Brunch Legend

Morning friends! <3 Itโ€™s a gorgeous day.


Even more amazing because we just back from a lovely brunch at my nanaโ€™s ๐Ÿ™‚

As Iโ€™ve said many times on the blog before, my nana always prepares a legendary spread of food.

This morning, there was the egg casserole to my soul, ham


Apricot French toast, sausage and quiche



homemade cinnamon rolls and a fruit plate.

cinnamon rolls 

I know, right?

My plate of happiness:


+ more egg casserole.. I love it so much ๐Ÿ™‚

For dessert, there was peach cobbler and the best carrot cake Iโ€™ve ever had:


and chocolate mousse pie.



I split a piece of carrot cake with my cousin and also had some peach cobbler ๐Ÿ™‚

Today was especially fun because pretty much the entire side of my dadโ€™s family was over there. It was nice to catch up with everyone and get lots of belly rubs ๐Ÿ˜‰ LOVE Sunday brunches.

Now weโ€™re back at the casa, getting ready to finish up unpacking. Weโ€™re determined to be able to park both cars in the garage todayโ€ฆ.



{Yes, thatโ€™s a hookah. The Pilot brought it back as a souvenir from his travels}

Iโ€™m going to escape for a little break to hit up Louisโ€™ LaBlast class in between unpacking. Iโ€™ll snap a pic, for sure ๐Ÿ™‚

See ya later today!


Something to do:

Sunday Ab Burner! [As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes]

-Crunches (30)

-Leg Raises (hands under hips, or under head โ€“more challenging- 20)

The Sprinter (15 on each side)

Pilates Roll-up (20, SLOW)

T-push ups (10 on each side)

-Plank (1 minute)

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  1. Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories on August 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Wow, how can you even choose from all those great options?? I think if I were you I’d end up having a bit of everything! Kudos to you for having focus!

    • Fitnessista on August 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

      a lot of the options had meat in them, so it made it easier. but i am ALL OVER the egg casserole every time- my fave ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on August 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Hahaha, I love that you are so excited about getting belly rubs! I cannot believe the amount of food that your nana makes. When does she start cooking? And in all of that food, she mush have used at LEAST 4 dozen eggs. Crazy sauce. Have an awesome unpacking Sunday!

    • Fitnessista on August 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      she does it a few days in advance and freezes certain things. she used to own a catering company… and she is a wizard ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Laury @ thefitnessdish on August 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I would like to come for brunch, plz.

    chocolate mousse pie. wow. and that view…double wow! gorgeous view!

  4. kara on August 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    how does she do all of this so often?? its amazing.
    good luck unpacking. i am currently packing and just had to take a break after a few hours cause my back started hurting.. and i’m not even pregnant! i don’t know how you do it. a nap may be in my near future…

    • Fitnessista on August 7, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      i haven’t even started and i’m ready for a nap, haha
      i have no idea how she does it- but i’m happy i get to eat it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Kate Harts on August 7, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Last time I did one of your ab burners I couldn’t laugh for 4 days!! Here we go again!!

    • Fitnessista on August 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      whoo hoo!!

  6. Allison @ Food for Healing on August 7, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Gah i wish i had sunday brunches like that, i’m so jealous!

  7. Pam on August 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    Wow you have the best Nana!! That’s like a spread you see for Easter brunch.
    Enjoy the beautiful day with your family!

    • Fitnessista on August 7, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      i have two amazing nanas- i’m very lucky ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Kilee on August 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I am drooling at that food. It’s not even a holiday and it looks like a feast fit for a king!

    Have a fun Sunday!

  9. Maria on August 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    That abs workout looks great!!!! You should try weighted leans, they’re great for obliques!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Kiah on August 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    Looks delicious!! I love brunch with family and friends…something about the overabundance of food + socializing in the early afternoon equals perfection. Actually, I’m so inspired, I’m going to get my butt in gear, finish unpacking myself, and organize a housewarming friend-fun-brunch! Thanks for sharing!
    P.S. So cool that you get to work with Luis! He’s my favorite.

  11. Ashley @ The Fit Academic on August 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Hilarious because my first thought was totally “Is that a hookah!?” ….and then I read your comment! Too funny!

  12. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on August 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Good luck with the unpacking– That definitely has to be one of my LEAST favorite things about moving ๐Ÿ™

  13. Nicole on August 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Oh how I love brunch! Breakfast food is the best…and then getting dessert afterward? Perfect!

  14. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on August 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Sounds like a fun and delicious Sunday brunch!

  15. Ninja on August 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Wow, especially the cakes look amazing! thats the hard part of turning vegan, evrth includes eggs or dairy – so if I want to have some treat at a party, I have to bring it myself.
    But I would’ve been very happy about the colorful fruit platter!!!

  16. Tami on August 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I think Nana needs to do a guest post with all her recipes! yum.

