Dinner/ Lunch

Sheep Are Friends

Hi friends!

Hope everyone had a lovely Sunday. No exercise for me today but I did take a couple nice long walks…first to the coffee shop to write and then later I got to romp around the vineyards for awhile so that was fun πŸ™‚

For lunch I had a big bowl of leftover veggie chili with avocado along with a baked sweet potato with earth balance and cinnamon:

And for a snack I had a TJ’s peanut butter granola bar. I love these things!

Many of y’all have asked if I still work for the winery. Yes, I do. But only once a week or so….I have one month until my manuscript is due and writing is my priority right now! However, I do love my “other” job and, look, we have big yummy mushrooms! And sheep, too!


Ahh, being one with nature πŸ˜‰
After work I headed to the studio for a short meditation class. I could do sun salutations and core work all day but when it comes to actually being STILL, I suck. My mind goes a million miles a second…meditation was MADE for people like me…but it’s so hard! I’m trying to get better….
Dinner was french toast

2 pieces millet bread (food for life brand–you can find it at Whole Foods and yes, it is gluten free) soaked up in an egg + an egg white, a splash of soymilk, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Topped with coconut butter and maple syrup with a morningstar farms sausage on the side.
Busy week (month!) ahead. Gotta get goin’!

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  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    February 21, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Jenna, I LOVE this hair color on you!!! P.S so jealous you get to be in the vineyard. I’m from the Finger Lakes Region and love going on wine tours, unfortunately this time of year the weather isn’t really vineyard friendly…although we do produce some great Rieslings and ice wine!

  • Sassy Molassy
    February 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Jenna, I just have to say I love the brown hair now that you had it fixed and the red taken out. Looks great on you!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    February 21, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I had a great weekend — finally made it (after a 12 hour bus ride!) to Sydney from Melbourne and am now enjoying 92-degree temps. Actually, I’m absolutely melting in the heat but it’s nice to relax on the beach with a lemonade. Life is good. πŸ˜€

  • M.
    February 21, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    You look beautiful you brunette bombshell you!

  • amanda @ fake ginger
    February 21, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Aww, sheep!

    The dark hair suits you so well!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    February 21, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I know you’ve gotten 284034 compliments on your hair already and a couple from me but it really does look fabulous! I love exercising for a purpose i.e. walking somewhere.

  • Tara
    February 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I cannot wait to read your book!

  • Stef
    February 21, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    your veg chili + avocado + sweet potato is my dream team combination! aww sheep! french toast for dinner is brilliant too!

  • Diana
    February 21, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I’m with you on the mind going all over. The meditation was my fave part of yoga when I did it. It seemed like it was the only time I’d slow down and focus. Wish my wrist let me do it still. Maybe I’ll get back to it one day. I hope to. πŸ™‚

  • Lily @ Lily's Health Pad
    February 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Wow, what a mushroom! I’ve never seen one like that. I love sheep. I took many pictures of them while I was in Europe…so cute!

  • Danielle (Coffee Run)
    February 21, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    There’s sheep at the winery?? Lambs are cute to look at but I’m not gonna lie…they smell AWEFUL lol.

    I haven’t had french toast in ages!

  • Ameena
    February 21, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I haven’t had a chance to say so but I really like your new hair color! Suits you and your style. I have to say though, that I have always wanted to be blond like my mom. The grass is always greener right?

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    February 21, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Sometimes breakfast for dinner is the best ever. And French toast is like breakfast and dessert all in one. Even better. Love your jacket in the mushroom pic. Where’s it from?

  • Karla
    February 21, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    The second picture of just the chili w/ avocado is beautiful!
    What a cool/funky looking mushroom!!!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)
    February 21, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    That French toast looks GREAT!!

  • Brittany
    February 21, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    sweet potato – mmmmm!

    I really like your hair!

  • Jil
    February 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I’ve said it before – but love the hair. Your eats look delish, and those sheep are too cute! And I am so jealous of how green it is!! Bahh, winter needs to be overrrr.

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    February 21, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Avocado in chili is a brilliant idea. Thanks for the tip! Love your breakfast dinner as well.

    I love that your “job” is as far removed from an office environment as it gets, with the exception of those that give Safari tours in Africa. Who else can say the came across sheep and wild mushrooms at work?

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    February 21, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    French toast was in my Sunday diet today as well…only I had it for breakfast. Ugh, busy week ahead. Tell me about it!

