Made The Cut!

Guess what??!

Yours truly just got picked for the TOP 50 for the Murphy Goode Wine Country Correspondant job!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course I freaked when I woke up this morning and got the email! I have to write an essay but in the meantime, all of our votes were scratched and now you can only vote for Top 50… please vote for me! I think I have, like, two votes so far.


Vote here for Jenna to be picked in the Top 10 on July 7th!!! If I get picked to be in the Top 10, I will get flown out to Sonoma next month for the final interview….and if I make that, my new job will start I believe on August 15th! AhhhhhhH!!!!

This morning it is raining cats and dogs outside. I’m a tad bit nervous about tomorrow but hopefully we’re getting it all out of our system today. Rain + garage sale + bake sale = disaster.Β  I had a chocolate GM and watched the rain fall hard.


This was dynamite this morning! You can’t beat the classic πŸ™‚

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 scoop Chocolate Amazing Meal
  • about 3 cups spinach
  • 1 scoop peanut butter
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • about 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • ice

I used this yummy peanut butter that Heather gave me when she visited last week! Oh Trader Joe’s, I shall meet you soon in BOSTON!!!!


Ryan and I are selling our microwave at the garage sale!! Look at how much space it opens up in our tiny, tiny kitchen!


Perfect for my tea box πŸ™‚


So, I’ve been hearing horror stories about Summit registration last night and us Summit girls were definitely on a late-night conference call about it. I’m really, really sorry to those of yall that didn’t get in…it breaks my heart because I would love to meet you ALL! However, do to budgeting we can really only take 125 this year. It sounds like this might be an annual thing that we do so next year it might be bigger!

I’m off to RUN, write another True/Slant article and then write recipes and bake, bake, bake for tomorrow!!!

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  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    June 26, 2009 at 8:44 am

    That is incredibly exciting about the job! I truly hope you get it.

  • Traci
    June 26, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Hi Jenna…Good Luck with Murphy Goode! Just voted for you.

  • Katie Davis
    June 26, 2009 at 8:49 am


    I just had a random question. My husband and I went to the movies last night and I managed to completely overdo it on the popcorn, and by overdo it I mean almost an entire container. It wasn’t the biggest and I did not add the butter, but with the popcorn I honestly just can’t stop. I was just wondering if there are or have ever been times when you felt you completely overdid it and how you counteracted the next day or so?


    • jenna
      June 26, 2009 at 8:59 am


      Great question. I actually don’t like movie popcorn so I never buy it but I have totally overdid it and felt like crap the next morning about it. I mean, who hasn’t?! My advice to you is that one night of overindulging is NOT going to make or break your diet or even cause you to gain a pound. Its totally, 100% all in your head! You might feel pretty bloated but your body will settle down after a few days. For instance, the day after my birthday dinner two weeks ago I was in the locker room and got on the scale because I was interested just to see how bloated I really was since I felt it! I almost fell OFF the scale when I saw that I had gained six pounds just in water weight. Of course it was just me being bloated and two days later the six pounds was gone. Its not “real weight” that you gained and you have two options: worry yourself sick over something you cannot change and have no control over, or make something positive out of the situation and get up, go to the gym and have a “detox” sort of day. You are beautiful just the way you are and the scale (obviously) lies to us all very often! My favorite thing to do after an indulgent night is to wake up, have a smoothie for breakfast then hit the gym for 30-40 minutes of intense cardio. I’ll take a steam afterwards and love the feeling of sweating out all my toxins. Lunch will be a huge salad and I won’t eat any junk or drink any alcohol the next day. Its not that I am reducing my calories, its just that I am counteracting the previous night.

      Popcorn is life and life is way to short not to overdo it sometimes! In the end, we are still here and you still fit into your jeans. Don’t be so hard on yourself!

  • stacey
    June 26, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Congrats on making the Top 50!!!

  • Kathleen
    June 26, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Maybe a gtg on Saturday night or Sunday can be planned for those who couldn’t get in? My Dad tried registering for me since I couldn’t be near a computer at 8 pm and it kept just bringing him to the paypal account with no way to pay the 30 dollars. He was ready 10 minutes before and tried right at 8 pm.

    Re: the Murphy Goode job-I have voted for you previously and it won’t let me vote again for some reason-it says I already voted…not sure why the votes aren’t cleared out…

  • Erin
    June 26, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Hi Jenna,

    I noticed that you always use frozen bananas in your Green Monsters and I wonder if you freeze them when they are ripe, right after you buy them or at some other time. Also, I was wondering how much ice you use in proportion to the other ingredients.

    • jenna
      June 26, 2009 at 9:02 am


      We just freeze them whenever. Sometimes right after I buy them or sometimes later in the week. I peel them and freeze them whole in a plastic baggie. I only use about four-five cubes of ice!

