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It was gorgeous outside this morning (weird, because now it’s about to storm) so I took an hour walk along the bay. I was going to run but decided to again be smart and let my blisters heal further….I’m going to try again on Saturday! A walk was just what the doctor ordered though today because my body is SO sore from yesterday’s yoga class. My core, especially!
When I got home I made an early lunch: a BIG salad with organic greens, a sunshine burger, whopping scoop of hummus, HOT SAUCE, baby brie and half slice of Ezekiel!
I smashed everything together like I was five. It was soooo good! Hot sauce is actually amazing instead of salad dressing….who knew?!
Yummy red pear for dessert!
There might be a pumpkin spice latte in my almost immediate future. 😉
Mom’s making maple blueberry chicken for dinner!!!!!! All the cool kids live at home with their parents. Obviously.
brandiSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:00 pm
maple blueberry chicken? that sounds great.
i love messy salads 🙂
TeriSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm
I think there is a pumpkin spice latte in my immediate future also. SO good!
KimSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm
I sure hope that you will be sharing the recipe for that chicken!! YUM!!
What kind of hot sauce did you use?
TanyaSSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:05 pm
Not related to your post at all, but I need to share my latest take on Gena’s banana soft serve – the addition of a glob of PB&Co Chocolate Peanut Butter. I am in some serious banana soft serve heaven right now.
A pumpkin latte just might put me over the edge!
Shannon (The Daily Balance)September 3, 2009 at 12:06 pm
love the smooshed up salad – delish!
I also sense a pumpkin spice latte in my future! I can almost smell the pumpkin 😉
Evan ThomasSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:09 pm
Maple blueberry chicken? I usually don’t like poultry, but I think that could be enough to convert me
Daria (Summer of the CSAs)September 3, 2009 at 12:11 pm
That baby brie is so cute! And wahoo for pumpkin-flavored warm beverages!
Megzz @ Megzz Wins At LifeSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:14 pm
Jenna, your salad loosk delish!! All the cool kids do live with their parents.. I MEAN I DO!! hehe and I totally take advantage of when my mom cooks dinner (everynight) hehe..
JennaSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:16 pm
every since I started putting hot sauce on my salads I can’t go back to reg. old salad dressing. I’m addicted to it! 🙂
Jean MitchellSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:17 pm
Cool kids do live with their parents. 🙂 I’m 31 now when I was 23 I had a year living back with my parents, and at 28 my hubby and I lived with his mom for about 6 months while we were house hunting. If you are blessed with great parents, use em’! They are truly gifts from God!
MeganSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:18 pm
I think a pumpkin spice latte is in my future too 🙂 And heck yes all the cool kids live at home with their parents!!!
Hummus salad messes are my favorite kind!
Enjoy your day!
leslieSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:18 pm
i lived with my parents for a few months last year, and i may very well end up back there in the not so distant future. let’s be proud and band together haha.
i love the liberal hummus scoop. my favorite salad dressing by far! along with a long walk…your morning is my ideal. 🙂
Kat (kats daily plate)September 3, 2009 at 12:21 pm
I’m from Miami and your post makes me miss walks along the bay! I love the ocean.
MorganSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:22 pm
LOVE using hot sauce as dressing. Or some lemon wedges. I feel like a kid a lot too, but I love to moosh all of my food together, it makes it way more fun. Some people are weird about mixing foods, but it all goes to the same place!
KeevenSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:25 pm
Yummy!. Just looking at the pictures makes me hungry.
LeiannaSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:25 pm
I’m going to live with my mother in law and excited for free meals and fellowship/stronger relationship. I guess we need to cherish these times even though alone time/living on your own is great too!
Katie (Life Discombobulated)September 3, 2009 at 12:28 pm
Yes, the COOL KIDS (or graduate students — whatever) do live at home! : )
HaleighSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:28 pm
I lived with my parents-in-law for 3 months when I first moved to Sweden. Those were the best meals of my life 🙂
LizSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:29 pm
If a storm on its way, I think that latte is definitely in order. With all your pumpkin spice praise I couldn’t help myself yesterday. I stopped in for a pumpkin spice awake latte…. it was so good and totally made my day.
HallieSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:29 pm
What a great idea about using hot sauce as a salad dressing…I’ve got to give that one a shot as I LOVE all things spicy!
KristinSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:34 pm
Wow, what a great salad combo! Looks fab!
AbbySeptember 3, 2009 at 12:37 pm
An even better salad dressing combo? Plain Greek yogurt with hot sauce–so good!
Mandy ASeptember 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm
I had my pumpkin spice latte yesterday! SO good!
Your walk sounds heavenly 🙂 Beautiful scenery, I’m sure!
I can’t wait to see how dinner turns out! Although with your mom cooking, I’m sure it’s fabulous!
JessicaSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:41 pm
the walk sounds nice! i wish i had a water area to walk next to. it would be so amazing.
the pear looks yummy!
MariaSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:44 pm
Wow maple blueberry chicken sounds amazing! Definitely a great combo of flavors 🙂
JennSeptember 3, 2009 at 12:44 pm
Same question as above…I hope you share the dinner recipe, and what hot sauce do you prefer? I’m not a huge “hot” fan, but I’ve tried Tobasco and Franks. My Tobascso seems to get a funny taste, but maybe that’s b/c I have it for so long. Enjoy your latte:)
One Year No Diets!September 3, 2009 at 12:58 pm
If my parents could cook I’m sure I’d enjoy living at home, too 🙂
SaraSeptember 3, 2009 at 1:06 pm
Red Bosc pears are absolutely the best — juicy and sweet. I discovered them just this past year. Unfortunately, they disappeared from the store around here in May/early June or so. In the meantime, let’s savor summer stone fruit while it lasts!
StephanieSeptember 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm
I can’t wait to see the Maple Blueberry Chicken – that sounds like an outstanding combination.
A cooking family is the most fun – holidays are a bit crazy in our kitchen. Luckily, my husband doesn’t mind doing the dishes! 🙂
KateSeptember 3, 2009 at 1:11 pm
Omg…that baby brie looks adorable and yummy!
Also…love the necklace!
Pam (Highway to Health)September 3, 2009 at 1:15 pm
A red pear? I don’t think I’ve ever seen one! What do they taste like??
Ellen (Peace In Motion)September 3, 2009 at 1:19 pm
ummm hot sauce+hummus=AMAZING GOODNESS. So jealous of that salad mamacita
Angharad (Eating for England)September 3, 2009 at 1:21 pm
Blueberry Maple Chicken sounds like something worth moving home for! That salad looks amazing! What’s your hot sauce of choice? I am all about massive glops of hummus in my salads!
Amanda @ Cakes and AleSeptember 3, 2009 at 1:28 pm
I’ve got to try incorporating more blueberries into savory dishes… Right now, we’ve got all kinds of Michigan blueberries at the farmers markets here in Chicago… I can’t say no!
WhitneySeptember 3, 2009 at 1:29 pm
Cool kid over here! 😀
Valerie (College Girl Eats)September 3, 2009 at 1:38 pm
Ooh, what’s a red pear like? And yay for Mom’s cooking!
ChloeSeptember 3, 2009 at 1:47 pm
That salad looks delicious! I love your pink top – it goes so well with your skin tone and blonde hair.
Also, I need to find a baby brie stat! Those look divine.
RebeccaSeptember 3, 2009 at 1:49 pm
Maple Blueberry Chicken!? That sounds awesome!
Heather @ Health, Happiness, and HopeSeptember 3, 2009 at 1:51 pm
That salad looks fabulous! So many lovely ingredients. And I’m totally craving that red pear right now. It’s been so long since I’ve had one!
HealthySDLivingSeptember 3, 2009 at 1:59 pm
Blueberry Chicken sounds delicious!
Good idea to hold out on the run till Sat
JuliaSeptember 3, 2009 at 2:02 pm
That salad looks great!
You mentioned the pumpkin mix in your last post and I’m so curious now…what is it exactly? Do you think I could get it here in Europe (probably not)?
xxx Julia (Taste of Living)
JennaSeptember 3, 2009 at 2:04 pm
maple blueberry chicken!! wow, i have never heard of it! sound delicious though!
hot sauce on your salad sounds great as well 🙂
and there is NO problem living with your parents!
fitforfreeSeptember 3, 2009 at 2:05 pm
What kind of sunshine burger is that? I saw the falafel kind in the grocery store the other day, but haven’t tried them yet — I’m wondering whether they’re good!
Ali (food, fitness, fashion)September 3, 2009 at 2:25 pm
I know there is a Pumpkin Spice Latte in my immediate future for sure! I am getting one right after work!
Blueberry Chicken sound interesting! I can’t wait to hear more about it- and see pictures of course!
Cynthia (It All Changes)September 3, 2009 at 2:34 pm
My favorite “salad dressing” of late has actually been 1/4 raw avocado, 2 tbsp chipotle hummus, tsp olive oil and some rice vinegar. So good and gets all over everything. I love it.
That chicken sounds awesome. I make blackberry thyme chicken but blueberry sounds great too.
AshleySeptember 3, 2009 at 2:38 pm
I had a pumpkin spice frappucino (light) today, i love the start of fall!!!
Cait (Cait's Plate)September 3, 2009 at 2:42 pm
That salad look so amazing. Hummus + hot sauce is such a great idea.
And I’m LOVING red pears lately. So delicious.
LizzySeptember 3, 2009 at 3:14 pm
Man that salad looks great! I’m at school and wish i was sinking my teeth in that right now. So hungry! Can’t beat mom’s cookin! Hmmm gets me thinking, i wonder what my momma is making!
Hope you get your latte!!
Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)September 3, 2009 at 3:38 pm
That salad looks awesome! SO creative!
FoodCentsSeptember 3, 2009 at 3:41 pm
I tried the Latte yesterday, I just didn’t love it. I wanted to.
