Behind The Butter

daily routines

Every morning I wake up around seven thirty, usually to Dexter’s paw in my face.

I check emails, messages and blog comments on my iphone (still in bed with only one eye open) and then stumble to the kitchen to make breakfast.

Food is always the very first thing on my mind.

Mmmm breakfast.

If you know me, you know I adore breakfast. In fact, I’m rather obsessed with it. I love trying new things in the kitchen and morning has always been my very favorite time of day (yeah, I’m one of those annoying morning people…can’t you tell?).

I love to pour myself an extra strong cup of French press coffee or Earl Gray tea and sit back with a plate of homemade pancakes while I catch up on emails and blogs. Lately, I’m really loving bircher muesli, whole wheat butternut squash pancakes, cinnamon raisin bagels with whipped cream cheese or, simply, a pumpkin scone with a fried egg.

After I eat, I’ll wander awhile in my pajamas. That’s the lovely part about living by yourself, you know. You can feel free to wander in your pjs till noon, drink Perrier straight from the bottle or sing at the top of your lungs to Taylor Swift (not that I would know or anything…).

At nine o’clock I usually go to a power yoga class or do a podcast in my living room. Then, at ten thirty I start cookin’.

I have to work fast to catch the best light. I always (always!) cook or bake from ten thirty to twelve. Never, ever in the afternoon and never at night (when I plan to take photos).

I do this because this is the time when the light is the best through my tiny apartment kitchen window. Since I do this pretty much every day, I’ve learned that at exactly eleven fifteen, I can capture the perfect ray of light and quickly snap photos like this:

or like this:

Lunch is sort of unimportant to me….always has been. I’ll typically just eat a boring turkey sandwich or an egg and cheese muffin while I’m cooking.

It’s really not exciting…I promise. I usually just eat something quick and easy. But if I were to get creative, I would probably eat this or this.

Whatever is in the oven is usually out by noon, so while it’s cooling I’ll usually pop in the shower (I shower–I swear!). And when I get out, it’s time to work. I typically spend the next five hours uploading photos, editing photos, writing recipes, writing emails, and writing and editing blog posts. Favorite afternoon snacks of late include juicy ripe pears with raw almonds and honeycrisp apples with peanut butter.

And then, it’s back to the yoga studio to work behind the desk for an hour! It’s a lovely way to get out of my house and forces me to change out of my pajamas, step away from the computer screen and actually socialize with other humans.

When I get home, it’s almost six o’clock and I’ll throw together something simple for dinner like channa masala, turkey meatballs in marinara sauce, rice noodle bowls with peanut sauce and tofu, or linguine and clams. Wine is a must. Almanzo and I go out to eat on the weekends typically, but I try to cook at home as often as I can.

After dinner I’ll eat an unhealthy quantity of dark chocolate and work on the new ELR redesign (hopefully will be done in a few months) and book edits.

And then I go to bed.

Ridiculously early.

So early I can’t even tell you because you would probably think I was the biggest nerd ever.

I’m so thankful for this life and the fact that it’s my job to cook delicious food, take photos of it and share it with all of you. Your support and friendship means the world to me…thank you so SO much for reading!

love,

jenna

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154 Comments

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    Nora@LiveLiveEatRight
    November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I love this post. I have a different job but I appreciate all of the ‘little moments’ though out the day. It is refreshing and peaceful to read your outlook! I wish you all the best, Nora

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    Amber
    November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Since I’m a teacher, I have….well, essentially no time to sit still! Therefore I vicariously enjoy cooking through your blog. Well done. Especially on that light timing thing. It all looks superb.

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      Amber
      November 17, 2010 at 5:41 pm

      Oh- and by no means did I mean cooking = sitting still. I just wish I had more time to sit down with a recipe and legitimately cook things once in a while. I did make your shrimp & linguine recipe a while ago. Nice and simple. Loved it.

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    Mary (Sisters Running the Kitchen)
    November 17, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Cute post. Your days sound so much fun. I wish my days were like that! Maybe one day! those cinnamon rolls look so good! everything you make looks good!

