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Cute And Sweet

I hope that your week is off to a great start. In case you don’t follow PBR on Facebook, I must share this photo that I posted this morning. And if you do follow me there, who doesn’t want to see this cuteness again? It makes me happy every time I look at it.


Okay, now that we’re all smiling I have a few little things to share…

– Check out my interview with Digital Running. I connected with the editor of Digital Running quite a while ago and we’ve kept up via facebook. I was excited when she invited me to be a featured runner for their “Catching Up” series. Digital Running is a great source for information on all things running but the coolest thing the do is organize groups for events like Ragnar relays and marathons. I have been interested in doing a Ragnar relay with a Digital Running group for about a year now…I need to make it happen! They send you training plans and coordinate all the logistics of the event. Pretty sweet!

– Recently I answered some questions on Boot Camps and Adventure Racing for articles featured on Nissan’s Innovation for Endurance site. Innovation for Endurance provides information on cycling, running and general fitness along with ways to engage and interact and chances to win prizes.

It’s been a few days since I’ve shared food with you so here is a look at the weekend. It looks generally healthy from the surface but read on.

Saturday lunch was a big egg scramble with kale, zucchini, mushrooms, sundried tomatoes and goat gouda. Served over sliced tomatoes with avocado.

Chicken stuffed with brie, spinach and peaches for dinner on Saturday. Sauteed zucchini and gorgonzola foccacia on the side.

This is where things started to go downhill. I made these frosted sugar cookies (the big fluffy kind like the grocery store) on Saturday afternoon and managed to eat four of them in a 24-hour time span. I’m very happy with my decision to 1/3 the original recipe and also to give away the remaining cookies. They are no longer in my possession! These may be some of the best cookies I have ever made. And dangerously easy. I was eating them with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Literally, breakfast Sunday morning before my yoga workshop was coffee, peanut butter and banana toast and a cookie. Nothing like a sugar cookie with frosting to get you ready to flip, twist and bend. 😉

Salad for Sunday lunch with all kinds of good toppings.

And a healthy Sunday dinner to wrap up the weekend. This meal was so simple to prepare. I tossed the tofu in Trader Joe’s Island Soyaki Sauce and then placed it on a baking sheet. On a separate baking sheet I prepared broccoli and mushrooms with olive oil and lemon pepper and then sweet potatoes with a little bit of coconut oil. I baked it all at 400 for about 20-25 minutes, flipping/stirring once.

And then this…

I think I was the last customer in line at TCBY last night. One minute I was watching the Olympics and the next minute I was competing in my own Olympic quest to get to TCBY before they closed. Life is far too short to work so hard and not enjoy treats when you want them. It was a perfect end to a weekend that was both wonderful and stressful all that the same time. I’ll just be grateful for the amazing moments.

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  • Erica { EricaDHouse.com } August 6, 2012, 7:44 pm

    I am a total sucker for TCBY – Chocolate & Vanilla swirl with m-n-m’s!

    What recipe did you use for the sugar cookies? I tried a few a while ago and was pretty disappointed they didn’t get as fluffy as I hoped!

  • Virginia August 6, 2012, 8:01 pm

    Cute picture!! Please share that cookie recipe!! What kind of tofu do you buy? I tried to make it a few times, but it was really mushy and gross.

    • Jen August 7, 2012, 10:17 am

      this is the trader joe’s sprouted tofu. i usually just buy whatever brand of firm or extra firm tofu. i usually slice it pretty thinly and then either dry sautee it in a nonstick pan or bake it at 400. it helps to drain and press it if you have time!

    • Laura August 9, 2012, 10:11 am

      Try freezing the tofu- it changes the texture, making it firmer and more absorbent of marinades. Hopefully that should do the trick!

  • Lee August 6, 2012, 8:59 pm

    Ha, my husband shared that pic of facebook too.

  • Brittany (healthy slice) August 6, 2012, 9:00 pm

    That puppy picture is still cracking me up! Bald puppy…

  • Caryln @ carylnrambles August 6, 2012, 9:05 pm

    oh man! aren’t goldies the best???!!! i can’t wait till i can get another one one day!

