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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Carbs on a Stick

The centerpiece of our table is not a figment of your imagination.  That is actual doughy goodness smeared with butter and garlic, twisted around a stick nearly two feet tall.

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It is Billy-bop's last week of night classes so I decided to celebrate by going out with my friends (Ash, Julia and Megs), laugh my head off, eat 4 lbs of produce (still not sure how my stomach handles that much fiber so gracefully) and create a dough baby in my belly.

It takes raw talent to eat that sucker without it all crumbling down.

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The beautiful Samantha questioned my posts yesterday.....she noticed that I did not mention the season premeire of THE BACHELORETTE.  My answer to such negligence....I didn't know it started yesterday and you better believe my back end will be GLUED to the couch as I force Billy to make me popcorn and watch last night's episode with me on Hulu.  The only tv shows I have been watching recently are 'Make it to Break it' and 'Chopped' and they don't really advertise for the classy show that the Bachelorette is, I have been in the dark.


Another reader, Sarah, is convinced that I am Amanda Bynes trying to hide my identity as Janae Jacobs.  The kids I used to nanny for told me the same thing every day....what do you think?  I don't really know if I normally look like her but I do know that there is a resemblance when....

she makes cheesy facial expressions......

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when she is stuffing her face with food.....


and when she is enjoying every bite of her ice cream.........

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F.Y.I. 'She's the Man' was the best movie ever created.


Check out my amazing BFF'S GIVEAWAY for a RUNNER'S PHOTO SHOOT.....I am getting it done too when I don't have to make Billy give me piggy back rides anymore. CLICK HERE!!!!


What actresses do you think are the prettiest?

-Eva Longoria, Jennifer Aniston, Felicity (don't remember her real life name and I am too lazy to google it), Blake Lively, Sophia Bush, and RACHEL MCADAMS.  Okay, I will be the first to admit, I have a problem.

Do you skip the bread at restaurants or dive head first into them?  What restaurant has your favorite appetizers/bread basket?

-I think you know my answer to the first part.   Cheesecake Factory and Outback both have phenomenal bread baskets!  If anyone tells me in the comments how bad they are for you or how it is not okay to single-handedly eat the whole tub of honey butter that they bring you, we can no longer be bff's.

Did you watch the Bachelorette?  Are you going to?  What did you think?

-Don't worry Mom, I still read books and when my femurs are whole again I promise I will cut down on my TV obsession.  P.S. I watched the BIggest Loser yesterday, HOLY COW they look AMAZING!!!


At May 24, 2011 at 6:55 AM , Anonymous Paula @ Eat: Watch: Run said...

LOL - Ok, you are kinda Amanda Bynes. I totally see it. And, I LOVED She's the Man. My hubby bought it one day and I thought it was for me. No. It was for him.

I think Keri Russell is really pretty too (Felicity). I also love Milla Jovovich. She's gorgeous!

At May 24, 2011 at 6:56 AM , Blogger theAlmostRunner said...

i tried not to watch the bachelorette. didn't work. HAD TO.

At May 24, 2011 at 6:57 AM , Anonymous running ricig said...

"she's the man" really is the best movie ever. Amanda Bynes kills me and I totally agree that you could be her incognito.

I dive headfirst into the bread at restaurants. Mike and I went out the other night and I ate almost an entire loaf (he didn't believe me when I said I would, so I had to prove him wrong).

I don't watch the Bachelorette, but one of my best friend's ex boyfriends (Bachelor Matt) is on as a bachelor this season!

At May 24, 2011 at 7:00 AM , Blogger ash said...

I'd imagine you and Amanda Bynes have similar quirky personalities. You also look a lot alike!

Since I have a gluten allergy, I am forced to skip the bread altogether, which is depressing :( but on the bright side, I can still have ice cream, which is what really matters.

At May 24, 2011 at 7:06 AM , Anonymous Rachel @ The Perseverance Diaries said...

I think Penelope Cruz is gorgeous! I'm the complete opposite of her with blonde hair and blue eyes but I've always wanted to look like her!

Haha at the Amanda Bynes reference, I totally get it from the silly faces :)

I dive right into the bread!!! This place in NYC called Pellegrino in Little Italy has these breadsticks covered in cheese, rosemary, and sundried tomatoes. BEST BREAD EVER, mmmm

At May 24, 2011 at 7:09 AM , Blogger Kacie Darden said...

