Dessert/ Dinner

Office Space

What could make signing a book contract even better?


A real live DESK!!!! πŸ™‚

Kelly gave me her old desk and I couldn’t be more thankful. I feel almost official now, blogging from an actual desk instead of sitting on the floor. It’s sort of weird actually! I like having a little “station” now though….next up—a futon! This afternoon I snacked on whatever was leftover in the yogurt container (~1/2 cup?) mixed with a chopped apple and a drizzle of AB: IMG_2483 IMG_2489 And then for dinner, I rediscovered my love for kabocha squash! IMG_2492 I roasted a sliced up kabocha squash at about 400 for 30 minutes or so. At the same time, I also had 1/3rd block of extra firm “sprouted” tofu and a handful of chickpeas marinating in 1 tsp sesame oil, 2 tsp rice wine vinegar, a pinch of sea salt, pinch of ginger, cumin, cayenne and a drizzle of agave. Threw the ‘peas and tofu in the oven and let ’em bake for about 20 minutes at the same temperature then served the whole hot mess together. IT WAS SO GOOD! IMG_2494 Is it normal that my favorite part of the squash is the PEEL?! I just love it for some reason…it gets all crunchy and chewy when you bake it and is oh so good. Guess I met my daily dose of fiber, huh?! πŸ˜‰ I plated myself up about half of the squash for tonight’s meal but it was SO much (it was a huge kabocha) so I didn’t finish it all. Saved room for dessert though, of course: IMG_2498

Yes! The return of the coconut milk ice cream. I adore this stuff. And wasn’t isn’t amazing when served in a wine glass? πŸ˜‰


I’m REALLY really tired tonight because last night’s sleep was a bust. Going to take a bath, rewind and read for the rest of the night. Sweet dreams!

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    November 30, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Congratz on the desk! It’s beautiful πŸ˜‰ I loooove coconut milk icecream…especially served in a wine glass! Yummm!

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    Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    November 30, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Yay for a desk to blog at!

    That ice cream flavor sounds really good! I’ll have to try it!

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    Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    November 30, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    Looooove the new desk! I have been dying to have one in my room for the longest time. I blog from the floor most of the time =)

    Nighty, night. Sleep tight. =)

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    Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    November 30, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Cute desk! A real writer needs a real desk : )

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    November 30, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    You’re super classy—blogging at a desk and eating ice cream out of wine glasses! πŸ˜‰ I really love kabocha peel, too, for the “crispiness,” haha. It’s so filling, too! Have a wonderful evening!

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    Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    November 30, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I never worked at a desk really, usually in bed or on the couch after having a laptop. Now, I would LOVE an office space and a desk. Congrats on yours! πŸ™‚

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    November 30, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I had that same desk in college! Oh memories! Hopefully you’ll get some great work done on there too!

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    Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    November 30, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I LOOOOOOOOVE kabocha squash skin!! It gets so crispy yet it’s chewy!! I thought I was the only one πŸ™‚

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    November 30, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I’ve really wanted to try that ice cream. I’ve almost bought it twice. I can’t eat dairy so I really need to try this. Thanks for making me take the dip into the tub πŸ™‚

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    November 30, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I still need to try the kabocha…It looks delicious!

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    November 30, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Hooray for signing a book contract aaaand a new desk!!! πŸ™‚ Love squash! I need to go pick some up! And that ice cream looks delicious!

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    Olga @ Healthing It
    November 30, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Congrats on getting a desk! πŸ™‚ It sure makes things easier in my life.

    And that squash looks so good…the skin is my favorite part too!

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    Sam (Merit to the Carrot)
    November 30, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    You’re official now πŸ˜‰
    That dinner looks fantastic! It’s been too long (about 2 weeks hah) since I’ve had me some Kabocha! Off to the grocery store I go.

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    November 30, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    have you tried mama pea’s pumpkin spice roasted chickpeas yet? the recipe is pretty close to what you had tonight, but i wanted to recommend them anyway. have a relaxing night, jenna!


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    November 30, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    So glad you finally have a desk!

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    November 30, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Love the map over the desk — I have the same thing for inspiration. πŸ˜€

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    November 30, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    I also discovered kabocha squash a couple weeks ago, I’m a fan!

