“Grill it up” and a small giveaway

Hey everyone! Back to the grind, eh?? Hope your Monday is treating ya well so far 😀

I felt a little off yesterday after Saturday night’s shenanigans but I was so happy to make dinner with the pilot. We’ve started a habit of grilling on Sunday nights and it feels like such a great way to start the week 😉

We had sweet potato fries (seasoned with EVOO, sea salt, pepper, paprika and chili powder), veggie packs and baby bella mushrooms (with balsamic, sea salt, pepper and rosemary)


And the pilot plopped his organic grass-fed beef burgers in the middle. I almost cried happy tears when I saw that our Publix started carrying Greenwise meat because until now, I’ve had to get his carnivorous purchases out-of-town and freeze them. This makes life soooo much easier. He seasoned the burgers with jalapeno slices, worsteshechireshire sauce (does anyone else have difficulties with that word? I usually call it “worst” sauce), sea salt, pepper and stuffed them with pepper jack cheese.


He’s extra sweet about keeping his meat away from my veggies (TWSS?? Ahhhahaha). He uses separate spatulas everything! Whatta guy 😀

The finished product rocked my face off.


Zucchini, yellow squash, Campari tomatoes, asparagus




Tater fries with Annie’s ketchup:


We even grilled some jalapenos in a foil pack:


And I ate allllll of them >:) You know I like my spicy.

After dinner, we went to get a tour of a kennel here that Viesa is going to stay at while the pilot and I drive to Oklahoma City. My aunt is going to watch Bella, but since Viesa wants to eat my aunt’s yorkie, we’re finding another place for her to stay since Megan (who is our Viesa-sitter) will be at school with me!! Lots of planning, but it’s all working out so far.

Tonight, I finally made some of this:


Summer Shape Up winners, your macaroons are in the dehydrator 😀


Mmmmm, macaroony goodness.


Speaking of macaroons…….

I just want to say thank you again for sticking with my bloggy post plastic surgery. It was a little weird getting everything switched over, and the Google reader disappearance, but now the bloggy’s in recovery mode. Special thanks to all of you who helped me get the word out about the re-subscribe issue <3 I hope you know how much I adore each and every one of you and thank you for making this such a FUN place to talk about food, fitness, mumbo jumbo and everything else. I started the blog on a whim -and because the pilot told me to “get a hobby”- and you guys have turned it into something so enjoyable and rewarding. Ok, mush part over.

Now, who wants some macaroons??

All you have to do is leave a comment and let me know if you’re a cake or ice cream person and what your favorite flavor is 😀

I love both dearly –chances are that if something falls into the “dessert” category, I’m a fan- but I’m definitely a cake person. My favorite homemade cake is flourless chocolate but a la box, I love FUNFETTI!!

******I’ll use a random number generator tonight at 9 EST to pick the macaroon winner, who can choose from blonde, chocolate, or almond butter-stuffed macaroons.

Aight, I’m out. I have some errands to run but I’ll see ya for lunch!



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  1. Betsy on August 24, 2009 at 8:14 am

    I have to say ice cream. Chocolate. Phish Food, specifically. 🙂

  2. Maggie on August 24, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Ice cream, hands down. I like chocolate chip cookie dough! But honestly, I don’t think there’s a flavor that I would say no to… 🙂

  3. Pamela on August 24, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Cake! Vanilla with vanilla buttercream 🙂

  4. Rachael on August 24, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Wow, this is a little like Sophie’s choice. I think I’d say ice cream though, since it’s usually more consistently delicious than cake. Cakes always sound so good, but so frequently disappoint. Frosting, well, now that’s another story.

  5. Kate on August 24, 2009 at 8:22 am

    DEF a cake person…ice cream makes this lady sick! But funfetti cake mixed with 1 can sprite zero is the BEST combo ever…AFTER cheesecake, that is! I love me some cheesecake with lots of strawberries, yum! 🙂
    PS love the new blog look, and finally I can see this one on my work computer (since that’s exactly where I should be blog reading, right?)

  6. Amanda on August 24, 2009 at 8:32 am

    definitely a cake person – HOWEVER…I am addicted to cold stone’s Birthday Cake Remix. to die for!!!!!

  7. Mindy on August 24, 2009 at 8:32 am

    I’m definitely a cake person — red velvet cake with cream cheese ice cream . . . there’s really no comparison.

