The brunch to end all brunches

Hi friends πŸ™‚ Happy Sunday! Hope you’ve had an amazing day so far. Loved reading your wedding snafu stories- they’re always funnier after the fact, right? πŸ˜‰

We just got back from the brunch to end all brunches πŸ˜€

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I told ya about this before, but my nana used to own a catering business back in the day and always makes beautiful spreads for family parties. The Pilot was bummed that he had to miss Easter, so my nana did a repeat brunch today in his honor πŸ™‚

We brought flowers for the hostess:

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and the donuts that I made last night.


I was so happy with how cute they turned out!! The chocolate ganache was just melted dark chocolate chips (melted in a double boiler, thinned out with a little almond milk) and topped with sprinkles.

When we got to nana’s house, per usual, she had a bunch of foodgasmic delights waiting for the fam to get there πŸ˜€

Egg casserole (my fave!!!) with salsa, ham, bacon and sausage


Potatoes, apple puff pancake

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(EEK! Blurry photo- sorry!)

Biscuits, butter, cinnamon rolls (<— everything homemade)brunch (3)

Fresh fruit, orange juice, tea and coffee

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The dessert table dreams are made of:


Italian cream cake, turtle pie, blueberry peach cobbler and the donuts.

Heaven, my friends.

I enjoyed the above plate of egg casserole, fruit, potatoes (+ more potatoes and egg), some cobbler and a donut + orange juice.

Hellooooooo food baby πŸ˜€

The best part was spending our Sunday with the familia <3


We’re off to do the errand thang and clean around here (maybe nap too? Heh heh), and then I’m getting a fun new recipe in the dehydrator πŸ™‚

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See ya later today!


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  1. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on May 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    That looks like the perfect Sunday! So glad that the Pilot was able to be there for the brunch! πŸ˜€

  2. Kristen @ The Red Velvet Life on May 29, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Wow, she’s amazing! This brunch spread looks incredible! πŸ™‚

  3. sally on May 29, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Love the picture of you and who I believe is your very talented Nana! She just looks so delighted πŸ™‚ Family is everything!

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      yep that’s her πŸ™‚

  4. Allison @ Food For Healing on May 29, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    those donuts look awesome! totally look store-bought, but obviously WAY healthier and more delicious.
    oh man i want a spread like that, that would have been awesome. family time is the best πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      family time is the best πŸ™‚

  5. Krystina (Organically Me) on May 29, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Those donuts are so adorable!!!

    That brunch sounds ridonk, especially the homemade cinnamon rolls. Your nana is awesome. πŸ˜€

  6. Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) on May 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Gina, so happy for you and the Pilot that you guys got to spend a lovely day with your family…and all that home cookin’…love it!

    I know you’ve mentioned your nana’s egg casserole before and how you love it. I would have been all over the homemade cinny rolls, the cobbler, and your donuts (which turned out FABULOUSLY!)

    love the last shot…artsy and hip. Dig it πŸ™‚

  7. Jessica @Bakealittle on May 29, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    This brunch looks amazing! I would die for one of those donuts

  8. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on May 29, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    That’s quite the spread! I would’ve attacked those desserts.
    Enjoy the day!

  9. mi-an on May 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    O.M.G. that brunch spread is LEGIT!!! props to your nana!!

  10. kristi (sweet cheeks) on May 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    can your nana be my nana, too? She sounds amazing and I’m so glad you all had a nice day!!

  11. being domUnique on May 29, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    YUM! I can never resist a good brunch spread…

  12. Holly @ The Runny Egg on May 29, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    All of that food looks amazing! Homemade cinnamon rolls? Yes please!

  13. Katie on May 29, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Family is the BEST! I always enjoy every minute when I get to see mine! Love u!

  14. Holly @ pink runner on May 29, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Yum! Your donuts look so good!

  15. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on May 29, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Whoa, that’s one awesome brunch!! I always overdo it at those there’d be no stopping me at one like that!

  16. Lisa on May 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    The brunch looks to die for. I bet the pilot was in hog heaven!

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2011 at 7:44 pm

      yes he was very happy πŸ™‚

  17. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on May 29, 2011 at 7:38 pm

    That spread is seriously impressive. Major kudos to your Nana! πŸ˜€

  18. Babs on May 29, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    I love the hand holding picture. Some people forget how close you feel when you hold someone’s hand

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      my fave πŸ™‚

  19. SAM on May 29, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    I read your blog all the time, but was disappointed by this post. Your plate had barely any food on it, not sure it even counts as a meal. You call that a food baby? Do you really think that is a meal that makes you so stuffed? Maybe I am misinterpreting this so please correct me if I am wrong. If I am right, really bad example for the people struggling with EDs.

