Dessert/ Dinner

Pasta and Bread, Oh My!

Ahhh Angels and Demons was SO GOOD!!!

I’m actually incredibly glad that I hadn’t finished the book because the movie had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. So many twists and turns… was seriously the best movie I’ve seen in awhile.

After the movie I went over to my parent’s house for dinner. I had a glass of pinot grigio while I helped my mom cook—


On the menu tonight was one of my very favorites— pasta with pan seared scallops in a light tomato cream sauce. This is a very old Cooking Light recipe my mom has been making for years and I just adore it. The cream sauce is light but with a touch of richness and I love anything with scallops!

Here was my plate with pasta, french bread and green beans:


Have I mentioned my mom is the best cook ever?! I hate when girls get all fussy about eating bread with pasta. Its one of my biggest pet peeves actually. I mean come on. If you want it, eat it. Life is too short. Let’s get real.

Dessert was the LAST sliver of Veggie Girl blondies (sniff sniff). I think I am going to attempt to bake a batch of these bad boys this week. They won’t be as good as when Liz baked them for me, I’m sure, but I gotta have my daily dose somehow!


+ peppermint tea once home and blogging πŸ™‚


I’m going to catch up on some of your blogs before heading to bed! Tomorrow I am looking forward to my 8:30 spinning class and a hair cut later in the day. Yes, I know I just got my hair cut (actually I got my hair cut the day my brother died. Ouch) but now that I don’t have to wear a hair net anymore I sort of want more of a style to it. Plus I just love getting my hair done. It makes me feel so pretty and fresh.

See you in the morning, friends! Sleep tight πŸ™‚

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  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    May 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Glad you loved the movie! Your smile is so bright and cheery in that picture. I’m glad to see that sweet smile again!

    Dinner looks wonderful too. Heck yes for CARBS!

    I too LOVE getting my hair cut. It has been WAY too long for me!!!

  • Help Meghan Run
    May 17, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Aw, getting your hair cut is the best thing ever! (So is both pasta and bread.) Have lots of fun doing that tomorrow.

    www. HelpMeghanRun .com

  • Meg
    May 17, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    Dinner looks fabulous! Glad the movie was good!

  • Oh She Glows
    May 17, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Oh I am glad the movie and dinner was so fun πŸ™‚ I agree with you on bread + pasta…I LOVE carbs!

    Can’t wait to see the new do!

  • Jocelyn
    May 17, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    enjoy gettin your hair did!! you deserve it!

  • The Novice Berker
    May 17, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    The pasta looks amazing! And I can’t wait to see your new hairstyle. I bet it’ll look super cute. πŸ˜‰ Which reminds me, I totally need a haircut; this long hair is killing my summery mood!

    P.S. Love your cute red/orange top. πŸ˜€

  • Amie
    May 17, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    i totally agree about the pasta and bread!! i LIVE for pasta and cant get enough of it. i just think its important to eat good food for the sake of it. forget the “low fat low carb low taste” stuff, i want yummy food! and if that means i have to go for a longer run tomorrow morning, so be it!
    i’ve just started reading your blog and i love it so much. i’m also training for a half marathon, mine is on May 31st! ahh! i’m really excited though, it’s going to be awesome πŸ™‚ good luck with your training! i get shin splints too, ughhh. i’m not sure if you know this stretch already, but it helps me: stick your legs straight in front of you (on a chair or on the floor) and flex your feet up towards your shins as far as you can and hold for 20 seconds. then point your toes away from you as far as you can and hold for 20 seconds and repeat a few times. do this as often as you can and it might help! i do it while on the computer.
    thanks for such a great blog, and i also just wanted to say that i am in awe of your strength of character. you’re so inspiring πŸ™‚

  • Emily L.
    May 17, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    Yummmmmmmmm Scallops.
    I always forget how much I love them til I see them. Now I’m craving Indian and Scallops thanks to your recent posts. Sigh. I guess I gots to get cooking.

  • Christina
    May 17, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Yay, I’m happy you liked the movie! I’ve been trying to convince my boyfriend to take me to see it but he’s skeptical because the DaVinci Code wasn’t too good. Maybe this post will change his mind πŸ™‚

  • Bec
    May 17, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    mmm that dinner looks fantastic, got to love pasta and bread!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    May 17, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I love anything with scallops as well, and yes, your mom does sound like an amazing cook. I’ve always thought so. I’ve made VeggieGirl’s blondies 3 times now, and not one of my batches has tasted as good as the ones VeggieGirl sent us.

    Enjoy your haircut, and I hope you have a good week!