YUM! That looks tasty!

At May 24, 2011 at 7:10 AM , Blogger Lisa@The Daily RUNdown said...

I love Amanda Bynes, she is the funniest girl in the whole wide world and I've seen every episode of What I like About You like 5 times!
I love Felicity too, Keri Russel.
I pick restaurants based on the bread! I don't really care about the food, just the bread and dessert.

At May 24, 2011 at 7:12 AM , Anonymous Nicole@FashionablyFitFemme said...

that really stinketh that i'm not in the utah area for the amazing giveaway your bff is doing.

i too love keri russell (felicity), but jennifer aniston is my fav. (well jen is tied with the other jen, as in jennifer garner).

on a funner (hmmm?) note...i know one of the bachelors this season & i do not skip the bread at restaurants. especially @ macaroni grill. holy yum!

At May 24, 2011 at 7:12 AM , Blogger theAlmostRunner said...

Plus, I was JUST at Tthe Cheesecake Factory and you'd better believe I ate everyone's share of the brown bread. And that I'm smart enough to know that its real name is "the brown bread."

At May 24, 2011 at 7:13 AM , Blogger Courtney said...

Alright, I don't think I would have seen it on my own, but now that you mention it...I can kinda see the similarities (i.e., facial expressions definitely!)

I find many of the same actresses to be at the top of my list as you: Blake Lively, Jen Aniston, Sophia Bush, Jessica Alba...

I admire (and question) anyone who can actually skip over a bread basket at a restaurant. I have ZERO control to skip a bread basket...gimme my carbs!!! ;)

At May 24, 2011 at 7:26 AM , Blogger Laura said...

Love the perfectly placed pretzels on your salad... are they the garnish? :-) I actually met Felicity when I was in college and working at a shoe store. She is a billion times prettier in real life than she is on TV. I know, right? How is that even possible??

At May 24, 2011 at 7:30 AM , Blogger Julia said...

I pick my restaurants based on the bread or rolls you get. Its that serious. The breadsticks were unbelievably amazing last night.

The bachelorette was CRAZYYYY. Seriously...I thought only a house full of women could be that dramatic....nope. Men can be drama-crazy too. eeeek. I am so excited for you to watch it. WE MUST debrief about it during pump tomorrow.

At May 24, 2011 at 7:35 AM , Blogger ATTrio said...

Yep I watched the Bachelorette. I can't wait for you to watch it, I mean this one guy, well 2 guys really...they are hhmmmm. Well you just have to watch!

Love BREAD! I guess my favorite is this place called Sweetwater that is up the street from us. We eat there almost once a week :)

Most beautiful.... Diane Kruger, but really there are so many!


At May 24, 2011 at 7:43 AM , Anonymous Shareece said...

DUDE. She's the Man is where it's at!! I love that you said that haha. And you definitely resemble Amanda Bynes but in the best way possible! I just started reading your blog last Friday and I can't get enough of it! You're a little bit of awesome. Ok that is a lie, your blog has replaced all of my other favorites, therefore you are *a lot a bit* of awesome. Please don't ever change, kthxbye. :P

At May 24, 2011 at 7:48 AM , Blogger gloryrunning said...

I can totally see you as Amanda Bynes!
LOVE Jennifer Garner. Especially in Alias. Yes, I am about a decade behind on my T.V. watching.

And my favorite bread probably Olive Garden. Pretty sure I could live on their bottomless salad and bread sticks.

At May 24, 2011 at 7:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love bread!!! Sorry to tell you I don't watch the Bachelorette :(

At May 24, 2011 at 8:09 AM , Anonymous Alaina said...

I think Sandra Bullock is gorgeous. Especially because she is so funny. :-)

I love bread! My favorites are Cheesecake Factory and Not Your Average Joe's.

I don't watch the Bachelorette. I rarely watch primetime TV anymore.

At May 24, 2011 at 8:14 AM , Blogger Alisa said...

I love the bread. Especially when I'm only getting a salad, because my math says salads have no calories, therefore I need the bread so I don't pass out!

At May 24, 2011 at 8:16 AM , Blogger Jen said...

