Well, at least we have one miracle happening right now~~apparently, my grandpa only had a 20% chance of making it through the night last night (my mom didn’t tell me this for obvious reasons) but he’s a fighter to the bone and not only survived the night but is doing great! He’s now off life support, awake and talking and they are only keeping him in ICU for the next couple days to monitor. All the doctors just keep shaking their heads in amazement because he was really very close to death last night.

Of course I am thrilled and so is the rest of my family but I just don’t understand (and never will) why my little brother had to die. Where was his miracle? I keep telling myself everything happens for a reason and one day I’ll see him again.

Okay…on to much happier subjects! Food! I’m not going to go into great detail about my experience at The Tampa Bay Fine Wine and Food Festival this afternoon quite yet because I’m working on a whole review of my time there and will add on to it tomorrow after my mom and I go again. That post will be up Monday!

As for today, all I can say is that it was fun!

I got dressed up all pretty



And stayed for about an hour and a half, walking about and taking notes. There’s only so much you can do when you are by yourself and driving so I am expecting tomorrow to be a lot MORE fun when my mama gets to come with me! Stay tuned on Monday for a long post with my complete coverage from the event (and to see everything I nibbled on!)! =)

Once home, I snacked on what might be the best thing yet—pb mousse with raspberry preserves and raw buckwheat crispies!


I used whatever was left in the big Fage container (maybe 3/4 cup?) and mixed it with 2 tbsp PB2. Topped it with raspberry preserves and a sprinkle of crispies and I was in heaven. SO good and satisfying!

Dinner was simple—


I had this pizza waiting at home while my dad picked up my mom from the airport. This was Greenwise pizza on a whole wheat crust with a mix of mozzarella cheese + goat cheese, black olives, onions and peppers. Delish!

I had two yummy slices—


And now I’m calling it a very early night because the alarm goes off at 5:20 tomorrow morning for my first Team in Training practice! Last month at this time, 5:20 would be “sleeping in” and now I’m dreading the alarm! Haha 😉 We meeting at a park about 30 minutes from my condo so I have to get up extra early. I think we are scheduled to run 4 miles tomorrow….not quite sure. I’m bringing watermelon to the potluck after! Wish me luck!

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  • amanda
    May 15, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    It sounds as if your brother was watching over your Grandpa….I am glad he is doing better.
    I posted this in the last post but postin it again so everyone can see it:I voted for you in the contest, but I think you might want to mention/ remind your readers that in order for the vote to actually be counted they have to open the follow up email from Murphy- Goode and click the provided link to confirm the vote! I almost missed the email myself- it is titled “Please confirm your selection” from the email address: webmaster@areallygoodejob.com, at first I thought it was spam! I really want u to win, so make sure everyone knows they must confirm for it to be counted!!!!!! =)

  • Jenn
    May 15, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Can’t wait to hear about the wine tasting! I went to one 2 Fridays ago and bought 4 bottles of yummy wine: Catena Malbec, Vertikal Gewurztraminer, Antigus Resrvas Cab, and Cruz De Piedra Garnacha! Can’t wait to break into those!
    And, I wanted you to know I’m still praying for you. We don’t know why God has certain plans for us or those we love, but all we can do is wait until we see Him one day and then we will know. Keep up your faith, Jenna! You’ll find peace in the Word.

  • zestycook
    May 15, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    I am looking forward to hearing about the event tomorrow. Happy to hear your Grandpa is hanging in there. Have fun tomorrow Jenna.


  • Jen
    May 15, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    I’m sooo happy for your grandpa, Jenna!! Can’t wait to hear about the event!

  • Abbey
    May 15, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Just wanted to say CONGRATS b/c you currently have the most-favorited Murphy-Goode audition vid…you gooo girlllllll 🙂

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    May 15, 2009 at 7:36 pm


  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    May 15, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    What great news!! I’m so happy that he is okay. You have such a strong faith Jenna. It’s really amazing.

    Glad you enjoyed yourself today. You looked super cute =)

  • Jenni
    May 15, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Great news about your grandfather. That pizza looks amazing! And I HAVE to know what brand your sunglasses are…they are awesome! 🙂 Enjoy yourself during training tomorrow!

  • Jess
    May 15, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Good luck on your training tomorrow!! John is most certainly watching over you grandpa….praying for you all!

  • Kimberly
    May 15, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Glad to hear about your grandfather – he sounds like one tough cookie!

    Have fun tomorrow, and network your butt off! You look positively glowing in your pre-festival photo =)

  • Priyanka
    May 15, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    So happy that your grandpa is doing well!
    Have a great weekend.

