Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Super Leftovers

Hello, hello!

This afternoon I decided to do one of my favorite rainy day activities—-go to the library! I am SO thankful for our public library system here in Tampa because I think I am saving about $100 a month on books right now! Heck yeah!! =) I went to the super nice HUGE one downtown today and checked out a few beauties. I like to spend an hour right before I go to sleep reading….it definitely helps with the insomnia! On my way out the door, I snacked on a big bowl of grapes:


And when I got back I finally spread my mat out and did some delicious yoga. Today I tried the 45 minute intermediate power vinyasa yogadownload. I had this already on my laptop but don’t think I’ve ever done it before. It was challenging! Lots of deeeeeep twists to thoroughly rinse out my body and joints. I have to say, it felt a lot better than running yesterday (shhhh).

And then for dinner, I had the best leftovers EVER—–


Some of you have asked where the recipe for the pulled chicken hails from. I checked and it is from the Southern Living Slow Cooker Cookbook. My mom got a slow cooker a couple years ago and, man oh man, have we ever gotten our use out of it! Mainly from this recipe! If you have a slow cooker, I HIGHLY recommend you checking out this book. It is sooo delicious and much leaner than its piggie cousin. πŸ˜‰

I also had some broccoli slaw, bread and butter pickle chips, and an Arnold’s whole wheat sandwich thin. It was quite delish.

And then after dinner, I was still feelin’ a little hungry so I chomped on a honeycrisp apple while I made my “night night” tea. Haha πŸ™‚


Time to wind down for the night. I’m going to take a bubble bath, work on memorizing my scripture memory team verse and read (I’m currently reading “And the Shofar Blew” by Francine Rivers) Poor Ryan’s first church softball game was canceled tonight because of the rain! πŸ™ We are hoping for clear skies tomorrow!

Have a GREAT night!!

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  • Michelle
    February 2, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Wow that is the most beautiful and scrumptious looking pulled chicken I have ever seen someone make at home. Thank you so much for sharing that on your blog. I will DEFINITELY be trying to make this…even without a slow cooker. πŸ™‚

  • Sarah (lovINmytummy)
    February 2, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    Leftovers that are delicious are good, leftovers that are bleh, but that you feel the need to use up are bad. Thankfully both yours and my Superbowl leftovers are the former!

    Enjoy those “new” books!!

  • Terry
    February 2, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Love that pulled chicken! Are you still trying to change over to an ayurveda type of diet? I am trying – but have too much of a western lifestyle. Have a good night!

    • jenna
      February 2, 2009 at 5:23 pm


      Well I gave it a good try but I really missed out on my daily fruit servings since I don’t really snack because of my job schedule and late lunch/early dinner. I am trying to adhere to some of the main principles (hot water not cold, daily oil massages according to my dosha type, hot breakfasts….) but some just don’t work in my lifestyle. Unfortunately!

  • Erica
    February 2, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    Here’s to clearer skies tomorrow…Love you. *muah*

  • Sarah (now in FL)
    February 2, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    JENNA! I just read that book this weekend after our conversation about Francine Rivers-I got it at the library on Saturday and I already finished it. It is SO good. I can’t wait to hear what you think about it! That’s hilarious. David was bummed about the cancellation too.

  • Sharon
    February 2, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Hope you have a great night, and tasty eats, as always!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    February 2, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    I LOVE the public library…the best feature is that you can log onto their website, pick what you want and place a hold. Then you get to walk right in and pick it up at the counter. LOVE it.

    I’m lovin’ the slow cooker meals. I have a tiny one here at school and need to find some good recipes to give it a whirl. I have only ever made oatmeal in it =)

  • Laura
    February 2, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    If you have any really fave books you would like to post, please share the titles. I am always searching for good books.

  • Mel
    February 2, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    I love the library, it’s saved me so much money on books! Plus then I don’t feel like I’m spending a ton on silly books.

    Thanks for the cookbook with that recipe, I need a new slowcooker cookbook!

  • Red Head, Yellow Dog
    February 2, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    yummm that looks like a tasty meal! I love leftovers πŸ™‚

  • Tyler (Raspberry Runner)
    February 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    bubble bath?!! i’m so jealous! i don’t have a bath in my apartment…

  • Erin
    February 2, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    BBQ is one of my mom’s specialties too. I really want to try this version, since it’s a bit healthier and looks every bit as good!

  • BridgetP
    February 2, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    I love the library- enjoy your books!

  • Nicole
    February 2, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Nothing better than a big bowl of grapes! They are my favorite, mmmm:D

  • Michelle (PinQue)
    February 2, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    I love that picture of the grapes, so cool looking πŸ™‚

  • brandi
    February 2, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    I love the library, too. I’ve never read that Francine Rivers book, but it’s on my list!

  • Kate
    February 2, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    I’m so glad you have a routine that works for you to get to sleep! I wish I were more into reading actual novels-I can usually only finish health/foodie books;P

  • Bev
    February 2, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Jenna, I too liked Arnold’s whole wheat sandwich thin until I found out they have High Frutose in them πŸ™ Did you know that ?

