Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch


Hi guys!

Thank you to everyone that participated in the second Sonoma County Restaurant Week giveaway! Keep on telling me your favorite meal….I’ll pick a winner randomly in the morning 🙂

Today was fun. I met with my friend Marcy and we tore apart about 40 pages of my book while sitting drinking chai at a great little coffee shop in Sebastopol. Having someone read your work and give you constructive criticism helps SO MUCH. She found things that I never would have with my own eyes because when its your own writing you often miss out on words you overuse and grammatical errors. For instance, apparently I am obsessed with the word however. Marcy actually circled every time I used that word and one time I had used it five times on the same page!!! I was dying laughing.

Lunch was a pita with hummus, grape tomatoes and goat milk cheddar:


Plus (you guessed it) another kiwi:


When I got home later I snacked on millet toast with ab + jam before heading out on an hour bike ride. Interested in my training? Shawn, my coach, has put together some free 12 week cycling training plans similar to my own plan for those that would like to come along for the ride 😉


When I got home from my ride I fixed a quick dinner of some soup:


And a piece of TJ’s garlic naan bread. I feel like my meals have been lame lately but if you could only see the inside of my fridge you would understand. Seriously, all I have left in the fridge right now is about a tablespoon of chia seeds, four kiwis (obviously) and a little yogurt. I haven’t wanted to go to the grocery store though because I’m going out of town this weekend.

More bunnies for dessert:


tomorrow I shall see SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The last time I really hung out in the snow was, errrr, when I was 17 and on my junior class trip to the mountains in upstate New York. What can I say? I’m a Florida girl. I’ve never skied, never snowboarded and have been sledding like…once in my life. While on said class trip I did go snowshoeing and I remember LOVING it though. So this weekend, about ten of us rented this big house up in Tahoe City and I’m totally stoked to make a snow angel. Let the games begin!

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  • Angharad (Eating for England)
    February 25, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I am so jealous of your weekend in Tahoe! That is going to be just brilliant. Isn’t it amazing how well other people can edit your work?! I remember having my dissertation edited and being like, “Wha?!” to all the ridiculous things I had missed!

  • Crunchy Granola Gal
    February 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    headed to vermont this weekend — not as sweet as west coast skiing, but with all this fresh snow it should be pretty sweet. enjoy!

  • BethT
    February 25, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Have a great time in tahoe! The lake is amazing.

  • Michelle
    February 25, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Tahoe is AMAZING!!! Hope you have a great time!!

  • Michelle
    February 25, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Tahoe is AMAZING!!! Hope you have a great time!!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    February 25, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    My fridge is completely empty right now too. No dairy, no produce, no chocolate! =] Thankfully tomorrow’s grocery shopping day. Have fun in the snow!

  • Karen
    February 25, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    would love to hop on board with the training, that is if it ever gets above 50!!!!!

  • Tara
    February 25, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    You are going to have a blast!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    February 25, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    It’s the week leading up to Spring Break so I am trying to eat up everything in my fridge now. I wish I had a family to feed or sumthin’!

  • Allison (Eat Clean Live Green)
    February 25, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Toast and jam is one of my favourite snacks ever. Toast and anything, really 😉

    Have a great trip!

  • Ameena
    February 25, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I am so obsessed with the word however and I think I overuse commas too. So great that you have someone to help you with that kind of stuff!

    Have a great time in the snow…should be a good storm headed our way tomorrow!

  • Ellie Lawrence (marathonrunningrd)
    February 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Snow sounds about like the last thing I want now. But it could be because that is all I have had this winter. Yuck! Snow isn’t pretty when it’s dirty

  • Stef
    February 25, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    have fun in tahoe!! i tend to abuse certain words too, however is one of them! always great to get feedback on writing, and over a cup of chai? even better!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    February 25, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Wow, you’re the only person I know right now that’s excited about snow! lol
    No need to apologize for “lame” meals. They look good to me 😀

  • Andrea
    February 25, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Sledding only once?!?! Oh my goodness, I’m sooo sorry! Sledding is soo much fun!!! 🙂

  • Adam
    February 25, 2010 at 9:57 pm

    That sounds freaking awesome! I bet you will love snowboarding, and i hear Tahoe has some great runs! Have fun 🙂

  • Jamie @ Tearaveler
    February 25, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Never went sledding?!! A part of me just died inside… I feel like you missed out on one of the highlights of my childhood! We had sledding parties, races, iced-down sledding paths we made down the hill, jumps… you’ve probably never made a snowman either, huh? I miss the MinneSnowta =(. But I hope you have fun in Tahoe! The boarding was great the last time I was there. Ahh, I love the snow =)

