Hi everyone! Happy Thursday! I can’t wait for tomorrow at this time…..almost the weekend!
Today was a MUCH better day than yesterday and went a lot smoother. This morning I started my day (for the second day in a row) with a breakfast cookie. Thank you again, Gina! 🙂
This monster consisted of 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 scoop chocolate protein, 1 huge spoonful almond butter, 1/2 mashed banana and 2 tbsp silk. Yum!
Around 9:30 I tried a new flavor of larabar:
The verdict?? YUMMY!!! I can’t believe I’ve never had a cashew cookie larabar. Cashews and brazil nuts are my two favorite type of nuts and this bar was scrumptious. It held me over perfectly until noon when I had lunch….
Which was delicious leftovers from last night! I packed more couscous & roasted chickpeas with the rest of my butternut squash.
Mmmmm it was soooo good and even better after I smothered everything in hot sauce. Love it!
I’m going to spin tonight at 6:00, so just now I had a hefty clif bar snackie:
I was so psyched to try this but, honestly, I wasn’t that thrilled by it! Sad! If it didn’t say “iced gingerbread” on the package, I would have NEVER known it was gingerbread flavored. Gingerbread cookies are my favorite cookie of all time so I’m pretty particular about it…..but still…..I couldn’t pick up on any gingerbready notes in this bar at all! It wasn’t bad though and I still devoured it…I just think I prefer the maple nut or the pear apple strudel more.
Today at work I plated up 40 key lime pies that I made:
Baked tons of focaccia:
And started prepping for Thanksgiving!!!! Crazy that the big day is a week from today! These past couple months have just flown by. Adam and I were going over the Thanksgiving menu for the pastries and its just enormous. Loooooong listts of breads, muffins, scones, cakes, pies, petit fours……everything! Pumpkin whoopie pies DID make the cut though so they will be served as well!
I’m off to get some stuff done then hit the gym. I’ve been so chilly all day (the kitchen was FREEZING) so I’m really looking forward to getting all hot and sweaty at spin tonight!
See you for dinner later!
RuneatrepeatNovember 20, 2008 at 3:26 pm
I haven’t tried the gingerbread one yet…that’s on my to do list 🙂 but I love gingerbread to be very ginger-y so I might be disappointed too. Have you had the gingerbread from WF? I think it’s so good!
carolinebeeNovember 20, 2008 at 3:27 pm
hey jenna! I just started a blog, and I wanted to add u if u don’t mind! Your blog is SO great, i love the workout tips and videos! 😀 I agree about the clif bar, the spiced pumpkin one is BOMBB though!
Julia (Santa Barbara Dreaming)November 20, 2008 at 3:29 pm
Cashew Cookie Larabars are my favorite!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I’m with you on the Iced Gingerbread Clif bar. The pear apple strudel ones were much better!
Have fun at spin class 🙂
RoseNovember 20, 2008 at 3:31 pm
These Gina breakfast cookies are popping up all over the blogosphere. Must try one out sometime soon.
MoranNovember 20, 2008 at 3:32 pm
Have a good time at spinning!
ashley (sweet & natural)November 20, 2008 at 3:33 pm
Can’t wait to see all the T-giving goodies you guys make!
SamanthaNovember 20, 2008 at 3:34 pm
Glad to see someone sent you some of the bars.
Will have to try that bfast cookie.
AdiNovember 20, 2008 at 3:37 pm
Jenna, does all the food you bake get eaten? What happens to all the leftovers? Is it donated, tossed? Just curious!
BethTNovember 20, 2008 at 3:42 pm
I love the maple nut clif bar too – it’s like a yummy cookie!
I also made your enchilada recipe last night and used green sauce insetad of red. Have you ever made them that way? It was SOOOO GOOOD.
jennaNovember 20, 2008 at 3:49 pm
Nope—it all gets eaten….either by members or its made into staff meals for the next day!
No! That sounds amazing.. Enchiladas sound sooo good right now. I’m freezing! Next time I’ll have to do that…I promised Ryan I would make them for him right when I move home!
No I haven’t tried it! I looove cakey gingerbread though….oh my…its my favorite dessert!
ShelbyNovember 20, 2008 at 3:58 pm
That breakfast cookie is calling my name!!!
CLBNovember 20, 2008 at 3:59 pm
So, the breakfast cookie…how did you eat it? With a fork or spoon? I made one last night, and while it was quite tastey, it was a little on the soft side. I ended up eating it with a spoon out of a ziploc bag! I guess I was thinking that a cookie would be something I pick up and eat!!! Either way, it was very good and I will probably repeat it tomorrow…
jennaNovember 20, 2008 at 4:01 pm
Haha! No no no….you would have to BAKE the cookie in order for it to get firm! I eat mine with a spoon and I’m pretty sure Gina does the same. Its very soft!
NicoleNovember 20, 2008 at 4:02 pm
Yum, fabulous lunch!
