Fried Brain = Carb Brain

by Jenn (eating bender) on February 15, 2009

Lovely image for a food blog, but that’s a pretty good description of what mine feels like right now. I’ve spent the entire day on homework. I guess that’s what I get for a fun-filled Friday + Saturday! Valentine’s Day was a lot of fun. Bobby and I went to one of our favorite restaurants, Wildfire, and got the Chocolate Cream Pie (with Oreo crust!) for dessert. Unfortunately, the lighting in the restaurant was extra “moody” for the holiday, so all of my pictures came out unrecognizable. But it looked exactly like this picture:


This is the third year in a row that we’ve gotten this pie for V-day. It is absolutely incredible! Rich chocolate, cream and a crunchy Oreo crust? It doesn’t get much better than that.

Another great thing about V-Day? I got a delivery from Hangry Pants!


I was the highest bidder on Heather’s Mixed Brown Bread during Meghann’s Blogging Bake Sale! I couldn’t wait to try it :) She sent me two loaves of the Mixed Brown Bread, along with some samples of her newest bread experiment.


I decided to incorporate both breads into my breakfast this morning!


I spread each slice with some whipped butter and raspberry jam. HOLY YUM! I am a huge fan of hearty flours such as rye, so I was super impressed (it also has spelt, buckwheat, white + wheat flours). It reminded me of when I used to buy a miche loaf at a local bakery, but this bread was even better! I told Heather that it must be the addition of the seeds because it really added to the entire “experience” (yes, I do consider eating bread an experience).

I thought that Heather’s experimental wheat bread was really good, too.


There’s just no comparison between fresh bread and those loaves you buy at the grocery store. Thank you so much, Heather!

I also had the usual mug of Coffee Cocoa.


After breakfast, K and I headed to the gym for a cardio workout: 30 minutes on the Stairmaster and 15 minutes on the stationary bike. I came back and did some ab work, then cleaned up and got to work on my economics paper. Eventually, I headed to the kitchen to grab my super exciting lunch.


SUSHI! This California roll with real crab was on sale at the grocery store this weekend, so I decided to buy one and have it as a treat lunch. I topped it with some soy sauce. It was so yummy!


After the lunch break, I got back to work on my papers. But I still felt hungry and started craving Heather’s bread again, so I had another slice of the Mixed Brown Bread topped with 1 tbsp. PB & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams. Another fabulous combination!


I spent the next 5 hours doing nothing but homework 😯 I was going insane near the end, but the good news is I am now essentially in the final editing stages for everything. All the “thinking” definitely made me hungry, so I whipped up a protein-filled dinner.


I used 1 whole egg + 2 egg whites, 1 cup of spinach and 1/4 cup reduced fat Mexican cheese. The spinach took forever to wilt, but adding a little extra really added volume to the eggs.


On the side, I had – you guessed it – more of Heather’s bread! As the title of this post indicates, my fried brain really had me craving carbs today. Might as well give in when there is some yummy bread, right? I had two small piece of her experimental bread topped with 1 tbsp. Sabra hummus.


I worked a little longer, and now I’m watching Desperate Housewives + Brothers and Sisters with my roomie! I’m also munching on a banana topped with Cinnamon Raisin Swirl PB.


Random Book List

I compiled a list based on all of your fabulous book suggestions and thought some of you might like to see what others have been reading lately!


  • The Food Revolution by John Robbins
  • Wuthering Heights
  • My Lobotomy
  • The Yellow House
  • For Whom The Bell Tolls
  • Light in August
  • In Defense of Food
  • Intuitive Eating
  • Twilight Series (pick this one! pick this one!)
  • Veganomicon
  • This Is Your Brain On Music
  • Platypus
  • The China Study
  • Eat, Pray, Love
  • Something Borrowed
  • Atonement
  • Blindness
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
  • Unpredictable by Eileen Cook
  • The Kite Runner
  • The Thirteenth Tale
  • Bonk
  • The Glass Castle
  • The Red Tent
  • Existential-Phenomenological Alternatives for Psychology πŸ˜‰
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Digging to America by Anne Tyler
  • Jane Eyre (I love this one, too!)
  • The Pact by Jodi Picoult
  • Escape
  • Object Lessons by Anna Quindlen
  • The Historian
  • The Little Lady Agency
  • Clown Girl by Monica Drake
  • Lamb by Chris Moore
  • Remember Me?
  • The Secret Life of Bees


  • David Sedaris
  • Augusten Burroughs
  • Stephen King
  • George R. R. Martin
  • Jodi Picoult
  • James Patterson
  • John Grisham
  • Janet Evanovich
  • Charlaine Harris

It looks like we’ve got some readers in the blogosphere! I love it :) Thanks again for all of the recommendations. I hope to pick some of these up soon!

