Behind The Butter

Five Things About Me

1. I really do wear my yoga pants all day…every day. Therefore, I’m really not exaggerating when I say “I live in my black stretchy pants” because it’s totally true. Do you know how awkward it is to walk around with a flour hand-print on your butt?

2. I drink Genmaicha (Japanese green tea with roasted brown rice) all day long. I buy it in bulk from the Asian grocery market in town and brew big pots at a time so I have enough to drink hot and chill in the fridge for later. Just the smell of it is comforting to me.

3. I spray my sheets with lavender linen spray and I always take it with me when I travel so that my hotel bed feels more like home.

4. Since living in California, I’ve become a full-fledged coffee SNOB! It’s true. Wine? Not so much…I’ll drink whatever is put in front of me. But coffee? I buy the best beans I can find (local, please!), grind them myself and crank out rich, dark cups from my little French press.Β I then proceed to ruin my perfect cup of coffee with lots of caramel flavored creamer. It’s a bad habit that I have no intention of ever breaking. Right now, my current coffee love is Ecco Caffe.

5. Every day I eat a toasted Trader Joe’s sprouted wheat cinnamon raisin bagel with whipped cream cheese and raspberry jam for breakfast. It never ever gets old.

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    April 7, 2012 at 5:03 am

    I LOVE genmaicha! Roasted rice is one of my favorite flavors ever. It’s so soothing and comforting.
    Would you believe I’ve never owned a pair of yoga pants?! Never even tried one on. Yup… I’ll have to jump on the bandwagon at some point, though.

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    April 7, 2012 at 5:05 am

    If I could get away with wearing yoga pants everywhere I totally would! Also love lavender room spray and use it when I can’t fall asleep.

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    Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    April 7, 2012 at 5:25 am

    I eat the same thing for breakfast every day, too … peanut butter and banana on whole-wheat toast. Like you said, it never gets old. πŸ˜‰

    And I wish I could live in yoga pants every single day. I am all about comfort! πŸ˜‰

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    April 7, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Yep, I would live in yoga pants too if I could! And I gave up coffee for lent, so I’m really looking forward to tomorrow when I can join you in your coffee snobiness. πŸ™‚
    And yes, it’s weird to me that tried and true breakfast combos never get old!! I guess if it’s not broken, don’t fix it! πŸ™‚
    Happy Easter.

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    April 7, 2012 at 5:33 am

    My uncle lives in the Oakland area and is a huge coffee snob too so he purchased all of the equipment to roast his own beans. He sells them in the SFO area, Ben Java it’s called….and it’s amazing!!! So grateful that he ships some to me!!

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    Laura @ A Healthy JalapeΓ±o
    April 7, 2012 at 5:38 am

    It all sounds so perfect.. and super healthy.
    PS: the yoga pants is a given, they work in almost all day everyday situations but I always have to keep a look out for that flour hand print myself lol

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    Urban Wife
    April 7, 2012 at 5:44 am

    You are too funny! If I had the ability to wear yoga pants every day, I most definitely would. I miss those college days! I’m a tea aficionado but haven’t tried Genmaicha yet! My mission now is to go find some.

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    April 7, 2012 at 5:54 am

    I drink at least four cups of genmaicha a day! And I really wish i could wear my yoga pants everyday. πŸ™‚

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    April 7, 2012 at 6:06 am

    If I could live in yoga pants all day, I would too. They’re the comfiest bottoms ever invented.

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    Heather @ Girlyeverafter
    April 7, 2012 at 6:09 am

    I’m a coffee snob too. I don’t use my french press, but I will spend the extra $ for local beans.

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    Cait's Plate
    April 7, 2012 at 6:16 am

    That sounds like a pretty stinkin’ good breakfast if you ask me!