  • Michelle Hisae
    May 15, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I’m so glad for you and your family! I hope all goes as well as it has with your grandpa. Have fun tomorrow with your mom! And oh boy, that pizza looks so goooooood.

  • Bec
    May 15, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    glad your grandfather is doing well!

  • Run Sarah
    May 15, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    SO glad to hear your grandpa is doing better. Lots of prayers for your family.

  • kristi (sweet cheeks)
    May 15, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    Oh, I am SO happy for you and your family, especially your grandpa. That is amazing! I know it doesn’t make sense but everything does happen for a reason and it will all work itself out. Just keep your faith and keep living. Love to you!

  • jessnyc
    May 15, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    so glad to hear about your grandpa! sending more good thoughts his way. i agree, i think everything happens for a reason, sometimes it’s so hard to see the big picture. just gotta keep faith 🙂

  • LisaR
    May 15, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    That’s awesome about your grandpa! My grandpa had cancer on his tounge a couple of years ago and it was gut wrenching to know if he would make it out of surgery and recover. But God is good (no matter what) and my grandpa recovered better than ever. Everything happens for a reason just keep trusting God!

  • Laura Brandon
    May 15, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    Ok, the thought of peanut butter mousse topped with preserves was just too much, and I just ordered my first jar(s) of PB2. I can’t wait to get it and try it with my Fage 0%!!

  • Erin
    May 15, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Hey Jenna,

    I lost my mom to cancer 7 years ago and have accepted life works in mysterious ways. I don’t believe everything happens for a reason

  • Shelby
    May 15, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Oh that PB Mousse has got me hungry! I love how you adding the buckwheat krispies on top =)

  • Erin
    May 15, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    ugh, sorry, that posted too quickly.
    What I was saying was that I don’t believe that, but I am happy for people that do. I have no idea what’s right. But I think that whatever brings us peace is best.

    I am SO happy to hear about Grandpa. Yay!

  • Kelly L.
    May 15, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I HATE plain yogurt. Does the PB2 disguise the taste of plain unsweetened yogurt? I mean does it really taste like PB?

  • Nicole
    May 15, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    I’m glad to hear that your grandpa is doing well! And I too broke down and ordered myself some PB2. I cannot wait until it comes in so I can try my hand at some PB mousse.

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    May 15, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    jenna, i’m so relieved for you about the good grandpa news! you and your family deserve a biiiiiiiiiiig break right now.

    and i can’t wait for your festival review!! i’m sure it was out-of-this-world incredible.

    good luck with team in training tomorrow!

  • Caroline
    May 15, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    So happy your grandpa is in such good condition now!
    Love your necklace in these pics:)

  • Sophia
    May 15, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Love those pics! you look so pretty!
    By the way, in response to your question on “Angels and Demons,” KEEP ON READING! It just gets better and better, and there is such a twist in the end that it will make your head spin.

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    May 16, 2009 at 12:29 am

    I am THRILLLLLLLED to hear your grandpa is doing so well. Praise GOD! You all deserve some miracles. I continue to be floored by your grace and positivity during all your recent tragedy.

    I hope you and your mom have some much needed fun tomorrow!

  • Lacey
    May 16, 2009 at 3:50 am

    Really glad to hear that your grandpa is doing so much better.
    I can’t wait to read about your day at the Tampa Food Fest. I am thinking about going to the Taste of London Food Festival that will be going on next month I have not made up my mind yet but Im leaning towards going.

  • Tiffanie Hage
    May 16, 2009 at 5:13 am

    yeah! Good news on your Grandpa!!! THat IS a miracle! We don’t live that far from each other!! I’m over in Orlando!!!

    I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do Team in Training…I get their fliers every time b/c at one point I registered for more information, but I tell you, it seems like EVERYTIME I start training for a marathon I get injured. My knees are also shot too…about mile 7+ they really really really start to ache and throb and it takes forever for them to feel normal again! AH…alas…I don’t think I’m going to be able to check off: complete marathon on my “to do before I die” list!

    I’ll be cheering you on!!!


  • Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday
    May 16, 2009 at 5:16 am

    I am glad your grandpa is doing better.

    I hope you have an awesome time at the event!!

  • Heather
    May 16, 2009 at 6:28 am

    So lovely to hear that your grandpa is on his way to better health. God did work another miracle. I’m sure that He and John tag teamed to give your grandpa the strength he needed! Have a wonderful run with your team and can’t wait to hear about the festival trip with your mom!

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    May 16, 2009 at 6:57 am

    I’m glad your grandpa is ok.
    Your pink skirt is lovely 🙂