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Wet Saturday

Hey yall!

I hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday. It’s been pouring here since I woke up at 5:30, so unfortunately it’s been quite dreary and there was no farmer’s market this morning! ๐Ÿ™

This morning I began my day again with a big yogurt bowl containing 1 cup oikos, 1/2 cup quaker oatmeal squares, a naner, pb and blackberry preserves:


I think this is the best combo yet. I love the major crunch factor of the quaker oatmeal squares! Divine!

Mid-morning, I ate this huuuuge honey crisp apple:


And for lunch, I ate staff meal because I was really feelin’ it today. My plate consists of leftover roasted veggies that I brought from home, mojo chicken with caramelized onions, a small portion of yellow rice with peas and a couple fries ๐Ÿ˜‰


The fries were SO good. Adam caught me eating one and goes, “You better tell the blog about that!!” haha! Of course I tell the blog about it! Here’s a picture of the cheese fries in all their glory:


They were gooooood. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lunch kept me full all afternoon until I went grocery shopping after work (of course). I got so hungry all of a sudden that I snacked on a peanut butter cookie Luna Bar right in the store! Don’t worry, I brought up the wrapper to the register so they could scan it.


What I REALLY want is a peanut butter pretzel Clif Mojo bar………but they don’t sell those here! I will NEVER take Whole Foods for granted again!

Here’s my grocery loot. First, the frozen goodies:


Then, my produce (note the two gorgeous pomegranates! they were 2 for $4 so I splurged):


And other random stuff:


When I got home, I worked out in the home gym while watching the Florida/Georgia game. Here’s what I did:

couple minutes on elliptical to warm up

2 sets of pushups on stability ball—15 reps

2 sets of hammer curls—12 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of triceps kickbacks—12 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of seated row—50 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of lat raises-–8 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of chest press with dumbbells on stability ball—15 lbs, 15 reps

2 sets of one sided bicycle crunches on stability ball—20 reps, 2 sets each side

3 sets of crunches on stability ball—20 reps

It was short but sweet. Afterwards I started on din-din. I had yummy roasted brussels with some of this…….


Love it! I threw a can of tuna into the mac&cheese after it was done to increase the protein content. I ate half of it with my sprouts. I also had about a half glass of red wine.


For dessert, I had a set of mini waffles with jam and a tiny cup of pom seeds ๐Ÿ™‚


I heart pom:

As for work, like I said there was no farmer’s market this morning. I was sad because I was really looking forward to going and when the alarm went off this morning and I could hear the pounding rain, I knew it wasn’t good. I got soaking wet walking from my car to work and was cold all day long.

I still did get crank out some goodies though! First, I made a Sacher Torte. I used two flourless chocolate cakes that I baked off yesterday and spread marmalade in the middle. I coated it in a rich chocolate buttercream and then glazed it with chocolate glaze. Very rich (and shiny)!


I baked a pumpkin pie and another key lime pie:


And a fruit tart covered with pineapple, plums, strawberries and orange segments:


And Adam put together this lovely looking fresh fig tart:


Early afternoon I started on the insurmountable task of juicing enough lemons to produce over a pound of juice for lemon curd. I had put off this task all week long but Adam would not let me forget to do it today since tomorrow is my day off! It took awhile to do but the end product turned out deeeelicious! I used the curd to make little lemon tarts:


I also made some milk chocolate truffles:


And that’s it! I am having a relaxing night….about to read my book:


It’s really really good.

See you tomorrow! Don’t forget to set your clocks back. I’ll be back after church in the morning ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • emily
    November 1, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    haha, I made roasted brussels sprouts as well! Yours look better than mine though, I got impacient and pulled them out too soon!

  • VeggieGirl
    November 1, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    Roasted brussels sprouts + big-ass honeycrisp apples + loads of sweet treats + jewel-like pomegranate seeds = YUM!!!!!!!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope the rain lets up for ya!!

  • Nat
    November 1, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    Out of curiosity, are key lime pies supposed to taste like cheese cake?

