Behind The Butter

336 hours, 20160 minutes of christmas vacation

That’s how long I have been traveling for.

Never have I had a holiday so action packed, so crazy and so full of absolute love. It was a joy! Unfortunately, now I am sitting in bed with a fever sipping a ginger ale after a mega case of a winter flu/cold hit me smack in the face yesterday somewhere over Nevada. I’m wondering which airplane, rental car, hand I shook or toilet seat I sat on (do those paper thingies actually do anything?) carried these germy germs.

That being said, I wasn’t exactly planning on my first day back home to be a sick day but oh well. Allow me to entertain you with some photos from our travels! Each one makes me smile; I feel so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family and can’t wait to get 2012 started right!

We started in Savannah, and spent a fabulous Christmas Eve with my mom and dad, eating fried shrimp and drinking bloody mary’s at a beach bar on Tybee Island. Note to self: booze detox starts now.

Although Savannah won’t ever feel like “home” to me, I love visiting.

Then, bright and early on Christmas morning, we headed to East Texas where I witness the scene below. Yes, those are goats, and yes, they are just chilling. NBD.

The sky is just SO blue there. And the stars felt so close…extremely close.

After a few days in the country, we headed to Austin where…..there was more booze. Heaven help me.

There was also dancing!

Lots and lots of dancing.

Still going.

And really delicious food shared with the best of friends.

Along with a failed midnight creme brulee torching.


Now…who can I pay to make me some of this? Totally not joking.



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  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    January 2, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Sorry you’re sick….it’s almost bound to happen with all those airplanes and germy seats and handles and just unknown surroundings.

    I love the pics in this post. You look great and Adam is a ham! A failed creme brulee torching? I would have stood there forever with that blow torch. I’ve always wanted to buy one. lol

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed)
    January 2, 2012 at 5:01 am

    Looks like an awesome few days of vacation! Love your black dress by the way. ๐Ÿ™‚ Feel better soon.

  • Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau
    January 2, 2012 at 5:19 am

    Ugh, you’re so cute. Just ugh. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Joy
    January 2, 2012 at 5:27 am

    I’ll make it for you but I make no guarantee that you won’t be praying (to the porcelain god) for your regular cold back!

  • katie @KatieDid
    January 2, 2012 at 5:38 am

    Love the dress and everything about these pictures and post! Sounds like you had a really fun holiday, that’s awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb
    January 2, 2012 at 5:57 am

    how fun! i love that black dress… and all the dancing!

  • Jennifer
    January 2, 2012 at 5:59 am

    I LOVE that black dress! Feel better soon!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    January 2, 2012 at 6:10 am

    Love that dress! I can’t remember the last time there was actual dancing involved at a place we went out to. So lame.
    Hope you feel better soon!

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    January 2, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Is that something sparkly on your hand?

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    January 2, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Ooh…sorry you are so sick Jenna, but what a relief to have a least finished celebrating the holidays (you’re vacay looks like such a blast!) before being bed-ridden. Hope you recover quickly. Cheers!

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    January 2, 2012 at 6:29 am

    Aww! Feel better girl! Glad you had such an awesome holiday ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    January 2, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Jenna you look gorgeous in the black dress! And the food sounds delicious too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Amanda
    January 2, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Sorry you’re sick, but it sounds like an awesome vacation! Savannah and Austin are both on my list of places I’d like to visit.

    I love your dress, by the way!

  • Bev Weidner
    January 2, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Can you teach me how to do my hair like yours?

    Happy New Year!

    (feel better. xoxo.)

  • Sadye
    January 2, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Yes, how did you get your hair like that? It looked amazing!

  • HRCK the Herald
    January 2, 2012 at 7:03 am

    That picture of you and Adam dancing is so very adorable. It does sound like a busy holiday stretch, but it looks like a a total blast. And I think you’re in good company with the need to detox now!

  • Wendy
    January 2, 2012 at 7:03 am

    Jenna!!!! That’s such a cute dress! Where can I find it! Also I love your up hair do. How did you do it? It’s super cute and super chic. Do tell!!!

    • jenna
      January 2, 2012 at 8:17 am

      I got that dress from Zara back in 2008! And my friend Morgan did my hair–she does wedding hair and makeup!