MaraNovember 20, 2008 at 4:06 pm
I love that your key lime pie has meringue on it.
I’m a huge fan of meringue!
KatieNovember 20, 2008 at 4:06 pm
You’re one of the first people I’ve heard about who LIKE brazil nuts! I know they’re really healthy because they’re so high in Selenium, but I just can’t get myself to eat more than one or two at a time!
I don’t really like the Iced Gingerbread Clif, either.
jennaNovember 20, 2008 at 4:08 pm
I like weird things…..like black licorice, buttered popcorn jelly bellys, brazil nuts, tofu (tofu is weird to a lot of people apparently)
aliljagNovember 20, 2008 at 4:20 pm
Thanks for answering my question about the breakfast cookie! I’m a total bonehead – I re-read the directions and VERY clearly saw there wasn’t any egg – but this morning – I swear I saw it.
Goes to show you how important my morning caffine is! 😛
The cous cous, chick peas and squash are makign my mouth water! 🙂
BethTNovember 20, 2008 at 4:41 pm
I was also thinking the green sauce enchiladas would be good wwith tomatillo salsa INSIDE (i.e. instead of tomato salsa….). YUM. I do love that recipe!!!
Betsy in PittsburghNovember 20, 2008 at 4:49 pm
I have a Cashew Cookie Larabar that I haven’t tried yet… now I’m thinking about it….
VeggieGirlNovember 20, 2008 at 5:05 pm
seelivelee (for the love of peanut butter)November 20, 2008 at 5:07 pm
I have a question. do you work at bakery or do you work at a a restaurant, or catering company??
Sorry about the gingerbread clif bar..thanks for reviewing it though because i was planning on trying one.
MelNovember 20, 2008 at 5:14 pm
Sorry you didn’t like the Gingerberad Clif bar, I actaully liked it. But to each her own right?
Your key lime pie plating is really cool and makes me want some!
JulieNovember 20, 2008 at 5:28 pm
I agree with you on the gingerbread. The pumpkin is okay, but the pear one is amazing. I’m surprised I like that one the most, I’m more into the “indulgent” flavors like chocolate chip or chocolate brownie. I also love the cashew cookie lara bar! I don’t even like cashews. I want to know how to eat the bfast cookie too. Is it hard like a cookie so you can pick it up, or chewy so you can eat it with a spoon? I’m confused :/
beeNovember 20, 2008 at 5:47 pm
julie–it’s definitely not a “cookie” you can pick up and eat. it hardens overnight, but not completely. spoon required!
ModelBehaviorNovember 20, 2008 at 5:49 pm
Jenna have you tried the spiced pumpkin cliff bars? They are similar to the gingerbread ones but better, give em a try!
KNovember 20, 2008 at 6:05 pm
Breakfast cookie + chickpeas and couscous + larabar = day full of yum!
Sorry to hear about the let down on the Clif bar 🙁 Your plating and baking both look incredible!
kathleenNovember 20, 2008 at 6:06 pm
the pumpkin cliff bars are amazing. i had gingerbread first and didn’t like it, but pumpkin turned me back on to the seasonal flavors.
mayaNovember 20, 2008 at 6:09 pm
that cous cous looks amazing!
jennaNovember 20, 2008 at 6:29 pm
I work at a member-only yacht club…its pretty exclusive and ritzy and we cater to incredibly wealthy people all day long!
MeganNovember 20, 2008 at 6:31 pm
I agree on the Clif bar, it is not gingerbready enough for me! I would eat it again though!
Oh She GlowsNovember 20, 2008 at 6:37 pm
ohh Jess the pumpkin spice bars sound delicious!
That’s too bad that the gingerbread one wasn’t very ginger-y! I love lots of ginger in my bread 😀
ErinNovember 20, 2008 at 7:11 pm
Hey Jenna, is there any chance of you posting a pic of the Clif Bar out of it’s wrapper one day? I just Googled them and was really surprised to see how low in calories they are, because I was imagining them to be like the kind of so-called “nutrition” bars we get here in Australia – i.e. very dense, made of muesli, and around 500-600 calories each! I was wondering how you could justify snacking on them all the time, but was pleasantly surprised to see a range of flavours around 230-240 cals. Why don’t we have them here?!
andrennaNovember 20, 2008 at 7:15 pm
The Sleigh Ride Cookie tea tastes just like butterscotch to me! MMM.
RyaneNovember 20, 2008 at 9:40 pm
I hear ya on the gingerbread flavor. Today I finally had the pumpkin one… and while it wasn’t quite what I was expecting it was still reeeeally good and I’m totally amped to go buy more before they’re put away for the season. Those and the pear strudels… mm yum.
Ugh and that key lime pie looks dynamite!
HanlieNovember 21, 2008 at 12:56 am
Roasted chick peas! Now why didn’t I think of that? It looks delicious…
laurenNovember 21, 2008 at 8:03 am
your couscous/chickpea combo looks great! cant wait to try it out…