Dinner/ Lunch

First Day of School…..No, Work!

Whew! Tired girl alert!!!!

I can’t believe I’m so tired and I only worked for 4 hours today. I’m a wimp and I NEED to buck up because from the looks of today, it’s gonna be a looooong road ahead of me! Here’s a summary—

I (or actually, Betty) packed my lunch to take to work today. Adam, the exec. pastry chef I’m working under, is SO cool and lax and said whenever I want to take a break to eat or snack or whatever I should just go for it! He let me put my lunchbox in the cooler with all the fun desserts so that was a plus because I won’t have to stuff it with frozen packs everyday! In the lunchbox was leftover salad (without dressing) with goat cheese, pine nuts, dried cranberries and romaine. It was topped with a healthy piece of leftover mediterranean baked salmon from last night. YUM!!! I was SO excited to eat this around noon today!


I also packed a medley of snacks. Here you have almonds (which I ate around 11:00 this morning for a snack), grapes, goldfish crackers, and a piece of Betty’s homemade banana bread that she baked yesterday afternoon.


I ate the grapes and goldfish with my salad and, since I got off work at around 2:30, came home to have a snack. I had half of the banana bread slice with a yogurt I found in the fridge. No Chobani, but it worked!


The banana bread was TOO DIE FOR. I didn’t gain one pound in a year of pastry school but I might seriously pack on the pounds living in this house if I’m not careful! 😉

Here’s a recap of my work-day, production wise:

When I got in, Adam took me around to sign some paperwork and all that jazz. When I was done I immediately set to work! I started out preparing the dough for the Rye Soft Rolls I will be baking off tomorrow morning. I also made some Spicy Cracker Bread dough, Pate Sucree (sweet pie crust), regular pie crust for pumpkin pies and vanilla pastry cream.

For the next couple weeks, my schedule is going to run from probably 7 am- 3pm or so, 5 days a week. This week I have Wednesday and Sunday off! Here’s the exciting news though…………in November, I AM making a HUGE gingerbread house for the Festival of Trees here!!!!!! Adam told me all about it and then casually goes, “well this one will have to be all you because that week I have to go up to Vermont for my mom’s 50th birthday party.” Whaaaaat?! I have to create a massive gingerbread mansion all by myself???!!!!! Hopefully I will know more of what I’m doing by then!

We also get a ton of wedding cake requests and are doing one together on Saturday and another in two weeks. Needless to say, my days will be PACKED and I will be getting a lot of valuable experience! He told me taking pictures of anything and everything is more than totally cool so tomorrow I will go armed with my camera so I can share more with yall!

After I got off work, I drove around, familiarizing myself with my hometown since I haven’t lived here for about 5 years now. It’s always weird to go home, right?! I went to my gym, signed the contract and went to the “new” Publix to get some supplies. I didn’t get anything really interesting or special…..just some oats (obvi), apples, Kashi H2H cereal, WHIPPED cottage cheese, Fage, hummus, bread, whole wheat bagels and canned salmon. I think most nights I’ll be eating with Betty and Ted since she is an amazing cook and loves to prepare gourmet meals (and I can’t turn them down!).

Speaking of a gourmet cook, Betty made marinated pork chops with mushroom gravy tonight for dinner as well as green beans with bell peppers and garlic and gorgonzola polenta. The pork chops were marinated in a mixture of evoo, soy sauce, garlic and lime juice and the polenta recipe was from a past issue of Bon Appetit and involved heavy cream + cheese. A splurge (I only took a small amount on my plate) but TOTALLY worth it!


During “cocktail hour” (ehhh I could get used to this) I had half a glass of chardonnay and with dinner I had a small (half?) glass of a Bordeaux blend from Washington State. We also snacked on a few crackers with hummus and smoked salmon dip and I nibbled on baby carrots (not pictured).


Gah! It’s 8:40 and I am BEAT….alarm goes off at 6:00 tomorrow morning! I’m going to work until probably 3:00 then hopefully (if I can still walk), straight to the gym. A recap will be posted! I finally bought a new book today so I’m off to take a bubble bath and read myself to sleep.….hope you all had a great night and have a wonderful day tomorrow!

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  • VeggieGirl
    September 30, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Mmm, banana bread!!

    Get enough rest, girl!!

  • Andrea
    September 30, 2008 at 12:58 am

    homemade banana bread is the BEST. sounds like betty is your personal chef 😉 your new internship sounds great! glad your boss is chill..that can totally make/break an internship experience!

  • BethT
    September 30, 2008 at 1:05 am

    Man, WHO are you living with again? They are treating you right!

