Breakfast/ Lunch

Sandy Got Back

Happy Humpday bloggies!

I’m feeling a lot better today although I still have a rather stuffy nose. Thanks again for all the sweet comments yesterday about the big one year! I still can’t believe an entire year (and a day) has gone by! Woah! Anyways, this morning I had some hot pumpkin oats to start my day:


I used 1/2 cup multigrain cereal, 1/2 cup vanilla hempmilk, 1/2 cup water, 1/3 cup pumpkin, 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 tbsp almond butter and topped with pom seeds. It was super filling!

Around 9:45 I had this yogurt for a snack


I rarely buy these after I discovered the awesomeness of greek yogurt, but this has been sitting in the fridge probably since October (don’t worry, I checked and it’s still good!) and it had to be eaten! It was nice for a change šŸ™‚ Sweet though!

For lunch I packed my classic jenna favorite sammie— boar’s head turkey with 2 tbsp Sabra’s roasted garlic hummus, 1 light laughing cow, 2 bread and butter pickles and spinach, on Arnold’s protein bread.


I hadn’t had it in a few weeks and it was heavenly. I also had my new favorite thing ever: peach medley applesauce


Ahhhh I love this applesauce! It is sooo delicious

For an afternoon snack today I had a banana with a tbsp of almond butter. Clearly I can’t slice a banana. Don’t judge


I was THRILLED when I got home from work to see a HUGE package outside waiting for me. I looooove packages šŸ™‚ I opened it up to find………


(lets out a little squeal of joy)

AMY’S!!!!!!!!!! Oh Amy, how I love you! You always save the day =) Looks like we know what I will be eating a lot of in the next week….!

Some fun new products I will be trying and reviewing!


Yes, CAKE! When I was told Amy’s is coming out with a brand new vegan cake line and would I like to sample and review some, I leaped! I mean, I do make cakes for a living but love a nice healthy one (that someone else makes) that I can just pop in the micro when the craving strikes.Ā  This looks perfect! Each slice is only 170 calories as well. I’m sure you will see this cake again soon….like in a few hours. Haha! I do not know when these cakes will hit your supermarket…I’m sure they are a brand new thing because I have never seen these before in any stores. Hopefully sometime soon!

I also got an orange cake


And some fun entrees to try


I just don’t know what to eat first. I love these kind of decisions. šŸ˜‰

Today at work was a good day. I baked a ton of cookies! Here’s a sample of the kinds I made:


Reverse chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia, pecan scotties, peanut butter and chocolate chunk

Actually, by total accident I created a new (slightly healthier but not really) cookie recipe! As a standard, the pecan scotties that we make have a cup of oil in them. Actually they have a quart of oil but when you scale the recipe down to cookie recipes yall are used to looking at and baking from, think of it as a cup of oil. This morning I scaled everything out (it took awhile, I was making a BIG batch with 7 lbs of flour!) but had to wait for the pecans to come in. They came in later this afternoon and I mixed and baked them then. However, I FORGOT TO ADD THE OIL! They came out of the oven, cooled and I packaged them up and then later Adam goes, “why is there this quart of oil sitting here?? Was this for the cookies??” I turned white and said “OMG I FORGOT!” We both raced over to the cookies and he tried one and actually said that they were better than they were before! Chewier and had a better overall consistency. So, in forgetting the oil, which we thought was a necessary recipe component, I created my own new cookie recipe! I shall call them “Sandy Got Backs”—-

Sandy Got Backs

1 lb sugar

1 lb brown sugar

1 lb softened butter

4 eggs

1 lb 4 oz all purpose flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tbsp vanilla

7 oz rolled oats

1 cup sweetened shredded coconut

1 lb pecans, roughly chopped

1. Cream together the sugars and the butter, but only for about 30 seconds until all has been incorporated. Overcreaming will result in a cookie that spreads out everywhere!

