A New Kind of Alarm Clock


Mmmmm I had such a good sleep last night. I think one of the best things about living in Northern California is the ability to sleep with your windows open all the time, something I never have done before growing up in South Florida. Last night my room was chilly, my down comforter was soft and I slept like a baby. Love it. I really didn’t want to get up this morning but remembered I had to cook the beans I had soaked overnight before my meeting! (yes, cooking beans is my driving force to get up in the morning. I’m special).

Oats in a jar was my reward! Check out that steam!


I used 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup soymilk, 1/2 cup water, 1 banana, pumpkin butter, drizzle of maple syrup and….almond butter, of course.

Agenda for today includes:

  • Write new True/Slant article
  • Meeting at work
  • Trader Joe’s for basics
  • Farm stand for produce
  • cook/recipe writing
  • yoga

It’s going to be a GORGEOUS day!!

You Might Also Like

  • Courtney
    October 20, 2009 at 8:29 am

    I love it…beans are what get you up in the morning!! You ARE a foodie!! :>
    Can’t wait to see what the beans are going in…homemade soup?!
    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    October 20, 2009 at 8:31 am

    There’s actually something very comforting about cooking a big pot of beans! Especially when it’s cold out….

    Have a great day 🙂

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    October 20, 2009 at 8:32 am

    There’s something comforting about cooking a big pot of beans! Especially when it’s cold out 🙂

    Have a great day 🙂

  • christie @ honoring health
    October 20, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Jenna, have you ever cooked beans in a crock pot? They always turn out really well and you just let them cook all day.

    Have a great day!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    October 20, 2009 at 8:38 am

    There’s something comforting about cooking a pot of beans 🙂

    Have a great day !

  • Evan Thomas
    October 20, 2009 at 8:39 am

    I love sleeping with the blinds up. Windows open in NE might be a little much.

  • Gabriela
    October 20, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Something about sleeping with the windows open and waking up to a cold room always feels energizing and fall-ish 🙂 Have a great day!

  • Michelle
    October 20, 2009 at 8:40 am

    the cold crisp air is the best part of living in the Northwest. Enjoy.

  • Diana
    October 20, 2009 at 8:42 am

    Hmmm, oats 🙂
    Have a great day Jenna!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 20, 2009 at 8:42 am

    I love sleeping with the windows open!!

  • Jil
    October 20, 2009 at 8:43 am

    There’s no better feeling than snuggling under a super toasty comforter in chilly weather. 🙂 Gotta love it.

  • chandra h
    October 20, 2009 at 8:47 am

    hahaha omg i just cracked up at “yes, cooking beans is my driving force to get up in the morning. i’m special.” my boyfriend & I always state the quirky things we do and then say “i’m special” or “we’re special.” 😛

    so glad you love life in northern cali so much. have a wonderful day! 🙂

  • Mama Pea
    October 20, 2009 at 8:52 am

    I too am a windows open kind of girl, but I have a wussy husband who sleeps with an electric blanket on his side of the bed. When we were trying to have kids, I totally forbid its usage. And yes, I’m leaving comments about sperm count. I’m classy like that.

    Have a GREAT day!

  • Sarah
    October 20, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Looking forward to the new article on True/Slant. Have a great time at yoga!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    October 20, 2009 at 8:59 am

    LOVE when I can sleep with the windows open — I sleep so much better with FRESH AIR!

    Here’s to a productive day 😉

  • Marisa (Trim The Fat)
    October 20, 2009 at 8:59 am

    I’ve never cooked beans from scratch! That’s awesome that you got out of bed for it!

    Enjoy your beautiful day and have fun shopping at TJ’s!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    October 20, 2009 at 9:09 am

    I have definitely cooked beans from scratch before going to work. Once I was late meeting a friend for an early morning run and my excuse was – “So sorry – my pinto beans took longer than usual!” Haha. Usually I don’t eat them for breakfast, but it’s always nice getting the prep work out of the way 🙂

  • MelissaNibbles
    October 20, 2009 at 9:09 am

    I wish I lived in a neighborhood where I could sleep with the windows open…a girl can dream!

  • DDB17
    October 20, 2009 at 9:20 am

    I live in Florida and I wish I could sleep with the windows open!

