Dessert/ Dinner/ Lunch

Monday, Monday

Hello 🙂

Long day at work! I opened and closed. Met a bunch of blog readers though during a 20 person tasting so that was awesome! I love putting faces to names and y’all never fail to make me smile.

Fueled on trail mix this morning—


Late lunch of TJ’s split pea soup, an orange, bread with brie and 2 squares of toblerone! 😉


Today was TOTALLY a soup day! Rainy and cold!! I’m definitely going to make some homemade soup this week…just need to formulate a recipe in my mind. Hmmmm

Bar this afternoon—


I always pop these into the microwave for 10 seconds and they are just like soft, chewy cookies. Love ’em.

I stayed at work an hour or so late and the only things I wanted when I left were my slippers, a hot bath and food.


2 egg omelet, bread with butter, grapes and Deux Terres. Mmmmmm perfect. And all eaten on the floor.

Dessert was a piece of organic chocolate and a windmill cookie. I’m convinced this is the best combo ever. Especially when you pair it with herbal tea.


Just got news that MY MOM is coming for a week next month to stay with me!!!!!!!!!! I can’t wait. I miss my parents so much and feel so far away out here on my own. I can’t wait to introduce her to my new little town!

I’m off to catch up on my emails then read. Tomorrow I just have a meeting in the morning at work and then I have until Thursday off. Soup making time?

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  • Chelsea's Chew
    October 19, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    That split pea soup does NOT look like it came from a can, so thick and hearty looking. Ah, TJ’s. That place can do no wrong in my book.

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    October 19, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Aww congrats on the madre visit!! That’s going to so fun/needed!!!

    I’ve never seen those hot n healthy squares but I want to find them!! I feel like an addiction could blossom, but I’m willing to risk it.

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City)
    October 19, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Enjoy your days off! I’m sure you’ll stay busy!

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    October 19, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    You definitely had a full day today! It will be nice to have a break after your meeting tomorrow to get a few things done around home and get more settled in.

    Hooray for your mom coming to visit! That will be so fun to show off your new city. 🙂

  • Daria @ Daria Can Cook
    October 19, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Oh boy, have fun with your mom! A new place always feel real to me once I’ve shown it off to family. 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    October 19, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    Soup days are so yummy!

    I’m sure your mom will enjoy all you have to show her in your new area. It is great when my momma comes to visit and I get to do all the touristy things with her 🙂

  • Still Life in South America
    October 19, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    So happy to hear about your mom visiting! Nothing compares to some mom time—home cooking and big hugs.

    Are your ‘rents still moving to Kentucky?

  • Michelle
    October 19, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Yay! I loved it when my mom came to visit me. I’m super close to my parents and it sounds like you are too.

  • Michelle
    October 19, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Yay! I loved it when my mom came to visit, I am so close to my fam and it sounds like you are too!

  • Jolene (
    October 19, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Toblerone is seriously the best chocolate bar in the world!!!!

  • Mama Pea
    October 19, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    It’s a rule that parents have to fill your fridge when they come visit too, isn’t it?

  • Danielle
    October 19, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    So excited for you that your Mom is coming! That makes it real, you know, when your Mom flies all the way out there to see you and you get the chance to show her around your new life and home. Her little Jenna is all grown up 🙂 and might I say that you’ve done quite well for yourself m’dear. You should be proud!

  • Sarah
    October 19, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    I’m glade your mom is able to visit you!!! I am about to make a big move across country too…and I’m sure I am going to be feeling a lot like you soon- missing my family! So enjoy your time with her 🙂

  • Emily (Emily Eats and Exercises)
    October 19, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Sounds like a long day. Dinner on the floor looks like a perfect end. So glad you’ll get to show your mom around!

  • Jil
    October 19, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    I loooove split pea soup. My mom makes a mean split pea soup…I think I might have to grab that recipe from her. 🙂 Perfect hearty, healthy, comfort food. The omelet, grapes, bread & butter, and wine combo looks divine! And yay for your mom coming to visit!!

  • Darcie
    October 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    How is Trader Joe’s soup? I use your recipe for split pea soup at LEAST once a month because it’s so simple and delicious. I always chop up fresh carrots and toss them in for a little crunch!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    October 19, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    How cool that you have til Thurs off and that your mother is coming. Will you still be dining off the floor? Cracks me up! That will be a great story to tell when you have a best-selling book someday.

  • maria
    October 19, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    How amazing is that? I love visitors. We haven’t had any in Japan yet, but maybe sometime at the beginning of the year. That would be so cool.

  • Julia
    October 19, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    That’s so exciting that your mom is coming to visit!
    That omelet looked delish – and I don’t think there is anything wrong with eating on the floor – simplicity can be a beautiful thing!
    Have a great Tuesday! I hope the weather gets a little less gloomy!

  • Diana
    October 19, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    I’m glad you had a good day, even if it was tiring.
    Have a great tuesday 🙂

  • Kristine
    October 20, 2009 at 12:39 am

    enjoy your days off 🙂

  • Stacey
    October 20, 2009 at 3:21 am

    Haha 🙂 I loveeee the windmill-chocolate combo! that’s my dessert almost everyday at work! (Apparantly my boss loves it too!) Hope the weather gets better out there! We had to deal with that stuff last week , uck

  • Stacey
    October 20, 2009 at 3:23 am

    I love the windmill-chocolate combo!! That’s probably my dessert everyday at work! (My boss loves that combo too, haha) Hope the weather gets better over there, it was like that here in NC last week. 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 20, 2009 at 3:55 am

    That is great your mom is coming. Moms always make it better.

