Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Squash Me

Hi friends!

Hope everyone had a nice Sunday. I ended up getting totally sucked into Target but got some cute stuff for the house..and me. 😉 I seriously cannot go into Target and only buy one thing. Anyone?!

I DID spot this though and it made me grin!


Aww there I am! So fun. Naturally this article is now on my fridge. It’s like when you get an A on a test or something.

And then I found THIS at Costco (along with a mega sized jar of almond butter and bananas) and I shrieked out loud!


I must live under a rock because I honestly had no idea she was coming out with another book! I’ve read the entire series…have toted these 700 page books across the country of France, actually, because I can never put them down. So excited to read this!

I snacked on some crack TJ’s trail mix:


And then did a 75 minute dave farmar podcast in my tiny living room turned yoga studio. I’m on a roll.

Went for a 45 minute walk and then made a light dinner. My body naturally craves light food days after gluttonous days (like, err, yesterday). It works and balances me out. This dinner was super random and I may start to turn orange. (note hot ankle brace in picture below).


Leftover butternut squash, parsnips, the rest of the kobucha squash, 1/2 cup cottage cheese, some hummus and a piece of bread. That’s how I roll.


Tomorrow perhaps I should take a break from squash-plethora and eat a green vegetable…? Maybe? We’ll see.

Dessert was rest of the yogurt + handful of cinnamon puffins + some chocolate chips and agave:


I really need to get some furniture. Currently I eat all my meals while sitting on the floor. It’s all part of the “jenna gets back to her roots plan”.


Latest True/Slant article on my obsession with becoming a “locavore”…i.e. filling my diet up with local, organic and yummy food!

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  • Leianna
    October 18, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    I need to try this squash, cottage cheese and hummus combo!
    I love finding new books, so I may need to look into this one you like!

  • Allie
    October 18, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    i didn’t have a couch for 5 months when i moved into my apartment. i remember lying on the floor looking out the window thinking how much i would appreciate a couch when i got one, and boy do i!

  • Julia
    October 18, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Target is dangerous like that!
    I always find something I want when I go in there!
    I love all the squash! I’m definitely going to try that soon!

  • Brynne
    October 18, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    Target DEFINITELY sucks me in – I’ll wander around for hours (especially in the food section …) and my mom calls and asks why I’ve been getting gas for 2 hours. It’s fine.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    October 18, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    The entire first two years I lived in my apartment I used the “couch” my landlord had used to stage it. It was a wicker porch couch that was not comfortable to lay on 🙂

    Some days are green veggie-less and it tastes so good. I love that you added hummus on top of that all. Sometimes messy foods are the best.

  • Daria @ Daria Can Cook
    October 18, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    I’ve never met anyone who could walk into Target and only buy what they’d planned to buy. I don’t think it’s physically possible.

    Congrats on the magazine feature! Very cool. 🙂

  • Fancy
    October 18, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Congratulations on the article, Jenna! How exciting! I would absolutely put that on the fridge if I were you 🙂

  • Olga @ Healthing It
    October 18, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    Target is absolutely addictive. Even if I tell myself I only need a few things, somehow I get sucked into buying that trail mix and a pack of tshirts and granola bars…I walk out with a few bags and don’t know what hit me 🙂

    Love your yoga+walking workout. How relaxing!

  • Marissa
    October 18, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    I saw you in Self!!! Congrats!!

  • Rita
    October 18, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I think I’m going to go to Target tomorrow. I haven’t gone in awhile and now I want to go.

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    October 18, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Surprisingly, your dinner looks really appealing to me! I love all those ingredients :). Congrats on your Self appearance.

  • Jolene (
    October 18, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    Congrats on being in the magazine!!!!! I can’t wait until my issue arrives in the mail!!!