  • Em
    January 2, 2012 at 7:06 am

    So many lovely pics.

    Happy New Year, Jenna!

  • Katie
    January 2, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Aww, feel better lady! I love your dress and the updo, fancy!

  • Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee
    January 2, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Get well soon! Whenever I get sick, I can’t help but try to determine who gave it to me. I’m glad you had an awesome vacation. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kristin @ FoodFash
    January 2, 2012 at 7:22 am

    Your NYE dress is nothing short of perfect!

  • Penny
    January 2, 2012 at 7:35 am

    I’ve been wondering…How did you two cuties meet?? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jenna
      January 2, 2012 at 8:17 am

      We met through a job interview back in 2009!

  • kristen @ verbs and vignettes
    January 2, 2012 at 7:37 am

    good job fitting in everything around the holidays! it stinks you got so sick in the middle of it all. but the photos of you and adam are hilarious!

  • K.
    January 2, 2012 at 7:41 am

    You look super gorgeous! Happy new year.

  • Kristina
    January 2, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Alcohol detox – must begin TODAY. Since it didn’t begin yesterday.

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed
    January 2, 2012 at 7:45 am

    your dress. I needs it.

  • Kelly @ Vegolosophy
    January 2, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Looks like a lot of fun!! I tried to make a vegan version of creme brรปlรฉe for the new year, but it didn’t turn out so hot lol

  • Becki @ Bites 'n Brews
    January 2, 2012 at 8:01 am

    I feel your pain. I’m so happy to have started my new year with a fever and cough. Whee.

  • Tatyana
    January 2, 2012 at 8:04 am

    you guys are such a sexy couple!!! Fun pics, feel better soon.

  • Heidi
    January 2, 2012 at 8:07 am

    I may be going crazy, but where are the chillin’ goats in that one pic? ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh and you look great in your little black dress!

    • jenna
      January 2, 2012 at 8:16 am

      A super small town in East Texas where Adam is from! (not stating the name of the town for privacy reasons)

    • Leah
      January 2, 2012 at 9:09 am

      I think Heidi meant literally where in the pic.. hehe, it looks like they are on top of the tractor?

      • Heidi
        January 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm

        you’re right, I was literally wondering where! ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks- I see them now! And Jenna, I totally understand you not telling the town for privacy reasons!

  • Doris @ vanillacocoberry
    January 2, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Jenna, Jenna, Jenna … please never sit on toilet seats again ( even with paper thingy!!! )
    happy new year!

  • Leslie Means @ Her View From Home
    January 2, 2012 at 8:17 am

    cute dress!! Looks like you had a wonderful time. Happy New Year!!

  • Jaime
    January 2, 2012 at 8:22 am

    great pics ๐Ÿ™‚ hope you feel better! happy new year!

  • Katie
    January 2, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Ahh, that picture of you and Adam dancing is just the sweetest thing. I LOVE your dress.

    Happy new year and hope you feel better!

  • DessertForTwo
    January 2, 2012 at 8:33 am

    Looks sooo fun! Your photos make me smile too! I love dancing photos!! You should print those out & frame them ๐Ÿ™‚

    SO glad Texas was good to you. That makes me smile too ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jen
    January 2, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Happy New Year, Jenna! You need to get yourself some oil of oregano to get rid of that cold! I woke up all stuffy and coughing yesterday and after two doses, I feel great today! Hope you’re feeling better soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s to an awesome 2012!

  • Cara @ I Don't Believe in Diets
    January 2, 2012 at 8:46 am

    That looks like a spectacular time. I hope you start feeling better soon!

  • Deva @ Deva by Definition
    January 2, 2012 at 9:07 am

    it sounds like you had a great vacation – I am sorry you got sick upon your return!

  • Heather @ girlyeverafter
    January 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I love time with friends and family over holidays and all times really. I agree on the booze detox, I need a sweets detox for sure;) Happy New year!

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    January 2, 2012 at 9:24 am

    These pictures are PRICELESS. And I kinda love your dress!

  • Cait's Plate
    January 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Definitely looks like an action-packed (but SO SO fun!) holiday! Love the dancing photos, too cute.

