Monday, April 26, 2010

Weekend Update (Including a Blogger Meet up!)

This weekend was packed with activity, but all good stuff! Friday afternoon, I made up a batch of Vegan Pumpkin Chip Muffins to bring to a party we were attending. Since I could not find regular canned pumpkin at any store, I opted to use pumpkin pie mix.


To compensate, I decreased the amount of sugar in the recipe to 2/3 cup and left out all the additional spices. The outcome:


Packed up in my muffin/cupcake boxes:




The party Friday night was at one of the Group Fitness Instructors houses. It was an absolute blast. Saturday morning, I taught Body Step and then got back to baking. I made up some bars to bring to Sunday's blogger meet-up.




And then I ran off to an event being thrown in Mount Pleasant by the SPCA. They had some local artists, food, toys for the kiddos, and of course...puppies and kitties for adoption. I was only there for a brief time to drop off a donation. Love the SPCA!

I did some things around the house and practiced my choreography for our Attack launch on Tuesday. Then, Josh and I headed out for a dinner date:


We went to King Street Grille:

Josh got a burger covered with cheese, jalapenos and chorizo on a pretzel bun:


I ate like a six year old and got a side salad and french fries. I haven't had french fries in ages and was just craving them:


Sunday morning, I attended a WONDERFUL blogger meet up at my favorite spot and got the usual:

I met up with Lindsay from Pancakes N Pajamas and Christina from Hungry Meets Healthy:(please excuse my hair...rain and I aren't friends):


Both girls are as sweet as can be! I hope we get to meet up again soon:


Lindsay brought us these wonderful chocolates that I cannot wait to dive into!



The rest of my Sunday was spent working on the yard & starting our garden. I also did some work & housework.
How was your weekend? Best part?
Which bloggers do you want to meet up with?
Don't forget, you have until noon today to enter to win a ticket to the Greenville, SC Taste of the Nation (this only includes the ticket to the actual event, not transportation).
Edited to Add: Don't enter Julie's Spiralizer giveaway :)

61 comments:

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said...

Can't tell you enough how much I loved those bars! Can't wait to do it again!

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Looks like you had a great weekend! Mine was pretty lowkey. :) Now it's raining, I wish monday never had to come!

The Blonde Duck said...

Your hair looked wonderful! You always look gorgeous.

Question for you: Ben and I are going to New Orleans next week, and we're staying in a hotel that doesn't serve breakfast until 8. I was going to get up and do my workout super early to avoid crowding and so I could get it done before we do stuff--besides fruit, which I'm bringing, do you know any good protein bars or travel breakfasts ideas? I was going to get the Atkins protien bars, but they have fake sugar and I can't do fake sugar--makes me sick. Any help would be appreciated!

CaSaundraLeigh said...

You've been baking up a sweet storm and you always package everything SO cute! Pretzel buns sound like so much fun :-)

Lauren said...

What a great weekend! (I feel like I always say this on your Sunday posts! lol) Love that you had a blogger meet up thrown in there! :) And I am so happy to see that the fruit and yogurt parfait is still dominating your Sunday brunch! I am going to recreate this for dessert tonight. :)

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

Wow. Your vegan muffins came out way better than mind did a few months ago! haha.

Your hair looked great! Please, you should see my hair when it rains!!! Huge fro!

Heatha said...

What a great weekend - and the 3 of you look so cute in those pictures!!
Have a great week.... :)

Lori said...

I love your muffin boxes, those are so cute. And that pretzel roll bun? That sounds amazing!

I love meeting up with other bloggers. Alway so much in common, even if it is just food. Ha, ha! :)

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

What a fun weekend & blogger meetup! I don't know that I can pick a best part of our weekend, seeing Charlie Murphy, the farmer's market and Latino/Indian markets and cooking some deelish food all ranked pretty high! Happy Monday girlie, hope you have a great start to the week :)

Lauren @ Eater not a runner said...

Yum all that baking sounds delicious!

Molly said...

Yum- that is my favorite type of chocolate! And the muffins and bars look delicious also!

Glad you had a good weekend! Hope you have a good week too!

Jessica said...

HOW FUN! Blogger meet up! I have yet to do this, but I'm hoping this summer it works with a girl or two.
Looks like a great weekend. Rain and my hair are not friends either...frizz!

inmytummy said...

Your meet up looks fun! As do those muffins.

I've been to one blogger meet up and I'd love to meet others!

