Behind The Butter

a family affair

This photo was taken last week after I finally picked myself off the cold bathroom floor, took a shower and blew my hair dry.

Then, I went out for a wine tasting.

I wish I had more photos of the week to share, but picking up the camera proved to be all too much and honestly, it was a nice break to focus purely on my family (a huge thanks to Jess for an amazing guest post while I was out!)! I miss them. My sink full of dirty dishes misses them.

So, because I don’t have any photos of my own to share I went online and hacked my mom’s photos from Facebook and downloaded them to my desktop. Here’s another:

In this photo, I display the art of being severely dehydrated and sucking down water at rapid pace while strolling through wine country with my parents. It’s a keeper despite the fact I have elf ears because on this day, blowing my hair dry was more than I could handle and thus, a greased back ponytail came in for the win.

…and that’s all I have! The other photos just feature more elf ears and greasy hair. You’re not missing much! Go bake these cookies instead. I hear they have magic getting-over-the-flu properties!

Or at least that’s the rumor.


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  • Lizzie
    August 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm


    How awesome for you to spend time with your fam. I also live away from my family and know how much it sucks (and I don’t use that word very often :)), so thos opportunities when we can have time together and have fun in the process are all the more special. It must have been a tad yuck to be sick while they were there, but how good did it feel having the people you love mop your brow in person, instead of over Skype?? 🙂 Glad you had a great time with them!

  • Allison (Allison's Delicious Life)
    August 29, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Sorry to hear that you weren’t feeling well, but sometimes being with family is really all you need.

    My sink full of dishes definitely makes me miss my family, that abundant pantry, and my mom’s cooking. Sigh…

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    August 29, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Glad that you had a nice time with the fam. From being really sick on the bathroom floor to wine tasting…that sounds like my early 20s 🙂 Seriously though, I know how BAD it is to have a really bad case of the stomach flu…ugh…shudder. Nothing worse. Except morning sickness. Whole ‘nuter topic there though.

    You look adorable in that pic with your mom 🙂

  • Cait's Plate
    August 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    You look better sick than I do on a good day – so at least there’s that! 😉

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    August 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Love the pic with you & your mom 🙂

    Hope you feel better soon!

  • Devon {Confections of a Food Bitch}
    August 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better & that you at least got to enjoy part of your parents’ trip!

  • katie @KatieDid
    August 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    ugh nausea is the worst but glad to hear your past that now. You looks great in the pictures for being mid-flu!

  • Bev Weidner
    August 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I’m always rocking a greased back pony tail and sporting the “yeah, she just got out of the orphanage” look.

    You. look. fiiiine!

  • stephanie
    August 29, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    so glad you enjoyed the time with your parents. the wine tasting looks like a beautiful place!

    haha i rock the greasy pony tail way too often. if you’re gonna sweat, it doesn’t really matter, right?

  • sarah k @ the pajama chef
    August 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    so fun that you got to spend qt with the fam!

  • Seb
    August 29, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Drinking water in a vineyard. Hope you had some vino later.

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    August 29, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    yikes… i heard quite a few people have come down with a summer flu. hope you’re feeling better! moms and cookies cure all 🙂

  • LisaG
    August 29, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I don’t comment that often, but love reading your blog. I live in Georgia and my sister in Sausalito. We were just out there a few weeks ago. So glad your parents and you had a good visit despite stomAch ailments. My son had that last week; ugh. I’m making that salmon this week!!

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen
    August 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Glad you are feeling better – and you look gorgeous in spite of sickness! Love that top. Where is it from?

  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    August 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Aww glad you could spend some time with the famjam. Yum those cookies look fab 🙂

  • Baking N Books
    August 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    You do NOT have elf ears!!…I think everyone has them 😉

  • Lisa
    August 29, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    what a cute family pic!!!

    ps – so glad to hear that you are feeling better. Take care x

  • Kay
    August 29, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    You look beautiful even when recovering from sickness! And I love your parents! What beautiful people you all are.

  • Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)
    August 29, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    I’m glad you feel better- the flu is the worst, esp in the summertime.

    Where’d you get that strapless shirt in the first pic? It’s adorable!

    • jenna
      August 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      thank you! it’s actually a sundress from Urban Outfitters. I got it last year though!

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    August 29, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    You have good aging genes to look forward to!

  • Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman
    August 29, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Glad you were able to feel good enough to enjoy some wine tasting with your parents! You look just like your Mom and have the smile of your Dad:)

  • mom
    August 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    So happy to spend time with you honey ~ So glad that I was there when you were not well ~~ miss you so much ~
    Had a wonderful time. Thank you !!

  • Sana
    August 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    I adore the elf ears 🙂

    • mom
      August 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      So do I !!

  • Becki @ Becki's Whole Life
    August 29, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    You look pretty good for just getting over the stomach flu! I can’t believe you made it to a wine tasting after that! I give you lots of credit for that, but I imagine being with your mom and dad made you feel a bit better

  • Leann
    August 29, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    I live in south Florida and my beautiful daughter lives in Mill Valley with her husband. We love our visits there and have great memories of visits to the wine country.

  • kaila@ healthy helper blog!
    August 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Cute pics! Glad you had a nice visit with your parents!

  • Ingrid
    August 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    i have elf ears too. wear them proudly. i gave them to my son. first thing my husband said when he was born was, “BABE! he has your elf ears!”

  • Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy
    August 29, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I am glad that you’re feeling better. You still look pretty, even when you’re not feeling well!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    August 29, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Lovely post Jenna. You may not have felt like it, but you still looked your usual, fabulous self! Visits from Mom and Dad, really are the best!

  • Shari @ The Daily Dish
    August 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    That’s a great photo of you and your parents. Glad you had a good time!

  • Liz
    August 29, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better! It looks like you had a great time with your family & the pictures are great, especially the one with your mom & dad (you look so much like them!) 🙂

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    August 29, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Glad to hear you’re feeling better and that you got to enjoy spending time with your family!

  • Natasha (OveLoves)
    August 30, 2011 at 4:44 am

    I agree that sometimes it is best to just keep your camera in the bag and enjoy the moment with your friends & family.