The beginning and the end

Worked SUCKED yesterday. I keep freaking out about everything I have to do and instead of actually doing stuff, I stare at the screen and hyperventilate. Not fun. There was also an unexpected lunch meeting, which prevented me from working out and also meant no lunch pictures (we went to the Cheesecake Factory – I ordered 2 small plates – ahi tartar and beet/goat cheese plate; both were actually small and I kept the dressing on the side, so I think I did well). So you know what? We’re going to skip over what happened during 9am-8pm yesterday and instead I’ll just talk about the beginning and the end of the day. They were way more exciting ๐Ÿ˜€

I woke up bright and early to make some blueberry muffins. I actually made the batter the night before so all I had to do was pre-heat the oven, divide the batter into 6 muffins and make my coffee. Easy peasy. I preferred doing that over just baking the muffins the night before because there is just something a little special about starting the morning with freshly baked muffins. :) Look at these guys… drool.


I could hardly contain myself while waiting for them to cool down a bit.


Breakfast – finally!



Loved the pockets of blueberries on the inside!


So this recipe for the blueberry muffins was from The Best Light Recipe cookbook and it uses a combination of all purpose and cake flours. I chose to follow it to the T because I wanted a winning base recipe (which I could modify with ww pastry flour, etc. at a later date) and I trusted that this source could provide me with it. The muffins were delicious (use lemon zest in your baked goods – I swear it makes them extra special!) but honestly I missed the whole wheat goodness. They were too white for me! So funny how our palates adjust. Adam loved them of course! ๐Ÿ˜€

After my power breakfast I walked to work. Every morning I walk through this little park by Fenway.



Every Friday morning I see this painter. I said hello to him this time. :)


There are little cages with mini gardens that people take care of. I wanted to sit in those little chairs and relax instead of going to work :( They still made me happy because I imagined someone did get to enjoy them on a beautiful summer day like yesterday.


And then it was work time ๐Ÿ‘ฟ We’ll skip over it.

After work I met a friend of mine for a much needed glass of wine, and then met a bunch of beautiful bloggers at the movie theater to see Julie & Julia.


Can you recognize your favorite bloggers? ๐Ÿ˜‰ One of the girls snuck a bottle of wine + plastic glasses to the theater. I don’t think I’m ever going to the movie theater without beverages again. This was brilliant (although illegal, but whatevs) and made the movie experience after a long day that much more enjoyable. :mrgreen: Thank you, Erin, for organizing this! I LOVED the movie. Obviously being a movie about a food blogger, I could really relate to the heroine. I really want to see it again actually – with Adam this time. I think he would like it too. :)

How was your Friday? Are you excited for the weekend? I have lots of packing to do for the big move in 2 weeks. Yikes!

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15 comments to The beginning and the end

  • Hi Elina, thanks for visiting my blog! Your blueberry muffins look fantastic, and I’m jealous that you already saw Julie & Julia – I have to wait until Monday!

  • Those muffins look awesome! I love the idea of making the batter the night before… fresh-out-of-the-oven baked goods simply cannot be beat.

    I have yet to stumble upon that adorable garden. Where exactly is it?

    So much fun last night – especially with the illegal wine consumption ;).

  • Those muffins look fabulous! And I love the idea of sneaking wine into a movie theater – so fun!

  • Your blueberry muffins look so delicious! And that little park is so gorgeous. Fun blogger meet-up! I love that you guys snuck wine into the movies, haha :)

  • i feel the same way about my work days often. like, lets just skip over them, not talk about them, and forget about them please!!!!! at least you started and ended the day in a great way! i cant wait to see that movie :)

  • […] The June issue of Cooking Light contained a recipe for lobster rolls, which I used as an inspiration and a guideline for my own. ย The recipe failed to instruct readers on how exactly to cook the lobsters, so I looked elsewhere to glean this information. You can find step-by-step directions for how to boil lobster here. In case you’re wondering, I did indeed follow the apparently more humane approach detailed in the “tips” section of the instructions (this method also ensured that I didn’t replicate the lobster scene inย Julie & Julia, a wonderful movie that I had the pleasure of watching last night with a group of Boston bloggers). […]

  • Looks like you girls had a great time at the movies!!! Your muffins look perfect and I bet they taste even better! Thanks for the great tip about expired yogurt. Now I don’t have to rush to eat it all up!

  • that part of the fens is quite cute, i fantasize about having a plot there and growing lots of veggies:)

    i am tricky, aren’t i? :) thanks! (you are one of the few who caught it!)

  • Nice muffins to start your day off. Can’t believe someone snuck wine into the movie – not a bad idea though … Julia would probably have been proud. Hope Monday is better at work.

  • Those muffins look fabulous! I love that cookbook too.

    Glad you liked the movie. I can’t wait to see it.

  • Elina

    Rachel – I’m sure you’re going to love it! I’m already making a plan to see it again with other friends :)

    Lauren, there are a few entrances on Boylston St. I seeing how different people take care of their lots. So cute! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Daria – oh yeah – it’s sneaky but genius ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ttfn – I know! We’re going to have a tiny bit of land on our new patio. I can’t wait to grow some tomatoes and herbs or something. :)

    Zahavah – haha, who could have done that? ๐Ÿ˜‰ You’re awesome!

  • K

    Those muffins look incredible!! What a great group of bloggers to go see a movie :) How appropriate too! LOVE the addition of wine!

  • That’s so funny that you missed the whole wheat in the muffins! Weird how we start adjusting and liking being ‘healthy’. For me, I no longer like whole eggs in omelettes or scrambles. I’ve gotten so used to just egg whites that that’s all I want now.

  • I completely agree that my palatte has come to prefer wholewheat with most things!! Pasta, baked goods, and sandwich bread, definitely wholewheat. The only thing I can think of that I still love the “white” version of is hunky French bread or something like that :)


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