Behind The Butter

Another One Bites The Dust

hello my people!

how are we doing this evening? any big plans? If you are amazingly cool like me your Friday night plans include making italian buttercream icing and watching a movie on your laptop. While drinking tea of course. But we can’t all be that cool now, can we? 😉

Also, can someone please tell me what is going on here?


I almost got it!




Another one bites the dust.

I went to another yoga class this morning! That’s three in a row and it hurts so gooooood! You know what else hurts? My left shin, unfortunately. I’m keeping ice on it and crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to run five miles in the morning. Bay to Breakers will be here before we know it!

And finally, what else hurts? My heart. Or, rather, my triceps.


Shutup, Jillian.

20 minute shred turned into three minute shred when I shut Jillian off after pushups. I just wasn’t feelin’ it. Instead, I did what any self respecting girl would do….

I ate a grapefruit and walked to the library.


Lunch today was a massive pile of pasta salad leftovers from yesterday, plus an apple.


I’ve also been snacking on some sugar snap peas. (note: above grapefruit was actually an afternoon snack…I didn’t have a morning snack because I’m 88 and ate lunch at 10:50 this morning).

Dinner was…creative. The first step is admitting you have a problem.
Ahhhhhh roasting frozen broccoli….one of life’s greatest pleasures. No? Try it!
I chopped up a baked sweet potato and threw the roasted broccoli on top, along with two scrambled eggs, a bit of hummus and sriracha.
Isn’t it pretty?
After dinner I had the brilliant idea to walk to the grocery store. I mean, the store is like not even a half mile from my house. I always drive but in an effort to save gas and tone my tush at the same time, I walked. I know what you are thinking right now. The bad thing about walking to the grocery store is walking BACK once you have all your groceries, right? This little fact reminded me not to buy so much food (kabocha squash, cat litter and six bags of frozen broccoli do not work on foot) that I really don’t need. Moral of the story? Walk to the grocery store to a) save gas b) tone your tush and c) save money.
I thoroughly got covered with italian buttercream and nice little sugar high for about six minutes while slowly streaming in the boiling sugar syrup into the meringue.

I actually had frosting on my eyelashes tonight. How amazing is that?
I got it.
In an effort to not eat all the frosting, which now resides in a covered container in my fridge, I made a 100 calorie pack of kettle corn and dumped in some dark chocolate chips.
Not as good as my frosting but it’ll do.

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  • RED
    April 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Hahaha! Love the pics of Dexter!!

  • Jenny
    April 16, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I can’t wait to see what the frosting goes with! An I’m loving the blonde again!!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    April 16, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Cursing at Jillian is all part of the 30 Day Shred right…burns some extra calories from moving your mouth so much 🙂

    I made butter cream today too but I didn’t have as much luck with not eating it after I frosted my cupcakes. Hello sugar headache.

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    April 16, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    You’re adorable: “frosting in my eyelashes”. What’s in store for the frosting’s future?

  • Carrie (Love Healthy Living)
    April 16, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    No big Friday plans for me. Reading blogs, watching tv, I’m just cool like that. 🙂 What’s the frosting for?

  • Katie
    April 16, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    What are you doing with the icing? I actually ate lunch at 11:00 this morning too! Gotta respect your hunger 🙂

    • jenna
      April 17, 2010 at 7:44 am

      Katie and everyone else,

      I promised the boyfriend I would practice my domestic pastry chef skills while he was out of town and make him cupcakes for his birthday. Last time I baked for him he said my banana bread “was just okay” and that really fueled some pastry fire in me. Don’t tell me my banana bread is just OKAY. (let it be noted he said this with a smile and enjoyed every crumb of it regardless).

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat)
    April 16, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    Hahaha I loved this post. 1) My post tonight was called ‘I’m Cool Like That’ because my Friday night entailed watching Food Revolution while doing work and baking.

    While you’re 88 eating lunch at 10:50, I’m 18 and ate breakfast at 10:50 🙂

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    April 16, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I love quiet Friday nights once in a while. I saw “Date Night” then came home and read on the couch for a few hours. Perfect!

  • D
    April 16, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    hahah “shut up jillian” that made me laugh out loud. thanks!

  • D
    April 16, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    hahah “shut up jillian” that made me laugh out loud. thanks!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner?
    April 16, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Actually… i’m making cupcakes tonight and italian meringue buttercream tomorrow… never made it before, wish me luck!

    If you’re going to eat lunch at 10:50, you gotta get yourself a granny cart for the grocery store!!! They’re the BEST!

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    April 16, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    haha JIllian knows how to push us all….its funny b/c I catch myself talking back to her during the workouts lol

  • Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle
    April 16, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    haha JIllian knows how to push us all….its funny b/c I catch myself talking back to her during the workouts lol

  • Christie
    April 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    I grew up with a cat that would ALWAYS hang on the window screens! LOL! This used to crack me up- so thanks for sharing your pic- made me reminisce about all the screens we had to replace before she was declawed 🙂


  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    April 16, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    That dinner is exactly something I would make…
    Dexter is SUPER cute!