    • Lisa on May 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      Toward end of her post she said she had the pictured plate of food plus more casserole,potatoes, cobbler donut and juice.

      • SAM on May 29, 2011 at 8:36 pm

        THANKS! I thought she was just listing the items on the plate, oops!

        • Fitnessista on May 29, 2011 at 8:44 pm

          i think we all know i like my food πŸ˜‰

          • SAM on May 29, 2011 at 9:25 pm


          • Fitnessista on May 29, 2011 at 9:34 pm

            no worries at all πŸ™‚

      • Fitnessista on May 29, 2011 at 8:42 pm

        exactly right- thanks πŸ™‚

  20. Maria on May 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Aw, what a sweet post!
    I have a questions for you, Gina. I bought the chocolate protein powder from your OpenSky recently and am excited to give it a shot. Can you give me some of your fav ways to use it?!

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      amazeballz, breakfast cookie, smoothies (banana, almond butter, almond milk, sun warrior), protein fluff, perfect protein pancakes and adding it to brownies/cookies πŸ™‚

  21. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food on May 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Your nana is amazing! What a spread! And how nice of her to cook it again for the pilot πŸ™‚

    Hope you two have a wonderful rest of your day! πŸ™‚

  22. Keelie on May 29, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Please tell your Nana that I will dream about her brunch forever. Looks. So. Good.

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2011 at 9:35 pm

      i will tell her πŸ™‚
      it was AMAZING

  23. Cait @ Beyond Bananas on May 29, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Um..your grandma sure does know how to make a mean brunch spread! I’ve never been a brunch fan.. but I think I’d enjoy it if it was made by your gram!

  24. Amy on May 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Do you have any advice on binging? I keep eating and eating until im sick andi dont know why πŸ™

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      i don’t :/ i’ve eaten way too much of things before, but never to the point where i felt i was out of control. definitely seek out a registered dietitian or doctor who might be able to help you <3

      • Amy on May 30, 2011 at 12:12 am

        Thank you <3 your blog is inspirational, you are a wonderful person.

  25. Parita on May 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Wow, you nana is an amazing cook! This post made me think about my own grandma and her wonderful food. Glad you had a fun Sunday!

  26. Jill on May 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    I would have eaten EVERYTHING!!! My grandma has seriously been slacking! I need to show her this to get her to up her game πŸ˜›

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      don’t do that! gma won’t let you read my blog anymore πŸ˜‰

  27. kari on May 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    hi gina, so glad you enjoyed your sunday with the family. its so awesome that you all get together for brunch. your Nana is so cute. well, very happy that have your husband back home now.

    • Fitnessista on May 29, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      thank you πŸ™‚
      i like having him around too

  28. kari on May 29, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    i mean “you”

  29. Nicole on May 29, 2011 at 11:02 pm

    Your donuts look amazing!!! Make me want one so badly πŸ™‚ glad you enjoyed your brunch with your family!

  30. s on May 29, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    sounds like an awesome day.
    the brunch spread = amazing!

  31. Ryan @ Aloha Appetite on May 30, 2011 at 3:59 am

    Yum! You should have a donut giveaway! Or just send some to me. πŸ˜‰

  32. Stephanie @ StephSnacks on May 30, 2011 at 8:23 am

    The food looks delicious but those donuts you made takes the cake for me!

  33. Dani on May 31, 2011 at 10:57 am

    love that your g-ma makes so many things from scratch! do you know what she puts in the egg casserole?

    • Fitnessista on May 31, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      nope and i always want to ask her, but not knowing makes it even better. i know there are green chiles in it

  34. Pure2raw twins on June 1, 2011 at 8:09 am

    Looked like the best brunch! glad the donuts turned out πŸ˜‰

  35. Danielle (Shrinking and Studying) on June 7, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    By any chance did your Nana look SO happy because you just told her your BIG news!? (I may or may not currently be re-reading your last two months of posts for baby news clues!) πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on June 7, 2011 at 9:08 pm

      yes!! i actually got a pic of her face as she read the card, too… priceless πŸ™‚

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