Heffalumps and Woozles

by Jenn (eating bender) on January 8, 2009

I promise that my post title (click the link!) will make sense eventually.

Thanks to everyone for the well wishes on the Emmy submission. If we end up getting a nomination, I will find a way to post the video for everyone to view! Also, I’d like to welcome all the new readers and commenters I’ve had stop by these past couple of days. It’s nice to “meet” you, I’m glad you like the blog and I hope that you come back again soon!

I slept in until 8:30 this morning, which felt nice. I think I’ve been extra tired this week for some reason because I can never seem to wake up at the time I originally set my alarm for. Perhaps it’s because I’m reading late into the night…must stop obsessing over Breaking Dawn. Anyway, once I woke up I made myself a breakfast that ended up being bigger and more filling than I initially anticipated. It held me all the way until 1:30! I began with a bowl filled with 3/4 cup Kashi Heart to Heart, 3/4 cup Peanut Butter Puffins and 1/2 large sliced banana with unsweetened chocolate almond milk.


On the side, I had a container of Fage filled with a handful of more Kashi Heart to Heart and 1 tbsp. of Barney Butter.


By the way, glad to know that you all approve of and/or didn’t even notice my carpet pictures :) I started out the morning with a new placemat I got for Christmas, but slowly worked some carpet back in for your viewing pleasure. LOL. That just sounds ridiculous!


I puttered around for a bit, checking email and blogs, and eventually got around to making a mug of Coffee Cocoa. After I drank this, I was too full.


I spent the entire morning in class learning about the differences between men and women in the workforce and the psychological concepts of race. I like my classes so far! Toward the end of my last class, I finally was hungry enough to break out a snack. I tried my Jocalat Chocolate Hazelnut bar, which I’ve had forever, but was inspired to eat after reading Kristie’s post.


It was alright. Definitely not my favorite flavor, but not bad. It’s so funny how Larabars are so varied to me in terms of whether I like them or not. There are basically two extremes.

When I got home for class, I made a “second lunch” to complement the bar.


I used 1 cup spinach, 2 oz. turkey and 2 tbsp. roasted garlic hummus. It was all topped with 1 tbsp. of Asian vinaigrette. It was v. salty, but also v. delicious! I gulped down a lot of water afterward.


Plus my daily dose of antioxidants 😉 Hey, anything to make me healthier!


After lunch, Bobby and I watched an episode of Lost on DVD. Then it was time for the gym! Today I did a step machine and stationary bike workout, both of which have no been added to the Workouts tab:

I was going to do abs at the gym, but it was packed! So I came home and made myself dinner instead :) Good compromise! The star of the show tonight was a gigantic sweet potato. I microwaved it on high for 5 minutes and then topped it with 1 tbsp. Promise and 1 tsp. brown sugar.


I also tried a new tomato soup tonight. It had reduced sodium:


I heated up a little over a cup. It was meh. Definitely not as good as Amy’s. But then again, nothing is as good as Amy’s. It was basically just a broth with no texture at all.


To spruce it up, I ended up adding these Kashi crackers for some crunch.


Altogether now:


The sweet potato was surprisingly filling for a “main dish.” I’d never thought of it in that way before. I was going to call it a night, but a certain dessert was calling my name again…


No chocolate this time, but it was still just as good! I enjoyed this while watching Grey’s Anatomy. What do you think of McSteamy and Little Grey?

Random Question

Who’s your favorite Winnie the Pooh character?

Shannon, I’m looking at you on this one :) TTFN! Tigger is my mom’s favorite, too. But my favorite is undoubtedly Pooh Bear. My first AOL screen name (back in the day when AOL was the coolest thing on the planet) was EPPOOHBEAR (EP = Eden Prairie, my hometown).

1 Shelby January 8, 2009 at 9:58 pm

haha I remember when I was reading the Twilight series…I wouldn’t put them down. even at school!

I love the funky placemat, it’s so cool. And the meal on top of it isn’t bad either =)

Favorite Winnie the Pooh Character? Hmm, thats a hard one as I didn’t really watch it…but I’d have to say Eeyore. He was so cute. I used to have a stuffed animal of him that I slept with every night.

2 Laura January 8, 2009 at 10:01 pm

I need to try Peanut Butter Puffins. Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch was my favorite cereal as a kid, so I’d probably love them.

My favorite character is Eeyore. I was never into Winnie the Pooh much, but I remember liking him.

3 ttfn300 January 8, 2009 at 10:10 pm

haha, you totally made my night!! umm, yeah, tigger :) i need more sweet potatoes, i’m all out! hope you’re not dreaming of heffalumps and woozles 😉

4 sweetandnatural January 8, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Your soup bowl is so cool! It’s like a flower!

