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Good Morning

I brought home tons more goodies last night! Good thing I am going to work today and am bringing them in. My roommate and I can only eat so much bread…haha. Last night we made corn muffins, raisin spice muffins and scones. Not my favorite night because I’m not a big muffin person–but Ryan loves raisin muffins, so I froze what I made to take home with me on Saturday.

This morning I heated up a bowl of Nature’s Path Oatmeal using 1.5 packets of oats, 1/2 cup hempmilk and some water. I heated up a banana in the mix as well and it “melted” in with the oats. Delicious! I’m packing my lunch for work today so my lunch post will be in around 4:30 again. See you then!



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  • Evie
    February 28, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    I’ve never had scone in my life.. weird, I know!
    What exactly are they and are they difficult to make? There are a couple of scone recipes in my cookbooks, and I might want to try them out soon..

    Jenna, your breads look amazing (As always)… a raisin muffin sounds good about now, hehe.. Have a good day!

    Yay, it’s almost Friday! Whoo-hoo! Spring Break is almost here for me!

  • hk
    February 28, 2008 at 1:33 pm

    beautiful work! I’m not much of a baked goods girl either…odd I know. The oatmeal looks great, similar to mine this morning! Oats are always a good jump start to the day…very dependable and always delish! have a good day!

  • Romina
    February 28, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Your cornbread is so cute!

    I’ve never thought of microwaving banana. Mmm… new frontiers in the banana world.

  • Annie
    February 28, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Evie, I make scones all the time and think there pretty easy. I like to make them with dried fruit, like apricots or dried pears or somthing like that, and have them on special occasions in the morning for brunch. I usualy sub half or all the flour for w/w, but it somtimes makes them a little tougher, but i would try them…I love them.

  • VeggieGirl
    February 28, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Oh my, your co-workers are quite lucky to be receiving corn muffins, raisin spice muffins and scones today, at work – it’s fun getting to share delicious sweets with others! :0)

    I can’t believe it’s Thursday already… the week went by rather quickly, no? Have a great day!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 28, 2008 at 2:11 pm


    I just emailed you about the scones :0)

  • shred
    February 28, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    nicole r.

    thanks for the BPA info. it’s helpful. i’ll be glad to not throw away all my organic canned pumpkin . . .
    what are you studying that you get to write cool papers like that?

    if you like the taste of kale, sauteeing in a yummy oil (olive, sesame, hemp) with salt and pepper is super. if you don’t like the taste of kale, add soy sauce or tomato sauce or garlic, etc.

  • Cara
    February 28, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Imagine if we didn’t work and we couldnt bring our treats to them? Thank goodness for the job, not only does it pay us but it helps us give our goodies away without guilt! haahha. 🙂

    Have a great day!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 28, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    **Nicole R.:

    I just saw your comment from last night – yes, kale IS my thing, haha. My preferred way of eating it is lightly steamed; or sometimes I’ll eat it sauteed with a little extra-virgin olive oil and some garlic. You can also find some great recipes using kale, here:

  • Ashley H
    February 28, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    All that stuff looks great!! I’ll take it off your hands! lol 😉

  • Katers
    February 28, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Okay, that’s it!! Afteer last night, I’m buying Veganomicon today! Those black bean burgers looked amazing! I’m not a vegan, but I love the food. 😛 Putting it in my Amazon cart as we speak…

  • nicole r.
    February 28, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for the kale suggestions, everyone. I’ve got to go to WF tomorrow anyway, so I’m definitely going to pick some up!!

    I study neuroscience (well, studIED–finished my major last semester (YAY!!) and am headed to med school in the fall). Last semester I took a class in neuroendocrinology (so all about hormones made in your brain). Since BPA is an estrogen-mimicker and is relevant right now due to environmental dumping and plastic production, I chose to write about it. I also wrote about half of it on the effects of PCBs (another chemical that is worrisome for similar environmentally-related reasons, though it mimics a different hormone). Pretty much, most of these chemicals aren’t found in concentrations nearly great enough to cause the ill-effects in humans that worry people. HOWEVER, because they were so frequently in the past dumped into rivers/oceans/etc, fish would eat them and they’d also be absorbed into the soil. THIS is of far greater concern than the plastic because since the compounds can attach themselves to fat molecules they bioaccumulate, which means that they reach greater concentrations in each level of the food chain. So probably steer clear of microwaving your plastics, and heads up on your fish consumption as well!!

  • Beans
    February 28, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Hi everyone,
    I wanted to say that this is my favorite blog/community everyone is so supportive and positive and I think it is awesome that we are trying to help eachother eat better.
    I think that food choices are very personal and we all have to decide what works best based on our own physiology, tastes, emotional and social environments. I do not think that there is one perfect diet, nor do I think that needs to be the goal. I love that Jenna is listening to her body and knows that she enjoys real cheese. I sometimes feel guilty eating animal products but I try not too. I enjoy ice cream, fish, cheese, and even chicken on occasion. I think its about doing what is best for you your body and your well being.

