Short Week!

It feels like a Monday but I’m sure glad its already Tuesday and I have a short week ahead of me! The sad news is that its my last week of baking for a month…next three weeks I have a core class (hospitality), then on Feb.18th I officially move over into the Baking and Pastry program and start my night classes! For breakfast this morning I switched it up and had a whole wheat bagel (pepperidge farm-no trans fat or hfcs) with 4 ounces of 1% cottage cheese on top and also a banana. I was sad last night because I couldn’t find any more of the whipped cottage cheese so I had to buy just the regular. I think my local store just doesn’t carry that yet because its too new but I sure can’t afford to shop at the Fresh Market every week just to buy it! I guess I’ll just have to wait 🙁

The good news was that clementines were on sale! $4.00 off! They are usually seven dollars for an entire crate and last night they were only 3.99 so I bought them! I LOVE these and am bringing 2 with me to school for a mid-bake snack!


This breakfast was about 445 calories.

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  • VeggieGirl
    January 22, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    oh no, you’re last week of baking??? :0( just have to make the best of it, which I know you will, since you produce such lovely sweets and breads!!

    I’m glad it’s Tuesday too – less schoolwork this week!! :0D

  • Helen
    January 22, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    You must have shopped at Publix then because I too was happy about the sale on clementines :-]

  • Lisa
    January 22, 2008 at 1:57 pm


    I tried that foccica bread recipe for my pizza dough I made this weekend! It turned out so yummy and I’m so excited about it being much healthier than store bought frozen pizza…and it was so simple to make!! I was very proud of myself! haha Do you know if there is a way to add a little more flavor to the dough? I did had a little bit of garlic powder to the dough as it was rising but I was wondering your thoughts! Oh and do you make your own tomato sauce or do you buy it pre-made? thx!

  • Kat
    January 22, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    In reference to yesterday’s post about LASIK, that is great news! I actually was not a candidate for LASIK because my vision was so bad (-8.5 and -9.0 contact prescription) but I had a lens implantation (basically a permanent contact lens is implanted in your eye) done about 9 months ago and am so happy with the results. I have to admit it is still so weird to wake up in the morning and be able to see my alarm clock!!!

  • Kelly
    January 22, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I was just wondering what kinds of things you have done with your nutrition and wellness certification? What are your plans post culinary school? I was thinking of getting my nutrition and wellness certification but fear that people won’t take it seriously. Keep of the blog. You are such an inspiration!

  • Ashley
    January 22, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    oh no no more baking! we shall all miss the pretty and tasty looking pictures 🙂
    I like these bagels alot. I buy them regularly but I like to put peanut butter on them and then put the bananas on top sometimes with a little honey. You should give it a try!
    *Love this blog!

  • Katie
    January 22, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Hi Jenna! I just started reading your blog for the first time last week, and I just wanted to let you know how much I LOVE IT! We are seriously so alike it scares me (with regular habits like what we did, running, etc.) Instead of being in cooking school though, I am a student at Virginia Tech majoring in Communication and English so I can be a journalist someday! So yeah I will probably regularly comment on here since I will be reading it regularly. Keep up the good work!! Your blog ROCKS!!!


    PS-I am a little confused about the path you took for college, did you complete 4 years of college and then go to cooking school? or did you just do an associates degree and then cooking school?

  • Susan
    January 22, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Jenna, what are the nutritionals of those bagels, they look good!

    Also, how do you fit in the time to do everything? You blog, exercise, visit home, laundry, grocery shop, go to school, work etc. I feel like I never even have time to sleep and you always make sure to get a good amount. When I asked yesterday about how you find all these products, you said you spend hours in the grocery, I always feel like I have to rush through. What are your secrets- I feel like there is never enough time in the day! Enjoy your last week of baking!

  • AW
    January 22, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    I love clementines too! it’s so easy to keep eating and eating them.

    i second susan’s question about your time management. the thing i love about your blog is how quick you are to update, answer questions/chat, provide more pics and info. it’s so cool how dedicated you are! every time i check back there’s always something new (unlike the Eat Like Me blog on Self’s website!)