  • Lauren
    October 18, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    That dinner looks soo good! And props on the magazine piece 🙂

  • Christine
    October 18, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Love all your squash! I can relate . . . we got so many squash from our CSA boxes the last few weeks we’ve been eating them almost everyday. So good though 🙂

  • meagan
    October 18, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    ah! jamie and claire! i am in the middle or rereading the series before i get to ‘an echo in the bone’. right now i’m nearing the end of ‘dragonfly in amber’ and alternately throwing the book down in rage, crying or slapping my palm to my forehead. those books affect me so much! glad to know another reader… 🙂 my husband and i are actually reading outlander outloud…after all of these years of my rereading it and talking about it he finally decided that he wanted to know what the fuss was about. enjoy ‘echo’ and let us know what you think!

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    October 18, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    I don’t even know what this series is, but you are making me want to read it!

    Awww! I’d squeal if I saw myself in a mag! That is so awesome!

    The bowl of squash looks incred! Love it!

  • laci
    October 18, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    New blog!

  • Tay
    October 18, 2009 at 9:07 pm

    Target gets me everytime. Such as today when I walked out $100 poorer. Sad. But wonderful

  • Amber from Girl with the Red Hair
    October 18, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I ADORED the Outlander series as well – all the way up to the fifth book (red one) I just CANNOT get through it!! I don’t know if I overdosed on them or what, but I should just start reading it again and force myself to finish it!

    I did buy that book for my mom as soon as I saw it though, she’s the one who got me into the books in the first place by telling me that once I read the books I would want a man like Jamie – she was right!!

  • Jil
    October 18, 2009 at 9:23 pm

    Target is amazing…and yeah I cannot walk out of that store with at least something!! Usually it’s something I didn’t even know I “needed”… haha

  • Morgan @ Life After Bagels
    October 18, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I am totally on your locavore bandwagon then. I recently wrote a post where I ranted on about how one person can help or hurt the economy. Usually I’m not so political, and it’s a long story. Anyways, I’ve made myself even MORE mindful now about what I buy. Good stuff!

  • ellen eats beets
    October 18, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I spy my favorite trail mix!! Jealous girl. Once I set foot back on american soil, I’ll be running for trader joes!

  • Kayla
    October 18, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Congrats on the magazine article!
    And Echo is awesome, I just finished it yesterday.

  • Tarilyn
    October 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Hi Jenna!

    I havne’t read that series, but my friend does, and I was with her when she spotted that book in the store. She also totally shrieked and did a little dance because she didn’t know there was going to be another book. She then went into a long rant about how great they are, and proceeded to tell me all about them. LOL So you’re not the only one who didn’t know about it!

    Congrats on the article! 🙂

  • Laura @ Backstage Pass to Health & Happiness
    October 18, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Congrats on the SELF feature! Love that Ange from is right on the same page 😀 You guys rock.
    I only go to Target if I 1. Have some super great coupons / sales paired up and/or 2. Have at least $50 to throw into the wind. That place is dangerous!

  • Mama Pea
    October 18, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Holy heck you are famous!!! Well…MORE famous! I absolutely love your nail polish too.

  • sue
    October 18, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    congrats on being in self! that is so exciting that they included your picture too! so cool!

  • maria
    October 18, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Furniture is so overrated if you ask me. Okay. I’m only kidding!
    Check out IKEA!

  • sydney
    October 18, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Congrats on the press, Jenna! What magazine was your blog mentioned in?

  • Diana
    October 18, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    Congrats on the SELF article 🙂
    That dinner looks good, even if there’s not a green veggie in sight eheh

  • Hillary
    October 18, 2009 at 11:26 pm

    I am so anxious to go out and buy the Self Magazine now. October or November issue??? CONGRATS!

    Today was a Target day for me as well. Love that place. It is addicting : )

    Take care, Miss Jenna!

  • Karin
    October 19, 2009 at 1:39 am

    oh my god i can’t believe that the book’s out! i must be living under a rock as well. need to buy it asap.

  • christie, honoring health
    October 19, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Congrats on the article!

    Target is a money hole. I try to just stay out of there these days. Yesterday, we went in to buy index cards and ended up spending over $100!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    October 19, 2009 at 3:43 am

    I am the same way with Target!