  • shred
    February 28, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    thank you nicole r.!
    (i’m a vegetarian/aspiring vegan)
    good luck in the next couple of weeks choosing your med school programs

  • betsy
    February 28, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    fellow foodies! please go here and give me a rating of 5 cheezburgers so i can go to vegas!! thanks!! – betsy

  • Betsy
    February 28, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    FYI-that above is a different Betsy. Not me.

  • Lisa
    February 28, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    Spery….I saw last night you were going to give Ashley an e-mail about tips and what not for running marathons. I’m not really a runner…but I like to do it (I’m just not good at long distances) and I’m going to do my first 5k race in a couple of months! I would love any input you have!

  • AW
    February 28, 2008 at 5:55 pm


    I have a question about culinary school. Are all of the ingredients and kitchen utensils you use included in your tuition? I ask because my hair stylist was commenting on how he had to buy really expensive shears when he was in beauty school, and i would have thought it was included. How do they do it for you guys?

  • Lori- the pleasantly plump vegan
    February 28, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    i love muffins. i wish we lived near you to help take some off yr hands : )

  • shred
    February 28, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    hey all
    i want a super vegan pudding recipe
    i have a sore throat and am in need of some coating (and i’ve already got all the homeopathy and western medicine that exists at my elbow)

  • Annie
    February 28, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    If you look on the Fat Free Vegan website,, there are a couple pudding recipes on there..

    Hope that helps and I hope you start feelnig better!

  • SDF
    February 28, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    Hey everyone,
    I’m planning on baking buns this weekend (I have a great recipe my mom gave me) and I’ve heard that by substituting apple sauce for oil you can make baked goods much healthier. Is this going to affect the taste by a lot? And what’s the conversion rate? The recipe calls for 12 tablespoons of oil (it doesn’t say what kind though when I’ve made them in the past I’ve always used canola oil). Should I do a 1/2 oil, 1/2 applesauce mixture??
    Any suggestions would be great & very helpful! Thanks everyone 🙂

  • Emily W.
    February 28, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    I usually substitute applesauce for oil in baked goods (1/4c applesauce for 1/4c oil). It always turns out “normal”! The only time I have had problems is when I made the infamous vegan chocolate chip cookies from this blog with the substitute and they puffed up like little muffin tops iunstead of cookies. Other than that, applesauce has never ruined a baked good (it didnt really ruin the cookies, just changed them…). Egg substitute is another way to healthify baked goods and works just like eggs do! If you are weary of substituing than I would try using half and half.

  • JenP
    February 28, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    If its not too much trouble, could you email me your tips too? I’m planning on running my first half marathon at the end of May! 🙂 Sooo excited, but also nervous about prepping!

  • JenP
    February 28, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    ooh whoops. My email is

  • Becky
    February 28, 2008 at 9:22 pm


    I’m planning to run my first half in early June! I’m with you – excited but a bit nervous about prepping (especially because the weather is frightful and I’ve had to basically stick to a treadmill all winter to keep my running base fitness up!). Anyway, just wanted to say hey – no one I know will run this half with me so I get excited to hear about others doing similar things. What training program are you doing?

  • JenP
    February 28, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I found one on that I’m following. (I just started training officially last week, but I generally work out for an hour six days a week so I’m in great cardio shape.) But cardio shape is different than a half marathon! I ran 7.5 on Monday, which was my longest run ever. 🙂

    What training plan are you doing? Would you mind emailing me it? Ooooh–want to be training buddies? Haha, I’m such a dork.

    Btw, just to introduce myself, I’m 25 years old, married this past June (!),a former English teacher who’s starting grad school in the fall for library science.

  • Stacy
    February 28, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    Boy, there are a lot of half-marathoners on here. I’m running my first in May and am up to 8 miles for my long runs. Right now I’m doing a basic program that is running Mon, Wed, Thur for 40-45 minutes (with a little increase to 50 min towards the mini) and then a long run on the weekend working up to 10 miles.

    I am concerned that most of my training has been treadmill because of the weather but I’m hoping spring arrives soon and I can add some outdoor running to schedule.

  • Becky
    February 29, 2008 at 12:49 am

    I’m using Hal Higdon’s training program, which the director at my company’s fitness center helped me modify a bit. Basically it’s running 2-3 times 30-45 minutes during the week and then long run on the weekend. This is pretty similar to what I generally do, but now instead of 5-6 miles on the weekend it’ll have to increase!

    My training program hasn’t technically started but I’m making every effort to keep up my base … which is hard in the winter on the treadmill which is so insanely boring. Even though running outside is technically harder it’s so much more fun that if feels easier.

    What do you guys do on the days you DON’T run? I do a little lifting or cross training, but sometimes worry I’m tiring my legs out too much.

    BTW – I’d totally be up for having online training buddies. I’m the only one of my friends who works out regularly … I’m trying to get my husband to do it but we’ll see …

  • JenP
    February 29, 2008 at 1:10 am

    I generally try to take a day off a week, but on the days I don’t run I usually do an hour on the elliptical. I do light weights twice a week, too.

  • Lizzy
    February 29, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Aww, the cornbreads look so cute!