  I have been there many times but I always get the same thing.. because I just LOVE it. They have a variety of delicious pasta salads, Panini sandwiches, salads and desserts!!!

Plates and Palates has great atmosphere and provides great customer service!

Since I’m in love with the spinach and shrimp salad that what I rolled with.



Spinach, grapefruit, pistachios, sweet potatoes with the most delicious lemon vinaigrette dressing ever. They make the dressing and I have yet to get hands on the recipe.. if I could, I would produce it by the gallon.

Q. What is your favorite Mix in for your Oats?

Pumpkin and chocolate. It taste just like a pumpkin cookie!

Q. What is your favorite dressing for salad?

I used to be a ranch girl ALL the way back in the day. Now I’m all about plates and palates lemon vinaigrette!


  1. Gotta love a productive day! That salad looks yummy. I love shrimpy salads. Favorite mix in for oats? I like them pretty plain- little brown sugar and unsweetened coconut or sunflower seeds. Favorite dressing=salsa!

  2. ha ha ha i say the SAME thing about this dressing...i have tried to get it out of them. So such luck! love that place i get in trouble with the rolls good!

  3. My favorite salad dressing is Fat Free French. They have it in little packets at the cafeteria at work. I love it. I've never been to Plates & Palates. I didn't know they served food there. I thought it was just a kitchen store that you could buy dishes & appliances (mixers, etc.) at. I'll have to try it out some time.