Girls date without ice cream.

April 26, 2011

I know it seems to drastic to be true and you may not believe me but I did hang out with my girlfriends (ASH and JULIA) without any ice cream or sugary goodness in sight……

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However, as much fun as pump was, next week we will be going to yogurtland afterwards.  I heard it is good to refuel your body with protein within 30 minutes of finishing lifting and the combo of protein from the yogurt, animal protein from the animal crackers (frosted of course) and those meaty gummy bears, I think I will be set and well on my way to 22 inch biceps.

We tried out a new teacher last night and it was a combination of weights, complicated dance moves and Janae looking like an idiot as she tried to dance around the room hopping on one leg.

Why didn’t we set-up in the back of the room?  To provide entertainment for everyone around me and to help them feel that much better about themselves.  Wow, I am a good person-always finding ways to make others feel better about themselves.

Earlier in the day I put on my chef hat and got out my can opener to make a sophisticated dinner.

Into the crock pot went: Red-potatoes, green beans, corn, kidney beans, 3 jars of italian stewed tomatoes, chicken, a jar of spaghetti sauce and water. Go have fun for 4-6 hours and come back to a hot, veggielicious dinner.

+10 wife points.  I am almost out of the negative now (I accidentally ate his dessert the other day and lost some major points)

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AHHHHH and look what it is….TINA’S BOOK, ‘Carrots N’ Cake’!!!! Seriously, get this book now…..I am LOVING it and can’t wait to do the full review.  My ipad feels bad because I have forgotten about it since I got this book and can’t put it down!

Just to make things interesting and to fill that separate dessert stomach, I had to eat a lil leftover from last night. Recipe HERE.

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Check back after school for a Tuesday GIVEAWAY….muhahah, I am quite excited for this one:)  P.S. Get excited for summer time….I may be switching to 3 posts a day-watch out Oprah, I may be taking over the world.

Do you have a separate dessert pouch?

-Yes and with my latest x-ray the doctor told me that in fact my dessert stomach is larger than my normal food stomach.  Strange.  PS he told me that boys do not have such a pouch but instead their stomach expands 13 times normal size when there is steak, chicken wings or nachos placed in front of them.

What was the last thing that you made without a recipe and turned out delicious?

-Cereal suicide, grilled cheese and toast with pb do not count.

What are you reading right now?

-Carrots N’ Cake, finishing Kara’s book, the closed captioning on The Biggest Loser and I am going to start ‘Unbroken’ (a WWII story about a runner).

theAlmostRunner April 26, 2011 at 6:50 am

excited for your giveawawy! duhhhh


theAlmostRunner April 26, 2011 at 6:50 am

wish i could spell giveaway! duhhh


thecreamfilling April 26, 2011 at 6:52 am

Oh wow that dessert is making my mouth water :O [Drools]

I am currently reading Water for Elephants (SO GOOD) and have ordered Kara's book. Can't wait to read it!


Julia April 26, 2011 at 6:53 am

eeeeeeeeeeeeeek!!! so excited for the giveaway and to try out some of these recipes!! YUM. that chocolate looks amazing!!

and why didn't we set up in the back??? hahaha. We were smack in the middle for all the world to see…at least I got the side :) Last night was so fun though…can't wait for it to be Monday tradition :)


p.s. Finally reading Kara's book and LOVE it…so many good little tid bits in there!!


Natalie Cates April 26, 2011 at 6:54 am

Oh yay I cannot wait for your giveaway!

Yes I definitely have a separate dessert stomach! There is ALWAYS room for dessert. :)

I made some homemade tomato jam without a recipe and it was delicious – everyone raved about it and there was ZERO leftover. Success. Now, hopefully I can remember how to make it again.

I'm reading "Unlocked" by Karen Kingsbury, "The Miracle Worker" with my students, and I already have my summer reading list started with "Radical" and "Water for Elephants." :)

Enjoy your day!


Anne April 26, 2011 at 6:55 am

Unbroken is such an amazing story. You're going to love it! Watch out though, once you start it, you're not going to want to put it down. It's definitely a page turner.


Cheryl April 26, 2011 at 6:55 am

Oooohh thanks for the book suggestions! I just bought Kara's book and I am going to have to go out and buy "Unbroken"!


Jogging with Fiction April 26, 2011 at 6:56 am

Oh man! I have to make that dessert! I want to eat it right now for every meal of the day. My regular stomach IS my dessert stomach. There's a little tiny side one for veggies.

