Swimming in Frosting Waves

by jenna on October 17, 2008

Hey yall!

Happy Friday!! Well, it’s not really Friday for me since I have to be at work in the morning at 7, but you know! Here are my eats:

For breakfast I had a SUPER creamy and thick bowl of oatmeal, due to the fact that the banana I used was like the size of my arm. It was HUGE—making my oatmeal so much creamier and delicious!

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I used some dried cherries, a cup of silk, 1/2 cup oats, cinnamon, peanut butter and the mammoth banana. Yum!

Now in regards to lunch….I had a bit of a dilemma (well, not really at all actually). Adam was making staff meal for the day and he was making HOMEMADE PIZZAS. I repeat, the dough and everything! It sounded amazing, it smelled amazing and the thought of it was a whole lot better than my measly hummus sammie I had packed. So, I gorged myself on his goat cheese pizza with tomatoes, spinach and mushrooms. It was a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Seriously, I think it was the best pizza I’ve ever had. My mouth was so happy!

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I had 2 1/2 of the 3 brick slices you see here. SOOOOO good!!!! I can’t even begin to describe actually. I also had this salad to get in some greens:

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The only problem was that staff meal is served at 10:30 so I inhaled all this pizza before 11:00! Wow! Around 9:00, I had the yogurt and a couple almonds I had packed:

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(I didn’t eat the pear or the carrots though)

Surprisingly, I wasn’t hungry again all day long. That’s like a world record for me. I didn’t need a snack and I was stuffed for the remainder of work and trip to the grocery store. I did snack on a pear in the car though just because it was there and really really really juicy. That pizza really did its job to keep me full!

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Today was probably my first pay day in about two months, so I could finally go to the grocery store and stock up on some necessities. Some have asked if we have a Trader Joes—-we don’t. We don’t even have a decent health food store here in Vero Beach. Publix is all I get! Oh well, it helps me save $$ I suppose and at least they have freshly ground peanut butter!

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For dinner, I just had something light because I STILL wasn’t very hungry! I had one of Sammie’s “messes” (LOVE these!) with a cup of greek yogurt, cinnamon puffins, an unsweetened applesauce and a spoonful of peanut butter. On the side, I randomly had an organic turkey hot dog dipped in ketchup.

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This dinner was perfect for me because it was light and felt good to my body after all that grease at lunch. But boy, was that grease ever amazing! I didn’t exercise today since it was the daily deep clean day of the kitchen and I feel like I burn like 500 calories at least scrubbing the floors, polishing everything in sight and washing all the bath-tub sized mixers. I’m always exhausted when I leave!

For “dessert” tonight, I had a bowl of Annie’s Bunnies and a few berries. Yum!

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Speaking of work, here’s my work recap! I really hope this new once daily recap post works with yall….my days are just so crazy that I only get to sit down at my laptop when I get home from work and everything. I’m sure yall understand! :)

Right when I got to work, I got started on MORE yellow and chocolate chiffon cakes for the wedding cake because we underestimated our batter yesterday. No pictures of me with my whole body in the batter, but it was exactly the same thing as yesterday—twice over. Fun, but it is soooo time consuming because you have to scale everything out (which takes about an hour) then mix it, whip the egg whites separate, fold everything in by hand…..yada yada yada. At least it tastes good!

After all that cake baking madness, it was mid-morning and I started on yet another pumpkin pie:

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Followed by more chocolate melties:

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And pumpkin whoopie pies (these are selling like hot cakes apparently!). I used a really simple buttercream recipe to fill them—-12 oz shortening, 1 lb powdered sugar, 1.25 oz egg whites and a ton of cinnamon. Mix on high until light and fluffy! And yes, I use shortening. It’s most likely not trans fat free—I have no idea. I don’t work at Whole Foods or a health food store over here!

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After all that was done, I made another gigantic batch of icing for the wedding cakes:

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And I started to work on crumb-coating the top tiers. Wedding cakes may sound really awesome, but they are for some people and not others. Sadly, I really don’t enjoy icing cakes like that as much as I enjoy baking bread. Actually, I really don’t like it at all. I have zero patience and everything has to be absolutely perfect. Oh well, it’s all for the experience!

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When I finished crumb coating some tiers, I started on the hour long deep clean. Fun times! Tomorrow we are putting the finishing touches on the wedding cake and taking it to the wedding site. Pictures to come! We are also making more bagels so I’m psyched about that!!