  • Gabriela
    October 20, 2009 at 4:20 am

    Your dinners always look so yummy and classy with wineglasses next to them…I should start using them instead of plastic glasses 🙂 Have a great day! xo

  • Gloria
    October 20, 2009 at 4:26 am

    I would gladly eat off that floor – it’s gorgeous! That’s great you’re getting a visit from you’re Mom. Enjoy your days off!

  • Jen(eatmovelove)
    October 20, 2009 at 4:35 am

    That’s so exciting you’ll get to show your mom around your new home!! Soup sounds good right now…I’m always never sure what kind to pick up at the store as most as really high in salt for a regular basis. Some Amy’s brands are good. But I must make my own too! And after a day of work the first thing I reach for is some wine…and chocolate (unfortunately it’s usually more than a square :/. Have a good day !
    And extra thanks for your advice re: the Yoga Training – it helps to know anyone’s perspective – if anyone wants to chime in and check out my ‘dilemna’ on my blog, I’d appreciate it! 🙂

  • Stephanie
    October 20, 2009 at 4:38 am

    so exciting that your mom is coming – that will be such a great visit!!! 🙂 nothing like a mom to make everything better, right?

  • Anne P
    October 20, 2009 at 4:44 am

    you should try making my homemade minestrone soup 🙂 it’s awesome.

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    October 20, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Sounds like quite a day! And that’s great that your Mom is coming! What a nice treat =)

  • ellen eats beets
    October 20, 2009 at 4:52 am

    what a french french dinner. tres exciting!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    October 20, 2009 at 4:56 am

    That’s so great your mom is visiting! I always love when my mom comes to visit. Makes me less homesick:)

  • Megan @ Megzz Wins At Life
    October 20, 2009 at 5:27 am

    I LOVE soup.. esp this time of year! I am so happy your mom is visiting.. I don’t think I could live that far away from my mommy I would make her come every week hehe..

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    October 20, 2009 at 5:32 am

    Yum, how good is Toblerone! Is you mum bringing your kitty Dexter?

  • Mom
    October 20, 2009 at 5:40 am

    Oh Yes! Dexter will be traveling along next to me!

  • Emily
    October 20, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Yay for your Mom’s visit! I love when my parents come to visit. I’m no so secretly hoping that they will move to Boston – you think you could convince your parents to move to California!? 🙂

    I’m totally with you on the soup – I’m going to make a huge pot for lots of yummy leftovers. 🙂

  • Emily
    October 20, 2009 at 5:48 am

    Yay for your Mom’s visit! I love when my parents come to visit. I’m no so secretly hoping that they will move to Boston – you think you could convince your parents to move to California!? 🙂

    I’m totally with you on the soup – I’m going to make a huge pot for lots of yummy leftovers. 🙂

  • Simone P:T
    October 20, 2009 at 5:53 am

    My mom just came to visit me in nyc this past weekend all the way form Arizona. It was so nice to share all of my favorite restaurants, activities, and fun spots with her. You’re guna hve an awesome time with Mama ELR!!!

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    October 20, 2009 at 6:26 am

    Cheers for your mom visiting! That is great news 🙂

  • Sarah
    October 20, 2009 at 6:33 am

    Where can you buy those Hot n Healthy oatmeal bars? They sound so good!

  • skinnyrunner
    October 20, 2009 at 7:08 am

    your food, even when eaten on the floor 🙂 always looks so good! im going to have to gather my wine tasting friends and come get a pour from you!

  • Evan Thomas
    October 20, 2009 at 7:09 am

    That soup looks so deliciously thick. How have I never grabbed it before?

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    October 20, 2009 at 7:19 am

    How awesome that your mom is coming 🙂

    I love split pea soup, that looks delicious!!

  • Lizzie
    October 20, 2009 at 7:36 am

    um, Jenna? Doesn’t Toblerone come in TRIANGLES not squares?! 🙂

  • Tina
    October 20, 2009 at 7:42 am

    Yay for moms!!! Mine is coming at the end of November and I’m dyinggg to see her! It’s been almost 2 months…I can’t even believe it! I’m happy for you!

  • Kristie Lynn
    October 20, 2009 at 7:49 am

    So happy you get to see your mom soon! 🙂 Excited to see whatever fun soup recipe you come up with!

  • Kristen @
    October 20, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I just purchased those Windmill Cookies from TJs on your recommendation. YUM! Thanks for the tip. 🙂 Now I’m going to have to try them with dark chocolate. Sounds like the perfect combo.

  • Lauren
    October 20, 2009 at 8:17 am

    I love mommy visits! That will be so fun.

    Also, as the above poster said, I also purchased Windmill Cookies thanks to your recommendation 🙂 They are soooo good!

  • brandi
    October 20, 2009 at 8:29 am

    that’s so exciting that your mom gets to come visit!

    i love having soup on cold and rainy days.

  • linda
    October 20, 2009 at 10:18 am

    That is so special that your mom is visiting soon. I remember when I moved to California and my mom came from Indiana to spend the first week with me as well.

  • Jenna
    October 20, 2009 at 10:30 am

    so glad your mom is coming to visit!!!

  • Bev
    October 20, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    Love the little dessert….. looks like a little purse :o)

  • Bev
    October 20, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Love the dessert. Looks like a little purse :o)

  • Minga
    October 20, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    So lovely your Mom’s coming….happy,happy time.