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Luck Revived

Wow—-thank yall SO much for all your supportive camera comments! But guess what?!

This morning at work my camera randomly started working again!!!!!!!!! Nothing short of a miracle, right?! 🙂 I couldn’t believe it! It still smells like coffee and is pretty beat up looking (I need to start keeping it in a case and away from all liquids), but it works and that’s what matters!

I slept awful last night. I think it was because my dinner was sooooo rich and I went to bed feeling so stuffed…..uncomfortably so! I hate that! I couldn’t fall asleep because I felt so bloated and full and then I had trouble staying asleep. And then, before ya know it, the alarm is goin’ off and a new day has began!

I started it right though with a mess of 1 cup oikos mixed with a Mott’s no sugar added applesauce, 2/3rds cups puffins, 1 banana and some peanut butter….all topped with a sprinkle of my gingerbread sugar!


For lunch, Adam made a killer Greek salad! Check it out!


How pretty is that?! I just love it. I made a HUGE salad (everyone was laughing at me cause I took so much on my plate!) with grilled chicken and the club’s signature white balsamic dressing.


With a ginormous honey crisp apple on the side. I only ate half of the apple….I was so full after all that salad!

I ate a Cherry Dark Chocolate Kashi bar for a mid-morning snackie:


The apple was big. Enough said. I always choose the largest ones at the store because I love them so much!

And for a mid-afternoon snack, I noshed on a pb&j made with a spoonful of peanut butter, some blackberry preserves and an Arnold’s Sandwich Thin.


After work, I came home and relaxed for a little bit, catching up on yalls blogs! I love this time of day! Around 4:30 I went for a nice 5 mile run along the boardwalk. It was absolutely goooorgeous outside…..68 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. It was divine.

And for dinner, I heated these bad boys up:


I had five (no sauce, I don’t like it) with a half cup of steamed edamame and a toasted Ezekiel english muffin.


I liked these dumplings. I had never had this particular brand but I’m a big fan of dumplings (or potstickers) in general. They are just so light and delicious. I ate them all the time in college!

For dessert, I had a rice pudding and a small handful of bunnies:


And now I’m enjoying a lovely mug of Celestial Seasonings Vanilla Chamomile tea. 🙂

As for work today, it wasn’t as busy as yesterday but I had to do a couple really time consuming tasks. First of all, the rolls. These take a solid hour to roll out and then you have to proof them, egg wash them and bake them. It’s a morning activity for sure.


Look at the gorgeous meringue topping Adam piped onto the key lime pie I made yesterday!


I love me some meringue. That’s for sure. Its like billowy clouds of heaven. Yum.

I also baked more chocolate melties:


Made more batter for the club’s signature “reverse chocolate chip cookies”:


I also baked a huge sheet tray full of rich chocolatey brownies:


And made more chocolate mousse, caramel sauce and creme brulee base. None of it was too incredibly photogenic though.

I’m soooo tired tonight. I’m going to tune in for a little of the World Series (its my kind of game….only 3 1/2 innings), read and then zonk out. Does anyone have fun Halloween plans??! For the first time ever, I am the candy giver-outer! I’M SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to sit by the door and see all the costumes! This neighborhood is probably the most popular Halloween destination in all of Vero and is FILLED with kids. Yay! My “parents” bought a bag of candy but I think I’m going to go buy another tomorrow afternoon…something I like so I can nibble while I sit. My favorite candy is………………..good & plenty! Yes, I’m a HUGE black licorice fan. I love love love black licorice. I could eat good & plenty by the boxful. I think I’m the last remaining person that likes it but I can’t help myself.

I’ll see you tomorrow! Happy Humpnight! 🙂

ps—-for all my Chicago loves!!! We are thinking either a big, casual Sunday brunch and/or getting together for drinks on Saturday night at around 10:00 after a planned dinner we will be attending.  We probably will do both get togethers but don’t feel obligated to come to both…you can if you want to though! The Sunday thing will be with ALL 15 of us food bloggers and will include lots of Quaker snackies. The bar get together is a conjuring up of Miss Kath and myself, so it will probably be a little more personal and small and will include lots of…….wine? Either way, it would be fun to meet yall and if people that are interested in meeting up, could you please just jot me a super quick email ( with your name? It’s easier for me to get a real count that way rather than looking back to a previous post.  Yay!!!! I’m going to freeze my butt off!!!!!!! 🙂

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  • AshleyH
    October 29, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I am a candy corn addict I could eat it by the truck full!
    No exciting plans for halloween though I think I might be passing out candy also.

