Behind The Butter

August Favorites


Here is when I show you a list of what I’m currently loving—these are some of my favorite posts to write! This month we have a mix of new cool kitchen stuff, books, hair, clothes and journals. I love August because I love the anticipation of Fall, my favorite season. I can’t WAIT to put on my boots, make pumpkin cheesecake bites and meet so many of you on my book tour {I’ll be announcing some additional dates/locations for that next week so stay tuned}! Sometimes it’s hard to stay focused on the present moment when you are looking forward to so much in the future. Thank goodness for yoga…nothing like an extra long warrior two to get you focused on the present!

The new Steamy Kitchen wok! I have one and just love it. Can you believe it’s the first wok I’ve ever owned? And such a snazzy red color, too. It’ll make your fried rice even more fab!

I really enjoyed this book by fellow blogger, Emily Freedman. Thanks, Sarah, for the great recommendation (again). I highly recommend this book, no matter if you consider yourself a “good girl” or not. {by the way, on the subject of grace, we are reading Proverbs together this month over at She Reads Truth. It’s not too late to join in!}

Sweet Corn Risotto by The Novice Chef! holy moly. This girl is so not novice. I had the pleasure of getting to know Jessica at the DOLE salad conference last month in Carmel, and And wouldn’t ya know that I came straight home from the conference and immediately made her sweet corn risotto for myself? It was incredible.

This zucchini au gratin! I recreated one of Julia Child’s recipes for PBS Food’s #CookWithJulia celebration (her 100th birthday is on the 15th) with some slight modifications and the result was PERFECT. I don’t know how zucchini au gratin is supposed to taste, but this tasted just like macaroni and cheese.

Lowlights! I had my hair girl stick some lowlights in my hair this go around, and I really like the result. It’s not quite so bright-in-your-face-blonde anymore. I got the idea to do this after seeing Lauren’s hair and loving the light/dark contrast she has going on. I also got my hair cut for the first time since March!

Is it just me or has the Gap gotten waaaaaaaay cooler lately? I’ll admit, I never really shopped at Gap before but lately I am seeing so many cute things there! I bought a pair of their sexy boyfriend jeans and adore them. They fit just right and look really cute with both heels and flats. I’ve worn them practically every day since I bought them a few weeks ago. I don’t know what is happening over at Gap, but I am definitely a fan of it!

This journal I scored at Target! I needed a new recipe journal and I knew Target was the best place to go find one. I mean, really—how perfect is this for recipes?!

The new ELR logo! I probably should have waited to show you guys the logo + the new website all at once, but I just couldn’t wait any longer. So much for having patience.



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  • kim@hungryhealthygirl
    August 11, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I LOVE the new logo! I noticed it on something else you posted a few days ago. And, yes, that journal is just perfect.

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    August 11, 2012 at 8:33 am

    No worries. I give Christmas and birthday presents early because I can’t keep it a secret.

  • Jennifer S.
    August 11, 2012 at 8:34 am

    I completely agree about Gap! They have been stepping their game up lately. I am in love with their new navy & white nautical shift. It is perfect for fall!

  • adam
    August 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

    lovely post dear

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    August 11, 2012 at 9:02 am

    I was never really a fan of the Gap but I recently went on a mega shopping spree there and loved it! Loving all of their fun, bright colors. Had to ante up and buy some pink jeans…and I love them. Yep, I said it.

  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma)
    August 11, 2012 at 9:04 am

    The new logo is awesome! I can’t wait to see the new site.

  • Sarah
    August 11, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I bought that journal at Target yesterday, no joke. So glad Grace for the Good Girl touched you. Did you know Emily Freeman is going to be at Influence?! So amazing. Have a great weekend…let me know if you need any more book suggestions. My Amazon cart is overflowing.

  • domonique @ a bowl full of simple
    August 11, 2012 at 9:29 am

    hi jenna,
    i am really enjoying you blog. I’ve been blogging for 3 months now. i am feeling a little overwhelmed. any advice for prioritizing the ever growing list for a new blogger? from improving my photography skills, to staying organized on post topics, to learning how to create more beautiful posts, to simply getting out there….
    i really like your posts on where you started and how you got to where you are today. so encouraging.
    any thought, suggestions, prayers are welcome.
    thank you!

  • Jen
    August 11, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Love the new logo! Can’t wait to see the new website!

  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance
    August 11, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Love the new logo! Very cute. I can’t believe we’re this far into August already. What happened to summer?!?!

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    August 11, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Target is really the best place for every single thing, no?

    Love the new logo!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    August 11, 2012 at 10:03 am

    LOVE the lowlights – your hair looks FABULOUS! Or shall I say YOU look fabulous with your new ‘do!

    And Steamy Kitchen has a store? News to me (I don’t need to shop anymore though! lol)

  • Anne
    August 11, 2012 at 10:46 am

    LOVE the logo!

  • Christa @ Edible Balance
    August 11, 2012 at 11:08 am

    the first photo is gorgeous! I can’t believe August is almost halfway through… craziness. I’m not ready for summer to end!

    Loving the Gap lately, I need to go stock up on summer sale stuff 🙂 also LOVING your new logo!

  • Sharon
    August 11, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Love fall and an excuse to bake with pumpkin…warms my soul just thinking about it!

  • Gabby (Quest for Delicious)
    August 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Zucchini that tastes like mac & cheese? Sign me up. 🙂
    Proverbs is SO GOOD. No matter how many times I read it. Love she reads truth!

  • Joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    August 11, 2012 at 11:52 am

    LOVE the new logo – it’s adorable!!!

    P.S. I wanted to send you an email (have a question), but your contact form seems to be broken.. is there another way to contact you? Gracias!