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    November 30, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    i had squash and tofu for dinner too! haha but i had butternut:)

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    Mastering Public Health
    November 30, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Hey Jenna, I had to spread the word about this huge Bumble Bar sale I just got an e-mail about from the owner: “For the next 24 hours only,” (this was sent Mon. at 12:30p.m.), “we are offering all our flavors for $20 per box and a free wrapsack! We have never offered such a steep discount on our entire line. Please feel free to tell all the BumbleBar fans you know.” — I love this product so I had to pass it on! Have a great night.

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    ellen eats beets
    November 30, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Dinner looks lovely, as does the coconuttty dessert! Congrats on the new desk.

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    Suzanne de Cornelia
    December 1, 2009 at 2:39 am

    Neat re the desk!! Very cozy and also spartan [my new favorite word].

    Reminded me that Laura Hillenbrand wrote what became her huge bestseller ‘Seabiscuit’ in a tiny WDC apartment with a small fridge next to her desk as she has a very debilitating case of chronic fatigue syndrome. Because she need to marshall her energies she kept milk/cereal in a small fridge under desk so didn’t have to stop work or move around much. And she described being across from the Chinese Embassy–so that much of her writing was accompanied by loud protest chants that she couldn’t decipher except for one word: #$6&^&: &*#@!: Fight! Fight! Fight! %$^#&: *@#$%: Fight! Fight! Fight! Nearly drove her insane.

    She was a big inspiration to me in getting through writing my book with one particular piece of advice. When invariably got tired of writing, she’d switch to another task to keep moving: research, editing, refining outline of next chapters, etc. Seems obvious, but really wasn’t till read that.

    Also loved this NPR interview she did where she said one common aspect of the Seabiscuit story that involved the three main male characters and Seabiscuit—was that they all emerged to greatness from loss. Loved that.

    Here’s the interview:

    It’s so apt to have a map over your ‘donated’ desk…never know how far or where you’ll go…and so nice that it was given to you by a friend…because your book, by it’s nature, will have
    that aspect of sharing, too.

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    christie, honoring health
    December 1, 2009 at 3:24 am

    Hoooray! Glad you got your desk to work on!! And congrats on signing the book contract. I am looking forward to your book!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite
    December 1, 2009 at 3:37 am

    I love the map over the desk!

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    Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    December 1, 2009 at 3:38 am

    Yay for desks! They really are conducive to productivity. When my desk is organized, my work seems to follow as well.

    That ice cream looks delicious. I love pretty much anything that involved coconut. I like the wine glass touch, I served some peppermint ice cream up in a martini glass the other night. It makes it classy! Ha.

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    December 1, 2009 at 3:44 am

    The desk is very cute!

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    December 1, 2009 at 4:14 am

    Lovin’ the desk!!!! So chic.

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    December 1, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Now that you have a desk, you’re ready to roll!

    I love the peel too! My husband always looks at me like I’m a freak when I eat it, but it’s GOOD!

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    diana(mymarble rye)
    December 1, 2009 at 4:51 am

    I was going to get that icecream the other day ….until i saw it was $6 bux! I’ll save money for that treat next time. πŸ™‚

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    December 1, 2009 at 4:52 am

    Congrats on the desk – very official looking πŸ™‚

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    Paige (Running Around Normal)
    December 1, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Woo hoo for a desk! It’s very cute, too πŸ™‚
    Your dinner looks amazing, and that marinade for everything sounds delicious!

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    December 1, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Hmmm ice cream made with almond milk sounds yummy. I love the wine glass you served it in too.

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    December 1, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Congrats on the book contract! I actually published a book of poetry about a year and a half ago, but I went with a free publisher, and haven’t really done very much with promoting my book. What kind of writing do you do?

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    Abbys Vegan Eats
    December 1, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Kabocha and sprouted tofu:!?! YES please πŸ™‚

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    December 1, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Congrats on the desk….saweet!


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    Jolene (
    December 1, 2009 at 5:36 am

    That’s awesome you got a desk!! I had no idea you were blogging from the floor on a regular basis!!

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    Sarah (Finding My Balance)
    December 1, 2009 at 5:36 am

    Working at a desk makes everything feel so official and productive. Yay!

    You eat the skin off your squash?? Interesting… I’ll have to try that sometime…

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    December 1, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Congratulations on your desk girl!
    And yog messes are amazzzzing, no?

