Dessert/ Dinner

Positivity Is Catchy

hi friends!

I hope everyone had a great Wednesday. You know when you just have this feeling that something awesome is about to happen? I totally have that feeling. Hopefully we shall see it all come to culmination soon! 😉

No afternoon snack because I wasn’t hungry….but I did get told by my Thai alteration lady that “I look single” and “I need to stop being so picky or else I will end up alone”. Hmmmm a) how does someone “look single” and b) heck yes I’m picky!!!! Thank you very much.

That was interesting.

Anyways! Made a vegan feast tonight!



I made the maple mustard baked tempeh from my Clean Food cookbook along with roasted brussels and leftover coconut mashed butternut squash. It was delicious, however I still think I prefer tofu to tempeh. I did love the spicy maple flavor that was goin’ on here though!

For a grand finale…….


Organic 70% dark chocolate. Soooooooooo goooooooood 🙂


I’m currently re-listening to last weeks sermon via podcast because it was THAT GOOD. Seriously, if you need a little somethin’ somethin’ mid-week, this is totally for you. I’m in a better mood just listening to it again. Our pastor is SO FUNNY!


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  • brandi
    September 9, 2009 at 8:10 pm

    people say the funniest things 🙂

    glad you had a good day! that coconut butternut squash sounds awesome.

  • Pam (Highway to Health)
    September 9, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Yum! Coconut mashed butternut squash? Sounds so good.

    I hope your feeling is right and something good happens soon!

  • Lauren
    September 9, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    I love those feelings because more than not, they turn out to be true. I really hope something amazing does happen for you really soon!

    The coconut mashed squash is beautifully delicious. I have some coconut milk to use so this shall be going into the bank of ideas.

    Have a lovely evening!

  • chandra
    September 9, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    I wish I would have been able to read all of your upbeat posts from today earlier – I definitely needed it… today has been a beast of a day since I woke up at 4:30am, hopefully tomorrow I’ll wake up with your positivity. 🙂

  • Meredith
    September 9, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Oh my gosh, my alterations lady says crazy things too! She always says something about my boobs being small 🙂 And then tries to fix me up with “nice boys” from her church, haha.

  • Jenna
    September 9, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I’m glad you have such a fabulous day! Love the chocolate 🙂 I totally ate a whole bar of Dove Dark Chocolate on the plane the other night!

  • Jenna
    September 9, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    haha that was funny what the thai lady said!

  • Leianna
    September 9, 2009 at 8:28 pm

    Theres nothing good on tv, so I may be watching a sermon, I love a good sermon and haven’t been moved by one lately!
    That coconut mashed butternut squash looks amazing, at first I thought it was mustard though!

  • Nellie
    September 9, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    i can’t wait to hear what amazing things happen to you, i know they will! and there is nothing wrong with being picky!!!

  • Maria
    September 9, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    I prefer tofu to tempeh by a mile–but I have a package of tempeh I need to use up soon and mustard sounds lovely =)

    I love 70% organic dark chocolate, especially with cacao nibs!

    Haha, your alterations lady is funny! She probably just assumed you were single because you had no ring, and she wanted to hook you up with someone she knows because you’re so pretty 😉

  • Rachel
    September 9, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Here’s to being picky! And you know what? Ain’t nothin’ wrong with being single. You can do your own thing and not have to worry about accomodating someone else. And wait for someone WORTH accomodating.

  • Stephanie
    September 9, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    Your dinner looks delicious! Roasted brussels are one of my favorites. I’m excited to hear about your good news 🙂

  • Sarah
    September 9, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    I love akwardness amongst strangers…it’s the best!

  • Lizzy
    September 9, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    i had roasted brussels tonight too! my first time having them this way and i totally loved them! such a great flavor! 🙂

  • Kristen
    September 9, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Did you respond with “yes i’m single…and i’m specTACULAR”? Picky is definitely good. 🙂

  • *Andrea*
    September 9, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    what a weird comment from the thai lady lol. i also prefer tofu over tempeh – but i love the tempeh that is ground up like taco meat. i hope something GREAT happens to you. trust your intuition 😉

  • Evan Thomas
    September 9, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Maple and mustard sounds tantalizing

  • angieinatlanta
    September 9, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    LOL @ that Thai lady!

    I love when grown-ups give unsolicited advice; Yes, I’m single, and I’m happy! Get over it, right?

  • emily - eatventures
    September 9, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    omg, I pretty much have to buy that cookbook now, there is no way I can’t make that recipe!

  • JocelynEatsFresh
    September 9, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Looks yummy! I will also definitely give that sermon a listen! Thanks for posting!

  • Allie
    September 9, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    gotta love the unsolicited single girl comments. thanks for sharing so i know i’m not the only one!

    have you tried other brands of salmon burgers? recommend any one over another?

  • Lizzie
    September 9, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Ummm . .. aren’t you, like 24??? You have plenty of time to be picky! That comment was too funny. I am seriously loving dark chocolate. Can’t go back to milk – it tastes to artificially sweet. Have you tried Taza chocolate? I think you could probably get it at the Whole Foods in FL. I think you can also order online. It is very yummy!

