What Can Brown Do For Me?

by Jenn (eating bender) on March 3, 2009

Thanks to everyone who posted a question for Jen Perez on my last post! I will compile your questions with my own into one big list :) I can’t wait to see what she has to say!

Today I crossed off several things on my to-do list:

  • P90X Core Synergistics Workout
  • Economics of Gender Final Exam
  • Integrated Marketing Final Paper
  • Blog Reading

Yes, still behind on the last one, unfortunately! I can’t wait until I have nothing to do for two whole weeks starting March 12. It’s going to be glorious. Oh, and the blog anniversary is later this month, too, so I will definitely be planning something special for that!

The theme for today’s post is “What Can Brown Do For Me?” Yes, I purposefully gleaned inspiration from UPS. You’ll see why in a bit πŸ˜‰ First of all, we have a “brown” breakfast. After reading this post from Caroline, I was inspired to finally try my hand at “Girl Scout Oats” because I have yet to actually have a cookie this year. I wanted to model them after Peanut Butter Patties – and yes, that is what they are called in my neck of the woods. What is this “Tagalong” business, Caroline? πŸ˜‰ Anyway, here was what went into the bowl:

  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • 1/2 scoop Jay Robb chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1 tsp. dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax
  • 1 tbsp. Barney Butter


I know what you’re thinking. Technically “almond butter” doesn’t meet the Girl Scout Cookie criteria, but wouldn’t it be great if they made a cookie like that? This bowl was delicious! I have to point out that the dark cocoa powder was awesome, too – if you like dark chocolate, try it!


Of course, “brown” was also doing things for me in the Coffee Cocoa department:


Continuing on through a morning of class, a final exam and extreme tiredness, “brown” was also doing things for me when I was ready to eat some lunch.


I picked up a brown rice California roll at Whole Foods last week. I just can’t help myself because it is made fresh daily and I guess I see it as my once-a-week treat lunch :) It’s so good!


I also had some of Heather’s Mixed Brown Bread topped with more brown Barney Butter.


See, I wasn’t kidding around when I said “brown” was doing things for me today!

Now here’s where the real “brown” comes in. Later in the afternoon, I received a visit from the UPS man, who dropped off an incredible box of goodies just for me!


The amazing Brittany sent me a box filled with new products I have never tried before: hemp protein, a Dr. Weil bar, and Trader Joe’s pumpkin butter. She also sent me some of my favorites: coconut Larabar, WCMN Clif Bars, and a sweet card :) But the kicker here? It’s hiding underneath all of those things!


HOLY YUM COCONUT MACAROONS!! If you’ve been reading her amazing blog, you probably noticed her baking these last week. She posted the recipe here! Of course, I had to try one immediately.


Oh wait, did I say that I had to try “one” immediately? Hm…try three :mrgreen: They were SO delicious! I can’t wait to try these out for myself sometime. Thank you so much, Brittany! Between your generosity and Melissa’s generosity this week, I am overwhelmed with blog love. Honestly – thank you. It is making the week go by so much easier!

But if my economics courses have taught me anything, it’s that the business world is full of competition. (I realize that I have officially taken the “brown” theme too far, but bear with me.) Less than 20 minutes later, the FedEx man was at my door making me an offer.


In addition to having the chance to interview Jen Perez, I also received some EAS product samples from Robyn. I can’t wait to try these – I’ve always been intrigued by them in stores, but have never actually bought the brand. Thanks, Robyn! I’ll be sure to post a review as I try each one!

And now you know just how big of a dork I am. I create post themes based on shipping service slogans!

FYI: Dinner was not “brown” – in fact, it was a green salad :) Had to get in the veggies at some point!


Life is good when life is brown,


{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }

1 verbalriot March 3, 2009 at 10:41 pm

that oatmeal looks INCREDIBLE! And yay for UPS bringing goodies your way :)


2 Bec March 3, 2009 at 10:50 pm

Ok, I am trying those chocolate oats soon! Love brown rice sushi, sooo good.


3 eatingbirdfood March 3, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve for your blogs anniversary. Mine is this month as well- I don’t have any good ideas as of yet.

Such a great idea to make Girl Scout Oats.. My favorite is Samoas and I have a feeling those ingredients would make awesome oats. Brown rice sushi is always a good choice.

Yippee- it arrived!! I’m glad you enjoyed the macaroons!


