Cake Flop

Hi friends! How are you??

So glad you liked the Pilot’s guest post. I love when he writes posts for the bloggy, even though they make me miss him just a tiny bit more.


Hurry the heck home, face!

Lately, I’ve been walking Bella around the base trail, which is right behind the golf course.


She loves it out there – its very peaceful and beautiful. We walk around while I listen to my podcasts (“Stuff you should know”, “Money Girl” and “Daily Boost”) and she eyes longingly at prairie dogs. She wants to catch one so badly!

After today’s walk, I met up with my madre at my nana’s house to sparkle it before she comes home– she’s been in Key West for over 3 weeks!! I missed her so much <3 It was such a blast.. I love cleaning and don’t get my fix since we’re not living in our two-story right now, just my tiny townhouse with roomies 🙂 *nerd alert* If someone lets me clean their house, I get so excited haha.

After clean-stravaganza, my Tata (grandfather) took us to Sweet Tomatoes:


He said he always takes the maids to lunch 😉

I had the above beast + 2 cups of this glorious potato, tomato and spinach soup:


After lunch, I came back to the casa to get some work stuff done and also create a recipe I’ve had on the brain for a couple of days.

It was inspired by *this recipe* because I loved the idea, but it ended up being nothing like it.

Maybe it’s because my outfit wasn’t as seksi as Zuzana’s?


She cooks in a button-up shirt with the girls popping out, and I roll with a Cooking Channel tee and lulu headband. You know.

The recipe ended up being a minor flop, but I’m excited to try again this weekend.


With a couple of tweaks, its going to be a home run (I hope) 🙂

I’m off to showa (since the Keratin Complex treatment, its taken FOUR minutes to blow dry my hair!!) and then go teach.Hope you enjoy the rest of your night and I’ll see you soon!



Something to talk about: What did you do the last time a recipe didn’t turn out as planned?


My last cookie flop was shared with the Pilot, along with coconut milk ice cream. Sometimes flops are winners 😉

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  1. Jessica on February 16, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Cooking with the girls out is unrealistic anyway… they totally get in the way sometimes haha 🙂

    Those podcasts sound really interesting! I’ve just gotten into running while listening to audio books and they make the time go by SO fast! I’ll have to check them out 🙂

  2. danielle on February 16, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    random question…
    How often do you wash your hair and what products do you use?

    • Fitnessista on February 16, 2011 at 6:58 pm

      i shower everyday but only shampoo my hair every other day– if i’m super sweaty but it isn’t a day to shampoo it, i’ll wet my hair, scrub and just use conditioner on the ends. this keeps it from drying out too much
      i alternate between pureology and back to basics shampoo and conditioner

  3. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on February 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Sometimes flops are super tasty, even though they don’t look the best, and sometimes it’s the other way around! I recently made some cranberry-almond biscotti and it looked lovely but tasted like cardboard!

  4. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on February 16, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Your cleaning obsession reminds me of mine. Even when I was in the third grade I would go over to my best friends room and just clean. I loved it. I loved improving her room. I would even clean the toilet and shampoo the carpets.

    Yet, my dresser is currently overflowing?

  5. Paola on February 16, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Well, it’s 1am here and I’m baking a cake for a birthday party tomorrow… I really, really, really hope I won’t need to figure out the answer to your last question very soon!!! °_°

    • Fitnessista on February 16, 2011 at 7:07 pm

      haha i’ll keep my fingers crossed for you

  6. Ashley on February 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I don’t have an obsession, but sometimes I’ll get in the mood where I’m bored and have to clean. I was on the floor the other night scrubbing my showerbasket and mumbling to myself about how it needed to be cleaned haha. I’m sure if you seksed up the outfit the cake will turn out perfectly haha. I love the sombrero picture btw so adorable!

  7. Ari @ ThE DiVa DiSH on February 16, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    I think every week I have some sort of “flop” lol! But that’s how we learn right!?

  8. Heather (Perspective Is Everything) on February 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    yup-instead of calling a kitchen mess up a failure-just rename it. works every time! (almost)

  9. Mandy (theamazonprincess) on February 16, 2011 at 7:29 pm

    Oh Gina you can come clean my apartment if you’d like to take a trip to Iowa! 😀 I never feel like cleaning but I feel so good when I do. I love a clean, happy home! 🙂 I’m going to be trying a new cookie recipe sometime soon and I’m hoping it’s not a flop. But if so, I will crumble them up and eat with coconut ice cream because…that sounds amaaaazing right now! 😀

  10. Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete on February 16, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    I too love to clean 🙂 When I was younger and babysitting, I would often clean the family’s house as well — then they hired me to be their cleaning lady too! I enjoy it!

