Behind The Butter

november at a glance

Can you believe it’s the last day of November?

Neither can I.

This month flew by and was full of friends, food, butter and wine…with a little flour sprinkled on top for good measure.

We kicked off the month in San Francisco for the second annual Foodbuzz conference. I cuddled with Tina and Anne in a tiny (haunted) hotel room and ate lots of carbohydrates.

It was amazing.

Back in Sonoma, I chaturangad with Kath…

And then baked delicious pumpkin scones to refuel. Also, I drank some wine and filmed a macaroon video.

And then we made a remix…it was crazy and involved a garage green screen, a pound of sugar and my sweet dance moves.

Don’t be jealous.

Things calmed down a little bit after that. I made some soup and a quiche that leaked all over my oven…it was sorta a disaster but ended up tasting pretty darn good.

I also made curry, caramel sauce and a rather grumpy ginger cake, which also ended up tasting quite nice.

Then, my boyfriend went out of town for a week and I made steak.

That seems odd, even to me.

When he finally came home, we reunited over a chili cook-off.

I don’t want to talk about it.

I will say, however, that I’ve eaten five bowls of chili in the past week. Take that however you want.

Finally, I threw my heart, soul and butter into baking the perfect pumpkin baked good.

Voting is going on now!

If buttercream is wrong, I never want to be right.

Bring on December!

I have a list of new Christmas cookies I want to try out, including Maria’s pomegranate white chocolate chunk cookies, Jessica’s hot cocoa cookies, Mama Pea’s dough balls, and Adrianna’s gingerbread biscotti.

I also need to fix my Kitchen Aid, which seems to have the flu.

Until next time, friends!

It’s time for more chili.

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53 Comments

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    Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    November 30, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I vote you guys make another video in December. He’s got some sweet editing skills. Also, you are very lucky that chili freezes, because one can only consume so much chili, even in the name of love. :p

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    valen
    November 30, 2010 at 11:48 am

    That list of Christmas cookies look great! I can’t wait! And about those pumpkin whoopie pies, I always enjoy making them and eating them. I’ve made them for coworkers who couldn’t get enough! I also like banana whoopie pies!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 30, 2010 at 11:52 am

    If my kitchen aid got sick, I think I’d cry. Then go buy a new one, just to have as back up. Kitchen items come first!

    I can’t believe this year went so fast.

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    Amanda (Eating Up)
    November 30, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I agree that November flew by! Faster than any month, I think…which is unfortunate because it’s my favorite! Oh well, bring on December!

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    Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    November 30, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I so love the photo of the buttercream and the leaves!!!

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    Lauren at KeepItSweet
    November 30, 2010 at 11:55 am

    i have so many cookies i want to make i don’t even know where to start! can’t believe tomorrow is december!!

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    Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    November 30, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I can hardly believe tomorrow is December either!! Crazy!

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    Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    November 30, 2010 at 11:57 am

    May every month be this exciting!!

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    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    November 30, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Your November looked so wonderful and fallish. I wanted to make it Foodbuzz but had to work! Boo! Hope you enjoy the cookies! xo

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      jenna
      November 30, 2010 at 12:13 pm

      bummer! maybe next year! Cookies look super yummy ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Melissa
    November 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    What a fantastic month. That yoga studio in Sonoma looks GORGEOUS.
    Here’s to an even more awesome December!
    <3

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    Balanced Healthy Life
    November 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Looks like you are had a great November! I can’t believe it is December tomorrow!

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    Amber K
    November 30, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    What a great recap of the month! What a great time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Sarah @ Oc2Seattle
    November 30, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Cannot believe Nov is over! Fun meeting you at the Foodbuzz Fest and intrigued by the haunted room ๐Ÿ˜‰ Hope your KitchenAid recovers – I’ve been giving mine a serious workout, don’t know what I would do if it caught the “flu” …hmmm…

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking
    November 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    The month went so fast! I made MamaPea’s doughballs and they’re awesome. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope your KitchenAid feels better. Give it some orange juice to fortify its immune system.

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      jenna
      November 30, 2010 at 12:12 pm

      hmm… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Sana
    November 30, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    I hope you and Adam team up again for some baller videos!

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    Maria
    November 30, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Speaking of cookies. Salted Chocolate Spelt Shortbread Cookies. Shaped like clouds. Need I say more?! (They are that delicious.) http://anthimeria.com/2010/11/29/salted-chocolate-spelt-shortbread-cookies/

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    November 30, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I would have loved to be you this November Jenna!! Foodbuzz sounds like it was a blast and I can’t wait to go next year. Good luck fixing the Kitchen Aid – I wouldn’t want to have to get through December without my daily dose of amazing food photos from you! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    November 30, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    I vote you make a video EVERY month. It’s not that hard, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    November 30, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I still cannot believe it’s the last day of November!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    November 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I love the recap of your Nov and yes, the month flew by!

