old school.

by Janetha on November 10, 2011

in meals,recipes

i received a comment yesterday asking if i would do a full day of food sometime,  so i figured there is no time like the present. time for an old school meals & moves post! well, without the moves since i am on doctor’s orders


breakfast @ 8:45 AM. (i overslept by a LONG shot.. must have been that lortab i took last night!)

i start my morning off with 1/2 cup of applesauce and my probiotic that i have been taking for my GI issues. that’s a story for another day.


today’s breakfast was an egg sandwich with 2 fried egg whites, 2 slices of black forest ham, 1/2 ounce of goat cheese all sandwiched between a toasted english muffin.


i usually do one whole egg and pair it with laughing cow cheese because i love the flavor of egg yolks, but i purchased goat cheese the other day and decided to leave the yolk out so the flavor of the goat cheese would shine through. and it did.


i also had coffee with almond milk—a staple for me. sometimes i drink my coffee black, other times i put a tea bag in it, but most times i just add a splash of almond milk.

i drank lots of water between breakfast and lunch. i was making up for yesterday when i drank only about a liter of water. i know.. so bad.

lunch @ 1:45 PM.



i had a bowl of leftover chicken & rice soup with whole wheat saltines. yes, in my breakfast bowl. pretend it says lunch. this soup is still good on the third day!

i also had an adora calcium disc after lunch, i am trying to quit the candy basket after developing the bad habit of eating 3-4 pieces of candy each day after lunch last week.


i used to never crave something sweet after lunch, but now it’s like my tongue is trained to crave that something sweet. i need to change that. there’s nothing wrong with dessert.. but i prefer eating dessert in the evening, after dinner, not after lunch.

so.. remember how i told you i was going to bake last night? well, i did! i made up a batch of pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes. i didn’t take photos of the finished product, however, because i wanted to take photos in natural light. i was going to do that after work today.. but then my office got the best of me and i didn’t get home until well after the sun went down.  by the time i walked in the door it was a bit past six o’clock.  natural light fail.

i want to share the recipe with you, so i went ahead and shot a few photos under the bright kitchen lights.. the photos definitely don’t do these festive pumpkin treats justice.


i typically eat a snack around five o’clock—right before heading to the gym. it was past six o’clock and there was no gym on the agenda, but my stomach was wondering what happened to the usual five o’clock snack, so i did what any normal person would do and ate a cupcake. sometimes, you gotta.

snack @ 6:15 PM.


these cupcakes are somewhat healthy—you’ll notice that when you see the ingredients—but i definitely wouldn’t call these a health food item if you know what i mean. they’re still a treat.

pumpkin cheesecake cupcakes.

makes 12 muffins



  • 15 oz can pure pumpkin
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste (or extract)


  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1/2 cup xylitol (or other sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 cup evaporated cane juice (or other sweetened of choice)
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • scant 1/4 tsp salt


  • 8 oz neufchatel cheese (or 1/3 less fat cream cheese)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees (f).
  2. combine all wet ingredients in a mixing bowl using an electric beater/standup mixer.
  3. combine all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
  4. slowly add dry bowl to wet bowl, mixing on low speed until just combined.
  5. line a cupcake pan with liners OR use a silicone cupcake pan (that’s what i did) OR spray a metal cupcake pan with baking spray.
  6. fill each cup with about 3 TB of batter.
  7. combine cheese, egg white and vanilla with an electric beater/standup mixer.
  8. add a spoonful of the cheese mixture to each cup—distribute evenly among the 12 cups.
  9. use the rest of the batter to top each cup, distributing evenly among the 12 cups.
  10. bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

nutritional information per cupcake: 198 calories, 32g carbs, 7g protein, 6g fat, 8g sugar, 5g fiber.


not bad for a delicious cupcake!

