Dessert/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

An Epic Fail

Whew! I’d say for being completely exhausted, I’ve managed to utilize my time today and be as productive as possible.

After lunch the LAST THING I wanted to do was exercise. I felt like I had no energy whatsoever and really, all I wanted to do was lay in my bed. However, I chugged back some Amazing Grass kids superfood (this stuff tastes really, really good…promise!), pulled on the ol’ padded butt shorts and headed out for a 40 minute ride. Admittedly, the hills were a bit rough but I felt a lot better after my ride. Amazing what a little bit of exercise can do! Speaking of exercise, my abs, triceps and chest are STILL super sore from snowboarding on Saturday. And, speaking of snowboarding, below is a picture from my iphone of the “mountain” that I conquered (aka the bunny hill).


After my ride, I refueled with whatever was left in the yogurt container (~1/2 cup?) plus a sliced apple, cinnamon and honey:


Showered, pulled on sweatpants and headed to the laundromat to do two massive loads of laundry and get caught up on my crazy full inbox. Is it normal that I secretly like the laundromat? It’s sort of relaxing sitting on top of a dryer and watching your clothes spin while you write. I brought along some rose oolong tea:

Dinner was a fail!
Don’t let looks deceive you. This Annie’s mac & cheese with edamame and broccoli seemed like an awesome idea but for some reason, really just tasted bad. Totally bland! I don’t know if I messed up the mac & cheese or what happened….I ate it anyway but wahhhhhhh πŸ™
Enter bunny cookies and more tea:
Much better.
I miss THIS:

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  • Karla
    March 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    Ooh i love the photo of the laundry! Very artsy!
    Sorry to hear your dinner was a fail!
    I went to Moosewood (you may have heard of their cookbooks) and had a very disappointing stew πŸ™ oh well!

  • Alexandra Tarr
    March 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I’m not gonna lie, your dinner looked really tasty. lol.
    But anyways…Ill trust that it wasn’t.
    Snowboarding looks sooooo fun!
    And I’m glad your workout worked-out for you! Excercise is so invigorating, no?
    Have a wonderful day!
    Love your blog, by the way.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    March 1, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    LOL–I don’t share the same affection for laundrymats…but do LOVE grocery stores. Not the chains–yuck. But health food, TJs, Whole Foods, Farmer’s Markets….really, truly love them. Though once ran into Safeway in the Marina in SF to buy water while on long walk on Chrissy Field/past yacht club.

    England’s Prince Phillip [or his stunt double] and Harry de Wildt [SF celeb] were in there for something and apparently had never been in a grocery store before [stood out like Las Vegas neon signs]. They got super-jazzed over the scanners, didn’t know could put a credit card through the little slide-y thing, and left a $20 tip for the cashier for a minor purchase. lol

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    March 1, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Those sights are gorgeous, but I am over the snow here. πŸ˜‰ I have never been to laundromat! Deprived? I think so. πŸ™‚

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    March 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I have mixed feelings about Annie’s mac and cheese. I always try to like the whole wheat white cheddar variety, but it just isn’t cheesy enough!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    March 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I LOVE Annie’s!! Next time try to add some Greek yogurt to make it extra creamy and ‘cheesy.’ Did you use the cheese packet that it came with?

  • Jessica
    March 1, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Exercise does amazing things!
    Your dinner looked yummy, too bad it didn’t deliver : (

  • Ameena
    March 1, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I’m not a fan of the laundromat! I stay away from anything to do with laundry as much as possible.

    Dinner looked promising, sorry about the fail!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    March 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Love the snow pics!! Its been ages since I’ve been to a laundry mat. I always think of movie scenes when I think of a laundry mat πŸ™‚

  • Tara
    March 1, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    Ugh I hate making bad new recipes. It ruins the excitement of it all.

  • Lizz @ leadingthegoodlife
    March 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Have you ever made Annie’s mac n cheese using their suggestion of yogurt instead of milk? It is extra tangy and yummy, in my opinion! I also add a dollop of yogurt when reheating – the only success I’ve had with reheating mac n cheese.

