Crunching Words and Almonds


Sadly there’s no more California sunshine to be found. I think its going to be a cold, wet week. 🙁 Bummer!

Hot oatmeal for breakfast (I haven’t had hot oatmeal in…a week?!):

1/2 cup oats, 1 cup soymilk, 1 banana, cinnamon and almond butter. Classic. + 1 cup double bergamot tea and 1 cup green tea 🙂
The winner of the SoCo Restaurant Week giveaway is Steph–comment number 86! Steph, please email me your mailing address and I will pop the giftcard in the mail for you today or tomorrow!
Headed to the studio in a couple hours for my “Tuesday/Thursday workout group”….I think we are doing a rather intense CrossFit workout today, but definitely not outside! As for the rest of the day….I’ll be either home, at the library or at the coffee shop…writing, writing, writing. It’s CRUNCH TIME!

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  • Adam
    February 23, 2010 at 9:19 am

    CrossFit Rocks! And where do you get this Bergamot tea? If you don’t mind me asking…

    • jenna
      February 23, 2010 at 9:42 am


      this is Stash brand!

  • eatmovelove
    February 23, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Okay…I would also like to be either at home, at the library or the coffee shop.
    Do you ever get “tired” of writing your book Jenna? Is that your plans for the rest of your life – to write more books? And is it more of a “memoir” or a cookbook?!!

    • jenna
      February 23, 2010 at 9:41 am


      I adore writing and writing books is what I want to do for the rest of my life…its definitely not easy but I try to embrace all aspects of the process and am just using this time as a period of growth and maturation as a writer. This book will be a memoir with recipes…my next book will probably be a collection of poems.

  • Freya @
    February 23, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Aaah you’ve got my (almost) all time favourite oatmeal combo there 🙂 – just add in a load of granola and grape nuts and you’d have a major win of a bowl!
    Have a good afternoon 🙂

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    February 23, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Classic mix of oats is the best to me… oats, milk, cinnamon, almond butter… perfection. Absolute perfection.

    Good luck with the writing!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    February 23, 2010 at 9:36 am

    It’s a cold, wet week here, too. I hate the dreariness.

  • chandra h
    February 23, 2010 at 9:37 am

    hope you have a lovely day, despite the rainy-ness! its rainy here on the east coast too 🙁


  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    February 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Crossfit is by far the hardest workout I’ve done. It’s so good and intense! Have fun!

  • Kati @ Living Well
    February 23, 2010 at 9:40 am

    Hope you have a great workout today! I worked up the motivation to…wait for it…pack my workout bag! The next step is convincing myself to go after work 🙂

  • Lauren
    February 23, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Good luck with all of your writing today. I’m aiming some creative thoughts at California!

  • Heather @ (The Single Dish)
    February 23, 2010 at 9:43 am

    Hot oats are the best. It is a rainy week here in NYC as well- boo!!

  • Jill
    February 23, 2010 at 9:43 am

    CrossFit! Is this your first time doing a CF workout? My husband and I have been doing it for almost 2 years and it is INTENSE! Watch out too because it’s addictive!
    p.s. Don’t let the CrossFit people try to tell you that yoga or Pilates aren’t CrossFit compatable. I do Pilates, running and CF and it’s a powerful combo.
    Have fun!

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    February 23, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I’m trying to have CRUNCH time with my school assignment right now. Obviously it’s not working, since I’m typing this comment currently!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    February 23, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Good luck on the writing 🙂 Boo for rain! It’s going to be a messy week here too :-/

  • Kristen @ Change of Pace
    February 23, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Crossfit is hard! My husband is a marine and he loves doing it… If that tells ya anything! Good luck on your writing girl. Can’t wait to read your book 🙂

  • Ameena
    February 23, 2010 at 9:48 am

    The rain is on its way back unfortunately. 🙁 Hope you have a good day anyway!

  • Evan Thomas
    February 23, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I couln’t live without hot oats in my life no matter the weather!

  • Allison K
    February 23, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I would love to try crossfit. There is a studio in my town…I need to check it out!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    February 23, 2010 at 10:13 am

    hope the workout is fun! i bet you’re getting pretty ripped from all of the workouts you’ve been doing lately!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    February 23, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Ooh, I’ve heard so much about Crossfit but never done it. Do share your experience!! If it makes you feel better, we’re getting crummy weather on the East Coast, too. As always this time of year…

  • Christie @ Honoring Health
    February 23, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Good luck with the writing! I am getting so excited for your book!

  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward
    February 23, 2010 at 10:33 am

    We are having a cold, wet week here on the east coast too. Good luck with the writing!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    February 23, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I haven’t had oatmeal in a week either and your delicious bowl makes me want some. I know what is for breakfast tomorrow.

  • Ally (Exercise and Pies)
    February 23, 2010 at 11:14 am

    i need to buy some bananas, i had plain oatmeal this morning and compared to yours they look so, so dad!

  • ellen eats beets
    February 23, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I love a hot bowl of oats on a cool damp day. Warms me right up!

  • Corinne
    February 23, 2010 at 11:23 am

    i just bought chia seeds and im ready to use them in my oatmeal! yay. have a fantastic cross fit workout today im seriously looking forward to my workout later, going to be a highlight of my day!

  • MMiller
    February 23, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Sorry it’s a rainy day! Good luck with the writing! Almost there! It is going to feel so so good when you are finished! Roll right into starting your poems! Sending warm thoughts from Florida!