  • Julie
    September 9, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Hey Jenna! I’m thinking about buying Clean Food and I was wondering what you thought of it in terms of how quick and/or easy the recipes are.. I am a college student and do not have much time to make time consuming and ingredient intensive weekday meals. Thanks and enjoy your night! 🙂

  • Katie
    September 9, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Hmm, I’m not sure how someone looks single, haha! I’m actually roasting brussel sprouts right now, totally my fav veggie! I hope your intuition is right! I’ll send good vibes your way 🙂

  • 24carrot
    September 9, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Your butternut squash and coconut reminds me of one my favorite flavor combos – sweet potato with coconut and sprinkles of toasted walnuts. Did you just stir the coconut into the squash?

  • Cat
    September 9, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    That chocolate looks soooo good! And I have to tell you about the giveaway at!


  • Adriane (Wholesome Foodie)
    September 9, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Your dinner sounds amazing! I have always liked tofu better than tempeh. I think it absorbs flavors better.

  • Jenny
    September 9, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    That dinner looks delish!
    I’m not sure what looking single looks like either…
    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  • devan
    September 9, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    yummm love you veg feast!! i adore brussle sprouts 🙂 how’d you make yours??

    hahaha people say such odd things sometimes!

  • Cyndi
    September 9, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    It’s good to be picky (selective) but not TOO picky (judgemental).

    Some people can pick up very quickly on cues – don’t freak out about it. Use the information as you see fit.

  • Alison
    September 9, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    A few people have told me I’m picky but I think I deserve to be : ) I’m not settling for just any guy!

  • Stephanie
    September 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Ummm so wanna share this coconut mashed butternut squash recipe?! Sounds soooooooooo good 🙂

  • Nancy in Naples
    September 9, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Will listen to that sermon tomorrow if you’ve think it’s that good.
    You will laugh . . .John was going through the fridge tonight and came upon a bag of the little Laughing Cow cheeses from Costco. He blurts out, “Why did you buy this whole bag of these little cheese things?” He sounded a bit irritated but as soon as I said, “Jenna said they are great!” he was fine with them! If you recommend them, they are OK in this household!
    What does the Thai alteration lady know anyway? You’ve got all of the time in the world to find Mr. Right . . .

  • Krissy - Single Serving
    September 9, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    If you look single I can’t even imagine what I look like. LOL!

  • Rachel
    September 9, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    haha I can’t believe she said that!

    Thanks for the podcast link. I’m almost done with the most recent one and it’s AMAZING. I’m definitely keeping the link.

  • Caitlin
    September 9, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    I am going to listen to the sermon now…just what I need I think!

    also, the comment from your alteration lady made me laugh. 🙂

  • amanda
    September 9, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    you single i fix you up with my nephew he in thailand he can marry you for 100 goats….. LOL sorry too funny how can someone look single?

  • Emily
    September 9, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    Boys are definitely in a category that is OK to be picky about!! That’s for sure! 🙂

    So glad that you’re feeling happy!! It really shows. 🙂

  • Teresa
    September 9, 2009 at 10:42 pm

    Yes to brussels sprouts, yes to coconut sweet potato mash, yes to vegan feast, and heck yes to endangered species Dark CHOCOLATE!

    Have a lovely night!

  • Sarah
    September 9, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Love your alterations lady! I had a jewelry instructor who was just like that exact she was usually dead on!

  • Brittany
    September 9, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    I’m totally with ya. How does one look single? Going into a store alone doens’t mean you’re single and I agree, being picky about who you love is a good thing.

    Lastly, as much as I try to like homemade tempeh dishes, I still would much rather prefer tofu or prepared tempeh from a local organic market here in Richmond. I guess I just don’t know the secret to cooking it correctly 🙂

  • Brie (The Fit Bride)
    September 9, 2009 at 11:02 pm

    Mmmm, dark chocolate!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    September 9, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    That’s so funny about the tailor- you’re supposed to be picky, it’s your right. I love when random people make observations about other people’s lives haha.

  • Whitney
    September 9, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks for the sermon link I am going to listen to it now! I love a little midweek ‘pick me up’.

    And there is nothing wrong with being picky. There is however something wrong with being insensitive, which that comment was. What was she thinking?

    Hugs to you and cheers to being picky!

  • Kat (Kat's Daily Plate)
    September 9, 2009 at 11:32 pm

    I’m not sure what “looking single” means, but you look great!

  • Morgan (lifeafterbagels)
    September 9, 2009 at 11:37 pm

    Ahhhhhh the good ol unsolicited advice, always good. I get it a lot being vegetarian.

  • Lainie
    September 9, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    You’re beautiful, talented, smart…you have every right to be picky!!!

  • BroccoliHut
    September 10, 2009 at 12:07 am

    What a fantastic meal! I want some tempeh now.