Love the breadstick centerpiece! I should try that at home sometime. You DO look like Amanda! So funny! But I think you're more fun!
Have a great day!

At May 24, 2011 at 8:16 AM , Blogger Katie said...

You remind me of Amanda too! funny. I do love Sandra Bullock and I really need to block myself from watching the bachelorette because it's addicting and 2 hrs later I've gotten nothing achieved haha

At May 24, 2011 at 8:21 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What actresses do you think are the prettiest?
Sophia Vergara from modern family!

Do you skip the bread at restaurants or dive head first into them? What restaurant has your favorite appetizers/bread basket?
Dive right in! but I always make sure to save room for my actual dinner :) I love red lobster's rolls and this pizza bread from a local italian restaurant. I can't resist pizza bread!

At May 24, 2011 at 8:41 AM , Blogger Bikini Runner said...

She's the Man is the BEST! I quote it randomly regardless of whether or not anyone I am around knows the movie... not sure how well it works for me on the popularity scale, but I'm entertained!

As for bread, I devour it. Happily. And I agree that Cheesecake Factory has fabulous bread... that darker brown one? Fantastic. I wonder if they'd let me just order bread...

At May 24, 2011 at 8:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I definitely see the Amanda Bynes her!

I definitely eat the bread when it's offered. If I'm trying to be "good" I'll avoid restaurants that offer good bread otherwise I have no will power. :D

At May 24, 2011 at 8:56 AM , Blogger DEM said...

I think Jessica Alba is a gorgeous actress, I also love Jennifer Aniston - you really do resemble Amanda Bynes though, not gonna lie!

I usually have a piece (or 3) of the bread when I go out, because I am usually impatient waiting for my food. I really like the focaccia bread at Not Your Average Joes, or the brown bread at Cheesecake Factory.

I watched it, it was interesting - but I need to watch another episode or two to get hooked...last night the guys seemed either too corny or too shy...

At May 24, 2011 at 9:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Free bread at restaurants might be my favorite part of EVERY meal.
Also, I had a dream that I came to Utah and met you last night (I'm a total creeper) and we frolicked through the mountains together. It was great. :)

At May 24, 2011 at 9:09 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's right - you guys do have a resemblance with the crazy faces! I used to love her show "What I like about you."

At May 24, 2011 at 9:26 AM , Anonymous Lindie said...

I think Sandra Bullock is absolutely gorgeous! And of course Jennifer Garner.. Love her!

My favorite bread basket is FOR SURE... The pumpernickel brown bread at cheesecake! We just ask for the entire basket to be the brown goodness! Mmmm! I also love the rolls at Little America!

Do I watch the bachelorette? I must admit I'm obsessed! I watched last night, as I was wishing I could have come to dinner with you girls, and it was full of drama and fun! I lime William a d West!
Have a great day!

At May 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM , Anonymous Alyssa @ Life of bLyss said...

AAHAH. I see it! She's a great person to remind people of. That's a comp-li-ment.

And please refer to my pre-race post on Monday if you're wondering my capacity to take down some serious bread. I bet I ate 18 garlic knots in one sitting.

And if it weren't the night before my half marathon, I probably would have taken down 29. Don't underestimate this belly.

I looove Blake Lively AND Leighton Meester. And their entire wardrobe. Can I just join the Gossip Girl cast?

Can't waaaait to hear whatcha think about the Bachelorette premier, bff.

At May 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM , Blogger Jenn said...

OK-seriously Janae. I get MORE laughs out of your blog. Yesterday I was laughing so hard by myself walking down the street reading my phone and walked smack into a bench and bruised my shin.....

You ARE Amanda Bynes!!

I'm ALL about bread, especially bread dipped in garlic and olive oil. I practically drink that stuff off the plate. It is official that I can NEVER stop running because I cannot give up my 4000 calorie per day diet-ha! Yes, that dark bread at Cheesecake factory ROCKS!

Great job with the swimming! I wish I had more ambition to get in the pool. Great workout! Have a great day girl!!

At May 24, 2011 at 9:33 AM , Anonymous Rachelle Wardle said...

Aww I am so sad I missed hanging out with you girls last night. You all look stunning in that picture.

You do look a little bit like Amanda Bynes but I think you are much prettier and awesomer of course. :)

I could practically eat an entire loaf of bread in one sitting. I love bread!

