Dessert/ Dinner/ Product Reviews

A Goode Day

Hi friends!

I’ve had quite the day. Actually, for the first time really since the death of my brother a few weeks ago I am able to say that I had a really, really GOOD day. First of all, I made my first batch of Veggie Girl blondies


Although I admit mine weren’t vegan; I used 5 oz of Fage 2% instead of soy yogurt in the recipe. I also added a handful of toasted sliced almonds and unsweetened dried coconut to the mix. Dynamite!

And then I got my hair cut—


I love it! Its a short, sleek bob and feels almost weightless. I have a thick mop on my head so hair cuts like these really suit me.

I came home and snacked on some delicious Holiday Chia Pudding


And then, the coolest thing happened; I got an email from Murphy-Goode asking to have a preliminary phone interview with me tomorrow afternoon!!!!! Ahhhhh!!!!

I admit, I had a total freak out moment right there in my house. I know its just a baby step, but the phone interview tomorrow decides if I make it into the next round of the top 50 candidates. If I make it to the top 50, I then write a 500 word essay and hold a glimmer of hope to be one of the 10 invited out to Sonoma for a final interview. So please, if you haven’t already, VOTE FOR ME!! 🙂

My mom and I celebrated my good news by doing nothing else but having a glass of Murphy-Goode wine!


We tried the Cab and both really liked it! It would have been better if we had it with food but there were definite strong notes of blackberry and black cherry throughout.


It was really goooooode 😉


In all honestly, we each only had a very small glass while watching Oprah. No chugging!

I also had one of these delicious Adora disks. Love me some chocolate and wine!



I tried the dark chocolate and it rocked! Of course I’m partial to anything dark chocolate, but I loved knowing I was getting the added calcium benefit in with my daily indulgence. Woohoo!

I didn’t get home until around 7 from my parent’s house and dinner was simple & delish—




I cooked two servings of whole wheat gnocchi in boiling salted water and then mixed the hot little dumplings in a fresh sauce made from 2 diced plum tomatoes, garlic and mini buffalo mozzarella balls. I sauteed the tomatoes and the garlic in a little extra virgin olive oil and then tossed the pasta in and added the cheese and basil. I made two servings so I have some for tomorrow (Ryan has been eating his way through the Mexican Lasagna I made last Friday night).

I had a splash more wine with dinner because what’s better with Italian than a great red?!

Dessert was, obviously, a blondie—


They came out awesome and I froze half the batch because I like ’em frozen even more than fresh! They take on this cold, chewy texture that is to die for. Thanks, Veggie Girl!!

I’m off to read. Hot yoga flow in the morning!

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    May 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    That’s great you had such a good day 🙂
    The gnocchi looks delish! I will have to find some whole wheat ones, as I have only seen the plain white flour kind. What good is Italian food without wine right?!

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    May 18, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    I love the haircut! It looks great. I have long, thick curly hair and sometimes I wish I had short, straight hair!

    That’s also great news about the phone interview! Congratulations!

    As a side…You must love stripped shirts because in one picture you’re wearing a black and white stripped shirt (like the one in your header) and in the next picture you’re wearing a pink and white stripped shirt! 😉

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    May 18, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    wow-congrats on the upcoming interview. I am sending good vibes your way!

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    May 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    I’m rooting for you!

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    May 18, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    CONGRATS!!! Good luck, you’ll do awesome of course 😛

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    May 18, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    congratulations, that is soooo exciting! Good luck on the interview 🙂
    Love the new hair!!

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    May 18, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Yeah for blondies and gnocchi! Love the haircut!

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    May 18, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    1. your hair looks great!
    2. CONGRATZ I hope you make it in for the top 50!
    3. THose blondies look delish!! 😀

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    Jennifer @ His N' Her Health
    May 18, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Congrats! I love your new do!

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    May 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    Congrats, and yeah for good days! The haircut looks very cute!

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    May 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    CONGRATS!!! Good luck,

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    May 18, 2009 at 6:53 pm


    Murphy Goode knows a GOOD girl when they see her, and I have no doubt that they already know who has that job. Jenna!!!!

    Massive hugs, my sweet friend!

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    Lisa D
    May 18, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    what a great wine review! I’m sure you would make a great goode girl! I love adora disks, wish they werent so expensive and those blondies look amazing!

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    May 18, 2009 at 7:05 pm

    I love frozen VeggieGirl blondies too! haha

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    Tyler (Raspberry Runner)
    May 18, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    good luck on the job!! i love gnocchi, but i’ve never seen whole wheat gnocchi before…yours looks delicious!

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    May 18, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    what a good day; you deserve it!

    congrats and good luck with the interview!

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    May 18, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    So thrilled on your great day Jenna!! What a wonderful step!! Good luck with the interview! They would be silly not too pick you!!!

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    Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    May 18, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Cute hair!

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    Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    May 18, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    HOORAY for good(e) days!!

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    Kailey (SnackFace)
    May 18, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    AHH! I’m so excited for you!!! Congrats on making it to the next round! I’m also so happy to see you had a fab day. You look so cute with that new ‘do! Whoah, you just reminded me how much I love gnocchi and that I haven’t had it in fo- evuh! Have a great night 🙂

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    May 18, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Congrats on the phone interview! That’s so exciting!

