Good evening bloggies!
Gahhhh I am on MAJOR sugar/dessert overload right now. More on that later. 😉
Today I had a great time playing golf (aka driving the cart and hitting a few shots) with Ryan’s family. I actually sunk a 30 foot put and it was my claim to fame! Normally I am horrible at putting and don’t have patience for golf at all. I just like to drive the cart, eat snacks and enjoy the scenery. Haha. Today was really no different in that respect. I had about 1/3 of this clif bar—
Along with an apple much later that I got from the snack cart on the course. We got back to Ryan’s aunt’s house around 6 and the birthday festivities began! I was feelin’ snacky and there was a ton to choose from! Whole grain tortilla chips with three different kinds of salsas along with hummus and pita chips:
VERY addicting salt and pepper cashews:
And tons of wine. I had two glasses of merlot—
We were celebrating Ryan’s cousin’s 18th and 15th birthdays. Both are big hunters and for dinner, we had special bison/beef/homemade deer sausage burgers! With homemade baked beans on the side of course 🙂
As far as a burger goes, it was actually pretty healthy. Bison is a very lean meat and Aunt Mindy mixed it with 90% fat free beef and a tiny bit of deer sausage, also which is very low fat but high protein. My burger was HUGE though and I only managed to eat half.
And then there was dessert…………..
Okay vegetarians, please don’t hate mail me! The boys love to deer hunt and always eat what they kill. Nothing is just killed for sport or left behind. This was a SUPER chocolatey cake from the best gourmet cake shop in town. It was pretty much the moistest, richest, densest chocolate cake I have ever had:
I ate half plus all the frosting! And I had to taste Ryan’s mom’s homemade maple pecan pie as well—
Also, Ryan’s dad’s cousin was there from Vermont and he makes his own maple syrup! He kindly gave me a hefty bottle to “sample”:
And he told me to contact him in April when they start bottling all the new syrup for the year so he can send me a crate full of the fresh stuff!!!! Saaaaweeeeet! 🙂
I am POOPED and have rather a tummy ache from all the sugar and snacks I consumed. I’m sooo glad I have tomorrow off because I have a yoga class planned at my actual studio instead of just a podcast at home. Yay! I hope everyone had a great weekend and rests easy tonight. Its already the last week of January…where are the days going?!
ryanJanuary 25, 2009 at 9:40 pm
my fault on not taking a better picture of you hitting the golf ball for everyone. Anyway, Jenna did make a huge putt for the team as well as another great shot on a par 3. But by far the funniest moment that I have to share since Jenna didnt was when she was on the #8 tee about to hit with the entire 15 family members watching, some moron drives by in a car and yells “FOOOORRRRREEEEE” right in her backswing, aww poor jenna, felt really bad but man was it funny.
emilyJanuary 25, 2009 at 9:42 pm
hehe, I’m against hunting but the cake-toppers definitely made me giggle!
VictoriaJanuary 25, 2009 at 9:46 pm
I’m actually incredible jealous of your syrup “sample.” I love real maple syrup! Looks like a fun day!
Jasmine (Sweet and Fit)January 25, 2009 at 9:49 pm
I do the exact same thing when I play golf with my boyfriend…its just so much more fun to drive the cart and snack! the burger, cake, and pie looks delicious – I can definitely see how you have a tummy ache =(
enjoy your day off tomorrow!
MelindaJanuary 25, 2009 at 10:05 pm
oh man, that cake looks SO good!! what yummy eats, looks like you had fun!
ShelbyJanuary 25, 2009 at 10:09 pm
I hate hunting but my dad is a HUGE hunter so the cake doesn’t offend me in the slightest. At least it’s fake…I’ve had to come home to a dead deer in the garage =( BLEH!
LauraJanuary 25, 2009 at 10:13 pm
Cashews are so addictive! That’s so cool that you have access to fresh, pure maple syrup!
If you are going to eat meat, that’s probably the healthiest way to do it. While I don’t think I could ever hunt, at least you know where your food came from.
SharonJanuary 25, 2009 at 10:37 pm
Cake looks amazing! And I must agree – salt and pepper cashews are out of this world!
NicoleJanuary 25, 2009 at 10:39 pm
Wow, that looks super moist and dense!
MaggieJanuary 25, 2009 at 10:45 pm
Don’t apologize to us veggies! I’m a vegetarian but I’m pretty sure I would break it if I were offered venison from my grammie (she lets people hunt on her land and sometimes they give her presents). My reasoning for being vegetarian is just a strong disagreement with the meat industry, so I guess I’m a little different 😉 I’m an animal lover, but I feel like if something had a good life before it’s killed for food, that’s A-Okay. Have a good night!
CarolineJanuary 25, 2009 at 10:52 pm
Oooh! I am so jealous of that maple syrup! I have been resorting to agave nectar instead since pure maple syrup is so pricey. Enjoy!
MoranJanuary 25, 2009 at 11:59 pm
Wow that cake looks so.freaking.good!!!
And lucky you for getting that huge container of maple syrup for FREE!
Sarah (lovINmytummy)January 26, 2009 at 1:47 am
Jenna, I love that you can HANG…whether its at your yoga clinic or a meat-fest with hunters. That, my dear, is balance, and that is beautiful!!!
hayaJanuary 26, 2009 at 4:55 am
awesome maple syrup!! it’s good to have contacts at the source for the things you love. my boyfriends family are farm people and there are a few hunters. the idea is growing on me. it’s so regulated here – you have to have licenses/quota for everything and obviously only hunt for certain things at the proper time. the more i think about it, the more okay it seems. the animals that get hunted certainly have enjoyed a life far better than most of the factory-farm animals people people eat.
VeggieGirlJanuary 26, 2009 at 6:41 am
SALSA!! HUMMUS!! CAKE!! PIE!! MAPLE SYRUP!!
ashley (sweet & natural)January 26, 2009 at 6:59 am
WOW – that cake looks amazing.
CourtneyJanuary 26, 2009 at 7:07 am
Girl, I could spot a Wright’s cake anywhere. I could probably even smell it a mile away! Love it. I could go there for lunch and JUST eat that.
Have fun at the studio today..I’m jealous! I will be doin’ my yoga download…or maybe I will put my ipod and and get “yoga groovy.” Have a great day!
AmandaJanuary 26, 2009 at 7:59 am
I have that exact maple syrup bottle in my fridge! My parents always bring me some when they visit Vermont. Very random.
That burger looks delicious. I need to find me some bison meat around here. Yum!
brandiJanuary 26, 2009 at 8:42 am
That cake looks amazing!
FitzalanJanuary 26, 2009 at 11:20 am
I have an obsession with homemade maple syrup, so my mouth is watering right now (and I may be a bit green with envy) by your gift!
skinnyrunnerJanuary 26, 2009 at 12:12 pm
my dad’s a big hunter, being from alaska and all, and we eat bison too. its really healthy for you and organic too! its a really lean meat; i eat it enough that i prefer it to beef.
Sarah W.January 26, 2009 at 12:40 pm
Wow – all those delicious snacks must have hit the spot! The cake looked uber delish!