notes: i used whole wheat pastry, coconut and almond flours because i had all of them on hand. i am sure you could experiment with different kinds of flour, just make sure it adds up to the same amount.  i used a combo of xylitol and evaporated cane juice for my sweetener, but if you use the equivalent of one cup of sweetener you should be good to go. i hate stevia, but xylitol is one reduced calorie sweetener i do enjoy. i found it at whole foods.

after eating a cupcake, i got to work on dinner. we usually eat dinner around 8:30 PM because of the gym.. but even though there was no gym tonight, we still ate pretty late! marshall and i both worked later than usual today, though, so it’s probably good that neither of us went to the gym or dinner would have been at 10 PM.

dinner @ 7:45 PM.



we had greek salads, couscous, and roasted potatoes for dinner. instead of grilling the chicken like we usually do, i cooked it on the stove because it’s dark and cold outside. it turned out just as tasty! i roasted the tomatoes this time around which was a real good idea.


i asked marshall if he wanted potatoes or couscous and his answer was, “both.” smart guy.


can’t forget the hummus+tzatziki for dipping.


it’s safe to say i will be eating either an orange creamsicle or a root beer float bar later tonight.


i have been eating these things like crazy! i spotted them in the freezer aisle a couple weeks ago and looked at the nutrition labels for kicks.


sure, they have a few funky ingredients, but they are only 100 calories and they remind me of my childhood. a few funky ingredients won’t kill me and 100 calories for a delicious, satisfying treat is pretty stellar, so i have been eating one for dessert almost every night. an added bonus is that they are cheap.. $2.50 for a box of six.

and can i now just say HOLY CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

are you still reading? this post is miles long! i am actually in shock that i used to post full-day posts every single day. and to think, i would post my workout, too! how did i even have readers?!

i feel like this post was way too long and probably pretty boring. i know for a fact that i would never go back to documenting ALL my meals every day. taking the photographs alone took so much extra time out of my day.. and then this post took for flipping ever to type. i honestly do not know how i used to do this on a regular basis.

the fact that marshall and i used to get into a lot of arguments over my blogging habits makes a lot of sense. i always had to take photos of everything and then i had to take the time to publish it all. these days, i whip my camera out a lot less often and only talk about noteworthy meals. this leaves more wiggle room for other types of posts… and also leaves me with a lot more time.

okay, i am going to shut up now. i promise tomorrow’s post will be much, much, MUCH shorter. for my sake AND for yours.


1. do you enjoy reading blogs that post every meal, every day?

2. what treats (homemade or store bought) remind you of your childhood?

xo. janetha g.

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm

1. do you enjoy reading blogs that post every meal, every day? = no, not really. I used to not mind it but now I’m like why do I care this woman ate broccoli at 11:13am and ate a sandwich at 11:42 and at 2pm made a smoothie. A little of that is fine but day in, day out, the blow by blow, nah..not so interesting anymore.

But your old meals posts were always great and i was shocked you had time for it all AND the moves.

I look back at my old posts and am shocked I wrote half the stuff I wrote…the length, the focus or lack thereof, so I can relate to this

“how did i even have readers?!

i feel like this post was way too long and probably pretty boring.”

That’s the story of the first 18 mos of my blog. Heck, it’s the story in the present some days. Thank you for this post actually b/c it helped me examine my own blogging & time mgmt stuff :)

Jill Hanner November 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm

I do enjoy seeing posts of what people are eating everyday. Sorry that it takes a lot of time, but it’s worth it- I think!

Tiffany November 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Ok, so I’m still shock that those bars are only $2.50 a box. Novelty treats are usually $4 to $5 here, it’s absolute madness. But then again, I’m in Florida so they are high in demand.

Love the greek salads with chicken. I don’t have a grill so make my chicken on the stovetop most of the time and love the versatility that comes with it. Plus, anything with hummus is a-ok in my book.