  • Recipes for Creativity
    June 26, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Congratulations! I tried to vote for you again but for some reason it’s telling me since I already used my (multiple) emails to vote for you I can’t use them over again, even though they wiped away the old votes…WTF!?!

  • Help Meghan Run
    June 26, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Congrats on the job!! And the GM looks great. I tend to make my green smoothies as part of my breakfast, but I should try one time bulking them up and having it be my whole meal. Do you miss having something else on the side, or does the GM fill you up enough?

    • jenna
      June 26, 2009 at 9:16 am


      A GM the way I do it really does fill me up for about 3-4 hours!

  • kailey
    June 26, 2009 at 9:09 am

    thats awesome πŸ™‚

  • Still Life in South America
    June 26, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Congratulations on the Top 50! πŸ˜€

    Enjoy your Friday.

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    June 26, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Congrats girl, that’s awesome!

    Yes this weather is awful!!! I hope it clears up soon…I got half way to yoga and turned around it was so bad! I would have needed a BOAT to get the rest of the way there.

    Hope you have a great day despite the rain!!

  • Sarah
    June 26, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Wahoo!! Your news about Murphy Goode is so exciting! Wish I was in Tampa so I could come to your bake sale tomorrow.

  • Sue
    June 26, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I voted for you as soon as I got your tweet! Sounds like a sweet gig! Good luck! πŸ™‚

  • Victoria
    June 26, 2009 at 9:14 am

    That’s so exciting! Congrats on making it to the next step!

  • Becci L.
    June 26, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Congratulations! I hope you get to visit wine country!

  • Erica
    June 26, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Congrats! I just voted for you using my other email address πŸ˜‰

  • Jess
    June 26, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Congrats on being in the top 50 – I voted for you! πŸ™‚

  • Mel @ She Runs Brooklyn
    June 26, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Congratulations Jenna!! That is very exciting new; the perfect way to start a Friday πŸ™‚

    Sometimes aren’t rainy mornings nice? Makes me take things slow.

  • leslie
    June 26, 2009 at 9:17 am

    congratulations! one step closer!

    i really think the summit is going to be a huge success due to all the hard work you girls put in. i’m excited that i got a ticket!

  • Krista
    June 26, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Jenna – Do you ever use frozen spinach in your Green Monster? I have a hard time keeping that much fresh spinach on hand and the frozen kind is much cheaper too. Thanks!

  • Kelly
    June 26, 2009 at 9:18 am

    Ditto here:the Murphy Goode job-I have voted for you previously and it won’t let me vote again for some reason-it says I already voted…not sure why the votes aren’t cleared out…

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    June 26, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Congrats, and good luck!

  • Kayla
    June 26, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Jenna, it won’t let me vote either! I’ll try again later but do u have to use a differen’t email address?

  • April
    June 26, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Of course you made the top 50! Congrats!

    Also I LOVED your explanation about the popcorn and not to fret after having 1 day of indulgence. It is all sodium and water weight and it will come off. I’ve gained 11 lbs in 1 day before πŸ˜€ Oh boy, it hurt.

  • mh
    June 26, 2009 at 9:23 am

    if you got the job would Ryan move there with you? wouldn’t that be wonderful to have your love in wine country! haha

    • jenna
      June 26, 2009 at 10:27 am


      No, unfortunately! He has to work here. I would go alone! Its only 6 months….

  • Maria
    June 26, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Congratulations, Jenna! That is so awesome :D. Voting right now ;). I’ve seen that PB around Trader Joe’s–must get it the next time there if you say it’s that good! Hope your day goes really well!

  • Katherine
    June 26, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Congrats on making the top 50!!

    Have a wonderful day and I’ll pray for sunshine for you tomorrow πŸ™‚

  • Audrey W.
    June 26, 2009 at 9:28 am

    congrats jenna! thats so exciting, hope you win it all!

  • Deb
    June 26, 2009 at 9:28 am

    You have one more vote. πŸ™‚

  • Hannah Hawley
    June 26, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Congrats! I totally just voted, and you are in the top 6, and not only are you currently in the top 6, you have 76 votes and the person in second only has 43 votes!

  • Susan
    June 26, 2009 at 9:30 am

    CONGRATS on making the Top 50!!! I have no doubt you’ll make it to the top 10 πŸ™‚
    I was MIA yesterday and totally forgot about the summit, and I was hoping to get tickets too!! Oh well, now you guys just HAVE to have it next year πŸ™‚

  • Emily (Healthy Fit Mama)
    June 26, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Congrats on bring picked for the top 50! That’s awesome!!!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    June 26, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Many congrats Jenna for making the cut. Off to vote for you right now. I cannot wait to try my Amazing Grass, and I wish it would get here! I’ll be sure to try your classic smoothie. πŸ™‚ Sending sunny thoughts your way for tomorrow!