2. Slowly add the eggs, one by one to the butter and sugar with the mixer on low speed. Add the vanilla.

3. Sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda. Mix in by hand to the butter mixture.

4. Combine the oats, coconut and pecan pieces and add to the mix.

5. Bake at 350 for about 8-10 minutes or until golden.


Okay so they really aren’t healthy at all.…BUT they are healthier than when they included a whole cup of oil! And they taste really really really good. Next time I make them I might even be tempted to add a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

I was thinking about going to BodyPump but I think I’m going to work out on my own again today. I am doing tons of laundry and don’t feel like getting home late from the gym tonight. Plus, today we deep cleaned and I definitely broke a sweat lifting heavy things and scrubbing the floors and walls. Work is a workout in itself! I really have to think about how I will balance exercise with my new job since the hours are so wonky. The gym I was planning on joining is open until 11 at night, which would be great because I can sleep from noon-8pm and then workout right when I wake up. But…I’ve been really wanting to get back into my yoga classes at the yoga studio I love at home, so noon yoga classes (I get off work at 11 am) might be the perfect thing to compliment all the heavy lifting of dough and mixers I will be doing all night long. I guess I’ll just play it by ear! I think the first few weeks of work I am going to be so disorientated and tired that all I will be doing is sleep/eat/work…sleep/eat/work……….

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  • Heather
    December 10, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Hi! I am finally delurking! I really enjoy reading your blog. I just wanted to comment and say that I am SOOOO JEALOUS that you get to sample all of those wonderful Amy’s products. I love that stuff!

    Have a great rest of the day,

  • Moran
    December 10, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    YAY for the Amy Packages!! And your baking looks GREAT, like it always does!!

  • Victoria
    December 10, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    I’m a sucker for anything with coconut in it. Those cookies look great! Enjoy the Amy’s products! Can’t wait to hear about the cakes!

  • polly
    December 10, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    hi Jenna! All wonderful looking grub, girl. and YAAAAY for YOGA!! šŸ™‚

    I am in hopes you can tell us all about your classes, as I love that chat chaturangas. šŸ˜‰


  • BethT
    December 10, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    oooh, how many servinds are in each Amy’s cake?

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    December 10, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I love those cookies! Cinnamon is on my top ten list right now. The original had butter AND oil?

  • Shelby
    December 10, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try those cakes! I can’t wait to see how you like them =)

  • Becca A
    December 10, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I love chewy cookies so these sound great! I am jealous of your Amy’s samples…especially teh cakes!

  • Courtney
    December 10, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    Which yoga studio do you like? I go to Yogani in Tampa. I LOVE that place!!!!

  • me want ... cookies!
    December 10, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    are those figures right? a pound of sugar and only 4 eggs and tsps of cin., etc? should some of those be cups and not lbs? how many cookies is that supposed to make…for the home baker.

  • K
    December 10, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Hell ya for Amy’s samples!! I love their products so I can’t wait to hear your reviews!

    Who knew that yogurt would last so long?! Thanks for the recipe too – sometimes mistakes turn out great!

  • claire
    December 10, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    I love Amy’s!!! Have fun eating it.

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    December 10, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Yea for Amy’s! Can’t wait for your review on the cakes! I’m looking for a cheaper altenative to my Vitamuffins. Yes, spending way too much on the Vitamuffins!

  • Liz
    December 10, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Those cookies look awesome. Your new schedule is going to be crazy, I don’t think I could do it! Will you be working with other people at night?

    Regarding workouts, your job sounds intense, and you’re on your feet all day, don’t sell yourself short, they ARE workouts and I’m sure you get more exercise by 10am than most people get in a whole day (week?)

  • Julia (Santa Barbara Dreaming)
    December 10, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Omg I can’t wait for the cake reviews! Im so jealous!!! šŸ™‚
    Yay for cookie recipes!
    I hope you get to do some yoga soon! I think it really will help offset all the heavy lifting you do at your job!
    Man, all your eats look bomb!

