Jan 022013

Hey there, kiddos! I don’t know about you, but I am so glad that it’s already Wednesday. I woke up this morning dragging my feet and dreading work (after eleven days off I was getting pretty spoiled) until I remembered that it’s already Wednesday. Woohoo! I can totally deal with that πŸ˜‰

Anyway, as part of my Wednesday routine around here I’d like to show you all some of the delicious things that I’ve been eating lately. However, instead of a usual What I Ate Wednesday post where I show you one day’s worth of food, I’m going to show you guys some of the delicious things I ate all last week and during the holidays. I have to warn you though, hardly any of it was healthy.

I went into the holidays with a mindset to enjoy and appreciate the festive holiday food, and that’s exactly what I did (I should clarify that I also made sure to workout a ton since I had so much free time, and I made sure to get back on track today with my Weight Watchers. It’s all about balance!).

I also have to stop for a moment to thank Jenn, as usual, for hosting the What I Ate Wednesday blogger linkup and for allowing us to all come together to talk about food πŸ™‚ What more could you ask for?

Β Ready? Set? Gooooo!

Friday after work Fabio and I kicked off the start of our holiday by enjoying a couple of glasses of champagne in front of the Christmas tree. This was a delicious and festive way to start off the weekend πŸ™‚ Also as a fun fact, my aunt pointed out that the outline of our champagne glasses creates a silhouette of a champagne bottle. It was totally on accident but kind of cool, right? Can you see it?
Later last weekend I went out with a few of my friends from home and enjoyed some casual beers and then this monstrous margarita. Holy tequila. It was delicious and pretty fun to drink πŸ™‚ We also had a few shots of tequila afterwords. Yikes.


I know I showed you all this pound cake that I made last Friday, and I was so excited to finally try it with my family. It turned out delicious and everyone seemed to really enjoy it (oh, and the cake balls were pretty well-received too!)


The night before Christmas Eve I went out to dinner with my grandparents after church. We went to Annie’s (where we went for my birthday) and I ordered this tilapia and spinach dish for my main meal. I was hoping it would be a lighter choice on the menu (fish + spinach? how bad could it be?), but with all that cream sauce and breading I was a bit disappointed. Oh well, it was delicious nonetheless!


The next day was Christmas Eve and we had a big feast at my grandparents’ house. We started off with a bloody marry for me (and my grandpa makes ’em strong!!) and a beer for Fabio. Delish!


Soon it was time to eat! On the menu was sweet potato casserole (with marshmallows, obvs), green bean casserole, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and turkey. Since we didn’t really get to celebrate Thanksgiving with my grandparents, it was nice to eat some Thanksgiving-type food for Christmas instead πŸ™‚


Hello, Mr. Turkey!


The next food photo that I have is from the morning after Christmas when my stepdad made me some delicious eggs with potato hash and toast. He is a great cook and this breakfast was no exception!! I wish he could make me this every morning! There is also another blood marry over there on the side πŸ˜‰ I guess they are popular in my family??


After the eggs I was pretty full all day, so I wound up skipping lunch. That means that by dinner time I was starving so Fabio and I ordered a pizza. Ledos, with chicken and tomatoes, of course. So good. Every time.


This picture is of a corn and potato soup that I made last week while I was home from work. It was based off a Weight Watchers recipe and is only 5 points plus for a generous 1 cup serving. It was really delicious, and the leftovers lasted me forever! I’ll have to post the recipe for you guys soon πŸ™‚


My next photo is from this past weekend when Fabio’s dad came to visit and we took him around to do touristy things in D.C. One of those activities included stopping by Ben’s Chili Bowl which is famous for its amazing history and A-list clientele. I have to admit that the food didn’t knock my socks off (I ordered a half smoke which was really good, but the chili, bun, and french fries were just okay) but I was truly fascinated when the owner stopped by our table to talk about the history of Ben’s.

Apparently Ben’s opened in the 1950’s and used to have people like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nat King Cole stopping by regularly by for their food. After Dr. King was murdered, riots engulfed the city and everything was in shambles. Ben’s was one of the few establishments that stayed open with special police permission in order to feed the volunteers who helped bring peace to the city.

Ben’s continued to grow over the decades, but really blossomed when Bill Cosby took his girlfriend (and now wife) there on dates. Mr. Cosby has made it a point to recommend Ben’s Chili Bowl to everyone he comes into contact with, including promoting Ben’s on Oprah, late night TV shows, and during his comedy routines.

Now Ben’s Chili Bowl has been visited by the president of France and Barack Obama! While the owner was telling us all this we saw a family from Texas and Australia. It was so cool to be able to talk to someone who has lived through so much history, even if the food was just mediocre.


Fabio’s dad also treated us to some Bolivian food while he was here, in the form of saltenas!! My absolute favorite! They are kind of like little chicken pot pies with chicken pieces, broth, and veggies inside. If you ever get a chance to try Bolivian food you must try saltenas. They are sooooo good.


