Behind The Butter

things my mom taught me

1. Eating dinner by candlelight makes any night feel special.

2. Never (ever) try on panties at the store.

3. A glass of wine a night is good for the soul.

4. Traveling is far better education than sitting in a classroom.

5. How to poach the perfect egg.

6. Put all your trust in the Lord and things will work out exactly the way they’re supposed to.

7. Always uncross your legs on take-off and landing.

8. Nothing good comes from a can (except for tomato soup).

9. How to beat jet lag by flying all night, taking a two hour nap then going out for a cocktail.

10. Home is where the heart is, not where you currently live.

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    May 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Aww thats sweet! I am curious about #7? Huh? Do explain.. lol

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      May 9, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      I always followed Number 7! I didn’t know anyone else did.

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      Baking 'n' Books
      May 9, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      Me too! Do you think you’d find yourself back to FL one day Jenna? Would your “texan” oblige to that?! πŸ™‚

      I kept thinking “yes” – but then I was saying yes to all of these…must indulge in more wine (with chocolate but that’s already a given) and #4?…well, one day right?

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        Baking 'n' Books
        May 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm

        Oh – to everyone wondering about #7, correct me if I’m wrong because Jenna could be talking about something COMPLETELY different – but crossing your legs is bad for your circulation and can lead to really tight legs (also varicose veins possibly in the long-term!) – cramping, etc. that makes you so stiff from sitting.

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking
    May 9, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    very sweet πŸ™‚ and I am also curious about #7!

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    Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food
    May 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Love it,

    especially the traveling, my parents always encouraged it also and we’re all spread out over the world! Miss everyone but I know we have to explore πŸ™‚

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    R @ Learning As I Chop
    May 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Yes, I want to know about #7 too!

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    May 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    She sounds very inspiring! I like it!

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    May 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    #7 stumps me too. And I live by #3 πŸ™‚ I love love love my wine.

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    Holly @ The Runny Egg
    May 9, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    “6. Put all your trust in the Lord and things will work out exactly the way they’re supposed to.”

    Totally agree!

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    Mary @ stylefyles
    May 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    curious about number 7.

    please elaborate =)

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    May 9, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    I’ve never been on a plane and would love number 7 explained πŸ˜€

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    May 9, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Your mom is a smart lady!

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    Alexa @ Simple Eats
    May 9, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Couldn’t agree more with number 10! So sweet.

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    May 9, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    I love this list! Especially the travelling lesson. Although I do kind of disagree with #8. I’m a college student and I eat a lot of things out of cans that I enjoy! Soup, pumpkin, beans, yum!

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    Heather at Heather's Dish
    May 9, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Your mom is a wise women…all things work for good for those who believe in the Lord!

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    May 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    so amazing and adorable. Mums know best!
    Loved this post and the last recipe you posted…just great. πŸ™‚

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    kaila @ healthy helper!
    May 9, 2011 at 2:38 pm


    But what is the explanation behind number 7…..I feel like I’ve been doing something wrong all these years πŸ™‚

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    Heather M
    May 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Sounds just like things that my Mom taught me, except for #5 she doesn’t like eggs.

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    May 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Not only is she beautiful, but very wise, too! πŸ™‚

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    Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
    May 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Going along with what everyone else has said, I never knew about #7 either! But I most definitely agree with number 2. I saw a lady bring underwear into the dressing room at Target one time, and then another one at Victoria’s Secret, and got pretty grossed out.

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    May 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    this is a great list, I love how many of them have to do with traveling. Its clear where you got your love for it came from.

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    May 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    “Traveling is far better education than sitting in a classroom.”– Amen!

    That’s why I take my 4 year old all over the globe with me. She loves it! And knows what connections, layover, and turbulence mean. haha! Just posted about that an hour ago πŸ™‚

    So glad you’re with your mom.

    And i LOVE the La Crema winery. Beautiful place. Great wine!

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    Natalia - a side of simple
    May 9, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Love this πŸ™‚ So precious!

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    May 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I will keep my legs uncrossed to my journey to CA next week! Thanks for the tip!

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    Michelle | GOLD-HEARTED GIRL
    May 9, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Can’t agree more with #s 4 and 10!

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    May 9, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I’ve taken my kids out of school a lot this year for traveling. I get some frowns from the teachers, but I have to say I really agree with your mom on this one. Can’t sit in the rainforest and watch the howler monkeys while you’re in a classroom!

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      May 9, 2011 at 6:12 pm

      Teacher here! That’s why they invented BREAKS! Winter break, Spring Break and Summer Break! Don’t forget about holiday weekends too. I put so much time and energy into my lessons and to educating my students. By taking them OUT of the classroom during planned classroom time they are being robbed of incredible knowledge, discovery and inspiration. They fall behind they classmates, get confused, and suffer from insecurities as a result.
      Yes, there is SOOOO much to be gained from traveling… discovery and learning in every travel and trip. However, if your child is in the formative elementary,middle years… there is a reason why there are BREAKS!!!

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        May 12, 2011 at 1:28 am

        so much more to learn out in the world!!

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    May 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    I love the jetlag tip!