    I wouldn’t trade my washer & dryer for much of anything, but I do like laundromats. They smell lovely!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    March 1, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Ugh sorry! I tried making a salad and thought it would taste amazing and the mix was not right. It happens! Sorry for the lunch fail though. πŸ™

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place
    March 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    those mountains look so pretty!!

  • Run Sarah
    March 1, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Your Annies combo looks like it would be delish, too bad! I used to hate using the laundromat at the dorms in uni as people would take your laundry and put it on the ground if you didn’t get back there fast enough!

  • Sarah
    March 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    haha i put edamame in annies a few weeks ago and it was icky! i think the edamame didn’t go but i love annies! use less liquid it makes it cheesier!

  • John
    March 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    You’re normal. I bring work to the laundromat as well. Usually a good place to get some work done and makes the time go by waiting for your laundry.

  • Cheryl H.
    March 1, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    From the pic it looks like you skied at Heavenly….it’s definitely heavenly there.

  • Amanda
    March 1, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    The AG kids superfood tastes like chocolate milk! mmmm

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    March 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I had Annie’s with peas for dinner, too! Try the whole wheat shells sometime; they’re super!

  • bobbi
    March 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Can you believe I have never been to TAHOE!!! I have lived in CA my whole life, if you go in the summer I am so there! I am going to Mammoth this weekend and Hubby and I are going to be snowboarding too πŸ™‚ I have only been once in my life, and I loved it!!! Sweet dreams beautiful!

  • Adam
    March 1, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Wow, i miss mountains. I have never heard of that tea either, must be a west coast prod?

  • Mary C. @ A Greener Leaner Me
    March 1, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    mmmm, I love all things Annie’s! Sorry your dinner wasn’t as tasty as it looked! πŸ™

  • Julia
    March 1, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    I’ve had similar issues with Annie’s Mac and Cheese with the powdered cheese – just not cheesy or creamy enough to satisfy my need for mac and cheese.
    I LOVE the Deluxe versions though (it’s like Velveeta Shells and Cheese) and only buy that kind now.

  • Beth
    March 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I made Annie’s last night with a thinly sliced kale. Mixed the cheese packet with super thick whole yogurt, some butter, lots of pepper, sprinkling of smoked sea salt and – yes – a truffle oil garnish. Yum!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    March 1, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Those bunny cookies look like there’d make all of the world’s problems disappear – they are TOO CUTE!!

  • Jenna
    March 2, 2010 at 1:23 am

    Too bad dinner was a bust- it Looks great!!

  • Megan
    March 2, 2010 at 2:31 am

    I just purchased the chocolate bunnies and lemme just say.. ADDDDDICTING!

  • christie, honoring health
    March 2, 2010 at 3:07 am

    I used to love Annies mac n Cheese creations but I always added something to spice it up. I don’t think it comes with enough cheese to really coat the pasta and anything you add. Tomatoes always did the trick for me.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    March 2, 2010 at 3:35 am

    Man, that dinner looks deceivingly good. At least you tried!

    The only thing that feels better after exercise, is completing exercise that you originally wanted to blow off. Way to go on the bike ride!

  • jen trinque
    March 2, 2010 at 3:52 am

    I haven’t had to go to a laundromat in about 5.5 years, and I do not miss it! One place where I lived in my early twenties didn’t have a laundry set up, so I’d have to take it to this super shady place that always made me nervous. However, when I lived in Vermont there was a laundromat/tanning place that was a riot! They had tons of magazines, tanning booths (which I didn’t use, but it was fun to people-watching), and even a liquor license and full bar! Fun place. Still prefer doing laundry at home, though.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    March 2, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Oh well…every one has a fail every once in a while, right? And yours hardly looks epic πŸ˜‰

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    March 2, 2010 at 4:47 am

    So glad you had fun in the snow! I’ve never tried snowboarding but think I could easily fall in love with it too. πŸ˜€

  • Andrea
    March 2, 2010 at 5:04 am

    I agree with you about laundromats. I find them to be sort of relaxing. Just sitting, reading, watching everyone else. Plus the outfits I wear to do my laundry are hysterical- the only clean things available at that point are pink sweatpants that have shrunken two sizes and a yellow thrift store cardigan. Perfect match!

