Dessert/ Dinner

Girlfriends Make It Better

Boy, has the weather ever turned here! One minute I was sitting with Sarah outside at Starbucks in the sunshine and the next minute it was gusty winds and pouring rain. Crazy! I think I might have found a new obsession—-Starbuck’s new vanilla rooibos tea latte. Holy Yum!!!!!!


It was sooooooooo yummy! This could be quite the dangerous addiction though since every morning on my way to work I pass right by a 24 hour Starbucks. Eeek!

Sarah and I chatted for a solid 1 1/2 hours! It was so nice! We have a ton in common and I miss hanging out with girlfriends. I had such a solid group of girls growing up but then we all graduated from high school, went to separate colleges, graduated from college and now live miles apart all over the country. I’m so thankful for finally being able to connect with someone here in Tampa. We talked about what bible study we want to do and both agreed on Beth Moore but we are still looking further to decide which one. Her newest study is on the book of Esther and I think it looks really really interesting. Has anyone does this yet?

I gave a little happy dance when I got home because this was waiting for me!


Thanks, Quaker!! I can’t wait to test this out on Sunday morning! 🙂

I helped my mom fold laundry for awhile (while having a glass of wine) before dinner. No yoga today. I think I’ve been using it sort of as a “crutch” lately to fall asleep at night….telling myself I “can’t fall asleep without practicing 90 minutes of yoga”, which is sort of ridiculous if you think about it. I don’t like to over-do anything, especially exercise since my job is SO physically demanding and active as is. Yoga is wonderful but I want to do it for the right reasons. So, tonight will be the “test”. Hopefully I will sleep since last night it took me about 3 hours to finally get to sleep :(.

For dinner my mom made this amazing buffalo chicken in the slow cooker! The recipe is from the Southern Living Cookbook and it was really good but suuuuuper spicy (even for me!)


She didn’t use bacon and we didn’t have any blue cheese crumbles….but it was still really really tasty!


After dinner I ate an orange and the last cookie for dessert 😉



Its only 6:00 but I’m totally ready for a bubble bath and my book. I’m finishing up Danielle Steel’s “The Kiss”, which is sort of old school but very entertaining and nice for an easy read. Tomorrow after work I am going to head over to St.Pete to meet Ryan for a late lunch! I’ve been looking forward to it all week =)

I hope everyone has a great night and a wonderful Friday morning tomorrow! Talk to you soon!

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  • Jackie
    January 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I suggest you try real rooibos tea. The Tazo tea they sell at Starbucks is such a bastardization of the genuine article. They put tons of sugar in it and they water it down (this I know from a friend who works at Starbucks). Rooibos tea (if you get it in its “pure” form, as a reddish pine needle-like herb) is damn fantastic all on its own, though places like Teavana try to blend it with jasmine teas and cups of sugar to suit the unhealthy American palette.

  • FoodsThatFit
    January 29, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I love that heart shaped pancake mold! That is awesome they sent you that cute package. Let us know how the mix tastes! That salad looks so good, buffalo sauce makes everything taste amazing! Hope you sleep well! I am usually just getting off of work when you are heading to work, so I totally understand how hard it is to adjust to abnormal sleeping hours! I still haven’t quite figured out how to adjust completely!


  • Caitlin
    January 29, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    I tried the black tea latte from Sbucks this wknd and it was so good! I was going to try the vanilla but was unsure what rooibos was!!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    January 29, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    I LOVE Roobios tea, I’m excited that Starbucks has it. TJ makes a really great Red Roobios Chai.

    Wine while folding laundry?! THAT’S the secret to make it more enjoyable!

  • Maggie
    January 29, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Rooibos tea is the shizz. I love it. You should try a bunch of different kinds – I like the looseleaf kind that you put in a cloth teabag yourself. It’s so sweet even without sweetener!

  • girlatastartup
    January 29, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Rooibos is the best. It has much of the same antioxidants of green tea without the caffeine. Fab.

  • joyful
    January 29, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Girlfriends really do make our lives better – and it can be hard to make them once you’re out of college, I’m glad you have someone to connect with! Good luck with sleeping.

  • Ryane
    January 29, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I am also a big fan of the Vanilla Rooibos Latte! Yummmm – tomorrow seems like a good day to give in to this sudden craving for it!

  • VeggieGirl
    January 29, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    So fabulous!!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    January 29, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Glad you had so much fun!

    Good job honoring you body! That is what yoga is all about.

  • K
    January 29, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    I was wondering if the new bucks drinks were good – thanks for the heads up!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    January 29, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Ah I can TOTALLY relate to the girlfriend thing. I had a reeeally close group in HS and we would meet up again when we would be home on breaks during college but now we’re all over the place! Thankfully a bunch of us are meeting up in Atlanta to run the half marathon in March! yay!

  • polly
    January 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    hi jenna girl!
    Oh Esther… i love that story. I was in a Bible study and read through the book and discussed each week. It was pretty instense and amazing. I learned a TON! Now the Bible study leader, Karen, is in my weekly group yoga class!! I love it!! She is a beautiful yogini and woman who loves the Lord. How crazy how life works sometimes. I say go for Esther… it’s pretty cool.