  • Freya @
    February 26, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Wow what an awesome weekend you have lined up, you’re so lucky!! I would love to go skiinng or something, but I know I’d be the doof who embaresses everyone by being so bad 😛

  • Anne
    February 26, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Haha. We could switch places; I’m from Finland and we have 80cm snow at the moment and more is coming all the time. I would LOVE to be a Florida girl, I’ve always said I was born in the wrong country 🙂

  • Tracy
    February 26, 2010 at 1:50 am

    Hi Jenna,
    I have been reading your blog for almost a year now, however I believe this is my first comment! Anyway, I am commenting because I live in Tahoe City…well, technically about 2.5 miles outside of it…..I was actually born and raised here, left for college, and somehow made my way back, go figure! Anyway, I will be around all weekend, so if you have any questions/need recommendations on the area, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email! The snow is great right now, and more is on the way. I know you will love Tahoe, you camera is going to get some serious exercise 🙂
    Enjoy your trip, hope to hear from you!

  • GurlOnA"Diet"
    February 26, 2010 at 2:45 am

    haha i love snow because NO SCHOOL for the SECOND day in the row! five day weekend! gotta love the northeast haha

    i’ve never gone skiing…have gone sleddingthough! i’m gonna try to get to the slopes and learn next winter!

  • ~Jessica~
    February 26, 2010 at 3:15 am

    Haha, I know the feeling about repetitive phrases popping up when you write. In both my creative fiction and my thesis, I find that I reiterate the same point over and over again. I’m sure the quality of your writing overall is fantastic though, particularly if the blog is anything to go by.

    Good luck with your training!


  • Tania @ Moment Anew
    February 26, 2010 at 3:19 am

    Have fun in Tahoe! I just got back from a couple days at a spa in eastern Ontario and there was snow EVERYWHERE!:

    Hope you have a great time! 🙂

  • christie, honoring health
    February 26, 2010 at 3:22 am

    Hope you have a fabulous time in Tahoe!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    February 26, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Have a great time – I wish I could never see snow again at this point.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    February 26, 2010 at 3:27 am

    Lake Tahoe is easily one of my favorite places on the planet, during any time of the year. You will have a wonderful time, if not for the scenery alone. Add in friends, snow, and a cabin…you’ll be rolling in good times! Have a blast!

  • Becky
    February 26, 2010 at 3:51 am

    Some of my best memories were made on the mountains! My friends and I loved renting ski houses and being outside all day and cozy by the fire at night. It will be a wonderful weekend! Have a blast!

  • Cyndi
    February 26, 2010 at 4:06 am

    I’ll trade a little Boston snow for some California ocean and sunshine!

    Can’t wait to read your book – thanks for sharing the process!

  • Cyndi
    February 26, 2010 at 4:06 am

    I’ll trade a little Boston snow for some California ocean and sunshine!

    Can’t wait to read your book – thanks for sharing the process!

  • Karla
    February 26, 2010 at 4:06 am

    Have a great time in Tahoe!
    I’m in Upstate NY now and we got a TON of snow! Morning classes were cancelled, which exciting because this campus has only cancelled classes 3 times because of snow in it’s entire history!!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    February 26, 2010 at 4:13 am

    I have the matching small bowl for that plate! So cute and Eastery!

    Have a GREAT time in Tahoe!!!

  • eliza
    February 26, 2010 at 4:18 am

    Come take some of this snow from Maine, I won’t mind, promise 🙂

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    February 26, 2010 at 4:24 am

    That sounds like so much fun, have a blast!

  • k
    February 26, 2010 at 4:32 am

    stumbled upon your blog a few days ago and wanted to tell you that i love it!

    i use the word “however” too much too…however, that doesn’t preclude good writing…right?

    you’re inspiring me to start training for that single-speed century ride i promised myself i’ll do last year. now if only my knees can keep up…

  • Allie
    February 26, 2010 at 4:44 am

    i love how you eat on papertowels…because sometimes i do too and i don’t feel so bad about it now!

  • amanda
    February 26, 2010 at 4:52 am

    This weekend sounds like fun, enjoy yourself!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    February 26, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Woohoo…have fun playing in the snow! I adore snowshoeing and I used to love cross-country skiing. 😀

  • Abby
    February 26, 2010 at 5:07 am

    I had to laugh with “However,” as that’s one of my default phrases as well (along with “Anyway” and “At any rate”). I don’t use this in my everyday speech, so I’m not sure why I do in print! A fresh set of eyes brings a fresh set of perspective. Have a great weekend!