  • Callie @ OneLittleOnigiri
    April 16, 2010 at 9:11 pm

    Hehe there are just some days where you don’t feel like getting your butt kicked by Jillian. That pasta salad looks amazing! You can’t go wrong with noodles, tuna and spinach at the same time 🙂

  • Midgetkeeper
    April 16, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Hahahaha those pics of Dexter are priceless.

    I tell Jillian to STFU all the time! It helps when I mute her.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    April 16, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    Love the pix of Dexter–too cute. He’s athletic! The one looking back, ‘I’m WAITIN’ here.’ Am always too worried about cat outside by self so I only let out when am standing right there and follow around in fenced area. Neurotic, I know.

    If anyone needs a great 3-day break/network with 1000s of peeps, great beach venues. April 22-24 is the California Wine Festival. Terrific GF trip…and discounts. Their 2nd venue is Santa Barbara July 15-17 am going to that one. 🙂 info:

    Good Luck Bay to Breakers–that is a hysterical event–one gigantic party!

  • Angharad
    April 16, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    That picture makes me kind of want to punch jillian in the face. Ha.
    I adore dinners which are mounds of kind of random/completely delicious things thrown together! Bravo!
    And, err, I spent the night cooking, painting my nails and watching house hunters international…too cool for school.

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    April 16, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    this cracks me up…gotta love the friday night happenings at home 🙂 hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

  • Katherine
    April 16, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Love the pics of Dexter! Adorable. My meowster, Izzy, is always trying to pull stuff like that too. 100 calorie pack of popcorn with dark chocolate is a great snack idea. I need to try that…

  • dmorrow01
    April 16, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Seriously. Totally awesome post. Exactly how I’m feeling. Me and the boy are having a night in, and it’s PERFECT! Some random cooking adventures for tomorrow (a picnic in the plans), but no special Friday night free-for-all! Sometimes, I love these nights more than anything.

  • Sarah
    April 16, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Oh my gosh I looooove roasted broccoli! I had some for dinner tonight too! I can’t get enough of it!

  • Alyson @ Nourished Fitness
    April 16, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    My cat, Killer, is around 6 yo and still acts like a kitten 🙂 That dinner looks fantastic, love the combination!

  • Nicole
    April 16, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    hahaha you’re hilarious!! First: your cat is beautiful! and so funny. Love them cute cat pics. 2nd: the Jillian snap shot made me giggle, too. She made the cover of May’s Woman’s Health mag, and after reading a 3,000 page story on her, I feel like I know her meself! 3rd: your lunch looks amazing! 4th: your dinner looks amazing!

    Take care! :]

  • CalliNae
    April 16, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    Oh gosh. Walking to/from the grocery store is one of the banes/beauties of my existence. Since no one here has cars, it’s either we bike or walk… and let me tell you, trying to balance bags of groceries on your handlebars is surprisingly difficult!

    So I’ve had to modify what I buy. No more heavy stuff! …wait, that’s not entirely true. I just go more often too. Every couple of days, to get the squash, veggies and crazy melons I love so much.

    Makes me laugh!

  • Diana
    April 16, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    What a day full of crazy adventures :p
    Dexter’s so cute! ahah
    Glad you had an exciting night 😉

  • Kait
    April 17, 2010 at 12:04 am

    looks like a great day, hope the rest of your weekend is just as wonderful!!

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs
    April 17, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Hhehe, cute cat pics! All three of my cats have mastered the art of opening doors, climbing trees and going on the roof – it’s quite the talent!!

  • Snowflakes and Sunshine
    April 17, 2010 at 12:50 am

    Your blog always cracks me up! My friday night was very similar to yours, minus the icing!

  • nic
    April 17, 2010 at 2:31 am

    it’s funny that you linked back on an old post!
    a few days ago i started reading old entries of you!!
    wow…. what a difference!! of your writing style but
    more so of your relationship with food!!!
    i’m glad to see how much friendlier you meet with food!!
    keeps my hope up that i’ll be able to sometimes too!
    thank you!!! for all the awesome posts!!

  • M(a different M than the other M!!)
    April 17, 2010 at 4:28 am

    Jenna I find a lot of joy in your posts recently.Wish you continued peace in this month of new memories and old.

    PS A silly question- I live in an apt where you can hear everything…so wondering is the shred workout filled with noisy things like jumping jacks etc, or is it something I could do without making stomping sounds for the landlord below?(old Victorian mansion type deal….)

  • M(a different M than the other M!!)
    April 17, 2010 at 4:30 am

    PS ok one more question, would love to know how you find fresh broccoli roasted in a touch of olive oil(so gooood) compared to frozen?It can’t taste as amazing….can it?!

