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Case of the Mondays

Happy Monday, yall!

Sad to say, but I’ve definitely had a case of the Mondays all day. I don’t know what my deal has been! I was totally NOT ready to wake up when my alarm was going off and all day I felt like I was in a fog. Am I the only one that has days like this??! Something was just not right. Oh well…tomorrow is a new day!

When I finally pulled myself up this morning I made my new favorite breakfast to date: 1 cup greek yogurt with 2/3rds cup cinnamon puffins, 2 tbsp-ish Udi’s granola, a banana and a spoonful of peanut butter.


I packed the usual lunch fare: a turkey and hummus sammie on fiber bread—-


And carrots, string cheese, a pear, a rice krispie bar and a pure protein bar.


I ate the string cheese mid-morning (was still full from my filling breakfast!) and saved the carrots, pear and rice bar to have with my sandwich for lunch. I didn’t end up eating the protein bar.

I was going to go to the gym straight after work for weight lifting, but decided to come home instead. That was just my mood today I guess! I snacked on a vanilla oikos yogurt with a little Udi’s granola in it around 3:00~


And then I looked at the front door and my mood instantly got better because I saw this!


A HUGE package of goodies from the folks over at Quaker! I think I’m set with oats now for awhile! This really gets me excited about my oat-filled weekend in Chicago in a few weeks! ๐Ÿ™‚

Since I really wasn’t in the mood for weight lifting and it was so gorgeous outside, I decided to go on a beach walk for my exercise today. I walked for about 45-50 minutes and it was splendid. Exactly what I needed. Walking on the beach is great for your lower legs because the sand causes you to work your calf muscles more than if you were just walking on the sidewalk. Definitely great cross-training for running and good for my shins as well!

When I got home, I was feeling a little more motivated so I did some abs in the weight room. I did 2 sets (on each side) of half bicycle crunches on the stability ball—20 reps each set. Then, I did 2 sets of cross legged crunches—-20 reps each set. I demo how to do these “cross legged crunches” in my abs video. Trust me, you will feel the burn.

I had a big salad for dinner with a mix of spinach, romaine, a tomato, dried cherries, goat cheese and grilled chicken breast with a light balsamic. On the side, I had a wedge of freshly baked olive focaccia (!) and a small glass of pinot noir.


For “dessert” I had my last rice pudding with two almondina cookies. I use the cookies as spoons–it’s perfect!


Now, on to my work day! I swear—I was just OFF! I thought I was going to have a migraine but after a feverfew pill (an herb that works wonders for me and my migraines!) and a big cup of coffee, I didn’t get one. That was a relief! I still just felt weird all day though. Bah hormones! When I got in this morning I set out to finish the project that I started on Saturday: Amish Style Soft Pretzels.


Unfortunately they were a bust. They didn’t get all golden as I anticipated and they just sort of sucked in general. I guess I’ll try again later when the mood strikes me.

After that failed attempt, I made something I KNOW works: chocolate melties:


Apparently these are all the rage at the club right now! I had a bite and could see why. Can you say holy fudgy chocolate??!!!

After the cookies, I made yet another apple oat tart:


And PUMPKIN CHEESECAKES with a pecan graham cracker crust!!!


I’m sorry in advance because yall know I can’t reveal any of Adam’s “secret” recipes! They did turn out well though! ๐Ÿ™‚

Meanwhile, Adam worked on more olive focaccia loaves sprinkled with fresh herbs, olives and sea salt.


Lucky me, Adam gave me the “ugly one” to take home! I assure you it still tasted great and was wonderful with my dinner (the “parents” enjoyed it as well!)

I also put together another key lime pie:


And two creme brulee tarts (I hadn’t “bruleed” them yet):


Since the culinary guys are featuring empanadas for a starter for a function later this week, guess who had to make the dough from scratch?!


And last but not least…..16 lbs of garlic herb compound butter for the focaccia bread:


This butter is AMAZING. First, I “poached” two bulbs of garlic in about 2 cups of evoo in the oven for about 35 minutes. When it was done, I took the then roasted garlic out, smashed it into a paste and drizzled the garlic infused oil into the 16 lbs of butter in the mixer. While that was churning, I chopped a TON of fresh parsley and took the zest and juice of a dozen lemons and mixed it all together, with the garlic and sea salt, into the butter mixer. Voila! Garlic herb compound butter!

I hope yall had a good day today. Tomorrow is going to be very busy because we have a HUGE function tomorrow night and all day long I will be prepping super fancy desserts (like petit fours!) for it. Expect a ton of photos tomorrow night! I’m off to soak in a bubble bath and read. I need it!

Oh! and a note from our friends at Arnold Bread~~they are hosting a really cool contest that I think yall might be interested in……….you can win $2,500!!! Who WOULDN’T be interested in that?!?:

Arnold Select Sandwich Thins are a unique sandwich-sized flatbread that are thinner than a roll, healthier than most sliced bread, and more practical than a pita. The latest creation from the Arnold brand can best be described as rolls which are flattened to a skinny size, then sliced, featuring a new shape that is not skinny on taste! Arnold Select Sandwich Thins are available in three varieties: 100% Whole Wheat, Multi-Grain and Whole Grain White.