  • Becca A
    October 29, 2008 at 11:38 pm

    Thats great about your camera, maybe it just needed to dry out a bit.

  • polly
    October 30, 2008 at 12:05 am

    yay camera miracle!!

    My daughter is going to be a black cat (like Dexter in fact!) for Halloween. She is so pumped. I was totally savvy and spent like $10 on the whole thing. I got a black sweatshirt from wal-mart and black sock cap and then made felt ears with pink middles that we hot-glue-gunned on. She is doing her face up all cute with whiskers and sparkley make up and all that jazz. I’ll have to put a pic of her up on my blog after. woohoo for slow-pokes, those are my favorite candy. 😉

  • VeggieGirl
    October 30, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Hooray for your camera being back; big-ass honeycrisp apples; amazing baked treats… fabulous 🙂

    Plans for Halloween = watch horror films and celebrate both my brother’s and sister-in-law’s birthdays!!

  • emily
    October 30, 2008 at 12:12 am

    I adore Good and Plenty and I Hate black licorice! They are so nice and chewy and something about the color combo/box is just exciting to me.

  • Erin
    October 30, 2008 at 12:18 am

    I’m actually driving up to Boston with my dad for a graduate school open house…not very Halloween-y! Although I think we are going to do the Sam Adams brewery tour : )

  • caroline
    October 30, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Im all about the Good n’ Plenty! My mom always them in her purse when i was little 🙂 I was trained good n’ early! (ok. lame… haha!) Anywho, good news on the camera!

  • hk
    October 30, 2008 at 12:31 am

    fab news!! yah!

  • Liz
    October 30, 2008 at 12:39 am

    I LOVE good n plenty also! My “friday candy fix” at work is a small box of good n plenties with a diet coke. Such a treat! Everyone thinks the black licorice is gross, but I love it!!

  • Megan
    October 30, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Glad the camera is working.
    Those dumplings look delicious!
    I love the give out candy, but over the years, the number of kids coming to my door has decreased 🙁

  • Kelly
    October 30, 2008 at 12:59 am

    Glad to hear that your camera is working again. I was going to suggest that it might work after leaving it to dry but didn’t because I am no technology expert, but I am glad to hear it’s been revived.

  • Kristin
    October 30, 2008 at 1:01 am

    I love black licorice too! It’s just me, my grandma and my dad who like it, and I thought WE were the only ones left! Ha! Enjoy handing out the candy- we have candy for the kids as well but our neighborhood is mostly filled with college kids- I don’t think many of them will come around!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    October 30, 2008 at 1:05 am

    Glad your camera is working well again!

    That salad is sooo pretty!

  • caitlin
    October 30, 2008 at 1:07 am

    yay!! its a miracle!!

    and i love good and plenty too. i once read the smell turns men on, and i can never think of anything else when im eating it. 🙂

  • Erin
    October 30, 2008 at 2:03 am

    I’m sorry your sleep was so bad! Sometimes you gotta make a sacrifice for an amazing meal, huh?
    Yay for the coffee scented camera!

  • Rachel
    October 30, 2008 at 2:07 am

    That meringue! Those brownies! I suddenly have a baked goods craving…

    Panda black licorice is my favorite kind. I find I can be satisfied with very little, so it’s a great treat.

  • Kelly Olexa
    October 30, 2008 at 2:32 am

    I just gained 20 pounds reading this – your blog is divine food porn! Hee hee!! I’m coming downtown for the Chicago get together! Yay!!
    Can’t wait to meet you in person!

    Kelly O

  • Krista
    October 30, 2008 at 2:34 am

    As usual, a post filled with wicked looking food! You go, girl! 🙂

  • Amy A.
    October 30, 2008 at 3:45 am

    …definitely not alone. I LOVE black licorice and good n’ plenty. I’m also pretty bad with technology (spilled tea on my cell last week), love books, and probably belong in the 1950s — a time when good n’ plenty were much more popular!!

  • Sharon
    October 30, 2008 at 4:40 am

    Yay!!! So glad your camera is working, yay for miracles!!! I get hardly any trick or treaters ( the street is too dark) so I will be hitting the neighborhood with my nieces and great nephews and great nieces, fun, fun!!! They have a cool neighborhood and make it like a huge block party!!!
    I love good and plenty as well! I steal all the black jelly beans at Easter too, heeh! Wish I lived closer, I would love to meet you, you are a sweetie, hope you sleep well tonight!

