Sweet September

Good morning!

I have to say, the sky sure LOOKED like autumn this morning but, alas, it was still 90 degrees and humid. Sigh. However, I did make up for it with the season’s first bowl of winter squash oats!


This might look like a mess, and it is. Last night I combined 1/2 cup oats with 1/2 cup almond milk and then this morning stirred in almond butter, 1/2 cup organic butternut squash (!!), 1 plain chobani, 1/2 banana, maple syrup and cinnamon Hello, fall!

I love Wednesdays! Today I have my favorite yoga class at noon followed by shin doctor appointment (okay, not so fun…) and then dinner at Panera and bible study. I’m one of those people that thrive off being busy and I love to have my days packed with good stuff.

So much to look forward to this month!

What do you have to look forward to this month?


Recipe for the AMAZING pasta dish we had the other night!!!

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  • monica
    September 2, 2009 at 9:08 am

    Did you really mix it with a 1/2 cup almond butter? That looks so good, and I would like to recreate. Just saw that almond butter twice and didnt know if one was almond milk? I LOVE SQUASH! Great addition to the oats!

    • jenna
      September 2, 2009 at 9:15 am


      LOL no! i add like a spoonful..sorry if you misunderstood!

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City)
    September 2, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Wow, what a fun fall you have planned! September is busy season in the gym cause everyone is back from summer vacation. I’m looking forward to motivating new clients. There excitement is contagious!

  • Errign
    September 2, 2009 at 9:13 am

    That is one loaded bowl o’ oats!

    You’ve got all kinds of fun stuff planned, I’ve only got school 🙁

  • anon
    September 2, 2009 at 9:18 am

    haha you wrote 1/2 cup of almond butter- somehow I dont think thats right!

    • jenna
      September 2, 2009 at 9:19 am


      No, i wrote 1/2 cup of squash and then cinnamon, 1 chobani and almond butter….

  • Runeatrepeat
    September 2, 2009 at 9:19 am

    I am looking forward to my vacation in Belize – only 3 days away 🙂 Happy September!

  • Jenna
    September 2, 2009 at 9:20 am

    i am looking forward to a good start to the college year!
    and omg i am the same way, i love to be busy!

  • VeggieGirl
    September 2, 2009 at 9:22 am

    It’s 50°F here – trade temperatures?? 😀

  • Holly
    September 2, 2009 at 9:22 am

    1/2 cup almond butter?! ambitious :o)

  • Kat
    September 2, 2009 at 9:24 am

    HA HA. I definitely did a double take on the 1/2 cup almond butter too! Something tells me it was almond milk 🙂

  • kay (eating machine)
    September 2, 2009 at 9:24 am

    haha did you mean 1/2 cup almond milk? right now it says “Last night I combined 1/2 cup oats with 1/2 cup almond butter”
    cause otherwise that’s some almond butter-tastic oats.

    • jenna
      September 2, 2009 at 9:25 am

      ahhhh okay guys, i fixed it. i’m losing my mind. 1/2 cup ALMOND MILK.

  • Kristin
    September 2, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Mmm those oats look yummy… It’s definitely starting to feel like autumn here, it was chilly on my way to the gym this morning!!

  • Nicole
    September 2, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Not this month, but I am looking forward to my birthday this fall!

  • Tiffany
    September 2, 2009 at 9:27 am

    How exciting to be going to Deeper Still! I did the Simulcast with Beth Moore this past weekend- it was wonderful!! Definatley something to look forward too!! Enjoy the month!

  • Courtney
    September 2, 2009 at 9:28 am

    It is 48 degrees here in the burbs of Chicago! AAAH!
    I’m looking forward to my first 10k race and my first sprint triathlon! I also have my 15 year high school reunion…eeek! September is a biggie!
    Your squash bowl looks fab! Makes we want to make some pumpkin muffins.
    Adventures in Tri-ing

  • Ellen (Peace In Motion)
    September 2, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Can not wait for my first bowl of fall oats!

  • Holly
    September 2, 2009 at 9:35 am

    i thrive on being busy too – when i am not, i don’t know what to do with myself!

    LOVE those squash oats – that is definitely going to be on my list of things to make!

  • Lizzie
    September 2, 2009 at 9:42 am

    I do not like the fall or winter – too cold!!! 🙂 Though the leaves are pretty and the air is fresh. But I do like whipping up some porridge or oatbran with raw honey . . and finally today I tried some peanut butter in there and it was pretty good! next stop – squash! Was that from a tin?

  • brandi
    September 2, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Deeper Still will be so amazing! If you ever get the chance to see Angela Thomas speak, GO. She is awesome and so funny and down to earth.

