Miracle muffins + V8 soup giveaway winner

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 elina@healthyandsane.com


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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