  • Amelia
    February 2, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Reading before bed is such a great way to relax. Glad it sounds like you’ve got more of a routine down for your new schedule.

  • Meg
    February 2, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Yummy leftovers!

  • martha ann
    February 2, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    Love your blog! I’m also starting to find your love for yoga! After MANY running injuries my doctor actually prescribed yoga, which I thought was so funny, but it is proving to be amazing!
    LOVE the Francine Rivers books. I’m doing the B.Moore scriptures as well. Thanks for the little verses you throw in here and there on the blog πŸ™‚

  • Kelly L.
    February 2, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    Hi Jenna-

    I just finished Redeeming Love last night and loved it! What is your favorite Francine Rivers book?

  • Elina
    February 2, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    I recently started utilizing the huge public library that’s right down the street from my work, and it’s so great! You save lots of money on books and sometimes it’s even nice to just stay there and read and relax for a bit.
    Those pulled chicken sandwiches make my mouth water – every time! πŸ™‚

  • Molly
    February 2, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    That’s funny that you said reading helps you sleep because it actually deprives me of sleep! I just want to keep on reading on into the night…

    Have you read the Book Thief? It’s such a good book…it had me bawling.

  • Kailey (SnackFace)
    February 2, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Good luck with memorizing scripture! That’s a truly admirable thing you’re doing πŸ™‚ I can hardly motivate myself to memorize a script for a play I’m in, haha.
    I tried to not eat fruit with anything else as well, and it just wasn’t workin for me! Glad to see you had a lovely day (complete with yoga)!

  • Natalie
    February 2, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    Good tip with going to the library. I also save some book money with buying used books on amazon. πŸ™‚

  • emily
    February 2, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    thanks for giving a library shout out – my mommy’s a librarian but for some reason I also head straight to Barnes and Noble.

  • Meredith (Pursuing Balance)
    February 2, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I’m a big reader, and I used to spend so much money on books. This past year I’ve only gotten books from the library (minus textbooks), and it’s just been such a great experience!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    February 2, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    I stopped buying books years ago, and save a ton of money by using our local library system. I love it.

    I’m going to have to check out that cookbook as I couldn’t live without my crock-pot, and I’m always looking for new recipes. Thanks Jenna.

    Hope the rain stops and you get some sunshine tomorrow!

  • Beadie @ What I Ate Yesterday
    February 3, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Hooooray for the library. I really need to do that.

  • zestycook
    February 3, 2009 at 7:46 am

    I love leftovers! That broccoli slaw looks so good πŸ™‚

  • Maureen
    February 3, 2009 at 7:56 am

    I love reading too, but I don’t think I read as much as you do. $100 a month? That’s like 6 or 7 books! But I agree that pre-bedtime reading helps one doze off.

  • megan
    February 3, 2009 at 7:59 am

    I love that book! I’ve read it a few times. Have you read her Mark of the Lion series? Those are great too.

  • Jenna 2
    February 3, 2009 at 8:58 am

    your mom slow cooked chicken looks so yummy! I bet it was a million x better as leftovers!!!

  • Fitzalan
    February 3, 2009 at 9:37 am

    That crockpot recipe looks incredible. Did you say it freezes well? That is my problem with using the crockpot when there are only 2 of us…I either have to freeze leftovers or plan to eat them for a week.


  • Jess
    February 3, 2009 at 10:32 am

    I do Half Price Books instead of the library because I really like owning an enormous amount of books. It doesn’t make moving very fun though.

  • Sarah (Tales of Expansion)
    February 3, 2009 at 11:06 am

    yay for the library!! i spend 3ish hours per day on the subway, and books are the only way i can stay awake (most of the time, haha). I don’t know what i’d do if i actually had to BUY a new book every week.

    pulled chicken leftovers sound so yummy!

  • Mariposa
    February 3, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    ohhhh i love that book- it is definitely one of the more inspiring books i have read. of course all of Francine Rivers books are absolutely amazing and MUST reads for anyone.. regardless of their beliefs. i just finished reading Redeeming Love for only the millionth time, it still makes me cry..

  • Alia
    February 3, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    One of my favorite books of hers! My first of course, Redeeming Love.

  • gina (fitnessista)
    February 3, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    YUM! pulled chicken/pork is one of the things i seriously miss about eating meat
    hope you’re having a great day!

  • Ryan
    February 3, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Your leftovers look amazing! I never thought of using chicken instead of pork for “pulled pork”…great idea! Oh and those grapes look huge!

  • Danielle
    February 3, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    That pulled chicken looks amazing, I love using the crockpot so I might have to get that cookbook!
    I need to start reading a little more often, I used to read so much, thanks for reminding me to take some time to sit down with a good book.

  • Kaneil
    February 3, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    I just returned a huge stack of library books yesterday! I think it’s the greatest invention ever! I always feel guilty buying books, unless I know that I will pass them around.

    Seems like you’re getting used to your new schedule! Keep it up! πŸ™‚


  • michelle
    February 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    What is your night night tea?? Different ones perhaps? I started drinking sleepy time tea at night and guess what??? It makes me sleepy!!!