Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness/ Lunch

No Fun For This Baker

Hello lovelies!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Sunday—their Super Bowl Sunday, that is! Tampa is CRAZY as one may imagine…..I did manage to stay clear of any major road today but this city is packed, that’s for sure. Church was great this morning and afterwards, Ryan and I tried out a brand new place for lunch—Datz. Datz Deli just opened up here this past Wednesday and is a gourmet, sit down deli. It was awesome! Unfortunately we weren’t the only ones with the bright idea of hitting up Datz for Sunday brunch today and the wait to get our food was sort of outrageous. Our server more than made up for it though by first bringing us a little “snack” platter with cheese, italian ham and spicy flatbread


And when my meal finally arrived it was totally worth the wait! I ordered an egg sandwich on homemade pumpernickel that was stuffed full of egg whites (I specified this to make it a little lighter!), swiss cheese, Italian ham and smeared with cranberry-apple butter. It was served with pure maple syrup to dip and a fruit bowl. YUM!


To drink, I had one of my favorite things in the entire world that I can’t seem to find everywhere—–a blackberry italian soda!


An italian soda is actually a very simple creation. You just pump some fruit flavored simple syrup in soda water. I used to drink peach ones all the time in Charleston and then when I was in Paris, I had a version with grenadine in perrier. They are SO refreshing and not as sweet as regular sodas. A wonderful treat!

I ended up going home after brunch to help my brother and my mom with a “little” school project. Apparently, my 18 year old brother had to bake 150 chocolate chip cookies for an economy project due tomorrow. Hmmmmm somehow I feel like he knew about this project before today but isn’t that the way high school projects always go??!! I walked into a kitchen that looked like world war three with cosco sized bags of flour, chocolate chips, sugar, butter and the biggest jug of vanilla extract I’ve ever seen. Yep, it was a mess for sure. Thank God for the KitchenAid!!! We got it done though and I was even too full from brunch to eat any dough or even think about a cookie (yet). Haha 😉


Since my house was not very yoga conducive this afternoon (with dough flying everywhere and espn blaring), I decided to just let out a little stress on the upstairs treadmill instead. I blasted my ipod and ran for 25 minutes, the whole time thinking how strange running felt to me since I haven’t done it in forever. I was fine at first but then my shins started to ache, my knees started to hurt and I was reminded once again how much I love the yoga practice. Not to whine or diss cardio workouts, but some people are meant for some things and others are meant for other things. No big deal.

And for dinner, my mom made her delicious bbq pulled chicken in the slow cooker, recipe courtesy of the Southern Living Cookbook. This stuff is seriously out of this world! We like to make huge batches and freeze it. I made the organic hamburger buns at work and my mom made some broccoli slaw to go alongside.


And then after dinner I broke down and just had to taste test a cookie to see if they were okay for the school project…….hehehe


Yep—-they’ll do. We used the recipe from the back of the bag of hershey’s chocolate chips. A good ol’ standby!

I hope everyone enjoys their evening. I’m sad I can’t be with Ryan at our friend’s super bowl party tonight but that’s just the way it goes I guess. I’m hoping to get a good night’s sleep and get ready for my work week!

See you tomorrow!!

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  • VeggieGirl
    February 1, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    You already know how I am with cardio – my body isn’t made for it. I ONLY do yoga and strength-training.

    Hang in there and get a good night’s rest!!

  • Shelby
    February 1, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    I usually have to drag myself to the gym to do cardio. I just don’t enjoy it because it’s so strenuous. I wish I could find a good yoga class or a good video so I could get into it more, I LOVE yoga!

    I hope you get a good night’s sleep!

  • K
    February 1, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Yummy pumpernickel!! Oh my gosh – last minute high school projects haha! At least yours tastes good 🙂

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    February 1, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    That Italian place looks great! I will have to try it.

    Have a good night and get lots of rest!

  • Maureen
    February 1, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    I love Italian sodas too, especially in the summer when I’m both dehydrated and aching for a coffee-shop drink. There’s a Canadian cafe that sells Italian sodas in a million flavours, including sugar-free flavours, and they are less than $2!

  • Emily
    February 1, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    I’m sorry that you can’t join in on the Super Bowl festivities tonight – but being rested is definitely a good thing. Your eats looked great today!

    Have a great day tomorrow,

  • Sharon
    February 1, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Oh wow, tasty tasty eats! Those cookies are just amazing! Sorry to hear that you couldn’t be with Ryan for the superbowl, but your day turned out wonderful!

  • Kailey
    February 1, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    What a wonderful day of eats! It’s too bad you couldn’t be with your man on Superbowl night, but at least you got to be with him earlier! Hope tomorrow is awesome for ya!
    P.S. I’ve been inspired and started my own blog. Please check it out if you get a chance! Thanks!

  • Maggie
    February 1, 2009 at 7:16 pm

    Your lunch sandwich sounds SO SO good!!!!

  • MaryBe
    February 1, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    My daughter is a travel nurse, and her next assignment is in Tampa! She has to be there next Monday, and is staying at SkyPoint Condos. Datz is only 3 miles from there, so we’ll have to hit it when I come to visit!
    I think your brother is going to sell those cookies to his friends for extra gas money 😉

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    February 1, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I’m with you on the running thing… I’m just NOT into it.