5 carolinebee January 8, 2009 at 10:17 pm

OMG homegirl you GOT me with the AOL…mine was Sugarchic886 are you kidding me??? haha…love it. My fave winnie the poo character is probably Rabbit- he’s so type A now that I think about it! I really love the stepper machine and no one I know likes/uses it! I try to do no arms for one min…man, that totally gets me sweaty! It’s fun to step on the beat if you have some good tunes tho 😀 Night friend!

6 Sara January 8, 2009 at 10:28 pm

You’re so funny with your Twilight obsession! I thought I was bad when I first read the books…just put them on the shelf and walk away. :)

Though I didn’t watch Winnie the Pooh a whole lot as a kid, I always like Piglet..because she was cute and pink.

7 Sharon January 8, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Delicious delicious eats! Love the new placemat! But I totally dig the carpet pictures too – haha!

8 jenngirl January 8, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Nut butter in yogurt is something I’ve GOT to try, it looks so good with your breakfast :)

haha please don’t stop obsessing over Breaking Dawn, they need crazy fans like us to keep the whole thing going, right?

I think Pooh Bear is definitely my favorite character, he’s just so darn cute :)

and McSteamy and Little Grey? YES.

9 Kate January 8, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Where would we be w/o PB puffins? I’m thinking that’s def on the breakfast menu tomorrow:)Love the placemat!

10 Heather @ Hangry Pants January 8, 2009 at 11:54 pm

Yummy! I love your cereal combination.

I can’t believe you only watched one Lost episde! I would have sat there and watched the whole season. Perhaps it’s my Twilight?

I love Piglet. He’s so cute and pink.

11 Marianne January 9, 2009 at 12:42 am

My fave Winnie The Pooh characters are Tigger and Eeyore. Poor Eeyore….

Must get me some puffins…I want to be like all the cool kids!

12 sarahannmatheny January 9, 2009 at 1:32 am

Great random question…I was actually watching Pooh this morning with my girlies. Even though Pooh is my very very favorite, I came to the sad and sick realization today that I AM RABBIT. I don’t want to be Rabbit. He (she?) is no funny and always worrying about his/her garden getting ruined. My girls are definitely Tiggers. So my goal for the next week is to be less like Rabbit and more like Pooh…full of hugs and honey!!

13 Lara January 9, 2009 at 3:04 am

Yay for Winnie the Pooh! I really couldn’t pick a favorite, but I do have a great little Eeyore mug that I love :)

14 Erica January 9, 2009 at 5:15 am

I love your star bowl- too cute! I agree about the Larabars- I either love them or..really am not a fan! Good thing I love a ton of them ;). Favorite character- piglet

15 VeggieGirl January 9, 2009 at 6:19 am

Gorgeous placemat!! And I had a sweet potato yesterday as well (I miss my guacamole topping though!!).

**Favorite Pooh character = Piglet!!

16 marafaye January 9, 2009 at 6:19 am

I love the star bowl too! SO CUTE!! AND, i’m definitely in agreement about the Larabars. They’re either AMAZING or DISGUSTING!

I really couldn’t pick a favorite Winnie the Pooh character… I did have a stuffed Winnie the Pooh though as a little kid.

17 SmA033 January 9, 2009 at 6:22 am

i’m a recent reader & can i tell you, one of the things that attracted me even more into reading your blog was the fact you were reading the Twilight series! I LOVE THEM! i’m kinda sad i finished them b/c i remember i couldn’t put them down when i was reading them!

18 Kristie January 9, 2009 at 6:52 am

Yay, I’m glad you cracked out the bar! Even if you didn’t enjoy it that much haha. Larabars do really seem to vary in their deliciousness don’t they… I think I’ve enjoyed every kind I’ve tried though. Not necessarily LOVED every kind, but enjoyed enough to finish eating.

I’m loving every meal you have here. A giant bowl of cereal is always a fav brekkie for me and deli turkey is wonderful with salads. Then of course the show-stopping sweet potato. They never get tired.

I’ve never watched Grey’s Anatomy… I know, crazy right?
As for Pooh characters, I always loved Piglet. And ROO!

19 Andrea (Off Her Cork) January 9, 2009 at 7:45 am

Winnie the Pooh and Jungle Book are about the only things I like from Disney. Eeyore is by far my favorite character! Follow second by Owl. 😀 I used to watch Winnie the Pooh on Saturday mornings before dance class all the time!

20 Melissa S. January 9, 2009 at 7:47 am

I’m def a tigger fan…and I haven’t been watching grey’s so i have no idea what’s going on; hit me up with the details!

and i love the placemat….rock’n!

21 Sarah January 9, 2009 at 8:28 am

i love the placemat and your soup bowl!

sweet potatoes are so good and definitely filling—especially when topped with cottage cheese (as i eat like twice a week at school lol)

eeyore! i just want to give him a hug and cheer him up (and finally re-attach his tail for good!)

