Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Burgers and Fries

Hi friends!

First of all, thank you guys SO much for all your encouragement and support all the time! I seriously don’t know what I would do with you. Yall mean the world to me! =)

Today I started my 5K “training”. I’m not going to have some sort of crazy formal training plan for the next couple weeks but I’m going to try to run maybe twice a week and slowly work up to the three miles. Lots of yoga as well! Today I went outside and ran for 10 minutes, walked for 30 minutes, and did 3 sets of lunges down the street (haha). I could have ran more than 10 minutes but I really want to go slow and not hurt my fragile shins again. I didn’t officially mark the distance as a mile, but I’m just figuring I went about that distance…probably a little more because I’ve always been a fast (er) runner. Actually, I think that is my problem! I run way too fast, burn myself out and hurt myself! Not good. If I’m really working and timing myself, I usually clock in at about an 8 1/2 minute mile. Today I had a ton on my mind and actually was quite upset about something on the homefront, so I probably did run a little fast.

When I got home I felt a lot better, showered and plunged into my Esther bible study, which, by the way, I am enjoying SO very much. I had never really read the book of Esther before but to really study it line by line is fascinating! It is such an epic drama and reads like a story. And, of course, Beth is a fantastic guide. Obviously. I sipped on some water + splash of POM juice in a wine glass while I read:


Then it was time for dinner! On the menu tonight: Blue Cheese Bison Burgers! Mmmm and they were soooooooo good…….especially when paired with my favorite sweet potato fries:



Blue Cheese Bison Burgers

Serves 4

1 lb ground bison (buffalo)

1/4 onion, chopped fine

1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese

pinch of sea salt and pepper

1 tsp butter

1. Combine all ingredients except for butter and form into four small patties. Melt the butter in a cast iron or regular skillet and cook the burgers for about 4 minutes on each side, depending on how you well you like it cooked.


I enjoyed my bison burger tonight with half a slice of sharp cheddar and on a toasted Arnold’s Sandwich Thin. Divine! =)

I had a glass of red wine with dinner and, for dessert, some organic dark chocolate:


In other news, my bread was won by Chrissy tonight via Meghann’s Blog Bake Sale!!!!!!! Yay Chrissy!!!!!! Actually, it is quite funny because Chrissy is one of my very close friends in “real life”! We met back in high school through FOCUS (fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools) and volunteered as camp counselors together up on Martha’s Vineyard a couple summers in a row. She is the BEST and I just find it so funny that she won the bread! Hahahaha 🙂

Bath and bed time! Tomorrow is HUMPDAY and you better believe I’m excited. I can’t wait for Saturday with the boy!

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  • VeggieGirl
    February 10, 2009 at 5:14 pm



  • Erin
    February 10, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    Mmm, sounds so good. I’ve never tried bison, but a lot of people I know are in love with it.
    I think the book of Esther is really interesting, I did a huge analysis on it for school and really enjoyed it!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    February 10, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Yum! Those burgers look great!!

  • megan
    February 10, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    I love Alexia sweet potato fries 🙂 And that bleu cheese burger sounds amazing!!! I love the bleu cheese burger at Whole Foods…yum!
    I am so glad you are enjoying your Bible Study on the book of Esther. Amazing!
    And, good luck with the marathon training!
    Have a wonderful night 🙂

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    February 10, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Way to ease back in to the running! Very smart approach (although, I don’t run at all, so I have no idea what I’m talking about). Dinner looks delicious! Have a good night’s sleep and I hope you don’t have a trace of a headache tomorrow 🙂

  • Jessica
    February 10, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    I’m jealous about the bread, it looked SO good!!!
    Haha i had some of those fries for dinner too. Love them!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    February 10, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    My husband would want you dinner if he saw it, so I’m blocking your site, so there’s no chance!
    (Not really, but he loves him some blue cheese burgers)

  • Shelby
    February 10, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Mmm, sweetp fries!!!

  • Jenni
    February 10, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Hi, Jenna! I recently discovered your blog and love it…I even ordered some of the Kodiak Cakes products online! Now I’ve got to find those sweet potato fries!!

  • Bec
    February 10, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    Mmmm, your burger and fries meal sounds great!

  • Becca
    February 10, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Pre-made sweet potato fries… omg, YUM! I’m totally jealous.

    Hope your training is going well so far! 😀 Welcome back to the world of running.

  • Danielle
    February 10, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    I’ve wanted to try bison burgers for awhile…maybe I’ll give it a try sometime soon. Great job with the running today hope you enjoy training!

