Dinner

Whirlwind

Hey y’all!!!

Sorry for being gone for so long but the past 24 hours has been SO busy and I haven’t gotten a chance to even crack open my laptop. I had SUCH a wonderful time though with my girlfriends at Deeper Still. Beth Moore was absolutely fantastic and so were Priscilla and Kay. It was awesome because each of the three of us felt like we got something very particular and special out of a certain talk that seemed just destined for our ears this weekend. I’m so thankful for my friends and for getting to attend such a positive event!

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Of course we ate some awesome food as well! πŸ™‚

There was a plethora of coffee:

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Yesterday’s dinner was at Dandelion.…one of my very favorite Orlando veggie places that I used to frequent when I lived there. Naturally though, I got lost and Caitlin had to talk me through downtown Orlando! When we finally got there, I had a bowl of the veggie chili and one of these summer rolls—

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The summer rolls are stuffed with all sorts of shredded veggies and served with some sort of almond butter ginger dipping sauce. Delicious!

Another awesome perk of the little trip was that, unknowingly, we scored a suite at The Sheraton! Sarah apparently had points or something and since all three of us girls were crashing in one room, it was so nice to have a little more space. I actually slept better last night than I’ve slept in a really long time. Maybe I just needed to get out of town??!

This morning we woke up and immediately headed to Panera to grab some breakfast that was cheaper than the hotel’s before the conference started again. I got my old school college favorite—a toasted whole grain bagel with low fat cream cheese. And hazelnut coffee. So good.

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We say: Eat your bagels!! πŸ˜‰

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There were 10,600 women attending the conference. It was INSANE! And a major estrogen fest. I’m in need of a sports bar or college football or something….haha

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And look, Anne, I FOUND JOURNEY!!!!!!!!!

(Anne and I have this humorous ongoing joke about “finding Journey” since when at a bar in Tampa last month the band claimed they didn’t know “Don’t Stop Believing” and we were crushed beyond belief. What band doesn’t know Journey??!)

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Oh y’all know how much I would love to go back and see AC DC and Journey in concert on Wednesday night. That would be incredible. And crazy. Anne, road trip?! hahaha

To save some $$, us girls packed our lunches and sat outside at the lake during a break to eat. I had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole wheat and another fruit strip!

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And a few hours later I totally ripped into my bar while Beth was teaching on stage.

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+ a Vitamin water!

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We decided to scoot out before the panel Q&A because, well, Orlando traffic is totally insane and especially when there are almost 11,000 women trying to get out of a parking garage at once. No thanks. We were SO happy we left a little early and were able to get home quickly.

My mom had dinner waiting for me!

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Salad with goddess dressing and homemade tomato basil proscuitto lasagna from a reallyyyy old school Cooking Light issue! I actually went back for seconds because the lasagna was THAT good! Also, I had a small glass of Cabernet. It was lovely.

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Currently watching some college football with my daddy. I’m just itching to go to a game this season but sadly I don’t think it’s in the cards. I LOVE college football games!

See you in the morning!

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37 Comments

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    Maggie
    September 19, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Ooo that roll looks so good. Enjoy your night in πŸ™‚

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    Mary
    September 19, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Journey is my all time favorite band and DSB is my best, well only, karoke song!! Yay for you guys!!

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    Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    September 19, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    I’m so glad to hear you had such a wonderful time. It looks so fun and all that foods sounds delicious! Gotta love time with the girls. πŸ˜‰

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    kay (eating machine)
    September 19, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    gah, some nights i am so jealous of your mom cooked meals! i wish i had those πŸ™‚

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    Allie Katie
    September 19, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I am glad you had such a great weekend!! Those veggie wraps look SO amazing! I am considering making some…or at least experimenting with them.
    Have a fabo night!

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    Brie (The Fit Bride)
    September 19, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Glad you had a good time! The lasagna looks great.

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    Devan
    September 19, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    oh yum! those summer rolls actually made me salivate.. just a little. they look amazing πŸ™‚
    you look so pretty in your coffee drinking picture πŸ™‚ haha. its cute!! the colours all flow together nicely πŸ™‚ i like it!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    September 19, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    I love college football, too! Live for it! I am really enjoying reading your blog! πŸ™‚

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    Lizzy
    September 19, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    so glad you had such a great time! πŸ™‚ That veggie restaurant that you went to sounds like such a great place, hopefully one day i’ll be able to go. whats your other fav meal there?

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    Michelle
    September 19, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    It looks like you had an awesome time! That lasagna looks amazing, I really need to try to make it (or something like it). Mom’s are the best!!

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    Liz
    September 19, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Panera’s Hazelnut coffee is the best!

    And that lasagna looked delicious πŸ™‚ Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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    Sara
    September 19, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    I have been reading your blog for a couple of weeks and I absolutely love it! You are honest, funny and just all around a cool girl. I live in Japan and Texas (depending on what season it is!) but if I lived in Florida I know we would be great friends! Anyway, sorry I haven’t commented yet but when I saw that you LOVE college football but didn’t think you were going to make it to a game I just had to let you know I think you should really try!! My big Brother works for the Athletic Department at USF and I wish I could go support them but maybe you can go instead! Keep up the blog, it is well written and has great content! Have a great week ahead! Ciao!
    Best Regards,
    Sara

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    Julia
    September 19, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Sounds like you had a fantastic time! Time with close girlfriends is always awesome!
    Love Panera!
    Have a great Sunday!

