At Long Last

by jenna on December 19, 2008

I’m doooooooooooooooooooooooooone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow. What a ride. Seriously. Only a mere year and a half ago culinary school was the LAST thought in my mind. Crazy how much can change, no? And I’m so glad that I did it….even though there were definite days and nights where I really questioned whether it was the right thing or not. Long hours, hard work, tons of driving. ALL DONE! 🙂

I was actually sad to leave work today! I’ve met some great people that I hope to keep in touch with and I know I’ve been a source of entertainment there since I’ve been the only girl in the kitchen and, well, I can be a blond sometimes (can’t we all??!). Today I accidentally turned off all the lights in the kitchen and someone yelled out “dance party since its Jenna’s last day!!!“. That kind of thing ;). Anyways, I guess its just another chapter in my life that is closing and tomorrow a whole other one will be opened!

This morning I had a big bowl of oatmeal using 1/2 cup multigrain cereal, half cup silk, half cup water, 1 banana, handful of blueberries, hazelnut butter and a sliced dried figgy on top


Midmorning I ate a z-bar


Eric, one of the guys I work with that apparently read my blog for the first time last night, saw me eating the z-bar and instantly goes, “I hope you took a picture of that!!”. Well I did. Obvi.

And for lunch, a delicious salad topped with a big chunk of leftover salmon from last night.


Mmmmm it was so delicious. No need for dressing!

I also had a big ol’ hunk of piping hot sweet potato focaccia. I grabbed it as soon as it came out of the oven and, let me tell you, it was probably the most amazing thing I have ever eaten (I know I say that all the time). It was hot, fluffy and crispy around the edges where it had been baking/basting in olive oil. Ahhhhhhhh


I was STUFFED after all this food (especially the large piece of focaccia, which I really didn’t need but wait…yes I totally did) 😉

When I got home from work I grabbed a pear to take in the car with me, as Christie and I immediately headed out to run some errands:


I was planning on working out but, really, I am just so tired right now that I fear that if I work out I won’t be able to make it to dinner and a movie later. Today at work we deep-cleaned and I scrubbed our whole side of the kitchen, basically on my hands and knees. That, coupled with every other thing I did at work today, was pretty much a workout in itself. I’m pooped.

Mmmm and I just have to share! I baked the most amazing Portuguese sweet bread today! Chef asked me to do it for a special dinner he was having tonight and I took home two loaves myself—one for Christie’s parents and one for Ryan to make his morning toast on. It smelled FABULOUS!


And, yes, I did have a tiny taste. How do people not eat carbs or bread these days??! How I ask??? They are clearly not fully living!

I’m off to dye/trim Christie’s hair (don’t ask) and then we are headed out to dinner at this tiny cajus/New Orleans-style restaurant here called French Quarter. Tonight we rented Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Part 2. Actually I rented it because I’ve been dying to see it. I loved the first one! I know, I know….I’m a total teeny-bob sap.

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Jenn December 19, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Congrats on being done, hun! The breads look amazing… and if you don’t eat carbs/breads… you are totally missing out people. Anyways, have a good time hair coloring and trimming and enjoy the girls night out!



Amy C. December 19, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Congratulations!!!! You have worked so hard to get to this moment. You must be so excited! I agree with you about the carbs. I could not live without bread, etc. Have a fun night tonight! I’m snowbound and am considering watching Sisterhood of the traveling pants 2 on demand. 🙂


Runeatrepeat December 19, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Congratulations! It has been so fun to read along during culinary school 🙂 I really enjoyed it. Is Christie dying her hair back to blonde like the old pics you showed? Because I thought she looked super cute in the new pics too!


Lindsey (Mrs. LC) December 19, 2008 at 4:27 pm

Hooray you’re done, congratulations!!! 🙂 (And yes we can all be a blond sometimes, haha esp. those of us who actually are blond!).

By the way, I don’t know if you need any more budget-friendly gift ideas but I recently found a couple of coupon codes that will get you free 8×10-inch photos from Walgreens today and tomorrow! I’m definitely using them for some low-cost gifts from grandparents and such. 🙂 The coupon codes and details are at this post:


Ashley H December 19, 2008 at 4:35 pm

The S of the TP II is a great movie. Its fun to watch movies where you dont have to think sometimes!