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    Estela @ Weekly Bite
    November 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks for sharing your routine with us πŸ™‚

    I’ve always how full-time food blogger navigates their day πŸ™‚

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    I don’t think you’re a nerd… in fact, I’m probably in bed before you. πŸ™‚

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    Lizzie
    November 17, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    This was a cute post Jenna!! πŸ™‚

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    Katrina@Katrina Runs for Food
    November 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I would NEVER think you’re a nerd for going to bed early. I teach, therefore, I’m exhausted. There is nothing wrong with going to sleep at 8:30…ish. πŸ˜€

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    kath
    November 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I am smiling from ear to ear :mrgreen:

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    Lauren @ louisianagrown
    November 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    It’s so good to see someone living the dream. I hope you get to continue doing what you love for a long time. πŸ™‚

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    Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen
    November 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Love this – I wish my apartment got even the fraction of natural light that yours does!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking
    November 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    I love reading this stuff about you – it’s so interesting! You just described possibly my dream day. Ah, it makes me happy πŸ˜‰ Is it dumb if I truly believe we would be friends in real life?

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      jenna
      November 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm

      totally NOT dumb πŸ™‚

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    Carrie (Love Healthy Living)
    November 17, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Awwww, cute post. πŸ™‚ I’m glad I’m not the only one playing in the kitchen in the morning (I was nibbling on chocolate and licking ice cream spoons this morning at 8:30).

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    lindsay
    November 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Love this post πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing!

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    Kathleen
    November 17, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Mad jealous of your morning photo light. I am stuck doing cooking/photos after work. This causes many lightbox day dreams… Which isn’t a bad thing. I continue to love your blog and look forward to days like these, days when you simply make me smile. πŸ™‚

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    Fit Chick in the City
    November 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    And it goes down in history as one of the best jobs EVER!

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    Alexia @ DimpleSnatcher
    November 17, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    gorgeous post, jenna. really!
    i wish i wish i wish i was a morning person and that i could make myself go to bed as early as you do.

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    Amanda
    November 17, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    I’m an early to bed early to rise annoying morning person too πŸ˜‰

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    Alexia @ DimpleSnatcher
    November 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    P.S. And I love Taylor Swift, too.
    Shhh.
    I’m almost ashamed.

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    Krystina (Basil & Wine)
    November 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    What I’m curious about is how you got this job. How does being a food blogger go from hobby to career? It intrigues me so much.

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      Sarah
      November 18, 2010 at 4:56 am

      Me too. I know it probably gets to the point of being a job when you are able to support yourself doing it via ad revenue and sponsorships but that whole process is still pretty fascinating to me. It’s kind of amazing that we now live in a world where anyone can start doing something they love that the world has access to.

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    Camille
    November 17, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Don’t worry, I am known for going to bed by 8pm if the mood strikes me. Just to clarify, I am a 21 year old college student and I can’t stay awake past 10pm. For me, “going out” needs to be done by 9:30 so I can get home and change before bedtime.
    Lame.

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      Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
      November 17, 2010 at 7:02 pm

      Ha! I’m 24 and anything past 10pm is late for me. In fact… it’s my bedtime right NOW. πŸ˜€

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      Sara P
      November 18, 2010 at 6:04 am

      I am the same way! Everyone makes fun of me for it….I just can’t see how anyone can stay up soooo late, let alone go out soooo late. I remember in high school when my friends would have parties that started at 10pm. LOL….are you kidding me? I would rather be in bed!

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    Elisa
    November 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    Jenna you’re the best! Your blog is my absolute favorite πŸ™‚

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    Valerie
    November 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    This is a great post! I also check my emails in bed with one eye opened and then get up excited to eat a yummy breakfast. Your life sounds fantastic. Valerie

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    Laura
    November 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Cooking, yoga and blogging sounds like a great day. Wanna trade days some time? πŸ™‚

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    eml
    November 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I still don’t get how you can make a living off of a blog though?! Ads, yes. But you have only Foodbuzz right? And even with that hitting the high clicks you do – wouldn’t that still just be supplemental income?

    Sorry – it boggles me πŸ˜‰

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    Samantha Ullrich
    November 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    I would do anything for a life of cooking, baking, photography, and yoga. Oh, and of course wine! You are living my dream, teach me your ways! haha

    I love your blog, your recipes are always awesome, and the way you write is always so friendly. I can’t help but to check it out everyday!

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    Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    November 17, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    This is a lovely post. I love hearing about the routines of other people. And it’s nice to share a bit of who you are with readers.