  • Laura @ She Eats Well
    August 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I love your logo; it is very unique. I am looking forward to your book tour and seeing you in SF, you will have SUCH a large turn out! Also, I agree about the GAP. They even have good music playing when you walk in 🙂

  • Elisabeth
    August 11, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    LOVE the new logo! Can’t wait for more of the new ELR design 🙂

  • Kate
    August 11, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    The logo looks great, but since you don’t run anymore it seems weird to keep the name.
    Unless… Maybe the “R” stands for something else in the new chapter of the blog and brand?
    I will stay tuned to find out!

  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    August 11, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Logo looks so cute!

  • Abby
    August 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Enjoy these posts, Jenna! Thanks for sharing.

  • Laura @FoodSnobSTL
    August 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Your new logo is totally you and adorable. I cannot decide if the Gap actually is cooler or I am just older, therefore I think it’s cooler.

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    August 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Love your hair … you’re looking gorgeous! 🙂

  • Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner
    August 11, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    What a cute notebook! I always love how Target has so many little treasures you can find there. 😉

  • maria@cardigan_crew
    August 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Good to know about Gap! I tend to go to Banana over Gap but the jeans sound comfy enough to check them out!

  • erin @WELLinLA
    August 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    LOVE the new logo! Can’t wait for the full site reveal!

  • Jen
    August 11, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Love it all!

  • Trisha
    August 11, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I started making my personal favorites starting in may. I love thinking and focusing on my favorites and looking back already. Thanks for the positive inspiration.

  • Em (Wine and Butter)
    August 12, 2012 at 1:16 am

    I like the reminder about staying focussed on the present… and I love, love your hair. Such a beauty!

  • Dennis Blair @ Fort Collins Personal Trainer
    August 12, 2012 at 3:41 am

    Great post and awesome opening pic. Right now I am reading the book grace for the good girl.

  • Jessica
    August 12, 2012 at 5:17 am

    Love the new logo! We’re still getting zucchini out of our garden so I’ll have to try the au gratin recipe.

  • Karen
    August 12, 2012 at 5:42 am

    What perfect logo that just screams “you.” It’s just fabulous!!

  • Sophia
    August 12, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Love the new logo, very stylish, and totally agree on GAP. Always used to be a place where I only shopped for staples but those pink jeans, the bright scarves, the stripy tops? Toally in love!

  • Jenn
    August 12, 2012 at 8:29 am

    You should sell t-shirts with the lOgo!

  • kristen
    August 12, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Loved this post!! Love your new logo!!! Pleasepleaseplease can we see you in your new jeans? I’ve been wanting those jeans so badly and I think seeing them on a “real” person would help me decide!

    • Kristin
      August 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      I agree!

  • Tracey Evans
    August 12, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Looking forward to reading your book! I saw Bev at Bev Cooks is reading it and I said whaaaaaaat?? Lucky Bev! 🙂 I love Target, they do always have great notebooks. Lovin’ your low lights too! I’m a chicken to do the low lights, but they look good on you!!

  • Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See
    August 12, 2012 at 10:12 am

    That new logo is gorgeous! So excited you decided to be impatient 🙂

  • Kristin
    August 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Can you link us to the striped shirt you are wearing in the “hair” pic above? Love it!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    August 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    LOVE the logo! I cannot wait for the website redesign to be official and the book tour to start.

  • stevie
    August 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    journals unlimited has a really cool prompted, lined journal just for recipes!

  • Tomekia
    August 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    I’m glad you mentioned the GAP…I bought clothes there about a week ago and it made me wonder if I was getting old and boring in my style choices. I much prefer to think their products has gotten better :).

  • katryn@rampantcuisine
    August 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Yeah, I agree about the Gap too! I randomly went in to a Gap store over the weekend and saw a lot of cute things! Also, your hair looks fab…the color looks great and the cut is perfect.

  • Sharon
    August 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Love your hair girl!! Have you tried Yes to blueberries body lotion…works great as a hand cream too as it doesn’t leave hands greasy. Can’t wait for your book!!

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
    August 13, 2012 at 4:48 am

    I LOVE the new logo! It looks great, really it does. I know what you mean about lacking patience (um, that pretty much describes me in every aspect of life) and I wouldn’t be able to wait either–can’t believe you’ve been able to wait this long!

  • Moni Meals
    August 13, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Cool favorites! Your hair looks great, I did the same thing as a blonde blonde! And yes THE GAP is rad lately. 😉

  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog
    August 13, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Fall is my favorite season too — totally feeling the anticipation of the season… and boots and pumpkin flavored goodies!

  • Caroline L.
    August 13, 2012 at 10:14 am

    Love the new logo! I totally agree about Gap… Have been obsessed with it for awhile now 🙂

  • Christina
    August 13, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I’m just wondering – why not change the name of the blog while doing a new site? “run” is not a topic you cover anymore.

    I LOVE your blog, I just think the name is misleading.

    • jenna
      August 13, 2012 at 11:22 am

      Unfortunately it’s a bit too late for a name change…it’s been 5 years and I’ve worked to brand the name “Eat Live Run” (it’s on the cover of my book and it’s how companies know me). Thus, changing the name this late in the game wouldn’t be smartest business move for me to make.

  • Jenn
    August 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I’d love to know “how” you journal your recipes, as I love all things journaled and would love to keep better track of my own cooking…

  • Julia
    August 13, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Jenna, your hair looks so great! You always have such great style 🙂

  • Liz (formerly VeggieGirl)
    August 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    Love the low lights and logo!! (almost perfect alliteration there, haha).

  • Mary Beth Albrechtsen
    August 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    My husband just made the suggested sweet corn risotto and it was delish!

  • Abigail Rogers
    August 22, 2012 at 9:39 am

    From one “good girl” to another, I love the look and feel of your website and your food photography is amazing 🙂