Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

She’s Arrived






Okay, so yeah…new camera came around 7:00 (can you even BELIEVE it?!) and I’ve been fiddling around with it ever since. I know from an artsy-photographer standpoint, I’m not doing anything right because I’m still shooting like its a point and shoot and I’m using a lot of flash….but I’ll get the hang of it. I might just stay up all night reading the instruction manual and tomorrow be a total pro. You never know. This makes me want to travel around the world and just take photos of EVERYTHING!!!

So, naturally, I couldn’t take photos of anything I really ate today (besides dinner!) because of lack of camera. I’ll tell you what I did and ate though!

I did an online Yoga to the People class (class #5 always kicks my booty) and, for lunch, had a falafel sunshine burger in a pita with tomatoes, hummus and hot sauce. Snack was….yogurt with puffins and almond butter. 🙂

Dinner was truly something special.


I figured since I had to sit home and wait for the UPS man anyway (I had to SIGN for the camera!), I might as well make myself useful and do some cooking. I bought this use bag of russet potatoes the other day from the farm stand for a dollar (!) with the intent of creating a mushroom gnocchi recipe for next month’s Mushroom Channel recipe. It worked. Beautifully.


The gnocchi were actually super easy to make! Really! This recipe is from the Chez Panisse Vegetables cookbook (my new favorite) and I highly recommend it.

Then, I turned it into this:



I think it would make even Alice Waters proud. Really, really good. Unfortunately I can’t share the recipe since I have to send it off to my mushroom friends but I will let y’all know when it’s up and online…shouldn’t be too long!

Honestly, that’s all I have for now. I ate a windmill cookie and a piece of chocolate but was too busy trying to figure out the jpeg size on the camera to actually take a picture. I’ll be better tomorrow—promise! As for right now, I’m doing a mega load of laundry in Susan’s garage and am going to make some tea and read the instruction manual.

it’s getting COLD tonight!

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  • Nina
    October 27, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Congrats on the new camera! Have fun playing around with it tonight 😉

  • Jil
    October 27, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    ahh, gnocchi…one of my favorite foods ever. such little puffs of pillowy goodness…sorry got sidetracked there….but that dish looks phenomenal! yay for the new camera!!!

  • Rebecca
    October 27, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Congrats on the new camera! Your pictures look lovely! 🙂 Loved your vlog earlier too! Your apartment is so cute!

  • Amanda (two boos who eat)
    October 27, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    that gnocchi is beautiful! Enjoy your new baby!

  • Felicia
    October 27, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    I am obsessed with gnocchi! I’m with Jil, I often describe them as little pillows of heaven, but I’ve never thought to make them myself! I’m absolutely going to have to try this soon.

    And congrats on the new camera!! So exciting!!

  • Jennifer
    October 27, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Good job with the camera so far! If you have any questions about it feel free to send me an email, amiga!

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)
    October 27, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Beautiful dinner! That’s awesome you got your camera! I have had a DSLR for over a year and still don’t know how to use it properly 🙁

  • amber
    October 27, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    TURN THE FLASH OFF!! shoot in AV, TV or P when it is dark. You will love it she is a great little cam and I can’t wait to see all your shots =) Good job on your first ones!! =)

  • Mama Pea
    October 27, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    I am SOOOOOOOO jealous. I cannot believe how much better quality your pictures are. I’m showing this to my husband. He can get both the camera and Vita Mix at Costco, right? 🙂

  • Michelle
    October 27, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Jealous. I am so glad that you’ve got a new camera. Did I mention I was jealous?

  • Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    October 27, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Looks incredible!

    I’m all for you using your new cam as an excuse to travel the world and be an artsy photog 🙂

  • Kristen @ frostingandfroth.com
    October 27, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Congrats on the arrival of your new baby. 😉 Can’t wait to see more pics!

  • Laurel
    October 27, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Wow. The clarity of those photos is fantastic! Have a blast with your new SLR, you lucky gal!

  • Leianna
    October 27, 2009 at 9:25 pm

    Glad the camera arrived!
    I love gnocchi, that one looks especially amazing!