  • AlliJag
    September 30, 2008 at 1:09 am

    I can’t believe that about the gingerbread house – that’s crazy! 🙂 I’m sure you will do just fine!

  • ms
    September 30, 2008 at 1:25 am

    What’s the name of your new book? I got ‘Heretic’s Daughter’ after you raved about it and haven’t been able to put it down, so I’m always up for book recommendations from you!

    Oh ~ and it sounds like everything’s going well for you with the externship and your ‘roommates’. Congratulations, this is all certainly something you’ve meticulously planned and worked for.

  • Meghann
    September 30, 2008 at 1:31 am

    What an exciting day! I can’t wait to read more of your new adventures in your new job! Its about 10 times cooler then my job.

  • Becca A
    September 30, 2008 at 1:42 am

    I can’t wait to see your pics in the coming weeks!

  • Laura
    September 30, 2008 at 1:44 am

    Sounds like a great experience to learn new things!

    This Betty woman seems pretty amazing! All of that food looks delicious! 🙂

  • Alison
    September 30, 2008 at 2:12 am

    Can I move in with Betty? Yum! Glad your first day went so well.

  • katie s
    September 30, 2008 at 2:16 am

    Oh my gosh, can I move in with you Jenna?? You are one lucky girl!! Enjoy it while it lasts 🙂

  • Runjen
    September 30, 2008 at 2:23 am

    I am obsessed with banana bread. Y-U-M!

  • gina (fitnessista)
    September 30, 2008 at 2:37 am

    um, can i live there too? 😉

  • jenn
    September 30, 2008 at 2:58 am

    wow you have really generous hosts; it’s a good thing you are an omni…!!

  • hk
    September 30, 2008 at 3:05 am

    whew, I’d be tired after all of that, too 🙂 SOunds great, and I’m so glad your boss and new fam. sound really awesome!

  • sarah
    September 30, 2008 at 9:19 am

    it sounds like this is going to be an amazing experience for you! i too want to know how you know your amazing hosts — and whether they have room for me, too 🙂

  • Christie I.
    September 30, 2008 at 11:41 am

    Sounds like your first day went great!

    Your host family sounds delightful!

  • mh
    September 30, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    yumm I love that yogurt!! and I’d Kill for some of that bread!! Looks divine!! have a great day Jenna!

  • Biz
    September 30, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    What a busy day! Mmmm. Banana bread. I think I’ll have to put that on the list of things to make!

  • Teddy
    September 30, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    your salad looks amazing. I’m confident you will build an amazing gingerbread house! 🙂


  • Heather
    September 30, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous new job!! I can’t wait to hear more about the wedding cakes (AND the gingerbread mansion)!

  • shawna
    September 30, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Wow, all of your food looks amazing! You are one lucky girl living in that house. Can’t wait to see what exciting adventures the next few months hold for you.

  • ryan
    September 30, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Glad you are having such a great experience, hopefully you still want to come home after all this luxury! Dexter misses you!

  • Megan
    September 30, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Oh boy that banana bread looks good!

  • runjess
    September 30, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Not a single pound in a year at pastry school? Girl, I am IMPRESSED!

  • Krista
    September 30, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    Your boss sounds pretty cool…not anal at all. I think this will be loads of fun for you! Love your blog!

  • ModelBehavior
    September 30, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    what an exciting adventure your on! Enjoy every second of it!

  • LisaR
    September 30, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    That’s awesome you’re really liking your job so far! I love reading about your new experiences!

  • emily
    September 30, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    That sounds like a dream house! You should make a little Betty to put in your gingerbread house; which I am already excited to see posts of.

  • Pearl
    September 30, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Jenna, I have a baking question for you.

    At Treder Joe’s, they sell partially baked bread. It’s great because you can freeze it and bake it fresh any time you want. Can you freeze any bread dough prior to baking? How would one go about partially baking dough before storing it? Thanks!

  • jenna
    September 30, 2008 at 8:17 pm


    I’m living with my best friend’s parents! They are SO gracious!


    I’m reading Atonement Child by Francine Rivers. She one of my top 5 favorite authors and this is the only book I’ve never read for some reason. Her book, Redeeming Love, is one of my favorite books of all time and I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone!!!! 🙂


    I’m honestly not sure but I will find out this week sometime and get back to you! Great question!

  • bee
    September 30, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    my friend gave me ‘redeeming love’ for christmas last year; i really enjoyed it! i’m a christian, so i found the parallels in the story really interesting.

    hopefully atonement child will be just as good!