cupcakes, clubbing + cleanouts

by Holly on January 23, 2011

in dinner,eating out,PROJECT CLEANOUT,weekend

It has been decided that my older full-time job self can no longer keep up with my younger college self.

Case in point: yesterday.

Saturday started out as any good weekend should. I slept in. I cleaned my apartment. I made a delicious, unconventional breakfast. I drank kombucha. I worked up a sweat playing XBox Kinect for 90 minutes with my friend Darcey. We split the new Larabar flavor, Blueberry Muffin. And as fellow foodies, we grabbed a bite to eat at a new spot in town: Daisy Cafe & Cupcakery.

It should be noted the alcoholic drink above is called the Whoopsie Daisy! and is made with agave wine (fermented from the agave plant, resulting in a smoother, more delicious tequila-like liquor), lime juice and pomegranate molasses. You can ask Darcey, I wanted to order five more.

It should also be noted that while the sundried tomato chicken burger + edamame salad and chorizo pepperjack meatloaf + veggies split between Darcey + I were quite tasty, you eat at a cupcakery for one thing and one thing only…

That would be one Caramel Pumpkin Cupcake (pumpkin cupcake + caramel buttercream frosting) + one Mai Tai Cupcake (orange cake, pineapple-rum filling, lime buttercream + grenadine buttercream frostings).

I need to take a moment of silence for these cupcakes, of which there are no words to describe their exquisiteness, as well as for the six hours after eating them, of which I have only a vague recollection. You see, for the first time in recent memory, I went out to a bar that serves beer in plastic cups. I would venture to guess I was approximately five years older than the average patron. Beer was spilled on my boots, belt and dress several times throughout the evening. Two guys got in a fistfight over Darcey. I danced my little Everythingtarian heart out to some rockin’ 80’s jams. Surprisingly, the men were semi-interested in this old hag (I think it’s my killer dance moves). I drank too much. I laughed a lot. And to top things off in true collegiate style, we ended our night eating macaroni + cheese pizza with drunk college kids at 2am. It. Was. Awesome.

I woke up sore.

I woke up poor.

And I woke up realizing that no matter how old you are, you probably shouldn’t enter a bar with the word “whiskey” in the title.

The worst part is that with a full-time job, one would think I could finance weekend nights out like this. But that would be wrong, wrong, wrong. After the shenanigans of Saturday yore, I now have approximately $8 for groceries, which means it’s time for a PROJECT CLEANOUT.

Here is what I am working with (from l to r)…

  • millet
  • tuna
  • Campbell’s Tomato Soup (x2)
  • Pomi tomatoes
  • wheat bran
  • frozen peas
  • wheatberries
  • almond butter
  • Sunshine Breakfast burgers
  • baked beans
  • frozen corn
  • oatmeal

For the love of a 26 year old in desperate need of Advil, a nap and a 2nd Mai Tai Cupcake, ideas for what I can do with the ingredients, please?


Teri [a foodie stays fit] January 23, 2011 at 8:04 pm

hahaha. you are wild and crazy. and i love it.

throw ALL of that into a big pot with some vegetable broth. Or water if you don’t have any and make a stew. I’d stir the almond butter in last as a creamer thingy. It’ll last ya all week. And maybe leave the tuna, baked beans and oatmeal out.

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I say some kind of tuna casserole one night – or tuna cakes with the oats as the binder!

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Oh, and I also meant to tell you that I wouldn’t have been able to keep up with you last night. I’m such a grandma.

brandi January 23, 2011 at 8:08 pm

love it :)

could make a grain salad with wheatberries, tomatoes, peas, and corn. add beans or tuna as protein, plus herbs/oils for flavor.

or do something else similar with wheatberries/millet, veggies, proteins. you can make 2-3 different version if you switch up spices, etc!

Lynn @ The Actors Diet January 23, 2011 at 8:11 pm

make a casserole with the tuna + peas + wheatberries. or a quick chili with corn, tomato soup, and sunshine burgers

Hilary January 23, 2011 at 8:16 pm

You could definitely make a pretty good soup out of that!

I’m at the end of my college career (at least as an undergrad) so I’ve been having crazy nights out almost every weekend. I hope that I don’t ever forget how to have a little fun though! I think those nights are definitely necessary for a persons mental health sometimes ;)

ashley@quasichick January 23, 2011 at 8:20 pm

I think you could def. make some some with all of those yummy ingredients. Eat the oats for bfast. Eat the burgers w/ the baked beans on top! BTW that is the coolest pic :)

Dorothy January 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm
Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I’m taking a moment of silence for those cupcakes as well so I can appreciate their beauty. They look SO good!

Susan January 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm

Ohman. So happy I’m not the only healthy living blogger nursing a serious hangover today. I went to a bar with “Sex Club” in the name, but I SWEAR it wasn’t an actual sex club. We just gotta keep it classy, ya know? ;)

Sarah (Sarah Learns) January 23, 2011 at 8:25 pm

i have to say i’m in the same boat as you right now friend. i get paid on feb. 1, and my fridge is empty. blah. stupid poor grad school life.

