The fraternal gingerbread twin

Hey everyone! How’s your night going?? Hope it’s been wonderful 😀

Today I decided to work on a raw foods project I’ve been conjuring in my cranium since last weekend…


I made quite a mess in the process, but the result was (almost) everything I could wish for in a



raw gingerbread

The texture came out dead on. Chewy, soft, moist, scarily similar to that of it’s fraternal cooked gingerbread twin 😉 The taste, however, needs just a bit of tweaking. Less ginger, more cinnamon, more sweetness. I’m going to test it again tomorrow 😀

The only thing that kept me from snacking on copious amounts of dough was my beautiful bfast


Vanilla chia pudding (chia seeds, hemp milk, vanilla, Stevia, sea salt) and persimmon.

All that was left was I was done was a cute little snowman 😀


Continuing with the snowman theme (I LIVE for snowmen!!!), I busted out this super cute plate that madre and nana sent me


And covered it with a heaping handful of extra spicy raw eggplant bacon 😀


The recipe is in Everyday Raw by that amazing raw cheffer, Matthew Kenney. The only alteration I make is that I use 4x the chipotle peppers it calls for 😉 I like my spicy!

Some of the other eats from today include, but are not limited to:

Raw EBLT (eggplant bacon, lettuce and tomato) on raw bloomin’ onion bread


Leftover salmon with an double egg white puff on top

salmon egg

And at the wive’s Christmas coffee:

– asparagus

-green beans and tomatoes

-pom seeds

-fresh fruit

-giant hunka chocolate cake

-1.5 glasses of red vino

I didn’t take pics because there are a lot of new wives in the squadron who don’t know about the bloggy, and I always feel strange taking pics of meals that other people prepare for me (unless they’re family or super close friends). Otherwise, I think it would be awkward to be like, “is it cool if this meal is over the internet tomorrow?”. It would creep me out if I were a non-bloggy 😉 Maybe we can give non-bloggies a name, like “muggles” for people without magical powers in Harry Potter… how about bluggles? Haha, nerd alert!


Today, I did a glorious hour yoga podcast in the heated guest room (Power Yoga #2 from – the 60 minute version has ALL of my favorite poses). I also did a half hour of weights with Jeni (shoulder, chest and triceps) and went on a 2.5 mile training run. Even on gloomy, rainy days like today, a bangin’ workout is guaranteed to make me feel extra bueno 😀

Well I’m off to finally chill with my pilot, who has been working crazy hours the past couple of days so I haven’t seen much of his face 😀

See ya in the morning with the giveaway I promised ya’ll 😉 Got the go-ahead from the company and I think it’s something you’ll love… it’s one of my favorite beauty products and since I paid for the product myself (and will continue to- it’s good stuff!), I’ll also post a review on its benefits 😀

Have a great night <3



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  1. Eliza on December 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    When you say you ate chocolate cake? Is it just a homemade recipe or a vegan recipe? Just wondering if you eat “regular” betty crocker? 🙂

  2. Jocelyn on December 8, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Yum! I love anything gingerbread ;);)

    That persimmon looks especially delightful today!

  3. Jenna on December 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    your vanilla chia pudding looks delish!

  4. Brynne on December 8, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    I have that snowman bowl from Target! So cute!

  5. Leah on December 8, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Ha! Bluggles! I love it. Although I’ve now become a bloggie… does that make me like Hermione I wonder?

  6. Katie on December 8, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Bluggles! That is so cute. I am just starting out in my blogventures and I haven’t decided how I should deal with meals eaten outside my home.

  7. Sana on December 8, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    bugglesss!!!! I dieeeee you are soo funny 🙂

  8. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on December 9, 2009 at 12:16 am

    I made a raw gingerbread cookie and cookie dough balls a few days ago. I’ve really liked it, but it would be a little too sticky to truly do gingerbread cut outs with, possible just a little too “fussy” for me…I just slap it into balls and go! A couple of my readers have written me saying they’ve liked it too which was good. With recipes, you never know til you try them if they’re going to “work” or not. I hear ya on trialing more.

    your Pudding with persimmon looks soo pretty!

    Have a great night with your Pilot!

  9. Melissa S. on December 9, 2009 at 12:25 am

    nice job w/ the gingerbread! looks great!

    and love the name, totally using buggles in future posts!

