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Pinning Away

Well, I had a feeling I could only ignore all of the talk about Pinterest and how amazing it is for so long before I falling victim to its addictive qualities and I was right. Β The last thing I really need is another Internet time suck but I am loving Pinterest. Yes, it is easy to be drawn in and waste time but it’s also great for finding inspiration for everything from design to quotes to food and for organizing things I see around the Internet in one neat place.

That said, I need more people to follow! If you Pinterest, leave a link to your page please! πŸ˜›

And just for fun, here are some of my favorite things that I’ve Pinned so far.

Source: tasteontour.com via Jen on Pinterest

Source: annies-eats.com via Jen on Pinterest

Source: google.com via Jen

Source: panoramio.com via Jen on Pinterest


A random mix but I love having all of these things in one place! One thing I am not Pinning is DIY. I know that’s huge on Pinterest but I have no patience (or time!) for DIY and any type of crafting. Give me cupcakes, quotes and yoga poses please! πŸ™‚

I have limited my Pinterest time today and it’s been a pretty standard Monday over here for me. Taught BodyPump at the crack of dawn, practiced yoga, taught yoga and spent the afternoon at Metro.

There’s also been no shortage of delicious food.

Breakfast was a big (seriously giant) bowl of banana pumpkin oatmeal. I received a bag of Coach’s Oats a couple of weeks ago as a gift and this was my second time cooking them for breakfast.

The Coach’s Oats are designed to have the texture and taste of steel cut oats but with a very reduced cooking time. I only used 1/3 cup of oats, half of a banana and about 1/3 cup of pumpkin and look at how fluffy the oats were! Y’all know that I’ve always preferred old fashioned oats over steel cut but the Coach’s Oats are changing my mind!

I really wanted another open faced sandwich for lunch but I was having vegetable guilt so I made a colorful salad instead. Baby arugula mix with tempeh that I heated and slathered in Trader Joe’s Hot Honey Mustard, diced dried apricots, diced brie, avocado, almonds, carrots and honey balsamic vinaigrette. A couple apple slices on the side. Also, I was starving as I assembled my salad (it takes me foreverrrrrr to make salads) so I also ate a serving of Trader Joe’s Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips right out of the bag.

I wrapped up the day’s eats with pasta…doesn’t get much better than that! Spinach and cheese ravioli over spinach with tomato basil sauce and parmesan cheese. A piece of Great Harvest Dakota toast on the side.

Bachelor time! Yes, I’m still watching it… 😳

***I posted the Curried Lentils and Sweet Potatoes with Greens recipe on Bakin’ and Eggs!***

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  • Julianna @ Julianna Bananna February 27, 2012, 8:25 pm

    i love Pinterest because i always get good recipe and workout ideas! here’s the link to my boards: http://pinterest.com/juliannafoster/

    all of your meals look absolutely delicious as usual!

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 5:29 pm

      thanks! i will definitely follow. i definitely want to check out some of the workout pins!

  • Alyssa @ Fit and Fun in Third February 27, 2012, 8:25 pm

    Isn’t pinterest the best?! I’ve been getting too easily sucked into the pinterest world recently! Minutes turn to hours verrrry fast! πŸ™‚

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 5:30 pm

      yes, it’s the best! i love that i can do it in short snippets when i have a few extra minutes!

  • David February 27, 2012, 8:29 pm

    If you’re a fan of the Avett Brothers (I suspect you are if you’ve pinned them), you should check this Tiny Desk concert out…it’s awesome:


    • Jen February 28, 2012, 5:30 pm

      i loooovvveee the avetts. they are my favorite band. thanks for the link!

  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 27, 2012, 8:30 pm

    I need to get my hands on some coach’s oats!

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 5:30 pm

      you would love them, matt!

  • Ally Garner February 27, 2012, 8:34 pm

    Yeah Pinterest can definitely be a time suck, but I’ve found countless recipes, workouts, tailgating ideas, decor tips, etc. The possibilities are endless. I love it! And I’m looking you up right now… Here’s my page. Love the karma pin!

    Confession: I’ve never tried tempeh, But I see you talking about it a bunch. Putting it on my TJ’s list and will be hunting Pinterest for recipes. Ha!

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 5:33 pm

      thank you so much! i started following you.

      try tempeh and let me know what you think. it’s kind of a strange food but kind of addictive.

  • Nicole Ploger February 27, 2012, 8:51 pm

    Not sure if that is the link you need or not. Hopefully it works.

  • Miriam February 27, 2012, 9:02 pm

    I love Pinterest!!! I can pin for hours on end (ok, not literally) and feel like I’ve done something super productive πŸ˜‰ Can’t wait to follow your boards!! You can follow mine –> http://pinterest.com/bellaspire/
    PS- Loved the Bakin & Eggs recipe! PS- You should be an official representative of Dakota bread πŸ˜‰ !