Have a great evening!

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Megan October 17, 2008 at 11:40 pm

I can’t wait to see the wedding cake! Look at all that icing!

The pizza looks amazing!

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VeggieGirl October 17, 2008 at 11:48 pm

GORRRRGEOUS breakfast oats, pizzas, baked goods…. WOWZA!!!

Looking forward to seeing that tantalizing-sounding wedding cake :-)

Happy Friday!!!!!

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Jenny October 18, 2008 at 12:08 am

No surprise your whoopie pies are selling like hotcakes . . . b/c u know they actually ARE hotcakes =D Plus they look so GOOOOOD!!!!!!!!

Have a good night ;)

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Krista (kristaskravings) October 18, 2008 at 12:29 am

Those pizza pictures are making me drool!
I am loving your “work recap”. Its fun to read what you’ve been up to your elbows in and the pictures are always so fantastic!

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coco October 18, 2008 at 12:34 am

oh~~~ those pizzas look so yummy!!!! I haven’t had them for so long, I think after reading this post, i’ll have some!

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Justy2003 October 18, 2008 at 12:38 am

Goat cheese pizza?! Looks and sounds amazing!
And I want some of those desserts!!!

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Biz October 18, 2008 at 12:56 am

OMG, since I missed my usual pizza tonight, I am drooling at the site of that pizza!

Everything looks great that you made – good luck tomorrow with the wedding cake – I am sure it will be amazing!

Also great that you were able to stock up at the store with some goodies!

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Runjen October 18, 2008 at 1:02 am

Okay, dumb question…what does “crumb coating” the top layer of the cake exactly mean? I am loving this wedding cake tale and can’t wait to see the finished product tomorrow.
Secondly, that Za literally looks TDF!

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bobbi October 18, 2008 at 1:02 am

yummy pizza, and I can’t wait to see the wedding cake!

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michelle October 18, 2008 at 1:09 am

Wow that pizza looks amazing!!

Just wanted to let you know i finally made pumpkin bread today, following your recipe and it is quite yummy! I halved the recipe and made one loaf. I think i am going to have a piece now!!! Thanks for the great recipe Jenna!!!

Michelle

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Sammie October 18, 2008 at 2:12 am

Love the “mess” – isn’t applesauce and yogurt so delish!?!? It has become my 2nd choice, 1st of course is a banana. Once again your day looks exciting. I am really looking forward to seeing the wedding cake. I just got a request to make a carrot cake for my husband’s work – I am kind of up in the air about using canned pineapple in the recipe – any tips that you can pass my way??? They requested no raisins and put the nuts on the top instead of in the cake – at least they are paying me for this one : ) I hope you have a relaxing evening.

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Jenny October 18, 2008 at 2:16 am

I LOVE huge bananas, I pretend they are normal sized though ;)

That pizza does look fantastic, and that’s awesome that it kept you full all day long. I love lunches that last!

I like your workday recaps, I am very much fascinated with the behind-the-scenes look we get at your job, it’s delicious :)

Have a great night, and day at work tomorrow!

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Erin October 18, 2008 at 2:24 am

Shortening belongs in some foods. It’s just true!
That pizza looks like heaven. I love how cheese gets browned on the top. Yum!

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emily October 18, 2008 at 3:19 am

I agree, I actually really enjoy the one long post. It is super fun getting see all the baking action!

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Monica October 18, 2008 at 4:03 am

When are you going to see the BF? I hope you all get to see each other soon :( I guess the work schedule must be super hard for the LDR…

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Shandi October 18, 2008 at 4:50 am

How are the Graham Bumpers? I’ve wanted to try those but haven’t yet.. Just wanted to hear your opinion :) Thanks!

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Amy October 18, 2008 at 6:23 am

Hi Jenna!
I recently tried your Vegan Brownies for Your Heart Recipe. Great job! I added frosting and some extras on top to make them more cake-like. Tonight I made a carob version and talked about it on my blog. Thanks for the recipe!

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jenna October 18, 2008 at 10:11 am

Monica,

Nothing worth having comes easy right? Ryan and I have had a LDR for 2 1/2 years and, since the bulk of it was when I lived in South Carolina and he lived in Tampa and we only saw eachother, like, once every couple months….this is nothing. I am going home next weekend though so I’m super excited!

