Dexter’s Vacation

Happy Tuesday!

I just got off the phone with the pet hotel that Dexter is vacationing to this weekend. I’ve never boarded him before so I was a little nervous but this place sounds like a luxury resort! I feel like a parent about to drop my child off at daycare or something for the first time!

Pumpkin egg white oatmeal for breakfast!

I used 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, 1/4 cup liquid egg whites (stirred into the water), a few dried cherries, 1/4 cup pumpkin and barney butter. Adding egg whites to your oatmeal is EASY y’all! Just pour it right in then keep stirring while the oats cook.
I’ve got a bit of a busy day ahead of me. At 10:00, my friend Phillip is coming over again and we are going to some sort of bike trail for “training lessons”. He says this will be a lot better because there will be NO cars, NO stoplights and if I fall, I’ll just topple over in the soft grass rather than the concrete. Perfect.
Then, I have to take my car to Honda because its making some obscure scraping noise that is causing me to worry a little bit. Gahhh
Time to get some writing done first thing—have a great Tuesday!

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  • Madeline @ Greens and Jeans
    February 2, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Good luck on your bike ride! Getting the hang of things without the distraction of cars is DEFINITELY a good plan! I’m sure your little furry friend will be just fine in his swanky hotel!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    February 2, 2010 at 8:13 am

    egg whites make oatmeal exponentially more delishhhh

  • Evan Thomas
    February 2, 2010 at 8:13 am

    I’ve added egg white, and I’ve added pumpkin, but never both. I think it’s time to try it!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    February 2, 2010 at 8:15 am

    I’m sure Dexter will be ok! I don’t have a pet but I’ve been begging for one. I’d be afraid to leave them, too. 🙁

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    February 2, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Riding in a place with no cars or lights sounds perfect, good luck!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    February 2, 2010 at 8:21 am

    have fun on the bike ride — you’ll do great! 😉

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    February 2, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Hmmm did you ask him if there were any trees?!?!

  • Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)
    February 2, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Egg white oats are extremely delicious and a great way to work in some lean protein! I wish I could find some pumpkin around here…everyone seems to be out now! Applesauce works well too with it! Have fun riding!

  • Haleigh
    February 2, 2010 at 8:26 am

    Good luck on your bike ride! I have never tried egg white oats. It makes me a bit nervous, haha but I they sound delicious!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    February 2, 2010 at 8:28 am

    oh, i hate boarding my dogs! i’m sure dexter will be fine, though!

    good luck with the riding today, i bet you’ll do great 🙂

  • Ashley
    February 2, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I had a Honda that made an scraping noise before, and I believe it was a rock stuck in my brake pad/something of that nature. (not too good with cars! 🙂 sorry). Maybe it could be that?

  • Mary (Food Fit & Fun)
    February 2, 2010 at 8:32 am

    I love pumpkin egg-white oats! Thanks for getting me hooked! Just had some this morning. I like to add in cinnamon, nutmeg, and raisins as well.

  • adrienmelaine
    February 2, 2010 at 8:32 am

    your oats always look so fluffy and delicious-

    you’ll be fine second round- the embarrassing first ride has already happened!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    February 2, 2010 at 8:41 am

    Awww…seriously, some of those places are CRAZY nice. When we boarded our dogs when we went on our honeymoom, there was the option of paying for “web cam” to check in on them whenever we wanted. My husband was like, “Absolutely not.” I really wanted it 🙂

    They also had flat screen tvs playing “pet specific” videos. Hilarious.

  • PippaPatchwork
    February 2, 2010 at 8:42 am

    I just found out I may be doing a triathalon and, though I’m 100% comfortable with running and swimming, the biking part scares me! So good luck, you’re my inspiration 😉

  • megan
    February 2, 2010 at 8:50 am

    good luck on the bike! I never want to learn to ride with clip-in shoes. it intimidates me. i like hearing about your adventures though 🙂

  • Mary Catherine
    February 2, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Hi Jenna! I have a yoga question for ya – have you ever practiced hot yoga with a cold? I’m supposed to try out a new studio this evening with a friend but am just getting over a head cold. I’m wondering if the heat will make it worse or possibly clear me up?

    • jenna
      February 2, 2010 at 9:20 am

      Mary Catherine,

      Yep, I have! I think you will be fine…usually (or for me, anyway) the heat works to detoxify me and I feel a lot better after!

  • Christie @ Honoring Health
    February 2, 2010 at 8:52 am

    Enjoy the training session!

  • MMiller
    February 2, 2010 at 8:59 am

    So glad you are getting right back on your bike! Have a great ride today!

    And I’m sure Dexter will be fine! It is always hard to leave a pet! We once talked my mom into doing it when we were all going on a family vacation. They assured her that they would put all the family dogs next to each other, and give them play time together! Most people who run these places absolutely love animals!

    Have a great trip…hope your travel is uneventful!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    February 2, 2010 at 9:00 am

    I’m sure Dexter is having a blast at the pet spa! 😉 My grandparents take their dog to one that offers doggie massages, TV (you can choose the shows!) and other pet pampering. I want to go! 😛

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    February 2, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Its so hard leaving your pet for the first time. He’ll be okay!