  • Ash
    November 1, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    I had Annie’s mac and cheese with tuna and roasted brussels sprouts 2x this week! I used the shells though and mixed everything up together. Such an awesome and easy go to meal. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • melissa
    November 1, 2008 at 11:46 pm

    All looks so yummy! I am always so jealous of your weather, but I think NYC finally stole a little Florida sunshine today. It went from about 42 to 67 today! But I still hope you get your weather back.

    I love Quaker Oatmeal Squares, but like all cereal I can eat a whole box and not feel full. I wish I had your control! hehe

  • jenna
    November 1, 2008 at 11:48 pm


    No. Not at all. The ingredients in key lime filling are key lime juice, condensed milk and egg yolks…it should definitely have a citrus un-cheesy taste!

  • jenny
    November 1, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    hey i have a question. how long would you microwave a sweet potato?

  • Angie
    November 1, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Whole Foods needs a grocery delivery/shipping option so everyone can get anything they want just by ordering it online LOL

    All your foods looked great today. I especially LOVE Honey Crisp apples and Pom’s too.

  • jenna
    November 1, 2008 at 11:59 pm


    It takes about 4-5 minutes. I do it all the time!!

  • Nat
    November 2, 2008 at 12:08 am

    I ordered it for dessert last night…and that’s exactly what it tasted like…I should have asked.

  • blueberrybabe
    November 2, 2008 at 12:21 am

    how do you open a pom and get the seeds out?

  • Mara
    November 2, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Are you sure that was an apple and not a, say, PUMPKIN?!? OMG!

  • Lee (seelivelee)
    November 2, 2008 at 12:33 am

    i look forward to trying pom seedssss! what are the nutritional benefits if you don’t mind me asking? Antioxidants if I am correct?

  • Heather
    November 2, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Have you checked out Target for the mojo bars? I actually got a bunch there the other day. Oh and I found a chocolate covered (bottom) mojo pretzel bar at Wal-Mart (I hate going there but went with a co-worker and stocked up on bars – Dr. Andrew Weil has these new Lara-esque bars that are delish!)

  • Megan
    November 2, 2008 at 1:04 am

    I need to try your Oikos mixture. It sounds delicious. I have been known to snack in the store too!

  • Megan
    November 2, 2008 at 1:28 am

    The “mess” you make always looks so delicious! I have been creating my own with Oikos vanilla yogurt and Ian’s 100 calorie chocolate chip cookies and peanut butter. So delicious!

  • Meghann
    November 2, 2008 at 1:29 am

    It’s raining over there? It was beautiful and sunny all day over here! weird

  • Laura
    November 2, 2008 at 1:32 am

    I was wondering what everyones thoughts are on a nut butter maker. Iโ€™m thinking of buying one that I found on sale for Christmas but I couldnโ€™t find any reviews on the internet.
    Any input is appreciated!

  • Kimberly
    November 2, 2008 at 1:38 am

    Those desserts look too, too amazing.

    By the way, have you ever considered asking Betty to do a guest post on ELR? You’ve raved about your cooking, so she might have some great tips or insights!

  • jess
    November 2, 2008 at 1:39 am

    It’s Super wet here in Santa Cruz California, also. First incredibly rainy day. Those fries look totally worth it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Just wanted to do a quick repeat because I never got the okay from you and don’t want to overstep boundaries or anything:
    “I canโ€™t believe all of those costumes were from the Same Weekend!! Quite impressive Iโ€™ve been following your blog for quite a while and your balance and lifestyle (especially since starting culinary school!) are quite amazing. Iโ€™ve just started a blog of my own and wanted to make sure it was okay that I added you to my โ€˜blogrollโ€™ (def. donโ€™t feel obligated to reciprocate, though, mines still absurdly new and mostly experimental, haha). ”

    hope you have an amazing november!

  • Lisa
    November 2, 2008 at 1:59 am

    Loving Frank is great. I can’t wait to hear what you think abou it.