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    February 26, 2010 at 5:17 am

    I went to Tahoe in May 2006 for my aunt’s wedding and we LOVED it!! I cannot wait to go back, it’s so beautiful and so fun. There’s a seafood restaurant on the water and in May when it’s about 60, you can still see snow capped mountains. It’s GORGEOUS!! I can’t wait to see/hear all about your weekend!

  • Mae
    February 26, 2010 at 5:34 am

    Hahha I use the same word a lot when I write two. However is an easy one to over use- I’m notorious for also. (I usually go back through my papers and change all the also’s to different things!)

    Have fun this weekend. Snow is so much fun!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    February 26, 2010 at 6:05 am

    Gotta love partner-editing:) Glad it was so useful to you!
    You’re going to have so much fun at Lake Tahoe this weekend! I’ve so jealous – I’ve never been!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    February 26, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Yay have fun girl!!! I can’t imagine not seeing snow for that long!

  • Sophie @ yumventures
    February 26, 2010 at 6:11 am

    Enjoy the snow…we have a lot of it here in the Northeast =)

  • Monica @ Musings of the Granola Girl
    February 26, 2010 at 6:13 am

    TJ’s Split Pea soup is my favorite quick-i-don’t-have-time-to-cook meal 🙂 Their Naan is amazing too!
    Crazy that you haven’t seen snow in such a long time! I wish that was the case for me, but you can’t avoid it in the midwest :/ Have fun!

  • diana(mymarblerye)
    February 26, 2010 at 6:32 am

    i have a feeling your weekend is gonna contain tons of gorgeous pictures, tons of sore leg muscle comments, and tons of great eats. Enjoy yourself!

  • MMiller
    February 26, 2010 at 6:37 am

    Have a blast this weekend in Tahoe! And be careful! You are going to love it! And going with a big group of friends will make it even better! Can’t wait to hear all about it! And oh…the pictures!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    February 26, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Have fun in Tahoe and enjoy the snow. I’ve heard it’s great but I can’t say I’m jealous. With this winter, I’m over snow. I’m jealous of your California weather!

  • Andrea
    February 26, 2010 at 6:45 am

    SO exciting! Your trip to Tahoe sounds like such a fun getaway! Have a wonderful day!

  • Shannon, Tropical Eats
    February 26, 2010 at 6:46 am

    I’ve never gone skiing either! Your trip should be lots of fun 🙂

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    February 26, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Yay have a good weekend in the snow! Can’t wait to see some pictures.

  • Eve
    February 26, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Have an awesome time in Tahoe and with the snow 🙂 We have gotten so much snow over the past day here in NYC, i’m desperately hoping my flight tonight gets out for Florida! I’m in need of some warm weather.

  • Emily
    February 26, 2010 at 7:05 am

    hey! we were just in tahoe over new years and it was a blast! you have to hit up the sushi joint naked fishes.. (i think thats the name, close to anyway) it was so busy the whole week we were there, but SO worth the wait!! YUMMY! HAVE FUN!

  • Jessica
    February 26, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Hope you have fun! Take lots of pictures!

  • Daisy
    February 26, 2010 at 7:21 am

    HOWEVER, I was editing my blog post last night and I had to edit out like 3 howevers. hahahaha. its just such a nice transition word…..and, you are not the only one!!

  • Daisy
    February 26, 2010 at 7:21 am

    HOWEVER, I was editing my blog post last night and I had to edit out like 3 howevers. hahahaha. its just such a nice transition word…..and, you are not the only one!!

  • Tina
    February 26, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Have fun on the trip. I’ve lived in GA my entire life and not really traveled to colder places, so I have never seen a ton of snow either. It has always sounded like a lot of fun though!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    February 26, 2010 at 7:25 am

    i’m so excited to see your trip to tahoe…that’s going to be so fun! hope you have a blast in the snow 🙂

  • eatmovelove
    February 26, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Naan bread rocks!!!

  • ellen eats beets
    February 26, 2010 at 7:35 am

    That naan looks so yummy! I’m always kind of weirded out by prepackaged naan, but the TJ’s one looks fabulous!

  • katherine
    February 26, 2010 at 7:39 am

    Have a great time in Tahoe! And if you’re craving more snow after your trip, stop by NYC again – we’ve got mounds of it and it’s still falling!

