Breakfast/ Dessert/ Dinner

Blessed and Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving!

Y’all will never in a million years guess what happened! My friend has the SWINE FLU and dinner was canceled!!! Can you even believe it??! Seriously???Β  I feel so bad for her. I sort of freaked when I got that news last night but then I quickly sprung into action and reverted back to my original Thanksgiving plans, which was to eat dinner with a bunch of friends here in Healdsburg, only about a mile away from my house. We are having duck and gelato and lots and lots of wine. It actually sounds pretty awesome. πŸ™‚ I’m bummed I won’t get to hang out with Daisy but I’m thankful for friends that are willing to take me in here so I don’t have to be Thanksgiving-less!

I actually got my fill of turkey last night though!


I was Rocky’s “date” for the evening to a Kendall-Jackson Thanksgiving potluck and we had a blast! Good food, awesome people and lots of delicious wine. I got to hang out with the cool KJ culinary team and, obviously, the food was rockin’….’specially the turkey that Chef Ryan sous-vide. Mmmmmm


You know you’re in the wine industry when you play sweet telephone games, passing a mystery glass of wine around the table and everyone whispering in the next person’s ear what they smell. SO fun. I think my two “scents” were brie cheese and radishes. It was hilarious.

My plate:


On my plate I have: “party potatoes”, collards, sous-vide turkey, regular turkey breast, brussels sprouts, a turkey enchilada, some cranberry sauce and a piece of Chef Eric’s homemade sourdough bread, which I am OBSESSED with.

Of course, at a gathering such as this, wine was definitely not lacking….


Loved this Arrowood Cab but my favorite was the Hartford Court Fog Dance Pinot Noir…..Mmmmmmmmmmm probably the best Pinot I’ve tasted in a very, very long time. I might need to make a trip to Hartford Court in the near future….

There was also pumpkin pie, obviously


We ended up sitting around the table and laughing until almost 1 a.m. Good times…thanks for an awesome evening, everyone!

This morning I had some oatmeal and strong black coffee (currently drinking BlueBottle and it rocks):


And I’m about to go hug the big redwood trees in Armstrong Woods then do some yoga before my 4:00 dinner.

I’m so thankful for sooo many things in my life. It makes my heart burst to even think about it. Great family, Jesus Christ, amazing friends, delicious food, music, laughter, Dexter, wine, the great outdoors, California sunsets, big trees, my yoga mat, my french press coffee maker, beautiful photos, the ocean……and so much more. Yep, I’m a very blessed girl indeed.

Hug someone you love today.

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  • lindsay
    November 26, 2009 at 9:28 am

    What a beautiful dinner spread! And all that wine…. Looks absolutely fabulous, girl πŸ™‚
    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • Emily
    November 26, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Hey Jenna, I was out of the loop for a while but I’m back on your blog and so happy that all your hard work has paid off so well! I have a question about all this wine you all drink! I’m really inspired by how healthy and balanced your routine is. I find that any sort of alcohol can really throw me off…how are you handling the amount of drinking and still not getting thrown off your game? Thanks

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    November 26, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Ohhh, so sorry to hear about your friend and the flu! I actually got Swine Flu last May when it hit NYC, and it sucked! Just tell her to rest, rest, rest and get lots of fluids. Unless you have other health complications, it really is like most other flu’s- I can say that from first-hand experience.

    The idea of wine-telephone is so fun and brilliant. Definitely only a game for a serious wine enthusiast who has a sensitive palate. Your dinner and plate looks both gorgeous and delicious. Especially those collard greens, yummo!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jenna! Have fun in the trees!

  • RenΓ©e
    November 26, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Of course Blue bottle is the ONLY coffee worth drinking! I just had to post my breakfast today. I had steel cut oats with almond butter and pomegranate seeds ( I know they have a more technical name, but they’re seeds to me). The taste was so sweet and refreshing, it’s my new favorite way to eat oatmeal.

