Like a Kid in a Candy Store


The list is dwindling down for today and I am feelin’ pretty accomplished!

Let’s see, I:

  1. ran 4 miles
  2. did some yoga
  3. plugged away for 2 1/2 hours on the blogger dessert e-cookbook
  4. got a handful of emails done

Pretty successful little Saturday I would say. The dessert e-cookbook is coming along great!!! After this morning, I have 37 pages done and they look fabulous. All the dessert recipes sound absolutely delish and I can’t wait until I have a finished product. The perfectionist English major in me likes to have my projects very very organized and aesthetically pleasing, and this is no different! I urge you to send me your recipe today if you have not already so that you can have a spot in the e-book. Also, those that did already send me recipes, if you have a picture somewhere can you send that as well? The pages look so much prettier when accompanied with your wonderful picture under the recipe title!

After a few hours of plugging away, my mom and I decided we needed a little adventure and I took an apple for the road—


We set out for the brand new (as in just opened in January) Tampa Bay History Center!!


I don’t know if I have ever gotten into it on here, but I have a serious love affair for history museums. I always was “that kid” in school who ADORED history class. If I hadn’t been an English major in college, I most definitely would have been a history major. I love all things history…..historical novels, history textbooks, history museums, war history, epic movies…..the whole nine yards. I was SO excited to finally get to experience this new state of the art history museum in downtown!

We had a light lunch in the museum at the Columbia Cafe, a branch off of my favorite restaurant.


I ordered the 1905 salad and black bean soup combo, my two favorite things at the Columbia. I got the salad with no meat and the dressing in the side and dumped copious amounts of hot sauce into my black beans and rice.



And relished a couple huge bites of warm Cuban bread (drool)–


And then we were off! The museum was, hands down, one of the best I have ever been in! There were so many interactive things to do and I had a little too much fun in the pioneer house….


I am five years old.


We also watched a very interesting short film on the Seminole Indians that was shown in an amphitheater that felt like you were outside in the forest, which I loved.

The little museum store had a big glass candy jar filled with Mike n Ikes!! I naturally had a tiny handful.


And then we got home just as my stomach was rumbling for the millionth time today (gahhh what am I going to be like when I run 13 miles if this is what I’m like when I run 4?!) and I had the classic granola + yogurt combo for the second time today….


And now I’m all set to work a couple more hours on the dessert e-cookbook, hit up the library and help my mom make dinner. She’s making whole wheat spaghetti with homemade vegetarian pasta sauce. Recipe to come later!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday!

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  • Run Sarah
    March 28, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Sounds like a busy but productive day! Dinner sounds amazing…love veggie pasta sauce! I love museums too and will have to think about checking that one out next time I visit relatives in Florida.

  • brandi
    March 28, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    what a fun day! I love museums, too. I wish we had more around here!

  • VeggieGirl
    March 28, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    You received my recipe entry, correct?? Hope so 🙂

    Fabulous museum!! Haha love the photo of you inside the pioneer house 😀

  • Sarah
    March 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Fun day with your mom!

    I am currently training for my 2nd half which is in May. The first time around, I did not find that my appetite increased at all during training the first time around. Has anyone else found this? Maybe I am eating too much to begin with though, because I think it probably should have! 🙂

    I’m going to do Polly’s yoga for runners after my 7 miler tomorrow. Everyone in the blog world is giving it rave reviews.

    Enjoy the rest of your workout!

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    March 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    hahahahaha pioneer jenna, you’re so cute!

  • K
    March 28, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    “likes to have my projects very very organized and aesthetically pleasing” That is me to a T! In fact I started to assemble my own cookbook a year ago and it’s still not done because it’s not perfect!

    Warm bread = yum 🙂

  • polly
    March 28, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    oh my goodness… it’s Laura Ingalls!!! I adore that picture! 🙂


  • Katrina
    March 28, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    AWESOME! I am definitely going to be dragging my husband to that museum! We went to the children’s museum in Syracuse, NY and probably had more fun than the kids!

  • Katrina
    March 28, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Oh… one more thing. I would send you a recipe, but since I’m on the road with my job I am away from my kitchen. I hope you get everything you need!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    March 28, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    What a neat place! I didn’t even know that existed. Gotta love cuban food in Tampa. SO good!

  • Abbey
    March 28, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Hey Jenna!

    I just discovered your blog today, and I have to say, it is quite addicting to read! I’m a college student and I’ll be applying to nutrition programs in the fall for grad school. BUT, the thing is, I’m more interested in the food/culinary end of nutrition rather than the medical side—just like you!

    So, my question is: do you know of any graduate programs that take a culinary approach to food and nutrition?

    Anyways, your blog rocks and I defs just added it to my bookmarks so I can follow your updates! Your recipes look seriously mouth-watering–the picture of the strawberry waffles makes me want to go run and make that right now!! I love that you take pictures of all the different dishes you make, you’ve got some absolutely amazing ideas, and even the snacks that you post (like the mess of yogurt w/ almond butter, raspberry preserves, etc.) make me want to go run and whip it up in the kitchen! (lol) Look forward to hearing from you : )

  • Moran
    March 28, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Living in Europe makes one see SO many museums!
    Glad to hear you got so much accomplished today!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    March 28, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    If you were really five years old, you would have picked out all the red Mike & Ikes by digging through the jar with your sticky, slobbery, dirty hands. I’m just sayin’ 😉

    Hope the cookbookin’ goes well!

  • kristi
    March 28, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Haha cute pics of you in the museum! That granola looks very good!

  • Nicole
    March 28, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    I can’t wait to see the cookbook!

  • gowowogo
    March 28, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I love the Columbia in Ybor City! I’ve never had their mojitos, but their sangria is delish! They make it right at your table!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous
    March 28, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    Sounds like such a nice day Jenna! Glad you got to spend some time with your Mom!

    Great job doing all the work on the e-cookbook.. I have to say, i’m a bit intimidated on whether or not I could submit anything worthy enough! lol

  • Sharon
    March 28, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    Oh wow, what an awesome time! And that bread? MMMmmmm

  • Meg
    March 28, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Looks like you had so much fun at the museume!! I love your outfit too!

  • RunToFinish
    March 28, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    so true that some days the workouts just make you super hungry!

  • Kimberly
    March 28, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    What a perfect Saturday! I work for the New York Historical Society in NYC, please come visit sometime! =)

  • Mariposa
    March 28, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    what a great museum!!! i love going to museums too- you always learn something new and fun and it looks like you had a GREAT time!

  • Emily
    March 28, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    I’m obsessed with history and museums, too. 🙂 Especially WW2!

    Following your lead, I also did Polly’s yoga for triathletes this morning!

  • sue
    March 28, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    i love history museums too! what a fun day!

  • Caroline
    March 28, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    Sounds like you’ve been quite productive today!!

    Question about the cookbook–does decadent oatmeal count as a dessert?

    • jenna
      March 29, 2009 at 12:14 pm


      Sure, oatmeal can count! I eat oatmeal for dessert sometimes!! 🙂

  • katecooks
    March 30, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    i could easily eat a yogurt mess every day for every meal!!!