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 5:35 pm

      i kind of feel like it’s productive too! i’m following you now!

      i hope to have time to get more recipes up! and i know…i love that bread! πŸ˜‰

  • Kristy@RunTheLongRoad February 27, 2012, 9:03 pm


    i’m watching the bachelor now too. my oh my….

  • Alaina February 27, 2012, 9:14 pm

    I’m following you know on Pinterest!

    I watched last week’s Bachelor and I really hope he doesn’t pick Courtney! She’s so weird!

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 5:37 pm

      following you back. yes, she’s so crazy!

  • Holly February 27, 2012, 9:22 pm

    Haha. I too fell prey, although I’m not scouring the boards as much as I thought I would be initially. I do have some DIY on mine but also really getting into home decor ideas and such too. I will follow your yoga pins for sure!


  • Mary Beth February 27, 2012, 9:31 pm

    I’m holding out on Pinterest as long as I can but it looks so fun!

    Trader Joe’s sells quick cook steel cut oats and they are delicious. Have you tried those? Not quite as chewy as the regular steel cut oats but still have a hearty texture and would be great with all of your mix ins.

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 5:37 pm

      i haven’t tried the TJs oats but i will. thanks for the head’s up!

  • Anna S. February 27, 2012, 9:40 pm

    I love pinterest! It is so great.

    Here is my page! http://pinterest.com/astudstill/

  • Brooke @ sweats & sweets February 27, 2012, 9:51 pm

    I love Pinterest! So many great links to awesome workouts and creative food recipes.

  • Danielle February 27, 2012, 9:56 pm

    I was the same way with Pinterest – and gave in last weekend! It is pretty fun! And definitely a good place to organize allll the many recipes, etc. I have bookmarked. I’ve seen such inspiring yoga poses too, while browsing through others pins/boards. My page is here: http://pinterest.com/dleroux/

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 5:38 pm

      i know, i love that you can visually organize everything you see on the internet. i will follow you!

  • Elizabeth February 27, 2012, 10:10 pm


    Watch out! It’s REALLY addictive


  • tiffany February 27, 2012, 10:17 pm

    I love pinterest. I love organizing everything I find on the internet in a convenient and categorized way.

    My page: http://pinterest.com/princess14/

    I was in Trader Joe’s today and noticed that they sell a jam very similar to the crofter’s Europe superfruit spread and it was much cheaper in price.

    I finally gave overnight oats a try again today and they are so yummy! πŸ™‚ Excited to try them during the summer months.

    Hope you’re having a great week πŸ™‚

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 5:39 pm

      i will have to try out the TJs jam. thank you for telling me about it. OO are my favorite summer breakfast. perfect after a morning run or workout!

  • Caitlin February 27, 2012, 10:20 pm

    The yoga pose pin is AMAZING!! Can you do that one?

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 5:39 pm

      no! working on it! πŸ™‚

  • Bonnie February 27, 2012, 10:47 pm

    ..I just joined Pinterest too! I’m glad I’m on there – lots of inspiration like you said but so far I haven’t spent too much time on there! πŸ˜€ I’ll follow you – would love a follow back! I’m: http://www.pinterest.com/bonniejanelang

    Thanks for posting the recipe too – pinning it! πŸ˜‰

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 5:40 pm

      perfect! so glad we can follow each other now. hope you try the recipe. it’s so good!

  • Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More February 27, 2012, 11:18 pm

    I have been avoided Pinterest. I know I will love it and would spend way too much time there!

  • Elisse February 27, 2012, 11:19 pm

    I’m a total pinterest addict. Here’s mine…


    Other good ones to follow are:

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 5:40 pm

      thanks for the links!

  • Ali Avery February 27, 2012, 11:21 pm

    It’s so addicting!!

  • JennyV February 27, 2012, 11:23 pm

    Pinterest is the only website that I feel like I use w/o going overboard (twitter, facebook… now those suck me in!) That said, I have pinned a few things along the way: http://pinterest.com/jvinzant/

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 5:42 pm

      well, i feel like it’s at least useful and not as mind numbing as FB πŸ˜‰

  • Christina February 27, 2012, 11:35 pm

    So fun! Can’t wait to see more of your pins! http://pinterest.com/cscollier/

  • Lauren February 27, 2012, 11:55 pm

    You’re going to love Pinterest!!
    Here is my page


  • Beata February 28, 2012, 12:34 am

    Hi Jen,

    I love Pinterest! I pinned a few of your posts πŸ™‚


    • Jen February 28, 2012, 5:25 pm

      awesome. thanks! i’ll follow you!