  • bobbi
    October 30, 2008 at 4:53 am

    I am so happy that your camera started working, that would have tottaly stunk! I love the kashi cherry dark chocolate bars a nice treat after lunch for sure. I still do not know how you haven’t gained like 100 pounds doing what you do…I would be SOOOO tempted:)!

  • Fancy
    October 30, 2008 at 5:29 am

    That is one negative thing about living in a high rise with all studio and 1 bed room condos….no trick or treaters. Not even one! Luckily, I’m a 1st grade teacher so I will be seeing lots of cute costumes on Friday when the kids wear them to school!

    Jenna, I emailed you 🙂

  • Mariposa
    October 30, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Cool about the camera miracle!!! thats awesome! maybe you will still get an upgraded one for Christmas… keep wishing!

    Halloween plans include taking my little “Madeline” trick or treating then watching a movie with said “Madeline” then putting my little one to bed and trying to hold myself back from eating all her candy!

  • lauren
    October 30, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    love the potstickers and edamame – those are two of my favorites! oh and I definitely enjoy the good and plenty. Not my favorite, like reeses, but they are good!

  • Lee (seelivelee)
    October 30, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    I am so pleased to hear your camera is working again, girl!! and potstickers are one of my favorite-have you tried just dipping them in soy sauce? My dad makes this really good scallion/oyster sauce/soy sauce trio for potstickers…to do for..

  • Teddy
    October 30, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    YAY about the camera suddenly working again. I’ve had that happen with cell phones a couple of times… and since i’m a cell phone addict it was so scary think i’d be without one haha
    and I’m a chocolate kind fo girl, any day any time I <3 chocolate….
    but i’m chocolate picky- herseys= :p i need dark rich chocolate haha

  • Fitzalan
    October 30, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    This is the first year that I live in a neighborhood too. I am so excited to give out candy!!! I am choosing that over getting all dressed up and going out with friends in the district….and I am a lot more excited about a fun Friday night at home!

    And that reverse cookie looks simply devine!

  • Catherine
    October 30, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Awesome that your camera is working again!! If you love black licorice (as I do), you should try to get your hands on some Pands black licorice!! It’s sooo good, they have it at Trader Joe’s, but I’m sure it’s sold elsewhere. Check it out!!

  • runjess
    October 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I love giving out candy. The teenagers that still trick or treat are annoying, but most of the kids are so cute.

  • Jenn (eating bender)
    October 30, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Hey Jenna! I know I don’t comment that often but I’m ALWAYS reading and I’d first like to say that I have been thoroughly enjoying all the culinary greatness you’ve been putting together these past few weeks. And I’m glad your camera is working again so we can see them 🙂

    I just sent you an email about Chicago!!

  • santa barbara dreaming
    October 30, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Oh man! That Chicago get together sounds like so much fun! I wish I were close to Chicago… but alas I am all the way on the other side of the country.
    Your photos of the chocolate melties make my hear break. They look so delicious and I want one so baddddd….. !!! 🙂

  • Beadie
    October 30, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Hoooray! I am so happy that your camera is working again. I guess it just needed to dry out a little!

  • Jen
    October 30, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Wahoo!!! I am so glad your camera is working! I was getting ready to set up a paypal fund and have all your bloggin friends donate $1 until you could buy a new one 🙂

  • Biz
    October 30, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Yeah for your camera! I laughed out loud when you said that it still smelled like coffee! 😀

    If I had those delicious looking rolls around me, I wouldn’t be able to resist! I’d pass the sweets, but can never pass on the bread!

  • Stephanie Quilao
    October 30, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Spillage on my Nikon would put me into a frenzy, so I can TOTALLY appreciate a camera miracle. I love that idea with the greek yogurt, and those cookies yum! Cookie fiend here 🙂

    I look forward to meeting you in person Jenna and some of your readers in the Chicago area. I think we’ll be learning about eating oatmeal in ways we never thought!

  • michelle
    October 30, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    I just made some pumpkin bread, it came out so delicious!! It is moist and just so yummy!!! Thanks for the great recipe!!

    I am dressing up as a hippie and will run 5 miles as a hippie then take photos!! It is fun to give out candy too!! It’s all fun!!!

  • tsbrown
    October 30, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Are you still going your Bible study?? I am just starting!

  • jenna
    October 30, 2008 at 7:18 pm


    I don’t go to a bible study…its an 9 week independent thing I do on my own. But, yes, I am still doing it!