    I became a coffee snob when I moved to new york…I have yet to really delve into the California coffee scene but I have no doubt that it would make me an even snobbier coffee drinker πŸ™‚

    PS – Love that you live in your yoga pants. It just means you’re really one with your craft (plus it validates the fact that I’m now going on 3 days straight in mine πŸ˜‰ )

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    Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    April 7, 2012 at 6:35 am

    I FEEL like wearing yoga pants daily. But sometimes it turns out that just leggings win.

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    Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    April 7, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I’m STILL trying to find myself a job that lets me wear yoga pants/spandex leggings 24-7… It’s a goal. πŸ˜‰

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    April 7, 2012 at 7:30 am

    I agree with Joelle above! I also love your #5 – yes please πŸ™‚ I did cringe at the title of this post though.

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      April 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

      The ‘Five Things About Me?’ Haha, I need to know why you cringed πŸ™‚

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    Jen @ Whittle My Middle
    April 7, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Fun post! I would love to live in yoga pants all day long. Maybe one day! I chuckled at #3 because I just discovered a linen spray that I love and am becoming obsessed.

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    April 7, 2012 at 7:40 am

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that lives in my yoga pants! They have their own little spot on my bedroom floor because I don’t see any point in hanging up an article of clothing that I wear every single day. I wish I could wear them to work but that’d probably crossing the line. πŸ˜‰

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    Brittanie @ Three Bracelets
    April 7, 2012 at 7:48 am

    Love these! I need a job that allows yoga pants and I’ve had a bowl of oatmeal, plus cinnamon and a banana for breakfast the past 7+ years. Simply doesn’t get old!

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    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    April 7, 2012 at 8:04 am

    By these 5 things, you are one cool girl! πŸ™‚

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    April 7, 2012 at 8:05 am

    I’ve never heard of genmaicha, sounds tasty!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    April 7, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Yoga pants or workout pants in general are pretty much awesome to spend as many hours of the day as possible in.

    I’ve never heard of that coffee..thanks for the link.

    Sometimes certain foods just never, ever get old. Glad you have your winning combo all lined up!

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    Liz @ iheartvegetables
    April 7, 2012 at 8:41 am

    I’ve never even heard of genmaicha but now I want to try it!

    that’s a great idea to make your sheets feel more like home πŸ™‚

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    Emily @LivingLongfellow
    April 7, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I purchased some Korean green tea in Korea for one of my friends, and now she’s run out and we have no idea where to find it. Does your asian grocer sell other kinds of teas? I’ve never seen it in our Korean market.

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    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    April 7, 2012 at 9:31 am

    If I’m at home, I’m always in yoga pants. Why bother with anything else? Some people even used to wear them to work, until the supervisors caught on. I am becoming a coffee snob as I get older, too. Life is too short to drink bad coffee. Loved reading the ‘5 Things;’ have a great weekend!

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    Kirsten@ My Kitchen in the Rockies
    April 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

    You made me laugh. When my German friend asked me what to pack for her visit to the US my recommendation was: You will be fine with a pair of black yoga pants, that’s what everybody wears. She thought I was making fun of her.

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    April 7, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I’m always in workout gear whether or not I’m working out. If I decide to just cook and stuff my face, then maybe I will be motivated to do some warrior poses or sit ups when I walk by my yoga mat, since already dressed for it. πŸ˜‰

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    April 7, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Have you heard of Zella Live in Leggings? They’re amazing, and are easy to dress up or down! I think you’d like them. Totally feel you on the coffee snob thing, it’s pretty much a requirement when you’re from Seattle! (And I’m not talking about Starbucks) And lastly, no shame in eating the exact same thing for breakfast every morning! I love my oatmeal! πŸ™‚

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    Ashley @ Eat, Sleep, and Breathe It
    April 7, 2012 at 10:09 am

    I’m in my yoga pants right now!

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    April 7, 2012 at 10:10 am

    you’re my hero! lol. my boyfriend and i are checking out SF, big sur, wine country, mendocino, carmel/monterey in august/september. i can’t wait! you and adam should check out washington state. it’s amazing.