  • Becky
    September 10, 2009 at 1:21 am

    I say that “looking single” looks great on you and I’m in the same boat with you. Single and Picky.

  • Michelle
    September 10, 2009 at 1:32 am

    I think that a lot of life is how you think about it. I have recently discovered that much of my health problems, thought patterns, binge eating, etc. it wrapped up what is happening in my mind. Thus, and I think what faith begins to do, is to unwind this constant chatter and make us feel and live through our hearts. To be open to God and to open to the world. When you make a concious choice for that..then you find the beauty in things that you may not have enjoyed previously.

    As far as being single..I do think that many times it’s a concious choice. People may yern to have a relationship, but until they have opened their heart to that idea then it doesn’t radiate. It’s neither bad nor good. You’ve been through a lot and getting your heart, faith, life where you want it to be is the most important thing for any relationship with yourself and/or with another person.


  • Nicole
    September 10, 2009 at 1:44 am

    Haha, that lady is hilarious. Really, all you can do at moments like that is laugh. Life is way too short to take things said to you like that personally! I think your single look is great! I think it is great being picky. Otherwise, you will end up alone having left someone who wasn’t right for you after a few years, or unhappy because you are still with them! At least you know what you want! So many people don’t!

  • Julia
    September 10, 2009 at 3:50 am

    Food looks great!

    And people can be crazy…Don’t take it seriously or personally please. In my opinion: you don’t “look” single at all (how does that look anyway?)…
    Have a great day!
    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  • Kelly
    September 10, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Haha, I think you have a plenty of time before you will “end up alone”! And also I don’t know how single looks!
    I hope something great happens soon!

  • Pam
    September 10, 2009 at 7:13 am

    I listened to that sermon! I wrote down about five million things. It’s all about letting go and loving people! Thanks for sharing.

  • Heather
    September 10, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Thanks so much for posting the sermon, Jenna! I’m definitely going to give it a listen later on. [:

    P.S. – You have gotten me into hummus + BBQ hot sauce. I love mixing it on a salad with baby spinach, tomato, red onion, yellow pepper, and avocado. DELISH.

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    September 10, 2009 at 7:36 am

    I must try that dinner, the whole thing looks yum :). Yay for your positive day!

  • Tiffany
    September 10, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I am cracking up at what that lady told you! People always said the same things to me because I was the LAST of my friends to get married – I “needed to stop being so picky” or “was I nervous I’d never get married” – blah, blah, blah. I was perfectly happy being single and I wasn’t going to settle down until I found someone who made me happier than I already was. I am turning (gasp) 30 tomorrow and will be celebrating with my wonderful husband who I, according to others, married “late” in life…haha!
    BTW, I hope you’re right about good things coming!!! I’m waiting on a few opportunities myself 😉

  • Holly
    September 10, 2009 at 9:25 am

    haha i lived in thailand for almost a year, and i can’t even begin to tell you what some ladies told me: one told me i was fat, one told me i was nothing without a boyfriend, another told me i had gotten skinny being in thailand (clearly i was bigger when i first arrived), one told me i was too dark (they love to be paler) – oh honey, the list continues!

    haha – that’s just how those ladies are 🙂

  • Kate
    September 10, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Wow, coconut butternut squash sounds like something I would LOVE. Do you have a recipe or did you just throw it together? On the same note… I’ve been wanting to try tempeh but am scared since several other bloggers say it tastes (smells?) like feet 🙂 How do you prepare it?

    • jenna
      September 10, 2009 at 10:08 am


      well, it was leftovers. but to make it, all I did was roast a squash in the oven and then puree it with a bit of coconut milk! good and easy!

  • foodcents
    September 10, 2009 at 10:51 am

    You look single? Ummmm, ok……. maybe next time you see her you could inquire what exactly “single” looks like, I would be VERY curious. I do have to say it was a rather tacky comment on her part, lame.

    Be picky, nothing wrong with that, Jenna 🙂

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    September 10, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I love listening to old inspiring sermons (not my own). They really give me a pick me up because I lead the sermons instead of just getting to listen and absorb the Word.

  • Mindy
    September 10, 2009 at 11:55 am

    LOL @ what your thai lady said!! 🙂

  • Jennie {in Wonderland}
    September 10, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Don’t worry Jenna, the girl at Subway the other day flat-out asked me if I was pregnant. I was all, “What? Sniff sniff” and then she was like, “You got so many pickles. Pregnant women always get extra pickles.” I had to laugh – people say the strangest things.

  • Kim
    September 10, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Jenna, Keep being picky! As I always tell my friends, we ladies know what we’re worth, no reason to sell ourselves short. Besides, if Carrie Bradshaw could be single until 42, we’re doing pretty good in our twenties 😉

    And thanks for sharing the link to the sermon! I love listening to church podcasts while I’m working and have been addicted to Mark Driscoll’s lately. I’ve been linking to a bunch of them on my blog because I can’t stop listening. I’ll check this one out today.

    The Clean Food Cookbook has made my must-buy-now list!