Love you girl!! Have the best day ever. :)

At May 24, 2011 at 9:58 AM , Blogger Emily @ said...

#1 - not the hugest amanda bynes fan, but i LOVE she's the man. hilarious!

i have never been able to avoid the bread basket. i agree that cheesecake and outback both have phenom breads - love the dark ones!

i didn't watch the b-rette last night but will also be on hulu tonight and eating popcorn as i watch it! :) the biggest loser finale is on tonight but i think i'm going to watch it tomorrow so i don't have to sit through all the commercials ha.

At May 24, 2011 at 10:05 AM , Blogger michael. mindy. dane. said...

now i want the breadsticks. i really shouldn't read your blog when i'm hungry and stuck at school.

ps, we are doing a giveaway for yogurtland giftcards on our recipe blog. i don't know if you've ever even read it, but since you love yogurtland would you maybe mention it? please? am i so tacky to ask? ahh. probably. if not, that's fine. but you should at least enter :)

At May 24, 2011 at 10:17 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOOOO!!! I missed the season premiere of The Bachelorette!! I am so mad at myself right now.

At May 24, 2011 at 10:44 AM , Blogger fitinheels said...

I love your blog!!! The Athletarian sent me, and I'm pretty sure we are soulmates. I'm also a teacher, runner, foodie, celebrity junkie. I'm hoping to start a blog soon dedicated to fitness and fun stuff too- you are so inspiring!!! Thank you for your hilarious and real blog!

At May 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM , Blogger Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

You look so much like Amanda Bynes! And since she's gorgeous, you just take that as a big old compliment please!
I love when a meal starts with free carbs. Chips and dips for mexican or a bread basket---all delicious!

At May 24, 2011 at 11:04 AM , Blogger Victoria Elizabeth said...

Lol when I first started reading your blog I was positive you two were twins lol

At May 24, 2011 at 11:15 AM , Blogger Lindsay and James Cotter said...

LOL!!! oh yes, you are so amanda barynes. I love her too. Shes funny and gorgeous, like you!
She's the man is hilarious, I still can't believe i watched that and liked it.

I wish I could eat bread at restuarants, darn gluten. They new GF sticks!!

At May 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM , Blogger Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Good call--we must all stay posted on the Bachelorette this season! I have it recorded and ready!

Are you ready for BL tonight?!!

Yes, you and Amanda B are similar: beautiful and funny! I agree with your pics plus Cam Diaz and Sofia Veraga (Modern Family)!

At May 24, 2011 at 11:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the Bachelorette. And I'm so excited for the season finale of the Biggest Loser tonight! It's so exciting to see them all come back looking so great and healthy!

Um, how did Amanda Bynes not make your pretties list? She's awesome, a big dork, aaand pretty!

At May 24, 2011 at 11:58 AM , Blogger Heather Elliott @ the desire to run said...

I would say you and amanda have similar fun personalities.

Best bread hands down, cheese biscuits at Red Lobster. O yummy! I cant help myself if there is a bread basket... O man now i'm craving bread...

I agree with your picks... especially Blake Lively. Totally obsessed with her right now.

At May 24, 2011 at 12:13 PM , Anonymous Shannon@HungryGazelle said...

Wow, I totally agree with the Amanda Bynes thing! That's so crazy! I've been told I look like Minnie Driver, so I obviously think she's super pretty :) And I love Rachel McAdams!

At May 24, 2011 at 12:32 PM , Blogger Missy said...

I absolutely love breadsticks and rolls! They are sooo my weakness!
I have chosen not to watch The Bachelorette this year, I didn't want Brad's 2nd season of The Bachelor, therefore I don't know about this chick. So I am just going to bypass this season and divulge all of So You Think You Can Dance when it starts next week!

At May 24, 2011 at 12:36 PM , Blogger Kate said...

I've told you the same thing before! you ARE amanda bynes. I have been absent from blog world for awhile, but I am back and I missed your blog so much!!!

At May 24, 2011 at 1:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAHA! Yes! She's the Man is one of the greatest movies ever! I literally laughed out loud at those pics of Amanda. I don't think the world gets how hilarious he is :)

At May 24, 2011 at 2:02 PM , Anonymous Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn said...