  • Sara
    May 17, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Dinner looks great and so does that blondie! πŸ™‚ Have fun getting your hair done tomorrow. I too LOVE getting my hair done.

  • Hangry Pants
    May 17, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    I love pasta, bread and all carbs in between!

  • kristi (sweet cheeks)
    May 17, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    Ohhh yummy dinner!!!

    Can’t wait to see your new hair! πŸ˜€

  • skinnyrunner
    May 17, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    you look so pretty!

  • Siobhan
    May 17, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    I love pasta & bread- sometimes you just have to live a little right? Enjoy getting your hair cut tomorrow Jenna!

  • Sharon
    May 17, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    Oh, have a blast with getting your hair cut!

  • Angelea
    May 17, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Haha. I loved the bread and pasta comment, especially since I had both at dinner tonight. πŸ™‚ Bread BELONGS with pasta. Yum!

  • Jenny
    May 17, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    yay so happy to hear you enjoyed the movie – i am definitely putting that on my “movies i need to see ASAP list” .. the pasta dish looks amazing. Enjoy spinning class tomorrow, girl πŸ™‚

  • Lauren
    May 17, 2009 at 10:07 pm

    Can you tell me why you like pepperment tea so much? As opposed to green or any of the other kinds…is it just a flavor thing or does pepperment tea have other health benefits?

    • jenna
      May 18, 2009 at 4:46 am


      I just have liked it since I was a little girl. Its just a comfort thing to me.

  • Moran (The Running Addict)
    May 17, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I think that eating bread with pasta is entirely cultural. Where I come from it is considered “cheap” to do it…as in, there is not enough pasta to actually feed everybody so bread is needed.

  • brianna
    May 17, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I’m happy to hear angels and demons was good now I’m gunna go out and see it! I haven’t had scallops in ages I need to buy some of those little guys soon!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    May 17, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Yes, definitely treat yourself to a haircut/style! I can’t wait to see what you do!

  • Leah @ Simply Fabulous Now
    May 18, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Everyone keeps having great reviews of that movie! I’d like to see it once it comes to the UK in I don’t know, 6 months?! haha.

    Enjoy getting your hair done! I love it too!

  • Matt (No Meat Athlete)
    May 18, 2009 at 4:41 am

    Peppermint tea is the best!

  • kilax
    May 18, 2009 at 4:53 am

    Amen about eating pasta and bread. I know a few people who are so anti-bread, it’s like they are afraid of it. It makes me crazy!

    I can’t wait to see the movie! I loved the book! And I love Ewan McGregor.

  • Kelly
    May 18, 2009 at 5:22 am

    I eat bread and pasta all the time. It’s actually one of the easiest foods on my tummy. Anyway, everything in moderation πŸ™‚ I’ve never been a big fan of the low crab craze!
    Glad to hear Angels and Demons is good. I read the book 3 years ago I think so I really don’t remember it at all, hopefully I’ll be on the edge of my seat too!

  • Alyssa
    May 18, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Dude, I eat tons of grains/bread every day (in a well balanced diet of course) and look fine. I think the whole “carbs are the enemy” thing is blown out of proportion a bit. There’s a reason why the food pyramid suggests so many grains, energy! πŸ™‚

  • Jess
    May 18, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Are you going to stop reading the book now that you’ve seen the movie? I don’t know if I could stand finishing it after knowing the end.

  • janetha
    May 18, 2009 at 10:38 am

    oh i loved the movie too! it was definitely better than da vinci in my opinion.

    i agree, bread w/ pasta is like pb&j!

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    May 18, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Hooray for no more hairnets! Definitely post pics of your new do! πŸ™‚

  • meganerd
    May 18, 2009 at 11:03 am

    Your dinner looks amazing! I will have to try that sometime, I just discovered I like scallops. I agree that its annoying when people get fussy about pasta and bread together- or even just one or the other!

  • Amanda
    May 18, 2009 at 11:41 am

    One of my girlfriends is like that – no carbs. She probably wouldn’t even eat pasta, let alone bread! I just think it’s an unhealthy approach to living. It’s a diet, and if I know anything, dieting doesn’t work. Being balanced does!

  • Fitzalan
    May 18, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    “I hate when girls get all fussy about eating bread with pasta. Its one of my biggest pet peeves actually. I mean come on. If you want it, eat it. Life is too short. Let’s get real.”

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. I definitely used to one of those girls. Then it dawned on me….if I died tomorrow, no one is going to say “she was the perfect weight and size”, even if I was. Life isn’t about size and weight, it is about happiness and enjoying as much of life as you can.

    Happiness Awaits

  • Matt
    May 18, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    You can never have too much bread!