The last thing I made without a recipe was reece's cup-stuffed banana bread cupcakes with pb frosting. SOOO good. There's still one left from the weekend.

I'm reading a boring marketing book for work right now, but I'm switching to something fictiony and trashy when I go to DC this weekend.


FashionablyFit April 26, 2011 at 6:58 am

apparently i DO have a seperate dessert pouch! big enough to polish off 4 peanut butter cookies & 2 oatmeal cookies yesterday. YIKES! (did i really just make that public knowledge?)

do magazines count as reading material? that's all i have time for these days. unless you count credit card statements.


Have Your Way April 26, 2011 at 6:58 am

I am not reading anything right now(student teaching is eating my life away) but I need some great books. Ive stumbled across your blog a few months ago, and finally have the time to respond to a post! I am def. not a great cook but this week Im going to attempt to make cheesecake!


Cait April 26, 2011 at 6:58 am

eeks cant wait for your giveaway girl :) so excited!! ohhh and Unbroken is SO good!! xo


misszippy April 26, 2011 at 7:01 am

Nice of you to provide fodder for your fellow pump classmates! ; )

That crockpot meal sounds great!!


Lindsey@arunningtale April 26, 2011 at 7:03 am

Doesn't everyone have an extra dessert pouch?! haha. Right now I am reading Water for Elephants and am hoping to finish it before the movie leaves theatres!


Olivia April 26, 2011 at 7:13 am

Oh oH! i love your comment about the super high protein packed froyo-you're too funny! You and your gals look so cute though after bodypump; and super happy! LOVE those brownies…they look UnBELIEVABLE!


MotherRunner April 26, 2011 at 7:14 am

Mmm I had an awesome recipe-free dinner last night! I made pizza with pesto, fresh mozz, basil from my windowsill, sun-dried and fresh tomatoes, and balsamic glaze… it was so good. Seriously, it's 8:13 in the morning and I'm thinking about digging into the leftovers…
Oh, right now reading Born to Run. Finally.

Reply April 26, 2011 at 7:15 am

ummm, you are going to LOVE unbroken. seriously. it gets a little intense in spots, but its so unbelievable. we actually listened to the audiobook during our epic drive over christmas break. its mesmerizing. seriously.

i can't believe that you're going to be able to post 3 times a day. i congratulate myself when its twice a week…


Susan April 26, 2011 at 7:18 am

Unbroken was a GREAT book! It gets a little long near the end, but it's an amazinggggg story.

I just bought "Something Borrowed" so I can read it on my trip out to California and so I can see the movie when it comes out!


Krista April 26, 2011 at 7:23 am

hahaha that is so true about guys and girls stomachs! Why is it that girls have such a sweet tooth and guys don't?!


EBURNS April 26, 2011 at 7:28 am

My dessert stomach's size depends on the time of month……seriously.

Made a delicious chili w/o recipe.

i am reading your blog……so yippee to 3 a days.


Mallory April 26, 2011 at 7:28 am

I hope your leg is feeling better!

I always have room for cookies or candy! It's great!!!

I can now always make salsa chicken without the recipe, but that's just because I've made it so many times. I need recipes.

I am reading Sarah's Key. So far it's really good!


Monica Whitney April 26, 2011 at 7:32 am

The best part about being a teacher is getting paid all summer long to sleep in, go swimming, and read books. Am I right, or am I right…or am I right?

Ask the Duplex


Happy Runner Girl April 26, 2011 at 7:36 am

Kara'a book is amazing and now I am re-reading it! Getting pumped for a big race this Sunday! Love your blog :)


Jessica April 26, 2011 at 7:38 am

Excited about your giveaway :)


Chelsea J Raynes April 26, 2011 at 7:51 am

I need to get Tina's book!! I am so jealous.


Lisa {} April 26, 2011 at 7:57 am

i heard 'Unbroken' is an awesome story! i'm gonna have to check out 'Carrots 'n Cake'!

i tried something w/o a recipe last night and unfortunately it was a FAIL. but it was so good in my imagination–does that count?


Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries April 26, 2011 at 8:04 am

I totally have a separate dessert pouch, specifically for chocolate!!

Last thing I made without a recipe was a soup with coconut milk, curry, veggies, etc. I just threw it all together and it turned out SO GOOD! Anything with coconut milk is good :)


jilltoday April 26, 2011 at 8:12 am

I just found your blog through Cotter Crunch and aren't you adorable!!

I am half way through Unbreakable and it is


Sheena@inbetweenruns April 26, 2011 at 8:20 am

Hurray for triple daily posts!

