Behind The Butter

happy birthday

….dear Eat, Live, Run! Happy birthday to you!

You’re really getting old….a big four year old now! Has it really been four years? That’s crazy talk. I’m so thankful for those of you that have been reading since the very beginning (I would link to my very first post but it’s highly embarrassing)Β  and for those that just found this blog yesterday!

You make me smile.

Here’s to the next four years! It’s going to be the best yet. Below is a list of my very favorite posts over the past four years. Never would I have ever imagined that I would still be blogging four years later when I started this little WordPress blog in December of 2007. Like anything, there’s been ups and downs and I’m so grateful that I stuck with it and continue to share my life with guys on a daily basis. It’s super fun and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

Graduating from culinary school

Moving to California

One month in California

Inked my first book deal

Photographic trip to Big Sur

Maca-reeeemix video

The new ELR

Responding to “the” Marie Claire article

Why I quit the gym

Cocktails & Tacos

My food philosophy

My journey to Eastern medicine

My journey to Eastern medicine Part II

A birthday surprise

The recipe box challenge

….I love you guys! Like, a lot.











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  • jenna
    December 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Happy Bday! πŸ™‚ it’s always such a fun place here! Can’t wait to see what else you have up your sleeve!

  • Kelly
    December 8, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Happy Birthday ELR! I enjoy your blog just as much today as I did when I discovered it 3+ years ago! πŸ™‚

  • Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy
    December 8, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Happy Birthday ELR! here is to many more birthdays!

  • Michelle
    December 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Happy Birthday! Four years, congrats! I love you blog.

    Hoping I can make it to four years (gotta make it to 1 first!) and have a fraction of the following you have! Keep up the good blogging!


  • Lauren Elise
    December 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Happy happy fourth birthday ELR! How exciting!

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    December 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    Happy Birthday! I’ve only been reading for about 1.5 years but I’m excited to continue reading for many more.

  • Marie@feedingfive
    December 8, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Happy Birthday. Your blog was one of the first blogs I ever started reading and I love the direction in which you’ve taken it. Thanks for all the yummy recipes.

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    December 8, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday πŸ˜€

  • Caroline @ The G-Spot
    December 8, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Happy birthday, ELR! I am so happy to be celebrating the birth of this blog — it really is just the cat’s pajamas. πŸ˜‰

  • Ellen
    December 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Happy Birthday ELR!!!! Congrats Jenna! I’ve loved reading this blog almost as long as it’s been alive! πŸ™‚

  • Jacqueline
    December 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Happy birthday, ELR!!!! I just found this blog a few weeks ago and reading it is now a part of my daily routine. I love the mix of food, stories, health, and happiness that come with each post. Thanks for the archives of great recipes and stories! Here’s to many more years of happy blogging! πŸ™‚

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    December 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday Jenna. Reading your posts (almost) every day never fails to make me smile and brighten my day. Seriously. So thank you for doing what you do.

    Also, will you please mail me some of those cookies? πŸ™‚

  • Katrina
    December 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    It’s my birthday too! Happy birthday to your blog!

  • Julie @ Table for Two
    December 8, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    yay! happy birthday Eat, Live, Run! πŸ™‚

  • Brittanie
    December 8, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Happy 4th Birthday Eat, Live, Run! I’m so happy I came across your blog and am inspired by something new of yours everyday! Make a wish πŸ™‚

  • Steffany
    December 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    YAY ! Happy birthday blog !

  • Kelly
    December 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    Happy birthday, ELR! Here’s to many, many, many more. πŸ™‚

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    December 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Happy Birthday ELR! I’ve been reading for about 2 years now and it gets better every day. Keep up the awesome work Jenna!

  • Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    December 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Happy Bday ELR!! Been reading your blog for a long while now and still love it πŸ™‚

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    December 8, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Happy Birthday, ELR! I’ve been reading since almost the beginning and i love the transformations.
    My favorite posts are the recipe box challenge. I hope you compile them all into one spot.

  • RunEatRepeat
    December 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Happy Blogday ELR πŸ™‚

  • Cait H.
    December 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear ELR, happy birthday to youuuuuuuuuuuu! <3

  • Amanda
    December 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Happy birthday ELR! Thanks for being stupendously awesome!

  • tasha - the clean eating mama
    December 8, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I have cherished the last 4 years! Cannot wait to read more!

  • Amanda
    December 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Happy 4th Birthday, ELR! I’ve been reading for almost 2 years and look forward to your posts every day. πŸ™‚

  • laura @FoodSnobSTL
    December 8, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Just wanted to say I love your blog and I can’t wait for your book to come out. Happy birthday!!

  • Lori
    December 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Happy Birthday! I love your blog and look forward to sharing your life with you for many years to come.

  • marie
    December 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I just wanted to say that I quite like your blog, congrats, and that my favourite recipe to give as a gift and my favourite quickbread, comes from your blog, and that to me, just for that recipe, its worth it to keep reading.

    This is it btw :

  • Kelsey
    December 8, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Four years! Wow. I’ve never kept up with a blog that long.