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    January 2, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Were they fainting goats? If so, that could be very dangerous on top of a tractor! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Raewyn
    January 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

    You look so beautiful in that black dress, Jenna! And the photos of you and Adam are so cute…glad y’all had such a lovely time. It looks like so much fun.

    I’m sorry to hear you’re sick! I feel your pain – I’m sick too. I got spent the first day of the New Year clutching tissues and a cup of hot tea. ๐Ÿ˜› Hope you feel better!

  • Whitney
    January 2, 2012 at 9:37 am

    East Texas!?! No WAY! Where ’bouts? I’m from Longview, but live in Maryland now. Should we ever move back, Austin is where we shall land!

  • Jess-ThatJessGal
    January 2, 2012 at 10:25 am

    I know it’s been said by quite a few other people…but I adore the black lace dress! You looked beautiful! I’m sending you virtual Garlic Chicken Soup…feel better soon lovely lady! Happy 2012!

  • Dominique
    January 2, 2012 at 10:53 am

    I hope you feel better soon. Nothing’s wrong then starting the new year feeling sick.

    Your black dress is beautiful and I just love that first dancing photo of you and Adam. You both look so happy together!

  • joelle (on apink typewriter)
    January 2, 2012 at 11:26 am

    AH, that looks like such a fun time!! Where’d you get your dress- LOVE it. Hope you feel better!

  • Liz
    January 2, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Love Love Love your New Years Eve Dress. Absolutely stunning!

  • Emily (Edible Psychology)
    January 2, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Looks like a wonderful trip but sorry you’re sick now. Unfortunately, I was sick while I was away – I’m not sure which is worse – being sick while you’re away or when you get back. I guess it’s just never fun! Hope someone can make you some of that delicious looking soup. It would most certainly be cold by the time I sent it from England…

    Hope you feel better soon!

  • Deanna B.
    January 2, 2012 at 11:45 am

    First, the black dress is adorable. Second, I made that soup yesterday and its pretty amazing. Making it almost killed me though since I’m sick too.

  • erin @WELL in L.A.
    January 2, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Looks like a very fun start to the new year! Ginger, lemon & tea are my favorite things for recovering from not feeling well AND kicking off a little detox (morning of warm lemon water, followed by glass of cool water, followed by tea + ginger). Cheers & feel well soon!

  • Christine
    January 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    You are adorable!

  • Kristin Murdock
    January 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    So cute. So fun. Hope you get better soooon!

  • Kristy
    January 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Have you ever tried putting star anise in your chicken noodle soup? I stole this idea from a place in Santa Cruz (called Charlie Hong Kong, if you’re ever in that neighborhood you should definitely check it out) whose soup has special healing powers. So yummy and will absolutely make you feel better.

    ps. this is the first time I’ve commented, but I have been reading your blog for the past month or so and I totally love it. It’s like a little ray of sunshine!

  • Danielle
    January 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Oh that’s weird! I just finished putting my groceries away and I seriously bought the ingredients for your Asian Chicken Noodle Soup. Haven’t tried it yet so I’m excited. We love variations on chicken soup. Can’t wait to try this!

    The pics of you and Adam are so adorable! Feel better soon!

  • Conni
    January 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    I’m really happy that you and Adam are the cutest thing ever! Seeing a picture of the two of you makes me smile every. single. time.

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    January 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful holiday break! I love your NYE dress – where did you get it?!

    • jenna
      January 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      I got it from Zara….but back in 2008! Thank you!

  • Jen
    January 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    My God – you are GORGEOUS. The dress, the hair. Love the bangs and the color. Stunning. And now you know I hate you…in the nicest way possible of course ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Hmm, it seems like you get a cold whenever you come back from traveling. I’m guessing the plane rides combined with the rush of the season and fatigue catches up to you. I guess it’s lucky you can work from home – and make some soup!

  • Whitney @ A Way With Words
    January 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Can I just say your blog is always so refreshing. Sometimes I get really tired of seeing blogs that post three times a day about exercise!! Just sayin!!!!!!

  • Christena
    January 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Gosh, Jenna, you just keep getting more & more gorgeous. California, Adam, food blogging or just life in general just agrees with you.

    P.S. Your hair = fantastic. Still ombre or did you get highlights?

  • Missy
    January 2, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    I love these pictures!
    Looks like a fun holiday!