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    Amy
    November 17, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Hey there! I just have to tell you that you have inspired me to get back in the kitchen and cook and bake! I used to be a vegetarian/vegan for a long time, but I was single then and cooked and baked for myself. My husband was not, so dinners were interesting! Then I had babies (3) and started craving meat and a “normal” diet where my family and I could share in the same things. I am a middle school teacher, so I don’t really get home until almost 5 and my kids are RAVENOUS! I try to cook as healthy as possible, but time and money restraints (I AM a teacher…) prevent me from cooking the way I want to all the time. There are so many people out there who WANT to eat healthy, but to be honest, it is expensive and time consuming. I would rather shop at Whole Foods, but my budget is more Wal-mart. I have learned that you just do what you can and eat as healthy as possible. Thanks for inspiring us to love good food.
    p.s. I have a new obsession with butter. I am a Georgia girl, so butter is in my blood!

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    Sarah
    November 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    I loved reading about your daily routine! I often wonder how you spend your days (I’m not THAT creepy, I promise…) Love you!!

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    Laura
    November 17, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I LOVE your posts Jenna!

    Just like you, I am also very much of a morning/breakfast person. Do you have a recommendation on a good coffee brand? I use a French press too and like my coffee strong but am getting kind of sick of Melitta, which I drink atm…

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      AshleyH
      November 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm

      I used to work at Peet’s Coffee and Tea and their coffees are amazing. They are really high quality. They are however strong brews of coffee so if you are a mild coffee drinker beware. They are full bodied and amazing. I hope you try it out. I would recommend the Major Dickinson Blend for a 1st timer. It’s amazing!

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    Bridget
    November 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Great post! Just curious — what do you usually do with whatever food you cook from 10:30am-12pm each day? I figured you would eat it but it sounds like you make something else for lunch/dessert….

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      jenna
      November 17, 2010 at 6:29 pm

      eat it, share it, freeze it!

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    Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks
    November 17, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Ain’t no shame in being a nerd!

    Thanks for sharing your day! πŸ™‚

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    November 17, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Nothing wrong with going to be ridiculously early – I’m all about it!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
    November 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    well, i just have to say that i’m so thankful that it’s your job too…you doing your job is what God used to bring me out of disordered eating and helped me learn how to love food in a healthy way πŸ™‚

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    Deanna
    November 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Awwww I love this!! Remember in Varsity Blues when Mox says, “I don’t want your life”? Well, I want your life. πŸ˜€

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      Kim Trick
      November 18, 2010 at 9:42 am

      Deanna, that’s one of my fave quotes of all time. I use it all the time! (accent included) hehe.

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    A.
    November 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    You are fortunate. Not sure how you do it. I’m not challenging you, but truly and sincerely curious at how you support yourself. In expensive California no less. Seriously, if you know tricks let us know πŸ™‚
    You must get a ton of sleep though, because 7:30 a.m is such a late wake-up time to me.

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      Kristina
      November 18, 2010 at 12:59 pm

      I agree – the 7:30 am wake-up would bea luxury for me on a regular work day. Personally, I like to be at work at 7:00 so that I have an hour to myself before I start to teach. And even on weekends for me, that’s almost “late”.

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    Ray
    November 17, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    I love your blog! I’m probably as big of a nerd as you and I don’t even mind it! πŸ™‚

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    Miranda
    November 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Sounds like a nice life!

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    Erica
    November 17, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    We love you too! Thank you for sharing your life and recipes with us. Your blog is the only one I visit every day. It never gets stale because you are always cooking up something interesting. I am way envious of your lifestyle but we all do what works for us… You are awesome!!
    xoxo

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    debi
    November 17, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    thanks jenna, i loved this post. good for you, it sounds like you are doing great job of really “living life”. i am looking forward to your book!

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    kristen
    November 17, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    You’re so cute. I check your blog daily and it’s always one of my most favorite “me” times of the day!

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    Liz
    November 17, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Hi Jenna, I just started reading your blog…today! I spent much of my morning pouring over your archives and I love it. I followed a link from Tasty Kitchen over at The Pioneer Woman. I love your approach to life and eating. I just recently lost 65 lbs (yay!) and I did it by just getting real with food and exercise. I LOVE my life now and look forward to reading more from your blog! Thanks πŸ™‚

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      Deanna
      November 18, 2010 at 7:33 am

      Good for you!!

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    Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    November 17, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I love your daily routine. Mine is not dissimilar, however I do my Dietetic consultations also. But choosing my hours is a blessing. Breakfast is the best time – so many delicious, nutritious eats. Nothing better than walking up and making something yummy then sipping a cup of tea/coffee. The joys of life πŸ™‚
    Heidi xo

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    Christin
    November 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I want your job. The end.