  • Santa Barbara Dreaming
    November 2, 2008 at 3:29 am

    Wow, the pineapple tart just made my mouth water so bad!
    I love the image of you chowing down on a Luna bar in the middle of the store! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Quick question; do you like the Gardenburger BBQ Riblets? I’ve thought about getting them, but haven’t had the opportunity yet. What do you think of them? Thanks, and ps, I really want one of those chocolate truffles! mmmmmm

  • Grounded Fitness
    November 2, 2008 at 3:30 am

    Ive never seen brussels sprouts packaged that way. weird.

    oooo email me a truffle, please!

    Kelly Turner

  • claire
    November 2, 2008 at 5:56 am

    I like the mojo bars too! I think they’re the best.

  • Kristin
    November 2, 2008 at 6:01 am

    That fig tart looks AH-mazing!
    Oh, and I wanted to share my new favorite find: Wallaby Yogurt! It’s incredible, it says that it’s Australian yogurt, so, now there’s a different type of yogurt for every place in the world you could think of. =) But it’s awesome, for us yogurt obsessed!

  • Eliza
    November 2, 2008 at 6:52 am

    love all your eat. Annie’s yum, my childhood favorite. and luna bars the best, i love that pb cookie flavor too.

  • monica
    November 2, 2008 at 7:03 am

    Mmm, roasted brussel sprounts one of my favourites! Those waffles are so cute!

  • krista
    November 2, 2008 at 7:11 am

    I second the Betty guest post…or maybe you could just relay what she is making for dinner even if you are not eating it to give some great meal ideas! Do you think she would be willing to share her vidalia onion dressing recipe?

  • Josie
    November 2, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Enjoy your day off tomorrow!

  • Moran
    November 2, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Hi Jenna!

    I actually heard really positive things about Sarah’s Key after you recommended it here and I will be getting it this Tuesday!!

    Enjoy your Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jenna
    November 2, 2008 at 10:56 am


    I’ll talk to her about it….she’s actually been out of town!

  • jenna
    November 2, 2008 at 10:57 am


    oops! so sorry!! Of course that is okay ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jenna
    November 2, 2008 at 10:57 am

    Santa Barbara Dreaming,

    I LOVE the riblets. Everyone I give them to loves them as well. They are mouth watering deeeeeelicious!!!!!!

  • megan
    November 2, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Jenna – your brussel sprouts look amazing! How do you cook them? I’ve heard some people say you need to blanch them first to get rid of any bitterness – do you do that? I’ll be having that exact same meal soon (with a glass of red wine too, of course!)

  • joanne
    November 2, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Jenna: I reallly enjoy your site and love to hear about those wonderful baked goodys you are able to make. I’m also waiting to read more about your training for a marathon… didn’t I read that a week or so ago? Anyway – I love to bake, and workout, which includes a lot of running so guess that’s why I tune in regularly.
    I’m wondering if I could offer a link to your site from my blog because I love your meal ideas and recipes? Please check it out and see if you approve.
    Take care and keep offering those mentally satisfying tasteful treats.

  • RosedeBoheme
    November 2, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    All the desserts look GORGEOUS as usual (this is my first time commenting, but I read your blog a lot). Quick question – how did you decide to switch to Fage 0% from 2 %? I have eaten both and sometimes I actually mix them, but I think my stomach has a different reaction to the 2% and then sometimes I wonder if it’s just in my head…hehe.

  • jenna
    November 2, 2008 at 2:49 pm


    Of course! And yes, I am attempting to train for a half marathon. By attempting I mean that I have horrendous shin splints and I’m praying the pain will go away and I actually CAN train! I use the Galloway method of walk/run combos.

    I switched to 0% for no apparent reason except that one day the store was all out of 2% and the calories are significantly less in the fat free so I can make more elaborate combos! Lately I’ve been eating more Stoneyfield Farm Oikos yogurt though because its cheaper and just as good to me.


    I drizzle olive oil and sea salt on them and roast them for 20 minutes at 400. Love ’em! I’ve never heard anything about blanching them first though…

  • Stefanie
    November 4, 2008 at 1:47 am

    I don’t know if you have looked at 7-11 for peanut butter pretzel Clif Mojo bars but I got one there the other day, random I know! Anyway, I thought you might check it out haha. I love your blog!