  • Kiran @
    January 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Happy New Year, feel better soon — and the creme brulee looks tasty, even with failed torch ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    January 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I got sick over vacation too. What a bummer! I hope you feel better soon. It looks like you had a fabulous time.

  • Jen
    January 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    You guys are so cute!

  • Jen
    January 2, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Shhh I’m sick too! What remedies do you have? I am pregnant so mo meds for me! I would like to ask you though…. I am about 3/4 way through The Sisters and it’s great! I just want your opinion on why you think she leaves out mable so much and focuses so much on Bertie, and especially her offspring?

  • meghan@ struggle muffins
    January 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Such a bummer to end a fun vacation on a sick note! Your dress is gorgeous, by the way ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Abigail
    January 2, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Looks amazing!! I LOVE your hair!

  • JulieD
    January 2, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Bummer! I hope you feel better soon! Great pictures, loved following your travels on instagram and loved that you went to Back in the Day Bakery…I miss that place!!

  • Lindsay M.
    January 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Love your lace dress! Where did you get it?!

  • Dunja
    January 3, 2012 at 2:22 am

    Happy New Year! I hope you are feeling better. Thank you so much for your lovely blog. I have found them a few month ago and now I’m a big fan! AND: thanks for bringing almond butter in my life ๐Ÿ˜‰ (but it is hard to get in Switzerland)

  • Courtney @ Translating Nutrition
    January 3, 2012 at 3:34 am

    The pictures of you two dancing are darling! Looks like you had a great holiday season. Happy new year!

  • SweatyGirl
    January 3, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Dancing sounds fun right about now ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cuuuute dress!

  • elise
    January 3, 2012 at 7:43 am

    such cute photos! love the dress…you guys take some adorable pics together. happy 2012 jenna ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Sarah
    January 3, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Happy New Year! Also, like so many others, LOVE the dress. It looks stunning.

  • Erin H.
    January 3, 2012 at 10:08 am

    My sister got married on Tybee Island a few years ago and I LOVE that place, it’s so wonderful and magical. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Aundra Weissert | Fit for Life
    January 3, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Love the dress, love the hair, love the whimsical, fun, loving-life post. Happy New Year, Jenna!!

  • jenna
    January 3, 2012 at 10:26 am

    everything looks wonderful. what did you have to eat on nye with your sweet potato? looks amazing!

  • Katie R
    January 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Happy New Year Jenna! I got sick too! And it is a cold/flu combo….is that even possible?? And I got in Nevada ( Tahoe to be exact ). Hope you feel better. I am feeling better by the hour today. Thank God!
    Take care!
    (Are you going to the SF yoga conference next weekend?)

  • Jen @ Cabs and Dogs
    January 3, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    I think your blog is contributing to my drinking problem. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Every time I see a picture of you drinking wine it makes me want to do the same. And I was REALLY trying hard to resist opening a bottle tonight.

    Love the fire extinguisher pic! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dee
    January 4, 2012 at 7:17 am

    these photos are AWESOME. boo to being sick though. hope you feel better soon!

  • Lauren
    January 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Ahhh!! You’re not the only one sick and in bed after a great Christmas vacation. Sounds like we both crossed paths with the Germ-y Grinch! Hope you’re feeling better soon…and if you find anyone to make you the Asian Chicken Noodle soup please send them my way: to Roanoke, Virginia, where this cold is REALLY interfering with my medical school classes. Take care & keep up the great cooking!

  • Lizzie
    January 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Jenna, I love your nail polish in these pics! It’s such a pretty cranberry red (an unusual red, but classic!) May I ask what color it is?

    • jenna
      January 4, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      It’s a gel color…and I’m so sorry because I don’t know the exact shade that it was!

  • Lizzie
    January 6, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Ah! Thanks for responding, it IS gorgeous! <3

  • Juliane @ C'est moi ร  Paris
    January 8, 2012 at 3:11 am

    Your dress looks so lovely!

  • Jo
    January 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Pics of Austin- amazing. Especially the first one of you two together, Love.

  • bobbi
    January 14, 2012 at 9:36 am

    this comment is way overdue, but girl I love your hair and your dress in these pics. You are so addorable!!! You two look so happy ๐Ÿ™‚

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