Bringing The South To California

Good morning!

Can you believe today is already the last day of November???! Where did this YEAR go? Seriously, it’s been a blink on an eye.

This morning definitely called for a big green smoothie:


I felt totally awful until making this…..I slept horribly last night (was reading blog comments at 4 a.m….why why why) and knew I needed something intense to start this Monday. I used a scoop of chocolate Amazing Meal, about 4 cups raw spinach, 2 tsp maca powder, a glob of naturally more peanut butter, a frozen banana and a cup of unsweetened almond milk. Mmmmmmm 🙂 much better!

I’ve got a little agenda for today involving coffee with Tracy, cleaning the house, getting some freelance articles done and working out.


I’m SO excited!!!!!!!!

My two best friends from high school are coming to visit on Thursday for the weekend!


Last time I saw both Christie and Alissa together was in Charleston (miss it SO much!) when I went for that little spontaneous trip last May….and now we are heading out west to visit me and wine country. I can’t wait!

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  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 30, 2009 at 8:37 am

    No, I can;t believe it is almost December! Crazy! Glad your friends are coming to visit – I bet it will be a blast!

  • Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run
    November 30, 2009 at 8:39 am

    I really have to try making a green monster smoothie sometime. It just sounds like pure health in a cup =)

  • Lizzie
    November 30, 2009 at 8:47 am

    Girlfriends visiting?? Super fun!! One of my best friends is coming for Christmas and I can’t wait to see her! Something to definitely get you going through the week 🙂

    On the sleep front – not sure how much trouble you have sleeping (and given the crazy year you have had, who could blame you??!!), but my husband uses a Melatonin supplement, (something the body produces naturally) that helps you go to sleep and often stay asleep (it’s non-habit forming). I’m not a doctor, but maybe it’s something you could look into if you happen to be in a health food store. The friend who recommended it to my other 1/2 is actually a doctor, so it’s indirectly endorsed!! 🙂 The reason he started taking it was b/c he didn’t want to use Ambien et al. It got him through a very stressful couple of months at work. I don’t use it and this is more a friendly suggestion not a product endorsement 🙂

    Sounds like the green monster was more than enough this morning!

  • Kat (Kat's Daily Plate)
    November 30, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I hate when I stay up reading stuff online- but its addictive. I also had trouble sleeping last night- and craved a smoothie this morning!
    I am so glad your friends are coming to visit! You must be so excited! There is nothing better than seeing your oldest friends. 🙂

  • Julie
    November 30, 2009 at 8:56 am

    How fun, your friends are visiting!! You’ll all have ausch a blast.

  • simpledaisy
    November 30, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Time is really flying!! How fun to have your peeps visting:) Have a great time~

  • Jen (Running With Cake)
    November 30, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Green Monster in a wine glass – Nice touch! I think cold drinks always taste better in stemmed glasses! So glad to hear your friends are coming for a visit – I’m sure you’ll be the perfect hostess!

  • Joanie
    November 30, 2009 at 9:07 am

    When you mentioned that you slept horribly I was wondering if maybe that new maca powder was keeping you awake? Just a thought…

  • Evan Thomas
    November 30, 2009 at 9:13 am

    That’s exciting! Have fun with your friends 🙂

  • lindsay
    November 30, 2009 at 9:15 am

    It’s always SO much fun when your besties come to visit 🙂
    Hope you girls have a blast!!!

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    November 30, 2009 at 9:30 am

    FUN!!!!!! What a treat and something to look forward to, having your friends out there! I can only imagine what would happen if my two best friends and I were let loose in wine country! 😉

  • Christie @ Honoring Health
    November 30, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Hoooray for your friends coming to visit! I’m sure you girls are going to have a great time!

  • diana(mymarble rye)
    November 30, 2009 at 9:40 am

    friends visiting or visiting friends reminds yourself how blessed one is! Just got home from hanging out with my closest friends and I couldn’t stop smiling on the drive home.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    November 30, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Awww, I’m happy to hear you’ll be reuniting with old friends. That’s always fun.

    That green monster sounds super-packed with nutrients and yumminess! I’m going to keep my eye open for this magical maca powder. If I can drop $25 on gourmet dark chocolate, then surely I can invest in super-healthy Maca powder.

  • Fitzalan
    November 30, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Having great girlfriends come visit so soon I’m sure will help reduce the homesickness from having your mom leave! Holidays are always better with your girls around!

    happiness awaits

  • Ameena
    November 30, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Time just flies by when you are reading blogs doesn’t it? Have a great time with your friends!

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot)
    November 30, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Greenness for goodness! Glad it helped you feel better 🙂
    Have a fantastic time with your friends!

  • Still Life in South America
    November 30, 2009 at 10:02 am


    You have been sounding so happy and content recently. I am really happy for you.

    Hope you get more sleep this week to prepare for the big visit!

  • Diana
    November 30, 2009 at 10:05 am

    you said it – blink of an eye and poof it’s december. crazy!

  • Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo)
    November 30, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Love the green monster in the pinot noir glass! That’s multipurpose glassware!

  • Katie (Sweet Tater)
    November 30, 2009 at 10:12 am

    i read your charleston trip post and… i love basil! and paolo’s!

    i need a charleston trip (i’m in greenville). did you ever run the cooper river bridge? i signed up one year and bailed because the forecast called for rain. lame, i know.

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    November 30, 2009 at 10:15 am

    A weekend with girlfriends is the best! I had a reunion with my college roommates in September and had so much fun. Can you tell us some of the health benefits of Maca powder?

