Clean Machine

by Jenn (eating bender) on December 6, 2008

Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope that you all slept in – at least a little bit – this morning :) I’m slowly making my way around. I just finished breakfast and am ready to tackle my to-do list. The biggest item on today’s list is cleaning my apartment. It has been way too long since that happened. REALLY. I’m ready to wipe off the dust on the vacuum and get rid of the dust everywhere else!

Since I won’t hear back about the “secret” until at least Monday, I figured I’d go old school on you and do a little meal blogging! By the way, I love how excited you all are for the secret, so I think I will be a little less vague with you. Here’s a hint: it’s going to be a giveaway, and my jaw about dropped when I got the email about it because I couldn’t believe it was true!

There…feel better now?

Well, you either feel better or dislike me just a little more – I’ll take my chances :) All will be revealed soon enough! Until then, let’s see what was on the menu this morning, shall we?


See those little red beauties? I finally found ready-to-serve pomegranate seeds! I absolutely love pomegranate, but I don’t like having to cut them myself because I’m very bad at it. As luck would have it, I found a HUGE container of seeds at Whole Foods last week. Although they were a bit pricey, they have lasted me for an entire week and will last for at least a few days more, so I think it probably comes out even. Plus, these seeds are incredibly juicy – better than I’ve had in a long time – so that makes it extra worth it!

I combined the pomegranate seeds with a container of Fage and crumbled a Kashi Blackberry Graham Cereal Bar on top. These bars are fabulous – a lot like a Nutri-Grain bar in texture, but with a more natural taste.


I enjoyed breakfast with the usual mug of Coffee Cocoa – have you missed this?!


The reason I ask if you miss it is because I certainly miss meal blogging. It’s always so much fun to share what I eat with everyone. Reviews and other random posts are fun, but it’s cool to share my actual meals because it seems a bit more personal.

Speaking of personal, I’d like to give a big shout out and THANK YOU to the lovely VeggieGirl, who was kind enough to send me an awesome package of goodies earlier this week.


We recently had a conversation where I revealed that I have never tried a medjool date before. Imagine the horror šŸ˜‰ So VeggieGirl made it easy by sending me a great package of dates from Oh! Nuts, along with some dried apple slices – which are AMAZING! I will be sure to let you all know what I think of the dates – I’m going to have to try them with peanut butter, methinks. THANKS AGAIN, VEGGIEGIRL!

I’m off to start cleaning! I think I will listen to some Christmas music to help pass the time. Don’t worry, Andrea – it won’t be emanating from my blog šŸ˜‰ Oh, and before I forget to mention it – I’m really digging the new WordPress! And Google Reader!

1 VeggieGirl December 6, 2008 at 10:11 am

Haha, I get into “clean machine” mode quite often – I AM a clean-freak, after all šŸ˜‰ Have fun!!

You’re KILLING me with the suspense about this surprise, Miss!!! Ahh!!!

Hooray for Whole Foods-prepped pom seeds, your signature Coffee Cocoa creation, and for loving the Oh!Nuts goodies (anytime, girl!! :-) )!!

2 Sharon December 6, 2008 at 10:11 am

Looking forward to the big Monday reveal!

Great eats – gotta love pomegranates!

3 Lindsay December 6, 2008 at 10:15 am

oh my!!! i love that you found already prepared pom seeds – i need to find these… my hubby points out all the red specs on our white kitchen walls from me peeling open pomegranates LOL

4 gina (fitnessista) December 6, 2008 at 10:19 am

oooh i’m so excited to hear about this secret!!!
that’s awesome you found pom seeds- i’m a little intimidated to cut one open!
HOORAY for an amazing package from the fabulous veggiegirl- that was so sweet of her to send you some medjools and dried apples to try. you’ll love the dates!
good luck with cleaning and hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

5 Moran December 6, 2008 at 10:25 am

I am looking forward to the revelation!!
I LOVE dried apples! They are SO. GOOD! My sister and I are addicted!

6 sweetandnatural December 6, 2008 at 11:03 am

SECRET!!! The anticipation and suspense is killing me.

I’ve never had a Medjool date either…

7 jenngirl December 6, 2008 at 11:08 am

Sometimes getting some organizing/cleaning done can be really relaxing, especially with Christmas music playing!

I love when you post meals, and yes, I HAVE missed Coffee Cocoa!

Ahhhh I can’t wait for Monday to find out what you’re giving away, it’s bound to be spectacular now!

Have a fun/enjoyable Saturday Jenn!!

8 seecourteat December 6, 2008 at 11:12 am

What a yummy breakfast…Yogurt is just so good. Especially Fage. I really enjoy your blog and have been mostly a lurker. Keep up the good work =)

P.S. I tried coffee cocoa a few days ago..OMGosh. SO GOOD

9 eatingbender December 6, 2008 at 2:07 pm

seecourteat ~ Thank you! I really appreciate your kind comment – and Iā€™m glad that you like Coffee Cocoa! Thanks for telling me you tried it!

