Happy Saturday everyone!
This morning, per usual, I woke up at 6 and headed in to work. My body is slowly yet surely adjusting to the new hours and everyday, I’m not as tired as I was the last day. This morning for breakfast I had almond butter and jam on a whole wheat bagel with a yogurt:
For lunch today I packed some salmon salad (1 can salmon mixed with a few big blobs of miracle whip + sweet relish) with kashis, carrots and strawberries. It felt SO good to sit down around noon!
And, for my morning snack, I had 1/2 cup whipped cottage cheese and an apple.
I didn’t pack an afternoon snack because I live so close to work (about a mile) and it’s easy just to come home and grab whatever I want at the time rather than planning something out.
I settled on 1/4th cup Udi’s original granola with silk light vanilla.
I’d never been able to find Udi’s granola before but always searched for it. SO glad I found it because I’m officially addicted! This stuff is SOOO good!!! Sweet, crunchy with nuts and banana chips. Would be perfect as a topper for some thick greek yogurt. 🙂
I went grocery shopping after work (and got followed around by two old ladies intrigued by me being a chef and asking me all sorts of odd produce questions) and here’s what I came home with:
The old ladies were actually cute. One told me that being a pastry chef was her “dream job” and was asking me the best way to use pears in a dessert. The other lady wanted to know everything about my daily schedule. It’s so funny that people think being a chef is a dream job! I mean it’s great, don’t get me wrong…but the hours are LONG and a lot of times bakers have to be at work around 2 am to start baking bread. I already know that on Thanksgiving I have to work from 5 am- 6 pm. Kiss goodbye your holidays! You have to really LOVE what you do (which I do!) in order for it to work.
Speaking of work, today was actually a shorter day because Adam had to take THIS gorgeous masterpiece to the wedding site! That card really won’t be sticking out the top when he presented it. The cake will be topped with a bouquet of fresh flowers!
It was breathtaking. I wish I could take some form of credit for it but all I did was put the crumb coat (initial coat) of icing on the top tier. When you make wedding cakes you first must coat each cake layer with a thin coat of icing. This is called doing the “crumb coat”. You then chill the cake and go back over it with more icing. Doing the crumb coat ensures that you don’t get any crumbs in your final application of icing! Adam did all the decorative work for this last night and set out to deliver it this afternoon around 2:00.
This morning I made the usual pumpernickel rolls and cranberry bread and then I got to play around a bit! I baked some molasses cookies that I wanted to try out of The Silver Palate Cookbook (one of my favs).
I had a bite of one and the flavor was awesome but we both agreed that next time we would add more flour to the recipe to make it a thicker, fuller cookie. I have this image in my head of the perfect molasses cookie—-very thick yet soft and chewy.
After lunch I also made some apple pie filling (yes, we make our own..its NOT from a can!)
And I remade more pumpernickel dough for Adam to bake off tomorrow morning. Tomorrow is my day off!
Then…we deep cleaned. Apparently we deep clean the kitchen once a week. I scrubbed the floor, scrubbed all the countertops and ceiling and wiped everything down. We are due for a meeting with the health inspector next week and everything has gotta be ship-shape! It wasn’t too bad…only took about 45 minutes and I got to go home early, around 2:00!
After the grocery store and snack, I relaxed for awhile then went on a 40 minute run in my favorite part of town. I parked my car at my old middle school and did a big loop on “Ocean Drive” which is a big strip of cute boutiques, parks and cafes on the beach (duh). It was a good run and I came to the decision that from now on, I’ll be training with the Galloway Method again. I know many “real” runners don’t agree with the concept of the walk-run method, but for my body it just works. I feel better and enjoy running a TON more when I do a walk/run ratio. I don’t get as tired as fast and it’s not as hard on my legs. And for yall unbelievers out there, I ran a 10K using the Galloway Method last year and finished in 50 minutes. Yeah! I guess it just works great for some people and not so well for others—to each their own!
For dinner I made cheese pizza. I know, aren’t I so exciting?! I used these fabulous individual crusts I got at the store:
I have used these a ton of times and LOVE them!
I used a basic pizza sauce and sprinkled reduced fat Mozzarella and goat cheese on. Paired with a salad and a glass of my new favorite wine, it was perfect 🙂
I drank this wine a couple weeks ago when I went to Seasons 52. I LOVE it! It’s light, fruity and VERY affordable! I highly recommend it!
