Wednesdays Make Me Smile

Happy Humpday!

I LOVE Wednesdays!!! I also love Mikan πŸ™‚


He’s such a little dear. Except I could never sleep with him the way my parents do because he snores so loud!

This morning I had steel cut oats for a change…



So good! This is steel cut oats with 1/3 cup cottage cheese, a splash of almond butter, a banana and almond butter.


The main reason I love Wednesdays so much is because I loooove my noon power yoga class! It’s always exactly what I need mid-week and the music is always awesome. Right now, I’m about to go walk down the Bay with my mom for 45 minutes or so. Love my morning walks!

Other activities this morning include putting together a blogger winery tour in two weeks when Kath, Tina and I are in California! The awesome BethT is picking us up from the airport that Friday morning and we are headed straight for Sonoma to explore and take on wine country all day…food blogger style. I’m sooooooooooo excited πŸ™‚

Have a lovely morning!

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  • Morgan (lifeafterbagels)
    September 9, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Between you and Meghann, I am definately getting my fill of doggie photos this week. THANK YOU πŸ˜€

  • Candi
    September 9, 2009 at 8:42 am


    You mentioned yesterday that you were making a large batch of oats for the week — do you mind giving a little ‘how-to’ explanation? For instance, what measurements do you use for a weeks batch, how do you store them, and how to you prepare them in the mornings? I’ve tried making oatbran and regular rolled oats ahead of time and both attempts were gummy disasters!



  • Allie Katie
    September 9, 2009 at 8:44 am

    One of the top things I miss about CA life is winery tours!! California slacks on some things, but they’ve got that going on!

  • Meg
    September 9, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Mikan is SO adorable! Enjoy your yoga class. What a wonderful thing to enjoy right in the middle of the week!

  • Christie @ Quit Your Diet
    September 9, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Oh, can’t wait to see what the wine tour brings, that sounds really awesome!

  • Jen Trinque
    September 9, 2009 at 8:56 am

    That upcoming trip is so exciting! California in the fall is absolutely gorgeous. I know you’ll have a wonderful time!

  • Sarah
    September 9, 2009 at 9:07 am

    so cute! what kind of dog is Mikan?

  • K
    September 9, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Aww Mikan! What a cutie pie!!

  • Jenna
    September 9, 2009 at 9:25 am

    cottage cheese in the breaky looks great!

  • kay (eating machine)
    September 9, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Yay for CA wine tasting! I get to go in a month-my future mother in law likes to go out when anyone visits… I think I’m going to like marrying someone with family in wine country πŸ™‚

  • Evan Thomas
    September 9, 2009 at 9:27 am

    I like doing 1/4 cup steel cut with 1/4 cup oatbran. It comes out thick and creamy

  • Lizzy
    September 9, 2009 at 9:30 am

    My mom Loves steel cut oats! I’m intimidated by them, but they sure are amazing πŸ™‚

    Hope you enjoy your yoga this afternoon πŸ™‚

  • Daria (Summer of the CSAs)
    September 9, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Oh boy, a CA winery tour sounds lovely!

  • Traci
    September 9, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I love Wednesdays too…Awesome Bikram class after work. I love mixing up Yoga & running. I find that the heat yoga has helped my speed in running. Enjoy your class!

  • Sarah R
    September 9, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Oh man, you ladies are going to have such a good time! Enjoy yoga πŸ™‚

  • YogaFab
    September 9, 2009 at 9:35 am

    Awhhh….cute pup. Have fun at power yoga.

  • Jaya
    September 9, 2009 at 9:36 am

    I also love steel cut oats! I haven’t been wanted to eat any other kind of oat for a few years now. I actually had the identical bowl yesterday for breakfast! The oats/almond/banana combination is such a winner. Hope your yoga practice is wonderful πŸ™‚

  • brandi
    September 9, 2009 at 9:43 am

    wine tour will be so much fun!

    I love steel cut oats – I need to make some soon since it’s getting cooler here.

  • Quisha
    September 9, 2009 at 9:45 am

    ooh, wine country, LUCKY! have fun, i’m sure you chicas will have a ball. can’t wait for pics!

  • Dotsie
    September 9, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I love Wednesdays too–because of the 6am spin class at my gym! πŸ™‚

    Enjoy your day!

  • Pam (Highway to Health)
    September 9, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Oh I’m jealous you get to explore wine country (again!)! I have always wanted to go. Make sure to take lost of pictures.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    September 9, 2009 at 9:55 am

    Awww that looks comfy. Our dogs are complete bed hogs. They only weigh 8 and 11 pounds but they can take up the entire bed. They jump in before us and get comfy and the snort at us when we move them to their blanket at the end of the bed. Somehow once we are asleep Leo always ends up next to Hunni with his head on his pillow. So cute but so annoying some days.

    Enjoy Yoga…I’m looking at my schedule to fit some in today too πŸ™‚

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    September 9, 2009 at 9:58 am

    long walks with mom + yoga + melty peanut butter! no wonder you love Wednesdays! i finally had a pumpkin spice latte yesterday – it got me in the mood for autumn πŸ™‚

  • Kate
    September 9, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Ohhhh food bloggers take on wine country. I am J.E.A.L.O.U.S.! I hope you will each give detailed descriptions of your trip so that the rest of us can live vicariously through you.