  • Light Delight with TouTou
    November 26, 2009 at 9:39 am

    wine tasting is great !!! I love that pumpkin pie πŸ˜€ can’t wait to have them TWICE today !
    Happy thanksgiving! I’ll definitely HUG the ones I love!

  • Jocelyn
    November 26, 2009 at 9:57 am

    That is a beautiful list to be thankful for…I hope you have an amazing day <3

  • Mama Pea
    November 26, 2009 at 9:59 am

    I was willing to bet you had one of the most rockin’ Thanksgiving spreads this year πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you are following your heart and your dreams, even if at times it seems hard to be so far away from your family. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

  • Evan Thomas
    November 26, 2009 at 10:06 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! I hope your friend feels better soon. It’s actually not so bad anad I know tons of people who have gotten it, it’s more of a pain to just be sick in general. And your night looks like it was fantastic!

  • TorontoGirloutWest
    November 26, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I had swine flu so I TOTALLY feel for your friend!!! Hope she gets better in a snap! πŸ™‚

    And I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

  • VeggieGirl
    November 26, 2009 at 10:11 am

    So sorry about Daisy πŸ™ But thank goodness you’ll still have a very happy Thanksgiving celebration!! Enjoy it immensely, my friend πŸ™‚

  • Erin
    November 26, 2009 at 10:14 am

    I love your gratitude list Jenna! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers)
    November 26, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I got a kick out of your table full of wine. I can say the same thing about the beer industry…there is no shortage of brews at our events, that’s for sure!

    Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery for your friend.

  • Gina G
    November 26, 2009 at 10:34 am

    happy thanksgiving jenna! =)

  • Leah
    November 26, 2009 at 10:44 am

    Crazy that your friend has swine flu!! I hope shes ok!
    Your Thanksgiving plans sound pretty wonderful though! I missed Thanksgiving (the Canadian one) because I was in Colorado. My mom made turkey dinner for me a little while ago to make up for it, but its not the same.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    November 26, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Sounds like you have a wonderful Thanksgiving planned! Enjoy every minute! Hope Daisy get’s well soon!

  • eatmovelove
    November 26, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Wow to the Pumpkin Pie!

    Thank God for good friends…and wine πŸ˜‰

    I just posted a delicous choco-chip cookie on my Blog…but doesn’t compare to your spread πŸ™‚
    Have a Happy T-Day to you and all !

  • Fattie Fatterton
    November 26, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Miss Jenna!!

  • Ameena
    November 26, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Happy Thanksgiving…I hope your friend feels better!!

  • Erin
    November 26, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Looks like a delicious meal. Happy Thanksgiving! πŸ™‚

  • candice
    November 26, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I’m glad you had fun! That pumpkin pie looks a-mazing… gooeyness! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Jen (Running With Cake)
    November 26, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Sorry to hear about your friend πŸ™ But here’s a thought … after last night and today’s dinner, you will have had two Thanksgiving meals in a row! And that is something to be thankful about! Enjoy!

  • Michelle
    November 26, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Mmm pumpkin pie! I live in Canada so I had pumpkin pie last month, but now I want it again! Have a good one!

  • Sarah
    November 26, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! Sounds like Thaksgiving local will be a blast, but so sad for your friend with H1N1.

  • christie, honoring health
    November 26, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Yikes, I hope your friend is feeling better soon!

    happy thanksgiving!

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot)
    November 26, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Dexter is definitely worth being thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

  • laura dishes
    November 26, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Oh geez… I’m sorry that your friend got sick! I’m glad that you were able to come up with alternate plans so quickly!

    I met your chef friend, Ryan, last night at Woodfire Grill! The food was amazing!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    November 26, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    It looks like you had a great evening! I LOVE LOVE LOVE those relaxed pot luck parties – good friends, good food, good wine…..what more could a gal want πŸ™‚

  • Sabrina (RhodeyGirl Tests)
    November 26, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Fabulous party!!!!