  • Ella
    October 19, 2009 at 3:45 am

    Oh my gosh Jenna!

    I have been reading your blog for quite a while but have never commented before, but when you mentioned the outlander series…..! These books have gotten me through study, and I too lugged them overseas 😉 I’m pacing myself and am only about 1/4 of the way through Echo, because apparently it takes her around 3 years to write a book in the outlander series.

    I’ve actually got to go and finish an essay now, so I’ll definately be reading a bit of Echo later tonight, I’ll need it!

    Love the blog by the way.

  • Ella
    October 19, 2009 at 3:45 am

    oh and congratulations on the article!

  • Matt
    October 19, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Target is a total money sucker!

  • Niki (Running In Pink)
    October 19, 2009 at 4:12 am

    I LOVE the Outlander series! I think this new book just came out maybe 3 weeks ago? I’ve actually been borrowing them from my mom and am about to read the 5th in the series (The Fiery Cross). Let me know what you think when you finish the book!

  • Stephanie
    October 19, 2009 at 4:38 am

    I think that Target laughs in my face when I think that I can stick to buying “one or two” things haha, it’s impossible!!!

  • brandi
    October 19, 2009 at 5:17 am

    i’ve been eating a lot of orange foods lately, too 🙂 it all balances out!

  • Sarah W.
    October 19, 2009 at 5:22 am

    You could probably find a $20 card table at Bed Bath & Beyond or something. I also know my friend got a super cute white & metal square kitchen table for about $20 from Ikea with accompanying 2 chairs for maybe $15/ea?? worth checking out.

  • Shelley
    October 19, 2009 at 5:34 am

    I love Dave Farmar podcasts! He is so funny. The first one I ever listened to he instructed to “breathe like Darth Vader.” lmao

  • Errign
    October 19, 2009 at 5:52 am

    I LOVE Diana Gabaldon. Currently re-reading before I get the new one – woooo!

  • Jenna
    October 19, 2009 at 5:58 am

    i love how you are eating on the floor! haha. so cute.

  • Paige (Running Around Normal)
    October 19, 2009 at 6:10 am

    I have an acorn squash just waiting to be cooked! Love it! Great job on the yoga:) I need some Dave Farmar in my life.
    “Locavore” – I love it!!

  • Beth
    October 19, 2009 at 6:22 am

    Ahh…the Outlander series. I just finished Voyager (the 3rd book) earlier this year and am taking a break after reading the first 3 books pretty much back to back to back. Gotta love Jamie & Claire though I can’t wait to read their next adventure. Enjoy “Echo”.

  • Susan
    October 19, 2009 at 6:36 am

    No way, that dinner looks like perfection!!! So cool about the Self article. I read all of your guys’ blogs, I’m so proud of y’all I feel like I almost need to hang it on my fridge too! 😛

  • Sarah @ See Sarah Eat
    October 19, 2009 at 6:43 am

    I am a Target addict as well! I just love that place. I’m actually getting ready to join Costco because I keep hearing of all the great things they have there vs. Sam’s Club where I used to belong. I can’t wait! Have a good day 🙂

  • Evan Thomas
    October 19, 2009 at 6:54 am

    Were you in a magazine? That’s too cool! Congrats

  • Emily (Emily Eats and Exercises)
    October 19, 2009 at 7:02 am

    I love Target. My boyfriend and I have been known to take Friday night dates there…
    I’ve never thought of mixing hummus with cottage cheese – I’ll have to think about that one. 🙂

  • Laura
    October 19, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Another Outlander fan here! I’m about 2/3’s of the way through “Echo” and while I could do without the Lord John parts, the rest is great, especially the Jamie/Claire/Young Ian stuff.
    Hmm…hummus and cottage cheese are two of my favorite things, but I don’t know about mixing them…

  • Island Girl Eats
    October 19, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Well done on the article! Just think how much you will appreciate furniture when you get around to buying some!!!!

