Starvin’ In My Sleep

Oh my gosh, I woke up this morning with such unbelievable hunger!!!! I was SO hungry when I woke up that I felt nauseous! I woke up really early, at like 7:00, and was so hungry that even though I wanted to go back to sleep, I had to wake up and eat. How weird is that?! It was like a painful hunger!

I solved the problem quickly though by making one of my favorite breakfasts: a waffle sammie!


I used a spoonful of almond butter, raspberry jam and half a banana inside two Go Lean waffles.

With 2 egg whites for more protein!


And a biiiiig cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee! I finally had to break down and buy my own coffee since I won’t be able to drink the coffee crack at Roy’s anymore (although I joked with them and told them I would show up every morning with my coffee cup in hand..). I got Dunkin Donuts coffee from Walgreens and while I like it, I have a hard time getting coffee as strong as I like it!!! This is why I would be very happy with nothing but a but of espresso in the morning! When I lived in France I got used to their way of life and then when I came back, all American coffee sort of tasted like dirt to me. Sigh. Maybe some day I can go back!

Last night in school I made these sugar roses:


I was quite proud of them but apparently they sucked because my Chef took one look, said they were crap, then melted down my 3 hours of work. What can I say? It made me very upset at the time, but he is VERY French and doesn’t seem to understand that we have only been doing this for two days, not 20 years. Meanwhile, here was HIS swan he made last night out of sugar:


That’s culinary school for you! You can’t be too attached to anything you make because 9 times out of 10, it isn’t good enough. And for the French, nothing is good enough! My hands are burned and blistered but he told me to “practice, practice, practice!”. 

Yay for it being Saturday!!!!! I feel tired but hope the coffee will kick in soon. I was supposed to run this morning but am saving it til this evening when I have my new shoesies!!!! SO excited about that! Alright, I’m off to pack up, grab the monster (aka Dexter) and head out the door. See you for lunch!

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  • Frugal Trenches
    August 30, 2008 at 12:24 pm

    I’m really enjoying your blog!
    I’d love to hear more about when you lived in France, was it to study?

  • hk
    August 30, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Your roses look totally aweosome to me 🙂 have a great weekened!

  • Julz
    August 30, 2008 at 12:55 pm

    Jenna, those roses made my morning! I think they are so fabulous… They are so realistic and romantic! *Swoooon* 🙂

    Often, I have woken up with that feeling of hunger for breakfast! I usually feel like that when I’m hungry, lol. How else does one feel when they are hungry? I always get that nauseous feeling… Weird!

    Have a WONDERFUL Saturday! I head into work at 2:30, but am so looking forward to relaxing all morning long (until workout and work call for me to hop to!). And have fun shopping for your sneaks! There’s something about buying new sneakers that, to me, is like a natural high 🙂 Have a blast!

  • Christie
    August 30, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    The flowers look good, but I guess thats part of being a student! Also I suggest you buy the starbucks coffee from them because it is MUCH stronger as I am sure you know… dunkin donuts is more weak coffee!

  • VeggieGirl
    August 30, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    **faints after viewing the impeccable sugar roses** Don’t worry about the Chef – I still think the roses are perfect!


  • Christie I.
    August 30, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Though your teacher didn’t think so, I think your roses are lovely.

    Try Outer Banks Blend Carolina Gold coffee, you can buy it online. It is $$$ but so worth it.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  • Andrea
    August 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    ouch! your teacher is harsh… i thought the roses were AMAZING!!! i would LOVE to have those on my birthday cake 🙂

    Happy Saturday!

  • Chef Erin (Pumpkin)
    August 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    I can always hook you up with French Roast or San Francisco Blend from Indian River! Heehee! I’m with you on wanting my coffee dark and strong!
    Don’t get to frustrated with Chef- he did that with our stuff too. I think he’s afraid that if he’s too complimentary that students with “rest on their laurels” and not try new, harder things. (I know the people in my class would have…) I think what he’s trying to get across is- “Good try- next time try this”. He just doesn’t speak English well.
    Even our sugar dragon- he said our sculpture was the best in class but we should have done this and that.

  • Shalane
    August 30, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Your roses are beautiful!!! It’s all part of being a student though.

    I must try a waffle sammie sometime! It looks SO good!

  • Jordan
    August 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    I was also going to suggest buying Starbucks coffee to make at home. It’s yummmmmy. My friend who works there told me they double the amount you’re supposed to use, just for reference.

    I love your roses. I would definitely pay money for them. And not to be mean, but his swan has a big head, so ha.

  • Trish
    August 30, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    I heard that if you start to wake up hungrier than you usually do, it could be that your metabolism is getting faster and working its butt off even through the night. Must be all that muscle you’re building! yay!

  • Matt
    August 30, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Meant to comment yesterday but forgot to get around to it – I am Charlotte Simmons is a great book! I like a lot of Tom Wolfe’s stuff, but I felt like he did a great job capturing the life of a modern college student. A bit exaggerated at times, but enjoyable to read.

    You should also check out Hooking Up by him as well – it’s a collection of shorter works, but also has some college observations.

  • Shelby
    August 30, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Those roses look amazing to me…I don’t know what he’s talking about!

    Sometimes that happens to me about the hunger…its very odd

  • emily
    August 30, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    On the coffee front even though I have a Starbucks addiction as well I want to suggest buying some Kona coffee. It’s pricy but the (great) flavor is strong and I assume you’d only be drinking little cups.

  • M
    August 30, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Your roses look great — just like everything else you make.

    I sure know how it feels to work so hard, be proud of your work, and be told by your boss it’s totally awful and needs to be completely redone.

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    August 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I think your sugar roses looked absolutely gorgeous! I can’t believe they were melted down after all your hard work, that’s really too bad, but I am soooo happy you took a pic of them so we could see what they looked like.

  • RhodeyGirl
    August 30, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    you could make espresso without an expensive machine.. just buy a percolator. it only take about 5-7 minutes and can brew a perfect espresso. they have baby ones for 2 cups and huge ones for many cups. and they sell really good lavazza and illy coffee you could use with it!

  • ttfn300
    August 31, 2008 at 1:33 am

    my golly i think your roses are beautiful!!