Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Slow Cookin’ Down South

Goodness gracious, yoga kicked my booty today!!!

I did about 50 minutes of a 75 minute Dave Farmar podcast (I did his latest one available on itunes) and then free flowed a bit on my own….landing some loooong half pigeons on both sides, shoulder stand, plow pose and three beautiful full wheels. The podcast was HARD though! It was definitely geared towards the more advanced, with short head stands incorporated all throughout the practice to break up the vinyasa. Those, coupled with plank push ups and fast paced sun salutations, made me sweat and burn for sure!

After yoga I showered, folded some clothes, caught up on some emails and then grabbed some dinner. My mom left another awesome meal in the slow cooker while she headed to work this afternoon!


This time it was a delicious and comforting spaghetti casserole out of the Southern Living Slow Cooker cookbook—


Now, my mom definitely lightened this recipe a LOT by using bison meat instead of “ground round” (ew), whole wheat spaghetti and low fat cheddar. It was awesome though!!! I had hefty serving along with a salad drizzled with some random lite blue cheese dressing found in the depths of the fridge:



I also had a few more bites of casserole standing over the slow cooker. Classy. And then I called my mom at work laughing because this dinner is SO not something she usually makes!! I told her that it was awesome and incredibly tasty but seemed exactly like something I would have eaten at my sorority house in Alabama!! Very heavy and comforting. We were both laughing at that but it’s true…we aren’t really “casserole people” down here. It just seems to heavy when its not very cold outside anyways! I actually would make this dinner again though for Ryan because I think he would love it. Very kid and guy friendly!

I don’t have a photo but I am totally about to go eat two small squares of organic milk chocolate with almonds downstairs while I make my tea. I am excited to get in bed and read!

See you tomorrow!

My post will be late because right after work I am going to Sarah’s house for bible study but, never fear, I will be back probably around 5:00 to give you the day’s recap! Hopefully I can get in a 2 mile run at some point as well tomorrow afternoon. My race is a week from Saturday!

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  • Marissa
    February 18, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Your mom is such an amazing cook!

  • fitforfree
    February 18, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    haha that is total guy food. Looks good, though!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    February 18, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Mmm…casserole’s are yum every once in a while. We aren’t “casserole people” either but man oh man do the sorority houses LOVE them. GAHHH!


  • Maggie
    February 18, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I’ll have to check out that podcast! It sounds great 🙂

  • Erin
    February 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Haha, that does not look like normal “jenna” food. But it looks goood!

  • VeggieGirl
    February 18, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Can’t go wrong with an ass-kicking yoga session!! 😀

  • Natalie
    February 18, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    The yoga sounds great! I hope I can get to that level someday. 🙂

  • Shelby
    February 18, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    I hope you be as skilled as you in yoga someday! It sounds so amazing!

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    February 18, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    While growing up, I don’t think my mom ever made a casserole. By the looks of that, I feel as though I was missing out! Yoga sounds intense today! Oh someday I will make the time for it…someday. Enjoy your night in bed reading and have a great day tomorrow!

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    February 18, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    Kid and guy friendly…was that directed at me? 😉

    There is something about the combination of marinara and ranch/blue cheese dressing. Ya know?

    I’d prefer dark chocolate and almonds as my MAIN COURSE!

  • Hallie
    February 18, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I think I need to check out that cookbook (is it wrong to get it from the library and photocopy the recipes I like? I’m so against buying books these days and bf might kill me if I buy another cookbook :-P) because I LOVE slow-cooker recipes!

    It’s not cold where I am either but that doesn’t stop me from making those comforting meals.

  • Emily
    February 18, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Sounds like I need to try Dave Farmar yoga!
    I’m not a casserole-lover, but the one your mom made looked pretty good!

  • Matt
    February 18, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Yay Alabama! The food down here is amazing isn’t it?

  • Amelia
    February 18, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    OMG I was cracking up at your dinner comments. My sister is at Alabama right now and always complains about how INSANELY unhealthy she eats when she eats dinner at the sorority house. Bet it tastes good though! 😉

  • Meg
    February 18, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Your mom sure makes some yummy meals!

  • Julz
    February 18, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Dovie <3

    Ain’t NOTHIN like being TOTALLY HUMBLED by the yoga force, right?! It always makes me smile and Sweet Savasana? Puurrrrrrrr.

    <333 Enjoy your afternoon with Sarah!

  • brandi
    February 18, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    i love casseroles and i love crock pots 🙂

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    February 18, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    your mom might be my hero.

  • Ryan
    February 18, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    Yum, yum! I’m about to go to bed and that picture made me hungry 🙂 Crock pots are so great!

  • Sharon
    February 18, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Oh my gosh, amazing!!!!

  • Chou
    February 18, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Slow cookers are marvels.

  • Kimberly
    February 18, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    The original recipe does sound sort of Paula Deen-worthy! 😉

  • FoodsThatFit
    February 18, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    I love slow cooker meals! So easy and the long slow roasting makes foods taste so good! Have you tried oats in the crockpot?

  • NJ
    February 19, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Question for anyone who uses the whole wheat pastas…

    Do any of you find that the noodle (if using angel hair or spaghetti) tends to break apart, whereas it usually won’t if it’s regular semolina pasta? I just wanted to know if I was the only one.

    Thanks in advance!

  • Jenna 2
    February 19, 2009 at 7:51 am

    this might sound creepy..sorry..but I LOVE YOUR SLOW COOKER!!! 🙂 Its so pretty… I want a fancy schmancy one like that….ahhh one day!! My family will LOVE that casserole!

  • lainb
    February 19, 2009 at 8:02 am

    That casserole looks super yum! It’s interesting to me how some people eat according to the weather because I’ve never done that. For instance, I eat ice cream even if it’s snowing outside (actually, as a kid, I used to MAKE ice cream from the snow!!), eat soup in the middle of summer, etc. 🙂

  • Danielle
    February 19, 2009 at 8:40 am

    I love my slow cooker, I definitely need to get some creative recipes like this for it though.
    Have fun doing your bible study, hope you have a great Thursday!

  • Sarah
    February 19, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Your mom is so good to you. I’m glad you liked her meal although it was a little out of the norm ; )


  • K
    February 19, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Oh casseroles – pure comfort food 🙂

  • ryan
    February 19, 2009 at 9:18 am

    I WANT THAT!!!!!!!!!! That looks really good and your mom always does a great job with the slow cooker.

  • Kelly
    February 19, 2009 at 9:56 am

    That’s awesome that your mom always makes dinner for you. That looks like straight up comfort food.

  • Fitzalan
    February 19, 2009 at 11:50 am

    I’ve been meaning to ask–is it too late to join in your current online bible reading/scripture plan? I am definitely reaching a point with stress and life that I need to better incorporate God in my daily life to help keep me balanced and focused on what truly is important.


  • Allison K.
    February 19, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    totally guy friendly, my husband would love that meal.