My First Blogger Meet-Up!

Oh yeah, and some food stuff too! But first, on to the more important of the two!

Today, I had the pleasure of meeting HEAB for my first ever blogger meet-up! I won’t lie, I was a bit nervous going in, especially meeting someone who I look up to as much as I do with Heather. She has been such an inspiration to me since before I even started blogging.

We decided to meet at Burger Up, an upscale burger place that serves gourmet burgers and salads. As soon as I walked through the door and spotted her, my nervousness disappeared. The whole time during lunch, I could not have felt more comfortable. It was just like catching up with an old friend! I also had the opportunity to meet her precious little girl, Summer, and get my baby fix! She is absolutely beautiful and looks just like her Daddy!

We both decided to get the Roasted Beet Salad (seems I have a new infatuation with beets now) and topped them with our burgers of choice…marathon for me and lamb for her.

I’ve heard a lot of great reviews about the Marathon Burger, but wow, absolute deliciousness!! Crunchy on the outside and soft and smooth on the inside with the most incredible flavor! It was definitely the best black bean burger I have ever tasted.

Mmm, goat cheese and beets! They go together like PB&J!

I couldn’t believe how fast time went by…an hour felt more like 20 minutes with all our chatting! Heather is by far the most real and down-to-Earth person I’ve met. She is a beautiful person both inside and out and I can’t wait until we have another chance to get together! πŸ™‚

**Edited to add picture**

Before my lunch date, I got the day started the way every Sunday should be…with pancakes! You see a lot of protein pancakes in blog world, this is my version sans the protein powder!

All Natural Protein Pancakes with Blackberry Sauce: (serves 1)

  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup whipped cottage cheese (blended until creamy)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients, shape into 2 medium-sized pancakes and cook over medium heat for 4-5 minutes per side.

Blackberry Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/8 teaspoon arrowroot powder (thickener)
  • 4 drops Vanilla Cream liquid Stevia

Allow blackberries to cook in a small pot with the water until they are mushy. Add arrowroot (or other thickener of choice) and stevia and stir. Continue to cook until it reaches your desired thickness.

My pancakes were topped with blackberry sauce and plain Greek yogurt sweetened with a couple of Stevia drops.

And of course, what would a stack of pancakes be without adding a little “snow”?

Just a little reminder that 80% of my breakfasts include unsweetened shredded coconut!

One more thing and then I’m off to bed early tonight! I have to be up at 5am for work in the morning (boo!).

A fantastical post-workout snack!

Crunchtastic Nanners on a Stick

Guess I was still feeling the Kashi Go Lean from yesterday. This couldn’t be simpler and the mix of all the textures is crazy good!

  • 1 medium banana cut in half
  • 1/4 cup Kashi Go Lean cereal
  • 1 tablespoon crunchy peanut butter

1. Coat each nanner half in PB
2. Roll in crushed cereal
3. Thread nanners on wooden skewers
4. Dip in a bowl dark chocolate chips (NOT optional!)


And with that, I bid you all adieu! Nighty night!

Have you ever had a blogger meet up before? How did it go?

What is your favorite post workout snack?
Anything involving peanut butter and green monsters!

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28 Responses to My First Blogger Meet-Up!

  1. You had an awesome doozie of a first blogger meetup, girlfriend! HEAB is definitely one of my favorites, and one of the blogs I’ve been reading the longest! I can only imagine she is everything you said, and I am so stoked that my two favorite Heathers got to play together! πŸ˜€

  2. That is by far the best looking treat I’ve seen all day! I will be making these ASAP πŸ™‚

  3. How fun! Your burger looks amazing! I can’t believe thats a black bean burger — its so pretty!!!! I want! You and Christin are always making me sooooo hungry! <3

  4. Sounds like you had a ton of fun! Hehe, you are definitely nuts for cononut in the morning. πŸ˜‰ One of my favorite post-workout snacks is fruit with nuts (I like to mix it up).

  5. Jenny says:

    Those pancakes look amazing and omg how exciting to meet HEAB! She’s a huge inspiration in the blogging world like KERF πŸ™‚

  6. Those banana skewers are genius! Crunchy cereal coating?! I’m so impressed. So cool you got to meet Ms. HEAB. I’ve been reading her blog for years now.