    Too bad about the recipe — I have messed up so many recipes it isn’t funny. I’ve made cookies similar to the ones you made — they taste pretty good scooped up on a spoon!

  11. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles on February 16, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    I had a minor flop last week with a mahi mahi recipe – the marinade included lime & mustard, and they just didn’t mesh too well together!

  12. Christin@purplebirdblog on February 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Girl, if I could afford it I would fly you out to Austin and show you the best time (flagship Whole Foods, anyone?)… and you could clean my house! 😉

  13. Ann on February 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I usually end up eating it anyway! If it was a baking flop and just ended up ugly, I usually toss them all in a bag in the freezer and pop one in the microwave or crumble over ice cream when I’m having major sugar cravings. For cooking flops, if they are edible, I try to make them into something else. I hate wasting food!

  14. Errign on February 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I wouldn’t cook/bake with the girls out…sh!t splatters!

    I generally eat baking flops, bc they only look weird, but cooking flops – if they’re really gross, they go to the dog! 🙂

  15. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on February 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Sometimes flops are fugly, but taste the best! And girl it’s totally fine, I always cook in my workout clohtes:)

  16. Erin on February 16, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I’ve been debating getting the treatment for about 2 years and your 4 minutes comment just convinced me. Can’t wait!

  17. fittingbackin on February 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    GREAT picture of you + pilot! haha

    I always cook in my workout clothes too – i’m either coming back with motivation to cook or making sure that when i’m done cooking i’ll be dressed so I HAVE to go or it would “waste an outfit.” Am I crazy?

  18. Chandrika on February 16, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Minor flop. I made spinach penne without goat cheese and cream cheese. Tried a new recipe. Put in way too much garlic, and too much pasta water at the end! The sauce got a little diluted. But the pan seared red bell peppers with mushrooms and the steamed broccoli made up for it! My mom and sister still say they loved the lunch. Next time I’ll get it right! At least it was edible. Haha.

  19. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on February 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I’ve had this happen before!! I end up just eating them off the pan with a spoon. 😛

  20. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on February 16, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    FOUR minutes?? SRSLY?! It might be worth it for me to get that done just for that alone!

    My last recipe flop burned to the bottom of the crockpot. I went out for burritos and made the hubs clean it up!

  21. lindsay on February 16, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    great recipe in the making, can’t wait! LOVE sweet tomatoes!! Cood choice tata.

  22. Katie on February 16, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    These flat cakes look yum to me! Sometimes the fails are still yummy! Sweet Tomatoes rocks! My sis and I love that place, when I visit her in Cali we always go there !

  23. Barbara on February 16, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    believe it or not, my attempt at socca (is that how you spell it? too lazy to look it up right now). i’m not sure if i messed it up or if i just didn’t like the chickpea flour. it was a bit too mushy for me or something, and tasted like beans. lol. not sure what i was thinking it would taste like. haha.

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      socca definitely tastes like beans haha

  24. hippierunner on February 16, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    My latest flop was Mama Pea’s Cookie Dough Balls. I used banana instead of vegan butter and forgot to chill the dough. It turned out verrrry yummy but in cookie form not ball form! But once in my mouth, that didn’t matter!

  25. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on February 16, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Glad the keratin treatment is saving you MAJOR time! That’s how it was for me when i first got my brazilian blowout..but it’s since worn off and i am back to blowing, straightening, etc when i want smooth hair.

    The cake flop..well, you win some, you lose some 🙂 I think you could have taken the flop and made little balls with it and thrown them in the freezer or as a smoothie topper or a doggie treat if there was no chocolate in them 🙂 Or a human treat!

  26. Heather on February 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    I like to clean too, but not do the dishes yuck!
    sorry your recipe was a flop!

  27. sarah (sarah learns) on February 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    i just started listening to podcasts when i’m driving to st. louis (i make a 6 hour drive twice every weekend) and i love them! 🙂 i’m trying to find more good ones, so i’ll check out those that you mentioned!

  28. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on February 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    If the recipe still tastes good then I’ll find some way to use it/eat it otherwise it goes into the trash. 🙁

  29. Jodie on February 16, 2011 at 10:14 pm

    If it tastes fine, then i will add it to yogurt, as a toppping for oatmeal etc. If it tastes awful, hello trash.

