Greeted with Foodgasms

Hi guys!! How are ya? Thank you so much for your sweet comments today. It was kind of a rough one and I don’t want any of ya’ll to feel sorry for me because I chose this lifestyle (and 99.99999% of the time, adore it)… but on the rare occasions when I need to vent, I’m always surrounded with virtual hugs and appreciate it so much <3

Last night, when I got home from work, I was greeted with foodgasms.


Someone BAKING when I got home?!?

Pilot, you may have some competition 😉

My auntie said because it was starting to feel like fall outside, she felt like baking. She made banana bread and pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting. Just imagine how amazing the house smelled 🙂

cookies (2)

I was happy to be a taste tester…


and today, (hopefully) returned the favor 😀


Butternut squash and goat cheese lasagna, my spin on *this recipe*, which is heating up in the oven along with roasted vegetables.

For the lasagna, I used this little butternut beast.


Publix was ENTIRELY out of B-nut squashes, and when I asked if they had any in the back, the produce manager drove to another store and brought me one.

I know right?! So kind of him.

Earlier this morning, I went to Barnes and Noble (aka Beefcake and Noble, because when my friends and I were in college we used to go *study* there) and worked on the new book proposal for 3 hours.


I got a coffee with one shot of pumpkin spice, which the barista thought meant twelve. Holy caffeine and sugar buzz.



Amy’s tamale meal with lettuce and hot sauce 🙂

Now I’m back at the casa, after a lovely night at DANCE TRANCE (!) and am about to pour a glass of vino and have some salad while dinner heats up.

Have a great night <3



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  1. Whitney on October 5, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Please post your version of that recipe! It sounds so good 🙂 I’ve never even cooked a squash before, that would be out of my comfort zone!

  2. Lindsey @ SoundEats on October 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    wow, awesome customer service for that Publix produce manager! That’s amazing!!

  3. holly @ couchpotatoathlete on October 5, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    How sweet of the Publix manager! So while you were waiting in the store he drove to another location? That is awesome!

    Will your Aunt do a giveaway for those cookies?

    • Fitnessista on October 5, 2010 at 9:48 pm

      yes, while i finished my shopping he went to go get me one- it was amazing
      haha i’ll ask her! they were so good!

  4. Kristina @ spabettie on October 5, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    DANG !! HE DROVE TO ANOTHER STORE?? 😀 I thought I was persuasive… together we could be unstoppable!! 😉

    those cookies look GOOD, and I want that lasagna Right Now.


    • Fitnessista on October 5, 2010 at 9:46 pm

      i didn’t even ask him- he offered to! i was blown away
      night friend <3

  5. Jessica@tastyandtrim on October 5, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I have two huge butternut squash at my house and was having a hard time figuring out how to use them. Well not anymore, that lasagna looks delicious! Thanks so much 🙂

  6. Keri on October 5, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Good luck with the book!

  7. Ashley @ quasichick on October 5, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I’d buy your book!!! Hope it all works out for you!

  8. Brittany @ Bee Louise's Bites on October 5, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    Too funny about “Beefcake and Noble.” My friends and I used to do the same thing. Sometimes we’d even hang out around the medical science isles to try and snag ourselves a “smarty.”

    Makes me wonder how many people “studying” there are really just prowlin’… 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 5, 2010 at 10:02 pm

      LOL. seriously!

  9. Krystina on October 5, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better <3 Have a good night!

  10. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on October 5, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    Love coffee with a pump of pumpkin. It tastes just like a pumpkin spice latte except less sweet and better for you (well, if they put in the right amount of pumpkin).

  11. Sheena on October 5, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    We also used to *study* at Barnes & Noble in college. There was a Border’s right next door but we would drive out to the Barnes & Noble since we felt that the *study sessions* at Barnes and Noble tended to be more consistent in terms of quality :p

  12. Tina on October 5, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    I’m very intrigued by what your new book proposal is. I know you can’t share it because it needs to be under wraps for you to present it to possible agents/publishers…but I bet its great!