  7. carlee says:

    Best lookin treat ever is what Kate meant to say! That looks awesome and healthy! I might be trying that this week! I will!!

    Post workout snack is definitly green smothie!

    I LOVE heather! i would love to meet up with her!

  8. lindsay says:

    I told HEAB this too, but you two could be sisters. You have such similar baking/cooking creations and kinda look alike. Love it!

  9. ahah the choco chips ARE NOT optional you are right!! looks like a great snack! and lovely meet up- thank your for a non protein powder pancake recipee!! i get sick of the protein powder kind!

  10. bakebooks says:

    Yum – is that a breaded crust on the outside of the burger? Blogger meet-ups must be great – amazing the people you will meet! Perhaps you could babysit one day πŸ˜‰

    • Yes! It was just like the crispy outside of a crab cake, but still soft and smooth on the inside! It was awesome!

      Haha, yes it would be great to babysit Summer…though I may not want to give her back afterwards! πŸ˜‰

  11. ahhhh!!! Those pancakes are too delicious looking!!!! Omg!
    I’ve only had 1 blogger meet-up. It was a lot of fun! I live in Tucson, but have been blogging buddies with someone who lives in my hometown, Austin. When I went back home for Christmas I got to meet the blogger while in town. I felt a little nervous at first, too, but it was lots of fun! : )

  12. Love HEABs blog-jealous that you got to meet up! I haven’t had a meet up yet-but hoping to jump into one at some point!
    All those eats look delish!

  13. Aww how fun! So glad you ladies got to meet up! πŸ™‚

    And those nanners on a stick look faaabulous!

  14. Jen says:

    I just started reading HEAB’s blog, but I love it!

    Oh your snack…come to mama please!!! Dang, that looks freaking perfect and I can’t wait to try it myself!!!

  15. Yay for a lovely blogger meet up with Heather. πŸ™‚ Love the sound of those Crunchtastic Nanners as well!

  16. Ack! SO jealous! You are both so pretty πŸ™‚

  17. Mandy A says:

    My first blogger meet up was actually with Heather, too πŸ™‚ And Justine! Isn’t Heather amazing? I NEVER felt uneasy talking with her… she’s such a great person and inspiration!

    I haven’t been to Burger Up yet – which really, is ridiculous! πŸ™‚ Glad you two enjoyed it!

  18. I met a sweet girl named Kelsey. But you, lucky lady, take the cake. You got to meet Summer!!! Oh, I guess you got to meet HEAB too. Boring. I’d rather meet Summer.
    Just kidding; I love HEAB and would love to meet her too… AND I’d love to meet you. You and HEAB are both lucky ladies!

  19. Heather,
    So sorry I am late in commenting on this post. Just catching up with my favorite broccoli kisser. πŸ˜‰

    It was so nice meeting you on Sunday, and you must give me a call whenever you’re in need of a Nashville fix. Too bad Hot is no longer around or we could meet there. It’s been way too long since I’ve had a fried pickle. Hehe.

    Your pancakes look so pretty, and honestly, if dairy didn’t bother me, I’d be adding cottage cheese to just about everything. Used to adore my cottage cheese pancakes, but they were never as picturesque as yours. Seriously talking to CD tonight at this whole camera situation.

    Also, I loved your day of eats post. It’s always interesting for me to see what other people eat over the course of the day. That blueberry tea is my absolute favorite, and I’m very impressed by your 5:30 AM oatmeal. I am never that put together so early in the AM.

    Hope you’re having a good day! πŸ™‚

    • Sometimes if I have too much dairy, it bothers me, but if I keep it to just one or two servings a day, I’m usually ok.

      Truth be told, I actually tried making steel cut oats in my crockpot, but even though I followed the recipe exactly and actually cooked them for one hour LESS than what the recipe specified, I woke up to a pot full of burnt oats! Boo! Then my mind was already set on oats so I did what I had to do! πŸ˜‰

      We really need to do some hunting and find a good fried pickle joint! It’s been too long for me too!

  20. *Seriously talking to CD tonight ABOUT this whole camera situation. πŸ˜‰

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