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      Cheryl Boswell
      April 7, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      I agree Katie. It is great up there. I drove from Seattle to Port Angeles a few years ago at night. Right along the Puget Sound. It was a full moon and it was amazing. Definitely people need to check it out.

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    Katie @ Katie Without Restrictions
    April 7, 2012 at 10:29 am

    What a great idea to bring your linen spray with you when you travel ~ I am going to have to try that! I don’t spray my sheets every day, but I bet it would still make a hotel feel more homey.

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    Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
    April 7, 2012 at 10:50 am

    If I didn’t have to go to work, I would be living in yoga pants everyday. That’s what I do on the weekends :). I need to try those bagels from Trader Joe’s — sounds so good!

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    April 7, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Please tell me where you find local coffee beans! I didn’t think they grew in the climates in the U.S.! I make sure to get fair trade, but I do like to get local ingredients if possible…

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    April 7, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Cream cheese and jam on a bagel is the greatest combination ever! I’ve been eating it since I was a kid and I still love it.

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    Molly @ RDexposed
    April 7, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I’ve never “Mmmmmmmm!”ed so loud before at any picture on your blog more than that Ryan Gosling picture.

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    Emily @ Life on Food
    April 7, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Your tea sounds wonderful. I like tea but LOVE coffee. I have to really think about making tea to ever have any.

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    April 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    what kind of caramel creamer do you like the most?


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      April 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

      I just use Coffee Mate all natural caramel creamer…it doesn’t have any artificial ingredients in it—just cream, sugar and vanilla. yum!

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    April 7, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    what brand/store do you buy your yoga clothing from?

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      April 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

      Mainly Lululemon. I love their pants!

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    amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    April 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    That bagel sounds delish….coffee – yes please…and stretchy pants are a given. Love it.

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    amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    April 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Ps. I like the new “eat, live, run” blog header. Lovely!

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      amy walters, aDESIGNdock
      April 7, 2012 at 2:03 pm

      PPs. wait…it it really new? Or am I totally crazy? Now I’m stumped…it feels new…but if it doesn’t, then scratch this complete ‘convo’ I’m having with myself. Cheers! xo

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        April 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

        lol you are right! we changed the font. πŸ™‚

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    Laura @ She Eats Well
    April 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I live in my black stretchy pants. Also, my thick ‘running’ leggings from Lululemon I now wear to work…totally acceptable right? I also love brewing green tea and refrigerating it. It’s so refreshing!

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    Gillian G. @ When Bread Is Broken
    April 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I wear yoga pants too. Amen.

    I just moved to NorCal a couple weeks ago and I’m already a coffee snob (and I loved in Italy for a while, so I’m doubly screwed). I feel ya.

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    April 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    I don’t have yoga pants! I wish though….!

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    Ashley H.
    April 7, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Jenna, what brand of lavendar linen spray do you love? Thanks!

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      April 9, 2012 at 10:02 am

      I have some that I got at Matanzas Creek Winery (a local winery around here). I think you can probably order it online though if you go to their website!

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    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    April 7, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I wear yoga pants 4 out of 7 days of the week. The other 3 I’m in scrubs. Not much difference!

    I’ve never been a tea person but I cold tea sounds appealing to me.

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    April 7, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Oh man, I thought I had Coffee good in NY, and then I came to CA. Between Calistoga Coffee Roasters & Napa Valley Coffee, I was in love….then I found Peet’s (“Dirty” Masala Chai = Love)…Ritual…then…Blue Bottle…and many more… I am all dazed and confused when it comes to coffee. Is it bad that I feel guilty every time I even consider going to Starbucks??

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    April 8, 2012 at 4:28 am

    Love that this post had a personal touch : )

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    April 8, 2012 at 6:55 am

    Sadly, I cannot wear my black yoga lulu pants all day because of my red cat ! And I’m happy to hear you went local with your coffee (since the cuban one) !