    I hope today is a good one! I can’t wait for all the winter squash 🙂

  • Stephanie
    September 2, 2009 at 9:47 am

    squash in oats – this is a new one – hmmm i think i may try this crazy concoction! esp since the weather has dipped into the low 60s at night here, strange sept weather?!

  • Katrina (gluten free gidget)
    September 2, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I’m making spaghetti squash on Thursday! Fall is coming!

  • Lizzy
    September 2, 2009 at 9:53 am

    I love days that keep me busy! makes me happy!!!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    September 2, 2009 at 9:54 am

    This month I’m looking forward to going to see Fame with a friend, running in Colorado while on a trip, helping my friend move into her house and one of my best girlfriends from college coming to visit.

  • Megan
    September 2, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Morning! Butternut squash oats!!! 🙂 That is definitely a great start to fall, even if it doesn’t feel like fall outside!
    You have such a fun september to look forward to! My September is pretty crazy too…I have the beach this weekend, PRAXIS test next weekend, and then the beach again (for a wedding) the weekend after the test! Woohoo! I don’t remember ever having that much planned for September haha. Hope you have a great Wednesday!!!

  • Brie (The Fit Bride)
    September 2, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I never would have thought to put squash in oats!

  • Angharad (Eating for England)
    September 2, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Those oats look truly amazing! I’m jealous of the 90F weather! It’s already getting down to the low 50s overnight here and 70s during the day (MN) so definitely feeling like Autumn – but it’s too early for me!!
    This month I’m looking forward to…well, I moved house this weekend so settling in, unpacking, baking, having friends over…all the good stuff!

  • Britt- Runnerbelleats
    September 2, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Squash in oatmeal…. yep a bit too fall-ish for me…. I am one of those people that LOVE summer… probably because the winters can be kind of harsh here (NH).

    Fun things for September… labor day parties, hubby’s birthday, Reach the Beach Relay, lots of long runs for marathon training, and final plans for the 5K i’m the director of October 3rd!

  • Karla
    September 2, 2009 at 10:10 am

    Jenna, thanks for posting the recipe for that yummy pasta you made the other night! Do you think it would be ok to substitute the brie for another kind of cheese, and if so, which type? Brie is so $$$ here!

    • jenna
      September 2, 2009 at 10:11 am


      Hmmmm i honestly don’t know…..brie is so melty and that really “makes” the dish. I’d save this for a special occasion and get the real stuff!

  • Jenny
    September 2, 2009 at 10:14 am

    oh girlfriend just come up to connecticut – the weathers gonna autumn written all over it!

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    September 2, 2009 at 10:16 am

    That looks like one delicious mess!

  • Michelle
    September 2, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Jenna aka world traveler never a dull moment in her life,

    MY BIRTHDAY is in SEPTEMBER! I am looking forward to re-working my life and getting off of the diet wagon that I’ve been on for nine years. I am looking forward to starting the process to enrol into nursing. I ma looking forward to smiling everyday because I have finally learned to love who I am.


  • Ali
    September 2, 2009 at 10:17 am

    great start to fall Jenna!

  • Mandy A
    September 2, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I have never had butternut squash in my oats!!! Sounds yummy! Do you use canned butternut squash?

    Sounds like a day full of great stuff!!! 🙂

    • jenna
      September 2, 2009 at 10:30 am


      Yep, this is canned!

  • Evan Thomas
    September 2, 2009 at 10:20 am

    I move into my dorm Saturday–definitely looking forward to that.
    Love pumpkin oats like always, but I just use the canned stuff. It seems so much more convenient

  • Ashley
    September 2, 2009 at 10:26 am

    I’m so jealous of your NorCal trip. If airfare was affordable out that way, my vacation would be there and not Arizona! But heck AZ is a pretty neat place.

    My vacation is the number one thing I’m looking forward too. Only one month from today! Aside from that, all the fall fairs are this month. Octoberfest in my town, arts and craft shows, and the Speedboat Nationals on our local river. For me and my SO, we are busy every weekend from here on out!

  • dee (the apple hill adventurer)
    September 2, 2009 at 10:29 am

    sounds like a super yummy breakfast, it looks like a mess sure, but one heck of a scrumptious mess, doesnt oatmeal always?

  • Sarah R
    September 2, 2009 at 10:32 am

    I’m so jealous of your oatmeal and canned squash! I can’t even find pumpkin at the moment and it’s driving me crazy!

  • Megzz @ Megzz Wins At Life
    September 2, 2009 at 11:05 am

    I having nothing to look forward to this monthly… Sadly.. but I can’t wait to read all about your adventures!

  • Cait (Cait's Plate)
    September 2, 2009 at 11:14 am

    That breakfast is SO FALLISH!! I LOVE IT! Butternut squash!? I want to try that!

  • Jessica
    September 2, 2009 at 11:16 am

    i love being busy too. i guess that is why i have such a hectic life!
    the bfast is super creative! i need to try that sometime!