I don’t like reading blogs about what people eat every day because I think they tend to be the most boring. I like pulling up my google reader and seeing a new blog entry with not knowing what it’s going to be about beforehand—kinda like yours! :)

I’ve always been interested in how it takes a toll on a relationship for bloggers significant others, if they are truly supportive, if they fight over it, etc.

Missy November 10, 2011 at 9:09 pm

No, I do not like to read every meal daily. I like reading some people’s occasional daily meals, like yours, Deb’s and a few others who eat sensibly. I will no longer read blogs with daily 1/4 cup oatmeal, 3 lettuce leaves, and 1/2 cup chickpeas with a few roasted veggies thrown in. It’s craziness!
Those cupcakes look great and you deserved one after your trauma yesterday! But it was Vanilla cupcake day today ;)
Homeade biscuits, chicken and dumplings, and my Nanny’s blueberry pies remind me of my childhood. And for the store bought, Hostess fried apple pies and fireballs
And your post was NOT too long!

Sable@SquatLikeALady November 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm

FYI!!! You labeled the wet ingredients “dry” and vice versa in your recipe :) Obbbbviously not a big deal but something I do all the time and wish someone would point out to me! lol!!!

This recipe looks AWESOME. I wonder if I could use blended soft tofu instead of greek yogurt for a dairy-free version? Or maybe coconut-milk yogurt…. hmm. I will have to get out my baking apron :D and just in time for Thanksgiving!! Yippee!

Janetha November 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm

hahaha THANK YOU

Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Ahahahahah love you and miss you. Just so you know I’m moving in so I can eat all of your food. Okaybye.

Mary-Heather November 10, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Ha, this post was long and there’s no way I could write one this length every day, either, BUT it was interesting and that recipe looks great – thanks for taking the type to share it! Every-meal-every-day posts can get overwhelming (especially when they are done multiple times throughout a day) but I love food, period, so getting meal plan ideas is great. :)

Creamsicles are a favorite childhood treat of mine, too, and I recently posted a creamsicle sandwich cookie recipe on my blog – it’s nowhere even CLOSE to being in a healthy range of recipes ;) but they tasty. Orange + vanilla = always yum!

Ty November 10, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I actually do like reading everything people eat. I get a lot of great ideas and since I’m not at my healthiest weight yet it helps me to see how people who look the way I want to look eat!

I don’t like people who eat oatmeal every single day.

How did that even happen? How did OATMEAL become the God of breakfast and super star of the blog world?

I digress.

Kris November 10, 2011 at 9:39 pm

haa – ‘this post is a mile long’ <– there's your miles! ;) LOVE YOU!

(mmm, pumpkin! looks awesome!)

Janetha November 10, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Wait.., what? I don’t get it.

Elaine November 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm

like the “moves” part of your blog, maybe? since you’re not allowed to workout, the length of your blog (mile) makes up for that? :) just a guess!

Elaine November 10, 2011 at 9:51 pm

that dinner looks really good! how do cook your couscous? i got a 4oz sample pack from bob’s red mill the other week and there are no cooking instructions.

1. i like reading your blog in general! and i’d prob continue to read daily no matter what you post!

2. dixie cups remind me of grade school and ham and cheese with mayo on white bread sandwiches remind me of my grandma because thats what she made for school lunches, along with a warm thermos of milk! i’m so surprised that kids back then (ha, in the 80s!) didn’t get food poisoning more often! warm mayo and milk…yuck. it’s prob why i hate milk so much.

Janetha November 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Oh my gosh! Yes. That cheap thin sandwich ham with cheese, mayo and wonder bread. I ate that all the time. For the couscous, I boiled 1.25 cups water then stirred in 1 cup couscous, covered it and removed from heat. After it sat for 10 min I fluffed it with a fork and added white balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. I’d say for 4oz just use 5 or 6 oz of water :)

Elaine November 10, 2011 at 10:00 pm

yes. you know exactly what sandwich i’m talking about :) and thanks for the couscous tip! i’ll be making it this weekend now that i have directions :)

Nataliya @irunforicecream November 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm

The chicken looks really good! Can you post a recipe? Our grill is also out for the winter, but my chicken in the over always turns out too dry and flavorless.