One of my friends friends dated one of the guys on the Bachelorette!! Ahhhh and I am so darn tooting excited for the BIGGEST LOSER FINALE tonight, holy shit can we please have a skype sesh and freak out together?!

At May 24, 2011 at 2:03 PM , Blogger ihatepickleslikewoah said...

o girl, dont you think that centerpiece would look awesome on the bedside table instead of a lamp??

fav actresses....eva mendez, rachel bilson, kate hudson

i normally skip the bread but chips and salsa??? better get me 2 baskets!!

i watched 'bette on hulu. oooo my goodness!! there are some cuties but some doozies also. and what about bentley? scandilous!!

At May 24, 2011 at 2:04 PM , Anonymous Ellie@fitforthesoul said...

omgoodnessss you do look or resemble her quite a bit!! your facial expressions AND your facial features--just a tad bit. :P this is awesome, especially b/c I think Amanda is really cool. I loved her even in her Nickelodeon days.

At May 24, 2011 at 2:12 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

That bread looks amazing! Yum! How could you pass that up?

At May 24, 2011 at 2:23 PM , Blogger Christina @ The Athletarian said...

I am obsessed with Eva Mendez. She is so gorgeous. Jen Aniston is one of my faves as well!

Um bread baskets are what I live for. I dive in head first and when I'm done I just want cake. Warm loaves of bread and big slices of chocolate cake are my idea of heaven.

I stopped watching the Bachelor/Bachelorette a few seasons ago, but I did catch a glimpse last night. Still undecided whether or not I'll follow the whole season!

You totally ARE Amanda Bynes, only you're hotter.

At May 24, 2011 at 2:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That bread basket looks awesome!!!!!! I loooove anything resembling bread! hahahaha I'm usually the first one with my hands in the bread basket at restaurants! :D

At May 24, 2011 at 3:03 PM , Anonymous Kristie said...

Ummm I love bread. Even more when it's delivered fresh, warm and free at my table. So no, never skipping the bread!!

You are definitely Amanda Bynes, wow. It's uncanny. And I adore She's the Man. It's hilarious. HILarious.

At May 24, 2011 at 3:14 PM , Blogger Caitlin said...

Okay, so dough babies are the best babies...haha. That ginormous breadstick has me drooling. I'd go to Macaroni Grill just for the bread there...mmm, so good. There is also a smaller chain that is close to my parents' house in CA that serves not only bread but muffins in the basket too!!! Ya, we definitely ask for a few refills there!

Wow, I didn't think of the Amanda Bynes thing until you brought it up, but now that you do it's crazy how much you two totally look alike! I have always loved her ever since her early All That days!! She's soooo funny and also very pretty. :)

At May 24, 2011 at 3:17 PM , Anonymous Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife said...

You DO look like Amanda Bynes.haha .She is hilarious, so that is a compliment...and yes, shes the man is a GREAT movie.

Love your salad plate!!

At May 24, 2011 at 6:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've always reminded me of amanda bynes! :) your voice too! haha.

and I LOVE she's the man. SUCH a quality movie :)))


At May 24, 2011 at 6:59 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the two prettiest actresses hands down are Jennifer Love Hewitt (i have been obsessed with her for YEARSSSSSS) and Sophis Bush (she is my reason for still watching One Tree Hill at my ripe old age!!!

At May 24, 2011 at 8:07 PM , Blogger Neon Blonde Runner said...

Oh I totally had forgotten about Felicity, good call!

At May 24, 2011 at 8:42 PM , Blogger Meg said...

She's The Man IS the best movie ever. I'm so glad someone else thinks that! that movie absolutely destroys me, it's so funny.

At May 24, 2011 at 10:14 PM , Blogger Colleen Marble said...

Creamies! Yummmy!!!! That is the one thing I miss about living in Utah. That, and definitely Pizza Factory bread sticks. Yum! (btw, I used to work at the PF in Cedar City)

You are hilarious!

At May 25, 2011 at 12:51 PM , Blogger Kels said...

HAHHAHA I LAUGHED OUT LOUD WHEN I READ THIS! so so funny! and I used to love Amanda Bynes! I wish she would do more movies nowadays!


but, my fav actress is Eva Longoria!

At May 26, 2011 at 3:58 PM , Anonymous Emily said...

She's The Man absolutely is the best movie ever made. End of story.


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