Matt January 23, 2011 at 8:29 pm

I think you are far from old Holly ;)

Pure2raw twins January 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Cupcakes look amazing!!!

And too funny, I went to bar last night called Whiskey Tavern :) Ya, I woke up not feeling so hot haha

Brittany January 23, 2011 at 8:34 pm

for lunch or dinner- a sort of ‘succotash’ with corn & peas, tomatoes, millet or wheatberries, and a chopped up sunshine breakfast burger…add some hot soup and you’ve got a meal!

+ almond butter oatmeal for breakfast (of course!)

dana @ my little celebration January 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm

baked bean oatmeal with almond butter and wheat bran! It’s pure genius!

sofia January 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm

your night, cupcakes, cocktails, college boys and all sounds terrific. seriously. we all need nights like these, and days in which your hangover destroys all chances of productivity, every once in awhile. makes even the oldest of hags feel young when on shot number four and on top of the world… oy. friday was a crazy binge-drinking night for me, if it’s any consolation. luckily the man-friend paid my way (alterior motives?) so i was able to buy groceries this week, but i think you could make a fiiiine millet-veggie-tomato casserole with a topping of crumbled sunshine burgers. i know that sounds strange in theory, but with a few oats thrown in to hold it all together, it just might work. or you just might have a mess in a casserole pan. hmmm. i’m sure you’ll come up with something delish, and be comforted in the fact that your crazy college kid night out was worth every cent.

Amber January 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm

ooo I see a soup in there with your cambell’s tomato soup some of the Pomi tomatoes, and your frozen veggies. You could even add some millet I would think. Soups are my way of using random ingredients. :) Good luck!

Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) January 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I think I love cupcakes more than nearly anything in the world (well except maybe wine and coffee…). yours look fab!

along with some other kitchen staples, you could use the oats and almond butter to make my homemade clif bar recipe!

Kaleigh January 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm

With your $8 buy eggs and a few potatoes. Make veggie scrambles with the different veggies. Make soup and ladle it over a baked potato. Pour the baked beans over a baked potato or the tuna mixed with oils and herbs and top with wheat germ or cooked wheat berries. I know you will come up with some great stuff on your own too :)

hippierunner January 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Throw the baked beans in the tomato soup with corn, peas and millet on the side!

Angharad January 23, 2011 at 10:24 pm

AWESOME. Love it. We all need a night like that every so often. Even in our old-grandma-age.

As for what to make? Buy a dozen eggs and something breadlike (english muffins/bread/bagels) then you can make the following:
1. Baked beans on toast
2. Veggie burger/egg scramble on toast/english muffin
3. Tuna sandwich (x2)
4. Soup with bread to dunk
5. Protein oats (w/egg)
6. Almond butter on toast
7. Fried egg sandwich

Plus surely you must have some leftover holiday cookies stashed in the freezer? If not, I will send you some of the five million I have. xoxoxo

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 23, 2011 at 10:34 pm

omg i love this post!!

This: “the Whoopsie Daisy! and is made with agave wine (fermented from the agave plant, resulting in a smoother, more delicious tequila-like liquor), lime juice and pomegranate molasses.”

Every.single.thing sounds amazing

And the Mai Tai cupcake. Omg words cannot describe how much i want that!!!

SOOOOO happy that you got your groove on, got a little tipsy, and maybe got a few phone numbers. Sounds like you were a hot ticket last nite! :)

Carbzilla January 23, 2011 at 10:36 pm

That lunch looks AMAZING….even before the cupcakes.

If you feel old NOW, you’re gonna FREAK at my age. You’re still a youngster!

Mama Pea January 23, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Everybody else’s ideas blew mine out of the water. I was distracted…I really want an Oopsie Daisy and a cupcake.

carin January 23, 2011 at 11:14 pm

oh gosh. my first thought was baked beans with peas, but now that’s kind of grossing me out.

i think i need a cupcake. just eat cupcakes for the week.

Adam January 23, 2011 at 11:50 pm

For starters, I would mix the millet and baked beans together and serve a sunshine burger over them! Simple enough, might be a little bland, but it would work for me! That or I might have to drive to that cupcakery to scarf each of those cupcakes and I could just buy you a dinner in the process… :) Okay, I am kidding. Sort of.

Lauren January 24, 2011 at 5:45 am

Those cupcakes sound so worth spending your savings account on! No worries, you seem to have a feast left. Let’s see, I’m thinking some kind of southwestern stir fry with the peas, corn, black beans, millet, tomatoes and sunshine burgers.

Erica January 24, 2011 at 6:54 am

First off, those cupcakes look outrageous good. I want the Caramel Pumpkin Cupcake. The night sounds like a blast ;) But I hope you’re feeling better this morning!! How about savory oats?

Mackenzie @ Whatever, Gatsby January 24, 2011 at 6:54 am

loves your crazy self. we obvz need to go clubbing and dance on tabletops one day ;)

oh man, i feel like i need to yell like the classic iron chef man: “ALLLLLAAAEEHHHHH CUISSIIIIINE!!!!!!” or something like that. and then take a huge bite out of a red pepper like it ain’t no thang. now start your food challenge, crazy lady! <3

Susan January 24, 2011 at 8:53 am

I find it absolutely hilarious that they made the meatloaf look like a cupcake! Mmmm, a meat cupcake. Just typing it makes me giggle.

