Healthy and Sane

Miracle muffins + V8 soup giveaway winner

October 30th, 2009 · 24 Comments · baking, beef, Boston, breakfast, Eating out, Ellie Krieger, salad, sandwich, snacks

On Wednesday night, I baked the CEiMB recipe of the week: pumpkin pie muffins. I had a little bite to make sure they were edible and quickly put the rest away because I knew I could eat the whole 6 muffins right then and there! Then I set out to do something crazy ambitious – wake up extra early for a morning workout. Whoa – that’s just whack 😉 My alarm went off bright and early the next morning. I almost turned it off, but then I remembered – I can have 1/2 muffin for a pre-workout snack! I was lying in bed, contemplating what to do, but I couldn’t stop thinking about the muffins!! So I crawled out of bed, grabbed 1/2 of a muffin and proceeded to get ready for the strength class. I made it to the class on time! Thank you, miracle muffins, for getting me out of bed 😆

The strength class was just ok, but honestly I couldn’t handle something more intense early in the morning (yeah, I am slooooow before my morning coffee and some down time) so it was the right pace for that hour in the day. I will say that it was pretty fantastic to be done (and showered) by 8:30! I actually made it to work a little earlier than I usually do. Kind of ironic. Back to the miracle muffins…


1 pumpkin spice muffin, 1 small plain oikos with 1/2 banana + coffee


Of course the muffin was the star of breakfast.  It was so light and moist! Ellie’s baked good recipes are my favorite (I find the savory ones to be a hit or miss) and this one definitely goes on my “to be made again” list. I halved the recipe (now totally regret it…), used powdered buttermilk and added walnuts to the batter. I thought the walnuts were a really amazing addition. They add a nice texture, some healthy fats and of course great taste. Mmm, nuts… and MUFFINS!! Ok, now I sound crazy….


Thank you, Oddball Oven Mitt, for picking this recipe for us to make!! 😀


Salad: mixed greens, grilled chicken, grapes, walnuts, dried blueberries, cranberries and raisins + goat cheese and strawberry balsamic vinegar




+last piece of the chocolate bread with Barney Butter



Baby carrots and sugar snap peas


I really love this combo (note the Halloween colors!). The sugar snap peas remind me of my wedding day. We had a bunch of them in the house and I didn’t want them to go to waste (we were going on our honeymoon the day after the wedding) so I brought them to the hotel to snack on while we were getting ready. My make up and hair people were so confused. Is she always this healthy? Haha

No, I’m not always this healthy… my second snack was a Dancing Deer Baking Co caramel pecan brownie. I still think these may be the best brownies I’ve ever had. Dancing Deer is a local company and they sell these brownies in my local supermarket, in packages of 4! Yeah, can you say dangerous? :)


After work I also had 2 glasses of Cabernet at Brownstone. No pics, I had half of my company there. The wine could have something to do with the reason I thought my dinner was beyond incredible… but probably not 😉


B.good cousin Oliver beef burger with the optional secret sauce, no onion


There were large slices of tomato and lots of pickles (I love pickles!!!!) and the secret sauce was amazing – again I think it had lots of pickles and maybe capers. I slathered it on :)


I think I need to become a spokesperson for b.good because every time I have one of their burgers (and usually salads) I can’t stop raving about them. I always know I like the place, yet for some reason I’m blown away by the food – every time! I’ve also been trying to be adventurous and try to get a different kind of burger every time I’m there. This was my first time trying the cousin Oliver and I am definitely a fan. Maybe I’ll do a post one day, listing every burger by my order of preference. I think the adopted Luke is the only one I haven’t tried yet… and I’ve never tried their veggie burgers. I’m afraid they have onions :(

And that’s my day. Try those muffins… and b.good if you live in the Boston area!!! 😀


The winner of the V8 soup giveaway is commenter #9! Congratulations!! Please email me your address to


Sorry, last thing – are any of you Bostonians going to the Vegetarian Food Festival? I think I’m going to check it out on Sunday!

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24 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - sister inna

    ha! i totally remember the sugar snap peas! i think we have photos of them he he he
    i will test out the b.good veggie for ya when i’m in town 😉

  • #2 - ashley (sweet & natural)

    Love those brownies! I think Dancing Deer makes the best store-bought brownies you can buy – but oddly, the caramel pecan is always fudgier than the other flavors. Whole Foods bakery brownies are also amazing.