Enjoy the time with your parents, I think we appreciate them and see them on a whole different level, as we get older:)
Joelle (The Pancake Girl))September 3, 2009 at 3:58 pm
Um, your din sounds like it’s going to be fantastic! And there’s no shame in enjoying some homecooking!
mollySeptember 3, 2009 at 4:03 pm
i use to always use red hot’s buffalo style hot sauce as my salad dressing!
JudySeptember 3, 2009 at 4:06 pm
Black bean dip is also a great dressing substitute! Talk about getting in all of your fiber! VBG
JudySeptember 3, 2009 at 4:11 pm
Jenna, Have you ever modeled? Seriously, if you go to the online banking website for Suntrust, the girl in the photo looks EXACTLY like you.
jennaSeptember 3, 2009 at 4:12 pm
Hahahahaha that’s hysterical. Sadly, I don’t think Suntrust would ever hire me to model for them since sometimes my account is in the negative numbers.
SusanSeptember 3, 2009 at 5:28 pm
I’ve never seen a red pear before, fun!!
Ha, I love my mom, but we need our space. We’re much better apart than together 😛
EmilySeptember 3, 2009 at 6:01 pm
My favorite salad “dressing” (which I eat every day) is hot sauce + Bragg’s + apple cider vinegar. All a salad needs!
CourtneySeptember 3, 2009 at 6:28 pm
MMMMM what kind of hummus do you use? That makes me want to run to Costco and get a tub of Sabra to top salads with ASAP…I need my fix!
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Deva (Voracious Vorilee)September 3, 2009 at 6:29 pm
I haven’t made it in for a Pumpkin Spice latte yet, but I’m excited for pumpkin ice cream – it’s been one of my favorites for quite some time now. 🙂
I think my favorite salad dressing is balsamic + soy sauce + olive oil. YUM!
Alan JonesSeptember 3, 2009 at 6:49 pm
I just wanted to share that I just bumped into your site and am enjoying it. I’ve just started my road back from mega heavy weight and have got to learn some “better” choices for my foods.
As a kid I always seemed to get plopped in front of me french cut string beans (not that they were bad but I think I really have had enough for this lifetime) and that was the extent of my veggie awareness.
I actually took your pear picture to remind myself to try to start eating a bit more things that don’t come in wrappers. I’ve never even had a red pear (I’ve only had the greenish yellow ones)
I’m hopping to try to figure out how to prepare some spaggetti squash… if you read this and can help me out with directions can you pop by my blog and post a comment?
MelissaSeptember 3, 2009 at 6:51 pm
Mmmm, a pumpkin spice latte sounds delish….
Amanda JonesSeptember 3, 2009 at 7:34 pm
Maple blueberry chicken? Sounds delish…any chance your mother would be willing to share the recipe?
Melissa M.September 3, 2009 at 7:51 pm
I was super excited to see that you have “Fall” posts. I recently moved from WI to Tampa and my body is sensing/craving the fall season but it’s crazy that its 90 outside! My absolute favorite fall veggie is pumpkin, I actually get bummed out when they are not in season and I’m forced to use canned. However, I do have my go to recipe that I wanted to share because it brings me back to the change of seasons and it’s a mix of gingerbread and pumpkin- what else is better?
Pumpkin Pecan Chocolate Chip Gingerbread (Inspired by Post Punk Kitchen)
1 cup chopped pecans
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
2/3 cup coconut milk
2/3 cup flaked coconut
1 cup miniature chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 8″ x 4″ loaf pans.
2. Spread pecans in a single layer on an ungreased baking sheet. Toast in the preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.
3. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, brown sugar, white sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. Add the pumpkin puree, oil, and coconut milk, and mix until all of the flour is absorbed. Fold in the flaked coconut, chocolate chips, and toasted pecans. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.
4. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes in the preheated oven or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
angieinatlantaSeptember 3, 2009 at 8:10 pm
That salad looks yummy; didn’t you know that hot sauce makes EVERYTHING better?
I love taking long walks. It’s such a good opportunity for introspection!
maggieSeptember 3, 2009 at 8:28 pm
Your salad inspired me to make a huge hummus one this afternoon. I’m loving all the good eats you’ve been putting together lately!
HeatherSeptember 3, 2009 at 8:31 pm
Jenna! I never got to say THANK YOU for the hot sauce idea! I made so many salads at home this summer consisting of veggies, avocado, hummus, and BBQ hot sauce. You’re right – it’s the perfect alternative to dressing! SO, THANK YOU!
SaraSeptember 3, 2009 at 10:22 pm
I’m 30 years old and considering moving back in with my mom (financial and emotional reasons, among others). You do what you gotta do sometimes. And we’re totally cool anyway!
BeckySeptember 5, 2009 at 3:23 am
I have to agree that all the cool kids are in fact living at home. I’ll see you at Starbucks for that Pumpkin Spice Latte. I’ve had 2 this week!!