I'm reading Tina Fey's memoir Bossypants right now and it is hilarious!

I'm planning to do a review when I'm done :)


[Red Sox] Wife April 26, 2011 at 8:37 am

janae you are the CUTEST. I love your optimism and I will totally look forward to multiple posts a day :) LOVE your pics and love your blog… althogh Its turning into an addiction to read now, I may even have to see my bishop since it is taking over my life :) love youuuuuu and hope you get better soon so we can run together (and it will probably be the only time I can keep up with you, you fast girl!!)

you better believe I will be SUPERstalking you during parent teacher conferences tomorrow :)


Mon Amour April 26, 2011 at 8:50 am

I am finishing Kara's book too! It is seriously so good!


Bess@Bess Be Fit April 26, 2011 at 9:11 am

definitely have a separate dessert pouch…I just put that fact of mine in my post a few days ago! haha :) and I'm reading a book called "Ladies Who Launch"…its a book about entrepreneurship and creativity as a lifestyle and finding who you are…and launching your dream! I'm only at the beginning but I like it so far :)


Rachelle Wardle April 26, 2011 at 9:15 am

I am so jealous I missed out on Pump it looks like you guys had a blast. Your din din and dessert look divine. Yummy!

Have a fabulous Tuesday and I am so excited for your givaway. Can we please hangout every day this summer? Seven peaks, following by fro-yo is calling my name every single day of summer. :)


Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner April 26, 2011 at 9:17 am

Obviously a separate dessert pouch! When I was little I used to joke about tattooing a section on my stomach that said "for dessert only". I'm so glad 10 year olds are not allowed to get tattoos.
I'm excited for Tina's book too–need to get myself a copy ASAP!


fitchocoholic April 26, 2011 at 9:22 am

That dessert looks amazing!!!! :D
Last thing that I made without a recipe were some banana chocolate chip scones….I had made some scones before and just tweaked it and came up with my own version!


Dorry April 26, 2011 at 9:23 am

I always save a little room for something sweet after dinner! Billy can pass on dessert pretty easily. "I'm full," works for him. My sweet tooth wins out. :)


Shelby April 26, 2011 at 9:27 am

How is your 100 push ups in a row goal going?


Chloe@321delish April 26, 2011 at 9:35 am

There is something about working out with your girlfriends that makes the workouts so much more rewarding!

I made lasagna without a recipe! Just throw together noodles, meat, carrots, any other veggies you like, sauce and cheese and more cheese and voila. you cant mess it up!


[Red Sox] Wife April 26, 2011 at 9:39 am

haha my friend told me she saw you at her FAV pump class :) so funny!! you continue to amaze me with your optimism… your blog continues to be the highlight of my day! love you!!


Victoria Elizabeth April 26, 2011 at 9:44 am

That dessert looks so good!!!


catiepat April 26, 2011 at 9:45 am

I always have room for dessert!!!!
I'm reading The Runner's Body – by Runner's World
It's really interesting :-)

That soup you made sounds so good!


Jogging with Fiction April 26, 2011 at 9:46 am
runyogarepeat April 26, 2011 at 9:49 am

I would make tons of room in my dessert stomach for those brownies! I love what you said about boys and their nachos/wings/steak, it's so true. My boyfriend passes on dessert because he's full, but then he'll eat a big plate of wings.
I'm reading textbooks now, but in 3 weeks, I'll be done and ready to catch up on my big list of to-read books (like Kara's book!).


Keri April 26, 2011 at 9:54 am

hahah I asked the same question on my blog today! I am reading The Paris Wife.


Amanda April 26, 2011 at 10:11 am

I hope you have a great Tuesday girl! You should totally start writing 3 posts a day!! :) That soup looks really simple and tasty! I might just have to try it in the very near future!


Lindsay and James Cotter April 26, 2011 at 10:17 am

PUMP it UP ladies. Love it! Its fun to enjoy that time together and enjoy new classes. You gals are all so beautiful!
I am so impressed with your soup, looks perfect. Billy must have been one happy camper!
Right now, the hubs and I are still on the love dare book. Its been fun! I want to read Kara's book next.
Can't wait for the giveaway. COOL!


Emily @ April 26, 2011 at 10:24 am

That dessert looks phenom! I need some! My dessert stomach is def about three times the size of my real food stomach. Hahaha I love your comment about mens stomachs – so true that they don't have a dessert stomach but their stomachs stretch way out whenever there's meat, cheese, or grease around!

