What I… Egg Cups {Recipe}

Happy humpday!  My mind is running all over the place today, 100 different directions.  Maybe it’s the lack of sleep?  Lack of coffee?  Too much coffee?  Wishing it was the weekend?  Thinking about the things I need to do before we go to Texas?  Because it’s 12/12/12?  I’ve got no clue but I’m not going to waste away the day wondering why.  Instead of a typical WIAW post I’m just gonna roll with the randomness…

Prepped over the weekend: eggie cups.  I feel somewhat silly saying these are a recipe because they’re super simple, but they’re great for when you’re short on time and for on-the-go.  You can use eggs or egg whites, whatever is your preference!

Egg Cups

Ingredients {per muffin}:

  • Cinnamon flax: 1 tablespoon flax seeds + ¼ teaspoon cinnamon + ¼ teaspoon stevia + 2 tablespoons egg
  • Pumpkin spice oats: 2 tablespoons oats + ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice + ¼ teaspoon stevia + 2 tablespoons egg
  • Veggie: 2 tablespoons frozen bell peppers + 2 tablespoons egg + sprinkle of salt + dash of pepper


Pour the ingredients into a greased muffin tin.  Stir to combine the ingredients [I stirred directly in the tin, no need to dirty a bowl].  Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes.  Remove the tin from the oven and place the muffins on a wire rack to cool.  Enjoy!

Do when I first wake up: rollover to kiss Ryan and freshen up in the restroom.  Regardless of whatever Ryan says about me looking “cute,” I feel rather beat- my hair is a mess and my breath stinks.

Drink in the morning: a frothy cappuccino or coffee with Silk.  Sometimes I’ll add a slash of pure vanilla extract or Torani syrup for an extra shot of flavor.  This morning I tried maple syrup!

Do before I leave for work: catch-up on emails, read blogs, walk Charlie, pack lunches, and make breakfast…  All with coffee in hand.

Eat for breakfast: something sweet.  Oats, pancakes, peanut butter, waffles, yogurt.  This morning I tried sweet eggs for the first time and served them up with two Van’s frozen waffles.

Dread every morning: beltway traffic.  The hot lanes are a blessing and a curse.  This morning is a perfect example: some jerk speeds up behind me, lays down his horn, starts waving his hands, and tailgates me until I’m able to pull into the other lane [there are only 2 lanes].  Then he proceeds to cut me off and slam on his breaks, I nearly rear-ended him…  And then he got pulled over by a po-po.  Karma stinks!

Have on my nails: glitter gold shellac.  Perfect for this weekend’s wedding!

Eat for lunch: a combo of fruit + veggies + protein + carbs.  Today I have a grapefruit, fresh veggies, turkey and cheese roll-ups, lentil chips, and a few Healthy Bites.

Cannot stop watching: Friday Night Lights.  We’re averaging 2-3 episodes per night and speeding through season 4.


Order at Starbucks: a grande skim cappuccino, topped off with a heavy shake of cinnamon.

Am looking forward to: our honeymoon.  Only 38 more days until we’re cruising around the Caribbean and soaking up the sun!


Listen to: Pandora’s Today’s Hits Radio, T. Swift Radio, and lately Christmas Radio.

Do after work: head to the gym for a sweat session.  This week’s TNT challenge:

This is a fun and basic challenge.  You can complete it in your living room, office, or hotel room and all you need is your own body weight and gravity, no equipment!

5 push-ups

5 lunges (per leg)

10 push-ups

10 lunges (per leg)

15 push-ups

15 lunges (per leg)

20 push-ups

20 lunges (per leg)

Am slowly learning to do: rest.  90% of the time I’m go-go-go but I’m learning to appreciate the slower times too.  Sometimes nothing feels better than sprawling out on the couch under a comfy blanket and getting sucked into a silly show.

Snack on: fruit and something with a good balance of protein + fiber + carbs to fuel me for my sweat sessions and to keep my belly full until dinner.  Some of my favorites include bars, cottage cheese or yogurt + cereal concoctions, nuts, popcorn, and turkey roll-ups.

Received yesterday on my doorstep: a box full of divine holiday cookies from this awesome girl and a precious handwritten holiday card from this fabulous girl.  And we still have a couple of cookies from this wonderful girl.  I’m so thankful and happy to have a kitchen overflowing with sweet treats!

Am asking my momma for for Christmas: a subscription to pv.body.  A new workout outfit every month?  Sign me up!


Do at night: eat dinner, cuddle with my boys, and fall asleep on the couch.  I’ll always love and appreciate that Ryan tucks me into bed.

Live by: faith.  Always have faith that everything will work out how it’s supposed to.


Forget to do around the house: to turn off the lights and to replace the trash bag after emptying the trash can.

Eat for dinner: lately standing over the stove after a busy day doesn’t sound appealing.  Brinner, salads, and semi-homemade meals have become my go-to’s.  As long as it includes some sort of carb + protein to refuel post-workout I’m satisfied.

Procrastinate doing: the laundry and ironing.  There’s a pile of clothes that’s been sitting in our bedroom giving me the stink eye and begging for some TLC for quite some time.

Love doing during the holidays: looking at all of the Christmas lights and spending time with my family.