    Christin

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    Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    November 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I definitely think it’s important to keep a routine so, hey, whatever works for you. You definitely always manage to capture the light, something I find impossible with my work schedule, sadly. Thank YOU for sharing this all with us. πŸ™‚

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    Sana
    November 17, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    You are finally living the life that you have always wanted! So happy for you girl!

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    Katie
    November 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I’m in my first year of law school…so basically I have no life. Your blog brightens my day!! It is an awesome study break! I AM OBSESSED with morning time too & you’ve introduced me to a WHOLE NEW WORLD of breakfast foods (overnight oats, green monsters etc.)… life changing. Thank you!

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    Gina G
    November 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    No thankyou Jenna! πŸ™‚ i love your blog!

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    November 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    This post is awesome, Jenna πŸ™‚ The food looks delicious as always, but it’s nice to get to know your daily routine- even more than we usually do through posts. Behind the works of a food blogger!

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    Liz @ Blog is the New Black
    November 17, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    I love reading about people’s routines. I enjoy bloggers who can take pics during the day. It’s dark when I get home so the only time I take great pics is on the weekends! Bummer.

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    Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook
    November 17, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Cute post! πŸ™‚ I always read your blog every morning before I go to work, with a note-pad and a pen in hand for baking ideas! You rock, dude!

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    Amber from Girl with the Red Hair
    November 17, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    This post was fascinating! I always wonder what some of you professional food bloggers do during the day!! I think that most people don’t realize how much time you spend on your blog posts. I for one definitely appreciate that you make sure to take your photos in the best light because they are always so gorgeous and fun to look at πŸ™‚

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    katie b
    November 17, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    hey jenna,
    i’m one of “those” people who’ve been reading your blog for years & have yet to comment..but look at me now! i adore your blog, your recipes, your stories, & your attitude about life. thanks for making my days a little brighter πŸ™‚

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    rebecca lustig
    November 17, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    breakfast is THE best. it puts lunch to shame.

    also, im with you. i have no idea what it’d be like to sing tay swift or michael buble or some artist at the top of my lungs while i prance around the kitchen in pjs….. πŸ˜‰

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    melissa
    November 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Hello…first time commenter (I think? i have memory lapses so this could be a lie..) but long time reader … that much i know! Just have to say – i really do love your life…i absolutely think baking is one of the most amazing activities and something about it is just so comforting and lovely! And I love yoga and photography as well. Right now I’m in my first year of residency in pediatrics (aka intern year). While i do love my job, it is so stressful and tiring and i often think (especially when im on call and running around the hospital at 3 am) how nice it would be to open up a little bakery and bake all day instead and do some yoga and take pictures πŸ™‚ Anyway, all this to say that it makes me happy to know that you truly appreciate and enjoy and love every aspect of your life!
    And i know i have a slight obsession with parentheses.

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    November 17, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Love this post! Love hearing about your day!

    I work nights and cook frequently at 2am and take photos of it then (the light is not the best, ahem! ) but hey, that’s life and that’s why your photos are prettier than mine πŸ™‚

    I love that you really truly sound like you enjoy this life you have carved out for yourself. Cooking, blogging, emailing, computer time, kitchen time, repeat πŸ™‚

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    Angharad
    November 17, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Catching the light is the prime reason I have a massive list of ‘to make’ recipes waiting for a weekend! Love reading about your routines!

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    Kim C
    November 17, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I love this – and your blog! I just found it recently through Project Food Blog and it’s my new favorite πŸ™‚

    Can’t wait to explore your archives and read your new posts, but right now it’s bedtime! Anything past 8pm is acceptable right?!?

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    Maria
    November 17, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    My daughter started reading These Happy Golden Years, and she’s loving it. I’ve watched a few of the TV episodes but have never had the pleasure to read any of the books. After she reads she gives me a synopsis of Laura’s adventures, Plum Creek, Alamonzo, and her sister Mary. I don’t know if we missed a book somewhere, but neither one us had any idea Mary was blind. What happened? We’re dying to find out.

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      Sara
      November 18, 2010 at 6:24 am

      Scarlet fever.

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      Logan
      November 18, 2010 at 11:59 am

      Check them out from the library and read them in order! Even as an adult, you will enjoy them!! There are 8 or 9 in the series I think. I have the whole set and could sit down and read them again right now and I’m 48 years old!

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        Ellie
        November 18, 2010 at 12:13 pm

        I totally agree, you will enjoy them even as an adult. My mom and I re-read them out loud right before I went away to college, and cried and cried at These Happy Golden Years. I too could reread them all today!