Happy Monday!


1 Rachel February 15, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Wow, thanks for the book list! I’m gonna hafta check some of those out!

2 Sharon February 15, 2009 at 10:03 pm

Oh wow, that is such an awesome package!
And oh my goodness, thanks for that lovely book list!

3 jenngirl February 15, 2009 at 10:12 pm

Oh Jenn, I’m so glad you had a nice and delicious start to the weekend. And I’m glad you’re working your way through all the work!

That omelette looks amazing! I love adding spinach and cheese to mine too :)

Yay for that book list, I’m definitely gunna need to catch up to our fellow bloggies!

ps–the new moon news is totally lacking, I’m going to need them to make their casting decisions pronto!

4 marafaye February 15, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Im so glad you had a good dinner at Wildfire! It’s seriously one of my favorites.
The brown bread looks amazing, and particularly with the dark chocolate PB! I had sushi today too! I finally got to go to Whole Foods and treated myself to a salmon/avocado brown rice roll!

5 Shelby February 15, 2009 at 10:15 pm

That bread looks to die for!!!

6 snackface February 15, 2009 at 10:26 pm

If I could eat bread that delicious at every single meal, I would be one very happy woman. It all looks SO good!

I’m glad to see you had a great night out and you’re truckin through all your work! I feel the pain!

Have a wonderful start to your week!

7 Sarah February 15, 2009 at 10:49 pm

thanks for putting together that book list!

and ahhhhhhhh, can i have some of that oreo pie right now, please????

i love the bread at every meal. the texture looks incredible!

8 Hallie February 15, 2009 at 11:12 pm

I’m not sure how it would work logistically, but how fun would a blogger book club be?

9 Julz February 15, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Hello my sweets… I know what you mean about the carbo-cravings. Grr I’m not a fan when that time hits. N0T C00L.

But what IS cool, is that I tagged and awarded youuuu on my bloggums, so check it out if you get a chance. I wish I could give you everything, but its just a stinky lil summn summn. HOpe you like

10 carolinebee February 15, 2009 at 11:47 pm

amazing bread!! It’s probably best that you eat it up right away at peak of freshness πŸ˜€ Carbs are such good brain fuel, slash watching TV fuel. That freakin’ choc chip cookie plate is the cutest thing ever! Good luck with schoolio- ps I’m a dork and googled the student emmy’s to see when you’re coming out here :D!!! ha i couldn’t find it though so now I’m in suspense!

11 Marianne February 15, 2009 at 11:57 pm

I have a serious sushi craving going on lately. Perhaps this friday, since it’s payday I can treat myself…we’ll see. Love the pie, looks spectacular :) And hurray, my weird books made the book list.

12 HangryPants February 16, 2009 at 12:03 am

I love how you and Bobby have a dessert eating tradition. You two get cuter everyday!

You’re welcome very much! I am glad you’re enjoying it and completely agree that bread eating is an experience.

I love your egg dinner. I love adding spinach to eggs. I totally agree about the volume.

13 Sarah February 16, 2009 at 12:27 am

HI Jenn-nah-nah-nah!

I have a recipe for a chocolate mousse pie that is not unilke your Oreo Pie. Trust me, you don’t want it πŸ˜‰

I think you should do a “Heather’s experimental bread week” like my fry week. Today definitely got you off to a good start!

Thanks for the book list!

Hope you have a great week!

14 Lara (Thinspired) February 16, 2009 at 3:34 am

The bread + spread action in this post makes me very happy. It all looks so delicious! I’ll have to try spinach in eggs. I’m all about volume eating :) Glad you had a nice weekend, Jenn!

15 Lindsay February 16, 2009 at 5:37 am

im drooling over all the goodies in this post!!!!! glad your v-day was great!

16 coco February 16, 2009 at 5:46 am

great day of work with so many delicious eats! You’re so right, when we study/work hard, we need more food. hahhaa….. isn’t it good?

17 MizFit February 16, 2009 at 5:52 am

LOOOVE the phrase carb brain as I get that up in herre on treat days as well.

18 Erica February 16, 2009 at 6:35 am

Awww glad you had a fun valentine’s day and a great dessert! Hooray for Heather’s bread- looks AMAZING! I wouldn’t be able to stop eating it! Have a great Monday

19 Marisa (trim the fat) February 16, 2009 at 6:49 am

What amazing bread! So hard to resist – I probably would have finished the whole loaf!

