and the beat played on

Summer flew by! Now it’s September 1st and I have all my Mariah Carey Christmas songs on queue.

I kid, I kid.

But I did wear a scarf and boots yesterday in the blazing heat to celebrate the new season! I only got a few weird stares.

Here’s a quick little recap of the past couple months. They’ve been a blast! I’m looking forward to Fall though when I can shamelessly wear my scarves and boots daily. This summer we made a whole grain buttery blueberry breakfast cake….and it was delicious. If you have extra blueberries, make it! It’s never too late for cake.

I also wrote about my favorite food to eat while camping. Just a warning: it ain’t tofu.

Then it was my birthday and I wore some really high sparkly pink shoes to celebrate.

We learned the art of vegan ganache! And then used it to spread all over a very non-vegan peanut butter cake. If that’s wrong I never want to be right.

Somewhere in the midst of all that I made some cookies that were a big fail. Like, really. I can’t even talk about it.

And then my laptop and kindle sunk to the bottom of Lake Sonoma (smiling photo taken BEFORE everything went downhill). That was also a big fail and I won’t name any names. COUGH COUGH

I concocted the world’s best eggplant soup. <—-make it today!

and a really cute guy made me spaghetti….he’s a keeper.

…I also almost got shot on the interstate. But I don’t have a photo to document it so it might not have ever really happened.




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  • Kamaile
    September 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    oh no, your laptop and your kindle! 🙁

  • Cait's Plate
    September 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    I adore that first photo.

    And re-reading about all these experiences makes me jealous of your summer all over again!

  • Natasha (OveLoves)
    September 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Mmm – eggplant soup sounds delicious.


  • Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    September 1, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Mariah Carey christmas is where its at….at least in my house every christmas season bahah 🙂

  • Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove
    September 1, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    This just reminded me that I have to try making that ganache!

  • Angharad
    September 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Fun summer! Except the nearly getting shot part and the sinking appliances. All the sparkles, food, and camping though = yay!

  • Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas
    September 1, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    That eggplant soup was da bomb! 🙂

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    September 1, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Eek – shot on the interstate! Now that sounds like an interesting story! LOVE those heels!

  • Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles
    September 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    It’s wild that it’s already September! Where did the summer go?!?!

  • Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance
    September 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I love the shoes & the recap 🙂

  • Baking N Books
    September 1, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Is it too early for Mariah? I see spaghetti in the future…but sadly no cute guy. Darn…

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    September 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Oh Mariah Carey Christmas songs are such goodies. LOVE.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    September 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I’m so excited for fall too!! Its my favorite time of the year 🙂

  • French Heart
    September 1, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Wow, if we ever turn into a nation of survivalists–you & Adam will do it in BIG style!! Taking cues. Love the sparkly shoes against the pebbles, etc. :0

  • Amrita
    September 1, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    I LOVE LOVE the pics and your sparkly shoes are just adorable ..

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    September 1, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    I usually start the MC Christmas music around July….it became a college rule that I had to wait until November to push play on the Christmas music!

    • Baking N Books
      September 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      I was thinking the other day – “God people talking about Xmas already”..and then I realized I’m just giving into the ‘stereotype’ of people being stressed, etc…when in reality I love Christmas! So why not celebrate the good stuff right 🙂

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    September 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    i can’t wait for christmas music! i usually make myself wait til thanksgiving to start…but maybe earlier this year. i already broke out the pumpkin so who cares about tradition? 🙂

  • Erika @ The Teenage Taste
    September 1, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    Holy crap! How did I miss that armed gunman in the hotel story?! Craziness…but other than that and the laptop it sounds like a great Summer! 😉

  • Sarah@The Flying ONION
    September 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I’m so with you on the Christmas music…haha!

    And I remember those shoes…the vote. Totally love your choice. 😀

  • CheezyK
    September 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    You laugh about Mariah Carey but we were in a department store the other day and they had their Christmas decoration stands set up!

  • jenna k
    September 1, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    just the mention of that peanut butter cake and i can almost taste it again. sighhhh. the most perfect cake to just eat out of the pan with a fork 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    September 1, 2011 at 5:24 pm

    I didn’t realize your laptop did too! I thought it was just your kindle. That sucks!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    September 1, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    You lost your laptop and your kindle and I swear you had iphone issues not too long ago either…girl…you and your electronics havent had a great month!

    And the cookies, well,…they LOOK tasty 🙂

    And the shoes. Oh, I loved them then when you posted about them, & love them now!

  • kaila @ healthy helper!
    September 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    I don’t know where I was but I missed that eggplant soup! I need that in my belly like NOW!!!

  • Katrina
    September 2, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Love that soup!

  • Laura @ Backstage Balance
    September 2, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Wait, what? Why did you have your laptop and kindle out on the lake to start with?
    Love the camping cookig stuff, that’s one of my very favorite things to do and I live and die for s’mores. Fact.

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen
    September 2, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Boo for drowned electronics and almost getting shot – but yay for great eats and memories.

  • katie @KatieDid
    September 2, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Maybe I missed the post about the laptop and kindle? That sounds like maybe a low point of your summer…? eek! But everything else made for an awesome summer.

    • jenna
      September 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

      hahaha yes…I didn’t mention it when it happened for a reason…it was awful. But everything is good now!

  • Meghan @ StruggleMuffins
    September 2, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Cute recap – you have a way of making it all sound so whimsical…I’m sure there’s no whimsy in seeing your kindle sink to the bottom of a late but still – you’ve got a way with words!

  • Lindsey
    September 2, 2011 at 10:22 am

    That chicken looks divine, and those shoes? Can I steal them please? 🙂 Happy September!

  • Stephanie @ Love Life Project
    September 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I think I’d cry if my laptop sunk to the bottom of a lake! What a tragedy! For what it’s worth, I also wore a scarf today. To the farmer’s market. Where everyone was wearing shorts and tank tops. Oh well.

    • jenna
      September 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm

      I did cry. I considered it a funeral at sea.

  • Chels
    September 6, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Digging the shoes! & also can’t wait to rock my scarves and boots this fall! 🙂