Behind The Butter

a day out with mom

Yesterday, my mom and I took the ultimate girls day by going out for lunch and massages in Hilton Head Island. She had some groupons and decided to take matters into her own hands after I have refused to leave the couch for the past three days.

“It’s too coooooold,” I whined, one hand attached to my kindle and the other to a buffalo chicken wonton.

“Jennifer, you can’t stay in the house any longer. You’ll get a vitamin D deficiency!”Mom said, clearly exasperated.

I tried to explain that I was from Northern California and wasn’t used to seeing sunlight.

Then, she brought out the big guns.

“Well then, I guess I’ll have to find someone else to get a massage and lunch with. Enjoy the couch!”

And just like that, I hopped up, raced upstairs and traded my plaid pajamas for a new pair of black stretchy pants and hooded sweatshirt. I would brave the cold for massages and lunch, yes, the time had come!

We went to Bistro 17 on the island and I had the most delicious bowl of french onion soup with a salad. I had forgotten what it was like to order at a restaurant and was glad I had thought to put on my nicest pair of stretchy pants for the occasion.

The massage was wonderful, although my therapist told me it felt like I had ping pong balls all over my back. I tried to explain that that was normal since I hadn’t been to yoga in a month due to a bum right shoulder.

We got home around five o’clock and I promptly flounced back on the couch, anxious to finish the last few pages of my book.

Mom always wins…and I love that about her.

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  • Maria
    December 29, 2010 at 11:23 am

    What a fun day out! I could use a massage right now!

  • Rachel @ The Avid Appetite
    December 29, 2010 at 11:24 am

    They always know how to getcha 🙂

  • Natalie @ Will Jog For Food
    December 29, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Your mom sounds great!

    It must be so nice to spend the holidays in Hilton Head…it’s a beautiful place 🙂

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    December 29, 2010 at 11:25 am

    oh how I love to eat out. I just love the practice of it. It’s something that’s really difficult for me to balance with the rest of my eating.

    Fun day 🙂 Makes me miss my mom! She’s only a couple states away though, so I’ll be seeing her soon.

  • Natalie @ Will Jog For Food
    December 29, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Your mom sounds great!

    It must be so nice to spend the holidays in Hilton Head, it’s beautiful there 🙂

  • Deanna (PRetty in Pittsburgh)
    December 29, 2010 at 11:25 am

    I absolutely LOVE Hilton Head! I went there for the first time this summer and fell in love with it. So cute. If only it were August and I were on vacation again…

  • Lauren
    December 29, 2010 at 11:27 am

    My family has a place there! Looks like you all had a wonderful afternoon together! Where did you all go for your spa day? I’ve gone to FACES down in Wexford – fabulous! Enjoy!

  • Jeni @ stepping out
    December 29, 2010 at 11:34 am

    I absolutely love Hilton Head! We just left there on Friday. So glad you get to enjoy it!

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    December 29, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Wow I’m soooo jealous. I really need a massage!

  • Becki @ Hike, Bike, Eat
    December 29, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Rough day! So sorry you had to go through that 🙂

  • kim
    December 29, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I was recently in Savannah (when the snow came) and was just down the street from Back in the Day Bakery. Wanted to sneak in there for an early breakfast before I headed back to Raleigh. But, they are closed on Monday. So sad. Thought of you.

  • leslie
    December 29, 2010 at 11:46 am

    going out into society is always a good idea. 🙂

    anyway, i wanted to comment because i LOVE the book thief – it’s one of my top five favorite books of all time, and i think i read it in two days. are you loving it?

  • Amalfi Girl (EatRunHaveFun!)
    December 29, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I love how your writing has progressed. These story-time type posts are great! 🙂

    • caryn
      December 29, 2010 at 11:03 pm

      agreed! 🙂

  • sarah
    December 29, 2010 at 11:50 am

    i love hilton head…that is so cool that your parents live so close! i am not buying that you were cold…come to chicago…ugh. hope you are having a fun break!

  • Jamie @ A Healthy J.D.
    December 29, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Ahh, I loved The Book Thief! I purchased a copy in England when I was studying abroad and read it on my flight back to America. I couldn’t put it down! Hope you enjoyed it and glad to see I’m not the only one who needs to be bribed to put my Kindle down 🙂

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    December 29, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I used to live in NC (Wrightsville Beach) and then Myrtle Beach, SC for about 4+ years. We used to go down to Charleston and Hilton Head and it was great.