    Have fun at your Healdsburg Thanksgiving!!!!

  • Lee
    November 26, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I bought some Murphy Goode wine for our Thanksgiving dinner and immediately thought of you.

  • Hillary (Nutrition Nut on the Run)
    November 26, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jenna! I am VERY thankful for your inspirational blog every day : )

  • emily
    November 26, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Madelin @ What is for breakfast?
    November 26, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Your site gives me so much wine inspiration! I’m going to Hawaii for a holiday next week and hopefully there will be some Californian wine to sample!

  • Megan (The Runner's Kitchen)
    November 26, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Love the turkey potluck eats – especially the turkey enchiladas. What are party potatoes? Can you tell us the recipe?

    Gobble, Gobble!

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    November 26, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Jenna I’m so happy that you have good friends like family in California for you to enjoy Thanksgiving. And you list is wonderful.

  • Adi (
    November 26, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Your food looks fantastic! I had swine flu a few weeks ago… NOT fun. But, now I don’t need the vaccine! The glass is always half full. πŸ™‚

  • Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too)
    November 26, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I love the way that you made all of your words of gratitude in different colors of the rainbow!

    I have major wine-envy! I’m sure if you were at a KJ event, they only broke out the best stuff. πŸ™‚

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg
    November 26, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I like that idea for grown-up telephone! Sorry your plans fell through, but it’s lucky that you have original plans that you can fall back on!

    Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

    ps- What are the party potatoes?

  • polly
    November 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    LOVE YOU JENNA!!! I am so thankful for YOU. Happy Turkey day, sweet potato. XOXO

  • Katy H. @ These Beautiful Feet
    November 26, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Jenna, I am so thankful for you and your blog! It was really your blog that helped show me where God was leading me in my life. You’ve inspired me in so many ways and I can’t thank you enough. Hopefully one day I will have the blessing of meeting you, but until then I am so happy you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you will be surrounded by great friends. πŸ™‚

  • ellen eats beets
    November 26, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    sous-vide meat is soooooooo juicy! I bet the turkey was delish!

  • Erin
    November 26, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    You are just such a ray of uplifting sunshine dear girl. Love your list of things you are thankful for. *hug*

  • Kristie Lynn
    November 26, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Hug someone you love…. great advice, chica πŸ™‚ I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving feast!

  • JW
    November 26, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Jenna! Like the post by someone earlier, you are such an inspiration to me as well! Just wanted to let you know that. I hope I can reach that healthy balance you display with health, food, body image, everything!:)

  • Paige@ RunningAroundNormal
    November 26, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Way to roll with the changes, Jenna! Sounds like you had an amazing Thanksgiving Eve! That pumpkin pie looks awesome!
    Hope you had a good time in the redwood trees. I’ve always wanted to see them.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 26, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Happy Turkey Day, Jenna! πŸ™‚

  • Jolene (
    November 26, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I have never had collards before – people in Canada don’t eat them as far as I have noticed! Is that weird?

  • Kelly
    November 26, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    So sorry to hear about your friend, but thankfully it sounds like you were still able to make the best of it. I too love Hartford wines. I really enjoyed tasting them while in CA and hiking in Armstrong woods. We stayed at a gorgeous B&B not far away and it was a fantastic trip.

  • Erum
    November 26, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    I LOVE your website.. and you seriously inspire us all EVERYDAY.. πŸ™‚

  • Anne P
    November 27, 2009 at 5:47 am

    Shut up… SWINE FLU!?!? Lol poor girl. I hope she’s okay!

    Happy belated Thanksgiving πŸ™‚ Tampa misses you, it’s gorgeous here! See you in ONE MONTH!!! πŸ˜€

  • Jenna
    November 27, 2009 at 7:49 am

    looks like you had a great time!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl))
    November 27, 2009 at 8:15 am

    I love you thankful list.. Happy Thanksgiving !

  • Carolyn
    November 28, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    I’m glad you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving! It looks like it was a wonderful time.