Joy December 19, 2008 at 4:54 pm

I’m jealous of you going out tonight, I’m snowbound! haha


Mel December 19, 2008 at 5:00 pm

Congrats on being done! That must be an amazing feeling!

Have fun tonight with Christie, sounds like it totally will be!


Sarah December 19, 2008 at 5:07 pm

Congratulations on being done! Too cool. Have a wonderful evening 🙂


Oh She Glows December 19, 2008 at 5:14 pm

I am so proud of you!
You have put so much work into this and now you can be so proud of yourself for achieving your goal. 🙂 Have a GREAT night!



Meghan December 19, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Sometimes a fun movie at the end of a long day is just what the doctor ordered!

And I, too, have NO idea how people live without carbs. I try to imagine living the low carb lifestyle and it seems INSANE. Maybe if the only carbs I knew were white sandwich bread and store-bought cookies, but those are basically the only carbs that I have even in inkling dislike for.


Becca A December 19, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Congratulations! I know I’ll look back on your culinary school days when I’m having tough times in my program (its coming fast!) for inspiration.


Meghan December 19, 2008 at 5:23 pm

CONGRATS!! It has been so fun watching you go through your culinary adventures! All your work has been amazing and it certainly has paid off 🙂 I am totally with you- fresh, warm bread would be sooo ridiculous to pass up!


VeggieGirl December 19, 2008 at 5:25 pm

HELL YES!!!!! YOU MADE IT!!!!! 😀

Oatmeal + dried figs + hazelnut-butter = I ate all those today too 🙂


Kristina December 19, 2008 at 5:25 pm

Congratulations! It has been fun to read about all of your culinary adventures. 🙂

Have fun tonight!


Justy2003 December 19, 2008 at 5:30 pm

Congrats on being done with school! Now you can relax & enjoy the holiday season! 🙂
I can’t wait to see your journey during your new job!


Oh She Glows December 19, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Jenna, I am just curious how you got your Eat Live Run title copyrighted?



Shelby December 19, 2008 at 5:37 pm

Oh man I have got to try that oatmeal combo, it sounds delish!
And that sweet bread you baked looks phenomenal! It’s so perfectly shaped and just beautiful to look at.


Leila December 19, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Jenna – congrats, it’s going to be cool to see you transition home. Wondering do you have a recipe for sweet potato focaccia that you can post. It sounds and looks amazing! P.s. I loved the first Sister of the Traveling Pants and am so tempted to rent it every time I visit the store…definitely let us know if it’s worth the watch.


jenna December 19, 2008 at 7:41 pm


Actually I don’t have the recipe! I’m not allowed to give out any recipes from work just for privacy reasons. I’m sorry!


Kath December 19, 2008 at 5:52 pm

Congrats Jenna!!!


Danielle December 19, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Wow… you did it 🙂 congratulations! You’re amazing!


ErinE December 19, 2008 at 6:00 pm

that bread looks sooo good!


Kelly Turner December 19, 2008 at 6:05 pm

congrats!! Thats so exciting! All your hard work paid off- make sure you relax a bit 🙂

Kelly Turner


Marissa December 19, 2008 at 6:17 pm



K December 19, 2008 at 6:31 pm

As a carboholic – I wonder the same thing!

CONGRATS!!!! Enjoy your Friday – hope there’s some celebrating going on!


Bree December 19, 2008 at 6:34 pm

Congratulations & enjoy this moment. Such a huge accomplishment!


Kim December 19, 2008 at 6:36 pm

Congrats on finishing your program!


Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) December 19, 2008 at 6:37 pm

Congrats on your last day! I bet that sweet bread would be soooo good warm with a dollop of almond butter 🙂


Leslie December 19, 2008 at 6:41 pm

Congratulations on being done!!! That’s awesome!


Alyssa December 19, 2008 at 6:53 pm

Congrats! It must feel so good! It’ll be exciting to have a “job job” doing what you love! 🙂


Bridget December 19, 2008 at 7:24 pm

Congrats!!! It’s been really fun reading about your adventures in culinary school because I had no idea what that would be like- can’t wait to read about what’s next.

Oh, and I totally love teeny-bopper movies 🙂


ashley (sweet & natural) December 19, 2008 at 9:45 pm

CONGRATS Jenna!! What an accomplishment!


Cassidy December 20, 2008 at 9:07 pm

haha. Im catching up on reading my blogs and my best friend and I rented Sisterhood 2 last night also 🙂


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