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    May 18, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    Congrats!, girlie! What an honor to even be considered for the first round of interviews!

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    May 18, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Cute new do!

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    May 18, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    Congrats! With the blondies, do you eat the frozen ones straight from the freezer or warm them up first Thanks!

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    Still Life in South America
    May 18, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    That’s so exciting! I’m so happy for you.

    I knew you’d catch their attention. Good luck with the phone interview. Woot!

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    May 18, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    great haircut!

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    Michelle Hisae
    May 18, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Congrats on the interview! And your hair is ADORABLE.

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    May 18, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    CUTE hair!

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    May 18, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Love your hair! Adorable!!! Congrats on the phone interview.

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    May 18, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    OMG OMG OMG Congrats on the phone interview!!

    Your hair looks adorable 🙂

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    Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    May 18, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    I love your haircut! Blondies look amazing!

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    Courtney (The Hungry Yogini
    May 18, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    YAY!! Congrats that is so awesome! I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you =)

    Your hear looks too darn cute!

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    May 18, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I voted for you, girl!! Good luck, and you look so cute with your new do 🙂

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    May 18, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    Jenna–the hair cut suits you so well…very pretty!! Congrats on the phone interview and GOOD LUCK!! You are such an obvious choice for the position…

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    May 18, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I love your haircut! It’s funny that you got yours cut because I just cut mine yesterday 🙂 But I cut mine myself so it’s a bit interesting in the back…hahahaha

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    Melissa @ For the Love of Health
    May 18, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    That’s great you had an amazing day!!
    Good luck with the phone interview! I am sure it will go well!
    And your hair looks great!!
    Amazing looking food as usual!

    Have a great night!

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    May 18, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Gnocchi and blondies? Doesn’t get any better than that!

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    May 18, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Yay! That is wonderful you heard back already. You completely deserve some good news after all you’ve been through. Best of luck!

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    Adi ( - repaired!)
    May 18, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I will definitely be voting! So glad you made it to the next round!
    Great haircut – definitely suits you.

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    May 18, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    The gnocchi and blondies are so tempting!

    Congrats on the phone interview…YAY!

    The new ‘do is great!

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    Julia (Jogging My Memory)
    May 18, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Congratulations on the job interview! I already voted (twice actually hehe), but I’ll be hoping and praying for you! I’m sure you will do wonderfully, it seems to me that you are the absolute perfect choice for the job with your background in food, wine, and media! Good luck!

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    May 18, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    CONGRATS on the prelim interview! I’m praying that it goes well, I think you’d love living out here in NorCal! 🙂

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    May 18, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Eeeeek!! So excited for you! Congrats on the phone interview…and of course good luck! Love the hair very cute! 🙂

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    Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    May 18, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Sleek bobs are storming the blog world! I love it!

    Congrats on the interview…I already voted…more than once…

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    May 18, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Congrats on the phone interview…that’s awesome! Good luck…I’m sure you’ll do great! I’m crossing my fingers for ya 🙂

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    May 18, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    love the haircut and the gnocci is quite impressive

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    Help Meghan Run
    May 18, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    That is so exciting! I have a really good feeling about this… 🙂 Congrats on a good day.

    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

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    May 18, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    Good luck!! You and that job are made for each other 🙂

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    May 18, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Aww Jenna, that bob suits you so well! 🙂

    Your blondies sound and look DELICIOUSSS! And ahh I love gnocchi!..haven’t had it since I was in new york a few years ago, but I remember that I loved the texture!

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    May 18, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Your hair looks cute. Good luck with the interview tomorrow!

    Those blondies look so good. I can’t believe I still haven’t tried VeggieGirl’s recipe yet. I think I need to do that ASAP.

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    May 18, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Congrats Jenna, and best of luck on the phone interview!

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    May 18, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Love the bob!
    I’ve never tried gnocchi before, but it looks tasty. Is there a specific brand that you buy?

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    May 18, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    your hair’s beautiful! it suits you!
    super duper good luck with the interview!!

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    May 19, 2009 at 4:49 am

    glad you had a great day! you deserve it!!

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    May 19, 2009 at 5:10 am

    Congrats! Those blondies look good!

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    May 19, 2009 at 5:18 am

    Congrats! I hope you get picked. I have posted a link to your video on my blog and told people to go vote. I hope this gets you a few extra votes! Oh and those blondies look yum

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    Matt (No Meat Athlete)
    May 19, 2009 at 5:24 am

    I voted for you, Goode luck! Do the votes still matter now that you’re in the next round?

    I love gnocchi! I know it’s not baking, but still I’m surprised you can stand the storebought stuff. Have you ever made it on your own? It’s my very favorite thing to make, and I just wrote a post about it yesterday!

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    May 19, 2009 at 5:28 am

    CONGRATS! A phone interview…that’s a great step in the right direction. Can’t wait to read all about it. I found this website today and thought it has some great recipes that you may really enjoy! Good luck with the interview!

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    May 19, 2009 at 6:37 am

    glad you had a good day! that’s exciting about the interview 🙂

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    Annie D.
    May 19, 2009 at 8:33 am

    You get my vote!!! Cute hair btw!!

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