Betty Crocker it up

Hey! Happy humpday!! Hope youโ€™re all doing well ๐Ÿ˜€

Iโ€™ve been much less of a klutz today, which has been bueno, and didnโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 Iโ€™ll be using tonight and also made my favorite Tuscan White Bean dip


The sauce for the calzones (2 cans San Marzanos tomatoes โ€“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. Itโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 โ€“not the alligator one, the recliner one- in the pool with a good book. My friend Emily came over to say hi, too ๐Ÿ˜€

When I got back in, I wasnโ€™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!)

Iโ€™m off to work on Zumba dances and then teaching spin and Zumba. Iโ€™ll be back at the casa for girlโ€™s night but un-bloggable due to copious amounts of red wine, so Iโ€™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! ๐Ÿ˜€

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    Gina, which vegan cookie recipe are you using? ๐Ÿ™‚

  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  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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