  • mh
    February 1, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    running kills my knees!! I MUCH perfer yoga over cardio and I still great a great workout! Sorry you couldn’t be with your man tonight! Mine left today too (he lives in a different state) and its the worst! But time spent together is SO worth it!! take care girl and rest up

  • Kelly
    February 1, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Speaking of yoga…I am trying Bikram for the 1st time tomorrow. I am SO nervous…I am not a big fan of the heat and sometimes get dizzy. However, I have heard so many people rave about it that I must try! I am hoping not to be wheeled out on a stretcher:) Anyone have some good tips on what I should eat before? I am going to run early(5:45) and the yoga class is at 9:30. Any advice is welcome! Thanks!

  • Erin
    February 1, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I know what you mean about people being made for one type of exercise. But I’m totally the opposite of you! I love running & my body just seems to be able to do it endlessly. On the other hand, yoga is way too tough for me!

  • brandi
    February 1, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    that deli sounds great!

    I think God made all kinds of exercise options because he made us all different – you just gotta find what you love!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    February 1, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    I do think that you can adapt to all different kinds of exercise. I used to hate to run and now I LOVE it!!! The trick is to stick with something long enough to either make it your thing or ditch it!

    Have a restful night!

  • Meg
    February 1, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    That is a lot of cookies!!! Your mom’s dinner creation looks delicious!

  • Sally
    February 1, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I mostly use the elliptical for cardio because I have knee issues (I blew out my knee and had my ACL reconstructed a few years ago). I usually warm up for a few minutes, then sprint for 20 seconds, recover for 40 seconds, and do 8 spring/recover cycles and then do a cool down. In part because of your blog, however, I have started doing yoga! I have been doing it 3-4 times a week all month and I am really enjoying it. I’m not very flexible at all but hopefully I’ll improve as I keep practicing.

  • Nicole
    February 1, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Your brunch looks fantastic!

  • Michelle
    February 1, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Those cookies look delicious! And I have to agree, thank god for KitchenAid. I got one for Christmas and have been using it like crazy!

  • juliet
    February 1, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    150 calories for class? Hmm. 🙂 They look great!

  • emily
    February 1, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    yay for helping your brother! I like yoga and cardio now 🙂

  • Samantha
    February 1, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I spent the superbowl at a yoga class (your sunday night is our monday morning) out of the hubs way! I can’t imagine being in the city of the event!

    I totally agree that some people are made for some things and others not the same. My lungs aren’t big on cardio (I have bad asthma) but I love to run and I can’t keep my weight in a healthy range w/o cardio even eating well.

    Your blog has inspired me to bring yoga to my life more though and the effects are positive so thank you for that!

  • Natalie
    February 1, 2009 at 11:56 pm

    I wish my economy class in H.S. involved baking! Sounds like afun project. The Italian soda sounds really good to!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    February 2, 2009 at 12:01 am

    Mmmm, cookies!

  • jen
    February 2, 2009 at 6:45 am

    can you give any other details on the southern living pulled chicken recipe? i searched their site, but didn’t have much luck. maybe the year it was released and the “official” name if that’s not it. thanks so much!

  • Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday
    February 2, 2009 at 7:30 am

    It all looks so good!! Enjoy your Monday!

  • Betsy in Pittsburgh
    February 2, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Can’t get away from baking on your day off! 🙂

  • Fitzalan
    February 2, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Why does one need 150 cookies for an econ. class anyway?

    Hope you were able to get to sleep last night and this morning wasn’t too harsh!!


  • Julie
    February 2, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Hi Jenna!! I love your blog! I’ve recently gotten into bikram and love it!! I was curious how many calories are burned during bikram and was looking online trying to find an answer. I see some websites say 300-800 but then some say it doesn’t really burn hardly anything. I was curious what your thoughts are on that? Thanks!!!!!!

    • jenna
      February 2, 2009 at 12:19 pm


      I honestly have NO idea how many calories are burned. I’ve never worn a HRM in a class or anything because, to me, that takes away the purpose of the class for me. To know how many you burn I would suggest wearing one!

  • Sarah W.
    February 2, 2009 at 10:29 am

    the orange plates used at the deli look like FIESTAWARE plates! but i can’t be too sure – but I swear they look the same!

    yum on all those cookeis – you have better willpower than me for sure!

  • Jess
    February 2, 2009 at 10:31 am

    Running only once in a while will not help your knees stop hurting. The body needs a little consistency and time to getting used to running.

  • Alisa (One Frugal Foodie)
    February 2, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Chocolate chip cookies, still my favorite dessert to make and eat, how fun! Those sandwiches look awesome too. I am trying to get recipes for using our new slow cooker, if you can offer any recipes/tips on the pulled chicken, that is one I would really like to try out. Thanks!

  • Kate
    February 2, 2009 at 11:38 am

    I think that’s very true! While cardio def has heart benefits, I think everyone just has to find what kind of exercise appeals to them! And you’re obs passionate a/b yoga! Me….I’m not so lucky w/ being good at it:P But I try!

  • ananymous
    February 2, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I completely agree Jenna! I used to be serious track runner and it just did not make my body happy! I switched to yoga while recovering from an injury and fell in love! I am actually training to be a yoga teacher right now and in our anatomy lecture our instructor told us that (for the skeletal system) running is the worst thing you can do, it helps other systems like cardivascular but our bones were not intended to do that motion, makes sense to me!

  • Danielle
    February 2, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    I wish I was able to commit to doing some sort of yoga. At this stage where I’m trying to lose weight I think that cardio is best for me. I know yoga can be a great workout, but for me I just don’t push myself so I never feel like I get the best workout from it. Although I hope to get some podcasts soon so I can work on making some of my muscles a little looser.
    And I would definitely have been right there with your brother making cookies at the last minute I was such a procrastinator!

  • Elina
    February 2, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    That little app platter looks so fresh and delicious! 🙂