Hi everyone 🙂
I am truly having a relaxing Sunday! I almost just fell asleep outside! I would love to take a real nap but I know that if I do, I won’t be able to sleep tonight. So I guess I’ll just relax instead. I’m working my way through The Glass Castle right now by Jeannette Walls. I really like it! Betty lent it to me and I’m having a hard time putting it down!
For lunch today I had the other half of my Annie’s macaroni and cheese from last night with some boar’s head turkey slices with hummus and some grapes on the side:
And this morning before lunch I was feeling like I needed some protein so I had a string cheese:
I’ve been starving all day. I’m about to have a snack I just don’t know what it will be yet!!
I’m going running later, doing laundry and maybe hitting up the bookstore. Have a relaxing afternoon and I’ll catch ya for dinner! 🙂
VeggieGirlOctober 12, 2008 at 6:17 pm
That book sounds intriguing – can’t wait to find out how you like the entire thing! 🙂
Enjoy the rest of your relaxing Sunday!!
NicoleOctober 12, 2008 at 6:38 pm
I’m glad you are having such a relaxing Sunday! I love days like that.
beeOctober 12, 2008 at 6:52 pm
Jenna, I could use some advice and I figured you’re the best person to ask! I just graduated from high school this past year, and began attending a local college. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to major in, but I’ve recently decided to pursue a career in baking/pastry. I have a few schools to choose from. Would you recommend Le Cordon Bleu? The closest one to me is in Atlanta (I live in Birmingham), but there is also a local culinary school here (Culinard). The community college I’m attending has a culinary department, too. Of course, there is always the Culinary Institute of America! I guess I am just concerned about paying for school; it’s really expensive and I’m feeling overwhelmed. So if you wouldn’t mind offering some advice, I’d really appreciate it!
Enjoy your Sunday.
AmyOctober 12, 2008 at 6:53 pm
Enjoy your relaxation time during this gorgeous Sunday. I’m doing the same thing! Your nice, simple lunch looks great, too.
jennaOctober 12, 2008 at 7:01 pm
You live in Birmingham? I LOVE that city! I’m not sure if you know, but I went to UA for a year in Tuscaloosa. Love Alabama! Anyways, you had some great questions. I’m going to be perfectly honest with you—-the first thing you need to do is be 100% sure that this is the right decision. It’s very expensive no matter what. Also, yes, I would go the cordon bleu route for tons of reasons. First of all, I went there and had a great experience! Also, a lot of “culinary” schools are not accreditated and are not looked upon as the same in terms of status. Le cordon bleu has a great standing in the culinary world whereas I don’t think a lot of people even know what Culinard is. When you graduate from a le cordon bleu school you get an actual diploma sent over from the Paris school and Chef’s recognize that everywhere. At a lot of schools you just receive your aa, not a diploma. When you graduate from LCB you are a certified culinarian by the ACF (american culinary federation) and that is not the case with a ton of other random culinary schools out there. Yes, LCB is $$ (so is CIA) but it’s worth it. If its between someone with a LCB degree and a random culinary school degree for a job, the job will surely go to the person that has the LCB diploma—its just of a much higher standing. I took out 100% student loans for school. Its a bit scary because I was very new to that but it was the only option. There are many helpful people that work in the financial aid dept. that help you with it and work out payment plans for you. I think I have to start paying my tuition back 6 months after my exernship ends—a little bit each month. Don’t let the money scare you…if this is what you really want to do you should go for it!
emilyOctober 12, 2008 at 7:03 pm
Glass Castle was amazing. I actually hated it because I got so angry.
BeckyOctober 12, 2008 at 7:16 pm
Just wanted to ask why you aren’t talking about baseball??? I live in Chicago so I sort of hate baseball right now and rooting for the underdog Rays is the only thing keeping me from giving up on the sport forever 🙂
Just kidding, but it’s cool to see them hanging in there with Boston!
Your new job looks fun!
jennaOctober 12, 2008 at 7:20 pm
Ryan will tell you…..I really don’t like baseball! I wish I did but I just don’t understand it and its so long. I LOVE football but can’t grasp baseball at all. Ryan on the other hand has been going to every single game! He was at the Ray’s game until it ended last night at 2:30 in the morning! He’s a diehard fan and it kills him that I’m just not a baseball lover.
runjessOctober 12, 2008 at 7:40 pm
The Glass Castle is one of my favorite books.
Those bagels look wonderful! If you end up doing a whole wheat version, please share!
jennaOctober 12, 2008 at 7:42 pm
You can’t do a 100% whole wheat one—there’s not enough gluten in the whole wheat flour. For a whole wheat bagel you would use 1/2 whole wheat flour and 1/2 bread (high gluten) flour instead of all bread flour.
beeOctober 12, 2008 at 9:12 pm
thanks so much for the detailed response! you’ve definitely given me lots to consider.
and i agree—bham is a really fun city. i haven’t lived here long (a little over a year), but so far so good!
beeOctober 12, 2008 at 9:42 pm
sorry for another post! i have one more question, but this one is a little less complicated.
i’m very interested in making the bagels you posted about yesterday. i was comparing the recipe to kath’s husbands and noticed the difference in cooking time and temperature. you recommend baking at 450 for 7 minutes, and Matt’s recipe says 500 degrees for 20 minutes. that seems like a pretty big difference and i wasn’t sure why.
AnitaOctober 12, 2008 at 10:11 pm
My sister lent me that book, but I haven’t gotten around to reading it yet… glad you’re liking it! She said that she couldn’t put it down either. 🙂
HangryPantsOctober 12, 2008 at 10:32 pm
Jenna, I read that book for my book club. It was not one I would have chosen on my own, but I loved it. It’s weird because it’s funny, but so sad at the same time. Enjoy!
jennaOctober 12, 2008 at 10:58 pm
I really don’t know. That recipe is how I was trained in culinary school and Adam agreed. Sorry I can’t answer better!
TeddyOctober 13, 2008 at 4:02 pm
those grapes look so fresh!
stephOctober 13, 2008 at 10:52 pm
Today I walked by the cheeses and decided to buy the string cheeses since you seem to like them, they are great! A quick, light snack with a good amount of protein.