Because the bread is completely newโ€ฆ.its not a Panini, a Hoagie, a Muffelettaโ€ฆwhat is it!?!?!

If you go to you can enter the contest to name the sandwich bread. The winner will receive $2,500 and will get another $2,500 to donate to their favorite charity. The winnerโ€™s name could also be trademarked and featured on Arnoldโ€™s packaging!

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  • Krista (kristaskravings)
    October 20, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    I hope you have a better day tomorrow! I think we all have those days when somethings just not right, but you can’t pinpoint what the problem is. Hopefully your bath does the trick!

    I just LOVE reading your blog everyday and looking at the pictures of all the wonderful things you make at work & home. Great, great job!

  • VeggieGirl
    October 20, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    Hang in there with the extreme busyness at work, Jenna!!!

  • Lee
    October 20, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    so curious. how come quaker sent you that package?!!

  • Andrea
    October 21, 2008 at 12:12 am

    free goodies would definitely cheer me up ๐Ÿ™‚ how nice of quaker! i love quaker oats…so traditional yet delicious! hang in there this week. things will definitely get better. mondays just suck in general but after it’s over the week flies by!

  • gina (fitnessista)
    October 21, 2008 at 12:23 am

    *wipes drool off the keyboard* all of those pastries look like HEAVEN.
    the quaker fairy hooked it up!!!
    i had a case of the mondays today, too– you’re right, tomorrow is a new day!
    have a wonderful night ๐Ÿ˜€

  • jenna
    October 21, 2008 at 12:25 am


    It’s because I was invited (and am going to) to the Quaker Heart Healthy Weekend in Chicago in a few weeks.

  • Erica
    October 21, 2008 at 12:26 am

    You may have had a “Monday,” but at least you had good eats! Hugs ~

  • Runjen
    October 21, 2008 at 12:30 am

    I am pretty much dying of envy that you can just go for a walk on the beach on a whim for today’s exercise. Lucky girl!! That must be so fabulous!

  • HangryPants
    October 21, 2008 at 12:31 am

    Wow! I am sure that Quaker package brightened your day. Have you had the Oatmeal Squares? They’re fantastic.

  • Jenny
    October 21, 2008 at 12:50 am

    That breakfast DOES look like a winner, and those chocolate melties look yummy! Yay for the Quaker goodies!!

    Hang in there with work, maybe you’ll get to bring a few more “ugly” treats home…

    Have a great night!

  • Megan
    October 21, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Thanks for the contest link!
    Glad that you didn’t get a headache!
    I love hummus on sandwiches too!

  • Amy
    October 21, 2008 at 1:32 am

    That contest is only open to people in certain states! Residents of New Mexico are not allowed to enter :(. Neither are Florida residents, Jenna! What discrimination!

  • Megan
    October 21, 2008 at 1:50 am

    Glad you didn’t get a migrane! I had an “Off” day also! I hope Tuesday is a better day for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • cupcakes
    October 21, 2008 at 2:18 am

    Your grilled chicken salad looks so good! I love goat cheese! Also, so jealous you have a beach to walk on.

    Just wanted to ask you a quick question about quaker’s oatmeal squares… do you think they taste a lot better than barbara’s shredded oats? They look similar but I usually get the latter since the ingredients seem more natural… (less sugar). Just want to know what you think! Thanks!

  • Bridget
    October 21, 2008 at 2:27 am

    I call it a “funk”- like a cloud is hanging over you all day? Sometimes I picture myself in one of those cartoons where the rain cloud follows one person around and it makes me feel a bit better ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for the contest link- I actually have that bread product in my fridge right now! I can’t quite figure out what to do with it, but I like that it’s less bready than a regular bun.

  • Shandi
    October 21, 2008 at 2:49 am

    Wow I totally had an off day today too, as I was sitting in class all I could think about was my bed! Tomorrow will be better though despite the busyness. That pumpkin cheesecake looks so delicious! I might have to try a pecan graham crust this year for the Thanksgiving dessert! I’m not a big fan of the plain pastry crust anyway.

  • Sarah
    October 21, 2008 at 2:58 am

    I came across your blog a few weeks ago and I love it so much. You give me such great ideas to try with foods, snacks and and all around healthier organic eating. Thank you! I look forward to reading it everyday.

  • Mel
    October 21, 2008 at 2:58 am

    I think the Mondays are totally going around today. Everyone I know had an off day today. At least it’s over now!
    Reading your recap of all of your daily baked items always make me hungry even if I’m totally full. You must be doing something right!

  • Teddy
    October 21, 2008 at 2:58 am

    pumpkin cheesecake please!!!

