Saturday, October 24, 2009

Baking Up a Storm

Happy weekend! Hope you're enjoying it. Last night, Josh and I ran out and picked up some food from a local deli. Josh got a pulled pork sammy and I made a monster salad from the salad bar. Unfortunately, I dropped half of it on the ground while getting out of the car when we got home (yikes!)...so hence no post last night. Two of our friends also came over and we had a relaxing night of movie watching.

Early this AM, I was at the gym for our Fitness Challenge day. The group fitness instructors put on the the beep test, 45 minutes of Body Step, 45 minutes of Body Pump, 30 minutes of Body Combat, Body Jam, and Body Flow! I coached and completed the beep test, taught part of Body Step, took Body Pump, and stayed for half of Combat. It was a fabulous workout but TOTALLY exhausting ;). Then I went food shopping and came home for some baking.

A fellow instructors 40th birthday party is tonight and I decided to make her up some home baked goodness including pumpkin muffins (getting sick of seeing these yet ;)):
And Big Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies:
I also prepped up some of my favorite 101 cookbooks pizza dough:
For the rest of the afternoon/evening, I plan to watch football (LETS GO PENN STATE!), relax, make dinner, and then we're headed into Charleston for the birthday party. Have a nice one!!

27 comments:

Lizzy said...

hope you are having a fun day and have an equally fun night! :) those baked goods look awesome!

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

Pumpkin muffins sound like a great 40th birthday gift to me!

Pam said...

Nice looking baked goods. Hey, have fun tonight...you deserved it after this morning...he he!

Enjoy!

VeggieGirl said...

Look at you, Ms. Baking Fanatic!! Love it :)

Molly said...

wow sounds like you had a full morning!
god i miss baking! can't wait to catch up on thanksgiving!

Dawn said...

I am not sick of pumpkin! I am baking pumpkin scones right now while drinking hot apple cider. The house smells like a giant candle! LOL

Jessica said...

Mmmm lovin' the pumpkin muffins.

Mom on the Run said...

I have seen pumpkin muffins all over the blog world. I need to make them tomorrow.

Thanks for the great recipe :)

Living and Loving in L.A. said...

Love Pumpkin ANYTHING. Best muffins EVER!!!

Lisa said...

Wow, you've done some good baking! Go Penn St!

Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) said...

WoW, you have been busy!!! LOVING all those baked goods.
Enjoy watchin the game.. the Nittany Lions used to be my rival (I was a PITT Panther).. I could care less now.. lol! :)

Jenna said...

yummm can i have some of those muffins and cookies?!
jenna

THE ACTORS DIET said...

waaaah you dropped your salad? i would've cried!

Krista said...

What an intense day at the gym!

Don't you hate dropping stuff? Especially food? BUMMER!

All you baking looks great. Wish it was my b-day....just not my 40th. :)

Kerstin said...

I love busy baking days - everything looks great!

Taylor said...

I'll never get sick of seeing pumpkin muffins ;-)

Yum Yucky said...

Food dropped on ground/floor outside of home requires one second rule, not 5 seconds. Sorry you missed the cutoff. If you were greedier, you would have been faster. :(

Alison said...

OMG I probably would have cried if I'd dropped half my salad on the ground!

Sounds like a lovely fall weekend - baking, birthday celebrations and football. Don't drop those muffins!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

Yay for baking! And those muffins must be really good!

Thanks for getting back about the baked oatmeal question!! I prob would miss the 'original' texture of oats as well.

K from ksgoodeats said...

I have SO been there with dropping half of a salad on the ground! Ugh, so many swear words came out of my mouth.

Honestly, I'll never get tired of seeing those baked goods! They look delicious and make me want to get a-bakin!! You guys whipped U of M yesterday, sad day in this house ;)

Talita said...

Yummmm! Cookies!!! I heart cookies!!

Nutritious is Delicious said...

As good as those baked goods look, the prospect for homemade pizza is what has me intrigued! :D

bhealthier said...

WE ARE ....

Shannon said...

gah, why can't i make more pizza dough!?! that's something i keep saying... love your day in the kitchen :)

Amanda said...

omg we used to do the beep test for lacrosse in high school .. you just brought back some painful memories!!

Lori said...

I made your pumpkin muffins today and they are a big hit at my house. Yesterday my girls were at a party and had a treat that was like a brownie bite but was half brownie and half blondie - they said these muffins were way better than those and that they tasted like cookies. I see plenty of these being made!
The ingredients say whole wheat flour and the instructions said whole wheat pastry flour. I was not sure which you actually used. I did not have quite enough ww pastry flour so used a combination of both. Still turned out excellent! Thank you for sharing your great recipes!

Erica said...

Lori- thank you so much for the feedback :) Glad they were enjoyed!!! I will up date the recipe- I use whole wheat flour but either (obviously!) works great ;) Hope you're having a nice week