  • jenna
    December 10, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    me want cookies,

    Yes those figures are right. I’m sorry but I can’t convert the lbs to cups for yall because that is the way the original recipe is written and how we do it at work! This is why it helps to have a food scale I suppose…the original recipe calls for 7 lbs of flour, 4 lbs of sugar…16 eggs…that sort of thing. This is just a quarter of the original. The original makes about 150 cookies.


    I like Yogani but my heart is at the lotus room on kennedy! I just LOVE that place. The moment I walked in a couple years ago it just “felt” right and the instructors are totally awesome. They don’t offer bikram though so I would always go to bikram at yogani once a week and then do a few classes at the Lotus room on the side. If you can get a class with Chay, do it! I love her so much! šŸ™‚

    ashley sweet and natural,

    Um yes! We definitely don’t make healthy things at work. but they always taste really really good! šŸ˜‰


    I’ll tell ya tonight when I try it!


    From what I am understanding, there will be the bakery manager, the mixer and myself–the baker. The mixer mixes all the bread and I form and bake all the bread….so there will probably only be about 4 of us there! It will be an adventure!!

  • Runeatrepeat
    December 10, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    This recipe totally puts me in the mood to bake! I have to bake cookies and sweets tonight for my mom’s work so I have it on the brain already!

  • VeggieGirl
    December 10, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    “Iā€™m feeling a lot better today although I still have a rather stuffy nose.”

    Same here, haha šŸ˜‰

    LOOOOVE the name of those cookies!!! Too fun.

    I do yoga every morning – get back into it, girl!!

  • Mel
    December 10, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Glad you feel better! It definitely comes through your writing! šŸ™‚

    Your cookie mistake looks awfully good, sometimes that when the best recipes are made.

  • natalie
    December 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Oh my gosh! I’m so excited to see that new line of Amy’s cakes!!!

    I hope everything works out with the yoga classes, we all know how much you love it Jenna! šŸ™‚

  • jaime
    December 10, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    love your blog jenna! just thought i’d say hi!! i was wondeing– since you are a baker what is your favorite type of dessert?

  • jenna
    December 10, 2008 at 5:37 pm


    Haha that’s a pretty big question. I really do have a fondness for both old fashioned gingerbread cookies (the cakey kind) and cupcakes though! šŸ™‚

  • Sarah
    December 10, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Jenna, if you’re an applesauce fan, try to see if you can find 365 organic unsweetened applesauce the next time you’re at Whole Foods. It has really smooth texture and is my absolute favorite applesauce. I think it would be great for baking but I love eating it on its own!
    Looking forward to your review on the tamale verde. I’ve had the cheese version but I’ve been scared of the veggie/black bean for some reason!

  • Mara
    December 10, 2008 at 7:17 pm

    Love the recipe!!
    It never ceases to amaze me the quantity that my sister goes through stuff like oil and honey and sugar…

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    December 10, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Yay, love Amy’s food!

  • Marisa
    December 11, 2008 at 8:14 am

    Those Amy’s Brown Rice Bowls are AWESOME!!!! They definitely save me on nights when I just dont feel like cooking. Its the perfect ammount of food and healthy! Enjoy!

  • melissa
    December 11, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    amy’s black bean tamales are one of my all time favorite’s! I like many amy’s dinners, but some are a bit low on protein. While I know you are very into natural food, the lean cuisine spa line has some amazing fish entrees. I tried the salmon with spinach and orzo the other day and it definitely rivals the tamales as my fav. PS what is better amy’s chocolate cake or choc. vitatop?

  • Nicole
    December 12, 2008 at 6:16 am

    Hey Jenna! Wow! Ha ha, i have a amy stash in my freezer too, except the problem is that it’s dissapearing too fast and the stocking up part is too slow! Guess, one can never be satisfied eh?

    Ooh could you let me know the recipes you used for the cookies? they sound like a perfect gift for christmas! ha ha :0)