Betty Crocker it up

Hey! Happy humpday!! Hope you’re all doing well 😀

I’ve been much less of a klutz today, which has been bueno, and didn’t have appointments at the gym, so I split up my day between making foodie for tonight and lounging poolside. Lovely balance of work and play 😉

I had a green juice of spinach, cucumber, apple and pear:


And the usual combo of banana and AB and Ezekiel:



Then, it was little Betty Crocker time! I cleaned the casa, chopped all of the veggies I’ll be using tonight and also made my favorite Tuscan White Bean dip


The sauce for the calzones (2 cans San Marzanos tomatoes –1 can whole peeled tomatoes that I smash with the spoon and 1 can crushed, 3 cloves of garlic, two bay leaves, a small yellow onion, EVOO, sea salt, pepper, fresh basil, rosemary and oregano)


The same artichoke dip that I made the other night from ED&BV. It’s soooo good and very garlicky


I made the vegan chocolate chip cookie dough for the pizookies:


Those pizookies are going to be total food porn. Get ready 😉

I had a macaroon-flavored Larabar for snack to keep myself from eating too much dough:


And spent a beautiful hour floating on my raft –not the alligator one, the recliner one- in the pool with a good book. My friend Emily came over to say hi, too 😀

When I got back in, I wasn’t the least bit hungry (maybe the heat did it?) so I made a smaller-than-usual salad beast with greens, cucumbers, red bell peppers, tomatoes, 1/2 avocado, lime juice, salt and pepper, topped with a hunk of goat cheese.


(My camera has a blurry spot from the artichoke dip fogging it up and me rubbing it with my finger.. might have to get that off. Sorry!)

I’m off to work on Zumba dances and then teaching spin and Zumba. I’ll be back at the casa for girl’s night but un-bloggable due to copious amounts of red wine, so I’ll see ya in the morning with all the pics.

Enjoy your day!



image  Congrats to the Summer Shape Up girls who got all 3 points for yesterday: Ashley P., Brittany, Heather K., Katie S., Lisa S., Meghan N., Sabrina, Megan R., Amanda Will. and Stephanie L.!!!

Keep it uuuuuuuuuuup! 😀

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  1. Ada on June 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Sounds like you are going to have an amazing feast tonight! Have fun 🙂

  2. Melissa (fitnessnyc) on June 24, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    wow talk about delish!!!!!!!!! I want you to be my personal chef!

  3. ChocolateCoveredVegan on June 24, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I'm with Melissa (above). Come cook for me?

  4. heartswholefoods on June 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    sauce + 2 dips + pizookie = very delicious! very good at betty crocker-ing ;). Hope you have a blast!

  5. Emily on June 24, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Your girls night eats look amazing, as usual! Enjoy!! 🙂

  6. heyitstay on June 24, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    What a glorious relaxing day! That artichoke dip looks fab!

  7. Mrs. LC on June 24, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    You are quite the little Betty Crocker! Everything look amazing, have SO much fun tonight!

  8. Erica on June 24, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Love your girls night posts. I want to try that arti dip. Looks awesome and not full of mayo (YUCK). What is the full name of this cookbook? Let me know 😉

  9. K from ksgoodeats on June 24, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    If you don't stop it with all of these awesome party spreads (and snacks, love that Lara), I'm going to have to buy a plane ticket to GA!!

    Seriously, everything looks incredible! Have a blast 🙂

  10. iowagirleats on June 24, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Ooo – I starred the tomato sauce in my reader – looks amazing! Have a fabulous, fun night 🙂

  11. SuzanneRN on June 24, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Have fun!

  12. havefaith4ever on June 24, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Your day sounds lovely!
    Have fun tonight!

  13. Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) on June 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    I want in on these girls nights!

    You know I'm lovIN the green juice action!

    The little word verification code I have to type in for this comment is "sucus." Heh heh, suck us. I just thought you should know.

  14. Red Head, Yellow Dog on June 24, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    wooo have fun tonight! pizookie food porn? doesn't get much better then that!!

  15. traveleatlove on June 24, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    I am totally longing for a day off soon to have some Betty Crocker time of my own. So fun!

  16. shelby on June 24, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    All of your food looks absolutely AMAZING! I need it! haha

  17. Joelle (Chasing Pavements) on June 24, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    That pizookie dough looks scrumptious!! I'm jealous!

  18. Krista on June 24, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Wish I was having dinner at your place tonight!

  19. Peanut Butter Swirl on June 24, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    the banana almond butter combo sounds is my favorite snack ever 🙂

  20. Mandy on June 24, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    Gina, which vegan cookie recipe are you using? 🙂

  21. Bec on June 24, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    mm look at all that yummy food!

  22. Wendy on June 24, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I just found your blog today, I have been looking for some good food related blogs. I love that you juice – I do too! I also live in GA, but in North GA. I look forward to reading your blog.

  23. Menden (Skinny Menny) on June 24, 2009 at 10:24 pm

    Hope you're having a blast at your girls' night get-togetha!

  24. MarathonVal on June 24, 2009 at 11:03 pm

    Hi there! I recently found your blog and love it. Would you mind if I added it to my blogroll at Thanks and have a great one! 🙂

  25. Kailey (SnackFace) on June 25, 2009 at 12:15 am

    What in the world is this pizookie thing!!?? I must see this! I must eat this! It sounds like you've had a busy, but wonderful day. Can't wait to see how the night goes!

  26. Fitnessista on June 25, 2009 at 8:21 am

    erica and mandy- the recipes were from eat, drink and be vegan. everything i've made from that book has been amazing!

    kailey- you need a pizookie in your life ASAP! i'll post pictures soon so you can see it 😀

  27. Diana on June 25, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I anxiously await the pizooookkkiiiieee!

  28. fittingbackin on June 25, 2009 at 11:15 am

    oooh yummy eats, Betty! Love it!

  29. My Sensei on June 25, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I am drooling over your menu for tonight! Pair that up with some vino!!

  30. Emily Eats on June 26, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    …I once looked at getting a copy of EDBV but put it back due to the soy foods used – maybe I should reconsider!

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