    • jenna
      April 17, 2010 at 7:41 am


      Errrr I don’t know. Because I’ve never done that. You see, I’ve always rather had an aversion to broccoli. I steamed it and then choked it down because “its good for us”. I’ve never played with it until now. I’ll have to try it fresh!

      And yes, Shred is filled with bouncing around….might not be suitable for an upstairs apartment. You could try to jump lightly during the jumping jacks?

  • Christie {Honoring Health}
    April 17, 2010 at 4:42 am

    I’m sure I am not the only one but I can totally tell how happy you are. 😀

  • Mom
    April 17, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Remember the women in Paris walking to and fro the grocery store wheeling their cute, colorful grocery bags??!

  • diana@mymarblerye
    April 17, 2010 at 4:56 am

    No pics of the frosting?! Is it for someone special’s bday cake when he comes back from out of town? 🙂

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    April 17, 2010 at 5:06 am

    Those Dexter pics are hilarious!

  • Lauren
    April 17, 2010 at 5:15 am

    you need more pictures of Dexter on this blog 🙂 I actually caught my cat doing the exact same thing the other day – hanging from the window in the back door, begging to get outside!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    April 17, 2010 at 5:31 am

    I love it when cats do things like that 🙂

    I can only take so much of Jillian too…she’s so BOSSY!!

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    April 17, 2010 at 5:50 am

    I loved reading your “day in a life” today. Sounds like a good way to end a stressful/busy week. Your cat is adorable and I love kettle corn with added chocolate. Sometimes I take peanut mms and let them melt a bit in the popcorn. Has a little bit of everything 🙂

  • Britton
    April 17, 2010 at 5:51 am

    Your posts have been so funny and cute lately. I love it!

  • Danielle
    April 17, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Haha dexter is too cute. Your baking adventure sounds yummy 🙂

  • MMiller
    April 17, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Funny Dexter! I love Italian Buttercream! We have a cupcake bakery in Naples, FL that uses it on all their cupcakes! It makes a difference!
    I live on the third floor of a condo bldg! I may be only 45 but I have one of those “granny” carts! It is required when you buy something heavy! Mine has a nice fashionable canvas cover! And we can use it to go to the beach too!

    So glad you have been so happy! Be careful of that shin!

  • jen trinque
    April 17, 2010 at 6:37 am

    One of my cats hangs on the screen when she wants to come in, it cracks me up! I love seeing her hang there, but my boyfriend, not so much. I’d rather have torn up screens than no cats, though I’m not sure he always agrees!

  • Jennifer
    April 17, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Your posts from the past two days have been especially humorous, creative, and well written. You should continue this trend. Not saying that your other posts were not, just saying that you seem…real. Keep it real, Jenna. 🙂

  • Sarah R
    April 17, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Frosting for a cake for the boy’s birthday perhaps? Sounds like a wonderful Friday to me!

  • Becca
    April 17, 2010 at 7:07 am

    I just went down to find the part about roasting frozen broccoli, and that is actually news to me! But really great that you found that out- it’s on my list of new things to try out this week. Thanks!

  • Simply Life
    April 17, 2010 at 7:12 am

    I’m loving that dinner creation!

  • Tina
    April 17, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Ugh, popcorn-we went to the movies last night & I feel like I ate my body weight on popcorn! I feel so bloated this morning. I’m guessing the bucket of Sprite didn’t help much. It makes me ill to think about it!

  • Jil
    April 17, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Aww, butter cream yummmmmmmm! That popcorn does sound quite amazing. I always walk to the grocery store (no car in the city) and the nice thing about the times where you HAVE to buy heavier arm tonage! haha 🙂 I say that now…however, I’m sure it slips my mind when I’m huffing and puffing home from the store with too many pounds of groceries hanging off of me. haha

  • Kait
    April 17, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Sounds like a great, relaxing night! Hope the shin starts to feel better!

  • Adam
    April 17, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Hilarious posts lately! Love the choc/popcorn combo!:)

  • Leslie
    April 17, 2010 at 9:38 am

    So I see you use sriracha quite frequently… I too like a little spice so I decided to buy some. I added a small amount to some veggies a few weeks ago and almost DIED from the fire! How do you take all that heat!?!?! Or are there different levels of spicy-ness that I just missed?

  • Stacey
    April 17, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Popcorn and chocolate chips sounds like a great combination. I love your black cat, so cute.

  • Jenny
    April 17, 2010 at 10:57 am

    You crack me up! I love reading your posts – they always put a smile on my face. 🙂

  • Anne P
    April 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Clearly Dexter is trying to bust out of the house and run all the way to D.C. to see me, his one true love. Oh, Dexter. You’re so romantic.

  • Carolyn @
    April 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Ha! My cat keep running outside (probably because the puppy is torturing him). He always runs as fast as he can towards a tree and jumps on the side of the tree like he’s going to climb it. Only he’s too fat and falls off. 😆