Breakfast/ Dessert/ Dinner

Ryan Meets The “Parents”

Hi friends!

So sorry I didn’t come back last night…..jenna drank two glasses of wine then was out for the count. I was soooo tired! We had a blast though and here’s a lovely recap!

Ryan got in around 7:30 and we started with some crackers, grapes, cheese and my hummus:


I noshed on the grapes and ate the hummus (which I am liking more and more now) straight from the bowl. Mmmm

Glass of merlot number one:


And then we all sat down to a delicious dinner although we definitely chose to grill out on the chilliest night of the year!! My plate was FILLED with grilled veggies (onion, bell peppers and mushrooms) along with shrimp, a little bit of rice and my favorite salad ever:



It tasted amazing!!! I ate everything except for one slice of mozzarella and most of the rice…I really just picked at that and filled up on more veggies (I had seconds!).

And then for dessert……………


Holy incredible!!!!!!!! These were AMAZING!!! They tasted JUST like a reeses peanut butter cup—I ate one and Ryan ate three! I already have requests to make this for Christmas…and every other occasion once I move home.


And, yes, here is the recipe–very quick and easy!

Betty’s Incredible “Incredibles”

2/3 cup melted butter

2 cups graham cracker crumbs

2 cups powdered sugar

12 oz chunky peanut butter

12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Combine the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, peanut butter and powdered sugar. Press into a 9×13 pan. Flatten until smooth.

2. Melt the chocolate chips and spread over the mixture in the pan. Place in fridge or freeze until chocolate has hardened enough to slice. Enjoy!

After all that good food, wine and dessert I was ready to hit the sack! I woke up ridiculously early this morning (blehhh) and made some pumpkin banana oats for breakfast while Ryan slept on 🙂


The combo today consists of 1/2 cup oats made with half silk and half water, 1/3 cup pumpkin, 1/2 banana, 1 huge spoonful almond butter (getting down to the last bit of my jar!!!) and tons of cinnamon 🙂

Betty and Ted are actually going out of town today for the night so it seems like Ryan and I have this huge house to ourselves.…couldn’t ask for a better weekend getaway! Once the sleepy head wakes up, we are going to head over to my place of work so I can show him all around and from there we are going to go out for lunch somewhere on the beach (probably just a sandwich shop) and then meet my dad at the golf course! Tonight, we are going out for drinks and dinner (just us, not my dad haha). It’s QUITE chilly outside—45 degrees!—-and I’m just hoping it stays sunny for us!

Talk to you soon!!

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  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    November 22, 2008 at 7:07 am

    Enjoy your day!

  • emily
    November 22, 2008 at 7:10 am

    those bars look delish, thanks for posting the recipe. that’s sweet that the “rents” gave you the house alone, have a fun day!

  • VeggieGirl
    November 22, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Those “incredible bars” DO look incredible – HOLY YUM!!! 😉

    Such a lovely evening with Ryan!! Have lots of fun today as well!!

  • Beadie
    November 22, 2008 at 7:26 am

    I have been trying to figure out what to make for T-day and those bars are exactly it!

  • Nellie
    November 22, 2008 at 7:33 am

    I think I just died looking at those “incredibles.” Must. have. now.

    Enjoy your day with Ryan!

  • suzanne
    November 22, 2008 at 7:47 am

    Looks like your going to have a great weekend!!

  • Mara
    November 22, 2008 at 7:56 am

    I love love love Caprese salad!! Its on my list of favorite foods, thats for sure… i’m very picky about the tomatoes that are included though!
    Have a great day!

  • seelivelee (for the love of peanut butter)
    November 22, 2008 at 7:59 am

    have a beautiful day!! thanks for the INCREDIBLE recipe!

  • Kristy
    November 22, 2008 at 9:01 am

    Mmm…Mozzarella Caprese is my favorite too. Now I want some 🙂

  • Shannon
    November 22, 2008 at 9:03 am

    Oh my gosh, those PB bars look amazing.
    Don’t forget to buy some more almond butter!

  • andrunwithit
    November 22, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Ooooh, I had a friend in HS whose mom made those things… they taste like SIN in a square, they are just soooo good!! That’s a cute pic of Ryan chowing down on one… you two are a gorgeous pair!

  • leslie
    November 22, 2008 at 9:51 am

    omg i make those bars all the time! they are sooo good!