    Oh I love your eats!! Have fun with R tomorrow and I hope you sleep tonight like a baby bear. 😉

    Prayers and hugs always, XOXO

  • brandi
    January 29, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    I haven’t done that Beth Moore study, but I love all her stuff so I’m sure it’s awesome!

    Glad you had a good afternoon 🙂

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    January 29, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    I’ve done yoga two nights in a row – from a non-frequent practicer – and I slept straight through the night both nights. That is UNHEARD of for me! I always wake up at least once. I think it was the yoga. 🙂

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    January 29, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    It’s so important to have close girlfriends! I’m trying to make more friends right now too, because I’ve noticed a void lately. I met up with a HS friend of mine last week after not seeing her for a long time, and we talked for hours! It was so fabulous 🙂

  • Meg
    January 29, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    What a great package from Quaker!

    I am so glad to hear the drink from Starbucks is good. I have been wanting to try it.

  • emily
    January 29, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I just wanted to thank you for recommending “Sarah’s Key,” a while back, I finished it in a day!

  • Deirdre
    January 29, 2009 at 8:36 pm

    I love all the Starbucks tea lattes! There is a Starbucks in my office building and I have to limit myself to one a week.
    Where would we be without our girlfriends?

  • kristi
    January 29, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Your dinner looks delish!! I have heard rooibos tea is really good and good for you but have never tried it I really want to now though!

  • Lisa
    January 29, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I’m glad you got to connect with a girlfriend! Everyone needs that face time! I’ve never done a study on Esther but I have done one on Ruth and that is definately one of my most favorite books in the Bible. ugh…it’s such a great love picture! I think I told you before but I’m doing a bible study with a friend on all the women in the bible. I’m really enjoying it!

  • Meagan
    January 29, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I am doing the Esther Bible study right now…my sweet grandma got it for me for Christmas. It is great so far…I’d highly recommend it! I’ve always loved the book of Esther but this is really helping me to learn a ton and apply it to my life.

    Also, those vanilla tea lattes are amazing! 🙂 Happy Friday!

  • Lisa
    January 29, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    this is for POLLY! I just was reading some of your blog for the first time and I really enjoy it! I saw you’re from indiana too? I wanted to leave a comment but couldn’t figure out where!? maybe I’m a blind…i don’t know but I wanted to start reading 1 corinthians in feb too! what a great idea 🙂

  • Sharon
    January 29, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    That is an awesome package from Quaker!
    And oh, enjoy your evening. Bubble bath sounds splendid!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    January 29, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Too spicy for you?!? Didn’t think that was possible. 🙂

    I’m glad you’ve connected with Sarah. Girls need other girls in their lives! Don’t know what I’d do without mine.

    Hope you feel well rested tomorrow.

  • Marissa
    January 29, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Yummy sounding tea!

  • Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday
    January 30, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Glad you had a nice time with Sarah!

  • Kate
    January 30, 2009 at 7:49 am

    I was at Starbucks yesterday and debated getting that! DANG-Yours looks MUCH better. I’ll have to try it! Happy Friday!

  • Anne P
    January 30, 2009 at 9:37 am

    oooooo i need to try that tea from starbucks when i’m back in the US!!! they don’t have it here yet!

  • Sarah M
    January 30, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I can’t wait to try the Rooibos latte. My bf is from South Africa and brings back a big box of Rooibos tea every time he goes back to visit. It’s so good!

  • Maureen
    January 30, 2009 at 10:13 am

    You eat buffalo? Just kidding. I’ll try that drink at Starbucks, but I’m curious what it is–latte or tea? Do they make the latte with tea?

  • Sarah W.
    January 30, 2009 at 11:20 am

    that salad looked delish!! enjoy the lunch date with ryan today!!

  • Cat
    January 30, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Try the green tea latte (venti soy, 6 scoops, no melon syrup)…also the London Fog is great if you like Earl Grey tea.

  • mytastytravels
    January 30, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    That tea sounds good, I’ll have to try it! How did you get so lucky with the package from Quaker??? That will be yummy 🙂

    • jenna
      January 30, 2009 at 1:27 pm


      Well Quaker sent me up to Chicago last fall for their convention and I’ve been sort of in the loop with them ever since! I can’t wait to try these pancakes!

  • bee
    January 30, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    my women’s bible study is doing the esther beth moore study and i think you’d really like it. it’s such a fascinating book and story.

  • Danielle
    January 30, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Yay for girlfriends. I don’t know what I would do without mine. Glad you found someone you have so much in common with, hope you find a bible study you both enjoy.
    Oh and I love Danielle Steel novels, she was my mom’s favorite author when she was younger and actually named me after her, so i kind of felt like I had to read her books. They are fun fast reads.

  • Ashley
    January 30, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    so glad you had a great time with your new gf 🙂 thats so much fun! i am loving that new starbucks tea too! buffalo chicken is lookin pretty yummy!

  • Elina (Healthy and Sane)
    January 30, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    That’s so great that you found a new girlfriend. It’s definitely harder to meet new people as an adult!
    I can’t wait to try the buffalo chicken recipe!!