After dinner I had a rice pudding + chocolate chips for dessert:
It ain’t no opera cake but it satisfied this girl’s sweet tooth! 🙂
I’m officially pooped. Good thing tomorrow is my day off! It’s weird having a big house all to myself (the “parents” are gone for the next week) so my plan tomorrow is to wake up, make a yummy breakfast, go to Church then lay around the pool and read. Not bad!
Have a wonderful night!
AlyssaOctober 4, 2008 at 11:50 pm
Do you ever buy honeycrisp apples? They are delicious…mmm..
VeggieGirlOctober 4, 2008 at 11:58 pm
No doubt you’d be exhausted after your loooong day; but at least it sounds/looks fun and delicious!! 🙂
Enjoy your evening!!
jennaOctober 5, 2008 at 12:03 am
I LOVE honeycrisp but can’t find them everywhere! I seem to only be able to find them about 2 weeks out of the year….they are expensive but worth it!
raybelleOctober 5, 2008 at 12:24 am
it sounds like you’re really enjoying being back at vero beach! do you think you would like to move back eventually?
have a wonderful sunday;)
EveyOctober 5, 2008 at 12:27 am
Ooo, I saw that pizza crust at my nearby grocery store and I’ve had a hankering for some pizza lately.. thanks for the recommendation!
You work so hard, Jenna, I hope you take full advantage of your rest hours.. you deserve it! Have a great day tomorrow!
Oh, and btw, you inspired me to make quiche for dinner tonight! I’ve never made quiche before, but after seeing yours, I just had to make one! Hopefully it comes out good… 🙂
justjenOctober 5, 2008 at 12:29 am
Never knew that about a “crumb coat”…I always thought I’d want to be a pastry chef but never went through with it…think I was afraid I’d eat everything! It’s a pleasure reading your blog about it, though.
justjenOctober 5, 2008 at 12:30 am
PS I just bought a half pack of honeycrisp apples, they are the best EVER
emilyOctober 5, 2008 at 12:31 am
what a fun, full day. I really enjoyed learning about the “crumb coat;” anytime you want to throw in a fun “foodie fact” I think we all would be interested.
Emily W.October 5, 2008 at 12:48 am
Hey! Have you ever had those almondina cookies I see in your photo before? I see them all of the time but have yet to try the,m. Are they good?!
AlyssaOctober 5, 2008 at 1:23 am
Bummer! I could send you some (we have them for about a month) but I’m not sure if they would last in the mail, you think?
MeganOctober 5, 2008 at 1:26 am
What a busy day!!! The pizza looks yummy!
claireOctober 5, 2008 at 2:52 am
What’s funny is that I’m in medical school and I think that if I had not gone to medical school, I would have done culinary/pastry school. Neither professions have good hours! Enjoy your day off. I have to work tomorrow so won’t be able to go to morning church…guess I’ll go to night church!
gina (fitnessista)October 5, 2008 at 3:45 am
hey! i remember that wine! kinda… haha
i love reading about all of the amazing things you make at work– very fascinating!
enjoy your day off!
JedOctober 5, 2008 at 3:50 am
I am impressed. Nice job on the web site. Keep up the good work. How come you did not mention all that streusel topping I saw you eating in the walk in.
KatOctober 5, 2008 at 4:39 am
I was just wondering which yoga downloads were your favourite? I love doing yoga and have been doing Bikram for over a year now, but I would like to branch out and do some at home (so much cheaper). Any recommendations?
Thank you! I am am stoked on the discount they are offering!
ChristieOctober 5, 2008 at 10:50 am
I love seeing all the stuff youguys create… i am sure it is a lot of work and i know that kind of work wears you out at the end of the night. Glad you make time to come home and enjoy a nice dinner.
jennaOctober 5, 2008 at 11:25 am
No…hahaha….maybe when I’m 90! 😉
jennaOctober 5, 2008 at 11:38 am
Uhhh Jed, that was supposed to be our little secret??!
I’m just kidding! Jed is one of the sous chefs at work and he totally busted me nibbling on streusel topping in the walk-in when I was supposed to be scrubbing the floor! haha!
Christie I.October 5, 2008 at 12:36 pm
Looks like a really busy but delicious day.
Enjoy your Sunday!
jennaOctober 5, 2008 at 7:05 pm
I freaked out when I saw these cookies! I LOVE these but haven’t been able to find them for years for some reason!!! They are a-m-a-z-i-n-g! The perfect crunch and everything. Love ’em!