  • Marina
    October 27, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Wee for the camera! gnocchi and mushrooms, lovely combination!

  • sue
    October 27, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    woohoo! congrats on your new camera!

  • Stella
    October 27, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Oooh I’m so jealous 🙂 I’m still saving up for my Canon, but someday soon she’ll arrive at my house too! The Gnocchi looks incredible.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    October 27, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    That camera is fab! Have fun with it- I’d be snapping pics of everything too!

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    October 27, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Wow – that dish looks fabulous! Can’t wait for the recipe on Mushroom Channel.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    October 27, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Very cool camera…..how exciting! The mushroom dish looks amazing, too. Have fun with the instruction manual. It’s cold and windy here on the Monterey coast too. Vivid pink sunset, and several large deer with huge antlers came through. Never tire of seeing them. When they are here grazing I pick moss off the trees and set in a pile near them. Moss seems to be their favorite thing.

  • maria
    October 27, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Learn how to use the f-stops and aperature settings and you will be golden. Throw in some other tricks here and there and you’re gonna be a whiz in no-time. Just google using a DSLR and you should find infinite resources, I bet.

  • Alyson
    October 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    She’s beautiful.. does she have a name yet? 🙂

  • Andee (LAEasyMeals)
    October 27, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    Wow homemade gnocchi! Looks amazing, love the new camera!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    October 27, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    Love the new camera! I want a dSLR so badly! Can’t wait until I can finally get one!

  • ellen eats beets
    October 28, 2009 at 12:51 am

    So jealous of the new camera! Have so so much fun with it!

    The gnocchi looks awesome. I always think that it’s harder to make than it really is.

  • christie, honoring health
    October 28, 2009 at 3:12 am

    So happy for you and your new camera, you will be very happy together I’m sure 😉

    That gnocchi looks awesome!

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    October 28, 2009 at 3:26 am

    Those are some sharp-looking, lovely photos. That gnocchi dish looks incredible! Nice call on using beans.

    Enjoy your new camera, it’s fun tinkering with a new digital toy.

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    October 28, 2009 at 3:28 am

    Ohhhhh so jealous! I’m saving up for an SLR right now…savings aren’t growing fast enough right now though – I’m getting itchy in anticipation!

    Question for you – do you know what the temps are like in Northern Cali around Nov/Dec?

  • Ann
    October 28, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Congrats on the DSLR! I just bought a Nikon D90 and it is intimidating. Years ago I was a semi-pro fast action film photographer and although the principles are basically the same – I am totally lost. I have been reading “The Photographer’s Bible” and “Digital Photography for Dummies” and that is helping some. I just can’t believe I used to be able to load, control exposure, change lenses, focus, and shoot, with a VERY steady hand, in the PITCH dark during a rock concert. Now, not so much 😉 Have fun with it.

  • Ann
    October 28, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Congrats on the DSLR! I just bought a Nikon D90 and it is intimidating. Years ago I was a semi-pro fast action film photographer and although the principles are basically the same – I am totally lost. I have been reading “The Photographer’s Bible” and “Digital Photography for Dummies” and that is helping some. I just can’t believe I used to be able to load, control exposure, change lenses, focus, and shoot, with a VERY steady hand, in the PITCH dark during a rock concert. Now, not so much 😉 Have fun with it.

  • Matt
    October 28, 2009 at 3:42 am

    Mmmm I love gnocchi… Just without mushrooms 😉

    Congrats on the new camera!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 28, 2009 at 3:47 am

    Your pictures already look super impressive! I want one.

  • Tracy
    October 28, 2009 at 3:53 am

    Your skin is glowing!

  • Ali @ Food, Fitness, Fashion
    October 28, 2009 at 4:09 am

    Great camera!!! I am sad we are no longer camera twins, but excited to see your new pictures. I would love a camera like that, but for some reason I am super intimidated by them. I totally understand what you mean about wanting to stay up all night and read the manual. When I got my Garmin on Friday, I did that. The Garmin manual is like my new favorite book 😉

    Gnocchi looks amazing, I recently found a recipe for it. It is a lot less complicated than I thought.