  • Jenna
    November 30, 2009 at 10:15 am

    i know! this month flew by!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    November 30, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Fun to have GFs visit. I do that 4 AM thing too…also knowing that I’ll be doing the ‘Why oh why’ thing at 7AM when get up. C’est la vie.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    November 30, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Visits from friends and family are awesome. I can’t wait for my mom and friend to come later this month (or next since its technically not December yet) 🙂

  • Kim
    November 30, 2009 at 10:25 am

    I just had a reunion with my 3 bests from high school, too. It was sooooo good. Those girls are precious to me – they’ve known me in so many different ways. I’m so blessed by the longevity and loyalty of our relationship – I’m so glad you have that, too!

  • megan
    November 30, 2009 at 10:25 am

    yay for friends coming! It always makes a new place feel more like home to welcome other people there 🙂

  • Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers)
    November 30, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I cannot believe the year is almost over. Ridiculous!

    Have a great visit with your friends 😀

  • Brittney
    November 30, 2009 at 10:29 am

    I know, I can’t believe it’s almost December. Crazy!

    Yay for your friends coming to visit you. I bet you guys will have a blast 🙂

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    November 30, 2009 at 10:40 am

    Ugh – I hate tossing and turning all night. I always feel better though if I do what you’re doing – start the day off right with good, healthy eats and a plan for some light exercise!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    November 30, 2009 at 10:41 am

    So exciting that your friends are coming to visit! Yay! Hope you have so much fun!

    P.S. Wanted to let you and your readers know about a spa-themed giveaway on my blog! Just leave a comment with your favorite way to relax or de-stress and you’ll be entered to win!


  • Pam
    November 30, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I’m so happy you have some things to look forward too!
    I LUV green smoothies!


  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    November 30, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Sorry you had a crappy night’s sleep last night:( Hopefully the Green Monster takes care of it.
    Have a great workout!

  • Katie
    November 30, 2009 at 10:50 am

    I need a smoothie!
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  • Light Delight with TouTou
    November 30, 2009 at 10:53 am

    The green smoothie sounds very energetic!! you put so much stuff in it and I’m sure it is a strong start for Monday morning:-D
    I don’t stay up late on Sunday….monday is just so busy. But I do stay up late on Saturday! 😀

  • Megan (BitesoftheApple)
    November 30, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Your smoothie looks great!! I was dying for one this morning, but def haven’t gone post-Thanksgiving grocery shopping yet…maybe tonight… 😀

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    November 30, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Ah, I know- I cannot believe it’s actually almost CHRISTMAS! So excited!!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    November 30, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Oh that sounds so fun!!

  • Erin
    November 30, 2009 at 11:16 am

    2009 has gone SO fast!!! Just when I start to feel caught up and loving autumn, it’s suddenly winter and things are crazy with the Christmas season!

  • amanda
    November 30, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I have yet to try this the smoothie. I am weirded out about the whole spinach thing being in a smoothie

  • Laura Georgina
    November 30, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Ooooh, a weekend with your girls! You will have a ball showing them around like the new local that you are 🙂

    I can’t sleep either if I do blog-related things right before hitting the pillow; it’s so bad that the Mr. has taken to putting a big “Do Not Open” post-it note on the laptop after 10 pm; otherwise I dream of links and nested pages.

  • Krissy - Single Serving
    November 30, 2009 at 11:55 am

    This fall has gone way too fast!! Sounds like you have a great few days coming up!

  • Beth @ DiningAndDishing
    November 30, 2009 at 11:59 am

    I just read your holiday weekend recap and it all looks/sounds amazing!! So much good food and so many good friends – glad you enjoyed yourself Jenna!!

  • Jil
    November 30, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Hooray for friends visiting!! and I think a ton of people slept horribly last night! Almost everyone I know (including me) did not get a good nights sleep!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    November 30, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Girlfriend visits are so much fun! Enjoy!

  • Karla
    November 30, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    2009 is almost over! That’s ridiculous!!

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    November 30, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    So fun to have friends visit and yes, can’t believe 2009 is almost over – but so glad. For pretty much everyone I know it has been a challenging year.

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    November 30, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I COMPLETELY agree that this year seems to have flown by so fast! Quite scary really!!!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    November 30, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    I bet you guys will have a great time together!!!! I slept awful last night too! I hope you get a better night’s sleep tonight!!!

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    November 30, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Hooray for friends visiting! That is definitely something to look forward to. Have a good week 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    November 30, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    I’m glad that you have friends coming– friend visits are the best 🙂

    I miss Charleston too– I haven’t been back since I graduated, amlost five years ago. Sigh. I can’t let myself think about it too much, or I get sad!

  • Sara
    November 30, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    You probably couldn’t sleep due to the maca powder. Google “maca powder side effects.”

  • Katy @ These Beautiful Feet
    November 30, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Girls weekend! So fun. There’s nothing like having your close girlfriends come & visit! I hope you have a fabulous time! 🙂

  • Claire
    December 1, 2009 at 6:59 am

    Hi! I love green juice but usually juice in a juicer….I have read a lot about “green monster” drinks prepared in a blender. How did you make your green juice? I think a blender would be quicker to make and quicker to clean up???

    PS- I live in TX and love wine country. I LOVE LOVE ZIN- one of my fav places to eat. There is a breakfast joint in the same square that has a screen door and serves poached eggs on top of polenta- it is amazing!!! You may just inspire me to go serve wine…a dream I have had for a while now…..