Janetha November 10, 2011 at 10:00 pm

The recipe for the marinade is on another post… Click the link above that says Greek salad. Instead of grilling the chicken, I heated a skillet over medium hear and sprayed it with olive oil. I cooked the chicken in the skillet, turning the chicken rarely because I find the more I stir it, the drier it becomes. I cook over medium because if it’s any hotter, the chicken will get tough on the outside before it’s done on the inside. Hope that helps :)

Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats November 10, 2011 at 10:14 pm

I think eats posts depend on the blog. I like your meals posts because you always have bomb ass food and I want you to make my stuff every day. lol. I have found that blogging about my eats daily has even began to bore me so why would anyone else want to read it! One treat that reminds me of childhood is Zebra Cakes. I loved those things–especially when washed down with a Dr. Pepper. Mmm HFCS.

Juliette November 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I don’t really read a ton of blogs, just cool one’s like yours:) It seems like it would be very tiring and stressful to capture everything you ate everday.

Tootsie Pops. Still a favorite today.

Kristin @ STUFT Mama November 10, 2011 at 11:44 pm

I just bought that same goat cheese from Costco the other day. I’m going to copy you with an egg sandwich. :)
That post was long…. but fun. I always think I need to shorten my posts. I get distracted. just like I am now with this comment. :)
Those muffins look fabulous!
Hope you feel better soon!

lindsay November 11, 2011 at 4:40 am

okay now i have been missing out on this costco cheese. Am i blind or does the austin costco not carry it. Can you tell i really like my goat cheese?

Sara @ Nourish and Flourish November 11, 2011 at 12:25 am

This post may have been on the lengthier side, but no part of it bored me in the least bit–honestly!! :-)

I enjoy reading about a day’s worth of eats, but only *occasionally*. Seeing pictures of oatmeal, apples and kabocha squash day in and day out gets old very quickly!

Seeing pictures of delicious egg sandwiches and cheesecake muffins, on the other hand, is quite exciting! Thanks for the fab ideas! xoxo

Sierra November 11, 2011 at 4:05 am

Some people’s eats are worth reading and some are not. Yours look delicious, so I loved it and now all I can think about is that egg sandwich with goat’s cheese.

You write well, so it’s quick and easy to read.

cathy@1970kikiproject November 11, 2011 at 4:13 am

great recipe, j! thanks for sharing.
i am glad you found stuff to do to fill the usual “gym time” part of your day. that’s the worst when you can’t work out – “what am i going to do?” and thanks for sharing, too, about how much time is involved in chronicling meals for the day…and that significant others aren’t always the most patient! glad you have evolved your blogging style to suit your current lifestyle.
i skip over the photos and descriptions if bloggers post their food all the time – i prefer to read about life stuff, musings, acitivities…but really i read blogs for the personality/person behind the blog. that’s why i keep reading yours!!!
happy friday!

lindsay November 11, 2011 at 4:38 am

wait a minute, are you saying that costco sells goat cheese in bulk now? hold the phone!! no way!?
haha, i love this post. But i don’t know how people document their every bite and lick everyday. i can barely document my thoughts.
love you.

Nicole, RD November 11, 2011 at 5:04 am

Your breakfast sandwich sounds amazing!! I need to ditch the turkey sausage for some ham and the low-fat colby for some goat cheese! YUM!

Meg November 11, 2011 at 5:11 am

It gets pretty boring if a blog posts their daily meals everyyyyyyyyyyy single day, but I quite enjoyed this :) And hey, you treated us with a recipe too :D thanks xo

Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 11, 2011 at 5:27 am

I’d rather read about a person’s everyday life or things of that nature. Seeing some of their meals is great especially if recipes are posted but I don’t need to see every little thing that they eat. I don’t post that. I think it can be a bit much at times.

