Birthday Girl Pancakes

Thanks for all the birthday wishes everyone! I wish I could share some of this cake with you all because I have so much of it left (I think I will bring it to school again tonight for everyone) and it’s just so delicious! πŸ™‚ Plus one for Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World! It’s sitting out on my counter right now and I keep sneaking licks of frosting…mmmm

This morning I woke up and celebrated my birthday in typical jenna fashion—with pancakes! I made SBITK’s whole wheat pancakes and added a cup of fresh blueberries to the batter. I had three doused in hot maple syrup, along with some strawberries and a cup of English Breakfast tea. Now that’s a birthday breakfast!


After breakfast I did what I love to do in the mornings the most: I took my cup of tea and got back in bed to read for an hour while my food digested.

Rather than going to the gym today, I decided to do my MTV pilates dvd instead. My abs were already still sore from that crazy ab exercise I wrote about a few days ago and now I think they will continue to be sore for quite some time after working them for nearly an hour with this dvd. I’m about to head in the shower and my mom is on her way. We are just going over to my favorite part of Orlando today: Park Avenue in Winter Park.—we are just going to stroll around and eat lunch for a relaxing day. Originally I wanted to take the night off of school but this is the same Chef instructor that I missed four days of his class last month so I think I will go…also we are in the planning stages of our chocolate modeling cake so I need to work on that. Maybe I’ll pick up something fun for dinner though on my way or something…we’ll see!

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  • VeggieGirl
    June 11, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Enjoy your day, birthday girl!! :0) Have fun in Orlando!

  • Alyssa
    June 11, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! I hope you guys have fun strolling around Orlando, enjoy!!! πŸ™‚

  • Romina
    June 11, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • erica
    June 11, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    YUM, your birthday pancakes look fabulous!

    And another Happy Birthday!!

  • Gena
    June 11, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Happy Birthday Jenna! Mine was on Saturday, when you were pre-celebrating πŸ™‚ I hope you have a fun and cheerful day.

  • arielle
    June 11, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Have a fun birthday!

  • Erin
    June 11, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Hi Jenna! Happy birthday! I’m new to the blog and am wondering what SBITK is? I’m guessing a cookbook, but I just can’t figure out what the letters stand for. thanks!

  • jenna
    June 11, 2008 at 2:28 pm


    SBITK stands for “Skinny Bitch in the Kitch”—a little long to write a dozen times! Great cookbook and very humorous to boot! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  • Evey
    June 11, 2008 at 2:30 pm

    Happy Birthday Jenna! May your day turn out to be as awesome as you are!

  • Julz
    June 11, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Happiest of Birthdays to YOU miss Jenna! And thanks so much to Jenna’s mom (and dad) for having her! I’m so glad that you have a wonderful day to spend just the way you want to! That’s what birthdays are for πŸ™‚ -PS- The smell of hot Maple Syrup = Enough to make any one get giddy, I think πŸ˜‰

    Have an ABSOLUTELY wonderful day and night in your class! It’s amazing that you’re only 23 years old! I feel like you are so mature and wise beyond your years!

    (PS) THat cake looks so wonderful! What an amazing friend!

  • NJ
    June 11, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Can’t wait to see where you pick to eat on Park Ave, there are a few good choices. Hope you don’t get rained on and have a great time!

  • Carrie H
    June 11, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jenna! I hope you have a great day.

    In about a month, I am going to visit my sister in Melbourne, FL, where she is doing an internship. I’ve never been there and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions about yummy or healthy restaurants or fun ** and cheap ** activities we can do while there! I am from Wyoming, so anything in the sun would be a great suggestion! Thanks,

    Carrie H

  • hk
    June 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Have a fabulous birthday!! Enjoy your stroll around orlando with your mom, those relaxing “mommy & me” days are the best!! Have fun πŸ™‚

  • Mandy A
    June 11, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!

  • healthyceliac
    June 11, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Happy birthday! I hope your day is absolutely fantastic πŸ™‚

  • Monica
    June 11, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    Happy Birthday Jenna! It sounds like you have a wonderful birthday planned! Enjoy it πŸ™‚

  • Kristie
    June 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Happy Birthday! The pancakes look delicious. Hope you have a wonderful day!

  • Layla
    June 11, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jenna! I have a question about Amy’s veggie burgers. I tried to cook one on my stovetop grill last night, but it wasn’t warmed through after the 3-4 minutes the box recommended. Do you defrost it first, or cook it another way? Thanks!