And I feel like your ingredients call for some sort of casserole, but since I’ve never made a casserole, that’s all I’ve got.

Sarah January 24, 2011 at 10:47 am

I think almost every other poster already went above and beyond what I might have suggested. And I’ll admit, I’m a little distracted by those cupcake photos…

Mary @ Bites and Bliss January 24, 2011 at 10:49 am

I desperately need to do a cleanout, too. There’s so much stuff in my cupboard..some of it from three years ago!!

Kacy January 24, 2011 at 11:56 am

This happened to me last weekend and I fully believe it’s the reason and I am now ill. This girl can no longer stay up until 4 a.m. without serious, deadly consequences. However, it was fun. I will probably do it again. Once a year, at the most.

Megan (Braise the Roof) January 24, 2011 at 11:58 am

Mash the beans up and mix them with the veggies and either oats or millet and make bean burgers! Perhaps a slightly unconventional recipe, but I have faith in you. :)

Katie January 24, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Ahaha, you crack me up. I really want a cupcake now, too.

I say make soup…leaving out a few things. I always take my produce drawer and dump it in a pot with some water when I’m low on groceries – add some sort of grain and you’re golden. Good luck!

emily (a nutritionist eats) January 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I always feel that way after a crazy night out. :) Ah well, we all need them once in a while!
I would mix tuna + grains and some froz veg; tomatoes+tomato soup+peas; oatmeal+almond butter …..You have so much more discipline than I do. I would tell myself I HAVE to go to the store…

Little Bookworm January 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm

The cupcakes look amazing! You could use the millet, tomatoes, frozen corn and frozen peas to make a stew type thing? I often do that with random ingredients I have. But I have never had millet so not sure if it would work or not? Oh and oatmeal and almond butter = breakfast! :D

janetha @ meals and moves January 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm

how the hell did you get such an amazing aerial shot of your random food? i mean, you are tall, but..

Rachael January 24, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Whisky has caused me to sing a sad song on many an occasion. My wallet would utter an outright dirge.
How come I finally get to a physical state where I’ll let myself eat cupcakes and I’m in the one town where I can’t find bloody a one?
Cook up the millet with a little less water than you usually would, and add a dollop of almond butter to help bind and some Indiany-spices. Make it into an impromptu pizza crust. Use the tomatoes, corn, peas and tuna as your toppings – cook ’em up in a pot with more savory sweet spices, then bake away.
It might be digusting. It might also be really good.

Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine January 24, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Savory oats with corn, peas, a Sunshine and almond butter. In fact, savory oats sound like a delicious idea for my own dinner this evening…

Jessica January 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Old, schmold. I know you could keep up with me Holly dear! Barcelona has trained me to be a partying warrior (cough cough about to get ready to go out on a Monday night at 2 am again, cough cough)…just remember that sleeping in, a delicious breakfast, some coffee, and maybe advil will DEF get the job done! Your night sounds amazing though…college kids are so fun, right?! ;)

And hmm with that loot….you could make savory oats! Cook some canned tomatoes, peas and corn into a pot of oats and top it with a sunshine burger! You may wanna splurge and buy yourself some hot sauce, salsa, eggs or nooch though :)

Andrea@WellnessNotes January 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm

Sounds like a very fun day and evening! :) Oh, and I want a Whoopsie Daisy!

Can’t wait to see what you’ll make with your “clean-out ingredients.” The ideas above are by far better than what I’d come up with, so I won’t even try!

Kailey (SnackFace) January 24, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Oh my god. I love you. WHY WASN’T I THERE?!?!

Meg January 24, 2011 at 4:30 pm

How very “Eats on the Cheaps” of you! (

This college girl knows alllll about ridiculous food combinations on a budget! My worst/best/most ridiculous combination: an omelet made with leftover Chinese food topped with enchilada sauce because I was out of ketchup. I don’t recommend you try it, but it was all-in-all palatable.

Po’ girl goulash: millet, tomatoes + one tomato soup, peas, corn, smashed up sunshine burgers, some Cajun or Italian seasoning – it’s dinner! You could even rinse the beans and toss them in too.

sisters running the kitchen January 24, 2011 at 9:26 pm

a caramel pumpkin cupcake!?? AHH YES!!!

mamaeverythingtarian January 24, 2011 at 9:33 pm

go to mcdonalds then share with your boggers the picture carrie posted of you. i think i mean i know you can come up with a clever story.

Megan January 24, 2011 at 10:10 pm

love it – we were across the street at Monday’s watching everyone wait in line for Whiskey River Saturday night…hope you didn’t have to stand in the cold too long. We had the great idea of running from the Great Dane to Mondays when it was -10…hmmm alcohol does funny things to the mind

BroccoliHut January 25, 2011 at 8:08 pm

How about a veggie loaf with the frozen veg, tomato soup/strained tomatoes, and oats?

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