Those cupcakes sure do look tasty! I love the greek salad too. I want to try making a greek salad at home :)

Heather (Heather's Dish) November 11, 2011 at 6:06 am

i need that cupcake in my face NOW!

i like blogs that are true to what they feel like writing about…i think the every meal thing can be forced sometimes (not on here, on other blogs), but if it’s not then i’m totally cool with it!

Calee November 11, 2011 at 6:10 am

Hey Janetha!

Have you tried going gluten-free? I know it sounds crazy, but I used to have MAJOR GI issues. I went to specialists and doctors for years and nobody figured out what it was. They kept prescribing me different things that would just mess me up even more but in a different way.

I go to a holistic chiropractor and she suggested cutting out ALL carbs. Yeah. All of them. For a week. And I did that (crazy) and I had no issues by the end of the week. So then I selectively added them back in and by trial and error realized it was gluten.

I don’t have celiac. I just have a sensitivity. That means that I can still eat it, but not a whole lot like I used to.

Just a suggestion in case you’ve not tried it! I used to be about 80%/20% (carbs/other stuff) and now I’m probably 10%/90%. And I was a FREAK about eating whole foods too. So it’s not like I was eating cheetohs and little debbies. :)

janetha November 11, 2011 at 10:49 am

Hi Calee! Thanks for the suggestion. I have not yet tried any type of elimination diet. Not gonna lie, I am not looking forward to doing so.. but I know that is my next step after my next GI appointment this month. I will probably try the FODMAPs diet to start. Hoping it’s not gluten!

Calee November 11, 2011 at 11:12 am

eek. Good luck with it all! GI issues are no fun. :(

Sarah November 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I would have no problem eliminating gluten…because the Food For Life breads are amazing; you can buy gluten-free oats; quinoa flour is amazing in recipes or brown rice flour; rice cakes are addictive.

I would have a problem with cutting out dairy. I DO NOT want to do that. I’m so stubborn!

Errign November 11, 2011 at 6:53 am

I enjoy occasional eats posts like this way more! I don’t really care that so-and-so had banana oatmeal for breakfast, a salad for lunch, and a roasted mushroom for dinner, or whatever. Posts with new or exciting content are much more my speed :)

Betty November 11, 2011 at 8:59 am

Love your rambles! Your post could have been 4x the length and I still would have loved every second! I do like when you post just noteworthy meals too, though!

I use to looove serving people and playing waitress.. So I would cut up carrots from our garden and stick that on a toothpick with a piece of american cheese folded up, sometimes blocks of cheddar , but I hated cheddar. (classy hor devours!)

Maren November 11, 2011 at 10:23 am

I mean I used to LOVE reading your meal by meal and move by move posts, but I love the way you blog now too! When you were posting like that before, I only read a couple other blogs. Now I read like 20 other blogs and I’ve actually cut out the ones that are super long because I just don’t have time to read all of that info! :) haha!

the delicate place November 11, 2011 at 10:26 am

oh girl. that’s why i only blog 3-4x weekly! i have a life to live! i have a full time job, i’m a full time wife, daughter and individual that wants to pursue all of my passions simultaneously. i’m what some call a hot mess ;p homemade treats that remind me of my childhood are gingersnap cookies, candy cane cookies & Flintstones push pops!

Christin@purplebirdblog November 11, 2011 at 10:49 am

1. No! That crap gets so old to me these days… I KNOW you eat oatmeal for breakfast with a cup of coffee every day, sheesh! (Not you, speaking to figurative 3 posts a day bloggers) ;)

2. Vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup is definitely a nostalgic sweet treat for me.

janetha November 11, 2011 at 10:49 am

lucky for you, today is national sundae day! xo

Tee @ She Writes, Bites, and Window Shops November 11, 2011 at 11:45 am

I read some blogs that post every meal, and I like it if they switch it up a lot and have a lot of creative ideas and recipes. But it can get boring sometimes.