  • april
    June 26, 2009 at 9:34 am

    That is so cool your in the top 50! good luck!

  • amber
    June 26, 2009 at 9:35 am

    I voted but had to use a different email address. Good luck!

  • Quisha
    June 26, 2009 at 9:36 am

    We’re all rooting for you. How many times can one person vote??! πŸ™‚ Lol just kidding. I’ll be fair *sneaky look* haha.


  • Katie Davis
    June 26, 2009 at 9:41 am


    That is what I needed to hear. I mean I know that I should not beat myself up about it, but it helps when someone else says it too!

    Happy Friday!

  • Lindsey (Mrs. LC)
    June 26, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Whoo, congrats on making the top 50, I knew you would! I voted for you already with 2 emails. πŸ™‚ Let us know if you keep needing more votes, I can always hack into my hubby’s email lol. πŸ˜‰

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    June 26, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Congrats, Jenna, that’s awesome! Good luck!

  • brandi
    June 26, 2009 at 9:45 am

    congrats on making the cut! That’s exciting – I hope the rain gets it all out today so the garage sale goes well tomorrow!

  • txrunnergirl
    June 26, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Congrats on the top 50! Oh how I wish we had Trader Joe’s in TX!

  • Low
    June 26, 2009 at 9:51 am

    OMG Congrats!!! That is so exciting! I know you’ll do well and I will definitely vote!!

    Are you not going to have a microwave at all anymore? That’s impressive!

    • jenna
      June 26, 2009 at 10:27 am


      Haha I wish. no, we are taking my parent’s microwave because they are moving.

  • polly
    June 26, 2009 at 9:52 am

    WOOPWOOP!!! Love ya girl, I voted for you again. Just used a new email addresss. Praying for you! XOXO Pols

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    June 26, 2009 at 9:54 am

    CONGRATS!!! I just went over and voted for you again!!! I’m CERTAIN you’ll make it Jenna! πŸ™‚

    Enjoy your busy day in the kitchen!

  • Gina
    June 26, 2009 at 10:00 am

    That’s awesome that you got in the top 50! I already voted for you! I’m curious though, if you do get the job does that mean you can’t come to the summit?

    • jenna
      June 26, 2009 at 10:26 am


      No–the Summit would definitely come first!

  • Meggilizz
    June 26, 2009 at 10:03 am

    Congrats!!!! πŸ™‚ I just voted for you for the TOP TEN!!!

  • Menden (SkinnyMenny)
    June 26, 2009 at 10:04 am

    Oh my goodness, congrats on making the top 50!! I’m definitely voting for you – hope you make it to the top 10 so I can live vicariously through you πŸ™‚

  • Lori
    June 26, 2009 at 10:11 am

    Congrats on making the top 50, that is excellent! I also tried voting for you again and it won’t let me.

  • Quisha
    June 26, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Hi Jenna,

    I’m new to the Green Monsters, and absolutely love them, but I think I may be allergic to wheat grass. Do you know of any substitutes that are equally as tasty and healthy as well?

  • Emily L.
    June 26, 2009 at 10:17 am

    It looks like, as of this moment, you have the most votes by a factor of 10. WOO HOO. good luck!

  • Erin
    June 26, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I KNEW IT, JENNA!!! Congrats, that is so beyond amazing – I’m sure you’re well aware. Hope you have a wonderful day of celebrating.. you’re face will be on that business card in no time πŸ˜‰ !!!

  • Nicole
    June 26, 2009 at 10:19 am


    I was eagerly waiting for the Summit registration last night and I was distracted by someone who was arguing with me so I missed it by minutes! I am bummed that I can’t go!

  • Island Girl Eats
    June 26, 2009 at 10:20 am

    Well done on making the top 50 – how exciting.
    I love Trader Joe’s products!

  • Christie @ Find My Weigh
    June 26, 2009 at 10:23 am


    I just voted for you!

  • RunToFinish
    June 26, 2009 at 10:25 am

    wow how very exciting!! I love that you are putting yourself out there and doing so many new things!

  • Tricia
    June 26, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Just voted for you too! Good Luck Jenna!

    You’re going to loveeee Trader Joes! Ah its by far one of my favorite stores, great food and so cheap! Enjoy!

  • Lauren
    June 26, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Congratulations Jenna!!! πŸ˜€

  • Kayona
    June 26, 2009 at 10:34 am

    Just wanted to let you know it tells me I am only allowed o vote for my favorite once. Not sure if there is a problem or if you can only vote once per person. I will check back with you to see if it gets fixed.