  • #3 - kirsten

    I’m going to the veg food festival but unfortunately the only time I can go is tomorrow AM! Ill let you know how it is!

  • #4 - MelissaNibbles

    Now that’s motivation for a workout!
    I’ve been dying to get to b.good! There’s one in Dedham in the new shopping center. Maybe I can convince the bf to go tonight.

  • #5 - Jenna

    that burger looks sooo delicious!

  • #6 - Kelly

    Your mornings sound like mine, onlyabout 1/2 the time, probably more, I give in and go back to sleep. I desperately want to be an AM morning person but I’m afraid it’s just not me.

    Thanks for asking on my blog about my teaching. It’s going much better. I’m definitely getting into the swing of things and now that assignments are due and they are doing in class presentations it’s less prep work for me.

    I think I might be going to the Veg Food Fest on Sunday as well with a friend so perhaps I’ll see you there. She went last year and mentioned it was a little nutty so we might peace out if it’s too crazy.

  • #7 - Eve

    Morning workouts are a great way to start your day – you feel so energized and accomplished first thing in the morning :)

    Your lunch salad looks amazing! Such a great combination of flavors. I love the combo of sweet and savory in a salad.

  • #8 - peggy

    Ok call me stupid. What is Oiku? Love the muffins and you did a great job! Glad they woke you up!! Have a safe and happy Halloween.

  • #9 - Madeline @ GreensandJeans

    morning workouts are the only way to go! if I put it off I’ll never do it!

  • #10 - Lara (Thinspired)

    That definitely looks like my kind of salad! I love them with fruit, nuts, and cheese :)
    I have heard so much about B. good from all the Bostonian bloggers that I must visit there when I finally make it to Boston!

  • #11 - Nicole (dishin')

    Your meals are all so appetizing…good balance of healthy ones with a few treats too. I love b.good – everything is awesome there. Your burger looks fantastic!

    I am thinking of going to the vegetarian food fest tomorrow. We’ll see if I make it!

  • #12 - Liz

    Those are miracle muffins! :) I really liked them, but it takes more than a muffin to get me up in the mornings. Happy Friday!

  • #13 - Shannon

    I love the association you have between your wedding and peas!

    I’m definitely a morning exerciser. It takes much more motivation to work out later int he day than it does to get up.

  • #14 - Shannon

    so many yummy things–muffins, that salad, burger… you’re making me hungry :) wish i was going to be around, i’d totally go to the veggie food fest! bummed to miss it, let me know how it is!

  • #15 - Diana (Soap & Chocolate)

    Your muffins are so pretty! You must have put on the toppings by hand. Such patience. :) I think I might have to make some muffins now too!

  • #16 - Killian

    Your lunch looks freaking epic!!! I heart dried fruit and strawberry and balsamic!!! I bought my first bottle of V8 today. Haven’t tried it yet but my nutritionist says it’s great! Looks alright. Heard good stuff about it too. Thanks for the post, your blog is great <3

  • #17 - sue

    i love dancing deer co…so yummy :) i’m planning on going to the veg fest on sunday if i’m still functional after halloween night…i’ll say hi if i see you around!

  • #18 - Diana

    my god, everything looks so delicious!!

  • #19 - Lele

    I’m going to the festival on Saturday! Although who knows, if it’s fun, maybe I’ll go Sunday too!

  • #20 - Erika

    sooooo close – I was #10! haha these giveaways are just not my luck!

    i had that snack baggie of carrots & snap peas 3 times today – I like your thinking lady! and those cupcakes look BOMB.

  • #21 - Sara

    haha, that is a miracle muffin! It would take way more than that to get my lazy butt out of bed. Good for you!

  • #22 - Peanut Butter Bliss

    holy smokes that muffin looks so cute and delicious :)
    mm that burger sure does look fantastic!

  • #23 - 24carrot

    The pumpkin muffins really were amazing. I’m glad they are gone though – very dangerous!

  • #24 - Maria

    I’ll have to try walnuts in the “miracle muffins”…..loved them!
    Great blog!