Shandi,

Its 6:00 am and I’m about to dive into them so I’ll let you know in my evening post!!

Runjen,

The crumb coat is a very thin layer of icing on the entire cake to “seal” it (after you ice you you stick it in the fridge) so that when you put the thick layer of billowy icing on it, you won’t get crumbs in the icing.

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jenna October 18, 2008 at 10:15 am

Sammie,

Oh man, I LOVE carrot cake!!!! I like mine chock full of walnuts though…..my only advice is to find a recipe that uses oil, not butter because oil will cake the cake much more moist! Good luck—I can’t wait to see pictures! I’m off to make a “mess” for breakfast!! ;)

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BridgetP October 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm

I love the long post- I look forward to seeing what you made at work each day!
Seeing that giant bowl of frosting, I think I understand what you mean about not wanting sweets after you’re around them all day…I LOVE frosting, but so much of it would probably turn me off too!

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runjess October 18, 2008 at 3:55 pm

Looks like Publix has a pretty good selection. I sure can’t find Oikos at my store.

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caitlin October 18, 2008 at 4:33 pm

can you make my wedding cake? :)

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Sarah (now in FL) October 18, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Jenna,
Just wanted to let you know that my husband and I made your pumpkin whoopie pies for a friend yesterday. We had a great time baking together (he really liked smashing the cloves) and they looked so pretty to present! Thanks for the idea. We wanted to warn anyone that made these though that they are INCREDIBLY rich–we guessed this from the ingredients list (mostly the 2 sticks of butter we added to the marshmallow fluff! haha) but sometimes ingredients like this don’t translate into the taste–but with these it REALLY does, so skip your meal and go right to these or you won’t have room left! :)

J, I’ve also been having your overnight oats with great frequency–I used to do the same recipe with Bob’s Red Mill muesli, but the plain Publix old fashioned oats are actually better, stick with me longer, and are way cheaper, so thanks for saving me some $$! I’ve made the recipe my own by adding blueberries, flax, and 2-3 spoonfuls of blueberry kefir along with my plain yogurt in the morning–I’d highly recommend this twist if you ever find kefir on sale! (Whole Foods has a coupon in their “Whole Deal” right now–which are manufacturer’s coupons that you can use anywhere, so shhh I used it at publix to save even more $$!)

I love seeing all your baking adventures! It makes me want to go to culinary school too!
Sarah

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Kat October 18, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Hi Jenna, I enjoy following your blog!

My mother and I are actually planning to do the wedding cake for my wedding in mid November…. Can you share your icing recipe? I’d really appreciate it! :-) How many layers of icing do you put on – just the two?

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jenna October 18, 2008 at 6:45 pm

Kat—–

Here’s the icing recipe (formated for a wedding cake)

8 lbs butter—softened!
5 lbs egg whites
6 lbs sugar

Mix the sugar with enough water for the sugar to look like “wet sand”. Bring to a boil and heat to 240 degrees farenheight (you need a candy thermy for this!). When it’s there, whip the egg whites to medium peaks. SLOWLY drizzle in the boiling sugar syrup to the egg whites (while the mixer is ON). Continue to whip for 3 more minutes. Then, slowly add the butter, chunk by chunk to the mixer while it is on speed 2. Break of pieces of butter and drop one in every couple seconds…this will take awhile. When all the butter is in, crank the mixer up to the highest speed there is and just whip the crap out of it for about 10 minutes or until light and fluffy!!!!!!!! YUMMMMMMMMM

We usually do 2 coats. One as the crumb coat and then another as the final coat.

Caitlin,

SURE! hehe :)

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Sammie October 18, 2008 at 7:32 pm

Thanks for the tip!!

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Monica October 18, 2008 at 10:41 pm

So glad you get to see each other soon! I emailed you awhile back for LDR tips when my bf and I were 10 hours apart. I have since moved to CA so now it is more like 42 hours apart! It makes it easier knowing that other people make it work too! Hope you have a great time with the bf and fam next weekend!

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Lee Tilghman October 20, 2008 at 5:18 am

Question–what kind of hot dogs do you eat? and are those considered a good source of protein?

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jenna October 20, 2008 at 10:10 am

Lee,
These are applegate farms organic turkey hot dogs and they are antibiotic and nitrate free. Each has 6 grams of protein and 50 calories. and, yes, they are a good source of protein.

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