  • elliot
    October 20, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Just a note to let you know how much I appreciate your blog. It’s been inspiring to follow you through your California adventure and see how boldly you manage all the trials and tribulation. I’ve also gained some fantastic foodie tips from you: 1) hot sauce on salad w/hummus ROCKS! 2) oats in a nut butter jar are heavenly. Thanks for sharing.

  • Meg
    October 20, 2009 at 9:40 am

    California sounds absolutely glorious – as do the beans & oats 😛

    Enjoy your day!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    October 20, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I have got to get some pumpkin butter! I keep looking for it at the stores and I haven’t found any yet 🙁

  • Running Betty
    October 20, 2009 at 9:42 am

    my oats in a jar always overflow all over the microwave. Tips?

    In Tampa Bay you can sleep with windows open this week! Yesterday high of 75 and today 80. Had a great 8am run in 65 degrees today! Long sleeves in St Pete!

  • Stephanie
    October 20, 2009 at 9:44 am

    nothin’ better than when the weather is fit for sleepin’ with the windows open, sighhhh I love that! unless they are constructing a daycare across the street from your house, in which case shutting the windows before 7am is necessary unless you plan on waking up at that time haha :/

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    October 20, 2009 at 9:44 am

    after seeing this almond butter/pumpkin butter combo on your blog for days now i finally had it for my breakfast this morning – you’re right – delish!! more simple than i’m used to but suuuch a good combo :O)

  • Mama J
    October 20, 2009 at 9:48 am

    So jealous of your NorCal weather and your Trader Joe’s access. Enjoy every minute!

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    October 20, 2009 at 10:01 am

    What a beautiful steamy shot 🙂

    I think we are wearing the same nail polish right now haha. OPI Siberian Nights?

  • Jolene (
    October 20, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Wow – you must go through almond butter fast!!!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    October 20, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Sounds like you have a wonderful day ahead of you! That’s awesome you can sleep with your windows open all the time. I love it!

    Have a great day!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    October 20, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Sounds like a fabulous day is in store! Anyday with yoga is a good day =)


  • Chloe (Naturally Frugal)
    October 20, 2009 at 10:25 am

    You’re a busy bee! I’d love to hear more about your job and what it is exactly that you do for the winery, it seems so interesting!

  • BethT
    October 20, 2009 at 10:25 am

    Mmm, what kind of beans? I just bought a new kind, myself:

  • brandi
    October 20, 2009 at 10:27 am

    sounds like a fun day 🙂 i love big down comforters when it’s cold outside my bed!

  • Jenna
    October 20, 2009 at 10:29 am

    love the oats in a jar!

  • Matt
    October 20, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I’ve been sleeping with my windows open too. It is nice to have the room nice and cool while I am nice and warm under my comforter. It does make it hard to get up though!

  • D
    October 20, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Jenna I’ve been following your blog for about a year or so and I love it. I’m sooooooo jealous you moved to Healdsburg. (I’m from Windsor but now live out of state) You have to try Willi’s Wine Bar. There’s also a great meditation place across the street from the Raven.

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    October 20, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I love sleeping with the fresh, cool air breezing in… especially when you’re all snuggly under a comfy duvet!

  • Emily (A Nutritionist Eats)
    October 20, 2009 at 11:51 am

    That sounds like a perfect day!

  • Susan
    October 20, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful day you have planned – and steamy oats in a jar is no better way to kick it off 🙂

  • Lauren
    October 20, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    Sometimes I wake up and thinking about what I need to do to prep for dinner. It is what foodies do! I must try the oats in a jar sooon…i must!

  • Janna (Just Flourishing)
    October 20, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Don’t worry, beans get me up in the morning too. Haha. But really. I love beans 🙂

    I still have not yet tried the famous oats in a jar. But my new jar of Barney Butter is running out fast… so I may get to soon!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    October 20, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    There’s something about a beautiful day that makes even the most trying circumstances doable. NYC was spectacular today as well. Apparently, good weather is bi-coastal today.

    I tried your oats in a jar a couple weeks ago, and it was great. Almond butter from every angle. Plus, it’s an incredibly resourceful way to use up those hard-to-scrape-out remains of nut butter. My Grandma would give you a thumbs up for that, she’s a frugal lady who experienced her childhood during the Great Depression.

    Looking forward to your new article!