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    April 8, 2012 at 7:11 am

    I get to wear my yoga pants to work too, being a massage therapist! Woo Hoo! Yoga pants for work and home! That photo made me actually LOL by the way πŸ™‚

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    April 8, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I make my own room/linen/natural febreeze spray with this recipe, try it out, its easy and cheap!
    Mix in a spray bottle:
    1 Cup water
    2 Tbsp. baking soda (natural odor remover)
    2 Tbsp. rubbing alcohol (for the quick drying properties)
    5-10 drops tea tree oil (natural antibacterial) .
    5-10 drops lavender essential oil (Use your favorite scent)

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    April 8, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    The bagel sounds yum but what happened to oats or green monsters for breakfast? Wait, you said every day, not every day for breakfast. This could be your bed time snack.

    Bed time snack? Maybe it is time to bring this one back from my childhood.

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    April 8, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    That breakfast sounds amazing. I must get myself back to TJs

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    April 9, 2012 at 2:11 am

    I’m neither a wine nor coffee snob. I drink coffee just to stay awake and will drink anything that doesn’t really taste like crap. Wine… I’ll drink socially but that’s it. I prefer water out of all things! πŸ˜›

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    April 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I love your blog. I LOVED this post. hahaha

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    April 9, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Hey! What is your favorite coffee from Ecco? My boyfriend is a little on the snob side too πŸ™‚ … and this would be a great gift!!!

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      April 11, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Hmmm Any coffee from Ecco is delicious! You can’t go wrong!

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    April 9, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Hahah I live in yoga pants!! And I spray my pillowcase with lavender as well. It’s so soothing and helps me relax before falling asleep! I want to try that tea!

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    April 10, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Hi Jenna!

    I’m turning into a coffee snob myself now that I’ve lived in NYC for over a year. I have two questions about coffee..I trust your advice on this because your coffee always looks so delicious!

    1) I have a regular ol’ 5-cup maker because that’s all that will fit in my tiny nyc kitchen! Do you think it matters what brand of coffee maker for the quality or more about the beans? Does a $100 Krups maker make a difference?
    2) Also, I like to buy fresh coffee at the grocery store because I dont have a grinder, but it always goes bad after a week! Do you think the key to great tasting coffee is griding the beans yourself the night before/morning you’re making coffee?

    Sorry for the novel of a question!

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      April 11, 2012 at 12:18 pm

      Hmmm I don’t think so, really, but my favorite coffee maker is my $30 French press. I adore it and think it ‘s makes the best cups of coffee around.

      And yes to the coffee going bad…get yourself a cute little airtight coffee canister (I got mine at TJ Maxx) and keep your coffee in it at room temperature. I buy coffee once every two weeks and it seems to work for me. I don’t have a grinder so I just get it ground at the coffee shop or grocery store then put it in my airtight canister.

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    April 10, 2012 at 7:31 am

    Hehe, the 2 days a week I work from home I don’t get out of yoga pants. I’m leaving soon for a dentist appt and debating whether I should just wear them there, too, instead of changing.

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    April 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    What brand of Genmaicha do you drink, if you don’t mind me asking?

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      April 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      “Hime” Brand Genmai Cha πŸ™‚

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    April 10, 2012 at 5:20 pm

    I will have to check out Genmaicha as I love tea, especially green tea. What brand(s) do you recommend and where you do you find it? I have too much tea already, but always love trying new ones!

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      April 11, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      It’s “Hime Brand” Genmai Cha green tea with roasted brown rice. I find it at my local Asian market but you can google it and find it on Amazon, I’m sure!

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    Jamie @ Thrifty Veggie Mama
    April 11, 2012 at 4:44 am

    I wear my yoga pants everyday too. I will change(usually) if I am going out but put them back on when I get home! Also, they are the same yoga pants I bought like 10 years ago from Victoria Secret. I think I might need to trade them in soon.

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    April 12, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Just hi.

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    April 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I totally live in my yoga pants. I need to get my hands on that tea. πŸ™‚

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