  • Lindsey February 28, 2012, 12:34 am

    Whenever I’m feeling lazy, I look at the ‘fitness’ section on Pinterest and then feel inspired to work out. Truly!


    • Jen February 28, 2012, 4:42 pm

      that is awesome! i get really into that kind of stuff too. it definitely motivates me.

  • Allie February 28, 2012, 7:10 am


    I am addicted as well!

  • Chrissy (The New Me) February 28, 2012, 7:17 am

    I love Pinterest! I mostly use it for recipes I want to try. Going to my recipe bored when I’m hungry and scrolling through is an excellent way to plan meals for the week. πŸ™‚ It’s also great for fitness inspiration and wedding planning. Best ever!


    • Jen February 28, 2012, 4:41 pm

      yes, i love the idea of being able to visually meal plan.

  • Lainey February 28, 2012, 9:43 am

    pinterest is very addicting. i feel your pain.


  • Kristen February 28, 2012, 10:04 am

    I also tried to avoid Pinterest, but now I love it! I limit my time on there as well, but it can really be a time suck if you let it.

    I thought you were already on it because I’ve seen that people have pinned things from your blog (and pictures of you!)



    • Jen February 28, 2012, 4:41 pm

      love that i can just pop on and off when i have a free minute. can’t believe you’ve seen stuff pinned from my blog. cool!

  • stephanie February 28, 2012, 10:15 am

    I had to laugh when you said you were having vegetable guilt. I get the same way!!

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 4:40 pm

      i do get veggie guilt. i love veggies, i enjoy eating them and i do crave them but i always gravitate towards more carb-focused meals!

  • Sam @ Sam Bock Illustration & Design February 28, 2012, 10:18 am

    Oh man, I LOVE Pinterest!

    I pin everything from workout clothes I want, to delicious healthy (and NOT so healthy recipes), tips and tricks for home organization and kitchen stuff, to great workouts and fit-spiration, things I want to draw/blog about, fabulous clothes, to decorating ideas and awesome places I want to travel. LOVE it. I have definitely pinned some things from your blog before, haha.

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 4:39 pm

      perfect – i cannot wait to check out your boards!

  • Elizabeth February 28, 2012, 10:30 am
  • Kristin February 28, 2012, 11:17 am

    Here ya go: https://pinterest.com/ktownsend/

    By the way, we thoroughly enjoyed your Chana Masala Sunday night! Perfect for leftovers too!

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 4:39 pm

      so glad you liked the chana masala. the leftovers are even better!

  • Melissa Tuck Photography February 28, 2012, 11:48 am

    Pinterest is one of those love+hate relationships. πŸ™‚ This is me! http://pinterest.com/mtphoto/

  • Rachel February 28, 2012, 11:48 am


    No DIY here, friend! Just pretty things πŸ™‚

  • Sarah M February 28, 2012, 12:04 pm
    • Jen February 28, 2012, 4:38 pm

      awesome! thank you for pinning my delicious grilled cheese!

  • Whitney February 28, 2012, 12:21 pm

    Love Pinterest and Yoga boards! http://pinterest.com/liverunloveyoga/

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 4:38 pm

      perfect! i want to see more yoga on my pinterest!

  • Jennifer February 28, 2012, 12:44 pm

    I said I wouldn’t do it either…just one more thing to waste my time but I find it so useful and informative for recipes, crafts for the kids, useful household tips, etc, etc,etc. I LOVE it! I of course, Pinned Overnight Oats yesterday thanks to you! πŸ™‚

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 4:37 pm

      i think it’s so useful too! thank you so much for the OO love! πŸ™‚

  • She Rocks Fitness February 28, 2012, 1:34 pm

    Check me out: http://pinterest.com/sherocksfitness/ I agree with you…I love it for yoga, workout inspirations, fun clothing, and lots of delicious sweet treats. I don’t have time for DIY either. HA! Hope you are having a good week! πŸ™‚

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 4:37 pm

      i will for sure follow you! πŸ™‚

  • sasha February 28, 2012, 2:03 pm


    The majority of what I pin is food and exercise mantras!!

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 4:33 pm

      perfect! i will follow you! πŸ™‚

  • :) February 28, 2012, 2:17 pm

    jenjen almost beach time!

    • Jen February 28, 2012, 4:33 pm

      are you taking me!? πŸ˜›

  • Meg February 28, 2012, 5:44 pm

    I love using pinterest for workout motivation. So many great ideas!

  • Whitney @ The Adventures of Now February 28, 2012, 6:47 pm

    I’m addicted to Pinterest – I jumped right on it – I love that it’s one place for everything I love … now I just want to challenge myself to do/make/try some of my pins!

  • Haley S April 8, 2013, 4:40 pm

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