Is it Naptime Yet?

Yaaaaawn! I’ve been so sleepy all day! Yesterday I felt at the top of my game, full of energy and bouncy…and then today I want to take a nap. I didn’t sleep that well though last night (Dexter kept trying to climb up my curtains…….) so I think that’s what it is. However, my lunch of leftovers was actually really good and super filling. I am never that excited about leftovers but today at work I added some Sriracha (hot chili sauce) and the combo of the chicken and brown rice kept me going all afternoon. I did get hungry exactly on the dot, three hours later, but my snack came in handy and all was good! My body seems perfectly trained to eat every three hours. I don’t even do it intentionally! It’s always good to have that kind of routine though I think.

Dinner tonight was a little less than exciting but tomorrow we are having lunch and dinner out with my friend and her boyfriend so I know it will be more of a splurge day. Tonight I just had a lean turkey burger with a whole lotta’ asian veggies and a slice of my whole wheat bread I baked last night with a laughing cow cheese on top. I broiled the bread so it got nice and toasty and it was like eating an open faced grilled cheese.


For a snack later I’m bringing this yummy Balance bar. I was super impressed by the flavor I had last weekend (cherry pecan, I think?) and I’m hoping this banana one won’t disappoint.


I’m not really looking forward to tonight as I was for bread. Tonight we have to make and present two plated desserts. Each are to be creme brulee, but the desserts each must have three components and they have to be all different. I’ve decided to bake chocolate almond biscotti and glaze strawberries to go alongside my first creme brulee and then just go with glazed raspberries and toasted almonds for the second one. I didn’t want to choose something too complicated or something I’ve never done before when it really matters for an important grade. It might be a later night than the past couple nights, just fighting for oven space with the rest of my class, but Ryan is coming later so at least I have something to look forward to!

Have a splendid Friday evening—see you tomorrow!

Edited at 10:00 pm to add:

Here’s my yummy creme brulee (with biscotti, glazed berries and toasted almond slices):


I think tonight was definitely my best night so far, even though I burned my forearms about five times in the process. My creme brulees actually came out flawless and my torching job was finally even (it looks much darker in this picture). I baked a dark chocolate almond biscotti to accompany one of them and it turned out great as well. I got my grades back from the bread day and was disappointed again…..on my baguettes I actually got a 4 out of 10 on one of the categories (I told you they grade hard!!!!!). Hopefully tonight recovered me a bit. Oh, and the Banana Cashew Balance Bar is officially my newest obsession. It was the most amazing bar I have ever put it my mouth. I was starving when I ate it at 7:45 and now its 10:00 and I’m still fine. It was very chewy, sweet and filling. I wish I could order them by the box!!!!!!

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  • Meghan
    August 1, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    Mmm, sometimes simple meals are really the most satisfying!

    I have a question for everyone; do you think it’s possible that some people just simply require more calories to function? I either run or walk for about 30-60 minutes most days besides being fairly active around the house. I make sure to take in anywhere from 1800-2400 calories a day in the form of whole foods with all of my meals and snacks containing at least some whole grain, fiber, protein and healthy fat. The problem is that I’m always hungry! (grumbling tummy, headache, feeling weak…so I know it’s real hunger and not just emotional hunger). I’ve always been like this, and I’ve also always been almost underweight, if not actually so. Anyways, back to my original question, I guess I’m just curious about if some people actually need more food to “survive” or I’m just making it all up in my head?

    Sorry that was so long, but I’ve googled it and everything but I’m having trouble finding answers so I figured what better group to ask than the smart ladies on this blog?!

  • C
    August 2, 2008 at 12:26 am

    Good luck with your creme brulee!

  • nicole r.
    August 2, 2008 at 12:32 am

    hi meghan–
    yes, that’s perfectly normal!! just means you have an extremely fast metabolism (lucky girl!!). that means first, you burn through/process your food much quicker than most people, and second, you may have an elevated basal metabolic rate, meaning your body burns more calories just to function and live than most other people’s bodies do. have you ever had your thyroid levels checked? you may be hyperthyroid, but most likely you just have an above average metabolism, which is the case for most/all “naturally thin” people.

  • Tracey
    August 2, 2008 at 2:10 am

    Hi Jenna! Beautiful creme brulees – and very nicely presented with the fruit and biscotti!
    Look, wishes do come true… http://www.allstarhealth.com/f/balance_bar-pure.htm


  • Alicia
    August 2, 2008 at 3:12 am

    Culinary schools sounds tough. 🙁 Never mind about your grade for your bread night and just focus on the rest. At least your creme brulees came out nicely 🙂 Just hang in there.

  • hk
    August 2, 2008 at 11:52 am

    such pretty brulees! Biscotti looks perfect, too 🙂 Keep truckin’, I’m so impressed with EVERYTHING you churn out, lit all ooks awesome!

  • Christie
    August 2, 2008 at 12:21 pm


    How r u the nutritional information on the balance bar ( do they have a lot of ingrendients you cant read?) Also being a runner myself I am trying to get more into stretching… did you notice how yoga/pilates effects your running/weight training?

  • Megan
    August 2, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    I haven’t seen that banana cashew flavor. I am dying to try it. I will look when I go to the store this morning.

  • jenna
    August 2, 2008 at 1:41 pm


    The only ingredients in those bars are: Evaporated Cane Juice Invert Syrup, Cashews, Soynuts, Dates, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Soy Protein Isolate, Peanut Oil, Salt

    I think they are pretty good! And they keep me full for AWHILE! And yes, yoga is known to help you with running and weight training. My arms were already incredibly strong from all those chatarungas!

  • Chef Erin (Pumpkin)
    August 2, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    I had one of your biscotti with my soy latte this morning! It was so good (especially dipped in the coffee!)

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