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          Maria
          November 18, 2010 at 6:45 pm

          Aww, thanks a bunch! This definately makes me want to read the series with my daughter. I find that having something in common with my nine year old is truly special. It’s amazing how much books can have such an impact on our lives.

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          Maria
          November 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm

          Aww, thanks a bunch! This definately makes me want to read the series with my daughter. I find that having something in common with my nine year old is truly special. It’s amazing how much books can have such a big impact on our lives.

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    Laura Ann
    November 17, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    thanks for sharing, very interesting. and i must say, i love your schedule! very cool that you get out there and work at the yoga studio even if only for a bit. i’m sure that time spent working with others really makes quite a difference in your day. and early to bed – i’m alllll about it.

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    ashley
    November 17, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    your blog makes me smile. thanks!

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    Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    November 17, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I really really like your blog! Especially since the “new turn’ it’s taken in recent months..It’s one of the few that I actually read every single day!
    …and when I’m baking and and chasing that “perfect light” I always think it’s fun to imagine all the random bakers/bloggers out there who are simultaneously pulling luscious things outta their ovens all over the countryside and preparing to share them with each other and the rest of the world…yeah…I’m a nerd too!
    love,
    cathy b.

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    brianna
    November 17, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    love it! good for you, jenna! as a grad student in the humanities, i have a similar flexibility, and my mornings also start out with a strong cup of coffee in front of the computer (and i wouldn’t have it any other way!) i AM a grad student, though, so i definitely sleep a lot less!

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    Jillian @ Reshape Your Life
    November 17, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I absolutely love this post. It’s so nice to get a peek into your everyday life, it’s a bit like a behind the scenes look at all of the AMAZING photographs and recipes and just HOW MUCH WORK (and love) is put into them.

    You are amazing at what you do. And you keep me well entertained! Thank YOU!

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    Danielle
    November 17, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    You’re awesome. Lunch, part II when I move to Cali?

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    Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    November 17, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I really really enjoyed this post. We’re quite similar in our routines. What are those 3 1/2 cookies on the cutting bored? They look chewy & delicious! Gingersnaps perhaps…

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    Dee
    November 17, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Ahh, I love this post! I’m favoriting it! πŸ˜‰ Wait a sec… is that even a word? Either way, I like it! πŸ™‚

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    Cara Craves...
    November 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Sounds like a good routine to me.
    It’s great that you are doing what you truly love; looks
    like you have lots of great things to be thankful for.
    We are all so blessed to cook, eat and share all this
    amazing food. Thanks for sharing your creations πŸ™‚

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    Lola
    November 17, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I really like this “a day in the life of….” posts!!! It’s such a blessing your job is something you love so much Jenna!! You deserve it cuz you’ve work so hard for it πŸ™‚ Enjoy it! Your blog is amazing, I love it πŸ™‚

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    shannen
    November 17, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    beautiful post, jenna πŸ™‚ i really can’t tell you how much i enjoy reading eatliverun!

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    Mama Pea
    November 17, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    You are welcome. It’s my pleasure.

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    abbey
    November 17, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    awww, i’m glad you’re living your dream. i’ve been reading your blog since january 2009 & it’s great to see such a genuine, nice person go far. (: your blog has evolved so much in that time!! you seriously have the best food blog on the internet, the taylor swift singing/pajamas until noon comments make it XD

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    Gabriela
    November 18, 2010 at 2:31 am

    Can’t wait to read your book!! When does it come out?

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    Liana @ femme fraiche
    November 18, 2010 at 3:54 am

    Haha funny! Your daily routine sounds similar to mine…http://buttercupdays.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/im-so-fraiche-i-even-got-a-tanning-bed-in-my-house/ And my bedtime is so early, I often envy the lives of the Golden Girls. No seriously. Nothing to be ashamed of, we must do what makes us happy. And you do a great job of making others happy with your recipes πŸ™‚

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    Beth @ bride in the little white dress
    November 18, 2010 at 4:30 am

    If it makes you feel any better, I go to bed at 8:30 in the evenings. Old grandma alert! lol Although I “justify” it with I get up at 5:45 in the mornings. I love early mornings because I’m so productive, Definitely not the case a few years back though lol

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    Tessa
    November 18, 2010 at 4:33 am

    Inspirational. Truly

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    Debbie
    November 18, 2010 at 5:00 am

    Awesome post Jenna! I love reading your blog EVERY day! πŸ˜‰

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    Rosie
    November 18, 2010 at 5:02 am

    jenna,

    this is a weird de-lurk judgemental comment. just warning. (:

    i’ve read through your posts [maybe all?!] from “the beginning” and want to tell you how much of a visible difference there is in your face in regards to how happy you are. definitely an “OSG” glow. you look very, very hapy and it’s motivating to see. i think i’ll be a little more confident in the tackling of my dream life, now – so thank you. xo

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    Katie (Sweet Tater)
    November 18, 2010 at 5:03 am

    like!

