Hey everyone! Some updates for ya since I have not been able to post as often as I’d like.
I first wanted to thank everyone for all the great comments on my post Friday. I will keep you all in the loop! So far, so good, and it probably has to do with the fact that I was out almost all weekend drinking Octoberfest beer and eating lots Success!
I am not one of those types of “healthy living blogger’s” who is afraid to go out and drink and eat at restaurants. I love, love, love to go out, drink wine, beer, cocktails, etc. and order off different menu’s, and oh yeah, indulge in fried calamari – my favorite! I just love spending time with my favorite people and eating and drinking out is just all a part of that experience. Eating out has just never scared me or worried me. I can ALWAYS find something “Eva-Friendly” off of the menu.
So yes, I had a great weekend out in NYC and then at a co-workers BBQ yesterday. Can’t you just feel the Fall air? Love it.
This certainly makes a Marvelous in my Monday, and thank you to Katie @ Healthy Diva Eats for hosting!
Before we get into two awesome things I made this weekend, let’s look at some fun pics:
At the Stamford Train station heading to NYC. French Vanilla with whole milk iced coffee in my hands – couldn’t resist after an awesome Zumba class Saturday morning at LA Fitness Stamford!
This leads me to Saturday’s Playlist:
I admit, I kick my own a$$ in this playlist. I LOVE IT. Anyone have suggestions for old songs they want back?! I am trying to get one or two new ones for NEXT week, so stay tuned.
Fun times with Friends in NYC:
I was all over the place on Saturday in the beloved NYC: Brother Jimmy’s, McSorley’s, and honestly do not know the name of the 3rd bar. Ha. Pictures can speak for themselves. Fun times!!
Look at this! My new shopping cart!! I can’t tell you how much easier this makes grocery shopping when you live apartment style. I am slightly obsessed.
This made carrying in my groceries from my car SO-MUCH-EASIER. Thank you, Walmart.
I was heading to some co-worker’s BBQ on Sunday so I decided to bring a dessert. I whipped up these baby’s exactly from this recipe via Skinny Taste: Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies. I did not make one substitution and need to give Gina all the credit!
It’s funny because I made Nick try one first, and he goes “Eva, did you make these ‘healthier”? I immediately got defensive because usually Nick isn’t a fan of my cooking, and I thought because he asked that, it meant he didn’t like them because he thought there were healthy freak-ish substitutions (ie, he HATES my protein pancakes). HA.
Anyway – I ate FOUR of them I enjoyed them. I think others liked them, and Nick decided he DID like them after all Success!
Despite the orange-ish appearance, they really were so good (at least, in my opinion). I can’t get enough of pumpkin spice, so maybe I am biased.
I also made some egg white “muffins” that my BFF Alicia and my most recent roommate before Nicholas would make all the time. I LOVE THESE! I can’t believe I never did this earlier:
- Pour a quart size container egg whites into muffin tins, pouring evenly into each circle.
- Put in dollops of cooked spinach (I microwaved a bag of frozen spinach)
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 or so minutes – AH I am so bad at timing things. I have no idea how long it really was, but it definitely took longer than I thought… maybe even 30 minutes? Alicia – are you reading this? how long to bake for? ha.
I guess that is my weekend and past few days of updates in a nutshell! So far increasing calories is going well, slowly and steady. Weekend was great and I couldn’t be happier.
Tomorrow is not Double Zumba as I am taking a little break. Only teaching at Step N Out – so again, local peeps, don’t miss it! Only $10 a class!
1 – do you have a favorite pumpkin cookie type recipe?
2 – Do you bake egg muffins? If so – what do you put in them?!
3 – Does going out to eat or drink make you anxious? Why?
4 – Do you have one of my grandma shopping carts? Please tell I am not the only one!
I love hearing your stories! Let’s make this a great week. Cheers!