  • Erin
    February 26, 2010 at 7:45 am

    oh, how I love Tahoe! You know, there is a 100-mile bike ride around the Lake in June – America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride.;jsessionid=D38BD066B82A9260ADB25796BF471EDD

    I thought about doing it this year, but am doing the Grand Canyon hike instead. yay for adventures!

  • Catherine
    February 26, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Have an awesome time in Tahoe!! I’m from NYC like the commenter above and second her comment! For the first time ever, my office is actually CLOSED due to snow. Crazy.

  • Kelly
    February 26, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I really really love TJ’s organic split pea soup. My coworkers commented on how delicious it smelled the first time I nuked it in the microwave at work, then proceeded to look at me like I had two heads when I told them what it was.

    Speaking of which, where do you buy split peas? I’ve looked and haven’t found them yet. I’d really like to make a homemade version soon.

  • Anna
    February 26, 2010 at 8:25 am

    I can’t wait to see Tahoe pictures! I’m camping there this summer to do my thesis research and I’m super excited 🙂

  • Em
    February 26, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I love hummus! Do you make your own or buy it? I’ve tried to make my own but have not had much luck…

    Enjoy your weekend!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    February 26, 2010 at 8:46 am

    You’ll never be the same after some fun with the snow. Just be glad you don’t have to shovel it. That makes it the most fun.

  • LisaR.
    February 26, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Sounds like an awesome trip! I too haven’t been skiing since I went on a trip with my high school. But snow, oh I see that every couple days or so now (New England weather!) It’s actually snowing now outside of my window..LOL!


  • Kelly
    February 26, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Oh man girl, come up here to Philly and you’ll be so sick of snow.

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year)
    February 26, 2010 at 9:35 am

    I think your meals have looked great! That naan looks absolutely delicious and you’re really making me want to buy some goat cheese!

    Enjoy the snow … I’m in Canada, so I’ve seen it for the last 3 months already. 🙂


  • Kalli@fitandfortysomething
    February 26, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Everytime you mention Sebastopol it takes me back. I used to bike race a bit when I lived in Truckee and one of the races I did was in Santa Rosa called the WIne Country Classic. Well i had a HORRIBLE crash and ended up in the ER in Sebastopol. It was the best little hometown hospital. Even though it was a terrible event I have fond memories of that hospital and the surgeon who fixed me up.

    Have fun in Tahoe-my old stomping grouds!
    Where are you skiing?

  • bonnie
    February 26, 2010 at 9:57 am

    That split pea soup is good, but really low-calorie. Is there a reason your meals are so light lately? You’re exercising more, but eating so much less!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    February 26, 2010 at 10:03 am

    That’s so true re others with a good eye reading your work–so helpful. It takes a newbie Californian to remind us ‘lifers’ what’s so cool about the Golden State. One day the beach–the next up skiing. I love this place..she said–spiritually kissing the ground.

  • rebecca
    February 26, 2010 at 10:32 am

    growing up in the foothills of nor cal, i can tell you, you’re gonna love tahoe, or as we refer to the lake, the big blue pill. it’s completely therapeutic and re-energizes the soul any time of year!

  • Dess
    February 26, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Hi Jenna, I love your blog. Is your friend an editor? How do you know who to trust your writing with? And how long will your book be?
    When you type do you double-space or not?
    I am a high-school student and curious. Thank you Jenna.


  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    February 26, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Love that split pea soup from TJs. It’s the closest thing I can find to my childhood obsession with Campbells Green Pea soup. I like to stir in a blog of Greek yo, and a squirt of lemon…

  • Jil
    February 26, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Mmm, I’ve been seeing soup on everyone’s blogs!! It makes me want some … NOW! haha

  • eatingRD
    February 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    thanks for the training link 🙂 and have a great weekend in Tahoe, I miss that place!

  • Stacey
    February 26, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    I love annie’s bunnies, it’s like being a kid but without all the perservatives.

  • Amanda
    February 26, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    I know it’s ironic but … I live in Buffalo, NY and I don’t ski, snowboard, snowshoe or do any winter sport for that matter. My winter activities include putting on sweatshirts, running to the car, brushing the car off and repeating. Yup. Good thing I can drive well in the snow huh?

  • mallory
    February 28, 2010 at 6:23 am

    my favorite meal…. chicken cooked in butter and garlic with fresh roma tomatos added near the end, then covered in lots of whole milk mozarella cheese and served with rutabaga fries sprinled with chili/paprika/salt….or simple scrambled eggs in lotsa butter…haha