Lauren (Healthy Delicious) said...

looks like you had a great weekend! Mine was way too short. Don'y you hate when the store is out of plain pumpkin?

GF Gidget said...

Waffle fries are the best and your muffins look awesome! The best part of my weekend was teaching a Raw Foods Uncooking class. I'll post the recipe tonight, I think.

Holly said...

I hate when I can't find pumpkin - I was hoping the whole pumpkin shortage thing was just all talk. :-( Pumpking is my favorite - those muffins look delicious!

Rain and I are not only not friends - we're enemies. I look like Oprah with a bad hair day when it's humid.

I've never been to a blogger meet up! Of course I would love to meet you (hopefully this summer!), but really all bloggers seem so nice and sweet, right? Glad you had a great weekend, girl!

Lauren said...

Hi Erica! I keep seeing your blog around and so finally came over to check it out. Your vegan muffins look amazing!! And I'm really curious -- where did you get the super cute muffin boxes??

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

Looks like you had a great weekend. I love meeting up with other bloggers. I also love that my blogger friend lives right down the street from me. We do al sorts of things blogger relater and non related for fun.

insideiamdancing said...

Those muffins look great- I could eat pumpkin goods all year. I hope this fall doesn't bring another shortage!

Hooray for blogger meet-ups! Isn't it so much fun? I always find it a little strange too, to meet people I feel like I "know" but have never met.

I'd love to go to the Healthy Living Summit or Foodbuzz fest and meet a big bunch of people :D

My weekens was great...relaxing :)

Christina said...

haha, why do i look so scary!? and what is going on with my hair! the bars were delicious, by the way - thanks again! i was eating mine as soon as i go out of the shower this morning.

fittingbackin said...

Fun! "ate like a 6-year-old" LOL - sometimes it's fun to eat random like that, I ant some french fries! Looks like a great blogger meet up - very cool! I hear you - rain is no friend to my hair either. grrr.

ktbwood said...

HOW FUN!!
ive always wanted to try king street grill!! that looks great! sometimes youjust GOTA have some french fries!

Anne Marie said...

The blogger meet up looks like so much fun!

coffeeismycarrot said...

What a great weekend! BEst part of mine...Vineyard tour with the fam and soaking up the beautiful weather.

Jessie (Vegan-minded) said...

Those muffins are bars both look delicious! Yay for blogger meetups and fun weekends like this! ;)

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

aw, i love blogger meet ups :). i hung out with Joelle from The Pancake Girl this weekend. we've been friends for a few months now and i'm so glad our blogs brought us together! your meet up looks like lots of fun!!

Katie said...

How cool are those muffin boxes?! I might need to order some of those... just as special as the "Made Especially for You" name tags for sewing projects.

Sounds like a great weekend, with a fun meet-up! Have a great week :-)

Jenna said...

What a crazy busy, but fantastic weekend you had! I wish I had some bloggers near me, but haven't been able to find any. :(

My weekend was pretty lowkey, but Mike and I did enjoy a dinner date and basketball on Saturday night!

Kelsey said...

love love love. gorgeous glowing ladies <3

i agree- those muffin boxes are swanky

have a great monday!!! xoxo

Julie said...

awww i am lovin the way you wrapped up your bloggie goodies! so cute with ribbon and all :)

your bloggie date looks like SO much fun :) and you all look gawwwjussssss!

hmmm i'm glad you provided the menu link hahaha i would have gotten..hmm the make your own salad for sure!!

Kelsey said...

thank you so much for ur comment btw <3

Elizabeth KS said...

What a fun weekend!!

Can i also ask where those personalized muffin/cupcake boxes are from - i LOVE them!

Erica said...

Hey All :) The gift boxes are from Williams sonoma...I can't find them on the website now...hmmm

Maria said...

What a fun weekend! I love meeting bloggers in real life. We really need to meet up, I would love to take one of your classes! I think our Josh's would get along too:)

biz319 said...

What a great weekend Erica!! OMG, I would have been all over your husbands burger!!

And my daughter would have gotten your meal!

Hooray for blogger meet ups - so fun!

Juliana said...

Erica...what a fun weekedn :-)The muffins and the bar look so yummie...like the changes you made in the muffin.

Sweet and Savory said...

I found your blog through Pancakes & Pajamas - love it! I also had a blogger meet up yesterday...must have been the day of meet ups:)

Janetha said...

yay for that parfait! i swear i am going to come visit you just so i can get one ;) i love your cupcake boxes.. those are just so cute. didn't you say they were a gift for your wedding? PERFECT for a little baker like yourself! hope your week goes great, lady!

homecookedem said...