  • Amy
    January 22, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Hi, I’m new to the blog and absolutely love it. I never related to “eat like me.” I feel dessert and snacks are necessary and part of life! I don’t get how she goes such long stretches. Anyway…..!

    One random non-food question my skin is like a desert-anyone have good lotions they recommend? My skin used to be realtively oily-so this is bizaar for me!

    Food question, I like you, love oatmeal. Typically it kept me full and happy at least 3-3 and half hours. All of sudden it stopped. Its like I’m hungry after an hour and half-no change in anything, still add same amount milk, fruit, and nuts. I don’t really want to make a bigger portion since it worked for so long and I am definitely done growing. Anyone else have this problem? Do you think its because I use instant oatmeal (I use a pack and half, so same calories as the stuff you use)? But they were keeping me full before?

  • Katie
    January 22, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Exactly my feeling, Susan and AW. Jenna – we can just feel how dedicated you are to us. You devote so much time and effort to making sure our needs are met and everything you share is just so interesting! You are pretty amazing! Thanks again!

  • Elizabeth
    January 22, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I made the maple sandwich bread this weekend. I followed the recipe exactly, but I ended up with a huge whole in the middle of the doug. Is this just an air bubble? If so, thoughts on what I did wrong with my kneading? I have made yeast bread many times before and have never had this problem, but this was a particularly stiff dough so I wonder if perhaps I just didn’t knead it strongly enough. I would really appreciate any suggestions you have.

  • AW
    January 22, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    amy, maybe eat some apple slices with a little natural peanut butter a few hours afterwards as a snack? the fiber/protein combo should help satiate your appetite in a healthful way.

  • jenna
    January 22, 2008 at 9:34 pm


    I might add a bit more salt to the dough if you think it doesn’t have enough flavor. I don’t measure out salt, I just eyeball it. That’s probably what it needs! 🙂


    I have my bachelor’s degree in english and creative writing. I did complete four years of college and have a diploma to prove it! 🙂 The whole time what I really wanted to be doing was going to culinary school though but my parents told me I should wait til after I graduate then see if that’s what I really wanted. It was and right after I graduated college and took some time off to live in France, I took out massive student loans and enrolled at the cordon bleu!!


    These bagels have 250 calories (for the whole bagel) and about 2 grams of fat I think. They don’t contain any high fructose corn syrup and minimal sugar..but have a lot of protein, fiber and whole grains in them! I think they are a great choice as far as bagels go and I love them!

    oh…and I have no idea how I manage to do all these crazy things. I’m not superwoman and somehow I still manage to get about 8 hours of sleep every night in! I only work about 3-4 times a week so that’s not that bad….and I just love answering your questions and posting on the blog so that is a priority for me!


    Are you exercising more? I might try eating regular steel cut or old fashioned oats instead of instant for a change. Check out a recipe for them on my recipes section. Instant usually doesn’t keep me full for very long either because the oats are actually cut in instant, whereas the oats are not cut and contain the actual ‘groat” aka more fiber in steel cut. Fiber keeps you full! Try it and see what you think…


    Truly, I have no idea. I wish I was the baking/pastry goddess but sadly there’s still so much I don’t know. When I made this bread (using the exact recipe) it turned out great. But…bread is so fickle. It depends on the weather, the water temperature, the yeast, the amount of kneading you do…so on and so on. I don;t think you overkneaded it…it sounds like just an air bubble. If it still tasted okay then I would say no problem there! just cut around it! Sorry for my lack of true answer!!!

  • jenna
    January 22, 2008 at 9:43 pm


    I LOVE the Fresh Sugar lotion from sephora. Yes, its expensive but I always shell out the dough to buy it because it is my favorite smell in the entire world. I buy the “lemon sugar” scent. I also have the body wash and love it too!!!!!
    On a cheaper side, I like Jergins original cherry vanilla scent. 🙂