  • Lauren
    September 2, 2009 at 11:18 am

    MMMMMM I had my first bowl of fall oath this morning too…. Loaded with lots of Cinnamon, Walnuts, and Berries! I am looking forward to a month of Birthdays, Philadelphia Restaurant Week, Eagles Game, Phillies Game, and Pumpkin Spice Lattes….

  • K
    September 2, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Ahhh the sweet taste of fall 🙂 Oddly enough, I’m looking forward to classes starting! I need some structure.

    Enjoy Panera tonight!

  • Sarah
    September 2, 2009 at 11:52 am

    squash for breakfast?! sneaky way to get in those veggies 😉

  • meagan
    September 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    vacation!!! we are flying into portland, or and then driving through oregon and northern california until we hit san francisco. aaahhh… i’m so excited.

  • Beth @ CrossBorderCravings
    September 2, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Usually I think summer is the busy time but looks like Sept. will be busy this year too! I am visiting my best friend in VA this weekend and visiting my family in OH next weekend. Then who knows? I should probably stay in DC! I am so looking forward to it! :O)

  • Sammi
    September 2, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    Jenna- you always make such good oatmeal concoctions! Do you cook the oats in the microwave? I don’t think I have the patience to do stove top in the morning!

    Also..I noticed it was surprisingly cool this morning around 6am! I live in Sarasota so i’m not sure if the weather varies that much.. but it made my run quite pleasant…. but now it is storming!!!

  • Emily
    September 2, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Oh yum! I love butternut squash.

    This month there isn’t a lot going on. My boyfriend’s 21st birthday is coming up; I`m going home for a weekend to visit with family (I`m watching the animals while my mom goes on a vacation); and I`m hopefully finding out if I`ve been accepted into the Dietetic Technician program.

  • Jean Mitchell
    September 2, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    Lots going on this month! My dad’s big 60th b-day and a weekend get away to Washington DC to see the sites!

    Also Buckeye fever is starting in Columbus, Ohio!!! Our beloved football team kicks off in just 3 days!

  • Marcia
    September 2, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Looking forward to this month:

    3-day weekend!
    A visit from my MIL and her best friend (they are taking the train ALLL the way from NY to So. Cal to see us. Via Montana and Oregon).
    More 1/2 marathon training.
    Hopefully fun with friends…need to have some friends over for dinner, and maybe go swim in their pool.
    OH, and a wedding.

  • Sarah
    September 2, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    That is quite the autumn-inspired oatbowl. Looks good!

    I’m looking forward to moving to Russia. In 4 days!!!!

  • Michelle
    September 2, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    awesome! It’s like the pumpkin spice latte version of breakfast!! Love it!

  • Pam (Highway to Health)
    September 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    That’s a great bowl of oats to start the fall off with! Delicious!

  • Melissa
    September 2, 2009 at 12:51 pm


    While my September isn’t as exciting as yours, I’m still looking forward to it!

    Football season starts so I’ll be routing for Boston College and for the Patriots. I’m going on a wine tour in the Finger Lakes region of NY, training for the Boston 1/2 Marathon, and I’m turning 26!!!

  • Julia
    September 2, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks for the link to that pasta recipe.
    Your oatmeal looks jummy and so original! I wish you a great day (here in Europe, my day is almost over, strange to realise…)! have fun at yoga:) xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  • chandra
    September 2, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I’m looking forward to college football season (aka tailgating!), the Britney Spears concert (I know, I know), being THAT much closer to my race, and *hopefully* making a big change in my life. 🙂 Hope the shin doctor goes well!

  • L
    September 2, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Your oats look so good!

    I’m STOKED to go to Ben Harper’s concert towards the end of the month!!! 🙂

  • Liz
    September 2, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    Lovely looking oats! Something about fall makes you want a comforting breakfast…even though it’s still hot, lol! Sounds like you have a fun September planned. Have fun at yoga. Adios!

  • Casey Leigh
    September 2, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Holy yum!!! That sounds delish.

  • marina
    September 2, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    I am looking for a new year in university, living again with my boyfriend, I’ll start yoga…
    And I can’t wait for veggies and fruits of fall! Chestnuts, apples, pumpkins…

  • Jenny
    September 2, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Squash, oats, and almond butter?

    This bowl is so intriguing I may be forced to make some just for sampling purposes:)

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    September 2, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    We’re already into cool fall temperatures here, especially in the morning. I”m leaving the house in a lightweight fleece jacket that’s not needed by afternoon. I’m super excited for the leaves to start changing and for pumpkins and fresh apples at the farmer’s market. I love fall 🙂

  • Elsa
    September 2, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    It sounds like you will have a great September!
    For me it is great friends coming to visit and running the Newport Liberty 1/2 marathon at the end of the month.