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    Hallie
    September 19, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I’m glad you had such a nice time today! And I have to say…your meals look pretty darn good, from the bagel to the lasagna πŸ™‚ and I don’t even like cream cheese OR lasagna, haha

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    emily
    September 19, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    who doesn’t know Journey?! That’s unthinkable! Glad you had a good time at the event.

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    Sara
    September 19, 2009 at 10:57 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    I have been reading your blog for a couple of weeks and I absolutely love it! You are honest, funny and just all around a cool girl. I live in Japan and Texas (depending on what season it is!) but if I lived in Florida I know we would be great friends! Anyway, sorry I haven’t left you a comment yet but when I saw that you LOVE college football but didn’t think you were going to make it to a game I just had to let you know I think you should really try!! My big Brother works for the Athletic Department at USF and I wish I could go support them but maybe you can go instead! Keep up the blog, it is well written and has great content! Have a great week ahead! Ciao!
    Best Regards,
    Sara

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    Rebecca
    September 19, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    That veggie chili looks awesome!! So does the lasagna. I love Panera!

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    Leianna
    September 19, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    So glad you had a great time and with some great girlfriends it makes it all the better!
    Love Panera bagels!

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    sherri
    September 20, 2009 at 12:05 am

    …that latte was bigger than your head! so cute. peace be with you, jenna!

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    angieinatlanta
    September 20, 2009 at 12:40 am

    Glad you girls had a wonderful experience; you deserve it, Jenna! Your faith is inspiring!

    And that lasagna looks so good! I think I would have gone back for thirds! I adore proscuitto.

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    Sarah
    September 20, 2009 at 12:59 am

    That’s exactly what I get at Panera for breakfast! Down to the hazelnut coffee. πŸ˜€

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    Nicole
    September 20, 2009 at 2:03 am

    All of your eating out makes me really excited to be going back to the states in a couple of weeks!!!

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    everydayfoodie
    September 20, 2009 at 2:32 am

    The food from that Dandelion restaurant looks so good!!! I wish we had more places like that in my city. There is only 1, and it doesn’t have the variety that I would like. Mmmm, vegetarian chili – so comforting and delicious!

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    Lia
    September 20, 2009 at 4:00 am

    Bagels!! I miss those a whole lot!! Non in Switz alas! DO you have a Breuggers there? I used to love the blueberry bagel with Strawberry cream cheese.

    Wow, that gathering sounds intense. Glad you enjoyed it! (and beat the rush out)

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    Ellen (peace in motionn)
    September 20, 2009 at 5:13 am

    mmm I love panera coffee and college football. just not together! College football calls for something a little colder, and a little more alcoholic πŸ˜‰

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    Julia
    September 20, 2009 at 6:29 am

    OOw, those rolls look so great!
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend:)

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

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    christie, honoring health
    September 20, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Looks like you had a really great time. I am glad getting away helped you sleep better, too!

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    Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    September 20, 2009 at 9:03 am

    That summer wrap looks a-maz-ing! I am hungry just looking at it.

    Enjoy your weekend!

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    Jenna
    September 20, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I am so glad that you had an amazing time! It sounds like it really hit home and close to your heart with a great takeaway for you πŸ™‚

    That lasagna looks unreal! And those dang Panera bagels get me everytime, I can’t turn them down.

    Have a wonderful Sunday!

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    Cynthia (It All Changes)
    September 20, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Your manicure looks really pretty to show off your eats. And I love Panera coffee. It kept me alive one weekend retreat I had at a camp that rained and was freezing.

    Isn’t it crazy how pastors and speakers can prepare a message for thousands of people and everyone can get something special out of it like they were speaking directly at you? God is so amazing like that!

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    Stephanie
    September 20, 2009 at 9:48 am

    I can really see where you get your cooking talent from – your mother’s meals always look and sound so amazing! Glad you had a great time too πŸ™‚

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    Jenna
    September 20, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I am glad to hear you had a fun time with your friends!!
    That homemade dinner looks fabulous made by your mom πŸ™‚
    jenna

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    Anne P
    September 20, 2009 at 11:03 am

    hahahahha OH MY GOD YOU FOUND JOURNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s hilarious. I totally wish I could road trip down for that concert!!!! We would have an absurd time. I missed you yesterday at my birthday bash!!!

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    Anne P
    September 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Ahhhhhhhh….. YOU FOUND JOURNEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So that’s where they’ve been hiding! Haha. Man I wish we could go to that concert… how absurd/amazing would that be?!? We would TEAR it up.

    I miss you yesterday at my birthday bash!!! xoxo

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    Anne P
    September 20, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Oh my first comment did work! Weird, it wasn’t showing up… okay well now you got two slightly differently phrased ones πŸ™‚ Miss you!

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    Kristin
    September 20, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Sounds like you had fun!
    That lasagna sounds amazing! I love prosciutto!

    xo
    K

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    Anne
    September 21, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    from a DIFFERENT anne p, i have a tale about journey…my girl from WY just got married a week ago and she had a blue grass band playing at the reception. we asked them to learn 3 songs, one of them was journey. the band agreed. but the night before the wedding, the band leader called my friend, the bride, and said that there was no way they were going to be able to play journey bc they couldn’t get through a whole minute of playing without cracking up. i thought that was pretty hilarious.
    πŸ™‚
    anne

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