Eat before bed: something sweet.  A cookies, piece of dark chocolate, ice cream, popcorn, a VitaTop, or yogurt.  I love starting and ending my day on a sweet note.

Have to watch every Christmas: Chevy Chase Christmas Vacation.


Am waiting to hear: if my number was drawn to run in the Nike Women’s Half Marathon.

Wear around the house: big baggy sweats and slipper socks.  Good old sweats from my high school sports teams.

Yesterday… #elf4Health 12/11 Day 16: Clean out your fridge and pantry today!  Get rid of expired and unhealthy things!  Done and done!

Today… #elf4Health 12/12 Day 17: No need to save all your veggies for dinner.  Eat 3 servings of vegetables by 2pm.  A few of the veggie eggie cups would have been great if I didn’t eat them all last night 😛

Question:  Are you superstitious?  12/12/12/?  I don’t believe that if you walk under a ladder or break a mirror you’ll be cursed with bad luck, but I do think things happen for a reason…

Question:  What random thought is floating through your mind today?

— Allison


Satisfyingly Simple

Ghoulddd morning!  I started saying “ghoulddd morning” around Halloween and it’s kinda stuck…  Just go with it [ha]!  This morning I woke up feeling a little funky so I wasn’t in the mood to whip out any pots or pans, or to use any appliances.  Breakfast was satisfyingly simple…

an apple, Greek yogurt with pumpkin pie spice, and cereal

Cheerios, Kashi Go Lean, and Peanut Butter Puffins

This morning I’m on a mission to find a new coffee maker and make a purchase.  Thank you to all y’all who provided me with some insight regarding my coffee/espresso combo machine vs. Keuirg debate!  But…  I’m still undecided- I like the idea of making a cappuccino at home [I love frothy milk!], but I’m also enticed by the Keurig’s ease and quickness…



The rest of my day should be fun and relaxing.  I’m planning to: finish writing my Christmas thank-you’s, start reading “House Rules” by Jodi Picoult, get my sweat on at the gym, and meet a girlfriend at the mall to shop and/ or see a movie…

“Wishing You A Wonderful Holiday Season”

Oh, and make hamburgers for dinner [as requested by my Dear]…  BEEF, it’s whats for dinner!


P.S.  Check out DJ Earworm’s Mashup- United State of Pop 2011…  Regardless of what type of music you listen to, you gotta admit the guy has talent!


Featured songs include:

  • Adele – Rolling In The Deep
  • Adele – Someone Like You
  • Black Eyed Peas – Just Can’t Get Enough
  • Bruno Mars – Grenade
  • Bruno Mars – The Lazy Song
  • Britney Spears – Till The World Ends
  • Cee Lo Green – F* You
  • Enrique Iglesias – Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)
  • Foster the People – Pumped Up Kicks
  • Jennifer Lopez – On The Floor
  • Jeremih feat. 50 cent – Down On Me
  • Katy Perry – Firework
  • Katy Perry – E.T.
  • Katy Perry – Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)
  • Lady Gaga – Born This Way
  • LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem
  • LMFAO – Sexy and I Know It
  • Lupe Fiasco – The Show Goes On
  • Maroon 5 – Moves Like Jagger
  • Nicki Minaj – Super Bass
  • OneRepublic – Good Life
  • Pink – Raise Your Glass
  • Pitbull – Give Me Everything
  • Rihanna – S&M
  • Rihanna – We Found Love

Question:  What’s your go-to breakfast when you’re not in the mood to cook?

Question:  What’s your fave hamburger recipe?  What are your fave hamburger toppings?

— Life's a Bowl


Doing What I Want

This week I am thoroughly enjoying my first winter break as a teacher!

Over the weekend went to the mall to spend some of my Christmas monies…  Despite all of the traffic and aggressive drivers, it was totes worth it!  All of the stores had awesome sales [that felt almost like steals]!  Unfortunately, lululemon, didn’t have any “steal-like” sales, but they did have quite a few sale racks that lured me in…

2 bras, 2 tops, 2 bottoms

I also got a sequined dress [for bday party] from Francesca’s!

i wonder if Marilyn would approve?

The rest of my plans for the week include lots of…


Avoiding the doctor’s office…

Enjoying some tasty eats…

a garbage bowl salad topped with a veggie burger

Fage…  this stuff seriously tastes like cherry pie filling [the addition of graham crackers would be a good “crust”]

gingerbread men- why does everyone bite the head off first?

yogurt bowl [apple butter Greek yogurt + PB Puffins + freeze-dried strawberries and bananas]

turkey + hummus pressed pita pocket

whole wheat brancakes topped with apple butter cottage cheese

Playing with Christmas presents and my DSLR camera [a birthday present]…

Catching up with girlfriends…

a yoga class [at the gym not on the beach, although the beach would be nice!]

seeing New Year’s Eve

Getting my sweat on…

And, looking for a puppy!


P.S.  My good friend Heather [who did a fabulous guest post in August] has been flourishing in the modeling world and has graciously offered to share some of her most recent photos…  Stay tuned later this week!

Question:  My Dear bought be a fabulous coffee/ espresso combo machine for Christmas but unfortunately, it didn’t work properly so we returned it.  I’m supposed to look online this week and pick out a new one- what should I get?  A coffee/ espresso combo machine or a Keuirg…

Question:  Do you have to work this week?

— Life's a Bowl