Breakfast/ Lunch

Home on a Friday!

Hey guys! Happy FRIIIIIIIIDAY! =)
Well, I made it home alright :). SO glad to be here! No matter what, it’s always nice to go home. When I got home around 5:45, Ryan was still at work but Dexter was right here waiting for me!! I just love that little black furry beast. He’s been following me around the condo ever since I walked through the door.

Today was a short and fun day at work. Adam let me go at 2:00 because I was starting to run on overtime. Worked for me though because I got an early start to my drive and got home while the sun was still out! This morning I made a big bowl of old fashioned oatmeal on the stove to start off my Friday.


I used 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup silk, 1 banana, some dried cherries and a big spoonful of peanut butter. Delish.

For lunch I had PIZZA! I convinced Adam to make his aaaaamazing goat cheese/spinach/mushroom pizza again and it was every bit as delicious as last week. I had two big slices and a third that was mainly crust.


I knew pizza was coming, so all I brought were snackies today. An apple, a yogurt and some grapes. I had the apple with my pizza and the yogurt and grapes mid-morning.


When I got off work, I raced home, threw my suitcase in the car and got on the road. I snacked on a pb&j on an Arnold’s Sandwich Thin along the way:


And yes, those are my hot chef pants you see here.

It’s 6:30 here and I’m waiting on Ryan to get home. He commutes to work everyday in St.Pete and on Fridays especially, traffic is a pain. I think we are going out to eat here though later! The Columbia is one of my favorite restaurants EVER. I love it for so many reasons……the amazing 1905 salad, spicy rice and beans and, of course, the mojitos they make at the table complete with sugar cane and tons of mint!! Oh my gosh…many a crazy night has been over those mojito pitchers. πŸ˜‰ Tonight won’t be really crazy though since I’m exhausted, Ryan is exhausted (he has a tough life and went to the World Series yet again last night) and we are on a strict budget.

I’ll post dinner either tonight or if I pass out as soon as we get home, tomorrow morning. In the meantime, here’s today’s work recap!

Today I got pizza for lunch AND Adam canceled the deep clean because we were so busy! What a Friday, huh?! Works for me! When I got in, I immediately baked some pumpkin bread:


A member actually wanted to BUY a loaf of my pumpkin bread! Not that I get to keep the proceeds because it goes to the club, but its still pretty cool!

Adam and I also poached off the 50 pears that I meticulously peeled and cored for hours on end yesterday:


We poached them in red wine with orange peel and spices. They are for a rehearsal dinner tonight and will be served with gingerbread for a holiday themed dessert. (is it just me or can anyone else not believe at all it’s just about holiday season??!!)

I also made the club’s signature chocolate mousse for another special dinner tonight:


And that’s all I got! I didn’t bother taking pictures of me rolling soft white rolls for two hours or baking off cheddar wafers—both which took a good part of the morning up but yall have seen those before so they aren’t very exciting. I DID work a ton on my “special surprise” that I will be unveiling tomorrow evening! I guess you will have to wait til then to see! πŸ˜‰

Alright—I’m gonna go get purdy for the boy. Can’t believe I’ve been gone a month! Oh, and here’s the BEST news! Adam gave me Monday off as well so I get three nights at home and will be heading back Monday morning instead of rushing back Sunday afternoon! Yay!! πŸ™‚

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  • hk
    October 24, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    ya!! home time, enjoy the monday off, too πŸ™‚

  • Katie
    October 24, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    I LOVE the Columbia! I go to the Clearwater location when I visit my Grandparents. You should try the sangria, the one with champagne is amazing. And the crab dip is great too and did I mention the hot bread??:)

  • Nicole
    October 24, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Enjoy your weekend!!!

  • justjen
    October 24, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Enjoy your weekend and your boy and the furry beast!

  • Justy2003
    October 25, 2008 at 12:00 am

    Yum…that pizza again! Makes my mouth water!
    Enjoy your weekend with Ryan and Dexter! I did the long distance thing for quite a while so I know how hard it can be to be apart. But it makes the times you DO see each other so much better!
    Also, just curious, what does Ryan do? Maybe you’ve mentioned it before? He seems to go to a lot of sporting events for work (lucky guy!) so I assume it’s something with sports, but just wondering!

  • Lee
    October 25, 2008 at 12:00 am

    happy friday Jenna!!!