  13. Amanda on October 5, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    He drove to get it?! That’s incredible! The things people do…

  14. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 5, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Your dinner sounds delicious!

  15. Exercise and Eat on October 5, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    There are never any cute guys at our Barnes and Noble!

  16. borntocare on October 5, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    any chance we can get the recipe for those pumpkin cookies? they look incredible! and so does the lasagna!

  17. Kelly Michelle on October 5, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    holy crap, that’s amazing, wish my Publix had service like that. Lots of the employees don’t even speak English 🙁 Don’t get me wrong, they are very nice but it’s hard when you can’t even communicate with the people working!

    • Fitnessista on October 6, 2010 at 8:00 am

      the employees at the publix are kinda ridiculous- i’m always amazed by how friendly and helpful they are!

  18. Allison @ Food For Healing on October 6, 2010 at 12:01 am

    the smell of baking in the fall is amazing, also on a cold Saskatchewan winter day, warms you up on the inside

  19. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 6, 2010 at 12:06 am

    Enjoy that glass of vino! Make it a couple, actually 🙂

    “banana bread and pumpkin cookies with cream cheese frosting”–omg heavenly!!! and cream cheese frosting is something I could eat with a spoon. And never stop! hah!

    So kind of your auntie to bake for you; you deserve it. And clearly the Publix guy like you, that’s unheard of! wow!

    The book proposal…way to go, nose to the grindstone, get ‘er done. It WILL happen for you!!!


  20. jules on October 6, 2010 at 12:17 am

    please consider asking your aunt for the pumpkin cookie recipe! they look AMAZING.

    good luck with the book proposal! you can do it girl 🙂

  21. Stefanie @thenewhealthy on October 6, 2010 at 12:24 am

    I always say that I wish I could just go behind the counter and make my own coffee, specifically for reasons like that! haha 😉

  22. Mama Pea on October 6, 2010 at 1:26 am

    Go PILOT! And if you want a set of eyes on that new pitch, I’m totally offering. And I promise to be much cooler about it than before. 😉 <3 you!!!

  23. Cara Craves... on October 6, 2010 at 5:23 am

    Good luck with the book proposal!
    I am sure it will be fab.

  24. Lisa on October 6, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Please post that recipe! Sounds so good! =)

  25. Lauren on October 6, 2010 at 6:58 am

    I love when you make this! How disappointing when the store is out of the MAIN ingredient! Ugh, so annoying. But glad it all still worked out for you.

  26. Maria on October 6, 2010 at 7:09 am

    any chance we can get the recipe for those pumpkin cookies? they look so yummy!

  27. Heather (Heather's Dish) on October 6, 2010 at 8:03 am

    wow, that’s awesome! i’m so used to being the one cooking when my hubby gets home…i love it when he returns the favor 🙂

  28. CaSaundra on October 6, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Wowee those cookies look divine–maybe she’d share the recipe!!? 🙂

  29. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on October 6, 2010 at 8:55 am

    That lasagna sounds great. OK, and that manager? He deserves a gold star. That’s total dedication there. I’d go to Publix if there were any around me!

  30. Steph (@mediterraneanmiss) on October 6, 2010 at 8:56 am

    Aww, I love publix. They’re always so nice to my mom and I when we go <3
    Your squash lasagna sounds fantastic, and I totally support Maria's request for a recipe.

    Good luck with your book proposal!

  31. Brittany on October 6, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Your Aunties cookies look like a recipe I have for pumpkin puffs – if they taste the same, then I know that they are DELICIOUS!!

    Best of luck writing your book proposal. Hope all is well lady- haven’t heard from you in while. xoxo

  32. skinnyrunner on October 6, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I love LOVE cream cheese frosting. on anything. like even your lasagna. love it!

  33. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on October 6, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Those cookies look good! I could eat cream cheese frosting by the spoonful! 😀

  34. Lexie on October 6, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    I am so impressed with Publix! They have the best customer service…I always here stories like that about Publix. Those cooking look delicious!

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