Dessert/ Dinner

Hot and Cold

Have I ever mentioned how much I just love autumn? Sadly it’s still about 95 degrees outside here (and will remain so for at least the next two months), but I still take the time to honor the seasons with the beginning of my soup making!


I love cooking soup for myself. In fact, it might just be my favorite thing to make. I love the preparation, the chopping of the vegetables, the stirring on the stove. I love that you eat it with bread, another one of my favorite things, and that is always warms me up (I’m always cold). I bought my first butternut squash of the season last week with the intention of making one of my favorite bowls of soup—Chunky Lentil Soup. I really love this soup. It’s actually more of a stew now that I think about it. It’s chock full of good-for-you-things like lentils, butternut squash and tomatoes. And so easy to make. I pulled this dinner together in 30 minutes. Call me Rachel Ray.


I also had a slice of the whole wheat foccacia that I made at school last month and froze with some light laughing cow smeared on top. Perfecto.

After I ate dinner I looked at the clock and realized what a total dork I was because it was only 5:45. My body is used to having to eat at 5:00 every night for school and now that I don’t have school at night anymore I will have to train it to wait a little while! Not tonight I guess! So……..I went on a gelato excursion to Whole Foods and look what I came back with!


One glorious scoop of mint and one of dark chocolate. Amazing. Amazing! What’s even MORE amazing was that they have all the ingredients listed under the type of gelato and the only ingredients for these were “sugar, mint (or chocolate), guar gum and skim milk”. THAT’S IT! No heavy cream, no egg yolks…it’s practically a health food!! 😉

This afternoon I snacked on a half cup of cottage cheese with some canned peaches (in juice), strawberries and a spoonful of flax:


Tomorrow is my first day of Cost Control and Wine class. It might take my body a little while to get used to this new schedule because I have to wake up at 6 am and won’t be home until 1:00 for lunch. There will definitely be a hefty mid-morning snack included in my days!

Have a super relaxing Sunday evening y’all….see you bright and early in the a.m.!


Hi everyone—I just got word that my very close friend Wendy’s boyfriend’s family (catch that?!) was involved in a huge tragedy up in Alaska last month. Her boyfriend’s father and brother went camping about 20 miles from Juneau and never returned….almost 5,000 miles of search and rescue have been done over the past couple weeks but no one has found anything. Here is the website for the search with news and updates. Wendy has not lost hope yet and neither have I. She is asking for all thoughts and prayers to be with Brian and Brandon wherever they are. Wendy is one of my best friends and my sorority sister. She lives in Alaska.

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  • VeggieGirl
    September 7, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    If you were Rachael Ray, you’d call that meal a “stoup,” and shout, “YUM-O!!” 😉

    Enjoy the rest of your evening!!

  • Christie I.
    September 7, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Thanks for the lentil stew/soup recipe. I have been wanting to make some with fall starting. I love butternut squash so this recipe is perfect!

  • caitlin (see bride run)
    September 7, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    have fun at wine class!! i cant wait to see the pictures 😀

  • Kath
    September 8, 2008 at 12:30 am

    I’m so with you on the soup making process!!

    Sorry to hear about Wendy and her family. ((Hugs)) to her from me.

  • Megan
    September 8, 2008 at 12:31 am

    Wow I wish my Whole Foods had gelato it looks amazing!!! I’m very jealous!

  • HangryPants
    September 8, 2008 at 12:32 am

    Those are some pretty impressive ingredients on the gelato.

    I am sorry to hear about your friend. I will keep her in my thoughts.


  • caitlin (see bride run)
    September 8, 2008 at 12:45 am

    people survive insane things… i am keeping your friend’s boyfriend’s family in my thoughts and prayer.

  • Alli W.
    September 8, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Pass along my thoughts and prayers to Wendy and her boyfriend’s family.

  • Alyssa
    September 8, 2008 at 12:52 am

    I’ll keep them in my thoughts and prayers! Good luck at school, I start back tomorrow too, I missed last week 😛

  • Lauren
    September 8, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Oh wow… your friend’s boyfriend and his family must be in agony. Are the missing men experienced campers/outdoorsmen? It is certainly possible that they have been living off of the land by hunting and foraging for the past couple of weeks. At least it is summer – so the temperature is on their side. Reading your post immediately called to my mind the story of Chris McCandless, (Into The Wild), a young man who survived for 4 months in the Alaskan wilderness. I will definitely keep these two men in my thoughts.

  • jenna
    September 8, 2008 at 1:24 am

    Thank you, everyone!! And yes, Lauren, they were both excellent pilots and definitely outdoorsmen as well. Wendy said that if ANYONE could survive out there, it would be them. The son is 24 and the dad is 56 I believe. Unfortunately it’s getting cold up there now (already in the low 50’s) and the cost guard has called off the search. We are still hoping and praying though that they are still out there fighting…

  • Jess.
    September 8, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Wow- i am so sorry to hear about your friends boyfriends family. That’s scary. I will def keep them in my thoughts.
    I also just had to mention how much i really love soup season as well- a couple of weekends ago i started making and freezing soup. I made the vegetarian split pea soup that you made (so easy and yummy) and i also made some carrot ginger soup and some 3 bean chilli! all stocked up in the freezer for school nights when i don’t have much time to cook and really want a hot homemade bowl of soup!

  • LT
    September 8, 2008 at 1:31 am

    wow, that’s horrible. definitely one of those things you never expect to happen to someone you know. i’ll pray for them.

  • Megan
    September 8, 2008 at 1:35 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with your friend and her family!!!

  • emily
    September 8, 2008 at 1:49 am

    That is terrible – I will keep Wendy and her boyfriend in my thoughts.

  • ModelBehavior
    September 8, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Those glade candles are amazing, they make the whole house smell amazing!

    My prayers are with our friend 🙁

  • Sammie
    September 8, 2008 at 2:09 am

    What an awful situation your friend is being faced with – why are they calling off the search? I will keep her & the 2 men in my thoughts, I wish the best outcome for them all.

  • Anita
    September 8, 2008 at 2:19 am

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend’s family. I will keep them in my thoughts.

  • Little Black Dress
    September 8, 2008 at 2:53 am

    Keeping Wendy and her family in my prayers- I am so very sorry to hear that.

    Jenna, love all your new picks, and love the soup! I can’t wait to try it!

  • Lyn
    September 8, 2008 at 3:26 am

    That soup looks incredible!! I am making that this week. Thanks!

  • ttfn300
    September 8, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    i feel the same way about soup! maybe my new whole foods will have gelato…

    I’ll keep wendy and her family in my thoughts as they go through this difficult time

  • Erica
    September 8, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Your soup looks amazing. I am so ready for fall!

    I am so sorry to hear about your friend’s “family.” I will keep them all in my thought and prayers for a safe return and peace and comfort for those still looking. *hugs*

  • Katie M
    September 9, 2008 at 4:02 am

    It’s a small world…I know (of) the family that you mention. My husband is from Juneau, and he was friends with the brothers…
    We have been following the story, hoping for some good news.