  • VeggieGirl
    October 25, 2008 at 12:02 am

    HELL YES for a short & fun day at work, days off next week, baking lots of delectable treats (yet again, haha), and…. FRIDAYS!!!!! Enjoy πŸ˜€

  • VeggieGirl
    October 25, 2008 at 12:03 am

    P.S. – Can’t wait to find out your β€œspecial surprise”!!!

  • Alex
    October 25, 2008 at 12:05 am

    I LOVE the Columbia!
    and you just named my favorite things on the menu!
    My family has been going down to Florida for summer break since I was little, so the Columbia has been ingrained in my childhood memories!

  • Megan
    October 25, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Glad you arrived safely. Have a blast! Can’t wait to see the surprise!

  • Sammie
    October 25, 2008 at 12:26 am

    I hope you have an awesome weekend – you totally deserve it. Enjoy your dinner out and especially being with your man.

  • Mariposa
    October 25, 2008 at 12:44 am

    Have a great weekend, you definitely deserve the time off! from what i can see you work your butt of in the kitchen.. get Ryan to pamper you some this weekend! : )

  • Runjen
    October 25, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Hope you have a great weekend with your boy!

  • Mara
    October 25, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Enjoy the time off!! My sister is a pastry chef as well, and I know she totally treasures her time off!
    Your breakfast looks divine… I must get more nut butters!
    I normally don’t put exclamation points at the end of every sentence, but food…well, you know… food’s my thing.

  • Kimberly
    October 25, 2008 at 2:22 am

    I love the Columbia!! I grew up going to the one in St. Augustine…. now that I’m no longer in FL, I dream of that 1905 salad!

    I’m so glad you’ve been reunited with Dexter – he must be thrilled! Oh, yeah, Ryan must be sort of happy to see you, too πŸ™‚

  • Biz
    October 25, 2008 at 2:45 am

    Glad you get the extra day!

    And if I were there, I would pay for the pumpkin bread too!

    Hope you had fun tonight! πŸ˜€

  • ashley
    October 25, 2008 at 2:57 am

    Columbia Restaurant? I am jealous! That’s my favorite restaurant! I hope you enjoyed it.

    Have you heard of It’s put on by Columbia’s owner. Let me know if you decide to run!

  • Alexia
    October 25, 2008 at 3:10 am

    Have a great weekend at home! Enjoy Monday off from work as well πŸ™‚

  • Meghann
    October 25, 2008 at 3:27 am

    I’m glad you made it safe and sound to Tampa. Enjoy your weekend off, you deserve it!

  • Cat
    October 25, 2008 at 4:03 am

    Yay for a short Friday, a weekend at home with Ryan, and Monday off! That’s amazing!! Live it up! That pizza looks so delicious, and that mousse too. I wish I could find those sandwich thins at my grocery store. You and Tina (carrotsncake) make them look so good and like such a convenient snack item. Have a great weekend, Jenna!

  • kat
    October 25, 2008 at 4:40 am

    hi jenna! i love your blog so much!! i’ve been reading for the past few weeks but this is the first time i’ve left a comment. πŸ™‚ i have a question for you: approximately how many calories do you eat per day? and what’s your net calorie intake? thanks in advance for your response!!

    have a GREAT weekend with your boyfriend! a well deserved break! your delish whoopie pies look SO GOOD! you should start a baking service because i’d pay top dollar to have you send some to me!!

  • Moran
    October 25, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Enjoy your weekend at home, Jenna!
    Can’t wait to hear about the SURPRISE!

  • Sarah (now in FL)
    October 25, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    I went to the Columbia in Clearwater a few weeks ago…it’s right on the water and so pretty (though I guess it lacks the appeal of the Ybor one…) I did not like my main dish (it was their mahi special and the sauce was good but the fish underneath was flavorless) but I consumed ALL the “good rice” (and I usually hate rice) and my side dish of plantains–mmm! (It still counts as a fruit serving, even if carmellized and fried! haha) I hope you had a great time…and they have a lot of their recipes online, I don’t know if you saw those on their website, but I am hoping to make their famous black bean soup soon!

  • Erica
    October 25, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Can I say it again, I LOVE PIZZA! Have a wonderful weekend at home, girlie!

  • jenna
    October 25, 2008 at 1:55 pm


    Thanks for your comment! As for my caloric intake, I do not count calories in any way so I can’t give you a real number. I can say that I think I consume, on average, about 2000 calories per day but again, I don’t keep track. I probably eat more on my running days and less on my non-workout days. Sorry for the lack of a real answer, but I’m a firm believer AGAINST counting calories—I say just eat healthy food when you are hungry, stop when you are full and enjoy everything in moderation! Oh, and workout!