10 chocolatecoveredvegan December 6, 2008 at 11:14 am

I wonder if it’s the same product I was contacted about… except if it is, you are SO much more generous than me, because–greedy me– I am keeping mine even though I already have one!

Happy Saturday, Miss Jenn!

11 eatingbender December 6, 2008 at 2:07 pm

CCV ~ I think it is the same thing :) Good for you for keeping it!

12 Erica December 6, 2008 at 11:29 am

I can’t wait to hear about the giveaway! I bet it will be awesome!!

Yayyy for Veggie girl and her fun treats! She is just the best!

Good luck with the cleaning! I need to do that today too!

13 biz319 December 6, 2008 at 12:07 pm

My daughter just had pom seeds for the first time and LOVES them – my local grocery store usually carries them for about a dollar, so its worth the extra time to get the seeds out myself.

LOVE listening to Christmas music while cleaning! Which reminds me I need to add Christmas music to my iPod!

Happy cleaning!

14 Pearl December 6, 2008 at 12:13 pm

omgosh the pom seeds are so pretty! seriously – is there anything cuter or more effective at brightening your morning on a cold day?

can’t wait to hear about your surprise, and i hope you have a wonderful weekend!

15 Sarah December 6, 2008 at 12:14 pm

i still have never tried pom seeds! They are definitely on the top of my list of things to get when i go home for winter break. i hope i can find the ready-to-eat ones too!

have a great weekend!

16 eatingbirdfood December 6, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Today was cleaning day for me as well.

So sweet of veggie girl to send you the apple slices and dates from Oh Nut’s! I can’t wait to see if you like the dates. I’ve never had them before either.

17 Tracey December 6, 2008 at 1:31 pm

I like it best when you post meals – hope it becomes a daily thing again soon!

18 eatingbender December 6, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Tracey ~ Thank you for your honesty. I do hope to be able to do it on a more regular basis soon!

19 Andrea of Care to Eat December 6, 2008 at 1:57 pm

I’ve never had a date (outside of a Larabar) either. But, after Arielle from Couch Cubicle said they look like roaches, I don’t know if I”ll be able to now!

20 runningwithfood December 6, 2008 at 3:56 pm

Can’t wait for the big secret reveal!! šŸ˜‰

I enjoyed a nice yogurt bowl for breakfast this morning as well – it was delicious! I like your addition of the crumbled Kashi bar – mmm.

Have fun cleaning, girly!

21 ksgoodeats December 6, 2008 at 4:39 pm

This secret is killing me!! I hate the suspense haha

Fun idea with the Kashi bar and you gotta love that VeggieGirl!

22 Melissa S. December 6, 2008 at 4:40 pm

i’ll admit it too; i’ve never had dates either. :O

can’t wait for this secret giveaway! i’m on my tiptoes!

and love those kashi bars..i had one the other day in my yogurt!

23 bobbi December 6, 2008 at 4:47 pm

Happy SAturday! I so made your punch last night, and it was a hit! I loved it:) Thanks for posting it! you can also get those pom seeds at Costco!

24 strongandhealthy December 6, 2008 at 5:25 pm

Love your breakfast! I just bought a pomegranate from the grocery store and I took me like 15 minutes to pop out all of the seeds. It’s so worth it though! Have a great day!

25 coco December 6, 2008 at 5:43 pm

the suspense is killing us!!!!!!!!!!!
looking forward to the REVEAL~~~~~:)

26 Karla December 6, 2008 at 6:32 pm

So exciting Jenn! Can’t wait :)

I’m cleaning today too–what a blast! I hear that you can seed a pomegranate by slicing it into like five and then putting it in a big bowl of water and rubbing the inside. This way the seeds fall to the bottom and the rest floats (or so hear, I haven’t tried it yet). But it’s an idea!

PS: I’m a date virgin too šŸ˜‰

27 Karla December 6, 2008 at 6:34 pm

Haha! I just reread what I posted….I mean that I am a date virgin (like I haven’t had the food before). That could be misconstrued!

28 Erin December 6, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Liz is so sweet!
I’ve totally missed your meal posts. Yay!
I just bought my first pkg of medjool dates TONIGHT! How bizarre! We’ll have to trade stories!

29 ttfn300 December 6, 2008 at 9:43 pm

oh my gosh, what goodies!! and um, no, that is NOT better šŸ˜›

30 Marianne December 7, 2008 at 12:57 am

Hey, I’ve never tried a medjool date either, so don’t feel bad! Gotta love the dried apple slices as well.

And can’t wait for your big give-away reveal!

31 Rose December 8, 2008 at 9:04 am

Breakfast looks absolutely heavenly. Like a pillow or cloud.

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