  • Lauren
    September 2, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Sounds like such a fun month!

    I’m looking forward to traveling home and seeing my baby niece (!!!), who has grown so much since I last saw her. Other exciting things:

    -Half marathon on the 20th
    -Wine touring with my boyfriend and friends
    -My three-year anniversary with the boyfriend (this weekend)
    -Spending more time with my new puppy!
    -Buying a road bike (I’ve finally decided on the one I love)

    A quiet month (despite the eternal busyness at work…), but one I’m looking forward to.

  • Katherine
    September 2, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    I love fall!!! Pumpkin and squash oats…pumpkin spice lattes! Mmm

  • Amanda @ Cakes and Ale
    September 2, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Oooh. Now I am craving pumpkin oats!

    Although, a new trick I’ve tried is pretty tasty too… adding shredded carrots to my oats, with cinnamon and PB. It sounds weird, but it makes it taste like carrot cake, and it’s a good way to slip in some extra veg!

  • Stephanie
    September 2, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    what a great bowl to wake up to!

  • Katy
    September 2, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Jenna! I think my friends and I are going to Deeper Still! You should have a meet up! 🙂 We are doing the Esther study and are on the last few weeks. Beth is AMAZING!

  • Jenna
    September 2, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    I am looking forward to going home to Texas on Friday, doing a little dance in my boring work cube!!!

    Then just the start of fall in general. It is such a fun time of the year… all the fun foods, beatiful leaves, apple picking, FOOTBALL season, etc.

    Have a wonderful day!


  • Low
    September 2, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    Good luck at the doctor!

    September is going to be much calmer than last month. I don’t really have any solid plans, and I’m cool with that 🙂

  • Gabs
    September 2, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Hey Jenna! So longtime reader here, recent delurker and member of the blogging community, and I was hoping you could answer a yoga question for me, as you seem to be the yoga pro these days (that free class deal is awesome 🙂 ). I’ve done bikram yoga a lot, but I’ve never done a normal yoga class. I recently decided I wanta give it a try, but I have no idea what the different types of classes are all about, so I was curious about what your favorite is? I’m pretty good at bikram so this might seem silly but I’m nervous to give regular yoga a try! Anyway, any opinion would be greatly appreciated. Happy Wednesday!

    • jenna
      September 2, 2009 at 4:31 pm


      I really like power vinyasa classes…they always kick my booty!

  • Paige
    September 2, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    Mmm those winter oats look awesome! Great idea to put some squash in there.

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope
    September 2, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Augh, I have to admit that I’m not too excited for fall coming. I’m definitely a hot-weather-and-sun-worshipper. 😉

    LOVE that breakfast though. YUM!

  • Anais
    September 2, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    Well like you, I am newly single, so I am looking forward to…new things I guess 🙂 Learning to know myself some more, and do things just for me 🙂 Like getting a pumpkin spice latte lol!

  • The Healthy Apple
    September 2, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Your Squash Oats look unbelievable; wow! I am going to try that for an afternoon snack…what a great way to warm up on a cool, Autumn day….love the cinnamon in there too because I’m a huge cinnamon fan.
    Hope all’s well with you…

    Have a great day.

  • FoodCents
    September 2, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    That is quite a bowl of oats, hello fall, huh?

  • Jenna
    September 2, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I just wanted to tell you I LOVE your blog! I’ve been reading it for almost a year but hardly ever comment, so I guess I’m de-lurking. Those oats look amazing. I’ve been drinking a lot of smoothies lately, but now you have me craving my oatbran!

  • Tammy
    September 2, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Hi Jenna,

    I enjoy your blog very much. You are going to love Deeper Still- I went to the Greensboro event and wow! Take lots of tissues- tears will surely flow down your face.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    September 2, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    OMG those oats looks yummy!

  • Erin
    September 2, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Wow — I’ve never thought of squash oats but it sounds delicious and perfect for those crisp fall mornings. Will be trying that one out soon, thank you!

  • Pam
    September 2, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Ohhh I love butternut squash in oats! I’m pretty sure my favorite food is butternut squash. Only a food blogger could appreciate this.

  • Sarah
    September 2, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks so much for the link to the pasta recipe – cannot wait to try it out! Perfect fall comfort food for us in the rainy Northwest.

  • RunToTheFinish
    September 2, 2009 at 9:17 pm

    hmm that is an interesting new oats combination, I am very excited to test it out this fall…I’m not yet ready to believe summer is over

  • Jac
    September 2, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    I’m looking orward to FINALLY finishing my internship and get out of this office! Yay..But college starts..:(

  • Stephanie P
    September 3, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    did I miss the post saying you got the job in Cali? if so, congrats! Either way, looks like you have a fun month ahead.