  • Jess
    December 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Happy Birthday ELR!
    Congrats on your 4 year anniversary, Jenna. It’s been so much fun coming to your blog every day for the past few years. Keep it up! πŸ™‚

  • Heather Michelle @ A Sweet Simple Life
    December 8, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    happy happy!! so glad you decided to blog. i absolutely love reading ELR!!

  • Heather @ Better With Veggies
    December 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Congratulations on 4 years – that’s awesome! I enjoy reading your blog, although I know I don’t comment all the time. πŸ™‚

  • Samantha
    December 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Happy Birthday to you ELR ! Your posts are the highlight of my day !!! πŸ™‚

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    December 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Aww, yay- happy bday ELR! I have been reading since about ’09, but recently started reading from the very beginning.. LOVE your old posts just as much as your current ones. It’s interesting to see how your voice has matured, although still amazing recipes. πŸ™‚

  • Alex @ Alex Eats Green
    December 8, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Love this! Happy Birthday! I am considering moving to SF from NYC next year, so reading those old posts really made me happy. πŸ™‚

  • Liz
    December 8, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    And we love you! Happy birthday ELR — this is such a fun blog and I look forward to your posts every day!

  • Sharon
    December 8, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    I can’t believe it’s been four years. Ironically I just bought the lip gloss you love-the vanilla birthday cake…and it came today,of course I had to get the shower gel as well. LOVE IT GIRL!!! Thanks for being out in the blog world πŸ™‚

  • Teresa
    December 8, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Congrats on the blog b-day! I find your blog very inspiring, & the photography is gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing more of your grandma’s recipes.

  • Amber K
    December 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Happy Birthday ELR! It’s crazy that it’s been four whole years πŸ™‚

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine
    December 8, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Happy four years Jenna!! I loved your blog when it was more of a lifestyle thing and i love it now with the recipes. πŸ™‚ I look forward to it every day!

  • Jen
    December 8, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Love your blog and hoping for many more happy birthdays!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb
    December 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    happy birthday ELR! one of my first and most favorite blogs! i have loved seeing it (and you!) grow over the past 4 years.

  • kristen @ kristen's sweet stop
    December 8, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Happy birthday to the blog! Sadly I did not know about this 4 years ago, but I have enjoyed every moment spent reading since I discovered it! Can’t wait to see it grow in the next 4 years!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed)
    December 8, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Congrats to you and ELR! It has been so fun reading over the past few years. Excited for more to come in the future!

  • Bev Weidner
    December 8, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Happy Birthday, ELR!


  • Cait's Plate
    December 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELR!! Here’s to many, many, MANY more delicious years ahead πŸ™‚

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    December 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Happy Bday to ELR.

    Seriously, Jenna, what you have accomplished is AMAZING. That’s an overused word but not in your case with what you’ve done.

    From nothing to all this. Truly amazing.

    Congrats!!! And here’s to another 4 or 40 years πŸ™‚

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    December 8, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Happy Birthday! Your blog was the very first blog that I ever fell in love with!

  • Mel @ Post Grad Mel
    December 8, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Happy Birthday to ELR! I feel like I’ve written this to you numerous times before, but your blog (and a few others) have changed my life. I know that’s a bold statement to make, but it’s 100% true. I started reading in Spring 2010 while I was studying abroad in Florence, and have loved following your journey ever since. I’ve discovered my love for cooking, photography, new books, and Mad Men through reading your posts. You have a wonderful thing going on here, and I sincerely look forward to what else is to come! I think God has truly blessed you (and us readers) with your gift of storytelling. THANK YOU!

  • Melissa // thefauxmartha
    December 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    1. Such a cute pic of you!
    2. Happy 4 years!

  • kellyo
    December 8, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Happy Birthday! Love your blog…!

  • Sara
    December 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Happy Birthday ELR! You are an inspiration to cook better, read more, enjoy life, have fun, and just BE better. Cheers to you, Jenna!

  • Nancy in Naples
    December 8, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Happy Birthday, ELR!! Yours is the first blog that we have followed also and I can’t tell you how much we have enjoyed checking in to see what you are cooking, reading, or doing every day! You do have a great gift!

  • Karen
    December 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Wow…how time flies! Huge congrats on four years…love you too, Jenna!

  • Meg
    December 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Ha, ha, ha! Today is my birthday too. Well, happy fourth birthday!

  • Evi
    December 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Congrats on another successful year! I loved the best posts- it’s nice to go back through it all again! To another 4 years!!! =)

  • Katie R
    December 8, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Happy Birthday ELR! I am so happy I happened across you while internet surfing one year ago. I have looked back at many of your older posts since. I just love this site, past and present. It make ME happy. Glad your readers make you happy too. Jenna, I find your honesty and humor so refreshing and your personal story quite touching. And I am so happy how successfully your site has evolved and separated itself from other “healthy living/eating blogs” (frankly yours has always been different). I just love your philosophy of living and eating for sake of love and happiness. THAT is healthy. (Love “Why I quit the gym’). Thank you for helping to spread that underrepresented message of TRUE health.