  • Danielle @ clean food creative fitness August 6, 2012, 10:13 pm

    I am such a sucker for frozen yogurt! I totally understand 😉

  • Carrie August 6, 2012, 11:13 pm

    Please share the cookie recipe…yum!

    • elizabeth August 6, 2012, 11:39 pm

      Yes, I would love to make the frosted cookies.

  • Corrie Anne August 7, 2012, 12:26 am

    Lol! making it to fro yo while it’s still open is CRUCIAL!

  • Molly August 7, 2012, 2:18 am

    Hello! Can you post the recipe for your Gorgonzola Foccacia? My dad is visiting this week and gorgonzola is his absolute favorite thing on this planet….I would love to surprise him with this tasty gem!!

    Thanks so much!

    • Jen August 7, 2012, 10:12 am

      molly – it’s not homemade. it’s from a local italian specialty food store. it’s so good! i wish i did have the recipe!

  • Jodi August 7, 2012, 7:29 am

    those cookies look fantastic!!! recipe please!

  • Winnie August 7, 2012, 9:01 am

    All the eats look fantastic! If you sign up for a Ragnar or other relay, let me know! I would love to do another one. It was such a fun experience.

    • Jen August 7, 2012, 10:11 am

      i would love to do it with friends!

  • Heather @ girlyeverafter August 7, 2012, 9:06 am

    I strongly encourage the eating of cookies before yoga! If that doesn’t scream balance that I don’t know what does;)

  • Linda August 7, 2012, 10:38 am

    I hear about the Ragnar Relays on XM radio about 6 months ago. I would love to do something like that! As always, your meals look great! I had a Pinkberry breakdown the other night. Peanut Butter yogurt with coconut and cereal which I added when I got home. Yum!

  • Kelli Preston August 7, 2012, 11:27 am

    Those cookies look amazing! I totally can relate with a cookie for breakfast. In fact that may or may not have happened this AM.

  • Liz @ Southern Charm August 7, 2012, 1:06 pm

    Cookies are my weakness too! I always bring what I make to work, otherwise, well, let’s just say I eat more than 4 😉

  • Ali @ Around the VeggieTable August 7, 2012, 2:27 pm

    Those grocery store sugar cookies are my husband’s favorite but we almost never get them because they are so unhealthy lol…what recipe did you use? Or better yet you can just drop off your next batch to me 🙂

  • Amy August 7, 2012, 3:34 pm

    I have never thought about baking tofu..I am definitely going to give that a try. Love your olympic quest to TCBY! lol.

  • Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut August 7, 2012, 4:45 pm

    I’m so envious of your tasty eats, but actually, I have a lot of those ingredients in my fridge right now! I do not, however, have anything that resembles those dangerously delicious looking cookies because they would be gone within a blink of an eye, no doubt! Congrats on your TCBY gold medal—it seems well-deserved! ha!

  • Molly@ RunningLateMolls August 7, 2012, 4:45 pm

    Would you like to send some of those cookies to Minnesota?! 🙂

  • Joanna August 7, 2012, 5:12 pm

    peaches….INSIDE chicken…what a novel idea. I may just have to try that!

  • christy August 7, 2012, 7:49 pm

    Ahhh froyo! I miss that stuff. Japan isn’t like the states in the sense that there is a fro yo shop on every corner.

  • Christie August 7, 2012, 8:41 pm

    Cannot tell you how much I have loved your blog for the past year or so. I first saw it in I think Fitness magazine and have been hooked every since. Trying to get involved in the blog scene so this is one of my first comments on your blog I believe 🙂

    My question:
    Is baking tofu easy??
    I am a college student and always see tofu on sale and have been really interested in buying it. I have had it from Whole Foods before and loved it.
    Any suggested sauces? Do I soak it in the sauce first then bake or just brush it on and pop it in the oven?

    Any suggestion would be great.
    Take care & feel better!

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