  • Heather
    June 26, 2009 at 10:35 am

    Hey Jenna,
    So bummed. My mom and I wanted to have a girl’s weekend for the summit and were at the computer at 7:45 p.m. sharp. The registering process was such a pain in the rear – it wouldn’t let us purchase 2 tickets at once and then time ran out! I’m not mad AT ALL…just wish I could have come out to see you and all the other lovely ladies.
    Have an awesome day,

  • Julie
    June 26, 2009 at 10:37 am

    You’ll love your TJ’s here in Boston πŸ™‚ I have to force myself not to go every other day!

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    June 26, 2009 at 10:55 am

    Ahhh!!! Oh my goodness I’m so excited for you! I definitely just voted! I wish you all the luck in the world πŸ™‚

  • Babycakes
    June 26, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Jenna, I want to vote for you again, but it says I am only able to vote once. I want you to win!!!!!

  • Melissa
    June 26, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Congrats Jenna, I’m so excited you made the Top 50!!! I tried to vote for you and it wouldn’t let me because it said I already voted. I hope they get this fixed soon!!

  • Shannon (The Daily Balance)
    June 26, 2009 at 11:16 am

    GOOD LUCK! Just voted! Can we vote more than once?!

    Have a great afternoon — good luck getting all your bakind done! SUPER BUMMED that I couldn’t get a ticket to the Summit — I guess there is next year, right? πŸ˜‰

  • Annie
    June 26, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Congrats Jenna! You are TOTATLLY the perfect fit for that job! woot woot! πŸ™‚

  • K
    June 26, 2009 at 11:24 am

    CONGRATS!! I’m off to vote πŸ™‚

  • Sarah
    June 26, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Congrats on making the top 50! And good luck πŸ™‚ I hope you all have the summit next year because I might actually be able to afford it then!

  • Mandy
    June 26, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Voted! Congratulations! You’ll be coming to my side of the country.


  • Gretchen
    June 26, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Jenna, if you start the Murphy Goode job August 15 won’t you miss the summit? Got my ticket last night and I’m SO excited! Can’t wait to meet you guys!

  • eatlivetravelwrite
    June 26, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Congrats on making the cut Jenna! August 15th could be a big day for you! Re: the summit registration, yes it was a bit frenetic but what can you expect with probably at least 10 times the people clamouring for tickets??? You’ll just have to do it again (and bigger!) next year!

  • Barbara
    June 26, 2009 at 11:54 am


    I am totally not surprised that you are in the top 50, in fact I’m pretty sure you will get into the top 10. That job was simply MADE for you. I’ll go vote:)


  • courtney
    June 26, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Cogratulations, Jenna! I already used all my e-mail addresses to vote for you last time, but if there is a way to vote again, I’m all over it! πŸ˜‰

  • monica
    June 26, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Hey Jenna–
    I tried to vote for you again with my same email address that I used to vote the first time. It wouldn’t let me select your video again. I was able to vote with another email address, but thought that was strange. Not sure if this is a link to the prelim race? You might look into it! Good luck! Just thought that I would let you know.

  • Laura
    June 26, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Congrats – just voted for you. Best of luck, it sounds like a pretty sweet job!

  • Matt
    June 26, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Good luck with the job!

  • Kyle
    June 26, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    I voted for you!!! Good luck. Your blog is in my top 5 to check EVERY day.

  • ari
    June 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    congratulations! that’s so awesome!!

  • Jess
    June 26, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    I had just finished listening to your podcast with the NoshPit crew and then checked my reader to find out you are in the top 50! That is so exciting….I nearly applied myself, when it opened, but I’m glad I didn’t, since someone like you would really deserve that job! Good luck with the votes and the yard sale! πŸ˜€

  • Jenn Eats Nutritiously Now
    June 26, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Congrats on making the top 50! That is so exciting!!! I’m going to vote now.

  • crystal
    June 26, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    I just voted for you! I checked my popular too and you were the first one up there! I hope you get this, I would love to read you blog while you’re working there. Who knows, I might actually start to try wine.

  • Marissa M
    June 26, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    congratulations!! just voted for you!

  • Andrea
    June 26, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Congrats! I voted for you!

  • Sammie
    June 26, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Congrats!! You have my vote.

  • Oh She Glows
    June 26, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Congrats!!!! I am going to vote for you now!!! =)

    haha glad the tea box has a new ‘home’!!!

    Goodluck with your bake sale tomorrow…I’m sure you will do awesome!

  • Laura
    June 26, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    I am trying to vote for you but the server is “experiencing higher that usual traffic”. I bet we are all crashing their site trying to vote for you!! Good Luck!

  • Tay
    June 27, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Yay congrats and good luck!

    I love that PB…just recently finished off my jar!