I’m so glad you enjoyed today’s Friday Favorites! How about that White Chocolate-Covered Popcorn?!

I can’t wait to make it, as it’s basically my favorite Fall flavor combo – honey roasted peanuts + candy corn – on ‘roids. Muwahaha!

Anywho, I spent the morning and afternoon giving my to-do list my all, and swiftly knocked out the following in record time: 

  • Eye doctor appointment
  • Trader Joe’s run
  • Conference call
  • Write freelance article (all about better-for-you dip recipes for tailgating – can’t wait to share!)
  • Victoria’s Secret ‘roo sale (7 ‘roos for $25 – regularly 5 for $25!)
  • Exchange iPhone (the microphone on my phone stopped working so the apple store replaced the entire phone, no questions asked. Amazing! I feel like that never happens/big companies always find a way to blame you for whatever’s wrong with their product.)

I came home starving and awarded the title of most random lunch ever to myself for combining Egg Drop Soup, Spinach & Artichoke Quesadilla, and figs all on one plate.


It was one of those things where you look into the fridge and there’s too many good lookin’ things staring back at you, so rather then picking and choosing, you make them all instead. :) I started with Egg Drop Soup.


Lately I’ve been making this 2 minute soup when the evening munchies set in. It’s incredibly filling and ridiculously easy to make. All you do is boil low-sodium chicken broth, then whisk in 1 egg + 1 egg white that have been whisked together. Let the egg cook in the boiling broth for 30 seconds and you’re good to go!

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A 1/2 teaspoon or so of soy sauce makes this almost-instant soup totally satisfying and extraordinary.


A Spinach & Artichoke Dip Quesadilla was planted next door.


This mayo-free dip was one of the subjects of the freelance article I wrote today, and I stuffed some of the extra dip in between a low-carb tortilla, then crisped it up in a hot skillet. YUM.


For a sweet finish – fresh figs!


The first time I ever had a fig was one year ago in Italy, and I wanted to further torture myself re-live the anniversary of our trip with a sweet bite of the ripe fruit.


Figs are very mild in taste with a fun, poppy texture. I just LOVE them!


Like I said, most random lunch ever! ;)


Later I went for a 3 mile run, then came back and zipped through this 30-20-10 full-body circuit:

30 crunches (abs)

30 reverse crunches (abs)

30 modified pushups (arms)

30 bicep curls with 5lb free weights (arms)

30 high knees (legs)

30 deep squats holding free weights (legs)

1 minute plank (total body – sqeeeze it!)

* Repeat entire circuit doing each exercise 20 times each and a 45 second plank, then repeat again doing each exercise 10 times each and a 30 second plank.

I feel as though the last plank alone earned me a couple glasses of the Skinny Girl Margarita Ben just walked in the door holding – whee!