  • Jil
    February 23, 2010 at 11:40 am

    It’s pretty gross here as well…will be all week. It needs to be spring already!! 🙂 Your owns sound delish! Good luck with the writing 🙂

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    February 23, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Good luck Jenna! We’re rooting for you, finish strong. I seriously can’t wait to read your book! Have a great workout. 🙂

  • LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils
    February 23, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    omg I have been MIA on checking your blog for awhile and just got a chance to see your NEW LOOK!! Love the dark color – makes your eyes pop and hair look shinier. Would love to know if you think people treat you differently now as a brunette? I’ve done it all – blonde, brunette, redhead – and guys especially act COMPLETELY different around me depending on the shade.

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    February 23, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    It is cold and miserable where I am too! I hate those days when the sun doesn’t shine and it is cold and drizzly. I find it definitely alters my mood so I always have to supplement with good food and good movies! A day to be cozy for sure!

  • Jamie @ Tearaveler
    February 23, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    It’s a sad, sad day in California when the rain is pouring and the sun is hiding =(. Good luck with the writing!!!

  • Julia
    February 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Question and I’m sorry if you already answered it 10000 times, but can’t find it! Do you soak your oats before making oatmeal? And do you use the microwave or stovetop?

    I always used the microwave, but found that stovetop oats (soaked first) are more creamy, especially after ‘whipping’ them. Curious about your ‘oats style’!

    And good luck with the writing!

    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  • Anna
    February 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Ugh– it’s rainy and gray here too. I’ll just take it as a sign that spring is on the way! 🙂

  • Becky
    February 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    We have some mid-winter drear going on in the Northeast, too….and I’m not loving it. What I am loving is your workout group. I workout with some friends from my gym and it’s definitely lots of fun! Enjoy your day!

  • Anna
    February 23, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Oh man, I totally relate to you right now. It feels like I have been goin non stop this week!

  • Denise (the apple hill adventurer)
    February 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    that is some SERIOUSLY creamy looking oatmeal mmmm

  • rebecca
    February 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    Random question – I know you used to live in Orlando and I’m going there on vacation in a week. Any good restaurant suggestions? I’m preggers – so no sushi or fish-focused places! Thanks!
    I like the dark hair!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    February 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    I haven’t had hot oats in a while either! Haven’t had the time to prepare them unfortunately. Good luck with all that writing!

  • Sarah
    February 23, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Good luck writing! Do you make your oats on the stovetop? Looks delish, enjoy the last of Winter, Spring is around the corner!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    February 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    It’s pouring rain here on the Monterey Coast–which is good for a sunshine lover as keeps me inside working on my writing project and the sound of the rain is nice company.

    Hope Dexter enjoyed his nice brushing! I get canned pink salmon at TJs and mix that with watercress, sea salt and whatever for lunch, first taking out a big tablespoon of salmon for cat–loves it and makes his coat gorgeous…along with daily brush. Yes, as a matter of fact AM a little cat-crazy. 🙂

    Good writing Jenna, will be so exciting to finally buy/read your book–really looking forward to it!

  • Juliet
    February 23, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    what type of oatmeal do you use? ive always wondered!

    • jenna
      February 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm


      I like old fashioned but this is just generic supermarket brand quick oats.


      Yep, I make them on the stovetop. I have a microwave but its in the garage and its just quicker for me to do it stovetop than drag the micro in the house and plug it in. Plus, I like to prepare food stovetop whenever I can versus the microwave…I’m old fashioned that way. 🙂


      Hmm Caitlin ( or Meghann ( might be better to answer that question because they live in Orlando. When i was there I worked for a seafood restaurant–Roy’s–which is amazing and on Sandlake road but they don’t have many other non-fishy options on the menu.


      I don’t soak my oats unless I’m making overnight oats. And yes, I cook on the stovetop.

  • Kaitlin
    February 23, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Good luck with the writing, hope you get lots of work done!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    February 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Oh man, I miss coffee shop time. It’s just way too $$$ here in Sydney… one of the things I’ll love about going back home. 😀

  • Kate
    February 23, 2010 at 4:07 pm


    I’m having a quarter life crisis and wondered if you could give me some of your wisedom. I got a fantastic job in another city (a 1.5 hour flight away) and am freaking out. I have always lived at home (college here is close as), and this is my first big move. I am so nervous/anxious about it. You have done this a couple of times now, and seem to cope well. Do you have any advice? Any would be so appreciated :S)


  • Cara
    February 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I feel your pain. It was in the 70s in Austin on Sunday and today it SNOWED. ahaha.

  • Erin
    February 23, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Hi Jenna!
    I just wanted to let you know that I just came across your blog.. and love it! I’ve been (kind of obsessively actually..) reading through the archives and you are honestly just so refreshing! Your sense of optimism is infectious. You’ve definitely been added to my Google reader, and I look forward to reading more!
    Xoxo Erin.

  • Karla
    February 23, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Congrats to the winner!
    We haven’t had sunshine for weeks! I want some sun!!

  • nicole
    February 23, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I am jealous you have a crossfit group – i wish there was one closer to me!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    February 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Oh boy, my boyfriend does Crossfit- sounds pretty intense to me! You’re braver than I would be haha but I do sooort of want to try it out and see if I could handle it.

  • Kelly B (at Local Foodie Fight)
    February 23, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    mmmm nom nom nom. That’s what I had for breakfast this morning!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises
    February 23, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    I was thinking of you tonight as I plan to make my first bowl of overnight oats. But of course hot oats are always fabulous. Good luck with the writing.

  • Kendall
    February 23, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Love the library! Sometimes I think I should be a librarian, I love it so much. I was in Chicago last October and actually took pictures of the public library Downtown. I kept thinking it was the one from the Time Traveler’s Wife, but unfortunately, it wasn’t.

  • Ashley
    February 23, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    I thought you gave up all meat for lent?

    • jenna
      February 23, 2010 at 8:48 pm


      I did.