I’m sitting outside on my steps again to pick up some internet service :(. The brighthouse guy PROMISED to come tomorrow between 10-1 and since it’s my day off, I’ll be there to let him in and hopefully he can fix the problem. This is quite frustrating!
Finally some pictures of my chocolate modeling cake!
It turned out okay….I’m happy with it except I don’t really like the grass border that I did. I liked it at the time and now that its on display I wish I hadn’t done that because it doesn’t give it the clean finish I was hoping for. I guess its a rather humorous cake anyways though so it doesn’t really matter.
I didn’t work out this morning because I was really tired and my bed just seemed like a much better place. Don’t you love mornings like that? I woke up on time to go to the gym but I decided I would rather take my time and lounge in bed a little. It felt good! When I finally got up I ate my breakfast: Muesli!
Last night I combined 1/2 cup oats with 1/2 cup soymilk, about 2 tbsp of toasted almond slivers, a couple tbsp of dried cherries and cinnamon. When I got up this morning I added a sliced banana, some raspberries and drizzled the whole thing with agave nectar. It was SO good!!!!!! I used to add greek yogurt to this and I’ll admit that addition does make it very creamy, but it is still good without. I will definitely be eating this combo all summer long because it lets me have my oats without dying from the heat and feeling full and bloated. Yum!!
Today is one of those days before I go grocery shopping where I just don’t have anything in the house for lunch!! I even contemplated briefly stopping at the store and getting a sandwich to take with me just because I didn’t have anything! Whenever I go to the store I always buy just enough for one week and its been about a week and 2 days I think since I last shopped. I like to eat and I run out of food quickly it seems! So, what does a girl do in a situation such as this? Pasta!
I made a summer pasta salad for lunch with kalamata olives, radishes, basil and scallions. Here’s the recipe:
To serve 1:
2 ounces dry whole wheat rigatoni or other spiral shaped pasta (I used a mix of penne and spiral because that’s all I had)
1 radish sliced thin
1 scallion sliced thin
1-2 tsp extra virgin olive oil (I used 2)
1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
about 6 kalamata olives, sliced
2 tbsp fresh basil, torn
pinch of sea salt and crack of pepper
1. Cook the pasta in salted boiling water. While its cooking, combine the radish, scallions, basil and olives in a bowl.
2. When done, drain and cool down by running under cold water. Add the cooled pasta to the radish/scallion mixture.
3. Add the olive oil and vinegar and toss gently. Add salt and pepper to taste.
This would also be really good with cherry tomatoes! Maybe next time I’ll try that combo! I also packed a peach for dessert and peanut butter pretzels for a snack later.
Have a great day!
NicoleJune 24, 2008 at 12:38 pm
I think your cake came out great 🙂
And I will definitely be giving that pasta recipe a try. Yum.
LittleblackdressJune 24, 2008 at 1:03 pm
The cake is gorgeous!
KatieJune 24, 2008 at 1:05 pm
I’m going on a trip this weekend to the Black Hills/Mt. Rushmore and was wondering if any of you have been and had some suggestions (restaurants, activities, hotels etc.)?
Thanks for your help!
VeggieGirlJune 24, 2008 at 1:08 pm
Your chocolate modeling cake is stunning! The grass part looks perfect to me, no worries!
arielleJune 24, 2008 at 1:20 pm
I think the cake looks great, too – the grass adds character!
Vegan_NoodleJune 24, 2008 at 1:23 pm
The Eat Your Veggies cake is soooo cute!! Great work!
ScottJune 24, 2008 at 1:47 pm
What a great looking, fun cake! I love the farm animals…it’s just a petting zoo I’m sure!
ericaJune 24, 2008 at 2:11 pm
Wow, the cake looks fantastic.. you’re so talented!
And the summer pasta salad sounds so good.. I’ll have to give it a try soon!
AshleyHJune 24, 2008 at 2:15 pm
That breakfast looks great! I know you mentioned that you used to put greek yogurt in it and I was wondeing what your ratios for that were. I LOVE greek yogurt!
hkJune 24, 2008 at 3:20 pm
Cake is too cute!! Lots of character, for sure! I’ve missed your yummy single-serve recipes, this looks very refreshing, yum 🙂 have a good day!
tfhJune 24, 2008 at 3:56 pm
The cake looks great! I like the grass. But my favorite part is the expressions on the veggies’ faces on the side! Fun.
Every Gym's NightmareJune 24, 2008 at 4:11 pm
Man, i cant even frost a cake, let alone “model” one. You should do sugar sculptures- i bet you’d be good at it.
i would like to eat it now, please.
Ange C.June 24, 2008 at 4:49 pm
I enjoy your blog so much…you’re so upbeat and you’ve given me some great new recipe ideas.
Question for you (or anyone) what brand of pretzel sticks and PB pretzel puffs do you get? Are they from WF?
Katie SJune 24, 2008 at 4:51 pm
Awesome cake, Jenna!!! You’re too hard on yourself, I definitely would want to buy it!!
ClaraJune 24, 2008 at 5:23 pm
omg – that cake is adorable. “eat your veggies”! I love it! you’d get a job in a minute at a gourmet vegan pastry shop 🙂
hope your internet is figured out soon – I know how fustrating that is!! hang in there, and thanks for still posting in your lil corner, hehe.
HeatherJune 24, 2008 at 7:21 pm
That cake is precious! I love the “Eat Your Veggies” Message 🙂
That muesli looks really good… I may have to make some today…
BetsyJune 24, 2008 at 7:40 pm
tooo cute!!! adorable.
i’ve been making muesli in the morning too-without yogurt and water/almond milk. sooo yummy!!!!
peanut'sarmyJune 24, 2008 at 8:26 pm
where do you buy the peanut butter pretzels? what brand is it? they look really delicious!thanks!
Becca AJune 24, 2008 at 9:01 pm
Great job on the cake, its really cute!
jennaJune 24, 2008 at 9:25 pm
Hi girls! The peanut butter filled pretzels I buy are from Whole Foods—look in the snack aisle. The pretzel rods I love are the Syder’s (I think?) honey-wheat twists sold in your regular grocery store. I am addicted to them!! 😉
thanks for all the compliments on the cake!!! That made me feel good!
CaraJune 25, 2008 at 2:54 am
wow that looks awesome!! good job!!!