Welcome Home


Mikan says welcome home!!!! =)

Ahhh and it feels so good. Except for the fact that my room is filled with boxes (of all my books that have been in storage for the past 6 years) and I have about a million things to unpack.

I was really boring for lunch today since I was just trying to get out and get on the road asap. I packed a hazelnut butter/raspberry preserves sammie on Arnold’s double protein bread with some HUGE grapes


Seriously, one of these grapes was about the size of three “normal” grapes. They were jumbo! And delish nutrish 🙂

I beat traffic and got in around 1:30 and surprised Ryan then drove home to unload the car. And guess what? Santa made a quick trip and filled my stocking!!! Here are the goods:


A cute little dishcloth with desserts on it, good n plentys, a DARK CHOCOLATE TOBLERONE (my favorite thing in the entire world!) and a little squishy yoga person. It looks like my mom joined a charity/foundation that helps injured solders learn to practice yoga. Interesting, huh?!


Like mother like daughter—my mom LOVES yoga (she primarily practices Bikram).

I started to get hungry for a snack after lugging everything upstairs and, to my dismay, found a pretty much bare kitchen for the most part. So, I jumped in the car and headed to the health food store a couple miles away to get some essentials that will see me through a few days.


I tried a new kind of greek yogurt in the car for a snack since I just couldn’t wait….


I’ve never tried this before and I really liked the consistency but not so much the vanilla/cinnamon/orange-y flavor. I thought it was a bit too strong. However, the yogurt itself was creamy and delicious! It was this brand’s “new reduced fat” kind—170 calories for this container. It had the creaminess level of 2% Fage.

I also tasted my new muesli!


Yum 🙂

I’m jumping on the treadmill right now (my mom has a treadmill here at the house) for a quick little trot because I’ve been sitting in the car all day and Ryan is coming over in a bit. We are going out to Bonefish Grill tonight (my FAVORITE) and then headed to a friend’s Christmas party!

Have a wonderful afternoon and evening!

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  • Petra B
    December 20, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Yum! The museli looks delicious, and what a gorgeous santa sack! The dish cloth is so adorable, and the toblerone sounds amazing. Enjoy!

  • Oh She Glows
    December 20, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    How nice of Santa to leave you those gifts!! 😀

    You must be so excited to be able to spend time with Ryan and your family finally. You deserve it!

    I’m off to visit my family today for the week…I can’t wait.

    Have fun at dinner tonight!


  • Shelby
    December 20, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    I keep getting HUGE grapes in my farmer’s market boxes! I guess it’s just that time of year? They’re so fun to eat though. =)

  • VeggieGirl
    December 20, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    WELCOME HOME!!! Mikan is too cute.

    Haha, lovin’ the “little squishy yoga person”!! What an oxymoron though, right?? 😀

  • Justy2003
    December 20, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    I looooove Toblerone! We sold them for “French Club” in high school (well, the milk chocolate kind) and I think I ended up buying half of the ones I was supposed to sell!
    I’ve had a few of those Greek Gods yogurts (the full fat kind, though) and they’re soo good! However, they have WAY too much saturated fat & sugar to be considered very healthy in my book. They’re more like a dessert 🙂
    Enjoy yours & Ryan’s gift exchange and the feeling that you have nothing to do for a few weeks!

  • Erica
    December 20, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Welcome home, indeed! Glad you made it safe and sound!

  • Jenny
    December 20, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Yay for being home!!
    “delish nutrish” such a cute phrase! I may steal it 😉

    That’s good to hear about that brand of Greek yogurt. I tried the plain awhile back, and I could hardly tell it was “greek” because it was not creamy. Maybe I’ll give it another try.

    Ooo Bonefish is my favorite too!! Have fun tonight!

  • michelle
    December 20, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Hey Jenna,
    Welcome home!!! Glad your getting all settled in!

    Happy Merry Christmas to you!!!

  • Courtney
    December 20, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    That’s at Yogani! My mom donated too! I just went to class this morning and my teacher, Annie, was the girl who started the exalted warrior foundation! Woo hoo!

  • tonya mabrey
    December 20, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    I was catching up on your entries and just saw the beautiful portuguese sweet bread you made. The texture of that bread is just right for bread pudding or french toast. With your knew found love of dried figs let me recommend making the bread pudding with figs instead of raisins. If you also use vanilla flavored Silk soy milk it makes it even better. Love the picture of the puppy and hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Thanks about the information about yoga for veterans. I know the benefit of yoga for my fibromalgia and arthritis and it can be a wonderful pain relever and stress relever. Merry Christmas Tonya.

  • Kristina
    December 20, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Welcome home! Aw, Mikan is way too cute for words!
    Enjoy your night tonight. 🙂

  • Moran
    December 20, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Welcome home Jenna!!

  • AshleyH
    December 20, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    I just tried that yogurt but I tried the plain flavor and really liked it with some honey. So you should give that a try!

    Its so nice to come back home when you’ve been away.

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    December 20, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Mikan is too cute 🙂

  • Runeatrepeat
    December 20, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I love HUGE purple grapes. I call them little plums.

  • HangryPants
    December 20, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    I love the cute dish towel!

    Have fun at the Christmas party.

  • Brooke
    December 20, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    The honey greek gods yogurt is my favorite food ever!!! It’s better than any icecream/fro yo I’ve EVER HAD. Sadly, it’s pretty high cal – but SO WORTH IT!

  • Megan
    December 20, 2008 at 9:14 pm

    Yeah for being home! Love the stocking stuffers! Enjoy your night!

  • Sharon
    December 21, 2008 at 1:30 am

    YAHHH! Home sweet home!

  • Cassidy
    December 21, 2008 at 7:17 am

    lol. I do the same thing when I get back to my parents: stock the fridge with things I eat. I think It drives my mon crazy. 🙂

  • K
    December 21, 2008 at 7:59 am

    Glad to hear you’re safe and sound at home! Love the essentials 😉 Hope you had a great night!

    Mikan = SO CUTE!

  • Julie
    December 21, 2008 at 11:27 am

    I tried that yogurt and that same flavor recently (it was on sale at my local market)…I thought it was excellent split with my husband in a parfait with homemade granola, banana slices, and pomogranite seeds – yum!!

  • ErinE
    December 21, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    that puppy is soo cute!!

  • Kathy
    December 21, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    hi jenna! I was just wondering.. where did you come up with the name for your dog? It’s just that in japanese, a mikan is a delicious little clementine type of fruit. did you mean for it to be japanese, or is that just by pure chance? so cute, by the way!

    • jenna
      December 22, 2008 at 7:03 am


      Hahahaha its a pretty funny story. We all pulled straws to decide the name for our new puppy about 4 years ago and my little brother won. He picked the name Mikan and then later told us all it meant orange in Japanese. Very random but cute at the same time!