    I love the pics you posted, the intercoastal waterway (I’m guessing) and love that you had a girls day and massages. THAT is what the holidays are great for…pampering yourself when they’re over 🙂 Or just in time for New Years 🙂

  • Camille
    December 29, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Sunshine is overrated! I live in Oregon and the sun is out right now (10 minutes ago it was snowing and at 1:00 is is supposed to start thunder/lightning storming) and it is hurting my eyes. I just want my clouds back!

  • Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side
    December 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Ahhh, just left South Carolina Sunday… I already miss it. Glad you’re enjoying!

  • Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    December 29, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    i just got done with 10 days of basking in “mom and sister” time! It is indescribably wonderful! 🙂
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    December 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    how fun! i love spending time with my mom…great food and a massage sounds like the perfect afternoon 🙂

  • alexa
    December 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    Ahhh! I live on HHI!!!! Can’t believe you came here! So glad yall had a nice day 🙂

    Sounds perfect! Glad ur having a good visit!

  • jenna
    December 29, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    aren’t moms the best? what a fun day! and your soup looks amazing!

  • RhodeyGirl
    December 29, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    Jealous of such a nice relaxing day!

  • Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather
    December 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Moms are the best. I’d hop up off the couch for that day too!

  • Erin (Travel Eat Repeat)
    December 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Aren’t you loving The Book Thief? I couldn’t put it down and promptly recommended it to everyone I know. So engrossing. Just finished Ape House by Sara Gruen and had a similar can’t-stop-reading reaction.

  • D
    December 29, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    I am the mother of two daughters about your age and yes we are always right!

    The Book Thief is one of my all time top ten books-and I have been an avid reader all my life. Not a cheery, feel good book but the message of the power of words to heal AND to destroy is so powerful.
    I wept at the end…be prepared!

  • Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel
    December 29, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    my mom just told me that she’s gonna take me out for a pedicure, which isnt quite a massage, but its just as fun. i always love a day out with mom, nothing grounds me better and makes me feel complete <3

  • Susan
    December 29, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I have a baker question for you, Jenna – when you use whole wheat flour, like in your newtons, do you use pastry flour or regular? Should I use one over the other in certain situations, especially if the recipe doesn’t say? Can’t wait to make those cookies!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    December 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    What gorgeous photos!! Looks like you ladies had a lovely afternoon. And if it were me, I’d be there at just the sheer mention of massages and lunch as well 🙂

  • kim
    December 29, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    You’re really lucky to have such a great relationship with your mom!!

    And oh how I miss Hilton Head…

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    December 29, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Jealous of the massages! and French Onion Soup…to die for!

  • J-
    December 29, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    I second the comment that you are lucky to be so close with your mom!

    Massages and lunch out? Sun and beautiful scenery. Wow.

    And I still don’t understand how you can say Calif. is cold and not sunny….I’ll trade you for Canada 🙂

  • Victoria
    December 29, 2010 at 1:05 pm


    That’s all.

  • Meredith @ An Epic Change
    December 29, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    My family is on vacation in the Outer Banks (NC) and my mom and I took a mother-daughter day for lunch and massages, too!! (And pedicures!) I’m glad you’re enjoying your time at home!

  • Fi
    December 29, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Sounds like a perfect girls day out to me! A hood onion soup is hard to come by! I’m kinda craving it now ;/ x

  • Lo
    December 29, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    your mom sounds great. When I am home I never leave my couch, unless its for a free movie and dinner. Moms are wonderful at taking care of us, no matter what age we are!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    December 29, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    If my mom wanted to buy me a massage, I would be out the door and tapping my toe within 30 seconds. Sounds like so much fun!

  • Shareece
    December 29, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Hilton Head Island!! My face is beaming and my eyes totally lit up when I read that! I went there for my second ever official vacation in May last year and COMPLETELY fell in love with it. I want to live there, and am anxious to go back. Everything about it was perfect, and I’ve never felt more at peace or content than I did for the week I was there. Love it.

    PS – I adore your blog mucho.

  • Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama
    December 29, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I read The Book Thief a few years ago. Good read.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    December 29, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    French Onion soup at restaurants is the best. There is this place by me called Bistro 110 and it is the best soup I’ve had!

  • Kamaile
    December 29, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    The Book Thief is SO good and on my top 10 favorite books of all time.