  8. megan on August 24, 2009 at 8:32 am

    i’d have to say ice cream. i’m too picky about cake. but i love ice cream! chocolate peanut butter is my favorite

  9. Ada on August 24, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Definitely an ICE CREAM person!!!I could seriously live on it:) My favorite flavor would be mocha chip. Thanks for the great giveaway!!!

  10. Diane on August 24, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Hey Gina! Your dinner looks great. I’d have to say that I’m a cake person– I LOVE yellow cake with chocolate icing. Simple but delicious 🙂

  11. jen on August 24, 2009 at 8:34 am

    ice cream – usually a vanilla base with lots of chunks brownie, cookie, macaroons, nuts, coconut – you get the idea! love the new design!

  12. Angela on August 24, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Ice cream!!! I love the gross blue cotton candy flavor. It reminds me of being a kid and that blue is just weirdly attractive. Not to mention it is usually really creamy. AHHHHHH I want some now 😉

  13. Grace on August 24, 2009 at 8:39 am

    ice cream! cookies n’ cream is delish!

  14. Meg on August 24, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Ice cream! Right now I’m loving all the coconut milk ice creams….mmmm so creamy!

  15. Meagan on August 24, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Cake, hands down! The yellow variety with chocolate frosting, mmmm!

    • Fitnessista on August 24, 2009 at 8:47 am

      YUMMM! that’s my second favorite.. yellow w/ chocolate frosting 😀

  16. Elizabeth on August 24, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Hmmm, I think I’m not too picky when it comes to desserts, but I think I have to go with cake because I like the frosting. 🙂

    Please please oh random numberizer gods, pick me! I missed qualifying for SSU macaroons by 1 measly point! Sniffffffffff.

  17. Julia on August 24, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Ice cream by far! I actually can’t stand cake at all 🙂 I love when ice cream is super cold and hard – favorite flavor is strawberry (with actual strawberry pieces) or chocolate!

  18. Erika on August 24, 2009 at 8:47 am

    I am definitely a cake person! And when I am looking to splurge, homemade carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. So good! And I tell myself the carrots, raisins and pineapple make it healthy! 😉

  19. Andrea (Off Her Cork) on August 24, 2009 at 8:49 am

    Wooottt!! I love Sundays with my loves too. 😀 Such a nice day! And grilling out is fabbo!

    I actually don’t like cake, I know so strange, so I would pick ice cream. Fave flavor, pumpkin! 🙂

  20. Erica on August 24, 2009 at 8:49 am

    As much as I want these….I think someone who hasn’t gotten to experience their incredibleness should win, so please don’t enter me. But def an Ice Creamer over here!

    The grilling looks awesome! We have been without a grill for a while now (we left our old grill with the people who bought our house in MD. We are planning on buying one soon and I can’t wait! Greenwise rocks. Love Publix….outside of speciality stores like WFs and TJs it is my FAVORITE grocery store. Everything is always so fresh. Love those sweet tato fries. I am giving yuca fries a whirl tonight. Root veggies are so much fun.

    Enjoy your Monday. <3

  21. Emily on August 24, 2009 at 8:50 am

    Hey Gina! I’m so much more of an ice cream person than a cake person. Its too hard for me to choose a favorite flavor, but I definitely enjoy chocolatey and rich ice creams over the fruity ones. 🙂

  22. Mellissa on August 24, 2009 at 8:50 am

    I am in ice cream person and my favorite flavor is still Blue Moon, so good!

  23. Natalie on August 24, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Long time reader, first time poster since this is a great question. Cake! I love, love cake and my favorite all time is vanilla cake with funfetti icing. You can’t beat it! I even made it for my last class of grad school this year.

  24. Catherine on August 24, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Gina –

    I’m a CUPCAKE person! Does that put me in the “cake” category? 🙂 I love baking cupcakes from scratch, and am always trying new recipes.

  25. Leah on August 24, 2009 at 8:52 am

    Generally I’m an ice cream person, but carrot cake is the cake that really does it for me…mmmmm

  26. Erin on August 24, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Cake baby cake! I’m not much of an ice cream person, but give me a slice of chocolate cake and I’m in heaven 🙂

  27. bee on August 24, 2009 at 8:53 am

    ice cream, for sure. dark chocolate? yes please.