  30. Stephanie on February 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    I WISH I loved cleaning! I’m a walking disaster, to be honest. It’s worse when the husband isn’t living at home, since I’m much tidier when he’s here. We’ve decided that I’m on the ADHD spectrum, and he’s on the OCD spectrum. I help him learn to relax, he helps me learn to wash my dishes before things get too caked on. Fair exchange, wouldn’t you say?

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      i think so 🙂

  31. Melissa @ Delectable Living on February 16, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    I have that same t-shirt in red! Whenever I make a flop I just smother it in either cheese or chocolate.

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      that’s a good technique- i’ll have to copy that 🙂

  32. Sarra on February 16, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    i love how healthy you are at sweet tomatoes. my plate looks nothing like that when i go, unfortunately hahaha 😛

  33. Allison @ Food For Healing on February 16, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    i love your style, its so cute!

    that salad beast looks spectacular

  34. Annette on February 16, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    that salad amazingness wants to be in mah belly 😉

  35. mindy @ just a one girl revolution. on February 16, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    Thanks for the podcast ideas – I’m always looking for new ones!

  36. Rachel @ Healthy Teacher on February 16, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    OMG I make stuff that “flops” all the time.

  37. Lauren @ Fun, Fit and Fabulous! on February 17, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I have totaly had cookies come out looking like that before!! Even though they were flatter than pancakes, they were still delicious!

  38. Runeatrepeat on February 17, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I have a lot of cooking flops. Most of the time I still eat em though…

  39. Sabine @ thefruitpursuit on February 17, 2011 at 2:15 am

    mmm I made a recipe of theirs once too and it was a flop as well. I think it’s mainly because our food philosophies differ so much. them seem to think in terms of low fat low carb high protein, animal protein. I am exactly the opposite :p

  40. Annie D @ Annie's Simple LIfe on February 17, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I love the sombrero picture! Was that taken at Epcot???

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm


  41. tweal on February 17, 2011 at 7:41 am

    I can’t believe you love cleaning! I hate it – you are welcome to visit and clean anytime!! I will feed you 🙂

    I’ve had a few flops in the kitchen recently, like muffins that are gluey bricks. That’s been happening a lot actually, and it’s because I’ve been using regular AP flour instead of spelt. Go spelt go!

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm

      spelt > ap 🙂

  42. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on February 17, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I only like to clean when I’m trying to procrastinate on studying. My apartment is usually sparkling clean before I even open my textbook! 😛

  43. Katie on February 17, 2011 at 8:40 am

    I love cleaning, too! 🙂 Everytime my parents go down to South Carolina for vacation I clean their house for them as a surprise when they return. I’m super pumped because they are leaving today for a loooong weekend which means I’ll be getting the cleaning supplies out and blasting some Dave Matthews while I scrub their home! Yay! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      that sounds like a great day! 🙂

  44. Laura on February 17, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I can’t stand wasting food. So every recipe flop I have, I take two spoons out of the drawer and delve in with my hubby! Most of the time it just doesn’t look good but it still tastes good!

  45. Casey on February 17, 2011 at 9:00 am

    Cute post Gina! And I loved the Pilot’s guest post. 🙂 Random question…I’m trying to make an inspiration board but I can’t figure out what to use to stick the cut-out stuff to the paper! I used glittery construction paper (like for a scrapbook I think) from Michael’s. Glue stick and tape didn’t work. What did you use? Thank you!!

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm

      i used double-sided tape for mine and it worked well- you can also try the spray adhesive

  46. Lauren W. on February 17, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Ughh..this made my heart melt. Your Tata’s comment about always taking the maids to lunch sounds like something my grandpa would’ve said. Grandpa and grandma’s are the best.

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      seriously. i was very blessed with amazing grandparents

  47. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on February 17, 2011 at 9:20 am

    That soup looked delicious! I had a similar soup back in Fayetteville about 3 years ago at a little coffee shop. It’s since burned down though. 🙁 Perhaps you could make that soup at home and post the recipe 😉

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 1:01 pm

      that’s a good idea- if i can get over my dislike for making soup 🙂 i like to eat it, but not make it haha

  48. Christine (The Raw Project) on February 17, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    You can come clean my house. 🙂 The soup sounds great. Sorry about the recipe, I try to salvage flops when I can maybe as something else.

  49. Stephanie @ Thorns Have Roses on February 18, 2011 at 10:57 am

    I had a red velvet cake flop last week. Turned into some might tasty cookie like brownies though. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 18, 2011 at 10:57 am


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