  10. lindsay on December 9, 2009 at 12:51 am

    Bluggles 🙂 Tee hee, it’s cute and I like it. Raw gingerbread, that’s interesting, I hope you can make it work!

  11. Mama Pea on December 9, 2009 at 12:58 am

    I want that bacon. But I don’t have Matt’s cookbook, or a dehydrator, or an eggplant. Crap.

    • rhodeygirl on December 9, 2009 at 8:44 am

      Mama Pea- I am sure my version isn’t as fantastic as Matthew’s (or Gina’s), but I just slice eggplant super thin, let it sweat between paper towels, top with a bit of salt and spices, and bake at 350, flipping once, until it is crispy and chewy. It is amazing.

  12. VeggieGirl on December 9, 2009 at 4:03 am

    YOu know how much I love gingerbread! 🙂

  13. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on December 9, 2009 at 6:46 am

    The gingerbread cookies sound amazing!!

  14. Shelby on December 9, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Mmm, love gingerbread, love eggplant bacon, love your new term “Bluggles!” haha

  15. Stasa @ Simply Living on December 9, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Gingerbread cookies sound so good right now! Your post reminds me that I still haven’t got out any holiday mugs or dishes. Not sure what I’m waiting for.

    This may sound dumb but I really enjoyed the close up pic of your kitchen counter. (yeah that sounds stupid) We are in the process of picking out a tile backsplash and our counter looks almost just like yours. Ironically the backsplash we like is also just like yours. Good to see the two together since it’s hard to picture it before finished.

  16. Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar on December 9, 2009 at 8:38 am

    I really NEED to try eggplant bacon. I got my dad a nice dehydrator for Christmas [for homemade beef jerky!] and I think I’m gonna be borrowing it.

  17. Scorpio Woman on December 9, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Your plates are beautiful. I love the one with espresso 🙂

  18. K on December 9, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Haha – bluggles! I like it! More cinnamon is ALWAYS a good thing 🙂 Good luck tweaking your recipe!

  19. denise on December 9, 2009 at 9:51 am

    I’m glad so many other people like the “bluggles” thing. I have a lot of confused bluggles in my life.

    You’re hilarious.

    p.s. my BF hinted that I may be getting a dehydrator for Christmas! First stop: Eggplant Bacon! Glad to see it (as always) on your blog!

  20. Gena on December 9, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Raw gingerbread and vanilla chia pudding in one post? Too yummy.

  21. Pam on December 9, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Your cookies and plates are SO cute!


  22. Laura J. on December 9, 2009 at 10:20 am

    I love holiday baking especially in the form of making and decorating cookies:) The raw gingerbread cookies sound delish!

  23. mary ann on December 9, 2009 at 10:49 am

    I was just curious, do you ever feel you need a little crunch/more texture in your chia pudding? I always attempt chia pudding in attempt to mimic oat bran/oats but it just doesn’t seem to have the density. I always end up mixing with oats or top with granola… advice?

    • Fitnessista on December 9, 2009 at 11:42 am

      hey mary ann,
      i usually just top it with fruit and/or nut butter.. i make it super thick, so it usually doesn’t feel like it needs anything!
      some cacao nibs and goji berries would add good texture to it 😀

  24. Aletheia on December 9, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Wowee, I totally LOVE eggplant crisps! As for the raw gingerbread project – get workin’ on that girl! Can’t wait for the final recipe!! 😀

  25. Amanda @ Cakes and Ale on December 9, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Bluggles is perfect! I love it.

    My family are definitely bluggles. When I whip out my camera every five seconds, they constantly give me looks and roll their eyes like “Uh oh – this is going to be on the internet, isn’t it?”

  26. maris on December 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    hey I was just wondering what chia pudding is? looks really good!

  27. Karen on December 10, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Love your blog. Somehow I find it inspirational to see what other people are eating. I’m currently tweaking my own eating but I realized I’ve never had a persimmon. Any hints on how to choose a good one, how to prep or eat them????

    • Fitnessista on December 10, 2009 at 9:06 am

      you definitely need to try one! i usually pick the ones that are firm, but not hard. you can eat it like an apple, or slice it up 😀

  28. Michal on December 12, 2009 at 8:00 am

    bluggles is so my new favorite word! i cant wait for your raw gingerbread recipe! 🙂

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