My boyfriend asked me to pick up Goldfish and Rice Krispies Treats at the store the other day – both make me think of childhood!

Sarah November 11, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Yes, it would be exhausting to do the meals every single day.
Maybe just once a week (or biweekly) you could even just write out your meals from that day and show a pic of just one of them. Doesn’t have to be an everyday thing.

The pumpkin cheesecakes muffins look like whoopies. Nice.

Lindsay @ Lindsay's List November 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I gotta say – having read every.single.one of your posts, I kinda missed the old school style. BUT completely love the new school stuff too. I’m just a Janetha lover. ;)

Jen@FoodFamilyFitness November 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I like reading about what people are eating IF they post about other things as well, with pictures of meals in between :)

sarah November 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

I love your long posts!
It was fun to see what you ate for a day, though don’t make it a daily thing ;) I’m currently loving the rudi’s harvest seeded english muffins. so so yuummmmy, and I love that you buy them in the freezer section! We’re pretty much spot on when it comes to tastebuds. Also, those frozen pops .. what a deal! So whats a few nonreal ingredients here and there? We all consume them, even when we think we aren’t (read: restaurant food). Though that might be contributing to your sweet craving! I find that I have to cut the sweets cold turkey, or else I’ll crave them foooooever.
I love anything stuffed with cream cheese though, so maybe I’ll have to reincorporate sweets for a little while. starting with those muffins!

Jennie (the gf-gf) November 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm

I remember the first time I found your blog thinking “wow, that girl writes a lot!” But I kept coming back, so there you go.

In general, I’m not too interested in reading the blogs that post every single meal and morsel of food that they eat. The few I read that share everything they eat are the ones who write well, and have sparkling personalities!

Naomi(onefitfoodie) November 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm

nah I dont care to see all of the food people eat each day, I like more recipes, talking about the food, but no need to say “I ate this and this and this’ it just makes for negative comments and it can get obsessive. I used to do it when I first started my blog, that lasted about a month LOL

on another note, I have been hearing amazing things about goats milk cream cheese! have you tried it?! i need to find some!

Denise November 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm

I don’t like blogs with that post what they eat everyday, I enjoy reading about peoples lives.

Wrong time of year but watermelon in my treat that reminds me of summers as a kid.

Jessiker November 11, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Are there any of those pumpkin things left???!!!! Please bring some tonight if there are.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 11, 2011 at 7:30 pm

I liked the old school post!!

Aaaand you eat dinner so so sooo late!

Sami November 14, 2011 at 7:37 am

i won’t lie, i miss your posts like this… (: maybe not everysingleday, but maybe like three times a week? i adore seeing your delicious eats, treats, and snacks.


erin November 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I’ve been reading your blog sporadically for some time, and I come back time and time again because I think you have a great attitude and sense of humor. You’ve mentioned the GI troubles you’ve been having, which I can relate to. I have experienced very similar symptoms to what you described, especially the stomach distension–like you, I also have a very flat stomach that sometimes ends up protruding by the end of the day. I think I have solved the problem though: ever since I cut out bread/gluten from my diet for a very large part I find that my digestion is much faster (more frequent bowel movements) and I no longer experience the protrusion. I still eat some rice/oats and very little bread on occasion, but the changes I noticed by trying to avoid these foods has made it easy to live without them. I ate a bagel last week and had terrible pains/gas. Of course I do not assume that this is the cause of your trouble, but it might be interesting to see how reducing these foods helps you.
Good luck!

janetha November 15, 2011 at 10:02 am

Hi Erin! Thanks for your comment, kind words and tips. I haven’t cut anything out yet, but I know I NEED to so I can figure out what items give me the most grief. I will more than likely start with gluten since it is most common, even though I am not celiac, it’s worth checking into. XO

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