and the beat played on

by jenna on September 1, 2011

Summer flew by! Now it’s September 1st and I have all my Mariah Carey Christmas songs on queue.

I kid, I kid.

But I did wear a scarf and boots yesterday in the blazing heat to celebrate the new season! I only got a few weird stares.

Here’s a quick little recap of the past couple months. They’ve been a blast! I’m looking forward to Fall though when I can shamelessly wear my scarves and boots daily. This summer we made a whole grain buttery blueberry breakfast cake….and it was delicious. If you have extra blueberries, make it! It’s never too late for cake.

I also wrote about my favorite food to eat while camping. Just a warning: it ain’t tofu.

Then it was my birthday and I wore some really high sparkly pink shoes to celebrate.

We learned the art of vegan ganache! And then used it to spread all over a very non-vegan peanut butter cake. If that’s wrong I never want to be right.

Somewhere in the midst of all that I made some cookies that were a big fail. Like, really. I can’t even talk about it.

And then my laptop and kindle sunk to the bottom of Lake Sonoma (smiling photo taken BEFORE everything went downhill). That was also a big fail and I won’t name any names. COUGH COUGH

I concocted the world’s best eggplant soup. <—-make it today!

and a really cute guy made me spaghetti….he’s a keeper.

…I also almost got shot on the interstate. But I don’t have a photo to document it so it might not have ever really happened.




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Kamaile September 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm

oh no, your laptop and your kindle! 🙁


Cait's Plate September 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I adore that first photo.

And re-reading about all these experiences makes me jealous of your summer all over again!


Natasha (OveLoves) September 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Mmm – eggplant soup sounds delicious.



Liz @ Southern Charm September 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I second that!


Lauren @ What Lauren Likes September 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm

Mariah Carey christmas is where its at….at least in my house every christmas season bahah 🙂


Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove September 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm

This just reminded me that I have to try making that ganache!


Angharad September 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Fun summer! Except the nearly getting shot part and the sinking appliances. All the sparkles, food, and camping though = yay!


Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas September 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm

That eggplant soup was da bomb! 🙂


Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats September 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Eek – shot on the interstate! Now that sounds like an interesting story! LOVE those heels!


Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats September 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Make that shot *at* on the interstate!


Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles September 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm

It’s wild that it’s already September! Where did the summer go?!?!


Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance September 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm

I love the shoes & the recap 🙂


Baking N Books September 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Is it too early for Mariah? I see spaghetti in the future…but sadly no cute guy. Darn…


amy walters, aDESIGNdock September 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm

Oh Mariah Carey Christmas songs are such goodies. LOVE.


Estela @ Weekly Bite September 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I’m so excited for fall too!! Its my favorite time of the year 🙂


French Heart September 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Wow, if we ever turn into a nation of survivalists–you & Adam will do it in BIG style!! Taking cues. Love the sparkly shoes against the pebbles, etc. :0


Amrita September 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I LOVE LOVE the pics and your sparkly shoes are just adorable ..


Molly @ RDexposed September 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm

I usually start the MC Christmas music around July….it became a college rule that I had to wait until November to push play on the Christmas music!


Baking N Books September 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I was thinking the other day – “God people talking about Xmas already”..and then I realized I’m just giving into the ‘stereotype’ of people being stressed, etc…when in reality I love Christmas! So why not celebrate the good stuff right 🙂


Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef September 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm

i can’t wait for christmas music! i usually make myself wait til thanksgiving to start…but maybe earlier this year. i already broke out the pumpkin so who cares about tradition? 🙂


Erika @ The Teenage Taste September 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Holy crap! How did I miss that armed gunman in the hotel story?! Craziness…but other than that and the laptop it sounds like a great Summer! 😉


Sarah@The Flying ONION September 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm

I’m so with you on the Christmas music…haha!

And I remember those shoes…the vote. Totally love your choice. 😀


CheezyK September 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm

You laugh about Mariah Carey but we were in a department store the other day and they had their Christmas decoration stands set up!


jenna k September 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm

just the mention of that peanut butter cake and i can almost taste it again. sighhhh. the most perfect cake to just eat out of the pan with a fork 🙂


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I didn’t realize your laptop did too! I thought it was just your kindle. That sucks!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm

You lost your laptop and your kindle and I swear you had iphone issues not too long ago either…girl…you and your electronics havent had a great month!

And the cookies, well,…they LOOK tasty 🙂

And the shoes. Oh, I loved them then when you posted about them, & love them now!


kaila @ healthy helper! September 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I don’t know where I was but I missed that eggplant soup! I need that in my belly like NOW!!!


Katrina September 2, 2011 at 3:30 am

Love that soup!


Laura @ Backstage Balance September 2, 2011 at 7:18 am

Wait, what? Why did you have your laptop and kindle out on the lake to start with?
Love the camping cookig stuff, that’s one of my very favorite things to do and I live and die for s’mores. Fact.


Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen September 2, 2011 at 8:18 am

Boo for drowned electronics and almost getting shot – but yay for great eats and memories.


katie @KatieDid September 2, 2011 at 8:32 am

Maybe I missed the post about the laptop and kindle? That sounds like maybe a low point of your summer…? eek! But everything else made for an awesome summer.


jenna September 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

hahaha yes…I didn’t mention it when it happened for a reason…it was awful. But everything is good now!


Meghan @ StruggleMuffins September 2, 2011 at 10:17 am

Cute recap – you have a way of making it all sound so whimsical…I’m sure there’s no whimsy in seeing your kindle sink to the bottom of a late but still – you’ve got a way with words!


Lindsey September 2, 2011 at 10:22 am

That chicken looks divine, and those shoes? Can I steal them please? 🙂 Happy September!


Stephanie @ Love Life Project September 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm

I think I’d cry if my laptop sunk to the bottom of a lake! What a tragedy! For what it’s worth, I also wore a scarf today. To the farmer’s market. Where everyone was wearing shorts and tank tops. Oh well.


jenna September 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm

I did cry. I considered it a funeral at sea.


Chels September 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Digging the shoes! & also can’t wait to rock my scarves and boots this fall! 🙂


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