Blackberry Cupcakes

I hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day Weekend!
I am currently outside on my patio, enjoying my coffee and starting a (hopefully) relaxing weekend.


This week, I decided Monday wasn’t going to be do-able without sugar and fruit involved, so I picked up some blackberries and got to work.


The result was a hit.



I don’t think my coworkers mind being my cupcake guinea-pigs. I’ve been experimenting and bringing these to work, and boxing matches ensued. I’m glad I find hobbies/crafts/projects that make others happy. ❤

All in my 5’x8’ kitchen.

So, I hope the weekend is fun and eventful for you all!

❤ Hojo


Breakfast and Grouchy Cats

Well, today is the day I go in for a second interview with a company I’ve been in contact for the past few weeks. I’m nervous and excited over the idea of this job. Okay okay, that’s all I’m going to say for now, because I can’t jinx myself and post about it. Fingers crossed, prayers said, I’m ready.

30-Day Shred
Yesterday, I completed day 5 of the Julian Michaels 30-Day Shred, and while I am noticing some results, it’s hard to keep up with it day after day. It’s just making it a part of my daily routine, just like the running and home management, and it will become easier as the weeks go by. I am noticing things are getting tighter and trouble areas are going away already, even though the scale hasn’t budged. But, like I said, you can’t judge your figure by the numbers on the scale. I feel healthier and stronger, and that’s what counts. Day 6 of the Shred is going to be completed this afternoon, I’ll let you all know how it goes.

If I can get my cat off of my yoga mat. –___-

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Kind of rivals this one…


(I LOVE grumpy cat!!!)


The past couple days, I’ve been craving protein to soothe the sore muscles in my legs and arms. So, of course, I’ve turned to some pretty delicious egg dishes. I’ve also learned to put Mrs. Dash (the original flavor) on everything. I think I’ve become obsessed.

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This is a 2 egg-white omelet with spinach and about a teaspoon of feta. I topped it with half an avocado and Mrs. Dash, and I was in absolute heaven! This was probably one of the best breakfasts I’ve had in a while, restaurants included.

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This next dish was sautéed spinach. shitake mushrooms and half a diced red pepper. I topped it with two poached eggs, and, you guessed it, Mrs. Dash. Both recipes are loaded with veggies and are salt-free. So, for those cold mornings, or when you’re craving a big breakfast, there it is! 😀
I think people make poached eggs out to be more complicated than they really are. It’s as easy as boiling water, in my opinion. I found a great instruction on doing it here.

2013-04-03 13.06.50(Can’t forget my morning glass of mean green!)

That’s what’s been going on so far. Tomorrow is Meal Planning Day, so I might post my meal plans for the week. I’m a big fan of food from other cultures, and I periodically have cravings for Asian, Mexican, Indian, etc., so I’ve been trying to find creative ways to incorporate healthy versions of these dishes into my meal plans.

Here’s Tuesday’s Sukiyaki:
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(Tofu, Shitake and Enoki mushrooms, sliced beef, Chinese cabbage and Soba Noodles.) One of my absolute favorite cold-weather dishes. It makes a TON of food for about $12-14.

So, that’s it for today.

Are there any dishes from other cultures you regularly prepare?