Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

The Countdown Begins

Hi guys!

BodyPump was a lot better tonight. Not that I despised it last week (or else I wouldn’t have gone back!) but it took me one time to get a grasp on what was going on, and tonight I felt a lot more confident with it and knew the weights to use and what was coming ahead. I got there early and warmed up by doing 15 minutes on the elliptical and ended up burning 540 calories between that and the class! Woot!

When I got home, I was starving of course and made acorn squash a la Sammie for dinner 🙂


I baked the squash at 350 for half an hour earlier in the day so all I had to do tonight was just reheat quickly in the microwave and then I topped each half with 1/4th cup whipped cottage cheese and sprinkled it with cinnamon. I also had a cup of my new soup:



It was quite a delicious meal although, I have to admit, I prefer the sweet potato/cottage cheese combo more. All when I was growing up, my mom would bake acorn squash with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon and now it just is impossible for me to it eat a different way. It tastes bland to me without all the fixins’! I think I prefer butternut!

This was a very filling meal and I wasn’t hungry for dessert but my sweet tooth was calling and I couldn’t decide between a macaroon and a SCM cookie so I had half of each!


And wouldn’t you know I sat down to blog then immediately got up, ran back to the kitchen and devoured the other half of the macaroon??!! 🙂 Hehe

I’ve got some some work to do tonight and I’m also trying to pack for my trip home because I need to have the car completely packed on Wednesday night, since on Thursday, I work from 6 am-2 pm then just am immediately driving home!!!! It seems like a long road to get to that point but I just have another 64-ish hours to go! 🙂

Have a great night folks!

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  • Tamara
    November 24, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    I’ve just recently gotten into squash, but have never tried acorn. It looks delish! I LOVE Amy’s butternut squash soup . . . and steaming yellow squash and adding it to some Moosewood frozen pasta is awesome, too. Glad the class went better tonight! It sounds like a great workout!

  • VeggieGirl
    November 24, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Hooray for Body Pump!!

    Good luck with work!!

  • Megan
    November 24, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    I still have not tried acorn squash. It looks pretty good. My husband loves that V8 corn soup.

  • Sharon
    November 24, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Wow, delicious eats!
    Oh, it definitely is exciting to go back home for the holidays! Hope you have a splendid time!

  • Megan
    November 24, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    That meal looks so yummy!
    Yay for going home for Thanksgiving 🙂 Good luck packing!
    I just got home from my first Zumba a little while ago- and LOVED it!!! I just blogged about it, too 🙂

  • Mara
    November 24, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Looks like a great dinner… and delicious after dinner snack!

  • Shelby
    November 24, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    YUM! I love acorn squash…but it does taste a little bland without the proper spices.

    I’m glad you liked your workout, it’s always good to enjoy yourself.

  • emily
    November 24, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    I always do acorn squash with raisins, nuts, and a dab of maple syrup – yum!

  • Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)
    November 24, 2008 at 8:32 pm

    Those cookies look delicious!

  • K
    November 24, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    Glad to hear the class was better! Love acorn squash like that – it’s the only way to eat it 🙂

  • melissa
    November 24, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Dinner looks yummy!

    Jenna, do you have any ideas for a vegetarian main course I can make for thanksgiving?

  • Oh She Glows
    November 24, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    Dont worry the time is going to fly by and soon you will be enjoying a nice rest 🙂

    Love the macaroon….yum 🙂


  • Victoria
    November 24, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    That soup looks good. I’ve never eaten acorn squash not in soup form. These next few days will really fly by! Enjoy your holiday!!

  • Runeatrepeat
    November 24, 2008 at 11:24 pm

    I just tried acorn squash for the first time recently and liked it, but I prefer sweet potatoes all the way!

  • Moran
    November 24, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    Good luck packing!

  • Rebecca
    November 25, 2008 at 5:23 am

    My mom makes squash that way too! Who knew a veggie could taste like dessert, haha

  • tutu
    November 25, 2008 at 7:58 am

    I was just wondering how many calories you burned alone in Pump? They say the average person burns about 400, but everytime I do it, I only burn about 200. Just curious what your stats were! It is an awesome class, especially when you have an awesome teacher!

  • Jenna 2
    November 25, 2008 at 8:03 am

    I had a question on when you made Gina’s macaroons…did you have the oven on when you put them in there for 15hours? or just set them in there?

    this look awesome!!

    Your job sounds so FUNNNNNNNNNNNN!!! 🙂

    have a great thanksgiving!

  • Camtim
    November 25, 2008 at 9:02 am

    I Love the new campbell’s V8 soups!! I’ve only tried the broccoli soup and the butternut squash soup so far, but they’re yummy. ITA about the acorn squash!!! That’s the one thing I remember my mom making a lot, especially around the holidays!!

  • Tina
    November 25, 2008 at 9:08 am

    I’m so jealous of your Body Pump! It’s the best workout ever!

  • Grounded Fitness
    November 25, 2008 at 10:01 am

    oooo cottage cheese! Great idea!

    Kelly Turner

  • runjess
    November 25, 2008 at 10:08 am

    That’s an interesting filling for acorn squash. I made acorn squash on Sunday and used wheatberries, veggies, and turkey sausage.

  • Julia (Santa Barbara Dreaming)
    November 25, 2008 at 10:32 am

    The last 64 hours are going to fly by! But who’s counting, right? haha! hang in there; the weekend is gonna be great 🙂

  • Katie
    November 25, 2008 at 11:18 am

    I love when you know your way around a gym or a class, its like your in your own element and you don’t have to worry about looking ‘lost’. The acorn squash looks interesting, I’ve never tried acorn squash before. Is it kind of like butternut squash because thats my fave! Hope your short week flies by!

  • Mariposa
    November 25, 2008 at 11:54 am

    yay for the class! i really need to start taking group classes. i just dread going to the gym though..

  • jenna
    November 25, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Jenna 2,

    I preheated the oven to 350, turned it off completely and put the macaroons in for 15 hours. It worked pretty well!

  • jenna
    November 25, 2008 at 4:03 pm


    Whatabout a big quinoa pilaf with roasted veggies, cranberries, maybe some beans and toasted pecans? That sounds really good to me plus there is a lot of protein in the quinoa!


    Well, everyone’s body is very different so unfortunately there is no one number for everyone. If you want to know exactly, buy a heart rate monitor! I did Body Pump last week with no cardio before and only burned 300 calories. I think they give you 400 as an average but numbers vary among different people.

  • melissa
    November 25, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Yum! thanks!

  • seelivelee (for the love of peanut butter)
    November 25, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    LOOKS DELISH!! what kind of whipped cottage cheese do you use?