20 VeggieGirl February 16, 2009 at 6:52 am

PIE!!!! HEATHER’S BREAD!!!!! Damn all these gluten goodies, haha πŸ˜€ Enjoy them immensely for me, please!!!

Great list of books!!

21 Sarah February 16, 2009 at 7:35 am

wow—i love your weekend eats! that bread looks SO GOOD!

thanks for putting together that book list–i need some new ones so this should help me out!

22 brandi February 16, 2009 at 7:41 am

that pie looks amazing! glad you had a good weekend, even with all the homework.

23 Betsy February 16, 2009 at 8:05 am

Oooo all the chocolate & bread is really gettin me… and it’s only 9 am.

24 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) February 16, 2009 at 8:09 am

Glad you had a great V-tines day!

That bread looks WONDERFUL! Yum!! I love the hearty grains too! And nothing can beat fresh bread!

Your eggs look yummy too…did you do them in the microwave or stovetop?

Have a happy Monday!

25 Melissa S. February 16, 2009 at 8:15 am

look at all that heather bread! looks sooo delicious since you had it in soooo many different wayS!! great job bidding for that and helping out meghann!

glad you had a good vday w/ bobby too!

26 Kate February 16, 2009 at 8:18 am

omg. Butter and jam on anything. Ok, well, any bread concoction is SO addicting to me! I’m glad you had a great V-day! And at least I know what restaurant you’re talking a/b-they opened a Wildfire in EP! It’s aaaaaamazing. We will have to talk soon a/b when I come to Chicago!

27 ksgoodeats February 16, 2009 at 8:18 am

Oh my – Heather’s bread looks amaze!! I’m in love with it, I’ll gladly take any leftovers πŸ˜‰

28 Beadie February 16, 2009 at 8:41 am

I’m so jealous of the bread!

29 Meghann February 16, 2009 at 8:48 am

Yay!! I’m glad Heather’s bread made it safe and sound and you enjoyed your Blogging Bake Sale purchase. Thanks so much for supporting a wonderful cause!! :)

30 Rose February 16, 2009 at 8:55 am

Oh! Heather’s bread looks so good!

Glad you and Bobby had a fun night out – I can only imagine how good that dessert was :)

31 Diana (Soap & Chocolate) February 16, 2009 at 9:41 am


32 cleanveggiex3 February 16, 2009 at 9:52 am

oh man all of those treats look so good :)
love the sushi!

33 Danielle February 16, 2009 at 10:04 am

Yum that omlette looks soo good, I see one in my near future.
Heather’s bread looks delicious, I definitely would have eaten as much if not more of it then you haha.

34 Howard Dully February 16, 2009 at 10:20 am

Hey I kinda like the “My Lobotomy” one, of course I could be bias

Thanks for the mention

Howard Dully

35 Sara February 16, 2009 at 10:36 am

Wow, that oreo pie looks so good, and so does all the bread. Yum! I love the book listing. I’m always looking for a good book to read. :)

36 Meg February 16, 2009 at 10:39 am

So many yummy eats! Thanks for the book list!

37 Victoria February 16, 2009 at 11:20 am

Yum!! Heather’s bread looks great! Glad you’re enjoying it, and keep feeding your brain those carbs for energy!

38 Heather Eats Almond Butter February 16, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Jenn, The 13th Tale – so glad that made the list. One of my favorite books!

Rich chocolate, cream and a crunchy Oreo crust? It doesn’t get much better than that. – agreed!

I made your 1 egg + 2 egg white recipe for b’fast. You’re right – the one whole egg makes a huge difference.

Loving all the Heather bread action…or maybe I just like seeing my name all over you post. :)

39 gina (fitnessista) February 16, 2009 at 2:12 pm

looks like an awesome selection of book suggestions! let’s do a bender reading club πŸ˜€
what is it about studying that makes the carb crave kick it?! that’s all i wanted to eat yesterday, and i wasn’t even really book was open if that counts πŸ˜‰
that oreo crusted dessert looks like everything i could ever want. i always pick the evilest most chocolatey creation i can find if it’s a special occasion
so glad you and the bobbles (can i call him that??) had a great vday!
hope you’re having a wonderful day!

40 Jen February 16, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Loving that book collection!!!:) :) :) I love to read, total nerd here!
All that homemade bread is making my drool! YUMMY!!!!!

41 Angela February 16, 2009 at 2:29 pm

WOW that bread looks awesome! :)

Love the book list…I agree a reading club would be so much fun.


42 Erin February 16, 2009 at 2:40 pm

WOw. I’d be eating bread at every meal if I had that in my house! Dangerous…but not really, because we need carbs to feed the brain. So good thing you did after busting your bun hon!