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    Olympe
    November 18, 2010 at 5:08 am

    Lovely post. I always wonder what a blogger/writter is doing during the day.
    And I do like the last Taylor Swift album as well.

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    megan @ blackberries for jam
    November 18, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Daily routines fascinate me! And breakfast is always my favorite part of the day. Your life is so charming!

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    Caitlin
    November 18, 2010 at 5:26 am

    Interesting post!!

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    Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble)
    November 18, 2010 at 5:33 am

    Yeah, I’m one of those morning people too… lots of people hate us, I know. πŸ˜‰

    Food is ALWAYS the first thing on my mind!

    Sounds like the perfect day to me πŸ˜€

    xo

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    Kasey
    November 18, 2010 at 5:37 am

    Very cute post! We have a lot of things in common- love of breakfast, yoga, & cooking πŸ™‚

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    grocery goddess jen
    November 18, 2010 at 5:39 am

    Thank you Jenna, this was a wonderful read. As much as I love the new blog style, I definitely miss hearing about your day-to-day activities, and it was really nice to have a breakdown of what you do during the day, and to hear how happy you are doing it!

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    November 18, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day too. It’s pretty much what gets me out of bed!

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    November 18, 2010 at 5:52 am

    I understand the good light part. I’m at work all day till 6 so it’s dark by the time I’m out. My photos always look orangy from the lack of natural light–and the fact that my apartment borders on being a cave.

    So when do you take photos of the dinner recipes you post? Still mid-morning?

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    Rebecca Hoover
    November 18, 2010 at 5:57 am

    What do you “do” with all this food you cook? You couldn’t possibly eat all of it. πŸ™‚ Been wondering for awhile now.

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      Rebecca Hoover
      November 18, 2010 at 6:01 am

      NM, silly me, found the answer in the comments.

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      Sara P
      November 18, 2010 at 6:01 am

      I’ve been wondering the same as well. I am thinking that she has some really lucky neighbors! πŸ˜‰

      I wish I had a neighbor who made home made goodies all the time and delivered them to me! πŸ™‚

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    Sara P
    November 18, 2010 at 6:00 am

    Love the blog! It is the first one I read when I get to work every morning!

    Trust me….I will not judge you on your bedtime. I think I may actually beat you though…I am always in bed by 9, and with this time change, I have actually started crawling into bed even earlier! Rest is very important, and I too am like you, I am a morning person to the EXTREME! It drives my husband crazy! LOL

    Just a quick Q for you: what is the name of the mat that you always use when you bake? I have started to use foil paper to help with clean up, but I tried looking for that mat the other day but couldn’t find it. πŸ™‚

    Thanks
    -Sara

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      kate
      November 18, 2010 at 10:09 am

      Hi there! Jenna’s mentioned it before, and I have it too so I thought I’d answer for you. It’s a Silpat. Mine was a gift and I’m sure you can get them at many different places, but Amazon carries them as well. FAN.TAS.TIC.

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      Casey
      November 19, 2010 at 12:25 pm

      Hi Sara! I remember it: Silpat. πŸ™‚

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    Jenny
    November 18, 2010 at 6:05 am

    This is sweet! : )

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    kate
    November 18, 2010 at 6:21 am

    Great post!

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    Ozlem
    November 18, 2010 at 6:26 am

    Seriously nice life. just curious did you make that cinnamon bun? It looks just absolutely yummy!!! Enjoy.

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    Heather
    November 18, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Great post. Your happiness shines through this & every post. And for the record, the cool kids go to bed early πŸ˜‰ Yes, hubby & I are in bed by 830pm at the latest most nights. We get up with the chickens though to go to the gym.

    Keep doing what you are doing, Jenna. It suits you!