22 fitforfree January 9, 2009 at 8:53 am

I LOVE Dumbo . . . and the post title. can’t wait to catch up on grey’s tonight!!

23 jasmineo January 9, 2009 at 8:54 am

i’m with you about the larabars… I love Cherry Pie…but hate cashew cookie…its weird…. and I have to say that my favorite Pooh character is winnie himself =)

24 Danielle January 9, 2009 at 9:37 am

Piglet was my hands down favorite pooh character. What a fun question.
Love the placemat!
I forgot how much I love kashi crackers until I saw your post. Thanks for reminding me to put it on my shopping list!

25 Kelly Turner January 9, 2009 at 10:19 am

I love McSteamy and Torres’ relationship. they are hilarious.

Great eats today! I want it all!

Kelly Turner

26 lauren January 9, 2009 at 10:38 am

i love your soup bowl!!

27 Halie January 9, 2009 at 10:58 am

Oh nostalgia! I can’t believe the warms fuzzies I got when I watched the clip! I love Pooh, but Piglet holds a special place in my heart because when my dad and his twin where little, my grandma dressed them up in Winnie the Pooh themed clothes, and my dad always got Piglet! My uncle always got Pooh. :)

Sweet potatoes have lots of fiber, especially with the skin. No surprise it was filling!

28 Meg January 9, 2009 at 11:19 am

Good luck with the Emmy!

I have been obsessed with sweet potatoes lately. I am going to have to try it this way!

I love Winnie the Pooh! I love all the characters, but I would have to say Pooh is my favorite! My favorite song of all time is “Return to Pooh Corner” by Kenny Loggins!

29 limberkimbers January 9, 2009 at 11:26 am

I’m the same way with Larabars,I either really love certain flavors or kind of hate others.

My favorite Pooh character has always been some Eeyore for some reason! He just cracks me up and I’m not sure why.

As for Little Grey and McSteamy..I haven’t yet watched this week’s GA so I don’t know if something happened but the idea of them together I’m not a fan of. I kind of like him & Callie together to be honest.

30 Ryan January 9, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Ahhhh Breaking Dawn…SO AMAZING! I wish that book would have never ended. I think I could have read it every day for the rest of my life!

Your eats look wonderful!

31 runjess January 9, 2009 at 12:28 pm

I’m with you on the Larabars; some are delicious and some are just awful.

32 ksgoodeats January 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm

LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOST (said just like “WAAAAAAAAAAAALT!” 😉 ) so soon girl!!

Cutest.Bowl.Ever. That is all. I need to try the rice pud/BB combo – sounds fab!!

My favorite character is Eeyore – SO CUTE and homely, I love him :)

33 Raspberry Runner January 9, 2009 at 2:23 pm

oh i completely forgot about grey’s last night!! i’ll have to watch that online..

your salad look really good with the hummus and asian vinaigrette :)

34 Aimee January 9, 2009 at 2:24 pm

I think Pooh is my fav. I love the one where he gets suck in rabbit’s tree for days because he ate too much honey.

Tiger and Eeyore make me think of the Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (http://www.amazon.com/Last-Lecture-Randy-Pausch/dp/1401323251) because he talks about in life you need to decide if you are going to be a Tiger and an Eeyore. The week before Christmas I had a waitress at a breakfast restaurant that was so miserable, and I looked on her name tag, sure enough she had a sticker of Eeyore!!

35 Erin January 9, 2009 at 2:32 pm

I had that song in my head right after I read the post title! I wish I could tell you how much fun it is to watch Pooh! My mom and I love the old-school cartoons. :) My favorite character is Pooh or OWL. He is such an intellectual snot! I love it!
I just read your previous post. Ooh congratulations Jenn – no matter what the outcome, that’s such a freakin’ achievement!

36 Lindsay January 9, 2009 at 3:14 pm

i reallllllllly want to try that coffee cocoa :)

its always a toss up for me, i liked tigger b/c of his personality but then i always felt bad for eeyore and felt at times i could relate to him haha

37 Heather Eats Almond Butter January 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I always had a thing for Eeyore. He just seemed so sweet.

Yay anti-oxidants in chocolate form and sweet taters make a great meal. I love having them for lunch topped with cottage cheese and cinnamon.

Lost – can’t wait for the new season to start. Chris and I need to do a review. I barely remember what happened last season.

Have a good weekend Jenn!

38 Kate January 9, 2009 at 7:41 pm

it’s not only delish-it’s cheap! Gotta love Trader Joe’s. Guess what! My singing group is singing at a University of MI event in February. Everybody wants to stop in Chicago of course haha

39 RK January 10, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Mmmm… Great eats today! The sweet potato sounds absolutely fabulous.
My favorite pooh character has always been Eeyore. Not exactly sure what that says about my personality though…

40 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) January 11, 2009 at 10:51 am

Cute bowl!

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