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    Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    December 1, 2009 at 5:39 am

    Ah, I still haven’t tried the coconut milk ice cream but I keep hearing so many great things about it. I will have to get some soon (although the weather is getting mighty cold here now, ha ha).

    Hooray for a desk!

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    laura dishes
    December 1, 2009 at 5:50 am

    You’ve probably forgotten what comfortable feels like… congrats on the desk! That was so nice of your friend.

    I love the ice cream in a wine glass- even better than ice cream in a mug!

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    Christina MINDFUL LIVING
    December 1, 2009 at 5:53 am

    wow all your food looks so good! Ill have to try that squash one day!

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    Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    December 1, 2009 at 5:57 am

    love the desk — so cozy!

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    rebecca lustig
    December 1, 2009 at 6:07 am

    You’re officially a professional writer now that you have your own desk, hehe. Congrats!

    I hope your night was joyful and peaceful, dear.
    Sending tons of love your way
    bec xo

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    December 1, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Eat the whole pint Jenna πŸ™‚ You need to celebrate a contract and a desk.
    I wish you weren’t so busy, I would like to get to know u or have u drop by my blog sometime to say Hi. You are too popular πŸ™‚

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    December 1, 2009 at 6:19 am

    Congrats on the desk! I am seriously so excited for your book. As for that ice cream, I think I am going to have to go buy some ASAP.

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    December 1, 2009 at 6:29 am

    Have you tried looking on Craigslist for a futon? They have great deals!

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    December 1, 2009 at 6:41 am

    My boyfriend and I just bought a desk AND a futon for our office/yoga/meditation/guest room. We feel so grown up. ha.

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    Emily Eats and Exercises
    December 1, 2009 at 6:43 am

    That dinner looks soooo good. I have to make more of those roasted chick peas asap.

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    December 1, 2009 at 6:45 am

    Hi! Congrats on signing your book deal. Have you ever been to Ikea? They have a store in Berkeley/Emeryville, I bet you’ll find a desk chair and a couch that you can afford. We bought desk chairs there a long time ago – they’re still working like a charm.

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    Sabrina (RhodeyGirl Tests)
    December 1, 2009 at 6:50 am

    I was going to say WINE makes signing a book contract even better, but yes, a desk is a fabulous thing!

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    Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    December 1, 2009 at 6:51 am

    The peel is my favorite part too! And a desk makes it all official, congrats!

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    Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    December 1, 2009 at 6:52 am

    I love having a desk and getting all of my stuff organized.. and you’re right- not much is better than when placed in a wine glass. πŸ™‚

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    December 1, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Congratulations on your new desk! That’s awesome. I love squash peels.

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    December 1, 2009 at 7:01 am

    Okay I’ve never had kabocha squash, let alone thinking about eating the skin!!!! That sounds wierd, but I may have to try it out sometime!!! πŸ˜€ Congrats on the desk! I’ve got a desk but no chair, so I’m still either blogging at work or on the couch πŸ™‚

    That almond mocha fudge is my FAVORITE flavor of the coconut ice creme!!! πŸ˜€

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    December 1, 2009 at 7:13 am

    you’re now ready to become an official author! congrats again!

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    December 1, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Ice cream out of a wine glass. I love it!!

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    December 1, 2009 at 8:34 am

    You go, girl — way to get a desk! You should be so proud of yourself; what an accomplishment!
    You and all the other blog divas out there have inspired me to start my own blog. Hopefully I can hang with the big girls — Happy December!

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    Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama
    December 1, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Wonderful looking dinner!

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    December 1, 2009 at 10:33 am

    wow! that ice cream looks delish!

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    December 1, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I totally have that desk…Ikea?? It’s pretty baller, I’m not going to lie. Hope it treats you well! Congrats on your big beginning!

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    December 1, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    What a cute desk! And what better way to treat yourself than to eat Purely Decadent out of a wine glass? Now that’s class!

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    December 1, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Wow your thrown together dinners are so ridiculously delicious looking. I want to make that combo!

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    December 2, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    Cute desk! It’s so helpful to actually have a space to write. It helps the creative juices flow.
    For your furniture situation…you really need to go to Ikea! It’s in Emeryville so it’s a little over an hour away from you but SO worth it because it’s CHEAP and cute. I went there a few days ago and picked up an “entertainment center/book case” set which was under $500 (for 5 bookcases and a few extra pieces that’s REALLY good.
    Just a thought. πŸ™‚

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