  28. Courtney on August 24, 2009 at 8:55 am

    I love ice cream, especially homemade vanilla during the summer.

  29. Jerilynne on August 24, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Greatest giveaway for a Monday morning ever =).

    I am totally an ice cream person – as far as I’m concerned there are few things in this world that are better than vanilla soft serve in a cone with rainbow sprinkles!!

  30. Emma on August 24, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I love ice cream, but I have to say cake because I love icing even more. I love all cake, but my top two are chocolate with white buttercream icing and a ginormous chocolate chip cookie cake with cream cheese icing. Mmmmm!

  31. Lisa on August 24, 2009 at 8:57 am

    I’m definitely a cake person (even though I loooove ice cream) and my fave cake is CHEESECAKE! Just a slice of NY style will do me in 🙂

  32. Lauren on August 24, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Ice cream for sure…mint choc. chip is my fave! 🙂

  33. Monica on August 24, 2009 at 8:57 am

    hmmmmmm…. I think they go best together 😉 Peanut Butter and Chocolate VCTOW Cupcakes with Vanilla Soydream… mmmmm…. why are you making me think about this on a Monday morning?

  34. Jackie on August 24, 2009 at 8:58 am

    ice cream! I love chocolate but really I’ll eat chocolate anything!!

  35. Katie on August 24, 2009 at 8:59 am

    AH, I always wait for these giveaways! They’re the BEST.

    I’m a cake AND an ice cream person! I love everything that’s chocolate peanut butter flavored, but I’ve been on such a coconut kick recently that it just might be my new favorite flavor!

  36. Jenna on August 24, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Morning Gina!!

    Too funny about your husband telling you to ‘get a hobby’. That is EXACTLY what my boyfriend told me, hence my new blog, which I hope turns into a blog as wonderful as yours 🙂

    On to the question though, I am a hands down CAKE girl! While I do agree there is nothing better than boxed cake, I have my all time favorite recipe, buttermilk chocolate cake with buttermilk chocolate frosting… holy yum huh?

    Enjoy your day!

  37. Sara on August 24, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I’m an ice cream person. My favorite is chocolate with peanut butter swirl!

  38. inw on August 24, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I love both my my absolute favorite is red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting!

  39. Laura W on August 24, 2009 at 9:04 am

    I love both… cake (from Piece of Cake, a place here in town) on special occasions, but Edy’s ice cream on a pretty regular basis! Thanks for this giveaway… I’m crossing my fingers that I win!

  40. Paige on August 24, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Ohh your famous macaroons!

    I’m an ice cream kinda girl, and my fav flavor is cookie and cream:-)

  41. Sarah on August 24, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I like cake just fine but I’m definitely an ice cream gal! My favorite flavor is constantly changing but since it’s almost fall, I’m going to go with pumpkin 🙂

  42. Holly on August 24, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I tend to be an ice cream girl…but one of my favorites is ice cream cake!

    Thanks for making extra macaroons for the giveaway!

  43. Tara on August 24, 2009 at 9:08 am

    ICE CREAM 🙂 My favorite flavor is and always has been strawberry. Pretty simple, but I love when there are big chunks of strawberries in it!

  44. kk on August 24, 2009 at 9:09 am

    ice cream definately- cookies and cream

  45. erica on August 24, 2009 at 9:12 am

    although i love both, i’d say i’m a cake person.. carrot cake being my ultimate favorite!

  46. MarathonVal on August 24, 2009 at 9:14 am

    I truly cannot decide!! Ahh… When it comes to cake, I’m with you (flourless chocolate all the way!!) but I also love a good ice cream… particularly the cookies and cream or chocolate peanut butter variety.

    Thanks for making the macaroons! 🙂

  47. Julie on August 24, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Ice cream! I love cookies n cream!!

  48. Lauren on August 24, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I’m such an ice cream person! I love black raspberry oreo or anything with peanut butter!

  49. Sarah R on August 24, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Ice cream–I love the versatility of vanilla–I can add whatever I want to it (usually almond butter and chocolate chips)

  50. Jenna on August 24, 2009 at 9:22 am

    I’m an ice cream girl! ANYTHING peanut butter 😀

    p.s. this is the first time i’ve commented but I’ve read your blog for about a week now and absolutely LOVE it. you’re hilarious!!!

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