  • Julia
    February 21, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Jenna–LOVE the hair. It looks so great on you!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    February 21, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    i’m glad you’re still at the winery…i love hearing about your adventures out there πŸ™‚ sounds/looks like you’re living the dream in northern california!

  • Jaclyn
    February 21, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    MMmmm, love bfast for dinner!

    Hahah, hope you didn’t eat that mushroom, Jenna!?

  • Jamie @ River Runs
    February 21, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Love your brown hair! It makes your eyes ‘pop’ =). Working for a winery looks like it would be a fun job, get to be outdoors and really enjoy what you do!

  • Alyson @ Nourished Fitness
    February 21, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    French Toast for dinner.. perfection πŸ™‚

  • Leo @ cupcakes in Paris
    February 21, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    wow your eats look great. I haven’t had french toast in a long time….

  • Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com
    February 21, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    I really really want to try coconut butter, I’m seeing it all over the blogworld at the moment. I saw some on an online store but it was Β£24!! Is it always that exspensive!?
    Have a good evening πŸ™‚

  • christie, honoring health
    February 22, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Hang in there with the meditation. One of the things that have helped me is to honor the fact that no one can completely clear there mind and since that isn’t the point of meditation anyway, it doesn’t matter. Just being aware of the thoughts is what is important. I try to visualize them as each thought is a leaf floating on a river and I am just an observer. And each time I get caught up in watching the leaves I gently remind myself to get back to my mantra, or my breath, but mostly my mantra. I find a mantra much easier than my breath but I do hope one day my breath will be enough.

  • Rachel (Suburban Yogini)
    February 22, 2010 at 3:18 am

    Totally agree about meditation – I find it hard because my “monkey mind” is always buzzing. But Lord knows I need it so I keep practicing as best i can!

  • Mae @ OhhMay
    February 22, 2010 at 3:19 am

    I can’t express how much I love you as a brunette! You look so cute!!!!

    I want to visit California (college) on spring break. You tempt me with these vineyard pictures!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    February 22, 2010 at 3:34 am

    I am loving millet bread, too, but I haven’t tried it with french toast. I bet its amazing.

  • Katy ( The Balanced Foodie)
    February 22, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Your hair is perfect for you! Love it. That’s a beautiful mushroom you got there. πŸ˜‰ Sounds like you had a wonderful Sunday. Sitting still and in quiet is super hard for me too. I can’t sit in quiet too long, it makes me super antsy!

  • Heather
    February 22, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Hey Jenna love,
    I know what you mean about meditation. It can be so dang HARD to get lost in the moment. Which brings me to my next question…

    How do you settle into a deep sleep at night? I usually pray and that puts me right to sleep but for some reason, I wake up during the night so much!


  • Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward
    February 22, 2010 at 4:22 am

    Really, what is better exercise than romping through vineyards on a Sunday afternoon? πŸ™‚

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    February 22, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Ooh, I haven’t tried millet bread french toast yet!! Must get on that!

    That vineyard looks just like Ireland with those precious sheep! So lovely!

  • swimsutra
    February 22, 2010 at 4:31 am

    I so agree with you about meditation. I find mindful savansana to be so difficult in yoga classes, harder than any vinyasa flow or anything. Of course, I usually just zonk out after a long class… but that’s probably not the point, hehe.

  • Jules @ EatDrinkLiveLearn
    February 22, 2010 at 4:46 am

    Cute jacket! Love having breakfast for dinner, too.

  • Becky @ flybynyght
    February 22, 2010 at 4:57 am

    I’ve never thought about putting avocado in/on chili!!! What a fantastic idea…I can practically taste it. btw – your hair looks fantastic – great with your complexion!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    February 22, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Your hair looks awesome!! πŸ˜€

    And I love sheep, by the way. πŸ˜€ That picture totally made me smile. It looks as if you’re in Europe somewhere!

  • amanda
    February 22, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Sometimes you need a day off frm exercise, glad to hear you got a few walks in. πŸ™‚

  • theemptynutjar
    February 22, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Once again, thanks for showing that people can eat carbs! I only do one short walk a day, so believe me Jenna you are amazing to do what u do…my motivation is little also – no real motivation to do yoga or anything…rather sit and read!

    Your day sounds so amazing – wow. Going to a cafe to write…sounds like a movie πŸ™‚

  • ellen eats beets
    February 22, 2010 at 5:07 am

    The dark hair really does suit you so well! Soup and sweet potatoes sounds amazing!

