Huevos Rancheros with a Side of Cupcakes and Romance

This weekend was exactly what I hoped for and pictured when I decided to move here. It had everything: good friends, great food, beautiful scenery, even a little romance…oh, and of course, cupcakes! Most importantly, we spent the weekend enjoying each other and all of the fun activities that my new area has to offer.

Just another spring weekend in the Hudson Valley!

Just another spring weekend in the Hudson Valley!

A Million Reasons to Love Cinco de Mayo

Like St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that is universally revered by most of the country. After all, who doesn’t appreciate a good excuse to drink margaritas and over-indulge in Mexican food. I personally have quite a fondness for the holiday, because it always brings me back to the summer I studied abroad in Mexico City (more on that another time).

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We rode horses, ate Mexican food and tried to learn Spanish. And drank lots of tequila.

Although we learned a lot that summer, we also traveled around the country and sampled our fair share of tequilas. I look forward to Cinco de Mayo every year, and this year was no different. I was so excited that I had Mexican food for both lunch and dinner on Friday. My dinner time Mexcian food at a local restaurant, Cafe Maya, was accompanied by some friends, my favorite Mexican beer (Tecate) and a Mariachi serenader singing Elvis Presley songs. In other words, the perfect way to kick off Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Ay ay ay!

Ay ay ay!

We ordered the combo plate, which included a chicken tamale, beef tostado and cheese enchilada. In my opinion, this may be the most perfect Mexican combination ever created – somethin’ for everybody! A side note here on my drink choice. Awhile back, the bartender here introduced us to what is called the Chelada: Mexican beer served over ice, with fresh lime juice and a salted rim. It remains the most refreshing alcoholic beverage that I have ever consumed, and it is most definitely my drink of choice during the dog days of summer.

Although I live up in the “country” Cafe Maya is as authentic as it gets, when it comes to Mexican food, from the decor to the margaritas and the cuisine. There may be a dozen Mexican restaurants in NYC that are authentic and delicious, but at the end of the day, you only need one :-).

A Typical Saturday Upstate

Saturday morning, as per usual, I woke up earlier than planned, thanks to my lovely new bedtime pal…Cole.

Who me? I'm an ANGEL!

Who me? I’m an ANGEL!

He tends to wake up with the sun, and then he likes to wake us up through annoying, yet adorable whining. Usually, I give in and get out of bed to feed him and let him outside to “relieve himself” by around 7:00. After that, me and the BF spent the day doing errands.

My BIG errand involves finishing off the great move of 2013. Though I’ve “moved in” I still have one room of crap that seems to get worse and worse every time I clean it. Didn’t really make much progress this Saturday.

Holy Hot Mess!

Holy Hot Mess!

After 8 years of working in corporate America, I have too many dressy shirts, pants and dresses. My new job is a jeans/plaid shirt type of deal, which I much prefer. It felt a little strange packing away all of my nice clothes but very liberating at the same time!

And then, there were the medals. So.Many.Medals. I think it’s very nice to receive a medal at the end of a long race, but I’ve never really found good use for these things. I’m thinking of donating these to Medals4Mettle, so that someone else more deserving than me can enjoy them! Anyone else ever donated to this organization?

Next, it was off to the trails for a run and swim with the pup. I ran, and he ran and jumped in every pond of water along the way.

Wet dog, happy dog

Wet dog, happy dog

We ran about 6 miles and then walked a few, too. It was nice taking a few moments to relax and listen to nature…very “country” of me.

Sometimes Romantic

I knew my BF was cooking me dinner on Saturday night, but I didn’t know he was going to get all romantic on me.

Our private little backyard restaurant!

Our private little backyard restaurant!

Awww! Check it out: flowers, scallops, wine and a fire. Turns out he decided to give me a ¬†belated Valentine’s dinner! I moved in the day after Valentine’s Day and started my new job the following week – thus, Valentine’s Day kind of got lost in the shuffle!

It was such a nice surprise to walk outside and see this picturesque meal waiting for me. One of the realities of moving in together is realizing that the “honeymoon” is over and life won’t always be butterflies, rainbows and romance. So, it’s a great reminder of how lucky we are when we have a meal like this every now and then! And of course, no fireside meal would be complete without smores!

Opposites attract.

Opposites attract.

Our “smores building” approach is very representative of our opposite personalities. He is slow and deliberate. I am speedy and a little less precise ;-).