  • Ashley L
    December 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I’ve been ready since sometime during year one and I will keep reading until you decide to stop blogging (hopefully many many years from now). Your blog has only gotten better with time and I can’t wait to see where it and your life goes from here.

  • Debbi
    December 8, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I just found you a couple months ago and absolutely love your blog, especially the recipe box challenge. Happy Blog Birthday!

  • lisa@cluttercafe
    December 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Happy Birthday! Your site is just wonderful!

  • Katie
    December 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Congrats and Happy Birthday. ELR! I’ve been reading for three years, and it’s always (always!) been one of my very favorite blogs.

  • caroline
    December 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Keep it up! Your blog is one of the best. Congrats!

  • Cat
    December 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    I love your blog because:

    1. you are a writer. not all bloggers, but you are and this quirky word lovin’ English major girl loves that.

    2. your recipes speak my language: comfort food mixed with healthy stuff. out of all the blogs I read, yours is the only that I actually use the recipes from. truth. and p.s. the boyfriend was definitely charmed by your chicken n’ biscuits the other night. #winning

    3. a new reason is that I am charmed by the series that you are doing by baking your great grandma’s recipes.

    4. I like the distance you place between your personal life and your blog. it’s enough detail to know enough about you, but it’s not TMI like some blogs. each has it’s place, but I prefer this style.

    That’s all! Just thought I’d share some positive thoughts with you on your blog birthday.

  • Emily
    December 8, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Happy 4-years! That is amazing. I can’t wait to see all the great things to come!

  • Mia SΓΈrensen
    December 8, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Hey, love you too, ELR and Jenna. I am following your blog from Denmark, and I am enjoying the sunshine, I get from your posts. Looking forward to see, what to come over the next several years.

  • Krissy @ Krissy's Creations
    December 9, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Happy Birthday Eat Live Run! Your blog has truly been an inspiration. I love being able to follow your culinary journey :). Can’t wait to see the next 4 years {and more!}

  • Elisabeth
    December 9, 2011 at 2:24 am

    Happy 4th Birthday ELR/Jenna! I just love reading your blog for multiple reasons, but mostly because you’re a culinary school grad (I dream of going to culinary school – I’m a clinical lab scientist now), you were an English major and it shows and your posts always have just an extra fun ‘tone’ to them! Keep bringing us awesome posts for at least the next 4 years. πŸ™‚

  • Heather
    December 9, 2011 at 5:47 am

    Happy Birthday! I LOVE the direction your blog has taken over the last two years (since I began to read).

    Any thought to changing the name since you no longer run?

  • Dee
    December 9, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Happy {belated} Bday ELR!

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    December 9, 2011 at 6:20 am

    Congrats! I love checking this blog every morning so I hope you keep it up for a looong time!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    December 9, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Happy Blog Birthday Jenna (sorry I’m one day late)! You’re talented, hilarious and just plain cool. Thanks for putting a smile on my face each morning! Can’t wait to see what year 5 brings for you and for your readers!

  • Kath
    December 9, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Happy Birthday ELR!

    Remember our first phone call waaaaaay back when!?

  • Moni'sMeals
    December 9, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Happy Bday ELR!! We adore you and your the best. πŸ˜‰

  • kristen @ verbsandvignettes
    December 9, 2011 at 10:07 am

    happy birthday to the blog! i’ve only recently started reading, but i love it. among a lot of blogs that all imitate each other, your voice is refreshing, and i love your view. looking forward to reading through these favorites, too.

  • Urban Wife
    December 9, 2011 at 11:52 am

    Happy Blogiversary! Can’t wait to follow the rest of your journey. Keep the awesome recipes coming – we enjoy them. Be blessed. πŸ™‚

  • Tracey
    December 9, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! Your blog is such an inspiration! I look forward to reading more and more!

    P.S.- I made your chicken n dumplings the other night and they were delicious!!!

  • Laura@mypurposefullife
    December 9, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    Happy birthday, ELR! I have been reading for almost 3 years now (crazy!) and you’re really growing into yourself. Hands down one of my favorite websites. Ever. πŸ™‚

  • Jesse
    December 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Happy bloggy birthday ELR πŸ™‚

  • Chung-Ah @ Damn Delicious
    December 10, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    Happy birthday! Your blog is absolutely amazing and I really enjoy reading and trying out your recipes. Thanks for sharing!

  • tonya
    December 11, 2011 at 7:47 am

    I have been with you from the beginning and was so proud of you when you graduated culinary school and received your red rose. You blog is always the first one I read every day and I will have a copy of your book the first day it comes out. Much love and many happy bloggy birthday wishes.

  • Charise
    December 13, 2011 at 7:57 am

    Happy {belated} blog-iversary!

  • Sandy
    December 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Happy Birthday ELR. I have been enjoying your posts since fall of 2009 and by one of the coincidences destined to be I was enjoying your stories about your visit to California for the wine job contest when a bike trip to Healdsburg showed up in another email and I scheduled and left on the trip within two weeks. I would love to read about your current fitness story (just reread the “I Quite the Gym” post.) Are you still enjoying yoga as I don’t remember you writing about working at the studio recently?