  • Biz
    October 21, 2008 at 3:00 am

    You had me at garlic butter! My word 16 pounds of it!
    I just found the Arnold sandwich things a couple weeks ago – I love them! Thanks for letting us know about the giveaway.

    Good luck tomorrow!

  • Justy2003
    October 21, 2008 at 3:06 am

    Oatmeal package?! Boy, am I jealous! Those oatmeal squares are DELICIOUS! They taste exactly like the Barbara’s Shredded Oats . I think the cinnamon are my favorite. I tend to eat them too much though when I buy them…
    I love all the pictures from work…except I wish I could have some! And those pretzels looked good to me! Yum, carbs! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • emily
    October 21, 2008 at 3:32 am

    all of the work goodies look awesome, if anyone tries out the garlic butter on a smaller scale share the recipe with us!

  • jenna
    October 21, 2008 at 10:17 am


    I really like both! barbara’s are more expensive though! I don’t usually buy either very often because they are so good and I have zero self control, I will sit and eat the entire box! I also prefer cereals that are less caloric so I can mix and match more. But, what the hey, they are pretty darn tasty and now I have 3 boxes so I’m sure I’ll be eating these for awhile! They actually do keep you full for quite some time!

  • Betsy
    October 21, 2008 at 10:35 am

    those pretzels look pretty fraking amazing…they don’t look like a bust to me! want to send me some? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Gliding Calm
    October 21, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I’ve been so sleepy too… well i mean, yesterday (Monday), I was a zombie!!

    Your chicken salad seriously looks restaurant worthy! Amazing!! And the pretzels and foccacia look out of this world!!!

    I hope you have a wonderful Tuesday!! So awesome that you received all of those Quaker goodies!

  • Kristie
    October 21, 2008 at 11:57 am

    WOW everything you baked sounds awesome. Especially the melties and PUMPKIN cheesecake, yum.

    Walking on the beach sounds lovely. I could definitely go for something like that right about now. Too bad it’s a) freezing out and b) there’s not beach. Slightly problematic.

    Love the giant box of Quaker goods!
    Enjoy the busy day, I’m sure it’ll be fun, can’t wait to see the pics.

  • Jenna 2
    October 21, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    ๐Ÿ™‚ its always amazing to me that you get so much done at work in 8 hours. it all looks awesome.

  • Beadie
    October 21, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Hope you are feeling better today.

    All of the baking looks wonderful!

  • rb
    October 21, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    Dangit! I have a great fame for the Sandwich, but I live in Georgia and apparently that makes me ineligible ๐Ÿ™

  • rb
    October 21, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    name- i meant name, sorry!

  • Heather
    October 21, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    That olive focaccia is making me drool!

    Sorry about the “off” day ๐Ÿ™ Hope Tuesday is better for you… can’t wait to see the photos from today!

  • runjess
    October 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I LOVE the Quaker Oatmeal Squares cereal. Enjoy!

  • Lauren
    October 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Any way you can post the recipe for the olive foccacia bread? Every time you post pictures or mention it, my mouth waters! Looks delicious.

  • Allison
    October 21, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    That Breakfast looks DIVINE!

  • Catherine
    October 21, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    mmm I may have to try making some of that garlic butter. Although I don’t think mine will be nearly al voluminous as yours.

    Yay for free Quaker goodies… I’m sure the convention will be tons of fun!

  • jenna
    October 21, 2008 at 7:28 pm


    I’m sorry, i can’t post the recipe! It’s one of the clubs and I’m not permitted to copy it.

  • jen
    October 21, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    hey jenna! i’ve never commented before but i love your blog! i also get really bad migraines related to hormonal changes (ugh!) and i’ve never been able to find a way to avoid/lessen them. i’m curious about the feverfew pill that you mentioned… what exactly is it and does it really work for you? i actually have a killer headache and cramps at work right now so i might need to go buy some tonight!!

  • jenna
    October 21, 2008 at 8:19 pm


    Feverfew is an herb (in a pill form) known to open up constricted blood vessels and relieve or prohibit a migraine from coming along. When nothing else worked for me, it worked fantastically and has been my life savor (along with a strong cup of coffee). However, there are minimal risks and side effects so you may want to do your homework on the herb before you take it. I believe that I read pregnant women CANNOT take this supplement! I got it from whole foods.

  • jen
    October 21, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks, Jenna! I will definitely look into it!

  • april
    October 21, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    quick question, when you make your cottage cheese oatmeal do you add the cottage cheese at the end or cook it in with everything else?

  • jenna
    October 22, 2008 at 12:16 am


    I add it in at the end! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • michelle
    October 22, 2008 at 12:21 am

    Hi Jenna,
    Amazing looking breakfast!!! I will have that tomorrow!!

    Thanks for all you do here!!!

  • Lauren
    October 23, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    i thought that might be the case (re: the olive focaccia bread recipe). oh well, worth asking. ๐Ÿ™‚ love your blog!