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat.
    February 2, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I’m making baked oats as we speak. This is my first attempt to find a good oatmeal breakfast that doesn’t have the porriage texture. (I know you love it, but it grosses me out.) There has to be a way I like to eat oats. It smells awesome.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers
    February 2, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Ugh I hate when cars make weird noises…hope it’s nothing serious!!

  • Kelly B.
    February 2, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Dried cherries sounds like a perfect addition! YUM!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    February 2, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I’ve been adding dried cherries to everything lately (oatmeal, salads, trail mix) – I love them! AND they supposedly have anti-inflammatory properties 🙂

  • Cara
    February 2, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Good luck with the bike and car situation!!

  • M.
    February 2, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Hear it’s pretty flooded in parts of Florida…hopefully not where you’re headed!

    Is it a holiday holiday or work holiday?Either way how fun to fly across the country for just a few days….you are are pretty darn cool in my books!

    • jenna
      February 2, 2010 at 9:36 am


      I’m just going home to visit my family since I haven’t been back since I moved in September!

  • diana(mymarblerye)
    February 2, 2010 at 9:28 am

    My coworker leaves her pets with a boarder all the time. you should be fine!

  • Sarah
    February 2, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Do you think I could add real egg to oatmeal? I don’t use the liquid eggs since they are made in a really unnatural sort of way. Plus I’m a big fan of yolks 🙂 But I’d really like to do some more protein in the morning to keep me full.

  • MichiganPete
    February 2, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Love that you’re spending part of Groundhog Day with a guy named Phil. 🙂

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year)
    February 2, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Sounds like Dexter is having a good time! I’ve never boarded any of my animals before – might have to look into it!

    I recently started added egg whites to my oatmeal and I love it! I was following a lot of Tosca Reno’s Clean Eating plans and she always had egg whites on the side, but it’s so much easier to just mix them in! I usually take the oats off the burner, stir in the egg whites, put them back on the burner and stir like crazy. It’s delicious!


  • Laura Georgina
    February 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Dexter will be fine–he’ll just be more lovey than usual when you get back!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    February 2, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Grass sounds much better 🙂 Best of luck to you!

    And I understand about Dexter. I’ve never left my pets with anyone but family, i’d be so worried!

  • Jamie
    February 2, 2010 at 9:48 am

    my first ride in clip in shoes i felt and hit my tooth on the handle bars… and lost my ENTIRE front tooth! my dad is a DENTIST and he wouldn’t fix my tooth till the next day… AFTER school. i’m obviously still traumatized 😉

  • ellen eats beets
    February 2, 2010 at 9:57 am

    That blue bowl is beautiful!

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    February 2, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Good luck on your training ride and with your car!

  • Lauren
    February 2, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Sorry about your car, but at least it’s a honda. My mother and I both drive Camrys, and I’m fearing for my life every time I touch the gas pedal.

  • Stephanie
    February 2, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I remember the first time I took Lucy Dog to daycare, I was like a frantic parent – freaking out over everything – it’s completely normal, promise! 🙂

  • Nutritious Foodie
    February 2, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I agree it is hard dropping off your “kiddo” at a doggie daycare. Our English Setter is always excited when she gets there which makes us feel a little better about leaving her behind.. non-the-less its hard.

  • Allison K
    February 2, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Thanks for the info on the egg whites….I wondered!

  • eatmovelove
    February 2, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Wait – who’s Dexter?
    And you are BRAVE to do the clipping biking thing – I’d kill myself for sure ;)…no lie.

  • Kristi
    February 2, 2010 at 11:56 am

    That sounds like a great way to practice and get your confidence up! Oatmeal looks amazing – as always.

  • Kristin
    February 2, 2010 at 11:58 am

    I had to chuckle at your boarding Dexter. My dog’s first day at daycare, I called to check on her. (My sister made fun of me for wanting to hear the sound of her bark.) She stays at my parents when my husband and I go on vacation and I expect a text or e-mail update at least once a day so I know she is OK! =)

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    February 2, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I used to get a local ‘cat lady’ granny off Craigslist to come feed/play with cat on the theory it’s better to leave them in their own home. But since Dexter’s a ‘traveling kind of cat’ he might like to change it up and visit with other cats. Hope he does–he’s SO cute in photos!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    February 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    I used to get a local ‘cat lady’ granny off Craigslist to come feed/play with cat on the theory it’s better to leave them in their own home. But since Dexter’s a ‘traveling kind of cat’ he might like to change it up and visit with other cats. Hope he does–he’s SO cute in photos!

  • Jil
    February 2, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Aww, hopefully he’ll be able to enjoy his little vacaay and play with some other animals!! 🙂

  • Jenna
    February 2, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Yummy oats!!

  • Goldie
    February 3, 2010 at 5:45 am

    PB and oats – awesome!

  • Jenny
    February 3, 2010 at 6:14 am

    I was wondering how Dexter was doing just the other day! haha sounds like he has an interesting weekend ahead!

    Thanks for sharing the tip about egg whites in oatmeal, I was curious of the exact method.

  • Ariyal
    March 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I keep making this pumpkin oatmeal and mine taste simply horrible. I don’t want to give up but it’s so frustrating 🙁 I’ve been using pureed pumpkin filling and. Is that the right kind? Anyone can answer 🙂