  • Gab*
    October 28, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Have fun playing with the new camera! I love tracking parcels online as well 😛

    I agree, turn the flash off! A good intro book on photography is Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. Manual mode is the way to go!!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    October 28, 2009 at 4:34 am

    Awesome camera! Yes, turn the flash off! I sometimes use the one on my dSLR but only when it’s absolutely necessary – my f/1.8 lens really helps with the low-light shots, as does shooting in P or Av with the camera when I’m using my slower zoom lens. 🙂

  • Stephanie
    October 28, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Mmmm yummm! Glad you got your camera, looks like it is working beautifully 🙂

  • Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    October 28, 2009 at 4:49 am

    Congrats on the new camera! I love gnocchi, it is my favorite food.

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    October 28, 2009 at 4:55 am

    I bet you have over 100 photos on that bad boy already!

  • Penny
    October 28, 2009 at 5:09 am

    Great new camera!

  • Brynne
    October 28, 2009 at 5:14 am

    I’m so jealous of your new camera – and the fact that you made gnocci! I think that’s my cooking goal in life.

  • Emily Eats and Exercises
    October 28, 2009 at 5:24 am

    Gnocchi look amazing! I can’t wait to be able to read more of your recipes.

  • Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats)
    October 28, 2009 at 5:30 am

    JEALOUS.. have fun with your new fancy shmancy camera!! 🙂

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    October 28, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Love the camera! Makes me want an upgrade 😉

  • Kristin
    October 28, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Wow. Super super jealous of your amazing camera!

    That dinner looks. incredible. I love mushrooms. I can’t wait until this recipe is up!!


  • Lizzy
    October 28, 2009 at 5:36 am

    yay i can’t believe it came! whenever i get fun new things i get so obsessed and never want to put it down! have fun!

  • Mellissa
    October 28, 2009 at 6:06 am

    Which rebel did you buy?

  • Gabriela
    October 28, 2009 at 6:19 am

    I get obsessed with my new electronics very quickly too 🙂 Great pictures! And those gnocchi look fantastic. Have a great day!

  • Jenna
    October 28, 2009 at 6:23 am

    yay for the new camera 🙂

  • brandi
    October 28, 2009 at 6:38 am

    i’m so glad the camera arrived! You’ll love it

  • Kati
    October 28, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Oooh, love the new camera! I desperately need a new one- my pics are sooo..uh yeah, not good! Have fun with it!

  • Laura
    October 28, 2009 at 6:54 am

    Oh how i held my breath as i scrolled down to the gnocchi pics, saying please God, don’t let her have put hot sauce on the beautiful tender, delicate gnocchi, please God please.
    My prayers were answered.
    Enjoy your new camera!

    PS: I am having major trouble finding a M-S wine in CT!!! arrrgh!!!

  • MJ (DubaiDossier)
    October 28, 2009 at 7:02 am

    Gnocchi looks excellent. It’s inspiring me to cook-cook tonight!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    October 28, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I love the yoga to the people studios! I go to the hot vinyasa class in midtown (NYC) and it’s only 5 bucks! Congrats on the new camera 🙂

  • Courtney
    October 28, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Yay for the new camera! I’m wishing and hoping and saving right now!
    Gnocchi is hands down one of my fave comfort foods. I never met my Italian grandma, but I’ve heard the stories of her homemade gnocchi and I feel close to her when I eat it!
    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • The Traveling Grape
    October 28, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Jim Morris told me how great you were! I hope to meet soon. What kind of camera did you get? I purchased one recently and hated it so I returned it but it may have been some user error too (ha-ha). I am in desperate need of both a new camera and lessons!

  • Janna (Just Flourishing)
    October 28, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Yay for the new cam!

    Wow does that gnocchi ever look good! I wonder if you can substitute sweet potatoes and whole wheat flour.

    I LOVE gnocchi and would love to learn to make it at home.

  • stacy
    October 28, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Your gnocchi turned out beautifully! Did you use a ricer? How did you get the wonderful consistency? I tried last week and failed! Thanks for sharing!

  • Natalie
    October 28, 2009 at 7:52 am

    You should pick up the book “Alone in the Kitchen with an Eggplant”. Your reference to Alice Waters reminded me of it and I think you would enjoy it! Just wanted to pass that along.