  • Katherine
    February 10, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Happy to hear that you are going to do the run and are easing into it! The burger and fries looks delicious! Mmm chocolate 🙂

  • Deirdre
    February 10, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Oh my goodness! I did FOCUS in high school too and it was such a great experience. Your meal looks great!

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    February 10, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    bison + blue cheese sounds amazing.

    and you’re so smart to start back slow with the running … leave your body wanting more!

  • the Clean Veggie
    February 10, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    haha i love your burger and fries – so healthy 🙂

  • Elizabeth
    February 10, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    I just got done reading the book of Esther and I loved it! By the way..the burger looked great! And good luck with your training!

  • Meg
    February 10, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Wow! I have never had Bison! That burger looks quite tasty!

  • Lauren
    February 10, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    The burgers sounds great, and I also love those sweet potato fries!

  • Jess.
    February 10, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    I just recently discovered those fries and I LOVE them!!! really. the arnold sandwich thins are really perfect for burgers.looks like a tastey dinner!

  • Emily
    February 10, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    I. LOVE. THOSE. FRIES. !!!!

  • K
    February 10, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Good luck training, Jenna!! Hope everything is alright 🙂

  • Marissa
    February 10, 2009 at 8:36 pm


  • Megan
    February 10, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    OMG that dinner looks delish! I am totally stealing/borrowing that recipe for the burgers 🙂 thanks hope your head is feeling better!!

  • Chrissy
    February 10, 2009 at 9:40 pm

    AHHH! I got a mention on your blog! I’d also like to note that this is my first comment on a blog. Ever. Even though I read a lot of blogs every day!



  • Sharon
    February 10, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Sweet potato fries – perfect!

  • leadingladylis
    February 10, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Mmmmmmmm! I LOVE Bison burgers, but I’ve never made them at home before. My supermarket has really inexpensive ground bison though, so maybe I’ll pick some up next week. And blue cheese too!

  • Caroline
    February 10, 2009 at 11:10 pm

    Nothing like ending the day with some (organic!) dark chocolate:)

  • Alisa - One Frugal Foodie
    February 10, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    I just drooled on my keyboard. That bun looks delish too!

  • Danielle
    February 11, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Dinner sounds great and very very American… let’s just say that I know what I’ll be making when I get back :). Best of luck with training for the race, I’m sure you’re going to be marvelous sista!

  • Jenni
    February 11, 2009 at 8:16 am

    that burger looks amazing! and dark chocolate seems like the perfect way to top off dinner.
    have fun with the training!

  • brandi
    February 11, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Don’t you just love bison? I’m so glad I’m able to find it here – it makes the best burgers.

  • sarahdbelle
    February 11, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Those fries look amazing! I can’t find them where I live.
    Glad your training went well!

  • Paige
    February 11, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Wow your dinner looks AMAZING! I’m going to have to try a bison burger sometime!

  • skinnyrunner
    February 11, 2009 at 9:58 am

    delicious looking meal, i love bison and its so good for you.

  • Fitzalan
    February 11, 2009 at 10:50 am

    I am the same way–when I am upset or bothered by something, I run myself so hard that I just about keel over at the end. I think my body just likes to exhaust itself as a way of dealing with stress at times.


  • Janie
    February 11, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I’m definitely stealing that burger idea. I love bison and blue cheese:)

    Good luck with your running!

  • Jess
    February 11, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Half the people in those 5Ks walk anyway, so if you can run the entire way you’ll beat most of them 😉

  • DaisyMay
    February 11, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Jenna I just wanted to say that I have been reading your blog for a while. Never really comment but I really commend you incorporating your faith onto your blog. its great to know there are young people like myself who have faith and are free to express it.

  • Jena
    February 11, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I thought you didn’t think your body was made for running/cardio? Why do you think it is now?

    • jenna
      February 11, 2009 at 1:30 pm


      I don’t think my body is made for long distance running. I am doing this race because my manager asked me to represent the bakery department of my store and because I think it’ll be fun.

  • Anna
    February 11, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Good luck with the training! I gave you and Meghann a running-related shoutout today 😉

  • Stephanie
    February 12, 2009 at 2:40 am

    I’m just getting back into running, too, and feel like I could do more but am sticking to interval training very similar to yours because I had terrible shin splints the last two times I started out too ambitiously.

  • Brittany
    February 12, 2009 at 7:20 am

    Those alexia sweet potato fries are SO good!!