  • Shannon
    December 29, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    The Book Thief is SOOOO FREAKIN GOOD!!!! Sorry about my over-enthusiasm, but I really love that book. Let us know what you think after you’re finished!

  • Amy K @ Healthy Peanut
    December 29, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    I worked in Hilton Head for a summer and it is my favorite place ever! Definitely worth getting off the couch for 🙂

  • Brenna [fabuleuxdestin]
    December 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    I just had a day with my mom; Whole Foods lunch and shopping at the mall! Glad you’re having fun Jenna.

  • Erin
    December 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Oh, this is funny. My mom did the same thing to me yesterday. I had refused to venture outside for most of the week I’ve been home. She was quite exasperated as well. But she was right, of course!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    December 29, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    This day sounds perfect! I would like to have lunch then a massage too, please. Mum’s are sneaky like that, i love it 🙂
    Heidi xo

  • Karen
    December 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    This story gave me a good chuckle and made me miss my mom… we share that the same sort of playfulness and I can easily slip into a faux dramatic child mode when I am with her. And yes, moms always know best.

    Glad you are having so much fun with your family, Jenna.

  • Christine (The Raw Project)
    December 29, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Cute post and sounds like a wonderful day. We are actually getting a little sunshine in Northern California today – I’m totally shocked. 🙂

  • taylor
    December 29, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    my husband & i got married in hilton head almost 4 yrs. ago!! love it there. montana is coooold right now…wish i was in HHI right now.

  • Sana
    December 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Sad but true, I can see myself being a total shut-in! I love being warm and comfy at home 🙂

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    December 29, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    Lol! Mom’s know just what to say to get our booties off the couch 🙂

  • Kelly
    December 29, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    You would have driven right past our house. Bummer. You could have stopped in for some cookies and a walk around the marsh … or just cookies. 🙂

  • Amber Starr
    December 29, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Your lunch looks amazing! I would absolutely love to have a day like that with my mom. I have a gift certificate to a spa burning a hole in my pocket…think I’ll have to go get a massage soon!

    I want to read that book so badly!

  • jessica
    December 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Yeah, how could you pass up a day like that with your mom- sounds wonderful! I just got to visit my family last week and absolutly LOVE having girl time with my mom and sister. They’re the greatest 🙂

  • Kristi
    December 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Awww… it sounds like you had a great day with your mom!!!

  • salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    December 29, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    a massage sounds so nice right now!!! Sounds like a wonderful day!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    December 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    So fun!! I could definitely use a massage right now. I’m planning one for this coming spring. 😀

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    December 29, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    LOL – cute story 😀
    Massage and lunch? Ummmm yes please!

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    December 29, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    aww, that sounds like a mother after my own heart. I do love a good lunch and massage and nothing like spending time with the good ole ma!

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    December 29, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Laziness is what being home is about

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    December 29, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Massages are the best thing ever – I love going to get them. Moms rock!

  • Aimee
    December 29, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I just finished the Book Thief yesterday. I was so moved by the characters. It was so beautifully written. I just started reading The Help and I am so engrossed in it already. Enjoy your time at home.

  • Amber K
    December 29, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    What a fun time!

  • AnneW
    December 29, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    I loved The Book Thief! Read his other book I am the Messenger, it’s one of my favorites!
    Also, book lover to book lover- read Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. You will not be able to put it down. My Christmas Eve/Christmas Day were greatly consumed by this amazing book.

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    December 30, 2010 at 7:43 am

    I want to adopt your mom.

  • jassy
    December 30, 2010 at 10:32 am

    cheers to all our mothers! they are so cool, right? 🙂

  • Natalie
    December 30, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Ooh I love Hilton Head! It’s absolutely gorgeous. My aunt has a summer home there – visiting is such a treat. 🙂

  • Ali
    December 31, 2010 at 7:32 am

    I heard that book is really good! I recently read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and it was SO good. I had heard these books are similar in genre. Maybe worth reading next 🙂

  • kaila
    December 31, 2010 at 8:59 am

    i absolutely love Hilton Head….its so pretty and picturesque! i have been there for vacation a few times and i love how bikeable and walkable it is! plus the beaches are so beautifully white and clean…… nice!

  • Natalie
    January 2, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Knew exactly where you were the moment I saw the picture. Hilton Head Island is one of my very favorite places on earth!! Have you made it to Truffles?? I love having lunch there.

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