Behind The Butter

a look back

Early this morning, my dad sent me some old family photos that he scanned in. Before we say anything at all about the helmet head bangs on the ridiculously good looking girl above, let’s talk about dress.

The dress that led to a lifelong obsession with food.

The fruit dress.

Now this photo is special. It was taken right before my parents were married, in their matching fancy TWA uniforms. They lovingly refer to that time together as “BK”, or “before kids” when they carefreely traveled around the globe together.

They were models, too. Can’t you tell?

Here I am with my beloved first puppy, Belmont. Note that I grew out of my orange skin tone.

Oh, and this? I have no idea who this is. No idea at all.


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    May 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    I heart this post so much!

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    May 23, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    You have got some good-looking parents there! 🙂

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    May 23, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Glad to see I made the BLOG!
    Love Dad……

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    The Teenage Taste
    May 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Awwww, you are such a cutie pie, Jenna! 😀

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    Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    May 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    So cool! I often daydream about magically having the time to scan in all my old photos from way back…Always a delight to take a trip down memory lane (almost always).

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    May 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I agree with Jaime! Love it.
    In fact, I think this is one of my very favorite ELR posts! 🙂
    That last picture is brilliant. Look at your tiny ankles! All the pictures are great.
    Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    May 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    LOVE! I had a dress and an apron that I spun around in singing “The hilllllls are alive!!” I had the bangs, too. All the cool kids did! 🙂

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    May 23, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Love the pictures! In the last picture, were you dressed as Kirsten, the american girl doll?

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    May 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Ha! That last picture is classic!

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    May 23, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Love the bonnet. I had several just like it. Thanks for the throw back to my Laura Ingalls Wilder days. Sigh… that was a good phase!!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)
    May 23, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    the pictures are awesome!!!!!

    I wish that an electronic care package arrived in my inbox with all kinds of old “real” pictures scanned in…oh, what a FABULOUS gift!

    The nightmare that is my actual, real, non-digital photographs from my childhood….well, one day, one day, I’d like to get them digitalized.

    Til then, I can admire yours. I love these! And the fruit dress and your amazing looking parents,too!

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    amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    May 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Too cute! Love these snap shots from the past Jenna. Great post 😉

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    MyThy as in "Mighty"
    May 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Now we know where you get your good looks!
    How ’bout a “Little House on the Prairie”-themed dinner party? 😉

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      Baking 'n' Books
      May 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      What a great idea! I concur.

      I’m also jealous of the insane love that your parents and you share for each other 😉

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    A Teenage Gourmet (Sami)
    May 23, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Pure awesome.

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    kaila @ healthy helper!
    May 23, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Okay you and your parents are adorable…. that pic of them in the matching out fits is precious!!!!

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    May 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    It’s Laura Ingalls Wilder in the flesh! Woo hoo! You were a cutie!

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    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    May 23, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I LOVE looking at old photos. I also love watching old family videos. : )

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    Jenna I.
    May 23, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Not sure if you here this all the time, but you look just like your dad!

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    May 23, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I love the pics of your parents, you can see the love they have each other. Fun post

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    May 23, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Your dad is a stone cold fox.

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    Laura @ LauraLikesDesign
    May 23, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Haha, I totally have a picture of me dressed up as a little Laura Ingalls Wilder girl, too! Complete with a bonnet!

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    Mary @ stylefyles
    May 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    hahah KIRSTEN!!!!!!

    I had the doll, but didn’t have a matching outfit for myself. Seems like I really misses out.

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    May 23, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    oh i just love looking at old photos like this! love it!

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    Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    May 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I love the picture of your and Belmont. TOO cute 🙂

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    Katie @
    May 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    LOVE that sign … and your bangs too 😉

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    May 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    I love looking back on old photos!! It’s always a nostalgic trip 🙂

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    French Heart
    May 23, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    So adorable. Just love looking at old pix. Your parents look muy fantastico. And see you had the Laura Ingalls thing going on young. Constancy. We like that! 😉

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    Aundra (fitforlife)
    May 23, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Sweet photos! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    May 23, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    You are too cute!

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    Lu @ A Mix of it All
    May 23, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Maybe you were channeling Laura Ingalls Wilder with your outfit. This was a cute post! Your parents are adorable.

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    May 23, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    Is the last photo from the Georgia Day Parade? I had an almost identical outfit.

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    Shannon Blogs
    May 23, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    That last one literally made me lol

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    May 23, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I think you look like Holly Hobby in that last photo…not sure you even get that reference since I have no idea how old you are! LOL!!!

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    Krystina (Organically Me)
    May 23, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Your dad IS a fox!

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    May 23, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    So cute! Love this throwback!

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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    May 23, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Ahhhh a little Jenna/Laura.. precious!

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    French Heart
    May 23, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Actually, now that I think about it, the photo with your arms draped over the warning of killer alligators with bangs in tact and dress pristine–is incredibly sangfroid. Yes, you’re blond and beautiful…but that just screams watch-it. hehehe.

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    Tasha @ Voracious
    May 23, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    ADORABLE! I’m such a sucker for old family photos. You, by the way, are a perfect combination of your mom and dad. I can see how you look like both of them!

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    May 24, 2011 at 12:36 am

    I love old pictures…. that last photo must be referring to your fascination with little house on the prairie….. so cute!

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    Sarah@The Flying ONION
    May 24, 2011 at 3:26 am

    I love this post!!

    And I so had the bangs too! Only mine were thin and whispy and they’d curl right up as soon as the weather became humid, wet, or warm. It was a very classy looking phase in my life…. 😉

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    Molly @ RDexposed
    May 24, 2011 at 4:46 am

    What girl didn’t have horrible bangs as a young girl? It’s almsot a right of passage during childhood.

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    May 24, 2011 at 4:51 am

    Precious memories…and, that last photo is absolutely hysterical!

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    May 24, 2011 at 6:58 am

    very good looking family!! you look adorable!

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    Kristin Murdock
    May 24, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Ah! My Mom keeps scanning and emailing old pictures to me, too. There must be something in the water… 🙂

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    Anne P
    May 24, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Omg… that last photo is hilarious.

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    May 24, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Omg, so precious. Gotta love parents and their early pictures when you were younger.

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    Claire Z.
    May 24, 2011 at 10:57 am

    You’re wearing a Greenbrier shirt! Did you stay there? I would love to go back but I want someone else to pay for it 🙂

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    May 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Don’t you love how you can see a picture of yourself as a kid in a certain outfit and memories come flooding back? Everything you ever did in that dress with the pink cheetahs, purple jellies, or rainbow striped jumper(thanks mom?!) flashes through…..ok maybe not EVERYTHING…..but a lot!

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    May 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Ahh is that last picture you dressed up as Kirsten the American Girl Doll?!

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    Running Betty
    May 26, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I’m going with Laura Ingalls for a book report in 4th grade. We had to dress up after reading a biography in 5th grade. I chose Cyndi Lauper! That’s a fun photo…

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    June 3, 2011 at 11:32 am

    AMERICAN GIRL DRESS? I def had one too 🙂 ha

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    August 5, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    was belmont a springer spaniel? i have a springer & i heart him. i love your site. it’s my new go to for recipes.

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    February 13, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I literally’ lol’d ‘and ‘awwed’ at this entire post. Love old family photos. (Your mom is so pretty)! And dad very handsome! This is adorable. thanks for sharing 🙂

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