Last night I made some roasted potatoes…took 3 different kinds of potatoes (sweet, white, and yukon gold) and sliced them thin and tossed them with olive oil, rosemary and slices of garlic. Roasted in oven until crispy – so delish!

I'm reading Water for Elephants right now and can't wait to buy Kara's book!!

Reply April 26, 2011 at 10:54 am

Ahh even the hint of the word "summer" makes me so happy! I can't wait!


Catie April 26, 2011 at 11:00 am

the dessert pouch makes perfect sense now and how the guys stomachs expands. thanks for clearing it up for me!! for some reason your blog reminds me of my trip to italy perhaps its due the fact that both your blog and italy have great food!


ms. caboo April 26, 2011 at 11:17 am

Unbroken is fantastic and hard to put down. You'll enjoy it!


Jen April 26, 2011 at 11:21 am

A good sweaty date is almost as good as fro yo! So glad you're finding other ways to keep you busy. That dessert looks delish! And you are such a good wife!


Johnetta September 2, 2011 at 10:20 am

That’s 2 clveer by half and 2×2 clever 4 me. Thanks!


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Natalia - a side of simple April 26, 2011 at 11:22 am

Whoa, I thought I lost you there when you said you had a girls' date without fro-yo! But don't worry, I've recovered. Possibly from fueling myself with my own "recovery" of leftover Easter candy? :) Happy late Easter, girl!

PS. I've long ago decided that dessert fuels the heart and soul in a critical way that doesn't even touch the rest of the body. True life.


Angie April 26, 2011 at 11:33 am

I just started reading Unbroken and you'll love it. I can't put it down. How is Kara's book? I love her too.


Chels April 26, 2011 at 11:34 am

Summer is right around the corner for me too!! Yeah!! We are counting down the days as we speak. I am reading "Something Borrowed," right now. I want to finish it then see the movie.


Laura (LunaChickRuns) April 26, 2011 at 11:38 am

You will love Unbroken! I listened to it on audiobook during long runs, it's so good!

I am reading Ultramarathon Man right now. I love me some Dean!


Rach April 26, 2011 at 1:19 pm

You always post such great desserts….guess I need to keep getting those miles out!

-Rach @ Girl on the Run


Coy Martinez April 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I wanna make that soup!! Pronto!!

If I were there I would go to PUMP class too! :)


Preston and Jamyn April 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Janaester! I have been a little MIA from the blogging world…
I caught up on all of your sweet posts…don't you worry! Your blog makes my day! :) I know this is late but I have to tell you I'm so sorry about your injury and about Boston. I can't even imagine how you felt. You do a pretty good job of putting everything in perspective and picking yourself right up. You will dominate in 2012!!!! Just take care of your body! Be nice to it! :) Love you lots!! PS You and Me… Yogurtland?!?!? Also you need to come kick and box with me. I know you would LOVE it!


Anonymous April 26, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I didn't know kara had a book out. Is it new? whats the name of it? Is it abt fitness?


Kate (What Kate is Cooking) April 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I have a dessert stomach too! Actually, my main stomach is a dessert stomach, and I have a tiny pouch for real food :)


Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 26, 2011 at 4:26 pm

What a cool idea-my dessert stomach is shrinking with age :( kinda sad actually!


The Pack's April 26, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Okay, that dessert looks like HEAVEN!!! I need to make it ASAP! Also, did you go to Power Pump with Melissa? She rocks!


creatingkarlek April 27, 2011 at 5:41 am

Janae Beauty!

I tried to tell you yesterday but my comment wouldn't send.
anyways, I HAVE BIGBIG NEWS you will be interested in ;)
I'll email the details. <3


Erin @ UntilYouTri April 27, 2011 at 6:22 am

OH MY WORD that dessert looks amazing!! Was it as unbelievably good as it looks?? I was just trying to figure out what to make for dessert to bring to dinner at my parent's house on Friday…I may have just found a winner!!

When I was a little kid my parents would try to tell me I couldn't have dessert if I finished my dinner (which I would never do…I hadn't learned to eat yet when I was little, I'm a pro now;). So when I said I wanted dessert they asked how I could be hungry for dessert when I said I was too full to eat dinner. I explained to them that I had a separate dessert shelf at the top of my stomach that was just for dessert!:)


Jessica @ How Sweet April 27, 2011 at 7:37 am

So glad you liked the oreo bars! :)


Get Slim Acai April 30, 2011 at 1:10 pm

nice pic


Jennah June 22, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Thank God! Soeomne with brains speaks!


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