Dessert/ Dinner/ Lunch

And Then I Ate

Good evening 🙂

I’ve had a pretty productive Saturday in terms of getting all my errands done and watching Ohio State kick some booty. Naturally, I’ve also been a hungry beast all day and ate lunch at literally 10:50 because I couldn’t take it anymore. I had a hummus, turkey and laughing cow sandwich on Ezekiel bread with blue corn chips and watermelon!


I don’t know who I am but I’ve seriously been on a coffee kick lately. I go back and forth between tea and coffee and right now for some reason, I’m all about the coffee! I got a double shot skim latte while running errands and snacked on my favorite bar ever!


I don’t know if you saw my tweet about being stuck in a dress in a Target fitting room, but yes….it totally happened! Such a cute dress too and it just screamed Northern California but oh well…it’s clearly a sign when you don’t know how to get it off! hahahaha It was a $24 well saved.

Since Target is attached to Whole Foods (could they GET any crueler?!) I made a pit stop to pick up a few groceries:


  • coconut water
  • coconut milk
  • naners
  • tofu
  • tempeh
  • wild salmon
  • microbrews!
  • super on sale almond butter
  • bunny snacks to try out on my next long run
  • cereal
  • goddess dressing

SO excited that pumpkin ale is back out!!!!


Haha I like how I drink a beer while wearing a La Crema shirt. 😉

And for dinner, I made EXACTLY what I was craving—–salmon!!!!!


I made the most phenomenal dinner with pan seared salmon, roasted brussels sprouts and pureed butternut squash. I felt like I was at a restaurant! For the squash, I actually roasted a huge butternut at 425 for 60 minutes and then peeled it and whirled it in the VitaMix with a little coconut milk, cinnamon, cloves, sea salt, cayenne and a squirt of agave. It was soooooo good.

Salmon is actually my favorite dinner to prepare for myself at home. One of my greatest pet peeves is when you go out to a nice restaurant and they totally KILL the salmon by overcooking it. Salmon is meant to be medium rare and I think its best served simply: seasoned with sea salt, cracked black pepper and seared for about 5 minutes per side in olive oil. It’s just sexy. Yes, I did just call a fish sexy.

And then this just had to be taken care of:



Okay, okay, I’m done!!! 😉 (sigh of contentment) Was just g-chatting with AnneP and we both agreed that running long distances makes us very tired and that all the cool kids stay at home on Saturday night, read and go to bed early. I might even be in my pajamas already. You never know.

On that note, I must bid farewell. I’ve got a bit of a headache from not hydrating enough yesterday and am calling it a night.


Hardy’s Murphy-Goode blog is finally up! Check out his crazy wine adventures…I’m looking forward to hanging out with him in a few weeks and sipping some lovely Liar’s Dice in Healdsburg!


ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Errign
    September 5, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    What brand is that pumpkin ale Jenna? I need to get my hands on some of that!

    What an awesome looking dinner, enjoy your night!

  • Sha
    September 5, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Roll Tide!!! My son just started Alabama this fall and is at the game tonight at the Georgia Dome. He is having a blast.
    Love your blog! Have a good night.

  • Anne P
    September 5, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    haha, obviously. we are the coolest 😉 come to DC, dammit. we need to find journey!!

  • Adi (
    September 5, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Too funny — a sign of athletes and exercise lovers is staying in on weekends, right? 🙂 … but I’m in my pjs watching the Real Housewives of OC, not reading. Now THAT is bad!!

  • VeggieGirl
    September 5, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    GO OHIO!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

    Totally agree about the salmon – that used to always bother me at restaurants as well.

    Hope your headache is gone now!!

  • Michelle
    September 5, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Wonderful dinner! The salmon looks great, and I love brussel sprouts, such an under appreciated vegetable! The pumpkin ale looks delicious, was it really sweet?

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    September 5, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    I don’t like salmon at restaurants either for the same reason. I tried some the other week just to give it a second chance and it was way over done. I’ll stick to cooking it at home.

    I love staying in after a great day. So what if it makes me old 🙂

  • J
    September 5, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    I love coconut water when running…its a delicious all-natural energy boost. I ALWAYS notice how wonderful it makes me feel!