  17. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on August 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I must be blind, I dont even see the hookah in the pic. lol

    All I see is this
    “peach cobbler and the best carrot cake Iโ€™ve ever had”– I would have had SUCH A hard time choosing. And then throw in the chocolate dessert. That’s what elastic pants are for, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

    The brunch and times with fam are great…so happy for you two. Good luck with Project Car Park!

  18. Chloe (In Fine Feather) on August 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    Brunch is by FAR my favorite meal and this one looks awesome! I love potatoes, fruit, and eggs (especially in casserole form) and could eat that kind of breakfast every day of my life. Good luck with the unpacking – I’ll be in the same boat in about a week and a half!

  19. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on August 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Woah that was quite a spread!!!! Gotta love Nanas!!!!

  20. Tasha @ Voracious Eats on August 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I think your nana is my hero. Can I come over for brunch next time? I will try my hardest to leave you a slice of egg casserole; I love it so much too! I had brunch this morning in one of the best restaurants in London, and it didn’t look half as good as this spread! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Maria @ a life to Bragg about on August 7, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    That is the brunch of my dreams! I wish I could go to your nana’s! And then work everything off in that pool!

  22. Kelly @ Kelly Be Well on August 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Have you ever posted the amazing egg casserole recipe? I can remember you saying it’s amazing, but I’m kind of wondering how to make it! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      i don’t have the recipe.. and i don’t want to ask nana for it because i don’t want to know what’s in it. my guess is eggs, lots of cheese, green chilies and heavy cream

  23. Ashley on August 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    Seriously the best carrot cake ever! It was great seeing you today. Maddi is famous now with her debut on your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 7, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      hahah! she wouldn’t show her face though ๐Ÿ˜‰ thanks for being my carrot cake buddy- loved seeing you today!

  24. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun on August 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Oh my…that food spread looks amazing! I wouldn’t know what to choose…perhaps a bit of everything! Good luck with the rest of the unpacking ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Krystina (Organically Me) on August 7, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Apricot French toast?! Be still, my heart.

  26. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on August 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Now THAT is a brunch!! Yum!

    Good luck unpacking– we were doing that last Sunday, ugh!

  27. Emily@RunningPerspective on August 7, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    loveeeeee your ab burners!! you are the best!

  28. Carolyn on August 7, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Gina you know I love you and so I think it is only fair I tell you that my abs want to punch your blog in the face right now! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on August 7, 2011 at 7:18 pm


  29. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 7, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    Your nana is amazing! You’re going to have one very well fed baby. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. Carmel on August 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Do you eat desserts even when they’re not gluten free?

    • Fitnessista on August 7, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      Very occasionally. I found that it doesn’t bother my stomach if I don’t do it too often and just have a small serving

  31. Cait @ Beyond Bananas on August 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    Does your grandmother do traveling brunches? If so I would like to book her for a brunch in CT asap!! ๐Ÿ™‚ love that the pilot has added a hookah to your collection..that’s pretty cool!

  32. Jess @ Fit Chick in the City on August 7, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Lablast is so much fun! I loved taking his class when he was in NYC. I’d love to take it again. Enjoy!

  33. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on August 7, 2011 at 9:44 pm

    Those brunches are epic. I need a nana like that in my life ๐Ÿ˜‰

  34. Ellie@fitforthesoul on August 7, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    omygoshhhh your nana truly knows how to feed people! haha everything looks too delicious…

  35. Ali @ Peaches and Football on August 7, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I think it was a beautiful day everywhere today! I love good times with the family. My grandma is in town and she made her famous spaghetti sauce for us. Yum. I love it how certain foods you associate with a specific person. ๐Ÿ™‚

  36. Brenda on August 7, 2011 at 11:17 pm


  37. Leslie Wingate on August 8, 2011 at 12:30 am

    YUMMALICIOUS! How many eggs does it take to make that casserole? Holy moly! lol Looks like quite a spread. Baby Pilot is thinking, “Hey, I like this NaNa person! When can I eat her stuff pureed in a blender!?”

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2011 at 1:22 am

      haha for real!

  38. Kate on August 8, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I LOVE that your family gets together for brunch on the weekends! I hope to one day have enough family in the same area that we can do this on a regular basis!

  39. meghan@ struggle muffins on August 8, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Your Nana seems to be a miracle worker – what an amazing spread! The desserts alone look outta control! Oh, and did I see potater tots in there!? Tots are only the best incarnation of potatoes known to man.

    • Fitnessista on August 8, 2011 at 8:08 pm

      totally tater tots. so delicious ๐Ÿ™‚
      and yes, she is a miracle worker!

  40. Julie on August 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Just did your ab workout and boy did it kick my booty! It will definitely be one of my go-to ab workouts from now on ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      whoo hoo!

  41. Dana on January 30, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Hey Gina,
    I finally got through this an burner without feeling like death! Before whenever I tried this I got about halfway through the sprinters before my body started crying. It felt so good to complete it!

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