    I was sitting across from you on the bus ride home on Night 1 of the Foodbuzz trip from Fort Stockton back to the hotels. I remember looking at your on the bus, wearing that outfit! It feels like yesterday that I saw you in person. Heck, it feels like yesterday that it was Xmas of last YEAR!

    I sound like such an old person, but time just flies….

    I hope your get your kitchen aide fixed, asap!

    ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Camille
    November 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    What a wonderful month. You already have my vote on Foodbuzz! I really, really hope you win the whole thing!

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    Sarah @ goingongoals
    November 30, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I can’t wait for all the Christmas cookie posts! and, what happened to this year?

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    The Wife of a Dairyman
    November 30, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    A busy November for sure! And I’m sure December will be even busier…it always is:) The pumpkin whoopies look SO good!

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    the salty girl
    November 30, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I love the picture of the buttercream spoon in the fall leaves. Great shot.

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    jess
    November 30, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    sooo i went to tasty kitchen for a curry recipe, and BAM there you and your persimmon cookies are!

    sooo i come back here to let you know that i love seeing your mug on other sites (creepy much? hmmm), and um, curry recipe? really? perrfect. meant to be.

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    Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    November 30, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I can’t believe it’s (almost) December! Ahh, where did this year go?? Love the spoon/frosting shot!

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    Ashley
    November 30, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I’ve always wanted a Kitchen Aid *tear* – but then at least I get a good arm “workout” anytime I mix something tough ; )

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    Maria
    November 30, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    What a great month! I hope your Kitchen Aid starts feeling better soon! Let me know if you try the pomegranate cookies. They are perfect for the holidays!

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    salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    November 30, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    I love this post ๐Ÿ™‚ Sounds like you have had a great time!!!

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    Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    November 30, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    November was such a brilliant month. I can’t wait to see what December has in store! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    November 30, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    omg..it is the last day!! Let the Christmas countdown begin!!

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    Krystina (Basil & Wine)
    November 30, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    I absolutely adore that first picture! So cute!

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    Paige @ Running Around Normal
    November 30, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    What a great month you’ve had!!! Hoping December is even better for you ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    November 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    get well wishes to your kitchen Aid…because the season of the cookie is upon us!
    love,
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

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    Natalia - a side of simple
    November 30, 2010 at 3:32 pm

    Totally don’t mind if you want to jump on a plane to the east coast and borrow my kitchen aid. Everyone needs a professional test-taster anyway, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Christine (The Raw Project)
    November 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    It was a great month, the Foodbuzz fest rocked and onward to more adventures in December! Thanks for reminding me I need to try Mama Pea’s Dough Balls too! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Mama Pea
    November 30, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    What an incredible month…and one of the highlights of mine was meeting you!
    I’m honored you mentioned my balls.

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    michele
    November 30, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Cute story about your camp experience as a teen. The pomegranate cookie recipe is something that I have not tried but sounds good.

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    Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    November 30, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    What a November!!! And I can’t wait to try the dough balls too.. it’s on my list!

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    AshleyH
    November 30, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I wish you would do a post on how you maintain your weight while eating all this awesomeness. You are so fit and healthy looking and yet you don’t seem to mind your weight very much at all. I would love a post or even a quick note on it. Thanks!

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      jenna
      November 30, 2010 at 6:40 pm

      hmmm well…i do a lot of yoga and don’t go crazy on portion size! I quit the gym three months ago and figure I get a good enough tricep workout kneading dough ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        AshleyH
        November 30, 2010 at 7:34 pm

        ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to start up on yoga again. I feel like when I start doing it regularly I get really into it, but when I stop I never feel like doing it.
        Love the blog keep doing what you’re doing.

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    Jennifer
    November 30, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I seriously envy this glorious life you lead… i have bakers envy ;o)

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    Jessica ~ haute teapot
    November 30, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Can someone stop me from reading food blogs before I sleep? (One of those pumpkin whoopie pies would have been fabulous with my nightly tea.)

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    jessica
    November 30, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Sounds like one heck of a month! Life goes by too fast, doesn’t it?! It’s so good to look back and savor those wonderful little moments ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Laura
    December 1, 2010 at 3:19 am

    I hope your kitchenaid feels better soon!

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    Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes
    December 1, 2010 at 4:35 am

    I hope your Kitchen Aid mixer gets better soon so you can bake some more delicious goodies!

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    Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    December 1, 2010 at 6:49 am

    feel better soon, kitchenaid!

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    Coco
    December 1, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Geeze! What a great month! Here’s to December, and 2011!!!

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    Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover
    December 1, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Loved this post, Jenna!
    November flied, for sure!
    ๐Ÿ˜‰

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