  • dee (the apple hill adventurer)
    September 9, 2009 at 10:25 am

    thats really cool you have something you love to break the week up, i need to find something fun to do on the weekdays to distract me from the working world!

    yummy lookin oats too btw, though i dont get the difference between oats and steel cut

  • Kristin
    September 9, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Those oats look delicious! Chocolate in the morning is the best =) enjoy your yoga… And I’m so excited for you going to cali again! I adore wine tasting =)

  • Jolene (
    September 9, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Mmm, steel cut oats are so good! But they take a little long to make, and that’s no fun …

  • BethT
    September 9, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Only time I will be excited to be a DD…heh!

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee)
    September 9, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I love steel cut oats. I haven’t had them in a few years now – I used to fix them in my room’s microwave at school! I liked to top them with soy milk and real maple syrup – so good πŸ™‚

  • skinnyrunner
    September 9, 2009 at 10:55 am

    i want to go to a winery! sounds like so much fun.

  • Stephanie
    September 9, 2009 at 10:59 am

    You lucky girl… ya’ll are gonna have a blast on the winery tour, I can only imagine! And I know you’ll bring us bloggies some sweet pics and the such!! πŸ™‚

  • Julia
    September 9, 2009 at 11:02 am

    What a great day!
    And that blogger meet-up must be really nice too, looking forward reading about it!
    xxx Julia (Taste of Living)

  • Jenna
    September 9, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Hurray for yoga πŸ™‚ And walks with your mama! That is one of my favorite things to do, got to love the girlie chats.

    Sonoma better prepare itself for you ladies. I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • Kristin
    September 9, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I was just in San Fran a few weeks ago and we went up to Sonoma on a winery tour — I could recommend what we liked if you’re interested. It was GREAT fun!

  • Michelle
    September 9, 2009 at 11:50 am

    I was just in Sonoma last weekend! There’s something special about being in wine country around harvest time. We had some really great experiences if you are looking for recommendations!

  • Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)
    September 9, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Enjoy yoga! I’m so jealous!!! =) Give Jen my love!

  • Julia
    September 9, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Mikan is adorable!
    Enjoy your morning walk! Sounds like a nice mid-week break!

  • kirsten
    September 9, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Sonoma sounds amazing! I just did a post on the basic wine info I picked up mostly in Argentina! Love wine tours πŸ™‚

  • angieinatlanta
    September 9, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    SO JEALOUS of your wine tour! What a blast!

  • Bec
    September 9, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Omg I have the same stuffed dog that is cuddling with your real life dog! I’ve had him since I was born and he definitely still sleeps in my bed πŸ™‚

  • Sammi
    September 9, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    wow I have the stuffed dog that is behind him! I’ve had him since I was a baby..except mine looks like he’s gone through hell! I picked off all the hairs once when I was sick and he’s all ragged and weak looking πŸ™ I was a creative child and named him “doggie.” That’s funny you have the same one..and you too Bec! I miss him.. he’s at home ;(

  • Kathleen
    September 9, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    You guys have to check out El Dorado Kitchen when you are in Sonoma. It’s on first street west….food blogger heaven. Just went last month and had the best lunch ever! We sat outside, loved the whole vibe – decor, service, food, etc. Definite must see.

    • jenna
      September 9, 2009 at 4:05 pm

      I found this on my FAQ page regarding steel cut oat preparation! πŸ™‚

      I was wondering when you get the chance, could you post exactly how you make your steel cut oats (what brand you use, how to make them the night before and then out to reheat them in morning, how to make them THAT morning). You eat them a lot and I eat instant all the time. I would love to stop eating instant and start eating steel cut oats!!!

      1. buy Bob’s Red Mill steel cut oats from the store (or another brand–I have Arrowhead Farms right now)

      2. the night before you want them, simmer 1/2 cup of the oats with 1 1/2 cups water on the stove with cinnamon, a pinch of salt and some vanilla for about 15-20 minutes or until the oats are very thick.
      3. Let the oats cool in the pot for about 10 minutes then divide them in half with a spoon and put each half into separate tupperwares and put in the fridge.
      4. The next morning, take out one tupperware and plop into a bowl. Add 1/4 cup milk and smash the oats with the back of a spoon so they combine with the milk. Stir for a second until its all combined.
      5. Chop a med. banana and add to the oats/milk
      6. Put in micro for 45 seconds. Stir. Micro again for 45 seconds
      7. Stir in 1 tbsp peanut butter.

  • Beth @ CrossBorderCravings
    September 9, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    A blogger winery tour sounds like a GREAT time! I bet you guys will have a blast :O) Have fun planning!

  • Liz
    September 9, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    Have a wonderful yoga class! Yay for wine country, it will be an awesome trip.

  • kristi (sweet cheeks)
    September 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Yay for yoga wednesdays! Hope you have a great time! πŸ˜€

  • Jessica
    September 9, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    your trip sounds exciting and fun!
    have fun in yoga today! jealous!

  • Katy
    September 9, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Oh gosh Jenna, I feel like every time I sit to read your blog I find something so similiar about us! This time it’s the stuffed animals. The one on top of Mikan, I have that one! My older sister had it first, and I got one when I was younger as well. Love it. Also, I lived on Martha’s Vineyard for a time and went to the high school there the beginning of my freshman year there and spent a few summers there! Oh and I am doing the Esther study with my friends right now. We are on week 7. Crazy crazy! πŸ™‚ You’re great!