  • Allyson
    June 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday! Ahh…23, I remember it well πŸ˜‰

    Have a great day!!

  • Sarah (another one!)
    June 11, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Happy Birthday Jenna! Have a great day : )

  • Courty
    June 11, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jenna!

  • Kelly
    June 11, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    Happy birthday. I didn’t realize you were only 22 (well now 23) either. For some reason I always thought you were my age (25).

  • Em
    June 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Happy Birthday Jenna!!!!!!!

  • Kristin
    June 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jenna! I hope you have a wonderful day with your mom!

  • Serena
    June 11, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Happy Birthday, on the right day this time!

  • eurydice
    June 11, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    happy birthday jenna – i’m a long time lurker and i love your blog! :o)

  • linds
    June 11, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Happy Birthday Jenna!!! Have an awesome day πŸ™‚

  • AshleyH
    June 11, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Happy birthday Jenna! Your blog continues to be an amazing part of my life and you inspire me everyday! Thank you!

    PS I just did the Julianne workout from the new shape magazine and it kicked my butt you should give it atry since I know you have the magazine. πŸ™‚ enjoy your birthday!!

  • polly
    June 11, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Happy birthday Jenna! You seem like such a peach, so I hope you have a peachy day. πŸ™‚

  • kristin point
    June 11, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Happy birthday jenna! Love the dexter cake, that was so sweet of your classmates! Its nice to see everyone loves you as much as us blog readers!

  • Bree
    June 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Happy Birthday Jenna! Hope you are enjoying your afternoon with your mom!

  • natalie
    June 11, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Happy Birthday Jenna !!!! πŸ™‚

  • Allyn
    June 11, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Best Birthday Wishes, Jenna! What a beautiful cake… so sweet of you to think of sharing with us. I guess I’ll just have to go buy that cookbook and make one, too!

    Enjoy your day!

  • Beth
    June 11, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Happy birthday Jenna! That was so sweet of Cathy to bake you such a yummy & pretty cake. Hope you’re having a fabulous day! πŸ™‚

  • Ally
    June 11, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Happy Birthday Jenna! Love the cake, that’s so cute and thoughtful. You totally deserve it though and I hope you have a great day!

  • Betsy
    June 11, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JENNA!!! hope your day is as wonderful as you deserve it to be. πŸ™‚

  • Littleblackdress
    June 11, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    Hi Jenna. Happy Birthday to you! My name is Anna and I have been an avid lover of the food blogging world for over a year. I have been completely inspired by your writing and healthy habits since day 1, and have been turned on to Skinny Bitch, Ezekiel Bread, and flax because of you! Just over a month ago, I started my own blog, called Meals from the Girl in the Little Black Dress:

    I focus on eating healthfully with mostly whole foods, and feeling good about everything I put into my mouth. I was wondering if I might provide a link to your blog on my website? Also, if you have any suggestions on my blog, I would love to hear them! Thanks so much, Jenna, for being so inspiring!

  • Melissa
    June 11, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Happy Birthday Jenna! I really enjoy reading your blog and love the pictures you take of your creations in your class! and your meals are so inspiring! Hope you have a great day!

  • Sara F
    June 11, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    lauren- (I wrote this on an old post, but in case you didn’t see it…)
    I’m pretty new at the whole blogging thing so i’m not sure how it works if you don’t already have a blog. I do know that through blogger you can create and account with just your email address and a password and that allows you to post without starting a blog of your own. Thats what I always did anyway. Hope that helps

  • kathy
    June 11, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Happy 23rd Birthday Jenna,

  • Anna
    June 11, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jenna! :o)

  • kathy
    June 11, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    Happy 23rd birthday. It sounds like you’ve been celebrating for several days with your mom and dad and your friends at work. I loved the picture of Dexter checking himself out on the adorable cake.
    We’ll go out and celebrate with a toast the next tiem you are here!
    Ryan’s Mom and Dad

  • suzanne
    June 11, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Happy birthday!! And what a cute picture of dexter and the cake πŸ˜‰

  • jenna
    June 12, 2008 at 12:38 pm


    I have always just popped one into the microwave and zapped it for 1 minute and its always been piping hot. I never have time for the stovetop method, but I wouldn’t think you should need to defrost first…maybe you pan wasn’t hot enough? That’s the only thing I can think of….


    I would be honored πŸ™‚