  • Leianna
    September 5, 2009 at 9:03 pm

    Target and Whole Foods next to each other, they are definetely coniving with each other, but I guess less stops for everyone! Theres just so many tempting things at both stores!
    Love that you eat ice cream right out of the container, I love doing that!
    I love just sitting in my pajamas and watching college football with the hubby on Saturday nights in fal, so I guess all the cool kids do stay home!
    Have a great and blessed Sunday!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    September 5, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Ah I love pumpkin ale!! It’s the best!

  • Meghan@traveleatlove
    September 5, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    I love pumpkin ale, my favorite is Shipyard from ME. We were in Healdsburg just yesterday 🙂 Love it! So much wine, so little time. We are already planning another trip here for the fall!

  • Tammy (Defining Wellness)
    September 5, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I am totally craving that EXACT dinner now. Well documented, Miss Jenna! 🙂 I am SO excited to hear about the peanut butter and jelly larabars. I hope they are as good as they sound. Hubby and I will have to hit up the Whole Foods tomorrow to see if they have them in. Thanks for all the great food tips!

  • Stephanie
    September 5, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    gahhh I so almost bought pumpkin ale at world market today, now I am wishing I had!…. it’s that time of year again!!! 🙂

  • Katie
    September 5, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Love that you root for OSU! Go Bucks!

    I forgot about pumpkin ale… cider ale is good stuff too!

  • caitlin
    September 5, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    haha i am definitely reading in bed, catching up on blogs, and sleeping before 9:45 LOL

  • Jessica
    September 5, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    As always, i’m droolin’ over the blue corn tortilla chips (i’m obsessed w/ the spicy blues), that ice cream dessert and the grocery haul sounds amazing!! I still need to find me some pb & j laras!!

    Hope you’re having a relaxing night in!! I know I am….and on tonight’s menu: BAKED tofu, per your recipe. 🙂

  • Cassie
    September 5, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    wow I actually bought that same pumpkin ale tonight to bring to a party tomorrow! But Im kind of scared of it since I try to stay away from beers that taste like burnt rice and this one seems to have that look to it. I guess Ill find out tomorrow! And Im totally one of the “cool kids” Ive been in my Pjs for an hour now haha, staying in is the new going out!

  • Courtney
    September 5, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    Dayum, that ice creams looks delish 😉

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    September 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Cute T!! I love my salmon done exactly like that or baked, so yum! I stayed home on Saturday night too…it is the best!

  • brandi
    September 5, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    that ice cream looks so good right now.

    glad you had a good day!

    glad we’re watching the same game, but I’m gonna have to root against you 🙂 have a great night!

  • Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum
    September 5, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    Oh I’ve been to that Target/Whole Foods before.. that is a very dangerous location lol! You can’t go in one, without having to go to the other. Lovely eats girly! Your sandwich sounds like it was amazing.

  • angieinatlanta
    September 5, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    That salmon DOES look sexy, nice and pink and juicy!

    Seriously, Whole Foods is an addiction I have just learned to live with. I figure it could be worse – my wallet might not like it, but my body does, and my health is worth the investment!

  • emily - eatventures
    September 5, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    Every single picture looks yummy! Balance Bars are my favorite, they are like really really good dessert.

  • Cyndi
    September 5, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Haha I got stuck in a dress one time – a little black dress with a lining. It went on like a breeze but there was NO PHYSICAL WAY to get it back over my head so, yes, I RIPPED THE SEAM to get it off! That’s so unlike me but I panicked!

    Love your blog – you have inspired me to try some great healthy snacks and meals. Your photos are outstanding.

  • Caroline
    September 5, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Amazing groceries!
    This ‘bama girl appreciates the Crimson Tide shout-out:)

  • jamie
    September 5, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    I noticed you have sea dog blueberry wheat ale there…I am from bangor maine where the sea dog is located….that is my favorite beer ever! I live in dallas now and I miss it!

  • Amari
    September 6, 2009 at 12:24 am

    I love the Peanut Butter and Jelly Larabars, its crazy how true to that flavor they are! Definetly one of my favorites! I have always been nervous about trying brussel sprouts as my childhood fear of them has never ceased! What’s the best way to prepare brussel sprouts for beginners?

  • kay (eating machine)
    September 6, 2009 at 12:38 am

    a target whole foods combo would leave me BROKE. and yet, im a little jealous 🙂

  • Tay
    September 6, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Oh goodness gracious golly gumptious that ice cream!!! Is it mint cookie?

