Breakfast/ Lunch

Wintery Mix

Happy Thursday!

Gah the weather has totally changed from being warm and gorgeous this morning to being windy, raining and COLD! Christie (my best friend whom whose parents I am currently living with) called from New Orleans and said it was snowing outside! Crazy, huh?! She’s coming home on Saturday for Christmas and we are going to the Jake Owen concert (!!!!!) Saturday night! I cannot wait!!! Jake is actually FROM Vero (how crazy is that??!!) and does an annual concert at the local high school here. I’ve never been but Christie and Betty went last year and raved. Apparently we got awesome seats and I don’t have to work on Sunday so I am really stoked!

This morning I had banana pumpkin overnight oats to jump-start my day:


This was a mix of 1/2 cup oats soaked in 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup Oikos, 1/3 cup pumpkin, 1/2 mashed banana, 1 tbsp almond butter, cinnamon and topped with pom seeds and agave. It was SO FILLING for some reason this morning! I almost couldn’t finish it! I sat and ate while checking my email and blogmail for about 15 minutes this morning…the bowl was so full.

Not surprisingly, it kept hunger at bay all morning. I did have my snack around 10 though just because I had been staring at it all morning long and wanted to eat it!


I actually forgot I had these! I love finding almost forgotten goodies in the pantry.

And for lunch of course I had Amy’s. I think I’ll be eating a ton of Amy’s in the next week I’m here. No complaints here though!!!


I actually have been wanting to try the black eyed pea, brown rice and veggie bowl for a long time but never bought it because I didn’t think it would keep me full…it seemed to light! However, it definitely did the trick today! I don’t know if it was because I wasn’t really hungry anyways for lunch (breakfast was SO filling!) or what…but this was awesome and I will definitely buy it in the future! For being beans, brown rice and veggies (typical health food) it was incredibly flavorful….I tasted notes of ginger and tamari and loved it! It also seemed like a ton of food for only 280 calories. I was definitely full after finishing it!

I also had some grapes:


And a homemade ginger cookie made by yours truly 🙂


I was content and full all afternoon at work and then I got home just now made a mess with 1/2 cup whipped cottage cheese, a peach medley applesauce and a sprinkle of H2H:


I had a good day today at work. I was on my own since it was Adam’s day off but I got a lot done, including creating the seed starter for my barm (mother starter), which will then become my sourdough starter. I know its a bunch of bread talk….hahaha


All this is is 1 cup 100% dark rye flour mixed with 3/4th cup water. I am letting it sit for 24 hours then mixing in more water and hi-gluten flour to start making the sponge. I will take a little away and add more water and flour each day for four days and then after that it will become a starter for sourdough! However, its best to refresh (feed) the starter every 3 days for 2 weeks to get the best results so that’s what I’m going to do. I’m hoping to have some great Christmas sourdoughs though!

I also made some aaaaaaaamazing ginger cookies (noted above!). I used the recipe out of one of my favorite cookbooks, The Black Dog Cookbook (from the restaurant in Martha’s Vineyard). I actually have never eaten at the restaurant but have been to the little giftshop and bought the cookbook and a t-shirt back in high school. I used to spend every summer on Martha’s Vineyard as a Christian camp counselor for middle and high school kids. Good times I tell ya!

The cookies were awesome. I made tiny ones (which I ate) and big ones, which I saved for a Christmas function at the club tonight. I’m hoping to make more tomorrow….you need a whole half cup of minced FRESH ginger! Yummy!

Since it was Thursday, I had to plate up 54 desserts for Rotary club. Today was panna cotta with pineapple mango relish:


And I also made tons more pie dough, cheddar wafer dough, oatmeal raisin cookies, rolls and challah. A productive day!

Since it’s absolutely pouring and nasty outside I am going to stay home and do yoga instead of going to the gym. I had the pleasure of receiving a whole year of free yoga classes from so today I downloaded a new class—a 60 minute advanced power vinyasa flow. I need to get back in shape with it since I’m moving home! I cannot wait to get back with my old instructor! I know I’m technically “in shape” now, but being in shape to do spinning and being in yoga shape are two very different things. It took me about two years of consecutive yoga to be able to get up (and stay up!) in head stand and have the core strength to do some of the advanced postures. I haven’t done it in a few months and every time I get back into it, the next day every single muscle on my body is sore. My first Bikram class back will be a sure awakening!!


***And I am SO PROUD of my caitlin for her amazing website launch. If yall haven’t already check it out, you must do so asap! It rocks!!!!! 

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  • Allison K.
    December 11, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    I was a camp counselor all the summers of college too! It is def. good times!

  • Oh She Glows
    December 11, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    There is always so much great stuff going on in your posts that I never know what to comment on- si I will just say I like it all! 😀

    Thanks for the yoga comment- it is good to know that it takes a while to build up.

    I always get discouraged when I try it and can’t do everything, but patience is key, I guess!


  • Moran
    December 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Oh I love Ginger, so it sounds great!