  • Kelly (Local Foodie's Fight)
    March 2, 2010 at 5:41 am

    Hahah at least dinner was still nutritious though with all those green veggies…sometimes that happens!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    March 2, 2010 at 5:52 am

    i know what you mean about the fail with dinner…i’ve tried mixing annie’s with stuff before and it just doesn’t taste nearly as good as it does by itself! you guys should visit the colorado mountains next time! πŸ™‚

  • Sophie @ yumventures
    March 2, 2010 at 5:55 am

    I hate when things look delicious they can be flavorless, and when they look terrible they can be amazing! Sorry about your dinner πŸ™ I love the laundromat too!!

  • Karen
    March 2, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Jenna, What a fun trip, and after your post, note to self, def have to get to Tahoe one day. You have such a passion for life, traveling, and food I could really see you on the Travel channel one day, and writing about your adventures. This is just a start for you, your zest for life is infectious. Keep up the great work and have fun..:)

  • Kelly
    March 2, 2010 at 6:16 am

    I can’t imagine liking a laundromat, haha weird. And I hate when dinner is a bummer.

  • skinnyrunner
    March 2, 2010 at 6:18 am

    haha, i dont think ive ever heard of someone liking the laundromat, but you go girl!

  • Ann @ Appalachian Appetites
    March 2, 2010 at 6:46 am

    The bunny hill is very impressive! I’ve never snowboarded but that you conquered it the first time is Amazing!! Congrats! And here’s to a better dinner tonight πŸ˜‰

  • Angharad
    March 2, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Um, I can only imagine how much you miss the mountains! It looks so beautiful! Hate when seemingly fail-proof dishes go horribly wrong. Boo to that!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    March 2, 2010 at 7:18 am

    that’s what i don’t like about boxed mac and cheese – so bland!! i bet the broc/edamame combo would be good in a nice homemade version πŸ™‚

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    March 2, 2010 at 7:36 am

    The last time I ate Annie’s mac and cheese it was a big fail, too. Maybe I’m just so used to homemade it doesn’t do it for me. Homemade mac and cheese plus broccoli is divine. Now I’m wishing I had that for lunch instead of a sandwich. Darn.

  • Cara
    March 2, 2010 at 8:06 am

    Man I hate when I make a dinner and it fails. But at least you had a lot of other great meals during the day! πŸ˜‰

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    March 2, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I hate when dinner doesn’t come out right πŸ™

  • Carolyn
    March 2, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Most of my dinner experiements are a FAIL! πŸ™

  • diana(mymarblerye)
    March 2, 2010 at 9:16 am

    OMG. Jenna failed at dinner?! Now I don’t feel bad when I do. πŸ˜‰

  • Lisa
    March 2, 2010 at 10:37 am

    I have a good tip for Annie’s Mac and Cheese! My boyfriend makes a rue before mixing it into the packaged cheese and noodles. It makes it sooo much better and creamier!

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward
    March 2, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I used to love going to the laundry room in college. It had a great desk to sit at to study while you were doing laundry, and no one was ever there to distract me. I think I would enjoy it even more now when I have less free time!

  • eatingRD
    March 2, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Great to just get out there and ride, great job! I always feel better afterwards! Sorry for the dinner fail πŸ™ I always have to spruce up Annie by adding more yogurt, milk and cheese along with a few garlic and herb laughing cows πŸ™‚

  • Foy Update - Cook. Garden. Write. Repeat.
    March 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Your dinner does look good, but I feel like to could use something to kick it up a notch. What would Emeril do?

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year)
    March 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    That sucks about your dinner! I’ve done that many times … had high hopes for something and then wondered, “Why??” And I usually end up eating it anyway … LOL!

    I love the mountains. I’m not a skier, but my husband and I like to go to the mountains in the summer and it’s just so beautiful. Where we live, it’s pretty flat and farm-like, so it’s nice to escape to such an amazing Canadian city (Canmore is our favourite!).

    Yum for Annie bunnies!


  • Joanne
    March 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I love the laundry mat! I thought I was the only one. Glad to know I’m in good company.

  • Stacey
    March 2, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I love bunnie grahams and they are so fitting ofr the season right now.