Dessert/ Dinner/ Lunch

Last Time Leaving

Hi guys!

Sorry for my belated posting today but right after lunch I jumped in the car to drive back and its been pretty go-go-go. It was my LAST time EVER leaving everyone in Tampa though.…next time I make that drive I’m comin’ home to stay! =)

This morning my mom and I went to my favorite little health food store to grab lunch. I got my usual—hummus, quinoa tabbouli and kale salad in a sprouted wheat wrap with those aaaamazing veggie chips


I actually did not eat all those chips. I just ate the carrots and then ate all my mom’s carrots as well 😉

I got this interesting soda to drink but only had a few sips because it was disgusting!!!!!


And had a bite of this yummy dark chocolate for dessert


After lunch I headed back down the highway. I had an apple a few hours later while I was on the way—


And when I finally pulled into Vero, I drove through Starbucks to get my favorite drink, a nonfat decaf peppermint mocha! Totally puts me in the spirit of the season


I ran through Publix but to be honest, didn’t get anything interesting enough to take a picture of. Since I’m moving next Friday (!!), I have to eat alllll the veggie burgers and frozen thingys I have in the freezer. I basically just stocked up on fruits, veggies and greek yogurt.

I was hoping to go to the gym today but, honestly, I just didn’t feel up to it yet. I still feel pretty weak and worn out, my voice is pretty hoarse and I’m hacking a bit. I decided to wait until tomorrow and then hit up my 6 pm spin class. Sometimes a little break can be a good thing! Plus, I had stuff to get done at the house like unpacking, cleaning up and bible study.

I made dinner tonight for Betty and Ted since they just got back from their cruise today and went to go get their Christmas tree tonight. And since they always make me food! I made one of my very favorite dishes—-spicy sesame noodles. My mom has made these a million times over the years and I just love the sauce on anything and everything. It’s not low-fat but you only need a small amount (I use 1/4th cup) on your pasta. A little goes a long way! Here’s the recipe:

1 cup tahini

1 cup canola oil

1 cup hot water

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1 cup tamari

2 tbsp toasted sesame oil

1/4 cup chili oil

5-6 cloves of garlic, minced

sesame seeds to top

sliced raw veggies to mix in, tofu, chicken or shrimp to mix in (optional)

whole wheat spaghetti or soba noodles, cooked, drained and rinsed with cold water.  Drizzle with sesame oil to avoid pasta stickage

1. In a large bowl, mix together the tahini and the hot water until they are smooth and combined. Add the canola oil and mix again and then add the tamari, sugar and vinegar, mixing well after each addition.

2. Add the chili oil, sesame oil and garlic. Whisk until everything is combined.

3. Serve with cold cooked spaghetti and top with sesame seeds and any veggies or protein that you prefer.

**This makes a TON of sauce. I’m just guessing when I say it serves 6-8. I like to make it all because it keeps for about 2 weeks in the fridge and gets better after each day! It makes for wonderful leftovers!! 

Here was mine:


I used sliced cucumbers and bell peppers as my mix-ins. I wish I had thought to pick up some shrimp at the store though because it totally would have been perfect with this!

After dinner I broke into the little cookies I bought from William Sonoma this morning before I left



Aren’t they flippin’ adorable???!!! AND, you can eat 9 of these babies for only 110 calories! Fully worth the ridiculous price at the store. 😉

I’m off to put sheets on my bed, take a bath and hop in bed to read. I really need to feel 100% tomorrow so I can finish off my last two weeks of work strong! Thank you all so much again for your kind comments regarding my new job! I signed up for orientation on January 6-7th and I’m happy to have some time in between jobs to get settled and celebrate the holidays with my family.  It definitely will be a new and interesting chapter to my life!

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    December 8, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    Wow! Congratulations on the job!!! I just got caught up with my blog reading, so sorry for the late congrats. I am so happy for you, and I know that even though the job has wacky hours, you’ll definitely work it into your life. You seem very adaptable. 🙂

    I also hope you feel 100% better soon! Take care of yourself and have a great week!

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    Lindsey (Mrs. LC)
    December 8, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    So happy for you! The job at Greenwise sounds fantastic and perfect for you. 🙂 And what a blessing knowing you’ll be graduating and already have a job lined up! Praying your last week and a half in Vero go well!

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    December 8, 2008 at 6:45 pm

    oooh, I need those cookies. I am a sucker for overpriced but adorable W-S items!

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    Becca A
    December 8, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Haha, looks like the gingerbread men are winking!

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    December 8, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Faaabulous dinner and cookies!!

    Get enough rest so that you can feel MORE than 100% better tomorrow, girl!! 🙂

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    December 8, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    oh those cookies are way too cute!!

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    December 8, 2008 at 7:32 pm

    Those cookies look deeelicious!!!