4 Caroline March 3, 2009 at 11:24 pm

Yay! I’m glad you tried the oatmeal! Sorry, I should have referred to the cookie by both its names…for the record, I suppose Samoas are Caramel Delights as well? Haha.

I am so jealous of your Living Harvest protei packets–they are so delicious!


5 Sarah March 3, 2009 at 11:46 pm

I don’t think you can ever really take blog sayings too far. If you can, I’m in trouble with all that “That’s what she said!” business.

I love the dark chocolate cocoa powder too! A little goes a long way.

I think the Myoplex bars are very “Luna”esque. Hope you like them!

Have a good Wednesday Jenn!


6 Hangry Pants March 3, 2009 at 11:53 pm

Maybe I am also a giant dork (yes, also – you are too), but I really like your themed posts. It’s like a little reading adventure!

The brown oats look just like a cookie in a bowl.

I am sorry I didn’t submit a question for your interview. I couldn’t think of anything original. :(


7 carolinebee March 4, 2009 at 12:01 am

I get really excited when i actually DO have a post theme or some cute title! πŸ˜€ Almond butter gs cookies would be the SHIT!! RIght up there w/brown rice sushi- i think you totally deserve a weekly lunch treat! I just bookmarked her macaroon recipe they look so good! Hm..imagine a lil almond butter on there…haha too much?? nahh.


8 Marianne March 4, 2009 at 1:46 am

All your brown eats look might good to me! Although, I think I would have gone with the peanut butter instead of almond in the oats, but that’s just personal preference.

I saw those macaroons when Brittany made them, I must try them out, since I love me some coconut :)

PS – I answered your question about my immersion blender in the comments section on my blog. Wasn’t sure if you saw it or not :)


9 Kristine March 4, 2009 at 2:15 am

its been a long time since ive had sushi. i defiantly need to stop by whole foods and pick me up some yumminess!


10 coco March 4, 2009 at 2:34 am

your brown day was fabulous!!! πŸ˜€ So many goodies you’ve received….. blog love is awesome, isn’t it?


11 Lara (Thinspired) March 4, 2009 at 4:28 am

I never realized so many tasty foods are brown! Haha! I’ve just discovered cocoa powder as a mix-in and it is rocking my world πŸ˜€


12 Erica March 4, 2009 at 6:02 am

How good does it feel to cross off all of those to dos??? I think I make lists sometimes just so I can cross things off. What yummy eats you had today. I really like the plate you had your sushi on! Great package- those macaroons look truly amazing…mmm coconut πŸ˜‰


13 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini) March 4, 2009 at 6:08 am

LOVE all that brown! What sweet care packages you got my friend!


14 Lindsey (Mrs. LC) March 4, 2009 at 6:10 am

haha, I loved your brown post. :) That oatmeal looks crazzzyyyy dark chocolate (aka right up my ally!). And what a sweet package! :)


15 marafaye March 4, 2009 at 6:20 am



16 Lauren March 4, 2009 at 7:04 am

All of your brown food looks yummy… and those macaroons look amazing! What a nice package to receive :) I call those girl scout cookies peanut butter patties also – I don’t understand why they’re known by different names?! Similarly, “caramel delights” are known as samoas. I just go with what I grew up with.


17 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) March 4, 2009 at 7:06 am

Mmmm, macaroons!


18 Krista March 4, 2009 at 7:19 am

What a great post! So many awesome eats….oats, sushi! YUM!

Great packages, as well.


19 VeggieGirl March 4, 2009 at 7:32 am



20 snackface March 4, 2009 at 7:37 am

Some brown food days really are the best days! Haha. Food aside, all those packages are phenomenal! MMMacarooons!!! I need to find some, or make some, or make someone send me some, haha.


21 jenngirl March 4, 2009 at 7:56 am

We call them PB patties here too!! I think all of your “brownness” was delicious Jenn πŸ˜‰

Congrats on all that blog love too, you certainly deserve all those treats! Have a great Hump Day!


22 Sarah March 4, 2009 at 8:15 am

haha i loved the brown theme! you’re so lucky getting all of these sweet and fun packages lately!

WF sushi is soooooo good, but that goes without saying since everything at WF is so good.

They are definitely Tag-a-longs!


23 Marisa (trim the fat) March 4, 2009 at 8:24 am

Love the “brown” day!!! Those oats look Amazing!!

Glad you’re feelin the blog-love! You deserve it!!


24 ksgoodeats March 4, 2009 at 8:25 am

Okay so brown may not be the prettiest color but I LOVE your post theme πŸ˜€

You’ll have to let us know how you like the new products! Can I just say that I am 100% jeal of your coconut macaroons – yum!!