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    jessica
    November 18, 2010 at 6:33 am

    I’m so glad that I found your blog about a year ago and have been reading every since. I enjoy the lovely photos, great recipes and your writing style.
    As I was reading your post I noticed a few similarities between our routines although my day starts around 5 am. I keep setting my alarm for 7 in hopes that I’ll need it but my internal clock seems to be ready to wake at 5 daily no matter what! Good thing morning is also my favorite time of the day. And I am REALLY one of those annoying people cause I love to make fresh juice first thing- I’m sure my husband just loves to wake to the sound of the juicer πŸ˜‰

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    anne
    November 18, 2010 at 6:42 am

    I love going to bed early. It feels so luxurious to me. Especially when it’s dark at 5:00.

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    Nikki
    November 18, 2010 at 6:58 am

    Jenna, I love your blog. I’ve tried a couple of your recipes (most recently the Grumpy Ginger Cake…mmmm) and I love how you write. Very easy to read and really enticing too. Plus, I’m half jealous you live in wine country and I’ve never been there.

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    Jenna
    November 18, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Such a cute post! I always have breakfast on my mind when I first wake up on the weekend πŸ™‚ During the week I wake at 5am and head to the gym so I am not that hungry haha. One thing is for sure, I always start my morning with coffee!

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    Natalia - a side of simple
    November 18, 2010 at 7:04 am

    “…actually socialize with other humans” = love. thanks for sharing this, jenna!

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    R @ Learning As I Chop
    November 18, 2010 at 7:08 am

    “Wow, I’m jealous,” she says while sitting at her desk job

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    Cathy (Heritage Hollow)
    November 18, 2010 at 7:36 am

    You are a girl after my own heart! πŸ™‚

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    Lida
    November 18, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Jenna,
    This post was informative in the most interesting way– nothing is more fascinating than other peoples’ daily routines, and i stupidly underestimated just how much time you spend working on this blog– it really shows, though! your photography and recipes look more professional every day.

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    Marci
    November 18, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Sounds like lovely days. Truly. What do you do with all the things you bake? Who eats it, where does it go?

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    Amber K
    November 18, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Sounds sooo peaceful! And yet, busy all at the same time!

    I try and get into bed by 9, so ridiculously early to me would be if you went to bed by 7. πŸ˜‰

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    Alina @ Duty Free Foodie
    November 18, 2010 at 7:46 am

    That description made me wistful. Your mornings sounds so laid-back … I am not a morning person, so I am usually stressed about being on time for work, even as I am spending 45 minutes just. drinking. coffee. because it’s too early to do anything else.

    How I would love to turn into a morning person!

    By the way, I sometimes go to bed as early as 9 (hey, I wake up at 6!) so no judgement.

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    Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]
    November 18, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Jenna, I meant to comment on your other post about telling people you’re a food blogger, but I’ll tell you now: congratulations! You made it – regardless of how many people stare at you like you’re crazy. I can’t wait for the day when I can tell people I’m a travel blogger. FΓ©licitations, cherie!

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    Marie [ReciPeas & Musings]
    November 18, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Jenna what a great post. It’s so fun to see what a pro food blogger is up to during the day πŸ™‚ I truly cannot wait for your book!

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    Dani
    November 18, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Believe me, it’s our pleasure to read ELR everyday. Thanks so much for all you do, Lady!

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    Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa
    November 18, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I like this post. Its always interesting to hear what people do during the day. And I agree with all the benefits of living alone. I would also mention that no one looks at me like I’m insane when I do approx 5 mins of free weights during Glee.

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    ashmastandrea
    November 18, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Hi Jenna,
    I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t totally jealous of you! But, you deserve all the success that has come your way. You blog is one of the first I read regularly, and I’ve been reading for almost 3 years (that sounds crazy and kinda makes me feel like a stalker, but I guess that’s the point of blogs, huh?!). Thanks for sharing so much of yourself on here. Your honesty is much appreciated, and I just love your style and approach to life and food. Keep up the good work! You are an inspiration to us all! πŸ™‚
    – Ashley @ ashmastandrea.wordpress.com

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    Kim Trick
    November 18, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Taylor Swift!!! I LOVE her, all caps. I just discovered that I can listen to the whole Fearless album all the way through twice on my commute home from school, and it totally makes my day.

    Do you have the new album yet? It was $9.99 at Target for its first week out, and I’m kicking myself for not buying it then.

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    The Healthy Apple
    November 18, 2010 at 10:33 am

    You are adorable; I love ya! Keep up the fabulous work, darling!
    Best,
    Amie

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    Jaime Ramsay
    November 18, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Your photography is getting better and better! I love your cooking…!