43 foodsthatfit February 16, 2009 at 4:58 pm

That bread looks so good and healthy too! What a great book collection! I feel like college burned me out on reading and I really need to get back into it again! A blogger book club would be so cool! You should seriously think about setting up something like that, I’d totally be in for it!

44 Kristie February 16, 2009 at 5:17 pm

WOW do Heather’s breads ever look amazing. I love a good loaf of fresh baked bread. And really just any kind of bread in general. Mmmm carby goodness.

I also really really really want some sushi right now. I think I might need to have a sushi night out this week! It has been a little while…as in over a week… which is clearly much too long to be going without sushi!

Thanks for putting up the book list! I’ll have to jot some of those down.

Best of luck plowing through the work! I’m sure you’re doing a fantab job :)

45 Emily February 16, 2009 at 6:28 pm

that pie looks more than amazing!!!!

and I am sooo hooked on PB&Co’s Dark Chocolate Dreams!

46 Mariposa February 16, 2009 at 7:43 pm

YUM… i love the cake.. im getting hungry looking at all these desserts!!!

47 bobbi February 16, 2009 at 7:57 pm

yummy bread! Oh how I adore sushi!

48 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) February 16, 2009 at 9:20 pm

The chocolate cream pie looks so yummy, as does the bread!

Great book list!

49 misstal February 17, 2009 at 1:15 am

Hey Jenn– just started reading your blog recently and I really enjoy it! I’m on a quest to start a healthier lifestyle myself and it looks like the foodies in the blogosphere provide a lot of support for each other!!

Question– do you ever pay attention to calories? Or do you just go by what you know re: healthy foods?

My friend Layla and I just started a new food blog, we both post:

Thanks!! :)

50 ttfn300 February 17, 2009 at 7:50 am

omg, bread. nuff said. feed me. :)

51 zestycook February 17, 2009 at 9:02 am

That cakes sounds Divine! But I want some of that bread :)

52 Kelly Turner February 17, 2009 at 11:17 am

what a great package- everything looks os great!

I crave carbs when im stressed, too. your brain wants food cause it needs energy!

Kelly Turner

53 healthy ashley February 17, 2009 at 12:47 pm

Way too many good-food photos. I am drooling.

54 Matt February 17, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I think bread is my favorite food!

55 Sarah February 17, 2009 at 1:20 pm

every single food in this post looked delicious. this post was food porn for me.

56 foodoholic February 17, 2009 at 4:26 pm

WOW those eggs look so good! I’m a vegetarian and i havent really eggs since Sept but those look good!

57 Lauren February 18, 2009 at 7:09 am

I love adding spinach to eggs – it’s a wonderful addition!

Thanks for posting all of the book recommendations. I’ve read a few on the list, and will definitely check out the other books.

58 HeatherBakes February 18, 2009 at 10:44 am

WTG Heather on the bread! That loaf looks so professional.

Now I’m craving SUSHI!!!!

Good luck with all of the homework…

59 Nick February 18, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I think that pretty much sums up the perfect pie for Valentines day. And considering the crazy combo of flours, that bread looks delicious!

60 balancemycake February 18, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Hi Jenn! My name’s Michelle, I’m not new (I’ve been reading blogs for awhile now) but I’ve never commented, so I thought I’d de-lurk and also let you know that I’ve started my own blog, Balance My Cake that I hope you’ll check out!! :)

Your sushi…bread…eggs…okay, it all looks amazing. haha :)
Hope to talk to you soon!

61 balancemycake February 18, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Oh sorry my blog is located at

tee hee :)

62 seeleelive February 18, 2009 at 4:08 pm

how could you not love hangry pant’s cookin’? she just sent me some olive oil muffins and I think I’m going to marry them!!!

:o) Cant wait for your next post!

63 Tram Le February 18, 2009 at 9:22 pm

Ok, #1 – I read the entire Twilight series in less than two weeks and dragged my husband to the movies with me, and #2 – I worked w/Evelyn Tribole on her new book about omega-3s. Intuitive Eating was one of our assigned class readings. Great blog! I wish I had a coffee that looked like that every morning, but no time :(

64 Tram Le February 18, 2009 at 9:22 pm
65 Usman August 30, 2009 at 1:59 am

I didn’t read anything. The pictures were more than enough :S

66 Heather February 11, 2010 at 7:57 am

Hey there! I love the blog! I linked this post (because of the photo) to my blog! I just wanted to let you know. I LOVE the blog and have been a long time secret reader. My camera is broken for the time being so I am hoping that you dont mind me “borrowing” the photo! I did link you though :) Have a great day!

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