Blogger meet ups are the best!! I want to do more of them!! :) All of your baked goods look awesome!! And your hair looks beautiful, promise!!!!!!

Aggie said...

Great weekend! :) We had a good one too....my mom had the kids over for a sleepover so we got to go out and play with friends! Ate at an amazing restaurant for the first time...my favorite thing was Mediterranean nachos which I am going to have to recreate (pita chips with amazing tzaziki, hummus, olives, the works!!)...and of course some good wine! :) Lots of good times and relaxing! Hope you have a great week!

Ana said...

I don't see anything wrong with your hair, it looks good ;)

The rain and my hair are BIG enemies, specially when I straighten it! Since I have curly hair it takes me a while to straighten it and it seems like every-time I do, its a rainy day! It somehow ends up looking like a fluff-ball, haha.

That is so awesome you got a chance to meet up with some bloggies!!

*Naomi* said...

what a fun weekend!! love the meet up and SHUUSSHH about your hair you look georgous!!! I love black shirt!

the vegan muffins look so good! i wish i had a nack for baking, and could just bake on a whim, but sadly I have to follow recipes to a T hahaha

come to boston so we can have a meet up!! :)

We Are Not Martha said...

Sounds like a fabulous weekend!! The pumpkin muffins look delicious and every single time you post about that green apple yogurt parfait, I want it!! I definitely need to try making my own :)

Sues

BroccoliHut said...

Such beautiful baked goods!
I had a similar dinner to you the other night--I ordered a veggie sandwich and sweet potato fries...I ate all the fries and about two bites of the sandwich:)

Krista said...

I think it's so weird that some bloggers can't find regular pumpkin! Mmmm...there's those bars!!!

Great blogger meet up, too. Those are always fun. I'd love to do more of them.

Bridget said...

So fun!! Can't wait til you come up here!!!
Where did you get those cupcake boxes, those are ADORABLE!!

Stacey said...

Wow a pretzel hamburger bun. Never heard of such a thing or even would have thought of it. I bet it's so good.

whataboutsummer said...

What cute pastry boxes!
You bloggers all look gorgeous
Katherine

Miz said...

oooh next year you MUST come to fitbloggin!!

yes?
maybe?
if we try and wrangle you a sponsor?!

lauren said...

Umm - your muffin boxes are so freakin cute. I saw you got them on Williams-Sonoma. I am going to try to find some!

also, about P90x - we are finishing up next week - currently in Week 12! I have already started writing my review. Isn't your husband doing it too? Curious what he thinks...

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather said...

That chocolate is one of my favorites! I especially like the 86% dark chocolate from Endangered Species.

What are you planting in your garden? I worked on our garden this weekend too and picked up a few starters to add to it. My garden last year was a blunder so I'm hoping this year's goes much better.

teresa said...

how fun! you guys are so cute, i would love to do a blogger meet up, with just about any of them, they're all so great, including you!

those muffins look amazing!

Andrea @ CanYouStayForDinner.com said...

OH My gosh, Erica, I just adore you. Not only are you so sweet and talented to make such cute/delicious treats, but you just radiate with warmth! I wish we could meet! So glad you had a blast on date night (waffle fries are out of this world!) and at the meet up! You look beautiful and happy, my love!!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Those bars look absolutely fabulous! As always you look gorgeous!

xo

Melissa @ For the Love of Health said...

Those muffins look soooooo good! I feel like baking now! haha I may just have to!

It's so nice you got to meet up with other bloggers!

Your photos are fantastic!

whatkateate said...

Im a huge fan of side salads & fries! Especially if the fries include cheese!

Diana said...

OMG, monogrammed cupcake boxes?! THAT IS THE CUTEST THING EVERRR. You're my hero.

Endangered species chocolate is so good right?

Hmm, which bloggers would be fun to meet...? Well, let me put it this way: how about you just let me know when your next trip to NYC is. ;)

Chef Jeena said...

Looks like you had some great meals and lots of fun meeting up. :)

Paige (RAN) said...

The bars and the muffins look amazing! Your friends are so lucky ;)
What a cool meet up! I'm checking out the lovely ladies' blogs right now.
Oh, and your hair looks gorgeous (as usual) in that picture!

Jocelyn said...

Yum! I love endangered species chocolates :)

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