  • Tyler (Raspberry Runner)
    September 6, 2009 at 1:55 am

    you are definitely right about salmon…its ruined when overcooked! seared salmon = divine!

    “roll tide” ?!! oh, no… GO DAWGS!! well, at least you’re not a flordia fan, or i don’t know if i could read this blog anymore! just kidding…i actually don’t really care about football at all (which is pretty much sacrilegious in my town!)

    hope you are having a great weekend!

  • Lizzy
    September 6, 2009 at 2:13 am

    so glad saturday was so productive!!!

    college football and baseball pretty much took up my entire day! hahaha

  • McKenzie
    September 6, 2009 at 3:10 am

    hey Jenna,
    just wondering about the pricing for Yoga classes. I want to sign up and I’m wondering if $15 per class or 5 classes for $55 sounds reasonable. I really want to try this studio I just don’t want to be ripped off.

    Any feedback would be the BLOG! woot!!

  • Cara
    September 6, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Your salmon looks delish!
    I am a little jealous…I have not eaten fresh salmon for about a year now as it is ridiculously expensive here in Korea. Definitely look forward to enjoying it when I return back home.

  • Susan
    September 6, 2009 at 6:49 am

    I totally agree with you about salmon! It’s gotta be flaky and lightly seasoned, not chewy and swimming in butter. That Optimum cereal is also my fave kind 🙂 Hope you enjoyed a nice relaxing Saturday night!

  • Christie @ Quit Your Diet
    September 6, 2009 at 7:09 am

    I would be broke if Target were attached to Whole Foods here. I’m already broke enough and they aren’t even close together 😀

    Your dinner looks awesome!

  • Lauren
    September 6, 2009 at 7:11 am

    haha I agree about staying in the night after a long run! I did a 14 mile run yesterday, and was absolutely exhausted by about 8:30. My boyfriend and I were at an outdoor cafe for a drink, and I couldn’t wait to get home, put on my pajamas, eat some Teddy Grahams (you can’t go wrong) and snuggle with our puppy. Excellent night, in my opinion 🙂

    Your dinner sounds delicious (and sexy!) I love your top, too…so cute.

  • Carolyn
    September 6, 2009 at 7:51 am

    I just tried Southern Tier’s pumpkin ale for the first time – Pumking – and it was the best pumpkin beer that I’ve had, I think!! I think a lot of them smell & taste more nutmeggy than pumpkiny, but Southern Tier gets it just right. 🙂

  • Angie All The Way
    September 6, 2009 at 8:12 am

    I can’t stand when salmon is overcooked. Salmon is one of my favourite foods! AND I just recently realized that brussels sprouts are delicious and not “ewwwwy” like I had thought they were my entire life! 🙂

  • Rebecca
    September 6, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Target connected to WFs? That’s like my dream combination.

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    September 6, 2009 at 8:53 am

    What a delicious day! Glad you had such a good one =)

  • Jenna
    September 6, 2009 at 9:22 am

    that salmon dinner looks great! and we all do that on once in awhile on saturday night, don’t worry about it girl!


  • Lauren
    September 6, 2009 at 9:27 am

    Yay for pumpkin ale! One of the many reasons I love fall :).

    Your dinner looks fabulous… the ingredients in the pureed butternut squash sound so yummy, and the salmon looks perfect!

  • Sarah R
    September 6, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Stuck in a dress? Oh Jenna! I was laughing out loud! Well prepared salmon is my favorite too.

  • justrun
    September 6, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Target ATTACHED to Whole Foods? Woah, I think my heart would stop.
    As for long runs and staying home, that is perfectly normal and most certainly cool. 🙂

  • Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles)
    September 6, 2009 at 10:18 am

    Salmon IS sexy! I think you totally have to be a foodie to get it, though 😉

    That pureed butternut squash looks to die for (butternut squash is my fave fall root veggie)…

    and YAY for PB+J larabars! They keep coming out with the best flavors, I need to try this one- but I don’t know if it will ever top my love for PB cookie Larabars… we shall see!


  • Lisa
    September 6, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Where is your Pinot Envy shirt from? I love it! So cute, Pinot Noir is my fav.

    • jenna
      September 6, 2009 at 2:23 pm


      The La Crema tasting room in Healdsburg, CA! I love it!

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    September 6, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I did a long run yesterday and was WIPED all day! I got a dehydrate-y headache too. A giant smoothie in a bowl and copious amount of cold seltzer and water helped.