Cinco de Cupcake

It’s a good thing we had a low-key night on Saturday, because Sunday, the actual Cinco de Mayo, was jam-packed. It started at 7 am when I hit the kitchen to whip up some healthified huevos rancheros, my favorite Mexican breakfast. Huevos rancheros is simply fried egg served on top of fried tortilla with a tomato-chili sauce and some guac.

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I made some small tweaks to the traditional recipe, and it turned out to be a very satisfying breakfast. I served it with fresh squeezed limemade.

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Check back later this week for the recipe!

The hearty Mexican breakfast helped us get through a two hour hike up a very steep mountain! ¬† Before I moved here, running was the only I really felt like I got a “good workout,” but I’ve discovered that hikes can be both challenging and refreshing. It’s become my favorite Sunday workout.

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He wanted that stick SO bad

The views today were absolutely spectacular! We stopped about once every 30 minutes to take in another breathtaking view.

Pausing to take in the great view

Pausing to take in the great view

And finally, once the hike was complete, there was no rest for the weary! Nope, we had a cupcake festival to see! A few weeks ago, I saw a flyer for a cupcake festival in a town not far from us. Thankfully, I didn’t have to do much persuading to get my BF to accompany me to the festival – we even brought some friends!

Cupcake Heaven!

Cupcake Heaven!

While it was a bit crowded, I enjoyed seeing all of the cupcake vendors from around the area. In NYC, there is a cupcake shop on every block, but I’ve had a bit more difficulty finding a good cupcake shop in the Hudson Valley. It didn’t take long for me to find my first cupcake: PB & J!

PB and J in a cupcake - what could go wrong?

PB and J in a cupcake – what could go wrong?

It was decent, but I knew that there were better cupcakes on the horizon…and then I found the “Make your Own Cupcake Station.”

It doesn't get much better than this.

It doesn’t get much better than this.

Now, this is what I call a good cupcake: chocolate, with buttercream frosting, gummy bears, fruit loops, sprinkles and Cookie Crisps. Sometimes Healthy, Sometimes Crazy.

Here’s a shot of cupcake #3 and cupcake #4: Salted Caramel and Almond Joyous (Almond Joyous was the winner of the day – chocolaty, coconuty…mmmm.)

Okay, I think it's time to cut me off! (ps check out the little feet - you didn't think we'd go to a cupcake festival without an ACTUAL child did you?)

Okay, I think it’s time to cut me off!

After 4 cupcakes and a glass of wine, we were finally ready to call it a day. I made a quick stop by the Cupcake Wars Competition. Local bakers were competing for $1000 and a chance to have their cupcake featured on the menu at one of our favorite restaurants. I can’t wait to try the winner – they all looked delicious!

The Hudson Valley Cupcake Wars!

The Hudson Valley Cupcake Wars!

So, this is Sometimes Healthy?

If you’re new to this blog, I know what you are thinking: how does 4 cupcakes, beer and greasy Mexican food qualify as healthy? Well, that’s the point – being Sometimes Healthy is all about balancing indulgence with more healthy endeavors. I certainly don’t have it down yet, but I’m havin’ a great time trying – and isn’t that what life is really about?

So, if you like what you see, there’s plenty more where this came from! Tune in Wednesday for the Healthified Huevos Rancheros recipe!

Your Turn!

How did you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

What’s your vision of a perfect Sometimes Healthy Day?

 

14 Thoughts on “Huevos Rancheros with a Side of Cupcakes and Romance

  1. Looks like you had a great weekend with lots of yummy food! I did much of the same. Mexican is one of my favorite foods so I really indulged. I can’t believe how beautiful your new home is! It makes me want to go on a hike and visit my cabin in upstate NY.

    • A cabin upstate? Very cool! Yes, I really love the hiking around here – it’s so different from the city, but also, it’s very different than where I grew up.

  2. Michelle on 6 May, 2013 at 1:52 pm said:

    Wow, Mexican, a good run, a healthy hike, a surprise romantic dinner and a CUPCAKE festival? Sounds like a Jamie dream weekend! So fun, glad you are enjoying it though I am sure Diablo Royale missed us. Maybe you need to have me over to hike and maybe get that room sorted out? xo

  3. Your breakfast looks amazing!! I need to make that ASAP!

  4. I love the idea of a cupcake festival! Trying out all different types of flavors sounds like a perfect end to the weekend :)

  5. Literally awwww’d out loud! Such a cute and romantic dinner :). For your old clothes, have you considered selling them? I started using this iPhone app called Poshmark and have actually made quite a good amount selling my old things. It’s kinda fun too :)

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