After a very fun and very alcohol-filled New Year’s Eve, Fabio and I were left with some leftover champagne. Perfect for morning mimosas!! Such a fun way to celebrate New Year’s Day πŸ™‚

I also made some healthy baked pumpkin donuts to enjoy with our mimosas (btw Webster approves both spellings: doughnuts and donuts πŸ˜‰ fun fact for the day) using a new donut pan that I got for Christmas! They were delicious and I promise to post the recipe soon!


And finally, after all those days of unhealthy eating, I settled down to a nice “detoxing” plate of fresh fruit last night to try to cleanse my body of all the gunk. I’m also eating really healthy today and planning to complete an intensive workout when I get home today so hopefully I can repair any damage I did to my body after all that alcohol and junk food!

I have to admit though that I had a wonderful holiday vacation and I don’t regret my food choices for a minute πŸ™‚ As long as I can get back on track this week I should be a-okay!

Question of the day: Did you splurge on holiday favorites, or did you keep your clean eating going during the long break?

Although a lot of these meals were large and unhealthy, I did manage to snack on plenty of “normal” foods like bowls of cereal and fruit for breakfast or chicken and veggies for dinner. However, those pictures are a lot less fun to look at, so I enjoyed reminiscing with you all on some of the more “fun” things that I ate over the holidays πŸ™‚

 Posted by on January 2, 2013

  19 Responses to “WIAW #31: Enjoying the holidays”

  1. Holidays are meant to be enjoyed and you definitely did that! I keep seeing pizza in the blog world today and I could kill for some right now. I’m glad you didn’t do what a lot of bloggers do and eat healthy the entire time… a little indulgence is healthy once in awhile.

    • I agree! I ate healthy on the days where I knew I’d be home and could control what I ate, but when I was out with family and friends I didn’t really bother. I wanted to enjoy my time with them!

  2. I totally have been thinking it’s Monday all day. I didn’t even think about a WIAW post this morning!! Whoops! And man, some of those look so good! I have to admit, I didn’t always make the healthiest choices this holiday season, but I tried to at least mind my portion control. Most of the time. haha. Thank goodness the holidays are over! Bring on the New Years resolutions!

  3. Everyone needs a little (or a lot ;)) of tequila in their life!

    I so want that pizza and one of those pumpkin donuts. They look amaaaazing!

  4. I definitely splurged (and gained some weight while doing so), but I’m ok with it. I enjoyed the holidays and enjoyed being with my family and friends and that’s what matters. In the past, I’ve been so worried about what I was eating that I didn’t enjoy as much as I could’ve. Not this year!

    • I totally agree!! Why bother getting depressed around the holidays because you can’t enjoy a cookie or two? You can always work it off after! I think it’s way more important to know what you’re putting into your body and how it affects you. Balance is key!

  5. I splurged like there was no tomorrow but I tried to snack healthy so I don’t think I totally blew it. I feel ya though with the craving for “detox” foods. The holidays make you realize how much better your feel when you eat healthy!

  6. Good to know about the donuts spelling. I’m always catching myself, wondering if I’m spelling it wrong and looking like an idiot. ha so good I’m glad that’s not the case.

    I’m so intrigued by those saltenas, they sound delicious. I also loved hearing a bit of the history of Ben’s restaurant. I’m going to be sure and remember it for the next time I’m in D.C.

  7. I don’t even know what to comment on. Everything looks ridiculously AMAZING! Do not apologize for sharing the picture of that cake again, because it gives me something to drool over every time πŸ™‚ Ha Ha!

  8. Everything looks so yummy, Chelsea! I love the baked pumpkin donuts–seems like a way to treat yourself to sweets without going overboard for a fried donut! That sweet potato marshmallow casserole brings me back–it was always a staple at my Thanksgivings growing up. Bummed I haven’t had it in a while!

    I also wanted to tell you, on a personal note, that you have helped inspire me to officially join WW and start tracking my food as a means to lose about 10 lbs. My mom and friends have been raving about it, so I feel like it was bound to happen sooner or later — but reading about you starting back up made me take the jump! Nothing drastic but I think I’ll feel overall healthier and lighter and be able to complete my workouts easier. So thanks!

    • Jorie that is awesome!!! I am so happy to have helped inspire you!! I have been loving WW again and each day I feel so much better about myself when I am tracking what I eat and working hard. I’m so happy for you!! Please keep me posted along the way πŸ˜€

  9. All the food looks amazingggg! Would love to try a sweet potato marshmallow casserole – in the UK people aren’t really into that sort of thing – actually the thought of having sweet potato with something sweet would probably freak the majority of people out πŸ™ boooo.

  10. Oh man, it is def hard getting back into the swing of things at work! It was just so nice having some time off especially when I didn’t take a vacation all year! Looks like you had some amazing meals during your holidays though- that spread at your Grandparents looks delicious! And mmm soup and healthy doughnuts? Can’t wait for your recipes! I definitely believe in indulging on holidays- you generally only get that type of food once a year, so you should enjoy it!

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