  • Louise
    October 28, 2009 at 7:53 am

    I had the best gnocchi this past weekend and now I can’t stop thinking about it. Also, thank you so much for recommending Mint.com in one of your previous blog posts. It has really changed the way I spend money. Didn’t realize how much money I wasted on frivolous stuff until it was all categorized and staring me in the face 😉

  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    October 28, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Have fun with the camera! It looks like it takes some amazing photos.

  • Diana
    October 28, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Yay for the new camera! Which lenses did you buy? The 18-55mm f3.5?
    You’ll get used to it. It doesn’t happen overnight, it takes a lot of practice! But I’m sure you’ll be so excited with the new camera that you’ll take photos of everything so there you have your practice 😛

  • Erica
    October 28, 2009 at 8:03 am

    LOVE the camera! Congrats! You needed (and deserved) it, girl! But more than the camera, LOVED the verse!!! I am SOOO copying off you and putting it on my bathroom mirror!

    I’m so glad you are L-O-V-I-N-G Cali. I am keeping you in my prayers every single day and it sounds like God is leading you down a pretty exciting path. I TOTALLY need to come visit! I miss you and our convos so much, but I’m glad you are doing well! Love you and miss you~

  • Marianna
    October 28, 2009 at 8:48 am

    What kind of camera did you get? I am looking to get a digital SLR soon.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    October 28, 2009 at 9:16 am

    I love gnocchi and its even better homemade 🙂

    Have fun with your new toy. I can’t wait to see your coast pics.

  • Evan Thomas
    October 28, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Congrats on getting the camera! It looks well worth it

  • Katy
    October 28, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I definitely need to get that Chez Panisse cookbook…I’m almost done with an AMAZING biography of Alice Waters (I bought it after seeing Food, Inc.) and going to her restaurant is now on my travel bucket list. I am so jealous that you’ll be going there but thrilled that you have a new camera to take pictures to share with us!

  • Kelly
    October 28, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Congrats on the camera. Having a DSLR does make shooting so much fun. I’m the same way when I get a new gadget.

  • Running Betty
    October 28, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Photos are much brighter and crisper. Do you use Photoshop? You can resize them all in one batch.
    Humidity is back to MAX in Tampa Bay. ugh. Poor kids in their polyester Halloween costumes!

  • Sarah (Oc2Seattle)
    October 28, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Nice camera, enjoy getting to know it!

  • LC @ Let Them Eat Lentils
    October 28, 2009 at 9:59 am

    Hi Jenna!
    Frequent reader, but first-time poster here. I actually just started a new blog about food and my new life out in SF! It’s funny, we actually moved out to the West Coast almost at the same time. I arrived in San Fran, check your blog, and you are also coming to San Fran! So weird. Only difference is, I’m still looking for a job out here haha.
    Hope you’re enjoying this awesome WC weather!

  • Ellen
    October 28, 2009 at 10:22 am

    congrats on the camera! i’m jealous. the gnocchi look BEAUTIFUL! anyone would be proud 🙂

  • Paige
    October 28, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Your new camera takes great pictures! If you don’t mind my asking, where did you order it from? I want one too, and I’m looking for a good deal! Thanks!!!

  • Carolyn
    October 28, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Wow, that gnocchi looks fantastic!

  • Mary
    October 28, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    Wow. What did you have that Luke 8:48 note card from? I couldn’t believe how it just spoke to me and I looked it up in my KJV and was really encouraged!! I don’t know if you were just testing the camera or what, but thank you!! Mary

  • Pauline
    October 30, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I know the focus of the post was your camera and the delicious looking dinner, but I just want you to know that your Luke notecard was something that I needed to hear. Thank you so much.

  • Maddy
    November 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm

    I LOVE your necklace in the first picture (assuming its a necklace and not a zipper pull. if its a zipper than that vest is too awesome). Where’d you get it?! I’m always on the lookout for cute jewelry; its a weakness.

    Congrats on the camera too!!! I switched to SLR a year ago and am still completely in love 🙂

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