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    Shayla
    November 18, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Love this post Jenna and I absolutely love your blog – always have and always will! It would be interesting to read more about your daily routines and possibly more posts about dates/adventures/outings you and Almanzo go on?! You guys are too cute and I love to live vicariously through your eating adventures! πŸ™‚

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    Katharine (Meal Muse)
    November 18, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Ahhh, I need your job. Hire me?

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    Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    November 18, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I love these kinds of updates! This is my dream job…someday!

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    sarah@sarahnotsoplainandtall
    November 18, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    I LOVE walking around in my PJs!! haha and dont worry…your not the only one who likes to sing Taylor Swift at the top of your lungs! hahahah

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    Theresa
    November 18, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog since….geez….March of 2008 (?!) and I know you’ve put in the time and energy to be at this place now. It’s nice to see someone’s hard work pay off. Glad you’re ‘livin the dream.’ =)

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    Natalie of (Nat Attacks a Balanced Life)
    November 18, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Perfect post to describe the perfect life.

    My days have been consisting a lot of bikram yoga(daily as im participating in a 30 days challnge), blog reading (finding the movitation to get to writing on my blog) but I have just been reading many gorgeous blogs like yours (the first I found), eating yummy foods, working on my cookbook and working in a cafe.

    No complaints πŸ™‚

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      jenna
      November 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm

      there is NO life that is perfect…no matter how “perfect” it may seem….

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    Annie@stronhealthyfit
    November 18, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Cute post! I was thinking of writing a post about my daily routine too, but you beat me to it! Plus, your life is a bit more interesting than mine, I think πŸ™‚ Wish I had your job!

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    aubrey
    November 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    i love this post.

    that is all.

    you’re just so adorable

    p.s. when i saw your video, i was so suprised by your voice! For some odd reason I pictured something totally different. haha

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      Dynamics
      November 18, 2010 at 7:51 pm

      It the same thing when you talk to someone or get e-mails and never see their faces. You have this vision of what you think they would look like and when you meet, some times is is like WOW, you sure look different than I envisioned.

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    Dynamics
    November 18, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    It always amazes me that so many of you can actually make a living at this. I personally love your blog and love the new format. Also, Dexter is one lucky cat!

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    Ida
    November 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    Cute post! Lunch is my least favorite meal of the day too.

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    Kate
    November 18, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    What a perfect day- every day!

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    Leigh Ann
    November 18, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Jenna, you are absolutely adorable! And I love your attitude towards everything. You’re awesome!

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    Leigh Ann
    November 18, 2010 at 11:04 pm

    Jenna, you are absolutely adorable! And I love your attitude towards everything. You’re awesome!

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    andie
    November 18, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    Sounds and looks like a beautiful life!

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    LisaR
    November 19, 2010 at 4:46 am

    cute post…very sweet! Love reading your blog πŸ™‚

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    MelanieF
    November 19, 2010 at 5:13 am

    Wow! What a great job. Makes me think about my current situation and how I could change it…

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    Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    November 19, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Sounds like a delicious day!

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    Raya
    November 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I love this post. It’s still kind of cool to occasionally see your routine (and how it’s changed) now that you don’t blog about your whole day. And I hope that doesn’t sound too stalker-ish.

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    wendy
    November 19, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    You are truly blessed! Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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    maya @ finding balance in tokyo
    November 21, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Thank you for this post. It’s nice to see what a typical day looks like for you now! You are terribly lucky to be doing what you are doing, and I’m so glad that you are happy and thankful for that!

    The beginning of your day is eerily similar to mine, by the way. Reading emails and comments on the iPhone before getting up, french press coffee and breakfast (my favorite meal!) over blog catch up, etc. πŸ˜€

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    Dominique
    November 22, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I envy your life so much right now. Working a full-time job that doesn’t involve blogging for a living isn’t really fun. I remember the three weeks I was out of work (quit my crappy job until I found a new one) and that was the most I had post all year. It was fun. I miss blogging on a regular basis. I have one blog post this month. I usually bake or cook late at night and photos taken during that time of day suck. Then I have to wait until the weekend to photograph something (I have a Halloween-themed cupcake that is nearly a month old) because that’s the only time I’m home when the sun is out because sometimes I’m too busy socializing. Blogging really does involve finding a balance between life and work. I’ve been loving your blog as of late and have been telling my BF about you all the time, especially your Project Food Blog entries. I can’t wait to read more.

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    Dana
    February 20, 2013 at 10:44 am

    You’re adorable! I love this post! I feel , in some pretty awesome way, we are kind of like long lost sisters. I don’t have a sister so…could it be?

    Love your blog and I for real check it every single day. That’s one of my many routines!

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