  • MMiller
    October 19, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Congrats on the article Jenna! Make sure you laminate it! And try for things you need for the new place! Just post a “wanted” item and see if there is someone getting rid of one! Or just read the “offers” and see if there is anything you are interested in!

    Now you have me wanting to read the series….I’ll have to hit up the library!

  • Jana
    October 19, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Congratulations on being published in a magazine!! That is definitely a future goal that someday I would like to accomplish too 🙂

  • Christie
    October 19, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Too funny that you found ‘Echo in the Bone’ this weekend! I LOVE the Outlander books, and just went to a meet & greet with Diana Gabaldon – she’s hilarious! Totally witty and clever. I completely dorked out and got her to sign my book 🙂

  • Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles)
    October 19, 2009 at 10:06 am

    I may have to pick up that book!
    And squash is AMAZING, and it’s in season- theres nothing wrong with eating bucketloads 😉

    Have an awesome day!


  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    October 19, 2009 at 10:42 am

    I’m so into winter squash right now too. It’s just so exciting when the weather turns cool and you can eat all these luscious, hearty veggies like these!

  • Rae
    October 19, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    check out in you area…Ive gotten some REALLY cheap good furniture through it! (like a kitchen table and 4 chairs out of good wood for 25 bucks!!) Best of luck to you, Jenna….you are a true inspiration to follow your passion and move clear across the country to go for it!!

  • Samma
    October 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Loved seeing all of my fave healthy bloggers in Self! You looked super cute in your picture. Also- I adore the Outlander series. I am about to start the third, having recently discovered the books!

  • Vanessa @ Chic and Charming
    October 19, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for reminding me to be extra excited when the next issue of Self arrives at my doorstep. That’s so exciting and I would absolutely post that to my fridge as well.

    Have a good day!

  • Hillary
    October 19, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I made an extra trip to Target today just to buy Self Magazine — I am a dedicated fan : )

    Are you ever going to share with us what your special trip to NYC was all about???

  • Ingrid
    October 19, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    Oh my gosh, my mom sent me the Outlander series when I was deployed to Kuwait 2 years ago. It helped me survive that year, Jamie and Claire were my escape! When I got home and then found out I was pregnant, then found out I was having a boy, I had to name him Jamie! I LOVE those books and I am pacing myself through Echo. Since you are such an avid reader (me too) you should look into getting a Sony book reader or a Kindle. I love my sony, my hubby gave it to me for Christmas. You can download books from the library for it or buy them online. It holds tons, so you always have your faves with you when you travel. :o) Congrats on your Self shout out!

  • Ingrid
    October 19, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    p.s. you might turn orange from all that squash… my son did get an orangish hue when he all he would eat were baby carrots, sweet potatoes and squash when he was little!

  • Barbara
    October 19, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    OMG OMG OMG a NEW Gabaldon book!!!!!!!!You have made my day girl…that is what I am reading this weekend!!!


  • Iris
    October 19, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    I can’t wait to read the newest Diana Gabaldon either! They’re my favorite!

  • Dawn
    October 20, 2009 at 5:17 am

    My first month in my apartment I used boxes of books as furniture. I hosted a dinner party that way – everyone sat on his/her own stack of books, and a bunch more were piled into a ‘table’ and covered with a sheet. Memorable, yes, but furniture is definitely a plus. I can’t believe there’s a new Outlander book! I must have been under the same rock as you – I thought she was done with them. I have no self restraint with those books: I will read every waking minute until I finish it. So going to try to wait for the holiday break…. Thanks for the heads’ up!

  • Vanessa @ Chic and Charming
    October 22, 2009 at 11:50 am

    I received that issue of Self in the mail this week, and I just saw the page that you were on. I actually recognized a few other familiar blogging faces (like Angela @ Oh She Glows)… So awesome, Jenna!

  • Kelsea
    October 27, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    That Self article is how I found your website! I love it, it’s now my homepage!