  • polly
    December 11, 2008 at 3:20 pm


    Fun concert and YAY for yoga! Girl, it took me a long time to do true headstand (the kind with forearms on ground, hands together, pinky finger tucked under, core core core stronger) and I am so happy to say I can now teach it and do it! Yahoo! The first year or so, it was only a dream. 😉 I cannot wait to hear about your classes.

    What studio will you go to? Hugs!

  • caroline
    December 11, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Concert sounds like fun, sure it will be a blasty! Those ginger cookies look awesome by the way, my favorite by far!
    Check out my last post for a cool challenge/giveaway 🙂

  • ashley (sweet & natural)
    December 11, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Your ginger cookies look delish and I love that the ginger was FRESH!

  • Justy2003
    December 11, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    You must be getting the cold weather we had here in Houston yesterday! It snowed here last night…first time since 2004! Hopefully it won’t get THAT cold for you, though!

  • Jen
    December 11, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    I live an hour from New Orleans (to the east of it, same distance South) and we have the same SNOWY fun mess here!!! crazy!!

    Your cookies look so great!

  • Julz
    December 11, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    FINALLY! How do you go SO LONG without doing Yoga? I have to do it every, single day! As soon as I stop, all my muscle goes out the window anyway, so it’s beneficial for my bod, too! But more than anything, it is the most divine part of my every day! Mmm, I lerrrve it!

    I thought that Amy’s bowl was SO ONIONY! And I love onions, but it was almost too much. Maybe mine was bad? I didn’t really care for it! Maybe also bc I got the low sodium one 😉

    -PS- Do y’all have Persimmons out by you? YOU HAVE TO TRY ONE! The Fuyus (Israeli) are the BEST! They are the only ones, imho to eat, and you don’t have to peel them and they are sweet even when hard as a rock (though inside they have the perfect consistency!). GET YO HANDS ON ONE GIRLFRIEND!

  • VeggieGirl
    December 11, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Lots of excitement ahead of you for Christmas!!

  • Shelby
    December 11, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Those cookies look fantastic and so does that amy’s bowl!

  • jenna
    December 11, 2008 at 4:33 pm


    I wish I didn’t have to go so long without it! Between my crazy schedule and zero yoga studios here in Vero though its been tough. Hopefully I will be able to practice much more often soon though!! Although it might be in the middle of the night before work on my carpet at home…….hmmm


    I’ll probably go to Yogani, where my mom goes, because they have noon classes. The website for the studio, if you want to check it out, is 🙂

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    December 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    Wow, that’s a lot of ginger! Hope you enjoyed your yoga download, and you are so right. Yoga works your muscles in a way totally different from any cardio. Love the yoga.

  • K
    December 11, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Your plated dessert looks amazing! Glad to hear that Amy’s bowl is another winner 🙂

    Have a relaxing night!!

  • Mara
    December 11, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Ginger cookies look great, and I’ve already spent SO much time on Caitlin’s site!!

  • Julia (Santa Barbara Dreaming)
    December 11, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    ooooooooooomg. A free year of yoga? Now I’m jealous!!!!!
    panna cotta looks amazing! And I really enjoy reading about the breads!

  • Megan
    December 11, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I am a little jealous that you are going to see Jake Owen. I love, love, love his music. Have a great time and enjoy the show.

  • claire
    December 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    So, I’ve never made a sourdough with the “doughy” starter. Mine is always a liquid starter. What is the difference between the breads that these two starters produce? I figure there must be some difference.

  • Victoria
    December 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    I LOVE ginger cookies, and those look amazing. I can’t wait to see all your sourdoughs! I appreciate all the bread talk! 🙂

  • Runeatrepeat
    December 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    I wish I could do yoga more often 🙁

  • jenna
    December 11, 2008 at 6:24 pm


    When you say a “liquid starter”, do you mean a bubbly sponge? The doughy starter will TURN INTO that…it just takes time. The starter I am doing contains wild yeast, as in you cultivate it yourself…you don’t use yeast from a package! You might have made a starter or a sponge that involves yeast that you let ferment. The difference is just in the strain of the yeast and the flavors that the yeast produce in the bread. It’s all pretty scientific and if I sound like I know what I’m talking about that’s good because I really don’t at all!

  • Tamara
    December 11, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    I eat those black eyed peas bowls all the time — so delicious! A really quick thing you can do to pump it up is add some steamed broccoli and mix it right in. Talk about awesome! And filling! Hope you’re doing great, Jenna!

  • megan
    December 12, 2008 at 11:40 am

    I’m in New Orleans and the snow was beautiful and amazing yesterday! Just what we needed to put our city in the holiday spirit. It was so beautiful to look outside and see the snow falling and accumulating on rooftops 🙂
    I love Amy’s rice bowls, too! And the black eyed pea bowl is one of my faves, but nothing tops the tofu and brown rice and veggie bowl- YUM! That’s the ultimate for me.
    Happy friday, doll!