Hooray for being caught up with Lost! The Jin thing threw me but I’m so haps that he’s alive!! New episode tonight, yay!!

Have a great Wednesday, girlie!!


25 Aimee March 4, 2009 at 8:38 am

I love Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder! Yeah for all your fun packages!


26 brandi March 4, 2009 at 8:41 am

I love all the brown! hooray for all the blog love and packages getting you through these next few weeks of school!


27 Sharon March 4, 2009 at 8:52 am

Oh wow, awesome goodies. And chocolate oats? Mmmmmmmm!


28 Meghann March 4, 2009 at 9:12 am

I love the UPS man as well :)

And you are making me realize it has been far too long sicne I have had sushi, I think that needs to be on the agenda this weekend. :)


29 Kelly Turner March 4, 2009 at 9:28 am

ooo those macaroons look awesome!

Kelly Turner


30 Erin March 4, 2009 at 9:32 am

GOOD WHEN LIFE IS BROWN! Oh you’re too much girl.


31 Alisa - Frugal Foodie March 4, 2009 at 9:54 am

Holy food porn! I must go eat now, your pictures have made me ravenous!


32 Meg March 4, 2009 at 9:58 am

You are so lucky to get so many great treats showing up at your door!

Absolutely love your oats!


33 Marissa March 4, 2009 at 10:32 am

Great brown eats!


34 Julie March 4, 2009 at 10:41 am

Those oats look SO good. I’m thinking that might be on the menu for dinner tonight! Genius!! TJs pumpkin butter is SO good :)


35 Heather Eats Almond Butter March 4, 2009 at 11:35 am

Jenn, I cannot get over how dark chocolatey your oats looked. I bet they tasted AMAZING!

What a fun day of all things brown. Chocolate brown is truly one of my most favorite colors. Makes me happy, not to mention the fact that it tastes yummy. :)

Let me know how you like the Living Harvest Hemp powder. I have an entire container of the vanilla spice, and the only thing I’ve liked it in is some homemade power bars. Otherwise, I think it taste like dirt. :(

On a happier note, your macaroons look delicious. Very sweet of Brittany. Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday my friend!


36 lauren (athlEAT) March 4, 2009 at 11:57 am

you lucky duck! those macaroons looks awesome…


37 Shelby March 4, 2009 at 12:56 pm



38 Emily March 4, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Myoplex was my salvation after running a half marathon this year! It has a great balance of recovery nutrients.
I love your oats…dark chocolate cocoa powder sounds like a welcome addition. And anything with PB is always on my hot list.


39 runjess March 4, 2009 at 1:14 pm

EAS sent me some of that stuff in the fall. I really like the shakes!


40 runjess March 4, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I reviewed it, if you’re interested: http://www.seejessrun.com/?p=879


41 Jen March 4, 2009 at 1:32 pm

SUCH an awesome package!!!!!!!!!!!!! YUM those macaroons!!!!!!


42 ttfn300 March 4, 2009 at 3:39 pm

pb patties, fo’ sure :) lol. fabulous packages!! can’t wait for your interview, too!


43 Karla March 4, 2009 at 8:32 pm

You are so productive! And two deliveries in one day? Awesome! :)


44 Leng March 4, 2009 at 9:21 pm

wow so many goodies! I’m so jealous. I’m loving the brown theme today.


45 martiniwindow March 4, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Haha brown did a lot for you today! I have had myoplex bars – they are extremely filling! your gift scout oats look great I will have to find some cookies!!


46 seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) March 5, 2009 at 4:35 am

heyyy thanks for the reminders on all the contests! wow, there are sooo many giveaways lately! AHHH!!!

everything looks AMAZING on this post…and i see those EAS Myoplex bars all the time at target but never get ’em-let us know how they are -do a review Plz!

sushi, oh you have me craving!!!


47 MizFit March 5, 2009 at 5:31 am

maaaan, and Id already woken up thinking I WANT SUSHI.

kudos on getting the eas treats :) I love me some eas.


48 Marians eats. The italian way March 5, 2009 at 10:07 am

I spy with my little eye…. Pumpkin butter! I’m obsessed with that stuff! I can’t keep it in my fridge for long! It just has to be eaten, eaten, eaten!


49 justine March 5, 2009 at 10:32 am

Man, those eats look great. Yum TJs pumpkin butter!!1 I so need to make another trip there soon!



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