Dessert/ Dinner/ Exercise/ Fitness

Wishing for Fall

Hi guys,

This afternoon my shin was feeling a lot less sore (I’ve found a love for Tiger Balm) so I decided to try out running on the treadmill instead of outside. The treadmill, as much as I despise it, does offer a softer surface to run on, therefore sometimes not as aggravating to the shins. It was okay. My shin didn’t bother me as much as Saturday, which was good, but it’s just so boooooring! I ran and stared straight ahead, missing running by trees and cute houses. I ended up running for about 25 minutes (at 6.0 and incline of 1.0) and then walking for five to cool down.  

After my workout, I snacked on a chobani with a half cup of peanut butter pandas in it:


Yummy!! This snack was really really good and incredibly filling. I actually felt TOO full after I ate this! Weird! I think it was because I had just walked in the door and was still all hot and sweaty.

I guess this is good news….I hope I GET good news….I finally got an MRI scheduled for Wednesday morning at 7:00. It was the only time they had available so I guess I’ll have to miss school. Since I’m moving next week this is really my one chance to get everything checked out. The real good news about this though is that it’s 100% covered by my insurance. I let out a huge sigh of relief when I heard that!

Anyways, I worked on my projects for awhile and then made dinner. In the spirit of fall weather that does not exist here, I made a batch of homemade baked beans to go with my baked tofu and spinach. Here is my recipe:

Homemade Baked Beans

Serves 4

1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 of a large yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp ground mustard
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 bay leaf
1 tsp hot sauce
8 oz tomato sauce
1 15 oz can cannelloni beans, drained and rinsed

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. In a cast iron skillet or non-stick skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onions and sauté for about five minutes or until soft and translucent.
3. Add the garlic and sauté 30 seconds more.
4. Add the maple syrup, tomato sauce, salt, ground mustard, hot sauce and ketchup and simmer for five minutes.
5. Add the beans and bay leaf, stir, then cover the skillet with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes, stirring once during the baking process.
6. Allow to cool and serve warm.


I’d love it if y’all would try out my recipe and let me know what you think! I really like it. It makes for a very comforting meal. I also had my usual baked tofu (1/2 block), a cup of spinach and a glass of chilled Beaujolais.  I ate while watching one of my favorite movies:


And I snacked later on a 100 calorie pack of popcorn with some added dark chocolate chips 😉



There’s actually 16 chocolate chips in here (that is the serving size. I have to portion these out or I would eat the entire bag), but they all melted and went straight to the bottom. Yummy, gooey dark chocolate. Love it.

Well, a thunderstorm is coming and I’m still watching my movie, so I’m going to call it a night! See you for breakfast!

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  • VeggieGirl
    September 15, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    Oooh, LOVE your baked bean recipe!! I’m bookmarking it now.

    Good luck with the upcoming MRI!!

    Autumn is in full-swing here (just posted about that, haha) – come visit!! 🙂

    Love the idea of the melted chocolate in the popcorn – perfect mix of sweet & salty.

    Have a great evening!!

  • Ellie
    September 16, 2008 at 12:08 am

    I LOVE that movie too! Excellent. I have yet to try the popcorn + chocolate chips thing but I’m sure it’s good. I’ve also heard it’s good with M&Ms . . .

  • ModelBehavior
    September 16, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Oh TIGER BALM! OH wow, I haven’t seen that stuff in a while! My brother used to buy that and I would always steel it from them, I LOVE THAT STUFF! I may have to pick some up!

  • Jenny
    September 16, 2008 at 12:50 am

    Hope the MRI goes well…

    I love The Painted Veil, such a great movie! That popcorn+chocolate snack sounds good! Enjoy your evening 🙂

  • raybelle
    September 16, 2008 at 12:58 am

    m&ms are also so good in popcorn! dark chocolate m&ms especially.

  • Kristie
    September 16, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Whoa, I’ve heard of chocolate chips mixed with popcorn as a snack before, but having them all melty at the bottom sounds DIVINE. I’ll remember this snack for sure.

    Good luck with the MRI!

  • Andrea
    September 16, 2008 at 1:18 am

    good luck with your MRI.

    kettle corn + dark chocolate = LOVE.

  • Laura
    September 16, 2008 at 1:37 am

    Mmmm, chocolate and popcorn go so well together. I love a good thunderstorm late in the evening. I find them very relaxing.

    Good luck with the MRI. I hope they can get to the bottom of whatever is causing you trouble!

  • Christie
    September 16, 2008 at 2:03 am

    i love popcorn with choc chips… i use to always eat popcorn and apple an pb for my lunch it was perfect.

  • Melissa P.
    September 16, 2008 at 2:09 am

    Oh, I have never seen that movie. Now I need to pick it up.
    I have two book recommendations for you- The Thirteenth Tale (you will probably read this in one night- impossible to put down) and The Secret of Lost Things.
    I always love your recommendations so I think that we have the same book interests…

  • sally
    September 16, 2008 at 2:19 am

    i think that kettlecorn has aspartamane in it, just thought you would like to know because you have cut out artificial sweeteners.

  • Josie
    September 16, 2008 at 2:42 am

    Mmm look at that mountain of peanut butter goodness! Panda Puffs can’t be beat!

  • SC
    September 16, 2008 at 3:10 am

    There’s a new commercial about HFCS out…it directs you to this site. What do ya’ll think??

  • Jess.
    September 16, 2008 at 3:50 am

    I love those peanut butter panda puffs! And i bet that snack was amazing. Definately something I will try soon!
    I’m going to incorporate your baked bean recipe into next week’s menu plan. They look tastey. I don’t really have a recipe, I just add things to taste. All sorts of things lol… They always come out pretty good, but i would be excited to have a good recipe to go to.

  • LT
    September 16, 2008 at 3:58 am

    Hey Jenna,

    I recently learned that you can make your own microwave popcorn. Just put about 1/4 cup of kernels in one of those brown paper lunch bags and nuke it for a couple of minutes just like you would for a store-bought baggy! It’s soo cheap and you can flavor it any way you’d like! Here are some suggestions:

    -melted butter w/ parmesan or nutritional yeast (duh)
    -cinnamon sugar
    -curry powder! it’s great
    -cocoa powder or hot choc. mix, marshmallows, pb chips, etc.

    Just thought I’d let ya know! Love the blog!

  • LT
    September 16, 2008 at 3:59 am

    Crap I forgot to tell you to fold the bag about 1 inch from the top and then fold over once more – you want it to be sealed.

  • Chef Erin (Pumpkin)
    September 16, 2008 at 4:26 am

    I tried microwave popcorn with a Tbsp of mini M&Ms, and the same thing happened- straight to the bottom, where they mushed together to form a squishy, melty mutant M&M…

    Squee! Dinner on Friday’s gonna be soooo much fun!

  • HangryPants
    September 16, 2008 at 11:38 am

    Wow to chocolate on kettle corn!

    Thanks for the baked bean recipe.

  • runjess
    September 16, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    Nice looking beans recipe!

    Have you tried Absorbine for your muscle soreness? See link:

  • michelle
    September 16, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    YUM peanut butter panda puffs??? What brand are those?? Whole foods perhaps??

    Jenna, as usual your eating has me intrigued! Its always so interesting and healthy!!!

    Good luck on your MRI!!