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    May 9, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Okay, people. In regards to #7—mom was a flight attendant for 15 years and said that “if the plane were to stop very suddenly on the runway, if your legs are crossed they will break on impact—you should always uncross your legs ‘just in case'”

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      Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet
      May 10, 2011 at 2:20 am

      Interesting! I’ve never heard that before. I wonder if that’s ever happened before…?

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    Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit
    May 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    love that πŸ™‚ explain number 9 please!

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    Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    May 9, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Love these.. I never knew about number 7 either! Cute post/

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    Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    May 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    So true that home is where the heart is! Even though I’ve moved out, I will still always consider my parents’ house to be my home!

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    May 9, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    Love this post, especially since my mom and I both adore La Crema. So perfect!

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    Sarah@The Flying ONION
    May 9, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    You must explain #7… πŸ˜€

    Such a cute picture of your mom and you!! I loved this post. πŸ˜€

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    amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    May 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Lovely post Jenna πŸ˜‰

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    May 9, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Your mom is very wise and you are just as wise for listening to her πŸ™‚

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    The Healthy Apple
    May 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Thank you for this post…very touching…I’ve gotta lot going on right now and this truly made me smile…thank you, Jenna; so happy you’re having a great time with your mother….
    Number 6 and 10 are right on the spot and so true….thank you for the smile…
    6. Put all your trust in the Lord and things will work out exactly the way they’re supposed to.
    10. Home is where the heart is, not where you currently live.

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    May 9, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Things My Daughter Taught Me :
    How to REALLY love Jesus
    Where strength comes from
    The depth of courage
    The wisdom of the young
    How to hold a “paw”
    So so much more ~ today she taught me how to walk in high wedge shoes

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      May 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm

      awww i love this! πŸ™‚

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      Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet
      May 10, 2011 at 2:24 am

      Haha I wish my mom understood “the wisdom of the young.” She never lets me win any battles!

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        May 10, 2011 at 4:15 am

        What a beautiful relationship you two have – makes me want to drop everything on my plate and go hug my own mama this very minute! Lovely, just lovely!

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      May 10, 2011 at 7:31 am

      I love the relationship that you two have. πŸ™‚

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    Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    May 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Always uncross your legs for takeoff and landing? Is there a reason? lol

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    Melissa @ Journey to Marvelous
    May 9, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    What a great list…I agree with these and could add a few more. I’m glad you got to see your mom for Mother’s Day!

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    May 9, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    what’s the reason for number 2?

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    May 9, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Your mom is a wise woman, all great lessons!

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    French Heart
    May 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Great list…my mother just said, Stand up straight, never slouch, posture is everything. Don’t cross your arms in front of your chest. Never chew gum in public. Never say or think the word ‘hate.’ Always wear solids, except for accent scarves. Drink lots of water, eat lots of fruit and vegetables, chew your food 25 times before swallowing. Save your money. Buy few classics of excellent quality and take care of them. No ‘fun’ things as on your list. Although I did know about #7 as was a frequent flyer, hubs was a naval pilot, & brother-in-law was a chief trainer of United Airlines pilots…so learned about airline safety…best place to sit etc. Once on a flight with emergency, diverted to closest airport, had to get in crash position, pilots dumped fuel, nets stretched overhead to catch luggage, firetrucks were on the runway, etc. Was calm as had everything drilled into me so thoughts were focused on what to do. Was surprised that was so undisturbed by it….but then it was pre-deregulation/TSA when air travel was pleasant and sane….today it’s as if they try to amp-up anxiety.

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    Charlotte Marie
    May 9, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Love this! Esp. #1, #3 and #6.

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    May 10, 2011 at 2:08 am

    I love these list posts! The last point is so true! My residence aint necessarily my home!

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    Brooke (Baking with Basil)
    May 10, 2011 at 6:09 am

    What a smart lady!!

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    Lucy @ The Sweet Touch
    May 10, 2011 at 7:16 am

    as for #8 – what about PBR?! πŸ˜‰

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    May 10, 2011 at 7:32 am

    I love these list posts lately. Your mother is a wise women & you spread quite a bit of wisdom yourself Jenna. πŸ™‚

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    Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    May 10, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I nearly burst out laughing on #2. Love these quips of wisdom πŸ™‚

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    Sonia (the Mexigarian)
    May 10, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I nearly spat out my green monster laughing on #2. Love these quips of wisdom πŸ™‚

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    Lora @cakeduchess
    May 10, 2011 at 8:38 am

    This is a great list. I especially love #10. #2 made me LOL! Hope your mom had a wonderful Mother’s Day:)

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    Kristin Murdock
    May 10, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    So, so, so sweet. Great reminder to me today about the things that truly matter: Jesus, truth, love, grace. Thanks!

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    Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble
    May 10, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    Hahaha! I love the “nothing good comes from a can – except tomato soup!” and traveling really is the best education!

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    May 11, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Jenna, I had to laugh, this list could have come from me:-)
    But, as another former F/A, in additon to your Mom’s reason, we were told it puts less pressure on your legs, thus eliminating the chance of varicose veins.

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    May 12, 2011 at 7:03 am

    I love this post. I totally agree with all of these. They all really reflect your great attitude about life. πŸ™‚

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