  • eatmovelove
    February 22, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Wow your hair really does look amazing girl!! Will you be going back to full-time or more work @ the Winery when you submit your manuscript??
    Also, is your book also going to include some of your “present” or mostly your culinary experiences in europe , etc…is it a bit of a biography or more of a cooking type book????!!

  • Lara
    February 22, 2010 at 5:09 am

    I have been meaning to ask what brand Millet bread you are eating. I looked at the Food for Life brand but it has some funky additives I am not crazy about.

  • diana(mymarblerye)
    February 22, 2010 at 5:17 am

    wow! I didn’t know you only had a month left to write! Good luck, I can’t wait for your book tour! You make me wanna go visit san fran againn!!!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    February 22, 2010 at 5:58 am

    Your hair does look amazing, it really makes your eyes pop!!

  • Andrea
    February 22, 2010 at 6:27 am

    French toast is the best meal. And breakfast for dinner makes me so so happy. Glad you had a nice day!

  • Sophie @ yumventures
    February 22, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Not to sound like a broken record but I agree, great hair color πŸ™‚

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    February 22, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Aww – those sheep are adorable! I bet you’re very glad the winery is letting you decrease your hours so much (it’s the off season there, correct?) so you can write your book.
    Have a great week πŸ™‚

  • Kelly
    February 22, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Working out a winery sounds like my dream job, I love those sheep!

  • Lauren @ Eater not a runner
    February 22, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Good luck on finishing the book! The winery just looks SO beautiful πŸ™‚

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    February 22, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I love the outdoor pictures- it looks so misty and springlike!

  • Integrity Daily
    February 22, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Veggie chili with avocado! That one I’m putting on the menu this week!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    February 22, 2010 at 8:21 am

    MMMM Can’t go wrong with a sweet potato!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    February 22, 2010 at 8:21 am

    MMMM Can’t go wrong with a sweet potato!

  • tawn
    February 22, 2010 at 9:15 am

    That chili looks delcious!!!

  • Sarah
    February 22, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Only one month til book deadline?!! Time flies, it seems like you just announced your deal. Good luck on your writing!

  • MMiller
    February 22, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Sounds like a great Sunday! I am starting to really like the hair! I guess the shock has worn off now! Wow, ONE month left? That really went quickly! I can’t believe it won’t be out for a year! I’m really hoping it comes out before Christmas!

    Loving the French toast with millet bread for dinner! I bought a loaf and had a few pieces with almond butter and my husband ate the rest!

    Have a great week Jenna!

  • Adam
    February 22, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Millet bread looks awesome, i will have to try it next time i am around a WF…

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    February 22, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I love breakfast for dinner. The other night we made eggs-in-a-hole, which is one of my favorite treats from childhood. Especially when fried up with really high quality French butter!

  • Nicole (dishin')
    February 22, 2010 at 11:13 am

    I’m so glad you have flexibility at work! Nice πŸ™‚

    I love those TJ’s granola bars…yummy!

  • cindy
    February 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I love the girl and the fig in Sonoma! Sooo good!

  • Tania @ Moment Anew
    February 22, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Oooooo! I haven’t logged on in a while, your hair colour looks beautiful! You look more mature! Very pretty πŸ™‚

  • Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather
    February 22, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I find meditation hard too! I’d much rather be active, moving and challenging my body.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    February 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    BFD (breakfast for dinner) is one of my favorites. I’ve never tried that bread before so I might have to look for some next time I’m out at WF.

  • Emily
    February 22, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    I think I must try millet bread. And those sheep are too cute. I must ask, are those Trader Joe’s peanut butter bars similar to the Nature Valley crunchy granola bars (if you’ve tried them)? The nature valley ones have HFCS and I’d love to find a delicious alternative.

  • Katharine
    February 22, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your hair! Very warm and flattering. πŸ™‚

  • Kristilyn (My 29th Year)
    February 23, 2010 at 8:58 am

    I’m glad to hear you’re still at the winery! It sounds like you’re having an amazing time in California. πŸ™‚

    I bought some millet flour the other day and am going to try my hand at making some millet bread … I’m attempting to make healthy yummy for my husband who still thinks that white bread rocks (yuck!). Of course, he’s already on natural PB, he likes tofu, AND he even asked that we buy the soy mozzarella cheese loaf, instead of the regular cow’s mozzarella. Who IS this guy??

    Thanks for all the food inspirations!