  • leslie
    November 22, 2008 at 10:02 am

    and jenna, where do you buy those protein bars?

  • keiko
    November 22, 2008 at 10:02 am

    I just wanted to say that I came across your blog a while ago, and it’s one that I can’t stop reading. The balance you have between being healthy and enjoying food is really lovely.
    My brother is a chef, and I come from a huge culinary family, so it’s always nice to see someone else who’s incorporating both lifestyles into one.
    Thanks a lot, and keep up the good work!
    p.s. you even inspired me to start my own blog!

  • bobbi
    November 22, 2008 at 10:03 am

    o man those bars looks so good!

  • Sami
    November 22, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Jenna! I’m a regular reader of Kath’s, and now of you. I tried your over-night steel cut oats this morning. They were wonderful and perfectly filling after a tough workout. Thank you. 🙂

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    November 22, 2008 at 10:19 am

    My elementary school cafeteria used to serve the same peanut butter bars!! I always got so exited when they had them for lunch. My love for PB and chocolate began at a young age. 😛

  • carolinebee
    November 22, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Those bars are definetely coming to Thanksgiving dinner! Thanks to your house momma for sharing! Have a fun day!

  • Victoria
    November 22, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Dinner looks amazing. That salad would have been my favorite too! Thank your “mom” for giving us the recipe for those incredibles!!

  • Leah
    November 22, 2008 at 10:47 am

    My sister makes peanut butter squares just like that! They turn out so well!

  • LT
    November 22, 2008 at 10:49 am

    Mmmm I’ve had that exact recipe except in ball-form. You roll the pb mixture into a ball and then coat it with the chocolate. Crazzzzyyy goood!

  • Moran
    November 22, 2008 at 10:55 am

    Have a great time with Ryan!

  • Megan
    November 22, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Those bars look delish- the ingredients remind me of the Peanut Butter Balls my Mom and Grandmother make every Christmas- all though the process is not as easy as the bars. I could so make these bars- I think I will!
    Have a great Saturday!!!

  • Oh She Glows
    November 22, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Ohh those bars look amazing. I will definitely be making these for Christmas! I agree the recipe looks similar to peanut butter balls!Yummy. Thanks for the recipe.

    Have a great day!

    Angela from

  • Mel
    November 22, 2008 at 12:45 pm

    I love caprese salad too…. I probably would have eated it all! 🙂

    Thank you for sharing Betty’s recipe, they will definitely be made! Have fun with Ryan and your dad today!

  • Beth
    November 22, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    Hi Jenna! Those pb chocolate bars look yummy! I was wondering if you can use all natural pb in this recipe because I know some recipes say not to use all natural pb for whatever reason. Thanks! 🙂

  • Tamara
    November 22, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Have a great weekend with Ryan! Can’t wait to try the pure protein oatmeal bars from yesterday! It’ll be nice to have something health when I’m craving cookies during the holidays! 🙂

  • runjess
    November 22, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    That recipe looks so easy and delicious! Also, caprese salads are the absolute best. Loooove fresh mozzarella.

  • jenna
    November 22, 2008 at 5:51 pm


    Which protein bars are you talking about? I buy all my bars from publix, my local supermarket…


    I have nooo idea how they would turn out. I would say no because the “bad” peanut butter adds a silky texture to the bars which all natural peanut butter does not have. If you use all natural peanut butter you may have to increase the sugar in the recipe as well. I am pretty healthy usually, but with stuff like this I always say “why mess with a good thing?” I don’t try to healthify these kinds of things because when I want one, I want to enjoy it in its full glory!

  • Colleen
    November 23, 2008 at 9:28 am

    OHHHHHHHHHH!! I love your blog and I am loving that recipe for the peanut butter bars – I totally agree with you on the “why mess with a good thing?” Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have to make a dessert for Thanksgiving with the in-laws and this will be so easy since I have to take a million other things over there too! 🙂

  • Colleen
    November 23, 2008 at 9:29 am

    One more thing…you don’t have to heat up the peanut butter mixture? I’m guessing the melted butter helps everything mesh, but I just wanted to make sure…Thanks!

  • jenna
    November 23, 2008 at 9:54 am


    Nope—no heat is necessary! The melted butter does the trick apparently 🙂

  • Erin
    November 23, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    I’m also going to be making the Incredible Peanutbutter Bars for Thanksgiving dessert, Thanks Jenna!