    Rest up hun!

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    December 8, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    SOooo Happy for you, Jenna! This will for sure be a happy chapter in your life. Have fun at spin tomorrow! Cute cookies… hmmm maybe have to get some of those. 😉

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    December 8, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    I just saw today is that my town is getting a Pita Pit and IM SO EXCITED to try it!

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    December 8, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    those cookies are adorable! i’ve gotta get me some 🙂
    your sesame noodles look really yummy, too. have a great night, jenna!

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    Fitness Surfer
    December 8, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    Exciting! Thanks for another great recipe. I’ve got bean sprouts in the fridge that i need to use up and Styr Fry is now on the menu =)

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    December 8, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    That sandwich from the health food store looks great. Where is it?

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    December 8, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Yummy dinner! Those gingerbread cookies look fantastic. WOW! 9 for 110!

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    December 8, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    those cookies are SO precious! how big are they? you can’t really tell by the pic! hooray for greenwise! that’s SO amazing!! ahh wht if they read your bloggie?!

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    December 8, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    those cookies are pretty exciting looking, I’m going to need to find a reason to make a trip to W&S!

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    Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    December 8, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    Love those veggie chips. They are so good. I had to stop buying them because I kept eating the whole bag at once. I wish more restaurants offered those instead of fries.

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    December 8, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Scharffen Berger Bittersweet is my favorite!

    Great eats today. The pasta dish sounds really good.

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    December 8, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Those cookies are adorable!

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    December 8, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    a whole CUP of tahini?! is that right? that seems like so much.. i do <3 tahini tho 🙂

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    December 8, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Wow, your meals look fab! I’ve never seen a diet cream soda before…bummer it wasn’t that good! Hope you continue to get better 🙂

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    Emily W.
    December 8, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    Could you tell me how much fat, sugar, etc is in those cookies? I was going to buy some online, but can’t find the nutritional information! Thank you!!

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    December 8, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    Those cookies are cute, and those noodles look delish. ENjoy your last two weeks!

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    December 8, 2008 at 10:27 pm

    All of your food today looks amazing. That wrap looks phenominal, I need to find a place like that around here! Also I love the dinner. I need to make that sometime for my family when I go home for the holidays. Sometimes taking a break from exercise is a good thing, especially when you’ve been sick. Hope you have a good Tuesday at work tomorrow!

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    December 8, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    I love that you can have 9 cookies for 110 calories. Too bad I don’t know where a Williams Sonoma is!

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    December 8, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Those cookies are SO cute. I might have to pick some up so I have a “safe” snack at our Christmas party that seems “bad.” 😉

    Hope you feel up to your class tomorrow!

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    December 8, 2008 at 11:53 pm

    Cute Christmas cookies!

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    December 9, 2008 at 12:18 am

    9 for 110 calories! for a volume eater like me that sounds PERFECT for a wintry dessert 🙂 glad you went to spin class – you’re becoming the spin master!!

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    Anne P
    December 9, 2008 at 7:33 am

    congrats again on the job and those cookies are flippin adorable!

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    December 9, 2008 at 8:11 am

    That wrap + the dinner + starbucks + those ADORABLE cookies = one mighty tasty day! Thanks for the recipe – it sounds fab!

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    December 9, 2008 at 8:17 am

    I always spend tons of money on food at williams-sonoma. It’s ridiculous.

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    December 9, 2008 at 8:37 am

    I cannot wait to hear about your move, your new job, your new schedule! How exciting!!

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    December 9, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Mal’s favorite drink is the peppermint mocha! It is quite delicious!

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    December 9, 2008 at 9:33 am

    That’s so exciting that next time you head back to Tampa it will be to stay!!!
    I love the Starbucks peppermint mocha too! I get mine with soy, no whip, and half the syrup (I think it still tastes just as good). It’s perfect for the holidays 🙂

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    Julia (Santa Barbara Dreaming)
    December 9, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Gingerbread cookies!!! I really want to build a gingerbread house this season…..!!

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    Grounded Fitness
    December 9, 2008 at 10:31 am

    what!? i gotta get me some of those cookies. even though the only have 1 eye.

    Kelly Turner

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    December 9, 2008 at 10:40 am

    Out of curiosity, what was wrong with that soda? It looked so cute and good…

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    December 9, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    That pasta looks good, I think I might have to steal this recipe and try it! I’ll make sure to have some shrimp on hand!

    Poor little gingerbread men only have one eye?? lol, those look like a perfect treat! Too bad we don’t have that store around here 😀

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    December 9, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Just wanted to say congrats on the job! Weird shifts like that are tough, but I’m sure you’ll figure out how to make it work!


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    December 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Ahh it was just a gross fake sweet taste. I’m not a huge soda fan anyways though…

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